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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Silent Auction Contest!

We are giving away bidding credit for our Silent Auction to two lucky winners!

For more details on what items will be in the auction, please refer to this previous post.

Two winners will receive up to $25 in bidding credit! Credit can only be used for one item, up to $25. (If the item sells for higher than $25, you will be expected to pay the difference)

Remember, you have to be a member of BuffaloMommies to participate in the auction - so make sure your account is active by signing in today. 

Not a member? It's free for any mom in the Buffalo area to join. Click here to register today!

** The contest starts at Wednesday, February 17th at 12am, and ends on Saturday, February 20th at 12am. Winners will be drawn and announced on Saturday, February 20th. The Silent Auction starts Sunday, February 21st at 2pm and runs until Monday, February 29th at 10pm.

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

BuffaloMommies Silent Auction 2016

It's almost time for our 5th Annual Silent Auction!


It's shaping up to our best yet, with nearly 50 items valued at over $3000!

The auction will run from 2pm, Sunday February 21st until 10pm Monday February 29th 2016.

Check out the list of items you will be able to bid on below.

Remember, you have to be a member of BuffaloMommies to participate in our auction. Make sure you remember your log in information and that your account is active.

If you are not already a member, it's free to join! You just have to be a mom who lives in the Buffalo NY area. 

Click here to register today!

Be sure to keep an eye out here and on Facebook for a special auction giveaway we have planned!

List of donated items for bid:

  • Season Tickets to Aurora Players
  • Yoga Classes (4) at Healing Waters
  • $25 gift certificates for swim instruction at Michael Phelps Swim School
  • Gift Certificate for Party at Adventure Landing
  • 2-hr Closet Edit with AR Stylists
  • Gift certificate for massage with Samantha Noeson LMT
  • Gift Certificate for 5 classes with Music with Mar - Miss Katie
  • TBA from Wildtree Products (Jen Boucher)
  • $25 Gift Certificate at 716 Baby
  • Tall Organizing Tote from Thirty-one gifts (Gillian Bobrowski)
  • Family Pass to Explore & More
  • $15 Gift Certificate to Just Fun FEC Hamburg
  • Family Packs (4 x hour long jump passes and socks) to SkyZone
  • $30 gift certificate from doTerra (Liz Maute)
  • Private in home 30 minute yoga class with Breathe Bend Flow Yoga (Liz Maute)
  • $25 off birthday party with Nick Presents Magic
  • Early Gender Determination Ultrasound package - includes baby's gender determination anytime from 14 weeks and on, 2 printed photos, and a DVD of the session with Perfect Preview
  • $25 off birthday party with Life Rhythm Music Therapy
  • $25 gift certificate and manicure accessories from Jamberry (Melissa Batt)
  • Gift Certificate for two free weeknights of camping on a water, electric, and sewer site at Jellystone Park Camp-Resort
  • $25 gift certificate and two VIP passes to Bella Kids Consignment Sale
  • Gift certificate for "Come Play in our Jungle Playdate" at Monkey See, Monkey Do
  • $50 gift certificate from Betty's Music Together
  • Gift certificate for two players to play any one attraction at Lasertron
  • Gift certificate for 10 adults (21 years of age and older) to play a 30-minute session of Cyber Sport and receive one beverage each (good for beer, wine, or soft drinks) *Note: The Cyber Sport certificate is not exchangeable for other attractions or certificates at Lasertron
  • $30 Gift certificate from The Care Connection
  • Winter Fun Dental Kit from Growing WNY Smiles
  • Ozark Mountain Kids Nursing Pillow from Baby's Sweet Beginnings
  • 8x10 Framed Laser signed photograph of Robert Woods #10 from the Buffalo Bills
  • 8x10 Framed Laser signed photograph of Ronald Darby #28 from the Buffalo Bills
  • $25 Gift Certificate from Salut
  • Gift Certificate from The Pampered Chef (Tonia Williams)
  • Gift Basket from Pocketeer Billiards
  • Gift Basket from Plexus Slim (Cindy Gluckstein)
  • Four free passes and socks to Get Air
  • Gift Basket valued at $100 from It Works (Kaylin Riggs)
  • One week of summer camp, open to girls going into 5th-8th grade at Buffalo Seminary High School
  • Gift Certificate for a Body wrap & Facial Applicator from It Works (Deirdre Ardillo)
  • Gift certificate for 2 free Day Passes at Palm Island Indoor Water Park
  • Jamberry Manicure kit and half sheet of wraps with Jamberry (Crista Lauber)
  • $50 Gift certificates to Rolly Pollies
  • $50 Gift voucher towards Photography session with Bella Bug Photos
  • A package of wool dryer balls, a bag of our laundry detergent, and a $25 shopping spree from Norwex (Andrea Haas)
  • 5 Day, slow-start, trial of their Thrive line, (Women's Tone pack + DFT) along with a sample of their berry flavored greens, called Boost from Le-Vel (Shannon Frost)
  • Family Pack (4 tickets) to Buffalo Bisons



Thursday, April 30, 2015

Stove Cleaning Magic

To round out my cleaning blog posts, I have to re-share my Stove Cleaning Magic tip. I am sure we have new members since the last time I blogged about this and maybe some of you veteran members have forgotten but I still swear by this cleaning method. I HATE HATE HATE cleaning the stove. This makes the job so much easier.

Check out this fantastic link: Cleaning Stove Burners & Grates Using Ammonia. It REALLY is like magic. No more scrubbing, swearing, or trying 2000 different cleaning chemicals to try and get that sticky grease off your stove grates. You pour ammonia into the bag, insert your grates, wait 12 hours and easily wipe off the scum. On BuffaloMommies several of us joked how we wish we could fit our entire stove into a plastic bag with ammonia so we could get them clean. Well guess what girls...I came up with a solution!!!

No...I did not find a bag large enough to fit my stove. I've got something much easier. I tried Barkeepers Friend, Windex, and even a Magic Eraser sponge to try and scrub that stuff off. Nothing was working. So....I poured a little bit of ammonia in the recessed areas (less than 1/4 cup) and then....covered both burner areas with PRESS AND SEAL wrap! Like this:


(yes-my grates are dirty again, don't worry, they've been cleaned since this photo) But I put the press and seal wrap over the two burner areas, pressed it to the stove and then put the grates over as an extra seal. Then I let them sit over night. Tadaaa! Check these out:



And to be clear...when I took the press and seal off, I just rubbed a little green scrubby pad over the stove. In some areas I used a paper towel only. No real effort or applied pressure at all, anywhere! So simple and easy. Go try it!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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Spring Cleaning

Finally! Now that it looks like some of this warm weather is going to stick around and Spring is finally making her appearance, I thought it would be pertinent to re-post this blog article about Spring cleaning tips. Somehow Spring cleaning just isn't the same when you can't open the windows and there is snow on the ground. Am I right???
Along with Spring comes thoughts of crisp, fresh air, newly budding flowers, singing birds and a sense of renewal. Getting organized and doing a bit of Spring cleaning, helps to bring that wonderful fresh feeling into your home and office. Here are 10 tips to help you start the season off right.

1. ASSIGN YOURSELF A DIFFERENT TASK FOR EACH DAY. Make yourself a schedule that is comprised of one hour and one task each day. Your schedule may look something like this: Monday: Decluttering Tuesday: Dusting Wednesday: Vacuuming Thursday: Scrubbing Friday: Organizing and Rearranging Saturday: Laundering Sunday: Decorating Then, spend one hour each day doing your assigned task for each room, throughout your house. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make in your home by following this simple system.

2. USE THE PROPER TOOLS. When cleaning and organizing, it's important to use tools that help you get the job done as quickly as possible. For instance, there are now dusting cloths that allow you to dust quickly and easily,without any additional sprays. Just dust and be done with it. Rubber gloves will help you deep clean, without drying out your hands, exposing them to harsh chemicals, or burning them in hot water. Racks can hold mops, brooms and other cleaning supplies in one organized place, rather then storing them loose and having them constantly tip over. An apron with lots of pockets, can help you transport cleaning products from room to room easily, so you don't have to keep running back and forth to get what you need.

3. BE RUTHLESS WHEN IT COMES TO DECLUTTERING. If you don't love it, and/or you don't use it, it's clutter. It's the perfect time to embrace the Feng Shui art of uncluttered living. Feng Shui teaches that if energy can easily flow through a room, your life will be more harmonious and happy--and clutter is an obstacle to reaching this relaxed and calm state. Make it a quest of yours to be ruthless when it comes to your decluttering efforts. You'll have less to dust, less clutter to look it, an easier time finding the things you do use and less stress in your life.

4. DONATE OR SELL THE THINGS YOU DON'T USE. If you have items that you don't use, but are in good condition, they are prime candidates to sell or donate. Gather all of these items together in boxes or plastic bags. Then, decide whether you would prefer to donate them or sell them. If you choose to donate, consider giving them to your local Salvation Army, or perhaps even a shelter or orphanage in town. Many of these organizations will even pick up your donations for you. If you choose to sell, you might set a date for a yard sale. Or, take some photos of these items with your digital camera, and put them up for sale at an online auction Web site.

5. MAKE YOUR SPRING CLEANING AND ORGANIZING FUN. Don't think of it as a chore. Instead, think of it as a 'feel good' exercise--one that will really help you to feel good about yourself and your clean and organized environment. Play some lively, fun, upbeat music. Dance your way through your home or office with your dust rag or vacuum. Get the family involved. Give everyone a task, and then do something relaxing afterwards, like watching a movie together or going to the park for a walk. Set timers and play 'beat the clock.' Give yourself time limits for completing small tasks, and try to complete those tasks before the timer goes off. Ask a friend to help, or do a swap. You clean her living room if she'll clean your kitchen.

6. ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS. Turn off the TV while you're cleaning and organizing, and let your answering machine field your calls. If a friend stops by while you're working, simply tell him/her that you've scheduled this time for spring cleaning. He or she is free to stay, as long as you could continue working. Perhaps, you might even get some help. If not, tell your friend you'll stop by his or her house later on when you're done. If you have kids, give them their own jobs to do, or at minimum, be sure they're occupied with something else. The quickest and best jobs are accomplished when there are no distractions.

7. MAKE YOURSELF A CHECKLIST. Make a checklist of all springtime jobs that you only do once or twice a year. Perhaps you might bring your large comforters to the laundromat, bring your drapes, and winter coats, to the dry cleaners, store your winter clothes and bring your warm-weather clothes out of hiding or check the smoke detectors. If all of these odd jobs are on a list, you won't forget to do them. Then, try to do at least one or two of these odd jobs per week, throughout spring.

8. DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE INSIDES. It's important to clean and organize things that are in sight all of the time. But, it's also important to remember those items that are out of sight. Spring is a great season to organize your closets, cabinets, drawers, bins, boxes, pantry and other inside storage areas. Give yourself that spring feeling, both inside and out!

9. ENJOY THE WEATHER WHILE YOU'RE WORKING. Do some outside organizing and yard work, so you can be accomplishing something, but also enjoying the nice weather at the same time. Gather your gardening and planting supplies in one place. Replace old and broken tools. Perhaps you might even get a gardening caddie to store your good gardening tools. Clean the garage. Keep the garage door open while you're doing so, so that you can enjoy the nice weather.

10. OPEN YOUR WINDOWS. There's nothing like taking in a breath of fresh air. As you're cleaning, open the windows. You'll be removing musty winter odors, protecting yourself from inhaling harsh fumes from cleaning products and the fresh air will keep you going. While you're at it, let the sun shine in. Open curtains and drapes to give yourself plenty of light, for an energy boost.

This article was originally shared by CharlotteMommies. Do you have any Spring cleaning tips you'd like to share?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

W Sitting

Have you heard of it? It is a position that children often sit in, that could be physically damaging to their bodies. Last week a friend shared an article on Facebook about it and that prompted me to re-share this blog post about it. Awareness is key!

Read for more information and tips to avoid W-sitting: HERE.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Shamrock Shakes!

It's that time of year when the local burger retailer is advertising their yummy mint milkshakes. Have you ever stopped to read the nutritional information on those bad boys? Yikes! Check out this info-grahic from the Huffington Post. If you're in the mood to treat yourself to some mint goodness, check out our See It Again Saturday blog post that has DIY shake recipes. Click HERE.




Thursday, March 12, 2015

Beer Bread

Yesterday I shared a super easy Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe for St. Patty's Day. Since your oven will be empty, here is a recipe for bread to accompany your meal. It's great in that you only need one bowl to mix everything in.

Beer Bread

Ingredients:
3 cups flour (sifted)
3 teaspoons baking powder (omit if using Self-Rising Flour)
1 teaspoon salt (omit if using Self-Rising Flour)
1/4 cup sugar
1 (12 ounce) can beer
1/2 cup melted butter (I use 1/4 cup and it works great)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Mix dry ingredients and beer.
3. Pour into a greased loaf pan.
4. Pour melted butter over mixture.
5. Bake 1 hour; remove from pan and cool for at least 15 minutes.

This comes out great! I usually use a bottle of beer which only has 11.5 ounces but it still works. You can also customize it to suit your taste. I've mixed basil, garlic powder, and a few other spices with the melted butter before pouring.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

I'm not Irish but on St. Patrick's Day I do enjoy eating Corned Beef and Cabbage. Every year I like to share this recipe that I got from a fellow BuffaloMommie. I had no idea it was so easy to make until she shared this recipe years ago in our Domestic Goddesses forum. The best part is that you put everything into a crockpot! That leaves your oven free to make Irish Soda or Beer Bread.

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Ingredients:
1 medium onion, cut into wedges
4 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 pound baby carrots
3 cups water*
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 (3 pound) corned beef brisket with
spice packet
1 small head cabbage, cut into wedges

Directions:
1.  Place the onion, potatoes and carrots in a 5-qt. slow cooker.
2. Combine water, garlic, bay leaf, sugar, vinegar, pepper and contents of spice packet. Pour the mixture over the vegetables.
3. Lay the brisket and cabbage on top of the vegetables.
4. Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender.
5. Remove bay leaf before serving.

*I usually substitute one bottle of beer for part of the 3 cups of water. I take a measuring cup and pour the beer in and then fill the rest with water to make up 3 cups. I find that the beer adds to the finished flavor.

Watch tomorrow for a tried and true beer bread recipe!