Don’t Miss Out!!!

Hey friends!  I hope you had an amazing weekend.  My weekend has been great.  I got to take the whole weekend off.  Yay!  You may have seen on my Facebook page, where my husband and I even ran in The Color Run (my first ever 5k race).  Here’s a picture of us (my husband, his brother, his wife and I) after we were done.


The Color Run After


As you can see, I was not the one who got too colorful.  I kept rubbing orange off of my face, and I thought it was my makeup until I saw the orange in my hairbrush later.  It wasn’t overly noticeable though….

My husband on the other hand…. he got shot with blue, right up the nose….


The Color Run During



Being a busy mom, who always seems to be “working”, I was excited for the chance to get away this weekend.  After all, being mom, teacher, house cleaner, cook and chid trainer is tiring!

Speaking of being a busy mom….I wanted to remind you about the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.  Today is the last day that you can buy it (and if you buy it, you’ll get ALL 10 of my Freezer to Slow Cooker menus for free, including the $250 Walmart menu!).  If you’re a work away from home mom, don’t let the word “homemaking” turn you away.  This bundle is made for busy moms.  Not just moms who stay home, but moms who want to make the best home possible for their families.  (What mom doesn’t want that?)


Freezer to Slow Cooker Free with Purchase


Let me tell you real fast, what I think are the most valuable aspects of this bundle…the perks are pretty good, let me tell you!


1.  Have you ever wanted to take a craft making course online teaching you something that you don’t know how to do?  Maybe I’m weird, but I have…and I’m usually too cheap to buy one.  Not because I don’t want to learn, but because I am not always sure that it will be worth it.  When you purchase this bundle, you’ll get one free online class from Craftsy.  You could pick one of their 24 courses.  This would include anything from cake decorating, photography, sewing, paper crafts, etc.  This alone could be a $60 value (depending on the course you choose).  Personally, I think that I’ll choose the photography course, as I’m trying to grow in my skills as a photographer!


2.  Do you like scarves for dressing up your outfits?  You can actually get a free spring scarf from Deborah and Co.  You only have to pay the $4 shipping charge to get it to you.




3.  Free $15 to Hope Ink, plus 2 free 8×10 Art Prints.  (Shipping does apply on this deal)  


4.  Free 65 Points from Tyndale that you can use for a free book (appoximately a $15 value).


5.  Free Kids Discovery Box from Green Kid Crafts, ($19.95 value and you pay $4 shipping).  This is a craft kit subscription program.  They send a kit each month (if you were to keep the subscription), but you have the chance to try it for free!   Talk about happy kids!


6.  Declutter Buddies Course is included!  ($16 value)  - Have you ever said, “Today we’re going to clean the house and this time it’s going to stay that way!” but it never does? Have you ever thought it would be so much easier to declutter if only you had a friend to help you?  In this eCourse, Alina Joy Dubois – author of Easy Peasy Chores – will be your very own decluttering buddy! Join Alina Joy and together with her work step-by-step, de-junking, purging and reclaiming your home!




7.  A Parent’s Guide to Natural Remedies course is included! ($99 value!)  Have you ever wished you knew how to treat your child’s ailments at home?  A Parent’s Guide to Natural Remedies will give you the confidence you desire as a parent to learn how to use natural remedies to treat your child’s common ailments at home. You will learn how to use methods like homeopathy, cell salts, essential oils, probiotics, and more to treat things like fever, sore throat, ear infections, tummy bug, coughs, digestive issues, sleep issues, and first aid.


8.  Meal Planning Galore – Not only do you get 10 of my Freezer to Slow Cooker weekly menus (this is a gift, just for Sidetracked Sarah readers!), but there’s also many other great menu planning options in the bundle!  You’ve got Costco Slow Cooker Freezer Meals, Gluten Free Aldi Meal Plan, Simply Scheduled: On the Go, Backwards Meal Planning, No Cook Freezer Meals, Easy Oven Free Dinners and even printable menu planning forms!  Really…your meals will be covered with this bundle!


9.  In addition to all of the other resources listed above, you’ve got ebooks to help you with homeschooling, organizing your home, training your children and even to help you to have the best marriage you could ever have!


Now that’s a lot of benefit for one low price of $29.99.  In fact, they say that everything included in the bundle is worth over $984, not including the added $30 that my menu plans have added.


If you already own my ebooks, you can purchase this set and give mine away to a busy family that you know.  In fact, as long as you don’t keep the copy on your computer, it is completely legal to give away anything in the bundle that you don’t want.  So…you and a friend could potentially split the price of this bundle!  Click the Buy Now button below to learn more about exactly what is in the bundle.  It is totally worth it!





The catch is, you have to hurry, hurry, hurry, because your sale ends tonight at 11:59 P.M. EST.  Once that time has past, you will not be able to get it any more!


Today only huge sale

Authentic Red Beans in the Slow Cooker – Puerto Rican Style

This is a guest post from Bernadette of The Mommy Cooler.  This post contains affiliate links.  


Many of you know I love to cook and post pictures of what I cook and love to eat. Today I am going to share my recipe I modified by using my crock pot. Traditionally this recipe is cooked on the stove for hours but I use my crockpot to save time to do other things like make a roast pork (Pernil) See recipe below and tell me what you think.


Crock pot Authentic Red Beans (Puerto Rican Style)

What you need:

1 cup Ham bone or bacon (optional)
1 Table Spoon of oil (Vegetable oil)
1/2 cup Sofrito (ready made or frozen)
1 dry bag of pink or red beans (follow instructions on bag before cooking)
1 can of tomato sauce
1cup of Spanish olives
Garlic salt or adobo to taste or you can use a Sazon packet
1/2 cup cilantro
2 cups water to cover beans


Prep Beans according to package instructions (I usually soak overnight)
Cook diced bacon or ham with oil (do not over fry-don’t drain)
Add the sofrito, olives and tomato sauce cook this for about 5 minutes over low heat.
Add beans to crockpot after soak prep
Add all of of the ingredients, bring to a boil low heat setting simmer for approximately 7-8 hours or so until tender.


The sauce will not be thick but you can add potatoes or Batatas to thicken. This will make lots of beans so have plenty of hungry people over.
Serve over rice. Enjoy!


bernadette WatkinsBernadette is a New York native who was recently transplanted from Long Island to Virginia, in the biggest adventure of her and her family’s life.  Up until her move she had a great career in the health field, but she is now enjoying the other side of life as a stay at home mom to two wonderful kids and a great husband.  The Mommy Cooler is a lifestyle blog sharing stories on parenting, local happenings in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area as well as travel and product reviews.

Enchilada Casserole Recipe in the Crockpot

I’m a big fan of my slow cookers. I have three of them, although only two get used on a regular basis (the third doesn’t have a removable crock, so it’s a bigger hassle than it’s worth). I love being able to throw food together hours before dinner and have it be ready when we are ready. Some days we are busy and I prep my slow cooker in the morning and let it do it’s thing all day. Then, there are other days where I don’t really start thinking about dinner until after lunch. That’s where this recipe comes in handy. It only needs a few hours in the slow cooker. Which means you don’t have to remember to get it ready right after breakfast! I also love that it uses up leftover chicken. (I’ve also made it with turkey – or leave the meat out and make it meatless!)


I make this recipe in a smaller slow cooker (I think it’s 4 qt) and it makes about 4-6 servings. It can easily be doubled and cooked in a larger slow cooker! Sometimes I even triple it in my large slow cooker to bring to potlucks.





12 corn tortillas
2 cans enchilada sauce (or make your own – here’s my recipe)
2 C cheddar cheese
1 bell pepper, diced
1 can black beans (or 2 Cups of these beans)
1-2 cups diced chicken
Avocado (optional)
Sour Cream (optional)
Diced Olives (optional)



  • In a mixing bowl, combine the diced bell pepper, black beans and chicken. Add 1/4 C of the enchilada sauce, mix well.
  • In a slow cooker, spread 1/4 C of enchilada sauce on the bottom of the crock.
  • Layer 3 tortillas on top of the sauce – breaking the tortillas in half as needed to get full coverage of the crock.
  • Add 1/3 of the pepper/bean/chicken mixture and spread around on the tortillas.
  • Top with 1/2 C of the cheese.
  • Add another layer of tortillas followed by 1/3 of the enchilada sauce, 1/3 of the chicken mixture and 1/2 C of the cheese.
  • Repeat the layers again.
  • Top it with the last of the tortillas, pour over the rest of the enchilada sauce and top with the remaining 1/2 C of cheese.
  • Place the lid on and cook on low for 3-5 hours (or on high for 2 hours). Serve with sour cream, olives and avocado.



 photo IMG_20150319_160119.jpgDiana blogs at Busy Homeschool Days where no two days are the same. Mom of one tween boy and wife to the love of her life, Diana shares about homeschooling, cooking, gardening, natural living and just living life in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Stop over and say hi on her Facebook page!