Life Hack – How to Shred Chicken with Ease

LIfe Hack.  Do you know what that is?  I had to look it up to make sure I wasn’t misusing it.  But….here’s the “official” definition.

Life Hack
That’s what I love to talk about here on Sidetracked Sarah.  Ways to save us as moms and home managers, time.  We don’t want to waste our days away spending too much time on things we don’t enjoy.  We want to spend our days on everything we do enjoy all while taking the least amount of time!  That’s why it’s fun to have life hacks.  Things that we sometimes think, “now why am I just now finding this out? are great life hacks!
How to Shred Chicken the Easy Way - Life Hacks on Sidetracked Sarah
Well this one comes from my friend Holly again.  Holly shared that a great and easy way to shred your chicken is like this…….
Boil your boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
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When it is finished boiling, put it in your stand mixer and turn it on.  Chicken must be hot for this to work well.
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Voila.  Shredded Chicken!
How to Shred Chicken the Easy Way - Life Hacks on Sidetracked Sarah
For real?  What?  You mean, I don’t have to stand there burning my fingertips, using two forks and my fingers to shred it?  Unbelievable.  I love it!
Do you have a life hack to share?  Email me at sidetrackedsarah (at)  and I may feature yours!  (Especially if I can recreate it or you can send me some pictures, too!)

S’mores Trail Mix Recipe

We love camping.  Several years ago, we bought our pop up camper sight unseen on Ebay.  We drove the 12 hours to Michigan to pick it up and enjoyed our very first camping vacation using it.  That was back when we only had 4 kids.  Now we have 7 kids and this past weekend, we all crammed into that pop up for another weekend.  We had set up a tent for the big kids, but their friends didn’t end up coming like they had originally hoped, so we still managed to fit our whole family in this camper.

I bet you didn’t know they make pop up campers to sleep 9 did you?  :)  Well, technically they don’t (at least I don’t think), but we get creative.  3 girls sleep long ways on the king sized bed; my husband, the baby and I sleep on the queen sized bed; the 2 & 5 year old on one of the table beds; and my teenage son on the larger table bed.  All in all, it worked, except I didn’t get much sleep from all the coughing fits they were having.  That’s a whole different story though.

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So…this time, I knew we were going to have S’mores and thought it may be fun to have a snack to eat at the campsite, that didn’t require campfire, too.  That’s when I saw my box of Golden Grahams on the table and thought…..trail mix!

S’mores Trail Mix Recipe


S'mores Trail Mix

Golden Grahams Cereal
mini marshmallows
Chocolate chips
Salted Peanuts


Mix 6 cups of Golden Grahams cereal, jar of peanuts, 3/4 of a bag of miniature marshmallows and 3/4 of a bag of chocolate chips together in a large bowl.  Pour in gallon size ziplock bag and take it with you on your camping trip.  Be sure to keep it in the top of the ice chest so that the chocolate chips don’t melt too badly.

Note:  Honestly, I just did it by what looked right.  Just pour them together until the mix looks good to you and you’ll be set.  The above measurements are guesstimates.

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I normally don’t like eating marshmallows unless they’re melted on campfire S’mores, but….I actually liked them in this mix.  My 2 year old though, I think he wanted to eat this whole entire bag!  Don’t worry, we didn’t let him!!

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Spring Cleaning with my BISSELL® Steam Mop from BEST BUY

I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.  Opinions stated are 100% my own.  

Steaming Through Spring Cleaning

Spring is here!  Yay!  What does that mean for me?  Sneezing.  Itchy, watery eyes….and well, um… decluttering and CLEANING!

Several weeks after a new baby is born is a difficult time to get a lot of cleaning done, but I’m plugging away at it, little by little.  It’s hard because I have so much energy now that I’m not huge, waddling and pregnant, but… I found a tool that did make my life a little bit easier!  It’s the

BISSELL®Symphony™ All in One Vacuum and Steam Mop

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I’ve had some fun trying this baby out.  First off, I used it for something that was very unconventional, but something that put my mind at ease a little bit.

My husband and I recently got a great deal on some used furniture that wasn’t more than a couple of years old.  One of those pieces we bought was a used king size bed and mattress.  While it looks brand new, we felt better about steaming any germs out of it first.  So…before this steam mop got any floor time, we used it outside in our front yard on our “new” mattress.

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After we steamed the mattress, we brought the steam cleaner in and tried it out on our floors!  All the kids wanted to be involved with using this steam mop.  Who could blame them?  It was fun to see the dirt melt away!  My floor was pretty dirty, but it was hard to get a great picture of just HOW dirty it actually was, but…here’s a decent one:

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After I was done steaming it, it looked like this:



Not too bad, huh?!  I don’t remember the last time my floors looked so nice.

What I like About the BISSELL® Steam Mop

  • The fact that it has a vacuum that you can use before or during your steaming session.  Yes, seriously!  Talk about a time saver!
  • It helps me to eliminate germs (something we don’t need any of, in a large family of 9!)
  • It doesn’t use any harsh chemicals, just water!
  • It’s easy to use with digital controls, a 5-way adjustable handle, and Quick-Release Mop Pad Tray™
  • It’s so easy to use, even my kids can use it.
  • You can machine wash the Microfiber Mop pads (and wow, did mine ever need to be washed by the time I was done!)

What Comes With the BISSELL® Steam Mop

  • 1 Symphony™ All in One Vacuum and Steam Mop
  • 4 Microfiber mop pads (2 soft, 2 scrubby)
  • 1 Water Filter
  • 1 Water Cup

 Where Can I Buy the BISSELL Symphony Vacuum & Steam Mop?

This amazing product was available at Best Buy beginning April 13th.  There’s a great coupon available right now, too!  You can get Free Mop Pads with Purchase of Bissell Symphony using online code BISSELLSYMPHONY. This offer is valid ONLINE only as the mop pads are not sold in store. Find the steam mop here:  Bissell Steam Mop Vacuum at


I really love my Bissell Symphony  Vacuum & Steam Mop.  If you decide to try it out, I know you’ll love it, too!