A Grilling Season GIVEAWAY! Plus, an AWESOME Burger Recipe! With Stubb’s!

We’re wrapping up June and headed into July, which means if you haven’t been grilling already, you’re soon to be! Steaks, burgers and chicken have seen our grill so far, how about yours? 

While steaks, burgers and chicken are pretty standard as far as meats that end up on grills, I’ve got some bigger plans for the near future, thanks to Stubb’s! Because, just like everything else in the world, there are TRENDS in barbecue, too!

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Stubb used to say “it all starts with a great rub,” and in 2016 that includes not only steaks, brisket and ribs, but also burgers! And, as always, my favorite thing about Stubb’s is that it gets its bold flavors from real ingredients, with no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners. It contains no high fructose corn syrup, which is the No. 1 ingredient in most national BBQ sauce brands!

Today, Stubb’s BBQ expert and grandson Rocky Stubblefield is sharing a great tip to help us jump on a new BBQ trend: the “Boosted Burger” trend!

Rocky’s tip: Create over–the-top burgers by coating each patty with Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Rub, then sprinkle with a little smoked sea salt to really enhance that smoky barbecue taste. Let the patties sit for a while before cooking – you can actually see the flavor seeping into the meat! Before you throw them on the grill, make a thumbprint in the middle of the patty to get a flat, evenly cooked burger instead of a plump, rounded one that is undercooked in the middle.

Try out your luck with this recipe for a Stuffed Pork Burger:

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The Repair or Replace Dilemma

The other day, I walked out to the washing machine to move the clean load of laundry over to the dryer, and I almost hit the ground (after my foot found a nice puddle of water). I was instantly on the hunt for where the water came from. Once I discovered it had come from the bottom of the washer, I then looked up and realized that the washer hadn’t even finished it’s cycle, and was reading ERROR across the screen.

Well, that’s just uncalled for.

You know the cycle your mind goes through! “Oh my word, the washer’s broke. How old is this thing?! It shouldn’t be broke now, should it? I need to find the manual, I guess. I think I’ll wait until J gets home – he can look at it. But all the laundry I have to do! Who fixes these things? Oh my gosh, what if we have to buy a new one?! This is the last thing I wanted to spend money on right now! Might as well replace both the washer and the dryer so they match! UGH!!! How much is this gonna cost?!”

If you’re like me, all those thoughts run through your mind in about 10 seconds. Lucky for me, crisis averted when I realized the issue was part of the comforter I was washing had gotten stuck in the door. Ah ha! All fixed, all back to normal.

However, it’s not always such an easy fix, is it? Eventually, you’re gonna be left with the decision: do I get this repaired or just totally replace it?

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Thankfully Matt from Unique Indoor Comfort has come to our rescue with a really fabulous infographic on just that! What I REALLY LOVE about this one is that he’s identified what to search for ON YOU TUBE when you’re stumped! That’s nothing less than amazing! See for yourself…

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Tips & Tricks for Designing the Perfect Coffee Table!

I’m SO CLOSE TO BEING DONE with our living room redo. Y’all, this pregnancy tiredness is kicking my booty! (But that’s what’s supposed to happen in pregnancy, so I will take it!)

One of the things we’ve done is get new furniture – out with the microfiber and in with the leather, and none too soon! (I imagine cleaning up spit-up and other bodily fluids is much easier when it comes to leather!) And one of the pieces of new furniture is a new coffee table/ottoman.

I struggled with this for a while. I wanted something unique, yet functional, yet not too big, yet flexible. I finally settled on something (and you’ll have to wait until I reveal the room to see it) but what I really should have done was just gone to Chairish.com

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Have YOU been to Chairish? Chairish makes it fun and easy for design lovers to buy and sell vintage furniture and decor to one another! Their shop exclusively features curator-approved treasures in a full-service and trustworthy environment. Just in coffee tables alone they have some awesome finds! Check these out…

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How to Get Rid of Household Pests

The other morning, I was up before the sun (as usual) and went to the kitchen to grab a bottle of water. I flipped on the light, and what did I see? One solitary ROACH scrambling to hide under the edge of the cabinets.

OH NO. I HATE roaches. And I certainly hate them being in my home – where did that sucker come from?! I looked underneath the cabinets to find…a couple pieces of dog food that had gotten away from the dog and from my vacuum. Ah HA! I cleaned up the dog food, made short work of the roach and I’ve had no issues since then. 

Of course, the first time I see any kind of bug, I think, “Where are the rest of them?! Are we infested?! How many more are there?!”

So when Angela from NYCity Pest Control contacted me about a post on the best ways to get rid of household pests, I knew it was perfect timing. And she’s got some awesome ideas!

A household pest infestation will harm the health of your family if you don’t do anything about it. Everyone’s first instinct would be to use pesticides to kill them. But, it is harmful to you, your children and pets.  If you prevent them from entering the house in the first place, you do not have to face them, and you are taking the first step to saving your health.

Sometimes the infestation may be severe, and you cannot follow natural methods. Products available in the market are not as useful as the ones which expert pest control services use. At that time, you have to get help from professionals like NYCity Pest Control.

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However, until then…the first step to avoid severe pest infestation is to look for signs and areas that have problems. For example: firewood is home to termites and ants, so you must keep it at least 20 feet from your house.  And it is well-known to everyone that standing water is the primary reason for mosquitos to breed.  Also, you must keep shrubs and branches trimmed so that pests can’t enter your home.

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Tips to DIY Marble Care

As I was scrubbing down our tile shower in our Master Bathroom a couple days ago, I found myself daydreaming about a marble shower for just a moment. Think of how lovely it would look! Think of how much easier it would be to clean!

But then, I wasn’t so sure. After all, there is NO marble in our home whatsoever. Even though I love the look of it, I had to admit to myself that, even if I had some of it installed…I still wouldn’t know how to clean and care for it!

Enter Owen Franklin from TheMarbleCleaner, asking me if I’d like to publish his article detailing DIY tips for caring for marble! Excellent timing, Owen! Let’s see what ideas he has for us, shall we?

For many, marble is seen as one of the most beautiful home accents you can add to your home. Not only will it brighten a room like no other stone, it will also add value to your home that does not degrade with time. However, many homeowners choose not to use marble because without the right tips and training marble can be very difficult to keep clean and looking new. But do not worry; this article will give you some awesome tips to clean and maintain your marble surfaces, and how to do it with supplies you already have around the house!

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Keep your marble looking new!  

The most important thing a marble owner can do is to be diligent and always clean their surfaces after use. As the Marble Institute of America says, “If a homeowner cleans their countertops after each meal, they will rarely, if ever, have staining or clean-ability issues.”

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