Easter Baskets for Teens

Easy Family Dollar DIY Easter Basket Ideas for Teens. $25 or less with items from Family Dollar and free printable bunny tags. Fun gift ideas for teenager girls and boys!

Easy Family Dollar DIY Easter Basket Ideas for Teens. $25 or less with items from Family Dollar and free printable bunny tags.

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Family Dollar DIY Easter Baskets for Teens

Need some fun new Easter basket ideas for teens? Then you’ll love what I found at Family Dollar for my teenagers! Join me as I walk you through what I found for $25 or less at Family Dollar. Don’t miss my new giant free printable Easter bunny tags to make your gift baskets extra fun!

Family Dollar is full of so many great products and deals, that it’s hard to decide what to choose. I really could spend hours in that store! On my last trip, I spent a lot of time shopping for things I thought teenagers would like and actually use. These Easter basket gift ideas for teen girls and boys will definitely save you time on your next shopping trip to Family Dollar.

Easter Basket Ideas for Teens. $25 or less with items from Family Dollar and free printable bunny tags.

Easter Baskets for Teens that they can actually use!

Watch my video below to see how quick and easy these Easter baskets for teens are to make! I had so much fun finding affordable gifts my kids could actually use and love. Find more Family Dollar deals with their Smart Coupons.

Easy Easter Basket Ideas for Teens. $25 or less with items from Family Dollar and free printable bunny tags.

Smart Reusable Easter Basket Container

I like to choose Easter baskets that can be reused after giving. When I was little, my mom always found the most fun, unusual containers for gifts. I must have gotten that idea from her!

If you’ve never been to your local Family Dollar, then I highly recommend going there today! I found so many fun containers for $1-$3 each, that it was hard to choose which ones I would use for my teen’s Easter baskets.

These cute square caddy containers were only $1 each and come in various colors. New caddy’s are just what my kids need in their bathroom too!

Easy Easter Basket Ideas for Teens - cute caddy from Family Dollar.

What to put in an Easter Basket for Teens

First of all, think technology! My teens fight the most about who has taken who’s phone charger, so I immediately went to the front of Family Dollar to shop their tech products.

Wireless Phone Chargers

I found some great wireless chargers and know my daughter will love this unicorn charger!

Easy Easter Basket Ideas for Teens - wireless chargers from Family Dollar.

 

Adorable Plush Food Pillows

Next I found the cutest super soft, sweet treat food plushies for only $3! How cute are these? They have donuts, hot dogs, pizza and french fry mini plushies. I wanted to get all of them!

Easy Easter Basket Ideas for Teens - cute food plush from Family Dollar.

 

More Easter Basket Gift Ideas for Teens

  • Favorite Snacks – Teen boys (at least mine) are all about the food! So be sure to grab their favorite snacks along with the usual Easter candy.
  • Bath & Beauty Products – Teen girls can never have enough nail polish, make-up or bath products. I really love the hair towel I found for my daughter and need to get one for myself too!
  • Joke Items – I couldn’t pass-up the dollar whoopee cushion for my son!
  • Pens & Journals – You can’t go wrong with scented pens, journals or cute stickers.
  • Jewelry, Shoes and Hair Accessories – I saw a lot of cute flip flops and earrings on my last trip to Family Dollar too!

–> For more great Easter Basket ideas, check out Family Dollar’s weekly deals HERE.

 

Easter Basket Free Printable Tags

I designed some jumbo bunny tags for these Easter Baskets and think they turned out really cute! Download the tags below, then trim with scissors and tape to a colorful paper straw to insert into your gift basket.

Easy Easter Basket Ideas for Teens - Free bunny printable tags from LivingLocurto.com

 

Easy Easter Basket Ideas for Teens - Print Free bunny printable tags from LivingLocurto.com

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Watch Me Make These Easter Baskets

I hope you found lots of fun gift ideas with these items from Family Dollar. Watch my video below to see how quick and easy these Easter baskets for teens are to make! Find even more amazing Family Dollar deals with their Smart Coupons.

 

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Ultimate Chocolate Birthday Cake

Make the Ultimate Chocolate Birthday Cake in minutes with this easy no bake dessert idea! A fun semi-homemade cake no chocolate lover could resist.

Ultimate Chocolate Birthday Cake No Bake Dessert - 16th Birthday Party Idea

The Ultimate Chocolate Birthday Cake

Looking for a fun Chocolate birthday cake idea that’s easy to make? This simple chocolate cake is perfect for a last-minute party idea. Make the ultimate cake with a ready made chocolate cake and decorate it with your favorite chocolate treats and cookies.

My son loves chocolate, so for his 16th birthday cake I wanted to go all out with his favorite things. His birthday is right after Christmas, which is usually a busy time when I don’t have a lot of time to party plan or bake a cake. Buying a cake from our local bakery was the quickest thing I could do, but it wasn’t that exciting looking. I need it to be extra fun and special. That’s when I went looking around for some chocolate treats that would be perfect for decorating his cake.

You only turn 16 once and I think the cake turned out super cute. It definitely became the ultimate chocolate birthday cake!

Easy Chocolate Cake for a 16th Birthday Party

After sharing this cake on my Instagram story, so many of you sent me the sweetest messages that I thought I should put the directions on my blog. I think a lot of chocoholics would love a cake like this.

Make the Ultimate Chocolate Birthday Cake in minutes with this easy no bake dessert idea! A fun semi-homemade cake. Easy 16th birthday party ideas.

The birthday boy loved his cake and I had so much fun making it! It truly took longer to unwrap the treats than it did to decorate with them. I can’t believe he’s 16! Seems like yesterday I was planning his Mad Science party and Farm 1st Birthday!

Make the Ultimate Chocolate Birthday Cake in minutes with this easy no bake dessert idea! A fun semi-homemade cake. Easy 16th birthday party ideas.

I hope you enjoy this simple chocolate birthday cake idea!

Make the Ultimate Chocolate Birthday Cake in minutes with this easy no bake dessert idea! A fun semi-homemade cake no chocolate lover could resist. 16th birthday party ideas. #cake #chocolate

How to Make the Ultimate Chocolate Birthday Cake

I love making easy chocolate desserts and this is on of the easiest cakes ever! Start with a 10″ round chocolate cake. I bought one from the local grocery store bakery, but you could certainly make one. If you need a good chocolate cake recipe click here.

Don’t worry about how the cake looks, because you’ll just be covering it with goodies.

Make the Ultimate Chocolate Birthday Cake in minutes with this easy no bake dessert idea! A fun semi-homemade cake. 16th birthday party ideas.

Decorating Your Chocolate Cake

Here is a photo of the chocolate treats I got for my cake. These are most of my son’s favorite things. When decorating your own cake, be sure to get your birthday girl or guy’s favorite things. Don’t worry about calories… they don’t count on birthdays right? Ha!

Make the Ultimate Chocolate Birthday Cake in minutes with this easy no bake dessert idea! A fun semi-homemade cake. 16th birthday party ideas.

Since I had a bunch of cookies left over, after decorating the top, I stuck them on the side of the cake.

Make the Ultimate Chocolate Birthday Cake in minutes with this easy no bake dessert idea! A fun semi-homemade cake. Easy 16th birthday party ideas.

For a quick and inexpensive cake, I thought it turned out so amazing! I hope you got some creative inspiration for your chocolate lover. If you love chocolate as much as my family, click here to follow my Chocolate Recipes board on Pinterest.

Make the Ultimate Chocolate Birthday Cake in minutes with this easy no bake dessert idea! A fun semi-homemade cake. 16th birthday party ideas.

Ultimate Chocolate Birthday Cake

Make the Ultimate Chocolate Birthday Cake in minutes with this easy no bake dessert idea! A fun semi-homemade cake for a chocolate lover.

  • 1 10" Round Chocolate Cake with chocolate frosting
  • 12 Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • 8-10 OREO cookies
  • 3 M&M Brownies
  • 2-4 Hostess Cupcakes
  • 5 Chocolate Donuts
  • 2 Reese’s candy
  • 5 Pocky candy
  • 2-4 Wooden Skewers
  1. Gently scrape off a bit of chocolate frosting from the cake and place it on a plate to use as glue to hold the cookies and candy together.
  2. Start by adding a cupcake and press brownies and cookies around it into the cake to hold in place.
  3. Add 3 chocolate donuts to a skewer and place into cake.
  4. Add a cupcake and brownie to another skewer and place into cake.
  5. Stack OREO cookies in various spots using frosting to hold each one together.
  6. Decorate the rest of the cake top with additional treats and Pocky candy.
  7. Attach cookies around the edge of the cake.
  8. Decorate with a cake balloon and candles. Enjoy!

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7 Time Saving Tips For Shopping at Costco

Having a Costco membership is sure to save you money. But what about precious time? They say time is money, so here are 7 time-saving tips for the next time you go shopping at Costco.

7 Time Saving Tips For Shopping at Costco! Great ideas to save time shopping at Costco. They say time is money, so learn the best time-saving tips for the next time you shop at Costco.

Time Saving Tips For Shopping at Costco

I love shopping at Costco but it always takes much more time than I planned. After going to Costco with one of our Living Locurto team members, Naomi, I was shocked by how organized and quick she was! As a mom of three and apparently an expert Costco shopper, Naomi has a lot of great tricks and tips up her sleeve! I asked her to share a few time saving Costco shopping tips to help us out during this busy holiday season.

They say time is money, so here are 7 time-saving tips for the next time you go shopping at Costco.

7 Time Saving Tips For Shopping at Costco! Great ideas to save time shopping at Costco. They say time is money, so learn the best time-saving tips for the next time you shop at Costco.

7  Ideas to Save Time Shopping at Costco

We know life can be a struggle. It’s hard to get it all done, especially during the holidays. We hope these simple tips will help save you time and money the next time you shop at Costco. For more time saving tips, check out –> these great organization ideas here.

 

1. Know The Costco Parking Lot

Getting in and out of the parking lot can be a challenge. Avoid the traffic jams and find out if your Costco has a back driveway. Many Costco stores do! If your Costco has a back or lesser used driveway, treat it as your own personal road to retail bliss. It may sound crazy, but parking in the back of the parking lot will save you time just because of the ease of getting in and out of the parking lot.

 

2. Know The Store Layout

Knowing the store layout is just as important as knowing the parking lot. My favorite time-saving Costco tip is to take a list, stick to it, and know where exactly everything is in the store. If you need something from the back of the store, avoid going down the middle aisles. Stick to the side aisles and avoid the throngs of customers jockeying for position around the sample tables.

 

3. Avoid The Busiest Times

Playing bumper carts is no fun. Do a little research and find out when the best times to visit your Costco store are. Generally, Costco is busiest on the weekends, the day or two before a major holiday, or on the first day of a new coupon book.  One of the quietest times to shop at Costco are the days in between coupon books. If you aren’t buying anything on a coupon, go in between sales and enjoy the wide aisles all to yourself.

 

4. Stick To A List

It is so easy to be distracted by all the new shiny items Costco has on display. Stay strong! I’ve shopped so much at Costco that I have developed a master list of items I buy regularly. At home, I’ll review the list and mark which items I need to buy. Then when I arrive at Costco, I’m armed with my list and plan and it seriously saves me time AND money! Click here for cute free printable lists.

Free Printable Grocery Shopping Lists | 7 Time Saving Tips For Shopping at Costco! Great ideas to save time shopping at Costco.

 

5. Skip The Samples

Ah, the samples. Everyone loves the Costco samples. Steer clear, as tasty as they may look! This is a time pitfall at Costco, with hordes of shoppers gathering around waiting for the toaster oven timer to ding. Be honest with yourself: You can live without the little morsel, but you’ll never get your precious time back…move along!

 

6. Look For A Fast Cashier

Sometimes the longest line is also the fastest line. Look for a cashier that is really moving customers through quickly. Head for a line with two Costco employees (one scanning and one loading the cart up). If you shop as much as I do at Costco, you may even find a favorite cashier that is always super fast and efficient.

 

7. Have Your Car Trunk Ready To Load

Make sure your trunk is empty so that loading your Costco purchases into your car will be a breeze. Costco doesn’t provide shopping bags, but don’t fall for the stiff cardboard boxes they offer to hold your groceries! Instead, bring your own shopping bags and load your purchases up yourself.

Make sure you have a good insulated bag ready for your frozen items. This may sound counter-intuitive to saving time, but once you arrive home, simply carrying the bags into your home will be so much easier. And you won’t have that stiff cardboard box to deal with.

7 Time Saving Tips For Shopping at Costco! Great ideas to save time shopping at Costco. They say time is money, so learn the best time-saving tips for the next time you shop at Costco.

 

What are your favorite Costco shopping tips? Let us know in the comments below.

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Naomi Calle - Living Locurto Team WriterNaomi Calle is a wife and mom of three who loves traveling, cooking, running, organizing and great at coming up with life hacks to keep up with her family.

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Grandma Chunkie’s Chocolate Pie Recipe

My Grandma Chunkie made the best Chocolate Pie! With only 5 ingredients, this rich chocolate pie recipe is a quick and easy dessert everyone loves!

Grandma's Chocolate Pie recipe. With only 5 ingredients, this rich chocolate pie recipe is a quick and easy dessert.

Grandma Chunkie’s Chocolate Pie Recipe

This chocolate pie recipe is our family tradition thanks to my fun Great-Grandma Chunkie! I remember Grandma Chunkie as a fun little spit fire with pink tinted hair and always wearing a cute apron. I guess she was heavy as a child and that’s where the name came from. All my great-aunts and uncles had nicknames. One was even called Aunt No No.

I loved going to Grandma Chunkie’s house, because she was always baking something tasty. She grew up working in her family’s restaurant in Tulsa. She also let me play with all her jewelry (clip on earrings!) and make-up. I loved hearing stories of her travels and times when she dated a pro-wrestler… the kind like you see now on the WWF! Ha.

She would tell me crazy stories, like how you had to be careful traveling back when she was a girl because Indians would kidnap you. Or the time she and her brother ran away when they were really little. They tied themselves together so they wouldn’t get lost (or kidnapped by Indians) on the train. Who knows what was the truth? Ha!

Originally Published May 7, 2009

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Born in 1908 as Lily Maybell, Grandma Chunkie later changed her name to Lillian.

Grandma Chunkie was also a sister of Christ! When I would go on ski trips, she would pray on a cloth and make me put it in my pocket to keep me safe:-) In college, I would get these little prayer cloths in the mail every now and then.

This photo of Grandma Chunkie is probably from the 1940’s. I think she is alive and well in my daughter! I see a lot of Grandma Chunkie in my own little spit fire.

 

The best Chocolate Pie

Grandma Chunkie made THE best pies! Usually for our Thanksgiving dinners, we would have about three pumpkin pies along with banana, lemon and chocolate. I never liked pumpkin pie, so she always made me my own mini chocolate pie. A Thanksgiving tradition, I started with my kids. I’ve posted this recipe before, but in case you missed it, here it is again. Enjoy!!

Grandma's Chocolate Pie recipe. With only 5 ingredients, this rich chocolate pie recipe is a quick and easy dessert everyone loves!

 

Grandma Chunkie’s Easy to Make Rich & Creamy Chocolate Pie

For all you chocoholics, this pie is a must! Here’s the recipe that she wrote on a small piece of paper. You can print the recipe below.

Ingredients

  • One large Hershey Candy Bar (milk chocolate) 8 oz (now I get 2 large chocolate bars)
  • 18 large marshmallows cut up
  • 1/2 cup sweet milk (I don’t know what that meant… so I just use regular milk)
  • 8 oz. Cool Whip
  • Baked Pie Shell

Directions

  1. Melt Candy bar and marshmallows in milk over low fire until smooth. Cool.
  2. Add 1-9 oz Cool Whip into chocolate mixture
  3. Pour into baked pie shell and keep cool until ready to serve.
  4. Spoon a large helping of Cool Whip on your slice of pie! (I like to add chocolate sprinkles too)

Did you have a grandma like my Great Grandma Chunkie?

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Grandma's Chocolate Pie

Grandma’s Chocolate Pie recipe. With only 5 ingredients, this rich chocolate pie recipe is a quick and easy dessert everyone loves!

  • 2 1.55 oz Hershey candy bars
  • 18 large marshmallows cut up
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 8 oz Cool Whip or Homemade Whipped Cream
  • 1 Baked Pie Crust
  1. Bake the pie shell and let cool.

  2. Melt candy bar and marshmallows in milk over low fire until smooth. Let cool.
  3. Stir in one 9 oz. Cool Whip into chocolate mixture.
  4. Pour into baked pie shell and keep cool until ready to serve.
  5. Spoon a large helping of cool whip on your slice of pie!

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Funny Elf Letter Board Signs

Join the Christmas fun by downloading these funny Printable Elf Letter Board Signs to help your elf communicate with your kids! With cute signs for an elf arrival, departure and fun in between, these printable letter board signs give you days of hilarious ideas for your Elf on the Shelf.

Printable Elf Letter Board Signs to help your Christmas elf communicate with kids! Elf printables for days of hilarious ideas for the Elf on the Shelf. Original designs by Living Locurto

ALL NEW Funny Elf Letter Board Printables!

Can you believe it’s almost time for your Christmas elf to arrive? If you didn’t know, the letter board sign trend is all the rage in the North Pole right now. There are apparently elf motivation quotes on letter board signs all over Santa’s workshop!

Because our Elf on the Shelf, Peter is always on trend, he came to visit early to give me these funny Elf Letter Board Printables. Because Peter the elf has become pretty famous in our world, he offered to model the cute elf sized letter board signs so you could get a sample of what you can do with them.

These funny elf letter board signs are the perfect way for your elf to communicate with your kids! Isn’t our elf Peter adorable? He makes a great model for my North Pole Elf Shop and we’re excited for him to come back soon and surprise us with more funny elf arrival ideas.

Funny Printable Elf Letter Board Signs. Elf printables for days of hilarious ideas for the Elf on the Shelf. Original elf designs by Living Locurto

Our Favorite Christmas Elf Printables

If you’re a member of the Living Locurto Fun Club, then you will get these cute Elf Letter Board Signs along with more of our favorite elf and holiday designs! –> Click here to learn more about the Fun Club.

Fun Club members get our best Elf printables from The North Pole Elf Shop. Plus, a 6 month access to our exclusive printable library full of beautiful home decor, the Fun Club Planner, Holiday designs, cards and cute party printables. Unlock a new printable each month and check back regularly for new designs and more Elf on the Shelf ideas!

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Funny Printable Elf Letter Board Signs

Want a sneak peek of some of the hilarious Elf Letter Board signs? Here are a few photos from our letter board sign photoshoot with Peter. He loves modeling for us! I’m sure he will be back soon surprising us with his crazy elf antics. If you haven’t seen him in action before visit our Christmas elf ideas section to find more fun printables and ideas!

It seems like not only are letter boards trending with elves, but also potty humor. Perfectly silly for kids!

Funny Printable Elf Letter Board Signs perfect for kids at Christmas. Elf printables for days of hilarious ideas for the Elf on the Shelf. Original elf designs by Living Locurto

Funny Printable Elf Letter Board Signs to help your elf communicate with your kids! With cute signs for a Christmas elf arrival, departure and fun in between, these printable letter board signs give you days of hilarious ideas for your Elf on the Shelf. Original designs by Living Locurto. #printables #elf

What you get with our Elf Letter Board Printables

Enjoy nine Elf sized printable letter board signs for days of fun! Comes with two cute Elf Arrival Signs for an easy way to welcome back your Elf on the Shelf, a farewell sign and one of my favorites… a sign saying your elf has gone to a meeting for when you need a few days break from the elf. LOL!!!

Get 9 Elf Letter Board Signs:

  • 2 Arrival Different Signs (great if you have two or more elves!)
  • 5 Fun Days of Letter Board Signs
  • 1 “I’m at the North Pole” Sign (for when you leave town or need a break)
  • 1 Farewell Sign for Christmas Eve

 

Get the Printable Elf Letter Board Signs

Click Here to Print Download Elf Letter Board Printables by Amy Locurto LivingLocurto.com

–> CLICK HERE <— to get the Elf Letter Board Signs*

*Members of the Living Locurto Fun Club can download this in the Fun Club printable library. Not a member yet? Find out more here.

Get Your Elf Featured!

If you use any of our printables, we’d love for you to share your elf photos on Instagram or on our Facebook page. Use the hashtag #LLBlogElf on Instagram to share what your elf has been up to this season. I’d love to feature YOUR funny elf on our social channels. ~ Thanks, Amy!

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Love this Elf Idea? Find more favorite elf printables in The North Pole Elf Shop!

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More Christmas Elf Ideas!

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Adorable Elf on the Shelf Arrival Ideas

Creative Elf on the Shelf Arrival Ideas! Unique printables and cute ideas direct from the North Pole to wow your kids.

 

Top 10 Reasons Why Your Elf on the Shelf Did Not Move!

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Magic Seeds from the North Pole

When our elf brought magic seeds that grew cookies, it was AMAZING! Shhh! Don’t let your kids know what happens and just enjoy the fact that they will be on their BEST behavior waiting for the seeds to grow! Click here to get the details about the Elf Magic Seeds.

Best idea! Elf on the Shelf Magic Seeds turn into cookies and a Free Printable Letter from Santa. LivingLocurto.com

25 of the BEST Elf On The Shelf Ideas

One of our most popular posts ever is this article with the 25 of the BEST Elf on the Shelf ideas! Check it out when you are needing even more ideas and printables for your elf.

25 BEST Elf On The Shelf Ideas! Over a month of Fun DIY Ideas for Kids at Christmas. LivingLocurto.com

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What I Love About Beaches Turks & Caicos (VIDEO)

Trying to decide where to go on your next family vacation? Beaches Turks & Caicos is by far our favorite all-inclusive beach resort. Of course the beautiful Caribbean is amazing, but the service, food and fun at Beaches Resorts makes it 100 times better! Here’s why you must go to Beaches Turks & Caicos on your next family vacation.

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Why You Must Go to Beaches Turks & Caicos

This post is in partnership with Beaches Resorts

I recently attended the 4th Annual Social Media on the Sands event sponsored by Beaches in Turks & Caicos. When I got my invitation, I had to pinch myself because it’s my happy place! I’m a huge advocate of traveling with kids, so was excited that I could bring my daughter along. We definitely enjoyed the beautiful Caribbean water and wonderful event  activities!

The first year I got to attend this event, I fell in love with Turks & Caicos and Beaches Resorts. A few months later cancer took my mom away from us way too early. After caring for her, I was exhausted, depressed and totally lost until I booked a trip again to this resort. I wanted to go back for a work free trip with my family to hopefully find happiness again. I remember being greeted with a big hug from Cookie Monster (Sesame Street is exclusive at Beaches Resorts), and finally got my smile back! So when I gush and brag about Beaches Turks & Caicos, it’s because they seriously helped me heal during a deeply sad time of my life.

Learn all about Beaches Resorts in Turks & Caicos to plan your next family trip! All-Inclusive Caribbean vacation travel review.

I have traveled all over the world, believe me when I say it’s worth EVERY penny to go on a family vacation here!  

What I Love About Beaches Turks & Caicos + Event Recap

This is a quick summary of everything I love about the all-inclusive Beaches Resorts Turks & Caicos along with a recap of the 2018 Social Media on the Sand event. I hope you find it helpful for when you plan your next family vacation!

Have Questions? Feel free to ask me any questions in the comment section below.

Learn all about Beaches Resorts in Turks & Caicos to plan your next family trip! All-Inclusive Caribbean vacation travel review by Amy Locurto Food and Travel Blogger. LivingLocurto.com

 

What is Beaches Resorts Social Media on the Sand?

Social Media on the Sand is an invitation-only event for social media influencers and their families hosted by Beaches Resorts. It was by far one of the best conferences I have ever attended! We did not get a free trip, but did get an incredible discount and tons of great perks for attending. Ready to go? –> You can save up to 65% at Beaches right now, click here to learn more. 

 

Amazing Speakers

We got to hear from several celebrities, amazing entrepreneurs and learn what is new in our industry.

Our keynote speaker was Adam Stewart, the CEO of Sandals and Beaches Resorts. After hearing him speak, I can safely say some of us might have a crush on him! His dad, Gordon “Butch”, is the founder of Sandals and Beaches Resorts. I wish they had a show, because their family seems like a ton of fun! Adam started working for the company when he was sixteen years old and helped make Sandals and Beaches two of the top resort brands in the world. Did you know they are who invented the swim up pool bar? GENIUS!!

Adam shared some great family stories and news about both Sandals and Beaches Resorts. If you didn’t know, Sandals is a collection of 15 of the most romantic all-inclusive luxury beachfront resorts on earth, created exclusively for couples. After Sandals customers started making babies, the family version (Beaches) was created.

I’m DYING to stay in Sandal’s over the water villas!!! There is a very long waiting list, and I might have offered Adam cash to get me on the list, but I don’t think it worked. I’m still waiting for my invite. LOL!


All NEW Sandals Royal Caribbean Over-The-Water Villas now open!

Other amazing speakers included:

Thanks to the Dry Bar girls for taming my crazy curly hair with this fun braid!

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Out of This World Events

Social Media on the Sand Pool Party. Learn all about Beaches Resorts in Turks & Caicos to plan your next family trip! All-Inclusive Caribbean vacation travel review by Amy Locurto Food and Travel Blogger. LivingLocurto.com

Beaches Resorts know how to throw a seriously AWESOME party! We got spoiled with a welcome party on an Island Routes catamaran, a crazy amazing Alice in Wonderland themed party and Floatopia Pool party, sponsored by Spin Master, where the boy band In Real Life (IRL) performed for us!

Social Media on the Sand Pool Party. Learn all about Beaches Resorts in Turks & Caicos to plan your next family trip! All-Inclusive Caribbean vacation travel review by Amy Locurto Food and Travel Blogger.

IRL are super cute and talented, so of course my daughter and I had a first row pool spot for their concert!

Social Media on the Sand Party. In Real Life (IRL) boy band concert. Learn all about Beaches Resorts in Turks & Caicos to plan your next family trip! All-Inclusive Caribbean vacation travel review by Amy Locurto Food and Travel Blogger.

Social Media on the Sand Party. In Real Life (IRL) boy band photo. Learn all about Beaches Resorts in Turks & Caicos to plan your next family trip! All-Inclusive Caribbean vacation travel review by Amy Locurto Food and Travel Blogger.

 

Lovely People and New Connections

The blogging and social media industry has grown so much, it was wonderful to meet new fabulous people! Beaches gave us precious time to get to know each other in the beautiful Caribbean. I will cherish our friend and family time together here forever!

Social Media on the Sand event for Beaches Moms. Learn all about Beaches Resorts in Turks & Caicos to plan your next family trip! All-Inclusive Caribbean vacation travel review by Amy Locurto Food and Travel Blogger.

Beaches Pool Volleyball. Learn all about Beaches Resorts in Turks & Caicos to plan your next family trip! All-Inclusive Caribbean vacation travel review by Amy Locurto Food and Travel Blogger.

Funny Moment

Lands End was one of my favorite sponsors who gave us the most amazing gifts. One of them being a magical dress that fits any body shape. I met my friend Holly for dinner one night and without planning, we both had on the exact same dress, same handbag and wore our hair with it’s natural curls. We definitely turned heads that night! Ha!!

Exclusive Lands End Discount–> Get 40% off full-price styles on Lands End by using code: BEACHES and pin: 2018 at checkout!  Hurry! This offer expires: 10/31/2018

Beaches Moms Social Media on the Sand event. Holly Homer and Amy Locurto Texas bloggers. Learn all about Beaches Resorts in Turks & Caicos to plan your next family trip! All-Inclusive Caribbean vacation travel review.

Beaches Friends Forever Getaway

 

What’s New at Beaches Resorts

Beaches spent over 70 million dollars to rebuild after last year’s hurricane. Everything is in tip top shape now! I noticed the Caribbean Village lobby got a beautiful makeover since the last time I was there.

Learn all about Beaches Resorts in Turks & Caicos to plan your next family trip! All-Inclusive Caribbean vacation travel review by Amy Locurto Food and Travel Blogger.

Here are more new things you’ll want to know about! 

  • Barbados –  The newest Beaches Resort is coming to St. Peter, Barbados in a few years. I can’t wait!
  • No More Plastic Straws  – Starting this fall, there will be no more plastic straws to help save the environment. All 19 Sandals and Beaches Resorts across seven Caribbean islands will eliminate the 21,490,800 single-use plastic straws and stirrers by November 1, 2018. Eco-friendly paper straws will be available upon request. Visit the Sandals Foundation to see more ways they help the community and environment.
  • Over the Water Chapels – This isn’t at the Beaches Resort in Turks & Caicos, but it’s definitely worth mentioning. Sandals now has glass bottom chapels over the water! Each chapel seats 40 people. If you are planning a wedding or want to renew your vows, be sure to check them out here.
  • Food Trucks – You’ll not only find 22 incredible restaurants (all included in your price), but don’t miss out on the new food trucks! Our favorite was the Mr. Mac truck. Any flavor of Mac & Cheese you want, they have!

Food Trucks Mac & Cheese. Learn all about Beaches Resorts in Turks & Caicos to plan your next family trip! All-Inclusive Caribbean vacation travel review by Amy Locurto Food and Travel Blogger.

Take a Tour of Beaches Turks & Caicos

Watch my video tour below to get a better glimpse of the incredible Beaches Resort in Turks & Caicos!

 


Beaches Resorts: Huge Savings Now!

Beaches is a Kid’s Heaven!

Beaches is my FAVORITE resort for kids! The kids activities and water parks are to die for!!!

Waterslide pool for kids. Learn all about Beaches Resorts in Turks & Caicos to plan your next family trip! All-Inclusive Caribbean vacation travel review by Amy Locurto Food and Travel Blogger.

You can see all they offer at their Kids Camp here. How adorable are these mini lounge chairs and umbrellas?

Kid Camp pool. Learn all about Beaches Resorts in Turks & Caicos to plan your next family trip! All-Inclusive Caribbean vacation travel review by Amy Locurto Food and Travel Blogger.

I love that Sesame Street Is Exclusive at Beaches Resorts. It’s so fun seeing the characters walking around. Even I get excited because I basically grew up with them!

Beaches is Highly Trained to Work with Special Needs Kids

Beaches Resorts is the first resort in the world to complete the rigorous International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards training and Autism Certification! If you have kids with special needs, this resort will be a heavenly place where you can rest assured your kids are safe and happy!

What about teens?

Beaches makes it tons of fun for pre-teens and teenagers too! From pizza bars to soda bars, to their own nightclub with karaoke, they give teens their own scene all day and places to hang each evening. There are great water sports, pre-teen events, teen only boat cruises, pool olympics, tennis clinics, karaoke, discos, dance parties, talent shows and much more!

Boogie boarding surf simulator for kids at Beaches Resorts in Turks & Caicos to plan your next family trip! All-Inclusive Caribbean vacation travel review by Amy Locurto Food and Travel Blogger.

Other Things I love about Beaches Resorts

  • The Restaurants – Their specialized restaurants are like no other all-inclusive resort. It’s so fun to walk into any restaurant and not have to pay or tip! (All food and tips are included in your vacation price) We often ordered two dinners and ALL of the desserts! I love how they require the chefs to have experience working in the country of the restaurant’s theme. All of the food we ate was amazing!
  • Safe Surroundings & Friendly Staff – The people who work at Beaches LOVE their jobs! They not only make your vacation the most fun ever, but also safe. My older kids roam around on their own and I always feel totally at ease with the wonderful service and staff around.
  • Butler Service – If you want luxury and nothing to worry about, the butler service is a must get!
  • Premium liquor brands – There is no generic ANYTHING. If you like Tito’s Vodka or Crown Royal, that’s what you’ll get.

I got a chance to learn how to make some of their delicious specialty drinks in a bartending class. I made a Dirty Banana and can’t wait to share the recipe with you soon!

Making drinks with Social Media on the Sand event at Beaches Resorts in Turks & Caicos to plan your next family trip! All-Inclusive Caribbean vacation travel review by Amy Locurto Food and Travel Blogger.

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Thank you the Beaches Resorts team for the event of a lifetime!! Also a huge thank you to the other amazing sponsors! We were so spoiled by everyone who came. What an amazing time. I hope you get to visit a Sandals or Beaches Resort soon!

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How to Live Your Best Life | Red Carpet Recap

Are you living your best life? Ask these questions to help keep you on the path to living the life you’ve always wanted.  Plus, enjoy the Life of the Party movie premiere red carpet recap where I felt like I was living one of the best nights of my life!

How to Live Your Best Life | Life of the Party Movie Red Carpet Recap by Amy Locurto LivingLocurto.com

How to Live Your Best Life and Life of the Party Red Carpet Recap

I partner with Warner Bros Pictures and was invited to attend the world premiere for Life of the Party, a hilarious comedy starring Melissa McCarthy, in theaters May 11. No mom should miss this…it’s one of the funniest, sweetest movies ever! This was my first time being on the red carpet with movie stars and it was so exciting! I even got to hug Melissa McCarthy! She is the cutest thing ever and made me laugh so hard in a few scenes that I had tears streaming down my face.

 Life of the Party Movie Premiere Red Carpet Recap by Amy Locurto LivingLocurto.com

Melissa McCarthy plays Deanna a longtime dedicated housewife who when her husband suddenly dumps her turns regret into re-set by going back to college. She goes to the same school as her daughter, who’s not entirely sold on the idea. Plunging headlong into the campus experience, she embraces freedom and fun on her own terms, eventually finding her true self.

Life of the Party Movie Red Carpet Recap

A few more of my favorite cast members were Maya Rudolph, who is SO FUNNY and absolutely killed it in this movie. Julie Bowen, one of my favorite actresses and who I got to meet for a quick second on the red carpet, was perfection!

Life of the Party Movie Premiere Red Carpet Recap Maya Rudolph

 

Luke Benward is adorably charming in this film! Everyone was swooning over this tall dark and handsome guy at the premiere.

Life of the Party Movie Premiere Red Carpet Recap Luke

With all of the screaming girls, I’m pretty sure we got to see the next Hollywood heartthrob up close! If you look closely you can see him in the background of our selfie from the movie premiere after party. This was about as close as I could get through the crowds. He is super cute!!!

Life of the Party Movie Premiere Red Carpet Recap After Party Amy Locurto

 

We’re big fans of Debby Ryan and I loved her role as the mean girl. I wish I could rock a pants suit as well as her!

Life of the Party Movie Premiere Red Carpet Recap Debby Ryan

Even though Life of the Party is one of those classic funny movies that I will watch over and over, it is full of many great life lessons. The movie plot got me thinking about how being the life of the party can also mean living your best life.

Are you living your best life?

Here are three questions to ask yourself right now to help get you on the right path towards the life you have always wanted.

1. What are you saying yes to?

Take out a piece of paper and write down all of the things you have said yes to in the upcoming months. Are these things allowing you to live your best life, the one you always imagined having? Or are these things that you don’t really have to do, things you might not even want to do, but say yes to anyway because that is what you feel is expected of you?

Melissa McCarthy’s character, Deanna, was the person who gave her time to everyone around her and none for herself. She thought she was happy doing it at the time, but later looks back on her life and wished she had done things differently. So many of us can relate to being that person in many aspects of life. It’s a great reminder to say yes to more things that take you towards the path of the life you really want and that it’s okay to say no to things that don’t.

Saying no to many things in my life has allowed me to focus on growing my website which gives me opportunities like walking the red carpet with some amazing digital influencers and movie stars.

Life of the Party Movie Premiere Red Carpet Recap Digital Influencer Bloggers

 

2. Why are you afraid?

In the movie, Deanna was afraid of speaking in public. One of the college girls was afraid she was choosing the wrong field of study. We all probably have something that holds us back from living our best life. What is that for you? Now ask yourself why are you afraid? Knowing why can significantly help you figure out a plan of action.

How to live your best life and Life of the Party Movie Premiere Red Carpet Recap

Years ago, if I was made to speak in front of a large group, I would sweat like crazy and have panic attacks. My fear stemmed from worry that I would choke and look ridiculous. I knew I wasn’t living my best life by being terrified of something that would not physically hurt me. If I messed up, it would only embarrass me for a short time, so I began watching all kinds of public speaking technique videos. I then forced myself to do more public speaking. After years of practice, now I can’t imagine ever feeling nervous to talk to a group! Over the past 5 years, I have gotten to speak to hundreds of people all over the country at numerous conferences. Think of all of the people I wouldn’t have met or inspired if I had let my fear hold me back!

Remember you are strong! I bet there are certainly a few fears you can also overcome to help you live your very best life.

3. When is the last time you did something just for you?

If you are a mom, you might not be able to remember when you did something just for you! It’s okay to schedule something onto your calendar with your name on it. Making time to do more of what you enjoy is an important part of living your best life.

After waking up at 4:30 am to travel home from the movie premiere, I was drop dead exhausted. Plus, I have to get ready for a trip to Florida in a few days for my daughter’s cheer competition. I could have easily canceled my plans made months ago to attend a concert with my girlfriends last night. The movie reminded me that making time for  friends was an important part of living my best life. I not only found much joy from an evening spent with friends watching a fabulous performance, but got to carry my new clutch from the premiere!

Are you living your best life? Ask these questions to help keep you on the path to living the life you’ve always wanted. Amy Locurto Living Locurto shares tips.

Plan to do some things just for you and add “watch Life of the Party” to your list! I promise you will laugh out loud and maybe it will also inspire you to live your best life.


Thanks to Warner Bros Pictures for the great time!

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3 Reasons Why You Need to Be In Photos Now

Mother’s Day is the perfect time to make a point to get in the family photos. Here are 3 Reasons Why You Need to Be In Photos Now, along with inspiration from our latest Mother’s Day photo shoot.

Mother’s Day is the perfect time to make a point to get in the family photos. Here are 3 Reasons Why You Need to Be In Photos Now, along with inspiration from our latest Mother’s Day photo shoot. Photography Session with Sue Bryce. #mothersday #photography #livinglocurto

You might think this article is just about a Mother’s Day photo shoot with my daughter, but I want to make it clear that this is much more important than pretty photos.

What I am writing today is a powerful reminder for you… yes, I’m talking to you!

Last week marked the two-year anniversary of my mother’s death. This weekend, we found out that my husband’s mother died unexpectedly. Now both of our moms are gone, and many years before we expected to lose them. A few days before finding out about my mother-in-law’s passing, I received these beautiful photos from our Mother’s Day photo shoot with the amazing Sue Bryce.

Here are 3 Reasons Why You Need to Be In Photos Now, along with inspiration from our latest Mother’s Day photo shoot. Photos by Sue Bryce

I thought out of respect for the recent death in our family, I would not share my Mother’s Day photos right away.  But, then I thought about you and the other women reading this. I decided to share my story and photos in hopes that you would be inspired to get IN THE PHOTOS with your kids, your mother, father or other family members who are dear to you. I know my mother-in-law would approve of this message. So here I am writing to let you know that YOU are beautiful, no matter what size of clothes you wear, how old you are, or if your teeth are crooked or straight.

This message is important for you to hear. I hope you keep reading…

3 Reasons Why You Need to Be In Photos Now

 

1. It’s The Best Gift You Can Give

3 Reasons Why You Need to Be In Photos Now, along with inspiration from our latest Mother’s Day photo shoot. Amy Locurto and daughter. Photos by Sue Bryce

With Mother’s Day coming up soon, I encourage you to get in the photos with your kids. Give your kids the gift of you! Please listen to someone who has had both of her parents and in-laws die at a young age. Photos are an important part of your children’s memories. Without them, it’s often hard to conjure up memories. Isn’t it crazy how as soon as you look at a photo, memories come flooding back? Getting beautiful photos taken of yourself is not silly, it’s not vain, its not a waste of money. It’s a cherished memory captured forever. It’s important.

My daughter and I will NEVER forget our trip to California for these photos. It was worth every penny to have this special time with my little girl. You can bet I’m going to be nagging my teenage son to take photos with me soon. (I can picture him running away right now. ha!)  No worries with this one, she RUNS to the camera!

 

2. Someday You Will Wish You Did It Sooner

 

3 Reasons Why You Need to Be In Photos Now! Inspiration from a Mother’s Day photo shoot. Amy Locurto and daughter. Photos by Sue Bryce LivingLocurto.com

I always tell people, 10 years from now you will look back at photos of yourself and wish you looked that young, that skinny or that healthy again!  I hope by sharing my Mother’s Day photos today that you will be inspired to get in a photo and not worry so much about your appearance. I bet you look pretty darn good!

3 Reasons Why You Need to Be In Photos Now! Inspiration from a Mother’s Day photo shoot. Amy Locurto and daughter. Photos by Sue Bryce LivingLocurto.com

My mom was a gorgeous woman, yet she never wanted to be in our photos. I wish I had more photos of us together now! No matter how much I might dread photos, I make a point to get in them with my kids as much as possible. I may not be happy with the way I look, wish I was skinner, younger, etc, but my kids don’t care, they love me for who I am.

 

3. A Good Photographer Can Perform Miracles

 

3 Reasons Why You Need to Be In Photos Now! Inspiration from a Mother’s Day photo shoot. Amy Locurto and daughter. Photos by Sue Bryce LivingLocurto.com

This is no joke! A good photographer knows how to pose you to look your best, and will use lighting that performs miracles! I’m glad I didn’t put this off to lose a certain amount of weight, I just got in the photos and trusted that the photographer would make me look amazing! When you have photos taken by the fabulous Sue Bryce, that is a no brainer! Seriously, if you have a great photographer, plus hair and make-up, you will feel like a princess.

I want to walk around in this pose all day with someone holding lights and a fan on me, because I do NOT look like this in person. LOL!!! Miracles I tell ya!

3 Reasons Why You Need to Be In Photos Now! Inspiration from a Mother’s Day photo shoot with Lifestyle and Food blogger, Amy Locurto and daughter. Photos by Sue Bryce LivingLocurto.com

Don’t wait to book a photo session with a photographer, because some have very long wait lists. Find someone who can help you with your hair and make-up if you aren’t sure what to do. You deserve to feel like a queen for a day! Remember you are giving this gift to your children. They will cherish photos of you long into their old age and be happy to pass them down to generations. Make time for this… it’s important, just like you.

Thank you Sue, Gerson and the Sue Bryce team for giving us these memories to frame and cherish forever!

3 Reasons Why You Need to Be In Photos Now! Sue Bryce, Amy Locurto and daughter.

Please Share Your Photos!

If you take photos with your kids, please share them with me! I’d love to see!!

Here are four ways to share your photos:

  1. Use the hashtag #LivingLocurto on Instagram
  2. Share on my Living Locurto Facebook Page
  3. Share in our Private Facebook Group
  4. Send photos via e-mail, sign up for my emails here if you don’t already get them.

Our Moms

Here are photos of my mom, Virginia and my husband’s mom, Carol dancing at our wedding. May you both be dancing, smiling and taking lots of photos now in heaven. We miss you both so much!

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Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken Recipe

Easy recipe for Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken that makes a quick and delicious dinner for busy nights!

Easy recipe for Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken. Makes a quick delicious dinner for busy nights. How to cook tender chicken breasts in a pressure cooker.

Tender and Juicy Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken!

With school in full force, it’s time to think about what to make for dinner and this amazing Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken should definitely be on your recipe list! I’m seriously obsessed with making Instant Pot dinners and I know your family will love today’s new recipe.

We had such a great summer as you can see in my photos on Instagram. It’s hard to believe school has started. It’s even harder to believe that I have one child who started middle school and another in high school! It seems like yesterday they were just starting kindergarten.

After dropping off my son for his first year of high school I flashed forward in my mind to dropping him off at college. Eeek! I’m so not ready for them to grow up.

The next photo was taken during our incredible trip to Scotland. They are my world and I just love them to pieces!

I want to enjoy as much time I can with my kids, so I’m excited to start back to a routine of cooking family dinners. We traveled and ate out pretty much all summer, so it’s taking me a while to get back into meal planning.

With this girl on a new all-star competitive cheer team, life starting to get very busy! The first thing I thought to do was get out my Instant Pot to make dinners easier. I tried making Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken and the recipe was a huge hit with even my super picky son!

These sweet 11 year olds have been neighbors and close friends since they were three years old! I’m excited after all of these years of going to the same school, they finally have classes together.

You’d think her mom and I would talk about what is happening in middle school with them, but no… all we can discuss is how much our Instant Pot has changed our lives. NO JOKE! ha! We love coming up with new Instant Pot recipe ideas and I can’t wait to share a bunch on the blog this year.

Today, I hope you enjoy this easy and super tender Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken recipe!

How to make Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken

What you’ll need:

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt and fresh ground pepper
3 tablespoons minced garlic (about 8 cloves) This sounds like a lot, but it’s not a strong garlic taste at all.
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon fresh minced thyme
1 large lemon
1/4 cup white wine

  • Turn your Instant Pot on sauté and while waiting for it to heat and the “hot” button to show, brush both sides of the chicken breasts with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Place the chicken in the Instant Pot and sauté on each side for 2-3 minutes until golden brown. This will seal in the juices and keep it tender!
  • When the chicken is golden brown on both sides, remove from Instant Pot.

  • Add olive oil, minced garlic, oregano and thyme. Sauté and stir for 1 minute.
  • Add wine and broth, then squeeze the juice from the lemon and stir.
  • Place the chicken back into the Instant Pot, lock the lid, make sure the steam valve is closed. Push the poultry button and set it to cook for 15 minutes.
  • When done, release the pressure then remove your Instant Pot lid. Let stand for 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve this Instant Pot lemon garlic chicken with a salad, rice or your favorite pasta.

I like to toss pasta in butter and spoon the juices from wine, broth and chicken over the pasta.

Easy recipe for Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken. How to cook tender chicken breasts in a pressure cooker. Quick dinner recipe idea.

I hope your family enjoys this chicken as much as mine. Good luck with the new school season!

Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken Recipe
 
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Easy recipe for Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken. Makes a quick delicious dinner for busy nights. How to cook tender chicken breasts in a pressure cooker.
Recipe type: Chicken
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic (about 6-8 cloves)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon fresh minced thyme
  • 1 large lemon
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
Instructions
  1. Turn your Instant Pot on sauté and while waiting for it to heat and the "hot" button to show, brush the chicken breasts on both sides with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Place chicken in the Instant Pot and sauté on each side for 2-3 minutes until golden brown.
  3. When chicken is golden brown on both sides, remove from Instant Pot.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the minced garlic, oregano and thyme. Sauté and stir for 1 minute.
  5. Add wine and broth, then squeeze the juice from the lemon and stir.
  6. Place chicken back into Instant Pot, lock the lid, make sure the steam valve is closed. Push the poultry button and set it to cook for 15 minutes.
  7. When done, release the pressure, then remove your Instant Pot lid. Let stand for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Serve this Instant Pot lemon garlic chicken with a salad, rice or your favorite pasta. Toss pasta with butter and spoon the juices from the wine, broth and chicken over the pasta.

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Easy recipe for Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken. Makes a quick delicious dinner for busy nights. How to make cook chicken breasts in a pressure cooker. Fast and simple recipe! LivingLocurto.com

 

Here’s more great Instant Pot Recipes…

10 Minute Baked Potato Soup in the Instant Pot

10 Minute Instant Pot Baked Potato Soup is the perfect quick and easy hearty meal! With a pressure cooker like the Instant Pot, you'll have dinner in minutes.

 Instant Pot Banana French Toast Recipe!

One Pan Instant Pot Banana French Toast Recipe! How to make french toast in an Instant Pot! This easy Cream Cheese Banana French Toast Recipe is a fast way to make breakfast in a pressure cooker. LivingLocurto.com

Easy Instant Pot Spinach Artichoke Dip baked in only 10 minutes!

Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip baked in only 10 minutes! A great Instant Pot pressure cooker recipe when you need a simple, fast and delicious appetizer.

This Instant Pot Lasagna is amazing!

Instant Pot Lasagna is quick, easy and delicious! Try this healthy Turkey Spinach Lasagna recipe in your pressure cooker for a delicious dinner.

 

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DIY Cat Litter Box Holder | Tidy Cats Giveaway

A DIY Cat Litter Box Holder is a simple homemade idea to hide your kitty litter box and give your cat’s space a fresh makeover!

A DIY Cat Litter Box Holder is a simple homemade way to hide a kitty litter box. Give your cat's space a fresh makeover! Home hidden litter container.

How to make a DIY cat litter box holder! An easy mess free idea for your cat’s space.

This DIY Cat Litter Box Holder is the best idea for keeping your kitty litter area clean! Give your home a purr-fect cat makeover with the help of Tidy Cats LightWeight with Glade Tough Odor Solutions Clean Blossoms and this simple way to hide your kitty litter. Our cats deserve the best, so be sure to check out today’s fun giveaway below from Tidy Cats!

I love coming up with ideas to organize and clean my home. Since pets are family too, why not spruce up your cat’s haven with this creative idea for your cat litter box?

Make a space just for your kitty litter box from a large storage container. Not only is your cat’s space spruced up and hidden from view, but you will eliminate the mess. It’s a win win for everyone!

A DIY Cat Litter Box Holder is a simple homemade way to hide a kitty litter box. TIdy Cats LightWeight Litter

I was very excited when Tidy Cats asked our cat Apollo to be an ambassador for their new Tidy Cats LightWeight with Glade Tough Odor Solutions Clean Blossoms litter! This heavy-duty lightweight litter has the same serious odor-fighting power that you expect from Tidy Cats in an amazingly pleasant floral scent. It smells like spring and is just what I need!

Here’s my problem and why I am excited about nice smelling cat litter… Apollo, is a VERY fancy feline. If you pet him, he will clean that exact spot of fur. He turns his nose up at messes like no other cat I’ve ever had. We laugh at how he is a five star cat and the king of the house! Our cat is so fancy, that even getting his paws in the kitty litter is beneath him. Therefore he prefers to poop right next to the litter instead of in it! Argh!

I’ve tried everything to remedy his issue with the litter box, such as using two cat litter boxes, one for #1 and one for #2. Well, that worked a few times as long as I cleaned his litter out right after he does his business. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

It’s a constant battle to get Apollo to use the kitty litter. Obviously he could care less…

A DIY Cat Litter Box Holder is a simple homemade way to hide a kitty litter box. Give your cat's space a fresh makeover! Home hidden litter container.

The quest to get my cat to go poo in his kitty litter box will hopefully end now! I’m excited to try the new Tidy Cats LightWeight with Glade Tough Odor Solutions Clean Blossoms to improve not only the odor in my bathroom where I keep his litter, but to hopefully find something fancy enough for him. I think Apollo will really like the Glade scent as well as I do, because he’s fancy like that!

I’m proud to introduce my new DIY Cat Litter Box Holder!

A DIY Cat Litter Box Holder is a simple homemade way to hide a kitty litter box.

If you have a cat too, I hope you enjoy this easy DIY idea for your home!

What you’ll need to make a Cat Litter Box Holder:

  • Large storage container big enough to hold your litter box
  • Cat litter box
  • Cat litter box liners
  • Tidy Cats LightWeight with Glade Tough Odor Solutions Clean Blossoms
  • Contact paper
  • Tools: Jigsaw and Drill
  • Optional: Kitty litter mat, kitty litter cleanup kit and battery operated light

First I used a jigsaw to cut a rectangle shape in a large plastic storage box, big enough for him to walk through.

I then added some contact paper liner on the bottom of the storage container and put the cat litter box inside full of nice smelling Tidy Cats LightWeight with Glade Tough Odor Solutions Clean Blossoms.

I added a battery operated light and new clean up kit. Then decorated the outside for my very fancy cat!

A DIY Cat Litter Box Holder is a simple homemade way to hide a kitty litter box. Give your cat's space a fresh makeover!

Next, I drilled ventilation holes in the lid over the area that covers the kitty litter. I made a cat shape for my box!

A DIY Cat Litter Box Holder is a simple homemade way to hide a kitty litter box. Give your cat's space a fresh makeover!

You can add the lid to the box or take it off.  Putting the lid on it when guest come over is a great idea to hide the litter. The storage box I found has wheels on the back, so I can move it around the house anytime!

Using Tidy Cats LightWeight litter makes it easy to move the litter as well.

A DIY Cat Litter Box Holder is a simple homemade way to hide a kitty litter box. Give your cat's space a fresh makeover!

Look who came to explore as I was making this!

A DIY Cat Litter Box Holder is a simple homemade way to hide a kitty litter box. Give your cat's space a fresh makeover!

Since Apollo was curious, I tested it out my new DIY Cat Litter Box Holder by putting on the lid and turning on the light.

Apollo brings my family so much joy, that I’m happy to create a nice space just for him! He seems to really like it so far. I’m crossing my fingers this easy DIY cat litter box idea is fancy enough for him though. ha!

Wish me luck!

 

A DIY Cat Litter Box Holder is a simple homemade way to hide a kitty litter box. Give your cat's space a fresh makeover!

 

Giveaway

Want to try the new Tidy Cats LightWeight with Glade Tough Odor Solutions Clean Blossoms? Enter the giveaway for 2 coupons good for any Tidy Cats litter. Learn more about Tidy Cats here.

 

A DIY Cat Litter Box Holder is a simple homemade way to hide a kitty litter box. Give your cat's space a fresh makeover! Home hidden litter container. DIY Home Idea for Pets.
 

This post was sponsored by Tidy Cats LightWeight with Glade Tough Odor Solutions Clean Blossoms. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the companies that make this website possible.

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