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Why Cleaning Isn’t So Bad | Free Caldrea Cleaners

So, I have a confession.

While we were living in Bangkok, I had a maid. A full time, live-in, clean EVERYTHING, cook everything, ah-mazing maid. I won’t go into the whole story, but when we agreed to rent our friend’s house while they were gone for a year in order to save money, they asked us to keep their maid, so she would have a job until they returned. I totally did a happy dance fought tooth and nail, insisting we didn’t need a maid, but signed that contract as fast as I could gave in because we were still saving money. The bliss of having a full time helper is not something I can clearly communicate in writing. It’s better than you can imagine. I promise.

Then, I moved back to the States. And now, I am the maid. And much to my chagrin, I am still just as OCD as I was before I left. So, I clean. A lot.

Which is why I am so thankful to be back in the land of the free and the home of the scented dish soap.

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Being back, I have quickly come to rely on Grove Collaborative to make my kitchen look warm and welcoming (and make me look like Martha Stewart) with minimal effort. This month, Grove has put together a beautiful Caldrea summer entertaining set for you — a FREE gift with purchase. These dish soaps and countertop cleaners from Caldrea are amazing. Where else can you find hard­working, healthy cleaners that smell like fine fragrances? And ya’ll, I am all about the smell. So, when I say they smell amazing, I mean it. Plus, they look incredibly chic on your countertop.

Each scent is made with the best natural ingredients and light essential oils. The pear blossom agave scent is my personal favorite — it smells like summer in bloom! When you order, you can also choose the sea salt neroli, tangelo palm frond, or ginger pomelo scents. The set also includes this Grove Collaborative Be Good dish brush, made of earth-friendly bamboo and BPA ­free recycled plastic. It’s too pretty to store under the sink, so I keep mine right up there with my fancy soap!

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If you’re new to Grove Collaborative, you’ll get this set FREE + free shipping when you order here and spend $20. If you’re already hooked on Grove, you’ll get a free Grove Collaborative Be Good dish brush when you use this link.

I can’t wait to order some Caldrea hand soaps. They are the only ones I love more than Mrs. Meyer’s, so I plan on adding a couple to my next two Grove shipments. That’s the best part of shopping with Grove: I never have to worry about running out to buy paper towels before a party, because Grove helps me stay stocked up on high ­quality supplies. I simply choose my favorite products, schedule my shipment, and Grove delivers everything right to my door (carbon offset). It’s effortless, and unbelievably affordable.

Want to get your Caldrea set and see for yourself why I love Grove? Here’s how it works:

1. Sign up for Grove Collaborative HERE and you will receive the Caldrea offer for FREE!

2. Answer 4 quick questions about your home that Grove Collaborative will then use to customize your products — this takes under 30 seconds!

3. Once you’ve answered the questions, you can finalize your basket of products to suit your household needs by adding or removing items.

4. To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20. Choose the combination of products and scents you love and receive in your first box.

5. You made it! Click Finish & Pay and place your order.

Don’t forget this special offer is only available until July 24 or while supplies last. Bonus savings tip: Don’t forget to sign up for Grove Collaborative’s free 60 day VIP trial after you complete your first order! I love being a VIP. It saves me time and makes shopping with Grove even more affordable. For 60 days, you can save too, with free gifts and shipping, price matching, exclusive sales, and personal service.

Whatcha’ waiting for? Get yo’ free stuff people!

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My Meal Planning Game Changer

In case you are new here, you should know a few things.

1) I can cook, some things.

2) I hate cooking.

3) Recipes feel more like a suggestion to me than they do an actual recipe.

4) I am a non-planner. Planning is hard. It stresses me out.

5) I am super picky and so is a precious little daughter of mine.

Okay…now that you have that little bit of background, you should also know that we are a pretty busy family. We don’t have unlimited financial resources. So, planning meals for the week is actually a necessity. —->cue Danielle breaking out in hives.

I used to just go to the grocery store, buy whatever seemed reasonable, spend a lot of money on it, and then get home, only to realize that I had enough for about three meals that week. Which meant that my husband or I would end up back at the grocery store, spending more $ and wasting precious time.

So, I tried eMeals, which seemed like the perfect idea. They looked at the sales in your area, made a meal plan for the week, and gave you a list. Perfect right? Well, I ended up liking maybe one or two meals each week, which still left me with 5 days that I needed to come up with something amazing edible. What I did love about eMeals was that they provided you with a shopping list. I really need someone to take my recipes and break them down into a shopping list for me. That was soooooo helpful.

Enter Pinterest. I had a million (okay that is an exaggeration) meals pinned. They all looked amazing, but never made their way onto our dinner table. Why? Because writing out a weekly plan and making a list felt like torture, and I am not one to willingly submit myself to torture.

Then, the heavens opened up, and I saw the light. A blogger had written about Plat to Eat before, but I ignored her posts. That seemed really plan-y. I mean it had the word Plan in the title. Clearly, it was not for me. But, there was a free trial, so I tried. And found out, that it was TOTALLY for me!

Here’s the rundown:

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Plan to Eat is an online program that allows you to EASILY store your recipes, drag and drop those recipes into a weekly planner, and then generate a shopping list based on those recipes. You can type in the recipe, or automatically upload one from any website (in like 30 seconds). You can add items to your list, check what you ate last week, and share recipes with friends. Seriously. This. Was. A. Gamechanger.

It took me about 35 minutes when I first got the program to upload my recipes. Now, when I come across a new recipe, it takes me about 30 seconds! Planning my trip to the grocery store takes me about 5 minutes each week. I drag and drop, look at the list generated, check off anything I already have, and add anything else I might need. And I am done. I meal plan in 5 minutes people. And….shopping with a list like that every week means I save lots of money, and time!

Ya’ll…I told you that I wanted to help you get it together with grace this year right? Well…I desperately needed to get my meal planning, grocery shopping act together, for the sake of our family’s budget. And this  is the simplest, most effective program I have come across to help me do that. Maybe you are an awesome Martha Stewart type who enjoys sitting down with a binder of delicious meals, sorting through them, and then writing out your list each week. If that is you, I am so impressed. I wish I was like that. I have friends like that. They are amazing, and dinner at their place is usually pretty perfect. But, me, not so much. I have no ability to do things like that. If I didn’t have Plan to Eat, my family would probably be eating Kraft Mac and Cheese for half of the week. So, for those of you who are like me, here is a little bit of grace to help you get your meal planning act together. Plan to Eat….that is your grace. Get it. It is free to try for a month. You lose NOTHING. If you hate it,  just cancel!

If you do sign up, let’s be friends, and share recipes. Just look me up under dnyelmrie!

Sign up for your trial here!

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In Home

Quick and Delicious Fajitas + A Plan To Eat Giveaway

Chicken Fajitas

Our family loves Mexican food, like seriously loves it! So, I make these delicious fajitas about once a week. This recipe is simple and takes no time at all! (Please do not be jealous of my obvious gourment kitchen, or my amazing photog skills!)






Quick and Delicious Chicken Fajitas


  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts sliced
  • 1 red pepper (sliced)
  • 1 orange (or yellow) pepper (sliced)
  • 1 green pepper (sliced)
  • 1 onion (sliced)
  • 3/4 cup of Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 cup of Teriyaki
  • 1 cup of Zesty Italian salad dressing
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • 1 package of tortillas
  • Sour cream, salsa and cheese to garnish


  1. Place chicken in one pan, on medium heat with the worcestershire sauce, and teriyaki.
  2. Place peppers and onions in another pan, on medium heat (about 5 minutes after starting the chicken), with the Italian dressing and lemon juice.
  3. Let chicken cook for about 10-12 minutes (or until it is cooked entirely) and let the peppers and onions cook for about 7 minutes (so that they are still just a tiny bit crunchy).
  4. Once they are cooked through, mix the contents of both pans and remove from heat.
  5. Warm the tortillas, and serve with salsa, sour cream and cheese.

Quick and easy meals that we love have become the foundation of my meal planning. As a mom who  juggles work, parenting, and a husband who travels, I can’t slave away for hours over dinner. And, I am not that good of a cook anyway…so anything more complicated than these fajitas ain’t gonna happen in “casa de Cevallos”.

So, I’ve built up a nice little rotation of meals that my family loves. Between those meals and Plan to Eat, I keep meal planning and dinner prep. super simple and totally doable. Plan to Eat stores all of my favorite recipes, and generates my weekly meal plan and shopping list in minutes. Minutes people, minutes!  And I want to help you keep it simple and doable too.  This week, I am teaming up with Plan to Eat once again,  to offer THREE of you a one year subscription to this awesome meal planning service, aka, how I keep sane feeding my family.

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I’ve already talked about Plan to Eat  several times, so you already know that I love them. One of my favorite things about the service is that you can share recipes with friends. So, once you enter let’s be friends  (my user name is dnyelmrie) and share our delicious, simple, go-to meals! Then we can get busy…doing way more exciting things than spending hours meal planning, k?

Here’s how to win!

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In Home

Quick and Easy Black Bean and Corn Dip


Today our family had a cookout to go to, and in true lack-of-planning-Danielle-form, I was scrounging around my kitchen this morning, trying to figure out what to make. When I realized I had all of these ingredients on hand, I whipped up this black bean and corn dip. I am pretty sure it originated in my husband’s mind…or maybe in his mom’s kitchen. Wherever it came from, we make it in various ways and we make it on the regular.

This dip is super easy and usually a big hit! It’s great for summer pool parties and cookouts.

Black Bean and Corn Dip

Black Bean and Corn Dip


  • 1-Can of Corn
  • 1-Can of Black Beans
  • 2-Tomatoes (chopped into small chunks)
  • 1-White Onion (chopped into small chunks)
  • 1/4 Cup of Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup of Lemon Juice
  • Salt
  • 1 Package of Tortilla Chips


  1. In a large colander rinse and drain the corn and black beans. Put the tomatoes and onions into the colander and rinse over once with half of the lemon juice. Put the entire mixture into a large serving bowl and pour the red wine vinegar and remaining lemon juice into the bowl.
  2. Mix thoroughly and top off with a sprinkle of salt.
  3. Serve with tortilla chips.

If you want to spice this up a bit, add some avocado and cilantro. I’m allergic to avocado, but usually add the cilantro when I have it on hand.



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In Home

Danielle-Marie + ePantry : Free Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Surface Cleaner, $10 Credit, & Free Shipping

MMS 2You might have already read about the melt down that ensued during my first trip to the grocery store in Bangkok. You know, the one where laundry detergent sent me way over the edge.

Since then I’ve learned to navigate the grocery store without tears. However, one thing I miss are my favorite cleaning products. If you know me, you know that a clean house is the way to my heart. I have also been known to get mildly obsessed with the way things smell. Mrs. Meyers cleaning products have always been my go-to items in the States because they work, they’re safe, and they smell amazing! Here in Bangkok, the Mrs. Meyer’s products are cah-razy pricey, so I normally don’t buy them.

Enter ePantry.

ePantry is a subscription service that delivers all natural cleaning and personal care items right to your door. I read about it a while ago on Money Saving Mom, and have loved it so far! Since we will be home this summer, I plan to stock up while we are there, and have already started ordering some things.

pssst….I got all of this stuff for about $20!


Naturally because I love ePantry,  I want you to love it too! Long live the extrovert who wants all of her friends to come along for the ride…for everything…even cleaning products.

Thanks to the kind folks at ePantry, I have an exclusive offer for Danielle-Marie readers. Anyone who uses the link below will receive a $10 shopping credit, free shipping AND a Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Surface Cleaner!


Here’s how ePantry works:

In order to claim this offer, you need to use this link!

1. Take a quick survey about what you and your family use. ePantry takes that info and will make suggestions for you based on your answers. However, you choose what you want to purchase and when.

2. Choose Your Products. Pick from the recommended items or from the rest of ePantry’s selection. Add those items to your cart.

3. Check out. Once you have filled your cart, click finish and pay.  Your $10 and free Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Surface cleaner will be included.

Including the multi-surface cleaner and $10 off, your total must come to at least $20. The minimum is for first-time orders only.

This deal is only good from April 7th-10th.

Here’s a little sample of how this might break down for you. Obviously, you can shop around the site and find the items that you use and love. This is just an example.

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Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Surface Cleaner: Free with your offer! 

Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap: $4.03

Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap: $3.89

Seventh Generation Tub & Tile Cleaner: $4.39

Seventh Generation Tall Drawstring Trash Bags: $5.49

Seventh Generation Toilet Bowl Cleaner: $4.39

ePantry Pure Cellulose Sponges: $2.99

ePantry Pure Soy Candle 8oz: $9.95

With a $10 Danielle-Marie credit, the total for this basket comes to $25.13 for a $56+ value! 

That means you save $30.87 and you didn’t have to go anywhere!

With ePantry, you set up how often you want to receive orders and can customize your cart each time. You aren’t locked into any type of membership either, and your orders can vary from month to month.



Refer Friends and Family

When you refer friends and family, you get a $10 credit and they get $10 off of their first order as well!  Ten dollars with ePantry can go a long way, so feel free to start referring after you sign up!

To top it all off, ePantry has wonderful customer service. They have been so easy to work with and are super helpful! They even offer an extra $2 off if you answer the question in the chat box.

Remember this offer is only good from today until Friday the 10th. So what are you waiting for? Go grab this offer!

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