Cheesy Stuffed Shells

This morning, things were so hectic. I was fighting with the three-year-old trying to get the house clean in between her whiney demands, and somehow managed to get dishes washed and a load of laundry started before 10am. 

I was able to finally sit in front of the computer after that and got a post written, scheduled, and started in on some social media scheduling when Matt called. He needed me to run across town to meet him with his headphones and lunch because he left the house in too much of a hurry this morning and forgot his bag.

So out the door, Kaya and I went. Of course, since we were already out and about I decided to swing by the grocery store and grab something for supper before we went home. Which meant a Starbucks stop for a White Chocolate Mocha, because forget bringing a toddler to the grocery store without a little bit of a Mommy-reward.

There was the dilemma, though. I had no idea what to make for supper. We wandered around for a little while until Kaya chimed in to tell me she wanted "sketti."

Eh. We have spaghetti way too often around here, so I decided I wanted to try something new.

So we agreed on cheesy stuffed shells.


This recipe is simple and makes enough to feed a family of seven with leftovers. Which is decidedly a good thing, since my niece and her fiance are staying with us right now. She's just entering her second trimester and has been craving Italian food, so leftovers are definitely a plus.



Cheesy Stuffed Shells


Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 50 minutes
Yield: 8 servings



Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) package Jumbo Pasta Shells
  • 24 ounce container Small Curd Cottage Cheese
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 3/4 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 (24 ounce) jar Pasta Sauce (Classico Roasted Garlic is our favorite)
  • 1 Egg (slightly beaten)
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Dried Parsley
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 lb Ground Beef

Directions

1. Cook shells according to package directions. Place in cold water to stop cooking. Drain thoroughly.
2. In a medium bowl, mix together cottage cheese, 1 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, egg, and herbs. 
3. Stuff mixture into the shells.
4. Brown ground beef. Drain. Add sauce and herbs as desired. 
5. Spread 1/3 of meat sauce in the bottom of a 15 x 10 inch pan. Place shells open side up, and close together in pan. Spread remaining sauce over top, and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan and Mozzarella cheese.
6. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes, or until bubbly. Broil an addition 5 minutes for golden brown cheese.





Tommee Tippee Pacifier Giveaway

I'm so excited to bring you guys another new giveaway. This one is part of the A to Z for the Mom to Be guide over at Tales from a Southern Mom. If you haven't checked it out yet, be sure to - she'll be featuring some awesome products over the next couple of weeks!

Anyway, these are the same kind of pacifiers I used with my little girl - she loved them, and yours just might too! Read on to see how you could win two Tommee Tippee pacifiers.

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Campers get hands-on experience creating projects using the latest hardware and software from Apple, Canon, Adobe, and more.

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Best Headphones for the Active Dad #RiwboxHeadphonesX7

Father's Day is coming up soon, and I think I found the perfect gift for my man. He's a music lover, works outside, and often has trouble finding a pair of headphones that live up to his expectations. Luckily, I was able to receive a set of Riwbox x7 Comfort-Fit In-Ear Headphones that totally work for him.


PERFECT FOR ACTIVE LIFESTYLES
The Riwbox X7 headphones provide a locked-in, comfortable, noise-isolating in-ear fit for any activity while delivering clear and dynamic sound. Combined with the lab-tested sweat- and water-resistant design, this allows my man to forget about his earphones and concentrate on his work.

FOCUS ON WHATEVER ACTIVITY 
Because they fit in his ear comfortably and doesn't slip out, the X7 eliminates my fiance's need to adjust his earphones in the middle of working. The Riwbox X7 headphones are made with a patented ergonomic housing design, over-the-ear fit, and memory wire technology. The memory wire is flexible and conforms comfortably to the shape of his ears, giving him a "locked-in" fit.

SOUND THAT MOTIVATES
Matt always works better with music. It energizes him and helps him set a steady pace for himeslf, and he loves the clear, dynamic sound and enhanced bass of the X7 headphones. The noise isolating in-ear design blocks out external noise, meaning he can listen at lower volumes, essentially protecting his hearing and improving sound quality. Plus he can ignore whiney co-workers, always a plus!



The package include:
X7 in-ear earphones
2 pairs of ear tips
Shirt clip, attached to the cable
Secure Earhooks
User Manual

All in all, this is probably his favorite pair of headphones to date.

You can find these headphones on Amazon for $13.98

Disclaimer: I received these headphones in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Eww Gross from Find It® Games Review

Kids are gross. Stinky, dirty, booger-eating little monsters that leave rocks in their pockets and sand in their shoes. It's like there's always something new and yucky for me to find every time I do laundry, or walk through the living room...

That just might've been the reasoning behind the Find It! game we had a chance to review recently. Kids are always leaving gross things for mom to find, so this Mom got to give them something gross in return!


Find It® Games are part game, part activity; the parent company Identity Games calls it a “contained adventure.” It’s a portable treasure hunt that you can take with you in the car, to the classroom, grandma’s house, or to just keep out in your room/office.

In every version of the Find It® game, you will find brightly colored pellets plus 40 or so small items that follow a specific theme (which are listed on top of the game for easy reference.)  Some items are easy to find; others a little harder. Just twist, spin, shake or tap the filled container to spot the hidden items - in alphabetical order, smallest to largest, fastest to slowest, etc.   

It sounds easy, but it’s a challenge for any age - there are so many ways to play a Find It® Game!

Their newest version, Eww Gross, takes the same adventure as the other Find It® Games, but with a gross twist. Your kiddo will be searching for things like used cotton swabs, bandages, and smelly armpits. My little guy thought it was hilarious when he found poop... 


My kids fought over who got to find the burp and giggled for ten minutes over the bugs... Seriously, kids are gross. But this game really was fun for them, and I like that it helps improve concentration and promotes focus.


If "Eww Gross" isn't for you, they have a Find It® Game for everyone! They're also running a promotion, Buy 3 Games and you get one Free - so you can make sure every kid has their own, and you can get one, too!

Check them out on their website: FindItGames.

You can also connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I love when they share reaction pictures for kids finding items in their Eww Gross game!

Disclaimer: I received the Eww Gross game in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was exchanged. All opinions are my own.

Keep Dad Hydrated with Brita Universal Jug Filter

This post brought to you by Brita Universal Jug Cooler Filtration System. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Momma Without a Clue.

I have a hard-working man. He's a contractor/laborer that spends all day building, fixing, creating, destroying... He works hard to take care of us. I appreciate every job, every night he can't be home by 5 because he was in the middle of a project that couldn't be stopped, and even those days he clomped mud through the house - because it's that hard work that keeps food on the table and a roof over our heads.

With Father's Day coming up (June 19th!) I was happy to be able to find a product that shows him how much we care about all that he does for us. I really appreciate companies that work hard to create products that make his job easier and help take care of him, like Brita. They have a new product, the Brita Univeral Jug Filter, that filters your hard worker's water right in their water cooler!


Matt is a union painter, or as his official title claims: a hazardous material applicator. He often travels to nuclear plants for jobs that require him to strip lead paint, sandblast, and apply new paint. When he is in between jobs, he works construction. The kids look up to him just as much as I do, and nothing means more to us than keeping him safe and healthy. This means making sure he has his work boots, his safety equipment, and his water.


All that time spent in the sun and busting his butt doing physical labor, I worry about dehydration and overheating. I used to be sure he always had cases of water bottles to bring with him to work, but all that waste and bulkiness tended to cause issues.

I'm really happy we discovered the Brita Jug Filter because refilling a water cooler on a job site isn't always the best idea. Using the water hose, he's complained of his water tasting like sulfur or having dirt particles. With the Brita Universal Jug Filter, I know that his water is filtered and tastes better - meaning he's going to stay hydrated on these long jobs out in the sun.



The Brita  Jug Filter comes with adapters that fit the Coleman, Igloo and Rubbermaid water jugs and the makes tap water just taste better. Filtering 5 gallons of water at a time is easy because it attaches right to the inside of the spout so you know the water coming out runs right through it. There are even reminder tags on the filters so you know to replace them every 2 months.


Brita is also running a promotion, showcasing their jug filter as an unsung Hydration Hero. While the submission period is over, you can still vote for your favorite and Be a Brita Hero! Hurry and vote for your favorite #H20Hero before May 30th!

You can find the Brita Jug Filter at Home Depot online at homedepot.com.

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As the school-year draws to a close, and you begin prepping for your summertime family travel adventures, we wanted to provide you with some resources, information, tips, deals and more with the launch of I Love Family Travel's The Summer of Family Travel series. There will be posts throughout the summer, all focusing on family travel. To celebrate the launch, we've teamed up with the ILFT crew, Bloggin' Mamas and a whole bunch of traveling bloggers, to bring you a #FamilyTravelChat and a huge Giveaway!

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Join us on Twitter Thursday, 5/19/16 at 9p ET as we chat about summer vacation plans and deals, travel gear and more! One random chat participant will win some prizes from AquaVault® and our other sponsors. Be sure to follow the chat panelists: @ILvFamilyTravel @BlogginMamas @HeLoEnterprises @BBabushka @JenReyneri @sjblahblahblog @CluelessMomma @SarahInTheBurbs @just2sisters2 @ItsFreeAtLast @Playroomreport @LifeWithKathy @traveljenn @seejackierunn @girlrocksosu @acomptonblogs @bottlesbanter @xxplumcrazeexx @localmomscoop @rkthatsjustlife @denisermt @DittlesWorld To make it nice and easy for you to follow, here's the link to the twitter list with everyone: https://twitter.com/ILvFamilyTravel/lists/familytravelchatpanelists/members

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Vintage Tea Party Baby Shower Ideas

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It seems like Spring is just the season for expecting bellies, doesn't it? Everywhere I look, I see women preparing to bring a little one home. What sweeter way to show those pregnant women in your life you care, than by throwing an adorable baby shower?

My favorite baby shower theme is a vintage tea party. HotRef Party Favors offers some great products for an amazing tea party themed baby shower! The best part is that each of their baby shower party favors can be personalized to include the event name, date, and even a little phrase!

Plan a rustic baby shower for your new-born baby with this Personalized Photo Booth Backdrop. Crafted with a design of rustic flower at the top of the backdrop in a background of wood grain, plus, any special touches can be added onto it such as name or special day. I would use this as a decoration piece behind the cake and dessert table. 
This romantic, handmade DIY item that can be held guests' name on the table so that they are able to precisely identify their seats. Made of burlap with a wire holder and resin base, this place card holder brings a rustic charm to any place setting.
Warm the hearts of your guests with these "swish" tea cup and saucer sets! Each cup and saucer set comes in white porcelain with a "swish" design. Serve tea in these or serve a sweet treat inside for a whimsical touch.
Decorate your guest table with this little tealight favor at your elegant gold themed baby shower tea party for a softly flickering ambiance you and your loved ones will be entranced by. It's the little touches that add the most special detail!
This Tea Party Decorations Start Kit is the perfect party supply to complement your tea time with your closest girlfriends. Party start kit comes in cheerful pink and orange, each kit includes 6 key components with delicate detailing for dressing up a food or dessert table.
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Baby Shower Gift Guide Giveaway - Over $350 in Cash and Prizes

I'm so excited to be a part of this huge giveaway hosted by my sister, Amy, from Amy & Aron's Real Life Reviews. Have I mentioned to ya'll that she's adopting a baby? A teeny-tiny, isn't even born yet, baby!

Because she's my sister, I've gotten to check out all of these items personally and, take it from me, this is an amazing bundle for a new mom. So, keep reading to find out what all's in the prize pack and then enter the giveaway below.

Like giveaways? Be sure to check these ones out before you leave: Mother's Day in Hollywood Giveaway, May Flowers Giveaway, and Groovy Girls Giveaway. Thanks, guys! 




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Kangovou: Winners Choice on color Cup and Bowl $30
Happi Tummi: Happi Tummi Wrap $20
Petite Namaste: Portable Changing Pad $32
SOZO: Winners Choice Onsie & Cap $25 or Wee Block $10
Exergene: SmartGlow Thermometer $50
Milk Makers: Lactation Cookies and Lactation Tea $10
Baby Magic: Baby Magic Bundle $25
Soappets: 3 Soapets $30
Tommee Tippee: Ultra Bottle $10
MushyBaby: Cart Cover $50
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