Benefits of Using Charcoal Bags IN YOUR HOME

Keep your home smelling fresh & clean with an all-natural air deodorizer made from organic components that won't harm your health or the environment. Find out how your home can benefit from using dependable charcoal bags from California Home Goods today! 


 
 
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Breathe Clean Healthy Air

If your family’s health is your top priority, then using charcoal bags should be a no-brainer. Bamboo charcoal deodorizers absorb excess moisture and odor-causing bacteria instead of masking the nasty smells with a stronger perfumed scent. They also act as an all-natural dehumidifier that improves indoor air quality round' the clock.

Because of the bamboo charcoal is packed with negative ionic charges, it manages to absorb moisture and trap harmful pollutants and allergens in the air. With these charcoal bags, you’ll not only say goodbye to funky odors but to mold, mildew, allergy-causing bacteria, and viruses. 

 


The Safer Alternative

Conventional air fresheners and deodorizers all have this warning on them that says: ‘Keep out of reach of children’. Why? Because most commercially-sold deodorizers contain potentially harmful chemicals that can cause damaging side effects to your health.

Our charcoal bags are not like those commercially-sold deodorizers. The Charcoal Bags from California Home Goods use all-natural components that won't pose health risks to your and your loved ones. Our mission is to provide you with an all-natural alternative to an indispensable household essential -- without the hefty price tag! 

Once your charcoal bag has reached it's shelf-life, you can take it apart and use the particles as fertilizer and use the bag to hold various knick-knacks around the house -- with a dependable charcoal bag at your disposal, nothing gets thrown in the trash! 

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the ultimate penny-saver for the smart homeowner

Charcoal bags are quickly gaining attention due to their zero-waste appeal. Unlike commercially-sold deodorizers, charcoal bags are proven to work for up to two years - all you have to do is recharge them under direct sunlight every two weeks.

Commercially-sold deodorizers are designed to run out so you can keep buying them over time - they can turn into a recurring expense you'd rather live without. Charcoal bags are guaranteed to last 100% longer than your average deodorizer without the hefty price tag. 

If you want to spend your household budget more wisely, you need to start investing on reliable home essentials that won't burn a hole in your pocket in the long run. 

KEEP YOUR HOME SAFE & CLEAN FOR YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY!

Freshen up your living space with a dependable charcoal bag like no other - only from California Home Goods!

 

Beef, Asparagus & Mushroom Stir -Fry
(with a Secret 3-Ingredient Sauce)

Make family dinners more exciting with this fun and tasty recipe! Making a nutritious meal for your entire family has never this this easy, thanks to the ever-dependable CeramiTech Fry Pan from California Home Goods!

 
 
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What You’ll Need:

  • 1lb Top Sirloin Steak (room temp, sliced thinly)

  • 1 medium onion, sliced

  • ¾ lb asparagus, trimmed of rough ends

  • ½ lb fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced

  • 1 yellow/red bell pepper, sliced

  • 1 tsp grated ginger

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • Olive Oil

  • Salt & Pepper

  • Roasted Sesame Seeds


What You’ll Do:

  1. For the Secret 3-Ingredient Sauce: Why is it a secret? Because it’s totally easy! Just mix 3 tbsps. of any original BBQ sauce, 3 tbsps. classic maple syrup, and 2 tbsps. of low-sodium Asian soy sauce in a small bowl. Set aside.

  2. Heat the fry pan  over high heat and add 1 Tbsp oil. When oil is hot, add beef and saute undisturbed for 2-3 mins. Stir and saute another 2 min or until nearly cooked through. Season lightly with salt and pepper, add ginger and garlic and saute for another 30 sec-1 min.

  3. Take the cooked beef and put aside to a plate.  Put a tablespoon of oil on to the pan and saute the mushrooms and asparagus. Season lightly with S&P.

  4. Put the mushrooms and asparagus beside the cooked sirloin. Saute your onions and bell peppers until caramelized and soft. Then drizzle some of the secret sauce over.

  5. Lower the heat of the pan. Add the garlic, ginger, then the cooked beef into the pan. Put more of the secret sauce to the beef and veggies until they’re all coated well and the sauce isn’t as liquid anymore.

  6. Plate beside the cooked mushrooms and asparagus. Drizzle more of the secret sauce to the whole plate and top with sesame seeds. Enjoy as is or eat with steamed white rice.

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Additional Notes:

If you’re not cutting down on your sugar and you like the dish to be a bit more on the sweet side, you may also use a sweet BBQ sauce instead of the original BBQ. And if top sirloin isn’t available, you may also use Tenderloin or Pork Strip Loin.


Are you looking for a dependable fry pan that will make cooking a breeze? Check out the CeramiTech Non-Stick Fry Pan from California Home Goods today!

 

Make Meal Time More Fun

With California Home Goods Stainless Taco Holders

Get everyone excited for dinner with the sleek & functional taco holders from California Home Goods! Use these stylish taco holders to get everyone involved in the kitchen - and to make clean-up a breeze. 

 
 

With all the gadgets and gizmos we have today, it’s quite challenging to bring good ol’ family meals back to the way they used to be. But worry not, for we’ve got you covered! Let our Stainless Taco Holders make meal time more special for you.

Getting everyone involved during meal preparation can turn regular dinners into a fun bonding experience for the entire family! Just because you're eating in for the weekend doesn't mean you can't spoil your loved ones to their favorite dish - you just have to be a little creative with your presentation. 

Turn regular meal time into a bonding opportunity for your entire family with these tips.


Make meal planning everyone’s business.

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If what’s served at the dining table isn’t suited for everyone’s tastes, then it’s but obvious that not all would be excited for meal time -- so make everyone participate. Ask family members to pick out a dish they want to see on the dining table or get everyone involved in planning weekday dinners ahead of time!

Sit down with your family and find out what they want to see on the dinner table. Since you're staying in, you can be more experimental about your dish selection without going over budget - because staying in and cooking dinner will always be cheaper than eating out (and a lot healthier, too!). 

If you make a conscious effort to find out and accommodate everyone's preference, your entire family can begin enjoying quiet  Friday night dinners at home instead of eating out.  

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Let everyone help.

Cooking and eating with your entire family can get messy -- but it’s totally fun and engaging! If you have older children, let them measure ingredients or cut up some veggies. For the younger kids, let them wash fruits and vegetables, set the table, and decorate the food.

Getting everyone involved in the kitchen can encourage kids to spend less time in front of their computers or mobile devices and be more engaged with the entire family. Teaching them to manage the kitchen as early as possible will help them learn valuable life skills that will come in handy once they grow up. 

 

 

 

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Get Creative w/ California Home Goods TODAY!

 

 

 

Make meal time more special with the sleek and functional Stainless Steel Taco Holders from California Home Goods today!

 

DIY Vegan Italian Herb Spice Mix

With California Home Goods Spice Jars

Homemade spice mixes are great addition to any kitchen, most especially if you are very particular with what you prepare for your family or if you are on a special diet. Not to mention it’s a lot cheaper than the store-bought herb mixes!

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Difficulty: Easy

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Good for: can last up to 1 year esp. If stored in our airtight spice jars

Use on: pasta dishes, breading/coating, casseroles, sauteed vegetables, one-pot pies, spreads, sauces and dips

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 

  • 2 tbsp. Dried Oregano

  • 2 tbsp. Dried Basil

  • 1 tbsp. Dried Parsley

  • 1 tsp. Dried Thyme

  • 1 tsp. Dried Ground Sage

  • ¼ tsp. Crushed Dried Bay Leaves

  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder

  • ½ tsp. Onion Granules

As for the kitchen tools, all you’ll need is a small mixing bowl, a spoon, a funnel (if you want to make it easy transferring the spice mix to its container), and of course, the California Home Goods Clear Glass Spice Jars.


HOW TO DO IT: 

  1. Measure each ingredient carefully.

  2. Put all of the ingredients in the bowl. Mix thoroughly with a spoon.

  3. Once you see all the ingredients completely mixed, transfer them to the spice jars. You may use a small spoon to do the trick, but if you have a funnel, you may use it to save time in transferring.

 

IMPORTANT TIP!

Aside from storing (and using) this Italian Herb Spice Mix with our Square Glass Spice Jars, it is important to note that you cannot freeze the spice mix just so they will last longer. The flavors of some herbs and spices may change if they get frozen. To store your spice jars properly, if a dark place isn’t really possible, keep them in a place away from direct heat and sunlight.
     

    Colorful Life Hack: Sticker Dots to Organize Your Kitchen

    Is your kitchen a mess? Find out how you can put order back in your life - and your kitchen! - with this colorful life hack!

    If there’s one place in your home that’s busy and messy almost 24/7, without a doubt, your kitchen is on top of your list. Keeping it neat and tidy can be a total chore - but we simply can’t make a pass at it.

    To make your life easier, we’re here to help you out! Because the truth is, you don’t need a major renovation just to keep your kitchen organized. All you need is the California Home Goods Multicolor Dot Stickers!

     
     
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    Oops I Did It Again! (for spices & dry goods)

    Who among you has mistaken salt for sugar or flour for cornstarch and vice versa? Many of us have. So, to never make that kind of mistake in again, and of course perfectly season your kitchen creations, all you need to is label all your spice jars, condiment bottles, and dry goods containers with our sticker dots.

    Adding labels to your spice jar containers can help you keep tabs of what’s what - making cooking a breeze. You can also use our fun and bright labels to keep tabs of when perishable dry goods will go bad - so you can cook up a storm without a care in the world.


    Mom, where is it?? (for drawers & cabinets)

    Have you ever gone out of your house only to receive multiple calls from your family members because they can’t find this and that? With our colorful sticker dots, explaining to them is quick and easy. Once they ask you where they can find a certain item in your kitchen, you can now simply tell them “It’s in the drawer with the blue sticker” - problem solved!

    Putting labels on things makes it more identifiable, especially when you’re rushing to the door. Putting bright colors on various kitchen essentials can also help your entire family find what they;re looking for - without making a mess in the kitchen.

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    Hassle-free diet (for daily diet and meal plans)

    Anyone who’s on a strict diet knows that proper portioning is key. That’s why it’s smart to prepare your meals ahead of time. What makes it even easier is when you use our dot stickers to label your diet food. Whether you’re putting them in ziplock bags or plastic container boxes, all you have to do is label them according to when you’re planning to cook/eat them.


    With the California Home Goods Multi-color Sticker Dots, organizing your kitchen and bringing order to your home is now easy and stress-free. So go ahead, don’t hesitate. You don’t need to hurt your wallets just to do all these ideas and more with our fun and colorful dot labels.

    Flourless Brownie Cups

    Some say it’s like a molten cake, some say it’s a brownie. But however you want to call it, this flourless brownie recipe is a quick and easy fix for your sweet tooth cravings. What makes it even more perfect is that you need not worry about making too much. These rich and moist brownie cups are indeed a great ending for any hearty meal! Make extra sweet treats for the entire family by using the California Home Goods Round Ramekin Bowls.

     
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    Ready in 35 minutes

    Serves 3 people

    Difficulty Easy

    Ingredients

    ½ stick unsalted butter

    • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips

    • 2 tbsps unsweetened cocoa powder

    • 1.5 tbsps white granulated sugar

    • 1.5 tbsps brown sugar, packed

    • 1 L (2 small) egg

    • ½ tsp vanilla extract

    • ¼ tsp salt

    • Garnish of your choice  (e.g. confectioner’s sugar, milk/white chocolate shavings, fruits, caramel, whipped cream, melted chocolate, etc.)

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    • ½ tsp vanilla extract

    • ¼ tsp salt

    • Garnish of your choice  (e.g. confectioner’s sugar, milk/white chocolate shavings, fruits, caramel, whipped cream, melted chocolate, etc.)

    Tools

    • Mixing bowl (microwavable)


    PROCEDURE

    1. Preheat oven to 350°.  Butter 3 ramekins. Dust with a bit of cocoa powder and shake out the excess.

    2. Put butter and chocolate chips in the mixing bowl. Place the bowl inside the microwave and heat for 30 minutes under medium power. Stir to check if butter and chocolate have completely melted. If not, heat again in the microwave.

    3. With your electric mixer on medium speed, mix the brown and white sugar, egg/s, salt, and vanilla until completely combined. Mix in butter & chocolate mixture.

    4. Mix in the remaining cocoa powder by hand.

    5. Divide the batter equally and spread in to the ramekins.

    6. Bake for 20-25 minutes (while constantly checking your preferred doneness)

    7. Garnish your brownie cups however you like. Serve them warm in our gorgeous round ramekins. Enjoy!

     

    Why You Should Have Plants Indoors

    Featuring the California Home Goods 3-Tier Hanging Planters

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    Not too long ago, we used to think that plants only belong outside, in the garden. But with the current trends on growing succulents, kitchen herb gardens, and green walls, we all know now that plants are just as useful indoors as they are outdoors.

    However, plants are more than just affordable or natural design elements that add color, focal point, texture and depth to any interior aesthetic. Do you think they add more plants inside malls, office buildings, and airports today just because they look good? Absolutely not!

    Here are some of our favorite reasons why having plants inside the home, office, or business is good for you:



     
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    Mood & Energy Boosters

    Plants have been proven to help lighten up and boost our mood not just because they give a lovely sight. Several studies have shown that plants help us feel better.

    The more plants and flowers in a certain place, people have less negative feelings, stress, and anxiety and eventually improving their mood and boosting their energy.


    Productivity & Concentration Enhancers

    Because plants effectively provide feelings of calm and relief, they are also able to help us improve our focus, sharpen our memory, and increase our productivity.

    In fact, one study has shown that visual contact with greenery reduces the stress and fatigue that result from intense concentration. And by creating a restorative environment, indoor plants help us get back on track immediately by reducing tension and refreshing our brain.

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    Health & Wellness Keepers

    Plants contribute a lot in keeping a healthy environment, not just because they clean the air by removing VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and toxins.

    Many studies have also shown that putting more plants indoors decreases the occurrence of colds, coughs, sore throats, dry skin, and other common diseases. In fact, hospitals add more plants in their rooms because research studies have proven that while plants shield us from viruses, they also help speed up recovery rates of patients. .

    More than just green (or colorful) living things that make interiors a lot beautiful, plants give us so much more. And the good thing is, gone are the days when you need to have a green thumb to make an indoor garden work. With an accessory like the California Home Goods 3-Tier Hanging Planters, it’s totally easy! Buy for your home, office, or business today!

    Creamy Classic Chicken Marsala

    QUICK & EASY RECIPE WITH THE CALIFORNIA HOME GOODS NON-STICK FRY PAN

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    Ready in 25 minutes

    Serves 4-6 people

    400 calories

    When we hear the classic Italian-American dish Chicken Marsala, we think it’s delicious, fancy, but something only restaurant chefs can do. Truth is, we can always pull-off dishes like this at home - without the stress, without complicated ingredients, and most of all, without worrying you’d be facing lots of pans to wash after eating! With the CeramiTech Non-Stick Fry Pan from California Home Goods, making your own version of this creamy chicken dish is a breeze!

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup all purpose flour

    • 1 tsp. rock/kosher salt

    • 4-5 pcs. Boneless chicken breasts

    • 3 tbsp Olive Oil

    • 4 tbsp Butter

    • 4 oz Cremini mushrooms, quartered

    • 3 cloves garlic, minced

    • ¾ cup dry Marsala wine

    • ¾ low-sodium chicken stock

    • ¼ cup heavy cream

    Equipment

    • Ziplock bag

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    Procedure

    Prep the chicken breasts by seasoning them with salt and pepper. Then, one by one, place each breast inside a ziplock bag. Pound each chicken breast to your desired thickness or until ¼ in.

    1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat each chicken breast with flour, salt, and pepper. You may also use ziplock bags to shake easily coat all the chicken breasts evenly.

    2. Fry the chicken breasts with olive oil and a little butter to brown each side. After frying, transfer the chicken to your oven-safe dish. Cover with aluminum foil and leave it in the oven.

    3. Keep the stove’s heat to medium. If there isn’t much oil left from frying the chicken breasts, add more butter. Brown your mushrooms until tender. Add the garlic for about 1 minute or until their juices are fragrant enough.

    4. Add the Marsala wine and scrape the bottom of the pan to remove any browned pieces. Add the broth and simmer until reduced by half and starting to thicken, about 15 minutes.

    5. Add the cream and cook the sauce until it thickens perfectly. Get the chicken from your oven and put it into the pan. Evenly coat each breast with the sauce. Let the whole thing cook more for about 2-3 minutes.

    6. With the baking dish you used for the chicken in the oven, you can now plate up. You may use angel hair pasta, cauliflower rice, or even a classic caesar salad to go with your Chicken Marsala.

    7. Garnish with parsley and lemon. Enjoy!  

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    Health Benefits of Foot Scrubbing

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    Our feet obviously get the most wear and tear as compared to the other parts of our bodies. And it isn’t surprising why many believe it’s one of the ‘dirtiest’ as well. But sadly, even if we’re all aware of that, they are the ones we usually flout taking care of.

    We hate to break it to you but, regular showers and even occasional pedicures just won’t cut it when it comes to proper feet health. That’s exactly why foot spa treatments are created.

    But you know what, you can give your tootsies the TLC they need without having to burn a hole through your pockets. You can easily do that with the California Home Goods Foot Scrubber Massager Mat! As a matter of fact, not only will our foot scrubber bath mats help clean and relax your tired feet, but more importantly, they’ll bring you amazing health benefits as well.

    Read on to know more about what foot scrubbing can do for you:


     
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    Infection Prevention

    As with all the other parts of our bodies, good health starts from cleanliness and proper hygiene. So besides removing all the deep seated dirt, removing dry skin and preventing callus formation, scrubbing your feet will help you avoid many infections that result from clogged pores.


    Restful Sleep

    Rubbing and scrubbing our feet is without a doubt relaxing. After a hard day’s work, who wouldn’t want to relieve stress, right? But aside from rejuvenating us, foot scrubbing will also help treat insomnia. By feeling nurtured, calm, and stress-free, you’ll be able to sleep faster and better.

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    Circulation Boost

    Blood circulation becomes limited when there’s stress. That’s why our whole bodies feel exhausted when it’s only our feet that are really tired. So because foot scrubbing is also a form of massage, by doing it, you also stimulate your reflexes and acupressure points. As a result, you’re allowing the blood to flow more freely throughout your body.

    EASY DETOX

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    Exfoliating your feet is also a form of detox just like acupressure foot soaks and foot masks. Besides getting rid of the deep-seated dirt, odor, and dry skin, through foot scrubbing, you can also draw out surface fungus and negatively charged toxins. With the right agents (e.g. salts, essential oils, etc.), you’ll also get other benefits like boosting your immune system, improving digestion, and more.





    Just like what we said, you don’t really have to go to the spa more often just so you can take care of your feet properly. You can do just that and experience the same benefits even in the comforts of your own bathroom -- so order your California Home Goods Acupressure Foot Scrubber Mat today!

    Healthy Bento Lunch Box Ideas for Kids

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    Preparing your kids’ lunch with the California Home Goods Kids Bento Lunch Box Set is indeed a great tool that will not only help you prepare your kids’ lunch in a fun and easy way, but it’ll also help you train them to eat healthy.

    Our Bento Lunch Box specifically has 5 compartments so you could let your kids eat healthy but with variety. Allot each compartment for a specific food-type so it’ll be easier for you to plan their meals, just like this:

    1. PROTEIN Main

    2. CARBS Side Dish

    3. VEGGIE Side Dish

    4. FRUIT Dessert

    5. OTHERS - dips, sauces, favorite snack, sweets (think of it as a bonus compartment for your kid!)

    To help you get started, we’ll give you 3 easy recipes. You can definitely use all three to complete one lunch meal, or mix and match them for different school days, it’s totally up to you.

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    Crispy Ham & Cheese Roll-ups

    Instead of the classic ham & cheese sandwiches that your kids are used to, give it a little twist: make ‘em crunchy! What you’ll need are the usual ingredients you use to make ham & cheese sandwich, plus, egg wash and bread crumbs.

    1. Flatten each slice of bread with a rolling pin then brush each side with butter.

    2. Lay down the cheese slice, then the ham. Roll them tightly.

    3. Dip each roll-up in the egg wash then immediately cover them with panko bread crumbs.

    4. Secure each roll-up with a toothpick. Then deep fry.

    1 to 2 pieces may already be enough to fit the biggest compartment, but you may also slice them into half so they’re easier to handle. You can even replace the ham with bacon for other days!


    Dessert Skewers

    Maybe not all kids are fond of fruits. But may these can help you do the trick.

    1. Cut up the barbecue sticks in a size that’ll make them fit a bento box compartment. (You may also use toothpicks if you prefer.)

    2. Choose 2-3 kinds of fresh fruits that you think your kid will like. Slice them into small cubes or little pieces to make them like mini fruit kebabs.

    3. In the smallest compartment, put chocolate syrup, caramel, or melted white chocolate as dip for the fruits. You may also add breadsticks, cookies, or marshmallows so they’ll enjoy with the fondue-like dessert.

    *Next time do this for veggies too!


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    Mini Egg Surprise

    Meatballs are definitely an all-time kids favorite. Make them more fun and healthy by using this recipe:

    1. Prepare your usual meatball mixture.

    2. Boil some quail eggs. Once cooked and cooled for you to handle, peel them.

    3. Now roll each meatball but this time with a quail egg inside.

    4. Roll them in bread crumbs, then deep fry.

    5. Make sure to dry them with a paper towel before putting inside the bento box to avoid them getting soggy.


    LAST TIPS:

    • Use tools that’ll spark your creativity. Just like using cute cookie cutters for sandwiches, eggs, and pancakes.

    • The more colorful the better! Remember the more fun your decorations are, the more appealing it’ll be for your kid.

    • Mix and match! You don’t want your kid to get the same combinations for every school day.

    • Don’t forget to include a bonus treat to make your kid look forward to opening the bento box each day - may it be gummy bears, chocolate, or jelly beans. That way, they’ll learn that it’s okay to eat these things as long as they still eat healthy.

    • Don’t forget to use fun and dependable lunch boxes that are just as cute as they are compact - like the California Home Goods Multi-Color Bento Box

     

    Moving Tips for First Time Homeowners

    Featuring: the California Home Goods Moving Foam Pouches

     
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    Moving into a home you can finally call ‘yours’ is one hell of a crazy emotional roller coaster ride. While the idea of moving into your very own space can seem exciting, the process of getting settled in can be daunting — especially if you’re doing it for the first time.

    To help you move into your new home without a hitch, we’ve listed down a few foolproof moving tips to successfully relocate and to keep your sanity during the whole process:

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    Declutter

    Tackle the hardest task first. It’s really a challenge to determine which items you’re willing to leave behind. It’s arduous alright, but just keep in mind that the less items you bring, the easier and faster it’ll be for you to be done settling in.


    Divide and Conquer

    Pack your home by rooms and areas. Start with the rooms that you don’t use on a daily basis like your garage or storage room. That way, you can start packing way ahead without having to mess up what you’ve packed just because you need something from that room or area.

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    Color Code

    To make it less tiring for you and even the movers (in case you’re hiring professional help), organize everything you’re moving by using colored stickers.

    Place the colored sticker on each box or bag, then put a matching colored sticker on the room or area in your new home where it’s supposed to go to..

    Yes you can always write on the boxes and describe everything inside it, but let’s face it, even after doing so, somehow you still need to explain or instruct everything to everyone who’ll help. By color coding, all they have to do is simply match the colors!

    Use proper supplies

    Investing in the right kind of packing and moving supplies can make a whole lot of difference.

    Of course, getting boxes (but lots of them) is a must. But also know that some items require their own packing and moving strategy. Just like your precious China, glassware, and fragile collectibles - to protect them while in transit, use the reliable and durable California Home Goods Foam Wrap Pouches.

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    The secret to a stress-free move is summed up into one word: organize! Yes, being meticulous and systematic could entail a extra work. But in the end, you’ll be more than thankful once it’s time to unpack and arrange your new home.

    So with these tips, plus our high-quality moving foam sheets that you can use for your valuables, fragile kitchen items, furniture, and more, you’ll be happily done with relocating in no time!

     

    Fun & Healthy Breakfast Smoothies Your Kids Can Enjoy

    with the California Home Goods Glass Milk Bottles with Lids & Straws

     
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    Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Now let's get real -- because all of us know this by heart, we as parents tend to let our kids eat the same old cereals, waffles, or even just milk and cookies only to make sure they don't leave the house with an empty stomach.

    But don't give up now. No matter how hard it is to make our kids realize that fruits and vegetables aren't their enemies, we just have to do our best until something works for them.

    Good thing we have the perfect solution: delicious yet healthy (they don’t need to know that) smoothies! Instead of the usual milk, let them drink these fun and tasty smoothies using our cute glass bottles with retro straws.

    Here are 3 of our favorites:


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    Berry Razzle Dazzle

    To make any young girl drink this lovely pink-red drink that’s packed with antioxidants and greens, you’ll need:

    • 2 handfuls of baby spinach

    • 2 cups frozen mixed berries (strawberries, cherries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries)

    • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt

    • 1 cup soy or almond milk

    • 1-2 tbsp honey


    Choco-Banana Peanut Butter Veggie

    Again, you don’t even have to mention its name. The important thing is, this healthy smoothie looks just as good as a chocolate milkshake, your child may not even ask you what’s inside it. To whip this up, you’ll need:

    • 1 frozen chopped banana (peeled)

    • 1 cup tightly-packed fresh spinach

    • 1 cup milk (your choice — dairy milk, almond milk, etc.)

    • 3 tbsps peanut butter

    • 3 tbsps unsweetened cocoa powder

    • 2 tbsps chia seeds (optional)

    • 1-2 tbsps honey (if needed)

    • ½ tsp vanilla extract

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    Sunshine Smoothie

    Make your kid drink this nutrient-packed smoothie that looks bright, tropical, and will make him/her look forward to summer vacation. With these few ingredients you can already make this

    • ½  cup baby carrots

    • ½ cup orange juice

    • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks

    • ½ cup frozen ripe mango chunks

    • 1 tbsp honey

    • ¾ cup Greek yogurt

    • Low-fat whipped cream for topping (optional)


    A few tips and reminders…

    • Same procedure applies to all. Simply put all the ingredients in your blender. Stop blending until you reach your desired smoothness.

    • Add some ice cubes or crushed ice into your mix to make it more fun and tasty for your kid. Plus, toppings like chocolate chips and whipped cream may help you entice them ones as well.

    • Frozen fruits are preferred for smoothies like this so they won’t get too mushy. You don’t want your kid to stop trying your smoothie just because of the texture. So if you’re planning to make one, you may buy the already frozen ones from the supermarket, or you can simply freeze them the night before.

    • Make them enjoy drinking these breakfast smoothies by serving it in the California Home Goods Vintage Glass Drinking Bottles. And just in case you’ve made more than 1 serving, don’t fret because these glass bottles have tight lids so you can store them up in your fridge, still good for the afternoon or the next day.



     

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    How to Help Kids Conquer the Toilet

    with the California Home Goods Potty Training Stool

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    TOILET TRAINING - probably one of the most-dreaded, most rewarding, most stressful in any parent’s life. Once these big T’s are already crossed out on your list, it’s time for rejoicing because you can finally say goodbye to nappies and washing soiled sheets.

    Thankfully these days, we have easy access to more resources, advice from co-parents, tools, and even products that can help you in toilet training - like this article and of course, our very own Potty Training Step Stool.

     
     
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    Once you start, there’s no turning back.

    Some parents decide to start toilet training only to change their minds every now and then because the additional work of cleaning up after each accident or wet bed stresses them out. That’s a big no-no. You’re only confusing your child and letting yourself reach the goal much longer. Once you see signs of readiness in your child, make your decision then be committed to it.


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    Don’t lose the 3P’s: Patience, Perseverance, and Positivity

    It sure is frustrating when things don’t go our way. Teach your child in a calm and positive manner. You can’t lose your cool everytime they fail. Kids get frustrated too. When you're mad, they might lose their motivation and it’ll be a lot harder.

     
     
     
     

    Show creativity.

    Make toilet training fun instead of stressful one. There are lots of products that can help you . There are storybooks about potty training, dolls that need to be changed when it “pees”, character toilet stickers, and of course, a safe and durable stepping stool that will make it easier for your kids to use the toilet. If it’s going to help your child pass this phase sooner , why not give it a try - “anything for our kids”, right?

    There’s no specific formula to success. But know what? You’ll get there. That’s what we’re sure of. But if you want to make the process a bit less stressful just follow these tips and get your kid California Home Goods Toilet Training Double Step Stool today!  

     

    Decorate Cookies Like a Pro!

    with the Chefmaster Double-sided Food Coloring Markers

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    Holidays are just around the corner! Whether it’s for your family to enjoy or for your budget-friendly holiday giveaways, making homemade cookies is always a great idea. But if you’re the type of person who just won’t settle for something that tastes good even if it looks a bit rough on the edges, then following our cookie decorating recipe will surely do the trick - of course with the help of these handy-dandy Chefmaster Double-sided Food Coloring Markers!

    These professional-grade food decorating markers can of course be used directly onto your freshly baked cookies. However, if you want them to have that eye-catching sheen, looking more like a bakery product, then you’ve got to try this easy recipe.

     
     
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    What you’ll need:

    • Cut-out cookies to decorate

    Then, all you need to do is:

    1. In a mixing bowl, combine the powdered sugar and ¼ cup milk. With an electric mixer, blend until you get a nice smooth texture. Once you notice that it needs to smoothen a bit more, just add milk (do it one tablespoon at a time). Then add the corn syrup and almond extract, mix once more.

    2. If you want to decorate a cookie with colored icing, then simply use the liquid gel food coloring. Put one drop at a time and mix until you have reached your desired color. But if you do want to maximize the use of your Chefmaster Food Coloring Pens, we suggest you go with the plain white royal icing so you could color and draw away as you please!

    3. Before decorating, you’ll need to divide your icing mixture into two parts. Make the first one in the consistency- of a toothpaste, and other in the consistency of a syrup or crepe batter. Put each in their respective squeeze bottles, just make sure you can distinguish one from the other.

    4. Start putting your cookies’ background icing. Using the squeeze bottle, outline each cookie with the thicker icing. Then right after, put the flood icing starting from the middle. It’s best that you do one cookie at a time so that both the outline and flood icing are still in its liquid form. This way, your background sugar icing will have a smooth finish when it dries up - that there’s no way to distinguish the outline from the flood icing.

    5. Now it’s time to get your creative juices flowing! With the food coloring pens with fine and wide tips, you can create all the designs and patterns you want, in all the colors that you want! You may even embellish them with candy, edible pearls, sprinkles, and more. After decorating, just lay them on a cookie sheet to dry up.


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    A few tips:

    • The best part about using royal or sugar icing is that you need not be so keen about measurements and there’s less room for mistakes! The icing mixture itself will tell you what to do or what it’ll become. If it’s too runny, just add more powdered sugar. If it’s too thick, you can add more milk or even water. Then if you want the icing to dry more quickly, you may add acid (like lemon juice or cream of tartar).

    • If you prefer to use vanilla extract instead of almond, you can also do that. However, just expect that your icing won’t be as white. So this is more recommended if you’re planning on making colored icing background anyway.

    • The icing will dry hard. So if you’re thinking of giving them away as presents for the holidays, don’t be afraid to stack them up so they’ll fit into cute little tins or boxes.

    • Family bonding idea: bake different shapes and sizes of cookies and put on plain white sugar icing on them. Then let your kids draw, color, and decorate them using these amazing professional-grade food coloring markers.

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