My very first Instant Pot recipe

I originally got my Instant Pot in July 2016. And it is now 2017 that I’m trying my first recipe. That’s embarrassing. But, there was a lot going with us during that time. We put our house up for sale just weeks later, bought a new house to build, moved into an apartment in the meantime, then moved again into our newly-built house just 4 months later, then had a baby 2.5 weeks later!

I’m in an Instant Pot group on Facebook and a lot of people referenced Pressure Luck for recipes and that is how I found the creamy chicken enchilada recipe.

Directions can be found on the Pressure Luck website! There’s also a YouTube video if you prefer following recipes that way.

Instant Pot - Creamy Chicken Enchiladas from Pressure Luck

Instant Pot - Creamy Chicken Enchiladas from Pressure Luck

Instant Pot - Creamy Chicken Enchiladas from Pressure Luck

Instant Pot - Creamy Chicken Enchiladas from Pressure Luck

Instant Pot - Creamy Chicken Enchiladas from Pressure Luck

I followed the recipe almost exactly (I just used different cheeses). But, as a first time user, I had to look up so many small questions, such as:

  1. What is natural release vs. quick release?
  2. Why doesn’t it start counting down right away?
  3. How long does it take to build up pressure?
  4. Etc.

Prentyce gave it 4 stars out of 5. I gave it the same. All the cheese gave me gas. Sorry, TMI!

It was a whole pan full, and there’s only two of us, so we did freeze 2/3 of it to heat up during the week. I just microwaved it for 2-3 minutes before eating. I haven’t tried putting it in the oven, but maybe I will next time since the flour tortilla came out a weird texture from the microwave.

That’s it! Good luck!

5 Must Have Baby Travel Products

5 Must Have Baby Travel Products

The advice I have in this blog post is meant for those that are traveling abroad. You can use some of these tips if you’re flying domestically in the United States, but here just a few facts about my trip, so you can get an idea of what we used these things for.

We traveled for a total of about 24 days. That included two days total of travel time. We had two 12 hour flights, two 4 hour flights, and two 1 hour flights. We also rode boats and we were passengers in the car a lot. We had over seven different hotel stays. Our destination was the Philippines (and multiple islands within). It is a lot more modern now compared to when I visited in 2008, but sadly, they still don’t have Amazon Prime Now delivery. (They did have a Starbucks on every corner in Manila, or so it seemed.) We had to bring all of Nikko‘s diapers, formula, and other necessities with us (which took a lot of careful planning).

Here are my five product recommendations for making travel with a baby easier.

Boppy pillow

I really didn’t use this anywhere other than on the airplane. We were in the air for approximately 34 hours total, so this was vital even though we didn’t use it during the rest of the trip. He slept on the Boppy so comfortably! Plus, it was comfortable for us too. I purchased a body pillow cover to put over it because I knew it would get dirty. Using a body pillow cover was a cheap alternative to buying another specific Boppy cover. Side note, I never even registered for one of these, but now I adore this thing and find it so useful for him to just relax on. Thanks to my coworker Maria!

5 Must Have Baby Travel Products

Infant carrier

Most of the places we traveled, besides the mall, were not stroller-friendly. Plus, Nikko hates being in the stroller anyway, and it was so much easier just to carry him on us. Plus, he also napped a lot better and faster this way. I have the SIX-Position, 360° Ergonomic Baby & Child Carrier by LILLEbaby – The COMPLETE All Seasons and I love it so much! It really has good lower back support and I appreciate that since Nikko is getting so heavy! I also clipped teethers to the carrier so that they would be on hand for Nikko to grab.

5 Must Have Baby Travel Products

 

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We’re getting our house painted!

We are finally painting our house. And, by we, I mean we are hiring someone to do it! Yay! 

We chose a seven colors from Sherwin Williams and will be selecting winners tonight! Doesn’t this remind you of 50 Shades of Grey? Hehe.


Wish us luck! 

Update 4/2/17:

We chose these colors. I’ll update with the finished product once we put all our stuff away.

Light French grey for the master and guest bedroom. Zircon for the whole house.

Aqueduct for all three bathrooms.

Tame teal for our son’s nursery.

This is ur accent wall in the great room. I can’t think of the color right now, but we purchased it at Lowes.

My DIY Disney Celebration Buttons!

I got the idea for creating my own Disney celebration buttons while browsing through Instagram. The best part after that was finding free templates on WDWPrepSchool.com. Then, it was on like Donkey Kong!

These *FREE* templates are so great. They make it so easy to make your own celebration buttons if you have some basic Photoshop skills. There are two ways to go about it once you have your design: you can get them officially made via a website like Artscow.com or Zazzle.com OR you can print it out and put it in a blank button holder. There are small and large blank ones available at Michaels that are not too expensive. I chose to have them made by Artscow.com because I wanted them to look more professional.

Before I tell you about my Disney buttons, I made two specifically for Universal Studios.

We loved the Ant-Man movie, so I made this one. I got the idea from an Instagram user named @wickedandco. She sells some very cool pins if you don’t want to make your own. Unfortunately, Ant-man does not meet at Marvel Superheroes Island in Universal Studios. ☹️

My favorite part of Universal Studios was the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. So of course, #squadgoals.

The Goofy Movie is one of our favorite movies. Seriously, if you have not watched it, I don’t know what’s wrong with you or maybe you were born after 2000. The songs in this movie are so great. I listen to them even now that I’m 30. This is the Goofy button I designed and ordered. I attempted to make a Powerline badge, the musical group in the Goofy movie, but I couldn’t find a good image to use. Sorry, I couldn’t find this one to take a pic of. 🙁

I don’t watch scary movies, but I do like Disney villains. They are so badass. #squadgoals

I’ve liked Winnie the Pooh for a long time so I made this one.

I made a ‘Just Married’ badge featuring Carl and Ellie from the movie Up. This button didn’t get as many compliments as the honeymoon button that was customized with our picture on it. I now wish I would have made another one saying newlyweds with our photo.

Lastly, my most favorite badge that I made was our honeymoon badge. We did go on our honeymoon pretty late, but we did have to recoup from all that wedding spending we did. The best part about this badge is that it has a picture of us from the wedding! I wish I would have made a different kind with the picture of us facing forward, but people still figured out it was us.

Tips:

1. Wear them always! We got some pretty cool and free things with our Honeymooners one, especially at Universal Studios. We got told about special tours, we got to cut in line, and we got extra butter beers – just to name a few! Everyone has buttons at Disney World – I think we got more free stuff at Universal Studios because not as many people wear buttons. The biggest gift we got was the special treatment in the Wizarding World, that included a free Harry Potter custom video, custom Harry Potter badges, and printed photos!

2. They are great conversation starters, both with employees and other park-goers. We made some friends in line and on rides!

3. If you want to wear multiple ones, get a lanyard. If you get Photo Connect at Universal Studios, you will get a free lanyard, but only one. You have to pay $5 for the other one. Or, if you are smart, you will just bring one from home and remember to put it in your park touring bag. But, I don’t recommend wearing more than two. This will give people too much to read and won’t know what to say to you! We wore a lot during the first few days and slowly dwindled it down.

4. Don’t forget the free buttons you can get from theme park guest services. We got the following buttons: first visit, happily ever after, etc. Sometimes, when you are just walking down Main Street in Magic Kingdom in the morning, they will just give them out. You can also get some from the concierge at your WDW Hotel. If you want multiple copies of one, just don’t wear yours and ask for another. Don’t feel bad about getting more than one, they are Disney World, they won’t run out and you’ve already spent thousands and thousands of dollars.

5. Lastly, I advise you to get custom ones! They are sooooo cool. 😄

Our Experience on Disney’s Wild Afrika Trek Tour

There are a ton of tours available by Disney. I chose the Wild Afrika Trek tour because of a video that I saw on the Disney World Facebook page that highlighted the tour experience. It looked so amazing. And in all honesty, my tour was just as amazing, if not more, than that video.

Please note: I spelled Africa with a K in this entire post to make it look cooler. I know how to spell, I promise.

You have to schedule it in advance, we went in the winter and scheduled it just a few weeks before our trip. Even then, we still did not get the exact date and time that we wanted. Everything worked out in regards to planning since I had a few weeks to move things around. In the summer, I’m going to assume, that you will have to book way in advance.
Now, on to the fun stuff!

This is us getting suited up in our gear. These harnesses are legit. They even gave us a little hook for our cell phones so that we could bring them while trekking. We also got badges and water bottles.

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badges and bottles

These were our tour guides. They were awesome and so knowledgeable. I fell in love with them already even before the tour got started.

tourguides

We first walked through a trail and then through part of the “forest”.

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We crossed the two bridges with ease. It was a little bit scary, to be honest, but they do make it very safe. They took some great photos of us while walking the bridge.

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We were able to encounter quite a few animals, including hippos, alligators, giraffes, just to name a few. They say that the animals are more active in the morning, our tour was at 12:30 PM, and the animals were still pretty active at that time. But, we did go in early December and the average high at that time when we went was about 70 to 75°.

We got in the little Safari jeep and got a personal safari tour. We were able to stop, unlike the Kilimanjaro Safari ride, which we ended up not riding because we got the real tour instead.

animals

We got to eat a very lovely meal. I put the flower in my hair after the meal, and Andy, the tour guide, teased me about having food in my hair. That was funny. I regret not eating that flower now.

meal
The best part about this trip was that we got to experience something new together. The second best thing was that the weather was perfect. It wasn’t too hot and there was a light breeze.

Not that they will ever read this, but special thanks to the photographers and tour guides for this tour! I’m a picture fanatic and I was satisfied with the quality and style of the photos.

If I find the time to update this post with more pics, I will! I have so many! 🙂

How to get a discount on tour?

We paid approximately $400 for the both of us for this tour. You could’ve gotten a discount if you had used your Disney Visa card and if you booked in the late afternoon. For my next trip to Disney World, I’m definitely going to have a Disney Visa card!