Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken Recipe (soooo good)

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

I am in LOVE with my Instant Pot. Sure, it took a solid few weeks for me to try the thing out, but now that I have, there's no going back!!

I've tried quite a few recipes but like to tweak things to my taste so I've adapted a few recipes and am sharing this amazing dish that I just KNOW you're going to love as much as I do. The best part? Only ONE pot to clean!! SCORE!!

Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken


4 chicken breasts (boneless skinless) - diced (cubes)
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 onion (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (chopped) - I use a tsp of minced garlic in oil
3/4 cup Bragg natural soy sauce (you can use regular soy sauce)
1/3 cup ketchup
3 teaspoons sesame oil
3/4 cup honey
red pepper flakes (I just a couple shakes of the spice jar, yes, very scientific - how much you add will depend how spicy you want it)
2 tbsp cornstarch
3 tbsp water
1 red pepper
1 cup edamame (I use frozen)

Cooked rice (I use brown rice that I have pre-cooked)

Preheat Instant Pot (IP) using the saute setting. Add vegetable oil, onion, garlic and chicken to IP and saute stirring constantly for 4 minutes, press cancel on IP.

Add Bragg sauce, ketchup, sesame oil, honey and red pepper flakes to pot and stir. Pressure cook mixture on high for 3 minutes. Once pressure cook is done, wait 5 minutes and then do quick pressure release.

In a separate small bowl, combine water and cornstarch and add that mixture to pot. At this time you will add chopped red pepper and edamame to the pot. Select Saute and cook until sauce thickens up a bit.


Note: I serve this over pre-cooked brown rice. I'm still figuring how to perfect the cook of my brown rice using this brown rice pressure cooking guide.

Inspired by: Pressure Cooking Today's Honey Sesame Chicken recipe

Hope you'll try this recipe and let me know how much you LOVE it!!

Feel free to spam the linkup below with your favourite recipes (bonus points for more Instant Pot recipes)

TBB talks... about skincare

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

I had good intentions to stay on top of the Monday posts in March but low and behold, the second one rolls around and I'm off the wagon.

What's that saying? Better late than never...

Over at the Blended Blog on Monday we hosted a TBB talks about Skin care linkup. I actually read a bunch of the posts in the linkup and I secretly (well, not so secretly now) LOVE seeing what products people are using.

So here I am, on Thursday night, writing about my skincare.

I'll start by saying that right now I'm using all SeneGence products mostly because I sell it lol but I'm sharing it because it's legitimately my skincare and there really are some great items. Having said that, I may or may not have some Rodan and Fields products coming my way to give them a go as well. It's not that I don't love my current skin care (my skin has never been this soft in a winter in the history of my life) but this lady's wrinkles need some pretty aggressive intervention (I was going to insert "lol" here but I don't really find it that funny).

Ya, that's a LOT of products. I've never put so much stuff on my face in my life.

Morning and night I wash my face with the 3 in 1 cleanser (I use normal to dry line which is moisturizing enough for my normally dry skin). I use it with the Foreo Luna Mini 2 (that pink thing). The Luna Mini is a cool gadget "an award-winning sonic face brush that cleanses and removes up-to 99.5% of dirt and oil. It offers a gentle, effective cleanse to decrease the onset of acne breakouts, reduce pore visibility and eliminate blackheads. Experience clearer, softer, healthier-looking skin in as little as three days." 

Both morning and night I follow my face washing with Climate Control. If I had to recommend one item ONLY, this would be it. This stuff is hydration in it's purest form but without being greasy. It helps with redness and has worked wonders on my post-baby blotchy skin. It can be used to help sunburns, eczema and so many other issues. Miracle in a bottle!

In the am I follow Climate Control with daily moisturizer and eye illuminating cream.

In the pm I follow Climate control with the night time moisturizer, eye cream and collagen pack.

When my skin is needing an extra hit of moisture, I use nangai oil.

I'm not going to get into the ins and outs of each product mostly because that seems salesy (which I hate) and because I'm exhausted lol. I am happy to share more info if anyone wants it ;)

Despite loving my current routine, I'm always on the lookout for the best products so will keep checking out the other posts or leave a comment with your favourite skin care products!!

if you do want more info check out my Facebook Group 

TBB Asks - Beauty Edition

Monday, March 5, 2018

March is beauty month at the Blended Blog so obviously our TBB Asks post is beauty-themed!! Grab the above graphic and link up with us below!

  1. Eyelash curler?
    Negative. I have one (or three) but I rarely use it. It's a phases thing for me and depends on how good the mascara is I'm using. Also, eyelash curling = more time and I am short on time with 3 munchkins.
  2. Favourite nail colour?
    Like pick ONE colour that I love above all others? Impossible! But I usually go for neutral nail colours, blush pink-ish.
  3. Favourite lip colout?
    Again, pick ONE colour? How hard is that? I'm a LipSense addict (and distributor) so I have FAR too many lip colours on the go. If I had  to pick my most worn/loved colour, it would probably be Praline Rose BUT I love mostly all of them lol. I tend to stick to a neutral lip but like having fun with reds and some bolder colours.
  4. Blow dry or air dry?
    I usually shower at night so will air dry. If I shower in the am (on the weekend) it's usually the only time I blow dry.
  5. Artificial nails?
    I haven't done "fake nails" in a looong time but I love me some shellac nail polish! Haven't had that done in a while either but I'm thinking I may need a spring mani and my almost 5 year old has been begging for a spa day :)
  6. Foundation?
    I use a colour-correcting moisturizer (yes, SeneGence, again). It's easy, light and evens out my skin tone/tones down redness without taking up too much time. Having said that, I definitely use foundation when I'm doing something other than hanging at home with the kiddos.
  7. Hair: up or down?
    My hair is usually down.
  8. Bar soap or body wash?
    I use both. I love my Dove bar soap but I also love my SeneGence body wash. For some reason I always use bar soap for shaving.
  9. Bath or shower?
    I shower far more often than I bath but I LOVE me a nice hot, quiet bath with a glass of wine and lots of bubbles!
  10. Body lotion?
    After every shower :) 
  11. Perfume? Favourite scent?
    I only wear perfume if I'm going out (i.e. dinner, date, party etc)... so, not often. I have a few scents I like but usually Juicy Couture.
  12. Shave daily?
    HA!! This question actually makes me lol. I'm home with 3 kids under 5, I don't even shower every day, so no, I do not shave every day... not even every shower - judge away. Don't worry, I pick things up a notch in the summer when I'm wearing shorts and stuff lol.
  13. Favourite lip balm?
    I've been a lip balm addict for ever but since I started wearing LipSense I realized how the wax in most lip balms prevents your lips from their natural exfoliation. For the most part I use the SeneGence lip balm but usually just at bed time as during the day I'm slathering gloss on to keep my lip colour lasting all day.
  14. When did you start wearing makeup?
    I don't even remember. Probably in high school at some point but my love of makeup didn't really take hold until I started "going out" lots in University lol.

share the love - February Gift Exchange Reveal

Monday, February 26, 2018

Happy Monday!!!

The Blended Blog ladies thought it would be a fun idea to do a little gift exchange in February.

Sooooooo here's the BIG reveal!!

Erin and I got each other. There were a bunch of people signed up for this gift exchange and I was grateful to get someone I kinda "knew". Erin is a super sweet mom of 3 and she's remarkable. I admire her because her instagram feed is real and honest and so easy to relate to. 

Here's what Erin gifted me:

So our giveaway "theme" was accessories, which meant, we were to gift accessories (in case you need that explained lol).
Erin sent me these gorgeous and unique wooden studs which I adore.
She also sent me a beautiful message but I'm keeping that to myself - I will share that it was very sweet, kind, and uplifting. Thank YOU Erin for that, it touched my heart.
She also included a $5 bill, which, when I first saw it was like "why is she sending me cash?" but he note explained it all, she wanted me to treat myself to a caffeinated beverage at my coffee-shop of choice and enjoy some kid-free time (yup, she's definitely also a mom of three lol).

Also, how freaking adorable are these earrings? Yup, I LOVE them!

Thanks so so so much Erin!! She may be sharing on her Instagram what I gifted her and you're all welcome to head over to the Blended Blog to see what everyone else was gifted - tell me I'm not the only one that loves seeing other people's prezzies? I'm not, right?

This is is for our February themed linkups (what happened there?!), see you in March! xo

Friday Faves

Friday, February 23, 2018

Remember when I had one child and I used to write weekly posts sharing my most favourite things? HA (also, I used to change my writing to cater to my US friends/followers, but you're all going to have to deal with the "u" in colour, neighbour, favourite etc because I'm too tired to consciously change my spelling for you and it's not fair to my Canadian friends!).

Where was I? Oh ya, back when I used to be organized and have enough time to write a post *almost* weekly with my favourite things.

Those were the days.

Well, now life with three kids is kicking my butt... BUT I'm writing a true-to-life faves post.

Here, my friends, are my faves this week:

1. Long weekends. Long-weekends = more two-parent time for me, which is always a win. Plus more time together as a family and all that. Also, long-weekends = short work weeks which also mean more two-parent time. Score! I love my kids, so much, but they're much easier to manage when I'm not on my own. Single parents out there, I literally do not know how you do it #props

2. Grandma visits. This week my mom came over for the day. She not only helped with my tantruming two year old and sleep-fighting four month old, she also folded ALL of my laundry. No, guys, she folded ALL OF THE LAUNDRY. There was a lot. There always is. Don't worry though, we're already actively building up our supply of unfolded, clean clothing again. Ugh.

3. Coffee. When you're up for hours on end trying to get a baby back to sleep, it's just a given you're going to have a love affair with coffee. Coffee and I are in love. Until 12pm, then all ties get severed, because, breastfeeding.

4. PizzaPizza having a dairy-free cheese option. I cannot tell you how happy this makes me. Because, yet again, breastfeeding. And believe me when I say it's actually good!!! For real.

Seriously kids, what are you trying to do to me?!

I had intentions to do more but I'm drawing a blank and it's about bedtime for this momma.

What are you loving this week?

And there's no guarantee I'll share my faves next week, or ever again for that matter because that's momlife.

What love looks like to me

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

I just sat down, at 9pm on a Tuesday night, to write a post that was intended for yesterday (whoops) about what love looks like to me.

Would you like to guess what happened the moment my mind turned to the topic and my hands began to move towards to keyboard?

The baby woke up screaming.

So, here I am, telling you what love REALLY looks like in real-time.

Love looks like a tired-mom not fulfilling commitments in blog-land because her kids needed her more often than not and there wasn't enough time, after getting the kids to bed and trying to spend a few minutes with her husband, to write an insightful, or any, post about what love looks like.

Love looks like a husband (in this exact second) trying to calm and change a squirming, screaming baby while his wife tries to do anything other than parent or clean for 5 min.

Love looks like trying, calmly, to talk your tired and somewhat belligerent 4 year old through an outburst and telling her you love her even though she just yelled at you for a solid 30 min.

Love looks like instantly forgiving your 2 year old for throwing his entire dinner to the dog when he oh-so-sweetly says "sorry mommy" as his picks the plate off the floor and hands it to you.

Right now love looks like me trying not to be irritated that my husband just opened the chips I bought for myself because he's eating them while holding the baby who just wants her mom but dad is trying to let said mom have 5 min to herself.

Love looks like late nights, middle of the nights, early mornings. Love looks like no sleep and coffee until there's wine.

Love looks like getting irritated and frustrated and wanting out but then not getting out because when you think about where you really want to be it's with the people who sometimes drive you the most crazy.

Love looks like feeling like you can't stand another second but feeling like it would be the end of the world if you couldn't, in fact, do this for another second.

Love is the ultimate contradiction and juxtaposition. It makes no sense but all the sense.

Love looks like a quickly written and sloppy blog post by a exhausted mom who is going to relieve her also tired husband from baby-duty (and take back my bag of chips for Pete SAKES!!) because I get that he needs a break too.

Love doesn't always look the way we thought it would. It is NOT a fairytale with prince charming and angelic children but that doesn't make it any less beautiful.

Love is love and this is it.

Happy Valentine's Day... I hope your busy lives are filled with so much love today and everday.

cross your fingers that by the time you're reading this post, we've all gotten a few hours of sleep lol

baby duty awaits ;)

What I'm wearing Valentine's day

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

It's Wednesday and I'm blogging!! Try not to faint with shock.

I haven't done a Wednesday post because I haven't both worn something cute AND been able to snap a decent pic. Sure, I've had a few outfits (you know, on the few occasions I leave the house and actually do something) that were kinda cute, but I wasn't organized enough (or had enough time without one of the three children hanging off of me) to get a pic. Don't let the previous sentences fool you into think this post is going to contain great quality, child-free pics, guys, that's just not my life.

So, with the Valentine's theme in mind this week, I'm sharing my go-to Valentine's outfit AND makeup!

Let's start with makeup (yay).

I LOVE makeup.I have always loved playing with makeup but don't always have time to really "do" my makeup. Often it's the minimum which for me means filling brows, mascara, tinted moisturizer and, of course, my LipSense. This is all good and fine for an everyday look but I love to take it up a notch whenever I have the opportunity (mostly because there aren't many opportunities lol). 

Pre-kids, I used to go out often and that meant a full face of makeup which included false lashes. I love false lashes because they make me feel quite glamorous and my natural lashes leave something to be desired. Plus, false lashes are a fun and easy way to jazz things up or add a little va-va-voom, especially to your Valentine's Day or date-night look.

I was sent some Esqido mink lashes to try. Before I tell you my thoughts, you need to know that I get offered products regularly and don't post a lot of review/sponsored posts anymore unless it's something I genuinely want to try. I could not ignore the opportunity for some new lashes (and for any excuse to find a place to wear them lol).

First of all, I'm in Canada so things often take a long long long time to get to me. These lashes did not! I got them so fast! Like two days after they were sent (WHAT?!). Now, that was like December and I'm just writing the review now, why? Because, as I may have mentioned, I don't get out much lol

I see a difference, do you see a difference?

I think the before and after kind of speaks for itself.

I chose the "Radiance" Esqido mink lashes and was also sent the eyelash glue. I chose the "Radiance" ones because I felt they looked kinda natural. My goal with lashes is for them to be noticeable but not like "WHOA", ya know?

As you can see from the before and after above, you can definitely notice a difference with the lashes on but it's not so dramatic that you couldn't pull it off for most events (including the baby shower I attended and SuperBowl party (aka "This is Us" party) that we had.

Aren't they pretty? Even from the top down it's not obvious I'm wearing lashes but they look gorgeous!!

Even my mom was like "you look great, I love your eye-makeup" but couldn't pinpoint what was different until I told her. Goal achieved!

My thoughts? I loved these lashes!! I also love that they're reusable (I've worn them twice, both times with ease). I have tried many (MANY) false lashes in my days. There have been a few different glues that have bothered or irritated my eyes and I'm happy to report I had absolutely zero issues with the eyelash glue from Esqido. The application was very easy for me and I liked that the glue didn't take too long to dry and wasn't noticeable once dry. The lashes feel very light (I've worn some heavy lashes and can't handle the weight) and natural, both attributes essential for this makeup-loving momma.

They often have buy one set, get the second 50% off and if you're a lash-loved, I'd highly recommend grabbing a set (or two)! Plus, if you order now you'll have them in time for Valentine's Day!!

And now... the outfit.

Well, this mom will likely be doing a dinner at home once the kids are in bed because who wants to volunteer to watch 3 kids? Anyone? Bueller? So comfort is key but that can be done kinda cutely... right?

I love this Addy Poncho I recently got from Stella & Dot. It's soft and cozy so I feel like I'm wearing pajamas but don't look like I just rolled out of bed.

Don't mind the socks, we don't wear shoes in the house in Canada (well, most of us don't I think) and the boots I wore in the snow aren't exactly fashion-forward lol. Also, my mini-me was insistent on getting in on the action, obviously.

You all can just pretend you don't see the baskets of unfolded laundry in the background, um 'K?

Stella & Dot selling tops is going to be the end of me (or rather by bank account). I have the maroon one in the middle below and I think that would also make a great night-out outfit too! Don't tell Mr. B, I have that top but have yet to wear it. D'oh! Again, anyone up for babysitting? 

Link up below and share your outfit posts with my friends and I at the Blended Blog!! Can't wait to see what you're wearing!