Steigl-Radler Grapefruit: You Can Drink Summer V2

grapefruitA couple of years ago, I wrote a post about Summer Shandy titled “You Can Actually Drink Summer” (check it out HERE). Well, 2009, Ms. Bright-Yellow 2013 has something to share with you!

 

Thanks to my beer loving husband, I now know that the German version of a Shandy is called a Radler. He also introduced me to my new favorite beer – Steigl-Radler Grapefruit. YUM, YUM, YUM! Steigl-Radler Grapefruit is fizzy, slightly sweet, slightly sour, and a whole lot of delicious. Plus, it is much lower in alcohol (2.5%) and calories (175 per .5ml can) than many other beers out there. Did I mention how tasty it is?!?!?

 

Steigl also makes a lemon Radler. I tried that one last summer and while I liked it, for me, it was not the home-run that the Grapefruit flavor. But, that’s just me and my taste buds.

 

So, while I’m enjoying my Steigl Radler Grapefruit, I’d love to hear about some of your favorite summer drinks. Personally, I’m too lazy to make drinks for just the two but if you have an easy-peasy cocktail recipe that we simply must try, well, then share it in the comments section!
Thanks for reading Bright-Yellow.

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Meet Andrea Dekker – One of My Favorite Bloggers

about-andrea1A few weeks ago, I was all set to write about one of my favorite blogs when that day’s post was all about how the blog was re-branding itself. My first thought was “NOOOO!” but then I read the post and realized that all would be okay. So, now the re-branding is complete so I can introduce you to Andrea Dekker.com!

I found Andrea through another blog I love, Money Saving Mom, when Andrea wrote a guest piece. I don’t remember what the top of her post was, but I know I liked it to check out her blog and sign up for her daily email and I am so glad that I did. Andrea’s blog (and life) is all about simplifying. She’s sort of like the blog form of The Container Store – full of great ideas to make things easy, time-saving, and cute. Plus, she has a daughter who is two weeks younger than B so I love seeing what her cute little baby is doing.

Some of my favorite posts of Andrea’s are her one about organizing digital photos (we ALL need that, right!??), organizing your important papers and passwords for the unexpected (I haven’t completed this yet but I’m working on it), and yesterday’s post about how to make a personalized ABC book (I’m working on this – GREAT idea since B LOVES to look at pictures (and video) of himself!).

Andrea really has some wonderfully simple yet clever ideas. Check out her site (click HERE) and be sure to sign up for her email list – you’ll be glad that you did!

Thanks for reading Bright-Yellow!

Baby B’s Top 5 Books for Babies and Toddlers

I love to read and when I was pregnant with Baby B, I used to worry what if I gave birth to a kid who does not like to read? I had visions of us curled up reading book after book and I would be so disappointed if that never came to be.

Baby B must have picked up on this in utero and came out loving books from day one! Now, at 17 months, we start our day and end our day curled up and reading book after book (with a few books throughout the day, too, on some days) and I love it. My wonderful friends threw me a book themed baby shower (and friends have been generous with hand-me-downs) so Baby B has quite the library.

Without further ado, here are B’s Top 5 Books (as of this week!):

61tk7o7kWWL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX225_SY300_CR,0,0,225,300_SH20_OU01_My Truck is Stuck. We read this book multiple times in one sitting. The title pretty much sums up the plot but what also makes it a home run is that dogs drive the truck (and car and van, etc.). B LOVES both dogs and trucks so it doesn’t get much better than this! I have taken to reading an abridged version of it which B seems to love (there are a few phrases that repeat over and over again) and it is a great way to introduce counting (how many vehicles try to get the truck unstuck).

51lu4-PDW8L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX225_SY300_CR,0,0,225,300_SH20_OU01_I Love You More. This is one of my favorites, too. A mother and son walk through the words comparing their love of each other to what they see around them (“I love you taller than the tallest tree, I love you brighter than the brightest star in the sky” etc.) and culminates with “I love you more than anything in the whole, wide world!”

51b5Hi0xUUL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX225_SY300_CR,0,0,225,300_SH20_OU01_Where is the Green Sheep. My parents gave this one to Baby B at Christmas and he as read it constantly every day since then. He loves the different type of sheep (“Here is the bed sheep and here is the bath sheep” etc.) and he always gets so excited when the green sheep finally appears!

51nOM+3iw+L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX225_SY300_CR,0,0,225,300_SH20_OU01_Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. B is actually interactive with this book which is so much fun. When the bus driver says “goodbye”, B waves at him and says “bye bye” and when the pigeon is upset because he can’t drive the bus (illustrated by a squiggly line over the pigeon’s head), B blows a raspberry. It’s a great book about not necessarily getting what you want and that temper tantrums are kind of silly and don’t work.

513ZEJYKRFL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX225_SY300_CR,0,0,225,300_SH20_OU01_The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and The Big Hungry Bear. B’s cousin, Elliott, gave this to him which may have something to do with his love of the book. B LOVES Elliott! Anyhoo, this book is great because the sentences are short and the illustrations are beautiful.

We are always on the lookout for new books so please share your favorites with us (and everyone else) in the comments section!

Thanks for reading bright-yellow.

A Year of Slow Cooking – You Can Make Anything in a Slow Cooker

9259050_BG2We have a slow cooker or crock pot (I really don’t know the difference) which we purchased because Jeff wanted it and had memories of yummy dishes in one growing up. The slow cooker/crock pot collected dust for quite a while. Then we had Baby B (who I need to stop calling baby but I can’t yet!) and I realized that I needed to learn to love the slow cooker/crock pot.

WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG TO LOVE THIS THING?!?!?!

Seriously, the slow cooker/crock pot has made my life so much easier. I use it at least once a week and I love just throwing a bunch of things in the pot and a few hours later having a yummy meal.

Someone out there loves her slow cooker/crock pot much more, though. Meet Stephanie O’Dea who literally cooked in her slow cooker/crock pot every day for a year, blogging about it along the way. The result is a site chock full of recipes and “gee, I didn’t realize you could make that in the slow cooker/crock pot” realizations. I have made a number of Stephanie’s recipes and highly recommend the site. Check it out HERE.

What are your favorite slow cooker/crock pot recipes?

Does anyone know the difference between a slow cooker and a crock pot?

Thanks for reading Bright-Yellow!

Fresh & Clean Some of My Favorite Chemical-Free Cleaning Products

Sometimes I use a product, visit a place, eat or drink something new and think to myself, “I should blog about this.” Then I never actually write that blog post. Well, today as I was cleaning (you know, since I don’t have a paying job at the moment), I had one of those “I should blog about this” thoughts and viola – a blog post!

laundry_DAFS_fresh_airI love Method products. I have loved them for a long time (I first tried their bathroom cleaner when I had a windowless bathroom), I have not met one that I don’t love, and I sing their praises often. One of my new favorites is the Method Laundry Spray. Originally I tried this because I had a coupon (see reference to lack of paying job above) for a free trial size when I bought another Method Laundry product. I loved the idea of replacing dryer sheets (and the trash they generate) with a spray but I honestly was a bit skeptical. My skepticism was unfounded, though, because the spray rocks. It smells heavenly, leaves our clothes nice and soft, and really reduces the static. Plus, since I can control how much I use, I can adjust the amount based on the size of the load of laundry. I think the directions say six sprays for a load of laundry but, personally, I use about half of that with great success.

CFS-010_1zNow that I have professed my love of Method, I have to admit that I cheated on them and tried Naturally It’s Clean Bathroom Cleaner and I actually love it more than the Method bathroom cleaner. The Method one was great but the Naturally It’s Clean Bathroom Cleaner does a better job. For the last two years we have had a layer of gunk on the counter in B’s bathroom (hmmm… could it be my hairspray since that is where I do my hair? Yeah, probably) and nothing got rid of it. I just figured we’d live with it until we re-do the bathroom someday. Ahhh but then I tried Naturally It’s Clean and the gunk is gone. Really. Since I try to limit B’s interaction with chemicals, I really love using this in his bathtub because I know his tub is squeaky clean but nothing I used is going to make his sprout a third ear or anything.

Don’t ask about floor cleaner, though – at the rate the snow is falling around here, I’m not cleaning my floors until July!

Please share any cleaning products or tips that you have in the comments section!

Thanks for reading Bright-Yellow.

To App or Not To App

This is a post where I hope you will offer a little feedback in the comments area.

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To App or Not to App? Well, actually – To Let Baby B App or Not to App?

B has discovered the joy of the iPhone and iPad. Since I often have my phone with me (we are a cell phone only house), he was bound to notice it at some point. Once he discovered it, he was content to simply turn it on. Then he was content to just look at pictures with mom’s help and now he can swipe all on his own. He has also figured out how to access Siri (which Jeff and I find hilarious since he doesn’t talk leading to an “I don’t understand da da da” response from Siri). He figured out that the iPad was just a bigger iPhone when he noticed that the wall paper on both is the same picture of him.

I have downloaded a few apps for him (a phone pad that has characters that say things like “Hi” and “Peek a Boo” and one that plays the ABC song while the letters float down in bubbles). I did this prior to a long car trip figuring I’d only pull the phone out when desperate – which happened all to frequently.

So, the question is, do we let him embrace technology and seek appropriate apps for him and let him play on these devices or try to keep them from him a little longer? On the one hand, I want him to wait and live in a tech-free world for a while longer. On the other hand, he is growing up in a technology world.  Ah… first world problems, right? 🙂

Okay folks – let me know – do we app or not app?

Thanks for reading Bright-Yellow.

Check Out Matt the Electrician

685_matt_fullJeff and I actually had a rare date night last weekend to celebrate our anniversary. Technically, Jeff was working, too, but it was a night out nonetheless. We recently learned that one of B’s daycare teachers also babysits which had Jeff and I trying to figure out just how quickly we could schedule a night out (B is back to being VERY attached to Mommy these days but he does like his daycare teacher). We headed to our local music venue, Space, to hear Shawn Colvin and while Shawn played beautifully (of course), her opening act was a pleasant surprise.

Unless the show is a double bill, the opening act usually is the time to enjoy a drink and chat (depending on the size of the venue – Space is super small so chatting is tough). We had never heard of this opener and figured we’d use the time to drink and whisper. However, from the moment Matt the Electrician (don’t you just love the name!?!? He really is an electrician apparently) took the stage and began to sing and share his stories, we were hooked. He played some charmingly beautiful songs and his stories had us laughing and engaged throughout his performance. He reminded me a bit of Peter Himmelman (another fave), Jason Mraz, and a male Patty Griffin (one of my all-time faves).

So, if you see Matt the Electrician playing your area, check him out. And the next time you head to a show, go early and check out the opening act – you might just discover a new gem.

Thanks for reading Bright-Yellow.