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Sunday, November 27, 2022

Tips for Buying an Outdoor-Rated Refrigerator + Why We Love the Newair 24” 5.3 Cu. Ft. Commercial Stainless Steel Built-in Beverage Refrigerator (Model NCR053SS00)

Tips for Buying an Outdoor Rated Refrigerator 

If you are in the market for an outdoor-rated refrigerator for your backyard oasis, there are many factors to consider for your big purchase. In today's post, we'll (a) share tips that we found in our research for choosing an outdoor refrigerator for our patio in north Texas and (b) weave our personal experience into the post as we decided on the Newair 24” 5.3 Cu. Ft. Commercial Stainless Steel Built-in Beverage Refrigerator (Model NCR053SS00).

1. Consider the size of your space.

Personally, we think that it's important to be able to easily slide the outdoor refrigerator in and out of the space as needed for cleaning and maintenance.  You'll want to measure your space twice and narrow your search by the outer dimensions of the outdoor refrigerator. The second step is to assess how much usable space is in the outdoor fridge.  For instance, while two outdoor refrigerators may have the same outer dimensions, the amount of usable space may differ based on the design, compressor technology, and other parts that take space.  We love that the Newair 24” 5.3 Cu. Ft. Commercial Stainless Steel Built-in Beverage Refrigerator (Model NCR053SS00) provides 5.3 cubic feet of generous space! 

2. Find space that does not have direct sunlight.

Outdoor refrigerators typically work harder than indoor refrigerators, especially during Texas summers!  Make sure that you have space that shades the outdoor refrigerator to avoid direct sunlight.  If you are renovating an outdoor patio or other area, this is an important consideration that you shouldn't overlook when you work with your design team!

3. Make sure that the outdoor refrigerator is rated for indoor and outdoor food storage.

During my research, I learned that large swings in outdoor temperatures cause engineering challenges. It makes sense when you think about it, but I guess that I never gave it enough thought until I started to research tips for buying an outdoor refrigerator! You'll want to make sure that the outdoor refrigerator is rated for outdoor food storage. Our Newair 24” 5.3 Cu. Ft. Commercial Stainless Steel Built-in Beverage Refrigerator (Model NCR053SS00) is rated for both indoor and outdoor use. 

4. Look for an Energy Star rating.

The Energy Star rating gives you insight into the efficiency of the unit. This also helps you to estimate the cost to run your outdoor refrigerator throughout the year. Remember that this will vary based on factors such as how much you store in it, how often the door opens, and the ambient temperatures throughout the year.  Since we live in north Texas where summers are usually hot and humid, the Energy Star rating was important to us and is part of why we love the Newair 24” 5.3 Cu. Ft. Commercial Stainless Steel Built-in Beverage Refrigerator (Model NCR053SS00).

5. Choose a finish that is durable and weather resistant.

The outdoor elements are tough on everything in Texas! An outdoor refrigerator is no exception. The heat and humidity is a big challenge for us. That's why we looked for a 430 stainless steel body for durability and relative weather resistance. We also have kids, so as a bonus, we love that our  Newair 24” 5.3 Cu. Ft. Commercial Stainless Steel Built-in Beverage Refrigerator (Model NCR053SS00) has a fingerprint-resistant door to resist smudges and smears!

6. Look for a nice organizational layout and flexibility for the inside of the fridge. 

We generally store drinks and may occasionally store food platters. We love that the Newair 24” 5.3 Cu. Ft. Commercial Stainless Steel Built-in Beverage Refrigerator (Model NCR053SS00) has a highly customizable interior with 3 adjustable shelves and 24 possible levels.  The ultimate flexibility allows day-to-day usage and is easy to adjust to store different items for parties!

7. Consider the warranty.

An outdoor refrigerator is an expensive purchase.  One consideration that we had was that we wanted a brand that we recognized. Newair was the perfect choice.  We've loved the quality of other products by this brand. For the Newair 24” 5.3 Cu. Ft. Commercial Stainless Steel Built-in Beverage Refrigerator (Model NCR053SS00), they offer a 30-day no-hassle return policy which is nice so that you are able to make sure that it's perfect for your space.  They also offer a one year warranty. You'll want to look at the specific details for the item that you order, but here is a link to their general warranty information that I found helpful.

8. Look for an outdoor refrigerator that locks.

We have young children, so we lock our outdoor refrigerator when we are not using it for safety reasons. As parents,  we always think about our children's safety, so this was a feature that we wanted. The Newair 24” 5.3 Cu. Ft. Commercial Stainless Steel Built-in Beverage Refrigerator (Model NCR053SS00) has a lock on the bottom and comes with two keys.

We hope that these tips help as you work on your plans that involve an outdoor refrigerator! I spent many hours learning about outdoor refrigerators. I have no training in this area, so you'll want to contact a licensed contractor and electrician for your own project, but I hope that some of my tips help you to better communicate with your team now that you know some things to look for in an outdoor refrigerator! The Newair 24” 5.3 Cu. Ft. Commercial Stainless Steel Built-in Beverage Refrigerator (Model NCR053SS00) turned out to be our dream outdoor refrigerator!  

Save with this Newair coupon!

If it happens to be your dream refrigerator too, we contacted Newair to ask if we could offer a discount for the Newair 24” 5.3 Cu. Ft. Commercial Stainless Steel Built-in Beverage Refrigerator (Model NCR053SS00). They offered us a coupon to share -- use the code TRENDY10 for 10% off!


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We Have a Cyber Monday Coupon for Pogo Pass for 50% off + an extra $5 off! (Over 400 readers used our coupon so far!)

  

Pogo Pass is such a great deal! We have a 2022 Pogo Pass coupon for 50% off + an extra $5 off for Cyber Monday-- just visit Pogo Pass and use the coupon code DAZZLE!   Easy-peasy for an annual pass that is packed with fun!

This code is valid for every city that Pogo Pass features - Dallas/Fort Worth, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Kansas City, and South Central Texas!

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Save 50% on ICE! Tickets at the Gaylord Texan 2022 with this Coupon! (Over 150 readers used our coupon so far!) #SoMuchChristmas #ChristmasAtGaylordTexan


If you follow regularly, you know that one of our favorite activities of the year is ICE! at the Gaylord Texan!  This popular tradition for North Texans disappeared during the pandemic and is finally back.  This year's theme is Polar Express. This sparkling attraction is sure to mesmerize visitors of all ages! We recently visited and felt like we were whisked away to a winter wonderland! I won't spoil too many surprises, but I'll share a few photos to give you an idea of what to expect!

The Gaylord Texan ICE! exhibit starts with a chance to touch real snow!  My children loved this!

There were also opportunities to learn about the ice carvers from Harbin and the tools and techniques that they used.


We then picked up our parkas and enjoyed the ICE! exhibit. True to the spirit of Polar Express, we walked through sparkling ice exhibits that featured scenes inspired by the movie.  I won't spoil too many surprises, but we found it mesmerizing! We also appreciated that there were opportunities for my energetic children to pose for photos. They were even able to wiggle and giggle down slides made from, you guessed it... ICE!

Our visit wasn't complete without visiting Merry & Bright! This whimsical winter wonderland is outdoors and includes millions of twinkling lights. I won't spoil too many surprises, but I will share that our family enjoyed walking through the beautiful lights, listening to Christmas music, and taking photos! It's a must-do experience every holiday season!


In addition to ICE! and Merry & Bright, you'll also want to plan time enjoying snow tubing, iceskating, delicious food, and more! Get the full list of Gaylord Texan Christmas activities here!


We teamed up with the Gaylord Texan to provide the 50% off coupon for ICE at the Gaylord Texan for 2022.  Use the coupon code TRENDY to enjoy 50% off! The coupon will work for everyone's tickets in your order! We recommend purchasing your tickets early for the date/time that you prefer since tickets are while-supplies-last!

This Gaylord Texan ICE! coupon may be redeemed by visiting GaylordTickets.com and entering the coupon code TRENDY to save 50% on the dates listed below and for General Admission. This coupon is valid "while tickets last" for certain dates:

  • 11/11    to   11/19
  • 11/28   to   12/1
  • 12/4     to   12/8
  • 12/11    to   12/15
  • 12/26   to   1/1
We hope that you enjoy this year's Gaylord Texan ICE! attraction and the many other holiday activities that they have planned to help you create happy family memories!




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Thursday, November 24, 2022

Allbirds Cyber Monday 2022 Coupon and Deals! (Over 30 readers used our FREE Socks coupon so far!)


If you are obsessed with Allbirds, we have a treat for you!   They have a rare "up to 50% off sale" for Cyber Monday that our flock of Trendy Mom Readers can combine with our FREE Allbird socks coupon!  Let me break it down so that you have the steps to score this deal. 

  • Step 1: Visit Allbirds website here. (This is a special link that Allbirds provided for us to share with our readers that want free socks!)
  • Step 2: Select Allbirds shoes are "up to 50% off" for Black Friday
  • Step 3: Browse and add any pair of shoes to your shopping cart. 
  • Step 4: Add ANY pair of socks to your shopping cart.
  • Step 5: Click to view the items in your shopping cart and you'll see that the shoes have the sale price AND the socks are now FREE! 
  • Step 6: Check out and pay for your order.
  • That's it! Easy-peasy!  Don't miss this rare Allbirds Cyber Monday sale for up to 50% off AND the free socks with purchase of any shoes!
If you aren't familiar with Allbirds, let me tell you that we love this high quality brand that offers trendy fashions while also caring about the environment.  For instance, I took a photo of my husband's Wool Pipers below. They are super soft and comfortable.  The soft wool outers are his favorite part.  He also loves knowing that Allbirds is dedicated to carbon neutrality.


Here is another view of his favorite shoes from Allbirds!


Personally, I love my Allbirds Tree Dashers! They are incredibly comfortable. I wear them to the gym because they provide good support. I also wear them on errands or on walks to the park with my kids. They are super comfortable!


I hope that you enjoyed this glimpse into why we love Allbirds!  I also hope that you are able to take advantage of the Black Friday 2022 sale and coupon above to score free socks in addition to the "up to 50% off " deal!

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Trendy Mom's 2022 Gift Guide is Here!

  

The Holiday Gift Guide is our largest project of the year! It's a large effort that we have been working on for months. We personally try all of the items and then share the best products and gift ideas in the gift guide. We hope that you enjoy our roundup of holiday gift ideas! 

The categories of our gift guide:

We hope that you enjoy this selection of gift ideas for 2022!

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(Win it!) Enjoy Christmas Programming on Pure Flix With Your Family This Holiday Season! #PFChristmasMIN #PureFlixVIPAmbassador #MomentumInfluencerNetwork

Many thanks to Pure Flix for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own. 

The holiday season is just around the corner!  In today's post, I'll tell you about why we love our family-friendly Pure Flix subscription, share details about some of their Christmas programming, tell you about one of my favorite shows (The Thursday Night Club), and host a giveaway where one lucky winner will have a chance to win a 3-month Pure Flix subscription! Let's get started!

If you aren't familiar with Pure Flix, it's an amazing streaming service that has a great selection of Christian television series and movies. My entire family loves Pure Flix. We hope that you will give it a try and end up loving it too! Pure Flix often releases exclusive shows that we love. 

This is the perfect time to sign up since the holiday programming is especially wonderful for Christmas! The Pure Flix family friendly streaming service offers 190 movies to inspire and en-courage the whole family this season, you’ll experience the difference that positive entertainment can have. Christmas is a time for family and fellowship and there is no better way to celebrate than by streaming faith-filled and family-centric movies and shows on Pure Flix. With new quality faith and family entertainment every week, celebrate Christmas with Pure Flix and be inspired and encouraged all season long. This trendy streaming services offers more new originals and exclusives than ever before, this is the year to celebrate Christmas with Pure Flix! Discover miracles, romance, family fun and much more when you celebrate Christmas with Pure Flix. New movies and shows are available every week this holiday season. 


Let's start with a small sampling of holiday movies. I gathered some posters to give you an idea of some of the wonderful movies that are included in your subscription! For instance, Silver Bells, The Thursday Night Club, By God's Grace, I love Christmas Parties, and Veggie Tales are some favorites!




We also want to highlight The Thursday Night Club!  


When a young woman filled with the Christmas spirit suffers a devastating loss, her four closest friends work to bring the spirit back to her by helping others. The series is packed with moving stories about a group of friends who listen to God’s calling to serve others in unique ways. It reminds you of this bible verse:
“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” – Proverbs 11:25 (NIV)

Here is the trailer:


The cast list includes:
  • Valerie Smaldone, Director
  • Gloria Gaynor, Dr. Poitier
  • Johan Gran, Kevin
  • Racquel Jean-Louis, Izzy
  • Mae Claire, Ava
  • Amanda Talero, Jesse
  • Max Katz, Randy
  • Fidel Vicioso, Victor
I won't spoil surprises for you, but I will share that this show reminds you of true friendship and true service. The film challenges viewers to start their own kindness projects which is always important, but especially important during the holiday season when we all reflect on our blessings and opportunities to make the world a better place.

Win it!
One lucky winner will receive a 3-month subscription to Pure Flix. Enter using the Rafflecopter below. The winner will be contacted by email with their free 3-month subscription. Good luck! 



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Sign up for Pure Flix! It's a great Christmas gift!  There are special deals available for new members only from November 17 to 29, 2022.  They have a 7-day free trial and then just 99-cents a month for the first two months! Then the price reverts to $7.99/month after the promotion. It's a great deal! They also have an annual membership deal for $59.99.  

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Bear Creek Smokehouse Helps to Make Holiday Meals Special!



Bear Creek Smokehouse is a family owned business in Texas that will help to make your holiday meals special. They've been around since 1943 and have grown over the decades as Texans love their high quality foods. They offer a variety of meats, sauces, and desserts that are fantastic. 

I recommend the Pig & Poultry Duo for your holiday guests! Here is a quick overview:
"This duo is one of our best sellers! We combine our Boneless Cranberry Turkey Breast with the Boneless Mango Ginger Habanero Ham to give you the perfect combination of hickory smoked meat to satisfy everyone's taste buds. Pig & Poultry duo comes with two pounds each of Cranberry Turkey Breast and Mango Ginger Havanero Ham." 
 

In our personal experience, this duo made our holiday guests very happy! They appreciated the variety and the delicious smoked flavors with delicious seasonings. This tender, boneless, all-white meat Smoked Turkey Breast is easy-to-slice and serve! It was fully-cooked and ready to enjoy. The ham was similarly easy to slice and delicious! Not only are both delicious when warm, but they are equally scrumptious when served at room temperature or even on a sandwich.  The same goes for the delicious ham!  They are great individually or you may even add both to a sandwich. We recommend slathering cranberry sauce onto both sandwiches!

We also recommend the Hickory Smoked Bacon for a breakfast that will draw many people out of bed in the morning!  I love this overview on their website:

"We can’t tell you all of our secrets but we can tell you that we slow cure our bacon long enough for our carefully prepared mixture to absorb in to the slabs. Then, Armando (our smoked meat guru), rolls the bacon into the Smokehouse for hours where it is naturally smoked with hickory to give you a subtle smoke flavor."


We hope that you'll consider Bear Creek Smokehouse for special holiday meals!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Recipe: Turkey Breast and Stuffing in a Crock-Pot Express Crock Multi-Cooker (Dinner in an Hour!)


Recipe: Turkey Breast & Stuffing in a Crock-Pot Express Crock Multi-Cooker
Ingredients

  • 1 frozen turkey breast (Optional: We used a seasoned turkey breast)
  • 3/4 cups of water
  • 2 cups of instant stuffing mix 
Directions
1. Add the water and frozen turkey breast to the Crock-Pot Express Crock Multi-Cooker.

2. Close the lid and cook the meat for 1 hour.

3. Carefully release the steam and lid to check whether the turkey breast is done. If not, add approximately 20 minutes and then check again until ready.  (Our 3 pound turkey breast took 1 hour, but the time may vary based on size.)

4. Carefully remove the turkey breast and carve it, leaving the drippings in the Crock-Pot Express Crock Multi-Cooker.

5. Add the instant stuffing mix to the drippings and carefully stir. Allow the stuffing mix to absorb the liquid for approximately two minutes before moving it to a serving bowl.  (Optional: You may need to add more or less stuffing mix depending on the size of your turkey breast and the amount of liquid. It's easier to start with less stuffing mix and then add more as needed rather than the other way around.)

6. Optionally serve with cranberry sauce.


The Crock-Pot Express Crock Multi-Cooker is available on Amazon here: 


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Recipe: Sweet Potato Slices with Goat Cheese



Recipe: Sweet Potato Slices with Goat Cheese

Ingredients

  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 4 ounces of goat cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • Optional: 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Optional: 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. Slice the potatoes and then toss in olive oil. Optionally, toss with salt and pepper as well.

3. Place the slices on lightly greased cookie sheets.

4. Bake for approximately 35 minutes or until golden brown and thoroughly cooked.

5. Allow to cool slightly and then top with goat cheese.

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This is How Long to Bake Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Chunks at Different Temperatures


This is How Long to Bake Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Chunks at Different Temperatures:
Temperature
Approx.
Baking Time
350
60 to 65 minutes
375
35 to 45 minutes
400
30 to 35 minutes
425
25 to 30 minutes
450
20 to 25 minutes
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The Perfect Baked Potato: Here is How Long to Cook Baked Potatoes at Different Temperatures


When it comes to baked potatoes, there is flexibility on the oven temperature, but you'll have to adjust the cooking time.  It doesn't make a big difference in taste, but rather is more of a practical issue since you may be cooking other things in the oven at a specific temperature and want to optimize your oven space and time.  You may also have a schedule where you want to use a higher temperature to bake them quicker!   So let me share the breakdown that we use!

This is how long to cook baked potatoes at different temperatures:

1. If baking at 300-degrees, plan on baking them for approximately 90 minutes.
2. If baking at 350-degrees, plan on baking them for approximately 70 minutes.
3. If baking at 400-degrees, plan on baking them for approximately 50 minutes.

Of course, potatoes come from nature and ovens may not be completely accurate, so use these times as a general guide and carefully double check whether they are done or need more time.
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Recipe: Easy Crustless Pumpkin Pie featuring Organic Ground Cinnamon and Ceylon Cinnamon Powder from RawSpiceBar

 

Recipe: Easy Crustless Pumpkin Pie featuring Organic Ground Cinnamon and Ceylon Cinnamon Powder from RawSpiceBar Ingredients
I've never been a big fan of pie crust, but I love pumpkin pie. I love this recipe because it creates the pumpkin custard part of the pie that I love. A secret to this recipe is that I use rich cinnamon spices that are freshly ground by RawSpiceBar.  These spices make the pie more flavorful!  

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray glass pie pan with cooking spray
  3. Using a mixer, blend all of the ingredients together until mixture is smooth and thoroughly blended.
  4. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until you are able to insert a knife near the center and it comes out clean.
  5. Cool on a wire rack for 2 hours and then serve or refrigerate.
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