5 Reasons Why The Instant Pot is the Best Kitchen Technology Gadget Ever

5 Reasons Why The Instant Pot is the Best Kitchen Technology Gadget Ever

I have fallen in love with my Instant Pot IP-LUX60. I’ve been an electric pressure cooker kind-of-gal for the last several years. My rice maker died 4 years ago, so I purchased a cheap electric pressure cooker after googling “How to make the best Japanese rice.” It for sure made the BEST Japanese rice, but I didn’t harness all the wonderful things that come with a pressure cooker!

Fast forward, my cheap electric pressure cooker dies and I keep hearing, INSTANT POT – so I purchase from Amazon an Instant Pot IP-LUX60 and like woah, this thing is the best thing ever. We’ve been using it at least 3 times a week for the last 6 months.

5 Reasons Why You Will LOVE The Instant Pot IP-LUX60 

It’s been a while since I shared one of my mom hacks. This is definitely one of my favorite ones and it’s just a great technology.

I know, I KNOW BAND WAGON, right? I honestly believe that the Instant Pot IP-LUX 60 is the best kitchen technology ever. You are hearing about Instant Pots everywhere, but why should you care? Okay, I get it. Here are my reasons for loving the Instant Pot and why this kitchen tech has been a game changer for our family meals.
Why you will love the Instant PotFast Meals

We are a family of 6. 4 kids means there needs to be a constant buffet of food when they are home. These kids mean business, when it comes to eating. They expect 3 meals a day and with 3 of those kids being boys – hangry is a real thing in this house, and it ain’t pretty.

hangry instant pot

Instant Pot is the cure for Hangry (get the hangry shirt here)

The Instant Pot electric pressure cooker gives you meals FAST. How fast? Frozen chicken goes from block of ice to tasty moist cooked chicken in around 15 minutes. When we cook roast, it usually goes in the Crock Pot. Well, low and behold our beloved slow cooker BIT the dust and we needed a way to cook roast. BOOM – in just 50 minutes we had a delicious roast on the table with vegetables.

For comparison – the slow cooker or Crock Pot (whatever you call it) took a minimum of 3 hours. We typically cooked our roast for 5-6 hours to get the delicious flavor. The Instant Pot IP-LUX60 did NOT disappoint. The flavor was on point and 50 minutes, THANK YOU JESUS.

Best Japanese Rice Ever

I mentioned my whole journey of electric pressure cookers began trying to find the best way to cook Japanese rice. I didn’t want to purchase a high-end rice maker – but read over and over how the way the electric pressure cooker cooked the rice, it was legit. It seriously is.

Best Japanese Rice

We eat Japanese rice at LEAST once a week. I grew up eating rice (I’m a quarter Japanese.) This is our preferred brand of Japanese rice: Botan Musenmai Calrose Rice. In the Instant Pot, white rice takes around 15 minutes TOTAL to cook. This is pressurizing and with release. I typically leave it in for an additional 5 minutes, when I have time – but all that said, 15 minutes for the best tasting Japanese rice ever? Yes, please. (Even my Japanese dad approves!)

Our favorite things to eat rice with are burrito bowls and chicken broccoli rice casserole. These are 2 family recipes that every person in our family will eat!

So if your family loves Japanese rice – this is just another reason that you will love the Instant Pot!

Delay Start and Set and Forget

So while the Instant Pot isn’t as set and forget as the slow cooker – I have left food in the Instant Pot for a few hours with NO problem. The electric pressure cooker gives you a countdown from the time your food has been cooked so you know how long it’s been sitting there. I wish all devices did this.

You can also delay start, so if you know you won’t be ready for whatever you are cooking for the next hour – just click delay start. WINNING!

It keeps your food warm while you wait and does a natural release as time passes. Your Instant Pot depressurizes by dissipating heat from the cover. Depending on the volume of liquid in the cooking pot, it takes 8-25 minutes to depressurize naturally. The more liquid content that you had added will require a longer time for natural pressure release.

So Easy My 11-Year Old Can Use It

Gender roles don’t apply in our house. I want my boys to know how to cook! Our teenager is quite the cook, in fact, she baked our part of the Easter meal this past weekend. With 6 people to cook for – we require all hands on deck.

I have taught my 11-year-old to make a few things in the electric pressure cooker with no issue. It’s super simple to use. My husband, while typically not the one cooking dinner – does help when he can, and he too learned to use it!

It Can Cook All The Things

If you think the Instant Pot is just going to cook meat or rice, you are so wrong. I cannot believe the number of things the Instant Pot cooks! I have made iced tea (yes, seriously,) hard boiled eggs, mashed potatoes, and vegetables. On my list to try is cheesecake (yes, CHEESECAKE in the instant pot!), yogurt and pasta.

instant pot iced tea - 5 Reasons Why The Instant Pot is the Best Kitchen Technology Gadget Ever

You will not be limited with your cooking options and once you get the hang of it, you can one pot several dishes and cook all at once.

By the way, making iced tea in the Instant Pot – amazing.

Meal Prep with the Instant Pot

The Instant Pot IP-LUX60 has seriously has been a game changer in regards to meal prep. We have a family of 6. These 4 kids of our’s eat us out of the house and home and the Instant Pot helps us get the meals on the table quick and tasty – win and win.

On slow Sundays, I’ve tried to get in the routine of prepping food for the week and making a large Sunday meal where all our kids are present. During the week, we have a myriad of activities – so Sundays are our family day (and no screens on Sunday for the kids!) and we all pitch in to cook, do chores and what have you.

Instant Pot Meal Prep

With the Instant Pot, I am able to make several pounds of shredded chicken for various meals. I also typically make something else, like hard boiled eggs which we will use for quick meal prep throughout the week.

As a mom, anytime I can get ahead on the week – the better. The Instant Pot for sure has been able to help me with this.

Instant Pot IP-LUX60

When I bought the Instant Pot IP-LUX60 on Amazon, I got an awesome deal so just went with the 6-quart. If I find another sweet deal, I will totally buy another one. While I do admire the 8-quart, especially with our large family. We haven’t had any size issues with the 6-quart. There are several versions of Instant Pots, I’ll go into those in a future post. Stay tuned!

Do You Use an Instant Pot? What is Your Favorite Recipe? Leave a Comment!

How to Remove Mildew Smell From Laundry

How to Remove Mildew Smell From Laundry

Laundry mildew smell is the worse. 

Guys, I am for real  The LAUNDRY IS TRYING TO KILL ME. 4 kids and I am just done. I can’t keep up with the laundry, which inevitably leaves the laundry smelling like mildew. 

I have admitted on several occasions about my lack of competency, patience, desire to do laundry. No longer is it just 2 kids in the house, now there are 4. When we had 2, I admit to going to Target and buying clothes on many occasions in an effort to avert having to do laundry for a few days. Now that there are 4 kids, I just can’t do that. Well that, and the 2 older kids require school uniforms which means they have to have certain clothes clean and pressed (I hadn’t pulled out my iron in 5 years – and now I have to pull it out weekly – there is something wrong with this school uniform thing.)

Last night, it was getting late and the kids needed their school uniforms cleaned. I went to put them in the washer and I found this.

Moldy Laundry

3 day old stinky moldy laundry in the washer.

PLEASE tell me that this has happened to you and that I’m not the only one who deals with moldy smelling clothes.


So I can’t just rewash the moldy clothes because I have uniforms that MUST be cleaned for the next morning. What a pain in the rear.

Our dear Lord and Savior made me to do great things on this Earth, but I can promise you in that plan – laundry wasn’t one of them.

Laundry Fail

I am trying to keep up, but I admit – I am failing miserably. I keep telling myself it’s okay. And then I slip on a clothes hanger in the middle of the night that is in our bedroom floor because I had started folding laundry and put it all on the bed and then the husband goes to sleep. The clean clothes are then shuffled everywhere, including the floor. I am telling you, the laundry is trying to kill me. *sigh*

funny laundry meme

Laundry is just another thing that I didn’t see in the mom job description. I guess it’s here to stay. If my kids’ clothes or my clothes smell – just pass me the Febreeze and know that I am trying. It’s just that my trying – REALLY isn’t working.

The only positive – I discovered a new mom hack. I learned how to make moldy laundry not smell anymore.  Now my funky smelling clothes that were sitting in the washing machine for 3 days, can not reek SO bad. People this is huge in this laundry-hating house!

How to Get Rid of Moldy Smelling Laundry

How to Remove the Mildew Smell From Laundry

  • Turn your washer on to hot.
  • Dump 2-3 cups of vinegar into the washer – I didn’t put in soap dispenser, just straight into the washer
  • Place moldy clothes or towels into the washer.
  • NO SOAP.
  • Wash on the longest cycle (our’s offers an extra rinse, use that if you can)

SHAZAM! Of course, I followed this up with the dryer and dryer sheets to give a fresh smell. Your clothes will most likely have a hint of vinegar smell to them after washing, but this goes away. So don’t worry, you don’t have to go around smelling like a rotten egg.

funny laundry meme

I did read that hanging your clothes out in the sun is a great way to dry them. Here in the suburbs, I think my H.O.A. would have a cow. Maybe I should try it. (P.S. How 2013 am I? I’ve never hung laundry out to dry!)


Get Along Shirt for Fighting Kids – Creative Parenting

Get Along Shirt for Fighting Kids – Creative Parenting

Get Along Shirts – Have you heard of these? If you have kids that fight, keep reading – this maybe the creative parenting hack that you’ve been looking for.

Get Along Shirts

Get Along Shirts were first featured on the Ellen TV show.  What a great mom hack! I love when creative parenting creates a little LOL!

Do your kids fight? Our older 2 went through a phase of non-stop fighting. They are now 8-years-old and 10-years-old and most of their fighting thankfully is no longer physical but verbal. The younger 2 kids, our 3-year-old has no problem beating up the baby. The baby, of course is 2-years-old and poor kid will forever be labeled that…

Stop Kids Fighting

Fortunately my kids fighting isn’t too bad. Sure, there is sibling jealousy that we deal with…. daily. But I think being 1 of 4 kids, you are always just going to have that.

Growing up, my brother and I always fought. It was a non-stop WWE battle between me and the bro until I was 18 and out of the house.  We are now friends and peace has been made, but as a child, regardless of how hard my parents tried to break it up – we would end up back in the ring battling it out. Maybe a Get Along Shirt would of helped us?

I have read that this is shaming your child. I’m not here to tell you what you should do or what you shouldn’t do – but to provide possible solutions. As with all things parenting, you state something and someone is bound to have an opinion. If the get long shirt works for you and your family – do it. If you believe that you are shaming your child by doing this, then don’t do this. 

Make Your Own Get Along Shirt

Take an old large or extra-large adult shirt and write on it “THIS IS OUR GET ALONG SHIRT” or “MOM MAKES US LOVE EACH OTHER” or “WE WILL BE GOOD OR WE WILL WEAR THIS SHIRT TO SCHOOL” or whatever other creative parenting saying you’d like to put on it.

Make your 2 fighting kids share the shirt. Yes, it’s kind of like making them be siamese twins. They will have to work together to do everything.

Help Getting Kids To Stop Fighting

While I think this is brilliant, there are people who think this isn’t a good idea. I get their point (though my kids are still getting one of these).  Here are some ideas on helping getting your kids to stop fighting.

Michelle Duggar’s Parenting Advice

Michelle Duggar, mother of 19 says that she uses the bible to calm her kids. She reference Matthew 18, here it is from the message:

“If a fellow believer hurts you, go and tell him—work it out between the two of you. If he listens, you’ve made a friend. If he won’t listen, take one or two others along so that the presence of witnesses will keep things honest, and try again. If he still won’t listen, tell the church. If he won’t listen to the church, you’ll have to start over from scratch, confront him with the need for repentance, and offer again God’s forgiving love. Matthew 18:15-17

So she focuses on teaching children to talk it out first. Saying with love what the problem is. And if they other child does not listen, then they can go get mom. Using the bible as a parenting hack, hmm.. maybe I should look into that.

I love how calm Michelle Duggar always appears. I know some people have their strong opinions about her, but while I am not down with everything she does (but she is who she is, and good for her for living how she wants to!)  – I long for her calm demeanor.

Dr. Laura Markham’s Parenting Advice

Dr. Laura Markham posted on Our Muddy Boots the following ideas on dealing with fighting kids:

1. Listen to both sides so the kids feel heard.
2. Empathize and restate: “You’re mad because he knocked down your tower.”
3. Re-state house rules (“We don’t hit”) but otherwise refrain from playing judge and deciding who’s right.
4. Help each child tell the other how she feels.
5. Help the children brainstorm a mutually agreeable solution.

Read her post at Muddy Boots

Dr. Jan Hume’s Parenting Advice

Dr. Jan Hume posted on Shalom Mama the following ideas on dealing with fighting kids

Teach the skills you want the kids to learn. Many times; repetition is key.

When you see your child having a conflict with another child where they are gridlocked and not able to come up with solutions, help them.

Guide them to come up with their own ideas. These seemingly unimportant disagreements over Legos and crayons are the perfect opportunities for them to learn conflict resolution skills that they will need for the rest of their lives.

Read her post on Shalom Mama

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The Best Way to Track Prescriptions

The Best Way to Track Prescriptions

Looking for the best way to track prescriptions? If your prescription medication has a bottle, here is the best mom hack for tracking meds.  This hack is great, especially when involving a a kid with 2 parents giving medication, and if there isn’t a log – who knows how many dosages are left for the kid to take!

A while back I found this simple mom hack on Pinterest and it’s changed my life. Okay, so maybe it’s not totally changed my life but it really has made the giving prescription medicine process so much easier.

prescription medicine log

Recently, our toddler Zeke was put on antibiotics after our trip to the emergency room for his cut pinky. 10 days of medication, 3 times a day. 30 doses of medication.  As you can see, we try – but occasionally miss a dose here are there, which we will make up at the end of his prescription.

Simply draw a chart on your prescription medicine bottle outlining how many days and how many medication doses that you or your child needs to take.  Keep a sharpie handy and mark off each time you give or take the medicine.  For us, this is the best way to track prescription medicine.

This little chart is a lifesaver. Sure you could do this on a piece of paper, but if your house is anything like our circus – papers get lost, wet or sometimes they just vanish (ha, my kids would love if I believed things just did this!)  Now in the middle of the night when you can’t remember when the last dosage of medication was given to your sick toddler – just mom hackslook at the bottle!

Hoping this Mom Hack helps you keep track of your medicine! When someone’s sick, the last thing that you need is something else to stress about.

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Mom Hacks – Creative Parenting for Crazy Kids

Mom Hacks – Creative Parenting for Crazy Kids

Mom Hacks – have you ever had a moment of kid insanity that has led you to develop a creating parenting trick?  Perhaps it’s the rebellious tweens attempting to take over your house or the toddlers that are coloring the walls and peeing all over the carpet.  Yes, that’s a sneak peek into what my house is like right now.

creative parenting tricks by moms

These off the wall parenting ideas, I like to refer to as mom hacks. It maybe a new way of teaching your child something, a way to keep your child still for 10 minutes or a bizarre punishment that may seem weird, but hey if it works – woohoo! Most likely your mom hack will not be found in any parenting how-to book and if you tell your family or friends about your creative solution – they may look at you like you are the crazy one, not your kids.

Mom Hacks = Creative Parenting

4 kids blogThis summer, with 4 kids ranging in age from 1 to 10 years old, the mom hacks have come out in full force. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a few of my desperate solutions. I thought in the spirit of off the wall, creative parenting – I thought it would be a fun series to post about.  My wish is that some of us crazy-type of parents can learn from other crazy parents on how they are surviving raising healthy and productive kids in creative ways.

I’m not here to judge – and hopefully you aren’t here to judge either.  If I’ve learned anything from raising 4 kids, it’s that each child has their own personality and there is no uniform approach to how to parent (and that’s when creative parenting helps!)

Alright Mom Hackers – Time to Tell – What Are Your Favorite Mom Hacks or Creative Parenting Tricks?

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