Thursday, January 28, 2016

Cuties Sweet Sunrise Smoothie!


We are so pleased to have delicious Cuties Citrus Non-GMO Citrus for today's sponsor, as part of  #SweetAsCandy!  You're welcome!

Hello Morning!


It is citrus season and we couldn't be happier!  There is nothing more delightful than waking up to the brilliant colors of citrus - yellow, green and all the hues of orange!  Absolutely amazing little orbs of sweetness, which make Cuties perfect for Valentine's Day!  Around here we start celebrating Valentine's Day right after the holidays.   Valentine's Day is about sweetness and the celebration of love, but there is no reason sugar has to be a part of it!  Moms, instead of passing out sugar and synthetic colored candy for Valentine's Day, hand out fresh and fabulous Cuties citrus.  The perfect snack - real food and fast, gluten and allergy free - as nature intended.  How completely lovely!

Tiny Cuties mandarins are my kiddo's favorite and go-to quick food snack - they are as sweet as candy!  Usually for a morning or mid-morning snack we make a smoothie and lately we have been making orange smoothies with Cuties mandarins - of course - Good morning!


As always, ingredients matter.  Food matters.  Choose fresh, Non-GMO and eat often!
Cuties are Non-GMO and that is a must for my family!  
Food Matters.

Grab a bag of Cuties mandarins and peel four of them and snack on the rest.
We use fresh ginger root instead of powder form for maximum results.  We choose organic beets and carrots, as they grow in the earth and soak up pesticides quickly.  We use frozen mango for it's convenience and to keep our smoothie cold.  
Grab some ice and you're all set!


Top with shredded unsweetened coconut for an extra kick!  
We love it!


Good Morning, indeed! 


Smoothie:  Peel a small beet and two small carrots.  Peel four Cuties mandarins.  Zest your ginger root for 2 teaspoons.  Add 1/2 of the beet, 2 small carrots, 4 Cuties mandarins, ginger, 1/2 turmeric root, 1 teas of Ceylon Cinnamon and 1 1/2 cups of frozen mango.  Add in 1 cup of ice.  Blend well starting at 2 on your Vitamix and move up to 5 speed.  Blend well.  Taste and tweak to taste.  Add in the rest of your beet - it always depends on how big it is.  So I start with 1/2 of a small one and go from there.  

Isn't this the happiest picture?!  
I simply love everything full of color and orange is my most favorite!


Drink well, lovelies!

Make the pledge to swap candy for Cuties this Valentine’s Day by downloading their sweet anthem here: http://bit.ly/1SWfPRQ. Cuties announced that if they get to 10,000 song downloads the week leading up to Valentine’s Day, a city with top downloads will be taken over by Cuties, spreading sweetness and love. The takeover will be broadcasted live on Periscope, so everyone can follow along as Cuties spreads the love!


This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Cuties & Mighties blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Happy Weekend Fun!


  Happy Weekend, Lovelies!  


Don't forget to play with your food this weekend! 

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

God, Love & Food - Part 2


We are called on to love one another.  Love being the greatest of hope, faith and love.



I just wrote God, Love & Food, Part 1 - did you read it?  Go ahead.  I'll wait.

There is nothing that is more disheartening to me than Christians (or people in general) that are so quick to judge and condem sins.  Now, please keep in mind picking and choosing the sins that are not relating to yourself is not acceptable, yet this is what is done.

For example:

A three hundred pound obese woman condemning a person for smoking pot.

A man that is adamantly and out-spoken against the "evils" of homosexuality all-the-while committing adultery.

Is this who Christians have become?  Have we always been like this?

Religion is a people thing.  People mess things up.  God is love.  Love is kinda His thing.  The New Testament alone is full of love more than anything else.

So you know...these are examples.  I am actually okay with the hemp and gay couples.  Not so much, the adultery and judgmental attitudes.  

Love.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. - Corinthians 13:4-8

Let all that you do be done in love.

Love is not co-dependent, hateful, harsh or vengeful or "teaching" others their wrongful and sinful ways.

The older I get, the more I see that everything is connected - nature, real food, kindness, mother earth and love.  Always love.  I see love everywhere and it is beautiful and I believe it is of God.  Love is expressed in a million ways but it is still love.  

                                                    Passion for helping people - love.



Passion for food, wellness and taking care of your body - love.

A man that has been with the same partner for twenty years and that is completely devoted to him in love and still smiles warmly when he walks in the room - LOVE.

Hiking in the woods, admiring the wonder of it all and thanking God for his goodnesss - love.

Mothers sitting on the floor playing and laughing with their children.

Fathers coming in from working all day and kissing their wives.

Adopting.

Buying a homeless person a hot sandwich and a drink, looking them in the eyes with kindness - LOVE.

A mother showing kindness for another mother, despite their differences in beliefs about raising children. 

Helping without expectations of what you may receive in return.

Letting a spider or bug out of your house safely.  
(not roaches...they must all die)

Love one another today, lovelies.  Let your children and others see you be kind to everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender, race, religion or social status.

Love.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

God, Love & Food. Part 1


I have told myself that I would not post or discuss several things in my blogging and religion is one of them.  So, this may or may not come out as intended.  But in today's age and our current health situation, I feel I must.  No, not regularly...but allow me this once. 


I have seen so many articles, posts and comments regarding God, food and religion lately, that I just wanted to express my feelings.  This is not meant to ruffle feathers, but make us think about exactly who we are and who God may be.


I believe Christians are getting (or have had all along) a bad image.  Christians, or at least the outspoken ones seem to be very vocal and quite frankly judgmental.  And at times completely deluded.   I know they (sometimes me) mean well.  

These are my thoughts in no certain order.  I recently had several moms post their "healthy" foods and suggest that others eat healthy too.  While that is great advice, I did mention to them that the food they posted was in fact not healthy but full of GMOs, factory farmed animals and pesticide laden chemicals.  (yes, I know that's obnoxious but, food is what I do).  

They were not at all offended and seemed to know all of this and suggested to me that they prayed over the food and therefore it would not harm them.  I asked about my loved ones who had gotten Cancer.  They suggested that my loved ones were not faithful enough.  Seriously? 

It is completely insulting to even suggest that if my husband and other loved ones had prayed harder over their pesticide processed food, they would not have gotten Cancer (and autoimmune and other food related diseases).  

Faith is key to Christianity, but ignorance is not.  

God did not give us minds and intelligence to not use them.  It is talked about in the new testament about meat and whether or not is ok.  I believe it is Paul in Romans 14: 1-23, who says it is fine to eat meat as long as it does not go against his conscience.  The Jewish people had so many rules about food back then, that Paul was simply saying meat or no meat - just honor God.   So, I am not here to debate meat or no meat.   That is none of my business, that is between you and God.

What I am here debating is the fact that our food system is poisoned and as Christians, we should be aware of that.  Treat your body like a temple.  Have you heard that?  This means take care of your body.  Be aware and educated of what you are eating.  I find it hard to believe that God finds our current food system of His standards.  Hardly.  We are to be good stewards of the earth.

Think.

We are to treat animals, each other and our planet with respect.  Factory farming, dumping billions of dangerous Cancer causing pesticides and GMOs (genetically engeeered seeds that are patented through big ag corporations) are all completely against God.
Think about it.

Picture this:  A Sunday school class watching a factory farmed video about where your hamburger meat comes from.  The cows are side by side, diseased and sick.  In pain from the physical abuse by their "care takers".  Living in their own feces.  And off to the slaughter they go.  Where they are cut up - alive.  Your dinner - Cancer riden and tortured before arriving to you neatly packaged in your local grocer.  Yum?

Apologies for the somewhat graphic description, but that is accurate.   

As a Christian, do you approve?  Is this treatment "as unto God"? 

Proverbs 12:10  

Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel. 

Is this as God intended when he said in Genesis 1: 21-31 - And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

You make a choice every single time you buy food for your body and your family's.

Whether you eat meat, pork, drink wine (yes, please) or eat only plants, do so to glorify God.

Are you for or against God?


Friday, January 15, 2016

Good Morning Broiled Grapefruit!

Hello, Morning! 

Quite possibly the most refreshing breakfast you can make for yourself is broiled grapefruit.  In the middle of winter snow and dreariness is citrus season.  Enjoy it - citrus season is mother earth's gift for our well-being - mind and body!


Grab some organic pink grapefruit the next time you are at the market.  Include some navels and any other citrus that looks amazing (which is all of it, this time of year) and get cooking.

Quite simply this is the most refreshing breakfast, but also the easiest.  Slice your grapefruit.  Turn on the oven broiler.  Top your grapefruit halves with Manuka honey, Ceylon cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg.  Broil for 2 minutes, or until warmed.
Enjoy!

Mornings are my favorite part of the day!
Pure happiness!  
If you follow little island studios on Instagram, you already know this!


You're welcome!

Other options for toppings - pure maple syrup, ginger root, chia seeds or sea salt.  

What do you like to add on top of your broiled grapefruit?  

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Over the Hills and Far Away: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes Giveaway! #spon

We are happily working with Candlewick Press to bring moms and dads quality picture books for their children!

When my oldest was young I would search for nursery rhyme books with favorites that I loved as a child and still love today.  I could never find one.  Yes, there are loads of nursery rhyme books and quite honestly, I have most of them. (seriously, you have no idea) This one, Over the Hills and Far Away, is my favorite and my go-to book for gifts!  There are different artists for every page.  This treasury is illustrated by more than seventy celebrated artists and some of our most favorite classic and multi-cultural rhymes and new ones we had not read before.


Collected by Elizabeth Hammill and so many of our celebrated artists!


Some of our favorites - 
Mary, Mary, quite contrary.
Miss Lucy Had a Baby (do you remember doing the clapping that goes to this, when you were little?)
Miss Mary Mack, Mack Mack (remember this one?)
Seasons - January brings the snow, makes the feet and fingers glow....
Kookaburra
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Star Light
Wee Willie Winkie
  
And not my favorite, but makes my little one crack up laughing (every. single. time) - 
"As I was going out one day, my head fell off and ran away..." *sigh*  Every. Single. Time.

These are just a few of our favorites and doesn't near begin the variety in this collection.



Just a few artists included - Eric Carle, Niki Daly, Sara Ogilvie, Axel Scheffler...


We have a hardcover copy to giveaway!  US residents only.  Prize is shipped by publisher, we are not responsible for shipping, use or reading to your children!



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This is a sponsored post with Candlewick Press.  Opinions are my own.  We absolutely love this and this is one book that stays out, at our house!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Weekend Fresh Veggie Frittata!


Lovelies, we are over-the-moon this recipe has been included in Feed Feed's Staub - Made in Staub campaign! Check us out at Feed Feed!  

Weekends just aren't the same without amazing brunches!  We love frittatas almost as much as we love our house favorite waffles!  We made this one with green collards and fair trade tomatoes!  Follow us on Instagram for food, family and fun adventures!



You need great pasture eggs! 



Green collards, tomatoes, shallots, spices and any other fresh veggie you like!


Veggies, cheese, cream and eggs!




Preheat the oven 350 degrees


Ingredients - 

Green Collards - 1 cup
Himalayan Sea Salt - 2 teas or to taste
Pepper - 1 teas 
Cherry Tomatoes 1 cup - slice in half - we use organic & fair trade
Shallots - 1 small
Eggs - organic and pasture raised (Non-GMO) - 12
Grass Fed Buffalo Cheese - 1 cup
Grass Fed Cheddar - 1/2 cup
Heavy Cream - 2 tbs


Dice your green collards, tomatoes, shallots.
Salute the veggies and add spices. 
Stir.
Add your eggs in.
Stir / Whisk together
Gently stir in 2 tbs of heavy cream and 3/4 cup of cheese
Top with 1/4 cup of cheese

Cook 10-15 minutes or until done.

Optional:  Avocados on top, Salsa, Diced Mango, Dollop of Organic Greek Yogurt (we use Stonyfield)

The Staub pan and gorgeous orange linen are from Williams-Sonoma. (no, this is not a sponsored post)


As always ingredients matter!  We choose organic, fair trade and Non-GMO - real food!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Hot Cinnamon Cocoa with Cardamon!

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It's that time of year for hot drinks, all things chocolate, cinnamon and everything spice!  We have been working on our own hot cocoa here (hard work, I know) and we think we have it.


As always, stellar ingredients make all the difference - fair trade cocoa, Korjtne cinnamon and cardamon!  You can use grass fed milk or Eden's organic soy milk for a dairy free version - all taste spectacular.


Ingredients:

2 cups of Organic Soy Milk or Grass Fed Whole Milk
4 Tbs Cocoa - I buy fair trade
3 heaping teas  Ceylon Cinnamon
1 teas Nutmeg
pinch Cardamon
2-3 Tbs Turbino Sugar (depending on preferences)

Whipped Cream with extra sprinkle of cinnamon & cardamon

Heat in sauce pan to medium heat.  Stir in cocoa, sugar and spices.  Whisk the ingredients constantly.  Taste and tweak to your desire.  A bit of extra sugar?  We usually add ridiculous amounts of cinnamon.  Please note: do not add but a touch of cardamon to begin with.  Cardamon makes this hot cocoa amazing, but you only need a touch! 

Top with non-GMO marshmallows or freshly made whipped cream!


We wish you the happiest of holidays and a 
very merry winter!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Food Fight!


This is obviously not a sponsored post.

There are new studies out that say meat is causing Cancer and we should avoid.  No one is talking about what is really going on.  Huffington Post reported this morning footage of a horrendous factory farm that is hell on earth - courtesy of Hormel meats.  The video shows some of the most despicable behavior displayed by humans.  It's really unbelievable.  While I hesitate to put something like this on my blog (my very happy blog), it is important to know what you are eating.  We must have the Right To Know as American citizens...as planet earth citizens!

You don't want to watch the video?  Why?  Does it make you uncomfortable?  If you watch it, will you think of the lunch meat you put in your child's lunch today?  Will you wait for someone in your family to get Cancer before you rethink food?


Eating meat is not the problem.  Our food system has changed drastically over the last twenty years and it's getting worse.  Now we have animals confined in factory farming that eat nothing but GMO corn and soy.  They are very sick animals by the time they are harvested and that in-it-of-itself is a whole other nightmare.  Have you heard the expression, "you are what you eat"?  It couldn't be more true.

This kind of "farming" and this meat is the complete opposite of getting your meat from a small farmer that is providing grass fed and organic meat.  This meat...is not the problem.  Know the difference.

Small farmers in our country are being (and have been) bullied, harassed and threatened to use GMO seed and feed.  We are losing our small farmers, the "requirements" are made so difficult only the mass big ag farmers are making it.

While this video is heinous, please understand that this behavior in a "farm" is NOT new!  This has been going on.  Run "factory farming" through YouTube and see what I mean.   This video has made headlines but these kinds of videos and information is usually hushed up and "lost" in the internet noise.

This video is NOT for under eighteen watching.

If you are waiting for the USDA to save us from these evil factory farms.  Don't bother.  This "farm" is USDA approved and I have watched undercover videos with USDA officials seeing things like this and it is ignored.  (courtesy of YouTube)  The corruption in high offices is deep. Very deep.  Money, not America's wellness is the driving force.  Power and money.  Cancer and illness is big, big business in the US.

I have been saying for years, it is NOT the food, but WHAT has been done to it.

Fight every time you buy food at the grocery store. Buy organic. Buy grass fed.  And buy local organic every time you can.  Make an effort to know your local farmer!  Make a statement that you are no longer okay with eating diseased animals and feeding them to your children.

Food Fight!

Your children's healthy future (and yours) is worth the fight.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Express Yourself with Style & Flavor - prAna & Stonyfield! #JustBeYou #spon

We are so very happy today's post and giveaway is sponsored with Stonyfield and prAna
Follow little island studios on Instagram to follow in foodie and fun adventures!



Moms and dads, before I start my review and thoughts, please read.

The hemp plant is fast-growing and produces a fabric that offers comfort, antimicrobial properties, and great washability.  This sustainable crop requires no pesticides and little water to grow while it naturally replenishes nutrients back to the earth.  In other words - the hemp plant is an incredible super plant!


I spent a few years in early mommy-hood being a bit ambivalent about what I wore and how I expressed myself (or lack-there-of).  Now that I'm older, a bit wiser and actually know who I am and expressing myself is extremely important to me now.


Expressing yourself is an extension of who you are and what you stand for.  It matters. You already know that organic food is of the utmost importance to me.   And I'm moving toward organic and fair trade clothing is, as well.  This is a sponsored post involving prAna, yes, but I already had a few pieces from their fair trade and organic line before I was asked to participate.  I was am a huge fan and when I got the chance to write about prAna's fair trade line, I jumped on it!

Stonyfield's Oh My Yog! in Gingered Pear is my jam...or rather...my yogurt!  Organic milk, honey, pears, cinnamon, sea salt, nutmeg and ginger - OH MY YOG!  Quite appropriately named, I must say!  Serious yum! 



The Juniper pants are my favorite yoga pants!  They are unbelievable!  The Rochelle Sweater in grey - fair trade and part wool, a cowl neck and contrasting colored sleeves makes this a fabulous sweater for going out with friends for coffee.  I wear a little tank beneath (the wool can be a touch scratchy).  The sweater looks fabulous with my jeans and new boots!  Happy autumn indeed.

The Mischa Duster is made of 100% organic cotton, super soft and absolutely gorgeous!
I own it in dark olive and I already have the plum in my cart (my code is for 15% off...see below)
I highly recommend!


I seek out hemp, organic cotton and fair trade clothing to express myself!


These are the Juniper yoga pants, they are made from hemp and they are truly amazing!
They feel like a dream (and feel nothing like any other yoga pants I own) and they fit...well let's just say you'll love the way they make your backside look! Seriously.
I highly...and I do mean highly recommend them!  


Dear prAna, I'm really going to need another print in the Juniper line.  Please and thank you.



Use our little island studios code for 15% off  - #M2BARR115
...and yes, I'll be using my own code for another piece or prAna's organic and fair trade line.


Stonyfield and prAna are offering a little island studios reader a fabulous giveaway!
A pack of vouchers of Oh My Yog! (you can pick which flavor expresses you)
And prAna wants the winner to choose any piece of clothing in their organic and fair trade line!  (up to $99)

US winner only please.  Prizes come from prAna and Stonyfield, we are not responsible for shipping, use or whether or not you actually go to yoga!

this is a sponsored post with Stonyfield and prAna.  Opinions are my own and if you follow me on Instagram, you know I support both companies - sponsored or not!