Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Teen Beach 2 Movie Now On DVD! #Disney

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Yay! Disney Channel has launched Teen Beach 2 and we absolutely love the songs, story and dance numbers and the movie, in our opinion, is better than the first! (we do love them both, though)  Did you see it this weekend on Disney Channel?  Whether your kids missed it or simply have to watch it again, not to mention the singing and dancing - it is now on DVD! 



    Dive in and rock out with the hottest surf sequel under the sun! Now that summer ‘s over and school has begun, Brady (Ross Lynch) and Mack’s (Maia Mitchell) relationship seems headed for a wipeout – until Lela, Tanner and the “Wet Side Story” kids show up! Dazzled by the novelty and variety of the modern world, Lela wants to stay, but the real world and the “reel” world just don’t mix. Can Mack and Brady find the magic to get the kids home and get their own romance back on track before it’s too late? Packed with spectacular song & dance numbers and hilarious fish-out-of-water wackiness, Teen Beach 2 is “wow-abunga” fun for everyone.


The Teen Beach 2 Movie is now on DVD and we think it's better than the first!


This is a sponsored post from Disney Channel.  Opinions are my own.  Yes, Teen Beach Movies rock! (literally!)

Monday, June 29, 2015

Netflix Throwbacks & New Picks For Summer Fun! #StreamTeam #spon

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We are so happy to be part of Netflix's Stream Team!



Family Ties - Mallory, Alex P. Keaton & family  are classic family fun! 






What's New!

Curious George 3 - Back To The Jungle is on Netflix!





Absolutely thrilled to be a part of the Netflix Stream Team! Opinions and movie picks are my own.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Super Simple Greek Yogurt Pasta Salad!

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Happy summer, lovelies!  We made this Greek Yogurt Pasta Salad and it is summer perfect!  And quite possibly the easiest summer salad I've ever made!  

Ingredients:

Greek Yogurt - 1 1/2 cup
Pasta of your shape preference - 10 oz (and gluten free pasta works fabulously) 
Kale - handful & chopped
basil - 2 tbs
sea salt
pepper
heirloom tomato 
red onion
red pepper - small bit (according to taste)


Make your pasta according to directions and add all of your chopped ingredients, add the Greek yogurt and mix just until well blended.   Tweak to taste and enjoy!

I use Stonyfield organic plain Greek Yogurt.  
All of my ingredients are non-gmo and/or organic.  

Thursday, June 18, 2015

DreamWorks Animation's Dragons: Race to the Edge! #StreamTeam #Netflix #spon

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We are happy to be a part of the Netflix Stream Team!

Hiccup stumbles upon a mysterious, ancient treasure while exploring an abandoned, booby-trapped ship. Will he uncover the truth behind this highly protected secret? Find out when DreamWorks Animation's "Dragons: Race to the Edge" debuts June 26th exclusively on Netflix and share a sneak peek with this clip from the series below! 

 


Opinions are my own.  I'm so happy to be a part of the Netflix Stream Team!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Strawberry Summer Quinoa Salad!

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One of my favorite things about summer is eating outside - doesn't everything taste better outside?  We are loving this light and completely delicious quinoa summer salad with fresh strawberries and cilantro!


Ingredients:
Quinoa - 8oz cooked
Olive Oil - to taste
Sea Salt - Pink Himalayan
Pepper
Cilantro - handful
Cucumber - 1 large
Heirloom Tomatoes - 3 of different colors
Strawberries - 2 large handfuls 

Cook your quinoa according to the instructions.  When cooked, add a dash of olive oil and place quinoa in fridge to cool.  Allow to cool for an hour.  Dice all of your ingredients.  
Take out of fridge and add in your diced tomatoes, onion, cilantro, more olive oil, sea salt and top with fresh strawberries.

Taste and tweak ingredients and / or spices as desired.  I like loads of spices and olive oil!

Keep this Strawberry Summer Quinoa Salad in the fridge until you're ready to eat!



This also makes a fabulous go-to dish in the fridge for betting snacking!

My Notes:

You do not have to follow me long to know,  we eat organic and non-GMO foods.
I use Simply Organic and Frontier Co-op spices - non-irradiated and delicious!
The bowls in the pics are from Anthropologie (I'm always asked!)

This is not a sponsored post.  However, if you own a quinoa company, please email me…as I need all-the-quinoa!



Friday, June 12, 2015

Little Island Studios Now Using Thrive Market! #spon

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So you know, we are now using Thrive Market and there are affiliate links on this page.



If you read Little Island Studios and/or follow me on Instagram, you know I am not trying to sell you anything.  Or at least I wasn't until now.   I am asked constant questions about what I use and I thought joining Thrive Market would be a good way to show you  exactly what I support and use.  Thrive Market is easy to navigate and their prices are outstanding (basically, it seems every thing is always on sale).  Shopping for organic and Non-GMO foods, cleaning and beauty products - just got super easier.  And I am all about shopping in my pajamas yoga pants dirty-laundry-day  covered in toddler messes super stylish Anthropologie outfit with my fair trade coffee! 

As always, no matter where you do your shopping, educate yourself on what ingredients are and what you use.  Food Matters.  Health Matters!  You deserve to thrive! 


Our Link at THRIVE Market!


Yes, this is a sponsored post - And affiliate links.  I would love for you to use, but mostly I would love for you and your family to eat better! Bon appetite lovelies!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Grilled Sweet Potato Fries! #spon

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Thanks so much to Simply Organic Spices for letting me try out your new line of grilling spices!


When you travel or live in an apartment, it is simply not feasible to grill outside all of the time.  So for me, having a grill pan for inside works swimingly! If you follow me on Instagram you know I'm a bit in love with my Le Creuset grilling pan from Sur la Table (yes, you can use outside too).  Our Veggie Grill Out is spectacular on SocialMoms


Try these grilled sweet potato fries for your next cookout - INside!

Ingredients:

Sweet Potatoes - 3 large
Olive Oil or Red Palm Oil to coat fries and pan ( I only use sustainable Nutiva Red Palm)
Simply Organic Vegetable Grilling Season - enough to cover lightly - about 2 tbs
Sea Salt
Pepper

Sauce:
Organic Ketchup
Greek Yogurt 

The sauce is 3/4s greek yogurt and 1/4 of your favorite organic ketchup

Peel and slice your sweet potatoes.
Place in bowl and toss with spices and oil of your choice (I've used both oils, they're great!)
Heat grill pan with medium-high heat
When heated - brush oil on
Place your sweet potatoes on the heated pan
Turn over when first side is done
Cook until done

Eat whilst warm and enjoy! 


My Notes:

Make the grilled sweet potatoes with our Amaranth Veggie Fritters for your kids and it just might be their new favorite go-to meal!

Le Creuset Grilling Pan is from Sur la Table - I absolutely love it there - it is like the mothership calling me!  It always makes me smile -  when my daughter was little she modeled a kids apron for their catalog! How fun is that?!

I am a huge fan of Simply Organic Spices!  Sponsored or not - Simply Organic and Frontier Spices are what I buy! 

I use Stonyfield Organic Greek Yogurt

If you read my site or follow me on Instagram, you already know I support organic, fair trade and Non-GMO products, foods and companies! 

Food Matters!


Do NOT miss our Veggie Grill-Out - INside - now being featured on SocialMoms!


To WIN a set of Simply Organic's New Grilling Spices 
leave a comment here on this post!  And for extra entry - like and comment on this Instagram post


This is a sponsored in part by Simply Organic Spices.  Opinions are my own.  This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Instagram.  Prize is available for US only and shipped via company.  (we are not responsible for prize, use or your cooking :D

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Buttermilk Cherry Chocolate Cakes!

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Oh, my! You're in for a treat with this recipe for buttermilk chocolate cake! Seriously.
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Ingredients:

Grass-Fed Butter - 6 oz (melted)

Oat Flour - Gluten Free 1 3/4 cup
Cocoa - 1/2 cup
Baking Powder - 2 teas
Vietnamese Cinnamon - 2 heaping teaspoons 

Sugar - 1/2 cup
Eggs - 2 large

Buttermilk - Organic 1 cup (plus a bit more if needed)

3/4 cup of chopped / shredded chocolate bar - at least 60% cocoa

Fresh Organic Cherries - 3/4 cup - pitted

Preheat oven to 350%
Melt butter and set aside to cool a bit
Mix sugar and eggs in mixing bowl
Mix dry ingredients in separate bowl
Add in a bit of dry mixture into the wet - alternating the buttermilk and dry ingredients until wet and dry are combined and mixed well.
Add melted butter and mix
Add in chopped chocolate and stir just until mixed.

Line cupcake pan with unbleached parchment cups, if desired.
Fill 3/4 full
Add fresh cherries on top!

Bake 18-22 minutes (or until done)

Take cakes out and cool on wire rack

Grab your delicious fair trade organic coffee (I'm addicted to TOMS Peru Roasted Coffee, right now) and a cup of grass fed milk or almond milk for the kids and enjoy!  


We have waited for fresh organic cherries to come in season and we are taking full advantage!
Eat seasonal!

This is what happens when you try to take pictures…no one waits! *sigh*

My Notes:

Ingredients matter! If you follow me on Instagram you know that I support organic, fair trade and Non-GMO companies and foods! 
TOMS Roasted Coffee (buy coffee and they give clean water!)
Alter ECO - Organic Mascobado Cane Sugar
Kerrygold Grass Fed Butter

Obviously this recipe may be used for any in season fruit! I recommend strawberries, raspberries and blackberries.  Our favorite for this recipe is cherries, though!

Food Matters - Now more than EVER! 


Happy, happy summer to you!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Disney's McFarland USA on Blu-Ray & Tamale Recipe! #McFarlandUSA #Disney #spon

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Today's post is sponsored with Disney.


McFarland USA just came out on Disney Blu-Ray and it is a movie for the whole family.  We were completely inspired and fell in love with the characters and the story! Kevin Costner never disappoints as the coach of the McFarland running team.  Grab or rent a copy and make Disney's McFarland USA your next family night movie! Seriously. 




After watching McFarland you are most certainly going to want to make tamales - so here is a delicious recipe for you!  Enjoy!

In the tradition of Disney sports movies comes MCFARLAND, USA, based on the inspiring true story of underdogs triumphing over tremendous obstacles. This heartwarming drama follows novice runners who strive to build a cross-country team under Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner) in their predominantly Latino high school. Everyone has a lot to learn about each other, but when Coach realizes the boys' exceptional running ability, things change. Beyond their talent, it's the power of family, commitment to each other and work ethic that transform them into champions -- helping them achieve their own American dream. - McFarland USA

This is a sponsored post with Disney.  Opinions are my own.  McFarland USA is an absolutely fabulous family movie - ages 7 and up.  We loved it! 

Friday, June 5, 2015

Summer Chocolate Coconut S'Mores & Fireworks!

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It's summer time and we are in the mood for s'mores, fireworks & fun - summer happiness!  We travel quite a bit and obviously cannot have a camp fire in the back yard all of the time and what's a girl to do on a rainy summer night for s'mores?!  This is an absolutely fabulous dish for the kids to make.  Let kids sprinkle cinnamon, break up the chocolate, place the mallows and get the grahams ready - SO fun!


This chocolate coconut dip is the bomb and SO easy! 

Ingredients:

Coconut Flakes - good quality, unsweetned and unsulffered
Chocolate Bars - we use Icelandic chocolate (YUM)
Marshmallows - Gluten Free & Non-GMO 
Vietnamese Cinnamon - I use Frontier Co-op (non-irradiated) 

Grahams -
 we use Annie's Homegrown or Late July (depending on which Whole Foods we're nearby)


Bake:

Break up the chocolate in the bottom of the dish
Sprinkle Coconut
Top with Marshmallows
sprinkle with cinnamon and any leftover chocolate bits on the top of the dip

Obviously you decide how much you are going to make and use equal amounts of chocolate and mallows.  Sprinkle coconut liberally and top with cinnamon!

Place in pre-heated oven at 350 degrees.  After 5 minutes - squish tops of mallows carefully with back of large spoon.  Bake another 2-4 minutes or until dippable. (yes, it's a word)

Break up your grahams, this is a great job for the kids and enjoy!


Happy summer fun to you all - rain or shine!