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 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 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
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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 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!

Men, Express Your Style, Food & Fun - Oh My! #JustBeYou #spon

                        We are so very happy today's post and giveaway is sponsored with Stonyfield and prAna!

Dads and husbands, how do you express yourself?  Does it matter to you?  What statement are you making?  To me style is about expressing yourself and what you stand for.  My husband is super busy, I choose pieces for him - fair trade, hemp and organic cotton.  

The apple cinnamon Oh My Yog! from Stonyfield expresses my husband the best - 
tastes like autumn apple pie! 

THIS!  This men's Woodman flannel in henna is by far my most favorite thing of mine that my husband wears.  It is super soft, looks incredible, is well-made and I simply must have another! (for my husband, of course...I would never take his clothes and wear them whilst he's out of town...)

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!

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.

prAna also has FREE SHIPPING!

To enter to WIN a prAna and Stonyfield prize pack please check out our giveaway HERE!

This is a sponsored post. Opinions are my own.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Disney-Pixar's Inside Out Blu-Ray & Activity Sheets! #InsideOut #spon

We are so happy today's post is sponsored by Disney - Pixar's new movie Inside Out, now out on Blu-Ray and digital HD!

I am Joy! 

Disney - Pixar's Inside Out is out on blu-ray!

When 11-year-old Riley moves to a new city, her Emotions team up to help her through the transition. Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness work together, but when Joy and Sadness get lost, they must go on an adventure through Riley's memories and learn something about each other.

I know people like Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger and at times, at time I think we all may have periods where we are like them.  But, I am Joy and so very happy about that!  

Yay! Happy Day! 

We had not seen Inside Out in the theaters (I think we were the only ones) and we watched on blu-ray a few nights ago and absolutely loved Inside Out.  It is happy, funage appropriate and a movie that the whole family will enjoy.   Yes, my teen loved it.  Grab some organic popcorn and enjoy.

Check out this clip of Riley's first date! 

Download Inside Out Activity Pages

Enjoy these activity pages with your kids.  Just click and print!

This is a sponsored post.  Opinions are my own!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Superfood Autumn Perfect Parfait!

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Today's post is sponsored by Stonyfield Organic Yogurt & Nature's Path!

Have I mentioned I completely love autumn?!  I am completely in love with everything about autumn - windy, chilly weather, pumpkin everything, hot cocoa, hot apple cider, scarves, boots - 
simply everything and autumn desserts are the best!

It sounds so eloquent and perhaps a bit complicated, but in fact, a parfait is one of the simplest dishes to make.  A parfait is perfect for kids who want to help out in the kitchen.  A parfait is a perfect dessert, snack or the yummiest breakfast - all-in-one!  Change out the ingredients according to what is in season and what's in your cupboards.  This is one of the most delicious parfaits we have made and it is autumn bliss - perfect for your next autumn picnic!


Stonyfield Yogurt - plain or vanilla
Nature's Path Pumpkin Flax Granola
Nature's Path Qi'a - Cranberry Vanilla (the apple is amazing too)
Korintje Cinnamon - we use Frontier Coop
Pumpkin Puree
Mini Chocolate Chips (we use Enjoy Life Foods - gluten free & non-GMO)

Mix one cup of Stonyfield yogurt with half-cup of pumpkin puree, add two teaspoons of Korintje cinnamon and stir well.
Spoon thick layer into your dish.
Add a layer of Nature's Path granola.
Add a layer of chopped apples (chop very small)
Add layer of pecans - just sprinkle a thin layer of finely chopped pecans
Add another layer of the yogurt mixture
Sprinkle generously Nature's Path Qi'a Cranberry Vanilla
Optional: add just a few mini chocolate chips on the top!

Make these for your next picnic.  If you don't have time to drive somewhere, grab a blanket and head outside to your front lawn and breathe the fresh air! 
Happy autumn, lovelies!

Qi’a, like all Nature's Path products is certified organic and Non-GMO Project Verified

My Notes:

I use Frontier Co-op Cinnamon, organic, fair trade, non-GMO, non-irradiated and non-ETO and absolutely amazing! 

I am happily a brand ambassador for Stonyfield. I love their passion, vision and they fight to label GMOs.

Nature's Path is a brand I already respect, as well and have in my cart weekly - the Qi'a is one of our go-to healthy breakfast favorites.  I try to have their Pumpkin waffles in my freezer at all time for mornings when there is just not enough coffee and the kids get a "fast" breakfast! 

Enjoy Life Chocolate is excellent for moms avoiding gluten and other allergens and they are Project Verified Non-GMO!  

I look for Organic, Fair Trade and / or Non-GMO Verified on everything I buy for my family!


If you follow me on Instagram you already know we eat Stonyfield and Nature's Path foods weekly!  I buy whether I am sponsored or not.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Harry Connick Jr.'s That Would Be Me Out Now! #ThatWouldBeMe #spon

We are SO pleased for today's post sponsored by One2One - featuring Harry Connick Jr.!

To say I am a fan of Harry Connick Jr.. is an understatement to say the least!  His music and voice makes me happy, happy, happy!  Harry Connick Jr.'s new album, That Would Be Me, does not disappoint.  If you are not dancing in your kitchen (I'm always in the kitchen) by the first song, I Like It When You Smile...we have nothing in common.  Seriously, it's that amazing!  Check out these videos where Harry talks about his new album and hear a sneak peak

Available now on Amazon and if you are part of Prime, you can listen as part of Prime Music!

It's hard to get past the first song - you and your kids will want to replay - over and over.  Just let the album run and trust me - it's ALL spectacular! 

Songs - That Would Be Me:

1. (I Like It When You) Smile
2. (I Do) Like We Do
3. Tryin' To Matter
4. Songwriter
5. Do You Really Need Her
6. You Don t Need A Man
7. You Have No Idea
8. Where Prisoners Drown
9. (I Think I) Love You A Little Bit
10. Every Time I Fall In Love
11. Right Where It Hurts

For more information or just some really fabulous pictures of Harry at work - here is his website -

Yes, this is a sponsored post with One2One.  However, if you follow me on Instagram or read often, you already know - I'm completely over-the-moon for Harry Connick Jr. (and have been for years!).

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Disney's Aladdin Now On Diamond Edition Blu-Ray! #Disney #spon

Today's post is sponsored by Disney Blu-Ray!

Disney's Aladdin is now out in the Diamond Edition Blu-Ray and it is absolutely spectacular!  Aladdin is a not-to-be-missed classic Disney film.  Robin Williams makes the entire film unforgettable as the genie.  Have your kids seen it yet?  Aladdin was one of my oldest's favorite movies and he still loves it now that he is grown.

For your next family movie night Disney's Aladdin!

Soar away on a magic carpet ride of nonstop laughs and thrills in one of the most spectacular adventures on all time! Now meticulously restored and enhanced – experience the wonders of “Aladdin” like never before, from the Academy Award®-winning music (Best Music, Original Song for “A Whole New World” and Best Music, Original Score, 1993) to the unforgettable moments of sidesplitting comedy and soaring adventure.

In the heat of an enchanted city, a commoner named Aladdin and his mischievous monkey Abu battle to save the free-spirited Princess Jasmine from the schemes of the evil sorcerer Jafar. Aladdin’s whole life changes with one rub of a magic lamp as a fun-loving, shape-shifting Genie appears and grants him three wishes, setting him on an incredible journey of discovery.

This is a sponsored post with Disney.  Opinions are my own.

Friday, October 23, 2015

The Smurfs 3D Now Available On Nintendo! #Ubisoft #spon

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Today's post is sponsored by Ubisoft! Enjoy! 

The Smurfs is now on Nintendo 3DS - enjoy the Smurfs' adventures in 3D (for ages 7 and up)!  I am a huge fan of bringing our Nintendo DS with us on our travels.  It breaks up the trip and we just love kid friendly fun games, like The Smurfs!  For ages 6 and younger disable the 3D feature and just use the 2D (which is just as fabulous)!

Rebuild the Smurf homes and save the Smurf village!  We absolutely love the colors, charactors and I'm a big fan of choosing ingredients for one of the games!  The Smurfs are fun for all ages that my kids won't lose interest in!  Just fabulous.

The Smurfs are in trouble and need help. After a walk in the woods, the Smurfs return to find their village completely destroyed and must discover the culprit responsible and rebuild their home.

Players will meet some of the most famous Smurfs, including Papa Smurf and Smurfette, and visit iconic locations, such as Gargamel’s Laboratory and the deep forest surrounding the village. Players will progress through an original story as they play a variety of 12 exciting mini-games, such as challenging the Smurfs to play hide-and-seek in the forest, creating new alchemy recipes by choosing the right ingredients and sneaking into Gargamel’s lab while he’s asleep while avoiding being caught by his cat, Azrael. Along the way, players will collect resources such as wood, rocks and bricks to create and customize the Smurfs’ village. 

The game empowers players to create the best village ever seen and make Papa Smurf proud.

For more information about The Smurfs check out their website!  It's Smurf-land!!

We are pleased to partner with Ubisoft.  Opinions are our own.  I would never recommend a game I wouldn't buy for my own kids!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

KitchenIQ Gadgets for Autumn! #SharpenYourKitchenIQ #spon

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Today's post is sponsored by KitchenIQ!

I recently had the opportunity to try out a few of KitchenIQ kitchen accessories and I could not be more pleased!  The gadgets come in bright colors (colors make me happy) so I can easily find in my kitchen drawers and they are extremely well-made!  I have to say though, the Edge Grip Knife Sharpener is gadget every chef, mom and college student must-have.

  Knives that are dull are hard-to-use and dangerous.  You have to push harder to get them to work properly and the chance of cutting your hand goes up - a lot!  I should know, I keep a regular pack of band aids in my kitchen for just such occurrences.  Or maybe I won't have to now?   The Edge Grip Knife Sharpener is small, very sturdy and works like a dream - a chef's dream!  And it is extremely affordable, so there's no excuse for sub-standard knife quality in your kitchen!  

The KitchenIQ potato tool is a all-in-one gadget for preparing your potatoes, parsnips and carrots!
Brush off your veggies, peel and slice off the ends!  Viola' - all done!  
Absolutely nothing to this and pop in the dishwasher when you're done - easy peasy!

The Better Zester is a smoothie and tea neccessity!  The KitchenIQ Better Zester has a built-in measuring "cup" on the back, that catches the ginger root, lemon peel or what-ever you are using.
There is no guessing and no scooping it up off and measuring it after grating.  It's already done!

Grating fresh ginger root and/or turmeric and adding to your evening tea or into your smoothie is so healing and a daily routine for myself.  Food matters!   Add freshly grated lemon peel or carrots to your smoothies for extra nutrients, color and taste!  The Better Zester is super easy to use and clean - the container comes off the back and the whole thing rinses clean.  The ergonomic handle makes is easy to hold without sliping.

For more information on accessories from KitchenIQ check out their website - HERE!
And KitchenIQ on Facebook, Twitter and  Kitchen IQ on Pinterest 

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for KitchenIQ. I received promotional items to thank me for my participation.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Balancing Giveaway With Organic India! #OrganicIndia #spon

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This post and giveaway is sponsored by Organic India USA!

It's autumn and the weather has changed and we have pumpkins, autumn hikes and holidays on our minds.  With holidays often comes a bit of stress - you can change that!  Rethink the holiday season and what it means to you and change how you handle it.  Add Tulsi tea and balance to your daily life!

Organic India knows a thing or two about balance. Organic India's signature Tulsi herb, a sacred gift from India, is a super-packed ingredient found in all of their teas. Known as Holy Basil, it helps reduce stress, aid in digestion, balance metabolism, support anti-aging and overall immune system. Not only does it taste great, this adaptogenic herb listens to what the body needs--from more energy to conquer a long to-do list to curling up, relaxing by a fire.  

                         Let’s just say it’s an autumn essential [superpower].

ORGANIC INDIA is helping me with balance this autumn and you can enter for a chance to win an autumn prize pack!

-    One lucky winner will receive an ORGANIC INDIA $70 balancing bundle, complete with the following:
  • Four boxes of Tulsi Tea (Original, Chai, Cinnamon Rose and India Breakfast) 
  • One bottle of Ashwagandha, herb to support adrenal health and sooth the nervous system 
  • One bottle of Chyawanprash, tasty herbal jam to support digestion and immunity 
  • One set of mala beads, blessed beads made from the stems of the organic Tulsi.  Each mala has the traditional 108 beads, a symbol of living in harmony with nature. The tulsi beads are traditionally worn close to the skin to provide good fortune and balance to the wearer.  
Prize is shipped via Organic India. We are not responsible for shipping or use. US only please.
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today's post is sponsored by Organic India.  Opinions are my own and if you follow little island studios, you already know that we are big fans of Tulsi tea and buy weekly!