Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Mickey Mouse and the Roadster Racers: Start Your Engines DVD!  

We are collaborating with Disney for this fun DVD that is sure to be a new favorite for your little one! 

Disney's Mickey and the Roadster Racers: Start Your Engines DVD is so much fun and by far our favorite Mickey Mouse DVD!  Little one has been a fan of Disney Junior's Mickey Mouse since he could walk.  Which basically means that I too have seen all of the episodes and yes, this is my favorite, as well!  We love the adventure and the bright and happy animation!  This DVD also comes with great extra episodes and a racing flag for your kiddo!  Enjoy and check it out!

Welcome to Hot Dog Hills, where Mickey and his pals run the coolest garage on the planet. Join them for high-octane thrills as they power up their amazing, transforming cars for races through the town... and around the world! Then, team up with Minnie and Daisy, 'cause when they're not zooming to victory, they're assisting friends in need at their fabulous "Happy Helpers" headquarters. With friendly competition and fun new inventions, MICKEY AND THE ROADSTER RACERS is a wild ride that's turbocharged with nonstop laughter and awesome adventures from start to finish!

More a mini-movie than episode - we just love Mickey and the Roadster Racers! 

Download Mickey And The Roadster Racers - Start Your Engines Activities

Click above for free printables and activities! 

Lots of episodes on this awesome DVD, but our most favorite is the racing adventure! SO much fun!

Episodes:                       Agent Double-O-Goof
                                        It’s Wiki Wiki Time
                                        Ye Olde Royal Heist
                                        Guru Goofy
                                        Going Upppppppppp!
Bonus Episodes:            Goof Luck Charm
                                        The Haunted Hot Rod

Release Date:               August 15, 2017
Ratings:                          TV-Y (US); G (CE/CF)
Total Run Time:              Approximately 88 minutes (including bonus episodes)
Aspect Ratio:                1.78:1 Widescreen (Enhanced for 16x9 Televisions)
Audio:                            2.0 Dolby Digital
Languages:                   English, French & Spanish
Subtitles:                        English SDH, French & Spanish

We are pleased to collaborate with Disney Junior for the release of this most fun DVD.  Opinions are my own and yes, this is our new go-to travel DVD! Awesome! 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Watermelon Superfruit Ice Pops!

We have teamed up with Barlean's Organics for this post! 

Summer is in full swing and we are enjoying ice pops on a daily basis!  For this recipe we used Barlean's Super Fruit Greens and watermelon - that's it!  Super easy and using fruit that is in season makes this extra healthy! 

Ingredients -

Barlean's Super Fruit Greens 

Cut a watermelon in chunks and pour 4 cups of chunks into your high-powdered blender.  Add a scoop of Barlean's Super Fruit Greens on top and blend to a liquid.  About 40 seconds.  Pour into your ice pops molds.  We made with Zoku instant pops and then in these mini ice pops (how cute are these?!)  Both turned out delicious and were gobbled up right away!

That's it! Most likely the easiest ice pops ever! 
Happy Summer to you! 

This is a sponsored post with Barleans.  Opinions are our own.  We can't wait to bring you more recipes with Barlean's!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Disney's Minnie's Happy Helpers DVD!

We are happy to collaborate with Disney Junior for the release of Minnie's DVD!

Minnie and Daisy are here to tackle adventures big and small! MINNIE’S HAPPY HELPERS will be making its Disney DVD debut on July 25th, and you won’t want to miss these best friends in action! The Happy Helpers make friendship fun; going around town helping their loved ones with a song and smile.

 From antics like babysitting an egg about to hatch to planning the perfect party, MINNIE’S HAPPY HELPERS is an entertaining tale fueled by friendship, fun, and going the extra mile!

When Minnie and Daisy aren’t racing around Hot Dog Hills, they’re helping their friends with fun, odd jobs as The Happy Helpers. And no task is too big or too small for them to tackle! With a quick spin in their Turn-Styler, the Happy Helpers are ready for anything that comes their way. Whether they’re babysitting an egg that’s about to hatch, planning the perfect luau for a client, or fixing London’s Big Ben just in time for tea, Minnie and Daisy are ready to go the extra mile, with a song and a smile! 

Voice Cast: Russi Taylor as Minnie Mouse; Tress MacNeille as Daisy Duck; Bret Iwan as Mickey Mouse; Daniel Ross as Donald Duck; April Winchell as Clarabelle Cow; Jim Cummings as Pete; and Bill Farmer as Goofy.

Executive Producer: Rob LaDuca

Co-Executive Producer and Supervising Story Editor: Mark Seidenberg


                        Happy Hula Helpers!
                        Tea Time Trouble!
                        Happy Birthday Helpers!
                        Bed, Breakfast and Bungled!
                        Gone Fishin’!

Download Minnie's Happy Helpers Activities

For free printable and games click above!

This is a collaboration with Disney Junior. Opinions are my own.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Life is Good Go Places Sweepstakes!

We are happily collaborating with Life is Good for this post! 

We just love Life is Good - their values and clothing!   Life is Good is having an inspiring sweepstakes  win your dreamy adventure!  Where do you want to go?  Where do you dream of going?  What do you dream of doing when you get there?  Enter today!

Positive lifestyle brand, Life is Good® wants you to get out and do what you love! It could be a trip to the beaches of Hawaii or snowboarding in Patagonia, but whatever it is, Life is Good wants to help you do it!! Life is Good invites you to join its Go Places! Sweepstakes, July 10-31, in which you can win your dream adventure – so get ready to pack your bags and go!

2 grand prize winners will receive $5,000 toward their dream trip + a “Do What You Love” Travel prize pack. The prize pack includes a $500 Lifeisgood.com gift card, $500 Cabela’s gift card, luggage pack worth $500 from High Sierra or American Tourister, a pair of Bose SoundSport wireless headphones and a SoundLink Revolve Bluetooth Speaker

Where will YOU go?

To enter, simply visit lifeisgood.com or Facebook and input your name and email address for a chance to win!

 Enter HERE!

This is a sponsored post.  We absolutely support and wear Life is Good - sponsored or not! 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

God Bless America & 5 Ways To Celebrate!

Happy Birthday America!  We are so blessed to live in America.  We are thankful to have our freedom - to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  I am thankful we have free elections.  Thankful to honor God and pray.

 I believe if we do not hold these thing dear and sacred, we will lose them.   

We study history, as to never repeat horrors that went on throughout the past.  

Things they're not doing in schools today because it may "offend" someone - that we should be doing and teaching our children.  

5 Ways to Celebrate America & Rebuild Our Communities

Instead of complaining and grumbling - Contribute to society. 

Be kind.

Have gratitude.

Turn off the TV - get out and be a part of your community! 

Unplug from "news" that moves to discord and divide the people.  We are all Americans.
  Fake news that advocates against the Constitution.  God gave you a brain - use it.  

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

         - Preamble to the Declaration of Independence

Monday, July 3, 2017

Sipp Berry Delicious Coolers!

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We are thrilled to team up with Sipp Organic Soda for this delicious patriotic cocktail!

This refreshing red and blue cocktail is super easy to make!

Grab all the fresh berries you can!  We even picked some amazing blueberries at our local farm this weekend!

Ingredients - 

Sipp Organic Mojo Berry Soda
Light Rum

This is according to taste.  My husband like cocktails on the strong side and I like mine pretty light.
Typically pour 10 oz of cold Mojo Berry into a shaker of ice and squeeze a 1/4 of a lime and add 2.5 oz of light rum. Shake gently and pour into fresh glasses of crushed ice.
Garnish with as many berries as you like! I like to let them soak in the cocktail as I'm drinking and gobble them up when I'm done.  
I like to think of this as my healthy cocktail! ;D

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Berry season is the happiest season! 

Check out Sipp Sparkling Organics website for more recipes!

We buy our Sipp Sparkling Organic Soda at Target, Amazon, Fresh Market, some Whole Foods, MOMS Organic Market and more awesome places to come!

Check out Sipp's website for more flavors, recipes and fun! 

We buy Sipp Soda sponsored or not.  

This post is in collaboration with Sipp Organic Sodas.  Opinions are my own.  Yes, we love it!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Berry Buttermilk Skillet Cake!

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We usually make a Strawberry Skillet Cake because it's easy, festive and matches my red skillet.  This week though, I only had a little bit of strawberries and extras of blueberries and blackberries add some brown sugar and this is entirely different!  Moist and delicious even with coffee for breakfast!  I'll take any excuse to eat cake!

Ingredients - 

Butter - grassfed 8oz
Brown Sugar - 5 oz
Eggs - pasture raised - 2
Oat Flour - 8 oz
Baking Powder - 1 teas
Cardamon - 1 teas
Buttermilk - 4 oz

Coconut oil - 1 tablespoon for skillet bottom

Berries - strawberry halves, blackberries, blueberries

Set oven to preheat at 350 degrees
Mix dry ingredients in small bowl.
Mix butter and sugar then add-in eggs in mixing bowl and stir.
Add-in dry ingredients then immediately add-in buttermilk.
Mix well.
Coat skillet with coconut oil.
Pour in cake batter.
Top with strawberry halves, blackberries and blueberries.  This is a great job for the kids!
Bake in oven at 350 degrees about 25 minutes or until done.
Cool and enjoy!
Red, White & Blue!

Show your colors for the with red, white and blue skillet cake! 

My Notes:

Let the kids help with this one - Stirring, washing the berries and cutting the strawberries in half with a small butter knife (age appropriate of course)
Placing the berries on the cake is loads of fun!

Berries are extremely high on pesticides. We always choose organic.  Right now they're in season and usually on sale!

Happy Summer!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Mickey Mouse: Merry & Scary DVD!

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We are happy to collaborate with Disney to bring you this movie announcement! Yay!

I know, I know - it's summer...but I simply can't help but be excited about seasons, holidays and the happiness that comes with it!  Disney's Mickey Mouse: Merry & Scary DVD comes out the end of August!  Get ready! 

The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular!
For Halloween, Mickey has tricked out his house like a “tomb, sweet, tomb" and along with his pals Donald and Goofy, plans to tell hair-raising Halloween stories! However, his attempt at being scary falls flatter than a pancake. Can Mickey conjure up a truly terrifying tale before the stroke of midnight

Duck The Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…to migrate south for the winter! But Donald wants to stay put and celebrate his first Christmas with his friends. Mickey creates the ultimate list of everything to make Donald's first Christmas great, but before you can catch a snowflake on your tongue, Donald has turned into a shivering, sneezing duck-cicle! 

Voice CastChris Diamantopoulus as Mickey Mouse/Vampire; Russi Taylor as Minnie/Huey/Dewey/Louie/The Witch; Bill Farmer as Goofy; Tony Anselmo as Donald Duck; Tress MacNeille as Daisy Duck; and Corey Burton as Professor Von Drake.

Episodes: Includes two 22-minute holiday themed episodes (Halloween & Christmas)
·         The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular
·         Duck The Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special

Bonus Shorts: Five 3-minute shorts
·         Ghoul Friend
·         The Boiler Room
·         Black & White
·         Entombed
·         Split Decision

This is a sponsored post. Opinions are my own! 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Watermelon Lime Slushies!

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Happy, Happy Summer!  It's crazy hot here and the kids are wanting a cool down drink and this Watermelon Lime Slushy hits the spot!  Let the kids help with this one - cubing watermelon, squeezing the limes and adding in the syrup.  We also added some vodka to this and well...this is our new favorite happy hour drink! 

Ingredients - 

Watermelon - large
Limes - 2
Simple Syrup
Ice - lots of ice!

The night before you make these drinks, make sure your watermelon is in the fridge overnight.
Fill your high powered blender with large watermelon chunks
Squeeze the limes over top of the watermelon
Add 1 tablespoon of simple syrup
Add 1.5 cups of crushed ice on top

Tweak - if necessary 

Pour the kids their drinks and make sure to leave out extra that they will surely want.

For Moms & Dads -

After the kids have theirs, blend in a shot of vodka or rum to the rest and pour in your cup.
Obviously don't get the alcohol mix up with the kid's version.  

Add a bit of chili pepper to add some heat to this icy slushy!

My Notes -

As stated above - make sure the watermelon has been in fridge all night.  It makes the drink and the extra watermelon is cold for the kids to eat wedges.
While you're at it - put the vodka in the freezer to get chilled for your summer drinks.
We just love Reyka Icelandic small batch vodka.
Get the kids involved with this recipe. 
Kids can cut the watermelon (with a butterknife) into chunks. Obviously this is after you've cut open the watermelon.  If this is not obvious, please stay out of the kitchen all-together.
Kids can squeeze the limes.

This is not sponsored. Just delicious and our new summer favorite drink! 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Boozy Cherry-Lemonade!

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Summer is here! It's here, it's finally here!  We wait all year for cherry season and to get organic cherries...well, that is a treat all it's own!   The kids and I were making yummy cherry-lemonades - a fun drink that the kids can squeeze, stir and pour all themselves.  When they took their drinks outside, I found, if you just add a little bit of rum...you've got a whole other experience!  Happy summer to me!
Ingredients - 

Fresh cherries - juiced (organic, if available) - 6 oz
Lemon - juice from 2 large lemons & extra slices for garnish
Simple syrup - 2 oz
Carbonated Water - like Perrier -8 oz
Ice - Crushed or Cubed

Simple syrup is just equal parts of sugar and water.  Bring the mixture to almost a boil where the sugar melts.  Cool and keep extra in the fridge.  Use for any cocktails or drinks.

In small pitcher add-in cherry juice, lemon juice, simple syrup and stir.
  Add-in carbonated water and stir gently 

Taste and add more simple syrup, if needed.

Pour into serving glasses with ice.

For the boozy part - Add-in one shot of vodka per glass - stir gently

Top with halved cherries and lemon wedge.

Top with extra cherries and lemon wedge!

Organic Cherries is a short in season, but one of our most favorites!

Happy Summer!

My Notes -

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 I used to think I didn't like vodka.  I just do not like cheap vodka.  
Try Reyka - you're welcome!

Pretty fruit holders are from Crate and Barrel

No, this is not sponsored.  Just delicious!