Monday, July 21, 2014

Disney Movies Anywhere Pixie Hollow Bake Off Preview! #DisneyMoviesAnywhere #Disney

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This is not a sponsored post.  We just love Pixie Hollow, Baking & Disney Movies Anywhere!

Reunite with your favorite fairies this July on Disney Movies Anywhere, kicking off with an all-new Pixie Preview ‘Pixie Hollow Bake Off’ featuring Fairy Gelata voiced by Giada De Laurentiis.   In this latest adventure our favorite fairies must use their talents to help Tink in a high-stakes, head-to-head bake-off.   And come back each week to check out more flitterific Pixie Previews available throughout the month in the Disney Movies Anywhere Discover section here.


Thanks to Disney Movies Anywhere for the information, trailer and pic!

Disney Junior's Sofia the First: The Enchanted Feast On DVD! #DisneyJunior

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Today's post is not sponsored.  We enjoy Disney Junior very much and thought other moms might too! Enjoy!

We just love Sofia the First and we are looking forward to Sofia the First: The Enchanted Feast coming to DVD August 5th!  

Check out this clip from The Enchanted Feast coming to DVD August 5th!


                                           Sofia meets Snow White!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer Traveling Tips, Family Fun & Disney Movies Anywhere! #DisneyMoviesAnywhere #spon

We are so pleased today's post is sponsored by Disney Movies Anywhere & Social Moms! Woot!

Moms, we are talking travel tips for families and the Disney Movies Anywhere app - available for free on iTunes - and right now they have a free copy of Pixar's The Incredibles! Yes, please! (Jack Jack seems super familiar, like someone I know ;)

I travel. Often!   When you are traveling with kids you learn very quickly that there are things that work well and things that do not.  Like healthy food options along the road are few and far between.  Here are some of my go-to suggestions when traveling with kids that work for families with all ages.

 Yes, I am that person who carries organic fair trade tea & asks for hot water to make my own. *sigh* And somewhat of a slob when I travel?

Travel Tips:

Bring snacks. Bring a lot of snacks!  Washed apples, organic squeezes, healthy energy bars (no sugar), almond butter sandwiches - cut into kid sized pieces, medjool dates, raisins and other healthy choices.   Don't forget to bring tea bags or coffee singles for yourself. 

Don't forget the water! Skip the plastic to avoid it sitting in the hot summer sun whilst driving.

Bring wipes and a jug of extra water. (in case someone gets car sick and you have to stop along the highway and wash little one off. )

Bring activity books - for little one, board books with tabs and look-and-find fun gives kids something fun to do and discuss while driving. 

We always stop every couple hours at the far (non-busy) end of the area stops -  we get out and run, jump and yoga stretches!  Laughing and talking together about where you are going, helps keep them excited and involved.

No worries, this pic was before the Disney Movies!

No matter how many activities you pack, driving does get boring and honestly;  there is nothing better than to save the best for last - Disney Movies!  I have a tote full of Disney Movies I travel with and they work every time and for every age group!  I think the new Disney Movies Anywhere is absolutely the perfect travel accessory for travel moms.  Hands down!  Super easy app lets me get new movies directly through the app or when I redeem my Disney digital copies, I can stream or download and have access to them all the time!  Pre-ordering, access to exclusive Disney content, parental controls and Disney Movie Rewards are all part of Disney Movies Anywhere!

 Hint: Don't forget a travel recharger for your iPod.

Traveling as a family is a bit more work and effort, but always worth it.  Travel every single time you get the chance - explore, see and show your children the great big wonderful world out there! 

To celebrate the launch of Disney Movies Anywhere, a new Pixar movie will be released each week at the special price of $14.99 (regular $19.99) for a limited time.   Each week Disney Movies Anywhere will have an exclusive video clip for the movie being released that you can publish and promote in your article.   

Brave is one of our most favorite movies and if you have a teen daughter - you know why!  Here are some fun facts about Brave!  Enjoy!

Whether it’s a entering a code from a DVD/Blu-ray purchase or an iTunes digital download, your Disney library is now everywhere you are, anywhere you are, and instantly accessible with or without an internet connection on any iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, and Apple TV).
Don't let your trip be boring. Be prepared with snacks, activities and Disney Movies Anywhere and enjoy the ride

If you travel for longer periods - bring your kitchen must-haves, creative toys, books, iPod for Disney Movies & don't forget the stroller!

This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Disney Movies Anywhere blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.      

Monday, July 14, 2014

Disney's Million Dollar Arm Coming To Blu-Ray!

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From the studio that brought you "Miracle" and "Remember the Titans" comes Disney's"Million Dollar Arm," an inspirational baseball story sliding home on Blu-ray™, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand October 7th! Exciting bonus features include an alternate ending, deleted scenes, outtakes, "Training Camp," "Million Dollar Music by A.R. Rahman," and more!

Bonus features available on Disney Movies Anywhere include an exclusive never-before-seen deleted scene. 

Stay connected with the latest news and information about Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm”

Disney's Million Dollar Arm Movie Site
This is not a sponsored post. Thanks to Disney for movie info!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Choose Cartons & Tweet For Trees! #ShopCartons #spon

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Today's post is sponsored by Choose Cartons! 

Choose Cartons has teamed up with Trees for the Future and for every time #ShopCartons is used in a tweet in July - they donate a tree!  Easy peasy and lemon squeezy.  Mmm...Perhaps it'll be a lemon tree?   Trees are natural air cleaners and with all the environmental air pollution - the more trees the better!  So, please take a second and get involved - Go HERE and push the little tweet button.  Seriously easy.  And let's just say it - Plastic is OUT, Cartons are IN.

By partnering with Trees for the Future, Choose Cartons, an Evergreen Packaging initiative, aims to help replant as many of the valuable resources they use for their packaging as possible. 

In fact, they are donating up to 10,000 trees during the month of July.  And you can help by just tweeting! 

Learn more about #shopcartons! HERE!

Choose Cartons is a blog for eco-conscious parents (particularly moms!) that teaches the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling through DIY projects, up-cycled crafts, and fresh ideas. They also speak to the importance of using renewable resources, and as the name suggests, the positive effects of choosing cartons at the grocery store! 

Top 3 Reasons YOU Should Choose Cartons at the Grocery Store:
  • They are recyclable & renewable 
  • Cartons keep the contents inside super fresh
  • Cartons are easier (by far) on the environment than plastic. 

Discover more about Choose Cartons - HERE

This is a sponsored post with Choose Cartons. Opinions are my own.  Yes, I absolutely choose cartons over plastic - every time!  Organic, of course.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Keep The Education Going During Summer With Netflix! #StreamTeam #spon

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We are pleased to be a part of Netflix's Stream Team! 

Summer is for fun and playing outside, but on a rainy day or for just learning something new - try some of our favorite education picks on Netflix.  There are absolutely tons of choices on Netflix,  for anything you or your child is interested in - food, animals, science, geography, weather and traveling to name a few!  

Blackfish  - an absolutely must, before you head out to the theme parks this summer!

The Blue Planet on Netflix  - absolutely outstanding!

Leap Frog: Math Adventure to the Moon - I am always impressed with all of the Leap Frog episodes.

The Magic School Bus - Always a Hit!

Absolutely love this DIY idea for Story Starters Blocks! 

We are so pleased to be a part of Netflix and their Stream Team.  Opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Hundred-Foot Journey Coming To Theaters! #100FootJourney

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I have been so busy and haven't seen anything on this movie and I am so excited to see a new foodie movie!  So very excited! 

A delicious new featurette is now available for Dream Works Pictures’ charming new movie THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY starring Helen Mirren and produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake. The film opens in theatres everywhere August 8th!

In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin-starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren) gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate into a heated battle between the two establishments until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine — and for Madame Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) — combine with his mysteriously-delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Madame Mallory cannot ignore. At first Madame Mallory's culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan's gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.

The Hundred-Foot Journey” abounds with flavors that burst across the tongue. A stimulating triumph over exile, blossoming with passion and heart, it is a portrayal of two worlds colliding and one young man’s drive to find the comfort of home, in every pot, wherever he may be.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Summer Giveaway Fun With Rudi's Organic Bakery! #SundayBunDay #spon

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Today's post is sponsored by Rudi's Organic Bakery!

Rudi’s Organic Bakery is putting a little twist on the classic by celebrating SundayBunDay! Each week, Rudi’s Organic Bakery is posting a NEW party theme on Facebook that encompasses everything you need to have the ultimate bash such as grilling recipes, GIVEAWAYS, and party décor inspiration! 

SundayBunDay is running from 6/25-7/22 and Rudi's Organic Bakery would love to see your grilling recipe creations using #SundayBunDay!  What are you cooking up this summer?

 Dates: July 2 - July 8th

Enter to win an outdoor or indoor - Epson VS230 SVGA 3LCD Projector ($334)

   Dates: July 9th - July 15th

          Enter to Win these outdoor fun prizes!

  Dates: July 16th - July 22th

Today's post is sponsored by Rudi's Organic Bakery.  Opinions are my own.  I absolutely love Rudi's Organic & Non GMO breads! Absolutely! 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Stonyfield, Summer & Fun! #StonyfieldBlogger #spon

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Today's post is sponsored by Stonyfield Organics - we are proud to be a Stonyfield Blogger!

Summer fun with Stonyfield is absolutely endless!  From infinite yogurt and Greek yogurt ice pop recipes, summer recipes with Stonyfield and reusing Stonyfield Yogurt containers for crafts, gardening and more - absolutely endless!  We have been playing working on Stonyfield Organic Yogurt Ice Pop recipes and using even just the simplest ingredients - it is always a delicious treat! 

I just love to use Zoku tiny cut outs with fresh fruit for instant Stonyfield ice pops!

These Stonyfield yogurt and freshly sliced strawberry ice pops have proven to be one of our most favorite go-to summer treats!  And I must say, the Zoku Fishy Pops make us laugh - every single time!

Stonyfield Strawberry Yogurt & Fishy Pops are a huge summer hit!

1 cup of your choice of Stonyfield yogurt and 1/2 cup of diced fresh fruit! Strawberries are just lovely!  I use organic, of course!  

Using Stonyfield's new yogurt pouches is the easiest way to make tiny frozen yogurt dots!

Use your Stonyfield empty cups for seed startlings.

Turn yogurt cups upside down and let your kids paint green - summer turtles are fun!  Ladybugs and bees are summer fun, too!

So, grab some Stonyfield and see what kind of summer fun you can create!

This is a sponsored post with Stonyfield. Opinions are my own and if you follow me on Instagram, you know I buy Stonyfield whether it is sponsored or not.

Friday, June 27, 2014

5 Healthy Go-To Snacks For Kids!

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We were recently featured on Mom it Forward and wanted to share with you! 

Summer is in full swing, the kids are home and you may be running out of creative and healthy snack options.  Or perhaps you are having so much fun playing you forget to shake it up a bit.  Here are some basic, healthy and absolutely delicious snacks to brighten up your little one's afternoon snack after playing!

Pretzels & Chocolate Yogurt Dip

Pretzel sticks are perfect for dipping and adding a bit of melted 80% chocolate chunks to organic Greek yogurt can be the perfect sweet treat - without being too sweet.
  • 1 cup of Organic Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tbs of cocoa
  • 1 teas of Ceylon Cinnamon
Stir the Greek yogurt and cocoa together with plenty of pretzel sticks and / or fresh fruit!

Dicing fresh fruit into small pieces and adding toothpicks always goes over well in my family - apples, pears, grapes, strawberries, peaches, plums and apricots work splendidly!  Adding a simple peanut butter dip adds extra protein and nutrients as well as, make snack time fun. 

Organic Greek Yogurt Peanut Butter Dip

  • 2/3 cup of Organic Greek Yogurt (I use Stonyfield Organic Plain)
  • 1/4 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • (should have one ingredient - peanuts - avoid peanut butter full of added sugar & oil)
  • 1 heaping teaspoon of Ceylon Cinnamon
Mix together well and place with the diced fruit.  A healthy snack with no added sugar!

Floating Spiced Bananas

Slice a banana in a bowl.  Add enough whole milk to come 3/4 to the top of the banana slices.
Sprinkle a bit of Ceylon cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg on top.
This is such a simple snack and kids love it!

Frozen Banana Ice Cream

Peel and cut into large chunks, four bananas.
Place on parchment paper and cover with a sheet of parchment, then place in freezer.
After about five hours they are frozen.  Place frozen banana chunks into a blender with 1 tablespoon of cocoa and 1 teas of cinnamon.
And blend well.
Add ins:  1/2 of strawberries and/or 1/2 cup of organic vanilla yogurt

Coconut Cream Strawberry Parfaits 

This recipe has been a huge hit and all you need is fresh strawberries, coconut cream and a bit of grahams.  Check out our RECIPE!

This post in part was originally featured on Mom it Forward! Quick & Easy Healthy Snacks for Kids.