Friday, January 30, 2015

Doc McStuffins: Cuddle Me Lambie DVD Giveaway! #DisneyJunior #spon

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Today's post and giveaway is sponsored by Disney Junior! Yay!

Let's start the weekend and Valentine's Day month off with a new Disney Junior DVD 
 Doc McStuffins: Cuddle Me Lambie!

Assist Doc McStuffins and the whole gang to help Lambie get over her broken heart in "DOC McSTUFFINS: CUDDLE ME LAMBIE," arriving on Disney DVD February 3rd! This DVD is packed with five song-filled episodes and includes FREE exclusive Lambie hair clips. Celebrate the power of true friendship as Doc McStuffins and her friends help Lambie realize that there is enough love to go around to everyone.


Episodes:

My Huggy Valentine/Dusty Bear 
Awesome Guy's Awesome Arm/Lamb In A Jam
Kirby And The King/Bubble Monkey, Blow Your Nose!
A Day Without Cuddles/Collide-o-scope 
Mirror, Mirror On My Penguin/Hide and Eek!

DVD is approx. 120 minutes



Check out this short trailer of Cuddle Me Lambie on DVD!

 We are giving away a copy of Doc McStuffins: Cuddle Me Lambie on DVD!   US only please and prize is shipped by company.  We are not responsible for prize or shipping.

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

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Sautéed Carrots With Fresh Dill!

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One of the easiest dishes I make for dinner is carrots and fresh dill.  Completely delicious and only takes a few minutes!  Ahhh....


Ingredients matter!  


Fresh organic carrots (you know carrots aren't just orange), fresh dill (a small handful), sea salt, freshly ground pepper and olive oil!  Add chopped onion and fresh garlic if you like.

Heat your sauce pan on medium heat.

Add olive oil, spices to taste, then carrots.  Stir a couple of times.

Saute until soft.  Taste one...tasting is a part of cooking!

Enjoy!

Super easy and absolutely amazing!


Peel your carrots!


Cooking dinner is a gift you can give your family every single day!

Happy, healthy eating!

If you follow Little Island Studios often, you know I buy only organic ingredients or at the very least Verified Non-GMO ingredients!  What you eat matters.


Food Matters. REThink Food.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cooking Dinner Is A Glorious Gift!

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Cooking dinner is a gift - a beautiful gift not to be hurried and rushed through.  We have lost our health in this country - autoimmune diseases, Cancer, obesity, diabetes and many other illnesses are pandemic and food is the problem...and the answer.   Real food - not the junk in the "conventional" grocery store, but food, real food.  Food does not come from a package, it is not genetically altered (GMOs) with pesticides and built-in Roundup (damn dangerous).  Food is glorious and meant to heal - both mentally and physically.  Cooking dinner brings families together, it is soothing and a real gift we are losing with every generation.  

Take time to prepare your veggies and fresh spices.  Turn some music on, invite your kids to help or even just chat.  Talk about the beautiful benefits of what each food is for.  Smell the completely spectacular scents of your fresh garlic and olive oil as they are being sautéed, add your carrots and sneak a taste.  Close your eyes and taste every spice and ingredient in your dish.  Treat yourself to a glass of wine or craft beer as you cook.  It is the most enjoyable time of day for me.  Learn about food, it's advantages, the different ways you can cook it.  

Savor every single bite!

Food should never be boring!  Try a new food every week.  Jump out of your food comfort zone and reap the benefits!  

Be brave! 

You CAN cook!  

Carrots, fresh dill, sea salt, freshly ground pepper and olive oil - easy and completely amazing!

Dinner ingredients - a variety of mushrooms, olive oil, spices, tomatoes and onions!

If you are too busy or too tired at the end of the day to cook for your family, perhaps a change in priorities?  If we have time to watch the latest drama on TV, scroll through our Facebook page and a host of other non-priorities we have time to cook real food for our family.  I know you're busy, I am busy (I am actually the busiest person I know).  But there is nothing better and more important for your child's current and future health than getting involved with food, cooking and healthy living, in general.   Moms are so quick to do hours and hours of research on a car seat for their little ones, but nothing what-so-ever regarding what is in their children's food.  Moms assume that because it is in the grocery store that it is safe and healthy and that couldn't be further from the truth.  Big food companies care absolutely nothing for your child's health, only for their corporation's profits.  They are spending millions (and millions) to fight your right to know what is in our food.  As a parent it is your responsibility to educate yourself and know what you are feeding your kids.  No, it's not fair, it is wrong on so many different levels, but it is the truth and we must do it for our children.  Truth so our children may have healthy and happy futures.

Food Matters. 



REThink Food!


For inspiration and a bit of help for dinner - 


Some easy recipes for you and your kids - dinner, snacks and desserts



For more inspiration:   Please watch Robyn O'Brien's TED talk about our food system.  She is the author of The Unhealthy Truth and she is fighting for our kids.





This is not a sponsored post.  I am not doling out medical advice.  I am a mom who's world was rocked by unhealthy / GMO / fake food and you would be hard-pressed to find someone with more food knowledge than I.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Happy Australia Day & Alexander & The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day!

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This is a bit tardy but, to my lovely Australia mums and dads - Happy Australia Day!  And if you're not in Australia learn a bit about the wonderful country down under!


In honor of Australia Day and Alexander's affinity for the Australian culture we have some fun facts about his favorite country in anticipation of the February 10th Blu-ray™, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere release of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day!  


This is not sponsored, just plain fun!

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Big Blue Thing on the Hill Picture Book Giveaway!

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We are so pleased today's post and giveaway is sponsored by Templar Books!

The Big Blue Thing on the Hill by Yuval Zommer is a fun story in the animal's perspective about Big Blue Thing that arrives one night on Howling Hill!  They try to leave it alone but it simply doesn't leave and starts making noises! (we call it music, but really to bears...it's just horrible noise).  So, the animals get together and consult the wise owl and the results are absolutely comical and you will cheer out loud for the foxes, bears and badgers - OH MY!  


The Big Blue Thing on the Hill is newly publish and the art and story by Yuval Zommer is such a treat to read and has us waiting for his next children's picture book!

The Big Blue Thing on the Hill is perfect for any book nook!





We are giving away a hard cover copy of The Big Blue Thing On The Hill!  Prize is shipped via publisher, we are not responsible for shipping or use.

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This is a sponsored post.  Opinions are my own.  I would never recommend a product or book to moms that I would not buy myself!  Enjoy!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Eating Well & A Fast & Simple Breakfast!

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(no, not just breakfast pics ;)


This is just a reminder that breakfast, for the most part, can be simple!  There is no need to skip a healthy breakfast or stop at a fast food place and load up with GMO laden "food", that is not doing your body any favors.  This is fast food at it's finest!  Enjoy!


Choose organic in-season fresh fruit.
Organic orange juice  ("conventional orange juice has added "flavor packets"...no thanks)
Grate some fresh turmeric into your orange juice, you can barely taste it and the benefits are amazing!
gluten free or sprouted toasties
ghee or grass fed butter
lemon curd or jam (no added sugars)
And of course - coffee!  We like TOMS Roasted Co - organic and fair trade and where you are giving clean water when you buy!


This is not sponsored, but just a reminder that real food, that brings health and wellness, need not be complicated.

Live Well, Lovelies!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Littleland Around the World Search-and-Say Fun for Kids Giveaway! #NosyCrow #spon

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Today's post is sponsored by Nosy Crow books - we are HUGE fans. (sponsored or not)

Littleland Around the World by Marion Billet is an absolute adventure in travel and adventure and the perfect cure for winter cabin fever!  The art, colors and characters are so much fun and makes my own little one and I want to jump in the book and travel with the little ones.  On every adventure there are search-and-see pictures to find in the main pictures.  Can you find them?

Travel with the little ones for city fun in London, culture bliss in Paris, outside bike riding in the Netherlands, village square music fun in Germany, ice skating winter fun in Finland, gondola rides in Venice, tourist pyramid site seeing in Egypt, safari adventures in Kenya, a whole new world in India, Festival fun in China, a bit of nightlife in Tokyo, hanging out in the outback in Australia and sun bathing in Brazil and wrapping it all up in Central Park in New York City!  Wow!  I'm exhausted just thinking about it all! (and a bit jealous)

This is the little ones in Paris!  Can you see the croissant?  The Eiffel Tower?  The cat?

Yes, I highly recommend this book for two years and up and we think it's just perfect for any book nook or travel bag!  Enjoy!



We are giving away a hard copy of Littleland Around the World Search-and-Say fun for little ones!
Prize is shipped from publisher, we are not responsible for shipping or use.


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I am so very pleased to work with Nosy Crow and letting you know about great books that your little ones may like.  Opinions are my own - I would never recommend a book that I would not buy myself!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Snowing Hearts Valentine's Day Craft for Kids!

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As it gets closer to February, we are thinking of Valentine's Day and are heart obsessed!  Please follow little island studios on Instagram to follow along on our adventures!



For the simplest of Valentine's Day crafts, start gathering your paper bags and food packaging!  

You'll need string, glue and scissors.

Cut the papers in heart shapes of any size or variety of sizes you wish.

Place String on the inside of one heart.  Add glue and add another heart on the top.

Let dry and paint any words (or entire heart).

Tape the end of the string to ceiling or doorway.

It's snowing LOVE!~


We just love our Valentine's Day craft and are adding to it every day until Valentine's Day! 

Happy Valentine's Day, Lovelies!




This is not a sponsored post. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Create An Instant Book Nook for Kids!

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Today's post is not sponsored, just plain fun! (and colorful and happy, happy!)



I recently bought the yellow book rack from the Land of Nod and could not be more pleased!  Perfect for creating an instant book nook.   Add some cozy fun - pillows, blankies, stuffed lovies and / or a beanbag and of course, fabulous picture books - voila the most spectacular picture book!  

Lovely colorful picture books in this picture are Nosy Crow books
Little one's favorite Bunny (a gift from his Grandmum) and Doggie are from The Land of Nod, as are the red bin and blankies.

 Bubbles the Kitty is from BlaBla Kids!

Heart pillow is from Hip Friday Etsy Shoppe!

The magazine on the bottom is mine - Origin Magazine (absolutely recommend)

Little one just loves to read and be snuggly!

Don't have the Land of Nod book racks?  No worries!  Those old fashioned milk crates are super stylish!  Use two and two to create a cube or just a line of them, then add your pillows and books!  The most important thing is to have fun and create a place where your little one is inspired to read and enjoy books (or just relax).



If you follow little island studios on Instagram (and why wouldn't you?) you already know I am a huge fan of The Land of Nod, but I do not work for them, nor do I get any sort of affiliate fees.   These are my purchases and what I like for my kids (and me).  Yes, I would decorate my house in Land of Nod even if I didn't have children!  I work with Nosy Crow books to find great books that moms would like.  This post is not sponsored by anyone.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Netflix Now Streaming: Puss in Boots, Yoga Kitty & Other Pet Fun! #StreamTeam #spon

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Introducing the world's greatest feline fighter, whose swashbuckling adventure-comedy series, The Adventures of Puss in Boots, comes to Netflix on Jan. 16.

Introducing Netflix's new adventure-comedy series, The Adventures of Puss in Boots - now streaming!

My daughter's cat needs his own TV show - Yogi Kitty!  It should be all about rival yoga studios - Downward Dogs and Cat Posers...or something like that.



Charlotte's Web - Whether your pet is a dog, cat...or pig - it's all love.

Clifford's Puppy Days - you think your dog eats a lot!


Jumanji on Netflix is a bit more wild than you want your pets to be - loads of fun!

Mom and Dad this is for you - 
Friends - Ross' Monkey and Rachel's "cat" - Enough Said!



Hot Chocolate with Marsh-Meows - the perfect winter treat!

Puss in Boots Kitty Bank - so easy and fun!




I am happy to be a part of the Netflix's Stream Team!  Opinions are my own - I have been a subscriber long before social media and I do not make suggestions I wouldn't watch myself. Enjoy!  
Also to Netflix, should you pick-up my new series idea for Yoga Cats and Dogs....I expect full credit and some sort of residual. :) Namaste kitties!