Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Summer Strawberry-Berry Crumble!

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A crumble is about the easiest and most delicious dessert / brunch / snack you can make and we simply love them year around!  Berries are in season and is there any better way to welcome-in summer than to make a summer berry crumble and eat in the sunshine with your morning coffee?!  Right now we have the most amazing opportunity to stay at a horse farm in Lexington and I have to say - it is bliss.  Grab some freshly picked berries or even frozen berries (no worries, they were picked in season) and some amazing butter and get to work!



Ingredients - 

Berries - Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries and even some Raspberries - fresh or frozen
Butter - 6 oz we use grassfed butter (please choose a quality organic and/or grass fed butter)
Oats 1 1/2 cups - we use Irish Oats or Bobs Red Mill Organic Oats
Ceylon Cinnamon - 2 teas (or more)
Cardamon - 1 teas
Baking Powder - Non-GMO and no aluminum - 1 teas
Flour 1 cup - we use oat flour (it's gluten free)
4 tablespoons Muscavodo Sugar
1 tablespoon Maple Syrup
Maple Sugar - just enough to lightly sprinkle on top of strawberries

Bake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Take a 10 iron skillet and pour 2 cups of strawberries on the bottom.  
The strawberries - berries should cover the entire bottom.  
Lightly sprinkle a bit of maple sugar on top of the strawberries.

Mix your spices, butter, oats and flour together and sprinkle entire batch of batter on top.

Bake for 20-30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Enjoy hot or cold with coffee or milk.

Happy Summer! 


My Notes:

Ingredients matter.  I use organic strawberries whether they are fresh or frozen.
I use grass fed and/or organic butter - like Kerrygold
Yes, I'm obsessed with Staub pans - the colors make me happy (and yes, they cook like a dream)

Head to the farmers market every time you can and talk to the farmers, tell them thank you for all they do!

Happy, happy summer, lovelies!  






Friday, June 10, 2016

LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Comes To Disney XD! #LegoFreemaker

This is happily sponsored by Disney and LEGO!


Premieres Monday, June 20 at 10:00 a.m., ET/PT on Disney XD!



Introducing new heroes and villains to the LEGO Star Wars universe, the animated television series "LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures" will premiere MONDAY, JUNE 20(10:00 a.m. EDT), on Disney XD. Set between the events of "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi," the action comedy series follows the Freemakers, a family of sibling scavengers who operate a salvage and repair shop in space. The series will also feature familiar characters and locations from the filmed Star Wars saga.


Fans will get a sneak peek at the series during a special live-stream "LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Battle of the Bricks" event tomorrowSaturday, June 11 (8:00 p.m. EDT). Presented by Disney XD YouTube stars and LEGO enthusiasts will gather in teams to determine the galaxy’s BRICK BUILDING CHAMPION. Instagram celebrity, Zach King will host, and a panel of LEGO Master Builders will judge the showdown.



We are pleased to partner with Lego and Disney to bring you information on upcoming awesomeness! Opinions are my own! My the force be with you! 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Stonyfield & prAna Summer Cravings - Style & Eats! #SummerCravings #spon


Last season we had such a blast partnering with Stonyfield and prAna for women's style and mens,  we thought we'd do it again!  


Summer season comes with it's own cravings - frosty treats, breezy dresses and cool and light refreshing eats and prAna and Stonyfield have got us covered!  This summer we are satisfying our summer cravings with refreshing grassfed yogurt fruit bowls and with prAna's go-to Quinn dress that is simply perfect for everything summer throws at you
!  

If you follow me on Instagram you already know I wear prAna and I buy Stonyfield Organic Yogurts (and frozen chocolate ice pops - oh my!) whether it is sponsored or not.  Yes, I have high standards when it comes to food, but these days you simply must.  Buying grass fed organic yogurt is what I choose for my family. And seeking out recycled, organic, hemp and fair trade clothing makes a statement that ethical style matters. Farmers matter.    The Quinn dress is the quintessential perfect summer dress - it's gorgeous, stays dry, goes from the beach to dinner out with friends!  I have it in black and white and purple - which my daughter likes to keep in her closet. *sigh* 

The bright coloring is part of bluesign®  - wear the bright colors you love without fear of polluting the air and water with harsh chemicals. Since 2012, prAna has partnered with bluesign® systems to ensure that the fabrics we use meet the highest environmental and human safety standards.  


The Belladonna Dress on the left couldn't fit me more perfectly - also highly recommend! 

Our 5 Top Summer Cravings

Fresh organically grown, fair trade berries
The perfect summer dress - the Quinn Dress (you knew I was getting to that)
Perfectly Painted Piggies 
The brightest happiest beach blanket and tote (yes, I know that's two ;)
And a refreshing grassfed organic yogurt bowl (yep, Stonyfield yogurt)
THIS Fresh Fruit Bowl!'

I start with bowls of plain Stonyfield 100% grassfed organic yogurt 
I top first with Q'ia (it's a technically a breakfast cereal but, full of seeds that are delicious)
Dried White Mulberries (from Navitas Naturals)
Now top with what's in season - strawberries, cherries, pineapple, coconut - anything and everything!

It is the happiest summer treat!

Summer Travel Must-Haves - prAna Belladonna Dress in Charcoal - 
posted on Instagram - items are not sponsored!)

This is the prAna Gemma Sweater - which is really a spectacular beach cover-up!



Right now prAna is offering all Little Island Studios readers a 15% discount for women and mens and prAna has free shipping over $99!  
Now through July 7th!
Use code SCS16NIBR when placing your order.

We have a spectacular giveaway - Stonyfield Grassfed Vouchers to make your own summer fruit bowl and a prAna clothing item of your choice!  

Giveaway is open to US only, please and prize is shipped via Stonyfield and prAna, LIS is not responsible for shipping, what fits or if you don't want to make a fruit bowl and simply eat the grassfed yogurt out of the container.  Totally your thing.


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Yes, yes, yessss, I am happily a Stonyfield blogger and this is a paid post and I am a prAna influencer.  Opinions are my own and I buy Stonyfield organic foods and prAna clothing, bags and whatever else they'll sell me whether sponsored or not. (if my husband happens to ask, the clothing in all of the pictures was sponsored...I *ahem* did not purchase myself  and am now broke :D *crying laughing*)

Men's Summer Style and Eats Giveaway! #SummerCravings #spon

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What is your summer style?  What do you simply crave in the summer?  A stylish mate for picnics at the park or a summer dinner at the beach?  No, I'm not offering a dating service, but rather to plant a seed about prAna's recycled, organic, fair trade and hemp options for men's style!  I'm slightly obsessed with their clothing - washes and holds up well and fits like a dream! And that's all a girl wants sometimes - a dreamy date!  Ethical fashion is always in style.  We must have all the fresh organic and fair trade berries, a spectacular grass fed yogurt fruit bowl and a go-to go-everywhere summer outfit! 


The seaside breakfast crew!  This prAna corduroy jacket is one of my most favorite things he wears!


Please check out prAna on sustainability and the materials they use!  prAna is where I go to first when choosing ethical fashion.


This is prAna's travel Bhakti Weekender bags - soft weekend luggage I recommend.  (the fluffy vest is yes, prAna too and is completely dreamy - I think I shop their sales too much?)


Sometimes I pretend to buy things for my husband and then I commandeer them.  I'm not sure he has caught on yet?  I am thinking I ...he needs a surfboard!

prAna's stance on their organic cotton! Woot! 


We are so pleased to offer a giveaway with Stonyfield Organic Grassfed Yogurts!

Please enter at our Summer Cravings post and also grab ideas for your next summer snack for Women's Quinn prAna dress and Stonyfield Grass Fed YogurtHERE!


We have a pair of prAna Men's Bridger Organic Jeans for men and Stonyfield Grass Fed Organic Yogurt!  

Giveaway is open to US only.  Prizes are shipped via companies participating.  LIS is not responsible for shipping, wear or what kind of fruit bowl you eat!  None of our business.

Enter this giveaway and then head over to Summer Cravings for Women and enter that Stonyfield and prAna giveaway, as well!  You're welcome! 


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We have partnered with Stonyfield and prAna! I am SO happy to be a Stonyfield Blogger and a prAna insider!  Opinions are my own! (and the pictures above are mine and the items are purchased by me!)

Monday, June 6, 2016

Zootopia Blu-Ray, Activity Sheets & Movie Morning Fun!


We are so pleased to partner with Disney Blu-Ray - Zootopia! 

We hadn't seen Disney's Zootopia in the theaters, so we had no idea how much fun it is!  Let me start by saying, I want to move to the Rainforest District - one of twelve ecosystems in Zootopia - they are all absolutely incredible (my second choice is the tundra).  The Disney animators have outdone themselves with Zootopia - the details, color and characters, make this one of my favorite Disney movies.  Our whole family loved it!  (see below)

Zootopia on Disney Blu-Ray and Disney Movies Anywhere are available June 7th!

Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman are perfectly cast in this Disney animal mystery adventure!  There are a couple parts with bullying that may be a bit too much for little ones.   Our whole family watched and had wonderful things to say and my teen daughter said she loved it too! Teen approved.  No higher praise, if you ask me! :D

Zootopia Movie Morning! (just as much fun as movie night!)


 

Print some free printable to go along with Zootopia fun!



Check out all of the hidden Mickeys in the movie!

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ (WDAS) comedy-adventure, “Zootopia” has broken records worldwide earning more than $900 million at the global box office to date. The best reviewed movie of 2016, critics and audiences around the world have fallen in love with the wonderfully innovative animal metropolis of “Zootopia” and the comedic chemistry of rookie rabbit officer Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) and scam-artist fox Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman).  It’s been called one of the best buddy cop comedies in years!  Thankfully, there’s more—much more.


  • Zoology: The Roundtables – Ginnifer Goodwin hosts an in-depth look at the movie’s characters, animation, environments and more. The artists at Disney Animation give a rare and in-depth look at the complexities of bringing an all-animal world to life from the ground-breaking technology behind the characters’ fur and clothing to the varied and vast environments of Tundratown, Sahara Square and the Rainforest District as well as the deep thought and research given to bringing 64 unique animal species to life through animation.
Yes, we partnered with Disney~!  Opinions are our own! (loved it!)

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

5 Rules For Parenting Etiquette At The Zoo!

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I having recently traveled to the Smithsonian Zoo in DC and the Dallas Zoo and I am just astounded at the amount of parents not watching their children.  Moms and dads pulling their kids from one animal to the next and while the kids are watching (or yelling and tapping on the glass)the parents are scrolling through their phone.  It's an epidemic of neglectful parenting.  I get it, you're busy.  I'm busy.  We're all "busy" but when did our children come second?  Last week Harambe,  an endangered lowland gorilla, lost his life because someone was not watching their child.  The child intruded in a gorilla habitat, that I have no doubt took some time and fell in.  The gorilla (who hate moats) went in protective mode and tried to keep the child safe from the screaming people.  As a result the gorilla was shot and killed.

So impressed with the Gorilla Habitat at the Dallas Zoo and with the knowledge and compassion of the zoo keepers there.  The Dallas Zoo works with the Dian Fossey Foundation.



When taking your kiddos to the zoo this summer - 

1.  Get Off The Phone  -  This does not need explanation.  You're with your kids for a family day.  Be present, show them they are worth your time and more important than your phone!  They notice.

2.  Show respect -  The animals are already in captivity, they do not have the luxury of being in the wild and living as nature intended.  Show respect. 

3.  Educate Yourself -   Learn about them and share with your children a love of animals so they will in-turn show respect and nuture a love of nature.   There is information on the natural habitat of each animal outside the exhibits. Read. Learn. Share.  Ask questions. Check out the daily attractions and seek out zoo keeper's talks and animal feedings.  

4.  Be Quiet -  I cannot understand why on earth parents let their children (and sometimes the parents) tap on the glass, yelling and making loud noises.  Why?  Would you appreciate someone treating you in that manner in your own home?   It's rude and extremely stressful on the animals and quite frankly to other people that do have manners visiting the same exhibit.  

5.  GET OFF THE PHONE!  Yes, that was already covered, but it needs to be repeated. 

Take a picture with your phone. Sure, I do it too.  But then turn it OFF.  Post your pictures after the visit when you get home.  




I am in complete agreement with Jeff Corwin - Zoos are NOT your babysitters!  


Your child, your responsibility.


I have always had a deep connection and love for gorillas that I cannot explain.  I hear people say their closest to humans but I that is simply not true.  That would be chimpanzees.  Chimpanzees can be violent, go to war over territories and they eat meat and kill other chimpanzees.  We could learn a lot from the gorillas who are gentle, kind, protective, vegetarian and do not go to war with each other.  



Before you leave a comment on how the women was watching other children and it wasn't her fault.   I understand and I normally will take a moms side over anything.  It's a hard job and my little one to be quite honest is equal to watching three kids. (those who know me...are laughing in agreement). In this case though? No.  If you need help and have too many to watch, get a friend to go with you.  


Zoos are not babysitters. Be the parent.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Weekend Vibes

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Happy weekend, lovelies!  

Plants and color make me happy.  Plants clean the air and bring such warmth and happiness to your space.  Color and plants - more than anything else!


Enjoy!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Dandelions & Spice Jars!

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Summer brings the simplest pleasures.  Bring in the beautiful healing dandelions and put them in an empty spice jar to bring summer inside.  Bright yellow dandelions can brighten the rainiest of summer afternoons.  Changing how we see them can change our mood, health and how we see our lawns.  Where we got the idea of competing with our neighbors for the greenest lawns, I'll never know.  These days lawns are so toxic, they are not safe for our children to play on.  So what is the point?  Having healthy organic lawns or even better yet - grow food, not lawns.  We are changing the world around us and changing our children's healthy futures.



There is no need to buy a vase or plastic cup.  Save your empty spice jars and bring the color inside for happy afternoons!  Or simply make tea out of them.

For more on the healthy benefits of dandelions - we like Organic Facts and
 The Almighty Dandelions - Reasons To Pick & EAT Them! 


SAVE THE DANDELIONS! 

and 

SAVE THE BEES!


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse - Mickey's Sport-Y-Thon On DVD! #DisneyJunior

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Today's post is sponsored by Disney Junior! 

We absolutely love Disney Junior's Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and new DVD, Mickey's Sport-Y-Thon does not disappoint!  To be honest we have not seen an episode or Mickey Mouse Clubhouse DVD that we have not been extremely happy with!   Mickey's Spot-Y-Thon has all our favorite characters in new adventures and comes complete with a golden medal inside!  

And moms, Mickey's Clubhouse videos are outstanding on family road trips!


Put on your sneakers and get ready for the greatest sporting event ever! Join referee Goofy, along with Mickey and all of his Clubhouse Pals, as they compete in the first-ever Sport-Y-Thon, an action-filled sports tournament. Share the excitement – and a sky-high view of the action – as sportscasters Pete and Donald Duck broadcast live from above in the Sport-Y-Thon Blimp! Who will earn a prized Golden Mickey Medal? Help our heroes discover that with teamwork and good sportsmanship, everybody wins! Jam-packed with over two hours of song-filled episodes, Mickey’s Sport-Y-Thon will have you calling for an instant replay!

 Download Mickey's Sport-Y-Thon Activities

                               New Episodes:    Mickey’s Sport-Y-Thon
              Mickey’s Mousekeball
          Donald’s Brand New Clubhouse
       Mickey’s Mousekedoer Adventure
                     Mickey’s Mystery!
        Mickey’s Happy Mousekeday

Join everyone’s favorite Mickey Mouse and his friends on their adventures through a huge sporting event in Disney Junior’s hit series Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Sport-y-thon on DVD May 24th! It includes 6 episodes for over 2 hours of classic Disney characters competing in an action packed sports tournament learning about teamwork and strengthening their friendships! Plus get a FREE Exclusive Golden Mickey Medal. Everyone wins!


As always we are pleased to partner with Disney Junior to bring moms fun products and movies for their family! Opinions are our own.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Pimm's Cup For Summer Happiness!

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If you follow me on Instagram, you know that a Pimm's Cup is wildly refreshing and perhaps my new obsession.  There are countless recipes and slight variations and while I'm sure that they're all good...this one is supremely superior, my opinion!   Really though, Pimm's and Beefeater Gin are so very tasty, you really can't go wrong! 

Happy Summer, Indeed!

This is for one drink, but you're going to simply need more.  So double or triple up!

Ingredients - 

Pimms  (if perhaps you have not had before....you're welcome)
Gin - good quality - we use Beefeater Gin

Lemon - Lime Soda - we used Honest Tea brand (it's organic)

Orange (I always buy organic)
Lime
Strawberry
Parisian cucumber
Mint leaves 

Ice

Take a shaker or just a large glass and fill with ice.  Add in 1 1/2 oz of Pimms and 
1/2 of Beefeater's Gin.

Take your 10-12 oz serving glass add ice to it.  
Add in one slice of cucumber - I like to slice lengthwise.
Slice your orange - squeeze one slice over ice (in serving cup) & leave in
Same with your lime - 2 slices

Take your shaker glass with the Pimm's and Gin and pour into your serving glass. Making sure that you have a drink strainer on the top to strain out the ice.

Pour into your serving cup.
Add in around 4-5 oz of lemon-lime soda
Squeeze remaining orange and lime slices on top.
Top with strawberry and mint leaf and if desired (we desired), another orange slice.

Add pretty straw and enjoy, drink and repeat!

If you let the strawberry sit in the gin...oh my! Best strawberry ever!


Additional - you can muddle your cucumber slice and mint leaf, if desired.

Honestly, they're so delicious we just loved ours like this.

I shall not discuss just how many I enjoyed this weekend....


My Notes:

Instead of watching a tennis match whilst drinking these Pimm's Cups, you could just stream Wimbledon movie online.  It's kinda the same.

Is it wrong I see this as healthy - drinkie style?!

Just kidding, but seriously, I always use organic fruits and veggies.

The same with soda, I rarely drink soda but, the Honest Lemon-Lime soda was outstanding in this drink and I've already picked more up. ...not that I drink all mine or anything! ;)

Happy weekend, lovelies!