Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Organic India Tea - Organic & Biodynamic Farming In A Tea Cup! #spon

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Today's post is sponsored by Organic India and Moms Meet! Yay!

If you follow little island studios on Instagram you already know we are huge fans of Organic India tea!  We usually drink their Tulsi tea, but lately we have been drinking Red Mango,  Raspberry Peach and Peppermint teas, which is absolutely holiday perfection!  What we eat and drink matters.  I want my tea sans synthetic toxic chemicals and tea that has been harvested sustainably.  Farmers matter - how we treat them, how our food is grow.  Organic India uses organic and biodynamic practices.  Biodynamic farming is above even organic farming.   In a perfect world all food would be biodynamic and should be!   I refuse to drink tea that is not organic.  I simply respect farmers and my own health.  I do not want the first time the pesticides are rinsed off, to be the first time in my cup!  Again, eat like it matters and drink up!

When my husband travels my daughter and I have movie nights and my favorite for nighttime is Organic India loose leaf Lemon Ginger Tea - so very delicious and lemon and ginger is PH balancing and good for inflammation.  

For more than 5000 years Tulsi (also known as Holy Basil) has been considered India's "Queen of Herbs" and has been revered as one of the most sacred herbs in India, infused with healing power. Hindus view Tulsi (also spelled Tulasi or Thulasi) as a goddess in the form of a plant bestowed with great spiritual and healing powers. According to legend, no amount of gold could outweigh Krishna's power, but a single Tulsi leaf placed on the pan in loving devotion tilted that scale. In India today, Tulsi is still traditionally grown in an earthenware pot in every family home or garden, and the leaves are used to make a delicious and refreshing tea that possesses wonderful health benefits.
 - Organic India USA
This is a sponsored post with Organic India and Moms Meet.  Opinions are my own. Yes, I buy and recommend Organic India tea, supplements and ghee on a regular basis!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Autumn Apple Berry Crumble!

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Oh my, I absolutely love autumn!  I have been making these crumbles several times a week!  Crumbles are perfect for breakfast, company and just plain after-school fun!  Crumbles are super easy and you can use the fruit you have, never be afraid to mix it up.  I used a mix of apples and frozen blackberries for this and it's truly amazing!  As always, ingredients matter!  I use organic ingredients, fruits, grass fed butter, non-irradiated spices and always, Non-GMO ingredients.  

If desired you may warm up your peeled apple slices in your cinnamon before placing in your pie pan!
When I'm in a hurry, I do not heat.


Apples or Pears - around 4
Blackberries, raspberries or a mix of your favorites - 10 oz (frozen is fine & probably easier)

Grass Fed / Organic Butter - 6 oz (plus a bit more for bottom of pan)
Ceylon Cinnamon - 3 heaping teas
Nutmeg - 2 teas
Coconut oil - 2 heaping tablespoons

1 1/2 cups of oat flour - gluten free & delicious
1 3/4 cups of oats - I use veganic oats
1/2 cup of brown sugar 

Pull butter out of fridge 20 minutes before you start.
Mix flour, spices, coconut oil, butter and sugar into bowl - adding the oats last.

Slice & peel your apples (or pears) and place slices on bottom of buttered pie pan
Add 10 oz of frozen blackberries (or your berry mix)

Sprinkle the crumble mix on top.

Baking at 350 for about 15 minutes or until hot throughout.

Enjoy with coffee, frozen vanilla yogurt, regular yogurt or by itself and may I say - absolutely perfect for breakfast! 

Kids love crumbles!

Crumbles do not last long at my house!

My Notes:

I use Frontier Spices, they are non-irradiated and no nasties.
To Your Health makes amazing sprouted oat flour 

This is not a sponsored post.  These are ingredients I buy weekly!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Noosa Particularly Petite Pumpkin Puffs! #NoosaFresh #spon

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We are so pleased to pair with Noosa Yoghurt for today's post - Enjoy!

I completely love everything about the autumn season - chilly weather, scarves, falling leaves, and everything pumpkin, cranberry, spices and all that's nice!  I was at the market not long ago and caught a glimpse of noosa yoghurt's pumpkin flavor.  …um, yes please!  I had previously looked into the company and their standards (if you read often or follow me on Instagram, you know I have extremely choosy food standards! ) and had deemed them to be spectacular!  I bought all eight  a few flavors and upon seeing me try the noosa pumpkin yogurt, my teen daughter asked was it good?  She's a bit sensitive to honey, one of the few ingredients in noosa, so she hadn't had any - I laughed out loud and she knew - yes, it's that good!  She took over my pumpkin container mentioning that her sensitivity to honey, isn't that bad. 

Did you know noosa has a whopping fourteen deliciously fresh flavors to choose from?  Flavors including honey, blueberry, mango, vanilla, raspberry, strawberry rhubarb, peach, passion fruit, lemon, tart cherry, plain, coconut, pineapple, pumpkin and new fall flavor, cranberry apple.   Since the pumpkin shopping trip, I have tried them all.  May I say they are all absolutely delicious!  If you are only going to try a few - may I suggest my most favorites (was so hard to choose though) - lemon, coconut, vanilla, cranberry apple, pumpkin (of course) and the strawberry rhubarb!  You're welcome.

I was out of pumpkins and canned pumpkin, so I tried noosa instead and made the fluffiest pumpkin mini muffins which we shall call - particularly petite pumpkin puffs!  Why?  It's just fun to say.


1 1/2 cups of sprouted oat flour
1/2 cup of organic soy flour (soy is a huge GMO crop, so make yours organic)
2 teas of baking powder (I use Rumford with no aluminum)
1/2 cup of coconut sugar 
2 eggs - medium pasture raised
3 heaping teaspoons of Ceylon Cinnamon
3 teas of nutmeg or pumpkin spice
2 heaping tablespoons of coconut oil (unrefined)
5 oz of grass fed butter
1 cup of noosa pumpkin yogurt  (the vanilla yoghurt works wonderfully, as well)
1/2 cup of whole milk (grass fed)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Line your mini muffin pan with unbleached papers.

Mix your eggs, sugar, spices, coconut oil and butter until mixed well. 
Sift your flours and baking powder into separate bowl.
Pour sifted flour mix into wet bowl.
Mix just until blended.
Add in noosa yoghurt.
Add in whole milk.
Mix just until blended.
If batter is too thick you may add a touch more of milk.

Using a cookie scoop, drop spoonfuls until the muffin cups - about 3/4 full.
Bake about 10 minutes or until a pick comes out clean.

Cool on wire rack.

Enjoy for breakfast, snacks or in a lunch box! 

 Add a dollop of fresh noosa yoghurt on top for extra treat! 

Whatever flavor you choose, noosa is fabulous right out of the container.  In addition a dollop on freshly made waffles, pancakes or crepes is completely amazing!  You'll love it more than whipped cream.  Again, you're welcome.

noosa yoghurt is made on-site in Bellvue, Colorado and the company sources milk locally in Colorado from family farms located within an hour of Bellvue. The yoghurt is infused with a touch of clover alfalfa honey, and this is one of its unique attributes. noosa has a comprehensive site and you can read more about the brand and the ingredients, sources and practices they use at:     http://www.noosayoghurt.com/

Get your coupon HERE

 Today's post is sponsored by noosa and Social Moms.  Opinions are my own! (get the pumpkin!)

Friday, September 18, 2015

Our Favorite Autumn Picks To Watch Now! #StreamTeam

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Today's post is sponsored by Netflix - we are SO happy to be a part of the StreamTeam!

I'm completely in love with autumn! Everything about the autumn season makes me happy (happier) - cool weather, scarves, boots, pumpkin everything, baking, cooking chili and our favorite autumn movies and TV shows that I've deemed "autumn" TV!   There are some basic autumn and Halloween movies like Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings that are classic favorites, but here are some of our most favorite TV and movies - old and new!

Once Upon A Time is absolutely fun for teens and parents and we save them up for the fall season!  They are all on Netflix right now!  We're still on early season three…so don't spoil!

Star Dust features Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert DeNiro and is family movie night suitable and I assure you - you're whole family will love it!  Okay, probably not suitable for the wee little ones, but everyone else will!

Curious George Boo Fest - this is one of our favorite Curious George movies! I highly recommend for all ages for Halloween and autumn fun!  We've already watched it here!

Gilmore Girls - Yes!  My daughter and I have special movie nights when my husband travels.  We have tea, a snack and starting mid-September, we start the Gilmore Girls season 1!  It's one of our many girly traditions and we absolutely look forward to it!

Reign - a fairly new series, Reign, has my daughter and I enthralled with the characters, the strong Mary, Queen of Scots, the modern music and all-around fabulously done TV series!  Season two  is available on October 2nd and this is a must see for teens and up!  (Season one is already available, so start watching now!)

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh - It's a blustery day out there and Winnie the Pooh is the perfect rainy autumn afternoon movie for little ones!  And yes, I still absolutely love it!

Planet Earth - this is not a "autumn" movie, but Planet Earth by the BBC is incredibly filmed and we think this is a back to school autumn favorite!  Year-round!

We are absolutely thrilled to be a part of the Netflix StreamTeam and movie picks (and opinions) are mine and my family's favorites!  Happy watching!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Disney’s Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey's Monster Musical On DVD! #DisneyJunior #spon

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Today's post is sponsored by Disney Junior!

We absolutely love all of the Disney Junior Micky Mouse Clubhouse DVDs!  However, Mickey's Monster Musical is not to be missed and is now our new favorite Mickey Mouse Clubhouse DVD!  Monster Musical is SO much fun and holiday perfect!  The DVD also includes Mickey's Pirate Adventure with voice guest Dick Van Dyke!  Mickey's Farm Fun Fair and Bonus - Minnie's Bow Toons: Tricky Treats - all fantastic fun for kids of all ages!  (and moms) 

Arriving just in time For Halloween we have Disney’s Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey's Monster Musical on DVD September 8th! Put on your favorite Halloween costume and get set for a spooktacular full-length adventure. Then, enjoy two more exciting episodes as you search for pirate treasure with Captain Mickey and don your dungarees for delightful fun down on the farm. The DVD includes nearly 2-hours of adventure plus an Exclusive Trick-Or-Treat Mini Tote!

DVD is approx. 115 minutes

This is a sponsored post with Disney Junior.  Opinions are my own.  Yes, completely recommend this DVD!!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Sunshine & Wild Blueberry Coconut Spread!

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This yummy Blueberry Coconut Spread is being featured on Cuisinart - check it out!

As the weather changes brunch outside is even better - breezy breakfasts are absolutely amazing!  This wild blueberry coconut spread is originally posted on Cuisinart!  Enjoy!

Pears and different breads and blueberry coconut spread are perfect breakfast mates!

Ingredients - 

Wild Blueberries - 1 1/2 cups
Cream Cheese - 8oz
Coconut Oil - 1 heaping tablespoon of unrefined oil (plus a bit more if needed)
Manuka Honey - 3 teas 
Korintje Cinnamon - 3 heaping teas 
Nutmeg - just a dash
Mascobado Cane Sugar - 1 heaping teas
Coconut - Raw Organic Shredded Macaroon Cut Coconut (very finely shredded & zero additives)

Place your cream cheese and coconut oil in the food processor and turn to low.  When well blended add in your blueberries and keep to low.  Add in spices, honey, sugar and coconut and turn the food processor to high.  Blend well.  Taste and add more cinnamon and / or oil to taste.  I am a huge cinnamon fan, so mine always has extra!

My Notes:

As with absolutely everything I use - organic, Non-GMO and preferably fair trade.  Food Matters.

You vote every time you buy something.  Make your votes count!  Support organic farmers!

Wild Blueberries are small and I buy them frozen. (although occasionally you can find them in season and pick your own).  Wild blueberries are extremely low in pesticides (if any?) and are not GMO!
I buy weekly.

This recipe is being published on Cuisinart's blog - Yay - where I am their new brand ambassador!  The eight cup food processor works spectacularly and super easy to clean.  (I am a slob).   I buy Cuisinart (you've seen my coffee maker and grinder, if you follow on Instagram ;) sponsored or not.  I never recommend what I do not already buy and support.  Opinions are always my own.

Bon Appétit!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Books, Back-To-School & Barnes & Noble Mastercard! #BNschoolsavings #spon

Today's post is sponsored by the Barnes and Noble MasterCard!

Barnes and Noble is a huge part of our daily learning and weekly family trips - always has been.  As the kids get older and moms get busier, I cannot tell you how much I appreciate easy online shopping experiences!  Seriously.  Please understand, I much prefer to stop by Barnes and Noble, grab a coffee and pick up my most favorite magazines that are not available anywhere else. 

Lately though, that seems like a luxury that is just not happening at the moment.  For back to school and our in-house learning I look forward to using the Barnes & Noble Mastercard.   I save money, time and spend my driving time with little one, who is needing extra attention lately with all of the changing of schedules.  A mom must have priorities!  The Barnes & Noble Mastercard is of course, for cafe, NOOK, music, movies, games, bargain books and everything else found at Barnes & Noble!  Yay!

  • Barnes & Noble MasterCard is the best credit card for parents and college students purchasing textbooks, books, and supplies during the back-to-school season and beyond
  • Get 5% back when you use your Barnes & Noble MasterCard to buy school supplies and textbooks at any Barnes & Noble store or at BN.com
    • This also applies at campus Barnes & Noble bookstores
    • 5% at back-to-school time can really add up
      • Average cost for books and supplies last year was $1,225 at public colleges and $1,244 at private colleges*. Using the Barnes & Noble MasterCard for those purchases at campus Barnes & Noble bookstores or at BN.com could give you an immediate $60 savings.
  • Receive a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card after your first purchase with the card
  • Receive an additional $25 Barnes & Noble gift card every time you reach 2,500 points
  • No annual fee for the Barnes & Noble MasterCard
    Make kid's books accessible and visible at all times to encourage reading!

What are some of your favorite picture books for kids?

Workbooks, Eye Wonder Books, First Readers and Wordcards are just a few of our go-to learning supplies from Barnes and Noble over-the-years!  

I have so many books for kids and learning purposes, they add through the years and are constant resources for our entire family! (and the neighbor's kids)

Yes, this is a sponsored post.  Any my opinions of Barnes and Noble being a must-stop-shop for back to school…and year-round educational and pleasurable places is my own!  We love Barnes and Noble and completely appreciate the Barnes & Noble Mastercard credit card with no annual fee and money back! 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Win Blu-Ray Set of The Vampire Diaries Or The Originals! #TVD #spon

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We are so pleased this post is sponsored by WB and TVD.

The Vampire Diaries continues its sixth season with more delicious drama to sink your teeth into. In season five, after a passionate summer with Damon, Elena headed to Whitmore College with Caroline, not knowing Bonnie sacrificed her life for Jeremy’s. Meanwhile, Stefan and Caroline’s friendship deepened as they stood up to the Travelers, a nomadic witch tribe driven to strip Mystic Falls of magic and cast out its supernatural residents. In the shocking season finale, Damon, fearing he would lose his loved ones on the crumbling Other Side, made a huge sacrifice to bring them all back — with catastrophic and heartbreaking results. Season six follows the characters’ journey back to each other as they explore the duality of good versus evil inside themselves. Matt Davis reprises his role as Alaric Saltzman, recently returned from The Other Side. Plus, the season will make you misty-eyed as the departure of a major character will turn lives upside down and leave us asking what happened to Mystic Falls.

Contains All 22 Episodes From The Sixth Season Plus Two Featurettes, An Audio Commentary, The 2014 Comic-Con Panel, Deleted Scenes, And A Gag Reel 
The Vampire Diaries on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thevampirediaries
The Vampire Diaries on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cwtvd

The Originals - As Original vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus Mikaelson returned to the vibrant, supernaturally charged city of New Orleans in season one, he was stunned to learn — along with his siblings Elijah and Rebekah — that Hayley, a werewolf, was pregnant with his child, and his vampire protégé, Marcel, whom the Original siblings had thought long dead, was ruling the French Quarter. Soon, a bloody war escalated between vampires and witches — the stakes raised by powerful teenage witch Davina and by Klaus’s bond with Cami, a student with a painful past — and a ruthless pack of wolves seized the opportunity to stage a violent coup. Now, in season two, a new status quo must be adjusted to, as the newly empowered werewolves control the city. Klaus struggles with weaknesses as Elijah desperately tries to save Hayley — now a hybrid — from a vicious spiral of self-destruction. Meanwhile, with the re-emergence of several Mikaelsons, “family is power” takes on new meaning.

Own The Originals The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD September 1, 2015
Contains All 22 Episodes From The Second Season Plus Never-Before-Seen Featurettes And Much More!
The Originals on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cworiginals
Ask The Originals on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cworiginals

Have a Bloody Vampire Diaries party! 

Please note this giveaway is for only ONE set.  I do not choose, it's random. We have either The Vampire Diaries The Complete Sixth Season OR The Originals The Complete Second Season (CHOSEN AT RANDOM) – to award to a lucky reader!  US & Canada only for this giveaway.  We are not responsible for shipping or use.  Prize is shipped via company.

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This is sponsored by The Vampire Diaries. Opinions are my own.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Disney Junior's Miles from Tomorrowland On DVD! #DisneyJunior #spon

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

Now on DVD, Disney Junior's Miles From Tomorrowland - Let's Rocket is fun adventure for the whole family.  Ok, perhaps not the teens, but we absolutely love this show and putting Miles From Tomorrowland on DVD - makes me happy we don't have to wait for specific times! Yay!  The DVD is approximately 121 minutes long and has some of our favorite episodes on it - Runaway Shuttle/Surfin' The Whirlpool," "Ocean In Motion/Explorer Exchange," "Game On/How I Saved My Summer Vacation," "Who Stole The Stellosphere/Rock N' Roll," "To The Goldilocks Zone/Hiccup In the Plan!~ 

Disney Junior's "Miles from Tomorrowland" is an intergalactic adventure that charts the outer space missions of young adventurer Miles Callisto and his family – mom and ship captain, Phoebe; mechanical engineer dad, Leo; tech-savvy big sister, Loretta; and best friend robo-ostrich pet, Merc – as they help connect the galaxy on behalf of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority. Miles, Merc and the Callisto family explore wondrous and diverse new worlds, taking young viewers and their families on a futuristic journey designed to fuel kids' natural interest in space, and at the same time reminding them of the importance of what lies close to home – the family bond.

Join Miles, his family and his best friend and pet Merc on a super-galactic adventure!  This value-packed DVD includes the premiere episode plus 4 additional episodes, nearly two hours of fun! Plus FREE inside every DVD is an exclusive Clip-on Blastboard Flashlight that you can’t get anywhere else! Buy your little space explorer “Miles from Tomorrowland: Let’s Rocket” on Disney DVD on August 11th!

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

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Movie Night Nachos Bliss & Game of Thrones!

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Movie night is time for comfort snackie food, but that doesn't mean it has to be bad for you or be a guilty pleasure!  We enjoy these super cheeses and completely delicious nachos on a weekly basis - they are not to be missed!  Grab your family fun movie.  Or put the kids to bed and watch Game of Thrones…anyone else watch this?  I had never seen and started the first season.  Um…a bit obsessed with it and I do not normally watch things like that.  Let me know if you have seen it, but don't tell me what happens! 

Skip making dinner - these nachos are amazing on their own and add avocados, fresh heirloom tomatoes and who needs a "proper" dinner?!  Not me!


Obviously, go with what you have, but these are one of our favorite versions.

Torts - Tortillas chips are made of corn, so make yours are organic! 
Grass Fed Cheese - we buy Kerry Gold from Ireland
Hemp Seeds
Chia Seeds
Sunflower Seeds 
Sea Salt

Tomatoes - chopped


We made a sauce from Stonyfield Greek Yogurt, Salsa and Sir Kensingtons Chipotle Mayo!
1 cup of Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup of salsa
1 tbs of Chipotle Mayo

Taste and tweak!

Serve your nachos with iced tea or Kombacha! 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spread your torts in the pan.  Shred the cheese in your food processor.  (my Cuisinart takes all of twenty seconds! )  Layer the chips and the cheese so that no one goes with out the ooeey gooey cheese!  Add all of your toppings, tweaking to taste and preferences.  Bake for 5-8 minutes.  Watch closely - burnt cheese makes no one happy.

My Notes:

I buy organic food.  If you cannot find organic, look for the Project Verified Non-GMO label!
Nutiva Chia Seeds
Manitoba Hemp Seeds
Que Pasa Torts 
Simply Organic Spices
Stonyfield Organic Greek Yogurt
Sir Kensingtons Chipotle Mayo

And the cute heart napkins are from Susty Party!

Check out some of our movie selections from Netflix! 

Happy movie night to you and eat well!

This is not a sponsored post.  We are part of Netflix StreamTeam (so that is sponsored)