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!


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!





Friday, May 20, 2016

Very Berry Semolina Pudding!

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Now that my eating has changed to clean, organic and healthy eating, there is not much that I miss.  Every now and then though, I would love to have a bowl of Cream of Wheat.  You know the kind.  The instant packets with the brown sugar already in them (and goodness know what else).  As a kid, I would pour just enough water in the bowl to cover the mix.  I liked it that way...I made it myself and it was fun on Saturday mornings for cartoons.  Remember?

I don't eat that way anymore (thankfully) but it still sounds nice - once in a while.  I honestly had no idea what semolina porridge or semolina pudding was.  I didn't sound very appealing.   Semolina is a porridge-like pudding.  Whatever you chose to call it - let me assure you that this is nothing short of spectacular and this is the only pudding-porridge I know that you'll want for breakfast and dessert!  Seriously.  


Ingredients - 

Semolina Flour - 1 1/2 cup we use Bobs Red Mill
Sugar - 2/3 cup of your choice (see notes below)
Grassfed Butter -7 oz
Grassfed Whole Milk - 2 1/2 -  We use Organic Valley (non-homogenized)
Ceylon Cinnamon - 4 teas
Nutmeg - 2 teas 

Topping

Mix of organic fresh berries - raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries

Other amazing toppings include - walnuts (sauté in butter before adding)
Raisons
Boysenberries 
Mango chunks - fresh
Pecans ( sauté in grassfed butter first)

Absolutely amazing and so much better than anything that comes out of a packet.

Cook - 

Melt the butter in large saucepan and then add semolina flour for about ten minutes at medium heat. 
Stir often. The butter will darken the flour a bit. (that's good, you want golden brown)
While that is cooking - Combine milk, sugar and spices in your skillet or dutch oven to a boil. 
Stir often. 
Turn to low.
Add in the semolina / butter mixture.
Stir at low heat until smooth.
Turn off heat.
Add berries on top.
Serve.

Add a cup of coffee, close your eyes and enjoy the best semolina pudding / porridge ever!

You're welcome.


Cook to impress this weekend at brunch, summer dessert or Friday night movie munchies!
This is superb year 'round!

Bon Appetit! 

My Notes:

As always ingredients matters. 

 I use grass fed whole milk that is non-homogenized with cream on top!  Depending on where I am with my travels, I use Organic Valley or Kalona. 
I use Kerrygold Irish grassfed butter.  Organic Valley has a great organic butter, as well.
I use Simply Organic and Frontier Co-op Spices.  They are non-irradiated, organic, sourced ethically and the only spices I use.
Yes, I'm slightly obsessed with color and Staub cookware.  Do they have a 12-step program for that?
These are berries from Driscoll's - organic and fair trade

With sugar - try different kinds out.  I look for biodynamic sugar (biodynamic goes above and beyond organic standards).  Coconut sugar, Turbinado sugar, muscovado sugar (absolutely dreamy) - try new things!

Food Matters.
Farmers Matter.
Fresh Food Matters.

Eat Like It Matters, Lovelies!


And at Feed Feed! 



Thursday, May 19, 2016

Acure Organics Summer Fun Giveaway!

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Summer is upon us and as a mom, I have my go-to summer favorites!  I am a huge fan of Acure Organics and these are some of my most favorites.  Sunscreen with no nasties and non-nano, our favorite carry everywhere kids products, shave cream, dry coconut oil that is absolutely dreamy and more!


If you follow us on Instagram you already know that Acure Organics is our go-to beauty and skin care necessities.  Acure Organics has so graciously decided to let us giveaway a prize pack! 

Easy to enter follow @AcureOrganics (you'll love the posts - hilarious! ) 
AND @littleislandstudios on Instagram.

Extra:  Repost for extra entries using #LittleIslandSummer
Tag friends for extra entries.

This is not, in any way sponsored or affiliated with Instagram.

Giveaway is for US only, please.  Prize is shipped via company. 

We are not responsible for shipping, use or if your kids draw on your car with the sun stick.  ....not that my kiddo did it...I'm just sayin' - it could happen.


We are teaming up with Acure Organics. Opinions are my own.  (like I said, if you follow us on Instagram you already know that we buy and use Acure Organics weekly - sponsored or not!)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Simple Summer Tomatoes & Basil!

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Summer is coming!  And one of our simplest of summer treats is fresh tomatoes and basil.  That's it!
I am posting this to remind you that real food - fresh, organic and whole foods make the most amazing and simplest "fast food" there is!  In a country were grocery markets are ninety percent packaged and processed foods, I think we forget that the best food is real - unprocessed, freshly picked and ready to eat.  Our health and that of our country is depending on us remembering where we came from and where we originally bought our food from - farmers.
Whether you are buying from a farmers market or your local grocer - support organic, fair trade and non-GMO farmers every single time you can!  

Eat in season and eat well.


Ingredients - 

Tomatoes - I love simply love heirloom tomatoes from my local organic farmer, but when those are not ready.  I choose fair trade, organic tomatoes from Whole Foods Market (or when I'm in DC, I go to MOMS Organic Market...every single time!)

Fresh Organic Basil
Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
Olive Oil 

Slice, dice, mix, taste and tweak

That's it.  Your super simple summer treat is ready to eat!

Eat by itself as a refreshing lunch or top on your black beans and rice soup!


My Notes:

The gorgeous colorful kitchen towels are from Williams Sonoma (the plaid one is PBKids)
Colorful knives are from Kuhn Rikon (are you sensing a color theme?!)
I use Simply Organic Spices and Frontier Co-op Spices
Look for fair trade, organic and Non-GMO labels when shopping for foods.
Seek out your local organic farmer and become besties!
Basil is from Gotham Greens!

Eat well, lovelies.  Food Matters!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Beast Of Cretacea - Adventure Reading Must-Have!

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The Beast of Cretacea by Todd Strasser is without a doubt the best and most exciting teen book I have read in a long time!  Seriously.  I honestly, don't want to say too much and give away some of the story...which I totally will, if pressed.   Think a bit Star Trek and Moby Dick create the ultimate adventure!   My daughter is now reading and it's quite frankly hard to not say - "are you to this part" or "has this happened yet".  It's a bit hard for me to hold my tongue and wait until she is done - can not wait.


So yes, I highly recommend for ages 11 and up!  There is nothing too graphic that would be upsetting for younger.  Your kiddo, you decide.

The Beast of Cretacea is an epic sic-fi adventure that I fully expect to see in movie theaters as soon as  Hollywood gets wind of this.  

Put it this way - you'll want to read before or after your kids do!  

We have a hard cover copy to give away!  Enter to win, but read regardless - borrow a copy, rent a copy or just buy your own!  Happy reading!

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I happily work with Candlewick Press to find spectacular books that moms and kids will love!  Opinions are my own - completely love this book! 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The New Fairy Tale Classics - The Three Little Pigs & Cinderella!

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We are partnered with Candlewick and Nosy Crow publishing to find spectacular books for kids!


This is what the original stories should have been.  Can I say that?  The Three Little Pigs and Cinderella are re-imagined fairy tales with Ed Bryan's illustrations are fabulous fun!  The art alone is reason enough for me!  These are the classic stories you grew up with, but so much better.  The illustrations are happy, colorful and the verse make us laugh out loud!

So if you are looking to introduce your little ones to the fairy tale classics, may I suggest these.  Quite honestly the stories and illustrations I grew up with never worked for me.  The were always a bit scary and a bit...too much.  Nosy Crow's versions could not be more perfect and what I would do if I had remade them!
Enjoy! 


Our bedtime must haves - Sardine Kitty and The Three Little Pigs and Cinderella too!


Based on the award-winning apps, this series of Nosy Crow Fairy Tales is the perfect introduction for pre-schoolers to these classic stories. With simple child-friendly text and bright, modern artwork with lots of fun details, these make perfect read-alouds.


We are so very pleased to have one of each book to giveaway (one winner)!  Giveaway is open to US only, please. Prize is shipped via publisher, we are not responsible for shipping or if your neighbor likes the books so much they take your copy.  Just sayin'

Sardine Kitty is not part of giveaway, but our bedtime necessity.


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We are happy to work with Candlewick Press and Nosy Crow publishers to help get the word out to moms - reading is fun!  Yes, these are my opinions.  And yes, I liked so much I bought one of each for gifts!

Disney's Alice Through The Looking Glass!

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Alice Through The Looking Glass -  We Simply Can Not Wait!


Visit the official ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS site HERE!



In Theaters May 27 - We'll Be There!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Re-Think One Pot Mac & Cheese Tuna Casserole!


We are teaming up with Stonyfield and Barlean's to bring to you quite possibly the easiest go-to dinner you'll make this week!



Ingredients - 

Pasta - your choice in noodle size or shape - 15 oz
Stonyfield Grass Fed Yogurt - plain or Stonyfield Greek Yogurt works swimmingly, as well - 1 cup
Barlean's Super Seed Mix (Chia, Coconut & Flax!) - 1/2 cup (more for topping and preferences)
Veggies - we used a bag and 1/2 of frozen organic mix
Sea Salt and Pepper to taste
Garlic - 1 clove, finely diced
Coconut Oil - we used Barlean's
Tuna - wild caught - 2 cans

Cook - 

Heat oven to 350 degrees
Cook pasta according to directions and set aside in bowl
Heat pan to medium and add in large tablespoon of coconut oil
Add-in spices and garlic.
Add-in veggies
Cook until done

Add-in pasta into veggie mix.  
Mix-in Stonyfield Grass Fed plain yogurt (or Greek Yogurt)
Now mix-in your Barlean's Chia Mix
Mix-in 2 cans of wild caught tuna

Top with extra veggies and / or veggies.

Enjoy for a super quick yet healthy dinner! 


My Notes:

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I use organic, fair trade, wild caught and always Non-GMO ingredients.  

Food Matters.


I am happily a Stonyfield blogger. Opinions are my own.  I buy Stonyfield for my family regardless of sponsorship.