Thursday, February 26, 2015

Win An Onyx Stainless Steel Ice Cube Tray for Healthy Living! #spon

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Today's post and giveaway is sponsored by Onyx Stainless Steel kitchen products!

Onyx Stainless Steel containers has everything you might need in your kitchen.   Onyx stainless steel ice pop molds are a must for summer fun and these stainless steel, vintage looking ice trays are my absolute favorite for every day kitchen prep.  My husband thinks they are the greatest thing trays!  They are available on their website and I have purchased them at Williams Sonoma too!

Stainless Steel and will not absorb odors.
BPA free (of course)
Dishwasher Safe

Absolutely perfect for making baby food too!

Freeze water or any type of juice you like and take out the separator and place the lid on.
The juice will keep fresh without any freezer smells until you need the ice.
A must-have for every kitchen!
The new Onyx Stainless Steel and Glass Containers keeps your food safe and odor free.

We are giving away an 
Onyx Stainless Steel Ice Tray & Lid!  

Prize is US only and shipping if via company. We are not responsible for shipping, use or prize.

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This is a sponsored post with Onyx Containers!  Opinions are my own.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Natural Food Kitchen Cookbook Giveaway! #spon

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Today's post is sponsored by Ryland Peters & Small Publishing and The Natural Food Kitchen!

If you follow me on Instagram or here on the blog, you know full well that it takes a lot to impress me, food wise.   Well, Jordan Bourke has a stellar new cookbook out, The Natural Food Kitchen  and doesn't disappoint!  I am extremely impressed with Mr. Bourke's recipes, ingredients and food philosophy!   The Natural Food Kitchen is my kind of cookbook - full of dinners, side dishes and desserts that will please your taste buds and your health.   Mr. Bourke's  "Pantry Essentials" section is an excellent example of a pantry and he doesn't use anything I don't highly recommend and also has super healthy alternative suggestions for eliminating dairy, wheat and processed sugars. 

You really can have healthy food that is indulgent and great tasting! - Jordan Bourke 

Sections in The Natural Food Kitchen - 

Pantry Essentials
Small Bites - full pre-dinner or pre-party dishes to share
Soups & Sandwiches
Salads & Lighter Dishes
Meat & Poultry - Quail with Borlotti Beans, Roasted Poussin & Spiced Chicken to name a few recipes
Fish & Seafood - Red Mullet & Coconut Rice, Spice-Crusted Sea Bass with Mango Salsa
Vegetarian Plates - Pumpkin & Coconut Laksa, Spinach Kofta Curry
Cakes & Desserts - you simply must try the Fruits of the Forest Cake!  You'll know it when you see can't resist!  Divine!  Also the Chocolate & Pistachio Cake, Baklava, Fresh Blueberry Tart and Chocolate & Nut Butter Tart are to be devoured! 

Obviously these are just a few of over 60 recipes in The Natural Food Kitchen!

Bottom line?  The Natural Food Kitchen is an absolutely gorgeous cookbook, the entire book is a joy to read and cook through, as it Jordan Bourke's delightful introductions to each recipe.  I am absolutely thrilled to have The Natural Food Kitchen cookbook in my kitchen!   

We are over-the-moon to have THREE copies of The Natural Food Kitchen to giveaway!  TWO copies will be given away HERE and ONE copy on Instagram!  Please feel free to enter as many times as you wish.  US only please and prize is shipped via publisher, we are not responsible for shipping, prize or use.  Thank you for reading little island studios!

This is a sponsored post.  Opinions are my own.  I absolutely love this cookbook and would never recommend if I didn't!  Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Count With Maisy, Cheep, Cheep, Cheep Picture Book! #spon

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Today's post is sponsored by Candlewick Press & the new Count with Maisy picture book!

Count with Maisy, Cheep, Cheep, Cheep has just launched and just in time for spring!  Gorgeous colors and of course,  delightful art and verse by Lucy Cousins!  Count to ten and lift the flaps as Maisy looks for the baby chicks at the farm!  

We just love this book and recommend for ages three and up, please not the flaps can tear easily if little one isn't careful.  (this is not a board book)

Can your little one find all ten chicks?  What else can they find along the way?

We are giving away one hard cover copy of Count with Maisy, Cheep, Cheep, Cheep! 

US only please and prize is shipping via publisher - we are not responsible for shipping or use.

Numbers not included - they are from Hape Toys!

We are so very pleased to work with Candlewick Press finding wonderful new books that you and your little may like.   Opinions are my own.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Wild Blueberry Coconut Muffins!

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Today we are making a batch of wild blueberry coconut muffins with gluten free sprouted oat flour.  If you do not have sprouted oat flour, use spelt flour, it's amazing and easier to digest and much less processed than traditional flour!

Stir in the blueberries just until blended...or until purple!


3/4 cup of Wild Blueberries - Frozen is great
1/4 cup and extra for topping - shredded coconut - unsulffered and unsweetned (you know, real coconut)
1/2 cup Coconut Milk
2 tbs. Coconut Oil
1 Cup - Sprouted Oat Flour (Spelt is another favorite and works fabulously)
1 Egg
2 heaping teas. (plus a sprinkle extra for topping) Vietnamese Cinnamon
1 heaping tbs. Phyllum Fiber 
1 teas. baking powder (no aluminum)

1/4 walnuts chopped for topping sprinkles - optional

Kids love to sprinkle the coconut, add the muffin liners in and stir in the blueberries!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all of your ingredients - wet first then add dry
fill muffin cups 3/4 full

Bake on 350 for about 20 or until done

Enjoy with organic fair trade coffee!

Sometimes there is a blender incident and messes are made.
Bake and cook with your kids anyway!

Enjoy a cup of coffee, muffin and read little ones a new book!

As always we use organic and / or Verified Non-GMO ingredients. 
The blueberries in this recipe are frozen and actually not organic, they are wild picked, from Canada and never sprayed with any pesticides! (thank you Trader Joe's)

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This is not a sponsored post.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

What's New On Netflix for Movie Nights! #StreamTeam #spon

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This is a sponsored post with Netflix!

We are huge Netflix fans - the variety and frequency of new movies out makes me happy for a family movie night and date night with lovely husband!  Here are some of our most favorite new movies and shows.   What are your favorites?!

Mako Mermaids on Netflix! - We have been fans of Mako Mermaids since they first came out and are loving the new episodes!  You're never too old for mermaids, adventure and fun!

Fame High - I haven't seen this one yet, but it looks great and one we are waiting to see!
Have you watched it yet?

Mr. Peabody & Sherman - We are so excited Mr. Peabody & Sherman movie is now on Netflix - absolutely love it!
Have you seen it?  Watch it with the whole entire family - a must see!

The new Little Rascals Save the Day movie is now on Netflix!

When the kids go to bed, you simply must watch Chef!  Absolutely one of my most favorite movies - Jon Favreau is brilliant and Chef deserves a movie night!   This is perfectly fabulous for teens too.  (the only reason it's not ok for littles is a few profanities, you're the mom...your choice! )  

Create a Vision Board
To keep the kids chasing their dreams, map out those big ideas on a DIY vision board. Cut inspirational words out of magazines, print photos of favorite characters or add your own knick-knacks and trinkets.

We are so pleased to be a part of Netflix's Stream Team!  Opinions and movie choices are my own!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Win LEGO Super Heroes - Justice League vs Bizarro League on Blu-Ray! #spon

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Today's post and giveaway is sponsored by LEGO and DC Comics.

Lego fans wait no more! LEGO: DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League is here along with an awesome Bizarro name-generator app and exclusive Digital Trading Cards. Available NOW on Blu-Ray!
Batman has joined the newly formed Justice League in order to keep tabs on Superman, a mistrust that is complicated by Superman’s clumsy – but well-meaning – clone, Bizarro. Bizarro’s creation of the Bizarro League has caused confusion amongst the world’s greatest Super Heroes, but an even greater and mysterious threat may force the Justice League and Bizarro League to band together to defeat evil.

 Reveal YOUR Bizarro name and share it as a comment to win! (app below)

Superman part of the Bizarro League!

We are giving away a Blu-Ray copy of this new LEGO Super Heroes Original Movie.  If you win this on another blog, you are not eligible to win it here to be fair to everyone who enters.  No P.O. boxes excepted.  Prize is shipped via PR company, we are not responsible for prize or shipping.  US residents only please.

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This is a sponsored post.  Opinions are my own.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Freshly Squeezed Citrus Juice for Breakfast!

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                                            Happy, Happy, Good morning, lovelies!

Treat yourself to freshly squeezed juice in the mornings!  And not just oranges, grab grapefruits, lemon, lime, all the different kinds of oranges and squeeze!

Add a bit of fresh ginger root for added health benefits!

A good morning indeed!

Get the kids involved, wash the fruit and they especially love to squish and squeeze them!

We use a little glass juicer from Williams Sonoma ($10)
And you know we use organic oranges and / or Fair Trade Fruits!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Happy, Happy Valentine's Day, Lovelies!   

Have nothing but love for everyone this weekend - including yourself!  Do something so kind and lovely for YOU!  Coffee, yoga, healthy smoothie, movie, turn the music up and cook and dance a little, take a walk, play with your kids or for some of us...just take the time to shave your legs! :D  You most certainly deserve it!   Valentine's Day is not a "couple" or "date" thing, it is LOVE for every one thing!  
Let's be honest, some people we're really just not feelin' the love.  No worries, ignore them and be mindful of what you need.

Have an absolutely wonderful weekend full of LOVE!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Breakfast Bliss - Oats, Caramelized Pecans & Mangoes!

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This is easily, the most I have ever enjoyed oatmeal - and I mean thoroughly enjoyed!  This bowl of oats is so completely amazing and sweet it's hard to believe there is zero sugar!  Organic, gluten free and full of raw nuts and fresh mangos - good gracious!

This breakfast uses only one pot and you have the perfect breakfast!  I have to say, I am completely obsessed with my new grey cast iron pan from Williams Sonoma!  After drooling over it for simply months, it finally went on clearance (& after waiting for the 30% OFF the clearance) we are together!
Yes, I'm obsessed with it!

Obviously any fresh fruit is amazing! (and walnuts work if you are out of pecans!)


Oats - Regular Irish Oats or Purely Elizabeth has Organic Ancient Grain Oatmeal (incredible!)

Grass fed butter (or coconut oil if preferred)  - 2 tablespoons per cup of oats

Ceylon Cinnamon - 2-3 teas. (as desired)

Pinch of Nutmeg

Raw Pecans  
( 1/2 cup for every cup of oats you make)

Fresh Mango - or your choice of fresh fruit (I have to say though, they mango is divine!)


Using one pan, heat your butter on medium heat.  When the butter starts to melt, add 2 teas of Ceylon Cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg.  When the butter starts to stick to the pecans and caramelize, stir and place in bowl.

Add water to the pan of desired amount for your breakfast.

Make oats according to directions and desired amount.

Spoon hot oats into clean bowl.
Spoon your pecan mixture on top.
Add fresh fruit and another sprinkle of Ceylon Cinnamon.

Thoroughly Enjoy!

My Notes:

Coconut oil can be used instead of butter, but I preferred the taste of the grass fed butter.  

I use organic, fair trade and Verified Non-GMO products as often as possible!

Happy Breakfast, lovelies!

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Easy Valentine's Day Decorating!

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Gather art supplies and your kiddos, Valentine's Day is about love and celebrating and decorating adds so much joy.  Start a tradition and make and decorate - together!

Heart Garland - make short or as long as you want.

Colored Paper

Cut our paper hearts, put tape on the back and decorate 'til your hearts content!
 (pun totally intended)

Heart Garland - use patterns and / or different colors!  
You Choose!

Have so much fun and Happy Valentine's Day to you!