Thursday, January 19, 2017

Brush With TUNG for Everyday Healthy Living!

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Today's post is sponsored by Tung Brushes!

We all know brushing our teeth is important, but did you know that brushing your tongue is just as important?  We brush our tongue overtime we brush our teeth.  Germs and bacteria hang out on the tongue and it is imperative for healthy living that we brush our tongues.  We have always used our tooth brushes to brush our tongue, but after using the specially designed TUNG brush, we all use TUNG now.

TUNG Brush has been designed to actually clean your tongue without gagging unlike cleaning your tongue with a toothbrush. The worst or grossest bacteria actually lives in the back of your tongue and TUNG Brush has been designed so that users can get to that bacteria without setting off that gag reflex we all hate.  

 Why Should We Brush Our Teeth?  90% of the bacteria that cause bad breath live on the tongue — not on the teeth or gums. But bad breath, or “chronic halitosis” as the creator of Listerine famously labelled it in the 1920s, isn’t the only reason to clean your tongue — nor, perhaps, the most important.

Where Does Bad Breath Come From?

The same anaerobic bacteria that are blamed for cavities in your teeth form thick colonies known as biofilm, which allow them to thrive in the nooks and crannies of the tongue. There, they consume leftovers from your meals and emit volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) as waste. These VSCs are the primary source of the odor we know as “bad breath.
Bath Time Essentials - TUNG Brush, Towels & Toys!


Jammies, Teeth then Story Time before off to BED!  

Night, lovelies! 


The Bottom Line - 
  • TUNG Brushes reduces the number of bacteria living on the tongue.
  • TUNG Brushes help neutralize the odors produced by bacteria waste
  • TUNG can help reduce the risk of periodontal disease, which in turn is linked to diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems!  Brush!



We happily teamed up with TUNG Brushes! Opinions are my own!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Winter Skin Care With Juice Beauty!

Yay!  
Happy New Year to you!  We have partnered with Juice Beauty to bring you an awesome giveaway!

We are in the Rocky Mountains for the winter and it is beyond amazing - the food, views and winter activities!  I have to say though...my skin is deeply missing summer.  I kid you not.  My skin is drinking more than I am right now - it's so very dry!  If you're not careful, you can wake up one morning and look like a lizard!  Laugh all you want, but those who live in this dry air, know exactly what I am talking about.  

My teen cannot have honey, so we seek out vegan makeup for her.  This is not as easy as it sounds.  Most makeup and lip sticks have honey or a form of it.  Or it simply doesn't look good.  My daughter simply loves the look of Juice Beauty lip sticks.  They are all she uses!


My Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer has become my go-to winter accessory.  I put on in the morning and at night.  If it's especially dry - mid-day as well.

Missing summer already!  Follow us on Instagram and our InstaStories for daily adventures, recipes and travel fun! 


Daily Juice Beauty Skin Care routine - green your clean! 

At Juice Beauty we abide by our Eco-Values for everything we do. These values include: 

  • Authentically Organic Formulas made with USDA certified Organic Ingredients: Juice Beauty uses ingredients from USDA certified organic farms for two reasons, to enhance the powerful antioxidants which increases the efficacy of our products and to limit pesticide and synthetic fertilizer residue which could be absorbed.
  • Powerful Action Without Potentially Harmful Endocrine Disrupting Ingredients: Juice Beauty formulates without parabens, petroleum, pesticides, propylene or butylene glycols, silicones, talc, carbon black, phthalates, sulfates, PEGs, TEA, DEA, GMO, silicones, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. For the several thousand other commonly used cosmetic ingredients we never add, see our CLEAN BEAUTY™ Challenge.
  • Vegan & No Animal Testing: Juice Beauty never formulates with animal byproducts whether it's glue from horse hooves, or carmine from crushed beetles. Additionally, Juice Beauty is Leaping Bunny certified and we've received the PETA courage in commerce award.
  • Sustainable Company Practices utilizing Solar Power & Sourcing Locally. Juice Beauty sources as many ingredients as possible from the Western Region of the United States to limit fuel waste and to control quality. Of course our formulas are as sustainable as possible since the majority of our ingredients come from USDA certified organic farms and our boxes and labels are made with recycled or FSC certified paper, printed with soy ink & sourced in the U.S. You'll see a photo of our corporate headquarters where we utilized all our sustainable or recycled materials. Juice Beauty focuses on sustainability from top to bottom!
  • Socially Responsible Giving. We set aside funds every year to donate to the Breast Cancer Fund and EWG. These two organizations provide amazing data pointing out the many unnecessary chemicals in conventional chemical beauty products and have amazing research that helps all consumers. Additionally, we support the Representation Project as it is a fabulous group that supports human rights
Every single winter morning!


THIS!  This illuminating primer does just that - illuminates!   It is not heavy and thick like other primers I have tried.  They always left me feeling like a was wearing a sweater on my face.  I do not mean this in a good way.   Juice Beauty primer is light and yes, illuminating!  I love it!

Juice Beauty has a Juice Beauty Illuminating Primer and Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer - these are two of my favorites I picked just for our winner!   Prize is shipped via Juice Beauty.  US only please.  We are not responsible for shipping, use or if you fall in love with Juice Beauty and simply must-have every single thing they have!
 (we don't blame you ;)



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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Winter Ginger Rosemary Cocktail!

 We are so pleased to partner with Sipp for this cocktail post. (see bottom notes)


It's winter and a new year - it's time to celebrate and we have the perfect cocktail and absolutely delightful!  Reyka small batch Icelandic vodka is smooth and the ultimate mate to your cocktail.  Add Ginger Blossom Sipp organic soda, rosemary topped with lime and currants.  The secret is to heat up your rosemary sprigs! 


We used Sipp Ginger Blossom soda and it is perfectly sweet, so you do not need simple syrup for this cocktail.  Heat up your rosemary sprigs in almost boiling water and immediately place in your cocktail.  The heat releases the rosemary flavor and smell...oh the smell!  Enjoy! 
Ingredients - 

Rosemary Sprigs
Currants
Lime


In a mixer glass with ice - pour 1.5 oz (a shot) of Vodka
Top with Sipp soda about 6-7 oz
Strain into fresh cocktail glass with fresh ice
Top off with Sipp soda, if needed
Dip your rosemary sprigs into almost boiling water for about 15-20 seconds 
and immediately place in your cocktail glass
Squeeze lime slice on top
Top with currants (delicious)

Enjoy immediately
...after you take a pic, of course.

Happy, Happy New Year to You!



My Notes:

We buy our Sipp Organic Soda at Fresh Market mostly 
Also available at Amazon and Target
We always choose organic limes and rosemary 


We are thrilled to partner with Sipp for this cocktail post.  If you follow me on Instagram, you already know I buy Sipp for myself and my family.  I have bought every since finding at Fresh Market - absolutely delicious! 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Apple-Cinnamon & Cranberry Crumble!

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We make cranberry apple crumble every winter and now we're posting for you to enjoy.  It's really just a version of our Autumn Apple Crumble!  Crumbles are super easy and our go-to dessert and entertaining treat.  Whatever excuse we need to make a crumble and make them often.  As always, your ingredients matter - we use organic produce, spices and flours.  Follow us on Instagram for more fun.

Cranberries are in season and want to take full-advantage of all their glory!  Honestly though, we enjoy frozen cranberries year-round!  Happy cranberry season to you! 


Ingredients:

Apples - 16 oz
Cranberries - 10 oz (frozen is fine & probably easier)
Grass Fed / Organic Butter - 8 oz (plus a bit more for bottom of pan)
Ceylon Cinnamon - 3 heaping teas
Nutmeg - 2 teas
1 1/2 cups of oat flour - gluten free & delicious
16 oz  of oats - I use veganic oats
5 oz of brown sugar 

Pull butter out of fridge 30 minutes before you start.
Mix flour, spices, butter and sugar into bowl - adding the oats last.
Slice & peel your apples and place slices on bottom of buttered iron skillet
Add 10 oz of cranberries (we like frozen or you can use frozen berries)
Sprinkle the crumble mix on top.
Baking at 350 for about 15 minutes or until hot throughout.


Grab a hot coffee or almond milk and enjoy for breakfast or snack time! 


My Notes:

I use Simply Organic Spices and Frontier Co-op Spices - organic and non-irradiated.
I use Arrow Mills organic flours and Bobs Red Mill
I use grass-fed and/or organic butter  (dairy is full of nasties - choose well)
Organic apples 
Yes, I'm obsessed with color and Staub cookware

Food matters now more than ever.  

Know what is in your food and choose accordingly for your little ones - 
their future health is depending on it.

Food Matters.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Color Happiness, Art Supplies & Kid's Book Holiday Giveaway!

I take gift giving very seriously and put a great deal of thought into what would inspire the receiver.   It is my opinion that we as a society don't need more "stuff".  Most children have a whole list of things they saw on TV that they want (or think they want).  It is my experience in parenting over twenty years that "stuff" ends up being just that - stuff that ends up sitting in a play bin - unused for the most part.   My go-to gifts always include art supplies and gorgeous books picture books.  Color always inspires!

Color Happiness! 

International Arrivals has the happiest art supplies anywhere!  I first bought their supplies at The Land of Nod and Barnes and Noble


Stocking stuffers and gifts galore! 
 There is nothing happier than colorful art supplies & books where the possibilities are endless! 

Rainbow Fluffy Pen!  
I took this out at a business meeting and I ended up giving it to the client - she freaked!  
So you know...I got the account! Highly recommend! 

Color IS Happiness! 

Starfish Crayons!

Charlie and Lola Picture Books!


Our Most Favorites - 

Star Crayons - enough said
May I say, the Rainbow Fluffy Pen...AMAZING!

Yellow Art Caddy - The Land of Nod (it's perfect!)
Charlie and Lola Picture Books - newly released and redone paper backs!

Stars & Hearts!
Giveaway Includes -















Our most favorite art caddy
(I picked the color yellow...it's pure happiness!) 


Giveaway includes all items above in description. Prizes is shipped via individual companies. US only please. We are not responsible for shipping, use or if your child is inspired to create!


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Abundant THANK YOUS to International Arrivals Art Supplies, The Land of Nod and Candlewick Press!  You all provide such joy and inspirations for kids...but also moms! Thank you!

We have happily joined together with Candlewick Press and International Arrivals.  The Land of Nod art caddy - is mine and Land of Nod was gracious to offer a giveaway of our favorite.   Opinions are my own.  I buy all brands constantly for my kids and for gift giving! (if you follow my on Instagram, you KNOW ;D

Friday, November 25, 2016

Life is Good® and Build-A-Bear Workshop™ Partner to Spread the Power of Optimism for Holiday Season 2016

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Positive lifestyle brand Life is Good® announced a partnership with Build-A-Bear Workshop to spread the power of optimism and support kids in need with a new collection, including a Life is Good branded bear, bear T-shirts, a matching kids T-shirt, and accessories. Ten percent of net profits from sales of the Life is Good bear T-shirts at Build-A-Bear Workshop will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada through the Life is Good Kids Foundation.


New Teddy, T-Shirts and Accessories Will Support Kids in Need 

Starting today, the new line will be available at Build-A-Bear Workshop stores, buildabear.com and lifeisgood.com, and includes:

      Life is Good Build-A-Bear furry friend - classic 16” Build-A-Bear Workshop teddy bear with soft, brown fur and an embroidered applique Life is Good paw ($25)
      Life is Good Build-A-Bear T-shirts - tiny personalized soft knit jersey Life is Good T-shirts with six unique graphics. Build-A-Bear Workshop will donate 10 percent of net profits of the Life is Good bear T-shirts to the Life is Good Kids Foundation in support of their work
 
with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada[1] ($7) 
      Life is Good Build-A-Bear cap - embroidered baseball cap ($6)
      Life is Good Build-A-Bear wristie - accessory to spread good vibes ($3) 
      Life is Good Kids T-shirt - kids and their Build-A-Bear furry friends can match
 
with a unique “Life is Good” T-shirt in kids and toddler sizes ($18)
“Helping to make life good for more kids is central to our brand and the work of the Life is Good Kids Foundation,” said John Jacobs, Life is Good co-founder and Chief Creative Optimist. “Partnering with Build-A-Bear Workshop allows us to spread the power of optimism to more families while also helping kids overcome violence, poverty and illness.”

Life is Good shares our mission to inspire kids and help them have a bright future, and this partnership gives the gift of optimism while helping kids across the United States and Canada,” said Gina Collins, chief marketing officer, Build-A-Bear Workshop. “Our efforts with Life is Good are a great complement to our existing Merry Mission holiday fundraising campaign for Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada this holiday season.”

The new collection builds on Life is Goods commitment to donate at least 10 percent of annual net profits to support kids in need. The funds raised through this partnership will allow the Life is Good Kids Foundation to continue their work with their Boys and Girls Clubs partners while also expanding the positive impact to new clubs.

For more information or to purchase items in the Life is Good Build-A-Bear Workshop collection, visit lifeisgood.com/buildabear. 

ABOUT THE LIFE IS GOOD COMPANY
The Life is Good Company is a $100 million lifestyle brand dedicated to spreading the power of optimism. The company donates 10 percent of its net profits to help kids in need. To date, the company has donated over $11 million, principally through Life is Good products, events and community fundraising efforts. Life is Good® is a registered trademark of The Life is Good Company. Please visit LifeisGood.com for more details and follow Life is Good on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.
ABOUT LIFE IS GOOD KIDS FOUNDATION

The Life is Good Kids Foundation is an accredited 501(c)(3) that partners with organizations serving the most vulnerable children to improve the quality of their care. The Foundation's Playmaker program connects with schools, hospitals, camps, and a variety of social service agencies to give childcare professionals the resources they need to make a positive, life-changing impact at a pivotal time in a child's development. For more information please visit LifeisGood.com.

ABOUT BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP
About Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.: Founded in St. Louis in 1997, Build-A-Bear, a global brand kids love and parents trust, seeks to add a little more heart to life. Build-A-Bear Workshop has approximately 400 stores worldwide where guests can create customizable furry friends, including company-owned stores in the United States, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom and mainland China, and franchise stores in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Mexico and the Middle East. The company was named to the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for the eighth year in a row in 2016. Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (BBW) posted a total revenue of $377.7 million in fiscal 2015. For more information, visit the Investor Relations section of buildabear.com.

This is not a sponsored post. We just love both companies and the cause! Happy holidays!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Poles Apart On The Book Shelf Today!

We are so very pleased to work with Nosy Crow Books to encourage reading for kids & to guide moms to books they love! Enjoy!

I know, I know, you can't judge a book by the cover.  I was a fan before I even opened up Poles Apart by Jeanne Willis and illustrated by Jarvis.  The colors! The art! It also doesn't hurt that I have had a thing for polar bears since I was a child!   A family of lost penguins (doesn't everyone get lost at picnics?) receive help from the kindest polar bear! 




Everybody knows that penguins live at the South Pole and polar bears live at the North Pole—but what would happen if, one day, a family of picnicking penguins accidentally got lost? When the hapless Pilchard-Brown family find themselves at the wrong pole, they need Mr. White, a friendly polar bear, to guide them all the way home. - Nosy Crow






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We have a hardcover copy of Poles Apart by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Jarvis to giveaway. 

 US only please.  Prize is shipped via publisher. We are not responsible for shipping, use or if your kiddo suddenly wants to go to the north pole!



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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Bad Moms Blu-Ray Movie Giveaway! #BadMoms #spon

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If you have been eagerly awaiting Bad Moms to arrive on Blu-Ray, you won't be disappointed!  I watched with my husband and teen and laughed so hard and throughout the movie.  I can identify with all the moms.  I think there is a little bit of their personality in every mom.    


I am usually a bit ambilvant about special features on blu-rays.  My kids always love them, but I usually skip them.  However, Bad Moms has interviews with the actresses and their real moms that is a must-see and so funny! 


 Recipes for Bad Moms Night In!


Pimm's Cups for your night-in cocktails! 

Movie Night Nachos

One Pan Chocolate Coconut Smores!

Best Hang Over Breakfast 

Are you a Bad Moms or A Perfect Mom?! (I think we're all a bit of both)


In this outrageous comedy from the writers of The Hangover, Amy (Mila Kunis) has a seemingly perfect life - a great marriage, over-achieving kids, beautiful home and a career. However she's over-worked, over-committed and exhausted to the point that she's about to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms (Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn) on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities – going on a wild, un-mom-like binge of long overdue freedom, fun and self-indulgence – putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate) and her clique of devoted perfect moms (Jada Pinkett Smith and Annie Mumolo). See the movie that critics are cheering as "…a funny, giddy, sentimental laugh-in…" - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times.


Bad Moms is rated R. One scene of nudity, language and adult content.  My older teen thought it was hilarious! 

We have one copy of Bad Moms to giveaway! Giveaway is US only. (apologies Canada) Prize is shipped via publisher, we are not responsible.


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This is in partnership with producers of Bad Moms. Opinions are my own. (laughed SO hard!)

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Simple Market Roasted Veggies & A FeedFeed InstaMeet!

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Autumn.  Doesn't the mere mention of the word bring you joy and warmth?  Autumn is my favorite and my best and roasting veggies means everything on a chilly rainy afternoon. 



 This weekend, if you follow us on Insta-Stories, you know we spent the afternoon making veggies we picked up from our trip to the Green City Market in Chicago to meet up with FeedFeed!  

Coffee & Treats anyone? We highly recommend the Restoration Hardware Courtyard! 



The onions are from Froggy Meadow Farms and quite honestly, they are the best onions - ever!  Seriously. 

We added olive oil, sea salt, Simply Organic Black Pepper and 
Italian Season topped with fresh rosemary sprigs.
Cook at 350 degrees until done. About 30-40 minutes

That's it. SO very easy and the most delicious dish you'll make all week! 
Toss together in the roasting pan with your hands before cooking.  
A great job for the kids to help with

So simple and delicious! 
Simply Amazing. 



My Notes:

Food Matters - Never tell yourself it doesn't.   

In a world of more and more toxins, pesticides and fake GMO food - Food Matters! 

I buy organic and non-GMO food.  If it's not labeled, then I make it a point to know my farmer!
Cook everyday and get your kids involved.  We have an entire generation of people that have no idea how to cook real food and it's getting worse.  
Food is healing - mentally and physically!

Join us at FeedFeed for recipe and food inspirations! 



Do not miss Froggy Meadow Farms at Green City Market. Seriously, he inspires to cook more, know more and expect authentic real food!



This is not a sponsored post. Just our Sunday lunch - YUM!