Friday, April 17, 2015

Top It With Tzatziki!

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I am a bit obsessed with tzatziki right now, it is spring and summer perfect - light, healthy and it makes me happy - like summer!  We have already made it several times this season and have topped black beans and rice with it, dipped our veggies in it and just plain eaten it in spoonfuls - delicious!

Do not, I repeat do not run the cucumber through your blender to make this.  Just don't.  You'll have a lovely cucumber juice - not tzatziki.  Use a grater and let drain and then squish the top of the cucumber to push out the remaining juices.

Ingredients - 

Greek Yogurt - 2 cups (I use Stonyfield Organic Plain Greek Yogurt)
Lemon - 1 whole
Large Cucumber  - 1
Fresh Ground Pepper - to taste (I use about 2 heaping teaspoons) I use Frontier Spices 
Sea Salt - to taste
Dill - 2 heaping tbs - chopped
Chives - 1 tbs - chopped well
Garlic - 1 clove diced small
Olive Oil - just a dash

 Grate your cucumber. Drain. (and I mean drain).  Mix all of your ingredients in bowl and chill.  Serve cold and use for absolutely anything you want - veggies, rice dishes, tortillas and quinoa.

What do you eat with tzatziki?

 My Notes:

I use a Kuhn Rikon grater - it's portable and super east to clean and use. Yay! Knife is also a Kuhn Rikon. 

I use only organic  and / or non-GMO ingredients.

Dishes and strainer are from Williams Sonoma - their Open Kitchen line (affordable, gorgeous and works fabulously)

I use Frontier Spices and Simply Organic Spices (non-irrated and non-GMO)

Food matters.  Eat well!

This is not sponsored. I am a Stonyfield Blogger, however, this is not a part.  There are no affiliate links on this page.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

My Little Pony Complete Classic Tales DVD Giveaway! #spon

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Today's post and giveaway is sponsored by Shout Factory!

The classic My Little Pony Tales are now on DVD to bring back the original My Little Pony fun!  Yay!  This two disk join the 7 My Little Pony Friends—Starlight, Sweetheart, Melody, Bright Eyes, Patch, Clover and Bon Bon — for 13 episodes of outrageous fun! Games, picnics, ice cream shops, roller derbies and even UFOs for the classic My Little Pony adventures!


Disc 1                                                                                             Disc 2
Slumber Party / Too Sick To Notice                                       Princess Problems / An Apple For Starlight
Battle Of The Bands / And The Winner Is…                          Up, Up And Away / Sister Of The Bride
Stand By Me / The Tea Party                                                   Birds Of A Feather / Send In The Clown
The Masquerade / Out Of Luck                                               Happy Birthday, Sweetheart / Gribet
The Play’s The Thing / Shop Talk                                            Bon Bon’s Diary / Just For Kicks
Impractical Joker/ The Great Lemonade Stand Wars       Ponies In Paradise / Who’s Responsible
Blue Ribbon Blues / Roll Around The Clock


We are giving away one DVD copy of the My Little Pony DVD Series (it is a 2-disk DVD!  Prize is shipped US only via company (we are not responsible for shipping, use or product)

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Lemon Garlic Potatoes!

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We made these lemony garlic potatoes the other night and they are completely dreamy!  The secret?  Well, in my opinion, lemons make every thing spectacular, however, roasting the potatoes in red palm oil makes all the difference.


Potatoes (I make a whole bag)
Sea Salt (I use Simply Organic)
Lemon (unsprayed and organic)
Freshly chopped garlic
Nutiva Red Palm Oil

Salmon burger, lemon garlic potatoes, avocado, mango and french mustard - bliss! 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Peel and slice your potatoes.  Chop garlic (about 4-5 cloves, finely chopped).  Place in pan - I also use unbleached parchment paper.  Sprinkle sea salt and pepper (I use loads).  Squeeze lemon over the potatoes.  (leave the lemon in pan, if desired). Pour red palm oil over the potatoes (about 1 / 2 cup)

Roast until done and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!

 I use Nutiva Organic Red Palm Oil, it is the only red palm oil I trust that is not harming habits of any animals - orangutan, elephants or any one else!  (And yes, the taste and quality are second to none.)

No, this is not a sponsored post.  I buy Nutiva, lemons and potatoes weekly! (and garlic)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Spring Clean Green!

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Spring is here!  Part of spring is renewing and refreshing everything for the new season to come.  There is no need for dangerous "conventional" cleaners - ever!

Always have on hand - vinegar, baking soda, essential oils and various spray bottles and sponges.  Use old stained tees for great cleaning cloths for sustainable, safe and healthy cleaning.

I am constantly asked what I buy and what I feel good about using for my family, so this post is for you!  These are some of our most favorite cleaning supplies - save money, time and your health and go green for spring cleaning!

Our Favorites - 

Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap - this castile comes in the most amazing scents - citrus, peppermint, eucalyptus, tea tree and more - all completely safe, non-GMO and natural.  I use castile soap for simply every thing - refill soap hand soap bottles, cleaning toys, tables and quite frankly…my hair - LOVE it!

Honest Company - I have been subscribing to Honest for years and have always been very pleased with every thing I have gotten and their prices (when you subscribe you get a spectacular price, it comes by Fed-Ex and in a super awesome Honest blue box that your kids will use for crafts!)

Also, I just went to Target the other day and couldn't believe they now carry loads of Honest Co. products - toilet paper (who knew?), paper towels, wipes, cleaning spray and so much more! And yes, Target had great prices on all.

Grab Green - I have been using Grab Green for years, as well.  I am a huge fan of their laundry pods!  Smells amazing, Non-GMO and smells fantastic!  They have hand soap, dish soap, dishwashing pods and more - all wonderful!  These I have found in my local "conventional" grocery, though I mostly purchase at Fresh Market (when I'm in town).   Grab Green is a mom based company and I am so happy to support!

Earth Friendly Products - Excellent company and I have used (and use) their dish soap,  cleaning spray, hand soap and laundry soap and have been extremely pleased with all!

Seventh Generation - I use their dish soap on a regular basis and they carry a wide range of cleaning supplies, most can be found easily at Target and your regular grocer.  

DIY - I am also a huge fan of do-it-yourself products!  I recently made a tea tree lemon spray with Aura Cacia and am so pleased with that, I'll share in separate post. (plus, I'm just looking for a way to photograph lemons…I'm a bit lemon obsessed lately)

I buy my cleaning supplies at Whole Foods, Target and Fresh Market and we are now using Thrive Market!

This is not a sponsored post.  There is an affiliate link on the Honest Co (because Honest is awesome).  I did just join Thrive Market and am happy to have an affiliate link there. (if you choose to use, thanks so much!  Tag me on Twitter or Instagram if you want to share what you bought :) Keep in mind I would not recommend anything I do not currently by myself! 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo with Spring Peas!

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Today we are making a super easy and absolutely delicious - Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo made with Greek Yogurt and spring peas - amazing!  Fettuccine Alfredo is typically made with heavy cream and loads of butter.   Make this and you'll never miss either!  I use Greek Yogurt mostly for my baking and cooking.  This recipe was made by accident or at the very least, by it being the day before grocery day and having a very limited ingredient supply in the fridge.  This is now one of our most favorite dinners - every one of us!

Wild Harvested Shrimp (I use a bag of Trader Joe's uncooked frozen)
Dollop of Grass Fed Butter (for cooking shrimp)
1 Lemon
10 oz. Fettuccine Pasta (we used Cappellos almond gluten free fettuccine)
12 oz. Peas (a frozen organic bag works wonderfully)
Olive Oil - for sautéing and a bit extra for topping on top!
(Nutiva Red Palm Oil works equally as fabulously, I go back in forth depending on what I have available)
Organic Greek Yogurt (I use Stonyfield Plain Greek Yogurt
Himalayan Pink Sea Salt (to taste…I use loads)
Fresh Ground Pepper

Sauté your peas with your spices until cooked.  Place in a bowl to stay warm.
Sauté your shrimp (frozen or fresh) in grass fed butter and large squeeze of lemon until translucent
Cook your pasta according to directions, then drain.

Mix 2/3 cup of organic Greek Yogurt (add a bit more, if needed) in with your cooked pasta.
Mix until hot.

Place a serving size of pasta in bowl.
Top with your sautéed spring peas.
Top with shrimp.
Squeeze lemon on top - all the lemon! 

Take Picture for Instagram (optional)

Enjoy with a spectacular glass of French red wine (never forget the wine!)!

Bon Appetite! 

My Notes:

I use organic and non-GMO products and foods.

I'm completely slightly obsessed with my pepper grinder! (all pepper is not grinded alike)

 This is not a sponsored post, just my new favorite dinner.  There are NO affiliate links. I'm not selling anything.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Stonyfield Organic Greek and Chia Yogurt! #Stonyfield #spon

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Today's post is sponsored by Stonyfield Organic Yogurts!

Good morning, Lovelies!  If you follow Little Island Studios on Instagram you know we love healthy eating and snacks and you already know we just love the new Greek and Chia from Stonyfield.

We are huge on add-ins and "extras" in our dishes - they make all the difference in taste and in our health!  Stonyfield has done us a favor and added in the chia seeds to their Greek Yogurt - Greek & Chia is perfect for on-the-go and busy moms and kids!

As always, Stonyfield Yogurts are organic and non-GMO and of course, absolutely delicious!  Try the blood orange Greek and Chia…you won't be sorry.  Amazing.
Other flavors of the Greek and Chia - Pear, Blueberry and Red Berries.

Gluten Free and as always, zero synthetic coloring or flavors! 

I am pleased to be a part of the Stonyfield Blogging Team.  Opinions are my own.  I buy Stonyfield Organics for my family - sponsored or not.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Garden of Life Organic Plant Protein Prize Pack Giveaway! #spon

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Today's post and giveaway is sponsored by Garden of Life!

We have a fabulous and super healthy giveaway for you today - Garden of Life Plant Protein!  The Garden of Life Plant Proteins are organic, grain free, Non-GMO and absolutely delicious!  Everyone in the family likes all the flavors - Smooth Chocolate, Coffee, Vanilla and Energy!  Plant Protein is a great way to get extra nutrients that you may not be getting everyday - easy to do for busy moms.  It is outstanding for my vegetarian teen!

Garden of Life is working closely with and supporting several family farms in North America and Canada to produce high quality clean proteins. Organic Plant Protein is made with a unique blend of seven nutritious plant proteins, five organic American seed proteins — organic pea seed, organic flax seed, organic cranberry seed, organic chia seed and organic pumpkin seed. We work with our farmers to ensure that these ingredients are top quality and the cleanest available.

We are giving away a Garden of Life Organic Plant Protein Prize Pack (say that four times super fast!) - try them ALL!   
Prize is open to US and Canada - Yay!   
Prize is shipped via Garden of Life, we are not responsible for shipping or use. 

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Stonyfield Yogurt Smoothie & Hamilton Beach Prize Pack Giveaway! #spon #Stonyfield

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Today's post and giveaway is sponsored by Stonyfield Organics and Hamilton Beach!

The sun is heating up and that always means things get busier for me and I need go-to snacks when I am swamped.  

Now, I have to be honest - I have not actually used this personal blender.  I know, I know, I am supposed to use and tell you about it.  My teen took it and apparently it's not to be touched.  (she let me handle it for this pic).  She says it's fabulous and completely perfect for her smoothies every morning.  She blends Stonyfield organic whole milk plain yogurt, plant protein and some fresh fruit - strawberries, blueberries or a banana usually.   She completely loves the personal blender and suggests that I would too and should get one. *sigh*   So there you go, a teen's perspective on kitchen gadgets - the Hamilton Beach personal blender rocks! 

 Teen's Travel On-The-Go Smoothie - 

1/2 cup Almond Milk  (coconut milk is also wonderful)
1/2 cup of Stonyfield Whole Milk Yogurt 
Pinch of Cinnamon
Handful of Fresh Strawberries
1/2 Banana
Handful of fresh pineapple
2 heaping teas. of Chia Seeds

Place ingredients in blender.

Blend well and enjoy!

We are giving away Stonyfield Organic Yogurt vouchers and your own Hamilton Beach personal blender (color may vary)!  US only and prize is shipped via company. (we are not responsible for shipping / product)

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Friday, March 27, 2015

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Blu-Ray Giveaway! #TheHobbit #spon

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Today's post and giveaway is sponsored by The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

The big kids went to see The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in theaters and I streamed it on Tuesday night - it is absolutely excellent and the perfect epic conclusion to the Hobbit movies! We are huge Hobbit and Lord of the Rings fans and The Battle of the Five Armies did not disappoint.


From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world.

Special Features on the Blu-Ray -

• New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth Part 3 
• Recruiting the Five Armies 
• Completing Middle-earth: A Six-Part Saga 
• Completing Middle-earth: A Seventeen-Year Journey 
• The Last Goodbye: Behind the Scenes 
• Music Video 
• Trailers

Take the Quiz - Are you brave like Bilbo?

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Busy Bees, Flowers, Crafts & More Bee Fun!

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Busy bees are a sign of spring and summer and bees are to be celebrated!  Bees are absolutely necessary to our food supply and healthy living.  While you make these bees of your own, talk about bees with your kids - their hive, colony and their impact on our own food system.  

Cut out your bee shapes, wing shapes and flower shapes with flower centers.

Glue your wings on the back of the bee at the top.
Glue a goggly eye on or you can draw or paint the eye
Paint or draw three stripes on the bee.
Let dry.

Glue your flower center circle on your flower. Let dry.

Decorate where ever you want with your bees and flowers!

Keep your flowers bee friendly and free from all chemicals and pesticides!

Paint, Beeswax crayons, construction paper, goggly eyes, glue and scissors.

We love our book rack with spring picture books and busy bees and flowers!

More Fun Facts for Kids About Bees:

Have you seen The Hive on Netflix? We absolutely love them - 
what could be better than adorable British bees?!

Flight of the Honey Bee is a fabulous picture book to introduce kids to the world of bees!

Articles for Moms and Dads:

How To Plant a Bee Friendly Lawn via Organic Gardening

Bees are dying by the tens-of-thousands and the entire bee species is extremely threatened right now.   Please keep your lawn and neighborhood bee friendly. Say NO to Roundup pesticides and chemicals in your lawn.  Keep your lawn free from chemicals - for the bees and your healthy family!   
It is all connected - health, environment, planet and water.  

What we do to one, we do to the other.   Eat well and buy organic foods as often as possible.  Drink clean non-flouride water.  Keep your lawn free of chemicals and fertilizers.  Better yet - turn your lawn into an organic garden

Happy Spring, Lovelies!