School is Out ~ Check out the KIDFUN e-Book for Some Fun Summer Activities & Ideas!

June 18th, 2016

Disclosure: I was invited to be in the review group from Sharla Feldscher and I received a copy of her e-book for free. My opinions are my own and I was not paid or required to write this review.

As a Mom to a 3 year old I am always looking for things to do that are creative and fun, but I must be honest, my mind goes blank sometimes and I start running out of ideas.  While I like to hop on Pinterest for inspiration I can get lost in that sea so easily and find myself pinning organization tips or recipes when I really just was looking for something fun to do for the next hour with my daughter, not pining for the next hour!

Sharla Feldscher has come to the rescue and just in time for Summer.  She is the author of seven books on creative play, and most recently created an updated e-book of KIDFUN—400 Fun & Easy Ideas for Kids Ages 2 to 8.

KIDFUN is filled with hundreds of simple suggestions and ideas for having fun.  With many years of experience writing, and a background in education she has many wonderful and creative ideas that have been kid tested over the years.

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KIDFUN…400 EASY & FUN IDEAS FOR KIDS 2-8

KIDFUN appeals to parents, grandparents, babysitters and anyone who spends time with children. This ultimate guide to fun with kids, first published in 1995, shares amazingly easy and free ideas to inspire creativity.  KIDFUN is available on Amazon.com to purchase for $5.99.

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MELT® Organic – (Dairy-Free) Buttery Spreads that Are Great for Everyday Uses + Giveaway

June 13th, 2016

Disclosure: I was invited to be in the review group from MELT® Organic and I received product samples for free. My opinions are my own and I was not paid or required to host this giveaway.

MELT® Organic reached out to me recently and offered to send me some of their products for review.  I had never heard of them and couldn’t wait to give them a try.  MELT® Organic is a line of luscious, all-natural butter improvements for butter lovers seeking an alternative with beneficial ingredients. Its flagship product line, MELT® Organic Buttery Spreads, is made from the Perfect Blend™ of fruit- and plant-based oils: virgin coconut, flaxseed, hi-oleic sunflower, palm fruit and canola.

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(Allergy-Friendly) Top 8 Free – Double Chocolate Chip Cookie/Cake/Brownie

June 12th, 2016

I’m not quite sure what to call this sweet treat so I’m naming it a cookie/cake/brownie, because it really could be disguised as any of those.  This delicious recipe is vegan – and is gluten, egg, soy, dairy, and nut free.  (For those watching gluten, be sure to chose oats that are certified gluten-free.)

I used MELT Organic in this recipe and tomorrow I’ll be sharing more about their awesome products and also having a giveaway to win some of their products!  Be sure to stop back then to enter the giveaway and check-out how I have used MELT Organic in our everyday lives these last few weeks.

 I developed this recipe with those on special diets in mind and also for those looking for their chocolate fix ~ and this recipe sure delivers.

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Love with Food + Enjoy Life Foods = Gluten-Free & Doing Good

June 4th, 2016

Disclosure: I was invited to be in the review group from Love with Foods and Enjoy Life Foods and I received product samples for free. My opinions are my own and I was not paid or required to write this review.

May was Celiac Awareness & Food Allergy Awareness Month and to celebrate, Enjoy Life Foods took over Love with Food’s May gluten-free subscription box where they packed an amazing assortment of Enjoy Life’s certified gluten-free treats into 1 box! 

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Love with Food is a monthly snack and food sampling subscription box. They only send natural and organic food and snacks, and for every box shipped they donate a meal to charity.  Love With Food donates to several food banks such as the Feeding America Network and Share Our Strength – No Kid Hungry. 

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I am not a subscriber to Love with Food (namely because of other food allergies in our family), but through my affiliation with Enjoy Life Foods as a blogger, was sent a box to check out, and to learn more about both companies.

Here are the details on the Subscription Box: Love with Food Gluten-Free Box

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Upcycled Fruit Bowl ~and~ Hanging Office/Craft Organizer #ChickfilaMomsDIY‬

May 31st, 2016

Chick-fil-A sent me a few free product coupons and one was for their new Spicy Southwest Chicken Salad.  I couldn’t wait to try out this new salad and immediately I fell in love with it and have eaten four within the last two weeks (!) It is that good.  The fun part is they also challenged Moms in their Chick-fil-A Moms Club to come up with a DIY project upcycling the plastic salad container after eating the salad.

I love challenges like this and the rules were very loose, basically be creative and have fun with it. Since I had four salads and I was determined to make something from the four containers!

For my first DIY I turned the salad plastic container into a fruit bowl with the additional help from a used Earth Balance butter container.  For my second DIY I turned 3 salad plastic containers into a tiered hanging office/craft organizer.  I love the final result of both projects – they weren’t hard to make and can’t believe they were made using plastic containers that otherwise would have been tossed in the recycling bin.

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Check out the easy instructions below for both projects and when you are done with your Chick-fil-a plastic containers make sure to wash them out and save for a fun project.  You’ll be amazed at what you can create!

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Learning & Having Fun with the Babsy B I’m 3! Trio Set – Review & Giveaway!

May 26th, 2016

Disclosure: I was invited to be in the review group by the author and received a copy of these books and CD for free. My opinions are my own and I was not paid or required to write this review.

Babsy B  reached out to me with a fun new bundle they are offering, the I’m 3! Trio Set which includes the I’m 3! Board Book, Today’s Song CD, and the I’m 3! Coloring Book ~ as shown below.  

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We were so excited when these arrived.  We have been fans of the Babsy B books we received a while back (see review here,) and I knew we would also love the music and coloring book!  My daughter was really thrilled to try these two out as well and couldn’t wait for me to get the music going and for her to start coloring.

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Allergy-Friendly Dirt Cups | #SpringFreely with Enjoy Life Foods

May 19th, 2016

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I was super excited when Enjoy Life Foods reached out to me saying they were sending some goodies my way to take part in their #SpringFreely Dirt Cup recipe sharing throughout this Spring.

As you can see, I decided to take a different spin on dirt cups and make a dirt garden, which I absolutely adore!

This creation was made using both Enjoy Life Foods products as well as other ingredients, including So Delicious CocoWhip which I was psyched to try out.

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(Allergy-Friendly) Banana “Ice Cream” Bites

May 14th, 2016

Bananas make a great ice cream base and in the summer we love using our Yonanas machine, so the other day when a few overripe bananas were staring at me I decided I’d cut them up and make them into banana “ice cream” bites.  

I checked my cupboard and saw lots of great topping ideas, namely chocolate chips and chocolate cookies.  Oh these were going to be better than I originally planned!

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These banana bites seriously taste like ice cream and they are so easy to make and are super delicious.  They are dairy, egg, nut, soy and gluten free.

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These would be an easy dessert to make for a party or picnic that both adults and children will enjoy.

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-vegan & allergy-friendly- Fruit Oatmeal Bars

April 27th, 2016

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My daughter and I love our homemade Strawberry Oatmeal bars, they are a staple in our house, so much so that I remember all the measurements off the top of my head.  This time I decided to change up the recipe a bit to make a version that was also dairy free, coconut free, and using oat flour…. still keeping them egg and nut free, and also trying to make them Vegan.   

The result: another delicious oatmeal bar recipe in my arsenal!

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Vegan Triple Chocolate Cupcakes | 2016 Earth Balance Cupcake Challenge Entry

April 11th, 2016

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I love challenges and I love cupcakes, so I was super excited when I found out about the 2016 Earth Balance cupcake challenge!  The rules are pretty simple, just submit an original 100% vegan cupcake recipe using a minimum of one Earth Balance product.

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This challenge was a challenge because developing new recipes is never easy and because I had so many ideas that I wanted to make.  Last week I was having dreams about this amazing lemon loaf I made last year and this week a friend of ours gave us some lemons from her tree; so my mind just couldn’t get lemons out of it, and I had my heart set on making a new version of my lemon loaf as cupcakes but then I was having a crazy chocolate craving, so I decided my recipe had to be chocolate based.  Usually new recipes take me a few rounds to perfect but these Triple Chocolate Cupcakes needed no adjustments the first time around! 

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