Friday, August 29, 2014

Building A Boxtroll & Sweepstakes! #BuildABoxtrollSweeps! #TheBoxtrolls

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Today's post is sponsored by The Boxtroll Coming To Theaters September 26th!

The Boxtrolls are coming to theaters September 26th and they are running an awesome sweepstakes to build your own Boxtroll for a chance to see the premier in L.A.!  We are looking so absolutely looking forward to seeing The Boxtrolls in theaters it  looks to be a spectacular event in family fun!

To Make Your Own & Enter the Sweepstakes:

Little one is making a Boxtroll!

Make a totally awesome Boxtroll

                                                                         Take A PIcture!

                     Share your photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram 
             with the #BuildABoxtrollSweeps hashtag

That's it! 

Easy peasy and you are entered to win!

Drying and waiting for paint!

No purchase necessary. 18+ years old. 50 US States + District of Columbia only.8/4/14-9/5/14Official rules.

This is a sponsored post with Social Moms and The Boxtrolls.  Opinions are my own.  Yes, absolutely looking forward to seeing The Boxtrolls - looks to be a spectacular event in family fun!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Back To School & Back To Breakfast! #Breakfast

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So, breakfast is supposed to be the most important meal of the day.  Right?  However, not enough time and thought is being put into our food.  We have put everything else above food - Facebook time, TV, work and sometimes even the busyness of just staying "busy".  I know everyone is busy.  I am busy. 

Here are some basic breakfast suggestions - slightly tweaked!  
Eat Well.

How about fresh organic strawberries, an orange juice ice pop 
and sprouted toasties with grass fed butter and jam.

Instead of a regular empty bowl of cereal that is full of chemicals, GMOs, food colorings and other additives, choose freshly sliced fruit and fresh baked banana walnut spiced bread.  I bake the bread the night before when the kids go to bed and in the morning I slice up the bread and some fresh fruit.  Absolutely delicious and what a treat to start the day! 

If you are going to eat cereal - try a healthier organic cereal with far fewer ingredients with sliced banana on top.  I love One Degree Organic Foods brands, everything they make is absolutely outstanding and I buy them all! 

Irish oats with sprinkled with raw honey, chia seeds and freshly sliced strawberries, bananas and grapes.

If you really want a bit of sweets, try an Immaculate Cinnamon roll  (they are non-GMO and have few ingredients), eat only a half and add some fresh fruit and fair trade coffee.

Eating real food, non-GMO and organic food is one of the best things you can do for your body and for your children's future health.

My Notes:

I eat organic and non-GMO food only - look for organic and Project Verified Non-GMO labels.

Please educate yourself about the food crisis in America.  Educate yourself on GMOs and the massive amounts of pesticides in our food and the all-time highs of illnesses and diseases in our country.  

Here are additives and "extra" ingredients that I avoid. (via Project Verified Non-GMO)

Common Ingredients Derived from GMO Risk Crops
Amino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Ethanol, Flavorings (“natural” and “artificial”), High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrins, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose, Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Xanthan Gum, Vitamins, Yeast Products.

 America's health is showing are attention to our food - our health is so low in world health it is not even in the top ten.  Not even near it.  We must get back to the simpleness of food and educate ourselves in the importance food plays in our health. 

Our children are depending on us.

This is not a sponsored post.  These are brands I buy.  

Friday, August 22, 2014

Win A Manduka LiveON Yoga Package For Moms & Kids! #LiveON #spon

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We are absolutely thrilled for today's post and giveaway to be sponsored by Manduka Yoga! Yay! 

If you follow little island studios on Instagram you will know that I have been practicing yoga this summer in Baltimore at Charm City Yoga (where they have the best teachers in Baltimore!) and I have also been beyond thrilled with everything Manduka!  I have bought multiple Manduka products at Athleta and I am always so impressed, then Manduka let me try out their new LiveON recycled yoga mat for kids and yes - awesomeness!

Little one is all about yoga and thinks downward dog is hysterical and wants new hippie kitty to practice yoga too!  Instead of hippie kitty, we'll call him yoga kitty.

Perhaps we need to work on chair pose some more? Starting kids early in their yoga practice helps them stay healthy and is a huge stress reliever (even at this age).  
Yoga with kids can be such a great connecting activity.

Yoga is an on going practice ;)  And little one apparently thought a chair was a fun idea? LOL

Check out these little yogis talking about the benefits of yoga - LOVE IT! 

Need some inspiration, tips and a few laughs?  
You will love our Yoga Gear and Tips for Beginners guide on eBay!  
(yes, eBay has guides ;)

Please note - the Go Steady Yoga Bag is absolutely amazing, just like all of Manduka's gear - it's the perfect and the Sandals are dreamy!

We are giving away a LiveON Kids Yoga Mat & an Adult Yoga Mat 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This is a sponsored post.  Opinions are my own - I have been absolutely thrilled with every single Manduka product I have (the ones sponsored and not)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

My Little Pony: Spooktacular Pony Tales DVD Halloween Fun! #MyLittlePony

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Today's post is sponsored by My Little Pony & Hasbro!

We are so excited that My Little Pony has Spooktacular Pony Tales 
out for Halloween and autumn fun!  

A Boo-tiful full-color collector poster and 2 pumpkin stencils coming with the DVD!


 Episodes Included -

Boast Busters

Stare Master

Luna Eclipsed

Sleepless In Ponyville

Castle Mane-ia


DVD is about 132 minutes.

This is a sponsored post from My Little Pony.  Opinions are my own. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Boxtrolls & Build A Boxtroll Sweepstakes! #BuildABoxtrollSweeps #spon

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We are so very pleased today's post is sponsored by The Boxtrolls - a new family fun movie coming to theaters September 26th!

I stalk follow The Boxtrolls on Facebook & Instagram and I am fascinated with the whole Boxtrolls movie - how they made it, everything that went into it and the voices that bring the characters to life.  It is absolutely incredible to see the amount to work and passion that went into the movie.  I have already added The Boxtrolls to my must-see movies this summer and we are anxiously awaiting the launch!  A week or so ago the All-American Soap Box 77th Annual World Championship had their finals at Derby Downs in Akron, OH.  I have been enjoying their adventures and I wanted to share them with you!  Enjoy and if you have not checked out the trailer yet, please do - I added it below for you!  

This is the main trailer for The Boxtrolls and by the end of it - you'll be excited too!
 (if you already aren't)

For a bit of pre-movie fun enter The Boxtroll sweepstakes it is super easy to enter -  Make your own Boxtroll, Take A Pic, Upload your picture of your Boxtroll on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and just use the hashtag - #BuildABoxtrollSweeps ! Easy peasy!  We are making our own and will be posting ours on little island studios - Instagram!    For more details please check out the Build A Boxtroll Sweepstakes page!  Prize includes an all-expense paid trip for 4 to the L.A. movie premier of The Boxtrolls!  Yes, we are totally entering this! 

Again - Make, Take Pic & Upload - all for a trip to L.A. to see the premier!  Woot! (and plus, it's just an awesome thing to make with your kids!)

The Boxtrolls is coming to theaters September 26th and we cannot wait!

This is a sponsored post with The Boxtrolls.  Opinions are our own.  And, we SO excited for The Boxtrolls to come out in theaters! 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

eBay Guides - From Yoga To Kids - For Moms! #eBayGuides #spon

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So pleased to be sponsored by eBay and wanted to share our guides! 

Did you know eBay had guides?  Neither did my mom until I sent her this YOGA Guide for Beginners and she is now using the guides for great ideas and gift buying, travel and home improvement ideas.  I should mention she thinks mine are the absolute best of all! :)  We would love for you to check out these awesome guides -  from Yoga to Back To School, Baby Shower Gifts (that they'll actually like and use, that does NOT include a diaper pail...sorry but I just throw mine in the trash)    Check out the Yoga one first if you need a laugh (and ever-so helpful tips and advice)!  Enjoy! 

Autumn is coming and these brand new seasonal books are making us excited for fall! 

Happy to be sponsored by eBay.  Opinions are my own and all products suggested are unsponsored and just products we love! 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Disney's Muppets Most Wanted On Blu-Ray & Activity Fun! #MuppetMovie #spon

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Today's post is sponsored by the new - Muppets Most Wanted Movie! Woot! 

Disney's new Muppets Most Wanted Movie is out on Blu-Ray and it is absolutely awesome!  If you are following us on Instagram you know we love the Muppets and the new movie!  Muppets Most Wanted is for the whole family and absolutely hysterical!  The cast is stellar with ever-so awesome Muppets, Tiny Fey, Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell and tons of guest cameos that absolutely make the movie!  My husband and I laughed more than the kids, I think!  The next family movie night - make it a Muppet Night

Muppets Most Wanted Movie is now on Blu-ray Combo Pack we're delighted to share Muppets Activities below!  Help Kermit escape from the Siberian gulag maze,  test your Muppets Most Wanted knowledge, help the gang spot the difference then brighten up the weekend with some coloring!

Download Muppets Most Wanted Activity Games

Please enjoy these fun activities that tie into Muppets Most Wanted!  

We are so happy to be sponsored by Muppets Most Wanted Movie.   And are HUGE fans of the Muppets - that is my opinion!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Robin Williams.


  Robin Williams was a part of my childhood.  My happiness.  I never saw him as a star, I always thought of him as just part of my being - happiness, childhood and family, all rolled into one.

Hollywood will never be the same.  
I am not the same because of him and I am forever thankful for his gifts 
that he brought to the world.
Robin Williams will be so very deeply missed.

Nanu Nanu 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Kindness Is Magical! #StreamTeam #spon

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We are proud to be a part of the Netflix Stream Team! 

It's back to school time - time for supplies, new clothes and thinking of new classes and learning new things!  Kindness and tolerance should be the first and most important thing taught.  Yes, more than math and science - kindness matters.  I believe we all need to practice kindness daily.  We all get busy and we all get in a hurry, but with everything -  practice kindness.  What we choose to watch on TV is no different.  Do our children watch shows were people treat each other with contempt and ambivalence or kindness,  compassion and love for one another?  It matters.  Let us make kindness in all we do rule this back to school season! (and every season)  

What are some shows that you and your family watch, where people are kind to each other?  Makes you think, doesn't it?  Not many.  I would love for Netflix to include Disney Junior's Charlie and Lola in their Netflix for Kids Section!  Charlie and Lola are brother and sister and always so lovely and kind.

We also have Parenting with Kindness.

I am part of Netflix StreamTeam. Opinions are my own.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Spectacular & Seaworthy Sardine Spread!

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This recipe is absolutely inspired by and adapted by David Lebovitz's My Paris Kitchen cookbook!  Both the cookbook and his recipe are amazing.

So, this is for my lovely moms on Instagram - you have asked (over and over) for this recipe, probably because of the sheer amount I eat it?  Here it is - Spectacular Seaworthy Sardine Spread (I have no idea what that actually means, it just sounded super cool and there are only so many fitting "S" words. Although "Super" would be good too) that is absolutely delicious and the perfect go-to party food, Friday night movie night food or Saturday soak up the sun food!  Either way it is one of my most favorite dishes.  I first made it from David Lebovitz's recipe from his new cookbook, My Paris Kitchen.  I cannot recommend the cookbook more - between the recipes and his stories My Paris Kitchen is absolutely one of my most favorites and yes, it travels with me!  And no, this is not sponsored, I bought my cookbook.  Go buy your own, it's completely awesome! 

Spectacular & Seaworthy Sardine Spread!

1/2 package of organic cream cheese
1 finely (and I do mean finely) fresh chopped garlic clove (please don't use the jar stuff)
1/2 lemon juice
1 small jar of capers - drained
pink Himalayan sea salt to taste (I use about 3 twists of it)
fresh ground pepper - your choice, I love it, go nuts!
2 heaping tbs of red onion finely chopped
2 scallions - chopped fine
dash of olive oil 
2 cans sardines - slice down the middle and take the bones out
1/2 heaping cup of Organic Greek Yogurt - (add more if you want creamier - sometimes I use 3/4) - just wing's awesome! And I use Stonyfield Greek Yogurt (organic & no sugar)

Mix well with hand mixer! Gets quite fluffy and it is absolutely delish! 

Enjoy, Lovelies! 

Add some heirloom tomatoes on some sprouted toasties!

I highly recommend My Paris Kitchen and My Sweet Life in Paris, which is not a cookbook but a collection of stories that I find absolutely endearing with a few recipes - like Lemon Madelines that are divine.

I am adapting this recipe - 
I looked up recipe attribution and David Lebovitz actually wrote this -