Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Imagination Foundation & The Boxtrolls Cardboard Challenge! #TheBoxtrollsCC #spon

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Today's post is sponsored by The Boxtrolls, a new family fun movie coming this month to theaters!

The Boxtrolls is a new family fun movie coming to theaters on September 26th and we are so excited!  Movies the whole family can see and enjoy seem to be few and far between and The Boxtrolls has something for everyone and every age in your family - art, action, values, creative characters and laughs.


The Boxtrolls are encouraging kids and families to get involved creatively for a chance to win and of course, inspire your kids with a cardboard challenge!


The mission of the Imagination Foundation is to find, foster and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in children around the world. Focus is working with them to sponsor a Boxtrolls Cardboard Challenge, where kids can create and build crafts inspired by the movie, using cardboard boxes as the main resource – just like the Boxtrolls themselves do. The partnership is twofold – there is a contest encouraging kids to create their own crafts out of cardboard boxes for a chance to win prizing (must submit via social with a custom hashtag). Secondly, there will be events hosted across the country, where participants can attend and win “What’s in the Box?”-themed packages at hosted events (a list of cities, dates and times for the hosted events in the Boxtrolls Cardboard Challenge can be found at The Boxtrolls on Facebook!


You and your kids can enter The Boxtrolls Cardboard Challenge anytime between August 25th and September 29th! Participants can share their creations via Twitter or Instagram by tagging their photos with the hashtag #TheBoxtrollsCC.  


Don't miss the Boxtroll Cardboard Challenge near you - check out the latest dates and times on The Boxtroll's Facebook page!  

Imagination Foundation Event Dates -

Boston, MA: Saturday 9/20 from 11am-3pm at the Framingham Food Truck Festival

Cleveland, OH: Saturday 9/20 from 11am-2pm at SouthPark Mall

Salt Lake City, UT: Saturday 9/20 from 12pm-3pm at Station Park Mall in Farmington

Kansas City, MO:  Sunday 9/21 2pm – 4pm at the Science City at Union Station

Minneapolis, MN: Sunday 9/21 from 1pm-3pm at Mall of America in the Sears Court

Austin, TX: Sunday 9/21 from 1pm-3pm at Givens Recreation Center from 1pm-3pm

Baltimore, MD: Sunday 9/21 from 2pm-4pm at the Port Discovery Atrium

Philadelphia, PA: Sunday 9/21 from 12pm-3pm at Franklin Mills Mall

Raleigh, NC: Sunday 9/21 from 1pm-4pm at the CenterFest Arts Festival (in the Kids Zone) in Durham

Pittsburgh, PA (9/21) : Sunday 9/21 from 12pm-3pm at Carnegie Science Center

San Diego, CA: Sunday 9/21 from 10:30am-3pm at the San Diego Padres game against the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park


Grand Prize: one (1) Grand Prize winner will be picked on September 29th and receive an “Imagination Box” for creative play, including an Apple iMac, an iPad Air, Microsoft Office, The Print Shop and Kid Pix softwares, a $500 DiscoveryStore.com gift card, and a $1000 Michaels Arts & Crafts gift card. For all entry information, please check out The Boxtroll Cardboard Challenge!


This is a sponsored post with The Boxtrolls movie. Opinions are my own and we are all absolutely excited to go see The Boxtrolls in theaters!


Friday, September 12, 2014

OluKai's Walk Story: Honoring The Past & Defining The Future!

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This is not a sponsored post.  I am a huge fan of OluKai & completely love their new video series - Walk Story.

Honor The Past. Define The Future. Walk Story.


We are in a cultural decline in America and it is affecting us all.   The problem of not knowing where you are from "culturally", is that, you don't know how to move forward in the future.    


Who are we?  

I am a fan of OluKai shoe company, more than shoes it is a way of life.  OluKai is honoring  people that are making a difference, in a new video series called Walk Story!

 
This video is Ekolu Lindsey, whom I find to be incredibly inspiring.  Please take a second to watch!   In this video, Ekolu Lindsey talks about the importance of protecting the land.  When we protect the land, we are taking care of ourselves.  If we forget to take care of the land, we forget to take care of ourselves.  

                     
There are those who lead by simply doing. Those who do not stray from challenging paths– who inspire others to follow despite the obstacles. For them, work is more important than mere words, and kuleana (responsibility) to generations past and to those yet arrived is a guiding light. - Ekolu Lindsey

                                            Also Featured In Walk Story
Paula Fuga is a cultural voice who followed her dream to inspire others.
Keone Nunes - Master Tatooist 
Ka‘iulani Murphy and Nainoa Thompson - Wayfinder and Student Navigator


It started as a different approach to a footwear company. We wanted to create footwear that combines durability for the waterman, ocean lifestyle, and a brand that has strong values and roots with style, comfort, and craftsmanship. 

- OluKai



                                      For more information about Walk Story, please check out OluKai's website.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Disney Junior's Doc McStuffins - School of Medicine Out On DVD! #DisneyJunior #spon

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Today's post is sponsored by Disney Junior's Doc McStuffins!


Arriving today on DVD - Doc McStuffins: School of Medicine from Disney Junior!   Doc McStuffins is back in new adventures playing and keeping her toys happy and healthy.  

Episodes:
Chilly Gets Chilly / Through The Reading Glasses
Disco Dress Up Daisy / The Glider Brothers
Celestial Celeste / Run Doc Run
Hallie's Happy Birthday / Shark-Style Toothache
Think Pink / You Foose, You Lose

All about 120 minutes long.


Here is a trailer from Doc McStuffin's School of Medicine DVD - Check it out!


This is sponsored by Disney Junior. Opinions are my own.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Netflix Family Movie Night & Pizza! #StreamTeam #spon

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It's back-to-school time and that means back-to-routines!  As the weather gets cooler and everything goes back to "normal" (whatever that is) we look forward to our tradition of family fun movie night!  We love to make a homemade organic pizza and watch a movie that everyone will enjoy!  A movie night with the teens in the family is always so much fun.  When little one goes to bed, put on a movie that is just for you and the teens!  It is always so important that you make separate time for them.  Check out some of our favorite movies and pizza recipes for the whole family! 

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2  - don't you just love foodie humor?  We absolutely love this one!  "There's a leek in the boat!" Haha!

The Pirate Fairy  - The Pirate Fairy is a must see for girls AND boys! Everyone is the family absolutely love it! 

The Muppet Movie  - Just plain fun!


13 Going On 30 is one of mine and my daughter's favorite girly night movies!


                                   The Vampire Diaries! 


Check out our Autumn Pizza recipe for family movie night!


Our Pink Pizza Recipe is super healthy and kids absolutely love it!

Check out this family DIY blanket fort!


We are happily a part of the Netflix Streamteam.  Opinions are my own.  Recipes are mine and not sponsored. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Pumpkin & Hemp Macaroni & Cheese!

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Oh, can you feel it in the air?  Autumn is coming - cool air, leaves falling, crisp air, pumpkin and hot cider time!  I absolutely love autumn, it is my favorite and my best!  
We love mac and cheese and I am always making new versions of it - making your own is healthy and ever-so satisfying.  This is our most favorite so far - Hemp Mac and Cheese - the cheeses makes it completely decedent and fit for a gourmet.  Try it and see if it isn't your new favorite.   It is the ultimate in macaroni and cheeses!

Hemp seeds and great quality cheeses are the secret and make all the difference!

Gourmet Hemp Mac & Cheese!

16oz of Organic Pasta  (your choice on shape)
1 1/2 cups of Hemp Hearts (we use Manitoba Hemp )
1/2 cups of flax seeds (wizz through a blender or coffee grinder to ground)
3/4 cup organic Stonyfield Greek Yogurt (plain)
1 cup of a mixture of Capricho Sheeps Milk Cheese, Mitica Sheeps Milk Cheese 
1 cup of Sharp Raw Cheddar Cheese (grass fed & organic) 
3/4 cup of pumpkin puree (cooked and pureed well, if you are cooking your own)

Add in options - 
2 cans of wild caught tuna
1 cup of cooked broccoli (chopped)
1 cup of cooked peas



Cook your pasta according to directions.  
Rinse.  
Add the 2 cups of cheeses.  
Stir until mostly melted.  
Add in puree.  
Add in hemp and then organic Greek yogurt last.

Enjoy!



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Make Your Own Boxtroll & Enter The Boxtrolls Sweepstakes! #BuildABoxtrollSweeps #TheBoxtrolls #spon

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Today's post is sponsored by The Boxtrolls - a family fun movie coming to theaters September 26th!

We are so excited for The Boxtrolls movie coming this month and we have enjoyed making our own Boxtroll.  Now, my lovely artist husband did not help (obviously) with this project, but little one and I had so much fun and that is the whole point!  So join in the fun, make your own and enter to win - the winner is randomly chosen and not chosen by talent.  Hey, we have a chance after all!


Make Your Own Boxtroll and Enter The Boxtrolls Sweepstakes!

Make a totally awesome Boxtroll!


                                                                         Take PIcture!

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

That's it! 

Easy peasy and you are entered to win!

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




Official Twitter  - @TheBoxtrolls

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!

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!  
MY LITTLE PONY- FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: SPOOKTACULAR PONY TALES is coming to DVD on September 9th! 

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

Bats! 

DVD is about 132 minutes.



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