Friday, October 24, 2014

Baked Spiced Pears Dessert!

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Baked pears with spices makes a perfectly delicious autumn treat and add organic frozen yogurt and you have yourself a party perfect treat!  We bought our organic pears at Trader Joe's - so affordable and delicious, you just might want to buy extra!


Cinnamon (I like Ceylon Cinnamon)
dash of Nutmeg
dash of Ginger
Brown Sugar
Grass Fed Butter (please use real butter)


Crushed walnut - 1/4 cup for 6 pears
Frozen Organic Yogurt (love Stonyfield Vanilla)

I baked three pears, but use how ever many you need and just add more brown sugar and spices.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Peel your pears.
Place your pears in a baking dish on top of a half tablespoon each of butter
Sprinkle about two teaspoons of brown sugar on each pear (don't worry about it being too much sugar, most falls into dish for the pears to bake in)
Sprinkle your spice mixture (cinnamon & nutmeg & ginger) on top of each pear.  If you are using walnuts, add the crushed walnuts now.
I put my pears in the middle of a baking dish on top of unbleached parchment,
when all of the butter and sugar is added you can shape the parchment into a "bowl" to keep the butter "with" the pears.

In the middle of baking, pull out and brush the butter that has now melted in the bottom of the pan with the sugar - brush around the pears.  You only have to do this once.

Bake 25 minutes or until the pears are soft enough to pierce with fork.

Add hot pears to organic frozen yogurt for the perfect and easy autumn treat!


I use Stonyfield Organic Frozen Yogurt (vanilla)
I use Frontier spices - organic and non-irradiated.

This is absolutely delicious with apples as well.  Peel the apples and bake a bit longer!

Happy Autumn!

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Chuggington's Snow Rescue Trailer, DVD & A Winter Scarf!

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It begins!  Don't you just love snowy weather and the entire holiday season?  I completely love it!  Little one is a fan of Chuggington and this new Snow Rescue DVD looks like just winter perfect, I've already added it to my Amazon cart!  Check out the trailer and see what you think.  It makes me want to get out my favorite scarf! 
On December 9th Chuggington: Snow Rescue is traveling home to DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment and Ludorum! This all new winter collection is a must-have for your little conductor this holiday season! Get your readers into the holiday spirit with this fun clip from the release: 

Snow Rescue Trailer!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Disney•Pixar's Monster's University Short: Party Central!

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We are big fans of the Disney Movies Anywhere app - it is travel perfect and just in time for Halloween fun you can join a monster of a party with the Disney Movies Anywhere premiere of PARTY CENTRAL.  The Disney•Pixar short is now available to view for free for the first time, and reunites everyone’s favorite monsters, Mike and Sulley, for another hilarious adventure.  Download the Disney Movies Anywhere app for iPhone or iPad to watch Party Central now, for a limited time!

Featuring Billy Crystal as Mike, John Goodman as Sulley and directed by Pixar's Kelsey Mann, Party Central features Mike and Sulley's return to Monsters University for a fun-filled weekend with their Oozma Kappa fraternity brothers. The gang is throwing their first party, but no one’s showing up. Luckily for them, Mike and Sulley have come with a plan to make sure “Party Central” is the most epic party the school has ever seen.

Go to Disney Movies Anywhere to find out more about collecting, watching, and taking your favorite Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies anywhere you go! Visit or download the app at

This is not a sponsored post. We just thought it looked fun!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

5 Food Documentaries That Will Change Your Life! #BeWell

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There are so many food documentaries available to watch these days and the makers are to be commended!  There has never been a bigger need for food education.  Our country is in poor health - Cancer rates are absolutely outrageous and between the massive pesticide use, chemicals added to our already processed food, water full of fluoride and the fracking going's no wonder.  What will we tell our children?  We were too busy watching TV commercials and playing on our iPhones?  How about skipping a night of regular TV and watching a food documentary.  These are some of our favorites - very well-done, uplifting and life-changing!  Making changes and getting involved and even just making different choices at the market are completely inspiring!   We can make a difference for our kids!

Food Inc.    (free on Netflix)
This is the first one I watched years ago and it completely changed my life.  
Please take the time to watch and see what it does for you! 
Food Awakenings.

Fed Up on Amazon (for rent or buy)
Fed Up just came out by Katie Couric and is waking people up to the 
food system - we are addicted to sugar and there is sugar in everything.

A stellar cast of experts speaking and educating!

An upbeat documentary on seasonal and local food movement!

When you have watched the other documentaries and you want to delve deeper.
When you really want to know.  Then you can graduate to this one - GMO OMG.

The rabbit hole goes deep in the food system and it's not pretty.  
The big food industry's job is making money and lots of it.
Your job is to keep your kids healthy.
For your kid's healthy future.

Happy Food Educating!

We can and we must change things for our children.

Absolutely none of this is sponsored.  Rent or buy or borrow a friend's copy, watch together, as long as you watch and are aware.  There are no affiliate links on this post!  

Monday, October 20, 2014

Disney's PLANES: Fire & Rescue Activity Guide! #FireAndRescue

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Today's post is sponsored by Disney's Planes Fire & Rescue! 

Disney's Planes Fire & Rescue is coming to Blu-Ray and we thought you's like some activity sheets to print out for your little ones! 

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Disney's Planes: Fire & Rescue Activity Guide for pre-movie fun!

We can't wait until Planes Fire and Rescue comes out on Blu-Ray November 4th!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Celebrating Mini Milestones On Netflix! #StreamTeam #spon

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We are absolutely thrilled to be a part of Netflix's Stream Team! Yay! Goooo Netflix!

Moms, are all about mini-milestones because when you have kids - absolutely everything is new and a first!  Netflix is celebrating mini-milestones with moms and have such fabulously fun options for little ones, big kids and moms themselves! 

The Hive on Netflix!  Lovely British bees, what's not to like?! (I think I would watch this even if I didn't have little ones!)

Arthur has been a family favorite since my oldest was little. My how times flies! 

Have a teenage daughter?  Try The Croods for your next family movie night! 

Wholesome family fun? Yes! It still exists in TV shows and we just love 
With mom, dad and kids having fun and showing kindness to each other...even when it's hectic - yes, it's a winner!

What To Expect When You're Expecting.  Have you seen it?  If this movie doesn't make you laugh-out-loud, I"m not sure we have anything in common?!  Seriously.

I have not had time to watch too many episodes of Parenthood  (I'm still on season one) but, I completely love the cast and different types of families - family doesn't look the same for everyone!

Celebrate your little one's mini-milestones with mini-treats for them!

    This is a sponsored post with Netflix. I am part of the StreamTeam.  Opinions are my own - I have been a Netflix subscriber LONG before social media and absolutely love. 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Go Pro With Best Buy Action Cameras! #GoProatBestBuy #spon

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Today's post is sponsored by Best Buy!  

Best Buy now has Go Pro Action Cameras!  If you are tired of the same kind of video camera that never seems to get the job done, you have got to check out Go Pro Action Cameras!  Small and easy to use and the coverage is excellent.  Cameras used by athletes and camera enthusiasts everywhere.  
Best Buy is the home of the latest cameras and camcorders, including the full line of new GoPro cameras, plus a broad assortment of accessories. GoPro cameras make perfect holiday gifts for everyone, from kids and teens, to gadget gurus. GoPro’s new line of cameras allow you to beautifully and authentically capture and share the experiences that bring purpose, adventure, and joy to your life.

Check out Kelly Slater's Go Pro Surfing video - absolutely stellar!
GoPro HERO4 Black: the most advanced GoPro ever, featuring improved image quality and a 2x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates1, HERO4 Black takes award‐winning GoPro performance to a whole new level.
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GoPro HERO: Featuring high‐quality 1080p30 and 720p60 video, and 5MP photos up to 5 fps, HERO captures the same immersive footage that’s made GoPro one of the best-selling cameras in the world.
12x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates!

Check out extreme snow fun with Nate Wallace sponsored by HERO4 Action Cameras!

Check out more information about Best Buy's Action Cameras - HERO! 

Happy to be a Best Buy Blogger.  Opinions are my own!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Autumn Apple Spiced Pancakes!

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I have been reading Red Panda's Candy Apples to little one and we have been in the mood for apple everything!  Apples are autumn and we think these pancakes are just as lovely as the season itself! 


2 Apples (organic) - 
wizz well through blender & include cores

2  cups of Spelt Flour
2 Teas of baking soda
2 tbs of sugar
2 scoops of Skoop!
2 teas of Ceylon Cinnamon
sprinkle of nutmeg
2 eggs
4 tbs of coconut oil
1 cup of whole milk (organic)

Mix the wet ingredients including the blended apples.  Mix the dry, then add slowly into the wet ingredients until blended.

Heat iron skillet to medium heat and add coconut oil then spoonfuls of batter.

Top with real maple syrup and organic grass fed butter.

My Notes:

I use organic unrefined coconut oil. Dr. Bronner's is excellent, also if you are by a Trader Joe's they have great coconut oil at a good price - grab an extra jar for your skin!

I buy Organic / Non-GMO Ingredients!

Spelt flour is easier on the system than whole wheat.

Red Panda's Candy Apples is an absolutely lovely book from Candlewick, we are so very pleased to work with them finding fabulous books for moms and kids!  This is not a sponsored post though.

Healthy Skoop was awesome and let us try out their fabulous whole food super nutrition powder. (this is not sponsored, we just thought why not give littles extra real food nutrition in their breakfast...moms too!)
 If you order Skoop, use Code: LITTLEISLAND for 10%.  
(I don't make anything, just thought you'd like to save)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Disney's Sleeping Beauty Blu-Ray, Crafts & Sleeping Tips! #SleepingBeauty #spon

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Today's post is sponsored by Disney's Sleeping Beauty - out today in Diamond Edition Blu-Ray!
SLEEPING BEAUTY DIAMOND EDITION awakens on Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere today, October 7th. We have some fun crafts for your readers! Please feel free to share. 

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 Sleeping Beauty Fun Crafts

Sleeping Tips from Clinical psychologist Dr. Michael Breus, one  of the  nation’s  top  sleep  experts, has  some advice to  offer  parents!

Tips On Helping Children Sleep
1. Be consistent. Going to bed and waking up at the same time (even on weekends) will help your children keep Maleficent’s evil henchmen out of their dreams.
2. Use Flora’s gift of beauty. Help your children finish up whatever they’re doing, clean up their toys and make the room neat, comfortable and ready for sleep.
3. Use Fauna’s gift of song. While everyone’s getting ready for bed, sing a few favorite soothing songs while they bathe, brush their teeth and put on pajamas.
4. Use Merryweather’s gift of true love’s kiss. Dim the lights, turn on a night-light and read a book. If kids still have trouble quieting their busy brains, try the “relaxation game.” And then give your little ones that loving kiss good night.
5. Embrace Maleficent’s color of darkness. The color black is best for sleep, though most children like a little light at night. Keep in mind that some night-lights (LEDs, for example) contain “blue light” and that can actually keep a child awake by preventing the brain’s production of melatonin, which starts the engine for sleep. So make sure your child’s night-light is one that filters out blue light.
6. Follow Sleeping Beauty’s name, Aurora. She is so named because she fills people’s lives with sunshine. When children wake up in the morning, stop by a sun-filled window or take them outside for 15 minutes of brightness. Sun exposure helps reset their internal biological clocks each morning. Parents can also leave the window shades open so the child can wake with the morning light.

Dr. Breus notes, “For tips two through four, I recommend ‘The Power Down Half-Hour Technique,’ which I created for children, with 10 minutes spent on each of the activities mentioned. The consistent routine helps calm them down and unconsciously signals the brain to get ready for sleep. Roughhousing and other similar ‘fun games’ often initiated by parents who haven’t seen their children all day usually result in poor sleep.”

Finally, here are three rules for napping for infants and toddlers:
1. Set a specific nap time, or make it three to four hours after they last woke up.
2. Have a consistent pre-nap routine (it will not be as long as the pre-bedtime routine).
3. Let children soothe themselves to sleep, even when napping.

For more sleeping tips and information from Dr. Breus, visit

Monday, October 6, 2014

23 Blast Movie Coming To Theaters! #Teens #Movies

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Coming to theaters October 24rd, 23 Blast, based on an incredible true story.

23 Blast is based on the amazingly true story of Travis Freeman. A typical teenager growing up in a small town in Kentucky, Travis is a local hero on and off the field. In the fall of 1997, in the prime of his youth, he is unexpectedly stricken with an infection that destroys his optic nerve. He becomes blind overnight. Under the influence of parents who love him, a physical therapist who challenges him, a coach who inspires him, and a best friend who he cannot bear to leave behind, Travis shows us what true bravery is by competing on the gridiron, helping his team advance to the State playoffs. We follow Travis and Jerry Baker, his closest friend, from the time they meet on the football field as kids through high school. Jerry’s attraction to the dark side of teenage temptations, beer and drugs, threatens to pull the friends apart. It is only on the football field where they truly connect.

Check out the trailer for 23 Blast.  This is not a sponsored post, I just thought it looked incredibly inspiring for teens!