Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Transform YOUR School at Best Buy Education! #BestBuyEducationEntry #spon

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Today's post is sponsored by Best Buy Education!

We are so pleased to tell you about the new sweepstakes offered by Best Buy Education to all educators and administrators - a chance to win $25,000 and other fabulous prizes from Best Buy!  Does your school need to be transformed?  Please enter and let your child's teacher know!


Best Buy is Your Education Technology Partner
Best Buy Education, a direct-channel division of Best Buy®, makes it easier than ever to give students the tech tools they need to succeed. Our dedicated Account Managers will consult with you, offer knowledgeable, unbiased advice and guide you to the product and service solutions that best meet your needs and budget. Whether you are rolling out new devices in the classroom, launching a BYOD initiative, or upgrading the technology throughout your school, we can provide the products, support and protection you need
Best Buy Education is now offering an exciting sweepstakes open to all educators and administrators. The sweepstakes is running from now through July 4, 2015 with a grand prize of $25,000 in Best Buy credit, as well as additional prizes of Gift Cards and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablets with keyboards. This is an amazing opportunity to win the technology tools and services your students need to succeed.  Visit www.BestBuySweeps.com to enter for a chance to win and view complete details.


I am so pleased to be a Best Buy Blogger and to be sponsored by Best Buy. Opinions are my own! 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Disney Junior's Minnie's Pet Salon On DVD! #DisneyJunior #spon

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Today's post is sponsored by Disney Junior!

We are huge fans of Disney Junior's Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and eagerly await new DVDs coming out and Minnie's Pet Salon does not disappoint!  Minnie's Pet Salon is fun, happy and energetic - as all of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episodes and DVDs!  We just love them!

Minnie's Pet Salon is approximately 120 minutes and has 5 episodes including the full-length Minnie's Pet Salon. 

 

Check out a feature trailer of Minnie's Pet Salon - Come on and bring your pets along!

Episodes also included: 
Daisy's Pet Project
Pluto's Puppy-Sitting Adventures
Donald's Ducks
Pluto Lends A Paw

Download Minnie's Pet Salon Activities


This is a sponsored post.  Opinions are our own and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is our favorite!


Friday, May 15, 2015

Chocolate-Coconut Frozen Treat!

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I am a Stonyfield blogger - however this is not a sponsored post.

Happy weekend, lovelies!  

I thought you might like a chocolatey treat for the weekend - summer style.   Summer is almost here and my creative teen came up with this simple combination and I love it so very much I wanted to share with you
My daughter and I are simply in love with everything coconut and chocolate!  So it makes sense to put them together - 


Stonyfield After Dark Chocolate Frozen Yogurt
Coconut Flakes - not the super sweet and stale, sugared up flakes you grew up with as a kid.  Use real, unsweetened and unrefined coconut flakes - trust me on this!
Sprinkle on top with Vietnamese Cinnamon and voila - the perfect treat for moms that have hard all week!


I use Frontier Cinnamon - absolutely dreamy!
I buy Stonyfield Frozen Yogurt in all flavors (sometimes too much of them) sponsored to not.  (this post is not sponsored)

Happy, happy weekend wonderful mommas! 

Have fun and treat yourself to something yummy and do something you enjoy - you most certainly deserve it! 



Monday, May 11, 2015

Family, Fun & A Netflix Original! #StreamTeam #spon

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We are happy to be a part of Netflix StreamTeam! 

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin co-star as two women forced to reinvent their lives in this funny, honest new Netflix Original series. Elegant, proper Grace and freewheeling, eccentric Frankie aren't friends, even though their husbands Robert and Sol (Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston) have been law partners for decades. But when Robert and Sol announce that they're leaving their wives for each other, the two women start to bond in ways they never expected.


Scenes from Grace and Frankie - A Netflix Original Comedy / Drama!



One of my most favorite movies, Peace, Love and Misunderstanding is all about moms, daughters and grandchildren - forgiveness and letting go!  I absolutely love it - SO much fun!

Disney Channel's Good Luck Charlie is so much fun and will make you long for a big family!  Mom, Dad and brothers and sisters of all ages love this one!


Gilmore Girls - need I say more?



Disney Channel's Liv and Maddie is now on Netflix! - haven't you always wanted a twin?

The Tigger Movie - family is what you make it.
Adoption, Love and Friends = Family


I am thrilled to be a part of Netflix's Stream Team! Opinions (and movie choices) are my own.  I support Netflix, sponsored or not!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Aura Cacia Essential Oils Prize Pack Giveaway for Moms! #spon

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So very pleased today's post and giveaway is sponsored by Aura Cacia Essential Oils!

Let's face it - every single day is Mother's Day - or at least should be.  Moms work harder and longer than anyone on the planet and need treats for ourselves the same!  If you follow me on Instagram, you already know I am a huge fan of Aura Cacia and buy regularly for beauty and for cleaning my house.  We are working together for Mother's Day (every day) to bring you a fabulous giveaway opportunity - Lavender Body Cream, Argan Oil (I use for my face and hair - spectacular),  Rose Essential Oil with Jojoba oil  and Lavender Tea Tree Oil!

The Argan, Rose Precious Essential and Lavender Tea tree can be used together for a facial serum recipe that is completely dreamy!   I have loved absolutely loved every product I have bought from Aura Cacia!  Little one uses the kid's bath foam packets  (I buy these at Whole Foods) for bath time fun!  The Lavender Body Cream, to be quite honest, my teen took and won't give back…she loooves it and the lavender smells amazing! (remind me to buy my own *sigh*)


We are giving away Argan Oil, Lavender Tea Tree Oil, Rose Precious Essential and Body Butter to a very lucky winner!   

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Prize is open to US only.  Prize is shipped via company.  We are not responsible for prize, use or shipping.  This is a sponsored post.  Opinions are my own.  I use (and have for years) Aura Cacia sponsored or not!  Enjoy the giveaway!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Maya The Bee Movie Trailer & DVD Giveaway! #MayaTheBee #spon

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We are so pleased today's post and giveaway is sponsored by Shout! Factory!

We have been watching Maya the Bee on Netflix and the whole family completely enjoys it!  The movie however, Maya The Bee Movie, is absolutely our most favorite Maya adventure!  Maya the Bee Movie could not be a more perfect family fun adventure - even the big kids love it - what could be better than a British bee who thinks for herself?!
Maya is a little bee with a big heart. She dreams of an exciting life of freedom, fun and adventure – the world is simply far too interesting to stay inside a hive! Her funny attempts to fit in bring her into trouble with the Queen’s narrow-minded royal advisor, Buzzlina. With her best friend Willy, Maya buzzes out into the meadow on an exhilarating adventure of self-discovery.

While most bees believe that other insects should be feared, Maya can’t help but make friends with Flip the charismatic and eccentric grasshopper, Kurt the dung beetle and even Sting, a young hornet. But when the Queen’s royal jelly is stolen, it will take Maya and all of her bug buddies to figure out who did it and how to save the day!

 

Maya the Bee Movie is approximately 79 minutes long.

Special Features:

·      A Interview With Maya
·      “Dancing With Bees” – An Exclusive Episode Of The Maya The Bee TV Series
·      Blooper Reel
·      Trailers
Recommended Family Entertainment by The Dove Foundation


I am absolutely thrilled to have a DVD copy (not a blu-ray) to giveaway to a bee-tastic Little Island Studios reader!  

Prize is open to US only.  Prize is shipped via publishing company - we are not responsible for shipping, prize or use.  

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This is a sponsored post with Shout! Factory! Opinions are my own.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Sprouts Farmers Market Homemade Recipes & Baby Food Sale!

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This is not a sponsored post.  We are huge fans of Sprouts Farmers Market and wanted to share!


Baby food is growing up!  According to Janet Little, nutritionist for Sprouts Farmers Market, the latest trends in baby foods include sophisticated flavors, more protein and fiber, a shift back to jars and organic ingredients . You can find a range of baby food products at Sprouts – for up to 25% off from May 6th – May 13th!

DIY Tips:
·        Keep all tools and work spaces spotlessly clean, washing with hot, soapy water and rinsing in hot water or use a dishwasher if possible.

·        Choose organic produce whenever possible.

·        Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly before peeling.

·        Use a blender or food processor to speed preparation. Add formula, breast milk,  juice or cooking water to thin the food.

·        Start with a thin, smooth, easy-to-swallow puree. As your baby grows and chewing and swallowing reflexes mature, the consistency can be thickened.

·        Make larger batches so you can portion them out in ice cube trays to freeze. Then put them in plastic storage bags. Take cubes out, heat and serve.

·        Avocados or bananas may be mashed and served in a variety of ways. They do not require cooking.


When you have time, make your own baby food!  Check out these super easy and delicious healthy recipes! 

Sweet Potato
Ingredients
4 oz sweet potato, finely diced
1 cup water

Method
In a pot, bring the diced sweet potato and water to boil, for about 15 minutes or until it reaches the desired consistency that you like. It should break down quite a bit after the boiling. If not, you can use the back of the spoon to mash the sweet potato to the desired texture. To make a silky smooth sweet potato puree, you can blend it with a blender. Let cool and serve.    

Purple Carrots
Ingredients:
1 bunch purple carrots – about 10 carrots
Small amount of water

Method

Peel and slice carrots.  Place in a steaming basket over boiling water and steam for 20-25 minutes or until tender. Adding a little bit of water (do not use your cooking water), purée the carrots. Let cool and serve.  If freezing, remove the frozen purée from the trays and place in a freezer bag and mark to be used within 3 months.
7 to 8 months
Start testing other fruits and vegetables and proteins such as lentils and meats in thicker purees. Still go one new ingredient at a time, but now mix a few together once you know your baby isn’t allergic.



Green Bean, Potato, and Kale Puree
Ingredients
1/4 pound green beans
1 large organic russet potato, peeled and sliced
4 large organic kale leaves, stems removed and coarsely chopped
1 cup organic chicken stock
3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Method
In a medium saucepan, combine beans, potato, kale, and stock and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat. Cook uncovered until potatoes are fork-tender, about 10 minutes. Transfer contents of saucepan to a blender and add Parmesan and olive oil. Puree until as smooth as you prefer. Serve warm.

Lentil and Apple Puree
Ingredients:
1/2 cups lentils
2 1/2 cups water
1 tbsp olive oil
1 small organic red delicious apple, cored and diced
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
pinch cinnamon

Pour the water into a saucepan and add the lentils. Bring to the boil. Lower the heat and simmer the lentils until cooked – they should be tender and breaking down, about 25 to 35 minutes. While the lentils are cooking, heat the oil in a small frying pan and saute the diced apple and crushed garlic until tender, stir in all the spices and cook for a few more minutes. Cool briefly. Transfer the entire mixture to a blender and puree until smooth and serve.


Obviously moms are super busy and need a break.   Sprouts knows this and has put their organic baby food on sale this month for 25% off - so stock up for days you want to relax! (as much as possible when you're a mom ;)

Happy spring, lovelies! 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Take An Instagram Pic To Give TOMS Shoes! #WithoutShoes

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So you know, this is not sponsored.  TOMS is awesome and I thought I'd participate!


If you are not already aware,  TOMS is an excellent company!  I'm a bit obsessed with their shoes and market place (if you follow little island studios on Instagram, you already know I'm over-the-moon for their coffee!)  If you are going to spend your hard earned money - make it count!  

Shop like it matters.  TOMS gives back - shoes, water and life necessities to children in need!


For every person that posts a barefoot photo to Instagram with the hashtag #withoutshoes between May 5th - May 21st, TOMS will donate a pair of shoes to a person in need. It’s that simple - no purchase of shoes necessary.  



This May use your Instagram for good and go #WITHOUTSHOES! 



This is not a sponsored post.  I am very careful about what I give to and support.   Always know what you are supporting - I never give without knowledge.   I fully support this project! 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Breakfast is Bliss!

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Good morning, lovelies!  We wanted to say happy, happy weekend and not to forget a healthy breakfast!  Food matters!


We are a bit obsessed with oats lately and making them several times a week.   So healthy - add some yummy toppings and viola - breakfast bliss!

Almonds
Blackberries
Bananas
Pecans
Lemon Water with Cayenne Pepper (I use Frontier Spices) 
Grapefruit
Organic Coffee (check out TOMS Roasted Coffee and give back clean water!)

All Organic



Check out our Weekend Brunch Happiness suggestions!


Happy, Happy Weekend to you and don't forget to enjoy breakfast bliss! 



Friday, April 24, 2015

Sunday Brunch Happiness!

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Happy weekend, lovelies! 


My most favorite place to be on the weekends are my back yard sitting with my coffee, listening to the birds at my picnic table.  It is what spring is made for!  


Little one is calmer and happier outside - who isn't?


We make a eggie scramble with amazing organic eggs with fresh veggies and fruit on the side.  (I always top my eggs with chia seeds)


My Notes:

We love Vital Farms pasture eggs (organic and Verified Non-GMO)
Chia seeds and red palm oil - Nutiva
Onions
Sea Salt
Pepper 
Garlic
Tomato
Red Peppers

Any veggies you have fresh - Mushrooms are amazing too!

Picnic area
Freshly picked flowers
Blankies

Enjoy the sunshine, healthy food and family!

Happy weekend, Lovelies!