Monday, November 13, 2017

The Futon Shop Natural Dog Bed Giveaway!


This post and giveaway is in collaboration with The Futon Shop!

When we rescued Lola while staying in Boulder last winter, we were told she had separation anxiety and that she would be a difficult dog to have.  We didn't listen.  Lola has become the most amazing playmate for my little one and a loyal and comforting friend to my teen.  Lola is the best travel dog and incredible watch dog.   From the day we brought her home she seems so relieved to be home.

I am very aware of today's toxic environment between the air quality (or lack-thereof), GMO foods and pesticides in everything from water, lawns to our morning cereal.  Taking a stand and choosing wellness over-all is imperative for healthy living.  I am a huge fan of The Futon Shop, their products and their mission statement.  A top notch company! 


Lola sighed and wouldn't get off the bed.  I don't think I've seen her so very comfy!
Seriously...she sighed! 


At The Futon Shop you can choose the size of bed and the filling - Organic cotton, natural latex, coconut,  pure wool - all materials you can feel good about giving to your loved companions!  All beds come with removable waterproof covers.

A name I trust for my family and pets too! 


The Futon Shop has extended its chemical free mattress collection to include pets! Rather than a cheap foam pet bed you can get your beloved animal their own mattress with a removable water resistant case for easy cleaning. No matter what size your pet is we can customize a pet bed for you right at our San Francisco design center. - The Futon Shop
The Futon Shop, doggie beds, unlike conventional dog beds, is free from toxins and pesticides and I have zero issues with my little one cuddled up with Lola!  


To follow Lola's adventures please follow @agirlherdogandatruck


The Futon Shop on Instagram! 

Lola has even been featured on Real Simple Magazine's Instagram page! 


YAY! 

The Futon Shop is giving away a bed to make one lucky winner's holiday woof-tactic! 



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This post is in collaboration with The Futon Shop.   Opinions are our own.  We support The Futon Shop sponsored or not.  The Futon Shop is well-run and an incredible ethical company!


Monday, November 6, 2017

Balsamic Egg Toasts & A Feature On The Company Store!

We are SO pleased to collaborate with The Company Store and bring you a delicious way to treat yourself this holiday season - Balsamic Egg Toasties!

Check out our feature at The Company Store! 
Tips to treating yourself to a spectacular organic breakfast - 

Start with making your bed the coziest you can -  layer organic and soft fluffy comforters, blankets, pillows and favorite throws!

Make a simple but elegant breakfast and get out the beautiful dishes that you use for special occasions.

Use the best ingredients you can, knowing that what you feed your body makes all-the-difference.


Please don't forget to grab our recipe at The Company Store! 



We are pleased to collaborate with The Company Store on their site! 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Master Bedroom Restyle - Organic Happiness!


I am currently obsessed with creating my own space.  Perhaps this comes from years of creating gorgeous spaces for my family and little ones?  I have traveled so much over the past few years that I scarcely have had time to think of what is going on for the week, much less think of my own style or what I might like.  My current room used to be the playroom for years and still had bright walls and curtains.   Now it is my room (yes, my husband's too when he is in town).   I desperately needed calm and quiet.  I need as much as possible organic and "clean".    

The bed is the coziest I have ever had - organic and fluffy - like sleeping on a cloud! 
The first thing to do is purge your space of everything that is not needed.
Ask yourself - have I used in the past two years?
Does it fit?
Does it make me smile?
Do I even like it?
Do I need it?
And do I really want to keep it? 


Organic bedding is the first thing I choose.  Whites and greys are extremely soothing and have an incredible calming affect.  Cotton that is organic and not full of pesticides is something I do not comprise on - it matters.  The grey sheets are from West Elm, the gossamer slate grey blanket and the organic and responsible down comforter is from The Company Store.  I don't think I've ever enjoyed my bed more!  
My bed is handmade with reclaimed wood and no toxic coatings.  My husband made for me years ago for my birthday.  Awesome, I know ;)



Plants do more than make me smile and add a pop of green to the space.  
Plants are amazing air filters and I highly suggest having as many as you can.  

Natural treasures from our travels - gorgeous branch rubbed smooth from Colorado stream waters, pinecones that still smell of the Rocky Mountains on them, white stones from Austin waterholes, shells from Florida and South Carolina and even plain rocks given to me as a gift from DC hikes when my youngest was a toddler.   These things make me smile every time I see them and remind me of all-the-places I have been.
I do not usually buy rugs because of either the material or the chemicals used to process them.  This is the Winter Branches rug from West Elm.  Hand tufted and made in India.  I absolutely love it! (see below for before picture of this area)

We made this window seat years ago and now even with plants and books, it is still a favorite quiet spot to watch autumn showers! 

Now the lightest and calmest room in the house and it seems I am not the only one loving it! 

Plant stand is from West Elm!


An organic mattress is even more important than organic sheets.  Mattresses matter - free of pesticides, flame retardant chemicals and other toxins you do not want to breath in every single night.  My organic and wool mattress is on order from The Futon Shop.  Please follow little island studios on Instagram and InstaStories for more updates.

This is before! 

 
Bright green walls and pink and orange curtains left over from the playroom is not exactly soothing to wake up to!


This is not a sponsored post.  A couple of the things in my room were part of previous collaborations, but not sponsored. 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Peanut Butter Energy Apple Dip & A Giveaway!

This post and giveaway is happily sponsored by Barleans

School has been well on it's way and your kids might already be bored of lunches and snacks already.  Let's tweak it up a bit by making a super healthy and delicious dip for apple slices.  Apple slices and peanut butter dip is always my go-to for healthy eating and plus, it's super quick.  Adding in Barlean's Energy Blend and a bit of coconut oil makes it all that much healthier!  Add in a cool container and that always gets their attention! 


Ingredients -

Peanut butter - 1 cup
Cocoa - 1 even tablespoon
Barlean's Organic Energy Blend - 2 teas
Barlean's Coconut Oil - 1 teas.

Organic Apples - washed, sliced and ready to eat!

My Notes:

Apples are among the highest in pesticides in fruit.   Please choose organic or even from your local biodynamic farmer! 

Green plates are Fiesta Dinnerware
Paring knife is Miyabi Knives
Towel is from Williams Sonoma


We have a coconut oil and a LunchBots container to giveaway to one winner.  US residents only please.  Prize is shipped via vendors.  We are not responsible for shipping or making lunch! 


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This post is in collaboration with Barlean's Organics.  Opinions are my own.  I use Barlean's many products for me and my family, sponsored or not! 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Vanilla & Cardamon Rice Crispy Treats!


The other day I realized my little one had never had rice crispy treats!  How did that happen?  I do not want the kids having treats or anything else that is full of corn syrup, colorings and GMOs and so in the process had skipped a kid favorite treat! 

I looked up so many recipes for them and really it is just marshmallows, butter and rice cereal.  Well, I bought my favorite rice cereal and non-GMO marshmallows and yummy grass fed butter.  I wanted something a bit different and added cardamon and vanilla and oh, my goodness gracious - YUMMM!   These rice crispy treats are by far the best ones I have ever had and the spice makes it okay for grown ups to indulge for the holiday season too!  Please follow our Instagram for InstaStories for fun recipes and ideas! 

After slicing store the treats in air tight containers to enjoy for 2-3 days!  As if they would last that long in my house! 

We use unbleached parchment paper to line the cookie sheet with.
No mess and no chemicals leaching into foods. ...but mostly no mess!
Cool at room temperature. 
Slice into squares or even use cookie cutters for fun festive shapes!

Ingredients -

3 oz. Grass fed butter - we use Kerrygold
1 heaping tablespoon Coconut Oil - Barleans Organic Culinary 
5 1/2 cups Rice cereal - we use Erewhon Cereal
1 1/2 teas. Vanilla - Frontier Co-op Organic Spices
1 teas Cardamon (we like more than less cardamon) - Frontier Co-op
12 oz. Mini Marshmallows - Dandie Marshmallows are non-GMO

Heat dutch oven or sauce pan to medium low heat.
Add 1 heaping tablespoon of coconut oil.
Stir around melting coconut oil.
Add in and melt the butter
When butter is almost melted - Add in the vanilla and cardamon. 
Stir. 
Add in the marshmallows.
Stir.
Stir.
Stir.
Stir some more.
When just melted add in the rice and continue stirring until mixed well.

You can always add in more butter or a bit more rice, if needed.

When all mixed together pull off heat immediately.
Spread into a lined rimmed cookie sheet or jelly roll pan.

Allow to cool room temp.

Slice and enjoy! 

Have the kids help!  If they do 2 or 3 shakes of the cardamon then that is good!  If they spill the vanilla a little, then the more the vanilla the merrier!  It doesn't have to be perfect!  If they want to add mini marshmallows on top after you spread it out on the the pan, then let them!  It will be pretty and extra marshmallows are always a good thing.  
This is super easy and fun to do.  The kids will have fun measuring, staring, spreading and even slicing the treats.  Something for every age appropriateness! 

Have fun! 

All of our ingredients are organic and/or Non-GMO.  
There is no reason not to have treats you grew up with.  
Choose great ingredients and get the kids in the kitchen and make them yourself!  

This is not a sponsored post.  Just delicious! 

Family Movie Night Watching Disney-Pixar's Cars 3!

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Today's post is sponsored by Disney - Pixar! 

We are always on the look out for family friendly movies for Friday movie night!  Disney - Pixar's Cars 3 does not disappoint!  Cars 3 is full of action and racing, something that was missing from the first Cars movie.  We like racing!  This passing of the torch movie is about mentoring the new generation and doing the right thing.  My whole family just loved it, including the teenager!  Cars 3 is now available on Blu-Ray, DVD and digital streaming including the bonus content.  Enjoy! 



Disney and Pixar present CARS 3, a fast-paced new tale of Lightning McQueen, his classic CARS friends and a new spirited trainer Cruz Ramirez! Lighting finds himself pushed out of racing by a new generation of faster and younger cars and goes on a journey to discover where he belongs in this new type of high-octane competition. CARS 3- the third film in the now-iconic CARS film franchise—will cruise home Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ on Oct. 24 and Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD™ & Blu-ray™ on Nov. 7!

This post is sponsored by Disney 3.  Opinions are my own.  There are no affiliate links on this page.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Treasure Hunts & Stonyfield® Organic YoKids® Yogurt!

We are so pleased to team up with our favorite kids yogurt, Stonyfield® Organic YoKids® on this post!
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Autumn is in full swing and we are already refreshing our go-to on-the-go snacks transitioning from summer seasonal foods to autumn.  One thing that doesn't change is my kid's love of Stonyfield® Organic YoKids® yogurt!  Stonyfield has made a commitment to lower the sugar in their organic kids' yogurt by 25-40% and that is great news! Stonyfield already makes delicious yogurt without the use of pesticides, chemicals, corn fructose syrup or GMOs.  Stonyfield makes products I feel good about giving my family and my kids choose Stonyfield® Organic YoKids® yogurt every single time!
Stonyfield® Organic YoKids® yogurt pouches are ready to go for autumn treasure hunts! Little one loves to pack his own treats and fill his own water bottle.  The pouches are set to have 35% less sugar by December of this year!  All of Stonyfield foods are Non-GMO Verified and organic.
On our treasure hunt we picked acorns for fairy hats, pine cones for making mini Christmas trees, leaves for pressing, bark for painting and creating new ramps for fairy cars and healthy snacks.  All-in-all we had a most successful autumn treasure hunt! 

Stonyfield® Organic YoKids® yogurt multipacks have 40% less sugar than the leading kids' yogurt, with 2.5g of sugar per ounce compared to 4g per ounce in the leading kids' yogurt. Stonyfield products are available at major markets countrywide and Stonyfield® Organic YoKids® yogurt is the number one organic kids yogurt brand! It's always our number one!


Stonyfield® Organic YoKids® yogurt for kids is available in cups, pouches, tubes and smoothies! All ready for your kids' adventures, sports and outings!

Stonyfield is a certified B Corp: Certified B Corps meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability.

This post is in collaboration and sponsored by Stonyfield® Organic YoKids®.  Opinions are my (and my kids) own.  We buy Stonyfield weekly (sometimes more than that) sponsored or not.  Enjoy!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

William's Winter Nap Picture Book Giveaway!


This post and giveaway is in collaboration with Disney Publishing! Yay! 

The weather is already chilly here and we are pulling out blankies and our cozy books for the season! William's Winter Nap is a new cozy picture book we have added to our bedtime rotation!  William's Winter Nap is simply lovely - the simple and engaging verse by Linda Ashman and the creative artwork illustrated by Chuck Groenink is sure to be a favorite with the little ones by Disney Publishing! 


Just when William is ready to fall asleep in his cozy cabin, there is a tap on his window. A chilly chipmunk asks to stay, and Will scooches over in bed. "There's room for two--I'm sure we'll fit." The chipmunk is just the first in a parade of mammals, each bigger than the last, until the bed is full. Then a note is slipped beneath the door: "Do you have room for just one more?" William tugs the door to see who's there . . . only to find a great big BEAR! Is there enough space to spare? Will the other animals be willing to share?

Kids will delight at each new guest's arrival and enjoy counting along as the animals keep scooching over to fit in William's bed. Linda Ashman's clever rhymes set up each page turn with suspense and humor, and the expressions on Chuck Groenink's characters are perfect. This is must reading for the dark time of year when everyone wants to hibernate! - Disney-Hyperion 
When a series of animals come knocking at the door seeking a warm place to sleep, 
there’s always room for one more! WILLIAM’S WINTER NAP (Disney-Hyperion | 
On Sale October 10, 2017), written by Linda Ashman and illustrated by Chuck 
Groenink, is the perfect read-aloud for a cold winter night. Ashman’s playful rhymes, 
paired with Groenink’s irresistible animal illustrations, will have young readers 
cuddling up to this book with their favorite stuffed animals at bedtime. 
Just when William is ready to fall asleep in his cozy cabin, there is a tap on his 
window. A chilly chipmunk asks to stay, and Will scooches over in bed. 
When a series of animals come knocking at the door seeking a warm place to sleep, 
there’s always room for one more! WILLIAM’S WINTER NAP (Disney-Hyperion | 
On Sale October 10, 2017), written by Linda Ashman and illustrated by Chuck 
Groenink, is the perfect read-aloud for a cold winter night. Ashman’s playful rhymes, 
paired with Groenink’s irresistible animal illustrations, will have young readers 
cuddling up to this book with their favorite stuffed animals at bedtime. 
Just when William is ready to fall asleep in his cozy cabin, there is a tap on his 
window. A chilly chipmunk asks to stay, and Will scooches over in bed. "There's room 
for two—I’m sure we'll fit." The chipmunk is just the first in a parade of mammals (all of which actually do 
hibernate), each bigger than the last, until the bed is full. 
Then a note is slipped beneath the door: "Do you have room for just one more?" William peeks out to see who's 
there... only to find a great big BEAR! Is there enough space to spare? Will the other animals be willing to 
share? 
The depth and quality of Groenink’s color palette wil
When a series of animals come knocking at the door seeking a warm place to sleep, 
there’s always room for one more! WILLIAM’S WINTER NAP (Disney-Hyperion | 
On Sale October 10, 2017), written by Linda Ashman and illustrated by Chuck 
Groenink, is the perfect read-aloud for a cold winter night. Ashman’s playful rhymes, 
paired with Groenink’s irresistible animal illustrations, will have young readers 
cuddling up to this book with their favorite stuffed animals at bedtime. 
Just when William is ready to fall asleep in his cozy cabin, there is a tap on his 
window. A chilly chipmunk asks to stay, and Will scooches over in bed. "There's room 
for two—I’m sure we'll fit." The chipmunk is just the first in a parade of mammals (all of which actually do 
hibernate), each bigger than the last, until the bed is full. 
Then a note is slipped beneath the door: "Do you have room for just one more?" William peeks out to see who's 
there... only to find a great big BEAR! Is there enough space to spare? Will the other animals be willing to 
share? 
The depth and quality of Groenin
When a series of animals come knocking at the door seeking a warm place to sleep, 
there’s always room for one more! WILLIAM’S WINTER NAP (Disney-Hyperion | 
On Sale October 10, 2017), written by Linda Ashman and illustrated by Chuck 
Groenink, is the perfect read-aloud for a cold winter night. Ashman’s playful rhymes, 
paired with Groenink’s irresistible animal illustrations, will have young readers 
cuddling up to this book with their favorite stuffed animals at bedtime. 
Just when William is ready to fall asleep in his cozy cabin, there is a tap on his 
window. A chilly chipmunk asks to stay, and Will scooches over in bed. "There's room 
for two—I’m sure we'll fit." The chipmunk is just the first in a parade of mammals (all of which actually do 
hibernate), each bigger than the last, until the bed is full. 
Then a note is slipped beneath the door: "Do you have room for just one more?" William peeks out to see who's 
there... only to find a great big BEAR! Is there enough space to spare? Will the other animals be willing to 
share? 
The depth and quality of Groenin
Snuggle in and get cozy for William's Winter Nap! 

Linda Ashman (lindaashman.com) is the author of more than thirty picture books and the creator of The Nuts and Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books. To her, a well-done picture book is a work of art. But, she says, "The real magic happens when a picture book is shared and a child laughs, asks questions, studies the illustrations, and says, 'Read it again.'" Her books have been included on the "best of the year" lists of The New York TimesParenting and Child magazines, the New York Public Library, Bank Street College of Education, and the International Reading Association. She leads writing workshops and gives presentations about writing and children's books at conferences and schools. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with her husband, Jack, their son Jackson, and their two dogs.

Chuck Groenink (www.chuckgroenink.com) hails from an overgrown village among the peat bogs in the north of the Netherlands, where he spent his formative years climbing trees, drawing, reading, and cycling. He attended the Artez Institute of Visual Arts in Kampen, graduating from the department of illustration in 2004. He lives in Hudson, New York with his wife and two cats.

We have one copy to giveaway.  US only please.  Prize is shipped via publisher. We are not responsible for shipping, use or if your little one wants all the animals to come in for winter! Just saying.

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This post is in collaboration with Disney Publishing. Opinions are my own! 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Disney's Mickey Mouse: Merry & Scary DVD Out Now!

We are collaborating on this post with Disney!

Disney's Mickey Mouse: Merry & Scary is sure to make even the most hard-to-please person in your family smile!  Merry & Scary is appropriate for the little ones and widely entertaining for the older kids, (including teens...mom and dad too) as well!  We have always enjoyed Disney's Halloween animation and these are true the vintage style!  Disney's Mickey Mouse: Merry & Scary is a must for the entire holiday season! 
Happy Holidays! 




The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular!
For Halloween, Mickey has tricked out his house like a “tomb, sweet, tomb" and along with his pals Donald and Goofy, plans to tell hair-raising Halloween stories! However, his attempt at being scary falls flatter than a pancake. Can Mickey conjure up a truly terrifying tale before the stroke of midnight

Duck The Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…to migrate south for the winter! But Donald wants to stay put and celebrate his first Christmas with his friends. Mickey creates the ultimate list of everything to make Donald's first Christmas great, but before you can catch a snowflake on your tongue, Donald has turned into a shivering, sneezing duck-cicle! 

Voice CastChris Diamantopoulus as Mickey Mouse/Vampire; Russi Taylor as Minnie/Huey/Dewey/Louie/The Witch; Bill Farmer as Goofy; Tony Anselmo as Donald Duck; Tress MacNeille as Daisy Duck; and Corey Burton as Professor Von Drake.

Episodes: Includes two 22-minute holiday themed episodes (Halloween & Christmas)
·         The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular
·         Duck The Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special

Bonus Shorts: Five 3-minute shorts
·         Ghoul Friend
·         The Boiler Room
·         Black & White
·         Entombed
·         Split Decision

This is a sponsored post. Opinions are my own!