Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Goodnight Everyone Picture Book Giveaway!

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Today's post is in collaboration with Candlewick Press! 

Goodnight Everyone by Chris Haughton is one of our favorite bedtime stories! Absolutely delightful tale of one little bear is not sleepy yet as the forest animals around her are settling down for the nights sleep.  Such a lovely and calming book for bedtime.  

The sun is setting, and everyone in the forest is getting sleepy. The mice, rabbits, and deer all give great big yawns as they snuggle up with their families for the night. But someone isn't sleepy just yet. Little Bear thinks he can stay awake a bit longer. Can he do it? Chris Haughton's bold and vibrant illustrations will captivate little ones eager to stay up just a teeny bit longer, while sweet depictions of animals cozying up in their beds for the night will soon have them yawning off to a dreamland of their own. - Candlewick Press

The art is happy, warm and inviting.

We have one hardcover copy for a giveaway!  Prize is for US residents only please.  Prize is shipped via publisher.  We are not responsible for shipping.

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This post is in collaboration with Candlewick Press. Opinions are my own.  We simply love Candlewick Press and Goodnight Everyone!

Monday, March 20, 2017

West Paw Design's QWIZL Doggie Toy Happiness!

We have happily teamed up with West Paw Design to celebrate their new dog toy - QWIZL made with Zogoflex material! Happy dogs everywhere! 

I would like to introduce Lola.  She is my daughter's rescue baby from Boulder, Colorado.  Lola is a blessing and fits into our family very nicely.  Lola has some separation anxiety that no one had wanted to help her through.  We did some research and found that a toy that mentally stimulates and keeps her busy was key to improvement in behavior.  We's are loving and highly suggest West Paw Design's Qwizl Toy!
Lola is perfect at camouflage!  

The QWIZL with ZogoFlex material is the perfect hide and treat toy for dogs! 

Zogoflex dog toys from West Paw Design are made in Bozeman,Montana are non-toxic, dishwasher safe, float for water play and backed by an awesome guarantee!

West Paw Design Doggie Toys are Lola approved! 

Lola just loves the DASH Frisbee! 
(Excuse the unpacking mess! )

We are HUGE fans of West Paw Designs!  The Whole Foods in Boulder carries most of them and that is how we were introduced.  Check out all of West Paw Design's toys for doggies and kitties! 

May we suggest the DASH frisbee and the QWIZL Treat Toy!  She truly loves and plays with them all...but these two are her most favorites!

Follow us on Instagram and don't forget to check out our InstaStories
 for daily fun with Lola! 

We are collaborating with West Paw Design.  Opinions are our own.  And yes, we simply love these doggie toys - Just ask Lola! 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

SING Blu-Ray Special Edition Giveaway! #SINGmovie #SINGAway #spon

We have happily teamed up with Illumination to bring you a SING Blu-Ray Giveaway! Enjoy! 

SING Special Edition is available with 3 New Mini-Movies on March 21 – just in time for Friday Family Movie Night!

From Illumination Entertainment, the studio that brought you THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS comes an animated comedy about finding the music that lives inside all of us. 

If you follow us on Instagram and our InstaStories you know that Friday night family movie this week was SING!  We loved it and can't stop - SINGING!  

SING stars Matthew McConaughey as Buster Moon, an eternally optimistic koala who puts on the world’s greatest singing competition to save his crumbling theater; winner Reese Witherspoon as Rosita, an overworked and underappreciated mother of 25 piglets desperate to unleash her inner diva; Scarlett Johansson as Ash, a punk rock porcupine with a beautiful voice behind her prickly exterior; and Taron Egerton as Johnny, a young gangster gorilla looking to break free of his family’s felonies.
SING is the musical comedy event of the year!

Love this video with Reese Witherspoon taking about motherhood and SING! 

My Notes:

Moms, so that you know - the very first preview on the Blu-Ray is an advertisement for the new Fifty Shades of Grey movie.  Honestly, I have NO idea why a clearly rated R movie is advertised on a PG animated movie for kids.  We immediately skipped it and went right for the movie.  Thought you should know in case you thought of putting movie on and leaving room.

The movie has funny laugh out loud parts, however is geared toward younger kids (ie...not my teenager)

My kiddo absolutely loved it and has been singing since.  He found a microphone is his play bin and has been running around singing! 

My favorite part is the mom pig, played by Reece Witherspoon and her 25 kids! 

The Blu-Ray comes with 3 mini-movies that are all very funny! 
 Our favorite it Gunter Babysits!  


We have one blu-ray copy to giveaway!  Enter as many times as you like.  Winner will be emailed.  Giveaway is for US residents only please.  Prize is shipped via studio.  We are not responsible for shipping, use or if your kids won't stop singing! Good luck!

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

B Corporations - People Using Business As A Force For Good!

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We are so excited to partner with Stonyfield - now part of B Corp - Business as a force for good!

Shop like you mean it.  Where and what you spend your money on is more important now than ever.  So when we head to the market - we shop like we mean it.   Stonyfield has never lost sight of their original mission, of healthy people, healthy food, healthy planet and healthy business. Therefore, it was only fitting that they become a certified B Corporation!  We are honored to be a part of the Stonyfield blogging team and their commitment to the environment and healthy futures! 

Today, there is a growing community of more than 1,600 Certified B Corps from 42 countries and over 120 industries working together toward 1 unifying goal: to redefine success in business. B Corps are better companies – better for workers, better for communities and better for the environment. 

The B Corp movement is one of the most important of our lifetime, built on the simple fact that business impacts and serves more than just shareholders—it has an equal responsibility to the community and to the planet.Rose Marcario, CEO of Patagonia
Certified B Corporations redefine success in business.
Individually, B Corps meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability and aspire to use the power of markets to solve social and environmental problems. 
Collectively, B Corps lead a growing global movement of people using business as a force for good. Through the power of their collective voice, one day all companies will compete to be best for the world and society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity for all.

Some of our most favorite B Corporation Companies
Stonyfield Organics - Grass fed and organic amazing yogurts!
West Paw Designs - THE best doggie toys!
Purely Elizabeth - Granola (to top your Stonyfield yogurt) and other healthy foods
Method Cleaning - Cleaning Goodies
Puuka Teas - Organic and delicious
Preserve Products - Recycled Toothbrushes and more
King Arthur Flours - Unbleached and unbromated and never GMOs - Baking perfection!
Just to name a few!
We are happily a part of Stonyfield's blogging team. Opinions are my own. Shop like it matters! 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Du Iz Tak? Picture Book by Carson Ellis

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We have happily teamed up with Candlewick Press to bring moms picture books their kids will love!

Du Iz Tak? a 2017 Caldecott Honor book by Carson Ellis and published by Candlewick Press is one of the most imaginative picture books on our book shelf right now.   Entirely in "bug language", I thought my little one wouldn't get it and it would not keep his interest.  Not so!  I read the first page and little one looked at me.  I said "it's bug language" and he perked up and said "GREAT! Now I can talk to bugs! Keep reading, momma!"  And since that night, Du Iz Tak is a nightly read at our house!
Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis is on our bookshelf!~  Picture books are everything!  Have beautiful and colorful picture books facing out to constantly inspire your children to read and dream!
Our happy bright yellow bookshelf is from The Land of Nod!

Du iz tak? What is that? As a tiny shoot unfurls, two damselflies peer at it in wonder. When the plant grows taller and sprouts leaves, some young beetles arrive to gander, and soon—with the help of a pill bug named Icky—they wrangle a ladder and build a tree fort. But this is the wild world, after all, and something horrible is waiting to swoop down—booby voobeck!—only to be carried off in turn. Su! With exquisitely detailed illustrations and tragicomic flair, Carson Ellis invites readers to imagine the dramatic possibilities to be found in even the humblest backyard. Su! - Candlewick Press

We have one hardcover copy to giveaway!  Prize is shipped to US address only, please.  We are not responsible for shipping, use or if your kiddo suddenly starts talking to all the bugs!   

Enter to win!

This is a sponsored post.  Opinions are my own. 

Friday, February 3, 2017

Celebrate Winter With Colorful OOLY Giveaway!

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It's in the middle of winter and we are all about crafts, fun and color happiness!  Valentine's Day is coming and we are huge fans of little goodies that do not involve sugar and entertain without batteries!

We have partnered again with our most favorite art company to celebrate new spring goodies and their new name - OOLY!  (previously International Arrivals)

We are running a giveaway on our Instagram page and we want to invite you to enter!

Follow OOLY on their Instagram page - supplies, art and crafts, new ideas for your kids! 
What could be happier?!

Follow us - @littleislandstudios on our Instagram page for travel, food and everything moms!

OOLY's newly vamped website - if you don't smile whilst on their site...I'm not sure we have must in common.  Color, crafts, art - all happiness!


This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Instagram.
Opinions are my own and I buy from OOLY for my family and gift giving! 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Under Water, Under Earth Picture Book Giveaway!

We have happily teamed up with Big Picture Press to bring you another amazing must-have book for your kids!  Enjoy! 

As always we simply love the books Big Picture Press puts out, but I have to say - they've outdone themselves on this one!  Under Earth, Under Water picture book  by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski, goes above and beyond providing inspiration for kids!  This two sided book has my little one absolutely intrigued.  We are still working on our reading, but he is enthralled looking at the pictures or me reading to him.  He brings this book everywhere!  The book is huge and to be opened and read vertically with Earth in one half - turn and water takes over that half.  We love it! 

Under Water, Under Earth is the must-have for any child looking to learn about submarines, diving, sinkholes, shipwrecks, oil and gas exploration, giants of the deep, natural gas, water, electricity, tectonic plates, volcanoes, geysers, earth's layers, how roots grow, animal habitats and countless other facts in Under Water, Under Earth! 

Under Water, Under Earth on our bookshelf today! 

Several pages on roots and layers of the earth! 

One of little one's favorite subjects - The Mariana Trench! 

Hundreds of fascinating facts are waiting to be unearthed in this latest book from Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski, the creative duo behind the best-selling Maps. Dive below the surface and find out what happens under earth and under sea—from early submarines and deep-sea life to burrowing animals and man-made tunnels. You will never look at the world in the same way again! Gorgeous design and quirky illustrations make this a book to be pored over again and again. - Big Picture Press

Whether you buy, win or borrow from your local library, please don't miss this picture book - Under Water, Under Earth

We are so very happy to have a copy to giveaway!  US only please. I do not recommend products / books that I would not purchase myself. ( this goes into my gift buying book)   Book is shipped via publisher, we are not responsible for shipping, use or if your child becomes fascinated and won't come to dinner because he wants to do nothing but read this book.  You've been warned.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Brush With TUNG for Everyday Healthy Living!

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Today's post is sponsored by Tung Brushes!

We all know brushing our teeth is important, but did you know that brushing your tongue is just as important?  We brush our tongue overtime we brush our teeth.  Germs and bacteria hang out on the tongue and it is imperative for healthy living that we brush our tongues.  We have always used our tooth brushes to brush our tongue, but after using the specially designed TUNG brush, we all use TUNG now.

TUNG Brush has been designed to actually clean your tongue without gagging unlike cleaning your tongue with a toothbrush. The worst or grossest bacteria actually lives in the back of your tongue and TUNG Brush has been designed so that users can get to that bacteria without setting off that gag reflex we all hate.  

 Why Should We Brush Our Teeth?  90% of the bacteria that cause bad breath live on the tongue — not on the teeth or gums. But bad breath, or “chronic halitosis” as the creator of Listerine famously labelled it in the 1920s, isn’t the only reason to clean your tongue — nor, perhaps, the most important.

Where Does Bad Breath Come From?

The same anaerobic bacteria that are blamed for cavities in your teeth form thick colonies known as biofilm, which allow them to thrive in the nooks and crannies of the tongue. There, they consume leftovers from your meals and emit volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) as waste. These VSCs are the primary source of the odor we know as “bad breath.
Bath Time Essentials - TUNG Brush, Towels & Toys!

Jammies, Teeth then Story Time before off to BED!  

Night, lovelies! 

The Bottom Line - 
  • TUNG Brushes reduces the number of bacteria living on the tongue.
  • TUNG Brushes help neutralize the odors produced by bacteria waste
  • TUNG can help reduce the risk of periodontal disease, which in turn is linked to diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems!  Brush!

We happily teamed up with TUNG Brushes! Opinions are my own!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Winter Skin Care With Juice Beauty!

Happy New Year to you!  We have partnered with Juice Beauty to bring you an awesome giveaway!

We are in the Rocky Mountains for the winter and it is beyond amazing - the food, views and winter activities!  I have to say though...my skin is deeply missing summer.  I kid you not.  My skin is drinking more than I am right now - it's so very dry!  If you're not careful, you can wake up one morning and look like a lizard!  Laugh all you want, but those who live in this dry air, know exactly what I am talking about.  

My teen cannot have honey, so we seek out vegan makeup for her.  This is not as easy as it sounds.  Most makeup and lip sticks have honey or a form of it.  Or it simply doesn't look good.  My daughter simply loves the look of Juice Beauty lip sticks.  They are all she uses!

My Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer has become my go-to winter accessory.  I put on in the morning and at night.  If it's especially dry - mid-day as well.

Missing summer already!  Follow us on Instagram and our InstaStories for daily adventures, recipes and travel fun! 

Daily Juice Beauty Skin Care routine - green your clean! 

At Juice Beauty we abide by our Eco-Values for everything we do. These values include: 

  • Authentically Organic Formulas made with USDA certified Organic Ingredients: Juice Beauty uses ingredients from USDA certified organic farms for two reasons, to enhance the powerful antioxidants which increases the efficacy of our products and to limit pesticide and synthetic fertilizer residue which could be absorbed.
  • Powerful Action Without Potentially Harmful Endocrine Disrupting Ingredients: Juice Beauty formulates without parabens, petroleum, pesticides, propylene or butylene glycols, silicones, talc, carbon black, phthalates, sulfates, PEGs, TEA, DEA, GMO, silicones, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. For the several thousand other commonly used cosmetic ingredients we never add, see our CLEAN BEAUTY™ Challenge.
  • Vegan & No Animal Testing: Juice Beauty never formulates with animal byproducts whether it's glue from horse hooves, or carmine from crushed beetles. Additionally, Juice Beauty is Leaping Bunny certified and we've received the PETA courage in commerce award.
  • Sustainable Company Practices utilizing Solar Power & Sourcing Locally. Juice Beauty sources as many ingredients as possible from the Western Region of the United States to limit fuel waste and to control quality. Of course our formulas are as sustainable as possible since the majority of our ingredients come from USDA certified organic farms and our boxes and labels are made with recycled or FSC certified paper, printed with soy ink & sourced in the U.S. You'll see a photo of our corporate headquarters where we utilized all our sustainable or recycled materials. Juice Beauty focuses on sustainability from top to bottom!
  • Socially Responsible Giving. We set aside funds every year to donate to the Breast Cancer Fund and EWG. These two organizations provide amazing data pointing out the many unnecessary chemicals in conventional chemical beauty products and have amazing research that helps all consumers. Additionally, we support the Representation Project as it is a fabulous group that supports human rights
Every single winter morning!

THIS!  This illuminating primer does just that - illuminates!   It is not heavy and thick like other primers I have tried.  They always left me feeling like a was wearing a sweater on my face.  I do not mean this in a good way.   Juice Beauty primer is light and yes, illuminating!  I love it!

Juice Beauty has a Juice Beauty Illuminating Primer and Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer - these are two of my favorites I picked just for our winner!   Prize is shipped via Juice Beauty.  US only please.  We are not responsible for shipping, use or if you fall in love with Juice Beauty and simply must-have every single thing they have!
 (we don't blame you ;)

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I have happily partnered with Juice Beauty.  Opinions are my own.  Yes, I buy Juice Beauty and purchase at Whole Foods Markets.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Winter Ginger Rosemary Cocktail!

 We are so pleased to partner with Sipp for this cocktail post. (see bottom notes)

It's winter and a new year - it's time to celebrate and we have the perfect cocktail and absolutely delightful!  Reyka small batch Icelandic vodka is smooth and the ultimate mate to your cocktail.  Add Ginger Blossom Sipp organic soda, rosemary topped with lime and currants.  The secret is to heat up your rosemary sprigs! 

We used Sipp Ginger Blossom soda and it is perfectly sweet, so you do not need simple syrup for this cocktail.  Heat up your rosemary sprigs in almost boiling water and immediately place in your cocktail.  The heat releases the rosemary flavor and smell...oh the smell!  Enjoy! 
Ingredients - 

Rosemary Sprigs

In a mixer glass with ice - pour 1.5 oz (a shot) of Vodka
Top with Sipp soda about 6-7 oz
Strain into fresh cocktail glass with fresh ice
Top off with Sipp soda, if needed
Dip your rosemary sprigs into almost boiling water for about 15-20 seconds 
and immediately place in your cocktail glass
Squeeze lime slice on top
Top with currants (delicious)

Enjoy immediately
...after you take a pic, of course.

Happy, Happy New Year to You!

My Notes:

We buy our Sipp Organic Soda at Fresh Market mostly 
Also available at Amazon and Target
We always choose organic limes and rosemary 

We are thrilled to partner with Sipp for this cocktail post.  If you follow me on Instagram, you already know I buy Sipp for myself and my family.  I have bought every since finding at Fresh Market - absolutely delicious!