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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This is in collaboration with Big Picture Press. Opinions are my own!

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 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! 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Apple-Cinnamon & Cranberry Crumble!

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We make cranberry apple crumble every winter and now we're posting for you to enjoy.  It's really just a version of our Autumn Apple Crumble!  Crumbles are super easy and our go-to dessert and entertaining treat.  Whatever excuse we need to make a crumble and make them often.  As always, your ingredients matter - we use organic produce, spices and flours.  Follow us on Instagram for more fun.

Cranberries are in season and want to take full-advantage of all their glory!  Honestly though, we enjoy frozen cranberries year-round!  Happy cranberry season to you! 


Apples - 16 oz
Cranberries - 10 oz (frozen is fine & probably easier)
Grass Fed / Organic Butter - 8 oz (plus a bit more for bottom of pan)
Ceylon Cinnamon - 3 heaping teas
Nutmeg - 2 teas
1 1/2 cups of oat flour - gluten free & delicious
16 oz  of oats - I use veganic oats
5 oz of brown sugar 

Pull butter out of fridge 30 minutes before you start.
Mix flour, spices, butter and sugar into bowl - adding the oats last.
Slice & peel your apples and place slices on bottom of buttered iron skillet
Add 10 oz of cranberries (we like frozen or you can use frozen berries)
Sprinkle the crumble mix on top.
Baking at 350 for about 15 minutes or until hot throughout.

Grab a hot coffee or almond milk and enjoy for breakfast or snack time! 

My Notes:

I use Simply Organic Spices and Frontier Co-op Spices - organic and non-irradiated.
I use Arrow Mills organic flours and Bobs Red Mill
I use grass-fed and/or organic butter  (dairy is full of nasties - choose well)
Organic apples 
Yes, I'm obsessed with color and Staub cookware

Food matters now more than ever.  

Know what is in your food and choose accordingly for your little ones - 
their future health is depending on it.

Food Matters.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Color Happiness, Art Supplies & Kid's Book Holiday Giveaway!

I take gift giving very seriously and put a great deal of thought into what would inspire the receiver.   It is my opinion that we as a society don't need more "stuff".  Most children have a whole list of things they saw on TV that they want (or think they want).  It is my experience in parenting over twenty years that "stuff" ends up being just that - stuff that ends up sitting in a play bin - unused for the most part.   My go-to gifts always include art supplies and gorgeous books picture books.  Color always inspires!

Color Happiness! 

International Arrivals has the happiest art supplies anywhere!  I first bought their supplies at The Land of Nod and Barnes and Noble

Stocking stuffers and gifts galore! 
 There is nothing happier than colorful art supplies & books where the possibilities are endless! 

Rainbow Fluffy Pen!  
I took this out at a business meeting and I ended up giving it to the client - she freaked!  
So you know...I got the account! Highly recommend! 

Color IS Happiness! 

Starfish Crayons!

Charlie and Lola Picture Books!

Our Most Favorites - 

Star Crayons - enough said
May I say, the Rainbow Fluffy Pen...AMAZING!

Yellow Art Caddy - The Land of Nod (it's perfect!)
Charlie and Lola Picture Books - newly released and redone paper backs!

Stars & Hearts!
Giveaway Includes -

Our most favorite art caddy
(I picked the color's pure happiness!) 

Giveaway includes all items above in description. Prizes is shipped via individual companies. US only please. We are not responsible for shipping, use or if your child is inspired to create!

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Abundant THANK YOUS to International Arrivals Art Supplies, The Land of Nod and Candlewick Press!  You all provide such joy and inspirations for kids...but also moms! Thank you!

We have happily joined together with Candlewick Press and International Arrivals.  The Land of Nod art caddy - is mine and Land of Nod was gracious to offer a giveaway of our favorite.   Opinions are my own.  I buy all brands constantly for my kids and for gift giving! (if you follow my on Instagram, you KNOW ;D

Friday, November 25, 2016

Life is Good® and Build-A-Bear Workshop™ Partner to Spread the Power of Optimism for Holiday Season 2016

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Positive lifestyle brand Life is Good® announced a partnership with Build-A-Bear Workshop to spread the power of optimism and support kids in need with a new collection, including a Life is Good branded bear, bear T-shirts, a matching kids T-shirt, and accessories. Ten percent of net profits from sales of the Life is Good bear T-shirts at Build-A-Bear Workshop will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada through the Life is Good Kids Foundation.

New Teddy, T-Shirts and Accessories Will Support Kids in Need 

Starting today, the new line will be available at Build-A-Bear Workshop stores, and, and includes:

      Life is Good Build-A-Bear furry friend - classic 16” Build-A-Bear Workshop teddy bear with soft, brown fur and an embroidered applique Life is Good paw ($25)
      Life is Good Build-A-Bear T-shirts - tiny personalized soft knit jersey Life is Good T-shirts with six unique graphics. Build-A-Bear Workshop will donate 10 percent of net profits of the Life is Good bear T-shirts to the Life is Good Kids Foundation in support of their work
with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada[1] ($7) 
      Life is Good Build-A-Bear cap - embroidered baseball cap ($6)
      Life is Good Build-A-Bear wristie - accessory to spread good vibes ($3) 
      Life is Good Kids T-shirt - kids and their Build-A-Bear furry friends can match
with a unique “Life is Good” T-shirt in kids and toddler sizes ($18)
“Helping to make life good for more kids is central to our brand and the work of the Life is Good Kids Foundation,” said John Jacobs, Life is Good co-founder and Chief Creative Optimist. “Partnering with Build-A-Bear Workshop allows us to spread the power of optimism to more families while also helping kids overcome violence, poverty and illness.”

Life is Good shares our mission to inspire kids and help them have a bright future, and this partnership gives the gift of optimism while helping kids across the United States and Canada,” said Gina Collins, chief marketing officer, Build-A-Bear Workshop. “Our efforts with Life is Good are a great complement to our existing Merry Mission holiday fundraising campaign for Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada this holiday season.”

The new collection builds on Life is Goods commitment to donate at least 10 percent of annual net profits to support kids in need. The funds raised through this partnership will allow the Life is Good Kids Foundation to continue their work with their Boys and Girls Clubs partners while also expanding the positive impact to new clubs.

For more information or to purchase items in the Life is Good Build-A-Bear Workshop collection, visit 

The Life is Good Company is a $100 million lifestyle brand dedicated to spreading the power of optimism. The company donates 10 percent of its net profits to help kids in need. To date, the company has donated over $11 million, principally through Life is Good products, events and community fundraising efforts. Life is Good® is a registered trademark of The Life is Good Company. Please visit for more details and follow Life is Good on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

The Life is Good Kids Foundation is an accredited 501(c)(3) that partners with organizations serving the most vulnerable children to improve the quality of their care. The Foundation's Playmaker program connects with schools, hospitals, camps, and a variety of social service agencies to give childcare professionals the resources they need to make a positive, life-changing impact at a pivotal time in a child's development. For more information please visit

About Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.: Founded in St. Louis in 1997, Build-A-Bear, a global brand kids love and parents trust, seeks to add a little more heart to life. Build-A-Bear Workshop has approximately 400 stores worldwide where guests can create customizable furry friends, including company-owned stores in the United States, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom and mainland China, and franchise stores in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Mexico and the Middle East. The company was named to the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for the eighth year in a row in 2016. Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (BBW) posted a total revenue of $377.7 million in fiscal 2015. For more information, visit the Investor Relations section of

This is not a sponsored post. We just love both companies and the cause! Happy holidays!