Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo with Spring Peas!

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Today we are making a super easy and absolutely delicious - Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo made with Greek Yogurt and spring peas - amazing!  Fettuccine Alfredo is typically made with heavy cream and loads of butter.   Make this and you'll never miss either!  I use Greek Yogurt mostly for my baking and cooking.  This recipe was made by accident or at the very least, by it being the day before grocery day and having a very limited ingredient supply in the fridge.  This is now one of our most favorite dinners - every one of us!


Wild Harvested Shrimp (I use a bag of Trader Joe's uncooked frozen)
Dollop of Grass Fed Butter (for cooking shrimp)
1 Lemon
10 oz. Fettuccine Pasta (we used Cappellos almond gluten free fettuccine)
12 oz. Peas (a frozen organic bag works wonderfully)
Olive Oil - for sautéing and a bit extra for topping on top!
(Nutiva Red Palm Oil works equally as fabulously, I go back in forth depending on what I have available)
Organic Greek Yogurt (I use Stonyfield Plain Greek Yogurt
Himalayan Pink Sea Salt (to taste…I use loads)
Fresh Ground Pepper


Sauté your peas with your spices until cooked.  Place in a bowl to stay warm.
Sauté your shrimp (frozen or fresh) in grass fed butter and large squeeze of lemon until translucent
Cook your pasta according to directions, then drain.

Mix 2/3 cup of organic Greek Yogurt (add a bit more, if needed) in with your cooked pasta.
Mix until hot.

Place a serving size of pasta in bowl.
Top with your sautéed spring peas.
Top with shrimp.
Squeeze lemon on top - all the lemon! 

Take Picture for Instagram (optional)

Enjoy with a spectacular glass of French red wine (never forget the wine!)!

Bon Appetite! 



My Notes:

I use organic and non-GMO products and foods.

I'm completely slightly obsessed with my pepper grinder! (all pepper is not grinded alike)


 This is not a sponsored post, just my new favorite dinner.  There are NO affiliate links. I'm not selling anything.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Stonyfield Organic Greek and Chia Yogurt! #Stonyfield #spon

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Today's post is sponsored by Stonyfield Organic Yogurts!

Good morning, Lovelies!  If you follow Little Island Studios on Instagram you know we love healthy eating and snacks and you already know we just love the new Greek and Chia from Stonyfield.


We are huge on add-ins and "extras" in our dishes - they make all the difference in taste and in our health!  Stonyfield has done us a favor and added in the chia seeds to their Greek Yogurt - Greek & Chia is perfect for on-the-go and busy moms and kids!

As always, Stonyfield Yogurts are organic and non-GMO and of course, absolutely delicious!  Try the blood orange Greek and Chia…you won't be sorry.  Amazing.
Other flavors of the Greek and Chia - Pear, Blueberry and Red Berries.

Gluten Free and as always, zero synthetic coloring or flavors! 



I am pleased to be a part of the Stonyfield Blogging Team.  Opinions are my own.  I buy Stonyfield Organics for my family - sponsored or not.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Garden of Life Organic Plant Protein Prize Pack Giveaway! #spon

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Today's post and giveaway is sponsored by Garden of Life!

We have a fabulous and super healthy giveaway for you today - Garden of Life Plant Protein!  The Garden of Life Plant Proteins are organic, grain free, Non-GMO and absolutely delicious!  Everyone in the family likes all the flavors - Smooth Chocolate, Coffee, Vanilla and Energy!  Plant Protein is a great way to get extra nutrients that you may not be getting everyday - easy to do for busy moms.  It is outstanding for my vegetarian teen!



Garden of Life is working closely with and supporting several family farms in North America and Canada to produce high quality clean proteins. Organic Plant Protein is made with a unique blend of seven nutritious plant proteins, five organic American seed proteins — organic pea seed, organic flax seed, organic cranberry seed, organic chia seed and organic pumpkin seed. We work with our farmers to ensure that these ingredients are top quality and the cleanest available.


We are giving away a Garden of Life Organic Plant Protein Prize Pack (say that four times super fast!) - try them ALL!   
Prize is open to US and Canada - Yay!   
Prize is shipped via Garden of Life, we are not responsible for shipping or use. 

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This is a sponsored post with Garden of Life.  Opinions are my own.  If you have been following me for long - you already know I am a huge fan of Garden of Life and buy them for my family (sponsored or not!)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Stonyfield Yogurt Smoothie & Hamilton Beach Prize Pack Giveaway! #spon #Stonyfield

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Today's post and giveaway is sponsored by Stonyfield Organics and Hamilton Beach!

The sun is heating up and that always means things get busier for me and I need go-to snacks when I am swamped.  

Now, I have to be honest - I have not actually used this personal blender.  I know, I know, I am supposed to use and tell you about it.  My teen took it and apparently it's not to be touched.  (she let me handle it for this pic).  She says it's fabulous and completely perfect for her smoothies every morning.  She blends Stonyfield organic whole milk plain yogurt, plant protein and some fresh fruit - strawberries, blueberries or a banana usually.   She completely loves the personal blender and suggests that I would too and should get one. *sigh*   So there you go, a teen's perspective on kitchen gadgets - the Hamilton Beach personal blender rocks! 


 Teen's Travel On-The-Go Smoothie - 

1/2 cup Almond Milk  (coconut milk is also wonderful)
1/2 cup of Stonyfield Whole Milk Yogurt 
Pinch of Cinnamon
Handful of Fresh Strawberries
1/2 Banana
Handful of fresh pineapple
2 heaping teas. of Chia Seeds

Place ingredients in blender.

Blend well and enjoy!


We are giving away Stonyfield Organic Yogurt vouchers and your own Hamilton Beach personal blender (color may vary)!  US only and prize is shipped via company. (we are not responsible for shipping / product)


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Friday, March 27, 2015

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Blu-Ray Giveaway! #TheHobbit #spon

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Today's post and giveaway is sponsored by The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

The big kids went to see The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in theaters and I streamed it on Tuesday night - it is absolutely excellent and the perfect epic conclusion to the Hobbit movies! We are huge Hobbit and Lord of the Rings fans and The Battle of the Five Armies did not disappoint.


 

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world.



Special Features on the Blu-Ray -

• New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth Part 3 
• Recruiting the Five Armies 
• Completing Middle-earth: A Six-Part Saga 
• Completing Middle-earth: A Seventeen-Year Journey 
• The Last Goodbye: Behind the Scenes 
• Music Video 
• Trailers




Take the Quiz - Are you brave like Bilbo?


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This is a sponsored post with The Hobbit. Opinions are my own.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Busy Bees, Flowers, Crafts & More Bee Fun!

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Busy bees are a sign of spring and summer and bees are to be celebrated!  Bees are absolutely necessary to our food supply and healthy living.  While you make these bees of your own, talk about bees with your kids - their hive, colony and their impact on our own food system.  



Cut out your bee shapes, wing shapes and flower shapes with flower centers.

Glue your wings on the back of the bee at the top.
Glue a goggly eye on or you can draw or paint the eye
Paint or draw three stripes on the bee.
Let dry.

Glue your flower center circle on your flower. Let dry.

Decorate where ever you want with your bees and flowers!


Keep your flowers bee friendly and free from all chemicals and pesticides!


Paint, Beeswax crayons, construction paper, goggly eyes, glue and scissors.

We love our book rack with spring picture books and busy bees and flowers!


More Fun Facts for Kids About Bees:



Have you seen The Hive on Netflix? We absolutely love them - 
what could be better than adorable British bees?!

Flight of the Honey Bee is a fabulous picture book to introduce kids to the world of bees!


Articles for Moms and Dads:

How To Plant a Bee Friendly Lawn via Organic Gardening


Bees are dying by the tens-of-thousands and the entire bee species is extremely threatened right now.   Please keep your lawn and neighborhood bee friendly. Say NO to Roundup pesticides and chemicals in your lawn.  Keep your lawn free from chemicals - for the bees and your healthy family!   
It is all connected - health, environment, planet and water.  

What we do to one, we do to the other.   Eat well and buy organic foods as often as possible.  Drink clean non-flouride water.  Keep your lawn free of chemicals and fertilizers.  Better yet - turn your lawn into an organic garden

Happy Spring, Lovelies!


Monday, March 23, 2015

Disney's Minnie's Pet Salon Coming to DVD! #DisneyJunior #spon

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In honor of National Puppy Day this week we have Disney’s Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s Pet Salon releasing on DVD May 19th! Get spruced up for Pluto’s All-Star Pet Show with Minnie and pals in over two hours of song-filled pet-themed fun, including 4 additional episodes and a FREE Exclusive Pet Comb! 


All your Clubhouse pals are bringing their animal friends to get spruced up for Pluto’s All-Star Pet Show.  With so many pets to bathe, groom and train, Minnie needs help.  Luckily, Mickey and the gang are there to lend a hand.  But when three adorable little kittens go missing, it will take the right Mouseketools – and help from YOU  - to find them in time for the big show.  With over two hours of song-filled pet-themed fun, including 4 additional episodes, Minnie’s Pet Salon is the “purr-fect” gift.

Spring Chicks Craft for Kids!

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We absolutely welcome spring and all that comes with it!  Including super easy, colorful and fun crafts! All you need for this Easter Chick is some construction paper, goggly eyes, glue, scissors and feathers.
So easy and such a fun way to bring in spring, celebrate Easter and a blast on a windy afternoon for play!

Construction paper
Glue
Googly Eyes
Beeswax Crayons and/or paint  (optional, but most fun!)
Feathers
Scissors

Cut out a large circle for the chick.
Cut out a triangle for it's nose
Paste the nose on
Glue goggly eyes on and feathers
Decorate in any way little one wants with beeswax crayons and / or paint

Happy Spring and Happy Easter to you and your lovelies!


More Spring Time Crafts - 



Rainbow Play Salt - Sensory Fun!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Disney's Into The Woods Bonus Clips, Blu-Ray & Thoughts! #IntoTheWoods #spon

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Today's post is sponsored by Disney's Into The Woods, staring Meryl Streep!

Disney's Into The Woods is a musical out with a different twist of the classic fairy tales and it is so much fun for a family movie (big kids only) night!  Meryl Streep, of course is amazing as the witch and another one of my most favorite actresses, Christine Baranski, plays the evil step mother of Cinderella.  Christine and Meryl have worked together before and I completely love them both!

I recommend Into The Woods for big kids and up.   My teen and I watched Into The Woods and both very much liked it, I must say, it makes for the perfect Autumn movie!  So watch now, enjoy and keep it in your favorite must-have autumn movies.


Iconic characters, such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel, find their fates intertwined with a humble baker and his wife, whose longing to have a child sends them on a quest to reverse a witch’s (Streep) curse. With an all-star cast, this spellbinding adventure is everything you could ever wish for!

 

The Cast: Meryl Streep as the Witch (The Devil Wears Prada, August: Osage County), Johnny Depp as the Wolf (The Lone Ranger, Sweeney Todd), Emily Blunt as the Baker’s Wife (Edge of Tomorrow, The Devil Wears Prada), James Corden as the Baker (Broadway’s One Man, Two GuvnorsThe Three Musketeers, Gavin & Stacey), Anna Kendrick as Cinderella (Pitch Perfect, Up in the Air), Chris Pine as Cinderella’s Prince (Star Trek Into Darkness, Jack Ryan), Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood (Broadway’s Annie), Daniel Huttlestone as Jack (Les Misérables), MacKenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel (Brother’s Keeper, Broadway’s Next to Normal)

Movie is approximately 125 minutes.

The Blu-Ray is full of extras on Stage to Screen, Designing the Woods, The Costumes and so much more! The extras are almost as fun as the movie is!

This is a sponsored post with Disney.  Opinions are my own.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Disney Channel Premiers Miles From Tomorrowland!

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This is not a sponsored post. Just fun!


Disney Channel has 3 new back-to-back "Miles from Tomorrowland" episodes premiering this Friday March 20th starting at 9 am EST/PST on Disney Channel. These episodes air as part of Disney Junior's "Triple Play Friday" programming event which features 3 back-to-back episodes of popular Disney Junior series airing each Friday throughout the month of March.



"Happy Captain's Day / Planet of the Plants" premieres at 9:00 AM ET/PT on Disney Channel.  In an effort to give Captain Phoebe a wonderful Captain's Day, Miles, Loretta and Leo embark on a nearly impossible space-task. Then, during a mission to Antheia, a planet completely covered with orange plants, the Callistos discover something stranger than the plants.


"Ride of the Quarkons / Downsized" premieres at 9:25 AM ET/PT on Disney Channel
The Callistos encounter a pod of Quarkons blocking the Photon Superhighway. Then, when the Callisto family is accidently shrunken down by the Tomorrowland Mail-alien, the tiny family must work together to help Merc save an off-course starship.



"To the Goldilocks Zone / Hiccup in the Plan" premieres at 9:50 AM ET/PT on Disney Channel
Miles helps scout out the perfect planet for his Earth friend Haruna to live on. Then, the Callistos     must figure out how to escape when a giant Sporjot alien swallows the Stellosphere.


Are YOU tuning in to the Disney Channel to watch Miles From Tomorrowland?