Thursday, October 16, 2014

Celebrating Mini Milestones On Netflix! #StreamTeam #spon

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We are absolutely thrilled to be a part of Netflix's Stream Team! Yay! Goooo Netflix!

Moms, are all about mini-milestones because when you have kids - absolutely everything is new and a first!  Netflix is celebrating mini-milestones with moms and have such fabulously fun options for little ones, big kids and moms themselves! 


The Hive on Netflix!  Lovely British bees, what's not to like?! (I think I would watch this even if I didn't have little ones!)


Arthur has been a family favorite since my oldest was little. My how times flies! 


Have a teenage daughter?  Try The Croods for your next family movie night! 


Wholesome family fun? Yes! It still exists in TV shows and we just love 
With mom, dad and kids having fun and showing kindness to each other...even when it's hectic - yes, it's a winner!

What To Expect When You're Expecting.  Have you seen it?  If this movie doesn't make you laugh-out-loud, I"m not sure we have anything in common?!  Seriously.

I have not had time to watch too many episodes of Parenthood  (I'm still on season one) but, I completely love the cast and different types of families - family doesn't look the same for everyone!

Celebrate your little one's mini-milestones with mini-treats for them!


    This is a sponsored post with Netflix. I am part of the StreamTeam.  Opinions are my own - I have been a Netflix subscriber LONG before social media and absolutely love. 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Go Pro With Best Buy Action Cameras! #GoProatBestBuy #spon

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Today's post is sponsored by Best Buy!  

Best Buy now has Go Pro Action Cameras!  If you are tired of the same kind of video camera that never seems to get the job done, you have got to check out Go Pro Action Cameras!  Small and easy to use and the coverage is excellent.  Cameras used by athletes and camera enthusiasts everywhere.  
Best Buy is the home of the latest cameras and camcorders, including the full line of new GoPro cameras, plus a broad assortment of accessories. GoPro cameras make perfect holiday gifts for everyone, from kids and teens, to gadget gurus. GoPro’s new line of cameras allow you to beautifully and authentically capture and share the experiences that bring purpose, adventure, and joy to your life.

Check out Kelly Slater's Go Pro Surfing video - absolutely stellar!
GoPro HERO4 Black: the most advanced GoPro ever, featuring improved image quality and a 2x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates1, HERO4 Black takes award‐winning GoPro performance to a whole new level.
GoPro HERO4 Silver: the first-ever GoPro to feature a built-in touch display. Controlling The camera, playing back footage and adjusting settings is ultra-convenient—just view, tap and swipe the screen. With 1080p60 and 720p120 video, and 12MP photos at a staggering 30 frames per second, HERO4 Silver combines powerful, pro-quality capture with the convenience of a touch display.
GoPro HERO: Featuring high‐quality 1080p30 and 720p60 video, and 5MP photos up to 5 fps, HERO captures the same immersive footage that’s made GoPro one of the best-selling cameras in the world.
12x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates!

Check out extreme snow fun with Nate Wallace sponsored by HERO4 Action Cameras!


Check out more information about Best Buy's Action Cameras - HERO! 


Happy to be a Best Buy Blogger.  Opinions are my own!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Autumn Apple Spiced Pancakes!

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I have been reading Red Panda's Candy Apples to little one and we have been in the mood for apple everything!  Apples are autumn and we think these pancakes are just as lovely as the season itself! 

Ingredients:

2 Apples (organic) - 
wizz well through blender & include cores

2  cups of Spelt Flour
2 Teas of baking soda
2 tbs of sugar
2 scoops of Skoop!
2 teas of Ceylon Cinnamon
sprinkle of nutmeg
2 eggs
4 tbs of coconut oil
1 cup of whole milk (organic)

Mix the wet ingredients including the blended apples.  Mix the dry, then add slowly into the wet ingredients until blended.

Heat iron skillet to medium heat and add coconut oil then spoonfuls of batter.

Top with real maple syrup and organic grass fed butter.

My Notes:

I use organic unrefined coconut oil. Dr. Bronner's is excellent, also if you are by a Trader Joe's they have great coconut oil at a good price - grab an extra jar for your skin!

I buy Organic / Non-GMO Ingredients!

Spelt flour is easier on the system than whole wheat.

Red Panda's Candy Apples is an absolutely lovely book from Candlewick, we are so very pleased to work with them finding fabulous books for moms and kids!  This is not a sponsored post though.

Healthy Skoop was awesome and let us try out their fabulous whole food super nutrition powder. (this is not sponsored, we just thought why not give littles extra real food nutrition in their breakfast...moms too!)
 If you order Skoop, use Code: LITTLEISLAND for 10%.  
(I don't make anything, just thought you'd like to save)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Disney's Sleeping Beauty Blu-Ray, Crafts & Sleeping Tips! #SleepingBeauty #spon

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Today's post is sponsored by Disney's Sleeping Beauty - out today in Diamond Edition Blu-Ray!
SLEEPING BEAUTY DIAMOND EDITION awakens on Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere today, October 7th. We have some fun crafts for your readers! Please feel free to share. 

Download Fun Crafts
 Sleeping Beauty Fun Crafts

Sleeping Tips from Clinical psychologist Dr. Michael Breus, one  of the  nation’s  top  sleep  experts, has  some advice to  offer  parents!

Tips On Helping Children Sleep
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1. Be consistent. Going to bed and waking up at the same time (even on weekends) will help your children keep Maleficent’s evil henchmen out of their dreams.
2. Use Flora’s gift of beauty. Help your children finish up whatever they’re doing, clean up their toys and make the room neat, comfortable and ready for sleep.
3. Use Fauna’s gift of song. While everyone’s getting ready for bed, sing a few favorite soothing songs while they bathe, brush their teeth and put on pajamas.
4. Use Merryweather’s gift of true love’s kiss. Dim the lights, turn on a night-light and read a book. If kids still have trouble quieting their busy brains, try the “relaxation game.” And then give your little ones that loving kiss good night.
5. Embrace Maleficent’s color of darkness. The color black is best for sleep, though most children like a little light at night. Keep in mind that some night-lights (LEDs, for example) contain “blue light” and that can actually keep a child awake by preventing the brain’s production of melatonin, which starts the engine for sleep. So make sure your child’s night-light is one that filters out blue light.
6. Follow Sleeping Beauty’s name, Aurora. She is so named because she fills people’s lives with sunshine. When children wake up in the morning, stop by a sun-filled window or take them outside for 15 minutes of brightness. Sun exposure helps reset their internal biological clocks each morning. Parents can also leave the window shades open so the child can wake with the morning light.

Dr. Breus notes, “For tips two through four, I recommend ‘The Power Down Half-Hour Technique,’ which I created for children, with 10 minutes spent on each of the activities mentioned. The consistent routine helps calm them down and unconsciously signals the brain to get ready for sleep. Roughhousing and other similar ‘fun games’ often initiated by parents who haven’t seen their children all day usually result in poor sleep.”

Finally, here are three rules for napping for infants and toddlers:
1. Set a specific nap time, or make it three to four hours after they last woke up.
2. Have a consistent pre-nap routine (it will not be as long as the pre-bedtime routine).
3. Let children soothe themselves to sleep, even when napping.

For more sleeping tips and information from Dr. Breus, visit www.TheSleepDoctor.com

Monday, October 6, 2014

23 Blast Movie Coming To Theaters! #Teens #Movies

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Coming to theaters October 24rd, 23 Blast, based on an incredible true story.


23 Blast is based on the amazingly true story of Travis Freeman. A typical teenager growing up in a small town in Kentucky, Travis is a local hero on and off the field. In the fall of 1997, in the prime of his youth, he is unexpectedly stricken with an infection that destroys his optic nerve. He becomes blind overnight. Under the influence of parents who love him, a physical therapist who challenges him, a coach who inspires him, and a best friend who he cannot bear to leave behind, Travis shows us what true bravery is by competing on the gridiron, helping his team advance to the State playoffs. We follow Travis and Jerry Baker, his closest friend, from the time they meet on the football field as kids through high school. Jerry’s attraction to the dark side of teenage temptations, beer and drugs, threatens to pull the friends apart. It is only on the football field where they truly connect.
 

Check out the trailer for 23 Blast.  This is not a sponsored post, I just thought it looked incredibly inspiring for teens!



Sunday, October 5, 2014

Best Buy Appliances Help With Holiday Prep! #HolidayPrep #spon

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Today's post is sponsored by Best Buy

The holidays are coming, the holidays are coming!  Yes, it really is that time of year to start holiday preparations.  We are already making Halloween party plans!  Autumn is such a festive time of year and of course it is leading up to the Christmas season.  And with the holidays, comes fun, family and guests and Best Buy is just the help we need to make everything go smoothly so we can focus on fun.  


I have had to "make do" with inferior appliances that barely even worked at all and I cannot tell you how much great appliances make our jobs as moms easier - because when you do it all - cooking, planning, decorating, baking and everything else that comes with the holidays - top-notch appliances are always welcome and most appreciated!  (please note - husbands looking to surprise your wife, always best to give appliances before the holidays, not after when all the work is done!)


 The Frigidaire FGIF3061NF plus induction reduces clean up and makes cooking easier with the latest appliance technology including induction cooking that enables you to boil water in less than two minutes like the time because spills don’t burn on.  This Frigidaire range also includes a convection oven which circulates the air in the oven for quicker baking time.  Another great innovation within cooking are double ovens that let you cook two dishes at two different temperatures at once like the Whirlpool WGG555S0BS but still fits within the space of a standard range.  All of this technology will allow you to get the food the way you want it prepared and saves you time so you can spend it with the ones you love.  Learn more at bestbuy.com/holidayprep


This is a sponsored post with Best Buy.  Opinions are my own! 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Autumn Style, Fun & Giveaway With Bogs Footwear!

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Today's post and giveaway is sponsored by Bogs Footwear!

We are a Bogs family.  The entire family has at least one pair, I love Bogs Footwear for it's style and functionality - there is no reason a waterproof shoe can't look and feel amazing!  I buy and seek out Bogs Footwear regardless of whether it is sponsored - Nordstrom, Anthropologie online and Amazon are my top shopping sites for Bogs.  


I have the Classic Winterberry Mid (pictured below) and they are100% waterproof and is constructed with 7mm waterproof Neo-Tech. There's also max-wick moisture technology (that keeps your foot from overheating, sweating and smelling!) along with the antimicrobial odor protection insole. These features are huge plus for kids' shoes as well!   My husband has the Fremont style and he loves them!  He wears them absolutely everywhere! 
Little one has the Classic Winter Plaid Blue and they are perfect for autumn weather as well - 100% waterproof, easy to put on, walk and run in and take off.  Little one and I are both fans!


The easy pull-on handles are a great for adults and an absolute outstanding feature for kids!  Especially little ones that are still getting the hang of doing things themselves.

For more hiking adventures, check out our Instagram! 










For an extra entry, check out the Bogs Footwear Women's Styles and Leave a Comment Below - Which style is YOUR favorite?
Dads, check out the mens Bogs and let me know your favorite! :)




Lovies are always great for hiking fun! 


We are giving away $100 Gift Card to Bogs Footwear! Woot!
US only please and prize is shipped by company.


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This is a sponsored post with Bogs Footwear.  Opinions are my own.  I have worked with Bogs in the past and am always so pleased at their style, quality and customer service!  We buy, recommend and wear Bogs sponsored or not.


Friday, September 26, 2014

The Boxtroll Is NOW Out In Theaters! #TheBoxtrolls #spon

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We are absolutely thrilled today's post is sponsored by The Boxtrolls - NOW out in theaters! 

This is it! The Boxtrolls is NOW out in theaters!  Are you going?  Do you have your tickets yet?  We absolutely CAN. NOT. WAIT. 



Check out behind the scenes in The Boxtrolls! 



Grab your tickets HERE for The Boxtrolls! 

Win Tiny Tab Books: Wickle Woo Has A Halloween Party & Little Bubba Looks For His Elephant!

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Today's post and giveaway is sponsored by Nosy Crow!

I am so very pleased that Nosy Crow Publishing and Jannie Ho have come out with new Tiny Tab books for toddlers!  Wickle Woo Has A Halloween Party and Little Bubba Looks For His Elephant make the perfect additions to our Tiny Tab collection.  The author and illustrator, Jannie Ho, is absolutely brilliant with her art - colorful, whimsy and imaginative, we absolutely love them!


Tiny Tab books are not like other tab books, they are super sturdy and do not bend - thick and easy to pull, they are excellent for toddlers building coordination skills and doing things all by themselves.
We fell in love with the Tiny Tab books with Bunny Boo Has Lost Her Teddy & Teeny Weeny Looks for His Mommy books (which little one still reads regularly)

Nosy Crow is giving away both books to one winner!  If you can't wait and want to buy they are available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.


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I am working with Nosy Crow and Candlewick Press to find fabulous books for kids. Opinions are always my own! (yes, completely love Nosy Crow and Candlewick!)  There are NO affiliate links on this post.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Boxtrolls Coming To Theaters TOMORROW! #TheBoxtrolls #spon

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We are pleased to be working with the new movie, The Boxtrolls!  Opinions, of course, are our own! 


Woot!  The wait is finally over and The Boxtrolls are coming to theaters tomorrow, Friday 26th!



               Check out Troll of the Tongue and how they created the voices in this trailer from The Boxtrolls