Friday, July 31, 2015

YayLabs Ice Cream Ball {Stonyfield Frozen Yogurt Recipe}

Being pregnant in one of the hottest summers recorded is no fun. I'm always looking for ways to cool down, so when Stonyfield introduced us to YayLabs Soft Shell Ice Cream Ball, I was super excited.

We have an electric ice cream maker, but it can be a pain to make ice cream or non-dairy ice cream for the kids. What I LOVE about YayLabs Soft Shell Ice Cream Ball is that all you have to do is add yogurt, shake the ball around for 10-15 minutes and you have frozen soft serve yogurt. 0 prep work and no cooking required! Plus the kids love passing the ball back and forth- so it is really a win win.

You do need rock salt for the YayLabs Soft Shell Ice Cream Ball which was hard to find in our area for some reason. Luckily I found a bunch on Amazon reasonably priced. Our first try, the kids tried O'Soy yogurt for their frozen treat. After 10 minutes of rolling, the yogurt was still a little thick, so they did it for another 5 minutes. Then it was stuck to the sides, so they had to let defrost for 10 minutes.

I decided to try mine with Stonyfield Vanilla Greek Yogurt mixed with Oh My Yog. And OMY!

It did stick to the sides some like the kids, but not as bad. I like soft serve style, so this was perfect! The flavor was delicious and rich. I can't wait to try other Oh My Yog flavors with it and might do a combo with less Vanilla Greek.

The YayLabs Soft Shell Ice Cream Ball makes about 1 pint of ice cream or frozen yogurt within 20 minutes. To make the ice cream, you shake, roll, pass or keep the ball moving for 10-15 minutes anywhere you like! You cannot drop, kick, throw, or bounce the ball or it will break- so adult supervision is required when kids are using. This is perfect for summer parties, camping, picnics, trips to the beach, or just when you have a craving for something sweet. You can purchase online for $34.99

*I am part of the Stonyfield YoGetters group of bloggers and receive compensation and products as part of the program. My opinion is not influenced in any way.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Organic Greek Avocado Dip {Recipe}

We traveled to Florida for July 4th weekend to visit family. While we were there, we had a huge family cookout. Amongst the chaos in the kitchen, I whipped up a simple avocado greek yogurt dip and it was gone in minutes! Everyone asked for the recipe and couldn't believe yogurt was one of the main ingredients.

To me, when I think of yogurt, I think of a healthy dessert or fruity treat. But working with Stonyfield for the past couple of years, they've pushed me to see yogurt in a whole new way- it can be savory too! This recipe got me outside of my box and was a delicious Summer treat.

Late July has a line of tortilla chips that are delicious! They have 7 different flavors and I bet the Sub Lime would be perfect with this recipe. We had the Sea Sale Seashore chips for the party and they were great, but I can't wait to try it with different flavors.

The organic dip I created is very simple and only uses a few ingredients- but it is packed full of flavor. I recently got a garlic press on Amazon for $18, and if you like garlic, I highly recommend getting one! Freshly minced garlic truly takes any dip or sauce to the next level.
In a bowl, mash your avocado with a fork until it is creamy, then add 5.3 oz of plain Stonyfield Greek Yogurt. I minced 2 garlic cloves for this recipe and added to the mix. I also added a little bit of salt, pepper, and lemon juice powder to taste. Mix all together and serve with Late July tortilla chips! 

*I am part of the Stonyfield YoGetters group of bloggers and receive compensation and products as part of the program. My opinion is not influenced in any way.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Tommee Tippee and Stonyfield

Last month Tommee Tippee sent us some of their fantastic toddler feeding products to go along with our Stonyfield yogurt

Our favorites were the Easi-Mat with Easy Scoop Feeding Bowls. The Easi-Mat has a suction cup that holds the Easy Scoop Feeding Bowl or one of the Tommee Tippee plates and stops your little one from sliding the bowl around while eating. It sticks to all surfaces and is super easy to clean. Little man loved that he could feed himself yogurt without having the bowl move around! The Easy Scoop Feeding Bowl has an easy scoop triangular base and has a handle for an easy grip. You also have the option to get the Easy Scoop Feeding Bowl With Lid and Spoon

The Easi-Roll Bibs are made with a soft material and can easily roll up for storage or travel. The crumb catcher is perfect for catching yogurt spills! It is lightweight, so it doesn't bother your child while they are eating. 

The Tommee Tippee Feeding Spoons are perfect for toddlers learning how to feed themselves and master not spilling food. They have a chunky handle and a wide spoon to help scoop and hold food in place. They are great for cold foods like yogurt, cereal and oatmeal! 

Since my kiddos are allergic to dairy, they love eating Stonyfield Soy. I love that Stonyfield has a Toddler line with amazing flavors like Apple Sweet Potato, Banana Pumpkin, Raspberry Pear, and Strawberry and Banana. I wish they came in Soy! All of the YoToddler line has added Omega-3 DHA. You can get coupons by signing up here

*I am part of the Stonyfield YoGetters group of bloggers and receive compensation and products as part of the program. My opinion is not influenced in any way.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Happy Earth Day 2015

Honoring our Earth Day tradition, this year we planted some High Mowing Organic Seeds to transplant to my father-in-law's farm in a few weeks. I was going to try and do a raised bed since we have clay for a back yard, but we have some pretty bad squirrels and I'm scared they may eat our veggies. I did plant a tomato plant in a pot on our porch and am hoping for the best! So we will see for next year.

Stonyfield Yo Getters got an awesome seed package from High Mowing Organic Seeds and I fell in love with their catalog! I can't wait to order some herbs and flowers. I am in love with their variety of organic vegetables! Check out how many varieties there are for each veggie!
Brussels Sprouts
Salad Mixes
Shoots & Sprouts
Squash - Summer
Squash - Winter

High Mowing organic seeds began in 1996 and now has over 600 heirloom, open-pollinated and hybrid varieties of vegetable, fruit, herb and flower seeds. Their organic seeds are grown without synthetic chemicals and are non-GMO. Even though all of High Mowing Organic Seeds are non-GMO, they have the first line of Non-GMO Project verified seeds!

The best part about buying organic seeds is knowing that you are helping support organic farming.  High Mowing Organic Seeds  has free shipping on all orders, so be sure to check them out!

Another fun Earth Day activity we did was put up a nest box for Brown-headed Nuthatch birds.
The birds are losing their homes due to urbanization and deforestation. Audubon NC hopes to put up 10,000 Brown-headed Nuthatch homes in 2015. I've seen some in our backyard, so I hope they decide to stick around and build a nest.
We also put up a cage with dog hair for the birds to take to the nest box! We are excited to watch our birds build nests in our back yard. 

I'd love to hear what did you do for Earth Day?

*I am part of the Stonyfield YoGetters group of bloggers and receive compensation and products as part of the program. My opinion is not influenced in any way.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Fayvel Shoes

My inner 8-year-old-self geeked out when I was playing on Instagram the other day and came across these new kid shoes made by Fayvel. They are athletic shoes made for ages 3-9 that have plush fabric with velcro patches- Frieze Tags stick to so your child can accessorize to fit their mood or outfit!

Currently, there are 13 limited edition Frieze Tag sets (4 patches) to choose from. The patches can be traded between friends or collected since they will change the designs frequently. Here are the first 10 designs- they have added Valentine's as well as Winter Sports to the current list. They will release new tags during Fall 2015 and then will release more every season.
I love that you can change the designs! The tag designs are children-inspired, hand-drawn and then embroidered with a strong velcro backing so they won't fall off, but they aren't hard to take off. 

We are pretty picky when it comes to shoes. We opt for eco-friendly materials or made without formaldehyde, and I prefer vegan. I often like shoe designs I see online, but they don't fit my daughter correctly and they hurt her feet. So buying online without trying them on is tough for us. But I was excited to give Fayvel a try- especially since they are vegan and formaldehyde free- including the glues!!  

When they arrived, my daughter flipped out. She LOVED the shoe and the idea that she could decorate them however she wanted. She got the Fairies and Under the Sea Tags- which she will love wearing to the beach in a few weeks! 

She wore them to school and I was interested to see what she thought of them after having gym that day. When she got out of school she was bouncing off the walls telling me how these shoes made her run faster, jump higher, and they were the "best shoes ever!" Four days later and I can't get her to take them off. 

Fayvel shoes are top quality shoes that aren't just a novelty. They are great for active children and even have a a toe guard to protect their feet. Fayvel shoes are available with velcro or shoe strings in pink, purple, green, or blue in sizes 10-2. They will be making larger sizes (3-4) this summer! Fayvel shoes are $50, plus $12 per Frieze Tag pack. Totally worth every penny! 

Be sure to check out how Fayvel shoes got started on their webpage- I love their brand story

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