Monday, September 7, 2015

Carolina Renaissance Festival is Coming!

It is my favorite time of year in the Carolinas! Time travel to the Carolina Renaissance Festival where history comes alive with non-stop day-long entertainments, arts and crafts, games and rides, jousting knights on horseback, feasting and so much more! Each day inside the 25 acre Village of Fairhaven is filled with an abundance of attractions and entertainments for all ages. Enjoy your best day out in history 8 consecutive weekends, Saturdays and Sundays, October and November. Details online at

My readers get to save with your visit! FREE Child Admission! - Receive one FREE child admission for children age 5 - 12 with purchase of one full price adult ticket at Festival gate. Children under 5 are always free. Coupon is valid at the Festival ticket booth!  Just click here!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Mixed Pear BiteSizers

September is baby safety month and a good time to refresh on home safety tips. A recent study said that in the U.S. 34 children are admitted to the ER daily and 1 child dies every 5 days from choking. That is over 10,000 children- a scary statistic! The best way to make sure your infant, toddler, or child doesn't choke is to cut their food to appropriate sizes. You shouldn't have to limit what they eat, just the size of their bites.

I think that family dinners should be just that- one meal that everyone eats together. When my children were infants, I would turn whatever we were eating into babyfood or I would cut it up so they could chew. Chewing is important for speech development, which is why it is encouraged early on.

My picky toddler eats the same meal as us, though I cut his food up into smaller bites, especially since he stuffs his mouth. I was recently introduced to Mixed Pear BiteSizers Mealtime Scissors and they have made my life so much easier!

BiteSizers Mealtime Scissors are certified to be BPA-Free, Lead-Free, Phthalates-Free, PVC-Free, Formaldehyde-Free, NSF Certified for home use and are made with utensil-grade Japanese Stainless Steel blades. You cut the cooked food or raw fruits and/or vegetables to the size you need. They come with a snap on cap, so they are easy to take with you to restaurants or when traveling. They are easy to use and clean. 

The scissors are made to cut fruits, vegetables, cooked meats and seafood, pasta, and any other food you need to be bite sized or small. Another thing I've found the BiteSizers Mealtime Scissors are good for is food prep!

Sometimes we have to cut veggies to hide in foods for our picky eaters. My oldest loves eating carrot chips with her lunch, but my toddler does not. He likes them cut up into shreds sometimes, but not always. I usually make zucchini carrot muffins, but it is hard to shred the carrot chips that my daughter eats. The BiteSizers Mealtime Scissors are perfect for the job! 

You can purchase BiteSizers Mealtime Scissors online for $19.95 and they are available through Amazon. 

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Back to School with Stonyfield

I love cooking with yogurt. With the kid's allergies it has been hard to incorporate it in family meals, but now that it is back to school time- I get to enjoy yogurt with my breakfast and lunch without the guilt!

I'm ready for Fall and am already bringing out the pumpkin and apple flavor everything. I can't get enough of these yogurt pumpkin muffins!
Sorry for the non-Pinterest perfect muffins, but 20 weeks pregnant with an almost threenager and making it through the first week of school... Just take my word for it and you'll want to try these muffins.
Stonyfield's Oh My Yog! is my absolute favorite yogurt they make. I have tried all of the flavors and it is a tie between the Wild Quebec Blueberry (served with Challah is amazing!) and the Apple Cinnamon. You can freeze the yogurt right before you go to bed, take out when you wake up, and by lunch time it has defrosted and is still cold. 
I like treating Oh My Yog! as a dip and am always trying new things. Like I said above, dipping Challah in it is divine. The Apple Cinnamon tastes just like an apple pie. There are apple chunks in the yogurt, but I love the texture of a fresh apple. This could be a great breakfast, lunch or snack for at home or on the go. 
Another one of my favorites is adding pumpkin puree to Stonyfield Greek yogurt. 
I used Vanilla, but you could also use plain. I added nutmeg and cinnamon for flavoring. 
Then serve with graham crackers. For packing for school, make ahead of time and store in the freezer the night before. 

*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.

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.