Wednesday, August 27, 2014

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday- Spiders

Spiders are icky, but I have this thing about not killing them since they eat the even ickier bugs. I usually come across common house spiders here and there, but this summer I found a few that I had never seen before. They fascinate and creep me out at the same time.

Crab Spider
This crab spider was really tiny. Like the size of a pea. He must have gotten into a scuffle since 2 of his legs were missing.

Spider

beach spider
This guy was chilling between my husband's feet at the beach. Hard to see since he blends into the sand so well.

Do you smash the spiders or let them be?


Harvest Snaps Are A Tasty & Nutritous Lunchbox Snack #LunchSpiration #HarvestSnapsFan

This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps. I have been compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.




My girls have just headed back to school, and most days insist on packing their lunch. I can't say that I blame them. I tend to each lunch with them on occasion at the school, and the food served up never looks or tastes very good. Since they do take their lunches often, I try to keep things healthy as possible, but also let them think they are getting a treat too. I've found the best of both worlds with new Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps and Lentil Snaps.

Harvest Snaps

There are 6 varieties available:

• Snapea Crisps Black Pepper
• Snapea Crisps Lightly Salted
• Wasabi Ranch
• Caesar
• Lentil Snaps Onion Thyme
• Lentil Snaps Tomato Basil

Harvest Snaps
Harvest Snaps are crispy and bursting with flavor, so the make a great alternative to snacking on unhealthy potato chips. They are:

• Baked, not fried
• High in protein and fiber
• Low in sodium and fat (40% less fat than regular potato chips)
• Snapea Crisps are made from 70% pea
• Lentil Snaps are made from 65% lentil
• Gluten Free

Harvest Snaps

Munch on them while watching television, at a sporting event, after school... they are great any time you want a tasty snack! Additionally, I have been packing them in my girls lunch boxes a few times a week. So far their favorites are the Lightly Salted and Caesar varieties, and my husband is nuts for the Wasabi Ranch and Cracked Black Pepper. I like to crumble them and sprinkle them over salads and as a coating for my chicken dishes.

Harvest Snaps

Harvest Snaps is also giving you the chance to win up to $1000 in their #LunchSpiration Contest! Simply create a custom LunchSpiration Lunchbox, then share it through Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest for your chance to win!


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Monday, August 25, 2014

DIY Countdown to Disney Yarn Wreath

We are taking the girls to Disney this fall, and I thought it would be fun to make a Countdown to Disney Yarn Wreath so they could get excited about the trip a little every day leading up to our departure. Since it's going to be a one time use kind of craft, I didn't want to spend a lot of money. The circular craft wreaths were running over $5 at the craft store for the large ones and the smaller ones were around $4 each. I really didn't want to spend more than $10 on all the supplies, but thanks to Pinterest, this nifty idea helped keep the cost to under $5, which included all the yarn and supplies.


Simply pick up some of this foam pipe insulation at the local hardware store (mine only cost 98¢), wrap it in a circle to the size you want your wreath, then hold it together with some duct tape.

I picked up some red and black yarn for a little over $1 each at Michael's, as well as a wooden cut out piece. 2 yellow buttons were under $1.


Wrap the bottom half of your wreath with the red yarn, securing ends with a little hot glue. (TIP! Do not put hot glue on the foam. It will melt it! Instead, place more duct tape where you want to glue, and glue to that!)  Repeat with the black yarn for the top half.

Wrap your smaller circles (for the ears) in black yarn, then attach them to the bigger circle with more more black yarn, followed by a dab of hot glue to secure.

Glue on 2 buttons at the base of the wreath.

I painted my wooden piece with a little chalkboard paint and secured it with some hot glue. Then my wreath was complete.


Tell me something you love about Disney! A favorite place to visit in the park, your favorite character, or even your favorite Disney film :)


Keep Teeth Strong With New Colgate Enamel Health #ColgateSmile

*Disclosure- I received a product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was provided. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items. 
 

I don't know about you, but the first thing I notice when I see someone is their smile. I want to put my best face forward, so having strong, healthy teeth is very important to me. Even though I am strict about brushing and flossing twice a day, I often worry that the food and beverages I consume could still be causing problems that could lead to tooth decay. Especially the acidic foods I consume, like lemon with my water every day, which can be rough on tooth enamel. Have you ever felt rough patches on your teeth? That's because acid-softened enamel is rough, which can cause germs to stick, and that leads to tooth decay. Healthy enamel is smooth. When your hygienist polishes your teeth, it helps smooth the enamel to prevent germ build up. But now you can also get smooth enamel right at home, in between your dental cleanings with Colgate's New Enamel Health.

colgate enamel health


Colgate's New Enamel Health helps smooth your enamel in two ways:

• The formula helps replenish natural calcium and other minerals back into weakened enamel, filling in rough spots and making it stronger.

• Gently polishes the enamel surface with gentle micro-polishing action, so germs are less likely to stick.

This video demonstrates how germs react to rough enamel, which the sandpaper represents. The wax paper represents smooth enamel. The cornstarch is the germs that stick to enamel.

video



You can see how the cornstarch stuck to the sandpaper, but slid right off of the wax paper. Like the cornstarch sticks to the sandpaper, germs stick to acid roughened enamel. Polished teeth are more likely to defend against decay causing germs. 

Use Colgate's Enamel Health toothpaste along with the new Enamel Health toothbrush for strong enamel health. 

colgate toothbrush

The Colgate Enamel Health toothbrush has 48% softer bristles, polishing whitening cups that remove stains, and soft rubber grips on the handle that make it comfortable to hold.

Colgate Enamel Health

Use Colgate Enamel Health toothbrush and toothpaste twice a day to replenish what everyday life takes away.

girl looking in mirror
Mariah's smile stays healthy thanks to Colgate Enamel Health.
If you would like to learn more about Colgate's Enamel Health line of products, be sure to visit them on their website. Stay up to date on new products and promotions by following along with Colgate on Facebook and Twitter.


Let's Discuss: What are some of the ways you prevent enamel erosion?


Friday, August 22, 2014

Little Joys of the Week

I was sitting here feeling a little sad the other day about summer coming to an end. I always hate it when the girls go back to school. They drive me nuts with their bickering most of the summer, but I really do love the noise and chaos they cause when they are at home. To snap myself out of my funk, I decided to think of all the little joys I did have this week.


Allison telling me about her new friend. Each year she goes on and on about a new friend she has made, and it always turns out to be a special needs child. I love how she befriends them without a second thought about it. She's been doing this since 1st grade. A few autistic girls, a deaf girl, and now, just yesterday she told me about her new friend who is "bald and doesn't have eyebrows."  I asked if the girl had cancer and she just shrugged and said "I didn't ask. We just played." Simple as that. It makes me happy that she can just be so accepting of others, without boundaries.


This one probably makes me a bad neighbor, but it brings me joy that my neighbor got the worst of the storm this week instead of us. I'm sorry he has a split tree in his yard, but am glad that for once it isn't our yard that took the hit.

Listening to my girls be nice to each other when they don't think I can hear them. Allison puts aloe on Mariah's sunburned skin and Mariah tells Allison she has beautiful hair. I love catching those shared sweet sister moments. It's a rare thing.

sailboat sunset

Watching the sunset on the beach. Nothing is more calming for me.

What were some of your little joys this week?




Nature Valley Bistro Cups Oatmeal Made With Your Keurig! #BistroCups #PlatefullCoOp #Paid

Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op. Nature Valley Bistro Cups Oatmeal is not affiliated with Keurig, Inc. KEURIG and K-CUP are registered trademarks of Keurig, Inc.


Now that school is back in session, we are getting back into a normal routine. This involves getting up earlier than we normally like so we can be out the door on time. My school year rule is nobody is allowed to leave without eating breakfast in the mornings. Cold cereal is fine most days, but I do like the idea of my girls getting a hot breakfast in once in a while. But really, who has time, or the desire, to cook a hot breakfast on weekday mornings? I know I don't! But, Nature Valley is changing all that with their new Bistro Cups Oatmeal!

Bistro Cups

New Nature Valley Bistro Cups Oatmeal is the first-ever premium food product designed specifically for use in your Keurig® (or similar single cup coffee machine) Home Brewing Systems! Each Nature Valley Bistro Cups Oatmeal comes with a pouch of multigrain oats, a package of fruit and nut mix-ins, and the Bistro Cups that contain the apple cinnamon or brown sugar flavors.

Nature Valley Bistro Cups Oatmeal

Getting a hot breakfast in about a minute from the Keurig is a genius idea! Simply pour the oatmeal and mix-ins into your favorite mug. Place the Bistro Cups pod into the Keurig machine. Press the 6-ounce brew setting, and breakfast is served!


Not only is it quick and simple to whip together, it tastes great too! And one package is very filling, so tummies aren't going to rumble before lunchtime. Look at those huge fruit and nut chunk mix-ins!

Nature Valley Bistro Cups Oatmeal
Nature Valley Bistro Cups Oatmeal

Now my girls can get a filling, hot breakfast without the mess or hassle of me having to slave over a stove early in the morning. Win-Win!

New Nature Valley Bistro Cups Oatmeal is currently available at Target, Walmart and select grocers. A 3-count box has a SRP of $5.99. An 8-count box in available online at Amazon.com and Walmart.com, with a SRP of $14.99. Sams.com carries the 12-count size for $17.98. 

If you would like to learn more about the new Nature Valley Bistro Cups Oatmeal, visit www.naturevally.com/bistrocups

Be sure to follow Nature Valley on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions.


Which flavor would you like to try first: Apple Cinnamon Almond or Brown Sugar Pecan?


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