Have a Very Merry UnBirthday with an Alice in Wonderland, Mad Hatter Tea Party Birthday!

Have a Very Merry UnBirthday with an Alice in Wonderland, Mad Hatter Tea Party Birthday!I have always loved Alice in Wonderland, both the books and the classic Disney movie. My daughter and I decided it would be a lot of fun to host a Mad Hatter Tea Party for her birthday. It is a lot of fun to create a party from a theme that is not "in" or "popular" or "new." Parties like these make me stretch my creative muscles and I won't [more]

Try Delicious New Stonyfield Yogurt Pouches!

Try Delicious New Stonyfield Yogurt Pouches!New from my favorite yogurt brand are the Stonyfield Yogurt Pouches for the family! Delicious, convenient, and organic goodness for on the go, mess free eating. Stonyfield Yogurt Pouches are available in nine flavors for your YoBaby, YoToddler, and YoKids! No worries, you don't have to be a kid to enjoy these but we will get to that later.   My kids love pouches, it's like space man food meets crazy kids [more]

Butternut Squash Soup with Organic Squash from Hometown Harvest

Butternut Squash Soup with Organic Squash from Hometown HarvestButternut Squash Soup is something I really enjoy eating. It is not a dish I have ever tried making. When I got my Hometown Harvest bag I found a nice sized organic squash tucked inside. Originally I thought, I will chop this up and sauté it with some olive oil and zucchini. My friend however challenged me to step outside my cooking comfort zone and make a soup using my [more]

Host an Eggcellent Easter Party with Oriental Trading!

Host an Eggcellent Easter Party with Oriental Trading!Easter is almost here! Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and families are gathering for some good ol' fashioned Easter fun! Make your Easter the best yet with these excellent eggcellent party decorations and crafts from Oriental Trading!  What I love about Oriental Trading is that I can put a party together easily without spending a ton of money.  I hung up the Light Blue and Lilac Paper Lanterns to add a pop [more]

Captain America The Winter Soldier: A Must See! #CaptainAmerica

Captain America The Winter Soldier: A Must See! #CaptainAmerica   Captain America The Winter Soldier is the number 1 movie in the nation and the film with the largest April box office! And for good reason too. From start to finish Captain America is packed with action, drama, and a little comedic relief.  Chris Evans, Samuel L Jackson, and Scarlett Johansson are exactly what you would expect- awesome. I will admit I wasn't always team Black Widow, especially as a kid, [more]

Our Disney World Vacation: Making Memories

Our Disney World Vacation: Making Memories After sharing with you all How to Make the Most of Your Disney World Vacation I wanted to follow that up with a more personal post. Again it took me awhile to sort through the pictures I wanted to use remember I took over 1500 and also to put into words how amazing our trip was. I still don't feel like this post can do it justice, the magic of Disney [more]

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Organic Shopping on A Budget by Ashleigh Evans

Organic Shopping on a Budget

Hi everyone!  My name is Ashleigh and my blog is Being Cheap is Easy.  I love to share recipes and money saving tips.  I met Ashley at Bloggy Con last year and I am so honored to be guest posting here.  I am still a “going green” newbie and I learn so many tips from Ashley.

In the past few years, our family has tried to buy more organic food.  Since we have a tight grocery budget, it’s essential to save whenever we can.  I have found when I use coupons, combined with sales, organic products are almost the same price as regular!

Here are some of my favorite sources for organic coupons:

  • Mambo Sprouts.  They send out a monthly email with coupons included.  I find great, high values in this one.
  • Stonyfield.  I find their yogurt on markdown a lot and make sure to stock up with coupons.  Our favorite flavor: Banilla (banana + vanilla)
  • Silk Almond milk.  “Like” their FB page for $1 off coupons!  I’ve found the best deal on Silk at Target! The double packs are super cheap.
  • Earthbound Farm Organics.  They have weekly coupons available.
  • Laura’s Lean Beef
  • Whole Foods.

If I find a brand I really love, it never hurts to send an email with some compliments.  They tend to send some great coupons your way!  Also, as with any product, “like” Facebook pages for coupons.

 Organic Shopping on a Budget

Of all stores I buy organic foods at, Costco is the top of my list.  They have amazing prices on items such as Annie’s Macaroni & Cheese, Wholesome Sweetners organic sugar and Agave, Earthbound Farms spinach and many other foods at rock bottom prices.  You can get healthy cooking items like flax seed and coconut oil for a fraction of the price of chain grocery stores.

We don’t have a Trader Joe’s in our area (so, so, sad!), but when we lived by one they also have amazing prices.  I love their enchilada sauce and couscous.

While not all of my produce is organic, I try to buy local when I can.  Using the great app Fresh Food, you can find a local market by you.  I like to go near the end of the day for markdowns…most farmers would prefer to sell their goods, so they might be willing to bargain.  I also ask about bruised fruits or veggies.  Not so pretty patches on tomatoes, eggplant or soft melons can be cut away.  I like to freeze as much as I can.

Final tip: don’t forget about frozen!  All frozen foods are a bargain, but especially organic.  Wait for sales and stock up!  Cascadian Farms is my favorite frozen brand.

What are your favorite ways to save on organic foods?

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The Benefits of Coconut Oil

The Benefits of Coconut Oil

I am convinced coconuts must have a hidden cape inside their husks. If you haven’t heard about Coconut Oil yet I would be surprised. This little guy is popping up all over the place from the grocery store to Pinterest and with good reason. Coconut oil has 100s of uses! Seriously, is there anything it can’t do?

Recently, I started training for a 5K. Aside from my legs despising me, my skin hasn’t been too happy either. When I work out or sweat a lot I get hives. Gross I know! Not sure what it means, I think I might be weird since I seem to be allergic to myself. But the bottom line is, it’s itchy and not fun. My doctor has suggested and prescribed medicines that help with the itch but are very toxic and can only be used in small amounts. Not helpful and I’m not a fan of toxic meds, so when my rash came back I decided to skip the pharmacy and head to my pantry.

I mentioned Coconut Oil in a previous post about Natural Remedies, toting it’s amazing diaper rash clearing abilities. My theory was if it helped with diaper rash then it too could help clear up my rash. It worked beautifully and I didn’t have to be concerned about how much I put on my skin! I was so excited about how well it worked on me I had to share it with all of you.

This is by no means an extensive list but I wanted you to know at least some of the amazing benefits of  having coconut oil on hand.

  • Cooking: boosts immune systems, metabolism, good for a healthy heart, regulates blood sugar, and more!
  • Substitute for butter or other oils
  • Eczema
  • Athlete’s Foot
  • Rashes: such as bacterial, yeast, and even viral
  • Lice (combined with Apple Cider Vinegar)
  • Ear Mites in Cats
  • Make your own lotion, deodorant, or conditioner for your hair
  • and more!

Have you used Coconut Oil before?

Stonyfield Yo-Toddler and Yo-Kids Party

I recently invited my mommy friends and their kiddos over to sample Stonyfield’s Yo-Toddler and Yo-Kids yogurts. Sharing products I love with friends is one of my favorite perks of being a blogger. And I am pretty sure they love the freebies! The theme of this party was all about food and overcoming obstacles to give our children the healthiest food possible. I didn’t forget about the moms, I got us some Oikos Greek Yogurt and regular Organic Yogurt. Yum!

If you have children in school and pack their lunch you can relate to how difficult it can be to come up with interesting and nutritious lunches. My son could eat the same lunch everyday and be happy. My daughter on the other hand is like her mother, and gets bored of eating the same thing over and over again. What can make lunches (and any meal really) more challenging is having a picky eater. I asked all my moms to share their favorite School Lunch Idea and Picky Eater Tip.

These are a few tips from my mom group:

Lunch Idea: Instead of bread use a whole wheat or spinach wrap to make things fun and different.

Picky Eater Tip: Take your child grocery shopping and let them pick fresh fruits and veggies for their lunchbox.

Lunch Idea: Let them purchase and pick out veggie of their choice.

Picky Eater Tip: Let your child help you cook.

Lunch Idea:Cookie cutters for sandwiches. There is something about fun bread shapes that make your lunch more fun.

Picky Eater Tip: Be a good role model and keep trying. Make your child the same plate of food you are eating. If they don’t like certain veggies cooked one way, try another.

While we laughed about our triumphs and our not so winning food moments, the kids enjoyed the Yo-Toddler and Yo-Kids yogurts. My children like making parfaits with their yogurt. Another great way to add extra nutrition to this amazing yogurt, fresh fruit.

My son enjoying his Yo-Toddler Pumpkin and Banana parfait. As much as I do not like pumpkin it is actually a really tasty yogurt and you can’t even taste the pumpkin!

I might be biased but my girl is beautiful and she loves Yo-Kids as much as I do!

Stonyfield offers a variety of products for the whole family. Their products are organic, inexpensive, and delicious. Visit Stonyfield for more information, product info, savings, and more.

*I was provided with free products as a Green Mom Ambassador to review and share with my friends. The opinions as always are my own and no monetary compensation was received.

 

Kashi Chocolate Soft Baked Squares

When it comes to feeding my children, everyone who knows me knows I am all about nutrition. Over the past weekend I had a Kashi Sampling party at my house to try out some of their new good for you snacks. This party included Honey Sunshine and Cinnamon Harvest Cereals, Banana and Chocolate Chip Soft ‘n’ Chewy Bars, and the Soft Baked Chocolate Squares. I want to thank Green Moms Meet and Kashi for sending me all these great products to sample with my mom friends and their kids.

My Cookie Monster was excited to dig into these yummy bars.

The kids loved the snacks and the cereals. One of my friends made sure I knew that her picky daughter was loving the chocolate bars and asked for seconds. I love when that happens! Picky eaters are always the best testers, since they have such a refined pallet or so they think! What the kids didn’t know (and I am not inclined to tell them) is that these bars “are made with good-for-you ingredients like seven whole grains, sweet potatoes and black beans. And with natural sweetness from agave, 4g of fiber and 300mg of ALA omega-3.” But I couldn’t let the kids have all the fun, we need chocolate too! While the kids enjoyed their snacks I made a special little treat for the moms.

For these sundaes I warmed up the chocolate squares and topped them with frozen greek yogurt or ice cream with bananas. Looking at this picture makes me want to go make another one!

While the kids ate and played, we discussed ways to get more nutritious foods into not only our children’s diet but ours as well. The best thing tip any parent can follow is lead by example. If you want your children to eat healthy then you need to eat healthy too. Trying to pass off carrots and hummus to your son while you are inhaling chips is not sending the right message. For on the go snacks you can’t go wrong with the chocolate squares or the banana bars. The best thing about these new Kashi products is the added nutrients of foods like black beans, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin. And don’t worry if you or your children aren’t a fan of these, I personally do not like pumpkin but I could not taste it all in the bars. Also, my daughter would pout and refuse to eat any bean but again, she couldn’t taste them and I didn’t offer to tell her. Whatever works right?

Bottom Line: All my moms left saying they were definitely going to purchase these products. I would definitely give them a try if you have not already, tasty and good for you, that is the perfect combination.

*I received these products for the purpose of testing them and sharing with friends. No monetary compensation was received and the opinions are my own.

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