Stonyfield Greek Yogurt Keeps You Going in the Marathon of Mom Life

Stonyfield Greek Yogurt Keeps You Going in the Marathon of Mom Life A day in the life of a mom can seem like a marathon. From breakfast to bedtime I know for me I feel like I am running a never ending race. Thankfully with help from the husband, friends, and Stonyfield Greek Yogurt I can tackle whatever obstacle life throws at me.    What's so special about Greek Yogurt? It is packed with protein, live active cultures, and it is low in carbs. [more]

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]

Good Boy Organics Organicasaurus Snacks Giveaway!

Good Boy Organics Organicasaurus Giveaway

My kids love to snack. Of course I want them to snack healthy but I also want them to have fun with their food. In my house it is totally fine to play with your food as long as you eat it afterwards…but nothing off the floor, that is way too gross! That is why I was happy to find Good Boy Organics.

I first tried Good Boy Organics Organicasaurus snacks at Expo East. They were tasty and super cute 3D dinosaurs. I could not wait to share them with my kids. It didn’t take much convincing to get the kids to try the new snacks. Both of them love the Organicasaurus cheddar cheese flavor. The 3D dinosaur shapes adds to the fun, 3D is better duh, and gives them a little extra crunch.

Dinosaur Party snacks, Good Boy organics Organicasaurus

Aren’t they cute? Or should I say ferociously cute?

Just to warn you: This snack is so addicting. I cannot open the bag and walk away! Well, I force myself to walk away but it’s hard. In fact I’m writing this while munching on some Organicasaurus puffs. For research purposes…don’t tell my kids. I think these are perfect for snacking on a Saturday, lounging and watching a movie, or to throw in the lunchbox for a fun pick me up during the school day.

Organicasaurus is the only certified organic cheese puff in America! Awesome right?! To hold that title our Dinosaurs have to make a trip. These yummy guys are baked fresh in Slovakia. International Dinosaurs are the best! They are made without artificial colors, ingredients and preservatives. Organicasaurus puffs are just the right combination of cheesy (real cheese none of that processed garbage), sweet, and salty. The Organicasaurus comes in 3 delicious flavors: Cheddar Cheese, Sea Salty, and Tangy Tomato. If you are looking for a healthy NonGMO alternative to those other cheese puffs, pick up some Organicasaurus today!

Quick Facts & Reasons Why I Love Them: 

  • Certified USDA Organic
  • Certified Gluten-Free
  • Baked, not fried
  • No preservatives/No trans fat
  • Non-GMO Project Verified

My wheels are also turning for my event planning business when I see these snacks. This would be the perfect snack for a Dinosaur themed party. Not only are they adorable dinosaurs but they are healthy too. Exactly what I want at my parties!

Good Boy Organics offers other organic goodness. See their website GoodBoyOrganics.com for complete product lines, where to buy, and more!

Ready to get your hands on some? Good! 

Good Boy Organics is giving One Teachable Mommy fan a case of Organicasaurus snacks!

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*This post was sponsored by Good Boy Organics. I was given free products for this post. All opinions are my own.

Ozeri 8′ Green Earth Textured Pan Review

A few months ago I shared the struggle of going green in ALL aspects of life. Specifically in regards to cooking. Cooking is something I do almost everyday and cannot avoid. But as I learned, buying good for your foods is only part of the battle. If you are cooking with chemical laced pans you are infecting your foods with them. What can you do?

Ozeri 8" Green Earth Pan, eco-friendly, safe non stick pan

All my chefs need green pans to cook with. But the issue with most of those pans is they are a PAIN to work with. Hard to clean, scratch easy, or just do not last. Which is why most of the time, we tend to overlook the bad junk in our pans for the sake convenience. No judging I am just as guilty. Fortunately for us, there is a solution to our problems. With Ozeri’s Earth pans you don’t have to sacrifice convenience for safety.

The Ozeri 8″ Green Earth textured pan is one of the world’s first frying pans to get non-stick perfection without PTFE, PFOA, and other nasty chemicals. The ceramic coating is easy to clean, scratch resistant, and environmentally friendly. Even under high heat, the Earth Pan will not release harmful toxic fumes into the environment. The handle is sturdy and heat resistant. Thank you! I don’t know how many times I have burned myself on a pan. Ozeri’s pan also comes with a magnetized induction stove safe base, which is fancy for it distributes heat evenly and quickly.

Why I love it: My food cooks evenly, quickly, and no nasty chemicals are finding their way into my organic goodies. The non-stick is really non-stick! The food seems to float in the pan and I barely need to to grease it. Less grease=healthier. This pan can keep up with being used everyday for a variety of foods. The limited lifetime warranty is nice too. If something happens to the materials or workmanship under normal use you are covered. For messier cooks like myself, the deeper sides help keep the food where it belongs. Finally, I love my Ozeri Green Earth pan because it is easy to clean! Overall I recommend it to anyone looking for a green frying pan, in fact I was just suggesting it to a friend!

A quick note: On Amazon, I read some reviews saying the non-stick goes away after a few uses. I have found that is definitely not the case. With the proper care (hand wash only), less grease, and lower heat settings your pan will stay perfect. I can say this because I have been using my 10″ Ozeri Pan for a few months now and it’s still like brand new. And I use it EVERY day.

What makes the Ozeri pan different and safe to use?

The Earth Pan is made with Greblon – an ultra-safe ceramic coating from Germany which is 100% PTFE and PFOA free. What is PTFE and PFOA? Polytetrafluoroethylene (aka teflon) and PerFluoroOctanoic Acid are carcinogenic chemicals that emit toxic gases every time you cook with a nonstick pot or pan. Research has shown that they are associated with certain cancers, dangers to pregnant women, flu-like symptoms caused by inhaling the fumes, and environmental pollution. Long story short: you don’t want to be cooking with those nasty things. Ozeri’s Greblon nonstick coating is safe and environmentally friendly. It is also free of lead, cadmium, and other harmful chemicals.

 Buy it on Amazon today!

Or find it at these retailers:  Atgstores.comSears.com, or Homedepot.com

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FTC Disclosure: I received this pan free for the purpose of this review. The Amazon link is an affiliate link. All opinions are my own!

The Muppets Most Wanted in Theaters March 21st! #MuppetsMostWanted

 Muppets Most Wanted Movie Poster

In the words of Animal: Sequel Sequel Sequel!

The gang is all here and this time traveling to Europe! Hopefully by map, it is the most efficient way. The Muppets Most Wanted sees the entire group of Muppets head out on a global tour. They are traveling to perform in theaters in some of the greets cities in Europe: Berlin, Madrid, and London. Starring our favorite Muppets, oh and some human co-stars too. You might know them: Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and Ty Burrell.

But they are The Muppets, so chaos must ensue.

The world’s Number One Criminal, Constantine, who is a dead ringer for our beloved Kermit, hatches a scheme for a crime of international proportions.  Along with his dastardly, evil sidekick Dominic Badguy aka Number Two, Constantine sets out to swap places with Kermit and pull off his mega villainous felony! The Muppets Most Wanted is the most Muppet sequel of all sequels.

Will Kermit’s friends be able to save him? Will Constantine pull off his heinous crime? Will they realize that Dominic’s last name is Bad-Guy? We will all have to wait and find out…. The Muppets Most Wanted is in theaters March 21st!

"THE MUPPETS ... AGAIN!"

I’m a big Ricky Gervais fan. Love his name, Dominic Badguy, although in French it’s not so bad ;)

MUPPETS MOST WANTED

Our beloved Kermit is mistaken for this evil impostor? What’s a frog to do?

MUPPETS MOST WANTED

Ty Burrell, interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon, and Sam the Eagle. It is the patriotic thing to do.

MUPPETS MOST WANTED

Tina Fey, prison guard Nadya, is one lady you do not want to mess with.

MUPPETS MOST WANTED

Annnd, it would not be a Muppet movie without a dance number….or 10. 

MUPPETS MOST WANTED

 Official Trailer:


Get social with The Muppets:

Like The Muppets on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Muppets

Follow The Muppets on Twitter: #MuppetsMostWanted https://twitter.com/muppetsstudio

and my one of my favorites: Follow Miss Piggy on Twitter: @RealMissPiggy

 The Muppets Most Wanted in theaters March 21st 2014!

Who is your favorite Muppet?

Have a Polar Express Party with Oriental Trading!

As a mom who likes to make every dollar count, when I plan parties I always check out Oriental Trading! They always have cute, fun, classy, entertaining products that I need without breaking my budget. Most of my teacher friends are always ordering from Oriental Trading for class craft activities and decorations. Needless to say we are all big fans of them here.

I am excited to share that I recently became a brand ambassador for Oriental Trading! Check out the cool badge on the side bar! Also, I can share I got a lot of “I’m so jealous, I love them!” comments too. It’s okay because I would be jealous too, they are pretty awesome. Anyways, I got to pick out products to use for a blog post. And I could not think of a better theme than a Polar Express party!

My best friend and I had been planning to surprise the kids with well a surprise party. This time of year is perfect for a Polar Express party. Not just because of Christmas but also because who doesn’t like hot chocolate on a cold night? The party was inexpensive, easy to put together and the great products below from Oriental Trading made it absolutely perfect.

Polar Express, Hot Chocolate Bar, Oriental Trading Christmas Decorations

Looking for some stocking stuffer ideas? I love this Holiday Polar Bear, I only got the small one but he is also available in large. He makes the perfect addition to my bowl full of ornaments.

Oriental Trading Stocking Stuffer, Polar Bear plush

Your Polar Express hot chocolate needs a special cup. The Winter Retreat Mugs are embellished with snowflakes and the handles do not get hot so no worries about little fingers getting burned. I added the Red & White Snowflake Stir Sticks for a some flair and so they could stir all the toppings that settled on the bottom!

Oriental Trading snowflake mugs, snowflake stir sticks, polar express party

A Polar Express party (or any Christmas party for that matter) needs this North Pole Cupcake Holder. Easy to assemble and a great centerpiece to showcase your masterpieces. Or in this case, the kids’ masterpieces! The cupcake cups and collars are the Peppermint Cupcake Collars & Cups.

Oriental Trading Cupcake Stand, North Pole Cupcake Stand, Christmas Cupcake Stand

Oriental Trading Company cupcake sleeves, hot chocolate toppings, polar express party

The Snowflake Ceiling Decoration sets the scene for our winter wonderland! These snowflakes make great backdrops or entryway decor, to welcome your guests to the party.

Oriental Trading Snowflake Decorations

Gingerbread House Photo Ornament is not only adorable but easy enough for even the little guys to do. These ornaments are perfect for your tree or as presents to the grandparents!

Oriental Trading Gingerbread house ornament craft  Oriental Trading Gingerbread house ornament craft Oriental Trading Gingerbread house ornament craft

All ready for their pictures and to go on the tree!

The kids had so much rocking their PJs, making a craft, and of course drinking hot chocolate. Thanks to Oriental Trading our Polar Express party was a hit. This party will definitely bring some joy to your household this Christmas Season!

One more thing you do not want to miss…

The Oriental Trading BIG Christmas Sale starts Monday December 9th!

Disclosure: I recently became an Oriental Trading blogger. All the goodies you saw here were free.

Disney’s Frozen A Must See! #DisneyFrozen

Frozen

 

I promise this review will have no spoilers! Not even a hint of spoilers. Lucky for you I’m writing this and not my daughter who keeps surprises by saying things like “oh Mommy I’m going to get you a movie for Christmas but I don’t know which one yet.” “Well don’t tell me!” “I didn’t I said I didn’t know what movie!”

So no spoilers here!

Before I get into Frozen I have to share about the opening animation. New and lifelong Disney fans alike will love the cartoon that plays before the movie. It is an old black and white Mickey Mouse show with some added surprises. Not only was it super cute, it was great to hear Walt Disney’s voice again, the original Mickey :)

First of all, the Disney 3D was amazing. I felt like I was in the snow, in the rain, dancing in the sunshine, it was just awesome. Frozen jumps off the screen and you are in Arendelle experiencing summer, winter, and all that comes in between. The plot and overall storyline were truly well done. This movie reminded me of why I love Disney movies so much. Frozen really brought back classic Disney.

My daughter is obsessed with Elsa. I have to agree, Elsa’s ice powers are pretty kick butt. It is Elsa’s life though that I really relate to. Not the ice powers or being a queen but hey that would be nice too. No, I know what it is like to have to keep everything in and not show true feelings. When you can finally Let it Go, it is so liberating. Anna is a little awkward and I get that too. When I met my husband it was definitely an awkward moment. I’ll spare you the details… Anyways, Anna is a great counter to Elsa. She is less than poised, a little clumsy, and like I said awkward. The love between the sisters shows that there is no bond quite like that of family.

Some of my favorite moments in the film I do not want to share because I don’t want to spoil anything! But I love Sven. I have always been the animal girl, so instantly I fell in love. He reminds me of Maximus in Tangled, the faithful steed with the personality of a dog. Kristoff talks for Sven and it is so perfect with Sven’s facial expressions. Olaf the snowman is not only cuddly and everything you would want from a snowman, he is hilarious. The interactions with Kristoff’s family crack me up every time…Why aren’t you running? Favorite line? Watch out for my butt! *giggles*

Here is a new clip from Disney. I love this scene! Big Summer Blowout!


Anna and Hans. Both equally awkward! 

FROZEN

Olaf likes warm hugs!

Frozen Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf

Olaf’s song about Summer is cute and funny. After all, a snowman who wants summer, kinda weird right? 

"FROZEN" OLAF. ©2013 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

The backgrounds, scenes, all the details were just amazing.

"FROZEN" Elsa's ice palace. ©2013 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

“Let it Go” sung by Idina Menzel who voices Elsa or the Frozen song according to every child I’ve met, is awesome. You will want to go home and download it for sure.

FROZEN

Stay through the credits. Definitely read the wording at the end of the credits, it was funny that Disney threw it in there. Also there might be a little bit more animation at the end ;)

I have some Frozen free printables of coloring pages, crafts, and more to keep the Frozen fun going at home!

I loved Frozen but don’t just take my word for it. I put it out there on Facebook to ask my family and friends what they thought about the movie. Here are a few things they said:

“It’s a great story about the love of sisters.”

“My family and I love it and can’t want to see it again!”

“Too funny, Olaf is awesome!”

“The visual effects were stunning. I really felt like I was getting snowed on.”

“The whole movie was great from the effects to the message.”

I do have one warning though. Those toys that your children seemed to pass over at the Disney Store, Target, etc will now be at the top of their lists. Seriously, my daughter’s Christmas list is almost all Frozen toys now. You’ve been warned!

FROZEN

If you have seen Frozen what was your favorite part? No spoilers please!

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