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]

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.

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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 ;)

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

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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.

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

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 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!

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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! 

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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!

National Geographic Kids Books Holiday Gift Guide!

National Geographic Logo

Thanksgiving is over. Let the madness begin. Everyone is out shopping and stressing to get those perfect gifts, especially the “top toys” of the year. Not me. When it comes to giving gifts I do give toys but they aren’t the end all be all of my shopping. I don’t know about your house but mine could actually use a little less toys. Anyways, when I shop for my kids I always pick up new books. Being an avid reader, my goal is to cultivate in my children that same love. My favorite books for them are fun, engaging, and educational.

As a Moms Meet Blogger I get the opportunity to try out great products and introduce my readers to companies who share my love for the environment. National Geographic is one of those that I really love. Not only for their commitment to the environment but their whole line of books designed for children and adults too. National Geographic Kids books are perfect for any child on your list. There is something for every interest, ages 4 & up, and animal lovers for sure.

1. Ultimate Weird But True 2! We already had the first Ultimate Weird But True and the whole family loved it. We all sat around looking through the book and picking out the weirdest thing we had ever heard. My husband liked the freaky looking Blue Lobster. It is blue due to a genetic defect that only occurs in about one of every two million lobsters! I am all about the animals too. I learned that about 10% of a cats’ bones are in its tail! Crazy.

2. Kids Almanac 2014 “Everything you always wanted to know about Everything!” Seriously, it is full of everything. Facts, games, activities, jokes, and digital extras for your smartphone. There is a business for building dog house mansions. Say what?! 

3. Fun Fill-In My Animal Adventure! This book takes the fun of fill in the blanks to the next level. Not only are they hilarious and easy enough for little one to do too they also have fun facts about animals. Also full color pictures to help set the scene for your wacky story!

4. First Big Book of Why! It was if the author knew my children, specifically my son. All I hear all day everyday is Why? But Why? Why Why WHY?! Because I said so! But why you say so? Sigh. Thank you National Geographic Kids, now at least I can point to a page and say THAT’S Why! And learn somethings too. Like: Why is a Jungle Gym called that? The inventor named them, thinking the children would have fun swinging, hanging, and climbing just like Monkeys. He was right.

National Geographic Kids Books

5. Best Friends Forever! This chapter book is full of true stories of animal friendships. My daughter and I both awed over the heartwarming stories. We loved the story of Jasmine the greyhound who has a lot of interesting animal friends! I think this book is perfect to cuddle up on the couch and read together even if they are already Ms. Independents like my girl.

6. Just Joking 4! 300 jokes about everything including tongue twisters, riddles, and more! I’m not sure how it started but my daughter is now obsessed with telling jokes. She also turns the tables requesting a funny one from me. Thankfully I don’t have to be super funny to get a laugh (yet). We take turns telling jokes from Just Joking 4 to see who laughs the loudest. The tongue twisters are perfect for belly laughs! Say this 3 times fast: The shortstop sports short socks.

7. Meerkats Level 1 Super Reader Book! My kids love Meerkats. Thanks to a certain Disney movie ;)  Did you know Meerkats have jobs? One of those jobs is a teacher. It is the job of the teachers to help the baby Meerkats learn all there is to know about life as a Meerkat. Pretty cool right? Super readers are great for children who are pre-readers, reading with help, or reading on their own.

National geographic kids books

For the young at heart on your list this year I recommend the Devoted and Mother’s Love books. You might want to wrap these up with a box of tissues. Devoted features 38 stories of love, loyalty, and life with dogs. Like the story of Effie, who sniffed out breast cancer in her owner and saved her life. *sniff* Mother’s Love is full of inspiring true stories from the animal kingdom as well as quotes about motherhood. Scarlet the cat went into a burning building 5 times to save her kittens, despite being badly injured herself. *tear* Ok I can’t share anymore, I’m going to start crying all over the keyboard.

National Geographic Kids Books

Fun Facts

  • National Geographic Kids Books are packed with kid-friendly features, photos, facts, and fun inspired by their award-winning National Geographic Kids magazine.
  • National Geographic Kids Books are created by award-winning authors, illustrators, photographers, explorers, and researchers in the field. Their books are “Kid tested, mom approved!”
  • As a global media organization, National Geographic publishes books and magazines for children of all ages and adults, produces an award-winning website, award-winning doumentary television and feature films, maintains two international television channels, and much more. Their goal is to foster and support a lifelong love of learning.
  • National Geographic and KIWI share a common concern for the planet and a commitment to keeping it safe and healthy for generations to come. Purchase of National Geographic books supports vital exploration, conservation, research, and education programs.

A special deal for my readers: From now until December 31st 2013 you will receive a special 30% discount when you order at ngbooks.org/momsmeet For delivery by Christmas, order by December 6th 2013!

Books are also available for purchase wherever books are sold.

**One random reader who leaves a comment will win one of the books mentioned above!** Leave a comment telling me which book you would like to win and who you would give it to! Winner will be announced on my Facebook page Teachable Mommy on December 11th 2013! 

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I received this product for free from the sponsor of the MomsMeetsm program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meetsm blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC. or the manufacturer of the product. 

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