This Summer we have to get extra imaginative. With the Princess’ foot in a boot for a good part of the Summer our typical routine of pool, beach, pool, wasn’t going to happen. Time to stretch those creative muscles and come up with a plan to keep the kids happy and mama sane.
Lucky for all of us we love to imagine and explore new possibilities. The kids and I came up with a lot of fun games and activities to do that wouldn’t be hindered by the Princess’ boot. I also encourage them to use their imaginations by having art and craft items within easy reach for whenever inspiration strikes!
One of those activities is our Library Scavenger Hunt. The kids love puzzling out the clues and using their super powers to find the prize at the end!
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When we aren’t sailing a pirate ship or looking for clues in the library we relax with our new favorite show, Poppy Cat.
Poppy Cat is a celebration of imaginative play, encouraging preschoolers to use their imaginations to solve problems and discover the world around them. Poppy Cat loves making everyday adventures extraordinary. The series is based on the international award-winning books by British author Lara Jones.
Catch Poppy Cat episodes seven days a week at 7:00 pm on PBS Kids Sprout and Saturday mornings on the NBC Kids Block.
Poppy Cat is a capable, endearing, and determined orange tabby cat, propelling each adventure for her and her friends, often leading to unexpected experiences and discoveries. Poppy Cat’s friends are Zuzu the Dog a ball of pure energy, Mo the Mouse full of caution, Alma the Rabbit who is excitable, Owl a self proclaimed expert and Egbert the Badger who wants to be in the group but doesn’t always get along with everyone else.
My daughter was instantly drawn to Poppy Cat. She already loves making up stories about her stuffed animals and our real ones. Seeing Lara tell her stories about Poppy Cat inspired her to start writing her own. The Princess believes that Zuzu was written to be her little brother, and I can’t argue. The Pirate is full of energy! I am happy they are into a show that inspires them to be creative, solve problems, and keep reaching for their dreams. Plus it’s adorable and just the kind of show I would love as a little girl!
See all the imaginative play Poppy Cat and friends get into on their website. Follow Poppy Cat on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube! The Facebook and Pinterest pages have games, coloring sheet, and art activities. There are also apps available in the iTunes store.
Ranch dip is a staple at almost any cookout. Try changing it up a bit to bring some life to the same old party. My creamy greek yogurt ranch avocado dip is a healthy, tasty twist on that old favorite. Not only can you use this for dip but I would use it as a topping for salads or chicken as well.
I started with my basic Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing made with organic creamy Stonyfield greek yogurt. After making this dip for the first time, I haven’t gone back to those packet mixes! The added bonus of using greek yogurt is it’s packed with protein, calcium, vitamins D, B2, and B12, potassium, magnesium, and live active cultures.
- 1 1/2 cup of Stonyfield Plain Greek Yogurt (I used the 0% nonfat but it is also available in whole milk and low fat)
- 1 Tbsp of Onion Powder
- 1 Tsp of Garlic Powder
- 1 Tbsp of Dry Dill
- 1 Tsp (roughly) of Sea Salt
now to make it avocado-y
- 2 medium avocado, peeled and cored
- 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
- optional: If you would like a thinner dip, more on the dressing side, add up to 6 Tbsp organic 2% milk, as needed or for a slightly richer dressing sub 2 Tbsp of milk for olive oil
Combine all ingredients and let cool in the refrigerator for at least a hour or two before serving.
Serve with Late July Organic Chips and enjoy! Late July Chips come in a variety of flavors and are one of our favorite snacks. Find them in your local store or at Costco today!
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Stonyfield and Late July Snacks as a Stonyfield Blogger. Opinions as always are my own.
The beef hot dogs from Applegate are made with only four simple ingredients: 100% grass-fed beef (raised without antibiotics or hormones), water, salt, and spices. Those other dogs, well you don’t want to know. *shudders*
When you don’t have to worry about artificial ingredients, synthetic nitrates, or antibiotics in your hot dog, there’s more time for the fun stuff and beating your cousin in a friendly game of wits, or is that just me? Don’t forget to get your dog sauced with Sir Kensington’s, and sitting pretty on an all natural bun.
Grilling isn’t just for the boys. I took over the grill for Father’s Day to show off my #GirlsWhoGrill awesomeness.
I’d say he approves of my grilling! And I can be happy that the hot dog he is eating doesn’t contain any nasty additives and fillers.
Ready to get your grill on?
Applegate wants to give you a #GirlsWhoGrill prize pack to get you started! One winner will receive all you see in the picture below!
This post is sponsored by Applegate. All opinions are my own.
While checking out all the latest and greatest products at The Mother of All Baby Showers I came across Zippyz Pajamas by Little Trendyz. It’s a revolutionized version of sleeper that has three snaps on the top half to keep baby warm, and zipper on the bottom for mom’s ease of use. I was sold immediately.
Designed by a mom genius, Zippyz are made from an eco-friendly, ultra soft blend of organic cotton and bamboo. As we all become increasingly aware of how many bad chemicals are used in everything, it’s good to know that I can put my baby in something safe and comfortable. Both the cotton and the bamboo used are grown without the use of any harsh chemicals and are sustainable. Did you know that bamboo actually stays 2 to 3 degrees cooler in hot weather and 2 to 3 degrees warmer is cold weather?
There are many styles to choose from, sizes ranging from 0-3 months up to 9-12 months and all of them are so cute. Zippyz also feature built in mitts to keep baby from scratching themselves.
These make fantastic gifts too since they offer boy, girl, and gender neutral selections. My favorite is the Elephants-Mist!
Zippyz is not only a wonderfully safe product it’s also extremely affordable! Don’t forget to sign up for special offers for discounts and promotions! I can assure you that you’ll love these sleepers as well as all the extra time you’ll have to snuggle, cuddle, kiss, and play with your baby.
This post is sponsored by Zippyz. I received free product for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. And a big thank you to my model, my little nephew for being his adorable self.
After hearing Jonas Rivera describe the 5 year process of how this came to life and saying “UP was a love letter to our grandparents, Inside Out is a love letter to our children” I knew I would need some tissues. Seriously Disney, all the feels!
The Kids were full of JOY that we were headed to screen the movie in 3D. They brought along their trusted emotions – Joy and Anger.
First up is the new Disney Pixar short “Lava.” I dare you to watch this and not go around saying I Lava You. The graphics are ridiculously amazing. Those whales look real and if you took away the volcano face you would think you were watching a Disney Nature film.
What if we could personify emotions?
Inside Out is the most unique movie I have seen in awhile. The visuals are colorful, impressive, making the viewer see what their imagination could look like on the big screen. I felt a special connection to this movie, not only as a Disney fan but because as a creative I “got it” when Jonas explained the process of bringing our emotions to life.
Okay I need to nerd out for a minute. The design points for the emotions, their most basic form are really genius. We get to see a glimpse of this when Joy and Sadness are wandering the depths of the mind.
This isn’t a movie about the brain. It is about the mind, your memories, personality, and emotions. We meet Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, and Fear. Joy is Riley’s lead emotion, she has been with her the longest. Sadness was a tough one, they did not want her to be too negative/depressing. Anger is very passionate about fairness. Keep an eye out for his daily papers. Disgust’s job is to prevent you from being poisoned both physically and socially. Fear is there to stop you from taking unnecessary risks.
From start to finish Inside Out takes you on a journey to discover what makes you well you and finally explains why on Earth those annoying songs get stuck in your head!
Riley is a happy girl, mostly joyful but when her family moves to San Francisco things begin to get a little hairy, like that guy we saw who looked like a bear. Joy and Sadness being very opposite have a hard time working together. Eventually that comes to a head and oops something happens to the core memories. Why are you touching them Sadness?
Just like that, Joy and Sadness get whisked away to the Personality Islands and Long Term Memory. There we meet an only imaginary friend who cries candy and find out what happened to all those old phone numbers we don’t need to remember anymore.
Left behind to help Riley manage this big move, new school, and a not so fun house are Disgust, Anger, and Fear. Just imagine what your day to day would be like if these 3 were at the control booth for your mind.
It is hard for me to pick out a favorite part of this movie. If you twisted my arm, I would have to say the entire Dream Productions scene is hilarious and explains why our dreams are like B-list movies. Inside Out is perfect for the whole family. The kids loved the movie. We laughed, teared up, and laughed some more. Spoiler: Don’t worry as much as Anger wants to say that curse word they learned he doesn’t.
In the end, we all learn that our emotions aren’t so simple. Sometimes to feel Joy you need Sadness and vice versa.
We are all beautifully complex humans with some really awesome emotions at the helm. This weekend, meet the little voices inside your head!
Go see INSIDE OUT in theaters today!