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]

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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

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Host an Eggcellent Easter Party with Oriental Trading!

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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! 

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Alex and Alexa, Designer Clothes for Kids!

“This post is brought to you by Alex and Alexa. I was compensated for my time however all opinions are my own.”
Truth: I am a frugal shopper. I agonize over purchases, especially anything that is not a neccessity. If something seems a little over the top (like that fancy new purse, but I really do need a new one!! ;) ) then I have to convince myself and my husband it is worth it. When it comes to buying things for the kids I try to be reasonable. But sometimes, certain occasions call for something fancy. Especially when it comes to clothes.
When I think fancy, I think new clothes, new shoes, and matching everything! Oh and for the kids, same thing ;) After all, who said only grownups are allowed to dress nice? Whether it is for first pictures, important milestones, or to have tea at the Plaza (maybe not the Plaza but a date out with your kiddos) some events call for special clothing. But I still refuse to break my bank, so what is a mom to do? For the fashionista in your life: The best place to find the top designer clothing, shoes, and accessories for kids is Alex and Alexa. 
Alex and Alexa designer clothes for kids
Alex and Alexa features over 200 international fashion, sportswear, toy, and home brands! This includes brands like Burberry, Fendi, and Dolce and Gabbana. Their sportswear collection has brands such as Lacoste, Puma, and Under Armour. While Lego, Le Toy Va, and Moulin Routy can be found in the toy shop. Oh and the shoes. I love the shoe shop. And by love I mean LOVE. NO matter if your style is classic or eclectic, Alex and Alexa has something for you.
You can find a little bit of everything and hard to find styles at Alex and Alexa. I love the variety of styles, brands, and the overall quality of products. I’m not just talking about the clothes either! Check out the home section for everything from furniture to decor. In the toy shop, find educational toys, dolls, puppets, ride-ons, and more! You might be thinking great but I’m sure it’s super costly. I understand why you would think that. Usually the word “designer” is synonymous with “cost an arm and a leg.” I find that for what you are getting, the prices are reasonable and you can always catch a great sale!
Alex and Alexa is a one stop shop for pampering your little ones. 
About Alex and Alexa:
Founded in London, 2007 by husband and wife duo, Alex Theophanous and Alexa Till, AlexandAlexa aims to bring “The World’s Best Kids Brands” to other discerning parents at the click of a button. So whether you’re after traditional wear, functional casual clothing, specialised sportswear or luxury gifts, you need look no further for perfectly chic yet practical pieces both you and the little ones will love!
There is so much to choose from at Alex and Alexa that it was hard to come up with my wishlist. But I managed to finally pick out some to show you!
For the babies in your life.
Alex and Alexa designer children's clothing
I love this floral pattern of the Catimini Dress from Alex and Alexa
Alex and Alexa designer children's clothing
Burberry kids clothes collection from Alex and Alexa includes this very cute 3 piece dungaree set!
Alex and Alexa designer children's clothing
For my handsome big boy.
Alex and Alexa designer children's clothing
 The Mayoral Polo and Chinos Set from Alex and Alexa is a very classic look for boys.
Alex and Alexa designer children's clothing
How handsome would he be in these? I love plaids, polo shirts, and of course anything that says pirate!
For my beautiful big girl.
Alex and Alexa designer children's clothing

Alex and Alexa designer children's clothing

This Kate Mack Tee and Skirt Set from Alex and Alexa is one of my absolute favorites. This outfit is perfect for picture day or just a Mommy Daughter date!

For more awesome designer clothes, shoes, toys, and more visit Alex and Alexa today. Get connected with them on Twitter and Facebook 

***Hurry, the site is having a 30% off select merchandise sale!!***

Why I Decided To Stop Yelling

Why I decided to stop yelling, one mother's personal journey about not yelling at her kids anymore

If you are the perfect mom with the patience of a saint this blog post is not for you.

For those who know me in real life you might think I hold my stuff together pretty well. And that is true, in public at least. I think we all have the face we wear around others and then the other, the true self that only surfaces when we are at home.For me, I don’t want anyone to think I’m a monster of a mother. And maybe monster is an exaggeration. Still, I don’t want anyone knowing that sometimes I’m not so nice and calm with my children. After all, I’m a mom blogger. Doesn’t that mean I adore my children every second of everyday? Well you might think that but it’s not reality. Of course I love them always but I don’t always like them. In those situations that’s when I lose it.

I’m a passionate person. I do everything 110% be it happy, sad, or upset. Like everything else in life there are two sides to the coin. So while being passionate about things can be positive it can also be very negative. One natural reaction when I’m getting upset is to yell. Who wants to listen to some yell all the time?  The Bible verse in proverbs Only a fool gives full vent to his rage kept playing over and over. Sure I wasn’t going postal (do people still say that?) but I still felt bad about the yelling. It’s like I went from 0 to yelling without any gradual increase in volume. I knew it was wrong and that I wanted to stop.

But how? Every time I tried I fell right back into the biggest trap women face. The comparison trap. I know a lot of moms who seem to have it all together all the time. No matter how bad (yes I said bad) their children are in public or at playdates they just smile and calmly laugh it off. Meanwhile I’m like WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM!?!?!

I felt like a failure as a mother. A pretender, an emotional wolf in patient sheep clothing.

My daughter is generally compliant and with her I don’t even need to yell to get my point across. My son however, pushes my buttons (naturally we are the most alike) and everyone gets to hear what happens next. I yell, he yells louder, and nothing gets accomplished. Yeah not fun. So if yelling doesn’t work why do I keep doing it? Well I don’t know really, automatic reaction I suppose. Sorry it’s not more philosophical than that, I’m just trying to be real.

I came across another blog, The Orange Rhino, and was inspired by her story. She set an original goal for herself of 365 without yelling, pretty amazing right? I saw that she is now in year 2 of not yelling which is very encouraging! And that’s when I thought “Hey I can do that too! I can go without yelling.”  I set a slightly smaller goal for myself of just the school year.  But began a little early, because it’s never too early to stop yelling. No one knew about this challenge except myself and my family. Part of me didn’t want to share encase I failed miserably. Whether this is a success or a train wreck you all will know. And yes that scares me just a little.

To start off my own challenge I did what The Orange Rhino suggested: make a list of my triggers. There was no need to take time and reflect, I already knew what they were and have known for awhile. But knowing and doing are two different things. Now I’m finally taking my list and putting it into use, like a battle plan. For example, I know ahead of time if I didn’t get enough sleep or I have a lot of work to do that I’m going to be on edge. So when the kids get going on their “He’s looking at me!” or “She’s not playing with me!” instead of freaking out I have been walking away. Going into another room to find my center before walking back and handling the sibling drama.

It is important to have someone to keep you in check, an accountability partner. For me, my daughter is very helpful. When I told her about what I wanted to do she was very supportive and agreed that everyone, animals included, needed to stop yelling. Her and I decided that if someone starts yelling we needed to say “remember the no yelling rule!” The boy child is too young to get it but he gives up sooner if the rest of us keep our voices low. I will take that as a win, for now!

The big question: How is it going? It has been 5 days since the last incident.

Do you struggle with yelling and want to stop? Then I encourage you to join me in the no yelling club. Here there is no judging, just encouragement for all of us to be the best mothers we can be. If you need an accountability partner I am here for you! Email me, tweet me, Facebook, whatever and I promise to support you in your journey!

5 Lunch Needs and 50 Ways to Please from Horizon Organic

Hoirzon Organic Milk Boxes with DHA and Omega-3! Kid lunchbox ideas

In the crazy that is a new school year don’t let one of the most important meals of the day suffer. Get some lunchbox ideas and help from Horizon Organic!

Horizon Organic and registered dietician Elizabeth Somer have created the “5 Lunch Needs and 50 ways to Please” back to school resource. This easy to use tool outlines the five main food groups kids should be eating with 10 kid approved lunchbox ideas under each group. The idea is for you and your kids to use it together each week to plan healthy and balanced lunches.

One of the products Somer’s recommends is Horizon Organic Milk with 32mg DHA Omega-3 Single Serve Milk Boxes. Your child can choose between two great flavors, vanilla and chocolate. It is the first pantry stable milk box with 32mg DHA omega-3. These milk boxes are ideal for your perfectly packed lunch!

Using the system is as easy as 1-2-3. First, sit down with your children to mix-and-match items from each food group. Try to plan for an entire week of healthy, nutritious, and balanced lunches at a time. Second, moms and dads use the selections made to create your grocery list. Third, repeat steps 1 & 2 for the rest of the school year!

As parents we all set out with the best intentions when packing a lunch. But life happens and we lose track of time, run out of certain foods, or just forget until it’s too late. That is why I love the “5 Lunch Needs and 50 Ways to Please” printout. Using it, I feel better prepared for the upcoming school year and more organized at the grocery store. Do you have a picky eater? One of the easiest ways to get a picky eater to try something new is to let them help with the selection and preparation of their meals. Giving your kids the power to choose their lunches means they are more likely to eat them and food won’t go to waste!

Horizon Organic Milk Boxes Giveaway, Lunchbox Ideas for Kids

My children were eager to sit down and help me plan their lunches. The other day before I went to the store, we have sat down and picked out our whole first week of school lunches using the “5 Lunch Needs and 50 Ways to Please” guide. It is so nice to at least one thing in order before chaos begin! These are their picks for the first day of school.

K:

  1. Whole Grains- Whole-grain pita chips
  2. Low-fat Milk & Calcium Rich Foods- Horizon Organic vanilla milk box
  3. Meats, Eggs, & Legumes- Hummus
  4. Vegetables- Baby carrots
  5. Fruit- Apple slices

C

  1. Whole Grains-  Whole wheat bagel
  2. Low-fat Milk & Calcium Rich Foods- Horizon Organic chocolate milk box
  3. Meats, Eggs, & Legumes- Sunbutter to top the wheat bagel
  4. Vegetables- Cucumber ribbons
  5. Fruit- Banana

School Bonus: You can now find 6 box tops on the 18 count packages of Horizon Organic Milk Single Serve Milk Boxes at Sam’s club

Horizon Organic’s Promise:

  • We make our delicious organic products without GMOs, artificial colors or flavors or high fructose corn syrup.
  • We celebrate and champion the organic family farmers who supply our great-tasting milk.
  • We make our products with consideration for our planet and the communities in which we live and do business.
  • As organic pioneers, we provide industry leadership and invite more and more families each day to join the organic movement.

 

To download your copy visit Horizon Organic

to get you started…

Horizon Organic is giving One Lucky Teachable Mommy reader a month’s worth of their  DHA Omega-3 Milk Boxes!

Horizon Organic Milk Boxes Giveaway, Lunchbox Ideas for Kids

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*This post is sponsored by Horizon Organic. I received free products for this post. No other compensation was received and the opinions expressed are my own.

Bubblegum Princess is a Royally Cute Book!

In our house, you might say we are a little obsessed with princesses and princes. So imagine the excitement when we got to watch the royal wedding and recently the royal baby’s debut to the world. When the opportunity came to review Bubblegum Princess I knew it was one I could not pass up. After all, although it is a work of fiction it centers on very real characters; the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Bubblegum Princess, children's book, royal familyThis story is a “what might have been” if Prince William and Kate had met as children. Julie Gribble brings to life, Katy, a full of life young lady who loves to chew gum and blow bubbles. Which of course is disgraceful behavior in the eyes of her parents. One day she gets an invitation at the Queen’s palace for a party celebrating Prince Will. Her parents know that everyone needs to be on their best behavior and that means…you guessed it: Lay off the gum. Although sad, she agrees and gives up her bubble blowing fun. The day of the soiree Katy and her parents are pressed and dressed. Everything seems to be going well until POP! Oh no, right in front of the Queen! But Katy promises she didn’t blow the bubble. If she didn’t who did?

Bubblegum Princess is illustrated by Lori Hanson and man oh man are the pictures amazing! I love bubbles, the Queen’s corgis, everything about it. The characters come to life, practically leaping off the brightly colored pages. It’s nice to see a different style of drawings, uniqueness is something I tend to gravitate towards.

Even though this is a children’s book, it will not be one your younger readers will be able to read on their own. My daughter is a second grader and a very good reader. But she did have issues sounding out and understanding some of the big words throughout the book. That might bother some parents, but personally I am a fan of children’s books who throw in not so common words. It helps expand vocabulary and gets kids’ use to using inference skills to figure out just what that word might mean. Sneaking in learning, I Love it!

Bottom Line: I loved it, my daughter loved it, and your Princess will too! Find Bubblegum Princess on Amazon today!

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