Thursday, February 23, 2017

Review: New Stonyfield Whole Milk Smoothies

I am a official Stonyfield blogger; that said, all opinions, as always, are my own.

Yogurt is a big part of our family's diet. We love it for breakfast, blended into salad dressings, smoothies, scooped over fresh fruit for a snack. Here's a new product that we are loving for on the go: Stonyfield Whole Milk Smoothies. Available in Strawberry-Banana, Wild Berry, Peach and Strawberry, these ready-to-drink smoothies are perfect for breakfast or as a snack on the go.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Book Review: When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner; illustrated by David Catrow

Special thanks to Blogging for Books for sponsoring this post.

YOU, you… God thinks about you.
God was thinking of you long before your debut.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Healthy Meals in a Snap: SNAP Kitchen @SNAPKitchen #SnapKitchen

Yesterday my daughter and I headed to a new-to-us dining option in Lincoln Park: Snap Kitchen. We visited the Lincoln Park location, but there are several convenient Chicago locations.

Snap Kitchen provides healthy, ULTRA CONVENIENT, pre-packaged meals for everyone. Everything is fresh and never frozen. You will find meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and even drinks, making this a one-stop shop. Meals are easily re-heatable. If you follow a Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo or Vegan diet, you're sure to find plenty of meals to fit your lifestyle, too. 

The period between after work/school and dinner is always hectic in our home. Our visit to Snap Kitchen was quick and easy: we pulled up - parking was available right in front! - and had a fun time picking up some healthy meals. Everything was there was no arguing with my daughter about what to choose - she had fun picking out some breakfast and lunch items on her own. We planned on enjoying some items for dinner that same evening and my daughter chose some lunchbox items for the next few days.

For dinner, my daughter and I both chose the almond crusted chicken with kale pesto carrots. We loved this healthy take on fried chicken! Satisfying and healthy, it was a wonderful weeknight meal that two me literally 30 seconds to prepare in the microwave!

I also picked up a few breakfast goodies for myself. This strawberry coconut almond parfait was an absolute delight! So healthy and yet I felt like I was indulging in dessert for breakfast!

Snap Kitchen's meals are prepared from scratch daily using organic and locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible. The Chicago locations also offer a selection of cold pressed juice ($7.99-9.99); a host of snacks ranging from $2.99-4.99, desserts ($2.49-$3.99). 99 percent of the menu is gluten-free.

While it was easier than ever to pull up and pop into Snap Kitchen to grab our meals to go, you can also opt to order your meals for delivery or have them ready for you for easy pick up thanks to Snap Kitchen's convenient app. Download the app today!  

Have you tried Snap Kitchen? I'd love to hear your thoughts and fave meal picks! 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Review: Amazing Animal Facts Postcards

Special thanks to Blogging for Books for sponsoring this post. 

At age six my daughter is like a sponge, soaking up any information she can get her hands on. One of her fave subjects is animals. While most nonfiction children's books on animals focus on the very basics, the beautifully illustrated, amazing book, taught this mom a thing or two, too!

The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts  by Maja Säfström.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Paying It Forward with Stonyfield #sp

This post is sponsored by Stonyfield. I am a Stonyfield Ambassador, but all opinions expressed are my own.
How do you pay it forward?

This past December, Stonyfield invited its ambassadors to participate in a Pay It Forward campaign. I received a $50 giftcard from Stonyfield and was invited to think of a way to pay it forward in my community during the holiday season. 

As a teacher in a public school, I know that many of my students' families struggle during the holiday season. I paid it forward by surprising my students with a holiday party that featured a hot chocolate bar where they could load up their hot cocoas with marshmallows and sprinkles and whipped cream. I set up a little Christmas tree and greeted each of my students - 150 in total!!! - at my classroom door. Holiday music was in the air. It was very special to share a moment of good cheer with my students.

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I also made a Buche de Noel, a special French holiday cake.
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I'm so thankful to Stonyfield for sponsoring my little in-class holiday party. A cup of hot cocoa, marshmallows and a moment to sit, relax and just talk together was a very special way to celebrate the holidays with my students.

How did you pay it forward this holiday season?
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Review: Eat Beautiful Food and Recipes to Nourish Your Skin from the Inside Out

Special thanks to Blogging for Books for sponsoring this post. 

We truly are what we eat. What we put into our bodies can give us energy or drag us down. Nourish or deplete. Make us beautiful? According to author Wendy Rowe, a few diet additions can up your beauty factor. Here's a new book that promises to help you care for your body from the inside out, highlighting ingredients and recipes designed to make your skin glow: Eat Beautiful by Wendy Row.