Friday, February 27, 2015

Baby Gear Favorites Giveaway!

Last month I was featured over at Mainely Mama sharing some of my favorite baby products!  If you missed it, check out the post here! I'm ridiculously excited to be back collaborating again with Rebecca of Mainely Mama, Kim of Life is a Lullaby, Christy of Stained with Style and Casey of Casey's Chaos to bring you a really great giveaway, sponsored by some of our favorite brands! One lucky reader is going to win a pretty sweet collection of awesome prizes, including lots of our personal favorites from our original baby gear post. The winner will get EVERYTHING pictured below, worth over $600!!

Rad, right?!?

To enter this giveaway, simply use the Rafflecopter form below.  This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec, sorry friends!) who are at least 18 years of age and
 ends at 12am EST on Friday, March 13th. One lucky winner will be drawn at random.


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Friday, February 20, 2015

Kid Kitchen with A Dash of Soul

  A simple and delicious dip for fresh fruit than any kid will LOVE! kid kitchen blog image

I am SUPER excited to introduce you all to my friend Lauren, who writes the blog A Dash of Soul. Lauren is a Knottie friend of mine who is an amazing chef and food blogger, and I am honored to be collaborating with her on our feature, Kid Kitchen! We are bringing you some awesome, kid friendly recipes that are yummy, healthy and fun to make with your little ones! Today we are bringing you fruit salad with Lauren's Creamy Dreamy Dip. Enjoy!

from Lauren's kitchen 

Val told me that she likes to make sure her son's meals are nice and colorful! That's great because eating the rainbow is one of the best ways to make sure that we're getting good nutrition in. Since everyone loves fruit salad (right?), it seemed like a great choice for our first recipe. But I wanted to make it a little more fun and interesting for kids, so I thought a dip would be the perfect thing!

A simple and delicious dip for fresh fruit than any kid will LOVE!

This dip is so good that I may or may not have been eating it with a spoon...but it makes the perfect pair with any fresh fruit that your kids love! I thought this would go great with some whole wheat flatbread and a soft-boiled egg for a quick and easy lunch or even dinner! But of course you can serve it with whatever you like. 
Here's the recipe: Fruit Salad with Creamy Dreamy Dip 
1 c. sour cream (you can use a low fat or fat free if you prefer) 1/3 c. light brown sugar (can be subbed for honey or agave syrup) 1/4 t. orange or lemon extract 
1/2 t. vanilla extract
Stir all the ingredients together in a small mixing bowl.
Set aside for 10 minutes to allow the sugar to dissolve.
Stir together again to fully incorporate the ingredients.
Serve with mixed berries or any type of fruit that your kid likes! Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 1 week.
Makes 6 servings. Calories: 92 Fat: 7g Sugar: 5g

A simple and delicious dip for fresh fruit than any kid will LOVE!

And that's it! I was so excited to see how it would go over with Val's little one.

from Val's kitchen

I started beforehand by prepping our fruit. For our salad, we used fresh kiwi, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and green seedless grapes. I washed them, gently dried them and sliced the fruits up into toddler friendly bite-sized pieces.

Then I brought in my little helper! Conner loved dumping the fruit into a large bowl and mixing them together. He also loved sampling each fruit before he dumped them...

While C Man dumped and mixed the fruit, I prepped the Creamy Dreamy Dip. I absolutely loved this recipe because it was SO easy. In addition to kid meal time and snacks, I would (and will!) totally make this for parties, BBQs, potlucks etc. This dip is definitely a crowd pleaser!

I served up our fruit salad with a dollop of dip on top. How beautiful is this?!

And we have a winner!

Conner ate THREE helpings of this in one day. Three! He loved dipping his fruit pieces in the "cream". This will be a healthy snack staple for us now! OH. Bonus?! Try a little leftover fruit and Creamy Dreamy Dip on top of a waffle for breakfast. You'll thank me later :)


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Spread the Love Giveaway with BabyBjorn!

Congratulations to Kristen V. who won the meal time prize pack, and Lacey K. who will be receiving the potty time prize! Thanks to all who entered. Stay tuned for more surprises coming soon!

You. Guys.

With Valentine's day rapidly approaching I've joined up with some of my bloggy mama friends, Rebecca from Mainely Mama, Kim from Life is a Lullaby and Christy from Stained With Style to bring you a pretty rad giveaway from our friends at BabyBjorn!

BabyBjorn has taken two of the more...challenging...parenting tasks of feeding and (dun dun dun) potty training and created some really awesome products to make those moments easier and more fun. Their products are loved by lots of mamas! And, because we want to #spreadthelove (remember when that was a pound sign? ha ha ha!) we are giving you the chance to win one of two prize packs of some of their amazing goodies. Check it out!

Prize Pack Includes the Following (winner will choose colors):

Bath Prize Pack Includes the Following (winner will choose colors):
Smart Potty
Safe Step- Step Stool
Toilet Trainer
Soft Bib (not potty related, per se...but an extra little goody :) )

This giveaway is open to residents age 18 or older of the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec) and will end at 12 am EST on February 18th. Winners will be contacted via Email so keep an eye out!

Enter for each prize pack via the Rafflecopter form below! Good luck!

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Until next time!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Happy February!

Happy February, you guys! I love this month. It's one that is filled with some pretty awesome memories for me as President's Day weekend was always spent at my Poppy's Farm with most or all of my aunts, uncles and cousins on my dad's side. It was a weekend filled with snow mobile rides, bon fires, forts in the bunk room and LOTS of amazing food. Especially breakfast. That was my grandfather's specialty!

February is also...duh. Valentine's Day month! As cheesy of a holiday as it can be, I love it. It involves flowers and chocolate so...yeah :)

This year I decided to play around with a little red lipstick and my camera to do some V-Day pics of the boys. I'm not a professional photographer by any means...I really have no clue what I'm doing with my Canon T3...but I think these turned out pretty good :)

Typical boys...

Aren't they cute?!

Stay tuned this month. I'll have some new crafts and recipes coming your way!