Monday, March 23, 2015

Getting Your Kids to Eat Healthy

Getting Your Kids to Eat Healthy


I was recently contacted by a member of the Social Media Team for Chobani Yogurt.  He asked me to write a post about healthy eating for children for their Chobani Kids Project. {By the way,  I am not being compensated for this post in any way.}  Chobani recently launched a new line of Greek Yogurts for kids.  Chobani's Greek Yogurt contains "only natural ingredients that are not genetically modified, no artificial flavors or sweeteners, no preservatives, is made with milk from cows not treated  with hormones like rBST, gluten free, and has less than 5% lactose."     
Getting your kids to eat healthy does not have to be hard! With some quick and easy recipes, your kids will gobble up these healthy snacks! I made both of these frozen treats this afternoon in about 30 minutes and placed them in the freezer for dessert tonight.  The results were a success! My five year old son ate dinner quickly in order to gobble up these special treats! And he was eating healthy! A win win for parents!

Orange Yogurt Popsicles
Orange Yogurt Popsicles

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon Honey
1 Teaspoon pure Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 cups organic Orange Juice
1/4 cup organic Milk (I used reduced fat)
1/2 cup Chobani Kids Greek Yogurt (use whatever flavor your kids like)

Blend in blender and pour into your popsicle mold.  Freeze for at least 6 hours.  Eat & enjoy! {This makes a tasty smoothie by the way! I drank the leftovers that did not fit in my popsicle mold!}

Frozen Yogurt Covered Raspberries

Frozen Yogurt Covered Raspberries

Ingredients:

Organic Raspberries, washed & dried
1 cup Chobani Kids Greek Yogurt (use whatever flavor your kids like)

Put Greek Yogurt in a bowl.  Place one raspberry at a time in bowl and cover raspberry with Greek Yogurt using a spoon.  Place on parchment covered baking sheet.  Repeat with all raspberries.  Put baking sheet in freezer and freeze for at least 4 hours.  Eat & enjoy!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Coastal Fireplace Makeover

Coastal Fireplace Makeover

I've been wanting to add tile to my fireplace forever and I finally did it! My fireplace is actually not a real fireplace, but it has lights that simulate fire and a heater that I can turn on and off.  It's perfect for Florida.

Here are some photos of the details of the finished fireplace.  I did not cut one piece of tile.  Instead I purchased some sheets of square tile to fill in when necessary.  I purchased two types of square tile because I could not decide which one to use in the store.  I ended up using a white cloudy glass tile that looks like stone instead of just plain white glass tile.

This project was super easy and you can do it too! First, measure your surface and go to the store and select your tile.  I was looking for square tiles in order to avoid cutting, but when I saw this glass tile sheet at Floor & Decor for only $3.99 per 12x12 sheet, I had to get it! I disliked the darker blue grey color tile so I simply removed it and replaced it with the other colored tiles.  I wanted to keep it light, bright, and coastal.  Because I chose a rectangular shaped tile, I also purchased square tile to fill in and avoid cutting tile.  I ended up using 5 blue glass sheets and 1 sheet of white square tile (purchased at Floor & Decor also) for this project.  Unused tile sheets can be returned for a full refund.  Keep your receipts! 

Second, get your supplies! I purchased a newer product called Simple Mat from Home Depot.  It allows you to stick your tiles directly on the mat instead of putting up tile adhesive.  It's a huge time saver allowing you to grout immediately after tiling.  You will also need premixed grout, a rubber float, a sponge, a bucket of water, scissors, and a rag.

Third, cut Simple Mat with scissors and stick it to your clean surface.  Fourth, make sure it covers entire surface you plan to tile.  Do not remove the paper off the front until you are ready to tile.

Fifth, cut tile sheet to correct size and stick tile to Simple Mat.  If you make a mistake, you can remove it, but remove quickly or else its stuck.  

Finally, use your rubber float to grout all the tile.  This step can get messy.  As soon as you are finished grouting, dip your sponge in a bucket of water and squeeze excess water out.  Then, begin cleaning the tile surface.  After it's looking pretty clean, use a damp rag to continue wiping off excess grout on tile.  You will want to completely clean all of the tile surface because it is very hard to get grout off the tile once the grout dries.  Allow grout to dry for 24 hours and you're finished!
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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Wild Kratts Party FREEBIE!!!

Wild Kratts Party FREEBIE!!!

FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY

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In honor of reaching over 2,000 Facebook fans, I am giving my Facebook Fans this entire Wild Kratts Party Printable completely FREE! {You must LIKE my Facebook Page for access to all Freebies.} Thank you Facebook Fans for liking my Page and following me along this exciting journey in blogging! It has been a continual adventure in learning and growing! 


CREATURE ALERT! Yes, you read it correctly.  I am giving you this ENTIRE WILD KRATTS PARTY totally FREE!!! This party collection consists of: Bunting {4 different styles}, Invitations {2 styles}, Cupcake Wrappers, Cupcake Toppers, Tent Cards, Favor Box, & Party Hat.  This is for PERSONAL USE ONLY and not for commercial use in any way.  More Creature Power to you and your kids! Enjoy!