Thank you so much Minute® Ready to Serve Rice for sponsoring today’s post!
We have been back to school for less than a week and I am already struggling with adulting you guys. There just don’t seem to be enough hours in each day. The lie I tell myself is, “I will have time to finish this tomorrow!” It’s not like I’m procrastinating (OK sometimes) but more so that there is just SO MUCH going on all the time. Don’t get me wrong, I love it. I try to remind myself that in a few years all three of my kids will be in school and I will have time for things. Like washing my hair.
I’ve never been a fan of cooking. That’s probably one of the reasons I married a Chef. Don’t tell him I said that. Since July 1st I have been committing myself to a much more healthy and active lifestyle. This means I actually have to, like…cook food for myself. I know. It’s the worst. Which is why I love finding healthy and simple solutions like Minute® Ready to Serve Rice.
I like that Minute® Ready to Serve Rice provides easy portion control since it’s conveniently packaged in two individual single-serve cups. Plus, there are many varieties including: Whole Grain options of Brown Rice, Brown & Wild Rice and Multi-Grain Medley, Jasmine Rice, White Rice, Chicken Rice Mix, Yellow Rice Mix, and Fried Rice Mix. Learn more about the different varieties at http://www.minuterice.com/en-US/products/categories/29/ReadytoServeRice.aspx
I made this recipe using Minute® Ready to Serve Rice Brown Rice. I microwaved the rice for one minute as instructed on the package then simply stirred in the ingredients below! That’s it! Takes me a whole 2 minutes total.
Ruby ate the whole bowl so I’m pretty sure she wasn’t just trying to make me feel good about myself.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Ready to Serve Rice.
Have a little girl in your life who is anything but standard? Me too. Which why I’m in love with the new GapKids & Ellen DeGeneres line! Empowering, modern & unique. The whole project gets five gold stars from me. Don’t worry, there’s adorable stuff for the rad little men in your life too. So refreshing to see a line like this come out. See it all at GapKids.
Ozzybear and I had the honor of attending the Gerber 3rd Foods® Lil Bits™ live event in Sacramento! Cute babies and food?! What is this, heaven? Ozzy was pretty excited, not only to attend but because he also got to see some of his best friends at the event as well.
It’s really hard work being this cute. Is it bad that I love pictures where one kid is totally scream-crying?
When attending events life the Gerber 3rd Foods® Lil Bits™ live event, Ozzy J really likes to make a lasting impression. Because of this, he opted for a casual vest/bow tie look. Take a number ladies.
Ozzy was ready to quit all this cute business and get down on some Gerber. So what exactly is Gerber 3rd Foods® Lil Bits™? Gerber’s new Lil’ Bits recipes help babies learn to mash and chew. They are made with perfectly sized soft bit of fruits or veggies that help your baby learn to chew. Gerber is the only baby food company in the country which uses a special cooking method that gives Lil’ Bits recipes the right texture and perfectly sized soft bits to help babies master chewing. Pretty awesome, right?! Chewing is an essential milestone in a baby’s development; Lil’ Bits recipes offer a gradual texture progression which helps babies learn the skills they need to transition to table food. So in no time, he’ll be able to beg for 300 snacks a day like my other children!
Lil’ Bits recipes come in 7 fruits and 3 veggies. Fruits are: Apple Blueberry, Orchard Fruit Medley, Apple Banana, Banana Apple Strawberry, Pear Apple Berry, Island Fruit Blend and Banana Apple Mango. Veggies are: Mixed Carrots, Corn & Butternut Squash, Butternut Squash & Potato, Sweet Potato Apple Carrots & Cinnamon. 80 experts spent over 120,000 hours on product development for Lil’ Bits recipes. Over 80 taste tests were held with 700+ samples to ensure that Lil’ Bits recipes had a baby-approved taste. Experts analyzed over 20 hours of video footage and spent 150 hours of analysis and coding on chewing and mashing. Gerber tested 30,000 spoonfuls of Lil’s Bits recipes to develop perfectly sized bits to help babies master chewing. All that makes for one genius baby food.
1. Apply your little ones to Gerber Chew University.
2. Returning to the site daily to for a chance to win! 100 winners per day will receive Class of 2015 Chew U prizes. Promotion period ends on September 4, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gerber.
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Meet Kinsa, the coolest freaking thermometer ever. A few months ago, I found myself the mother of THREE sick children. After visiting the Pediatrician I took myself to the pharmacy and made it rain prescriptions. When I got home I pulled out a piece of paper to keep track of temperature readings and medicine givings. Then it hit me, maybe there is an app for this. Then I learned of the Kinsa thermometer and FREE app helps you track your family’s health over time, making it easy to share with your doctor. The Kinsa thermometer plugs right into your headphone jack to take your kiddos readings and keeps track of everything.
Perfect for Even the Squirmiest Patient. I’ve got three wiggly kiddos, the bubble popping screen is a huge hit.
-10-Second Read Time
-Animated screens help kids stay put
-Use orally, under the arm or rectally
-No batteries required so it’ll never die
-Easy to clean; use with any disposable probe covers
-Comes with optional extension cord
Check out Kinsa today!
The family and I had the pleasure of attending Shriners Hospitals for Children® – On Track for a Safe Summer Live Event in Sacramento! I was both excited to attend and to share some great info with my readers, so thank you to Shriners for sponsoring this post. We had such a blast and learned some great tips for having a safe summer. Jude and Ruby were super excited about the superhero theme. Theme-loving is in their blood, they can try to fight it but…who would want to?
Something new that I learned attending this event? Summer is known as “trauma season” among public health and medical professionals in the United States as serious injuries and unintentional deaths increase dramatically among children during these months. Which make sense considering how much more active we are in the summertime. My little ones are full of energy and excitement when it comes to playing outdoors, so I appreciated learning more ways to enjoy a safe summer together. By educating families on playground, swimming, boating, lawn mower and fire safety Shriners Hospitals for Children® hopes to help reduce the risks of accidents and prevent injuries this summer. We definitely benefited from their efforts to educate by learning more about how to prevent summer related accidents.
Some great reminders of simple precautions to help keep kiddos injury-free this summer:
- Swing sitting down.
- Slide feet first, one child at a time.
- Do not push or shove others on the playground.
- Always swim with an adult or a friend.
- Wear a life jacket when near the water.
- Never play on or around lawn mowers.
- Do not play around fire pits, campfires or grills.
The Shriners Hospitals for Children® website is full of great information for parents and caregivers alike. For additional safety tips and activity pages for children, visit http://bit.ly/OTSafeSummer.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Shriners Hospitals for Children®.
As the summer begins to wind down, so also starts the back to school prep excitement in our house. I was so pumped to find the classic black and white Chuck’s (and easy to pull on, because aint nobody got time for that) for Ruby. There is something about Converse All Stars that make me so sentimental. In High School, I wore these same shoes all day every day. Seeing these babies on Ruby’s feet makes me even more excited for another school year full of new friends, lessons and of course…cute outfits. These shoes make it easier because in my opinion, they go with everything. Pink dress and cat ears? Sure!
I don’t generally use checklists when it comes to back to school shopping (as I find it puts a damper on my ability to lack self control), however the top two must haves in my mind are new shoes & backpack. Growing up, my absolute favorite shopping trip of the year was for back to school. The feeling of fresh shoes and a sweet new rainbow backpack made me hopeful that the next year would be filled with happiness and new adventure. It was a way to express myself and to share with them a little bit of who I was, who I hoped they’d see me as. Of course, its not that deep for my kids yet. To them, everyone is their friend and any pair of shoes is fine as long as they are easy to put on and comfortable to run, jump, skip, kick, etc in.
Looking for some back to school or summer outfit inspiration? Check out the Famous Footwear #ohsofamous style gallery! #ohsofamous is a fun place to get inspiration, explore what others are wearing, and see the variety that Famous Footwear offers. Get inspired by what others are wearing and share your own #ohsofamous moments. I love Famous Footwear and their awesome selection! Convenience is everything to me, I love being able to shop in one store for my whole family in one trip. Since I am a rewards member, when my local store is out of a size I need, they ship it right to my house – for free. All of my packages have arrive super fast too. I highly recommend this if you are as easily stressed out by trips out with your children that don’t involve wine as I am.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
My sweet cheeky boo boo recently turned four. Because time is an asshole. She had recently become really excited by Lisa Frank when she received a sweet Lisa Frank coloring book because…Lisa Frank. And Unicorns. This year’s party was very low key in terms of size & decor, but I have to say it was the most fun and least anxiety inducing of all the kids birthday parties. Maybe we’re onto something here.
Epic photo of Ruby riding a Lisa Frank unicorn by the fab Aunt Nini.
Hi! I’ve been pretty absent lately due to summer break, sunshine enjoying and my family’s new gym membership. In addition to getting more exercise, I’m now starting my day with protein shakes (I don’t know who I am either). The Nutrition Ninja makes it so quick it’s faster than making my morning coffee and once I’m finished I just throw the cup into the washing machine. So simple, works fantastically and takes up nearly no space.
Perfect for a compact kitchen, this versatile power pod allows consumers to easily flip from the Nutri Ninja® single-serve blender to an all-in-one food processor, achieving perfect results every time. It’s also all you need for an on-the-go super juice, chopped salad, frozen dessert, smooth dips, soups or even pizza dough.
• Features a 700 Watt Power Pod with One-Touch Pulse Technology®.
• Includes a 40-ounce All-in-One Processor Bowl, two 16-ounce Nutri Ninja® Cups and two Sip & Seal™ Lids.
• All detachable parts, except the geared lid, are dishwasher safe, and all parts are BPA free.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of SoCozy. All opinions are my own and not edited by the sponsor.
I’m super excited to share SoCozy haircare products today! SoCozy specially developed salon-quality formulas that boast multi-functional use, parents now have a go-to that gets the job done quickly with great results. One of my favorite aspects is how good the products smell. You know how you can smell the salon quality? Or maybe that’s just me and I’m crazy, but I think I can.
The SoCozy line of products created by Cozy Friedman, the woman who founded the first children’s hair salons in New York City. Before buzzwords like parabens and phthalates, Cozy adopted a higher standard for her products that relies on quality and integrity, not chemicals and preservatives.
Ruby has been in need of a haircut, so our SoCozy products arrived at a perfect time. SoCozy products are non-toxic and made without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic color, propylene glycol, gluten, wheat or nuts. SoCozy brand values are: “So Smart – Genius is more like it. We believe knowledge is power, which is why education is at our core – the pulse of our brand. Advice, solutions, tips, trends – we serve as an extensive resource for moms, kids, stylists and salon owners. So Safe – No nasties in here; just good, clean, honest formulations with ingredients that perform at the highest level. Safe and effective – and completely non-toxic – it’s great hair minus the harsh chemicals. So Easy – Because being a parent isn’t always easy, we make haircare that is: simple, fun, multi-functional products that streamline tub time, as well as solutions targeting specific hair concerns to make styling a snap. So Cool – Take a strand. Through our products, website, social channels and unique collaborations, we encourage and support individuality. All kids, any hair type – we make it our mission to build confidence and inspire originality. Being you is our idea of cool.”
SoCozy is available at Target and offers a wide variety of haircare products. My personal favorite is the SoCozy Cinch Detangler + Leave-In Conditioner. Ruby loves it too, because she has the most sensitive head I’ve ever experienced. She might play-fight karate with her brother for hours, but the second you ask to hold a comb to her head…forget about it.
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You know when kids get clothes at a birthday party and they have to hide their disappointment and begrudgingly say thank you before moving on to the next package in hopes it contains anything but more clothes? Jude isn’t that kid. He holds the item up and screams with joy just like he does for toys. I’ve always loved this about him, he appreciates everything he receives. So when I told Jude he was going to get to pick out his own pair of new shoes and we ventured into Famous Footwear, he was pretty pumped.
A sweet, extremely helpful sales person offered to measure Jude’s feet and I obliged because, you know, its been a week since we measured his feet so they probably grew two sizes. Wide eyed, he ran around the store, looking at all of the options, holding them up and shouting, “Look Mom!” It was pretty cute. In the end, he chose Chuck Taylor All Star Easy Slip High Top Sneakers in white/navy.
Super cute, right?! He’s got pretty good taste, not bias. My favorite thing about these shoes is that the sides have Velcro, so even though they are high tops, they are super easy to slide on and off. Jude gets easily frustrated with things he “can’t do” by himself, so I like that he is able to navigate these on his own. It makes him feel proud and empowered that he can dress himself from head to toe.
Want more shoe-spiration? Check out the #ohsofamous style gallery! It’s a fun place to get inspiration, explore what others are wearing, and see the variety that Famous Footwear offers. So get inspired by what others are wearing and share your own #ohsofamous moments.
I mean, who doesn’t want to feel like this?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
Squatchi® is shaped like the typical shoe sizer found in every department store, but made from a lightweight, unbreakable material that’s easy to use and transport. Each one features measurement lines that range from size 2 toddler to 5 youth and is ideal for use with children ages 1-11. To measure, simply align their heel against the curved end and draw a line just above the longest toe.