Saturday, March 29, 2014

My Fresh Express Salad Swap


I was really excited when Moms Meet gave me the opportunity to review Fresh Express Salads. Vegetables are a huge part of my families' meals, and with the CSA season here in PA not started, we are ready and willing to try some new veggies.
The store where I bought my salad had so many amazing options.  The "Spring Mix," "Spinach & Arugula," and "Veggie Lovers spring mix" were my favorites.  My store did not stock any Organic options, but there is an entire line of USDA Organic salads by Fresh Express.


The sample coupons came with some great ideas for taking regular (much higher calorie) dinners and lowering the calories by making them into a salad- it's called a Salad Swap.  You can do your own Salad Swapping at saladswap.com where you can choose your own high calorie cravings and get the recipes for a salad with the same flavor profile. (There's even an app!) Also like Fresh Express on Facebook and follow them on Pinterest for more great recipes and ideas!




 Two of my favorite salad recipes are combining salad with a high protein option.  In my photos I made some easy baked chicken tenders, but I also love the very easy option of opening a BPA free can of tuna, draining it, and just dumping it on the salad.  I get my veggies while still getting the protein boost that I need to keep running all day!  Get a coupon for yourself right now on greenmomsmeet.com/freshexpress.

What's your favorite way to eat salad?



Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetSM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

YoYummy

There's just something about a package in the mail.  The big truck pulls up, and the kids have to run to the window to see, "Is it for us?!  Are they coming to our house?!  Well, this particular day, it was our package, and as I unpacked the huge cooler full of yogurt, oh, they were in their bliss.  I mentioned that they would have to wait for me to take pictures, but when they found out that one of the flavors delivered was Cotton Candy, "Oh please mommy, just one!"  And so it was that two new YoYummy fans were born!

Over the next few days we tried all of the flavors, mixed berry, strawberry, strawberry banana, and the famous cotton candy.  We had YoYummy for snack, then the next day we had YoYummy for breakfast, and I packed YoYummy in lunches, in fact, I'm not sure there was a meal which YoYummy was not requested for the next few days- that huge sample that they sent us didn't last long!






The great thing about YoYummy is that it isn't your normal processed junk filled with chemicals.  Instead, it has 10 percent less sugar than the leading national brand kids’ yogurt. The sweetness comes from real fruits and berries, so I feel great about giving this product to my family. The ingredient list is free of high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, additives, and preservatives, which is a must in my house. In addition, they are made with made with Grade-A rBST-free Vermont milk, is a good source of calcium, and is rich in vitamin A and D.  Although I am disappointed that this delicious product isn't Organic, I am pleased with the rest of the ingredients.  I was also glad to know that the packaging is BPA free.  I will definitely be buying this product again!


Visit yoyummykids.com for new flavors, coloring pages, and coupons, and while you are there, don't forget to vote for the cow's name!  YoYummy is also on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.  









Thank you so much to Green Moms Meet for the opportunity to try this amazing product!










Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetsSM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thank You Lord






..for you Lord who loves me far beyond what I deserve.

...for being together with family.  There's nothing that brings joy to my heart like family gathering.

...for my health, and I am so thankful for a healthy family as well.

...for a safe and warm place to live.  My blessings far exceed these basic necessities, but I never want to forget that no matter what problems come up, many of them are nothing compared to what many families have to live through.

...for holiday traditions.

...for a recent transformation in Ana. I love that the sweet lovely girl who I know is shining through to others. I have seen her confidence grow in the past few months, and I am thankful for her preschool teachers and high school helpers for creating such a nurturing environment where she can really flourish!

...for a clean house!

...for the sweet little voices that my girls have.  The little "cartoon character:" voices won't last forever, so I'll enjoy them while I can!

...for the ability to play music.  From the moment I heard a friend playing piano when I was in grade school, I knew that I wanted to make amazing sounds too.  There's something so other-worldly about it- to forget about myself, and to just listen and play...

...for friends new and old.  To share smiles and memories and kids and even hard times makes friends so important.

...for my sweet dog Shady.  She's the best dog ever.  Enough said.

...for my new healthy eating challenge group. My friend Nina has been an inspiration.  I physically feel so good eating clean!

...and with that being said, I'm still thanking You, Lord, for Thanksgiving dessert!  (Celebrations mean you get to eat sugar and other goodies!)

...for my Scott.  From working hard at his job to washing the dishes on Thanksgiving day, he's our family's wonderful example of a Christ-like man.  I have watched him sacrifice what he would want for our family so often, and it has not gone unnoticed.  He is my true love, and I'm so blessed to live each day with him.

I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.
Psalm 69:29-31

Reader, please let me know in the comment section- What are you thankful for on this Thanksgiving day?

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

It's Summer and Eco Kids













I said good-bye to my puppy this weekend.  Ana cries and cries when she thinks about how she misses him. He was the most gentle and loving lab I've ever known, and I'll never forget holding him in my hands the day he was born.  We used to give some of our puppies silly names before we sold them, and he was "Load" because he was the big guy of the litter.  When it was time to name him he was Fallon-  Fallon's Load of Rox.

It was fitting to spend the last day with him in the yard where he spent his 14 years.  The kids played and had fun, but they would stop to lovingly pet him and say a prayer for him. Yesterday when we stood and looked at his grave, the tears came, but standing there in the peaceful sunset it felt right to go on gardening and playing and doing all of the things that we did just a few days earlier when he was still with us.  Although there were tears, there were lots of smiles too- and popsicles.  Our old guy would have approved.


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  •  Nature Activities
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Crafts made with re-purposed or recycled materials
  • Sewing and DIY home projects
  • Science Experiments
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  • Homeopathic Remedies
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Gardening and Eco Kids


Last summer I shared each week of the CSA share that I received.  This year the share is no less promising- it's even more packed with goodness, but I have to share a picture of my own crop from this year.  My family has been living on lettuce from the farm mixed with this spicy mix that we harvested from our own garden!  

I transplanted about 50 tomato plants just last week, so I'm hoping for lots of great tomato products to can this year!

What are you hopeful for from your garden this year?  

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  • Sewing and DIY home projects
  • Science Experiments
  • Posts on environmental issues for kids or families
  • Non-toxic living
  • Homeopathic Remedies
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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

It's June! and Eco Kids

So, May was a crazy month for me, but we had a great time anyway! Here's a little montage of what we've been up to.

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Plant Sale
 We had a great time at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Plant Sale (even though I think I killed some of my new plants!)
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Plant Sale
 They made necklaces from wood from the garden.
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Plant Sale

Vintage Care Bear
 My daughter loves Care Bears, so we've enjoyed hunting the flea market for vintage bears.  This one was 50 cents!
Handmade canvas
 I made some wall art!
Pansies are perfect for spring
 I love when it's still cool enough for pansies.

Her last day being 1.
 This was her last day as a one year old!
Women's retreat at the Antiochian Village.
 Retreat!
Memorial Day
 They loved the parade...
Memorial Day

Memorial Day
 ...but the loud sirens made them want to cuddle with Mommy.
Geocaching
We fit in a little geocaching (but we didn't find the cache!)
Simple Birthday decorations
 Addie's party had simple decorations a la Soule Mama.
Iris
I love iris.  They remind me of the beloved time spent on my uncle's farm in Tennessee.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

An Update and Eco Kids

You may remember a while ago I had a featured guest post, Cancer and Its Hard Lessons, by Heather Von St. James relating her difficult story about being diagnosed with Mesothelioma just months after the birth of her daughter.  She now has an update video that I am pleased to share with you today!

Please be aware that asbestos is still a very high health risk in the United States.  We all know the serious problems of asbestos exposure, yet it is still used in items like brake pads and building materials.  Read more about this on the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families Website.

Before we move on to Eco Kids, I want to share a few of my favorites from last week with you:
Taylor-Made Ranch - Thrift Shopping Dishes (640x472)
Closing the Loop in Charitable Giving by Taylor Made Ranch


Calming Bedtime Spray Recipe by doTERRA


Screen Free Week by Seedlings Nursery School

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  • Sewing and DIY home projects
  • Science Experiments
  • Posts on environmental issues for kids or families
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