Thursday, March 9, 2017

Hello Spring Hop

Spring is right around the corner and that means it is time for spring cleaning! I am always concerned about what is in a cleaning product and try to be as natural as possible. I finally found an amazing company that is green and actually works-Charlie's Soap! My favorite product is the laundry soap:
It is a powder that is made for all machines and leaves your clothes feeling soft and smelling neutral and clean. I was a bit hesitant about using a powder in our high efficiency washer but it has been amazing. After a few washes your clothes come our softer than ever and really are odorless which is a big deal around our house filled with athletes!  Charlie's Soap offers a ton of products including liquid laundry soap, laundry pre-spray, laundry booster, kitchen and bath cleaner, and indoor/outdoor surface cleaner.
With pets and children is is so great to find a product that contains both natural and biodegradable ingredients! I have also tried the surface cleaner and it makes the surface feel fresh with no residue. I also love that I can clean my home and not have to worry about an overpowering smell.

Want to try Charlie's Soap? They have graciously decided to give away 3 prize packs! One large and two small for our second and third name drawn. Enter using rafflecopter below and hop to other great giveaways! #rvm #hellospring

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Healthy snacks delivered to your door!

Since going back to work full time I have been trying to find a way to make our weekly errands easier on everyone. I used to have to go to three stores or more looking for snacks that my daughter would eat and were portable. She likes to change up snacks so often it is hard to keep up and buy in bulk so it made for a very time consuming shopping experience. While at my mom group a few weeks ago one of them suggested a great solution to my problem-Graze. It is an awesome service to get snacks by mail that has over 100 options!  My favorite part of the snack box is that you have a say in what you would like to have in your box. You simply tell Graze what you like and they send a customized snack box. Here is the box that we received:

My favorite in the entire box was the pretzels with dip and the mix of freeze dried fruit. My daughter actually tried rhubarb and loved the way it tasted! I like that the containers are all sealed and I can throw it in the book bag or my purse for a healthy afternoon snack pick me up. The snacks are the perfect portion to be satisfying and perfect portion control.

Other highlights of Graze boxes are that they contain no high fructose corn syrup and no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.

Another great way to eat your Graze box is using as a mix in for a fuller meal. We often mix our seeds and freeze dried fruit into some homemade yogurt for a great breakfast! 

Order your Graze box here with zero commitment as they do not require you to get a minimum subscription. This is a great way to introduce your family to new foods without buying large portions.   What is your favorite Graze box snack?

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

We have a new pet!

So after months little miss has convinced me to get a new pet. Introducing Mr. Dragon Tongue. I will be updating soon on all things lizard!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Great healthy snack without all the chemicals and dye-Yes please...we love Nick's Sticks!

We are always on the lookout for easy snacks that are also healthy. I became very ill a year ago and found it necessary to switch to all non gmo/organic/and grass fed products. We found out that I was allergic to all yeast and sugar products. I had no idea at that time it would be such a struggle finding delicious food that was also free of nitrates, antibiotics, hormones, and sugar!

As a family on the go I found it super frustrating to have anything portable that my kids would actually eat and that was healthy. When I heard about Nick's Sticks I knew we would have to try it since my daughter and husband love beef sticks and jerky!

After much searching I stumbled upon Nick's Sticks. As the slogan says it is "All of the goodness and none of the garbage".
There are four flavors of sticks- beef sticks, spicy beef sticks, turkey sticks, and spicy turkey sticks. My favorite are the turkey sticks- I love the texture and great taste of the turkey. My daughter loves the spicy beef sticks-she says they are just the right about of hot! 

Nick's Sticks has also just released jerky! I am so excited to try all of the flavors and find the perfect midday portable snack!

You can order Nick's Sticks here and choose if you would like it by the pack or a monthly delivery. Have you tried Nick's Sticks? I would love to hear what you think! 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Cute spring fingerprint craft

As my daughter continues to grow I realize how big she is getting and wonder if I will remember her tiny little hands, feet, and fingers. I have decided to make some great crafts that will last and can be used to decorate all year long. Here is our newest creation:

I used her fingerprints and  a yellow stamper. We then mounted on yellow paper and outlined a few fingerprints in black to make the bees.

I will be including a cute poem about spring and laminate for the mantle. We also had my daughter write "Will you bee mine" in the center and send to her grandparents.

Overall its a very easy craft that can make for a great spring decoration.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Two weeks away from Valentine's Day-order your Teleflora flowers now!

Can you believe we are only two weeks away from Valentine's Day? My favorite part of the day is when a bouquet of flowers arrives from my husband to my daughter. She absolutely adores her special flowers and it really is a special memory that will last a lifetime. My husband has always ordered her flowers from Telefora and we have always been amazed at the quality of the flowers. This year the bouquet of choice is the Telflora's True Lovelies Bouquet:

The flowers arrived exactly as pictured in an amazing vase. I love that it is high quality and something that we can use for years to come.  Each year in spring my daughter plants seeds in each of her vases and recalls what the flowers looked like and which one was her favorite. This specific bouquet features a delightful mix of red roses, pink alstroemeria, red miniature carnations, huckleberry, seeded eucalyptus, and lemon leaf. It is a perfect combination that smells incredible.   My husband's favorite part is  the ordering process. It is incredibly easy to order online and they will call to set up a drop off time based on your schedule. There are so many great options this year for Valentine's day and all year long! My favorite is the Love's Passion Bouquet by Teleflora.

Each bouquet is hand made and professionally designed by a florist in your very own neighborhood which means freshly cut flowers! There are so many options for every budget-you will be sure to find something wonderful for Valentine's Day and all special occasions in your life. #HandmadeByTF #Teleflora

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

First Valentine's Craft of the season!

We have so much more space to decorate in the new house and I am seriously lacking in any Valentine's decor. I decided to start with something to put over the mantle and this amazing craft was born:

The four pieces of paper are printer paper and  the background is a large sheet of construction paper.
We dipped the feet and hands in ink and painted the letters with black paint. It was a very quick and easy craft that will be sure to last for years. We may even take in to laminate to be sure that it will stand the test of time. What is your favorite Valentine's Day craft?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Harry Potter at Universal Studios

Our last stop was Universal Studios for our Harry Potter fan. She was so excited to find her special wand and do all things magical. Our first stop was Diagon Alley.

I was so impressed with how realistic the entire thing was-the shops, the people, even the brick. My daughter was on cloud nine and couldn't believe she was in Diagon Alley!

We had so much fun purchasing a new wand and trying out all the spells. The best part was that each magical spot had a witch or wizard ready to help to make sure your interactive wand would complete the trick.

Then it was time to board the Hogwararts express to go over to the school. I would say if you can only visit one park choose do Diagon Alley. It had so much more to offer and really was amazing. I cannot wait to go back with more time and explore the remainder of the park!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Legoland for New Years Eve

My daugher was so excited to Legoland Florida! We had been to California so we were looking forward to seeing the difference. My daughter is really into Lego friends but it was a bit disappointing. The area was small and the lego friend girls were not out and about or available for meet and greets. My daughter did like the fountain you turn on my walking on certain squares. Here are a few of her favorite exhibits and ride:

Although Florida Legoland is larger we still enjoyed California more. I felt like it was more spread our and easier to navigate. They did have a great New Years firework display with glasses that made it look like bricks. A new area of the park will be open shortly and it really is a great time for any lego fan.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Seaworld for Christmas

We have made our way to Florida for Christmas and New Year adventures. The first stop was Seaworld. My daughter loves the rescue show and wanted to see Rudolph for the holiday. Overall I would say the experience was average and not something we would do again. She loved the manatee rescue center and learning more about how the animals will be returned to the wild:

The downside of the park where the long lines to see certain animals such as the penguins. I would of liked to see an area you could walk past to just visit the animals without waiting in a long line. The Christmas portion of the evening was well done and my daughter enjoyed meeting Rudolph:

I would say overall if you are in the are its a great day trip for little's. The rides were closed when we were there so I can not actually give any feedback. 

Friday, December 16, 2016

Our new adventure-Fairy Garden!

I have been looking for something our family could do together and found a delightful fairy garden store on our latest travel. So far we have the following:

Originally we had planned to put in the backyard but now I think we will get one large planter. Do you have a favorite place to find fairy garden items? I am very excited to add more things to our garden as we grow.

Friday, December 2, 2016

We have a pet tortoise!

We have a new pet tortoise-meet Lilly Sultan.
It took some time to decide what would be the perfect pet. Our daughter has been in love with turtles forever and this is the perfect pet that we can easily take on any adventure. I am surprised how friendly our little tortoise friend is and actually like to be with her people. Looking forward to all of our new pet adventures.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Thanksgiving Day Craft

It is almost time for Thanksgiving! I wanted to create something this year that we could hang in the house and display year after year.
We found a picture of a turkey and cornucopia online and water colored to add  a bit of color. We also glued on card stock and punched a hole on top so we could hang on our doorknob. My daughter's favorite part was reading the prayer before dinner and it will become a new home tradition. What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition? 

Friday, October 28, 2016

Trunk or Treat Idea

We love to do trunk or treat! It is a great way to celebrate Halloween in a safe way and in rural areas. This year we went with a frog theme.

The "fly" is just a bucket from the dollar store that we slit on each side. The wings and eyes are poster board we cut out and  but construction paper on for color. This year we were rained out so I had to use a table. The legs and tongue are cardboard boxes cut out and covered with table clothes. To make the frog stand up I used an empty laundry basket. Overall the table cost less than $5 for each of the plastic table clothes, bucket, and poster board.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Almost time for Halloween!

That's right my favorite time of year is right around the corner! This week I am in charge of my daughter's school snack and I am going to go with an old friend-the teeth monster donuts!
I have tried this twice in the past and mine never look quite this excellent. I usually just buy donuts at the bakery and find teeth at the dollar store-we use the color vampire teeth. For eyes we have tried mm's and sixlets. The sixlets or any round ball candy seem to work much better. Overall they are a hit for each class!