Friday, December 19, 2014

Making Lunch Time Healthier with Sara Lee®

"This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sara Lee®. All my opinions on this blog are 100% my own"

Tracking Pixel As a mom, I am always concerned about health and nutrition when it comes to food and my boys. I want to make sure what they are eating is full of the nutrients and vitamins they need to grow and become strong and healthy. That is why I have become that mom. Yes, the mom that reads the labels, that researches products, foods, and items that we purchase to make sure what they are eating is actually something they should be eating. It is a long process and an even longer journey to finding foods that are healthy, good for you, and actually taste great.

While I cannot cut out and limit everything that is deemed "junk" with our foods and snacks, I can limit them and limit how often they eat them. But, I have been able to successfully replace the "no-so-good-for-you" foods with healthier alternatives as well as adding more water to our daily intake. My boys will only drink water throughout the day which I am so thankful for, but for myself, it has been a long transformation. But, ultimately a successful one. By adding more water to my daily routine, I have had more energy and noticed a huge difference in how the rest of the family has followed in my footsteps. That's why when I heard about the new Sara Lee® 45 Delightful Bread, I knew I had to try it.


Sara Lee® 45 Delightful Breads are all heart-healthy and provide an excellent source of fiber in each serving (2 slices), with no artificial colors or flavors, and no high fructose corn syrup. They also taste great and with only 45 calories per slice, lunch time has never been better. Plus, now if we want to splurge on some chips or even a cookie or two, there is no need to feel guilty for doing so.
With lunchtime now under control, we can focus on more important things. Like family time. Spending time together is very important to us. Not only is having time together important, it's vital to a healthy life. Being active, playing a board game, or even just reading a book. It's something we strive to do each and everyday. We all look forward to our family time together and with all our busy schedules it's nice to have that quality time together. The boys will only be young for so long and I want to cherish every single moment I can with them.


Our family is striving for a better us by drinking more water with all our meals and throughout the day as well as spending more time together without the electronics or phones or video games.

Do you have a story you would like to share about how you are striving for a healthier you or family? Share your story or transformation by participating in the 45 Delightful People Program.

"This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sara Lee®. All my opinions on this blog are 100% my own"


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Playtime with LeapTV

"I have received free products in order to host the LeapFrog Sponsored MommyParty. The opinions expressed here are my own."

All this cold weather as kept us inside and going stir crazy. I know it's only been in the 30s and 40s, but being from north Texas that is just down right freezing!! So, what better way to keep us busy, active, and having lots of fun? Playtime with the new and totally awesome, LeapTV from LeapFrog.


We are big fans of LeapFrog products and we were so excited to try out the new LeapTV! So, we gathered a few friends and spent a fun afternoon with LeapFrog and some warm and tasty treats.


We started our playtime fun with some great coloring sheets I pulled off of the LeapFrog website. My boys love to color. It's a great way to express themselves and LeapFrog had tons of free printables to choose from.





After we finished coloring we put together these super cute Scout Puppy Dog Ears Headband. They were so much fun to make and all the boys loved pretending to be dogs. I found these on the LeapFrog site as well. They have tons of great activities for kids of all ages.




We continued with a pin the badge on Scouts Collar! This was a huge hit and we were working our way up with anticipation to the LeapTv.




Of course, no play date would be complete with out snack time. Each guest had their own hot chocolate and regular cold chocolate milk, snack mix, and turkey roll ups. We had to keep our energy up for all the fun we were having.







And finally, it was time! We ended our fun afternoon play date with the LeapTV Dance & Learn Game. The kids were all hyped up with all the pre-game fun we had and were ready to go for it. We started with the dino dance game and then moved on to the other super fun dance games. The boys got into it and loved how easy it was to control with their own hands. Plus, seeing themselves on TV was crazy! They thought it was the best thing!!



Even the dog wanted in on all the fun!!





What a fun afternoon we had playing with friends and LeapTV. It was such a blast! We can't wait to get together again to play.
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"I have received free products in order to host the LeapFrog Sponsored MommyParty. The opinions expressed here are my own."

Monday, November 3, 2014

Getting a Good Night Sleep.

“This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of GoodNites* TRU-FIT*. All my opinions on this blog are 100% my own.


Tracking PixelLife with two boys is always an adventure. Whether we are battling it out in a galaxy far, far away, captains of the swashbuckling pirate ship, or soaring high above the clouds on our own pet dragons, every day brings something new and exciting. It's a world I was never invited to, being a girl, and now I am fully immersed in all things boy and I couldn't love it more!! At 5 and 7, my boys are so full of energy and keeping up with them each day can be exhausting!

My potty training experience with each boy was challenging in completely different ways for each child. They were both so stubborn and wanted to be the ones to control that aspect in their life. But, for my oldest, once we let him figure out when he was ready to use the potty, on his terms, it became a piece of cake. He was a pro and we never had any problems or issues with him wetting the bed, himself, or holding it too long.

With my youngest, that was a completely different story. His potty training experience was a bit easier and once he was potty trained, completely, we felt a sense of accomplishment that we now had two fully potty trained boys!! Then something happened and he started to wetting the bed. Not often, but it would happen more often then not. We felt he was regressing and became frustrated with him.

At the time, we had no idea that this was something he was not able to control. He refused to wear diapers or anything that resembled a diaper. We weren't sure what to do. We piled sheet protectors onto his mattress and double layered sheets as well as extra coverings onto his bed just to keep his bed dry. But, that didn't help him one bit. He would wake up in the middle of the night crying because he had wet the bed and himself. We then realized this was an actual issue that was beyond his control and that we needed to take a step back and assess the situation. He was, of course, not doing this on purpose.

Now that he in kindergarten, he is making lots of friends and getting asked to parties and sleepovers. He feels ashamed and embarrassed to sleep over at anyone's house for fear of wetting the bed. He is afraid his friends will laugh at him so I have to make excuses why he cannot attend. Then he feels bad he has to miss the party and be with his friends.


You have no idea how exciting it was when we discovered GoodNites* TRU-FIT*!!! Not only are
GoodNites* TRU-FIT* machine washable, they are also actual underwear with a disposable, absorbent insert that helps keep him, his sheets, and we can't forget his sleepy time friends dry. GoodNites are available at Target, in sizes S/M and L/XL, which is perfect for me, because I am always there already!


Wearing the GoodNites* TRU-FIT* underwear has helped boost his confidence at bedtime. He is excited to get ready for bed and he wakes up in the morning after a good night's sleep, ready to start the day. No more waking up in the middle of the night to change his clothes and his sheets.

Our mornings are no longer consumed with cleaning up the bed and sheets and hopping in the bath before school to clean up. Instead we can focus on more important things like making sure our homework is done and all our toys are right where they need to be waiting for them when they return home.

GoodNites*TRU-FIT* are machine washable and provides an outstanding 6 layer leakage protection that helps ease my mind during the night. I know he will be nice and dry during the night and the morning.

Take advantage of this offer of $2.00 off a starter pack of GoodNites* TRU-FIT*. Get your coupon HERE.

Be sure to visit the Better Night Network and the GoodNites® Facebook page for more information on bed-wetting solutions and advice from trusted experts also, join in on the GoodNites* TRU-FIT* #TRUFITTARGET Twitter Party on Wednesday, November 19 from 10:00am to 11:00am CST.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of GoodNites* TRU-FIT*.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Baking Breakfast with Pure Via

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Breakfast in our house, is in fact, the most important meal of the day! My boys could eat breakfast foods all day long. That's why I love to make them fresh, home-baked goodies as often as I can. But, sometimes these delicious breakfast foods are not always the healthiest options. When I found the all natural Pure Via® sweetener that is a great alternative to sugar, I knew that this would be perfect to keep all those sweet breakfast treats healthy for my little guys.

One my boys favorite things to eat for breakfast, snack, dessert, or just because is homemade blueberry muffins. I am always searching for a great blueberry muffin recipe. But, I always have a go-to recipe that is always a perfect treat. It's not my original recipe, but I always try to make it my own and always add extra love when making them. This time, I headed to my local Wal-Mart and picked up Pure Via® Non-GMO, All Natural, Zero Calorie 40 Ct. packets Sweetener to bake some delicious goodies for my boys. Plus, I was able to use this $.55 off coupon, while supplies last, for an added savings.


I gathered all the fresh ingredients and got right to baking. I am not a cook and but I do love to bake! Especially when it's for my boys. They love when I bake too.




We substituted with Pure Via® Sweetener to make our Blueberry Muffins a healthier option.



Nana's Blueberry Muffins Recipe: 

Ingredients


  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • *1 1/4 cups & 2 teaspoons sugar, divided*
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

*Please note: We substituted with Pure Via® Non-GMO, All Natural Sweetener. 

Preparation
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and 1 1/4 cups sugar* until fluffy and pale in color.
  • Add in eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture alternating with the milk until well incorporated and being careful not to over mix.
  • Gently fold in the fresh blueberries.
  • Scoop batter into the paper lined muffin tin and sprinkle the tops with the remaining 2 teaspoons sugar*.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until puffy and golden brown.
*Please note: We substituted with Pure Via® Non-GMO, All Natural Sweetener.
Recipe adapted from Paula Deen.

So, we just can't have blueberry muffins alone!! So, another favorite is this super moist and delicious Lemon Blueberry Bread Loaf. It's perfect in the mornings with a cup of coffee, a mid-afternoon treat, or even an after dinner dessert. My boys love when I make it and it never last long.



Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup white sugar*
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

*Please note: We substituted with Pure Via® Non-GMO, All Natural Sweetener.
Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Butter an 8x4 inch loaf pan, line the bottom and two sides of the pan with the parchment paper, as shown in the photo.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat together butter, 1 cup sugar*, lemon juice and eggs.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt; stir into egg mixture alternately with milk.
  • In the same bowl where you combined flour, add blueberries and toss them in 2 tablespoons of flour. This will help prevent blueberries from sinking.
  • Fold in lemon zest, and blueberries into the batter. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake in preheated oven for about 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool bread in pan for 40 minutes on a wire rack.
*Please note: We substituted with Pure Via® Non-GMO, All Natural Sweetener.
Recipe adapted from All Recipes via Julia's Album.



Everything came out fantastic and I love that my boys are eating something that they love and I don't have to worry about what they are eating. Pure Via® is all natural, non-GMO, artificial sweetener made from the sweet extract of the stevia plant leaf.

Save $.55 on ONE Pure Via® Non-GMO, All Natural, Zero Calorie 40CT Packets, while supplies last. Get your coupon HERE.
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