Monday, February 23, 2015

Mickey's Magical Arts World .. a new fun app!

I think I've mentioned once before how I am always looking to find apps for my phone and other electronic devices that we have for Blake to play with that are not only fun, but educational so she is gaining some knowledge at the same time she's enjoying herself. We don't spend hours and hours on apps, but I definitely do let her enjoy sometime with some games because well, I just do :)
With that said recently we were given the opportunity to try out a new app called Mickey's Magical Arts World by Disney Imagicademy. Disney Imagicademy is the first comprehensive brand of interactive and connected early learning experiences that combines the Disney characters and stories families love, with a research-driven curriculum developed in conjunction with top academics and education experts. Disney Imagicademy is a new learning brand designed for families with children ages 3 to 8 to inspire a natural love of learning and encourage kids to learn by creating, making and doing. The integrated program includes 30-plus app-based experiences – five of which are available now as part of Mickey’s Magical Math World – along with a companion app for parents – as well as books and other physical products that will be available for back-to-school 2015. The apps and products cover key subject matters that are important for early childhood development, including math, creative arts, science, reading and social and emotional skills.
There are so many wonderful things about this app that I honestly could just rave forever. First and foremost, Blake loves Disney and all of the characters that they've created so with that feature alone she really was hooked instantly. For me that is huge, it gives her that connection to want to see more based solely on loving particular characters. The interface of the app is very "kid-friendly" allowing your child to choose which type of activity they would like to play whether it be drawing, design, music, etc.
One of Blake's favorite activities is the "drawing" portion. She loved adding hair of all different colors to the character and laughed hysterically at the facial expression of the little character.

I definitely would reccomend downloading this app for your little one's if you're looking for something new and different! I'm positive it will become one of your child's favorite apps! Mickey’s Magical Arts World will be available on the App Store on February 12, 2015.Disney Imagicademy apps are available exclusively for iPad and can currently be found on Apple’s App Store in the Kids, Education and Entertainment categories.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

yep, i'm a lazy bum

Can we just talk for a minute about how "behind" I feel with the progress of our new home? I had and still do have all these plans for things I want to do with and to the house, but I've been such a slacker and completely avoided every last one of them. Ugh. I think with my shows, Blake starting daycare, work and the weather I've just put everything off.
I have a plan or idea though, with an end goal. I'm going to give myself a task list, 2-3 items per month that I can fully complete and check-off the grand master list. I'm thinking this might be the most effective way to get everything completed that I'm wanting done in a timely manner, but without feeling like I'm overwhelmed. Right?! Right. Ha!

Want those arrows!This month's goals -
* Paint my brown nightstand pink, distress it and change out the handle for something more vintage chic.
*Hang the vinyl text quote I purchased on Etsy 2 months ago above my bed - "Always Kiss Me Goodnight..".
* Create the distressed wooden arrow decor I want for my living room wall using pallet wood. (see left)
Seems easy enough, right? Sigh. Minuscule items I just haven't done. BUT I'm motivated! Spring is right around the corner and I have a million and one projects I want to do then :) Ranging from making my driveway a bit larger where you pull in so I can stop destroying my yard, to decorating my front porch and my back porch, cleaning out my garage - you name it.
Phew - is it odd that I already feel somewhat relieved just writing this post? Putting a plan into action? hahaha. Sad. Anyhow - pics to come of my newly painted nightstand, I'm going to paint it on Monday I believe! Stoked! :) Then I can finally have a bedside table rather than the box on the floor with my vinyl decal in it next to my bed. Classy.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Eat right, look young.

Eat right, look young.

Did you know that eating right food items can help you stay young? Well, most of us know this fact but we are not eating it regularly. Why? There are many reasons for the same, but the main reason is that we don’t know what food products should be on our list. So, here are some tips that will make your selection easy and, at the same time, help you look young.

Fat content

Burgers and Pizzas are not healthy and hence, it will not help you look young. There are items like avocado and olive oil that can help you look young. Do you have to eat avocado and drink olive oil? Oh God, No!

You have to bathe with them. Avocado is one of the items that can help you feel fresh, hide aging signs, and make you look young.

Talking about fats, you should cut down the amount of fats consumed on a daily basis. To start with, butter and cheese should be controlled. If that sounds extreme, try and replace it with low-fat butter and low-fat cheese.

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Water is magic. Yes, it is! Water can help you look young.

Also, you should consume more of water-based vegetables and fruits. Here are some suggestions for you – cucumber, watermelon, and citrus fruits.

Water and water-based fruits and vegetables help in keeping you hydrated. Staying hydrated, you look younger because it hides wrinkles that begin to show.

Vitamin C

To keep your skin wrinkle-free and your skin cells full, Vitamin C is important. Here, you have options like citrus fruits and guava. However, Guava is a better option here.


What is beta-carotene? It is a strongly colored red-orange pigment that promotes cell turnover, helps combat dryness, and balances skin’s pH. So, it is good for your skin and results in smoother skin.

Did you know that sweet potatoes have beta-carotene?

So, sweet potatoes should be on your list.

Note: Beta-carotene is good. However, if you can combine it with olive oil or other good fats, the results will be even more effective.


How can antioxidants help you look young?

Well, antioxidants help in fighting free radicals. Free radicals are one of the causes of our skin wrinkling that makes us look old. So, look for food items that are high in antioxidant content.

A couple of suggestions are strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries.

If you are making your shopping list, make sure that the above-noted items are on your list. Also, look for discount coupons to save money while shopping for your necessities.

Apart from the noted suggestions, what do you eat to look younger? Share your views in the comments section below.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

a lighter, HEALTHIER you for the new year!

Eating healthy for me is essential, but it's also even more essential for me to give my daughter healthy snacks and options to ensure she grows strong and stays well, healthy. I think a lot of people have a misconception about the "look" of wanting to eat healthy and may misjudge and think someone is solely doing it so they look better, but in all actuality that's just a perk to the fact that your overall body is healthy and to me THAT is the key goal!
New Year's resolutions are easy to make but difficult to maintain, but I will say I was a New Years Resolution girl. I vowed to get fit 1 year after having Blake, for not only myself but for my daughter and now look at me? I compete in fitness competitions. It became my passion!
For the many Americans who resolve to eat healthier in the New Year, focusing on healthy snacks is an easy way to improve the quality of your diet, especially when you add the Feel Good Fruit to your favorite snacking recipes. Sunsweet® prunes and juices are an easy fix to help you stick with your healthy eating resolutions for 2015. The great thing about this Feel Good Fruit is that it's high in fiber, which is a definite essential to incorporate into your diet when beginning your health journey! Also, studies suggest the following positive effects from certain nutrients in prunes:
  • Bone Health: Prunes may promote healthy bones. Dr. Bahram H. Arjmandi of Florida State University says, "Dried plums (prunes) are the most bone-friendly fruit that I have seen in decades. They are nature's solution to maintaining good bone health." Dr. Arjmandi hypothesizes that the many compounds and nutrients contained in prunes, such as vitamin K, potassium, copper and boron, likely work synergistically to have this positive effect. Additional research is currently being conducted to learn more about prunes and bone health.
  • Potassium: Potassium may help prevent hypertension and stroke and play a role in helping support cell energy by regulating fluid balance, nerve impulses and muscle contraction to increase energy.
  • Fiber: A diet containing foods with fiber can replace fats and sweets, and contributes to heart health.
  • Regularity: A fiber rich diet may contribute to maintaining a consistent digestive tract which helps lead to improved digestive health.
 On top of all of those great effects, let's just admit it - prunes taste great! Yes, they have sugar, but a little misconception people have these days is that natural sugar in moderation is NOT bad and your body actually needs it to function properly. This doesn't mean go grab a cake with natural cane sugar - what it means is that you can eat fruits, such as prunes in moderation within your diet and you aren't going to gain weight or bloat. Mix in some complex carbohydrates and your lean proteins and you'll be well on your way to owning that New Years Resolution!

I also love the Sunsweet® Plums too - check out the stats!

While I'm sharing information about Sunsweet® prunes - take a look at these other nutritious products they offer, that would be great for you and your children:
  • PlumSmart® Light: This juice is made from a special variety of fresh, juicy plums and has only 60 calories and 15g of carbs, and helps you stay fit on the inside by providing a good source of fiber. PlumSmart Light is a great addition to a smoothie.
  • Amaz!n Prunes: These little gems are a good source of fiber for only 100 calories per serving. Amaz!n Prunes are nature's perfect way to feel good with nutrition and delicious taste. Prunes also have a low glycemic index, which means they keep you feeling fuller longer. They add a powerful boost of nutrition and fiber to snack time or your favorite recipe.
  • Amaz!n Diced Prunes: Grab a handful of these delicious diced prunes for nutritious snacking. Toss them in cereal, oatmeal, salad or your favorite recipes for added flavor and fiber. One serving of Amaz!n Diced Prunes is a good source of fiber for only 100 calories. Add to your favorite snacking recipe for extra fiber and a fruit flavor boost.
For us - my daughter LOVES smoothies and not only do we make them a meal for her by adding in protein powder occasionally, but sometimes these are a nice dessert for her after a light dinner. We mixed the Sunsweet®  Light Plum Smart with some strawberries, blueberries and apple sauce - blended it up with some ice and she loved it! :) PLUS - it was nutritious.

So get to it - try out some awesome products and incorporate some new things to your diet to keep it interesting! Consistency is key and being able to stay excited about your diet is just as important as the results so that you can make it a lifestyle and not just a New Years Resolution diet!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Monday, December 29, 2014

twas the night of Christmas ..

Christmas 2014 :)





Monday, December 22, 2014

Mickey's Magical Mathworld!

If your child is like mine, you are always searching for the new and greatest app for them to play with. We don't always play games, but when we're traveling in the car or if we're waiting at the doctor's office it's great for her to have some sort of entertainment for her to enjoy and with that - I prefer to have an app that actually has some educational value to it!
With that said, Disney is launching a new learning brand created for families with children ages 3-8, one being Mickey's Magical Math World! The brand aims to engage and enrich children through the power of imagination and creativity. Unlike many learning aids that rely on rote memorization and repetitive gameplay, Disney will introduce children to fundamental subject matters through an interconnected system of apps that build upon each other to reinforce learning concepts in immersive and playful ways. In addition to the digital apps, children and parents can engage with the brand in a variety of ways, including a free community parent portal, free Disney Store events, books and magazines, and hands-on learning tools that extend the digital experience to the physical world.
There are so many different game options for your child with this app including things like problem solving, sorting, shapes, counting and adding and subtracting! What we love most about the app is that after each level you complete you are awarded "pins" - Blake absolutely loves this because it makes her feel special and as if she's won an award!
Minnie's Count Along was the winner in our house! Counting is always a winner with us, but having Minnie help Blake count to 10 and then backwards from 10 was a hit. She had an absolute blast and even after playing kept counting and having fun. A close second was Goofy's sorting. Such a super silly game, while helping the child define attributes of a variety of shapes!
The app will give parents their daily dose of what is possible and answer the question, “What can I do today to help my child grow?'” through daily articles and Imagicademy-inspired activities designed to help spark creativity and encourage imaginative learning. “Disney Imagicademy: Parents” also serves as a portal into children’s Mickey's Magical Math World, where parents can see their child’s latest creations, provide encouragement with a virtual “high five” and share their accomplishments with family and friends.
Disney Imagicademy apps are available exclusively for iPad and can currently be found on Apple’s App Store in the Kids, Education and Entertainment categories. Download the Disney iPad apps Mickey's Magical Math World and Disney Imagicademy Parents free at those links today :)

I hope you enjoy this app as much as we did!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Friday, December 5, 2014

ditch the milk - santa isn't thirsty!

This time of year is the time for us all to be closer to our families and really spend time cherishing what we have a little more. So many families unfortunately don't get to do things or give gifts to one another like we do and even the simplest little things to us are huge to them. Such as a glass of milk. Yep, one glass of milk. Think of how many glasses of milk are set out each year on Christmas Eve for Santa, along with a few cookies - and 9 times out of 10 that milk is either left out all night and then trashed in the morning or a little is drank and the rest is pourn out. Am I right?

Now go think of all the children that are throughout the world and how that one glass of milk would be the absolute highlight of their day and bring such joy to their lives. Families that depend on Feeding America food banks receive less than one gallon of milk per person, per year. Can you believe that? Milk is such an essential for our little ones for strong bones and a great calcium source and they receive so little.

On average, food bank clients receive the equivalent of less than one gallon of milk per person per year, leaving many families with limited access to milk’s essential nutrients, including 8 grams of high-quality protein per serving and three of the top nutrients most likely to be missing in the American diet – calcium, vitamin D and potassium.
  • To date, 194,000 gallons have been donated as part of the industry’s ongoing commitment to helping families get much-desired nutrient-rich milk.
  • This holiday season, you can help make the season brighter for hungry families with the gift of milk by donating at
  • By entering your zip code, you can ensure that milk is delivered to a local food bank to help nourish children in your own community.

Holiday Impact: Gallons are Gifts
During the holidays – a time when one third of annual giving happens – we can help make the season brighter for hungry families in our communities with the gift of nutrient-rich milk. While you give thanks for what you have this year, take action against the issue of hunger:
  1. Make a donation online. Starting Giving Tuesday (December 2) through December 31, America’s dairy farmers and milk companies will match all donations made at making milk gallons multiply at your local food bank this holiday season. By entering your zip code, you can ensure that milk is delivered to a local food bank to help nourish children in your own community.
  2. Spread the word. For every share of this Great American Milk Drive video (below), a one-gallon donation will be made to one of the more than 200 food banks served by Feeding America.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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