How I Celebrated National Cereal Day! {Review}

** I was compensated for the following review, but all opinions are 100% my own.

Last Saturday, March 7th, was National Cereal Day. (Yes, that is a real thing!) To celebrate, I tried out a few new (to me) cereal brands! I’m trying to clean up our act as far as what we eat, so having the opportunity to review products that are non-GMO and have fewer ingredients was pretty exciting to me!

Erewhon Corn Flakes – Since 1966, Erewhon has led the organic revolution. Their foods are made of non-GMO ingredients. While I’m not a big fan of corn flakes, I do love that there are only TWO ingredients in this brand – organic milled corn and sea salt! They must have been pretty tasty, because my 3.5 year old ate them both with and without milk.

Peace Cereal Walnut Spice – Peace Cereal only uses premium ingredients that have been verified by The Non-GMO Project. The Walnut Spice cereal was my favorite! My husband liked that it stayed crunchy in milk, and I thought the cinnamon flavor was awesome! We both felt like the walnut pieces could have been bigger, though. They kind of got lost in the bowl with everything else.

Uncle Sam’s Raisin Bran – An American Original since 1908, Uncle Sam’s high fiber and heart-healthy cereals are made from simple and non-GMO ingredients, and have nourished families for over 100 years! Uncle Sam’s Raisin Bran only has four ingredients (Whole wheat kernels, Raisins, Salt, and Barley malt), and I think it’s better than the other brand we all know! It could use a few more raisins (in my opinion), but it’s definitely not lacking in flavor!

I was very impressed by these cereals, and I’m looking forward to trying other Erewhon, Peace Cereal, and Uncle Sam’s products. You can find these, and other Attune Foods brands, at a store near you!

{I received three full-size boxes of cereal in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.}

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American Girl Sale at zulily – Save up to 30%!

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Our New Toy Storage Solution

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When we first started house hunting last year, one thing at the top of our must-have list was a playroom for DS. We were fortunate enough to find a house that has one, but (not surprisingly) the toys still migrate all over the place. Since DS’s toy collection has become large quantities of small action figures with tiny little pieces, I knew we needed a new system to get things organized.

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I started with Sterilite Tall Weave Baskets that fit perfectly in our existing Ikea shelving unit. Then, I had to figure out how to label them. Sticking a label to the bin didn’t seem like a good plan because the bins are textured.

After browsing for ideas on Pinterest, I decided that I definitely needed hanging labels of some sort. So, I ordered these horizontal badge holders. (The colors are so fun!) I used free online clip art for the pictures, and Sharpies to add wording.

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The labels are attached to the handle with simple zip ties.

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I’m not a super crafty person, but I’m pretty happy with how this project turned out. The toys are all sorted by category, making it really easy for my 3.5 year old to find what he’s looking for. (We all know how preschoolers get when they can’t find the ONE toy that they want!)

I hope this post gave you some ideas for controlling the toy clutter in your own home! Happy Organizing!

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No-Bake Golden Oreo Truffles

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I co-hosted my sister’s baby shower this past weekend, and was in charge of sweets. Usually, I would just pick up some cupcakes from the grocery store (because I’m lame like that), but this event required something a little bit more personal.

I wanted something to kind of go with the theme (Rainbows/You are my Sunshine).  These were the invitations – perfect for a gender neutral event!

Adorable invites from Tiny Prints!

Adorable invites from Tiny Prints!

I’m not much of a cook or baker, so when I found this recipe on Pinterest and the first words I saw were “no-bake”, I was pretty excited. Surely I can’t mess these up…right?  Plus, rainbow sprinkles…lol

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • 1 package of Golden Oreos
  • 4 oz. Low-fat cream cheese (** I actually found several variations of this recipe, and most recommended 8 oz., but one suggested cutting the amount of cream cheese in half to 4 oz. It gives it more of a cookie dough texture, which I prefer.)
  • 1/2 package white chocolate chips
  • 1-2 tbsp. shortening
  • sprinkles (optional)

Directions:

Put Oreos (cream and all) into a food processor, and crush until they are crumbs.

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Dump Oreos into a bowl, add cream cheese, and mix into a dough.  (If your food processor has a dough blade, you can use that in the food processor to mix them.)

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Form dough into small balls and put on a plate with wax paper.  (I used this cookie scoop.)

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Put plate into the freezer for at least 30 mins.

Add half a bag of white chocolate chips and 1 tbsp. shortening to a microwave safe bowl.

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Microwave for 30 sec. increments until melted.

Remove balls from freezer and dip them one by one into the melted chocolate.  (I used a fork to lightly distribute the chocolate…do NOT stir.)

Use fork to scoop ball out, and tap on the edge of the bowl to remove extra chocolate.

Add sprinkles (optional) before chocolate hardens.  *This happens faster than you think!

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Repeat.

Once all Oreo balls are decorated, store in the refrigerator until serving time.  They should last up to five days in the fridge. To make them extra festive, place them in these cute mini cupcake wrappers!

Enjoy!

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My Favorite Green Smoothie

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My in-laws got me a NutriBullet Blender for Christmas, and I absolutely love it!  I use it pretty much everyday.

I’ve tried several different recipes for green smoothies over the past couple of months, and the following is my favorite, so far.

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– 2 handfuls organic kale
– 1 banana (fresh or frozen)
– Fill the rest with frozen mixed fruit (The one I buy is our local grocery store brand, and it’s a blend of strawberries, peaches, cantaloupe, and seedless grapes.)
– Add a spoonful of flax seeds and water, then blend

If you like the earthy taste of kale, you can omit the banana, but I find that I need it to add some sweetness and a smoother texture.

I can’t wait to try some new recipes, and share them with you!

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TOMS Sale at zulily – Save up to 40%!

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How We Homeschool {Preschool and Pre-K}

We’re almost halfway through our school year, so I thought I would write a post about how we homeschool with a preschool curriculum. (I know that some of y’all are curious since I’ve mentioned it on Facebook and Instagram.)

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After reviewing several programs and types of preschool curriculum, I found the 3 Year Curriculum at ABC Jesus Loves Me at the end of September, and it is working really well for us.  All of the lesson plans and worksheets are free to use and print (for in-home, immediate family use only), and there are a ton of supportive ideas to enhance the weekly lessons.

In the 3 Year program, each week’s lesson includes a variety of things, including: Book of the Week, Bible Story/Verse/Song, Poem & Rhyme, Colors, Shapes, Letters, Numbers, Learning to Write, and Motor Skills. Since he’s so young, we spend less than an hour a day on formal lessons, therefore we don’t usually cover everything in an entire week.  I alter the lesson plan to focus mostly on letters, numbers, Bible story, learning to write, and motor skills. We have reviewed colors and shapes, but he already knows the material that is being covered this year in those subjects.

Since we’ve had such good luck with this curriculum so far, my husband and I have decided not to put our son in a formal Pre-K program next fall, and just continue with ABC Jesus Loves Me’s 4 Year Curriculum.  He’s an August baby, so we had already decided to hold him back an extra year from Kindergarten anyway.  The plan is to enroll him in a Transition program for young 5 year olds in Fall 2016 (or maybe we’ll use the 5 Year Curriculum instead!), then he will start Kindergarten the following year.

If you’re looking for a free, complete, Christian-based preschool and Pre-K curriculum for your 2-5 year olds, check out ABC Jesus Loves Me. I hope you love it as much as we do!

{I received no compensation for this review of ABC Jesus Loves Me. I just really like it, and I think it would be a blessing for your family!}

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Should We Have Another Baby?

I imagine this question comes up all the time for a lot of families…

{image courtesy of Jonathan Fitch and freedigitalphotos.net}

{image courtesy of Jonathan Fitch and freedigitalphotos.net}

It’s pretty safe to say that there’s no right answer to this question. It all depends on your personal circumstances.

When my husband and I started discussing the possibility last year, we knew we had some goals to accomplish first (bigger house, etc.) It’s very important for us to be in a good place emotionally and financially before adding to our family. (Some people say you never have enough money for a baby, but I’m just talking about “Can we afford food for this child?”)

And quite frankly, DS was a handful from the start, so we weren’t ready to add to the chaos at that point. Lol But, we finally got him out of our bed, and he goes to sleep at a decent hour, which was a big hurdle for us to get over.

So, I think we’re ready to start trying for baby #2!

But, why rock the boat when things have finally calmed down a bit around here?

For me, it’s as simple as this. I just don’t feel like my family is complete, and I’m not getting any younger. I want to, at the very least, have the opportunity to give my son a sibling.

When I chose “growth” as my one word for 2015, I wasn’t considering that it might include the growth of our family…but it looks like we may be on the right track for that! ;)

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