Friday, March 30, 2012

Baseball Gear for Orphans Service Project #OdwallaCFK

My boys love to play baseball. There are so many children around the world that would love to play baseball too, but they are missing one important thing - the equipment.

I grew-up spending all my free time doing volunteer work. Now that I am a Mother, it is important that I also teach my children the importance of giving back to their community. Champions for Kids has inspired my children to want to do more service projects in our community. When my kids learned that their favorite  drink had paired up with Champions for Kids, they were super excited about participating.

Andrew is going to be collecting old sports gear from his baseball team, and then sending it to an orphanage in Mexico that we visited three years ago.

With two boys playing baseball, I am down at the fields at least three times a week. While we were at Walmart early this week, we purchased some Odwalla for the team snack. Andrew is going to be passing out the Odwalla juice to his team mates, and tell them about his quest to collect their used sports gear.

Andrew is going to be collecting his money from recycling to purchase more equipment at Walmart to donate to the orphanage in Mexico.

Learn more about Champions for Kids on Twitter or Facebook.

I was compensated for this post as part of a social shopper insights study with Collective Bias. All my photos, thoughts, and opinions are of my own.

Basket of Smiles for a Healthy Easter #Eastersmiles

The meaning of the traditional Easter Egg hunt changed for us after my son had his first life-threatening food allergy reaction to food at the age of two. The first year of Easter following his diagnosis we did not have an Easter egg hunt, and it really affected him as a young boy. I then realized that I can still have a fun Easter egg hunt every year, just selecting items other than candy to go into the eggs.

Every year I have a tradition of where I give my children new toothbrushes, their Grandma gives them swimsuits, and their other Grandma gives them money instead of candy. Walmart has a great selection of Colgate toothbrushes that were perfect for my kiddos Easter baskets this year. Since we have shifted most of our Easter focus on our religion, the kids help participate in creating their Easter egg hunt. They help with shopping, hiding the eggs, and it has become a special bonding experience together as a family.

Since Easter is just a week away, the kids and I went to Walmart to purchase all the goodies for their egg hunt. Seriously - who needs a chocolate bunny this big? It has the word "cavity" written all over it! The kiddos could not believe their eyes when they saw it.

We found a huge selection of items for our Easter eggs that are not candy related. We got some tattoos, little toys, and stickers.
Including these fun confetti filled eggs. The kids can not wait to have a silly rabbit confetti party on Easter morning.

When we got home the kids started helping me fill the eggs for their hunt on Easter morning, while I worked on putting their baskets together.

Tyler saw his Easter basket, with his new Dora Colgate toothbrush, and he could not wait to start using it. He ran upstairs, and started brushing. Good oral hygiene is an important focus in our family.

Think about filling your children's eggs this year with items that are better for their health, and help promote healthy living.

Learn more about these great Colgate products on Twitter or Facebook.

I was compensated for this post as part of a social shopper insights study with Collective Bias. All my photos, thoughts, and opinions are of my own.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Beer Roasted Chicken & Vegetables with Kale Recipe

There is no question that tonight had to be the juiciest chicken ever!! I also purchased an organic chicken - which is worth the double in price!

This dinner only took about 10 minutes to prepare, and then I could go back outside to ride bikes with the kiddos. A healthy dinner does not require a ton of time in the kitchen.


  • 1 chicken
  • 3 small potatoes
  • 4 carrots
  • 2 tea. of oregano
  • 1/4 tea. of sweet paprika
  • 1 can of beer
  • 3 Tbl. of olive oil
  • Dash of salt

After cleaning the chicken, I covered it with olive oil. You can never use too much olive oil with this recipe.

Then sprinkle the spices all over the chicken.

Add the vegetables to the roasting dish.

Then pour one can of beer over the chicken. (I know - not my first choice in beer either, but it was the only kind I could find)

Roast the chicken at 375 for about 1 1/2 hours. I covered it with foil for the first 1/2 hour of the roasting. 

Serve with a fresh loaf of bread, and some yummy Kale. Enjoy!

Eco-friendly Easter Cards and Giveaway

It's Easter time, and the perfect time for your children to send a card to the special people in their lives. Instead of purchasing the traditional cards that we have bought in the past, we decided to make eco-friendly cards.

Since I always have a slew of boxes hanging around the garage, I cut-up a cardboard box to make the cards. I used an X-ACTO knife to cut rectangle shapes from the box.

Then the kiddos decorated the cards using their favorite Color Blank markers.

Have fun making cute Eco-friendly Easter cards! We are so excited about doing crafts with our children, that RoseArt has offered a special giveaway to (3) of our readers! Three readers will win a craft pack that will include:

Colored Pencils
Fun Dough
Glitter Glue
Water Colors
Marker Stampers
#2 Pencils
School Glue
Color Blanks
Create 'n' Color Craft Kit

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Giveaway will be open until April 10th at 11:59pm PST. Winner will be chosen via, will be notified via email and has three days to respond before another winner will be chosen. We were provided with markers at no charge, however, does not influence our opinion of the product. All thoughts are of our own.

**Giveaway is now closed. Winners are Nicholle, Kellyr78 and Tammy. You have all be notified via Twitter**

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Teriyaki Burgers with Sweet Potato fries and Garlic aioli

I was feeling a little tropical tonight, and since I could not fly to Hawaii - teriyaki burgers would have to suffice. I used gluten free buns, and sweet potatoes instead for regular potatoes. The result was a tropical paradise, that the entire family loved!

I took 2 pounds of ground beef, and added one packet of Lipton's soup mix to it.

I mixed it up well, and then made it into patty's before hitting the grill.

Next I had my husband help with cutting the pineapple.

I grilled the pineapple for about 10 minutes (on low) on each side.

Then I tossed it with Teriyaki sauce.

Then it was time to make the sweet potato fries. I peeled, and sliced one large sweet potato.

Then slice it into thin slices. Add 2 Tbl. of olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Then cook the sweet potatoes on a foil lined cookie sheet at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

The garlic aioli is super easy! Just mix 1/3 cup of mayo, 2 tea. of basil, 1 garlic clove, and juice from 1/2 of lemon. Mix and enjoy!

The final touch on the meal were the gluten free buns.

These were just as fluffy as traditional buns, and we could not even tell they were gluten free.

I brushed a little olive oil on the buns, before putting them on the grill for about 3 minutes.

We were provided with the buns for no charge,however, their tastiness did not influence our thoughts and opinions.

Mini grilled cheese sandwiches recipe

This weekend, we got this cute little machine that makes mini treats. Let's face it - kids love everything on a stick! We used our new machine to make mini grilled cheese sandwiches!

First we took some white sandwich bread. We rolled it out until it was super flat.

We took the cookie cutter, and made mini circles from the bread.

Next we sprayed butter on the bread circles.

We put the bread circles on the machine, added cheese, and a stick!

The coolest part about this recipe is that the machine is currently available at Sur La Table for only $11. 
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