Parenting Healthy

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Love Crunch Valentine's Day Treat Survey Responses

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I have had a small addiction to an organic granola blend brand for a while now. Nature's Path has great breakfast and snack products and we use their granola in baking and recipes. The flavors are so delicious and now they have a new flavor: Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter Granola! I can't wait to make a topping for fresh baked brownies with this blend!

I have used their cereals to make cookies and breaded chicken. I love the ingredients so they make great additions and substitutions to many recipes where you may want a sweet crunch.

Below is a fun Valentine's survey that Nature's Path recently gathered responses from:
  • 38% of respondents said that a creative Valentine’s Day would begin with breakfast in bed.
  • 63% of respondents said that they would want to awake on Valentine’s Day to the taste of something delicious.
  • 81% of respondents said that they would prefer to treat themselves to something if they are celebrating Valentine’s Day alone
Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter Brownie topping

This recipe is too easy! Simply make your favorite brownies and cool for about 5 minutes. While still warm, but not too hot sprinkle crushed Love Crunch Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter granola on top! I put some in a baggie and crush up the larger chunks and nuts. Enjoy the crunch with your brownies!

See more Nature's Path varieties at

New Lassig Glam Signature Diaper Bag

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Lassig Diaper Bags

No matter the color or the cute logos and tassels it can be impossible to carry a diaper bag and feel more like a woman and less like a drool catcher. The best role we will ever have is being Mom and if we can accomplish that and attempt to keep our style then it makes the job that much better. The new Lassig Glam Signature Diaper Bag more resembles a purse then that bulky diaper bag. The best part is there are accessories! We love accessories! OK, these accessories are in the form the changing pads and bottle totes, but items we need nonetheless. 

You can choose your favorite color bag and mix or match accessories. Diaper bag and accessories colors come in black, sandshell, red and navy. I have a black bag and navy accessories. I chose to mix mine so I can get 2 colors for you to see on my feature. 

Lassig Glam Signature Diaper Bag features
  • Large main compartment
  • Additional outer and inner storage compartments
  • Cell phone compartment
  • Key Ring
  • Additional adjustable shoulder strap
Lassig Glam Signature Accessories
  • Insulated Bottle Holder: Insulated with a snap hook
  • Stroller Hooks: Attach purse or diaper bag to stroller
  • Water Repellant Changing Mat: Waterproof inner lining and velcro fastener

To get your Lassig Glam Signature Diaper Bag, visit

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ice Chips Xylitol Candies

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Let me start by saying that one try of your favorite flavor and you will never want to run out of these Ice Chips candies. I am not sure if it is the taste, the ingredients and sources, the health benefits of the Xylitol or the 2 fun Grandma's from my home state of Wa. that have me so addicted to these tins of delicious candy flavors.

I remember seeing their Shark Tank episode and it is too easy to fall in love with these two founders of Ice Chips. They are passionate about using only natural sources and they get the Xtylitol from birchwood trees. All Ice Chips flavors are made up of 95-98% Xylitol. They are Gluten free and non GMO. All but 3 flavors are dairy free and all are kosher. Learning the benefits of Xylitol is a huge benefit to your health and Ice Chips is a delicious way to consume this healthy natural sweetener.

I encourage you to watch the vide below to learn more about how they make these Ice Chips and the importance of Xylitol consumption:

My son calls them mints, but they are labeled as candy. I think the tin is why he associates them with mints. I received 6 of their 21 flavors. I have Cinnamon, Black Licorice, Root Beer Float, Lemon, Berry Mix and Peppermint. My son was eager to try cinnamon but it was too spicy he said so I tried it and he just isn't used to a real cinnamon taste. It is a true cinnamon spice. He took over the Root Beer Float and Peppermint. I love them all but if I had to choose a favorite I  would say Lemon is delicious! 

You can find Ice Chips at and at Whole Foods as well as Dentist offices and other health stores. Look for them soon in bigger box stores. When you buy your Ice Chips you will notice my favorite feature-the different sized pieces! They are broken chunks and that allows you to pick just the right piece from the tin that you desire.

**Remember that Xylitol is poisonous to dogs! If you are a dog owner you must keep these away from them. The benefit is great to humans, not so much to dogs. They come in secure tins, but I like to put out the reminder so your kids and family members are aware to not leave the tins open around pets and to pick up dropped pieces asap. 

STEM Learning Building Toys

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STEM Learning

STEM learning has become a crucial part of childhood education. Not only does it provide a strong academic foundation but it brings out the creativity in children through science and math. Toys labeled at STEM learning are such a great way to encourage that learning at home. These toys will include building, science and engineering tasks suitable by age. STEM play is equally important for boys and girls at any age.


Brackitz and Assessment Services provide durable wood stacking planks that have 4 sided connectors for a more diverse play. Kids are not limited to building one design-the planks are interlocking from all sides and the imagination can become limitless as they build and create anything that comes to mind. 

There are several types of building sets offered by the Brackitz brand and they can be found through Assessment Services that offers tools to encourage STEM  learning from toys to teacher and parent resources. The set we have below is the Brackitz Inventor 28 Piece Set. My son made a plane, bowl and mirror in one sitting of play. The mirror turned him a bit goofy....

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Positive Message Apparel from Life is Good

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Whether you want to spread messages as you go out in your day-to-day errands or perhaps find tees that match as a couple, Life is Good can help you find your personality within their apparel. You can find fun and inspiring designs on anything from tees, leggings, pajamas and sweatshirts for men, women and kids. Even your home and pet can benefit from their fun designs. 

I have the Women's Engraved All We Need Heart Crusher Vee graphic tee. The pre-washed shirt is soft and there is ribbing at the neck and has a slight waist shape. I don't like my tees to hang so I love that the waist just comes in enough to make it a better fit.

You will notice a fun stitched tab near the bottom hem. This tee has one that says Do What You Love- Love What You Do.. That just adds a little more personality to the shirt as well.

Check out some more fun designs I found on their website. See them all for yourself by visiting: Life is Good. Want some Valentine's Day tees? Here is the Love Collection!

Chocolate Fondue Recipe and the Trudeau Fondue Sets

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In these cold months finding ways to entertain the family can be hard. They have created chaos in the playroom and you have seen every new release appropriate for their age. Baking can be fun but a huge mess. Have you ever placed a chocolate fondue with a variety of snacks on the table? It is guaranteed fun! My son loves when he sees me melting chocolate and is eager to see what foods I will put out each time.

I am currently using the Trudeau Zen Chocolate Fondue Pot. It is so easy to clean and use. It comes with 4 forks and the tea light to start. essentially what you are doing is making the chocolate on your stove then pouring it into the fondue top and with the tea light lit there is just enough heat underneath to keep the chocolate liquified and warm. 

Finding choices to use for dipping is fun and you can't go wrong when you cover chocolate on any food-for the most part. I'll use fresh fruit, berries, pretzels, marshmallows, rice krispies treats cut up, crackers and any other products I come across that sound good under chocolate.

Chocolate Fondue Recipe

  • 8oz of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 C condensed milk

Melt over low heat in a saucepan, stirring continuously until all chips have melted. Pour into fondue pot and turn on/light to keep warm.

It's that easy! This recipe was found with other recipes in my Trudeau Recipe pages that came with my fondue pot. Happy dipping!

SwaddleDesigns Baby Muslin Blanket Giveaway

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SwaddleDesigns Muslin Singles Swaddle Giveaway

SwaddleDesigns have been making high quality and long-lasting products for years that parents and babies have enjoyed. With popularity of muslin, these swaddles have many uses and the designs are adorable. For this feature and giveaway we are focusing on the black and white prints that have a hue that is more of a dark grey and white. The prints above show some of the SwaddleDesign varieties. 

A muslin is a very soft cloth made from a high quality 100% cotton that gets softer with every wash. Because of their almost paper-thin, soft texture and open weave, breathable material they can have multiple uses. They can be used as a swaddle blanket, play blanket, nappy, larger burp cloths and more.

SwaddleDesigns pre-washes their cotton to maximize softness and they use a premium cotton yarn for durability and minimal piling. They are 46 x 46 inches and machine washable.

The Giveaway

One lucky reader will win a SwaddleDesigns Muslin single blanket at random design. Enter below-open to US and Canada. Ends on 2/23.