Healthy Snack Prep

By Nicole, brought to you by Maytag. All opinions are my own! Of course with a new year upon us, I have been thinking of plans, goals, and ways to better my little family’s life! You all know me as the unheatlhy Small Fry, and I am totally in on that joke! I LOVE a good snack food, gas station fare is among the best out there. You’ll find me in bed with a bag of chips, but of course healthy eating is on my mind, too. Especially for my kids! So, this upcoming year I wanted to come up … Read more

Vegetarian Pasta Salad

So now that we’ve piqued your interest about ALDI, we’re putting our money where our mouth is! We’ve got an awesome vegetarian pasta salad recipe made with ALDI’s brand name ingredients that will costs you a slim $1.40 per person. You could always add grilled chicken, or salmon or even steak bites to make it a more hearty entree, but this one is yummy as is and tastes so fresh and filling! INGREDIENTS all found at ALDI! ½ pound Priano Fusilli or short cut pasta 1 tablespoon + ¼ teaspoon Stonemill Essentials Iodized Salt, divided 1 pound broccoli crowns, cut into bite-sized florets 2 … Read more

ALDI

By Emily. Any ALDI shoppers out there? I had never heard of them before but the more I hear the more I am obsessed. First, of all all their products are around 50% cheaper* than their brand name counterparts. Second, they have a double guarantee, so if you’re not satisfied with the product they’ll refund you AND replace your product. All their money saving practices (from advertising all the way down to their cart retrieval) in store ensure they can continue to keep prices low. You already heard last week that we got the green light to start solids with Raleigh … Read more

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Nanette’s Baguette

This month’s partnership with Mo Mail is so incredible! Nanette’s Baguette is a story of Nanette who gets the exciting repsonsibility of going to the bakery to buy a baguette. Except it smells so amazing that she can’t help it and she starts to eat it, before long she has plowed through the baguette. Now what? Grab a copy to find out!!In addition to the story, what makes it so remarkable is how it came to be! We love this film showing behind the scenes with Mr. Willems himself. It’s fascinating, watch below! Like Oprah says “I. love. bread.” So … Read more

trick or cheese

By Emily. This post is sponsored by Mini Babybel®, as always all opinions are our own! When I was younger my mom was notorious for giving out non-candy items at Halloween. In fact I think she still does! It took me until my early teenage years to realize because I did   my own trick-or-treating and didn’t think to pillage my own house’s supply. But, when I realized I of course was like, so embarrassed. Thirteen year olds are so delightful, right? Since then I’ve seen her give away whole apples, bags of popcorn, plastic dracula teeth and other cheap party … Read more

oat power balls

By Emily.  This post is sponsored by The Quaker Oats Company, but all opinions are my own.  Keeping with our theme of on-the-go snacks for us moms we knew we wanted to try out the popular power ball trend. Basically a mixture of grains, seeds, nuts, fruits and something to bind it all together so you can store them in the fridge or freezer and pop some in your mouth in a rush.I am still making my chocolate peanut butter protein shake every single morning and now that its been a full year, I can safely say peanut butter and chocolate are just … Read more

OLLY Smoothies!

By Jenna. Being a busy Mom it can be tough to get my nutrition in. I remember hearing people say “I forgot to eat” and thinking how is that EVEN possible. Then I became a Mom! It IS possible. We’ve partnered with OLLY before and my family is die hard over their vitamins, but now they’ve come out with Smoothies and I’m in LOVE! These incredible line of smoothies are not meant to be meal replacements but rather a quick on the go snack or even a yummy dessert. They’re packed with protein and even better, TASTY! One scoop and … Read more

cookie fiasco!

This month’s Mo Mail brought two new books in the Elephant & Piggie Like Reading series: Cookie Fiasco and We Are Growing! These books hit the shelves September 20th! What is the series all about you ask? Best friends Elephant and Piggie introduce kids to their favorite books – brought to life in original stories created by contemporary children’s book authors and illustrators. And of course fun and funny like Mo Willems is known for! Fiasco.Cookie Fiasco is all about four how friends need to problem solve when there are only three cookies!  Our kids are loving this one and … Read more

Night Cereal: Mangoes + Sticky Rice

Brought to you by got milk? Food Loves Milk! By Jenna. Our creativity was so empowered with today’s post! Is there anything better than a bowl of cereal before bed? It’s sort of a ritualistic event that we remember doing all growing up and our kids have taken over. What about when you want to make your bowl of cereal a little more hearty? The milk has carried the weight for too long! 😉 Time to spice it up!I thought it would be fun to make a play on Mangoes and Sticky Rice — if you’ve eaten at a Thai … Read more

S’mores Oatmeal Bars

This post is sponsored by The Quaker Oats Company, but all opinions are our own. We are calling this next recipe a S’mores Oatmeal Bar, good for a  sweet morning bite, or late night sweet cravings too 🙂 Here’s what you’ll need! Graham Crackers, Quaker Quick 1 Minute Oats, mini marshmallows and chocolate chips!And some kids to enjoy the finished product! Cook the oats for 1 minute as directed on the package! Spread evenly on a 9 x 9 pan! Sprinkle over top crushed graham, mini marshmallows and chocolate chips.  Preheat your oven to 350 and bake 20 min! S’mores Oatmeal Bars … Read more