Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Healthy Snack: Funky Monkey

Disclaimer: I have received free product and samples from Funky Monkey.

Have you heard of Funky Monkey Snacks?

These are healthy snacks for kids and parents alike – they are gluten-free, sugar-free and preservative free – nothing but three servings of fruit in each bag. Funky Monkey has just released three new flavors to check out: Applemon, Pink Pineapple and MangOJ.

Moms, don't fret...The snacks are perfect for those on the go and are a healthy alternative to chips or candy.

Funky Monkey Snacks are a more nutritious and natural alternative to dried fruit, which does not preserve all the nutrients of fresh fruit, or fruit snacks that can contain added sugars, colors and preservatives.

Citrus Bowl Parade: Geaux Tigers!

LSU is playing in the Citrus Bowl (or Capital One Bowl I guess!) this week. I brought the kids to the parade today. It was so much fun!

I love all the floats assembled from citrus. This was my favorite:






Friday, December 25, 2009

Baking at Christmas


The kids wanted to bake Santa a cake!
Yum, chocolate Santa hugging a candy cane. Chocolate dipped pretzel rods!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas at Disney's Beach Club Resort


Is this not impressive? It is Disney's Beach Club Gingerbread Carousel Display! Yup, it's all edible. Yum! If you want to see more check out HGTV's Behind the Magic: Disney Holiday show!

We will miss you Kelly!

Our babysitter for three years just finished college and is moving! We are so sad. The kids love her so much. To celebrate her graduation, we brought her to Disney's Epcot with us yesterday for one last day of fun!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

WordFUL Wednesday: Video

Princess Mimi's class sang "Frosty the Snowman" today. It was so stinking cute! This is a 55-second video of the performance!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas Morning Menu

So, what do you serve on Christmas morning? The past two years I have done a cinnamon monkey bread for the kids. (They love it!) I throw it in the oven after we open our stockings, before heading to the gifts. I put it on a big platter in the middle of the living room and everyone can "dig in"!

After gifts our open, I usually throw a breakfast casserole in the oven (which I make the night before and refrigerate) and mix up mimosas for hubby and I. As the kids play with their toys, we try to sneak in a few minutes to exchange our gifts.


Do you have any recipes that you make on Christmas morning?

But everyone is doing it (I think not!)

It's been really interesting talking to friends about the Tiger Woods news. Personally, I was in shock!! I did not see it coming. I bought in to the pictures of the "perfect family". My heart aches for Tiger's beautiful wife, Ellin. I can't image the pain she must be feeling. I can't imagine how she can ever trust (or love) him again.

Many of my other friends have the attitude, "it doesn't surprise me since affairs are so common!"

I won't buy into that. Maybe I am naive. Maybe I am blind.

But I have a wonderful, loving husband and I believe in the commitment of marriage, especially one made in a Church under the witness of God. I don't believe affairs are common and I surely don't believe they are acceptable just because they are so common today (what an excuse).

What are your thoughts?

Monday, December 14, 2009

Attention (Online) Shoppers

Bookmark this site: http://www.freeshipping.org/! It lists hundreds of stores offering free shipping along with shipping promo codes. If you're a bargain shopper likeme, you're gonna love it! Happy shopping.

More "quick and easy" recipes

Here are two easy, healthy, and affordable recipes for busy moms!
Chicken & Vegetable Bake
Not only is this recipe delicious and easy, it's affordable coming in at less than$10.00 for a dinner of four. You can't beat that!

Chicken Pot Pie
This recipe is one of the most popular from the Campbell's Kitchen. Kids andgrown-ups just love this hot, comforting dinner. http://www.campbellkitchen.com/RecipeDetail.aspx?recipeId=25510

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Movie: The Young Victoria


Do you need a break from the holiday hussle and bussle? Try a movie!...(Opens December 18)



In The Young Victoria, Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) delivers an incredibly compelling performance as Queen Victoria in the turbulent first years of her reign. Rupert Friend (Pride & Prejudice) portrays Prince Albert, the suitor who wins her heart and becomes her partner in one of history’s greatest romances. This love story, set amongst all the intrigue of the court, also features Paul Bettany (Iron Man, The Da Vinci Code), Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), Jim Broadbent (The Damned United, The Chronicles of Narnia), Thomas Kretschmann (Valkyrie), and Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes, Tristan & Isolde).

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Yum, Tyson’s new Any’tizers

I received free product from Tyson to sample, in return for a blog post. All opinions are 100% mine.

Hey moms, You know those nights you are just too tired too cook!? Perhaps you had a long day at work or busy with your Holiday shopping? Well, keep a bag of Tyson's new Chicken Breast Chunks with Spicy Sweet and Sour Sauce in your freezer and you can have a great meal in no time! (Add a side of white rice or noodles for a complete meal).
So pick up a bag this week....it's the holidays, and you never know when guests will stop by! It's great to have an appetizer you can bake in minutes!
As an afternoon snack, my kids love the Tyson Chicken Fries! (They have a little more flavor/spice then the original Tyson chicken nuggets).
Not only do these two Tyson products taste great, but they are made with the highest quality boneless chicken chunks and contain no MSG, soy protein or fillers!! (As a migraine sufferer and a concerned mom I watch carefully for MSG-free products!)
For more information on the new Tyson® Any'tizers® varieties with Sauce and Stir™ sauce packets, visit http://www.tyson.com/.
CONTEST: The first three people to comment on THIS POST will receive a coupon for a FREE box or bag of any Tyson Frozen Breaded Chicken! ($10 value)

Saturday, December 05, 2009

New comforter set


We had to put our cat down recently. (Poor hubby had her for 15 years, wow!) Well we had been waiting until her passing to get a new comforter, and today was the day! It was originally $200 but with sales and coupons, I got it down to $84.99...and then had a $50 gift card. I paid $41.50 for the comforter, dust ruffle, two shams and three decorative pillows! I love a good sale!

Friday, December 04, 2009

Christmas Lights at Hollywood Studios


We took the kids to see the Osborne Family Christmas Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios tonight. We got them each a small Santa Mickey and Minnie! Trying to catch "snow" (soap bubbles)

We had pizza at "Pizza Planet" (inspired by Toy Story)I love the Christmas-themed cups and popcorn containers! Mimi did too!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Lights at Disney Tonight (Video)

If you have never seen the "Dancing Lights" at Hollywood Studios, it is SPECTACULAR! Here's a quick little video I shot tonight at Disney.



Disney Characters!

We haven't been to Disney since April! wow. So this afternoon I loaded up the kids and went out to Hollywood Studios to see the Christmas lights. Of course, my two just LOVE the Characters...

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Dear Weather Channel

Dear Weather Channel,

For years I relied on you for my daily forecasts, but lately I am losing respect and trust in your channel.

A few weeks back, I turned to you to get the current temperature, but instead saw over three hours of coverage on "balloon boy".

Last week, before getting on the Interstate for a long drive, I turned to you for a forecast only to see "March of the Penguins" on your station!

I can turn to MSNBC or CNN to get breaking news. And if I want to see a movie, I can turn to HBO.

Please stick with the weather.

Thank you!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Long Ride Home


What makes an 11-hour car ride a 14- hour car ride!?


Yes, a flat tire! Fortunately, it happened in a populated area on the interstate (right near an exit ramp!) and not in the middle of "no where"! Although not the ideal situation, it could have been worse. (Funny enough, two years ago we got a flat tire in the same area on the Interstate!)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

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I am wishing you all a HEALTHY Holiday! :)

Louisiana Vacation - Day 3

It was a lazy Sunday...it required Starbucks to get us moving! Practicing with the fishing pole.
My sister with the kids.
Picking fruit in my parent's yard.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Louisiana Vacation - Day 1

We drove 11 hours yesterday to Louisiana. We are spending the week with my parents for Thanksgiving. I hope to post photos all week! New Toy Story outfit
More new clothesPop Pop (my dad)
New chairs

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Sick of being sick

I had a sinus infection, both kids had the flu, and now I have another sinus infection. Geez. I am so ready for our household to be healthy again. In just six days, we spent over $320 in co-pays at doctor appointments and filling presciptions! I am just hoping we all get better so we can enjoy the Thanksgiving holidays!

Monday, November 16, 2009

More Christmas Decorations around My Home

I mentioned on Friday that I let the kids put up their tree. Well I put up a few more decorations over the weekend. My reasoning is (a) I love Christmas so why not extend it! and (b) we will be out of town for Thanksgiving and I didn't want to rush to put it all up in early December.

The mantel with our stockings and Christmas pictures of the kids.
Cookies for Santa (on the fireplace) The kids have a Little People nativity scene that I keep in the den. I grew up loving the Peanuts gang and my mom has given me lots of Charlie Brown Christmas items over the years......including a 4-piece set of Snoopy Christmas dishes which I keep on the breakfast table.

Recipe: Wild Rice Soup

Last year, I made this soup for Thanksgiving and everyone LOVED it.

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Wild-Rice-Soup-III/Detail.aspx

The secret is using a rice mix with good seasoning. (I used Mahatma Long Grain Wild Rice with seasoning). I also added some garlic salt and Cajun pepper). I actually fixed the soupthe day before Thanksgiving (Wednesday afternoon), let it sit in the fridge overnight and reheated on Thanksgiving.

Oh, and this is funny. I didn't have any chicken in the house, so I went to KFC, purchased a chicken breast, took off the fried crust and added it to the pot...ha...it worked great!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Teaching your child the MEANING of Thanksgiving


I think as parents, we all want our children to be grateful, but how do we do it? Here are some links that could help you this Thanksgiving season:

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

Are you trying to find Thanksgiving crafts for your kids to do while you are cooking in the kitchen? I searched the 'net to find four you may like.

Ask your kids to fix dessert (FamilyFun.com's Sweet T.O.M. Turkeys)


NickJr.com encourages Max & Ruby's Pilgrim hats (printables)

Parents Magazine shows you to make a "What a Turkey".


Kaboose.com offers directions for a super cute paper cup turkey craft.
If you prefer simple crafts, here's a link to some coloring pages and printables: http://www.dltk-holidays.com/thanksgiving/mthanksgivingposter.html