June 30, 2015

Patriotic Push Pops and Pampers #BETTERFORBABY Giveaway

For this upcoming July 4th weekend I wanted to make something patriotic and fun that Ava would enjoy. It's upwards of 100 degrees here in Louisiana and my girl loves to be outside! So I decided to make these Frozen Yogurt Push Pops for her {in red, white, and blue, of course}. 
Check out the recipe below and learn more about Pampers #BETTERFORBABY and all the ways you can enter to WIN! {Scroll all the way down for my giveaway!}

Pampers believes that babies bring out the best in all of us. That’s why there’s nothing they wouldn’t do to make life #BetterForBaby.

View this sweet lullaby video from Pampers here:  http://bit.ly/1Cr6k4A 

You can also view the video on Pampers.com -www.pampers.com/en-us/about-pampers/better-for-baby 

Pampers is unveiling the “Hush Little Baby Lullaby” campaign 

 This program recognizes how babies have the ability to bring out the best in all of us and that is why we should do our part to make life better for them.

 As the brand who supports the happy, healthy development of babies for more than 50 years, Pampers is committed to doing their small part to making life #BetterForBaby through their core brand commitments including:
  1.  Protecting premature babies.
  2.  Helping families in need through product donations.
  3.  Preventing maternal and neonatal tetanus.
  4.  Reducing their environmental impact
In fact, at the launch of this program they are making a significant donation to each of these charities: Graham’s Foundation, UNICEF and Feeding America in recognition of their valued partnership in helping Pampers support the happy, healthy development of babies.

#BetterForBaby Contest

 Since babies bring out the best in all of us, we are asking you to tweet your pledge on how you will make life #BetterforBaby. Each pledge is an individual promise of how someone can make a little difference in helping to make life #BetterforBaby. 

My pledge is "I plan to stress less to make life #BetterforBaby

To enter the contest simply:
  1. Tweet your pledge to make life #BetterForBaby.
  2. Include this link - http://bit.ly/1Cr6k4A - to the #BetterForBaby video in your tweet.
  3. Lastly, be sure to include the program hashtag -#BetterForBaby - and the contest hashtag - #B4BDivas.
One random winner will win an Apple Watch worth $400! Contest ends July 15th.

Scroll down to the entry form below to enter to win a Pampers Prize Pack

You could win:

  1. Pampers Swaddlers and Wipes
  2. Magic Bullet Baby Bullet Baby Care System - to make your own baby food
  3. Spring Floral Scarf - from a company that gives percentage of proceeds to build orphanages in India
  4. NALGENE Reusable BPA Free water bottle 




Ingredients:

Makes 4 Frozen PushPops

  • 2-3 tbsp strawberry Greek yogurt
  • 2-3 tbsp blueberry Greek yogurt
  • 2-3 tbsp vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1-2 drops blue food coloring, optional
  • Frozen pop molds

Directions: 

  1. I found cute plastic frozen push pop molds at the store {monster shapes!} but you could also use dixie cups with popsicle sticks stuck in the middle too.
  2.  Use individual yogurt cups and scoop a couple tablespoons into each pop mold. 
  3. Since these are patriotic and I wanted red, white, and blue I did that order with blue {blueberry} being the first yogurt I added to the mold then white {vanilla} followed by red {strawberry}.
  4. Optional: you can add a couple drops of blue food coloring to your blueberry yogurt cup before adding to your molds to make it a more prominent blue color. 
  5. Free upside down pushpop cups {mine come with a lid to place on top} on a flat surface in your freezer and freeze overnight or at least 6-7 hours.
  6. To serve, remove a pop from the freezer and let sit at room temp for 10 min. then it will be soft enough to push up, but still frozen too! 

How cute are these Monster Push Pop molds I found at TJ Maxx?
Ava loves Monsters Inc. so she got a kick out of these! 
Use any single serve flavored yogurt. 
I like Greek yogurt because it is thicker and creamier.
Wash your molds and get them ready to fill on a flat surface.
I added 2 drops of blue food coloring to my blueberry
 yogurt to make it a brighter blue.
Add a spoonful or two {depending on the size of your mold/cup} of blue yogurt to your pushpop container.
Now top with the same amount white {vanilla} yogurt.
And finally add red {strawberry} yogurt to the top.
Add the pushpop molds to a flat surface in your freezer {please excuse my messy, packed to the gills freezer!} and freezer overnight or about 7 hours.  
When you are ready to serve, remove the pops from the freezer 
and let sit at room temp for 5-10 minutes until they are slightly 
softened and can by pushed up.
How adorable are these Patriotic PushPops?!
Ava and her Daddy enjoyed these all week long, especially after playing outside. 
They are the perfect summertime cool treat! 


Enter to win a Pampers Prize Pack valued at over $100! 



Upcoming Pampers Twitter Party Details:

 Join us for a Pampers #BetterForBaby Twitter Party on
 Wednesday, July 8th from 9-10pm EST as we discuss how to make like #BetterForBaby!


Prizes include:
·         Prize 1: Magic Bullet Baby Bullet Baby Care System ($60), Pampers/wipes
·         Prize 2: PUR Baby White Vertical Faucet Mount and Filter ($25), Replacement Filters ($20), Pampers/wipes
·         Prize 3: $100 TOMS GC (a great company that gives back), Pampers/wipes
·         GRAND PRIZE: $300 VISA GC
·         RSVP: Pampers/wipes

Stay connected with Pampers!

To find out more information on Pampers commitments to helping make life #BetterForBaby, www.pampers.com/en-us/about-pampers/better-for-baby

Remember: Babies may be little, but they have this extraordinary power to bring out the best in us and in turn, change the world for the better! #BETTERFORBABY

This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I received product free of charge, but all opinions are 100% mine.


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June 21, 2015

Honey Butter Grilled Corn

Happy Father's Day! I am so blessed to have two amazing men in mine and my daughter's lives!
I decided to share this Grilled Honey Butter Corn recipe today since both my Dad and my husband love to grill. In the summer season corn is fresh and available everywhere for low prices so we have it often. This is a recipe that they both love and I am sure the men in your life will enjoy too. 
Check out my cooking video here!
Ashton with Ava and with Stella.
My Dad aka Papa with his granddaughters.
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June 19, 2015

Easy Cheesy Cauliflower Crust Stromboli

Pizza is a popular dinner request in my house and I am always experimenting with new twists on the traditional pizza pie. We jumped on the low carb bandwagon when I was pregnant and had high blood sugar earlier this year, and I became slightly obsessed a fan of using cauliflower in place of bread and potatoes. I made Cauliflower Chowder and Cauliflower Breadsticks and even Cauliflower Pizza! This recipe for Easy Cheesy Cauliflower Crust Stromboli uses the same ingredients as my Cauliflower Pizza Crust but I simply roll out the dough into a rectangle, fill with toppings and lots of cheese, and fold over to make an extra cheesy stromboli! Slice and serve with marinara sauce for dipping and I guarantee you will think twice about eating the same ol’ traditional pizza next time!   

Ingredients:

Makes 2 large strombolis
  • 1 head of cauliflower, chopped (about 5-6 cups)
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 4 cups shredded Cheddar or Italian blend cheese
  • 12 oz jar Marinara or Pizza sauce
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Pizza toppings of your choice, we used sliced olives, pineapple, and pepperoni

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets.
  2. Add chopped cauliflower to a steamer and steam until softened and fork tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Add cauliflower to a food processor and pulse until the texture of rice.
  4. Place cauliflower in a hand towel or cheesecloth and squeeze out any excess liquid.
  5. Add cauliflower to a bowl. Then add in eggs, 2 cups of shredded cheese, oregano, garlic and salt and pepper. Stir until combined.
  6. Pour half onto a lined baking sheet and shape into a rectangular shape. Repeat with remaining cauliflower mix on other lined baking sheet.
  7. Bake the crusts for about 20-25 minutes or until golden.
  8. Remove from oven and top each with ½ cup or so of marinara sauce (spreading to cover) and toppings of your choice sprinkled in the center.
  9. Then add ½ cup shredded cheese on top of each. Leave a barrier around the sides so you can fold over and seal the stromboli.
  10. Very gently, using a spatula, fold over the crust on both sides (similar to a burrito but without folding the ends). Don’t worry if it’s messy- you are going to cover it with more cheese!
  11. Top with an additional ½ cup cheese on each. I like to add a few pepperonis on top too!
  12. Bake in the oven for another 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted and stromboli is warmed throughout.
  13. Slice and serve with warm marinara sauce for dipping (optional).
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets.
Add chopped cauliflower to a steamer and steam until softened 
and fork tender, about 15-20 minutes.
Add cauliflower to a food processor and pulse until the texture of rice. Place cauliflower in a hand towel or cheesecloth and squeeze out any excess liquid.


Add cauliflower to a bowl.
Then add in eggs, 2 cups of shredded cheese, oregano, garlic and salt and pepper.
 Stir until combined.
Pour half onto a lined baking sheet and shape into a rectangular shape. Repeat with remaining cauliflower mix on other lined baking sheet.

 Bake the crusts for about 20-25 minutes or until golden.
Remove from oven and top each with 1/2 cup or so of marinara sauce
 (spreading to cover) and toppings of your choice sprinkled in the center.
Then add 1/2 cup shredded cheese on top of each.
Leave a barrier around the sides so you can fold over and seal the stromboli.
Very gently, using a spatula, fold over the crust on both sides (similar to a burrito but without folding the ends). Don’t worry if it’s messy- you are going to cover it with more cheese!
Top with an additional 1/2 cup cheese on each. I like to add a few pepperonis on top too!

Bake in the oven for another 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted and stromboli is warmed throughout.

Slice and serve with warm marinara sauce for dipping (optional).

I also shared this recipe as a guest blogger for Love, Pasta, and a Tool Belt in May 2015.
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June 14, 2015

My Top 10 Summer Meals on the Grill

Summer to my family is all about sunshine and getting our grill on!
 Here are a few of our favorite grilled meals.
I've teamed up with Mode to bring you this Summer Meals on the Grill recipe collection below!

This well known quirky Southern recipe is perfect for the oven or grill. You sit the chicken right on top of a can of beer and the beer steams and flavors the chicken! 
Silly? Yes. Downright tasty? You betcha!
A warm, gooey, and delicious treat cooked right on the grill in minutes!
This is gourmet all the way: a steak burger made with Kobe beef and topped with Balsamic Bacon Jam, Havarti Cheese, and a Fried Egg.
Spicy and Tangy these Salmon Kabobs are a fresh and flavorful summer meal!


Here is the complete collection on Mode.com!

 Disclosure: This is a paid post written by me on behalf of Mode. All opinions are mine.
Check out Top 10 Summer Meals on the Grill
by Nicole Hood at Mode
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June 10, 2015

Life is a Journey Farewell Party


Being a military spouse, I am used to living the military life now. This means moving and saying bye to friends every couple of years. Farewell Parties are bittersweet but I do love to throw a good party and show my friends who are moving how much I care. I threw my best friend Molly a We're So Blue We Miss You Party last year and this year my friend Margo was set to move to Colorado so I decided to throw her a Life is a Journey themed farewell party at a local restaurant in May. 
The guest of honor!
I like throwing lunch parties at restaurants because it saves me from having to cook all day and you know I love eating out! Margo chose a local barbecue joint, Bubbaques for her party. We ordered delicious BBQ for lunch and I served Colorado "Rocky Road" cupcakes for dessert. My talented {and oh so crafty} hubby cut out a Louisiana shaped wooden sign for everyone to sign and I put together goodie bags from Seventh Generation and their Healthy Baby promotion. I used different maps of the US to decorate with banners, homemade bookmarks, and vases along with a vintage suitcase to display a gift basket and a Bon Voyage banner.
Check out the pictures below. 
I've included all the info for ordering or creating all the party decor. 
Enjoy~
 
I just love how this Louisiana sign came out! My husband used an extra piece of plywood and printed a clipart picture of Louisiana on WORD {it ended up being three pieces of paper taped together} and traced it and cut it out with his saw. I had everyone use paint pens to sign it then I added a clear coat before I gave it to Margo as a goodbye gift. 
These are also avail to order on Etsy
 
I saved myself some time and instead of tracing letters by hand I ordered this printable map banner off Etsy. Find it here: Printable Map Garland
I used a vintage suitcase I found at an antique store and propped it up at the end of the table. I taped a colorful US map 12X12 scrapbook paper sheet on the inside then hung a Bon Voyage banner up {from Target} -a nod to the French heritage in Louisiana. 
Inside I displayed my gifts and goodies for everyone to take.
Every party has to have fresh flowers!
I used a US Atlas and cut out maps of Louisiana and Colorado.
 I then taped the maps around empty soup cans to make the vases and display jars!
I was so happy with how these bookmarks came out!
I can't wait to make more as Christmas gifts! 
I purchased pink tassels, a stamp, and plain cardboard bookmarks from Hobby Lobby.
I then cut out strips of maps from my US Atlas and taped them to one side of the bookmarks.
Then I stamped the other plain side of the bookmark and laminated them. 
The final touch was to punch a hole in the top and tie on the tassel.
Not as many kids showed up as I had planned but 
oh well more candy for the adults then!
Goodbye Sucks {but Blow Pops rock}! 
I love tying in parties together. Farewell + Healthy Baby = one heck of a lot to celebrate! 
I was sent goodie bags filled with samples and coupons from Seventh Generation for their Healthy Baby House Party. I gave these out to everyone who attended. Whether you have children or not Seventh Generation has some great products {I love their dish soap!}.
I put together a goodie basket of Margo's favorite treats 
along with a few packs of stationary and a journal so she can keep in touch!
It's not a party unless you have cupcakes! 
These Colorado 'Rocky Road' Cupcakes were delicious and absolutely adorable.
A big shout out to Rebecca at Owl Always Love Cupcakes for creating these.
Ava is a fan of cupcakes just like her Mama! 
My two sweet girls love a good party!
A group shot of all the ladies.
Bye Margo! You and your family will be missed!
I know you're going to love Colorado!
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