5 Steps My Kids Take to Live Greener and a GuiltFreeEnergy Giveaway!

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DSC 0338 5 Steps My Kids Take to Live Greener and a GuiltFreeEnergy Giveaway! I am honestly concerned about this earth. It scares me that the weather changes so unbelievably vastly where I live,  from being incredibly hot in the summer months, to being downright freezing in the winter months. It scares me that our oceans are getting so polluted that our fishes are dying. It scares me that our air is becoming so polluted that more and more people are developing asthma. It scares me there are remnant pesticides on the foods we are eating. We as a population need to take steps to assure we all stay healthy,  living on this beautiful earth. If you have kids, it is imperative to show them what the cost to the earth would be if we did not practice living greener. Educating our youth is so very important because they are our source to the future.DSC 0348 5 Steps My Kids Take to Live Greener and a GuiltFreeEnergy Giveaway!

In my household, I take every imaginable step to try to live greener. While I am no where near an expert, I thought I could lend some tips that you can practice with your kids so you can help and show them how important our earth truly is.

5 Steps My Kids Take to Live Greener

1. Recycle..Recycle..Recycle! In Rhode Island, it is a mandatory law to Recycle. While we have two recycling bins set up in our garage, the kids tend to throw all paper, plastic, and glass in with our regular garbage. We were having problems getting them to recycle so we sat down with them and showed them how important it is to recycle. “Recycling helps extend the life and usefulness of something that has already served its initial purpose by producing something that is useable.” -BenefitsofRecycling.comDSC 0363 5 Steps My Kids Take to Live Greener and a GuiltFreeEnergy Giveaway!

To get my kids to recycle and give them a little incentive, I came up with the money  jar. I took a jar, let the kids decorate them, and then put each jar in my kids room. Whenever they recycled, I added a penny in their jar. By the end of the month, they usually had around a $1.00, which in 3 year old language is enough to buy a turn on the kids  ride at our local Walmart. While it may not seem like a lot, it sure got my kids to help with recycling. Now it is part of their everyday life to recycle and will continue to be for a very long time.DSC 0352 5 Steps My Kids Take to Live Greener and a GuiltFreeEnergy Giveaway!

2. Green Toys and Recycled Batteries! We absolutely love buying green toys but the one problem we have is we go through so many batteries in our household. If you are like me, everything and anything needs batteries in it. I feel like I am just wasting my time and energy by constantly changing the batteries, and it is not good for our environment at all! Thankfully, I found out about the BRAND NEW Energizer New EcoAdvanced Recycled Batteries.

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I wanted to pick up these batteries so I headed to my local Walmart and found a full display right in the front of our store. My husband was with me and even he was excited to see a battery that is actually good for our environment. A true score from Energizer!

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This is the very first battery on the market to use recycled batteries and materials. It allows us to make responsible choices in our energy consumption. With being a new product, I was excited to light up my kids toys by using them. Not only are they fantastic for the environment, but they are “Energizer’s longest lasting alkaline ever”. Now I can provide guilt free energy for this mama who uses batteries and changes batteries, like it is water. They have so many battery operated toys and I feel confident in knowing I am using a battery safe for the environment.

Besides being an awesome battery it can hold up to 12 years in storage! The EcoAdvanced batteries are also available in AA, which is what most kids toys take. You can also get these batteries in AAA at your local Walmart. Be sure to try them out today for guilt free living and conservation of energy!

3. Go Paperless or Use Less Paper when your kids are coloring! I can tell you that my kids are guilty as charged. Every time they color, they use a brand new piece of paper. Over time, we probably have killed a whole tree with the amount of paper they used. Okay, I am kidding, but it is bad. In my dental office and my husbands, we are totally paperless, but in our kids world, paper is still a necessity.DSC 0362 5 Steps My Kids Take to Live Greener and a GuiltFreeEnergy Giveaway!

Instead of using multiple pieces of paper, delegate paper and have them use the same one or two sheets when coloring. No need to have them put a line on a piece of paper and then throw it away. Once they are finished with the paper, make sure they recycle them!

4. Organic living! While we are not totally organic yet, it is important to try to eat foods that are healthy and don’t have any added chemicals. I am trying to buy more organic foods, but it can be quite expensive. Right now, we are buying all organic fruits and vegetables, which is a big change for our family. As the saying goes, make one change at a time!DSC 0341 5 Steps My Kids Take to Live Greener and a GuiltFreeEnergy Giveaway!

5. Have your kids shut off the lights when they are done playing in their rooms! Again, even I am guilty of not shutting off the lights when leaving a room. However, this causes unnecessary energy consumption. Make sure to reiterate to them how important it it to turn off the lights and unplug their appliances. Every little bit of energy saving helps our environment!DSC 0358 5 Steps My Kids Take to Live Greener and a GuiltFreeEnergy Giveaway!

You don’t need to use all my tips right off the bat. Make one small change to help our environment and build up! It is important to show our kids the ways of the world and to show them how precious our earth is.

To celebrate our earth and the new Energizer New EcoAdvanced Recycled Batteries, there is a GuiltFreeEnergy Giveaway  with $1,000 in Gift Cards! Good luck!
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What would be your #1 tip to help sustain energy?

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TINKERBELL AND THE LEGEND OF THE NEVERBEAST- My Interview with Ginnifer Goodwin!

**I received an all expense paid trip thanks to Disney and ABC studios. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.**

Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast is available TODAY on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Disney Movies Anywhere. This is a movie you do want to miss as it teaches important lessons that you will want your kids to see and tells a fantastic story. You can see my full review tomorrow but in the meantime, I have another awesome interview to share with you. This one is of the legend, Ginner Goodwin, who voices Fawn in the Neverbeast.unnamed 113 TINKERBELL AND THE LEGEND OF THE NEVERBEAST  My Interview with Ginnifer Goodwin!

When we first got introduced to her, my very first remark was how unbelievably pretty she is. She has such a winning smile and then once she started talking, her personality matched that smile. She is such a gracious actress and was willing to answer any questions we had that day.

Our first question to her was how she prepared differently for the role of Fawn versus her normal in person acting like that you see on Once Upon a Time? She told us that while she did a little of voice work before, she really was surprised to see how different the two are.

“To have a project where I was relying solely on my voice, not having any idea what the animation of course was going to be was really, really challenging. I had to liberate myself. I had to find a way to let go of everything physically and find a grounded real connected place from which to be larger than life. There’s a lot of things about my own voice that I always thought were very overly animated but I found out when my voice was actually animated that I can seem a bit dull and monotone. There’s all kinds of harsh judgments I could give myself but in redoing the first couple of passes that we made for the movie, I found that there was a way to find Fawn’s very expressive voice when I could let go of everything physically.” –Ginnifer Goodwin

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We then got to ask her how she dealt with all the emotion of the movie? Once you buy Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast, I can assure you that you will cry, but in a good way. She told us every time she read the script she cried a lot! She relayed the emotions to the time her dog was accidently put to sleep. Over time though (since she filmed this movie over 3 years), it did start becoming about the scene itself and about Fawn’s relationship to Gruff. For the ending she did many takes, but the one that made the final cut was one that they filmed early on.

We then asked her if the characters she plays always reflect the way they see the good in people? She told us that she definitely feels this is why she gets cast in the roles she plays. She also tells us that while voice over is so difficult, she truly loves every second of it.

Since she voiced Fawn, we wanted to know if she was familiar with the Disney Fairies before?

“I am a Disney addict. I always wanted to do this and to me this was the pinnacle. I just always wanted to voice Animated Features for Disney. I was familiar with the franchise. I hadn’t seen all the movies and then ripped through them when I got the role. I think they’re excellent. I think would appeal, should appeal, do appeal to all ages. This particular movie certainly appeals to both genders.They are just so well done, the stories are so well told. The characters are flawed. The morals are evolved. They’re definitely messages I would want taught to my children. So yes, I was familiar with them, but before and now I’m a fan.” –Ginnifer Goodwin

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We asked her what character she would want to voice next? She told us anything Disney and she is in! She told us that Disney tells stories in the best way and I definitely agree with her! She would love to continue working with Disney in any role.

She then talked to us about her love of Disney and how she is showing her little son the joys of Disney. She mentioned to us that while he is too young to watch a movie, she plans to show him all the Disney movies as he gets older. They also read books with the Disney characters so he can become familiar with all the Disney magic.

We all were interested in knowing her favorite parts of the movie?

“I liked that last scene. I mean the the most fun I had was probably the animal noises scene just cause it was so out of my wheelhouse. I was studying You Tube Videos trying to learn different animals. They had a list of noises to try. The only animal noise I make is that monkey. My sister grew up emulating the monkeys at the Memphis Zoo and that became the climax animal of that scene which ended up being fun but they were difficult. How do you make an elephant, trumpeting his trunk ,a noise like that. I think my favorite scene is the last scene just cause it’s the most powerful and it’s an unexpected ending for a film of this nature.” –Ginnifer Goodwin

She told us that she filmed during her pregnancy and the staff was so great. They even set up a bed for her when the doctor told her she needed to be off her feet.

In the future, Ginnifer Goodwin would like to do more animation. She has done some animation before with Spongebob and Sofia the First. It was a dream to sing for an episode of Sofia since she loves to sing. However, she would also like to spend time with her son and be a mom. She told us it goes so quickly so she wants to spend time with him. I agree!

Ginnifer Goodwin was an absolute doll when we interviewed her that day. You can see her voice the role of Fawn in Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast!

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Modern Table provides Pasta Meals Easily to my Family!

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I married a full bred Italian. Seriously, he can eat pasta every night if I let him. Since meeting him, I also become a big fan of Italian food but sometimes I just don’t have the time to get piping, fresh meals delivered to my table. For this reason, I turn to Modern Table!

DSC 0155 Modern Table provides Pasta Meals Easily to my Family!Modern Table provides Pasta Meals to my family easily and readily! If Italian is not your thing, do not worry as they have 4 delicious and best of all, packaged meals. These are protein rich meals and can be ready in under 15 minutes. The four types of Modern Family meals are Italian, Mediterranean,  Teriyaki, and Southwest. There is 12 -20 grams of protein per serving for each of these meals. They are not only nutritious but equally delicious!

Screen Shot 2015 03 02 at 8.58.00 PM Modern Table provides Pasta Meals Easily to my Family!When you purchase a Modern Table meal, you are getting only the freshest ingredients. No preservatives or artificial flavors are added in. Just nutritious ingredients in every bite. 3 of the meals are even gluten free! Modern Table was created by and for busy moms like you. Life can get hectic, but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise nutrition and deliciousness in the kitchen!

I had the chance to try all of them and they were so easy to make. I can get a quick, easy, healthy, and piping hot meal made for dinner in no time at all. The shelf life of these meals are 12 months so you can readily buy them in bulk and save them in the pantry for a quick meal anytime of the day. DSC 0154 Modern Table provides Pasta Meals Easily to my Family!

These are the current flavors:

Teriyaki White Bean & Broccoli Noodles with Teriyaki Sauce & Sesame 5-Spice Seasoning
Mediterranean Green Lentil Rotini with Garlic Herb Sauce & Mediterranean Citrus Seasoning
Italian Red Lentil Penne with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce & Parmesan Herb Seasoning
Southwest Red Lentil Rotini with Roasted Tomato Sauce & Chili Lime Seasoning

Be sure to check out Modern Table meals today!

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Why We Love the Ergo and an Ergo Baby Carrier Giveaway!

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Screen Shot 2015 03 02 at 8.59.19 AM Why We Love the Ergo and an Ergo Baby Carrier Giveaway! Shara here once again with a fabulous review of the ERGO Baby Carrier. At almost 27 weeks pregnant, I am getting super excited!!! The Ergo baby carrier has even circled my ears so many times as a must have baby product.  As a matter of fact, it’s award winning. How I wish I can post a picture on my newborn in the Ergo!!! In the meantime, here is my sister with her Ergo!  10628410 10152664778799356 9069188342973105314 n Why We Love the Ergo and an Ergo Baby Carrier Giveaway!

Ergo’s catch phrase is “Comfort through Ergonomics”. Looking up the word Ergonomics, I found the definition to be “the study of people’s efficiency in their working environment”. To me that means, how much a momma or poppa can get done doing what they need to do—all while taking care of their baby! Yes, we all love and care for our babies, but we all have so much to care of in one day! By “wearing” baby, you can give her the contact he/she craves and needs, all while handling everyday responsibilities. That means, answering email, talking on the phone, going to the post office, doing the laundry, going to the bank, walking around for groceries- the list goes on and on and on. Thank goodness this excellent product came along. I don’t know what Moms and Dads before it. I definitely consider myself a woman on the go, and this just sounds like a product made in the heavens!unnamed 4 Why We Love the Ergo and an Ergo Baby Carrier Giveaway!

I’ve seen countless men and women in NYC wear their babies with the Ergo baby carrier. Celebrities like Giselle, Ethan Hawke, Julia Roberts, Amanda Peet, Evangeline Lilly sport them all the time. Definitely a product carrying star power.

So , you can definitely consider the Ergo the “Mercedes Benz” of baby carriers. Expertly designed to distribute your baby’s weight between your shoulders and hips, so your back doesn’t hurt by “wearing baby”. I have heard many baby carrier that are just not comfortable at all! You can carry your newborn up into toddlerhood, There is no digging in shoulders, because shoulder straps are passed.. I read that the curved and padded waist strap is similar to the back protectors used by professional movers. After 9 months of carrying baby in utero- and back hurting day in and day out, this is music to my ears!

It’s made of a very plush and organic cotton and has a flexible feel to it- like it’s already been worn in for you. With some baby products, you need a degree in science to figure assembly out- but the Ergo has a detailed and simple instruction manual with photos. You can wear front, back, piggyback, or hip. It can handle a child up to 45 pounds. It has a front pocket that you can store your phone, wallet, keys, or things like that. I find that to be really awesome.unnamed 5 Why We Love the Ergo and an Ergo Baby Carrier Giveaway!

I hear that people don’t really even need a playpen, stroller, pack and play, etc because babies are so content in their Ergo! The babies are comfortable and their is even a hood to prevent them from being in the sun. A mom could easily breastfeed on the go, which is something very appealing to me. I can imagine going on beautiful long walks with baby girl icon smile Why We Love the Ergo and an Ergo Baby Carrier Giveaway!

The Ergo gets an A plus on comfort and also great for the environment! Double score!!   The Ergo won the “Moms Love-It” Award  in association with What to Expect and Babies R Us. It retails for $114 on the Babies R Us website.

Win it: One winner will receive the Ergo baby carrier. This giveaway is run via rafflecopter so click read more to see the actual giveaway. The only mandatory entry is to tell me what you like best about the Ergo carrier in the comment section proceeding this post. While the other entries are optional, I highly suggest filling them out to increase your chances of winning. Good luck! US Only!
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Baymax Mini Pancakes for the Big Hero 6 DVD release!

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DSC 03112 682x1024 Baymax Mini Pancakes for the Big Hero 6 DVD release! Anything Disney comes out with, is a true winner! We have such a huge collection of their amazing DVDs at home and love to add to it, whenever there is a new release. Disney releases a DVD and then it goes back into the sacred Disney vault. So, if you do not pick it up during their release time frame, you may just have to wait a few years. Their brand new DVD release is for Big Hero 6.  After my recent press trip to LA to meet with the cast (I met the real life Baymax) and directors, I will tell you that this is a movie you do not want to miss! My kids have seen this movie at least three times in the theaters and since we received the DVD, they may or may not have seen it at least ten times more. This is a FANTASTIC Disney movie with characters like Baymax and Hiro, who your children will love for eternity.DSC 0299 682x1024 Baymax Mini Pancakes for the Big Hero 6 DVD release!

Since my kids have been prohibited from playing outside (yes we were one of the states who got over 3 feet of snow this winter), I needed to come up with innovative ways to entertain them. They love anything Disney, so I thought it would be fun to incorporate our love of Big Hero 6 by buying the 2 DISC Disc BD+DVD=DC+WM GWP 2 pk at Walmart, found readily in the entertainment aisle. If you buy the DVD set from Walmart, I have even greater news! Your purchase of the Big Hero 6 Blu-Ray/DVD + Gift With Purchase Set includes a digital movie on Vudu while supplies last! Simply scan your receipt using the Savings Catcher in the Walmart app. Then look for a message on your phone or email. Now you can watch Big Hero 6 on any device! How neat is that?! Do not miss out on heading to your Walmart and picking up this Big Hero 6 DVD set today!unnamed 3 Baymax Mini Pancakes for the Big Hero 6 DVD release!

When I perused the aisles of Walmart the first day of the release, the toys were flying off the shelves. Since there was limited Big Hero 6 items at the time, I decided to purchase some Big Hero 6 merchandise online at Walmart that same day. I decided to buy Zane his favorite character, Baymax, in a pillow form. I knew Zane would love the Baymax pillow and it would tie right into my fun entertaining morning.DSC 0332 Baymax Mini Pancakes for the Big Hero 6 DVD release!

Then I decided, it would be fun to do a little bit more than a typical Big Hero 6 screening. In my household, Big Hero 6 is always on so I thought I would step things up by having a Baymax breakfast and allow the kids to eat Baymax pancakes while watching Big Hero 6. A slumber party breakfast sounded like a great idea to me and I knew the kids would love to partake. Plus, Zane’s new Baymax pillow could be used during the breakfast slumber party.DSC 0301 Baymax Mini Pancakes for the Big Hero 6 DVD release!

First step was to make the Baymax pancakes. These pancakes were quite easy to do and delicious! For any Big Hero 6 fan, you need to make these pancakes!

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Ingredients:DSC 0259 Baymax Mini Pancakes for the Big Hero 6 DVD release!

-1 container (6 oz) cream cheese

- 3/4 cup sugar

- 2  (1/4) cup flour

-3 TBLS baking powder

-2 eggs

-2/3 cup butter softened

-2 cups milk

-black frosting

Directions:

1. Mix sugar, flour, and baking powder in small bowl.

2. Combine eggs, butter,  and milk in another small bowl.

3. Fold in #2 into #1 mixture.

DSC 0274 Baymax Mini Pancakes for the Big Hero 6 DVD release! 4. Using a hot griddle (on high heat), take one tablespoon of #3 and make a pancake. Repeat for 9 pancakes.DSC 0277 Baymax Mini Pancakes for the Big Hero 6 DVD release!

5. Using circle shape (I used a cup), cut from the big pancake into a mini pancake. DSC 0282 Baymax Mini Pancakes for the Big Hero 6 DVD release! DSC 0283 Baymax Mini Pancakes for the Big Hero 6 DVD release!

DSC 0286 Baymax Mini Pancakes for the Big Hero 6 DVD release! 6. Using cream cheese, cover the mini pancakes face. Smooth with spatula.DSC 0288 Baymax Mini Pancakes for the Big Hero 6 DVD release!

7. Make a Baymax face with black frosting and Enjoy!DSC 0320 Baymax Mini Pancakes for the Big Hero 6 DVD release!

DSC 0322 Baymax Mini Pancakes for the Big Hero 6 DVD release! Once these were done, Hayley and Zane sat on the couch, ate them, and watched Big Hero 6. We had such a fun Big Hero 6 breakfast slumber party at home. The kids are now requesting we do the Baymax breakfast at least once a week. Easy enough kids..Easy enough!

DSC 0325 682x1024 Baymax Mini Pancakes for the Big Hero 6 DVD release! DSC 0272 Baymax Mini Pancakes for the Big Hero 6 DVD release! Be sure to pick up all the great Big Hero 6 merchandise, along with the 2 DISC Disc BD+DVD=DC+WM GWP 2 pk at Walmart today! Have your own Baymax breakfast!

Have you seen Big Hero 6? What is your child’s favorite character?

 

 

 

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