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Minions Cards from Walmart and a Fun DIY Project #SendSmiles

Minion Art from Cards

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SendSmiles #CollectiveBias Can you believe LA will be 5 years old next month? He'll be starting school in the fall. It's such a big year for him! He's turned into quite the Minions fan so when we were at Walmart the other day I was thrilled to find some Minions cards! There's a whole display right on the end of one of the card aisles! I love … [Read more...]

Enter Mattress Firm’s Contest & a Pillow Giveaway Here! #SleepEmotions

Inside Out Mattress Firm Contest

As part of the team that brought you lots of fun Inside Out coverage, I am thrilled to tell you all about Mattress Firm's #SleepEmotions giveaway! They are providing a winner and myself with the Lux Living Lavender Bliss Pillow, regardless of this all opinions are 100% my own. When I don't get a good night of sleep, it can bring out a lot of emotions in me and I'm sad to report that Joy is not one of them. If you are finding yourself in this … [Read more...]

Recycle Your Breastpump & Help NICU Mamas with #MedelaRecycles (Giveaway)

recycle your breast pump

As a mama who has nursed four babies, I've been through my share of breast pumps. I always wished there was a way to recycle my breastpumps and now there is! I'm so excited to share with you the news of Medela Recycles and Medela is generously offering one lucky reader their very own Freestlye pump! With a new program called Medela Recycles, you can recycle your breastpump and help NICU mamas in the process! This program was created in … [Read more...]

Quinoa Pudding – A Healthier Version of Rice Pudding

Quinoa Pudding Recipe

Do you love rice pudding? Are you looking for a healthier alternative? Are you looking for ways to get more quinoa into your diet? This quinoa pudding recipe may be just what you need!   Ingredients: 1 cup of quinoa 2 cups milk (more may be needed) 1/3 cup maple syrup (or honey) 2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp vanilla (optional) dash of salt 1/2 cup Raisins (optional) Quinoa Pudding Instructions: In a strainer wash thoroughly the … [Read more...]

From Script to Screen – Learning All About Inside Out #InsideOutEvent

Inside Out Story Supervisor

I was provided with an all expense paid trip to bring you the details about this movie and others. All opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way. Sitting down and chatting with animators and those gifted enough to work at Pixar is really something I will NEVER forget. These people are amazing. They are passionate. I know, I've said these things before but I cannot even begin to express how much it has touched me...how much of an … [Read more...]

Zootopia – New Teaser Trailer Available! #Zootopia

Have you heard what the geniuses at Disney have been up to? You have to check it out! The teaser trailer from Walt Disney Animation Studio’s Zootopia is now available!! Check out the Zootopia Trailer!   More About Zootopia Genre:  Animated Comedy/Adventure Rating: TBD U.S. Release Date: March 4, 2016 Voice Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman Directors: Byron Howard, Rich Moore Co-Director: Jared Bush Producer: Clark … [Read more...]

The Love Story of the Summer – Pixar’s Short Film Lava #InsideOutEvent

Pixar's Short Film Lava

I was provided with an all expense paid trip to bring you the details about this movie and others. All opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way. Who doesn't love oceans, gorgeous scenery and a tear-jerking love story? When you go to see Inside Out this summer (starting June 19!!) you'll be treated to the latest Pixar short film of Lava. Lava is short in length but long in emotion and heart. I have to admit that I had a few … [Read more...]

Homemade Organic Banana Chips with Dipping Sauces

homemade banana chips

Trying to eat healthier is tough sometimes. Trying to eat healthier when you have delicious snacks isn't so bad! I sometimes struggle getting my fruits and veggies in but homemade banana chips have been my go-to lately! They are easy to make and take great! With Honey Cinnamon and Vanilla Coconut Dips, you have the perfect combination for satisfying your snack-craves!  Prep: 15 minutes  Cook: 90 minutes  Total: 115 … [Read more...]

New Videos from Warner Bros & Toy Basket Giveaway (5 Winners!)

Who doesn't love Warner Bros!? Check out some of the amazing new videos from DCKids & Warner Bros' new Youtube channels - included are favorites such as Batman Unlimited, DC Super Friends and Scooby-Doo! There will be many more updates over the next year, so don't forget to subscribe to their channels! DCKids Channel   WBKids Channel Check out the DC Super Friends video playlist: We are a family big on cartoons and we love … [Read more...]

Jurassic World Day at the Detroit Zoo on June 6th! #DetroitZoo

The Detroit Zoo celebrates with Jurassic World! #DetroitZoo

Michiganders - I have an exciting announcement from the Detroit Zoological Society and their newest partner, Universal Studios.  The two have partnered to promote both the upcoming film Jurassic World and the Dinosauria attraction with a Jurassic World Day at the Detroit Zoo on June 6th!   Details about this fun day: Visit the Detroit Zoo and stop by Dinosauria on Saturday, June 6 between 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. to … [Read more...]

The Good Dinosaur – New Teaser Trailer and Poster Now Available! #GoodDino

Disney Pixar's The Good Dinosaur #GoodDino

Disney Pixar is on a roll! Inside Out will be in theaters soon and then later this year, it's The Good Dinosaur! Have you heard about this movie yet? I've got the details below for you! THE GOOD DINOSAUR U.S. Release Date:  November 25, 2015 Director: Peter Sohn Producer: Denise Ream "The Good Dinosaur" asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs … [Read more...]

The Kate Quinn Organics Semiannual $10 Sale Starts Today!

Kate Quinn Organics Semiannual sale

We are huge fans of Kate Quinn Organics in this house and one of my favorite sales of the year has started today! The $10 semiannual sale at Kate Quinn Organics runs today through June 9! Shop early to get the best selection!   … [Read more...]

Meeting the Minds Behind Inside Out #InsideOutEvent

Inside Out Event #InsideOutEvent

I was provided with an all expense paid trip to bring you the details about this movie and others. All opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way. It's difficult to say I had an absolute favorite session when we were learning all about Inside Out because they were all incredible, but meeting with Director Pete Docter & Producer Jonas Rivera is seriously near the top of the list. These guys are full of life and they … [Read more...]

Sealy Cool Comfort 2-Stage Cool Gel Crib Mattress Review & Giveaway

The Sealy Cool Comfort 2-Stage Cool Gel Crib Mattress

Mattresses are very important in getting sleep. As parents, we want the best for our little ones and we also want them to sleep so we can! ;) When Kolcraft gave me the opportunity to review one of their amazing new mattresses several weeks ago I was so on board! At that time, Annie was 14 months old and not sleeping through the night yet. I thought trying a new mattress might help. It was worth a try at least! Right!? Kolcraft sent me the Sealy … [Read more...]

YoToddler Moments Made Easier with Tommee Tippee

Tommee Tippee Stonyfield

I am part of the Stonyfield YoGetters program and was provided products to facilitate this post. All opinions are 100% my own. Both of my girls love yogurt. From the time they started eating foods, YoBaby and YoToddler have been constants on our grocery list. Stonyfield is the ONLY yogurt I feel comfortable giving my kids. YoToddler is what we buy now with Annie being 15 months and Addy being 3. YoToddler is made with organic whole milk, fruit … [Read more...]

Make Learning Fun with Hands-On-Prints Books #HandsOnPrints

Hands-on-Print Books

My husband, as you all know, is a teacher. He and I both have an incredible love for books. I recently participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Hands-on-Prints books. I received books to facilitate my review and since we love them I want to tell you all about them! With a Masters in Early Childhood Education, Christinia Cheung was compelled to write her Hands-on-Prints books after establishing a Montessori … [Read more...]

Get Animated with Inside Out #InsideOutEvent

inside_out_Shawn_Krause

I was provided with an all expense paid trip to bring you the details about this movie and others. All opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way. When I was in San Francisco learning all about Inside Out I got to witness a mock “animation dailies” session with Supervising Animators Shawn Krause & Victor Navone, Directing Animator Jamie Roe and Story Artist Tony Fucile. This was such a fun session! I can't even begin to … [Read more...]

Corn Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

Corn Salad recipe

The weather is getting warmer and it's time to start cooking out and eating "summer" food! I love BBQ foods, various salads, watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries and iced tea - all things that I tend to splurge on in the warmer months. I also love that hubby tends to cook more in the warmer months since he loves to grill so I get a lot of breaks! ;) Aside from cookouts, we also love to have picnics with the kids. A new favorite of mine to … [Read more...]

All About The Walt Disney Family Museum and Tomorrowland #InsideOutEvent

Tomorrowland Poster #Tomorrowland

I was provided with an all expense paid trip to bring you the details about this movie and others. All opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way. When I went to San Francisco to learn all about Inside Out, I was also taken to visit The Walt Disney Family Museum. What a treat that was! Get prepared for photo overload!! I couldn't narrow it down so I added lots of photos. There's so much to see, it's really … [Read more...]

Are Your Health Issues Related to Indoor Air Pollution? Learn What You Can Do.

Indoor Air Pollution

Are your health issues related to indoor air pollution? Did you know that household air pollution causes many deaths each year? It's a real problem and we all need to take it seriously. In 2012 alone household air pollution made up 7.7% of global mortalities.Check out this infographic below to learn more about household air pollution and see how you can protect your family with just a bit of work and maintenance.    Breathe … [Read more...]

The Visual Storytelling and Lighting of Inside Out #InsideOutEvent

I was provided with an all expense paid trip to bring you the details about this movie and others. All opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way. Time for some more Inside Out fun! Being at Pixar really was an incredibly inspiring experience. The people who work there are beyond talented and fun. Today I get to tell you more about our meetings with Patrick Lin, Inside Out Director of Photography and Inside Out Lighting Artist … [Read more...]

Reader Appreciation! It’s Time for a Giveaway for my Awesome Readers!

Blogging is something I started over 4 years ago and I never dreamed it would bring about the things it has. It's been a true blessing for our family and I enjoy every moment of my blogging time. I can't thank you all enough for reading because without you I wouldn't have the opportunities I have. You've made it fun and I thank you so much!  I want to do a giveaway to honor you all and to help bring more readers to Mama on a Green … [Read more...]