Back to school with PBS!

Our daughter started school this past Monday – she was so excited!  I love that she goes to a great school that makes learning so fun for her.  I think it’s so important at this age!  School starting back also means the return of homework, which means we will sometimes be looking for ways to entertain our little guy while we’re helping our daughter! 


Back to School Dinner

Here they are at dinner after the first day of school!  It’s so hard to keep our little guy D entertained during dinner, so I think I’m going to look into getting him the new Playtime Pad from PBS!  It sounds really cool – and we love PBS programming.  Plus, 100%  of the net proceeds PBS receives from purchases of the PBS KIDS Playtime Pad will support PBS KIDS’ mission to empower children to succeed in school and in life.

Playtime Pad Features:

  • 100 hours of video on the award-winning PBS KIDS Video App
  • 120 PBS KIDS video clips, songs and music videos
  • More than 25 ready-to-play fun and educational games from PBS KIDS series
  • Parental controls
  • Durable design
  • Front-and-back camera
  • Wi-Fi-ready
    Doesn’t it look neat?  If anyone has tried it I’d love to hear your thoughts! 

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August Goodie Box #GotItFree #GoodieBox

I love when I get a Goodie Box in the mail!  It’s so great to find out about all of these products – many of them new to me!  My coworkers like it too because I usually share things that I’m not interested in.  Check out what was in the August box!  Links are under the video.  I have to say, I’m most excited about the cookie chips!! 

August Goodie Box

August Goodie Box




Balla for Men – Original Formula Body Spray

Hannah Max – Cookie Chips

PBCrave – Flavored Peanut Butter

Clean Happens – All Purpose Cleaner

Essential Oxygen – Organic Brushing Rinse

Yarok – Feed Your Moisture Shampoo

Detox Water – Peachberry

#MPWR Skincare – RECHARGE! Nourishing Moisturizer

Javazen – Organic Coffee Brew Bags

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My son absolutely ADORES Mickey Mouse these days, so of course I took the opportunity to get their newest DVD when it was offered!  He’s always talking about Mickey Mouse and he will even do the hot dog dance with them sometimes!  Mickey and the Roadster Racers are his favorite, since he loves cars.  He takes his toy cars and plays with them while he’s watching.  I like that there are always great lessons in the show!

My son loved the flag they sent with the DVD!  It’s a cute little flag with little grommets so you can hang it if you want. 



In this DVD, the roadsters are travelling the world!  It’s a great opportunity to talk about different locations – my son enjoyed Hawaii the most!  


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Bring Home the Wild Adventures on Disney DVD August 15th

Includes a FREE Exclusive Roadster Racers Flag!

Synopsis: Mickey and the Roadster Racers are back with more fast-paced adventures on wheels!

Join your favorite characters – Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy  – and their high-speed transforming Roadsters as they compete in thrilling races stretching from Hot Dog Hills to Hawaii…and all the way to London, England!  You’ll meet the world’s greatest spy, zoom through the skies in a revved up hot-air balloon race, and even return the Queen’s stolen Royal Ruby!  It’s all about great friendship, teamwork, a little competition and humorous high-spirited adventures!

Episodes:                       Agent Double-O-Goof

                                         It’s Wiki Wiki Time

                                        Ye Olde Royal Heist


                                        Guru Goofy

                                        Going Upppppppppp!


Bonus Episodes:            Goof Luck Charm

                                        The Haunted Hot Rod

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Grilled Eggplant Gratin

I love this time of year when eggplant is so inexpensive! I’m a huge fan – I think I could eat it every day! My favorite way to have it is in eggplant parmesan, but of course that isn’t the healthiest….this grilled eggplant gratin captures the flavors I love without quite as much fat! Plus, since you’re grilling the eggplant you don’t heat up the house as much!

Eggplant Parmesan

Grilled Eggplant Gratin

Grilled Eggplant Gratin


  • 2 large eggplants, cut into 1- inch rounds (about 3 pounds)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 20 basil leaves, chiffonade cut
  • Two 28-ounce cans crushed tomatoes
  • 6 ounces smoked scamorza or mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced (1 1/2 cups)
  • 3 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano, finely grated (1 cup)
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Crusty bread or pasta, for serving


  1. After eggplant is cut into 1 inch rounds, salt generously and let sit for about thirty minutes.
  2. Rinse, toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Grill over medium heat for about three minutes per side. Let cool.
  4. Meanwhile, heat two tablespoons EVOO in a heavy sauce pan.
  5. Add onions and cook over low heat until softened, about eight minutes.
  6. Add garlic, crushed red pepper, Italian seasoning, and 5 basil leaves. Cook about one minute until garlic is fragrant.
  7. Add the tomatoes and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is nice and thick – about 45 minutes.
  8. Preheat oven to 375
  9. Spread about one cup of the sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 glass pan.
  10. Top with half of the eggplant and the remaining basil leaves.
  11. Spread about 2 cups of the sauce on top of the eggplant and sprinkle with half of each cheese.
  12. Place the remaining eggplant in the pan, then top with the sauce and remaining cheese.
  13. Bake for about thirty minutes, until warm throughout and cheese is nice and melty!
  14. Serve with bread or over pasta.
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Himalaya Botanique Toothpaste #Sponsored #Review #Coupon #MomsMeet

How often do you think about what is in your toothpaste? We brush our teeth every day, several times a day, but if you’re like me you don’t pay a ton of attention to that long list of ingredients! If you’re looking for a natural tooth care approach, you should check out the Himalaya line!

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Moms Meet sent me several of Himalaya Botanique’s Complete Care Toothpaste to try. One of the first things I noticed was the color of the paste. It’s not the sharp white that you see in a lot of commercial toothpastes – how do they get it that white anyway??? I was also impressed by the wide range of flavors they have available. Peppermint, spearmint, Cinnamon, and even a pomegranate!


Here are some of the ingredients that Himalaya uses and their functions:

  •  Neem Leaf: Cleans teeth and gives the formulation it’s sparkle. Neem contains chemicals that help kill bacteria and prevent plaque formation in the mouth, according to Web MD. 
  • Pomegranate: An astringent fruit extract that supports healthy looking gums. 
  • Triphala: Traditional detox formula composed of the three myrobalan fruits. Looks like it has a lot of different health benefits!
  • Xylitol: Tooth-friendly sweetener that supports good oral hygiene.
  • Papain and Bromelain: The enzymes from papaya and pineapple, they are in the whitening formulas to help remove surface stains.


So I love the way the toothpaste tastes and makes my mouth feel. My daughter tried the cinnamon, and it was too spicy for her. Of course, now she won’t try the other flavors! I will continue using this toothpaste – I think it’s fantastic!

Himalaya is available at several health food stress and also Amazon. Use this code at Amazon to get 25% off any single toothpaste sold by HerbalScience (Himalaya)– XI5LFI2L.  You can also go here to get a free sample! 

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Cherry Spinach Quinoa Salad with Citrus Dressing

One great thing about summer around here is that fresh fruit is both delicious and cheap! I love adding fresh fruit to my lunches to give it a nice tropical taste. This Cherry and Spinach Quinoa Salad has a ton of fresh fruits and veggies in it, and it’s easy to put together!

I use the Chef’n Emulstir to mix the dressing – this is a kitchen item I highly recommend and use often. It makes making your dressing so easy!


Cherry Spinach Quinoa Salad

Cherry Spinach Quinoa Salad

Cherry Spinach Quinoa Salad with Citrus Dressing


  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 2 cups packed fresh baby spinach leaves, sliced
  • 2 cups cherries, sliced into quarters
  • 1 8 ounce can pineapple chunks
  • 1 15 ounce can garbanzo beans
  • ¼ cup dried blueberries or cranberries
  • Dressing
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 T Dijon mustard
  • 3 T honey
  • 3 T orange juice, plus the juice from the pineapple chunks – about 8 T


  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a jar or dressing mixer and mix well.
  2. Combine all of the salad ingredients in large bowl.
  3. Add the salad dressing to taste (I used about half) and gently toss to combine.
  4. Serve at room temperature.
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More Ways to Save with Groupon! #Sponsored #USFamilyGuide

Our family loves to use Groupon to save money with local attractions.  We also use it when we’re going on vacation as a way to save money while we’re enjoying activities.  Now, there is a new way to save with Groupon! 


Groupon Coupons has savings from tons of different stores, with nothing to buy up front.  You simply head over to their site and click on the coupons tab to see everything that is available.  You can look at a list of popular coupons, or you can choose a store you love and see everything that is available there. 

We actually needed to replace our Handheld Vacuum after many years and much abuse, so we headed over to the Bed Bath and Beyond coupons to see if we could find a great deal.  We signed up for mobile offers to get 20% off and we will have a new Handheld Vacuum heading our way soon! 

Bed Bath and Beyond also has Groupon Coupons on towels, sheets, cookware, and clearance items.  What deal would you use?

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Flowfold Wallets #Review #GotItFree

Is your husband like mine and completely lost without his wallet? Sometimes we will be all set to leave the house, then he can’t find his wallet and we set off on a scavenger hunt until someone finds his wallet and we can head out the door. Why is he always without his wallet? Because up until recently, it was way too fat and took up too much room!


Fortunately for him, Flowfold offered to send a wallet over for him to try out. Made in the USA, it’s stronger than steel but so light it floats! Since he’s used to carrying a lot of stuff with him, I went ahead and picked out the Traveler, but they have lots of different options to suit many different needs.

As soon as I saw the wallet, I thought, “My brother would love this!” He’s always enjoyed good fashion, and this wallet has it in spades. It’s a minimalist look, but the fabrics are interesting. The black is matte, but the black pearl has a unique pattern and shine to it. It’s also kind of see through, which gives it a very interesting look! They use state of the art outdoor fabrics, so I expect them to last a long time! In fact, they come with a lifetime warranty.

The Traveler is made of sailcloth, and holds 12-24 credit cards and cash. There is a clear window in the inside middle, so if you need to keep your driver’s license easy to see it’s a good place to store it. It’s incredibly lightweight since it is made from high performance racing sailcloth. Ballistic nylon webbing adds to it’s strength and gives it a unique look. This one is perfect for my brother!

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They also sent the Traveler Limited, which is made of X-Pac and has a softer finish. This one suits my husband, with a more understated and classic look. Both wallets can fit in your front pocket – when I did a lot of travelling I learned to always keep my important items in my front pockets to avoid pick pockets! Another great thing about both wallets is that they are water resistant – perfect for our beach life!

I highly recommend checking these out – they’re unique, affordable, and well-made!  I was also amazed by how much they held!  There is even a sneaky little place to stash a few business cards! 

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Sweet and Smoky Tofu Sandwiches

This weekend we got to enjoy watching the Blue Angels fly!  We look forward to their annual airshow – since they are stationed here, it really is a special time! 

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One thing we have to be sure to do is already have plenty of food planned.  It’s hard to get on and off of the island with all of the visitors in town.  One of the things I had in stock for this weekend that turned out absolutely delicious is this yummy tofu sandwich.  When I was cooking the tofu, my husband came in asking what it was and said it smelled delicious! 


I served mine on a hotdog bun, because we had plenty available, but feel free to use your favorite bread.  I added some sriracha to spice things up as well! 


Sweet and Smoky Tofu Sandwiches


  • 1 12 ounce package tofu, pressed and cut into cubes
  • 2 T honey
  • 2 T Dijon mustard
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp chipotle chili powder
  • Toppings:
  • Sliced radishes
  • Shredded carrots
  • Lettuce


  1. Place pressed and cubed tofu into a glass pan with about one tsp of oil swirled on the bottom.
  2. In a separate container, whisk remaining ingredients. I use my dressing maker for this – so easy!
  3. Pour about half of the marinade on top of the tofu.
  4. Bake at 400 for about 8 minutes.
  5. Turn over tofu and add remaining marinade.
  6. Continue cooking until tofu is crispy around the edges, about eight more minutes.
  7. Pile the tofu and toppings on your bread and enjoy!
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Daily Goodie Box – June Edition #GOtItFree @DailyGoodieBox

June had another great Daily Goodie Box – I was so busy I just now got it posted!  My family has been anxiously waiting to be able to try the items out!  The gummy bears were all gone less than a minute after I told them they could open them!!  I’m most looking forward to trying out the VitaBath – it smells so good!  Go to Daily Goodie Box to sign up to get your own box! 


Tiger Balm –  Pain Relieving Ointment

Prince of Peace – Original Ginger Honey Crystals

Black Forest Organic –  Gummy Bears

BiPro – Protein Water Berry Burst

Crown Maple – Organic Maple Syrup

VitaBath – Travel Size Body Wash

BetterThanCoffee – Energy Bars

Pure Growth Organic – Snack Mix

Goddess Garden – Mineral Removing Cleanser

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