Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Easy After School Snacks w/ @SabraCanada (Review & Giveaway)


With three little ones, life is pretty busy around here. From the time I'm up with my two month old til the time all three are sleeping at night, it's non stop over here.

With the kids being back in school, not only am I trying to make a variety of lunches for them so they don't get bored with their food at school, but I'm also trying to make a variety of after school snacks for them that are not just delicious, but healthy as well.

A recent survey conducted by Nanos showed that 52% of respondents thought kids ate less healthy today than they did when they were young, and many still stress about school lunches. I know for me, thinking of many different snacks and lunches can some times get overwhelming, so I try and plan ahead of time what I'll be making the kids for lunch and after school snack at the beginning of the week, so I don't have to stress about it during the week.

The last couple of weeks I've been making snacks with delicious hummus from Sabra Canada. We've reviewed their hummus before and my thoughts on it hasn't changed. I love that it not only tastes delicious, but their hummus is made with ingredients that you can understand. Not only that, but their hummus is gluten free as well. I love that we can dip hummus with veggies, but we also love dipping pita bread with it as well.

My kids loved coming home after school to a platter of Cucumber Cups, a recipe I got from Sabra Canada. Not only are these cups delicious and healthy, but they are incredibly easy to make and something the kids can help you make as well.




Cucumber Cups
Ingredients:
1 container Sabra hummus
2 English cucumbers
1 tsp. paprika
1 bunch parsley, finely chopped

Directions:
Peel the cucumbers and slice length wise into 1¼ inch pieces.
Using a melon baller, carve out the seeds to create a vessel, making sure to leave the bottom intact.
Using a piping bag or a small spoon, fill each one with hummus (about 1 tsp. each).
Sprinkle with paprika and finely chopped parsley.

Be sure to check out Sabra Canada for some fun ideas to prepare tasty and fun lunches, as well as on-the-go and make-at-home snacks for your kids to enjoy this busy school year!

GIVEAWAY:
Share with us your favorite after-school snack to make and you could win a Sabra Canada $50 Prize Pack that includes two Sabra Canada lunch bags and 5 vouchers!
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received vouchers at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Littlest Pet Shop: Passport to Fashion DVD Review


Blythe Baxter has two amazing gifts – she can talk to animals and can create amazing fashion! Together with her pet friends- Zoe the spaniel, Pepper the skunk, Sunil the mongoose, Russell the hedgehog, Penny the panda, Vinnie the gecko and Minka the monkey, Blythe is determined to make her dream of a career in fashion come true. Join the fun as Blythe and her friends take their adventures global with Littlest Pet Shop: Passport to Fashion, a new DVD collection from Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios. Join Blythe and her animal friends as they visit exotic cities such as Paris, Rio and Shanghai and learn that true friends will support you no matter what!

Featuring five episodes from Season 2 of the popular series , Littlest Pet Shop: Passport to Fashion delivers captivating entertainment the whole family can enjoy and contains a brand new bonus sing-along.

MY REVIEW
This was a delightful watch for me and my little girl who absolutely adores Littlest Pet Shop anything.  This movie is ADORABLE.  You get to follow Blythe along as she chats with animals and takes fashion globally through awesome cities like Paris and Shanghai.  There’s a great background story of true friendship and support (and did I mention the adorable characters?)  Cute animation, great for the whole family, five full-length episodes, total enjoyment!

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Littlest Pet Shop: Passport to Fashion on DVD at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Enjoying Guacamole In The Fall! #Recipe


Fall is now here. I can't believe how fast the Summer came and gone. I loved all the barbecues and family get togethers we had and also all the yummy and delicious food that came with it. We seem to associate Summer with fresh fruit and veggies. I don't know about you, but I tend to buy more fresh fruit and veggies during the Summer more than I do any other time of the year.

When I think of Fall and Winter, my mind completely goes to baking and making stews, soups and casseroles. Even though I do purchase fresh veggies from my local grocery store to make these soups and casseroles, I forget that I can still enjoy fresh recipes like I do in the Summer, like, guacamole.

I love any and all Mexican food. It's mine and my husband's favorite type of food. So when I learned that Hellmann's had teamed up with celebrity Chef, Lynn Crawford, to create a couple different recipes using the popular mayo, guacamole being one of them, I knew I had to try it and share it with you all.

I've made guacamole lots of times, but have never thought to add mayo in it. It doesn't seem like it would be an ingredient to add, but let me just say, it was delicious. Not only was the guacamole a hit with my family, but it was rich and delicious and the mayo added a creaminess to the guacamole that, but didn't leave the guacamole mushy. The added fresh onions, cilantro, garlic and lime made worked so well with the mayo. My husband loved it so much, he wants me to start making this recipe for guacamole and suggested I make it this weekend when we have family and friends over and I think I will!

Below is the recipe thanks to Chef Lynn Crawford and for more information about this Hellmann's recipes and others, please visit www.hellmanns.ca



CHEF LYNN CRAWFORD’S GUACAMOLE DIP
Makes: 2 Cups
Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Ingredients
2 ripe avocados
2 tbsp lime, juiced
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped (remove stems)
4 tbsp. Hellmann’s® Real Mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. salt
1⁄2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Directions
1. Halve and pit the avocados. Scoop out the flesh of the avocados into a bowl. Gently mash the avocados with a fork, leaving them somewhat chunky.

2. Add the remaining ingredients, and fold everything together to gently mix.

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Hellmann's product and a gift card to create the recipe above. No other compensation was received.

Transformers Rescue Bots: Mystery Rescue DVD (Review & Giveaway)




The TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS, CHASE, HEATWAVE, BLADES and BOULDER, are charged with the important task of protecting the town of Griffin Rock. Relying on their courage and friendship, these TRANSFORMERS are also aided by a family of first responders, chief among them is a young boy named Cody.

The small, happy town of Griffin Rock has a mystery on its hands. Make that FIVE mysteries! And it’s up to CHASE, HEATWAVE, BLADES, BOULDER and the Burns family to solve them. Do they have the sleuthing skills for the job? Join the suspense and the fun as Cody and the TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS confront ghosts, search for the legendary Maine Ridge Monster, chase gremlins and more! Featuring five exciting episodes that the whole family can enjoy, this DVD is priced to own with a suggested retail price of $14.93 and available now.

MY REVIEW
I quickly jumped at the opportunity to review Transformers Rescue Bots, Mystery Rescue because my daughter loves transformers. This show geared to younger children is great because it portrays strong characters that work together as a team and maintain positive attitudes.I appreciate the themes that this cartoon demonstrates including leadership and sharing. The rescue bots always work towards a goal and this is a common theme among every episode. My daughter loved this dvd as she stated that it was Awesome!!! My husband also loved this dvd because he too appreciates a good cartoon and he also loves bonding with our daughter through their similar interests. We will definitely be watching the other dvds!
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Transformers Rescue Bots: Mystery Rescue on DVD at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Available Now: @PostmanPat: The Movie DVD (Review & Giveaway)




For over 30 years, Postman Pat, together with Jess, his black and white cat, has been delighting audiences around the world with his adventures as he delivers the mail in the idyllic village of Greendale.

POSTMAN PAT: The Movie is the first feature-length film starring the beloved postman from the long-running British children’s series. This all-new film finds Pat center-stage as a contestant in a televised talent show competition. Will success and fame tear him away from his hometown of Greendale and the friends he loves? Can Pat foil a sinister plot to replace him with legions of Patbot 3000 robots destined to take over the world? Only Postman Pat can save the day.

MY REVIEW
Postman Pat was a hit in my house. My son absolutely loved it. We had never seen any of the Postman Pat shows before, so I didn't know how my kids would take to the movie, but I have to say the kids enjoyed it. My daughter loved seeing the auditions in the talent show and she loved when it was Postman Pat's turn to sing. My son thought the Postman Pat robots were hilarious at when they were talking and how they delivered the mail to the residents in the town. It didn't turn out right, which is what my son thought was hilarious. It was great to see that even with fame, Postman Pat would still put his town first. This is a great adventure movie for the entire family to enjoy even without being familiar with the show. 
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Postman Pat: The Movie on DVD at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.


GIVEAWAY:
Postman Pat is now out on DVD for you to enjoy and I'm happy that we get to give out two copies to our Just Us Girls readers, both in the US and Canada can enter, woot!



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