Sunday, December 21, 2014

We had a Blast at Worlds of Fantasy: Disney on Ice!

I thought I would post a review of our recent trip to the Agganis Arena to see Worlds of Fantasy. We had such a great time as a family. This was a total surprise to the girls who thought (until we actually sat down) that we were just going to the movies. The show was fantastic, featuring Cars, The Little Mermaid, Pixie Hollow, and Toy Story. Check out our fun below and definitely get yourself some tickets for this great show playing though December 29!

Finally figuring out where we were


Our hosts for the show

Seeing the Cars was pretty cool

Lea was so excited to see Ariel


Spring in Pixie Hollow

I love this picture because Tink looks like perfectly tiny like a fairy

Someone was having fun

Toy Story

Ugh, that Lotso Bear....

Looks like fun, no? A big thanks to the folks at Feld Entertainment for hosting us and our giveaway. The show is playing December 19th through December 29th at The Agganis Arena and you can buy tickets HERE!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

6 Ingredient Chocolate Date Holiday Cookies

I cannot cook to save my life...really, I would die of starvation if my husband and take-out ceased to exist, However, I love baking. The hubs has thrown a new caveat onto my baking lately though, asking me to make everything super low fat to follow the McDougall program. Do you know how hard it is to cook vegan and low fat? I was whipping up some sugar lemon cookies for the girls for a playdate and I knew I wanted something for me and Alex to have to, so I started searching and I found this amazing recipe from The Minimalist Baker. With a few changes, I made them even a little healthier and they were so yummy!

The ingredients I used were:

1 cup fresh Medjool Dates
1 large ripe banana
2 Tbsp powdered peanut butter (see below for details)
3/4 cup Red Mill brand almond meal
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips (see below for details)

The peanut butter I used was PB2 powdered which is so much lower in fat than regular peanut has only 1.5 grams fat per 2 tablespoons! It is super easy to work with, especially in baking.

The chocolate chips I like best for vegan baking are also the easiest to find since they carry at most markets and also Target, Enjoy Life's are perfect for baking because they are sweet and not too dark in flavor.

I don't have a food processor so I first chopped the dates into smaller pieces since they were so plump. Then I put all the ingredients in my blender and used the mix and pulse settings to get things smooth. The dates are very sticky so you may need to scrape the sides a bit. Then I placed them on a lined cookie sheet in tablespoon sized drops which I flattened out a bit.

The raw dough
I baked these bad boys at 350 for 18 minutes. They were so good. The banana is subtle enough to not overpower the whole cookie. These could be easily used as a breakfast bar/cookie too since there is no added sugars in them. I will definitely be making these for my holiday parties. Thanks to Minimalist Baker for the great idea!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Hot Holiday Gifts: Chatsters by Spin Master!

Awhile back, we finally got "back on the grid" so to speak and upgraded our cable package. For a long time, Zoe had seen basically no commercials, but now the world of marketing is her oyster. One commercial she always calls me out desperately to come see is this one:

The Chatster Gabby doll by Spin Master is at the top of Zoe's Christmas list this year. Gabby is one cool doll. You can interact with various ways using a free app. You can also give her super fun makeovers with her lipstick and accessories. Gabby is going to be Zoe's new best buddy this year and you should pick up one for your little diva too. You can find Chatsters at many retailers this holiday season...see a full list here.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Disney on Ice Worlds of Fantasy is Coming to the Agganis Arena in Boston: Win Tickets!

If you follow this blog at all you know that we are a bit Disney obsessed and love to show our #DisneySide whenever possible. That's why I am so excited to be going to another great Disney On Ice show: World of Fantasy at The Agganis Arena in Boston!

We love Disney on Ice and try to attend every time it is in the area, but this show is going to be especially exciting! My little mermaid in training is going to get to see Ariel! Look at how great this show is going to be:

Experience a magical Disney fantasy live on ice! Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt. Thrill to high-speed stunts as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney•Pixar’s Cars race across the ice like you’ve never seen before! Dive into The Little Mermaid’s enchanting undersea kingdom and enter the mystical world of Pixie Hollow with Tinker Bell and the Disney Fairies as they reveal the magic that lies within! The toys are back in town with heroic action when Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and the Toy Story gang escape from the rambunctious tots of Sunnyside Daycare and race for home, in their most daring adventure ever! From wheels to waves, playtime to pixie dust, your family’s favorite Disney moments come to life at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy.

I can't wait!  The girls are going to love it, and you can too. We are giving away one family four pack of tickets to opening night of the show: December 19th at 7:00 p.m. The show is playing December 19th through December 28th at The Agganis Arena and don't forget to enter to win! You can also buy tickets HERE.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Shout Factory has your Holiday Movie Shopping Covered

The girls pride themselves on an awesome DVD collection. We fill up an entire bookshelf with awesome kids movies and a lot of those come from Shout! Factory. This holiday season, Shout! has released some awesome titles that would make great gifts or stocking stuffers. Check out some of the ones on my list.
Find out how an average kid became part ghost-and all ghost hunter! With the extraordinary ability to turn himself into a super-heroic apparition, Danny Fenton must track down and defeat ghastly ghouls, while keeping his identity a secret! All three seasons of Danny Phantom will be available in one gleefully ghoulish package with Shout! Factory release of Danny Phantom: The Complete Series. Get ready to take a trip to the other side with this 10-DVD set featuring all 53 original episodes of the hit Nickelodeon series.
Ponies make the best friends! At least that's what your little one will think when they watch, My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: The Keys Of Friendship from Hasbro Studios. The 5 episodes include “Rarity Takes Manhattan,” “Pinkie Apple Pie,” “It Ain’t Easy Being Breezies,” “Twilight’s Kingdom, Part 1,” and “Twilight’s Kingdom, Part 2.” A fun sing-along is included as a bonus feature.

Your favorite football head and all his pals are here with enough fun and laughs to cover several city blocks!  Shout! Factory released Hey Arnold! The Complete Seriesin a 16-DVD box set featuring all 99 big-city adventures from the classic animated series.

Get ready for lots of sunshine, rainbows, and happiness, pony-style! The original TV series that started the My Little Pony phenomenon is finally coming to DVD in its entirety. My Little Pony The Complete Series features all 65 episodes from Shout! Factory Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios.

Experience Pee-wee’s Playhouse like never before! All 45 wacky episodes, plus the Pee-wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special, have been meticulously remastered from the original film elements — and now you can see this ground-breaking series for the first time in beautiful high-definition! Scream along to the secret word with Pee-wee Herman and his pals: Jambi the Genie, Miss Yvonne, Cowboy Curtis, Reba the mail lady, Captain Carl, Magic Screen, Conky, Globey, Chairry, Pterri, Randy and all the rest. Pee-wee’s Playhouse: Mecka-lecka hi, Mecka-hiney ho!
So you think you have trouble dealing with your sibling? Then you’ll howl with laughter and meow for more watching the madcap misadventures of the feline and canine brothers who bring a whole new meaning to the idea of “family bonding” in CatDog: The Complete Series.
Finally the girls' favorite...don not watch this one unless you want to be awkwardly singing the songs from it all day long. There’s a brand new feature film in the popular My Little Pony canon. Following a theatrical run in the fall of 2014, where the film opened with enthusiastic reviews to packed crowds in over 400 theaters, My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks is now available from Shout! Factory Kids, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, as a single-disc DVD, and in a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo. Bonus features include an Audio Commentary, 8 Prequel Shorts and Sing-Alongs.

Check out these great movies and more from Shout! Factory this Christmas!

Vegan Stocking Stuffers from Yum Earth

Every candy based holiday, the struggle is real for vegan families. What can my kids have? Will they feel left out? Besides being vegan we really try to limit typical candy even if it is vegan because all the chemical ingredients just aren't necessary or healthy at all. Luckily for us, we have Yum Earth. Yum Earth makes AMAZING treats that are perfect for any stocking this Christmas!

First up, lollipops...These are all natural, organic, and no migraine inducing MSG ingredients. Oh and they taste awesome. The only downside to these is trying to hide the strawberry ones from the girls.These are the only lollipops you will find in our house.

I will definitely be adding some of Yum Earth's fruit snacks to the stockings too. These are the best. It is nearly impossible to find a vegan fruit snack and if you do, they usually are just straight up chemical compounds and not food. These are made with real fruit juice and have all your daily vitamin C in one bag! The girls devour these so I may have to get multiple bags for Christmas. 

Every time we shop, we make a vote with our purchase, so I firmly believe you should be casting that vote for Yum Earth. Kids deserve the best fuel for their body and even their treats should be packed with real food goodness. Pick up some Yum Earth for yourself this holiday season. You can find these great treats at lots of stores like Whole Foods, Target, and Walgreens, but also directly HERE.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

A Fun Day at the Boston Ballet

Today we got an awesome opportunity to have storytime and dance lessons at The Boston Ballet in conjunction with their performance of The Nutcracker. The show is running through December and you NEED to go. The show is absolutely amazing. Our day at the ballet was pretty incredible and you check out similar story hours throughout Boston. Check out our day in pictures:

Waiting for storytime

We got to hear all about The Nutcracker


Trying on some ballet bling

These look painful


Action shot!

We took our first Boston Cab ride to the show!

We weren't allowed to take pictures during the show, but trust me, it was beautiful. You can also check out this list of the ten reasons you need to see the show. So, what are you waiting for? Get your tickets to The Nutcracker today!