Homemade Juicy Juice Gummies

As much as I wanted to be perfect and have my kids drink only water, there was no way I could stick with it seeing as even I couldn’t drink water 100% of the time. Sometimes you just need something with flavor, and for kids, something that’s also fun. But, if I’m going to give Trent juice, I look for 100% juice…and a brand we reach for is Juicy Juice!

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I like Juicy Juice because it’s available in our local grocery store and will often be on sale. Trent likes it, and even though I still get a little nervous about juice getting on the carpet, he enjoys having his own little juice box.

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Trent loves fruit snacks, so when I saw a recipe for Juicy Juicy Gummies, I wanted to try it! You only need 2 ingredients and it’s a pretty simple way to make a healthy snack at home.

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups of Juicy Juice – any of the flavors work great!
  • 4 tablespoons of plain gelatin

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Directions:

  • Pour the Juicy Juice into a small pot. Gently add in the gelatin powder and allow it to absorb for a few minutes.
  • Once the gelatin has absorbed, whisk the mixture gently.
  • Turn on your stove to medium heat, getting the mixture warm but never boiling. Wait until the mixture changes from thick to runny and all of the gelatin has dissolved.
  • Once ready, pour the mixture into a shallow loaf pan and refrigerate for four hours.
  • Remove from pan.

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That’s one big fruit gummy!

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Cut the gelatin into bite-sized pieces.

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Trent wasn’t so sure about them at first…

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But finally took a chance and tried one!

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We tried the Grape flavor and while the flavor wasn’t as strong as we would have hoped, we think maybe the Fruit Punch would be fun to try too. Not bad for a 100% juice fruit snack made at home.

Trent thought they fun to play with. ;)

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This recipe, as well as other recipes and activities, can be found on the Juicy Juice website!

Leading 100% juice brand, Juicy Juice commissioned a survey that provides insights into parents’ attitudes, understanding and buying habits regarding juice and their kids. The study found that nearly one-third of moms who don’t purchase 100 percent juice for their children cite additives as the primary reason, while in fact 100 percent juice products contain no added sugars, other sweeteners, colors or preservatives.  Despite widespread reports in recent years of concerns about sugar content in juice, the Juicy Juice survey found today’s parents making 100 percent juice a big part of their kids’ healthy beverage repertoires.  Among related findings:

  • Milk (purchased regularly by 94% of moms), 100% juice (82%) and bottled water (72%) rank 1-3 in household beverage purchases.
  • 87% of kids drink 100% juice, almost on par with those who drink milk (90%).
  • 73% of kids drink the same amount or more juice than their parents did when they were kids, likely due to a proliferation in varieties, blends and convenient packaging options for busy, on-the-go families.
  • Over 60% of parents rightfully do not believe that juice and juice drinks are one and the same. Juice drinks do not contain only 100% fruit juice and often include added sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, artificial dyes and other additives.

Toward helping parents make better informed juice purchasing choices, Juicy Juice recently updated its website to highlight nutritional content, educating parents what to look for when reading any juice label and to help cut through the clutter. Juicy Juice is available in 12 fruity flavors including Apple Raspberry, Kiwi Strawberry, Mango and Fruit Punch.

 

I received samples to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own and honest. Thanks for reading!

 

Pampers Premium Care Diapers for a Baby on the Move

Aubrey is about thisclose to completely walking and it blows my mind. She’ll take 20 steps from one person or piece of furniture to another, switch directions, and stop to stand, but hasn’t mastered the completely free-walking concept yet. So basically she is walking, but just needs something to “rest” on between walks – haha!

I’m actually really excited for her to walk. Of course there’s the small feeling of wanting her to stay my little baby forever, but honestly, I think she NEEDS to walk. She wants to play with Trent or go where we go, and I think she gets frustrated when she can’t walk there or keep up by crawling. It will be good for both of them when she is able to keep up with her brother better.

With all this new movin’ and shakin’ she’s got going on, a comfortable and reliable diaper is a must. An added benefit is when they are from a brand you know and trust, conveniently available, and at a good price point. The new Pampers Premium Care Diapers fit that criteria! We were lucky to receive a box of Premium Care Diapers to try before they hit the shelves thanks to Pampers and SheSpeaks.

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Your baby will love the five-star skin care of Pampers Premium Care Diapers. Pampers Premium Care Diapers are gentle and hypoallergenic to help maintain baby’s healthy skin. They have Extra Absorb Channels to distribute wetness evenly for up to 12 hours and an Absorb Away Liner to pull away wetness and mess. They’re also breathable inside and out and have a wetness indicator that lets you know when your baby might need a diaper change. Pampers Premium Care Diapers are available in sizes newborn to four.

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Pampers Premium Care Diapers:

  • Pampers best care for skin
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Wetness indicator tells you when your baby might need a change
  • Unique Absorb Away Liner pulls wetness and mess away from baby’s skin
  • Breathable materials allow air to reach baby’s skin
  • Extra Absorb Channels help distribute wetness evenly for up to 12 hours of protection

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My job is to make sure she has nothing in her way, whether it be toys that her and her brother threw all over the floor or an uncomfortable diaper, so she can reach that next walking milestone!

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Be sure to enter the Pampers #MothersPromise Instagram Giveaway to win Walmart Gift Cards and Pampers!

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This is a sponsored post written by me for SheSpeaks/Pampers Premium. Thanks for reading!

 

Hormel Chili Dip

With the holidays coming up plenty of outdoor parties left in the season, I have a simple and delicious appetizer idea for you…Hormel Chili Dip!

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I always struggle to come up with ideas for potlucks or for something that people can nosh on while waiting for the meal to be ready…mostly because my cooking abilities are limited and it’s whatever Brett can make for me haha. But this recipe is super quick and easy…just 3 ingredients and no oven required, just a microwave. I am the microwave QUEEN!

 

Ingredients

  • 1 – 16 oz can of Hormel Chili
  • 1 – 8 oz package of cream cheese
  • 1 – 16 oz package of cheddar cheese (mild or sharp, whichever you prefer)
  • Chips for dipping

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Directions
Microwave cream cheese for 1 minute in 12″ x 12″ Pyrex dish or glass pie dish, then spread cream cheese to cover bottom of dish.

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Pour the Hormel chili on top of the cream cheese. Hormel offers several varieties of Chili. Brett doesn’t eat red meat, so we got the Turkey Chili. Also to note, he doesn’t eat onions, but he took a chance on this one since it was one of the very last ingredients and he was able to enjoy it as there was no onion flavor or texture in the chili.

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Lastly, layer with the shredded cheddar cheese.

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Microwave for 3 minutes or until cheese has melted.

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Serve with nacho chips or Fritos – we used the tortillas scoops to get more of those layers on each chip! This dip also tastes great reheated the next day. :)

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Recipe was found here. To see more Hormel recipes, visit their Recipe Page or Follow them on Facebook!

 

This post was written by me as part of my involvement in the Hormel Family Blogger Program. Thanks for reading!

 

How to Train Your Dragon: Race to the Edge Party!

Back when How to Train Your Dragon 2 was released on Netflix, I shared how to engage your child and link tv entertainment with a fun learning craft. I think it’s so fun to bring to life what they see on tv or the iPad.

Well, Netflix now has it’s own original series featuring all of your favorites from the How to Train Your Dragon franchise! How to Train Your Dragon: Race to the Edge features Hiccup, Toothless & the gang in all new adventures!

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Wouldn’t it be fun to have a How to Train Your Dragon: Race to the Edge party or playdate for everyone to become their favorite character and play make believe with dragons? Since we are currently preparing for Aubrey’s 1st birthday, which will be pink and frilly and as far opposite of dragons as possible, we decided to just bring a few of our Dragon Party ideas to life one day at home for Trent…he loved it!

Here are some ideas for your own How to Train your Dragon party, playdate, or activity-filled evening!

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Inflatable swords

These will allow the kids to pretend without ending up in the ER.

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Sidewalk Chalk

Use chalk to draw out a fun dragon scene and have the kids pretend to be in the scene! Make sure you get the BIG chalk!

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Photo Props

These aren’t in the collage above, but you can either make or buy some fun Dragon-inspired photo props for photos with a backdrop or with the sidewalk chalk scene! Etsy is great for this type of stuff, or if you make your own, don’t forget to include some Viking hats and beards!

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Decorations

Decorate with swirly hanging dragons, balloons (kids can take these home too!) and plates and cups too (if food is served).

 

Games

I laughed out loud when I saw this How to Train your Dragon Sheep Launcher game…you have to catapult the sheep! That would be such a fun game for everyone to play!

 

How to Train Your Dragon Temporary Tattoos

Because kids love tattoos (and their parents will thank you haha!).

 

Action Figures

These are fun with or without a party for kids to use their imaginations to act out scenes from the show and create new ones with miniature Hiccup, Toothless, and other Dragon Riders!

 

All 13 episodes of How to Train Your Dragon: Race to the Edge are available to stream now on Netflix!

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Soaring beyond their home on the island of Berk in search of new dragons, Dragons: Race to the Edge introduces some of the most exciting dragons yet, each with its own amazing abilities — shock waves, cannon balls and fire blasts, just to name a few.

With the magical Dragon Eye, an artifact Hiccup finds aboard an abandoned ship, Hiccup learns there is more outside the confines of Berk, and that a little curiosity and determination can make every day an exciting journey. In Hiccup’s own words, “this changes everything.”

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This post was written by me as part of my membership in the Netflix Stream Team. Thanks for reading!

 

John Deere Monster Treads Lightning Wheels

Living in the South, we see a lot of John Deere…and not just on lawn vehicles, but on clothing, toys, and accessories too. You can definitely recognize that green and yellow. Trent has a few John Deere tractor toys, but they are nothing compared to these John Deere Monster Treads Lightning Wheels that he just received!

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Now I usually don’t post photos of us opening up the boxes that we get stuff in, but Trent’s reaction was too great not to share! The day before we got these, I received a box of printer ink in the mail. Oh, the excitement of a box delivered to your door…Trent couldn’t wait to open it! To his disappointment, there were no “Trent toys” in there, but a single pack of ink. “Oh, that’s just Mommy’s.” {Insert sad face here}

So, I’m sure he had that memory in his head when this box showed up the next day, but he still gets excited to open new things…what kid doesn’t? With the thought of boring old printer ink in his mind, imagine his delight to see TWO big “monster trucks” just for him!

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He was immediately in play mode – he loves these “monster trucks!” They are like tractors that can run over anything in their path…like rocks and his sister’s toys…and his sister.

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What’s even more fun is that they have motion-activated light-up wheels that light up neon green as they move.

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Inside, Trent started putting other toys inside them to drive, and drove them all around the house. Who knew tsum-tsum toys were such good drivers?

Outside, Trent has put these trucks to the test, going up and down hills, zooming over rocks, and even catapulting off a cliff. They are pretty rugged and have definitely performed well alongside a 3 year old boy.

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What I love most about the John Deere Monster Treads Lightning Wheels is that they are…quiet! Not only are the wheels smooth so they don’t make noise while moving, but there are no buttons to press to make loud noises. I’m sure Trent would prefer them, but I like it because he can still play with them at any time and not wake his sister up from a nap or give mommy and daddy a headache.

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The John Deere Monster Treads Lightning Wheels are available at Toys R Us and online at Toysrus.com. :)

 

I was given this product in exchange for a review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own and honest. Thanks for reading!