February 27, 2015

Disney On Ice: Passport to Adventure in Grand Rapids! #DisneyOnIceInsider

I received something of value from Feld Entertainment as part of their Insider Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

The time has finally come- Disney on Ice  Passport to Adventure is in Grand Rapids!  My girls have been so excited about this event all year--every morning they would ask "Is today Disney on Ice day?".
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Passport to Adventure follows Mickey, Minnie, Daisy, Donald and Goofy on an adventure around the world.

First, they head to the jungle to visit Simba and the Lion King gang.  My favorite was the next adventure under the sea with Little Mermaid.  Warning: the large Ursula was a bit scary for Gabby, but a quick reminder that it's all make believe helped.

Next, the gang was in Hawaii with Lilo and Stitch! Gabby loved the hula dancers and Elvis music! The intermission was a perfect chance to stretch and take a bathroom break.  It lasts about 15 minutes, so you have plenty of time.
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The final trip was to London with Peter Pan and Tinkerbell.  The girls absolutely LOVED the flying and Captain Hook.

Each trip has many of your favorite Disney songs and amazing ice skating.  I don't know how they do those tricks in those costumes!  The girls oooh-ed and ahhh-ed many times. We had a wonderful adventure with the Disney gang and three tired little ladies on the way home.  I truly love how Disney on Ice helps create memories for our family. During the show, they encourage you to sing and dance along with your favorite characters--I even caught Ricky singing along.
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Quick Tips:
  • The show is almost 2 hours, with one intermission.  Be sure to eat and make a bathroom trip BEFOREHAND.  
  • The snacks and treats can get expensive.  Popcorn was $4 each and lasted the whole show.  Get a water, though--it's quite salty! 
  • Bring gum.  It quenches thirst, but doesn't fill up the bladder!
  • Dress in layers.  The ladies had their princess dresses on, with long leggings and shirts underneath.  It's not super cold, but I was glad I had my scarf on!
  • Consider wearing costumes to make it special.  Even Minnie ears are fun!  I felt the costumes also distracted the girls from wanting to buy all of the expensive souvenirs! I saw some fun Disney crowns and costume accessories in the Dollar Spot at Target. 
  • Seat placement isn't really an issue. You can see well from all areas of the venue! We were up on the balcony area and it was perfect!

Disney on Ice Passport to Adventure will be here in Grand Rapids this weekend.  There are still tickets left, if interested!
If you're not in this area, check to see when Disney on Ice will be in your neighborhood!


February 26, 2015

My Girls Are Growing Up! (YoBaby Giveaway!) #StonyfieldBlogger

Disclosure: I am a #StonyfieldBlogger and was compensated for this post.  All opinions are my own!
YoBaby Contest 2011, YoBaby

This year Stonyfield's YoBaby turns 16! All of my girls started with YoBaby when they were little. It's crazy to look at them now and remember them being that small!  Everyone seems to be growing up so fast and I'm trying to cherish every moment, especially with Gabby since she is my last little one.

When Gabby was younger, we entered a Stonyfield contest and she was the YoBaby of the week! We got this super cute (empty) YoBaby package with her cute little face on it.  I'm trying to keep it in great condition, but as you can see--the corner is already missing.  It's such a great memory for us to have!  She used to gobble up the YoBaby blueberry.  Now she loves the YoKids pouches--it's her special treat for being so patient with me at the grocery store.  Shopping with just her while the twins are at school is SO much easier!

The twins have done ballet and soccer throughout the last few years and it was time for Gabby to take a class at the YMCA.  She chose ballet and couldn't be any cuter in her little outfit.  Being that she is quite a bit larger than the twins were when they started, she got ALL NEW ballet gear, which is huge for Gabby--she gets mostly hand-me-downs.  I swear she will be bigger than the twins by the time she starts kindergarten!
Toddler Ballet, Grand Rapids YMCA

Monday morning, she was up bright and early to prepare for her ballet class--it was too cute! I gave her a little backpack to put her leg warmers and shoes in, plus she insisted on a banana and Absopure Packables water. She was all set to go!  I tried to sneak some photos without her seeing me.

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Last weekend the twins had a big milestone: their first dance! At our school the Daddy Daughter Dance is called the Sweetheart Dance.  I found some super cute spring dresses that we can also use for Easter and any summer weddings at Kmart and I turned the bathroom into a little salon to do their hair.  Since I have super curly hair, it was a learning experience using a curling iron! I'm so clueless when it comes to straight-ish hair!  I think I did a good job though, they were SO happy!  Olivia looked at InStyle while I was doing her hair and Maddie snapped selfies.  When did they grow up!

Ricky took them out to eat beforehand and they were so excited.  Maybe a bit TOO excited, since Olivia threw up during the first half of the dance from running around. YIKES!  Gabby was devastated that she didn't get to go, so we had a Mommy date to Noodles and a movie.

I love how we can enjoy Stonyfield at all stages of our lives- from YoBaby to YoKids to their Greek yogurt.  As we incorporate more organic foods into our food budget, Stonyfield dairy is always at the top of our list.  They are an affordable way for us to take care of our little ones--I can trust there is only the good stuff inside!
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Are YOU ready to win a YoBaby prize pack for your little ones?  I'll keep it simple: just comment below on what your favorite Stonyfield product is!

I will draw a winner on March 5th, 2015.


February 20, 2015

#PizzaFriday: Spinach + Artichoke Flabread

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Anyone use the TimeHop app?  It shows you what you were doing the same day in years past.  Every morning I love to check it.  It's funny because usually I'm doing the same thing--the last 4 years we've been sick on the same days and I find I even serve the same meals on the same days!

Today's TimeHop showed pictures of this recipe from 5 years ago--it's my favorite go-to flatbread.  You can make your own crust or buy one from the store.  I love Aldi's thin pizza crust or flatbread from the grocery store.  They are usually pretty inexpensive!

Pizza Friday is a new tradition we've started since the twins started school.  We like to spend Friday nights unwinding and just spending quality time together.  During pizza night, we like to pick out  a new movie from the library or play some new games.  Usually the girls are super tired from the week and end up crashing by 8:00, so Ricky and I have a date night at home, too!  Win-win!

While it's easy to order pizza delivery for convenience, if you keep a few pizza staples in your pantry, you can make one at home much faster!  We get thin crust 2-packs at Aldi (around $3!) and keep our favorite toppings on hand.  Usually, the girls want pepperoni + sausage or Hawaiian and then we like to experiment for ours.  (Somehow the three girls polish off a pizza of their own! Where they put this food is beyond me!)

I usually make a pizza that's heavy on veggies with a sprinkle of meat, while Ricky puts ONLY meat on his.  It's fun to come up with crazy combinations or use up leftovers!  A few weeks ago I used fajita veggies and pulled pork.  Ricky made a chorizo and pesto one with an egg on top.

This spinach + artichoke pizza is my go-to.  I like that there's no greasy meat and it's super simple to throw together. If you're hosting a party, this slices up well for an appetizer, too!  You can add grilled chicken for extra protein, too!  This recipe originated from Rachael Ray Magazine, but I've changed it a bit over the years to make it my own.  
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Spinach + Artichoke Flatbread

Here's what you need:
  • Favorite pizza crust or flatbread
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half if large
  • 1 small jar of artichokes, drained and sliced
  • 3 handfuls of fresh spinach
  • 1 drizzle of EVOO (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 1 teaspoon favorite Italian seasoning
  • 2-3 tablespoons pesto sauce (we love the Kirkland one at Costco)
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese (Separated)
  • 2 cups Italian blend cheese 
  1. Preheat oven to 425. 
  2. In a small bowl, combine spinach, artichokes and tomatoes.  Add drizzle of EVOO and Italian seasoning.  Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon Parmesan. Set aside.
  3. On the flatbread or pizza crust, spread Pesto sauce.  Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese. 
  4. Evenly spread the spinach mixture on top of the crust and top with cheese.  I usually use less than 2 cups of cheese.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown on top.
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Are you ready to join the #PizzaFriday Challenge?  
I would love to see what pizza creations you come up with on Instagram or Facebook!

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