Archives for April 17, 2014

“Go Green” with Daniel Tiger this Earth Day – and beyond!


  Go Green’ in YOUR Neighborhood with Earth Day Tips from
 Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

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Clean up, pick up, put away, clean up every day! Learning how to take good care of the Earth – as well as their own surroundings – is an important skill to foster with preschoolers. On April 22, neighbors from across the country and around the world will celebrate Earth Day to show their support for the environment. Here are some easy suggestions, inspired byDaniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and The Fred Rogers Company, to help you and your family “Go Green” with Daniel Tiger this Earth Day – and beyond!

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  • Reduce, reuse and recycle! – Encourage your child to help sort out recyclables and match them up with the appropriate bins. Get creative with “throwaways” by turning them into a craft project, helping to teach them how recycling and conservation works at the same time. For example, try creating a toy vehicle from an empty milk carton!


  • ·         Ease up on the electricity! – Remembering to turn off the light when leaving a room isn’t always so easy, especially for a little tiger. Help your child create a “Lights Out” bulb-shaped sign as a reminder and post it near light switches. And don’t forget to unplug chargers from the wall when not in use to save even more electricity.


  • Zap the tap! – Remind your child to turn off the water while soaping up their hands and turn it back on to rinse them. When cleaning paint brushes, swish them in a cup or jar, instead of holding the brushes under running water for a long period of time.


  • ·         Go for a walk! – Spring provides the perfect excuse to get outdoors. Encourage the whole family to take a break from screen time and play outside. If possible, plan a walking or biking trip to your destination and enjoy the fresh air together along the way!


  • ·         Bring your own bag! – Bring along reusable shopping bags when going grocery shopping. Keep a supply of bags on hand so you don’t forget to bring them on your next shopping trip. And involve your preschooler in helping to pack up the items in your Earth-friendly bags, so they’ll be doing their part in protecting the planet, too!


Happy Earth Day!

Tune-in to Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood each day on PBS KIDS (check local listings) and:



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Firefly Makes Brushing More Fun! Dental care is most important! Giveaway Opportunity!

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All across the country, there are children at risk for a chronic illness that accounts for more missed school days than any other…dental disease. Dental care for children is so very important! I know my son is not a big fan of going to the Dentist (although he has the BEST Dentist!) and brushing his teeth is not…well…on the top of his list! But, we recently received a few samples from our new friends at Firefly and brushing is much easier! Firefly does make brushing more fun! My son really prefers the Fluoride Foam Toothpaste and the Angry Birds Ready Go Brush over other toothpaste and toothbrushes. I like that brushing is not as big of a struggle! The Toothbrush starts at green, then to yellow and stops at red. Now, how cool is that?!

On behalf of Firefly Toothbrushes (, a sponsor of Smiles Across America’s outreach programs ( that help underserved children receive the dental care they need, we received the following video.

We have teamed up with Firefly for a Giveaway! One winner will win the following: (2) Ready Go Toothbrush and (1) Firefly Duo Pack of Toothbrushes! To enter, leave a tip you have for brushing your child’s teeth below! Deadline to enter is April 28th, 2014 at midnight. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries.

Self Disclosure: I received free products to facilitate this feature/giveaway but any opinions expressed are truthful and my own.


Easter Cocktails, Mocktails, Desserts and more! A roundup of desserts, cocktails, and mocktails from Sparkling ICE, VOGA Italia Wines and RealBeanz Iced Coffee, that are perfect for celebrating the festive holiday!

We recently received samples form our friends at  Sparkling ICE  and RealBeanz Iced Coffee and can’t wait to try out a few of these recipes for Easter!

Angel Food Cupcakes


This one I can’t wait to try! Looks delicious!


  •         1 box angel food cake mix
  •          Strawberry Lemonade Sparkling ICE



  •          Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  •          Line muffin pan with paper liners.
  •          Replace water with Sparkling ICE, continue to follow recipe on box as listed.
  •         Beat the cake mix and Sparkling ICE on low speed for 30 seconds.
  •         Raise the speed to medium and beat for an additional minute. The batter will be pale pink and foamy.         Add batter to the liners and fill approximately ¾ full.
  •          Bake according to directions on the box, approximately 15-20 minutes, or until tops of muffins are golden brown.
  •          Serve with fresh strawberries and/or whipped cream.


Bunny Hop



  • 3 oz.  Raspberry Lemonade Sparkling Ice
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • Fresh raspberries and lemon slices for garnish



  1. Pour vodka into a chilled glass with ice.
  2. Top with Raspberry Lemonade Sparkling ICE.
  3. Garnish with fresh raspberries and lemon slices.

Egg Hunt Shooters (MOCKTAIL)

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  • ·         4 oz Lemonade Sparkling ICE
  • ·         6-7 Strawberries, hulled (plus more for garnish)
  • ·         Ice



  • ·         Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend on high until it becomes slushy.
  • ·         Pour into a chilled glass (or shot glasses) and garnish with a strawberry.


Whipped Vanilla Nut Latte



  • 3 oz. RealBeanz Vanilla Nut
  • 1 oz. vanilla vodka
  • 1 oz. milk
  • Coffee beans
  • Whipped Cream



  • Muddle coffee beans into the bottom of a collins glass
  • In a shaker, combine RealBeanz Vanilla Nut, vanilla vodka, and 1 tablespoon of whipped cream. Shake vigorously
  • Pour into collins glass over coffee beans, and top with milk
  • Finish with whipped cream.

Spicy Sparkling Mimosas



  • ·         1/2 Bottle of VOGA Italia Sparkling
  • ·         5 1/2 cups orange juice
  • ·         2 3/4 cups pineapple juice
  • ·         1/2 tablespoon finely grated ginger



  • ·         Mix orange juice and pineapple juice in a pitcher.
  • ·         Pour VOGA Sparkling into pitcher.
  • ·         Add ginger.
  • ·         Stir and enjoy!

Mocha Beer Float



  • ·         2 oz. RealBeanz Mocha
  • ·         3 oz. Irish stout beer
  • ·         1 scoop Pralines & Cream ice cream



1.       Pour RealBeanz Mocha into glass

2.       Add in one scoop of Pralines & Cream ice cream

3.       Top with Irish stout beer.

VOGA’s Easter Sangria



  • ·         2 Bottles of VOGA Italia Moscato Wine
  • ·         1 12 oz. bottle of Peach Beer
  • ·         3 oz. Triple Sec
  • ·         2 sliced peaches
  • ·         2 sliced apricots
  • ·         1 container of fresh raspberries
  • ·         1 sliced Granny Smith apple
  • ·         1 sliced orange



  • ·         Pour wine and beer in a large pitcher and add sliced fruit and berries.
  • ·         Add triple sec and stir gently.
  • ·         Cover and chill from 2-24 hours (the longer, the better!)
  • ·         Before serving, top with club soda.
  • ·         Stir gently and serve over ice.
  • ·         Makes about 15 servings

This is another one I can’t wait to try:



For The Crumble:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes

For The Apples:

  • ¾ cup Crisp Apple Sparkling ICE
  • 8 red apples (Gala or Fuji preferred)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ tablespoons cornstarch



For the crumble

  1. Combine brown sugar and flour in a mixing bowl, and cut in the butter with your hands.  Mixture should look coarse with some chunks the size of peas.
  2. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to harden up.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the crumble on.
  5. Bake for 12-18 minutes or until light brown.
  6. Place baking tray on a wire rack to cool.


For the apples

  1. Core and cube the apples and place in a large bowel of cold water to avoid browning.
  2. Whisk together the cornstarch with Sparkling ICE in a small mixing bowl, set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan melt 2 tablespoons of the butter.
  4. Add the apples, salt, and cinnamon.  Sautee over a medium flame for 3 minutes.
  5. Pour the Sparkling Ice and cornstarch mixture into the pot, stirring continuously.
  6. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Turn off the heat and stir in the remaining tablespoon of butter.



  1. Break the cooled crumble up with your hands to desired size.
  2. Scoop the warm apples into 6 small ramekins or an 8 inch square serving dish.
  3. Top with crumble.
  4. Serve immediately.

Happy Easter!

Self Disclosure: I received samples of Sparkling ICE and  RealBeanz Iced Coffee to facilitate this feature.


Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return the New animated feature is almost here and with it bringing loads of family fun! The film will open on May 9, 2014

The film is based on “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum and the further adventure stories by his great-grandson Roger Stanton Baum. “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return” begins when Dorothy (Lea Michele) wakes up in Kansas to find that it has been devastated by the tornado that whisked her to Oz. But soon after, she is magically transported back to Oz by her old friends Scarecrow, Lion and Tin Man (Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi and Kelsey Grammer, respectively). She must work with a new cast of characters to save Oz from an evil Jester (Martin Short) who wants all of Oz under his control. The film also stars the voices of Patrick Stewart, Oliver Platt, Hugh Dancy, Megan Hilty and Bernadette Peters.
 Summertime Entertainment, has had an adventure of their own to make it to the film’s theatrical release. Founded by Ryan & Roland Carroll, the brothers teamed with industry expert Bonne Radford (founding member of DreamWorks Animation and Amblin Entertainment) to create a unique, and special film.