Mini Yogurt Parfaits (using Baby Food Jars and Yulu Yogurt)

Mini Yogurt Parfaits with Baby Food Jars and Yulu Yogurt

 

Having a baby in the house means that we have a boatload of baby food jars (especially being the third child, I have totally failed at my homemade-baby-food-making plans).  Rather than throwing them in the recycling bin, we decided to repurpose them to make a kid-sized family favorite:  mini yogurt parfaits using Yulu yogurt!

 

Yulu is a brand-new Aussie-style yogurt that we have fallen in love with.  It has all the benefits of Greek yogurt (hello protein!) without the sour taste that I dislike so much.  Australian yogurt is smoothed twice, so it is so much creamier than its Greek counterpart!

 

Yulu offers a total of five flavors:  Vanilla Bean, Strawberry, Blueberry, Raspberry, and Honey.  We have tried both the strawberry and vanilla flavors and they are both sensational (Little Brother and I prefer vanilla while Big Brother and Daddy are of the strawberry persuasion).  Either way, you can’t go wrong!

 

You should be able to find Yulu in most grocery and superstores.  It was located in the organic section of our local grocery store, but I have seen it with the regular yogurt elsewhere.

 

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Here’s what you’ll need to make your parfaits:  baby food jars, Yulu yogurt, granola, and craisins (or any other topping).  Fresh fruit would also be delicious!  

 

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 Layer the jar with yogurt and granola.  Repeat.

 

 

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 Top with craisins.  Place the lid on the top and refrigerate until ready to serve.

 

 

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You can even add a seasonal sticker to the front of the parfait…or just a symbol to let your kiddos know how much you love them!

 

 

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 Little Brother asked, “Can I have this every morning for breakfast?”  He is a big fan of our Yulu yogurt parfaits!

 

 

 How does your family enjoy eating yogurt?  

 

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Yulu. The opinions and text are all mine.

Walmart.com Baby Registry

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walmart. All opinions are 100% mine.

Having a baby is the most momentous moment of your life.  In the blink of an eye, you suddenly desire to put the needs of another person ahead of your own.  Forget sleeping or eating at a reasonable time, a newborn turns your world upside down with a blissful sense of selflessness that you wouldn’t trade for the world.

Along with your amazing new life, having a baby comes an enormous amount of STUFF.  Having had three children, I have realized how much stuff you DON’T need when you have a baby.  But there are definitely some necessities, like:

1.  Diapers.

2.  Wipes.

3.  A Crib.

4.  Warm clothing (including sleep sacks).

5.  A Carseat and Stroller.

Honestly?  The rest of the stuff is just optional and not really that important to the health and well-being of your baby (and believe me, we have had most of it at one point or another).

For all of the necessities (and the fun not-as-necessary items too), Walmart.com offers a baby registry that is easy to use with tons of options!  Walmart’s registry checklist makes it SUPER easy to pick and choose those items that are essential to you and your family and skip over the rest!

You can see that on my baby registry, diapers take up the majority of our registry!  The Pampers Swaddlers Super Pack makes for a great deal on diapers!  Pampers® Swaddlers are our favorite brand of diapers and I absolutely love that they feel like a soft blanket.  Little Sister has sensitive skin and Pampers® Swaddlers are the only disposable diapers that seem to prevent leaks while not causing a reaction.  

In addition to creating a registry, Walmart.com offers a portal of information for new parents right at your fingertips!  It’s called the Pampers Baby Basics for Any Mom on Walmart.com’s Parent & Baby Center.  Whether you are looking for nutritional guides for pregnancy or your medicine cabinet must-haves, you can find all of that right here.  

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Elf Munch with White Chocolate Peppermint M&M’S®

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Christmas is just around the corner!  Although Santa may love cookies, his elves sure do love this Elf Munch.  :)  The recipe is super simple and will take less than 10 minutes to throw together!  Make some with your kiddos and package in a Glad Holiday Storage Container (available at Target only) for Santa to take back to the most underappreciated characters of Christmas!  After all, they are the ones who do all the work!  :)

Here are the ingredients:  Unbuttered Popcorn, Marshmallows, Butter, brown sugar (not pictured), White Chocolate Peppermint M&M’S® (available at Target only), and Glad Holiday Storage containers.

 

 

1.  Melt 3 cups of miniature marshmallows with 2 tablespoons of butter.  I put mine in a microwave-safe bowl and microwaved for 2 minutes and then stirred.  You could also do it over the stove.

 

 

2.  Add 3 tablespoons of brown sugar to the mixture, stir well, and microwave for 30 seconds.  Stir well and continue microwaving for 30-second increments until the mixture is smooth.  Make sure not to burn the brown sugar as you are microwaving.

The mixture should be slightly golden brown and smooth.


3.  Pop a bag of unbuttered microwave popcorn according to package instructions and remove all the remaining kernels.

4.  Add a generous amount of White Chocolate Peppermint M&M’S® and mix well (admittedly, we used most of the bag).  :)

5.  Spread out the mixture onto a piece of waxed paper into small clumps and let “dry” until it is no longer super sticky to the touch.


 The recipe is similar to a popcorn ball…but those are way too awkward to eat, in my opinion.  :)  The White Chocolate Peppermint M&M’S® make it perfectly delicious with a hint of peppermint!

 

 

Use Glad Holiday Storage Products to store as well as give to friends, neighbors, and elves!


…and be sure to keep some around for your family as well!  :)

Glad Holiday Storage Containers are also great for other goodies…like these M&M’s Chocolate Cookie Espresso Bites.  The recipe can be found on the package of the storage containers!

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A Hands-Free Holiday with Panasonic

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Products for a Hands-Free Holiday (and great gift ideas too)

The busiest time of the year is upon us and, as moms, life can be a little overwhelming as we try to make it a special time for everyone.  We recently received two products from Panasonic to review that not only will help you stay focused on what matters this holiday season, but would also be great gift ideas!

 

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Link2Cell Digital Phone

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One of my goals for the holidays is to spend less time on my cell phone.  Up until Little Sister was born, I was rarely on my phone when we were home.  It stayed in my purse by our garage door.  After she was born and I was nursing nonstop, my phone became my constant companion (especially in the middle of the night).  But my phone usage has gotten a bit out of control and I need to reign it in again.  Facebook and texting can wait–spending time with my family should be my first priority!

The Link2Cell Digital Phone from Panasonic allows you to have a home phone without a landline!  This means you can put your cell phone down (and charge it!) to spend time with your family without having to worry about missing important calls. Whenever a call comes in on your cell phone, it will automatically ring on both of your home phones.

For the last few years, we have used Ooma for our home phone and have had Panasonic phones with Bluetooth to our cell phones.  When we are at home, our cell phones ring on the home phone as well…no matter where in the house our cell phones are currently residing!  When we had the opportunity review this set, we were thrilled because now we can charge our phones as well and receive text notifications!  And we can eventually ditch our home phone altogether (even though we are currently paying only $3/month for home phone service).

We also LOVE that it doubles as a charging station and a speaker…less cords and components to have to organize and keep track of!

 

 

 Open Ear Headphones

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These Open Ear headphones are bone conduction headphones, which means that the speaker rests on your outer ear as opposed to in the ear itself.  This allows you to listen while simultaneously being able to hear your surroundings.  This is a HUGE safety feature for runners and other outdoor athletes that need to be able to hear oncoming traffic, etc.  My husband (the runner in our family) is especially excited about this.  And they are water-resistant so sweat won’t be a problem.

These headphones aren’t just limited to exercise use, though.  They are also perfect for listening to music or an audio book while cooking or folding laundry and still be able to hear your baby when she wakes up from her nap (or your older kids fighting downstairs…not that I have any experience with that or anything).  :)

I’ll be honest, these headphones take some getting used to.  But once you become comfortable with the way they fit around your ears, they are a great option for athletes and moms alike.  I would love to start listening to more audio books while doing household chores and now I have the perfect opportunity!

 

 

Looking for more gift ideas?  Check out Panasonic’s Pinterest page!  

 

 

Ivy Kids: The Perfect Gift for Preschoolers

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Ivy Kids-  The perfect gift for preschoolers



 

If you are looking for the perfect gift for your preschooler that keeps on giving throughout the year, then you need to check out Ivy Kids.

 

Ivy Kids is a literature-based monthly subscription kit that comes packed with about a dozen ready-made activities based around the common theme of the book for the month (which is also included).  This is truly a wonderful resource, especially for busy moms who don’t have the time to prepare such thoughtful, well-planned, creative, educational activities for their kids.  Everything you need is included.  These kits truly make life easier.

 

Ivy Kids Kits would make the perfect gift for preschoolers because it is something that would continue all year long.  This would especially be a beneficial gift idea for grandparents and extended family!

 

I have had the opportunity to review four Ivy Kids kits based upon the books Mouse Paint, Jump Frog Jump, Color Zoo, and most recently Chicka-Chicka Boom Boom (you can see my other reviews here and here).  Each of the kits has been absolutely exceptional and my boys have LOVED the activities!

 

Here are just some of the reasons we love Ivy Kids:

 

  • There are enough activities to last you all. month. long.   I could not believe how many activities fit into such a small little box.  Although some of the activities are consumable (i.e. crafts), many of them are not, so you can repeat them over and over again.

 

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  •  The quality of materials is exceptional.  In the past kits, we have received plastic color paddles and wooden shape blocks that we will use for years to come.  This kit came with an alphabet puzzle that can be colored.  And even the paper is amazing!

 

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  • Each activity comes with thorough instructions and ways to modify and enrich, if necessary.

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  • You can add sibling kits for a minimal cost so that each of your children participate.  This would also be perfect for daycare or preschool classes!

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Ivy Kids:  Get 20% off your first kit using the code “IVY20″ and through 12/31/14 and get past kits for 10% off (including the ones that I have reviewed).