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.

How to Keep Your Kids’ Beds Looking Neat (Beddy’s Giveaway)

How to Keep Your Kids Beds Looking Neat




Is getting your child to make his/her bed in the morning like pulling teeth?  Or perhaps once it’s made, do you find yourself thinking it looked better unmade?  Well, do I have a solution for you (spoiler alert:  it’s Beddy’s)!!!  

 

Our boys currently share a bedroom.  We have an extra bedroom that could allow them both to have their own rooms, but they enjoy sharing.  My only frustration with their bedroom is that it always looks like a disaster.  

 

We have two (bunk-able) twin beds in their room.  We have arranged the room in an assortment of different ways.  The beds were bunked for a while.  I really liked the extra room the bunk beds provided, but we missed getting to cuddle up with them at night.   We currently have both twin beds, scooted side-by-side so that the boys can lay close to each other but still have their own beds.  This is what their room used to look like on a good day.  Normally, there is a vast assortment of what can only be described as junk all over their floor.

 

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And this is what their beds used to look like on the rare occasion that they actually make them (like they are asked to every. single. morning.).  You have to pick your battles, ya know?

IMG_4128I wouldn’t consider myself the least bit O.C.D., but it takes everything in me not to remake the bed myself, sans THE GIANT WRINKLES IN THE QUILT.  

 

On one heavenly afternoon in late November/early December, I randomly divinely stumbled upon the Beddy’s Instagram account.  I was immediately intrigued.  A zip-up comforter that would make making beds easier?  Ummm, yes.  Sign me up, or rather…sign my boys up.  :)  

 

Naturally, I e-mailed Beddy’s and told them I HAD TO TRY THEIR AMAZING PRODUCT!  And Betsy from Beddy’s was so very kind and mailed me two Nautical Navy sets that very afternoon!  

 

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It’s been over a month now since our Beddy’s arrived and I am in love!  Everything you need for your child’s bed is included in the set, including matching shams!  You don’t need sheets because the Beddy’s system is all-in-one.  It fits over the mattress just like a fitted sheet!

 

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The bottom of the Beddy’s is like a sheet and the top part is made using minky fabric.  Our boys love how soft it is!  There are zippers on both sides, so it feels more like a comforter than a sleeping bag.  The double zippers also make it easy to use on bunk beds, trundles, and day beds.  The minky even has flaps on each side so that your child won’t feel the zippers while he/she is sleeping.  

 

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Beddy’s is also super easy to wash.  Just take it off the bed and throw it in the washing machine (on gentle).  Put in the dryer (on low) and then unzip to air-dry for a couple additional hours.  

 

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I love that I was able to buy a classic-looking Beddy’s set and still use our beloved Pottery Barn Madras quilts (that we’ve had for several years) at the foot of the bed.  There are lots of adorable options for girls (the ruffled ones are my favorite)!  

 

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And the best thing?  THE BOYS CAN EASILY MAKE THEIR BEDS (AND IT LOOKS NICE) EVERY SINGLE MORNING!  They think it is fun to zip up their beds!  

 

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Overall, if you are looking for an awesome solution to bunk beds or a simpler way for your child to make his/her own bed every morning, BEDDY’S IS FOR YOU!  

 

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Interested in trying out Beddy’s?  Get $40 off using the code “BEDDYS40″!

 

Beddy’s has also graciously offered to give away TWO $75 gift cards!  Just fill out the info below!

To enter, just leave your e-mail address in the Rafflecopter window below (not in the comments, please).  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only (apologies to my international readers).  The giveaway will end at 11:59 pm on Thursday, January 15th (EST).  TWO winners will be randomly selected shortly after and notified by e-mail.  By entering, you are agreeing to these official rules. a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Disclosure:  I received this product in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Brilliant Ways to Organize Your Kids’ Stuff

Brilliant Ways to Organize Kids Stuff




I don’t know about you, but this time of year leaves me feeling a bit frazzled.  After taking down Christmas decorations and trying to find places for all our new {awesome} gifts, I feel like everything is in disarray.   The first step is getting all the unnecessary stuff out of my house.  I’ve outlined how we clear out the clutter here.  I can normally get my stuff together and organized and it lasts for a while, leaving me feeling quite accomplished and enjoying slightly lower blood pressure in no time.  The kids’ stuff is a different story.  It seems as though it breeds overnight and, just when I think I have it all organized, I find a hidden trove of toys/clothes/”treasures” that we can’t part with.   In an effort to make myself feel more organized, I’ve scoured the web to find brilliant ways to organize your kids’ stuff.  Maybe, just maybe, I will muster up enough grit to roll up my sleeves and implement some of these suggestions in my own house.  :)  

Organizing Kids’ Bedrooms

Organize bedrooms

Display medals with this DIY Medal Holder ::  Shaped By Grace

 

Organize your daughter’s accessories with a silverware tray :: Tatertots and Jello

 

Mount spice racks onto the side of furniture to hold books  ::  Hellobee

 

Organize bows and headbands

 

Bedroom Organization Books Shoes Closet Stuffed Animals

 

 Keep shoes tidy with this awesome shoe wheel ::  Rakku

 

Display your child’s stuffed animals and/or dolls with this cute idea ::  Bees Knees Bungalow

 

 Plan out your child’s clothing for the week with hanging shelves in the closet

 

Use an old wagon to store your child’s books for easy access  ::  Finnian’s Moons Interiors

 

Organizing the Kid’s Bathroom

Organize the bathroom for kids

Organize Toothbrushes and Toothpaste  ::  Musings from a Stay At Home Mom

 

Use a tension rod and baskets to organize bath toys :: Heather Drive Blog

 

Keep Bath Products out of Reach ::  Camping World

 

Use this bath basket to organize toys and make them easily accessible to your kiddo :: Kid Co

 

Organizing Shared Areas

Organizing shared areas

Use tote bags hung on doors to store toys :: 6th Street Design School

 

Use a shoe organizer to store craft supplies in your pantry or closet.

 

 Use pictures on baskets to help non-readers organize toys :: 6th Street Design School

 

 Hang a curtain rod and attach buckets to hold toys ::  101 Woonideeen

 

Organizing On the Go

Organizing Kids Stuff on the Go

Organize your diaper bag by using clear vinyl bags ::  Kid to Kid

 

Make a mini first aid kit using old prescription bottles ::  Chasing Green

 

Take a picture of the contents of your child’s sport bag so they won’t forget anything ::  The Happy Family Movement

 

Check out these Car Hacks to help you organize your car ::  Kids Activities Blog

 

What is your favorite tip or trick for organizing your kids’ stuff???

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

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Glad & M&M’S®. All opinions are 100% mine.



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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10 Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas for Christmas Morning

10 Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas for Christmas Morning

 

Everyone wants to have a delicious breakfast on Christmas morning, but no one wants to spend precious moments cooking when you could be watching the utter delight on your children’s faces!  Make these AMAZING dishes ahead of time and then pop them in the oven so you don’t miss a thing!

 

Make Ahead Christmas Breakfast Ideas

1.  Overnight Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting from Lovely Little Kitchen:  This pictures is making my mouth water!

2.  Omelette Muffins from LaurenConrad.com:  Make these ahead and then warm them up in the oven!

3.  Freezer Breakfast Burritos from Skip to My Lou:  Sausage, egg, and cheese wrapped in a tortilla?  Yes, please!

Make Ahead Breakfast Casseroles

4.  French Toast Bake from Lil Luna:  This one is slightly different than ours, but looks equally delicious!

5.  Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole from the Deen Brothers:  This rich and flavorful casserole is packed with ham, swiss cheese, toast, red and yellow peppers, and eggs.  Make it the night before and throw it in the oven in the morning.

6.  Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole from Six Sisters’ Stuff:  Casserole in the crockpot?  Awesomeness.

Breakfast ideas to make ahead

7.  Freezer-Friendly Baked Oatmeal from Money Saving Mom:  Make this WAY ahead of time and pop in the freezer!

8.  Bacon and Hash Brown Egg Bake from Yummly:  My bacon-loving boys would LOVE this casserole!

9.  Blueberry Breakfast Cake from Alexandra Cooks:  This looks simply amazing!

10.  Overnight French Toast Casserole:  Make the night before, refrigerate, and pop it in the oven in the morning.  Doesn’t get much easier!  (This is our family’s FAVORITE and my personal favorite because you don’t have to tear or cut the bread!

Breakfast Ideas for Christmas Morning- make them ahead of time

What is your favorite breakfast for Christmas morning?