Motivating Kids to get Fit with Leapfrog and CLIF Kid Bars

I received free products in order to host the Leapfrog and CLIF Kid sponsored MommyParty. The opinions expressed here are my own.

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I have owned a Fitbit for over a year now and my kids know that I have to keep moving in order to get my steps and achieve my goals. They love to “motivate” me with cheers and taunts to keep going. It’s been fun to see them get excited about it! I even got my 9 yr old, Chloe, a Fitbit to use this summer. She was able to earn rewards based on her activity. She loved it.

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Although I didn’t think the Fitbit was really geared for her, it worked on getting her moving. Then I heard about Leapfrog’s new Leapband and grew very excited about getting the girls one! Leapfrog has been a great source of educational toys in our home for many years. I knew it would provide my kids with fun, paired with motivation to be active. The Leapband allows kids to earn rewards based on activity. This activity tracker encourages active play and healthy habits with 50 fun challenges.

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When I saw that there was an opportunity to host a Leapfrog Leapband party, I signed up! I was so excited to get selected. Along in the party kit, I received boxes of CLIF Kid bars. My girls love them and they were a great fit for our #FitMadeFun party!

We invited friends over to get moving with us. They came and we played and did several activities, including a mean game of leap frog and simon says. The kids all enjoyed learning about the Leapband and eating the CLIF Kid bars. We had several competitions where kids could win a box of CLIF Kid bars to take home.

Overall, the moms were excited about this new tool to encourage their little ones to keep moving. Here is more information about the Leapband and the CLIF Kid bars! I highly suggest you grab the Leapband NOW if you like it. I’m guessing it will be one of the hot gifts this holiday season! They have pink, blue, and green ones!

You can currently order the Leapband from Amazon for just $39.99!zbar_11_new-ccwrap

CLIF kid bars are sold Walmart, Target, Sam’s, Costco and other locations. You can click here to find a store near you.

Follow Leapfrog on Facebook and Twitter for more info! You can also follow CLIF on Twitter.

Green Goddess Smoothie Recipe

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This is a great smoothie if you need to detox or drink it for breakfast after a cheat meal. The green apple is great fiber and of course the spinach is very healthy.

  • Hand full of spinach
  • 1 Green apple cut
  • Hand full of Ice
  • Almond Milk

This green smoothie will be a little tart from the green apple. You can add some honey to cut the tartness and make it a little sweeter.

The Ninja Ultima makes this one super smooth and you won’t need to worry about peeling the apple because it will be super smooth. I like to add Chai seeds to this one.

Memories Made at Pine Cove Camp in the City

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I was so excited when I heard that Pine Cove Camp in the City was coming to my church. I couldn’t wait to register my girls and made sure to wait and make our summer travel plans around that week. I had heard great things about Pine Cove and the Camp in the City was sounding a lot like a very active fun week.

I signed my kids up and began looking at the weeks events. As the months slowly passed, I grew more and more excited about the things that they would get to experience. The physical activity, friends, and spiritual growth were all thing I looked forward to hearing about.

As I drove the girls there the first day, chills came over my body as we pulled into the parking lot. There were tons of staff members out by the entrance cheering us in and welcoming us. They were singing and dancing and full of energy. I cried. I knew my girls were going to have a great week and make memories that would last a lifetime.

As each day came and went, I grew more and more excited hearing all about their adventures. They LOVED it! When they got in the van, they would explode telling me everything that unfolded through out the day. I had to slow them down so I could hear from each one individually.

The highlight for me happened the last day. I went to pick up the girls and knew they would have a little video for the parents to watch. We loved seeing pictures of the week all put into one slide show…and they gave each kid a copy of the DVD as well. I got to hear the counselors exhort my girls. They said the sweetest things about each of my girls and when I got to the oldest, Chloe….I cried. Her counselor, Lexi began crying as she shared how Chloe asked Jesus into her heart. This is something that we have been talking thru and praying about for a while. I love that Chloe felt confident to step forward at Camp in the City and take the big step! What a proud moment for me!

We are so excited that we are going to be attending Pine Cove Family Camp this summer. I am so excited about it! The family fun activities, the parents night outs and so much more have been counting down the days… no really…as of today we have 316 more days!

Follow Pine Cove on Facebook and Twitter for more info!

Chocolate Cherry Fuel Smoothie Recipe

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This is my hubbys favorite smoothie! It’s simple to make and the chocolate is balanced with the cherry flavor. If you like chocolate covered strawberries, then you might want to try this one.

  • Hand full of spinach
  • 1 TBS Cocoa powder
  • 3 TBS Cherry Juice (From Marcino Cherrys)
  • Almond Milk and Ice to fill

You could also add a few cherrys to this one to add flavor and the Ninja Ultima will make it smooth and creamy as it’s blended.

 

Straight Talk with Invisalign® for Teens

This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Does your teen need straighter teeth? Where I live in Frisco, my dentist told me that 90% of teens will have some sort of dental work to help straighten their teeth. As common as that sounds, most teens will frown at the idea of having braces or wires in their mouths.

That is why Invisalign was invented. It is a great alternative to braces and is available for pre-teens and teens. Being clear, most people who have Invisalign feel confident about their smile…during treatment. Let’s be honest, if kids are embarrassed to wear braces and retainers, then they won’t. In the end the treatment will be ineffective.  This is another great reason to why Invisalign Teen is a great option. Do your kids play sports or instruments? If so, you won’t want balls flying at their faces and busting up their lips due to the braces and wires in their mouths… again, Invisalign Teen clear aligners are removable and can straighten teeth without a mouth full of metal and all the disruption and sacrifice that comes with it. (Great solution!) I also personally love that there are NO food restrictions with Invisalign. My 9 yr old loves popcorn and hates that she can’t eat it since she currently has a spacer in.

Now for the good part… Invisalign Teen costs about the same as braces! Invisalign Teen is covered by most dental insurance policies just like traditional braces — up to 50% of the cost may be covered by insurance. How cool is that? Also, you can use your Flexible Spending Health Savings Accounts (HSA’s) to pay for Invisalign, making money go farther with pre-tax dollars.

Now let’s bust a myth: If my child loses their aligners, it’s going to cost me an arm and a leg to replace. NOPE! Not true! Setting it Straight: Invisalign knows kids lose things, even their aligners! That’s why you get up to six FREE replacement aligners with Invisalign Teen.

Check here to find Invisalign providers in your area! You won’t regret it!

*Please note that not all Invisalign providers have iTero scanners in their offices and some utilize traditional impressions. There is a symbol used on the Doctor Locator to indicate whether a provider uses the iTero scanner.

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Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Recipe

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If you love smooth and creamy smoothies then you will LOVE this one! The recipe is super simple:

  • 2 TBS Peanut Butter
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 hand full of spinach
  • Add milk to 3/4 full (I like Almond Milk)

Add all ingredients and a few cubes of ice if desired and blend. You will find that the Ninja Ultima is super powerful and will create an ice cream like texture with this smoothie.

 

I took the #NotBabyFoodChallenge

I was challenged to take the Not Baby Food Challenge and I gotta say, I was very surprised. I fed my kids jarred baby food and felt guilty watching them make horrible faces as they choked it down. I must admit that I did not taste stuff before giving it to them. The smell was horrible and I didn’t want to put that stuff in my mouth… well fast forward 6 years and now I am very conscious at what my kids are putting into their mouths. I want them to have whole foods and to make healthy choices.

This is why I took the Not Baby Food Challenge. I wanted to try the 100% Fruits or Veggies and see if they taste good! The veggies I tasted, then mixed into smoothies for my kids (and they never noticed!) The apples I ate in one setting! Don’t judge, it was GOOD!

Will you take the Not Baby Food Challenge? If so, use hashtag #NotBabyFoodChallenge so Beechnut can see your review!

You can check out this video to see more about this challenge!

Grapefruit Goodness Smoothie Recipe

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This smoothie is a little different then the others. I do not use milk in this one. You can if you want to add a creamier taste to it but it does not need the liquid added. Here is how to make this super nutritious Grapefruit Goodness smoothie recipe.

  • Hand full of spinach
  • 2 frozen strawberries (for sweetness)
  • 1 large Grapefruit (juiced)

Simply juice the grapefruit and add to smoothie cup, add spinach and two frozen strawberries and blend. I added a few cubes of ice to this one and love this one on a hot summer day. It’s very refreshing and there are tons of great benefits to the grapefruit juice.

The Ninja Ultima will blend this to a slushy like consistency.

 

 

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Recipe

ChocolatepeatnutbutterMy kids love this Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie. I love that it’s not filled with a ton of sugar. The Spinach and Peanut Butter give them added nutrients. Here is how to make this quick and easy recipe:

  • 1 TBS Cocoa Powder
  • 2 TBS Peanut Butter
  • Hand Full of Spinach
  • Almond Milk

Add spinach first, then add peanut butter and cocoa powder and top with Almond Milk. You can add a low calorie sweetener or honey to this one to sweeten it up a bit. (I like it without adding anything, my girls like it with honey)

The Ninja Ultima blends it up smooth and creamy.

 

 

Nice Work if You can Get it at Dallas Summer Musicals

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Dallas Summer Musicals has Nice Work if You can Get It coming to Music Hall at Fair Park September 2-14.

It’s the Roaring Twenties, and a cast of outrageous characters gather in New York to celebrate the wedding of wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter. But things don’t go as planned when the playboy meets Billie Bendix, a bubbly and feisty bootlegger who melts his heart. The champagne flows and the gin fizzes! NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT is filled to the brim with classic songs, including “But Not For Me,” “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “I’ve Got a Crush on You” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” This sparkling, madcap tale combines laughter, romance and high-stepping Broadway magic for an evening bursting with girls, glamour and the glorious songs of Gershwin.

For Dallas tickets: Single tickets, priced from $15-$85, are available at The Box Office, 5959 Preston Royal Shopping Center #542 in Dallas, or at any Ticketmaster outlet. Tickets are also available online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.dallassummermusicals.org. Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount and priority seating. Please call 214-426-GROUP (4768) or email [email protected]

Dining at the Music Hall serves a sumptuous buffet before each performance. Reservations are recommended, but not required; call 214-413-3940 or click here for online reservations.

The price for Dining in the Music Hall is not included in your event ticket price. Dining at the Music Hall opens 2 hours before show time, 11:30am for matinee performances and 5:30pm for evening performances at the Music Hall. The restaurant closes at show time. The buffet ranges from $21.95 – $23.95 (prices subject to change) depending on day and time. The Broadway Cafe is a lighter fare before each performance and during intermission. Sandwiches, salads, desserts, and snacks are sold from price points of $3 to $10.

Currently Dallas Summer Musicals allows beverages inside the theatre, food may not be taken into the theatre.

*Note, parking will be tricky as they are currently setting up for the State Fair of Texas. You will want to arrive early and give yourself plenty of time for parking!