Pure Breakfast Deliciousness: Peachy Protein Shake

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During the school year I confess that we fell into a bit of a funk with our breakfast options. Like most families, we are usually a bit rushed during those first few hours of the day as we prepare to launch in all our separate directions. I found myself buying the same 2-3 things for our breakfasts simply because they seemed to be quick and to be consumed without complaint.

But now that summer is here, we are a bit more relaxed and can spend a bit more time thinking bout meal prep (don’t let this confuse you with spending more time PREPARING the food…I still like to keep it quick!). I am glad to have the chance to give it more thought because I find it especially difficult to get my oldest child to eat some protein first thing in the morning (or ever, actually, but this post is about breakfast…).

But you know what that kid LOVES? Smoothies and shakes. I love giving her a big dose of milk to start the day, too, so I decided to come up with something that was simple, delicious, and packed with protein for her growing mind and body. And what I made was a smash success!

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For this recipe, I really wanted to keep the ingredient list simple and pure, with unprocessed ingredients for a fresh, healthy start to the day. That’s why I went for DairyPure milk, which comes only from cows fed a healthy diet, and that is continuously quality tested to ensure purity. Keeping artificial growth hormones out of our milk is a priority for my family, personally, and I like that it is also a priority for DairyPure (though I am required to state the following: “​No significant difference has been shown between milk derived from cows treated with the artificial growth hormone rbST and non‐rbST‐treated cows”).

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So here’s what I put in my peachy protein shake if you want to give is a try with your family (especially any of your protein-averse kiddos!).

Peachy Protein Shake

prep time: 5 minutes

total time: 6 minutes

servings: 4

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Ingredients:

  • 3 peaches, pitted and sliced
  • 1 package (12-16 oz) tofu, silken preferred
  • 2 bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 1 1/4 cups DairyPure milk
  • 1/4 cup honey

1. Place sliced and pitted peaches into a blender.
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5. Pour 3-4 spoonfuls of the peach puree into the bottom of a glass. Top with the desired amount of the shake. Stir to combine, or enjoy it as is!  photo peachy protein shake 6_zpspewen9z1.jpg

I hope you love the peachy protein shake as much as my family does! And I hope you will give DairyPure milk a try if you haven’t already. This is something you can get from your local dairy, which makes it a truly simple choice for moms. Don’t forget, it’s backed by an exclusive 5 Point Purity Promise (no growth hormones, tested for antibiotics, continuous quality testing, healthy diet for the cows, and cold-shipped from your local dairy)!

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Follow this link to Learn more about DairyPure and to locate your nearest retailer. If you liked this recipe, you can get more DairyPure Recipe inspiration on Pinterest. And you can also get some new ideas through following DairyPure on Facebook. I just signed up to follow them on both places so that I can change our breakfast routine, and perhaps even get some new ideas for lunch and dinner!

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Residual Income, Evergreen Content, and Other Secrets to Making Money Online

“How exactly do you get paid?” is a question I hear all the time, and you’d be surprised by how often the question comes from people who are perfect strangers to me. I know people aren’t trying to pry by asking such a personal question. They simply can’t help but blurt out what they are thinking! After all, so few people seem to actually know someone who successfully earns a paycheck while working from home. It’s not an unheard of concept, yet it still seems like a bit of a unicorn (conceivable, but not actually real).

This is how I commute to work. Just kidding, I don't have a commute!

This is how I commute to work. Just kidding, I don’t have a commute!

photo credit: Y’know, hanging with my unicorn via photopin (license)

Well friends, I want to sit and chat with you all a bit more and answer some of the questions you might have about how to successfully make the transition from working outside of the home to working inside the home (or if you are already inside the home, how to fire up your computer and start generating some cash on the side).  My friend Kayla Aimee and I will tell you a bit more about our own journeys and exactly how we benefit from being our own bosses (and the benefits are many, y’all!).

Two bloggers share their best tips for making money online, including residual income, evergreen content, and ways to monetize your influence on your own time. They work from home successfully, and you can, too! Come hang out with us as we spill some of our secrets for you during a free live webinar this Thursday, May 28th at 1:00 PM ET. We’ll be chatting for about 45 minutes and we are recording the session, so even if the time is bad for you, get registered now so that the recording can be emailed to you later!

In addition to telling you more about how we get paid while staying home with our little ones, we’ll be answering some questions that we collect between now and then, as well as some questions that will come in during the event, so be sure to leave a comment below with any questions you might have about how making money from home works so that we can address as many of them as possible! And please feel free to share this with any friends you may have who are longing for a change or who want to figure out how to turn their hobbies online into income-generating activities. We can help!

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Summer Styles for Your Littles to Love

Complimentary outfit provided for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own, as always. 

I continue to love the looks put out by FabKids, and my children continue to reach for their FabKids clothes first whenever they are clean and hung up in the closet. This company seems to have mastered the art of combining fun styles that kids love with comfort that they also crave since they are busy playing throughout the day and need clothes that can keep up!

This month I have two major loves from FabKids. First, is our new outfit selection for the month, which is the Summer Stripe Tutu dress paired with navy leggings.

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This dress is reminiscent of one of our all-time FabKids favorites, which Darah wore on her first day of kindergarten and many MANY times after that.

We’ve already washed the dress at least 3 times (due to it being constantly picked!) and it holds up just fine in the washer. The colors are also just so vibrant and fun; it’s really such a great piece!

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And the navy leggings are a great pairing for cooler days or for times when your child might be rocking the playground equipment and need a bit more coverage. Neutrals like that will pair with tons of other stuff in her wardrobe, which will make them a great item to have in her collection.

The other thing I am continuing to love is what I call the “fire dress” that I featured last month. I loved it so much, in fact, that I ordered it for each of my nieces on my husband’s side of the family during our recent gathering together for my father-in-law’s memorial service. We live scattered all over the world, so we only get together as a big group every other year. Such an occasion warranted some matching dresses! :-)

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Aren’t they cuties? Let me tell you, it was worth every single penny, because all of the girls ADORED their dresses and spent the better part of the day twirling around in them! :-)

New to FabKids?

If you aren’t familiar with FabKids, you should definitely check it out (when you sign up through me you get 2 outfits for the price of 1 plus free shipping on your first order!). This is an outfit of the month club and it is SUPER easy and flexible, so no worries about getting locked into something you don’t really want. You get new outfit selections (which are plentiful!) on the first of the month and you have until the 5th of the month to either choose an outfit (outfits are mostly $29.95…some are $34.95) or to skip the month. Skipping is EASY…just a few clicks! Trust me, I have skipped quite a few times, myself!

If you forget to log in and skip you will be charged on the 6th and will simply have an outfit credit on file to use any time you like. So you won’t be shipped something that isn’t right for your child as a default. I love that!

Only once have I been disappointed with an outfit purchase, and FabKids very quickly fixed the problem for me with absolutely no hassle. Otherwise, FabKids outfits are pretty much instant hits around here!

Hands-On Prints Books: Bringing Montessori Home!

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Hands-on-Prints books. I received books to facilitate my review.

Are you concerned about your kiddos experiencing some brain drain over the summer? This is an issue I’ve been a bit worried about, personally, and it has impacted the types of activities I am going to make available. Of course my kids are going to have plenty of unstructured play time (that’s an important part of learning, after all!) but I’m also on the look out for reading materials that can help with skill development for my pre-reader and my early reader.

Today I want to highlight two books that are fantastic summer additions to my kids’ libraries!

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My kids are in Montessori school, and one of the important learning activities that pre-readers do is to practice tracing the cursive letters while making the letter sounds. The focus isn’t on the name of the letter, but rather the sound that it typically makes. And by tracing the letter, you are using muscle memory. This is how learning, and not rote memorization, takes place.

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I am really loving the book Around the World from A to Z. This book has the raised cursive letters on one side of each page for the child to enjoy tracing. The other side of the page has very vivid images from around the world. Real-world photographs would have been most ideal, in my opinion, but the drawings are very beautiful. The images show children all over the world engaged in various activities all over the world (for example: kayaking by the Golden Gate Bridge). So in addition to the pre-reading exercises, you are also getting some geography and some information about various physical sports and games.

My youngest has begins her first preschool year in Montessori school this fall. We will be tracing our letters over the summer and continuing to practice with it throughout the school year. When she outgrows the book, I will be donating it to the school!

The other book I’d recommend for little ones as they work on identifying emotions, as well as coping strategies for when things don’t go their way, is Do I have to? What if I don’t want to. Now this book is going to be just as helpful for me as it is for my kids. There are so many great points made just to the parents at the beginning of the book about how hard it is for a child to have so little control over how their day goes (when they wake up, where they go, what they eat, etc.) and that can get overwhelming, and also really frustrating! This book takes an empathetic approach to those difficulties and also helps start conversations between parents and their children so that they can help each other work through those hard moments.

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Both of these titles are from Hands on Prints. Christina Cheung is the founder of Hands-on-Prints, and she began writing her books after establishing a Montessori school. The range of material offered on the website spans from the simple to the more complex, and incorporates tactile elements as well as a visually stimulating experience for children. Please take a moment to check out the website and see what might need to be added to your summer reading list!

Customized Pet Food? Yes! It Exists!

Samples provided for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own, as always. 

There’s no doubt about the fact that our two cats are different. One is a senior (she’s 13) and the other is turning 3 this summer. One is long-haired, and one is medium-haired. One is a Maine Coon and the other is a Rag Doll. And while we’re comparing, one is grumpy and the other is constantly fighting to get in your lap.

Different cats. Different needs. 

Every pet is unique, no matter the type and temperament. And all pets have different preferences when it comes to food, as well. Petbrosia is a customized pet food provider for cats and dogs that creates truly custom blends of food for your individual pet based on age, weight, activity level and special considerations. It is a very cool concept!

Right now Petbrosia is offering a 50% off coupon for new customers (use code SPNTRY) to try their first box of cat or dog food, and I want to show you what that experience is like.

You fill out a fairly detailed profile on the Petbrosia website and placing your order, you will receive a package that looks similar to this:

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The bag is silver and doesn’t have information about what is inside because it is truly a custom blend for your pet. You get your detailed product information on a card that looks like this:

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I ordered the salmon flavor for Hattie and the chicken flavor for Rose (you get to choose either flavor for cats…not sure what you get to pick for dogs). You can see the difference in their food blends by color alone, and while I’m sure the taste is also quite different, I wasn’t personally interested in doing a taste test for you! :-)

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Hattie absolutely loved her salmon blend. She eagerly eats it every time I serve it. I haven’t noticed any difference in the amount of hairballs she has (a constant problem with her, I’m afraid) and it’s hard to tell if she is experiencing any other health benefits at this point, so all I can go on is the fact that she likes it.

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On the other hand, Rose absolutely refuses to eat her custom chicken blend. REFUSES. I can’t offer an explanation. Maybe she would have been happy with the salmon flavor, or perhaps she wouldn’t. Hattie doesn’t seem too eager to eat the chicken blend either, though (I presented it to her out of sheer curiosity). She will eat it, but I can tell she’s not thrilled.

So…maybe go for salmon when you order? At 50% off, I think this is worth the risk to try out for your dog or cat, especially if you are already purchasing a more premium blend of food and would like to get something even more customized for their unique needs.