Toopy and Binoo: Kid Friendly YouTube Channel! Plus, a Twitter Party!


Toopy and Binoo

Disclosure: I received Toopy and Binoo products in exchange for a post about the show. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Toopy and Binoo is a wildly successful Canadian animated television show for children aged 2-6. It features Toopy, a tall, funny and friendly mouse, and his best friend Binoo, a tiny, clever and lovable white cat.  Talkative Toopy loves to chat about the duo’s fun adventures. Thoughtful Binoo keeps his lips zipped but gets his point across with playful gestures and actions.

Following Toopy and Binoo’s Canadian success, this animated series is now available to children in the United States on the Toopy and Binoo YouTube Channel! Funny in an age-appropriate way, Toopy and Binoo teaches children daily skills and encourages them to use their imaginations. It inspires creativity while reinforcing positive values such as friendship, good manners, creative thinking, and humor. The Toopy and Binoo TV YouTube channel features more than 100 full, five-minute episodes, each with laughs and stories the whole family will enjoy.

Angelica just loves Toopy and Binoo. She’s always been a fan of Youtube, and of quick and funny cartoon shorts (she’s loved Pocoyo and Pingu for years!). This cartoon was a great addition to her viewing rotation…plus, it’s super convenient because if we’re out and about, at the grocery store or something like that and she gets bored, I can just open up the YouTube app on my phone and she can get right to viewing her favorite Toopy and Binoo episodes.

If your child loves Toopy and Binoo like mine does, you can also find them on Twitter and Facebook!

Toopy and Binoo Twitter Party Details:

Want to talk Toopy and Binoo? Join us on Feb. 20th at 1PM EST for the #toopyandbinoo Twitter party, hosted by @resourcefulmom! You can learn more about the show, plus, win prizes!

Happy viewing!!

Tuesday Timesavers: Online Grocery Shopping

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Each Tuesday, I’ll be posting one tip to help busy working moms save time. This week we’re looking at places to do your grocery shopping online.  In fact, there are a handful of websites dedicated to doing just that!

For example, if you live in the northeast, Peapod.com doubles as an alternative to Stop and Shop. Here in Boston, Roche Bros also does an excellent job competing with Peapod (we actually use them right now and I love it!) In both companies, in order to maximize quality and freshness, they package your products at the last possible minute and ship in temperature controlled containers to keep the perishables cold. Delivery times can usually be scheduled for the next day if you order by 4pm with Peapod, and with Roche Bros, usually by the night before depending on delivery volume. I’ve had no problem placing an order at 8pm the night before for a delivery between 6:30-8:30 the following day. Super convenient! While Roche Bros. is only in Boston, Peapod also delivers to other areas of the country, so check the site to see if your area is included in the list!

If you don’t live in an area that Peapod.com can deliver to, you can opt for Netgrocer.com, which delivers to all 50 states. Like Peapod.com, they can deliver perishables and frozen products in temperature controlled containers. Their delivery schedule is published on their site, and they use a FedEx shipping method that does not require you to be home to receive the delivery. The delivery process takes a little longer with Netgrocer.com…about 3-7 days.

Another alternative is Amazon.com, who started selling groceries a few years ago. Delivery is available in all 50 states and shipping times and rates vary. I found it hard to find details on how they keep products fresh while they’re on the way to you, though.

Finally, if you just need baby products delivered, you might try something like Diapers.com. They sell everything from diapers and wipes to formula to bottles, toys, clothing, and other baby gear and boast quick shipping. (And sometimes it’s free!)

All product reviews in this post are the writer’s opinion and have not been paid for or compensated.

Meal Plan Monday on the Genetix Program – 2/17/2014

Disclaimer: I am a Genetix Program affiliate blogger. I’ve been given the Genetix Program services for free in exchange for these reviews, but the options and results within are my own.

Welcome to this week’s Meal Plan Monday!

Entering Week 6 of the Genetix Program, woot woot! Weigh in for week 5 is coming tomorrow, and it’s not going to be good. Had a few emotional setbacks this past week that sent me into a tailspin with my eating habits, but today, it’s back on the wagon.

Starting today, my friend Nikki and I are doing what we call the BODY SHOWDOWN. For ten weeks, we’re going to compete with each other to earn the highest percentage of weight loss. The loser buys the winner lunch at the end of the game. We’ll share our weigh ins and such in the comments of each Meal Plan Monday post, so if you’d like to follow/play along (though you’ll have to find a local buddy to compete with/take you to lunch at the end!) feel free!

Anyway, on to the meal plan! You’ll notice in the lists below that snacks are broken up into 1.1 and 1.2, and 2.1 and 2.2. This is because we get two snacks a day, but they’re split into two parts, an hour apart. So, if I’d eat a greek yogurt with almonds, I have the greek yogurt at, say, 10:30am, and then the almonds at 11:30am, and then lunch would be at 12:30 or 1 pm. That keeps the metabolism boosted and working! Fruit and veggies can be used to further fortify snacks without counting as an individual snack in and of itself.

Mondays are ALWAYS vegetarian days, as are the days after you have your “meal off” for the week.

So, without any further delay, here’s what the menu for the week of 2/10/2014 is going to look like!

Monday:
Breakfast: Eggs, banana
Snack 1.1: Greek Yogurt
Snack 1.2: Almonds, mixed fresh fruit
Lunch: Meat-free Lean Cuisine entree, steamed broccoli
Snack 2.1: Baby carrots w/ hummus
Snack 2.2: Rice Cake
Dinner: Morningstar Farms black bean patty, salad

Tuesday:
Breakfast: Breakfast Casserole (click that link for the recipe – I used fat free ground turkey instead of chorizo, and added some spinach), banana
Snack 1.1: Greek Yogurt
Snack 1.2: Almonds, mixed fresh fruit
Lunch: Salad with grilled chicken
Snack 2.1: Baby carrots w/ hummus
Snack 2.2: Rice Cake
Dinner: Tilapia with salsa and 1/2 avocado

Wednesday:
BreakfastBreakfast Casserole, banana
Snack 1.1: Greek Yogurt
Snack 1.2: Almonds, mixed fresh fruit
Lunch: Salad with grilled chicken
Snack 2.1: Baby carrots w/ hummus
Snack 2.2: Rice Cake
Dinner: Grilled chicken with salsa and 1/2 avocado

Thursday:
BreakfastBreakfast Casserole, banana
Snack 1.1: Greek Yogurt
Snack 1.2: Almonds, mixed fresh fruit
Lunch: Lean Cuisine, steamed veggies
Snack 2.1: Baby carrots w/ hummus
Snack 2.2: Rice Cake
Dinner: Grilled chicken with stir fry veggies (no sauce)

Friday:
Breakfast: Raisin Bran, 1/2 cup skim milk, banana
Snack 1.1: Greek Yogurt
Snack 1.2: Almonds, mixed fresh fruit
Lunch: Salad with grilled chicken
Snack 2.1: Baby carrots w/ hummus
Snack 2.2: Rice Cake
Dinner: Gardenburger patty, salad

Saturday:
BreakfastBreakfast Casserole, banana
Snack 1.1: Greek Yogurt
Snack 1.2: Almonds, mixed fresh fruit
Lunch: Veggie burger on sandwich thin with salad
Snack 2.1: Baby carrots w/ hummus
Snack 2.2: Rice Cake
Dinner: *MEAL OFF*

Sunday:
BreakfastBreakfast Casserole, banana
Snack 1.1: Greek Yogurt
Snack 1.2: Almonds, mixed fresh fruit
Lunch: Salad with grilled chicken
Snack 2.1: Baby carrots w/ hummus
Snack 2.2: Rice Cake
Dinner: Gardenburger patty with steamed veggies

And there we have it, this week’s menu! As you can see, while there are some guidelines that you have to abide by under the Genetix Program, there are still a ton of delicious things you can eat — and, on your meal off, you can still indulge and satisfy those pesky cravings!

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Wordless Wednesday: From the Prince & Princess Ball

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Angelica at the Prince & Princess Ball - Wordless Wednesday

Angelica and her cousins dressed for the ball

Fit Tuesday With the Genetix Program: Week 4

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Disclaimer: I am a Genetix Program affiliate blogger. I’ve been given the Genetix Program services for free in exchange for these reviews, but the options and results within are my own.

Five weeks in starting today! I was down four pounds in week 4 which puts me right back where I was when I started the program, before the wheels came off the train and I spiraled head first into a pile of food a couple weeks ago.

If you missed it yesterday, you can check out Meal Plan Monday to see what’s on the menu this week. As you can see, there is a LOT of different food you can eat while on the Genetix Program.

This is getting easier with time. I am feeling a lot more energetic! I’m gearing up to finally start adding exercise to the routine next week. I was going to do it this week, but I’ve been having some off/on problems with one of my hips, which makes walking/running a bit of a challenge. It came on pretty suddenly and as I’ve started taking off a few of the pounds I added it’s easing up, so hopefully by next week it’ll be rested up and ready to go!

This week’s update is fairly brief, because I just don’t have a whole lot to say, but hopefully next week I will have moved some mountains!

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10 Valentine’s Day Crafts and Printables

10 Valentine's Day Crafts and Printables

 

Valentine’s Day sure is coming up fast this year. If you’re like me, you’re still playing catch up from the holiday season, and Valentine’s Day may have fallen under the radar. Never fear! There’s still time to pull it all together and create some unique and super fun crafts with your family. Whether it’s simply printing out some valentines for your kids to hand out to their classmates (there’s even a candy-free idea!), using up your leftover Valentine’s Day cards, or planning something special for your sweetie, there’s sure to be something in in this list of 10 Valentine’s Day craft ideas and printables to help fill your heart with the warmth of the most loving holiday of the year. Plus, these are all free, aside from the cost of supplies, so you can stay on budget!

10 Valentine’s Day Crafts and Printables

Free Printable Fox Valentines
Free Printable Valentine’s Day Cards (Set 1)
Free Printable Valentine’s Day Cards (Set 2)
Free Valentine’s Day Love Bug Printable Coloring Page
A Year of Date Nights – Crafty Gift Idea!
Leftover Valentine’s Day Cards Craft Idea
I Love You Beary Much Printable Coloring Page
Heart-Shaped Lace & Sew Template
Candy-Free Valentines for Kids
Free Valentine’s Day Craft Ideas eBook

Tuesday Timesavers: Lunchables: They’re Not Just Kids Meals

tuesday-timesavers-lunchables Tuesday Timesavers is a weekly feature, posted on Tuesdays, listing conventional and unconventional ways that working moms can save time each week!

Today’s might make some of you laugh. It’s a trip back to elementary school, but a way that I’ve managed to save both time and money every week.

A few weeks ago I wrote a Tuesday Timesavers piece about ways to save time in the morning. After that, I got to thinking – what are some ways to save time throughout the day? Later that night I was grocery shopping, and suddenly, it was staring me in the face, making me laugh like a ten year old girl.

It was a Lunchables display.

Okay, before you think I’m totally off my rocker, let me explain. One of the things that eats up time in my morning is packing a lunch. You have to get all the parts together, make the sandwich/grab a frozen meal, grab a drink…or worse, plan to grab fast food for lunch if you don’t have time to do that.

So, feeling kind of silly about it, I decided to give the Lunchables a try. I hadn’t had one since elementary school, and since then, they’ve started packaging them complete with a drink and a snack size candy bar.

For example, the one I have with me today is a Low-Fat Ham and Cheddar, with a snack size fat-free Jello pudding and a Capri Sun fruit punch. 360 calories. I tossed a banana in the bag with it to get my fruit/veggie for the meal and I’m set!

Another great thing about these is that they don’t need to be microwaved. No need to wait in line in the break room for the microwave, no need to wait 5-7 minutes for a frozen meal to cook. Just pull this out of the fridge and eat, or if you’re really pressed for time, put it in a lunchbox with an ice pack and keep it at your desk!

If your child or children are school aged, this also could save time at the grocery store. If you buy Lunchables for their school lunches, grab a couple for yourself too so you don’t have to go elsewhere in the store to pick up yours.

Finally, each one costs about $2.50. That’s about the same, or less than the cost of a frozen meal, and definitely cheaper than fast food. It may not be the 100% healthiest thing in the world, but if the alternative is fast food, the Lunchables is a better option.

I now understand why my mom used to send us to school with these every day.

Disclaimer: The above is my opinion. I am not compensated by Lunchables or any associated brands for writing this article.

Meal Plan Monday on the Genetix Program – 2/10/2014

Disclaimer: I am a Genetix Program affiliate blogger. I’ve been given the Genetix Program services for free in exchange for these reviews, but the options and results within are my own.

Welcome to this week’s Meal Plan Monday!

Entering Week 5 of the Genetix Program, woot woot! Weigh in for week 4 is coming tomorrow, but I’ve decided to start making a diligent effort to plan out each week’s meals so that I know exactly what to buy (saving money) as well has have my game face on for the week so there are no last minute bad decisions. This will also give you, my awesome readers, some insight into the wonderful world of healthy eating that Genetix is introducing me to!

You’ll notice in the lists below that snacks are broken up into 1.1 and 1.2, and 2.1 and 2.2. This is because we get two snacks a day, but they’re split into two parts, an hour apart. So, if I’d eat a greek yogurt with almonds, I have the greek yogurt at, say, 10:30am, and then the almonds at 11:30am, and then lunch would be at 12:30 or 1 pm. That keeps the metabolism boosted and working! Fruit and veggies can be used to further fortify snacks without counting as an individual snack in and of itself.

Mondays are ALWAYS vegetarian days, as are the days after you have your “meal off” for the week.

So, without any further delay, here’s what the menu for the week of 2/10/2014 is going to look like!

Monday:
Breakfast: Raisin bran with 1/2 cup skim milk, banana
Snack 1.1: Greek Yogurt
Snack 1.2: Almonds, an apple
Lunch: Meat-free Lean Cuisine entree, steamed green beans
Snack 2.1: Baby carrots w/ hummus
Snack 2.2: Rice Cake
Dinner: Morningstar Farms black bean patty, steamed veggies, small salad

Tuesday:
Breakfast: Raisin bran with 1/2 cup skim milk, banana
Snack 1.1: Greek Yogurt
Snack 1.2: Almonds, an apple
Lunch: Salad with grilled chicken
Snack 2.1: Baby carrots w/ hummus
Snack 2.2: Rice Cake
Dinner: Tilapia with steamed veggies, fruit

Wednesday:
Breakfast: Raisin bran with 1/2 cup skim milk, banana
Snack 1.1: Greek Yogurt
Snack 1.2: Almonds, an apple
Lunch: Salad with grilled chicken
Snack 2.1: Baby carrots w/ hummus
Snack 2.2: Rice Cake
Dinner: Grilled chicken with stir fry veggies (no soy sauce, too salty)

Thursday:
Breakfast: Raisin bran with 1/2 cup skim milk, banana
Snack 1.1: Greek Yogurt
Snack 1.2: Almonds, an apple
Lunch: Salad with grilled chicken
Snack 2.1: Baby carrots w/ hummus
Snack 2.2: Rice Cake
Dinner: Grilled chicken on steamed veggies, topped with salsa and 1/4 avocado

Friday:
Breakfast: Raisin bran with 1/2 cup skim milk, banana
Snack 1.1: Greek Yogurt
Snack 1.2: Almonds, an apple
Lunch: Salad with grilled chicken
Snack 2.1: Baby carrots w/ hummus
Snack 2.2: Rice Cake
Dinner: Scrambled eggs with grilled veggies and fruit

Saturday:
Breakfast: Raisin bran with 1/2 cup skim milk, banana
Snack 1.1: Greek Yogurt
Snack 1.2: Almonds, an apple
Lunch: ** MEAL OFF ** (dining out somewhere!)
Snack 2.1: Baby carrots w/ hummus
Snack 2.2: Rice Cake
Dinner: Salad with grilled chicken

Sunday:
Breakfast: Raisin bran with 1/2 cup skim milk, banana
Snack 1.1: Greek Yogurt
Snack 1.2: Almonds, an apple
Lunch: Veggie burger on sandwich thin, steamed veggies
Snack 2.1: Baby carrots w/ hummus
Snack 2.2: Rice Cake
Dinner: Salad with veggie patty, fruit

And there we have it, this week’s menu! As you can see, while there are some guidelines that you have to abide by under the Genetix Program, there are still a ton of delicious things you can eat — and, on your meal off, you can still indulge and satisfy those pesky cravings!

Like what you hear and want to give it a try? Head over to my affiliate page and sign up. Make sure to use promo code BLOGAAA. Today through February 15th you can save $30 off the setup cost!

Homemade Valentine’s Day Treats: 15 Delicious Ideas

15 Homemade Valentine's Day Treats

 

I love DIY gifts. Getting something made from scratch and given from the heart is sweet and touching. It shows the person really thought about you and took the time to make something special. Homemade Valentine’s Day treats are no different! One of the best ways to show your sweetie that you love them is to cook for them! Whether it’s a husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, fiancee, or  kids, is there any better way to your sweetie’s heart than through his (or her) stomach?

I’m a girl who loves to cook and bake, so I set out to search the internet and the blogosphere for some of the best homemade Valentine’s Day treats out there. There are some very talented and creative bloggers out there! I found fifteen amazing ideas for Valentine’s Day treats, so if you need inspiration, look no further! The list below covers all the bases, from heart shaped pizzas to popcorn balls to Valentine’s Day snack mix. There’s sure to be a treat listed to spark your creativity and wow your sweetie this Valentine’s Day.

15 Delicious Homemade Valentine’s Day Treats

Heart Shaped Popcorn Balls

Valentine’s Day Cinnamon rolls

Valentine’s Day Trail Mix

Jell-o Hearts

Heart Shaped Pizza (also Mini-Heart Pizzas)

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Valentine’s Day Bento Box

Hershey Heart Pretzels

Heart Shaped Gum Drops

Cherry Flavored White Chocolate Hearts

Valentine’s Day Marshmallow pops

Heart Shaped Pancakes

Valentine’s Day Snack Mix

Valentine’s Day Puppy Chow

Sweetheart Crunch Mix

Fit Tuesday With the Genetix Program: Belated Week 2/3 Update

Fit Tuesday with Genetix Program Weeks 2/3

Disclaimer: I am a Genetix Program affiliate blogger. I’ve been given the Genetix Program services for free in exchange for these reviews, but the options and results within are my own.

So the theme of the week is “stumbling blocks”. I stumbled, big time. But it’s okay! We’re moving forward in this weight loss journey!

It’s been three weeks since I started Genetix.

As of today, I am +4.

This is not a fault in the Genetix Program. This is mine and mine alone.

I don’t think I’ve made a secret of the fact that I have an emotional eating related issue (and if I haven’t before, well, there it us!) I did GREAT on Genetix for the first two weeks, and then last week the proverbial shit hit the fan in several areas of my life and I fell straight down the rabbit hole. I stopped calling my coach (Sorry Michelle!) and completely sabotaged myself. The sad thing. I KNEW I WAS DOING IT. I for a few days, I just didn’t care…and then I realized in all of this that there is nobody who is going to hold a gun to my head and make me eat right and exercise. My failures are mine and my successes are mine.

So, this morning when I stepped on the scale and saw the +4 (which means I gained 10 pounds from the low I hit at the beginning of the program) it was a huge wakeup call. I stepped off the scale, looked at myself in the mirror and said, out loud, “Holy crap.”

My cat looked at me and shook her head. I’m not even kidding.

So I tucked my invisible tail between my legs, called Michelle and fessed up. I told her how had screwed up big time. How today I was full of new resolve. How I was just going to jump right back in the game and get this weight off!

And do you know what she did? She cheered me on. No harsh words. No judgement. Just said something like “Yep, that’s what we’re gonna do, we’re gonna put this behind us and move forward.” And that is what I love about Genetix! Failures are failures but that’s one of the reasons your coach is there. To HELP YOU GET BACK ON THE WAGON. This is also why it’s important to be honest with your coach. The way she reacted to my deviation from the plan is so important to someone who has issues with emotional eating, because often that “I can’t believe you gained weight” shaming is just a  trigger. It just pushes you to eat more because you feel like…well, what’s the point?

This conversation with Michelle was a far cry from, and so much better than when I went to Weight Watchers and on the weeks I’d gain, the lady behind the counter would lean over and whisper in a condescending tone, “You’re up this week.”

So, today, I have new resolve. It’s been kicking around in my head for a few days, but this new resolve was born from a conversation I had with my sister the other day. I’ve been a little overly emotional/sensitive about the separation, and Angelica’s been pushing my buttons in an big way, plus, I took her to the park for a picnic over the weekend and hardly had the energy to follow her around. My biggest concern with the separation is the instability she’s had in her life — and the fact that this isn’t even the last big change she’ll have. We’ll have to move out eventually, and then it’ll be just her and me. Another change. Another transition. Another change in family dynamic. And then if I get married again? If I have more kids? Well those are more changes she will have to endure. All of that makes me worry for her.

And then my very wise sister points out to me that in all of that, what’s the one stable, constant, consistent thing she has? Me. Her mom.

And my goodness, she needs me to be strong and capable of being that person. She deserves it.

So here we go. I’m looking so forward to reporting back with GOOD news next Tuesday!

You can also go back in time and see my previous weeks on the Genetix Program!

Like what you hear and want to give it a try? Head over to my affiliate page and sign up. Make sure to use promo code BLOGAAA. Today through February 15th you can save $30 off the setup cost!