Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Strider Sport Balance Bike giveaway!

 Welcome to the Strider Sport Balance Bike Giveaway! Hosted by: Momma Lew Co-Hosted by: A Life In Balance Do you have a child who is struggling to learn to ride a bike? Did you know that a Strider Sport Balance Bike can help a child as young as 18 months learn to ride a two-wheeler? You can read Momma Lew's review here to find out all about this great bike to help your child gain the balance and confidence they need! One lucky reader is going to win their own Strider Balance Bike (ARV: $119) in the color of their choice! To enter, follow the steps in the giveaway form below. This giveaway is open to US residents, 18+, one entry per household. Giveaway will end at 11:59pm on 8/6 EST. Good luck!
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philly parks

This playground is on the corner of Terrace St and Hermit St in Manayunk, PA. Elinor's dance school is walking distance from here. On this day we took a trip with a few of her little friends after class for a picnic and play. There isn't too much shade but it is still a great park. The splash pad was so much fun. The girls had a blast running jumping through the water. I also suggest water shoes or keeping your shoes right next to the splash pad. Only because once you walk away from the water, your feet will burn. 
awesome table with checker boards on top and a basketball court that we didn't check out
nice and clean structure, only parts were too hot to slide down
We were sitting in the only bit of shade to eat
one more splash before we left

Friday, July 18, 2014

I like food

 It has been hot! We have window units all around our house but not in our kitchen. We do have a ceiling fan in the kitchen. With the oven on, the ceiling fan just whips around hot air. I've been trying to get away with not cooking too much. Making a bowl is a great option. I've said it so many times but I would rather a bowl from Life Alive in Salem. Since that isn't possible (at least until next week!) I've been making a few bowls a week.
 This one is rice, arugula, broccoli, avocados, tofu, corn, nutritional yeast, and topped with Goddess Dressing from Trader Joe's. So easy and fast to make. 
 Elinor actually likes them too. Hers of course has to be deconstructed. If I put cheesy sprinkles (nutritional yeast) on just about anything she will try it.
Big news!! Our Whole Foods finally got Earth Balance Mac & Cheese in! It was an excited night for us. We all really liked it. Elinor even had 2 servings and asked for more but it was gone. We made buffalo tofu with it and corn on the cob. I think the mac & cheese tastes like Annie's from what I remember. It has been a few years though. Now if only Whole Foods could keep the Earth Balance cheddar squares in stock!
and always a pizza night with Daiya cheese and sun dried tomatoes. We took a tip from Pizza Brain and added arugula on top after baking the pizza. Makes it so tasty!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

houston playground

Last week we ventured to Houston Playground. It is fairly close to our house. I'm so surprised no one told us about this spot last summer. I'm so happy I'm finding new playgrounds and fun things to do! 
There are two playgrounds, a toddler/preschooler friendly one and a big kid one. Luckily, the smaller one is in the shade. We walked over to the bigger side but Elinor decided she didn't want to try it out.
Plenty of swings on the smaller playground.
From the smaller playground you can see the splash pad. 
on the other side of the splash pad is the bigger playground. Full sun. Beyond this are baseball fields and basketball courts. Again, we didn't go over that way. There is a summer camp there during the week and I didn't want to disrupt their games.
The water comes on at 12pm. I think it stays on till 9pm and it isn't on during the weekends. Which is a bummer. Elinor had so much much running through the water.

If you are ever around Roxborough, PA check out Houston playground. It's a fun time!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

polagram photobook

*Polagram sent us this book for free but all opinions and words are my own.
I always want to print out pictures of Elinor. I've downloaded some apps only to find out you can only use pictures on your camera roll. I take a lot of pictures. Too many. I have to dump all my pictures on Dave's computer and start again pretty often and I'm left with an empty camera roll.
Polagram allows you to use pictures from instagram and facebook. I was able to make a book of Elinor in minutes by just scrolling through my instagram. I used pictures from the day she was born up to the day I made the book. Only using 26 pictures I made an amazing hardcover book of her whole life so far.
The pictures are such good quality and take up a good amount of the page. It is so perfect for her to flip through. She requests to read her Elinor book all day long.

Polagram has some new products too that look just as cool. 8x8 or 8x10 big prints, posters, and phone cases. I think a poster to hang on her wall of all her adventures would be fun too. Feel free to use my promo code PGTQ3ALK if you decide to order. You will receive 2 euros off your order.

Friday, July 11, 2014

I like food (365 Vegan Smoothies)

*I was sent 365 Vegan Smoothies to review. All opinions and words are my own.

Kathy Patalsky from Healthy Happy Life wrote a new book! 365 Vegan Smoothies is full of healthy and delicious recipes! Elinor used to eat everything but since this toddler has become too busy, she has no time to sit for a meal. We try to give her smoothies on the go to get those extra nutrients in. I get in a rut making the same smoothies everyday. 
flavor swirl shake
I was so excited to try this book out. It sits on our kitchen table because I've used it at least once a day. We usually have a lot of smoothie ingredients around so I was able to make one right when we received the book. My favorite part of the book is that by each recipe Kathy broke down the nutritional information. I can see exactly what Elinor is getting. 
kale sunshine refresh
As our ingredients dwindle down, I have just been checking the back of the book for what we do have. I can easily find one with what we have. Elinor loves helping make each smoothie. Well, until the blender comes on. Then she runs and hides. 
apple walnut pie
Every recipes that I've tried has been awesome. My favorites so far are the apple walnut pie and vibrant kiwi pineapple. I really think that we will end up making every smoothie before the year is over. I'm so excited to try out some of the coffee ones! Coffee banana freeze?? There are also a few matcha ones that sounds tasty. I just need some matcha. 
for July 4th. I tried to make red white and blue smoothies with 3 different recipes. I forget which ones I used! Elinor was excited with it though. 
vibrant kiwi pineapple

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Scott Wardell Memorial Fund

If you read Design Life Kids then you are probably already in love with Kim and her family. She is so talented and her kids are adorable. Recently her husband passed away. It has been breaking my heart. I could not even imagine what they are going through. When these things happen you always want to help in anyway. I want to share the Scott Wardell Memorial Fund with you. All the money will go to support their daughters.

Sending all the love to Kim and her daughters.