Thursday, March 5, 2015

BOB Revolution Stroller Giveaway




When you're shopping for baby gear, it can be hard to know which items to put on your registry. There are just SO many options out there! That's why Babies"R"Us created their WhatToExpect.com's Moms Love It List. This list features all the best items for babies, voted most-loved by real moms! One of the items to make it onto the Babies"R"Us WhatToExpect.com's Moms Love It List is the BOB Revolution SE stroller. From the zoo to the beach, the BOB Revolution SE will help you to zip through congested areas and around tight corners easily with the swiveling front wheel, or lock the wheel in place for increased stability when you’re jogging or navigating through tough terrain. The easy-fold, lightweight design means the stroller is ready to stow, go or roll wherever life moves you. A state-of-the-art suspension and roomy, comfortable seat ensure baby will have a smooth ride on the journey. The accessory adapter feature allows you to quickly secure a BOB Infant Car Seat Adapter or add a BOB Snack Tray for snacks on the go (accessories not included).

Features

  • The BOB Revolution SE Stroller's swiveling front wheel allows for superior maneuverability. Locks forward for increased stability jogging or when the terrain turns tough.
  • Easy, two-step folding, lightweight frame for convenient transport and storage.
  • State-of-the-art, adjustable suspension system provides an exceptionally smooth ride.
  • Accessory Adapter allows for quick and easy attachment of BOB Infant Car Seat Adapter or Snack Tray.
  • Ultra-padded, adjustable reclining seat for enhanced seating comfort. Five-point padded harness keeps your child comfortably secure.

Dimensions

  • Swivel mode: 46.1” L x 25.4” W x 39.8” H
  • Jogging mode: 51.7” L x 25.4” W x 39.8” H
  • Folded dimensions (wheels on): Swivel mode: 39.2” L x 19.3” H; Jogging mode: 43.1” L x 19.3” H
  • Folded dimensions (wheels off): Swivel mode: 33” L x 11.8” H; Jogging mode: 36.9” L x 10.7” H
  • Weight: 25 lbs.
  • Capacity: 70 lbs.
Thrifty Nifty Mommy recently had the opportunity to review the BOB Revolution SE stroller. Make sure you check out the review to read all about it! One lucky person is going to WIN the BOB Revolution SE stroller, sponsored by Babies"R"Us! This giveaway is open to residents of the continental US who are 18 years of age or older. It ends at 11:59pm EST on March 19th, 2015. Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck! Entry Form Disclosure:This is a sponsored post on behalf of BabiesRUs. The participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. One winner will be randomly selected using the Giveaway Tools random selector and notified via email by the hosts of this giveaway, Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro. Once notified, the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Google. Void where prohibited. post signature

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

18 Leprechaun Trap Ideas

St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner and what is a better way to celebrate it with your children than trapping a leprechaun? Check out these 18 fabulous traps. 
Leprechaun Trap Cake by Not Martha.
 Simple Leprechaun Trap.
 Leprechaun Trap on The Fickle Pickle.
 Leprechaun Trap by A Blonde and Three Boys.
 Leprechaun Trap on About.com
 Leprechaun Trap on Kruses Doing Their Personal Best.
 Leprechaun Trap by Creekside Learning.

 Lego Leprechaun Traps by Brain Power Boy.
 Leprechaun Trap by Club Chica Circle.
 Jake's Leprechaun Trap on About.com.
 Cereal Box Leprechaun Trap by Crafts by Amanda.
 Leprechaun Trap on The Classroom Creative.
 Leprechaun Trap by Moms and Munchkins
 Leprechaun Inn on Molly Moo Crafts.
 Leprechaun Trap on Slow Family.
 Leprechaun Trap by DLTK.
 Leprechaun Motel by Sweet Metel Moments.
Leprechaun Present by Looking For My Car Keys.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Doctor Who Terrarium

One of my favorite things about being geeky is adding little touches of fandom around my house. Nothing huge, just a touch here to make me smile when I walk passed it. This terrarium is one of my favorite things in my whole house. It was super easy to bring together and if you were trying to be super frugal you could use a lot of things you have on hand or laying about your yard.
You will need:

  • a large jar with or without lid
  • moss
  • river rocks
  • dirt (if you are using real succulents) 
  • succulents, real or fake
  • Tardis Pen 


Add a layer of rocks at the bottom of your jar, then add your dirt if you are going to be using real plants. Add your plants and then place the moss around the edges of the plants. I used fake plants because I am terrible at remembering to water house plants and I didn't want to have to replace them every week,

To add the Tardis pen, you will either need to break the Tardis off the top of the pen, or make sure you have a jar that is deep enough that you can stick the pen into the rocks and have it sit where it is supposed to in the jar. I did the later, because who knows if you are going to want to use the pen as a pen later.

I love this little hint of geek in my living room, it is subtle but lots of fun!

Do you have any geeky decor?
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$500 Amazon Giftcard Giveaway

Today I am teaming up with some of my all time favorite blogs to bring you an AWESOME giveaway! $500 to Amazon. Details below!
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Monday, March 2, 2015

Quinoa & Blackened Tilapia Bowl



We all want to eat healthier, but it's hard, right? So many "healthy" recipes are full of ingredients you've never heard of, and you want a meal the family will still eat. So how do you do it?

Often the answer comes down to swapping out traditional ingredients for healthier alternatives.

Mexican food is a favorite, but it's often not particularly healthy. But with a few modifications it can be. That is the idea behind the quinoa and blackened tilapia bowl. It's truthfully a cross between blackened tilapia (a favorite dish in our family) and a Mexican bowl, swapping out the rice for the healthier quinoa.

If you're not familiar with quinoa, it's a type of seed that has minimal flavor in and of itself (similar to rice), and is kind of spongy in texture. Sometimes it tastes kind of nutty, but mostly it's rather bland. Thankfully it easily takes on the flavors that surround it, and it's incredibly filling. I can only eat a small amount before I'm stuffed. Why eat it anyway? It's high in protein and fiber, which makes it a healthier alternative to many types of rice.

This meal really has four parts: the blackened tilapia (which requires a rub), the quinoa prep, a lighter version of guacamole, and bowl assembly.

INGREDIENTS
2-4 tilapia fillets
1 cup quinoa (uncooked)
2 cups chicken broth
1 can corn
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 tomato, diced
¼ cup cilantro

Rub Ingredients
1 tsp cayenne
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp of cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper

Light Guacamole Ingredients
¼ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup Greek yogurt
1 large avocado
1 garlic clove
1 chipotle pepper
1½ Tbsp lime juice (or one squeezed lime)
½ jalapeno, seeded and diced
Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. Prepare the quinoa by rinsing 1 cup of uncooked quinoa in a strainer. Place the quinoa in a saucepan with  2 cups chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Turn heat to low and cook covered for 15 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and let stand for five minutes. Remove the lid and fluff the quinoa. This will make 3 cups cooked quinoa.
  2. Next, prepare the light guacamole by combining all the guacamole ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Prepare the tilapia rub by combining the rub ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well. Sprinkle the rub over each piece of tilapia and lightly press. Cook the tilapia in a pan over medium heat for 3-5 minutes on each side. You can also cover the fish which can help lock in some moisture.
  4. Prepare the bowls by placing quinoa on the bottom. Add the beans, corn, tomato and cilantro. Lay a tilapia filet on top and add the light guacamole as desired.
The dish is an interesting combination of textures, spices and heat. The quinoa takes on the flavors of the bowl ingredients. The blackened tilapia can be rather spicy so the cool guacamole creates a nice balance. It's definitely a healthy dish that's packed with flavor and color. 

One thing to be careful of is to not overload the bowl with quinoa. It is deceptively filling. It seems so small, like it couldn't possibly fill you up, but it will. Let the other ingredients and flavors take the dominant role.

Giveaway: Amazon Favorites Including $100 Amazon Giftcard

Are you looking for some amazing things for kids on Amazon? Look no further! This giveaway has them all!

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Welcome to the Favorite Amazon Finds for Kids Giveaway, generously sponsored by Medi-Pals!
Last month, Thrifty Nifty Mommy introduced us to a fantastic kid-friendly medication dispenser called Medi-Pals. Available in 3 fun characters, Medi-Pals dispensers are familiar and fun for the infant, easy for the caregiver to use, and they always ensure that the child is getting the accurate dosage of medicine.
Key benefits of Medi-Pals pacifier medicine dispensers:
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  • The diverter on the pacifier nipple fans the medicine to the sides, not straight to the back of the child's throat, so that the child won't gag and spit the medicine out.
  • They're reusable, dishwasher-safe, and easy to clean.
  • The pacifier and faceplate are easy to put together and take apart. You can even change faceplates!
  • They work with more than just oral vitamins, pain relievers, and oral antibiotics—it can also be used with baby food or even honey. If you can get it into the syringe, it will work.
  • They're made in the USA!
Thrifty Nifty Mommy recently had the chance to review the Medi-Pals medication dispensers, she's very happy with how easy they are to use and how quickly her children take their medication or vitamins Be sure to check out her full video review of Medi-Pals to see how these dispensers work.

To celebrate the fact that Medi-Pals are now available on Amazon, we've put together a FANTASTIC prize package of our favorite Amazon Finds for Kids - all sponsored by the generous people at Medi-Pals -
This prize package is valued at over $500 and includes:
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  • (1) KidKraft Retro Kitchen:
  • (1) Melissa & Doug Wooden Blocks Set
  • (1) Step2 Deluxe Master Art Desk
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Be sure to check out Medi-Pals on Amazon!
Open to the continental US only, ages 18 and up. Ends 3/16/15 at 11:59 PM EST. Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good Luck!
Disclosure:This is a sponsored post on behalf of Medi-Pals. The participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. One winner will be randomly selected using the Giveaway Tools random selector and notified via email by the hosts of this giveaway, Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro. Once notified, the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Google. Void where prohibited.
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Friday, February 27, 2015

Big Hero 6 Baymax Cake with Homemade Fondant

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BigHero6Release #CollectiveBias
Have you seen Big Hero 6 yet? We absolutely love it in our house. This darling story of a little boy trying to overcome tragedy is sweet and endearing. My daughter loves that they become super heroes in the movie and I love that they become heroes by using their intelligence. Most of the people on the team are incredible inventors and they use that skill to help save the world. I love that this film makes it exciting to be smart. 
My daughter has been begging for a Big Hero 6 cake since the movie came out, so we decided to make one together. This Baymax cake is pretty easy to pull together and the homemade fondant is so much fun to make. 

For this cake you will need: 

  • 2 cake mixes and everything needed to make them
  • frosting 
  • a bag of marshmallows
  • powdered sugar (I used a full bag and a little extra)
  • black piping gel
  • rolling pin


Bake 2 8-inch cakes and 1 6-inch cake. Allow the cakes to cool completely. If you cake has a dome, slice the dome off with a knife to make the cake level. Place the first layer of the cake upside down on your cake plate and add a layer of frosting.
Place the second 8-inch cake on top, upside down (it gives it a cleaner surface to frost) and frost it completely. Frost the 6-inch cake on a separate plate.
Prepare the fondant by mircrowaving a bag or marshmallows in a microwave safe bowl for 2 minutes. Add the melted marshmallows to your stand mixer and mix. While mixing, add four tablespoons of water and the bag of powdered sugar one cup at a time until the mixture stiffens. Pull the mixture out and knead it with your hands on a surface covered in powdered sugar. When the fondant has a consistency of a stiff dough, roll the fondant out thin and large enough to cover the cake.
Using both of your arms, lay the fondant over the stacked 8-inch cakes.
Smooth the fondant down and then trim off the excess.
Add the 6-inch frosted cake to the top of the cake and repeat the process. Using the black piping gel add Baymax eyes to the top tier of the cake. 

To complete the cake, I added POP figures that I found on Walmart.com. My daughter really wanted the girl super heroes so we bought Honey Lemon and Go-Go for the front of the cake and then the cute Baymax for the top.
 We went to Walmart to buy the movie the day it came out because she was so excited. Walmart has the special combo pack that includes the blu-ray, the DVD and a special DVD about the science behind the movie, while supplies last. 
Do your kids love Baymax as much as mine do? 
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