Friday, August 1, 2014

Superheroes Eat Veggies

Do you have a picky eater at your house? Do you fight to get them to eat fruits and veggies? I have a picky-cringes-at-the-sight-of-veggies-eater so I feel your pain.

Well I have a couple of mommy \brilliant solutions for you.

First, all you need to do is convince your picky eater that as a Superhero (or princess or ninja or whatever) they need their fruit and veggies. We are a bunch of superheroes around this house, so I opted to remind my super picky eater that Superheroes Eat Veggies.

I decided my picky eater needed a t-shirt to help him remind him that as a superhero he needed to eat his veggies. The Superheroes Eat Veggies T-shirt was born. He hasn't wanted to take off his this shirt since he put it on. Keep reading for details on how I made this shirt.

The next mommy brilliant solution are these Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers. They are brilliant. They have fruit squeezers and fruit and VEGGIE squeezers. Plus they are portable. Everyone knows as a Superhero you have be ready to go save the world on a moments notice.

Superheroes also need to eat a lot. Not long after breakfast they need a snack. Just after lunch, they need a snack. Snacks, snacks, and more snacks. I have been struggling to avoid the typical snacks of crackers, chips, and junk food. These little pouches of fruit and veggie goodness have saved me. 
With so many yummy flavors, my Supers have lots of options so they are happy. I am happy because whether they are the Fruit Only Squeezers in strawberry and mixed berry or the Fruit and Veggie Squeezers in peach mango, blueberry, and apple cinnamon they are getting a healthy snack.

They are packed with 1 1/2 servings of fruits and veggies. They are have a fruit-tastic taste that my Supers loved. They have no corn syrup which I loved.

These have a variety of ways to use them. Not only are they great for an on-the go snack or the school lunch box, but they also are great for after game snacks. No matter how you serve them, your Supers will love them. For more ideas on how to encourage your kids to eat healthy visit this my Healthy Kid-Approved Snacks Pinterest Board.

Add some garden to your Super's lunch box and the snack pantry with these Fruit Squeezers. Your Superhero will run faster and fly higher.

Run faster than a speeding bullet to your local grocery store and grab up some of these Del Monte Fruit Squeezers. Del Monte offers good for you fruit goodness in plastic cups. Again, any way you serve it, they are gonna love it.

Once you have your favorite Del Monte snack in your pantry, snap a photo of your Super enjoying their snack and head on over to Del Monte's Facebook Page and enter Back To School Contest: Do you Squeeze or Spoon? All you have to do is upload your photo and vote on your favorites.

How cute would your photo be if your Super was sporting this Superheroes Eat Veggies T-shirt while they were enjoying their favorite Del Monte snack? You could change the wording to Princesses Eat Veggies or Superheroes Eat Fruit And Veggies or anything else.

To make the shirt:

You need a t-shirt, heat transfer vinyl, vinyl cutting software. The font I used was Bebas. Type up the phrase you want and flip it horizontally, cut it out on your vinyl cutter, and iron on to your t-shirt. If you don't have a vinyl cutter you can also trace the phrase onto freezer paper, cut out to make a stencil, and use fabric paint to paint on the words to the shirt. Any way you make it, your kiddo will look adorable.

So let me know, do your kids prefer to Squeeze or Spoon? My Supers can't decide what they like to do best because they love it all.

Let me know in the comments if your kids prefer to Squeeze or Spoon and you will be entered to win $100 Visa Gift Card. Eek! So exciting. Who couldn't use a $100? Also don't forget to go and visit Del Monte on Facebook and enter their Back To School Contest. If you share a photo of your kiddos' favorite Del Monte Squeeze or Spoon snack on their page between August 1st and September 1st you could win one of two $10,000 grand prizes for your kids' school.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Everything Is Awesome T-Shirt

For days, and I mean D-A-Y-S we have been singing "Everything is Awesome. Everything is cool when you're part of a team. Everything is Awesome when you're living a dream!"

Basically, my boys are obsessed with The Lego Movie. They would watch it everyday if I allowed them. As it is I have to listen to them singing the song and quoting the movie constantly. Which is how I dreamed up this Everything Is Awesome Lego T-shirt.

I was chauffeuring the Little Men around as normal and as usual they were singing "Everything is Awesome...". When Bean suddenly chimed in it caught my attention because of how unbelievably adorable his little voice was. Then somehow brain went from hearing his adorable voice, to thinking that even he loves this movie, to they all love this movie, to I should document that somehow, to "put it on a shirt", and then finally to this shirt.

P.S. As I wrote this sentence I couldn't stop thinking about how poorly it must be written and
 how I am exactly what Weird Al is singing about in "Word Crimes". 
P.P.S If you haven't listened to that song you should.  

I digress. Back to the Everything is Awesome T-shirt.

The yellow t-shirt is from The Mart. I used black heat transfer vinyl from Expressions Vinyl. I imported this Lego silhouette onto my Silhouette software. I typed text in the image using Bebas font, which is one of my favorite fonts to use for shirts. You can also do all of this using freezer paper like with this shirt.

Cut. Iron on. Wear.

This shirt caused a lot of fights. My older two were not happy that Little got this Everything is Awesome T-shirt. So now I have signed on to make two more. Ha.

I told you my boys are obsessed.

I guess I can't blame them. This is an AWESOME shirt. You knew that was coming. Ha!

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Honey Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

A few years ago here on the blog I had a FROYO week. A whole week devoted to delightful frozen yogurt recipes. Yum that was heavenly. I went a little froyo crazy that year, and the whole family was pretty grateful I made that much frozen yogurt.

Fast forward to last year. I don't think I made any frozen yogurt. I didn't make one single batch of frozen yogurt. Well I just couldn't repeat that this year.

I christened our 2014 Frozen Yogurt Extravaganza with this unbelievable Honey Vanilla Frozen Yogurt.

The base for this frozen yogurt is one of our favorite Greek Yogurts--The Greek Gods Honey Vanilla. Seriously, guys, it is the best. With just a few more added ingredients it makes the best dang frozen yogurt ever.

I love making frozen yogurt because it requires just a few basic ingredients, you add in some extra pizazz, run it through an ice cream maker, let it set up just a bit more in the freezer and then you are ready to dig in.

I don't mind if I do. 

Happy FROYO eating!

Honey Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

1 24 oz Honey Vanilla yogurt
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 vanilla bean
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons honey

Cut the vanilla bean open and scrape out the seeds. In a bowl, add in the yogurt, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla bean seeds, vanilla extract, and honey. Mix well.

Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker. Once the mixture is set up, pour it into a container. I drizzled a little bit more honey over the top. Then freeze for at least 2 hours until firm.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Water Gun Fight T-Shirt: Thirty Handmade Days

I am super excited for this month's project for Thirty Handmade Days

Who doesn't love a good water gun fight? You know what is better than a regular old water gun fight? Well a water fight that is kids versus the dad of course.

This Get Dad Wet T-shirt also has a sweet bullseye on the back. 

All you need it the shirt and a couple of filled water guns. Fun is soon to follow.

Head on over to Thirty Handmade Days to check out the details on how you can make this shirt. It is super easy and is sure to bring some fun to a summer afternoon.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Script Tee DIY

Script Tees are really rather lovely, are they not? I have really wanted one. Unfortunately I just couldn't find one I really liked within my price budget. I also made the mistake of imagining exactly what I wanted it to say. So then of course I couldn't settle until I had one that said just what I wanted.

You know what this means, right? Yup, it means I had to make one.

So make a DIY Script Tee I did. With the lyrics of one of my favorite songs too.

I'm no beauty queen, I'm just beautiful me...from Selena Gomez's Who Says.

I have a soft spot in my heart for this song. Prepare yourselves for the sweetest story to follow.

I actually had not heard this song when it first came out. Ask anyone who know me well, I tend not to be up to date on the current songs. So when Hubby came in and said he wanted me to listen to a new song I said, "Okay". He prefaced my listening to this song by telling me he wanted me to really listen to the words. He also said that the song reminded him of me and he wanted me to feel that way about myself.

Then I listened to the song. Then I shed some tears. Then I kissed his handsome face. Then I listened to it again.

I can't listen to that song without thinking about him and how beautiful he makes me feel.

Now you can understand why I wanted a scrip tee with the phrase I'm Just Beautiful Me.

Sigh. So sweet.

Anywho. I digress. Making a script tee is insanely easy. All you need is--

a t-shirt
a fabric marker
fabric paint
paint brush

Slip a piece of cardboard in the t-shirt. Write the phrase you want lightly with the fabric marker.

Then trace over your handwriting SLOWLY with a paint brush and fabric paint. Allow to dry. I speed up the process by using a hair dryer.

Then slap on some red lipstick and wear your new script tee proudly.

And believe you are beautiful.

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