My Happy Baby’s First Christmas Made Easier

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Happy Family Products for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

December is a really busy month for us!  Not only are we getting ready for Christmas, but we also have a birthday celebration right before Christmas in our family.  My oldest daughter turns 15 this week.  Her birthday request was to take an overnight shopping trip with a couple of friends.  That worked great for me, because I still needed to finish Christmas shopping.  The only problem is, that even though my teen and I had a lot of shopping we could do, I still needed to take my 9 month old baby along with us.  She’s still nursing, so she doesn’t get away from mom much, but she can be a challenge when we’re out and about for very long.

 

 

I recently received a box of goodies from Happy Family Brands full of healthy organic food options for my baby.  Before we left on our trip, I packed anything that would make my life easier while I was out Christmas shopping and driving in the van.  I was so thankful for the Organic Puffs.  When she gets fussy, the only thing that will divert her attention is putting food in her mouth!  We were able to keep the Puffs available and any time she would fuss, we’d give them to her, prolonging her periods of happineess.  A huge score for me!  (In the picture at the top, she was enjoying them at the hotel…while she waited for our next adventure.)  All through the month of December, while I’ve been running here and there, trying to get caught up on Christmas shopping and decorating, we’ve been using these delicious snacks and foods to keep little Quinnly going.  She’s LOVES them and will squawk really loud until she gets the next bite.

 

Benefits of Happy Family Baby Foods

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  • Organic ingredients = safe ingredients with no chemicals
  • Packed with added DHA
  • Sweetened with 100% Fruit Juice
  • Made with organic whole grains
  • Choline is added for eye and brain health
  • Moms don’t have to worry, knowing their babies are eating food that is good for them!

I hope you’ll take the chance to get to know the Happy Family products as well.  I can assure you, you won’t be disappointed!  Visit the Happy Family website to learn about organic baby and toddler food.

 

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How Dr Pepper Plans to Help Create Balance – #DPSBalance

I was educated on how Dr Pepper Snapple Group is embracing balance in families, thanks to a partnership with Dr Pepper Snapple Group and The Motherhood.  All opinions and Dr Pepper obsessions are 100% my own.

 

If you’ve been hanging around me very long, you’ll know that I’m a Dr Pepper lover!

 

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Yes, I certainly do love that bubbly drink and aim to have at least a swig of it on a daily basis.  That’s why, when I was invited to be a part of a special briefing held by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group, I was excited to get to attend!  They were giving me the opportunity to learn a little more about how they aim to help me, as a consumer of Dr Pepper Snapple products, create a little more balance in my life.  Let me tell you a little bit about what I learned:

 

How Does Dr Pepper Help Create Balance in People’s Lives?

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It’s no secret that I need to lose a few pounds.  It’s also no secret that I need to stop drinking full calorie Dr Pepper at the rate that I am currently drinking it, in order to obtain that goal.  The problem is, I can’t imagine not drinking it!  I absolutely enjoy my life with a Dr Pepper in hand.  How do I get the benefit of losing weight while still enjoying a good tasting Dr Pepper?  I really don’t like the taste of diet drinks.  Aspartame has never appealed to my taste buds at all.  That is what led me to ask this question:

 

Q.  I’m a longtime, dedicated drinker of Dr Pepper. The problem is that I need to lose weight and don’t like the taste of diet drinks filled with aspartame.  Do you have an alternative to aspartame-sweetened drinks?

 

A.  For those who want beverages with natural sweeteners, we are testing a naturally sweetened line of soft drinks, and continue exploring new options with sweeteners as consumer needs evolve.

 

Do you want to know what that new option will be?  It’s something they will call Dr Pepper Natural.  It is Dr Pepper sweetened with real sugar (not high fructose corn syrup) and stevia.   Stevia has been on my list of approved sweeteners for losing weight.  This new Dr Pepper will only have 60 calories per 12 ounces and that, my friends sounds like a great way to still enjoy the great taste of Dr Pepper all while having the ability to lose some weight!  Hooray!   (It will also be available for Canada Dry and 7-Up.)

 

OK, so I know what you’re thinking!  You’re thinking, “yeah, your weight isn’t going to fall off by just switching to this drink, is it?”  No, that’s true, it probably isn’t going to come off really fast just by making that one switch.  However, it certainly won’t hurt  to cut out 90 calories per 12 ounce serving, along with making other healthier food choices!

 

Here’s some facts that I found interesting…..

 

Did you know?

 

  • Only 20% of children live near a park
  • Two-thirds of kids get less than an hour of play a day
  • They’re increasingly time-crunched, with 12 fewer hours of free time per week
  • Disadvantaged inner-city youth participate 40% less in sports and fitness
  • Kids’ recreational time is increasingly spent on devices. Kids 8-18 spend an average of 7.5 hours per day on media
  • The consequences of all of this, along with poor eating and drinking habits, is that obesity rates have tripled

 

How does the Dr Pepper Snapple Group help with this problem?

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  • They have built and/or improved 2000+ playgrounds to date, offering more than 5 million children the opportunity to play through the Let’s Play Program with Kaboom!, a national non-profit, dedicated to active play.
  • This year, DPS made a $1 million commitment to Good Sports, a national non-profit dedicated to promoting active play among older children by providing athletic equipment to disadvantaged young people nationwide.
  • They have created an amazing website, called Let’s Play, giving you as parents, many ideas to get active with your children and not just sitting around behind media devices.
  • They have created many other drink options, suiting different people’s tastes in their different walks of life!  (Did you know that Dr. Pepper Snapple has a line of many popular beverages?  This includes Snapple, Mott’s, Schweppe’s, A&W, RC and more!)

 

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I’m pleased with the steps that the Dr Pepper Snapple Group have taken to get us thinking about being active again!  I know, if I my family needs the nudge, many others do, too!

 

If you are interested in applying for one of the grants that Dr Pepper Snapple group is administering, be sure to visit the Let’s Play website to learn more information and to apply for a grant for your organization, team, or playground.  


Ravioli Lasagna

This is a post from monthly contributor Karen from The Saving Cents Mom.  

 

Ravioli Lasagna sounds complex but it is so easy to make!  I never make traditional lasagna because it seems so complicated and time-consuming.  When making this simple recipe, you save time by using frozen cheese-filled ravioli instead of the traditional lasagna noodles.  Ravioli Lasagna is not only easy to make, but it is also a delicious dinner that the whole family will love.

 

Ravioli Lasagna

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. of Ground Beef or Italian Sausage
  • 1 24 oz. jar of Spaghetti Sauce
  • 25 oz. bag of Cheese-filled Ravioli (frozen)
  • 1 16 oz. container of Cottage Cheese
  • 1 14.5 can of Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 cups of Mozzarella Cheese

 

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350°.

 

2.  Brown ground beef or Italian sausage.

 

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3.  Spread a layer of spaghetti sauce (about half of the jar) in a 9×13 casserole dish.

 

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4.  Put a layer of frozen cheese-filled ravioli (about half of the bag) on top of the spaghetti sauce.

 

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5.  Spread the meat, cottage cheese, and diced tomatoes evenly on top of the ravioli.

 

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6.  Add another layer of spaghetti sauce and ravioli on top.

 

7.  Spread the Mozzarella cheese evenly on top.

 

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8.  Cover and bake for 45 minutes.  Remove cover and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

 

Ravioli Lasagna is a simple and kid-friendly dinner to make.  Not only does my family go back for seconds but everyone wants the leftovers the next day too.  If you are looking for more easy-to-make recipes like Ravioli Lasagna, check out Crockpot Ravioli and Lasagna Casserole.

 

This post is written by Karen from The Saving Cents Mom.  Karen is a mom who loves to save money!  She has two amazing children and a wonderful husband who she loves to spend time.  They enjoy reading books, playing outside, watching movies, and making memories.