Try Harvest Snaps – they are Pea-rfect!

harvest snaps


Feeling like I won the healthy lottery with these pea-ps.

I’m talking Harvest Snaps.

Lentil me tell you about it.

Even Elmo agrees ….

thumbs up elmo


What are Harvest Snaps and why is Elmo so happy?

  • The taste, the texture, the convenient, guilt-free snack
  • The Black Pepper and Onion Thyme – his favorite flavors
  • The fact that they are baked, gluten-free, high in fiber and protein, low in sodium and fat
  • And just the right amount of crunch. He’s got to take on Cookie Monster!

Beck likes them too. He basically snapped at the mere mention of a healthy snack until we shared them with him. The flavors were a tad stronger than he’s used to, but he did enjoy them. If you have a picky eater it’s worth testing them out. And they are nice party snacks too – especially since they are a bit of a surprise when you bite them for the first time.

Check them out on Facebook and check out the videos for the Pod Squad.

Want to try even more flavors? Pea-riffic.

Here they are:

The Snapea Crisps are available in four different varieties: Lightly Salted, Caesar, Black Pepper and Wasabi Ranch. Lentil Snaps’ Tomato Basil and Onion Thyme flavors.

Will you try them? “Yes PEAS!” We’ve been snap-snacking on them for a few weeks now. They’ll be a fixture in our pea-ntry.

(I’ll stop now, I promise)

This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps. I have been compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

How Going to Type-A Got Me Hooked on Eating “Baby Food” at the Beech-Nut Baby Shower

As a mom to a toddler with quite a few food allergies, feeding has always been a challenge. I’ve become a pro at reading labels, but of course it’s easier to feed him foods in their whole state. However, toddlers and raw veggies don’t always get along.

When he first started eating solids we made everything from scratch – packaged foods scared me (His favorite food was squash…by the way. I can steam squash like it’s my job.). I didn’t want to corrupt his poor little innocent gut with preservatives and such or ingredients I couldn’t pronounce.

While I was at the Type-A Conference in Atlanta, I was lucky to attend the Beech-Nut Lunch and got to learn more about their company and the new re-invented food line.

Beech-Nut is located in New York and is a very family-oriented company. Just so you can understand how family-oriented, on your baby’s first birthday you get the day off! I don’t know about you but I had to work on my baby’s birthday and it certainly was a hard thing to do.

Beech-Nut has updated its brand. It doesn’t make baby food anymore. No, they are making real food for babies.

We also got to hear about how the food was made, which is not something you necessarily know when you’re purchasing baby food from the store:

  • Beech-Nut uses fresher-frozen ingredients
  • They use special varieties of ingredients and unique combinations
  • They are the first “baby”-food brand that uses avacado in their combinations
  • Food is pureed while it is cold
  • No Preservatives! They remove the air from the food using some technology that I don’t understand to stop the oxidation process.
  • Food is cooked using a double boiler — a gentler way of cooking using indirect heat.
  • They were inspired by moms who make their own food
  • They are in the verifying phase with the Non-GMO Project

At the event we learned all that jazz and even got to play a little game. We played Beech-Nut Bingo where we tasted baby food and guessed what flavors we thought we were eating (and I totally got BINGO).

Beech-Nut Baby Shower

We took the Not Baby food challenge. I ate baby food…and I liked it.

I can’t wait to use it for so many things: snacks for me and B (yeah. out of the jar. Gatta problem?), baking, OH! the possibilities. I’m going to give it a whack and share some recipes with you soon.


So I have a challenge for YOU. Take the “Not Baby Food Challenge” and let me know what you think in the comments!


Lunch Ideas for Beck’s Chicken Allergy

Chicken Allergytoddler lunch

Beck’s chicken allergy has been a tough one because we ate A LOT of chicken pre-diagnosis and we had to quickly change our eating habits. It’s been particularly tough with daycare because chicken is always on the menu at some point during the week. So we are always looking for easy substitutes.

  • Lunch meat is an obvious and Beck loves his turkey and ham (we just tried Hillshire Farm Naturals – no preservatives or artificial flavors = win!).
  • Beck loves plain tuna. It’s an easy lunch alternative to chicken salad.
  • Veggie burgers (we love black bean burgers!) are great for days they serve chicken patties or chicken nuggets which let’s be honest is quite often.

Same goes for dinner. We keep these staples on hand for days we eat our chicken dinners. Easy peasy substitutey.

hillshire farm

And thanks to Hillshire Farm for sending us some sample of their new Naturals line. The only thing missing is the stuff that you don’t want your kids eating! Love the flavors – especially the ham. Check them out!

COOLIT Granny. No Really. COOLIT.

coolit bowl kids

Fresh out of the freezer. Yes you keep the dishes in the freezer.
It’s the COOLIT and it cools your food down so little bitties can eat right away. I know, I know, it’s hard to believe.

But really, this bowl will cool off food in no time. It’s a good thing because even though Granny is known as having a lot of hot hair and that’s not helping when she blows on Beck’s food.

food in the coolit
So we tried the COOLIT to see if it really worked. And you can’t see the steam coming off the food because I ran to the next room (forgot my camera – rookie blogger move, huh?) to get said camera and by the time I got back all steam was gone. Gone.

True story.

Let’s ask the important people what THEY think.
“Go ahead, try it Beck!”
beck coolit food

“How is it Beck?” Apparently fine. He’s wolfing it down.

beck penny coolit

It’s a winner winner pork chop dinner.

Here’s a little bit of info about the COOLIT.

What is it?
The COOLIT is a special cooling dish invented by the parents of two little impatient eaters who wreaked havoc on mealtime while waiting for their hot food to cool down. The COOLIT is designed with special non-toxic gel inside, kept in the freezer and then taken out at mealtime to properly cool a child’s hot food in less than a minute!

How does it work?
The COOLIT is kept in the freezer and once you’ve prepared your child’s hot meal, you remove the COOLIT, place the hot food in the bowl and stir for less than one minute. Almost instantly the food will be at perfect temperature for your little one. Transfer the cooled food to your child’s plate and start enjoying mealtime!

Tell me more!

  • Infused with non-toxic gel for rapid cooling
  • Top rack dishwasher safe
  • 2in x 8in – fits perfectly in a bag to bring along to restaurants too!

Thanks to COOLIT for the review product!

KFC Family Game Night with I SPY

My kids grew up on the I SPY games. We had all the books and they loved them. We also had a lot of chicken, mashed potatoes and green beans. What do these have in common you ask?

Now KFC has partnered with I SPY to give you good food and good fun.  Because who doesn’t want to have fun with dinner? And we want chicken tenders, mashed potatoes and green beans. Obviously……

KFC game night i spy

Yes, obviously my family has eating on their mind first and foremost, but that’s OK – I’m learning to grab my plate first before their hands dive in. It’s only been 25 years.  More about KFC’s Game Night Bucket:

KFC’s Game Night Bucket includes a free I SPY game and bonus I SPY posters to allow families to enjoy time together over dinner. The beloved I SPY franchise has been engaging, educating and entertaining children and families around the world since the first I SPY book was published in 1991.

The KFC Game Night Bucket includes 12 of KFC’s famous Extra Crispy™ Tenders, four dipping sauces, four biscuits, two large side items and a free I SPY game, right on the bucket, for you to play during dinner! (For larger families, the Game Night Bucket is also available with 20 Extra Crispy Tenders.)

Also check out their site and try your luck at their online I SPY game!

I SPY some serious fun happening here!

Thanks to KFC for the opportunity to try their Game Night Bucket!


Father’s Day Fun Tips with GoGo squeeZ – Giveaway

gogo squeez activities Dad deserves a great Father’s Day. Well most dads do and I’m hoping yours is one. I mean for some men we know it’s “just another day” – but they don’t count. heh. Now your husband or dad? He’s all about today. He’s been waiting ALL YEAR FOR TODAY. Let’s find some ways to make it special for him. And these are great ideas to celebrate Dad year round. Check out these fun suggestions from GoGo squeeZ for some “get up and GoGo” (see what they did there) fun  this year:

  • Campfire time. Take Dad on a fun camping getaway! Be sure to pack fun snacks and games for the trip, and always make sure to leave your campsite cleaner than you found it before you ship out. Even if you can’t go far, a pretend backyard campsite can still fire up the kids.
  • Take a Hike! Summer is a great time to go hiking and a good way to discover wildlife and native plants in bloom. Check out a Wildlife or Nature Center in your area for the best hiking trails for spotting critters, flowers, and breathtaking views.
  • Go on a picnic… Pack a cooler and head out for a family picnic. Surprise Dad with his favorite dinner or dessert, and make sure to bring some activities for post-picnic fun.
  • Tap into his competitive side. Dads love a little friendly competition, so why not organize a dads vs. kids field day? Flag football, basketball, volleyball, and soccer are great games to play with family and friends. Stake out some space in your local park, or just take over the backyard!
  • Out on the open sea. Kayaking and canoeing are great ways to get active and enjoy the sunny weather. You can always find great deals on rentals at local lakes or rivers, and for some bonus fun, you can pack a “waterproof picnic” lunch to eat on the water: GoGo squeeZ pouches, raisins, and anything else the kids can dream up.

When you are busy having the time of your life it’s nice to have snacking easy so you can enjoy the day. We love GoGo squeeZ grab and gos. They are great for B and great for Mom and Granny too. And because Dad deserves a quick, healthy snack too, we’re giving away (4) 4packs of GoGo squeeZ. You hear me right! Just complete the Rafflecopter below and be entered to win! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Toddler Turkey & Veggie Loaves – Egg Free

Since Beck was identified with allergies, some of our favorite foods needed a re-think and a re-do. One of our favorite was the Turkey & Veggie meatloaves. Eggs are the problem now so we found a way to make them without.

toddler turkey veggie loaves egg free

In this case we used mashed potatoes (made without milk) and a little oil as a binding agent. They turned out great.


1 lb ground turkey

1 small bag of mixed frozen veggies

1/2 c mashed potatoes

1 T vegetable oil

1/2 c breadcrumbs

Cook the veggies according to the bag directions. We ran the veggies through the food processor to make sure they were soft enough. Then mix all ingredients thoroughly. Scoop up  small portions and place in cupcake pans (we sprayed them with PAM).  Bake about 35 minutes depending on the size of your muffins.

My Wonderful Wonder Bread Giveaway

I’m excited to be working with Wonder Bread in celebration of May as National Hamburger Month *throws confetti* on a giveaway of … you guessed it… bread. Lots of bread.

But I’m giving away coupons because I found out that bread does not ship easily. This is what I was sent that didn’t quite make it.

wonder bread shipping

Brings new meaning to the word FLATBREAD.

So when your bread is shipped to you flat, what are you gonna do? You turn lemons into lemonade. Or in this case bread into breadade.

You salvage any slices that aren’t mushed.

wonder sandwich

You take artistic photographs of those buns that don’t quite make it….

artistic buns


bun flower


You might even use these photographs to make inspirational quotes on a textured background.

baby ima want you lyrics

You may not be old enough to remember that song. I am. I’m almost as old as Wonder Bread.

Not really. Just feels that way.

Ok fans, thanks for humoring me. Here’s the dealio about the giveaway.

I have 20 FREE PRODUCT coupons and I’m giving away 4 sets of 5 coupons to 4 different people. Leave me a comment on the blog using the words WONDER and BREAD in the same sentence. I’ll choose 4 winners on the 5th of June and mail the 5 coupons to the 4 you. 

Open to US only.

Oh and HAI – check out my Norelco Shaver Giveaway as well!

*jazz hands – yes I received the squished bread and coupons but all mad photo skills, crazy photo manipulations and opinions are my own.

 Winners have been notified – via email from

Thanks for entering everyone!


Free Cake with your Meal at KFC Through May 25

kfc logo

May is kind of the perfect time for Mother’s Day. Mom has 4 months of the year under her belt and is about to enter the crazy summer schedule season. It’s a great opportunity to treat her to something awesome. Forget just one day – let’s make it a month of Mom because why not? KFC is giving Mom a break from dinner prep and offering a free family-sized cake (rich double chocolate chip or sweet lemon) with the purchase of a meal, through May 25. So you can have your KFC and eat cake too (see what I did there? no?)

I got to sample their NEW Lemon Cake. Not everyone is a chocolate person (so I’ve heard?), so here’s something for you. Mind you it’s sweet. But then so are you right?

Give it a try at your local KFC and treat Mom to something sweet this May!

lemon cake kfc


I got a free product to review, but opinions are still my own.