CONTEST ! Jamberry nail wrap Giveaway!

Since February is Heart Health Awareness Month, Jamberry is happy to announce that they’ve partnered with the American Heart Association to create a new charity wrap that will help the fight against heart disease.

On average, 1 in 3 women dies from heart disease, and as an organization founded by women, Jamberry wants to join the fight. The Heart Health Awareness wraps (which is a There’s More wrap) are available for purchase and a $2 donation will be given to the AHA with each wrap sold.

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***Contest*** 1 winner will receive a FREE Heart Health Awareness wrap!

How to enter:

Don’t forget to COMMENT on our post when you have done all 3!! GOOD LUCK!

We hope you will join us in this cause and order your Heart Health Awareness wraps so you can join us in wearing red this February.

About Jamberry:

  • Heat activated non toxic nail wraps
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Made in the USA
  • $15 per sheet (2 manicures & 2 pedicures per sheet)
  • Always Buy 3 Get 1 FREE

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You can order your Heart Health Awareness Wrap here:

http://www.amymelnick.jamberrynails.net/product/heart-health-awareness#.VNk_ni6m79M

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~Amy~

 

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Strawberry Sweetheart Smoothie

Forget the heart shaped doughnut for breakfast, grab a Strawberry Sweetheart Smoothie!

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What you will need:

  • 1 Cup frozen strawberries
  • 2 Cups Chocolate almond milk
  • Vegan protein powder (shown here are 2 of my favorites)
  • For a stronger chocolate flavor go with Juice Plus Dutch Chocolate ( amyforsythe.juiceplus.com )
  • For a balance of strawberry and chocolate go with Arbonne vanilla (www.mj.myarbonne.com)

Blend, Drink & Enjoy!

Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe ? please share it with us !

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Family Date Night at Jenkinsons

Couldn’t find a babysitter for a Valentines Date night? No problem! we have you covered!!

Jenkinsons is offering a date night with fun for the whole family!

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We love that we are able to enjoy the Jenkinsons aquarium in the off season. They host fun family events all year long, so check out their calendar for a list of more upcoming events !

http://jenkinsons.com/aquarium/

TIPS:

  • Dress warm and in layers  Jenkinsons, the sweet shop, arcade and aquarium are all close but you will be in and out of warm buildings going to each location
  • Bring cash for parking (on event days they usually charge for the parking lot directly by the aquarium) but there is always street parking for free in the off season so if it’s not too cold and you don’t mind a short walk you can save a few dollars
  • Hang on to your playcards, you can reload the dollar amount when they are done and save them for the summer
  • Bring a camera, Jenkinsons always does a great job decorating for the holidays so keep an eye out for some festive photo opportunities

 

 

penguin exhibit at Jenkinsons aquarium
penguin exhibit at Jenkinsons aquarium

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Contest!!! Win a Couple’s Thai Yoga Massage Workshop for Valentine’s Day!!!

Thai Massage is bodywork therapy based on the principles of Ayurveda and Yoga, born centuries ago in Thailand (as one would assume).  Basically, the practitioner guides a client through a series of yoga like postures and applies pressure with the palms, thumbs, feet or elbows to clear the “sen”, better known as the energy lines.  The result is a beautiful, relaxing, and at the same time invigorating experience.

So when you bring together therapy like Thai Yoga Massage and an open-minded spouse or partner, you connect with your loved one on a spiritual level, deep past the skin and straight to the heart.

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Interested?  This week we are giving away a Valentine’s Day Couple’s Thai Yoga Massage workshop for two (a $50 value).  This workshop is instructed by the Dalai mama herself, who has been orchestrating the event for the past seven years.

When: Saturday ,February 14th 6-9pm

Where: Inlet Yoga , 233 East Main Street, Manasquan, NJ

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Groundhog Day Fun Food for Kids

Every year on February 2nd we watch patiently as Punxsutawney Phil comes out of his burrow on Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
You can view the LIVE stream here:
http://www.visitpa.com/groundhog-day-live-stream

The first official forecast was made February 2, 1887. Groundhog Phil was named after King Phillip and Punxsutawney is a Native American Indian name meaning ‘Location’. According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow there will be six more weeks of winter, If he does not see his shadow spring will come early.

Being that groundhogs have a diet consisting mostly of fruits and veggies we wanted to share a few fun healthy options to serve up in celebration of Groundhog Day.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Bosc pear (for the brown color)
  • Purple grapes
  • Green grapes
  • Peanut butter

How to assemble:

  • cut the top off of pear and stand up in center of the plate, cut side on bottom
  • save the part that you cut off and use that to shape ears, teeth and eyes
  • I used a small amount of peanut butter as the adhesive to connect ears, teeth and eyes
  • fill in around pear with purple grapes for hole
  • fill the remainder of the space on the plate with green grapes for grass

 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 baked potato
  • 1/2 Cup cooked black beans
  • 1 Cup steamed peas

How to assemble:

  • cut the tip off of the  potato and stand up in center of the plate, cut side on bottom
  • save the part that you cut off and use that to shape ears, teeth and eyes
  • fill in around potato with black beans for hole
  • fill the remainder of the space on the plate with green peas for grass

What will it be? Have you made your guess? We would love to hear your Groundhog Day predictions!

Comment below, I know I for one am wishing for SNOW!!!

 

Valentine Love Notes for kids

Valentines day is my favorite holiday, and I don’t mean all the romance, buy me chocolate, a dozen roses valentines day. I mean all the pretty pink (I adore the color pink), showing one another love, making pretty cards, giving little gifts to the ones I love.

Ever since my twins first valentines day I have tried to celebrate and make the holiday special for them. One of the ways I have done this is by writing little love notes to them for each day in February leading up to Valentines Day. It’s a simple yet beautiful way to show your kids how much you love them, and how special they are.

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Here’s what I do:
Each night starting the last night in January up until the night before Valentines Day I write a simple note to each of my kids, then I place them in these little *mailboxes. When they wake up the next morning they each have a note that I get to read to them. It’s that simple. Don’t have a little mailbox? Tape them to their door or make one of those paper valentine mailboxes, or a shoebox would work too. Happy Valentines day!

*I found these mailboxes a few years ago in the dollar bins at Target, and I actually just saw very similar ones this year if you’re looking for some.

~Mary~

Homemade Vegan Hot Chocolate

It wouldn’t be a snow day without a steaming mug of hot chocolate, now would it?

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Sure you can just grab a packet of hot cocoa mix and add it to warm water but trust me this is just as easy, taste so much better, and you’ll know exactly what is in it. It’s so easy it’s hard to even call this a recipe. I used unsweetened plain almond milk but any dairy free milk will do.

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Ingredients:
Unsweetened plain almond milk 3 cups
Cocoa powder, unsweetened 2 Tablespoons
Sugar 2 teaspoons

Method:
– Add milk to a medium size sauce pan and gently heat over medium heat until hot, but not boiling
– Whisk in your cocoa powder, and then your sugar until it is smooth without any lumps
– Pour into mugs and enjoy

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Vegan Lentil Loaf

As I write this I’m pretty sure FoodTV may blow up my email and my phone tonight begging me to come and host a show. I think they will call it….Mama V, the Mom who cooks vegan cuisine with her kids. I peeked at a few lentil loafs and came up with a rendition of my own. We served it with roasted sweet and white potatoes. It was delish!

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Vegan Lentil Loaf

Here’s what you will need:
Lentil loaf:
1 cup of uncooked lentils (wash them and sort them there are always some random stones, etc in the package
3 cup of water
1 small onion diced and 1/2 of an onion
Half of a sweet potato shredded
Half of an Granny Smith Apple shredded
4 cloves of garlic finely chopped
1/2 cup of oats (crush them with food processor to make a powder)
1/2 cup of bread crumbs (any kind you like, seasoned, homemade…whatever floats your boat)
1/2 cup of Walnuts chopped
1 tsp of dried thyme
3-4 tblsp of Olive Oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Sauce:
1/2 cup of ketchup
2Tbsp of Balsamic Vinegar
2Tbsp of Apple Sauce
1Tbsp of Agave

Pre-heat your oven to 350.
Place the 3 cups of water in a pot and let the water boil you can add salt and half of the onion to flavor the water, or use a veggie broth or just plain water. It’s up to you. Add the lentils and let the water come back to a boil and then lower the heat to let it simmer for about 40-45minutes. You want to basically overcook the lentils. In the meantime, take 2tbsp or so of the oil and sautee the onion and garlic for a few minutes, then add the sweet potatoe, apple and walnuts. Sautee for about another 5 minutes. Put this in a large bowl, then add the breadcrumb, ground oats, thyme, dash of salt and mix well. Once the lentils are finished take 3/4 of it and blend (I used my Cuisinart hand blender) then other 1/4 just put in the mixture bowl. When you have finished blending the lentils add them to the bowl as well. Mix well with you hands is best. Then taste to see if you need salt or pepper. Now, if this wasn’t vegan you wouldn’t be able to just stick your finger in and taste. You would probably get really sick. :0

Get your loaf pan out and lightly grease with remaining Olive Oil and then add parchment paper to cover the inside with some paper hanging out the sides. Put your mixture in the loaf pan and push down with your hand to make it even. Now, to make the sauce…
Take all the ingredients and wisk really well. Take half or so of the sauce and cover the top of the load generously. Save the rest for dipping.

Place your loaf in the center of the oven and bake for about 45 then remove and let sit for about 5 minutes in the pan. Remove from the pan and let it cool on a cooling rack. Then slice and enjoy!!!

You can always add celery or carrots instead of sweet potato. I saw a lot of recipes that called for those ingredients instead. Sweet potatoes are so good for you I decided to add them instead. Have fun with it!!

~Maria~

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Snowed IN? Have indoor fun with SNOW!

We like to take the term SNOWED IN literally around here!

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Since you probably just unloaded the mounds of sand toys from your trunk to make room for the sleds, brush them off and bring them inside!

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What you will need :

  • Sand toys
  • Large bucket to collect snow in
  • Sheet or blanket to lay on floor and a few extra towels for wiping up
  • A cookie sheet to build SNOW castles on
  • Waterproof gloves or mittens
  • For the young ones put on their snow suit as they might end up sitting in the snow towards the end of play time
  • Small sticks, buttons, ribbons, raisins and a baby carrot for a small indoor snowman

While you sit back with your cup of coffee and watch your kids enjoy the snow in the warmth of your home, be sure to snap a few photos and share your SNOWED IN creations with us on our facebook page we would love to see them!

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