Nestlé Nesquik Super Heroes Personalized Canisters #LikeASuperHero

Usually in my home, I am the super hero since I am running around putting out metaphoric fires, rescuing damsels in distress and protecting the innocent. All while possessing extraordinary talents, exceptional powers of patience and fully dedicated to the goal of raising morally intact children.

Nestlé Nesquik is teaming up with Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron to celebrate super heroes everywhere by creating a limited number of personalized canisters of America’s favorite flavored milk. 

Nestlé Nesquik Super Heroes custom canister

Thankfully I don't have to combat threats such as aliens or supernatural entities, but I do have a teenager in my home and he really could be considered a super villain these days! With all my exceptional skills, I can happily serve him Nesquik Chocolate Powder mixed in his milk.

Nestlé Nesquik Super Heroes  custom canister

Knowing full well that Nesquik has 45 percent less sugar than the leading syrup brand, no artificial colors, no artificial flavors, 7 Essential Vitamins and Minerals and 8 grams of protein.  My willingness to risk my own safety in the service of good without expectation of reward gives my son the power to conquer his day. 

Nestlé Nesquik Super Heroes  custom canister
Nestlé Nesquik Super Heroes  custom canister

I love the idea of being a team of super heroes, so I asked my daughters to suit up. They decided to be the perfect team of Marksgal and Gadgeteer and selected matching costumes.

Nestlé Nesquik Super Heroes custom canister
Nestlé Nesquik Super Heroes  custom canister

Their colorful costumes enhanced their appeal and landed them on their very own own Nestlé Nesquik canister? My wonderful, courageous super hero daughters are on their very own canister of Nestlé Nesquik! They are beside themselves to see their own images on a canister of Nestlé Nesquik! {My son is slightly jealous, but he won't admit it}

Nestlé Nesquik Super Heroes custom canister

Guess what? YOU can submit for their own super hero canister beginning on April 20 from Nestlé Nesquik! Get your FREE, personalized Nesquik canister TODAY!

We all have a super hero inside of us --- sometimes, we just need a boost of confidence or someone to help us --- or some Nestlé Nesquik!

What Super Hero qualities would you possess?

Disclosure: This post has been compensated by its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

Some Moments Deserve A Pause

Daily small actions, make for big successes . . .

I noticed the other day that my daffodils, tulips and hyacinths flowers are trying very hard to pop through the just barely unfrozen ground here . . . each year they come up in the very early spring when the air is crisp and the fog is still heavy in the air. 

Some Moments Deserve a Pause

I always wonder how these beautiful flowers make their way into the frigid air . . . how they survive the cold dreary nights . . . how they still bring a smile to may face after all these years . . . flowers don't really worry about the cold air . . . they don't try to stay hidden in the near frozen ground waiting for the sun to shine . . .

Some Moments Deserve a Pause

 . . . the daffodils don't wait to see if the hyacinths are up yet . . . and the tulip wait for no daffodil . . . they all simply pop up . . .  and bloom . . .

 . . . these daily small actions, make for big successes . . . gorgeous blooms that make me smile . . . that make me take a moment and pause . . .

Some Moments Deserve a Pause

 . . . to not feel so discouraged

. . . to not be filled with self-doubt

 . . . to not feel good enough

 . . . each of the flowers that bloom in my yard are unique and a gift to me . . .

Some Moments Deserve a Pause

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these . . .  Matthew 6:25-34

. . .  I took a moment and paused  . . . and thought about just blooming.

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Smoothies Bowls and More With Activz

The weather is finally starting to warm up around here in Chicago. Summer is approaching and I can not wait! Last October we traveled to Turks & Caicos and my daughters fell in love with having free smoothies all day long at the swim up bar. They request them all the time at home and I decided I needed to up my smoothie game.

So, we all have a new obsession - Smoothies and Smoothie Bowls!

SMOOTHIE BOWL

Organic Activz Blueberry-Acai Powder Smoothie Bowl

Apparently Smoothie Bowls have been around for awhile and I have been living under a rock, or a pile of books! Do you know what a Smoothie Bowl is? They are simple, easy, so refreshing and we all love them.  A Smoothie Bowl is exactly what it sounds like — a smoothie poured into a bowl instead of into a glass. You can top it with whatever your palate is desiring that morning, granola, fruit, or any other toppings. You eat it with a spoon just like cereal. So, I have been experimenting with Smoothies and Smoothie Bowls to satisfy all our new obsession.

Smoothies Bowls and More With Activz

There are so many ways you can make this breakfast, and it is just so delicious. And for me to say that is HUGE, because I do not like to eat breakfast in any way, shape or form. I'm not a breakfast gal and this works for me. It is much more satisfying than just drinking my breakfast and much healthier too.

Organic Activz Blueberry-Acai Powder

To make a smoothie that's best eaten with a spoon and I am talking extra thick here, use a bit less milk or liquid than normal. The result is a thicker creamier smoothie that is almost like gelato, but not quite.

Smoothies Bowls and More With Activz

Another aspect I like besides the thicker consistency is that I don't like a thick drink through a  straw. For some reason it always makes me gag. But on a spoon, easy-peasy for me to eat. Plus, going sans glass enables me to go a little bonkers with delicious toppings.

Tasty Toppings

  • Granola
  • Muesli
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies, crumbled
  • Shredded coconut
  • Cacao nibs
  • Fresh blueberries and blackberries, grapes, pomegranate, or figs
  • Almonds, nuts or any kind of seed (YUM)
  • Pumpkin seeds (my middle child's favorite)
  • Add your favorite Activz whole-foods powder to boost the produce content
Organic Activz Blueberry-Acai Powder

Try one of these amazing recipes this week and get ready to feel like you're digging into a bowl of oatmeal at the breakfast table.

  • 1 cup almond milk or milk of choice (make a small 1 cup - as in not a full 1 cup - just shy)
  • 1/4 tsp pure organic vanilla extract
  • tiny pinch raw salt
  • FRUIT of your choice - I prefer berries, my kids like bananas (I detest bananas)
  • 1 tbsp Organic Activz Blueberry-Acai Powder (Found on-line)
  • optional superfoods like flax or chia  (anything you want really!)
  • ½ cup plain greek yogurt (or flavored if preferred)

To make: Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Pour into a bowl and top with your favorite Tasty Topping (see above examples). Feel free to double or triple the recipe for the entire family.

Flavor Variations:

Peanut Butter Acai Smoothie Bowl:  Add 1 1/2 tbsp organic peanut butter to the ingredients before blending. Top with granola, sliced fruit, and more peanut butter.
Hawaiian Acai Smoothie Bowl: Add 1 tbsp Activz Organic Coconut Powder OR Add 1 tbsp Activz Organic Mango Powder and use 1/2 of a banana with 2/3 cup frozen pineapple tidbits. Top with granola, fruit, and shredded coconut.
Green Power Acai Smoothie Bowl: Add 1 tbsp Activz Organic Spinach Powder OR Activz Organic Wheatgrass Powder OR Activz Organic Kale Powder and add loosely-packed 1/4 cup greens of choice.
Raspberry Chocoholic Acai Smoothie Bowl: Add 1 tbsp Activz Non-GMO Raspberry Powder and add 1 tbsp cocoa powder before blending, and top with chocolate chips or melted chocolate.

The mix-ins are really what makes this better than your typical-in-the-glass-smoothie.

What is your go-to Smoothie Bowl Recipe?

Organic Activz Blueberry-Acai Powder

Learn more about activz whole-food powders at activz (DOT) com. 

Disclosure: I received product in order to conduct a review. No compensation has been received. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Simply Sweet Lemonade Mini Sessions with Country Time Lemonade Starters #PourMoreFun

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PourMoreFun #CollectiveBias

Does anything say summer is coming more than a lemonade stand? There’s nothing more adorable than a lemonade stand, fun families and bright pops of color to make a mini photo session stand out.

Simple Sweet Lemonade Mini Sessions with Country Time Starters #PourMoreFun
To make my lemonade stand extra special, I served delicious Kraft Country Time Lemonade Starters that I bought at Walmart. They come in three amazing flavors, Classic Lemonade, Berry Lemonade, and Half Lemonade & Half Iced Tea. So delicious! I served the lemonade in mason jars with fun yellow twine, gorgeous printables and some fun yellow polka dotted and yellow striped straws.
Simply Sweet Lemonade Mini Sessions with Country Time Lemonade Starters #PourMoreFun

Summer is quickly approaching and what else should families and children be doing to beat the summer heat than to sell fresh lemonade. Lemonade is a quick, refreshing beverage the whole family can enjoy during my mini sessions. I always start my yearly mini sessions with a Lemonade Stand. Here is a look at my first mini sessions to get the season started.

Simply Sweet Lemonade Mini Sessions with Country Time Lemonade Starters #PourMoreFun

Country Time Lemonade Starters are a must for making the perfect flavored lemonades. The one pictured directly below is Berry Lemonade. I simple added fresh strawberries, blackberries and blueberries for some added color and taste. But, I can see mixing them together for something even more special and tasty, the possibilities really are endless!

Simply Sweet Lemonade Mini Sessions with Country Time Lemonade Starters #PourMoreFun

The Country Time Lemonade Starters were perfect for my mini sessions this year. I just needed to add water to the measured starter mixture in my glass pitchers. They were really so easy and convenient to make that I tasked this to my children to help me out.

Simply Sweet Lemonade Mini Sessions with Country Time Lemonade Starters #PourMoreFun

My children made three separate pitchers, but you can make the lemonade by the glass as well, if you don't need an entire pitcher. Although, these lemonades are so yummy, you really will need an entire pitcher! The best part is this lemonade is made with real lemon juice so you have the perfect mix of sweet and tangy.

Simply Sweet Lemonade Mini Sessions with Country Time Lemonade Starters #PourMoreFun
Simply Sweet Lemonade Mini Sessions with Country Time Lemonade Starters #PourMoreFun

THIS WAY TO THE LEMONADE STAND

Simply Sweet Lemonade Mini Sessions with Country Time Lemonade Starters #PourMoreFun

The perfect lemonade stand, of course, needs to have a whole bunch of lemons. I bought a couple of bags at Walmart, along with the various other berries, the Lemonade Starters and all my ingredients for my sweet lemonade bars. I love having loads of lemons around because sometimes I can even get a brave child or two to suck on some lemon slices for me. I love the puckered faces then!

Simply Sweet Lemonade Mini Sessions with Country Time Lemonade Starters #PourMoreFun
Simply Sweet Lemonade Mini Sessions with Country Time Lemonade Starters #PourMoreFun
Simply Sweet Lemonade Mini Sessions with Country Time Lemonade Starters #PourMoreFun

This year I added bit of vintage with some mason jars and old crates.  I used my Lemonade Banner that I made a couple of years ago and added another pretty pink and yellow doilies banner as well as brightly colored straws and some wonderful printables.

Simply Sweet Lemonade Mini Sessions with Country Time Lemonade Starters #PourMoreFun
Simply Sweet Lemonade Mini Sessions with Country Time Lemonade Starters #PourMoreFun
Simply Sweet Lemonade Mini Sessions with Country Time Lemonade Starters #PourMoreFun
Simply Sweet Lemonade Mini Sessions with Country Time Lemonade Starters #PourMoreFun
Simply Sweet Lemonade Mini Sessions with Country Time Lemonade Starters #PourMoreFun

And why stop at lemonade?  My stand also included some sweet treats. I added a tasty  takeaway for my families this year. I wanted to send my families home with all their pretty  smiles intact. These luscious classic lemonade bars were perfect as a send off for the families to snack on later. 

SWEET TAKEAWAY

Simply Sweet Lemonade Mini Sessions with Country Time Lemonade Starters #PourMoreFun
Simply Sweet Lemonade Mini Sessions with Country Time Lemonade Starters #PourMoreFun
Simply Sweet Lemonade Mini Sessions with Country Time Lemonade Starters #PourMoreFun

CLASSIC LEMONADE BARS

CRUST:

  • 4.5 ounces organic white whole-wheat flour
  • ¼ cup organic powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons grated organic lemon rind
  • 1/8 teaspoon real salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted organic butter, chilled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

FILLING:

  • 1.5 ounces organic white whole-wheat flour (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated raw organic sugar 
  • 3/4 cup fresh organic lemon juice 
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
  • 1/8 teaspoon real salt
  • 4 large organic eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons organic  powdered sugar

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. CRUST: add 2/3 cup organic whole-wheat flour and the next four ingredients in a bowl and pulse in the food processor to combine. Add butter and oil; pulse until the mixture is a sandy texture. Pour the mixture into an 8-inch square baking pan coated with the cooking spray. Lightly press mixture into bottom of pan. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes.

3. FILLING:  add 1/3 cup organic whole-wheat flour into a large bowl. Add raw sugar, lemon juice, grated lemon rinds, and 1/8 teaspoon salt; stir well with a whisk. Add eggs; gently stir with a whisk until combined. Pour mixture onto hot crust. Bake at 350° for approximately 20 minutes or just until set. Cool completely. Refrigerate for 2 hours before slicing(overnight is best). Sprinkle with powdered sugar and decorate with lemon rinds peeled off with a lemon stripper.

Classic Lemonade Bars Recipe
Simply Sweet Lemonade Mini Sessions with Country Time Lemonade Starters #PourMoreFun

I photographed these sessions during the golden hour. It was roughly 4:30pm, around the time when the sun just starts to dip behind the trees in my back yard. This creates such a warm natural glow for awesome images. I set up the stand right in front of my evergreen trees for a great background and to back light these mini Lemonade Stand sessions. I love the dreamy look I can obtain in some of these images.

Simply Sweet Lemonade Mini Sessions with Country Time Lemonade Starters #PourMoreFun
Simply Sweet Lemonade Mini Sessions with Country Time Lemonade Starters #PourMoreFun
Simply Sweet Lemonade Mini Sessions with Country Time Lemonade Starters #PourMoreFun

I had several families for this Simply Sweet Lemonade Mini Sessions with Country Time Lemonade Starters and all the families had a BLAST! I love to catch families interacting. Sometimes this can be difficult too, so the amazing lemonade and stand really do wonders to put families at ease and to light up everyone's faces.

I’d love to hear what you think of my lemonade stand!  

eShakti Review: What Are You Wearing?

I rarely purchase new clothing for myself where I actually take the time to look for something 'nice'. I usually rush into a store, grab some T-shirts and hoodies or sweater wraps and go. If I find a T-shirt that I really like, I literally buy six of the same one, in the same color. I am so boring. However, I am so busy with all my children's schedules, I barely have time to shower, let alone shop for some amazing clothes.

eShakti Review: What Are You Wearing?

I had the opportunity to review an online website that sells women's clothing. If you’re not familiar with eShakti, now is the time to get over there. NOW. eShakti sells really, really cute clothes! Mostly dresses, which I adore, because I am totally in love with wearing dresses when there is not any snow on the ground here in the midwest. But, there are skirts and tops and jackets as well on eShakti.

eShakti Review: What Are You Wearing?

What I think of eShakti Dresses:

Everything is adorable, and I mean adorable! The hardest part about making a selection for a review was I had to select ONE item! I wanted an entire cart full of new dresses. There is a wide range of styles to cover most events in your life, from cocktail parties to apprpriate office attire or for someone like me, a SAHM mom who really needs to stop wearing T-shirts every single day!

eShakti Review: What Are You Wearing?
eShakti Review: What Are You Wearing?

I really wanted a dress for Easter and I wanted something that I do not typically wear. I thought this green embroidered frock was a perfect match for my natural read hair! I love it! I love the fabric and the pockets and the gorgeous embroidery on the front and back. The fit is awesome. I do encourage you to take your measurements and order from your measurements and not the size you would normally select. I will wear the dress this Easter with these sandals and a sweater.  

What Makes eShakti Dresses Unique:

What makes eShakti unique is they offer a serious range of sizes – 0-36 AND these sizes are fully customizable  to fit and accommodate your body shape. So, if you have reached the point in your life where you are no longer teeny tiny, like me, and you need to add new items to your closet that actually fit you now, eShakti is the place to visit.  So, if you don't get it, you can be petite, plump, big boobs, tiny waist, very tall . . . whatever . . . all their dresses are customizable to fit YOU!.

eShakti Review: What Are You Wearing?

I love the dress so much I wanted to wear it before Easter Sunday. This is how I wore it the other day. eShakti dress, denim jacket, scarf, suede booties and a fun bag.

In addition, because, yes, there is more! You can change certain design elements on a dress if you choose. Don't like the sleeve length, just change it  . . . don't like the length of the hem, ask for it to be shorter. eShakti is like having your own personal seamstress right in your closet.

eShakti Review: What Are You Wearing?

Another aspect at eShakti is the price points on their dresses. Most of their dresses are available for under $80. If you add customization, the price bumps up $7.50. A fabulous new dress, that is fully customized to your body shape, for under $100!!

eShakti Review: What Are You Wearing?

Sign up with eShakti and get $25 OFF your first order!  

~*~Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post, although I did receive a sample to review and keep. All opinions on this product are my own.

Easter Movies On Netflix: Top Flicks To Stream On Sunday #StreamTeam

Easter Sunday is fast approaching and to celebrate Netflix has a plethora of options in movie selections for Easter for people to celebrate and streaming. There are so many movies to stream or even to rent that will keep your family in the Easter spirit all weekend long.

Easter Movies On Netflix: Top Flicks To Stream On Sunday #StreamTeam

Winnie The Pooh: Springtime With Roo (2004, G) Things take a surprising turn for Pooh and the gang when Rabbit tries to cancel Easter. Though not the most classic of children's holiday specials, this is a great streaming option for viewers with younger kids who are looking for some good family fun.

The Book of Esther (2013 Not Rated) The Book of Esther is designed for older kids and up, but it is also appropriate for young children. It is directed by David A.R. White, who has also acted in numerous Christian films. This movie portrays how brave Esther was in standing up for what was right and realizing God's calling for her.

Joseph King of Dreams (2000 Not Rated) Many kids are taught the story of Joseph and the coat of many colors at an early age. Joseph King of Dreams brings the story to life from the tension between young Joseph and his jealous brothers through trusting God to reveal Pharaoh's dreams.

The Book of Daniel (2013 Not Rated) Daniel exemplifies how to walk by faith. The Book of Daniel is a great movie to watch as a family and teach kids how to live boldly for Christ. Man's destiny was to put him to death, but God redeemed the situation for His glory

The Prince of Egypt (1998 PG) Have you told your kids the story of Moses? Take advantage of a few extra days with the kids home around Easter to watch The Prince of Egypt as a family. Moses escaped death as a baby and learned about God's calling for him to save all the Jews.

VeggieTales: Esther, the Girl Who Became Queen (2000, Not Rated) VeggieTale movies are great for kids of all ages. Esther, the Girl Who Became Queen walks through how Esther walked in faith as a Jew in Persia to save all the Jews.

Heaven's Door (2013, PG) This family-friendly drama follows a teenage girl who, after the death of her grandfather and separation of her parents, finds a portal to Heaven. Though this movie isn't specifically themed for Easter, it is a movie about faith and family during a difficult time and carries many relatable themes for young and older viewers alike.