Thursday, June 11, 2015

kidzShake Review


Anyone out there who struggles with a picky eater will agree with me that meal time can be straight up torture. Getting my 4 year old to eat anything other than yogurt and chocolate milk is a battle. This is why I was on the hunt for something I could get my son to not just eat but enjoy.

After searching and searching I came across KidzShake on instagram and knew I had to try it. I LOVE it. My kids love it because tastes really good. I was expecting a chalky-protein-style shake taste and was surprised it was smooth when mixed in a shaker bottle and it tasted really good. 

In the words of the company itself,

KidzShake contains only the good stuff that your child needs to get the nutrition and vitamins they require to grow and be healthy. There is zero sugar, no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Its gluten free, lactose free, nut free and totally free of Trans Fatty Acids. It contains digestive enzymes, probiotics, omega 3 and trace minerals to support healthy growth and development.

    Now with something this healthy, I thought that for sure I would have to mix KidzShake into a smoothie and sneak it in, but as it turns out his favorite way to have it is just mixed in a shaker bottle.  



They have a lot of flavors and recipes up on their website here that you can find what works for your kids but my son loves his chocolate milk so I substitute this recipe from KidzShake blog for a healthy version of "chocolate milk." Another recipe I have found that is more of a smoothie consistency is this recipe:

4 scoops chocolate KidzShake
1/2 cup ice
1 frozen banana 
1 cup greek vanilla yogurt
*I also sneak a handful of spinach in there.


Even my little guy digs it :)


I would be doing you a disservice if I didn't mention they also have this cool KidzSprinkles. Turns out I use this more than the shake because I can just sprinkle it on anything I am already feeding them. I am in no way saying I am a great mom and feed my kids all these healthy foods because even I struggle to eat healthy, but I'm trying and that's the first step.  One thing my kids will eat without a fight is yogurt. I like to sprinkle this KidzSprinkles right into their yogurt, ketchup,  even on their Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches. My latest healthy snack I have finally gotten him to eat is apples with almond butter. I sprinkle some of this and mix it with the almond butter and he chows it down. The sprinkles don't have any flavor so it doesn't alter the consistency or the flavor of what you are adding it to so that is a major plus. 

After I tried and loved this product I contacted them asking if I could give my readers a discount and they agreed. Can I hear a whoop whoop ;) So for anyone wanting to add some more nutrition into their children diet then use the code: "BRIDGET" for 5 dollars off! 







Friday, May 29, 2015

Robot Party Ideas




How cute is this robot party my friend threw on a small budget. The highlight was when each kid could build their own robot on a rice crispy treat.









Monday, October 20, 2014

Star Wars Party


Jaxon's Birthday party was a BLAST, no but seriously... I even had fun!  I can still hear the theme music playing in my mind... or maybe it is just Jaxon who hums it every second of the day ;). This post has a lot of pictures so just stick with me as I break it down. At the end I will have all my amazing vendors so you can create this yourself.



If you follow my blog you know I am a stickler for the details. It all starts with the invitations that Jaxon hand delivered. This made it fun for him and it set the theme. When kids came to the door he would take off his mask and say, " guys guys it's just me Jaxon." As if they thought it was the real deal ha ha.






 At the front of the house I displayed this sign to help indicate which house it was. 



THE CAKE:
the cake topper made by Cake Freak. She can make ANYTHING and she can ship any where in the USA. I had a vision and knew I wanted this to be the main focus of my display. She was able to create it and ship it to me! Seriously this gal has more talent in her pinky when it comes to cake than I will EVER have! 


WOOKIE COOKIES!

 I created these with grasshopper cookies, black sprinkles, mini chocolate chips and white frosting. I melted some wilton melting chocolate and with a tooth pick drew lines to create "fur" like lines to create his face. They turned out cute I think, or at least the two girls at the party who didn't know a thing about star wars thought these "critters were cute."  



YODA SODA! 
Plastic cups dipped in green melting chocolate and then quickly into a shallow dish filled with green sprinkles.  I repeated this twice to get me the desired thickness of sprinkles. Top with a cute straw from Bake it pretty and you are good to go.




PADAWAN POPCORN
(chocolate covered popcorn with marshmallows and sprinkles)


Tutorial for the light sabers kabobs









For the activities: I presented to the kids that we had to train to become Jedi Masters so we can defeat the dark side and take down Darth Vader. I let them know Darth Vader was coming to take Jaxon's presents and we had to be prepared to save them.

First up,we did a light saber training where I was the Jedi master who taught them how to activate and deactivate their light saber. I basically recreated the Jedi Training from Disneyland. This is where we also dressed them in their Jedi robes. 

*** helpful hint... I buy a thrift store bed sheet to make my jedi robes. for 2 dollars you get yards of fabric that would otherwise be expensive. 





Next they had to fight the storm troopers. I created an obstacle course using hula hoops and telling them they had to jump through each galaxy (hula hoops) and through the milky way (the tunnel) to enter into the home of the storm troopers (the bounce house and white balloons that my friend drew storm trooper faces on). 



 


After a lot of fun fighting the storm troopers, we headed to the Intergalactic Photo Booth. I created this by using a clothing rack stand, a table cloth, and a shear overlay fabric purchased at Joann's.

Instead of putting them on regular sticks I chose to use cute paper straws from Bake It Pretty



The Fourth station to help us prepare to fight Darth Vader was to learn how to build a fighter ship. I made individual boxes from Gygi's filled with legos for each kid. With their imagination they built their ships and colored their Star Wars coloring sheets.





The Last station was to practice fighting Darth Vader (the piñata).  I gave each kid their personalized sack to collect their candy in. I did this because I know after they get their candy they may set their sack down and then cry that someone took their candy. These are just white lunch sacks purchased at target and then with a sharpie my friend and I drew on storm trooper faces. 







Mini light sabers and candy I used to fill the piñata. Remember it is all about the details!



OH NO WHATS THAT????? .... astroids just fell from the sky. Hurry kids collect as many as you can as fast as you can!!! go... go... go...!



While they were hunting around the yard for "astroids" (tin foil balls), I had my Darth Vader get ready to appear and fight the Jedi trainees. The music changed to evil music and Darth appeared and the Jedi's attacked!







Once they took down Darth Vader, each guest got a personalized certificate they could take home along with their light saber, jedi robe, and a candy light saber.




THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE PARTY WAS MY DARTH VADER (my brother in law) IS A DJ. HE HAD STAR WARS THEME MUSIC PLAYING IN THE BACK GROUND FOR THE WHOLE PARTY. IT REALLY SET THE TONE! THE KIDS HAD A BLAST AND MOST IMPORTANTLY  MY SON IS STILL TALKING ABOUT IT!






VENDORS:

ALL PRINTABLES: Mimi's Dollhouse


CAKE: cake topper and stars made by Cake Freak
             gum-balls by Orson Gygi
             cake made by me

PHOTOGRAPHY: Courtney Dahl


INVITATIONS: Shutterfly


MAIN TABLE: 
Paper straws: Bake It Pretty
green and black sprinkles: Orson Gygi,
cupcake toppers:William Sonoma
Green light saber cupcake topper: Bake it Pretty
Black and white nut cups: Bake it Pretty
Balloons: Party City
Giant Darth Vaders: Target
Wookie cookies: made with grasshopper cookies, frosting, sprinkles, and mini chocolate chips

STATIONS:
White boxes: Orson Gygi
Piñata: Party City 
Mini light sabers inside piñata: Bake It Pretty

LIGHT SABERS:
water noodles (cut in half), duct tape, electrical tape: Dollar store.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Light Saber Kabobs




light saber Kabobs made with wine corks wrapped in tinfoil and electrical tape














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