The Microwaved Peeps Experiment

I taught my daughter something new today, what happens when you microwave a Peeps?  You know that famous Easter candy that is marshmallow covered in sugar?  You either love them or you hate them, but it is always fun to microwave them :) photo 1

We put the Peep in the microwave for 20 seconds and he got ginormous!  My daughter thought it was the coolest thing ever.  They shrink down in size pretty quick, but still a fun experiment with the kids.  I would recommend experimenting in short time increments in the microwave though since microwaves differ in powers.  No one wants to clean up exploded Peeps from the microwave :)

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Have you ever microwaved a Peep?

Our Visit to “The Discovery”- Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum

On a recent trip to visit my mom we decided to check out a nearby children’s museum that she had heard good things about.  The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum is near downtown Reno, relatively close to the “Biggest Little City in the World” sign.

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My daughter and I love museums and regularly go to them around the country on our travels.  I had no idea what to expect with this museum because I admit, I was slightly skeptical since it was in downtown Reno.

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We had a GREAT time!  It turned out it was also baby animal week, so my daughter loved that.

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The “Nevada Stories” exhibit was a fun look at pioneer life.

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The “Cloud Climber” was HUGE!  I wish I could’ve climbed all the way up in it.  It is 3 stories tall and was in the center of the building.

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Beneath “Cloud Climber” was a water way exhibit called “Truckee Connects”. The Truckee is the local river in the area that flows from Lake Tahoe. In this exhibit the kids can sail down boats and rubber ducks and watch the currents, rapids and dams.

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We had fun in every exhibit.  Camping, building, art, energy and much more were all there in a fun environment for the kids.

To learn more you can visit the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum website here.

Hidden Mickey Tech Shirt

I had seen a post on the Disney Parks Blog about a new line of exercise clothes available at Disney Parks not long before I was leaving to head to Disney World.  All the items looked cute and tasteful Disney without being overly Disney if you know what I mean.

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When I was at Disney World a few weeks ago I looked at the items and really liked the tech t-shirt.  It was soft and the colors were very fun.  I decided to treat myself to a present and bought it.  I loved all the little hidden Mickey designs in it.

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I took it for a run and while the v-neck is pretty wide it didn’t bother me, which was my only concern.  There was no chafing anywhere and it didn’t ride up.  I really enjoyed running in it and I have no complaints.  Now I think I want the yoga tank too :)

Here is the link to the Disney Parks Blog original post with all the designs.

Has anyone else treated themselves to any of the athletic clothing to sport your Disney Side?

A Trip to the Library

When I was little I wanted to be sisters with Ramona and Beezus.  I dreamt of finding my own abandoned box car and living in it.  I wished I had a bridge in my back yard that went to a cool place like Terabithia.  I thought Wayside School was the coolest school ever (not when it was falling down though).  Hopefully you recognize at least one of these book references.  I grew up loving books so much.  My dad would come home from work and read to me every night.  We read every single Beverly Clearly book and much much more.  One of the gifts I want to make sure I give my daughter is the imagination that goes along with reading to her.

Today was a big day.  I told her that when she was 4 she could get her own library card.  Not that she needs one, but I remember when I got my first library card and I was right around age 4.  I even remember the librarians names, Mrs. Diller.  Kind of weird I remember that, but apparently it was a really big deal to me.

Today my daughter (in the jogging stroller) and I walked to our local library, which is only a little over a mile from our home.  We went to the desk and got her an official, super cool, very first library card.  I wanted to take a picture of her with it, but she was in a goofball mood and this was the only pose she would give me.

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I told her she could pick whichever books she wanted and that she did.  17 hard bounds glorious books.  Note to self: when pushing a 39 lb child in a 25 lb jogging stroller up hill to get home, 17 hardbound books weighing a billion pounds was not the smartest idea. haha

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We made it home though.  We brought home Animalia.  This was always one of my favorites as a child.  The illustrations in this book are amazing.

We also picked Olivia and the Fairy Princesses.  We are big time Olivia fans.  She is a cute, spunky and feisty little pig who doesn’t like to conform.

My daughter picked The Berenstain Bears Out West (I Can Read Book 1).  Always fun.

A new one that we hadn’t read before, but now that I have I love it, Miss Lina’s Ballerinas.

That is just the tip of the iceberg.  I hope people still use and love libraries.  We are in such a digital age, but there is something so magical about looking at illustrations on actual paper and reading the book. :)

Do you still read actual paper books?

One of my Refrigerator Staples- Lemon Cucumber Water

Hello my name is Emelia and back in the day I was a big time soda drinker, I admit it.  I love water, but sometimes I need something with a little flavor.  I keep a pitcher in my fridge that is my secret weapon.

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Every 2 days I cut up one lemon and one cucumber and put it in the pitcher.  I then fill it with water.  For me the key is that it sits in the fridge getting nice and flavorful and really cold.  As I drink the water I refill water into it to keep it full.  I sometimes even drink it out of a wine glass to make me feel real fancy ;)

It is super easy to do, delicious to drink and can help cut cravings for beverages that aren’t very good for us.  (Even my 4 year old loves the water)

What is your drink staple in your fridge?

PJ’s Organics Review and Giveaway

I was provided product to review, but I was not compensated for this post.  All opinions are always my own.

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Most of you know I try pretty hard to make sure the food I am feeding my family is organic.  I was sent information about PJ’s Organics frozen burritos and was very intrigued.

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I was happy to learn that PJ’s Organics food is:
HUMANELY RAISED
ORGANIC
NON-GMO

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PJ’s Organics offer 9 different breakfast and classic frozen burrito options.

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My personal favorite was the Chicken and Cheese with Green Chile.  It was really good with a little bit of spice.

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PJ’s Organics is the only line of USDA Organic frozen burritos available on the market.  If you live in Northern California you are also in luck because starting April 21st, PJ’s Organics will be running a promotion in Northern California Costco stores with reduced prices from the usual $3.49 to just $2.70.

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To learn more about PJ”s Organics and look for locations they are sold you can visit their website here.

I have a giveaway!  2 lucky readers will win 5 coupons, each good for one burrito.  That means two of you get to stock your freezers with 5 burritos.

 

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Remember there will be 2 winners :)

New Balance On Sale At Zulily

I’m a Zulily affiliate, so I like to skim through the sales and share ones that I think you guys would like and today started the New Balance sale.  Womens, men AND kids.  I saw tons of shoes, clothes and even GPS watches all deeply discounted.  Here is the link: New Balance on sale at zulily

I spy a hot pink GPS watch that I can’t stop thinking about.

Oops I did it again… I registered for the Dopey Challenge

Ok, not so much oops, I loved every minute of the Inaugural Dopey Challenge and I am SO excited to run the Dopey Challenge again.

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Is it January yet?  haha

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I am an annual passholder, so I was able to register early starting today. Here is more information on registration.

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4 early mornings, 4 theme parks, 6 medals, 48.6 miles and an infinite amount of memories.  I am especially excited about this little beauty, the 10th anniversary Goofy Challenge medal.  Before the Dopey Challenge existed I ran the Goofy Challenge twice, so this will be my 4th Goofy medal.

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Here is link to the Disney Parks Blog post on the new Goofy and Wine and Dine medals.

Who else will I be seeing at Walt Disney World Marathon weekend in January?

INKnBURN Leaf Tank Review

I am a huge fan of INKnBURN which is why I’m also an ambassador for them.  All of the clothes are top quality and made in the USA.  One of my all time favorites is the Leaf Tank.

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Earth Day is fast approaching and I thought it would be fitting to share this awesome design since it embodies the spirit of nature.

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I wore the INKnBURN Leaf Tank for the 2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon.  If any of you have seen the first Tinker Bell movie when she makes her dress out of a leaf, this shirt immediately reminded me of that.

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The fabric is very soft and breathable.  I love the cut of the INKnBURN singlet tanks.  The length is perfect for me.  If you prefer a tshirt style tech shirt INKnBURN also has the Leaf Tech Shirt.

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I have a discount code to be able to provide 15% off to first time customers.  For the code to work you just need to set up an account on the INKnBURN website.  The code is emeliatoldme.  This is not a sponsored post, nor do I get paid from INKnBURN.  I really truly love their product which is why I choose to wear and share INKnBURN clothes.

Do you have any favorite Earth Day attire?

Homemade Frozen Yogurt

My family and I are huge frozen yogurt fans.  I now make it at home so I have control about what goes in it.  Many store bought frozen yogurts are packed with sugar.  Making it at home is simple and all you need is just 3 ingredients.

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I use my Vitamix and combine the following:
1 cup fruit
1 cup plain nonfat yogurt
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Be sure not to over blend though because it will cause it to melt.  If the fruit is frozen you need less ice than if the fruit is fresh.  As you blend it should stiffen up quickly.  If it seems to thin then you should add more ice to make it the consistency of frozen yogurt and not a smoothie.

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For this batch I used frozen mixed berries, but fresh fruits such as bananas, berries and apples are delicious.  Apple frozen yogurt is one of my favorites.  Remove the skin and use different varieties of apples for the best flavor.  I use plain nonfat yogurt which makes the frozen yogurt quite tart.  If you want it to be sweeter you can use vanilla or flavored yogurt.  If you just want to sweeten it try agave nectar or honey.  It is a simple dessert and a much healthier choice for you family. Enjoy!

Have you ever made homemade frozen yogurt?