Thursday, June 9, 2016

Postpartum Me


I have a passion for learning and writing. Those were the two things that started me on this blogging journey 7 years ago. Eventually I landed a freelance job because of the blog and it has been hard finding a balance between writing for me, writing for work, and family time.

My husband and I lost a baby last year when I just had gotten into the second trimester and had finally felt relief. If you haven't followed my journey, this was my 8th loss. So I was pretty devastated. We got pregnant right after the loss and now I have a beautiful 5 month old baby girl to complete our family. But I never gave myself time to grieve. I was paranoid my whole pregnancy. After baby girl got here, I was a mess. It doesn't help having a three year old in the mix!

I have an amazing OB who took one look at me and suggested I go on meds and that was the best thing I could have done for my family. I am slowly feeling like myself again and am ready to jump back in to writing for me. But I'm still searching for my balance between work, family and friends, and me. It's funny how moms put themselves at the bottom of the totem pole and do what is best for everyone else.

I'm not sure what direction Mkokopelli is going to take this year. I will still offer reviews, hopefully will have a few investigative writing essays/ natural parent articles, and I am going to begin to share more of my crazy world with an Aspie girl, a smart & wild 3 yr old and an infant. Hope you stick around for the journey!









Thursday, March 31, 2016

New Stonyfield Products

I was so excited to try the new Stonyfield Grassfed Yogurt! We try and buy as many grassfed animal products as possible for the simple fact cows were meant to eat grass and not grain. When eating meat or drinking milk, I can taste a difference in grassfed vs grain fed. Scientist say human breastmilk changes tastes with the foods you eat, so why would this be any different for animals?

Farmer Tim Joseph, founder of Maple Hill Creamery- one of the grassfed dairy sources for Stonyfield said that, "Livestock evolved to eat grass, and when you shift to grass and grain, or just grain, you change the balance of healthy elements in the milk; it alters the Omega-3s and what makes the products healthy.” Grassfed dairy has higher Omega-3's.

Stonyfield Grassfed comes in 4 flavors including Strawberry, Vanilla, Blueberry, and Plain.

Stonyfield Greek now comes in Whole Milk with a container that allows you to control the amount of sugar going into your yogurt. Stonyfield Greek already has a low sugar content compared to other brands. But now you can get the same great taste with the level that suits your needs. 


One side of the container is plain, whole milk yogurt. The other is the flavor- Cherry, Strawberry, Blueberry, and Honey which is made with real fruit. You can tip the flavor into the yogurt or spoon it in to to get the desired sweetness you prefer. I absolutely LOVE the sweet/tarness of the cherry! By far my favorite Greek flavor

You can also get just the Plain or Vanilla Bean Whole Milk Greek.

What are your favorite Stonyfield flavors?

*I am part of the Stonyfield YoGetters group of bloggers and receive compensation and products as part of the program. My opinion is not influenced in any way



Friday, March 25, 2016

OXO Tot and Stonyfield

Stonyfield partnered with OXO Tot for a fun way to feed your baby or toddler delicious organic yogurt! OXO Tot sent us some great feeding products including their Easy Grip Fork & Spoon, a Divided Plate with removable ring, Twist Top Water Bottle, Flippy Snack Cup, Roll Up Bib, Baby Blocks, and Grape Cutter!

I have to say my absolute favorite is the OXO Tot Grape Cutter. Grapes are a perfect fruity treat for little ones but are a pain to cut. So we usually avoid them. The Oxo Tot Grape Cutter allows you to place a grape in the tool and it cuts it into quarters.
Toddlers can still choke on just a half of a grape, so slicing into quarters is ideal- especially for younger children. 
My son makes a huge mess when eating yogurt. When it drips on his shirt, he has to stop eating to go change. Sometimes he will have 3-4 outfit changes in just 1 yogurt cup. Getting him to wear a bib that he wore as a baby has been a challenge- but he was excited about the OXO Tot Roll Up Bib. Maybe it was because it was something for him instead of his baby sister! 

The Roll Up Bib catches food in the silicone pocket and it easily folds up for stashing in your diaper bag when traveling. It definitely comes in handy when your kiddo is self feeding messy foods. Speaking of self feeding- I love their Easy Grip Fork & Spoon. The spoon was the perfect size for little hands to grasp with little to no spills. See the clean bib! They have soft grips that allow the spoon to rest on the plate without sliding into the food. 

The Divided Plate is perfect for picky eaters and is a great way to showcase rainbow colored food. You can even put yogurt in the middle of the plate with fruits for dipping around it. Stonyfield has 4 great organic baby yogurt flavors as well as plain along with 3 delicious organic tot flavors that would be perfect for dipping!  
                       



*I am part of the Stonyfield YoGetters group of bloggers and receive compensation and products as part of the program. My opinion is not influenced in any way.




Saturday, February 20, 2016

LEGO KIdsFest {Review}

It is LEGO KidsFest weekend and my kids were stoked to attend! They had a blast playing with the millions of LEGO bricks in each of the stations:
  • LEGO Model Museum: life-sized models made entirely from LEGO bricks 
  •  LEGO Master Builders: live demonstrations and activities from the crew who get paid to play 
  • Race Ramps: build a custom car, then race it down the ramp against friends and family 
  •  LEGO Star Wars: build and display a Star Wars model 
  • LEGO Disney Princess: create a princess scene to add to a LEGO story book 
  •  LEGO Super Heroes: pose with a life-sized Spiderman model and more 
  • LEGO DUPLO: younger visitors can explore imagination through building 
  • LEGO Retail: purchase LEGO merchandise and official KidsFest tour goods 
  • LEGO Friends: build for the five empowered friends from Heartlake City 
  •  LEGO Ninjago: spin the way to being a Spinjitzu member 
  •  LEGO Mindstorms: build and program robots and snakes 
  •  LEGO Technic: get hands-on with the cool, realistic vehicles at the booth Creation Nation: build your own creation to add to a custom map of the U.S. Brick Pile: a gigantic pile full of LEGO bricks for creative play and enjoyment 
  • Monochromatic Builds: bricks of a single color foster group creativity
It was a bit overwhelming, but they had a blast building- especially in the huge LEGO brick pile!
My favorite was the entrance where there were life-size LEGO models- and Rey was included!! 
My son had a blast building a race car with his dad and then racing his sister! 


My daughter loved the Mixels station and having hers displayed! 

And as a family, we loved the Star Wars relay race where we built a ship together. 


LEGO KidsFest tour is coming to: 
 Pennsylvania • April 8–10 
Missouri • May 13–15 
Kentucky • June 3–5 
Wisconsin • Oct 7–9 
Texas • Oct 21–23 
Ohio • Nov 4–6
Five sessions - all identical and 4 1/2 half hours in length - are held at each tour stop. LEGO KidsFest tickets can be purchased at www.LEGOkidsfest.com. Tickets are $19 for the Friday and Sunday afternoon sessions, and $22 for both sessions on Saturday and the Sunday morning session. On tour since 2009, previous LEGO KidsFest tour stops have included major cities such as Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Atlanta, San Jose, Cleveland, Richmond, Phoenix, Portland and more.

Sample Disclosure: The opinions expressed above are honest, accurate, and not encouraged anyway by monetary donations. A sample free of charge was received from said company, as stated within the editorial.


Monday, December 28, 2015

LEGO KidsFest North Carolina


We are sooo excited that LEGO KidsFest North Carolina is coming to Charlotte February 19-21! All of my kiddos are huge LEGO fans- so this is an exciting treat for the whole family- especially since there will be a Star Wars model!!

The LEGO KidsFest national tour stops at the Charlotte Convention Center bringing all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experiences together in this three acre activity- and entertainment-packed family event. LEGO KidsFest is for children of all ages and builders of all skills and interests.

Here is what you can expect to see:
  • Three Acres of Hands-On Educational Fun for All Ages 
  • LEGO Model Museum: life-sized models made entirely from LEGO bricks 
  • LEGO Master Builders: live demonstrations and activities from the crew who get paid to play 
  • Race Ramps: build a custom car, then race it down the ramp against friends and family 
  • LEGO Star Wars: build and display a Star Wars model  
  • LEGO Disney Princess: create a princess scene to add to a LEGO story book  
  • LEGO Super Heroes: pose with a life-sized Spiderman model and more  
  • LEGO DUPLO: younger visitors can explore imagination through building  
  • LEGO Retail: purchase LEGO merchandise and official KidsFest tour goods  
  • LEGO Friends: build for the five empowered friends from Heartlake City  
  • LEGO Ninjago: spin the way to being a Spinjitzu member  
  • LEGO Mindstorms: build and program robots and snakes 
  • LEGO Technic: get hands-on with the cool, realistic vehicles at the booth 
  • Creation Nation: build your own creation to add to a custom map of the U.S. 
  • Brick Pile: a gigantic pile full of LEGO bricks for creative play and enjoyment  
  • Monochromatic Builds: bricks of a single color foster group creativity 

"Our 2016 LEGO KidsFest tour is going to delight both new and returning audiences," said Vince Rubino, Events Manager for LEGO Systems, Inc. "We've still got some favorites on the show floor, like the Big Brick Pile, Creation Nation and the Race Ramps. There are also many new and unique activities designed for building, learning and fun." Five sessions - all identical and 4 1/2 half hours in length - are held at each tour stop.

LEGO KidsFest tickets can be purchased at www.LEGOkidsfest.com. Tickets are $19 for the Friday and Sunday afternoon sessions, and $22 for both sessions on Saturday and the Sunday morning session.

GIVEAWAY:
One of MY followers will win (2) tickets to for the opening night session on Friday, Feb 19, 2016 (4-8:30pm). I encourage you to LIKE and Follow LEGOKidsFest on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram for all the latest ticketing updates as this event has been selling out in prior cities. Must be 18 to enter, 1 entry per day allowed, random drawing by USFG!

Winner will be randomly chosen by USFG on Tues Jan 15 and announced on my Blog and notified via email.

http://www.usfamilyguide.com/LEGO_KidsFest/?blogid=2397