Friday, May 22, 2015

Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles {recipe}

Summertime, Summertime! It is here! School is out and my son is ready for adventure. Here in the South it is strawberry season and they are sweet and delicious! I picked up a pack from Walmart and was sure to choose strawberries that were fragrant and not bruised. Strawberries will not continue to ripen once they are picked from the vine so it is important to choose the ripe berries when you buy them in the store. Strawberries are my son’s favorite at anytime of the year but for the summer I decided to combine two of his favorites, strawberries and popsicles.

My son is an extremely picky eater so I try to find ways to incorporate protein in his diet in ways that he will enjoy. We love popsicles during the summer and I saw this as a perfect opportunity to combine protein and a sweet treat that I was sure my son would love. To add additional protein to my strawberry popsicles, I used vanilla Greek yogurt and crossed my fingers hoping my son would enjoy it. The recipe is extremely simple and to increase the excitement about the popsicles, I allowed my son to do most of the labor to make them - it is minimal, after washing the strawberries you simply place them in the blender, add some lemon juice, agave nectar and yogurt and mix.

We both filled the popsicle molds and we let them freeze overnight. However, you can make these in the morning and they should be ready in about five hours. The great thing about the popsicles is that this is a treat that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner! You control the amount of sweetness and when blended with the tart flavor of the lemons they are absolutely amazing!

He loves them! 

Strawberry Greek Yogurt Popsicles

1 pint fresh strawberries
3/4 cup Greek yogurt (I used vanilla flavor)
2 tablespoons agave nectar (or more to taste)
2 tablespoons (half a lemon) lemon juice

Wash strawberries and remove leaves. Place in blender. Add all ingredients and blend until liquid (about 2 minutes).

Pour liquid into popsicle mold.

Freeze for 5-8 hours or overnight.


Check out our video below:

For more great berry recipes check out what my fellow Walmart Moms did!

Frugal Upstate whipped up a strawberry pretzel salad that's perfect for potlucks.
Mommy's Kitchen made strawberry syrup and Italian sodas.
Presley's Pantry created a berry pan dulce cake

Looking for good burger recipes? The Walmart Moms have that too! 

De Su Mama did a twist on a classic and created Cuban burgers.
Lynnae McCoy spiced things up with a pepper jack guacamole burger.
Modern Mami moved away from beef and switched it up with pork burgers and plantain crisps.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Mother's Day gifts for the active mom

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and I have some gift suggestions for the mom in your life who is interested in having or already has an active lifestyle. You see, I am not the typical mom, I think breakfast in bed is great but my son is too young to cook for me. So what is a mom to do? For as long as my son can remember, I have been an active mom. He does not remember the days when I weighed over 200 pounds and worked hard to get the pounds off. He was my biggest cheerleader but I started my journey to healthy living when he was just 2 years old so he knows me only as a fit and active mom.

However, the winter was not kind to me. Or perhaps I should say I was not kind to myself during the long cold winter and rather than keep up my healthy diet and exercising lifestyle, I indulged, indulged and indulged some more. This translates into about 15 extra pounds that I need to get off quick, fast and in a hurry since summer is quickly approaching. So when Walmart asked me to highlight gifts for Mother’s Day, my mind quickly turned to gifts that an active or want to be active mom would appreciate. With a budget of $40 I’ve found gifts that will help moms get fit and look good while doing it!

First up is the active wear. I am a true believer that no matter what size you are, you should look good while exercising! I know it helps me feel good about myself no matter what size I am when my clothes are cute! The Avia line at Walmart fits the bill for me. I chose a pink racer back top($6.00) with wicking action 

and a pink sports bra($12.46) to wear underneath my garment. 

Since I am a well endowed woman, this bra would not suffice for high impact activity but since I am slowly getting back to fitness, it works well for my favorite activity dancing (my prefered activity is zumba), yoga and walking for fitness.

I enjoy trying new activities and having fun so when I saw the Gold’s Gym weighted hula hoop ($19.00)I knew I had to have it! There are so many reasons this is a win. First, it can be disassembled so I can take it with me when I travel. It weighs 2.5 pounds so not only will I be able to work on my core but I can also use it to tone my arms. A DVD with suggested exercises is included in the package so I can get ideas for using my hula hoop aside from simply using it around my waist. I am thrilled about adding this to my exercise arsenal and since I have loved hula hooping since I was a child, this is a fun activity that will help me burn calories and tighten my core.

This Mother’s Day I am a happy camper. As a mom who enjoys fitness, I was able to find items that fit my budget at Walmart, that will help whip me into shape and look good while doing it!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Pippin! #PippinonTour

photo credit: Tony Shapiro

Last night I had the pleasure of seeing the Broadway Atlanta show Pippin. Pippin is a coming of age story about a young Prince, Pippin who is searching for meaning in his life. Pippin is a revival show that won the 2013 Tony award for best revival and after seeing the show I understand why. Before seeing the show last night, I was not familiar with it at all. I remember singing the song “Corner of the Sky” when I was in elementary school chorus but that was the extent of my knowledge about the show.

photo credit: Tony Shapiro

Pippin was indeed a treat! The show takes place in a circus environment and includes excellent displays of athleticism in acrobatics by the Gypsy Snider performers of Montreal. The dancing was beyond reproach and was choreographed by Tony award nominee Chet Walker in the style of Fosse. Jazz hands were in full effect during the show! And the singing was absolutely incredible.

photo credit: Tony Shapiro

I was thoroughly entertained for the duration of this 2 and half hour show. It was comedic and vibrant.  Truly a Broadway winner. A word to the wise, this show is clearly intended for adult audiences with graphic language and adult situations but if you are looking for a show for date night or a girls night out with friends I highly recommend it! Pippin is here in Atlanta until May 10th so get your tickets quickly!

I am looking forward to the rest of the season of Broadway in Atlanta - Wicked, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, the Sound of Music and the return of The Book of Mormon. For a full 2015-2016 schedule go here.   

Disclosure: I was provided with media passes to the show from Broadway Atlanta. As usual, all opinions are my own.  

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette Spring Makeup look

The makeup trend that is hot this season is nudes. I have already shared with you a minimalist look but today I’d like to share one that focuses on the eyes. I am completely in love with nudes. Surprisingly, you can create a variety of looks that are “nude” and one of the staples I suggest you have in your makeup kit is Maybelline’s The Nudes eyeshadow palette ($9.98). This palette is composed of 13 different shadows in various shades of nude and dark shadows that can be used to create a smoky eye. To create a nude look on my eyes I started with my brows.

I will emphasis this every single time I showcase a beauty look - the brows are the most important aspect of your look! Having well groomed brows can change the overall look of your face and you can go sans makeup when your brows are slayed to perfection. I begin by using concealer above my brow and on my brow bone. This helps to accentuate the shape of my brows. I follow up by using a brow enhancer. In this instance, I used Wet and Wild’s coloricon bown ($1.93)pencil in brunette. This has a brush on one end and the pencil on the other. I brushed my brows and filled with feather strokes using the pencil. I HIGHLY recommend choosing a brow pencil that is one shade lighter than your natural color so that you don’t have a harsh drawn in eyebrow look. We want dynamic brows, not the clown look!

For my shadows, I used the lightest cream color on my brow bone. After applying a primer, I brushed my entire lid with the metallic brown included in the collection. For the far corners of my eyelid I used the darkest (almost black) color in the palette. And finally I used the metallic gold on the inner corner of my eye and lined my lower lash line with it. This brightens my eyes and is a neat trick to use especially if you have dark eye circles.

I lined my eyes with L’Oreal infallible smokissime ($7.97) powder eyeliner pen. It has an unusual shaped tip (you can see it in my video below) and I was a little worried that I’d have a thicker line than I wanted. However, I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to get the thin line I wanted by using this liner. This is a powder so there is fallout but you can clean that up easily with a qtip. Also, if you want a heavy smoky eye, this liner is perfect for creating that effect.

Finally, I used L’Oreal Paris Volumimnous Miss Manga mascara ($6.97). I really like this mascara, it was clump free and actually did provide my lashes with volume and length. I am totally in love with this complete look and am looking forward to playing with the The Nudes palette to see what other looks I can create. All of the items that I used were purchased at Walmart.

Check out my video below for more info!

Purex PowerShot laundry detergent {review} #wmtmoms #ad

I am not a big fan do doing laundry but it is a necessary evil. I am always on the lookout for products that will make my life easier in this area. That is why I was thrilled when asked by Walmart to try the new Purex PowerShot I immediately said yes! Purex PowerShot detergent does the measuring for you. It automatically dispenses the right amount of super concentrated laundry detergent for your load. It has 50% more stain fighting power in every drop than regular detergent. All you have to do is flip the bottle upside down and a dose is dispensed. If you have a particularly dirty or extra large load you can use two flips. I tried the Mountain Breeze scent and really like it. I am especially enamored with the price - it is $3.97 for 45 loads! You can’t beat that with a bat!

And if you have someone in your household who is laundry challenged or just starting to learn how to do laundry like my son, Purex PowerShot is a no mess, no fuss, error free way to do laundry. Check out my video below to see Purex PowerShot in action!

Purex PowerShot is available in store and online at Walmart.

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