Jun 252017
 

Want to have a fun and adventurous summer? Keep a toddler travel bag in your car, and you’ll be ready to hit the road in a jiffy!

This review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.

Summer is here, and I’m so excited! We had a pretty cold and wet spring here in Maine, so I am anxious to finally have some nice weather and get out of the house with my kids.

During the summer months, I love to travel around our state. I’m not a fan of the snow, so I pretty much hibernate all winter long. When summer comes, I want to go, go, go! My husband, John, and I, have already taken our kids to the zoo, to some new playgrounds we have never been to, out for ice cream, and to a few different places along the Maine coast. I am really looking forward to taking more day trips this summer. I want to go to the beach, have a picnic at the park, go to the botanical garden, and so much more!

If you’ve ever gone on a day trip with a toddler, you know just how much time and energy goes into packing a toddler travel bag. It honestly takes so much out of me every time I try to pack a toddler travel bag for a day trip. I run around the house like a mad woman trying to find everything I need to pack, and there’s always something that I forget to pack. It’s so exhausting, and by the time I’m done, I don’t even want to leave the house anymore. One day, I finally decided to save my sanity, and pack a toddler travel bag that could be left in my car at all times. Now, we can all be ready to leave the house quickly!

Pack a toddler travel bag with the items below, and you’ll be ready to leave the house in no time at all this summer!

What to Pack in a Toddler Travel Bag for Summer

  1. Sunscreen – Keep your toddler from getting burned by the sun! Always keep a bottle of sunscreen in your car. You won’t want to be caught without it. Make sure you seal it up in a resealable plastic bag so it doesn’t leak out all over your car or toddler’s belongings.
  2. Sun hat – My son has very blonde hair and his head burns quickly in the sun, so I always make sure to keep a sun hat in the car.
  3. Extra set of light clothing – We all know how messy toddlers are, so it’s important to keep an extra set of light clothing on hand in case an outfit change is needed.
  4. Extra set of warm clothing – Living in Maine, we often travel to the coast during the summer months. Some times it is a lot cooler along the coast when the ocean breezes are blowing, so I like to keep a set of warm clothes in the car to keep my kids nice and toasty.
  5. A light jacket with a hood – We often get thunderstorms in the afternoon, so I keep a hooded jacket in the car for my toddlers in case of rain.
  6. Swimsuit – The beach is my favorite place to be in the summer, so I always have a swimsuit in the car for my toddlers.
  7. Beach towels – Don’t forget the beach towels!
  8. Beach toys – Bring a few toys for your toddler to play with at the beach! Mine like to play with sand buckets and shovels.
  9. Water shoes – Beaches can sometimes be a bit rocky and hard on the feet, so I bring water shoes for my toddlers to keep their feet nice and comfortable. It also helps them to walk along the sand easier.
  10. Life jacket or arm floaties – Safety first! Bring a life jacket or arm floaties to keep your toddler safe when they are in the water.
  11. Non-perishable snacks – Toddlers love to eat, and can become hangry very quickly! Don’t forget to load up on their favorite non-perishable snacks!
  12. Picnic Blanket – We often like to have picnics at the beach or park, and it’s nice to have a picnic blanket to sit on while we eat. It keeps our pants from getting dirt or grass stains on them, and also helps to keep the bugs away from our food. Bring a blanket that can be wiped off easily if any food gets spilled on it.
  13. Paper plates, napkins, and cutlery – If you’re having a picnic, you’ll also want to have these on hand!
  14. First aid kit – You never know what might happen while you’re out and about with a toddler. Be prepared for cuts and scrapes with a first aid kit. Keep things like alcohol wipes, band-aids and a pair of tweezers on hand.
  15. Trash bags – Keep a few trash bags on hand for food trash, dirty diapers and wipes, or to store your toddler’s wet clothes until you can wash them.
  16. Diapers and Wipes – Make sure you keep your toddler travel bag stocked up with lots of diapers and wipes! Save some money for summer fun when you print this coupon for $2 off any one Luvs diaper pack. You can use this coupon at any mass, discount, or grocery stores where Luvs Diapers are sold. Luvs Ultra Leakguard Diapers with NightLock Plus™ are softer and more absorbent than before*, with large stretch tabs for easy fastening, ultra-leakage protection and a money-back guarantee. Luvs provides features babies and parents need for less cost than premium brands, so you can have more fun this summer!

Luvs DiapersWith a fully loaded toddler travel bag like this, you should be able to get out of the house quickly! Grab some bottles of water for the road, and you’ll be all set.

Don’t forget to restock your toddler travel bag after each day trip, so you’ll be ready for another one!

 

*Vs. product replaced, sz. 2-5

Jun 122017
 

This is a sponsored post for Colman’s. All opinions are 100% my own.

Cauliflower seems to be all the rage lately, and I have totally jumped on the bandwagon! I use cauliflower in place of rice and potatoes all the time. I even recently made a cauliflower ‘hummus’. It was delicious, and surprisingly, very similar to regular hummus!

With summer just around the corner, I am now thinking about how to use cauliflower in my favorite summer salads. It’s such a versatile vegetable that can be used so many ways. I can’t wait to experiment with it some more and see what other fun recipes I can come up with.

I have always loved potato salad, but my husband and I have been eating low carb for over 6 months now, and our diet no longer includes potatoes. Not to worry, though, because cauliflower makes a great faux potato salad!

Spicy Cauliflower 'Potato' Salad

Cauliflower on its own can be a bit bland, so I added a little spice to this recipe by adding Colman’s Mustard. Mustard is always a staple in my home, and I usually have at least half a dozen different flavors on hand. It adds so much flavor to my dishes, and it also fits well into my low carb lifestyle.

Spicy Cauliflower Potato Salad

Colman’s Mustard is spicy, but it’s a nose hot, not a throat hot. It doesn’t leave your lips feeling like they are on fire, but it has a nice amount of spice to it. It’s kind of like a mix between wasabi and cayenne pepper, and it’s delicious!

Spicy Cauliflower 'Potato' Salad

INGREDIENTS:

  •        2 cups cauliflower florets, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  •        2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  •        Salt, pepper and paprika to taste
  •        2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  •        2 tablespoons sour cream
  •        1 tablespoon Colman’s Mustard
  •        2 hard-boiled eggs, diced
  •        2 tablespoons finely diced celery
  •        2 tablespoons diced green onion

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Toss cauliflower, salt, pepper, paprika, and extra virgin olive oil in a bowl until cauliflower is well coated.
  3. Arrange cauliflower on a foil lined baking sheet and bake for approximately 22-24 minutes, until cauliflower is slightly browned and crispy. (I prefer baking my cauliflower instead of cooking it on the stove because it gets more moisture out of the cauliflower and keeps the salad from getting soggy.)
  4. Remove cauliflower from oven and allow it to cool.
  5. Transfer cauliflower to a medium-sized bowl and add hard-boiled eggs, celery and green onion.
  6. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, Colman’s Mustard, and a dash of salt and    pepper.
  7. Pour dressing over cauliflower mixture and toss until well combined.
  8. Cover cauliflower salad and place in refrigerator for at least one hour to allow the flavors to combine.

Spicy Cauliflower Potato Salad
Spice up your summer dishes with Colman’s Mustard! Find lots of incredible recipes on their website here.

 

Jun 012017
 

This is a sponsored post for Colman’s. All opinions are 100% my own.

Summer is almost here, and one thing I am really looking forward to is all the yummy food I will be eating! My family gets together quite often during the warm summer months, and we always have a great time catching up with each other, playing with our kids in the back yard, and eating delicious foods, of course!

One of my favorite summer dishes is deviled eggs. My husband and I have been on a low carb diet for over 6 months now, so eggs have become a staple in our home. I love deviled eggs because they are so versatile and delicious. You can really flavor them up any way you want, and they are a perfect ‘grab and go’ food. No plate required! As a Mom of two busy toddlers, finger foods like this are definitely my friend.

Spicy Deviled Eggs

One ingredient I always add to my deviled eggs, no matter which flavor direction I go in with them, is mustard. I love mustard so much that I always have about half a dozen different flavors of it in my refrigerator. You can really add so much flavor to your favorite dishes by adding a bit of mustard. It just gives it so much more depth.

Spicy Deviled Eggs

I was recently given the opportunity to try out Colman’s Dry Mustard. I have never tried this product before, but I was very intrigued by it, as I love mustard so much. I also love all things spicy, and when I heard this mustard had a great kick to it, I knew I had to try it!

Spicy Deviled Eggs

I added the Colman’s Dry Mustard to my deviled eggs, and it sure did give them a nice ‘kick’! The heat from this mustard is not throat hot, but nose hot. It’s sort of like a cross between wasabi and cayenne, and it’s delicious!

Colman’s Dry Mustard can be used in lots of recipes to really bring out the flavor and heat. Add a pinch to pasta, sprinkle on your pizza or serve on sushi! I can’t wait to add this mustard to some of my other favorite dishes, like summer salads and dips!

Spicy Deviled Eggs

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 Tablespoons Colman’s Dry Mustard
  • 12 hard-boiled eggs
  • 5 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 5 tablespoon dried chives
  • 3 tablespoons Sour Cream

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Hard boil, cool and peel eggs.
  2. Cut eggs in half lengthwise and carefully remove yolks.
  3. Place yolks in a bowl and mash with a fork.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and mix until well combined. Mixture should be smooth and creamy.
  5. Spoon yolk mixture back into the egg whites.
  6. Garnish with additional dried chives, if desired.
  7. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

What dishes will you add Colman’s Dry Mustard to?