For the love of fruity Fruttare

  If there’s one area I linger at too long in the grocery store, it’s definitely the beloved frozen treats section. There always seems to be something new, delicious and incredibly intriguing for me to take home and try… and one’s willpower can only last so long! That’s how I ended up taking home a box of Fruttare Coconut & Milk bars one day… and now I can tell you just how delicious they truly are!

I usually stay away from buying fruit popsicles, because in all honesty, I’d rather just pick up a piece of delicious summer fruit out of the fridge for dessert. But the creamy milk and coconut combination made me curious (as did the Strawberry and Milk flavor) and I figured that fellow coconut lover Miss L would adore them as well. When I realized they were only 140 calories each, I threw all guilt out the window and happily purchased a box!

And… they are pure coconut bliss in a bar!

There are actual chunks of coconut in there too, which was a little shocking at first. Then again, I’m used to anything coconut flavored also being colored bright blue, so there’s that! Luckily Fruttare is sort of the exact opposite, as those whole strawberries, coconuts, limes & bananas you find in the bars are sustainably farmed as well.

Fruttare has eight other flavors to try: Strawberry, Mango, Black Cherry, Banana and Milk, Pineapple, Strawberry and Milk, Mixed Berries and Milk, and Lime. So far, I’ve seen them available locally at Target, Rite Aid, & Walmart, but you can check to see where you can find them in your neighborhood.
So let’s recap:
· Low calorie snack
· Made from great tasting fruit and sources sustainably farmed strawberries, coconuts, limes & bananas (you can see the actual chunks in the bar!)
· Nine absolutely delicious flavors
· Available all over for you to buy
Take a chance on Fruttare in the freezer aisle on your next window shopping visit

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


#DisneySMMC On The Road Portland event



At the beginning of June, I was lucky enough to be one of the select few “moms” invited to attend the first #DisneySMMC #OnTheRoad event in Portland. I had signed up on an online interest form long before the event, and got the happy email on the morning of May 18th. And I was so excited to go that, you might remember, I made these crazy business cards to give away!

I would describe the event as a “mini PD conference” and it was geared toward moms/parents who were a part of social media buzz… be it an online blog, the twitterverse, or just old-fashioned super connected moms in the neighborhood. There was a quick buffet breakfast to start the morning, then a solid set of back-to-back presentations with a short bathroom break in the middle, and finally some extra time in the room afterward to mix and mingle and network with fellow attendees and the presenters.

Our hostess for the day was Jamie Langdon, who shared this adorable video with us about how much Kids Remember on their WDW vacations:

The rest of the day’s lineup included Tyler Slater (Disney Destinations), Erin Glover (Social Media Director at Disneyland),  Victoria Lim (multimedia journalist) – who gave us that awesome Magisto free trial code, Andrea Rojas and Megan Sayers from Babble.comMarianne Richmond (children’s book author), and finally Kathy Cano-Murillo (aka. the Crafty Chica) & her daughter Maya (Maya in the Moment).  For a wonderful detailed wrap-up of all the details, check out this post from Saving Up For Disney.


While the event was short in time, it was packed with substance and well worth the trip just to meet the wonderful friends I met! It’s wonderful that Disney plans and puts on these events to bring great people with similar interests and perspectives together!  I just hope that I’m lucky enough to attend another one of these events in the future!


banana cream pudding magic

I have some serious banana cream pie lovers (& critics) in my life: Mr. M and my Dad. So when I stumbled on the recipe for Magnolia Bakery’s Famous Banana Pudding, I earmarked it for a day when they both could enjoy it. It’s definitely not a pie, but more of a banana cream trifle, and so darn easy to make as long as you’ve got the time! Well, the day to try out the recipe just happened to be this Saturday… and I can proudly share the recipe it here because it earned their well-respected banana cream seal of approval.

banana cream pudding
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Cuisine: dessert
Serves: 8 servings
  • 14-oz condensed sweetened milk
  • 1½ cups cold water
  • 1 package (3.4 oz) Vanilla Instant Pudding
  • 4 Ripe Bananas
  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 box (12 oz) Nabisco Nilla Wafers
  1. Mix the condensed milk with the water on a low speed for 1 minute. Add the pudding mix and mix on medium speed for 2 more minutes. Cover the bowl and place it in the fridge for at least 3 hours.
  2. Whip the cream in a large bowl until it forms stiff peaks. Fold in the cold pudding mixture until completely combined.
  3. Pick a glass bowl or dish to use for serving. You'll want it to be big enough to layer all of your ingredients inside! Layer the Nilla wafers along the bottom, then add a layer of bananas, and top with a layer of the pudding cream. Repeat for an additional set of layers.
  4. Wrap up the dish and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and enjoy! (It's best if consumed before it's been in the fridge for 8 hours... but in our house, it's still yummy the next day)




Raley’s Chefs’ Menu for Easy & Delicious Dinners


As weeknight working-parents, we don’t have time for 30+ minute recipes in our kitchen Monday-Friday. Oh, and please don’t get me started on those delivery-via-FedEx “meal in a box” subscriptions. While they might be fun for a weekend meal, it’s not fun to learn how to cook a new recipe every single night. I like 5 or less fresh ingredients and only a couple of dirty pots or pans please!

So imagine my delight when Raley’s offered a $25 gift card in exchange for trying out their new Chefs’ Menu meal options!  “Sure! Looks easy & fun” I wasn’t sure what to expect – and honestly thought there’d only be a few options in the store to try – but when I got to the store I realized just how easy it was to shop for ANY meal on a Tuesday night after work.

 Step 1: Find the Chef’s Menu section of the store (right in the middle of the meat section)


Step 2: Choose your meat and grab a guide! All you need to pick out is a Meat, Sauce, Side & Veggie!


Step 3: Checkout and head on home!

As you can see, the total for my meal was $16.36! Spending about $16 for a fresh meal for all of us without too much thought = EASY!


I decided on the Thai Chicken Stir Fry meal (as prepared by local chef Suleka Sun-Lindley from Thai Basil Restaurant here in Sacramento). Miss L was thrilled by the loads of squash in the meal, and Mr. M was intrigued by the Thai Sauce.

Step 4: Cook the meat


Step 5: Add the veggies. Heat the side and the sauce.


 Step 6: After 10 minutes, plate and ENJOY!


Miss L gobbled up her portion without blinking, and then asked for more. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any, since Mr. M and I had already fought for the remaining extra portion! To say this was a hit would be a major understatement. And the “prep” for all of this was so incredibly easy!

I’ll definitely be stopping in to Raley’s to grab these Chefs’ Menu meals both on nights where plans have gone awry as well as nights when we’re craving this stir fry goodness – and I’ve told my family & friends who live near Nob Hill Foods & Bel Air Markets to try them as well. I’m excited to try the other recipes (and meat selections) next time!

So thank you Raley’s for the chance to review this new option… and thanks for making it so delicious!

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it’s finally time to go inside out


To say that our family has been waiting forever for INSIDE OUT to come out would be an understatement. We got our first preview of Inside Out at the D23 Expo in 2013 and we were all in stitches laughing at the dialogue/storyboard they shared with us. Since then, we’ve been crossing our fingers that the rest of the movie would turn out just as well… and the Tomatometer seems to be saying that it really is just as wonderful as we hoped it would be!

We’ll be hopping into the theaters for the Saturday morning matinée (Miss L already picked out her Bing Bong stuffed animal to take with her), and I’m certain we’ll probably return for a second trip later on!

If you’re taking your little ones (or you’re a “Big Kid” who wants to join in on the fun), here are some fun coloring sheets, an Inside Out craft project, and even some nail art you can have fun with!

Inside Out Coloring Book Pages



Inside Out Nail Art Designs


Inside Out craft: DIY Memory Balls