Who’s Faster than a Speeding Waistband? Captain Underpants in His First Epic Movie!

Maybe you’ve heard:  Captain Underpants has a movie. Tra-la-laaa!

Captain Underpants Tra-la-laaa!

Ordinarily, I’m not one for potty humor, but if you’ve ready any of the Captain Underpants books, you’ll understand why I make an exception.  The character is charming and hilarious, and if there were ever a time we could use some laughs, it’s now.

Professor Poopypants

In Captain Underpants:  The First Epic Movie, you’ll watch as two prankster elementary school students, Harold and George, transform their grumpy principal into a dim-witted but loveable superhero.  The boys and Captain Underpants must band together to fight a new teacher, Professor Poopypants, who intends to rid the world of laughter.  It’s a fun, toilet-filled adventure that will crack up the whole family.

Captain Underpants

Faithful Captain Underpants readers will be delighted to know that this movie stays true to the books in both its animation and story.  The content covers parts of multiple books, and it’s every bit as wacky as you’d expect.  New to the world of Captain Underpants? Trust me when I tell you that the humor will have you rolling and the characters will draw you in–even if you’ve never cracked open one of the books.

I bet you can’t wait to watch it yourself now, right?  Well, I’ve got good news for you.  Captain Underpants:  The First Epic Movie is currently available on Digital HD, DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K.

Captain Underpants Hero Edition

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After-School Relaxation with Snoopy & the Peanuts Gang Giveaway

School should be in full swing for everyone by now, and that means we’ve all been hard at work.  (My kids have their noses buried in books at this very moment.)

It’s easy to let our long, daily to-do lists rule our lives, but let’s remember that it’s important to take a break from the grueling homework and serious textbooks every once in a while.  We’re going to help you do that with these two new and entertaining Peanuts-themed books!

Hugs for Snoopy Book

The first, called “Hugs for Snoopy”, is a Simon Spotlight kids’ novelty board book about hugs that features a touchable, lovable plush Snoopy face on the cover!

Hugs for Snoopy

Whether you’re happy, sad, lost, or found, nothing warms the heart like a hug—just take it from Snoopy! In this adorable board book, Snoopy earns a hug from Linus, snuggles away the sniffles for Woodstock, and gets caught in a cuddle with Charlie Brown. Now Peanuts fans, young and old, can feel the love too!

Peanuts Adult Coloring Book

In the second book, entitled “Peanuts for Inspiration and Relaxation”, from Posh, adult fans can color along with the Peanuts gang and relive their childhood!

Peanuts Coloring Book

The beloved Peanuts characters are reimagined here in 124 fanciful coloring book images, interweaving many classic Peanuts themes, such as Schroeder and musical items, Charlie Brown and the kite-eating tree, and the Snoopy dance.

For a chance to win a copy of each book, enter to win via the Giveaway Tools for below by Friday, October 13, 2017!  Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 or older.  Ends 10/13/17 at 11:59 PM.  Good luck!

Peanuts Books Giveaway

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Chef Adrianne’s Autumn-Inspired Acorn Squash Recipe

I find something so satisfying about eating seasonal, local foods.  They almost always taste better, and it doesn’t hurt that prices are usually more reasonable.  When fall rolls around, I tend to let apples dominate my menu, but this year, I’m going outside my comfort zone and incorporating other fall treats, like pumpkin and squash.

Chefs also love to take advantage of the different produce options that come with the changing of seasons, and I’m always dazzled by the creative ways they incorporate them into a delicious meal.  Today, I’m pleased to share with you just such a culinary innovation from Miami Chef Adrianne Calvo, owner of the highly acclaimed Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar and author of four cookbooks, including Maximum Flavor Social.  Inspired by ingredients and the seasons, she brings us a vibrant recipe highlighting a fall favorite:  Acorn Squash.


Roasted Acorn Squash Recipe

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Roasted Acorn Squash + Burrata Mozzarella + Garlic Brown Butter Pecans + Salsa Verde
Serves: 4
  • 1 acorn squash, cut into 4 pieces, remove seeds
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup burrata mozzarella
  • ¼ cup butter, unsalted
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, slivers
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup parsley
  • ¼ cup green onion
  • ¼ cup cilantro
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Pinch kosher salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place the cut squash onto a baking sheet. Drizzle with canola oil, and sprinkle with brown sugar and salt.
  3. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until fork tender.
  4. In a small sauté pan over medium heat, cook pecans in butter for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes.
  6. Add the soy sauce and crushed red pepper flakes. Set aside.
  7. In a blender, add the parsley, green onion, cilantro, lemon juice, olive oil, honey, and salt. Blend until smooth.
  8. To plate, add a spoonful of burrata on top of the squash, and drizzle with salsa verde. Then, top with the pecan garlic butter. Enjoy!


Mongoose Launches Exclusive Scooter Line at Target

I know I often talk about trying to make sure my family and I get outside during the Summer (with appropriate sun protection, of course), and we do try: we hit the shady trails, visit a spray park or two, and play in our backyard frequently. But inevitably, one day we all look at the weather report and then look at each other and then look at the listings for our movie theater. It just gets too hot, and we want some major air conditioning.

Though we do love Summer for a while, it’s not our true love. That title goes unequivocally to Fall. In the Fall, you’ll have trouble finding us indoors. Instead, you’ll find us outside walking, hiking, biking, and scootering. Yes, scootering! I’m not talking about driving Vespa scooters around town (as much as I dream of doing that) – I’m talking about riding some super fun scooters from Mongoose.

Mongoose Scooters

I bet you’re already familiar with the name Mongoose from their popular line of bicycles (you may even own some of them), but they have a line of quality, durable scooters that my family has been enjoying frequently during this change to cooler weather. They’re made for ages 8 and older, some conveniently fold up for compact storage and transport, and they come in a variety of colors and models.

We received the Force 3.0 Folding and Stance Pro Freestyle models for review, and we love them both!

Mongoose Force 3.0 Scooter

The Force 3.0 Folding Scooter folds up into a nice and tidy little shape that makes it easy to store them in places as small as school lockers or under bus seats. This model has a kickstand, which helps to protect the frame from damage when not in use. The deck (where you stand) is made from alloy and features full coverage grips to make sure your little one’s shoes won’t slip and slide. Thanks to steel brakes and 142mm wheels, the 3.0 offers a smooth ride with no slipping.  You can adjust the height to three different points, and this scooter accommodates rides up to 220 lbs.

Mongoose Stance Pro Freestyle Scooter

Our Stance Pro Freestyle Scooter is even more lightweight and features an extended deck for more standing room. It also has front and rear alloy pegs, which gives it a performance suitable for a pro-style skate park. Due to the more advanced design, this one doesn’t fold, but it’s still small and easy to toss into the trunk of your car. This one also supports children 8 and older and up to 220 lbs.  You won’t find a kickstand here though–it would get in the way of all the fancy tricks you’re going to do.

Mongoose Scooters

These scooters have given my kids hours of enjoyment, and they’re constantly looking for reasons to go outside and ride them. Even I have taken a few (or more) turns riding them! They’re fun all around, and I’m so glad we got them at the beginning of Fall so we can enjoy them all season.  I love that the scooters keep the kids active, and it turns out that they’re a pretty good incentive to get them to finish their homework quickly too.  They can’t wait to get outside and “scoot” around the block!

If you’d like to learn more, check out Mongoose.com or run down to your local Target to try them out in person. Don’t forget to follow Mongoose on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on all new products and specials!

Back to School with the Magic of Chia + Giveaway

There’s still some time before school starts for us, and I haven’t done much to prepare yet.  Food is always my first priority though, as I’m a firm believer that a healthy diet is a lot more important than a new shirt or the ridiculously specific school supplies we’re expected to get.  Food is more fun anyway!

While I still don’t have the soft pencil case my son needs (a hard case would apparently mean the end of the world), I am ready for the things that really count:  breakfast, lunch snacks, and after-school snacks.  Every parent knows how hectic school mornings are, but having a plan ahead of time can make things go more smoothly.  Part of my plan is to have some healthy food options that don’t require much (or any) time to prep, so that even on those extra crazy days, the kids don’t end up with junk food.

Mamma ChiaWe’ve mentioned Mamma Chia before, and we actually handed them out for Halloween last year.  We’re all big fans of their Chia Squeeze Pouches and Vitality Beverages because they have some great flavors, and the squishy, jello-like texture is so much fun.  They’re super convenient, so we have them for snacks year round, and the fruity deliciousness makes for a refreshing and satisfying snack.

The Magic of Chia

Sure, it tastes good, but what’s the big deal about Mamma Chia?  Let me tell you.  Chia seeds are pretty cool.  Those tiny, nutty, crunchy guys are chock-full of goodness, like protein, fiber, and lots of vitamins and minerals.  They also happen to be very rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and as someone who doesn’t eat fish, I know how hard that is to come by.  A small serving packs a big punch, which makes chia one of my favorite ways to give our diets a bit of a nutritional boost.

Mamma Chia Squeeze Pouches for a Healthy On-the-Go Snack

We’ve stocked up on Mamma Chia Squeeze Pouches, and they’re going to come in handy when I need a no-prep lunch snack or an on-the-go, after-school treat, but this year, Mamma Chia is going to make breakfast time easier too. Brand new to my family, and a welcome addition, is the Mamma Chia Vitality Granola.

Mamma Chia Wild Blueberry Granola

I can already tell that this one is going to be a lifesaver on mornings when I just don’t have time to cook.  (I’ll admit, that’s a lot of mornings during the school year.)  I don’t know why I haven’t considered chia for breakfast before, but what better way to start the day than with a healthy serving of protein, whole grains, and omega-3s?  My daughter’s favorite is the Wild Blueberry, and it’s also available in Vanilla Almond, Cinnamon Pecan, and Honey and Oats.

Whichever Mamma Chia product you go with, you can rest assured that you’re getting only the best ingredients.  On top of the amazing nutritional profile of the chia seed, all of the Mamma Chia products are organic, and like their packaging says, organic is non-gmo!  (They’re also vegan and gluten-free, for those of you who were wondering.)

Mamma Chia products can be purchased online at MammaChia.com or use their store locator to find a store near you.

Thanks to the generous people at Mamma Chia, you guys have a chance to win a Mamma Chia Prize Pack!  Enter via the Giveaway Tools form below.  Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 9/15/17.  Good luck!

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