Monday, July 28, 2014

prize candle review

*I received a prize candle from Tastemaker Mom to review. Like always, all opinions and words are my own
I would have never thought there was anything like this but it's a real thing! I finally know what it's like to get a kinder egg or some cool limited toy that comes in an unmarked box.

Prize Candle contains a ring ranging from $10-$5,000. There are some beautiful rings out there. Trust me, I looked through all the #prizecandle on instagram while I was waiting for my candle to burn down enough. I was sent Adriatic Fig. They have a lot of other options like pumpkin spice (yes please!) but I was really pleasantly surprised with Adriatic Fig. It smelled like fall to me. The scent is light but still enough to smell through out our house. After a few hours, I started to see the prize pouch. I blew out the candle, grabbed a pair of pliers and pulled it out. My ring is a pretty blue color and fits my thumb. I read other people saying their rings are on the bigger side but I'm assuming it's easier to down size than have one too small. In the pouch is a little paper with a code to enter on the Prize Candle site. You enter your code to find out the appraisal on your ring. I wasn't a big winner but I am happy with my ring and Elinor was happy I was willing to share.
Prize Candle would be such a fun gift to give someone! I'm already wanting to order one and try again. I will at least wait until my candle is finished.

Friday, July 25, 2014

I like food

I wanted to share this cute protein reminder. Vegans are not protein deprived! Stop asking how we get our protein! I don't know where this image is originally from but I got it from here 
 This week we were in Massachusetts. We had to visit some of our favorite places while there. Flying Saucer Pizza in Salem, MA is awesome but even better, they have a new menu. We tried out the Silurian, evoo and chopped garlic, Teese cheddar, mac n' Teese casserole, kale, sundried tomato. Insanely good! 
 tofu fro-yo from Kushco Bistro with starberries and oreos mixed in. Elinor probably ate more than half. She was so excited it was pink!
 The best cold brew coffee from Gusto Cafe in Beverly, MA.
 Life Alive!! So excited we got to eat it twice. The emperor with tofu and no cheese. Always my favorite. Elinor loves the vegan kiddie quesadilla and a pink smoothie (eros alive)
The cambridge location has a great kids space on the lower level. I sat with her at the little table while Dave and his friend sat at a nearby table so we could all still talk. It was one of the most pleasant dining experience. She would sit and eat then play again. I even read her a few books while she finished up her food.

We went to Veggie Galaxy in Cambridge, MA too. We only ate treats but for some reason my boston cream pie disappeared before I got a picture. Elinor tried the strawberry ice cream. I managed to get a taste of it before she firmly told me that it is her ice cream. For having a baby in a diner super late at night, everyone was friendly and helpful! Thank you guys for making us feel comfortable with being bad parents and having our child up late at a show!

Do you have a favorite restaurant while traveling?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Strider Sport Balance Bike giveaway!

 Welcome to the Strider Sport Balance Bike Giveaway! Hosted by: Momma Lew Co-Hosted by: A Life In Balance Do you have a child who is struggling to learn to ride a bike? Did you know that a Strider Sport Balance Bike can help a child as young as 18 months learn to ride a two-wheeler? You can read Momma Lew's review here to find out all about this great bike to help your child gain the balance and confidence they need! One lucky reader is going to win their own Strider Balance Bike (ARV: $119) in the color of their choice! To enter, follow the steps in the giveaway form below. This giveaway is open to US residents, 18+, one entry per household. Giveaway will end at 11:59pm on 8/6 EST. Good luck!
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philly parks

This playground is on the corner of Terrace St and Hermit St in Manayunk, PA. Elinor's dance school is walking distance from here. On this day we took a trip with a few of her little friends after class for a picnic and play. There isn't too much shade but it is still a great park. The splash pad was so much fun. The girls had a blast running jumping through the water. I also suggest water shoes or keeping your shoes right next to the splash pad. Only because once you walk away from the water, your feet will burn. 
awesome table with checker boards on top and a basketball court that we didn't check out
nice and clean structure, only parts were too hot to slide down
We were sitting in the only bit of shade to eat
one more splash before we left

Friday, July 18, 2014

I like food

 It has been hot! We have window units all around our house but not in our kitchen. We do have a ceiling fan in the kitchen. With the oven on, the ceiling fan just whips around hot air. I've been trying to get away with not cooking too much. Making a bowl is a great option. I've said it so many times but I would rather a bowl from Life Alive in Salem. Since that isn't possible (at least until next week!) I've been making a few bowls a week.
 This one is rice, arugula, broccoli, avocados, tofu, corn, nutritional yeast, and topped with Goddess Dressing from Trader Joe's. So easy and fast to make. 
 Elinor actually likes them too. Hers of course has to be deconstructed. If I put cheesy sprinkles (nutritional yeast) on just about anything she will try it.
Big news!! Our Whole Foods finally got Earth Balance Mac & Cheese in! It was an excited night for us. We all really liked it. Elinor even had 2 servings and asked for more but it was gone. We made buffalo tofu with it and corn on the cob. I think the mac & cheese tastes like Annie's from what I remember. It has been a few years though. Now if only Whole Foods could keep the Earth Balance cheddar squares in stock!
and always a pizza night with Daiya cheese and sun dried tomatoes. We took a tip from Pizza Brain and added arugula on top after baking the pizza. Makes it so tasty!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

houston playground

Last week we ventured to Houston Playground. It is fairly close to our house. I'm so surprised no one told us about this spot last summer. I'm so happy I'm finding new playgrounds and fun things to do! 
There are two playgrounds, a toddler/preschooler friendly one and a big kid one. Luckily, the smaller one is in the shade. We walked over to the bigger side but Elinor decided she didn't want to try it out.
Plenty of swings on the smaller playground.
From the smaller playground you can see the splash pad. 
on the other side of the splash pad is the bigger playground. Full sun. Beyond this are baseball fields and basketball courts. Again, we didn't go over that way. There is a summer camp there during the week and I didn't want to disrupt their games.
The water comes on at 12pm. I think it stays on till 9pm and it isn't on during the weekends. Which is a bummer. Elinor had so much much running through the water.

If you are ever around Roxborough, PA check out Houston playground. It's a fun time!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

polagram photobook

*Polagram sent us this book for free but all opinions and words are my own.
I always want to print out pictures of Elinor. I've downloaded some apps only to find out you can only use pictures on your camera roll. I take a lot of pictures. Too many. I have to dump all my pictures on Dave's computer and start again pretty often and I'm left with an empty camera roll.
Polagram allows you to use pictures from instagram and facebook. I was able to make a book of Elinor in minutes by just scrolling through my instagram. I used pictures from the day she was born up to the day I made the book. Only using 26 pictures I made an amazing hardcover book of her whole life so far.
The pictures are such good quality and take up a good amount of the page. It is so perfect for her to flip through. She requests to read her Elinor book all day long.

Polagram has some new products too that look just as cool. 8x8 or 8x10 big prints, posters, and phone cases. I think a poster to hang on her wall of all her adventures would be fun too. Feel free to use my promo code PGTQ3ALK if you decide to order. You will receive 2 euros off your order.