Monday, September 1, 2014

A little happy dance if you will

I don't know about you but my go to song when something really great happens in my life with accomplishments is, "What a feeling" by Irene Cara, (Now the birth of my boyZnberries is a whole other realm and that has a completely different song and dance).




With that said when I am so overwhelmed with joy I will belt it out and dance. Well I wouldn't call it dancing more like my own unique rhythm, kind of like Elaine dancing, you know from Seinfeld?

Dramatic much? DUH.. Lets hear it for Thespian honors!!! Really this is my go to song and I have danced to this song in public or alone when;

* I got my first corporate job at 22 at MBNA in Human Resources
* Got the job at the Irvine Company in HR and my final corporate job at CBRE in HR as well
* I left an abusive relationship
* 8 years ago when I lost 50lbs.
* When I decided to go back to school
* When all it was a cancer scare and all results came back negative
*  I passed my pre requites in science to take the next pre requites in science ( so I can finally apply in the spring for the nursing program, God willing)
YOU better believe when I FINALLY get my degree for nursing I will be dancing down the aisle to this song as I accept my diploma. 
* When I started blogging again after three years
* When I was associated with some of the top mommy bloggers in the OC
   
AND…..

* Most recently when I was nominated by my peers, as Top Review blogger! I couldn't believe that my blog, Hopscotch and Jellybeans was actually alongside these amazing bloggers. I can't tell you how surreal it is.

Why am I sharing this? Well I want to give a special shout out to those who I KNOW from the blogging world who were also nominated. I have followed them this past year on their blogs and / or directly worked with them in one aspect or another. They truly are the sweetest women. A special shout out to Everythign Mommmyhood, as a new blogger finding direction and learning all the ropes…Darci would be very patient with me when I would have questions. Those who know me know I don't just have one easy question I come with a lot and she is always so patient with me. I have been blessed to know a lot of amazing bloggers over the years who are just so sweet. Before I share my list of those who I know, I would like to say even though I don't know all the bloggers on the nomination list I look forward to in months to come. I hope you take a moment and vote for all these 49 amazing women every day. You have until September 28th. So be sure to tell your friends. You can take turns liking all these amazing blogs! Just click on the heart to the right of their names.


Without further ado here are the bloggers that I have worked with ~ Drum Roll please

#2 A Nut in a Nutshell 
#7 Bullock's Buzz
#12 Everything Mommyhood 
#23 Mail4Rosey
#29 Monicas Rants Raves and Reviews
#33 Planet Weidknecht
#46 Trippin with Tara

Its an honor to be named alongside many of the greats! I would like to say thank you to whomever nominated me as it truly means a lot and I am so thankful. That is enough for me to even be on the list.

Congratulations to all the those who were nominated, in my eyes you are all winners! :)





Friday, August 29, 2014

Amazon or Paypal $50 Gift Card - Open worldwide 8/29 - 9/5


Welcome to the

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Organized by Budget Earth   As bloggers, we are thankful every day that we have wonderful readers like you. All of us put in countless hours on our blogs, but know we wouldn't be here without fantastic, loyal readers like you. We know you are taking time away from your busy day to read our articles, try out our recipes, and enter our giveaways. Your loyalty and trust means a lot to us and we want to give back! Budget Earth and some of your favorite bloggers joined our funds together to bring you this awesome flash giveaway! One very lucky reader will win a $50 Amazon or Paypal Gift Card! This giveaway will only last for one week so don't forget to enter! To make things easier for you, we kept the Rafflecopter small and are ONLY doing Facebook links. This will make it easier for our loyal readers who have been here awhile! Good luck everyone and make sure to read all the rules below, before entering the giveaway form! We Love Our Fans Flash Sweepstakes
  • One lucky reader will win a $50 Amazon Gift Card or Cash (Paypal for outside US).
  • Open Worldwide.
  • Winners will be chosen at random Random.org.
  • Sweepstakes ends September 5th at 11:59pm ET.
  • Winner will be notified via email.
  • Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.
  • Budget Earth is responsible for prize fulfillment.
  • Must be 18 years or older to enter.
  • Only one entrant per household.
  • Void where prohibited.
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  • Good Luck!
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

A smashing good time at SmashBurger



The Boyznberries and I went to SmashBurger as we were invited to try them out. This was a real treat as we have never been and we had no idea what to expect. 

Rule #2 was hard for my toddler as he was obsessed with the word smashing and really thought they were going to smash his lunch!



Everyone was super nice and cheerful! 


Service with a smile! Gotta love it! Thanks Eric!




                   My two little berries got the bacon cheeseburger. I know really exciting right?



                    He seriously was waiting for someone to come up and smash his burger throughout the duration of meal. I had to tell him it was just the name of the place, lol!!



The sour grape aka my baby brother turned his head away when I went to take the picture. He is seriously so vain…Um yeah you're not the spotlight your burger is dude! Well actually I already got a photo of the burger, I was just tormenting him like the good sister that I am.




Burger selfie! 


This is not just your ordinary cheeseburger with avocado….
All burgers are specially smashed and seared seasoned to order. NEVER EVER FROZEN! Using only 100% Certified Angus Beef. Accompanied with an artisan bun, freshly chopped and beautifully displayed produce. A variety of cheeses to accompany your burger. Not only is it pleasing to both your eyes and stomach its just as pleasing to your wallet!


My oldest did the make your own burger as well. He had the swiss cheese with bacon and avocado.


One thing is for sure, bite


after bite….it continued to please. 




I decided to get the harvest salad which was super delicious and served in a HUGE chic bowl, (ok more like a chic and modern serving dish)


Not only did I enjoy this salad so did my son! 



We deiced to try the smash fries and the veggie frites. The smash fries were flavored with olive oil and rosemary they were delicious. I made the mistake of getting one basket with two ravenous teenagers, a preadolescent, and a toddler.  


 I wasn't a huge fan of the veggie frites I thought they were so so and that was the overall feel for them with the exception of my toddler. He loved them and told me they were delicious especially when he lightly dipped them in the ranch. 

 The servings were decent and we had to take half of my middle sons burger home. This rarely happens. The burgers were that big. You do get a lot for what you pay for. The prices are fair and you can't beat fresh made to order.



The next time I go I may or may not bring my kids! :)  If I do bring them I know I will need to order at least TWO sides of Smash Fries. I will get a side of the Veggie Frites instead of the fries for my youngest. I will get a salad for the whole table to share, its that big. The salad is a meal within itself however we are all salad eaters.

This is a place where you don't want to stay in your comfort zone and I kind of have regrets for doing so, when I just ordered the salad. So with that next time I want to try the Mushroom truffle burger or the Spinach Cucumber and goat cheese burger. Or do I want to try it with the grilled chicken?

I would highly recommend looking at the menu beforehand as the choices are just so tantalizing. The food is great and its a pretty chill atmosphere. I will be back again as they have something that the whole family can enjoy, down to the picky eaters!

Thank you SmashBurger!!!!!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Field of greens - Winder Farms review



I had the opportunity to try out Winder Farms, which is awesome. Its farm fresh groceries delivered to your door. 

Here is what we got for our delivery; 


Stonyfield Yogurt smooties all natural hormone free, fruit both cut up and whole, veggies, fresh baked bread, fresh baked cookies, coconut milk, chocolate milk, rolls, regular and pink lemonade (both organic and all natural), grape juice, apple juice, green tea, bacon, grass fed meats, did I mention we got bacon? Oh and we got chopped kale salad and a ready to heat meal. I believe it was the chicken dish and it was so good I can't even tell you. I feel like I am forgetting something as I couldn't unload of all it without having the kids being hungry and wanting to sample EVERYTHING!


 

I was so impressed by the quality of the organic produce. My boys were so excited to see purple carrots and try different things! I used the greens on top of the carrots and I juiced it with the kale and lemon. I added someone things as well. Just a note with juicing and I am sure you already know, if you are juicing everything should be organic or you are drinking pure pesticides and well that defeats the purpose. 



You sure do get a lot of healthy things at Winder farms



For breakfast my boy had the bacon, fresh fruit, with the fresh baked Winder Farms bread with organic butter. I also took some of the organic oranges from the box we got and juiced them. It was a five star breakfast to say the least! 



In my house my boys have to eat 6 or 7 times a day. Well those are the times I help them get meals and snacks, anything after 7 they have to fend for themselves, lol! So when my toddler was hungry for snack it was a piece of cake, um I mean a piece of fruit. I got out the fruit from Winder Farms and my boys enjoyed.


My oldest son put dibs on the pasta so those were off limits for us. He said they were very delicious. I apologize for not getting an after shot as he made it as quickly and before I had a chance to  take a photo he was licking the bowl. Ok maybe not licking the bowl but there was nothing left.


I love that they included recipes for you to try with their fresh organic produce.


 I had the recipes for the roasted carrots and the chard and chickpeas. While I didn't have chickpeas I modified the recipe just a tad and I thought it came out ok. 


Like I said I didn't have the chickpeas which their recipe called for. As a parent if you don't have something improvise, and well I had Great Northern Beans in my cupboard so it worked out. I also added the organic shishito peppers to the recipe… I felt like Americas Top Chef in this moment. I was having fun trying out different things with my organic produce.  The only thing missing in this picture is the feta cheese.


This was my lunch and it was fabulous! It was so delicious and I made it myself, with the help of Winder Farms! The feta was heavenly as it melted both on the beans and in my mouth one bite at a time. The fork full of swiss chard sprayed with lemon mixed with feta and the beans gave it a unique and buttery taste. This is my new favorite dish. 



 As mommy law states, as you sit down and act relaxed …they will come. The littles will arrive to drink or eat what you have even after they ate a meal like I don't know 20 minutes ago? Welcome to my world! CINDERELLA ERM...Mommyella, MOMMYELLA where are you we are hungry AGAIN!!!!????




Is it lunchtime already? Wow the day goes by so fast. I have to say making meals was a breeze with Winder Farms. I felt like such a good "MommyELLA"giving my kids organic food. The best part with my hectic schedule it was delivered to my door. One less thing for this "ELLA" to do!!!



  


Lunch was hormone free lunch meat with Winder Farms organic fresh baked bread and organic lettuce. Accompanied by organic fruits fresh from the farm with some coconut milk on the side. A little olive here as "OLIVE" my boys! :)




 My middle son wanted a PB&J sandwich with fresh baked bread, chocolate milk and fresh fruit. OMSG ( Oh my sweet goodness) if I don't win or at least get into the semi finals for mother of year after this I don't know what will!



 Lunch was a crowd pleaser! I have never seen my boys so happy and excited to eat. Do you think it had anything to do with the fresh baked bread from Winder Farms?




Bite after bite I had to tell him to slow down!!!



                                   Looks like Mikey likes it too! LOL



 For my afternoon snack I had the Kale salad mix, it was delicious!!! So easy, healthy and simple!





What is sweeter than freshly baked cookies, sharing with your loved ones!
 Warning once they are open they will all be devoured.





 My toddler loved dipping his in the coconut milk!!!



These cookies were huge and filled with chocolate goodness. They were so moist and hit the spot for my sweet tooth.





 






 I took this time to enjoy the moment and relish in the sweetness. These cookies were so divine they deserved to be eaten as such. Cookies and milk and I dusted (washed off) my tea set and enjoyed these cookies in a sophisticated way. Not like uncivilized littles who just dunked the cookies and slurped their coconut milk. I took my time. Just a word of caution, don't enjoy and relish in the bite after bite or you will find they disappear from others with sticky fingers!




 I was very pleased with Winder Farms, if you want to try them out you will get $30 your first order. Its so worth it, and I promise you it won't be the last time you order from them either. With all you have going on why not make your life simple? Best part its farm fresh!


Disclaimer: Winder Farms is available in California, Utah, and Nevada

Friday, August 22, 2014

Rest A Soul

Sweet Davia is turning 17 years old this month. April 2014 she was diagnosed with a very rare form of Cancer. According to her doctors she has been given 1 year to continue to light up this world. I have known Davia for the past 4 years . I have known her family and after I had my youngest son she would often come over and help me. She would hold my son while I did a load of laundry or took a shower. 
Through that time I got to know her and my family and I adored her. My middle son bonded with her the most and she really has a way with children. 

Davia's heart is truly of gold and her laughter is contagious! Her smile is light more like a burst of sunshine and you can't help but want to be around her. Despite everything going on in her life she always sees that silver lining. Will always try to make you feel at peace, regardless of what she is going through. She by far is the strongest girl I have ever known. I am praying for God's will to be done and I pray that miracles will happen. I can't even begin to express how heavy my heart is at the moment. 

I am asking and praying that if you could, would you please make a donation to this family? I am also coordinating a LOVE Boxes to be sent to this sweet girl. If you would like to send her a box of items please email me at Mommyjam123@yahoo"DOTCOM" and I will send you an address to where you can send it. Items can be cards of encouragement, nail polish, clothes, socks, anything you feel desired by your heart!  Your Monetary donations and or LOVE Box would be the biggest blessing ever. The world has been such a better place because of this sweet girl and I want her to know how many people are praying and thinking of her.  Click HERE to send monetary donations through her site. 

It would be amazing if in addition to all the wonderful people who donate to Davia  if;
Make a Wish foundation would do something so wonderful for Davia? Something that could make her heart smile as she has done for so many who have known her. 





Thank you again for your time and tender hearts. Here is the information again should you feel it your heart to donate. BLESS YOU!

We Love Our Fans Flash Sweepsakes!!!!



Welcome to the

We Love Our Fans Flash Sweepstakes

Organized by Budget Earth
  As bloggers, we are thankful every day that we have wonderful readers like you. All of us put in countless hours on our blogs, but know we wouldn't be here without fantastic, loyal readers like you. We know you are taking time away from your busy day to read our articles, try out our recipes, and enter our giveaways. Your loyalty and trust means a lot to us and we want to give back! Budget Earth and some of your favorite bloggers joined our funds together to bring you this awesome flash giveaway! One very lucky reader will win a $50 Amazon or Paypal Gift Card! This giveaway will only last for one week so don't forget to enter! To make things easier for you, we kept the Rafflecopter small and are ONLY doing Facebook links. This will make it easier for our loyal readers who have been here awhile! Good luck everyone and make sure to read all the rules below, before entering the giveaway form! We Love Our Fans Flash Sweepstakes
  • One lucky reader will win a $50 Amazon Gift Card or Cash (Paypal for outside US).
  • Open Worldwide.
  • Winners will be chosen at random Random.org.
  • Sweepstakes ends August 29th at 11:59pm ET.
  • Winner will be notified via email.
  • Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.
  • Budget Earth is responsible for prize fulfillment.
  • Must be 18 years or older to enter.
  • Only one entrant per household.
  • Void where prohibited.
  • Entering the giveaway form means you agree to terms above.
  • Good Luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway Disclosure: This blog did not receive compensation for this giveaway. Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest are in no way associated with this sweepstakes. Prize fulfillment will be handled by Budget Earth. Would you like to have your products featured in a giveaway event? Want to increase your social media exposure? Contact susan.l.bewley@gmail.com to see how I can help YOUR company today!