3, 2, 1…Astroblast!!!

Astroblast Characters

Hold on to your hats Sprout fans! A brand new show is launching on Sprout in 2 days! Astroblast is filled with fun (and really adorable) animals that live in outer space on a space station.  In celebration of the launch of the new show, which is produced in partnership with Scholastic Media, Sprout hosted a luncheon for some wonderful moms and their Sproutlets in NYC…at the Sugar Factory, no less! Those present were lucky enough to watch a sneak preview of the show, but worry not dear reader! Check out sproutonline.com for a full episode and sneak previews.  And, if you just have to see it on TV you’ll only have to wait until Saturday July 12 at 1pm EST or 8pm EST to watch on Sprout!

And, speaking of July 12….we will be broadcasting the Good Night Show LIVE from 6-9pm EST on Sprout! It’s been a while since Star and I took over the Sunshine Barn (which is where the Sunny Side Up Show lives) and I can’t wait! We have a few surprises planned, but rest assured that we won’t deviate too much from our trusted nighttime routine that gently eases our little Sproutlets to bed every night. We are just so excited for the launch of Astroblast that we felt it deserved a huge welcome!

Astroblast coloring pages from sproutonline.com

Astroblast coloring pages from sproutonline.com

I hope you’ll visit sprout’s website and take advantage of the printable coloring pages and really cool interactive games they’ve created to support the launch of Astroblast.

Yummy Sundae at the Sugar Factory!

Yummy Sundae at the Sugar Factory!

Yes...like a kid in a candy store!

Yes…like a kid in a candy store!

Having fun with some super sweet Sproutlets

Having fun with some super sweet Sproutlets

 

 

Awesome Dallas Mom Bloggers!

As promised, here is a list of the lovely ladies I met in Dallas and links to their websites!  Thanks again for coming out to meet the Sprout crew :)

Jamie, Roubinek Reality

Holly, Kids Activities Blog

Autumn Rose, Mama Challenge

Lee Ann, Mommy’s Wish List

Emily, Sweet Bella Roos

Dawn, The Frugal Mom

Trista, Mommy Upgrade

Molly, Digital Mom Blog

Debra, A Frugal Friend

Jennifer A Real Posh Mom

Channa, Life as a Coaches Wife

Arena, The Nerd’s Wife

Courtney Solstad, My Crazy Savings

 

A little bit of press

20140530-230154-82914355.jpgI have been a busy little bee over the past couple of months doing a bit of work for Sprout and filming a few commercials too! This past month in particular was a whirlwind! I started out in NYC for the Upfront Presentation for all of NBC Universal’s Cable family (which is where Sprout proudly lives!).  This event was a very special treat for me since we’ve only been 100% “in the family” for a short time.  And, I have to say, I couldn’t be any happier. They treated me like a queen!  And trust me, this is not how I normally live!!! I got a Glam Squad treatment, hit the red carpet, then mingled with some really fabulous people.  My fav celeb sighting of the night (my teen crush) was Ian Ziering who was beyond sweet and a proud father of two adorable kiddos who are huge fans of Nina & Star! I was also super excited to spot one of my favorite designers, Diane Von Furstenberg, and geek crush, Wil Wheaton!

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The following week I was in Dallas at the Mansion on Turtle Creek.  What a great hotel! And what a fabulous lunch I had with a group of amazing mom-bloggers! These women just blew me away! Their blogs and twitter feeds are thoughtful, well-researched, full of amazing pictures and tips….needless to say, I was humbled and I’m so grateful to have met each and every one of you! (A list of their blogs and websites will be posted shortly).  Being in Dallas meant I got to hang out with some family, most importantly my little nephew, Greg :) and eat Tex-Mex (YUMM!).

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Finally, I was asked by Sprout to appear on a local Miami NBC show, “6 In The Mix” to talk about raising kind kids and to promote an event this weekend at the Miami Children’s Museum called Operation Kind Kids.  The event is a collaboration between KIND and Sprout which is designed to teach kids the importance of kindness.  We are all hoping that parents and kids can find inspiration and discover new ways to incorporate kindness into their daily routines.  Remember, small, everyday acts of kindness can make a big difference.

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And on my way home I randomly came across a special message at the Miami International Airport.  PEACE & LOVE. What a great way to end the month!

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The Age of the Selfie

Selfie with my chicas!

Selfie with my chicas!

We are living in a new era! It is the age of the “selfie”.    Be it an impromptu funny moment or a need to document a fabulous outfit, whatever the reason everyone from the Pope to President Obama seems to be doing them.  I wouldn’t be surprised to find college level psychology classes dedicated to the subject in the near future.  As a matter of fact, after a recent review of my camera roll on my cell phone, it would appear that my 19 month old daughter is becoming quite adept at taking them too!

Inspired by some amazing close-ups of her little nostrils and left eyeball (which I will never be able to delete!) I decided I needed to work my way into some of those shots.  Time is not on my side!  These little girls are growing up so fast and changing everyday.  When I look back through my camera roll I see hundreds of pictures of my girls and maybe one or two of me! Gia is now at the stage where she will look at a picture and remember something about that particular day.

Last week she saw a photo of herself dressed in a tutu and said, “Mommy, remember that was Anastasia’s birthday party?”  That’s when it hit me.  She’s going to remember that day but maybe not that I was there with her.  We played with chalk on the sidewalk and flew a kite together, and I really wish I had handed my camera to someone or taken a “selfie” of the three of us.  Honestly, now I’m more motivated than ever to move from behind the camera and get into more pictures with my little ones!

Last weekend we had such a lovely time hanging out in the backyard…Spring has definitely sprung! When I saw the girls playing on the tire swing together I thought to myself, these are the moments I live for! And I have to admit, this is when I’m so grateful to have a phone with a camera.  I wanted to capture this moment forever. This was a moment I wanted to insert myself into.  I joined them on that tire swing, snapped a shot of the three of us and then swung us round and round until we laughed!

I hope you all will make a point of inserting yourselves into more pictures with your kids and take selfies when you can! And, right now, you can share those special moments with Sprout.  MomIsHere is an awesome initiative, which was created by Sprout, to remind Moms to jump into those pics with our kiddos and capture some unforgettably special family moments that you will always remember.  Upload your pictures at http://www.momishere.com or on Instagram by tagging your photo with #MomIsHere.  I can’t wait to see all your smiling faces!!

 

 

Happy Spring!

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Rainbow by Gia!

I don’t know about you, but I get so happy when Spring officially begins.  What I love to see all around me are the bright greens shooting up through the ground, the buds appearing on the tips of the mango tree full of promise of juicy fruit, and ,without a doubt, nothing brightens my day more than pictures of rainbows drawn by my little Gia!

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One small act of kindness…

Last month I had a couple of trips that took me away from the girls.  I prepared the house and my husband for the trip by making sure everything was planned, shopped for, and meals were made and frozen.  I actually looked forward to the trips.  There would be some “me” time blended in with work.  As I sailed through the TSA checkpoint at the airport without a stroller, diaper bag and wandering toddlers to hold me back, I relished the thought of sleeping in a quiet hotel room and the million other things I did BK (before kids). Wrong, wrong, wrong!!

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Pumpkin Banana Bread

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Yes PUMPKIN! Yes BANANAS! This bread is awesomely amazing and I can’t stop making it. I currently have 3 loaves in my freezer! I found myself last month with about 35 bananas from our tree in the back yard. It was the end of October and I had pumpkin on the brain too! So I found a recipe for Pumpkin Banana Bread with Vanilla Bean Glaze which is really yummy, but I had to make it my own…in other words I had to get some chocolate in there! So here’s my version and I know you will love it!

Ingredients
3 very ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
1 c sugar
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree
2 cups self-rising flour
2 eggs, room temp
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
pinch of salt
1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
Using mixer, blend bananas and sugar. Add pumpkin until well-blended. Slowly add flour (or else you’ll get a dust storm!) Then add eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and salt until smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand. I’m sure some chopped walnuts would be lovely as well. I like to make this in 2 loaf pans (one to keep and one to give away!) or sometimes in 4 mini loaf pans, the disposable kind, so that I can make these as gifts. You just need to grease and flour the pans lightly and divide the batter evenly between them. Bake at 350 for approx 40-45 minutes. Testing with a toothpick helps determine when it’s done.

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