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Saturday, May 23, 2015

May 2015 Sharing Time - Week 4

Welcome to May's Sharing Time Linky!

Before we get to the party, here's a quick recap since the last Sharing Time:

This week I posted a recipe for a Blueberry Cheesecake Smoothie.



We made some cute little Minion Crafts.




Now, on to the link party- I can't wait to see what you share! :)

Please join the Raising Memories Sharing Time & add a link to your latest and greatest blog posts
about activities to do with your children or fun projects that you have done!
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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Minion Kinder Eggs & a Giveaway!

My kids have had their eye on previews for the new Minions movie, so you can imagine their excitement when we saw Minions KINDER® SURPRISE® Eggs in the store!  After getting them home and opening them, we decided to make minions out of the plastic eggs inside of the chocolate eggs. :)  All it took were some googley eyes, a glue stick, and some Sharpie markers. :)


If you're looking for these eggs in stores, they're specially marked with the minions on the box (if you're buying a pack) or on the egg if you're buying individually.


There are 11 different Minion toys to collect and on Friday, May 22nd, there will be an extra-fun facebook page to join for fans who've collected all 11 Minions toys- there will be a chance to win 4 tickets to see the Minions movie in theatres when it comes out this July.



Giveaway

Right here on the blog, you have the chance to win a $40 KINDER® SUR-prize pack!

This would give you the chance to find the entire Minions collection!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: I’m a #KinderMom who is part of the KINDER® Canada influencer team; as part of my affiliation with KINDER® Canada, I am provided with special perks and products. All thoughts and opinions are my own. The contest winner will be required to provide a full name and complete mailing address to be shared with KINDER® for shipping purposes. While you may enter as many of the KINDER® contests as you like, you can only win once.


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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Blueberry Cheesecake Smoothie Recipe

I have some bad habits when it comes to diet and exercise. I tend to eat a lot of junk food and not a lot of healthy food. As for exercise... well, the bad habit there is that I don't. So, at the start of this month I decided to really work on improving those things. I've been making an effort to go for walks, to try and ease myself into exercising more. I've also been trying to eat more fruits, vegetables, and healthy things (hopefully, to try and avoid eating as much junk!).

One of my favourite ways to get healthy foods in is to make smoothies. This month, I was looking for healthy ways to use cottage cheese into healthy snacks and I came across this idea to use it to make "Cheesecake Smoothies". I LOVE cheesecake, so I thought this would be a GREAT smoothie to try! I did some research into different cheesecake smoothie recipes and came up with my own version that I like.

So, today I wanted to share my favourite version of this recipe that I've come up with so far.





I love using cottage cheese in a smoothie because it helps to make it more filling and to keep you full longer, with that extra protein in there! It's also low in fat (and if you're really watching your fat intake, you could take out the cream cheese in this recipe and use all cottage cheese). You can also get Nordica Cottage Cheese in Fat Free, 1%, 2%, 4% and Lactose Free (I used 2% when I made the recipe). You can also get on-the-go containers of their cottage cheese with flavouring in it (which might make for an even faster way to incorporate flavour into smoothies!)

Okay, on with the recipe!


Ingredients:

1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup Nordica Cottage Cheese
2 tablespoons cream cheese
1 banana (the more ripe it is, the sweeter your smoothie!)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup frozen blueberries (you could use any type of berry!)
Graham Cracker Crumbs (optional)



This is super easy to make.  Just measure your ingredients and dump them all into your blender.  Then blend until all bits and chunks are smoothed out! (You won't have any cottage cheese chunks or any other chunks :)



You can drink it as-is, or you could play with your presentation!

Presentation Ideas

- sprinkle crushed graham crumbs on top
- rim your glass with crushed graham crumbs
- top with fresh blueberries
- top with whipped cream






Contest


 The Nordi-Cows is back! (This is an interactive game on the Gay Lea Facebook page. Go there, pick your favourite cow, and milk her twice a day, once in the morning, and once in the evening. The more you milk your cow, the more chances there are to win great weekly prizes. The contest runs from the end of May through June.


Do you have a favourite recipe to make with cottage cheese?
Tell me about it in the comments!


You can check out the Gay Lea Website for great recipes and more information on their products. They also send out monthly newsletters featuring great tips and coupons!

Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Ambassador Campaign with Influence Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.


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Saturday, May 9, 2015

May 2015 Sharing Time - Week 2

Welcome to May's Sharing Time Linky!

Before we get to the party, here's a quick recap since the last Sharing Time:

This week I posted about How to Make the Best of Your Beach Day.



I also shared some Healthy Summer Snack Ideas.

That post includes a Giveaway for some Kids' Gummies Multivitamins.



Now, on to the link party- I can't wait to see what you share! :)

Please join the Raising Memories Sharing Time & add a link to your latest and greatest blog posts
about activities to do with your children or fun projects that you have done!
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