VeggieTales Comes to Life with New Plush Toys

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Weave Made Media® and DreamWorks, but all my opinions are my own. #weavemade #VeggieTalesfun

When I was a kid cartoons were silly and funny; nowhere near as risqué as they are today. I usually avoid turning the TV on because I’m scared of what’s on! The values of today don’t seem to stand up to those of years past and it’s kind of sad. Thankfully there are still some shows and movies that are appropriate for everyone.

VeggieTales Bob

VeggieTales is one of those shows where parents can leave the room and not have to worry about the language or content being suitable. Even better it’s a show that kids actually enjoy. I don’t know about you but around here it’s rare for parents and kids to like the same thing.

VeggieTales Bob at bedtime

It’s always fun when we listen to the kids sing along with their favorite VeggieTales songs. After a recent Walmart trip they can now play with their favorite characters too! Did you know Walmart has new, fun plus VeggieTales toys? As soon as the kids saw the display they were all over it. “Booooooob!” was heard throughout the entire store I’m sure.


It seems like there is a toy for nearly every show or movie out there so it’s only fitting that a brand as great as VeggieTales has the same. The toys come in small, medium, and large sizes and you can choose from Bob, Junior, Petunia, Larry, Sweetpea, and Laura.

VeggieTales Bob and cousin

Each of the VeggieTales toys is great for cuddling, playing, and being a wholesome companion. They are even good for encouraging kids to eat their veggies! Well, sometimes. They make the perfect companion for play time, nap time, and dinner time. They make road trips bearable and quiet time tolerable.

VeggieTales Bob Plush

Bob is the perfect size for travelling along with us in the car or any other means of travel. When we’re home he has his own little shelf in the toy room. That’s his “house” and so far the kids have been great about keeping him there when he’s not out enjoying life.
VeggieTales Bob Outside

VeggieTales helps teach lessons, instill values, and tells important biblical stories that are important for any faith-based home. It;s a show and a brand I love and appreciate and hope to keep in the kids lives. If you’d like to learn more about the VeggieTales line then be sure to connect with them on Facebook.

Healthy Menu Additions Winners Announced #KidsLiveWell

Remember how I was telling you about the Kids LiveWell challenge? Well the winners have been chosen and there are some mouth watering recipes for sure. Like the Swimming Fish Taco – hello goodness.


Swimming Fish Taco

  • UW Health chef John Williams won the National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell Recipe Challenge with this recipe. He won in the independent noncommercial food service category.


1 piece of Tilapia (6 to 8 oz)
3 ounces of shredded cabbage
1 mango (Peeled and diced)
3 lime wedges
3 tsp chopped cilantro
salt and pepper, to taste


  • Heat a nonstick sauté pan over medium-high heat. Season the fish with salt and pepper on both sides. Cook the fish for 4 minutes undisturbed, then turn over and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and place fish on cutting board and cut into three equal pieces. Set aside.
  • Place three corn and whole-wheat tortillas on a plate and sandwich them between two slightly dampened sheets of paper towel. Microwave on high for 45 seconds.
  • Place the warm tortillas on a plate and place a piece of each fish on the tortilla.
  • Top with 1oz of shredded cabbage on each piece of fish, top with mango, cilantro and squeeze of fresh lime.

Other healthy menu winners are:

  • Bean Sprouts Café & Cooking School – The DoReForMe Sandwich is organic multi grain oat bread spread with sunflower butter and organic strawberry jam and cut into piano keysized/shaped pieces, served with a skewer of grapes and water. The pumpernickel bread is cut into smaller pieces and placed on top of the wheat bread to represent black piano keys.
  • O’Charley’s – The Cloudy with a Chance of Spaghetti and Meatball Pizza has grilled sirloin meatballs and spaghetti squash with tomato sauce and wholewheat pizza dough served with apple juice.
  • Sysco Hampton Roads – The Kids Quesa WOW Dilla is a chicken quesadilla with broccoli, chicken, peppers and corn, served with a side of grapes and water.

Winners were presented with checks for $1,500 and if you look closely yes, that is Robert Irvine handing over the checks. So jealous!! I love that man.


Check out Healthy Dining Finder and don’t miss their free app with a list of all Kids LiveWell restaurants and menu items. This app will help you find the restaurants that have the best options for your little ones. Not just healthy… but delicious and maybe even award winning!

Learn more about the Kids LiveWell program, keep up with their happenings and be sure to follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

Tricksters Helmets from Pillow Pets Review

We’ve all heard the saying “Safety First” and have probably used it a few times as well. This saying is like a parents motto – our children’s safety and well being is at the top of our priority lists. But who says safety has to be boring? The people over at Pillow Pets have taken a necessary safety device and turned it into something absolutely awesome.

Trickster Helmets from Pillow Pets.

I’m talking about the new Tricksters Helmets from Pillow Pets.

The helmets are available in 5 fun designs that you’ve come to expect from the Pillow Pets line.

  • Flower Power Cat Tricksters
  • LuLu Leopard Tricksters
  • Panda Tricksters
  • Puppy Tricksters
  • Rainbow Bear Tricksters

I personally think the Tricksters helmets are a genius ways to keep kids safe. Every kid I know hates wearing boring old helmets, no matter how much you beg. The kids are so excited to put their tricksters helmets on anytime they get on their bikes. We don’t even have to say anything!

Trickster Helmets from Pillow Pets

The Tricksters helmets are designed for children 3 – 7. If they came in adult sizes I’m pretty sure I’d wear one, I love the Flower Power Cat! Team Pink all day! These helmets are around $30 which is a small price to pay for the safety of our children. Tricksters helmets aren’t just super cute; they are also safe and approved for bikes, skateboards and scooters.

Trickster Helmets from Pillow Pets  (1)
The straps on the Tricksters helmets are fully adjustable, allowing most children ages 3 – 7 to wear them securely. That’s an important feature for me, especially after a scary incident with a helmet that was way too lose.
Pillow Pets is a household name and they have really outdone themselves with the Tricksters helmets. An extremely high cuteness factor coupled with functionality gets this moms vote of approval. You can get your own Tricksters helmet from their website. You can also connect with Tricksters on Facebook.

1965 VW Camper Van Play Tent Review

UntitledDo your kids love to hide, build forts in the living room and play in tents? I think most kids do and I did as a child. There was just something incredible about having my own space where no one else was invited – especially adults. The Monster Factory has something incredibly awesome to fit the play needs of children everywhere and instill a bit of nostalgia in parents. It’s the 1965 VW Camper Van Play Tent and I want to tell you about our experience with it.

1965 VW Camper Van Play TentWhen the 1965 VW Camper Van Play Tent arrived I was ready to see how easy it was to set up. It’s always taken me a while to set up any tent and I was expecting at least 15 – 20 minutes of setup for the 1965 VW Camper Van Play Tent. Thankfully I was in for a great surprise. The tent popped right up when I took it out of the carrying case. All I had to do was insert the 4 poles that were included. It took maybe 3 minutes from start to finish.

1965 VW Camper Van Play TentOnce it was set up Kaylee was ready to explore the new tent. She jumped inside, crawled around and asked Hector to come play with her.

1965 VW Camper Van Play Tent

He wasn’t feeling up to it though.

1965 VW Camper Van Play Tent (2)Of course it was right after nap time and the thought of big sis calling the shots didn’t appeal to Hector. Kaylee didn’t let that stop her from having a blast in the 1965 VW Camper Van Play Tent. She was a driver,a passenger and even invited us in to play with her. I will note there is not a lot of adult wiggle room inside the play tent! love how easy the setup is and that both kids are enjoying playing inside. It can be taken anywhere, used anywhere and enjoyed anywhere. We’re just waiting for the perfect day to head to the beach. I just know they’ll love playing inside and hiding from the sun. The only issue I’ve had with the tent is getting it back in the little bag. I have very little patience so trying to fold it perfectly just doesn’t happen easily. When I do take my time it goes right back in though!

1965 VW Camper Van Play Tent


If you’re looking for something special for the kids this Spring/Summer then  you’ll definitely want to check out the 1965 VW Camper Van Play Tent from The Monster Factory. They have some other great things too. You can also connect with The Monster Factory on Facebook.