#JustBeYou with prAna & Oh My Yog {Coupon Code & Giveaway}

#JustBeYou Giveaway

  This post is sponsored by prAna and Stonyfield Yogurt If there's one thing that I've learned over the last 40+ years, it's that all you need to be in life is YOU. As a child I always wanted to be just like the other girls, those popular girls. I wanted to have the perfect hair, the perfect clothes, and the perfect friends. What I didn't realize at the time was that I'm not who I wanted to be when I was little.... ...I'm better! I look back over the profile pictures on Facebook of those girls I wanted to be like, and I realize that I'm more than happy with who I've become and who I've always been. I don't want to be "just like them" any longer and I wouldn't want to be anyone else but me. Oh, how I wish I had learned that 30 years ago. This was me today after a full day at work, after homework was done, and after dinner was in our bellies. This is how I looked at 8am this morning when I left to take the kids to school and the only difference right now is that I've ... [ Read More ]

R.W. Knudsen Cider & Spice Float {and Giveaway}

Cider and Spice Float Recipe theecochic

Sponsored by R.W. Knudsen It's finally starting to feel like Fall in Florida, and by that I mean it's only in the 80's for a high and we can pretend that it is Fall and slip on our boots again. The mornings are cooler and a tease of what Fall would feel like anywhere else, but our ACs are still on by mid-day! Last weekend we went to a pumpkin patch and corn maze about an hour north of Tampa and I may have come home with a sunburn on my shoulders. The kids were hot and sweaty but they did get a taste for fall with the apple cider, kettle corn, and pumpkins! As we get ready for Halloween night festivities I decided to try a twist on apple cider for those of us in warmer climates, a cider and spice ice cream float! It was super simple to make and only required R.W. Knudsen Cider and Spice apple cider, ice cream, caramel syrup, and a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. To make it a little more fun, chill the mug (or mason jar) so it's nice and frosted for your little ... [ Read More ]

8 Food Allergy Friendly Halloween Treats

Food Allergy Friendly Halloween Treats

The Teal Pumpkin Project is becoming more and more important these days as children are facing life-threatening food allergies. The most common of the food allergies is nut-allergies; but don't forget about wheat, soy, and gluten allergies. For families who don't have children with food allergies, we may not think about our Halloween candy choices. I know that I'm a sucker for my Reece's cups but I'll be leaving those inside my house this year and not handing them out to the kids. If you still want to offer up sweet treats or snacks for the kids here are a few options that are food allergy friendly. Stonyfield Organic Fruit Snacks - My kids reach for these more than they reach for candy. I'll be the first to admit that they are pretty tasty and satisfy my sweet tooth. Yum Earth - Yum Earth makes sour beans, lollipops, and gummy bears that are from natural real fruit juice. I'm a fan of their sour beans and they come in small individual serving sizes perfect for ... [ Read More ]

Surviving Back to School


I've been dreading this day for a few weeks now, my kids are going back to school today! I have completely enjoyed our laid back summer with no bedtimes, no schedules, no routines, and no car lines. This summer was a little different than usual with my husband traveling more for business, but we managed to find our special moments and embrace them. Just last weekend we were sitting on Sanibel Island listening to the waves crash into the shore and now I'm dreading the stack of papers I'll have to fill out tonight after they get home from school. Preparing for back to school wasn't too dreadful, our school requires uniforms which makes clothes shopping very easy. It wasn't terribly painful on the bank account this year thanks to a big bag of hand-me-downs for my oldest. He should be set for the next 1-2 years even when he hits his growth spurt. The school supply list this year wasn't too bad either. I had quite the chuckle over some of the items on the middle school list though; ... [ Read More ]

Stonyfield Southwestern Taco Dip featuring Late July Tortilla Chips

Southwestern Taco Dip

Post sponsored by Stonyfield Yogurt as a part of their Stonyfield YoGetters Blogger Program. We usually have a house full of friends for the 4th of July holiday, but this year is going to be very quiet.  The hubs is working this year over the 4th and my daughter decided to go spend the weekend with my parents. That leaves my son and I to find our own excitement.  I have absolutely no idea what we're going to do yet.  We may invite a few friends over for an impromptu pool party before we head out to watch fireworks.  There are so many fabulous places to watch the fireworks in Pinellas County, but we may stay close to home and head up to Tarpon Springs and watch the fireworks at Sunset Beach. You can find a list of all the local fireworks by county or city at Bay News 9, Fourth of July Fireworks schedule. Before our friends stop by, I made up a tasty treat to kick off the celebrations. I'm a sucker for a good taco dip and there are a million different ways to make it.  I often ... [ Read More ]

Baked Spaghetti Bowls #ClassicoMakeItYourOwn


This post contains affiliate links. Are you bored with your "go-to" spaghetti night?  Our family relies on spaghetti a few times a month and I'll be the first to admit that it's rather boring most nights.  Tonight I reDEFINED our dinner to make it fun with CLASSICO® spaghetti sauce and a few simple ingredients. You'll need spaghetti noodles, ground beef, onion,CLASSICO® spaghetti sauce, taco bowls, and shredded cheese. Brown your beef with some chopped onion while you are boiling your pasta noodles.  This only takes about 5-10 minutes depending on how many hands have decided to help me in the kitchen that night.  Tonight my six year old decided she wanted to help mommy cook.  I love how excited she gets when she's in the kitchen with me. Once your noodles and ground beef are ready, you'll want to place your taco bowls on a baking sheet.  Fill each bowl with drained noodles and top with ground beef,CLASSICO® spaghetti sauce, and shredded cheese. This is seriously one of ... [ Read More ]

8 Fun Things to Do at MommyCon Orlando

8 Fun Things to Do at MommyCon Orlando

MommyCon is coming to Orlando on Saturday, May 23rd and I've been looking forward to this day for the entire year.  You can view the entire agenda and schedule of events on the MommyCon Orlando website.  If you've never been to a MommyCon before, be sure you wear comfy shoes because there is a lot to do and even more to see. Use coupon code ECOCHIC15 and save $5 off your General Admission Ticket! (Affiliate link) 1. Attend a few seminars.  I'm planning on listening to the Cloth Diapering 101 seminar with Cotton Babies, Comedy Hour with the Honest Toddler's Bunmi Laditan, and Dear 25 Year Old Me with Jill Krause from Baby Rabies.  Be sure to check the schedule and mark the seminars you want to attend, the day moves very quickly and you might not get to see everything if you're not organized. 2. Shop the marketplace! There are lots and lots and lots of vendors at MommyCon.  If you're looking for cloth diapers you'll be happy to know that AppleCheeks, Thirsties, Smart Bottoms, ... [ Read More ]

The Truth About Spray Sunscreens

The Truth About Spray Sunscreens

This post is sponsored by Goddess Garden Organics Sunscreen. For years we've heard warnings that spray sunscreens should be avoided.  I have to say that as a busy mom in Florida, spray sunscreens can be very appealing.  Our kids move quick and don't sit still very long for us to apply lotion sunscreen.  I've religiously been using lotion sunscreens for the last few years and trying to explain to my friends why I don't want them used on my children. Did you know that most spray sunscreens are flammable?  Check the ingredients list and you'll most likely find alcohol as one of the ingredients in most spray sunscreens.  Alcohol is highly flammable and can turn your sunscreen bottle into a very dangerous and explosive bottle. Did you know that most spray sunscreens can be harmful if inhaled?  Any material when sprayed in or near your mouth and nose can be harmful.  When you are spraying traditional sunscreens, you're also spraying alcohol, fragrances, and lots of toxic ... [ Read More ]

Summer Sun Safety Tips with Goddess Garden Sunscreen

Summer Sun Safety Tips

This post is sponsored by Goddess Garden Organics Sunscreen. There's a lot more to sun safety than just applying a good, natural mineral sunscreen.  Our family spends a lot of time outside in the pool, at the beach, playing sports, and at school.  May is skin cancer awareness month and we can all take a little more time to protect our skin from the suns damaging rays. 1. Remember to apply a good facial sunscreen every day! Goddess Garden Facial Sunscreen can be applied under your makeup and is safe for kids.  You can get burnt even when you're driving around town with the sunroof open. 2. Wear your sunglasses! Especially if you have light colored eyes, you'll want to protect your eyes in the sun.  I can't go out without my sunglasses and it's just as important for us to teach our children the same safety tips. 3. Wear hats.  It doesn't matter what type of hat, you will add a little extra protection to your face and you'll be protecting your scalp.  It's really hard to ... [ Read More ]

Why Natural Sunscreens are Important

Goddess Garden Organics Sunscreen

This post is sponsored by Goddess Garden Organics Sunscreen. As a Florida family, sunscreen plays an important role in our lives.  We spend so much time outdoors (year-round) and if we leave the house without sunscreen, the entire family will end up with rosy cheeks, burnt noses, and a farmers tan.  As a child, I was blessed with the golden "Coppertone" style tan lines which were popular in my youth.  Since then, both of my parents have had sun spots and cancerous spots removed from their face, back, and shoulders.  I realized at that time that I should embrace my "peaches and cream" complexion and not worry about my tan.  I made it a priority in our lives to protect my children from future skin damage and slather them with sunscreen when we're outside. Unfortunately, we go through a LOT of sunscreen and there aren't many safe, natural options available at big box stores.  We've ended up relying on the cheap green "No-Ad" bottle of sunscreen that's available at WalMart.  Active ... [ Read More ]