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Friday, October 24, 2014

Recipe: Easy Black Pepper Chicken with 3 Ingredients #EasyRecipes

Recipe: Easy Black Pepper Chicken with 3 Ingredients #Easy Recipes
This recipe was inspired by our new Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 8-piece Cookware Set. This  cookware is perfect for pancake art because it heats evenly and the nonstick surface makes it easier to handle the pancakes. While the pans in this set are particularly nice for pancake art, a bonus is that cleanup is easy since they are dishwasher safe on the top rack.  

  •  1 pound of chicken breast
  •  1/2 cup of olive oil
  •  1 Tablespoon of black pepper (freshly ground preferred)
1. Mix the olive oil and black pepper to form the marinade. Add the chicken and allow to marinate for approximately 4 hours.

2. Preheat skillet to low/medium heat and then add the chicken to the skillet.

3. Cover and allow to cook for approximately 5 minutes.

4. Flip and continue to cook covered for 4 to 5 minutes or until thoroughly cooked in the middle.

5. Optionally serve with rice, broccoli, and peas.

Trendy Scala Collezione Rainhats #Fashion

We are in love with the trendy Scala Collezione Rainhats (LW281). These trendy hats are perfect for fall, especially on rainy days. As shown above, these trendy bucket hats come in a variety of colors, including black, charcoal, wine and khaki. Personally, I have a black one that goes well with just about all of my jackets.  It's soft, comfortable, and I love the trendy look. Of course, the other colors are fun as well!  You probably wouldn't guess that these retail for around $25.  This great price point is probably why the Scala Collezione is one of Dorfman Pacific headwear company's best selling brands. Everyone loves quality, trendy styles, and reasonable prices. 

The Dorfman Pacific brand has been trendy for 90+ years. We are always excited to see their new product releases each season.  Dorfman Pacific, over 90 years in business,  is the world's largest and most diversified hat company. Its many brands are sold nationally at department and specialty stores as well as on-line retailers. The company's design and marketing team works diligently each season in order to bring an innovative, chic, top quality, value based collection of brands to the marketplace. Fashionistas, sports enthusiasts, beach goers, spa lovers and everyone in between will find the perfect hat in the collection. 

Visit Hartford York to order this trendy hat!

Have you updated your winter wardrobe with a trendy Scala Collezione Rainhat yet?

Sneak Peek: Trendy Mom's Holiday Gift Guide

The Trendy Mom Holiday Gift Guide is almost ready!  The list above gives you a sneak peek at the fantastic brands that will be featured this year.  We can't wait to share with all of you, so check back soon for our post next week!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Recipe: Monster Sandwiches for Halloween #Hallowaiian

King's Hawaiian is running a Halloween campaign called "Legend of Hallowaiian." Visit their website to learn more about the legend and for Hawaiian inspired Halloween recipes and party tips.

Our party tip is to set up a Monster Sandwich Bar for kids to make their own fun sandwiches that look like monsters.  We provided Kings Hawaiian Rolls to make Ham & Cheese and Pepperoni & Cheese Monster Sandwiches. My preschooler and his friends love creating their own Monster Sandwiches!

  • 2 packages of Kings Hawaiian Rolls
  • 1/2 pound of sliced honey glazed ham
  • 1/2 pound of sliced sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 pound of sliced pepperoni
  • Optional: 1 box of Bread Stick (crackers)
1. Slice the rolls in half and set on a platter.

2. Slice the ham, pepperoni, and cheese slices into quarters. Pay close attention to making even cuts since the ham and pepperoni will be used as "tongues" sticking out of the monster sandwiches.

3. Guide the children to place ham or pepperoni on their roll so that it sticks out like a tongue. They can then add cheese or other meats so that they are hidden in the sandwich.

4. Add the top of the bread and then add candy eyes.

5. Optionally, provide bread stick crackers to use as antennas. 

Our preschooler loves to creat Hallowaiian Monster Sandwiches!
Do you have little ones that would enjoy a Hallowaiian celebration with a Monster Sandwich Bar?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Recipe: Hearty Pumpkin Soup #HolidayRecipes

Recipe: Hearty Pumpkin Soup
This recipe was inspired by our new Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 8-piece Cookware Set. This  cookware is perfect for pancake art because it heats evenly and the nonstick surface makes it easier to handle the pancakes. While the pans in this set are particularly nice for pancake art, a bonus is that cleanup is easy since they are dishwasher safe on the top rack.  

  • 1 lb chicken
  • 1 onion
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 16oz can of pumpkin puree or 2 cups fresh pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups butternut squash cooked
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup chickpeas, canned or freshly cooked.
  • 1 cup chopped or sliced carrots
  • 1/2 cup pearled couscous 
  • 1/2 cup orzo
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • salt and black pepper to taste
1. Chop chicken into bite size pieces, coat lightly in olive oil, and cook in a small frying pan.

2. Sauté over medium heat the chopped onions and garlic with  olive oil for approximately 5 minutes until golden in the stockpot.

3. Reduce heat to medium low, and add the chicken broth, water, pumpkin, carrots, butternut squash, and chickpeas to the stock pot.

4. Add the cooked chicken, orzo, pearled couscous, quinoa.

5.  Add the seasonings, including coriander, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper.  Simmer approximately 45 minutes covered, or until carrots and grains are tender.


6. Allow to cool and serve with your favorite bread. Refrigerate leftovers. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Littlest Pet Shop Themed Party and Recipe for Princess Popcorn #MC #sponsored #LittlestPetShop

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The Littlest Pet Shop is an iconic part of our children's childhood memories. The adorable little pets allow them to have fun using their imaginations which is great for their development.  We recently had a Littlest Pet Shop themed party that the kids loved.  This was a lot of fun as it reminded me of my favorite toys as a child. We loved "Gem and the Hologram Dolls". I remember having a "Gem" themed party where we all had our dolls, pretended to be rock stars, and enjoyed fun "rock star" food.  I wanted to throw a similar party for my child with their favorite trendy childhood characters from The Littlest Pet Shop!  Let me share some reasons why we are such big Littlest Pet Shop fans and then tips from our  Littlest Pet Shop themed party.

First, let me share that the Discovery Family Channel (formerly Hub Network in the United States) has released some great Littlest Pet Shop shows for Fall. This is a fun show to watch, but even more fun that there are toys and apps that let kids bring the show to life with their own imagination. Hasbro has released some fantastic Littlest Pet Shop play sets that are fantastic for children, as well as, free games and other fun resources that are available on their website. For instance, their latest sets allows children to "Be who they wanna be!" as they create their own Downtown City, with customizable style sets, figures, and accessories that are all inspired by the "Littlest Pet Shop" animated series.  Children can collect and stack the different buildings to create their own unique "city skyline".  The sets are generously packed with Deco Bits - unique, small accessories that plug into the environments to add trendy glamor. They also provide stickers and other decorative pieces. In addition to the trendy buildings, they can collect and customize 100+ new pets that come straight from the entertainment.  These trendy sets are what inspired our recent Littlest Pet Shop party!

Personally, we had a party on Saturday with several of my child's friends from preschool. Everyone had fun with the fantastic play sets and the "littlest foods" that we served.  We were even able to send everyone home with goody bags and a link to the Littlest Pet Shop website where they could virtually continue the party with games and more! Here are fun tips from our Littlest Pet Shop party.

1. Set up a play area for the kids.
Provide a play area where children are able to use their imaginations.  Play sets such as the Littlest Pet Shop ones shown below are perfect because they allow children to mix real-world items and pretend pets. For instance, you can see below that my little one set up a couple of trendy buildings for a Downtown City and set many accessories out for the kids to check out. We also left one set in the box so that the kids could open a "fresh box" at the party.  The "Blyte Baxtor" set was a huge hit. These sets are great because they have so many pieces that all of the children can get in on the action and imaginative play.

Another tip for your play area is to provide special individual items for each child. For instance, we provided a pet to each child and an accessory bone. The trendy sets featured above come with these great little bones that are loaded with special accessories. The different colors and accessories are perfect since they offer so much variety!

2. Let the children share their favorite character that they relate to
The Littlest Pet Shop has so many unique characters.  Let the children take turns sharing who their favorite characters are and who they relate to most. It's a fun game that the children enjoy, plus you gives you more insight into their minds.  For instance, my child loves Blythe and thinks that she is adorable and smart! That makes me feel good that adorable and smart are characteristics that they see in themselves.

3. Serve "Princess Popcorn" using our recipe that we created for the party below.
The Littlest Pet Shop includes brightly colored characters, so we love colorful snacks. We created the recipe below for our party. It's easy to make and you can easily scale it based on the number of people attending the party.

4. Serve "Littlest Foods".
In addition to the "Princess Popcorn" recipe that we created for this party, we also served store-bought mini food items that we called our "littlest foods." Mini foods are perfect for Littlest Pet Shop themed parties. For instance, we served brownie bites that were filled with different surprises such as cream cheese, caramel, and peanut butter cream. We also served mini cake bites. Serving mini foods is always fun for children and fits the Littlest Pet Shop theme well.

5. Host a movie viewing.
You will find episodes of Littlest Pet Shop on the Discovery Family Channel (formerly Hub Network in the United States).  You can also order trendy DVDs with great episodes. For instance, we watched the Sweetest Pets DVD.

6. Let the kids get interactive with the fun by playing games on the Littlest Pet Shop website.
The Littlest Pet Shop website has a fantastic collection of games that you can play for free. Print the URL on a sheet for each party guest to take home.  Personally, we provided each child with a goody bag where they could take home a Littlest Pet Shop character, accessories, and a fun printout with the URL of the website where they can all continue with a "virtual party". The apps include colorful characters and ample opportunities to be creative, especially when bringing their favorite pets to life! My preschooler loves dressing up pets online for different occasions!

Do you have any tips for a Littlest Pet Shop themed party?

Win it!: Pom Tree Kids Craft Supplies

Pom Tree Kids made the top of our holiday gift list because their unique and trendy craft kits provide hours of entertainment.  We love gifts that allow children to develop their  creativity.  Let me share descriptions of a few trendy products from Pom Tree Kids!

Dress-Up Party Mega Craft Kit: Here is the product description: "Design it, create it, wear it - the Dress-up Party Mega Craft kit has everything you need. It's loaded with materials for making rings, necklaces, bracelets, and more. There are stickers, shapes, beads, and pre-cut cardstock shapes just waiting to be combined and constructed into fun and colorful accessories. Perfect for kids' parties, summer camp, and school. There's no glue needed and no mess required! 817 pieces. Ages 5+."

This "dress-up" set is a lot of fun. This set made the top of our "Holiday Gift Guide" list because it allows children to have fun while exercising their creativity. My son enjoyed using this set to create jewelery and other gifts for me. It was really sweet. I could see his pride as he gave me the wonderful gifts.

Felt Kitty & Mouse Pillow Puff Kit: Here is the product description: "Make a cute and cuddly kitty pillow that's super easy to assemble. No sewing needed, since the materials have their own sticky backing. Made of soft felt, in bright, cheerful colors and patterns. Includes a little blue felt mouse, and adorbale embellishments too! Finished kitty size: 7 inches x 12 inches. 24 pieces. Ages 5+."

My son loves cats, so this kit was absolutely perfect for him. This kit is unique, especially for the 5+ age group.  This is accessible to children as young as 5 years old because no sewing is needed. The design is really nice. My son is so proud of his creation.

Twinkle Top Treehouse: Here is the product description: "Climb up and visit! Pom Tree's charming 3-D toy tree house kit is easy and fun: No hammers, nails or actual tree climbing skills needed! Once built, the Twinkle Top Treehouse will be the perfect spot to spend a summer afternoon--any time of the year. 275 pieces. 11.25 inches high." 

This unique little set is one of the most amazing craft sets that we have come across. It is a lot of fun to create the adorable treehouse. The designers of this set did an amazing job of making a set that is easy to use.  They paid close attention to every last detail.  My son loves showing off his project to guests. 

Here is a collage of these fun projects.

Do you have a little one that would have fun with Pom Tree Kids projects?

Win it!
One lucky winner will receive three trendy Pom Tree Kids products - the Dress-Up Party Mega Craft Kit, Felt Pillow Puff Kit, and a fun Activity Book. Enter using the Rafflcopter below. The winner must have a U.S. shipping address. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to our email or we will select a different winner. Good luck! 
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Win it! TeenyFreaks!

Our calendar is filling with Halloween parties and activities.   As your calendar fills with Halloween activities, we want to introduce you to  a fun product that makes a great party favor - TeenyFreaks! These trendy little mystery packs contain 1" collectible figures with a "split personality." Each figure features a friendly neighborhood citizen on one side and a “freaky” alter-ego on the other.  For instance, check out the ZooCreeper below!
These figures come randomly assorted in blind packs with puzzle pieces that when completed create a collectible mini-poster and TeenyTown play set.

 Here is the poster with the Series 1 characters.

TeenyFreaks are available nationwide at Target stores.

Do you know someone that would love TeenyFreaks?!

Win it!
One lucky winner will receive 4 packs of TeenyFreaks. Enter by using the Rafflecopter below. The winner must have a U.S. shipping address. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to our email with their shipping address or we will select a different winner. The sponsor, Party Animal Inc. will ship the prize directly to the winner. Trendy Mom Reviews is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Good luck!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

5 Tips for Taking Prenatal Vitamins

5 Tips for Taking Prenatal Vitamins

1. Start early.

Start taking prenatal vitamins while you are trying to conceive. Some people wait until they are pregnant, but  it's better to also use them regularly before conceiving. Personally, I use Healthy Mama Be Rounded Prenatal Vitamins.  This vitamin is great because it provides 17 essential prenatal vitamins and minerals, plus Omega-3's. I like that they are easy to swallow and don't give me fish burps. They contain chelated minerals which are more easily absorbed (Ferrochel Iron), and reduce the instance of gastric  upset and nausea.

2. Take them in the evening if you have morning sickness.

If you are like me, when I was pregnant, I could not keep anything down in the morning. Switching my schedule to take my prenatal vitamins at night helped me to keep them down.

3. Take them with food.

I had a lot of trouble keeping my prenatal vitamins down, but eating a piece of toast just before taking my vitamins was helpful for me.

4. Try different types of prenatal vitamins such as gummies.

Prenatal vitamins have come a long way. For instance, if swallowing pills is difficult for you, ask your doctor about Rainbow Light Prenatal Precious Gems.  These gummie prenatal vitamins have 14 essential nutrients, DHA, and probiotics. They are gluten-free.  The box that I have includes 30 daily packets that are convenient to take on-the-go. Each packet includes 3 little heart shaped gummie vitamins.

5. Augment with Bump Water.

There were days when I tried multiple times to take my prenatals and they would not stay down.  Talk to your doctor about whether something like Bump Water may help.  Bump Water is an all-natural beverage that contains 100% of the RDA of folic acid, vitamins A, D, B6 and B12, Niacin, Biotin, Zinc, and Magnesium. It comes in sparkling varieties of lemonade and cranberry ginger.  I tried the lemonade and like it a lot.

Do you have any tips for trendy moms that have trouble keeping vitamins down?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Quick and Easy Flu Shots for Your Family at CVS MinuteClinic #FluPlusYou

My family visited our local CVS Minute Clinic this evening for flu shots and had a great experience. We get our flu shots every year because we want to minimize our chances of being sick for a week from a flu. In this post, I want to share information about the flu, flu shots, myths, tips for protecting your family, and then our personal experience of visiting our local CVS Minute Clinic for flu shots.

The Flu
  • What is the flu and when is flu season?
The flu is a respiratory infection that is caused by a virus. It can develop very quickly and with flu, you always have a fever. Other common symptoms include headache, sore throat, dry cough, stuffy or runny nose, and muscle aches.  The timing, severity, and length of the annual flu season varies from one season to another, but outbreaks may begin as early as October, and tends to peak around January or later.
  •  How long is it contagious?
Unfortunately, it is easy for family members, classmates, co-workers and others to pass the flu. You can infect others 1 day before and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick. This period is even longer for children or individuals with weakened immune systems.
  • How serious is it?
The flu can lead to complications. Since many of our readers are trendy moms, I really want to emphasize that pregnant women, young children, seniors, and those with certain health conditions such as asthma or diabetes are at greater risk for flu complications. Of course, everyone should consider getting a flu shot, but if you or someone that you know fall into a high risk group or interact with people from high risk groups, please strongly consider talking to your doctor or CVS MinuteClinic practitioner about getting a flu shot.
Flu Shots
  • What are the options for flu shots?
There are several options for flu shots:
  • Regular seasonal flu shot
  • Intradermal shot for thos who might be squeamish about needles (approved for adults 18-64; this may or may not be covered by insurance)
  • High dose vaccination for customers 65 years and older (provides an elebated level of antigens, which can create a stronger immune response in seniors)
Personally, we visited CVS MinuteClinic for our flu shots this year. They vaccinate patients 18 months and older. If you have a child between 6 to 18 months, they should receive their vaccination from a pediatrician.  We'll talk more about our visit shortly below.
  • Does insurance cover the flu shot at CVS MinuteClinic?
Health insurance plans, including Medicare Part B, typically cover the full cost of a flu shot, and MinuteClinic accepts most insurance. They also accept cash payment. As a bonus, customers receive a 20% off CVS/pharmacy Shopping pass when they get a flu shot at CVS/pharmacy or MinuteClinic.

Flu Myths
There are many flu myths out there. Let me share a few.
  • I only need to be vaccinated once. This is a MYTH! A new flu vaccine is developed each year to fight the strains that are most likely to be prevalent for the season, so it's important to get your flu shot each year.
  • People start getting sick once cold weather hits, so it's too early to get my shot. This is a MYTH! The CDC recommends for people to get vaccinated as soon as the vaccine becomes available, ideally by October since outbreaks may happen before Halloween! It takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop in your body to provide protection, so it's not too soon.
  • You can get sick from a flu shot. This is a MYTH! It's actually impossible since the vaccine is made from an inactivated (dead!) virus, so it cannot give you the flu.
Tips for protecting your family
These are tips to protect your family members:
  • Vaccination is the first line defense (read more above about flu vaccinations).
  • Eat healthy, exercise, and get plenty of rest.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and sneeze, discarding the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, as this makes it easy to spread germs.
  • Avoid contact with those who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home from school or work to minimize the spread of your germs to others.
Our Visit to CVS MinuteClinic for Flu Shots
My family has two years of experience visiting our local CVS MinuteClinic for flu shots. Our visit last year was fantastic. The Physician Assistant that administered our flu shots had experience working at the Dallas Children's Hospital.  She was a pro with kids. Our son was 3 years old at the time, so I was really happy to find a Physician Assistant with extensive pediatric experience.  She administered the shot before my son realized what was going on. We couldn't have had a better experience!  

We also had a wonderful experience this year. There was no wait when we arrived.  The Physician Assistant that we visited this year was truly gifted at administering our flu shots quickly and with little pain.  My 4 year old said that he only felt a little pinch for a second, but it wasn't bad.  This is a huge complement coming from a 4 year old!  Similarly, my husband and I also received our flu shots and felt that the PA was gifted at administering quick and relatively painless shots.  We recommend her to friends in the area, especially those that are squeamish and need someone experienced at administering shots quickly and with as minimal pain as possible. She was really good at her job!

We have two years of experience visiting our local CVS MinuteClinic for flu shots and rave about the convenience, timeliness, and great staff. They have been so wonderful with my young son. As a bonus, we even leave with a 20% coupon after our flu shots!

Learn More
Visit the CDC and MinuteClinic's vaccination offerings to learn more.

Has your family received flu shots yet this year?

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