3 Ingredient Donuts, No Egg and No Milk #FridayFrivolity

Tomorrow is National Doughnut Day in the US and the girls of Friday Frivolity want to celebrate! Donuts are delicious. I can easily eat 5-6 in one sitting and while I generally gravitate toward the chocolate varieties I wanted to challenge myself to make donuts a little healthier. That is how these three ingredient donuts came to be. This recipe is eggless and dairy free making it great for littles with allergies. Egg allergies are huge in babies and toddlers but this is a wonderful alternative to a traditional donut recipe. It’s also incredibly simple because box cake mix is the base. No fuss, no muss.

Banana Carrot Donuts

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Join #QuerySwap for Free Query Help

Query Swap Twitter event
Coming June 1, 2017
Your hook is your selling point. It has to be perfect. But getting good feedback can often be difficult or expensive. That’s why M.L. Keller—The Manuscript Shredder—is organizing the #QuerySwap Twitter party, an all-day event for people seeking critique partners to participate in feedback exchanges on query letters or back cover blurbs. The query swap Twitter party is designed to help writers connect with other writers. And since this is an exchange, both parties will benefit.
Query Swap is happening from 8am-8pm EST on June 1, 2017.
Query Swap isn’t a contest. It’s an opportunity for writers to help other writers. There won’t be mentors, or agents. This is for writers only. Each participant will have the opportunity to find a new critique partner and exchange feedback on queries. Everyone gets feedback. Everyone’s query improves. Everyone wins.
How to participate:
  1. Tweet a brief pitch about your MS with the tag #QuerySwap include genre and age category hashtags. (They might look familiar; they are the same as #Pitmad) No need to tweet multiple times since you can search the feed and look for a match too.
  2. Watch the feed and find someone with an MS in a similar genre, category, and tone
  3. Ask him/her to swap
  4. Exchange queries
  5. Give constructive feedback to your new Critique Partner.
Can I just recycle my #pitmad pitch?
Maybe, but it might need tweaking. In this swap, genre, category, and overall MS tone will be more important than plot in finding a good match. Someone with a snarky sensibility might be less suited to selling your Anne of Green Gables retelling, so make sure you look for a person who writes in a similar style.
example pitches:
#LGBT historic retelling of Frog Prince set in Polynesia also dragons #YA #F #R #QuerySwap
or
Dark portal fantasy with family drama and talking cats #MG #F #DIS #QuerySwap
Obviously, these won’t work for #pitmad, but they convey the necessary information for this event.
Hashtags … (These are the same as #pitmad)
Age Categories:
#PB = Picture Book
#C = Children’s
#CB = Chapter Book
#CL = Children’s Lit
#MG = Middle Grade
#YA = Young Adult
#NA = New Adult
#A = Adult
Genres/Sub-genres:
#AA = African American
#AD = Adventure
#CF = Christian Fiction
#CON = Contemporary
#CR = Contemporary Romance
#DIS = Disabilities
#DV = Diversity
#E = Erotica
#ER = Erotic Romance
#ES = Erotica Suspense
#F = Fantasy
#H = Horror
#HA = Humor
#HF = Historical Fiction
#HR = Historical Romance
#INSP = Inspirational
#IRMC = Interracial/Multicultural
#MR = Magical Realism
#M = Mystery
#Mem = Memoir
#LGBT
#LF = Literary Fiction
#NF = Non-fiction
#R = Romance
#P = Paranormal
#PR = Paranormal Romance
#RS = Romantic Suspense
#S = Suspense
#SF = SciFi
#SPF = Speculative Fiction
#T = Thriller
#UF = Urban Fantasy
#W = Westerns
#WF = Woman’s Fiction
Some tips:
  1. Don’t flood the feed with pitches for the same book. Pitching multiple books is ok
  2. Pitch only books are you are querying
  3. Don’t just wait for someone to ask you first. Be proactive.
  4. Use the hashtags to simplify your search.
  5. Be polite.
  6. Remember this is a swap. Both parties must give feedback
Want to help #QuerySwap succeed? Please share via social media or reblog this post.
Questions or concerns, please leave a comment.

Monty the Maestro and His Marvellous Magical Orchestra Book Review

Music can be an indispensable way to boost your child’s creativity and brain power. Beyond getting music lessons, learning about different types of music and instruments can open up a child’s mind to the power of music. That’s just what a new book series, Monty the Maestro, aims to do. The author Gabrielle Amelia Ridgeon offered me a chance at reading the book in exchange for this review.

Monty the Maestro and the marvellous magical orchestra

Monty the Maestro and the Marvellous Magical Orchestra is the first in a series of musical storybooks. Monty is a repairer of instruments and musical toys. He struggles to make ends meet but maintains a positive attitude. One day he gets the surprise of a magical baton and a book called The Art of Repair. It sets him on a journey to find a troop of instruments for his orchestra. Continue reading

Our New Favorite On-The-Go Snack is Go & Grow by Similac

This post was developed in partnership with Similac. All opinions are my own.

Modern day mamas know just how lucky we are to have tons of awesome inventions our mothers never had. Food pouches are one of these glorious motherhood aids. Go & Grow by Similac pouches are our new favorite on the go snacks that keep Viviana satisfied while we shop. I received this product for free from SheSpeaks.

 

Go & Grow pouches are a new line from Similac that incorporate 3-4 servings of fruits and veggies in each pouch. That’s 1/3 of what toddlers are recommended to have in a day. They are non-GMO, USDA certified organic and gluten free. Go & Grow by Similac have no fillers or artificial flavors or preservatives. These pouches can currently be found at Walmart in the baby aisle.

One of the highlights of Go & Grow by Similac is OptiGro. OptiGro is Similac’s special blend of brain and eye nourishing DHA, lutein and vitamin E. Each pouch contains 32mg of DHA which is an incredible way to support your toddler’s brain growth.

Go & Grow by Similac comes in two age groups: babies 6+ months and toddlers. One pouch is an appropriate daily serving for babies aged six months and up. Toddlers can have one to three a day. Some of the baby blends include mango/pear/spinach and pumpkin/banana/carrot to name a few. Some of the toddler flavors include sweet potato/mango/pear and butternut squash/pumpkin/banana/spinach/broccoli. There are many flavor blends available and you can find them all at your local Walmart.

Viviana tried all the blends that didn’t include carrot because she has an allergy to it and loved every single one. I like to have Go & Grow pouches on hand for shopping trips. Viviana enjoys eating them while in the carts and it helps keep her full in between meals.

As a mom it’s comforting to know that I’m helping support her development by giving her Go & Grow by Similac. It’s not always easy getting toddlers to eat all their fruits and veggies but this a yummy way to supplement their diet.

SheSpeaks is hosting a #Go&GrowatWalmart Giveaway. You can win a $50 gift card to Walmart.

Don’t miss out on this rebate from Ibotta to get $.50 back on one Go & Grow by Similac pouch.

Have your children tried Go & Grow by Similac? What flavors are their favorites?

10 Dioramas to Celebrate Museum Day #FridayFrivolity

Happy International Museum Day, everyone! Here ate Friday Frivolity we are celebrating museums. Every year on May 18 Museum Day has been held since 1977. Nearly 30,000 museums across the globe have participated. If you weren’t able to make it to a museum today I’m sharing 10 dioramas you can make at home to explore art and nature with your children.

1. Polar Habitat Diorama

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Apple Oatmeal Baby Cereal Pancakes #FridayFrivolity

Happy Eat What You Want Day, everyone. Today for Friday Frivolity we are celebrating food and I’m going to share with you a way to utilize baby cereal in a fun new way. If you are anything like me then you have tons of baby cereal laying around the house leftover from when your little ones were even littler. They get a couple teeth and start to refuse their cereal so you end up with a bunch of containers and no way to use them. Baby cereal pancakes are a great way to utilize those leftovers. Children who like to feed themselves can snack on these and still get all the healthy benefits from the cereal inside.

apple oatmeal baby cereal pancakes

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Starlight Baby Wants Your Little Star to Shine This Father’s Day

Starlight Baby is a fun brand of children’s products that works to make the complex job of parenting a little easier. Their multi faceted company provides safe and cost effective products such as pacifier clips along with a rich database of helpful articles on all topics parenting. There is even a forum section where you can connect with other parents and share support. I am so pleased to share Starlight Baby with you. Viviana was offered a chance to try two of their shirts in exchange for my honest opinions. We’ve also teamed up for a Father’s Day giveaway later in the post.

Starlight Baby offers a wide variety of children’s shirts and onesies through their shop. They are made of high quality 100% cotton. New designs are added regularly. Their pacifier clips have a double layered ribbon for durability and are CPSIA compliant so they contain no harmful chemicals to children.

I was made a special tee for Viviana with my logo on it and it is beautiful. I was immediately impressed with the weight of the shirts. They aren’t thin and flimsy. This quality can stand up to several washes. The designs are of a high quality as well and don’t fade or fray in the wash. Continue reading