Thanksgiving will be at home this year, so we are referencing the Juicy Juice™ site often to get ideas and inspiration for recipes, crafts, and activities for kids! I got the idea to make these Jigglin’ Juicy Juice™ Snacks with Apple Juicy Juice 100% juice!
Our three boys love to be active, and for that we are happy! But when the winter months roll around and the sun goes down at 5:30, it makes that nighttime energy burst a little hard to manage. What do we do to help them get their energy out so they (and we!) can have a restful sleep and yet won’t leave our house in disarray? GoNoodle is the solution!
The boys have been enjoying GoNoodle at school for a few years now and I have heard them talk about it quite a few times. It was one of the highlights of kindergarten for my 6 year old!
What is GoNoodle?
GoNoodle is a way for kids to burn some energy, focus, calm down, or cheer up! It’s a movement based, cross-platform entertainment source for kids that is FUN. It’s interactive, engaging and entertaining. Their movement and mindfulness content empowers kids while making screen time active!
The boys have told me that their teachers use GoNoodle for indoor recess or “brain breaks” throughout the day. GoNoodle has been shown to increase focus with students. I love that! This fall, GoNoodle expanded their offering with a new channel known as ¡Vamos! GoNoodle which the boys are big fans of.
What is ¡Vamos! GoNoodle?
¡Vamos! GoNoodleis a new bilingual and Spanish offering from GoNoodle! GoNoodle is committed to inclusivity and bringing content all children can relate to. It reintroduces bilingual and Spanish versions of popular content and also premiers exciting NEW content including GoNoodle’s own musical act, Enmoción. ¡Vamos! GoNoodle gives Latino kids – and every kid – a new GoNoodle offering to enjoy.
While you may not be able to tell from just looking at our boys, they are half Latino. Their grandfather is from Argentina and great-grandparents are from Mexico. We love to teach them about their heritage, and while they are not bilingual, they really enjoy learning Spanish here and there.
I love that GoNoodle has introduced this bilingual addition to their already awesome platform! My boys easily pick up on words and have started incorporating Spanish that they’ve learned through the ¡Vamos! GoNoodle content into their daily life, which is so neat to see. As a mom, watching your children have fun AND learn together at the same time is a win-win in my books. As we all prepare for the winter and holiday season this year, we need GoNoodle in every home with kids!!
It’s important to note that ¡Vamos! GoNoodle is not just a translated version of GoNoodle and includes a variety of its own special offerings. Over time, more content including new videos,learning extensions and downloadables, that celebrate the Latino cultures will be integrated and available across GoNoodle.
Watch this video of the boys having a blast with ¡Vamos! GoNoodle:
GoNoodle and Children’s Health in Dallas Partnership
Children’s Health in Dallas has worked with GoNoodlesince 2013 to help more than 900,000 students in more than 1,700 schools in 49 Texas counties get physical activity through their purposeful and entertaining videos. Kids have been able to participate in high-energy dances, educational songs, and mindfulness activities.
In December 2015, Children’s Health in Dallas made a large investment in GoNoodle to continue to get kids and parents moving – in Texas and beyond. In April 2020, GoNoodle launched Buena Energía, with the help of Children’s Health in Dallas, to make select GoNoodle Spanish-language content and activities available during COVID-19 school closures. And now, Children’s Health in Dallas, has partnered with GoNoodle to launch ¡Vamos! GoNoodle and take the focus on helping kids, families, and educators even further – with a shared vision around inclusivity and making sure every kid sees themselves on GoNoodle.
The support from Children’s Health in Dallas to help fuel GoNoodle and ¡Vamos! GoNoodle is truly amazing and so important for the health and wellness of kids across the country, and locally in Texas!
Along with the variety of music, videos, learning extensions, and downloadable family activities that GoNoodle has to offer, they also have games that get kids moving! It’s not your typical mobile “stare at your screen” type game, rather the games are controlled through movement, so they are up and about while playing!
My boys really love the new bilingual Súper Rufus Súper Soccer game! As soccer players themselves, they loved trying to beat their personal best scores!
The kids are able to be the goalie for Rufus!
I am super impressed with all of the GoNoodle content on the platform and am so excited for the bilingual and Spanish addition with ¡Vamos! GoNoodle! This is an app that my kids will continue to use, and I can imagine they will be using much more in the months to come! I recommend all parents and families check out GoNoodle and see what it has to offer. It’s a household staple now in our house!
Our family loves to play video games together. It was a great activity for us to play the Nintendo Switch during the lockdown, and we still love it! As the holidays and winter months approach, I want to introduce youth Pikmin 3 Deluxe and this cute Pikmin Terrarium DIY that you can make with the family!
Tacos are life. Taco Tuesday is my favorite day of the week. I live for tacos. And it isn’t just tacos, it is everything that could possibly come with them. Mexican rice, cilantro lime rice, beans, and potatoes. YES! Taco potatoes are SUCH a great addition to your Taco Tuesday. They are a great Mexican side dish or a taco filler and they are jam packed with flavor.
While these taco potatoes can be made in the air fryer, and I would be all for that, they roast to perfection in the oven and the texture is perfect. Especially if you use Yukon Gold potatoes, which I’m hereby declaring the world’s best potato. They’re so buttery, soft, and delicious.
I made these perfect taco potatoes with enspice taco seasoning. At first glance you may think “that’s just like any other taco seasoning” but it is NOT. The flavor of enspice is true and utter perfection. Plus, it has added benefits!
enspice taco seasoning is non-goo, vegan friendly, kosher, and gluten free. Not many taco seasonings can make these claims! Check your labels, I’ll wait!
Benefits of enspice seasonings and spices:
- enspice premium seasonings and spices are enhanced with 21 plant based vitamins and minerals with nutrients from 10 organic plants.
- one tsp of enspice contains 50% of the FDA daily values
- cooking friendly with nutrients that are resistant to heat
- non-GMO, kosher, and gluten free
- each purchase donates one meal for a child
enspice inc. is a public benefit corporation on a mission to end childhood malnutrition by putting nutrients back where they belong, in food. They believe nutrients should come from their natural sources, not from a synthetic supplement. So, they put plant-based nutrients directly into tasty seasonings and spices. And, they self-fund their foundation’s efforts to give children around the world the nutrition they need.
Taco potatoes can also be used as a taco filler if you are vegetarian or just want a different texture or flavor for your meal. I layered these potatoes on the bottom of my taco shell and then put a little meat on top.
Make a pan of these delicious taco potatoes and if there are any leftovers, throw them in a breakfast burrito!!
It is November, which means Christmas is coming! I usually hold off for the holiday jubilation, but this year is different. Bring on all of the Hallmark Channel original movies! Tune in Sunday with your family to watch “Christmas with the Darlings” at 8pm/7c.
My favorite memories of Christmas involve opening gifts, it’s true! Whether it was opening gifts on Christmas morning as a kid or opening gifts with my own children and family in recent years, it truly is a magical time of year! Christmas with these three little guys is always a blast!
Hallmark Channel Original Holiday Movies:
There are 23 new original movies premiering throughout #CountdowntoChristmas this year!
“Christmas with the Darlings” stars Katrina Law, Carlo Marks, and Steve Bacic. This looks like such a good movie!
When an assistant gives her final notice, she is drawn into helping the charming, younger brother of her wealthy boss as he looks after his orphaned nieces and nephew through Christmas.
New holiday items for 2020 include an all- new Monopoly game: Hallmark Channel Holiday Edition, The Republic of Tea Countdown to Christmas themed tea tins, new holiday titles from Hallmark Publishing, Bissinger’s Countdown to Christmas chocolate calendar and Hallmark Flowers!
Hallmark Channel’s Very Merry Giveaway Sweepstakes
Will you be watching Hallmark Channel this holiday season?
For two out of the three rounds of Whole30 that I have done, I have started in January. Makes sense, right? That’s when you are supposed to restart, detox, etc etc. But I just finished up my third round and it was SO good after months of stress eating because of covid, lockdowns, and virtual learning. I feel MUCH better and am ready to head into the holidays with a better perspective. Which brings me to Thanksgiving. What do you eat when you’re doing a Whole30 or at least trying to eat clean during the holidays? I have gathered some delicious Whole30 Thanksgiving recipes for you to try! Whether you stay true to Whole30, want to try a paleo Thanksgiving, or just would rather have a healthier Thanksgiving this year, these recipes are for you!
Whole30 Thanksgiving Recipes
If you have a family favorite recipe, it is usually fairly easy to swap ingredients to make it more of a “clean eating” dish. Swap ghee for butter, add dates instead of sugar, swap almond or coconut flour for regular flour…there are many, many resources available with DELICIOUS clean eating ideas that will make you completely satisfied during the holiday meal!
If you are doing a Whole30 or just eating paleo, then add this to your Thanksgiving menu! You will love this Whole30 Sweet Potato Casserole!
I have done three rounds of Whole30 over the past few years and sweet potatoes are always a lifesaver. The other day I was wondering if a Whole30 Thanksgiving would be possible and while I will just be eating as clean as possible this year, the answer is totally for sure YES! The turkey is fairly easy, just make sure you start with a humanely raised, free range turkey!
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