Archives for November 2010

YO! There’s a Party in MY City!

There’s a party in my city! There could be one in your city too as Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! wraps up it’s nationwide tour!

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last 3 years… Yo Gabba Gabba! is one of the most popular children series on television. It airs three times a day on Nick Jr. and let me tell you… not a day goes by that I don’t hear how fun it is to brush your teeth!

And in case you were wondering… My favorite song is There’s a Party in my Tummy. (So Yummy!)

Not only are the songs catchy and fun… but the guests are amazing! Jack Black, Amare Stoudemire, and Tony Hawk are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the guest list. Yo Gabba Gabba! also features guest appearances by today’s hottest bands like The Killers, Jimmy Eats World, and Sugarland.

What better to drive home the point that you shouldn’t bite your friends than colorful characters and catchy music? That’s what we get with Yo Gabba Gabba! So what if there are days that I sing the Snacky Snack song in my sleep? I’m o.k. with that as long as my little ones are learning to “keep trying” and “don’t give up”.

The Yo Gabba Gabba!: There’s A Party in My City! tour is coming to a close. It’s been a sold out show but you can click here to find that tickets are still to be found! Hooray!

What stops are left? Well… If you live in Nevada, Arizona, or Texas… then you’re in luck! Hurry and get your tickets before they’re all gone!

*Note: I was given tickets to Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! We genuinely do love the show in our household… so all opinions in this post are mine and uninfluenced by the free tickets.

Healthy Snacks: Brown Rice Cakes!

Brown Rice Cakes Make Great Healthy Snacks!

by Rhonda Peters

This week is a huge week for mommy in the kitchen—between Thanksgiving dinner and Black Friday, there’s not a lot of extra time to spend on preparing any snacks for the kids. In the event that you find
yourself in the hustle and flow of Thanksgiving dinner prep, while the kids are crying out for snacks, consider serving them brown rice cakes with their favorite nut butter spread!

These, light, crunchy delights, are great snacks for the kids—the brown rice cakes are whole grains, inexpensive, and only about 35 to 70 calories (depending on the brand) for one cake! That’s awesome!

There are several brands on the market, but only a few are “whole grain.” A few of the brands that I have had are Lundberg Farms, Koyo, Trader Joe’s and Mother’s, just to name a few. I love the Trader
Joe’s store brand cakes because they are only $1.99 per bag!

So, if the kids are ready for their snack, but you’re still in the kitchen prepping dinner, just pull out the bag of rice cakes from the pantry and give them two rice cakes topped with almond butter and you both with be happy!


1 tablespoon nut butter, (any favorite nut butter)

1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds

2 brown rice cakes

¼ cup banana or apple slices (optional)

Mix the nut butter and ground flaxseeds by hand in a small bowl. Spread the nut butter mixture onto each of the brown rice cakes, evenly divided. If desired, top with banana or apple slices.

About Rhonda:
Rhonda is a cookbook author who recently published her first book, So, What Can I Eat Now?! Living Without Dairy, Soy, Eggs, or Wheat. To learn more about the cookbook or purchase a
copy, please visit

Taking a Moment to Smell the Roses

One thing that you come to realize as a parent is that you’re always pressed for time. No matter the age of your child, there just isn’t enough time in the day to do it all. While I was standing there changing my son’s dirty diaper last night (which was terrible smelling!) I thought when was the last “me” time?! I love my wife and I try to be a good husband by offering her as much alone time as possible. She needs time to plan outfits, go shopping, and get her nails done now and then. It just hit me that it had been weeks (maybe months) since I had a boys night out.

Staying home and watching some TV or getting 5 minutes on the computer isn’t time to relax, isn’t time to process, its just filler time – white noise so to speak. I enjoy a few tv shows but the fact I consider that “my” time is really kind of sad. I love being with my son but I also love that I have friends and live in an amazing place where there is so much to do or see! I haven’t been to a gallery or art show in years (used to be monthly for me).

I approached my wife with idea that we need a new schedule (because really if it wasn’t for our calendar – I’m pretty sure we would have forgotten the kid at home by now [I kid, I kid] I proposed that we make a weekly date night and that two nights a week we dedicate to our personal nights one for her and one for me. Do with them what you will – hang with friends, go to that happy hour with co-workers, get something done with no hassles and no deadlines of being home. This is also really important since its the holiday season and if my wife wants any type of a surprise gift – I need the time to find and surprise her with it!

So remember, taking time to smell the roses is time for a mental holiday (even just for a few hours) but if nothing more might return the favor of a surprise gift and don’t we all want that!

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Snack Time! Patty Cakes…

The Patty Cake Snack

by Rhonda Peters

I have a HUGE sweet tooth that began when I started baking pies for the 4-H Club, when I was 12 years old! Over time, as I got older and began to work with a lot of children, I learned how to make healthy snacks that are not only delicious and satisfying, but also fun!

This week as I was rummaging through my cabinets for something sweet, I had a few ingredients and decided to make some healthy, tasty snacks. As I shaped the dough into a shape like a cookie, I came up with the perfect name and song to get kids involved and excited to eat this delicious snack, called “The Patty Cake Snack”.


1 tablespoon almond butter

1 fresh Medjool date, pitted and chopped into pieces (or ½ teaspoon maple syrup)

1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds

1 teaspoon dried cranberries or cherries (for color)

1 ½ teaspoons chocolate chips or cacao chips

½ tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)

Preheat toaster oven at 350 degrees.

Process the almond butter and date in a food processor or mini chopper, until well mixed.

Add almond butter and date spread to a small bowl and stir in the remaining ingredients.

Roll 1 tablespoon of the mixed dough into a ball using your hands.

If the dough is not stiff enough to roll into a ball, add more ground flaxseeds until stiff.

Flatten the ball of dough with hands and shape into a small circle.

Continue until all the dough has been used.

Bake in a toaster oven about 3 to 5 minutes.

Have your child sing this song as they’re making their healthy snacks!

The Patty Cake Snack Song
(sing to the tune of the original patty cake nursery rhyme)

Patty cake, patty cake….roll it up;

Patty cake, patty cake….clap, clap, clap!

Patty cake, patty cake…can’t you see;

Patty cake, patty cake…it’s good for me!

You can even freeze the dough and bake when desired. This recipe is also delicious as a frozen treat!

About Rhonda:
Rhonda is a cookbook author who recently published her first book, So, What Can I Eat Now?! Living Without Dairy, Soy, Eggs, or Wheat. To learn more about the cookbook or purchase a copy, please visit

Arizona Readers… This is Rare!

Win $100 of Credit from Juice in the City: Scottsdale

I rarely do giveaways. They’re kind of a pain. I had to share this one with you though… because really… What’s better than 50% off daily deals? How about $100 to spend on 50% off daily deals!? That’s what you’ll get if you win this week’s giveaway, sponsored by Juice In The City.

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* Contest Ends Sunday, Nov. 21st at midnight AZ time.
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*This contest is for my local readers… if you aren’t local… you know I still love you. xo

Smart and Final… Not Just For Buying in Bulk

I recently had an amazing party with the help of Smart and Final. I hosted it at my friend Jessi’s house. She’s such a good sport!

When I was asked to do this as part of a social media campaign with Collective Bias… I thought… I’ve shopped at Smart and Final. It seems like it’s more of a warehouse store. Could I really do my regular shopping there and throw an amazing party?

The answer turns out to be YES and YES! Smart and Final is NOT just a warehouse store to go and buy in bulk. Is wine your thing? They have an amazing selection for even the most sophisticated pallet. How about cheeses? You bet! Would you like that pre-cubed, sliced, or by the brick?

No party would be complete without the party supplies! Smart and Final has a whole aisle dedicated to picnic ware! Paper plates, plastic cups, and cutlery abound in all sizes and quantities. That’s the best part… you can buy a bulk pack or an everyday size pack.

Every party needs snacks! Smart and Final had a great selection of chips, pretzels, and party crackers… you know… the kind you put delicious spreads on?

The thing I really love about Smart and Final is their store brand, First Street. They seem to have a First Street brand in just about anything you need. First Street brand is not only an affordable option… It’s also quality. Our party had First Street Cheeses and they were absolutely delicious! I had pepper jack and colby cubes out. Yum!

Before I did my initial shop with Collective Bias… I didn’t even know there was a Smart and Final near me until I used the store locator. I do know that it’s regional to the Southwest. Where’s your nearest location?

*Note: I was compensated for my party… but all the views and observations on shopping at Smart and Final are my own opinion. Thanks!