Back To School Baking With Stevia In The Raw #Review #Giveaway

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Back To School usually means one thing…Fall is just around the corner and us moms can’t wait to fire up the oven and get to baking!  If you’ve followed my blog for even a short amount of time, you’ll know that I LOVE baking, and what better way to spend my time now that all three of my kids are in school?  After going on a weight loss journey last year and losing 55 lbs, I have become pretty conscious of my caloric intake, and baked goods are usually off the table.  Thanks to Stevia In The Raw, I can enjoy my favorite pastime even more, and actually indulge in the sweet treats I’m baking!

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With all of the Back To School baking, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got plenty of Stevia In The Raw on hand, and the Bakers Bag is the perfect size!  Stevia In The Raw measures cup for cup, just like sugar.  So go on, bake a pie, whip up a sauce…cut the calories in all of your favorite recipes this BTS season!

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What better way to start the day thank with homemade Cranberry Pecan Breakfast Buns?  Stevia In The Raw has an AMAZING recipe that the whole family will love.

 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp Sugar In The Raw, divided
  • 1/4 cup Stevia In The Raw
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp 2% milk, divided
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted,
  • 1/3 cup chopped toasted pecans

Preparation

In a large bowl, combine flour, 2 tablespoons Sugar In The Raw®, 2 tablespoons Stevia In The Raw®, baking powder, and salt. Using your fingers, work butter into flour until crumbly. Stir in ¾ cup milk and vanilla until dough comes together. Chill 30 minutes.

In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries, ¼ cup Sugar In The Raw®, and 2 tablespoons Stevia In The Raw®. Cook over medium-high heat until cranberries burst and mixture is thickened, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to cool completely.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Place dough on a lightly floured work surface and roll out into a 16×12” rectangle. Spread cranberry mixture evenly over dough. With the long edge facing you, roll dough up tightly. Cut crosswise into 9 rolls, place in buttered 8” round or square baking pan. Bake until browned, about 40 minutes. Let cool in the pan 5 minutes.

In a small bowl, whisk to combine powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons milk until smooth, and drizzle over the warm cinnamon rolls. Sprinkle with pecans and serve warm.

 

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Ready to try another delicious Stevia In The Raw Recipe?  Apple Pie Streusel Cake is another crowd-pleaser that your family will love.

 

 

 

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tsp cinnamon, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 5 medium tart apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup Stevia In The Raw
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch

Preparation

Heat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl of a food processor fitted with blade attachment combine flour, brown sugar and 2 tsp. cinnamon. Pulse until well combined. Add butter slowly, pulsing between additions, until pea-sized pieces form. Press 1/2 of the mixture in an ungreased 9-inch springform pan; set remaining mixture aside.

Place apples, Stevia In The Raw®, cornstarch and remaining 1 tsp. cinnamon in a large bowl; stir to combine. Place apples in prepared springform pan. Evenly sprinkle the remaining mixture over apples.

Place springform pan on baking sheet with sides. Bake 60 to 70 minutes until top is golden. Remove from oven. Run knife around the edge of pan; let cake cool completely. Remove springform ring just before serving.

 

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Back To School in our home is all about after-school snacks, and a favorite among my kiddos is chocolate chip cookies.  But sometimes, when you live in Arizona, it’s just too hot to bake for a little while into the school season.  I thought it would be super fun to share an EDIBLE COOKIE DOUGH recipe I make using Stevia In The Raw, so not only do the kids get to enjoy…but this mama does too!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp Stevia In The Raw
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp whole milk
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Preparation

In a small bowl, mix together Stevia In The Raw, brown sugar, and butter.  Add in the flour, salt, vanilla, and milk and mix until combined.  Stir in the chocolate chips and serve immediately or chill.

There are so many ways to enjoy your Back To School baking, and Stevia In The Raw wants to make sure you can bake your butt off too!

***GIVEAWAY***

Stevia In The Raw has been generous enough to sponsor a giveaway!  One lucky winner will receive a Stevia In The Raw Bakers bag, as well as a $25 VISA gift card to make sure you have all you need to bake, bake, bake!  Giveaway will begin 08/16/17 at 9:00 pm EST and will end 08/23/17 8:59:59 pm EST.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen.  All giveaway entries will be validated.  Winners are randomly selected.  Click the link below to enter:

Click here to enter the Stevia In The Raw giveaway!!

Remember that ALL mandatory entries must be completed…failure to complete mandatory tasks, or submitting tasks that aren’t complete will disqualify you.

 

***I received the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion, as well as a gift card to help facilitate the review***

Back To School Lunchbox Snacks Your Kids Will Love From Pure Growth Organic

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If you’re a parent, you know the struggle is real when it comes to finding lunchbox snacks the kids will like that will keep fresh all day.  With my three kiddos headed back to school, I set out on a mission to find snacks that my kids would enjoy and I wouldn’t feel bad about giving them.  I found some Pure Growth Organic Snacks that my little ones couldn’t wait to try out.

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Pure Growth Organic White Cheddar Popcorn was a HUGE hit with my daughter.  She’s loves everything Mickey Mouse so the packaging instantly made her want to try what was inside.  We love popcorn in our household and the White Cheddar Popcorn does not disappoint.  What you’ll love about sending your little one off to school with this tasty treat:

  • organic
  • kosher
  • gluten free
  • 8g whole grains per serving
  • popped in the U.S.A.
  • NO GMOs
  • NO artificial colors
  • NO artificial flavors
  • 0g trans fat per serving
  • NO MSG

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What kid doesn’t love a little sweet treat in their lunchbox, right?  These Pure Growth Organic Crispy Rice Squares are a treat that kids everywhere will love!   This is a whole new spin on America’s favorite childhood sweet treat…vegan, gluten-free, made from brown rice, and of course, organic.!  This snack is a delicious and convenient solution for kids (and parents) to enjoy.  What you’ll love about these Crispy Rice Squares:

  • organic
  • gluten-free
  • kosher
  • vegan
  • made with brown rice
  • formed in the U.S.A.
  • NO GMOs
  • NO artificial colors
  • NO artificial flavors
  • 0g trans fat per serving

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Packing a lunch your little one will love (and you’ll feel good about) is finally a little easier thanks to Pure Growth Organic.  Make sure you check out their whole selection to find the products that are just right for your family!  Enter code  20PGO to save on your purchase!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Back To School Snacks From SunRype #SunRypeSnacks4School

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When shopping for Back To School snacks, sometimes the choices can be overwhelming and quite misleading.  It’s hard to know whether we’re making the right choices or not, and having to second guess our purchases makes the trip to the store take even longer, which a busy mother of three like myself despises.  SunRype is making it easy to provide healthy snacks for your kids this Back To School season so you can get in to the store, pick up exactly what you’re looking for, and get on with your day.

 

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My kiddos can be pretty picky sometimes, so I wasn’t sure how these new snacks would go over with them, but I was so incredibly surprised.  Both the SunRype FruitSource + Veggie and SunRype Fruit To Go taste amazing!

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Fruit To Go in Apple Strawberry Watermelon was instantly a HUGE hit with the kids, and yes, even myself.  This delicious snack is a summery blend of strawberries, apples, and watermelon that you can enjoy any time of year.  The juicy strawberries and mouthwatering watermelon combine for a flavor that kids will love…just be prepared for them to ask for more!  These thin fruit strips will satisfy your sweet cravings without any added processed sugar…something a mom like me truly appreciates.  These vegan, peanut-free, kosher and gluten-free 100% fruit snacks are made with real fruit puree so you and your kids can finally agree on this tasty, portable, on-the-go snack.

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Looking for a great way to get more veggies into your little one’s diet?  The SunRype Fruit Source + Veggie are a great option!  Mango and strawberry make a perfect match in this 100% fruit and vegetable snack.  Each bar has 2.5 servings of fruit and veggies!  Just like the Fruit To Go, they’re also made from a real fruit and veggie puree, and are vegan, peanut-free, kosher and gluten-free so you can indulge no matter your dietary needs.  Add in being a good source of fiber and potassium and you’ve got one superhero snack here to save the day.

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This year, send your kiddos back to school with snacks that will help fuel their bodies and minds with SunRype.  You’ll find these tasty snacks available in the produce department at most grocers next to the fruits and vegetables.  Make sure you check out all of the snack options that SunRype provides so you can find the ones that are just right for your little ones.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Back To School Art Supplies Your Kids Will Love From Crayola

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Back To School shopping got you frustrated, yet again?  Let Crayola make school supply shopping a little easier this year with their wide variety of products.  There are so many options available from Crayola, no matter what grade your kiddo is in, you’re bound to find a few products that your child just can’t live without.

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I live in a VERY rural area, with not a whole lot of access to anything besides a few small stores that are all a minimum 25 mile drive away.  During my trip into town yesterday I saw a whole display of Crayola goodies and I was SO thrilled to see all of the different products.  I received a very generous box of supplies from Crayola and my kids couldn’t decide who was going to get which items.  Mom and our tiny town to the rescue!  I was able to find all of the items my kids fell in love with in our package from my friends at Crayola so there’s no fighting, and tons of fun to go all around this school year…and if I could find them in my tiny town, I’m sure you’ll be able to find them where you live too!

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Silly Scents are some of the newest products from Crayola and these were the items that my kids (and probably myself) were most excited about in our package.  These outrageously fun Silly Scents combine many of the same bright, colorful art products you’ve come to expect from Crayola but with a whiff of something extra.  Silly Scents markers, crayons and colored pencils contain fun-smelling colors that offer a multi-sensory scent-sation!  Kids will sniff and sketch the day away on creative projects that smell as good as they look!  Let these sweet smells inspire your little ones this school year and see just how creative they can be.  Silly Scent selections currently available are:

  • Silly Scents Washable Markers
  • Silly Scent Markers (in various pack sizes)
  • Silly Scents Twistable Crayons (in various pack sizes)
  • Silly Scents Colored Pencils

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Of course, Crayola still has all of those traditional supplies we’ve all come to know and love over the years.  In fact, Crayola was always my favorite brand of coloring supplies when I was a kid and is still my favorite to purchase for my own children.  One thing that I love about Crayola is the wide variety of products they offer in the same high-pigment colors we all look for.  I have one child in high school, one child in middle school, and one child in kindergarten, so the wide variety of items is especially nice when picking out items for their individual needs.  Whether you’re looking for colored pencils, crayons, or markers, the selection Crayola offers is unbeatable.

Let Crayola guide the way this year and alleviate a little bit of that Back To School stress all of us parents deal with.  Crayola has a Shop By Grade feature which makes it super easy to see exactly what items are perfect for your little one so you can shop for all of your children, no matter their age, all in one convenient spot.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Back To School with Oriental Trading

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If you’ve followed my blog for even a short amount of time, Oriental Trading is a name I’m sure you’ll recognize.  Oriental Trading has quickly become a one-stop-shop for so many different occasions, and you know I just couldn’t let the Back To School season pass by without picking out some super cute, super fun items for my kiddos to go back to school with.  Everything at Oriental Trading is so much more fun (and fun to use) than the stuff you’ll find at any local big box store in your area!

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No matter what grade your little one is going into, pencils are always a Back To School must, and no surprise that Oriental Trading has a super fun selection of pencils to choose from.  My daughter going into kindergarten fell in love with the Emoji Pencils and just had to have them.  My sons are older and prefer mechanical pencils so the Bright .7 mm Mechanical Pencils were a no-brainer for this household.  The twisting lead is a nice change from the traditional ‘click’ pencils that tend to fail and be a big fat waste of money.

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Rather than send your kiddo with a bag full of pens with different ink colors, try out these super fun Shuttle Pens!  These pens are a super fun writing tool to keep on hand, and they’re sure to make jotting down great ideas and to-do lists a lot more fun.  Ink colors include black, brown, dark green, tan, red, purple, turquoise, navy, pink and light green ink.

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Whether my kiddos are jotting down notes in class or drawing in a few spare minutes of free time, notepads are ALWAYS an item we go through quickly during the school season.  I love that Oriental Trading has lined and blank notepads so my kids have the freedom and organization to do what they need to do.  Both the Rainbow Glitter Spiral Notepads and Unicorn Spiral Notepads come in packs of 12, so you’ll always be sure to have these cute notepads on hand.

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If you have kiddos in school and DON’T go through about 100 erasers by the end of the year, I’d love to know how you get away with it.  Oriental Trading has some super cute erasers that will definitely get us through (at least most of) the school year without worrying about running out.  There’s nothing that beats a cool ice cream treat on hot summer days. And now you can always have one with you without a melting mess thanks to these super cute Summer Treats Erasers!  In Arizona it’s always nice to have a reminder of cool, refreshing things so these erasers are a hug hit with my kids.  Are you looking for a colorful addition to your children’s school supplies?  Simply remove the lid from one of these Striped Eraser Sticks, pull to your desired length and get to erasing!  These are a very useful desk accessory in a rainbow of pretty colors and perfect for kids of all ages.

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Even if you’re looking for traditional school supplies, Oriental Trading has you covered there.  I was able to order Crayola Classic Tip Markers, Crayola Classic Fine Tip Markers, and Crayola Colored Pencils so I didn’t have to go anywhere else…how awesome is that?

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With three kids in three different grades, there’s always a school project or two that needs working on, putting Sharpies in high demand in my home.  These Sharpie Chisel Tip Markers are able to make thin or bold lines, so no matter what you’re little one needs to do, these markers will help them achieve an amazing looking project.

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Now, I know these don’t look like your typical school supplies, but I always shop for a few fun extras.  My daughter’s class has a prize box that the kids get to pull from when they have a really good day, and I thought these Chalkboard Safari Animal Dog Tag Necklaces, Woodland Animal Stamps, and Emoji Rings were just too cute to pass up on.

Whether you’re a parent shopping for your children, or a teacher shopping for your class, there’s no way you can go wrong with Oriental Trading.  Check out all they have to offer this Back To School season and make the school year fun for your kiddos!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Squeezable Back To School Goodness From GoGo squeeZ

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Back-To-School can be a time where we struggle to find healthy snacks for our children to take to school.  Whether I’m shopping for my kids, or for a snack donation for my kindergartener’s class, it’s so nice to have a snack like GoGo squeeZ to rely on!  GoGo squeeZ products are crafted with high-quality, natural ingredients to provide wholesome goodness for kids (or adults) of all ages.  With over 20 varieties of fruit and veggieZ on-the-go, GoGo squeeZ is so much more than just Applesauce, they’re Goodness on the Go!

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Have you heard the GoGo squeeZ commercial that plays on the radio?  A little girl is offered numerous different snacks (cookies, chips, etc.) in exchange for her GoGo squeeZ and she says to the other children “you know I don’t trade my GoGo squeeZ!”  That’s how my three kiddos are so we were so happy to receive a shipment of goodies from our GoGo squeeZ friends.

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GoGo squeeZ Blueberry Yogurtz were a new one for us, but the kids have quickly fallen in love with this unique flavor that makes it easy to take yogurt anywhere.  This yogurt is a real low fat yogurt with blueberries, never anything artificial.  Even though it’s yogurt, it still comes in that loveable iconic squeezable, portable pouch.  GoGo squeeZ YogurtZ can be stored at room temperature until opened which makes it a perfect lunchbox companion for the back-to-school season.

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If you have an adventurous eater like I do, these GoGo squeeZ Apple Raspberry Lemon Twist pouches are perfect…but they’re a limited batch so find them while you can!  These pouches of goodness are sweet, delicious fruit flavored pouches with just a tiny sour punch of lemon.  All natural and always full of goodness, this tasty applesauce combination is a healthy snack with a sour twist that kids won’t be able to resist.

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GoGo squeeZ Apple Strawberry is a crowd favorite here in our home.  These apple strawberry pouches are jam packed with apples, strawberries and yumminess.  This sweet and healthy snack is perfect for anytime, or anywhere.  All that lip-smacking fruit in a no-fuss, no-mess strawberry applesauce pouch – that’s what’s called goodness on the go.  Whether you’re headed to the beach, sports practices, on the road or sending your little ones off to school, you simply can’t go wrong with GoGo squeeZ Apple Strawberry.

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GoGo squeeZ Apple Banana is another favorite with my kiddos, but it’s hard not to be a favorite when two of my kids’ favorite foods are combined into one squeezable, perfect combination of deliciousness and nutritiousness.  Kids will go bananas for this flavor so make sure to keep a few on hand!

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Oh my…where has this Apple Pumpkin Spice been all my life?  This was a flavor that was just too good for me not to try, and I will be heading to the store this week to find more boxes of this hidden gem.  Pumpkins, apples and a twist of cinnamon yumminess all squeezed into a portable pouch makes this snack perfect to take on-the-go.  This special Fall blend of tasty goodness is natural as always, but it won’t be around for long so grab them while you can!

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Last, but not least, we also got to try out the Pedal Pedal Peach Fruit & Veggiez.  Kids need natural energy to keep going, and Pedal Pedal Peach is the perfect nutritious blend of apples, peaches and sweet potatoes.  The natural energy they’ll gain while nourishing their bodies with wholesome foods just couldn’t get any better.

With so many flavors to choose from, you’ll be sure to find a GoGo squeeZ flavor (or two or three) that your little ones just can’t like without this school year.  Check out all of the flavors here.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Perfect Back To School Nutrition For Kids From Zone Perfect

 

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With Back To School just around the corner, I know most parents like myself are worried about proper nutrition with increased activity.  Zone Perfect Kidz bars are a perfect Back To School snack option for parents like myself who want quality snacks for our little ones.  The Zone Perfect Kidz bars are packed with the essential vitamins, minerals and the protein your child needs to fuel an active lifestyle.  These nutrition bars are tasty, yet nutritious, and come in 3 kid approved flavors that I couldn’t wait to try out with my kiddos.

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My daughter is just like me, a total chocoholic.  The Zone Perfect Kidz Chocolate Cupcake bars were her absolute favorite out of the three flavors available.  When you’re a kid, it’s always cupcake time!  This sweet and satisfying little snack is as nutritious as it is tasty. Rich.  Chocolately.  Totally snag-worthy and the most coveted “trade item” at the lunch table.

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What kid wouldn’t love a nutritious snack that tastes like sugar cookies?  The Zone Perfect Kidz Sugar Cookie bars are delish!  Treat your little one to a sweet little snack you can put in their pocket, lunchbox, backpack…just about anywhere!  Each bar has 5 delicious grams of protein to help keep little tummies full longer, and give little ones the energy they need to get through their day.

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Last, but certainly not least, the Zone Perfect Kidz bars are also available in Yellow Cupcake!   It’s a cupcake that fits in your pocket!  When your little one starts to get a little hangry, they can squash it right then and there and carry on with their day.

Zone Perfect has really made it easy for a busy mother like myself to rely on a wholesome snack.  Combine the great benefits of Zone Perfect Kidz nutrition bars with no artificial colors or flavors and you’ve got one great snack a mom like me can get behind.  Try out all of the flavors this Back To School season and see for yourself why these bars are so good.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***