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Valentine’s Day Choco-Banana Hearts

Valentine’s Day Choco-Banana Hearts

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stonyfield® Organic Kids®. As always, all opinions are expressed are 100% my own

Valentine’s Day is literally right around the corner! This is the first year both of my boys are in the same school and I am fully reveling in the fact that I get to send favors/treats for kids in both of their classes. A one-stop shop for love, if you will! We’ve put a lot of thought into what kind of treats we want to bring to their class parties. I’m Room Mom, so the pressure is on to bring in something the kids will enjoy that will parents and teachers will love too. It just isn’t cool to dump off a bunch of sugar and send them to hang with teachers.

Choco-Banana Valentine's Day Cakes

I’ve decided a fair way to give everyone a little bit of what they want is to make these fun Choco-Banana Valentine Hearts with my boys (super fun) and bring in some of my favorite Stonyfield® Organic Kids® yogurt tubes. Their new look and Stonyfield® Organic Kids® Choco-Mooo flavor is a big hit with the kids (perfect for adding to any recipe), and they have committed to putting less sugar in their kids’ yogurt. It’s a win/win! With 40% less sugar than the leading yogurt brands, I never feel guilty giving the kids a Stonyfield® Organic Kids® Choco-Mooo as their dessert.

Choco-Banana Valentine's Day Cakes

This simple recipe helps keep the sugar high to a minimum and kicks the flavor up a notch. The bananas and chocolate flavor add sweetness and the yogurt keeps the cake/cupcakes moist and delicious. Top it off with the homemade raspberry icing (made from real raspberries, powdered sugar, and water) and you’ve got yourself a hit! We even made sure to create a heart shape with the muffins by rolling up a ball of foil and placing it between the silicone cups and the muffin pan. These were adorable, and unfortunately mostly eaten by the time I found my camera!

I loved creating this with my boys and can’t wait for them to share with friends. Next year we may have to host a V-Day dance at our house and really take things up a notch. Any reason to celebrate with Stonyfield® Organic Kids®, right? I recently spent time walking the Stonyfield® Organic® dairy farms and have truly fallen in love with their ethically driven brand. All of their products are Non-GMO verified, free from pesticides and artificial ingredients. All dairy comes from happy & healthy cows I’ve met myself. Stonyfield® Organic Kids® has been in the yogurt business for over 35 years (before stating “Organic” was necessary) and has been trusted by moms far and wide. Stonyfield® Organic Kids® is a certified B Corp, meaning they meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability. I feel good knowing where my dollars are going to work. I know these treats will be a hit for all moms looking to feed their kids healthy options. They come available in cups, pouches, tubes, or smoothies.

Choco-Banana Valentine's Day Cake

Quick Tip: Freezing the Stonyfield Organic Kids Packs (containing 40% less sugar than most yogurt brands) are easily frozen and taken to last on-the-go, making them the easy party snack/favor.

Valentine’s Day Choco-Banana Hearts

Valentine’s Day Choco-Banana Hearts

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup of Stonyfield Choco-Moo Yogurt
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp warm water
  • Raspberry Icing:
  • 2 tbsp Raspberry "juice" (mash berries in strainer and collect juice in a bowl)
  • 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk eggs and sugar together, add oil and whisk until smooth. Add flour, baking powder, and baking soda in a separate bowl and combine. Pour egg mixture, mashed bananas, and yogurt into the center of dry ingredients, add warm water and mix together.
  2. Pour batter into heart-shaped greased baking pan, pop it in the oven for twenty mins. Mix together icing ingredients and pour over cooled cakes/muffins and enjoy!
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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Essentially yours,

Erika

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stonyfield® Organic Kids®. As always, all opinions are expressed are 100% my own.

 

 

Anti-Aging Cold Plasma Skin Care

Anti-Aging Cold Plasma Skin Care

 

Of all the things I enjoyed most about California, it was the dry air (the constant views don’t hurt either). Coming from a humid climate and taking in the dry desert air was something I really enjoyed. Some days the air in Florida feels like a wet hairdryer being pointed directly onto your face. I was sure to get a fresh blow-dry before leaving and embrace this dry warm desert air I’ve heard so much about.
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 My skin, on the other hand, was not as thrilled. I noticed my makeup looked and felt different in this new climate. As soon as I got home I knew it was time to amp up the hydration factor. I tried the new Perricone MD Cold Plasma Plus and was pleasantly surprised at how quickly my skin took to it. It can take up to three weeks to see a difference, but I noticed it right away. My skin drank up every ounce of it morning and night until it was able to self-regulate. I’d heard of the hydrating qualities in this anti-aging serum before, but now I was a believer.
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The Cold Plasma Plus line isn’t heavy or greasy. It’s light and smooth texture was a breeze to put on, a little bit really went a long way and I was glad mostly at night. The last thing I want to do after wiping off a face full of makeup is add a heavy moisturizer. This lightweight serum allowed my skin to breathe and kept my pillowcase clear of any greasy residue.
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Perricone is a trusted brand some of my family had been using for months and I was glad to finally give it a chance. It helped balance my skin after the dry-heat exposure on my trip and brought it back to life. I notice a huge difference in the way my concealer and foundation lay on my skin after moisturizing daily.
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Essentially yours,
Erika
Get Your FL Prepaid Questions Answered

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The Florida Prepaid College Savings Plan open enrollment period is almost over!!! This is the one time each year in which you can sign up for one of five plans. The open enrollment period runs through February 28th, 2018. To learn more about these plans, visit: MyFloridaPrepaid.com Check out this new FAQ page, if you have specific questions: bit.ly/fppfaq; And if you decide to sign-up for a plan, use my code: Social1718 to receive $25 off the application fee (normally $50).

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