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Entries in twofer thumbs up (5)

Friday
Aug272010

Twofer Thumbs Up for Avocados!

Avocado is for Babies

The Twofer have always loved avocados. It was a great first-food for many reasons:

it's portable and doesn't need to be warmed

It's got lots of 'good' fat for brain development plus other healthy vitamins and minerals

I don't mind eating the leftovers (only 50 calories per ounce plus sodium and cholesterol free!)

It was also the very first 3-syllable word the girls could say at nearly 1 year of age. (I swear, ask Grandma! She was there!) They pronounced it: ah-bo-ba-doh

Avocado for Bigger Kids

As the girls have grown they continue to enjoy avocado in guacamole, in salad, and on sandwiches.

One of our family favorites is chicken salad with Old Bay Seasoning (very Maryland) and served with slices of tomato and avocado. The saltiness of Old Bay pairs beautifully with a creamy avocado and a juicy tomato.

image via jronaldlee on Flickr because this is better than any photo I can capture

Old Bay Seasoning isn't just for crabs you know. You can use it with steamed shrimp, on french fries, and in tuna salad too. Here's our recipe for chicken salad with Old Bay to be served with tomato and avocado:

1-2 cups of cooked chicken (boiled, leftover from the grill, rotisserie, or canned)

1/4 cup of chopped celery

1/4 cup of mayo (or to taste)

1 tsp of Old Bay

1/4 tsp pepper

1 hard boiled egg chopped (optional)

Check out the 'Big Hit' Avocado Contest

Mexican Hass Avocado Importers Association (MHAIA) held a contest to find great game day recipes and award prizes! You can see the 'hometown' players, the MVP winner (who won $5,000) and get recipes for your next party at the Big Hit contest site.

For more blog posts about The Twofer and food visit:

Let's cut to the crust, shall we?

Caviar vs. Fish Sticks

The Mister's review of Ragu

Janine

I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Mexican Hass Avocado Importers Association. Mom Central also sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Friday
Apr022010

Review & Giveaway: Yoplait Greek yogurt with extra protein

WINNER: Congratulations to....Jessie C.!

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If you haven't tried Greek yogurt yet you should know that traditionally it's much thicker than regular yogurt.

For some people that takes some getting used to. I think Yoplait has the perfect balance with their new Greek yogurt.

Recently I received samples of Yoplait Greek yogurt with 2x the protein from My Blog Spark to review. It was not as thick as traditionl Greek yogurt but not as thin and runny as regular yogurt. I loved it and with twice the protein I almost need to eat it!

Next I had the Twofer sample it and they gave it a big Twofer Thumbs Up too. They like it so much, I used it on waffles the next day because I was really low on syrup and they ate it right up!

Yoplait Greek yogurt comes in four flavors:

Strawberry

Blueberry

Honey vanilla

Plain

And you can download a coupon for $.30 off HERE or..

Or...enter to win a Yoplait Greek prize pack and free!

Enter to win $20 Giant gift card and 4-pack of Yoplait Greek yogurt

1. Leave a comment telling me if you have ever tried Greek yogurt and which Yoplait Greek flavor you want to try most

2. Send a tweet like this: "I just entered to win a $20 Giant gift card and Yoplait Greek yogurt at TwoferMom.com!" and include the tweet url in another comment.

3. Subscribe to twofermom.com via email

4. Click on the Like it Share it button and share this giveaway on Facebook

Contest open to all US residents, 18 years or older and ends Friday April 16, 2010 at 11:00 pm. Winner will be chosen using Random.org and will be notified via email.

Good luck!

Janine

Disclosure: I received a sample of Yoplait Greek yogurt and a $20 gift card from Giant and Yoplait as part of  My Blog Spark to review at no cost. Opinions expressed here are mine and were not reviewed nor approved by Yoplait prior to posting.

Tuesday
Aug042009

Coco Le Cochon - Teaches kids the value of hard work...and fancy mushrooms (Truffles)

I took French throughout high school and while I can't remember much beyond "A croissant with ham and cheese please" (un croissant avec jabon et frommage s'il vous plait), I can speak with an accent that would put Juliette Binoche on alert.

C'est Francais!

And so the first thing I noticed about this new children's book, Coco Le Cochon, is the title. Oui! Francais!

Not only does it make it feel like a fancy children's book...it soooo much fun to say (with the right accent s'il vous plait).

Luckily for us all, the book is NOT written in French. At least the copy I was given is not.

Lesson One: Don't take your pedigree for granted

The book starts out with a little history - Coco comes from a long line of successful truffle hunters and so he feels no need to actually LEARN how to hunt for truffles. He is lazy in school, at home, and often mean to his friends.

Lesson Two: Don't steal, especially from someone smaller than you

During the big truffle hunt Coco realizes he has no clue where to find truffles. Everyone around his is finding them. When he accidentally runs into a much smaller pig and knocks over his basket, he takes one of the truffles and claims he found it himself. The people of the town know he's lying because Coco said he found it under a Pine tree (and everyone knows truffles don't grow under pine trees).

Lesson Three: Promptly admit when you are wrong or things can get worse

The Mayor banishes Coco (ok, a little harsh for a kid book but it's not like we parents haven't had that thought once or twice) who is sent to live with his uncle and consider what he did.  Luckily he comes back better, remorseful, and smarter, because the little pig has gone through a tremendous growth spurt and could eat Coco in one bite.

How Many Thumbs?

PROS: Very cute and colorful photos that the Twofer explored in detail. Story covers valuable life lessons.

CONS: I'm not sure my kids understood the value of a truffle hunter as opposed to something more mainstream like a fisherman...but we'll see if any questions arise tomorrow after they've slept on it.

Bottom line, Coco Le Cochon got my kids thinking about the lessons and asking questions. So I'm giving it a Twofer Thumbs Up for a cute story that helps parents talk to their kids about morals and ethics.

To learn more and purchase Coco Le Cochon ($10.95 for a limited time) visit the website http://cocolecochon.com.

Janine

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Coco Le Cochon

Tuesday
Jun022009

5 Things I Love about Crocs


My NEW Cabana Crocs


1. Crocs Don't Smell when my Feet Sweat


Maybe this is TMI but my feet s
weat, a lot sometimes. Whatever, I'm sure you're are no roses. Anyway, Crocs don't smell even after the longest walk on a 90 degree day. And actually, my feet don't sweat at all in my new Cabana Crocs!

2. Crocs has Affordable Comfort and Style


The average cost of a pair of Crocs i
s what, $30? Maybe $40? I think my Cabanas were about $50. My original pair of Crocs have lasted over 3 years...and they are still going. I have never had a $30 pair of shoes last that long. I'm getting my money's worth for sure. And comfort is something that simply cannot be debated.

3. Crocs has @GeorgeGSmithJr

George is a Crocs blogger, he represents Crocs on Twitter, and is an all-around nice guy. Just ask any one of his
2500 followers. He is a perfect example of how a big company can reach out to consumers and make them love them even more. Since "meeting" George I have really gained a sense of loyalty to Crocs which has resulted in me buying 3 more pairs of Crocs - one for me and one for each of the girls.

4. Crocs has Great customer service


When the rivet broke off of my daughter's Mary Jane Crocs my friend George sent me the link to where I can order more. And by order, I mean fill in your name and address and they send you a packa
ge of them for FREE! You can also get replacement straps!

5. Crocs is Spreading the Love


Most recently I had ordered a pair of Crocs with a gift certificate I received at the Blissdom conference. It was taking an unusually long time but I was patient as paying customers surely take precedence over my freebies. I tweeted with George a few times and he had me email him my information again. A week later I received my Cabanas. A week after that I received a second pair!
When I told George I think I had been a little too squeaky of a wheel he said, "Keep the extra and spread the love!"



And so, that 's what I'm going to do. The size 8 Cabanas are going to be donated to a local women's shelter and I'm spreading my love for Crocs here with you.

Janine

Monday
Mar092009

Twofer Thumbs Up for a new home!


When I first started blogging I did what I usually do...jump in without reading the directions. I never read directions. I skim at best. But usually I like to just play with it until I figure it out, or break it.

I started Twofer the Price of One as a twin blog and then started I'm a Little Green as a place to catalog all the cool green products that I was reading about. I sill am a little green, but I have decided to rename this blog Twofer Thumbs Up which is the term I use when I find something I like or have reviewed at Twofer the Price of One.

So welcome to the first installment of Twofer Thumbs Up and right now I'd like to pass along THIS blog as something I like and you should too :).

Janine