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Mexican Spaghetti Squash

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 @ 09:03 AM
posted by mrscaz

spaghetti squash

 

I kind of have a “thing” for spaghetti squash. I shared a Spaghetti Squash Greek Salad recipe a while ago on this kids belts blog and now I have a new one to share, Mexican Spaghetti Squash (replacing like a beans and rice type dish).

I like this squash because it’s so flexible and a great pasta substitute without any of the guilt and who doesn’t love a little guilt free eating? In this recipe, I roast the squash. You can boil it or microwave it (both of which are faster), but I like the flavor it gets from the roasting process.

It's not beautiful, but it's tasty!

It’s not beautiful, but it’s tasty!

Mexican Spaghetti Squash

1 Small Spaghetti Squash
1 Can of Low Sodium Black Beans (drained and rinsed)
2 Tbsp Olive oil
2 Cloves Minced Garlic
1/3 Chopped Onions
1/2 Frozen Corn
1/3 Cup Chopped Bell Pepper
1 Pint Stewed Tomatoes
Chili Powder
Garlic Powder
Ground Cumin
Salt & Pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 375. Place the whole squash on a cookie sheet and place it in the oven. While that’s cooking, place the oil in a saute pan and add the onions, garlic and peppers. Saute the veggies until translucent. Transfer the veggies to a bigger pot and add in the tomatoes, corn, black beans. Season this mixture to your taste with the chili & garlic powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce the heat. Keep cooking and let it reduce to thicken some. Use an oven mitt to check the squash. It’s done when its tender when you squeeze it. Let the squash sit and cool for a few minutes. Once it’s cool, cut it in half, remove the seeds, and then use a fork to pull the “spaghetti” apart. Take all of the spaghetti and add it to the bean mixture and fold together. Serve warm just a few tortilla chips and top with a little fresh sliced avocado and fresh chopped cilantro.

This makes a great side dish, but if you want it to be a main course, add some diced chicken to the mix. If you like it a little spicier, add a small can of diced green chilies. There are so many options!! Enjoy and make it your own!

Blessings,

Common Cents Mama - Kids Belts - Toddler Belts inventor

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On the Cover of a Magazine

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 @ 10:03 PM
posted by mrscaz

IMG_5848Sort of, but not really… Ok, so we aren’t on the cover of the magazine, but our kids belts are on the inside of the magazine!

You can see our spread in Baby Maternity Retailer here on page 28. You can also see it by simply scrolling down a little bit…

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See how easy I made that for you? I’m such a giver! I’m really excited about the exposure we will gain from this magazine. You know me, I’m all about branding. I want Dapper Snappers to be a household name (aren’t you shocked that it isn’t already, me too) and this puts us another step closer to that dream. And really, what better market than baby & maternity? I mean we do make a pretty awesome baby/toddler product and… ahem… we also make a fantastic maternity belt as well!

In this article, we chose to talk about how we are making this product in the USA. That’s always been one thing that has been very important to me. I have always wanted everything that we produce to come from the USA so that we would be helping out the economy. In addition to our day to day employees, we also work with a local behavioral health service to help package our product. How cool is that?

 It still amazes me when I sit back and think about how we started this in our garage. I was in charge of sourcing materials, manufacturing, shipping, distribution, etc, and by that I mean I went to the store and bought the elastic and snaps, came home sewed, capped and packaged everything in the garage, boxed it up and then delivered them to local stores. My… we’ve come a long way, baby!

Blessings,

Common Cents Mama - Kids Belts - Toddler Belts inventor

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Juice, Please

Monday, March 17, 2014 @ 09:03 AM
posted by mrscaz

Fruits-and-Vegetables

 

Ok, It was late, I was bored but not ready for bed so I got sucked into a documentary on late night TV. I was well aware that I should be sleeping, resting for a hard days work at the kids belts factory, but I just wasn’t feeling it. I was flipping through channels and something caught my eye, a man talking about losing 100 lbs in 60 days.

Umm… excuse me? 100lbs in 60 days? That’s like 1.666666666666lbs a day! So there I sat watching “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”. You can read the IMDB here.

fatsickBasically, there’s this guy who has an autoimmune disease and is tired of being medicated for it. He takes matters into his own hands and starts juicing! After 60 days of juicing, he not only loses 100 lbs, but he also gets off all of his medications. How impressive is that?

Anyway, I’m super gullible and easily sucked in, so I instantly wanted to do a juice fast. Full in, all or nothing, head first… Or at least one or two times, experimenting… not really fasting at all, more like supplementing with juice, for now.

I borrowed a juicer from a friend (the juicer that he used in the movie, the Breville). I liked it, but it was a little messy and tedious to clean up. I do not have much of an attention span so I turned to my darling hubby to do some research for me. He came back with some interesting info. For example, slow juicers hold most of their nutrients for up to 72 hours where as the centrifugal juicers you should drink them almost immediately. Centrifugal juicers are not great for leafy greens and the blades spin so fast they create a bit of heat, which also kills nutrients.

Sooooo…. with that info in mind, I’m very interested in the Hurom Slow Juicer, which seems to be the poorish-man’s Omega.

hurom

 

What are your thoughts? Do you have any juicing experience? I’d love advice and any tips!

Blessings,

Common Cents Mama - Kids Belts - Toddler Belts inventor

 

Giggles

Friday, March 14, 2014 @ 09:03 AM
posted by mrscaz

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Some days I get so wrapped up in life and in what’s going on in the world of kids belts, that I totally forget to sit back and enjoy life (not that I don’t enjoy kids belts). I know I’m not the only one who does that, at least, gets wrapped up in life, not the world of kids belts, that would just be weird if you were all wrapped up in kids belts, too.

Anyway, the point is I get caught up in rushing through the day to day and hurrying the kids along that I tend to forget to sit back and just watch them being kids.

Last night as was putting the kids to bed and I let them tell me jokes and stories, I tickled them and we cuddled. It was pretty great and it made me think of a poem that Jen wrote a few months ago on her blog, titled I Am Made. I hope you enoy it!

i am made for smiles
made for laughs
made for giggles
i am made for hugs
made for snuggles
made for wiggles
i am made for dirt
made for rocks
made for balls
i am made for scrapes
made for bruises
made for falls
i am made for running
made for jumping
made for biking
i am made for digging
made for building
made for hiking
i am made for soaring
made for flying
made for reaching
i am made for loving
made for caring
made for teaching
I am made for helping
made for doing
made for giving
I am made for serving
made for aiding
made for living
Now, go do something child-like with your little one. I promise you won’t regret it!
Blessings,
Common Cents Mama - Kids Belts - Toddler Belts inventor
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Deceptively simple…

Thursday, March 13, 2014 @ 09:03 AM
posted by mrscaz

lyne…Infinitely complex. Or so they say. Who says? Why, the developers of the App “Lyne“, that’s who. I know it’s been a while since I reviewed an iPhone app here on the kids belts blog, but my love for them has not wavered!

One of my very favorite apps (because I get free stuff, well… free after I purchase things, so I guess not technically “free”) is the Starbucks app. I’m not going to take the time to review this app, but one of the cool things about the Starbucks app is that once a week or so they usually send a free app or song download, which is how I got Lyne. (Did you see it come full circle there?)

lyne2The premise of this game is simple, connect the shapes. As with most games, the first few levels are relatively simple, basically getting you used to how the game works.

Lyne3

Then they get more difficult. The lines can’t go through other shapes, meaning you can’t get from one triangle to the next by going through a diamond (or as my son calls it, a rhombus). There is an exception, though, you can use the octagon as a conduit to the other shapes.

Lyne4

 

This game is challenging but surprising calming. It’s almost zen-like. So grab your phone, find a quite spot and relax while you work out your brain!

Features
- Hundreds of pre-built puzzles
- An infinite number of procedurally-generated puzzles, released daily
- No in-app purchases. No ads.
- Slick, intuitive interface
- Soothing dynamic audio
- Unlockable colour palettes

Let me know if you check it out and what you think!

Blessings,

Common Cents Mama - Kids Belts - Toddler Belts inventor

 

 

 

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Deconstructed Cheeseburger Recipe

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 @ 09:03 AM
posted by mrscaz

burgerWho doesn’t love a good burger? I know I do, but I tend to shy away a bit because of the carbs and fat and so on. However, here in the world of kids belts (Florida) it feels like spring and all I want to do is grill. With that in mind, I decided to take a different approach on burgers. In order to do that, I reached out to my local culinary expert (also known as our Marketing Manager, Jen, notice the title change?) .

She decided to deconstruct the burger, use a beef and turkey blend and toss the bun.

hamburger

Burger Ingredients:
8oz Lean Ground Beef
8oz Lean Ground Turkey
1/4 Cup Chopped Onions
Garlic Powder, Seasoned Salt & Pepper to taste

Toppings:
3/4 Cup Sliced Sweet Peppers
3/4 Cup Sliced Onions
1/2 Cup Sliced Mushrooms
1 tbsp Coconut Oil
Sliced Tomatoes
1 Head of Iceberg Lettuce (or a bed of romaine)
Sliced Pickles
Ketchup & Mustard

Fire up the grill. While it’s warming up, mix the lean ground beef, ground turkey and chopped onions together. Form the burger mixture into 4 oz patties and season them with garlic powder and seasoned salt. When the burgers are almost done top them with a little cheese. In small pan I sautéed onions, mushrooms and bell peppers in coconut oil.

I took a head of iceberg lettuce and quartered it. I took out some of the bulk of the lettuce to make it more manageable. Then added sliced tomatoes & pickles. I put the burger on top and added the pepper and onion mix and a little mustard.

They turned out really good! For the kiddos, I made a quesadilla burger with the cheeseburger and peppers and onions. They were thrilled with that because it was a twist on their normal quesadilla!

Do you think you’ll try this out? Why not? It totally filled the hamburger craving without any of the guilt. Happy grilling season! (Hopefully all you guys up north get to grilling season soon…)

Blessings,

Common Cents Mama - Kids Belts - Toddler Belts inventor

 

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Time for Change

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 @ 04:03 PM
posted by mrscaz

Time for change

 

With everyone talking about the time change and springing forward, I figured I would too! Here at the kids belts office we are springing forward and felt it was time to change our look.

Yep, you guessed it, we have changed our packaging and it looks great! You should start seeing the new packing in a store near you soon.

After numerous designs and several prototypes, we finally decided on one and we couldn’t be happier! The new packaging is enclosed in clear case with a window that showcases the color or pattern.

newpackageThis is the packaging that will take us to the next level at trade shows and with larger retailers. It’s polished, sleek and very modern. We wanted to go for a look that shows off what Dapper Snappers are while still being practical and space saving. We did a soft launch with our Canadian distributor and their retailers have had nothing but great things to say about it. As of March 1st, this is the packaging that has been sent out to all US stores who place a new order. Have you seen it in your local Dapper Snappers retailers, yet?

So what do you think? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

Blessings,

Common Cents Mama - Kids Belts - Toddler Belts inventor

 

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Amazon, you won

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 @ 01:02 PM
posted by mrscaz

I feel like this is a pretty accurate tag line for Amazon. Our kids belts are sold on Amazon, and while for the most part, that’s great, there is a definitely a down side.

“But, Jen (yes, Jen, I’ve taken over the blog today), what could be bad about a huge marketplace selling your product?” Well, the problem is that when someone sets up a storefront, they can call that storefront anything they want. It doesn’t necessarily have to be their legal business name. I know, that shouldn’t matter, right? But it does and I’ll tell you why.

We have always had a policy in place that controls how our retailers price our products. We offer a premium product and for the value of the brand, need it priced accordingly. Well, the vast majority of our stores adhere to our policy, but for about the last 6 to 9 months there has been a small handful of Amazon e-tailers who refuse to comply. On a normal basis, we would just stop selling our product to that e-tailer, but because they are anonymous on Amazon, it’s virtually impossible to find out who they are in “real” life.

Having those few e-tailer being able to sell our product cheaper, is not fair to our faithful e-tailers so we have had to drop that policy. In short, that may mean you will be able to pick up Dapper Snappers a bit cheaper, but that is also affecting that businesses bottom line. Businesses who have a smaller bottom line have to make adjustments in other areas. It’s not fair, but maybe that’s just business.

So, congratulations Amazon, you won.

Blessings,

Jen writing for

Common Cents Mama - Kids Belts - Toddler Belts inventor

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I’m so excited, and I just…

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 @ 02:02 PM
posted by mrscaz

Ah, you get the point… So, why am I so excited? Because Dapper Snappers kids belts won another fantastic award!

Family Magazine has announced that Dapper Snappers Original Toddler Belts has won a 2014 Family Choice Award. Dapper Snappers is a toddler belt that only goes around the back three belt loops of the child’s pants, shorts or skirt. It consists of high quality suspender elastic and durable snaps.  The “Family Choice Awards” recognize the best in children’s and parenting products. Now in it’s 19th year, the “Family Choice Award” is one of the most coveted, family friendly consumer award programs in the nation.

Winning this award is such an honor! As a business that always puts family first, it means so much to us to be recognized by an organization that is family centered.

Family Magazines’ continued mission is to seek out and discover those elements that enhance a family’s lifestyle and create memorable experiences. “The creativity and extraordinary imagination utilized to develop new products and enhance existing products for the benefit of consumers, continue to amaze our distinguished judges and staff. We want to convey our gratitude and recognition to Toddler Tech USA for producing Dapper Snappers Toddler Belts, an extraordinary product that makes a positive difference in the lives of our families.” Candace Evans, Chairperson, Family Choice Awards.

The last year and a half has been so exciting around here. We have won 3 Awards (Family Choice Award, PTPA Award, Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Award), we have signed with two major distributors (KidCentral Supply and Treasures 4 Bubs) and are in talks with more, and we were featured on the Steven & Chris Show and Baby Zone courtesy of Disney. This year is and will be even more amazing! We are gearing up for brand new packaging, even more trade shows and magazine appearances!
Thank you all for making all of this happen! If we didn’t have loyal fans singing our praises, we wouldn’t have made it this far!
Blessings,
Common Cents Mama - Kids Belts - Toddler Belts inventor
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Cyber Monday Sale!

Monday, December 2, 2013 @ 12:12 PM
posted by mrscaz

Dapper Snapper News

Cyber Monday SALE!

In This Issue
30% Off
$5 FREE
Specials
Products
Toddler BeltsToddler Belts

Big Kids Girls Belts

Quick Links

THANK YOU!!!

We want to extend a big “THANK YOU” to you for being a Dapper Snappers customer! We know there are tons of online stores and options out there for you and we can’t thank you enough for choosing us!

As a “Thank You” we are hosting a
Cyber Monday Sale!
 Read on for Details….

30% Off Your Purchase!!!

That’s RIGHT 30% off Your Purchase!

I know what you are thinking… what’s the catch? Well, NO CATCH!!! No spending requirements, no signing your life away, no strings attached. Ok, maybe one string, you have to make a purchase to get the discount. I know, I know, we are so strict with our rules…

Here’s your 30% off coupon code, BF30OFF,
just put that in the coupon code box!

All that being said, this offer can’t be combined with any other coupon codes and can’t be used on gift certificates. Coupon code is good for Monday, December 2nd ONLY.

 $25 Gift Certificate for ONLY $20!!

Get an Extra $5 for FREE

When you purchase a $20 gift certificate for yourself or for a friend and we will make that a $25 gift certificate for no additional fee! YAY!

This is great for holiday shopping! Spread the Dapper Snappers love!

Here is your coupon code for this offer, GC5OFF,
just put it in the coupon code box!
Valid for gift certificates only and can not be combined with any other offer or coupon code. Coupon code is good for Monday, December 2nd ONLY.

Want More Coupons and Specials?

Follow us on Facebook & Twitter!

We have 3,000+ fans on Facebook and over 2,500 followers on Twitter! They are all made aware of sales and offers before everyone else AND sometimes they get sales and offers only for them!

Following Dapper Snappers has it’s benefits!

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/dappersnappers
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DapperSnapperFans

Thank you and enjoy your discounts and free stuff!!

PS… Forward this on to your friends and share the wealth!

Sincerely,

Jen Rodgers
Toddler Tech USA

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