Posts Written On September 18, 2020

Froggy’s Lair Introduces Kids To Nature And Nurture With Captivating Biosphere

We have been learning about frogs and singing the 5 little speckled frogs when our friends at Froggy’s Lair sent us their African Dwarf Frog kit! It comes with the sand, gravel, tank, LED light, bamboo plant, frog food and 2 froggies! They are low maintenance and only eats 4 pellets twice a week and water changes suggested at every 3 months. More interesting than goldfish and not much work! A perfect fun beginner pet or gift for a friend.

I did some quick research before receiving them and many frog owners say that they love nooks and places to ‘hide’ so I put a little plastic toy cup inside and they both immediately when into the ‘tunnel’ to hang out and play. It is very relaxing to watch them and a ‘relief’ each morning to see them still alive. They do something funny which is just floating without moving and then suddenly swim quickly. Niko saw them swimming to the top for air and he said UP UP!

Pet adoptions have soared this year as families seek comfort and calm with a non-human companion. Pandemic puppies, cats and even frogs, are a marvelous addition to the household. Froggy’s Lair BioSphere ($69.95) introduces African Dwarf Frogs to children who quickly discover how to nurture these aquatic creatures in a one-gallon tank. It’s the perfect STEM project for youngsters “attending” school from the kitchen table.

 

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Edutaining toy store chain Learning Express recently named Froggy’s Lair as its Science Toy of the Year. Their Top 5 reasons make this low maintenance BioSphere the perfect supplement to the new school year!

  1. Having two small frogs in the house are ideal for emerging readers who often feel more comfortable reading aloud to a pet.
  2. Nurturing a pet is an excellent way for kids to “parent play”—to practice being caregivers.
  3. Feeding and caring for a pet encourages childhood responsibility.
  4. Children with pets display improved impulse control, social skills, and self-esteem.
  5. And lastly, sharing the love and care of a family pet forges an additional common bond among siblings.

“These amazing, nostalgic critters are great as a child’s first pet,” explains Ryp Walters, owner of Froggy’s Lair.  “They only need to be fed twice a week and come with a year’s supply of food.” Additionally, “our frogs are sustainably and responsibly raised right here, locally, in the United States.

 

In addition to the two frogs, the “lair” comes with a living bamboo stalk, bioactive sand, decorative gravel plus several rocks for the tiny frogs to hop or play hide and seek. Each Froggy’s Lair tank cleans and conditions itself with very little care. Together, all elements work in harmony to create a completely filter-free BioSphere habitat.

A BioSphere is a self-regulating ecosystem studied by both scientists and animal-lovers. Using the BioSphere, kids will learn about how an aquatic Nitrogen Cycle system works, which is a STEM concept. The bioactive sand (located under the colorful gravel) acts as a biological filter by converting waste and excess food to nutrients. The enclosed bamboo stalk consumes the nutrients (which discourages algae growth) in addition to acting as a natural aerator (which provides essential oxygen). Check out this video that explains the science behind how the BioSphere habitat works.

ABOUT FROGGY’S LAIR
Our commitment is to provide our customers with products that bring us closer to nature, connect us with the outdoors, foster personal engagement with one another, and encourage adventure and knowledge. We want our family and yours to be able to share the same enthusiasm, curiosity, and appreciation that we had as kids – in
a responsible and affordable manner. We continue to develop new products with this vision and, hopefully, get dirty from time to time doing so. For more information, visit www.FroggysLair.com.

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HEALTHIER LIVING THROUGH REAL FOOD INGREDIENTS – PALEONOLA

You are what you eat, I totally agree with this saying. A healthy diet can help you change your whole life, being stronger, being more positive and of course it will turn out to be a happier and longer living. Let’s be honest, finding high quality snacks that actually have a clean label and taste great is hard.

For over seven years Paleonola has used real food from nature to help you spend less time worrying about what you’re eating and more time crushing the day.

You’re not average, so why settle for the average?

Traditional granolas are filled with 90% oats and are made with ingredients like canola oil, cane sugar, soy lecithin and other additives that diminish and, in some cases, even ruin our intention of trying to eat healthy. Add in the fact that there are plenty of protein bars out there masquerading as glorified candy bars and it becomes difficult to find a true real food snack solution. Paleonola believes people deserve more from the foods they choose. Paleonola believes in simple, real foods, made from nature that taste Amazing.

That tastes amazing!

Ever feel like you need a chemistry PhD to read some of today’s ingredient labels? You’re not alone. Paleonola feels you and they knew there had to be a better way. Healthier eating doesn’t have to be complicated and that’s why every bag of Paleonola contains real food, handcrafted by the team. What you see is what you get – real food, made from simple ingredients, just like Mother Nature intended.

The secret to staying on the healthy wagon is getting creative in the kitchen.

Try out these quick, simple recipes below to elevate your taste buds to the next level. Feel free to improvise as needed or sub in your favorite flavor of Paleonola instead of the one recommended.

PALEO PUMPKIN PUDDING WITH PALEONOLA TOPPING

This Paleo Pumpkin Pudding with Paleonola Topping is perfect for welcoming in the Fall months. It’s rich and creamy and makes a perfect treat for yourself or to prepare for guests!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 can pumpkin puree
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 3 teaspoons of gelatin
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Pumpkin Pie Paleonola, for topping
  • Dairy free whipped topping, for topping, optional

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a small bowl, combine half of the coconut milk and gelatin. Allow to bloom while preparing the rest of the recipe.
  2. In a saucepan over medium, combine the remaining coconut milk, pumpkin, maple syrup and pumpkin pie spice for 5 minutes.
  3. Add gelatin and coconut mixture and cook until gelatin is completely dissolved.
  4. Pour mixture into a bowl and cover it directly with plastic wrap to prevent film on top.
  5. Refrigerate for 5 hours or overnight and when ready to serve, use hand beaters or a stand mixer to combine until smooth and creamy.
  6. Top with Paleonola or other toppings like dairy free whipped topping and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.

Paleonola Pumpkin Pie

Oh my gourd, who doesn’t want to add a little crunchy pumpkin pie spices to their breakfast routine? Paleonola’s pumpkin pie granola (without the grain) can be added to yogurt, acai bowls, pancakes, oatmeal, you name it. Whatever you choose, it makes for a filling healthy breakfast option. But, what makes Paleonolaso awesome in addition to being grain free is that it’s gluten free, soy free, dairy free, no oats, no artificial ingredients granola and is so yummy that you would have no idea how healthy it really is for you.

Ingredients: Almonds, Pecans, Pepitas*, Honey*, Walnuts, Coconut Oil*, Sunflower Seeds*, Flax Seeds*, Sweetened Dried Cranberries (Cranberries, Apple Juice Concentrate, Sunflower Oil), Dried Coconut*, Spices, Vanilla Extract.

Contains Pecans, Almonds, Walnuts, Coconut.

MAPLE PANCAKE PALEO COFFEE CAKE

A recipe that makes you want to get up in the morning! Enjoy this warm, moist coffee cake that is complimented so well with the Maple Pancake Paleonola.

INGREDIENTS:

  • ¾ cup coconut flour
  • ¾ cup arrowroot flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup full fat coconut milk
  • ¼ cup ghee, melted
  • 1 cup Maple Pancake Paleonola
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1-2 tablespoons ghee or oil of choice for greasing the baking dish

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine dry ingredients, minus Paleonola and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
  3. Add wet ingredients, blend well and set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, combine cinnamon and Paleonola.
  5. Grease an 8 x 8 baking dish.
  6. Pour half of the cake mixture into the bottom of the dish and spread evenly.
  7. Add half of the Paleonola mixture on top of that.
  8. Add the second half of the cake mixture on top of the Paleonola and the remaining Paleonola on top.
  9. Bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick can be inserted and pulled out cleanly.

Maple Pancake Paleonola

Like a fresh stack of flapjacks without that hunched over bloated feeling. Paleonola took their signature nut and seed blend and kissed it with deliciously soft raisins and 100% pure maple syrup to bring you a delicious grain free granola. Paleonola is tired of that fake maple taste, so they created this Maple Pancake grain free granola for those who want to eat real food from nature. Maple Pancake is a founders favorite and definite crowd pleaser.

Ingredients: Almonds, Pecans, Pepitas*, Walnuts, Coconut Oil*, Maple Syrup*, Honey*, Sunflower Seeds*, Flax Seeds*, Raisins*, Dried Coconut*, Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon.

Contains Pecans, Almonds, Walnuts, Coconut.

APPLE PIE BAKED APPLES

These delicious Apple Pie Baked Apples are a wonderful whole food and low sugar alternative to everyones favorite fall dessert. With only 3 simple ingredients, this delicious dish is a no brainer!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 large apples
  • 1.5 cups Apple Pie Paleonola
  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • cinnamon for garnish, optional

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Slice the tops off your apples, making sure you slice them parallel to your cutting board. In other words, the tops will be uneven, but you want to make sure your apples sit upright. Keep the tops.
  3. Using a small knife or grapefruit spoon, carefully scoop out the core and 3/4th of the inside of the apple to make room for the granola mixture.
  4. Combine Paleonola and ghee in a mixing bowl and use your hands to combine fully.
  5. Add the apples to a small baking rimmed baking pan and add the Paleonola mixture evenly to all four apples.
  6. Replace the tops of the apples on top of the Paleonola mixture and place in the oven for 45 minutes – hour or until apples are soft and granola is browned.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool and then remove the tops of the apples.
  8. Sprinkle with cinnamon if you’d like. Leave the tops on or off the apples for serving.

Apple Pie Paleonola

Apple Pie – minus the crust. It’s just like Grandma used to make… only healthier! Loaded with delicious nuts and seeds, dried apples and topped with just the right level of apple pie spices. Pop it in your bag for a snack when you’re hitting the trails, or eat it as cereal with some delicious coconut milk.

Ingredients: Almonds, Pecans, Pepitas*, Honey*, Walnuts, Coconut Oil*, Sunflower Seeds*, Flax Seeds*, Dried Apple, Dried Coconut*, Spices, Vanilla Extract.

Contains Pecans, Almonds, Walnuts, Coconut.

About Paleonola:

Founder Dinos and Katelyn said they didn’t know that a desire to change their eating habits would end up becoming something much bigger. What began in 2010 as a snack that helped them live healthier lives turned into the passion project of a lifetime.

Founded upon the belief that choosing the right foods could have a major impact on your health and well-being, Paleonola was born out of the need for change in both of the lives. Dinos and Katelyn wanted more from themselves and more from the products they consumed. So, when they developed this delicious grain-free granola, they knew it was too good to keep it to themselves. Paleonola team believes that honesty and simplicity are the keys to meeting the challenges of everyday life. That’s why they created a simple snack that they believe will help encourage you to live a healthier life. You’ll be amazed at how the smallest changes can have the biggest impact. Paleonola wants you to know that they promise to deliver the best they have to offer every time.

Check out Paleonola at https://paleonola.com/, they are also available on Thrive Market & Amazon.

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