Feminist Baby Book Review & Giveaway

You know we’re big book lovers over here so when Feminist Baby popped up in my inbox the title caught my eye. Feminist Baby? I needed to see what it was all about. I was a little nervous, but I was intrigued. I was afraid it would be a little too heavy. A little too serious. As soon as Feminist Baby arrived we gave it a whirl. I knew I had to check it out for myself.

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Feminist Baby likes pink and blue.

Sometimes she’ll throw up on you!

Feminist Baby chooses what to wear

and if you don’t like it she doesn’t care! 

Meet the irrepressible Feminist Baby in this refreshing, clever board book about a girl who’s not afraid to do her own thing, and wants to make as much noise as possible along the way!

As soon as I started to read this book I knew I was going to love it. There were so many pieces that reminded me of my little feminist babies in the making. These pages remind me of little miss Kyla.

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Mason and Kyla both thought it was hilarious. The message was clear but it was far from heavy. Emilia has been a little bit obsessed. She carries it around the house with her and I’ve started to bring it with us wherever we go because it tends to occupy her for a little. Before she’s off and running again that is.

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Feminist Baby would make a great addition to your library or a great baby shower gift or birthday gift for a little girl in your life! You can grab your copy here or enter to win a Feminist Baby gift set right here on Little Us!

About the Author

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Loryn Brantz is a two-time Emmy Award-winning author, illustrator, and design professional. Her picture book Harvey the Child Mime was the recipient of the 2010 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for Best First Picture Book. Loryn lives in New York City, where she is on staff at BuzzFeed  writing and illustrating about feminism and body image. Find her online at www.lorynbrantz.com or www.facebook.com/LorynBrantzBooks.

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Are You Up to the Challenge?

I’m going to make a little confession here and the only reason I’m doing it is because I know FOR SURE I’m not alone. Ready? Here goes…

My kids LOVE YouTube videos. They love watching people opening toys and playing with them. They love watching families sharing their vacation with us. As a result they want to film pretty much everything we do and are always asking if they can record a video and put it on YouTube. Which is why, when I first tried Garden Lites Chocolate Muffins and was challenged to have one of my kids try them and ask them what they thought the number one ingredient was, I knew I had to film it! Bur first? I tried them!

Chocolate Garden Delites Muffin

I took a bite out of these and even though I *knew* what was in them I didn’t taste the veggies at all but I LOVE vegetables so I was really anxious to see what Mason thought!

How surprised was he?! But can you blame him? Do you see any vegetables in these chocolaty muffins?

Take a Bite out of Garden Lites

I don’t! 1/3 of these muffins are vegetables! ONE THIRD! How awesome is that? That’s not all these muffins are though, they’re also dairy-free, gluten-free and GMO free. If you or your kids fall into one of those categories you know how hard it is to find something that your kids will like that are also easy to take with you on the go. These muffins come individually packaged so you can just grab as many as you need, throw them in your diaper bag or purse and be on your way. You’ll never be caught in a bind again.

Here’s where the challenge comes in. Head to your local Giant, Publix, Stop & Shop, Shop-Rite, HEB, Kroger or Costco. Walk right into the freezer section and grab some Garden Lites Chocolate muffins and take the challenge. Do you taste the vegetables? What about your kids? Be careful though, they are downright addicting. In the beset possible way.

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Cheesy Asparagus Crescent Ring

I’m happy to partner with Acorn Influence and Pillsbury for this sponsored post.

It has felt like spring all winter long in Virginia. There were multiple times in the month of January and February that we spent our days at the park with just a light coat on. Sometimes no coat at all. We got one tiny little snow that was so long ago I don’t even remember when it was. I just remember that it was small. That it was hardly worth playing in, so I told my kids they could play in the snow when the next snow storm came. I remember Mason getting so upset with me and saying that it wouldn’t snow again this winter and me telling him he was being ridiculous, “OF COURSE IT WILL SNOW AGAIN”. Up until a couple of days ago I was apologizing profusely. But now, just as I’m preparing for spring, it’s finally winter, snow is coming!

While I was picking up the “it’s about to snow” basics at Walmart, I also picked up everything I needed to make a reinvented favorite; a Cheesy Asparagus Crescent Ring.

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When I say cheesy, I mean cheesy! This dish is chock full of cheese but the Pillsbury crescent rolls balance it out nicely. I love how easy it is to create dishes using Pillsbury crescent rolls, this crescent ring can hold just about any filling and transforms dishes for same old, same old, to something brand new and delicious.

The key to getting the asparagus perfectly cooked is to slightly cook it before baking it in the crescent ring. Bring a pot of water to boil then add 10oz of washed, trimmed and chopped asparagus to the water.

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Let cook for three minutes, then pull the asparagus from the boiling water and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process and drain. Set the asparagus aside (but just for a moment). In a large bowl combine 6oz grated Swiss cheese, 6oz grated Parmesan cheese and 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the asparagus and mix it all up!

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Here’s the fun part, creating your ring! You’ll need two cans of dough. Separate into sixteen triangles. On an ungreased cookie sheet, arrange triangles in a ring so the short sides of the triangles form a circle in the center. The dough will over lap, it doesn’t have to be perfect.

make your crescent ring

Next spread the mixture around the ring!

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Now it’s time to close it. Bring the narrow end up and around the mixture sealing on the inside of the circle and on the sides. This doesn’t have to be super pretty. Once it’s baked the dough is very forgiving. I often trimmed off the end pieces and used it to seal other areas of the dough. Since the mixture is so cheesy you do want to make sure that it’s as sealed as possible! Here’s my end result.

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Notice the bottom right has a lot of patching! That’s OKAY! Now you’re ready to pop this ring into the oven. Bake for 25 minutes at 375 degrees or until golden brown.

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Serve immediately by slicing into triangles.

easy cheesy asparagus crescent ring

I have a confession to make. I’ve made this mixture often before but I’ve never stuffed it inside a crescent ring. I had a feeling it would be delicious but I had no idea it would be this good. I love how versatile Pillsbury crescent rolls are. You can stuff just about anything into these rings and I’m 99.9% positive it’s going to come out amazing.

Have you ever made a crescent ring before? What was in it? 

Cheesy Asparagus Crescent Ring

Cheesy Asparagus Crescent Ring

Ingredients

2 cans Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
10oz asparagus
6oz Swiss cheese, grated
6oz Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Bring a small pot of water to boil over medium to high heat. While the water is heating up wash, trim and chop 10oz of asparagus. Once the water is boiling add the chopped asparagus to the pot. Let cook for three minutes or until the asparagus is bright green and easily pierced with a fork. Drain the asparagus and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine 6oz grated Swiss cheese, 6oz grated Parmesan cheese and 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the asparagus and mix it all up!
  4. Create your crescent ring by opening two cans of Pillsbury crescent dough and separating the sixteen triangles. On an ungreased cookie sheet, arrange triangles in a ring so the short sides of the triangles form a circle in the center. The dough will over lap, it doesn't have to be perfect.
  5. Spread your mixture around the ring.
  6. Close the ring by bringing the narrow end up and around the mixture sealing on the inside of the circle and on the sides. Use any extra dough to seal the ring wherever needed.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes at 375 degrees or until golden brown.
  8. Serve immediately by slicing into triangles and enjoy!
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Are You Up to the Challenge?

I'm going to make a little confession here and the only reason I'm doing it is because I know FOR SURE I'm not alone. Ready? Here goes... My kids LOVE YouTube videos. They love watching people opening toys and playing with them. They love watching families sharing their vacation with us. As a ... read more