Setting Sail on Royal Carribbean’s Liberty of the Sea Cruise Ship – Brandcation #SeasTheDay

This Royal Caribbean Cruise to Cozumel was part of a Press Trip on behalf of Brandfluential and Royal Caribbean International. All experiences and opinions mine and are honest.

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This was my 4th Brandcation trip to go on and I knew adventure was in store…but I had no clue that the Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas, the third largest cruise ship in the world, was gonna make me want to book another cruise so quickly. This was my 4th cruise and I knew what to expect as far as the normal ins/outs of a cruise…but this one was very different! This cruise ship was PACKED with adventure!

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While on board I climbed the rock wall. (This was HARD!) Surfed…well okay, on my belly, not my feet on the Flow Rider, watched an awesome Ice Skating performance, and enjoyed some Acrobats at the

Here are all of the options:

FlowRider® surf simulator
Rock-climbing wall
Ice-skating rink
Mini-golf course
Full-sized basketball court
Full-sized boxing ring

I did not vary much for my dining because the food was so tasty and I was trying to make the trip about fun, not food. (I LOVE yummy food, especially when I am not the one cooking it…but my body needed me to try to contain myself with my eating choices!)

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The rooms on board are spacious and we never felt cramped or crowded. There was tons of storage and sitting spaces! I stayed in a balcony room and loved it. As you can see from the photos above, it’s bright and beautiful. Very inviting and relaxing.

I will be posting more about the Liberty of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise ship in the next few days! There is sooo much to tell you about and I don’t want to overwhelm you with too much all at once! So stay tuned!

Wonder Forge Fun: Disney Princess Frozen Matching Game

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Wonder Forge has three fantastic NEW matching games launching in April that preschoolers are sure to love. With games featuring gorgeous color artwork from Frozen, Planes, and Marvel, there’s something for every preschooler on your list. These games are small, portable, and easy to play—promoting preschool matching, creativity, and imaginative play with your child’s favorite characters. And at just $19.99 or below per game, they’re a great value, offering hours of family fun.

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Disney Princess Frozen Matching Game. A fun game of picture-matching! You can order this game on Amazon, and look for it at Target as well!

It’s the classic game of picture-matching, now featuring your favorite characters from Frozen! Flip over brightly colored tiles and find beautiful pictures of sisters Anna and Elsa, plus friends Kristoff, Olaf, Sven and more. What familiar faces will you see? Pick up the most matching pairs to win! It’s a great game for Preschoolers and my 3rd grader even loved it!

 

Spring Cleaning with #PampersWipes (+ Giveaway)

Have you started your Spring Cleaning? I have!! I actually have enlisted my kids to help and it’s been a great success! I don’t like my kids to touch harsh cleaning chemicals and Pampers has the PERFECT solution! Pampers Sensitive Wipes are 20% thicker than regular Pampers wipes and have the unique Softgrip Texture, which means less wiping for more gentle cleaning.

Sensitive Wipes give babies and kids Pampers’ best gentle spring clean. I use Pampers Sensitive Wipes to give my girls a best gentle clean. My middle daughter is super messy and we go through TONS of wipes each day. My kids always need them during or after meal time. We also use them at night and wipe their feet down on non bath nights. Pampers Wipes are great for sensitive skin and I never worry about my kids skin breaking out or having a reaction.

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In our home, we use Pampers wipes to clean baseboards (the kids do the cleaning of those!) and to clean our microfiber couches. We have found that they are very cost effective and gentle.

Giveaway:

Pampers sent me a Gentle Spring Cleaning prize pack with lots of goodies to help facilitate “gentle” spring cleaning and they are teaming up with me to give one away to a lucky reader as well! Enter to win this awesome prize pack by leaving a comment on this blog post with what YOU use Pampers wipes to clean.

Moms know the key “must-have” to help survive a messy day with baby is the everyday use of Pampers Sensitive Wipes. Pampers Sensitive Wipes are not only a key staple to every diaper bag and nursery, but we find that they become mom’s best friend when it comes to cleaning just about anything!.

Mickey and Minnie themed Disney Apparel by Jumping Beans (+ Giveaway) #MagicAtPlay @DisneyLiving @Kohls

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Kohl’s now carries adorable Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse themed Disney apparel by Jumping Beans. Before flying out to California we stopped by Kohl’s and picked up a few of these adorable outfits! These adorable outfits go upto size 7 and are great mix and match type of outfits! Check out their full line here.

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As you can see from the photo above, my girls look ADORABLE in these timeless pieces! This Jumping Beans collection is well made and washes well, too.

Giveaway:

Want to win a $50 Kohl’s gift card to shop this collection for your little one? Leave a comment on this post after surfing this link and tell me which pieces you would purchase! Giveaway will end on 4/25 at 5PM CST.

*I was given a gift card to purchase a few outfits for my girls for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and are honest.

Earth Day Healthy Essentials Savings and Tips #Moms4JNJConsumer #ad

This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

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There are some great deals at HealthyEssentials.com and awesome tips too! You will learn more about how to recycle in the bathroom and other Earth Month friendly info. Head over and check it out.

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HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® is offering amazing printable coupons, tips & tools and so much more for all the products you and your family love. You can save over $55 with these coupons in April by signing up for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® program coupons and offers. Here are a few of the coupon deals you will find:

• Save $1.00 on any JOHNSON’S® Baby Intense Moisture Cream
• Save $1.00 on any LUBRIDERM® product (6oz or larger)
• Save $1.00 on any (1) CLEAN & CLEAR® product (excludes trial and travel sizes)
• Save $1.00 on any (1) NEUTROGENA® Sun product (exclude trial size)
• Save $1.00 on any (1) LISTERINE® SMART RINSE Anti-cavity Mouthwash, 500 ml
• Save $1.00 on any (1) REACH® Total Care Floss, or REACH® Gentle Gum Care Floss, or REACH® Dentotape® or REACH® Access® Flosser
• Save $2.00 on any (3) NEOSPORIN®, BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive bandages or JOHNSON and JOHNSON RED CROSS® Brand products (excludes all trial and travel sizes, First Aid Kits, 10 ct Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages, and On-the-Go First Aid Kits. Must buy (2) different brand products to qualify for this offer along with a third product)

Pay It Forward 

Also check out The free Donate A Photo (DAP) app which allows you to make a difference by raising money and awareness for causes that they care about through one simple act – taking a photo. For every photo shared through Donate A Photo, Johnson & Johnson will donate one dollar to one of its non-profit partners, which each consumer can choose from a rotating list. Earth Day. You can help support and protect a clean environment. Visit this website to find recycling solutions near you: http://search.earth911.com/?sponsor=jnj

For additional tips and facts on what and where to recycle: http://caretorecycle.com/ See J&J employees share their thoughts on sustainability in this powerful video: http:/?www.healthyessentials.com/our-caring?icid=home|marquee

Twitter Party

Join me for a HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® Twitter party all about shareable moments with friends and family – anywhere from online to in the store to your own medicine cabinet. You can use the #Moms4JNJConsumer hashtag to follow along, and see more details and RSVP at the Twtvite: http://twtvite.com/jnjearthday Party will take place on Thursday, April 17, at 1 p.m. ET (noon CT / 10 a.m. PT).

 

Summer Movie Fun for kids at Harkins Theater

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Harkins Theatres’  Summer Movie Fun is back this year and starts on Monday, June 9. Season tickets are on sale now. Season tickets are $6 for all 10 movies. That’s only $.60 per movie! Individual tickets can be purchased on the day of show for $2 each. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. and all shows begin at 9:45 a.m. The program runs through Friday, August 15.

This summer’s exciting roster of movies includes:

Escape from Planet Earth Epic
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 The Smurfs 2
Despicable Me 2 Turbo
The Croods Horton Hears a Who
Lego Movie Free Birds

The fun continues at the concession stand with Harkins’ Kids Combos. Each child-size combo includes popcorn, fruit snacks and a drink, all in a convenient carrying tray for only $4.50. Summer Movie Fun season ticket holders will also receive a voucher for a FREE Kids Combo to be used in the month of September.

Visit www.harkinstheatres.com/SMF for more information about the Summer Movie Fun program. Location addresses are available online or by checking local listings. Harkins Southlake 14 is located between Southlake Blvd. and Hwy 114, in the Southlake Town Square.

Peeps: An Easter tradition, but not just for eating #peepsonality

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We love Peeps in our house! Who doesn’t? The smooth marshmellow-y goodness! As I say, the Solstads never discriminate on sugar. My kids have begged for them from the first time they have tried them…and I know better then walking thru the grocery store if they are out as they are always eye level for my kids and they beg. I’m weak when it comes to Peeps because I grew up eating them on Easter myself.

Now Peeps has tons of other options. They have fun shapes and flavors, chocolate coated and many more tasty treats. I love to eat them, but why not decorate with them as well! My friend Megan, who is one of the most talented bakers that I have ever met, used Peeps to create the following Easter displays.

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This year PEEPS® Easter offerings include:

· PEEPS® Marshmallow Chicks (in colors: yellow, purple, pink, orange, green and blue)
· PEEPS® Marshmallow Bunnies (in colors yellow, purple, pink, orange, green and blue)
· PEEPS® Party Cake Flavored Marshmallow Chicks
· PEEPS Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Chicks
· PEEPS® Chocolate Dipped Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Chicks
· PEEPS® Chocolate Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Bunnies
· PEEPS® Large Marshmallow Bunnies
· PEEPS® Chick in a Hollow Milk Chocolate Egg
· PEEPS® Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Chicks (Individual Size)
· PEEPS® Rainbow Pop
· PEEPS® Sugar-Free Marshmallow Chicks
· PEEPS® Peepsters® (bite sized chocolate candies filled with sweet marshmallow crème)

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Join me for a fun #EasterSavings Twitter party- $250 in prizes!

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Join me tonight at 8PM CST for a fun Twitter party! Giveaways include (2) $50 Amazon gift cards courtesy of Savings.com, (1) $100 Target e-gift card courtesy of Savings.com.

Winners will be chosen from the RSVP list using Random.org. Winners must be actively tweeting with the hash tags at the time they are randomly selected. Winners will be notified with an @ mention, and must respond via DM within 5 minutes of being notified. If another winner must be chosen after the party is over, winner will be randomly selected from active participants during the party. There is a limit of one prize per household during the party. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery of your prize. RSVP here: http://www.savings.com/blog/post/EasterSavings-Twitter-party-250-in-prizes.html

Hosts:  @mommysavesmoney @prettyfruga@savingsmania (ME) @mycrazysavings

Save 10% off Personalized Labels

I am excited to order my girls some personalized labels! I love that Label Daddy has washer/dryer same labels…and Disney’s Frozen designs!!

Label Daddy – The number one solution for labeling your belongings! Label all the clothing, sports equipment and other personal belongings your kids bring to school, camp, sports leagues, day care, and other places. Label Daddy labels help keep your belongings from getting lost or mixed up with others. These labels are super durable peel-and-stick washable labels — they’re washer/dryer safe, microwave safe, dishwasher safe and UV resistant! Label Daddy labels are also fun and attractive. You can design your own labels! And pick from many colors, sizes and logos, including Disney and Marvel characters, MLB, NBA, and NHL team logos, other sport and fun logos, and more. Their exclusive laminated coating gives labels an extra layer of protection and is a must for camp! These labels are made in the USA and shipped directly to you worldwide.

Right now you can save 10% on Label Daddy labels! Use code USFAMILY10 at checkout.

Evita is showing at Dallas Summer Musicals April 15-27 #EvitaDSM

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If you are an Evita fan, then you will want to buy tickets and head to Music Hall at Fair Park this month!

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Eva Perón used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. Adored by her people as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world — while her greed, outsized ambition and fragile health made her one of the most tragic. EVITA tells Eva’s passionate and unforgettable true story, and features some of theater’s most beautiful songs, including “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” and “High Flying, Adored.” Don’t miss the stunning new production of EVITA, directed by MICHAEL GRANDAGE and choreographed by ROB ASHFORD, that Channel 4 New York calls “THE HOTTEST TICKET IN TOWN!”

I love a night out with my girl friends and this seems like a great one to get away too! And if you didn’t already know this… you can eat there before the show too. Here is the info:

Dining at the Music Hall serves a sumptuous buffet before each performance. Reservations are recommended, but not required; call 214-413-3940 or click here for online reservations.

The price for Dining in the Music Hall is not included in your event ticket price. Dining at the Music Hall opens 2 hours before show time, 11:30am for matinee performances and 5:30pm for evening performances at the Music Hall. The restaurant closes at show time. The buffet ranges from $21.95 – $23.95 (prices subject to change) depending on day and time. The Broadway Cafe is a lighter fare before each performance and during intermission. Sandwiches, salads, desserts, and snacks are sold from price points of $3 to $10.

Currently Dallas Summer Musicals allows beverages inside the theatre, food may not be taken into the theatre.