Christmas Gift Idea: Eddie Bauer Jackets and Hoodies

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Winter is coming, or so we hope here in Texas! It’s October and we are still having temps in the 90’s! Usually that means we will have a cold winter, and it will probably be cold for a few months! Chloe is prepared as she has this Eddie Bauer Girls’ MicroTherm® Hoodie. It’s very sleek and thin, light weight, yet very warm. Her jacket is their lightest down-insulated hooded jacket and can be worn on its own or under a shell for maximum warmth. (Her’s looks just like the bottom left picture…so cute!)

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If you are looking for a nice gift that is practical for the kids on your list, then head over and order one of these!

Currently, Eddie Bauer is offering 30% off and FREE shipping on orders of $99 or more. Use coupon code: WISH to get that deal.

Christmas Gift Idea: Crayola Dry Erase Activity Center $9.49

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Christmas is around the corner and I am starting to see some deals that you might want to consider snatching up for the little ones on your list! You can order this Crayola Dry Erase Activity Center for just $9.49, down from $17.99!  That’s 47% off!

  • Great for at home or on the go!
  • Interchangeable templates that slide under a clear dry erase surface.
  • More than 25 games and learning activities.

(Thanks Happy Deal Happy Day!)

Five reasons that Halloween is not as bad as you think…

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When I think about Halloween, I think about CANDY! Reeses specifically…and Whoppers. I love both of those. I don’t always think about the good things that Halloween offers…but today in this post, I am!

Here are five things that I think Halloween offers us that is great for our family!

1.) A chance to play dress up with our kids and act silly.

2.) A chance to get out and meet our neighbors.

3.) A chance to be technology free for a few hours.

4.) A chance to exercise. You don’t think of it as exercise while you are walking around the neighborhood, but it definitely is! I wore more Fitbit last year and was amazed by the amount of steps that I got in!

5.) And last, it’s a chance to make memories as a family and set Halloween traditions. Last year I did a post about our Halloween traditions… it involves the Tooth Fairy…so go read about it!

Dinner in 15 minutes or less!

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I wish I had more hours in my day. I would love to cook for my family, big yummy nutritious meals. I am not, however, that great of a time manager or chef. On nights when I need a quick meal, I admit, we have tacos or salads.

Seven Spoons has helped change things up for our family with their internationally inspired skillet meals for two! They are available in the frozen section at Whole Foods, Target, and Fairway. I found them at my local Target!

We chose to try the Moroccan Chickpea Tagine one! It was so easy to make! I simply popped the rice bag into the microwave for 3 minutes and cooked the rest in a skillet. No need to chop up veggies or prepare sauces!

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Seven Spoons’ dinners are great for kids and adults, packed with vitamins and minerals, gluten-free, under 475 calories, 100% natural, and ready in under 15 minutes. With four offerings based on dishes from India, Thailand, Morocco, and Peru. You can connect with Seven Spoons’ on Facebook to keep up with their latest creations!

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Pay it Forward with Sandals Foundation #BeachesMoms

Sandals Foundation: Donate Now!

 

If you are reading this post then you have WAY more then some in this world. I am a true believer that it is better to give then it is to receive. During the holidays my family is very intentional to give back but we don’t think about ways we can give back through out the year.

While at a recent conference, I got to learn a lot about Sandals Foundation. This is a really cool foundation because 100% off the funds go to under resourced families. The Sandals Foundation funds projects in the Caribbean in three core areas: community, education and the environment. All administrative and management costs associated with the Sandals Foundation are supported by Sandals Resorts International, therefore 100 percent of all funds raised by the Foundation go directly to programs benefitting the Caribbean community.

While at Beaches I did not journey around the island to see what living conditions were like, but just driving from the airport to the resort, I saw very sad looking living situations. I got two participate in donating school supplies and back packs. I also got to meet two girls who have benefitted from this awesome foundation.

Give back! Click on the link above (in the picture) to make a donation! Anything helps!

Susan G Komen 3 Day is coming to Dallas Nov. 6-8th

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I am excited about participating in the Susan G Komen this year! My grandma is a breast cancer survivor and I am so thankful. I know that it seems so out of touch for many as most feel invincible…but it’s not. It’s far more common then I care to admit. In fact, my roommate from college…who is the same age as me, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer this year.

She is currently fighting thru and taking chemo. (You can follow her story here.)

I am walking 20 miles in honor of her and I am sure it will be the most emotional 20 miles I’ve ever walked. I will be walking with other survivors and hearing their stories!

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You can cheer me (and the true hero’s – the survivors and those currently fighting) on! Here are the cheering stations:

Friday, November 7

7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. Opening Ceremony
Collin Creek Mall
811 N. Central Expressway
Plano, Texas 75075

8:50 a.m. – 10:25 a.m., Mile Marker 5.8
Creekside Baptist Church
1105 N. Waterview Drive
Richardson, TX 75080

9:00 a.m. – 10:40 a.m., Mile Marker 6.7
Seventh Day Adventist Church
1201 W. Belt Line Road
Richardson, TX 75080

11:40 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Mile Marker 14.4
Unity Church of Dallas
6525 Forest Lane
Dallas, TX 75230

Saturday, November 8

8:30 a.m – 10:40 a.m., Mile Marker 6.3
Carrollton Elementary School
1805 Pearl Street
Carrollton, TX 75006

9:35 a.m. – 12:20 p.m., Mile Marker 9.8
Bea Salazar Transition Center
2416 Keller Springs Road
Carrollton, TX 75006

Sunday, November 9

11:10 a.m. – 2:10 p.m., Mile Marker 12
Historic West End
Ross Ave. between N. Lamar St. & N. Houston St.
Multiple public parking lots in the area

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closing Ceremony
Fair Park
S. Fitzhugh Ave. & 1st Ave.
Dallas, TX  75210

Come cheer me on! :)

 

Cici’s Pizza: Yummy changes headed our way!

Today I got to enjoy some time at Cici’s Pizza learning about new changes that are on the way! Their new pizza will be in stores starting Nov. 2nd! Here is a short video I did, capturing the upcoming changes!

@cicispizza has some new updates! #BetterBelieveIt

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They will be adding MORE pepporonis per pizza, zestier sauce, less crust around the edges, and garlic butter on the crust! I got to try some today and it was fantastic. I also got to make a pizza for my family to enjoy! It was so easy and so much fun!

Cici’s Pizza is my husbands favorite place to take the kids when I am out of town! They go and everyone leaves happy and very full!

Make sure to sign up on their Cici’s Pizza Perks for great offers!

Chevy is now equipped with 4G LTE

Traveling in cars is much different today then it was when I was a kid. I didn’t have iPads or other electronics. And I certainly didn’t have to ability to connect to wifi while driving down the road. My kids are so spoiled….and they know it!

Chevy invited me to the Texas State Fair and I got to play in a few of their new rides! It was such a fun evening! They had us do a photo scavenger hunt type game and I really enjoyed it! I was able to get some fun photos of my evening and best of all I WON tickets to Nascar from participating!

Chevy now has vehicles equipped with 4G LTE capabilities! What does this mean? It means that your WHOLE family can be connected while on the road! The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu was the first 4G LTE-equipped GM vehicle, followed by more than 30 other Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles by the end of the year. Click here for more info on 4G LTE in Chevy’s. Too awesome!

This will be life changing for some! I am always needing to be connected and this is just what I need for long car trips! My kids are going to love this as well!

Pay it Forward with Spirit Halloween Shops

*I was sent a giftcard to pick up a few Halloween themed items in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own and are honest!

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We love dressing up and having fun on Halloween in our house! We make a big deal about it being a time to have fun and visit with friends and family. My girls have had their costumes picked out for a few months, but Steve and I didn’t…until yesterday when I shopped at Spirit Halloween! Here is what we picked out! Easy and fun!

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Until this year, I didn’t know there were ways for my kids to give back during this holiday. We do donate candy to various places, but this is something bigger! Maybe you didn’t know either. Have you heard about Spirit Halloween’s philanthropic Spirit of Children program? The Spirit of Children program brings fun and funding to hospitals across the country for children who otherwise would not be able to celebrate Halloween. To date, Spirit of Children has raised more than $359,093 for Children’s Medical Center, which has funded a variety of resources for the hospital including music and art therapy programs, aid in purchasing games and toys for patients, and assistance in funding additional services such as hospital playgrounds, so kids can leave their room and spend time with their peers. Hospitals in the Dallas area that will benefit from the funds raised include Children’s Medical Center.

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When visiting a Spirit Halloween location, you can donate as little as $1. This year Spirit of Children’s goal is to raise $5.2 million nationally, bringing its total contribution to $21 million.

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If you want to take home a fun bracelet, then donate $2! You can also donate online here!

See Big Hero 6 for FREE! (Hurry, limited amount of FREE tickets!)

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If you are excited about Big Hero 6 and want to see it for FREE, then hurry over here and click on this link. Use code: 560596 to claim yours. Limit two tickets per email address.

These FREE tickets are good for Tuesday, November 4th at 7:00PM at the AMC Northpark theater.