Littlest Pet Shop Party Playdate

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Littlest Pet Shop. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

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My girls and I LOVE inviting friends over to play. We really love excuses to create fun snacks and play with toys! This is why we were so excited to throw a Littlest Pet Shop party! We were sent a few Style Sets to play with along with their newest movie: The Littlest Pet Shop: Sweetest Pets.

I wanted a snack that would be perfect for our party, so I made “Puppy Chow” for the girls! This is a simple snack that only requires four ingredients: chocolate chips, peanut butter, Rice chex cereal, and powdered sugar. Melt the chocolate and peanut butter together, pour in cereal, mix well. Shake in bag of powered sugar! So simple!

I worked on putting togeter the style sets while the girls were enjoying their puppy chow. It took a bit longer then I expected to put together, as there are lots of little pieces to be popped out. (This is good info for you to know if you are planning to give one of these adorable gifts for Christmas!) The girls gladly played with the pets alone while I worked quickly. Once I had the shops put together they were set! They played and played! I loved watching them play and imagine, technology FREE!

The DVD was a great closure to our afternoon of fun! This movie came with a coloring sheet and the story was easy for the kids to follow. Blythe Baxter moves into an apartment above the Littlest Pet Shop. She quickly learns that she can talk to the pets… and they can talk back! This movie is full of their wild adventures!

Head over to read more about The Littlest Pet Shops on their website.

I even talked the girls into making a quick little video playing! Enjoy!

Jeans that fit my Curvy Body!

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I have a hard time finding jeans. I have several things working against me… I’m short (only 5’3″) and I have a big rump! It’s inherited from my grandma. I always say “some inherit money and some get homes…but when the money runs out and the house burns down, I’ll still have my inheritance.”

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But really…this is a big problem for me. Most of my jeans gap so bad in the back that I have to wear super long shirts to cover it. I have looked for new jeans that helped with this issue. I even tried on a pair of J-Lo jeans at Kohl’s…because doesn’t she have the same issue I do? Bigger bottom, smaller waist? Nope, they didn’t work either…and if they did I would have paid a pretty penny for them.

Little did I know that Lee Jeans had the perfect fit for my crazy odd body shape. You have to try on the new Lee Curvy Fit and Lee Easy Fit collections for women if you have the big booty issue like I do! I think the picture speaks for itself! Pretty amazing right? These jeans are SOO soft and comfortable too! I am so excited to have been able to check them out! You can purchase them at Kohl’s, JCPenney and Sears, and the Lee Platinum Collection can be found at Macy’s.

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For the man in your life, they now have Lee Modern Series! If you are pair shaped like me…you HAVE to try these jeans! I feel confident in them and don’t have to worry about how long my shirt is or if I am “gapping” when I sit down!

 

Sleep Tips for Day Light Savings

This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Daylight Savings is next week (December 2nd) and I admitt that I am NOT at all happy about losing an hour of daylight in the morning! As a mom, we know how important sleep is to us…but more importantly to our children. My girls will go into full melt down mode in less then 30 seconds if they don’t have enough sleep! (I’ll admit it, I’m cranky when I don’t get enough sleep too…) Here are a few tips to help your kids adjust and get the rest that they need.

1.) Start NOW with moving their bed time a little. 15 minutes a day over the course of the week can make a big difference. It will take a few weeks for them to adjust to the darker mornings and brighter nights.

2.) Give them a soothing bed time routine. Sing songs, warm bath, calm massage with lotion.

3.) Make sure they are warm and snug…consider a snuggie or warm blanket.

4.) Pampers Baby Dry diapers will help keep them feeling dry and comfortable. Pampers diapers have three absorbent layers that provide up to 12 hours of overnight dryness protection.

5.) Reassure them that you love them and can’t wait to play with them in the morning.

You can party along with Pampers on Twitter and learn more about how to prepare your little ones for the time change next weekend! Join them on Wednesday October 29th at 9pm EST. They have great prizes and you won’t want to miss! Go RSVP here! To participate in the party, follow your hosts @DoubleDutyDivas, @BridgetteLA, @CeceliaMecca @AngieKcom @WhatMommiesNeed @RamblingChick, and @Pampers.

Twitter Party Prizes Include:

  • Prize 1Twinkles Nightlight in Blue, 148 ct of Pampers diapers and a pack of wipes.
  • Prize 2 – Pottery Barn plush security blanket, $50 Barnes & Noble gift card, a pack of Pampers diapers and wipes.
  • Prize 3 – A gift card to The $125 Children’s Place for pajamas, a pack of Pampers diapers/wipes
  • Prize 4 – A Kindle Fire so parents can purchase baby bedtime books, an $100 Amazon gift card to purchase the e-books, a pack of Pampers diapers and wipes.

And last…who wants to enter a Giveaway??

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Giveaway:

Win two coupons for FREE Pampers Diapers and Wipes! Entry is super easy! Leave your tip (in the comments) for how to get your little ones adjusted quickly. For extra entries, follow me on Facebook and Twitter. (Leave comment letting me know you are following!) And another entry for following Pampers on Twitter and Facebook. Giveaway ends on Nov. 7th at 5PM CST.

 

Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition

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Guess what just came out of the vault? Disney’s Ultimate Princess Fairy Tale, Sleeping Beauty! Now on Digital HD, Princess Aurora falls into an enchanted sleep. Of course, Good Fairies help Prince Phillip defeat a fire-breathing dragon and rescue her. This movie runs 75 minutes long and has subtitles in French, Spanish, English. This Combo pack comes with special bonus features, including:

Once Upon A Parade
Art of Evil: Generations Of Disney Villains
@DisneyAnimation: ARTISTS IN MOTION (Extended Edition)
and some Never Before Seen Deleted Scenes!

How ever will he awaken the Princess? Perhaps a True Love’s kiss? We enjoyed a Sleeping Beauty party at our house in honor of this re-release! Check out the fun we had with Princess Cake pops, dress up and more!

You can get this movie for your little ones on Amazon for just $23.52 right now! (Think Christmas!) Grab it before it’s goes back into the vault.

Giveaway:

Want to win a copy for your little one? Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter and drop me a link in the comments showing your share of this post! Winner will be chosen on 10/30 at 5PM CST.

Busy Mom: Jif on the Go Dippers for easy snacking

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Jif to Go Dippers. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

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I am so busy! Some days I just don’t have time to sit and have a square meal between drop off/pick up, sports practices, errands and more. The days that are the hardest are the ones that I spend at the girls school volunteering on PTA. Packing (healthy) snacks is the only way I make it thru on those days.

Sometimes, I feel horrible for my 6 yr old. We drag her from soccer games to basketball games, squeezing in errands in the middle. I need snacks that aren’t going to get her fingers all sticky, yet ones that aren’t pumped full of sugar. This is when I give her Jif To Go Dippers. She loves the pretzel chips and having her own peanut butter to dip them in. It’s very convenient!

Currently, I am on a trip out of the country and having snacks to enjoy while on the beach has made relaxing much easier. I love easy snacks that are also hearty! I feel like Jif peanut butter sticks with me a lot longer then other convenience snacks that I might grab. I also love that I don’t have to keep it cold! Since I love peanut butter, I tossed in a few to enjoy on the beach! My friend Megan wanted a snack but we didn’t want to pack up and go to a restaurant, so I tossed her one to enjoy.

If you are looking for an easy snack that is perfect for your busy schedule, then grab some Jif To Go Dippers! They fit perfectly in cup holders and are easy to find in sports bags too. You can get two different flavors: Creamy Peanut Butter, or Chocolate Silk Peanut Butter Spread.

Get social and follow Jif on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Million Dollar Arm Review (+ Giveaway)

unnamed If you like movies that are seemingly implausible and turn out to be fascinating real-life stories, then you should definitely watch “Million Dollar Arm”.  I am not much of a sports fan and I loved the movie.  My husband who is a sports fanatic loved the movie as well.  He came in with a skeptical mindset, and left a believer.

Spoiler Alert: The movie gives all the riveting details and storyline of two “non-athletes” from India who become major league baseball pitchers.  The incredible accomplishment comes after a year long journey through maybe the first ever reality show and the revival of an agent’s career.  The story of the pitchers is incredible, but the story of J.B. Bernstein, the agent’s, journey is remarkable.  His story is one of career revival through an idea born out of desperation, and his love story is the midst of these roller coaster events.

One of the things I enjoyed most about this movie was the acting.  It was so realistic and believable.  It felt like this was actually their journey and the way the actors displayed the variety of emotion was flawless.  A great additional feature of the film is how you can see so much of India during the events of the baseball tryout/reality show.  This country girl has never been to India, and may never get to go.  “Million Dollar Arm” gave me that bucket list tour and took me on a journey of a heartwarming story. 

Your heart will be pushed to a variety of places as failure seems imminent for the agent and the lovable pitching prospects.  The mix of humor in some of the most emotional moments is refreshing.  I found it was safe enough to play in front of my daughters, which seems to be a rare find these days outside of the world of animation.  It was a movie that my husband and I both enjoyed, which can be an even rarer feet.  I highly recommend “Million Dollar Arm” to all sorts of families and individuals.  Two thumbs way up!

Right now you can order it on Amazon for as low as $17.99!

Giveaway:

Want to win your own copy? Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter and drop me a link in the comments showing your share of this post! Winner will be chosen on 10/30 at 5PM CST.

Getting Organized with a Meal Planner

I was provided a Meal Planner for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own and are honest!
il_570xN.639040240_6hst We added one more to our family a few months ago (Foreign Exchange student) and it has lead me to really try harder to get organized. I bought a calendar and have been able to keep who is going where straight, but it didn’t help with my grocery shopping or meal planning!

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I have a fun blogger friend in Dallas who happens to have a fun Etsy shop and sells Meal Planners and she sent me one to review.  I did a short video review so that you can see how awesome her planner really is! It has really helped me to sit down and plan ahead. I love the grocery list that is easily detachable!

ENDED: Baby’s First Halloween Fun at Babies“R”Us on Oct. 18th

P&G gave me a giveaway pack for this post. All opinions are my own and are honest.

I love Halloween! My kids get to dress up and I get to spoil all of the neighbor kids with treats! It’s so much fun! I also love that I get to play dress up with my girls! Does your family have Halloween Traditions?
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If you are looking for something fun to help get you excited about Halloween, then check out this FREE instore event at Babies“R”Us! Sponsored by both Babies“R”Us and Pampers, enjoy some Baby’s First Halloween fun on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 10 a.m.  All Babies“R”Us stores nationwide will be hosting a FREE in-store Halloween event for moms to celebrate Halloween with their babies! The events will include:
  •          Craft time where you and your baby can design a personal trick-or-treat bag
  •          A parade around the store where you and your baby can show of your Halloween costume
  •          Halloween story time where you can sit with other moms and babies and listen to a story from Highlights magazine
While you are instore, check out their awesome selection of Halloween costumes and don’t forget to stock up on Pampers Diapers! You don’t want any leaks while you are out enjoying your Halloween fun.
Score a deal with Pampers, with these great offers:
Get a FREE $10 Gift Card when you buy any two Pampers super packs of diapers. (valid 10/12-10/18)
Plus buy any Pampers value box of wipes for only $19.99. (REG $23.99) (valid 10/3-10/23)

Giveaway:

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I know you will want to enter this fun giveaway! To enter, simply follow me on Facebook or Twitter, then share this post on either FB or Twitter and then drop your share link in the comments for me! Giveaway ends on 10/20 at 5PM CST.
Giveaway includes:
  •        Pampers wipes
  •        $75 gift card to Babies “R” Us
  •        1 Year subscription to Highlights magazine
  •        1 Highlights book
  •        A Halloween trick-or-treat tote bag

Also, from 10/15-10/31: Share your baby’s Halloween photo with #BRUHalloween or enter at http://j.babiesrus.com/BRUHalloween for a chance to win a $1,000 Babies”R”Us Gift Card!

Dinging at Salata: Light at Night

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If you are looking for a yummy, fresh made salad, then you will want to try out Salata. Salata has several locations in the DFW area and I got to try out their newest one, in Frisco.

You can choose from 7 different types of lettuce to get your salad started. Once you tell them what you want, the possibilities are endless. I choose the romaine and then added everything that I love. I got the herb dressing and they also tossed in grilled chicken. My salad was SOO good!

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They also have kids meals as well. My daughter went with me and got a wrap. It was custom for what she wanted in it! 

Salata also has an awesome variety of teas to choose from! Next time you are out and about, stop by Salata for a quick FRESH healthy meal.

Sign up for Salata’s mobile club by simply texting “Salata” to 777111. You will get a B1G1 FREE Salad or Wrap coupon offer, just for signing up. Additionally, if you sign up before Oct. 20, you’ll be eligible to take part in Salata’s current ‘Eat Light at Night’ offers – exclusive deals that are sent straight to your phone for you to redeem after 4 p.m. at Salata. Sign up and go try it out!

ENDED: Cooking (and cleaning) with Cascade Platinum

This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Cascade. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

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I love having a girls night out…and it’s even more fun having a girls night in! A few friends of mine recently came to my house and we did a mommy sleep over! We enjoyed sitting around and chatting and catching up. One brought some yummy wine over and we also ate tons…oh did we ever! Appetizers, main dishes, and even desserts!

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It was a lot of fun…until it was time to clean up. We stayed up late and didn’t want to bother with dishes. We blogged, chatted, laughed…and then slept…a little! The next day when we got up and loaded the dishwasher with the previous nights dirty dishes, we enjoyed chatting some more.

We didn’t have to do all of the scrubbing and dirty work, as Cascade Platinum did it for us! Seriously, no hand washing was needed! The caked on brownie pan was no match for Cascade Platinum, neither was the dish we baked the French Toast in!

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Each of my friends went home with Cascade Platinum to use on their dirty dishes at home!

Cascade Platinum’s superior technology achieves a clean so powerful it eliminates the need to pre-wash or pre-rinse dishes and even helps keep your dishwasher sparkling. Its advanced triple-action formula has powerful enzymes that break down even 24-hour stuck-on food for Cascade’s best clean and shine. Cascade Platinum is available at mass merchandise outlets, grocery retailers, home improvement stores and e-retail sites throughout the U.S. For a limited time, try Cascade Platinum risk-free. Connect with Cascade on Facebook and Twitter!

Giveaway:

Want to win a fun giveaway pack? Enter by sharing this post on your social media channels and leaving your link in the comments below. Make sure to add #cascadeshiningreviews in your social media shares as well! Super easy! Giveaway ends on 10/15 at 5PM CST.

  • 1 pack of Cascade Platinum
  • 1 Bottle of Cascade Rinse Aid
  • Whisk
  • Spatula
  • Wine Topper
  • Sugar Sifter

Have an opinion to share? Head to the Cascade website to leave a short review of Cascade Platinum including #CascadeShiningReviews. One reviewer will win a Kitchen Aid Dishwasher!