#CrusinTheCoast with a 2014 @NissanUSA Pathfinder


Crusing the Coast of California with my family this past month was a much needed escape. We loved being together as a family and riding in the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder was a big treat for us. With three kids, we loved that extra added space in the back (two rows!) and as a mom I really liked the vents in the back to keep the kids cool. The leather seats were also awesome. (Don’t tell anyone, but I used the heated seats to warm up…that coast is COLD in the evenings!)

The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder is great for families and gets great gas mileage! 25 MPG on the highway is awesome for a vehicle this size! It also has a great turn ratio and allows for smooth turns! Since it seats 7, you can pack the whole family…and the kitchen sink too. This is a great SUV over that affords you the luxury without the price tag.

To read more about the Nissan Pathfinder, head over to their website or connect with Nissan on Twitter. You can read more about the fun I had in the Nissan Pathfinder by following hashtag #CruisinTheCoast

*Thanks to Nissan for loaning me this awesome ride for a few days while I was in Cali. I loved it and all opinions are my own and are honest.

Star Wars Lego Miniland at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth

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You will want to check out LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth as expert model builders have created a LEGO® large-scale, interactive LEGO model display that opened today! This is a fun walk-through exhibit and offers an intergalactic immersion into the sights and sounds of Star Wars:

Episode I – The Phantom Menace. LEGOLAND Discovery Center guests will be transported from the beautiful rolling hills of Naboo, with its ancient domed city and cascading waterfalls, to the treacherous terrain of the desert planet of Tatooine. Interactive features will offer hands-on fun for even the youngest of Padawans, who can take part in a thrilling Podrace with the young Anakin Skywalker and help defeat the evil Droid Army in the ‘Droid Destruction’ game.

•Star Wars MINILAND scavenger hunt is going on through Sunday, April 20.

Annual pass holders will receive free entry to a special event with red carpet experience before the new display opens to the public on Thursday, April 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. -last admission two hours prior to closing.

Tickets: Admission is $18 for guests 3 years of age and older, and free for kids 2 and under. Purchase special discounted tickets here!

Artscape at the Dallas Arboretum (+ Giveaway)


The Dallas Arboretum will host Artscape, a fantastic juried fine art and fine craft show, at the Pecan Grove at the garden on April 26 and 27. There will be nature inspired paintings, jewelry, sculpture, metalwork and more, amidst the backdrop of the spring garden. You won’t want to miss it! The Dallas Arboretum is beautiful in the spring and just to walk through it is a treat. Wanna take your family. Artscape will feature 75 national and local artists and their nature-inspired artwork on display and for sale including paintings, sculpture, 2-D and 3-D mixed media pieces, photography and more. On both days, artists from the Creative Arts Center of Dallas will demonstrate a variety of art mediums, while acoustic music fills the garden with sounds of spring.


I am giving away a family four-pack for you to check out Artscape with your family! Enter by leaving me a comment telling me who you would take with you! Giveaway ends on 4/22 at 5PM.

The Dallas Arboretum is also the home of the internationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 3-12 and free for Arboretum members and children two and under. There is an additional cost of $3 per person for entrance into the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. On-site parking is $10.

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Wonder Forge Fun: Disney Princess Frozen Matching Game (+ Giveaway)

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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.


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!


Win this game for your family! Enter by leaving me a comment on this blog post telling me what is your favorite MEMORY of playing games as a child. Easy entry! Giveaway ends 4/24 at 5PM CST.

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.

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.


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


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.


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.


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.

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

Photo Credit: BlackFlour

Photo Credit: BlackFlour

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)


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


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

ENDED: Saving at Dollar General: Find your Suave Style (+ Giveaway)


I have been finding some great deals at Dollar General lately! Right now you can find great savings on the beauty brands you know and love. Dollar General is currently offering a mix and match deal. Buy items up to $6 of participating Suave products for a FREE Suave Body Wash (up to $2 value)! With three girls, plus myself, we go through a TON of body wash and hair products! The girls love Suave’s coconut scented products.


Also, right now you can play the Suave Mix ’N Matching game to reveal your in-store offer!

Head over to bit.ly/1oVWMJu to play the Suave Mix ’N Matching game. Play each of their three unique cards to discover in-store suggested offers and challenge your friends to beat your best times!

Here’s how to play:

1. Choose a Deck to start the game timer.
2. Flip over 2 cards at a time to match up all pairs before time runs out.
3. Match all the products on your game card to reveal in-store offers.

Once you’re done, go to Dollar General and mix ’n match your favorite participating Suave® items in-store!



Want to win a $50 General Dollar gift card to stock up on your favorite Suave products? Leave a comment on this blog post telling what your favorite scent is and I’ll choose a winner via random.org on April 8th at 5PM CST. (You can also share this blog post via FB, Twitter, or Pinterest for an additional entry…just leave me a link in the comments to your post!)

*I was compensated for this post by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own.