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!

 

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.

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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!
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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!

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!

Organized Lunches made easy

I was sent the following items for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own and are honest.

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My hubby is happy to take leftovers to work each day! I am very thankful for this, however we are constantly going rounds about him taking his meals in ziplock bags. I feel like it’s super wasteful and he can’t possibly put a ziplock in the microwave to reheat things.

This is where the new sleek FUEL line from Trudeau helps save the day! Steve can now take his lunch in awesome convertible, microwavable, and reusable containers. Here are a few of our favorites:

The FUEL Sandwich Wrap  ($8.99) is made from a tear resistant, easy to clean material and even turns into a placemat when it’s time to chow down.

FUEL Salad on The Go ($14.99) This one has an integrated ice pack and dressing container keep salad mix fresh, crisp and tasty.

The FUEL Snack’N Dip ($4.99) comes with a 5 oz. snack container with a 2 oz. dipping container.

There are other options as well! We have been using these for a few weeks now and they are perfect for Steve. We love that they are dishwasher safe and the silverware is included in the container!

Erin Condren Life Planner Calendar Review

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If you have been thinking about getting a Life Planner calendar, then you might be interested in ordering one from Erin Condren! I have been using my iPhone for several years now and was not sure I wanted to go to a paper form calendar until I looked at one week and how crazy it is with my kids school and sports schedules.

Here is my video review. (I like to see what I getting before I order….especially when it’s something I plan to use daily for over a year!)

I love my Life Planner and plan to keep using it daily and hoping it keeps me organized and on top of things. The only thing I wish I could change about it is the size. It doesn’t fit into my small purse. Guess I could get a bigger one!

Sign up for emails from Erin Condren and you just might get a coupon code to save money on your first order!

Doc McStuffins: School of Medicine now on DVD

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We have been huge Doc McStuffins fans for a while now! We had a full circle moment while watching the new Doc McStuffins: School of Medicine this week. In this series of shows, Doc tackles several things that are worrisome for kids. She plays an optometrist, helping her stuffed owl toy, Professor Hoostburgh, to see clearly again. She also plays as a dentist, and last as a radiologist, taking an inside look at Daisy’s arm after a Roller Disco fall.

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Maci, my 6 yr old has a broken leg. When we went to get her leg x-rayed, she freaked out. She didn’t know what they were going to do and the fact that they wouldn’t let me sit with her, scared her even more. If she would have seen this Doc McStuffins DVD before going, she wouldn’t have been so scared!

This one ends with Doc spraining her own ankle. How will it end? Who will take care of Doc? You will have to watch to find out.

You can order Doc Mcstuffins: School of Medicine for just $12.96 right now on Amazon! This DVD runs 120 minutes.

Enjoy a quick Tropical feast at Pollo Tropical

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Pollo Tropical just opened two new restaurant locations in Frisco. We have watched one of them from the ground up. (It’s located by Costco!) We have wondered what this new restaurant would offer and couldn’t wait to try it ourselves.

We were invited to stop by and enjoy a meal on their opening day…and so we did! It was super busy and their staff was working hard and efficiently to serve everyone is a quick and orderly manner. The ambiance in the restaurant is awesome. Bright colors, well lit and there are two stations that are self serve…the drinks and the sauces. There are ten different sauces to choose from…and we tried them all! (More on that in a bit!)

As we were in line, we could see the chicken on the grill. I love the big open window that allowed us to watch the food prep process! Pollo Tropical features tangy flavors of the Caribbean, Savory island spices, mixed herbs and citrus blends. Menu options include TropiChops, sandwhiches, salads, wraps, kids meals and family meals.

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I tried the TropiChop with brown rice, lettuce, and chicken breasts. I topped it with a very creamy Cilantro Garlic sauce. Steve had a Calypso Beef Wrap that included grilled onions and peppers and he paired it with Spicy Poyo-Poyo. I also enjoyed the Mango Iced Tea. We are very excited to go back and let the kids try the kids meals!

I love that the options were healthier and made fresh to order.

If you want to try it, you can go sign up for Pollo Rewards loyalty program and you will get a coupon for either a buy one get one free quarter chicken with two sides or $3 off a family meal.