#CrusinTheCoast with a 2014 @NissanUSA Pathfinder

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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!

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.

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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!

Giveaway:

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.

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.

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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Enjoy More Family Time with #HoneyBakedEaster

*I was provided a giftcard to purchase an Easter meal to prepare and serve my family for the purposes of this review. All opinions are mine and are honest.

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Growing up in a very family focused house, we always had a big Easter gathering which included tons of yummy food. As a kid, I never once thought about how it all got done. I just showed up to enjoy it and then off to hunt my Easter eggs. As a mom of three now, this perspective has greatly changed. Short of inviting our family over to my grandma’s house on Easter, I haven’t had an awesome plan of action…until this year. With three girls to get up and ready for church Easter morning, I barely have time for ME! Well, until I heard a friend say “fake it like you baked it!” And I am doing just that this year!

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I stopped by our local HoneyBaked store (on Preston Rd in Plano, TX) and picked up a few items to help make Easter stress free for me and my family! I took advantage of the $24.99 Easter Brunch Bundle – Blueberry Coffee Cake and Honey-Spice Bacon. We will start our morning off with that, before heading to church! This is a big treat for my kiddos who LOVE  coffee cake! My hubby loves bacon and let me just tell you after cooking (and eating it!) this is some savory bacon! After our yummy eats, we will get ready and head to church…with no stress over lunch in our hearts!

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Once we get home from church…our meal will be ready before everyone is even out of our fancy clothes! We Chose the yummy Tender Turkey Breast that is coated with a sweet, crunch glaze…the same one that they use on HoneyBaked’s signature Ham. We picked out a few Heat & Share Sides, including: Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Caramel Apple Slices, and Spinach Artichoke Dip to complete this yummy feast! Each of these items are easy to fix. (30 minutes or less in the oven!)

I come from a line of awesome cooks and I have three girls, I want them to be awesome cooks too…but I think the biggest secret to preparing a yummy meal is LOVE. With all of the love in my heart, I want to provide a fantastic Easter meal for my family…and not stress about it. After all, there is the Easter bunny, pretty dresses, new shoes and curls to put in hair to worry about. Food that is consumed in 30 minutes time shouldn’t be one of the thing you worry about. I want more time to MAKE MEMORIES with them decorating eggs, or playing outside… not me in the kitchen and them else where. HoneyBaked has helped make my Easter exactly what I want it to be…all about family.

In-Store Specials

  • $54.99 Easter Ham & Turkey Combo – Pair a Turkey Breast (approx. 3 lbs.) with your choice of a Boneless Ham (approx. 3.5 lbs.) or Quarter Ham (approx. 4.5 lbs.)
  • $22.99 Turkey Breast (with any Half or Whole Ham purchase)
  • $24.99 Easter Brunch Bundle – Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Cake and Honey-Spice Bacon
  • Heat & Share Sides: Two for $13.99, three for $19.99

Coupons:

Become a VIP at HoneyBakedFoods.com for exclusive savings all year long.

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Giveaway:

Enter this Rafflecopter giveaway, as 20 people will win a $50 Honeybaked Giftcard! (You can’t win if you don’t enter!) Giveaway ends on April 13th at midnight. Good luck!

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Follow Honeybaked on Facebook and Pinterest for more info.

Plan your Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt with @OrientalTrading

*Oriental Trading sent us some fun Glow in the Dark Easter treats for the purpose of this review. All opinions are mine and are honest.

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If your kids are older then 4 or 5, you might consider creating an Egg hunt that they will never forget! My girls are past the racing to beat 500 kids to 100 eggs kind of hunts. This is why we planned a fun Glow in the Dark Egg hunt this year!

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This is what you need to pull this off! First of all go to OrientalTrading.com and order:

Glow In The Dark Eggs (72 ct)

Glow Bracelets (50 ct)

Jumbo Bright Eggs 

Glow in the Dark Swirl Egg Balls

and various other small trinkets for the eggs.

On the day of the hunt, load the Glow in the Dark eggs with candy. Load the Jumbo Bright or Pastel Eggs with glow bracelets that you have activated! We went down to out local park with 30 of our friends and let the dads hide the eggs while we enjoyed some sweet treats.

To make things fair, we let the little ones (those 1st grade and younger) get a head start on finding the eggs. About a minute later we turned the older kids lose. It was awesome watching them search for the glow in the dark eggs. This was a fun change up from the regular egg hunts that we have done and it took longer. We had a few prize eggs with paper in them revealing bigger glow prizes (some glasses and flashy rings I had picked up!)

I’ve heard you can open glow bracelets and pour them into bubbles for glow bubbles…I haven’t tried this yet. Let me know if you have!

Check out Orientaltrading.com for all of your party fun! You will get FREE shipping on all orders of $50 or more!

Review: Father of the year? Check out Delivery Man now on Blu-ray and DVD

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If you are looking for a good heart-warming comedy, then you will want to check out Delivery Man. It came out on DVD March 25th and you can pick it up on Amazon for just $22.96 for the Blu-ray.

In this movie, David Wozniak (played by Vince Vaughn) donated to a fertility clinic to make money for a specific goal (which you will find out about later in the movie!) Fast forward twenty years and he finds out that he is father to hundreds kids thanks to this clinic… in fact 500 kids. 142 of these kiddos are suing to learn the identity of the donor.

David is putting off loan sharks and trying to turn this mess around. He works hard to learn more about his “kids” and help them…even if just for a day. As the story unfolds, your heart gets tugged more and more. This movie is great for both men and women. I loved the funny scenes that played up the reality of trying to find balance in parenthood.

Bonus Features include a blooper reel and a deleted scene. We love watching the bloopers! Full of laughs. See a deleted scene above.

I was sent this movie to review, all opinions are my own.

ENDED: Review: The Happy’s Chase & Play Ball… Puppy fun for everyone #TheHappys (+ Giveaway)

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We were sent a new fun pet to play with! My kids have been begging to get another dog, and we travel a ton…so it isn’t really up for discussion right now. We were so excited that we received Chance to play with. He seems to keep their begging to a minimum and they love him!

You will be able to purchase these next month and your kids will love them.
Check out this commercial to learn more about The Happy’s! Pretty exciting, huh?

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Chance is part of the The Happy’s. He is adorable and does tricks and is interactive. From doing tricks for Happy Treats to racing after their Chase & Play ball, The Happy’s really play with you! Just like real puppies and kittens, they love to spin, sit, pounce and play. You can even train The Happy’s to do more tricks with the interactive Happy Treats. The Happy’s will be in stores this spring and will make a perfect addition to Easter baskets everywhere! They were very easy to play with. Simply install batteries (not included) and turn it on. So easy! They work on both tile and carpet.

Check out The Happy’s instructional dance video, which can be found at http://youtu.be/EFTJbsaGmZk!

Giveaway

Want to win your own pet to play with? Leave a comment on this blog post telling me who in your household would love to play with The Happy’s. Giveaway ends on 4/15 at 5PM CST.

*We were sent The Happy’s Chance puppy and ball for the purpose of this review from MomSelect and Cepia. All opinions are my own and are honest.

Review: Disney’s Pirate Fairy to be released on April 1st

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Get ready!!! Disney’s The Pirate Fairy is going to hit the shelves on April 1st. In this movie, Zarina (voice of Christina Hendricks), a smart and ambitious dust-keeper fairy is captivated by Blue Pixie Dust and its endless possibilities. Her wild ideas get her into trouble, and she flees Pixie Hollow to join with pirates of Skull Rock. They make her captain of their ship. Tinker Bell (voice of Mae Whitman) and her friends must find Zarina, and together they go sword-to-sword with the band of pirates led by a cabin boy named James (voice of Tom Hiddleston), who’ll soon be known as Captain Hook himself. My girls loved this one. As a mom, I loved that this was a fun, action filled movie that did not have a love story. My girls loved being on the edge of their seats. I used the movie as an opportunity to teach them about helping others, even when they aren’t always helpful to you.

This one comes with two bonus features: Second Star to the Right: The Legacy of Neverland, and The Croc-u-mentarys was really cute and I learned all kinds of things about crocodiles that I did not know.

Preorder your copy on Amazon of The Pirate Fairy (Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy) for just $24.99. This would make a great addition to your Easter baskets!

*I received a copy of this movie for the purpose of this review.