Bucket List Item COMPLETE: I got to runDisney #DisneySMMoms

Photo Credit: Josh Hallett @hyku

Photo Credit: Josh Hallett @hyku

Oh my goodness… dreams DO come true! This past weekend I got to strap on some new New Balance running shoes, attend a short running clinic that was packed full of great info, and I got to runDisney! What does this mean? I RAN THRU Disneyland! This was an amazing experience! If you think walking thru is emotional, try running thru. Especially when the park was empty and you could really see everything. I got to run thru Downtown Disneyland, thru the Castle, and then thru California Adventure. It was awesome! I would love to do this run, daily!! (I am in the middle of the pict right at the back of Lightening McQueen!) I have done a lot of runs and this one was truly the most MAGICAL of them all. Just something about running all thru the Happiest Place on Earth that makes it seem all too perfect! Our run ended in Carsland and we got to play with our families there for a few hours BEFORE it was open to the public! Such a special treat! (More to come about Carsland soon!)

runDisney has a select number of events each year. Here is a list of their upcoming runs:

  • Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend January 7-11, 2015
  • Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend May 7-10, 2015
  • Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals February 19-22, 2015
  • Expedition Everest Challenge May 3, 2014
  • Disneyland® Half Marathon Weekend August 28-31, 2014
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ 10-Miler Weekend October 3-4, 2014
  • Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend November 7-8, 2014
  • Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend November 14-16, 2014

You can read more here about these runs and how to get signed up. They sell out super quickly!

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For this run, I was given a pair of awesomely comfy New Balance running shoes. (As pictured above here!) I got the purples ones and my friend Jennifer got the ones on the right. LOVE these shoes! Here are what the special edition runDisney shoes look like! I LOVE the pink ones!

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This was a bucket list item for me. I am so blessed to have been given this opportunity, the comfy shoes and most of all the memories! A HUGE thanks to Disney Social Media Moms Conference for helping make this dream come true for me!

Disney Jr Give a Book, Get a Book #DisneySMMoms

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Disney Jr not old provides adorable fun loving characters that your kids fall in love with on TV, but they also are taking BIG steps to help educate kids world wide!

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While at Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, we were treated to some royal fun! Disney Junior stars Tim Gunn, Ariel Winter and David Arquette and a childhood favorite of mine, LeVar Burton of the award-winning Reading Rainbow app, participate in storybook readings during an announcement of Disney Junior’s “Give A Book, Get A Book,”. The goal is to donate one million books to U.S. communities in need as well as present families with free digital books from Disney Publishing Worldwide. This announcement was made by Nancy Kanter, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide and First Book Board Member, Dr. Martha Bernadett.

Go check out GiveaBookGetaBook.com, which is stacked with fun storytelling and offer interactive activities. Starting on April 21, Disney Store locations you will find two ways to Give a Book, Get a Book. For a limited time, with the purchase of any specially-marked Disney Junior book or product, receipts or packaging will include a redemption code allowing kids and families to direct the donation of a book to First Book in the region of their choice and to access a free Disney Digital Book to share as a family. And, Give a Book, Get a Book bookmarks with redemption codes will be distributed to visitors at participating public libraries and Radio Disney events throughout the summer.  Disney is looking to donate upto a MILLION books!

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*HOT* B1G1 FREE Seaworld Fun Card (season pass) Deal #wildside14

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Right now you can score a HOT deal on Seaworld San Antonio Fun Cards. This means that a family of four can go for just $120 for the rest of the 2014! That is HOT! Adult tickets are $65, and kids are $55. When you get a FREE one, that makes them a really HOT price! Click here to buy yours now!

If you are planning to go to Seaworld this summer…BUY THIS DEAL NOW as it’s the best deal I’ve seen!!

For other Seaworld deals…like FREE preschool passes, Teachers get in FREE or FREE Admission for military, look here!

#ColorFunFest 5K is coming to McKinney on April 19th. Register NOW w/discount code

You will not want to miss this fun 5K coming to Dallas on April 19th. The Color Fun Fest is a great opportunity for your family to make memories and experience a fun day together.

Best of all ALL kids ages 12 and under are FREE! (My kids are really excited about this!) You can choose between day or night time runs on April 19th in McKinney Texas! (Finally a run in my neck of the woods!!!)

MyCRAZYSavings.com readers can get a special discount and will pay just $25 for their tickets when you use coupon code DALFUN34.

If you have never done a color run then you are missing out! The color’d powder is washable and non toxic. My kids love seeing who can get covered the most in different colors. It’s truly a FUN run!

Join me…you won’t want to miss it!

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

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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.

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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!

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Giveaway:

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.

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.

Participating Retail Locations: Rolling Meadows, Orland Park, Villa Park, Morton Grove, Naperville, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, Mesquite, Hurst, Lewisville, Houston, Austin, Spring, Clear Lake, Sugar Land, Indianapolis, Ferndale, Grand Rapids, Roseville, Birmingham, Troy, West Bloomfield, Livonia, Flint, Dearborn Heights, Sterling Heights, Taylor, Ann Arbor, Canton Township, Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh, Mechanicsburg, Monroeville, San Antonio, Bellevue, and Lynnwood.

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.

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Printable Coupon Round Up

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There are lots of great coupons for you to print today! Get them while you can! Here are the links:

Dollar General: Buy 3 Knorr Sides, Get 1 FREE (+ Cookware giveaway)

*This post is sponsored by Lunchbox for Dollar General. All opinions are my own and are honest.

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If you are a busy mom like I am, then you need quick meals that your kids (and hubby will love!) Between carpool, gymnastics, jump rope team, small group, gym workouts, and grocery shopping, my extra time is often limited during the week.

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Right now you can get a 4-Meal Deal, thank to Dollar General and Unilever. Think about how your Monday through Thursday dinners will be less stressful! Just add a few ingredients to a pack of Knorr Sides and you’ll have a warm, budget-friendly meal on the table in no time!

Here is an example of an easy recipe that can help give you more time with your family and less time in the kitchen!

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GIVEAWAY:

Win one of these awesome cooking sets and a fun Knorr apron by leaving a comment on this blog post with which of the Knorr Sides is your favorite, and what you serve along side it. (Your recipe!) Pin or Share this via FB or Twitter for extra entries…leave your link in the comments! Giveaway ends on 4/7 at 5PM CST.

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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!