We did it! We ran at the Plano Balloon Fest 5K

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We had such a fun weekend! Even though my littlest is in a walking boot and couldn’t run with us, we loaded her up in a jogging stroller and enjoyed a beautiful morning at the Plano Balloon Fest. We got there just in time, and got to watch a few balloons inflate before taking off on our run.

I was sad that they didn’t launch at 7, but I knew the weather has to be perfect for them to launch. Midway thru our 5K, we looked up and saw a sky full of hot air balloons. It was very magical. I loved seeing them all floating so peacefully in the sky.

The race was well organized and there were several water stations. I really liked that the this 5K was not a ton of twists and turns and no off road trails. It was very clean and on pavement the whole time. We plan to do this one again next year! Mark it on your calendar and don’t miss it!

Oh and the tshirts were that awesome soft running breathable material, and this race offered D rings and we got FREE breakfast afterwards! It was really a great run! As an added bonus, we stayed for the festival. So much to see and do!

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Friday morning I was invited to go for a ride in a Hot Air Balloon and I learned tons about them! I had no idea that they can’t be steered…they only go up or down. I also didn’t know that you have to have what they call a “chase team” to find you and pick up everything. It was so educational. I snapped a few photos for you to see the inflation process and even shot this short instagram video as well.balloonfest

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So they blow it up with a high powered fan…cold air. Then at the last little bit they start to blow hot air into it to make it stand up! It’s really a cool process to watch!

I also found out that there are only around 250 pilots in the DFW area and 5000 nation wide.

Pumpkins Pumpkins Everywhere at Dallas Arboretum

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This is my favorite time of year! I love all things fall, and pumpkins are the top of that list! I love pumpkin flavors, colors, and even how cute they are! I have for quite some time now! If you are like me and love fall, then you will not want to miss out on enjoying the Dallas Arboretum right now! They currently have their pumpkins out and there are over 65000 of them! Yes, seriously! The pumpkin village is the perfect place to enjoy a stroll with your family! There are so many things to look at! It’s so peaceful and the perfect setting for some quick photos!

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The Pumpkin Village opened this past weekend and we got to go check it out! I love how they have decorated it and each section tells a story! You will know exactly what I mean when you see it!

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Stop by from 9 a.m.-5 p.m to enjoy the Pumpkin Village which features four pumpkin houses created from 50,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash by the talented Horticulture team.

Deals and Coupons:

  • Discount tickets available at area Tom Thumb locations through Nov. 26.
  • Buy One Get One Free Wednesdays, Sept. 24-Nov. 26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets can only be purchased on site.
  • C.C. Young Senior Thursdays, Sept. 25-Nov. 20. General admission tickets for $11 for those 65 and older along with a 20% discount at the Hoffman Family Gift Store to those 65 and older. Tickets can only be purchased on site.
  • Discounted parking available online for $5.

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Personalizing and Organizing with New Wireless Epson Label Printer

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Our kids are involved in several different sports and therefor have a lot of extra equipment that can easily be misplaced or confused with another kids stuff.

With the help of Epson, I now label their equipment and uniforms with labels so they make it back home with us!

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Epson’s iron-on labels are compatible with two Epson Labelworks products:

  • Iron-on Kit- includes the LW-300, a portable battery-powered handheld label printer, and two iron-on tape cartridges in a convenient carrying case
  • LW-600P- app-enabled label printer allowing wireless printing for iOS and Android devices

I love that I can open the app on my iPhone and type out what I need and it will print to the small printer via bluetooth. So simple! I was able to set it up and print within a few minutes.

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I even used it to make teacher gifts for our favorite teachers!

Enjoying Fall Weather and Treating Sick Kids

Fall is (almost) here and that means sick kids in my home! I am excited to try something new this year. Thanks to Dr. CocoaTM for sponsoring this post and helping give me a tool to help keep my kids healthy this fall. All opinions are my own and are honest.

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I love living in Texas…most of the time!  The fall is beautiful but the weather is so back and forth. It stays pretty warm until November, with a few cooler days to tease us in the middle. We love those cooler days and take advantage of them by playing outside. This is when my kids start to get sick! They get colds or allergies from the back and forth weather. And as a mom, I really have to play with a few different medicines to figure out the perfect combination.

I plan to try out Dr. CocoaTM this year. It is a NEW cough and cold medicine for children 4-13 (6-13 for the Nighttime Cough and Cold Relief formula). It’s made in the USA and is the first line ever made with real cocoa, giving it a real chocolate taste. The patented formula contains trusted, effective cough and cold-fighting ingredients. Chose from:  Long-Acting Cough Relief, Daytime Cough and Cold Relief and Nighttime Cough and Cold Relief.  My oldest hate Cherry, Bubblegum or Grape flavor. She’s 9, but not old enough for adult doses…so this will be a good change for her. I love the 8 hr time frame on this. I do not like giving my kids meds every 4 hours. I forget! Also when they are in school, it’s hard to get them a dose mid day!

What do you do to prevent colds when the weather shifts from cold to hot so quickly?

Connect:

Read more about Dr. Cocoa here. and you can visit Scholastic.com/HappyHealthy during September to download a free Sick Day Survival Guide, filled with everything you need to keep your kids comfortable from morning till night (including bonus activity sheets!)

Save:

Print this $2 off Dr. Cocoa coupon and save on your next purchase.

 

Are you ready for some Football? (+ Giveaway)

I have partnered with P&G, Family Dollar, and Pepsi to bring you this post. All opinions are my own and are honest.

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Are you ready for some football? We are in our house! My hubby is a Cowboys fan, so we decided to throw a game day party to get in the spirit. They are currently one and one, and need us to cheer them on to more victories!

Game day food is fun to make, and doesn’t have to take a lot of time. I grabbed the crockpot to make yummy Pepsi pulled pork sandwiches. (That recipe is coming on the blog soon!)

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I ran to Family Dollar and grabbed all of the essentials… chips, dips, paper products and more. We were set! Snacks to enjoy during the game and pulled pork sandwiches at half time! Shop your local Family Dollar for quick party supplies and eats.

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P&G has teamed up with Pepsi and Family Dollar to offer some fun decor that we used to create a fun party, you can download it for free here! Print your favorite teams logo’d penets for easy decor!

Once your house is decorated, and your friends are over for the big game…RELAX. Enjoy the game and yummy snacks.

Giveaway:

Don’t miss out on your chance to win a Game Day party pack, complete with your favorite P&G products, as well as a giftcard to Family Dollar where you can pick up game day eats and treats! To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment on this blog post telling me about your Game Day decor, eats, prep, recipes or anything else you think would help others have a rocking party! Giveaway ends on 9/25 at 5 PM CST. Prize pack is shown below.

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Happy 30th Birthday Snuggle (+Birthday Party fun!)

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Snuggle is turning 30 and they have a fun party in store! You are invited! Follow @Snuggle_Bear tomorrow at 12 noon on Twitter! The hashtag for the party is #HappyBirthdaySnuggle

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My family uses Snuggle! I love the smell…we’ve been using it forever…and it’s a smell that makes me feel like a kid again…It reminds me of my great grandmothers house. Her towels were always Snuggle fresh! I always add an extra sheet when I wash towels or sheets! Love it!

Save at Just Between Friends Mckinney Sale – Sept. 17-21st

10670179_862242597119242_4674439533630227842_nJust Between Friends Sale is going live in McKinney THIS week! You do NOT want to miss out on this sale! I have sold and scored awesome deals in this resale. This year the sale will be at the Frisco Discovery Center, located at 8004 Dallas Parkway.

You get to PREshop when you volunteer!

Wednesday, September 17th
9:00pm  16hr Helper

Thursday, September 18th
10:00am  Special Sorting Shift for Sorting Helpers
11:00am  12hr Helper
12:00pm  Setup/Breakdown Shift
1:00pm  8hr Helper
2:00pm  4hr Helper
4:00pm   Consignor Presale + 1 Friend
5:00pm   Prime Time Shopping ($10 Cash Admission, available to the public)
6:30pm   Teacher Presale + 1 Friend
7:30pm    First Time Parent/Grandparent/Foster Parent Presale +1 Friend

Sale date and times are as follows:

9:00am – 8:00pm
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ($3 admission, or bring Free Admission Pass)

Saturday, Sept. 20th

8:00am – 5:00pm
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (FREE admission)
5:30pm
Team Member Half Price Presale
6:00pm
Consignor Half Price Presale
6:30pm – 10:00pm
HALF PRICE SALE, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ($3 admission)

Sunday, Sept. 21st

8:00am – 12:00pm
HALF PRICE SALE, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (FREE admission)

7:00pm – 8:30pm
Consignor pick up of unsold items
(Items not picked up by 8:31pm will be graciously donated to charity)

Follow JBF McKinney on Facebook for more info. You can also follow them on Instagram as well!

Harkins Theatres Celebrates 81 Years of Ultimate Moviegoing

We love Harkins Theatres in our home for many reasons! Currently they are Celebrating 81 Years of Ultimate Moviegoing and are giving FREE drink upgrades and concession giveaways throughout September to thank moviegoers!

They are very current and they KNOW what moviegoers want! This is why they have kid care IN HOUSE for parents who want to watch movies while the little ones play! Seriously, one of the smartest things to do! We have been to Harkins many times and everything is top notch!

Get FREE Drink Upgrades!
Now and thru Thursday, September 25, Harkins Theatres is offering FREE drink upgrades on any size, regularly priced fountain drink to the next largest size, including one FREE refill for large and extra-large drinks.

Get FREE Small Drinks with Coca-Cola!
For the entire month of September, shoppers purchasing specially marked 20-packs of Coca-Cola products at select WalMart, Kroger and Tom Thumb stores will receive a voucher for a FREE small drink with purchase of a Harkins Theatres movie ticket.

We plan to go in the next few weeks (before this awesome promo ends!) and enjoy the drink upgrades! We also have a loyalty cup that gives you $1.50 refills thru the end of the year! We have one and love using it to save on our drinks while watching movies! (Great investment!)

Go here to find a location near you. Mine is Southlake and I can tell you, it’s super nice and is located near several great restaurants and shopping. Make a day of it. Shop, dine, and relax at Harkins Theatre!

Follow Harkins Theatres on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

New Printable Coupons

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There are lots of printable coupons that you can grab this morning! Make sure to print the ones you want because they do not last long! You can print each coupon twice by hitting the back browser button after the first set starts to print!

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$0.75 off any one (1) JOHNSON’S Baby product
$5.00 off Transformers: 4-Movie Blu-ray Gift set
$5.00 off Transformers: Age of Extinction Blu-ray
$1.00 off any two Campbells Dinner Sauces
$1.00 off one 12 oz bag of Mariani crunch
$0.50 off any ONE (1) NEW McCormick Skillet Sauce
$1.00 off (1) Frigo Cheese Heads PREMIUM cheese
$4.00 off ZYRTEC or Childrens ZYRTEC Dissolve Tabs
$2.00 off Any One (1) Aleve PM Product
$2.00 off TWO ARM & HAMMER™ Laundry Detergents
$1.00 off STA-BIL STORAGE 8 oz. or 10 oz. bottle
$0.75 off one (1) Green Works product
$1.00 off Colgate Total or Optic White Mouthwash
$3.00 off any CLEAR CARE Solution 12oz or Larger
$1.00 off ONE COVERGIRL Shadow or Liner Product
$1.00 off ONE Crest Sensi-Relief 3.5oz or larger
$1.50 off COVERGIRL Lash Blast Mascara Product
$1.50 off TWO COVERGIRL XL Nail products
$1.00 off Crest ProHealth Rinse 500ml or larger
$2.00 off 2 Crest ProHealth Rinses 500ml or larger
$2.00 off Crest and Oral-B 3D White Whitening Duo
$1.00 off any Colgate Toothpaste
$2.00 off any Fresh Step Litter, 25lb. or larger
$5.00 off Laugh & Learn Smart Stages™ Chair
$5.00 off TRIPLE ATTACK SPIDER-MAN toy
$3.00 off Laugh & Learn Smart Stages™ Laptop
$3.00 off Laugh & Learn Smart Stages™ Vacuum
$3.00 off Laugh & Learn Smart Stages™ Mower
$5.00 off Laugh & Learn Puppy’s Smart Stages Train
$5.00 off Laugh & Learn Stages™ Crawl Around™ Car
$5.00 off one (1) PLAY-DOH Launch Game
$1.00 off any (1) one PLAY-DOH Compound
$5.00 off (1) Playskool Sesame Street Elmo
Buy One (1) LITTLEST PET SHOP Toy, get 1 Free
$5.00 off one (1) NERF BOW or RAPID RED blaster
$3.00 off any Littlest Pet Shop Scene Style Set
$5.00 off any one MARVEL SUPER HERO ADVENTURES toy

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SAVE $0.75 on any ONE (1) Newman’s Own® Salad Dressing
SAVE $1.00 on any ONE (1) Newman’s Own® Frozen Pizza
SAVE $1.00 on any ONE (1) L’Oréal® Paris Advanced Haircare Shampoo, Conditioner or Treatment Product (excludes 1.7 oz. trial size)
SAVE $1.00 on ANY L’Oréal® Paris Root Rescue™ Hair Color
SAVE $3.00 on ANY Osteo Bi-Flex®
SAVE $1.00 on any TWO (2) single PURE PROTEIN® bars
SAVE $2.00 on ANY Ester-C® Product
SAVE $0.75 on ANY SuperPretzel® Bavarian Soft Pretzel product
SAVE $1.00 on ANY Sundown Naturals® Vitamin or Supplement
SAVE $1.00 on ANY Seventh Generation™ Hand Wash
SAVE $1.00 on ANY Seventh Generation™ Dish Liquid
SAVE $1.00 any ONE (1) Sparkle® 6 Roll or larger package

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!