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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Disney On Ice - Follow Your Heart

Disclosure:  My family and I were provided with tickets to Disney On Ice in exchange for our post.  No other compensation was provided.  All opinions are my own.  




It is Disney on Ice time!!  YES!  Teagan has seen the billboards near the highway and immediately asked if we were going to that "princess show".  I have not told her we are going yet...don't you love special surprises for your kiddos?  


Disney On Ice Presents Follow Your Heart


I am big on creating memories with experiences and attending Disney On Ice during the holiday season is now a tradition for our family.  Teagan loves dressing up for this occasion and we head to the event with Disney excitement in our hearts!

Lucky for us, Denver Friends, tickets are on sale and there is plenty of time to get your tickets!  
  

Now, I love all of the Disney on Ice shows we have been to but I have to be honest, I think I am most excited for this show because of the Inside Out characters joining the crew!  So fun!  I cannot wait for the kids to see Joy, Anger, Disgust, Sadness and Fear come out on the ice.  


About the The Show: 


Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart is bringing Disney•Pixar’s record-breaking animated feature Finding Dory to the ice for the first time in this live production produced by Feld Entertainment. The ice skating extravaganza featuring Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out, Disney’s Frozen and other beloved Disney stories visits Denver's Pepsi Center December 7-10, 2017.

Just keep swimming with Dory, Nemo, Marlin and new pal Hank from Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory as they embark on a life-changing excursion to find her parents and discover the true meaning of family. Cheer with the Emotions from Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out –Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust– as they help Riley find the confidence to win the hockey championship and experience the emotional rollercoaster of growing up. Venture to wintery world of Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. See Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana and the Disney Princesses make their dreams come true through their virtues of bravery, kindness and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and The Toy Story gang. Make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie and all your Disney friends when Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart skates into your hometown! 


Denver Performance Schedule:

Thurs., Dec. 7: 7:00 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 8: 11:00 a.m., 7:00 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 9: 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 10: 1:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. 

To save $5.00 on your ticket, enter the Promo Code HEART at checkout



Which characters would your kids be most excited to see at Disney On Ice?

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Celebrating Teagan With Portrait Innovations

Thank you to Portrait Innovations for inviting us to come in for Teagan's birthday & Holiday Pictures.


Over the years we have tried to get professional pictures for our family but also around the kids' birthdays.  I love looking back at the pictures and seeing how much they have grown.  This year, our picture schedule was a bit mixed up.  We decided to have our family pictures taken on the beach while on vacation and happened to be away during Teagan's 5th birthday, which means we are a bit behind schedule.  

When I had the opportunity to head over to our local Portrait Innovations in Loveland Colorado I was so excited to not only have a day with just Teagan but to experience this studio for a milestone session as well as a little holiday fun.  

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I am going to apologize ahead of time for the massive amount of pictures I am going to be sharing in this post!  AH!  They are all so perfect!  We have had one experience with Portrait Innovations so I knew I would be getting some great photos.  Our other experience was when we were in Arizona with family, we decided to get family pictures so there was a group of 11 and even with the crazy kids we ended up with some fantastic photos.  

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From the moment we walked into the studio I could tell that this store was a well run business.  We got checked in and got to business.  There were two areas of the store that were set up for photographing, one was perfectly decorated for the holidays and the other was more traditional.  Since we wanted both some holiday photos and birthday photos we were able to experience this set up perfectly.  

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Our photographer was amazing.  She talked directly to Teagan and was great with her.  Normally Teagan is pretty easy to work with but because she missed a nap and had a busy weekend she was a bit crazy but you would never know this when you look at the pictures.  Another thing I loved about our photographer was that she took the time to fix Teagan's hair, dress and headband when needed.  THANK YOU!!  

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Our first background was the holiday fireplace with candles and stockings.  Her super sparkly dress went perfectly with this holiday theme.  We have never done a holiday theme for our pictures but because Teagan's birthday pictures were done a little later in the year than normal, we decided that it would be fun to add a little holiday flair!  

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I was able to choose other background options but most of the time I second guess myself on what looks good, so I followed Elsa and LET IT GO.  Our photographer used her creative talent to find the perfect backgrounds and as you can see, she did wonderfully.  

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Now this picture...oh my heart.  Her face, it is magical.  I love the creativity that Portrait Innovations gives their photographers.  Precious!!  Nothing says Christmas like cookies and milk for Santa!  

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And now it is time to talk about our little lady turning 5!!  FIVE!  How is that possible?  As you can see from these pictures, she is turning out to be a lovely little lady.  She loves all things sparkly and girly.  She would wear a sparkly dress every day if we let her.  She certainly has her sassy side but mostly, Teagan is a caring, fun and creative girl.  

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Every year we go to the doctor for her check-up we have loved sharing her stats with you.  These kinds of posts always take me back to the original days of my blog, it was my journal and I still love looking back on these milestone posts.  So, once again I am here to share how Teagan has grown!!  

Teagan's 5 Year Old Stats:
Height:  43 inches - 73% 
Weight:  40 pounds - 51%

She checked out perfectly at the doctor this year.  Healthy, growing and happy!  Love hearing that.  She is pretty tall for her age, which we can notice now when she puts on her winter clothes from last year!  I should add, she was VERY upset about getting her shots this year, oh man that sass comes out strong sometimes.  


Things I Don't Want to Forget:
  • Teagan's favorite color is rainbow. 
  • She loves to pick out her own clothes every morning. 
  • Teagan loves going to dance, swimming and T-ball. 
  • She is learning how to read very quickly. 
  • She loves avocados, cucumbers and tomatoes. 
  • She wears size 5T or XS girls.
  • Teagan enjoys riding her scooter and bike. 
  • She loves getting her nails done with me. 
  • Very strong willed. 
  • Picky eater! 
  • Has a special love for Unicorns!
  • Teagan can talk anyone's ear off.

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There is still plenty of time for you to get your family into your local Portrait Innovations this holiday season.  Use this locator to find your local store and make sure you check out the great special offers you can receive during your visit.  Professional photography can be very pricey but Portrait Innovations gives budget friendly options of all kinds.  In addition to your traditional pictures you can create some beautiful holiday photo cards during your visit.  Such an easy way to send out some great Christmas greetings.   


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GIVEAWAY!

Portrait Innovations is offering one of my lucky readers the chance at catching memories and milestones by photography. Today you can enter to win one one complimentary photo package from Portrait Innovations. This package will include a six (6) pose collection with 2 sheets of each pose, a Two (2) 10x13 special effects Decorator Portraits and One (1) high resolution CD of your portrait image!  

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Tell me about your holiday and milestone picture traditions you practice in your family.  Have you had experience with Portrait Innovations?

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Photowall Makes Family Pictures Perfect + #Giveaway

Disclosure:  I was provided with a free item of my choice from Photowall in exchange for my review.  No other compensation was provided for this post.  All opinions are my own.


When we went to Mexico this fall for our family vacation I knew I wanted to get family pictures done on the beach.  Being a native Coloradoan who has always lived in a landlocked state having our yearly pictures done on the beach is pretty special.  Luckily for us, the resort we were staying at offered portrait sessions so we made our beach picture dream come true.  You can see all of the amazing pictures on a post I wrote a few weeks ago.  Honestly, they were so hard to choose our favorites!!  


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After we got home from our vacation I started looking at the pictures and wondered how to make some keepsake photos for the house.  My plan was to use these pictures for our holiday cards but I also wanted to frame some of them in our home.  

Just my luck, when I finally had time to sort through my email after taking a much needed vacation I found an email from Photowall.  They offered me a product from their website.  Once I started looking on the site, which was super easy to navigate by the way, I stumbled on the photo canvas options and instantly knew what I would be purchasing.  

Who Is Photowall?


We are a Swedish company with a passion for design and quality. Our wall murals and canvas prints are environmentally friendly, fire-retardant in accordance with Swedish standards and do not fade in sunlight. All our motifs are selected with care.

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After deciding which image I would be uploading to the canvas print I had to decide the size of the print which meant updating our current wall situation in our living room!  HA!  I went BIG and got a 35x24 canvas print.  I was so excited to see it!!  Sometimes canvas prints can be really expensive and hard to budget for but Photowall is proving to be a budget friendly company that wants to provide you with a great photo memory without you having to break the bank!  


Tips For Ordering A Canvas Print From Photowall:

  • Use the dimension adjuster to find the perfect size for your print.  
  • Unless you want just a canvas sheet, you will need to add the DIY wood frame.  
  • If you need assistance, use the ordering assistant on the order form. 
  • Make sure you are uploading a high resolution print. 


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When I first saw that this company was from Sweden, I worried how long the shipping would take but our canvas was in our home in less than 7 days!!  And, as you probably know, it can be risky to buy from a company you have not had experience with but I have to tell you, this canvas is beautiful. The instructions that came with our DIY wood frame made it super easy to stretch our canvas sheet over the frame.  The frame is sturdy and is over one inch thick, this makes our print look even nicer and high quality.  

We decided to place our new family picture on our foyer wall above our stairs.  It is a grand picture that has really changed the way our living room and entry way looks.  I love it!!  Such a special memory to see every day.  

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GIVEAWAY TIME!!  


Guess what?  Christmas is coming early for my readers!  I know you all have a favorite family picture or picture of your kiddos that you would really love to get on a mural or photo canvas print.  Now is your time friends!  Photowall is graciously giving one of my lucky readers the opportunity to create a product from their website for FREE!!!  Simply enter the Rafflecopter Form below to enter.  I am excited to hear what you will create with your credit!!  

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Leap Into The Holidays With LeapStart™ From LeapFrog + #Giveaway

Disclosure: As a LeapFrog Mom Ambassador, I receive products, promotional items and educational material to use and share as I see fit. However, any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience.


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I am sure that your kids have been making their Christmas wish lists for weeks, at least ours have.  The moment we get those giant catalogs in the mail, the lists begin!  My kids are totally tech kids, they love their tablets and electronics.  For the most part, I agree with them but do not want my kids enjoying too much screen time with out any educational pieces.  This is where LeapFrog comes into play. 

Over the years we have bought so many LeapFrog products for both Jude and Teagan.  LeapFrog gets us...the kids want some screen time and electronics and mom and dad want some educational fun.  Perfect combination!  LeapFrog designs and develops innovative, technology-based educational products and related proprietary content and learning toys and learning games. 

This year, we were introduced to the LeapStart from Leapfrog.  This is really perfect for Teagan, she is jumping into the world of reading and is loving it.  Jude, who is 7, is at a 4th grade reading level so she wants to be big like him and read chapter books.  I love seeing them enjoying reading and learning!  

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What is the LeapFrog LeapStart Learning System?


LeapStart(TM) is an Interactive Learning System that gets kids excited about counting, learning to read, problem solving and more through fun, replayable activities. The magic behind LeapStart is a stylus that reads invisible dots on every page, triggering questions, challenges, songs, jokes and more. The grow-with-me stylus is comfortable for kids of all ages and promotes proper writing grip. The LeapStart library features touch-and-talk games, creative challenges, problem-solving puzzles, math mazes and more for 2-7 year olds with more than 30 activities in every book. Most replayable activities have two levels with more than 50 key skills per level so kids can play and learn at the right level and move up when they're ready. 


What is the LeapFrog LeapStart Learn to Read Set - Volume 1


Learn to Read Volume 1 uses the LeapStart learning system to build reading confidence through six engaging books with leveled learning. As children progress through the series, they'll read engaging stories with colorful pictures and interactive pages. This Book set encourages children to touch pages, pictures, individual letters and words to help build early reading skills, including short and long vowels. The beginning of each story has a words in this story section to familiarize early readers with words they'll find in the story, much like the pre-reading activities they'll find in the classroom. On most pages, they'll find Say It, Sound It and Spell It icons. Touch an icon and a word on the page to hear each word, listen to the word sounded out or have the word spelled out to hear the letter names.

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The entire LeapStart learning system is easy to use and travels easily. It has an easy-grip stylus and requires just two AA batteries to start learning. Both Jude and Teagan have no issues learning and choosing their favorite activity books with no help from us.  

Teagan especially loves to read out loud, which is so adorable, so the books that help her read are perfect.  Even if she runs through all six books, she isn't board.  With so many activities in easy book this is an item that really does keep her entertained for a long time.  Because this is such an interactive educational toy, I do not consider this "screen time".  Of course, that is up to you as a parent.  

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I would consider this a great gift idea for kids aged 2-7.  Even for my son who knows how to read, enjoys sitting down with this learning set to play.  Not only is this an interactive toy with ton of activity options but it is a budget friendly toy as well.  You are welcome!  ha!  

Tips:
  • Don't forget the batteries! 
  • Connect learning set to your computer for books to play
  • Keep learning set and activities books in a reusable tote for easy use
  • The LeapStart is a great road trip item


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GIVEAWAY TIME!!!  

Time to mark one gift off your shopping list. One of my lucky readers will have the chance to win their own LeapFrog LeapStart™ and the Learn to Read Vol. I activity book.  Estimated Retail Value = $65.00.  To enter this giveaway, please fill out the rafflecopter form below.  Giveaway open to all US entries.  Leapfrog will be responsible for shipment of prize to the winner.  

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Is this an educational toy that you will be adding to your shopping list this holiday season?  Who on your list would love Leaping into some learning with Leapfrog?

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