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Monday, April 27, 2015

Glitter, Dresses and Avengers - Girls Love Superheroes Too

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I never thought I would be a #girlmom and certainly didn't think I would be dealing with tutus and glitter but here we are.  Teagan has introduced us to a world of all things pink and girly but this little lady is also a fan of superheroes!  I have always thought that she is the perfect mix of glitter and dirt and this is showing in her toy and playing interests as well.  Recently, she has really been into playing with Jude when he is being a superhero and when we found all of The Avengers products at Walmart this weekend I totally let her pick out some fun stuff.  She was so excited! So was Jude because she stopped messing with his stuff!  Oh sibling love! 

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Walmart really knows how to prepare for a new movie release - not only did we find some fun toys for Teagan but we got some yummy snacks for the whole family too.  I decided that I would blow Teagan's mind with a little mommy and daughter trip to the store, home for some snacks, nail painting and new toy playing!  It was a perfect time to enjoy some quality time with this little lady, that is growing up way too fast.  

Although the kids are a little too young for the upcoming release of MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1st we are really loving all of the great items with all of the favorite superheroes on them.  I won't lie though, Jeremy and I are excited for the new movie!  Maybe a date night soon??  

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This girl was just a tiny bit excited about our fun nail party!  Teagan is really into having her nails painted and I love doing it for her.  She is so cute.  We decided to go with Red and Blue nail polish to match her Captain America tutu and new Avengers t-shirt.  

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While I painted her toes I found that the best way to keep her still was to feed her!  I filled up her new Avengers cup with some Cheez-It crackers that have The Avengers printed on them.  We played a little game while she let me paint her toes and fingers - I had her tell me who was on each of the crackers.  This little lady could tell me correctly for each superhero!!  So funny!  Just proof that little girls love superheroes too!  

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Having nail painting parties are so much fun with Teagan and I enjoy seeing her have fun.  I love that she can enjoy Superheroes and "boy toys" as well as playing dress up and getting pretty nails done.  We have never stressed much about the toys and characters our kids like which I think has made them very well rounded kiddos in the long run.  

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Red and Blue nails to match!!  So pretty!

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This picture pretty much sums up this little lady.  All dressed up and ready to unite together with The Avengers!

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For anyone planning a MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron party you must run to the store now.  You will find so many items that will make your party a hit but easy on you the planner.  I was so surprised at the amount of items I started seeing with Avengers on them.  I even bought MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron Sunscreen!!  YES!  I cannot wait for another nice weekend to surprise the kids with that sunscreen!  They will think it is the coolest! 

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While I cleaned up from our Avengers Nail Painting Party I found Teagan reading her new Captain America book.  Melts my heart.  I would have to say that her favorite Avenger is Captain America.  She can really rock that Red, White and Blue!  

Before you go to Walmart to pick up some of the Avengers merchandise, you have to download the Super Heroes Assemble app on your Smart phone. Talk about a fun way to shop!  While shopping at Walmart, you will find certain Avenger displays which your Super Hero fan can interact with and unlock certain characters!  Now my kids are actually going to want to go shopping! 

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What is your daughter's favorite Superhero?



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Friday, April 24, 2015

The Selection By Kiera Cass Book Review


2015 is more than a quarter over and guess what?  My reading goal for the year is already behind!! So when I got the opportunity to read The Selection by Kiera Cass I was excited to start my 2015 reading goal with a Cinderella meets The Bachelor Young Adult book, I could not wait.  This opportunity came at the perfect time because we were heading on vacation.  Holding a new paperback book in my hand as we boarded the plane I was ready to read and get lost in this fairy-tale.

When I got this book in the mail I was ready to read it immediately.  The cover is so inviting and intriguing, yes even for this 32 year old.  HA!  I love Young Adult Fiction, there is something so fun about these types of series.  The Selection series provides a light-hearted, romantic alternative to the more intense, dystopian YA novels/movies like Hunger Games.  I loved Hunger Games but this series would be a series I would love to introduce Teagan to in her once she is a young adult.  

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The Selection 

By Kiera Cass


I must say, The Selection was the perfect vacation/poolside book.  I admit it, I love the hopeless romantic stories that leave us hanging on for more love.  I know, weird because I am so not that person in real life but maybe that is why I love these books.  The innocence and fun of new love and finding that perfect ONE.  All of those reasons is exactly why The Selection a book that is super easy to read and maybe a little addictive.  I could hardly put this book down!

America, the main character, lives in a very broken and in the future United States.  The country is broken into casts and she is in one of the lower casts.  The highest cast is searching for a wife for their Prince Maxon and to do this, there is a Selection that takes place that every lady from every cast in the appropriate age group can "enter".  Think the Bachelor but for young girls ready to reach for that higher cast.  America is selected to be apart of The Selection and goes to the palace but with a heavy heart.  You see, she is in love with Aspen, a lower cast boy that she is ready to marry.  She goes to The Selection knowing she could never find true love with Prince Maxon.  

The story builds as she leaves her normal life and enters the life of a possible Princess.  The beautiful palace, the amazing food, the handsome Prince and the gorgeous jewelry and gowns.  Oh this life.  The story telling is perfect, it captures your inner Princess and keeps you guessing.  Will America fall for the Prince?  Will America ever love Aspen again?  Will America love the life of a Princess?

All of that suspense surrounded with the drama of 35 girls after 1 Prince is what kept me reading until early in the morning during vacation.  Thankfully it was on vacation!  HA!  The binge reading continued because once I finished the first book of The Selection Series, I downloaded the second book of the series, The Elite.  

Lucky for all of us binge readers once I finish The Elite, I can jump on book 3, The One and then on May 5th the new release of book 4, The Heir will perfectly timed to continue the series!  

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 I know that this series will be one that makes lists!  I am happy that with the help of this series my 2015 Reading Challenge has become a lot easier!  My goal of 5 books will be close in no time!  I am pleased to say that I would recommend The Selection for anyone that wants to escape from the real world and enter the world of a modern Cinderella.  Kiera Cass has done wonderful things with this idea and I am looking forward to my book dates every evening.  


Is The Selection a book that you or your daughter would reach for?   


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Cal Ripkin Jr, Rice Krispies Treats® & Baseball!

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Baseball season is here and we are a baseball loving family.  This season Rice Krispies Treats® are making their way into our Day At The Ballpark bag.  Going to a baseball game with young kids is way more of an event than I ever expected, so we always head to the ballpark with some essentials.  Thank you to Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats® for sponsoring this post and gearing us up for a great baseball season!


When I am getting ready to head to the ballpark with the family I am always thinking about how to make the trip more enjoyed and not stressful.  The kids love the ambiance of the baseball park but mostly they want the snacks!  So, in order to keep our experiences from breaking the bank and allowing Jeremy to actually watch the game we make sure we pack up some traditional snacks like peanuts, gum and sunflower seeds but most importantly some Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats®!  


Living in Colorado, our home team is the Colorado Rockies.  We have had so many great memories of visiting Coors Field in Denver.  Jude especially loves getting his picture taken with Dinger - Teagan...not so much!  HA!  Enjoying these moments and memories is a lot of fun for Jeremy, he grew up at the little league fields and I know he enjoys spending time with the kids at the ballpark.  


This baseball season Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats® wants all of us baseball fans to #GetKreative with our families and have some fun!  There are so many ways to enjoy these delicious treats.  Create something fun with the kids or make it a tradition to enjoy a Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats® during the game.  

If you need some help finding inspiration for family fun with Rice Krispies Treats® at visit www.KelloggsFamilyRewards.com year round!  You can also vote for your favorite creations for the chance to win more exciting prizes.


Rice Krispies Treats® are known for memories in the kitchen, now you can take these packaged crispy marshmallow square treats with you where ever you go this spring and summer.  I will tell you, they are the perfect treat to take to the ballpark.  So convenient and yummy for all ages.  



How cool would it be to play catch with Cal Ripken Jr.?  I know that my husband woudl be thrilled! Do you know someone that would love to do that? This spring, Rice Krispies Treats® will help give one lucky winner the chance to play a game of catch with Cal Ripken, during the 2015 MLB All-Star Week. All you need to do is pick up a box of specially-marked Rice Krispies Treats and enter the promotion code for your chance to win!  Please go enter, I would love to hear that one of my fans wins! 

AND - until April 30, 2015, Kellogg’s will be looking for another fan to hang out with Cal during All-Star Week. SO FUN!  Enter to win by tweeting a photo of you and your family enjoying Rice Krispies Treats using hashtag #GetKreativeSweeps and Kellogg’s will select a winner!!  Simple!  


Where do you enjoy Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats®?


 This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats®.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WIN $100 to Amazon!

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Makobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon Pinterest blast where one lucky reader will win a $100 Amazon gift card. The giveaway is open to everyone and provided by Makobi Scribe. Good Luck! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for this blast here.



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Wall Art with FROGTAPE® MULTI-SURFACE

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrogTape® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Recently, I took over a part of our basement living room and created a blog space of my own.  It is still a work in progress but I am excited to finally show you the space!  My blogging props started to take over our house so I knew I had to do something about that.  So we cleaned up our old "office" area am build some cabinets and shelves and found some great storage baskets and boom!   Blog space is set!  Now, this is a work in progress but I wanted to share with you how with a little paint and FROGTAPE® I made my mark! 
Here is my before photo - boring walls.  


I love all of my space now but I knew I wanted something fun to really get my creative juices flowing while I write and style my posts.  I decided to add some pinkish purple and blue diamonds to the white walls.  
Materials Needed:

To get started I simply made diamonds out of my FROGTAPE®.  I have always loved using FROGTAPE® because I know that I will end up with clean lines and will not have to struggle with the getting the tape off of the walls.  FROGTAPE® Keeps Paint Out. Keeps Lines Sharp. FrogTape® is a premier painters tape, that not only cleanly comes off of surfaces, but also prevents paint bleed thanks to it’s patented PaintBlock® Technology.


Once I secured the FROGTAPE® to the wall I painted two pinkish/purple diamonds and one blue diamond.  I did two coats of paint on each diamond.  


Once the paint was dry, I waited almost 24 hours, I carefully removed the tape!  I was so pleased with my results.  Pretty colorful diamonds to make my space even more colorful and fun.  


While my measuring needs some work, I am still so happy with my fun addition to my new Blog Space!


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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Kool Cherry Icebox Mini Pies #Recipe

Disclosure:  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PourMoreFun #CollectiveBias


Memories usually involve food, drinks and parties.  As the summer is quickly approaching I am already booking our weekends full of potential memorable events, so exciting!  Some of my favorite memories involve Kool-Aid, the perfect summer drink.  I remember sitting out on my parent's front lawn on beach towels with my BFF and watching the clouds and staying cool with some cold Kool-Aid.  That Kool-Aid Man knew how to make a delicious cup of Kool-Aid.  

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Last weekend I went to a Demo at my local Walmart and found the new Kool-Aid Easy Mix Liquid and was sold.  I immediately picked up one of each flavor available and knew that this would be the perfect mix to have on hand for our summer plans.  These are better than the traditional powder mix because you can literally make one glass to a whole pitcher full.  So easy and convenient because all you do is add water!  Nice!  

Finding these Kool-Aid Easy Mix made me start thinking of how I could use these traditional Kool-Aid flavors in something other than a glass of water.  Boom!  Who loves Icebox Pie?  Oh dessert, you are my favorite to make and enjoy and this recipe not only tastes amazing on a hot summer day but is super easy to make too.  The Kool-Aid Easy Mix adds the perfect fruity flavor to the pie too.  

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Cherry Icebox Mini Pies 


Free Printable Recipe Here. 

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Ingredients:

12 pre-made mini pie crusts
14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk 
8 ounce Whipped Topping, thawed
1/2 cup Kool-Aid Easy Mix Liquid

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Directions:

1.  In a large mixing bowl combine whipped topping and condensed milk.  Stir well.  Mixture will look like shaving cream.  

2.  Slowly add the Kool-Aid Easy Mix Liquid to the mixture.  Carefully mix in.  

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3.  Fill mini pies with the mixture.  

4.  Place in freezer for 5-6 hours before serving.  When ready to serve, remove from freezer and immediately enjoy!

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I cannot wait to serve these at our next summer party.  They are the perfect single serve dessert and can be done well before the party starts.  I love finding great desserts that can be prepared and ready for the party, these are perfect!  I cannot wait to try all the flavors, tropical and grape would also be a very refreshing dessert to enjoy.  Yummy!!  

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Kool-Aid Easy Mix is a quick, refreshing beverage the whole family will enjoy with 50% less sugar than leading regular sodas! Grab some the next time you’re at WalMart!  Jeremy and I have been enjoying our little childhood treats this weekend.  My favorite is Cherry and Jeremy loves Grape!  

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Now you can try this light and refreshing dessert and some Kool-Aid while the Icebox Pies set in the freezer.  Stop by Walmart and pick up these Kool-Aid Easy Mix and the ingredients for Icebox Pie and you are set for your first summer party!  Get to planning now!  

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What flavor of Kool-Aid was your favorite when you were growing up?


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Monday, April 20, 2015

New Job Survival Kit Gift Basket

Disclosure:  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KleenexStyle #CollectiveBias


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Recently, one of my coworkers left our team and while I was so sad to lose one of my coworkers to a new office I was also super excited for her new beginnings.  This coworker is more than just a work friend, she is a true friend.  One that I spent my entire 9 years with, just steps away from one another.  We have been there for each other through divorce, babies, break-ups, deaths, surgeries, and sickness.  We kept each other sane in the crazy work world we lived in.  Through the crazy she found a new calling - so even though I was secretly cursing her (maybe not secretly) for leaving our office I was also so happy for the new job she got.  I decided that since she was getting a shinny new office I had to help her design her office space - she even has a door!!  So lucky!  HA!  

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I wanted to make sure her desk and office was full of bright, happy things because she would be missing me now!  Okay, that was a joke...sort of.  I went with some of the typical office supply items like new pens but they were fancy and bright and colorful, some pretty post it notes, you know for when I come to her office and I need to remind her of how much I miss her and I found the best notebook for her.  "I Feel Beautiful Today" notebook might not be the best for executive meetings but I hope that she looks at the notebook when she needs motivation and inspiration through out the work week.  I also found some of her favorite butterscotch candies for when those afternoon slumps hit.  

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I also stumbled on some amazing KLEENEX® boxes that instantly became one of my favorite parts of my Gift Basket.  These KLEENEX® Betsey Styled Single Packs (74ct.) by Betsey Johnson are so fun.  They come in 3 different designs that will brighten up any room but especially give a work office a perfect kick to a fresh designer office space.  I decided to give my coworker a single pack but also included the KLEENEX® Betsey Styled Wallet 3 Packs as well.  

One item that I just love is the mini orchid for her desk.  Orchids are really great desk plants because they are hearty and totally make you feel like you are living in a spring garden every day.  A new coffee mug and some gum for those garlic lunch days make this gift basket a hit.  I love finding ways to include some necessities when building a gift basket and then also including some fun extras as well.  Gifts that will be used are always the best gifts.  

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Once those pretty KLEENEX® hit my cart at my Kroger I was pumped to get to work and give my coworker this amazing New Job Survival Kit Gift Basket.  I knew that she would appreciate my thoughtfulness but mostly those KLEENEX® Betsey Styled Single Packs!  We work in an agency that has a lot of blue and down moments and you better believe that these will help anyone on a bad day feel better and brighter!  If you are wondering - yes, I bought myself a box as well.  My office space has never looked better!   

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Pretty awesome gift basket right?  So while I let her go to her new office with tears in my eyes (seriously) I knew that she would do amazing things in her new job and guess what?  I was right!  Maybe it is her or maybe it is the inspiration that her new KLEENEX® Betsey Styled Single Packs gives her every morning when she walks into her designer office space!  I will let you decide.  

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You can find all of these items at your local Kroger and begin building a New Job Survival Kit Gift Basket for your friends and family or even for yourself.  Brighten up your office space with a little Betsey Johnson!  


I hope you enjoyed my gift basket idea today. To find more gift inspiration with KLEENEX® and Betsey Johnson visit this link today! 

Now, who will you create a gift basket for?



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