Ear aches, runny noses, coughing, tummy troubles….they’re no fun, especially when kids are involved. Today I’m talking about the fun stuff that comes along with parenthood; when kids get sick. Recently my little guy had an earache that left him feeling miserable. Hence the “fun” photo below. Yep #SickJustGotReal. Wondering what to do when kids get sick? Check out these tips below!
I don’t know about your kids, but my boys are obsessed with Entenmann’s® Little Bites®. It’s their go-to snack or breakfast muffin. One of their favorite flavors is Little Bites Party Cakes, and now as a seasonal addition, you can get Chocolate Party Cake muffins! These new Chocolate Party Cakes are complete with rainbow sprinkles – a kid favorite indeed. Read on to learn more about Entenmann’s® Little Bites® and how you can enter the giveaway!
Chocolate Little Bites Party Cakes
Take a drive up the east coast and you’ll likely find a Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill along the way. This casual dining restaurant offers savory menu favorites like award-winning BBQ ribs, 1/2 burgers with more than 35 tempting toppings, all you can eat wings, and much more. Last week I took the family to Smokey Bones in Orlando for a family night out. Read on for more about their delicious menu items, and our take on this BBQ restaurant.
Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill
See Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket in this timeless Disney classic film! Pinocchio joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection with hours of new and classic bonus features!
Over a year ago I made a big change in my life. I decided I was tired of being tired. Although I looked like I was in shape, inside I didn’t feel that way. Can you relate? You are not alone, trust me! I had no idea that when I asked a friend to join me for fit camp – something I’ve never tried before – that it would ignite a flame in me to live a healthier lifestyle. I am SO excited to share that I’m partnering with Premier Protein as a 2017 Ambassador!
What does this mean for you? Lots of healthy recipes, fitness tips, samples and giveaways!
Read on to hear more about Premier Protein & how it’s making a difference in my life.
Follow Kion and his Lion Guard team as they protect the Circle of Life in this latest Disney Jr The Lion Guard DVD! “Life in the Pride Lands” features five new episodes and is packed with laughs, music, beloved characters and heart. Your little ones will love adding this DVD to their Disney Jr collection!
Disney Jr The Lion Guard
It may sound like an impossible task, I know. But I’m going to change that thinking of yours by the end of this Me Time Ideas post! Everyone needs a break from the demands of life, and today I’m going to share 5 easy ways to take ME time. Giving yourself permission to slow down and take a few minutes for yourself isn’t selfish.
Just think of your smart phone….the battery drains after all of that texting and use of social media apps, right? So what do you do? You charge it! The same goes for your body and mind. You need a recharge so that you can be a better wife, mom, and friend.
Here’s 5 Me Time Ideas to implement in the New Year
It’s that time of year for giving. Hasbro is on a mission to spread the joy through their BE FEARLESS BE KIND initiative with the Joy Maker Challenge. As someone who has a passion for helping others, I was very excited to partner for this opportunity!
From now through Dec 23rd kids and teens can sign-up to volunteer. Once they’ve shared their volunteer initiative with Hasbro, the company will donate toys and games to Toys for Tots – up to 1 million dollar’s worth! That’s right, Hasbro is paying it forward – when you do good, they do too!
How we are helping others
Doing good makes you feel good. You don’t have to be wealthy to give back. I’m sharing 5 simple and inspiring ways you can help your local community today. Who knows, you may even start a pay it forward movement! Wouldn’t that be incredible?
5 Easy Ways to Give Back
Hey ladies – I’m talking to you! Are you looking for a reason to take the night off and enjoy some time with friends? If you’re local to the Orlando area, you’re in luck! Focus Features wants to host you + 3 friends for a girls night out and see their new film, A Monster Calls before it hits theaters nationwide in January!
It’s that time of year to shop for the season’s top toys and games! Wondering what to get your niece, nephew or grandchild? We’ve compiled a list of the best gifts for kids at Barnes & Noble. Shop online or in-store for these great finds!
Top Toys and Games
Following the release of this summer’s comedy blockbuster The Secret Life of Pets, Illumination presents Sing this holiday season! Find it theaters everywhere December 21st. Grab free coloring sheets, see the latest trailer and enter the movie themed prize pack giveaway too!
SING Trailer and more below
Are you ready for the biggest shopping season of the year? Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away, which means Black Friday is nearing too! Get ready for the holiday frenzy with this list of hot toys for kids. I’ve collected some of the best toys of the year in this gift round-up. Whether you’re shopping for a preschooler or teenager, I have you covered with this ultimate list of toy favorites.
Hot Toys for Kids
What’s your favorite accessory? Timepieces are classic, but can leave you wanting more. That’s why I turned to JORD for a statement piece – a wood watch that’s classy, yet edgy. It’s the whole package. Come check out this beauty and see how you can get one for yourself!
The Delmar Dark Sandalwood Wood Watch
Are you planning an Alice Through the Looking Glass themed tea party? You’ve come to the right place! The live-action film that mesmerized audiences everywhere will be available for purchase October 18th. Add this riveting return to the whimsical world of Underland to your Disney movies collection. A tea party seems fitting for the occasion, don’t you think? By the way, you can find this adorable Rose China Tea Cup and Saucer Set at Amazon.com. Pinkies up!
Here’s what Melissa mentions about the Dynacraft Shopkins Bicycle:
When we received this bike it was very easy to set up! My husband was gone that day so I had to do it myself which could be a feat in and of itself. It was so seamless though! The bike contains a removable handlebar shopping basket that your little one can load up with Shopkins and take them for a long bike ride. My daughter loves to alternate her Shopkins in the basket because she says every Shopkin needs a ride. Funny girl!
The decorative set up of this bike is second to none. It features a sturdy frame with a colorful designs and Shopkins graphics. Along with the Shopkins theme on the bike itself, the Shopkins graphics are also seen on the padded seat and the hand bars. Seriously Hayley just stares at all her Shopkins and then tries to compare them to the ones on her bike. Also, Hayley wants to use this bike for many years so one of the key features is the seat is height adjustable so it grows with the child.
Lionel, once known for its’ model trains, is now expanding with the introduction of Mega Tracks. The revolutionary rail system allows kids to use their imagination to design and build their own race courses! Mega Tracks remote control car race track offers hours of endless fun for kids everywhere.
More about Lionel Mega Tracks
Lion King fans will fall in love with The Lion Guard! The epic adventure continues on Disney Junior with a new series and storyline that follows Simba and Nala’s second-born cub, Kion, and his Lion Guard team. I was lucky enough to visit Disney Junior in LA last year and interview some of the talent behind the new show. Check out that fun coverage here!
Read on for more details on The Lion Guard show below!
Who’s ready for fall? I love summer, but when fall rolls around it creates a different mood in the air, don’t you agree? The changing leaves and fall festivities are some of my favorite things about the season. Something else I enjoy during the cooler time of year is snuggling up to a wood burning fire with hot cocoa in my pj’s. Speaking of pj’s – have you seen the adorable character “Ski with Me” thermals by Richard Leeds International?
Get ready for fall with these character pj’s!
Back to school time brings a fresh start, new ideas, and great opportunities for both teachers and students. Often times, students favorite subjects include science projects like making a volcano erupt, or creating a robot. With the growing national interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) projects I am excited to team up with the Orkin Start with Science Initiative.
The Importance of STEM in our Classrooms
Sticky stains are the worst! As a mom of two young boys, I always find myself tackling some sort of stain. I’m sure many parents out there can relate….am I right? That’s why I’ve turned to Goo Gone for those tough cleaning jobs, like glue, crayon, and anything else that can leave an adhesive residue in its wake.
Have you ever tried Goo Gone?
I was invited as media to cover OVO at the Amway Center. All opinions are my own.
If you’re a fan of Cirque du Soleil – you won’t want this exciting performance at the Orlando Amway Center next month! OVO meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. Find out more information about the show below.
Are you looking for a fun themed party idea? This weekend we invited friends over for the release of The Jungle Book on Blu-ray & DVD! To celebrate, we hosted a jungle themed party! A big thanks to Disney for being our party sponsor.
Read on for tips to throw your own “The Jungle Book” Movie Night!
First, let’s talk set up. We chose to host our movie night outdoors. Who doesn’t love a movie under the stars?
What you’ll need:
A quality portable projector, like this one is key. The P300 Pico mini projector is great! The set-up is very easy, especially with the USB Plug ‘n Play instant set up. We chose to connect the projector to our DVD player using a HDMI cable, but you can connect it to your laptop or phone as well.
Next, you’ll want to make sure everyone can hear the movie. This Ion Tailgater worked perfectly for our outdoor movie night. It’s a #1 best-seller on Amazon and offers an amazing 50-hour rechargeable battery life, bluetooth connectivity, and even includes a microphone. We give it 2 thumbs up.
The projector has a really clear picture, so you can use areas like the garage door, side of your home, or even a DIY white blanket screen for displaying the movie. Another option is purchasing an outdoor movie screen, like one of these.
A big shout out to my hubby, Nate, for rocking this movie set-up in the Florida summer heat!
The Jungle Book Party Food
Who wants grumpy guests? Not me! Don’t forget munchies for the movie, like these fun ideas below.
Both of my friends had the same idea in mind and made adorable lion veggie trays with hummus. Cute and healthy – I love it! Keeping with the jungle theme, broccoli looks like mini trees right? Those are an easy side dish! Grab a bag of cheese puffs for tiger tails, and don’t forget a themed dessert like dirt cups!
A crowd favorite was this Kaa snake burger slithering through a bed of lettuce. To make the snake face, you’ll need two green olives and toothpicks, and I used a tomato for the tongue. Then fill up your rolls with juicy burgers and you’re good to go!
Decor on the party table included lanterns with light-up candles, a star light, beautiful flowers that resembled jungle vines, a green tablecloth, and stuffed monkeys.
Invite your friends, family or neighbors along for a fun jungle-themed party under the stars! We had the best time!! Oh and one more tip – bug spray, foggers, and citronella candles are all a must when hosting an outdoor party during mosquito season!
Don’t forget – the live-action epic adventure The Jungle Book arrives on Blu-ray this week! Grab fun Disney printable activities below, and check out the movie trailer.
Enter below for your chance to win The Jungle Book Blu-Ray + DVD & Digital copy (pictured above)!
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For other themed movie night ideas, check out this post!
Kubo and the Two Strings is officially in theaters! Get ready for an epic action-adventure with this new family film. Watch two clips from the movie below and enter the reader giveaway!
A big thanks to today’s sponsor Focus Features and LAIKA Entertainment for providing the giveaway prizes!
About Kubo and the Two Strings:
The Wild Life movie is hitting theaters September 9th! Get ready for a new wild adventure with Robinson Crusoe and his pals! What would you do if you were stuck on an island? Read on to hear more about the film, watch the movie trailer, and enter a fun giveaway!
A big thanks to Lionsgate for providing today’s giveaway prize! All opinions are my own.
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Do you have children or grandchildren that love LeapFrog? Guess what – we’re offering another back to school giveaway…and it’s HUGE! This prize pack is jam-packed with everything parents need to get their littlest family member on the path of learning.