• Emoji themed party with Party City!
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Sunday, September 25, 2016

It Was An Emojional Emoji Party Thanks To Party City!

My daughter is 10! I repeat, my daughter is 10. Where has time gone? It doesn't seem like she should be 10. Is this real? In about 6 years she will be driving. I can't believe it!  A month or more ago, we were discussing where we were going to have her party, along with what theme she wanted. She loves emoji things, she has leggings with emojis on them, and her backpack even has emojis! This child has a poop emoji pillow and an emoji piggy bank. Having an emoji birthday party just HAD to happen. 
I reached out to my friends at Party City for a collaboration and I am so thrilled they sent us items to make our party complete! They have all of your party needs! There are items that are not from Party City here, however, I want to specifically point out that the emoji items ARE from Party City. I will have a "shop this post" section at the end so that you can click and shop to your liking!
This set up is adorable! I love it! It took several hours because balloons kept falling down due to the tape not wanting to stick, I managed to get it done though and I was so happy with the end result. I didn't have parties like this when I was a kid, and part of that is why I want to go "all out" for her.
This little girl was SO happy! We ended up having about 9 kids and 6 adults in our two bedroom apartment, however, we made it happen and it was fun!
We bought the helium tank and filled balloons the morning of and it was AWESOME not having to go in and out of the house with balloons! 
The personalized balloons are such a CUTE touch! 
How cute are these emoji products that Party City sent us?! They are SO fitting for the party and I just love it.
I had to get party hats for the kiddos too. 
I did cups filled with candy, tattoos and a cute pencil for each kiddo too.
 How cute is this cake set up? I made the cupcakes and toppers. The toppers were made with printed card stock and cut out with craft scissors. I taped them on toothpicks. The cake, OY! I had originally planned to make it! The world was against me or something because IT DID NOT turn out at all. I ended up at Kroger at 12AM buying a replacement and this one was fitting! I added our topper and candles. SO CUTE!
 I love every detail and I received many compliments too! 
Lydia's party was a success, and I am so happy that Party City was a part of it! So grateful for the people that came and allowed their kids to come! She made memories that will last a lifetime!
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Spend $10 and earn 2000 SB from Gamefly

Swagbucks (the online rewards site that puts cash back in your wallet) has an AMAZING offer through Gamefly where you get 2000 SB (which is the equivalent of $20 in gift cards) for signing up.

Gamely allows you to rent games for lots of different consoles including Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii, PS3, PS4, etc, with no late fees ever. Members can also play 100’s of PC games for free! You can try it out for 2 months at a price of $10 AND get 2000 SB by using this link throughout the rest of September!

Haven't tried Swagbucks yet? This is a great way to do it, and when you sign up through the link above and get your 2000 SB, you'll get a bonus 300 SB at the beginning of October. So that's $10 for trying Gamefly, which gets you 2300 SB, which you can turn into $23 worth of gift cards!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

#BehindTheBlogger- When You Love Someone

I am a newer member of this blog hop, if you would like to read the ones I have participated in, you can check those out here.
It has been almost 5 years since I married the love of my life. We have had our ups and downs, but when you love someone, you manage to find a way to make it work. In the 5 years that we have been married (been together for 6), we have had more downs than ups and we have always managed to pull through them. 
Lost jobs and the biggest impact on our marriage, losing a child. We fought hard, in fact, we still bump heads. This isn't my first marriage, I was married once before and there was no repairing that. I am determined to make this marriage work. I did not know what true love was until I met Jon. When you love someone, you love hard. Jon and I have similar tempers, he likes to be right all of the time and I like to be right all of the time. 
Most couples would not have made it through what we have, living with his parents for example. We told each other we wanted a divorce it was that bad. Once again, when you love someone try to make it work. See, that is what went wrong in my last marriage. We did not love one another like we should have.
I have a connection with my husband that I haven't had with anyone else. I am thankful to be celebrating 5 years of marriage in November. We have been trying to have another baby since we lost our daughter, Aubrey. That has had a strain on us too. I will never give up. I love him and that is all that matters. 
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

How I Pinpoint Ovulation and TTC With Stork OTC #Sponsored

I am a Stork OTC Ambassador. All opinions are my own.
It isn't a secret that we are trying to have a baby. I am a Stork OTC Ambassador and I want to share with you a few things that I do, that may help you TTC! Have you heard of Stork OTC? IF you haven't you are missing out! This is what three months of Stork OTC looks like for me! We will be using two of these a month!
Stork OTC is the first tip that I want to share with you. You will love this product. 
Here is a photo from a previous blog post to share with you what it looks like. The Stork OTC is a FDA-cleared device for home-use without a prescription. The Stork OTC offers a relaxed and private way of conceiving in your own home using new technology based on cervical cap insemination.  This smart technique puts the sperm at the opening of the cervix as possible, optimizing your chances of conception.  This product is great for people that also have the following:
  • Low Sperm Count
  • Motility Issues
  • Unfavorable Vaginal Environment (pH imbalance)
  • Unexplained Infertility

In a nutshell- It is so simple to use, you can still have intercourse because it comes with a condom that has an applicator in it. You put it in the device and push the button and it releases it inside of you. It also has a string that you can snag and pull it out with. This IS one-time use. I love that I can still be intimate and connected with my husband when we use this product too. 

Another tip that I want to share with you is pinpointing ovulation for a higher success when trying to conceive. 

I was blessed to receive three months of ovulation kits to use. This is a product that you really should use! All it takes is peeing on it! I start on cycle day 8, because I have short cycles. If you don't know what cycle day you are on, cycle day 1 is the first full day of bleeding. When your ovulation test is positive, you need to get to baby making! Here is an example of a positive from this cycle!
That is when Stork OTC comes in handy! You can purchase this single use kit for only $79.99! That is less than a doctor visit will cost!  Head on over to your local CVS because they are available for purchase there! Visit their website for more valuable information on the product and keep your eyes out for more posts about our journey! Be sure to visit Stork OTC on their social channels below too! 

Join us September 28th at 8PM EST on Twitter for a Twitter party! Use #WhyStorkOTC! Prizes include $50 CVS GC's, ovulation kids and of course Stork OTC! See you there!!!

Back To School With Dr Pepper Snapple Group #DPSFlavorTour #Spon

 Compensation was provided by Dr Pepper/Snapple via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Dr Pepper/Snapple or Momtrends.
Back to school season is here. I have a 10-year-old that loves to pack her lunch. We LOVE packing products from Dr Pepper Snapple Group. Little did I know, they have products that I had NO clue were a part of their brand! Dr Pepper Snapple Groups has over 50 brands that you may not know were theirs! Did you know that Mott’s, Yoo-hoo, and Hawaiian Punch, are all just a few of the brands that are part of the Dr Pepper Snapple Group? I didn't know until recently! We love these products for back to school because they are easy to pack and fun for my daughter to enjoy.
Yoo-hoo, Motts & Hawaiian Punch are all great products to have in your childs lunch box, or JUST BECAUSE
  • Yoo-hoo- Oh my! These bring back childhood memories for me! I love them! They are delicious and we love to have them out of the fridge!
  • Mott’s- These are 100% juice and Lydia loves them in her lunchbox and having them at breakfast too!!!
  • Hawaiian Punch- Lydia loves to have one of these after playing outside. She says they are so refreshing and fruity!

Why do I love these products for back to school? Dr Pepper Snapple Group has approximately 100 products on the market that either have zero or reduced calories or deliver nutritional benefits. YES! NUTRITIONAL benefits. This is a must when having kids, because we want what is best for them.
These products are also a great after school snack addition. Lydia loves to make ice cubes with her Motts and place them in a cup with the juice so that it is not watered down! We also plan to use Dr Pepper Snapple Group at her Birthday party! There has been several times that she was outside playing and opened the fridge to grab a cold Hawaiian Punch too!
Another reason that I love them is because of their Let’s Play initiative. You have to learn about this! Dr Pepper Snapple Group went and uncovered just how much play kids are getting and what is preventing active play in kids nationwide. These stats from the 2016 State of Play Survey are eye- opening! I did not realize how many kids were not active.
  • Study shows that only 33 % of kids are getting active play daily. That is crazy!  This makes me thankful that not only does Lydia play (2) 20-minute recesses at school, but she does her homework and goes outside to run around and play with neighborhood kids too. I don't want her to be in that percentage. 
  • Thanks to technology these days, there has also been a drop in daily active play at age 5. This day in age, kids are playing with technology more than going outdoors! Take the electronics away and limit their time. Encourage kids to get active and make outside play fun. We limit electronics to every other day. Even when she DOES get to play on her electronics, we have her do it an hour MAX.
  • Now, we can't blame kids not going outside on just the decline, busy schedules, technology and costs/fees remain the biggest barriers to active play too! This year, 64 percent of parents said busy schedules stand in the way of more active play for their children. 
Make a change and get your child active, take away the electronics and make time. This can make a huge impact on your childs life. I know it has mine! There are so many outdoor activities that you can do to get your child active and having fun. If you run out of ideas, Pinterest always saves the day for me! 
Don't forget to visit a local retailer and grab your Dr Pepper Snapple Group products and be sure to include Yoo-hoo, Motts & Hawaiian Punch!
What do you do to keep YOUR child active? Does your child love these products from Dr Pepper Snapple Group too?  I would love to hear! 
Be sure to visit their social channels to stay up to date with the latest below!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Stinky & Dirty Show- Teach Your Kids How You Can Create Something New With Recycled Products,Teamwork & More!

This post has been sponsored by Amazon Studios.
There are not many cartoon shows that I like, but I have to share with you one that I adore. If you have preschool aged children, or know them personally, this show is a must to introduce to them. It is called The Stinky & Dirty Show! You can find it over on Amazon's Stinky & Dirty page, where you can stream it! If you have PRIME- Season 1 is included with your Prime Subscription. If you haven't heard of this adorable preschool series, you are  missing out! Amazon's Stinky & Dirty is a really cute show! Stinky & Dirty is latest original series in Amazon’s mission of fostering lifelong creative learners.  The adventures of best friends and unlikely heroes, Stinky the garbage truck and Dirty the backhoe loader, a dynamic and hilarious duo of resourcefulness that learn when things don’t go as expected, asking “what if” can lead to success. Based on books by Jim and Kate McMullan. Written and developed by Guy Toubes.
In The Stinky & Dirty Show, whether it’s rescuing their pal Mighty the tugboat, or moving a giant boulder blocking the highway in their town of Go City, Stinky and Dirty are a dynamic duo of resourcefulness who learn when things don’t go as expected, asking “what if” can lead to success. They don’t always do things the way you’d expect—like reusing trash as makeshift tools and materials—and for them, hilariously failing turns out to be one of the most fun paths to success. This show teaches your preschooler one of the most important life skills—resourcefulness!
I had a chance to preview this show and it is adorable!100% mom approved! They support each other completely and tell eachother how good of a job they did. They both show what bring a good friend is about! They also show how they can reuse trash to make tools and materials. SO CUTE! I highly recommend this show if you have a preschooler. Stinky and Dirty are a good team because Stinky has access to the trash and recycled materials and Dirty can help Stinky move the items to create something new from them. Teamwork is also a tool that preschool aged kids need to learn and this teaches them that! The kiddos can also sing along!! How cute is that?! Check out the trailer below for yourself!
What do you think? Get Prime as mentioned above and enjoy using the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices including Amazon Fire TV, and mobile devices, or online via Amazon's Stinky & Dirty page! I can't wait to hear how much you love it too! 
Speaking of upcycling and reusing things- We did a cute craft and I can't wait to share it with you!
This craft involves one common item most households already have! A MILK JUG!!!
What you need: 
  • Milk Jug
  • Permanent Markers
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Tape
Take scissors and cut out the shapes that you want your window decorations to be! I used craft scissors as well.
After you cut your shapes, you can use a permanent marker to start decorating however you would like!
After you get it colored how you want it, you can staple string and tie and hang on your window with tape! They are so cute and you can even do it for each Holiday!
The possibilities are endless! Have fun with it and be sure to come and tell me how much fun you had! Like this post? Share via the buttons below! Thanks for reading!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Swago Pie Fest with SwagBucks!

Strawberry, Pumpkin, Apple, Boysenberry, the list goes on! Craving pie? It's time for SWAGO: Pie Fest! What is SWAGO you ask? It's a bingo-inspired promotion run by Swagbucks, a website that rewards you with points (called SB) for completing everyday online activities. You can redeem those SB for free gift cards. If you've never used Swagbucks, participating in SWAGO is a great introduction to the site.
Here’s what you need to know to get your 300 SB Bonus:
  • Swago: Pie Fest will begin on Monday, September 19th at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT, make sure you hit “Join” otherwise you won’t get credit for completing the action items. Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete.
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
  • You have a limited amount of time to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value.
  • Once you’ve achieved a pattern the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
  • The game ends Monday, September 26th at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT. So make sure to hit “Submit” on the pattern you wish to submit. If you don’t hit “Submit” before the game ends you won’t receive your SB bonus.

$2.00 off General Admission, weekdays (Wednesday-Friday) at Lucky Ladd Farms. (Nashville Based Area!)

Located minutes south of Nashville, Tennessee, Lucky Ladd Farms is 60 acres of fun owned by Jason and Amy Ladd. Today the Ladd Family is excited to provide a wholesome source of family entertainment for thousands of visitors each year. My family loves it! It is so fun! Check out some of the photos from last year!
Hours for Lucky Ladds Farms are:

  • SEPT 9 - SEPT 10 = Open Friday-Saturday from 10am-5pm
  • SEPT 14 - SEPT 30 = Open Wednesday-Saturday from 10am-5pm, Sunday from 12pm-5pm
  • OCT 1 - OCT 30 = Open Wednesday-Saturday from 10am-6pm, Sunday from 12pm-5pm

Explore 60 acres of excitement. Including farm themed playgrounds, mega slides, wagon rides, pedal karts, tire climbs, toddler town, tractor train, games, mazes and more. Seasonal favorites include our popular corn maze and pumpkin patch Visi Tennessee's largest petting farm! Get up close and personal - pet, feed, love and hug our clean and gentle farm friends. Over 100 animals to interact with and don't forget about our pony rides. Fun entertainment for the young and young at heart.

Present coupon and receive $2.00 off General Admission, weekdays (Wednesday-Friday) at Lucky Ladd Farms. Nashville area Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze at Tennessee's largest AG-Venture Farm Park. Fun for all ages. 
Present coupon and receive $2.00 off General Admission, weekdays (Wednesday-Friday) at Lucky Ladd Farms. Nashville area Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze at Tennessee's largest AG-Venture Farm Park. Fun for all ages. TERMS: Printed coupon required. Not valid with other discounts. Limit 4 discounts per coupon. Excludes Field Trips. Offer Blackout Dates: 10/5, 10/6, 10/7.Expires: Oct. 28th, 2016

Lucky Ladd Farms is located at: 4374 Rocky Glade Road Eagleville, Tennessee 37060

Bakery Style Sponge Cake With Buttercream Icing! Anyone Can Do it!

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I am by all means NOT a cake decorator. I stick to cupcakes because they seem easier for me. My daughters party is next weekend and I wanted to make a practice cake to see if I could do it. Little did I know, I did not disappoint myself at all. If I could do it, you can too. This cake is so cute and simple to make! I can't take credit for this recipe because I found the PERFECT recipe over at Kitchen Trials! She has the best recipe for a Bakery Style Vanilla Sponge Cake! I am thrilled with how it turned out! Her recipe yields (2) 8-inch cakes, however, I used (2) 6 inch and had a bit leftover so I just threw it out. I added my gel coloring after mixing, just before I put it in the pan.
Look how CUTE this cake is! Funky and bright. My daughter has a bubbly personality and this just "fits" her. Now, I know that the petal icing (the purple) is supposed to go one way, but I wanted to do it facing each way. I found that tutorial on My Cake School HERE. This takes patience!  I don't think it is bad for my first time. I would like to eventually do a mermaid themed cake and use this technique! 
I hope to get better as time goes, I learned how to fix the peak on the polka dots on the numbers AFTER the fact, so I will use that next time as well. As for the icing, I went an alternative route! This was so easy and I am so glad that I did it. All you do is add butter and milk! It is just the right amount of sweetness! Now for the decorating, I bought a jar of Wilton Decorator icing. 
You need to let this get room temp and you can put in a bowl with gel coloring to color to your liking. I put it in my piping bag and used several different tips and got to decorating! You can find those products linked at the bottom of this post too!
This cake is not dry at all, the texture is amazing and it turned out so perfect! It cut beautifully too! As you can see! I have NEVER had a cake cut like this. It has always just fell apart, so  I was SO HAPPY to have this actually turn out.
I hope that by seeing this, I can inspire you to go out of your comfort zone and try something new! It is trial and error and you will be so proud of yourself! 
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Thursday, September 15, 2016

4 Ways to Embrace the Colors of Fall

By Terri Alpert, Founder and CEO, Uno Alla Volta
Color can have a huge impact on our feelings and behaviors. The fall, with its changing leaves and rich golden hues stir emotions and evoke thoughts of family and tradition. Whether you’re attending a fall festival, gathering around the table with family and friends, or just enjoying the outdoor scenery, the warm colors of fall often make us feel happy, optimistic and energized. Here are four ways to embrace the colors of fall even more:

Red, the warmest and most dynamic of the fall colors, is often associated with passion and love, as well as, anger and danger; it can increase a person’s heart rate and make them excited. Add a little pep in your step this fall with the showstopping, luxurious “Troika” Over the Knee Boot ($825) by Stuart Weitzman. Available at Nordstrom, this stylish pull-on boot has a three color-blocked suede panel that will make any fashionista rise to dizzying heights.

Yellow, perhaps the most energetic of the warm colors, is associated with laughter, hope and sunshine. Energize yourself this fall with this Uno Alla Volta Florentine Suede Bucket Bag ($248), masterfully handcrafted by Alessandra in her family-run workshop in Florence, Italy.  These beautiful suede handbags add a pop of color to any fall outfit, plus they’re stylish and roomy. Each bag features a hand-cut suede tassel and braided leather handles. They come in many beautiful, vibrant colors and can only be found exclusively at Uno Alla Volta.
Orange enhances a feeling of vitality and happiness. Like red, it draws attention and shows movement but is not as overpowering. It is aggressive but balanced — it portrays energy yet can be inviting and friendly. Take in the fall scenery while logging serious miles with the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 ($109) in citrus orange. This daily trainer is fully equipped with the reliable cushioning you need to put in that extra mile.

Brown is serious and down-to-earth, exuding physical comfort, simplicity and quality. The color brown finds quality in everything – a comfortable home, the best food and drink, as well as loyal friends or a partner. It is friendly and welcoming. Add a touch of warmth and sophistication to your look this fall with Bobbi Brown’s Rich Chocolate Eye Palette ($68). Better than a box of truffles, this palette for eyes features an array of chocolate-inspired shades for a seasonal take on Bobbi’s classic neutrals.