Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Coming Soon- Christmas Shopping List & Giveaway!

Just a heads up- tomorrow my Christmas Must Have list for 2014 will post.  It will share some of the coolest things I've seen this year, things you really should add to your shopping list! And next week on the 1st a group of other bloggers and I are hosting a 12 days of Christmas Blogger Giveaways!  There will be LOTS of awesome prizes to enter for so be sure to check back both times.

Monday, November 24, 2014

New Cinderella Movie

Did you hear? Disney is making a New Cinderella Movie!! It's not a cartoon, but a human version.  Is that how you reference the difference? Anyway, it looks super cute and comes out in March 2015! Watch the trailer below-

Friday, November 21, 2014

Asparagus Twists

After getting some inspiration from Pinterest again I made theses Asparagus Twists.  They weren't the same as what I had seen, but that's part of the fun of being creative right? They still tasted amazing and would make a perfect appetizer, finger food, or side dish.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wood Block Nativity

When I saw this idea on Pinterest I knew I HAD to make it! I love how the wooden block Nativity is a "kid proof" way to display the Nativity in our house. I was able to find 2 different free downloads of pictures so I made 2 different sets.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Peppa Pig- Peppa's Christmas and Bubbles Review and Giveaway

If you have little ones you've probably seen the show Peppa Pig, the #1 preschool show on Nick Jr.  Well now your child's Christmas wish is coming true, Peppa Pig will be available in not just 1 but 2 new DVD's! Peppa's Christmas- available November 4th, and Bubbles- available December 2nd.  We were lucky enough to be able to review these DVD's and even better, you can win your very own copy of each!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Toy Story 4

The latest "Buzz" is about a new Toy Story 4 in the making! The announcement came from Disney's CEO at an investor's meeting.  John Lasseter will return as the director and from what I've read Tim Allen and Tom Hanks have also excitedly agreed to be a part of it.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Chateau La Mason Review

Since I do a lot of reviews for my readers, and that will soon include travel reviews, I figured this morning I would review my bath experience at the Chateau La Mason (aka my house).  Apparently at the Chateau La Mason you are given a "bath attendant".  My attendant was a sweet young thing that goes by the name of Addie.  Although I could tell she could use a bath herself and her hair wasn't even brushed for the day yet, her smile and happy attitude with willingness to help made those things easy to overlook.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The easy Andes Mint Cookie Recipe

A few years ago I tried (and shared) a recipe for Andes mint cookies.  Although delicious, they are a pain in the rear to make.  There's a stovetop cooking process, a cooling process, and then you bake the cookies.  Needless to say, as great as they are I found myself not wanting to do all the work to make them so we rarely did.  Well today I found a easy version of this recipe and I'm sold!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Happy Veteran's Day!

Happy Veteran's Day! Thank you to all the men and women who have graciously given part of their lives in defense and support of our country and freedoms!  My husband included, who has served with both the Marines and National Guard.  Take time and thank a veteran today. Freedom isn't free.

Monday, November 10, 2014

It's about time Netflix

If you have a Netflix subscription you've probably noticed the lack of movies you actually want to watch on there.  It seems as though Netflix is gearing up for a big promotion of Holiday subscriptions as they've been adding some actually decent movies lately. It's about time!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Party in Phoenix with a Pogo Pass

If you live in the Phoenix area you have GOT to check out this awesome Pogo Pass!  Pogo Pass has a list of popular attractions you can get in FREE.  Best of all the pass is good for 12 months from the time of purchase.  Normally the Pogo Pass is $99, but if you use the promo code: ATOZ  you can get it for just $39.98!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Kids Academy App Review

I was able to download and review a few apps from Kids Academy this week and let me just say if you have kids from the ages of 2-10 you should check out these apps!  They're cute, interactive and have different levels and activities for different ages.  Addie (my 2 year old) loved the simple mazes where you move the bone to the end and the dog follows the bone.  She also loved learning how to write numbers while collecting fireflies.  The montessori style learning in these apps teaches kids on their individual level. It was my first experience with montessori teaching for my kids and we really enjoyed it and can see the value.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Chocolate Games Review

I am the luckiest blogger ever.  Seriously what's better than chocolate?!?! How about some fun family games you're familiar with made out of chocolate?!? I got to review a few of these fun chocolate games- ok I let my kids have most of the chocolate, but we had a blast playing the games we already knew how to play but this time with a victory that was more "sweet" than usual.

Monday, November 3, 2014

King of Christmas Tree Giveaway

Christmas is coming up and what better way to get ready than by winning a Christmas tree from King of Christmas in their tree giveaway?!?  We started using artificial trees years ago and haven't looked back since.  Once you have one you don't have to worry about purchasing one every year, watering it, cleaning up the needles, and disposing of it- or should I say trying to find room for it in the trash or if you're lucky leaving it on the street for trash pick up.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

I hope you all have a great Halloween!! Share your pics on our facebook wall! Show off those cute costumes!  As for me I'm still trying to figure out a easy and simple costume- so far the best I've got is taping some smarties to my pants and being a "smarty pants".   I'm open to suggestions!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The crappy truth of life with a newborn

For 40 weeks give or take you are anticipating the birth of your baby.  Picking out names, decorating the nursery, shopping, and planning for the future.  But the crappy truth of life with a newborn never crosses your mind, at least not until a few days after the baby is born.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Christmas Wish List Coming Soon!

Every year I share a list of cool products you really should add to your Christmas shopping list, this year's list will be posted soon! Just before Thanksgiving so you can get your black friday/cyber monday shopping in.  I've already got a number of companies sending me products for consideration and I can tell you there are some AWESOME things for this year's list!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Kazaz! Storybook app review

I was able to review a new storybook app called Kazaz! this week.  After downloading the app I was able to download 3 stories.  One story tells about Kazaz, a planet that learns how to make friends when a fireball accidentally collides into it leaving a bit of it's fireball magic inside Kazaz which grows into islands with people and animals on it.  The other stories happen on the islands.

Friday, October 24, 2014

23 Blast Movie Review

I was able to watch a early screening of the movie 23 Blast and I can 100%  honestly and with excitement say it's one I would recommend to anyone!  Such an inspirational movie based on a true story.  The story is about a high school boy named Travis that has spent his life devoted to football when an unexpected infection leaves him blind.  This movie is so moving as you watch his struggles and depression at first and his attitude change from one of giving up to determination as he gets the opportunity to play football again.  It even had a few parts that gave me a good laugh!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I'm dying, but let me take care of you

ok, I'm not REALLY dying, but anyone who has had Mastitis can tell you it sure feels like it!  And why is it that mom's never get a break from taking care of everyone else, even when they're deathly sick themselves?  What's Mastitis? Basically it's an infection in the breast that moms can get when breastfeeding.  It's usually caused by a build up of milk supply when the baby isn't nursing as much as there is milk available, and stress and lack of sleep also contribute.  So when we were traveling with our new 1 month old and visiting family you can imagine how easily all the factors became reality and resulted in mastitis for me.