Thursday, April 30, 2015

Minute Maid knows you are Doin’ Good! #Sweepstakes #DoinGood #DiMe

DISCLAIMER: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Minute Maid and DiMe Media.  Minute Maid will provide this prize. Minute Maid is not a sponsor, administrator  or connected in any other way with the contest – and all opinions are my own.

With Mother's Day approaching I find myself thinking back to when I was my daughter's age, and how I was personality wise and comparing myself to my daughter to see the similarities and the differences. I'm also in a way comparing myself to my mother and grandmother, to see if I'm hopefully doing a good enough job as a mom as they did. With a full time job, husband, child and house, I don't often get a chance to reflect on things to see what kind of job I'm doing as a mom. Looking at all those situations I think I'm doing pretty good!
The things I took from my childhood and have passed to my daughter are to always be yourself, it's OK to be different and to not worry about what others think of because of what you like.

Disney's Tomorrowland - New Trailer and IMAX Sneak Peek #Tomorrowland



It is less than a month to go to the anticipated Disney's Tomorrowland, coming to theaters everywhere on May 22nd! There will be a special presentation of the film, featuring more than six minutes of footage to be introduced by director Brad Bird, will screen exclusively in IMAX® theatres domestically and in select international markets beginning May 1. 

I am excited to see the new Avengers movie and as an added bonus, there will be an extended first look of TOMORROWLAND will screen directly prior to Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON and will play for the duration of that film’s run in IMAX.
        

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

Like TOMORROWLAND on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyTomorrowland
Follow Disney Pictures on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DisneyPictures

TOMORROWLAND opens in theaters everywhere on May 22nd!


 


Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement and Testimonials in Advertising .
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Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Best In Show - Activity Sheet & #Giveaway #BerryBestInShow

 Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Best In Show

Join Strawberry Shortcake and some new furry friends in these delightful “tails” about being yourself and encouraging others to do the same. During his road trip to find homes for his orphan puppies, Huckleberry Pie and his four-legged crew get stranded in Berry Bitty City. Luckily, Strawberry and her berry best pals decide to help out with the strays in “A Boy and His Dogs.” Blueberry Muffin and Huck become “Partners in Crime” when they try to write a mystery story together…with surprising results.

Great toys from Hasbro your kids will love! #Giveaway #Hasbro #PlayLikeHasbro


With a large extended family we constantly have family over and that means I'm seeing a lot of nieces and nephews and cousins of all age ranges. The reason they come over a lot of because we seem to always have the coolest stuff and thanks to Hasbro, we'll continue to see them. I just received a whole bunch of goodies that will make our house the place to be.
When I was growing up I would have loved to have a doll like the Baby Alive Sips 'N Cuddles doll. She's not only cute as button, but she drinks and wets like a real baby! But the nice thing is she sleeps through the night... This is the doll that lets the little ones in your life actually get to see what it's like to be a mommy.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Help Kmart support the March of Dimes and donate in-stores and online #TeamKmart #KClub



   “This is a sponsored post, I am a Kmart K-Club blogger, though all opinions are my own.”

 When I was pregnant I was so worried about doing things the right way to make my pregnancy as easy as possible. I took all the necessary precautions, stopped eating and drinking certain things, took supplements to make sure everything would be fine for my daughter and myself and 10 years later I’m the proud mother of a happy healthy daughter.
While pregnant, I would often think what it was like for my mother and grandmother and great-grandmother to be pregnant and how in those number of years we’ve learned so much about pregnancy and how to prevent premature births and birth defects. I know they still exist but the numbers are getting fewer and fewer each year and that’s thanks to the work of the March of Dimes.
For more than three quarters of a century we’ve benefited from their science teams research and education and through breakthroughs and vaccines we’ve all benefited from their wonderful organization. This year marks the 32nd consecutive year Kmart will support the March of Dimes and it’s their 23rd year as national sponsor of the annual March for Babies walk.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Olaf and Sven Itty Bittys coming to Hallmark Gold Crown stores in late May!

Every time were in a mall and we pass a Hallmark store my daughter always makes us stop in so she can check out the Itty Bittys they have for sale. She's 10 going on 35 but this is one of the few times she lets her inner little girl out. She's past the stage of playing with dolls and all those little girl things but when she see's the Itty Bittys my “big” girl turns back into my little girl.
Itty Bittys are great little dolls that resemble characters from movies (Star Wars and the Wizard of Oz) to comic books (Iron Man and Batman) to the Muppets and Peanuts. We just received two brand new Itty Bittys Sven and Olaf from Disney's Frozen.  

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Check out the Jurassic World Trailer!


I have always been a big fan of Jurassic Park, from the movies to the books, I have just loved the series. I have been looking forward to Jurassic World for a while now. It will be nice to see one of my favorite young actors, Ty Simpkins check out my Interview with Ty Simpkins

JURASSIC WORLD – In Theaters June 12, 2015

Check out the amazing Tomorrowland "Vision of Tomorrow" Featurette & New Character Posters! #Tomorrowland

 Looking forward to seeing the new Disney movie Tomorrowland, coming to theaters everywhere on May 22nd? Be sure to  check out the amazing Tomorrowland "Vision of Tomorrow" Featurette & New Character Posters!
From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

Monday, April 20, 2015

ABEO® amazing stylish and comfortable footwear you will love! #Giveaway

Are you looking for a cute pair of shoes this spring and summer? Shoes designed with your foot comfort in mind. Well you can have the best of both worlds, cute shoes that feel great and with ABEO® biomechanical footwear. The B.I.O.system sandals provide comfort support and body aliment, this is done by keeping the foot in place with the shape of the shoe.  I would like to introduce you to ABEO a shoe company that you will love. Here is a little more information about the company from the website:
Evolutionary and revolutionary, the future of footwear is here! ABEO® biomechanical footwear™ infuses advanced technology into classic shoe designs! The future of footwear is here! ABEO® biomechanical footwear infuses advanced technology into classic shoe designs. Evolutionary and revolutionary, ABEO includes: B.I.O.system sandals and shoes, AEROsystem athletic performance shoes, SMARTsystem walking shoes, LiTe lightweight athletic shoes, R.O.C.S. rocker bottom shoes and 3D³ orthotics. ABEO offers exceptional everyday footwear for ultimate comfort, improved mobility, and better overall health and wellness.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom in theaters now! #MonkeyKingdom

Have you ever wondered how monkeys lived? How is their family dynamic and what do they do in day to day life? How close are they to humans? Well you will be able to find out with Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom this amazing & educational film is coming to theaters everywhere today!
Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in “Monkey Kingdom,” Disneynature’s new feature film set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya’s world is forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, into her complicated extended family. Like all families, Maya’s has more than its share of colorful personalities—and she’s determined to give her son a leg up in the world.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Check out the new Marvel's ANT-MAN Trailer! #AntMan


Looking forward to seeing Marvel’s Ant-Man on the big screen? Be sure to check out the new trailer and I am sure you will be as excited as my family and I are to see this cool new movie!



The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Check out Key Ring the app that is the #1 mobile app for loyalty cards and shopping! #Giveaway

For as long as I can remember my husband has always had one app on his phone, didn’t matter Apple or Android he had this app because it made shopping life easier and his keychain a lot smaller. That app is Key Ring. If you don’t have Key Ring App on your phone you’re missing out on something good.
First and foremost the best thing about Key Ring is that it de-clutters your actual key ring! No longer do you have to schlep around a million store rewards cards; every time you pull your keys out you’re looking at those grungy cards. How they wind up with that layer of yuck on them I’ll never know. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Check out the new Disney movie, Tomorrowland Featurette #Tomorrowland



Have you ever wanted to travel through time? To see the future, to see how it will be tomorrow? I know I have always loved shoes and movies about time travel and I am so excited to see the upcoming Disney movie Tomorrowland starring  George Clooney, coming to theaters on May 22nd 2015. Be sure to check out the new featurette about this upcoming film below.
From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.
       
Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

 Like TOMORROWLAND on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyTomorrowland
Follow Disney Pictures on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DisneyPictures
Visit the official TOMORROWLAND website: www.Disney.com/Tomorrowland
TOMORROWLAND opens in theaters everywhere on May 22nd!
Are you looking forward to seeing Tomorrowland?



Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement and Testimonials in Advertising .
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Phantom Glass the last screen protector you will ever need! #Giveaway #ThinkPhantom


Looking for  a way to protect your phone or electronic device? I have a great suggestion for you all, Phantom Glass the last screen protector you will ever need! With Phantom Glass, installation is a breeze – no special liquids, techniques, or time-consuming processes. Phantom Glass installs in seconds AND it’s reusable! Here is a little more information about  Phantom Glass from the website:

Phantom Glass is made using Corning Gorilla Glass. This ensures that Phantom Glass will resist most impacts and scratches, and ensure that your device is protected. Phantom Glass is also engineered so that in the event of breaking, it does so in a way that is 100% safe to the touch. There are no hazardous shards of glass or sharp edges.

HSN Curtis Stone Forged-Aluminum Frying Pan Set

I’ve said it before that I enjoy cooking, but my pans have seen better days. Some of the pans I’m using are God knows how old and should be retired. So when I had the chance to try new DuraPans from Curtis Stone .I was excited because chef’s know pans, and know what’s needed to make a great pan great.
Available in a pair because everything is better when it has a buddy, these two pans are really spectacular. The DuraPans are available in either red or black (we have red) with lids that make my life easier because most of my lids are mismatched. 
Curtis Stone 4-piece 12" Forged-Aluminum Frying Pan Set
Your guests may seem a little excited when you bring out the good stuff, and we ain't talking about the 30-year-old Scotch. This set of two 12" frying pans is when it's time to whip up the stuff, in the form of a fabulous breakfast or dinner. They feature forged aluminum bodies for durability and painted exteriors for stovetop-to-oven-to-table versatility. 

What You Get

  • (2) 12" frypans with lids
  • 4 Recipe cards
  • Use and care sheet
  • Manufacturer's 1-year limited warranty
I couldn’t wait to test them out so I made a stir fry for dinner, and my husband went to pour it out onto his plate, and since he’s used to our old pans he just out of instinct jerked the pan to help it because he figured the non-stick was old and beaten and sticks…..well he almost lost his dinner because the DuraPan is non-stick and it really is NON-STICK!
I noticed when cooking how things were so much easier to mover around the pan and it made cooking a delight, I love not having to fight with food that gets stuck to the pan. And at 12 inches these pans can handle what you throw in them day to day: steaks, chicken, French toast or pancakes are a breeze to cook in the DuraPan.
               
I have a wonderful recipe courtesy of HSN to get you started with your cooking.
Curtis Stone’s Seared Pepper Steak with Caramelized Brussels Sprouts


Serves: 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes      

Cook Time: 22 minutes

Ingredients
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
Six 6-ounce center-cut beef tenderloin steaks (1½ inches thick)
1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
3/4 cup dry red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon
1 pound fresh Brussels sprouts, halved lengthwise
3 tablespoons unsalted butter

Method
To cook the steaks:
  1. Using a mortar and pestle, coarsely crush the peppercorns. Season both sides of the steaks generously with salt and sprinkle the coarsely crushed peppercorns over both sides of the steaks, patting to adhere.
  2. Preheat a Curtis Stone 12-inch Frypan over high heat. Add the oil and swirl to coat the pan. Add the steaks. Cook the steaks for about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare doneness.
  3. Add the wine to the pan and simmer 30 seconds. Transfer the steaks to a cutting board and let rest. Continue simmering the wine until it is reduced to 1/4 cup, about 4 minutes.

Meanwhile, to prepare the Brussels sprouts:
  1. In another Curtis Stone 12-inch Frypan, bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil over high heat. Add the sprouts, cover, and steam for about 3 minutes, or until bright green. Add the butter and cook uncovered over medium-high heat, tossing occasionally, for about 5 minutes, or until the Brussels sprouts are golden brown. Season with salt.

To serve:
  1. Place the Brussels sprouts on plates. Slice the steaks across the grain and arrange the steak slices alongside the Brussels sprouts. Drizzle with the wine reduction and any accumulated juices from the steaks.

When the cooking is all done cleanup was about as easy as you can get. Being a non-stick pan that is truly non-stick there wasn’t all the much to clean up. My husband who is usually head dish washer noticed how fast he cleaned the pans because he didn’t need to really use elbow grease. From start to finish I am 100% impressed with my new DuraPans from Curtis Stone, if you’re a cook of any skill level you need good pans, and these are as good if not better and affordable as any out there.
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You can purcahse the  Curtis Stone 4-piece 12" Forged-Aluminum Frying Pan Set on HSN

Could you use a new pan set like this?

 





Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . I received a pan set to review.  No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement and Testimonials in Advertising .
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Gymboree new line, Hop 'N' Roll. Made to keep up with the rhythm of play! #Giveaway


Spring is here! Time to get out and have some fun with the kids outside. For me there is nothing better than being outside in the yard or at the park on a nice spring day. Kids are only young for a short time, and I want to make sure my daughter has the time to just go out and play, run dance hop and skip and just have fun being a kid! I am sure you feel the same, and so does Gymboree. On April 6, Gymboree  launched a new play wear line called Hop 'N' Roll, made to keep up with the rhythm of play. From play dates to picnics in the park, Gymboree is proud to help dress the cutest kids in the sandbox.
Are you looking for some wonderful children's clothing?  I am always searching for comfortable well-made clothing for my daughter. I like quick simple outfits that I don’t have to worry about just grab and go and well I have one of those that makes not only me happy but my daughter as well.  Gymboree has a new Hop ‘N’ Roll collection that keeps up with the rhythm of play and are built to stand up to all my daughter puts them through with comfort and style!

Will you be celebrating Cinco de Mayo this year? Celebrate with Rudolph’s Pork Rinds #Giveaway


As you may know, May is just around the corner, which means that Cinco de Mayo is in our midst!  We’d like to see if you might be interested in sharing a delicious way to include Rudolph’s Pork Rinds to celebrate with a crunchy, salty, tasty flair!

Happy Cinco de Mayo! To celebrate, Rudolph’s Pork Rinds has some great festive dips! The first is a zesty guacamole dip that pairs perfectly with Rudolph’s Bold and Spicy BBQ Pork Rinds.  The second is a tomato salsa that brings fresh Spanish flair to any flavor of Rudolph’s Pork Rinds that strike your fancy!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Disney’s Tomorrowland coming to theaters 5/22. Check out the new Before Tomorrowland prequel book! #Tomorrowland

Ever wonder how the future might be like? What if I told you the future looked pretty cool and George Clooney would be in it.. Ok well that may not be the case, but it is the case for Disney’s upcoming movie Tomorrowland starring the Award® winning actor George Clooney.  I have to say I am excited to see this movie, I love sci-fi type movies about time travel and the future, they always make me think of what if?


Check out the newest trailer of Tomorrowland
              


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Bazooka Joe is getting a makeover! #Giveaway





This is a sponsored post, Bazooka Candy Brands sent me Bazooka Joe Bubble Gum to try for free. All opinions are 100% my own.
  
Are you a Bazooka gum fan? Well I grew up with this gum, I loved the little 5cent packs I would pick up at my corner store after school  (yes I know I am dating myself, 5 cent packs are from so very long ago, remember those?) this sweet gum was one of my most favorite treats. Now the gum we know and love is getting a new look!

Bazooka Joe, the 60-year old bubble gum chewing American Icon, is getting a makeover courtesy of some of the most talented illustrators across the globe and his devoted fans! Bazooka Candy Brands, a division of Topps, has tapped four top artists who have worked with some of the biggest studios in the world, including DreamWorks Animation and Nickelodeon Animation Studios, to help develop potential new looks for Bazooka Joe.  Designs will be shared weekly via bazookajoe.com, where fans will be able to weigh in and vote for their favorite. 

Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions, . No compensation was received. All opinions are my own. This is a unofficial fan site that is not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company or Disney theme parks.

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