The Book of Life Activity Sheets, New Trailer and Giveaway! #BookOfLife

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Last week, I shared with you a trailer for The Book of Life, a new animated movie that is in theaters on October 17th. To get you excited for the release of the movie, I’ve got lots of exciting things to share including activity sheets and a giveaway!

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THE BOOK OF LIFE, a vibrant fantasy-adventure, tells the legend of Manolo, a conflicted hero and dreamer who sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds in order to rescue his one true love and defend his village.

The movie stars Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, Ron Perlman, Ice Cube, Danny Trejo, and more. Rated PG, it’s in theaters on October 17th.

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Free Book of Life Activity Sheets!

Want to learn how to make your own Sugar Skulls, Paper flags and more? Download free Book of Life Activity Sheets!

Book Of Life Halloween Carnival

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The Book Of Life Halloween Carnival is coming to a city near you! Come out and celebrate with fun activities, prizes, and food.

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Visit the Book of Life Shop in stores and online! In celebration of the release of the upcoming film, The Book of Life, Cost Plus World Market has developed exclusive Book of Life Toys inspired by the film. Products include a colorful Tin Keepsake Box, Guitar, Maracas, Manolo Rubber Duck Bath Toy, Kaleidoscopes, and more.

Watch the Trailer!

Connect with The #BookOfLife

– Visit the Official Website

– Like ‘The Book of Life’ on Facebook

– Follow on Twitter, Tumblr

Win It!

Enter to win a The Book of Life Prize Pack that includes a $25 Visa Gift Card,  Mini guitar & keepsake box from Cost Plus World Market.

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Disclosure: I received compensation for this post but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Imagine Big With Let’s Imagine Elmo #ImagineWithElmo

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I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Playskool. I received product samples to facilitate my party and review, and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Whenever I think of a character using their imagination, one of the first to pop in my head is Elmo. My kids and I love watching Sesame Street and seeing Elmo come on the screen and using his imagination to discover new worlds and sing songs. I love to encourage my kids to use their imagination and recently we had a fun Playskool Party to encourage kids to use their imagination while discovering the new Let’s Imagine Elmo.

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Open up your imagination at home with Let’s Imagine Elmo, a 13-inch Elmo that comes with three different hats that unlock different imaginary themes and play modes. You can place the crown on Elmo’s head to play a game of “Prince Elmo Says,” pop on the cowboy hat to learn about numbers in the “Countin’ Cowboy” game, or put on the sea captain hat for a fun “Sounds of the Sea”game. Your kids can also tickle his belly, squeeze his nose, or bounce him for a fun reaction.

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We had fun kicking off the party with Elmo snacks – Earth’s Best Crackers and Pouches – and trying on the different hats that Elmo has too. It was fun trying on the different hats and using our imagination to create stories with Elmo.

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My little climber could definitely imagine being a gymnast when she is older. I was surprised when my son told me he imagines he will be a writer!

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We also had fun playing with the Stack N’ Spin Monkey Gears, {a favorite from when my son was older!} where  little ones can build up the fun by placing colorful gears all around their monkey friend’s belly, hands, and feet. The Stack N’ Spin Monkey Gears encourages Fine Motor Skills, Hand-Eye Coordination and Cause and Effect – perfect for little ones!

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New this year, the the MR. POTATO HEAD brand combines mini spuds with Mix & Mash play in a two-inch scale featuring everyone’s favorite TRANSFORMERS characters! Optimus Prime spud partners up with Grimlock spud to battle the Decepticons! Squeeze the Grimlock figure’s eyes and watch as his jaw chomps and launches a projectile!

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If you’re looking to get one of the hottest toys for 2014, check out the Let’s Imagine Elmo from PlayskoolWhat do your kids imagine they will be when they grow up? 

Transform Your Lunches with Jimmy Dean® Frozen Lunch Entrees!

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The last few months have been kind of crazy for our household. My son started 1st grade and is now going to school full-day and my husband started a new job. We are all getting into the swing of a new routine – even me since I’m now working from home with my 1 year old twins running around.

I try to stay as organized as possible since I work from home and that includes making everyone’s lunches the night before and trying to plan my menu for the week each Sunday. When it comes to meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner – I always tend to make the same things over and over again. It gets boring fast and I’ve recently started hearing complaints from the men in my family about making something a little different for their lunches and our dinners. Usually, I’ll spend hours browsing Pinterest for ideas but now my mind is racing with ideas using the new Jimmy Dean® & Jimmy Dean Delights® frozen lunch or dinner entrees at Walmart! That’s right, Jimmy Dean isn’t just for breakfast anymore!

For my husband, I know that he has been wanting some variety in his lunches. I’ve never been the type of person to get overly creative or involved with lunches – it’s always been a sandwich, chips and a fruit. Sandwiches can get boring fast but not the sandwiches from Jimmy Dean! I’m talking Smoked Ham & Cheese Sandwiches on Pretzel Buns, Smoked Sausage on a Country Bun and Pulled Pork on a Pretzel Bun. YUM!

Last week, we did a week’s worth of Jimmy Dean lunches and they were a huge hit not only with my husband at work but for me at home. There’s so many times that I’m busy with my twins that I forget to eat because I just don’t have time to prepare something for myself. When I pop one of these in the microwave and sit down to enjoy it, it’s like I’m actually enjoying a sandwich packed full of flavor from a restaurant or a BBQ joint. For a busy Mom like me, I love having the option of enjoying a high-quality meal in just minutes.

Now, it looks like I’m getting fancy with lunches. Check out my Jimmy Dean lunches below!

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I picked up the new Jimmy Dean products at our local Walmart, where you’ll find the new frozen lunch and dinner offerings, . Pick some up today and transform your boring ol’ lunch!

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Jimmy Dean…it’s not just for breakfast anymore! It’s for anytime of the day. Which lunch are you looking forward to trying?

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Celebrate Feeling Beautiful with Target and Dove #TGTfeelbeautifulfor

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When my son was about 4 years old, he was in the bathroom with me while I was looking in the mirror. Not thinking, I said out loud that I hated the way I looked – my hair was limp, my complexion was a mess and I just felt blah. He looked up at me and said that he thought I was beautiful. It was at that moment that I realized I had to not only build up my child’s self-esteem but that I had to have good self-esteem myself to be a good role model for my kids. When I had my twin girls, I knew that I wanted them to grow up with self-confidence and to know that they are beautiful – both inside and outside. The same goes for my son, too!

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What’s your beauty legacy? Help the next generation of young girls and women celebrate feeling beautiful. All you have to do is tell the world who you feel beautiful for, by tweeting and posting with #TGTfeelbeautifulfor.

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Target and Dove want to help you feel beautiful inside and out. Through November 1st, you can save on the Dove products that help you feel your best. Head to Target.com to print a coupon for $0.75 off any one Dove women’s product at Target!

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I saved and shared my beauty legacy, now I want to see yours. Every time you choose Dove, you show your support for self-esteem building programs for girls. Dove has helped more than 13 million girls so far. Together, we can help even more.

Win It!

Enter to win a $50 Target Gift Card!

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All you have to do is tweet who you feel beautiful for and include the hashtag #TGTfeelbeautifulfor. Share a link to your tweet in the comments below, for your chance to win a $50 Target gift card.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored post by Lunchbox, all opinions are 100% my own. Giveaway ends on November 1st. US only. 

Mega Bloks SpongeBob Squarepants™ Invisible Boatmobile Rescue Giveaway

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A few weeks ago, my son and I were at the toy store and he was looking around, showing me all of the toys he wants. It sometimes doesn’t even matter if we don’t buy anything, he just loves to look at everything. As we walked down the Mega Bloks aisle, he suddenly tarted shouting at a new toy that was on the shelf. He loves all of the Mega Bloks play sets but when he saw there were now Mega Bloks Spongebob toys, he was so excited.

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I was so happy to make his day when Mega Bloks sent me their new Mega Bloks SpongeBob Squarepants™ Invisible Boatmobile Rescue toy as a way to share about their exciting new partnership with Spongebob!

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Plankton is at it again and it’s up to SpongeBob and Patrick to stop him with the Invisible Boatmobile Rescue by Mega Bloks SpongeBob SquarePants. Build the Invisible Boatmobile with cool translucent blocks and take off for a high-speed chase! Help, Plankton is launching jellyfish everywhere! It’s up to SpongeBob and Patrick – dressed as Mermaidman and Barnacleboy  – to save them with the Invisible Boatmobile’s not-so-invisible net!

Ideal for ages 5 and up.

Features:

  • Cool Invisible Boatmobile to build with translucent blocks
  • Buildable bobCAT vehicle and a Jellyfish catapult
  • SpongeBob, Patrick and Plankton micro action figures
  • Four jellyfish
  • Combine with other Mega Bloks SpongeBob SquarePants playsets to build your own wacky world of fun in Bikini Bottom.

Find out more about Mega Bloks and Spongebob!

– Visit the Mega Bloks SpongeBob Squarepants Official Site

– Check out the Invisible Boatmobile Product Page

– Follow Mega Bloks on Twitter and Facebook

– Follow @SpongeBob on Twitter

Hayden had such a fun time building the set and we look forward to seeing more Mega Bloks Spongebob SquarePants play sets! This is oing to be a hot gift this holiday season, so I’m excited to be giving away the Invisible Boatmobile Rescue by Mega Bloks SpongeBob SquarePants!

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Disclosure: I received the above product for review purposes only. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

DIY Daniel Tiger Costume

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My kids absolutely love Daniel Tiger and really, what kid doesn’t? I have such fond memories of watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood growing up and while no one can bring back Mister Rogers, you can introduce your child to the world of Daniel Tiger!

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When I connected with Brenda of Davis Specialty Sewing on Facebook and saw her Daniel Tiger Inspired Costume for her son, I knew I had to share here for everyone to see! She’s got a great tutorial below so you can make your very own Daniel Tiger Costume for Halloween!

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This costume is a size 4T and is an alteration to the brilliant SuperCool Hoodie pattern by A Sparkly Baby. Currently, there is a tutorial for the tiger hood put together by Jennifer Barasso, owner of Stitch Upon a Time but it is only being offered if you bought the hoodie pattern and are a member of the Facebook group A Sparkly Baby Patterns. I suggest joining the group. It’s fabulous!
 
So….onto the construction process. The red hoodie was made using sweatshirt fleece and lightweight knit for the lining of the hood. I used two different types of fur for the hood and stripes. The tiger hood is lined with fleece. Then you just need coordinating thread, a drawstring, and separating zipper. I would suggest using at least a 14in zipper for the 4T size, My zipper was only 12in and was too short so I had to make do by bring the collar down farther. 
 
All the materials I used for the costume  were purchased at JoAnns, Here are the links and amount needed (for a 4T):

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Red Hoodie – 1/2 yard of main body and ¾ yard of coordinating (sleeves, waistband, cuffs, hood)

 

Tiger Hoodie – 1/2 yard of beige fur, about  1/4 yard of brown fur, and about 1/2 yard of lining fabric for the hood

 

Pants – ½ yard of beige fur, about ¼ yard of brown fur, and about a fat quarter of red and white knit for the shoe covers.

To make the pants I just took a pair of my son’s pants, turned them inside out, and folded them in half. Then, I placed them on the fold of the fabric and traced around them leaving room for a seam allowance, hemming, and elastic casing. There is a great tutorial on how to make a quick pair of pants over at Simple Simon and Company. Basically, I followed that tutorial and added stripes, shoe coverings, and a tail into the back seam. Make sure to add your tail as you are sewing up the back seam of the pants.

The shoe coverings were came about by tracing a semi-circle onto red knit (I used upcycled T-shirts!) and sewing them onto the bottom of the pant legs. Then, cut another, smaller, semi-circle of white knit (again, t-shirts!) and sew it onto the top of the red. Then, sew a piece of elastic to the bottom of the shoe covering so it will stay in place when your little munchkin is running around.

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The tail was done by following the tutorial from The Road to Crazy Blog and altered by using left over beige fur and brown fur stripes. I wanted wire in mt tail so it didn’t hang loose but the only thing I had was floral wire. Although, I used the entire pack of floral wire it was just not strong enough to hold the weight of the fur and stuffing. I should have used a wire coat hanger now that I think about it.

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And that’s it! Now, you have a really cute Daniel Tiger inspired costume. My son likes to wear the hoodie everywhere we go and leave the pants for Halloween.

Thanks Brenda for this awesome tutorial on a Daniel Tiger Costume! Check out her Facebook page at Davis Specialty Sewing

Disney Trip Countdown Ideas

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Even before my husband and I had kids, we loved visiting Walt Disney World. We also loved creating Countdown Calendars. Yes, even before smartphones and apps were introduced, we would have a calendar on our fridge or on our computer just counting down the days until we were back at the Happiest Place on Earth. Once we got our smartphones and before Hayden came along, we then had an app that counted down the days for us.

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When we had our son, I got to get creative with him as we counted down the days until our trip. I would love to someday surprise him with a trip to Disney World but I also love planning it and sharing in the excitement with him as it approaches.

With toddlers, it’s so hard to tell them how far away something is – they don’t really understand 2 months, 3 weeks, 8 wakeups. So when my son was three years old and we were headed to Disney World, we decided to make a paper chain to help him understand the concept of how far away our trip was. You won’t need much for this Countdown Calendar! All we used was construction paper, glue sticks and crayons. On each chain I wrote down how many days were left.

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He loved pulling off part of the chin each morning and it helped him with the concept that the smaller the chain got, the closer the trip was! If you’re looking to make a Disney Countdown Chain, you must check out the template that Grey Luster Girl has – the chain has Mickey ears!

The next year, I decided to get the fun paint samples at Home Depot and create a bright and colorful countdown calendar for our fridge. This was a lot of fun to make with Hayden and I liked seeing it in our kitchen.

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This year, we bought this wooden Walt Disney World Countdown Sign from an Etsy shop. We have a lot of Disney stuff going on in our basement and we are always planning a trip, so we thought this would be a great addition.

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When we got a little bit closer, I decided to try my hand at making some Mickey Ears with my new Cricut Explore. I made 20 Mickey Heads so Hayden could start pulling them off when we were 20 days out.

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With ribbon, glue dots and the Mickey Heads from the Cricut, this was a really simple and fun Walt Disney World Countdown to put together! Hayden has loved taking a Mickey Head off each day.

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There are so many fun and unique Disney countdowns out there! Check out some of my favorites!

Disney Countdown Ideas

- Fiddle Dee Me: Clothespin Countdown

- Mom and More: Disney Countdown Chain

- The Suburban Mom: Disney Cruise Countdown

- The Suburban Mom: Disneyland Countdown

- Just Is a Four Letter Word: Countdown to Disney Monorail Craft

- All for the Memories: Printable Disneyland Countdown

- Disney in the Desert: Picture Frame Countdown

- My Crazy Good Life: Countdown Poster

How do you count down the days until your next Disney trip?

The Best of Me Trailer and Sweepstakes + Giveaway

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Last week, I shared with you a trailer for The Best of Me, the latest Nicholas Sparks book to be turned into a movie. It’s in theaters on October 17th and I’m already preparing to bring my tissues with me.

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The Best of Me tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Spanning decades, this epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances.

The Best of Me stars James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato.

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Watch the New Trailer!

Want Nicholas Sparks to join your Book Club?

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Calling all book clubs! You and your club could win a visit from a professional moderator & special guest appearance from Nicholas Sparks via Skype.  All you have to do is tweet a question you’d like answered using #BestOfMeBookSweeps!

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Win It!

Enter to win The Best of Me in paperback, a mug and $25 Visa Gift Card.

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Prizing is courtesy of Relativity Media. Open to US mailing addresses only. 

Disclosure: I received compensation for this post but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Take a #SuaveFamilySelfie to Win!

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The other weekend, my family met up with my in-laws and we headed to their community’s downtown area for a parade. We sat on the edge of the street, bundled up as it was the first chilly day of Fall and everyone was so happy and excited. I don’t usually like to be in pictures, but at that perfect moment, I knew I had to capture it.

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It’s one of my favorite photos because it captured me with my kids as we are having a fun day – the only person missing was my husband! I love taking family selfies in the fall because we are always outside enjoying the gorgeous weather and fun things to do like apple and pumpkin picking!

Want to win big just by taking a Fall Family Selfie? 

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Enter for a chance to win a Suave® Fall Family Selfie prize pack by snapping a photo of you and your family living beautifully outdoors and posting it to Instagram.

Step 1: Take a family selfie (or use a recent one!)

Step 2: Post it on Instagram using the 3 hashtags: #suavefamilyselfie #LB2LB #Walmart

Step 3: Fill out this form and submit your Instagram link.

*To get your Instagram link visit instagram.com, log in, and find the link to your photo. It will be in the format of http://instagram.com/p/YOURPHOTOID.

*To retrieve the link from your Instagram mobile app, go to your profile picture on the app, click the “…” in the bottom right hand corner, and then select “Copy Share URL”.

Enter the sweepstakes weekly to increase your chance of winning. Each week 6 new winners will be drawn to receive a $175 Walmart prize pack that includes a sponsor-selected camera lens, $100 Walmart gift card, and a Walmart.com photobook awarded in the form of a $50 Walmart gift card!

What are some of your favorite Fall activities? If you’ve snapped a family selfie, make sure to upload it to Instagram for a chance to win! 

 

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Watch The Book of Life Trailer

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I’m always looking for good animated movies in the theaters because it usually means a fun family day for my son and I. We recently saw the trailer for The Book of Life and he said he definitely wanted to see it!

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THE BOOK OF LIFE, a vibrant fantasy-adventure, tells the legend of Manolo, a conflicted hero and dreamer who sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds in order to rescue his one true love and defend his village.

The movie stars Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, Ron Perlman, Ice Cube, Danny Trejo, and more. Rated PG, it’s in theaters on October 17th.

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Play The Book of Life Minigames  

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Dive into The Book Of Life with the minigame challenge! Follow @BookofLifeMovie and tell us your high score! Get started now.

Watch the Trailer

Connect with The #BookOfLife

– Visit the Official Website

– Like ‘The Book of Life’ on Facebook

– Follow on Twitter, Tumblr

Stay tuned for a The Book of Life giveaway next week!

Baseball Popcorn Mix

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October is one of my favorite months for many reasons! I love the cooler weather, the pumpkin treats and the leaves changing colors…but most of all, I love that it means playoff baseball! To me, baseball colors are white and red – which also happen to be my favorite team’s colors. Go Cardinals! If you’re watching playoff baseball this month, you’ll want to make this super easy and delicious treat.

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Baseball Popcorn Mix

Ingredients

– Natural Popcorn {stay away from buttered popcorn}

– White Chocolate Chips

– Burnt Peanuts {found in the candy aisle}

– Any additional candy like M&M’s, sprinkles or nuts

Directions

– Pop popcorn in microwave and then set aside.

– Either in microwave or a double boiler, melt the white chocolate chips, stirring every 30 seconds. You can add a little vegetable oil to thin it.

– Pour the white chocolate over the popcorn and mix well.

– Refrigerate to allow the chocolate to harden over the popcorn.

– Take out and mix in burnt peanuts or additional candy.

– Serve up while you’re watching your favorite team play!

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For all of my St. Louis Cardinals fans out there….you can easily call this St. Louis Cardinals Popcorn Mix! :-D

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And have you been watching the Kansas City Royals play?! Congratulations to them for making the playoffs and they have had some entertaining games so far! So to our fellow Missouri team, Kansas City Royals Popcorn Mix – super easy!

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Which baseball team are you rooting for this October? 

 

The Best of Me Trailer Featuring Lady Antebellum

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There are so many great movies coming out this month and at the top of my list is The Best of Me, based on the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks. The Best of Me tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Spanning decades, this epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances.

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The Best of Me stars James Marsden {love him!!}, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato.

Watch The Best of Me Trailer Featuring Lady Antebellum

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Gone Girl In Theaters October 3rd + Giveaway

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Last week I shared with you that Amy Dunne’s Pinterest page had been found and you could take a look at it to get a closer look at her. So fun, right? Gone Girl is one of my favorite books and I’m so excited for the release of the movie on October 3rd. I’ve already got tickets to see it this weekend!

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Directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn – unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

Watch the New Trailer

Gone Girl is in Theaters October 3rd

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Disclosure: I received a gift card in exchange for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Cough and Cold Relief With Dr. Cocoa for Children

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October is here and while it’s usually my favorite month, it also means more colds and coughs for kids as the weather turns cooler. My son has already been sick once this school year and I’m sure there will be more to come. It’s so hard to have a sick child – I’d rather be sick myself than watch them suffer – especially when a simple cold and cough can last anywhere from six days to two weeks. I remember last year my son had a terrible cough and I just felt so bad for him because there was nothing we could really do for him. When I called his pediatrician, he said most coughs can last 17 days! As for cough medicine, my son is an extremely picky eater so I knew I would have a hard time trying to get him to take any type of medicine. I’ve tried the favored medicines before but he can’t be tricked! It’s hard trying to get a tired and sick child to take some yucky cough medicine.

If all of this sounds familiar to you, you’ll be happy to hear about Dr. Cocoa™ for Children, the first-ever chocolate flavored, over-the-counter liquid cough and cold medicine line for children ages 4-13! Most children love the taste of chocolate so a chocolate cough and cold medicine is brilliant! Dr. Cocoa has a great chocolate taste and is made with real cocoa. It’s combined with trusted, effective ingredients which means no more fighting with your child about taking their cough and cold medicine!

Are you wondering why taste matters for medicines? According to Dr. Cocoa’s new national Harris survey of U.S. parents of school-aged children (ages 4-13), almost 40% of parents said it isn’t easy to give their children over-the-counter liquid cough/cold medicines, with one third of parents believing the taste of the medicine impacted how easy it was to give their child the recommended dose. Dr. Cocoa™ for Children was developed with its real chocolate flavor just for this reason. I’m so glad I’m not alone in having a tough time trying to get my son to take medicine.

Cocoa™ for Children comes in three patented formulas:

Cocoa™ Long-Acting Cough Relief: relieves coughs for up to eight hours without causing drowsiness in children ages 4-13 (active ingredient: Dextromethorphan). Follow the package label for exact dose by age, or speak to your child’s pediatrician.

Cocoa™ Daytime Cough + Cold Relief: relieves stuffy nose and cough for children ages 4-13. Its non-drowsy formula makes it ideal for daytime use (active ingredients: Dextromethorphan and Phenylephrine). Follow the package label for exact dose by age, or speak to your child’s pediatrician.

Cocoa™ Nighttime Cough + Cold Relief: Made especially for children ages 6-13 to relieve coughs, along with stuffy nose, runny nose and sneezing at night (active ingredients: Diphenhydramine, Phenylephrine). Follow the package label for exact dose by age, or speak to your child’s pediatrician.

With cold season just starting, I want to make sure that I’m stocked up on everything I need at home for when my son gets sick. That means essentials like a humidifier, popsicles, plenty of fluids and now Dr. Cocoa™ for Children. Fight the cold – not the child!

Dr. Cocoa products are available nationwide at stores, as well as online at Dr.Cocoa.com. Right now, you can save by printing a $2 off coupon.

Dr. Cocoa products are FDA regulated medicines and should be used only as directed and kept safely out of reach of children.

Win a Dr. Cocoa™ Owl Hand Puppet!

We haven’t had to break out the medicine yet, but my kids are in love with the Dr. Cocoa hand puppet. Now through October 17th, you can win one of these cuddly owls too over on the Dr. Cocoa for Children Facebook page.

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. However, all opinions, text and experiences are my own.

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Stroll in Style with the Joovy Too Qool

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Since becoming a Mom, there are brands that you know you can just depend on and love. A brand that when you see it out in public, you exclaim to the owner and of said product how much you love it too. For me, that is Joovy. In the past few years, we have used Joovy step stools, bottles and strollers. The quality of their products are fantastic but what I really love is the look and style of them! If you’re a mom of multiple children, you’ll love the Joovy TooQool, a luxury stroller that is meant to stand out from the rest!

Joovy TooQool

 

Joovy Too Qool Features

Joovy TooQool

Colors

The Joovy Too Qool comes in 10 stunning colors to choose from. It also features an anodized graphite aluminum frame. The stroller just shouts luxury and when you see it in person, the colors are vibrant and rich. I chose one of my favorite colors – Jade – and it didn’t disappoint.

Setup

I’m not crazy about putting together baby equipment, so my husband volunteered to put it together. Once everything was out of the box, he read over the directions and then was easily able to put it all together in under 20 minutes. I was so anxious to get the girls in and to give it a test drive.

Weight and Size

Looking at the Joovy Too Qool, I thought it was going to be huge and very heavy. To my surprise, it’s actually lighter than any of our other double strollers, weighing in at 36.5 pounds. The reason is because of the lightweight aluminum frame which makes it not only easy to lift the whole stroller, but also incredibly easy to maneuver and handle.

Evie Joovy

Wheels and Handlebar

Speaking of easy to handle, the Joovy Too Qool features a four-wheel, cantilevered suspension system that is the latest in stroller ride technology. Along with the sealed bearing wheels, this ensures that your children will have a smooth and comfortable ride as you stroll whether it’s through the grass, at the mall or down the street. To put the break on the stroller, all you have to do it step on it in the back.

The handlebar is one of the first things I touched on the Too Qool. When I touched it, I instantly knew this was a luxury stroller. It’s covered in hand-stitched glove leatherette which makes it so comfortable for pushing. The handlebar fully adjusts to multiple positions for the height of Mom or Dad.

Joovy Too Qool

Seats

The seats of the Joovy Too Qool is what makes the whole stroller, in my opinion. There are two full-size seats that can be used with an infant car adapter {sold separately} which means you can use it from birth all the way up to 55 pounds PER SEAT. This means I can be using this baby all the way until my babies are probably 4 years and up if I needed to. I love that it’s a stroller that grows with your children. Add on a stroller board that is unique to the Qool and Too Qool and you can even add a third kid standing on the Joovy Too Qool! It also can store right into the frame!

There are multiple positions to choose from with the Joovy Too Qool. The front seat can be either forward facing or rear facing. I’ve found that my girls love both positions. A great plus is that it’s so easy to remove a seat or flip it around. There have been many times where I’ve switched the front seat from forward facing to rear facing in just seconds.

The Too Qool is a great investment if you have one child but plan on having more since it can be a single stroller before you turn it into a double stroller. Remove the second seat and store it until you need it! When the second seat is not in use, there is a large, easy to access basket for anything you might need while out and about. When the second seat is it, you can see in the pictures that there is still room to store some items, but not much.

Both the front and rear seats include a soft neoprene seat insert which is machine washable and very comfortable for baby. They also include a 5 point harness for the safety of your kids too.

Each seat features a very large canopy with a zippered extension to provide even more coverage. I love that both my girls are able to be properly covered with no worry of the sun shining in their face. Plus, there’s a little window so I can look down onto them!

Joovy Too Qool Top View

Both the front seat and the rear seat have a multi-position recline. The front seat has three different positions and the rear seat has two different positions – perfect for when you have a little one that is napping. The foot rest of the front seat also has three different positions.

I’ve always been a fan of side by side double strollers because I always thought that with a tandem stroller, the child in the back would be missing out on so much. Honestly, my daughters have been so happy whether they are in the front seat or the rear seat of the Joovy Too Qool. There’s plenty of room for them to see out and around.

Olivia Joovy

Storing the Stroller

While I think the Joovy Too Qool is a lighter stroller than some of my other double strollers, it is a little bulky when you try to put it in your car. While the stroller can fold up with the front seat either rear facing or front facing, you have to completely remove the second seat to fold it up. We have a minivan but we still don’t have much room for the stroller to be in our back seat until I had my husband take down the seat next to my son who sits in the back. Then, the stroller slides right in. I would love for there to be a way to have the stroller fold with both seats attached still.

Price

The Joovy Too Qool is a true luxury stroller with a price of $799.99. It’s definitely an investment but something that could be worth it since it’s a stroller that can first be used as a single stroller and then grow with your family. The quality of it can’t be beat so you know that it will last years with your family too.

Read more about the Joovy Too Qool and see all of the gorgeous colors over on the Joovy website.

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Disclosure: I am a Joovy Mom and love sharing with you the latest on Joovy products. No compensation was received for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Favorite Features of the iPhone 6 #VZWBuzz

iPhone 6

 

 

Both my husband and I love getting the latest technology in phones whether it’s the latest Android, Windows or iPhone. We both had an iPhone 5s as our phone so when the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus was announced, we both knew we wanted to upgrade. After looking at the specs on both, I decided that I wanted to upgrade to the iPhone 6 while my husband upgraded to the iPhone 6 Plus.

iPhone 6

I’ve had the iPhone a little over a week now and I’m already in love. Below are some of my favorite features of the iPhone 6.

It’s Bigger

One of my favorite things about the Galaxy Note 3 that I also have is the bigger size. I knew that I would be comfortable going up in size for the iPhone 6, but I didn’t want to go as big as the 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 still fits comfortably in the palm of my hand and it’s still easy for me to type with one thumb and also reach across the entire screen with one thumb. I was worried that with the 6 Plus, I would always have to use both hands.

The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch (diagonal) Retina HD display and the screen is sharper and thinner than other phones. I like to read on my phone so it’s convenient to me that it’s a bit bigger – yet I don’t feel like I have a tablet on my ear when I’m talking on the phone!

Talk in GIF

Oh, how I love GIFs. When you find the perfect one, it can just make a conversation. One of the first apps I downloaded for the iPhone 6 is the GIF keyboard by Riffsy.  Now, I can speak entirely in GIFs thanks to iOS8 on the iPhone 6. {If you upgrade to iOS8 on your older iPhones, you can download this keyboard too}.

iPhone 6 GIFs

You just can’t see the full awesomeness in a picture – download the GIF Keyboard yourself!

Notification Center

If you’ve updated to iOS8, you can also take advantage of the Notification Center. You can completely customize what you want to see when you pull down your notifications. I’ve chosen to have my calendar, weather, Sportscenter {you can choose your favorite teams to highlight only them – Go Cardinals!} and my Kindle so I can easily tap on the book I’m currently reading. Another app I keep meaning to download is the TeeVee 3 app, where it will show all of your upcoming televisions shows in your notifications.

iPhone 6 Notifications Main

iPhone 6 Notifications 2

Camera and Video

Even with my iPhone 5s, it was my main camera over my DSLR. The iPhone 6 camera has an 8 megapixel camera and includes an improved image stabilization {perfect when you have little ones on the go!}, face detection and also the ability to take better pictures in low-light, something previews phones were lacking.

As for video, you’re shooting in full HD 1080 video and the image stabilization is better than the previous phone which is good for my shaky hand during my son’s school performances. In addition to the Slo-Mo feature, there’s the addition of the Time-Lapse feature which is just too much fun.

 

A lot of the things that make the iPhone 6 for me is iOS8 which everyone can update to, but I’m also love the size, weight and sleekness of it too. The battery life can last a little bit longer {although not as long as the 6 Plus} which I need as a power user. As I play with it longer, I’ll make sure to update with more of my thoughts!

Thinking of upgrading to the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus? At Verizon Wireless, you can get an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus for $0 down when you trade in your old iPhone. The Verizon Edge program is a flexible equipment payment plan that spreads the retail price of a phone over 20 months. So if it’s not time for your upgrade, you can still get the iPhone 6 for only $32.49 a month for 20 months.

Upgrade faster! Learn more about the Verizon Edge program!

Have you upgraded to the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus yet? 

 

Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I have received some great items from Verizon Wireless. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback.  All opinions are my own.