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DreamsWorks Press: Dragons App + iTunes Gift Card Giveaway

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One of Hayden’s favorite movies this year was How to Train a Dragon 2 and I have to admit that I loved it too! With going back to school, I like for him to unwind when he gets home so for a treat I downloaded the app Dragon from the iTunes Store, which is based on the popular franchise.

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Dragons Interactive Story App

DreamWorks Press: Dragons’ is a groundbreaking, premium interactive story app based on the world and beloved characters from DreamWorks’ Dragon franchise. Following the launch of their publishing division, DreamWorks Press: Dragons is the studio’s first self-published story app, allowing readers to train their own dragons, explore unseen lands, and become the lead character within brand-new Dragon tales. The app is the initial installment in a series for which subsequent chapters will become available, continuing the reader’s adventure with Hiccup and Toothless.

The app is available at Apple’s iOS store and will retail for $4.99 with later chapters retailing for $.99 this fall. The app’s three reading levels will target fans ages 5 and under, 6 to 8, and 9 to 11 years old.

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Unique features include:

  • A visually rich 2D & 3D storytelling event
  • Tappable 2D animations geared towards participation
  • 3D interactivities to care for, play and fly with your dragon
  • Three reading levels for varying age ranges
  • Robust audio integration for an immersive experience

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Freckled Lemonade

Give Back and Celebrate National Lemonade Day at Red Robin {Giveaway}

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It’s always great when a company that you love does good. It makes me love them even more! To celebrate National Lemonade Day, Red Robin is turning lemons into Freckled Lemonade and celebrating the national holiday and honoring the beloved summertime drink by giving back!

National Lemonade Day is August 20th and participating Red Robin restaurants across the U.S. will host lemonade stands, serve Freckled Lemonade samples to guests and collect donations to support Red Robin’s national charity partner, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

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Freckled Lemonade is one of my favorite drinks to get from Red Robin! If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s a a blend of sweet strawberries and tangy Minute Maid® Lemonade with free bottomless refills. It’s been Red Robin’s signature drink for over 20 years and I think it’s the perfect drink to honor National Lemonade Day.

Head to Red Robin on August 20th for National Lemonade Day and donate $5 or more and you will receive a yellow bracelet to show your support for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement dedicated to finding cures for all childhood cancers, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $80 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 450 pediatric cancer research projects nationally.

How You Can Help

If you can’t make it to Red Robin on August 20th, there are four other ways to donate and to join the fight against childhood cancer!

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- Purchase an Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation eGift Card at www.redrobin.com/giftcards

- Purchase exciting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation-inspired merchandise on Red Robin’s website

- Log onto AlexsLemonade.org and donate to the charity

- Purchase a Freckled Lemonade at Red Robin on any other day of the year!

During grand opening week at new Red Robin locations, all proceeds from Freckled Lemonade will be donated to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to raise awareness of childhood cancer causes, primarily research into new treatments and cures. To locate a new Red Robin location in your area, visit www.redrobin.com!

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Try Huggies Snug and Dry Plus Diapers – Exclusively at Costco! {Giveaway}

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As a Mom of 3, I’m all about saving money where I can. That’s why I love buying my diapers and wipes from Costco – especially because they exclusively sell Huggies® Plus Diapers and Wipes.

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With two active toddlers running around the house – I can’t keep up with them! – I love the Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers. They stay on great thanks to their SnugFit* waistband and unique Grip Tabs plus they are extra absorbent for both day and night! 

The Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes are perfect for my family too. They are thick and durable for the messiest of messes but they are also natural – which is good for my Olivia’s super sensitive skin!

If you’re looking for high-quality diapers and wipes  -Huggies Plus products –  at great savings, Costco is your place to go to stock up!

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Costco Members – Click HERE to register for a FREE sample of the Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes. Hurry and register now, there will be a limited number of samples each day while supplies lasts, so try back tomorrow if you aren¹t able get a sample today! You must be a Costco member to get a sample and limit 1 sample per household.

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Taking the Febreze #Noseblind Test + Febreze Prize Pack Giveaway

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Have you ever gone on vacation and then came back to your clean home wondering what that smell was? There are many times that this has happened to us and I’ve realized that whoops – my house is what smells! Sometimes you can become noseblind and accustomed to what your house smells like. YOU don’t think there is a smell, but your guests sure do! Even though I know I’m noseblind in my house, I am pretty sure what it smells like….our dog and our kids – specifically the diapers of two toddlers. 

You know those Febreze commercials where they blindfold strangers and they say how good it smells even though they are surrounded by disgusting stuff? Well, we conducted a mini Febreze #Noseblind test in our house. We had a few family members over for a fun movie night but before we got settled in, I asked them to fill out a survey about how our house smelled – no one was allowed to share their answers with each other. 

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 Then I popped 3 bags of popcorn for us all to enjoy as we watched our movie {The Lego Movie, if you’re wondering}. We settled in…but then I had everyone get out their phones to take one more survey before we enjoyed our snacks and the movie. Then, I lit the Meadows & Rain Candle, sprayed some Febreze into the air and thus the Febreze #Noseblind Test began!

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One of my favorite things about Febreze is how fast it starts working. Pretty instantly, we smelled the fresh scent of the Meadows & Rain Febreze. We couldn’t even smell the popcorn scent in the air anymore. After the movie was over, everyone filled out the final survey. 

I got them to admit that sure enough my house smelled like our dog. Yup, I had a confirmed case of noseblindness. Because I sure didn’t smell that.

Don’t worry though – we all suffer from some sort of noseblindness. Noseblindess is a nasal condition where you become accustomed to the odors around you over a period of time.  That’s all thanks to the the human olfactory system which evolved to help the brain categorize and prioritize different chemical signals from receptors in our nose. 

But wait! You don’t have to become noseblind to all the not so pleasant odors in your house. Luckily, Febreze contains a molecule known as Cyclodextrin that traps and eliminates bad odors. Now I know that I can spray Febreze throughout my house and be assured that it’s eliminating any smell that is there! 

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Head over to Noseblind.com to learn more behind the science, the symptoms and the treatment – there is a cure and that cure is called Febreze! You can also connect with Febreze socially by liking them on Facebook and following on Twitter.

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Cabo Beach Bacon Cheeseburger

Cabo Beach Cheeseburger + Walmart Gift Card Giveaway #CookingUpGood

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About 4 years ago, I had the best burger of my life. My family was on vacation to Gulf Shores, Alabama and while my Mom watched our son my husband and I enjoyed a Date Night. I don’t know if it was the combination of the good company of my husband, the gorgeous view below or the giddiness of being child free, but I’ll never forget that burger…until now!

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I’m always looking for delicious, easy and affordable recipes. Seems like a tall order right? With the Kraft Foods Cooking Up Good Hub, you can stop you’re looking! Kraft has created a fantastic page where you can watch technique videos from top-food bloggers to learn new kitchen skills and unlock coupons, create a collection of your favorite Kraft Recipes and be entered for a chance to win a $100, $250, or $1,000 Walmart gift card, plus find all the Kraft favorites your family loves.

I found some of the most delicious recipes on there and have pinned them all to my Summer #CookingUpGood Pinterest Board. The first recipe I had to make though was the Cabo Beach Cheeseburger. There’s just something about summer that screams burgers, of course. For some reason I never get too fancy with our burgers. We grill then, melt cheese on them and then eat them. I was intrigued to try the Cabo Beach Cheeseburger, which is just bursting with flavor!

Cabo Beach Cheeseburger

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Ingredients
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 4 slices OSCAR MAYER Bacon
  • 4 KRAFT Big Slice Pepper Jack Cheese Slices
  • 4 kaiser rolls, split
  • ¼ cup KRAFT Mayo Chipotle Flavored Reduced Fat Mayonnaise
  • 1 avocado, cut into 12 slices
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro {optional}
Instructions
  1. HEAT grill to medium-high heat.
  2. SHAPE ground beef into 4 (1/2-inch-thick) patties. Grill 5 to 6 min. on each side or until done (160°F). Meanwhile, cook bacon as directed on package.
  3. TOP burgers with cheese; grill 1 min. or until melted.
  4. SPREAD rolls with mayo; fill with cheeseburgers, bacon, avocados and cilantro.

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This burger was SO good and perfect for summer…it even satisfied my craving for that beach burger from years ago! I’m also a huge fan of avocados so whenever I can sneak these into a meal, I’m happy!

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Head over to the Kraft Cooking Up Good page for a ton of delicious recipes. There’s tons to choose from like Cheesy Salsa Mini-Meatloaves, Hawaiian Burgers and S’mores Pie.

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You can also learn how to Kraft The Perfect Burger and unlock coupons when you watch the featuring video from home cooking pro Kristen Guy. She’ll show you take a basic burger over the top and you’ll unlock Kraft Foods Coupons!

Win a $1000, $250, or a $100 Walmart gift card!

Simply create an eCard with your favorite top-Pinned Kraft Foods recipes, fill out the entry form, and then share your card. Not only will you be entered for a chance to win high value Walmart gift cards, but you’ve also created a delicious collection of recipes you can share on Pinterest!

Which Kraft Cooking Up Good recipe do you want to try this summer? 

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Suave Products in my Bathroom

5 Suave Products in my Bathroom + $25 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway

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As a family of 5, I’m always looking to save. One way I save in the bathroom is by buying Suave products. From hair care to fun body washes for kids and what my husband says is the best lotion in the world, Suave has you covered! Even better, there is now Suave Family Rewards where you can earn points for buying Suave products and then redeem them for Walmart gift cards. What is better than being rewarded for products that you already buy?

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Our bathroom is stocked with Suave products and I thought I’d share with you some of my favorites!

- Suave Berry Body Wash: There are a ton of different scented body washes for kids but my son is a big fan of the Berry scent. I personally think he just loves the cute penguin!

- Suave 2-in-1 Surf’s Up Shampoo and Conditioner: With kids, the less products the better! That’s why I love the 2-in-1 of shampoo and conditioner. Plus, it smells delicious!

Suave Classic Clean 2-in-1 for Men: My husband has been using the 2-in-1 from Suave for years. It’s totally his scent and he loves it.

Humectant Shampoo and Conditioner: I’ve been using this from Suave for a few years. It moisturizes and leaves my hair so soft!

Tropical Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner: You’ll usually only find these bottles for $1 each, which you can’t beat! I love using this in the summer for that fantastic coconut smell!

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When you’re headed to Walmart to stock up on Suave products, don’t forget to sign up for the Suave Family Rewards to save even more!

25 Free Points!

Use the code SippyCup when you sign up for Suave Family Perks and you will instantly get 25 free points! You’ll then only need to spend $12.50 in Suave products to be able to redeem a $5 Walmart gift card.

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Earth to ECHO

Enter to win an Earth to Echo Prize Pack! #EarthToEcho

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Earth to Echo hit heaters yesterday and if you’re looking for a fun family-friendly movie to see this holiday weekend, you found it!

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Tuck, Munch and Alex are a closely bonded trio of inseparable friends, but their time together is coming to an end. Their neighborhood is being destroyed by a highway construction project that is forcing their families to move away. But just two days before they must part ways, the boys find a cryptic signal has infected their phones. Convinced something bigger is going on and looking for one final adventure together, they set off to trace the messages to their source and discover something beyond their wildest imaginations: hiding in the darkness is a mysterious being, stranded on Earth, and wanted by the government. This launches the boys on an epic journey full of danger and wonder, one that will test the limits of their friendship and change all of their lives forever.

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5 Cleaning Hacks + Hoover Cordless Air Vacuum Giveaway #RethinkCleaning

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As a busy work-at-home mom of three kids, I’m always looking for ways to make my life easier. Essentially, any life hack I come across, I try it out to see if it helps me get things done around the house faster. below are some of my favorite cleaning hacks.

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5 Awesome Cleaning Hacks

- Clean a Microwave in Seconds

- Clean the Shower head with Vinegar

- Clean Baseboards with Bounce Dryer Sheets

- Easy Homemade Furniture Polish

- Hoover Air Cordless Vacuum 

Bonus Cleaning Hacks I Love!

- How to Clean Outdoor Toys

- How to Clean Kids Toys with Vinegar

- Easy Ways to Get Kids Cleaning

Hoover Air Cordless Vacuum

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There’s just something about vacuuming that I’m not crazy about. It scares my kids and I usually always have to go over a room several times since ours doesn’t have a great suction. Add in that darn cord that I’m always having to maneuver around and it’s a job that I like to pass off to my husband. Thanks to the Hoover Air Cordless Vacuum though, this is the ultimate cleaning hack.

The Hoover Air Cordless Vacuum uses LithiumLife technology for 50 minutes of run time and features a lightweight design {only 10 pounds!} in a a full-size vacuum. While it’s small, there’s no loss of suction and actually features the exclusive WindTunnel 3 technology with 3 channels of suction. Best of all though? It’s cordless! No more stepping around or tripping over a cord but you still get the function of a full-size vacuum.

The rest of your lifestyle is modern and updated with the latest technology. Why not your vacuum?

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Rethink cleaning with the Hoover Air Cordless Vacuum that is available at Walmart for only $259.

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Join Suave Family Perks and Earn Walmart Gift Cards {$25 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway}

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Don’t you love to be rewarded for the products that you already buy? I sure do! Suave products is something that I buy for the entire family and now with Suave Family Perks, I can earn money back for products that I use daily.

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As a family of 5, we go through a lot of Suave products. Suave Advanced Therapy Lotion is the only lotion he can use and when summer rolls around, I always stock up on the Tropical Coconut Shampoo & Conditioner as it’s just a must for me during the summer months. For the kids? Hayden loves the Watermelon 3-in-1 Body Wash, Shampoo and Conditioner.

If you’re like me and always stocking up on Suave products while shopping at Walmart, you’ll want to sign for for Suave Family Perks. Once you’ve connected via Facebook or registered with an email address, just upload a picture of your Walmart receipt. Once the photo is submitted, it will be reviewed and you’ll get a text letting you know how many points you earned. Once you have earned 150 Suave® Family Perks points, visit the Rewards page to trade them for a $5 Walmart eGift Card! How easy is that?!

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Now, exclusively at Walmart, you can get rewarded for buying the Suave products that your family knows and loves! Make sure to sign up for Suave Family Rewards today!

25 Free Points!

Use the code SippyCup when you sign up for Suave Family Perks and you will instantly get 25 free points! You’ll then only need to spend $12.50 in Suave products to be able to redeem a $5 Walmart gift card.

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7 Must-Have Johnson & Johnson Apps + Over $40 in Coupons! #HealthyEssentials

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Wherever I go, my phone goes with me. I love that it’s my personal camera, my way to communicate with friends and family and my direct line to looking up whatever I need, whenever I want. My family’s health is so important and if something goes wrong, I want instant access to finding out what to do. That’s why I love the Johnson & Johnson Health Management apps that are available to download so you can turn your phone into a high-tech first aid kit! Below are 7 must-have Johnson & Johnson apps for your phone!

Health Management Apps

1. JOHNSON & JOHNSON WOUND CARE RESOURCE

The JOHNSON & JOHNSON WOUND CARE RESOURCE App provides a series of tools to make wound care easier.

3. Kids’ Wellness Tracker

Kids’ Wellness Tracker makes it easy for parents to track children’s height, weight, BMI, vaccines, symptoms, and medicines, plus use the pediatric TYLENOL® and Children’s MOTRIN® product dosing tools.

4. BAND-AID® BRAND MAGIC VISION® APP STARRING NICKELODEON’S TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

Use this app to scan a BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages box featuring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and get ready to join the Turtles in all kinds of activities.

5. JOHNSON’S® Baby BEDTIME® Sleep

Does your baby have trouble sleeping? You’ll love the first FREE baby sleep expert at your fingertips. From the brand that brought you the only 3-step nighttime routine clinically proven to help your baby fall asleep faster.

6. Digital Health Scorecard

The Digital Health Scorecard app from Johnson & Johnson helps you learn your personal “health score” and better understand your likelihood of developing common chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart or respiratory diseases or cancer.

7. Donate a Photo

Donate a Photo, the new, free app, from Johnson & Johnson takes your photos and turns them into a way to do good. I’ve been using this app for a few months and it’s an easy way to help others in need.

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The 2014 FIFA World Cup has officially kicked off! Johnson & Johnson wants to help keep your family healthy and active this summer. Whether you’re playing it sun safe, tackling allergies or defending baby’s skin, you’ll want to meet the full line up of Johnson & Johnson products that are a must for this summer!

Johnson & Johnson also knows you want to save money like an All-Star, so right now they have over $45 in coupons for you to download right now! I’ve already printed great coupons for products like Band-Aids, Neutrogena sunscreen and more!

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Is Your Home Safe? Take the Quiz for Home Safety Month! {Giveaway}

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My family is the most important thing in the world to me and after that, my house which we have turned into a home. That’s why my husband and I make sure to do everything we can to make our home safe for our family. It’s scary to think about but according to the National Fire Protection Association, a fatal house fire occurs in the United States every three hours. Along with carbon monoxide poisoning, a fire is another huge fear of mine – and I bet it’s a fear of yours too! June is Home Safety Month and thanks to Kidde, I’ve got some great tips to share with you!

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Home Safety Tips

- Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms should be replaced every 10 years. Kidde Worry-Free alarms have a sealed-in lithium battery that lasts 10 years– the life of the alarm. Make sure to test them monthly to make sure they are still actively working. 

- Place carbon monoxide alarms on each level of your house and near sleeping areas. These alarms will monitor your home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Smoke alarms should be placed on each level of the home. Kidde actually has location-specific alarms to take the guess work out of where to place it. 

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- Place fire extinguishers within reach on every level of your home. Make sure that they are installed close to an exit and near the kitchen or garage, where most home fires are started.

- Make an escape plan that your whole family knows. This is something that my husband and I have talked about together but not with our son. It’s something that we definitely have to do soon! Practice the escape plan with the whole family and make sure each adult knows who will take care of which child. Make sure to figure out two different exits from each room in the house.

- Put your home address and phone number on the fridge and make sure your kids know it!

We have Kidde Worry-Free smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors throughout our house and I rest easier knowing we have them. You don’t have to worry about low battery chirps since the Kidde Worry-Free alarms feature a battery that lasts 10 years, which also saves you money.

Do you know Home Safety? Take the online quiz and see how you score! You could also help me win 150 smoke alarms to donate to my local fire station by selecting Sippy Cup Mom at the end of the quiz! The quiz will be live until June 30th.

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Create an Outdoor Oasis with Pier 1 {Win a $25 Gift Card to Get Started!} #Pier1OutdoorParty #Sponsored #MC

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I participated in this campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting  for Pier 1 Imports. I received a gift card to facilitate my review and to thank me for participating. As always, all opinions are honest and my own. 

It was about two weeks before our Outdoor Oasis cocktail party. Before the kids woke up, coffee in hand, my husband and I headed outside to make our “pre-party to do list.” Wow! Winter neglect had taken it’s toll on our yard! Our list was long, but we were determined. In the next ten days we weeded, edged, pruned roses, spread bark dust and refinished the deck. And then… the BEST part! A trip to Pier 1‘s Outdoor Department!

I think I spent so much time in Pier 1′s incredible Outdoor Collection department that I tired the family out. Thank goodness there was no lack of comfortable (and stylish!) seating for my little guy!

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There was so much to see! Just look at these colors!

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We now had a plan for turning our deck and backyard into an Outdoor Oasis with some fun, unique items purchased from the store or ordered from Pier1.com

The guest list was actually very easy. We live in an amazing neighborhood. It’s full of families much like ours. Our kids play in the cul-de-sac together, we have a pinewood derby every Fourth of July, progressive dinner parties in the winter months and just about every weekend we gather on each other’s porches or backyards to have a glass of wine and talk about our day.

After some loving labor in the yard, setting up was so much fun! My husband hung the beautiful Sunburst Lantern and I set up the lights under the umbrella and the freshly picked flowers under the table.

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The Mediterranean Tile Umbrella has a bright tile pattern that is colorfast and water-repellant. It has a super easy pulley design and a gorgeous eucalyptus pole. It comes with it’s own matching tote for storage. I love it when style and convenience come in one lovely drawstring package!

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We decided on an after dinner cocktail party just before dusk. Food and drinks needed to stay easy so we could enjoy the company: strawberry bellinis, lemon mint water and a new bruschetta recipe that I have been wanting to try for a while now. Sweet basil from my own garden, soft mozzarella from a local dairy and some rich cherry tomatoes-absolutely delicious!

The turquoise Tail & Fins Fish Bowl was gorgeous with some bright, fresh lemons and went beautifully with the Oceans Filled Candle and Colbalt Rim Pitcher. They gave the party a fun oceanside feeling.

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The Stacking Armchairs are made from all weather whicker and a sturdy iron frame. I love how light-weight and comfortable they are-and they come in a rainbow of colors. Eleven actually. It would be super easy to find a color that goes with your existing outdoor furniture! And did you notice the word “stackable”? Yes! Less storage space needed when we put the furniture away for the snowy months.

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Our small table was originally a humdrum forest green color, and older than two of my children! A bit of spray paint that matched the chairs perfectly and suddenly I had a beautiful, complementary color theme of purples, blues and turquoise.

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After some drinks and appetizers, we broke out the bright Bocce Ball set from Pier 1. It was a fun game and didn’t take much space-perfect for our smaller backyard.

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Our Outdoor Oasis party was a hit! It was an easy relaxing get-together with some of our favorite people. The food and drinks were light and delicious and the deck was transformed into a comfortable party area with just a few key pieces of furniture and decor. We will definitely be gathering together in this fun new space many more times on warm weekend nights this summer!

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After our friends taken the short walks back to their homes and our kids were tucked into beds, my husband and I enjoyed a drink together. The light as the sun went down was perfect, so I couldn’t help but snap a few more pictures.

The Arabella Garden Stool was one of my favorite purchases. The blue is rich and the cutout pattern is elegant and the height is perfect for a stool, a side table, a plant stand-move it around to be whatever your occasion calls for.

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The Clear Sunburst Hanging Floor Lantern was amazing in the twilight. Because we have kids, we will use the battery operated candles, but they would be incredible with flickering candles too!

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 Did you know that you can now order from Pier 1′s website? Associates will join in the fun as you mix and match items when you purchase in-store or you can order online from the comfort of your couch! Pick the items up at your local store or have them delivered directly to you. You can have furniture and large items delivered right to your door in 1-3 weeks.

Don’t forget to think about Pier 1 for gifting too. Hostesses might love a fun and practical gift that can be used at the party! I know I would!

What would you like to do with your outdoor living space? Would you make it an elegant alfresco space perfect for relaxing? A bright, trendy place for an outdoor cocktail party? Or would you create an area with seaside hues and a coastal feel?

Hurry over and check out the Outdoor Collection for inspiration because Pier 1 wants to give you a $25 Gift Card to start creating your own Outdoor Oasis party!

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Watch the First 5 Minutes of How to Train a Dragon 2 + Giveaway! #HTTYD2

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Last week, I shared a trailer for the upcoming movie How to Train a Dragon 2! It’s in theaters THIS Friday and we just can’t wait! I know it’s sure to be a fun family movie and I’m excited to share with you the first 5 minutes of How to Train a Dragon 2 below plus an awesome giveaway!

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The thrilling second chapter of the epic HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON trilogy brings us back to the fantastical world of Hiccup and Toothless five years after the two have successfully united dragons and vikings on the island of Berk. While Astrid, Snoutlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island’s new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Now, Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognizing that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons.

Watch the First 5 Minutes of How to Train a Dragon 2

Download How to Train a Dragon 2 Coloring and Activity Sheets

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Get your kids excited before the movie this week! Download free #HTTYD2 coloring pages and connect the dots activity pages!

Stay Updated on How to Train a Dragon 2

Visit the official website

Like How to Train your Dragon 2 on Facebook

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Win It!

Enter to win a How to Train a Dragon 2 Prize Pack that includes a  Pop N Race GameToothless Power Dragon and a 8” Toothless Plush!

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Walgreens Way to Well Tour is Coming to You + Fitbit Flex Giveaway #WayToWellTour

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As a busy Mom of 3, it’s hard for me to get away and visit the doctor. But as a Mom of 3, that’s exactly WHY I should be visiting the doctor. That’s why I am so excited about the Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour, a community outreach program dedicated to providing free preventive and early detection health services to communities across the country.

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Now through December, there are four buses traveling the country offering FREE health tests and assessments in addition to tons of resources and education. Free tests include total cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, body composition, skeletal muscle, resting metabolism, visceral fat, real body age and body weight.  The tour was recently in St. Louis and I visited with my family. Everyone was so nice and professional as they explained everything we were going to do in the tour bus.

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Getting my Blood Pressure Taken!

There is no payment or insurance required to visit the Walgreens Way to Well Tour Bus. Once you go inside, it looks just like a doctor’s office with a waiting room and individual “rooms” where you will get your tests done. Everyone was very friendly and explained step by step what I was going to be getting done.

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I knew that my numbers wouldn’t be great because I’m working on improving my health and losing weight. It was good to see the numbers on paper and there wasn’t any judgement from the team – just encouragement! I was able to get a ton of resources to read up on to help get my numbers down.

One thing I have been enjoying lately is walking with my family. I have had a FitBit for a few months now and I’ve found that it is a great motivator to keep me moving, plus I love that I’m in a friendly challenge with my husband and friends. One thing I love learning about is how you can link your FitBit to your Balance Rewards card. I am in Walgreens a few times a week and I can’t shop without my card. In fact, I will pick out items that will give me more points. So when I learned that I could earn 20 points for each mile that I walked, ran or cycled, I immediately signed up!

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It’s super easy to sign up. Once you have signed up for the Walgreens Balance Rewards program, just sign up for the Steps program and start walking! We recently went to a theme park and I earned 140 reward points just for having fun and being active!

Visit www.waytowelltour.com to find a stop near you!

The health tour’s bundle of free health tests and risk assessments is designed to provide participants with personal health insights that may indicate symptoms and potential risks for cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Tests include total cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, body composition, skeletal muscle, resting metabolism, visceral fat, real body age and body weight*. Collectively the health tests, valued at over $100, are administered to adults age 18 years and older by certified wellness staff and can be completed in approximately 20 minutes. Afterward, participants consult with a Walgreens pharmacist or certified wellness staff about his or her results. This is a free service – insurance will not be billed.

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I’m excited to be teaming up with Walgreens to give away a FitBit Flex so you can connect it with your Balance Rewards card from Walgreens!

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Introducing the Playtex Baby Beginnings Imagined Program: Win a Custom Illustration! #MomTrust

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Time is going by so quickly. It’s hard to imagine that my son will be going into 1st grade this fall and that my girls are already 15 months old and walking all over the house – they are TODDLERS now! It really can seem like just yesterday that I was pregnant and dreaming about Olivia and Evie and how they would be. Would their personalities be similar or completely different? Would they look like me or my husband?

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15 month later, we can see that Olivia looks exactly like my husband and Hayden and Evie looks like….well, we aren’t sure! Their personalities are completely different and I love seeing them grow into these little people with their own likes and dislikes. As time goes by so quickly, I’m thankful for this blog so I can document their life in pictures and words.

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All parents dream about what your child could become and Playtex is helping parents capture those hopes and dreams through the Beginnings Imagined program, where parents have the opportunity to win a bespoke illustration and story of what their little one could become and be entered to win a grand prize of a $5,000 scholarship to help them fulfill their dreams.

I was so excited when children’s book author and illustrator, Julie Olson took a picture of Olivia and Evie along with some facts about their personalities and created this gorgeous keepsake that we will treasure forever. 

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I’ll always treasure this picture for capturing this special time in their life!

Now through July1st, moms and dads are invited to visit imagined.playtexbaby.com where they will be asked to answer a few short questions about their child and submit an image for their chance to win a custom illustration by children’s book author and illustrator, Julie Olson. All illustration winners will then be entered for a grand prize drawing of a $5,000 scholarship.

Playtex Baby is always right there with me and my family as my kids grow. I’m so excited for their new Beginnings Imagined program and I hope you are too!

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I am so excited that Playtex Baby is giving me the opportunity to give away a custom illustration to one lucky Sippy Cup Mom reader!

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Win a Nickelodeon Summer DVD Prize Pack

Enter to win a Nickelodeon Summer DVD Prize Pack!

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While we like to stay busy outside during the summer, there’s those rainy days, road trips and days that you just need to relax on the couch. For those days, there’s these six great Nickelodeon DVD’s to kick off summer! My son absolutely loves all of these shows and I know that he is excited that they are available on DVD so he can watch them anytime. I know your kids are excited too, so I’m giving away the SIX Nickelodeon titles below away to one lucky reader!

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PAW Patrol (ALL-NEW AVAILABLE NOW)
Whenever there’s a problem, just yelp for help! The PAW Patrol pups are ready to save the day at home in their first-ever DVD, filled with 10 exhilarating adventures from the hit animated preschool series. Follow these six heroic rescue pups and a tech-savvy boy who work hard to show the people of Adventure Bay that “no job is too big, no pup is too small!”
 
Bubble Guppies: Sunny Days!
From the beach to the circus, to a night under the stars, join the Bubble Guppies as they swim into activities perfect for summer in these six swim-sational episodes!
 
Dora the Explorer: Summer Explorer
Dora and Boots are having a blast at the beach when they hear a call for help. It’s a baby crab stuck in a net! Help Dora and Boots take Baby Crab to his Mami on Crab Island.
 
Max & Ruby: Summertime for Max & Ruby
Max and Ruby work a lemonade stand, fly kites and put on a backyard magic show in this seasonal DVD favorite.
 
Nick Jr. Favorites: All Star Sports Day
Preschoolers’ favorite characters from Dora the ExplorerGo, Diego, Go!The Wonder Pets!Blue’s CluesYo Gabba Gabba! and Ni Hao, Kai-lan compete in sports and practice camaraderie in this DVD.
 
SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeBob’s Runaway Roadtrip
Join SpongeBob and Patrick for six hilarious adventures.  Enjoy the Great Barrier Reef, a cruise, a trip to the Ocean Mint, a homebound holiday and a trip that’s out of this world.

 

Not included in this giveaway but also available now is Nick Jr. Favorites: Summer Vacation, featuring Dora the ExplorerGo, Diego, Go!The Wonder Pets!Blue’s CluesYo Gabba Gabba! and Ni Hao, Kai-lan as they enjoy some fun in the sun on this DVD.


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One reader will win a Nickelodeon Summer DVD Prize Pack!

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Shop Walgreens for AXE Gift Packs Featuring X-Men:Days of Future Past! {Movie Ticket Giveaway}

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My husband, son and I are hugely into superhero movies but one of my absolute favorites are the X-Men movies. I remember reading some of the comics when I was growing up after my cousin was done with them and there was just something about the X-Men movie that I loved. I was a huge fan of X-Men: First Class so when I heard they were making a sequel, I was so excited and already started planning a date night with my husband. I love everything about the mix of the new cast and old cast in X-Men: Days of Future Past!UNI_WAG_AxeXMen_asset2[1][1]

X-Men: Days of Future Past is in theaters now and to celebrate, AXE has released four custom gift packs that are available at Walgreens.  If you can’t wait for the movie’s release, then visit a Walgreens near you for an exclusive X-Men: Days of Future Past Axe® gift pack with a FREE movie poster inside! Enter your zip code into the store locator below to find a Walgreens near you. This would make a perfect gift for Father’s Day – I know that I’m picking one up!


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I’m excited to be giving away 2 tickets to see X-Men: Days of Future Past to THREE lucky winners! This will make for a fun date night! Enter the Rafflecopter form below.

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Enter to Win The Fault in Our Stars Prize Pack! #TFIOS

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Last week, I shared the trailer for The Fault in Our Stars, which is in theaters on June 6th. I loved the book and I’ve already told my husband that if this isn’t a date night movie for us, I’m going to see it by myself!

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The Fault in Our Stars features Hazel and Gus, two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel’s other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.

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Watch the Trailer!

Connect with The Fault in Our Stars

- Visit the official website

- Like TFIOS on Facebook

- Follow @TheFaultMovie on Twitter

- Follow on Google+ & Instagram

Win It!

One winner will win a $25 Visa Gift card to see the film in theaters, copy of the book (movie tie-in book cover) and a Tote Bag!

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thinkThin Bars: Review & Giveaway!

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If I don’t watch it, I snack all. Day. Long. It doesn’t matter if I’m at home with the kids or running errands all day-I manage to snack, and they are not always healthy. For me, there is just something natural about seeing a bag of pretzels and taking a handful as I’m walking upstairs to switch the laundry. If the kids don’t finish the crackers and string cheese that I gave them for a snack-they’re mine. And when they go to bed, I like to relax with something to munch on and it usually falls under the category of “comfort food.” My habits are not good.

Enough with the confession.

I’ve been trying to do better! For the last few weeks, I’ve been leaving a jar of almonds on the counter. And I make sure to have an orange with me so I don’t hit the concession stand during my kids’ softball games. I’ve found something that would be great to keep in my bag or in the cabinet, and they can actually be described as a treat!

A few weeks ago, thinkThin sent me a selection of their high protein bars, crunch nut bars and a few other varieties. They were good! I ended up finding a few additional flavors because I wanted to try more!

High Protein Fiber Milk Chocolate Toffee Almond Bar   thinkThin Protein Bars   thinkThin®The thinkThin Lean Protein & Fiber bars have 10g of protein. The CDC recommends that women ages 19-70 get 46 grams of protein a day. One of these bars gets us well on our way to that number. In addition to keeping my protein intake up, I’ve been trying to shed some pounds lately and thinkThin fit the nutritional bill as a “guiltless” indulgence for me. These will make it much easier to snack healthier.

Here is what I had for snacks yesterday:

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My husband and I split the two thinkThin bars. He’s a fan too!

So, how do they taste? I’ve tried a lot of protein bars in the past. A LOT of them either taste like cardboard or the box says they are “protein bars” but the nutritional content info on the back tells another story altogether! A few thinkThin bars were not my preference, but there were some really great flavors!

The two bars pictured above are the Creamy Peanut Butter High Protein bar and the Coconut Chocolate Mixed Nuts Crunch bar. These were great!

The Creamy Peanut Butter bar had a nice smooth texture. The center was filled with soft, creamy peanut butter and the outside was wrapped in milk chocolate. The bar had a great flavor-no chalky bland taste here! The chocolate tasted rich-one of the best chocolates I have had on a protein bar. But get this- 20 grams of protein and NO sugar! I’m not kidding.

On the right we have the Coconut Chocolate Mixed Nuts Crunch bar. Almonds, peanuts and cashews are dipped in chocolate and then comes the coconut. How can this bar not be good, right? I’m not a big nut fan, but I really loved this combination. The bar had a nice crunch to it. The coconut was moist and the bar was very flavorful!

The crunchy Chocolate Dipped Mixed Nuts bar was our other favorite. It has 190 calories, 8g protein, 4g fiber and 6g sugar. I wanted to give you a close-up of the chocolate and nutty (almonds, peanuts and cashews) goodness you will be getting:

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All of the bars were filling. They kept me from mindless snacking and my appetite in check. If you’re trying to watch your diet, you should try a few thinkThin flavors and see what you like. With the amazing protein content, good fiber, low or no sugar and less than 200 calories-these are a great way to satisfy a craving!

Be sure to follow thinkThin on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for all the latest news and product info!

Do you want to win a nice assortment of thinkThin bars and a $25 gift card to use towards a cute new outfit for summer? 

 

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Win a #Blended Movie Prize Pack!

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It seems like it’s been awhile since my husband and I have had a date night at the movies, but next up on my list is Blended, starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. I just love those two and all of the movies they have been in so I know I’ll love this and it will have me laughing!

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BLENDED marks the third comedy collaboration between stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, following their successful onscreen pairings in the hit romantic comedies “50 First Dates” and “The Wedding Singer.”

After a disastrous blind date, single parents Lauren (Barrymore) and Jim (Sandler) agree on only one thing: they never want to see each other again. But when they each sign up separately for a fabulous family vacation with their kids, they are all stuck sharing a suite at a luxurious African safari resort for a week.

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In addition to Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, it’ got a great cast that includes Joel McHale, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kevin Nealon, Jessica Lowe, Terry Crews, Shaquille O’Neal, Bella Thorne, Emma Fuhrmann, Alyvia Alyn Lynd, Kyle Red Silverstein and Braxton Beckham.

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Enter to win Coffee Beanery’s Blended to Perfection Sweepstakes and you could be jetting off to the beautiful beach city of San Diego for an overnight safari at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park Click here to enter http://on.fb.me/1kpXBcy.

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One reader will win a  Blended Tote, Outdoor Kit and Lip Balm, Coffee Beanery sampler, one-pound coffee + Blended branded tumbler mug!

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