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Monday, April 7, 2014

Easter Bunny Express at the N.C. Transportation Museum!

*I will receive tickets free of charge in exchange for my review.

Get the family together and enjoy a train ride with the Easter bunny aboard the Easter Bunny Express at the N.C. Transportation Museum.  This year there will be two weekends of fun beginning this Saturday and Sunday, April 12 & 13 then continuing the following weekend Friday and Saturday, April 18 & 19.  During the 25 minute train ride the Easter bunny will be handing out treats to the kids.  Children can also make a craft to take home and even get a temporary tattoo.  Your Easter Bunny Express tickets also include admission to the museum.
Get Your Tickets Today! 
http://www.nctrans.org/Events/Easter-Bunny-Express.aspx




On April 12th there will be an Antique Tractor Show.  The Iron Peddlers will be displaying their tractors and there will also be a Kiddie Tractor Pull.  On April the 19th only they will have the Big Easter Egg Hunt for kids 10 and under at noon.  In addition to the Easter Bunny Express this event will also feature the Lehigh Valley Steam Locomotive #126 pulling the museum's special Caboose Train.  During the egg hunt children will be divided into age groups, 0-3, 4-5, 6-7 and 8-10.  Golden eggs will be hidden in each age group.  Eggs will be stuffed with small toys, candy and stickers.  You must bring your own basket.


                    (Easter Egg Hunt is April 19th Only!)


Train Ride Times

April 12 - 10, 11, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30
April 13 - 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30
April 18 - 10, 11, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30
April 19 - 10, 11, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 



Get Your Tickets Today! 
http://www.nctrans.org/Events/Easter-Bunny-Express.aspx







*I will receive a family of four tickets in exchange for my review.  Thanks to the U.S. Family Guide and the N.C. Transportation Museum for allowing us to participate.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

NBC American Dream Builders and $50 Lowes Gift Card Giveaway #DreamBuilders



The American Dream Home is something everyone fantasizes about. Whether it’s a new closet, a larger family room, or simply a place to put all your stuff, there’s always something we want to change about where we live! What if you could make your home into your Dream Home?
AMERICAN DREAM BUILDERS – a new show premiering on NBC March 23 at 8/7c – and Lowe’s want to make your dream a reality...

Hosted by famed interior designer and best-selling author, Nate Berkus, AMERICAN DREAM BUILDERS follows the nation’s top 12 designers and home builders as they compete to be crowned the Ultimate Dream Builder and take home a $250,000 cash prize. It’s the home competition that will change everything!
From the producers of Survivor and The Bachelor, don’t miss AMERICAN DREAM BUILDERS, Sundays at 8/7c, only on NBC.


You can enter for a chance to win $100,000 in products and services from Lowe’s and a consultation with the winner of American Dream Builders!  Enter for a chance to win your dream renovation at www.nbc.com/lowes.

Starting March 23rd you will have the opportunity to earn 5 bonus entries when you “Dream It Yourself”! Upload a photo and description of a home project you are working on and EARN 5 BONUS SWEEPSTAKES ENTRIES.

Finally, follow the show on Facebook and Twitter for a chance to win more prizes from American Dream Builders and Lowe’s!

Check out the Youtube video below!


How would you like to win a $50 Lowes gift card?

Does your home need some improvements?  How would you like a little help to get you started?  One lucky reader will have the chance to win a $50 gift card to Lowes.  Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.  Open to U.S. ages 18 and older.  No P.O. Boxes please.

(Each household is only eligible to win One (1) $50 Lowe's Gift Card via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.) 


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Saturday, March 22, 2014

A Magical Disney Kind Of Day... #DisneySide @Home Celebration

*I received a party kit free of charge so that I could host my #DisneySide @Home Celebration.  Thanks to MomSelect and Disney Parks for allowing us to participate and for supplying the free products.


If you come in my home as soon as you walk in signs of Disney are everywhere.  My family and I absolutely love everything Disney, especially my daughter.  Her favorite Disney characters as of right now are Sofia the First, Minnie Mouse and Doc McStuffins.  She loves to show her #DisneySide by dressing up in her Disney costumes.  For each character she dresses up like she really plays the part very well.  She amazes me at they way she actually "transforms" and becomes the character knowing exactly what they say and how they say it.  I could sit and watch her perform all day every day if I could.  Disney holds a special place in our hearts and it brings out our inner child.

Since we love Disney so much we were so excited to be selected to host a #DisneySide @Home Celebration sponsored by Disney Parks.  We have already had a few Disney themed parties this year and they were all so much fun.  One party was my daughter's 5th birthday which was Sofia the First themed, it was so cute.  For our #DisneySide @Home Celebration party the theme was Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  I was sent a wonderful kit to help make my party special for my guests.  They also sent me an American Tourist suitcase as a gift for hosting the party.  I was really surprised because it is a really nice, high quality suitcase.  I will definitely be using it when we go to Disney World this Fall.  Check out some photos of my party kit below.



The kit included Mickey Mouse Clubhouse themed decorations, cupcake liners, plates, cups, napkins and a tablecloth.  Other items included, Mickey shaped cookie cutters, measuring cups & recipes cards from ABC's show The Chew, Mickey & Minnie Lithographs and bumper stickers.  I also received balloons, tattoos, bracelets, stickers and Crasins to give to the kids.  They sent t-shirts and fabric marker so that the kids could design their own shirts and show off their #DisneySide too.  To make the party more special they sent some games for the kids to play which included Bingo and Disney Trivia.  I had bought a few prizes to give out to the winners, they really enjoyed playing Bingo.  

During the party I had the Disney vacation planning DVD playing for the adults which was also included in the kit.  It made us all ready to go on a Disney vacation.  The DVD had a lot of great information on it about all the Disney Parks.  Each guest also received an HP photo card pack so that they could create and print their own Disney themed cards at home by going to www.disneysidecelebrations.com to find fun Disney designs.  I emailed each guest photos from the party so that they could use them when creating their cards.  I have made a few cards and they turned out great.  It is very fun and easy to create them.  I am going to mail some to my family for Easter.  You can get seasonal designs throughout the year so keep checking back.



  
The kids really had a great time designing their own shirts.  It was fun watching them make them and seeing the ideas they came up with.  My daughter came up with the idea to use the Mickey cookie cutter and trace it on her shirt.  She also put dots all over her shirt too which she calls them "fireworks".  She has a great imagination for a 5 year old.  Everyone's shirt came out great and each one was unique.  I think the shirts and fabric markers were my favorite items included in the kit.  It allowed the kids to use their imagination, show their creativity and really express their #DisneySide.  Plus it was something they enjoyed doing and it occupied them for a good while without losing their attention span and getting bored.  I think the party turned out great.  It was a "Magical Disney Kind Of Day", spending time with family and friends and enjoying the time we spent together.  Making memories is what it's all about and letting our kids have fun.

Are you a fan of Disney?  If so how do you like to show your Disney Side?  Since I was a child I have always loved Disney.  I liked watching all the Disney movies such as Bambi, Cinderella, Snow White and The Lion King.  My first trip to Disney World was so magical and something I will never forget.  Now I get to take my own child this year so that she can experience the magic too.  To show our #DisneySide we like watching Disney movies and singing Disney songs together as a family.  We like going to Disney shows and I like buying my daughter Disney themed clothes and costumes.  I already mentioned that my daughter loves to dress up.  I think it is her favorite thing to do.  Her Disney costumes consist of Cinderella, Snow White, Aurora, Tinker Bell, Doc McStuffins and Sofia the First.  

Do you have photos of you showing your Disney Side?  Go to www.disneysidecelebrations.com to share your Disney Side photos with #DisneySide.  If you don't have any photos to share you can also visit the website to get recipes and party ideas to help you throw your own Disney themed party and more.  Thank you for reading my post about our "Magical Disney Kind Of Day" and I hope you all have a Magical Day too.










*Thank you MomSelect and Disney Parks for allowing us to participate in the #DisneySide @Home Celebration.  Disney Parks supplied me with the party kit mentioned above so that I could host the party.  The opinions expressed are my own.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Campbell's Address Your Heart Recipes and Coupons

*This post is sponsored by the Campbell Soup Company.  I received a gift card in exchange for writing this post.


Trying to keep my family healthy is definitely at the top of my list.  Cooking heart healthy meals is one of the ways I can insure they are receiving the nutrients they need to stay healthy.  At the beginning of the week I make a meal plan on what I will be making for dinner each night.  I try to incorporate a meat, two veggies, bread and a fruit with each meal so that my family is getting a well balanced diet.  I also chop up fresh fruits and vegetables and put them in separate containers/trays at the beginning of the week.  I have one tray just for veggies and the other just for fruits.  

My daughter enjoys helping me make the trays and she enjoys eating the fruits and veggies as we make them too.  I also make homemade dips as well because who doesn't love a good dip?  I am so glad I started doing this because if my family wants a snack then they always have a healthy option available quick and easy.  Sometimes I make a meat, cheese and cracker tray which is a favorite in my home.  I also keep quick and healthy lunch options on hand such as vegetable, tomato, chicken noodle soup and canned chicken or tuna which I use to make chicken salad or tuna pasta salad.

I think it is very important for me to teach my daughter early on that eating food that is good for you will help keep you healthy.  I also make sure that my daughter gets outside and plays for at least 30 minutes a day so that she is getting exercise which is another important way to stay healthy.  She will be starting school this year so I know she will be getting plenty of exercise then but for now we have our own daily play routine. 

Health is foremost on people’s minds, keeping your family in tip top shape can be a challenge in these busy times. Campbell’s Soup wants you to “Address Your Heart” with heart healthy tips, recipes and more!  Visit AddressYourHeart.com to get heart-healthy tips, including 21 Campbell’s recipes that are certified by the AHA and product coupons.  Get even more special offers, recipes and money saving coupons from Campbell's by going to www.campbellskitchen.com and also check them out on facebook at facebook.com/campbellskitchen.

Below are a few "Heart Healthy" recipes I found that I would like to try that are certified by the American Heart Association.  



Grilled Bruschetta Chicken

 
Creamy Turkey and Vegetable Lasagna 

 
Broccoli Cheddar Rice

 
Louisiana-Style Chicken, Sausage and Shrimp Skillet

 
Turkey Meatloaf



I can't wait to try these new recipes and others I found from Campbell's.  I am going to try the Grilled Bruschetta Chicken recipe first.  They all look so appetizing and make me hungry just by looking at the photos.  Which recipe would you like to try first?









*This post is sponsored by the Campbell Soup Company.  I received a gift card in exchange for writing this post.  All the opinions expressed are my own.  
  

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Orkin Bed Bug Home Prevention Prize Pack #Giveaway



Bed bugs have come back strong over the last decade, keeping more and more people from sleeping tight. Now is the time to take control with a smart action plan - before the bed bugs bite.
Bed bugs reproduce quickly, so it’s critical to detect and treat an infestation early. Take the “Don’t Let the Beg Bugs Bite” QUIZ and download the “5 Must-Know Facts” PDF for a few tips on how to spot a budding beg bug problem. 

And if you suspect an infestation, be sure to contact your Orkin professional. who will inspect your home thoroughly and design a treatment that’s right for you.
Visit Orkin.com or call 877-412-6806 for a free estimate. 




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-Each household is only eligible to win Orkin Bed Bug Home Prevention Prize Pack (2 Mattress Safe Pillowsafe Protectors) via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.-


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*This post is sponsored by Orkin.   

Veronica Mars DVD #Giveaway & Blog App



On the eve of graduating law school, Veronica Mars has put Neptune and her amateur sleuthing days behind her. While interviewing at high-end New York law firms, Veronica Mars gets a call from her ex-boyfriend Logan who has been accused of murder. Veronica heads back to Neptune just to help Logan find an attorney, but when things don't seem right with how Logan's case is perceived and handled, Veronica finds herself being pulled back into a life she thought she had left behind.
See it In Theaters MARCH 14
Pre-order on DIGITAL HD

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ABOUT HOW THE FILM GOT MADE:
Following a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign that ended on April 12, 2013, Veronica Mars was shot over 23 days during June-July 2013. It will be released in selected theaters nationwide on March 14th, 2014. 




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Enter for a chance to win a copy of the Veronica Mars DVD.  Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.  Open to U.S. ages 18 and older.  No P.O. Boxes please.  *All prize packs will ship after the DVD release date ETA May 2014.

-Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Veronica Mars DVD via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.-

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Feeling Thankful and Cherishing Today!

A year ago today I almost lost my dad. After his brain surgery the surgeon didn't give us much hope. He said that if he happened to even survive then he probably wouldn't be able to talk, see, walk or remember things. He said that the next 24 hours was critical. He made it through the night. Time was going by so slowly and they kept him in a medically induced coma for 2 days. My sister and I were in such shock because my dad had never been sick, he had always been very active and healthy. He was our rock and to think that he might be taken away from us was unimaginable. 

During the second day even though they still had him in a coma he began to wake up. They kept giving him a stronger dose to keep him sedated but he fought it. He even pulled the breathing tube out of his throat (we weren't too happy about that b/c it happened when my sister had to leave for quiet time and the nurse was supposed to be watching him). We always have bad experiences at hospitals. That one was the worst the entire time we were in ICU. Anyways, he was supposed to have the tube removed that day anyways so I got to the hospital super early so I could be there when they took it out. They were supposed to come and get us in the waiting room when they took it out but they never came and finally we were able to get in by someone that was leaving. 

When we got there the tube was out and he was trying to get out of the bed and the nurse was no where to be found. I was so mad because he had no idea what was going on and she didn't even come and get us to tell us what happened. She wasn't expecting us to be there and she tried to make up an excuse. I just ignored her because I had become very happy when I realized that he still knew who we were.  He could talk, remember and see us. The next day he got up and walked, they were all amazed at his progress. 

God is great and miracles do happen. God still has plans for him and we are so blessed to have him in our lives. He isn't the same as he used to be and he still has some challenges to overcome but I am praying that God will continue to heal him.  I cherish every moment that I have with him as well as my entire family.  Cherish your family today because you never know if they will be here tomorrow.









*This is not a sponsored post.  I am sharing a personal experience that has happened in my life.  All the opinions are mine and if you choose to take my advice that I have given it is totally your choice.