Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Great Gift Ideas From Hallmark Northpole

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I have always been told "it's the little things in life that truly matter." As I have gotten older, I have seen this saying become more and more true. Hallmark has been used in so many ways to help people with those little things that mean so much to each other.
This Christmas I have had the pleasure of using Hallmark's Northpole products and the uniqueness and fun they brought to my family's annual traditions. It has made for an unforgettable Christmas. 
The Snowflake Hostess Set is one of my favorites and makes a fun and stylish way to leave your Santa some tasty treats. For the last few years, my daughter has left Santa notes, thanking him for his time and letting him know he is welcome to as many cookies as he wishes. (P.S. my husband and my father took full advantage of the invitation.) And again, Hallmark has added a beautiful way of leaving those special notes to Santa for us or for whomever we might want to slip a message to.
With all the gift giving this time of year, it is important to be thankful. Making a point to say thank you to the ones who have given to you is a huge lesson I hope that my children will learn. Hallmark's Red Stitchery Note Cards are perfectly designed for our thank-you cards. Using the mitten, that the cards are comfortably tucked in, is great for hanging on the wall or kitchen hook so you and your kiddos are sure to see and remember to take with you to your family festivities to pass out.
Among these 3 beautifully crafted items filled with endless possibilities to add Christmas traditions to your family, are a range of items shown here at
I am absolutely in love with the designs and character of each product. Dance Like an Elf™ and Treeluminator™ Christmas Tree Light and Sound Show have been added to my list of "must haves" for my family's Christmas celebration.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Pocket Protein for Kidz

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Each one of my children have gone through moments where they do not want to eat or the times where they suddenly do not like all the things they have always enjoyed eating.  As their mother, I am trying to figure out different ways to get them to eat while not neglecting the important nutrients and vitamins they need.  With that being said, I am so excited to introduce Pocket Protein to my readers!
Pocket Protein Kidz is the solution.  It combines the all natural fruit taste with the protein that their body is starving for. With low sugar, low carbs, and packed with 7 grams of pure protein per serving in a 2 ounce portable foil pack that never needs refrigeration, you have everything you could ask for in a healthy snack for your children.  Not only is it convenient to carry/pack, kids enjoy the taste and the simplicity of it.
We as parents choose drive thru's because of the convenience.  All children are concerned about is taste.  With the convenience and great  taste of Pocket Protein Kidz it becomes a win win.

 As a mother, I not only like the product itself but  am floored with the statistics that encouraged the idea of such a wonderful product.  Did you know that childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions? Also, that Type 2 Diabetes in children is on the rise?  Lets give our children's generation a chance to live and live healthy.

Children look to us for their needs and believe and expect that we are doing all that we can to ensure their growth and safety.  Which is why my choice is Pocket Protein Kidz.  Protein builds strong muscles and bones, supports your immune system and also keeps you feeling fuller longer. 

I do a lot of traveling with my family, and I have fallen into a lazy pattern of drive-thru fast fixes.  We have spent so much time and energy keeping certain foods away and out of our child/children's bodies due to allergies, so why are we not also putting that same effort into what we put into our children.  My husband and I had to make a conscious decision to care more about what we are putting into our children's bodies.  I can't carry around my kitchen with me, but I can easily carry around Pocket Protein Kidz.  So that's exactly what we have done.

We, as mothers, take all the vitamins and food nutrients we need to better the growth and development of our unborn child.  Truth is they still need all those and more during their childhood.  Pocket Protein Kidz contain a proprietary blend of hydrolyzed collagen, (essential for skin, hair, nails, bones, and brain function) Vitamin A and E, iron, and zinc.

To pre-order this product click the link shown at the top and bottom of this page.  From there, you can view all the different packages available to you and your family and find what will best fit your family.  Take the pledge and let's start a generation of healthy kidz! 

If caring about what they put in their bodies is this easy, then my family can handle it!
Make a pledge, to your children, to care!  Challenge yourself to making it this easy!

Facts about Pocket Protein:
  • Pediatrician Approved                                               
  • Made with REAL Apple Juice
  • No Artificial Sweeteners
  • No Artificial colors
  • No Sodium Benzoate
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose-Free
  • Nut- Free
  • Fat- Free

 To Order and for more information click link below:

Friday, October 10, 2014

Childrens Museum of Indianapolis Haunted House Tickets Giveaway

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Weekend Giveaway!!
Submit your information in the boxes below and be entered to win 2 tickets to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis' Annual Haunted House

"Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up for the ride of your life at the Creepy Carnival, the Children’s Museum Guild’s 51st Annual Haunted House! From the midway to the sideshows, this carnival of characters will have you squealing with fright and delight. The Haunted House offers IPL’s Lights-On Hours (for children who scare easily) and Defender Direct’s Frightening Hours (with the lights off, for children who dare to be scared). Williams Comfort Air’s XTREME SCREAM late nights take fright to the next level on select Friday and Saturday nights for super-brave visitors."

Dates and times to use your tickets:

IPL’s Lights-On Hours
(Recommended for children who scare easily)
  • Wednesdays–Saturdays: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, Oct. 15 and 22: 3:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Sundays: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Halloween: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • The Haunted House is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
Defender Direct’s Frightening Hours
(Recommended for children who dare to be scared)
  • Thursdays–Saturdays: 3:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 29: 3:30–8:30 p.m.
  • There are no Frightening Hours on Halloween
  • The Haunted House is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
Williams Comfort Air's XTREME SCREAM
(Recommended for teens and adults)
  • Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 17, 18, 24, and 25: 9–11 p.m.
Will  contact winner by email on Oct 12th (monday)

{Giveaway Closed}

Sunday, September 21, 2014

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Dougherty Orchards

Oh Fall how I have missed you!  Everything looks better, taste better and smells better in the Fall.  An annual trip for my family is to visit the orchard every fall.  I will admit that this momma has been quite busy and have not been able to make it over to this favorite spot of ours, so I thought writing about it and showing our pictures of past memories would help make up for it in my mind.  
 This is not just any orchard either, this orchard has a petting zoo and feeding pond as well. After we are done feeding and petting the deer and the goats we sit down and each of us enjoy our favorite snack, specially made by Dougherty Orchard.  From honey sticks and carmel apples to apple cider donuts, their isn't one single thing to frown about when visiting this family fav of ours.

A memory I cherish with my children and I hope they can cherish with theirs!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Walt Disney World

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I could not miss out on sharing my family's adventure to the "happiest place on earth."  Truly a magical place! 
 After reading, talking to people, and researching all I could to make a memorable Disney World Adventure, my husband and I finally rounded up the kiddos and headed to Florida.  With so much to see and do, I wanted to have a good plan of action.
With our youngest children being 4 years old and 1 years old, my husband and I decided to just do Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. I was blown away by everything that is Disney.  The Disney parks do not do anything half way.  They go above and beyond for everyone to feel "the magic", even adults.
 I love taking my kids to amusement parks, but Disney is steps above your typical amusement park.  The first thing my family did was meet a few characters as we entered Magic Kingdom.  As we are walking into meet Tinker Bell, the surroundings make it seem as though you are shrinking into the world where Tinker Bell lives.  She was absolutely beautiful; and although it was only for a few minutes, our private time with Tinker Bell was magical.

Before moving on, I have to stop and talk about the main attraction.  The Castle! Who doesn't love Cinderella's Castle! I love it, you love it, we all love it!  Yep, still takes my breath away.
It is really hard for me to make only a few suggestions of what to make sure you see and do because I am going to be honest, my honest opinion is to make time to see everything! Stay that extra day or 2 to give you the time you need to move around the park or parks.  

As all of you know, I have 4 children and their ages are from 1 to 10 years old.  So you can image the time and effort it takes to plan, pack and budget for food and fun.  That is one awesome thing about Disney.  They give you all the options you need and can afford to make your trip as smooth and unforgettable (in a good way) as possible.  My personal recommendations (speaking from complete experience) is to do all your booking, purchasing and planning straight with Disney.  In the long run, trying to cut any corners will only cost you more time, more money, and more headaches then it was ever worth.

It is very important to take advantage of the huge discounts on tickets for extra days to spend at the Disney parks.  With so much to see and do you really do want to give yourself plenty of time to ride each ride, see the parades and watch the shows.  You will not regret spending more days at Disney!  You're more likely to have a harder time wanting to leaving the parks.

One thing I definitely want to mention is Disney Fast Pass.  Get on their website, set up your account and take advantage of your Fast Pass.  Who is the Fast Passes for you say?  You!  Everyone is able to set up fast pass times to enjoy not having to wait in line to ride their favorite ride or see their favorite character.  However, make sure to schedule yours as soon as you are able to or it may be fully booked. 

For my family I brought my double side-by-side stroller and packed the bottom with on-the-go snacks and drinks, not to mention all the necessities such as: first aid kit, diapers, wipes, sun screen, a change of clothes for little ones, and a small battery operated fan. (It's Florida people!) 

My Families Favorites at each park:

                          Ride                           Character                         Attraction/Show
Marissa-    Great Movie Ride                Aurora                           Cinderella's Castle
Payton-     Pirates of the Carribean       Woody                            Indiana Jones Stunt Show
Alyssa-           Peter Pan                       Rapunzel                         Light Show on Cinderella's Castle
Colton-        Toy Story Mania            Mickey Mouse                  Indiana Jones Stunt Show
Easton-         All of them                Scared of all of them            All the ones he didn't sleep through

To watch a slideshow of this adventure Click Here