Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Holidays at Gymboree Giveaway!

I have to say that I am so excited for this Christmas season! I started the holiday decorating early and of course pulled out Christmas pajamas, what is it about holiday clothing and pajamas that I go nuts for? It just adds to the holiday fun I guess. Right now Gymboree has some pretty dang cute holiday collections, perfect for those big happy moments.

One of my family's favorite things is to stay cuddled up in our pajamas and watch holiday movies, read stories and just spend time together. Brody would stay in his pjs all day if I let him, and sometimes I do.

And now that Brody is becoming a little reader he even reads to his sisters and they love it!

These plaid holiday pjs are not only cute but they are super soft and comfy. Your kids will love them! 

I want to share the gift of Gymboree with one lucky reader. One lucky reader will win $75 to Gymboree!

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Giveaway ends at midnight on December , 2015
Winner will be chosen by Random.org

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Disclaimer:This is a sponsored post, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Leather Gift Ideas and a Giveaway

I can't tell you how much I love the high quality leather goods from Graphic Image and sister company GiGi New York! And that is why I am showing off a few items from their shops that would make perfect Christmas gifts this year. Oh and I also have a giveaway from GiGi New York!

1) soft leather tote bag
2) leather datebook. There are numerous colors and selections to choose from.
1) cross body python bag
2) satchel
3) wristlet phone wallet

And now on to the giveaway!
One lucky winner will win a  python leather zip case from GiGi New York!

To enter the giveaway fill out the form below
Giveaway ends at midnight on November 28, 2015
Winner will be chosen by Random.org

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Disneyland and California Adventure Food

Are you ready for some more delicious food and treats to try while visiting Disneyland and California Adventure?

One of my top 10 things to eat at California Adventure is somewhat new, the Lobster Nachos at Cove Bar. The line is usually pretty long to wait for a table but seriously these nachos are worth the wait! If only we could talk Disney in to making these in a take away container.

They might be a little spicy for some but the good news is, each order is specially made so you can customize your lobster nachos.

These Milk Chocolate Caramel Sticks are dang good! I have been saying for years that Disney has been missing out on not having much of a caramel selection but these have filled that spot. Disney introduced them as part of the 60th anniversary celebration and I really hope they stay. Find them at the Candy Palace on Main Street.

The Blue Monstro Frozen Lemonade is a nice sweet treat on hot days. It isn't my very favorite frozen drink there but it's pretty tasty and worth the try. Found at the Village Haus Restaurant in Fantasy land.

I can't really mention Disneyland treats without talking about the famous Tigger Tails Marshmallow Wands. Brody tried one for the first time last week and went nuts over it. Found at Pooh Corner in Critter Country. 

I have a lot more yummy treats and food you need to try at Disneyland and California Adventure. I will post them soon!

Disneyland food part one can be found here

In the mean time, what are your favorite foods there?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Fun Gifts from UncommonGoods

I am getting so excited for Christmas this year! One of my favorite things about Christmas is the chance to give gifts to my loved ones. I always love finding fun and unique gifts but sometimes that can be hard. That's where UncommonGoods comes in. Since 1999 they have been selling creative and unique goods.  I also love that at least half of their products are handmade and a good portion of them are made right here in the United States.

I recently got a chance to check out this fun pineapple ukukele from UncommomGoods. Fun right!
Kids and adults of all ages love it! It is a sturdy ukulele made with quality materials. I scored major points with my kids when I showed it to them.

Here a few other fun ideas for gifts for friends

1) yard dominoes
2) face mug
3) bathroom guest book

I also like these ideas for gifts for men all found here

1) bike chain bowl
2) baseball pitches tie
3) gun and ammo pen set

Gifts for your wife all found here

1) happy feet set
2) forget me not ring
3) my life story journal

and gifts for mom go here

1) sewing station
2) heart book box
3) chip and dip set

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Free Printables Set for a Fun and Organized Thanksgiving

By Dana

Thanksgiving day is just around the corner. Everyone is looking forward to seeing their loved ones from near and far, and spend time together. If you’re hosting a Thanksgiving dinner, you’ve probably already started the preparations. But if you haven’t, there is no need to worry. There is still enough time to set everything right for the big feast. We’ve prepared some helpful tips and free Thanksgiving printables that will surely make your family’s celebration run smoothly this year. 

Thanksgiving is a food-focused holiday and planning out the menu is very important. Since even the main cook should get to enjoy a stress-free Thanksgiving, preparing some of the food in advance is always a good idea. Frozen desserts and side dishes are especially easy to make before the big day, so you can sit back carefree, eat the delicious food and enjoy your company.

Decorating the house prior to Thanksgiving day will also help you have a relaxed holiday. These printable labels will help you put some finishing touches to your festivities. For example, you can use them to make a welcoming Thanksgiving banner and hang it at the entrance. Just print the stickers, cut them out and attach them to a thin rope in front of your house. Make sure you write appropriate text on the stickers, wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving.

You can also decorate the table with these multipurpose stickers. Use them to mark which guest is sitting where, to label the food or make an interactive Thanksgiving craft where each guest will write a blessing or thankful note on a sticker and apply it to a board you previously prepared for that purpose. 

Print some extra stickers for Thanksgiving, so if kids get bored before dinner, you can let them make festive creations to keep them entertained until turkey time.

Since Thanksgiving dinner is always a gourmet feast, leftovers are inevitable. Re-packaging Thanksgiving goodies in food boxes and using colorful stickers with nice notes to decorate them can be a great ending to a great holiday. Everyone loves tasty Thanksgiving leftovers. This special gesture to send part of the delicious feast home with your guests will surely impress them.

Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy the holiday!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Skinny Turkey Chili Soup

Last winter I was hooked on this low calorie turkey chili. I would make a big batch and put it in serving size containers, store it in the fridge so I would have a quick lunch all ready to go. All I had to do was warm it up in the microwave.

I love that this soup is low in calories, high in protein and would fill me up fast. Win! Win! Win!

Skinny Turkey Chili Recipe

1 pound lean ground turkey
1 onion, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 cup celery chopped
1 can of Rotel
1 teaspoon ground cumin
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
2 teaspoon chili powder
1 can low fat chicken broth

1) Brown the ground turkey, salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
2) In a large pot cook the peppers, onion, celery on low heat for about 3-5 minutes, until they begin to soften.

3) Add the chili powder, paprika, cumin and cayenne pepper, Stir for 1 minute.
4) Add the can of Rotel and chicken broth. Bring to boil over high heat.
5) Once the soup begins to boil reduce the heat to low-medium and allow to simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.
6) Add the cooked ground turkey and simmer for 5 minutes.

This recipe is usually for about 4 servings. I like to double the recipe so I will have plenty of ready made lunches all set.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Seven Years Old

Today my Brody boy is 7 years old!
Could it really have been seven years ago that I held my baby in my arms for the first time? Time with kids flies by I tell ya.

Brody loves playing outside, swimming, riding bikes and driving his Power Wheels truck.

He loves spending time with cousins and friends.

Brody can be such a sweet boy but he really likes to test his mom's limits.

He loves his glasses but hates when he has to do his patching for Amblyopia

He always wants to wear his rain boots, even if it isn't raining.

He loves playing with his sisters but is also quick to tease them.

He can go all the way across the monkey bars at school.

Brody loves sweets and is always asking me if he can have a spoonful of frosting.

His favorite things to wear are still pajamas and basketball shorts.

Doing homework and daily reading is like pulling teeth.

Brody is so anxious to lose his first tooth and is upset that they aren't even loose yet.

He is is mom's little buddy and always wants to help me with whatever project I am working on.

Cars are still an obsession for him.

He has a fear of bears.

His favorite animals are giraffes.

He loves going to our cabin and riding motorcycles.

He doesn't like hugs but will occasionally still snuggle me.

Brody is constantly asking for quarters to buy pencils, erasers and notebooks from the school vending machine.

He has come home from school with a girls phone number more times than I can remember.

I love this stubborn, wild, shy boy!

Happy birthday Brody Chopper!