INSIDE OUT – Family Activity Sheets



INSIDE OUT – Family Activity Sheets

I’m leaving on Monday and I’ll  be headed to San Francisco to take a behind the scenes look at Inside Out and I can hardly wait! Make sure to follow my journey.

In the mean time, check out these New Family Activity Sheets inspired by Disney/Pixar’s INSIDE OUT including coloring sheets, Easter Egg Decorations, Door Hangers, etc.


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INSIDE OUT opens in theatres everywhere on June 19th!



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U.S. Release Date:                      June 19, 2015

Voice Cast:                                    Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith, Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan, Kaitlyn Dias

Director:                                        Pete Docter

Co-Director:                                  Ronnie del Carmen

Producer:                                       Jonas Rivera

From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney•Pixar’s original movie “ Inside Out,” he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all—inside the mind.

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.


·       Director Pete Docter is the Academy Award®-winning director of “Up.” He made his directorial debut with Disney•Pixar‘s smash hit “Monsters, Inc.,” which was nominated for an Academy Award for best animated feature film. Along with John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton, Docter developed the story and characters for “Toy Story,” Pixar‘s first full-length feature film, for which he also served as supervising animator. He served as a storyboard artist on “A Bug’s Life” and wrote the initial story treatment for “Toy Story 2.” As one of Pixar Animation Studios’ key creative contributors, Docter garnered an Academy Award nomination for his original story credit on Disney•Pixar’s Golden Globe®- and Oscar®-winning “WALL•E.”

·       Jonas Rivera produced the Academy Award®-winning “Up,” for which he was nominated for best picture. Prior to “Up,” he had worked on nearly every Pixar film since joining Pixar Animation Studios in 1994, beginning with “Toy Story” for which he served as production office assistant. His subsequent credits include “A Bug’s Life” (as art department coordinator), “Toy Story 2” (as a marketing and creative resources coordinator), “Monsters, Inc.” (as art department manager) and the Golden Globe®-winning “Cars” (as production manager).

Cake Mix Sugar Cookies



Cake Mix Sugar Cookies


Today we have a complete cheat recipe. This sugar cookie recipe uses a boxed cake mix. It makes for a really soft in the middle and chewy around the edges kinda cookie! Make sure to visit Jenni at Sweet Pennies from Heaven for the full recipe…enjoy!

Win a Beauty Survival Kit


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Katrina over at Top Notch Material turned 31 and wanted to celebrate with you. With the help from them and Macy’s one lucky winner will receive a Beauty Survival Kit valued at over $200!!

Check out Katrina’s post HERE to get tips and learn more about the survival kit.

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Things to Do When Visiting the Windy City



Things to Do When Visiting the Windy City

You have probably seen movies or TV shows that were based in Chicago. Director Christopher Nolan even used Chicago to pose as Gotham City in his recent Batman trilogy of movies. So why not see the city for yourself? The third largest city in the United States is a great place for a weekend getaway or a full scale vacation. Whatever kind of trip you are interested in; this amazing city will provide you and your family with more than enough activities to keep you occupied. If you are trying to find some great deals on hotels in Chicago, use an online search engine to get all of the most current prices. Here are some things to do when visiting the Windy City.

1. Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs baseball team, is not only the oldest baseball stadium that is still currently being used; it is the oldest sports facility. Opened in 1908, it is now designated a historic national landmark. In fact, there are many people who do not care about baseball or understand the game who buy tickets to Cubs games just to say that they visited Wrigley Field. Because many of the people attending Cubs games are tourists, the team continues to draw well, despite having bad seasons on a consistent basis. From the unique ivy growing on the outfield wall to all of the amazing history that has occurred in the building, this is a place that every baseball fan should visit at least once in their life.

2. Willis Tower

Completed in 1973, this building was known as the Sears Tower until 2009. It had served as the national headquarters of Sears, Roebuck & Company. At the time of the building’s completion, Sears was the largest retailer in the world. They remained in the building until 1994, when they sold it and moved their headquarters to a different location. More than one million people visit the building every year to check out the amazing views that can be seen from the building’s observation deck. It is the second tallest building in the United States. Only One World Trade Center in New York City is taller. The Willis Tower is one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Chicago.

3. Shedd Aquarium

If you are a fan of aquatic wildlife, this is one of the best aquariums in the Midwest. It is also a great place to get up close and personal with some of the most interesting animals this world has to offer. You can find it in Grant Park. There are over 24,000 mammals and fish that inhabit the facility. There are a variety of educational interactive shows that are provided for visitors on a regular basis.

4. Art Institute of Chicago

This is another one of the interesting places to visit in Grant Park. If you are in the Windy City and you are a fan of art, this is definitely a museum that you will want to set aside some time to see. Works by many of the legendary masters are represented within these walls, so stop by and see for yourself.

5. Field Museum Chicago

This is a great place to go if you are interested in ancient civilizations, dinosaurs and anything else that came before recorded history.

This article was contributed by Fiona Moriarty of Hipmunk, a complete travel platform that allows you to do everything from comparing charter flights and train rides, to finding the best resort hotels and Airbnb rentals.

Win a $50 California Delicious Gift Card


California Delicious Gift Card Giveaway

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It’s that time of year where special occasions are happening one after the other and Easter is the next one coming up! California Delicious has you covered for all of them. Make sure check out their full line of products you’ll be delighted with all the choices you have available at your fingertips!
One lucky winner will receive a $50 Gift Code with free shipping so they too can get a fantastic basket for California Delicious

Into the Woods Concept Art Slideshow



Into the Woods Concept Art Slideshow

COLLEEN ATWOOD (Costume Designer) has won three Academy Awards®, for her costume designs in Tim Burton’s 2010 hit “Alice in Wonderland,” and the Rob Marshall-directed films “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “Chicago.”  Among her many other honors, Atwood has also received Oscar® nominations for her work on “Snow White and the Huntsman,” Marshall’s “Nine,” Burton’s “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” and “Sleepy Hollow,” Brad Silberling’s “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” Jonathan Demme’s “Beloved” and Gillian Armstrong’s “Little Women.”

Her previous work with Tim Burton includes “Edward Scissorhands,” “Ed Wood,” “Mars Attacks!,” “Planet of the Apes” and “Big Fish.”  She also collaborated with director Jonathan Demme on his Oscar®-winning Best Picture “Silence of the Lambs,” as well as “Philadelphia” and “Married to the Mob.”  In addition, she designed the costumes for the Johnny Depp starrers “Public Enemies,” “The Tourist” and “The Rum Diary.”

Atwood’s costume designs will next be seen in Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes” and in “Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass.” She counts among her many other film credits J.J. Abrams’ blockbuster “Mission: Impossible III,” Andrew Niccol’s “In Time” and “Gattacca,” Tom Hanks’ “That Thing You Do!,” Lawrence Kasdan’s “Mumford” and “Wyatt Earp,” Michael Mann’s “Manhunter” and Michael Apted’s “Firstborn,” which marked her first film as a costume designer.

In November, 2014, Atwood debuted an exclusive line of luxury handbags.

Chateau La Paws Giveaway


Chateau La Paws Giveaway

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Easter Basket Cupcakes



Easter Basket Cupcakes


Another great 12 days of Easter is here! My favorite bloggers and I have some really great crafts or recipe ideas for you. So check them out. This is one from my friend Dina over at My UnEntitled Life. She has made some adorable Easter Basket Cupcakes for you to check out. So hop on over and make these for yourself and your loving family. They’ll be so happy you did!

Now check out my friend’s Easter related posts and give them a visit too!

Jackpot Candle Review



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Jackpot Candle Review


I’m a huge fan of candles. I love lighting them and letting the aroma fill the air. That also means I’m pretty picky with my scents.  When I was asked to review the Jackpot Candle I was excited – not just because it was a candle, but there was a prize inside!


The smell of the candle was very fragrant, but not overpowering.  I also loved waiting for my “surprise” to show up. Thankfully it was closer to the top so I didn’t have to wait very long.


I used a spoon to lift out the treasure. I love that it was in a baggie inside the foil so there was no wax on the jewelry.  I waited for it to cool off and peeled it open.


Check out the beautiful ring I received! I really like it. It even had a tag with a code so you could check out the value of your jewelry on their site. Mine wasn’t all that much, but I like it and it was a lot of fun. Jackpot Candles are like cracker jack boxes for adults. I got a beautiful candle and a beautiful ring. I’m thrilled.

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Scotties Cough & Cold Survival Pack Giveaway


Scotties Cough & Cold Survival Pack Giveaway

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March 24 – 31, 2015
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By taking a look outside I can assure you that springtime is finally here! Does anyone else feel like winter was way longer than usual this year? Spring is my favorite season, but my allergies would disagree with me.

While I love looking at all the flowers in bloom and the animals start popping up again, my nose runs and itches and I always have to make sure I have a pack of Scotties tissues around when I feel a sneeze coming on. With that in mind I wanted to bring you a brand new giveaway featuring Scotties Tissues!

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Get Whiter teeth with Smile Brilliant!



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Get Whiter teeth with Smile Brilliant!


I brush my teeth daily but they’re definitely not as white as I’d like them to be.  I was really excited to try out the Teeth Whitening Kit from Smile Brilliant!  They included everything that I needed in the kit to whiten my teeth including a tray to make customized trays for my teeth.


It came with two types of pastes and a mouthpiece. The instructions seemed simple enough, but it sat on my table for at least a week. I really wanted to get it done and have whiter teeth but I was dreading the mouth piece. I gagged at the thought of making a mold.


I finally gave in and decided to just try it. I started by mixing the the two pastes together.


It was easy enough and the smell was pretty pleasant.


Then came the mouth guard and I had to leave it in for 2 whole minutes!  Okay, so it was totally not as bad as I thought. I think the fact that you did the upper and lower separately really helped.  I set the timer on my phone and was done in no time.

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I sent away my molds and got my mouth pieces pretty quickly.  Now on to the even easier part – the gel.  Everything has step by step directions and it’s so easy to use. I’ve seen great results and I can  totally tell it’s working.


I like that it’s happening more naturally too. I would hate to have bright white teeth like Ross did on Friends ;)

Do you want whiter teeth? You definitely need to check out Smile Brilliant!

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Life Simplified #TruckerTuesday



Life Simplified #TruckerTuesday

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I am very thankful for the house we live in and our two crazy cats.  I love that we have a guest room for family and friends to visit and an art room where I can create.  I do however miss a “simpler life.”  I’m referring to when my husband and I used to drive full time cross country.


We asked our niece and nephew how big the truck was.

When we decided to drive a semi truck full time we sold most everything we had (furniture, etc) and put our keepsakes in storage. We moved into our truck full time.  A lot of people have asked how we could live in a truck. I never realized how much room there was until I was in my first semi truck so I thought it might be fun to show you.


We took these pics when we visited my family in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  These are two of our nephews and nieces hanging out and checking out the semi.  This semi has a sleeper berth (the part behind the drivers seat) as opposed to a day cab that only has the front seats.  Those are usually local routes and the drivers go home after their day of driving.


The picture above is my niece sitting on my lap. You can see we have really nice chairs and lots of room.  Behind me is our wardrobe.  We hung some clothes on the bottom and there is a pantry above it. We also had a wardrobe across from this one behind the passengers seat as well as a mini fridge for our food.


This is the area behind the seats. We had a table that could seat 4.  We ate our meals here and could work on our computers while the other was driving. The table also folds down and it becomes a bed where we slept.  There was a second bunk above this that we could store stuff on.


I loved the big windows on each side of the table. It was nice to be able to watch the scenery go by while I was on my computer or reading a book.

We had everything we needed in our truck.  Sure, we didn’t have a bathroom, but we were able to stop at rest areas and truck stops (which is where we showered) and it was a simple and full life.

I really do love being a home now and having our cats, but a simple life is fun too. I love that I’ve been able to experience both.

Have you ever been inside a semi?  If not, what do you think?

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Spring Caramel Corn



Spring Caramel Corn


Welcome back to the 12 Days of Easter Recipes and Crafts! I’m excited to share this delicious and fun Spring Caramel Corn recipe from This N That with Olivia. Head on over HERE for the full recipe and check out the other great recipes/crafts featured in the linky below!

Win a Snoopy and The Peanuts Gang Spring Prize Pack



Snoopy and The Peanuts Gang Spring Prize Pack Giveaway


Spring is finally arrived and with that comes fun times like Spring Break, Easter, fresh flowers and outdoor fun. One crew that really knows how to ring in Spring is Snoopy and The Peanuts Gang.

To ring in Spring with extra special fun, Snoopy and his pals are giving away a really exciting Springtime Basket filled with delicious goodies, fun games and more. Be sure to head over to Kristin’s page and also get some free Peanut’s Spring time Printable activity sheets.

1 winner will receive a Snoopy and The Peanuts Gang Spring Prize Pack!

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Win a Kore Men’s Trakline Belt


Kore Men’s Trakline Belt Giveaway

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