Olaf’s Frozen Snow Fudge #SweetWorksHoliday + Giveaway

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Olaf’s Frozen Snow Fudge

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Christmas is my favorite time of year.  I love decorating and baking for the holidays and I have so much fun giving presents. This year my husband and I will be spending Christmas with my family in Florida. I was talking to my niece on the phone and just about everything on her Christmas wish list had to do with Frozen! She is obsessed with it.

Just a few days ago I received a box of candy from Sweetworks. They have delicious and unique confections perfect for all occasions. I just love using them when I bake my treats. Okay, I also like snacking on them too. They’re delicious and fun, can you blame me? You can read more about them here.

Olaf's Frozen Snow Fudge #SweetWorksHoliday + Giveaway #recipe #giveaway #frozen I decided I was going to come up with a special treat for my niece and it could not have been easier. Another bonus is that it’s so easy I can whip up a batch with her help.  She’ll love it!  I’ve called it Olaf’s Frozen Snow Fudge!

You start with 3 and a half cups of mini marshmallows and 1 and a half cups of white chocolate chips. I also added a tablespoon of shortening because it helps the chocolate to melt.  I used two 4.5 oz jars of Sixlets. They have different Christmas colors, but I went with the blue, white, and silver for the Frozen theme.

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Turn the heat on low on a burner and mix the chocolate and shortening until smooth. Make sure you give this constant supervision. It only takes a few seconds to burn.  As soon as the chocolate is smooth remove the pan from the heat and add in the marshmallows and 1 jar of the sixlets.  Mix until blended.

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Once blended spread in an 8×8 pan and top with the other jar of sixlets.  Then pop it into the freezer for 20 minutes.  Once it’s set you can cut, serve, and enjoy!

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I think these will go over really well!

Now, I have a sweet surprise for you! I’ve joined up with 24 other bloggers. Each of us is giving away a $50 Sweetworks prize pack!! That means there will be 25 winners!

Candy Packages to 25 Winners Valued at $50 include:

8oz Christmas Mix Gumballs Peg Bag (2), 4oz Peanutbutter Filled Santas (2), 4oz Foiled Solid Milk Ornaments (2), 1.7oz Christmas Cane w/ Sixlets (2), Dark Mint Filled Break-A-Part  (1), Mint Ovation Sticks (1), Christmas Sixlets Theater Box (1), 4oz Christmas Mix Sixlets Laydown (1), 1.75oz Christmas Mix Pearls (1), 1.75oz Snowflake Mix Pearls (1), 1.5oz Shimmer Silver Stars (1), 1.5oz Shimmer Gold Stars (1), 3.5oz Foiled Semi-Solid Rocking Horse (1), 4.5oz Snowflake Mix Sixlets Jar (1), and 4.5oz Christmas Mix Sixlets Jar (1)

Imagine all the goodies you can make!! All you have to do is enter on the Rafflecopter below. Make sure to check out the link below too for more chances to win. You can also check out their unique creations with Sweetworks!

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Olaf's Frozen Snow Fudge
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 1 and ½ cups white chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp shortening
  • 3 and ½ cups mini marshmallows
  • 2 4.5 oz jars of sixlets
Instructions
  1. Melt chocolate chips and shortening over low heat until smooth. Remove from heat.
  2. Mix in marshmallows and one jar of sixlets until blended.
  3. Spread in an 8x8 pan and top with the second jar of sixlets. Pop in freezer for 20 minutes until set.
  4. Cut and serve.
  5. Enjoy.

*Giveaway is open to the US only and ends 12/19/14 at 11:59pm EST.  Good luck!

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Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras and camcorders

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I love catching reactions.  When I’m at weddings I’ll definitely snap a pic of the bride but I like also catching the groom as he sees his bride walking down the aisle.  I also love to see our munchkins faces when they open up their presents. Taking pictures is a great way to capture all sorts of memories.  In fact I’m usually the photographer at all of our family functions.

Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras and camcorders to capture your high-stakes memories. The three featured cameras from Nikon, Sony and Samsung, all come equipped with built-in Wi-Fi so you can share amazing photos with ease. I’d love to share why you should upgrade your camera in time to capture precious holiday memories.

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Nikon D5300 DSLR w/18-55mm VR Lens

I shoot with a Nikon DSLR and I love it! I am constantly getting compliments on my pictures. The quality is phenomenal and it’s great for printing out enlargements.

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  • A DSLR with built-in Wi-Fi so you can capture high quality photos and share them instantly
  • This Nikon D5300 DSLR camera comes with an AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens that enables you to capture sharp photos and video footage. Optical image stabilization helps prevent blurring to ensure image clarity
  • Also available in red or gray

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Sony ?6000 Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera

Sony is a household name when it comes to electronics so it’s no surprise that they make a great camera.  I love how compact this camera is yet you can still change the lenses.

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  • A compact system camera with the World’s Fastest Autofocus
  • This Sony Alpha A6000 features a 24.3-megapixel, Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor that makes it easy to shoot scenes in stunning clarity. Built-in Wi-Fi lets you share stored content across devices.
  • Also available in White or silver

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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

I love my DSLR but this camera is still on my list. I love how compact it is and how easy it is to share your photos on social media. I have two friends that have this camera and the quality is excellent.

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  • A digital camera that allows you to shoot, share, and use Android Apps
  • This Samsung Galaxy 2 digital camera’s 16.3-megapixel, 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS sensor allows you to capture sharp images and high-definition video footage. The 4.8″ touch screen simplifies operation, and built-in Wi-Fi makes sharing stored files easy.

Visit the Best Buy Holiday Gift Center to see more great cameras, whether you’re giving as a gift or upgrading for yourself!

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Sweet Dreams with elo My Storytime Pillow

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Sweet Dreams with elo My Storytime Pillow #review  #kidsI need a glass of water.  I can’t sleep. Can you read a story to me? I have to g to the bathroom.  I’m thirsty again.

Does this sound familiar?  If you have kids (or nieces, nephews, grand kids, etc) then you may have heard one, all, or more of these bedtime excuses.

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Meet Brad. He’s my adorable 6 year old nephew.  He plays hard and gives fantastic hugs.  He does not like to go to bed and can think of plenty of excuses to stay up. This is where elo comes in.
elo™ is a mom-created, kid-loved, doctor-endorsed, bedtime system that promotes healthy sleep and a more enjoyable bedtime.  A Minneapolis mom and a local trio of child specialists are debuting the elo My Storytime Pillow just in time for the holiday season. elo works when a child lays his or her head down on the pillow, and it tells stories and plays white noise. But it stops if kids lift their heads up, even prompting them to “lay back down to hear the rest of the story.” It encourages them to stay in bed and fall asleep faster.
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This is one of the things he will find under the tree this Christmas. I think it’s such a genius idea and can’t wait for him to try it out. He really loves it when I read him stories.
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My sister and her family travel a lot between Florida and Indiana so I think this would also be a great travel pillow. It would help him fall asleep during the long car ride so he’s not as cranky when they arrive.
You can purchase the elo My Storytime pillow online and if you live in near the twin cities they  just opened a kiosk at the Mall of America! It’s by the Apple Store, near Lego Land.
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How to Be a Fairy Princess

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Lily has a wonderful imagination and she loves all things princesses and fairies.  Last year she even had a Tinker Bell birthday party and had tea with her.  She loves to dress up and play. When we saw the Great Pretenders website she was so excited!  She could hardly contain herself.

At Great Pretenders, we are constantly on the hunt for great fabrics, trims and findings which can be transformed into inspiring pretend-play toys for children. Not only do we aim to provide the best value for your dollar, we strive to be as innovative as possible in what we make. For example, all of our products are easy-care and with maximum sizing flexibility. We also also make great strides on the creative end – our popular reversible costumes & capes are fan-favourites and have won several acclaimed toy awards.

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She was immediately drawn to the Fairy Blossom Dress with Wings.  When I told her she was going to get it she was thrilled!

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The combination of dark blue and magenta gives this fairy a mysterious vibe. You’ll likely catch her coming out of hiding during sunset and fluttering off as the sun awakes. This product has won CTTC – Childrens Choice Award 3 Star.

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She loves to twirl around. In fact when I asked her what she likes most about it she said “the colors and how I feel when I twirl”.

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The inside of the top was a little itchy for her so we had to put a shirt underneath it.

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There’s more than just fairy princess outfits, they have pirates, knights, princesses, and more!  There’s something for everyone.  I love that she feels so special in the dress and she really enjoys using her imagination.  Of course she doesn’t need the dress to feel special, she is a princess. I do love that she enjoys it so much!

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I asked her if Moms and Dads should buy this dress for their daughters and she said “Yes, because it helps you be a fairy princess.”

Right now they’re having a Black Friday special! Get a free accessory pack (princess or pirate) with EVERY purchase! This deal ends November 30th, 2014 so make sure you take advantage of it!

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Wonderforge Games Holiday Gift Guide – Perfect for all the Munchkins in your life!

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Perfect for all the Munchkins in your life!

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To say that my niece and nephews are huge Star Wars fans would be an understatement.  There was a brief point in time where Logan would introduce himself as “Luke Skywalker”.  He doesn’t do that anymore  but he is still a huge fan.  He’s going to flip when he finds this Star Wars Force Grab Game under the tree.

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Force Grab is edge-of-your-seat fun!  You race to spot when objects match the pictures and then you react fast! Grab the correct Lightsabers before the other players! Look out for decoys, bonus scoring twists, and other disturbances in the Force!

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This game helps children with physical dexterity, memory, and quick reflexes.  It is also a lot of fun to play!

You can purchase Star Wars Force Grab here.

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Bradley is really into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  He loves to practice his sweet ninja moves despite his sister’s disapproval.  I can’t wait for him to open the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtes Foot Clan Street Fight Game.  He is going to love it!

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ weapons have gone missing and it’s up to you to help find them. Roll the die, travel through the path of manhole covers and reveal what’s underneath them. Will it be a delicious pizza, a weapon, or the dreaded Foot Clan? Be the first to get two slices of pizza and find your weapon to win!

You can purchase Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtes Foot Clan Street Fight Game here.

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Jayden is a super hero. He’s a great kid that plays sports and loves to volunteer.  He also loves his super heroes so I went with the Marvel Avengers Assemble Slide Strike Game for him.  I think he’s really going to like it.

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Go head-to-head in an exciting game of concealed identities and cunning strategy! Slide your team across the battlefield for a surprise attack! Reveal which hero or villain you’re attacking with.then find out who they’re up against! Every character combo yields a different outcome. Out-last your opponent to win!

You can purchase Marvel Avengers Assemble Slide Strike Game here.

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Lily is a princess through and through, but with two older brothers she is also a tough chick ;)  She loves animals and will be delighted when she opens up her Disney PrincessPalace Pets Royal Pet Salon Game.  She has some of the plush royal pets that she enjoys playing with.

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Get regally pampered in the dreamy, 3D Royal Pet Salon. Move your adorable pet from room to room through doorways sized just for castle cuties. Look for posh pet products, from fancy soaps and shampoos to tiaras, collars, and sweet treats-all hidden throughout the salon! If you find something pictured on a face-up card, it’s yours to keep! When the time is up, all of the Palace Pets leave the salon with the grooming goodies. The player with the most wins!

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You can purchase Disney PrincessPalace Pets Royal Pet Salon Game here.

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Kelsey loves all thing Disney and she’s super smart. She absolutely loves to learn which is why I went with the Pictopia-Family Trivia Game: Disney Edition for her.

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Discover playful trivia spanning decades of Disney magic, from animated classics and blockbuster movies, to television hits and dazzling theme park destinations. It’s a game of teamwork–with a competitive twist! Along the way, are guess-my-answer questions that reveal how much you know about the other players!

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You can buy Pictopia-Family Trivia Game: Disney Edition here.

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I Sparkled at #DWTS thanks to Cate & Chloe

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Have you been watching Dancing with the Stars this season? I have and it’s been a really close competition to win the mirrorball and the three left are my favorites.  I was able to attend a live show a few weeks ago. It was such an amazing experience; one I won’t ever forget.

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When I found out about the trip knew that I needed a fabulous outfit to wear. I knew there was even the possibility of being seen on TV! (I was seen on TV and it was pretty cool).  I knew that I also needed the perfect jewelry to complete my look.

I knew that I would find the perfect jewelry over at Cate & Chloe. They are one of my favorite places to buy my jewelry and they were right choice once again.

The visionaries of Cate & Chloe began the company with one simple clear concept in mind: to create stylish yet affordable jewelry women could wear every day. In the fast paced world we all live in it is often times hard to find time or money to have that perfect jewelry piece or accessory for that special occasion or just simply to wear confidently around town. Most importantly the visionaries wanted to ensure that every piece is hand selected to ensure it meets the standards of the C&C vision for stylish design.

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I went with the Mary “Motherly” Earrings. I love the classic and simple look of elegance and I really love the way they pick up the light and sparkle.

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I had to go with the matching necklace as well.

I received so many compliments when I wore the set and I am always finding a reason to wear them even now.  They have so many choices you can find something for everyone!

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Marvel Universe Live – A Fun Family Experience #MUL

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My family had the opportunity to go see Marvel Universe Live and it was FANTASTIC!!
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We attended the VIP party first for all sorts of fun. We were also able to meet the performers. We made super hero shields with Wolverine!!! He shared with us how hard he trains for the show.
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We got to talk to Loki and he led the kids in a real super hero boot camp training!!
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We also got to meet Spiderman who showed Jayden a few moves!  Jayden told me it was probably one of the best nights he has ever had in his life. He met spiderman before and then Spidey pointed to him at the end of the show. It was a really BIG deal!
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Jayden and Logan were also interviewed by a news station in Orlando about the show. Again, they thought it was a really BIG deal! :)
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We even got to dress up as Marvel characters and take selfies. Lily loved being Hulk smash!! They fed us and gave us such a generous swag bag!
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The show was phenominal!!! The skills of all the characters are no joke.  There were motorcycles jumping and flipping, superheroes flying through the air ,fires, gun shots and special effects that will blow you away! Non stop action the whole time. So many of our favorite characters were there–Captain America, Black Widow, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Spiderman, Green Goblin, and Loki are just a few of the names of those there. The kids were on the edge of their seats the entire time and did not want it to end. Lily woke up this morning begging to go back again today. It was so awesome to get to see all of our favorite super heroes in person. My husband aka my oldest child was blown away as well! Great job, Marvel Universe Live – fantastic show!! This show is for everyone – young or old, girl or boy-I highly recommend checking it out. I can’t wait to see whats in store for next year!!

To find a show near you, check out their tour schedule.

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LG OLED is a great family gift from Best Buy @BestBuy #HintingSeason #OLEDatBestBuy

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I am definitely a techie. I am always looking for the newest hot gadget or upgrading my current phone.  I like being on the cutting edge and I love learning about what is coming out next.  My husband and I also enjoy watching TV and movies together so we enjoy having the latest and greatest when it comes to entertainment.  One of my favorite stores when it comes to christmas shopping for my hubby and myself is Best Buy.

Are you familiar with LG’s  newest technology, the LG OLED TV?! It’s amazing! It features picture quality including  Infinite contrast ratio and stunning color that delivers a greater sense of realism and depth, enhanced color range and accuracy. It also has a super thin design and the intuitive webOS™Smart TV interface that lets you find content faster. This is at the top of my Christmas Wish List!

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Discover LG OLED TV – The Ultimate Display!

What is OLED TV?

The stunning design of LG OLED TV is only 0.21″ thick at its thinnest point. Picture quality is spectacular, with Infinite Contrast that ranges from the most blazing whites to the deepest blacks. And, LG’s exclusive 4 Color Pixel technology delivers bright, vibrant colors. Learn more here:LGOLEDatBestbuy.com

Your first kiss. A baby’s first steps. The majesty of a desert sunset. Some things in life defy all explanation and must be experienced to be believed. Such is the case with LG’s latest display technology. With deeper and richer colors, stunning contrast and ingeniously curved screens, it is unlike any technology you’ve ever seen, and it delivers a picture that exceeds your wildest imagination.

  • Infinite contrast ratio and stunning color – delivers more natural, lifelike viewing.
  • 4 Color Pixel technology enhances color range and accuracy.
  • Super thin design (consider how to show visually)
  • Find content faster with webOS

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You can grab the LG OLED at Best Buy’s everyday price of $3499.99 (save $500)

Do you love twitter parties? Best Buy is hosting an LG OLED Twitter Party on Thursday December 4th at 7PM CST. Feel free to join this party for a chance to receive Best Buy gift cards and other great prizes. Tweet #HintingSeason with your top gifts that you want this Holiday from Best Buy.

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All Dressed Up with AbbeyPost

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A few weeks ago I had the amazing chance to walk the red carpet in Los Angeles for the premier of Big Hero 6. I was beyond excited and I knew the perfect outfit. I may not have been a celebrity but there was tons of paparazzi so my picture could be anywhere. It was really exciting to think about.  I found my perfect dress at AbbeyPost or rather I should say they made me my perfect dress.

Made to Measure

We believe the most important factor in looking great is to have great-fitting clothes.

You probably already know that most manufacturers simply “grade” a pattern up from a model’s sample size. But that does not take into account the fact that human bodies come in all shapes and sizes. And we think that’s wrong.

Our team comes from a diverse background which includes apparel design, manufacturing, and software. We look at fashion in a whole new way.

So we developed software that helps create Made to Measure apparel that you can customize with your choice of sleeve lengths, necklines, and even hem lengths. We use nifty advanced technologies like CAD/CAM, algorithmic patterning, and a bunch of other nerdy-sounding things, combined with some super-cool manufacturing innovations. That means we can produce high quality, American-made custom clothing quickly (less than 2 weeks!), scalably, and affordably. You get Made to Measure clothing for the price of off-the-rack.

Which means it fits great, and you look great.

All you need to do is take 10 minutes to supply us with a few measurements. We do the rest.  And the next time you visit AbbeyPost, you simply click and check out; no need to measure again!

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I love the whole concept of Abbey Post. I have a true “hour glass figure” and I’ve always had a hard time finding dresses that fit.  It can be very frustrating.  I was able to enter all of my measurements and even pick the neckline, sleeve length, and more. I truly had a custom made dress.

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I received so many compliments on my dress. I was so comfortable and I just love the way that the dress fits.  I’ve heard people talk about how amazing custom fit clothes are and it’s true. I want my whole wardrobe custom fit!  You definitely need to check them out!

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A Fun and Educational Party with #LeapTV #MommyParties

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My kids and I were super excited to not only try out the new Leap TV, but to share it and try it with our friends too! We had a Leap TV party and it was a blast!!!
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With the Leap TV, there are 2 ways to play, with the controller and without the controller. We had 3 great friends to come over and join in on the fun–we swam, danced, skateboarded, snow boarded, played soccer and karate.

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Games like snow boarding and skate boarding use the controller. Swimming, dancing, soccer and karate we use our bodies to move! There was so much movement (aka exercising with out them knowing it!) and laughter– the kids didn’t want to stop.
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As a mom, I LOVE that my kids are getting a work out while playing video games, but that’s not all…they also learn without realizing they are learning–THANK YOU Leap TV!!!!
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In every game, there is some type of learning that goes along with it, like its part of the game and they don’t even realize they are learning math facts, color and shape recognition, reading, counting, and the list goes on and on.
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Typically in our home, video games are limited to a weekend occurrence, because during the week we focus on school, however I am rethinking that policy for the Leap TV because of all the learning and exercising!!!
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Parents, Grandparents, aunts, and uncles, with the holiday season right around the corner I highly recommend you looking into the Leap TV for them–you and your kiddos will not be disappointed! Hooray for learning that really is FUN!
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LeapTV from LeapFrog gets kids into the action while teaching core skills across a variety of subjects including: reading, mathematics, science and problem solving. Designed for kids ages 3-8, the system uses a motion-sensing camera and controller that fits small hands. Audio instruction makes it simple for even the youngest kids to play solo or with a friend!

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LeapTV Games

With a library of 9 cartridge games at launch and 100+ LeapFrog educator-approved games and videos available by year-end, kids never run out of fun! Games adapt to each child’s level-starting with the most basic skills and then automatically adjusting the learning for the perfect challenge. Titles included in the Party Kit include:

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I shared with you last week about some of my adventures while in Los Angeles and visiting the Disney Animation Studios.  One of those adventures included interviewing the creator of and the amazing kids that star in ABC’s new show black-ish.  When you pull up to the Studios you see a big board for the show.

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I’ve been watching it since it aired and it’s hilarious. I love that it’s “real” – real situations that I know have experienced before.  It’s not a “black show” either, but a show about family.  I think it’s very relatable.  I was so excited to visit the set!

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Look! I just entered their front door!  It was so cool to be walking around in the Johnsons’ house.  By the way these stairs stop at the top. The second story is on a different set :)

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I had to post a few pics of me in the house to show you that I was really there ;)  It’s so much fun to see how it works behind the scenes.

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Look, there’s someone on the front lawn! It was cool to learn that there is a screen they use if the door is open that looks like the outdoors and when they’re filming the outdoor scenes there is an actual neighborhood they film at.

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Above is a shot from tonight’s upcoming episode “Oedipal Triangle”.  Look below, does it look familiar?

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This is the actual closet on set for Andre Johnson.  I have to confess I’m a little jealous of the closet.

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The bedroom was pretty spectacular as well.

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My favorite bedroom belonged to the twins, Jack & Diane.

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It was so much hanging out on the set.  Make sure you catch black-ish tonight and every Wednesday night at 9:30|8:30c.

Here’s a sneak peak of tonight’s episode!

“Oedipal Triangle”- Dre’s mother, Ruby, comes for a visit, and she smothers her pork chops with gravy, Dre with love, and would like to flat out smother Bow, who feels the same way about her. Dre tries to find a way to get the two most important women in his life to get along.

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Andre ‘Dre’ Johnson (Anthony Anderson) has a great job, a beautiful wife, Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross), four kids and a colonial home in the ‘burbs.  But has success brought too much assimilation for this black family? With a little help from his dad (Laurence Fishburne), Dre sets out to establish a sense of cultural identity for his family that honors their past while embracing the future.

black-ish stars Anthony Anderson as Dre, Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow, Yara Shahidi as Zoey, Marcus Scribner as Andre Jr., Miles Brown as Jack, Marsai Martin as Diane and Laurence Fishburne as Pops.

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Healthy Holiday Gift Guide: Wellness to Fitness Wearables

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Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I love the Holiday for so many reasons. One of those reasons is giving presents.  I love shopping and picking out the “perfect gift” and then watching people open them up and get excited.

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Now that I’m getting older I realize that myself as well as my friends are more concerned with our health than we used to be.  We’re thinking more about what we put in our bodies and staying in shape.  This also changes the way that I think about what I will be giving my friends for Christmas.

With the holidays just around the corner and a new year on the horizon, many Americans have their waistline on their mind. It’s not just myself and my friends. One of the most effective ways to maintain health or lose weight is to monitor calorie intake and physical activity.

I have found some wearable technology that I’ll be adding to my holiday shopping lists this season thanks to US Cellular. With the fitness tracking trend on the rise, I have put together a roundup of wearable technology devices.  I hope you’ll be able to find the perfect gift. Healthy living technology that pairs well with their smartphones is perfect for friends and family this holiday season.

Many of these new devices and expanded features allow users to gather even more data about their health and wellness. Get the perfect gift for your health and fitness obsessed friends and family by hooking them up with the latest and greatest fitness tracking devices.

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Low-key fitness monitoring beginners may like the UP by Jawbone, which syncs with both Android and Apple products. The wristband tracks distance walked, calories burned, active time and movement intensity. It even vibrates to remind you to move when you’ve been inactive for too long. Jawbone also syncs with an app on your smartphone, so you can input information about what you eat and drink each day to better manage the calories you consume. In addition, Jawbone reads sleep patterns to wake you at the optimal time. The system learns your habits; informs you how your days, nights and food interact to affect your overall wellness; and makes recommendations to improve your lifestyle.

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Fitness gurus who like personal attention and also want the sophistication of a high-tech watch, would love the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 or SYNC BURN Activity and Calorie Burn Tracker for Apple to act as a fitness partner that’s with you wherever you go. Compatible with Samsung devices, the Galaxy Gear 2 offers a personalized fitness manager with real-time information on the progress and results of your workout. Then, based on the results, it offers a personalized and adaptive recommendation for your next workout.For iOS users, the SYNC BURN utilizes heart rate sensors to more accurately track the number of calories you burn, and includes a MapMyFitness app to view, track and share fitness progress. The device features digital time and date display, a stopwatch and a one-year battery.

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For users focused on weight loss, the Withings Pulse Activity Tracker and Wireless Scale WS-30 is the perfect bundle to help accomplish your goals.

The Pulse Activity tracker, which can be worn as a watch, clipped on a pocket or dropped in a bag, monitors daily steps, distance traveled and calories burned. It also monitors sleep cycles and quality of sleep. When asked, it reveals heart rate and blood oxygen level. Sync the Pulse Activity Tracker with your favorite fitness app on your phone, and it automatically catalogs your personal data, so you can easily see daily progress and access real-time personalized coaching from the app.

The Wireless Scale WS-30 measures weight and body mass index, as well as connects to the partnered fitness app of your choice to keep track of losses and gains. It recognizes up to eight users, so each person in your family or fitness group can independently manage and access their progress.

Fitness tracking is just one example of how our smartphones and tablets enhance our lives. Wearable devices can also sync with your smartphone and tablet to better track fitness all efforts, making it convenient and easy. Whatever fitness goals your friends or family members are currently looking to achieve, there is a wireless fitness device gift for them!

Thinking of getting your kids a cellphone? Here is a free Parent Child Agreement that really helps start that conversation.

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Celebrating my Weight Loss with Plan Z

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It has been quite the week. I’m exhausted, but it was well worth it.  I had the opportunity to head to Los Angeles and hang out at the Disney Animation Studio, walk a red carpet, and so much more!  Remember I asked you to vote on two dresses? Well,  this is the dress that you all voted for! It fit so well and was very comfortable. I have not worn such a fitted dress in a long time.  In fact I haven’t worn one since I’ve put on so much weight. I absolutely love that I can wear this dress and feel great while wearing it. You’ll never guess where I was able to wear it! Okay, you twisted my arm, I’ll tell you!

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I had the opportunity to attend a live show of Dancing with the Stars! It was totally amazing.  I will be sharing more about that with you next week so look forward to that post.

I was in Los Angeles with 24 other bloggers. I’ve been with them on trips with most of them before. I loved hearing from them how fantastic they thought I looked. It does great wonders for the ego. ;)  I’m down 17 pounds which is huge for me.  I’ve never been able to lose more than 10 pounds or keep it off for more than about a week.

While on the trip I really had to make a conscious effort about what I ate. Sure it was tempting to eat cheesy and sugary foods, but I kept thinking about how good I felt.  Physically I had more energy and overall I just felt good being able to wear a smaller size. There was no way I was messing this up.  In fact even though I’m in maintain mode I can’t wait to lose more.

Are you ready to change your life and lose with me? Do you want more information? Head on over to Plan Z Diet and watch their video to find out more.

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Be Inspired by McFarland USA

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I had the opportunity to screen this movie this past week when I was in Los Angeles. I hadn’t even heard of it until a few days before.  I like watching football but I’m not really into sports films – this is NOT a sports film. Okay, it’s about a track team but the story goes much deeper. It’s based on a true story and it is incredible! There were tears and cheers through out the movie. I walked away feeling completely inspired. This is a movie for any age and it’s perfect for the whole family.  It’s definitely a must see!

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MCFARLAND, USA opens in theaters everywhere on February 20, 2015!

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Genre:                                      Drama

Rating:                                      PG

Release Date:                           February 20, 2015

Running Time:                           128.5 min.

Cast:                                        Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor, Martha Higareda, Michael Aguero, Sergio Avelar, Hector Duran, Rafael Martinez, Johnny Ortiz, Carlos Pratts, Ramiro Rodriguez, Danny Mora, Valente Rodriguez, Vanessa Martinez, Chris Ellis

Director:                                   Niki Caro

Producers:                                Gordon Gray, Mark Ciardi

Executive Producers:                Mario Iscovich, Mary Martin

Story by:                                  Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois

Screenplay by:                          Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois and Grant Thompson

 
 
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Inspired by the 1987 true story, “McFarland, USA” follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot to learn about each other but when White starts to realize the boys’ exceptional running ability, things begin to change. Soon something beyond their physical gifts becomes apparent—the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another and their incredible work ethic. With grit and determination, the unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well. Along the way, Coach White realizes that his family finally found a place to call home and both he and his team achieve their own kind of American dream.

 
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Inspired by the 1987 true story, “McFarland, USA” follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school, with whom they ultimately bond to build not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well.

 

 

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Inspired by the 1987 true story, “McFarland, USA” follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot to learn about each other but when White starts to realize the boys’ exceptional running ability, things begin to change. Soon something beyond their physical gifts becomes apparent—the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another and their incredible work ethic. With grit and determination, the unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well. Along the way, Coach White realizes that his family finally found a place to call home and both he and his team achieve their own kind of American dream.

Disney’s “McFarland, USA” stars Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor, Martha Higareda, Michael Aguero, Sergio Avelar, Hector Duran, Rafael Martinez, Johnny Ortiz, Carlos Pratts, Ramiro Rodriguez, Danny Mora, Valente Rodriguez, Vanessa Martinez and Chris Ellis and is directed by Niki Caro with screenplay by Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois and Grant Thompson, and story by Cleveland & Gilois. Gordon Gray and Mark Ciardi are producing, with Mario Iscovich and Mary Martin serving as executive producers. “McFarland, USA” releases February 20, 2015.

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Lunar New Year Gift Card at Best Buy #bbylunarnewyear

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I love learning about cultures and their customs.  I have always loved watching the Chinese parades with the dragons, lanterns, fireworks, and the amazing celebration they have.  I would love to attend a celebration one day.

It is also known as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year and celebrations can last for about 15 days.

The Chinese New Year for 2015 is on February 19th and marks the start of the Year of the Wood Sheep.

Best Buy supports events which they believe are of importance to employees, customers, and communities.  The upcoming Lunar New Year is one of those important celebrations.

For Asians all around the world, including Asian-Americans, Lunar New Year not only celebrates the beginning of the year but also the ending of winter and the anticipated arrival of spring.  It is one of the most important holidays celebrated in Asian countries.

This upcoming year, Lunar New Year, which is based on the phases of the moon, falls on February 19th, 2015 of our Gregorian calendar.  Best Buy is helping celebrate the event with an Asian-inspired Giftcard and eGiftcard, available for purchase or gifting from BestBuy.com through February 22nd, 2015.

To have a giftcard shipped to your address, follow this link.

 

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