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Hallmark Get Carded Challenge and a #Giveaway

Disclosure:  I received a package of Hallmark cards in exchange for this post.  Views expressed below are mine.

I can think of nothing that cheers me up more than receiving a card in the mail.  No matter how challenging my day presents, one card can change it all.  So without hesitation as soon as I heard about the Hallmark Get Carded Challenge I knew I had to participate.

To begin my challenge I received a package of 7 cards from Hallmark with the challenge to send 7 cards in 7 days.  The cards were beautiful.  Well, they're Hallmark so I expected nothing less.  I received cards commemorating Birthdays, Going to Camp, Get Well Wishes, Thinking of You, cards for girls and cards for boys and even a card for my faraway love.  

So many cards and only 7 days to master the challenge.  The first card I sent was to my best friend. She recently had surgery and there was a sparkly lil' pink card perfect for her.  Then I sent a card to one of my friends who has been having a tough time a…

Stories From the Bright Side: When They Just Don't Wanna Eat What Mommy Cooks

Disclosure:  This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Happy Family blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

Remember when your kid was going through the "Picky Eater" phase and everyone tried to reassure "It's just a phase, they'll grow out of it."  Well, my youngest has gone through phases like none other.  

First it was milk.  
The child would eat plain ol' cereal right out the bowl.

Then we went through the peanut butter phase.  Where all he wanted was peanut butter sandwiches.  Day and night.

I thought my poor lil' child would starve to death but my mom reassured me he'll be fine.  

Then when the Little Old Lady was younger she had tummy troubles.  I changed how I prepare food to a healthy style.  I worried so because she wouldn't eat anything I cooked but her grandma's oil-laden, butter-basted, deep fried cooking didn't seem to bother her one single bit.  Here I was snapping green beans and blanching…

Hubby's Fab Blueberry Pancakes and Our New Green Earth Pan #Spons

What do you do when your local grocery stores has blueberries on sale for 99 cents / a pint?  Well you make blueberry pancakes of course or at least that's what we in the Three Boys and an Old Lady household do.

I make pancake mix to store in our pantry for occasions such as this.  If you've never made pancake mix, it's easy and I'm sure you've got most of the ingredients you need already in your pantry.

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cupsall-purpose flour1/4 teaspoonsalt1 tablespoonbaking powder1 1/2 teaspoonswhite sugarYep, that's it.  4  ingredients and just store in an airtight container in your pantry or on your kitchen counter top until you're ready to make pancakes.
Once you're ready to make pancakes you'll need to add 1 egg, 1 cup of milk, and blueberries (optional) to the dry mix.  This is enough batter for about 12 regular size pancakes or 6 of Hubby's Fab Blueberry Pancakes.
Directions:  Preheat your skillet.  Pour batter.  Watch for bubbles.  Flip. …

Keurig Brew Over Ice Review and #Giveaway

Disclosure: I am a member of the Keurig Brew Over Ice Crew I so love my Keurig!  I'm always on the prowl for the latest flavors to the Keurig family and last year I had the chance to sample Keurig's Brew Over Ice varieties.  Now as a member of the Brew Over Ice Review Crew I am super-psyched to be able to share with you the latest in Keurig Brew Over Ice news AND a giveaway! 



Destination Fun: Castle Rock Resort and Waterpark #Spons

Castle Rock Resort and Waterpark is located in beautiful Branson, Missouri. We offer a 30,000 square foot indoor waterpark and 10,000 square foot outdoor waterpark. We also have an on-site restaurant, a 24-hour arcade and gift shop, and day spa & salon.
Our resort features 98 Tower rooms connected to the Waterpark through interior corridors and 102 exterior entrance rooms in the two Atrium buildings located approximately 50 yards from the Waterpark. Each Tower room has a built in Kiddie Cove (6' x 4') with a bunk bed and 19” flat screen tv.  Our Tower room accommodations boast 2 double beds or 1 king bed, 32” flat screen tv, mini fridge, coffee maker, iron, ironing board, and hairdryer. Our newly refurbished Atrium rooms boast 2 queen beds, or 1 king bed, a 32” flat screen tv, coffee maker, iron, ironing board, and hairdryer.
Castle …

Add Zumba Kids on Wii and XBox360 to your Holiday Shopping List

Majesco Entertainment Company (NASDAQ: COOL), publisher of the leading Zumba® Fitness video game franchise that has sold more than nine million copies worldwide, announced today that Zumba® Kids is expected to launch this holiday on Kinect™ for Xbox 360® and Wii™. Featuring a range of dance styles, creative mini-games, customization and chart-topping hits from Justin Bieber and Willow Smith, this engaging interactive experience is packed with gameplay to keep kids moving! 

Based on the global dance-fitness brand that pioneered “exercise in disguise,” Zumba® Kids brings kids aged 7 to 12 together to play and express themselves with routines and activities custom-designed for them. Kids can build self-confidence and discover new rhythms as they move to over 20 different dance styles—more than any other kids game! With 170 million children under 18 now estimated to be overweight*, Zumba® Kids is an ideal solution to get kids off the couch with motion-based fun that helps them sta…

Winx Club Magical Adventure Coming to DVD 8/13

Nickelodeon’s popular WinxClub is back with an all-new CGI TV movie in WinxClub: Magical Adventure. Bloom is living life as a princess of Domino but doesn’t understand why Sky can’t escort her to the Princess Ball. Meanwhile, the Ancestral Witches and the Trix are joining evil forces! Plus, enjoy seven bonus episodes overflowing with adventure from the fifth season of the hit series. 

This two-disc set is filled with over 3½ hours of magic!  Created by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, WinxClub: Magical Adventure will be released on DVD on August 13, 2013 for the suggested retail price of $16.99.

WinxClub: Magical Adventure Synopses:

Disc One
Magical Adventure
Bloom discovers what it’s like to live as a princess of Domino. Her joy is multiplied when Sky asks her to attend a ball with him! However, Bloom’s happiness is short lived when Sky is forbidden by his own father to escort her.  Meanwhile, the evil Ancestral Witches who ha…

Sanofi Pasteur’s Headfirst! Expert Advice on Lice

The below content is sponsored by Sanofi Pasteur’s Headfirst! Expert Advice on Lice campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

When sending the kids off to camp this summer, it’s important to think about a common and hard-to-treat problem: head lice. Luckily, expert information parents need for dealing with and treating head lice is in one place at ExpertAdviceOnLice.com. Get educated by the Headfirst! Experts and have the information to battle head lice with confidence!

Happy Sisters Day!

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post.  Many thanks to Disney for the opportunity to share this cool graphic and tell you about my sister.
Did you know that August 4th is Sisters Day?  Well, it is so be sure to tell your sister "HAPPY SISTER'S DAY"

What a perfect time to tell you about my sister.  I love my sister and am proud of the woman she has become.  She's always there when I need her as a sister should be.  I won't write a lot about her because I know after she sees this brief post, she'll have tears running down her face and then she'll say "OMG, I can't believe you posted this" and we'll laugh.  

TAMMY... I love you Sis!!!

Be sure to check out Frozen from Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” presents “Frozen,” a stunning big-screen comedy adventure.  The movie will be in a theater near you around November 27, 2013.




KaBOOM! Imagination Playground™ Program

Disclosure: Thanks to MomSelect for the opportunity to share news of this wonderful project.
KaBOOM! Imagination Playground™ ProgramKids should have time to play -- at home and at school. We know that creative play can make kids happy and healthy, but some kids aren't getting enough of it. That's why the makers of Children's Claritin are teaming up with the national nonprofit KaBOOM! to help bring innovative playspaces to schools in need. As a member of MomSelect, we want you to hear about this exciting program.

GIVEAWAY: Dora & Blue’s Clues Double Feature: Dora’s Musical School Days DVD

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Enjoy an all-new musicaldoublefeature with Dora & Blue’s CluesDoubleFeature: Dora’s MusicalSchoolDays and Blue’s Big Musical Movie. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get two and a half hours of musical entertainment for the price of one! 

GIVEAWAY: Nickelodeon Let's Learn Colors DVD

Get to know the educational values of Nickelodeon programming with Let’s Learn: Colors. As part of the Let’s Learn line of DVDs, this all-new DVD packs over two hours of edu-tainment with episodes from Nickelodeon’s hit preschool series Bubble GuppiesDora the ExplorerTeam UmizoomiBlue’s Clues and The Wonder Pets!

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My Kia, My Mom and the Love of Her Life

I am a Road Warrior! Although I don't mind planes or trains, traveling by car is hands down my favorite way to get away from it all. My kids are also road warriors. Now you'd think with three boys and a little old lady I'd drive some humunga chunga SUV but been there done that and hated it. I just love smaller vehicles and am quick to tell everyone don't let the small frame fool ya, my car has plenty of room. 

My mom on the other hand is not much of a road warrior but she is a master when it comes to style.  You know the car ad that reads "One owner, low miles, garaged..." yep, that's my mom's car. 

A couple of years ago she was in the market for a new vehicle and when she pulled into my driveway with her new Kia I was in awe.  I knew of Kia Sportage, Kia's stylish SUV but had never seen one of their sedans up close.  Two words:  OH WOW!!!

Check out this dashboard. 
Voice command navigation, Bluetooth wireless, rear camera display, dual zone temp…

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