Saturday, December 23, 2017

The EVE of Christmas EVE - The Reason For The Season

Guys...it's the EVE of Christmas Eve today!

Know what that means?  Tomorrow night, Santa will be visiting houses all across the world, leaving gifts & filling stockings!
But it also means that Christmas morning is coming and we get to have a BIRTHDAY PARTY and celebrate the birth of our LORD...Baby Jesus!  That's the true reason we celebrate Christmas afterall.  Don't let that get lost in the hustle of the parties & presents this year!  

Please take a minute with your family (sit the kids down around the Christmas tree) and read from the Bible...or I'll even share it on here if you'd rather just read it straight from my blog...

The Birth of Jesus

Since we will be busy the next few days (as I'm sure you will be too), I am going to take this moment wish you and yours the sweetest holiday season!
And MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS from our family to yours!
I was not paid to feature this post!  I was not compensated in any way by posting about Christmas, the scripture, or Jesus birthday!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Let This Movie LEAP! Under Your Christmas Tree This Year...

I love watching movies with my kids that inspire children to be all they can be! 
Basically to REACH FOR THE STARS! 
Movies that show children that determination and hard work pays off.

All products for this review/feature were sent free of charge by the company.  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my honest opinion about this movie.

LEAP! is officially out on DVD/BluRay/Digital Copy.  

Did your kids see it in the theater?  Mine didn't but they are so excited to have this copy to watch at home now!  Plus, my girls are big fans of Maggie Ziegler from Dance Moms.  With an amazing cast, this movie will definitely keep their interest:


What's this Leap! movie all about?

Eleven-year-old orphan Félicie (Fanning) has one dream — to go to Paris and become a dancer. Her best friend, Victor (Wolff), an imaginative, exuberant boy with a passion for creating, has a dream of his own — to become a famous inventor. In a leap of faith, Victor and Félicie leave their orphanage in pursuit of their passions. But there’s a catch: Félicie must pretend to be the child of a wealthy family in order to gain admittance to the prestigious and competitive Opera Ballet School in Paris. And with no professional dance training, she quickly learns that talent alone is not enough to overcome the ruthless, conniving attitudes of her fellow classmates, led by the devious Camille Le Haut (Ziegler). Determined to succeed, Félicie finds her mentor in the tough and mysterious school custodian, Odette (Jepsen), who, along with Victor’s encouraging friendship, help her reach for the stars.

If you're not done Christmas shopping this year and are looking for a little something extra to wrap under the Christmas tree...I'd suggest this movie.
CLICK HERE to order your copy of Leap! today!

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Get Your New Years Looks From @SinfulColors_NP And #SCVanessa

New Years Eve is always a fun time to get dolled up, sometimes in more extreme makeup looks & fun clothing that pushes us out of our comfort zones...as we usher in a BRAND NEW YEAR!

I mean, come on guys, it's almost 2018!  
The FUTURE AWAITS US ALL!
What will your NEW YEAR bring?

All products for this review/feature was sent free of charge by the company.  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my honest opinion about these products.  

So when a package arrived with some new Sinful Colors & Vanessa Hudgens Preview Collection, I was excited to step out of my box a little bit to try something new with my makeup look.  Trying colors and a look I've never used or done before.
For the final touch, I used the Diva Lash Color Mascara in Blue.  
I did put it on top of my pre-existing black mascara for a little added pop of color.  
It's really light and barely shows up in the pictures, but it's there.
I'll admit, I didn't apply the makeup as liberally as the makeup artist that did Vanessa Hudgens makeup for her photo shoot for this line.  To be honest, putting eye shadow on is not my forte...it never has been.
However, I think the blue liner and bright, colorful eye lids will definitely get some positive attention, when I wear this look out of the house!
Considering I didn't have a makeup artist or a professional photographer to take my pictures and edit them with master skill...I'd say my final look was pretty impressive and definitely not my typical colors either.  
This look will definitely be a BOLD STATEMENT, especially on New Years Eve!
CHECK OUT the entire Sinful Colors & Vanessa Hudgens Preview Collection and see if there are maybe some BOLD NEW colors you can add to your makeup game this NEW YEAR...or even for a brighter & colorful New Years Eve look!
YOU MAY ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOUR NEW BOLD & COLORFUL SINFUL COLORS LOOK!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the products sent for this review/feature!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

PUPPY UPDATE - 7 Mos Old & Full Of It

I've been updating you guys monthly on our puppy Harley Quinn.  
It's been so much fun to watch her grow and change over the past several months with you all!

I was not paid to feature this!  I was not given any monetary compensation by posting about our puppies monthly updates.  She was purchased on our own accord.
She's currently 7 months old now.  
She is learning her place in our home...and FURNITURE is a big no, NO!  
While reading with my youngest the other night, I caught her sneak up and lay down on the ottoman near our feet.  When her name was called, she wouldn't make eye contact, because she knew I wanted her to get down.  Of course, after this picture was taken, she was immediately removed from it.  Thank goodness for her new DOG BED!  She now has a place to lay that she can call all her own.
She's been enjoying all the things that go along with Christmas.  
The trees, the lights, the wreaths and of course all the fun that is brought into our home this time of the year.  
Everyday, she grows a little more protective, a little more aware and everyday she is more fun!  
We've been debating on when to get her fixed.  
I've heard pros and cons to fixing her, since she pure bred, before she's been in heat the first time.  Does anyone have any advice for me?  I don't want to do make her aggressive, or mess up her hormones, so I am willing to do the right thing for her...even if it means doggy diapers for a few weeks.

SO THERE YOU GO!  She's growing, thriving and we are so glad she's a part of our crazy fun family!

No products were sent for this review/feature!  I was not offered any money by posting these monthly updates on our puppy!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

TAKE YOUR KIDS - @LythgoePanto BEAUTY & THE BEAST CHRISTMAS ROSE

LAST NIGHT WAS ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE...
some might even say a bit magical!

Our tickets were provided by the company free of charge for us to do this review/feature.  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my honest opinion about the musical and our experience for the evening.

Let me start at the beginning...
When the kids got home from school yesterday, we got a little bit "dressed up" and hopped in the car for a little road trip to Pasadena for an evening with the theater.  
There were tickets waiting for us at "Will Call" in the Pasadena Civic Center...because we had a very special event to attend!
We even got to walk the RED CARPET before the event started!  
My heart may have beat out of my chest a little when I saw the smiles on their faces, as they had their chance to take a picture on this red carpet.  They truly felt like VIP's!
And we spotted "The Beast" Jonah Platt on the RED CARPET too, doing an interview before his big performance.
Before the show, we enjoyed all the pre-show fun set up in the lobby.  
They had crafts, a hair station from @RockYourHair and my little guy got his face painted too!
Then, we found our seats...which were AWESOME!  
We had no one behind us (I was delighted), so my kids could kneel or stand even to see over other's heads.  The theater was full of parents & small kids...for this amazing OPENING NIGHT!  
Yes, I said SMALL CHILDREN!  
Babies, toddlers and small children filled this theater with noise and life! 
It was not quiet, but that's part of the fun for this type of show and performance.  
These Pantos style shows are interactive & so much fun.  
They want you to sing and shout and be a part of the show yourself.  
TRUST ME...your kids will love it! 
To say my kids were EXCITED about being a part of this opening night is an understatement.  
They were all into the show.  Even my oldest two were singing along with songs they recognized (because this show uses music that is trendy to now) and cheering & booing too.  
Seeing my kids have so much fun with an experience like this makes my heart beat extra!

BEAUTY & THE BEAST, A CHRISTMAS ROSE  is the American Panto version based on the Beauty and the the Beast fairytale written by Madame de Villeneuve. The show includes singing, dancing, interactive fun and songs from Coldplay, Maroon 5, The BeeGees and Imagine Dragons.

My oldest son said he loved all the witty puns in the show that had us all giggling.  He was slapping his knee and cracking up!

My oldest daughter loved that they didn't use any traditional BEAUTY & THE BEAST music in the show.  They used music that is trendy today that is relevant for the scenes throughout the program.

My youngest daughter's favorite part was when Belle & The Beast dance in the ballroom.  A classic moment for Beauty & the Beast

My youngest son said his favorite part was when the wolves were dancing around Belle and the Beast takes care of each one, in slow motion, as he fights them off.  He thought that was so cool!
THIS SHOW IS AMAZING and SO MUCH FUN!  
ALL FOUR KIDS LOVED IT!  LOVED IT! 
Despite the fact that there were a few bumps with microphones & such (it was the first night & first show)...we enjoyed every single second of it!  They even brought children with GOLDEN TICKETS (their parents paid a little extra) on stage to be a part of the show.  
My kids thought that was awesome too.
We were thrilled and honored to have the chance to see this impressive show.  
If you're looking for something fun to do with your kids before CHRISTMAS and you live local, you should consider buying tickets and taking the WHOLE FAMILY to this show!
It's so worth it!
CLICK HERE to learn more about this @LythgoePanto Beauty and the Beast Christmas Rose musical before it's gone.  There is only limited showings of this interactive production.
THIS WAS A SHOW & EXPERIENCE MY KIDS WILL NEVER FORGET!

I was not paid to feature this post! I was compensated only by the tickets that were provided for our family so we could attend this event!  No monetary compensation was provided.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Let @JuicyJuiceUSA Turn You Into The Craftiest Mom EVER This Christmas Season...

Some moms are just not exceptionally crafty!  It's the truth!  And truth be told, there is A LOT of extra pressure, this time of the year to "show off" your creative ability...especially with your kid's classes at school.

All products for this review/feature were sent free of charge by the company.  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my honest opinion about these products.

What if I told you that Juicy Juice not only has great drinks your kids will love & you will love offering them, but that they also have some awesome ideas that will blow the OTHER MOM's away with your creative ability...thanks to Meredith Sinclair, Juice Family Time expert and author of “Well Played”.

Here's one FUN IDEA that will be a head turner for sure!

 Juicy Snowmen

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http://juicyjuice.com/activities
HERE IS SOME LINKS TO SOME OTHER GREAT IDEAS TOO:
Upcycled Crafts
·         Reindeer Juice Boxes
·         Holiday Countdown Calendar
·         Juicy Polar Bear Pals

Recipes
·         Pumpkin Waffles
·         Apple Crumble Fruit Bars
·         Apple Cider

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Why Didn't They Have This When My Babies Were Little & Sick? @Temptraq

Being a new mommy can offer you many sleepless nights for so many different reasons.  
The middle of the night diaper changes and feedings!  
Thoughts and worries if the baby is sleeping too well (yes, this really does happen)
But it can especially offer you far less sleep when you're concerned about your infant or even child...if they are running a fever!

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Having been raised in a family, with an Aunt & Uncle who suffered severe brain damage from high fevers as children...I AM TOTALLY PARANOID about fevers!  
I know...a fever is there to help the body fight off whatever "BAD" is going on...but it still scares the dickens out of me, when the fevers are high.

I will admit, I love modern technology and how it's helping make a parents job a little easier (I say a little because it's one of the hardest jobs there is)Especially in monitoring a child with a fever...


TempTraq is a single use product that provides a parent a way of monitoring a child's temperature over a 24 or 48 hour period...CONSISTENTLY! 

Do you understand what this means?  
Once easily applied to your child and by using their free App, you can check their fever and monitor whether or not you need to give more medication, or even take them to the hospital in dire cases for up to 48 hours straight.  
The best part, you don't have to wake them up to check their temp!  
This simple product is applied under the arm and is highly accurate!  
Sometimes our "at home" thermometers are not.  
The data from the patch is simply transferred via blutooth to your device up to 40 feet away.  It can even send you alerts if the child's temperature reaches a point of concern...so you can sleep peacefully until then.
I wish they had, had this when I was a young mother...and I cannot wait to recommend this to my sister in law for her baby girl that will be born in a couple weeks...to have in their home just in case.
TempTraq is available and many local retailers: CLICK HERE

While the product is only single use and may be a little bit more expensive than the typical temperature taking devices we have in our homes...you have to ask yourself this, "What is your PEACE OF MIND worth, when it comes to your sick baby/child?"

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the product sent for this review/feature!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Pure Luxury For Our Pups - #Brentwoodhome #GIVEAWAY #BWHPets

Since bringing Harley home a few months ago, she has been absolutely obsessed with her big brother.  
Anything he loves, she loves!  
This also includes his bed!  
She has her crate to sleep in, but when she's freely roaming the house, she likes to lay on his bed upstairs and tease him.  
Dogs are just like little kids!  TRUST ME!

All products for this review/feature were sent free of charge by the company.  I was not offered any monetary compensation in return for my honest opinion about the products sent for feature.
When Brentwood Homes, who's been making mattresses & home essentials for more than 30 years, offered us a new GRIFFITH PET BED in Charcoal for Harley, I had to say YES!  I mean, she was definitely saying yes too!  
She just didn't know it yet!
This box arrived and she was very curious about it. 
How in the world did a LARGE PET BED fit in this tiny little box?
In fact, she was so curious about the entire process, she even helped me pull the wrapping off to see what was inside!   
Gotta love German Shepherds!
It only took a second for the bed to flatten down and become the perfect size and shape for our sweet pup!  It did take Harley a bit of time to warm up to the bed itself.  We are firm about our dogs not being allowed on the furniture and because this Pet Bed resembles furniture (of sorts), it took some coaxing for her to realize that she was allowed to sit, lay and play on the bed.
At first, she layed by it...
Then she would put a paw or two on it...
Finally, she layed on it and teased her big brother with her brand new Griffith Pet Bed!  Ha Ha!
A few things I adore about this new Griffith Pet Bed:
This bed is going to last and last and last.  
In fact, I even enjoy sitting on it with her, when she insists someone play with her on the floor.  It saves my bottom from becoming sore (getting older stinks), because the bed itself is incredibly comfortable to sit on.  
NO WONDER THE DOGS LOVE IT! 
This is now my favorite spot to sit, when sitting on the floor too! 
This bed is not super heavy either, so we can move it around the house if we are upstairs and want her up there, etc.  And in a year or so, when we can officially leave her out to GUARD THE HOUSE, and this will be her favorite place to wait.
DO YOU HAVE A FUR BABY that is in need of some pampering this Christmas?  
BRENTWOOD HOMES is offering (1) of my LUCKY One Not So Bored Mommy Readers (US RESIDENTS ONLY, not including Hawaii or Alaska) their chance to WIN a Griffith Pet Bed too! 
They even get to pick the color & size they need for their specific pet. 
Up to a $175 value, depending on size.
ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY NOW:

Brentwood Homes also has a 10% coupon available to you guys when you sign up for their newsletter!  CLICK HERE
Even our OLD MAN loves this new Pet Bed, when he has the chance to lay on it too!
You can see the pure excitement about her new Pet Bed all over her face!  Look at that smile!

If you're in the market for a new mattress for yourself, your kids, or even your pets...please head over to Brentwood Homes and check out their full line of products!  
We're delighted with our new Griffith Pet Bed and if their mattresses are anything like it, their mattresses are AMAZING TOO!

I was not paid to feature this post!  All products for this review/feature were sent free of charge by the company.