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He is Risen! We are just a couple of weeks away from one of the most beautiful celebration – Easter!

As you know, VeggieTales released their newest DVD last week. THE LITTLE HOUSE THAT STOOD parodies two popular nursery rhymes – The Three Little Pigs and Humpty Dumpty – to help impart valuable life lessons. The Three Little Pigs meet the Wise and Foolish builders and learn that by making good choices, they can build a house that will stand against any storm! In the “The Good Egg of Gooseville” we find out what happens BEFORE Humpty cracks, in a good neighbor story where we learn why it’s a nice to lend a little hand to those in need.

Check out this sneak peek!

I partnered with our local Chick-fil-A and did an early screening. The kids did not take their eyes off the movie the entire time. This speaks volume as how good the movie is and loved by kids of all ages, including adults.

THE LITTLE HOUSE THAT STOOD reunites fans with popular VeggieTales characters including:

Larry the Cucumber – Goofy, green and always a little bit silly!

Bob The Tomato – He’s the practical one who likes to make sure there’s a lesson to learn, but always gets pulled into Larry’s silliness!

Jr. Asparagus – This little 6-year-old Veggie is full of fun and reminds us that little guys can do big things too!

Plus – The French Peas, Madame Blueberry, AND MORE!

To help celebrate this wonderful release, we have partnered with VeggieTales to offer one lucky reader a HUGE price pack.

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Disclosure: I am a VeggieTales ambassador. All thoughts and opinions are of my own.

Pepsi giving away 1 million 2-liter bottles of Pepsi NEXT!

Huge news to Pepsi fans. I have to say that my husband and oldest daughter are big fans of Pepsi NEXT. It is the the first cola to deliver real cola taste with 60% less sugar.

In the first quarter of the Super Bowl game, Pepsi NEXT will be debuting their hilarious new commercial. Watch closely, because at the end, they are giving away 1 million 2-liter bottles of Pepsi NEXT! This is a great opportunity for you to experience the unbelievable taste of Pepsi NEXT – if you haven’t already. If you have, then you will love scoring a free bottle!

Be sure to act fast because only the first million to sign up will get their hands on a free bottle of Pepsi NEXT.

Let the fun begin!

Give a gift that will last forever this Christmas {Giveaway}

Please tell me that you are guilty of leaving pictures on your hard drive and never doing anything with them. I hang my head in shame but there is no way that I am on the person guilty of this horrible photo act.

This Christmas season, I am hanging up my guilty plea. My pictures will be shared with the ones I love most. As many of you know, I am a budding photographer. Most days there will be a camera in my hand. Photography is a form of art for me and what better way to put that art to work in a photo gift.

You have to hear about this new company MailPix. I will be honest. When I first was looking over the site, I held my expectations low. I didn’t want to get my hopes up and expect a wonderful product. Boy was I proved wrong. MailPix gave me a $100 gift card to spend on their site. Their site was like a candy store for me. I wanted to try all the products and put them in my cart but decided on a few that would warm my family’s heart this Christmas season.

MailPix was started by two Photo Industry veterans with a concern that a whole generation of photo memories, whether stored online, in harddrives or smart phones, would be lost to future generations and wanted to provide an affordable and simple way to turn images in memories.

Set of Coasters – You will receive six coasters. It is your choice to either use the same image or different images. The price is only $24 for the whole set. I ordered two sets for gifts this Christmas.

The quality of the coaster and the pictures are amazing as you can see for yourself in the above picture.

Personalized Gift Boxes – This is a gift everyone will love. I ordered this for my step-daughter and had her new baby boy’s picture put on the front. She will always cherish this forever and she can put her dearest things in this box. The price is only $15.

The wood is great quality and it is not cheap looking. Very thick wood with a high quality picture on the front.

Photo Keychain – A keychain is always with you. You are always looking at it on a daily basis so it should be a beautiful piece. This is only $15 and it turns out priceless.

So cute right?

Last but not least, the popular mouse pad. Technology is in almost everyone’s house this day and age. We use the computer 24/7 it seems so the mouse pad is such a great gift. Right now, it is only $8. You are able to customize the layout and choose what pictures you would like included. I know someone that is going to be very happy with this gift!

I am so impressed with the quality, the low prices and the fast shipping. I will be a returning customer. Bookmark their deals page as well as you will not believe the deals they have posted.

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Merry Christmas!

Disclosure: I was provided a gift card in order to facilitate my review. All comments and honest opinions are of my own.

Curious George Season Premiere with Special Guest Bindi Irwin {WIN}

Curious George has been an all-time favorite of mine since I was a little child. Now that I am a mom, it gives me great joy to pass on this favorite to my girls. We are gearing up this weekend for a fun-filled Monkey party complete with Curious George activities and his new season premiere shows.

This Monday, December 3, Bindi Irwin will teach Curious George about koalas, emus, kangaroos and more!

“I was so excited to be a part of Curious George, says Bindi Irwin. He’s my favorite monkey, I’ve loved him my whole life. It’s wonderful he could help me teach kids about the beaut bonza animals that live around my home at Australia Zoo.”

I can always depend on Curious George to be trustworthy and be a clean show with lots of family fun. It is a bonus too as there are always several teachable moments in his shows. Monday’s show, “Monkey Down Under,” George and the Man with the Yellow Hat head south for an Australian Outback Adventure. While the Man with the Yellow Hat goes sea cow sightseeing, Curious George stays behind to investigate a set of giant footprints in the sand.

The fun will not stop with this new episode as PBS will follow the night with two more brand-new episodes on Tuesday and Wednesday. Make sure to check your local listings for time. Make sure to visit PBS online with your kids as they have special activities to help satisfy your child’s curiosity about animals. L is our huge animal lover in the family and is looking forward to some special computer time.

While you are enjoying the season premiere, take pictures of you and your little ones so you can add special touches with the pictures via PBS KIDS Photo Factory app available for iPhone or iPod Touch.

Since Curious George loves to play and be curious, Stride Ride is the perfect sponsor for the show. They know kids are just as curious and full of play. They are introducing the all-new Made2Play collection. It is built for good, clean and extra-durable fun. Just what us moms love right?

One lucky winner is going to get a pair of shoes for your child this Christmas Season.

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Disclaimer: I was provided a Curious George party pack along with a Stride Rite gift certificate. All thoughts and opinions are of my own.

Christmas with Hickory Farms {Giveaway}

For as long as I can remember, Christmas always included Hickory Farms. When I was a little girl and my dad would come through the front door with a Hickory Farms basket, I would run as fast as I could to him. I always loved seeing what types of cheese and jelly would be in the basket. It wasn’t until I was older that I started loving the meats and nuts in the baskets.

Hickory Farms has become a tradition for my family. My girls this past weekend, opened up our basket and cut slices of cheese and meat. We sat down in the living room and snacked while watching a Christmas Movie. It was perfect. Time please stand still.

For more than 60 years, Hickory Farms gifts have been a classic holiday tradition that brings family and friends together. The baskets are perfect for a holiday gathering. The packaging is beautiful and includes many different varieties of foods that everyone enjoys this time of year.

This year Hickory Farms is available in 700 holiday stores and kiosks across North America, as well as in select retailers. I am pretty giddy we have a store this year that opened up in our local Tanger Outlets. Make sure to stay connected with Hickory Farms on Facebook and Twitter to stay on top of all the Holiday deals.

How would you like to win a gift basket of your own? You are just in luck! Hickory Farms has graciously told us we could give one lucky family a gift basket (the one shown in the picture above).

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Happy Holidays!

Disclaimer: Compensation and products for review were provided by Hickory Farms via MomTrends. I received a free sample of the product for the purpose of this review and to facilitate a giveaway. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hickory Farms.

Comet Cleans Stainless Steel Appliances? {Giveaway}

Let me just say it. I absolutely love my stainless steel appliances. My whole house could be filled with stainless steel and my life would be complete. Actually, that is an exaggeration. My life is already complete fully with my two beautiful girls and the man I love. I’m just saying, I have a love for stainless steel appliances. What I do not love though, is keeping them cleaned. Fingerprints show up everywhere on the appliances. Once we first received our fridge, we were not quite sure how to keep it cleaned. Right where we open the double french doors, our fingerprints love to gather. It could be portrayed as a piece of art from our family, but I would rather see the shine.

Enter Comet Stainless Steel Cleaner. Ever since I was a little girl, I can remember my mom using comet to do her housecleaning. Naturally, when I moved out on my own, I followed suit. It was exciting news, when I found out comet was coming out with a stainless steel line.

The perks with this new line:

- Leaves a streak-free, sparkling shine
- Breaks down grease, dirt and grime with the power of Comet®
- Gentle and scratch-free
- No harsh chemical fumes or irritants

You can purchase the stainless steel in three different product types.

Check out how shiny my fridge is now. Keep in mind, this was two sprays and two wipes with a paper towel. Shiny!

How would you like to try the Comet Stainless Steel Cleaners?

WIN a Comet Stainless Steel Caddy Gift Pack!

Caddy includes the new line of Comet Stainless Steel cleaners, stylish cleaning essentials, coupons to share with friends and a $25 gift card to help make a kitchen shiny and fresh.

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Disclosure: Comet provided me a caddy filled with cleaning supplies in order to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are of my own.

Delicious Summer Hummus Recipe – {Giveaway}

I feel like summer just started and yet we only have 4 weeks left of summer fun. The girls start back school the second week of August. If I think about this too much, the tears will start streaming down my face. Our summer schedule is going so well, that I do not want to give up the schedule. Every moment is being savored. Our family has done so many great adventures this summer, but the moments I have really enjoyed are our family picnics. A picnic is so much fun and includes lots of family laughs. My girls can make me laugh so hard.

For example, check out this joke that L came up with:

Why did the drink cross the road?

Because he drunk.

As corny as that joke was, I could not stop laughing. The way she said it just had me rolling.

During our picnics, we love to eat pretzels and hummus. Libby’s Fruits & Vegetables sent me this summer hummus recipe. You have to try it out.

Smoky Carrot Hummus Sandwich Spread

Makes 2 ¼ cups

Get out of your mayo and mustard rut with this flavorful and healthy sandwich topper.

Ingredients:

1 (15 ounce) cans Libby’s® Sliced Carrots drained and rinsed
1 (15 ounce) can Libby’s® Organic Garbanzo Beans, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1 small lemon)
2 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon smoked paprika (or curry powder)
½ teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

In a food processor, blend together carrots, garbanzo beans, lemon juice, garlic cloves, paprika, cumin and pepper. While processor is running, slowly pour in olive oil. Process until smooth.

To make a sandwich, spread 2 tablespoons of carrot hummus on one slice of whole grain bread of your choice. Top with avocado, tomato, turkey or your favorite sandwich fillings. Top with another piece of whole grain bread.

Keep remaining spread in sealed container for up to 10 days in refrigerator.

Hummus is so healthy for you. We really enjoy it on wheat thins too!

Does your family love going on picnics? I have a super fun GIVEAWAY!

One lucky reader is going to win an Insulated Picnic Basket in Red and Picnic Blanket Tote in Red.

I am in love with this picnic basket and blanket tote. The basket is so fashionable and so easy to pack cold items into. Can you tell I am a fan?

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Get outside with your family and have a picnic. It is so simple, costs very little and equals so much family fun!

Disclosure: Thank you to Libby’s Table for this awesome recipe. I received the same giveaway items in this post. All thoughts and opinions are of my own.

Get Organized with Extra Space Storage and WIN!

You know how moms often tell their bad confessions? I am going to tell one of mine right now. I am not an organized person at home. I can organize all day with my work but the organization is a big fat fail at home. Don’t get me wrong, I keep my house clean but my desk or drawers in the house are very chaotic. Every year, I have the same resolution – be better organized at home.

Fortunately, there is help for people like me. I was honored to meet Extra Space Storage earlier this year at the Blissdom Blog Conference. Very detailed and customer service oriented team members who literally swept me off of my feet to let me take a moment to relax while they packed all my things to ship back home for me. How awesome was that? Huge relief!

Extra Space Storage has over 870 locations to help tame your extra load. Do you have a piano, extra bedroom suit, lawn equipment that just will not fit anymore at your house? No problem, they can help you. Check them out.

WIN!

From now until July 8, you could win gift cards to receipt scanners and even an iPad in the Extra Space’s ‘What’s In Store’ game. You can even discover useful organization tips from their professional organizers!

TO ENTER:

Make sure to click this link and you will get to play Storage Wars. You will see this on your screen:

Then you will get to choose a unit which will determine your prize.

Good luck and I can’t wait to hear what you win. Will it be the iPad?

Disclosure: I was compensated for my time by Extra Space Storage in promoting their giveaway. All thoughts and opinions are of my own.

An Energy Drink that is healthy for YOU! – {Giveaway}

V8 has come out with a new Energy Drink – V8 V-Fusion Sparkling.

The great thing about these drinks are that they are made with 1/4 vegetables and 1/4 fruits. So many energy drinks are filled with non-healthy ingredients. There are no worries about this drink as they do not have the unhealthy ingredients.

There are only 60 calories in each 8-ounce can. The sugars in each can equal between 11 – 13 grams. The good thing about the sugars though… all the sugars are straight from the fruit included in the drink. There is no added sugar, artificial colors or preservatives. This is what I am talking about now!

I first tried these drinks at the Blissdom Conference in February of this year. I could not believe the taste. I had to get my friends at the conference to taste their drinks and actually talked them into giving me their extra drink. Seriously, the drinks are that good!

My precious M wanted to do a taste test and much to my surprise, she really enjoyed the drink as well. M and L are not real big vegetable fans, so this helps them get in the extra vegetables and fruit in their daily diet.

Available Flavors:

* Black Cherry Pomegranate
* Strawberry Lemonade
* Tangerine Raspberry

I love the fizz from soft drinks, but of course do not drink them often because of the calories and sweetners. This is a great alternative with just enough fizz, great taste and ingredients that you do not have to be shameful about.

Would you like to taste the flavors too? You are in luck!

WIN

One lucky reader is going to with a V8 V-Fusion Sparkling gift pack. Including:

* V8 V-Fusion Sparkling
* Gaiam Yoga/Gym tote with an easy-reach outside pocket for your refreshments (This bag is coming in so handy with my 5K Training.)
* A Philosophy Raspberry bubble bath to add some refreshing bubbles to your bath
* A $25 Sephora gift card to help you sparkle inside and out
* An Essie nail polish to add some sparkle to your nails
* A versatile to-go cup so you can quench your thirst with an iced V8 V-Fusion Sparkling on-the-go

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Stay up-to-date with the latest V8 V-Fusion news on their Facebook page.

Disclosure: I was provided a gift pack from V8 V-Fusion in order to facilitate my review and as a thank you for my time. All thoughts and opinions are of my own.

Treat it Forward with Wendy’s this Father’s Day – {Giveaway}

As you know, this Sunday is Father’s Day! Though you may still be searching for that perfect gift for dad, Wendy’s has something that you can all do together to help other families! And it’s yummy, too! We did this last year as a family and had the best time sitting together eating our Frosty’s and laughing together at special memories we were reminiscing over the last year. You can enjoy your Frosty and treat it forward.

Now through Father’s Day, anyone can help children in foster care find permanent, loving homes. Continuing its Father’s Day Frosty Weekend tradition for the sixth year in a row, Wendy’s is inviting customers to help raise money for Wendy’s Wonderful Kids.

This signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is dedicated to finding permanent adoptive families for children in foster care. Here’s what you need to know:

Who: Everyone! And dad, too!

What: Help Wendy’s make a big donation to Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, the signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption that is dedicated to finding permanent adoptive families for children in foster care. They want to beat last year’s $1.4 million donation! Let’s help them get there!

When: Father’s Day Weekend (June 16 – 17)

How: There are three ways to donate:

1. Buy any Frosty product: On Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17, for each Frosty product purchased, participating Wendy’s will donate 50-cents to Wendy’s Wonderful Kids. (includes the original, parfaits, shakes and floats).

2. Use a mobile-friendly website to check in at Wendy’s: Wendy’s will donate 50-cents for every customer that checks in at Wendy’s restaurants during Father’s Day Weekend (June 16 and 17 only) using Wendy’s special mobile-friendly website found at www.wendys.com/treatitforward.

3. Re-tweet: Now through Father’s Day, re-tweet one of @Wendys special Twitter posts with the hashtag #TreatItFwd—and Wendy’s will make a 50-cent donation. You can follow @Wendys on Twitter at https://twitter.com/wendys.

Please join in and help out this wonderful foundation. We are going to give you a boost as well.

WIN!

One lucky reader is going to win a $10 Wendy’s gift card.

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Disclosure: Wendy’s provided me a small gift for this post in conjunction with The Motherhood. All thoughts and opinions are of my own.

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