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Funtasticks Family Fun Park

I was asked to share this deal with you in exchange a day at Funtasticks with my family. funtastickslogo

Welcome to Funtasticks

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Where America Plays! With tons of entertainment to choose from for your entire family, Funtasticks offers something for the kid in all of us, including laser tag, miniature golf, go-karts, arcade, batting cages, and more!

Take aim in Tucson’s largest laser tag arena – 3 Levels & 5,200 square feet of indoor fun for an
experience you won’t forget! Indoor & Outdoor Fun for all ages! Go-Karts, Bumper Boats, Mini-Golf, Laser Tag, & Batting Cages! A 5 Ride Kiddie Land Area that includes a jumping castle, roller coaster, flying dragon ride,
flying airplane ride, and Rookie Go-Karts! Plus, a video arcade & snack bar! Group & Birthday packages make it easy to plan an event filled with fun! My readers save Save $4 on a wristband at Funtasticks!

Find Funtasticks on Facebook.
For More Information visit: http://www.funtasticks.com

 

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Wordless Wednesday with Linky #WW

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Rained out this week at football practice and a peek at Cay’s Frozen Party!

Last Weeks:

A Birthday and Playtime

Back to School

Another peek at our 1st Family Vacation!

A peek at our 1st Family Vacation!

4th of July Weekend

C+I Merchie Meet-Up

Summer

Sadie’s is 5

Summer Time Fun-Splash Pad

Not so Happy

Zoo Fun

Mother’s Day

El Paso Zoo

Vegas!

Dessert Easter

Our Lady of the Sierras

More Family Fun

Flag Football

Girl’s Movie Night

Just Us

My Little Girls

My Love

Target

Family Fun

Ezzie’s First

Night..Night

My Baby Playing

Too Cool

Places we have lived

Snack Time

Wiped Out

My Baby

Deserving Dad

Messiest Room Ever

Blue in the Face

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Start with Fresh Baby for Support & Great Products for a Healthy Family + Giveaway 8/20-9/3

I was sent these products in return for my honest opinion. FreshBABYReview

“The ultimate goal of Fresh Baby is to have our name synonymous with family-friendly healthy eating.” says co-founder Cheryl Tallman. Cheryl is the founder of Fresh Baby and after reviewing their products and many resources they offer I would say she has successfully accomplished that goal.

With research concluding that children’s eating preferences are established by age 3, it is clear that parents play a crucial role in getting their children off to the right start. Fresh Baby was founded, and continues to operate, on the belief that all parents want to raise healthy children, but when it comes to healthy eating habits, they often lack the tools, skills, and knowledge needed to be effective.

Everyday Cheryl Tallman reaches thousands of parents with simple, practical tips to help raise healthier children and prevent childhood obesity. Her So Easy recipes utilize basic kitchen essentials and are created using fresh, readily available ingredients the entire family can enjoy.

In addition to providing tips and helpful tools to prepare and store food safely, our goal with this campaign is to introduce our expanding product line and online library of resourceful articles to parents of all ages and stages, demonstrating that healthy and fresh meals are So Easy.

Now that you know all about Cheryl and the great work she is doing with Fresh Baby here are some of their amazing products I was able to use with my family.

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Fresh Baby’s So Easy Storage Bags are a simple storage solution! Freezer-safe food storage bags with measurement marks help parents with understanding portion sizes. I love these bags! They are biodegradable plus BPA, phthlate, lead, and PVC-Free (which means they are eco-friendly and won’t poison your food). I love that these are measured because I can easily pull out a fruit or veggie for a recipe in the exact amount I need.


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Fresh Baby’s Kid’s Water Bottle is specially designed for little hands!  The kid-sized collapsible water bottle makes carrying a reusable water bottle easy and convenient.  It stands tall when full and folds neatly when empty – small enough to fit in a lunchbox or backpack. It’s lightweight, easy to drink from, and features an easy open hook so it is easily attached. The water bottle is freezable too, so you can use it as an ice pack in lunchboxes. You can even write your child’s name on it, so your bottles never get mixed up.

The child-size 3-pc. MyPlate Cutlery Set includes a Fork, Spoon, Knife and Travel Case. It is perfect for storing in a lunch box with a napkin. My kindergartener loves it and most days wants her lunch packed from home so she can use it.

Fresh Baby’s So Easy Divided Dish  is perfect for Baby & Toddler Foods and Lunchboxes!  The Stainless Steel Divided Dish features a movable divider to keep food separate. I love packing my daughter’s lunch in here because it’s easy to open and keeps me focused on the important parts of the meal and portion control.


P-cutting-board-250 (1)FV-cutting-board-250Fresh Baby’s 2-sided flexible Protein Cutting Board provides protein food safety and preparation guidance right when it’s needed. This information is so handy because I often forget important tips like “Do not rinse meat, poultry or seafood in water prior to cooking it. Any bacteria on the food’s surface will be destroyed during cooking.”  Fresh Baby’s 2-sided flexible Fruit & Vegetable Cutting Board provides fruit and vegetable food safety and preparation guidance right when it’s needed. There are also great tips you need to remember on this cutting board too. Did you know you should toss out cut produce if it has been left at room temperature for more than two hours.

ChildsApron-250Fresh Baby’s Kid’s MyPlate Apron is perfect for little kitchen helpers. Young children enjoy helping prepare meals and their participation can result in better eating habits at the dinner table. I know all of our kids love to help out in the kitchen and while some days it’s a messy situation I know we are teaching them healthy habits and making memories.

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One of my favorite thing to do with the kids is baking! I do try to make it healthier by swapping out vegetable oil for coconut oil and instead of frosting we use a chocolate flavored nut butter then top with fruit!

These tip sheets are accessible on the FreshBaby web site for free download.

  • Kids in the Kitchen-A great sheet that give age appropriate task for children age 2-5.
  • Knife Guide-A collection of the different types of knives and what they are used for.
  • Freezer Guide-A great chart assisting in safe freezing and defrosting practices.

Find and follow Fresh Baby on Facebook,  Twitter, Pinterest, and their blog!

 

You can enter to win everything I was able to review below.

**Giveaway Details**

Date: Aug 20th, 2014 – Sept 3rd at 11:59PM EST

Open to US residents only. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Prize: So Easy Storage Bags, So Easy Divided Dish, Protein Cutting Board, Fruit & Vegetable Cutting Board, Kid’s Apron, Mom & Kid’s Water Bottle, and Kid’s Cutlery Set

Click the link below to be taken to the Promosimple entry form.

 Click Here to ENTER TO WIN! 

Disclosure- Mom254321 was not compensated for this post. All opinions and experiences are my own. Open to the US, must be 18+. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 24 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of the giveaway. Sponsor will be responsible for prize fulfillment. This event is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions about this giveaway or to have me promote your product, Please email Mom254321@yahoo.com.

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Manic Monday Recipe Round-Up Crock Pot Dinners

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The fall rush has started with back to school, football, boxing, and gymnastics we are super busy and strapped for time-anyone else? I have really got to get into gear planning out our week’s meals to ensure I have enough time to make reading, homework, and studying with the kids a priority. For me that means easy ready to go meals which allow me more time with the kids.

I wanted to start something new, I feel like I have covered every type of Meatless Meal my family will eat, so now I am turning to meals that are quick and easy with little time in the kitchen. First I am going to cover Crock Pot Meals-Which I love in fall! Then next I will tackle freezer to oven meals which are also so helpful for those busy nights. Last I will cover quick and easy 20-30 minute meals because we all known how precious time is and we don’t want to spend more time than needed in the kitchen. 

The first three recipes in the Manic Monday Recipe Round-Up Crock Pot Edition are Beef Stroganoff, Lasagna Soup, and Creamy Chicken and Broccoli over Rice.

I have never made beef stroganoff! NEVER! I can’t imagine why it looks so delicious! I am adding it to our menu, but I am going to test out two different recipes and see which one is a winner in our house. The first Beef Stroganoff Recipe is a no cream soup recipe from 5 Heart Home which has a lengthy ingredient list but looks so hearty. The second Beef Stroganoff Recipe is from The Elegant Artist and is a much simpler recipe. 

The next is a Lasagna Soup which I am just dying to have. We love making homemade bread sticks which would go perfectly from this recipe from Get Crocked.

Lastly, I have a Creamy Chicken and Broccoli over Rice which I know we will all love from Like Mother, Like Daughter. This is such a warming comfort food and during monsoon season when it the weather turns wet and chilly this meal is perfect.

 

Hope you all a wonderful Monday! Happy Menu Planning this week! 

 

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SafetyTat Review & Giveaway 8/13-8/27

 This post contains affiliate links, which mean when you make a purchase my family and I so gratefully receive a percentage.kids temporary safety tattoo Safety Tat Products

When planning our vacation I started thinking of all the things that could possibly go wrong that I needed to prepare for ahead of time. One big thing when traveling is that we may loose one of kids. I remember about two weeks after Sadie was born my mom and sister came to visit and we decided to take all the kids to Wet’ n’ Wild. We were all packed up, picked up some pizza for lunch, and were ready for some fun! While in the midst of the fun we lost a child-IN A WATER PARK! By far the worst experience of my sister’s life as it was her only child at the time. We were panicked racing around to find him. We all just felt so helpless searching and searching luckily what seemed like forever was under 3-5 minutes until we located him. Remembering that dreadful moment of a rather fun day I wanted to do my best to make sure this didn’t happen again. I started researching the best tips to help prevent this, and what to do when it happens. Here are the top 4 tips I found helpful for our family:

  1. Snap a picture each morning before you leave the hotel. In case one kid gets lost you have a recent picture plus you know exactly what they are wearing.
  2. Stand out in a crowd. Wear matching colors, matching hats, or decorate your stroller to stand out. Velcro a superman cape to the handle bars or mark your stroller with a balloon.
  3. Talk about what your children should do in the event they find themselves alone and lost. Stay in the same area they became lost in. Look for a Mom with kids, or a Park Employee (be sure to point these out in advanced so they know who to look for). Go to a concession stand, game stand, or ride and tell them I am lost and need to find my parents.
  4. Make sure your child knows your phone number. In the event that they become lost and need to contact you. For older kids this will be simple memorization or maybe even their own cell phone, but the younger ones will need a SAFETY TAT.

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I found Safety Tat and it was like an extra layer of protection that I just NEEDED to have-as a mother I want to do EVERYTHING I can to make sure my children will be safe no matter what but sometimes things happen and we need back up. I think Safety Tat is genius and a must have for family outings! It was designed by a mother who was facing the same dilemma. Safety Tat uses medical-grade, hypoallergenic, and latex-free adhesives on all it’s products. They are super easy to apply, long lasting, and are removable with oil. They also offer a variety of tattoos the “Please Call if Lost”, “Allergies-Ask First”, and the “Medical” version. In addition to these great versions they also offer a write on version of the tattoo!

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Find Safety Tat on their Website. They are on Facebook and Twitter.

Guess what my fabulous readers!? Safety Tat has generously offered to give one of you a set of Safety Tats and the rest of us get a special coupon code: MOM254321 which you can use to enjoy 10% off your order, no minimum purchase.  The code good now through September 2, 2014.

**Giveaway Details**

Date: Aug 13th, 2014 – Aug 27th at 11:59PM EST

Open to US residents only. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Prize: One pack of Quick Stick Write-On!

Click the link below to be taken to the Promosimple entry form.

 Click Here to ENTER TO WIN! 

Disclosure- Mom254321 was not compensated for this post. All opinions and experiences are my own. Open to the US, must be 18+. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 24 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of the giveaway. Sponsor will be responsible for prize fulfillment. This event is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions about this giveaway or to have me promote your product, Please email Mom254321@yahoo.com.

 

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Wordless Wednesday with Linky #WW

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A Birthday and Playtime

Last Weeks:

Back to School

Another peek at our 1st Family Vacation!

A peek at our 1st Family Vacation!

4th of July Weekend

C+I Merchie Meet-Up

Summer

Sadie’s is 5

Summer Time Fun-Splash Pad

Not so Happy

Zoo Fun

Mother’s Day

El Paso Zoo

Vegas!

Dessert Easter

Our Lady of the Sierras

More Family Fun

Flag Football

Girl’s Movie Night

Just Us

My Little Girls

My Love

Target

Family Fun

Ezzie’s First

Night..Night

My Baby Playing

Too Cool

Places we have lived

Snack Time

Wiped Out

My Baby

Deserving Dad

Messiest Room Ever

Blue in the Face

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Oloves Olives Review & Giveaway (8/13-8/27)

OLOVES Giveaway!When I heard of these amazing olives that came in pouches I just had to try them! I contacted the company and they generously offered to supply me with a sample, but also offered to giveaway a package to my AWESOME readers!

Oloves are these amazing olives that are packaged in these convenient pouches without liquid which makes them perfect for on the go, practices, school snacks, and lunches. They are all natural, gluten-free, low in fat, vegan-friendly, and 100% Kosher!

They come in green pitted olives and black pitted olives. There are three green olive flavors and one black olive flavor. The first green olive flavor is basil and garlic-my absolute favorite! The second green olive flavor is lemon and rosemary, which is also my second favorite. The third is chili and oregano, I am not a big chili fan but these were pretty good too. The black olive’s flavor is chili and garlic, and I have to be honest I tried them to be fair, but I knew I wouldn’t like them. I have never liked black olives their flavor is just different from the green ones.

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The Hubby even loved them, along with the kids too! Well all except for one. We really enjoy taking them to football practice. The kids even love them in their lunches, and of course they are perfect for snacking!

Oloves site had this great list of why they are good to eat which I found so interesting and so informative! I had to share it.

Why Olives are Good to Eat

  • anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits
  • antioxidant
  • just one cup of olives is a great source of iron – 4.4mg.
  • olives provide essential vitamins and amino acids.
  • olives are a great source of vitamin e
  • olives are a source of dietary fibre as an alternative to fruits and vegetables​
  • high in vitamin e and small amounts of other minerals and vitamins.

You can find these beauties at HEB supermarkets, BJ’s Wholesale Club, World Cost Plus Markets, Amazon, and Duane Reade.

One lucky reader will also have the opportunity to win a package from OLOVES!

**Giveaway Details**

Date: Aug 12th, 2014 – Aug 26th at 11:59PM EST

Open to US residents only. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Prize: 40 bags OLOVES, Dip In Products, Crackers, OLOVES T-Shirt

Click the link below to be taken to the Promosimple entry form.

 Click Here to ENTER TO WIN! 

Disclosure- Mom254321 was not compensated for this post. All opinions and experiences are my own. Open to the US, must be 18+. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 24 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of the giveaway. Sponsor will be responsible for prize fulfillment. This event is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions about this giveaway or to have me promote your product, Please email Mom254321@yahoo.com.

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Schwan’s Home Delivery

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Schwan’s and U.S. Family Guide. 

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For over 60 years, Schwan’s Home Service has provided superior frozen foods with convenient home delivery. Our foods are flash frozen at the peak of freshness and flavor. Choose from USDA Choice meats, wild-caught seafood, flavorful skillet meals, Grade A fruits and vegetables, plus our heritage ice cream, distinctive desserts and much more.

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Truthful Thursdays #TT

 

Truthful Thursdays

Where I will share my truths as a Mother & Stepmother.

My truths for today.

  1. This week has really been a great one! I am so thankful all the kids REALLY enjoy their classrooms! After all that worrying, they all love it and it’s such a relief!
  2. We are getting back to a normal routine and I am happy with that. It is a pretty busy one because Reyrey has practice three nights a week and soon in addition to that a game. They also run pretty late, but I guess that is normal. Anybody else’s kids in football? How often do they practice a week and how long? 
  3. We did have one incident this week. The nurse called home and asked if I could please bring Sadie another shirt to school because she had an accident on the playground. She explain that when Sadie left the swings she mistakenly walked in front of the swing next to her and was kicked in the face. :( She was bleeding, but they were able to get the bleeding to stop and she was ready to head back to class, but she wanted a new shirt. I was worried this might have ruined her day but she was happy as could be when she got off the bus!
  4. Caydence’s Frozen party is right around the corner and I can’t wait to share all about it! Plus I will be sharing more of our First Family Vacation this week.

These are my truths of the week, I hope you share yours.

Happy Thursday, and thanks for stopping by!