Boye Pom Pom Party #Tryazon #Pompomparty

 

My girls and I had the honor of hosting this super fun and crafty Tryazon party with the Boye PomPom and Tassel maker.

When the box came in it was such a lovely surprise for them because they had something to stall them from homework (coming home to an empty doorstep for them is just so boring).

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They immediately ripped open the box and started taking all the fun brightly colored yarn and stickers out. They pulled the Boye Pompom and Tassel maker out of the box and yelled excitedly, “Mom can we please open it!”. Of course, I reminded them about snack and homework. I am such a party pooper. I promised to let them try it the night before the party.

The night of the party came in no time and when we got to try it we learned 2 things. One, you need a good pair of sharp scissors to cut yarn. Two, you have to really tie the ball snug to keep it together. And one more I forgot, three, don’t go all Edward scissor hands on your pompom or things will get messy.

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I was very last minute in trying to get everything planned but I am so grateful and thankful to have an amazing neighbor, Olga. She not only has two daughters, my daughters love to play with, but she also had chairs to lend to the pompom party plus I forgot plastic cups and she came to the rescue with some. My pretty great Girl Scout Troop #281 also were my guest and I was so happy they could come share this fun learning experience with us. We decided since we had a Girl Scout Trunk or Treat that night we would use this opportunity to make swaps to hand out.

 

We learned pretty quickly I should have precut the yarn so each girl had her own pieces to work with. I explained to them how to make the necklace and showed them how to make a PomPom. When they attempted to string the wooden beads onto the leather is where the necklace idea went south. The holes in the beads were too small for the leather cord. Some girls beads worked by using a safety pin to push it through others just made the PomPoms or a tassel for the string to complete the necklaces. The smaller girls started to lose patience and interest while waiting for their turn to use the smaller size pompom makers. The older girls really loved making the Pompoms and were able to successfully follow the instructions and make one. The younger ones not so much they lost interest and ran upstairs to play. We improvised and tried to make some cardboard ones for them but they were already playing. The moms and I as well as 2 very interested girls kept working to make orange pumpkin pompoms, white tassel ghost, and black spider pompoms for swaps. Later that evening after the Trunk or Treat before bed and the next day I couldn’t get my girls to stop making pompoms. They covered their backpacks, ceiling and started a pompom war with their little brother!

 

Here are all the pieces you get with the Boye PomPom and Tassel maker. It is a great product to have and especially for craft lovers!

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UnReal UnJunk your Halloween #getunreal #tryazon @unreal.snacks

 

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On Facebook one day I stumbled upon this opportunity to host a Tryazon UnReal UnJunk your Halloween party. The super cute Dia de Los Muertos themed packaging intrigued me to click because my girl scout troop and I were planning a camping trip to work on the Night Owl Badge and we needed to learn a legend. I thought to myself those would be the perfect snack if I could get my hands on the Book of Life movie then we are going to have a pretty great movie night! So I applied and, I was chosen to participate! YAY! I was so excited to share these with my girls! I got the email and started to learn more about the UnReal brand and what Unjunk your Halloween actually means. I was surprised to learn these candies were not just ordinary candies, but pretty great candies!

I got the first email and started to learn more about the UnReal brand and what Unjunk your Halloween actually means. I was surprised to learn these candies were not just ordinary candies, but pretty great candies inside and out! The founders wanted to make candy that wasn’t completely and utterly terrible for you. Candy that was made from responsible and healthy real ingredients for example colored with fruits and vegetable dyes. I think they accomplished that and then some! These candies taste amazing! Plus they are made with more protein and fiber from real foods, with less sugar, so that each candy has a lower glycemic index.

My girl scouts got to enjoy these candies at our camp this past weekend and they loved them. Our top favorite pick of all the candies are the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups! We are going to hunt down the Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups to try those next.

20171007_214703_HDROur unjunk movie night with our UnReal candies!

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The girls testing out all the different candies. Talking about what non-GMO, organic, and fair trade mean for our health and our environment.

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A little late night snack in our bunks before lights out! We did share with our fellow campers across the hall. 🙂

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We had a blast learning about this great brand and tasting their great candies please check them out and give them a try! Especially our favorite the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups and the Milk Chocolate Gems! Thank you so much Tryazon and UnReal!

If you want to learn more about Tryazon, a dedicated service that gets innovative products into the hands of people in fun settings, click this link to see what they are all about!

Back to School Savings with Groupon Coupons! #Back2School #SaveMore

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You all have heard of Groupon right!? Businesses post a group of tickets discounted or coupons to an activity, event, or restaurant for a discount but only a limited amount of items for that discounted price. It’s a great way for families especially bigger families like mine to save money! At this very moment, Groupon is even offering 25% off your first Groupon with code WELCOME at check out. Deals on top of deals? It doesn’t get any better than that but wait it does!

I just learned that Groupon launched coupons!!! I use coupons for everything they are like money just not green! On the Groupon site, here are 71 deals and coupons for Target. I LOVE TARGET! One of my absolute favorite deals for Target is $5.00 off $50.00 plus free shipping! Imagine how much more you can save on all the back to school cost hitting us right now! This deals is not only good online but, in store as well. They also have 30% off in their home department. I could shop Targets home décor section for hours. I can really get lost in there. While on the Groupon site be sure to check out all of the other retailers they offer deals and coupons for such as Aerie, Footlocker, Rue 21Payless, Office Depot/Office Max, Aeropostale, JCPenny, Famous Footwear and so much more! Don’t miss out on those extra savings on all the back to school purchases. Groupon has all of your shopping need covered!

 

 

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ShearMadness #haircutsforkids

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HELLO! Blogging world long time no talk, Eh? Well I had to jump on this offer and share all about Shear Madness! No, I am not talking about my motherhood journey although shear-madness is what I would describe it as. I am talking about a completely amazing place that got my kids to sit still for an amazing and affordable hair cut and not just the older ones…the…3 year old! (He is 4 now, but 3 the first time I took him in.) Yes he got a hair cut at Shear Madness and he looked so dang cute afterwards and he loved it!

Check out the offer below! And stay tuned to learn more about Shear Madness and our experience!

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Save $2 OFF $20 purchase of services and/or retail on your first visit only @ShearMadness #haircutsforkids http://www.desmoineskidsguide.com/coupons.php?bid=13000&dealid=2920

*Winner Announcement* Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort – South Padre Island Review & #Giveaway #SPI #BahnLove

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Winner:

Clarissa Lopez

Congratulations Clarissa, and thank you all for entering!

I have sent you an email and hope to hear from you within 48 hours.

Here is the link to the review post.

Here is the link to the giveaway form.

The Perfect Summer Cure for Mosquitoes! #BlogReview #Summer #Bugsoff #USFG @ThermaCELL

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I wrote a blog post recently about this amazing product Thermacell and I was actually able to test it out!

Today was the perfect evening to test it, the kids were playing outside with their neighborhood friends and I was watering the garden and grass. We live in south Texas and mosquitoes are always around. I also know how bad spraying my children with insect repellent every time they go outside can add up to negative consequences for their health. As Nadia said there can be phthalates, a group of industrial chemicals used to make plastics more flexible or resilient and also as solvents in bug repellents that we are putting onto our skin. Back to the Thermacell because I really like that it can protect my kids without me having to spray or slather them up with anything.

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I put it together in under 2 minutes tops, it was really quite simply to assemble. It  was working in under 5 minutes and no sign of mosquitoes the whole time we were outside.

Thermacell is something I would recommend for everyone to have  when outside. I would have loved to take this camping earlier this summer. I can’t wait to bring it to the beach and daycare playground the mosquitoes are terrible there. I hope it keeps the flies away too! Next time we cookout I will let you all know.

Thermacell has the perfect design for your outing whether your relaxing in your own backyard, camping, or hunting.

You can grab you and your family one now and use code “FamilyGuide2016” at checkout on Thermacell.com for 20% off your order of $40 or more!
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Michael Symon’s 5 in 5 For Every Season Book Review #Cookbook #BookReview

Michael Symon's Cookbook Review.jpgI was sent this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review. 

I first stumbled upon the chef Michael Symon on The Chew when I was still caught up watching Days of our Lives. He is the full of life, great big ol’ laugh, fun-loving guy who is always doing things the easy way.

One of my favorites on the show! When I was offered the chance to review his book I jumped on it. When it arrived I was like a kid at Christmas rushing to the door when the UPS driver arrived. I ripped open that booked and flipped through every page taking in the vivid, fresh photographs. I love that the book is broken up by seasons because I love to garden and eat what’s in season. I also really appreciate how every meal has half the ingredients dedicated to fresh fruits or vegetables. He even added some great holiday recipes and some that use leftovers from your ham and turkey for breakfast-genius! I have yet to complete one of these recipes in the book but I will very soon so keep an eye out on instagram, facebook, and twitter.

A few on my list to try:

Fried Eggplant Sandwiches with Harissa

Spicy Fried Shrimp

Sweet Corn Fritters

Chicken and Couscous with Snow Peas, Garlic & Ginger

Grilled Skirt Steak with Mushroom Gravy

Asparagus with Sesame & Orange

Click here to get Michael Symon’s Book!

Why I love Cozi and Mint #FamilyOrganized

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Rey and I obsessed over a  marathon of Life or Debt this past weekend and really snapped that our families finances have seriously been neglected since we first moved to Texas. It’s been over a year that we have examined our budgets and financial plan. Clearly it’s a chore we both like to avoid and not one of our strong points.

I have always been a pen and paper kinda gal. I loved taking notes in school with all my different colored pens and decorating my planner till it looked like unicorn vomited on it. That had always been me, until I realized my family financial binder was failing our family and my paper planner couldn’t keep up with my hectic schedule. I needed to go virtual in order to get the time-saving tools I need, as well as the life saving email and text reminders.

I began my search for the best family calendar app. I wanted one that I could access from my laptop and cell phone. I wanted one that could link our entire family. I wanted one with great widgets and reminders. I wanted the impossible-as my hubby always says. Thank goodness I found Cozi because they have truly made it all happen! I learned about Cozi a few years ago and tried it out then but I wasn’t ready to leave my planner yet.

Cozi keeps everyone’s schedules and all your lists in one place the whole family can share. Check the family calendar, set reminders, and see lists from any computer or mobile device (PC/Mac, iOS, Android). Cozi is rated 4.5 stars in Google Play and iTunes and is the winner of multiple awards and accolades: Appy Award for Best Family App, Parent Tested Parent Approved Seal, Named Best App for your Personal Life by Mashable, Named Best App for a Better Life by NBC’s TODAY Show, and more. Cozi remembers everyone’s appointments, makes sure schedules are coordinated, and keeps track of shopping and to do lists—so you have more time for the fun stuff.

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Cozi has so many great features!

A few I love:

  • Color Coding Family Member
  • Multiple Calendar Schedules-that all mash into one
  • Laptop accessible and App with great widgets
  • Email/Text Reminders
  • Linked To Do List & Shopping List

Check out Cozi in this video!

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Now that our schedule was in order I could manage our time better and actually plan time to discuss our financial situation.

I tried Mint in college and decided to look them up again. I googled them and they rated really high on most sites. I logged in, and input all our accounts and instantly got the big picture. IT WAS AMAZING! It saved me SO MUCH TIME! I can access everything and  watch everything at the same time. I absolutely love it! I can literally see where every penny goes. I control it all-it’s very empowering!

Watch the video and give it a try! You seriously have to try it-once you do you will see the light and you will never go back.

I am able to create a budget for everything our family needs. Track those budgets easily and make adjustments to keep us on track. I really love that I can set goals for travel, the kids college savings, and paying off college debt.

They also have a MintBills which is equally awesome, give them a try to see if they can help your family avoid late fees.

Why I love Mint Bills

  • I can see all our bills & accounts in one place-no matter whose name they are under
  • Get reminders when bills are due-avoid late fees
  • Pay on the spot with our online bill payment feature
  • Schedule bill payments for free
  • Receive alerts when funds are low or credit limits are near

 

I hope one of these services can help you and please share what you use to help keep your family organized.

 

Monkey Mat Multipurpose Mat for Mommas on the go! #MonkeyMat #monkeymatlifestyle @usfg #Review

 

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I love watching Shark Tank and can’t wait to test out this product!

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Monkey Mat, AS SEEN ON SHARK TANK, allows you to make your space, any place! Originally inspired by an unexpected six-hour layover at the airport (constant cringing while two babies crawled all over dirty floors!), and also by overall active lifestyles, this go-everywhere large mat in attached ultra-compact pouch gives you a clean space on the go – no more bulky blankets! Perfect for all ages, all places – park, beach, concerts, dirty airport/hotel floors, camping, hiking, sports events & more! http://www.monkeymat.com

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I have used Monkey Mat many times! I LOVE that it can seriously and easily fold up into a tiny little pouch that fits right into my purse or tote! I have used it at school picnics, movie night at the park, and the beach too!

The Himalayan Salt Shop #Ad #USFG

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The Himalayan Salt Shop proudly offers a truly unique health and wellness product. Himalayan Salt Lamps have been popular in Europe for decades, but have only recently become known in the United States. These all-natural air purifiers, made of pristine pink Himalayan salt crystal, help clean the air in your home while also serving as a stunning, glowing home decor piece surely to strike up conversation. Visit http://www.HimalayanSaltshop.com to learn more.

Check out these unique and natural products! Go to http://www.HimalayanSaltShop.com and use code USFAMILY for 20% off. #himalayansalt

Be on the look out-I have a review coming up soon!

I will receive a complimentary Himalayan Salt Lamp for review. All opinions are my own.