Monday, February 17, 2014

Tuesday Giveaway Link Up

Tots and Me
Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me and Emily @ Emily Reviews

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways on  Tuesday's Giveaway Link Ups. 

Our co-hosts this week are Ashley from Forgetful Momma and Mellissa from Something Like Life.

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Make sure you stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

Girl Scouts Growing Good Manners

      When working with younger Girl Scouts sometimes you need a hands on activity to help them learn. Recently I discovered a great craft from Oriental Trading that helped open the conversation of good manners up to my girls. It can be hard for Daisies to learn to say please, thank you and even things like excuse me. It was fun see that as we built these that built these fun crafts the girls would start to understand the importance of using good manners.
     I love Oriental Trading's craft projects for so many reasons. They always come with great step by step directions, extra pieces(because lets face it when you are working with little kids sometimes they get lost), and many of the craft projects there are no extra supplies required. You can find crafts and supplies to help grow good manners HERE and make sure to check out all the other great deals from Oriental Trading to.


*I received the above product in order to help conduct this review, regardless all views expressed are those of my own and were in no way influenced.**

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Complete Your Cookie Season With Build-A-Bear *Giveaway*

       When I signed my daughter up for Girl Scouts this year I never in a million years imagined that I would not only be the new troop leader, but also the cookie chair. Needless to say with cookie season half way over I have lost my mind! Recently I was given the chance to review an adorable addition to our cookie season and with the smile on my daughters face I have found the love to continue on. We have always been really big fans of Build A Bear and make an annual trip (6 hours away) so that the kids can build a new friend. We always find a new friend to bring home but being a blogger gives me a little heads up on the new and adorable friends my kiddos will have to choose from.
Allison's new friend(I took her shoes off so you can see her
adorable feet!)
   The Coconut Caramel Bear is this years new addition to the Girl Scout family from Build-A-Bear.  If you have ever had a Girl Scout cookie you probably know this is one of the all time Favorite cookies, so having a furry friend to share them with only seems natural right??  Satisfy your favorite cookie lover’s sweet tooth with the Girl Scouts® Coconut Caramel Bear ($16) and Girl Scouts Thin Mints® Bear ($16) dressed and ready to earn her badges in a Girl Scouts Stripe Skirt Outfit ($13.50, 2 piece) or Girl Scout Hoodie & Skirt Outfit ($13.50, 2 piece) and White Sparkle Tennis Shoes ($7.50).

       This bear came by mail in her own little  home, complete with her "Birth Certificate." I love this because it really make the child feel like this is not just a stuffed animal but a new friend that needs their "care." She is very well made and has the perfect amount of stuffing to keep her loveable and stuffy.

       There are so many adorable bears to chose from and you can add a Girl Scout outfit to any of them! To see the complete line of Girl Scout outfits and bears you can look HERE. My daughter says now we are going to have to get her a Daisy outfit, "which of course mom is only logical since she is a Daisy" :0). These would not only make a great gift for your child but we are planning on giving them as a great end of the year gift to our girls for our their hard work in sales this year!
Build-A-Bear has been supper wonderful and would like to offer a $25 gift card to one of my lucky readers! So make sure to enter on the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway will end 3/15/2014 and the winner will be notified by email with 48 hours to respond.
*The above mentioned product was provided free of charge in order for me to conduct a complete and honest review. All views on this review are my own and were in no way influenced.**
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Thursday, February 13, 2014

30 Day Beach Body Challenge- Day 30! #30dayfitness

We've done it! Well ok not yet but this is the last day :) Today's challenge is 20 Squat Jumps and 100 V Ups So finish Strong and good luck!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

12 Facts About Your Canine's Canines-Take the #ChewChallenge

February is Pet Dental Health Month so I thought I would share with my readers not only some important facts and information for your pets but a great opportunity to save money on your pets dental health and a chance to win a great prize pack from Best Bully Sticks. Take the #ChewChallenge! We're asking folks to take the challenge and make the switch to natural dental dog chews--like bully sticks! Visit their #ChewChallenge offer and giveaway for great coupons and the chance to win a $250 Prize Pack of Natural Dog Chews & Treats! And Stay tuned for my pets thoughts on some of their great products.
12 Crucial Facts About Your Canine
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30 Day Beach Body Challenge- Day 29 #30dayfitness

Yay just today and tomorrow and just in time for Valentines Day ;). For today's challenge we are going to do 50  Lunges and 100 Froggies so let's get busy scroll down if you need directions.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

30 Day Beach Body Challenge- Day 28 #30dayfitness

I just have to tell my self just 3 more days just 3 more days so here we go! Today's challenge is to do 25 Push Ups and 200 Seal Jacks. As always The directions are below the picture :) Good luck and stick with it we are almost done!

Monday, February 10, 2014

30 Day Beach Body Challnege- Day 27 #30dayfitness

Monday....oh yes Monday. What is it about a Monday that makes you want to do absolutely nothing?? Today's Challenge is 100 Russian Twists and 4- 60 Second Planks. Let's get this done!

Help Your Child Trust The Power Within #duracell

      I know I have mentioned several times the struggles I face with my middle child. His physical, mental and social troubles have seemed to just grow more and more since school began again. To be quite honest not only have I come to an emotional breaking point but so had he.So when I recently was given a chance to do an interview with May Hamlin, mother of Seattle Seahawks' Derrick Coleman, I was eager to ask questions that probably don't just weigh heavy on my mind, but on the mind of every parent who has a child that struggle in some way.  For those who may not know about Derrick Coleman he is the first NFL deaf offensive player and Seattle Seahawks' starting fullback and special teams player. What I get the pleasure to share with you is the inspiring story of how his family helped get him to where he is today.As well as how you can help your child trust their power within. I want to start first with the Super Bowl commercial from Duracell that even after several time watching it brings about so many emotions, I think it is something that you must take a few moments to watch if not once, then twice, three times or more. Please take a moment to click vote on the bottom left as well :) I promise you won't regret it. The part that sticks in my mind the most is when he says they told him to quit, but he has been deaf since he was 3, so he didn't listen.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

30 Day Beach Body Challenge- Day 26 #30dayfitness

One more day down and 3 to go! You can do it so lets get busy. Today's challenge is 200 Bicycle Crunches and 200 Butt Kicks, doesn't sound to hard to me :) I know it could be worse.lol Don't forget instructions for the exercises are below this picture.

Make your Valentines Day Fun With Crafts from Oriental Trading

     Holidays have to be my favorite days, whether it is Valentines Day or Christmas I love to make the most of them all. As you may have seen before I have an amazing chance to working a company who's name is familiar to many of Oriental Trading is on of the top companies for crafts, party materials and other fun items. I was lucky enough to get a fun Valentines Day craft that I was able to do with my Girl Scouts. The Valentines Day iPod Foam Adhesive craft was a perfect way to spend our meeting and make valentine's just a little more fun.
      I love Oriental Trading's craft projects for so many reasons. They always come with great step by step directions, extra pieces(because lets face it when you are working with little kids sometimes they get lost), and many of the craft projects there are no extra supplies required.
      The iPod foam craft is available for under $10 for 12 projects so this is a great craft for any classroom, or like I did a Girl Scout or other group. You can find this project and more like it HERE.

*I received the above product in order to help conduct this review, regardless all views expressed are those of my own and were in no way influenced.**

Saturday, February 8, 2014

30 Day Beach Body Challenge- Day 25 #30dayfitness

Ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch.......yeah that about sums up how I feel right now how are you? Well time to buckle down and do today's challenge, 100 Supermans and 200 Plank Jacks.....and I thought I hurt before lol.

Friday, February 7, 2014

30 Day Beach Boday Challenge- Day 24 #30dayfitness

My count down has begun how about you?? On a high note though so has my waist line and I have to say I am pretty happy about that. Today's challenge in my opinion wasn't to bad, lol who am I kidding :) so it is your turn, 50 Wood Chops and 200 Mountain Climbers GO! Don't forget if you need directions they are below this picture.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

30 Day Beach Body Challenge- Day 23 #30dayfitness

Taking it day by day has become so important, I have spent so long saying I can't do it but I have began to think, sure I can't so it forever, but I can do it for one day right?? So make every day a new day! Here is today's challenge, 50 Lunges and 100 Skater Slides, directions are below the picture as always :)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

30 Day Beach Body Challenge- Day 22 #30dayfitness

I have to say that over the last 3 weeks Ii have learned so much about myself. First and foremost I HATE BURPEES! Secondly angry music helps me get through :) on that note today the challenge is to do 35 Burpees and 200 Standing Side Crunches. Don't hate the messenger I am doing it along with you and hating every minute.lol For direction please scroll down and click the link you need.

Valentine's Day Gift Idea for Dad

Valentine's Day can be such a hard thing to buy gifts for especially if you are a new family. With the day to day struggles of just remembering to showing and feed yourself sometimes all you want to do is settle in with a nice soft pair of PJs and take a few quite moments with your special someone. Recently I was given the opportunity to review an adorable pair of Pajama pants that would make a great Valentine's Day Gift for Dads from Daddy & Company.
 These pants we very well made and I had to laugh because in this picture it looks like your typical posing lady, well it is not ;) they are expectant mothers lol. The fit is a bit on the short side so unfortunately my husband was unable to wear them. When you go to purchase make sure you order a bit larger if your special someone has long legs. Make sure you order now to receive it in time for Valentine's Day and remember these make a great gift any time of year. They are also available in boxers, check out some of the other fun varieties of Daddy Loungewear on their website.

*The Above mentioned product was received free of charge in order to help facilitate this review. Regardless all views expressed are those of my own and were in no way influenced*

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

30 Day Beach Body Challenge- Day 21 #30dayfitness

Woohoo! We have made it to the 3 week mark and I really feel and I am looking pretty great. Well if you count that I still feel like I can barely move.lol For today's work out I am doing 200 Bicycle Crunches and 200 Punches! Directions are under the picture good luck, I hope you are feeling great.
HOW TO DO A PUNCH!(I can never find a direction for these but I do 100 punches each side and kind of change up how I punch and just have fun)

Monday, February 3, 2014

Tuesday Giveaway Link Up

Tots and Me
Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me and Emily @ Emily Reviews

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways on  Tuesday's Giveaway Link Ups. 

Our co-hosts this week are Ashley from Forgetful Momma and Mellissa from Something Like Life.

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Make sure you stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

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Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me & Emily @ Emily Reviews along with Ashley from Forgetful Momma and Mellissa from Something Like Life.

30 Day Beach Body Challenge- Day 20 #30dayfitness

I have to say with the pain in my muscles today I do not feel guilty about my extra goodies yesterday.lol However it is Monday and it is cold so I am not looking forward to this at all. For today's challenge though we are going to do 75 Burpees and 4-60 Second Planks, yup get ready for that I'm gonna die feeling ;) remember it is ok to break your workout up throughout the day, I will lol. Directions for these exercises are below the picture.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

30 Day Beach Body Challenge- Day 19 #30dayfitness

Happy Super Bowl! Yes I know I have been posting recipes that may not trim your waist line ;) and the Super Bowl isn't until later tonight so no excuses lets get to this workout before we eat, then maybe we can have a bit less guilt. Today we are going to do 200 High Knees and 100 Supermans! Yup we have to earn that queso and those chicken wings.lol Directions are at the bottom so get busy!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

30 Day Beach Body Challenge- Day 18 #30dayfitness

I always have the biggest struggle working out on the weekend, I spent today selling Girl Scout cookies which personally I think is good enough.lol But I did my work out anyways :p. For today's challenge we are suppose to do 100 Tricep Dips and 50 Squat Jumps. THIS one was tough after being up on my feet all day. If you need help scroll down for directions :) and no I didn't have a cookie.