Slow Cooker Taco Soup Freezer Dinner Recipe!


We attend three hours of 9am church every Sunday.  When you add travel time, before and after church meetings and meet-ups, and then the child round-up, its usually more than four hours before we get back home, all hungry and exhausted.  These are the occasions when I am least excited about cooking a big meal for the cranky brood (and usually some guests), when I'm just as pooped and hungry myself.  I've found that crock pot meals are just the ticket, as long as I remember to turn on the pot ... ...continue reading

New Into the Woods Trailer now available! #IntoTheWoods

Into the Woods Witch Meryl Streep

Have you heard that Walt Disney Studios has turned "Into The Woods" into a movie, complete with an all-star ensemble cast including Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick and more?! I am SO excited to see this! “Into the Woods” is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of ... ...continue reading

Win 3 Harry Potter Audio Books from! Review and #Giveaway! #HearHarryPotter

Harry Potter Audio books

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Summer Sweeping to Win Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network. Summer is coming to a close, but it's still HOT, HOT, HOT outside.  Each blogger in this Event has a giveaway worth at least $25 to help you stay cool and keep Summer Sweeping with this fun Giveaway Hop - so be sure to hop around to them all below!  If you're traveling this summer, or just want to spend some quality time with your family - then I've got the perfect giveaway for you! This is a ... ...continue reading

Personalizing your child’s play space! Plus, a Step2 Neat & Tidy Cottage II Review and Giveaway!

Step2 Neat & Tidy Cottage II

Disclosure: As a Step2 Ambassador, I received the Neat & Tidy Cottage II at no cost to facilitate this review.  Now that my little guy has turned two, his personality is really starting to shine. He's forming his own opinions and has even started trying to pick out things to wear.   When I say "trying" what I really mean is demanding, especially when it comes to his cowboy boots.  We dressed him up as Sheriff Woody for Halloween last year, complete with a hat and boots, and ever since he's ... ...continue reading

Flattering Nursing Clothes from Milk Nursingwear #Giveaway


Only a mother will understand the feeling that your body will never be your own again.  Throughout pregnancy, you're sacrificing all your extra energy and nutrients and completely putting your body on loan to host the tiny growing baby inside you.  Then if you choose to breastfeed, your body is FAR from your own!  You are an ever-giving, on-demand food source!  Can you tell I'm mentally preparing myself for this stage?!  Nursing my babies is both a wonderful experience and sometimes a huge ... ...continue reading

Gold Canyon Candles Flash Giveaway Winner!


Ready to see who won the Gold Canyon Candles Flash Giveaway? Just check below for your name! If you love these giveaways, please help us by entering! Our reach is down on Facebook and fewer and fewer people are seeing our posts. Each and every "like", comment, and share helps so much more than you know! The lucky winner of this giveaway is Kim Pasqua-Ockhuysen!Congrats!  Please send me a direct message on Facebook - I'll need you to visit Marissa's website and choose your candle (Large ... ...continue reading

Kids Embrace Toddler Car Seat Giveaway!

Kids Embrace

Welcome to the KidsEmbrace Character Car Seat Giveaway, hosted by Viva Veltoro and Thrifty Nifty Mommy and sponsored by KidsEmbrace! About the KidsEmbrace (information obtained and modified from the KidsEmbrace website): KIDSEmbrace™ is set apart from our competitors by our people and their unequalled dedication to the product and service for our customers. We work closely with parents, reviewing their input, and in doing so we have delivered a product that is unmatched in safety, appearance, ... ...continue reading

Windjammer Supplies – everyday items, available everyday! {Plus, a unique opportunity AND GIVEAWAY!}

Windjammer Supplies

This is a sponsored giveaway on behalf of Windjammer Supplies. Now that back to school season is officially upon us (my little guy starts in less than a month!), it's time to start thinking about school supplies, all of those projects you'll be doing with your kids this coming school year, and all of those birthday parties your kids will be attending.  Wait - there's more!  You've also got to think about schedule planning to make sure everyone is where they need to be at the right time and meal ... ...continue reading

Swissli Nuts – Muesli Cereal Bars #Giveaway!

Win Swissli Nuts

*Thanks to Thrifty Nifty Mommy for sharing her husband's review of the Swissli Nuts Bars. All opinions are his.* If your kids are anything like ours, they're picky as can be when it comes to food. If it isn't brightly colored or sugary, they require a lot of persuasion to try it. It is incredibly difficult to get them to eat anything remotely healthy! Veggies are pretty much a no-go unless we conceal it in their food. Swissli recently sent us a few boxes of their Swissli Nuts Hazelnut and ... ...continue reading

Enter to win a Smart Bottoms BornSmart Newborn Cloth Diaper! #clothdiapers #giveaway

Smart Bottoms

If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you know that I love Smart Bottoms cloth diapers.  Their organic all-in-ones are some of my favorites and I use them heavily in our rotation.  While I haven't had the opportunity to use their newborn diapers yet, I'm already planning to build a stash of BornSmarts for our next baby (yup, the one that hasn't been conceived yet... I'm a planner!). Smart Bottoms just released their new fall colors and once I laid eyes on them I knew you'd probably swoon ... ...continue reading

Combi Go and Grow 3-in-1 Walker, Entertainer, Play Table and Chairs #Giveaway!


I've been a big fan of Combi since first hearing about them a few years ago. I've worked with them several times and have received very positive feedback from all of you who've gotten to use their baby gear.  I was super excited to see their new Go and Grow and I'm thrilled to team up with my friend Everything Mommyhood to offer the newly released Combi Go and Grow Walker, Play Table & Chairs to you today! The Combi Go and Grow Walker, Play Table and Chairs is a 3-in-1 modular play set ... ...continue reading

Enter to win the all new HALO Bassinest ($229)! #Giveaway

HALO Bassinest

Welcome to the HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper giveaway, sponsored by HALO Bassinest and hosted by Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro. The HALO Bassinest swivel sleeper is the only bassinet that rotates 360 degrees for the ultimate in convenience and safety. Now your little one can sleep as close as you like, while still safely in his own separate sleep area, reducing the risks associated with bed-sharing. In addition to bringing baby close, it swivels to make getting in and out of bed ... ...continue reading

The Quinny Buzz Xtra Stroller and Maxi-Cosi Mico AP Infant Seat Review!


Big news: we're expecting our #3!  We're so excited for this next level of excitement and chaos, and I've enjoyed assessing what baby stuff we still own and want to keep.  On the list of things we still needed was a new infant car seat (since I'm sure the last one was well beyond expired), so what a treat to show you an excellent infant seat, and the perfect stroller to go with it!  I'm so excited to show you this excellent duo and hopefully convince any soon-to-be-parents or seasoned caregivers ... ...continue reading

Solve Mealtime Mess with the bibit-all! #Giveaway

Win bibit

This post provided by Thrifty Nifty Mommy. Thanks to her for sharing this giveaway for the bibit-all, the full coverage baby bibs that will truly protect your child's clothes! Let me paint a picture for you of dinner at our home. We're having spaghetti. Before climbing up to the table, I call Jacob (my two year old) over and take off his shirt. He climbs into his chair and happily chows down on the messy pasta. Within seconds it is all over his face and chest. Thank God I took his shirt off, I ... ...continue reading

Enter to win a BabyHawk Mei Tai Carrier! #Babywearing #Giveaway!

babyhawk mei tai

You know we're big fans of babywearing over here at Viva Veltoro, so I'm thrilled to team up with my friend Kara for an AWESOME babywearing giveaway for you! BabyHawk Mei Tai carriers are Chinese inspired with four long straps and can comfortably carry newborns and toddlers from 8-40 pounds. The three inch wide padded straps and head rest for baby make this carrier super comfortable for parent and child and allow for great back support. I've been eyeing BabyHawk's Mei Tai carrier since ... ...continue reading