How to create the ultimate home cleaning kit, plus a GIVEAWAY for an Amazon Gift Card and Clean Ones!

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I've teamed up with Clean Ones for this post.  I've mentioned this before, but I'll say it again - my husband is a neat freak. He truly appreciates a clean house, so I've perfected my cleaning routine over the years and have a go-to stash of items (organized of course!) that I depend on to keep our house tidy.  In fact, when my friends buy new homes, I usually bring "cleaning caddy" stocked with my favorite items to them as a housewarming gift. Here's what makes up my ultimate home cleaning ... ...continue reading

Valentine’s Day Gifts for a Date Night In: Unique Presents

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Some years, we make big Valentine's Day plans and we really paint the town.  Other years, it is just not realistic that we even make it out of the house!  Since we'll likely have a 1-week old baby at home when Valentine's rolls around, this is going to be one of those years where we make it a Date Night at Home, but that doesn't mean that the holiday has to go unnoticed!  Personalization Mall has dozens and dozens of personalized Valentine gifts, and specifically a creative collection of ... ...continue reading

Mamas & Papas Urbo2 Stroller Review – plus a giveaway for a Cold Weather Plus Footmuff!

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It's no secret that I adore strollers.  My husband asks me all the time, "When will your hunt for the perfect stroller end?".  Normally, I tell him that I see no end in sight.  After all, I've been pushing around different strollers for two and a half years now, and while all of them have their merits, it's hard to find one stroller that has every single feature you're looking for.  When I laid eyes on the Mamas & Papas Urbo stroller a few years ago, it definitely caught my attention.  It ... ...continue reading

Win a Mamas & Papas Armadillo Flip Stroller!

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Thanks to your awesome voting, my blogging friend Janessa at Thrifty Nifty Mommy won the Mamas & Papas Armadillo Flip photo contest! Here's her winning picture: That means that she gets to give away a brand new Flip to one lucky reader! Not familiar with the Flip? Read her Armadillo Flip review here. This giveaway is open to residents of the US who are 18 years of age or older. It will end at 11:59pm EST on 2/6/15. Please note, Mamas and Papas and Thrifty Nifty Mommy would LOVE ... ...continue reading

Enter to win a Step2 Extreme Coaster! 24 hours only!

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Goodbye purple, orange, and green. Hello grey, blue, and green! Step2 has updated the Extreme Coaster colors. What do you think? Enter for your chance to win an Extreme Coaster for the #FanFriday giveaway! Entries accepted now through 11:59PM ET tonight. --> http://woobox.com/zoznvm The winner will be announced here on the Step2 Facebook page and contacted via email on Monday, January 26, 2015. Giveaway open to residents of the 48 contiguous US states, 18+.   ... ...continue reading

Valentine’s Day with See’s Candies Review & Giveaway!

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Nothing says "Happy Valentine's Day" like a bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolates!  I could get chocolates for Valentine's Day every year for the rest of my life and never complain.  Especially chocolates from See's Candies!  I'm becoming such a See's frequenter that I could probably identify most of their chocolates from the box and I find myself recommending favorites to my friends and family.  Actually, I'm really excited to do just that since we received a box at no cost to facilitate ... ...continue reading

Strange Magic Activity Sheets – FREE printables!

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  Strange Magic will be opening in theaters January 23rd!   To celebrate the upcoming release, I've got some fun family activity sheets for you!  These sheets are perfect for printing at home to share with your kids.  I know my little guy is going to love the Memory Game!  He's actually getting pretty good at it, and it will help him recognize the characters once we see the film.  Be sure to click on the link to print out the full PDF so you get a nice, crisp image.  They will print on ... ...continue reading

DIY cute and clever kids Valentines!

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My little guy is in preschool this year, so it's time for us to start preparing for Valentine's Day since he'll be exchanging Valentines  with his classmates.  I have such fond memories of receiving Valentines from my childhood friends in my elementary school years (confession: I still have most of them).  Each year, my school would have us create a little "mailbox" out of paper plates or a cardboard box and we'd get to personalize it.  This was my favorite part since it was like craft time on ... ...continue reading

I’m heading to Hollywood for the McFarland USA Event! #McFarlandUSAEvent!

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A few weeks ago, I got offered an AMAZING opportunity. I've been telling you all about the upcoming Disney movies that are slated to hit theaters in 2015, and I happened to mention that Kevin Costner was one of my favorite actors.  WELL, the universe (or a few of the wonderful people at Disney Studios) heard me and I've been invited to attend the #McFarlandUSAEvent in Los Angeles from February 5th to 8th! Not only will the trip include the film release of "McFarland, USA" - where I'll meet ... ...continue reading

Game day appetizers and finger foods!

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  I love, love, love game day! Spending 6.5 years at the University of Florida will do that to a person. Football is a HUGE deal and game days are the highlight of the week.  I spent countless Saturdays tailgating before home games and hosting get-togethers for away games.  I came to realize that game day celebrations only need a few things to be fun and successful - a space to watch the game, good drinks, and good food.  It doesn't need to be fancy - just good old fashioned comfort food ... ...continue reading

Tips for throwing the perfect game day party, plus a giveaway from Fisher Nut Exactly + Costco!

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Are you gearing up for the big game?  You know.... the Super Bowl!  My husband and I are big football fans.  We really love NCAA football, but we never miss a chance to celebrate the biggest NFL game of the year.  I used to throw some amazing tailgate parties in my college years, but we've matured a little since then (and threw a kid into the mix), so our parties have changed just a bit.  Today, I'm sharing some of my top tips for throwing a perfect game day party. Set the scene:  You don't ... ...continue reading

DIY Homemade Dog Treats!

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I teamed up with Netflix and the #StreamTeam for this post. They always say that dog is man's best friend.  One thing I know for sure is that dog is definitely toddler's best friend. My parents have the most adorable dog name Neeko and he and my son are inseparable whenever they're together.  This dog is usually at my mother's feet, 24 hours a day - 7 days a week, but as soon as the Wubba walks in the door it's all about him.  Neeko just wants to be near him at all times. He lays at his feet ... ...continue reading

bObi, the Intelligent Floor Cleaner, from BobSweep Review

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I once heard that all of our unhappiness is simply due to mis-delegation!  As in, if you didn't have to do a number of the things that make you unhappy, there'd be no reason to not be the happiest mother on earth!  I think about this often as I'm doing mundane household chores :).  They don't make me miserable, but I'd surely be a lot happier if I didn't have to routinely clean up after a household of toddlers day in and day out!  Mothers of the world, I have just found a huge source of ... ...continue reading

Win an Isabelle Grace Bella Madre Necklace valued at $85!

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We just rang in 2015 and with a New Year comes the chance to develop a new YOU! Welcome to the [3rd Annual] Mama’s Got a New Look Giveaway Hop Event. A fabulous group of bloggers have come together to give all you special, deserving Mamas a chance at a New Look for the New Year so be sure to hop around to all the blogs participating at the bottom of this post. I don't know about you, but I'm not the best at accessorizing my outfits. I have such a hard time figuring out which accessories go ... ...continue reading

Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron NEW trailer now available!

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Are you gearing up for Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron? This movie looks action packed! Just check out the brand NEW trailer below! Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON will hit theaters May 1, 2015! Here's the official information: Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, ... ...continue reading