Discover the World of Barbie: A Pony Tale ($100 Walmart GC Giveaway)

This post about Discover the World of Barbie: A Pony Tale is sponsored by Lunchbox.  Opinions are my own. 

Visit this fall and discover the world of Barbie! From the butterfly fairy world of Mariposa, to life in the Dreamhouse, to following Barbie and her sisters in Pony Tale, you can find everything you need to enjoy the world of Barbie with your friends! I have a little girl who can’t WAIT to see A Pony Tale with Barbie and her sisters- I think she’s hoping Santa may leave it under the tree for her…..but if you know the Barbie movies, you know how much kids love them!


Create your own Barbie™ eCard!

When you visit, you can create a beautiful Barbie™ eCard to share with all your friends! Choose your background, characters and special message and you’re all set! My girls have made about eleven of these cards this week.  They just like to customize things, I guess.  My little one has a lot of love for Barbie so it’s extra exciting for her!


Win a World of Barbie™ Prize Pack!

Are you a Barbie™ fan? Would you LOVE to win up to $1,000 worth of dolls, DVDs, merchandise and more? Head to and enter to win! You can enter once per day until November 30, 2013. (So after you eat your fill on Thanksgiving, be sure to head over and enter!!) 

 In celebration of the World of Barbie, one reader will win a $100 Walmart Gift Card!! 


Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own.

Holiday Traditions with Hickory Farms #HickoryTradition

Holiday traditions are by far my favorite part of the holidays. I love looking forward to that special meal and time spent with family all season long; and knowing that all my favorite dishes will be served along with lots of laughter and of course, special new memories made.

Hickory Farms gifts have been a classic holiday tradition bringing friends and families together for over 60 years. Offering gift boxes packed with flavorful cheeses, delicious summer sausages, gourmet crackers and a variety of specialty mustards, it’s a party waiting to happen!  Packaged as gifts, like the Cheddar Flight with Salami gift set we received, Hickory Farms sets are a holiday tradition of their own in our family.  Everone has their favorite part (which for me has included carefully saving the shredded paper for crafts later on…my brother B always liked the salamis the best. My dad wanted it all, on crackers, cheeses sliced just so.


In addition to offering meat and cheese gift boxes, Hickory Farms also has sweet treats like Snowflake Pretzels and Holiday Petits Fours for your get togethers and gift giving this holiday season.

Passing traditions along to the next generation is something that each member of the family does without even realizing it, simply by participating in them each year. Hickory Farms is very proud to be a part of these long standing traditions within families, as well as having a place within newly created ones.


Hickory Farms can be found in over 700+ Holiday Market stores and kiosks across North America, as well as in select retailers. You can also order online directly from their website.


 What are your favorite holiday traditions? Hickory Farms would like to send one of my reader a Cheddar Flight with Salami gift set!


Disclaimer: Compensation and products for review were provided by Hickory Farms via MomTrends. I received a free sample of the product for the purpose of this review and to facilitate a giveaway.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hickory Farms.

What kind of gentleman are you? Walmart GC #Giveaway 2 winners

By definition, a gentleman can be defined (as per Merriam-Webster’s site) as:


 nounoften attributive \ˈjen-təl-mən, ˈje-nəl-, in rapid speech also ˈjen-tə-mən, ˈje-nə-\

: a man who treats other people in a proper and polite way

: a man of high social status

There are some who feel that being a gentleman is a thing of the past.  I think it’s alive and well, and I’m hoping it’s going to make a big comeback in popularity. The world needs all of us to be polite!  In the spirit of being a gentleman, the folks at Clear Scalp Therapy have asked me to share their “What Kind of Gentleman Are You” quiz and their amazing Gentleman’s Kit giveaway with my readers.


Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons player, leads by example.  He wants to know what kind of gentleman you are!
Take the “What Kind of Gentleman Are You?” quiz and get entered to win the All-American Signing Day Sweepstakes for a chance to win the ultimate Gentleman’s Kit – which would make the perfect gift for any son, husband, or nephew! It’s over $900 in prizes and included ALL of the following:
  • Mini Tablet
  • Wrist watch
  • $50 Music Gift Card
  • CLEAR Men Scalp Therapy Products
  • $50 Haircut gift card



After finding out what kind of gentleman you are, explore the Gentlemen’s Only Lounge for some manly-man advice.

A Gentleman Shouldn’t Have to Live with Dandruff

Shop all CLEAR Men Scalp Therapy™ products at Walmart to eliminate flakes and soothe your scalp – at the very best value.

TWO readers will each win a $50 Walmart Gift Card!

My Black Friday Wish List- Photography Style ($500 Amazon Giveaway) asked me to come up with my Black Friday Wishlist again.  So I went BIG this time.  And, well, PINK.  In a dream world, I’d scoop up a full-frame Canon camera next week so I can enjoy the benefits that has to offer, pick up a PINK DSLR (because they MAKE a pink DSLR) and have it for fun…and while I certainly cannot swing ALL of my wish list items for Black Friday, I can absolutely enjoy perusing for hot Black Friday Sales on them at next week- in my pajamas snuggled with my family!  This wishlist, photography style post is a Fashionista Event. I was provided a promotional item by to inform you of their crazy insane Black Friday Sales, their top 10 gifts giveaway and our $500 is also hosting a Black Friday Sweepstakes where they are giving away 10 of the must-have holiday gifts. TEN of them.  (I wonder how many are PINK?)

Enter  that contest by going to  The  Black Friday sweepstakes starts Nov. 20 and ends Nov. 29.  I want to win!!


To get everyone EXCITED for the Top10 Giveaway (did you go enter yet???), is giving 2 people EACH a $250 Amex Gift Card!! Enter on the Rafflecopter form below!!

My Black Friday Wishlist for House and Home ($100 Kohls Giveaway)

For the first time in 15?? years, I’m not going shopping on Black Friday. Thanks to, I’m not going to miss out on my Black Friday Sales, but can instead enjoy my holiday wishlist(s) shopping from the comfort of my couch, snuggling my kids and enjoying a cup of coffee at a more normal hour. Now, I still have my planning to do.  And my lists.  But those lists will live here on my computer and I don’t have to wake up in the middle of the night.
Of course, there are some practical and some extravagant wishes on my House and Home Wishlist I created….in a dream world, I’d be able to really shop for all of them.  In all likelihood, there’s a few things I”ll be able to get, and hopefully snag a GREAT deal on using some codes from  Thanks to them, I’m eagerly awaiting Black Friday sales because I’ve been wanting fleece sheet sets for everyone in our family and they wer nice enough to send me a nice gift code to use to thank me for sharing about their fabulous giveways coming up.  (Now I’m left to decide on colors!!)
Sadly, that mattress will NOT be coming after Black Friday… but this is a wishlist, right?  The rug probably won’t either, but I can wait.  A Le Creuset cast iron dutch oven and some Fiestaware canisters? Yes, please!! I’ve been a really, really good girl this year!!  (Oh, and sells Fiestaware….score for me!!)
I’m already finding some GREAT coupon codes and promotions available on for most of the stores I have marked to look for deals on like ToysRUs, Kohls, Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy…the list goes on.  Yes, Idid bookmark the Black Friday coupons. I had to. I may have my lists but I want to maximize our hard earned dollars, you know?
Get another chance to win big by also entering the Black Friday Sweepstakes hosted on and see how you can win one of the 10 most popular, must-have gifts this holiday season.
In celebration of Black Friday and all of the shopping fun, would like to send one person a gift card!!  To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

My Favorite Things Giveaway- Coffee! #MyFavoriteThings

I am so excited to welcome you to OUR FAVORITE THINGS GIVEAWAY!! 


There are 19 of us who have collaborated and each of us has created a wonderful prize pack of OUR favorite things- for YOU, our readers!

Here’s what to do:

  • Check out the gorgeous collage of awesome above
  • Scroll down to see my prize up close and personal
  • Enter to win MY favorite things using the giveaway widget at the end of this post
  • Hope on over to all of the other sites to enter to win their gorgeous prize packs!
  • Check out the sites of the 19 creative bloggers–they will not disappoint!


Enter to win ONE or ninteen, what ever looks fun to you.  There’s such a great variety from all the bloggers.  There’s something for everyone!

My Prize Package - 3
Coffee is one of my FAVORITE things in the world.  I love it.  So for my favorite things giveaway prize pack, I chose 4 lbs of holiday flavored coffees, my favorite Thermos travel mug (it keeps your warms WARM and your hots HOT), some Godiva chocolates because who doesn’t love chocolate? AND an Amazon Gift Card because gift cards are marvelous.  my-favorite-things-giveaway-coffee
Giveaway Blog Hop - 2

1. About a Mom | 2. A Helicopter Mom | 3. Moscato Mom | 4. Homemaking Hacks | 5. Better in Bulk | 6. The Rebel Chick | 7. Around My Family Table | 8. Mom Luck | 9. A Nut in a Nutshell | 10. Kids Fun Reviewed | 11. Just Stop Screaming | 12. Moody Mama Says | 13. Sunshine and Sippy Cups | 14. This Mama Loves | 15. The Adventures of J-Man and MillerBug | 16. Our Family World | 17. The Mommy Insider | 18. The Divine Miss Mommy | 19. MiscFinds4U

Kid Reads: Travels with Gannon and Wyatt #GannonWyatt

The Gannon and Wyatt series echoes Lewis and Clark in the way the books are written.  Designed to be educational and historical, middle grade kids will find themselves deep in adventures in Botswana, Egypt, the Great Bear Rainforest and other places around the globe.  My oldest LOVES to read.  She’ll spend hours each day lost in the world of her books, losing herself in the stories.  She devours books just like I did (and still do) when I was little- although she likes to read and reread the same stories over and over again and I really didn’t do that very often.  She’s also very inquisitive and wants to learn and know about EVERYTHING — which is why I was eager to check out the Gannon and Wyatt books.

Given that this adventure series is geared for middle-grades, I’ve asked my daughter to give HER thoughts on  Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Egypt.  She read this book in one sitting and immediately wanted to start the next book (although had a soccer tournament so wasn’t able to right then).

Travels with Gannon and Wyatt- Egypt

In the beginning of the book, this really surprised me, but the two boys sent out a letter to some people- a poem or something- and they got picked to go to Egypt but only one got picked and he asked his mom if he could bring Wyatt with him to Egypt since they both really wanted to go there. Once they got there, after a really long trip to get there, they had to travel more to get to their hotel.  They met a girl when they got to the hotel and they got to hunt for Cleopatra’s tomb.

Once the boys found Cleopatra’s tomb, they found gold and jewelry and other treasure. The leader of their hunt told the kids they had to put their treasure into a museum case.

This is one of the best books I’ve ever read.  It had something to pull me in and not want to put it down.  It really interested me because both of the boys got to travel to Egypt and they had really cool adventures. There were a lot of surprises that kept my interest. The boys never left Egypt to go back home at the end! Can you believe it!


The Travels with Gannon and Wyatt series include:Botswana (released May 2013), Great Bear Rainforest (released October 2013) and Egypt (to be released January 2014)

Three Kindle Fires are being given away on the Travels with Gannon and Wyatt Facebook page in November. My kids love our Kindle Fire!! 

One reader will win a set of all 3 Travels with Gannon and Wyatt books! (ARV $38.85)


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

2 Ingredient Fudge Recipe

I am participating in a sponsored brand ambassadorship with ALDI. All opinions stated are my own.

I’m about to blow your minds, my friends.  Delicious, creamy fudge recipe.  2 ingredients (3 if you add nuts) and total cost: $2.48.

Oh, yes.

You see, my Aunt Dianne (who probably won’t ever see this but hey, I love you Aunt D!!) has made a certain famous recipe fudge for- well, forever for holidays  in our family.  I tried several times to make it, failing all but once.  So complicated. And you guys know, and I know, that I like EASY stuff.  Simple.  Yummy.So today I’m going to blow your minds.

Fudge made from 2 ingredients.


1 can of Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 12oz bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips

And all you do is melt them together in the microwave (or stovetop) until the chocolate melts. Stir it. Place in 8×8 greased dish. Let it chill to set. A few hours later, enjoy.

If you do it in the microwave, it’s maybe going to be a 5 minute process….including cleanup. Stovetop?  A few more. You can of course add things like… nuts, candies, seasonal sprinkles (I’m going to call them shots though), flavor extract. You might even want to use different kinds of chips. I stuck with straight up simplicity.


I went to ALDI for a bunch of my holiday baking essentials today, like eggs, sugar, brown sugar, and spent less than $25 on a TON of stuff.  Which I promptly forgot to snap a picture of. I also got a lot of muffin and bread mixes to donate for holiday food drives, roll Italian sausage for my semi-famous (at least in my own mind) stuffing for Thanksgiving (I should totally share that recipe with you) and super thin pizza crusts I like to keep on hand for those (frequent) nights when I run out of time to make dinner. I’ve really been really happy with my ALDI finds — but what has made me happiest?  The total at the checkout.  Each time I go to check out I have to ask the cashier to be certain they got everything in my cart.  I love it!  ALDI has tons of fabulous prices on a lot of pantry staples we use.


What’s your secret wish for the holidays? #Slimfessions #giveaway

Thanksgiving is 2 weeks away.  The holidays are HERE, my friends.  Someone is likely to ask what your secret wish for the holidays  is- and my question is, are you honest?  Or do you say one thing but mean another?!  I’m sure most of us have a secret wish at holiday time.  Sometimes things you say are different than the things you’re actually thinking. You may say you want to look great in your holiday dress but what you really want is to impress your in-laws that you haven’t seen since last Christmas.

Or like me, maybe you really just want for the holidays to feel like they did when you were a kid.  That magic, the togetherness, the memory making.

Or to make it through a holiday event that involves a lot of stress without showing that stress in your voice or body language.

This post is brought to you by our friends at Lunchbox. Opinions are my own.


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I moustache you how you prefer your coffee! #DunkinMugUp

I moustache you how you prefer your coffee?  There are so many ways to enjoy your coffee- and a moustache to go along with them all!



Maybe you like it all serious, just your coffee, and no frills. Just like this no-frills ‘stache







You know, the extra boost of caffeine ‘stache folks?



OH!! Or maybe you just really like thick, sludge like my parents drank.  Black or not, that stuff would grow hair on your chest.  Daily.





Or maybe you are like me and like it like most people – a little sweet, maybe some fun flavors?





So that coffee perks you up, like this ‘stache?


OR MAYBE…just maybe…


you are a coffee loving Red Sox fan like me…and love the beards!





Don’t forget about Dunkin’s Mug Up Contest, this month’s theme is… wait for it…. moustaches!!  You can earn prizes includnig a $250 Visa Gift Card just for posting photos of yourself with that ‘stache… AND make yourself look downright silly on the internet.  It’s all so fun!!



So, how do you take your coffee?  And your ‘staches?

Dunkin’ Donuts is celebrating mustaches in November by asking you to share your favorite photo of you, your dream mustache, and its favorite mug buddy here. Mug Up this month for a chance to win a year’s supply of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, a $250 VISA gift card or a Dunkin’ Donuts coffee mug.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dunkin’ Donuts . The opinions and text are all mine.