Monday, February 23, 2015

#Giveaway Family 4-pack of Tickets to the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Legends #cincinnati #cincy

Disclosure:  I received something of value from Feld Entertainment as part of their Insider Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

March has become one of my favorite months.  Not only is it my birth month, but the birth month of my oldest daughter.  And the month that the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Greatest Show on Earth comes to Cincinnati.  As a mother, I love to watch the looks on my daughters' faces as they watch this show.  And to top it off, I am able to capture that same feeling of amazement as I did as a child.

This March in Cincinnati, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Legends.  This is a new show that merges iconic circus stars with living mythological creatures, celebrating LEGENDS that we have come to grow and love for centuries.  This all follows the direction of circus ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson, who guides Paulo the Legend Seeker to find living legends from around the world so share with fans.  Once again, believe the unbelievable in this show and experience unimaginable family fun, as amazing performers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and mysterious creatures of the past: a unicorn, a Pegasus and a Woolly Mammoth! Join us for an unforgettable family night of legendary proportions! Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS!

Dates and show times for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents LEGENDS at US Bank Arena in Cincinnati Ohio:
Thursday, March 5, 2015: 7 p.m
Friday, March 6, 2015: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 7, 2015: 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 8, 2015: 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Ticket prices range from $16 to $75.

Save 25% on the Family 4-pack deal (4 tickets, 4 lemonades, 4 popcorns) for a total price of $111 (retail $148) 

*All tickets include admission to the All-Access Pre-show, an hour before each performance, where guests can enjoy an up-close, interactive, circus experience. Additional information is available at

Enter to win a 4-pack of tickets to the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Legends show opening night below.

Disclosure:  I received something of value from Feld Entertainment as part of their Insider Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

10 Utimate Truths Girls Should Know #Teens #books


Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions are mine.

Having read Kari Kampakis's 10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Knows on her blog, I knew I wanted to read more.  As a mother of two girls, when I saw that her thoughts were expanded into a book for teens, well, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.

In the very first chapter of this book, the author makes two profound statements:  "One is how fun it is to be a girl.  One is how hard it is to be a girl."  And I couldn't agree more.  There are so many challenges girls face today.  Mean girls, social media, pressure to look and act a certain way, and above all else, drama!

The author goes on to remind girls that in an inconsistent world, there are some consistent truths.  The God who made you loves you passionately.  He created you in His image to serve your generation like no one in the universe has ever served before.  His plans for your future would astonish you.  You can anticipate them with great expectation.  Wow--powerful words that if held onto, can help get one through anything...even all the drama!

The author focuses on God's purpose for you.  This is one message that I strive to drive home to people, both young and old.  God does have a purpose for you.  If our young people can truly believe this, life gets much easier.  This plays into so much--popularity, choices, confidence, patience, relationship with others and more.  Focusing on God's plan takes away from self-worship and turns the focus to inner-beauty.  And many of these topics are such topics in this book.

Girls will learn truths about how much God loves them and how life is.  They will learn to focus on what is really important, not popularity, boys or how they look. Girls will learn about making important decisions in their day-to-day life.

At the end of the chapter, there are a few thought-provoking questions with space to write an answer.  The page layout of the book is nice, too, with lots of text boxes with a calming blue floral background.

As my tween approaches her teen years, this is a book that I know we will commonly refer back to.  In fact, she has started reading it now.  However, if you haven't had discussions about boys and sex with your daughter yet, I would recommend you hold off till either you have, or you are ready to begin these discussions with your daughter.  There is no talk about the physicality of sex, but of God's plan for sex in marriage and what can happen outside of marriage, namely the emotional consequences.

The author, Kari Kampakis is a newspaper columnist and blogger.  She has been featured on HuffPost Parents.  More can be found on her website at

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tweens Just Want To Have Fun #DisneySide

Disclosure:  I received free products in order to host a Disney Side @Home Celebration.  The opinions expressed here are my own.

Tween girls just want to have fun.  That's why I agreed to host a Disney Side Home Celebration house party.  What could be more fun for a group of giggly girls than Disney?  Now, I know the house party wasn't the real thing, but for as much fun as the girls had, it took a close second place.  The only bad thing about the party was the amount of snow that came the day of the party so not many friends were able to make it.  Can you see my street?  I know it isn't much, but it is enough to keep people in this area home.  :(

But the neighborhood girls came over and they had more fun than they knew what to do with.  The absolute perfect party kit for tweens.  I was even surprised at some of the games they wanted to play (like pin the smile on Mickey).  I haven't heard so many giggles in my life!

We started with nail painting.  We loved the three villainous colors they sent; purple, green and black.  They had a blast getting their nails painted and watched the Disney vacation planning DVD while they dried.  The girls who had been to Disney were sharing all about the rides and shows to the ones who hadn't been yet.  Excitement was in the air as they planned their dream trips!

Look at some of their adorable nails!

After that, we got started with the games.  Puzzle races, word searches, bingo and more!  I was reluctant to even mention Pin the Mouth on Mickey as I feared dreaded groans but I guess Disney brings out the child in all of us because they were eager to play!

Of course, among the other snacks served was the delicious rainbow cake.  Who can resist?

The girls also had fun making cute bracelets with My Image Bracelet Maker.  It was an incredibly fun and easy way for the girls to make bracelets.  Some of the girls decided rather than bracelets (because they don't like to wear) that they would hang these on their backpacks.

Download an easy app to make photos the right size to punch out for the bracelets.

Honestly, this party could have lasted a few more hours, but kids had to go home.  The guests enjoyed a HP Creat Memories You Keep Packs, their bracelets, treats, Cinderella buttons, prizes and more.  Of course, they also left with luggage tags and dreams of going to Disney!

Disclosure:  I received free products in order to host a Disney Side @Home Celebration.  The opinions expressed here are my own.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Free Share a Snug Valentine Video Card #shareasnug

Snuggle Bear

Disclosure:  I received product to facilitate this post.

Valentine's Day is almost here and Snuggle is helping American's share more than hugs, but hugs with more love, otherwise known as The Snug™. The totally adorable Snuggle Bear (which, by the way, was created by Jim Henson) has great snuggling tips--visit to create your own personalized (more than 400 names spoken) video message featuring Snuggle Bear for a friend or loved one. This can be shared via Facebook, Twitter or email.

But Snuggle Bear isn't stopping there. Today, in Manhatten, he will be riding through the streets on a SnugMobile to try to break a Guinness World Record for the most hugs given by a puppet in 8 hours. He is inviting people on board the snuggly soft bus, to share a Snug, take a Snuggle selfie, and receive a free plush Snuggle Bear to take home. Follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to join in the Snugs.

There is even more great news.  In the midst of winter, Snuggle has released a new scent--Fresh Spring Flowers.  It is absolutely amazing!  I even kept a box on my desk for a couple days just so I could think spring. The dryer sheets are a great way to combat the static that is so bad at this time of the year.  (My hair stylist's tip:  wipe a dryer sheet across your hair to reduce static hair).  I also love using the long lasting scent boosters in my load for sheets.  It makes it seem like they have hung outside on the line.  And even though they are flannel, I can at least think spring, right?

Disclosure:  I received product to facilitate this review.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Lowes Build and Grow Registration Opens Today

Your little ones can build a Sweetheart Picture Holder at the Lowes Build and Grow Workshop on Saturday, February 14 at 10:00 AM.  With Valentine's Day around the corner, this is a perfect gift for them to build for their sweetheart.  Sign up HERE.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Audubon Free Online Guide to North American Birds #birds #birding

Winter is the perfect time of year to bird watch.  It is fun to watch and learn about these precious creatures, but sometimes, identification can be challenging.  But Audubon has a free online guide to North American Birds that is an excellent resource to help you identify the birds at your feeder. The guide covers bird identification and more as well as over 800 species of birds.  You can find the guide at

Happy Birding!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Clean Your Houseplants Naturally! #green #clean

House plants are excellent cleaners for the air we breathe, so why not do something kind for them?  To keep your indoor houseplant leaves shiny, wipe them off with the inside of a banana peel.  This will get the dust off of them and leave them shiny and healthy looking, naturally--with no chemicals!

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