**This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #JuniorCelebrates #CollectiveBias**
My baby girl is going to be 6 in a few short weeks! I truly can’t believe it because I feel like she was literally just born! She is an amazing girl who deserves the best in whatever she decides to do in life. With a new baby that arrived a few weeks ago, some attention has been taken off of Hayley since I have been so busy attending to her sister. While I do feel a bit guilty about this, I want to compensate by throwing her a few birthday parties for family and friends that will be exciting and fun for her. I want her to feel extra special on her birthday! One way I am going to do this is by throwing her a Disney Junior Sofia the First birthday. Ever since Disney Junior debuted this amazing show, Hayley and Zane have been glued to the TV. If you ask either of them what is their favorite show on TV, both of them will scream out Sofia the First!
This year Hayley has a lot of friends who are going to be invited to her birthday party. I am still not sure if I am going to have two birthday parities for separate friends because she has so many different group of friends including school, dance, gymnastics, and swim. Let’s not forget about family too! However, I am certain that one of these parties she is going to want Sofia the First included because she really likes Sofia! O’kay truth be told- she is TOTALLY OBSESSED!
I decided to get into the Sofia the First mindset to prepare for her birthday party, I was going to head to my local Walmart to pick up all things Sofia! I had to go solo on this trip because if I brought Hayley with me, we would end up buying the complete Disney Junior line! My first stop was the toy department. Every little girl needs Sofia the First toys and Walmart had such a good selection of toys. I added a few to my cart and then headed to the paper goods and party supplies department. I found exactly what I was looking for in the party aisle and completed my shopping cart with Sofia the First napkins, plates, cups, banner, goody bags, and more!
Once I headed home, I decided it would be fun to give Hayley her Sofia the First presents a bit early. After all, she has been an amazing big sister to Taylor these past couple of weeks. So one day before school, I allowed her to open her Sofia the First toy presents and she was bouncing off the walls excited! I knew she would be!
After that, I showed her all the amazing Sofia the First party supplies that I got for her. It was so easy to round up all these supplies at Walmart since they make party planning fun and seamless.
Right away, she wanted to get started on her Sofia the First invitations. Since she is writing now, I let her take the lead and fill in the information for all her friends.
Once she was done, she had an idea that I thought was simply amazing and so sweet to boot. She wanted to make goody bags with the Sofia the First amulet necklaces I bought but then add in the Sofia the First figurines I got her for HER gift. Hayley wanted to take her gift and use it for her friends goody bags. What a good heart that one has! She spent about a half hour getting her Sofia the First goody bags ready for her special day.
We are all ready now for her Sofia the First birthday party! I know this amazing, little girl is going to love it! I am so grateful to Walmart for having all the Sofia the First party supplies and toys all in one store! I don’t have the time to keep running to different stores as I am sure most of you can agree with. Be sure to check out Walmart for your one stop shopping for any Disney Junior birthday party coming up whether it is Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins, or Mickey/Minnie.
Do your kids have a favorite Disney Junior character that they love?
*This is a sponsored post with Lysol. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
We all want to stay healthy, but we don’t always take the time to do it. I think that’s partly because we all have such hectic schedules. Who has the time to add one more thing to their day, even if it is to stay healthy? You do. You just don’t know it. Follow these tips, and you can stay healthy, happy, and energetic with less effort than you thought!
It’s Easy to Stay Healthy
Did you know that Lysol has partnered with the National PTA and NEA to develop the Healthy Habits Program, which helps educate kids and families on how to stay healthy inside and outside of the classroom? You can only do so much about in-classroom health, but you can influence your kids greatly outside of the classroom.
It’s not as hard as you think to stay healthy. We’re all busy, but all it takes is 30 minutes a day to stay healthy and happy. Here are a few ways simple ways to improve your overall health. These tips are for you moms and dads out there, but all of these are great for the kiddies, too.
1: Exercise. That’s right. The dreaded “e word”. Remember, I said 30 minutes, so it’s not so bad. Exercise is one of the biggies to stay healthy, and 30 minutes is doable for almost anyone’s schedule. The best way to get the most benefit is to alternate cardio with strength training. Cardio is great for burning fat and improving your cardiovascular system. Strength training builds muscle which burns more calories in a day, and for us ladies, it helps reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Here’s a tip. Studies show that cardio is best done in the morning and on an empty stomach, while strength training is best done in the afternoon about an hour after eating a good pre workout meal including protein and slow digesting carbs.
2: Relax. Again, 30 minutes (sometimes less) is all you need here. With our hectic schedules, we need to relax to stay healthy. Read a book, watch your favorite television show, or just sit outside and enjoy the breeze. Whatever it is that relaxes you, do it. Stress is one of the worst things for our bodies. Studies have shown that stress can actually shorten your life! So de-stress, don’t distress.
3: Sleep. This one might be tough for some of us, especially those self-employed folks who burn the midnight oil. Give the oil a break! Burning the midnight oil will burn you out, and it can lead to a host of mental, emotional, and physical health issues. Lack of sleep has been shown to increase the risk or depression, leads to weight gain, and can shorten our life span, just to name a few things. Do yourself a favor and get a good 8 hours whenever possible.
4: Keep Your House Germ-Free. This one sounds the hardest, but after sleep, it is the easiest to do. Keep your family germ-free by disinfecting the surfaces in your home. I use Lysol products for this. Their line of disinfectants has been proven to kill more bacteria, molds, and viruses than any other products on the market! That’s a great way to stay healthy.
As part of its Mission for Healthy, Lysol is committed to providing better cleaning products and hygiene solutions to keep my home clean and healthy. They’ve got the goods to back it up, too. Lysol has been a trusted leader in the field of health and hygiene for more than 100 years.
Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap is one of my favorite products to help my family stay healthy. What do you do when you touch raw chicken? You wash your hands, right? Well, how do you get the soap out? See where I’m going with this? Now you’ve got raw chicken germs on your soap dispenser. Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap eliminates that.
Here are some other great Lysol products that I use regularly to stay healthy.
Lysol Disinfectant Spray
- Kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria including Influenza A Virus (H1N1), Human Coronavirus, MRSA, Salmonella enterica, E. coli, and Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 and 2.
- Kills 99.9% of mold and mildew and 57 different microorganisms
- For use on hard and soft surfaces
Lysol Disinfecting Wipes
- Have all the germ, virus, and bacteria fighting power of Lysol Disinfectant Spray
- Removes over 95% of household allergens
- Thick strong wipe is two sided. One side for tough messes and one side for touch-up cleaning.
Follow these tips, and you, too, can stay healthy, happy, and vibrant. Remember, exercise, sleep, relax, and keep your home free of germs and other nasty stuff with Lysol products. Stay clean and stay healthy!
**This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HeroesEatMMs #CollectiveBias**
Hayley and Zane are both slightly obsessed with Superheroes! Sure Hayley is a girly-girl but her brother rules the TV and what he wants on, is generally what goes on. Lately he has been going gaga over Superheroes which is why we were very excited to learn that Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier DVD was just released earlier this month. They loved the first one so of course, this mama is going to pick up this awesome DVD this week from Walmart. To prepare for the Captain America 2 DVD watching that I am sure will take place many many times over the next month, I decided I needed to create a fun Superheroes recipe to go along with the movie. I decided to incorporate one of my favorite candies, M+M’s into my recipe because every little Superhero needs M+M’s! After all, that is where they get their super powers from, right?!
After thinking long and hard, I decided it would be fun to create Red Velvet M+M’s pancakes. Around here with a new baby, I am up all night which inevitably means my other kids are going to be up at the crack of dawn. I thought to myself it would be great if I can make them a yummy breakfast and then we can all go back to my bed and rest while watching Captain America 2. Family movie time is something we do in the mornings so this would be a nice addition with Red Velvet M+M’s pancakes. First though, I needed to head to Walmart to get my necessary ingredients.
When we went into out local Walmart, we found the M+M’s in the candy aisle and they had so many different varieties, that it was hard to chose. I figured I buy three big bags- two for them and one for me. Shhh…Don’t tell anyone!
Then we were in for a real treat because they had a Marvel Superheroes Event right in the bakery department. The people working at the bakery department invited my kids to come over to get their Superhero spirit on! They each got in on the Superhero fun with Avenger cupcakes and coloring books. The bakery department was invaded by Superheroes and my kids could not be more excited! We spent some time there eating our cupcakes and marveling over all the festivities.
After the fun event and I had my necessary ingredients, to make my pancakes, we headed home. The next morning, I decided I was going to try out my pancakes for a trial run, before we do the official movie breakfast with my kids. After all, my kids would go crazy if I made a breakfast they did not like. Those picky eaters….
Red Velvet M+M’s Pancakes Recipe- makes 7 large pancakes
-1/2 of large bag M+M’s ( I used blue and red M +M’s to go along with my Superhero theme)
-Dry Pancake mix- 4 cups
-2 cups water
-5 teaspoons red food coloring
-1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tube vanilla icing
-2 TBLS cream cheese
-7 TBLS of whipped topping
-3 TBLS cocoa mix
1. Add cocoa powder, food coloring, vanilla, and 1 egg in medium bowl.
2. In large bowl, add dry pancake mix and M+M’s. Pour in water and mix well.
3. Mix #1 and #2 together. Make sure you do not overly mix. You don’t want it too thick of a consistency.
4. In large skillet over medium heat, add a large spoonful of the batter from #3. Repeat to make 7 pancakes.
5. Once cool, transfer to plate and in small bowl, combine vanilla icing tube with the 2 TBLS of cream cheese. Sprinkle over pancakes and then add powdered sugar.
6. Top with a dollop of whipped topping over each pancake and add in remainder of M+M’s.
These pancakes were so easy to make but the real test was to see how they tasted. Let me tell you that I devoured 3 huge pancakes in one sitting. They were just too good!! This is the ideal Superheroes breakfast that incorporated my and the kids beloved M+M’s.
While this recipe is delicious, what makes it even better is if you go out and purchase the new Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier DVD, available at Walmart. It makes for a great family movie and if you add in my recipe, you will be the mom of the year. All you need is everyone’s favorite M+M’s and some other ingredients, and the Superhero magic will happen right in your kitchen. To make things even better, you can save money by using this awesome coupon: Save $5.00 On any two (2) M&M’s® Brand Chocolate Candies (15.4oz. or larger) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier DVD at Walmart.
Lastly if you are a Superhero fan like my family is, you will want to check out the new Social Hub called Heroes Eat M+M’s. You can take fun quizes to see which super hero or M&M you are. You will be thoroughly entertained with the questions asked. I got green which I pretty much agree with because I love all things beautiful and fashion! Tell me what you think after you visit the hub!
Check out my fun Instagram video I created with my Superheroes experience!
Do you have a favorite Superhero??
Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Snuza and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.
Having a newborn again is so much easier the third time around! I laugh at myself when I think of all the time charts I kept on Haileys sleeping and eating patterns those first few weeks of life. By now I am just so much more relaxed as a mom, and know much more of what to expect. Of course some of the new products that have come out on the market in the meantime have made the newborn stage much easier for moms as we’ll. One of my favorites that I’ve discovered this time around is the Snuza Trio Plus.
My biggest fear as the mother of a newborn, and I know I’m not alone here, is of course the risk of SIDS. I confess SIDS is still this mysterious, ominous threat that I don’t have a great deep understanding of. Of course I know all the recommendations, placing the baby on their back and all that, but the Snuza takes all of that left over anxiety away. The Snuza products have motion sensors that detect abdominal movement while the baby sleeps, sending an alarm if it detects a lull of more than 20 seconds, (the length of time is adjustable to your comfort level). This let’s us sleep more soundly, not having to feel like we need to be human baby monitors all night long anymore. I love this product for my third kid, but can only imagine the peace of mind it would have brought me with my first!
The Snuza Trio Plus is a mobile baby video, sound, and movement monitor all in one. It is portable so you can set up the camera in one place and see the baby all over your house. If there is no movement detected, it provides a gentle vibration after 15 seconds. It is not late enough though to wake you up but enough to give you a nudge to just check on the baby if you are worried. There is a full built-in-alarm if there is no baby movement.
The digital screen is 3.5 inches and has incredible clarity. I can see great detailing when I use this camera. I like to sleep with our room very dark and I can still see everything using this monitor in dark places. I can pan/tilt/zoom with the camera to see the baby from every angle. It also always up to 4 cameras with this system.
It also features a room temperature display to tell you what temperature your child’s nursery is. This is a great feature to me as I always worry that the room is too hot or cold. Lastly, it has voice-activated sound monitoring. I can now get the total peace of mind and sleep with the Snuza. I can use this monitor from up to 300 meters outdoors and 50 meters indoors. I can freely roam the house and know she is safe using this monitor.
This would make an awesome baby gift, especially for the first time mom. The easy to use Snuza monitor clips onto your baby’s diaper and monitors audio, visual and movement of your baby. It is hard enough to get a god night’s sleep as a new mom as it is, so anything to help new mothers get more rest is worth it’s weight in gold. For me as a mother my favorite baby accessories are those like the Snuza that provide that extra piece of mind. Trust me, as a mother of three, you need all the help you can get!
Giveaway: Snuza is giving away a Snuza hero baby monitor to 10 lucky entrants including one to my readers, as well as Snuza Trio to one lucky grand prize winner! Simply fill out the form below and you are all set. Good luck! US and Canada.
* I received wine samples in exchange for my review. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
As a new mom, most days are quite stressful. At night, I like to relax by watching TV and having a glass of wine. I was not able to drink for 9 long months, so it is nice to have a glass at night now. Recently, we were sent bottles of Oberon wine and I have to say, I am a huge fan!
With the kids back to school, I am now taking my “wine-break” with Oberon. Oberon is a premium Napa Valley brand that is now offering two new releases, Oberon 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, perfect for sipping with girlfriends, enjoying after putting the kids to bed or pairing with a romantic dinner with someone special. Oberon caters to the hardworking mom with top quality, versatile and food-friendly wines at an excellent value that are widely available nationally!
Oberon wines are produced by the Michael Mondavi Family, with winemaking led by Napa Valley native Tony Coltrin. With over 40 years of winemaking expertise in the region, Tony Coltrin’s familiarity and unique understanding of the region is demonstrated in his 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2013 Sauvignon Blanc. By blending fruit from Napa’s volcanic hillside soils and the deeper alluvial soils of the valley floor, Tony accomplishes his goal of crafting outstanding wines that balance rich, complex flavors with natural acidity.
I had the chance to review these wines:
2012 Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP: $25):
Made from grapes procured in Napa’s finest winegrowing regions, including Rutherford, Oakville, Oak Knoll, Wooden Valley, and Oso Vineyard at the northeastern end of Napa Valley. By layering fruit from Napa’s volcanic hillside soils and the deeper alluvial soils of the valley floor, the wine boasts a beautifully rounded, rich, complex flavor.
Tasting Notes: Vibrant red cherry, candied blackberry, licorice and spice flavors, with an added hint of cocoa powder and toffee. Extended fermentation yields bold flavors, tannins and seamless texture.
2013 Oberon Sauvignon Blanc (SRP: $18):
Distinctive in style because the fruit is sourced from both the warmer Oso Vineyard (46%), located in northeastern Napa Valley, and the cooler Milliken Vineyard (54%) in the southern part of the valley. The cold-fermentation in tanks creates pureness of fruit and aromatics, with a subtle creaminess and length.
Tasting Notes: Lemongrass and tart apple with a layer of richness and expressive aromatics. Fresh flavors with citrus notes and underlying pineapple that develops into orange blossom.
Both wines were very fresh and enticed my taste buds. I am a Sauvignon Blanc drinker and I was a huge fan of this wine. It exhibited some fruity tastes but not overbearing like other similar genre of the same wines could be. It is the perfect fall wine to pair with a white fish or piece of chicken. It smelled terrific too.
Normally I am not a huge fan of Cabernet wines, but this wine was truly delicious, as well. It was a rich wine that paired excellently with my meat dishes that I prepared. Again it did not have an overbearing taste.
Be sure to check out the Oberon 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2013 Sauvignon Blanc wines today!