Monday, January 25, 2016

Out West Balloon Fest and Fun Run

Out West Balloon Fest and Fun Run

March 6, 7 & 8

University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale


      I am excited to share with you about this great event.  The Out West Balloon Fest and Fun Run is a great family event.  We attended last year and the boys loved it.  They were able to see lots of great hot air balloons and there was food, music, games, and fun.  Read below for more information about the event.

 There will be more than 35 hot air balloons will decorate the sky at the first annual Out West Balloon Fest and Fun Run at the University of Phoenix in Glendale, Ariz.  It will kick off the weekend with a Friday night balloonglow. From bumblebees, to butterflies and even Smokey the Bear, there will be a special shaped balloon to please every member of the family. Come see these gentle giants as they light up the night sky and enjoy tethered balloon rides.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Hallmark Remember When Plus #Giveaway #LoveHallmark

     Hallmark always knows how to help keep those memories going and how to mark the special moments in time.  Having a baby is a very special moment.  Hallmark has a whole section on baby and how to remember when.  Recently I was sent a baby gift set for our new arrival to help to make some memories to cherish.

Monday, December 28, 2015

CANCELLED --- Peter Pan 360 Coming to Scottsdale #PeterPan360 #NeverGrowUp

     Now that the holidays are over I wanted to remind you that Peter Pan 360 is coming to Scottsdale, AZ in January.  This looks like it will be an amazing show and I can't wait to go. Be sure and get your tickets before it sells out.  Check below for a discount code.  

What:     Peter Pan 360
When:   January 13, 2016- January 24, 2016
Where:  The Pavilions at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, AZ
Discount: 15% off your ticket purchase with the code BLOG15 

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Holiday Gift Idea Ecocentric Mom Subscription Box

     Recently I shared with you about the Ecocentric Mom Subscription Box.  After sharing I received my first Mom and Baby box.  The surprise of opening the box was fun.  You never know what you will receive with a subscription box.  I always like trying new mom and baby products.

     The box I received contained lots of great stuff:

  1. Love Child Organics Super Blends Pouch - This pouch was full size at 4oz.  These are nutritionally focused organic foods and snacks for babies and young children.  With no refined sugars, additives, preservatives, or fillers these pouches are perfect for babies meals or a young childs snack.  
  2. Piyo Piyo Bendable Fork and Spoon Set - These are BPA and Phthalate free.  This set is durable and perfect for baby to start self feeding.
  3. Piyo Piyo Pure Water Baby Wipes Travel Pack - They are made from purified water, plant extracts, and moisturizing agents.  They are free from chlorine, alcohol, parabens, SLES, and dyes.  These are great for diaper changes, feedings, and clean up.  
  4. Acure Baby Fix-it Stick - This was a full size 0.5 oz stick.  The Baby Fix-it stick helps to sooth 'ouchies', with the benefits of pumpkin, borage, and pomegranate oils. I'm keeping this in the diaper bag for anytime it might be needed.
  5. Lasting Smiles Organic Lip Balm - This came in full size.  Made from pure and moisturizing ingredients.  This lip balm will keep your lips feeling great and purchases help to fund cleft lip surgeries for children in need.
  6. ellovi Mint Chocolate Butter Minis - Made from six wildly harvested ingredients.  It will soak in deep and keep your skin intensely hydrated and nourished for days.  
  7. Enjoy Life Grab and Go Seeds and Fruit Mix - Gluten and allergen free, non-GMO verified. This snack is perfect for busy moms.  

     This subscription box had a nice variety of items and even some full size products.  I really like being introduced to products I have not tried before.  There are 3 different options when purchsing an Ecocentric Mom Subscription.  You can get a pregnancy box, mom and baby, or mom box.  Every month there are different products to try and enjoy.  You can choose to get a bi-monthly, single month, 3 months, 6 months, or 12 month subscription.  

New subscribers will receive a 3 month subscription for $50 using code USFamily!

I was provided the above mentioned product in exchange for this post.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Decorate with Crab Pot Christmas Tree

     I will admit that I really didn't know what a Crab Pot Christmas Tree was until I received one to try.  I like to decorate for the holidays, but don't always get the time.  As I learned about the Crab Pot Christmas Trees I was interested in how this would help with decorating and being more festive.  After receiving the tree I realize that it is made from durable PVC coated wire.  It is all green to look like a real tree.  There are white lights attached. The Crab Pot Tree folds flat to help with storage.

     The tree makes for quick decorating for the holidays.  It is really easy to set up.  My only complaint is the shortness of the cord.  The cord is really short and in order for me to plug it in I needed to use an extension cord. The tree itself is pretty and festive.

I was provided a Crabpot tree in exchange for this post.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced. 

Monday, December 21, 2015

Holiday Gift Ideas for Baby with Tiny Love

 I was provided one of the below mentioned products in order to provide a review

     We have a new baby in the family now.  Everyone keeps asking what does baby need or want for the holidays.  Well we know she doesn't really want anything but safety, food, and clean diaper.  As I think about what kind of items I might want for her one brand pops into my head, Tiny Love.  Tiny love always has lots of great products for baby and I love just about everything they have.  I have had lots of their products and have used them all with my babies.  Some of the great gift idea items include the Tiny Love's Musical Stack & Ball game, Tiny Love's Rock & Ball, and Tiny Love's Follow Me Fred or Fiona.

Friday, December 18, 2015

FairWind FWPC6L 6.3 Quart Pressure Cooker With 8 Pre-programmed settings

    Something that I have been really wanting to do is cook more for my family.  I am not much of a cook, but I do my best.  The biggest problem I have is time.  I don't have the time to really devote to cooking meals.  After picking up the boys from school after work and then helping with homework it is already getting late.  I have a very short period of time to make dinner before bath and bed routine starts.  Cooking with a pressure cooker is really quick and easy.  So I thought I'd try it.  I received the FairWind FWPC6L 6.3 Quart Pressure Cooker to review.  

     I admit I had not previously used a pressure cooker. I know my mom had a stove top one when I was a kid and my brother in law liked using one when I lived with him. I liked that this one is freestanding and didn't need to be on the stove. There are 8 different preprogrammed multifunctional. You can also choose what kind of texture you want and if you want it to just keep your food warm. The timer works up to 24 hours. So you can set it and let it do the cooking for you. I will admit that being my first time using a pressure cooker I was nervous. I tried to follow the directions, but I will admit they were limited and confusing. Luckily FairWind has recently updated their instruction manual and it is much easier to understand. I used the pressure cooker to make a London Broil recipe that my mom made when I was a kid. The recipe is really easy.  The meat came out perfectly cooked and tender.  

1 London Broil
1 can of tomato soup

Place the London Broil in the pressure cooker.  Pour the tomato soup on the London Broil add some water using the tomato soup can.  Set the pressure cooker and let it go.  


     The FairWind pressure cooker guarantees perfect results every time with a wide variety of functions. It cooks food evenly and seals in the nutrients. The London broil turned out great and my son even loved it. When I was done I was super happy with how easy it was to clean. I remember my brother in law would have such a mess to clean with his before. But this one was super easy to clean. I didn't use the dishwasher, but I like that it is dishwasher safe. It has rust resistant components which is great since my husband likes to leave everything to soak. But there was no need to soak this as it wiped up easily. I can't wait to find more great recipes and use this to cook for my family. I really like how quickly it works. I can cook a nice home cooked meal and not take away too much of my limited time with family

 I was provided the above mentioned products in order to provide a review. I was not compensated in any way. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced. disclosure

Monday, December 14, 2015

Holiday Gift For Baby Contours Twist Grow With Me Seat Plus #Giveaway

 I was provided the below mentioned products in order to provide a review.

     Buying a gift for baby during the holidays can be difficult.  You can't just ask baby what he or she wants.  Plus there are so many products for baby out there.  I tend to side more towards something practical.  I like to get things that are useful and needed.  Recently I was introduced to the Countours Twist Grow With Me Seat.  I am excited to have one for baby girl.  

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Parents Survival Guide: 5 Survival Tips for New Moms #MyHuggiesBaby

   On December 2nd I became a mom for the third time.  My sweet baby girl came into our world.  The past 10 days or so have been filled such happiness and craziness all at once.  As I get back into the swing of life with a newborn I needed to plan out a survival guide.  There are some important things a new or new again mom needs to help them survive.


Friday, December 11, 2015

CANCELLED --- Peter Pan 360 Coming to Scottsdale Tickets #Giveaway #PeterPan360 #NeverGrowUp

     I am so excited to share with you about this event coming to Scottsdale.  It is Peter Pan 360.  It is a one of a kind Threesixty Theatre.  It is state of the art 100 foot high structure that is part tent, part monumental immersive environment, and part luxurious wold class live performance theatre.  The performance is in the round and all around.  It creates a unique environmental theatrical experience.  The interior is lit with over 15,000 square feet of Hi Resolution projection so that both the cast and the audience are immersed in a virtual Neverland.  When Peter and Wendy fly to Neverland, audience members will feel the effect in the pit of their stomachs as they fly with the beloved characters over 200 square miles of virtual London and beyond.