Saturday, November 28, 2015

American Girl: Grace Thomas {Giveaway!!}

American Girl Doll Giveaway - Grace 2015 Doll of the Year
If you have a young girl in your home, chances are you have heard all about Grace Thomas, American Girl's 2015 Girl of the Year.
Grace loves to bake with friends and invent new recipes. She even has a fun iPhone app! Sweet Shop By American Girl: Mix, roll, bake, and decorate treats in a French pastry shop just like Grace, Girl of the Year 2015. The more tarts, macaroons, and other pastries you bake, the more recipes you'll unlock.
This giveaway is for a Grace Thomas American Girl Doll and her book Grace-written by Mary Casanova, valued at $120.
Grace is only available for purchase through December 2015, and until supplies last! This may be your last chance to win Grace so don't miss out.



American Girl Doll Giveaway - Grace 2015 Girl of the Year

American Girl Doll Giveaway - Grace 2015 Doll of the Year

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Finding Dory is swimming into theatres June 2016! {Trailer}

Disney•Pixar's “Finding Dory” reunites everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang, Dory, with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale? Directed by Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”) and produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”), the film features the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton. “Finding Dory” swims into theaters June 17, 2016

Friday, October 23, 2015

Strong and Kind by Korie Robertson {Review & Giveaway}

No joke, parenting is THE hardest job on the planet. None of us ever feel like we're doing it right, we really just do the best we can and leave the rest up to God. But that's the beauty of the divine calling that God has place on all of us as parents, He really does the rest once we've put our children around the right people and helped them find their own relationships with him. I have read many parenting books over the years and when I was asked to review Strong and Kind by Korie Robertson I was so excited. One, because I love a good Christian parenting book and two because I just love Korie Robertson and her whole family. I really respect her as a parent and think her daughter, Sadie, is one of the best role models for young girls!  I love how she reminds us to be intentional with our children in order to instill these traits in them as adults.


In her new book STRONG and KIND: And Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed, Korie Robertson - New York Times bestselling author, wife of Duck Commander® CEO Willie Robertson, star of A&E's Duck Dynasty, and mother of five - argues that developing good character in our children is the single most important thing we can do to help ensure they lead happy, healthy adult lives. Robertson explores key traits and what they truly look like in action, asks readers to select the two traits that they hope to see most in their children, and shares hands-on ways for nurturing strength of character. Written with her mother Chrys Howard and featuring stories and wisdom from husband Willie, STRONG and KIND cuts through the contemporary cacophony of parenting manuals to rediscover, unfold, and embrace the enduring wisdom that has guided the best parents for centuries. 

This book isn't written like it's from someone that knows it all, it is really like you're sitting on the front porch sharing parenting advice with Korie, herself.  Strong and Kind helps you, as a parent, identify the character traits you want to see in your children and gives you the tools to put them in place.  Besides strength and kindness other character traits include:
  • Self Control
  • Honesty
  • Compassion
  • Patience
  • Joyfulness
  • Loyalty
  • Humility

As a special treat, one lucky reader will get their very own copy of this awesome parenting book!  Be sure to enter via the Rafflecopter form below and come back daily to up your chances!  We will pick a winner in the morning of 10/27.

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"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Friday, October 2, 2015

Women of Faith: LOVED the Farewell tour Charlotte {Giveaway}

Thousands of women will gather in Charlotte at Time Warner Cable Arena for ‘Loved: The Farewell Tour’ on October 9-10 for a weekend of celebration, stories, humor, and hope. Popular speakers, powerful dramas, and award-winning music combine for an experience that will resonate with women who need the assurance they are loved. The beloved speakers and bestselling authors Patsy Clairmont, Shauna Niequist, Mary Graham, Marilyn Meberg, Luci Swindoll, Sheila Walsh, Sarah Jakes Roberts, Anna Trent, Thelma Wells, and many more are scheduled to headline the event along with GRAMMY award winner Sandi Patty—the most awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian music history—and GRAMMY-nominated Building 429 will be in concert. This all-star lineup will grace the stage for a weekend full of love and inspiration!

This is a two-day event, all tickets will allow access to come both days!

Order your tickets from TicketMaster HERE

Get $20 off select tickets* with Discount Code: FCA20

As a special treat our readers have a chance to win tickets for themselves and a friend to the Friday night and Saturday show!  All you have to do to enter is comment below on who you're bringing and why you want to attend!

Winners will be selected Wednesday, October 7th, in the afternoon and will be given a small window to respond so please stay on top of your email!!  Good luck!!

 *Offer available for Premium ($109) and Standard ($99) level seating and is available through 10/9/2015 while supplies last. Offer cannot be combined or applied to previous purchases and is subject to change without notice. All prices in US Dollars and include applicable taxes. Service fee(s) will be added. No refunds/exchanges. Dates, location, times, and talent subject to change. Loved: The Farewell Tour is a production of Women of Faith, LLC.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Disney On Ice- 100 Years of Magic is coming to Charlotte {Giveaway}

This giveaway is provided by Feld Entertainment.  Feld Entertainment has provided a Family Four Pack of tickets for one lucky reader, as well as a Family Four Pack for us so we can also join you at the show!

Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for the ultimate Disney experience at Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt! Be charmed by a cast of over 50, with Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse, sweetheart Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Disney Princesses including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Snow White and Tiana. Relive the magic of Disney's Frozenwith Anna, Elsa and the hilarious Olaf as they discover that true love is the greatest magic of all. Sing-along to over 30 unforgettable songs including "Let It Go," "You've Got a Friend in Me," and "Hakuna Matata." Exciting moments from Disney•Pixar's Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Disney's The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and more will leave the whole family with memories to last a lifetime. Show off your moves at the Disney Magic of Healthy Living dance-along pre-show inspired by the Disney Healthy Living commitment as the celebration of the century skates into your hometown!

Disney on Ice is always a favorite in our house and it will be tiding us over until we can head back to Disney in 2017!  The show runs from September 30th-October 4th at Time Warner Cable arena in Uptown Charlotte. Be sure to get your tickets HERE!

September 30 at 7pm
October 1 at 7pm
October 2nd at 10:30am and 7pm
October 3rd at 11am, 2:30pm and 6:30pm
October 4th 12:00pm and 4:00pm

As a special treat, I also have something special for my readers. One lucky winner will be selected to win a Family 4 Pack of tickets to Disney on Ice on September 30th at 7:00 pm.
To Enter:

Comment below with the title of your favorite Disney movie. For extra entries share this giveaway on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter. Giveaway ends on September 21st and winners will be notified via email. Once we choose a winner we will give you 24 hrs to respond and then we will go to who's next in line.


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

My PURELL 30 Day Challenge Update!

This post was sponsored by GOJO Industries, the makers of PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

I walk into the boys school and echoes of coughs and nose blowing can be heard at every classroom door.  Then I watch how many things these grade school children touch after blowing their nose.  All I can think to myself is, GERMS, great, he's going to get sick.  But, thanks to PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer we are covered!  The boy has one hanging off his backpack and his lunchbox, we never want him to be without his PURELL Hand Sanitizer throughout the day!

In my previous posts I mentioned we were taking part in the PURELL 30 day challenge.  We have been using PURELL products at least 3 times a day for the last 30 days.  I actually wondered if it was even feasible but with their awesome product line we used it more than we thought!

In the past month we have went back to school, enjoyed campfires (s'mores anyone?), went to playgrounds, and even a wedding on a farm.  PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer has been everywhere along the way.  It's the best option when soap and water just aren't available.  Hand hygiene is one of the most important preventive measures one can take to reduce the spread of illness-causing germs.

Fun Fact: Studies and epidemiological evidence have consistently demonstrated the significant benefits (typically in the range of 20-50% reduction of illness of using PURELL Instant Hand Sanitizer in real-world settings:
  • 14.8 % to 39.9% reduction in upper respiratory-illness symptoms; 20% in total improvement in illness rate; 43% less missed school/work days
  • 20% reduction in absenteeism in a workplace setting
  • 50% reduction in absenteeism in schools
We'd love to know if any of our readers joined us in the PURELL 30 Day Challenge and where you used it this past month! 

You can learn more about the PURELL 30 Day Challenge by following them on Facebook and Twitter.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Fight Back to School Germs with PURELL! #PURELL30 #ad

Back to School!  We just received our teacher assignment and supply list for this year and all of our Open House information.  Two thoughts crossed my mind, first "summer can't possibly be over" and second "here comes cold and flu season".  I can't possibly stretch summer out any more than it already is but thanks to PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer I can start the PURELL 30 Day Challenge with our family and increase our chances of staying healthy and happy this school year! The Challenge just asks for you to use PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer for 30 days.  In fact, a study showed that using PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer three times a day for 30 days can help reduce the risk of getting sick.

A recent study by a research team lead by Dr. Charles Gerba shows that using PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer virtually stops the transfer of germs within a home.

We headed to our favorite place, our local Target to get all we needed for our school supply list.  We were swimming in a list of 48 pencils, tissues, sanitizing wipes, dry erase markers and more.  We made sure to grab our fair share of PURELL products such as, PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer, PURELL Hand Sanitizing Wipes and the PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizing Gel.   I loved how organized the shopping experience was and the employees were so eager to help me find anything that wasn't on the shelf.  Also, their prices are awesome!  I was able to save an extra $9 with Cartwheel and a Back to School coupon!

They even offer smaller, take-along options with the PURELL Advanced Jelly Wraps these are perfect for everyone on your list.  Just think of all the places they could go! 
  • Recess/Gym Class
  • On the field
  • On-the-Go Parents
  • School Bus
  • Cafeteria
  • Play Dates

What are some of your favorite PURELL products?  We will be starting the challenge on Wednesday, August 12, 2015.  I think this will be perfect to form good habits with our son for school and we would love for your family to join us for the #PURELL30.

This post was sponsored by GOJO Industries, the makers of PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer.  The opinions are completely my own based on my own experience. 

Friday, July 31, 2015

World Breastfeeding Week #MyBFStory

World Breastfeeding week starts Saturday August 1st until Friday August 7th.  This World Breastfeeding Week, WABA calls for concerted global action to support women to combine breastfeeding and work. Whether a woman is working in the formal, non-formal or home setting, it is necessary that she is empowered in claiming her and her baby’s right to breastfeed.

Who knows how awesome it is to talk to other moms about breastfeeding?   It's a task, that sometimes, feels like we are all alone in.  So finding others to share your story with is always comforting. This week MAM is hosting an awesome giveaway just for moms who share their breastfeeding story. 

Breastfeeding is natural, beautiful and healthy; what breastfeeding is not is easy for all moms like most of the conversations online would have you believe! MAM believes that we all can benefit from honest, candid dialogue about breastfeeding between real moms so please share your personal story and your advice for new/expectant moms at with #MyBFStory. MAM will choose their three favorite stories to win a $100 gift card!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Annie in Charlotte! {Review}

Leapin’ Lizards! One of the world’s best-loved musicals is back! The timeless story. The classic characters. The unforgettable songs. Featuring the beloved book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.” Don’t wait until tomorrow. Get your tickets today! 

This is a perfect show for those young and old!  I used to dream of seeing Annie on stage when I was little girl.  And being able to see it in person as an adult was quite surreal.  We brought our nine year old son along and he was enamored from the very first second until the curtain call.

The story stays true to the Annie we all know and love.  Annie, a loveable little orphan holds a locket and note, which gives her hope that her parents will come back to claim her. The role is played perfectly by Issie Swickle, who brings such heart to her role. She and the other orphans are under the rule of the mean, Miss Hannigan, played with wicked comedy by Lynn Andrews, a woman caught in the depression without any help, having to take care of little girls, which she loaths. Her character kept the audience laughing hysterically and the children terrified.  Annie is introduced to billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, played by Gilgamesh Taggett, who asks his personal assistant, Grace Farrell, played by Ashley Edler, to find an orphan to join his home Christmas celebration. This show is a feel good play with a simple story of how a positive attitude always wins. The whole cast is wonderful, but little Miss Lilly Mae Stewart, who plays the youngest child in the orphanage, Molly, stole my heart and many others, that's for sure! 

I can't forget to mention the amazing set design.  It was like nothing I'd ever seen before, every scene transported you right into a new place.  The city of New York, the orphanage, Daddy Warbucks house with the beautiful Christmas tree, the White House, etc.  My husband and son were in awe of the awesome sets.  If you haven't gotten your tickets yet be sure to do so, such a wonderful evening for the family!

Check below for our favorite moments in between intermission!

I received complimentary tickets from Blumenthal Performing Arts for me to attend this event. Any opinions expressed are mine and my families, but we're sure you'll agree.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Dirty Dancing in Charlotte! {Review}

DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance, and sensational dancing.

"Nobody puts baby in a corner" "I carried a watermelon?!" "This is my dance space" and these are just a few of the classic lines from this classic movie! Whether you are a dance fan or not, this is a show for everyone. If you love the movie, you won't be disappointed.  They bring the movie to life and even added in some history that was relevant to the time it was in.  I was blown away by the production of it all. The way that they moved from scene to scene with just a few pieces moved, or a screen projection.  The dancing was great and had everyone from young to old, dancing in their seats.

They had a live band set up which took the live music element to a whole other level, which I loved!  I owned the original Dirty Dancing movie soundtrack, so I knew every song word for word and anticipated the next song coming up.  A few of my favorite songs from the movie would play, but there wouldn't be lyrics sung.  That was really the only negative I found with the show.  The biggest shocker was Patrick Swayze's "She's like the wind."  We heard a, maybe, 30 second snip of the song and no singing. 

Be sure to grab your tickets today! 
Performance Schedule

Tue, June 16 at 8:00 PM
Wed, June 18 at 7:30 PM
Thu, June 19 at 7:30 PM
Fri, June 20 at 8:00 PM
Sat, June 21 at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Sun, June 22 at 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM

The star of the night for me wasn't Baby or Johnny but the stunning Elizabeth, played by Jennlee Shallow.  Most of the shows popular songs were song by her.  Her voice reminded me of Jennifer Hudson and I can see that girl on Broadway!  She is quite the powerhouse!

By the time the iconic line, "Nobody puts baby in corner" was said the nostalgia kicked in for all of us and we were swaying back and forth as they started their dance and we were all clapping during the infamous lift!  We were along for the ride and I was definitely having "the time of my life".  The show ended and the cast was greeted with a standing ovation.  We all left, ready to dance the night away!

I received complimentary tickets from Blumenthal Performing Arts for me to attend this event. Any opinions expressed are mine and my families, but we're sure you'll agree.
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