Jamberry Nails Black Friday Deals through Cyber Monday!

As your favorite Jamberry Consultant I’m happy to announce this year’s Black Friday deals!

Jamberry is bringing back 12 Sister’s Style Exclusives from the last year and they will be available Black Friday through Cyber Monday! You heard me right, your favorite styles that you thought were gone forever, are back for a limited time starting Friday, November 28 at 12:01 a.m. through Monday, December 1 at 11:59 p.m. MDT

And YES! These wraps are eligible for the Buy 3 Get 1 Free offer!

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There is also a Special Black Friday wrap when you spend $50 or more!

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Remember to get your orders in by December 10th for US and December 1st for Canada to ensure Christmas delivery!

 

Most importantly, a portion of the proceeds from each of the 12 Sister’s Style Exclusives will be donated to the Salvation Army to help provide holiday gifts for children. Proceeds for U.S. buyers will go to the Salvation Army in the U.S and Canadian buyers’ proceeds will go to the Salvation Army in Canada. 

 

Get them quick while there is still time!!

 

Which Sister Style Exclusive is your favorite??

Lunch Ideas for Beck’s Chicken Allergy

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Beck’s chicken allergy has been a tough one because we ate A LOT of chicken pre-diagnosis and we had to quickly change our eating habits. It’s been particularly tough with daycare because chicken is always on the menu at some point during the week. So we are always looking for easy substitutes.

  • Lunch meat is an obvious and Beck loves his turkey and ham (we just tried Hillshire Farm Naturals – no preservatives or artificial flavors = win!).
  • Beck loves plain tuna. It’s an easy lunch alternative to chicken salad.
  • Veggie burgers (we love black bean burgers!) are great for days they serve chicken patties or chicken nuggets which let’s be honest is quite often.

Same goes for dinner. We keep these staples on hand for days we eat our chicken dinners. Easy peasy substitutey.

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And thanks to Hillshire Farm for sending us some sample of their new Naturals line. The only thing missing is the stuff that you don’t want your kids eating! Love the flavors – especially the ham. Check them out!

Living with Toddler Allergies: the Blowout

A few months ago I was alerted by my son’s daycare teachers that he had a massive blowout. When I picked him up, I found him in an outfit that wsn’t exactly expected. Pink. Ruffles. Bright colored tucan animal on the front. B looked like a girl.

Don’t worry, I shortly restocked his clothing awaiting the next blowout — I didn’t expect it would be that week though. This went on for about a month. Three weeks after the blowout episodes started, he broke out in hives all over. The odd thing was he hadn’t eaten anything new or come into contact with anything new. After speaking to the pediatrician we were referred to an allergist and B was tested using the scratch test.

My toddler had some odd allergies. Chicken. Egg. Milk. Oats. This made everything fall into place. He had been allergic to milk and eggs since he was a wee little baby, but we thought he outgrew it. He had chicken nuggets right before the hives. Oats? Yeah. No idea there.

I used to fly by the seat of my pants for meals, now I’m a planner and a connoisseur (woah. just kidding) on allergen substitutes when it comes to the daycare’s menu.

The first step: Stop serving milk and switch to soy-product dairy substitutes like this here Silk Yogurt.

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Our #Disneyside @Home Celebration

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. The products received were given to me for free, the party and the fun were all real!

A few weeks ago we recieved the best package since Christmas: our #Disneyside @Home Celebration kit!

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Inside the box was a suitcase from American Tourister which held all of the goodies I used to help me throw my party, plates, cups, napkins, cookie cutters, decorations and more!

Today we put it all to good use, and the result was a super fun Mickey-ful celebration!

Our party had five toddlers and their moms, mostly my friends from work at the daycare and school. We had good food and crafts for the kids. They filled the rest of the time playing with all of B’s toys he never plays with and watching Disney Junior. This was the first party B’s had with friends (his first birthday was family only) and there wasn’t any fighting! We all had so much fun and I can’t wait to have another Disney Side Celebration!

 

I made Mickey pizza bites (tutorial coming soon) so I could say I didn’t *only* jack the kids up on sugar.

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I found this great tutorial to make a treasure map cupcakes here. I didn’t include all of the candy in the tutorial this time, but you can certainly go all out!

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We had a fun craft with our Hanes t-shirts. Instead of coloring, we made the shirt decorating toddler-friendly by making stamps out of sponges and letting them stamp their own Mickeys!

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The decorations even provided a lot of excitement with the kids!

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Also in our kit were some face-painting tutorials, but since we were dealing with one to three year olds who don’t sit still for long, we opted for tattoos. These kids got all inked up!

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You can host your own #DisneySide Celebration in your home too! You can find party recipes, themes, and more ideas here! Your Disney Side celebration doesn’t have to be a party (although it will certainly feel like one). It could be a play date, girls (or boys) night in, sleepover, etc. All you have to do is add a little bit of Disney magic and you’re sure to be the host with the most!

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

 

 

 

The day I decided to train for a half-marathon

I haven’t been myself lately. I think back to the times that I was happy and felt fulfilled; I exercised daily, ate relatively well, and spent a lot of quality time with my friends. These days, I wake up at 6:30  in the morning with a baby, and go to bed at 8:00 at night with a baby and not much in between that does’t deal with baby.

It’s probably not much of a surprise to you, if you have kids, that it’s hard to do something for yourself on a daily basis. I was juggling two jobs, school, and baby as well as day-to-day “what-will-we-eat-tonight-and-have-I-brushed-my-teeth” stresses. I don’t workout anymore, and the only reason I weigh less than I did before I was pregnant is stress. Straight up stress.

I needed something for me. Something healthy, an attainable goal, and something fun! I have always wanted to run a marathon, or 10K. Ok. let’s be real. a 5K was really going to be the goal there. My friends were runners and I was…well let’s say I walked most of the mile in high school. This might not surprise you either, but I love Disney, and I love Disney Princesses. When I learned about their Disney Princess Half Marathon, I literally went on a high of running or pretending I was a runner (after a mental freak out.) I never committed.

The other night, I decided I’m committing to training to run the Disney Princess Half Marathon. My goal date is in 2015 (that’s the attainable and reasonable goal part.)

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Following this post here will be a sequence of New Year, New You posts. I don’t feel like me, and I have a feeling 2013 may have put you in the dumps as well. Let’s get out of it! I have a feeling 2014 will be “our year,” our comeback year.

I’m not saying run the half-marathon with me, but I’d love to see you at the finish line!

What are some of your New Years resolutions for 2014?

photo courtesy of  Disney Sports media site.

He got it from his mama

When I was younger, I used to go out on the swings in our backyard. I would spend hours there. It was my serenity. I could swing, and swing, and swing and just escape. I spent a lot of time day dreaming like the 10-year-old I was about marrying a prince. A modern day Cinderella. Totally realistic, right?

The other day, we decided to take B to the neighborhood playground and swing. His first time in a real swing, not just the ones used to rock infants to sleep. He loved it. Just like his mommy.

Muppets Most Wanted teaser trailer #MuppetsMostWanted

They’re back! And this time they are touring the globe getting in to all kinds of shenanigans. They are joined by Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell (love him from Modern Family) and Miss Bossy Pants herself, Tina Fey. The movie releases on March 21, 2014.

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I’m so excited to share with you this teaser trailer — enjoy!

 

Starring Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey, Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour where they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper.

Like The Muppets on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Muppets

 

Follow The Muppets on Twitter:@MuppetsStudio

 

Follow Miss Piggy on Twitter: @RealMissPiggy

Thor: The Dark World New poster and Trailer release #ThorDarkWorld

I feel like the Avengers left me wanting more, in a good way. Some of my favorite go-to action movies include some of the Avengers themselves in their own roles, especially Thor.

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November is my favorite movie month. Holidays mean blockbusters. Guess what folks, Thor: The Dark World comes out on November 8.

Also, I missed Jane.

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Like THOR on Facebook: Facebook.com/Thor

Follow THOR on Twitter: Twitter.com/ThorMovies

 

{Toddler Fashion} Back to school with Jake

It’s that time of the year again! Before you send off your little guys to school, you may be doing some “back-to-school” shopping.
When it comes to picking out your toddler’s clothes, it may be hard to lend them all control.
Here’s an idea that’s sure to get them dressed in more than their pajamas. Just tell them it’s what Jake himself wears. Plus, how awesome will they look with their matching Jake and the Neverland Pirates backpack? They’ll certainly  have their friends shouting “Yo Ho Ho!”

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A day in the life: 7 months

Someone must have hit fast forward. Another month has gone by! My baby is now 7 months old. Not much has changed in the past month in terms of routine, although he sleeps in a little longer. Now I only have to get up at 7 instead of 6!

He has made many attempts to crawl, but one his toosh gets off of the floor and he has to put his knee down, he either face plants or backs off. This is how he has managed to scoot all the way across the floor, meaning the child proofing actually has to begin. He has already managed to turn the Xbox on and off several times.

Another new thing he can do is pull up using your hands: meaning if you just hold his hands and don’t pull him up, he will pull up to his feet. It’s his favorite thing to do. He asks to do it a lot.

Because of his new found mobility he is getting into all kinds of mischief, putting shoes and cords in his mouth, grabbing at the dog and cat, and even trying to get in the dog crate. See, time to baby proof.

Since B has started daycare (since day 1) his nose has run like a river. He has a bad cough, and has gotten an ear infection, which we had to switch antibiotics because amoxicillin didn’t fix  it completely. Despite being sick he still is happy as can be and sleeps all night.

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Bebe Stats:

Age: 7 months

Weight: 16.6 pounds

Length:  27 inches

Sleep: all night with the exception of our sick nights :(

Feeding: B has made the switch to formula. He gets 6 0z. when he wakes up, 3 bottles while he is at daycare, and then 2 more before bedtime. He gets 3 snacks throughout the day. We have started meats, and he seems to like them! Lately we have been having a difficult time getting him to eat dinner. B is also allowed to get a couple of ounces of juice with water each day to help with his drainage from the ear infection. No success getting him to drink it yet.

Favorites: His table top toy that is propped on only 2 legs. He also really likes Thomas the Tank Engine (I guess he takes after his Uncle D.) He  LOVES the water and going swimming, but only if Mom is holding him or his feet can touch the bottom. That’s my safety cautious boy!

Firsts: B can scoot on his bum and and will pull up when holding your hands. He went to his first cookout on July 4th. He had his first taste of juice on July 5th.

Medical: B has an ear infection in both ears. What started out as one, never ffully recovered with the ffirst antibiotic. Now he is on a stronger one or both ears. Luckily for me, when he doesn’t feel well, he just wants to sit on my lap and watch a movie.

Development: B is starting to crawl! He tries so hard, but sometimes he face plants. That’s OK, though, because Mom is right there to pick him up and kiss him and tell him it is OK. When you hold his hands he can pull himself up and stand! He even tries to walk. He loves going to daycare, where they do crafts (I’ll be sure to post them when I get them back) and he plays with the kids. B also holds his own bottle! We are working on using a sippy cup now.