Crystal Light Teams up with Miranda Lambert

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for CRYSTAL LIGHT. I received a gift card to purchase CRYSTAL LIGHT products to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

I love a big glass of refreshing CRYSTAL LIGHT lemonade!

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My family and I enjoy drinking it frequently, especially like the single serve packets that you add to a water bottle.  We get the pitcher packs sometimes, but the drink packets we use all the time.  When ever we go to a park or an event like the State Fair we take water bottles and CRYSTAL LIGHT lemonade packets.  When we finish a bottle off we can refill it at a water fountain and add another packet of drink mix to the new bottle. This helps us stay hydrated without spending a lot buying drinks, and saves a bunch of money.

Now Miranda Lambert has teamed up with CRYSTAL LIGHT to provide fun rewards to loyal customers through the The Platinum Points Program, which goes along with Miranda Lambert’s Platinum Tour.  When you buy CRYSTAL LIGHT products at Walmart you can take a picture of the receipt and earn point that you can redeem for Miranda Lambert gear, like exclusive song download, t-shirts, mugs and CDs.Continue Reading

Easy Halloween Crafts

Looking for some last minute craft ideas for Halloween? Here are some easy crafts for kids!

Easy Halloween Crafts

Halloween is one of those holidays that always seems to get kids very excited and worked up.  Having an easy craft for kids to do is a good way to distract them from the last minute anticipation and keep them busy.  These crafts take simple supplies that you probably have around the house already, like q-tips, toilet paper tubes and craft sticks.  Just click on a picture to get all the instructions and start crafting.Continue Reading

Orange Fanta Trifle for Halloween

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Halloween is just a few days away!  My teens are making final plans for costumes, and have decided that they want to be Zombies this year, with lots of fake blood and gruesome wounds.  I am making a few last minute recipes, because we have a few Halloween parties coming up and we can’t show up without goodies!  I love the idea of making a cake using Fanta for Halloween, and in this recipe I made an Orange Fanta Trifle by layering Fanta cake with orange mousse for a tasty Halloween dessert.

Fanta Trifle - Fanta Cake layered with orange mousse, mandarin oranges and whipped cream #SpookySnacks #shop

People have been using Fanta in cakes for years, because the bubbles in the soda keep the cake fluffy and moist, and the bright orange soda is perfect for Halloween.  So I headed to Walmart to buy some Fanta for this recipe, and as a treat for my teens.Continue Reading

Big Hero 6 Printable Activity Sheets

I love the activity sheets Disney puts out for its movies, because it is such a great way to encourage learning and family fun. Here are the latest activity sheets for Big Hero 6, which will be in theaters everywhere next Friday, November 11th!

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Big Hero 6 is a comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax, a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada. Along with a band of Hiro’s friends they try to save the city of San Fransokyo from disaster. This looks like a fun action packed movie!

The activity sheets include a book of recipes, science experiments, and, just in time for Halloween, even directions for making a Baymax pumpkin! Click on the picture below to download a free printable pdf file for each activity.Continue Reading

Dawn Beyond the Sink – Laundry Pre-Treating with Giveaway

This post is sponsored by the Double Duty Divas. All opinions are my own.

I love when I find out that something I use everyday is even more versatile than I realized! Dawn dish soap is wonderful at keeping my kitchen sparkling clean, and I used it for washing dishes all the time. But I was recently asked to put Dawn to the test beyond the sink, and see how it works for cleaning other greasy messes around the house. I used Dawn as a laundry pre-treater, and was impressed with how well it cleaned up tough stains.

Dawn vs BBQ Sauce #DawnBeyondtheSink - Dawn takes on tough laundry stainsMy 15 year old son has no problem creating laundry that needs pre-treating. Grass stains from sports, grease stains from the lawn mower, and food stains from dinner are just normal around here. My son loves barbequed chicken, and last week his enthusiasm for his favorite dish ended up leaving BBQ sauce on his shirt. And not one of his grungy t-shirts either, no he managed to stain one of his dressier collared polo shirts.Continue Reading

Fall Beauty Tips

This post is sponsored by Global Influence.  All opinions are my own.

Fall is coming, and cold weather means new beauty routines are needed to beat the cold weather.  When the weather gets colder keep these tips in mind to make sure you look and feel your best.

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Don’t wait until your skin starts to get dry before using moisturizer. Depending on how cold and windy your climate is you might need to switch to a heavier moisturizing cream for the cold weather.  And just because it the weather is cooler you still have to think about sunscreen. I like to use a moisturizer that has sunscreen in it, so I can just use one product.  Eye cream at night is also very important in the fall, and using it regularly can reduce lines and wrinkles.Continue Reading

LifeStraw Go Review and Giveaway

The LifeStraw® Go and information have been provided by Vestergaard. All opinions are my own.

When you exploring nature or camping having reliable, clean drinking water is important!   We enjoy going on family hikes, and my son goes camping all the time with his Scout troop, so we know the importance of taking water along with us on outings.  I recently had the chance to review the LifeStraw Go, a filtered water bottle that allows you to have clean drinking water on the go.

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The bottle is easy to use and looks just like a regular water bottle, but it filters down to .2 microns, which removes 99.9999% of bacteria! And it does this filtering without chemicals, so there is no after taste in the water.  It has a handy carbiner, perfect for attaching to a backpack.  This would be so helpful for long camping trips, because carrying lots of water is a pain, especially when you are hiking.  Being able to safely fill a water bottle from a stream is a huge help!  Even around the house it makes our hard water taste much better.Continue Reading

2 Broke Girls Season 3

Disclosure: I received product to review, all opinions are my own.

The 3rd season of 2 Broke Girls is now available on DVD and Digital HD!  Here is the synopsis of the latest season:

Season 3 serves up sweet surprises for two of Brooklyn’s hottest waitresses, Max (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs), who continue to dish up sarcasm and smarts.  They’ve got a new cupcake business at the diner’s back walk-up window, and Caroline and Max negotiate a work-study program at the Manhattan School of Pastry: Caroline works in the office so Max can study professional baking.  Plus, love – and the aroma of freshly cooked tarts – is in the air!

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Cyclops Pretzel Rods

Chocolate covered pretzels are the perfect combination of sweet and salty!  To celebrate Halloween I topped off some pretzel rods with eyeball gumballs for cute and creepy Cyclops Pretzels.

Cyclops Pretzel Rods - Sweet & Salty Halloween Treat

One of my favorite things about Halloween is all the weird and creepy desserts!  It is just fun to make treats around a theme. especially when a theme involves monsters, blood and other scary thing.  My son is reading the ancient Greek epic The Odyssey in his literature studies this year, and one of the most famous stories in that poem features the one eyed Cyclops, Polyphemus.  So it just seemed to make sense to make a Cyclops treat this Halloween.  I am sure this is not exactly how Homer pictured the monster 2800 years ago, but it works for us!Continue Reading

Middlebury Interactive Languages Review

I recently had the chance to review a high school language program from Middlebury Interactive Languages and I thought it was an excellent way for a student to learn a foreign language.

Middlebury Interactive Languages ReviewForeign language has always been the most difficult subject for me to cover in homeschooling, and I have tried many different things over the years.  Before this review started my 10th grade son had been doing French for two years, and during that time we had managed to (poorly) cover the material in a standard French I high school class.  So I jumped at the chance to review one of the Middlebury French Courses.

Middlebury has a quite a few classes available for children in grades K-12 in four different languages, Spanish, French, Chinese and German.  At the high school level the French offerings include standard High School French at Levesl I, II, and III, French I and II at a Fluency level, and AP French.   The fluency classes are designed to have more of a discovery based approach than the standard classes. I received the first semester of Standard High School French II for my son.

High School level courses cost $119 per semester for independent learning and an additional $175 per semester with a teacher.  The teacher provides support and feedback on speaking and writing assignments.  We did not receive the teacher support.Continue Reading