Thursday, April 17, 2014

Netflix Giveaway: #tbt 90's style!

Recently, my five year old son asked me what I used to watch when I was a little girl. I think he expected me to list off all the shows he watches on Disney Junior and Nickelodeon; Octonauts, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Team Umi Zoomi, etc. When he heard show names like Jem, The Smurfs, Care Bears, Strawberry ShortcakeFull House and Saved by the Bell, he gave me the Arnold look from Different Strokes and I half expected him to say, "What chu talkin' about, Willis?!"

Naturally, he asked if he could watch some of those shows on our television now, to see what they're like.  At first, I told him they were no longer on TV, but then I realized that Netflix had just debuted numerous children and family shows from the 80's and 90's so I quickly began my Netflix streaming in order to give him a little 80's and 90's television education.  While he was not at all impressed by Jem or Strawberry Shortcake (he asked me to switch it to something else almost immediately) he did LOVE Full House.  He laughed at the busy-body neighbor Kimmy Gibler, and practically cried at a couple of the jokes that baby Michelle delivered, including her ever popular imitation of Uncle Jesse, "Have Mercy!"  He loved it so much that he's been requesting Full House episodes as his after-school show of choice!  I have to admit that makes me happy.  I find it so much better than the real-person shows that some of the children's TV networks are airing, where the characters all have way too much makeup on and look about 8 years older than the age they are portraying, as a result.

We're all guilty of posting a #tbt (throwback Thursday) picture or two on Instagram or Facebook every now and then, right?  To celebrate this fine Throwback Thursday, here's a picture of my Saved-by-the-Bell-loving days.  Perhaps I loved that show because it was so much like me and my friends; minus the I'm-so-excited-Jesse-Spano episode where she goes off the deep end a little bit! HA!

And to continue the #tbt love, Netflix would like to give one of my lucky readers a three-month subscription so you can check out all the amazing new content available for instant streaming.  Who knows, you might get your kids hooked on all those awesome shows we used to watch!  To enter the giveaway, just use the Rafflecopter widget below:

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Happy Thursday friends!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The March Crush List: Things I Love Right Now

In an effort to bring something new to the blog, I'll be sharing a few of my favorite things every month. No, I'm not pretending to be Oprah {because, hello!  I can't give cars away!}, but I'm simply letting you know of what things are currently on my list of favorites, what's making my life easier, or what I feel YOU would love, as well. So here we go...cue "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music!

If you have ever had long hair you know what a drag it can be to brush your hair after you wash it.  No matter how much conditioner you use, brushing can be a nightmare.  Well not any more ladies!  This brush is seriously AMAZING! It does not pull your hair and detangling is super fast, easy and pain free.  Check your local beauty salon for The Wet Brush, or buy it on Amazon for about $9.00

I recently went to the Women Get Social Conference in San Diego.  On the drive down with my roommate Megan, of Mamabub, she was playing this station on Pandora.  OMG!  I am hooked!  I'd actually call it OBSESSED.  If you are one of those sing-out-loud-I-don't-give-a-crap kind of people, then you need to hear this station!  Every. Single. Song is perfect!!!  I never even hit the thumbs down icon on this station; every song is that good.  My co-workers are glad to hear a new station, since the Miranda Lambert Pandora station had been playing none stop for MONTHS.  Yes.....months.  Now they're glad to hear me sing non-country songs.  {Yes, I sing at work.  I have no shame}.  If you are a Pandora listener, try this station.  You can thank me later! 

These earrings make my heart flutter when I see them.  You know that feeling when you see a perfect accessory for your wardrobe and you think, "I MUST have this for that one outfit that......."  Well, these are those earrings for me.  They go with everything. I particularly love the Elle earrings, because they're the perfect size for every day, but their new Alex and Alexandra earrings also have my heart.  And the new colors that have come out couldn't be more perfect for Spring and Summer.  They're bright and neon!  If you're that person that's afraid of wearing color, splashing color by way of gorgeous earrings is the way to get around that.  Trust me.  They're gorgeous!  Now if only I could get another pair for Mother's Day!  {someone tell my husband!}

As a runner, it's important to have clothes that are comfortable, lightweight and fit properly.  A while back I decided to try the activewear at Forever 21, because I just can't find the logic behind paying $40+ for pants or tops that I'm going to sweat in.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that the activewear at Forever 21 had all the requirements I look for in exercise clothes.  Their pants do not slip down at the waist, like many exercise pants tend to do on me.  And the tops are lightweight and of a breathable material.  While these clothes are not the kind I'd wear in a half marathon, they are perfect for my training days.  If you need inexpensive workout clothes that fit right and don't have you tugging at them throughout your workout, then try these.

People have always asked me how I keep my hair looking so healthy {keyword here is LOOKING healthy, because it's definitely processed).  My answer always is that I do not wash it every day.  Depending on how it's looking, I wash every two to three days.  Now, before you make a face, you should know that I can't get away with this, without using something to take that greasy look out.  For me, that product comes in a $2.74 bottle of Suave Dry Shampoo.  It takes that greasy look away from the roots, then I spray it all over so it gives it a nice scent.  For $2.74, you can't beat the efficiency of this product.  

So what do you think?  Have you tried any of the things on this month's Crush List?  What's on your favorite things list this month?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Netflix: It's a Verb and It's Also My Best Friend

*This post is sponsored by Netflix, however, all opinions are my own.*

As a parent, there are times when you need time of your own, time to complete unfinished work or time to hear silence after a really long day.  Ideally, having my kids go outside to play would work, however, lately, that ends in tears five minutes later and at least one kid in time out.

Recently, we've found that allowing each one of our boys to pick a show or movie on Netflix helps to settle them down, allows me and my husband to get things done in the house and on good nights, even allows us to have an uninterrupted conversation during a dinner out with our family.  Yes, we are sometimes those parents; the ones that hand their kids their phones in hopes of getting them to quiet down while in public, if only for just a few minutes.  You can imagine my excitement, then, when Netflix asked me to become part of their #StreamTeam and #NetflixKids partnership; a group of bloggers that uses Netflix with their families on a regular basis.  Well.....((raises hand)) that's us!  We Netflix via iPad, laptop and iPhone! {And yes, I just used Netflix as a verb.}  Just last afternoon, I sent my boys to watch Netflix on the iPad (Special Agent Oso was the show of choice) while I cleaned the house!  Brilliant!

With Netflix's newly added shows and movies for kids, I know my boys will be entertained and the content will be appropriate for them; especially since I set parental controls on my account so as to avoid them "stumbling" on anything they shouldn't be watching.  Yes, you can set parental controls!  Amazing!  Netflix has also added new content for adults, too.  There's a few new shows on there that are Netflix-only shows, like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black.  Basically, Netflix has revamped their content and is now streaming amazing content for adults, while also providing a new selection for children.  It's a win-win!  Now, excuse me while I go pour myself some wine and start watching House of Cards.  {OK, maybe my boys win....I'm really watching Special Agent Oso. Whatever!}

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Whimsy & Wise Party: Little Slugger Baseball Birthday Bonanza

A long time ago {I won't tell you how long, because it's embarrassing!}, I helped my best friend Jennifer throw a fun baseball themed birthday party for her little boy, Brixton.  Their family are huge baseball fans.  Actually, they are huge Dodgers fans.  I don't know how or why, but despite her baseball allegiance, this Angels girl still loves that Dodgers fan.  It's inevitable!

Jennifer asked for my help styling the "Concession Stand." She bought the majority of her props and decor at Hobby Lobby (can you believe I have yet to ever walk in to one of those?!), she got some of the concessions items at Smart & Final and we tried to get inexpensive items to decorate the table itself.  She also borrowed my galvanized buckets that I used at my son's Cowboy Party, and she used them for peanuts at the center of the tables.  Kids were able to take home Big League Chew, Cracker Jacks, cotton candy, while enjoying little Cokes during the party.  The best part of this event was that guests were asked to get in on the fun.  We were all asked to wear our favorite team's colors or jerseys.  Naturally, I brought my Angels gear!

I had a great time styling the Concession Stand.  I loved the fact that Jennifer,  her parents and brother were so involved in planning the event.  It made the party even that more special!

So, what do you think?  Did we strike out or hit a home run?!

Birthday banner courtesy of: Whimsy & Wise (me!)

Cake Pops by: Cake Pops by Janine

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Cowabunga Dude! It's a TMNT Birthday Party!

I'm a little embarrassed to tell you about this small 5th birthday party I had for my son. You see, it was so long ago that he is now closer to turning 6! So why don't I just move and tell you what I did to make his party Turtle-y Awesome!

The party, at the request of my husband, was more down-scaled, in order to save us all from the displeasure of putting up with me in the weeks leading up to the party (I'll leave that for another post.).  My son, also requested a party at "one of the jumpy places", which I think my husband and I both were thankful for.  Despite the party being at a public location, I still wanted his love of the Ninja Turtles to really be evident.  My emphasis was on the centerpieces, which I made myself, and on the balloons and banner, which I ordered from etsy shop: A Pretty Little Party.  The food was pizza, since it had to go with the theme, and I got a cake and cupcakes from Cynthia's Cakes.  The cake pops were from Cake Pops by Janine.  You can tell by his reaction when he walked into the room, that the party was a success!

For the centerpieces, I wanted to make something cost-effective, but still tying in with the theme.  These were SO easy to make!  If I could make them, you could make them!  Here is what you will need for ONE centerpiece:
  • (1) terracotta pot
  • Black Terracotta paint
  • (2) Small sponge brushes to paint the pot and foam ball
  • round styrofoam balls (4-pack available at Michael's)
  • green paint for styrofoam
  • (1) dowel
  • Ribbon in the color of your choice for foam ball and pot
  • (2) small wiggly eyes
  • Hot glue gun

When you have all your supplies, you'll want to paint the pot first.  If you use black, one coat will do.  Put that aside and let dry.  Next, stick the dowel in the foam ball and start painting the TMNT head green.  Place the foam ball, still on the dowel, in a vase, or in the pot, if it's already dry. These craft paints are quick-drying.  With your hot glue gun, glue the ribbon around the top (or bottom) of the pot.  For the mask of the TMNT, pre-measure a long strand of ribbon, hot glue it around the foam ball, then tie a double knot to make it look like it was just loosely tied around the ball.  Dab two drops of glue on the ribbon, and place your two wiggly eyes on.

To make the dowel stay without moving, you might want to buy one of those floral foam blocks (find at the Dollar Tree).  You can cut it to the right size, using a knife then place in the pot.  Cover the floral foam with shredded paper or even gift tissue paper.  Place whatever you'd like in the pot, or leave as is.

Voila! A TMNT Centerpiece!
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