Thursday, July 31, 2014

Publix “Love to Shop Here, Love to Save Here” Event!

Summer is quickly coming to an end for us with just two weeks until my children head back to school. As you can imagine we are trying to savor every last second of our summer together and are enjoying the outdoors as much as possible. One of our favorite things about summer are those tasty barbecues. And with General Mills side dishes I get to prepare delicious potato dishes and more in mere minutes, allowing me to provide the side dishes my family desires without leaving me stuck in the kitchen. Now I can spend more time outside enjoying my kids, the sun, and the great grilled food dad is cooking up! 

Even on those rainy days it's becoming more important to me to spend as much time with my kids as possible. And with simple meals like Hamburger Helper, I can get dinner from the stove to the table in under 30 minutes. You'll even find some newer varieties of Hamburger Helper like Bold Crispy Buffalo Chicken or Crunchy Taco that you can spice up anyway you choose. Try add in fresh ingredients such as shredded cheese or chopped tomatoes for a simple twist.

Publix knows the importance of family time and the value of being able to bring delicious meals to your family every night of the week. So from 7/17 - 8/6 visit your your local Publix® store now to stock up & save on your favorites for a quick & delicious meals your whole family will love during the “Love to Shop Here, Love to Save Here” event!

Be on the lookout for these exclusive in-store savings starting July 17:

In-Store Savings

  • Hamburger Helper and Betty Crocker Potatoes at 10/$10
  • Printable Coupons
  • Save $1 when you buy FOUR any flavor Betty Crocker® Pouch Potatoes
Visit to clip and print your coupons. While supplies last.
  • Save $1 on Hamburger Helper when you buy three boxes any flavor Helper™ Home Cooked Skillet Dishes
Visit to clip and print your coupons. While supplies last.

Diclosure: Product(s) & information provide by platefull co-op to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.

Nenuco and Her Little Sister; Combining Imaginative Play and Sibling Bonding

For six years  my daughter reigned as the baby of the house and only girl of three brothers. Through the years, I couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like for her to be a sister. Would her reaction be different to having a sibling then it was with my boys? Would she be a little mommy? Or would she find herself jealous? And then it happened, I found myself pregnant with my fifth (and final) child. When my daughter heard the new she couldn’t have been any happier and was filled with questions like how do you hold a baby? How and what do babies eat, etc.? I took this as the perfect learning opportunity to teach her more about being a big sister through imaginative play with her favorite dolls.

The Nenuco brand, from parent company Famosa, is a Spanish toy company that has crafted high-quality dolls with engaging & unique features for the past 50 years. Of all the dolls in my daughter’s collection none stand out more to her and I, than her Nenuco Sleep with Me Baby Doll & Cradle and the Nenuco Let's Play School doll and playset! In fact, it was her Sleep with Me Baby Doll that she took care off, slept with each night, and learned to cradle gently as she awaited the arrival of her little brother – yes, another boy! 

The Nenuco lines newest addition includes Nenuco & Her Little Sister, the perfect companions for your little one to learn all about sibling bonding, or as teaching tool for a little one expecting their first sibling. It also proved to be a wonderful set for my daughter who will never have a little sister any other way then in the form of imaginative play.

My daughter already went to work brushing and styling Big Sisters hair in her own way.
Nenuco & Her Little Sister are of the exceptional quality I’ve come to expect from the Nenco line, crafted with perfect details and the little extras. The set includes both big and little sister in complimentary outfits. Standing at about 15.5” in height “big sister” has soft blond hair, pink dress and matching hat. “Little Sister”  portrays more of an infant style doll with pink jumper, small head bow, soft body and even a fresh baby scent! It's also hard not to notice their exquisite blue eyes.

As with all Nenuco dolls, this set has only inspired imagination and creativity in my daughter and has helped her build her amazing big sister skills even further.

Buy It: Purchase Nenuco & Her Little Sister for the SRP of $26.99 at and

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Disclosure: Product(s) recived to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own and were in no way influenced.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Back-to-School with Umi Shoes (Review & Giveaway)

Can you believe we’re talking back-to-school already?! It seems like the summer just flew right on by and here at my house we are in full on back to school mode, in search of the latest fashions, school supplies and of course durable footwear. For my daughter fashionable footwear is as important to her as quality footwear is for me. I love fun styles, but if they are only going to last her a month it just isn’t worth it. Keeping us both happy this school year and beyond is Umi Shoes.

Umi  Shoes #Giveaway
I am an Umi Shoes Certified Reviewer. Product(s) recived to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own and were in no way influenced. As always, your opinion may differ.

Trusted Comfort and Style

With Umi Shoes, I know that each shoe is handcrafted with the active child in mind for comfort and fit. Not only that, but feet with Umi styles are healthier feet because the company handcrafts its shoes not only to fit, but fit correctly with growth in mind. And, of course, Umi has just launched their new spring collection so there are even more fun, durable styles to choose from! This year for pairing with her uniform skirts we were looking for a sensible penny loafer with a little flair, exactly what you get from the Moraine.

Umi Shoes for kids #giveaway

Featuring leather uppers and lining

A little bit of dress with a whole lot of play. Nothing will hold your little fashionista back in the Moraine. With loads of colors and textures available she’ll look stylish, but more importantly be able to behave like a child; running and jumping in comfort with durable outsoles, a hook-and-loop strap closure and plush removable insoles, engineered with UmiCloud™ Technology memory foam, to keep feet comfortable all day long. 


What I love must about Umi Shoes are their flexible yet sturdy soles that can with stand all that my daughter can dish out. Whether she is walking to class or hitting the playground at full force, I know her feet are secure in her Umi’s and unlike other shoes we’ve purchased in the past, I don’t have to worry about her taking a tumble due to slippery bottoms. 

Umi doesn’t just represent cute shoes, their shoes are ones in which your little one can explore in. From a day at the park to a trip to Grandma’s, with Umi shoe’s feet are always secure, stylish, and ready for action! Umi Shoes are made with children in-mind!

Buy It: Find the Moraine at for $65.00

Win It: Find your child’s perfect Umi look this fall! Enter to win a $60 Umi Shoes gift card!

Monday, July 28, 2014

LEGO® Ninjago™ the videogame is back on Nintendo 3DS and Playstation Vita #Giveaway

Are you ready? The highly popular LEGO® Ninjago™ videogame franchise is back with awseome action an adventure coming to Nintendo 3DS and Playstation Vita July 29th!
Based on the first five new episodes of the animated TV series, “LEGO Ninjago Rebooted,” players will battle and defend the New Ninjago City where the Ninjas face a technological threat by the evil Overlord and his robotic army of Nindroids. Using swift combo attacks, unique fighting moves, special weapons and new vehicles, the Ninjas must fight with all their might to save Ninjago.

Game features:
  • Be a true Spinjitsu Master! Play as your favorite Ninja and battle enemies with combo moves and attacks including punch, kick, jump, throw and Spinjitsu.
  • Use your new Technoblades to hack into computers, solve puzzles and play mini games.
  • Navigate New Ninjago City by playing as giant mechs and shoot enemies with cool vehicles such as Kai Fighter, Ninjacopter, Thunder Raider, Earth Mech and more.
  • Hang out at the Hub in New Ninjago City and partake in a variety of fun activities. Hang out with the characters of Ninjago, use your Gold Bricks to build a special surprise, or prove yourself in Grand Sensei Dareth's Dojo.
  • Play more than 30 action-packed levels and automatically play as multiple characters when reaching certain points.
Win it

Who's your favorite? Is it a hero or a villain!? Check out this fun infograph and tell me who your favorite is for a chance to  win a copy of  the new LEGO® Ninjago™ Nindroids game on Nintendo® 3DS! videogame!!

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

RIO Rainbow: RIO 2 debuts on 3D Blu-ray! (Giveaway + Printables) #Rio2Insiders @FHEInsiders

Rio 2 is flying to DVD and Blu-ray on July 15th! 

Get ready to shake your tail feathers! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment takes you deep into the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest for the most fun you’ll have all summer, as RIO 2 debuts on 3D Blu-ray, on July 15th. In order to prepare you for this burst of color, and all these crazy characters, we have compiled a list that we like to call: The Rio Rainbow! Here we’ll take you through all of the colors of the rainbow with a character for each color of ROY G BIV! Perfect for your little ones to learn their colors and have fun at the same time! 

 Red: Pedro: Pedro keeps up laughing the entire film. From his antics with Nico, to his constant entertainment efforts, he always steals the show! 

Orange: Rafael: The toucan with the orange beak! He seems to always be the voice of reason for the group, but this guy knows how to go with the flow.

Yellow: Nico: The littlest bird, with the biggest voice!

Green: They are in the Amazon. You do the math. Trees!

Blue: This one is going to be really tricky… but, all the Blue Macaws!

Purple: Gabi, the so-called “poisonous” frog that loves to chat about her undying love for Nigel.

Fun for the whole family Rio 2 is a not to miss hit! Please enjoy these fun activity sheets including a bookmark perfect for back-to-school.

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Buy It: Find Rio 2 where videos are sold as of July 15th. And available exclusively at Best Buy stores find the Rio 2 Lunch Box (SRP $9.99) a must have this back to school season!!

Win It: One lucky reader will win a copy of Rio 2 on blu-ray/DVD