Cozy Day (Giveaway)

Oh how I have been longing for a cozy day!! Life has been a little crazy, as I am sure most of your can relate…we had school concerts & carols, cookie exchange, decorations & gifts to be purchased, news segment opportunities, Christmas parties & gatherings, touching volunteering experiences, etc. on top of all the everyday obligations & responsibilities.  What helped me get through some of those events, especially those long days when I was running low on patience, was the thought of a relaxing and cozy day!! So here it is….I am finally experiencing that cozy day!! My inspiration for sharing my must-haves for this cozy day, Parachute Home, a newer company that specializes in providing the finest quality bedding at an affordable price. After checking out some of their cozy items I wanted to share mine as well!”

My must-haves is a symphony for the senses that help to comfort the body and warm the heart & soul. They include…

My favorite Pandora channel this time of year, Ray Charles Christmas, quietly playing in the background. The Christmas tree lights are on and the scent of cinnamon lingers in the room from the scented pinecones on the mantel.

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The scent of cinnamon is only interrupted by the amazing aroma of Starbuck’s Christmas brew coffee warming my hands in my favorite coffee mug!

 

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Christmas cards displayed on the wall of all the amazing people in our lives, all the friends and families….it warm my heart for they are our true blessings and gifts!

 

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And the final and most important component of this symphony for the senses, that truly makes this cozy day is the view; my soul is overjoyed by the view from my couch.

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My gift to you this Christmas is that you may experience a similar cozy day! And to help you in the process I am giving away a $25 gift card to Starbucks to one follower.

To enter the giveaway:

1-Follow Mom on the go in Holy Toledo on Facebook

2-Follow Parachute Home on Facebook 

3-Follow @mamaof3onthego on Twitter

4-Follow Parachute Home on Twitter 

5-Reply with ONE comment saying you completed 1-4 and share a must-have for a cozy day.

 

Winner will be randomly selected Dec. 29th @ 11:59pm, winner will be posted to Facebook page. If winner doesn’t come forward and personal message address in a 24 hour period a new winner will be randomly selected.

Homegating (Video Clip)

Having friends & family over to watch the big game? Feeling overwhelmed?  Have limited time to clean the house, purchase food, prepare food, cook food, etc. Here are some great tips to help alleviate any pressure so you can enjoy your homegating party!!

 

 

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Vegetable Chili Con Queso
Ingredients
1 15 ounce can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
115 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
115 ounce can chili beans with chili gravy, do not drained
110 ounce can chopped tomatoes and green chile peppers, do not drained
1 1/4 cups chopped zucchini (1 medium)
1 1/4 cups chopped yellow summer squash
1 cup chopped onion (1 large)
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 teaspoons chili powder
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups shredded Colby and Monterey Jack cheese (12 ounces)

Directions: Mix all ingredients together place in crock pot and heat for 4-6 hours

 

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Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway!!

Moms can be the trickiest people to buy a gift for; they give so much to others and rarely ask for anything in return. They hardly ever make a fuss over themselves, which can make buying a gift for them rather difficult. Not this year! This year we have collated a list of products that mom is sure to love! For a complete list and description of items click here.

And now for the giveaway!!

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One lucky follower will receive this AWESOME giveaway (Retails over $120!!) that includes:

Sachi Small Tote with Cool Gem Set- a cute insulated daily tote perfect for carrying your lunch and 2 Sachi cool gems to help your food stay cool longer. Insulated tote has a easy to clean leak proof lining, Cool Gems are food safe non toxic cold pack to keep your food and drinks cool as a mini walking refrigerator. Retails $17.99

Downton Abbey Fragrance, Lady Edith- The rich and varied scents of the fragrance has been crafted from pure perfume oils, without alcohol, chemicals, additives, artificial colors, parabens or phthalates.  The fragrance is pure and undiluted, vastly different than most perfumes on the market, which generally are up to 75% alcohol. (Speaking of alcohol, be sure to Checkout  52 Brews for their official website). Whereas alcohol-based perfumes evaporate in a rush, obscuring the delicate nuances of a fragrance’s complexity, the richness of the Downton Abbey fragrances can be appreciated much like fine wines.  Downtonabbeyfragrances.com, Retails $74.99 (8 ml).

Pink Cushies- They are padded, soft slipper-shaped footwear, nearly weightless, amazingly flexible and have a breathable mesh top. They are also antimicrobial and both water and skid resistant. Its sturdy neoprene construction makes it durable and comfortable on any indoor surface. Retails $19.99

Collapsible shopping basket (16 liter) Clever Crate-   Pop’em up, fold’em down, Clever Crates are the smartest, easiest way to organize and transport household items. The secret is the unique lightweight and collapsible lift, pop and pack design that creates a spacious container that can be folded, stacked and stored away almost anywhere.  Pop them up to bring gear, drinks and snacks to family activities.  Great for the garden, garage, camping, parties, travel and so many other uses, as well as space-saving and efficient storage.  Retails $9.99

To Enter the Giveaway complete the following steps:

  1. Follow Mom on the go in Holy Toledo on Facebook and share this post on your timeline.
  2. Follow @Mamaof3onthego on Twitter
  3. Follow Heaven’s Alchemy Perfumes on Facebook
  4. Follow Sachi Insulated Fashions on Facebook
  5. Follow Nufoot on Facebook
  6. Reply to this post with a comment expressing which item you are most excited about.

One winner will be randomly selected Tuesday Dec. 16th @ 11:59pm. Winner will be announced on Facebook page. If winner doesn’t come forward after 24 hours a new winner will be randomly selected.

Open to residence of U.S. (void Alaska & Hawaii)

Space Scouts Review! (Includes promo code)

Our Space Scouts monthly subscription club kit arrived the other day, you know, the delightful learning adventure aimed at discovering the wonders of the universe where children can learn about space exploration, science, and astronomy, it arrived!! Our 7 & 8 year olds couldn’t wait to get their hands on it! All that could be heard as they opened the packages was, oohhs & ahhs, as they looked through the contents which included:

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  • Space Scouts Lunchbox
  • Space Scouts Solar System Poster
  • Space Scouts Activity Sheet
  • Space Scouts Sticker Scramble
  • Space Scouts Souvenir Toy
  • Space Scouts Constellation Card Startup Kit (cover & ring)
  • Introduction to Space Scouts Constellation Cards

And then once everything was out their journey began!

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Ricky & Jett, their guides on their expedition through the solar system addressed the children as Space Scouts, which they took much pride in as they launched off!  They began their expedition with first learning about Ursa Major/Big Dipper which included a brief history, the ancient Greeks story to explain the Big Bear in the sky, awesome brain games for the children to solve, and constellation card that had holes that form the Big Dipper when a flash light is shined from behind it in a dark room.

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The children about lost their minds when they saw the constellation on their ceiling, talk about cool!! They had a blast playing with the souvenir toys, completing the word scrambles, putting the magnets on the lunch box, and completing the sticker scramble!

 

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Parent’s point of view….

What I like about Space Scouts is the fact that each month the children learn something new about the solar system and receive information on a new constellation and card to add to their collection. I also appreciate the fact that the Space Scouts makes learning fun and engaging, the children were eager to see the night sky and be the first to point out the Big Dipper.  And I am extremely thankful that Space Scouts comes with an adorable retro lunch boxes where the children can keep all their Space Scout goodies…and said lunch box doesn’t take up much space! The constellations ring is also a genius idea, our son can’t wait to collect them all…he wants to be quizzed on them, haha!  

Space Scouts is the perfect gift for kiddos 6 and up! I am looking forward to next month’s arrival, it is a great way to help pass the time over winter break, snow days, spring break, road trips, etc. and I love the fact that it gives them a much needed break from screens!!!

I highly recommend Space Scouts. To order (only 11.95 + shipping) click here, 20% discount – Use promo code USFAMILY20 at checkout to receive 20% discount on initial purchase of any Space Scouts subscription plan.

Disclosure: I was given free two months subscription to Space Scouts in order to provide review. No additional compensations was received and all opinions expressed are my own.

 

Disney on Ice Princesses & Heroes with Local Heroes

“Mommy, I am so excited to see all my friends, Mickey, Minnie, Belle, Anna, Else, and I think the rest of the princesses can make it too!” exclaimed our 4 year old as we made our way to the Huntington Center. “There better be some Heroes too, not just Princesses!” declared our 7 year old son. “There is a hero in every story. Just look for them!” kindly replied our 9 year old daughter. Before the show we had a little surprise for the kids. A meet and greet with a very special Princess/Queen! But this wasn’t any meet and greet, this one was extra special because the children who were attending had a parent that was either deployed, serving, or served in the military. Thanks to Heroes in Action, a local Military outreach committed to supporting our service members, veterans, and their families, military families were able to attend the meet & greet and the show!  The experience was a touching one. It broke my heart hearing about some of the struggles these families face, especially after sacrificing so much for their country.

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To know that I was standing in a climate controlled building, safe, with my family, enjoying watching all the children’s expressions as they went up to Princess/Queen Elsa, meanwhile their own parents’ were missing this awesome experience so I could have my freedom. It was an extremely humbling experience!! I am so grateful for all our service men and women who sacrifice these special moments with their own children so that mine can be safe and freed. Clearly our daughter was correct; there is a Hero in every story! For we each have many Heroes in our own life stories…sometimes we just need reminding. After shedding a tear or two we headed for our seats. 

 

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With the wave of Tinker Bell’s wand and the comforting lull of ‘When you wish upon a Star’ it was as if the entire crowd was magically transformed back to childhood! Adults and children singing side-by-side, clapping ferociously each time a princess appeared, and when they were gracefully lifted up by their Heroes….so romantic!

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Intermission fun…pause for some comical relief with silly faces! Don’t know what it is about Disney that just brings out my childlike side. Haha!

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It was a night filled with classic Disney songs, characters, and magic but the real man of the hour, the showstopper was this guy…..

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I wish I had recorded the screams and yelps of excitement coming from the Huntington Center when this cute snowman made his grand entrance! Olaf was by far the most popular character on ice! And his infamous line, “Only an act of true love will thaw a frozen heart”, gets me every time! I had a rather emotional night, haha!

We all had a great time, yes, even our little man. It wasn’t all princesses as he had fear. In fact during one scene he actually let out a loud “Wow! Awesome!” when there was fire on the ice! He has been talking about it ever since! (And…he would kill me if he knew I told you but, I caught him singing a few of the Frozen songs. Shhh! Haha!)

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We had a magnificent time at Disney on Ice Princesses & Heroes! I so enjoyed watching my children’s faces light up throughout the performance. It was the perfect family experience! And the meet & greet beforehand truly opened up my eyes to the amazing opportunities I have been given, how truly blessed our families is, and how grateful and thankful I am for all the Heroes who fought/fight for our freedom & all the sacrifices they have made. Please consider donating to Heroes in Action….they support families by meeting with personal needs, housing and auto repairs, food baskets, newborn baskets, blankets for the wounded and whatever else they are able to do. They work with many other organizations to help educate, prepare and equip families with benefit information and emotional issues that may occur with service members. They do the unique and operate on donations. 

Also, be sure to get Disney on Ice Princesses & Heroes tickets for your family if you haven’t done so already! You will be glad you did!

 

Disclosure: I was given tickets for the family to attend the show and kiddos enjoyed meeting Elsa and received Snow White souvenir and other goodies. No other compensation was received, and all opinions expressed are my own.

 

Don’t gain this Christmas….get the box!! (promo code included!)

2015 is going to be my year! Seriously! I know it seems a bit soon to be contemplating New Year resolutions but I have come to the conclusion that instead of gaining those 10 pounds that then need to be lost in the New Year I am just not going to gain any weight, at all!! And I am going to start living a healthier and more invigorating lifestyle now! But I am not going to do it alone. I am going to have Bulu Box as my ally in this war against the holiday indulgences!

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The perfect partner in the pursuit of a healthier you, Bulu Box is like having a personal trainer and a nutritionist as a best friend. Get this, each month, a box of healthy discoveries is shipped right to your door (it doesn’t get more convenient than that!) for just $10. You learn about that month’s 4-5 premium samples, try each one and see what fits into your individual healthy lifestyle. For sharing your opinions on each month’s samples through a quick survey, you will be given 50 Rewards Points (that’s $5!) to use in the shop to get more of your favorites. Join me in this clever endeavor and let’s not gain that holiday weight…get a 3 Month Subscription for just $10 (regularly $30)! at Bulu Box – Use code WOWZA
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I can’t wait to receive my first box!!!