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19.11.15

Great After School Snack from @slammerssnacks

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I don't know about you guys, but it gets harder and harder to send lunch in for Broxton.  He is NOT a picky eater at home (for the most part, although he is set in his ways about some things)  but you send him to school and it is crazy.  Last year, his teacher said he never really ate the lunch if we let him buy it, so we tried to send it in, just to know what he ate and what he didn't.  You know, because I could see what was returned each day.  This year, same problem.  He says that the food doesn't taste as good at school as it does at home, but truth be told, my little social butterfly just likes talking more than eating and that is our main issue.  When I was given the chance to try out a new "super food" for review, I knew I wanted to see what it was all about. Would this be a way to solve our problems? It was worth a shot!   

Slammers Snacks arrived at our doorstep and Broxton was like an eager beaver ready to try it out.  He saw that it had protein on it, so he knew it was good for him!  They have several flavors (which I will share in a minute) and we were sent two to try out.  
We were sent Watermelon Kiwi Burst and the "Awesome" flavor. 
WATERMELON KIWI BURST - STRAWBERRY, KIWI, WATERMELON, APPLE, BANANA AND BEET
AWESOME - BANANAS, BLUEBERRIES, STRAWBERRIES, BEETS, ACAI & AMARANTH

I loved the Awesome one, while Broxton constantly asked for the "melon" flavor!  That worked perfect for us!  

Each pack of the Organic Slammers are packaged in a 4 pack box, perfect for stocking up for lunch or a quick snack on the go!   I actually have thrown them in the diaper bag for me to have when out and about, as well as packed some for Marc to take when he is at work.  Just open the top and enjoy.  No struggle and no mess!  Perfect!  

Other Slammer Flavors: 
EPIC - MANGOES, BANANAS, CARROTS, ORANGE, GREEK YOGURT & REAL VANILLA
CHILL'N - BANANAS, BLUEBERRIES, BUTTERNUT SQUASH, GREEK YOGURT & YUMBERRY
PUMPED - BANANA, MANGO, BUTTERNUT SQUASH, ANCIENT GRAINS, CINNAMON
POMEGRANATE GRAPE CRUSH - GRAPE, POMEGRANATE, COCONUT, APPLE, BANANA AND PURPLE CARROT

You may be wondering if this was the problem solver to our lunch issues.
To be honest, no it wasn't... He loves them, but that doesn't make him eat his lunch now.
He does enjoy these as after school snacks on some days and in his lunch on others.  I know we will be eating them more once he starts sports back up.  Great on the go snack!    
Out of all of the flavors, which sounds best to you?  I want to try them all!   

Head to @NorthPointMall to enjoy the #AdventureToSanta

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Time to get the clothes ready, the camera charged and your energy saved up... 
Why?  Just because the holidays are here!   October rushed by and Halloween came and went super fast.  Poor ol' Thanksgiving seems to get the shaft, as it goes from Halloween to Christmas before you know it.  Some stores almost seem to bypass Halloween too!  Anyways, a bit ago, we were invited out to Northpoint Mall to check out the Adventure to Santa Experience.  Let me tell you, an experience it is!!!!
I was thinking it was going to be like the other mall Santa's where you see Santa, but with a little extra, you know... the whole ADVENTURE. What I did not know was that it wasn't just a LITTLE one, it was a full out journey!!!!  
I don't want to ruin it all for you, so I am not going to go into every single detail with you... But let me at least tell you a little about it. 

First of all, Broxton had been sick off and on for a whole week, but he begged to go. Miraculously feeling better to go!  I knew he wasn't but he was trying so hard.  He slept on the way there and once we got in the car coming home, but let me tell you... he did act like he felt better while we were there.  Maybe the Magic of Christmas was that powerful!  

The "Adventure to Santa" location at North Point Mall.  It really is a journey that will take you to see Santa at the North Pole!!!!   


When you arrive, you see the sign welcoming you to your adventure.  It is in collaboration with DreamWorks (and Shrek) so you get to see the Shrek movie characters!   

They have a family photo staging area if you are interested in documenting that you were on the journey as well!  We took the picture, but when I saw just how SICK I LOOKED, I passed on that copy with the quickness!   No need to worry, they offer you the photos to look at, but they do not pressure you at all to purchase them.  

Once your journey starts, they do ask you to not take any photos, as it scares the elves and we don't want to do that. Also, it really does take away from the magical trip if you are trying to photograph it, so just sit back, relax and enjoy!  

Here is information from their press release:
The magical journey of Adventure to Santa starts with Shrek, ends with Santa, and features a 2,000-square-foot immersive experience tobe enjoyed by family members of all ages. New features this year include two new app games, Sleigh Flight School and Gingy’s Cookie Maker and three additional exterior skins, the Painted Lady, Candy Cottage and Enchanted Log Cabin.  At the top of the hour, the cottage will perform a newly designed light show that cues a different exterior skin for each hour.

Following a fantastic national launch during the 2014 holiday season, DreamPlace is back to turn the traditional mall holiday visit into something truly special with an immersive, interactive approach that draws on our signature brand of technology, storytelling and of course, humor,” said DreamWorks Animation’s Head of Retail Development Paul Kurzawa. "Shrek and his friends are here to bring the holidays to life with an unparalleled experience which fans will absolutely love.”

North Point Mall is located at 1000 North Point Circle, Alpharetta, GA 30022.  
For more information, visit www.northpointmall.com or call 770-740-9273.  
Follow North Point on Facebook.

Let me know if you go!  You will Love it, we sure did!!!

18.11.15

A new tradition we will be starting #countdown2christmas @canter_press @prbythebook

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Countdown to Christmas: 24 Days of the Jesse Tree Tradition is an interactive picture book with 24 days of the Jesse Tree Tradition. This is a story for the entire family to learn more about people in the Bible and see their connection to Jesus.  Included in the book are activities, cut-out ornaments to hang on your Jesse tree and with each story comes a better understanding of what Christmas is really about. 
Since having Broxton, I try to be the best mom I can be.  I try to do thing that will be great memories and I am trying to start cute traditions with him.  When he started preschool, we started reindeer food for the reindeer outside  (oats and colored sugar.)  He makes cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve.  I get PJ's for all the boys and they wear them on Christmas Eve (of course we get pictures!)
A couple years ago we started a tradition of me wrapping several books and each night we grab one from the stack to read before bed.  ***  Please note, It DOES NOT have to be all new books! I normally mix in a few new books with a few old books he already has.  Another thing?  I have a few Christmas themed books mixed in with others too!  Finally, you can do a 24 countdown, or just 12... totally up to you!  (We do normally end with a specially wrapped book the last night... Twas the Night Before Christmas.)  
This year, we will be adding a new tradition.
We were sent Countdown to Christmas - 24 Days of The Jesse Tree Tradition.

Are you familiar with this book?
This book has different stories about people in the Bible. The story for each day is on a 2 page spread.  At the end of the book is more of a card stock that has the different ornaments that go with each story.
I have decided that we will go a bit of a different route.  It says you can get a small tree and hang the ornaments on it.  We will be drawing a tree and putting it up on his bedroom door.  Each night after we read the story, we will let him go and sticky tape his ornament for the day on the tree.  After the holidays are over, we will laminate the ornaments and keep them for the next year.  This is a great way for us to all become a bit more familiar with those in the Bible.  

I really like this book and the thought behind it.  The only thing I don't like?
I wish they made some form of a pocket or something to keep the ornaments for future years without them getting bent or lost.  

Do you have any traditions for the holidays?  

@PaulMitchellUS is helping others give! See how you can too with #GivingIsMyStyle

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Want me to let you in on a little secret??
I have not had a hair cut / style in I do not know how long.  I know it was before I knew I was having Savannah, but I do not know exactly when it was.  Most days, my hair just gets thrown back in a pony tail, but at times I do flatten it or at least try to do something to it.  I have been lucky to have been sent the Tea Tree Collection from Paul Mitchell and let me tell you, it is like a special treat for this new mama!   The scent, the feel, amazing!   I know I said I don't do anything with my hair, but you want to know why I try and take care of it?  I grow it out and donate it.  To me, it is just hair... To others it is so much more.  That is one way I try and give back, by giving my hair to those that for some reason or another no longer have the hair they once did. ( I have recently learned of a new company that I am doing research on to see if they might be the ones that gets this next batch of hair!)
Okay, so I have shared how I give...  Now let me tell you how Marc and Broxton are giving this year.   The last couple weeks have had at least one person in the house sick.  That means that we have had time to go through closets and toys...  I was excited when Marc went through and pulled out tons of long sleeved shirts, sweatshirts, pullover type jackets and more.  The great thing?  I had just seen a tweet from the local homeless shelter looking for such items!   I know it is a small thing, but it is one way to give to those that are in need this holiday season, add to it that it is a great way to lead by example to our son!  Broxton went through and donated toys that he no longer plays with and that will also be going to one of the shelters for the kids to play with.  I know it is the holidays and more people seem to give, or at least it is brought to the attention of others more frequently at this time of the year...   So let me know... What do you do to give???  (Make sure to keep reading to see how you can give in more than one way, thanks to Paul Mitchell!) 
Check this out:
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The call to action is compelling: Simply including #GivingIsMyStyle in an Instagram and/or Twitter post can make a difference--Include  #GivingIsMyStyle 100 times and $100 gets donated, 1,000 times and $1,000 gets donated, etc, etc!

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Waterkeeper Foundation: For more than 10 years, Paul Mitchell has supported Waterkeeper Alliance in their mission to protect rivers, streams, coastlines and other major waterways around the world.@Waterkeeper
 
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Grow Appalachia: In 2010, Paul Mitchell co-founder John Paul DeJoria teamed up with Berea College to establish Grow Appalachia, a non-profit initiative that helps Appalachian families plant a healthy future. Over the last few years, the organization has produced more than 1.1 million pounds of healthy, organic food for thousands of people in five states. @GrowAppalachia
 
Boys & Girls Club: Paul Mitchell co-founder John Paul DeJoria grew up in an underserved Los Angeles community. During his youth, the local Boys & Girls Club provided a safe place for him to socialize, learn and grow. Today, our company is proud to give back to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and their efforts to create great futures for young people.@BGCA_Clubs
 
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Make a New Stuffing With @Krystals #Giveaway

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As if anyone needs an excuse to eat Krystals...  
If you do, I have the perfect one for you! (Perfect excuse that is.)  Just in time for Thanksgiving, Krystals has announced that they will be printing a recipe for stuffing on their limited edition Steamer Pack Boxes!    The kicker?  
The stuffing recipe will feed 10-15 people.  The best part?  The recipe only calls for 20 of the burgers, so the one that offers to cook the stuffing will get the treat of eating the extra burgers!!!!    
To help get us all in the spirit of the holidays headed our way, one lucky winner will win a Krystals Prize Pack!!! 
The Prize Pack includes: The prize pack includes measuring cups, a baking pan, a coupon for a $3 off steamer pack, to create the Krystal stuffing, and a Krystal apron as well as two free combo number ones.

*** The stuffing recipe will be printed on 100,000 steamer pack boxes, and will be available in restaurants from November 17 through the end of the year. Guests are encouraged to call their local Krystal to ensure availability. For more information about Krystal’s Thanksgiving Stuffing, visit www.Krystal.com.*** 

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15.11.15

The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Christmas! #BlogTour

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With the Christmas Holidays getting closer and closer, you know that means I am getting my list of books ready for us to do our Countdown to Christmas!  This year, we are adding the latest from the Pout Pout Fish Series.  it is called The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish and it follows Mr. Fish as he tries to find the best gift for all of his friends.

I will be honest and tell you that I did not know that the Pout-Pout Fish was a series of books.  We fell in love with the Pout-Pout Fish in the Big Big Dark. When I saw this book, I knew we wanted it, but I did not know there were others too!  Now, I want to add all of them to our home library!

In The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Christmas, we see Mr. Fish trying his best to get the best gift for his friends.  He goes to several stores for the best gift...
He wants it to be BIG, BRIGHT and PERFECT...
Does he find gifts for all of his friends in the stores he goes into???

Well, you will have to see what Miss Shimmer tells him and what ends up happening!
Let me tell you this... it is the best of gifts for each friend!  You will not be disappointed!

This was a great read, with a great message!
Make sure to check it out to add to your collection!
Stay tuned to see what other books makes our Countdown this year!
 
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