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29.10.16

Zulily has you covered for Halloween costume ideas

Okay, Halloween is almost here.  I know that some of you have to be last minute, so here are a few tips and ideas from Zulily.  Let me know what you plan to go as!!!! Can not wait to see and hear your creations!

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zulily, an online retailer obsessed with bringing customers special finds every day — all at incredible prices — has the answer you’re looking for. According to their recent survey, nearly a quarter of adults admit to giving extra candy to kids who dress up in their favorite costumes(22%), with animal costumes as the top candy getter (44%) followed by princesses and princes (18%).


Your kids aren’t the only ones benefitting from this sweet treat, though. Nearly a third of parents admit to getting excited about Halloween with their kids. The number one reason why? They can steal their children’s candy (34%). zulily is here to help ensure you are hitting the candy jackpot this Halloween with these top selling animal costumes:




Also, for those of you feeling crafty this Halloween, Senior Lifestyle Editor at zulily.com,  Amy E. Goodman, shares easy, last minute costume ideas that you can make in a snap (or a snip)!

Here’s one of our favorite examples:
Odd Mom Out: For a pop culture reference and a “punny” take on everyone’s favorite Bravo mom, iron on odd numbers to a shirt and draw arrows pointing away from the center = Odd Mom Out


BFree is both Wheat and Gluten Free!

We are not health nuts.  Luckily, we have no food allergies that I know of. Gluten Free is just something I hear people talk about, so I am not well versed in really knowing much about it.  What I do know is that we were given the chance to try out BFree a line of products that are both wheat and gluten free.  As much as we all eat bread around here, I knew it was something I wanted to try and see if it would be well received in our house.  

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·         High-quality, non-GMO ingredients
·         Allergen-friendly and vegan
·         Low-cal, high-fiber, low-fat
·         Excellent nutrition and taste
·         No wheat, dairy, eggs, nuts or soy
·         Won’t disintegrate, crack or crumble!
We were sent several items from their line, but I wanted to share the top 2 that our house enjoyed.  Up first, the Bfree Wrap .  Marc takes his lunch to work and it is normally a couple of sandwiches.  (He works 12 hour shifts, so it is more than just "lunch time" for him.)  I make his lunch while he is getting ready, or playing with the kids, so it was fun to be able to surprise him.  Not to mention, if he or any of the boys see anything resembling "healthy" or something they are not used to, they are quick to not like it.  I made him a couple wraps and sent them in along with his normal sandwiches.  He had to call me on his break to tell me how good they were. I was in shock and was honestly so excited to hear that I could change things up and he would still enjoy it. 
I have also used this to make pinwheel type things for me to snack on during the day.  (I've wrapped up meat and cheese or peanut butter and jelly, cooled them down and cut them up for bites to munch on.)  I will tell you this, after trying, AND LOVING, the Quinoa and Chia seeded wraps, I was not really a fan of the multigrain ones.  They just seemed "blah" in comparison.  

The other total shocker to me?  Marc absolutely LOVED the Bfree Loaf .  I made him many sandwiches on this bread and when I compared the nutrition label on this bread versus our normal, this was much better in the long run. He liked both this and the brown seeded loaf. That made me happy and guess what?  Even after I showed him the bred label and how it was better for him, he STILL talked about how good it was!   

As I mentioned, we were sent the whole line and while some were not our thing, others were really good! I was happy to know that Roman has a friend he goes to college with that is Gluten Free.  We sent him along a goody basket of treats for him to enjoy!  

Do you live a Gluten Free lifestyle?  Are you familiar with the BFree brand? 

Give the treat of @communitycoffee this #Halloween!

Community Coffee brings friends together, so I thought it would be great to incorporate them into Halloween this year!  When we lived in our apartment, NO ONE did the whole trick or treating, so we luckily found a great neighborhood to go to.  When we moved into our house, we were so excited to be in an actual neighborhood, but again, quickly found out that no one does anything here either. I think we have maybe 3 houses that do it, but that is few and far between.  We still go to the original neighborhood that we started out at and we love it.  
They go all out. Every single house is decorated.  They make it like a huge party, the people giving out the candy dress up.  Last year, they had one house that was Scooby Doo themed. Fred had been called to work, Scooby, Velma and Daphne were walking around and ol' Shaggy was at the house giving out treats.  Kids could get candy, adults could grab a drink. Another house had Hot Cider because it was a cooler night than normal.  That made me think about how much I love Community Coffee.  
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If it were a cold night...  (Which I am thinking it isn't going to be, since it says it is supposed to be in the 80's)  Wouldn't it be awesome to have your Keurig out on the porch, ready to give a nice cup of Coffee to the adults out walking with the kids?  Obviously it would be there for you to watch as you handed out candy and it would be fun for the awesome neighborhoods that go all out for the night???

Right now, Community Coffee has their Seasonal Flavors available:
Pumpkin Praline and Southern Bread Pudding.

I honestly don't think we have found a Community Coffee that we don't like and I love having the K-Cups available to grab when I am in the mood for a nice cup!!! I am not one that needs a cup of coffee (or more) per day.  That is more of a style for my parents, but like I said... I will not turn it down from time to time.  The colder it gets, that is my thing.  Meaning?  Come December - I am all about the coffee!!!!  (Hint, Hint, Hint!)  
Until it gets colder, I have a new (to me) favorite from Community Coffee. Iced Coffee!!!
Yes, right now, it is cool in the morning, HOT during the day and then occasionally cooler again in the evenings.  That means, I would love to drink Iced Coffee during the day and don't you worry... I am enjoying my other K-Cups in the morning once I take Broxton to school.  

Our school had a Fall Festival the other night.  They had a silent auction for a couple gift baskets and you know what one theme was???  Coffee Lover!  Did you know that I bid on it?  (I lost, but I sure did try!)  


Like I said, this would be great to have on hand if you have a fun Halloween neighborhood.  This would also make a great treat for anyone that you know.  Hey, you don't have to share if you don't want to. I am not here to judge, as I sure enough did not share mine!!!!

28.10.16

Dress it up with Monsoon Children at Phipps Plaza #Atlanta

Having a little girl, it is fun dressing her up, especially when it is an AMAZING dress from the Monsoon Children Line. It is funny, as I am NOT a "girly girl" I thought for sure I would just dress her in shorts / jeans and t-shirts like I wear.  That was until she was born and I saw just how adorable she looks whenever I put an outfit on her.  Yes, she wears sweat pants and tank tops, t-shirts and jeans. Hey, she even just wears shirts sometimes and we call it a day.


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THIS is the dress I picked out for Savannah from Monsoon Children

I love how they pay attention to so much detail.  Even the buttons have a design and the store name on them.  Knock on wood, none of the detail has fallen off yet.  

So yeah, I forgot to mention, they even have hair clips that match the dress. Come on now, look at them.  Swans, corgi's and even crowns!  LOVE!!!

I didn't want to just do any pictures for this dress.  It had to be special.  This dress is just something else. It really is beautiful and super soft.  

We decided to go to a classic car showing to see if I could get her in front of a car for the picture.  I found THE PERFECT car that I wanted to use for the background.  


I figured a classic car for a classic photo!!!


Not only were we lucky enough to get to have the car in the background, the owner was so nice and let Savannah get IN the car for photos.  He even got a few photos on his phone of her and said "look, she is helping me sell my car!"  She was just too cute and the dress was just fantastic.  It wasn't too hot, or too cool for her to wear.  The length was great and the style was awesome.

The store is really nice and has a great selection.  Broxton spotted a nice dress suit he wanted.  They seem to have sales with really great deals too!  I love that you can find great outfits for your children and they have matching accessories.  They sell everything from the shoes  to the hair bows and everything in between.  

I was tempted to get this hat for Savannah, but right now she isn't a fan of anything on her head or her feet.  Isn't it so cute though?
Do you dress up for the holidays?  If so, this would be a great place to go check out.  Also, keep this in mind if you know anyone getting married.  I would say grab a gift card to give to a loved one, but you will have so much fun shopping in there, you won't want to get a gift card, you will want to buy the store!
For those in the Atlanta area, Monsoon Children is located in Phipps Plaza. 

New Boutique Opening in Buckhead #EcoHomeAtlanta

You know how you read or see something and it grabs your attention?  That was what happened to me when I was introduced to EcoHome Atlanta and heard about a whale sperm candle.  (More on that later, I promise you that!)  Since we don't live near Buckhead these days, I don't venture out that often, but since I was invited, I knew I had to make it a point to go and check it all out, plus lets not forget that candle!  

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I had a hard time locating the place, thanks to my GPS letting me know I arrived when I was sitting at a red light.  Obviously, I found the place, but since pictures are key for me, I wanted to take a shot to let you know what to look for.  It as at the far right end of the strip mall shopping center.  This boutique is awesome!  
Since we have Broxton and then our little princess, Savannah, you know I was automatically drawn to the kid/ baby section.  It was beautiful and I would be lying if it didn't make me get the emotions of wanting another baby to have and buy for.  Lucky for us, our family is still growing, so I can buy for family babies!  NO MORE BABIES for our house!  

They have a wide assortment of items from cleaning to toys, outfits, teething jewelry and even photo cards (I thought that was neat and wished I would have had them for both babies.)  I loved the selection and thought it was sophisticated, yet also inviting!  The younger items are at the entrance of the store, but don't let that stop you from venturing further in to see what else they have.  

I loved the selection of products for the home.  With the holidays coming up, this would be a great place to stop in and buy a couple gifts for the host/ hostess of any parties you might be attending.  I am not one that cooks often, but I loved the recipe stand for your cook books and even the settings for different kitchen items.  You can go buy a few things for gifts, buy a few things for yourself and even get a few ideas for any decorations you might want to do for your house.



If you see above, the teething jewelry is on the right of the table.  Also, they have beautiful picture frames.  Please note the cookie and pie boxes.  They are super cute and they are made just to transport your goods to wherever you are headed. HELLO THANKSGIVING!  

I am always pulled to packaging ideas and lotions , potions, candles and what not. They have it all here!  I am really interested in the wash items, so I might have to head back soon to check that line our.  Just the packaging alone totally grabs your attention, at least mine!  

 Oh, did I mention they even have your pet covered?  They also have a sweet dog that is there to greet you and visit with your while you are in the store!
While you might be headed there to see the boutique side of it all, EcoHome Atlanta actually started as SuperGreen Solutions.   They still have that included in the store, so make sure you check out the back wall to learn about lighting solutions for you!  

Now, to the main reason I wanted to go check this place out.  They have candles made from Ambergris.  Since we are friends, I have to tell you.  I really needed to know who would want to buy a candle made from that. I mean, helloooooo.  It had to be rank, right?
Yeah, Ummm, no.  It smells AH-MAZ-ING!  Like you have no clue.  Now I know who wants to buy them, everyone that has ever had the pleasure to smell one!   I was able to chat with the creator of these candles and to say that I want a diffuser now is an understatement.  I need one! THIS IS THE GIFT TO GIVE this holiday in my opinion!  
I really loved the whole store. They have so much to offer without it being crowded and junky.  It is sophisticated and classy and fits right in with the Buckhead scene.  I know that some people around Georgia come to Atlanta for a couple days to do holiday shopping. This would be a great place to put on the list to visit while in town.
I do need to plan on going again when I have more time to check out all the products they offer. If you would like to look to see the brands they carry, just take a look at their website to see who they represent!  

TMNT Out of the Shadows - Awesome gift set!

I know many kids will be going as one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Halloween this year. I can also bet that many kids will have the latest Ninja Turtle Movie - Out of the Shadows, on their Christmas list.  Why not kill two birds with one stone?  Have you even seen the latest from that line? Pretty impressive if you ask me!  Take a look!
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Out of the Shadows is now available to own!  Why not give them a great gift?  You can buy an awesome set from Amazon that includes BOTh Ninja Turtles movies,  lunchbox and even the Ninja Turtles Masks!  I am not going to lie, I was completely caught off guard by the price that Amazon has it listed for.  It says its only $26.99.  I for sure thought it was going to be so much more than that.  I mean, look at the lunch box... then add in the movies and the masks!  Wow!!! What a great deal!
Know what you could do?  Buy the set.. give them the lunch box and mask now.. They could use the masks for Halloween night, they could even use the lunchbox for Halloween and then look super cool taking their lunch to school in it after Halloween is over.   If you want, you could pack up the movies for Christmas or for a Movie Night Surprise!!!!  


I am adding a youtube video of a makeup artist that turned herself into Raphael.  Pretty cool to watch... let me know what you think! 



Also, here is a clip from the latest movie:
Enjoy! 

27.10.16

Ice Age - #CollisionCourse #Giveaway

Earlier I shared a craft that we did for our Ice Age weekend.  Well, now I want to tell you what else we did to get things going.  Don't go away, there is a giveaway for you to get your own copy of Ice Age Collision Course at the end of this post!  

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ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE
Your favorite ICE AGE heroes are back and cooler than ever in this all-new adventure! Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn accidently triggers cosmic events that threaten the ICE AGE world.  Now Buck, Manny, Ellie, Sid, Diego and the rest of the herd must work together on a hilarious journey filled with nonstop action and colorful new characters in order to survive the global Scrat-tastrophe!
 
ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE Blu-ray™ & DVD Special Features Include:
  • Featurettes
    • “Scrat: Spaced Out Mini-Movie”
    • Ice Age: The Story So Far”
    • “Scratasia: Scrat’s Solo Adventures”
    • “Mysteries of the Scratazons”
    • “Star Signs of the Animal Kingdom”
    • “The Science of It All: deGrasse Tyson deBunks”
    • “Figaro Sing-along”
  • Gallery (12 images)
ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE 4K Ultra HD Disc Special Feature Includes:

  • Featurette
    • “Scrat: Spaced Out Mini-Movie”

Like I said, we were sent a box of goodies for our movie weekend. We have been having a great time checking it all out and I should have thought to put some up for Christmas, but its been awesome!
The first thing we opened was the Planetarium Projector!  Savannah loves looking at the stars and moon, so I set this up in our room and we all laid on the bed looking at all that the discs had to show. She loved it and just laid there so still enjoying it all.  Once Broxton came home from school, we had to go and check it out again.  My sweet boy has already asked if he can take it to school to share with his class when they start learning about outer space!  (Of course I said yes!)

Next up?  We were sent a Telescope!  Broxton loves camping out in the back yard and I thought that this would be great for our next camp out!  It will go great with the Guide book that we were also sent! (I would have no clue figuring out what we were looking at without a bit of help!)

Another fun thing? A rocket science kit!  I can not wait to try this out, but we have been a bit busy lately. Soon, very soon!  I don't know if you noticed Scrat in the background, but we were also sent a super soft blanket (that I claimed for myself, you have no clue how soft it really is!)  Oh, we were also sent a set of glow in the dark stickers, I just have not decided the final place for them.  I was thinking the kids rooms, but then again, it would be fun in our living room too!  

Head on over HERE to see a fun website to get you Collision Course Ready!
On to the giveaway!!!!
One lucky reader will win a copy of Ice Age - Collision Course to add to your personal library! What would you do to make movie night special for this one?

Ice Age #CollisionCourse #craft

As I have mentioned many times before, we love movie night around here.  Another thing we love? The different Ice Age movies. They are always so funny and perfect for everyone. Broxton loves them, as well as Marc and I, so we don't have to sit there worrying that someone will be bored with a movie on these hits!  Recently we were sent an amazing box of goodies to have a memorable movie night and that is just what we did!
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To kick things off for our movie night weekend, Broxton and I decided to do a craft.
While Scrat might be out looking all over space to find his acorn, we have plenty in our yard. First up? Get the tops from a handful of acorns!  


Next?  Get the supplies you need.  Only 2 things: Markers and Glue.

Now, you color the INSIDE of the acorn top.  Any age can do this, there are no lines to stay in. It doesn't have to be perfect.  Just color the insides.  

Now, you add a bit of glue to the inside top. Not much, do not fill it all the way up.  Just a little bit is all you need.  Now, you wait for them to dry and you have jeweled acorns!
Since my phone camera was busted, I don't have a finished product shot for you.  Stay tuned, it will be on the blog or instagram soon!  (So will a chance for you to win a copy of Ice Age - Collision Course!)  

Do you ever do crafts or themed food to go along with movie night? 

26.10.16

Earth's Best is a great candy alternative for Halloween!

It is almost Halloween! Can you believe that the end of October is almost here? I found the cutest costume for Broxton (he loves all Minecraft things and watching You Tube videos.  I decided that I would let him be DanTDM, one of the Tube Heroes.) Then, he decided he didn't want to be that after all, so we went with a Minecraft Creeper.  Now that we are less than a week away, he has decided that a creeper isn't what he wants to be and that a Ninja is the best idea for him.  He has a new costume and has now worn it, so there is no turning back now!
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I know that not everyone likes giving out candy for Halloween.  Hey, not everyone likes their child getting tons of candy either.  Lucky for us, there is a different option!  
Why not look at cookies from Earth's Best?
If you have a good amount of kids stopping to trick or treat, they will love it.
If you don't have a large turnout, you can send them in for snack or lunch for your child!  
Great thought!!!!
Side note- Tree Nut and Gluten Free!!  Perfect for those with allergies!   




Do you give out candy, do you have a mixture of treats? 
What is your go to treat to give?
 
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