Friday, August 26, 2016

Elena of Avalor: Ready to Rule coming to Disney DVD December 6th

Disney’s newest princess comes to DVD with the release of Elena of Avalor: Ready to Rule just in time for the Holidays!  Join Elena as she learns about being a princess who will one day become a queen and rule her kingdom. She’s saved her kingdom from an evil sorceress who was trying to destroy Avalor, but that was the easy part!  Elena's journey leads her to understand that her new role requires thoughtfulness, resilience and compassion, the traits of all truly great leaders.

This DVD is packed with laughs, new characters to cherish, and heart, Elena of Avalor: Ready to Rule is a must-own for the entire family! Includes Four Full Episodes and a FREE Exclusive Projecting Scepter – A Great Holiday Gift! Bring home this charming series on Disney DVD December 6th!

Set in the enchanted fairytale land of Avalor, "Elena of Avalor" tells the story of Elena, a brave and adventurous teenager who has saved her kingdom from an evil sorceress and must now learn to rule as crown princess until she is old enough to be queen. Elena's journey leads her to understand that her new role requires thoughtfulness, resilience and compassion, the traits of all truly great leaders.
Be sure to mark your calendars for this release!

Ladybug Ladybug #Fitness Friday

I wish I had half her energy!

N is a high energy 3 year old. Sometimes it's hard for me and her younger sister to keep up with her! I've been looking for good ways to get her wiggles out when it's not possible for her to run around. I discovered this Ladybug game on

Naia absolutely loves it, and I love that you can easily play indoors or outdoors.
It's simple, you and your toddler can make up movements to the rhyme in the beginning, then you count as they jump.

Ladybug, Ladybug, turn around,
Ladybug, Ladybug touch the ground.
Ladybug, Ladybug shine your shoes,
Ladybug, Ladybug read the news.
Ladybug, ladybug, how old are you?
One, two, three, four...

Do you have any good fitness tips for busy toddlers? I could sure use them!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Shop and Save at Giant Eagle #gendosummrgift + Amazon GC Giveaway

It's time to head back to school, and one thing's for sure- the spending can add up rather quickly. Whether you're buying new outfits for the kids, or stocking the classroom with supplies for the new school year, you've likely seen a few dollar signs floating by one by one. It's easy to feel like you're on a spending spree at the start of the new school year, and there are so many items that kids need to get ready to go back to school. If you have kids, you'll need to save those extra pennies for field trips, school pictures, and class rings!

The next time you need to pick up some gifts, head to your local Giant Eagle to double dip on savings! Why not help your child's teacher out by gifting them a gift card at the start of the school year. Did you know that many teachers wind up spending a lot of their paychecks on supplies for their classrooms? Give a special gift so they can put the gift card toward supplies, or perhaps enjoy a nice dinner out with their family. Your act of kindness will even save you some money on your groceries!

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8/25 through 9/7, you can earn $0.20 fuelperks! for every $50 you spend on any gift card at Giant Eagle! This is a great way to save if you plan on doing some traveling this fall, or during the holiday season. When you use your favorite rewards credit card to make your purchase, you can save even more! You'll be able to earn points, miles, or even a percentage back on your purchase! Now that's what I call savings! You might even be able to earn increased rewards when you make your purchases at the grocery store!

If you have a Giant Eagle credit card, you can earn extra rewards!
Cards like the Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express offers 3% cash back on your groceries, and the Blue Cash Preferred® Card offers 6% cash back! Wow!
If you're used to buying your gift cards at drugstores, you'll be truly amazed by how much you can save and the extra rewards you can earn when you purchase them at the grocery store!

Check out the savings breakdown, and watch the savings add up!
You can earn $3.00 off a fuel purchase (if you have a 15 gallon tank - .20₵ x 15 gallons) +
$3.00 back if you earn 6% cash back on credit card grocery purchases =
$6 in savings on a $50.00 in gift card!

Amazing savings! Just think of what you could do with all of the money you'll save when you purchase gift cards at Giant Eagle!

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Good luck & happy saving!

Your Life in Letters-A Baby Book for Even the Busiest Parent


Thank you to Your Life in Letters for providing me with a book for review. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own. 

Your Life in Letters is the brainchild of Brynne, a mom of four boys. From personal experience, she realized continuing a baby book was too involved and difficult to maintain. Writing a letter once a year was much more manageable and still gave her sons something special when they got older. Made by a mom for moms. What is there not to love?

Love the design! Clean, contemporary, and has an elastic band to keep it closed.

As a new mom, I’ve struggled with a baby book. I’ve tried to keep up, but I simply do not want to sacrifice time with Hendrix to make his baby book. How can I keep track of the special events and fun, new things he learns each year? This book is perfect. I simply write a letter once a year and all those memories will be remembered.

Hendrix turns one next month and I’m thrilled to use Your Life in Letters. Each page has a place for a photo, an envelope, and a card on which to write your letter. They all have a distinct design, but all go together beautifully. I did receive the boy book, but there are other designs from which to choose on the website.

Each page's design is perfect for the age.

Want it? Buy it!

This organized, concise keepsake retails for $29.99 plus shipping and handling. What a bargain with how perfect this product is for any parent! Don't have any little ones? Buy for an expecting mom; she'll thank you for it, trust me.

Check out all their products and latest news:

Struggling to write a letter? The website even has sample letters for you.

No excuses now! Buy this book and treasure those memories.

Happy writing, all!

Toddler Time: Our Summer Vacation

Hold up! This month, we're taking a break from the Fab5 to tell you all about our toddler-ific summer. Mr. G recently headed off for his first morning of "preschool" and I thought it the perfect time to share a little of our busy summer with you! What were your favorite toddler adventures over the last few months? So, what have we been up to this summer (and maybe some ideas for you!).

Amusement Parks, Nature Museums, Aquariums, and Summer Camp

Mr. G had the best time at some our favorite attractions. Before it got toooooo hot, we took a Day Out with Thomas, and then a lot of our visits moved indoors with the heat. Fun times at the Concord Mills Carousel, Latta Preserve Nature Center, The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, and Discovery Place KIDS Summer Camp.
Fun Adventures

Libraries, Parks, Movie Theaters, Soccer, and Parties!

Charlotte boasts one of the best kid libraries in the country, and ImaginOn is currently hosting a Mr. Potato Head exhibit. We explored parks everywhere we went, as shade allowed, and even the Denver splash park in the heat! Our neighborhood also hosted a Soccer Shots week-long camp for toddlers. 

Celebrations and Explorations

Water, Water Everywhere!

As summer progressed, Mr. G gained more and more confidence in the water. We played in pools, puddles, mountain rivers & cricks, freshwater kettle ponds, Cape Cod bay, and the southern Atlantic ocean to name a few. 


Fun with Food

From picking blueberries at the grandparents, to making muffins with mom, and shucking corn with dad, we explored lots of food-related skills. And had lots of picnics!


Travel by foot, plane, car, and rail. 

Whether taking a walk on the beaches of NC, driving around, flying to Massachusetts, or riding the rails of the Wild West at Tweetsie Railroad, we had lots of day trips and overnight adventures to add to the scrapbook this summer.

Are we there yet?


And when the 95+ degree weather forced us inside, we got the wiggles out at our local toddler gyms. I personally think Mr. G is training for the 2028 Olympics.

Practice makes perfect


Got our first haircut...the pictures say it all!

Big boy!

And here we are, at the end of summer! We had a little practice session holding the sign before the big day, please ignore the messy kitchen counters. :)

Ready or not!
I'll be back next month with some spooktacular ideas for a Fab5 October.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Stop! Look! and Listen: #BookReview

We teach our kids the importance of listening to our directives in order to keep them safe. As they grow up we expect them to listen just because “We said so”. They do their best, but there are those moments in which they test our very limits. Why? We never did the things they are doing…

Okay, so seriously, we have. Did we forget what it is like to be a kid? I know for me it is hard to remember what it was like and so I feel like no one was listening to me when I was a kid. Now I watch my son and unfortunately have fallen into bad habits and I don't listen like I used to. It's not that I'm always busy but I seem to lack the motivation. Overall I believe it is affecting our relationship and it will affect relationships in his future.

I was given the opportunity to read the book Listen: Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges by Patty Wipfler and Tosha Schore. It describes scenarios in which a kid may act out, but it also explains how we can listen. While actions are not verbal, verbal cues are given for each scenario. My son is 15 years old and I don't claim to be a perfect parent. I think everybody needs some help sometimes. This book will enlighten parents of kids of all ages. It will remind us to listen and be there for our children.

Patty Wipfler and Tosha Schore

Whether you are the parent of a toddler or a teenager, Listen:Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges, can help you and your child handle life's challenges and build a stronger bond with one another. You can order the book directly from The Hand In Hand Parenting website, where you will also find many other parenting tools.
Be sure to connect with Patty Wipfler and Hand in Hand Parenting on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Special Thanks to our friend Johanna at JRB Communications, LLC for the opportunity to review this title and share it with our readers!