Saturday, June 29, 2013

Azuli Skye with Anna (Review and Giveaway)

June Spotlight Sponsor
As you all know by now, I LOVE jewelry, but my I don't buy it for myself. I have a gorgeous jewelry box my mother-in-law bought me a few years ago, that just begs to be filled. That's why I love when I get to review jewelry from companies I've never heard of, or worked with. Now, we have worked with Anna with Azuli Skye before, but this is my first time working with her and Azuli Skye. So I was extra excited for this month's Spotlight Sponsor.

Anna is so amazing, she asked me what I liked to wear, colors, style and shapes. I told her I wasn't picky, that I wear pretty much any type of jewelry. She was happy with that, and said she was going to send me their Antigua Necklace, for a nice summer time look! I was really intrigued, but wanted to be surprised when the necklace arrived. So I decided not to jump on Anna's site to look at what was headed my way.  

It's Here!
I'm so glad that I waited until my Azuli Skye necklace arrived, it was like an early birthday gift (my birthday is in July!) I couldn't wait to open the box and see what was inside!! When I opened the box, I was greeted by lovely satin jewelry bag and I knew that something great was inside! I opened the bag and was surprised to see the beautiful Antigua necklace, but also a pair of matching earrings! I wasn't expecting those, I love extra goodies!

Love how it came wrapped, like I had picked it up from a big box store.
The Antigua necklace is amazing and the perfect piece of summer time jewelry. The Antigua necklace is a three tierd necklace comprised of blue, green, white,  and brown offset colored beads. The necklace adjusts from 17 inches to 22 inches, which means if you have a larger neck like I do, you'll have plenty of length to adjust. It fits perfectly and is light enough to wear on even the hottest of days. And it's gonna be one heck of a hot summer.

Antigua set and care instructions
I just love the blue and green colors of the necklace, it reminds me of the sea glass I found while on vacation last month. When I wear the necklace it reminds me of that wonderful family vacation, the beautiful sea and instantly brings me a sense of calm. It's funny how a beautiful piece of jewelry can make you feel so special. And, I had the perfect outfit to wear with this necklace. I have a dress I rarely wear because I don't have any jewelry to match it.

Getting ready to head out!
I had a date night with my hubby and decided to wear that dress. I put it on and grabbed the necklace and earrings and was in awe at how well the two went together! Even my husband asked if I bought the necklace for the dress, it matched so well! He thought the necklace looked great, and so did I! I even was complimented by our waitress, she wanted to know where she could get one like it! I quickly told her about Anna, and Azuli Skye! That's the best part of this job!

Necklace up-close
The Antigua necklace and earrings go well with my dress, but it is an easy set to dress down as well. I wish I had the set while on vacation, I would love to have worn it on the beach and taken family pictures. You can easily wear it with jeans and a t-shirt, or a flowy blouse. It would be a nice set to give to your bridesmaids, or to give at a special birthday girl!

Love how the Antigua set matches my dress so well
Here's what I think makes Azuli Skye stand apart from other Jewelry companies. They are very affordable, the Antigua set is only $29.95, but they are also very on trend with the latest styles. Many of us have those trendy charm bracelets, but they can be expensive to maintain. Hello, hundreds of dollars! Azuli Skye's Mimzi collection helps you create the same look, but at a more affordable price. If charm bracelets aren't your thing, scroll through all of the options they have for you. Watches, and scarves, bracelets and sets, there are so many options, oh and don't forget to check out their sale site. So many options under $20.00! This sale is huge and goes through July 8th, so you don't want to miss out on it.
Here's just a few things you'll find on sale
Cancun Earrings: Originally  $16.70, now $5.90
Socialite Necklace: Originally $39.30, now $9.90
Artisan Allure Necklace: Originally $49.30, now $15.90
Guess what, one of our lucky readers is going to win the Antigua Necklace Set!
I want to Thank Anna with Azuli Skye for sponsoring this review and giveaway. This is a great giveaway and I am so glad I was able to review it and bring this great giveaway to you, our readers!
Want It? Buy It!
Are you interested in brightening up your summer wardrobe? Azuli Skye is the perfect fit for you. Anna would love for you to stop by her Azuli Skye website and shop till
you drop! While you're at it, check out her facebook page, too!
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Enter below to win the Antigua Necklace Set.
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The Nightmare Before Christmas: Anniversary Edition, Coming September 10th!

20th Anniversary Edition of the Cult Classic


Trick-Or-Treating Into Homes September 10, 2013
Scarily Real Picture and Sound in Blu-ray™ Hi-Def

Film Synopsis:                                   
Bored with the same old scare-and-scream routine, Pumpkin King Jack Skellington longs to spread the joy of Christmas. But his merry mission puts Santa in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for good little boys and girls everywhere!

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Tim Burton’s cult-classic phenomenon The Nightmare Before Christmas on Blu-ray Combo Pack.  

Voice Talent:                                     
Chris Sarandon (The Princess Bride) as Jack Skellington speaking voice,
Danny Elfman (Simpsons) as Jack Skellington singing voice & Catherine O’Hara (Home Alone) as Sally

Henry Selick (Coraline, James and the Giant Peach)

Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands, Corpse Bride), Denise DiNovi (Edward Scissorhands, Crazy, Stupid, Love), & Don Hahn (producer of the 3D Version 2006)

Kathleen Gavin (The Rescuers Down Under)

Assoc. Producers:                           
Danny Elfman (Farewell: Live From The Universal Amphitheater Halloween 1995), Jill Jacobs (this was her first producing role), Diane Minters Lewis (G.I. Jane) & Philip Lofaro (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

Michael McDowell (Beetlejuice) – adaptation & Caroline Thompson (Adams Family) - screenplay

Release Date:                                     
September 10, 2013 (Direct Prebook: 7/16; Distrib. Prebook: 7/30)

U.S. Packaging:                                 
3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy), 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) & DVD

Feature Run Time:                          
76 minutes

PG in U.S. & Canada

Aspect Ratio:                                     
BD 3D: 1.85:1; BD & DVD: 1.66:1

BD: English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD, English, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital; DVD: English, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital

 English, French & Spanish
 English, French & Spanish

Social Media Links:                        
Twitter: @DisneyPictures/ #NightmareBeforeChristmas 

Who's excited? This is one of my husband's favorite movies of all time! I can't wait to get the BluRay for him, for his birthday, which is just a few days before the release!

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Day Trips and Destinations: Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum

Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum
My husband and I have lived in the Tulsa area for a little over 3 years now, and we know nothing about this place. I have vowed to get to know my city better. The first stop on my journey through this city, The Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum. I have been asking Cory to go to the zoo for years, and he never wants to go. Finally, last Sunday, he decided it was time to go see what the Tulsa Zoo had to offer!

Before we headed to the zoo, I went online to check hours of operation, admission prices, directions and the weather, I always like to be prepared! The zoo is open 9am to 5pm, 363 days of the year, only being closed on Christmas, and the third Friday in June.

Admission is:
Children Ages 3-11:$4.00
Seniors 65+: $6.00
2 and under are free
Tulsa Zoo Members are free
Members of other AZA zoos are half price
It was set to be a hot day, so we decided to get there at 9 when it opened, and I am very glad we did. After a short wait to get in, we were given a map and a list of the days activities, and we set off to find our first exhibit. We headed to see the chimps, but were a little sad to find they were not out yet. So off we headed to the next place, Wild Life Trek. At the Wild Life Trek, we learned about life in the water, forest, desert, and cold.

We headed off to the Children's petting zoo, but it was not open yet. So it was off to the Topical American Rain forest. I was expecting it to be so humid and damp, that I could not breathe in there. However, it was pleasantly cool and just slightly humid. I wandered in awe at how beautiful the birds were, soaring above our heads. At one point, the gorgeous parrot decided to get very close to me, which made me a little nervous. Cory had a pretty good laugh at my mini freak - out moment!

We continued on the path, and saw the bears, lions, rhinos, and other large animals. I had to keep reminding myself that I couldn't touch the animals. You can get very close to the exhibits at this zoo, it makes you feel like you are apart of the zoo. It's an amazing feeling to have the opportunity to be within feet of such glorious, animals. While we were at the bear exhibit, the bear was really, very silly. He was rolling in the water and seemed like he was dancing. Many of the younger children around us were having a blast, laughing at how silly the bear was being!

After the larger animals, we circled back around to see the Sea Lion Cove. I was super excited to see the sea lions and penguins that are housed here. The Sea lion, was just chilling half in the water, half on the rocks. There was a pretty large crowd gathering to wait on the sea lion demonstration that was getting ready to take place. We decided not to stay for it and went to look at the penguins. It was love at first sight. The penguins were so playful and cute, swimming through the water and sliding off the rocks. They drew probably the largest crowd of the whole park, and rightfully so. They are so much fun to look at, and were very interactive! Those cheeky little penguins, know how to play the crowds!

Next stop was the Conservation Center. Inside we found an abundance of life, from monkeys and lizards, to turtles, fish, and birds. There were so many things to look at, and I could have spent hours in there watching the monkeys goof off. They chased each other through door ways, up and over tree branches and pulled each other's tails like they were little children. Laughs and screams of delight could be heard before you even entered the building. Just on the other side of the building were the majestic flamingos! Vibrant pink and very loud, they played in the water and sat a top their nests. They are a sight to be seen and not to be missed.

Bouncing on over, we found the red kangaroo who was hiding in the shade. It was so warm on Sunday, that many of the animals were in the shade and hard to spot. But that made it more of a challenge and I was ready to accept! It took a while but we spotted the kangaroo along the ridge in the shade. While has was napping, he looked up just long enough for me to snap a quick pic of him. We left him to his nap and continued on our way to the Wetlands.

The wet lands was an interesting place. It was very wet and slick inside. I caution you to be careful in there. I like to wear flip flops and i slid many times inside and had to grab on to Cory to keep from falling. That said, I loved how the birds were perched on the railings and placards. We were very careful not to disturb any of them and keep our distance. Just remember to respect the animals. Don't try to pet anything that is not in the petting area.

There were many other exhibits and animals to see. We spent nearly two hours walking through the zoo looking at everything, some things twice. We noticed many signs throughout the zoo, stating the future home of a new exhibit. That is exciting news to see so many new exhibits going in. The zoo is an older zoo, and you could tell it was in need so some repair, but it seemed that they had already begun some of the repairs.

All in all, the zoo was a lot of fun and was well worth the $8.00. We could have stayed all day if it had not been so hot. It was already 90 degrees at 11am, yikes!! We decided the next time we come to the zoo, we will pack a picnic and enjoy Mohawk Park, just right outside of the zoo. There is so much to do here that you will surely enjoy the day. I know we did! Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum is located just a few miles from Tulsa International Airport and would be an easy drive when you have a long layover. It is definitely worth a trip to the zoo, and a play in the park. It costs $2.00 to park, but we got there so early, we did not have to pay to park.

I will be going back to the zoo and I look forward to seeing all the new exhibits! If you live in Tulsa or the surrounding areas, you should check out the zoo and plan a day trip! Have a meal in the many zoo cafes or shop at the several gift shops. Take the kids on a train ride, or mine for gems. Don't miss the Dog Days of Summer going on 6/29-9/1. Where you'll enjoy half price admissions on Wednesdays in July, water slides are $2 for members, $3 for non members. The Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum has so much to offer it's guests, you'll be glad you decided to go!


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Five Tips to Keep Your Kids Active this Summer

It's hard to believe that summertime is in full swing. With the kids at home while taking a break from their studies, it can be hard to find ways to keep them entertained, as well as active. One of the worst things a child or teen can do during their break, is to lounge in front of the television set for hours on end.

Here are some great tips and ideas for keeping your kids active this summer...

#1 Day Camps

There are lots of wonderful day camp programs offered locally and nationally for children of all ages during the summer months (some may even be free!). Check out your local programming, and let your children be involved in selecting the camp or the program. Day camps range in themes from sports to science and fine arts. Many children often learn new skill sets, and find themselves exploring other interests that lead to new hobbies and loves! Children can pick up new languages and skills quite easily, so be ready to be okay with them wanting to try something totally new.

#2 Keep Sporting Equipment on Hand

If your children will be spending the majority of their summer break at home, be sure to keep a variety of sporting equipment in the garage or shed, or even a storage bin in the backyard. For toddlers, simple balls and bean bags can provide hours of entertainment. For older children and teens, items like hula hoops, jump ropes, and even yard games like badminton or croquet can be entertaining. Croquet is definitely one of our family's favorite outdoor activies, and we love playing bocci ball at the beach!

#3 Stay Active as a Family

My husband often complains about not wanting to be outside after he gets home from work in the evenings (he works outside a lot of the time). Making sure he has the right gear for being active with me and our son really helps him get back outdoors in the evening hours. We found some really comfortable active gear like shoes and even biking gear at Skate Hut, and it's made him feel more and more like getting out and playing together as a family, even after he's worked a long, hard day. Whether we go out to ride bikes, visit a local park for a little hike, or just take a stroll around the neighborhood, we know our time is better spent getting a little exercise together, rather than plopping down in front of the television set!

#4 Have the Kids Do Chores

When we were growing up, my sister and I were expected to help out around the house- inside and out. My son is only two and a half, but even at this young age, I let him help me with simple tasks outside. Asking the kids to help plant flowers, pick home grown veggies and fruits, etc, can really be helpful to parents, and fun for the kids. For children who are older, it doesn't hurt to let them help pull weeds or cut the grass (if they're supervised). This can even be a great way for them to earn a little spending money for the summertime!

#5 (For the Teens) Summer Job

When I was old enough to babysit, that's how I spent my summer months. I got plenty of exercise caring for and chasing after other people's kiddos during the day. Encouraging older teens and kids home on break from college to have a summer job will not only keep them active, it's helps them get a glimpse into the life of an adult and prepare them for what it's like to get up and go to work every day. A summer job is a great way for teens to save for trips, college tuition, a new car, or to put into a savings account for the future.

How do you keep your children entertained during the summer months?

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Jumpstart Your Weekend with a WIN!

It's Friday, and we're ready to get the weekend rolling by announcing some giveaway winners!
Look to see if your name is on our latest winners list!

Congratulations to...

Beach Rays Swimsuit: #3048- Em M.
Faeries Dance $50 CG: #238- Courtney B.
Memento Beach Tote and Floppy Hat: #1176- JLin M.
Tupperware CrystalWave Soup Mug: #634- Michelle P.
Minnie's Wizard of Dizz DVD: #1545- Elizabeth K.D.
MooChew Dog Toy: #796- Sherrie C.

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Find Your Moment of Bliss with Escape Monthly #Giveaway

Life is stressful, and it's hard to schedule the time we all need to relax. But what if you got a care package in the mail every month, designed specifically to help you break away?

We're excited to introduce you to Escape Monthly, a destination-inspired box full of luxury products to help you relax and renew. Every month, they curate high-quality products to help you slip into bliss—from spa & beauty products, to gourmet snacks & gift certificates. Escape Monthly also gives a lucky member a vacation to the destination! Talk about an incentive to join!

Each month's box is packed with:

Destination Inspired Themes
Pamper & Indulge with Full-Size Luxury Products
From Bath, Spa & Beauty... Gourmet Snacks & Gift Certificates!
Travel Guides & Entertainment to Escape Into
One Lucky Member Wins the Escape! (Learn How)
Pre-order now! First box ships mid-August

Escape Monthly

Want it? Try it!

If you'd like to learn more about Escape Monthly, or subscribe to their monthly box, head to their website. MBP readers can use the unique coupon code YOURESCAPE to receive 20% off!

Want It? Win It!

One lucky MBP reader will win their very own Escape Monthly Box (1 month free- first box ships in August). Open to US residents, 18 and older. Just use the Rafflecopter giveaway form below to enter to win!

MBP is not affiliated with Escape Monthly and was not compensated for sharing this post. MBP is not responsible for prize shipment.

Good luck!

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Cirque Du Soleil #Trivia

We are so excited that Quidam Cirque Du Soleil will be at Tie Warner Cable Arena next week, beginning Wednesday, July 3rd! There's still plenty of time for you and your family to get your tickets to one of the shows!

For more information visit
See a preview of the show here.

Show Schedule 

Wednesday, July 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 6 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 7 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

The Family 4-Pack Discount is still available!

Fun Cirque Trivia: Round 3

Did you know...

2,500 pieces of handmade costumes are used in the show
The wardrobe is worth over $2,000,000
In 2013 Quidam will visit 46 cities to perform over 300 shows
Since the show started in 1996 more than 10,000,000 people saw Quidam

Amazing! I've never been to a Cirque Du Soleil performance, so I am very excited to go and see all of the amazing mid-air dancing, stunts, and to listen to and see this story unfold!

Want to Go? Win Some Tickets!

One lucky reader will win a set of 4 tickets to the Cirque Du Soleil Performance at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC on Saturday, July 6th at 3:30 pm (no exceptions!). Tickets will be left at will call box office at the arena and must be picked up by the winner. Winner will be aske to show photo ID at time of pick up. Open to US residents, 18 and older. Just use the Rafflecopter entry form below to enter to win!

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Unmentionably Cheeky Review and Giveaway

 I love getting deliveries, it always feels like Christmas when a package arrives on our doorstep or in the mailbox. My kids love trying to figure out who it is for and what could be inside. Working with MBP, we get a ton of kid and mom related items to share with our readers, I love when I get to tell the kids, "this package is for Mommy". We were recently contacted by a company that Mommy couldn't wait to try out, a monthly subscription company that was unique and affordable!
 Unmentionably Cheeky is a great husband and wife company based in Manhattan. Rich, the business side, and Melody, the fashion side, have created a monthly delivery experience for intimate apparel. Each pair of panties is "fun, flirty, and feminine" and arrives in the privacy and convenience
of your own mailbox.
I worked directly with Rich (who is fantastic by way), how often do you get to work directly with the owner/creator of a company? He was so easy to work with, explained everything very well, and talk about quick responses and service-WOW. He really went above and beyond to make sure his company, Unmentionably Cheeky, provided amazing customer service. Read other testimonials here.
Unmentionably Cheeky is a quick, easy way to add to your panty collection each month and who doesn't love new panties. You can't get three pairs of panties this cute and comfortable in the store for the price and ease that Unmentionably Cheeky offers in their monthly subscription. Currently you can get 3 pairs of panties for $11 + free shipping (use the coupon code SUMMER to get them for $8).
What can be easier than these 3 simple steps:
  • Choose your size-size chart can be found here
  • Enter your shipping information and proceed to checkout, make sure to enter a coupon code if you have one
  • Enter your payment information and send it off
Rich offered to send me a one month subscription to Unmentionably Cheeky, read below to see how great it was!
Our package has arrived!
The shiny package is discreet yet fun and arrived very quickly.
Wrapped and secured in tissue paper
Adding an extra touch to the packaging shows how much care is put into their service.

Neatly wrapped inside the tissue were 3 pairs of panties
I was sent three completely different pairs of panties. The colors and designs were just my style too. 

The first pair was a blue cotton with lace. I love the girly/sexy frill while still being totally comfortable and soft. The color is bright and fun too. 
The second pair was a lacy black hip hugger/thong. They are super sexy and who doesn't love some sexy black lace panties. 
The third pair are my favorite, a pink lace with black accents. I love the color combination and the softness of them, plus the fit is great too.
 These panties are well made and definitely "Fun, Flirty, and Feminine". I would highly recommend using Unmentionably Cheeky for the price, quality, service, and ease, you can not find something better.
 Want It? Buy It!
Isn't this a great deal? You can start your monthly subscription right now with Unmentionably Cheeky and get 3 new pairs of panties each month. What are you waiting for? You can also find and "Like" Unmentionably Cheeky on Facebook, look for customer feedback, photos, review links, and special deals. You can also Follow Unmentionably Cheeky on Twitter. Have a question for Unmentionably Cheeky, check the FAQs to see if it has already been answered.
Want It? Win It!
Please check back with us on August 12th. We will be running a delayed, Unmentionably Cheeky, giveaway for one lucky MBP reader. Up for grabs will be a free one-month subscription (3 panties). Entry requirements will include:
  • like/follow/subscribe to Unmentionably Cheeky on FB/Twitter/YouTube.
  • answer why an Unmentionably Cheeky subscription would be a perfect gift for you and what you like best about Unmentionably Cheeky based on what you have seen
Thank you to Rich and Unmentionably Cheeky for offering us a free one month subscription to try and one to giveaway!

Fresh Meats at Your Fingetips from Zaycon Foods #Sponsored

How does Zaycon Foods manage to provide such high quality super fresh meat and produce to its customers at such low prices? The answer is strength in numbers. And not our numbers, yours!

Zaycon Foods can sell its products at bulk rate prices to individual consumers and families because our unique sales event business model brings lots of people together, adding all their purchasing power into a combined bulk food purchase. And when you buy as part of a group that’s committing to such a large purchase, the power is in the hands of the purchaser! It’s the ultimate group buy in terms of both price and consumer empowerment.

You can pre-select exactly what you want to order from a given Zaycon sales event – sometimes you may want to stock up on our amazing meaty back ribs and sometimes it might be all about the Zaycon bacon – and then, on the day of the sales event, you and a whole big bunch of your neighbors will find yourselves in a nearby parking lot watching as an entire tractor trailer’s worth of high quality natural food is unloaded into all of your cars! You will be amazed at how quickly one of our refrigerated trucks goes from being filled with natural, fresh chicken or hundreds of gallons of grade A non-homogenized milk to being empty and back on its way to the farm!

A Zaycon Foods truck sales event often lasts less time than you would spend on a trip to the grocery store, yet you will leave with a whole lot more food than you’d get at the market, and for much better prices, too!

When you use the Zaycon Foods sales event as your preferred place to purchase meats, milk, and any of our other fine products, you get advantages even beyond the bulk pricing that comes with our special sales model. You also have the peace of mind of knowing exactly what you’re going to get! A trip to the grocery store can involve wasted time wandering around looking for various foods spread out across the store; at a Zaycon Foods parking lot meat truck delivery (or milk or berries or fish delivery, too!) you have pre-ordered your foods, so all you have to do is show up and wait for our friendly staffers and volunteers to load up your car. 

Also, unlike in the grocery store, the prices you will pay for a Zaycon Foods product are locked in on our website, so you will know how much you are going to spend before you have committed to a purchase. 

At a supermarket, you might pay one price for chicken on one day, and then a higher price on another day. With Zaycon, you decide that you want to order a case of our fresh boneless skinless chicken breasts, you check the price and then you commit to it, knowing that from that moment on, we are committed to getting you your fresh, natural food!

Want It? Check It Out!

To Get Started, click here!

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