Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Sour Cream Baked Chicken #tastytuesday

Hi guys!!  I have an awesome recipe to share with you today.  My family loves this dish.  I do not have pictures of it because I have not made it in a while but while doing my menu planning for this week I decided to add it in.  This is a recipe I put together myself after coming across one that had some other things that my family didn't like.  So, all the ingredient measurements are to your taste.  It will look similar to the picture above.  

Sour Cream Baked Chicken

6 chicken breasts
Italian Seasoning 
1 container sour cream
Bread crumbs
Shredded Parmesan

Preheat oven to 350*. Cover baking sheet with foil.  Put chicken on and sprinkle with Italian Seasoning.  Slather each piece generously  with sour cream.  Sprinkle bread crumbs on top of the sour cream.  Put Parmesan cheese on top.  Bake for 35-45 minutes or until chicken is cooked.  

I hope you enjoy!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Simple Tips To Make Getting Up In The Mornings Easier

If you’re guilty of hitting snooze several times each morning, you’re not alone. If you’ve been swamped at work, or you have young kids, you may be used to disturbed nights. Waking during the night and struggling to get to sleep can make you feel tired and lethargic the next day. It can also cause you be irritable and restless. If you’ve been having trouble sleeping, here are some tips to make getting up in the mornings easier.

Exercise is important for so many reasons. Most of us are aware of the physical health benefits of working out on a regular basis. But did you know that exercise also helps to reduce stress and relieve tension? If you’re stressed at work or you’re constantly chasing your tail, a quick training session or a power walk can make all the difference. If it’s sunny outside, go for a jog along the beach or take the kids for a walk. Take an hour to enjoy some ‘me time’ and do a yoga session or work up a sweat at a kickboxing class. Exercise tires your body out, but it also helps to refocus your mind. Research also suggests that those who work out regularly sleep better.

Sleep routine
You strive to get your kids into a routine, but this may mean that you neglect your own needs. Have you thought about your own sleep regime? Are you getting enough sleep? Are you constantly falling asleep on the sofa or experiencing energy dips during the day? Have a look at your current sleep patterns and try and adjust your routine. Your body gets used to timings, but you can alter them. Try to head to bed when you feel tired each day. If you go to bed and set your alarm for similar times each day, you’ll soon find that your body clock adjusts. 

Invest in a new bed
If you can’t get up in the mornings because you’re too tired, your bed may to be blame. If your mattress is worn, warped or damaged, this could be preventing you from getting a good night’s sleep. Although new mattresses can be pricey, it’s always worth investing in your health and wellbeing. Visit some bed stores and try some different brands and types. Have a look online for recommendations and buyer tips. You’ll find a Bed In A Box review on bestmattress-brand.org. Once you’ve found a new mattress, add some new pillows, cushions and throws to make your brand new bed look even more alluring. 

Most of us have mornings when we feel like we could sleep for hours. If you’re missing out on good-quality sleep on a regular basis, you may find that most mornings are a struggle. Sleep problems can affect your health, as well as your relationships with others. It’s a good idea to look for potential causes and solutions. Have a think about your routine, your bedroom environment, and your lifestyle. If you still can’t sleep and you dread your alarm going off, see your doctor. 

Sunday, May 29, 2016

God of Wonders

Lord of all creation
Of water, earth and sky
The heavens are your tabernacle
Glory to the Lord on high

God of wonders beyond our galaxy
You are holy, holy
The universe declares Your Majesty
You are holy, holy

Lord of Heaven and earth
Lord of Heaven and earth

Early in the morning
I will celebrate the light
As I stumble in the darkness
I will call Your name by night

God of wonders beyond our galaxy
You are holy, holy
The universe declares Your Majesty
You are holy, holy

Lord of Heaven and earth
You're the Lord of Heaven and earth

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Weekends with the Wigglesworths- Girls Weekend!

Hip Hip Hooray: IT'S SATURDAY! I'm not going to lie, I am feeling a little nervous about this weekend. Matt is away on a job, so it'll be just me and the girls for the entire weekend!

It's also Memorial Day weekend, so that means the parks will be packed with people and I'm going to have to find something to do to keep us all entertained and the girls from being "sisterly" (also known being a little less than kind) to one another.

The good news is, I have a few ideas! 

1. Movies
There is a theater not too far from us that offers discounted films (and thankfully air conditioning). What makes this idea totally awesome? I have credits to use towards tickets on Dealflicks and I will be getting our tickets for FREE! 

2. Bowling
The girls are all signed up to receive 2 free bowling games, everyday, all summer long with the Kids Bowl Free Program

3. Manicures and Pedicures
We just got some new polishes from AVON. I'm thinking "Teal Me About It" for my fingers and "Mint to Be" for my Toes :-) 

4. Talking About Memorial Day
This should be the number one thing we focus on this weekend. I think it's important to teach my girls about the true meaning of Memorial Day. Having an extra day off during the weekend is nice, but it's nothing compared to the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces! 

Wishing you a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend! 

Friday, May 27, 2016

I see me! #Promo

Looking for a beautiful, one-of-a-kind gift? I See Me creates personalized books for children- using their pictures and image. The beautifully illustrated books make a great present for a toddler or expecting parents.

This weekend, use promo code MEMORIAL2016 to receive 30% off!

Thank you I See Me for sharing this code with our readers! A review of one of their signature books is coming soon.

BeginAgain: Fun Wooden Toys for Tots #Review + #Giveaway

Thank you to Begin Again for providing me with product, free of charge, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions shared are my own.

Part of the MBP Summer Fun Guide

Summer is almost here! We have just a couple of days of school left this school year, and then it's vacation time! B is five years old, and will start kindergarten this fall. He absolutely loves going to school- loves his teachers and friends, and I love that he is able to be in such a wonderful, safe and educational environment for three hours a day. It recently dawned on me that B will be home with me again for a good portion of the summer. He's enrolled in a few weeks of Summer Play Group, and VBS, but otherwise, he'll be home with me and his baby sister. I loved planning our summers together before S was born, but now that I have two kids to keep up with, I am finding it harder to get out and play with B, with baby sis in tow.

I have searched high and low for fun, entertaining, and educational toys to play with while we're hanging out inside this summer. I turned to BeginAgain, a company which specializes in classic wooden toys for all ages.

BeginAgain was founded by Benjamin Barlow, who had a simple philosophy when it came to play:
A WISH for well-balanced play. 
I- Inventor
S- Sportster
H- Hero

Kids switch between these five stages of play every day. BeginAgain offers toys that are designed to satisfy all styles of play. That's not all- BeginAgain toys are made from Rubber Trees, and 100% recycled plastic.

We were sent a trio of toys from Begin Again:
Balance Boat Endangered Animals Game
Number Snail Puzzle
Green Keys Teether

We were excited to receive these fun toys- perfect for B, and even Baby S! 
B couldn't wait to dive into these unique wooden toys and games and check them out! These arrive on a rainy day, so the timing was absolutely perfect!

This fun game comes with a large wooden boat (or ark), and fifteen wooden endangered animals. The pieces are packaged in a wooden tray, which doubles as the perfect surface for play, and storage for when you're ready for clean up. Each game piece is beautifully made, and you can tell what wonderful quality the game is.

B couldn't wait to get playing!

The object of the game is to stand the boat up, and then balance the wooden animals on the boat one by one. There is no right or wrong way to balance the animals. Trying to get all of the animals onto the boat without toppling over is quite a challenge! We had so much fun stacking the animals all sorts of crazy ways to try to get them all onto the boat. As we played, we talked about the different endangered animals, and had a little lesson. I love games that are engaging, and educational!

So much fun- stack the animals to win!

It took us several tries to get all of the animals stacked. We knocked the whole boat over a few times. As it turned out, my hubby had the best balancing skills of all of us, and he balanced all of the animals on the boat in no time! I got pretty close to fifteen, but crashed the boat after twelve. Woops! It's harder than it looks!

I wondered how much B would enjoy this, but I was pleasantly surprised. He was determined to stack all of the animals on the boat, and never became upset or discouraged when the animals fell off- he just tried again. This game is a lot of fun for individual play, group play, and even for grown ups!

Fun game & playset all rolled into one... you'll easily see why Family Fun Magazine listed this as a boredom buster
Features of the Balancing Boat Endangered Animals Game

Kids develop dexterity, patience and pretend play skills with the BeginAgain Balance Boat. Inventing their own games and stories, kids will stack the brightly colored endangered animals as high as they can, balancing them atop the 6"x12" wooden boat. The animals are also perfect pocket pals, starring daily in pretend adventures. Made from eco-friendly rubber wood with non-toxic, child-safe stains, each of the 15 pieces in this playset is double-sided and one inch thick. recommended for ages 3+, the Balance Boat includes a 14" x 12" wood tray for storage and display.

Fun game for all ages
Game & Playset all in one
Portion of every sale is donated to an animal charity
Dr. Toy Best Green Product Award Winner
Family Fun Magazine Top Boredom Buster
2015 TOTY award nominee

We also received the Snail Puzzle!

B loves puzzle of all shapes and sizes- he's never met one that he didn't like. This numbers snail puzzle is small, but presents a challenge in the way it fits together. Like the balancing game, the puzzle comes packaged in a little wooden tray, which I love. We can keep the puzzle stored in the tray, and that way, we don't lose any of the pieces.

This wooden puzzle features bright colors, numbers, and Roman Numerals on the reverse side. B has never really experienced Roman Numerals before, so this presented yet another learning opportunity to for. I am excited to teach him this ancient number system!

B can't wait to put this puzzle together! Isn't it cute?

'Mommy, it's trickier than I thought!'

S-Nailed it!

B had a blast putting this together! It was more difficult than he thought it would be, as the pieces have to fit together just so. This is perfect for ages 3+, and helps to teach numbers 1-10. B had fun sharing this with his pal E (who is 3 1/2). She really loved the puzzle, and enjoyed taking a turn and putting it together. This is a great puzzle for the home or the classroom!

Number snail Puzzle
Features of the Snail Numbers Puzzle

A challenging 1 to 10 number puzzle for preschoolers. This inventive puzzle teaches some valuable basics: counting 1 to 10 and colors. Hand-crafted from plantation-grown rubberwood, an environmentally-friendly hardwood. Our best selling numbers puzzle! 

2 puzzles in 1
Made from eco-friendly rubberwood and colored with non-toxic stains so puzzles are safe and will maintain their beauty for generations
Helps teach numbers 1 to 10

We also received a little something for Baby S- the Green Keys Teether/Toy!

This is such a cool baby toy! It won't be long before Baby S is teething (she already drools up a storm!). I want to make sure that we have plenty of teethers on hand for her when the time comes. She is also starting to become interested in a lot of her toys, and loves anything that she can look at that's dangling above her. Though she can't play with these cute keys on her own just yet, she loves to look at them, and grasp them when they are placed in her open hands.

What's cool about this toy is that it's made from plants and not plastic! That's right- made from maple wood, and Green Dot non-GMO corn starch bio resin! That means that this is a compostable toy! How many of your child's toys can be composted? Probably few to none! I love that we can return this toy to the earth once we're done with it, rather than throwing it away or recycling it.

Can't wait to play! Baby S is super interested in this cool infant teether.

I can't wait until S can start chomping on these cool keys! Here's another product perk- they can be washed and sanitized on the dishwasher on the top rack. I love the convenience of being able to clean them that way! Gotta keep baby's toys clean!

Green Keys Teether Toy from BeginAgain is Made in the USA!
Features of the Green Keys Teether

Made in the USA from Green Dot non-GMO corn starch bio resin and maple wood, Green Keys are 100% compostable! The three soft keys are perfect for teething and developing grasping skills.

This clip-friendly teething toy is great for travel.
The keys can be removed and sanitized in the dishwasher (top rack please!).
Did we mention Made in the USA?!

There are so many cool toys and games from BeginAgain that we'd love to add to our toy and game collection at home. Check out some of our other picks...

The Tumbler - Flip & Push Toy from BeginAgain
The Tumbler

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Tic-Bug-Toe Travel Game

Kids will have hours of fun with this fun sea character playset.
Colors We Sea Story Box

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall... but play carefully to prevent a fall with this fun game from BeginAgain!
Don't Dump Dumpty Game

There's certainly a lot to love about the simplicity of BeginAgain toys & games! We can't wait to see what they'll introduce next, and we hope to be the ones to bring you their future products, as well! If you're looking for great toys & games to keep the kiddos entertained this summer, check out all that BeginAgain has to offer!

Want them? Get them!

Heda on over to BeginAgain to browse their awesome toys, puzzles, and games! Connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Want them? Win them!

One lucky reader will win their own Balancing Boat Endangered Animals Game from BeginAgain! Just use the entry form below to enter to win!

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Special thanks to BeginAgain for allowing us to share about their wonderful toys and games, and for offering this fun giveaway for our readers!

Good luck!

Take Me Away - Blowing Rock & Boone Weekend Getaway

It’s the perfect time to start thinking about a quick summertime getaway, especially with the school year coming to a close in a few months. Families looking to make the most out of a vacation in as little as 48 hours should consider planning a trip to Blowing Rock, N.C. Escape the summer heat with a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains for an unforgettable outdoor summer adventure with stops at an aerial adventure park (High Gravity Adventures), a Western-themed amusement park (Tweetsie Railroad) and more.

We're heading up to Boone and Blowing Rock today, for a family getaway for the long weekend. It's my mom and dad's anniversary, and they wanted to celebrate by going away with the family We couldn't say no when they asked us to join them! This is one of our favorite palces to get away to! This will be our first big trip as a family of four, and traveling with an almost 2-month-old will bring a new set of challenges to family travel for us!

Keeping everyone occupied and entertained is a must! 
Here's a list of great places to visit or check out when in Blowing Rock...

Suggested Itinerary – 48 Hours of Family Fun
Day 1
Experience the Wild, Wild West. Head to Tweetsie Railroad, North Carolina's first theme park, as early as 9:00 a.m. Purchase tickets at the main entrance if you haven’t already done so online. There’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy including an authentic Western town built up around Tweetsie Railroad’s Main Street. Hop aboard a train pulled by historic steam engines and experience a three-mile Wild West adventure through the Blue Ridge Mountains that will bring you back in time to the days of the frontier. There’s also plenty of other activities like live entertainment, amusement rides and a Deer Park Zoo to explore!

Lunch at the Park. Grab lunch at one of the on-site dining options at Tweetsie Railroad including Feed & Seed, Sparky’s Southwestern & Barbecue or the Tweetsie Palace Saloon. If you’d rather pack your own lunch, bring it with you to your next destination – High Gravity Adventures. There you’re welcome to eat at one of the surrounding picnic tables or on the open-air observation deck. There are also drinks and snacks available for sale at High Gravity Adventures.
Take to the Air. Spend the afternoon at High Gravity Adventures which is open for their spring schedule until 8:00 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The park’s summer schedule will start closer to Memorial Day weekend and will be open 7 days a week. This exciting aerial adventure park is right next door to Tweetsie Railroad and is perfect for the whole family with challenges fit for adults and little ones as young as four years of age. In all, more than 75 different challenges make up the course where guests will be able to climb, balance and swing from heights of 15 to 50 feet in the air. You’ll even get a 20 percent discount on your ticket by showing your same day Tweetsie Railroad ticket stub.

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Hit the Hay. After your action-packed day, enjoy first-class accommodations at Chetola Resort, an 87-acre resort within walking distance of downtown Blowing Rock. There’s a restaurant on-site called Timberlake Restaurant, serving up a delicious menu with Angus bistro filets, seafood, pan-seared duck and tempting house made desserts. There are also several other restaurants in the area that you could explore here too.
Day 2
Discover Treasures. Start your day sifting through the mine ore at the family-owned Doc’s Rocks Gem Mine to unearth beautiful gemstones that come from local gemstone mines. If you find a special stone, the geological experts on staff will give you the option to cut the gem on the spot and provide jewelry options. There’s also a fossil museum on-site where visitors can see a T-Rex skull up close!
Explore Optical Illusions. If you and your family are ready to be amazed, stop by Mystery Hill, an attraction that has a natural gravitational anomaly and a series of optical illusions the whole family will enjoy. Mystifying visitors since 1948, this park entertains guests with the Bubblerama where visitors actually stand inside a giant soap bubble, a Mystery Platform where your friends shrink before your eyes, and the Flying Mirror where you learn to fly. It’s a unique attraction you don’t want to miss!
Sightsee Blowing Rock. Discover the wonder of the Blue Ridge Mountains by visiting the majestic Glen Burney Falls unique to the Blowing Rock destination. Reach the falls by hiking the 1.6 mile Glen Burney Trail which was believed to be a Native American pathway. And, don’t miss taking in the scenic mountainside by horseback with VX3 Trail Rides. Create lasting memories with the family while riding in and around Blowing Rock viewing the abundant beauty with friendly and knowledgeable guides.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

TMNT2 Out of the Shadows Movie Screening Ticket #Giveaway (for Charlotte, NC Area)

Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael return to theaters this summer to battle bigger, badder villains, alongside April O’Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell). After supervillain Shredder (Brian Tee) escapes custody, he joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) and two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (WWE Superstar Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly), to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater evil with similar intentions: the notorious Krang.

TMNT 2 Movie Ticket Giveaway

Hey Charlotte, NC area readers...
We're giving away 10 family 4 packs of tickets to the TMNT 2 Out of the Shadows Charlotte Screening on Wednesday, June 1st!

Screening Info:
Wednesday, June 1
Regal Stonecrest

To enter to win a unique code, which you can use for tickets to the screening (stated time, date and location, only), use the RC entry form to enter to win! Winners must go to Gofobo.com/RSVP to enter their code and download their passes. As a reminder – all seats are first come, first served and they do overbook to ensure capacity. It's recommended guests arrive early to secure their seats.

Good luck!

Keep Your Family Safe with First Alert Carbon Monoxide Detector #review #giveaway

This is such an important product to have in your home!  Everyone has smoke detectors and everyone should have carbon monoxide detectors.  I especially like this one from First Alert because it will last for 10 years with no need to replace a  battery.  The battery will last the life of the alarm. It will give me an alarm when it's time to replace the alarm..which is a good thing because in 10 years I'm sure I will not remember that! It is very easy to set up.  The directions are very clear and easy to understand. You can display this alarm right on your dresser or a shelf.  It shows the temperature but will alert you if there are levels of carbon monoxide present in your home.  Carbon monoxide poisoning is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in America and you won't know that you have carbon monoxide poisoning until it is too late.  Please, please check out this product and make your home as safe as possible.  I feel so much better having this in my house and I will replace every 10 years.  My home will not be without a carbon monoxide detector. 

The alarm I received with lots of information on the front of the package. 

Specific details on the back.

Small but important!!

Step by step instructions right on the back of the alarm. 

Some information from First Alert....
The First Alert CO710 carbon monoxide detector is powerful, stylish and versatile. Designed to sit attractively on a tabletop or dresser, this unit can display ambient temperature on an everyday basis but will also alarm and display CO if it detects carbon monoxide in the home. The CO710 uses an electrochemical carbon monoxide sensor - the most accurate technology available. It emits a loud, 85dB alarm if carbon monoxide levels are detected at dangerous levels. The convenient peak function captures and allows you to retrieve the highest CO level recorded in your home.
This versatile detector includes a long life sealed lithium battery to power the alarm for a full 10 years without replacing the battery. This eliminates costly battery replacements and annoying low battery chirps in the middle of the night. An end-of-life alarm signals when it's time to replace the unit in 10 years.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in America, yet many people don't know they are suffering from CO poisoning until its too late. Since symptoms of CO poisoning are like the flu, you might not even know you're in danger at first. That's why a carbon monoxide alarm is an excellent way to protect your family. It can detect the CO you can't see, smell or taste in the air.
-  Multi-function, backlitdigital display - view CO levels or ambient room temperature
-  Peak level feature retrieves the highest concentration of carbon monoxide measured
-  Powered by sealed, ten year lithium batteries to provide continuous protection for ten years without battery replacement
-  Modern, compact design allows easy tabletop or wall mount placement
-  Meets UL2034 standards and backed by 10 year limited warranty

Want it?  Buy it!
First Alert Carbon Monoxide Detector can be purchased in most department or hardware stores.  Head over to the webpage to find the store nearest you.  You can also connect with First Alert on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.  To learn more about protecting your family from Carbon Monoxide poisoning please head over to First Alert webpage.

Want it?  Win it!
One lucky MBP reader will win their very own First Alert Carbon Monoxide Detector.
This giveaway is open to US residents, 18+. No PO Boxes, please. Just use the handy RC entry form below to enter for your chance to win! MBP is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Please see our policies page for complete details.

Special thanks to our friends at First Alert for the opportunity to protect my family and share with all of you how important this product it.  It has been a pleasure to work with you!!

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