Friday, September 30, 2016

Cozy Up at Home this Fall with New Decor from Hallmark Home + #Giveaway #LoveHallmark


Thank you to Hallmark for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own.

It's fall! Fall is absolutely my favorite season, and I am slowly brining my fall decor out of the attic. It's actually all stored over at my parents' house, so I have yet to go and dig through it all. With a new baby at home, my time for decorating is to a minimum. I want to decorate (I love to do seasonal decorating, in fact), but plan to keep it mostly simple this year. I don't have room for lots of decor, and since I can't store all of those decorations at my house, it's best for me to choose a few simple pieces to put out for the holidays.

This year, I am happy to add some beautiful new decorative pillows to my holiday decor from Hallmark. Hallmark has a beautiful collection of home decor and home accents, and gorgeous seasonal pieces. They have everything you could want to deck your home out for fall.

Check out these beautiful throw pillows I received from Hallmark. Just perfect for fall!

I don't usually take time to shop for new throw pillows. I have kids, so I have pretty much decided that I can't have nice things until they're grown up and out of the house. Kidding! I love to have nice things, but I don't often leave them out for the kids to destroy. Pillows are one of those decor accents that you can quickly and easily change out for the different seasons. Hallmark's accent pillows are beyond lovely for the fall season.

I love this Always Room for More pillow.

The Always Room for more pillow is so fun! It's a large pillow, which makes it a lovely accent piece and a point of conversation. The design is really fun and funky! I love all of the different shapes printed on the pillow. It's sort of an out of my comfort zone style, with the colors and contemporary design. The embroidery is so chic. I love the saying 'Always room for more,' because it's certainly true in our home... in our tummies, and in our lives!

Always Room for More!

This pillow will probably eventually wind up in our bedroom on an armchair. We have a funky duvet cover with teal blue and gray, so the colors will go perfectly with our color scheme in there. Accidents do happen, so if this pillow needs to be washed, the cover comes off and can be cleaned. Lay it flat to dry, and it should be as good as new!

Always Room for More 20x20 Throw Pillow
Pillow Details

Make room for a warm square throw pillow with a welcoming message. White with blue, orange, brown and gold touches, it's sure to welcome friends and family into your home.
Embroidered on pillow: Always Room For More
Cover: 100% cotton.
Fill: 100% polyester.
Concealed zipper with removable cover.
Spot clean only.
Lay flat to dry.
20" W x 20" H
$30.00


We also received this pretty A Season for Thanks accent pillow.

I really love this pillow. It's simple- thick dark brown embroidery on an ivory background. It blends in nicely with the decor that I already have out, and looks so nice with the pillows that are already on my couch. We like fall colors, so we tend to decorate with those. The pillow is a beautiful reminder to us all that we should give thanks every day! This pillow would make an excellent accent for your home, or would make a thoughtful gift! Check out the A Season for Thanks pillow!

What a pretty accent for our couch!

Pillow Details

This lumbar bolster pillow in warm white and brown features a beautiful embroidered message, a perfect way to brighten up any chair, sofa or bench all season.
Embroidered on pillow: A Season For Thanks
Cover: 100% cotton.
Fill: 100% polyester.
Concealed zipper with removable cover.
Spot clean only.
Lay flat to dry.
18" W x 12" H
$40.00

With fall decorating comes so many traditions and memories. I am thankful that my little family is complete with my handsome son and beautiful daughter. We're looking forward to making new memories in our cozy bungalow this fall!

Let Hallmark help you decorate your home for fall! 


Want them? Get them!

Head on over to Hallmark to browse all of the beautiful Hallmark Home collection for fall and beyond! You can also look for select pieces in your local Hallmark store. Connect with Hallmark on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.



Want them? Win them!

One lucky MBP reader will win giveaway pack including either a Stir In Extra Love Tea Towel (set of 2) or Gold Berry Ruffled Pot Holder/Oven Mitt Set from the Hallmark Home collection. Giveaway is open to US residents, 18+. Just use the RC entry form below to enter for your chance to win! MBP is not responsible for prize fulfillment. See our policies page for details.

Special thanks to Love Hallmark for allowing me to decorate my home with their beautiful pillows, and for offering this lovely fall giveaway for our readers!

Good luck!


Getting out of my rut!! #fitnessfriday

I have been in a rut when it comes to exercise.  I joined a gym and have only been once and have already paid the membership fee two times.  I have been so busy and so tired by the end of the day I just want to come home and crash!  I saw the quote above and just thought it was great.  It was posted by my sweet friend, Michelle.  She will not mind my sharing it.  She is a health coach and her Facebook is so motivating.  She is always posting clean recipes and exercise tips.  I am blessed to have her to turn to and I know that she will help me with what I need to get back on track.  So, I have been falling down over and over but I know that I can do this.  I'm going to make time to get to the gym and make time for me!  

Make time for you and when you fall, get back up and start again!!
Have a great Friday.


Counting down to Disney.... Disney Challenge day 30.... What is your favorite Disney Theme Park Show?


Well guys, this is it! Day 30 of the Disney Challenge! While I am SO sad that it is over, it means that as you read this... WE ARE ON OUR WAY TO THE AIRPORT GOING TO DISNEY WORLD!!!!!!

Today we are talking about favorite Theme Park Shows. There are so many amazing shows!!!

There is Finding Nemo and Festival of the Lion King at Animal Kingdom...



There is Beauty & the Beast and Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios



There are lots of new shows and things at Hollywood Studios with Star Wars that I CANNOT WAIT to check out this trip too!

But, out of it all, NOTHING compares to the fireworks shows that close out the nights at the Magic Kingdom!! Goosebumps EVERY time!





There are different shows with different themes year round. Each and everyone is AMAZING!

How about you? What is your favorite theme park show? We have absolutely loved hearing from you guys! We hope you have had as much fun as we have with this! Comment below on your favorite show!!



Thursday, September 29, 2016

Where will Your Child's Imagination Take Them? HearthSong Fantasty Fort #Review + #Giveaway


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

When I was a little girl, I used to love using my imagination when I played My sister and I would often build forts in the living room, using the dining chairs, and all of the pillows and blankets we could find. Now that I am a mom, I see my own son wanting to do the same thing, and we have built many forts on many rainy days. The only thing I dislike about it is dragging out all of the blankets. It's sort of a pain to have to fold them all back up and put them away. I have long looked for a fort set that can easily be set up and broken down, and one that my little man would enjoy building and playing with.



HearthSong had the answer to our fort building dilemma. HearthSong features awesome, unique gifts for kids of all ages, which you'll feel good about giving! HearthSong has been committed to connecting moms and dads with wholesome, quality playthings for their children since 1983 (that's the year I was born!). HearthSong was founded by Barbara Kane, and shipped the very first HearthSong catalogs, which were printed in black and white, and included pencil drawings of select toys, from her very own home. Twenty-five years later, HearthSong still embraces its name, celebrating the Hearth as the center of the home, and the Song, which embodies a family's spirit. HearthSong believes that children ought to be occupied with the joy of creative play and just being kids, and they offer quite a unique selection of activities, toys, decor and more!

We've had the pleasure of working with HearthSong, and sister company, Magic Cabin in the past, and we have been so pleased with the items we have received. They are all still among B's favorite toys and activities, even years later!


We were excited to receive the Fantasy Forts Set from HearthSong!

The Fantasy Forts set is a great way to enjoy fort building and play time with your kids! The set includes 16 cardboard 'wooden' panels- some have cut outs for windows, others are full panels. The set also comes with red Velcro strips to secure the pieces together with, and cardboard building pieces.


The 32 pc set is actually two of the 16 pc sets. This is plenty of pieces for building a fantastic fort!

When B opened up this awesome set of fort building supplies, he was beyond excited. He loves building forts, and couldn't wait for his daddy to get home from work, so they could build together!
Hubby also loves building forts, so I knew that this would be something that they would enjoy doing together. I was eager to see their interaction while building. B wanted to play with this amazing fort set immediately, so we opened up the packages while we waited for daddy to get home.



B, looking through the contents of the packages in his room.



Ready to build!

We laid out the fort pieces in B's room. Unfortunately, we have a small house, and don't have a lot of space, so we knew that this would be a temporary set up for play. We laid out the cardboard panels, and fisheout the instructions for building. Each pack of panels came with a roll of red Velcro tape, and a way to measure the length that we needed to cut strips. The Velcro tape is used to hold the panels together at the sides while building. B enjoyed helping his daddy measure the red tape, and watching daddy cut the strips.


Once the strips were cut, and the connector cardboard pieces were folded together, it was time to get to building a fort!

B and my hubs used the panels to create a cool fort in B's room. They connected the panels so that the fort was tall enough for B to stand up in- in a tower section, and they also put a roof on it. They built the fort out, so that B could crawl into it, like a tunnel. It took about twenty minutes for them to get it all put together. It was great to see B's excitement for the fort to be built, and he had a great time building it with his daddy.



Two panels tall, B fits inside of the fort's tower! He couldn't wait to put a roof over his head.



Let's play! This is B's finished fort! Looks pretty awesome, doesn't it?

We wanted to make a really big fort for B to play in, but we ran out of space. My hope is that we can take the set outside this fall, when the weather is nice, and B can build a giant fort to play in! We'll have to take it all down when he's done, but I have a feeling that it'll be a lot of fun! B can't wait to build a fort with his Cousin C in a few weeks. We'll be getting together for a family birthday party, and the boys are going to have a blast playing with this awesome fort set!

We left the fort set up in B's room for a few days. He loved taking his blankets in there, and even asked if he could sleep in it. We often found him in the fort with stuffed animals, his superhero toys, etc. Even both of his grandmas were invite into the fort to play and read books. This fort set is an awesome gift idea for any child in your life to loves to create and explore!

It does take a little while to put the fort together, but for the most part, older kids can do this by themselves. B is almost six years old, and he did need help putting it together. My hubby thought this set was so cool, and the only drawback for him was that the red Velcro strips weren't pre-cut. The fort comes down easily, and can be stored with the pieces all stacked together.


So much fun! Let's hide out in the fort for a while!

I won't lie- I've thought about hiding out in the fort, myself! It would be cool for mommy to steal a few minutes and read in the fort, or make a phone call! Ha!

Check out the Fantasy Forts video...



Main image for Fantasy Fort-32 Piece Set

Fantasy Forts Details

What does the fort of your dreams look like? Have a blast building it, no matter what it looks like—or invent it as you go—with this cool kit’s connectable wood-look panels. What if your idea of a dream-fort changes? Even better! Remake it in a different shape, for part of what makes this kit so special is its innovative double-sided Velcro® connectors that are easy both to do and to undo. The other special part is the sturdy 22" x 22" heavy-duty cardboard carton panels that can be connected on any of their four sides, and the additional carton building clips that support second stories (choose 16-Piece Set or 32-Piece Set). Fortifying fun!

• Kids can build the fort of their dreams
• Connectable wood-look panels
• Double-sided Velcro® connectors
• Heavy-duty cardboard carton panels
• Carton building clips support 2 stories

For ages 4 and up.

Styles
16-piece set- $39.98
32-piece set- $69.98

Size
Building panels are 22" x 22"

This is one of our favorite products available at HearthSong! We have reviewed some really cool toys, games, and activity sets from HearthSong, and I think this is our favorite so far! I really love HearthSong, for so many reasons. They offer so many amazing toys and activities for kids of all ages. Their website is well thought out, and so easy to use. I love to go on there and browse, and with the holidays coming up, I know that I'll be doing some holiday shopping on their site. You can shop by category, shop by age, shop by best sellers, etc.  There's even a handy gift finder for you to use if you're looking for special gifts!

Want it? Get it!

Head on over to HearthSong to browse all of their awesome gifts for kids! Don't forget to take a look at the Halloween Shop & Holiday Preview!
Connect with HearthSong on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, G+, and Instagram!
See how HearthSong gives back through their HearthSong Heroes program!



Want it? Win it!

One lucky MBP reader will in their own Fantasy Fort Set from HearthSong! What fun you'll have building amazing forts! This giveaway is open to US residents, 18 and older. No PO Boxes. Just use the handy RC entry form below to enter for your chance to win! MBP is not responsible for prize fulfillment. See our policies page for details.

Special thanks to HearthSong for allowing us to review and share about this fun fort set, and for offering this fun giveaway for our readers! Look for our other HearthSong reviews, and look for a holiday review soon!

Good luck!



It's True What They Say: Kids Grow Up So Fast!


It's true what they say- kids grow up so fast. The photo above is of my five-year-old son, and my five-month-old daughter. They will be six years and six months in a few days. It seems like it was yesterday that I was holding my oldest babe in my arms- a new mom, without the slightest clue that the days and weeks would fade away so quickly. I hear a lot of new parents say that they can't wait until their babies are toddlers, or that their toddlers are kids, and can do things for themselves. My husband and I wished this, too... and guess what? It happened so fast. One day, I woke up, and my son was no longer a baby. He no longer wanted to hold my hand. He no longer needed to to help him go potty or pour a glass of milk. Sure, he still needs me for some things, but he is pretty independent, and I miss doing things for him.

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We have little sister in our lives now, which makes the time I spend with my son all the more precious. I really miss the relationship we had before S came into our lives. I mourned the loss of our relationship the weeks leaing up to her birth, because I knew that it would be different after her arrival. It's been a hard adjustment- for us as parents, and for B as a big brother. His attitude is different, and we find ourselves becoming short with him, all too quickly. We're all tired, we're all frustrated. We all love S so much, but at the same time, we miss the ways things used to be.

I know we'll get it all figured out. Everyday we're learning something new. We're learning how to juggle our time. They say that parents have more than enough love for more than one child, and although it's true- it's sometimes hard to show it. We're doing the best we can, and we know that this won't last forever. I'm doing as much as possible to spend time with B, to affirm him, and to let him know what a great kid he is, and how loved he is. He starte kindergarten this year, so it's been another big transition for us.

Baby S, trying to sit up on her own.

Baby S, exploring her new toys.

I am soaking up every minute of S' baby days. She's our last baby. I could sit and breastfeed her forever, and I wish I could freeze time while I do so. I know that I will never have this experience again, and I will miss it once it's over. I'm taking a ridiculous amount of pictures, because I want to have them to look at when my kids are grown. I don't know how much time the four of us will have together- forever doesn't even seem like enough. No one knows what tomorrow will bring, so I try to make the most of every day we have together... each day is a gift, and I thank God for this amazing family that He has blessed me with.

How will you make time to enjoy your family?



Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Unique Coffee Mugs, Big Mouth, Inc.

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Thank you to Big Mouth, Inc. All opinions and thoughts are my own. 

Big Mouth, Inc. started about 15 years ago from the home of the owner and creator, Steve Wampold. He loved catalogs and clever gifts so he wanted to continue doing what he loved.  The company is doing so well because people love novelty gifts. There are so many from which to choose for any occasion. Who doesn't love a witty gift? 

Thanks to Big Mouth, Inc., I was able to use a donut mug and a mug with a dill pickle handle. Hilarious and perfect for a donut lover and a person who loves puns. 

 I don't know about you, but I love coffee and donuts.

hahaha 

Want it? Buy it!

Head over to Big Mouth, Inc. for all of your special occasion gifts! You can buy each of these mugs for $14.99 on Amazon. You can also look for other authorized dealers on their website if you don't like Amazon. Seriously, birthday, bachelor or bachelorette parties, just for fun, or for the drinking or coffee enthusiast, they have it all. 


Check them out on social media! 

Thank you again, Big Mouth, Inc. I'll be buying your products in the future...now to choose which one first. What do you think?


Wordless Wednesday- Little Girls with Big Hearts

I am so proud of the two little ladies in this picture. Drew and Reese are currently fundraising (with help from their parents, of course) to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut. Their goal is to donate 100 Annie the Owls to RMHC. If you are interested in sponsoring an Annie, please visit my Facebook Page for more information. 



Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Step Up Your Coffee Game with Java Factory Roasters Da Bomb Coffee + #Giveaway

Thank you to Java Factory for providing me with product, free of charge, in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Coffee is my everything. I should say that my husband and kids are my everything (and really, they are), but so is coffee! Coffee greets me before either one of my kids or my husband each morning. It kisses my lips as I sip its goodness and wake up in the dark of my kitchen, before anyone else is stirring. I have a love affair with coffee, and it's pretty serious. I don't mess around when it comes to choosing the best blends to get me through my day. I have a five-year-old and a five-month-old, so yeah... coffee is my friend. It's sometimes my only hope for sanity in my chaos-filled day.

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A couple of weeks ago, I was treated to Java Factory Roasters coffee. I received a 40 count box of their single serve coffee- Da Bomb! I had to laugh out loud at the name of the coffee- I thought it was pretty clever. Why is this roast called Da Bomb? Well, it's double caffeinated, friends! That's right, double the caffeine to brighten your day! Holy cow! Who needs twice the caffeine? If you're a mom, you already know why.

Check out this beauty- a 40 count box of single serve coffee cups with Da Bomb coffee in them!

The single serve cups are compatible with Keurig brewing machines.

I have an iCoffee machine, and these single serve cups worked wonderfully with it. This roast is not for the faint of heart. This is some serious java that will be your mojo going!. The flavor is bold and extremely smooth. I added a bit of cream and sugar (because that's how I like my coffee), and that was all I needed for the perfect hot, steamy cup. I treasure my moments alone with an awesome, and well-deserved cup of coffee. This isn't a roast that I will have every day, but it's one that I enjoy, and love to have as a secret weapon if I'm really dragging or need to stay up late to get some work done... you know, because bloggers never sleep.

Details

Yes, this coffee comes with a warning label. Exploding with flavor and double the caffeine of regular coffee, this extra bold brew will leave you buzzing. Unless you plan on pulling an 
all-nighter, this brew is best for your morning rush.


Want it? Get it!

Head on over to Java Factory Roasters to browse all of their awesome roasts and blends. Connect with Java Factory:

Purchase Java Factory coffee on Amazon here.

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Want it? Win it!

One lucky reader will win a 40 count box of Da Bomb Single Serve Cups from Java Factory Roasters! Giveaway is open to US residents, 18 and older. MBP and participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Special thanks to Java Factory for allowing me to try their amazing coffee, and for offering this delicious giveaway to our readers!

Good luck!