Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Disney's Vampirina Now Available on Disney DVD + Print & Play Activities


Halloween is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with the family-friendly all-new adventures coming to DVD with the release of Vampirina!  Vampirina (Vee to her friends) is the new girl in town when her family moves from Transylvania to Pennsylvania and she’s going to be super busy making new friends, music videos, and throwing spectacular sleep overs!  

Wrap Up and Go Wild with Wild Things by FinFun #MBPHGG17


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

Lions and tigers and bears, oh, my! I still remember that as one of my favorite lines from The Wizzard of OZ, my favorite movie from childhood. I have always thought of animals as cuddly creatures, and have loved soft plush versions of animals that I'll never be able to cuddle with in real life. It's been no surprise to me that my son also has an affinity for cuddly plush animals and has always loved cuddling up next to his mom with a warm blanket. B's gotten a taste of the best of both worlds recently, thanks to an innovative blanket from FinFun.

Low Carb Sausage & Veggies (One Dish) #Recipe


My husband and I have really been trying to cut back on our consumption of carbs. We find that when we do, we both slim down, and feel better overall. It's amazing what all that sugar does to our bodies! There are a lot of wonderful low carb recipes out there that I am dying to try, but my husband is such a picky eater, that we wind up having the same sorts of meals over and over again. Desperate for something different, we came up with a one-pan dinner that cuts out the carbs and leaves us satisfied. Only one pan to clean up afterward? You betcha!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Affordable healthy snacks delivered to your door! Gluten free and vegan boxes available!

Thank you Urthbox for providing products for review. All thoughts are 100% my own. 

It is Saturday night and there are no snacks in our house, not even a semi-rotten banana that everyone kept passing on. Our primary grocery shopping day is on Sunday and lately, with two kiddos in tow, we have been splurging on grocery pickup at our local grocery store. It makes life easier as we can just pull up and have our groceries brought to our car with no hassle. The downside to grocery pickup service is that you miss out on a lot of new products by not seeing them as you stroll down the aisles or as the toddler "accidentally" pulls them into your cart. 

Let Crated With Love Plan Your Next Date Night #review #giveaway #MBPHGG17

Thank you Crated With Love for providing me with product in exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions shared below are my own.


Creating Art with Scratch & Create #review #giveaway #MBPHGG17

 

Thank you to The Quarto Group for providing Scratch & Create  product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared below are my own.

You guys are going to love these fun books from Scratch & Create.  I have told you how much I enjoy coloring because it is so relaxing.  This my friends, takes coloring to the next level.  I had so much fun making some beautiful pictures.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Get into the Christmas Spirit with Christmas Paper Crafting from Fox Chapel Publishing #review, #MBPHGG17

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

I love Christmas and I love to color and do crafty things and I have worked with Fox Chapel Publishing before so I was excited about checking this out!  I knew that I was going to have so much fun with the Christmas Paper crafting book and couldn't wait to get it and see all the goodies I was going to make!  I don't have a lot of free time, but the week that I got this wonderful book, I happened to have a couple free nights and was able to really look through it and do some relaxing coloring!  If you have never done coloring as an adult I would highly recommend it.  It is so relaxing and gives your brain time to take a break.  There are some beautiful pictures to color in this book, but it's so much more than just a coloring book.  You are going to love it!

Winners, Winners, Winners! #giveawaywinners


I thought I'd get your weekend started with a super long list of MBP Giveaway winners!  Did I mention it was a super long list this time?  Who's ready?  Here we go!

Weekends with the Wigglesworths- Project Catch-Up


Happy Saturday! The weekend is finally here and the Wigglesworth crew will be running around like  lunatics for most of it. If you keep up with any of our posts, you'll know that during this time of the year, we run around A LOT!  Thankfully, we're almost to a calm period, but we still have to get through the weekend first!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Bring the Beauty of the World Into Your Home With Steve Henderson Fine Art #MBPFallHomeandGarden

 Thank you to Steve Henderson Fine Art for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared below are my own. 

Avalon Bay- Fried Food Without the Mess #Review #Giveaway


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

Like most Americans, we love fried food! There's something about the combination of crunch and salt that can't be beaten. I also like to make most of our meals at home and hate the mess that frying makes. What's a frugal mom to do when the fried food craving hits?

A Summer Haiku


Cool breeze, palm trees, sand.
Waves crashing, children laughing,
Summer we miss you!


5 Quick Ways To Your Family's 5 A Day

Just in case you have been under a rock for the last three years or so, the 5 a day campaign is something that government has put in place to encourage us to each fresher fruit and veg. It's the guideline that we should try and hit both for yourself and your family each and every day. Sound great, but when you are working, and have fussy family eaters, it can be anything but. So read on for some advice on getting at least five a day without spending long hours in the kitchen.

Breakfast

Breakfast is a vital meal as it helps your established fire up for the rest of the day, meaning it can make your body work more efficiently at burning food as fuel.
A super quick 5-day addition to breakfast is freshly made fruit juice. You’ll need a juicer for convenience, of course. Don’t worry about that though, as if you are looking to buy a juicer? Here’s a complete guide to help you! There you will find information on the pros and cons of different brands to help you make the right decisions. One that will make your breakfast time go a lot smoother, while still ensuring it is as healthy as possible.  

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

STAR WARS: The Last Jedi - New Trailer + Tickets Now On Sale! #TheLastJedi


Star Wars fans, this is what you've been waiting for- the STAR WARS: The Last Jedi trailer is here, and you can also officially buy your tickets for the movie, which hit theaters December 15, 2017! My husband and his best friend have already set a man date to go and see the movie together. Needless to say, they're pretty stoked!

Tieks Update: My Do-Over Pair #tieks


Earlier this year, I wrote a post about my new Tieks, the ballet flat that I’m sure, by now, you’ve seen all over the Internet. Tieks by Gavrieli are the cute, versatile shoes that are taking over your Pinterest feed, advertised to be “The Ballet Flat, Reinvented.” They are also known for being pretty pricey, but everyone who has them swears them to be worth it. Spoiler alert: They are. But how have these shoes held up after near constant wear for nine months?

Are You Healthy Enough to Retire?


Everyone retires at some point. Unless you plan to work yourself to death, everyone deserves some time off to relax and enjoy the rest of their lives in peace. However, do you consider yourself healthy enough to retire in peace? Many seniors have to rely on relatives, friends, and carers in order to take care of them. This is usually due to a condition or illness that affects them and you might find that it’s more beneficial to both you and your family to take control of your health to remain independent for as long as possible.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Dragons, Ninjas, and Evil Geniuses - Oh My!

Whether you dress-up as a heroic Skylander or an evil Doom-Raider this Halloween, it's important to stay safe as you fill your trick-or-treat bag with yummy candy. Spyro and his heroic team are busy making their costumes, but everyone's favorite evil genius Kaos has taken a break from being bad to share some Halloween safety tips with you. Be sure to share this video to make sure everyone has a scary good time while trick-or-treating! 

Happy Birthday, Big Bro B!


Today is the day! My little man isn't so little anymore. In fact, he turned seven years old around 6:30 this morning. I remember the day he was born like it was yesterday, and though my birth plan for him didn't pan out the way I had expected, we were blessed with an incredibly beautiful baby boy, seven years ago. The older he gets, the more personality traits I see starting to show through- especially those that he has inherited from other family members.

Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook? You Might Just Be Doing It Wrong

Everyone knows the importance of eating well. People know they should be preparing their own meals, using fresh ingredients, and so on. How come, then, there are still so many of us who aren’t using our kitchen to its full capacity? The answer might be, simply, that we haven’t yet discovered the joys of cooking. Few people want to voluntarily give up their evenings to slave away over pots and pans, so what, then, is the solution? Make it less of a chore, and more fun!

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Snack on the Go with Delicious Otis Spunkmeyer #review






Thank you to Otis Spunkmeyer for the snacks. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Otis Spunkmeyer has provided delicious snacks since 1979 and its humble beginnings in Oakland, California. They are challenging themselves as a company to make similar tasty treats with fewer ingredients and simpler recipes; trying to eliminate artificial flavors, colors, and high fructose corn syrup. Otis Spunkmeyer continues to bake, test, and experiment with different flavors in their baked goods to make sure it is a yummy snack for everyone. With a variety of cakes, cookies, and brownies, there's sure to be something everyone can enjoy. 

Midea Makes Life in the Kitchen Simple #review #MBPHGG17 #giveaway

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

I love to cook and bake, even though I'm not that great at it.  I sometimes spend my Sunday afternoons preparing lunches and dinners for the upcoming week.  I do much better eating at home if I have a plan in action.  I have a tenancy to swing through somewhere on the way home from work if I don't have something ready to go when I get home.  I am a huge fan of products that make my time in the kitchen easier and quicker, so I was excited to hear about the Rice Cooker and Steamer and Cool Touch Kettle from Midea. I have a feeling these will become a part of our regular cooking routine. 

Sleep Peacefully with DreamCatcher


The DreamCatcher is an innovative new product to prevent children from hurting themselves once they start climbing out of the crib. Eight inflatable sections of the DreamCatcher allow you to customize it to your child's room and crib. The maker of DreamCatcher was checking on her son using the baby monitor and had to witness him falling out of his crib, leaving bruises on his face. She wants to reduce the 80% of injuries children have are from falling using DreamCatcher. 

Start Your Day with a Healthy Blueberry Breakfast #Recipe


I love fall and I love pumpkin spice but it is everywhere! It no longer seems as appealing when you can get everything in pumpkin spice flavor. I keep anticipating my favorite toothpaste brand to join the bandwagon. So today I'll introduce you to one of my favorite all-year-long recipes, Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa. 

Safety First: 4 Things Your Family Home Is Missing

Creating a safe environment for your family is always priority number one. When we take trips in the car, we make sure all the kids have their seatbelts on and that we drive at a sensible speed. When your kids start to learn how to ride a bike, you give them a helmet, knee & elbow pads, and usually, start them on stabilizers.

My point is, we take extra precautions in all areas of life, so why don’t we do it in the home too? It seems crazy to me that many families have only got a basic alarm system and nothing else. If you want to keep your family as safe and secure as possible, you’ve got to cover all angles. So, here are a few things your home is missing that will help you out:

Monday, October 9, 2017

Sophistication and Grace with a Gem Slice Necklace from Isabelle Grace Jewelry #MPBFallFash17

Thank you to Isabelle Grace for providing me with product for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared below are my own.

Control noise while communicating with little ones!


Thank you to Lucid Audio for providing product for review. All thoughts are 100% my own. 

I am an educator as well as a mom. All too often during professional development meetings for my career my mommy heart is overjoyed at all the wonderful things my own kiddos will get to experience and sometimes my heart aches at all that I have to worry about.

Welcome a Cure with Carpet One Floor & Home #review #giveaway #MBPHGG17

Thank you to Carpet One Floor & Home for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared below are my own. 

I worked with Carpet One Floor & Home last October during their Welcome a Cure campaign.  I love the gorgeous mats that are created for this wonderful cause.  The mat that I reviewed last year is still the mat that is at my front door and I love it.  I was very excited when I was contacted by Carpet One Floor & Home again this year and asked to participate in this yearly event.  I love to work with anything having to do with Breast Cancer Research and am proud to be involved with this.  You will want to join in this as well!

Motivational Monday-Take Time to Reflect


I've been noticing, over the last few days, that I am feeling really stuck. I tend to have the same routine day after day, and while there is nothing wrong with the routine, sometimes I am very aware of how tiring it is. I know as parents, we all feel this way from time to time, but what can we do to help pull ourselves out of it?

Healthy Chicken Nugget #Recipe

If you are running out of ideas for a healthy children's snack, then I am here to help you out. As a parent, I know that frustrating feeling when you can't satisfy the appetite of your kids. Of course, I can't just give them junk and other processed foods that are deemed to cause some infringements on their bodies.

Most of the time, kids are trying to veer away to the healthy options. They have this conception that these treats are not as tasty as the chips and chocolate bars they can buy on the market. Well, it is our role to change that surly idea. If you can prepare a healthy recipe, such as this homemade chicken nugget, you can really change the tides in the kitchen.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Rosebelle's Gratitude Journals #MBPHGG17


Get Your Kids Excited About Reading with the Andy Helps You Read App for iPad

This is a sponsored conversation on behalf of Andy Helps You Read. All thoughts shared are my own.

It's hard for me to believe that I have a child in the first grade. I am blessed that my son loves school, and enjoys learning. When we met with our son's teacher a few weeks ago to discuss his progress this year, she was so pleased with his eagerness to learn and commented on what a wonderful reader he is. B loves to read, and it's a good thing because first grade focuses heavily on reading. At this age, kids are learning to recognize words by sight (sight words), which in turn helps them as they begin to build sentence structures, and even learn to spell words on their own.

I Choose


Monday through Friday, I start my day bringing Ethan to school.  The drive takes 20 minutes there and 20 minutes back only for me to rush through my own routine to get to work on time.  I am not now nor have I ever been a morning person.  Yet, this is the view I see when I leave to take him to school.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Plan Your Fall Getaway with Thousand Trails Campgrounds: Part I #ThousandTrails


Thank you to Thousand Trails for providing me with a complimentary stay at Thousand Trails Chesapeake Bay, in exchange for sharing my honest thoughts. All opinions are my own.

Do you love to travel? My family loves to travel to different parts of our home state and all over the country. We've been traveling with our kids since they were each around three months old, and promised that we'd try to show them as much as the country (and the world) as possible. Traveling with kids can be challenging, but it can also be a grand adventure each and every time. This fall, we wanted to make some special memories by taking a family camping trip to Chesapeake Bay, Virginia. Why Virginia? We tend to visit a lot of the same areas of NC (because we love them), and wanted to branch out of state to explore a new area.

Weekends with the Wigglesworths- Happy First Weekend of October

 

Happy first Saturday of October! The house is abuzz this morning and we are looking forward to our upcoming soccer games, long weekend, and Matt's birthday on Monday. Right now though, in this moment, I'm looking forward to something else entirely.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Walk In Style This Fall With Embroidered Belts and Gifts From J.T. Spencer Belts #MBPFallFash17

Thank you to J.T. Spencer for providing me with product for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared below are my own.

J.T. Spencer is more than just a belt company. I quickly realized just how special a belt from J.T. Spencer is when I opened up my package in the mail and laid eyes on these belts. First and foremost, the way these custom logo belts are made is top notch, supreme quality. From the intricate stitch work to the vibrant colors and soft polished leather, these belts just make you feel special. I chose to model the nautical anchor belt because personally, I love all things nautical! Notice how much style and sophistication this belt adds to a pair of khakis and a button down. This belt is for the man or woman in your life who enjoys comfort as much as style.

Welcome 2018: Time to get your Calendars #MBPHGG17



Thank you to our friends at The Quarto Group, I was able to sample the 2018 calendars from Rock Point Gift and Stationery in exchange for my opinion and thoughts.  All thoughts are my own.

I was introduced to a line of calendars from Rock Point Gift and Stationery and love the unique style and the ironic themes they provide.  Who wants the traditional boring calendar when you can have one with pizzazz? 

Ten Things to Love About Fall


Fall is my absolute favorite season of the year. In North Carolina, it can sometimes seem like we don't get to truly experience a 'real' fall. Temperatures are always fluctuating back and forth, and we have to keep our summer clothes out until January. I welcome the first sign of cool air, though, and once the air turns crisp, it puts me in the mood for full on fall. Whether or not the temperatures agree with the current season, My family is making a list of our favorite things about fall, and we're going to try to do as many activities as we can.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Gorgeous Fall Looks for Less from TJMaxx.com #MBPFallFash17 #TJMaxx


Thank you to TJ Maxx for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts shared are my own.

One of the things that I love most about Fall, is the fashion. Give me cute tops, skinny jeans, boots, and scarves any day over sandals, shorts, and tank tops. The weather is ever-changing this time of year, and in North Carolina, you never know what the temperature will be like from one day to the next. We've had some cooler days lately, which has meant that I've been able to pull out my boots and have fun putting together some fall-like outfits. There are some really cute fall fashion trends this year, and I'm trying to stay up to date and update my wardrobe without breaking the bank.

Wipe Out Germs with the Birdie 2-in-1 Hand Sanitizer by OlikaLife #MBPHGG17


Photo Credit: OlikaLife


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

Look For The Bench #encourage #inspire #believe


In the silent still of a wounded night, a breathless chill breathes dawn's new light.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Help Your Guy Streamline His Look with the Headliner Combo by Andis + #Giveaway #MBPFallFash17


Thank you to Andis for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.

When I think about personal beauty, my mind immediately goes to what it takes for me to beautify myself each morning. I rely on some pretty amazing styling tools that do the hard work for me, so all I have to do is scrunch my hair, spritz it and go, or I'll use my favorite hair dryer, and straightener for a few minutes, and be on my way to the next thing on my list (which is makeup). Having quality styling tools makes all the difference in my daily beauty routine, and why should it be any different for guys? They may not spend as much time on their hair as we ladies do, but most guys do like to keep their hair and facial hair looking nice.

Be Kind to Your Health with Kind Fruit Bites Review #MBPBacktoSchool

 Thank you to Kind Snacks for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. The thoughts and opinions shared below are my own.

 If you're reading this and you're a mom, you know the struggle. The struggle is real, am I right? The little guy in these pictures is my 6.5-year-old son. He is such an interesting little guy in so many ways! I could go on and on, on that fact alone, but the purpose today is to talk about kids, what kids like to eat, what we want to feed them and most importantly, feeling good about those choices.
Case and point: The Struggle

Be Organized and Stylish with Travel Wise Packing Cubes #review



Thank you to EatSmart/TravelWise for the packing cubes. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

TravelWise Packing Cubes are the answer to anyone who travels frequently and has no organizational system. There are a variety of sizes for your toiletries, shoes, clothes, electronic equipment, and anything else you carry while traveling. 

Plant Love Where You Want it to Grow- #WordlessWednesday


The other day, while waiting in line to pick up the girls, I noticed this leaf. The girls and I always tend to notice heart shapes around us, but I especially like to see heart shapes in nature. This one seems to be saying "Plant love where you want it to grow". 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Make Snack Time a Slam Dunk with Organic Slammers by Go Gourmet + Slammers #Giveaway


Thank you to Go Gourmet for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.

One of the first things I hear out of my son's mouth after we get home from school each day is, 'Mommy, I'm hungry!' It's no surprise that a growing boy like B is hungry most of the time, and especially after a long, active day at school. It's easy to fall into the trap of letting him have a cookie or taking him out for a donut treat every now and then, instead of making the healthier choice, which is to offer a good-for-you snack, which in my experience, my son almost never wants to eat.

Play and Store All in One with Play & Go Toy Storage Mats #MBPHGG17

 Play & Go provided me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared below are my own. 

Feel the Difference with L'Bri Pure n' Natural #MBPSpotlightSponsor, #review

Thank you to Jennifer for providing me with L'Bri product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared below are my own. 

Hey friends...I am excited to introduce you to my friend, Jennifer Burroughs.  Jennifer is a Consultant with L'Bri Pure n' Natural.  L'Bri offers natural, safe and affordable skin care, beauty and nutritional products.