Sunny Spring Days Giveaway

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We are celebrating Spring with this fun Sunny Spring Days giveaway for families! Coordinated by Mommy Scene and sponsored by the participating brands, this fun giveaway has something for everyone! One lucky winner will receive all of these awesome prizes when the giveaway ends 4/14/17.  [Read more…]


Sing Auditions, Special Features, & a Chance to Win the Musical Comedy of the Year

My family and I saw Sing just before it left the theaters.  My kids had been begging me to take them to see it, and even though I wasn’t sure it was the kind of movie I wanted to spend crazy ticket prices for, I eventually gave in.  To be honest, it reminded me of those ridiculous reality shows that I could never stand to watch, and I was sure I’d be sitting through 2 hours of terrible, recent top 40 nonsense.  Well, let me tell you how very mistaken I was.  I came out of that movie singing as loudly as the kids did.  (Maybe more.)  We received a complimentary copy of Sing for our family movie night on Sunday, and it was even more fun the second time around.

SING Movie

For those who haven’t yet seen it yet, a quick recap:
The Sing movie is the work of Illumination Entertainment, the studio that brought us Despicable Me, Minions, and The Secret Life of Pets.  In it, we follow koala Buster Moon as he attempts to save his crumbling theater by putting on the world’s greatest singing competition.  There are some ups and downs throughout the contest, but the characters overcome every obstacle and come out stronger in the end.  You’re afforded plenty of opportunities to laugh and sing, and I especially love that the movie features songs from a wide variety of genres.  It’s full of big names, but don’t buy it because of that.  Buy Sing because it’s great family fun and the kind of movie that gets better every time you watch it.

Sing Movie Special Edition

And you can grab your own copy starting now!  The Sing Special Edition on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD was released on March 21st, and it’s packed full of extra features.  In preparation for her very own Sing audition, my daughter has watched the included lyric video for the original song “Set It All Free” about a thousand times.  She’s sure that she wants to be a singer when she grows up and is so very excited (and a little nervous) about sharing her performance with you:

 

That’s my baby!  I’m pretty proud of that cutie pie, but back to business…

There are tons of other interesting bonuses like character profiles and more music videos, but we’ve been getting the most use out of the 3 mini movies.  Whether you’re watching Eddie’s experience with his life coach, Gunter babysitting, or Miss Crawly’s adventures in online dating, you will be rolling with laughter.

Sing Mini Movies

The fun didn’t end there for us.  We were sent a Sing backdrop, and the kids have been having the best time posing with it.  It’s been kind of like a real life bonus feature.

Sing Movie Night Fun

Sing really is the musical comedy of the year!  We’ve had the DVD for a few days now, and the kids having been watching nothing but the whole movie or one of the extras.  My personal favorite is “The Best of Gunter”, and I think it’s worth owning the DVD just for that.  Piggy Power!

To learn more about Sing, visit the official website at http://www.SingMovie.com and be sure to check out their FacebookTwitter, and Instagram pages.

Ready to find the music that lives inside you?  Grab your copy of the Sing Special Edition today!
We’ve also got a chance for you to win your own copy of Sing on Blu-ray!  Just enter via the Giveaway Tools form below.  Open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 4/6/17 at 11:59 PM ET.   Good luck!
Sing Blu-ray Giveaway

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It’s Springtime at Bonefish Grill Again, and They’ve Got Chocolate!

Thank you to Bonefish Grill for providing gift cards to allow us to share our experience with our followers.

It’s been a while since we’ve talked about Bonefish Grill, so we thought we’d give you an update on some specials they have for the spring season!

Bonefish Grill Logo

Their regular menu is always a safe bet, but Bonefish is so good at coming up with interesting and delicious seasonal items, and we never miss a chance to try them out.  (If that happens to afford me an opportunity to have my favorite bread and pesto dipping oil, so be it.)

First up for this trip were the Georges Bank Scallops:

Bonefish Grill Georges Bay Scallops

Bonefish Grill gets these beauties off the coast of New England–apparently, that’s considered “scallop paradise”.  These scallops are grilled, served over a creamy parmesan risotto, and topped with Applewood bacon.  A side of their fresh green beans completes this delectable meal.

Also featured on their new seasonal menu is the Cedar Plank Norwegian Salmon:

Bonefish Grill Cedar Plank Norwegian Salmon

As the name indicates, the salmon is roasted on a cedar plank.  For an amazing sweet and savory flavor, they top this with a honey and Dijon glaze.  Jasmin rice is served on the side along with a vegetable medley of fresh asparagus, button mushrooms, pearl onions, and peas.

This one is part of their standard menu, but I always try to show something for those who aren’t into seafood:

Bonefish Grill 8 oz. Filet Mignon

You can’t go wrong with a Filet Mignon–tender, perfectly seasoned, and delicious.  My mouth is watering right now just remembering it.  Forgive me for not being more experimental with my choice of sides, but I find it impossible to not order their au gratin potatoes.  They’re just too good to pass up.

We don’t always get dessert, but when I saw the Chocolate Creme Brulee on the menu, I didn’t hesitate to order it: [Read more…]


TODAY ONLY: Save 15% on Peanuts Apparel at Hanna Andersson!

Through my association with the Peanuts Brand Ambassador program, I was introduced to the Hanna Andersson brand by way of the most adorable backpack ever. I liked it so much that I quickly paid a visit to my local store so I could see what other fabulous things they might have, and I walked out with a bag full of clothes for the kids, including these super cute Peanuts pajamas:

Peanuts Pajamas

Two years later, and I’m still using my Peanuts backpack (yes…I might have stolen it from my son), and my kids are still wearing their Peanuts pajamas. In fact, my son just had a growth spurt, and even though they barely fit him anymore, he absolutely refuses to give them up.  What can I say?  The boy has good taste.

He likes the PJs because they’re cute, comfy, and covered in his favorite characters.  I agree on all those points, but my favorite feature is that they’re made of organic cotton.  I do my best to keep nasty chemicals away from my kids, so that’s a huge selling point for me.  Plus, they’re very high quality–they’ve been worn and washed something like a billion times (small exaggeration), and you can hardly tell.  Now that it’s time to get new pajamas in sizes that actually fit them (they are growing up way too fast!), Hanna Andersson was the obvious choice.

Hanna Andersson Peanuts Easter PajamasThey’ve got some really fun new styles this year, and some of them are just perfect for Easter.  My kids always have more fun hunting for eggs on Easter morning when they’re wearing special Easter pajamas.

Hanna Andersson Peanuts PajamasIf they offered these in adult sizes, you can bet my daughter and I would have matching Peanuts PJs.  (I’d live in them too.)  We’d be almost as cute as Snoopy and Belle are in these matching pajamas that Hanna Andersson created for the Denver debut of the Snoopy & Belle in Fashion exhibit.

Snoopy & Belle in Hanna Andersson

We’re anxiously awaiting the arrival of our new Peanuts gear.  I’ll update with pictures of the new stuff once it gets here, but I didn’t want to wait to tell you about it and have you miss this amazing one-day-only discount!

Use the discount code PEANUTS to SAVE 15% off ALL merchandise at HannaAndersson.com–today, March 16th only!

Hanna Andersson has been offering quality apparel in designs that “let kids be kids” since 1983, and they’ve got a lot more than pajamas.  You’ll find tops, sweatshirts, swimwear, and more for kids ages newborn to twelve.  Hop over to HannaAndersson.com and take a look.  Don’t forget to use the promo code PEANUTS to save 15% today!

 


Diono Radian rXT: A Safe and Comfortable Car Seat that Grows with Your Child

This might be an unpopular opinion, but I’m not the biggest fan of the new car seat laws in New Jersey that require children under two years old to be seated rear-facing. With babies the choice is clear, but it can be difficult to get a larger toddler (which all of my children are) strapped in a rear-facing seat. It seems they never have enough room to truly be comfortable. They usually can’t straighten out their legs and the side panels make them feel isolated from the rest of the passengers in the vehicle. I always looked forward to the time when I could use a front-facing car seat and enjoy rides with my children.

Diono Radian XT Carseat

I wasn’t so sure the Diono Radian rXT would be different from the other rear-facing car seats that I’ve used, but I was ready to give it a try. I’ll admit that when I first picked up the Diono, I was surprised that it was very heavy, and because of its weight I naturally assumed it would be a large bulky seat; most of the convertible seats on the market are, in fact, bulky in the rear-facing position. In the past, I’ve actually needed to keep the front seat as close to the dashboard as possible so a bulky car seat could fit, which made long trips in the car uncomfortable for my family. Let me tell you: I was so pleasantly surprised that the Diono wasn’t bulky at all! It fit well in my small SUV and left ample room for my two other children and an adult passenger in the front seat. I especially love the feature that allows the base to fold up when other children need to climb in the car. When in the forward-facing position, I can lift the base and my passengers can easily get to their seat. (Note:  The weight is due to the steel frame, which makes it much sturdier than the mostly plastic frames you find on a lot of other brands.)

Diono Radian XT

My big, strong husband was kind enough to assist me with the installation, and he thought it was relatively quick and simple.  We asked a NJ Child Passenger Safety-Certified police officer to inspect the set up and the fit of the harness around my thirteen-month old daughter.  Once he assured us that the seat positioned my daughter properly and the harness was very secure, we were ready to let the little lady take it to the road.  This face says it all, don’t you think? [Read more…]