Friday, February 28, 2014

Is That My Cat? by Jonathan Allen

"Is that my cat? It can't be. My cat is a slim, sleek pussy cat." But something's up with this rather large kitty - the same one who used to fit through the cat door, climbed the trees fearlessly, and always wanted to play.

Now, it takes two hands to pick her up, and now this fussy eater finishes all her food! In true Jonathan Allen style, the story unfolds little by little, page by page - keeping us guessing right up until the end, when we get a BIG, happy surprise.

Jonathan Allen has created many wonderful picture books for children, including Don't Copy Me, The Little Rabbit Who Liked to Say Moo, and I'm Not Ready! Jonathan's observant and subtle wit appeals to children and adults alike, and his million-selling Baby Owl series has brought him international success. Jonathan lives happily in a quiet village in South Cambridgeshire, England.

Published by Sterling Children's Books

My Thoughts:
When I was a little girl I had a cat. A VERY fat cat. This cat was so fat that her belly would almost touch the ground and it looked like she waddled when she walked. She would eat everything in sight! Including the dog's food. She was a good jumper, but once she jumped up she would lay down and take a nap.

My daughter loves to hear me tell tales of my beloved fat cat. So she loved that this cat was so fat and had many of the characteristics of my kitty. But the big difference was that my cat did not have a special surprise for me. The ending was my daughter's favorite part!

Jonathan Allen has created a fun and bright story that my family loves to read together!  We were all engaged by the tale of this cat until the very end.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A Visit to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

At the end of January we went on a magical vacation to Disney World. This was the first that our daughter was old enough (and had enough hair) to go to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique... so this was going to be a highlight of our trip!

We did a lot of research ahead of time and learned that there are two locations in Disney World. There's a boutique in Downtown Disney and one in the castle at Magic Kingdom. We wanted to do the Magic Kingdom location and heard that you should try and make that reservation at your 180 day mark. So on our 180 mark I woke up at 7 am and called the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and scheduled for the very first appt time (8am) so that we could then do breakfast at Cinderella's Royal Table at 9:30. Score!

When you reserve your time they also want to know what package you want. Since my daughter is princess crazy we decided to go all out and let her pick her dress there and go with the biggest package, The Castle Package. Another option would have been for us to bring a dress with us to save some money. You can check out all the packages and prices HERE.

One of the big perks to scheduling an appt before the park is officially open is walking down Main Street and up to the castle with almost no one else in the park. Makes for some awesome pictures! We were also greeted at the castle base by the Fairy Godmothers in training!

This is what it looked like as we walked to the castle!
The Fairy Godmothers in Training waiting for all the princesses!

We were then escorted by our Fairy Godmother in Training into the magical boutique where my daughter was presented with all of the available dresses. When we were there she could pick from Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel, Merida, Tinkerbell, Aurora, Ariel, Jasmine, and Sofia. We were hoping for an Anna or Elsa costume... but no such luck.

Once she made her dress selection we were taken to the dressing room. I was sent in with her to change her into her dress (at least one adult has to be there... but really, you don't want to miss this!). Once she was dressed she was taken to a chair where there was a huge mirror behind her. Her entire transformation took place with her back to the mirror so that it was a huge surprise to see herself when she was all done!

The process consisted of choosing a hairstyle from several selections and then getting hair, make-up, and nails done. Then they finished the treatment with those magical words... Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo... and the sprinkling of pixie dust!

And then it was time for the final magical reveal!

I felt that the entire experience was beyond magical. Your daughter will be treated like a princess from the moment they walk in. My daughter hates having her hair brushed so she wasn't a huge fan of the hair styling. Of course she did choose the most time consuming style and would guide her to get the basic bun next time. But she loved having her make-up and nails done. And then felt like such a princess afterwards!

By booking the first appt and making our breakfast reservation for an hour and half later we allowed ourselves time to go out and do some pictures in front of the castle. If we waited until later in the day when they tend to run behind we probably would have been running to breakfast with no time for photos. 

And then we got to see Snow White at breakfast which was just perfect!

Some questions I had before and during our visit: Memory Maker Photographers were snapping pics throughout the process... totally worth the price of the package! Tipping of the Fairy Godmothers is allowed. You can have several people in the boutique to watch but it does start to get tight as more families arrive. They say to bring your own comb but then they do give you one (I brought mine just in case). 

She lasted in her dress for a couple of hours but as it go hotter she wanted to take it off. I had a simple sundress underneath so that I could just take the dress off. Then I went to a gift shop and had the dress sent back to the hotel so I didn't have to lug it around all day.

In my opinion the experience was worth every penny! 

Disney Side @Home Celebration!

Our Disney party was a HUGE success! The kids and adults all had a blast. I was so excited to show everyone my Disney Side... even though everyone at the party already knows that I am a Disney addict. But it was fun to hear about other people's visits to Disney World, find out what their favorite Disney movies are, and just have a really good time together!

My kids were super excited to dress for the occassion!
Goodie bags were stuffed with all of Mickey's favorite things...
And we even had a bunch of prizes for the kids to win when playing BINGO and other fun games!

Chocolate Mickey Pops and Mickey inspired cookies were a huge hit!

Smiles were everywhere!

Thanks so much to Disney @Home Celebrations for providing me with an amazing kit to my my party a huge success! How do you show your Disney Side?

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Show Your Disney Side!

I am so excited to be hosting a Disney Side @Home Celebration. My family is addicted to Disney in more ways than one. We love everything from their movies to their clothes to visiting the parks. In fact, we just got back from an amazing week in Disney World!

This weekend I will be having this awesome party where I can show all my friends and family my Disney Side and they can show me theirs! Check out the amazing kit that came my way just for this event!

I also made some fun matchign shirt for our trip that we will be wearing the day of our party to help show our Disney Side:

So check back soon to see how our party went. And be sure to show your Disney Side!

New from Sterling Kids!

We love books! We have several book cases in our house filled with fabulous books that my kids love to look through and have us read to them. My daughter can fall so in love with a book that she can "read" it back to me by memorizing it. While we have tons of books my favorites are ones where I can interact with my kids and we can learn. So this adorable little collection of Dinosaur books written by Paul Strickland and published by Sterling Kids is at the top of my list right now!

Paul Strickland has come up with four fun book - Dinosaur Colors, Dinosaur Opposites, Dinosaur Numbers, and Dinosaur Shapes. Each one filled with a fun and engaging way to learn and love books!

Toddlers will love learning about colors, opposites, numbers, and shapes with the cutest, friendliest dinosaur family ever! The adorable characters are perennial favorites with the preschool set, and help to reinforce early developmental skills.

My kids have been loving this adorable collection. My daughter is the perfect age for them and is interacting and really taking part. My son is still too young, but I know he will get so much out of these as he grows. For now he's enjoying the fun pictures!

* I received these books free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Disney's The Jungle Book on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital!

Today is a big day! The Jungle Book has been released on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy. This has been a favorite movie in our house for many years. We will be celebrating this fun release with a family movie night tonight. My daughter is extra excited since we just got back from Disney World.... where we met Baloo and King Louie! They really are a couple of characters.

We will also be checking out some fun activities:

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Purex Crystals Fresh Mountain Breeze

It's not a secret that I am a big fan of Purex. I use the detergent and I also use the awesome crystals. So I am very excited to share with you the news that the Purex Crystals now come in a new fragrance, Fresh Mountain Breeze. And I am even more excited to be able to share my thoughts about the crystals and the new scent.

When my sample arrived I was very excited to try it. Purex always has us in mind. They work hard to create products that you can feel comfortable and confident using on your families laundry. I have two small children, so I am always looking to make sure things are gentle and safe for their precious skin. These crystals are created from a natural formula that is safe for your family and the environment.

So since I feel confident using the crystals now they have to pass the test. They have to make my clothes smell fresh. And I want that freshness to last. I always use the crystals when I wash my towels because there is nothing better than wrapping up in a big towel that smells amazing. So I popped my towels in the wash, poured in some Purex Crystals, and waited for my load to be done.

These crystals passed the test and I love the new scent. Fresh Mountain Breeze left my towels smelling fresh and amazing. I keep my towels in a cabinet in the bathroom and when I open that cabinet I get a subtle whiff of freshness that has lasted for over a week already. These crystals have found their place on my laundry shelf!

I would definitely recommend you check out Purex and all the products they have to offer. Be sure to look for the Purex Crystals in this newest scent, Fresh Mountain Breeze, in the fabric softener aisle.

Be sure to click HERE to enter the Over the Mountain and Through the Woods Sweepstakes and you could win a Mountain if Cash!!

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*Disclosure: I received a free product from the company in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Daddy & Company Valentine Gifts!

Valentine's Day always seems to sneak up on me. Perhaps it's because Valentine's Day is also my birthday so I try to get all the focus and attention on me... haha! But, it is important that I get my husband something special. He is an amazing husband and daddy and we should celebrate his love... but man is he hard to shop for!

This year he got his Valentine's gift early and has been loving it ever since! I can thank Daddy & Company (by the famous Daddy Scrubs!) for sending me the perfect gift. Daddy Pajama Pants!

These cute pajama pants are covered in hearts and Daddy. I asked my husband to help me write this review and he said he had two words to describe them.... comfy and stylish. He loves lounging around in them and my kids think they are the coolest because they have Daddy all over them!

I am very happy with the quality of these pajama pants. We have already washed them and they are still soft, comfy and they didn't shrink! Now it's time to get him the matching boxers :)

Daddy & Company has so many awesome gifts for dads-to-be, new dads, and awesome dads. I would highly recommend you check out their fun products. And you can save 10% on your order by using the code BLOG14!!

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*I received a pair of Daddy Pajamas in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Purex and Make-A-Wish

This past week my family was fortunate enough to get to go on a fabulous family vacation to Disney World. Every time I go there I think about all the families that travel there as part of Make-A-Wish. It breaks my heart to think of those children who just might be experiencing their last family vacation. But at the same time, it makes me smile to know that there is something like Make-A-Wish to make these dream vacations and other dreams come true for those who truly deserve it the most!

"Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy." Making a wish come true for a sick child is a powerful gift and one that the family can hang on to. Thanks to generous donors, Make-A-Wish has already granted more than 226,000 wishes since it began in 1980.

Purex has decided to team up with Make-A-Wish to help make even more wishes come true! Purex brand will pay $.05 per bottle to Make-A-Wish for the first 4 million bottles of 75oz+ liquid detergent sold from February 1-28, 2014, and will increase the payment to $.10 for every bottle above 4 million, with a minimum guarantee of $200,000 up to a maximum of $300,000. Purex will also be making contributions from fabric softener purchases during this time period.

I love that Purex is teaming with Make-A-Wish because it makes it so easy for me to support such an amazing cause. My family loves Purex detergent so I will be sure to stock up during this time period and be a part of making the wishes of children come true!

Learn more about this fantastic opportunity to join Purex in supporting Make-A-Wish visit

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*Disclosure: Purex Laundry Detergent provided me with Purex coupons in exchange for sharing a Make-A-Wish Campaign. However, all opinions expressed are my own.