Lovebugs and Postcards http://lovebugsandpostcards.com DIY, Crafts, Recipes, Reviews, Giveaways, Movies, Activities, Events and more. Sun, 24 May 2015 03:54:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 10 tips to develop a better exercise routine http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/10-tips-to-develop-a-better-exercise-routine/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/10-tips-to-develop-a-better-exercise-routine/#respond Sat, 23 May 2015 17:50:11 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=57371 I love the idea of working out. I often find myself having flashbacks to days gone by where I actually got up and did an exercise routine, and it motivates me. I have been trying to get back into the swing of things, but it can be tough after so many years sitting stagnate in […]

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I love the idea of working out. I often find myself having flashbacks to days gone by where I actually got up and did an exercise routine, and it motivates me. I have been trying to get back into the swing of things, but it can be tough after so many years sitting stagnate in front of a computer working. To help make it easier on myself, I have 10 tips to develop a better exercise routine. They have helped a lot and so I wanted to share them with you in hopes that they can help motivate you (if needed) to live a healthier lifestyle. I would also love for you to share your tips and tricks with me (and others) in the comments.

10 tips to develop a better exercise routine

10 tips to develop a better exercise routine

  1. Set realistic Goals and Write everything down
  2. Get your favorite blood pumping tunes together on a portable device (like ipod, phone, mp3 player, etc and get a good pair of headphones)
  3. Understand your limits
  4. Find what works best and start small
  5. Wear appropriate exercise clothing
  6. Go commando if having underwear is uncomfortable
  7. Drink lots of water
  8. Eat better (lots of veggies, some fruits, 100% whole grains) and cut way back on processed foods and portion sizes
  9. Get good shoes
  10. Get a friend to go on the journey with you

These are all equally important. You have to do them all in order to succeed and you have to do it diligently. Don’t let one bad day, or week, discourage you. There will be ups and downs, but the goals is to make sure the ups outweigh the downs.

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What tips do you have to develop a better exercise routine?

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New Episodes of ODD SQUAD Premiering May 25-29, 2015 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/new-episodes-of-odd-squad-premiering-may-25-29-2015/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/new-episodes-of-odd-squad-premiering-may-25-29-2015/#respond Sat, 23 May 2015 15:40:20 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=57367 PBS KIDS’ live-action math series, ODD SQUAD, is set to premiere five new episodes during May 25-29 (check local listings). In this special week, the intrepid squad will face a mysterious arch-nemesis, along with other dastardly villains. A recurring question has popped up throughout the season: What happened to Agent Olive’s former partner? The puzzle […]

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PBS KIDS’ live-action math series, ODD SQUAD, is set to premiere five new episodes during May 25-29 (check local listings). In this special week, the intrepid squad will face a mysterious arch-nemesis, along with other dastardly villains. A recurring question has popped up throughout the season: What happened to Agent Olive’s former partner? The puzzle will finally be solved during the mystery-filled week of new episodes.

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Clips and the first full-length episode will also be available starting May 25 onpbskids.org/video, the PBS KIDS Video App, and on PBS KIDS on Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV. The remainder of the new episodes airing that week will be available on these digital platforms every subsequent Friday.

“Training Day” – premieres Monday, May 25
In this half-hour episode, Olive reveals the story of what happened to her former partner. (Educational objectives: Algebraic thinking; deductive reasoning with number operations)

“Trading Places/Bad Lemonade” – premieres Tuesday, May 26
A villain uses one of Oscar’s gadgets to cause destruction around town, eventually leading to Olive getting kicked off the squad. (Curriculum: Numbers and counting; understanding place value) / Olive and Otto are called in to help when Polly Graph mysteriously quits her lemonade stand. (Educational objectives: Data collection and analysis; creating and interpreting bar graphs and pictographs)

“Robert Plant/Game Time” – premieres Wednesday, May 27
live and Otto must find a way to stop Obfusco’s plant from taking over headquarters. (Curriculum: Geometry and spatial sense; understanding that maps provide information about direction and distance) / When Otto is trapped inside a video game, it’s up to Olive to rescue him. (Educational objectives: Measurement; identifying value of coins and combinations to make a dollar)

“O Games” – premieres Thursday, May 28
In this half-hour episode, Odd Squad agents compete in Olympic-style games to determine who gets to be Ms. O for the day. (Educational objectives: Algebraic thinking; skip counting by 2s, 5s and 10s)

“Captain Fun/Switch Your Partner Round and Round” – premieres Friday, May 29
In the middle of summer, Olive and Otto investigate why parts of town are turning snowy and cold. (Curriculum: Data collection and analysis; using tally marks to record data) / Olive and Otto discover what life would have been like if Ms. O had assigned them different partners. (Educational objectives: Measurement; using standard measurements to compare capacity)

 

The live-action series, which premiered on PBS KIDS in November 2014, is designed to help kids ages five-to-eight build math and collaboration skills. In each episode, agents Olive and Otto investigate unusual cases of odd activity, solving problems and saving the day. ODD SQUAD has garnered numerous accolades, including a 2015 Parents’ Choice Award and two Daytime Emmy Awards.

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Disney’s Tomorrowland in Theaters! http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/disneys-tomorrowland-in-theaters/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/disneys-tomorrowland-in-theaters/#respond Fri, 22 May 2015 14:30:01 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=57383 I was able to take my family to a pre-screening of Disney’s Tomorrowland on Monday! It is such a great movie. I love the tech aspect to it and how being curious and intuitive will get you many places. Our thoughts and attitudes can literally change the world and this movie is a great example […]

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I was able to take my family to a pre-screening of Disney’s Tomorrowland on Monday! It is such a great movie. I love the tech aspect to it and how being curious and intuitive will get you many places. Our thoughts and attitudes can literally change the world and this movie is a great example of that. My kids all loved the movie and sat through it – from ages 3 to 10.

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From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland,” a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

The film also stars Hugh Laurie as brilliant scientist David Nix, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson.

“Tomorrowland” is produced by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird and Jeffrey Chernov and directed by Brad Bird, with John Walker, Bernard Bellew, Jeff Jensen and Brigham Taylor serving as executive producers.

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Tomorrowland is a great family movie and my kids can’t wait to see it again. Everything doesn’t have to be animated for your kids to love – they will love this and want to learn more! Here are some fun Tomorowland Coloring Pages!

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In Disney’s riveting mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” a jaded scientist and an optimistic teen embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space.

Watch the trailer here:

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Visit the official TOMORROWLAND website: Tomorowland Coloring Pages

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TOMORROWLAND is rated PG and opens in theaters everywhere TODAY Friday, May 22nd!

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Cucumber Ranch Bacon & Tomato Pasta http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/cucumber-ranch-bacon-tomato-pasta/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/cucumber-ranch-bacon-tomato-pasta/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 22:25:44 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=57345 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WhatsYourRanch #CollectiveBias I love cooking and being in the kitchen, but one of the best things is when I have quick and easy, delicious recipes that take 30 minutes or less to make. It is simple, only 7 […]

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I love cooking and being in the kitchen, but one of the best things is when I have quick and easy, delicious recipes that take 30 minutes or less to make. It is simple, only 7 ingredients, and my family devoured it – even my two smallest cleaned their plates (which is rare). I used Cucumbers, Green Onions, Tomatoes, Ditalini Pasta, Bacon Bits, Shredded Chicken and Hidden Valley Ranch Cucumber dressing. I also sprinkled fresh Parmesan cheese on top! Read on to see how quick and easy this was to put together, and then you can make it and let me know what you think.

Cucumber Ranch Bacon & Tomato Pasta

I stopped at Smith’s to get some grocery’s and saw this new Hidden Valley Ranch Cucumber flavor. I wanted to give it a try so I grabbed a box of ditalini pasta, bacon bits, a cucumber, green onions, tomatoes, and a can of shredded chicken, as well as the dressing and then headed home to put something together. I love how the flavors came together and how well it turned out. It tastes great warm or cold!

Cucumber Ranch Bacon & Tomato Pasta

In a pot I cook about 2 cups of the ditalini pasta according to package directions. While that was cooking I cut up 1 and 1/2 cucumbers, 1 large tomato and 1 bunch of green onions and put them in the skillet. I also added a can of shredded chicken, and about 1/2 cup of bacon bits. I turned the heat on low, and then added about 1/2 of the bottle of Cucumber dressing and stirred it all together.  Once the pasta was done I drained it and added it to the Cucumber mixture cooking over low heat and adding about 1/2 of the remaining dressing and stirring.

Cucumber Ranch Bacon & Tomato Pasta

Serve warm or cold with the dressing, bacon bits, fresh Parmesan and rolls. It was such a great lunch. We also had sliced cucumbers that we dipped in the Ranch dressing and it was so good! This is a keeper for our family and I know that I will be making it again soon. This is great for one person or a large party. Other things you could add are Olives, peppers and seasoning. There are several new flavors of Hidden Valley Ranch including Avocado, Cucumber, Roasted Garlic, and Sweet Chili. Find out “What’s Your Ranch” and check out More Hidden Valley Ranch Recipes.

Cucumber Ranch Bacon & Tomato Pasta

Here is your printable recipe:

Cucumber Ranch Bacon & Tomato Pasta

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Serving Size: 1 cup

Cucumber Ranch Bacon & Tomato Pasta

Ingredients

  • Ditalini pasta
  • 1 and 1/2 cucumbers
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 bunch of green onions
  • 1 can of shredded chicken
  • 1/2 cup of bacon bits
  • 1 bottle of Hidden Valley Ranch Cucumber dressing
  • Optional: Shredded Parmesan Cheese

Instructions

  1. In a pot, bring water to boil and cook 2 cups of the ditalini pasta according to package directions
  2. While the pasta is cooking, cut up 1 and 1/2 cucumbers, 1 large tomato and 1 bunch of green onions and put them in the skillet.
  3. Add a can of shredded chicken and about 1/2 cup of bacon bits to the mixture in the skillet.
  4. Turn the heat on low, add about 1/2 of the bottle of Cucumber dressing and stir it all together.
  5. Once the pasta is done, drain it and add it to the Cucumber mixture cooking over low heat.
  6. Add about 1/2 of the remaining dressing and stir.
  7. Serve hot or cold.
  8. (Optional: Sprinkle with fresh shredded Parmesan Cheese)
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Cucumber Ranch Bacon & Tomato Pasta

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Upcycled DIY Hanging Flower Pot http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/upcycled-diy-hanging-flower-pot/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/upcycled-diy-hanging-flower-pot/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 20:16:15 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=57335 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WhereFunBegins #CollectiveBias I wanted to share this fun tutorial of how to make a Upcycled DIY Hanging Flower Pot. I love how these turned out and can’t wait for the flowers to grow in! I love flowers. My yard […]

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I wanted to share this fun tutorial of how to make a Upcycled DIY Hanging Flower Pot. I love how these turned out and can’t wait for the flowers to grow in!

Upcycled DIY Hanging Flower Pot

I love flowers. My yard is covered in Roses, Petunias, Marigolds, Hollyhocks, Sunflowers, Irises, and many other varieties, some I can’t ever remember the names for. Since my kids love SunnyD drinks I decided to use the leftover bottles to make upcycled DIY Hanging Flower Pots for my backyard fence. I love how they turned out. I will updated in a couple of weeks with pictures of the pots with the growing flowers.

Upcycled DIY Hanging Flower Pot

To make these I used empty SunnyD bottles, washed them and took the packaging off. Then I took my husbands Hitachi Drill and put 5-6 small holes in the bottom of each bottle. This is to help keep the soil drained.

Upcycled DIY Hanging Flower Pot

After I drilled those holes, I also drilled one on each side at the top to help with the wire. I used about 8-10 inches of wire and tried 3 different ways of securing the wire to the bottles. I really liked the last one the most, where I twisted one end to create a little loop, then wrapped the wire around the bottle and secured it on the other side, then took the wire and made a handle and secured it to the loop I made fire. You can see the picture below for a better idea.

Upcycled DIY Hanging Flower Pot

Once I had the wire on and the holes drilled, I put some rocks in the very bottom of the bottle. Then I filled it up with potting soil. I planted a few flower seeds in the pots and gave them some water and then hung them out on the fence using some nails.

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This only took about 15 minutes and it is such a great way to add some color to any part of your yard. I am going to make some more and hang them from our porch lights so they can have flowers around them. The SunnyD bottles are a heavy duty plastic so I am not worried about them falling apart.

Upcycled DIY Hanging Flower Pot

You can get the 24 ct SunnyD cases at Sam’s Club for only $5.38! You can have these fun drinks and then use the bottles for so many different activities. The beverage itself is great as it, but you can put the bottles in the freezer for a while and then have a slush, you can also use it for recipes! For more fun ideas visit WhereFunBegins.net

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Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s Pet Salon now on DVD! http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/mickey-mouse-clubhouse-minnies-pet-salon-now-on-dvd/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/mickey-mouse-clubhouse-minnies-pet-salon-now-on-dvd/#respond Tue, 19 May 2015 16:37:15 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=57354 My three year old LOVES Minnie Mouse and the gang from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, so when the Minnie’s Pet Salon DVD showed up at our house, they couldn’t wait to watch it. Also included in the packaging was a really cool comb that my daughter loves to style not only her hair, but mine, my […]

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My three year old LOVES Minnie Mouse and the gang from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, so when the Minnie’s Pet Salon DVD showed up at our house, they couldn’t wait to watch it. Also included in the packaging was a really cool comb that my daughter loves to style not only her hair, but mine, my other kids’, her dollies, and the animals. It is a really cute movie and my kids love to act it out while they watch it. Along with the great problem solving theme of the show it also lets them enjoy fun and entertainment.

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Here is a clip from the movie called Salon Song:

Minnie’s sparkling new Pet Salon is open for business…and adventure!

All your Clubhouse pals are bringing their animal friends to get spruced up for Pluto’s All-Star Pet Show. With so many pets to bathe, groom and train, Minnie needs help. Luckily, Mickey and the gang are there to lend a hand. But when three adorable little kittens go missing, it will take the right Mouseketools – and help from YOU – to find them in time for the big show. With over two hours of song-filled pet-themed fun, including 4 additional episodes, Minnie’s Pet Salon is the “purr-fect” gift.

Additional episodes include: Daisy’s Pet Project, Pluto’s Puppy-Sitting Adventures, Donald’s Ducks, & Pluto Lends A Paw.

Want to have even more fun? Grab the fun Minnie Mouse Coloring Pages and Activity Sheets below.

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We received a pre-release copy of the DVD in order to do this review. All opinions are our on.

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Strange Magic on DVD! http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/strange-magic-on-dvd/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/strange-magic-on-dvd/#respond Tue, 19 May 2015 15:47:05 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=57359 From Gary Rydstrom (Pixar’s Lifted and Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation) and George Lucas (“Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens”) comes Strange Magic on DVD. This movie stars the voice talent of Evan Rachel Wood (“The Wrestler,” “Across The Universe”) as Marianne, Kristin Chenoweth (“Rio 2,” “Bewitched”) as Sugar Plum Fairy, Alan Cumming (TV’s “The […]

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From Gary Rydstrom (Pixar’s Lifted and Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation) and George Lucas (“Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens”) comes Strange Magic on DVD. This movie stars the voice talent of Evan Rachel Wood (“The Wrestler,” “Across The Universe”) as Marianne, Kristin Chenoweth (“Rio 2,” “Bewitched”) as Sugar Plum Fairy, Alan Cumming (TV’s “The Good Wife,” “X-Men 2”) as Bog King, Maya Rudolf (“Bridesmaids,” “Grown Ups 2”) as Griselda. Strange Magic is A Music-filled Fairy Tale About Finding Love in the Unlikeliest of Places. My whole family loved watching this. It kept their attention and they have enjoyed watching it multiple times.

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Strange Magic” is a music-filled fairy tale about finding true love in the unlikeliest of places. This magical adventure features a host of colorful characters including a princess who has sworn off love, a dubious villain, a slightly nutty Sugar Plum Fairy, a tenacious elf, a mischievous imp, and a knight who is no Prince Charming. Bring home the enchanting tale the whole family can enjoy today!

You can download and print Strange Magic Crafts and Recipes that your kids will love.

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Strange Magic comes out today 5/19/15 on DVD! Be sure to get a copy and have a fun family movie night!

Website: http://strangemagicmovie.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/StrangeMagicMovie
Twitter: twitter.com/strangemagic

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Team Umizoomi: Meet Shark Car on DVD! http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/team-umizoomi-meet-shark-car-on-dvd/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/team-umizoomi-meet-shark-car-on-dvd/#respond Tue, 19 May 2015 14:04:25 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=57364 My kids LOVE Team Umizoomi. It is great show that is entertaining but also educational and is a lot of fun and interactivity for them as well. This new Team Umizoomi movie – Meet Shark Car doesn’t disappoint. I love the math integration here, and my kids did as well. This is a great DVD […]

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My kids LOVE Team Umizoomi. It is great show that is entertaining but also educational and is a lot of fun and interactivity for them as well. This new Team Umizoomi movie – Meet Shark Car doesn’t disappoint. I love the math integration here, and my kids did as well. This is a great DVD to keep in the car to entertain your kids while on the go!

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Milli, Geo and Bot are back with all-new friends and adventures in the brand-new DVD, Team Umizoomi: Meet Shark Car. Preschoolers are invited to join Team Umizoomi as they use their mighty math powers to find Shark Car and return him to their friend Jose.

Team Umizoomi: Meet Shark Car includes the following episodes:

  • Shark Car – Team Umizoomi jump into action to find Shark Car and get him back to their friend Jose before the ferry leaves.
  • Umi Toy Store – Team Umizoomi travel through a giant store to find their friend Colin’s coins so he can purchase his favorite toy, Sparkle Pup.
  • Stompasaurus – Team Umizoomi must travel to the aquarium, bowling alley and ice cream store to find Stompasaurus’ toy pieces and bring them to their friend Wyatt.
  • Lost and Found Toys – Team Umizoomi set out to return missing toys to their rightful owners in Umi City.

Team Umizoomi: Meet Shark Car is available on DVD Today, May 19, 2015. Get your copy and have a fun UmiZoomi movie night.

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Life hacks for new moms http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/life-hacks-for-new-moms/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/life-hacks-for-new-moms/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 02:59:53 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=57324 Being a new mom is pretty overwhelming…especially when you have a littler person depending on you 24 hours a day for everything. Combine that with the no sleep, sore body, and general situation and you are probably ready to crawl into bed for a week and just sleep. Having a baby is one of the […]

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Being a new mom is pretty overwhelming…especially when you have a littler person depending on you 24 hours a day for everything. Combine that with the no sleep, sore body, and general situation and you are probably ready to crawl into bed for a week and just sleep. Having a baby is one of the most amazing experiences of my life – I have been blessed four times over – and have four beautiful healthy children. I wouldn’t change it for anything but I wish I would have known a few things then that I know now – so I am going to share some life hacks for new moms to hopefully help someone else out that needs it.

Life hacks for new moms

  • Sleep when your baby is sleeping for the first several weeks – you need it and whatever is on facebook can wait 😉
  • Eat healthy – and eat at least 6 small meals a day, especially if you are nursing. This will keep your energy up.
  • Cut the baby wipes in half – your baby has a small bum – you don’t need a full wipe 99% of the time – this will save so much money!
  • Don’t buy nursing pads – you can use panty liners and cut them in half – and they work well – and even stick to the inside of your bra!
  • Having a new baby changes your body – so you will want to be sure to protect from Light Bladder Leakage with Poise pads so you don’t have any accidents (I am not speaking from experience at all…..)
  • Take lots of photos. Your baby will change everyday – and you will always cherish looking back on the pictures.
  • Get inexpensive or second hand clothes for your child in the first year or two – they grow so fast only staying their size for a couple of months at a time – and this will save you so much money on buying new clothes. Keep your favorites and re-donate or sell the rest when they grow out of them.
  • Drink lots and lots of water – especially if you are a nursing mother.

Life hacks for new moms

One of the things I have to deal with still is Light Bladder Leakage. It is not fun – and I don’t always have to worry – but sometimes I do – and I want to be prepared. That is why I love Poise! They make is possible for the one in three women that experience Light Bladder Leakage (LBL) to have a pad that is specifically designed for LBL keeping us fresh and confident. These little leaks are often triggered by everyday occurrences like laughing, coughing, sneezing, exercise, etc. There are many causes – not just pregnancy for LBL, like being overweight, surgery or illness, UTI’s, food allergies, etc. Manage LBL with Poise Pads. I love the new Poise Thin Shape Pads (REQUEST A FREE SAMPLE HERE) that feature Super Absorbent Material (SAM) and a Thin-Flex design for extraordinary protection that’s still 3x drier than period pads† to help you take care of leaks with confidence and let you move like you want!

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I would love to hear what Life Hacks for new moms you can share.

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How do I feel about being a mom… http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/how-do-i-feel-about-being-a-mom/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/how-do-i-feel-about-being-a-mom/#respond Sun, 10 May 2015 14:28:29 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=56512 Growing up,  there were many things that I dreamed of being. From a doctor to an astronaut there wasn’t much that I didn’t want to try. But in the middle of it all, I always knew that I wanted to be a Mom.  It was just part of who I was and especially now, who […]

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Growing up,  there were many things that I dreamed of being. From a doctor to an astronaut there wasn’t much that I didn’t want to try. But in the middle of it all, I always knew that I wanted to be a Mom.  It was just part of who I was and especially now, who I am. Seeing my own mother, and my sisters with their kids also ingrained a sense of motherhood in me that has never gone away. Finding out that you are pregnant is one of the best feelings in the world. How did you feel when you found out that you were pregnant? Who did you tell first?

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I grew up – got married and after a year of being married we decided that we wanted to start our family. There is nothing that could have prepared me for the first time I found out I was pregnant. That giddy overwhelming feeling that I was growing a little person inside me, changed my life in an instant. Bringing life into the world, knowing I will be responsible for them for the next, well,  forever and changing myself so that I would be a good mother to them.

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I suspected that I was expecting, and so I got a Pregnancy Test and called my husband into the bathroom with me. He wasn’t quite sure what to think of the whole experience, but after we did the test and stood there together waiting to see the results, I remember the anticipation and the excitement. As we saw the results go positive, we laughed and cried and we were so excited to be parents, it was almost surreal to think about. We now have four kids and each of the times we found out we were pregnant were their own sweet and amazing moment that will stay with me forever.

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Clearblue has made a really touching video about finding out about pregnancy:

So how do I feel about being a mom? There are so many things in my life that have changed since we have kids, and to honest I can’t imagine my life without them. Every change has been for the better. My life is happier, has more meaning and gives me purpose in life. My four angels are a blessing to us. We have miscarried twice, and even though they were hard experiences, I know that it is part of life’s experiences. I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to be a mom and that I have been blessed with four littles to take care of.

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I would love to know about your stories and experiences and how you felt when you found out that you were expecting.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Would you drink your favorite food? #ATasteoftheFuture http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/would-you-drink-your-favorite-food/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/would-you-drink-your-favorite-food/#respond Thu, 07 May 2015 14:49:29 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=56502 This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Aspen Dental. All opinions are 100% mine. Visiting the Dentist is so important. With four kids as well as my husband and I to worry about, I make sure that we go to our regular check-ups twice a year. I want to make sure […]

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Aspen Dental. All opinions are 100% mine.

Visiting the Dentist is so important. With four kids as well as my husband and I to worry about, I make sure that we go to our regular check-ups twice a year. I want to make sure that my family has good oral health habits so they can enjoy the future they want. If we don’t take care of our teeth our food obsessions may not be as enjoyable in the future because of tooth pain. Last year more than 150 million Americans did not visit the dentist. There are many reasons why they didn’t go, from struggling to find good care to not making it a priority. Fortunately Aspen Dental is one of the largest and fastest-growing networks of dental care providers in the U.S., and this means that they are providing millions of Americans with access to quality, affordable dental care to help keep their mouths on track. To give you a A Taste of the Future and an idea of what your future meals could look like if you don’t make regular visits to the dentist, NASCAR Driver Danica Patrick created some “unique” creations in this video…Would you drink your favorite food? I don’t know about you, but I love eating to much and so I do my best to make sure my family has good oral health habits. One of our families favorite foods is Pizza – can you imagine putting the pizza into the blender and then trying to drink it? ICK! Brushing and visiting the dentist regularly keep my teeth healthy so that I can enjoy the foods that I want (without them being in liquid form…). I am looking into Aspen Dental and taking my family soon! blendedpizza

Danica Patrick dished up some unconventional smoothie-style “easy eats” to customers to serve as a reminder to see a dentist regularly. These liquefied meals served to these unsuspecting customers, and they captured their reactions for an attention-grabbing look at the potential consequences of avoiding the dentist. Fortunately, this can be avoided! How often do you visit the dentist? I know that after seeing this is makes me want to make sure we go regularly. Learn more about good oral health and Danica Patrick’s video visit A Taste of the Future

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Marvel’s ANT-MAN New Poster #AntMan #Marvel http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/marvels-ant-man-new-poster-antman-marvel/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/marvels-ant-man-new-poster-antman-marvel/#respond Thu, 07 May 2015 02:12:04 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=56496 After seeing Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron twice this last weekend, I can not wait for Marvel’s ANT-MAN to come out on July 17! Paul Rudd does such an amazing job and the preview I saw at the theater had me bouncing in my seat. It LOOKS SO GOOD!!!! If you haven’t seen the preview yet, […]

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After seeing Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron twice this last weekend, I can not wait for Marvel’s ANT-MAN to come out on July 17! Paul Rudd does such an amazing job and the preview I saw at the theater had me bouncing in my seat. It LOOKS SO GOOD!!!! If you haven’t seen the preview yet, here is a sneak peek:

 Marvel’s ANT-MAN Trailer

The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Marvel’s “Ant-Man” stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Michael Peña as Luis, Judy Greer as Maggie, Tip “Ti” Harris as Dave, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, Wood Harris as Gale, Jordi Mollà as Castillo and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym.

Peyton Reed directs Marvel’s “Ant-Man” with Kevin Feige producing and Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo, Edgar Wright and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. The story is by Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish and the screenplay is by Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish and Adam McKay & Paul Rudd. Marvel’s “Ant-Man” delivers a high-stakes, tension-filled adventure on July 17, 2015.

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ANT-MAN opens in theaters everywhere on July 17th!

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Flower Pen and Pot Craft http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/flower-pen-and-pot-craft/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/flower-pen-and-pot-craft/#comments Wed, 06 May 2015 19:13:19 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=56487 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #L2LMom #CollectiveBias In honor of my sister that passed away last fall of cancer I am making these fun Flower Pen and Pot crafts for the special mothers in my life. She made and sold thousands of these as […]

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In honor of my sister that passed away last fall of cancer I am making these fun Flower Pen and Pot crafts for the special mothers in my life. She made and sold thousands of these as part of her home business and I love the cute flowers and pots that she had. I gathered up some of her supplies and set to work making a few of them. They were pretty simple to put together and I love how they turned out. To top it off, I got a Love2Love Coty fragrance in Fresh Rose + Peach to spray onto the flowers, and it really made all of the difference. I love the smells of all of the varieties and they each set their own mood so you will have to smell them all to see what you think. It is great to get the frangrances and give them as part of the gift like we did for this one. There are even nice gift bags by the bottles for only $0.50 that make it super easy to get your Mother’s Day shopping done.

Flower Pen and Pot Craft

To put your Flower Pen and Pot together you will need a Pen, duck tape, uncooked bagged beans, a small terra cotta pot, a fake flower, craft paint and a fragrance like the Coty Love2Love. First you will paint the pot your choice of color and set aside to dry. Take the pen and wrap duct tape around it in sections, securing the flower into place first. Then you can either work on the Mother’s Day card, or attach the accents to the pot. You will fill the pot up with the beans, leaving about 3/4 of an inch from the top. I LOVE how these turned out. It only took about 10 minutes and they are so fun and the pen can be used everyday!

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Together with the Love2Love fragrance it turned out to be a beautiful gift. It really goes perfect together. And there are so many different types of flowers you can choose from, you can make a flower pen that matches each fragrance.  My kids helped me pick out these flowers and I think they are really cute! You could even make 2 or three and add them to the pot. You can get the pots in the garden section at Walmart when you pick up your Love2Love fragrance. Look for the end cap displays. Be sure to check out scents2love.net  to get more inspiration for Mother’s Day and learn more about each fragrance.

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Love2Love has unbeatable value and offers large fine fragrances that smell amazing. The fragrance lasts for hours and really accentuates your look. Love2Love has a variety of 5 fragrance options for every feeling. They capture love and joy; the ingredients tell the story. To learn more about Love2Love visit love2lovefragrances.com.

  • Fresh Rose + Peach = joyful, optimistic, the essence of natural comfort
  • Jasmine + Sparkling Mimosa = carefree, invigorating and energetic; like the first day of Spring
  • Bluebell + White Tea = captivating, radiant, delicately feminine; the tranquility and ease of Sunday morning
  • Freesia + Violet Petals = elegant, alluring, and timeless; like the perfect effortless sun dress

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Look for the displays in your local Walmart and pick a few up for the amazing Mother’s on your list. I love love love how good they smell and I know that my Mother, Mother-in-law, sisters and friends will love them as well. They are a great price and it is something they can use over and over again. Being a mom is one of the most important things in this life – let’s celebrate it by showing the mothers in our lives how much they mean to us.

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What Love2Love fragrance would be your mom’s (or your) favorite? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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Mother’s Day “I love you because…” Hand print Craft http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/mothers-day-i-love-you-because...-hand-print-craft/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/mothers-day-i-love-you-because...-hand-print-craft/#respond Wed, 06 May 2015 15:17:41 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=56449 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #MobileMemories #CollectiveBias Mother’s Day is a wonderful time of year for me Not only because I am mom to four amazing little kids but because it also gives me the chance to tell my mother and mother-in-law […]

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Mother’s Day is a wonderful time of year for me :) Not only because I am mom to four amazing little kids but because it also gives me the chance to tell my mother and mother-in-law how amazing they are and how much I appreciate them. Also all of the other mom’s in my life – my sister, friends, aunts, grandparents, etc. It is truly a great day. We wanted to make something fun this year for the “Grandma’s” so we did a “I love you because…” hand print craft to give to my mom along with her new ZTE Zinger Phone from Walmart Family Mobile. This craft was really easy to put together and was a lot of fun. You will need 5 pieces of construction paper (or colored paper, like card stock), 5 pipe cleaners in green, a white paper to draw a vase, a 12 x 12 piece of scrapbook paper (any color/style you like), and glue dots.

Mother's Day "I love you because..." Hand print Craft

On the white paper draw the vase and cut it out, then trace your child’s hand print on the top colored paper, and cut all five at once. You will take the pipe cleaners and cut them in half. Once the vase is done and the hands are cut out, you will take a black sharpie marker and write “I love Grandma because…” on the vase (you can also use Mom, my aunt, my sister, etc). Then take the marker and write down all of the reasons that you love them on the hands. Some of my kids’ ideas were “She likes to read stories to me”, “She helps me with my school”, “We always have fun together” etc.

Mother's Day "I love you because..." Hand print Craft

When you are done writing on the hands and vase, you will take two glue dots and put them about 1 inch apart on the pipe cleaner and stick it to the back of the hand. This is a quick and easy way to attach them with no mess. After you have attached the “stems” to all of the “Flowers” you will set them aside while you attach the vase to the scrapbook paper. I used about 8-10 glue dots around the side and bottom edges of the vase then attached it to the paper in the bottom middle. I then took three brads and attached them in the middle and each side of the vase (as you can see below in the final picture). This helped keep the flowers in and secured the vase to the paper.

Mother's Day "I love you because..." Hand print Craft

Take each flower and put it in the vase. The ones on the sides will be almost completely 90 degrees bent, and the one in the very middle will be straight up and down. We only did 5, but you could add a lot more and stack them. I love how cute it turned out. It not only is something that is personal and heartfelt but cute and can be a decoration for years to come.

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I would love to know how you liked this if you try it! I love how well it turned out.

Mother's Day "I love you because..." Hand print Craft

We also got the ZTE Zinger Phone from Walmart Family Mobile to give to my mom and so I took a picture of the hand print craft to have on her phone when she looked at it. She loved that. I love how good the pictures turned out that I snapped with this phone so that she could have them for her of my kids, family, and more!

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My kids couldn’t wait to give their gifts to Grandma, and she was so excited and really loved them both.

Mother's Day "I love you because..." Hand print Craft

She couldn’t believe that we got her a new phone for Mother’s Day. The one she was using is about 8 years old and so she needed an upgrade. This phone is affordable and so is the plan. Walmart Family Mobile service is $29.88/month(for the first line) Unlimited Talk, Text & Data service plan which includes up to 1G of 4G LTE data. We now have some more fun Mobile Memories to keep – and with her new phone, my mom can also be sure to capture all of the Mobile Memories that she wants.

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It is really fun giving something to my mom that she didn’t expect. I know that she will love the phone and treasure the kids handprints. This is a great way to show the “Mom” in your life how much you really love them and why!

Mother's Day "I love you because..." Hand print Craft

You can pick up the ZTE Zinger phone and many other great phones at Walmart, as well as get the great lowest price unlimited plans.  All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/8e03 or your local Walmart for current pricing.

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Fresh Guacamole Recipe #MomsWin http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/fresh-guacamole-recipe/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/fresh-guacamole-recipe/#respond Tue, 05 May 2015 02:36:05 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=56455 While we don’t really have any Hispanic roots, we still like to teach our kids about other cultures and their celebrations, so we have been learning a little about Cinco de Mayo. We all love “Mexican Food” and we eat it all the time, but some days are just so crazy, that I don’t always […]

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While we don’t really have any Hispanic roots, we still like to teach our kids about other cultures and their celebrations, so we have been learning a little about Cinco de Mayo. We all love “Mexican Food” and we eat it all the time, but some days are just so crazy, that I don’t always have time to make dinner. That is when I am so glad I can open my freezer and find  yummy food like these El Monterey Taquitos . We also grabbed a bag of El Monterey burriots to enjoy as well. Together with our fresh grilled pineapple, and homemade Fresh Guacamole Recipe – made with Avocado, Tomatoes, Olives, Salsa and Sour Cream we had a yummy Cindo de Mayo meal!

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The Guacamole was really easy to make and turned out SO GOOD! We just took 1 fresh Avocado, 1 large tomato, 10 olives, 1 scoop of sour cream, 1/4 cup of salsa, and seasoning to taste (salt, pepper, garlic). You will take the avocado meat and mush it with a fork, then add the diced tomatoes, chopped olives, sour cream and salsa and mix. You can add shredded cheese for even more flavor. The Fresh Guacamole turned out great as a dip for the Taquitos as well as for chips!

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For family friendly snacks for any occasion, El Monterey has a a great selection of festive goodness. I love the quality ingredients as well as the ease of preparing the meals. My kids love it – and so do my husband and I. You can grab two great coupons for El Monterey products – one for El Monterey Taquitos Coupon and one for El Monterey Burritos Coupon.

Also, don’t forget to enter the ‪#‎CincodeSelfie  contest on the El Monterey Facebook Page! You could win a $500 Gift Card just for sharing your best Cindo de Mayo selfie and tagging ‪#‎CincodeSelfie. This ends 5/5 at 11:59 pm CST. so be sure to enter now!

Also be sure to check out El Monterey on Pinterest for even more great ideas and recipes!

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What ideas and recipes do you have for celebrating Cinco de Mayo?

Thank you to El Monterey for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

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Ways to make brushing teeth fun for kids #BrushBattle http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/ways-to-make-brushing-teeth-fun-for-kids-brushbattle/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/ways-to-make-brushing-teeth-fun-for-kids-brushbattle/#respond Mon, 04 May 2015 21:21:00 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=56468 Getting kids to brush their teeth can be challenging. I have always been pretty good about having my kids brush their teeth at least morning and night but they don’t always run to the bathroom screaming and jumping up and down excitedly ready to conquer the “dark side”. The “do I have to?”‘s and the […]

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Getting kids to brush their teeth can be challenging. I have always been pretty good about having my kids brush their teeth at least morning and night but they don’t always run to the bathroom screaming and jumping up and down excitedly ready to conquer the “dark side”. The “do I have to?”‘s and the “but mom”‘s have gone down a LOT the past week for one reason alone – cool new Hello Kitty and Star Wars toothbrushes from Firefly! They are in LOVE with the Darth Vader and Obiwan Light Saber toothbrushes (who wouldn’t be, even I love playing with them , lol) and they make the coolest sounds (like you are swinging a real Light Saber around) and talk, and light up! What could be better? Firefly also has really great Ready Go Toothbrushes that light up Green, then yellow, then Red and are set to a 1 minute timer so they know when to stop. They have these in Hello Kitty and Star Wars as well. Between these fun new brushes and the Firefly® Hello Kitty Anticavity Fluoride Rinse I have hardly had to remind them to brush. They are often asking to brush more than morning and night – which is great!

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Ways to make brushing teeth fun for kids #BrushBattle

I like to make things fun for my kids – things that normally aren’t considered fun or exciting – so that they at least don’t feel like the are being punished for forced. Like chores, helping around the house and yard, brushing their teeth, showering, etc. With four kids we have had to come up with some ways to make brushing teeth fun for kids. Here they are:

  • Let your child pick out their own toothbrush and toothpaste (if there is something fun waiting for them they will be more likely to want to brush)
  • Have a fun fluoride rinse they can use (this helps my kids a lot)
  • Have a timer (or get a toothbrush with a timer) so they know how long they need to brush for
  • Make a chart and give them a reward at the end of each week that they brushed twice a day

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There are many ways to get kids to brush their teeth, but making it fun will keep them wanting to do it and they will develop good habits. With fun characters like Angry Birds, Hello Kitty, Star Wars, Marvel and more, as well as interactive flashing lights that will guide your kids through 60-seconds of brushing for each row of teeth, Firefly offers fun solutions that will assist you in entertaining your kids into healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

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You can pick them up at Walmart, Walgreens and Target.

Star Wars Products:
Firefly® Star Wars Ready Go Toothbrush on Target.com
Firefly® Star Wars Darth Vader Light Saber Toothbrush on Target.com
Firefly® Star Wars Obiwan Light Saber Toothbrush on Target.com

Hello Kitty Products:
Firefly® Hello Kitty Ready Go Toothbrush on Walmart.com
Firefly® Hello Kitty Anticavity Fluoride Rinse on Walmart.com
Firefly® Hello Kitty Ready Go Toothbrush on Walgreens.com
Firefly® Hello Kitty Anticavity Fluoride Rinse on Walgreens.com

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Right now you can also enter to win a trip to a California Theme Park! It is really easy to enter. Good Luck and “May the Force be with you”. You can enter the Firefly #BrushBattle sweepstakes hosted on Firefly’s Facebook page.

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The Avengers Unite {for fun and crafts} #AvengersUnite http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/the-avenger-unite-for-fun-and-crafts/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/the-avenger-unite-for-fun-and-crafts/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 19:03:22 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=56429 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AvengersUnite #CollectiveBias It is no secret that my kids love “dress up” and “role play”. I think it is very fun and encourage them regularly. Besides having very active imaginations, we also love to get fun costumes and […]

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It is no secret that my kids love “dress up” and “role play”. I think it is very fun and encourage them regularly. Besides having very active imaginations, we also love to get fun costumes and props for them to use because you know as well as I do that it makes it just that much more fun. With the release of MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron coming out in theaters tomorrow we have had a lot of fun gearing up for the movie. We have found cool The Avengers socks for my son, a Captain America costume, a Thor Helmet and Hammer, and we even found some cool Hulk, Captain America, and Thor masks in the party section. While we were looking around for these we also found some yummy Kellogg’s Fruit Snacks and Cheez-It baked snack crackers for the kids and  Dr Pepper products and Doritos – ALL with The Avengers on them. My kids love the The Avengers Fruit Snacks and crackers! (who wouldn’t 😉 ).

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When we got home it didn’t take long for my kids to rip the bags out of my hands, run into the house and start getting their new MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron costumes on. Even our dog Jake was wearing a fun Captain America mask. My son is Captain America and my cutie daughter is Thor. My husband had fun being Hulk then switched to Captain America. We also picked up a couple of The Avengers action figures while we were at Walmart. We got Captain America and Thor to go with their costumes. I love the shield and hammer that come with these action figures (they are NOT dolls I was informed, :) ).

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My son loves his Captain America costume. I love the quality and how well it fits. It is so perfect and really looks awesome! The mask has cushion on the inside so it doesn’t irritate his skin and the material on the arms of the costume is breathable so that he doesn’t overheat.

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“I will get you” 

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Role play is a great way to spend some fun quality time with your kids and family. Especially when it is a movie (or characters) that yo love so much. We are HUGE Marvel fans – and so my kids have grown up with them and know have their own love for them as well. This was like a dream for my kids to have them fun costumes and Action Figures. Our dress up collection consists mostly of princess stuff – and it will be getting “cooler” now.

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The combination of the costumes with the Action Figures made it that much more fun. There are cool accessories like the shield and the hammer that they loved playing with. And the cape on the Thor Figure was really cool! I am going to look for the rest of the Figures in the series. My kids LOVE them – even my girls. My dog was worn out – he loves running around and playing with the kids and us. He sported this fun Captain America mask for a while – and I think he looks so dang cute!

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Our dog Jake dressed up as Captain America

We honestly had so much fun! It was a great day – and I know there will be many many more The Avengers Unite afternoons spent in the company of these fun Superheroes!

Another fun thing that will make shopping for these cool items is the really fun Super Heroes Assemble app available in the iTunes and Google Play store.

Avengers fans, it’s time to Assemble again. With Super Heroes Assemble, turn your phone into a portal to exclusive Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron content. Keep up to date with the latest movie and behind-the-scenes action. Plus, scan Avengers displays at Walmart and Walmart.com to become your favorite Avenger, explore a Hulkbuster training facility in a cool 360 degree interactive space and to bring Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron characters to life with augmented reality.

It is really fun. While you are shopping you can scan in store signage from Kellogg’s, Hasboro, Dr. Pepper or Marvel to reveal secret content! You can also scan the specially marked Avengers packaging of these brands to unlock even more secret content! I would love to know what you unlock!

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When we got home my son wanted to make a shield to go with his costume, so we found a large piece of cardboard and cut out a big circle. Then we colored the cardboard with red and blue crayons. I printed out a white start and we cut it out and put it in the middle, and used brads to secure it to the shield. At the same time we took a piece of duck tape folded in half (so there is no sticky sides) and used this for the handle and secured it on the back before we closed the brads. It made a nice little handle (shaped like a rainbow). It turned out really good.

The Avengers Unite {for fun and crafts} #AvengersUnite

After a hard day playing and having fun they like to have treats and get re-energized for more fun and games. We picked up some yummy Kellogg’s Fruit Snacks and Cheez-It baked snack crackers for them to have (I only ate a few). These were great treats that were quick and easy and they were all branded with cool The Avengers symbols on each piece.

The Avengers Unite {for fun and crafts} #AvengersUnite

I really love the costumes and how versatile they are for all ages. My three year old and my 10 year old both fit into the Thor costume great. It has been so much fun and I know they will enjoy these over and over and over.

The Avengers Unite {for fun and crafts} #AvengersUnite

We had a lot of fun picking everything out. There is a great selection of toys, costumes and snacks at Walmart and we couldn’t wait to get home and watch The Avengers with our new swag. We already have plans to go see MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron as a family this weekend!

Who else is going to get decked out and watch the movies?

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10 reasons you should read The Selection series http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/10-reasons-you-should-read-the-selection-series/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/10-reasons-you-should-read-the-selection-series/#respond Wed, 29 Apr 2015 21:43:24 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=56167 I love reading. Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you that I love having my nose stuck in a book (or my Kindle Fire). One of the more recent books I have read is called The Selection by Kiera Cass. I had seen this book a few times in my recommendations over […]

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I love reading. Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you that I love having my nose stuck in a book (or my Kindle Fire). One of the more recent books I have read is called The Selection by Kiera Cass. I had seen this book a few times in my recommendations over the past few years, but had never bought it because I knew that it was going to be a series and I LOVE binge reading the whole series at once – I am impatient and hate waiting months for the newest book to come out. So when I was asked if I had read it a couple of months ago, I realized that the first three books of the series were out and I decided to read them. I am so glad I did. The Selection Series is SO GOOD! The beginning of the first book pulled me in and by the time I finished it (at 1:30 in the morning) I was on my kindle buying the next one and staying up the rest of the night reading it. It is THAT good.

I don’t really like spoilers – so you will have to look elsewhere for those – but I do want you to realize that this is a great series and worth reading.

10 reasons you should read The Selection series

To make this fun and easier to read, I wanted to share my top 10 reasons why you should read The Selection Series:

10. The whole The Selection series is available to read (making it easy to binge read the series and fall in love with America and Maxon like I did)

9. You can buy the book in print or digital versions

8. It is creative and a very different story line than most other “love story” books

7. You develop a good sense of the characters and the descriptions are good

6. Each book in the series is around 330 pages, so you can read them in about 1 day each

5. You are entertained and left wanting for more – she Kiera Cass does a great job of capturing her readers attention

4. You are kept guessing until the last minute because of crazy twists and turns to the plot

3. While this is a “romance” there is a lot of humor, action (not the romance kind) and a little bit of seriousness to the book (he is a Prince after all). This makes is nice because I like to read with my oldest daughter and this is a great series of books that we can read together without me having to worry about content being worrisome.

2. It shows that no matter where you come from, you make your own destiny. Such a great message for my daughter and the younger generation. And at the same time it is not all butterflies and rainbows. You have to work for what you want and make good choices.

1. The Selection series is one of the best series I have read (and I have read a LOT of book series). Compared to Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, etc – The Selection is light-hearted and fun without being overly intense.

10 reasons you should read The Selection series

Overall I am really impressed with the series and I am looking forward to reading The Heir that comes out on May 5! Have you read any of these books? (The Selection, The Elite, The One, and The Heir) I would love to know what you think.

You can learn more about these books The Selection, The Elite, The One, and The Heir (due out on May 5).

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Nickelodeon’s Let’s Learn: S.T.E.M and Wallykazam! on DVD today! http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/nickelodeons-lets-learn-stem-and-wallykazam/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/nickelodeons-lets-learn-stem-and-wallykazam/#respond Tue, 28 Apr 2015 20:54:49 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=56162 If there is something that my kids love – it’s learning. I am pretty blessed that my kids find learning “fun” and want to do more. They are typical kids in the sense that they won’t sit at a desk all day, but they won’t complain either. That is just one of the reasons that […]

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If there is something that my kids love – it’s learning. I am pretty blessed that my kids find learning “fun” and want to do more. They are typical kids in the sense that they won’t sit at a desk all day, but they won’t complain either. That is just one of the reasons that I love the new Nickelodeon DVD “Let’s Learn: S.T.E.M” featuring shows that focus on Science, Tech, Engineering and Math. What a great combo! Let’s Learn: S.T.E.M. includes the following episodes:

  • Blaze and the Monster Machines “Tool Duel”
  • PAW Patrol “Pups Save an Ace/Pups Save the Wedding”
  • Bubble Guppies “Build Me a Building”
  • Team Umizoomi “Let’s Play Math Dragons”
  • Dora the Explorer “School Science Fair”
  • Blue’s Clues “Contraptions”

My kids loved all of them. I was even pulled into them all! There is also a worksheet inside of the case that your kids will enjoy filling out.

The fifth installment in the Nickelodeon’s Let’s Learn series introduces preschoolers to the exciting world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.). Join some of your favorite characters from hit preschool shows such as Blaze and the Monster Machines, Bubble Guppies, PAW Patrol, Team Umizoomi, Blue’s Clues and Dora the Explorer for exciting adventures in this brand-new DVD containing over 130 minutes of educational entertainment.

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Another really great DVD that came out today is Nickelodeon’s Wallykazam!. This is a really fun DVD packed with entertaining shows that all of my kids (even my 10 year old) loved! I have to admit the tunes are catchy! :)  Wallykazam! includes the following episodes:

  • Naptime for Borgelorp – Wally uses magic words to help tire out Ogre Doug’s hyper and unpredictable pet Borgelorp.
  • Castle Caper – Wally must oust Bobgoblin from a castle intended for his pet dragon, Norville.
  • Victor the Villain – While pretending to be superheroes, Wally and Norville decide they need a real villain to match wits with and conjure up, Victor the Villain.
  • The Switching Stone – Wally, Norville and Gina Giant find a magical “switching stone” that’s a lot of fun until it turns Bobgoblin into a giant.

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Nickelodeon’s hit preschool literacy series Wallykazam! makes its DVD debut today.  The series follows the adventures of Wally and his pet dragon, Norville, who live in a forest among giants, goblins and other fantastical creatures. Wally has a magic stick that makes words come to life on the screen playfully transforming the world around him. Wallykazam! is Nickelodeon’s first preschool series that embeds a literacy curriculum into a full-length story, introducing skills such as letter and sound identification, rhyming, vocabulary development and comprehension strategies.

Check out Wallykazam on Amazon

Check out Let’s Learn: S.T.E.M. on Amazon

 

We received pre-release copies of both DVD’s in order to do our reviews. All opinions are our own.

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Scooby-Doo! & Scrappy-Doo : The Complete Season 1 on DVD today http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/scooby-doo-scrappy-doo-the-complete-season-1-on-dvd-today/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/scooby-doo-scrappy-doo-the-complete-season-1-on-dvd-today/#respond Tue, 28 Apr 2015 18:55:02 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=56163 One of our family favorites is Scooby-Doo! I am so excited that they have released the fun and exciting Scooby-Doo and Scrappy Doo: Season 1. I love these shows and they are fun to watch.  My kids have been through the full season a few times already. This is also great for traveling because it runs […]

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One of our family favorites is Scooby-Doo! I am so excited that they have released the fun and exciting Scooby-Doo and Scrappy Doo: Season 1. I love these shows and they are fun to watch.  My kids have been through the full season a few times already. This is also great for traveling because it runs for over 350 minutes! Even as I am typing this my kids are asking me to turn it on again! :)

Scooby-Doo! & Scrappy-Doo : The Complete Season 1

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings the adventures of Scooby-Doo! and Scrappy-Doo!:  The Complete Season 1, available in stores April 28, 2015.  Get set for hijinks, thrills and laughs as everyone’s favorite teenage sleuths, and their lovable Great Dane, set out for a chilling set of adventures along with their adorable companion, Scrappy-Doo. This exciting release features 16 entertaining episodes of the classic Saturday morning cartoon series.  

Scooby-Doo! and Scrappy-Doo!: The Complete Season 1 is the action-packed animated series that features the Mystery Inc. gang, Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo, as they travel in the Mystery Machine investigating unexplained and supernatural shenanigans. They are joined by Scooby-Doo’s precocious, pint-sized nephew, Scrappy-Doo, a fearless little pup who boldly confronts the scariest of villains.

Will the pint-sized pup help the gang overcome all manner of supernatural creeps and crawlies? Tune in to these 16 hijinks-filled episodes to find out! Collected for the first time on DVD, the Complete Season 1 is a treasure trove of classic Scooby-Doo. Stock up on Scooby Snacks and dig in for some puppy-powered fun!

Featured Episodes:

  • The Scarab Lives!
  • Twenty Thousand Screams Under the Sea
  • The Night Ghoul of Wonderworld
  • I Left My Neck in San Francisco
  • Strange Encounters of a Scooby Kind
  • When You Wish Upon a Star Creature
  • The Neon Phantom of the Roller Disco
  • The Ghoul, the Bat and the Ugly
  • Shiver and Shake, That Demon’s a Snake
  • Rocky Mountain Yiiiiii
  • The Scary Sky Skeleton
  • The Sorcerer’s a Menace
  • The Demon of the Dugout
  • Lock the Door, It’s a Minotaur!
  • The Hairy Scare of the Devil Bear
  • The Ransom of Scooby Chief

You can check out Scooby-Doo and Scrappy Doo: Season 1 on Amazon!

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Ragú® #Saucesome One-Pot Pasta http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/ragu-one-pot-pasta/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/ragu-one-pot-pasta/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 16:47:28 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=55681 There are few things we like better than getting together for a meal – enjoying each other’s company and having great food. It is the perfect combination. We often have friends and family over for meals, games and visiting and it makes it all the more enjoyable. We recently had a fun dinner party with […]

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There are few things we like better than getting together for a meal – enjoying each other’s company and having great food. It is the perfect combination. We often have friends and family over for meals, games and visiting and it makes it all the more enjoyable. We recently had a fun dinner party with friends and we put our own spin on the Ragú®’s Easy One-Pot Pasta recipe. It was super easy to make. We added some garlic, Parmesan and Italian meatballs to it for extra flavor, and it was a huge hit with everyone (ages 2 to adult). It is a keeper! We used the Ragú® Old World Style® Sauce, and I loved the flavor.
Ragú® #Saucesome One-Pot Pasta
Here is the recipe that we used:
Ragu #Saucesome One-Pot Pasta

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 jar (1 lb. 8 oz.) Ragu® Sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 8 ounces spaghetti, broken in half
  • 1/2 cup of fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 12-18 Italian Meatballs (frozen)
  • 1 tbsp of fresh minced garlic

Instructions

  1. Bring Sauce, water, and meatballs to a boil over high heat in 3-quart saucepan.
  2. Reduce heat to low, then add uncooked spaghetti, cheese and garlic.
  3. Simmer, stirring frequently, 16 minutes or until spaghetti is tender.
  4. Serve, if desired, with shredded mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese or grated Parmesan cheese.
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Making dinner is almost as fun as sitting down together and enjoying the meal.  My kids love to help so they all took turns adding ingredients into the pot (since it is one-pot) before we let it cook. It was really nice to have it all in one place and it all cooked really nice, I just didn’t stir it quite often enough so a little stuck to the bottom,  but overall I am really happy with how easy it is to make and we will be enjoying it regularly from now on! They always have fun slurping the noodles and the meatballs made it extra fun – not to mention the sauce that got everywhere 😀
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Ragú® #Saucesome One-Pot Pasta
Ragú® #Saucesome One-Pot Pasta
Spaghetti and steak are my hubby’s two favorite dishes, so him and his friend cooked some meat on the BBQ while me and my friend (with the help of all the kids) put together the rest of the meal in house. I enjoyed the visit and it was made even better with all the yummy smells from the good food that was cooking. What makes our mealtime Saucesome is being around the table together. We get to enjoy each other while we are cooking and preparing the meal and it just rolls over to our mealtime. We had good friends over for dinner and it made our night even more Saucesome!
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Ragú® #Saucesome One-Pot Pasta
Ragú® is recognizing and celebrating everything that makes family mealtime Saucesome. From unique recipes to silly moments to crazy weeknights…it’s all Saucesome with the delicious help of Ragú® Sauce. I want to know what your Saucesome memories are and what makes your mealtime Saucesome. With the Authentic Italian taste American Families love, Ragú® offers a variety of great tasting, quick and easy  way to make family favorite recipes.
For additional delicious recipes and ideas visit Ragú® on:
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And don’t forget to visit www.ragusweeps.com for a chance to win a variety of Saucesome prizes, including $12,000 towards a Saucesome kitchen makeover!

“Ragú® Old World Style® Sauce has a delicious taste your whole family will love.”

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3 easy and fun snack ideas for busy moms #PutItOnARitz http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/3-easy-and-fun-snack-ideas-for-busy-moms-putitonaritz/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/3-easy-and-fun-snack-ideas-for-busy-moms-putitonaritz/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:58:37 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=55828 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PutItOnARitz #CollectiveBias As a busy mom (aren’t all moms busy?) I have found that while I love created and making elaborate snacks and meals I simply run out of time. With four kids in sports, music, school, church […]

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As a busy mom (aren’t all moms busy?) I have found that while I love created and making elaborate snacks and meals I simply run out of time. With four kids in sports, music, school, church activities and any number of other things as well as mine and my husbands obligations it leaves Sme on a tight schedule. While I love being busy and being part of everything my kids do, I also need to make sure that they have yummy healthy snacks that not only taste good but are fun too. That is why we have made some yummy snacks as part of the RITZ® Snackify Challenge. They are mini pizzas, mini tacos, and mini fruit pizzas. All of these are easy to make, and your kids will love helping to put them together as much as they will eating them, and they are perfect for older kids to make on their own.

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Before I tell you about how we made our snacks, I wanted to let you know about the RITZ® Snackify Challenge Instagram Contest. You can Enter for a chance to win one of forty $100 Walmart e-Gift Cards (10 per week) by uploading an Instagram photo of your RITZ®-topped creation with #putitonaritzcontest. (Purchase of RITZ® is not required.) 

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Click HERE to enter the Snackify Challenge with your own RITZ®-topped creation for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card!

Easy fun snacks for busy moms

To make the mini pizzas we used the RITZ® Bacon crackers, spaghetti sauce, shredded cheese and mini pepperonis (you can add other things but the cracker was pretty full at this point).

Easy fun snacks for busy moms

For the mini tacos we used the RITZ® Bacon crackers, left over slow cooker chicken enchiladas, shredded cheese and sour cream. (this would be good with regular taco meat as well).

Easy fun snacks for busy moms

For the mini fruit pizzas we used the RITZ® Honey Wheat crackers, berry flavored cream cheese spread, a slice of banana, and a piece of a mandarin orange. (You could add apples, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc).

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My kids loved how they all tasted – the fruit pizzas went first, then the pizzas then the tacos. They all turned out great and I loved how fast and easy it was to put them all together. In less than 5 minutes we had a very yummy healthy snack that filled them up for a few more hours of playing.

Easy  fun snacks for busy moms

If you are looking for a fun and easy snack for your kids, then you need to grab a box of RITZ® Crackers at Walmart and throw together some of these or come up with your own.

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What would you put on your RITZ® Cracker for fun snack ideas?

 

 

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Disney’s TOMORROWLAND Trailer #Tomorrowland http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/disneys-tomorrowland-trailer-tomorrowland/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/disneys-tomorrowland-trailer-tomorrowland/#respond Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:40:32 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=55683 Another great movie that I am looking forward to seeing with my family is Disney’s Tomorrowland! George Clooney is always great to watch and I know that this film will be just as good as I anticipate. The new Tomorrowland Trailer gets me even more excited. It comes out about the same time as my daughter’s […]

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Another great movie that I am looking forward to seeing with my family is Disney’s Tomorrowland! George Clooney is always great to watch and I know that this film will be just as good as I anticipate. The new Tomorrowland Trailer gets me even more excited. It comes out about the same time as my daughter’s birthday – so we will be having a movie Birthday night out.

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SUPER COOL ANNOUNCEMENT:

A special presentation of the film, featuring more than six minutes of footage to be introduced by director Brad Bird, will screen exclusively in IMAX® theaters domestically and in select international markets beginning May 1. The extended first look of TOMORROWLAND will screen directly prior to Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON and will play for the duration of that film’s run in IMAX.

Disney’s Tommorowland Trailer

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland,” a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

The film also stars Hugh Laurie as brilliant scientist David Nix, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson.

“Tomorrowland” is produced by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird and Jeffrey Chernov and directed by Brad Bird, with John Walker, Bernard Bellew, Jeff Jensen and Brigham Taylor serving as executive producers.

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Visit the official TOMORROWLAND website: www.Disney.com/Tomorrowland

 

TOMORROWLAND opens in theaters everywhere on May 22nd!

 

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GIVEAWAY: Victoria Jackson Cosmetics Bundle (ends 4/29) http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/victoria-jackson-cosmetics-bundle/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/victoria-jackson-cosmetics-bundle/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:00:00 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=55208 I recently had the opportunity to try out some of the great cosmetics from the Victoria Jackson line. Here is a part of my review: I have sensitive eyes, that start to burn if I wear certain makeup to long – so I have to be really careful about what I buy. Victoria Jackson makeup […]

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I recently had the opportunity to try out some of the great cosmetics from the Victoria Jackson line. Here is a part of my review:

I have sensitive eyes, that start to burn if I wear certain makeup to long – so I have to be really careful about what I buy. Victoria Jackson makeup has not caused any reactions, and I LOVE LOVE the coverage of the foundation, blush and mascara! I love the way it makes my skin look. You can see from the pictures above that the coverage is amazing – and after a full day of work, family, being mom and then heading to the park and playing softball with my kids – it still looks really great!

Read the rest of our review here and see 5 quick get ready tips

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The products that I used are:

FOUNDATION DUO, LUSH MASCARA, PERFECT EVERYDAY BLUSH, and GENTLE EYE & FACE MAKE UP REMOVER

Want to check out all of the other great Victoria Jackson products? Use promo code LOVEVJC to get 25%-off (good until 4/30/15).

I am excited to be able to offer you, my amazing readers, a giveaway for some great Victoria Jackson products! Up for grabs is a Victoria Jackson Cosmetics bundle containing: Foundation Duo (Light, Medium, Tan, or Dark), Fine Line Eye Pencil (Black), and Here Comes the Sun Bronzing Powder. Total value: $67.90.

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Paddington the Bear Party #Paddington #MovieNight http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/paddington-the-bear-party-paddington-movienight/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/paddington-the-bear-party-paddington-movienight/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:20:51 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=55341 This last weekend was the digital release of the new Paddington movie. We got it through Amazon (since my kids all have Kindles) and we watched it on our Smart TV. We had not had the chance to see it yet, so we were excited to watch it. I am really impressed with the movie. It […]

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This last weekend was the digital release of the new Paddington movie. We got it through Amazon (since my kids all have Kindles) and we watched it on our Smart TV. We had not had the chance to see it yet, so we were excited to watch it. I am really impressed with the movie. It is heartfelt, funny, and a great family movie. My kids were glued to it and couldn’t wait to watch it again. As part of our party, we made fun treats too. We had some friends over and then enjoyed it as well.

Paddington the Bear Party #Paddington #MovieNight

If you want to have some Paddington fun, you can download a free digital party kit on PaddingtonParties.com with fun printables, coloring pages, decorations, recipes and more! There is so many fun things to do. A couple of things we did was make Paddington Bear cupcakes, and we also made yummy Bear Snacks with graham crackers, peanut butter, bananas, strawberries and raisins. These were a lot of fun for the kids to make and yummy to eat afterwards!

Paddington Bear Cupcakes  - Paddington the Bear Party #Paddington #MovieNight

The cupcakes were made using a Duff Goldman mix. They turned out really good. We then frosted them and added little Teddy Graham crackers to the top of each cupcake and we used the Duff Matte Candy  Writer in Red to make little hats for the bears so they looked like Paddington. We also had Paddington bear cupcake wrappers from our party kit and they turned out really cute!

Paddington Bear Cupcakes  - Paddington the Bear Party #Paddington #MovieNight

For the Bear Snacks we took a Graham cracker square and spread peanut butter over the top. Then we put three slices of bananas (two for the ears and one for the nose). We used a strawberry piece for the nose and two raisins for the eyes. It was really simple and fun and the kids loved putting them together as much as they did eating them.

Bear Snacks - Paddington the Bear Party #Paddington #MovieNight

We also had a few fun decorations, coloring pages and of course the movie. Overall it was a lot of fun. Since we had a sleepover – the next morning we made Orange Marmalade French Toast. It was pretty easy to put together, just smear one side of bread with Orange Marmalade and the other side with cream cheese and then put them together like a sandwich, then dip them in the egg/milk mixture and cook them. It turned out pretty good. The kids like this version as well as just regular French Toast with the Orange Marmalade on top.

Orange Marmalade French Toast - Paddington the Bear Party #Paddington #MovieNight

Overall we had a very fun Paddington Party with lots of yummy treats, activities and a great movie to watch! Be sure to check out PaddingtonParties.com and download your free digital party kit for Paddington.

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I am attending the PBS Annual Meeting 2015 – #PBSKIDS @PBSAnnualMtg #PBSam http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/pbs-annual-meeting/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/pbs-annual-meeting/#respond Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:54:36 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=53809 I am so excited to share that I am going to be able to attend the PBS Annual Meeting in Austin, TX in May. This is going to be such a fun experience! I have never been to Austin before – so I am looking forward to that, but I am really excited about the conference […]

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I am so excited to share that I am going to be able to attend the PBS Annual Meeting in Austin, TX in May. This is going to be such a fun experience! I have never been to Austin before – so I am looking forward to that, but I am really excited about the conference and what will take place there. Here is a little bit of information:

The PBS Annual Meeting is the premier gathering of public television professionals, bringing together station teams, independent producers, community partners and national organizations to connect, collaborate and plan our future together. In Austin we will build on the momentum of the PBS Regional Meetings and showcase local and national content and innovative ways our industry is transforming our service to meet the needs of the communities we serve. And it is Austin, home of Austin City Limits, so you know there will be some serious music!

There are many reasons that I am excited to be there, but the biggest reason is simply because we love PBS Kids! It has been a part of our home since we have had kids (over 10 years ago), and I love the fun, educational and entertaining shows, apps, and games that not only entertain but educate. You will recognize many of the titles, even if you don’t have kids of your own.

PBS Kids ShowsThe line up of PBS Kids shows are:

  • Angelina Ballerina
  • Arthur
  • Barney
  • Between the Lions
  • Caillou
  • Cat in the Hat
  • Chuck Vanderchucks Explosion!
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • Curious George
  • Cyberchase
  • Daniel Tigers Neighborhood
  • The Democracy Project
  • Design Squad Nation
  • Dinosaur Train
  • Dragon Fly TV
  • Eek World
  • The Electric Company
  • Fetch with Ruff Ruffman
  • Fizzy’s Lunch
  • The Greens
  • It’s My Life
  • Lomax The Hound of Music
  • Mama Mirabelle’s Home Movies
  • Martha Speaks
  • Maya & Miguel
  • Mister Rogers Neighborhood
  • ODD Squad
  • Oh Noah!
  • Peg + Cat
  • Plum Landing
  • Postcards from Buster
  • SciGirls
  • Sesame Street
  • Sid the Science Kid
  • Super Why!
  • Thomas & Friends
  • Webonauts Internet Academy
  • Wild Kratts
  • Wilson & Ditch – Digging America
  • Word Girl
  • Word World
  • Zoom

I personally haven’t seen every show listed – but it is safe to say that I have seen 80% of them with my kids and I love them. It is honestly the kind of channel I can turn on for my kids and let them watch while I am doing something and not have to worry about inappropriate, rude, or “empty” shows coming on. If you haven’t checked out PBS Kids lately – do it now! My kids love going online to PBSKids.org and playing the games, watching shows, and printing out fun activities. You can set your local TV station, and see showtimes.

There is also a great resource for adults (parents) at pbs.org/parentsIt is packed with recipes, crafts, parenting tips, fitness and more. I love going there and finding new and fun things to do with my kids.

Don’t forget you can also download PBS Kids Apps for Android and keep your kids entertained anytime. From the PBS KIDS Video, and a PBS Parents Play & Learn to the SUPER WHY!, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Wild Kratts World Adventure, and Caillou you will find fun and educational games that your kids will want to play over and over. View all of the APPS for PBS Kids here.

PBS Kids VIP Blogger

I am so excited to have been chosen as a VIP Blogger for PBS Kids! It will allow me to share PBS KIDS announcements, programming, and products as well as many other fun and exciting things along the way. Being an Ambassador for PBS Kids is going to be fun for all of us!

To learn more about the PBS Annual Meeting go here: http://www.pbsannualmeeting.org

I will keep you updated about my trip to Austin – so be sure to follow the hashtags #PBSKIDS and #PBSam on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop at @BestBuy #AMDFX http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/hp-envy-touchsmart-laptop-at-bestbuy-amdfx/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/hp-envy-touchsmart-laptop-at-bestbuy-amdfx/#respond Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:42:46 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=53803 I am a computer junky. Anyone who knows me won’t hesitate to tell you just that. I began my affairs with computers when I was in my early teens (when they weren’t good for much more than using WORD and browsing the early days of the internet) and I was hooked. I went to school […]

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I am a computer junky. Anyone who knows me won’t hesitate to tell you just that. I began my affairs with computers when I was in my early teens (when they weren’t good for much more than using WORD and browsing the early days of the internet) and I was hooked. I went to school for Web Design and Development, and through various jobs and experiences I learned how to build and fix computers, I also learned a lot of the software side of them. Many different brands of computers have come and gone, but one that has always stayed in our home is HP. The Hewlett-Packard brand has withstood many different “experiences” in my house and it is still running as good as the day we bought it (5 years ago). I decided to buy a new laptop a few weeks ago and give the old one to my hubby. He loves it – and I love my new computer – which is none other that the HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop that I got at Best Buy!

HP Envy Laptop at Best Buy

The AMD FX APU – HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop provides extreme performance of AMD’s
most powerful mobile processer to deliver exceptional Gaming and Entertainment experience

This computer is packed with great features. I was a little hesitant about Windows 8 – but overall I have been really happy. With the “app” style interface AND the regular Windows layout it makes it all the more fun because it is a touchscreen. Another thing I love is the speed. I don’t know about you but when I am working on my computer I expect it to be fast and process everything fast – I has to be fast…and the new AMD FX Special Edition APU delivers. It has unbelievable performance for everything from daily tasks to gaming and productivity due to the processing power of 10 compute cores (4 CPU + 6 GPU)** . It also introduces mobile systems.

Have a lot of work to do? Get through your task quickly and easily with the new AMD FX APU – HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop and spend more time with your family. Nothing is worse then waiting for your computer to load and work and process – I know – believe me – and having a fast computer not only makes it so you can power through your tasks faster – but you will be more productive because you can focus on what matters. The computer also features Beats Audio so you can enjoy amazing sound for movies, games, and music! The Control Zone touch pad was a little tricky to get used to but after a few minutes you will have it down. You just have to get use to using two fingers to scroll, “right click”, etc. I actually like it a lot better than the traditional built in mouse pads. Overall I really love the computer. The start up speed it great – and I am able to open multiple programs without the speed or functionality of the computer slowing down.

HP Envy Laptop at Best Buy

Here are some quick facts about the AMD FX APU – HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop:

  • This laptop provides extreme performance of AMD’s most powerful mobile processer to deliver exceptional Gaming and Entertainment experience– the AMD FX Special Edition APU*
  • The AMD FX Special Edition APU introduces mobile systems with AMD’s highest performing APUs, exclusive at Best Buy.
  • Unbelievable PC Performance
  • Exceptional Gaming and Entertainment Experience
  • Mega-Multitasking
  • Award Winning Graphics

You can check out this computer online at BestBuy.com or you can head into a store and pick it up there. If you are buying online you will get Free Shipping on orders $35 and up or you can choose Free Store Pickup and Pick up your order in as little as 45 minutes. (I have done this before and loved it!).

What do you think about the new AMD FX APU – HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop?

 

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Spring Event by Cooper Tires http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/spring-event-by-cooper-tires/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/spring-event-by-cooper-tires/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 04:19:56 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=53781 This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cooper Tires for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Everyone notices tires. Whither it is a Harley or a big beefy truck, people look at the tires. I have three rather normal vehicles, and people still comment on the tires. That is just one […]

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cooper Tires for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Everyone notices tires. Whither it is a Harley or a big beefy truck, people look at the tires. I have three rather normal vehicles, and people still comment on the tires. That is just one of the reasons that I like to make sure we have nice tires. Others are getting better gas mileage, control of the vehicle, safety and more! We check our tires regularly to make sure they are still good, and when we notice that they need replacing then we start looking for a good deal. Getting a good deal on them is important, but they also have to be quality. It can be tough finding the right tire for the right price and still making sure it will last. One brand we know and trust is Cooper Tires.

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Cooper Tires is an American company that specializes in quality tires that fit any budget. They design and manufacture replacement automobile and truck tires. They also have subsidaries that specialize in truck, motorcycle and racing tires. Right now the Cooper Tire Spring Event is in full swing! You will want to take advantage of this and roll into spring with these great offers! Get up to $70 back in a prepaid Visa gift card through April 15 when you purchase a set of qualifying Cooper Tires through participating dealers. 

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Cooper Tires has a wide variety of tires in all different sizes but the Discoverer SRX Cooper Tire is one of my favorites! It is a dedicated SUV and CUV tire available in 30 sizes so that is fits a wide selection of SUV’s and CUV’s. 

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Here are a few more facts about the tires:

  • The Discoverer SRX features Cooper’s innovative Wear Square, the company’s exclusive visual tread life indicator.
  • The Wear Square is located at six points of reference around the inside and outside of the tread. Throughout the tire’s lifetime, the square changes shape beginning with a full square and ending with an exclamation mark when tire tread is low, allowing consumers to quickly and easily assess the approximate tread remaining on the tires.
  • The Wear Square can also signal uneven tire wear and possible wheel alignment issues.
  • The Discoverer SRX offers a premium 65,000-mile Tread Wear Protection Warranty and a 45-Day Road Test guarantee ensure a confident choice and smooth ride for SUV and CUV drivers, if you aren’t satisfied with your Discoverer SRX tire purchase you may return them to your original dealer within 45 days of purchase for a FREE OF CHARGE Cooper brand replacement only, including mounting and balancing.
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After the harsh winter weather and all the spring rain new tires may very well be in your near future. Take advantage of this great offer from Cooper Tires and get new tires for your ride today! Use the Dealer Locator to find a Cooper Tires dealer near you.

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Marvel’s ANT-MAN Trailer #AntMan http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/marvels-ant-man-trailer-antman/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/marvels-ant-man-trailer-antman/#respond Tue, 14 Apr 2015 01:43:53 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=53784 Here is the newest Marvel’s ANT-MAN Trailer that just came out. I love it! It is a perfect Marvel film with a great mixture of comedy, action, and suspense. This is one of the top movies on my watch list this year! Paul Rudd does such a great job (as if he would be anything […]

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Here is the newest Marvel’s ANT-MAN Trailer that just came out. I love it! It is a perfect Marvel film with a great mixture of comedy, action, and suspense. This is one of the top movies on my watch list this year! Paul Rudd does such a great job (as if he would be anything but great) in this role and I can’t wait to see the whole movie!

 Marvel’s ANT-MAN Trailer

What did you think of the new ANT-MAN Trailer? Doesn’t it look SO GOOD!?!?!?

The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Marvel’s “Ant-Man” stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Michael Peña as Luis, Judy Greer as Maggie, Tip “Ti” Harris as Dave, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, Wood Harris as Gale, Jordi Mollà as Castillo and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym.

Peyton Reed directs Marvel’s “Ant-Man” with Kevin Feige producing and Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo, Edgar Wright and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. The story is by Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish and the screenplay is by Adam McKay & Paul Rudd. Marvel’s “Ant-Man” delivers a high-stakes, tension-filled adventure on July 17, 2015.

Marvel's Ant Man Trailer #AntMan

Marvel's Ant Man Trailer #AntMan

Marvel's Ant Man Trailer #AntMan

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ANT-MAN opens in theaters everywhere on July 17th!

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Find new adventures in Gulf County, Florida http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/find-new-adventures-in-gulf-county-florida/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/find-new-adventures-in-gulf-county-florida/#respond Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:22:51 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=53769 This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Visit Gulf County. All opinions are 100% mine. Getting outdoors and being together as a family is one of my favorite things to do. You will often find us out camping, fishing and hiking, and when we can get away on bigger vacations we […]

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Visit Gulf County. All opinions are 100% mine.

Getting outdoors and being together as a family is one of my favorite things to do. You will often find us out camping, fishing and hiking, and when we can get away on bigger vacations we love to go and have fun on the beaches and oceans. One place that is our top destination for next spring is Florida. We can’t wait to go explore that area and visit all of the amazing places it has to offer. One of those places is Gulf County, FL. When you are there, you will be sure to find something to do you’ve never done before. Some examples of adventures we will find are venturing out to a different beach every day, kayaking through the Dead Lakes, waking up early to watch the Dolphin Parade, checking out St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, and we can even tent a charter boat and go “snuba” diving. Getting excited yet? You can ENTER TO WIN a $50 Gift Card to have an adventure of your own in your local town! (see below on how to enter) Enter the weekly contest for your readers to have a chance to win a $50 gift card to have an adventure of their own in their local town. There are 10 Lucky winners each week (ends 4/13).

Learn from the local Gulf County Adventure Guide as if you were going there for your next vacation and join us in conversation on Instagram at #GCFLnofilter. Good luck!  

Gulf County Adventure has no “Off” season

Thinking about Florida, most people picture Mickey Mouse, crazy vacations and be rushed from here to there. I don’t know about you, but with four kids, work, school, and a million other things, I don’t want to go on vacation and feel even more rushed, hurried and stressed arriving home and “needing a vacation from our vacation”. Get away from the city and the traffic. Relax and enjoy the beautiful outdoors of Florida the way it was meant to be enjoyed! Gulf County, Florida makes it easy to live in the moment! There are adventures around every corner. Snorkeling, horseback riding, hiking, camping, and even seawater safaris will give you adventures you never thought possible and will make you want to come back again and again.

Gulf County Adventure has no “Off” season

Here are more details about some of the local adventures you can experience in Gulf County Florida:

  • Kayak Through the Dead Lakes
    • The Dead Lakes get their name from the Cypress and Tupelo trees that stand in the water. When the water is low, you can see the stumps rising out of the swamp. It’s like nothing you’ve seen before. People don’t know what you’re talking about and then they have an “aha” moment when they paddle around the shallows in the South Flats. The stumps are so concentrated; it’s like being on another planet. If you go out early in the morning in April, the birds are all coming into nest and other critters are just showing up. The fog comes off the water. It’s very still, where you feel like you’re in the wilderness.
  • Wake up early to watch the Dolphin Parade
    • A family happened to be up early one day and they saw a pod of dolphins playing and chasing a school of fish. They were so close to shore, they could see them from the deck that day. After that, they got up early so they could walk down and see them from the beach. They loved the “dolphin parade” and watched them swim by every day.
  • Adventure out to a different beach every day
    • Take your family out to a different beach every day and try out a new adventure. Whether it’s scalloping in the Bay, shelling at the tip of the Cape, or fishing by Indian Pass.
    • Go out bike riding on an afternoon adventure by the coast. Be sure to watch for Eagles flying by!
    • Horseback ride right along the beach and watch the sunset over the ocean
    • Snorkeling, paddleboarding, watching the sunset, or even camping on the beach!

Gulf County Adventure has no “Off” season

  • St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
    • Go for a hike and witness the local wildlife, such as deer, bobcats, squirrels, raccoons, Kingfishers, Great Horn Owl, and even otters!
  • Rent a charter boat and go “snuba” diving
    • Snuba allows you to dive with air but without the tank
    • No special certification is needed
  • Go on an Ecotour with Captain Charlene from About Fun Charters. Tour St. Joseph Bay at sunset and see birds, fish, sea life and the resident dolphin – Danny. Or is it Dolly? We’re not sure

Gulf County Adventure has no “Off” season

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Unhinge Hardware Review: Updating the hardware in our house http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/unhinge-hardware-review-updating-the-hardware-in-our-house/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/unhinge-hardware-review-updating-the-hardware-in-our-house/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 00:44:25 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=53759 We bought our house a little over 6 years ago. I can’t believe that it has been that long. I remember when we bought the house, I swore that we were going to replace all of the hardware right away. But after this project, and that project, and everything in between it never got done. […]

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We bought our house a little over 6 years ago. I can’t believe that it has been that long. I remember when we bought the house, I swore that we were going to replace all of the hardware right away. But after this project, and that project, and everything in between it never got done. Only the main door knob on our front door was ever replaced and even that is about worn out now. Somethings I never thought about were hinges on our doors (that were unbearably squeaky even after some WD-40), the metal brackets for the stair railing, the peep hole on our door, and a few others things. All of the needed to be replaced, but I didn’t realize how bad they were until I got looking at them. I am amazed at how easy it was to go through the house and with the help of my hubby we were able to change out all of the door knobs, hinges are the main doors (even spring loaded ones) the towel ring, toilet paper holders, peep hole with knocker and a few other fun additions that have really made a difference in the look of our house. I have shopped around online and off, and came across a site called Unhinge Hardware. I loved their prices and customer services so we picked out several things that we needed and got them shipped to our house quickly.

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I LOVE the color of the Oil Rubbed Bronze door knobs by Citiloc. This is the Marquette style. It has a smooth feel and is a great sturdy knob that will last through all of my children’s machinations. Another feature I love about these knobs is the “key” that you can use to unlock the door if needed (which came in handy when my 5 year old accidentally locked the door and closed it, leaving no one in the room to unlock it). Overall I am really happy with the quality and feel of these.

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Another item that we picked was a Avalon Towel Ring i Tuscany Bronze. I love the bronze look and so that is what we got for everything throughout our house. It really changed the look of the bathroom with the Bronze towel ring, door knob, and toilet paper holder. I love the updated feel and how the color pops! Most of the pieces are nice metal and heavy duty. The bar that holds the toilet paper is plastic, but a good quality. We got the Avalon Paper Holders in Tuscany Bronze.

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Another piece that we got was the door knocker with viewer in oil rubbed bronze. I love how elegant and nice it looks. (Now I need a new door, or to repaint mine to match how nice it looks). The view works great, I love the field of vision that I have, as well as the nice knocker that is loud and works great. It is a really nice all metal piece that not only look great but I know will last for a long time. The metal has a nice feel to it as well.

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We got new decorative handrail brackets. I LOVE the color and the style. They were much needed and really changed the whole look. It now looks fresh and beautiful instead of old and outdated. It is little things like this that I am amazed at how much of a difference it makes in the look of the house.

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Another thing that I never really thought about was replacing the hinges on our doors. Our garage door has a set of spring loaded hinges that have always squeaked and squealed since we bought our home. We have tried spraying them but I never really thought about replacing them. As I looked around my house I realized how gross and old they all were. Covered in old paint, rusty looking and most of them were still gold. I really wanted to update them all to the bronze so we got a few sets of them to put in. The regular hinges weren’t a problem getting off and putting on. The old spring loaded hinges were a pain to take off – but the new ones were so easy to install and I love that there is NO NOISE when we open and close our door. It’s great! It looks amazing too. I am surprised at what a difference the hinges make in the look of a room.

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Overall I am really happy with the quality of products that we received from Unhinge Hardware. Everything looks great, was easy to install, and completely changed the look of all the rooms in our house. If you are looking for new hardware then unhingehardware.com is the place to go. They have a wide variety of many different items from hinges and door knobs, to towel racks and shower curtain rods.

What hardware needs replacing around your home?

 

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WEBSITE | http://unhingehardware.com

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Celebrating our #Lobsterworthy Moment at Red Lobster http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/celebrating-our-lobsterworthy-moment-at-red-lobster/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/celebrating-our-lobsterworthy-moment-at-red-lobster/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 21:42:32 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=53751 “Great hit baby”, “You got this”, “run, run, run” and “Wahoo!” are just a few of the things you hear me yelling at my girls’ softball games. They work so hard and try their best and I am so proud of them. After a heart-burn inducing 70 minutes, my girls’ team finally won 9-6. It […]

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“Great hit baby”, “You got this”, “run, run, run” and “Wahoo!” are just a few of the things you hear me yelling at my girls’ softball games. They work so hard and try their best and I am so proud of them. After a heart-burn inducing 70 minutes, my girls’ team finally won 9-6. It was so fun and such a great experience for them. To celebrate their “lobsterworthy” moment, we had a mini celebration at Red Lobster. We had never taken our family there, and my kids loved every minute of the lively, contemporary seaside atmosphere. Right inside the door they have a Lobster tank and my kids were glued to it. The hostess was amazing and let all of my kids take turns holding a lobster or “petting” it, and my youngest even named them, lol.

Red Lobster dinner celebrating a team win #lobsterworthy
Red Lobster dinner celebrating a team win #lobsterworthy

We were seated promptly and in a huge booth – I loved that it was open on both ends, but that the bench seats were big enough to fit three adults comfortably. We got our drinks and appetizers ordered and had a lot of fun trying to decide what to order because it all looked so dang good. The Red Lobster menu has lobster options on pretty much every page, all at a broad range of prices, so anyone can enjoy lobster for any occasion. We were drawn to the Red Lobster Lobsterfest menu that is available for a limited time. It brings a whole new variety of lobster dishes to the menu, and it is the most celebratory and best limited time special that Red Lobster offers!

Holding the Lobsters at Red Lobster #lobsterworthy
Holding the Lobsters at Red Lobster #lobsterworthy

We decided to go with two yummy Lobsterfest dishes – the Rock Island Stuffed Tilapia (a Fresh tilapia roasted with crab-and-seafood stuffing and topped with Maine lobster meat in a creamy lobster butter sauce) and the Ultimate Feast® (A tender split Maine lobster tail, steamed North American snow crab legs, garlic shrimp scampi and Walt’s Favorite Shrimp.).

These dishes were  packed with rich flavor and the sauce and seafood combinations were the perfect marriage. I had personally never had Stuffed Tilapia before, and I was amazed at how good it was, and the meat melts in your mouth. All of my kids (a couple of which are pretty picky eaters) loved this and ate more of it than I did.

Red Lobster Stuffed Tilapia #Lobsterworthy
Red Lobster Stuffed Tilapia #Lobsterworthy

Other dishes that are available during Lobsterfest:

  • Lobster Lover’s Dream® – A succulent rock lobster tail and sweet split Maine lobster tail, roasted and served with lobster-and-shrimp linguini Alfredo.
  • Dueling Lobster Tails – two Maine lobster tails, one roasted and topped with tender shrimp in a creamy garlic sauce, the other golden-baked with crab-and-seafood stuffing.
  • Wood-Grilled Lobster, Shrimp and Salmon – A Maine lobster tail, jumbo shrimp skewer and fresh Atlantic salmon, wood-grilled and finished with brown butter.
  • Roasted Maine Lobster Bake – Roasted split petite Maine lobster tails tossed in a white wine and garlic-butter sauce, roasted with corn and potatoes.
  • Lobster Scampi Linguini – Succulent Maine lobster meat over a bed of linguini in a white wine and garlic-scampi sauce.
Red Lobster Ultimate Feast #Lobsterworthy
Red Lobster Ultimate Feast #Lobsterworthy

With over 700 restaurants in the United States and Canada, their amazing menu and delicious flavors and great customer service, it is no wonder that Red Lobster is the world’s largest seafood restaurant company. Red Lobster sources its lobster from Maine and Canada and other types of seafood from over 20 countries around the world. I feel like I am eating right in those places from the comfort of my local restaurant.

Kids enjoying their dinner at Red Lobster #lobsterworthy
Kids enjoying their dinner at Red Lobster #lobsterworthy

Have a Lobsterworthy moment to share? During Lobsterfest, use the hashtag – #lobsterworthy – on social media to share special moments that call for one thing – lobster – and participate in special Lobsterfest contests.

Artichoke and Seafood Dip at Red Lobster #Lobsterworthy
Artichoke and Seafood Dip at Red Lobster #Lobsterworthy

What #Lobsterworthy moments do you have? Celebrate them at Red Lobster during Lobsterfest!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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FROZEN Potty Chart {Free Printable} + Potty Training Tips http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/frozen-potty-chart-free-printable-potty-training-tips/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/frozen-potty-chart-free-printable-potty-training-tips/#respond Wed, 08 Apr 2015 23:43:05 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=52622 Being a mom of four – you would think that I have had just about every experience that a mom can have for kids up to 11 years old – but truth be told – that every child is different – they learn different, they act different, and they have minds of their own. So […]

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Being a mom of four – you would think that I have had just about every experience that a mom can have for kids up to 11 years old – but truth be told – that every child is different – they learn different, they act different, and they have minds of their own. So no two experiences are the same. I can pull from my experiences to help me, but it is never the say way twice. That being said – I have been working on potty training my 3 1/2 year old since she was 2. She would do great – and then not want to do it anymore and have very bad days, so we stopped and tried again a few months later. We have been doing this many times, and finally, this last time (about two weeks ago) was finally met with SUCCESS! She has been so good about it. I don’t know if it is because of all of the other attempts that she knows and understands now, but after the first couple of days I stopped asking and she started telling me when she had to go potty. Now two weeks into it – I am SO EXCITED with how well she has done. We can even take days trips, shopping trips, and travel and she stays dry and clean. I contribute a lot of the great start to the fun FROZEN potty chart that I made for her because she got SO excited about being able to put a sticker on it (Frozen ones that I found at Dollar Tree) and so it has been a great motivator.

FROZEN Potty Chart {Free Printable} + Potty Training Tips
FROZEN Potty Chart {Free Printable}

So what did we do that worked? Here are some potty training tips that should help get your child potty trained quickly:

  • Talk to your child about what is expected. Put them on the potty and explain to them what comes from where and then show them their underwear and get very excited about it. Help them put them on and then wash their hands after you are done.
  • The first day start off by giving them a cup or sippy of water and then take them to the bathroom every 15 minutes (set a timer on your phone to remind you, it will go by fast) and take them faithfully. They will go potty in the toilet at some point, and then it is a BIG DEAL! Happy dance, clapping, kisses and even a reward if you choose. We do a small treat (like 4-5 skittles or a Kiss) and a sticker on her Frozen Potty Chart.
  • For the Potty Chart – Kenzie gets 1 sticker for pee and 2 stickers for poo – but she hardly asks for treats anymore. I never brought it up after the first couple of days and she just stopped asking – so I figured I would “let it go” so that it would be more for the joy of just being a “big girl” that getting the reward. Put the chart somewhere important and make a big deal of it – showing it to close friends, family and grandparents so they can be encouraging as well. Set a goal with the chart – so when it is full they will get a reward. This will also be great motivation.
  • If when they have an accident, be patient. Don’t tell them it is ok – because ultimately it is not, but let them know that you are not mad, and that they can do it next time. They need to know that you are a little disappointed but that you are still proud of them for trying to hard. If they continue to have accidents over and over they are probably not ready. Put it all away for a few weeks and then try again. All kids train differently and at different ages.

FROZEN Potty Chart {Free Printable} + Potty Training Tips

 

Download the FROZEN Potty Chart {Free Printable} Here

What potty training tips do you have to add?

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Dealing with #LBL + Free sample of Poise #RecycleYourPeriodPad http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/dealing-with-lbl/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/dealing-with-lbl/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 21:54:43 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=53768 I will admit it . . . after having four kids I deal with light bladder leakage sometime. Yes, it can be terribly inconvenient if I need to sneeze, laugh to hard or try to go for a jog – but I no longer have to  worry about being embarrassed because Poise has a great […]

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I will admit it . . . after having four kids I deal with light bladder leakage sometime. Yes, it can be terribly inconvenient if I need to sneeze, laugh to hard or try to go for a jog – but I no longer have to  worry about being embarrassed because Poise has a great new line of #LBL (Light Bladder Leakage) pads out that are discrete and perfect for women on the go. You can find them in the incontinence aisle and will wonder why you never used them before. Since I have these new Poise® thin-shaped pads, I no longer need to use my period pads for LBL and so I found another use for them…cleaning!

Recycle your Period Pad and use it for cleaning

I took one of my period pads and folded it in half (putting the sticky sides together, and leaving the pad on the outsides. I then sprayed the cleaner directly onto the pad and used it to scrub my bathroom walls. I was amazed at how well it worked! Who would have thought that you could use something like a period pad and turn it into a nice little scrubbing pad for cleaning. They are meant to be absorbent and soft, so it worked great cleaning pretty much every surface. What will you do with your period pads now that you don’t need to use them for LBL?

Poise Thin-Shape Pads

The new Poise Thin-Shape pads are up to 40% thinner than original Poise brand pads and are made specifically for bladder leaks with the trusted absorbency of Poise brand. I hate having to deal with LBL, but I am so glad that there are pads made specifically for it. These new pads are designed to move with your body and provide extraordinary protection that’s still 3x drier than period pads so you can take care of your leaks with confidence. The Poise Thin-Shape pads feature Super Absorbent Material (SAM) and a Thin-Flex design – so you can be you again without worrying.

Here are a few facts about LBL that you might not now:

WHAT IS LBL?

  • One in three women experience Light Bladder Leakage (LBL) – little leaks that can be triggered by everyday occurrences like coughing, sneezing, laughing and exercise.
  • Weak pelvic floor muscles, pregnancy, childbirth and weight gain are just a few LBL contributors.

WHAT CAUSES LBL?
Just as no two women are alike, there’s no single reason that LBL happens. Some of the most common things that lead to uninvited leaks include:

  • Physical changes from childbirth, pregnancy, hysterectomy or menopause
  • Being overweight
  • Complications from surgery, stroke, or chronic diseases like diabetes, multiple sclerosis (MS) or Parkinson’s disease
  • Bladder or urinary tract infections
  • Bladder irritants (certain foods and beverages)

HOW CAN I BEST MANAGE MY LBL?

  • If you are dealing with LBL then you will want to be able to manage it efficiently and discretely. Whether you leak a little when you laugh, or sometimes have a sudden urge to go, Poise gives you one less thing to worry about any time of day or night. Their pads and liners are specifically designed for LBL, which makes them an easy choice for the 1 in 3 women with light bladder leaks.

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Ready to give it a try?

REQUEST YOUR FREE SAMPLE OF POISE PADS

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Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain pet food http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/rachael-ray-nutrish-zero-grain-pet-food/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/rachael-ray-nutrish-zero-grain-pet-food/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 14:30:21 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=53735 When we got our package with the Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain pet food and his new pet toy, our cat stood right by me as we looked it over. I cut the bag open a little and he stuck he head up to it smelling it then started meowing so I got him a bowl. […]

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Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain pet food

When we got our package with the Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain pet food and his new pet toy, our cat stood right by me as we looked it over. I cut the bag open a little and he stuck he head up to it smelling it then started meowing so I got him a bowl. He sniffed it, then started digging in. It didn’t take long for him to eat it all gone. After he was done we got the toy out and let him play with it for a bit – he loves the “floating toys” (that are attached to a stick with an elastic string holding it on). He has always turned back into a 3 month old kitten whenever we get one out. It was so fun to watch him playing. A great diet and exercise are necessary to keep pets healthy and happy too – not just us.

Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain pet food

We have had our sweet cat for almost 12 years now. He is as much a part of the family as any of us and he gets treated like one of the kids. He is spoiled and well loved and in his mind “king of the castle”. We try and feed him well so that he can stay with us as long as possible, and making sure that he doesn’t have any health problems. We recently had the opportunity try the new Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain pet food and our cat really likes it. He ate it up – and it made me smile. While he doesn’t understand all of the great benefits, I am glad that he liked the taste.

Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain pet food

Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain pet food is made with Real Whitefish! It is the #1 ingredient that not only makes the food taste really good, but it also helps to maintain strong muscles, minimize litter box odors, and also is highly digestible. I didn’t realize for the longest time, but grains aren’t the best for animals – and so I am very excited about this Grain Free food for cats! It is a Whitefish and Potato recipe with no artificial preservatives, colors and flavors. Everything is natural and made with the best ingredients to keep your pet happy and healthy. This is the first Zero Grain dry pet food by Rachael Ray Nutrish and my cat loves it.

Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain pet food

About Rachael Ray Nutrish:

In 2007, with help from pet nutrition experts, Rachael Ray created Nutrish ultra-premium food and treats for dogs. In 2014, we were very excited to grow the brand into the world of cat food. Whether intended for dogs or cats, Nutrish recipes are made with simple natural ingredients and do not contain meat or poultry by-product meal or fillers. Real meat is the #1 ingredient in our cat food and all recipes were inspired by Rachael’s kitchen.

Something else I want to point out is that the proceeds go to help animals in need. So far, over $9 million has gone towards food, medical supplies and treatments for animals in need. While they are a pet specialty brand, you can still get it at your local food stores, and mass retailers.

Want to try the Rachael Ray Nurtish Pet food? You can get a $3 off Zero Grain Whitefish & Potato Rachael Ray Nutrish Coupon here.

You can learn more about Rachael Ray Nutrish at:

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DIY Beach Towel Frozen Easter Basket http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/diy-beach-towel-frozen-easter-basket/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/diy-beach-towel-frozen-easter-basket/#respond Fri, 03 Apr 2015 21:14:53 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=50817 Our family loves Easter – but I love to make it just as much about Christ as I do about treats and egg hunts and toys, etc. For that very reason we don’t spend a whole lot of time with the “Easter Bunny” side of it – but we do an Easter Egg hunt, color […]

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Our family loves Easter – but I love to make it just as much about Christ as I do about treats and egg hunts and toys, etc. For that very reason we don’t spend a whole lot of time with the “Easter Bunny” side of it – but we do an Easter Egg hunt, color eggs, and they kids get a basket on Easter Morning. Next year I think we will make them more “Christ” centered – but this year we did traditional baskets. One of their favorites was the Beach Towel Frozen Easter Basket. I loved it because it game them something they love and will use (the towel) and we put fun things in it that they will have fun with – but not too much in the basket that it is overwhelming.

DIY Beach Towel Frozen Easter Basket

Making the FROZEN Easter basket was a lot of fun! I got Disney Frozen Beach Towels for the kids, but you can use any character/design. I folded it up, leaving about half way up – a layer of the towel on the inside. See picture below for more detail:

DIY Beach Towel Frozen Easter Basket

Once you get it rolled, tie a ribbon around it – and then you can “open” the pocket. I put a pair of pants in the bottom that were rolled up to keep it stable.

DIY Beach Towel Frozen Easter Basket

Once you get this part done – the rest is free sailing – you simply get to have fun creating and putting together the fun Beach Towel Frozen Easter Basket (or whatever character or style that you chose to do).

DIY Beach Towel Frozen Easter Basket

The ribbon around the bottom was a great support – I should have added one more around the top to make it more stable. We also make our own Peep Sticks. These were really easy and a lot of fun! I know my kids loved them.

DIY Beach Towel Frozen Easter Basket

We found the Easter Basket items at Dollar Tree and Walmart and Amazon.com. I am really happy with how it turned out. There are so many possibilities with this that you can make them in so many different ways. Here are more ideas:

  • Beach Set (goggles, sandals, swimming suit, etc)
  • Princess Set (dress up, jewelry, crown, wand, etc)
  • Lego Set (LEGO pieces, Lego Movie, Lego books, etc)
  • Art Set (Coloring book, sketch book, crayons, pencils, etc)
  • Beauty Set (makeup, hair stuff, nail polish, etc)

I would love to hear about your ideas for Beach Towel Easter Basket.

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Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken Recipe {with Marinade} http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/grilled-lemon-pepper-chicken-recipe-with-marinade/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/grilled-lemon-pepper-chicken-recipe-with-marinade/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:26:58 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=50756 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PourMoreFun #CollectiveBias With spring in the air, I couldn’t wait to get outside this last weekend and grill up a storm. 2 of the 3 days we used our grill and I look forward to many more. While […]

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Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken Recipe {with Marinade}

With spring in the air, I couldn’t wait to get outside this last weekend and grill up a storm. 2 of the 3 days we used our grill and I look forward to many more. While hotdogs and hamburgers are great – I wanted to try something different Saturday – and I was craving chicken. Lemon Pepper Chicken! While I was at the store I saw the new Country Time Lemonade Starters and knew that it would be the perfect marinade for the chicken. I grabbed the Classic Lemonade to use in the marinade and the Berry Lemonade to drink with our yummy meal.

Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken Recipe {with Marinade}

To make the marinade for your Lemon Pepper Chicken, you will add about 2 TBSP of Country Time Lemonade Starters Classic Lemonade flavor and about 1/2-1 cups of water in a baggie. I then added 7 thawed and washed chicken breast (boneless/skinless) to the bag. You can add whatever kind of chicken you want – it will still taste great!

Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken Recipe {with Marinade}

Once I had the chicken in the marinade, I took and sliced two lemons – I will do them a little thicker next time – but I loved how it turned out! I used the lemons on the grill to put the chicken on as I grilled it. The chicken still grilled to perfection – but it didn’t stick to the grill. The lemon slices also infused their flavor into the chicken as they grilled.

Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken Recipe {with Marinade}

About halfway through – I took a basting brush and poured some of the Lemonade into a small bowl and basted both side of the chicken and then ground some more pepper onto each piece. I turned them about every 3-4 minutes to keep the edges that were touching the grill from sticking.

Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken Recipe {with Marinade}

I let them grill for about 15 minutes- (maybe less or more). I used a food thermometer to make sure they were cooked to 165 degrees. While the chicken was cooking – inside I was cooking baked potatoes and making a salad. I had my kids help me with the table. We also made a pitcher of the Berry Lemonade to go with the meal.

Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken Recipe {with Marinade}

I love how the chicken turned out! We also put fresh lemons on the table so you could squeeze the juice over the chicken before eating. In less than 30 minutes we had an amazing dinner that everyone loved – the only complaint? I didn’t make enough! lol.

Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken Recipe {with Marinade}

You can pick up the Country Time Lemonade Starters at Walmart in the drink mix aisle. I love having them on hand – they are good for a lot of different recipes as well as make a delicious drink. You just add the mix to a pitcher of water and it makes about 6 quarts. It has 50% less sugar than leading regular sodas and easy and convenient! I also love using the berry lemonade, adding real berries and making homemade popsicles. Since the lemonade has real lemon juice in it, they are perfection!

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What recipe ideas do you have for the Country Time Lemonade Starters?

 

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Disney/Pixar Inside Out Coloring Pages and Activity Sheets #InsideOut http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/disneypixar-inside-out-coloring-pages-and-activity-sheets-insideout/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/disneypixar-inside-out-coloring-pages-and-activity-sheets-insideout/#respond Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:32:04 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=50091 Disney/Pixar Inside Out is coming to theaters soon! It looks like such a great show – I know my family can’t wait to go see it. Here is a little about the movie just in case you haven’t seen it yet: From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director […]

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Disney/Pixar Inside Out is coming to theaters soon! It looks like such a great show – I know my family can’t wait to go see it. Here is a little about the movie just in case you haven’t seen it yet:

From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney•Pixar’s original movie “ Inside Out,” he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all—inside the mind.

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

Inside Out Poster

To celebrate – they just released some fun new Inside Out Coloring Pages and Inside Out Activity Sheets! Get them here:

Inside Out Easter Eggs Ideas

Inside Out Coloring Pages

Inside Out Door Hanger

These are such cute Inside Out activities for your kids! I especially love the Easter Egg ideas!

Inside Out Easter Eggs Ideas
Inside Out Easter Eggs Ideas

 

Inside Out Door Hanger
Inside Out Door Hanger

 

Sadness Inside Out Coloring Pages
Sadness Inside Out Coloring Pages

 

 Joy Inside Out Coloring Pages
Joy Inside Out Coloring Pages

 

Sadness Inside Out Coloring Pages
Sadness Inside Out Coloring Pages

 

 Joy Inside Out Coloring Pages
Joy Inside Out Coloring Pages

 

Inside Out Coloring Pages
Inside Out Coloring Pages

 

 Joy & Sadness Inside Out Coloring Pages
Joy & Sadness Inside Out Coloring Pages

 

Like INSIDE OUT on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PixarInsideOut

Follow INSIDE OUT on Twitter: https://twitter.com/PixarInsideOut

Follow INSIDE OUT on Instagram: https://instagram.com/PIXARINSIDEOUT/

Follow INSIDE OUT on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/disneystudios/inside-out/

Follow Disney/Pixar on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/DisneyPixar

 

INSIDE OUT opens in theatres everywhere on June 19th!

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Waffle Bar Breakfast http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/waffle-bar-breakfast/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/waffle-bar-breakfast/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:41:48 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=49938 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EggoWaffleBar #CollectiveBias Breakfast is always a favorite part of my day. I love cooking and creating different dishes for my family – but sometimes it is just as fun to be able to put together a fun meal […]

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Breakfast is always a favorite part of my day. I love cooking and creating different dishes for my family – but sometimes it is just as fun to be able to put together a fun meal without having to do a lot of cooking. We love Waffles – but they can be a pain to make and they take a while – so we love to buy Eggo Waffles for busy mornings. I love all of the varieties and flavors too. One thing we love to do with them is have a Waffle Bar! Because my kids are well, kids, they have unique taste buds and put together some interesting combinations. We have a huge variety of toppings and they loved EVERY minute of it!

Waffle Bar Breakfast

Included in our Waffle Bar was:

  • Eggo Waffles
  • Chocolate Sprinkles
  • Rainbow Sprinkles
  • Cinnamon/Sugar
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Syrup
  • Hot Fudge
  • Frozen Berries (thawed so they were soft)
  • Eggs
  • Sausage (patties and crumbled)
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Cheese Slices
  • Whip Cream
  • Chocolate Milk
  • Orange Juice

Waffle Bar Breakfast

It was a huge success! I was really amazed at the different combinations that they put together and almost everything got eaten. I didn’t take long to put it all together. While I was toasting the Waffles, I was able cook the eggs and sausage  – so it only took about 10 minutes to set it all up. Another thing that I did that they really loved – was heating up the syrup. Just put the syrup in a microwave safe container (I like to use a Mason Jar) – and microwave for about 15 seconds.

Waffle Bar Breakfast

We wanted to do something fun for my kids since they were having friends over – and it was a big hit! You can see a variety of Eggo Waffle Bar ideas here.

Waffle Bar Breakfast with Eggo

My daughter is so excited to get Eggo waffles – I couldn’t get them away from her. lol.

Waffle Bar Breakfast with Eggo

We picked up the Eggo Waffles at Walmart in the freezer section. There were so many good varieties that we had to try more than one 😉 Plus my kids eat like horses so I wanted to make sure that they had enough. We got Strawberry, Chocolatey chip Muffin, Chocolate Chip and Cinnamon Toast.

Waffle Bar Breakfast with Eggo

You can learn more about Eggo on:

EGGO WEBSITE

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EGGO on FACEBOOK

 

These are our favorite Waffle Bar Toppings. What other toppings would you include in your #EggoWaffleBar?

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Listening is the power to understand #ProjectListen http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/listening-is-the-power-to-understand-projectlisten/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/listening-is-the-power-to-understand-projectlisten/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:00:33 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=49927 Listening is something that I feel like I have always been good at – but I have really had to fine tune those skills as a parent. Listening is such a key part of anyone – it can change everything. I love this quote by Ken Garff – “Listening is the power to understand, to feel, […]

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Listening is something that I feel like I have always been good at – but I have really had to fine tune those skills as a parent. Listening is such a key part of anyone – it can change everything. I love this quote by Ken Garff – “Listening is the power to understand, to feel, and to relate. And whether you listen with your ears, your eyes, or your heart, the result of sincere listening is the same–connection.” It just really sums it up perfectly and explains in simple terms how important listening is.

#ProjectListen

My oldest daughter has had “friend” problems at school. She is going through those hard tween years, and finds that most people are fickle and opinionated and it can be heartbreaking. I love to talk with her and listen to her so that I can help her through her problems and she can learn and grow. Having that kind of relationship is important. When you can find businesses that will give you that same attention – then you want to continue supporting them and going back to them for what you need. Ken Garff in Utah is one of those amazing companies that listens to you – helps you – and leaves you feeling better than when you met.

They said “Listening isn’t just about creating a better customer experience. It’s more significant than establishing a better company or brand. And it’s far greater than just hearing. Listening is the power to understand, to feel, and to relate. By now you’ve probably heard our message: We Hear You. For us, it’s about far more than cars. We believe in the power of listening to change lives. Whether the story is about saving a child’s life, a strategy to ride a snowboard faster, engineering sound to transfer emotion, or listening in a different way than most, the message is the same.”

Check out this video about how a Snowboarder learns how to listen to become better:

 

Listening is conviction. If you listen you can convince anyone of anything – you can let them know you hear them and understand what they need and want. Visit ProjectListen.com and experience the power of listening to transform the world around us and, most importantly, the people around us. I love that Ken Garff is taking the time to share this message with people – something that will truly benefit people and make a difference!

Watch more videos on www.projectlisten.com

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Easter Bunny S’mores {in a mason jar} http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/easter-bunny-smores-in-a-mason-jar/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/easter-bunny-smores-in-a-mason-jar/#respond Tue, 24 Mar 2015 03:24:02 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=49832 We love Easter! One of the fun things about it – is making fun treats with the fun candy and treats like Peeps, Cadbury Eggs, Kisses and more! We saw this fun post and wanted to make something similar – so we came up with this Easter Bunny S’mores in a mason jar and wanted […]

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We love Easter! One of the fun things about it – is making fun treats with the fun candy and treats like Peeps, Cadbury Eggs, Kisses and more! We saw this fun post and wanted to make something similar – so we came up with this Easter Bunny S’mores in a mason jar and wanted to share. I love how they turned out. They will be great gifts for friends, family, and even Teachers!

Easter Bunny S'mores {in a mason jar}

Putting them together was pretty easy. We took some Graham Crackers (about 6 sticks) and put them in the middle of 5 PEEPS Bunnies. Then we added chocolate eggs and Hershey’s Kisses to the top. You can use the graham crackers and make a “sandwhich” with the bunnies and the kisses or eggs. It is really yummy! Or you can combine everything in a small baking dish, crumbling the graham crackers up – and bake for about 10 min on 350 degrees to make a gooey smores Easter treat!

Easter Bunny S'mores {in a mason jar}

You can make them several ways. Adding a bunch of M&M’s to the bottom before adding PEEPS, and then crushing the graham crackers up beforehand. I liked doing it this way because I thought it was cuter – and I know that my kids would just open it and eat it all before I got a chance to actually “bake” anything. I would love to hear how you put yours together and how they turned out.

Easter Bunny S'mores {in a mason jar}

If you are looking for more amazing Easter ideas, check these out:

 

What other fun Easter Ideas do you have?

 

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Southern California Vacation Giveaway (ends 4/13) http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/southern-california-vacation-giveaway/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/southern-california-vacation-giveaway/#respond Tue, 24 Mar 2015 00:45:48 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=49933 We love to travel. Last spring we were able to take a trip to Southern California and visit fun places like Sea World, LEGOLAND, Universal Studios, Disneyland, and many more amazing places! If you haven’t had the chance to get down that way – you need to plan your vacation and take your family soon. […]

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We love to travel. Last spring we were able to take a trip to Southern California and visit fun places like Sea World, LEGOLAND, Universal Studios, Disneyland, and many more amazing places! If you haven’t had the chance to get down that way – you need to plan your vacation and take your family soon. To help – I am excited to be part of a great Southern California Vacation Giveaway for one lucky reader!

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I have teamed up with Simplistically Living and Get Away Today to be giving away a Southern California Vacation Package to one lucky family! This is a $1,500 value!

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Get Away Today has helped more than 2 million people enjoy vacations to Disneyland and beyond. Almost like magic, they have become one of the world’s leading providers of Disney vacations, family vacations, discount vacation packages, and adventure vacations. I personally use Get Away Today whenever I am booking a vacation because they offer the best rates and customer service around! Whether you are looking for a quick weekend getaway or a few weeks away from home, Get Away Today has the perfect destination for you!

Current offers from Get Away Today:

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You can see all the current vacation offers and specials from Get Away Today Here.

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Now it’s time for the giveaway! 1 lucky family is going to win a Southern California Vacation Package valued at $1,500!

The prize includes:

  • 3-night hotel stay
  • 2 adult and 2 child 1-day tickets to two theme parks of the winner’s choice! (Think Disneyland, LEGOLAND, SeaWorld, and more!)

How to Enter: Enter using the rafflecopter widget below. Open to US Residents only. Must be 18+ years of age to enter. Good Luck!

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Simplify your morning routine #momswin http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/simplify-your-morning-routine-momswin/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/simplify-your-morning-routine-momswin/#comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 03:51:26 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=49911 I am not a morning person – I never have been. Even though I have four kids and have tried for years to be better at getting up earlier – it has rarely happened…so we are usually in a hot mess every morning, scrambling to get ready, to be to school and work on time. I […]

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I am not a morning person – I never have been. Even though I have four kids and have tried for years to be better at getting up earlier – it has rarely happened…so we are usually in a hot mess every morning, scrambling to get ready, to be to school and work on time. I have noticed over the past few months that cooking breakfast takes up a large chunk of time – so I was looking for ways to simplify and that is when I heard about the new El Monterey Signature Breakfast Burritos. They cook in about three minutes, and my kids have a healthy, filling breakfast that keeps them full all morning.

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Simplify your morning routine by cutting things out that take up unnecessary time. For me – that was being able to offer my kids a good breakfast – without having to spend half the morning in the kitchen. This is a true #momswin moment for me – because it allows me to enjoy my morning with my kids instead of turning into Cruella Devil. The El Monterey Signature Breakfast Burritos come in several varieties like:

-Egg, Sausage, Cheese and Potato Breakfast Burrito
-Egg and Bacon Breakfast Burrito
-Egg, Sausage and Cheese Breakfast Burrito
-Egg, Cheese and Jalapeño Breakfast Burrito
-Meat Lovers Breakfast Burrito

My  kids love all of them and it is nice to be able to choose from such a wide selection! I love serving them with fresh fruit and juice or milk and they are full and energized until the next meal.

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I love meal time with my family. It gives me a chance to visit with my kids and hear them talk and laugh. When I am able to spend less time cooking I am happier and our meal is more enjoyable. Want to try the El Monterey Breakfast Burritos? You can get a $1 off El Monterey coupon to use on any multi-pack and I know your family will be thanking you!

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You can learn more about El Monterey on FACEBOOK, WEBSITE, TWITTER, PINTEREST.

Get your $1 El Monterey Coupon here

What are some ways that you simplify your mornings so that you can enjoy time with your family? I would love to hear some of your #momswin moments!

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Marvel’s AVENGERS Age of Ultron Trailer #Avengers #AgeOfUltron http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/marvels-avengers-age-of-ultron-trailer/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/marvels-avengers-age-of-ultron-trailer/#respond Sat, 21 Mar 2015 04:26:03 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=49797 One of my favorite all time movies is Avengers. It combines the yummy goodness of Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and the other amazing cast together in a intesnse and funny story that leaves you wanting more. Fortunately they listened and Avengers 2 – Avengers: Age of Ultron […]

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One of my favorite all time movies is Avengers. It combines the yummy goodness of Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and the other amazing cast together in a intesnse and funny story that leaves you wanting more. Fortunately they listened and Avengers 2 – Avengers: Age of Ultron – is coming to theaters soon! YAY!

Here is the new Marvel’s Avengers Age of Ultron Trailer:

Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk and Chris Evans as Captain America. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

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Marvel's AVENGERS Age of Ultron Trailer #Avengers #AgeOfUltron

Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.

Marvel's AVENGERS Age of Ultron Trailer #Avengers #AgeOfUltron

Marvel's AVENGERS Age of Ultron Trailer #Avengers #AgeOfUltron

Marvel's AVENGERS Age of Ultron Trailer #Avengers #AgeOfUltron

Marvel's AVENGERS Age of Ultron Trailer #Avengers #AgeOfUltron

Marvel's AVENGERS Age of Ultron Trailer #Avengers #AgeOfUltron

Marvel's AVENGERS Age of Ultron Trailer #Avengers #AgeOfUltron

Marvel's AVENGERS Age of Ultron Trailer #Avengers #AgeOfUltron

Marvel's AVENGERS Age of Ultron Trailer #Avengers #AgeOfUltron

Like THE AVENGERS on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/avengers

Follow THE AVENGERS on Twitter: https://twitter.com/avengers

Visit the official website: http://marvel.com/avengers

 

Avengers: Age of Ultron Spot – “BOSS”:

 

Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON will hit theaters everywhere on May 1st!

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5 get ready quick tips http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/5-get-ready-quick-tips/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/5-get-ready-quick-tips/#respond Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:05:05 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=49753 I travel a lot. I get to “rub elbows” with some really amazing people like Ginnifer Goodwin, Kevin Costner, Angelina Joile, Chris Pratt, well you get the idea (you can read the interviews here). I also get to go to some really great events. I always want to make sure I look my best when […]

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I travel a lot. I get to “rub elbows” with some really amazing people like Ginnifer Goodwin, Kevin Costner, Angelina Joile, Chris Pratt, well you get the idea (you can read the interviews here). I also get to go to some really great events. I always want to make sure I look my best when I go out. (On the other hand, you can normally find me in my basketball shorts and a t-shirt with my hair brushed and no make-up 😉 ). When I want to get ready – and have some place nice I am going (like church, conducting interviews or going out on a date with my hubby) I make sure I give myself enough time to get ready. But the rest of the time – I usually only have about 10 minutes to throw myself together because I am getting kids ready too, so I have learned some shortcuts for getting ready quick and want to share them with you.

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5 tips to get ready quick:

  1. Have dry shampoo on hand
  2. Use makeup that goes on easily and quickly and looks great
  3. Don’t be afraid of Q-tips (they work wonders at getting off a mascara smudges and more)
  4. Accessorize (Jewelry or a scarf will help any look)
  5. Use lotion and body spray to freshen up

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I have sensitive eyes, that start to burn if I wear certain makeup to long – so I have to be really careful about what I buy. Victoria Jackson makeup has not caused any reactions, and I LOVE LOVE the coverage of the foundation, blush and mascara! I love the way it makes my skin look. You can see from the pictures above that the coverage is amazing – and after a full day of work, family, being mom and then heading to the park and playing softball with my kids – it still looks really great!

The products that I used are:

FOUNDATION DUO

LUSH MASCARA

PERFECT EVERYDAY BLUSH

GENTLE EYE & FACE MAKE UP REMOVER

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The foundation and the mascara are my favs – but the blush works really well and stays on good – and the makeup remover works good too. They are all essentials in helping me get ready quick because they go on quickly – but cover great. They help me get ready not just for my day – but to take on anything life offers!

You can try out Victoria Jackson® and save 25% on your order by using the promo code LOVEVJC. Valid until 4/4/15. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRODUCTS. When you look better – you feel better. Victoria Jackson’s mission is to help women achieve inner confidence through outer beauty. One thing they said and I really loved it – is that this is makeup – not a mask. It allows great coverage and accentuates my natural beauty by letting it shine through.

Learn more:

 

I participated in this sponsored campaign on behalf of Victoria Jackson® and One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.

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GIVEAWAY: Win a Mini Bowdabra + $100 in Gift Cards (ends 3/27) http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/giveaway-win-a-mini-bowdabra-100-in-gift-cards/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/giveaway-win-a-mini-bowdabra-100-in-gift-cards/#respond Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:12:24 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=49888 We are excited to be part of a great giveaway for Love Joy Glitter! Colby is an amazing and talented girl who has great things ahead of her. As part of this fun giveaway celebrating her reaching 500 facebook fans – you will be able to enter to win a Mini Bowdabra and $100 in […]

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We are excited to be part of a great giveaway for Love Joy Glitter! Colby is an amazing and talented girl who has great things ahead of her. As part of this fun giveaway celebrating her reaching 500 facebook fans – you will be able to enter to win a Mini Bowdabra and $100 in Gift Cards!

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You can head on over to Colby’s site and see how the Bowdabra works to make amazing bows quickly for any occasion. The winner gets a Mini Bowdabra and $100 in Gift Cards to Michaels and Amazon. Giveaway will run through 3/27.  Good Luck!

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What to put in a Sports First Aid Kit http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/what-to-put-in-a-sports-first-aid-kit/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/what-to-put-in-a-sports-first-aid-kit/#respond Thu, 19 Mar 2015 18:47:05 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=49881 With my kids in sports all of the time – I decided I should put together a Sports First Aid Kit. I grew up on sports – played tee-ball and basketball from the time I could walk- and ended up with a very dedicated basketball career through high school. I decided to become a computer […]

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With my kids in sports all of the time – I decided I should put together a Sports First Aid Kit. I grew up on sports – played tee-ball and basketball from the time I could walk- and ended up with a very dedicated basketball career through high school. I decided to become a computer nerd and not play college sports – but that didn’t lessen my love for the sport and I still scrimmaged with the boys all the time. My kids have picked up my (and my husbands) love of sports and so we are regularly in the gym, or on the field. During one of my 7 year olds basketball games she got cut, and needed a band aid. I didn’t have one – and it took the coaches like 5 minutes to find one – – – This has brought me to the realization that I need to keep a Sports First Aid Kit with me at all times.

What to put in a Sports First Aid Kit will depend on what you or your children play. This is a basic overview that you need to have in any sports first aid kit:

  • Wound and Skin Cleanser
  • Bandages
  • Gauze
  • Sanitizer
  • Eye drops
  • Safety Pins
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Flashlight
  • Latex Gloves
  • Baggies
  • Mouth guard
  • Sports tape
  • Ice Pack
  • Sunscreen
  • Medicine

This is a small list and what we use – there are many other items you can and should add as you find a need for them. Keep them in a bag and put it in your sports bag or in your purse – or even keep it in your car.

I mentioned a Wound & Skin Cleanser. I was referring to something like Puracyn® Plus Duo-Care™ Wound & Skin Cleanser. It is a duo-care wound & skin cleanser and is a great 1-step wound management system. Whether your kids are on the field or in the backyard – there is always potential for scrapes and cuts. Cleaning a wound is a critical step and when you are in the middle of a game – you want something quick and effective. It eliminates the needs for running water or messy ointments for thoroughly cleaning wounds. You can learn more about Puracyn® Plus on their Website, Facebook, and Pinterest.

You may not realize, but the New Puracyn® Plus Duo-Care™ Wound & Skin Cleanser is an amazing first aid tool. It cleanses, debrides, and hydrates wounds with its special formulated pH balanced, hypochlorous solution. The makes it so much easier to treat and care for minor, painful cuts and abrasions, burns and rashes, and insect bites because it is safe, effective and an advanced alternative to saline solution.

If you have small children that balk at the idea of a spray when they are hurt, you can feel confident in using Puracyn® Plus because it is non-stinging, non-irritating, and free of antibiotics, steroids, and alcohol, and completely safe for use virtually anywhere on the body (even the eyes, ears and mouth!).

Another great product is the Puracyn® Plus Foot Wash & Skin Cleanser. It is the safe, effective, FIRST step in first aid for foot sores and irritations, blisters, dry and cracked feet, and rashes.

Want to try Puracyn® for yourself? Enter the Play to Win with #TeamPuracynPlus Giveaway on the Puracyn® Plus Facebook page! Three randomly selected winners will receive a Puracyn® Plus Sports Emergency Kit, including a $50 gift card to a sporting goods store of your choice and Puracyn® Plus product. (runs through March 27th)

To learn more about the Puracyn® Plus, LIKE the brand on Facebook and follow the brand on Pinterest.

This is a product-sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Puracyn® Plus Duo-Care™ Wound & Skin Cleanser. The opinions and text are all mine.

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10 tips to find extra money in your budget + free printable monthly budget pdf http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/10-tips-to-find-extra-money-in-your-budget-free-printable-monthly-budget-pdf/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/10-tips-to-find-extra-money-in-your-budget-free-printable-monthly-budget-pdf/#respond Wed, 18 Mar 2015 21:10:55 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=49869 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MarchIntoSavings #CollectiveBias The holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc) always get us in a bit of a hole financially. With four kids and my tendency to get them too much – it doesn’t always mix (but I am trying […]

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The holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc) always get us in a bit of a hole financially. With four kids and my tendency to get them too much – it doesn’t always mix (but I am trying to do better- I make a list now!). One thing that has really helped us, is to put month into a “special” savings account every month that is used just for holidays and birthdays.

Printable Blank Budget PDF (Save, Print, Download)

This has helped us budget our money more wisely for occasions as well as help us keep track of other things. We have always used a Monthly Budget because we like to keep track of everything and be organized. Not only does this save us time – but it also lets us know where our money is going and to make sure we don’t overspend. You can get a free monthly Printable Budget PDF that you can (Save, Print or Download)

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Here are 10 tips to find extra money in your budget:

  1. Review your current cell phone plan. Walmart Family Mobile has new 4G LTE service that is part of the $29.88/month for the first line for Unlimited Talk, Text, & Data! This includes 500MB of 4G LTE Data. They have great phones like the Alcatel Evolve 2 starting at just $39.83 (was $59.88) to get you going.
  2. Call your cable/satellite company and go over service, pricing and ask for a discount
  3. Get rid of a home phone if you have cell phones
  4. Start using a monthly budget so you know your income and expenditures
  5. Ride a bike or walk (when the weather permits) instead of driving to save on gas
  6. Plan out your meals and only go grocery shopping 1 a week or every 2 weeks. Stop eating out as much.
  7. Keep track of your receipts on your phone by taking pictures of them so you know exactly what you are spending your money on.
  8. Install useful apps on your phone (like your banking app, grocery stores you shop at – for coupons/sales, lowest priced gas app, streaming music for free, etc). These will allow you to do more and save more, as well as be on the go.
  9. Download free e-books to your phone instead of buying paper/hard back copies
  10. Use bill pay through your bank or credit union (usually for free) to pay and schedule your monthly bills

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There is room in almost every budget. Why not make a  little more by getting a phone plan that gives you the service you want for the price you need? Walmart Family Mobile has great plans that allow you to cut back on the cost without sacrificing the quality or service!

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You can find the Walmart Family Mobile phones and plan information in the Electronics area of your local Walmart stores. These Lowest Priced Unlimited Plans with 4G LTE are amazing! It is so easy to get started – just pick your phone – grab an activation card, and you are on your way. It was a very quick process for us. You can port your numbers over to your new phone, and your service

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Here are the free printable monthly budgets for your to save, download and print:

Printable Blank Budget PDF

Printable Budget PDF

 

Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/aafid or your local Walmart for current pricing.

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Easter Egg Cups Recipe http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/easter-egg-cups-recipe/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/easter-egg-cups-recipe/#respond Mon, 16 Mar 2015 22:26:02 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=49858 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SnackPackMixins #CollectiveBias With four kids I am always look for easy and fun treats! With Easter just around the corner, we decided to make Easter Egg cups with the Super Snack Pack in Vanilla and Chocolate, coconut (that […]

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With four kids I am always look for easy and fun treats! With Easter just around the corner, we decided to make Easter Egg cups with the Super Snack Pack in Vanilla and Chocolate, coconut (that we dyed green with food coloring), crushed Oreos, egg candies and marshmallow bunnies and chicks. Four cups took like 10 minutes to put together and my kids were IN LOVE with them when they got home from school.

Easter Egg Cups Treat

I made the cups two ways. Two of them were layered with the crushed up Oreo, coconut on top, eggs and marshmallow. The other two were just as-is and layered with crushed Oreo on top, then the coconut, eggs and marshmallow. Both tasted really good, so it is up to you if you want to layer them or not. On the ones that I layered with the Oreos, I smeared the rim of the pudding cup with pudding before adding the coconut so when I added the coconut it stuck to the edges as well. Both ways turned out great!

Easter Egg Cups Treat

These Easter Egg Cups are so fun! They are perfect for parties, treats, or even to give as gifts to friends! But a baggie around it and tie it at the top and you have a perfect “neighbor” treat.

Easter Egg Cups Treat

The cups that the Snack Pack come in are perfect! The lids are easy to take off (and fun to lick clean, so my kids say 😉 ) and the Super pack are the perfect size for my older kids. I also love that you get 6 cups in the bigger pack, because there are 6 of us in our family. The cups that the pudding come in are clear and strong so you can add a variety of mixins for an easy yummy treat anytime! Another great thing that I love is that the cups contain the same amount of calcium as an 8oz glass of milk! My oldest isn’t much of a milk drinker so this is a great tasty way to get her the calcium she needs without a fight.

Easter Egg Cups Treat

The marshmallows were easy to stick in and the pudding made it so they didn’t fall out. The combination of the chocolate and vanilla pudding, coconut, Oreo, and candy was really good! You can have your kids make their own Easter Egg Cup, just put the ingredients in prep bowls for them and let them have fun!

Easter Egg Cups Treat

Next time you are at Walmart, be sure to look for the Super Snack Pack Pudding cups – they have 60% more pudding per cup and they come in packages of 6. I also love the shelf life – you can get them and keep them for about 6-8 months – which is perfect for this mamma who loves to fill her pantry.

Hunt's Super Snack Pack

I found them back by the soda and close to the dairy in my Walmart store- in this great display.

Hunt's Super Snack Pack

You can learn more about Snack Packs and the fun Mixin ideas on their site http://www.snackpack.com. You can also print off a $0.50/1 coupons for Snack Packs here.

Do you like creating? What fun mixins and treats have you come up with for Snack Packs?

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Basketball Cupcake Cake (made with Skittles) http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/basketball-cupcake-cake-made-with-skittles/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/basketball-cupcake-cake-made-with-skittles/#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2015 23:10:02 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=49833 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SkittlesTourney #CollectiveBias Since I can remember, Skittles have always been one of my favorite treats. I have been a good mom and passed that love onto my kids 😉 and so you can generally always find Skittles in […]

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Since I can remember, Skittles have always been one of my favorite treats. I have been a good mom and passed that love onto my kids 😉 and so you can generally always find Skittles in our house somewhere. With all of the Basketball on T.V. (and our back porch) I wanted to make a fun basketball themed treat for my kids using Skittles. We decided to make a Basketball Cupcake Cake and decorate it with Skittles. I love how it turned out! It makes you feel like you can “Dunk the Rainbow”!

Basketball Cupcake Cake (made with Skittles)

Putting it together wasn’t hard, and it actually didn’t take very long. We made cupcakes (you can make them according to package directions. I used food coloring to make mine orange, in my Silicone Cupcake Pan). Once they were done cooking, I let them cool for a little while. Then I took a pie pan, and organized 7 cupcakes in a circle (my daughter excitedly told me that I was making her a flower). Then I started frosting and realized I needed to fill in the gaps on the edges, so I took extra cupcakes and cut them into 4ths, and put the chunks into the openings around the edges before I finished frosting.

Basketball Cupcake Cake (made with Skittles)

Once we got the frosting all smoothed out, we starting putting the Skittles on. We used purple for the lines of the basketball. This was fun – my kids kept swiping Skittles. I am glad I had a big bag that I picked up at Sam’s Club or else I am sure I would have run out of certain colors. lol.

Basketball Cupcake Cake (made with Skittles)

We proceeded to use different colors of Skittles to fill in the Basketball. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day coming up and the fun basketball games that we are watching. It was a win-win. AND we got to Taste the Rainbow!

Basketball Cupcake Cake (made with Skittles)

It turned out GREAT! I love it. And the Skittles taste so yummy on the cake with the Cream Cheese frosting.

Basketball Cupcake Cake (made with Skittles)

Another fun thing we did was take Ice Cream Cones and fill them with batter and bake them so that our kids had Basketball Cupcake Cones. They turned out great. We frosted the tops and decorated with skittles and then made our own Basketball Cake toppers (download a free printable here). These are great for when you have company over to watch the games, or even for Basketball themed parties!

Basketball Cupcake Cake (made with Skittles)

I LOVE LOVE how cute the Basketball Cupcake Cake is all covered in rainbow Skittles, and the Cupcake Cones are great too – with the toppers and the colorful Skittles. It is really the perfect topping. My kids hovered while I took pictures because they couldn’t wait to dig in…

Basketball Cupcake Cake (made with Skittles)

I was told that they were “very yummy”! Score for mommy. :)

Basketball Cupcake Cake (made with Skittles)

Want to have fun creating fun Rainbow projects, recipes and crafts? Or feeling like a yummy treat? You can pick up the big 54oz bags of Skittles at Sams Club.

Basketball Cupcake Cake (made with Skittles)

 

Skittles at Sams Club

I would love to know what you do with Skittles and share your creative #SkittlesTourney ideas with us!

Basketball Printable PDF File (great for Cupcake Toppers and Decoration) Basketball Printable PDF File  (great for Cupcake Toppers and Decoration)

Find out more about the Sweeter side of Basketball here

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