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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Nut Job is Available on DVD Today + Blu-Ray Combo Pack Giveaway #sponsored



With the weather as unpredictable as it has been lately, I never know when my plans with the children are going to need to be altered. A day out may turn into a day of watching movies and stealing snuggles in the bed. I am always up for a great, new release. Especially animated movies such as The Nut Job.


From thewebsite:
THE NUT JOB

In animated 3D, THE NUT JOB is an action-packed comedy in fictional Oakton that follows the travails of Surly (voiced by Will Arnett), a mischievous squirrel, and his rat friend Buddy, who plan a nut store heist of outrageous proportions and unwittingly find themselves embroiled in a much more complicated and hilarious adventure.
If you like family movie nights, or you just want to add another fun movie to your animated collection, I have a giveaway for you.




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Here are some fun printables to enjoy while watching the movie.



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Renaissance Dupont Circle Hotel Leave Mom in Peace Package #MothersDay #AD


I can't tell you how many times I have been given life from a one-night stay in a hotel room...and I was still in my home state. All I needed was a few hours to escape the demands of motherhood and make myself unavailable to the outside world. You know, I was being selfish for all the times I've been selfless. It worked like a charm.

Not only did I return home feeling refreshed, I also remembered how blessed I was to have a family to come home to. I felt like my love for the people in my life grew even more. Maybe momentarily. But still, enough to know that sometimes all it takes is a little time alone to restart your engine.

This Mother's Day, help a lovely person in your life (or yourself) hit the refresh button...with a twist. You stay at home while Dad and the kids head to D.C. Introduing the RENAISSANCE DUPONT CIRCLE HOTEL PACKAGE FOR DAD AND KIDS.

Whether mom wants to sleep in, sneak off and read stacks of magazines, have drinks with the gals, or binge watch Scandal, Renaissance Dupont Circle Hotel is giving her the freedom to do as she pleases for Mother’s Day. The Leave Mom in Peace Package lets dad take the kids on a fun overnight stay in DC so mom can truly relax. See the city and even engage in a day of espionage at the Spy Museum (tickets included in package) while you’re at it! Dad can even enjoy a little cozy retreat with room service, while the kids take full advantage of the complimentary Wi-Fi for all their devices. Sleep in (if the kids let you), then check out late the next day, just in time to surprise mom with beautiful bouquet compliments of Renaissance Dupont Circle.

Rates include valet parking, breakfast at M Brasserie for 1 adult and up to 3 children, up to 4 tickets to the spy museum, complimentary Wi-Fi, 3pm next day check out and flowers upon departure. With a package like this, dad may just want to stay an extra night.

Rates are per room, per night based on availability and exclude tax and gratuities. Offer does not apply to groups of 10 or more, other terms and conditions apply. For more information or reservations, please call (888)-686-5214 or visit www.renaissancedupontcircle.com. Refer to promotional code: P51

Follow Renaissance Dupont Circle on Facebook.com/RenaissanceDupontCircle to learn how you can win a Leave Mom in Peace Package.
If I'm being honest, this would be the one time I did not want peace. I love going to D.C. and staying overnight in awesome hotels. Well, since it's Mother's Day, I could have veto power and tag along. It wouldn't be the first time things went my way. Ha!

If you're feeling lucky, head on over to their Facebook page and enter to win this very package. Enter here!

**Contest ends May 1, 2014 at 12am. Winner will be selected at random and announced May 2, 2014. Must be 21 to enter.

ABOUT RENAISSANCE DUPONT CIRCLE HOTEL:

Renaissance Washington DC, Dupont Circle Hotel is a distinctive hotel located in south of end of Washington, DC's Dupont Circle neighborhood at 1143 New Hampshire Avenue and M Street, NW. Situated blocks from Dupont Circle's restaurants and energetic nightlife and close to historic Georgetown, the hotel is minutes from the metro and legendary city sites. The stylish hotel flaunts a cosmopolitan lobby bar featuring a rotating exhibit of contemporary art from local arts organizations, conveying class and provoking guests' sense of discovery, while 10,800 square feet of event space appeals to business travelers with state-of-the-art meeting facilities. Discover a city favorite, the Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel. For more information or to make a reservation, call (888)-686-5214, or visit www.renaissancedupontcircle.com


















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Monday, April 7, 2014

The Mother of All Baby Showers 2014 is Coming to DC + VIP Pass Giveaway {sponsored}


A baby shower for new and expectant mothers.
No children.
Adults only.

I'm completely sold with just the thought of these things alone. But wait! There is more.

Taking place at Great Beginnings' in Chantilly, Virginia on Friday, April 25th Friday, 2014, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM, this event will surely amaze all of the attendees. There will be over 50 amazing products and services for expectant and new parents to "try it before you buy it". And what woman doesn't love to be pampered? You'll be happy to know that there will be free spa treatments as well. But, the awesome doesn't stop there. The Mother of All Baby Showers will have tasty treats from local businesses, top notch educational sessions, and the fabulous Heidi Murkoff, author of the What to Expect series and producer of the movie.

There is something for everyone! From parent of a newborn to toddler or parent-to-be. Make it a great night out with your "mom friends". Treat that special person in your life to this fantastic event. Heck, you can make the ticket a baby shower gift. How unique and unexpected with that be?

As if all of the excitement mentioned above isn't enough, get this – the MOAB is bringing their guests (that's YOU) $20K in giveaways from strollers to car seats to baby feeding items to spa services to restaurant gift certificates to parenting experts' services and much much more!


What more do you need to reconsider? I have given you so many reasons why you'll want to be in attendance at this wonderful event. I'll be there, thanks to the wonderful people at MOAB. Now it's time for you to register. Choose the best option that works for you.

Mother of All VIP Pass: $75
Includes:
-Britax Baby Carrier (retail value of $130, one per couple)
- 1 hour earlier access (enter at 5pm)
- 1 month membership for one child to My Gym
(registration fee included, retail value of $170)
- The Mother of All Swag Bags (one per couple)
-limited to 25

VIP: $30
Includes:
-1 hour earlier access (enter at 5pm)
-1 month membership for one child to My Gym
(registration fee included, retail value of $170)
-The Mother of All Swag Bags
-limited to 150

VIP COUPLE: $55
Includes:
-1 hour earlier access (enter at 5pm)
-1 month membership for one child to My Gym
(registration included, retail value of $170)
-The Mother of All Swag Bags (one per couple)

GENERAL ADMISSION: FREE
The first 50 attendees to enter will receive a swag bag. You must be present to receive the bag.
One bag per individual or couple.

Please register below to be entered to win one of thousands of dollars worth of prizes.
You must register and be present to win!


*Each attendee must register separately (husbands, for example, need to also register)

or, you can enter my giveaway to win one of two VIP Passes!!!



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This past year has been challenging...and I'm just talking about finding a sitter for Liam. Ha! Take some time out for yourself, to get away, relax and ironically, think about your baby.

Oh well. That's what WE do anyway when we have a girls night out.

Gotta love motherhood!

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Mustela Bébé Skincare Products #GenerationMustela #MC #sponsored


I participated in an Influencer Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Mustela. I received product samples to facilitate to my review and to thank me for participating.


We are told to love the skin we're in. I guess that means the itchy, scaly and dry skin as well. It needs a little love. Right?! The best way to show that love is to spread a trustworthy and effective skincare line all over in hopes to bring a little hydration to it. Bring it back to life!

Dry skin runs in my family. I should know because my skin is the absolute worst. No matter how much lotion I later onto my skin, it somehow looks and feels as if it has nothing on it at all. I have grown a bit frustrated over the years. I barely want to expose my legs because of this. And to make matters worse, both of my boys suffer from dry skin as well.


Liam just turned one year old. From an early age, I noticed his legs would also dry out faster than the rest of his body. I would give him bath, dry him off, spread lotion all over him and minutes later it would look as though none of this was done. I even started to notice he would scratch his bottom while I was changing his diaper as if his skin was irritated from the dryness. I tried bathing him less frequently to make sure I wasn't stripping his skin of natural oils. I would wipe him off if he was dirty and just put a bit of lotion on him for the day. Still, it would result in the same thing.

Product after product after product. We have tried everything. And I mean everything. But we had not tried the Mustela product line until we received some for review. We have been testing them out over the last week to see if they make a difference in the way Liam's skin looks and feels.

Mustela, the number one baby care and stretch marks brand in Europe and a trusted name in skincare for over 60 years, recently reformulated their Mustela Bébé product line based on 10 years of skin research. Now featuring a patented, next generation protective ingredient, Avocado Perseose, the Mustela Bébé line helps protect skin starting at the earliest stages of life.
Up first, we used Mustela 2 in 1 Hair and Body wash. I like when a product functions as more than one thing. I used this on Liam's body and his hair for a complete bath. It makes it easier to just have one product to cover all my bath time needs. Liam can grow a bit impatient if I am fumbling all over the place looking for several different bottles. This gives me the ability to squirt the product on his head and body and go.


Here is what Liam's legs look like after he has been dried off:


You will notice there is not a lot of shine to his leg, as one would expect. However, his skin is also a bit scaly immediately following a dip in the water. We used HydraBebe Body Lotion on his skin to give it a boost. Even though the lotion looks thick, it was absorbed into his skin quickly. It did not leave an oily feel or mess either. That is a bonus. I don't want to mess my clothes up or Liam's clothes. I also like the smell of the lotion. It's rather neutral in the sense that it does not cater to a boy or girl unevenly. Both can wear this lotion. It's soft and subtle.

Had I know there was a product like the Mustela Hydra stick with Cold Cream Nutri-protective, I would have already of had my hands on it. Liam has the most dry and scaly cheeks. I think he looks adorable, but I know that his skin needs protection. I love the convenient size of this product. I can carry it in my purse and whip it out whenever, not only for Liam's cheeks, but for his lips as well. With the weather here lately being windy and cold, this will get a lot of use.


The other two Mustela products are the Facial Cleaning cloths and Stretch Marks Care Oil. Both are great everyday items. For the cleaning cloths, I would use them on the mornings when we had to make a quick run out of the house and I did not have time to give Liam a full bath. They came in handy for wiping away crust in his eye, a dry nose and giving his face a refresher.

Although I am no longer pregnant, I still find great use in the Stretch Marks Care Oil. It can be uses as more of a preventive factor. As we know, stretch marks can appear at any phase of our life. One does not have to be pregnant. I love this product because it serves as a great moisturizer for my skin as well.


I received a lot of positive feedback online from my followers on social media. Most of them said they loved the Mustela products and shared how successful they had been when trying to treat their child's eczema or dry skin. This made me feel good about having the product available for use. I hope that it will yield the same results for us and help cure Liam's dry skin.

If you would like to get your hands on Mustela products, be sure to visit their website, www.mustelausa.com. Right now, if  you use the code Mom314 , you can receive free Facial Cleansing Cloths and free shipping with a $50 purchase



For more information on Mustela, visit the brand sites:
Mustela website: http://www.mustelausa.com/
Mustela Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MustelaUSA
Mustela Twitter: https://twitter.com/MustelaUSA

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Bring It On The Musical Comes to Music Center at Strathmore This Saturday, March 29 {Flash Giveaway} #sponsored



I was a varsity cheerleader in high school. Don't believe me? Look at this hilarious picture of me getting onto the shoulders of my cousin. I look like I'm scared, don't I?

I could share so many stories of this period of  my life.

Pep rallies. 

Overnight camp in the Poconos. 

Fights. 

Stumbles. 

Being around boys.

Tryouts. 

Practice. Practice. Practice.

Splits. 

Jumps.

Tears. 

Laughter. 

Aching joints. 

Pom pons. 

Friendships.

Short skirts.

All of the above.

Ready? Okay!

It almost sounds like a movie, doesn't it? If I'm not mistaken, the uber popular Bring It On rings a bell.

Now, Bring It On The Musical is hitting Strathmore in Bethesda, MD this Saturday, March 29. There are two shows – 3 PM and 8 PM. 

Inspired by the blockbuster Bring It On film, the musical comedy made its Broadway debut in August 2012 at the St. James Theatre. The production earned Tony nominations for Best Musical and Best Choreography, and The New York Times called it, “Impossible to resist!”

Uniting some of the freshest and funniest creative minds on Broadway, Bring It On: The Musical features an original story by Tony Award winner Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q), music and lyrics by Tony Award-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights), music by Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning composer Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), lyrics by Broadway lyricist Amanda Green (High Fidelity) and music supervision by Tony and Grammy Award winner Alex Lacamoire (In The Heights). The production is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (In the Heights).

With a colorful crew of characters, an exciting fresh musical sound and explosive dance with aerial stunts, this all-new musical is emotionally gratifying in its story of redemption and breathtaking with amazingly vibrant athleticism.

Strathmore Presents
Bring It On: The Musical
Saturday, March 29, 2014
3 & 8 p.m.

Tickets $39-$81 (Stars Price $35.10-$72.90)

Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852

For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit www.strathmore.org or call (301) 581-5100.

Want to win? The Strathmore is letting Mommy 2K giveaway a family 4-pack of tickets to the show this Saturday! All you have to do is enter the easy Rafflecopter form below. Hurry! This is a fast one!!



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