From Google to the MOON with Miles from Tomorrowland #Milesevent #Worldspaceweek

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This past week, I had a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit the Google Headquarters in San Francisco, CA! The GOOGLE HEADQUARTERS everyone~ like a kid in a candy store! Myself, and 24 other bloggers had the amazing opportunity to sit with the most technologically talented people in the industry to discuss computer science and technology, and how it pertains to entertainment. Our world is sooo computer forward, that it is vital that we introduce computer science and coding to our little ones from the beginning. Of course in a totally fun way and through fun characters like Miles from Tomorrowland

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As a homeschooling mother, I am ALWAYS on the lookout for educational shows that both entertain my little ones but also educate them! Miles from Tomorrowland does just that. Appearing on Disney Junior and created by Sascha Paladino (known for Wonder Pets! and Ni Hao Ki Lan) , we follow Miles and his tech savvy family through their adventures in outer space as they teach us about space travel, computer science, and technology! The Callisto family encourages young children to reach for the stars! Miles from Tomorrowland was developed with the help of some really amazing people, who we had the chance to meet and chat with! 

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Disney Junior has requested the assistance from astronauts, engineers, and even a space architect (Yes, it’s a real career!) to develop a show that presents technology in a way that is fun yet inspiring to young children. Since we are celebrating World Space Week this week, I wanted to bring you some insight from Dr.Yvonne Cagle, a NASA astronaut that helps develop Miles from Tomorrowland and wishes to….

” Share the view from Space” 

I thought it was interesting to hear that the most important thing about being in space is…..companionship!  I would imagine it could get quite lonely up there in the vast darkness. Luckily for Miles… he is never alone and has an adventurous family to explore with (and PET!)

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Miles and Merc exploring space in the new episode “Ghost Moon”

I made a point to write down ” The adventures you have with your family are the BEST!” –  by Sascha Paladino. And, we couldn’t agree more! That’s why Miles from Tomorrowland is making such an impact on young kids. If you haven’t had a chance to check out Miles from Tomorrowland on Disney Junior, I invite you to check out the clip below for one of their upcoming Halloween episodes premiering on Disney Channel on October 10th! 

There will be 2 great Miles Halloween episodes including “Stormy Night in a Dark Nebula” as shown above, and “Ghost Moon” where the Callisto family explore eerie sightings on the dark side of the moon. Here is a clip of that episode below: 

For the next 7 weeks, not only will you get new Miles from Tomorrowland episodes but also new Captain Jack and the Never land Pirates! You can catch these new episodes starting October 10th~ Saturday mornings at 8 am on Disney Channel! It’s okay if you miss a few, there will be a catch-up marathon on October 31st! 

Look for our post in December about our interviews at the Google Headquarters!

Disclaimer: As part of the #MilesEvent press trip, I received lodging, attractions, food and airfare in order to facilitate this post. All thoughts provided are my own. Please refer to our PR policies for more information. 

Leapfrog Word Whammer Makes Learning Letters Fun #leapfrogmom #leapfrogmomsquad

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Leapfrog is well known for making products that make learning fun. I know that my kids would much rather play games than sit down and do school work. As a homeschooling family, we are always trying to find new ways to make learning more enticing. Our 4 year old and 6 year old are currently working on recognizing letters and basic spelling skills……..this is where the Word Whammer comes in. To them it looks like some cool, funky, new tablet with handles. From the moment they saw it they just couldn’t wait to get it out of it’s packaging and get started. 

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The Word Whammer is a great learning tool for little ones. Kids get to twist and thrust the handles to activate the game functions rather than just pushing buttons. It includes three different games with three fun characters to play with. There is Penguin’s Tea Cup Twisters, Panda’s Bumper Cars, and Dragon’s Rocket Ride. All three games focus on learning letter names, sounds and word building through fun little missions. After each mission is complete, kids get to use their in game earnings to try and win prizes in the bonus claw grabber game.

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There are 5 difficulty levels so learning doesn’t have to end as kids finish each game.  All 3 games auto-adjust the level of difficulty to ensure the games are challenging but still fun. Starting with basic letter matching and finding sounds, advancing to spelling over 100 different words. It’s designed for ages 4-6 but, even my older kids like to play with it.

Leapfrog always does a great job of making learning fun.

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BUY IT: Leapfrog Word Whammer for $16.99 


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Bears for Humanity~ Organic Teddy Bears that help others! Review and #Giveaway


My boys were excited to get their new Bears for Humanity teddy bear in the mail. They were so cute with Sammie, they carried him around for a couple of days. He arrived in a box with his name on a tag and we fell instantly in ♥. We fluffed his fur with a brush so he could look his very best! 

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My 2 and 4 year old boys loved him at once! He is so soft, and he got plenty of snuggles. His limbs and head can swivel, which was a nice surprise. The fur is organic and real soft. The organic hemp is a naturally antibacterial and wears well too – so it will last! I wasn’t really sure what exactly organic meant in a non food item, but it is explained on the website nicely:

“Turns out, not all cotton is created equal. While traditional cotton undergoes waves of pesticides, fertilizers and post-harvest treatments, our cotton is clean. The all-natural farming and processing methods of our organic cotton fabrics are developed without a host of chemicals. Our bears deliver the classically soft and reliable cotton feel, plus a few good feels for sustainability. Win-win!”

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I was really impressed with the company. For every organic teddy bear purchased through Bears for Humanity, they will donate a special equivalent bear to a child in need. They provide jobs to at-risk mothers, fathers and caregivers, and they are centered in California – made in the USA! Everything about the history of this teddy bear is amazing. I love that every purchase helps someone else in so many ways! They have also been recognized by several companies and magazines, and have earned many awards for their innovative product; such as the National Parenting Center Seal of Approval.

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Here is an excerpt from their site:

A child’s toy is an incredibly intimate item. We think the things our little ones play with and sleep with should meet the same high standards as the food they eat and the clothes they wear. After two years and thousands of revisions, we have developed the safest, softest materials possible. We care that the toy your child turns to for comfort is up to the challenge. This isn’t the rough kid from down the street; this is a playmate that needs no supervision.

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My kids are really into stuffed animals, I have a 2, 4, 6, and 9 year old, and they all got some snuggle time with him. He sat on laps, watched tv with them, and read lots of books, with many more adventures to come! A good teddy bear is an essential part of growing up! I had a few favorites I still remember from my childhood soo I am happy that my kids will get that experience of a little soft friend as well. 

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Bears for Humanity is available in 5 different colors and two different sizes, so you can find a bear that fits perfectly with your family as ours did! They even have the cutest bear accessories to go with it, like a bow tie or bib and a few other items. Check out this huggable bears at BEARS FOR HUMANITY and on Facebook (for deals and more info on the charity! ). 

Buy it: Bears for Humanity start at $19.99.  

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Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort- Absolutely Terrifying! #HHN25

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Things got real…..REAL SCARY that is! Remember when I said I was putting on my big girl panties and walking right onto Elm Street ? Last week, I faced my fears together with 10 other bloggers and tackled 9 haunted houses at Halloween Horror Nights 25! They were both terrifying and utterly awesome all at the same time! I 100% could see why they received the Golden Ticket Award for BEST HALLOWEEN EVENT! I’m sure it had something to do with this guy……..

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That there is Jack. I know everyone has this insane fear of clowns, but doesn’t he look sooo friendly :) Just kidding……he was the worst part of Halloween Horror Nights for me. I kept waiting for him to chase me around with a chainsaw and his multi colored hair (Did you see my face on Instagram?). I just can’t even deal. Jack is the face of Halloween Horror Nights and this year they are celebrating 25 years of haunting! HHN runs from September 18th- Nov 1st, and does require a separate ticket from regular park admission.

From the moment you walk into Halloween Horror Nights your experience begins.

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While you will find creepy people walking around everywhere, Halloween Horror Nights has 5 unique scare zones that brings those creepy, terrifying people front and center and in GREAT numbers! The scare zones include:

PSYCHOSCAREAPY – UNLEASHED: The criminally insane inmates of Shadybrook Asylum have escaped and stumbled upon a Halloween Block party in the streets of New York. They quickly decide they’d kill for some costumes of their own.
ICONS – HHN: The eeriest icons and most cadaverous characters of the last 25 years of Halloween Horror Nights® have returned. The Caretaker, The Storyteller, The Director, The Usher and more are back to relive every monstrous memory.
SCARY TALES – SCREAMPUNK: Classic fairytale characters get a sinister Scary Tale twist immersed in the wicked world of steam punk.
EVIL’S ROOTS: Your darkest fears will take root amidst the perilous paths of Central Park as you face evil fairies, humanoid bats, scarecrows and more horrors.
ALL NITE DIE-IN – DOUBLE FEATURE: The Carey Drive-In movie theater has been closed for decades after grisly murders during a double feature. It’s lights, camera, carnage as the theater nicknamed “Die-In” by the locals lives up to its name.

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The Evil Root’s scare zone was hands down my absolute FAVORITE zone! From far away ,it is almost beautiful with the lanterns, pumpkins, and fog. To me, it truly captures Halloween…..reminds me of the old school kids Halloween films!  

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Inside is an entirely different story……this is the place where Jack-O-Lanterns, scarecrows, bats, and goblins are here to scare you! SPOILER ALERT: The walls come alive……..

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Now, if you have survived the scare zones, built up a bit of courage, and feel like tackling a haunted house…….Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights has you covered with 9 houses to choose from! This is the most houses they have ever had~ and they definitely didn’t hold anything back!


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Enter “The Further” and travel through all three parts of the Insidious saga. Denizens of the afterlife try to find their way back into the world using the living to guide them. The house isn’t haunted–we are.

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In all honesty, I was most afraid of Insidious. Having never seen the movie, I had no idea what to expect but the fact that it involved children was more than I could handle. I would like to say I kept my eyes open the entire time but that would be a HUGE lie! Luckily, I survived and had the opportunity to see it with the lights on as well as in the dark! The details in this house are INCREDIBLE and make it that much better! Stay tuned for my Lights on Tour post coming this week! 


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From the cursed Camp Crystal Lake to the nightmarish 1428 Elm Street, awake or asleep, you’ll find yourself caught in the middle of this epic battle — where the winner’s reward is YOU.

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THEATRICS HERE! Being an 80’s kid means I have seen these movie, so it was super cool to see these movies come alive and end in an EPIC battle! I didn’t see Freddy as my eyes were closed in that area………(closed now….is he there?)

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This year’s Purge is more brutal than ever. From the moment you step inside the house, dozens of vicious vigilantes will descend upon you as they exercise their right to purge.

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The premise of The Purge is that all violence and crime ceases throughout the year, so that once a year on March 21st………you can PURGE and commit any crime you want without any consequence. Revenge to your boss or even your wealthy neighbor…….it’s HIGHLY DISTURBING! We did a lights on tour of this house as well, and just let me say that I could barely make it through even without the scare actors and music. I will never step foot into a public restroom alone again. Just saying.


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The Body Collectors have returned, descending upon Shadybrook Asylum to collect the human parts they require. Screams echo the hallways as a blizzard rages outside while sharpened blades swirl inside.

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Look for the poor girl getting her spine ripped out. That’s if your looking at all- I didn’t.


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You’ve just been selected as a contestant on RUN, a brutal TV show where everyday people are stalked by skilled assassins. Just remember: the more horrifying your death, the higher the ratings.

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Relive the most terrifying moments of the past 25 years as Jack releases our catalogue of creatures in one maze. You’ll be attacked by Universal classic monsters, meat-grinding maniacs and the fiends of Horror Nights past.

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We are back to Jack. As I mentioned before, Insidious was the most terrifying house to me PRIOR to arriving at #HHN25. After experiencing all 9 houses, THIS ONE IS THE WORST. And when I say the WORST, I mean as in most be SUPER awesome because I almost peed my pants. There is a room with 20 something Jack the clowns in it but you do not know where the real Jack is. I hyperventilated and nearly passed out.


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Follow the white rabbit through the looking glass and into a murderous 3D Wonderland. Is this world all in Alice’s mind or are the images we see real enough to kill us?

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From the burnt ashes of Terminus, through the flooded community food pantry basement, and into the darkened churchyard, hordes of walkers surround you as you relive gut-wrenching moments of the most recent season.

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The most anticipated house of the year……delivers. RUN! 


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Step into John Landis’ landmark 1981 horror classic. From the attack on the English moors to the bone-crunching transformation, it’s one of the most popular houses in Halloween Horror Nights® history.

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This was voted the most popular haunted house, and it is the only one to ever be repeated! We went behind scenes with the lights on tour, and these beasts up close are soooo incredibly designed! 

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Are you scared yet? I could barely get through the post without freaking out about my visit to Halloween Horror Nights 25! Take a walk on the scary side and grab your tickets to #HHN25 before it’s too late. Stay tuned this week for some behind the scenes pictures of Insidious, The Purge, and Jack London’s werewolf haunts! 

Disclaimer: I received lodging, attractions passes, and food in exchange for a series of posts. Please refer to our PR policies. 


Follow me to San Francisco for the #GoodDinoEvent and #MilesEvent with the #InsideOutBloggers!


I am soooo excited to share with you my next adventure! I have been abundantly blessed lately with the opportunity to travel and explore this beautiful country! Earlier this month if you have been following along on Instagram(which you should because I share fun pictures!), you would have noticed that we just ended a 2 week road trip! As if that was not exciting(and tiring) enough for me, I was over the moon thrilled to be invited to San Francisco, California to celebrate the #GoodDinoEvent, #MilesEvent, #Waltagram, and #InsideOutBloggers event! Besides the immediate elation of the thought of viewing the beautiful Golden Gate bridge, Lombardo St, Pier 39, and the house of Full House (Sorry I am an 80’s baby!)………those feelings were TOPPED when I received the itinerary for the trip!

Wait for it……..

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Disney/Pixar is going to knock it out of the park with this one! The Good Dinosaur which opens in theaters everywhere November 25, 2015, follows Arlo the Apatosaurus (voice of Raymond Ochoa) as he navigates through this mysterious land and makes new friends. A human friend to be exact as in this movie….dinosaurs were never killed by a meteor or anything else for that matter. They all co-exist and it seems this movie is going to have some super sweet moments like this one below.

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We will be visiting the Pixar Animation Studios to get a tour AND a sneak peek of The Good Dinosaur new movie! Along with meeting with the filmmakers and the animators, we will also be checking out a new short called “Sanjay’s Super Team”! Follow along at #GoodDinoEvent to be the first to get the inside information and feel free to check out the adorable trailer below! 

While at the Pixar Animation Studios, we will be going to a fancy smancy reception to celebrate the most anticipated day of the year for all Disney/Pixar fans………the inhome release of Inside Out (which will be available on Blu-Ray and DVD on November 3rd!)


Pixar has us set up to interview the filmmakers AND the voice talents from Inside Out which is sure to bring some great moments! And because every great Disney/Pixar movie has a short ( Like the Frozen Fever short! ), we will be viewing the all new Inside Out short “Riley’s First Date?”! Follow along at #InsideOutBloggers!

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You may want to be sitting down for this one…..we are going to the GOOGLE HEADQUARTERS! There we will be screening the new Disney Junior show, Miles from Tomorrowland and meeting with a panel of people to discuss the importance of integrating STEM into education and how entertainment can play an important role!#MilesEvent

Our final stop (because I like to save the best for last) will be to visit the Walt Disney Museum! I am really looking forward to this part, as the life of Walt Disney is such an inspiring story and one with many many details left to discover! 

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Sounds like a great time, right! Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter to join in the festivities! You can also follow #GoodDinoEvent, #MilesEvent, #InsideOutBloggers, and #Waltagram to see all the coverage provided by the 25 bloggers attending! 

Disclaimer: I am attending this event with lodging, travel, and food expenses provided in exchange for a series of posts. As with all our posts, I have and will be providing my honest opinion :) Please refer to our PR policies for more information. 

I am putting on my big girl panties this week & heading to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando! #HHN25 #FacingFearsTogether

I am headed to Orlando as part of the Facing Fears Together press event where lodging, tickets, and food are provided in exchange for a series of posts. All opinions are my own. 

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TRUTH: I am scared of my own shadow. Like, really. 

I have always been a scaredy cat….jumping at any sounds of the night. For some reason, I thought it would be a great idea to join in the 2nd Annual Facing Fears Together hosted by Mellissa at Mom Luck and Toni Patton at Just Stop Screaming. Have I told you lately that I am ONE DUMB PUPPY!!! I am petrified…… can’t possibly explain how scared I am. I 100% plan 0n burying my face into my husbands back and walking with my eyes closed. AT ALL TIMES! I even brought a back up pair of pants for which I will never admit if they were used or not. 

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This is the 25th anniversary of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Orlando and their are pushing it this year into a whole new world of fear inducing chaos! From September 18th- November 1st, brave people can step foot into 9 of the most terrifying, bone chilling haunted houses you have ever seen! That’s if you can get there without being attacked by one of the walkers!! 

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Check out this list of haunted house themes: 

  • AMC’s The Walking Dead– Where you can relive the recent season of The Walking Dead……surrounded by blood hungry walkers. 
  • Freddy VS. Jason– No explanation needed. TERRIFYING! 
  • Insidious– Enter “The further” and travel through the Insidious saga………Is there a hiding place for me somewhere?
  • The Purge– This is supposed to be the most brutal house, even more brutal than last year. I may have to use the restroom when it’s time to go in this house. Hmmmm
  • An American Werewolf in London– Maybe he will be a werewolf that looks like Jacob. One can wish right?
  • Jack presents 25 years of Monster Mayhem– CLASSICS HERE! If you love horror movies than this is the house for you. Classic monsters returning for you as you travel through a maze!! 
  • RUN: Blood, Sweat, and Fears– Your now a contestant that needs to run before an assassin gets you. Good thing I have great running shoes! 
  • Asylum in Wonderland 3D– I don’t think that sweet little rabbit will be in this world. Fingers crossed that all the awful things are just in Alice’s mind. 
  • Body Collectors– Another no explanation needed. I can’t handle this one. 


And because I would have never agreed to go if there wasn’t some sunshine and happiness in the trip…….. check out some of the other not so scary (to me) things we get to do! First off…..we are staying at the amazing Hard Rock Orlando hotel smack in the center of all the fun!

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Photo courtesy of Hard Rock Hotel

We will be hitting the Universal CityWalk SANS children- CAN I GET AN AMEN!!! Dining with 10 other bloggers at the great Cowfish resturant which is the only sushi burger bar I have ever seen and THEN going to Universal/Islands of Adventure to go rollercoaster crazy! Apparently, rollercoasters are a great fear for many people….but not this girl!! I ♥ love ♥ going fast! 

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Photo courtesy of Universal Orlando

Follow us along with #HHN25 and #FacingFearsTogether on IG, Twitter, and Facebook to support us as we venture through this mayhem!! 

*Disclosure: I was provided with lodging, food, and tickets in order to facilitate a series of posts and social media shares. 


Halloween Kick-Off 2015 with the #OrangeTuesday Twitter Party

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Are you ready for Halloween? We are “already” thinking about it and getting excited! We just love the whole process: costume shopping, getting candy, cooler weather… We can not wait!


This year, we are SO excited to partner with Costume Express for kick-off Halloween 2015 with the #OrangeTuesday Twitter party! On Tuesday, September 8 at 1PM EST, we will be taking to Twitter to talk all things Halloween, costumes, tips, tricks, and GREAT SAVINGS!! 


Tuesday September 8 @ 1 PM EST, 12 CT


Hosts @CostumeExpress & @MomToSprouts

Co-host @AsMomSeesIt



FOUR {4} $50 Gift Codes and ONE {1} Grand Prize $100 Gift Code! There’s also TWO {2} $50 Gift Codes to ppl who retweet pre-party! 

So, mark your calendar and join us for all things Halloween!! 



 This Twitter Party is sponsored by Costume Express . Official Rules:
No purchase or mobile use necessary to participate or win. By entering, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of BuySeasons, Inc. (“Sponsor”), and MomToSprouts (“Presenter”) and @AsMomSeesIt (“Co-Presenter”).
The Promotion will consist of a Twitter Party as described below. The Twitter Party entry period begins at 12 p.m. CT on September 2, 2015 and ends at 1:00 p.m. CT on September 8, 2015. Void where prohibited by law. The Twitter Party begins at 12:00 p.m. CT on September 8, 2015 and ends at 1:00 p.m. CT on September 8, 2015, (“Promotion Period”).
The Promotion will be supported through a website RSVP page on
Seven Total Prize Packages:
Six (6) $50 Gift Code (the “prize”). Approximate Retail Value: $300  OR;
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Prize Package selection is at the sole selection and discretion of Sponsor and its representatives and can be changed or modified at any time without notice. No exchanges, substitutions or cash value shall be awarded in lieu of any of the above packages. All decisions on award of any packages are final and cannot be challenged. 
How to Enter.  The Twitter Party entry period begins at 12:00:00 p.m. CT on September 2, 2015 and ends at 1:00 p.m. CT on September 8, 2015.  The Twitter Party begins at 12:00 p.m. CT on September 8, 2015 and ends at 1:00 p.m. CT on September 8, 2015, (“Promotion Period”). To enter to win the pre-promotion prizes, entrants must re-Tweet a Tweet regarding the Twitter party prior to the beginning of the party. To enter to win during the party, participants must log onto Twitter during the party, follow the @CostumeExpress handle, and participate within and throughout the party using the hashtag #OrangeTuesday (the “Requirements”). If an Entrant is found to be entering with more than one Twitter handle, all entries submitted by such Entrant will be void. 
Drawing and Winner Notification.  Anyone who has met the Requirements will be automatically eligible to win a Prize.  Winners will be randomly selected before and during the party from all eligible entries meeting all Requirements.  Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Potential winners will be asked to confirm receipt of their prize to MomToSprouts via a form sent to the winner during the party. Failure to complete the form within the Party Timeline will result in disqualification and a new winner will be drawn. 
Eligibility.  Must be a resident of the fifty United States or D.C., 18 or older to participate. Void where prohibited by law. Employees, officers, and directors of BuySeasons, Inc., and MomToSprouts and their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, distributors, sales representatives, suppliers, advertising and promotional agencies, and the immediate family members (spouse, children, parents, siblings) or household members (whether or not related) of each are not eligible. By participating and/or accepting any prize, winners release and agree to hold harmless Sponsor, Presenter, and each of their respective affiliates, directors, employees, officers and agents, including without limitation, their advertising/promotion agencies from any and all liability, injury, loss, or damage of any kind to property or person(s), including death, arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from or in connection with participation in the Sweepstakes, or the awarding, receipt, possession, use or misuse of any prize and/or with respect to participation in any prize related activity. Only one prize per person.
WINNER NOTIFICATION: Sponsor’s decisions are final and binding on all matters relating to this Promotion. The Sponsor and/or Presenter will monitor tweets using the hashtag #OrangeTuesday on Twitter and notify the potential winner via direct message. Potential winners may be required to execute and return an affidavit of eligibility, a liability release and, where lawful, a publicity release within 30 days of date of issuance. If such documents are not returned within the specified time period, Sponsor is unable to contact a potential winner within a reasonable time period, prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, or a potential winner is not in compliance with these Official Rules, prize will be forfeited and, at Sponsor’s discretion, an alternate winner will be notified.
GENERAL PRIZE CONDITIONS: All prize details are at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. All prizes are awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied. No substitution, transfer, or cash equivalent of prize is permitted, except by Sponsor, which reserves the right to substitute a prize (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value, at its sole discretion. Any and all federal, state and local taxes on the prizes, and any other costs, fees, and expenses not explicitly stated herein as being awarded, are the sole responsibility of the winners.  All Costume Cash Gift Codes must be used by December 31, 2015.
GENERAL CONDITIONS: By participating, each entrant agrees: (a) to abide by these Official Rules and decisions of Sponsor and Presenter, which shall be final in all respects relating to this Promotion; (b) to release, discharge and hold harmless Sponsor, Presenter, and Twitter, and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and the respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents and representatives of the forgoing (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind to persons, including death, or property resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from entrant’s participation in the Promotion or the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any awarded prize; and (c) to the use of his/her name, voice, performance, photograph/video, image and/or likeness for programming, advertising, publicity and promotional purposes in any and all media, now or hereafter known, worldwide and on the Internet, and in perpetuity by Sponsor and its designees, without compensation (unless prohibited by law) or additional consents from entrant or any third party and without prior notice, approval or inspection, and to execute specific consent to such use if asked to do so. In the event of a dispute regarding entries and/or tweets received from multiple users having the same Twitter account, the authorized subscriber of the Twitter account at the time of entry will be deemed to be the entrant and must comply with these Official Rules. Authorized account subscriber is the natural person who is assigned the Twitter account by Twitter. Released Parties not responsible for misdirected or undeliverable Twitter updates (“tweets”) or for any technical problems, malfunctions of any telephone lines, computer systems, servers, providers, hardware/software, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission or any combination thereof. Released Parties are not responsible for late, lost, damaged, misdirected, incomplete, undeliverable, destroyed, garbled or stolen entries or tweets; or for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether typographical, human mechanical, electronic, computer, network, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Promotion, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Promotion, the posting of questions, the processing of entries and/or tweets, the announcement of the prize or in any Promotion-related materials. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Promotion. Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to participants’ or to any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in this Promotion or downloading materials from or use of the website. Sponsor may disqualify anyone from participating in the Promotion or winning a prize (and void all associated entries/tweets) if, in its sole discretion, it determines that such person is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Promotion by cheating, deception or other unfair playing practices, or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrant or Sponsor’s representatives. ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE PROMOTION MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND OTHER REMEDIES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel or suspend any portion of the Promotion for any reason, including should any cause corrupt the administration, security or proper play of the Promotion and, in the event of termination, to determine the winner(s) for the question(s) at issue from among all eligible tweets and/or entries received up to such time for the applicable question(s) using the winner determination procedure outlined above.
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WINNERS’ NAMES: For of the names of the winners send a self-addressed, stamped, envelope within 10 days of party to BuySeasons, Inc., c/o #OrangeTuesday Twitter Party, 5915 S. Moorland Rd., New Berlin, WI  53151.  Vermont Residents may omit return postage.  All requests must be received not later than December 1, 2015.

Wrapping up Summer with #GevaliaIcedCoffee with Almond Milk! #IC #ad

I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk

It is almost time for cooler weather, hoodies, football, and falling leaves- and I can’t wait! Despite the fact that fall leads to our freezing cold winters, I can’t help but love the few months we have between the heat and the extreme cold. It’s like the whole state is bedding down for a long sleep; it’s so peaceful.


Heading to the park to enjoy these last warm days? Take Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk.

Even though fall is coming, it’s still summer here with temps over 80* and lots of sunshine. So, as much as I’m ready to break the hoodies out of storage, I still have some time left to appreciate the warmth and long days of late summer. Actually, it’s a good thing I have some time because I still have a LOT to do!


Going to the game? Grab a Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk! 

Back to school shopping, winter clothes shopping, preparing the house, preparing the car, etc. It seems like every time I turn around, there is something else to do. The air conditioners are still in the window, they have to be taken out… “Add it to the list.” I think the girls winter boots were a little tight at the end of last winter… “Add it to the list.” That list is getting longer and longer.  


Last minute road trip? Set the GPS and bring a Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk.

Thankfully, I have a secret weapon in my ever-so-busy wind down of summer: Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk. With 9 grams of protein, 100% Gevalia Arabica coffee, creamy almond milk, and just enough sweetness per single serve carton, it’s like my own super special pick-me-up treat. 

There are 3 flavors of Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk: Mocha, Vanilla and Caramel! Mocha is my favorite coffee flavor of all time so I might be a little biased but the other ones are great, too. I mean, variety is the spice of life, no? And since Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk is available in grocery stores you can try all three flavors. You’ll find them in the 11.1 oz single-serve packages and 33.8 oz multi-serve packages- for those really busy weeks! 

So, grab a few Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk’s and head out on your last adventures of Summer 2015! 

What do you have left to do?




OshKosh B’gosh Back to School Shopping for your family and for charity! #backtobgosh #Bgoshjeanius

“I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’Gosh. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

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Back to school can be such a stressful time of the year as Moms everywhere hurry to find all the needed items to get their kiddos ready for the new school year! As a homeschool Mom, I am no exception! Trust me when I say…..just because I am not sending my little ones off to class doesn’t mean my laundry list isn’t a mile long! Many people would be surprised to hear that homeschoolers go school clothes shopping too! Our school year is packed with co-ops, field trips, and classes so I take the children every year to pick up a few outfits that fit their personalities and that can keep up with their busy lifestyle! 

OshKosh B’gosh is such a fun place to shop with an eclectic mix of classic jeans and trendy pieces that perfectly fit my expressive children! From plaid button downs to funky leggings, OshKosh has clothing to fit all personalities which is great because all my children are different in their own way! My little girls both wanted the same outfit……suckered in by the great doorbuster sale!! Who could resist a pair of Daschund leggings? Same outfit but completely different personalities! 

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Those funky leggings fit her over the top quirkiness and are great for her tumbling and high energy! My oldest is my little fashionista and while not as energized, she was drawn into the glamour of this line and loves tunics with leggings!! She likes it paired with black flats while the wild one went with purple sparkle high tops. Enough said!  

While I was in store shopping, I was excited to see OshKosh still rocking their timeless overalls (in colors and patterns!!!) but also super excited to see OshKosh b’gosh bringing in new patterns and colors for children at affordable prices! I love clothing that has vibrant colors and a natural look, so the new outfitters line is right up my gardenwalk!! Problem is…… doesn’t come in adult sizes. Lilly fell in love with the embroidered indigo top! Paired with some OshKosh super skinny jeans in coral and of course her addition of accessories, this ensemble is eclectic like her and fits her vegan boho like vibe! 

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OshKosh B’Gosh has TONS to offer boys as well~ with half the store dedicated to boys clothing from preppy buttons downs that fit my middle son’s style to easy graphic t-shirts for my oldest! He is at that middle school cool stage, sooo I was super exciting that we agreed on soo many outfits! 

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My little guy is very well dressed and loves to layer his clothing! He likes plaid and states he should be a lumberjack man when he grows up! He immediately picked a plaid shirt to go with his new khaki shorts! 

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We spent 2 hours wandering through the store mixing patterns and colors- 2 HOURS PEOPLE! I was a little overwhelmed by the amount of sales and choices…..I wanted it all! THANK GOD for coupons! Before you hit up OshKosh B’Gosh (Use the store locator to find one near you!) this week~ since I know you will after you seen all these adorable outfits~ bring along this OshKosh coupon

oshkosh coupon

And while you are there shopping with your little ones, join OshKosh in their “B’gosh jeanius Campaign” to help other children start the new school year off right! OshKosh B’gosh wants all children to have what they need this school year so they have partnered with K.I.D.S./ Fashion Delivers, Inc., and to bring children new clothing and cash for school supplies! Customers have the opportunity to donate cash or jeans while checking out, and the Carter’s Foundation will match all cash donations up to $50,000 and all denim donations with a new clothing donation! 


“I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’Gosh. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

Make Back To School Simple with @BestBuy and @SanDisk! #SanDisk #tech

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.



Do you remember when Back to School was as complicated as a 3-ring binder and some pencils? I do. I didn’t even need to buy a graphing calculator until college! But now? Now it’s totally different. One of the biggest differences for me the use of technology in all grades. Who would have thought that middle schoolers would need a computer and memory cards? I can’t even wrap my head around it.


Thankfully, I don’t really have to. I take their school tech supply list to Best Buy and find everything I need- including SanDisk‘s entire line of memory cards! Now, when I say memory cards, I don’t just mean point-and-shoot camera memory cards, we’re also talking professional grade camera memory for college level photography classes, which includes transfer speeds up to 80MB/s for DSLR’s and camcorders. That’s 10X faster transfer speeds than regular memory cards. When you’re working all night to meet a deadline, those extra speeds can make all the difference in the world. 


I know that some of you live on your phones; Facebook groups for classes and projects, schedulers and calendars, e-mail, deadline reminders, and a million other ways you can use your smartphone to make your school life easier. Did you know that there are so many apps for specific classes? One friend told me there was one for law school that helped you prepare for the BAR exam. {It cost $1500 several years ago but when you already spent $40,000 on your degree, what’s an extra grand?} You’re going to need some serious room on your phone for an app like that! But, not only does a SanDisk Micro SD card give you more space, it also allows you to record and save more HD and Ultra 4K HD and offers transfer speeds of up to 60mb/s. That’s some serious speed for more responsive camera function, smoother media playback and high resolution video! It’s not only for smartphones,though, it’s perfect for your tablets and other smaller devices.


SanDisk also offers USB devices for both Android and iPhone. Each device allows for transfer between various devices and computers and frees up space for more of everything else. 

So whether you’re looking for memory for a laptop, tablet, smartphone, or camera SanDisk at Best Buy offers high quality solutions for all your needs with the security, capacity, performance, and environmental requirements of next generation devices.