Visit #Tomorrowland………today! In theaters everywhere!

From the directors of The Incredibles and Mission Impossible: Ghost protocol comes a movie that will inspire dreamers everywhere. It’s the perfect blend of sci-fi, imagination, and classic Disney material…………that will be the family thriller of the year. 

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Last month, I headed to Disney for a week filled with excitement for the newly released Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom (Check out my Monkey Kingdom movie review) . While adventuring in Epcot, I got to see a sneak peak of Tomorrowland that literally left everyone whining. Kind of went like this……..” Really!!! You can’t leave me sitting on the edge of my seat like this!” or ” There is NO WAY I can wait another month for this to come out!”. I honestly have never seen such an amazing preview~ soooo I am beyond excited to see the ENTIRE movie this weekend! 

Watch the trailer below- but WARNING: You will feel the need to immediately get in your car and head to the theater. 

I told you so! Disney’s Tomorrowland features the magnificent George Clooney beside Hugh Laurie (DR HOUSE HELLO!!) and Britt Robertson ( Who I loved in Under the Dome and Life Unexpected!). Tomorrowland is a thrilling story where anything is possible. This movie is PG and perfect for everyone in the family! 

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” 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. 

Walt Disney himself was a futurist….and optimist…and most importantly a dreamer.  Just walking through any of the Disney theme parks gives you insight into the wonderful mind he had. On my Disney trip last month, I saw glimpses of the new Tomorrowland while visiting Magic Kingdom. In the new film, you will spot some of Disney’s fans favorite attractions including It’s a Small World and The Carousel of Progress

In the movie, the premise that the futuristic city of Tomorrowland could actually exist pays homage to Walt Disney’s vision for both Disneyland’s Tomorrowland and Disney World’s Epcot, where ever-evolving technologies are showcased along with ideas to make the world a better place for all. But many believe—although it is generally thought to be myth—that Walt Disney was part of a secret band of thinkers and optimists and that Tomorrowland might actually exist in another dimension as a direct result of the forward-thinking, futuristic ideas that the group developed.

As a true Disney lover~ I CAN’T WAIT!! To learn more about the cast, the story, and to gain access to behind the scenes looks….be sure to connect with Tomorrowland on social media! You can find them on Twitter and Facebook

Disclaimer: I have not seen it yet :) I was not paid for this post, I have an ongoing relationship with Disney. 

 

Recipes for Dinner Time Slump & a $15 Giveaway! #BreadCrumbs #sponsored

Are you in a dinner rut? I get that way. We’ve been eating some version of tacos or taco bowls for weeks now. I mean, I love taco bowls but the kids and my poor hubby are a little over it. But, what do you do when you’re just not sure what to cook them anymore? Try Progresso Bread Crumbs!

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But what can you make with Bread Crumbs? I have a round up of some great recipes! 

Chicken and meat with Bread Crumbs

Crispy Asparagus and Sriracha Mayo

Meatball Subs

Chicken Marsala with Parmesan and Panko Bread Crumbs

Meatball Burgers

Garlic Parmesan Chicken

Srircha Meatballs

Black Bean Burger Patty Melt

Parmesan Panko Chicken

Honey Garlic Chicken

Orzo Pasta with Toasted Bread Crumbs

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf Stuffed with Habanero Jack Cheese

Honey Glazed and Italian Breaded Baked Pork Chops

Oven Fried Onion Rings

Easy Meatloaf

Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Crispy Oven Parmesan Zucchini Fries w/ Lemon Aioli

Stuffed Mussels

Breaded Flounder Filet

Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatballs

Spicy Stuffed Mushrooms

Pork Schnitzel with Sweet & Sour Red Cabbage

Big Daddy’s Spicy Meat Manicotti

Leek Bites with Panko, Fresh Goat Cheese and Ají Dulce Confiture

To help make your dinner time run more smoothly, here is a coupon for Progresso Bread Crumbs!

To celebrate, we’re running a PayPal cash giveaway! Just leave a comment with which recipe sounds the best!

 

While this Progresso Bread Crumbs post is sponsored, all opinions are our own. 

Try Costume Super Center for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Costumes

I was provided with the Ninja Turtles Costumes mentioned below to facilitate this review.

 

Do you have a little one that is insane over TMNT? I do! In fact, we have a little one and two big ones, too. The six year old, her father, and myself are HUGE TMNT fans and pretty much geek out over anything and everything related.

That’s why when I had the chance to review a Raphael Ninja Turtles Costume from Costume Super Center, I jumped on it. I knew Emory would be super excited, and truthfully, I was, too. I love passing on my childhood favorites to my kids.

Ninja Turtles Costumes

pic via Costume Super Center

I picked out Raphael for Emory because he is the best Turtle, obviously, but Costume Super Center has all the Turtles available if you don’t share my love of the attitudinal Rafe. I have to say, I love the specs of this costume!

This costume is an officially licensed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles set and includes a muscle chest jumpsuit with foam shell detailing and attached shoe covers. It also comes with a stuff-able shell with baldric detailing and a Raphael face mask with his dark red mask.

The polyester suit is great! It’s thin but still warm so it’s perfect for late October. The detail is so great, too. A stuff-able shell is included and it’s SO cute. However, if you stuff it with newspaper like we did, it becomes too heavy for the Velcro to hold it onto the suit. I would recommend either stuffing it was an extremely lightweight batting or bring safety pins to hold it on. The belt with the hanging “thingies” is also included and adds a little more pizazz to the costume. The pants go all the way down and turn into shoe coverings; really, no detail is left!

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Now the mask is something on a whole new level! I have never seen this high quality of a mask on a costume before. It’s not just a Turtle face, it’s Rafe’s face! The grimace, the detail, it’s all there.

Emory loves this costume and wears it constantly. We’re both sure that you’ll love it, too! Don’t forget to follow CSC on Twitter!

 

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5 Ways to ensure you have a great Mom’s Night out! #NMNO15

I received free products in order to host a Mom’s Night Out party. The opinions expressed here are my own. 

On May 7th, Mom’s everywhere got together to celebrate Motherhood~ without kids of course! No one understands the struggles of parenting like another parent. It was a much needed break! I gathered up a few of my favorite Moms, and had a nice low key party~ celebrating all the things we love about Motherhood. We laughed, we cried, and we put put our feet up!

Are you in need of a Mom’s night out (or in?)? Check out 5 ways to ensure you have a great Mom’s Night Out party!

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 1) SNACKS!

Every Mom’s party starts with food……… who’s kidding it revolves around food :) National Mom’s Night out partnered with Chex and Cheez-It’s to bring these Mama’s some crunchy snacks, and I paired them with candy to add a sweet factor. TIP: Always have candy for the Moms!

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2) Meal

For small gatherings 5+ , I always go for a light meal and LOTS OF SNACKS! Since it was just us Mama’s, I whipped up a light Summer salad and drizzled some of my FAVORITE Panera dressing on it!  

 

Sooo glad there are no boys at my #NMNO15, now I can serve only my favorite salad with my @Panerabread poppy dressing!

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3) Add photo props

Photo props is a sure fire way to get everyone laughing and really making memorable moments! MyPrintly has thousands of customizable printables to make every event unique ( from baby shower invites, scrapbook pages, graduation announcements, home decor, etc). We cut out these adorable photo props and all the girls were ready for photo time! 

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Photo props are great for weddings, birthday parties, and especially Mom’s night out’s! 

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4) GAMES! 

Every good party needs games! For a great Mom’s Night out party, round up some of your favorite games like Loaded Questions, Catch Phrase, and Balderdash. We went for an easy fast paced game of cards with Bicycle cards! The new Cocktail party deck serves not only as a card game but also as drink inspiration! 

bicycle cards, NMNO

5) Have a craft!

We all decorated wine glasses and showed off our unartisticness. Crafts don’t have to be complicated….just something fun and useful! 

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Fill it wine and top off the night with some popcorn and a good movie! We watched Moms’ Night Out together completing relating to the Mom craziness that ensued! It was a great way to end the night! If your in need of a break with people that understand the need for a break……call up your Mom’s friend and have a Mother’s Night Out

DISCLAIMER: I received products in order to facilitate this post. All thoughts are my own. 

“Pasta Salad” Salad with #SuddenlySalad #recipe

This post is sponsored by Suddenly Salad but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

 

It is finally here! Summer is here and it’s time to be outside as much as possible. In fact, things pretty much shut down in Northern PA in the summer. I mean, our winters are so long that we don’t waste any time inside during the three nice months that we have.

One of my favorite things to do in the summer is grill, of course! There is nothing quite like the taste of smoky, grilled food and I crave it all winter long! As soon as it’s above 50*, I’m like “FIRE IT UP!”

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I love the fact that grilling is so easy! You don’t have to turn on your oven or stove to heat up the house, there aren’t a ton of pots and pans to clean, and the food tastes wonderful. I also love preparing easy and simple side dishes to go with our grilled food! Suddenly Salad is grillings perfect partner!

There is nothing better than a summer pasta salad side dish! Fresh veggies are my absolute favorite things in the world! Salad is such a fun way to make sure you get your veggies in for the day! Have you ever though of a Pasta Salad Salad? No? It’s pretty amazing!

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Plus, it’s super easy to make that it doesn’t even require a real recipe. I threw this together with what was in my fridge and a pack of Betty Crocker Suddenly Salad and I was done in 5 minutes!

Pasta Salad Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 1 box Suddenly Salad by Betty Crocker
  2. 1 can chickpeas
  3. 1 can corn
  4. lettuce
  5. Any veggies you want!
Instructions
  1. Cook the Pasta Salad according to directions on box
  2. Wash, cut, dry, and put lettuce in your salad bowl
  3. Arrange veggies, corn, and peas around the bowl any way you like
  4. Put prepared pasta salad in the middle
  5. Serve with your favorite dressing!
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There you have it! I hope you love it as much as we did!

 

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Regal Cinemas $1 #SummerMovieExpress Schedule

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Are you excited for Summer? We sure are, as today it was only 60*. I’m sure Summer is coming, right? Right?

Well, Regal has released this $1 Summer movie schedule so you can plan ahead.

While all the moves are the same, the program starts on different weeks so make sure you check the Regal site to see when it starts for you.

  • Week 1
    Nut Job
    Annie
  • Week 2
    Earth to Echo
    The Boxtrolls
  • Week 3
    Paddington
    Turbo
  • Week 4
    Rio 2
    How To Train Your Dragon 2
  • Week 5
    Mr. Peabody & Sherman
    The Book of Life
  • Week 6
    Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
    Penguins of Madagascar
  • Week 7
    Madagascar 3
    Dolphin Tale 2
  • Week 8
    Muppets Most Wanted
    Alexander and the Very Bad Day
  • Week 9
    The Lego Movie
    The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

I have our schedule printed out and the movies we want to see are highlighted!

 

 

 

 

Geleeo cooling stroller pad~ For the coolest kids around! #Giveaway

Disclaimer: We received product in order to facilitate this post. 

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The Florida sun can be brutal! We never let it stop us from exploring this beautiful state, and can usually be found outdoors whether it is 60 degrees or 90 degrees (If it’s 40~ we stay inside). But that doesn’t mean we don’t wish it was a little more enjoyable, especially for the little guys! Geleeo is an awesome new baby gear product that helps keep baby cool while cruising in their stroller! This new stroller pad is self-cooling adding a cooling layer from baby’s head to their toes! 

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The Geleeo baby stroller pad is made with an outer layer of eco-friendly nylon that is non-toxic and waterproof (GREAT FOR DIAPER BLOW OUTS!), and an inner layer of a hydro cooling gel. The pad feels cool to the touch without refrigeration or batteries. You can throw it in the fridge for 30 minutes if it’s a real scorcher outside that day but not necessary to get those cooling effects! The pad fit perfect in my stroller, and I was able to easily feed the straps through the pad. 

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The Geleeo pad is going to be perfect for our summer adventures! It is reversible and available in 4 different colors including blue, gray. pink, and tan. 

BUY IT: The Geleeo pad is $48.69 on Amazon

WIN IT: One lucky reader will win a pad of their own! 

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Share your Mother’s Day Love in CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN’S #CPKDEARMOMSWEEPS for a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas!

DISCLAIMER: I was paid for this post. All thoughts provided are my own. Please refer to our PR policies for more information. 

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Although Mother’s Day may only be one day in the month, California Pizza Kitchen is celebrating it ALL MONTH LONG with a fun and sentimental sweepstakes! From May 1st until May 31st, you can enter to win an amazing trip to Las Vegas just by sharing your Mom love! 

California Pizza Kitchen is inviting everyone to share the love they have for their Moms on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using #CPKDearMomSweeps. Tell all your friends and family why you ♥ your Mom. Tell us why she is sooo special and what you love most about her!

Here is my post sharing my love for my Mom. I am soooo thankful!

One lucky person will win a totally awesome trip to Vegas with airfare included for 2 (better bring Mom). They will have a 2 night stay at the MGM Grand, a special spa treatment, $500 shopping spree, and a special California Pizza Kitchen outing!

But you didn’t really need an incentive to shout your love for your Mom. Did you? :)

Visit www.CPK.com/dearmom to see other proclamations of Motherly love! Be inspired……and be sure to tag your Mama!! Stay tuned for a California Pizza Kitchen giveaway this month!

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What It’s Really Like Being Married To A Bad Ass

Image courtesy of [khunaspix] at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of [khunaspix] at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

My husband is a bad ass. You might not know it to look at him, but it’s true. In his 30’s and a family man, he comes off as any other dad of four girls; tired and a bit overprotective. He has gotten really good at blending in but, honestly, I wouldn’t mess with him if I were you. He would surprise you.

It is very different to be married to a real bad ass. It’s so much more than knowing that my husband has perfected a one-punch temple shot; it carries over into every aspect of our lives.

So here’s what it’s really like being married to a bad ass:

  1. they’re possessive/protective~ My husband is an Alpha through and through. He is the type of man romance writers write about- rough around the edges, in charge, and very, very possessive. He let’s me know that he considers me someone to protect and that he will be the one to do it. He is overprotective of our girls, not allowing bikinis, short shorts or skirts, and only letting very trusted people around us.
  2. your kids are his~ none of my three girls are biologically his but he doesn’t care. Since they’re so possessive, a bad ass will take his responsibilities seriously and take full ownership of his job as father figure. My girls call him Dad and he never uses the word “step” when referring to them. We are all his girls.
  3. he has hidden skills~ the other night, we found ourselves locked out of the house and my husband was able to gain access with a credit card. You can’t have a bad ass without knowing that there are some things they know how to do that they shouldn’t know how to do. Get my drift?
  4. you can’t put him in certain situations~ there is someone in my life who uses words and passive-aggressive comments to bring me down when he thinks I have gotten too high. My husband absolutely will not stand for it {see #1} so I make sure to keep them far apart. We live in different states so it’s not too hard but when the time comes for us to be together, I go alone. It’s not like my husband will start throwing punches, but he will say something. It’s just better to try to avoid it.
  5. you’re not going to get your way on something he’s passionate about~ my husband is a wonderful man that values me and respects my opinion. While he takes his role to lead us very seriously, he always checks with me and gets my opinion before he decides on a course of action. However, there are few things that I absolutely can not win on. For example, from having been a delinquent and having run with delinquents, he can spot a con artist a mile away. If he has a bad feeling about someone, there is no way I am going to get him to change his mind. Also, if he thinks someone is a threat to me or the girls, there is NO WAY we can be around that person. No negotiating, no conversation.
  6. he has a past~ a real bad ass became a bad ass because he was, well, bad. There will be things he has done that he’s not proud of and there will be things you’ll never know about. There might even be prison time. You have to accept that. I do not condone being with a man that is currently in that lifestyle, but someone’s past is their past. I don’t want to be judged on mine and I don’t judge him on his.
  7. he’s in charge~ this might rile you up, but my husband is in charge. Like I mentioned above, he is a wonderful man that truly values me so he never runs roughshod over me, but, ultimately, he’s in charge. This is his personality and I accepted that when I married him. If you are the type of woman that wants to be at the absolute top of your family, I suggest not picking a bad ass.

Being married to my bad ass has been a lesson in life and I have had my eyes opened to a world that exists just out of my line of vision. Even though my man is a respectable member of society, I have no doubts about who he really is. Don’t go into a relationship with a real bad ass man lightly, but if you find a good one, it’ll truly be amazing.

 

 

TGRI Slime Canister #DIY for #TMNT Birthday Party Invites #HPSmartMom

 I received a HP Envy 5660 printer to make these Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Birthday Party Invitations but all opinions are my own.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Birthday Party Invitations

Emory is turning 6 this year and asked for a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles birthday party. I am super excited because as a child of the 90’s, I happen to LOVE TMNT! Finally, a kids party that I can get behind!

I wanted to do something super awesome for the invitations because I am just as excited as Emory is for this party. Randomly, this video showed up in my FB feed about making a TGRI Canister and I knew that this was what I wanted to do! {This guys video is really bad and I made a few changes so I wanted to show you how I did it.}

Here is my TGRI Slime Canister Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Birthday Party Invitations DIY!

You’ll need:

  • 16 oz Gatorade bottles~ 2 per invite
  • silver spray paint
  • 2 liter Mountain Dew~ 1 per invite
  • utility knife
  • hot glue gun
  • printed invites

First, spray the bottom half of the bottles. It really doesn’t matter what silver you get, but I would try to get a non-drip spray. Since you have to put these bottles upright to dry, we had some run marks.

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Next, use the utility knife to cut the bottles at the first indent~ about half way up. My Gatorade 8 pack came with 2 different types of bottles for some reason. Do you see the differences?

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We didn’t cut out the middle parts {like the guy in the video did} but I don’t think it takes away from the overall look. I found that with the middles missing, you had to push the end caps too far onto the green tubing and it made the canister too small.

Cut the 2 liters top and bottom off, leaving the body. Put the green plastic into the silver ends and cut to size. I put some hot glue on each end of the green plastic and held it to secure the ends. This makes it so much easier to secure into the end piece.

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Secure one end by running hot glue around the raised parts on the inside. Set the green canister in there and hold until secure.

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I made invitations instead of ordering them. I did a Google image search and found this image. Right click and save it to your pictures. Then, print it! I turned my pics over and printed the party info on the back.

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I printed these on photo paper on my new HP Envy 5660 printer. I am part of the HP Smart Mom Panel and they sent me the Envy to use and write about. I am SO impressed with my new printer! If you look at the picture from my tweet, you can see the amazing quality of my print out. This is just on plain printer paper but it looks like a poster.

When I printed these on photo paper, the quality was AMAZING! You can check out the HP Envy 5660 on the HP site.

After you have your awesome invites printed, roll them up, place them into the canister and secure the other end with a small piece of glue.

I hope you love these as much as we do!

 

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