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doTERRA’s 2016 Holiday Gifts

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The new Holiday Gift Giving items are available now from DoTERRA!

 

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In a season of giving, knowing that your generosity goes to those who need it the most heightens the experience. Every dollar used to purchase the Bulgarian Rose essential oil–infused hand lotion goes directly to the Doterra Healing Hands Foundation. Whether this lotion is a gift for others or a blessing for yourself, many will benefit as we beautify the world one lotion at a time. (100 ml)

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Created with versatility in mind, this case holds your most needed oils in a beautiful and fun printed storage case. Six 10 ml roll-ons tuck securely in the top bands of the lid with 16 oils in the base fitting 5, 15, and 10 ml bottles standing up. This makes for the perfect travel, storage, or gifting case of the oils you can’t be without.

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Escape the winter cold with the warm spice of Doterra Cinnamon Drops. Each drop is infused with our  Cinnamon essential oil and comes in a custom Doterra tin, each with 30 cinnamon drops.

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Spread happiness and joy this season with the gift of Doterra SPA Passion Lotion. This light, silky lotion leaves skin feeling soft and smooth while delivering the warm aromatic benefits of the exclusive Doterra Passion Oil Blend.

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Enjoy a rejuvenating bath with the Doterra SPA Blooming Bath Oil and Doterra Bath Pillow. Simply swirl a cap of bath oil into the tub and watch the oil disperse. Enjoy the aroma of Douglas Fir and Grapefruit while resting your head on the soft, beautiful bath pillow. Bath pillow case can be removed and laundered for many uses.

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Hearken back to a simpler time with the traditional holiday scents of Wild Orange, nutmeg, pine, Cassia, Cinnamon Bark, and vanilla. Fill your home with memories as you tantalize your senses with the inviting fragrances of the season, embracing all who gather with the warmth of the holidays.

Classic dolomite diffuser with oil drop cutout. Add a few drops of oil and hang in your home, car, or Holiday decor to diffuse your favorite scent. Wood grain imprint and gold elastic ribbon allow for a timeless diffusing ornament.

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The story of the Rwandan peace basket is one of triumph over tragedy. One hundred days in 1994 became known as the Rwandan genocide. Officially known as the genocide against the Tutsi, an estimated 70 percent of the Tutsi population in Rwanda was killed during a few short months. While the stories of loss and tragedy are innumerable, the real story is told through the people, the landscape, the children, and mostly, the future. Communities of people joining together in traditional basket weaving cultivated healing and harmony. Gifting the baskets to others continued the united pledge to establish peace.

Love and nurturing pulsed through the streets of Rwanda. As women gathered together building pieces of art, they left behind healing, hope, strength, and honor. In the same beautiful countryside that once rang the sound of destruction, the sound of laughter and love echoes off the beautiful, joy-filled faces of the Rwandan people choosing each day to build peace.

Interested in ordering any of these items you can contact me here.

5 Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget

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The older we get the more we seem to realize how important eating clean really is. Eating the right foods carries tons of benefits; nutrient rich foods can prevent illnesses, boost energy, keep you looking slim, reduce stress, help you sleep better at night, and even contribute to a clear complexion and healthy hair and nails. But eating healthy can also be extremely costly. If you’ve ever wandered into a grocery store and taken a look at organic foods, you’ve probably also taken note of their costly price tag. Fortunately, there are many tips to eating healthy on a tight budget. Here is our list of 5 ways to eat healthy on a budget!

  1. Skip Fast Food, Eat At Home

This seems like a simple enough tip, but the amount of money and pounds you’ll save skipping fast food meals, make it worth mentioning. While it may seem like the cheapest route to buy your lunch or dinner on the Value Menu, all those trips to your favorite fast food place add up quickly, often without you even realizing it. You’ll actually save more if you prepare your own meals at home. This is especially a saver if you’re able to make a large serving and ration it out for a few days.

  1. Plan Meals and Stick to Grocery Lists

Again a simple, yet really effective tip. Planning your meals in advance saves you from that last minute confusion of not knowing what to make for dinner and resorting to ordering that dreaded pizza. This tip also saves you at the grocery store. When you’ve got a list of things you need, you’re more likely to stick to that list rather than buying whatever catches your eye on the shelves. This way you’re only purchasing items you know you need and will use in the meals you’ve planned!

  1. Try Online Supermarkets

Websites like www.Ocado.com make shopping for groceries easier than ever. Ocado is an online supermarket that allows you to shop for whatever you may need, including frozen items, baked goods, fresh meat and poultry, and even organic foods. After filling up your cart, you can then choose a delivery time, select a payment method, and then just sit back and wait for your order to be delivered! What makes this a great money saving tip is being able to use coupons and promo codes on your order to save even more, all within the comfort of your own home.

  1. Keep an Eye Out for Sales

This is an important one. Make sure to check out your local grocery store’s ad’s every week and take note of upcoming sales. A lot of supermarkets have sales on their meats, which allows you to buy in bulk and then freeze the meats you don’t need to use immediately. In the end, you end up saving a ton of money on these sales.

  1. Couponing

We already talked about the genius of using online promo codes and discounts for online supermarkets, but what about in-store coupons? You don’t have to be an extreme couponer to save, but one of the easiest and smartest ways to save is simply to collect coupons for items you use and cash in those coupons at the checkout.

Whether you’re looking to buy groceries or find coupons on your favorite restaurant. A good resource is Mamma.com, a coupon related search engine that features all of your favorite grocery stores and restaurants!

There they are, the 5 ways to eat healthy on a budget. Remember, eating healthy doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank. All it takes is some planning and wise spending and you can eat healthy, organic foods on a tight budget. Instead of eating out, try preparing your meals at home and save up the money you’d be spending on junk food instead.

 

Free Printable Holiday Planning Pages

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Stay Organized this Holiday Season with these great and FREE Printable. Keep track of who you have bought presents for, sent and wrapped. Keep track of who you have received Christmas cards from as well as who you have sent them to. Also there is a list of Christmas to-dos.

 

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My Christmas Wish List

This Christmas wish list is perfect for everyone! Print out how ever many you need from your kids, spouse, mom, dad, nieces nephews and anyone else you like to shop for. This list has a little bit of everything for the gift giver to get an idea on what to shop for. Clothing size, favorite movies and even items that the receiver may really need.

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Christmas Gift List

Keep track of who you are giving gifts to and what you are getting them. This list is also perfect for keeping track of the presents you have:
– Bought/ordered
– Received (by mail), and
– Wrapped and/or posted

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Christmas Card List

Keep all of your names and addresses in one place. The list helps keep track of who you have sent to and received from. Next year you will have an updated list of addresses. (mostly up to date)

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Christmas To Do List

A great way to keep track of everything you need to do over the Holidays. From putting up lights, grocery shopping to gift buying.

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Christmas Shopping List

Print one out for each shopping lists you need. Christmas parties, Christmas Eve, Christmas day etc

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Countdown to Christmas   25 Family Traditions

We have complied a list of fun things to do with your family to get ready for Christmas.

You will see a few games on the countdown! We found these games to be fun! Here is where you can find the printable for Christmas BINGO and Christmas Memory Game.

Christmas Minute to Win It Games from The Link Home, Happy Home Fairy, LifeWay, Your Homebase Mom.

We are also including a blank countdown in case you already have some family traditions this way you can create your very own Calendar!

 

Amazon Debuts Original Live-Action Special An American Girl Story—Melody 1963: Love Has to Win

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Amazon announced its first Amazon Original Special An American Girl Story—Melody 1963: Love Has to Win is scheduled to premiere on Friday, October 21 on Prime Video in the US and UK. The first of four original American Girl specials for Prime Video stars Marsai Martin (Black-ish) as the title character Melody.

Based in 1963 Detroit during the civil rights movement, An American Girl Story—Melody 1963: Love Has to Win centers around 10-year-old Melody whose eyes are opened to the racial inequality surrounding her, including the 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing. As a result, her belief in the “indivisible” promise of our country’s Pledge of Allegiance comes into question as she challenges her teacher on the validity of this given the horrific tragedy. After an emotional journey of self-reflection, her mother gives her the courage she needs by instilling in her that love brings out the best in everyone; reminding Melody that it’s important to “stand up for what’s right, even when it’s hard or scary.”

“The American Girl Melody special is an empowering and inspiring story that will quickly become a favorite for young girls, while bringing families together to help start a healthy dialogue,” said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios. “Although our special is historical, the themes presented are sadly very timely and relevant for the world in which kids today are exposed.”

The Amazon Original Special is based on American Girl’s Melody character and inspirational stories. In addition to the special debuting exclusively on Prime Video, Amazon and American Girl have collaborated to create a destination for fans of Melody’s stories to find a wide selection of American Girl Melody products.

Go to www.amazon.com/americangirl to shop an 18-inch Melody doll, historically accurate 1960s doll outfits, a Motown-inspired recording studio that plays and records music, and more. “We are always looking for new ways to bring our great content to life both on and off the screen,” said Eva Lorenz, Category Leader for Toys. “From toys to books to crafts, Melody’s biggest fans can now discover and shop a wide selection of items available with free Two Day Shipping for Prime members.”

 

Happy Healthier Halloween from Pure Organic and Sunkist Snacks!

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Looking for some Happy Healthier Halloween treat ideas? We have some great ideas from from Pure Organic and Sunkist Snacks!

Pure Organic’s Fruit Sandwiches and Fruit & Veggie Strips are great healthy options available for Halloween shoppers and trick-or-treaters. Unlike the traditional chemical, sugar-filled treats, Pure’s Sandwiches and Strips are made with no added cane syrups, artificial flavors or colors. Pure’s Fruit Sandwiches and Fruit & Veggie Strips are made with organic, non-GMO, vegan fruit and vegetable puree, and you can learn more here.

Quick tip: Cut these treats with Halloween cookie cutters for a festive, DIY snack!

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Sunkist® Snacks

Sunkist® Snacks, the fruit-lovers, better-for-you snack brand, has delicious snack alternatives for kids this Halloween. An alternative from traditional sugar-filled treats, Sunkist Fruit Lover’s Trail Mix single-serve bags provide sweetness from premium dried fruit and premium tree nuts. Packaged in perfectly-portioned grab-and-go bags, trick-or-treaters will gobble up these delicious Strawberry Banana and Pineapple Coconut blends. You can learn more about Sunkist Snacks on their website here.

Quick tip: Add these to your Halloween trail mix recipe for a fruit-lovers spin!

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Kids and Head Injuries

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It’s inevitable. Children are going to hit their heads on all sorts of things throughout their lives. From tipping over into coffee tables because they are learning to walk to riding their bikes into the garage door because they haven’t gotten a hang on the whole breaking thing.

Whenever your child takes a spill your first thought are often, “Are they okay?” or “Am I going to need to head to the ER?” or “What should I do?”

Indications of Serious Head Injuries

The first thing to remember is to stay calm. There’s no situation that panicking won’t make more difficult. The next thing you can do is check and watch for indications that your child has suffered a serious head injury. Common symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • Nausea and vomiting;
  • Difficulty remembering the accident or how the injury occurred;
  • Feeling lightheaded or dizzy;
  • Severe headaches and light sensitivity;
  • Loss of consciousness;
  • Problems understanding or forming words;
  • Difficulty walking or maintaining a steady gait;
  • Sleep disturbances;
  • Emotional outbursts, including fits of anger and depression;
  • Feeling excessively nervous or agitated.

If you are seriously concerned that your child has suffered a severe head injury contact your family physician immediately or go into the Emergency Room.

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According to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) 564,000 children head into the emergency room every year due to head injuries. Fortunately, 89% of those children admitted head home that day and don’t need to be hospitalized.

Still according to the Brain Injury Association of America the leading contributing factors for serious head and brain injuries are as follows:

  • Motor-Vehicle Accidents: This includes car, motorcycle atv and other types of motor-vehicle accidents.
  • Pedestrian/Bicycling Accidents: Injuries caused by children being struck by motor vehicles while walking or riding a bicycle.
  • Falls from Considerable Distance: Falls out of open windows, balconies
  • Physical Violence: Injuries as a result of abuse from parents or caregiver.

Unfortunately, there’s no sure way to prevent your child from getting hurt. However, our best advice for avoiding these injuries include:

  • Teach your children to road and crosswalk safety
  • Encourage the use of helmets and other protective gear
  • Never leave a window open that can easily accessed
  • Never drive distracted
  • When you are frustrated with a child be sure to take a step away and call someone who may be able to come and help

Information and Infographic created by the Los Angeles Head and Brain Injury Lawyers at Fisher & Talwar

 

 

 

 

Embrace, Encourage and Teach them to Go Big! #YoplaitGoBig

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This past week has been pretty rough at our Junior High School, one of my daughter’s friend was kicked and punched and the video of it happening went viral pretty fast. It broke my heart watching this sweet girl getting hurt by another class mate. Many, many other students you can see are yelling for the girls to fight, not a single student is trying to break it up not anyone yelling for an adult to help. When I asked my teenager about it she told me she was across the playground and was trying to get over to help break it up.

Last school year it was my teen who was punched in the face because she WAS the one breaking up a fight between two girls she knows.

This incident is a HUGE reminder to us parents the importance of teaching our children respect, encouraging our teens to stand up against bullies, and to remind them that they are amazing people who can be the good when there is so much negativity.

My almost fourteen year old has the heart of gold,  sometimes I forget how wise she is for her young age, and all of us parents need to remember that these teen years are some of the hardest years you go through! So much from your body changing, your emotions, preparing for your future, it is crucial for us parents/adults to help shape them into adults who can be self sufficient in life. Who will be the one to stand up against the bad.

I wrote this letter to Sam because she needs to know how amazing she is!

Dear Sam,

Sometimes I forget to tell you these things with the craziness of our days. But I see you. I see you every day working hard. You work harder than any teenager I know. You are amazing. You stay up late after I have asked you to help me to work on your homework. I can not believe how hard you work in school keeping a 4.0 GPA is not easy and I commend you for that. 

I see you and hear you working on your music, the violin, piano and signing. Sure sometimes we need the quiet but I love it when you’re in the bathroom singing your heart out in the mirror. I never knew that singing in the bathroom actually helped you hear yourself better.

I see you in dance, and wow you are such an awesome dancer! I love watching you dance. You have a passion for it. Never give that up! 

I see how dedicated you are in sports. Snowboarding and Softball I know much you enjoy it. You never give up, even when you fall you get back up and try again.

I see how you love your friends deeply. You are there for them, all of them and you always have a shoulder to cry on when they need it, or a respectful ear to listen to. You don’t judge others and you see the good in everyone.

No one could ever measure up to you Sam! Keep up everything you are doing, you are going to be one amazing adult in this world and I am lucky I get to be apart of it. I love you and all your craziness that makes you truly amazing,

Love, Mom

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I also have a tween, she is about to turn eleven and looks up to her older sister. She cried when she saw the video of the other student being kicked in the face after she was on the ground. She has a gentle soul, she cares deeply for every living being.

I wanted to write Sarah a letter too.

Dear Sissy,

I know the last week has been pretty hard for you. That report that was due today was weighing heavy on your mind, I know it can be overwhelming with school, music and dance and I think you are doing a really good job at trying to juggle everything. These are just learning lessons that will continue for the rest of your life. I know you had a hard time understanding why other kids can be so mean to each other. Hearing of what happened at Sam’s school to how your friend made you feel bad yesterday is not easy. Sometimes our friends say mean things because they are hurting, or upset for a different reason and they lash out and hurt us. But remember that I know how amazing you are and I know how much you try to show kindness to everyone.

I want you to know that I see how much you look up to Sam and how you just want to be her friend not just her sister and she will see that soon. She will want to be close to you but for now you continue to be you, and keep showing her kindness and love.

I absolutely love watching you in your activities! Watching you play the violin and dance brings me so much joy! I could never do what you do. I am shocked and amazed when I watch you dance. You are so dedicated in dance and you work incredibly hard. All that hard work will pay off!

Continue to reach for your dreams because with how hard you work you will be able to achieve them.

Love, Mom

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When I heard of Yoplait’s Go Big Contest and how they know teens are amazing I completely agree! I couldn’t wait to write a letter to my girls.  It is so important that we remind our teens how amazing they are. everyday!

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Yoplait Go Big is the fuel to help teens crush it, single-handedly in their everyday life,  Go Big is a new, large yogurt pouch designed specifically with teens in mind. Go Big is made with real fruit and just the right amount of sweetness. The Go Big pouch contains the right amount of yogurt to satisfy a teen’s growing hunger.  The Go Big pouch is like nothing you’ve seen before, just grip & rip! Very easy, great for on-the-go!

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I bet your teen is amazing too. Why not let Go Big spotlight that amazingness? For a chance to win the spotlight for your teen, go to the Go Big Amazing Teens contest page and share how your teen inspires you. Go Big will select three teens with amazing stories and give them a platform to show the world! For more information, full contest rules can be found on the Go Big Facebook Page.

 

This post is produced in collaboration with Yoplait Go Big, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Fall Fashion for Toddlers

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I absolutely love fall! It is my favorite time of the year. The kids are going back to school in their new outfits. The weather is cooling down, the leaves are changing and it is crock pot season again.

One of my favorite things is picking out some super cute fall outfits for my little ones! You don’t have to spend a lot of money on outfits for little ones. I like to shop the sales and I will also buy a head of time (sometimes)

For little boys:

Jeans –  They go with everything! You can pick up a couple of jeans and you are set all fall long!

Button up Shirts -These shirts you can find in just about every color. Dress them up or down depending on where you may be heading to.

Hats – My little guy is obsessed with hats! He loves to wear them everywhere. So we are just buying him a bunch of toddler size hats to match his shirts.

As you can see Mikey also has to take his Tommee Tippee Pacifier. Look he even picked his Patriotic pacifier to match his shirt.

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I just have to share some of my favorite outfits of Shelby’s too! Shelby started preschool this year and between my mother and I we had fun picking out some cute clothes for her.

Honestly, the majority of her clothes came from either Zulily or TJMaxx.

For little girls:

Fun Leggings – Leggings can be paired up with anything. From Tunics to Sweaters, even dresses.

Sweater Dresses –  Again, on cold days you can pair them with leggings or tights.

Sweaters/Sweatshirts -These are pretty much staples for boys and girls. You can see where I paired a white button up shirt under Shelby’s blue sweater.

Comfortable shoes for school – This is a must parents! I took Shelby to the shoe store and let her pick out the Tennis Shoes she liked. so light up sketchers it was.

BOWS – You have to admit her outfit says it all with her adorable bows.

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Shelby looks adorable and we do love hitting up the bargain stores or online!

What are some of your favorite Fall Fashions for your Toddler and Preschooler? 

 

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Mickey’s Halloween Party Returns to the Disneyland Resort, Sept. 9 through Oct. 31

MICKEY'S HALLOWEEN PARTY (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – Guests will celebrate Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort as they interact with some of Disney’s most beloved characters decked out in seasonal costumes, including Mickey Mouse. Mickey's Halloween Party returns for 17 nights in 2016 beginning Friday, Sept. 23. Guests are encouraged to dress up for a ghoulish good time and enjoy seasonal scares such as Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion Holiday. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

MICKEY’S HALLOWEEN PARTY (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – Guests will celebrate Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort as they interact with some of Disney’s most beloved characters decked out in seasonal costumes, including Mickey Mouse. Mickey’s Halloween Party returns for 17 nights in 2016 beginning Friday, Sept. 23. Guests are encouraged to dress up for a ghoulish good time and enjoy seasonal scares such as Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion Holiday. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

Halloween time, a season for fun-loving spirits of all ages, adds spooky excitement to the Disneyland Resort from Sept. 9 through Oct. 31. Special Halloween-themed attractions–Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy–return to Disneyland Park, while the haunts who reside year-round at The Twilight Zone™ Tower of Terror invite guests to “drop in” at Disney California Adventure Park.

The separately ticketed Mickey’s Halloween Party also arrives at Disneyland in September with a thrilling new surprise: The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow rides through the park, bringing new chills to the family friendly party. The character is from Disney’s animated feature, “The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.”

MICKEY'S HALLOWEEN PARTY (ANAHEIM, Calif.) –  Jack Skellington presides over  the “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular, which lights up the sky surrounding Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park as part of the entertainment exclusive to the annual Mickey's Halloween Party. Returning for 17 nights in 2016, beginning Friday, Sept. 23, Mickey’s Halloween Party is a time for guests to dress up for a ghoulish good time and enjoy seasonal scares such as Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion Holiday. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)

MICKEY’S HALLOWEEN PARTY (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – Jack Skellington presides over the “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular, which lights up the sky surrounding Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park as part of the entertainment exclusive to the annual Mickey’s Halloween Party. Returning for 17 nights in 2016, beginning Friday, Sept. 23, Mickey’s Halloween Party is a time for guests to dress up for a ghoulish good time and enjoy seasonal scares such as Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion Holiday. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)

Highlights of Mickey’s Halloween Party, a separate-ticket event, include:

  • Highlights of Mickey’s Halloween Party, a separate-ticket event, include: New for Mickey’s Halloween Party in 2016, The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow rides his ghostly black steed and carries his flickering jack-o-lantern through the heart of Disneyland, heralding the arrival of Mickey’s Halloween Party character cavalcade, presented on the 17 nights of this special party.
  • Entry to Disneyland Park before the party is included with a Mickey’s Halloween Party ticket. Guests have the opportunity to play in Disneyland park for three hours before the party starts, and then go trick or treating – for candy and healthy treats – in the ultimate Disney neighborhood.
  • The “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular, presented exclusively for guests of Mickey’s Halloween Party, is hosted by “Master of Scare-omonies” Jack Skellington. Party guests will rock out at Tomorrowland Terrace in a family-friendly dance party.
  • Guests can “Party Like a Villain” as Disney villains appear in select locations for photos and character greetings. Mickey Mouse and his pals will appear as well, dressed in their Halloween costumes.
  • Enhancing the eerie atmosphere along Main Street, U.S.A., animated Halloween images – ghosts, bats, pumpkins and skeletons – appear and disappear mysteriously on the facades of buildings throughout the evening.
  • The ghoulish Cadaver Dans quartet performs Halloween tunes aboard a drifting graveyard-themed raft, on the fog-filled Rivers of America in New Orleans Square and Frontierland.
  • Nearly all the favorite Disneyland rides and attractions, plus Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, will be open to party guests.

For more information about Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, see www.Disneyland.com/Halloween. Entertainment and attractions are subject to change without notice. Guests may visit the site for additional details.

Big Savings with Luvs this Week! #SharetheLuv

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The official diaper of experienced moms, Luvs is offering big savings in this Sunday’s paper. Get your scissors out because there will be a high-value coupon that could save you up to $2 on any one Luvs Diaper Pack.

Softer and more absorbent than ever before, with large stretch tabs for easy fastening, ultra-leakage protection and a money-back guarantee, Luvs Ultra Leakguards with NightLock Plus™ provide the high-quality features babies and parents need for less cost than the premium brands.

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Keep an eye out for this Sunday’s newspaper (Aug. 28, 2016) for an insert from P&G with a Luvs coupon offering $2 of any one diaper pack. Use this coupon at any mass, discount or grocery store where Luvs Diapers are sold.

For more information on Luvs diapers visit www.luvsdiapers.com

“This review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs. I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.”

Flash Soul Boom for Frugal shopping-Try it at JollyChic!!

Usually, when most frugal people think to shop, they quickly start searching for clearance items or sales collection at any reputable store. But what I found out, the flash sale stands out from all the other ordinary sales or discounts. Besides the Sale is extra ordinary, these stores have better options of comfort and account for the hardworking running workers.

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Jollychic is an exclusive platform for those who really want to satisfy their fashion desires at maximum affordable rates. Apart, from its finest offerings, it’s a reliable platform by all means working all together with highly reputable warehousing and logistic companies and are partnering with a number of decent import and export companies. Catering the needs of customers and offering 50% discounts on kid’s stuff. The brand is providing the latest A-line dresses with O-neck simple sleeveless style plus it also offers a wide range styling of sleeves and other neck designs with enthralling discounts.
The best accessories including clothing, shoes, bags, kid’s toys and a lot more, all you can get exclusively with best-discounted jollychic offers. Jollychic is the best place if you are looking for buying a range of multiple accessories like earrings, eye wears, hats, watches, hair accessories, belts and more.

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Jollychic assures to refund the purchased stuff if the customer is not satisfied, it allows a customer to return the item in a saleable condition by post within 9 working days of receipt. Moreover, its cancellation policies are easy to deal with. It allows canceling the order before it gets processed and if the order gets shipped then the return policy will be applicable.

Now, the people who don’t have exact idea about flash sale let me give you a short intro about what it is. Flash Sale means bountiful discounted merchandize. It can be anything, like apparel, electronics, fashion, home-products and much more. These sales actually deliver cheaper products, but the exciting discounts are alive for a short time only. So far I have found Jollychic.com too good.
At Jolly Chic, the flash sale is up to 70% Off and its everyday updated. Thus the plus is you are never bored of looking at it.

How to Meal Prep with BeachBody

 

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Autumn Calabrese (Fitness trainer) recently launched FIXATE; a cooking series exclusively presented on Beachbody On Demand featuring delicious recipes prepared to conform to the colored coded portion control container system made famous by Autumn Calabrese and the 21 Day Fix program!

I am really excited for the Fixate On Demand, I hope it is just as awesome as the Fixate Cookbook!

I want to share just one easy way to meal prep for the day! Now this is based on Plan A.

Plan A (which is what I do for weight loss) includes:

3 Green, 2 Purple, 4 Red, 2 Yellow, 1 Blue, 1 Orange, 2 tablespoons

Here is a sample menu for a day, you can prep all the food out for the week and put them in containers too! Makes it easy to grab and go. I am counting the tablespoons as the oils used for cooking the meat.

Breakfast:

  • 1 scrambled egg (1/2 red)
  • 1 slice whole wheat toast (1 yellow)

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Snack:

  • Shakeology (ice, water) (1 red)
  • 1 piece of fruit (like a small apple or banana) (1 purple)

Lunch:

  • 4 ozs steak (1 red)
  • 1 hard boiled egg (1/2 red)
  • romaine bagged salad (1 green)
  • Italian dressing (from Fixate cookbook) (1/2 Orange)

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Snack:

  • 12 almonds (1 blue)
  • cucumber (1/2 green)

Dinner:

  •  1.5 cups Turkey Chili (from Fixate cookbook) (1/2 green, 1 red, 1 yellow)
  • Salad (1  green)
  • Italian dressing (from Fixate cookbook) (1/2 Orange)

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Snack:

  • 1 piece of fruit (1 purple)

You can download this awesome app to keep track of your food too! Each time you eat something from your container you just log it in the app! The app is called 21 Day Fix Tracker (itunes)

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Learn how to make weight loss taste decadent from Autumn and her professional chef brother Bobby with new recipes posted every week to keep your belly happy and your healthy lifestyle on track! 

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Ways to Bond with Your Baby

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I still can not believe that my little boy is growing so fast.This last year has flown by so crazy fast with Mikey and  every time he achieves a new milestone I am so excited for him. Lately he has been saying a new word almost every day!

I still remember that very first day home with Mikey and I have a few tips for a great Formula for Happiness and bonding with your newborn.  The first day with Mikey  was home just a few hours after he was born, the perks of having your baby at a Birth Center. It was absolutely wonderful to just be in my own bed with Mikey and getting to know each other. Cuddles, nursing and looking at every single detail of my little guy. That first day is exhausting yet it goes by so incredibly fast!

One way I found to be a great way to bond and get stuff done is Babywearing! I totally agree that babywearing is a great way to Formula for Happiness when you are trying to still care for other children and keep a happy newborn.

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Soothing Baby – There are quite a few ways that babies love when it comes to soothing, rocking in a rocking chair, swaying back and forth, singling, or even using a baby swing.

Another way  that some babies need help with soothing is with the Gerber® Good Start® Soothe Infant formula is specially designed to ease excessive crying, colic, fussiness, and gas while providing complete nutrition.

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Lastly, because Newborns grow soooo incredibly fast take photos! Take lots of photos. Of their little hands, feet, back of their head. If you can hire a photographer to take month photos do it!!! Here are a few of the professional photos from birth to 4 months of Mikey.

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I hope these tips are useful for you and bonding with your baby. How are ways you found helpful when it came to bonding with your little one?

 

*I received a free sample of (Gerber® Good Start® Soothe infant formula or Gerber® Soothe probiotic colic drops) from Gerber®. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Back to School with Essential Oils

It’s back to school and I have a great list of oils that are perfect for families getting back into the swing of things!

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Avoid Gift-Giving Awkwardness By Picking Something Personal

Everyone can tell you at least one story of a gift they received that they didn’t like. They will usually take a bit of probing before they will actually talk about it, because we don’t like to snark about nice things. But we have all been there – whether under the tree on Christmas morning or at a birthday party. Someone buys us a gift that they’ve clearly thought about, so we smile and thank them, but inside we wonder what possessed them to buy it.

In such cases, what usually happens is that we put the gift somewhere safe and only bring it out when the giver comes to our house. Or we regift it to someone who will like it, and come up with an excuse in case we’re asked about it later. These gifts rarely take up pride of place in our homes. So when we buy gifts ourselves, we try to avoid being the one who bought “that gift”.

When we are buying a gift, for any occasion, we will look to get something that means a lot to the receiver. Hopefully it will be connected to the occasion and to the person and be the kind of thing they’ll want to keep around. Most of all, we don’t want to put them through those contortions. The ones we had to go through to convince someone else we really liked that ugly hat or weird mug tree.

 

When Your Friend Has Had A Baby

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After forty weeks carrying a tiny human and several hours giving birth, none of us are at our most energetic. Ensuring that your friend doesn’t have to give an Oscar-quality performance is really gift enough in many cases. A present that simply commemorates the happy event and welcomes the little one to the world is nice here. A good step is to read ZoeysPersonalizedGifts.com and such sites, to find something unique and special.

When Your Friend Is Moving Away

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If a close friend is leaving to move to another part of the country, or out of the country, it is an emotional time. Your gift needs to reflect this. It can’t be a punch in the arm for leaving you behind, no matter how much you want it to be. It should be something they can use wherever they’re going. When they use it – it could be a warm jacket they’ll need when they’re living in Norway – they’ll think of you, and call for a chat.

When Your Child Graduates

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Graduating high school, college or anywhere else is among the most momentous occasions in a person’s young life. As it is an academic achievement, the impulse may be to buy them something focused towards that. But a really good calculator or a dictionary can feel a bit muted and impersonal. In this case, something fun seems appropriate. Paying for a trip somewhere they want to go can be the best step here.
It’s true that not all of these gifts can be framed and put on the wall, but what they will create is memories that can be shared. They’ll bring utility that will be appreciated and recognition of a momentous life event. And they will never generate that uneasy, forced gratitude we all dread at gifting time.