Thursday, July 31, 2014

Back-To-School With Master Lock! #MasterBackToSchool #spon

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Today's post is sponsored by Master Lock & Global Influence!

Can you believe it?  It is almost time to think about back to school - gear, clothes, mobile phones and how to keep them all safe for your kids.  I used Master Lock when I was in high school and I would have loved to have the fashion colors like they do now.   This year, Master Lock back-to-school products feature new colors inspired by the fall 2014 PANTONE® Fashion Color Report.   Color fun! 

What are your favorite things to pick out for back-to-school shopping?  Do you make it a special outing for you and your kids?  It's always fun to make a day-of-it and get lunch and we always pick out a special treat!  

Please join the 
Master Lock Twitter Party on August 5th at 8 PM EST
hosted by @ResourcefulMom for more prizes.

Now through September 7thMaster Lock is dialing up back-to-school fun for students and parents with an interactive online game, “Master Lock Photo Hunt Challenge.” The game offers players a chance to view the many products Master Lock offers to keep students’ belongs safe at school while getting a chance to win fun Master Lock products and other cool prizes.

Okay moms, Master Lock is launching a super fun campaign for back-to-school fun and there are major prices and loads of them!  Check out the info below - 

The game features two similar back-to-school images and asks players to spot the differences before time runs out. Finding all the differences will unlock the next photo board with the potential to earn up to two sweepstakes entries for each play. If participants share the photo hunt challenge on Twitter, they earn an additional entry.  See Tweeting can pay off! 

There are more than 65 chances to win, including daily instant win prizes, weekly prizes and one grand prize: a Samsung Smart Media Center Package that includes a 60” HD 1080p Smart LED HDTV.

This is sponsored by Global Influence. Opinions are my own.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Zoku Fish Pops & Finding Nemo Movie Night! #Zoku #spon

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We are so very pleased today's post is sponsored by Zoku Ice Pops

Well, if you follow little island studios on Instagram you know we have been having so much fun this summer with Zoku Ice Pops and think the new Fish Pops are absolutely brilliant!  I love making my own ice pops and I have made them for years.  You choose the ingredients, so making your own is so much healthier and definitely less expensive.

A summer movie night can be so easy and fun with just a tiny bit of effort.  Watching Finding Nemo in fishy jammies and eating sardine dip and having Zoku Fish Pops for movie snacks, makes the kids laugh and we absolutely love it!  

We love Stonyfield Vanilla Yogurt and chopped fresh strawberries!  Zoku Fish Pops are not the instant freeze, but they are very small and do not take long at all.  I love to pour organic orange juice in them and the kids eat them for breakfast or snacks the next morning!  The Zoku Fish Pops have different tails for every space, they have a shape code on the top of each one.  When the liquid is poured, you know which tail goes with each mold.
It is a bit time consuming to add letters to your ice pops, but easy to do and my kids love it!

We are giving away a set of Zoku Fish Pops!  

I bought mine at Sur la Table and bought some of my other Zoku products at Williams Sonoma, Crate and Barrel and Amazon.  I have loved absolutely everything!  A popular discussion on Instagram this summer has been - what to start with, if you don't have any Zoku Ice Pop products.  I would start with a single ice pop instant mold or if you want something that makes your kids laugh out loud - these Fish Pops will do swimmingly! ;)

Before your movie starts - 
roll a huge roll of paper on the floor and let your kids paint under the sea!

US only and prize is shipped by company.  We are not responsible for shipping or product.

Zoku provided with me with a two ice pop mold.  It was probably the only thing I didn't own! Opinions are my own and if you follow me on Instagram, you already know I was a fan far before this post.  

Monday, July 28, 2014

Disney's Go Green - A Family Guide To A Sustainable Lifestyle Giveaway! #GoGreen #spon

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Today's post and giveaway is sponsored by Disney's Guide to Green Living for Families - Go Green!

I cannot tell you how very impressed I am with Go Green!  It has everything I would put in a guide for families moving toward sustainable living and more!   Go Green has fun suggestions, seasonal crafts and tips for moving forward in going green.  Sections on food, the importance of peace and loverecycling, reusing and our carbon footprint.  Go Green talks about organic and sustainable farming (you know this is my favorite section ;) as well as what fair trade is and the importance of it!  Go Green is fun and informative without being harsh or preachy.  I highly recommend for moms, dads, teens, kids and anyone else wanting to make a change in their life.   

Go Green is a great addition to families and homes around the world because it helps each person to answer one important question in their own way; Why go green? It teaches kids responsibility, how to reach their goals, be happy about it, rethink their values, quit bad habits and the list goes on, all to protect our planet and our future.  Involving kids in everyday responsibilities is a great preparation for their future as well as teaching them the importance of world peace, loving each other and our planet, so this book is not only about recycling and going green, it is also a guideline on how to live a better life and be a better person.

Fun pictures, crafts, tips, recipes and so much more!

Coming in October 2014    
There are many ways to save our planet and some involve big actions, others much smaller.
Among the most important things we can do for the planet is to reduce the amount of stuff we buy and produce. Here’s where crafty kids and their families and friends come into the picture.

This Go Green volume offers lots of suggestions for craft activities and experiments that help you up-cycle your old things and turn them into sparkling new creations to add new luster to your room, to birthday and holiday parties, your garden, your home and even your wardrobe.
(no, this is not an affiliate) 

We are giving TWO copies of Go Green away!  
Open to US and prize is shipped via publisher.  

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I was provided with a copy for review purposes.  Opinions are my own.  I absolutely recommend this book to any mom, dad or anyone who wants to move toward sustainable living.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Cowabunga! Get Ready For TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES! #TMNTmovie #spon

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Woot! Today's post is happily sponsored by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! 

Our heroes in a half-shell are back in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles summer blockbuster   -  an absolutely explosive and fun movie, produced by Michael Bay (yes, the Transformers Michael Bay!) for big kids in the family on up to mom and dad!   So, get a babysitter for the little ones and take the older kids to see it on August 8th!  

Did you watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when you were younger?   My brother was a huuuge fan (and still is) - and what is not to love? Seriously - brotherhood, values, being part of a team, killer ninja skills and let us not forget - the mutual love of pizza!  The movie looks to be non-stop action, adventure and still a bit light-hearted!  Check out the trailer and see what I mean - you'll be shell-shocked! 

Outstanding Cast - 

Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, K. Todd Freeman, Danny Woodburn, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, Minae Noji and I saw a guest spot from Whoopi Goldberg!  Cowabunga indeed!

The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan. 

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES August 8, in theaters and RealD 3D

Official Site: 
Facebook:  Teenage Mutant Ninja Teenagers
Twitter: @TMNTMovie

TMNT Yourself: 

Based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Characters Created by PETER LAIRD and KEVIN EASTMAN with a Screenplay by JOSH APPELBAUM & ANDRÉ NEMEC and EVAN DAUGHERTY, Producer MICHAEL BAY (the blockbuster Transformers franchise) and director JONATHAN LIEBESMAN (Wrath of the Titans) bring Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtlesthe popular franchise that has captivated audiences of all ages for decades, into the 21st century.

This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Paramount Pictures blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.” 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Kohl's Magic At Play - Jumping Beans Featuring Jake & The Never Land Pirates & Sofia the First! #MagicAtPlay #sponsored

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Today's post is sponsored by Kohl's and Mom Central!

 I shop at Kohl's quite often for little one and absolutely love the not-so-basic line of Jumping Beans!  The Jumping Beans line at Kohl's always has affordable, comfortable and of course, fun and stylish clothing for boys and girls.  Launching in stores on July 28th, Kohl's is bringing us Disney's Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Sofia the First!  Yes, we will be there checking out the fun new apparel for autumn and back to school fun styles - See you there!  We also thought you may like a little sneak peak, which one is your favorite?
Disney apparel by Jumping Beans
fleece graphic hoodie
                                                                                                  Sizes: 2T-4T
                                                                                                  Colors: gray
Disney apparel by Jumping Beans
puffer vest
                                                                         Sizes: 2T-4T
                                                                                                   Colors: red
Disney apparel by Jumping Beans
slub thermal raglan sweatshirt
                                                                         Sizes: 2T-4T
                                                                                                   Colors: red

Disney apparel by Jumping Beans
fleece pants with side taping
                                                                        Sizes: 2T-4T
                                                                                                Colors: gray

Disney apparel by Jumping Beans
mixed fabric dress
                                                                     Sizes: 2T-4T, 4-7 
                                                                                                 Colors: ivory

Disney apparel by Jumping Beans
bling leggings
                                                                      Sizes: 2T-4T, 4-7 
                                                                                            Colors: gray bling

And out now is Kohl's Magic at Play Jumping Beans lines are now featuring the new Disney PLANES movie - Fire and Rescue - also spectacular styles!

Moms, when you take your little ones to see Disney Planes: Fire and Rescue bring your ticket stub to Kohl's for $10 off a purchase of $25+ on kid clothes!

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kohl’s. I received a promotional item to facilitate my review.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Avocado Grilled Cheese On Sprouted Toasties!

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We just love grilled cheese for lunch, but sometimes we like to mix it up.  Substituting organic Greek yogurt instead of mayo and adding veggies makes it the perfect lunch or even dinner!   There are so many combinations for grilled cheese sandwiches - what are your favorites?

Spice up your lunch or dinner with absolutely delicious avocado grilled cheese.

New Zealand Cheddar Cheese, Stonyfield Organic Greek Yogurt, Tomatoes and Avocados!

I use Ezekiel Sprouted Bread - Absolutely Delish!

Heat your skillet to medium heat, add olive oil.

Place bottom piece down, coat with Organic Greek Yogurt then your slices of avocado, tomatoes and thinly sliced onions.  

Add Ons:

If you have organic bacon, that makes your grilled cheese even better.

You get extra points for getting your tomatoes and onions and even cheese at your local organic farm! 

This is not a sponsored post. These are ingredients I buy on a regular basis.  I am a Stonyfield blogger. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Disney Movies Anywhere Pixie Hollow Bake Off Preview! #DisneyMoviesAnywhere #Disney

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This is not a sponsored post.  We just love Pixie Hollow, Baking & Disney Movies Anywhere!

Reunite with your favorite fairies this July on Disney Movies Anywhere, kicking off with an all-new Pixie Preview ‘Pixie Hollow Bake Off’ featuring Fairy Gelata voiced by Giada De Laurentiis.   In this latest adventure our favorite fairies must use their talents to help Tink in a high-stakes, head-to-head bake-off.   And come back each week to check out more flitterific Pixie Previews available throughout the month in the Disney Movies Anywhere Discover section here.


Thanks to Disney Movies Anywhere for the information, trailer and pic!

Disney Junior's Sofia the First: The Enchanted Feast On DVD! #DisneyJunior

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Today's post is not sponsored.  We enjoy Disney Junior very much and thought other moms might too! Enjoy!

We just love Sofia the First and we are looking forward to Sofia the First: The Enchanted Feast coming to DVD August 5th!  

Check out this clip from The Enchanted Feast coming to DVD August 5th!


                                           Sofia meets Snow White!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer Traveling Tips, Family Fun & Disney Movies Anywhere! #DisneyMoviesAnywhere #spon

We are so pleased today's post is sponsored by Disney Movies Anywhere & Social Moms! Woot!

Moms, we are talking travel tips for families and the Disney Movies Anywhere app - available for free on iTunes - and right now they have a free copy of Pixar's The Incredibles! Yes, please! (Jack Jack seems super familiar, like someone I know ;)

I travel. Often!   When you are traveling with kids you learn very quickly that there are things that work well and things that do not.  Like healthy food options along the road are few and far between.  Here are some of my go-to suggestions when traveling with kids that work for families with all ages.

 Yes, I am that person who carries organic fair trade tea & asks for hot water to make my own. *sigh* And somewhat of a slob when I travel?

Travel Tips:

Bring snacks. Bring a lot of snacks!  Washed apples, organic squeezes, healthy energy bars (no sugar), almond butter sandwiches - cut into kid sized pieces, medjool dates, raisins and other healthy choices.   Don't forget to bring tea bags or coffee singles for yourself. 

Don't forget the water! Skip the plastic to avoid it sitting in the hot summer sun whilst driving.

Bring wipes and a jug of extra water. (in case someone gets car sick and you have to stop along the highway and wash little one off. )

Bring activity books - for little one, board books with tabs and look-and-find fun gives kids something fun to do and discuss while driving. 

We always stop every couple hours at the far (non-busy) end of the area stops -  we get out and run, jump and yoga stretches!  Laughing and talking together about where you are going, helps keep them excited and involved.

No worries, this pic was before the Disney Movies!

No matter how many activities you pack, driving does get boring and honestly;  there is nothing better than to save the best for last - Disney Movies!  I have a tote full of Disney Movies I travel with and they work every time and for every age group!  I think the new Disney Movies Anywhere is absolutely the perfect travel accessory for travel moms.  Hands down!  Super easy app lets me get new movies directly through the app or when I redeem my Disney digital copies, I can stream or download and have access to them all the time!  Pre-ordering, access to exclusive Disney content, parental controls and Disney Movie Rewards are all part of Disney Movies Anywhere!

 Hint: Don't forget a travel recharger for your iPod.

Traveling as a family is a bit more work and effort, but always worth it.  Travel every single time you get the chance - explore, see and show your children the great big wonderful world out there! 

To celebrate the launch of Disney Movies Anywhere, a new Pixar movie will be released each week at the special price of $14.99 (regular $19.99) for a limited time.   Each week Disney Movies Anywhere will have an exclusive video clip for the movie being released that you can publish and promote in your article.   

Brave is one of our most favorite movies and if you have a teen daughter - you know why!  Here are some fun facts about Brave!  Enjoy!

Whether it’s a entering a code from a DVD/Blu-ray purchase or an iTunes digital download, your Disney library is now everywhere you are, anywhere you are, and instantly accessible with or without an internet connection on any iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, and Apple TV).
Don't let your trip be boring. Be prepared with snacks, activities and Disney Movies Anywhere and enjoy the ride

If you travel for longer periods - bring your kitchen must-haves, creative toys, books, iPod for Disney Movies & don't forget the stroller!

This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Disney Movies Anywhere blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.      

Monday, July 14, 2014

Disney's Million Dollar Arm Coming To Blu-Ray!

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From the studio that brought you "Miracle" and "Remember the Titans" comes Disney's"Million Dollar Arm," an inspirational baseball story sliding home on Blu-ray™, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand October 7th! Exciting bonus features include an alternate ending, deleted scenes, outtakes, "Training Camp," "Million Dollar Music by A.R. Rahman," and more!

Bonus features available on Disney Movies Anywhere include an exclusive never-before-seen deleted scene. 

Stay connected with the latest news and information about Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm”

Disney's Million Dollar Arm Movie Site
This is not a sponsored post. Thanks to Disney for movie info!