July 27, 2015

This birthday candle is guaranteed to make everyone smile.

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I think this has got to be one of the coolest birthday candles. This birthday candle is guaranteed to make everyone smile.  Watch the video below to see what it does! A video posted by Melissa Au (@asparkleofgenius) on Jul 26, 2015 at 7:45pm PDT You can find this Musical Birthday Candle on Amazon. … [Continue reading...]

July 20, 2015

11 things you may not know about the School Nutrition Program

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This post is sponsored by School Nutrition Association.  All opinions are my own. This last week I had the opportunity to attend the School Nutrition Association's Annual National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.  I will be completely honest with you.  I was blown away by how much passion, thought and study goes into the school lunch program.  I try to feed my kids healthy food when they are at home, but when they go to school I don't … [Continue reading...]

July 17, 2015

FabKids summer Fashion

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This post is sponsored by FabKids.  All opinions are my own. Summertime is meant for playtime.  Summer is meant for running around outside, playing in waterfalls, walking around lakes, exploring the forest and playing at the park.  I remember as a kid, spending summers outdoors and exploring.  I want my kids to have the same passion for summertime and the outdoors. Living in Utah, we are blessed with so many different kinds of outdoor … [Continue reading...]

July 17, 2015

Chocolate Vanilla Swirl Cake Mix Cookies

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Aren't cake mix cookies awesome?  They are so easy to make but so delicious and super fast.  I was very lucky today, because I was having one of those "I really need chocolate" days when my son came to me and asked if he could make cookies.  I really wanted to eat a chocolate cookie, so of course I said yes!!  It was probably 30 minutes later when he brought me these beautifully frosted Chocolate Vanilla Swirl Cake Mix Cookies.  I think he did a … [Continue reading...]

July 17, 2015

Build your own Twinkie Minions #TwinkieMinionSweeps

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Hostess sponsored this post. The opinions and text are all mine. Next time you head to your local grocery store or Walmart, you should pick up the Hostess Twinkies Minions Decoration Kit.  Naturally, because Twinkies are delicious, but also because this Minions Decoration Kit is a really fun way to celebrate Minions the movie. Just look for the box that says, "Minion Decoration Kit", like pictured above. My kids love everything Minion so … [Continue reading...]

July 16, 2015

5 summer blockbusters of Yesteryear #StreamTeam

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'Tis the season of the summer blockbusters!  The Hollywood tentpole films have become the mainstay of the summer screen in all their glory.  While the big budget blockbusters are abundant and virtually common place now, there was a time when they were truly a spectacle to behold, captivating audiences with sites seldom seen, leaving wonder and amazement. We are more cynical these days when it comes to being awed by movies, but here are some … [Continue reading...]

July 16, 2015

9 Ways to Save on Back to School Shopping

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Summer break never feels long enough for parents who have already started prepping for the upcoming school year. According to data collected by the Rubicon Project, 40% of parents with children in grade K-12 are getting a head start on back-to-school shopping two months before the first day of class. With school shopping lists getting longer and supplies getting pricier, it's no surprise families have spent over 40% more on back-to-school … [Continue reading...]

July 15, 2015

Splatoon- Nintendo Kids Reviewer

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This post is sponsored by Nintendo.  We are part of the kid reviewers program.  All opinions are my own. Splatoon is such a fun game.  It is colorful and messy and fun to play.  In Splatoon, you “Splatter enemies and claim your turf as the ink-spewing Inklings in Nintendo’s new third-person action shooter game.  Challenge your friends in chaotic four-on-four matches, in which the goal is to get your ink on as many places as possible and claim … [Continue reading...]

July 15, 2015

4 things I learned about Balance Your Plate Initiative #MyCPKPizza

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I am a member of the Balance Your Plate team and helping spread the word about CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN® oven-ready pizzas. As a team member, I receive product and incentives in exchange for participating in brand-related activities. I have had the opportunity in the last month to sit down and talk with different brands and attend different events where the topic of conversation was nutrition and teaching better nutrition in the home.  This … [Continue reading...]

July 15, 2015

Let’s Play Dallas Playground Build

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This post is sponsored by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group.  All opinions are my own. While I was in Dallas last month, I had the opportunity to join Dr Pepper Snapple Group on a Let's Play playground build. The Let's Play program recognizes the importance of helping kids be active and they are giving back by helping build playgrounds.  The Let's Play program has improved 2,200 playgrounds, benefiting 7.5 million kids to date.  With these builds … [Continue reading...]