Yo Ho, Yo Ho...you know what that means! Captain Jack is back and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides sails into theatres everywhere on May 20th! Here is  a brief synopsis of the fourth Pirates adventure: Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) finds himself on an unexpected journey to the fabled Fountain of Youth when a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz) forces him aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane).   Watch the Preview   Thanks to Disney one lucky will win a Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Prize Pack including: ~Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Adult t-shirt (choice of s, m, l, xl) ~Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides bandana in black ~Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides temporary tattoo (set of 2) Mandatory Entry: Comment below with your favorite Pirates of the Caribbean movie Additional Entries: ~follow my blog ~subscribe by email ~"like" Pirates of the … [Read more...]

Wholesale Halloween Costumes: In a galaxy far, far away Review


There is something about being a mom that brings your inner child out.  I like to consider myself a  hands-on mom who is up for anything as far as parenting goes.  As a child I have to admit I was not the  most creative, so I am determined to encourage that aspect in my kids to help them be well-rounded.  Costumes are a great way to help kids express themselves, be whoever they want to be, and allowing  them to step out of the real world for a moment.  With that being said, there is no reason that kids  should be the only one's to have fun. Who would you like to be today? Wholesale Halloween costumes offers adult costumes as well as kids costumes and accessories.  The women’s costumes offer a variety of costumes from different decade eras to tv/movie costumes.  As a family we dress in themes for each Halloween and they continue to wear them year-round until they have to be retired.  In our house, costumes are a way to change the tone of the house.  Seriously, how can your kids be … [Read more...]

RevAbs 90 day @Beachbody week 1 Progress Report & giveaway


Stuck in a rut?  Me too!  I am proud that I have been able over the past year to have gone from a size 12 to size 8 especially being a busy mom to 3.  However, I would love to get rid of my tummy.  I am in decent shape everywhere except for the dreaded stomach area between the belly button and hips.  While I consider myself fit (I am a runner, enjoy yoga, and being active as a family),  I never really challenge myself.  I am motivated to push past my rut to get the abs that I want and RevAbs is going to help me get there.  Join me for the transformation over the next 90 days! Why RevAbs? "Have you tried endless sit-ups, boring crunches, or even ab machines, and you still have a layer of fat covering your abs?  Don't give up--you have to Rev it up!  You need RevAbs, the brand-new ab system specifically designed to burn off the fat and give you a six-pack in just 90 days.  Use Brett's JumpStart Plan, and you can lose up to 10 pounds in the first 2 weeks.  And in 90 days, we bet … [Read more...]

Salsa Sensations Blogher 2011 Contest: Will blog for Salsa! #salsacraving


If you have noticed I have been talking a lot about Salsa Sensations, I would love to be their delegate at Blogher 2011.  In case you don't know, Blogher is a conference held every year and it is a great networking tool for bloggers.  Blogher allows bloggers to connect with brands as well as with other bloggers.  I have been blogging full-time since December 2010.  During that time frame, I have worked very hard to provide content with substance, promote worthy companies with wonderful reviews and giveaways, and networking beyond my wildest dreams.  I feel like attending Blogher 2011 is the next step along my path, so help me get there as Salsa Sensations delegate.  I have noticed my readers really like giveaways (& why wouldn't you?), so I can assure you my attendance at Blogher will make those even better!  Over the next month, I will be providing posts about Salsa Sensations talking about their products & creating recipes inspired by them.  My most recent recipe is chili … [Read more...]

{Salsa Sensations inspired} chili lime tilapia with black bean & corn salsa recipe


Cooking can be a full-time job.  While sometimes it may feel like work, I am passionate about it and love pushing myself to learn more.  It is great to find companies such as Salsa Sensations that appreciate the same fresh and simple quality that I incorporate with my cooking, and by using their products they allow me extra time to spend with my family.  I don't think we should ever settle for less than what we deserve, whether it be due to our own capabilities in the kitchen or lack of time.  When cooking, simplicity is sometimes overlooked.  Simplicity doesn't mean basic, but it provides a freshness to enjoy all that the food has to offer rather than hiding it behind an over-processed product.  The simplicity and freshness found in Salsa Sensations products allows us to truly enjoy the foods that make the difference between a good & bad day in an auto-immune disorder household. To buy: Salsa Sensations is found exclusively at Wal-Mart. To find the nearest Salsa Sensation … [Read more...]

Spongeables Review & Giveaway


Sponsored by Tomoson.com Bath time is one of my few sanctuaries that I have from my kids.  Bathes are my answer to not feeling well, relaxing, or just a place for quiet time.  It gets even better when I have a great bath cleanser that is just mine. Seriously, in a house filled with boys, I need a little bit of pampering!  Introducing Spongeables 4 in 1... Product Description Spongeables® Lavender Nectar provides a luxurious, tension-relieving way to recover from a bad night’s sleep, get a head start on the most hectic day – or recover one’s equilibrium after a long one. A patented infusion process provides a guaranteed number of uses. Lavish helpings of rich Olive Oil keep skin soft and restore supple, youthful resilience. And then there’s the gentle massage texture that turns from lightly exfoliating to soft and silky when you give it a squeeze…stress and muscle aches disappear down the drain, while the body complexion is buffed to a healthy glow. To buy or learn … [Read more...]

The Night Night Book Review (by Marianne Richmond)


Reading has always been something that  I love and luckily my kids have picked up on that from the beginning.  We have an extensive collection of books that go through a rotation of wonderful redundancies.  I especially love the books that all the kids can enjoy together.  While I will never turn down an opportunity to read with my boys, reading is an essential part to our bedtime routine.  As a result, I was thrilled at the opportunity to review The Night Night Book by Marianne Richmond! Product Description Night night sky. Night night moon. Dear tomorrow, see you soon! The perfect way to wrap up a day with your child, The Night Night Book is an adorable bedtime story that helps kids and parents bid farewell to the day, settle in for the night, and rest up for a new tomorrow. The Night Night Book is sure to become a new bedtime classic. Marianne Richmond is the bestselling author and illustrator of numerous beautiful books for parents and children to share. She creates … [Read more...]

Solay Wellness Review and Giveaway {Detox Face Scrub}


In a corporate-driven society where us customers sometimes feel like we don't matter, Solay Wellness hears us.  They are inspired by both the passion and the purpose.  They are passionate about the power to change the world and they realize that small acts lead to positive changes whether with our body or our environment! About Solay Wellness product "At the core of our products is our pure Himalayan salt… and our core values. Our Himalayan salt, harvested from ancient, pollution-free seabeds, is rich in minerals and considered by many to be the purest salt on earth. Our artisan partners overseas hand-sculpt magnificent salt crystals to create exquisite lamps that are works of art and natural ionizers. We blend our salt with all natural and organic ingredients into exclusive formulas that work. We create only items we use ourselves. Our unique “living products” are freshly handcrafted in small batches, energetically enhanced, vegan, natural and organic, fair trade and eco-friendly. … [Read more...]

Salon Grafix: Travel sized invisible dry spray shampoo Review & Giveaway


If you haven't noticed I really like Salon Grafix.  They provide great quality products at prices that everyone can afford.  My hair is a dark auburn that is a prime candidate for showing residue from products, so the idea of dry shampoo has intimidated me.  However as an active mom, I don't always have time between working out to picking son up from school, grocery shopping, etc.. Salon Grafix's says... Salon Grafix's Invisible Dry Spray Shampoo goes on clear to clean  and refresh your hair-with no color and no powdery residue.  Just spray in and brush out. New Invisible Formula Neutralizes Odors No Powdery Residue Safe for All Hair Types To learn more about Salon Grafix visit their website Reaction I am impressed by how easy it was to use even for someone low maintenance like me.  I was concerned with my dark hair that the product would be visible later after brushing my hair, but there was no evidence that I cut any corners.  The only con that I came across was … [Read more...]

US Family Guide Summer Vacation Giveaway

Register to win a summer family vacation. This summer USFamilyGuide.com has created a promotion that celebrates the family vacation by giving away 12 incredible trips for families looking to create their own memories. They have hand picked some of the most memorable destinations their families have experienced and asked them to provide a FREE vacation to award to perhaps YOU! Enter Here Rules: One entry per day. Prizes will be awarded beginning May 15 through July 31. This is the start of some great local summer deals - the US Family Guide online coupon allows family friendly attractions to post, update and track on line coupons - we invite you to share this feature with your favorite attraction in your neighborhood - here is the link Please note:  This information is through my affiliation with US Family Guides, but I received no compensation in exchange for this post. … [Read more...]