DIY meal planning board using @Elmers Painters Paint Markers #ExpressYourself #CBias #SocialFabric


Meal Planning & make-ahead meals has always been a big deal to me especially when we think about how unpredictable things can be. When dealing with food allergies or restrictions it means that we don't always have the luxury of convenience foods. By creating a meal plan and making ahead meals to freeze, I give myself a break when I am not feeling 100%. If I am able to do the prep work, then my husband can just throw a meal in the oven, crockpot, skillet, etc... without having to fuss over the little details. Since I have been trying to get back on track with my organization, I have created this diy meal planner to help hold other family members more accountable. Elmers Painters markers have been the love of my life for a  person like me with limited space who needs to work on better organization year-round. No need to buy brushes since all you do is pop the cap off and paint. It has 100% opaque coverage as well as being acid free {great for scrapbooking} & fast drying! … [Read more...]

@uncommongoods: Gifts Moms Love gift set Review {chance for $50 gift for you}


As we know, not all mothers are created equal so why should they all get the same cookie cutter gifts? Uncommongoods offers cute mothers day gifts that are well-rounded no matter what kind of mother you have (see ideas here) ! Love to give flowers for Mother's Day? Look at these lasting “plants” along with more  steel gifts here for any occasion. Don't forget to check out more gifts for men here for Father's Day suggestions as well! Gifts Moms Love Gift Set  Items in this gift set are some of the top earners of the statement, "I love that!!" from those who know best.. our moms! We absolutely guarantee recipients will find these items a must have! For the whimsical mother... {Hidden Animal Mug} For the romantic mother... {Heart Vase} For the practical mother... {Stackable Lunch Pot} To buy or learn more about Uncommongoods, visit their website or find them on Google+ to stay connected Reaction Whether you are a mom or not, you know that from moment to moment … [Read more...]

@WHCostumes The Everyday Iron Man Toddler Costume Review & $25 #Giveaway


Between my health, too many deaths, and the recent car wreck, life has not really given us much of a break. It has been difficult on the boys to make trips back to my hometown since PaPa passed away. I took the opportunity during our last visit to let the boys be Superheros for the day! Costumes are a great way to make hard moments easier. Wholesale Halloween Costumes offers great variety at reasonable prices.  From Baby & Toddler costumes to adults.   Toddler Muscle Chest Iron Man Costume Bring a big screen hero home with you when you get your boy the Toddler Muscle Chest Iron Man Costume. The Iron Man outfit for boys includes a jumpsuit with muscle padded shoulders and torso. A soft, fabric character head piece completes one great looking super hero outfit. The Iron Man costume is available in small and medium toddler sizes and will fit boys up to a size of 4T comfortably. This is an officially licensed costume and the very best in super hero Halloween costumes that … [Read more...]

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life {DVD Movie Review} @Phase4Films

Max and Lizzy go to the Flea Market

Synopis| Take a family-friendly adventure around Manhattan without leaving the comfort of home!  Based on the beloved children’s novel by Wendy Mass, the new DVD release of Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life follows a boy’s adventures around New York City as he pursues his personal quest for the “meaning of life.” Just one month before his 13th birthday, Jeremy receives a mysterious wooden box with the words “The Meaning of Life – for Jeremy Fink to open on his 13th birthday.”  The search for the box’s four keys leads him and his best friend Lizzy on the search of a lifetime! In the movie, 12-year-old Jeremy Fink receives a mysterious wooden box with the words “The Meaning of Life – for Jeremy Fink to open on his 13 birthday.”  The box has four locks, but the keys are lost.  In order to find out what secrets lie within the box, it’s up to Jeremy and his best friend Lizzy to search high and low throughout Manhattan for clues to the keys. The adventure takes them from flea … [Read more...]

Use @Elmers to create DIY frugal Snowman Lanterns from recycled bottles #ElmersHoliday #GlueNGlitter #cbias

snowman family

The holiday season is here!  This year has been pretty eventful in our household so I am trying to help the kids to spread the true spirit of Christmas & constantly reminding them that Christmas is not about how much money we spend.  Instead we are helping them to focus on the fact that  Christmas is about doing things for others no matter how big or small it seems.  I have seen these adorable Snowman lanterns and decided that these would be perfect to give to teachers & hostesses for Christmas! Walmart is a great place for one-stop shopping.  I was able to search for gifts, craft supplies, and more without dragging the boys from store to store.  I won't lie that I love shopping at Hobby Lobby & Michael's, but only when I have a 40% coupon does it make it worth going.  However, then I feel like I can only purchase one item at a time, which makes me make several trips to those craft stores.  As far as Walmart, with so many departments it just makes it easier for me to … [Read more...]

@Heelysworldwide fun for kids & your inner child: roll or walk with these dual function shoes #Heelys


Heely's is not a new concept, but new to us.  I remember seeing Teens racing down the sidewalks & Mall thinking it seems kind of dangerous.  However, you can't deny that it does seem fun too.  I gave in and decided to let my 6 year old test them out. About Heelys are the two-in-one shoe that lets you take life at your own pace. With the wheels out, the stylish designs perform and look just like any other shoe. When you easily put the wheels in, you roll at a different speed. Heelys are about exploring your freedom, unleashing the fun and empowering you to be fearless. To buy or learn more about Heely's visit their website. Click here to find a local retailer   Double Threat (pictured below) Combining form and function, Double Threat's sleek, multi textured design and stealth wheels bring you the best of both worlds. Wear them as a cool looking pair of shoes or pop in the wheels when you're ready to have some fun. Reaction I have been a bit of a … [Read more...]

@sneakychef to the Rescue #giveaway (includes #glutenfree & allergyfriendly)


In my house, I make no excuses for healthy eating.  I have raised my boys from homemade baby food.  Along the way, I have enjoyed teaching them the importance of healthy eating.  Our motto: food is fuel.  "Mom, but I'm not hungry" "That's okay, but you won't have energy for the fun stuff later" What do you know they are miraculously starving.  The boys are healthy eaters, but they all have their quirks.  How they don't like sweet potato fries is beyond me, but I find a way to sneak in the sweet potatoes :) My 4 yo & 2 yo love salads.  however, my 6 yo was adamant that he didn't like salads, but one day he did.  It is amazing how from day to day their favorite (or least favorite) can swap sides.  I don't make a big deal about it, but I do get sneaky... The Sneaky Chef to the Rescue: 101 all new recipes and sneaky tricks for creating healthy meals kids will love  The New York Times bestselling author returns--this time responding directly to her readers' most pressing … [Read more...]

@Piczzle: custom made jigsaw puzzle review & #giveaway


Sponsored by About Piczzle Piczzle Picture Puzzle service is an Internet-based retailing and manufacturing service of Custom Jigsaw Photo Puzzles. We strive to provide the best custom jigsaw puzzle service by creating a fun, dynamic and an interactive option for those who wish to capture precious life’s moments through a photo puzzle game – for themselves and for the ones they love. Piczzle's Cardboard Puzzles are made of outstanding materials, top craftsmanship and the highest print quality. They are constructed of a premium grade cardboard that has been laminated with a glossy finish. Our cardboard puzzles are precision press cut so that all pieces will be perfectly match one another and they are printed using an advanced digital printing technique that results in sharp, multicolored prints. Small Cardboard Puzzles are made of outstanding materials, top craftsmanship and the highest print quality. They are constructed of a premium grade cardboard that has been … [Read more...]

@mixbook Hardcover photo book review & #giveaway

With so much to look forward to, I have teamed up with Mixbooks again (see my previous post here).  Mixbooks offers high quality photobooks to cherish your memories. See my thismoment to see how easy it is... For a larger view of my Mixbook experience click here To learn more about Mixbook or make a purchase visit their website. As an added bonus, I have a Great Contradictions exclusive promo code for GRTCNT20 Thanks to Mixbook... You need javascript enabled to see this giveaway. … [Read more...]

@Timemine Planners: Organization is key! #blogher11


I don't know about you, but life is chaotic right now! Between preparing for Blogher, return of school, and everyday living, I am exhausted.  Last year, I did a review for Timemine.  For those who don't read the post (no offense...ughh time restraints), prior to Timemine I wrote notes on random papers.  I lived in what I considered "organized chaos".  However, with Great Contradictions growing, I don't have time for "organized chaos".  Corny or not, Timemine has changed my life.  Yes, I have an app for my phone, but I love having an actual planner to write in & look at (comparable to why I prefer real books over kindle type books). To get a sneak peek at the newest planner from Timemine... (click on right arrow to do slideshow or to see a larger view click here) To learn more about Timemine, visit their website or find them on twitter. P.S. check out their freebies for organization & inspiration! *Please note: I was provided a review product. However, as always, I … [Read more...]