Friday, January 29

Review: Kung Fu Panda 3

Earlier this month we were given the opportunity to see Kung Fu Panda 3. The movie was fantastic. Each movie in the series is connected but also a whole new story. In this third installment Po reunites with his original panda family and together with his adopted dad they have to save the world.  I loved seeing the pandas and watching Po connect to his panda side.  It was so entertaining to see the his two dads both parenting Po in their own way. 

My husband has not seen the first two movies but still really enjoyed the movie and now wants to see the first two.  You don't need to have seen the earlier movies to enjoy this installment but they are such great movies you will probably want to watch them too.  The movie is a perfect family movie in that the kids will love it and so will the parents, at least we did!

Disclosure: My family and I attended a free preview of the movie.  All opinions are my own.

Thursday, January 28

Review: White Chalk Marker by Chalko

I have never used a chalk marker before so I was so excited to try these out.  I love the look of chalk but my hands always feel so dry and itchy after using chalk so I haven't used chalk in years.  The pens were so easy to use.  The first time the pen is used you have to do a few steps to get them working.  It is very easy, I pressed the tip down while the pen was pointing up, flipped the pen so it was pointing down and pressed the tip down and up until the liquid chalk flowed into the tip.  The Chalko White Chalk Marker set also came with some labels to write on with the markers.  I used them to label some food in my panty.  I also used the markers to write directly on glass and metal jar lids. These pens were great now I just need to get some colored chalk markers for even more fun.

Disclosure: I received the products mentioned for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, December 30

Review: Magikuchen Pineapple Cutter

Disclosure: I received the products mentioned for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

I think my kids are more excited about the Magikuchen Pineapple Cutter  than I am, and I am pretty excited about it!  I grew up with my grandmother cutting up fresh pineapple for us all of the time.  My kids love pineapple and I have bought it a few times fresh but it is so much work to cut up fresh pineapple.  I have to admit I have not bought fresh pineapple in a few years because of the hassle. Right before Christmas the Magikuchen Pineapple Cutter arrived and my kids were so excited we went out that day to buy a pineapple.  Unfortunately it was very green and not quite ripe enough so we had to wait.  Well with the holidays we finally remembered today to cut up our pineapple.   

I was a little apprehensive to clean the cutter as the bottom looks quite sharp but it was easy with a sponge.  After it was all clean I attempted to use the pineapple cutter for the first time.  It was very easy though I think I messed up at the end.  I think I was suppose to take off the handle (which I did correctly) and then turn the whole pineapple upside down so the pineapple spiral would just slide out.  Well now I know for next time! You can see me in the video below trying out the pineapple cutter for the first time!

My kids loved having the fresh pineapple (they wanted to eat it for lunch) and it was so easy to use and cut the pineapple that we will be using it weekly when pineapples are in season!
Disclosure: I received the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, December 28

Homemade Waffle Cones

My husband has been on an ice cream in waffle cone kick for a while now.  He loves finding local ice cream shops near us or anywhere he is traveling.  Since we went nonGMO over two years ago we have not had ice cream cones at home (cake or waffle).  Well I decided to get him a waffle cone maker for our anniversary.  Now I am not sure how many people would love a waffle maker as an anniversary gift but my husband does.  He was so excited as soon as he opened it, especially since I had bought three cartons of our favorite ice cream to go with it.  I read lots of reviews all over the internet and on and in the end I chose Chef's Choice 838 Waffle Cone Express Ice Cream Cone Maker.  I have used the waffle maker over five times in the last three weeks and it works great every time.  The first time is a little scary and takes a little longer (or at least it did for me because I kept checking for doneness on the cone).  Now I know exactly what setting to use (just past 3 so I don't see the three) and count 20 seconds after the green light turns back on.  I pull the cooked cone out onto the clean towel and roll over the mold, lastly I pinch the end with the towel to stop ice cream drips, or at least most of the drips.  What even taste better is to scoop the ice cream into the cone while it is still warm, it just brings it to an even higher level of yumminess!

Sunday, November 29

Review: Cutielunch Reusable Food Pouches

Disclosure: I received the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
My kids love to snack so I need easy ways to have healthy snacks for on the go and for school lunches.  My girls both become ill if they ingest GMOs (genetically modified organisms) so it can be hard to find safe foods for them to eat.  One ingredients we avoid is sugar.  We can eat cane sugar but if the ingredient listed is sugar I have to assume it could be beet sugar which most is genetically modified.  To avoid iffy ingredients I make many stuff from scratch so I know what is in it.  My girls love puree and it is messy to just put in a lunch or even try and eat.  For Thanksgiving we roasted some pumpkins and my girls love to just eat it plain.  I put some in a Cutielunch Reusable Food Pouch and plan on adding it to their lunch tomorrow or maybe bring as a snack when we visit Santa today.  It was so easy to add the pumpkin to the pouch.  I did overfill the first one and had to scoop a little out to close.  The next pouch was even easier to fill.  I can't wait to fill them with smoothies when the weather is warmer (it is in the low 30s so cold stuff is not on the menu right now).  I could fill them with smoothies and keep in the freezer until right before school or heading out. 
I am also planning on making some up for my husband to use on his long runs.  He is training for an Ironman and some of his training runs are over 20 miles.  When you run that far you have to refuel and refuel with healthy and easy to digest foods.

Final words:  A great pouch to use, it is easy to clean (I hand washed but it is dishwasher safe), easy to fill, and most importantly easy to eat from.  I would recommend!

Disclosure: I received the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, September 10

New Annie's Bunny Tails Macaroni & Cheese

I was sent a surprise box of Annie's new Bunny Tails. They created the new product as an April fools joke but so many people loved it they turned it into an actual product. 
The girls both loved it and can't wait until it is sold locally so we can purchase a few boxes. 

Disclosure: I sent a complimentary box and all opinions are my own. 

Thursday, June 18

Inside Out Movie Review

My family and I were so excited for the opportunity to view Inside Out on Monday!  The movie was simply a great Pixar movie.  My oldest named Inside Out her favorite Pixar movie of all time and My husband told me that we are buying the movie the day it comes out on DVD.  Before I get to the movie I have to mention the fantastic short Lava that plays right before Inside Out.  Lava is about a volcano looking for someone to love.  The song is so beautiful you want to cry and once you add in the spectacular animation you will become at least misty eyed!  I would go to the movie just to watch the short!  That being said Inside out is just as fantastic.  I might be a little bias, as I grew up near San Francisco, but Pixar made the Golden Gate bridge and San Francisco even more beautiful.  Now most of the movie takes place inside Riley's mind (an 11 year old that is moved from Minnesota to San Francisco.)  We get to meet her emotions, Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger.  (The casting was perfect!)  As you can imagine moving away from your home and all your friends in the Midwest and moving to San Francisco, which is very different, would be hard for an 11 year old.  We get to see how her emotions interact and how they affect what Riley does.  I don't want to give too much of the movie away so I will just tell you to go and see it!  Take your whole family, from your little ones to Grandparents, it is a movie everyone can watch and will love.
Disclosure: My family and I attended a free preview of the movie.  All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, May 13

Ice Cream Cruise in Seattle

Last Sunday for Mother's Day my husband surprised us with the Seattle Ice Cream cruise. It was beautiful to cruise around Lake Union and eat ice cream. The cruise is only on Sunday's and last a little under an hour. They do only take cash for the cruise and the ice cream for sale in the galley so make sure you have enough. It was $36 for two adults and two children plus extra for and ice cream treats you want to have. We got to see Seattle from a different view and loved. It was the perfect treat for Mother's Day!  

Sunday, April 12

Tryazon Party: Umpqua Oats and Coffig

I recently heard of Tryazon and applied to host a party. I was chosen to try out Umpqua Oats and Coffig. I can not say enough about how great the Umpqua Oats are. They are oatmeal on the go. You just add boiling water, wait about three minutes and stir. They are so delicious and the company claims that they are nonGMO. I am hoping that they will eventually become nonGMO project verified but until then they are better than conventional instant oatmeal. I loved all of the flavors I tried but Kick Start (almonds, cranberries, sunflower seeds, raisins and blueberries) and Jackpot (blackberries, raspberries, pecans, and strawberries) were my favorite, I love fruit and nuts in my oatmeal. Everyone liked how hearty and not mushy the oats were. I plan on taking some with for our next overnight trip. I bet they would be great on an airplane, they always have hot water for tea.

Disclosure: I was send free samples to host a get together. I was not compensated or required to share on my blog.

Thursday, March 12

Review: Cinderella the movie

Last week we were lucky enough to be invited to an early screening of Cinderella.  It was simply magical!  My girls just loved the whole movie.  Of course before the movie even started we got to watch Frozen Fever!  My girls are huge fans of frozen, they dressed up as Elsa and Anna for Halloween.  I loved the mini snowman that kept popping up everywhere.  The clip was mostly a song sung by the sisters together and it was perfect!  After the Frozen Fever short the whole audience broke out in applause. 
Once the movie started we were simply mesmerized.  The scenery, the costumes, the actors, the characters, the story were wonderful.  Everyone knows the story of Cinderella, especially the Disney cartoon version, and the movie honors the story but also adds just the right touch to add the story in wonderful and believable ways.  My girls have not stopped talking about the movie and how they cant wait to see it again.  We plan on seeing the movie again in a few weeks in the theater again and of course picking up the DVD when it comes out.  The movies is wonderful and perfect for the whole family, even my husband thought the movie was great.  I do imagine that it will be popular with many ages but probably young ladies most of all. 
I just have to add that the step-sisters were a hoot, from their mannerisms to especially their outfits.  I wanted to laugh every time they had on a new outfit and had something to say.  I would say they were my favorite but I also loved Lady Germaine, Cinderella, the Prince, Fairy Godmother, and well everyone.  They did a fantastic job with casting!  I truly recommend this movie, don't just take my word for it, watch the trailer below:

Disclosure:  My family and I attended an advance screen of the movie.  All opinions stated are my own.

Thursday, December 18

Review: Walking with Dinosaurs at the Tacoma Dome

Last night my family and I saw the wonderful show, the Walking with Dinosaurs - The Area Spectacular at the Tacoma Dome.  All of us were mesmerized the entire show.  My youngest daughter just glowed with excitement with each new dinosaur.
Before the show we were able to meet one of the male Utahraptors before the show.  You can tell that it is a male because of the red plumage.  As you can see my girls were very excited.
Behind us you can almost see the stage.  The stage is set down low and the teeth are were the dinosaurs enter and exit.  The show covers three main periods, Cretaceous, Jurassic, and Triassic.  You get to see the evolution of dinosaurs and how they may have interacted.  The dinosaurs are so lifelike that you feel as though you have traveled back in time, million and millions of years, to when they walked the earth.  The setting, the music and of course the dinosaurs really transport you to another time and place.
The show last approximately 96 minutes with intermission.  The show was so entertaining that  it did not feel as though a little over 90 minutes had passed.  I did notice that some of the younger kids around us were getting a little antsy during the last 5 to 10 minutes.  My favorite part was when the adults came to protect the young, the T-Rex and the Brachiosaurus.  The narrator is great too, the dinosaurs are the main attraction but he entertains you with interesting facts.
My daughters kept saying how much they loved the show the entire intermission (20 minutes) and the entire way home.  My youngest wants to stop by the library after school because, "I want to checkout books on dinosaurs so I can study them over winter break!"   The show is perfect for the whole family, we saw little ones to grandparents, and all seem to be enjoying the show.  This morning I was telling so many people how great the show is, a few told me that they are getting tickets to attend the show.  My daughters are already talking about seeing the show again the next time it is in town.
In conclusion I highly recommend Walking with Dinosaurs - the Area Spectacular for everyone: the young, and the young at heart.
I received complimentary tickets to attend the show in order to facilitate my review. 
All opinions stated are my own.

Wednesday, December 17

Today only! 2 My Little Pony Equestrian Radical Hair Rainbow Dash for $7.50

If you are a ToysRUs Rewards member the dolls are $5 today only as a door buster. They are also bogo half off so the total was $7.50 for both.

Thursday, December 11

New Trailer for INSIDE OUT

TruJoy Organic Candy Canes

Before we went nonGMO we stopped eating artificial dyes and avoided petroleum preservatives.  During our first dye-free Christmas my daughters really missed candy canes.  They missed them so much that when I found a safe candy cane you would of thought they had won the lottery.  I found the Organic TruJoy Candy Canes at my local Fred Meyer and not so local Whole Foods.  We have been buying these for a while and love them.  Even if regular candy canes became nonGMO and artificial dye free we would still buy them.  The candy cane is a lighter peppermint flavor than most candy canes but some how even more delicious.  My local Fred Meyer has them on sale 2 for $7.00 or $3.50 each.  We are currently on our second box.

Wednesday, December 10

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS – The Arena Spectacular

Mama and Baby T With HuxleyUtahraptorsAllosaurus

The WALKING WITH DINOSAURS – The Arena Spectacular returns to the Tacoma Dome Dec. 17-21!  We were disappointed that we missed the show last time they were here.  A classmate of my daughter's actually went for his birthday and he talked about it for weeks.  His grandmother told me recently that he still says that it was the best birthday he ever had.  My family and I are so excited that we will be attending this year.
The show is suppose to be simply spectacular:
According to the Tacoma dome site:
It’s a dazzling $20,000,000 arena spectacle of unprecedented size and quality set to captivate all ages. Marvel at the story of their 200 million year domination of life on earth. Watch them walk. Hear the roar. Be there as they fight for survival and supremacy. From the ripple of their skin to the glint in their eye, you will know the dinosaurs really are back!

If you are considering going I have a discount code to help you save. 
Tacoma, WA location only:
Offer Code: KIDFUN
$5 off Price Level 2: $44.50 (reg. $49.50)
$3 off Price Level 3: $26.50 (reg. $29.50)
Valid on all shows except Sat 11am/3pm & Sun 1pm