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

Saturday, December 6

Santa at the Old Cannery

This is the only Santa that we can visit as, according to the girls, he is the REAL Santa!

Thursday, December 4

Post Grape-Nut now NonGMO

Revised Seal copy
My kids and husband adore Grape-Nuts.  They were so sad when I stopped buying them when we went nonGMO.  Recently I was grocery store, when I noticed that Grape-Nuts now has the Non-GMO Project seal.  When I see that seal I know that the food is safe for my family.  I bought two family sizes boxes and my family finished them in just one week.  I am so happy that more companies are removing GMOs from their products and even more so when they become Non-GMO Project verified.

Monday, December 1

Organic Horizon Sandwich Crackers Peanut Butter

A few weeks ago I found Organic Horizon Sandwich Crackers Peanut Butter at Target and then Walmart.  My girls both love these, as do I.  They have them in their lunch a few times each week.  Horizon also has a cheese version but we have not tried them. They are not Non-GMO Project Verified but since they are organic we consider them safe.

Sunday, November 30

Garden of Eatin' Pumpkin Chips

I found these yummy Garden of Eatin' Pumpkin Chips at my local Fred Meyer.  They were perfect as a pre-Thanksgiving snack.  My husband adores tortilla chips with salsa before almost every meal.  I thought pumpkin would be fun for Thanksgiving.  My girls have been eating them as snacks and of course in their school lunch.  They actually taste great by themselves or with salsa (we like Costco's organic salsa).  Plus as a bonus they are Non-GMO Project verified.  I always feel better when eating any corn product if it has the Non-GMO Project seal.

Thursday, November 27

Cascading Farms Fruitful O's

Since going nonGMO I am always looking for safe foods for my family to eat.  Organic foods are not suppose to have GMOs so if something is USDA organic I generally consider it safe for my family to eat.  I bought the Cascadian Farm Fruitful O's as a special treat for my girls.  I like the cereal as a snack but not with milk.  They are perfect for making cereal necklaces for your children if you want to avoid GMOs and artificial dyes.