Thursday, December 29

Sister Schubert’s Review

I love making my own bread and rolls when I have time. Time being the most important point. Making bread from scratch takes time and therefore you really have to plan ahead. I can't decide 30 minutes before dinner that homemade bread would beperfect with the meal and expect to make it in time. That is why I like to have breads or rolls that I can have ready in just a few minutes. This year we actually had family over for Christmas, my husband's cousin and her husband. I made the whole meal myself and since my Grandmother's stuffing takes forever to make I was not up for nmaking my own bread from scratch. I tried Sister Schubert's Mini Baguettes and they were so yummy. I was even asked if I had tried out a new bread recipe. I was tempted to say I made them from scratch but I confessed that they were Sister Schubert's Mini Baguettes. Now we are not doing anything for New Year's but for those of you planning on a New Year's party try out Sister Schubert's Breads. They have rolls, pretzels rolls and more.

I was sent product to facilitate my review.  No compensation was received for this review. All opinions are my own.

Friday, December 9

Adventure of TINTIN! Free advance screening passes for Seattle




My family and I have been watching previews for the Adventures of TINTIN and can't wait to see it. If you live in Seattle, or are close enough to drive, you have a chance to get free passes to see Steven Spielberg's upcoming film The Adventures of TINTIN!  The screening is next Saturday, December 17 in Seattle, location will be available on the passes. There is a limited supply of the free advance movie screening passes and they are issued on a first come first serve basis.

To sign ip for the free passes, Seattle only:

Go to www.gofobo.com/rsvp and enter code: CEFVWS1T

Remember, passes are on a first come first serve basis so you need to hurry!

Friday, November 11

Toy Story 3 Disney on Ice

We just got home from a great Disney on Ice show, Toy Story 3. It was simply wonderful and was almost perfect, minus the people behind us who talked and screamed most of the show. I do wish the show had been a little earlier, ending at 9:30pm is really late for my kids. They still have more shows available at the ShoWare in Kent so if you are interested you should go. Also since it was Scout night the girls also got a really cool Disney on Ice patch for their Girl Scout vests. I will try and post a picture of the patch later.

Sunday, October 30

Giveaway: 3 Winners of Shutterfly Greeting Cards ends 11/14

If you came by my house you would see a stack of Shutterfly photo books and other Shutterfly photo products. We have a poster of the girls in Disneyland that I created on Shutterfly. We have calendars (they make great gifts for grandparents), cards, posters and of course photos. I discover Shutterfly a few years ago and they are my go to place for photo products, we even have mouse pads. I have made cards on Shutterfly but never Christmas cards. I love so many of their holiday card designs. I must admit I have not decided which one I want to use but I think I narrowed it down. Here are some of the cards I just adore:

Shutterfly has just so many choices for Christmas cards, Greeting cards, birth announcements, holiday cards, and of course, my favorite, their photo books.

Now three of you can win a Shutterfly code for 25 cards so you can make your own.  Just enter using the Rafflecopter form below.
I was not compensated for this post, but I was sent a code to make my own cards at Shutterfly to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.


Carving Pumpkins!

Friday, October 28

Fall Festival

Since Halloween is not allowed in their school the PTA had a Fall festival after school. The girl decided to be Snow White twins.

Thursday, October 27

Crazy Hat Day at School

For crazy hat day both of the girls wore princess Minnie Mouse hats. Only Princess A wanted her picture taken.

Sunday, October 9

Post Race Celebration

After our great run we went to a real doughnut shop and each picked out our favorite treat. I picked chocolate cake with coconut, I loved these as a kid. My other favorite is a maple bar which is what Princess G picked out. Daddy had an old fashion and Princess A a twist. I miss eating fresh made doughnuts in more flavors than available in grocery stores.

Saturday, October 8

Running a 5K in Tutus

We just finished running a 5K race together, Princess G got a ride in the jogging stroller. Don't you just love our tutus? Daddy even wore one!

Thursday, October 6

Giveaway: Real Steel Movie Prize Pack

Real Steel opens tomorrow Friday Octiber 7th.  To celebrate the opening of this new movie one of my readers can win a Real Steel prize pack!

ITEMS FOR GIVEAWAY:

- REAL STEEL t-shirt in adult sizes of S, M, L, XL
- REAL STEEL bottle opener
- REAL STEEL stickers
- REAL STEEL temporary tattoos

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Monday, September 19

Amish Friendship Breadmuffins

I have my first joint Girl Scout meeting tomorrow. Last year I had a Daisy troop(kindergarteners). This year I have my Daisy troop (1st graders now) and I took on my older daughters troop, Brownies (3rd graders). We have three meetings a month: just Brownies, then just Daisy, and the 3rd week together. I thought it would be fun to make the girls Amish Friendship Bread as they will hopefully become friends and sisters in Girl Scouts. Wish me luck as I have not had that many kids together outside of school.

Friday, September 16

Home Sick from School

I just picked up Princess G from school. She did not sleep well and her nose was a little stuffed this morning. She lastEd just a little over a hour before the school nurse called me. Hopefully lots of rest and hot tea will help her feel better.

Wednesday, September 14

Trying Out Crayola 3D Chalk

I won a package of Crayola 3D chalk and gave it to the girls this morning. They were so excited to try it out this afternoon. When you put on the glasses the different colors do seem to float off the ground and a different heights. I have seen these in stores but was not sure how well they would work on cement. The examples on the box all show the drawings on blacktop and we have only a sidewalk. The glasses are a little small to fit over my glasses but I still can see the 3D effect. The glasses do fit fine over Princess A's glasses just fine. We have been outside for over 90 minutes and I am sure they would stay out a few hours more. I know we will be put here many times until the rains comes.

Saturday, September 10

A Great Day at Alki Beach

We just spent a great day at Alki beach in West Seattle. It was the first time we went and walked on the beach. I did not realize how rock it would be. We found some sea glass and Princess A found the coolest seashell. She was pretty heart broken when she discovered it was missing. She is going to ask Santa to bring her an even better one for Christmas.

Monday, August 29

Yummy Yellow Watermelon!

Have you ever tried yellow watermelon?
I have seen them before at the Olympia Farmer's Market but had never tried one. On Saturday, while at the Sand in the City, a booth had some out to sample. We all loved it and decided to pick one up. We ate half on Sunday and the other half for dessert tonight. It is a little different than the regular but still very sweet and so yummy. I can't wait until we can buy another one, which probably won't be until next summer.
Have you ever tried a yellow water melon, and did you like it?

Saturday, August 27

Sand in the City in Olympia, WA

We are having a blast at Sand in the City. We used to live down here and always make a point to come here for a great day. The best part are all of the free crafts. The princesses happily try them all. You can see the chef hats, bird and bracelets. They also made sailboats, necklace, windmill and much more. We also got our favorite dish, curry chicken at Curry in a Hurry at the Olympia Farmer's next door. The festival continues tomorrow so if are close you should try and go!

Friday, August 26

Water Sliding in the Backyard!

The girls were so excited that it was warm enough to set up the water slide. I bought the slide before school got out when it was on sale at Target. The plan was to use it for Princess G's birthday party before school got out late June. Instead it rained, and then rained some more. We finally had the birthday party last week. The temps were over 80s so I set up the slide again. It is so easy to set up but takes a while to put it away!

Sunday, August 21

Hot (for us) Day in Seattle

Yesterday we went into Seattle and let the girls play in the fountain at the Seattle Center. They both had so much fun and both got soaked. I took this photo after they had changed into dry clothes. It was in the mid 80s but that is hot for Seattle.

Tuesday, August 16

Princess A Finishes the Last Harry Potter Book

Princess A was so proud when she finished the last Harry Potter book today. Even more impressive since she only turned eight a few months ago. The last book did take a little while. To celebrate I made her a little heart shaped cake.

Tuesday, August 9

Fijit Dance Party (Toy Review)

Have you heard of Fijits? They are the cutest, new interactive toy.


As soon as the box arrived my girls were so excited. They had never heard of Fijits before but as soon as they saw them they were so impatience to get the packaging off. Princess G kept pressing the button on the tummy for the demo mode as I opened up the package. Luckily for me the package was not to hard to open. They rest of the day all they did was play with their two Fijits. Princess G named her green one Sage and Princess A named her purple one Willa. The Fijits interactive with set phrases. As the Fijit interacts just watch the tummy, when the tummy is lit up the Fijit is waiting for you to talk. We found it was best to be about a foot or two from the Fijit for the best interaction. It took a few times but my girls learned to only speak when tummy was lit and to speak in a normal voice. The different conversations are weather, how you are feeling and jokes. One additional mode is the dance mode, my girls favorite. All day I hear "dance with me", " your music or mine?" and then dancing. Fijits love dancing and will dance differently based on the type of music they are dancing too. My girls played some of their own music (mostly the Rio Soundtrack) but most of the time they just have the Fijits play the music.
The girls were still constantly playing with their Fijits when we had a playdate Fijit party. Their friends thought the toys were so cool and spent most of the time just dancing with the Fijits, over and over again. I know more than one little girl will be asking their mom to buy a Fijit for them. One of their friends has even asked if the next time my girls go to their house to play if they would bring their Fijits.
My girls have playing with the Fijits all of the time. Since we have two of them it is funny to watch them interact with each other. It does not work perfectly but with a few extra prompts it is fun to watch the Fijits and my daughters all dancing.
Now we have started to find Fijits while shopping. Just yesterday we were in Target and my girls found a shelf of Fijits which they kept turning on.
I highly recommend these fun toys but I suggest that purchase extra batteries. After about a day or so the Fijits started stopping suddenly while dancing and reseting as though they had just been turned on. I replaced all of the batteries (5 for each Fijit) and they have been working perfectly ever since then. Most times the batteroes that come with a toy don't last long so I always make sure I have extra batteries even when toys come with batteries.




I also made a few videos with my girls dancing with their Fijits. I will try and post them later.




wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Mattel Fijit Friends and received product samples, a party kit, and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Monday, August 8

Giveaway: The Help Movie Prize Pack ends 8/22


ITEMS FOR GIVEAWAY: ( note:Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures– Digital Marketing and Publicity is providing the prize pack)

- THE HELP t-shirt in adult female sizes of S, M, L, XL
- THE HELP pocket jotter & pen
- THE HELP fan
- THE HELP nail file/mirror
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Sunday, July 31

Moby by Contigo App Review




I love my iPhone and part of the reason are all of the great apps available. I admit I like to go to the apple store and explore different free apps. I am always downloading new ones and seeing if they work for me. Most apps are erased after only a few weeks or so. I found an app that I am keeping: Moby by Contigo! Moby lets you share your location with those you select. My husband has been home the last few weeks after ankle surgery. Since he is home I have been able to run errands without dragging my two children (they hate shopping.) Since I also downloaded the Moby app on our iPad my husband can see where I am with a few clicks. He can also send me a message or ask me to check in using the app. Since I tried to do many errands at once my husband can see where I am. If he sees that I am still at the library and he thinks of a movie (he has been watching lots of DVDs since he is still not walking without crutches) he can send me a message to pick it up. Earlier this week I had to attend a meeting in the evening in not the best area. My husband could see if I was still there or if I left and he can give me a call. Of course sometimes I sent my husband a message or just checked in (an alert with just my location and a request for his location) and he did not hear the iPad or it was across the room and not worth the pain to retrieve it. Later when the girls came to check and see if Daddy needed anything and they brought him the ipad he could see all of the messages and/or alerts I sent. The app will save up 25 such messages. I don't care if my husband knows where I am all of the time (I tell him where I am going always) but if you want to go somewhere without those in your Moby circle knowing you can click a button and not share your location. You can also decide to share your location with only certain people. You might want your friends to see where you are on the weekends but only your spouse or kids during the week. My husband has been home or with me so I never explored having someone else checking in but once he goes back to work it will be nice to check on him and see on Moby where he is on the drive home.

When I was setting Moby up I was able to send invitation to others to download Moby too. One thing I did not like is that currently you can only add people via your contacts and they must have a first and last name. That was a problem for me since my husband is listed by a nickname in my phone. Also you can not change any of the contact info once it is imported to Moby. If you need to change something you need to delete the person in Moby and reload their contact info from your phone. I actually sent a message to Moby about this. I was very impressed by how fast they answered my message. They informed me that they are already working on fixing that. Moby is only going to get better.
I highly recommend the Moby app. It works great on my iPhone and iPad and my husband is going to look into downloading it on his work Blackberry (he has to find out if he is allowed to since it is a company phone.)
If my kids had phones I would definitely put it on there phone.
If you decide to try Moby (it is free in the apple store) let me know what you think.



I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Moby and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Tuesday, July 26

Visited China via Michael's free crafts


We have been meaning to attend many of the free crafts at Michael's. We have only made the Germany one because I need to attend it for ideas for Girl Scout camp.
Today the girls made sand art, you just peel off an area and pour sand on the exposed area which is sticky. The girls had A blast but were so careful it took over 45 minutes.

Sunday, July 24

Finally Caught the Ice Cream Truck!


All summer we have been trying to catch the ice cream truck and today: Success!

Friday, July 22

Giveaway: PHINEAS & FERB Movie (ends 7/26)

My girls (and my husband) adore Phineas and Ferb. I must admit I like them too. The show has great and catchy tunes, we have a few of their songs on our ipod. We have been seeing commercials for the new Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension. The movie premiers August 5 at 8 pm/7 central.


SYNOPSIS
In the series, there are 2 very separate worlds - Phineas, Ferb and Candace in one world, Dr. Doofenshmirtz and Perry in the other. In the movie, Phineas and Ferb Across the 2nd Dimension (aka PF2D), these two worlds are thrust together for the first time to create a big adventure like we’ve never seen before. After the boys stumble upon Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s lair, Phineas and Ferb unintentionally help the evil scientist perfect his latest –inator, which sends them all to an alternate dimension where a truly evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz (as opposed to our simply ineffective Dr. Doof) has succeeded in taking over the Tri-state Area and plans to travel back to our dimension to conquer it as well. After overcoming the shock of discovering Perry’s secret, the threesome learn to work together and establish a newfound relationship as not just pet/owners, not just friends - but a dynamic team ready to face their greatest challenge yet: to save the world as they know it.

Well if you (or your kids) are excited about the Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension you could win tickets to watch the movie Saturday July 30th in Seattle!

I have 5 family 4 packs to giveaway. Please only enter if you can attend the movie Saturday July 30 in Seattle at 10:30 am.


Giveaway
5 of my readers can win family 4 packs to the movie Saturday July 30th at 10:30am in Seattle.
The movie tickets will be mailed to you so I will need the winners addresses by the morning of 7/27, so please check you emails.

To enter: Please leave a comment with your favorite Phineas and Ferb character (mine is Perry the platypus.)

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Seattle area only
Ends 7/26/11 at noon PST.





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Monday, June 13

Dr. Scholl's Custom Fit Orthotic Inserts Review




I have never worn inserts but I wonder if I should have. I have the hardest time finding shoes that are comfortable. Most shoes just make my feet hurt if I wear them or try and walk in them more than a little bit. I have narrow feet and high arches. i was given the opportunity to try out Dr Scholl's Custom Fit Orthotic Inserts. The first thing I did was find a Dr Scholl's kiosk (my local Walmart had one). At the kiosk I took off my shoes and followed the directions on the screen. It involved standing on both feet and then each foot by themselves. The machine did some calculations and told me the perfect insert for my feet. Just to me sure I did the whole thing a second time and I got the same results. Once I received the pair of inserts (one for each foot) I tried them out in my favorite shoes. At first it felt a little strange but comfortable. I had complete support in my arches. After a little while I did not even notice that my shoes felt any different except that my feet seemed less tired. Some days I am on my feet all day and others I thankfully get to sit some of the time. To me it seemed as though I can walk (or stand) longer with less tiredness (is that a real word?)


I wish I had know about these sooner and with a price of $50 it is much less than a custom fit at a doctors. If you would like to try them I also have a link to a $7.50 Dr. Scholl’s rebate just for you (http://www.footmapping.com/footmapping/rebate-momscentral.jspa)

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Dr. Scholl’s and received a Custom Fit Orthotics from Dr. Scholl’s to facilitate my review.

Wednesday, June 8

Disneyland Day Five


We started our last day in Fantasyland!
Of course our first ride had to be on Dumbo!


Auntie Babe joined us just as Princess G finished another ride on Roses (a carousel horse) behind us.


Next we tried Casey's Circus Train. I have not been on this ride in years.



Back for another ride on Roses!



We realized that we never got a picture with Mickey so we went to his house to try and find him.



Mickey was in his living room so after taking our picture we wandered through the rest of the house.



Auntie Babe and Princess A decided to try and ride the roller coaster with their hands up the whole time.



At last it was time to battle Darth Vader. Princess G planned on battling him too but she started to feel a little sick on last day (mostly just being over tired.)


Princess A defeated Darth Vader just as we knew she would!



A picture with my cutie!


This is how we got around the parks.


Princess A loved pushing her sister but in crowds I usually took over so we would not rum over anyone.


This is my favorite picture of all of us from our trip.




Too soon it was time to leave!



Here we are back in Seattle at the airport.