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Month: December 2015

4 Must Have Items for a Fun and Sparkling Holiday Girls Night ~ Plus a Dirty Shirley Cocktail Recipe! #SparklingHolidays

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Every year around the holidays, my closest friends and myself all get together for a fun girls night in.  It’s a nice relaxing night in the middle of a very stressful time of year when us girls take a night to simply focus on ourselves and having fun with each other.  We have a simple grab gift, some yummy appetizers and sweets, along with a signature cocktail.

We take this time to unwind, laugh, and act silly while the forgetting about our endless shopping lists, decorating, and all our other holiday errands for the night.
Must Have Items for a Fun and Sparkling Holiday Girls Night:
1.  Yummy Appetizers, We are all escaping our mommy and wifely duties to unwind.  Having something delicious to refuel us is a must.
2.  Small Grab Gift, Nothing that is going to add extra stress to the group, just something small to get everyone giggly and having fun.  One year we did a silly socks theme, another was strange ornament themed.
3.  Games,  We want to unwind and what better way to unwind than with all your friends playing a round of twister or Jenga kid free!
4.  A Signature Cocktail,  No one has time to fully stock the bar and having one festive drink keeps things simple.
This year I was in charge of the signature cocktail and I chose to make an simple yet pretty Dirty Shirley cocktail, featuring DASANI Sparkling Water in Berry flavor.  This was a great refreshing and yummy cocktail that we all enjoyed.  All the girls were excited about using DASANI Sparkling water as our drink mixer, the holidays are overly indulgent as it is, finding a cocktail mixer that has Zero calories, is unsweetened, has zero artificial colors, and to top it off is caffeine-free is a great way to prepare a cocktail for girls night.
Dirty Shirley Cocktail Recipe:

Cocktail Ingredients
2 cups of DASANI Sparkling Water in Berry Flavor
1/4 cup of Strawberry flavored Vodka
Splash Grenatine
Garnish
Cherries
Sugar Crystals
If you would like to rim the glasses, add the colorful sugar crystals to the glasses.  Next fill a glass with ice, add DASANI Flavored Water, Strawberry Vodka, and grenadine.  Then stir and add cherries.
That’s all, no in-depth prep work.  Simple and quick so everyone can make their own cocktails all night.
Ready to make some yummy Dirty Shirleys this holiday season?  Head over to Walmart  and pick up a 12 pack of the 12 ounce cans of DASANI Sparkling Water!
Sparkling flavors available are Lime, Berry, Lemon, and Black Cherry.

Make the Switch to Sprint and Save 50% ~ Plus a Giveaway! 2 Phones, 2 Winners!

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Sprint. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
I have had so much fun being a Sprint Mom and learning about all the ins and outs of different Sprint products and plans.  Today I learned about the launch of Sprint’s new LTE Plus Network which is performing faster than both Verizon and AT&T.
To celebrate the new launch Sprint is introducing the biggest wireless offer in U.S. history!  Sprint is offering plans at 50% off the price of most Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile mobile rate plans.
New customers who switch to sprint between November 20th and January 7th 2016, will get this special 50% rate until January 2018!
When switching to Sprint you can get a new phone through Sprint Lease, iPhone forever, Installment billing or by paying full retail price.  All of these are great ways to budget out a new cell phone, however I have another great way.  Enter to win one of the cell phones below!
Giveaways!
Both Giveaways End: January 1st, 2016
Disclosure: Contest entrants are only eligible to win once per sweepstake, per household as part of a campaign sponsored by Influence Central and must reside in the United States.
Enter to win a HTC One A9 from Sprint
The HTC One A9 is a beautifully sleek phone that offers the latest features from Google’s Android:
– Powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow 
– Multi-directional fingerprint scanner
– Android Pay
– New power saving capabilities to maximize battery life
-13 MP rear camera
– Optical Image Stabilization
– Expandable memory with MicroSD memory slot

Enter to win a HTC Desire 626s from Sprint Prepaid
The second phone we are giving away is the HTC Desire 626s, a great smartphone that gives you the benefits of a prepaid phone.
– 5 inch, 720p, HD touch screen display
– Android 5.1
– 8 megapixel rear facing camera
– Great value with total flexability 
– Plans available that include unlimited data, talk, and text

The Christmas Pickle Tradition!

We have started a new Christmas tradition.  The Christmas Pickle Tradition!  I am so excited about this, I am always looking for fun ways to make more memories during the holidays with kids and The Pickle Tradition does just that.
I had heard my family joke with my father about hiding a pickle at Christmas over the years , because he is German and I guess they had heard about a German version of this tradition.  However we never took part in it and I never understood how anyone would hide a pickle.  For some reason I was imagining an actual pickle and couldn’t comprehend making my house smell like dill pickles for Christmas day.  
Well the jokes on me, The Christmas Pickle Tradition set showed up on my doorstep and I am in love with this adorable tradition and so excited to be starting it with my children.  They are excited about the potential to win an extra gift.
Here is how The Christmas Pickle Tradition works:
Enclosed in the kit is;
Pickle Ornament
A Note from Santa Claus
Annual Pickle Finder Tracker
The Pickle Tradition Book
A Note From Santa,
Leave me the Pickle.  To hang on your tree. By the milk and cookies. Is where it should be. When the morning time comes. No sneaking, be smart! You must wait for your family. For the search to start. On the count of three. Little feet start to run.  The search for the pickle.  Has finally begun! The lucky child. Who spots it on the tree.  Will receive the first present. A gift just from me.
The book tells the story of one of Santa’s mischievous elves, Pickle, and how he learns about the magic of giving over the Christmas season.
The Christmas Pickle Tradition retails for $29.99 and is available at ChristmasPickleTradition.com 
This is such a fun set and the kids cant get enough of the book and hearing Pickle the elf’s story.  This will be our first year hiding the pickle and we cant wait to start this great tradition that will surely last for generations!

Awesome New Games to Put Under The Tree This Year!

Product samples were submitted for review, all opinions are my own.
I love buying games for the kids.  Whether I’m getting games for family game night, games they can play alone, or games that will keep them entertained together so that I can get some things done.  With electronics and the kids always wanting more screen time, buying them a game that makes them want to put down the device and work their brain while bonding with each other and me seems like a perfect gift.
This holiday season I have come across some fun new games that I am excited to be playing with my munchkins.  Take a look, these will be great additions under your tree too!
This is a very exciting game that is perfect for keeping the everyone laughing.  Just add some whipped cream onto the hand of the game unit and start turning the handles. It can go off at any time so each player turns the handle in suspense hoping their not the one to get hit in the face!
The Riddle Edition Treasure Hunt game is a seek and find literacy game that combines thinking skills and physical activity.  Children read the clues and solve the riddles to find the next location for the next clue.  This is a fun and educational game that keeps the kids thinking and moving.
A fun science kit that lets you conduct multiple colorful experiments by just adding milk.
A trivia game that helps you learn the flags of all the countries of the world plus different facts about each country.  Anthony loves this game and it really has helped teach him so much about the geography of the world.
A perfect travel game that can be played alone or against an opponent.  There are several different games that can be played using different rules and pressing the bubbles on the grid game board. 

Players roll the Beanie Boo’s die to move along the game board. Be the first player to collect all your cute character’s shapes to win the game.  A fun game that helps memorization skills while learning colors, numbers, and shapes.
Another easy travel game, players take turns pressing down mouses in a single row.  The player who presses down the last mouse loses. 

Linknotize is a card game that asks you to use a device to click your way between two unrelated topics until you connect them.  Roll the dice, select two topics, set the timer for three minutes, click through Wikipedia and get Linknotized!

War Room DVD Review and Giveaway!

Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
I am so excited to share this War Room review and giveaway with you.  From the first time I saw the preview, I couldn’t wait to see this movie and was counting down the days till it was released on DVD.
If you havent seen the preview take a look:
About War Room:
From the award-winning creators of Fireproof and Courageous comes WAR ROOMa compelling drama with humor and heart that explores the power that prayer can have on marriages, parenting, careers, friendships, and every other area of our lives.  
Tony and Elizabeth Jordan seemingly have it all – great jobs, a beautiful daughter, and their dream house.  But appearances can be deceiving.  Tony and Elizabeth Jordan’s world is actually crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage.  While Tony basks in his professional success and flirts with temptation, Elizabeth’s bitterness only increases. 
But their lives take an unexpected turn when Elizabeth’s newest client, Miss Clara, challenges Elizabeth to a prayer “war room” and a battle plan of prayer for her family.  As Elizabeth begins to fight for her family, Tony must decide if he will make amends.
As Miss Clara wisely says, “Victories don’t come by accident!” A #1 movie in theaters, WAR ROOM is filled with more of the authentic characters loved by millions in previous Kendrick Brothers’ films and a vivid reminder that prayer is a powerful weapon.  

What I Thought:
I watched War Room over the weekend with my husband and we both loved it.  It is such an empowering and moving movie that spoke to us in so many ways.
The power of prayer is incredible and this movie brings that to life and puts it in front of us in an entertaining way.  As the movie ended, I thought to myself “man my prayer like is luke warm too” and this movie gave me a boost to get my passion for the Lord back on fire.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to see this movie yet, I definitely recommend seeing it!
Connect with War Room
Now for some fun, a Giveaway!
Enter to win a copy of the DVD War Room
Giveaway ends December 28, 2015
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