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5 Great Products and Tips to Make This Thanksgiving Extra Fun and Easy!

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com all opinions are my own.

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is this week!  This year is certainly flying by, but I’m excited to share some great products and tips to make this Thanksgiving extra fun.

Let someone else take care of the centerpiece this year, and let it double as a dessert!  Order one of these awesome fall arrangements from Edible Arrangements.  I love sending Edible Arrangements as a way to say thank you or for special occasions like birthdays, but ordering one as a centerpiece for my family is a great way to cross some decorating off my to-do list and I get to enjoy the beautiful yumminess!  They can be ordered up till 11/22, the day before Thanksgiving!


We received the Salted Caramel Harvest Bouquet™ with Orange Swizzle Berries® which includes Salted caramel apple wedges, Chocolate dipped strawberries with festive orange Swizzle®, Playful pineapple leaves, Chocolate covered pineapple “apple”, and additional grapes, strawberries, cantaloupe in a keepsake pumpkin container that can be used again.

You can use one of these awesome coupon codes to save this holiday season:
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$10 OFF $39+ ($49 for CA) valid 11/13 – 11/22, unlimited use, for fulfillment any time.
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$20 OFF $99+, valid 11/13-11/22, unlimited use, fulfillment any time.

Skip the dirty dishes and get some canned beverages everyone will love.   Sipp Sparkling Organics has an amazing line of refreshing sparkling beverages that everyone in your party is sure to love.  I received a couple of these to try, and immediately went out and purchased more for myself, they are so delicious!  There are 6 flavors to select from and these are delicious chilled on their own or mixed with other juices or cocktails.  Created with a blend of fruits, herbs and agave into a lightly sweetened sparkling beverage.

For alcoholic beverages, choose a signature beverage or two for the day, to keep the bar stocked up easily.  Clean Cocktails for the Modern Mixologist from Blue Barn Publishing has countless ideas for excellent low calorie cocktails.  Holistic health coaches Beth Ritter Nydick and Tara Roscioli bring a clean-living mindset to craft mixology. Their recipes use low-calorie spirits, fresh juices, clean sweeteners like honey and maple syrup, and anti-inflammatory spices.  Plus many of the recipes have pitcher sizes, which is perfect for holiday entertaining!  I can’t wait to create the Strawberry Limeade for my family and friends, this is one of my favorite cocktails ever!

Don’t forget your four legged family members!  Get them some extra yummy and nutritious snacks from Solid Gold!  Just in time for Thanksgiving, Solid Gold has came out with a new line of cat and dog treats featuring the flavors of your holiday dinner.  Brady loved these superfood chewy dog treats that combine flavors of turkey, sweet potatoes, and cinnamon!  They deliver a texture, smell, and taste in nutrient dense reward for dogs of all sizes.  Brady has been eating these up, and it looks like we found his new favorite treat.

Put the giving back in Thanksgiving with Petlanthropy.org a unique way to help animals in need!  The Petlanthropy Foundation was founded with only one goal, to help give all homeless cats and dogs a loving forever home.  This is a great cause to donate to during the holiday season, and all year long.

 

All these products awed certain to help you entertain your guests with ease, so that you can focus on giving thanks, making memories, and gathering around the dinner table!

Our Thanksgiving Morning Tradition

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Our Thanksgiving Morning Tradition

As a little girl, I remember waking up to a call from my Nana every Thanksgiving morning, asking if I was watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  My mother always hosted Thanksgiving dinner, however, Nana would arrive in the morning before Santa made his way down the streets of Manhattan.
I hold these memories close to my heart, and that is why I made sure to keep the tradition alive with my own children. 

We started another tradition a few years ago of spending Thanksgiving in Charleston, South Carolina with my brother and our parents.  We rent a large house on Kiawah Island and enjoy some family time, yet we still wake up every Thanksgiving to watch the dazzling floats and Character Balloons fill up the screen.

This year marks the 91st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and Macy’s has added some epic performances to the opening of the Thanksgiving Day Parade.  It will feature an all-star cast of celebrities all singing and dancing together in a performance of Dancin’ in The Street!  Also, as part of the first hour of festivities, Gwen Stefani will perform White Christmas at the Bryant Park ice rink!  New York during the holidays is always a breath-taking sight, while I wish I was one of the 3.5 million spectators that will be lining the streets of Manhattan, I’ll have to settle for being one of the 50 million people watching from the home, and cozying up with some coffee and my munchkins sounds just as good.  I can’t wait to see these performances though!

Make sure to tune in at 9 a.m. ET to watch the new opening of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Do you remember the first time you tuned in to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? What about the parade do you look forward to most each year?

The New Play Park at The Florida Mall!

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We were invited to see the new Play Park inside the Crayola Experience Wing of The Florida Mall and Aidan loved it!

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The Florida Mall is one of our favorite malls to visit because they offer so many family friendly attractions.  With the Crayola Experience, American Girl Store, M&M World, and so much more, it is one mall my kids don’t complain about shopping at.

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The Florida Mall has a brand-new attraction for kids, The Play Park.  It is an interactive play area for kids of all ages and the perfect spot for parents to take a break from shopping the gigantic Florida Mall. 

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This 3,000 square-feet Play Park features imaginative play in an enchanting, nature-inspired play space.
Play Elements include:

  • The Story Tunnel – (Zone: 6 months to 2 years)
  • Piano Patio – (Zone: 6 months to 2 years)
  • Kaleidoscope Mushroom – (Zone: 6 months to 2 years)
  • Magic Doors – (Zone: 6 months to 2 years)
  • Windy Wall – (Zone: 6 months to 2 years)
  • Chasing Game – (Zone: 3 years to 6 years)
  • Wind Tube – (Zone: 3 years to 6 years)
  • The Egg – (Zone: 3 years to 6 years)
  • Spinning Top – (Zone: 3 years to 6 years)
  • Digital Pond – (Zone: 3 years to 6 years)
  • Talking Flower – (Zone: 3 years to 6 years and 7 years to 10 years)
  • Memory Game – (Zone: 7 years to 10 years)
  • Pixel Wall – (Zone: 7 years to 10 years)
  • Electric Maze – (Zone: 7 years to 10 years)
  • Mushroom Run Interactive Game – (Zone: 7 years to 10 years)
  • Glowing Grass – (Zone: 7 years to 10 years)
  • Stepping Stones – (Zone: All zones)
  • Sound Flower – (Zone: All zones)

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Photo courtesy of The Florida Mall

Grand Opening

Tomorrow, May 20th, The Florida Mall is hosting a free grand opening celebration for the public.  Starting with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m., followed by an afternoon of family friendly fun from noon until 3 p.m.

Activities will include:

  • Thomas the Tank Engine™ Meet and Greet (adjacent to The Play Park near Dick’s Sporting Goods)
  • Live DJ featuring kids’ games, entertainment and a photo booth
  • Face painters, balloon artists, strolling entertainers and stilt walkers
  • Popular costumed characters including Beauty and the Beast, The Trolls and Snow White will be available for photos throughout the day
  • Crayola Experience will be offering an exclusive bag and a personalized crayon to the first 250 event attendees as well as character appearances throughout the day. Plus star in your own coloring page when you stop in to the Crayola Store and enter for your chance to WIN annual passes
  • Craft stations and mad science experiments
  • Food sampling from select Dining Pavilion Retailers
  • A scavenger hunt
  • Exclusive complimentary offer booklet from kids’ retailers offering exclusive weekend savings
  • Gift bags and exclusive swag for the first 250 children
  • 2 grand prize ‘shop and stay’ giveaways
  • Dance, karate and gymnastics performances by local youth groups

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Looking for some family fun this weekend?  Head over to The Florida Mall and celebrate this fun filled grand opening!
For more information visit shopfloridamall.com.

Let’s Celebrate 40 Years of Fun with Chuck E. Cheese’s, Plus a fun Giveaway!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chuck E. Cheese’s. The opinions and text are all mine.

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If you ask my kids on any given day what they want to do, the answer is “go to Chuck E. Cheese’s” 100% of the time.
They love eating pizza, playing games, and crawling through the tubes.
I love that I can take them there when I really need to get some work done, but they’re full of energy.  I take advantage of the free Wi-Fi while they play and then we end it with pizza for dinner.  Chuck E. Cheese’s has been my “work at home mom” saving grace, but on May 19th I won’t be working during our visit, I’ll be celebrating!

Chuck E. Cheese’s is celebrating its 40th birthday by hosting a world-record breaking party!

A GUINNESS WORLD RECORDSTM record attempt

Chuck E. and friends have teamed up with GUINNESS WORLD RECORDSTM to attempt A GUINNESS WORLD RECORDSTM title in stores nationwide on May 19!

Families are invited to visit their local Chuck E. Cheese’s to be a part of the “Most People Blowing Party Blowers Simultaneously for 10 Seconds” world-record breaking event.

Every child that comes in on May 19th will receive a free slice of cake and 40 free tickets, while supplies last, regardless of participation in the record-breaking stunt.

So lets head over and celebrate with Check E. and make his birthday as special as he makes ours!

40 Days of VIP Birthday Giveaways

In honor of its own birthday, Chuck E. Cheese’s is hosting a daily sweepstakes to celebrate 40 years of fun!
In the 40 days leading up to the milestone on May 19, Chuck E. Cheese’s will be giving fans a chance to win a free VIP birthday party experience. 
To enter, upload an image of your receipt showing that you visited a Chuck E. Cheese’s between 4/10 and 5/19 for a chance to win the VIP party for up to 20 kids.

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Birthday Parties is What Chuck E Cheese’s Does Best!

We have had so many birthday parties at Chuck E. Cheese’s that I’ve lost count.  Anthony’s first birthday was there 12 years ago tomorrow and ever sense it’s been my go to party spot for an easy and fun kid’s birthday party.

Why I love Chuck E. Cheese’s Birthday Parties:

  • Online reservations, right from the start it’s simple.  I have 3 loud kids, I don’t want to be on the phone with anyone trying to make reservations.  Chuck E. Cheese lets me book my entire party online.
  • I can order the goodie bags through them if I don’t feel like making them myself.  Time saver!  Plus, Chuck E. Cheese’s now has bigger and better goody bags.
  • I can also order my cake at Chuck E. Cheese if I don’t want to order it somewhere else, or (don’t laugh) bake it myself.  
  • The kids get to run around and have a blast without tearing up your house.
  • Their new pizza recipe is delish.
  • Best of all, no clean up!  Literally I get to pack up my kids and the gifts and head back to my still (semi) clean home.

Chuck E. Cheese has come out with some great new party features including VIP parties that include having the entire party area to yourself before the restaurant opens.  Eat more Play more packages geared towards the older kids, which gives them 3 slices of pizza each.  Also they have come out with exciting new party themes to choose from including: Party Like a Rock Star, Dressed in Pink Party, Sports Sports Sports, and Chuck E. Super Fan.

Plus for a limited time only the Birthday Star gets 1,000 tickets!

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The New Eat & Play Express Package

During my usual weeknight visits, I anticipate the spending a few hours between the kids playing, eating, and visiting the prize counter.  Because I am going to make the most of my time with work, this usually doesn’t bother me.  However, there are nights that I would love to bring the kids into Chuck E. Cheese to celebrate small accomplishments or because I really want the pizza but I just don’t have the entire evening to set aside.  
Chuck E. Cheese’s has rolled out a solution, new Eat & Play package.  Visit Monday through Thursday and order the Eat & Play Express package for just $31.99-$32.99, depending on the Chuck E. Cheese’s location. 
(If your pizza does not arrive within 20 minutes, receive a FREE dessert)

Package includes:
1 Large 1-topping Pizza
4 Drinks
2 20-minute Play Pass Cards/45 tockens (for non-play pass stores)
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1 Dessert (giant chocolate chip cookie or cinnamon dessert pizza, based on availability)

I will definitely be taking advantage of this package during busy weeks that I want to add a little fun to!

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GIVEAWAY TIME!

Will you be joining the 40th anniversary celebration?   Make sure you snap a quick picture while you’re there!   

I am hosting a giveaway for one lucky reader who goes in-store on the 19th!  Take a picture at Chuck E. Cheese’s and post the picture in the comments section below.  One lucky winner will be chosen a random.

Winner will receive a swag bag with two guest passes, 1,000 tickets, a Chuck E. Cheese’s shirt and a goody bag.

Head over to 40YearsofFun.com for more details on Chuck E. Cheese’s birthday celebrations and enter for a chance to receive special offers.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chuck E. Cheese’s. The opinions and text are all mine.

Fitlife Foods in Tampa is Delivering Powerfully Good Meals!

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Occasionally, I learn about a company that I immediately fall in love with.  Being new to Florida, I’ve been missing some on my Boston go-to businesses.  So, the search has been on since we moved to find all those day to day places that you become loyal to over time.  

I was invited to a media tasting at a Fitlife Foods in Tampa last week, which is a company that I had hadn’t heard of prior to this tasting.  The company is based in the Central Florida area and provides healthy meal options that are premade daily from scratch using delicious fresh ingredients.

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The media tasting was my first time visiting a Fitlife Foods store but within minutes of walking into the store, I was hooked!  As a busy mom, I am always looking for healthy and quick meal options for those crazy weeknights.  As a blogger, I am frequently on the go and eating breakfast or lunch out of my car, I never knew that such a healthy and yummy option was available.

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During the event, I had the privilege of meeting chef Andrew Ruga, and I can hand down honestly say, he has amazing skills!  We tried several dishes, from breakfast plates to dessert, and every item that was put in front of me was delicious.  However, the meals weren’t just delicious, a lot of chefs can create a yummy plate of food, what made these meals awesome was that I didn’t have to think twice about what I was putting in my mouth.  Every meal is made with fresh and healthy ingredients which are listed along with the nutritional information on each meals packaging.

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We tried Quinoa Hash, Tampa Bay BBQ Beef with Mac N’ Cheese, Simply Grilled Salmon, Carrot Cake, and so much more.  I left with my belly full and very happy.  My favorite was a tie between the chicken tortellini and the BBQ beef.  I also can’t wait to bring home the Mac ‘n Cheese for my daughter, who asks for this meal for dinner every night.  Fitlife Foods Mac ‘n Cheese is made without the heavy cream and with lots of hidden vegetables, I can kiss the mom guilt of serving bright orange macaroni to my kids goodbye.

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One aspect of Fitlife Foods that has me really excited is Project U.  A complimentary service that sets you up with a health and wellness advisor, who will take your BMI, weight, height and discuss your goals.  Whether you are trying to lose weight or maintain your current weight, your health and wellness advisor will help you set up a plan that works for you.  

I plan to take advantage of this free service soon!  I learned last week that I have PCOS and one of the most important aspects of me overcoming the symptoms of this disease is to monitor what I put in my body and how I’m taking care of myself. This company crossed my path at the perfect time and showed me how easy it is to get a healthy meal with lots of vegetables and protein on my kitchen table. 

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 The option to run into a store and have a healthy meal ready in 2 minutes sounds amazing, but Fitlife Foods just upped their game even higher with delivery!  In certain locations, you can order 8-12 meals or 20-24 meals delivered, along with the purchase of a cooler that holds 12 meals and Fitlife Foods delivers made-from-scratch meals right to you.  Now choosing to eat healthy can’t be any easier.

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 The food was delicious, the staff was incredibly friendly, and the entire concept of this business has me ready to be a frequent customer.