Wednesday, April 23, 2014

American Idiot

When I was in high school, Green Day was pretty big. I have always had a love of all kinds of different music, but at that time, they were one of my favorite bands. When I met my now husband, I was the weird girl who listed to weird music. He wasn't a fan. He has since changed his tune (pun intended) and I catch him playing some Green Day every now and again on Pandora. So, when I heard American Idiot was coming to town, I insisted that we get tickets.

American Idiot

My husband wasn't totally on board with going to the show, but in the end, I got my way.

American Idiot

If you are planning on seeing American Idiot, just be forewarned there is a lot of profanity, drug use, and sex scenes. I had thought about taking my 14 year old daughter, but almost immediately felt relieved that she didn't come. While I am sure these are subjects she can handle just fine, I think witnessing their portrayal with her parents would have been a bit awkward for her.

The energy was high and the performers did a great job on the musical numbers. However, I wasn't sure they executed their storyline as well as they could have. It was almost halfway through the show before I realized there were 3 different stories unfolding in the performance. However, the show was still great- not Rock of Ages great, but worthwhile to see once. 

Are you a Green Day fan? What musical band would you like to see featured in a theatrical performance?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter 2014

Our Easter was shaping up to be a little rocky this year. Allison came down with a nasty stomach bug that lasted 4 days! She was invited to an Easter party on Saturday, and though she said she felt fine, I thought it was best to keep her home. This got me pegged as "The Worst Mom EVER!" stomp, stomp, stomp. However, shortly after the time the party was supposed to start, her belly started hurting again and I got an apology. Yep, mom always knows best ;)

doctors office

Thankfully, by Easter Sunday the bug finally passed and both of the girls were able to do a little egg hunt at their grandma's house.

Easter Egg Hunt
Easter Egg Hunt

The weather was perfect. No sick kids. I couldn't have asked for a better Easter!

How did you spend your Easter this year?

Spoil Mom Mother's Day Giveaway!

Hey moms! Here is a great giveaway just for you today! We all know how hard you work for your family year round, wouldn't it be nice to win a little something special for yourself? These prizes will be sure to add a little indulgence to your day! Or better yet, share them with your own mom! I'm sure she will love them!      

Hosted by:  Mommy's Makin' It & The Binder Ladies
Co-hosted by:  My Coupon Lady

Mother's Day is right around the corner!  What better way to say, "thank you" to the mother's in your life, than giving them a unique prize pack filled with goodies to spoil her?  Not only will the winner of this giveaway score a bouquet of flowers of their choice from The Bouqs, they'll also grab $100 in cash (via Paypal or Amazon gift card).  To sweeten the prize, we have teamed up with some incredible representatives from fun companies that are offering up these amazing prizes!

I am a stay at home single mom, college student and Pampered Chef Independent Consultant. Pampered Chef is a wonderful company dedicated to the cook providing quality kitchen tools. The product I am featuring is the Garden Trowel, New from our Spring line, perfect for any garden fanatic. (Item #1235, $24.00 value). Visit me on Facebook  & my site!

My name is Sky, and I'm a momma to 2 beautiful children! I am an Independent Distributor for It Works! and we sell some of the best all natural weight loss products I've ever come across. I'll be giving away one of our Ultimate Body Applicators, which can help you tighten, tone and firm! Checkout my Facebook Page and site!

I'm a mom to a 3 year old little boy and I'm also a licensed Cosmetologist.  I am a Founding Presenter with Younique. We have natural and natural based cosmetics and skin care. Included in the prize pack from Younique are 2 of our Mineral Eye Pigments. They are 100% natural! gluten free and provide gorgeous color.  Check out my Facebook Page and Website!

My name is Candisse, and I'm an aspiring event planner with my own event company. I am an Independent Advanced Consultant with Jamberry Nails - the revolutionary new crazy to have fun, easy to apply nail designs for your fingers and toes! I will be giving away 1 full sheet of nail shields, which will do up to 4 full sets of nails and last up to 2 weeks on your fingers and 6 weeks on your toes! Check out my Facebook Page Website!

Hey! My name is Latika and I am a self-proclaimed "Glitterati Girl" and mother of 2! I do have a traditional 9-5 but am also a Charm Specialist for Charmsations, a new personalized accessory company that has taken the world by storm in it's short existence! I will be letting YOU "get glitterati" with your very own customized bracelet-enjoy!  Stop by and see my Facebook Page and Website!

HI!  I'm a wife and mom of three grown kids and three beautiful little granddaughters. One has Down Syndrome and is such a blessing in our lives! I joined JujuBelle for my love of affordable, interchangeable fashion jewelry.This Crystal Stretch Bracelet comes with a Mini Bling Crown and two charms ($18 retail value). Stop by and see me at my Facebook Page and website!

1 lucky winner will score:
* a bouquet from The Bouqs (up to $40 value)
* $100 cash 
* Pampered Chef Garden Trowel 
* It Works! Wrap 
* (2) Younique Mineral Eye Pigments 
* Jamberry full sheet "Flourish" Nail Wraps 
* Charmsations Customized Bracelet  
* Crystal Stretch Bracelet w/ Charms

This is a $257 value package!
Open to all US State residents, 18 years or older.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond to an email sent from (consider adding this address to your contacts so it doesn't go to spam!).  This giveaway ends @ 11:59 pm EST on April 28th.

Disclosure- *Participants in this giveaway are not responsible for prize shipment, nor were they compensated for this post. Hosts are responsible for prize shipment of cash and vendor prizes.  Winner will be given a coupon code to The to order. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media outlet.  If you have any questions, or want to participate in our next giveaway, please contact Jeni @

Friday, April 18, 2014

Enter To Win $1 Million In The 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest #BakeOff

Finding new recipes is something that I always enjoy doing. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and I spend a lot of time cooking and baking for my family. I will sometimes toss a few ingredients together on a whim, and I will be surprised at how good the turnout was. Many of our favorite recipes were happy accidents! If you are like me, enjoy spending time creating delicious eats for your family, then Pillsbury wants to invite you to submit your favorite original recipe into their 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest!

Pillsbury Bake-Off
Do you know any talented home cooks or bakers? If so, their creativity in the kitchen could land them a spot to compete for $1 million and other prizes in the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest! 

Original recipes may be submitted online at now through May 8, 2014. The Bake-Off® Kitchens will evaluate all eligible entries and choose the top 100 recipes to compete at the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest Finals at the Omni Nashville Hotel on November 3, 2014. 

For more information and official rules, please visit

 I was sent some goodies to create my own recipe for the bake-off contest.

Every entry must include at least 1 Pillsbury product as an ingredient. Since Pillsbury has a huge selection of products, coming up with an idea was simple. I would share mine here, but since it's going into the contest, I think it's best to remain a secret for now. I did enjoy looking through the Bake-Off book that has 100 recipes from past winners. This PB&J breakfast danish looked too good not to try!

Peanut Butter Jelly Danish


1 8oz package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup Jif Peanut Butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg, separated
1 can Pillsbury Grands Flaky Layers refrigerated Butter Tastin' Biscuits
1/3 cup Smucker's Seedless Strawberry Jam


Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 15x10 inch pan with sides with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, peanut butter, vanilla and egg yolk with electric mixer on medium speed 1 minutes, or until fluffy, scraping sides of bowl if necessary. Set aside.
Arrange biscuits in 2 rows of 4 biscuits in center of pan, with sides of biscuits just touching. Press or roll biscuits to 14x9 inch rectangle. Spread cream cheese mixture over dough to within 1/2 inch of edges.  Using parchment paper, bring long sides of dough over filling, overlapping slightly in center. With fork, lightly beat egg white. Brush over top and sides of dough.

Bake 25 to 35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 10 minutes. Spoon and spread ham down center of pastry. Carefully remove to serving plate. Serve warm.

My kids gobbled the loaf right up. Thankfully, I was able to grab a slice for myself to have with my morning cup of tea!

This recipe was so simple to put together! If this sounds like something you could whip up in the kitchen, make sure to stop by to get your recipe submitted for the $1 million grand prize, or any of the many other prizes available!

*Disclosure- The information and prize pack were provided by Pillsbury through Platefull Co-Op. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wordless Wednesday- Bunny Visit

Easter BunnyEaster Bunny

We had our annual Easter party last weekend. The Easter Bunny stopped by for a visit. Yes, he is a little creepy looking.

Lil' Gadgets Wireless Bluetooth Kid's Heaphones Giveaway!



Welcome to the Lil’ Gadgets Wireless Bluetooth Kid’s Headphones Giveaway!


My daughter doesn't like to wear earbuds when listening to music or playing games on the computer. She says they hurt her ears. I have over the ear headphones, but they are adult sized and don't fit her head without a lot of hassle getting them adjusted properly. I am thrilled to find out about these Lil' Gadgets Wireless Headphones, because not only are they are designed to fit small heads, they are stylish too!

Hosted by: Tyrneathem
Sponsored by: Lil’ Gadgets
Dates: April 15 to 30, 2014

Products for children shouldn’t mean lesser quality or embellished with cartoonishness. At least that’s what Lil’ Gadgets believes. When they couldn’t find products that met their standards for their children, they decided to take matters into their own hands.

LilGadgets are built to be attractive enough for adults yet are durable and fitted for children. These are products that will make your inner child envious.

See Tyrneathem's full review here.

 One lucky entrant will win a pair of Lil’ Gadgets Kid’s Bluetooth Headphones valued at $94.95!
Open to residents of the Continental US only. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate. If you have won an item from this sponsor (LilGadgets) within the last six (6) months, you are not eligible for a prize. All entries are optional, but completing more entries will increase your chances of winning a prize. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen, so please watch your email! Please read full terms and conditions on the form before entering.

Good Luck!


*Disclosure- Theresa's Mixed Nuts was not compensated to help promote this giveaway, and is not responsible for winner selection or prize shipment. If you have any questions about the giveaway, please contact Tonya at

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