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Life with Little Girls…

** This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Playtex, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #RefreshYourNursery  https://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV **
 If you don’t have a little girl, or in my case multiple little girls in your life, it sure is interesting!! 
I LOVE my girls! 
Couldn’t imagine having little boys but they definitely change your world, like any child would, but they change your home just as much! 
 The color pink just begins to force itself into your decor no matter how hard you try to keep it away. 
Toys, blankets, tables, you name… those girlie pinks appear!

 Have you heard of the invasion of the Baby Dolls?!
Baby dolls just begin to multiple before your eyes! 
These are only a few of ours invaders.
And activities that involve those baby dolls are around the clock fun! 
They get carried to the stores with you, they get pushed around in strollers around the house, they get fed, and of course, get put to bed with those little girls.
Living room tea parties and picnics become daily activities. 
And notice those baby dolls are hanging around for the fun too! 
Closets that were once used for storage soon get filled with cute frilly, girlie clothes… mostly pink at that. 
And the hair bows! 
Holy cow, the hair bows! 
These are just Miss P’s hair bows and Miss S’ stash is growing rapidly as well! 
Little girls sure make life fun!
Their tiny voices are so adorable as they say “mama,” “dada” and “I love you.”
But my little girls have a dark side. 
Beside the little attitudes that show up, oh so early, these girls have stinky diapers that can rival many adult males!! 
That is when our Diaper Genies come to the rescue!! 
And yep… our Diaper Genies are accessorized with bows and necklaces too!
Two girls in diapers require multiple odor control sources.
We used to have another brand when Miss P was first born and it broke, twice, so I am thrilled we finally got smart and switched to a Diaper Genie and they are fabulous!
And gotta love the easy refill packs that you can buy.
I normally buy my refills at Target and that is exactly where I picked these up. 
And right now, receive a $25 Spa Finder Wellness gift card (while supplies last!) after purchasing 3 or more varieties of Diaper Genie Refills at Target and by saving your Target receipt and going to the following website: https://bit.ly/1leqgU7.
And can’t forget the fun when it comes to throwing the diapers into the Diaper Genie! 
Miss P used to slam dunk it in and say “BOOM” but that now has changed.
Dance parties are all the rage in our house as of late so that is what happens now after we throw a diaper away. 
Though, I can’t wait until those dance parties can happen after Miss P uses the potty and then when JUST Miss S throws her diaper away! 
So if you are a momma-to-be or know a momma-to-be, get yourself a Diaper Genie for ALL those dirty diapers!

allison

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Chocolate Berry Banana Smoothie

“This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Nestle, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BreakfastEssentials https://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV” 
With a soon to be 2 yr old and a 6 mth old, breakfasts in my house, for me anyways, sometimes do not happen. By the time I get both girls up, get them breakfast, and all settled for the day, I just forget about something for myself. I have been trying to get up early so I can have a little time to myself before all the craziness begins and try to eat breakfast but  sometimes other things still take priority.
That is where Carnation Breakfast Essentials comes in. It is the perfect addition to my morning routine so I make sure I am getting the proper nutrition I need to keep up with two growing girls all day long. It contains 21 Vitamins and Minerals, 13g of Protein, and as much Calcium as a 6 oz cup of yogurt. That sure is good for this momma! 
I picked up some Carnation Breakfast Essentials at my local Safeway store and decided to use it to make a yummy smoothie. It is quick, easy, and oh so good! 
 
And I have to admit, I like fruit but I don’t eat them nearly enough so the smoothie is one way that I am getting the fruits I need without just eating them out right. And I may throw in a few fruits that I don’t like but who doesn’t like fruit and chocolate?! 😉
This smoothie is so easy and can be made for just yourself or your whole family! 
 Here is how I made it:
 Ingredients:
-Carnation Breakfast Essentials- I bought the container of Rich Milk Chocolate Powder but they have many options, even a variety pack!
 -6 Strawberries
-Half a Banana
-Blueberries
– 1/2 cup of Milk
-A few Ice Cubes

*** Just double the recipe if you are making this for more than one person. I used the whole banana and a few more strawberries and then about a full cup to a cup and a half of milk since I was making this for myself, Travis, and Miss P. ***
 Chop up the fruit and get your Carnation Breakfast Essential all ready to go for the blender.
 Throw all the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth.
 That’s it!
Pour into a glass and enjoy! 

Miss P (and her wild and crazy morning hair) was really excited about her smoothie! 
I don’t have to sneak fruits into her diet though… this girl loves them!!

Travis enjoyed it just as much and since it is fast and easy, he could definitely make one for himself before running out the door for work.


Carnation Breakfast Essentials comes in a variety of flavors to satisfy anyone’s tastes buds
such as Rich Milk Chocolate, Classic French Vanilla, Classic Chocolate Malt, Dark Chocolate, Strawberry Sensation, and the Variety Pack (which has multiple flavors).
You can find numerous Smoothie Recipes on the Carnation Breakfast Essentials website that could help with your crazy morning routines while you are still getting all the nutrition you and your family needs.
And drop by the Carnation Breakfast Essentials Facebook page to keep up with the latest information. 

allison

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Slippin’ on Some Huggies Diapers on My Active Mover + $25 Target Gift Card Giveaway

“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Huggies, but all my opinions are my own. #HuggiesSlipOn #pmedia https://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO
 Do you have a VERY active toddler in your house? 
Does that toddler cry when you it comes time for a diaper change? 
Does your toddler turn into an angry alligator trying to pull a death roll during diaper changes? 
Have you found your toddler in a not so pleasant, stinky, and GROSS situation?
If you answered yes to any or ALL of these questions above, then I have something for you! 
Let Huggies Slip-on Diapers come to the rescue!! 
I definitely have a very active 14 mth old that is always on the move who doesn’t always enjoy stopping for a diaper changing break. 
Here is one of our “fun” diaper changes. 
Awesome isn’t it?! 
NOT really! 

I was very excited when I got the opportunity to check out the Slip-On Diapers because I have been eyeing them for some time now. 
Off to Target we went and used this coupon for $2 off a pack of Huggies Slip-ons Diapers to try on Miss P.
And I think Miss P was ready to try them out as well because she carried the pack of them around the house before we tried them.
 These Huggies Slip-On Diapers have stretchy sides.
They also have that trusted leak protection Huggies is known for. 
Plus, they are super easy to put on and take off.
 You can have your baby step into them if they have good balance or slip their feet in while laying down and then stand them up to pull them up quickly to let your baby go off and play again. 
The Huggies Slip-On Diapers fit Miss P really well, which is good since she is constantly laying, 
standing,
Squating,
 Bending over, 
or walking! 
I think she likes them!! 🙂 
And now here is your chance to win a $25 Target Gift Card so you can go buy some Huggies for your little mover (although you don’t have to use the money on diapers)
 Don’t forget to take your $2 off Coupon when purchasing your Diapers!!
GOOD LUCK!!!

“This post is part of a social shopper marketing
insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Huggies, but all my
opinions are my own. #HuggiesSlipOn #pmedia https://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO

allison

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Denver’s New World Market Fun!

Hi all! 
If you recall, last Wednesday I shared all about the new World Market store in Denver having its Grand Re-opening celebration this week.
Well, this Wednesday, I got to go the the Celebration party to check out the new store. 
You can find the new store at: 770 S. Colorado Blvd., Glendale, CO 80246
 It was super fun and the store is great! 
I grabbed my two shopping buddies and we drove on up to Denver for the event. 
Travis enjoys World Market too so it wasn’t too hard to convince him to come. 

The new store is nice and big! 
Tons of selection to choose from, especially with all the furniture options
 And there is a lot of space between the shelves so you don’t get stuck with the cart some where. I like that!
Plus, this World Market has the Wine and Beer section.
Always fun to see blogging friends in real life!
Got to meet Courtney from Sweet C’s Designs and see Tara from Tara Dara Made It again. 
I also got to meet Sarah from Craft Quickies as well. 
We received some gift cards while we were there to spend so after spending some of the money on some beer and wine, ;), I picked up a few other fun things.
 This cute dish cloth for Easter.
Love this bird frame.
Bought this little gray cake stand partly because I liked it and partly to use in the furture for Miss P’s 1st birthday.
Then I bought all these cute little critters. 
I plan on using them for Easter and Spring decor but again, they will be used for Miss P’s 1st birthday. 🙂 
How cute are those little hedgehogs?!
Here are the little birdies and the little owl I bought. 
I am thinking about going back to get another owl! He is too cute!

If you are in the Denver area, LOTS of exciting events are still going on this weekend for the stores Grand Re-opening.
  • Saturday 2/2/13 – Sunday 3/3/13: World Market will be giving away Free Tote Bags for the first 200 customers each day. There will also be Free Tastings and Live Entertainment on Saturday and Sunday between the hours of 1PM to 4PM.There will be daily raffle drawings. Prizes include $100 WMGC and Gift Baskets


  • Saturday 3/2/13: World Market Passport Giveaway: Customers can shop their way to fun freebies, including 2 free tickets to an exclusive OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL in IMA 3D pre-release movie screening and $20 in concession stand gift cards. Hurry in while supplies last!


  • Sunday 3/3 Between 10am – 12pm: ALICE Radio will be doing Radio Remote and
    giving away concert tickets to Bon Jovi and World Market gift cards! Only happening at the Skyline Plaza: 770 S. Colorado Blvd & E Ohio Avenue
Be sure to follow World Market on Twitter or their Facebook page to stay up to date on all the exciting events, sales, and other things happening!
You can find World Market at all of these Social Media Sites.
“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and World Market but all my opinions are 100% my own. #pmedia #WorldMarket  https://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO.”

allison

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World Market Grand Re-Opening Celebration!

Denver area peeps, this is some very exciting news for you!
World Market has moved to: 770 S. Colorado Blvd., Glendale, CO 80246  
and they are having lots of exciting events to celebrate their re-opening! 
YAY!!!
To start, they are having a Preview Party on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 between 4 pm to 7 pm. 
There will be live entertainment and food tastings, as well as a tote bag giveaway. 

But that’s not the end of the fun! 
Lots of other events are planned for the next few days.
 Events happening over the Grand Opening Week & Weekend:
  • Thursday, 2/28/13: There will be a special ribbon cutting ceremony for the store opening, starting at 9AM.


  • Thursday, 2/28/13 – Sunday, 3/3/13: World Market will be giving away Free Tote Bags for the first 200 customers each day. There will also be Free Tastings and Live Entertainment on Thursday and Friday between the hours of 4PM to 7PM, and on Saturday and Sunday between the hours of 1PM to 4PM. There will be daily raffle drawings. Prizes include $100 WMGC and Gift Baskets.



  • Saturday, 3/2/13: World Market Passport Giveaway: Customers can shop their way to fun freebies, including 2 free tickets to an exclusive OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL in IMA 3D pre-release movie screening and $20 in concession stand gift cards. Hurry in while supplies last!


  • Sunday, 3/3/13 between 10am – 12pm: ALICE Radio will be doing Radio Remote and
    giving away concert tickets to Bon Jovi and World Market gift cards! Only happening at the Skyline Plaza: 770 S. Colorado Blvd & E Ohio Avenue.


I hope that you can make it to one of these fabulous events! 
 If you attend and have a Twitter account, share the fun and be sure to mention @WorldMarket in your tweet! 
Tell the folks at World Market hello on their Facebook page as well!
I just LOVE World Market!
It is chopped full of such amazing items!  
They have an awesome furniture collection. I am always in love with every piece I see in the store and wish I had enough money to buy it all for my house! 

They have great items for your kitchen as well. You can get everything you need there with the plate selection, serving platter selection, and other kitchen essentials. 
But if you have enough furniture and kitchen items, then just go check out their food and drink selection. You will definitely find something to satisfy your taste buds.
 
So stop on by and show your love to World Market for their Grand Re-opening!  
Stay up-to-date with World Market by following them at all of their sites.
 
“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and World Market but all my opinions are 100% my own. #pmedia #WorldMarket  https://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO.”

allison

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Celebrate Game Day with Rubbermaid from Target

Are you a football fan? 
We are BIG football watchers in our house, NFL mostly, and we get very into the games. (Yes, me too!)
The Big Game of the year is almost here which means it is just about time to start deciding and prepping for those get togethers and parties to watch it with friends and family.  
Target and Rubbermaid are here to help you out with your party food storage needs. 
 The coupon page can be found on the left hand side of Target.com‘s homepage.
I printed off some coupons and off to Target I went.
 I found a lot of different Rubbermaid options while there.
 You could buy all the pieces in one big box of both the Easy Find Lids or the TakeAlongs or if you don’t need all those pieces, you could just buy them individually or a set of 2 or 3 of both kinds as well. 
Easy Find Lids containers:

  • Lids snap to the bottom of containers—never lose a lid or leave one behind at the party again!

  • Leak-proof seal prevents messes and spills on the way to the party.
  • Range of sizes makes taking what you want easy! Large sizes for wings, chips, salads etc., all the way down to small, half cup sizes for dips and sauces.

TakeAlongs provide a worry-free way to take food to the big game party.

  • Leak proof seal prevents messes and spills

  • Great value and great quality—perfect for giving food in as a gift, and leaving behind.
  • Range of sizes makes taking what you want easy! Large sizes for wings, chips, salads etc., all the way down to smaller sizes for dips and sauces.
I used my coupon to buy a pack of Easy Find Lid Containers.
My pack included 2- 3 cup containers and 1- 5 cup container.
The lids stack perfectly together and snap to the bottom of the containers so they won’t get lost ever again. 
AWESOME! I hate trying to find the proper lid for my storage containers. 
The lid snapped onto the bottom of the container. 
Just think if you are at a party, you won’t lose your lid! 
Having or going to a party for the Big Game? 
These containers are perfect for storing your cut up vegetables for a veggie tray before you create your tray or for holding the extra veggies in your fridge.
Works perfectly for transporting to another party as well! 
Our fridge has one of those fridge drawers and I love that these containers have a low enough profile that I can put them in the drawer for storage. I even have the two 3 cup containers stacked on each other and the drawer closes with no issues! 
So whatcha waiting for? 
Head on over to Target.com and print off your Rubbermaid coupons to help make your Game Day Celebration a success!
Also, Rubbermaid is having a big Game Day Party Sweepstakes up for grabs too! 
They are offering the chance to win an Easy Find Lids Party Pack, a 48Qt Cooler and $100 VISA gift card! 
To enter the sweepstakes visit the Rubbermaid Sweepstakes Registration page.

Entries are limited to one entry per person / per email address / per day. 

Sweepstakes starts December 19, 2012 and ends January 21, 2013.
Good luck!
“This blog is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™, but all my opinions are 100% my own.”

allison

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Oh, the Eye Candy!

Tons and tons of eye candy! 
Have you picked up your issue of PEOPLE Magazine’s Annual Sexiest Man Alive issue?
 You sure need to run out and buy a copy if you haven’t!
Why, hello Mr. Tatum! 
Like I stated in the beginning and in the title, it is chopped full of eye candy! 
I wasn’t too positive who they would pick as Sexiest Man Alive and when I first heard it was Channing I thought, “Really?,” but after looking at the magazine I think he was a good choice. 

I went and picked up a copy over the weekend at my local Kroger brand store. 
It took me a minute to find it since it was hiding from me. 
Finally, I noticed Mr. Channing eyeing me from behind a special Twilight issue of PEOPLE Magazine
I picked it up and while P was taking a nap, I sat down to enjoy the new issue and read all about the men included this year plus all my other favorite articles. 
I LOVE the Star Tracks pictures. Seeing all the stars out and going about their business trying to do normal things. Well as normal as one can do things with a ton of photographers following them.
I was pretty excited when I got to all the eye candy. 
Hi Bradley! Congrats on getting married Justin! How are you Marky Mark? Patrick, I think I need some medical attention. 😉

 Near the back of the magazine is the Second Look Article. 
I always enjoy a good puzzle so this is one of my favorite things to do. I like to see how fast I can find all 10 changes. Normally, I can accomplish it quickly without looking at the answers but some times there is that one change I just can’t find so I have to check them out. 
So, if you haven’t picked up your issue of PEOPLE Magazine’s Annual Sexiest Man Alive issue run out and get it before it is too late. 
“This blog is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media
Group™, but all opinions are 100% my own https://cmp.ly/3/KqtZiE.”

allison

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Holiday Decorating with World Market

 Are you totally ready for Holiday decorating?! 
I can’t wait to pull out all my decorations right after Thanksgiving.
I love all the items at World Market any time of year and the holidays are no different! 
World Market has some awesome items for decorating! 
Here are just a few of my favorites.

After you get your house all decorated, why not throw a fun, festive holiday party?! 
World Market has wonderful holiday entertaining items as well.
Plus, World Market is having another Sweepstakes! How awesome is that?!
 
  • Grand Prize package includes: A Dream trip for 2 to India and a $1,000 World Market Gift card.
  • There will also be 3 runner up prize winners that will each receive a $500 World Market gift card!
  • The Life of Pi Sweepstakes runs from 11/17 – 12/28.
  • If you share the sweepstakes with 5 of your friends (via FB share or email) you can receive 5 additional bonus entries. This is part of the registration process when entering. Users can also enter daily for more chances to win.
  • Enter online at https://worldmarketsweepstakes.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/worldmarket?fref=ts
  
A little about the Movie: Life of Pi is the story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper’s son, who survives a disaster at sea and is thrown into an epic journey. While adrift in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with another a fearsome Bengal tiger. The movie opens in theaters November 21, 2012. You can watch the trailer for Life of Pi here: https://www.lifeofpimovie.com/#!/watch-trailer.

On Black Friday, the first 100 customers to shop in-store on 11/23 (Black Friday) will receive a FREE Limited Edition Life of Pi ornament and a FREE Life of Pi movie ticket. The first 100 customers to shop in-store on Saturday, 11/24 & Sunday, 11/25 will receive a FREE Limited Edition Life of Pi Tote Bag and a movie ticket.

 Stay up to date with World Market’s in-store promotions, deals, and fabulous finds by following them on: 

“This blog is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™, but all my opinions are 100% my own.

allison

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Oh Yeah- The Sexiest Man Alive! + $20 Kroger Giveaway

You read that right! 
It is that time once again when PEOPLE Magazine publishes their oh so fabulous annual issue of PEOPLE Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive. 
 This is one my favorite issues of the year! 
Who wouldn’t love this issue since it is full of so much eye candy! 😉 Why, hello Bradley!
PEOPLE Magazine is such a great magazine to help keep up with all the celebrity gossip out there. 
Yep, I am one of those that like to see what my favorite stars are up too. I love to view what they are wearing, get an inside look at wedding photos (I LOVED the issue with Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel’s wedding. How cute was that cover?!), and just get an everyday look into their lives. I mean, besides the good looks and way more money than I will ever have, they are just like me. 

The Star Tracks article is one of my favorites giving a us a glimpse into what the stars did that week. It could be something as simple as running to the store, something fun like going to a premier, or even a shot of them at work. 
I also love the Second Look article near the back of the magazine where you have to find what is different in the two pictures. I have always enjoyed doing those types of things and I love that they include it so my inner geeky, puzzle loving child can still come out! 🙂
But back to the issue at hand, PEOPLE Magazine’s Annual Sexiest Man Alive issue is coming out THIS Week! 
 November 15th to be exact!
Who do you think the Sexiest Man Alive will be this year?! 
I am curious to find out who it will be! I mean anybody will be great!

Enter to win a $20 Kroger (and Kroger affiliated stores) Gift Card. You can use it to pick up this issue plus a couple treats like a bag of chips or chocolate and a drink to enjoy while you read your magazine.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

“This blog is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media

Group™, but all opinions are 100% my own https://cmp.ly/3/KqtZiE.”

allison

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Bedroom Makeover… Yes Please!!

We’ve been in our house for just shy of a year and our bedroom is still a work in progress. 
Travis and I tackled painting the room right before he deployed and then I added the stencil on the wall and that is about it after just plopping our furniture in the room.
Yes, we bought a whole set of furniture instead of mixing and matching pieces but we both liked it so we did it. Eh! 
Gotta love the ottoman next to the bed for our pooch, Oscar, to use to get on the bed to sleep with me at night. 
And oh yeah… P’s bassinet is still hanging out in there as well even though she hasn’t slept in it for, uh, 3 mths or so! 
Good stuff, good stuff! lol 
To say the least, it needs some help! Big time! 
We have a very large room so there is some empty space that could be filled up, on top of pictures on the wall and a few other finishing touches. 
The fabulous store, World Market, is having another AWESOME sweepstakes teaming up with HGTV to give away a $10,000 World Market gift card. How cool is that?! 

This is just some of the items I would buy to complete my bedroom if I was lucky enough to win that gift card.

Some pictures for the wall, his and her lamps, a colorful rug, a jewelry armoire for the TONS of jewelry I have, seating would be either the couch or two of the chairs, accent table for seating area, new bedding, and of course ever room needs a chandelier! 
What room would you redo if you won the sweepstakes?!
Here is more info about the HGTV Passport to Style Sweepstakes:

  • Grand Prize package includes: A $10,000 World Market shopping spree and design consultation with an HGTV Designer
  • There will also be 3 runner up prize winners that will each receive a $1,000 World Market gift card!
  • The HGTV Sweepstakes runs from September 22, 2012 until October 26, 2012.
  • If you share the sweepstakes with 5 of your friends (via FB share or email) you can receive 5 additional bonus entries. This is part of the registration process when entering. Users can also enter daily for more chances to win.
  • Enter online at https://worldmarketsweepstakes.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/worldmarket/app_315124871876517
  • World Market also has a customer reward program called World Market Explorer Program where members earn exclusive perks, like coupons, offers, previews, and beyond.  Spend $100 on Gourmet Foods and Non-alcoholic beverages and you will receive a $10 reward that you can use to purchasing almost anything in store or online. You can also earn FREE COFFEE Rewards! (Buy 6 12oz. bags and your 7th one is free!)
    Stay up to date with World Market’s in-store promotions, deals, and fabulous finds by following them on: 

    “This blog is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™, but all my opinions are 100% my own.

    allison