DIY Sesame Street Bucket Party Favors

Brody's first birthday is coming up on August 11th, his theme is Sesame Street! Yesterday we did a ton of shopping and got all his decorations and everything we need for his party minus the food pretty much. For his party I decided to do Sesame Street buckets for the goody 'bags' which the kiddos will take home after the party. There is a GREAT deal going on at Party City! For these buckets w/ a shovel the price is 99cents each, but you buy 2 get 1 free.

Check out the pictures of a ROUGH draft of what they will look like. For the rough draft I just used tape {so as you can see they are falling off} but I have to go back and add glue and finish the other buckets as well. I chose to do 3 characters; Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and Elmo.

They are pretty cute! All I used was construction paper {which I already have tons of}, and a few crayons for Big Bird's eyes. This is a pretty simple but good idea for a kids party.

FREE Kong treats and $5 rebate!

Loving this giving away from Kong. It is easy as 1-2-3- in addition to liking their page, you must submit name, address, email to recieve FREE treats and $5 rebate.

This is a great freebie for all dog owners!

Mariah Carey's American Idol Promo Picture

It is official that Mariah Carey will be one of American Idol's newest judges. Since JLO and Steven Tyler left, that leaves us wondering who the next judge will be. Anyways, this is the first promotional picture released of Mariah for her new gig on American Idol.

She looks good! Not too sure about the orange dress, reminds me of a traffic cone, but other than that I am interested to see how she does as a judge. I actually enjoyed Jennifer Lopez as a judge this past season! I bet Mariah Carey is happy to be on board as she rakes in $18 million for the season. That would be hard to say no to, huh?

Homemade Waffle Recipe

Note* These are not my waffles
Waffles are a classic breakfast favorite! But why waste your money on tiny frozen ones that aren't that good for you anyways? Instead make your own homemade waffles with this recipe that I use ALL the time with our waffle maker. This fairly easy to make recipe will give you the results of delicious waffles for your family to enjoy. IF there are any leftovers you can always put them in the fridge {if they are going to be eaten within a couple of days} or opt to freeze them.  This recipe will make about 10-12 waffles.

You can add fresh blueberries, chocolate chips, fresh strawberries, etc to make them have flavor. I usually make chocolate chip ones, as well as blueberry waffles. Sometimes I mix the two together too {sounds weird, but it is good!}

  •  2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder 
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1 1/2 cups warm milk 
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a large bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking powder and sugar; set aside.
Preheat waffle iron to desired temperature.
In a separate bowl, beat the eggs.
Stir in the milk, butter and vanilla.
Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture; beat until blended.
Ladle the batter into a preheated waffle iron.
Cook the waffles until golden and crisp.
Serve immediately.

Girl cries, gets upset over Kristen Stewart's cheating scandal.

So Kristen Stewart cheated on Robert Pattinson {as if you don't know by now}, a lot of Twilight fans are upset.....but you haven't seen upset until you see this woman's reaction.  She goes from tears to asking you to leave them the f**k alone. *There may be some bad language not suitable for kids*

Score a FREE bag of Iced Coffee & summer tumbler

This is an awesome freebie! Better hurry and fill out your information because it is only while supplies last. To snag this freebie, simply like their Facebook page and enter your info here. In return you'll get a free full size bag (12oz.) of Baridi Iced Coffee and 16oz. Summer Iced Beverage Tumbler.

Best of the best: all natural cloth wipes from The Honest Company

As a mom, we are constantly seeking the best products for our children from everything to wipes, diapers, shampoos, clothes, bottles, etc. In terms of wipes, if you are searching for wipes that are absolutely all natural and free of chemicals then this is the perfect product for you. The Honest Company announced their new and improved wipes today!

The company has spoke on their new and better for your wipes saying:

"You spoke & we heard you — loud & clear! Our wipes never came out like we originally intended, and you let us know. Now, we can assure you our New & Improved Wipes are one of the most premium cloth wipes on the market. THICKER, stronger, more absorbent, & softer medical-grade cloth. Gentle, yet effective ingredients gently cleanse & soothe with plant extracts that promote healthy skin."

From wet bottoms, messy fingers, to sticky countertops,  dirty toys & more these wipes are said to do the job. The best part? Your mommy mind can be comforted by knowing there are absolutely NO parabens, chlorine, phenols, or risky chemicals (ever!).  The wipes are also: Biodegradable / Hypoallergenic / Chlorine-Free / Medical Grade Cloth / Sustainably Harvested.

Buy it: 80 ct wipes for $4.95

Steve Madden 'Bankker' Boot - must have boots for Fall 2012!

Are these gorgeous or what? Nordstorm is currently having a sale, and these Steve Madden 'Bankker' boots are included. They are absolutely PERFECT for fall, especially the color {though they do have 2 other options available}, better grab them while you can. These tall boots would pair great with skinny jeans, leggings, cardigans and lots more.

Was: $209
Now: $139

Pictured released of Dark Knight Rises theatre shooter.

Oh gosh...the University of Colorado has released a picture of the suspect in custody that is accused of carrying out the shooting done during a screening of Dark Knight Rises last night in Colorado.

The 24 year old has killed at least 12 people, and left at least 50 people wounded. There has not been a motive released at this time. To read more about the case check out the CNN article.

Free sample of Woolite Extra Dark Care

Woolite is giving away free samples of their Extra Dark Care laundry detergent! Great for your dark jeans. I love the laundry samples, you never know you may come across a new detergent you've never tried and fall in love with it. Click here to 'Like' them on Facebook and fill out your information!

On the other side samples are good to have in case of those last minute emergencies where you may run out of your laundry detergent; so it is good to have around.

Score a FREE large Papa John's pizza

Woo! Not sure how long this offer is going to last, but it works for most people. Go to and in the promo box enter the code "HS0XSC9HWW," it should give you 25 points! After that, add another promo code "25PAPA."

Then you can choose to deliver/carryout your pizza today when they open or for a future order.

Le Petit Tom's shoes for kids!

If you have a baby, are expecting a baby, or know someone is expecting/has a baby then these shoes are definitely a must have. These Le Petit Tom's shoes come in sizes ranging from newborn to 18 months! Not only are they utterly adorable, they look super comfortable and are handmade in Italy.

You can check out their beautiful crafted collection of shoes here, and while you are at it -- pick up a pair or two. Don't they make you wish you were a kid so you could rock these adorable pairs of shoes?!?

Easy Shake 'N Bake Parmesan Chicken recipe!

Let's face it, in a perfect world a great meal would be cooked every night but in the real world that just usually isn't always possible -- especially when you have a family. For those lazy dinner nights, here is an idea to spice up the original Shake 'N Bake bags with this simple recipe!

Follow the directions on the box, but when shaking up the mixture -- add 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese, 1 tablespoon of garlic salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper.

Wa la! Not much to it, but just a simple idea to add a little more flavor to the Shake N' Bake seasoning.

Score some fun FREE straw glasses! is offering FREE  straw glasses to registered users with free shipping, so your total cost is $0. These glasses are so hilarious! I had to order a pair, because I figure either the boyfriend, myself, or the two girls I nanny will get a kick out of these.

GO here to order yours! Hurry must do so in the next 2 hours!

FREE sample of Caress Endless Kiss body wash!

The first 30,000 people to sign up here will receive a free sample of Caress' new endless kiss body wash {2 fl oz size}. The trial size samples are good for road trips, vacations, the days where you run out and don't have time to make it to the store.

Cute looks for Fall 2012!

Summer is great, love summer fashion...wearing your favorite shorts, tank top, summer dress, cute wedges, etc. However, Fall is pretty much the queen of fashion! The fall is the best time for those over-sized sweaters, tall boots, black leggings, and anything else your little heart desires.

Need some back to school outfits inspiration? Check out these outfits I came across. Just by looking at these images you are going to be wanting to pull the boots out of your closet, and let the layering begin.

Guess what world?!

Miley Cyrus colored her hair blonde. Yup, she did. The singer/actor recently tweeted pictures, and was spotted sporting bright blonde hair! It actually looks really cute and I'm glad she didn't over-do it. I will say I prefer the darker hair on her.

What do you think, light or dark? 

Get fit with these 4 fitness must haves under $50!

Cami sports bra $28 or two for $49
Fitness and exercise is a great part of staying both healthy & fit. Whether you are working out at the gym or in the comfort of your own home, having the right clothes also plays a part into being able to work at your max potential. As women often like to look good, here are some fashionable choices for your next workout session. The best part? Everything I found was under $50, so there is something for everyone here.

Cropped yoga pants $20
I think EVERY woman should own a pair of yoga pants, whether they are shorts, cropped, or long. They are comfortable, sexy, and offer lots of flexibility when working out. Also pictured below is another great item to have -- headbands! Nothing is more annoying than hair in your face while trying to give your exercise your all.

Yoga headbands $13 b1g1 50% off
Boxing gloves $36
If boxing is your thing, then these pink Everlast boxing gloves are too adorable not to add to your workout! Go ahead and show them whose boss while rocking a pink girly pair of gloves.

Starbucks Very Berry Hibiscus refresher review!

This past Friday, Starbucks gave away free tall sizes of their new refresher drinks from noon until 3pm. I have recently pretty much lost interest in coffee so I was excited to see a new drink that did have traces of coffee in it but didn't taste like coffee. The vibrant colors got me wanting to try them, but I was glad I did.

Starbucks offers two flavors Very Berry Hibiscus & Cool Lime. Another perk, is if you are trying to watch your calories -- each drink if you order a size Tall or Grande is under 100 calories. I wasn't sure WHAT to expect when trying the drink, it definitely didn't have an overwhelming taste but I liked that about it. The drink felt very light to drink/taste, and I was so excited that whole berries were in the drink. I will say that I tried to eat the berries and they tasted gross -- I spit them right back out. That is the only thing gross about this drink.

Now, I am curious and want to try the Cool Lime flavor! Has anyone tried it, how'd you like it?

Make snack time fun!

Snack time is important, kids are always wanting a snack after burning all their energy running around and doing nothing other than acting like kids.  Why not make snack time even more fun with these super cute snack ideas? The best part is that they are not only fun, but healthy for your kids. {Hint: they may make your child wanna eat healthy!}

These snacks are also GREAT ideas for a party, or even when the kiddos are having a sleepover, or a backyard get together. Sometimes getting kids to eat healthy, or even take a break from playing to eat can be a hassle, the way I see it-- do what you can to make snack time & healthy eating even more fun for them.

Our cow costumes for free Chick-Fil-A

Friday, July 13th was cow appreciation day at Chick-Fil-A-- if you dressed up as a cow you could score a free combo meal. Even if you just wore a hat or something cow-like you could at least score an entree.

Brody and I decided to dress up. Paul politely declined to dress up, lol! I took a pair of white shorts, a white shirt and taped black construction paper on them for "spots. Brody also had taped on spots... then I made both Brody&I a hat and wrote "Eat Mor Chikin" on it then taped on black ears.

Our costumes were not amazing or anything, took under 30 minutes to make but the two combo meals we scored were so worth it. I'm not a huge fan of fast food but Chick-Fil-A is one of my favorites.

Did you dress up?!

Win private cooking lessons& $100 gift cards from Progresso

Progresso is giving away private cooking lessons and $100 gift cards!

Here's how to enter:
1. Go HERE to like Progresso on Facebook.
2. Go HERE to sign up as an ambassador and get your referral link.
3. Start inviting friends!

 The 1st 100 ambassadors to sign-up and like their page will receive a specialized gift package, which includes Dinner for 4 with Progresso™ Frozen Specialty Sauces and Pastas VIP coupons, $0.50 off coupons to share with family and friends, and a Progresso® branded apron!

FREE Bath&Body Works lotion

Score a FREE Bath and Body Works 2oz Lotion coupon by liking Bath & Body Works on Facebook. It will be sent to your email and is redeemable July 13th -15th.

You get your choice of Paris Nights, Sweet on Paris or Paris in Bloom!

FREE Iced Latte from Wawa

Iced coffees are delicious, especially during the summertime when it is really hot out. Here is a great coupon to cool down this summer. Wawa is offering a free 16oz Iced Latte when you fill out the information here, you will then receive the coupon in your email.


6 nautical fashion pieces we love!

Striped dolman sweater $42
Anchor tank $18
Summertime is upon us, isn't it just the best season? Whether you are actually going on a boat or not, the nautical theme is a great one to rock. Don't be shy or afraid to rock one of these absolutely adorable pieces. The nautical trend is always there, in my opinion. From the shoes, purses, shirts, sweaters, etc it is such a fun trend to rock!
Quite a hull bag $50

Nautical bandeau top $29
Sperry shoes $80

Sailor shorts $34

Get your free Slurpee from 7/11

From 11am until 7pm, you can get your FREE Slurpee from 7/11. No purchased required. Each person will get a 7.11-ounce Slurpee of their choice. 7/11 does this every year, and we never fail to get one. With the heat, a Slurpee is a nice way to enjoy a little cooldown.

 What is your favorite flavor?

5 alcohol drinks under 200 calories.

Looking to have a drink, or two but don't want to sacrifice your calories or diet? Here are 5 alcohol drink choices that you can enjoy that are under 200 calories. The key is to also drink in moderation, don't overload yourself on the drinks.

1. Champagne
This one is simple! If you drink a normal sized 4oz glass of champagne you are only indulging yourself in about 85 calories. A lot less than a beer, or glass of wine.

2. Sour-apple Martini
Combine 2½ oz of sour mix along with  ¾ oz {each} of sour apple liqueur and vodka. Add a small slice of apple, and you can have a healthy martini with about 165 calories. 

3. Vodka and Soda
Mix together 3 oz of your favorite vodka with a diet flavored carbonated water or a diet lemon-lime flavored soda. Your drink will come in at under 150 calories.

6. Mojito
Combine ½ tsp of honey with 2 oz rum and 4 oz of club soda until honey is dissolved. Add in the mint mixture and pour into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wedge and some extra mint and you have a 150 calorie mojito.

4 ways to wear coral shorts

What gal doesn't love a cute pair of colored shorts? They are definitely a must have for the summer. One of my favorite colors when it comes to colored denim is coral/pink. If you are stuck on ways to style your new pair of coral shorts, here are some ideas to think about trying.

1. Pair them with a white flowy top -- White looks great with coral, and it is a light color for enduring the heat during the summer. A white flowy top is comfortable, flirty, and won't distract from your shorts too much. This is definitely a causal summer look.

2. Think black -- you can pretty much never go wrong with the color black. As pictured below, she took a flowing black tank top and even paired it with some short black heels. This outfit is great for a girls day out, not too casual but not over the top either.

3.  Break out your "boyfriend" shirt -- Well, that is what I call them anyways. As pictured below you can pair your coral shorts with a white, blue, or even striped shirt to add some class to your shorts. The end result makes for a dressed up denim outfit. If you're going out to dinner, this is a go-to outfit.

4. Get a little lacey -- Let's face it, lace is cute in so many different shapes and forms. If you've got it then flaunt it! I love the idea of pairing a midriff lace top with the pink coral shorts. It adds personality to the look but again nothing crazy because you don't wanna go overboard with a pair of already colored shorts. This type of look screams summer party, fun & flirty it is.