The Story Of Three: June 2013

Sunday, June 30, 2013

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Mommy Mandy Giveaway

Mommy Mandy has a great giveaway going on & I'd love to win!
She is giving away a Little Tikes Secret Garden Playhouse!



For your chance to win, enter HERE!
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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Fourth of July Recipes


So it's that time of year again & if your like me you have plans to cook out, watch fireworks & just relax with family & friends this Fourth of July. Thankfully the weather looks like it will be a great day to be out doors & I can't wait to enjoy some mouth watering food, catch up with everybody & watch my children play with all of their cousins & friends!

If your looking for some easy, family-friendly recipes to share at your cook out then I have a few that you are going to love! 


Fruit Pizza-
I have made fruit pizza a dozen times, it's a kids favorite & so easy to throw together!
Sugar Cookie Dough (Roll out flat)
Bake cookie dough as directed, let cool.
Use an entire package of cream cheese & spread over the entire baked cookie.
Use fresh blueberries, strawberries & bananas & decorate cookie as desired. I did use canned pineapple chunks instead of fresh pineapple. 


 Vanilla Double Layer Cake-
Make a vanilla cake using box ingredients of from scratch (however you prefer)
Create double layers, let cool, then ice & decorate with fondant.
This was my first time (a year ago) working with fondant, it's tougher then it looks! Lol. I used cookie cutters for stars, this was yummy but did the fondant took the longest.


I came across these muffins on pinterest & I love how colorful they are! I haven't tried them yet, but I would just toss some fresh fruit into a basic muffin mix & bake!


Ok, this salad was calling my name! This is one of the items I am taking to our family cookout! It has ingredients like seashell pasta, tomatoes & bacon! It's so colorful & looks delicious, can't wait to try it!



Can you tell I love fruit? These pieces would be perfect for little handles to grab & go! Fresh blueberries & just use a cookie cutter for the watermelon! (We have an entire drawer full & you can find cookie cutters almost anywhere)

Yum! So what will you be preparing for your Fourth of July get together?!

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Beyond Bedding Review and Giveaway


Little Sister C recently had her room painted & re-done in a new theme! We decided to choose pink & purple for her walls & she also has princess & horse wall decals around her room, anyways, it's super cute! So, with her new colors I wanted her to have a new & playful bedding, hello Sweet JoJo Designs from Beyond Bedding! 


Beyond Bedding sells luxury bedding at an affordable price & has a variety of beautiful styles to choose from. They have bedding for the entire family, you can find modern bedding sets for baby, toddler, children, even bedding for teens & bed in a bag sets! After browsing their website, I decided on the 5 piece, Pretty Pony Horse toddler bedding set for my daughter!

The toddler bedding set comes with a toddler comforter, standard sham, standard pillowcase, fitted sheet & a flat sheet. My daughter was so excited to see her new bedding set, not only do the colors match her newly painted room but the set has her favorite animal on it-horses! 





Little Sister C wanted her new bedding set on right away, it is super soft & beautifully made. This is the first JoJo Bedding Set we've owned & I'm in love, I can't wait to get a set for Big Brother C's room!


Buy It: Purchase your own bedding for kids, toddlers & more online at Beyond-Bedding!

Win It: 10 lucky readers will win a bedding set!

Use the rafflecopter to enter, good luck!





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(I was sent the item above for my review, all opinions are my own & no other compensation was received)


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Winners


Congrats to the winners & thanks to everyone who entered!


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Pirates Booty Review and Giveaway


Please tell me you are just as excited about the new Monster's University movie as my family is?! We loved Monsters Inc & my daughter can't wait to go see the Monster's U movie in theaters! Watching movies with the family is always fun & a great way to spend time together, what makes a movie even better? Snacks! Well not just any snacks, Pirates Booty Smart Puffs! 


Pirates Booty Smart Puffs have arrived with a limited-edition packaging featuring Disney Pixar's Monsters University  They are all natural, contain no preservatives & are gluten & trans fat free! Smart Puffs are created with the finest milled American corn & tastiest Wisconsin Cheddar. 

Smart Puffs are my children's favorite snacks, especially my son's, I mean what child doesn't love Puffs & I'm just thankful that they are gluten free & he can enjoy them all he wants! You know they are good when all you hear is silence, then crunch crunch crunch!



Little Sister C wanted to put her new poster up right away, so it is hanging in our play room & I will have to say the Smart Puffs didn't last long, we are huge Pirates Booty fans & if your child hasn't tried these out, they are missing out!

Want more Monsters University? Visit Pirates Booty on Facebook & enter to win $10,000 towards your child's education! You can also text "SMART" to 82257 to enter! Check out Monster U on Facebook & Twitter!


Buy It: You can find Pirates Booty in your local store or buy online

Win It: One lucky reader will win a Pirates Booty prize pack!
Use the rafflecopter to enter, good luck!





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(I received the item above for my review, all opinions are my own & no other compensation was received.)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Zaycon Foods



How does Zaycon Foods manage to provide such high quality super fresh meat and produce to its customers at such low prices? The answer is strength in numbers. And not our numbers, yours!

Zaycon Foods can sell its products at bulk rate prices to individual consumers and families because our unique sales event business model brings lots of people together, adding all their purchasing power into a combined bulk food purchase. And when you buy as part of a group that’s committing to such a large purchase, the power is in the hands of the purchaser! It’s the ultimate group buy in terms of both price and consumer empowerment.



You can pre-select exactly what you want to order from a given Zaycon sales event – sometimes you may want to stock up on our amazing meaty back ribs and sometimes it might be all about the Zaycon bacon – and then, on the day of the sales event, you and a whole big bunch of your neighbors will find yourselves in a nearby parking lot watching as an entire tractor trailer’s worth of high quality natural food is unloaded into all of your cars! You will be amazed at how quickly one of our refrigerated trucks goes from being filled with natural, fresh chicken or hundreds of gallons of grade A non-homogenized milk to being empty and back on its way to the farm!

A Zaycon Foods truck sales event often lasts less time than you would spend on a trip to the grocery store, yet you will leave with a whole lot more food than you’d get at the market, and for much better prices, too!

When you use the Zaycon Foods sales event as your preferred place to purchase meats, milk, and any of our other fine products, you get advantages even beyond the bulk pricing that comes with our special sales model. You also have the peace of mind of knowing exactly what you’re going to get! A trip to the grocery store can involve wasted time wandering around looking for various foods spread out across the store; at a Zaycon Foods parking lot meat truck delivery (or milk or berries or fish delivery, too!) you have pre-ordered your foods, so all you have to do is show up and wait for our friendly staffers and volunteers to load up your car. 



Also, unlike in the grocery store, the prices you will pay for a Zaycon Foods product are locked in on our website, so you will know how much you are going to spend before you have committed to a purchase. 

At a supermarket, you might pay one price for chicken on one day, and then a higher price on another day. With Zaycon, you decide that you want to order a case of our fresh boneless skinless chicken breasts, you check the price and then you commit to it, knowing that from that moment on, we are committed to getting you your fresh, natural food!

To get started visit their website, here!


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(I am a US Family Guide Blogger & this is a sponsored post)

Winner


Congrats to the winner & thanks to everyone who entered!


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Yummi Pouch Giveaway

My daughter loves Yummi Pouch & I have a special treat for you today! They have a huge giveaway going on with some fabulous prizes, valued over $300! Check out some of these wonderful companies & then use the rafflecopter below to enter! Good luck!


Go Mama Go Designs

Go Mama Go wonder bumpers giveaway

Go Mama Go Designs was started by moms armed with a mission to create a safe, cozy sleep environment for infants. You can have safety and fashion!

Go Mama Go Designs co-founders, Catherine Hall and Georgia Fiebrich, have created a safe bedding alternative that is not only scientifically proven to be safe but also excluded from all bans on the sale of crib bumpers. Our mission is to educate parents about safe sleep for their children and offer a safe bedding alternative.

Wonder Bumpers - Retail Price: $239.00
Scientifically proven to be safe, the Wonder Bumpers:
  • Increase airflow and reduce CO2 re-breathing
  • Eliminate suffocation and entanglement risk
  • Protect baby's head and body Inhibit toddler from climbing out
  • Keeps limbs safely inside
Made to fit ANY crib, Wonder Bumpers sleek, vertical design effortlessly zip on your crib in a downward motion ensuring babies do not have access to the pull. With no unsafe ties they are super easy to use and easy to wash!

Go Mama Go swaddle blanket giveaway
Snug & Tug - Retail Price: $19.99
  • Perfectly size for babies:
  • 0-3 months
  • Up to 16lbs
  • Up to 25" long
The Snug & Tug is a swaddle blanket with style and strength. This award-winning blanket has some really amazing features that truly sets it apart.

Design
The triangular design of the Snug & Tug is the ideal shape for swaddling. It can be used anywhere, anytime - and doesn't require a Snug & Tug blankets are made to grow with your baby, but three sizes are offered because one size blankets don't always "fit all."
Material
High quality breathable, stretchable super soft cotton. Good swaddling blankets are made with cotton — not with fleece, terry cloth, or satin trim.
Function
The triangular design of the Snug & Tug is the ideal shape for swaddling. It can be used anywhere, anytime - and doesn't re-quire a lot of space for swaddling your baby.

And you can tell it was created by moms — the velcro won't snag your other items in the laundry, there's a safety spot to fold your velcro tabs!

Yummi Pouch - Reusable Food Pouches

Yummi Pouch reusable food pouches little munchkin set giveaway
Yummi Pouch reusable food pouches encourage healthy snacks for active kids. Our eco-friendly food pouches are freezer safe, dishwasher safe, BPA-free, Phthalate-free, and can be filled with healthy blended snacks and easily taken on-the-go, no spoon required!
Little Munchkin Set - Retail Price: $28.95
The Little Munchkin set has everything you need to get started with using Yummi Pouches! Yummi Pouches are perfect for filling with homemade baby food, blended snacks, healthy smoothies, and more!
  • Set of 6 Yummi Pouch reusable food pouches - hold up to 6oz each
  • 16oz filling funnel pitcher
  • 10 dishwasher safe name label stickers
  • 2 decorative dishwasher safe sticker sheets
  • 6 mixed color extra pouch caps

Wristy Buddy

Wristy Buddy giveaway
Wristy Buddy developed from a simple question my husband asked one night while dressing our infant son for bed. Before we could get his arm through the sleeve of his pajamas, he had his fist and pajamas in his mouth. This was nothing new. However, my husband simply asked, "Why does he do that?" He then stated, "They should make something for that." From that question and that statement, Wristy Buddy was born.

Our infant son hadn't developed the motor skills to hold traditional teething objects at that time and would reach for the nearest thing that would provide him relief. This relief came in the form of his clothing and fist. His face and clothing always stayed wet. Wristy Buddy helped minimize the drool and made our baby a much happier teether! Wristy Buddy proved to be so successful with our son that we wanted to make it available to other moms struggling to help their teething infants find relief.

Teething Wristband - Retail Price: $14.99
Wristy Buddy is designed for babies who haven't developed the motor skills to hold traditional teething objects. Babies that can't grasp toys can manipulate Wristy Buddy. It is made of absorbent and non-toxic materials to help keep little faces and clothing dry. Its various textures and colors engage and stimulate. It is easily accessible to your teething baby and is more sanitary than traditional teething objects.
  • BPA-Free, Lead-Free, Phthalate-Free and Non-Toxic certified by a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission approved laboratory
  • Suitable for babies 3+ months
  • Machine Washable - cold and gentle cycle, tumble dry on low

Enter to win ALL of these great products! One lucky winner will be chosen July 5th!

Baby Days Yummi Pouch reusable food pouches giveaway

Baby Days Summer Giveaway Prize

  • Wonder Bumpers 38 Set
  • 1 Snug & Tug Swaddling Blanket
  • Yummi Pouch Little Munchkin Set
  • Wristy Buddy Teething Wristband



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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Winner



Thanks again to everyone who entered & congrats to the winner!


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NRH2O Family Water Park



It's summer time, the heat has arrived & my children love spending time in the water, it's the easiest & most fun way to stay cool! We do have a pool in the backyard & a few spray grounds around us but they have never attended a family water park!

It's been over 10 years since I've been to NRH2O & I was so excited to be able to visit again with my family, I knew my children would have a blast! NRH2O is located in North Richland Hills & provides endless hours of fun!

If you follow me on twitter, I tried to tweet through out our visit, so you probably saw a few pictures or a few excited tweets tagged with NRH2O! I honestly felt like a kid again & couldn't wait to get in the water with my children! At NRH2O you will find family attractions like the popular wave pool, endless river, even a beach side bay featuring a sand volleyball court! If you are more of a thrill seeker, then the Viper, Double Dipper & the Green Extreme-at 81 feet tall will have you screaming at the top of your lungs! 

Grab a chair & hang out in the shade while your children splash away or reserve your own Cabana! NRH2O is also a great place to have birthday parties, field trips or just hang out for the day!

Don't forget to apply sunscreen & when you get hungry from all of that water fun, stop by Sharky's & grab a hot dog, frozen lemonade & more! Need somewhere to store your valuables like your cell phone, keys or wallet, simply rent a locker! 






The weather was perfect & boy did the kids have a great time! Little Sister C loved walking around & exploring the park, the Tadpole Swimming Hole quickly became her favorite spot! Big Brother C however, fell in love with the Wave Pool! Every time the waves would go off, my son would get so excited & try to jump the waves, it was the cutest thing ever!

Check out NRH2O online to buy tickets, season passes & find out more about this awesome, family fun waterpark! Stay connected with NRH2O on Facebook & Twitter!


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(I received free passes to the park for my review, no other compensation was received & all opinions are my own)

Firehouse Subs Review and Giveaway


We've finally had time to settle into our new home & that means getting familiar with the area around us, the fastest growing area closest to us is Alliance. It's just a few exits down & it seems like every time I visit, I see a new clothes store, restaurant, etc. I've heard about Firehouse Subs through a few friends online & after driving by a few times, I knew it was a restaurant I wanted my family to try out! 


As soon as Hubby, Little Sister C & I walked in the doors, we were happily greeted by the Firehouse Subs team, looking around the restaurant, I immediately noticed all of the Firemen decor & the huge painting on the wall of a local Fort Worth Firetruck! From the red stools & chairs to the dalmatian spotted table, I had a feeling this was a fun & popular place to eat & I loved the devotion to Firefighters! 

So Hubby & I headed over to grab ourselves drinks & to my awe we saw an interesting machine standing in front of us! It didn't look like your average soda dispenser for fountain drinks & luckily Hubby had used it before & knew what to do! Using the touch screen, just scroll through & select your drink preference, they even have additional flavors you won't find at other places like my favorite, Cherry Dr Pepper, so fun!


We sat down & had the pleasure of chatting with Ryan & Josh, Ryan is the Firehouse Subs Texas area representative & Josh is the local franchisee! I loved hearing their history, stories, talking about our families together & finding out more about Firehouse Subs! 

Firehouse Subs has over 600 locations in 35 states & is continuing to grow! In 2005 they established a non-profit public safety foundation, with a goal in mind to provide funding as well as life-saving equipment, disaster assistance & educational opportunities to first responders & publish safety organizations. How amazing is that? I can't say that I know many companies that have foundations as important as this one! Firehouse Subs was founded by firemen & is dedicated to treating their customers well & feeding them even better! 

With that being said, I was so excited to get started on trying out menu items & I have to warn you, the below pictures might just have your mouth watering & your stomach rumbling-hopefully you have a Firehouse Subs near you! 


Little Sister C started off with a grilled cheese & a pickle, this child has never had a pickle in her life & stole mine & hubby's numerous times! She also received a kids size firemen hat & a rice krispie treat, which made her super happy! 

So while we were all chatting, the Firehouse Subs team quickly went to work, creating delicious menu items for us to try, don't worry, I didn't eat all of this by myself, I shared with Hubby! 

All of the subs smelt wonderful & looked even better, the Hook & Ladder contains smoked turkey breast, Virginia honey ham & melted Monterey Jack, again served fully involved. For all of your BBQ lovers out there, the Smokehouse Beef & Cheddar Brisket is sure to hit the spot! Served with USDA choice beef brisket smoked over hickory for hours, then smothered in melted cheddar & topped off with Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce. Don't worry, if your not a Southerner, Firehouse Subs didn't forget about you, they rolled out the New York Steamer, with corned beef brisket, pastrami, melted provolone, mustard, mayo & Italian dressing, this one hit a home run for my Hubby- he was born in big NY.

The Firehouse Hero is made with premium roast beef, smoked turkey breast, Virginia honey ham, melted provolone & served fully involved. Getting your sub fully involved means that it is loaded up with mayo, deli mustard, lettuce, tomato, onion & a kosher dill pickle on the side.

I will have to say the Firehouse Meatball is my favorite, crafted with Italian meatballs, melted provolone, zesty marinara & Italian season, even the meatball alone looked so delicious! I did eat this sub with a fork & savored every bite of that mouth watering meatball! 


The final sub that was brought out was the Turkey Bacon Ranch & this I think is Hubby's favorite, it is combined with all of his favorite flavors like peppercorn ranch, sharp cheddar cheese, Smithfield bacon & smoked turkey breast! What a mouth full!  



Once you've enjoyed a hot specialty sub, salad or even cold sub, you will want to grab a sweet treat before you head out the door! Grab a freshly baked cookie or brownie & don't forget to share!  


Thank you to the Firehouse Subs in Alliance for a fantastic experience, did I mention that I returned the next day to grab a Free Sub for my birthday? Yup, you read that right, I'm addicted! Visit any Firehouse Subs on your birthday & show your drivers license, then pick your medium sub of choice & get it for free! Pretty awesome, right!?



Buy It: Visit your local Firehouse Subs & let me know which menu item is your favorite!

Win It: Two lucky readers will each win a $50 gift card from Firehouse Subs

Use the rafflecopter to enter, good luck!








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(I reviewed the items above, all opinions are my own & no other compensation was received!)