The Story Of Three: October 2015

Friday, October 30, 2015

Pretty Peacock

(Disclosure: I partnered with USFamilyGuide.com to receive the product featured below for the purpose of my review.)




In a little studio located just north of Seattle, we create jewelry that is created to tell your story. We like to mix in things like gemstones, texture, even a little geekery from time to time so that you can tell your story in new and creative ways.

A Birthday Visit to Build-A-Bear Workshop

(Disclosure: Build-A-Bear Workshop treated my daughter to an animal of her choice for her birthday and the purpose of this post. No compensation was received, all opinions are my own.)



Build-A-Bear Workshop is a fun and magical place where stuffed animals and memories are made! If you have a little one, you've probably heard of the famous workshop, but have you ever actually gone in and created your very own animal??? 

Well Build-A-Bear Workshop let's your child do just that - through their interactive bear-making stations, your child will create their very own personalized stuffed animal. We scheduled a special birthday visit to our local Build-A-Bear, upon arriving we were warmly greeted by Sarah. When you first walk into Build-A-Bear you'll notice that there are over 30 furry friends along the wall ready to be made, including bears, bunnies, cats, dogs, wild furry friends, limited editions and more! Sarah and Little Sister C excitedly started discussing what kind of new friend was going to be made on my daughter's special day! Little Sister C had a hard time picking out just one, there are so many adorable friends to chose from, but she finally narrowed it down to the 15 inch Promise Pets Siamese Kitty!

Step into Fall with Lugz Footwear

(Disclosure: I partnered with USFamilyGuide.com and received the product featured below for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% my own.)



Boots, boots and more boots! I'm all about boots this fall and Lugz Footwear has a great selection for the entire family! You'll fall in love with Lugz affordable, comfortable and stylish footwear! At Lugz Footwear you'll find steel toe work boots for men, boots lined with fleece for the ladies, and even fun winter boots for the kids!

The Thora boot from Lugz Footwear is perfect for cold weather! These boots are warm, comfortable and super cute! They feature suede upper, lace to toe enclosure, fleece lining, and a quilted nylon and wool shaft.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Bulu Box Subscription

(Disclosure: I partnered with USFamilyGuide.com to receive the product featured below for free in exchange for this post.)


Tailgating with The Perfect Jean

(Disclosure: I received the jeans featured below for the purpose of my review. All opinions are 100% my own)


It's football season, where are all of my Dallas Cowboys fans at?! What better way to spend your Sunday than tailgating with friends at your local football stadium - drinks, food, fall weather - it doesn't get any better than that!

The last thing I want to worry about when headed to a football game is my outfit, I want to be comfortable, yet stylish and that's where Lee comes in! Lee Jeans are my favorite and only brand of jeans you'll find in my closet. On game days, you can find me sporting my favorite Dallas Cowboys shirt with a pair of fabulous Lee Jeans and a Dr Pepper in hand!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Celebrating Little Sister C's Big #5 Birthday

(Disclosure: I received the products featured below from Oriental Trading for the purpose of this review post. All opinions are 100% my own).


I can't believe how fast time goes by, my baby girl is turning into a little young lady and I couldn't be more proud of her! It seems like just yesterday I was holding her tiny newborn body in my arms and then I blinked and now here we are celebrating her big 5th birthday! 

This past weekend we celebrated Little Sister C's birthday with family and friends! We had a surprise visit from Cinderella, cake, snacks, games and fun, she had a great time!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

My All American Giveaway

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for Clarius Entertainment. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.



Does your family love to watch football? Do you have a favorite team? My family loves to watch football, and even more so, we really enjoy watching movies based about football. If yours does too, I'm excited to let you know about a new family friendly movie coming out this November-- My All American. It's rated PG and is based on a true story-- we are excited to see it! Read below to learn more about what the movie is about, then enter to win a fun My All American prize pack that also includes a $25 gift card!

Teal Pumpkin Project™

(Disclosure: I received Enjoy Life Foods samples to facilitate this post, no other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own!)




Halloween is right around the corner, homes are decorated, costumes are ready and candy is stocked. Many children look forward to this one magical and fun night that only comes around once a year. If you child has a food allergy, Halloween probably feels different to them. Children who have allergies to foods like nuts, peanut butter, dairy or are gluten-free may not get to enjoy the candy they receive when trick or treating. 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Candy Corn Halloween Bark




Halloween Bark is all the rave this year and it's super easy to make! Plus I love that you can add anything you want, sprinkles, your favorite candy toppings and more! This would be a great treat for your Halloween party or to put in baggies and have your kids pass out at school! 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

doTERRA Giveaway


This giveaway is hosted by Housewife on a Mission
and sponsored by Mama Gone Natural

This October Essential Starter Kit has everything you need to start your Natural Solutions cabinet and lifestyle! 10 full size essential oils (Lavender, Peppermint, Melaleuca, Lemon, Frankincense, Deep blue, Oregano, Breathe, Onguard, and Digestzen) plus a FREE diffuser!! Wholesale membership of $35 is included and waived in this kit (purchase doTERRA anytime you want at wholesale pricing, just like an Amazon account).

Friday, October 23, 2015

Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch


The weather was so nice this past weekend we just couldn't stay indoors! After our visit to Dallas on Saturday, we headed to Flower Mound on Sunday for more pumpkin patch fun! 

The Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch is kid-friendly, they have food, bounce houses, a maze, tons of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes, fun character and cartoon cutouts, hay rides and more! It was more crowded then when we went a few years ago but it was still nice! Be prepared for lots of walking as well, there is sand/dirt & hay everywhere!


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Celebrating Peanuts 65 Years Giveaway

(Disclosure: As a Peanuts Brand Ambassador, I received the Snoopy product featured below. All opinions are my own.)


As a long time Peanuts fan, I'm excited to share with you 65 years of Peanuts! I remember growing up my grandmother would cut comic strips out of the newspaper to save for the older kids and now I can view years and years of comics in one beautiful book!

Jewelry Keepsakes Giveaway



Welcome to the Jewelry Keepsakes giveaway, 
and sponsored by Jewelry Keepsakes

Losing loved ones is one of the hardest things a person can go through in life. While memories of the person (or pet) will always remain in your heart, there is now an even closer way to remember them and keep close to you, in a  discrete and beautiful way. With Jewelry Keepsakes, you can now keep loved ones close to you thanks to their high quality cremation jewelry.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Dallas Arboretum Visit


This past weekend we visited the Dallas Arboretum for the first time! It was a little crowded but the weather was perfect and it was absolutely beautiful! I have never been before but have always wanted to go and I couldn't of asked for a more perfect day!

Be prepared for lots of walking but it's definitely worth it! We just spent time at the main gardens, we didn't venture into the kids area but there is a ton to see everywhere you turn! Lots of great photo opportunities with so many different pumpkins, flowers and plants around every corner!

We can't wait to return this winter for the 12 Days at Night, it looks so magical!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Advanced Biobanking

(Disclosure: I received compensation for conducting this post, however all opinions are 100% my own! Thanks for supporting my blog!)




This past spring I shared information on LifebankUSA and the benefits of cord blood banking (you can read more about it here)! Well today, I'm so excited to share Advanced Biobanking - a new generation of Proactive Life-Banking Services!

I personally have never used a cord blood bank, to be honest when my children were born I didn't even know much about it. This year alone, LifebankUSA has taught me so much about the importance of cord blood banking and what all it has to offer! Everyday parents are choosing to bank their child's cord blood with LifebankUSA - the only company that offers cord blood, placenta blood and tissue banking.

LifebankUSA has years of experience and leadership in stem cell research and development. They are delivering four new very important biobanking services - Placental Blood Banking, Complete Placenta Banking, Cord Vessels and Cord Platelet Rich Plasma.

Friday, October 16, 2015

5 Frugal Halloween Costume Ideas For Kids


(Disclosure: I received compensated for this post, thanks for supporting my blog!)



Halloween is just around the corner, and it is time to think of fun and scary Halloween costume ideas for kids! And since not all of us can afford brand new ones, there are some ways how to make Halloween a lot easier and cheaper for all. Bellow you will find five such ideas. These can be a perfect way to celebrate the spookiest night of the year and stay in your personal budget better too. So – enjoy creating, making people scared and having a great time with your kids this Halloween!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Hot Wheels Toddler-To-Twin Race Car Bed Giveaway


Welcome to the Step2 HOT WHEELS™ TODDLER-TO-TWIN RACE CAR BED  Giveaway hosted by Being MVP

Retail: $350

Young racers will be off to dreamland at 100mph in the Hot Wheels™ Toddler to Twin Race Car Bed by Step2. This kid’s car bed will make the transition from a crib easy and fun. Die cast car enthusiasts will love showcasing their Hot Wheels™ collection on the air intakes and spoiler. It grows with your little one as it transforms into a twin bed. Race away with fun for years to come with the Hot Wheels™ Toddler to Twin Race Car Bed! Made in USA of US and imported parts from China.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Lugz Footwear


(This post is in collaboration with USFamilyGuide.com, I received a pair of boots for review. All opinions are my own.)

Cold weather, hoodies, hot cocoa - it's that time of year, fall! With fall and winter arriving it means it's time to change out your clothes and pull out those boots! 

Lugz has been making great footwear since 1993 for the entire family! Introducing their new Fall and Winter Line for Ladies and it has everything you'll need to look fashionable, be comfortable and ready to take on whatever comes your way!

Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products from Frosch


(Disclosure: I received the products featured below for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% my own.)


When it comes to cleaning our home and keeping it clean, it's really a 24/7 task. Between the dogs and kids running around, therapists in and out on a daily basis, it's no secret that our home can get dirty really fast. I'm a big germ freak, I also like things very nice and clean, so I'm constantly finding myself wiping down counters, vacuuming up the dog hair, cleaning bathroom toilets and more. I also run a small cleaning business, so my days and nights pretty much revolve around cleaning. 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Halloween Trail Mix




Ingredients:
  • A box of Vanilla Chex Cereal
  • A box of plain Chex Cereal
  • A bag of mini pretzels
  • A package of candy corn  
  • A package of your favorite Halloween candy (I chose M&M's)

Friday, October 9, 2015

I am a Helicopter Mom


I follow a handful of Mom bloggers who have children on the spectrum, this post was inspired after I read Chrissy's post about being a proud helicopter mom of her boys with Autism. Chrissy writes at the Life with Greyson + Parker and I feel like I connect with her on so many levels when she writes. Her posts are from the heart, you can feel the passion in her words and her stories really hit close to home for me.

I've heard over and over about helicopter moms or helicopter parenting, and it's true, I fit that category, 110%. I don't think I noticed for several years after my son was born that I was the overprotective parent, I was just parenting, the best way I knew how.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Goodnight Lad Review and Giveaway

(Disclosure: I received the product featured below for review. Additional compensation was received, however all opinions are 100% my own!)




My children enjoy reading, they look forward to story time every night and they love adding new books to their library here at home! It's important to read with your children and there is nothing better than cuddling up in bed with a few good stories!

Goodnight Lad is a children's board book that the entire family will enjoy. I knew my children would be super excited to read it together, even more so because it's a magical book! Goodnight Lad isn't just your regular board book, it's a magical children's book! 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

My Friend Teddy & Cayla Review


(Disclosure: I received the products featured below for the purpose of my review. All opinions are 100% my own.)



Just like most four year old girls, Little Sister loves dolls, stuffed animals, playing dress up and pretending to cook our family dinner in her kitchen. When I heard about My Friend Teddy and My Friend Cayla, I knew they would be perfect for my daughter and I couldn't wait for her to start playing with them!

Let's start with My Friend Cayla - she is the most adorable doll! Cayla has beautiful long, blonde hair and arrives wearing a cute fashionable outfit! She also comes with a mirror and comb, so you can style her hair any way you want!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Mediflow Contest

(Disclosure: I'm so excited to share this sponsored post with you! While I received compensation, all opinions remain 100% my own.Thank you for supporting this blog).


Do you remember my Mediflow review and giveaways? Well I've got a chance for you to win a pillow!

Mediflow is giving away 10 pillows and all you have to do is add it to your Amazon wish list!

No Bake Dirt Pudding Halloween Treat