August 26, 2014

Too Too Cute Tutu {Review & Giveaway}


Last December I had the opportunity to partner with Marie from Too Too Cute Tutu and absolutely fell in love with her work. Check out my review here

She designs such fabulous outfits, so I was ecstatic when I found out she wanted to partner with us again and giveaway another adorable outfit!


My husband just turned to me the other night in excitement and said, "Do you know what starts up soon? Football!" He can't wait for this season to begin, and I can't wait to dress up our little girl in adorable outfits like this one above!

Too Too Cute Tutu has NFL Inspired YOU pick the team: Personalized Football Jersey Style Shirt, Hair Bow, Tutu and Leg Warmer Set, so your little one can be part of the excitement!



I am constantly behind when it comes to being ready for the holiday, but perhaps this year will be different! I always wanted to have some cute Christmas baby photos, and this outfit is adorable, right?

This 99% Nice, 1% Naughty 4 Piece Tutu Set is available in NB to 5T, so you can get more than one for your kids can match!


I received another outfit from Too Too Cute Tutu, my kids are way too spoiled. Marie generously sent me this cute Whooo Me? 4 Piece Set. This set included an adorable owl onesie, a white polka dot tutu, pink and white chevron leggings, and the most adorable little chevron hair bow. 

When the package arrived, I was again very impressed. Each piece was made with such love and care and the packaging was super cute, like always. Marie did an exceptional job putting this cute 4 piece set together, my little girl LOVES it!


I adore each piece to this set and just can't get enough. I have used all four pieces together and have also paired them with other pieces of my own as well. I love that I can get so many different looks with this set.


Purchase an outfit from Too Too Cute Tutu and use coupon code: SUMMERSAVE14 for 35% off. (ends soon, so don't miss out on this coupon!)


August 25, 2014

Winner!

The winner of the Disney On Ice Giveaway is...
a Rafflecopter giveaway 

The Gordmans New Contemporary Misses Line {Review & Giveaway}

I don't know what I would do without my local Gordmans!  They are a newer store to my area and I had no idea what was inside until a friend mentioned the great deals she was getting there.  So I decided to step in for the first time a few months ago and have been a regular visitor ever since!  Gordmans sells brand name apparel, accessories, fragrances, handbags, toys, electronics, home decor, and more at GREAT discounted prices!!  From picture frames to shirts to lamps and beyond--Gordmans is the place to go for the budget-friendly family!
I am still discovering all that Gordmans has to offer and have recently had the opportunity to explore their new line of Misses Contemporary items.  The Misses Contemporary department is focused on apparel that includes elements of both dressy and casual styles to fit every woman's lifestyle.  They also bring an amazing selection of modern styles and fits to please every body type. The line is full of trendy clothing that appeals to guests of all ages and at prices you just can't beat!  
I was so happy to venture out to my nearest Gordmans store and check out the line in person.
Through my shopping venture, I was able to get introduced to some amazing high-end contemporary brands such as Kensie, Jessica Simpson, Jack, and BB Dakota that are part of the Misses Contemporary line.  Beautiful gorgeous items which you could spend $70 or more at in the department stores, sold at Gordmans of up to 60% off!  I loved all of the new fall fashion trends they had such as tribal prints, floral, biker jackets, and more!  I also fell in love with the Jessica Simpson denim.  I got to filling up my cart and trying on various options.  It was so much fun!  I ended up leaving with a few new amazing outfits which I love!
Regular Price $69---Gordmans Price $39.99!!
NO PLACE FOR HATE
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and Gordmans, Inc. have teamed up to promote ADL’s No Place for Hate® initiative to help eradicate hatred, prejudice and bullying as students and teachers prepare to head back to school this fall.  Through the month of August, Gordmans will join ADL in a call to action encouraging individuals, parents, teachers and students to take a stand against bullying and prejudice in schools and communities. Guests at Gordmans stores are invited to purchase “Helping Hands” for $1 each or more in support of the initiative. Every dollar raised will directly benefit ADL’s No Place for Hate® anti-bullying initiatives.
If you are in New Mexico, you can visit either of their 2 Albuquerque locations:
Menaul Blvd. NE & San Pedro Dr. NE
6600 Menaul Blvd. NE (Coronado Center) Albuquerque, NM 87110
OR at the SW corner of Coors Rd. & Hwy. 528
3550 Hwy 528 NW (Cottonwood Commons) Albuquerque, NM 87114

If you are outside of New Mexico, CLICK HERE to find your nearest location!
Gordmans is offering ALL OF OUR READERS and EXCLUSIVE 20% OFF any single item COUPON--JUST CLICK HERE, Print, and Take in to your nearest store!
Gordmans is giving away A $25 GIFT CARD to one of our lucky readers!!
A big THANK YOU to Gordmans for providing me with a free gift card in order to facilitate my review.  I was not compensated for this review. I receive product(s) for free so that I can provide my insight and experience. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.

Muppets Most Wanted {Review & Giveaway}

Two Frogs! One Pig! Intrigue! Music! Mayhem! Muppets! There’s plenty of fun for the whole family as Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Animal and the entire Muppets gang head out on a world tour. But mayhem follows the Muppets, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper. Now Kermit is behind bars at the mercy of prison warden Nadya (Tina Fey), and the World’s Number One Criminal, Constantine—a dead ringer for Kermit—has taken his place. 
As Constantine and his dastardly sidekick Dominic (Ricky Gervais) plot the robbery of the century, they are pursued by Sam Eagle and Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell). Will Constantine get away with his nefarious scheme? Will Kermit escape in time to save the day? Packed with dozens of guest cameos, new songs and the most extended, most exclusive scenes not in theaters, Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted is the most hilarious, most wanted Muppet movie ever!
We love the Muppets and have been dying to see this movie!  The previews with all of the amazing cast members and hilarious plot left us intrigued and anxious to see it.  And thanks to Disney for sending it to us, we were able to jump on board and see one of the best family movies of the year!  Muppets Most Wanted had our entire family laughing and giggling the whole way through.  We followed along as Kermit became entangled in mistaken identity and tried to reunite with his gang of friends.  Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais gave the movie the perfect rich comical aspect to keep the entire family entertained throughout.  I loved every minute of the movie and could watch it over and over again (probably finding new hidden things every time to enjoy).  And best of all--our entire family was able to enjoy together!!  This clip pretty much sums up our reaction to the film:
Be sure to get your family together and enjoy Muppets Most Wanted available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD, DVD, Disney Movies Anywhere, and On-Demand NOW!!
Check out some great Muppets Most Wanted Activity Pages, Recipes, & More for your family by clicking the pictures below
Download Muppets Most Wanted Activity Games

Download Muppets Most Wanted Recipes & Secret Identity
Disney is giving A MUPPETS MOST WANTED COMBO PACK to one of our lucky readers!
A big THANK YOU to Disney for providing me with a DVD to review.  I was not compensated for this review. I receive product(s) for free so that I can provide my insight and experience. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.

Orkin Scientific Fact or Scientific Fake {Blog App & Giveaway}

Fact or Fake?
“Daddy longlegs are poisonous.”
“Mosquitoes prefer adults over children.”
“Ants can survive underwater.”
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There are tons of bug myths going around, but are you smart enough to know the real facts from the fake information?  Orkin is here to help you increase your bug knowledge and squish some common myths you may have thought were once true.  Check out this fun Orkin Scientific Fact or Scientific Fake App.  The app will test your knowledge and deliver the scoop on infamous bug myths.
Orkin is giving one of our lucky readers THE ORKIN SCIENTIFIC BACK-TO-SCHOOL PRIZE PACK which includes:
- Clip-on Fisheye Lens (iPhone, Galaxy, Android compatible)
- Orkin On-the-Go Drink Tumbler
- Orkin Drawstring Bag
- Orkin “Field Notes” Notebook w/ Pen
A big THANK YOU to Orkin for providing this giveaway and a complementary prize pack for posting. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.

August 22, 2014

YouCopia TeaStand {Review}

If you like a good morning cup of tea you are going to LOVE the Youcopia TeaStand. The Youcopia TeaStand is the only tea organizer out there and will clean up your cupboards. At the same time it will allow you to fit 100+ tea bags in your shelf in a completely organized way. You can easily grab the flavor you are looking for without digging through the cupboards.
I absolutely love having a good cup of tea and trying new flavors, so the TeaStand is the perfect way to organize my big pile of teabags. As you can see below my cupboard looked way better after the Youcopia TeaStand than before. TeaStand has twelve removable compartments to store the tea bags in that are all dishwasher safe.
At Youcopia you can find a wide selection of other organizational kitchen tools like the TeaStand as well. For example, the SpiceStack spice organizer is the perfect way to get all your spices in order. I can't tell you how many times I have rummaged through my spice cupboard looking for something specific and come up empty handed, only to find that exact spice I needed later when I don't even need it. My spices are a gigantic mess in the cupboard, so this would be perfect. It comes in a variety of sizes to fit in different sized cupboards so it is very versatile.
Youcopia also sells a variety of other organizers for your K-Cups, Nespresso, plastic containers, utensils and more. They are always coming up with new products to organize your cupboard too so make sure to watch their Facebook page for updates! You can purchase your own Youcopia organizers online or from a local store near you. What Youcopia product do your cupboards need?

Disclosure: I received a complementary product to facilitate this post, I was not compensated.  All opinions are my own. Take It From Me is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

How to Throw a Perfect Halloween Party

Anyone that knows me is fully aware of how much a) that I LOVE Halloween and b)that I absolutely LOVE throwing parties!  Every year I throw a variety of fun parties and it's no surprise that our annual Halloween parties just happen to be my favorite!  And with Halloween soon to be on it's way, NOW is the perfect time to start planning your parties.  Here are a few tips on how I make my Halloween parties so successful...
DECIDE ON YOUR THEME
First things first, what kind of party are you going to be having?  Families?  Adults only?  What about a theme?  I kind of get a little crazy and often times have both a family Halloween party AND a separate adults only Halloween party.  We've done themed murder mystery parties and more, all of which have been huge successes!  You could do dress up themes such as favorite Disney characters, famous Hollywood couples, movie blockbusters, an 80s theme, and more.  I've noticed that with themes, your guests are able to really get in on the fun.
PREP WORK
It's never to early to start prepping for your party!  From browsing the Internet and Pinterest for ideas to purchasing your costumes from Pure Costumes, party supplies, making decorations, and more--being prepared will help you pull off the ultimate Halloween bash!  I love finding ideas, creating things, and being able to have lots of time to find the best deals on things I purchase for the party.  A little prep works goes a long way and takes a lot of the stress out of party planning when you get it done early.
SET THE SCENE
After the invitations are sent, a big part of making sure your party is a hit is the surroundings.  Make sure to set the perfect scene to your party with spooky decor, decorations relating to your theme, and anything else to entice the mood of your party.  I love finding cheap ways to decorate and purchasing awesome items to help make my party stand out.  Comparing parties that have decorations to parties that don't have anything is like comparing apples to oranges--decorations make such a big difference!  I've gone as far as turning our living room in to an indoor big top circus tent.  One thing is for sure--the more I set the scene, the more we are able to get into the spirit of the party!
LET THEM EAT CAKE...OR WHATEVER YOU LIKE
What party is complete without food?!  There's just nothing like yummy food to bring your party over the top.  Spooky Halloween recipes, themed recipes, and more and so much fun to do!  I love having everyone bring a themed dish to share that way I am not doing all of the work, the guests get to get in on the action, and we all get to partake in some yummy wonderful creations.  Recipes are passed around and everyone is filled with lots of laughter and delicious food.
One of my favorite super easy Halloween Recipes is Witch's Hat Calzones (from Better Homes and Gardens):
Ingredients 
One 3 1/2 ounce package sliced pepperoni
Half of an 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup finely shredded or grated Parmesan cheese
Two 8 ounce package (16) refrigerated crescent roll dough
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon water
Finely shredded or grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
Dried Italian seasoning (optional)
Crushed red pepper (optional)
Pizza sauce, warmed (optional)
Directions
Reserve six to eight slices of pepperoni; set aside. Chop remaining pepperoni slices. In a small bowl, stir together chopped pepperoni, cream cheese and the 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese until well combined. Set aside. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly grease an extra large baking sheet; set aside. On a lightly floured surface, unroll each package of crescent-roll dough. Separate dough into individual triangles. Place half the dough triangles on the prepared baking sheet. Place about 1 tablespoon of the pepperoni-cheese mixture in the center of each triangle. In a small bowl, stir together egg and water. Brush edges of triangles with some of the egg mixture. Top with remaining triangles. Press triangle edges together to seal. Brush dough with egg mixture. Fold short edges of the dough triangles up, forming a hat brim. Prick the dough a few times with the tines of a fork. If desired, sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, and/or crushed red pepper. Cut reserved pieces of pepperoni into small stars, crescent moons, and/or small diamonds. Press onto dough for decoration. Bake in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden. Serve warm with pizza sauce, if desired. Makes 8 calzones.
ONE FOR THE BOOKS...AND FACEBOOK PAGES
Lastly, you want to be able to remember this party forever so don't forget to take lots of pictures, post things to Facebook, Instagram, whatever, tag your friends and guest and let the memories live on!
This is a sponsored post for PureCostumes.com.  However all words expressed are my own.  These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.

Coin Displays {Review}

When my husband and I got married we received a beautiful mint coin set from the year of our marriage as a keepsake. It is so beautiful but unfortunately I had no way to display it so it is now packed away in a box deep in storage. That is why I am so excited to discover Coin Displays!
Coin Displays is the perfect way to make military challenge coins, corporate gifts, service awards and more into a piece of artwork that will bring you and your loved ones lasting memories. If you know anyone who has served in the military this can be the perfect gift for them, the unique designs are beautiful and will be loved by all who see them. You can learn more about and purchase your own coin displays HERE.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own. Your experience may vary.

Cowan Introductions {Review}

Online dating is becoming more and more popular in our technological age but it doesn't come without its drawbacks. Even paid online dating & matchmaking services are often a disappointment to those who are truly seeking to bring real love into their lives. For people who are looking for a more high class matchmaking service that caters to you as an individual Cowan Introductions is the perfect place to start.
Cowan Introductions is more than just a regular matchmaking service. The owner and founder, Ms. Cowan, brings every single client individualized relationship coaching to help their relationship flourish. Every member of Cowan Introductions is interviewed personally to help ensure that you are matched with the best possible person for you. That is not all though, they also offer mock (or practice) dating, full service concierge, stylist help to get you looking your best and a 'Just Us Single Ladies' club that meets once a month to discuss and learn about how to find a love that brings you happiness. Read more about Cowan Introductions on their website HERE.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own. Your experience may vary.

Awesome Gordmans Coupon

Do you have a Gordmans store by you?  We just got one close to us not too long ago and it took me forever to actually go inside and check it out.  I am so glad I did because ever since then I have fallen in love with the store, their awesome deals, and amazing items!
I am going to be doing a review and giveaway on Monday with them (so stay tuned!) but to get you all excited about my post, Gordmans is offering everyone an exclusive coupon for this weekend only.  Just CLICK THIS LINK and print off this amazing coupon to receive 20% OFF YOUR ENTIRE PURCHASE!!
This is a huge coupon because they already have great discounted prices so adding another 20% off is going to get you some AMAZING savings! Enjoy and don't forget to come back on Monday and enter the Gordmans Gift Card giveaway I'll be posting!!
A big THANK YOU to Gordmans for providing this coupon. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.

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