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giveaway for some extra holiday funds!


Hi everyone!  It’s been one heck of a… well, it’s been.

And I thought I’d add a little bit of holiday cheer to the mix right about now! We’d all love to have a few extra dollars to spend this holiday season, which is why I joined up with these other lovely bloggers to give away $130 to Amazon or Paypal! It’s as simple as entering via the giveaway button below. That’s it.

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This giveaway starts November 11 at midnight EST and ends November 26 at midnight EST. USA, 18+. One winner will be randomly selected from all qualifying entries and contacted via the email they provide. The winner has 48 hours to respond or new winner will be chosen. The winner will be announced on the Rafflecopter after they have responded.

I hope YOU are the big winner and maybe you can treat yourself to a little extra something… because by then it will have been quite a month.


#birthdayfest2015 : NUTRI Ninja Auto-IQ Blender


I got Mr. M a Nutri Ninja Auto-IQ Blender for Valentine’s Day this year. And while a replacement kitchen appliance might not seem like a lovey-dovey type of gift, this one was coming from a place of pure love.


You see, Mr. M had started a habit of meal replacement smoothies over a year ago. And as the smoothies became more and more apart of his daily routine and habits, our old blender started to rebel against even the softest of fruits. And so… he would sit in the kitchen… shaking and tossing and otherwise breaking all reasonable blender laws in an effort to simply mix protein powder, water and a banana. Anything more complicated than that, and you’d just smell the electronic motor burning as it hummed. Each simple smoothie became more of a pain than a gift, and the time it took to mix them just seemed to extend infinitely.

I looked into all of the blender options available and all of the various prices and models. There was no way I could stomach paying $500+ for a high-end kitchen gadget, especially one that didn’t fit on my counter. And the smaller blenders had reviews that were so varied I just couldn’t trust them. But when I spotted the new Auto-IQ models of the Nutri Ninja Blenders, I couldn’t find anyone saying anything negative. And that is how it ended up on our kitchen counter.

When I told Mr. M about the Auto-IQ functions, he was highly skeptical. Push one button “Ultra Blend” and it does all the work for you? No need to turn it on/off or pulse it? HA! But he was willing to take a risk and try it out.

Let’s just say he stood there to watch it… and smiled with amazement. And when he took a sip?
“I think this might be the best smoothie I’ve ever made!”


If I can recall, it was just strawberries, banana, water and powder. But the aeration and mixing did the magic, with a little help from 1000 fresh watts of power!

Super power aside, the best feature of the blender is the giant blender cups that go up to 32-ounces in size!

Throw in your ingredients – Pop it on – “ULTRA BLEND” – Pop it off – Drink – Wash

You should see what it does when you want to blend drinks with ice! Or make milkshakes! Seriously… this blender is a real gift! Did I mention it totally fits on the kitchen counter?

Needless to say, we would purchase another Nutri Ninja® Auto-iQ™ Blender without any hesitation at all and have been recommending it to all our friends since February.

And since it’s #BirthdayFest2015, and we’re all sharing some of our favorite things… why don’t we give away one of Mr. M’s! Just use the Rafflecopter app below for your chance to win!

Nutri Ninja® Auto-iQ™ Blender
[Model BL481]

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Winner will be chosen on May 9th, 2015.


p align=”center”> was compensated with a Nutri Ninja® Auto-iQ™ Blender for the purposes of the review above.


#birthdayfest2015 : $50 Gift card to Build-A-Bear


The first time I visited a Build-A-Bear Workshop was for my mom’s birthday in 2003. They came down to stay at Disneyland Resort for the weekend, and one night I took her to Build-A-Bear to construct a Tinker Bell frog for her birthday.

Now, with a 5-year-old in the house, Build-A-Bear has become an annual birthday destination! At 3, we took Miss L to make her first Bear. She picked out the Rainbow Bear and a Tiana costume as well.


And at 4, we took her to back, but this time we let her just pick out a new set of accessories and an outfit. And finally, this year, she got to go and build her very own Toothless!


So, in the spirit of sharing our favorite things, Miss L gets to share one of her favorite places with you! One lucky reader will get a $50 gift card to Build-A-Bear Workshop that can be used either at a store or online! Just use the Rafflecopter app below to enter!


$50 Build-A-Bear Workshop Gift Card
(good for in-store or online purchases)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Winner will be chosen on May 6th, 2015.

#birthdayfest2015: Lilly Pulitzer Giraffeeey round top clutch


Maybe you got to Target right at opening last Sunday morning, but were trampled by the masses. Or perhaps you had no clue what the heck everyone was talking about for the next week. No matter which camp you were in… a little piece of the craze that was “Lilly Pulitzer for Target” can be yours!image (1)

Lilly Pulitzer Giraffeeey Round Top Clutch

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter app below!

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Winner will be chosen on May 4th, 2015.

bits and pieces from Momtastic: February 2015

It’s been too long since I’ve shared my recent posts here… so here you go!


DIY Collar Bows and Bow Ties for Dogs

DIY Collar Bows and Bow Ties for Dogs Whip up a fancy schmancy holiday “outfit” for your pup!


20 Printable Valentine’s Day Cards for Kids & Classrooms

Grab a few supplies and your printer & create these uber creative V-Day cards with your kids!


Plan a Monthly Family Fun Night: Here’s a Year’s Worth of Awesome Ideas

12 amazeballs activities for the whole fam, one for each month of the year.


Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Chicken Rolls Recipe

An awesome weeknight dinner in under 20 minutes!


 101 Perfect Personalized Gifts

Find the perfect, personalized gift for your work bestie or your favorite uncle.