Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sofia the First Curse of Princess Ivy DVD

Now available in retail stores Sofia the First Curse of Princess Ivy.


Sofia goes on her most thrilling adventure yet in "SOFIA THE FIRST: THE CURSE OF PRINCESS IVY," arriving on Disney DVD February 24th! This DVD is packed with three additional exciting episodes and a FREE exclusive color-changing butterfly necklace. Join Sofia, Amber and Rapunzel (voiced by Mandy Moore from Disney's "Tangled") on a journey to defeat the evil Princess Ivy (voiced by Anna Camp "The Help," "Pitch Perfect").




Princess Ivy has turned the whole kingdom of Enchancia black and white! It's up to Sofia and Amber to save the day.


After learning that the Amulet of Avalor is magical, Amber snatches it while Sofia is sleeping. Unfortunately, she unwittingly unleashes a curse that summons evil Princess Ivy, who threatens to destroy the amulet, seize the crown and turn the entire kingdom black-and-white!  Amber and Sofia soar through the skies on a flying dragon - aided by special guest Rapunzel - as they embark on a daring quest to defeat Ivy, break the curse and save Enchancia.

I love that even though I no longer have a cable/satellite service my girls are still able to enjoy the newest cartoons from Disney on DVD. It's almost like a new experience for them every time I put in the DVD. They love to re-enacted scenes from the series and best yet its kid friendly so I feel safe letting them watch clean wholesome family television. Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy is now available in stores. Oh yes, and hurry because the first release set comes with a cute charm necklace. 


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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Jackpot Candles are the way to go! #Giveaway



The newest craze is rings in candles I have seen a few sites which do this but one contacted me called Jackpot Candles. Now what I love about the company is well a lot of things:

First they are a family owned company which almost always means they care about the product on which you receive because they want you to feel as family and keep coming back.

Second the candles are 100% soy and produced in Buffalo NY. Who doesn't love soy I find they burn better and last longer.



Third inside each candle is a piece of jewelry which is valued at $15-$5,000. Now here is what is my favorite part. I have done the ring candles and well because we are not all the same most of the rings although pretty just don't fit so its like whooo nice but yeah now what. Jackpot Candles lets me pick what surprise I will get in my candle. What? Yeah you heard me you can choose from a ring, earrings or necklace! So now you can't go wrong! Also though they actually took the time to figure out a way everyone wins with the selection of ring size! So you can now really get something that will fit!


When asked, I selected a necklace pina-colada candle. I am a HUGE fan of coconut I absolutely love the smell. Within a few days my candle was here! I was excited and waited til night to light it up so I could enjoy the fragrance. It filled my room and it was just enough of a scent that it didn't take over the home. I let the candle burn until it couldn't anymore it lasted me a full 3 days and my treasure showed up about the end of day 2 which it was wrapped in tin foil in a baggy which was easy to retrieve with a fork. I was happy when I unwrapped my piece it was a cute sliver necklace with 2 jewel beads on the end. A simple piece which could go with about everything. 

Along with the candles Jackpot Candles also has tarts, which yeah okay whoo it has tarts but they actually placed a jewelry piece in it as well! So everyone truly wins. So what about pricing well a Tart goes for $15.95 and a 16oz candle for $24.95, not bad that in each one your getting a little something at least worth $15 : )  At the end of your experience you can enter the code which is on your piece of jewelry to see how much its worth using their appraisal link. 



So all this talk about winning and why not get a chance to win your own? My readers will have a chance to win a Sweet Pea Jackpot Candle with Earrings inside. Must be a U.S. resident. Enter below for your chance to win. Contest will end March 18th, 2015. 

Jackpot Candle

Disclosure: In order to facilitate a review, I received promotional materials and/or samples. All opinions and comments are my own.Photos or Reviews or were provided by client with authorization for use in this campaign. No additional compensation was received. Post may contain affiliate links. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

My Little Pony – Friendship is Magic: Adventures of the Cutie Mark Crusaders



I have loved My Little Pony since I was a girl and its always great to see things from your past keep up with the latest trends and extend themselves out to your own children. My Little Pony started as small plastic toys with fun color hair and now have become a major industry with clothing lines, playsets, television shows and of course DVD's. 

The newest release is My Little Pony-Friendship is Magic: Adventures of the Cutie Markcrusaders which hits stores February 24th. To top off the release of the DVD each DVD comes with new sing-along songs and fun coloring sheets! 

But wait there is more! Pony fun PlayDate Digital announced the new Cutie Pox Storybook App. This interactive story book allows you to enter the world of Equestria for an adventure full of excitement, humor and friendship

Here is a sneak peek to the all new DVD My Little Pony-Friendship is Magic: Adventures of the Cutie Mark Crusaders.



Disclosure: In order to facilitate a review, I received promotional materials and/or samples. All opinions and comments are my own.Photos or Reviews or were provided by client with authorization for use in this campaign. No additional compensation was received. Post may contain affiliate links. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Chick-fil-A free cup of Coffee for the month of February



Whether there’s a few more weeks of winter or we have an early spring, Chick-fil-A’s new specialty-grade THRIVE coffee is perfect for any weather! And during the entire month of February, Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide will give customers a FREE cup of hot or iced coffee all day long! This offer includes 12 ounce (small) hot or 16 ounce (medium) iced sizes and is available while supplies last. The offer is available anytime during regular restaurant hours and is limited to one cup of coffee per customer, per visit. No additional purchase is necessary and no substitutions are available. Feel free to spread this great news and enjoy your free cup of coffee! smile emoticon

Disclosure: In order to facilitate a review, I received promotional materials and/or samples. All opinions and comments are my own.Photos or Reviews or were provided by client with authorization for use in this campaign. No additional compensation was received. Post may contain affiliate links. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.



So I....................

Another rant ish:

So I have decided to remove my kids from school and try out homeschooling for the last semester of the school year. Wow!

I removed my kids and slowly informed the family that I had done so, their reactions were beyond messed up, mostly because its none of their business : ) my kids my actions.

When my husband and in-laws found out you would had thought someone died. It was silence with almost tears like omg you f--- your kids! Then from my dad it was shock but out of everyone I guess he took it well, he actually had-has faith I can do this and that I will do this. My mother and sister in law went all crazy yelling like as if it was their kids I removed. But whatever again this was my choice..... why did I decide to make this decision?

I had many reasons for pulling out my kids which only I was seeing and aware of the extent of how things were. My kids were miserable! My oldest son started to have animosity and anxiety over going to school began  to cry every morning and sometimes even shake he would come home and sit in a blank stare with a extent of worn out expressed on his face, followed with the fact that he would have about 4-5 pages of homework he is only in 4th grade. This made things hard when getting everyone out the door, he brought his report card home and had okay grades but he went from A-B's to C-D's.

Next was my middle child he is well kinda the class clown and has a really hard time sitting down and focusing on subjects. He barely seems to know his ABC's and 123's he is 9! He should be in 4th grade this year, he is in 3rd but knows nothing, NOTHING! He gets bullied by other classmates for not being "smart". He has low self esteem because he feels he is stupid, dumb, etc. He is not stupid he is a very smart little boy and kind. He has a huge heart and knows everything and anything almost about animals. I know its not fair for the school to have to pay more attention to him but that sadly is what he needs he needs one on one. He has been seen by a "doctor" before and was diagnosed with ADHD but it was me given a paper and then here are some pills bye, he was never actually seen by the "doctor".  I have tried to get him looked at but all I get from the "doctors" is the runaround :( So I did this mostly for him he had brought home a progress report and had all F's except in Social studies and science he had a A and B in them he brings home his report card all F's. Because of his age and the fact that he already has been held back he would still pass what does that do for him???

My youngest who is 6 was in kindergarten he was doing fine. Last year though he was also in kindergarten for a half a school year, he would run out into traffic chasing my car when he was dropped off he was just not old enough to enjoy school. But this year has been doing great was passing everything except PE which blows my mind cause the child loves to be outside lol. Oh well.

I got to thinking after their last reports cards why I wanted them in school anyhow, besides the fact that your child must be in school at the age of 6, my reasons were that they would develop social skills and well on my end to be selfish free baby sitting service alone time for myself. Seriously these were my reasons that I went with public school.

So what happened? Well okay so the social part, kids are aloud to talk quietly at lunch which is a straight table with kids all on one side of the table so you only have the child next to you on your left or right to talk to along with the fact that its a 30 mins lunch which seems that 15 minutes of the 30 is you getting your food, so you only get to know 2 people for 15 mins a day whooo!!! How is that being social? How can you make friends?  Only kindergarten gets recess, which is not daily. So another question when are kids aloud to be kids? How can they lose weight and be active sitting at a desk for hours on end listening to a teacher even worse now a days a freaking computer?!?!

Next I am a stay at home mom I happen to be lucky and have a job which allows for me to choose my hours so I am able to stay home and home school my kids. I know not all of us have this option. After seeing my middle son break down and cry himself to sleep over the bullies at school I was over it from that point on I began to really rethink my choice of having them in school.

I also decided to do this now because of the fact its the last semester of the school year so if I am able to do this now is a good of chance then any. I am able to get a feel for it and see how well they handle being at home and doing work. I am able to see how having them with me 24-7 will affect myself and them. I am looking forward to doing this because I think we all will learn something. Already I have seen a improvement on how they behave and listen. They also go to sleep earlier then they did while in school. I look forward to what is to come. I will try and share my experience with you all while I go through this journey with my kids. Because I know I am not alone in wondering how hard is home schooling? and what ifs?

Thanks for reading, : )
Casey


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Mini Babybel® Challenge!



While my kids may get a lunch at school I still pack them a smaller snack/lunch because well they are always hungry. One of the snacks I like to pack for my kids is Mini Babybel®, they stay nice and cool in their personal wax wrappers and taste simply divine. My kids enjoy picking out their favorites from the selection of 7 flavors, original, cheddar, white cheddar, mozzarella, gouda,  sharp, and light. 

Mini Babybel® has come up with a challenge for parents and hey why not add on surprises for your other half since Valentines Day is around the corner : ) The challenge is how do you surprise your child or other half using Mini Babybel®.

Here is my idea for a special lunch/Valentines Day gift! 


Share Your Family Fun for a chance to WIN!
With your new supplies in hand, share photos, videos, and/or stories of your kids’ amped up well-balanced lunches and you could win big! Your lunchbox snapshot will automatically enter you for the chance to win a $500 American Express Gift Card that will help make an ordinary family’s day extraordinary! See the Official Rules here: http://static.pninteractive.com/thelaughingcow/Packed_Lunchers_Sweepstakes_Rules.pdf

Pack Up Some Fun With Mini Babybel®:
·         Mini Babybel® is 100% natural cheese with the rich and creamy taste that cheese lovers of all ages adore – making it the perfect choice for lunchtime for the whole family. 
·         Each serving of Mini Babybel® delivers 5 grams of protein, plus 15% of your daily calcium needs– all for 70 calories or less!
·         Pull the tab, unwrap the red wax, and you’re ready to enjoy this little cheese with “huge” appeal.
·         Pick up Mini Babybel® at a grocery store near you – Try our product locator for an easy fix!


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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mohu Antenna for Valentines Day

So just before Christmas my cable cut me off, so I figured you know what I am over the crazy high bills I can live without cable and guess what I was right!


For as low as $15.99 that is not $15.99 a month but ONCE you can have digital TV for free! I don't know how many fights I would get into because I could live without cable but my husband couldn't live without sports. Which most sports are on free TV but you had to at least pay for the "standard cable" so cable was charging us for FREE TV what!!!

This Valentines Day give the gift of money savings and peace of mind once again. Take the money your saving and get yourselves a room : )  and sleep in this Valentines Day. I know our problems have lessened a lot since we have received the Mohu Antenna, the picture comes in clear, I know whats going on in the world once again. Its wonderful! When I programmed my TV with the Mohu Antenna I got 41 channels all which come in crystal clear and who knows if I really try and place it in my house what I might get, this was my attempt of place and see if it works, and it did!  

The Mohu Antenna can blend in, its flat and can be either white or black facing inward, comes with pins or velcro to place it on windows, which if you wanted you could even purchase suction cups and place it on that way as well. It took me only minutes to install and have clear HD TV. 

You can purchase a Mohu Antenna by visiting their website here and also on Amazon


Disclosure: In order to facilitate a review, I received promotional materials and/or samples. All opinions and comments are my own.Photos or Reviews or were provided by client with authorization for use in this campaign. No additional compensation was received. Post may contain affiliate links. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.