Saturday, November 22, 2014

Wendy's Asian Cashew Chicken Salad

I'm making a conscience effort to eat better and in doing so, I'm always on the hunt for a great salad. And Wendy's is my go-to fast food joint because they really do make good food (and my kid's love their Frostys!

The newest addition to Wendy's salad menu is the Asian Cashew Chicken Salad.

Can I just take a moment to say YUM!

Because it was. 

What I loved most about this salad, besides how tasty is was, is the calorie count. The full size salad (complete with fire-roasted edamame, roasted cashews, red peppers, and a saucy Spicy Asian Chili Vinagrette) only has 380 calories! 

Yes, you read that right: 380 Calories. 

That is spot on for someone like me who is counting their calories but still wants to be able to eat a decent meal. 

The half sized salad is only 240 calories. 

Not bad, huh?

The full size salad filled me up nicely and was hearty enough for a dinner meal. 

You can get your own Asian Cashew Chicken Salad at your local Wendy's today!

I received a gift card to sample this salad. All opinions are 100% my own. Thanks. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

#WrappedinIKEA Holiday Campaign & Your Chance to WIN!

I love me some IKEA, truly I do.

I make the pilgrimage to IKEA every three months where I spend hours wandering the store, eating their yummy food and planning to rearrange everything in my house.

It's a wonderland.

Another reason I love IKEA, they do good.

Really good.

IKEA has always been about helping the community and our local Orlando store is very involved in helping right here at home. Their new IKEA #SoftToysforEducation campaign started at the beginning of the month and for every IKEA soft toy you buy, they will donate a $1 to UNICEF! And the toys are not only adorable, but very affordable (another reason I LOVE IKEA!)

And IKEA Orlando is also putting on a great campaign, there is a donation station at the store (right after checkout before you exit) and all donations will be donated to the Children's Home Society of Florida.

And the fun doesn't stop there. IKEA Orlando is hosting a IKEA Food Weekend Celebration December 13-14. You can have a traditional Swedish Holiday at the event Julbord on December 12th at 2pm &  6pm where you can taste a wide range of Swedish and be entertained by Santa Lucia singers & a processional during the 6pm show. On the 13th of December you can sample traditional Swedish treats at the restaurant and the market and on the 14th, you can have breakfast with Santa!! At 10:30 children 12 and under can attend a FREE breakfast and get photos with Santa!

You know where I'll be that weekend!!

You can find out more about the IKEA Orlando events by visiting their homepage and following them on Twitter. PLUS (yes, there's more!) join @IKEAOrlando for a special Holiday Twitter Party on December 3, 2014 @12:30pm where you have a chance to win IKEA gift cards!!

And speaking of winning.... You have a chance to win a $100 IKEA Gift Card! Just enter below!

Good Luck!

This Rafflecopter widget will be live from November 17 – November 30th. IKEA will pick a winner on Monday, December 1st, and contact them via Twitter.

I attended a media event in exchange for this post. All opinions are 100% my own. Thanks!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

American Girl Opens in Orlando THIS WEEKEND!

I'm sure you can hear the squeals already, American Girl is opening in Orlando this weekend.

Yes, this weekend.

If your girls are anything like mine, they've been fidgeting since I told them about this. They are probably going to explode when there tiny little feet finally cross the threshold. 

There is a lot planned for the event this weekend so I wanted to share the press release so you'e got all the details to plan your trip.


Free, All-Day Celebrations on Saturday and Sunday with Activity Stations, Live Entertainment, Movie Showings, and more

WHAT:           Girl’s, it’s time to get dolled up and shop ‘til you drop! Central Florida’s largest shopping center, The Florida Mall, will unveil the area’s first American Girl store on Saturday, November 15, providing girls with a one-stop shop including a Bistro, Doll Hair Salon, and “Creativi-tees” boutique.  Kids of all ages will enjoy a weekend of free events in celebration of the grand opening on Saturdayand Sunday, November 15 and 16.

Beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, children will enjoy an array of American Girl activities right outside the new store, including live performances, arts and crafts stations, a social media zone, food trucks and more.  Additionally, stilt walkers and balloon artists will provide lively entertainment throughout the mall’s corridors.  The activities will begin outside the store again on Sunday at 11 a.m.

Come one, come all!  In celebration of the grand opening, The Florida Mall will have activity stations set up from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday.  Step right up and enjoy carnival row with fun games and activities near Buca di Beppo.  Test out your potion-making skills at the mad science station near Dillard’s, move to the DJ’s groovy music near Old Navy and Center Court, or make some arts and crafts near Center Court.

Once the sun sets, guests are invited to grab a snack and get comfortable as two American Girl movies hit the big screen!  The interior showing will be near E Court by the Santa Set, and the exterior showing will be next to XXI Forever.  Both movies will begin promptly at dark.

Don’t leave without registering for a chance to win a $500 American Express Simon Giftcard!  Stop by Simon Guest Services or the Kidgits Activity Stations for more information.

The gift that keeps on giving! The Florida Mall will also have a special giveaway of American Girl’s Isabelle doll and matching paperback book set.  Beginning on Thursday, October 30, mall guests can enter to win at Guest Services.

For more detailed information about American Girl, please visit  Follow all of the details throughout the weekend at #AGOrlando.

We hope you will join The Florida Mall in having a ball at the grand opening celebration with a new American Girl doll!

WHERE:       The Florida Mall
                        8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Suite 420
                        Orlando, FL 32809

SCHEDULE:        Saturday, November 15
9 a.m. – 9 p.m.            American Girl arts & crafts stations (exterior)

11 a.m. – 6 p.m.          Family-friendly activity stations throughout the mall, live entertainment (interior)

6 p.m.                          American Girl movie showings (interior, exterior)

Sunday, November 16
11 a.m. – 7 p.m.          American Girl arts & crafts stations (exterior)

12 – 5 p.m.                  Family-friendly activity stations throughout the mall, live entertainment

6 p.m.                          American Girl movie showings (interior, exterior)


INFO:              Visit The Florida Mall’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages, for the latest event updates, or call (407) 851-7234.

I will be attending a media preview of the store TODAY, so if you can't wait and need details and sneak peek pictures, follow me on Twitter

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tinker Bell and The Legend of the NeverBeast - New Trailer.

Another trailer for Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast is out!

And I can't wait to share it with my kids after school!

Don't tell them I shared it with you first!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

IKEA Orlando Brings Joy To Kids This Holiday Season

I'm an IKEA fan. I can't help it. I love everything in that big store (especially the chocolate!). Another reason I love IKEA is because of what they do outside the store as well. The IKEA Foundation has done some amazing things in our community and they are really helping out kids in need. 

Check out the press release for all the details and then go to IKEA Orlando today and help bring some joy to kids this holiday season. 


(Orlando, FL - Monday, November 3, 2014) – IKEA Foundation’s annual Soft Toys for Education campaign soon kicks-off in IKEA stores around the globe. From November 9, 2014 – January 3, 2015, IKEA Foundation donates €1 (currently $1.30) for every soft toy sold. The donation goes to Save the Children and UNICEF, and is spent on children’s educational projects.

Locally, IKEA Orlando will also accept purchased soft toys – giving customers an opportunity to purchase once, but give twice. Children’s Home Society of Florida will receive the donated toys at the close of the charitable efforts.

“At IKEA, we believe that children are the most important people in the world. It’s great to see the awareness of this campaign grow over the years, allowing us to help more children begin and stay in school,” said Kendra Ferguson, IKEA Orlando’s Local Marketing Specialist. “We now have customers asking us when it will begin. It’s a great time to teach their children about giving back; and with the option to give twice, parents can let their children select a toy for themselves and one that they think another child would enjoy receiving.”

IKEA’s soft toys star in the store’s children’s books and new card games that train memory, as well as visual and social skills. IKEA Foundation will also make a donation when these items are purchased – making a great holiday present package, as every donation gives the powerful gift of an education to children in need around the world.

Since 2003, the holiday sales of the furniture retailer’s soft toys has raised nearly 67 million, supported 99 projects in 46 countries, and helped more than 11 million children receive a better education.
The IKEA Foundation, which works with a total of 31 nonprofit organizations, is the largest global corporate donor to UNICEF, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Save the Children, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and KickStart International.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function, at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 360 IKEA stores in 45 countries, including 40 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see, @IKEAOrlando or @IKEAUSA."

This post is just to inform you. Nothing was exchanged but smiles. Thanks!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Fall Fun: 101 kids activities

Having kids means having to think of activities to keep them entertained and away from the digital devices. Sure, a little screen time is good but when you've got a fall break on your hands you need to make sure they don't spend five days glued to the toob.

Thankfully, there are books like 101 Kids Activties by Holly Homer & Rachel Miller.

This book entertained my kids the entire week. It's a how-to book separated into sections like boredom busters, crafts, games and simple science (Roo's favorite section by far!) and is packed full of ideas to help build your child's mind, imagination and skills.

We even did some of the activities (Tin Card Targets page 142)!) twice! Turtle's favorite was the fizzy sidewalk paint (page 162) (it doesn't spread very easily, but she has happy anyways) and Roo's favorite was Slimy Copy Machine with Good (page 166). I enjoyed the Catapult Competition (page 114) because I've always wanted a catapult of my own.

The best thing about this book, besides how it makes my kids happy, is that it gives you everything you need to do an activity. There's a list of supplies needed and step by step directions on how to construct your activity. There is also tip boxes and modifications for younger and older kids.

If you're looking for a great book to help your kids (and heck, even yourself!) entertained on a school break or a rainy day, this is just what you need.

You can find the 101 Kids Activties book by Holly Homer & Rachel Miller on your local bookstore shelves or online.

I received a copy of this book for review purposes, all opinions are 100% my own. If you have any questions, just ask! 

MLP Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks

Whenever something new My Little Pony comes out, my girls wait on pins and needles for it to hit the store and then beg me to buy it.

I always cave because I can't resist MLP either.

Last week, My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks hit the shelves and, of course, we got our hands on a copy and watched it as soon as we got home.

The girls (ponies?) of Canterlot High School are back! This time they are performing in a musical showcase with their new band, The Rainbooms but they have some stiff competition from the Dazzlings, another musical group at CHS. Suddenly, the friendly competition has turned fierce and the girls have to call on Twilight Spark to help restore the harmony at CHS!

Check out a clip from the movie.

My girls watched it and loved it... and begged to watch it again. What can I say, the girls love their MLP!

You can purchase your own copy of My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks today!

I received a copy of My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks for this review. All opinions are 100% my own. If you have any questions, just ask!