Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Especially when it comes time to sit down at a desk and pound out blog posts.
All I want to do is lounge outside with my girls while they splash around in their pool or water my garden.
Or go to the park.
Or plan out my summer vacation.
Anything that involves us being out in the sun, not chained to a desk.
And I know it's not fair to my readers but it's so damn pretty outside.
And the thing is that I have to enjoy it now because, honestly, in a month it will be boiling hot outside and I'll have no choice but to hide inside with the air conditioning on!
So please, be patient with me while I soak up the sun and relax.
Posted by SuZ at 11:09 PM
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Today, I am going to give you the details of that review.
And yes, it was big.
Don't get me wrong, the truck was beautiful.
It was luxurious and made me feel oh-so out of place. My daily ride is a tiny four door compact and being in the Tahoe was beautiful.
Plus it has a handy economy gauge in your dash that tells you if your driving economically or not
The seating in the Tahoe is capable of holding four car seats and two adults so my BFF and I were able to ride around town (in comfort) with all our babes.
I reviewed a 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid for a week in exchange for my review. All opinions in this post are 100% my own. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Today's post is about life after Crest Pro-Health Invigorating Clean Multi-Protection Rinse.
Honestly, I'm not a big fan of the sting that comes along with using mouthwash, thirty seconds into the stuff my eyes are watering and my mouth is burning.
Using Crest Pro-Health Invigorating Clean Multi-Protection Rinse did give me a burn but it was only after twenty five seconds, not the entire thirty seconds of use. I liked this.
I also liked the really squeaky clean feeling it left me with.
Plus if I was rushing in and out throughout the day, I could swipe a capful of the stuff, spit it out and continue on with my business and I felt like my teeth were clean.
The downside of the Crest Pro-Health Invigorating Clean Multi-Protection Rinse is that after using it, it made my mouth water... a lot. Which meant that I was spitting a lot after using it.
Another wonderful fact to know about me huh?
Overall, I was really happy with using Crest Pro-Health Invigorating Clean Multi-Protection Rinse.
It made my teeth feel great, my breath was fabulous and the effects lasted more than an hour so that was great in my book.
So go out and get yourself some and spend your days with squeaky clean teeth.
I wrote this review while participating in a test drive campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Crest and received a sample to facilitate my candid review. Mom Central Consulting sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
But the fine folks at Crest asked me to test out their new product, the Crest Pro-Health Invigorating Clean Multi-Protection Rinse.
A hexbug is a tiny robotic bug thing that runs all over your floors.
So when I was asked to host a HEXBUG Nano Easter Egg party, I jumped at the chance.
Especially because I could involve my nephews who are ga-ga over hexbugs as well.
I decorated with Easter gear and we went to town playing with the bugs, which came with adorable Easter bunny ears.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
You get to dye eggs cute colors, hide prizes in plastic ones in the yard and you get to sit down with family and eat a huge yummy meal.
All because of a bunny!
Wubbzy and the gang also love Easter and in the latest DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment, you get a DVD packed with adorable Wow Wow Wubbzy episodes.
From the press release: "All the kooky action of Easter in Wuzzleburg comes to life in six “egg-ceptional” episodes featured on the debut DVD. In “Wubbzy’s Egg-Cellent Easter,” Wubbzy and his pals celebrate the first day of spring with a game of kickity-kick ball and discover new ways to decorate eggs for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. And when the holiday is suddenly cancelled, it’s up to Wubbzy to save the day!"
Roo and I snuggled up on the couch the other day to watch this DVD (Turtle was napping) and we watched the whole thing while giggling and talking about Easter eggs. It is a cute DVD that you won't mind your child watching.
And lucky you, I've got a copy to giveaway!
All I need you to do is tell me (if) how you celebrate Easter. Egg hunts? Giant hams? Spill!
Giveaway ends April 17th, 2011 at noon.
Make sure you leave me a comment with an email that I can reach you at.
Also, tweeting can earn you extra entries but make sure you @ me in your tweet so I can keep track.
I received a copy of this DVD to review. All opinions in this post are 100% my own. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.
I make sure that Roo and I (Turtle tries to help out but she ends of making more of a mess than anything else) spend a little bit of time every day doing something that involves glitter or markers.
The fab folks at Rose Art sent us a Color Blanks to try out for craft time.
Color Blanks are these adorable blank figurines that come with three markers and a selection of stickers for your kid to decorate however their hearts desire.
You can check out their Facebook page for a gallery of adorable Color Blank designs and get more product information.
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival through May 15, 2011.
What the challenge consists of is an opportunity for families to test their skills at jump rope, hula hoops and more while learning about the nutritional benefits of GoGo Squeez.
An added bonus is that on the weekends of April 22 and May 13, the yummy snack will be available to sample!
The goal of the GoGo on the Go Challenge is to show families that healthy eating on the go is possible.
Stop by Epcot's International Flower & Garden Festival to check out GoGo Squeez... or if you can't make it to Florida, check out the GoGo Squeez Facebook page for a chance to win online!
I received samples in exchange for my post. All opinions in this post are 100% my own. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Saturday, April 9, 2011
A bunch of his artsy fartsy (my favorite word ever!) friends all get together, throw pottery on the wheel, listen to music, discuss politics, whatever... things I don't participate in.
And he goes and has a ball.
I stay home and have a ball as well.
Saturday night, after the kids have gone to bed, is my favorite time because I am alone.
I get to sit in my room with my laptop or iPod and just be quiet.
I don't have to answer to anyone.
I don't have to wipe any butts.
I can just sit here and get lost in a book or a movie (right now I'm watching Pride and Prejudice) and not speak.
Not that I don't love my husband, because you know I do.
But it's nice to have a moment or two to myself where I can just be.
Do you have a moment like this?
Friday, April 8, 2011
Straight from a press release:
"As the April 22 opening of the awe-inspiring “African Cats” approaches, Disneynature is tapping into the true power of social media by building awareness of its “See ‘African Cats,’ Save the Savanna” program. During the film’s opening week (April 22-28), a portion of the proceeds from that week’s ticket sales will be donated to AWF through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to protect the Amboseli Wildlife Corridor, a passage between the Amboseli, Tsavo West and Chyulu Hills National Parks that is frequently used by lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, giraffes and a host of other animals in the African savanna.
A host of compelling and unique social initiatives allows participants to make a difference, giving them the power to pledge their intent to see the film, support the cause and spread the word to others.
Like Disneynature on Facebook:
By becoming a fan of Disneynature on Facebook, participants have the ability to interact with “African Cats” content daily. Furthermore, liking, commenting on and sharing the content with friends spreads the viral reach of the film's message and philanthropic mission exponentially.
Pledge to see “African Cats” on Eventful:
Fans pledge to see “African Cats” opening week by logging onto http://eventful.com/africancats. Participants can watch how honoring that pledge can effectively save the savanna. A real-time counter will show how many people have participated, and there will also be a graphical map representing the number of acres across the savanna that are being conserved based upon the number of pledges received. Upon arriving at the theater, fans can check in via their mobile device to win special prizes.
Join the “African Cats” grassroots community and donate to the African Wildlife Foundation on Causes:
Fans can join the “African Cats” grassroots community on Causes by signing the pledge to help Africa's lions and other imperiled wildlife survive and thrive for generations to come. Additionally, users are given the opportunity to enhance Disneynature’s commitment by donating directly to the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) via the platform.
Buy tickets through Disney Tickets Together, invite friends and Disneynature will double its donation:
Disney Tickets Together, Facebook's first social ticketing application, allows fans to engage with the film by inviting friends to see "African Cats" and purchase tickets for local theaters without ever leaving Facebook. For all "African Cats" events created in Tickets Together, Disney will increase the donation to the Save the Savanna fund for every "Yes" RSVP that the events receive. The application launches during the week of April 18.
“African Cats,” which will be released in theaters worldwide, opens in North America on April 22, 2011. Tickets for groups of 20 or more are available in the United States by calling 1-888-DISNEY6.
ABOUT THE MOVIE
An epic true story set against the backdrop of one of the wildest places on Earth, “African Cats” captures the real-life love, humor and determination of the majestic kings of the savanna. Narrated by Oscar®-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson, the story features Mara, an endearing lion cub who strives to grow up with her mother’s strength, spirit and wisdom; Sita, a fearless cheetah and single mother of five mischievous newborns; and Fang, a proud leader of the pride who must defend his family from a rival lion and his sons. Disneynature brings “The Lion King” to life on the big screen in this True Life Adventure directed by Keith Scholey and Alastair Fothergill (“Earth”). An awe-inspiring adventure blending family bonds with the power and cunning of the wild, “African Cats” leaps into theatres on Earth Day, April 22, 2011.For more information about the movie and the “See ‘African Cats,’ Save the Savanna” initiative, check out Disney.com/AfricanCats.
ABOUT “SEE ‘AFRICAN CATS,’ SAVE THE SAVANNA
During the film’s opening week (April 22-28), a portion of the proceeds from that week’s ticket sales will be donated to the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to ensure the future of lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, giraffes and a host of other animals in the vibrant African savanna. The AWF will be working to protect the Amboseli Wildlife Corridor, a passage between the Amboseli, Tsavo West and Chyulu National Parks that is frequently used by a variety of wildlife.
“See ‘African Cats,’ Save the Savanna” continues Disneynature’s conservation efforts, which began with its first release, “Earth” (2009), for which three million trees were planted in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. “Oceans” (2010) audiences helped establish 40,000 acres of marine protected areas in The Bahamas, which contain miles of vital coral reef.
ABOUT EVENTFUL, INC.
Eventful is the leading digital media company connecting consumers with live entertainment, movies, and local events. More than 20 million people use Eventful to find out what’s happening and decide what to do. Eventful works with leading brands and entertainment properties to reach consumers and drive commerce through a unique and targeted blend of digital, social media, and direct marketing. Visit Eventful at http://eventful.com.
Causes is the world’s largest platform for activism and philanthropy, empowering individuals to create grassroots communities called “causes” that take action on behalf of a specific issue or nonprofit organization. Since launching in 2007, Causes has brought together: 140 million users, over $30 million raised for over 25,000 nonprofits, and over 500,000 user-created causes.
ABOUT DISNEY’S TICKETS TOGETHER
Developed in 2010 for Disney Pixar's “Toy Story 3,” Disney Tickets Together is the first social ticketing application that allows Disney Facebook fans to view movie times at their local cinemas, create viewing events, invite their friends and buy tickets. Tickets Together is an innovative and interactive destination that bridges the social experience of going to the movies with the capabilities of social networking.
Founded in 1961, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is a leading conservation organization focused solely on the African continent. AWF’s programs and conservation strategies are based on sound science and designed to protect both the wild lands and wildlife of Africa and ensure a more sustainable future for Africa’s people. Since its inception AWF has protected endangered species and land, promoted public and private sector partnerships, created unique conservation tourism enterprises that benefit local African communities as a means to improve livelihoods, and trained hundreds of African nationals in conservation—all to ensure the survival of Africa’s unparalleled wildlife heritage. AWF is a non-profit organization currently operating in 14 countries across the continent. AWF is a registered 501(c)(3) in the United States. Visit www.awf.org.
Disneynature, the first new Disney-branded film label from The Walt Disney Studios in more than 60 years, was launched in April 2008 to bring the world’s top nature filmmakers together to share a wide variety of wildlife subjects and stories with theatrical audiences. “Earth” (opening Earth Day 2009) was the first film to premiere domestically under the new label, and garnered a record-breaking opening weekend for a nature documentary. Its “Buy a Ticket, Plant a Tree” initiative led to the planting of 2.7 million trees in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. Hitting theaters on April 22, 2010, “Oceans” was the third highest grossing feature-length nature film in history. Its “See ‘Oceans,’ Save Oceans” initiative helped establish 40,000 acres of marine protected area in The Bahamas, preserving essential coral reefs. Walt Disney was a pioneer in wildlife documentary filmmaking, producing 13 True-Life Adventure motion pictures between 1949 and 1960, which earned eight Academy Awards®. For more information about Disneynature, check out disneynature.com like us on Facebook: facebook.com/Disneynature, and follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/Disneynature. For more information about the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, please visit Disney.com/conservation. "
Thursday, April 7, 2011
If you are anything like me, a W2 looks like gibbirish to you and you really have no clue what all those boxes mean.
A friend recently recommended a site to me that helped me understand exactly what a W2 means.
The site has a mock W2 and if you hover your mouse over the boxes, a pop up will appear and tell you everything you need to know.
So, if you need some help, check out the website and figure all this gibbirish out and get those taxes done!
I was compensated for this post, however all opinions in it are 100% my own. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.
Posted by SuZ @ NYTMBlog at 3:05 PM
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Who cares if I let a curse word slip if the kid at the playground has a complete and utter meltdown because his Mom told him no.
My kid won't remember the f bomb or repeat it but she will repeat a nuclear temper tantrum.
Normally, Roo is a great child.
Okay, maybe not angelic... but she is a great kid. She knows her manners, is polite and sleeps like a champ.
But she's never had these type of meltdowns until she started hanging around her cousin.
Her cousin is princess of all epic bad behavior.
And Roo is picking up all these bad habits and it's turning my wonderful child into a demon.
And since this kid is Roo's cousin, I can't exactly keep them apart.
I'm not really sure what to do about the situation.
I scold Roo. I wag my finger at her. I give her positive encouragement. I take her away from her cousin when she starts screaming.
It's so frustrating and exhausting at the same time.
She doesn't act out all day long, it's not that dramatic but when it does happen: watch out.
I want my sweet girl to come back.
Any suggestions on how I can prevent more foot stomping from occurring?
Monday, April 4, 2011
It's that time of year again, the Ultimate Blog Party (2011!) hosted by the gals over at 5 Minutes for Mom,
But that's not the point.
The point is I'm a Mommy to two girls with a wonderful husband and I love my blog.
I love writing and everything that comes with it.
I love running as well and all things Disney. I also love old skool cartoons, reading, classic black and white films, traveling and laying on my bed motionless.
Okay, now to the fun stuff: the giveaway!
Giveaway ends on April 8th, 2011. Contest is open to all!
Posted by SuZ @ NYTMBlog at 7:31 AM
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Only because the other day I took out my frustration with my family drama on my child by threatening to throw all her toys away (in my defense, the kid has tons of toys).
That threat (obviously hollow) led to her freaking out on me and her having a major temper tantrum (something she rarely does, but that's a whole different blog post).
As she's crying in my arms, I realized that the whole thing was my fault because I was directing all that frustration in the wrong direction, leading me to feel like the shittiest parent on the earth.
Now, I'm sure I'm not the only parent that has ever done this, or the last.
But it shocked me to my core.
I was mortified as I retold my husband the details of the event.
And it made me stop and remember that my daughter never deserves any of my frustration.
And even though this family drama is far from over, I am doing everything in my power to stop, take a calm breath and remember how lucky I am. That my kids did not cause any of this drama, therefore do not need to deal with it.
So what I do is separate myself from the person who is upset about family drama and remember to be the mother who is loving, supportive and gives tons of hugs.
And that I have the best kids in the world and deserve the best Mom in the world.
Posted by SuZ @ NYTMBlog at 4:32 PM