Monday, December 31, 2012

Local Review: TCBY


When I was a kid, a new gas station was built down the road from me and it had a TCBY in it. I can remember walking to it (my parents would never let me walk alone and as a kid, I hated it. As a Mom, I get it now) with my Dad to get cones at least once a week.

I can still remember the massive size of the frozen yogurt and the crunchiness of the waffle cone.

Yummy. 

Fast forward to now and I still love going to get waffle cones.

My girls adore fro yo as much as I do.

Recently, we headed on down to the TCBY (Did you know that TCBY stands for The Country's Best Yogurt?) in Sanford to check out some new flavors they had.

TCBY changes out flavors occasionally for customers so there is always some new to test out on your taste buds but they have great staple flavors that are always available for die-hards that are stubborn. They use a soft serve Greek yogurt and they can actually call their fro-yo Super Frozen Yogurt because of the strict standards it meets (and it's healthy factors). You can learn more about that here

We were able to check out their new flavor, Apple Spice.

It's a heady flavor that has a heavy apple and a heavy spice taste that lingers in your mouth after your taste it.

Honestly, not my cup of tea but not bad at all.

I am more of a vanilla smothered in peanut butter and Reese's pieces kinda gal where my girls are chocolate and swirl with rainbow sprinkles ladies.

But can you ever really go wrong with any type of Fro Yo?

Never.

TCBY is located all over the place and you can check out your own TCBY for their seasonal favorites. 




I received compensation for this review. All opinions are 100% my own. 

Local Review: Lone Star Steakhouse

It's no joke, I love food.

Like seriously love food.

I also love when I get the chance to check out a restaurant without my kids.

Yes, I know. That sounds bad, but you've never been to a restaurant with my kids.

I'm only half joking here.

But not about the food and going out part.

A few years back, probably like ten, I went to a touristy steak house by Disney and had a great time with my girlfriends. We ate peanuts, threw the shells on the floor and drank sticky sweet colored drinks.

Fast forward ten years and I went to the same restaurant and got a completely different experience.

Lone Star Steakhouse has changed up their act and they've matured (like me). 

Gone is the peanuts (I didn't miss them as much as I thought I would). The atmosphere is calm, soothing and smells amazing. 




My goal with Lone Star Steakhouse was to have a truly amazing meal, hang out with a good friend and  maybe steal the chef because I cannot cook a steak to save my life and I love steaks (again, kidding just not about the cooking steaks part).



I'm a sucker for strawberry lemonade and they did not fail me. It was perfect.


I tried fried green beans and again, was not disappointed. Delicious, I highly recommend them. 



With every good steakhouse comes a great steak before your meal.




My massive Del Marco steak was mouth-watering and huge... look at the size of it.




And dinner is never complete without a dessert, never.

Lone Star Steakhouse was simply an amazing experience for me.

From the moment I stepped in, I was taken care of with the friendliest staff around. They trained their employees well and their personalities make the whole thing an experience. My waiter answered every single question I had, and I had a lot, and made us feel right at home.

I even got a chance to ask the chef for a few tips about making steaks (he wouldn't spill the best secrets though). 

Overall, I highly recommend Lone Star Steakhouse.You will not be disappointed. 

Lone Star Steakhouse is located around the country so check out their website for more information and locations.

My Lone Star Steakhouse was located at 8850 Vineland Ave., Orlando, FL 32821.

If you have a location near you, I've got something right up your alley. A gift card to experience your own steak heaven.

All I need you to do is leave me a comment on why you need a night out without the kids.

Easy, huh?

This contest will run until January 8th, 2012 and is open to those in the US. Remember it helps if you have a Lone Star near you or you're planning a trip to Disney (my location is right down the road from WDW).

Good Luck!





I received compensation for this review. All opinions and photos in this post are 100% mine. Thanks! 

Friday, December 21, 2012

Race Trac's Crazy Free Coffee Week

Right now (and through Saturday) is Race Trac's Crazy Free Coffee Week. All you need to do is visit your local Race Trac and you can sip on some yummy coffee that is FREE.



Race Trac offers a great line-up of six freshly brewed coffees including: 100% Columbian Roast, Dark Roast, Hazelnut, Extra Caffeinated (for the days you need an extra pick-me-up) and more. Race Trac only uses 100% Arabica beans and it's brewed fresh all day long (Seriously, 24/7!).

To celebrate the fun, I'm giving away a prize pack that includes two Race Trac Mugs, coupons and a $25 gift card to Race Trac!

All you need to do to enter is visit the Race Trac website and tell me where the closest Race Trac to you is.

Easy, huh?

This giveaway is open until January 4, 2013 and is open to US Residents.




I received a prize pack for this review. All opinions are 100% mine.


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Egh, again?!

These past two weeks we've been plagued with the sickness.

You know the sickness.

The one that went around last month.

And then the month before that.

AND the month before that.

It's back, again.

And since I have two daughters, it goes through one and then the other... and then me.

And since I have ten full times jobs (okay, maybe not ten but it sure feels like it's ten somedays!), I don't have time to get sick.

Roo just got the word that her cold has settled into her chest and she's out of school the rest of the week (girl only went one day this week, lucky!). This means no Christmas Program at school, no Christmas Party, no Christmas shop... she's missing out on EVERYTHING this week.

I just pray she gets better because next week we're traveling to see family and a sick girl prevents that.

Wish us luck that the Lysol works and before Santa ho-ho-ho's down our non-existant chimney, we are all better.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Review: My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Adventures In The Crystal Empire - C...


I personally adored My Little Pony. I grew up on these cute little ponies and I love that Roo loves them just like I did (and still do!).

Whenever a new My Little Pony DVD comes out, she insists on watching it every night before bed... for weeks.

I'm cool with it. There's no violence, the story-lines are cute and lessons learned are aimed right at my girl's age. 

The latest My Little Pony DVD to hit the shelves is : My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Adventures in Crystal Empire. 

From the press release:

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic – Adventures in the Crystal Empire is coming to DVD December 4th from Shout! Factory Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios! Adventures in the Crystal Empire includes 5 episodes from the beloved Friendship Is Magic series. Bonus features include a sing-along and coloring sheet. 
In Adventures in the Crystal Empire, a magical empire has suddenly appeared in the arctic north of Equestria, and PRINCESS CELESTIA needs TWILIGHT SPARKLE and her friends to find a way to protect it. While her friends try to keep the Crystal Ponies occupied at the Crystal Faire, TWILIGHT SPARKLE searches for the hidden Crystal Heart that is the key to keeping their empire safe from harm!
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic – Adventures in the Crystal Empire is priced at $14.97 SRP "

 Check out a clip.




Cute, huh?

You can get My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Adventures in The Crystal Kingdom on shelves now!



I received a copy of this DVD for review purposes. All opinions are mine. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Winn Dixie's Local Flavor

The Holidays around my house are always big, especially when it comes to cooking.

Cooking is our passion, it's one of those family traditions that is passed down from each generation.

Roo is even passionate about it and that makes me tickled pink.

There's something about the cooler (not cold because its still in the 80s in Florida) weather that makes us want to spend all our spare time in the kitchen whipping up yummy treats and delicious meals.

One favorite family tradition in our family is celebrating local flavors.

We're from the South and very Southern so we like to do it up the way that Southerns do.

We fry almost everything.

Seriously, anything.

Yes, not always the healthiest option but hey, it's the Holidays and calories during the Holidays don't count... right?

Following family traditions, we love nothing more than sliding Fried Chicken on our holiday table.

My favorite Fried Chicken recipe is super simple to follow and anyone can do it.

Seriously.

All I do is cut up some boneless, skinless chicken breasts, coat them in egg, then toss them in flour mixed up with yummy spices and then drop those bad boys into boiling hot oil.

I let them cook for about twenty minutes (depending on how hot that oil is) and then I enjoy them.

Easy, huh?

Local flavor and family traditions are big to me and my family and they are very important to Winn Dixie. Winn-Dixie is a great local store that always have the ingredients I need for any recipe. Winn Dixie is working on their latest e-cookbook, the Holiday Recipe to Impress E-Cookbook. It's a collection of great recipes to slide on to your Holiday table and maybe even start some new family traditions of your own. The e-cookbook is full of amazing recipes. If you have your own local flavor  recipe to submit, you can do so very easily and you can possibly have your recipe featured in the e-cookbook!

More information about the Holiday Recipe to Impress E-Cookbook can be found on their website here:  http://ow.ly/fGShS.

Make sure you check out the Winn Dixie Holiday Website. If you get stumped on what to decorate your table with or what tips and tricks you need to make your Holiday dinner easier to manage. 

Winn-Dixie will be hosting a Twitter Party on December 18th @ 9pm to talk local flavor, traditions and recipes. You can RSVP for the event here:  http://twtvite.com/WDLocalHoliday 

Happy Holidays!



Disclosure Statement: This post was written in partnership with Niche Mommy Network & Conference and Winn-Dixie and I received compensation for this post. 

Virtual Piggy: It's never too early to learn



As Roo gets older, I am trying to check all the boxes on my parental list of things girl needs to know.

It's a heavy responsibility to make sure your kids have all the knowledge they need in life and to make sure you are teaching them what they really need to know so that when they get older, they are on the right track.

Financial responsibility is an important part to me.

I grew up with a knowledge of money, I had chores and I got an allowance every week to buy a Barbie doll (back then Barbies were only $4!) or some candy for my sweet tooth.

When Roo turned five, we made the decision that she was old enough to start having small chores around the house and that she could earn her own allowance.

My husband went out and bought her a book about allowances and what the best way to spend, save and donate were.

So we explained everything to her and set up her jars. We didn't want to make it too complicated for her.

At the end of every week (or every two weeks), we sit down and talk about her chores and what she did. We hand her her money and asked how she would like to divide it up. 

She doesn't have to always split her money equally either. If one week she wants to put only a $1 in her savings and split the rest between the other two cups, that's fine. 

As parents, we are giving her choices and the only rule is that she has to put a little of something in each cup.

Sometimes she wants more spending money and other times she wants to donate more.

Virtual Piggy is a great online account that helps you teach your kids about saving money and the right way to spend it. There are budgeting tools, charts to help you analyze and most importantly: IT'S 100% FREE!

Yes, Free.

Here is a short video that tells you how to use Virtual Piggy




It's never too early to start them on the right path, huh?










Disclosure: This is a sponsored post from Splash Creative Media on behalf of Virtual Piggy. All opinions are my own.  


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Glutton for Punishment

Just as I wrap up potty training Turtle, I made the stupidest decision I could ever make.

I brought home a puppy.


It's a good thing she's cute because she is NOT potty trained. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Review: Crayola Marker Airbrush and Digital Light-Designer

Art is big in our house.

My oldest doesn't even leave the house without her sketch book and she's always after me to stop what we are doing and let her sketch birds or flowers or fish.

I love it.

I do everything I can to foster her love of art and my youngest daughter's love of making a mess.

Crayola is a go-to in our house. 

We recently tested out some new Crayola products: the Marker Airbrush and the Digital Light-Designer.


My oldest, obviously, was excited about it.



We started with the Marker Airbrush. How it works is that you insert one of the markers into a holder, pump the handle on the special compressor and pull the trigger.

I wasn't the biggest fan of this toy because you had to continuously pump the compressor and very little color would come out, or color would come out in spurts and get all over the paper.



We also tested out the Digital Light-Designer. It is a 360 degree drawing surface where you use a stylus to create your masterpieces then you have the can activate them so that they move around, melt away and change colors. There's also options to play games on the drawing surface and make movies of your drawings. 

The Digital Light-Designer was a lot of fun for the girls. The stylus was comfortable for them to use and the surface was easy to draw on.

As a Mom, the only thing I worry about is them knocking the device off the table. 

Another thing about it is to be prepared with batteries because nothing sucks more than having an awesome toy for your kids to play with and a lack of batteries.

Regardless, my girls were happy and in turn that makes me a happy Mom.


The Crayola product to try, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by Crayola. All opinions in this post are 100% my own. 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Review: Green Giant Steamers

I'm a Mom to two girls with a full time job outside the home as well as tasked with the full time responsibilities of the home. Meaning, I'm in charge of cooking, cleaning, taking the dog out, laundry, baths, etc etc...

You know what I'm going on about.

When it comes to cooking, I need healthy meals that my kids will eat and meals that are quick to prepare.

After working all day, I have so little time to snuggle and play with my girls so I don't want to spend too much of that time tucked away in the kitchen, slaving away over the stove.

Enter Green Giant Seasoned Steamers.

I've been a huge fan of these steamer bags since they hit the market. All I have to focus on is the main chunk of my meal and then I just toss the microwave and ta-da I have a meal!

Green Giant Seasoned Steamers are a yummy combo of veggies picked at its peak and seasoned with amazing flavors. There's six selections to choose from: Tuscan Seasoned Broccoli (broccoli with Parmesan cheese and Tuscan-inspired seasonings), Mediterranean Blend (potatoes zucchini and carrots with Mediterranean-inspired seasonings), Brussels Sprouts (seasoned with sea salt and cracked peppers), Honey Roasted Sweet Corn (a blend of corn and peppers with a touch of honey), Honey Dijon Carrots (carrots flavored with honey Dijon seasoning), and Backyard Grilled Potatoes (roasted potatoes, peppers and onions with a season blend).

My family's favorite was the Honey Roasted Sweet Corn and the Honey Dijon Carrots. They were tender, seasoned just right and most importantly (for me): easy to make!

Want to try the Green Giant Seasoned Steamers? I've teamed up with MyBlogSpark to give away a prize pack to try out these yummy addition to dinner.

All I need you to do is leave me a comment on which Seasoned Steamer you want to try most.

Easy, huh?

This contest will run until December 17th, 2012 and is open to US Residents.


I participated in a MyBlogSpark campaign and received product from Green Giant through MyBlogSpark in exchange for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.