Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Baby Got Moves–video and twitter party

Remember last month when I posted about Pampers Baby Got Moves campaign?

The video is ready to be released with lots of cute dancing babies AND on Thursday and I can’t wait to share it with you.

BUT!! There is something else happening on Thursday – a If you have never participated in a twitter party, they are really fun and the prizes are awesome!!

Twitter Party Information:

The Twitter Party will take place on Thursday October 2nd at 9pm EST. RSVP here:

To participate, follow your hosts @DoubleDutyDivas, @BridgetteLA, @CeceliaMecca @AngieKcom @WhatMommiesNeed @RamblingChick, and our sponsor @Pampers.

Twitter Party Prizes Include:

· 1 Pack of Baby Dry Diapers, a $15 iTunes GC and a VTech Learn and Dance Interactive Zoo

· 1 Pack of Baby Dry Diapers and a Zoo Tunes Mobile Blue Tooth Speaker (owl)

· 1 Pack of Baby Dry Diapers and a $100 Gift Card to Little Gym/Gymboree/My Gym

· 1 Pack of Baby Dry Diapers a $25 iTunes GC and an iPad Mini ($350 value)

· RSVP: 1 Pack of Baby Dry Diapers

You can always find Pampers on Facebook too.

I’ll be tweeting and participating in to the party – can’t wait to see you there!

This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine

Friends, french toast & clean dishes #cascadeshiningreviews {giveaway}

We were lucky to have another opportunity to get together with friends to show off the cleaning power of Cascade Platinum. This time with French Toast, yogurt, and brownies!


The French Toast came out AWESOME! And of course made some awesomely sticky dishes to test the limits of Cascade (and my dishwasher).


We (well, everyone else) had mimosas so we could see how great Cascade worked on glasses and stem wear but I TOTALLY forgot to take pictures of the glasses.

Our royal party-goers were very busy chatting and eating! (I am terrible at remember to take pictures of the adults I hang out with!)


Once everyone was done eating, just like last time, we skipped the pre-wash (I am now a firm believer that this works!) and threw all the dishes in to clean. And look at this – spotless (and not a water spot to be seen on that mixing bowl!).


There is a great article on the power of Cascade – there are some great tips and stats. I had to laugh at the key survey finding related to re-loading the dishwasher because I am totally guilty of doing this! I may or may not also be guilty of spending my newly found free time shopping online. All of our guests took home some Cascade Platinum and Rinse Aid to try out at their own homes too, who doesn’t love functional party goodies?

Since I couldn’t invite you all over for dinner to see the power of Cascade first hand, we have a fun giveaway which includes the following:

· 1 pack of Cascade Platinum

· 1 Bottle of Cascade Rinse Aid

· Whisk

· Spatula

· Wine Topper

· Sugar Sifter

Cascade Prize Pack 2

Entering is EASY!

Simply leave a comment and tell me your favorite stick-to-your-ribs (and your dishes) comfort food!

Bonus entries – don’t forget to leave a separate comment for each

  • Follow Cascade on twitter and/or Facebook
  • Retweet this giveaway
  • Post this giveaway on Facebook
  • Tell me about the review you posted on

*Make sure you leave an email address in your comment if it’s not linked to your Google account. Giveaway is open until Friday October 10 at 11:59pm EST*

After you enter to win here stop over at to leave a review and be entered to win a Kitchen Aid dishwasher, it’s really REALLY easy!

1. Click here!

2. Click "Submit a Review"

3. Click on the "Platinum Pacs" and then "Leave a Review"

4. Fill in the fields and make sure you are placing #CascadeShiningReviews in the TITLE and BODY of the review.

5. Hit Submit!

I love when new products turn into favorite products and I hope you do too – Cascade Platinum is a winner in my book!

This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Cascade. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Beachin’ it {Summer Vacation 2014 part 1}

It’s been about a month since we were on vacation, which means I’ve had enough of “real life” for now and want to go back on vacation now. Since that’s not possible, it’s time to finally get this vacation recap done!

We flew to Florida, this was definitely not Gianna’s first flight but it was Aleesia’s. It was also the first time we’ve flown with a lap-child. We were renting a car when we got to Florida so we needed to take A’s car seat, a booster for G (we borrowed a friend’s bubble bum – it was great!), the stroller, and all of our carryon crap! We flew Southwest and had a great experience (free checked bags, for the win!)

Our flight left at 6am so we had the girls sleep in their airplane clothes (yoga pants/t-shirts) which made getting out of the house super simple. We typically fly out of a small, easy to maneuver airport which also makes things much simpler. Everyone made it through security without any issues and to the gate in time to have a cinnabun for breakfast.

Aleesia did fine on the plane – Gianna was showing her the ropes of how to be a first-class passenger! They really didn’t do anything on the plane except have some graham crackers and color (Color Wonder markers, always a winner!). Gianna played with the 2 Barbie’s I snuck in her bag for a little bit but they were both kind of tired and fairly calm for the whole flight.

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We stayed with family the first part of our trip which was great. We visited one of my favorite restaurants the first day and just chilled out, swam, visited, etc.

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The next day we went on the boat – another first for the girls. Aleesia loved it. Gianna, not so much at first. But they loved the end result that is for sure!

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We took them to Clearwater Beach for most of the day on Monday. I can’t believe that Aleesia fell asleep on the beach! But they both adored it. The gulf is my favorite place, it’s so warm, calm, and just my happy place.

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Monday night we told Gianna we had to leave early on Tuesday to go to a different beach for the end of our vacation so she could be sure to give her goodbye hugs and kisses to our family members. She had really enjoyed the beach that day so she was excited about this change of plans and had NO IDEA what the real plan was!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Teeny tiny dancer: 2011


Still tiny dancer: 2012


Getting less tiny dancer: 2013

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Where did my tiny dancer go: 2014



Dance is her favorite thing ever and she couldn’t WAIT to be in the big girl ballerina class. (and hip hop, too!) I can’t believe she is big enough to be in this class but I truly adore watching her grow through dance.

Also, of note, it shocks me every time I see a vintage Gianna picture how much Aleesia looks like her sister more and more every day!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cascade #Cascadeshiningreviews Winner #1

With low entries, the odds were pretty much in everyone’s favor with my last giveaway from Cascade!

But there can only be 1 winner:

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Comment #2 is Jacqui!

If you missed out on entering this time, stay tuned over the next week for a second #cascadeshiningreviews review and giveaway!