20.4.14

AVEENO Celebrates Local Oat Farmers + Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion Giveaway #AveenoDailyChallenge

We are huge supporters of our local farmers and try to buy most of our fruits, veggies and dairy products locally at our weekly farmer's market. It just so happens that one of our very favorite brands, AVEENO, depend on local farmers and support their hard work and dedication, too. As we AVEENO fans already know, many of their products contain natural oats because they have amazing healing powers. I remember taking AVEENO oatmeal baths as a child when I had chicken pox and how much they helped my itchy, irritated skin.
One of AVEENO's local farmers, Kristy Boonstra, is very passionate about her family's farm and shares her enthusiasm for the AVEENO oat grown there via the "It Begins on Local Farms" video. There are currently three generations of her family on the farm and she is teaching all of the important farming traditions on to her children.
It's easy to take for granted just how much our local farms do for us and Aveeno wants us to remember and appreciate everything they do for us. AVEENO farmers are very dedicated to producing high quality oats during harvest and this is one of the reasons we love their amazing products. Each one is made with care with special ingredients. For parents with children who have sensitive skin, their oat products are especially important.

One of my favorite AVEENO products is the AVEENO Daily Moisturizing Lotion. We are actually participating in the AVEENO Daily Challenge right now and using the moisturizer every day. This lotion contains Active Naturals Colloidal Oatmeal blended with emollients, moisturizing skin for a full 24 hours. This lotion is clinically proven to improve the health of skin in only one day and significant improvement can be seen in only 2 weeks! I love the way it makes my skin feel and, as someone who struggles with dry skin, I finally have soft and healthy skin that feels wonderful. Learn more about the power of oats in AVEENO's new "The Beauty of Nature" video, narrated by Jennifer Aniston.

We want to celebrate what local farmers do not only for AVEENO products, but also for communities each and every day. That's why we are so excited they are offering our readers a chance to win!

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19.4.14

Disney's Million Dollar Arm Pitching Contest - A Chance To Win $1 Million


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A HOT ARM COULD LEAD TO A COOL MILLION!
 
DISNEY’S MILLION DOLLAR ARM PITCHING CONTEST OFFERS A CHANCE TO WIN $1 MILLION
 
 
Contestants Can Test Their Fastball Skills at
Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, Calif., ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida or
the Tribeca Family Festival in New York
 
Nine Finalists Will Advance to the Final Contest Held at
Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” World Premiere in Hollywood, California
 
Burbank, Calif.  (April 11, 2014) –Disney is giving amateur baseball pitchers in the nation a chance to compete for a $1 million prize in the Million Dollar Arm Pitching Contest. The Million Dollar Arm Pitching Contest is being held to celebrate the opening of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm,” an incredible true story about two young men who went from never throwing a baseball to getting a Major League tryout.
 
Amateur baseball pitchers—male or female, who are legal United States residents at least 18 years of age or older—are invited to qualify to compete in the preliminary rounds of the Million Dollar Arm Pitching Contest at either Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida, Disneyland® Resort in California or at the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day at the Tribeca Family Festival in New York City. The three contestants from each location who throw the fastest pitches will advance to the finals and have a chance to compete for a $1 million prize at the world premiere of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” in Hollywood, California. Official rules are available on Disney.com’s “Million Dollar Arm” homepage at http://disney.com/PitchingContest
 
Presented by SUBWAY® restaurants, the three qualifying events will take place on April 25 and 26, from 7 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., at both Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, Calif. and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World® and on April 26 only, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day during the Tribeca Family Festival in New York City. Contestants will throw three pitches, each tracked by a radar gun, in an attempt to throw the fastest pitch. All participants will receive tickets for themselves and a guest to see an advance screening of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” at an AMC Theatres location later that evening.
 
Nine finalists chosen during these qualifying events will have a chance to compete for the $1 million prize at the world premiere of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm.” The top three eligible pitchers with the fastest pitches from each qualifying round location will be flown with his or her guest to the final contest, which will take place at the world premiere of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” in Hollywood, Calif., on May 6.  Each of these finalists will throw three pitches on Hollywood Boulevard. Any eligible finalist who throws one 100 mph strike (out of three pitches) will become a potential winner of the $1 million grand prize.
The nine finalists and their guests will be VIPs at the film’s premiere along with stars, filmmakers, major league players, coaches, scouts and celebrities.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Subject to Official Rules available at event or at http://disney.com/PitchingContest
 
ABOUT THE MOVIE
Based on a true story, sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) finds that business has changed and things aren’t going well for his career. In a last ditch effort to save his livelihood he concocts a scheme to find baseball’s next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a major league baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a reality show competition called “The Million Dollar Arm.” With the help of cantankerous but eagle-eyed retired baseball scout Ray Poitevint (Alan Arkin), he discovers Dinesh (played by Madhur Mittal from “Slumdog Millionaire”) and Rinku (played by Suraj Sharma from “Life of Pi”), two 18-year-old boys who have no idea about playing baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a fastball. Hoping to sign them to major league contracts and make a quick buck, JB brings the boys home to America to train. While the Americans are definitely out of their element in India, the boys, who have never left their rural villages, are equally challenged when they come to the States. As the boys learn the finer points of baseball, JB, with the help of his charming friend Brenda (Lake Bell), learns valuable life lessons about teamwork, commitment and what it means to be a family.
Directed by Craig Gillespie from a screenplay written by Tom McCarthy, Disney’s drama “Million Dollar Arm” stars Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Bill Paxton, Suraj Sharma, Lake Bell and Alan Arkin. The producers are Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray and Joe Roth. The executive producers are Palak Patel, Kevin Halloran, Bill Simmons and Connor Schell. The film will be release in the United States on May 16, 2014.
 

18.4.14

Disney Planes Fire & Rescue Printable Activity Pages

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Do your kids Disney's Planes as much as mine do? Click above to download and print out some great activity pages. These are great fun for upcoming spring break vacations and summer! We printed out some for our long car trip this weekend.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta LEGO Ninjago Laser Maze Coming In May


LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta to Debut LEGO® Ninjago Laser Maze on May 17th
Limited time attraction tests agility, creativity and Ninja skills
 
Join the Spinjitzu training camp this summer at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta! On May 17, the attraction will unveil its newest component, a Ninjago Laser Maze. Children will have the chance to show off their Ninja skills, winding like a snake through the dark laser maze.

 
WHAT:           Ninjago Laser Maze
WHEN:           Opening May 17
WHERE:         LEGOLAND Discover Center Atlanta
                        Third Floor, Phipps Plaza 3500 Peachtree Road in Buckhead
 
HOW:              The Ninjago Laser Maze is FREE with admission to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta; advance tickets recommended for guaranteed entry.

16.4.14

An Amazing Outing In Atlanta - A Review Of Disney's The Lion King At The Fox Theatre @BRAVEprATL @broadwayatlanta @TheLionKing


My husband and I don't get time alone often, so this past weekend we planned ahead for a special night away from the kiddos. My husband hasn't been to the theatre in years, so when I told him we were going to see The Lion King, he couldn't wait. Our kids wanted to go, too, and I'm pretty sure we will be back for another show sometime soon because it was an amazing performance.

I didn't realize the Dogwood Festival was also last weekend and a Braves game was going Saturday night, so traffic was awful. We factored in some extra time for traffic, but not enough and I was so worried about being late. Luckily, The Fox Theatre began the play a little late to give all of us time to get to our seats! We arrived just in time for the show to began and could feel the energy from the audience right away.

I loved The Lion King animated film and many of our friends recommended seeing it on stage, but I really had no idea what to expect. As soon as the show began, I was completely captivated. The players perfectly captured the spirit of their characters, especially Rafiki, and had us in the palms of their hands from the very get go.

In addition to the wonderful acting, the scenery was visually stunning and breathtaking! From a beautiful sunset over Africa with animals roaming the stage to a luscious green forest during Hukuna Matata, each scene was unique, colorful and captivating. You could hear the oohs and ahhhs throughout the theatre each time the curtain came up and revealed a different background.

By the time The Lion King reached the end, the entire audience was so wrapped up in the story that everyone jumped up from their seats to applaud the performers. In fact, we clapped so much that the cast came out for an encore! The last photo in the collage did not come out very well, but is of the cast at the end of the play. If you look closely, you can see Pumba's snout pretty well, though!

Have you seen The Lion King on stage? If not, you still have time to reserve your tickets for the Atlanta, Georgia performance. Believe me, you will not be disappointed. You could have a date night like my husband and I did or go as a family. Children will really get a kick out of seeing their favorite characters on stage. I cannot wait to see the reactions of my two boys when we go together the next time.

About Disney's The Lion King
In its 17th year, THE LION KING remains ascendant; it is the highest-grossing Broadway show in New York history and one of the most popular stage musicals in the world.  Since its Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, 21 global productions have been seen by more than 70 million people and, cumulatively, run a staggering 104 years. 

Reserve Your Tickets
The Lion King will be at the Fox Theatre from April 10th until April 27th, 2014. The performances will be at 7:30pm Tuesday through Thursday evenings, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00pm and Sunday evenings at 6:30pm. There are also matinees on Saturday at 2:00pm and Sunday at 1:00pm. A special matinee will take place tomorrow, Thursday, April 17th at 2:00pm. Tickets are available on The Fox Theatre website or by calling 1-855-ATL-TIXX. Orders for groups of 20 or more may be placed by calling 404-881-2000. Premium ticket packages are also available, which include prime seat location, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item.

Disclosure: No compensation from Brave PR was given for the writing of this post.  All opinions are my own.

Wordless Wednesday - Annual Easter Beach Trips

Well, we've been making some changes around here and haven't linked up for Wordless Wednesday in YEARS! Going through old posts, I realized we are missing out on some great fun and that 5minutesformom.com still hosts this great meme and we are going to start participating once again.

We are gearing up for Easter at the DeBord household and that means we are packing for a trip to the beach. That's right! Every Easter we go to the beach and this time we are going down to Florida. I can't wait for some warm weather. Last year we traveled to Myrtle Beach, SC and froze to death because the weather was still so cold, so this year we are going south instead of north! Here's a throwback photos of last year's Easter beach trip!
The beach was beautiful, but oh so cold!
Bundled up on the beach with his Mickey Mouse jacket, Cars hat and Cars pants. Can you tell he's a Disney fan?
The boys had the cutest Easter shirts ever!

14.4.14

Blinkbuggy : A Modern Day Baby Memory Book For Families #sponsored #MC

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Blinkbuggy. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.
 

With children in the picture, you really have to be prepared for anything. There are two ways I am constantly documenting our lives: photos and journals. First of all, you never know when you may need to snap a photo, so I always have a camera with me. From the moment my children were born, they've been photographed and it won't stop anytime soon. Another thing I make sure to do is write down all of the crazy things they say. My friends and family are well aware of the Josiahisms and Liamisms I post on social media and I've been told many times that I need to not only write them down, but keep them in one place. I may have them all written down, but they aren't all in one place. In fact, they are scattered everywhere. Photos are saved onto all of the computers I've had over the years, SD cards, albums and social media. Their infamous quotes are in journals, scrapbooks and on social media, too. Locating a specific memory is, needless to say, really difficult and near impossible.
A fun beach memory with the boys!
We are such a very busy family and we are always on the go. My husband works hard all week, so when the weekend is here, we take full advantage of every second! We love going on little trips with our boys and have been on the go almost every weekend this year. Just recently we've gone to see Scooby Doo Live! and The Lion King in Atlanta, the boys went hiking with Papa in Tennessee and yesterday we hunted Easter eggs at Grandma's house. Plus, next weekend we are leaving for Florida to spend Easter at the beach. Maybe that gives you a little insight as to why I am constantly taking photos. I can't help myself, really, because there is always something going on and a reason to document life. My boys are growing up so quickly and I want to remember every single second.
A favorite Christmas memory of Liam as an angel
So, after all these years, I am finally heeding the advice of friends and family because I found a great way to organize all of our memories. Blinkbuggy is the answer to my photography addiction and will help me organize everything not only for myself, but for friends, family and children. Blinkbuggy was actually created by a mom who also wished to capture all of the special memories for her children. She, too, wrote down little milestones and reminders about things her children did or said, but had no way to preserve them all together. Searching online, she failed to find the perfect place to keep all of the memories together, which is what inspired her to create a modern day baby book!
Josiah & Papa hunting Easter eggs!
I couldn't wait to see what all Blinkbuggy has to offer, so I immediately downloaded the app on my iPhone and iPad since I always have one of those with me. This way I can snap photos on the go and upload them to my account. I did this yesterday during our Easter egg hunt and it was easy as pie! I love being able to use the app when on the go. Then, when I'm at home, I can access the my Blinkbuggy account on my laptop and work on perfecting everything I've uploaded and I can also add in more photos I have saved on my computer or social media.

I've been using Blinkbuggy for about a week now and absolutely love all the features. Being able to keep my photos and quotes in one place is really perfect for organizing and keeping our memories safely together. I only wish this had been created years ago because it is perfect for parents like me who want to document every little moment and make a keepsake for our children.
When adding memories, you can click to add a quote, note or photo!
For my current album (you can create as many as you want), I'm organizing everything from 2013 to the present. First, I'm going through all of the photos I have saved on my computer. Then, I can access social media (Facebook, Google+ or Instagram) to add more photos. This feature is amazing and really has saved me so much time. Oh, I forgot to mention that as I add in photos, they can be view them in several different ways. I prefer the timeline view because the photos magically show up in order of date they were taken. Once all of my photos are added, I'm going to go through and find all of the quotes and memories I've written down via journals and social media for the year.
You can view your memories via grid, most recent, carousel, timeline or as a collection!
It looks like I have a lot of work to do and, in the meantime, I'll be adding in all of the new memories to my album. I can't wait to see the finished product. As rewarding as that will be, you know what makes it even better? Of course, you can share the albums with friends and family members as is, but Blinkbuggy also allows members to make print projects. You can create memory books, custom frame memories and even make personalized note cards. The memory books look wonderful and I have to make one when I'm finished!
A timeline view of my memories, beginning in September of 2013, at Disney World!

Now that you've read all about Blinkbuggy, are you ready to register for your own account? Well, if you do register during the month of April (4/1-4/30), you are automatically entered to win one of three free 20-page Blinkbuggy Memory Books! So, go register for your account today and give Blinkbuggy a try. Once you do, come back and let us know what you think!

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Blinkbuggy. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Label Your Child's Belongings With Label Daddy & 10% Discount Code

Josiah began first grade at a bigger school this year and we've encountered many new things and had many learning experiences. Through trial and error, we've almost made it through the school year. One of the issues we had at first was Josiah losing items, whether a jacket, a pencil or even a notebook. He really had a tough time keeping up with items and we had to think of a good way to help him out. A great way to keep up with items is to label them!

Now, when I was in school, labels were just plain stickers with names on them, but not anymore. Label Daddy is the perfect solution for labeling belongings. So, if your child is in school, going to camp, participating in sports, going to day care or other places, you can use Label Daddy labels to keep items from getting lost. Labels also help keep items from getting mixed up. You won't believe how many times Josiah has been sent home with the wrong jacket.
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So, are you ready to place your order? Label Daddy labels are made in the USA and shipped worldwide. They are very affordable and right now you can save even more with a 10% off code just for our readers! Use code USFAMILY10 at checkout to save!

Disclosure: This post was written for Label Daddy in conjunction with USFamilyGuide. All opinions included are my own.

10.4.14

Spring Cleaning & Donations To Goodwill Make A Huge Impact #7DaysofSpringCleaning

Disclosure: This post was made possible through the support of Goodwill. All opinions are my own. 
Just recently we moved into our new house and have been slowly bring boxes over to unpack. We've had two storage units full of items for over a year and we definitely have our work cut out for us over the next few weeks. I never realized just how much stuff we've accumulated over the years and I knew it was time to get rid of items we no longer use. My first step was organizing Josiah and Liam's room because they had too many toys, many of which were toys they never even played with. My latest project has been organizing our closets. This is how I noticed how many clothes we never wear anymore. My husband has gained a few pounds over the years and many of his dress shirts and slacks do not fit anymore. I, on the other hand, am a clothing and shoe hog, which has taken up a great deal of space in our closet. In fact, it takes up most of the room.
Almost finished cleaning out my closet! I have much more room now.
This weekend I got to work bagging up items from our closet and was astounded at just how many clothes were piled up when I finished. I ended up with two overflowing bins of clothes that were still in great condition, but never worn anymore. Some would just simply throw these items out, but this is NOT what you should do. This spring, when doing all of your cleaning, take a moment to sort out items that could be useful to others. Don't throw them away! Separate useable items and donate them to Goodwill.

For 110 years, Goodwill has thrived on the power of donations and want everyone to know just how important it is to donate. These donations have such a powerful impact and can really change the lives of many people. It's time for all of us to not only donate, but to realize the value of what we donate during Goodwill's Donate Movement with the Ad Council.  Their tagline really says it all: Donate Stuff. Create Jobs. Your donations make such a difference and can even help create jobs for your community. After all, thousands of jobs are created each year through Goodwill.

Using Goodwill's Donation Impact Calculator, I was able to calculate just how important the items could be from our closet. I estimated we had 3 bags of clothes to donate and, after clicking the button, I learned that these clothes could create 3 hours of financial planning classes for those in need. So, not only do our donations mean more jobs, but helping others with their own financial needs so they can learn how to budget and get out of debt. The possibilities are endless. Watch the video to learn more about the impact of donations.



Do you need to organize your home this spring? Now's a great time to check out Goodwill's Donation Impact Calculator and see what a difference you can make just by donating items from your home. Whether you are donating clothes, dishes or even a lamp, you can help change lives and better your own community!

Goodwill would love for everyone to participate in their #7DaysofSpringCleaning by focusing on different areas of their home for seven consecutive days! For example, you could clean out your closet like we did on the first day, get rid of plates, pots and pans you no longer need on the second day and so on. You can even tackle those bookshelves and make more space for new books.

Will you donate to Goodwill this spring? If so, here's a fun quiz for you to take and find out not only your clothing personality, but how best to declutter and organize your closet! Leave a comment and let us know your results!


Disclosure: This post was made possible through the support of Goodwill. All opinions are my own. 

9.4.14

Find The Perfect Swimsuit With Hapari Swimwear & $100 Gift Card Giveaway

The weather here in Georgia is slowing warming up and we've had some high temperatures the past few weekends. After all of the snow we've had this year, I'm so happy to see the sunshine and to spend more time outdoors. We enjoy spending time at our pool, going to the lake and going to the beach! We'll be at the beach in only a few weeks, so I've been excited to begin my yearly search for a new swimsuit. I have to admit, as I get older, finding the perfect swimsuit has become much more difficult. In fact, just this morning I was listening to the radio and heard other women complaining about the exact same thing! It seems like they either cover too little or too much these days, so when I started looking at Hapari Swimwear, I was blown away by their beautiful swimwear.

Hapari was founded in 2005 by moms who had the same issues with traditional swimsuits that I currently have! They believe women shouldn't have to choose between the perfect style and the perfect fit, so they created swimwear for real women that is not only fashionable, but flattering. I worked with Hapari about two years ago and, as soon as I recently revisited the website, I immediately noticed how much the line of swimwear has not only changed, but expanded. I was blown away by the beautiful choices and had the most difficult decision of choosing one swimsuit. With traditional swimsuits, I have trouble finding any that I love, but I found several that I wanted on the Hapari website.

After a week of debating, I finally decided on the Denim Tile Twist Bikini Top. Two years ago, I chose a Tankini style swimsuit, but I'm finally back to my pre-pregnancy weight and ready for a bikini. Hapari has several different swimsuit types, including one-piece, push-up bikini tops, bandeau and more. In addition, there are many different designs and patterns. You can choose from a variety of solid colors or designs that fit your tastes. My favorite color is blue, so when I saw the Denim Tile Twist Bikini Top, I knew that was the one for me. There were 3 different matching bottoms from which to choose, too! The Denim Tile Cali Bikini Bottom is what I chose because it is such a unique design and I love the how the yellow meshes so well with the blue. Usually, that would conclude my swimsuit shopping, but nope, not with Hapari because they also have matching cover-up shorts, skirts and wraps! I just had to splurge for the Denim Tile Straight Swim Skirt.
After placing my order, I was excited to receive it only a few days later! As you can see in the photo, the swimwear is true to size and fits perfectly! The top has plenty of room and covers everything very well, so I don't have to worry about playing on the beach with my kids or riding the waves! I feel completely comfortable with my body and the swimsuit, which is a definite plus and what Hapari is all about. The skirt is much more comfy than shorts and matches perfectly with the top, so I can wear it down to the beach or to the pool. In fact, I can just leave it on if I want because it is made of the same material as the swimsuit. Another thing I love about Hapari is that there are several other Denim Tile style swimsuits, such as the tankini and string bikini, so I can easily add pieces to my collection. There are other colors and styles that match well with the colors, too, so mixing and matching are possible, too.

As I mentioned, I had a tough time deciding on a swimsuit because they have so many great styles, but this one is, by far, my most favorite swimsuit in years! Not only are there many different styles, but they now have underwire options, push-up tops and Tummy Tuk bottoms! Plus, all of the swimwear is affordable and we don't have to spend an arm and a leg for a beautiful new swimsuit. I cannot say enough about Hapari and that's why I am so excited to offer this great giveaway for our readers!

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