Foster Farms has an exciting promotion running called Feed Your Fandom – because as the official chicken and turkey of the San Francisco 49ers, Foster Farms is uniquely qualified to do just that! Enter the Feed Your Fandom promotion for a chance to win those Niners tickets or other great prizes! To get involved and enter the exciting Feed Your Fandom promotion just pick up specially-marked packages of Foster Farms at area Safeway, Savemart, Lucky, Foodmaxx, Raley’s or Nob Hill stores.
Thank you to Ecuadane for sponsoring this post and giveaway. All opinions are always my own.
We all use blankets and for a bunch of different reasons. I was inspired by how beautiful these Ecuadane blankets are and thought I would come up with 5 reasons why you need the perfect blanket. Here they are, in no particular order:
- For a Picnic- Everyone needs a perfect blanket to take to the park or your backyard and spread out to enjoy some family time.
- To Take to the Beach- No one wants to sit in the sand at the beach. You need a perfect blanket to spread out on that warm sand.
- Keep You Warm- When it starts to get chilly you need a perfect blanket to cuddle up in.
- Play With Friends- Remember that kid fort you built with your friends when you were younger? You need a perfect blanket for that task.
- For the Decorative Touch- You don’t want just any blanket to be on the back of your couch. You want a perfect blanket to compliment your style.
Ecuadane makes these amazing blankets that you see photographed here. They are the perfect size and the colors are beautiful. Ecuadane was started by three American sisters who’s parents were raised on different continents (Europe and South America). Their family shared a love of travel because “travel opens our minds and our hearts to new discoveries. Travel makes us realize that in essence we are all the same, but our culture and subjective experience mold us into beings that are all beautifully different and unique. Through our travel experiences we have learned so much and have had the privilege of seeing how the singular talent of craftsmanship as it is applied in different cultures and seen through their varying creative lenses produces vastly different products and designs. The detailed beauty that is woven into the fabric of a culture becomes visually apparent as it is woven into the fabric of the products they produce.” I love that this is the history behind these beautiful blankets.
Check out more about Ecuadane here to see all the different patterns and colors of these blankets. Also take a look at Ecuadane’s Instagram feed for some beautiful photos.
Thank you to Represent Running for providing the race entry to giveaway. I love being an ambassador for this race series. All opinions are my own.
Hey all! Who doesn’t love a free race entry right? Well, you are in luck because I have a giveaway for a free race entry to the 408k Race to the Row in San Jose. BONUS, they offer remote (virtual) runner option, so even if you don’t live in the area you can still register and they send you your race bling! Look how cute the shirt is and the medal is being revealed tomorrow (Thursday, Feb. 9).
For the rest of you folks who don’t win, you can use the discount code RepresentEC for 15% off your registration. This discount code works for any of the Run the Bay races through Represent Running. Click here to register.
Enter the giveaway below:
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I was given tickets for Disney On Ice to giveaway and to attend, but was not paid for this post. All opinions are always my own.
Disney On Ice is always a fun event. We love to get a snow cone before we settle into our seats and enjoy the Disney themed show on ice. It always exceeds our expectations. Disney On Ice Worlds of Enchantment is coming to the Bay Area. It will be in San Jose February 22-26 and Oakland March 1-5.
Enter the dazzling world of Disney magic, live on ice! Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment. Be amazed as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney/Pixar’s Cars perform high-speed stunts and race across the ice like you’ve never seen before! Dive into adventure with Ariel and The Little Mermaid’s undersea kingdom.
The toys are back in town! Watch Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and the Toy Story gang as they try and escape from the rambunctious tots of Sunnyside Daycare, in their most daring adventure ever!
Plus, enter the wintery world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa and pals Olaf and Kristoff from Disney’s Frozen, as they learn the meaning of true love. From wheels to waves, icy wonderlands to infinity and beyond, your family’s favorite Disney moments come to life at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment.
Save 25% on tickets to any performance with code MOM. To purchase tickets and use the discount code click here. Disclaimer: Savings not valid on VIP or Rinkside seats. No double discounts. Service charges, handling and facility fees may apply
I have a giveaway for a 4 pack of tickets. You can choose either San Jose Feb. 22 at 7:00pm or Oakland March 2 at 7:00pm. Enter below.
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Thank you to Spartan Race for providing the race entry for giveaway.
Exciting things going on over at the Spartan Race Series! They now offer season passes! There are three different kinds for 2017; an Elite pass, an Open pass & a Trifecta pass. This is great to go tackle all those Spartan Races you have wanted to do and earn those extra medals. FYI, they expect the season passes to sell out quickly, so don’t hesitate if you want one.
In 2017, you can look for new obstacles coming to Spartan Races like Spartan Ladder, Ape Hanger, and Starway to Sparta to name a few. These, along with the 8 stadium races, and new medals, are sure to make 2017 an amazing Spartan Race year!
Check out the early 2017 races like So Cal, Arizona, Houston, Atlanta & Vegas. It would be a great way to start 2017. Looking for something to do Christmas day after the presents are opened? Tune in to the Spartan Race World Championship on NBC which will air on Christmas Day.
To celebrate all the exciting Spartan news I have a giveaway for a race entry! The winner of the giveaway will get a race entry for a any US Spartan Race in an open heat. Good luck!
Monterey, CA is one of our favorite weekend away destinations. There is so much to see that you could easily visit over and over again and still have new things to do, like hiking, whale watching, golf, shopping, kayaking, dining, parks, wine tasting, amazing spas, and much more. #GrabYourMoment #Monterey
We visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium. We have been several times and it is absolutely beautiful. The aquarium has more than 35,000 creatures representing over 550 species. With nearly 200 exhibits in all, the Aquarium is a window to the wonders of the ocean. It is fun and educational. My daughter loves the touch tanks where she can feel sea urchins, hermit crabs, and kelp.
The jellyfish are a highlight for me. The way they glow is magical.
I have always loved hammerhead sharks. I could sit and watch them for a long time.
The giant octopus is beautiful. He was pretty active while we were there. He was moving around and it was so cool to see how he suctions onto the tank.
While you are down at the Monterey Bay Aquarium be sure to enjoy all the fun shops and restaurants at Cannery Row. We ate dinner and spent the dinner down there, followed by coffee and a croissant for breakfast the next morning. It was nice and foggy, so beautiful.
Point Lobos has breathtaking views and is known for it’s sea lions. Sea lions can be seen year round although their numbers are less in summer. Sea Lion Point Trail offers a direct view to the Sea Lion Rocks offshore. You can hear them barking from most places in the park. They are quite loud. My daughter loved imitating them. She has perfected her sea lion bark.
After enjoying Point Lobos we ventured down the road a little to The Barnyard Shopping Village Carmel. We all really enjoyed looking in the shops and having lunch. My daughter absolutely loved Smallsea: Metropolis In Miniature, which is a dollhouse museum. She stood there quietly staring for ages. I found it pretty cool too. We had a beautiful weekend and are already planning to go back to do everything we didn’t have a chance to. My husband wants to go back to get a golf game in and I want to go for a whale watching tour.
Check out SeeMonterey.com for travel info for Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Carmel Valley, Salinas Valley, Moss Landing, Marina, Sand City, Seaside, Del Rey Oaks and Salinas. Explore more moments and plan your getaway today!
See Monterey will be giving away 5 pairs of tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium! Leave a comment to enter. See Monterey will be selecting the top 5 comments to determine the winner. (Tickets to expire 7/31/16)
Have you visited Monterey?
Playtex Baby gave me the coupon for the free Diaper Genie, but I was not paid for this post. All opinions are my own.
I recently attended the Mom 2.0 Summit. Playtex Baby was one of the sponsors and I was given a coupon for a free Diaper Genie! That is really awesome…but I no longer have a little one in diapers, so I want to give it to a mom who could use it. I LOVED my Diaper Genie when Little Monkey was a baby. It definitely helps with the odor, if you know what I mean.
Even better news, my friend was in the same position as me and gave me her coupon, so I have 2 free Diaper Genie coupons to give away! If you could use a Diaper Genie be sure to enter below. Or if you know someone who could use one, send them over! The coupon is good for 1 Diaper Genie up to $39.99 in value. The coupon expires 12/31/16. Enter below:
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Do you know what “healthy sleep” is? Do you know how to achieve it? I’m going to share 5 sleep tips that anyone can achieve for an overall better sleep.
Everyone needs sleep and most of us know that 8 hours is the optimum amount of sleep. Even if you get 8 hours of sleep though you still could not be getting enough healthy sleep. There are many factors that go into getting healthy sleep.
- Did you know you should have 5 REM cycles?
- Did you fall asleep within 15-20 minutes after turning the lights off?
- Did you wake up feeling refreshed without hitting the snooze button?
Did you answer no to any of the above questions? Here are 5 tips to help you achieve better sleep:
- Don’t keep your phone in your bedroom. This will let you relax without the urge to surf through social media.
- Have a routine. Give yourself a bedtime, just like you would for your kids. Then your body can be use to a schedule.
- Don’t watch TV right before bed.
- Stay away from eating a large meal before bed. Try to eat your dinner earlier in the night rather than closer to bedtime.
- Give Natrol Melatonin a try for an overall better sleep. Natrol is 100% drug-free and non-habit forming. It can help support a more relaxed night’s sleep and a healthier sleep pattern leaving you refreshed for a new day.
Some key benefits of Natrol Melatonin Fast Dissolve are:
• 5 mg dosage (also available in 10 mg)
• Helps regulate healthy sleeping patterns
• Wake up refreshed in the mornings – no more ‘sleep hangovers’
• 100% vegetarian
• Natrol Melatonin Fast Dissolve tablets allows consumers to take anytime, anywhere with no water needed
Natrol is offering a $2 off coupon. Click here to download.
I also have a giveaway! Enter to win a Sleep Care Kit! The Natrol sleep care kit will include Natrol Melatonin for you to try! Enter to win below:
All of the Bakken Honorees are inspiring. I cried reading all of their amazing stories. Truly inspiring messages like “YOU ARE NOT ALONE.” and “PAY IT FORWARD.”, but one in particular stood out to me. In today’s world, especially with the politics going on currently, I think his message is exceptionally important. “ALL CULTURES CAN UNDERSTAND THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE.” This is the message from Bhim Mahat who is from Kathmandu, Nepal and suffers from cardiovascular disease.
Bhim was diagnosed with rheumatic heart disease and had open heart surgery to replace a damaged aortic valve in 1992. Immediately after his surgery, he became a lifetime member of the Nepal Heart Foundation and began working to help others with the same condition. Thanks to the efforts of Bhim and the foundation’s, Nepal now has a dedicated heart hospital.
“Love cannot be lost in translation. No matter someone’s native language or country, you can always be of service to others because the language of the heart is pure, divine and natural.”- Bhim Mahat
The Bakken Invitation is a global program that Medtronic Foundation launched in 2013 to connect and celebrate people who, with the help of medical technology, have overcome health challenges and are now selflessly giving back to their communities.
If we all just gave back, volunteered, offered helped and loved a little more who knows what we can do to impact the world? We are all humans beings and some are in great need.
Here are some ideas to help in your community:
- Gather blankets for the homeless
- Donate food to a food bank
- Volunteer to help at a shelter
- Collect packages of diapers for a women and children’s shelter
- Volunteer to work with underprivileged kids
The list keeps going and going on ways to help in your community. I encourage everyone to help any way they can.
Do you live with medical technology?
Enter to win a $100 Visa gift card! Visit this link and look at the 12 Bakken honorees. There is so much inspiration. In addition to how aspiring Bhim Mahat is, share another one that resonates with you. Comment below about how you give back to your community or what you would like to do for your community for a chance to win a $100 Visa® gift card.
::The giveaway is now closed:: Giveaway will end at 11:59pm pst on March 18th. Winner will be chosen at random from the people who visit the link of the 12 Bakken honorees and comments below about which honoree inspires them and how they help or plan to help in their community to make a difference.
Spreading cheer is my families favorite part of the holidays. This year we put together #SpreadCheer gift baskets and dropped them off to our neighbors.
Make the world a better place this Christmas when you spread cheer with kindness and giving. When you surprise your favorite people with fresh-baked goodness made straight from the heart, you’re letting them know that their good deeds don’t go unnoticed. Celebrate the season by spreading cheer with cookies, and help get the word out to inspire others to keep the celebration going. This Christmas, giving back is easier than ever with simple cookie recipes from Betty Crocker.
My little monkey wanted to make chocolate chip and sugar cookies so we picked up my favorite Betty Crocker cookie mixes, sprinkles, and frosting spread.
We got to work making the cookies while singing along to Christmas carols. Seriously, this is one of our favorite holiday family traditions. I just have to remind my daughter that she can’t put ALL the sprinkles on one cookie.
We packed up our gift bags and baskets. You can also use a plate or tin. I printed these super cute free printables off the #SpreadCheer site.
My daughter loved the free printable coloring page.
Next we delivered our #SpreadCheer baskets. What a great way to kick off the holiday season. Everyone was so happy and we had a great time both baking and delivering the cookies.
To help you spread cheer I am giving away a $20 Target gift card. You get extra entries for making your own #SpreadCheer basket and sharing it on social media.