Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Celebrate in a BIG Way with Hallmark Poster Cards for Kids

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My best friend in the world has been there with me through everything, and vice versa. Five years ago, she welcomed a beautiful baby girl and I was there to meet her, too! For her fifth birthday, I wanted to do more than just send a card. I wanted to get her one of the super cool Hallmark Poster Cards for Kids that are now available at Walmart!

Then & Now: Left - My best friend and her daughter. Center- My best friend, her daughter and me. Right - Me and the birthday girl!


I stopped by the Walmart in Coconut Creek, FL to check out their selection of cards for kids. The Hallmark Poster Cards were conveniently located on the end cap display of the card aisle. They were easy to find, and the best part is that you can earn rewards for all the Hallmark cards that you buy at Walmart.
Through the Hallmark Rewards program, for every 5 Hallmark cards purchased, you earn a Hallmark reward! 

I picked up a Disney Princess Hallmark Poster Card for my special five year old friend, and I couldn't wait to give it to her!



When she opened the gift bag, and found the card inside, it appeared like a regular sized greeting card. (It is actually still able to be mailed via snail mail just like any other card)

Then, as she unfolded it, she realized that it was actually a HUGE poster! 
She was SO excited to hang the huge poster up on her bedroom wall! 

What an awesome birthday surprise :) I'm so glad that I can be there for important memories in the lives of my best friend's children, and Hallmark Poster Cards for Kids truly made this a "Hallmark moment".



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Friday, September 5, 2014

Easy, Delicious, Homemade Ice Cream Made with Seminole Pride Noble Juice #purefamilymoment #ad


This post is sponsored by Seminole Pride™Noble® juice. All opinions are 100% my own.

After long hot days in the South Florida sun, nothing refreshes you quite like a cold glass of delicious juice.  
So, on a recent trip to Publix, I picked up some Noble Juice to bring home for my family to try.


I took home all three of the flavors that they had available: Tangerine, Tangerine Clementine, and Blood Orange. To be honest, I hadn't tried Noble Juice before, and was truly looking forward to tasting the juice. 

I also really was intrigued by the fact that Noble has been owned by the Roe Family since 1927. They teamed up with the Seminole Tribe of Florida to continue to create high quality, pure, and purely organic juices for consumers in North America. 




When I returned home from Publix, I tasted the each of the juices and loved each one of them. 

I then decided to make a special treat for my family while my boys were napping. I made some homemade ice cream for them, including Blood Orange Noble Juice, and without using an ice cream machine.

To make the ice cream you need:
Blood Orange Noble Juice
heavy whipping cream
sweetened condensed milk
fresh fruit to mix in (we used bananas)



- Take 3 cups of heavy whipping cream and mix until it forms sturdy peaks. 
- In another container, mix 1 cup of Blood Orange Noble Juice with (2) 14 oz cans of sweetened condensed milk
- Mix in fresh fruit 
-Stir in the whipped cream
-FREEZE!

Enjoy your amazing creation and share with your family!


When my boys woke up from their naps, they were so excited to try the ice cream and LOVED it! 


(So, after a long hot day of grocery shopping and makin' ice cream, my face was not making it's way onto this little blog...no way, no how. The cute Noble Juice shirt? Yup. Face? Nope!) 
Cheers!



Noble Juice is having a Pure Family Moment Photo Contest. Stop by to enter! They also have amazing recipe creations on their website using the line of Noble Juices...they look really delicious, I'll have to try all of them :)

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Party Clean Up is SO Easy with Cascade Platinum #CascadeShiningReviews

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.

I am such a lucky girl to have a best friend that has been there for me since we were only 12 years old. I'll be turning the BIG THREE OHHH this year, and I'm so thankful that now our children are getting to grow up together, too. Another generation of best friends! 

Over the weekend, it was her son's birthday.  She had a really nice birthday party for him, and I brought over some goodies to share with everyone. 

I whipped up an amazing (if I do say so myself) mac n cheese dish...ok, I had some help from The Pioneer Woman, and some brownies, too!


The food was a big hit at the party. Everyone enjoyed the deliciously cheesy mac n cheese, and the sinfully decadent Duncan Hines brownies


I also brought along some Cascade Platinum products to help my best friend clean up the party, so she wouldn't be left with a huge mess! 



We loaded up the dishwasher with all of the dirty dishes, while the party was still going on. We skipped the prewash cycle, and let Cascade take care of the mess.



By the end of the birthday party, she was left with super clean dishes. No residue or filmy streaks, just shiny, beautiful dishes!


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You can get your dishes shiny and gorgeous, too. Enter the giveaway below, where one lucky winner will get their own Cascade Platinum prize pack! 
It includes:  

  •  Cascade Platinum 
  •  Cascade Platinum Rinse Aid
  •  Whisk
  • Spatula
  •  Cheese grater
  • Oven mitts


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Saturday, August 30, 2014

How To Amp Up Your Hairstyle to Get Waves Like Beyonce's 2014 VMA Red Carpet Look

This post was sponsored by Global Influence. All opinions are my own.

Did you watch the 2014 MTV VMA's last weekend? I have watched since I was a teenager, but I must admit that I only caught bits and pieces of it this year.

I did get a chance to see Beyonce, though! She looked amazing! She always seems to look flawless, and I particularly enjoyed her long, loose, rockstar waves. 


I used TRESemme products to achieve a similar look for a girls/moms night out this week. My hair is super straight, so I started out with day-old hair, instead of freshly washed tresses. First, I worked some Flawless Curls Extra Hold Mousse through my hair and let it dry. 

Then, using a curling wand, I curled sections of my hair randomly, in different directions. I wanted it to be a loose, disorganized look. Once the hair was curled, I finished it off with TRESemme Tres Two Mega Firm Freeze Control Hair Spray. I especially like that this hair spray is fast-drying and humidity-resistant for up to 24 hours, since South Florida is so humid!


Add a little make-up, a dress, and heels, and I was ready for girls night with my best friend! 


Walmart and TRESemme have teamed up to help you get salon gorgeous hair this VMA season.  
Be sure to check out the awesome styling video tutorials and more info on TRESemme products at Walmart's website here.

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