Monday, March 10, 2014

JCPenney Portraits Studio Review & Special Deal

I had the awesome opportunity to do a review on JCPenney Portrait Studios.  I have to say that it was a very pleasant experience.  From the time we walked into the studio until we left, the photographer made us feel welcome and accepted.  With our family of 4 and 2 crazy boys sometimes we don't see that.  She was very patient and gentle with the boys which was very nice.

Besides being nice, the photographer was very professional and respectful.  She posed us in very flattering postures and was sure to ask if we wanted more poses with each style of picture we did.  I am very happy with the way all the pictures turned out.

The portrait pricing was a little confusing but the photographer did a good job explaining it all.  I did not like that there was only one option for the CD and that was a huge pricey package.  I would have liked an offer for just a select number of portraits for a smaller fee.  We ended up ordering the package deal anyways to have Easter cards for the family but the option would have been nice for something less pricey.

I love the online viewing feature.  We were given a Web Access Code that we were able to view all the photos from at home and our family members can order whatever pictures they want from there.  I went home and watched the slideshow of all the pictures and then emailed the code to my family so they could go online and view them.  Once I receive my CD, I will upload pictures for you to see how awesome they are!

My overall experience with JCPenney Portrait Studios was excellent.  I have been to many portrait studios and was never as pleased as I was with this experience.  I have already mentioned it to my Facebook community and family.  Several of them have used JCPenney for years.  Thank you JCPenney Portraits for giving me a gift certificate for a free sitting!

Now for my readers, here is an offer for you.  Go to and you will receive the following:

*1 Free Traditional 8x10 ($10 value)
*1 Free Sitting Fee ($9 value)
*23 Portraits of your Favorite Pose for $7.99 or $3.99 for Traditional Sheets ($10 value) plus 20% off Portraits Collections
*Offers above are valid through 3/31/14

Monday, February 10, 2014

Disney on Ice Passport to Adventure

Disney on Ice is back in the STL with a Passport to Adventure!  Who is ready for another great Disney show?  I know my kids and I are!

Embark on the ultimate sightseeing vacation with all your favorite Disney characters in Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure.  Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Daisy on a journey to the magical worlds of Disney’s The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and Lilo & Stitch.  You’ll explore the Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa; voyage under the sea with Ariel and all her aquatic friends; tour London with Peter Pan and Wendy, before flying to Never Land; and travel to Hawaii to visit Lilo and Stitch.  Upbeat music, lovable characters and exciting destinations make Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure a vacation you’ll never forget.
When purchasing your tickets through Ticket Master, be sure to use code:  BLOG14 and you will save $5 on all performances except Opening Night when tickets are just $11! 
Disclaimer: Discount does not apply to Rinkside, Circus Celebrity, Front Row, or VIP seats.  No double discounts.  Service charges, handling, and facility fees may apply.
Be sure to check out Disney on Ice on Facebook and Twitter for more fun and excitement!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Review of Disney Junior Pirates and Princesses

The show was really cute.  My boys weren't thrilled with the princess part which was the first half of the show.  The little girls around us were really enjoying it though and it was a cute story line.  My boys were totally thrilled with the Pirates part of the show.  They love Jake and the Neverland Pirates and really loved the fireworks at the end.

Photos will be uploaded later.  Our hard drive crashed and we are trying to get the photos back!

Keep your eyes open for more details on the next Disney show.  Disney on Ice Passport to Adventure!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure Giveaway!

In less than a month, an awesome show is coming to town that will wow both your little pirate or your little princess.  The two have joined forces to bring you a spectacular show.  Jake and the Neverland Pirates and Sofia the First are uniting for quite a show.

Sofia wants to show all the little princesses just what it means to be a true princess.  Word has it that Cinderella is going to make an appearance to help Sofie out.  Jake, his buddies and Peter Pan join together to battle Captain Hook to find treasure hidden in a volcano!  Your pirate is sure to want to catch this one of a kind adventure.

There will even be a preshow 10 minutes before showtime where Doc McStuffins will come and show your little one how she cares for her toys with her own unique touch.

You can purchase tickets through Ticket Master but be sure to use code BLOG14 to get the tickets for flat $18.

If you haven't already, be sure to "Like" the show on Facebook or follow on Twitter.

Disney and Feld Entertainment have also allowed me to offer you a giveaway for a family 4 pack of tickets to the show.  Look below for details on how to enter.
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Monday, January 13, 2014

How Special is Breakfast with your Family?

My family and I have tried to make sure that we have one meal a day as a family.  For us it has been dinner since daddy has to go to work and isn't here for the other two meals.  We always want to make improvements with communication with our families though, right?  I have found that my boys really enjoy me sitting down with them for breakfast.  Even if it is only for 10 minutes.  They enjoy to tell me how they want the day to go and what they would like to do whether their ideas are realistic or not.

I found out that Cheerios (which my boys love to eat) is teaming up with the Family Breakfast Project which encourages families to take 7 minutes for 7 days to have family breakfast and see what it brings.  I am excited to do this with my boys even if daddy can't join us for all the days.  I will document 7 days of breakfasts that I share with my boys between now and February 21st.  I challenge you to do the same.  Can you find 7 days or more in the next month to spend as a family?

GIVEAWAY:  If you send me a collage of your family eating breakfast together on 7 different days before February 21st, you will be entered into a drawing for $5 in PayPal cash.  Email your pictures and description to  I will post all pictures in the February 21st update post I will make.

“Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.”

Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure

Get your little pirates and princesses ready for a big show coming to town.  Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure will be in St. Louis February 8th at the Chaifetz Arena.  Be sure to save the date and watch for more information and a giveaway from me!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

8 Hot Drinks To Make In Your Slow Cooker For...

Mmmmm...perfect timing to find these recipes. I could go for a hot drink right now!

8 Hot Drinks To Make In Your Slow Cooker For...

Just hearing about the snow storm that has complicated Thanksgiving travel has us dreaming of steamy hot drinks to warm our insides. If you're hosting Thanksgiving this year, you'll want to warm your travel-weary guests when they arrive with a cup of hot cocoa, cider or old-fashioned Scandinavian glogg. All you need is your trusted slow cooker.

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Peppermint Chocolate Larabars

This is a recipe I think I am going to try this week!

Peppermint Chocolate Larabars

If you are not familiar with larabars, let me introduce them to you. They are raw, vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, and scrumptious. They taste like cookies because the dates make them sweet combined with super foods like cocoa and almonds. Basically, you get dessert, without the guilt. I eat them in between meals to tide me over. No more of those processed full of sugar granola bars. Eat healthy and wholesome.  I developed this bar for Christmas. They taste like a thin mint cookie from the girl scouts. Suitable for breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, or dessert. Enjoy!   Free recipe here:

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