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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Mother's Day Giveaway from Helen Ficalora {Valued at $290} @HelenFicalora #MothersDay

Mother's Day is just around the corner, and if you haven't started thinking about what you would like to give that special lady, now is a great time to check out all the beautiful jewelry that Helen Ficalora has to offer.

Helen Ficalora has a large selection of gorgeous gold jewelry that comes both in 14 karat and 18 karat.  Her jewelry is classy, elegant and really timeless.

Right now you can win something special for your mother just in time for Mother's day.  I am hosting a giveaway for a beautiful gold chain and charm.  The chain is an 18 inch 14 k yellow gold chain valued at $125 and the charm is also 14 k and is valued at $165, making this giveaway total value $290!



You can purchase additional charms with birthstones to go with the Mom charm to make the necklace even more beautiful and personal!

In addition to my giveaway, Helen Ficalora is hosting another great giveaway on their facebook page HERE. Enter both for an even better chance of winning!

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To enter my giveaway all you have to do is follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below.  

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I received a complementary product in exchange for this review, no monetary compensation was exchanged.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

White Sox Hold First Family Sunday of 2014 Season



The Chicago White Sox will host the first Family Sunday of the 2014 season on Sunday, April 13. Family Sundays are presented by The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital, and this week’s game vs. Cleveland starts at 1:10 p.m., with a pregame autograph session from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

This is the second year of Family Sundays, and will cover all 13 Sunday home games. Family Sundays include a free pregame autograph session with select current and former players, postgame kids run the bases (weather permitting) and additional entertainment on the concourse such as arts and crafts, face painters, caricature artists and balloonists. Children also have the opportunity to take a photo with the new White Sox “broadcast dashers.”


Family Sundays feature seats in Bleacher, Outfield Reserved, Lower Corner and Premium Upper Box sections for just $15. Upper Box and Upper Reserved Seats are available for $10, and Upper Corner tickets are priced at only $5. Parking is only $10 at each Family Sunday game.

Sunday’s game will wrap up an event-filled weekend at U.S. Cellular Field. Friday’s 7:10 p.m. game is College and University Night, along with a “K Zone For Sale” game. The “K Zone For Sale” allows fans with Section 154 tickets to get a free shirt and K-card on games that Chris Sale starts. Meanwhile, the first 20,000 fans to Saturday’s afternoon game will receive a 1983 White Sox fleece blanket. Saturday also is Girl Scout Day at U.S. Cellular Field.

Buffalo Chex Party Mix

If you are looking for an awesome party snack idea, Chex has a new buffalo recipe for you to try out.  Here is what you will need:

Ingredients:

4 cups Rice Chex cereal
4 cups Wheat Chex cereal
2 cups Parmesan-flavored crackers
2 cups pretzel twists
6 Tablespoons butter
2 1/2 Tablespoons Franks Red Hot Buffalo Wings Sauce
1 packet ranch dressing mix
1 teaspoon celery seed


Buffalo Chex™ Party Mix



Directions:

1.  In large microwavable bowl, mix cereals, crackers and pretzels; set aside. In small microwavable bowl, microwave butter uncovered on High about 40 seconds or until melted. Stir in hot sauce and seasonings. Pour over cereal mixture; stir until evenly coated.

2.  Microwave uncovered on High 4 to 5 minutes, thoroughly stirring every 2 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool. Store in airtight container

For more info as well as nutritional information visit their site here.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Science is FUN #NetflixKids

Science has always been my favorite subject and science fairs were so much fun!  My kids have not had the opportunity to participate in these yet but I cannot wait until they do.  I may be a bit of a science geek but I love to learn about the world and everything in it.  I could literally spend the day watching the Discovery channel, so I was thrilled to see I can watch some great Discovery Channel shows on Netflix, anytime, anywhere.


My kids and I love watching Mythbusters.  If you have never seen it, it is a show about examining some of the most commonly held beliefs in popular science and culture. Not to mention it's pretty funny!  I try to keep my kids interested in science here at home too.  We have done lots of fun experiments, incubated chicken eggs and watched them hatch, had live bunnies born here, grown gardens and so much more.

My little guy loves science and there are so many fun shows on Netflix for his age.  His favorite is the Wild Kratts, with the Kratt brothers.  He loves to learn about animals and he remembers so many great facts from the show.  And who hasn't heard of the Magic Schoolbus!  That is a show I grew up on!


Friday, March 28, 2014

Are You Ready for Prom Season?

Although my daughter is way too young to be getting ready for prom, I love seeing all the lovely dresses that that are in every store and all the pictures people post of their kids dressed so elegantly. What I don't like is those outrageous price tags on those dresses.  I can only imagine how much the whole event costs parents these days.  I never understood why dresses were so over priced, and most of the time you only wear them once.  I found some beautiful dresses at amazing prices at jenjenhouse.com

Maybe it's because of the long winter we have had, but there is something about this sunny, yellow gown that I adore!  I love the one shoulder design and the simple, elegant waist.  Really a stunning dress.  

If your daughter is looking for something more sassy, this dress is perfect.  Plenty of fun ruffles and beautiful beading.  I really like the color too, again maybe because green reminds me of spring.


This gown is sure to be a showstopper.  Enough sparkle to put the disco ball to shame, this dress will make your daughter feel like the prom queen weather she wears the crown or not.

Prom is expensive but a gorgeous prom dress does not have to be.  Jenjenhouse.com has amazing prices with some dresses as much as 60% off and weekly deals of 55% off.  Dresses are made to order with standard sizes available as well as custom measurements so that the dress you pick will fit perfectly.  

Head on over to http://www.jenjenhouse.com/Prom-Dresses-c18/ and see for yourself the amazing dresses and great prices!

Private Party Catering

Are you looking for some private party catering but can’t decide on what food to serve or which caterer to go with?

Whether you are looking for a buffet, a banquet, a cocktail party or something in between there is always a service out there ready to meet your needs. With so many options in can be a hassle to sift through them all to find the best for you. You have to choose the venue and the menu and work out how many guests there are going to be which is a hassle for a time strapped professional.

The first thing you have to establish is the amount of guests you are going to have, as this impacts every other decision so it is vital this be sorted first. Once the size of the guest list has been worked out you can then move forward to deciding on a venue. The venue needs to be able to accommodate all of your guests, plus areas for the food and drink as well as furniture and decorations which depend on the type of event. Provided the venue is of sufficient size the rest should fall in to place.

Private party catering companies can take care of a majority of the rest of the arrangements if they offer a complete service, which not only provides the food but also the professional equipment and staff necessary to aide in the event. Others will need to hire out these sorts of services and you should be aware of this when making your choice. The company can help you come up with a theme or a style to the event though most will hire another company to take care of the decorations, if any are required.

The themes and styles available come in such a wide variety and spread, you are almost spoilt for choice. Whilst it may seem daunting to narrow down a selection, being pampered with such a vast assortment will payoff with the satisfaction it provides your guests. The theme could be based off something traditional like a Christmas meal or from a particular country and their cuisine. This will influence the rest of the decisions from the food to the d├ęcor. Menus can be mixed and matched to suit the occasion, with flavors from lots of different countries and cuisines. The menus can also be altered to meet any special dietary requirements including vegetarian and gluten-free options. The caterers should be informed of these well in advance so they can make the proper amendments to the menu.


When choosing the menu you should open a dialog with the caterers to discuss the kind of things you and your guests may like to eat, so they will be able to make some suggestions for the menu. Of course a lot of people already know what they want to order, in which case the caterers may suggest ways the menu could be improved. Whatever you choose, the idea is to give you a memorable, tailor-made event that people will talk about for days and weeks afterwards

The goal of private party catering is to create a bespoke service to match your taste and budget. Read reviews and testimonials of companies as they can provide an invaluable insight into their quality and standards so you can make an informed

Monday, March 24, 2014

Quaker Wholesome Goodness To Go {Plus Coupon} #QuakerShakes

Even though the name of this blog is Diary of a Stay at Home Mom, that is no longer the case.  Since starting this blog I have gone back to work and am even working two jobs right now in addition to blogging.  If you also add to that all the kids activities as well as housework, you can understand how little time I have to spare.

The one thing I try not to miss each morning is breakfast.  I really need fuel for my day but I don't always have time to make myself a meal.  Quaker came out with a new product that really helps me get the nutrition I need without the extra time it takes to cook in the morning.  New Quaker shakes provide a wholesome breakfast on the go and come in three delicious flavors, chocolate, vanilla and strawberry.
I love that I can grab one on my way out the door and drink it in the car or stick it in my purse and take it to work. They pack 10g of Protein, 8g of Whole Grains, 6g of Fiber* at 200 calories.  Call me plain Jane but Vanilla is my favorite.  My daughter prefers the chocolate one and says it tastes like chocolate milk.  I really like that the bottles are reclosable unlike some  shakes that come in cans.

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These shakes are available at Walmart and select grocery stores.

This post was created in partnership with Quaker. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The New Giant of Kids' Shoes

Footwear is important to everyone. It needs to be comfortable and supportive of the foot in order to protect against damage whilst out and about. Shoes can even be worn in the home, such as slippers to keep feet warm or protected.
Many people like to purchase designer footwear, but high quality, stylish footwear need not be that expensive. There are many independent retailers or high street chains stocking a wide range of fashionable shoes at an affordable price, which is good news for parents.

Children grow out of shoes very quickly so it is important to choose something of a good quality, but not too expensive, considering the amount of pairs you will need to buy throughout their growing stages. They may also get lost or damaged more quickly whilst a child is playing outside, for example.

The idea of buying footwear online has increased in recent years. There are many reasons for this. People seem to be getting busier with work and lifestyle and cannot always make it to the shops on a regular basis. Buying online can be quick and convenient, as the items are delivered directly to your door within a few days. Sometimes next day delivery is also possible, so it can be very speedy if time is of the essence. Some retailers offer free delivery on a minimum order of a certain amount, which can be cost effective. You do need to factor in the fact that you may need to return the items if they do not fit. It is best to purchase shoes online if you know the size of your or your child’s foot in advance. Returns can be easy but each retailer has a different policy so check this before making a purchase.

See Kai Run is a footwear brand stocking a range of shoes for babies, toddlers and kids. It also stocks booties. The girls shoes come in a range of designs, mostly in white, pink, blue, red, purple and beige, but other colours are also available. Flower and star designs are quite common, as well as polka dots. Most of the shoes feature a velco strap, which allows young children to fasten their shoes on their own, as laces are not easy for this age group. Some do come with laces as well as straps though.

See Kai Run shoes also have a range for boys. Colours for these shoes include grey, blue, black and brown, some incorporated with brighter colours on parts of each shoe to make them more attractive. Sandals, boots, shoes and sneakers can all be found in the range. Sneakers are particularly popular as they are deemed to be casual, stylish and comfortable to wear in almost any situation.
A range for children under 24 months is also available with a selection of different shoes, including sneakers, for sale. Smart shoes for special occasions are stocked on the website, as well as a sale section to pick up a few bargains. The shoes can be filtered by size in order to find the exact size you are looking for, quickly and easily. Why not take a look at them online today and see what you can find?

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Dove Deodorant Caring for the Sensitivity of Your Armpit

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Though it may not feel like it yet, tank tops and swimming suits are in our near future which means its time to start keeping up with shaving ladies.  Nothing is worse that coarse stubble or razor burn under your arms that is why Dove is stepping up and taking care of those sensitive areas.

This year join Dove Deodorant in changing the way we care for your armpit.  Shaving is a harsh but necessary part of beauty routines.  To fix the damage done by a razor and restore beauty, simply use Dove Deodorant NutriumMositureTM after shaving to heal and protect sensitive skin.





Dove NutriumMoistureTM repairs and nourishes sensitive underarm skin, while offering 48-hour protection. Do yourself a favor and save your underarm skin!