Monday, September 29, 2014

Parent's Choice Diapers and Being the Third Baby

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BabyDiapersSavings #CollectiveBias

Hi. This is Grace.
She wants me to tell you all about what it's like being the third baby.
Some people think it's all about late night feedings, diapers, and pacifiers,
but she knows that it's about so much more.

By the third baby mom and dad have wised up a bit and are much more
conscious about prices and products.
Gone are the days when you just buy something because it's cute or popular.
When you're the third baby, mom and dad want value, quality, and savings
all wrapped up into one product.

walmart parents choice diapers

Enter Parent's Choice private label diapers from Walmart.
They are now more absorbent, have the rad wetness indicator, and will save you
$240 per year versus other national brands.
Find out if your local Walmart that carry the new and improved Parent's Choice diapers
by checking out this list!

When you're the third baby, you have to learn to roll with the punches.
Big brother and sister are busy little people, not to mention a social media mama,
so diaper changes could happen at any place,
at any time, and most of the time and most of the time not at home.
So, we have to make sure the diaper clutch is stocked with diapers at all times.

When you're the third baby, a diaper change can happen on a blanket,
on a park table at the park while waiting for big brother to get out of school!

When you're the third baby, a diaper change can happen while your big sister 
is putting a Merida wig on you so she can involve you in her dress-up extravaganza.

When you're the third baby, a diaper change can happen while you're
still in your jammies at 11:00am and it's time to leave for kindergarten pick-up.

When you're the third baby, a diaper change can happen on your mom's lap
at a media event because that's how we roll.

 When you're the third baby, it also means most days
 you go to kindergarten drop-off in your PJs.

When you're the third baby, you take a lot of naps in your stroller or car seat on your
way to dance or water polo and it feels like you always wake up some place different.

But being the third baby doesn't just mean diaper changes in strange places or naps on the go.

When you're the third baby, it also means you get extra snuggle time with mom
and naps in her arms while big brother and sister are gone to school.

When you're the third baby it means sister bonding time over movie
while mom makes dinner instead of chilling by yourself because there's
no one else around like when your brother was a baby.

When you're the third baby, it also means fun games with your awesome big brother.
He even lets you pull his hair just to hear you giggle!

Being the third baby comes lots of on-the-go diaper changes, 
but it also comes with perks for the baby and the mama.
There is lots and lots of love to go around and never a shortage of people
around that want to hold you.
And there are great money saving products like Parent's Choice diapers from Walmart
to make having a third baby in the home even more awesome than it already is!

So, if you like saving $240 a year, then print your Parent's Choice diapers coupon,
head to your local Walmart, and join the 3 out of 4 moms that agree that
Parent's Choice diapers are better than their current diaper brand of choice.
See for yourself: save money, live better!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

On-the-Go with Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bars {GIVEAWAY}

Disclosure: The Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bar samples, Target gift card, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by Skinnygirl. All opinions are my own.

School is back in session and my schedule is CRAZY!
 I am all over the place and there rarely seems like there is time to
sit and eat and make good food and snack choices.
I feel like I am running around with my head cut off and making it
up as I go along - never really planning more than 5 minutes in the future.
 Let's see what happens here before Noon on Thursdays:

3:00am - up to feed the baby
6:00am - to feed the baby
7:00am - up to get everyone ready for school
7:40am - out the door
8:30am - back home, feed the baby, put her down for a nap
9:00am - shower, get ready, write, answer emails, squeeze in a chore
10:45am - get the baby up to feed her before kinder pick-up
11:00am - leave for kinder pick-up
11:20am - kinder pick-up
11:30am - run errands, squeeze in a load of laundry, play with the baby,
read to the kindergartener

I'm exhausted just writing that all down and that's not the half of it!
It's no wonder that I find myself at the park or sitting in the car waiting,
starving, and woefully unprepared, digging to the bottom of my diaper bag hoping
that I find a lone bag of fruit snacks or some crackers to tide me over til I can get home.
Or maybe wandering through the grocery store throwing chips and chocolate
into the cart because I'm craving salt and chocolatey.

It's just not good!
Enter Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bars!
They are all the things you want 
- under 200 calories, an excellent source of protein and fiber -
AND they are yummy!
 They are also gluten free, Kosher, and contain no artificial sweeteners or flavors.

You can find Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bars at nationwide retailers including
Target, as well as online, in three different flavors:

Dark Chocolate Pretzel
Chocolate Peanut Butter with Sea Salt
Banana Oatmeal Dark Chocolate

I love them because I can keep one or two in my bag and know that 
no matter where I find myself during the day, or what I am doing, that I have
a tasty, healthy snack option with me.
It keeps me from reaching for that unfinished bag of gummies
or the left over pretzels from the kindergartener's lunch.

My favorite flavor is the Dark Chocolate Pretzel.
Seriously so indulgent and it it's the spot when the chocolatey/salty
craving hits me about 2:45pm and I'm at the park with friends.

Not only does Skinnygirl make delicious nutrition bars, they also
have a fun website call Skinnygirl Snack Swap.
Here you can enter in what you're craving and the playful tool will ask
your favorite snack and then it personally picks a healthier option
that matches that craving.
Then, you can share your snack swap on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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Like I was craving something chocolatey and salty, 
and instead of reaching for those chocolate covered potato chips,
the Skinnygirl Snack Swap suggested that I try Popcorn with Sea Salt and Dark Chocolate.

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Skinnygirl was founded by one of my favorite Real Houswives - Bethenny Frankel.
Skinnygirl offers products the are created with high standards that provide
solutions that makes the path to healthier living as fun as straightforward as possible.

If you want to try some Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bars for yourself,
be sure to order from the Skinnygirl website and use the discount code
for $1.00 off of your bars.

And because I love you so much and think you would love these
Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bars as much as I do, I'm giving some away!!!!
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Behind the Scenes at Medieval Times Buena Park

The kids and I had the extreme fortune to attend a behind the scenes tour of
Medieval Times in Buena Park.
We've been to Medieval Times before, but this was an even more amazing
experience because we were able to tour the castle before the other guests arrived,
and we toured the stables where the horses board and see the knights practice.

Since the castle was quiet and waiting for guests to arrive for the show,
the kids played dress up in front of the green screen in the photo room.
For a fee you can dress up like a noble and have your photo taken in a royal scene.

After we were done playing dress up, we headed to the stables to meet the horses
and Redha, the head horse trainer.
The horses are bread and training begins
at the Medieval Times' Chapel Creek Ranch in Sanger, Texas.
At age three, the horses are sent to one of the nine North American castles.
There the training continues and the horses become true entertainers, alongside the knights.

The horses live in beautiful stables inside the castle and they are washed
and prepped before each show.
The beautiful Andalusians - purebred Spanish horses with a Medieval heritage -
start a beautiful gray - almost silver color when they are young.
Then, as they age, they become the gorgeous white color they are know for.

JT loved meeting the horses and having the opportunity to pet and talk with them.
I enjoyed talking with Redha about how the horses are trained and loved.
They start their lives on the ranch in Texas, perform and bond with the knights/riders/trainers,
and then when their performing career is over, they get to return to the ranch
and live out their lives receiving royal treatment.

After we were done meeting the horses, we headed backstage to see where the knights
and horses get ready for the show. They take care of the weapons, workout,
organize the armor and gear, and keep the horses that are performing in the next show.

Next we headed out the tunnel where the knight and horses go in and out to the arena.
It was fun to follow behind the kids and see their reactions as they entered out
onto the arena floor where the knights were practicing.

Once on the arena floor, we met the head knight - Jesse.
He was so nice and such a wealth of knowledge about the knights and their training.
Being a knight at Medieval Times is just a like a regular 8 hour a day job.
When the knights aren't performing, they are practicing the choreography,
bonding or riding the horses, or maybe working out to keep fit.

Jesse says when he looks to hire a new knight, he wants someone with an athletic
background because the job is physically taxing.
The weapons are no joke! They are real and heavy!
The kids loved having the chance to handle the weapons and find out how they are used.
Jesse said that knights start as squires and once they've proven themselves
during training are able to advance to be a knight - just like in Medieval times!

The training looked intense and it was loud!
They are heaving heavy weapons and protecting themselves with equally heavy shields.
And the sparks you see when the weapons collide?
Those are real too!!!!

The kids enjoyed watching the knights.
Even Grace had fun see what goes on before all the guests arrive.
I was amazed at how much preparation and time is poured into the show.
Jesse said that they are the only live show of their kind and that a lot of different
shows have come and gone, but almost 30 years later, the Buena Park castle is
still providing amazing entertainment to its visitors.

After our amazing behind the scenes tour concluded, we headed to the Hall of Arms
to wait with the other guests for the show to begin.
Before the show begins you can grab a drink from the bar, see the beautiful horses in
the viewing area, purchase Medieval merchandise or for $2 tour the Museum of Torture.

During this visit our family was cheering on the Red Knight!!!
Each guest is assigned one of six knights to rally on to victory.
I love that the lights you sit under are the color of the knight that you'll be cheering
for that evening.

medieval times buena park

The kids were so excited for the show to start and for our knight to make his appearance.
I was excited to watch the horses perform and to know that those weapons were no joke!
Medieval Times does an excellent job of creating an authentic ambiance that
transports you back to when men were knights and crows rallied behind them.

It really does take your breath away when the knights all present themselves to the
king and ride in on those amazing horses.
It was so fun to watch the kids sweet anticipation for the red knight's arrival.

The bill of fare is delicious! And yes, you eat with your hands!
Both of my kids think it is so cool to eat a baby dragon with their hands.
Just kidding! It's chicken, but our fun waiter (or serf) told the kids that
baby dragon had been prepared just for them.
My favorite part is the spare rib and garlic bread.

medieval times food

We want to thank Medieval Times Buena Park for this amazing experience!
We loved the opportunity to meet the horses and watching the knights practice.
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