Monday, April 14, 2014

4/14/14: Win a Chloe and Isabel Filigree and Pearl Stretch Bracelet

The weather is starting to get nice here in New England and before we know it Mother's Day will be here.  I thought I would help you out with some shopping either for your Mom or maybe you could give your husband and kids a hint about some beautiful jewelery you would like for Mother's Day.  I wanted to share another Mom friend's business for Chloe and + Isabel jewelry from Lainys Candi Boutique. What woman doesn't like jewelery?  Even better I am giving away a piece!
 I received this beautiful piece for review.  It is the Seascape Collar Necklace.  It is so pretty.  My favorite color is blue and there are a lot of pieces on her website Lainys Candi Boutique that are blue.
Also you can contact Elaine to host a show.  Shows can be hosted in-person or on-line.  The host is given a unique URL and they can share it with their friends and family. Then when purchases are made through that unique URL the host can qualify for free jewelry.  Just visit and send her an email to set up your show! 
There are so many wonderful pieces.  There are rings, bracelets, and necklaces and all Chloe + Isabel jewelry is produced at the world's best-known fashion jewelry manufacturers, who also produce jewelry found at Nieman Marcus, Barney's and Bergdorf Goodman.
You can see the full lookbook here.
All pieces are Hypoallergenic, nickel-free, and lead safe.  They always offer the latest styles and are right on trend with runway styles! 
Want to know what you can win?  Well it is this beautiful Filigree and Pearl Stretch Bracelet worth $68!  
It has pearly oval cabochons centered between lacy filigree and pops of pale pink. This dramatic wrist statement dresses up your daily routine with feminine pearl and subtle sparkle fit for a duchess. It is rhodium-plated and nickel-free.
 It is so beautiful!  These would also be perfect gifts for Teacher Appreciation week coming up May 5th – May 9th.
 I thought I would try it on for you so you could see it on.
 This is the best box full of Candi ever! 
Enter below and win this beautiful bracelet!
Disclosure:  I received both pieces of jewelery for review and giveaway purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

4/13/14: Happy 7th Birthday to Lauren

Today was my daughter Lauren's 7th birthday.  For one of the first times we were able to have her party on her actual birthday day.  She decided on a Disney Frozen theme which was super fun and had a pool/gym party.  It was so much fun for everyone!
 The kids started out in the pool.  They had fun swimming around.
 We have had a tough winter in New England and finally we are seeing signs of spring with some warmer weather.  I think the kids were all very excited to get in the pool.
 Here is Evan having fun.  He swims on pre-team so this was a nice fun day to swim without laps.
 The kids were having a great time.
 Evan splashing around.
 The girls hanging out.
 Posing for me.
 It was hard to get them out of the pool but when they heard there was pizza and cake that got them moving.
I made this Disney Frozen themed cake.  The ice pieces are made out of corn syrup, sugar, water, food coloring and vanilla extract.  It was nice to make them edible for the kids.
Here are the cupcakes I made blue and white swirled with Frozen rings.
 Here they are setup at the party.
 Elsa and Anna were ready to party.
 Here are the girls hanging out eating pizza.
 The boys and one of the girls.
 Cake time!
 Singing Happy Birthday!
 Blowing out the candle.
 The cake was blue.  A little surprising to the kids when they saw it.
 Lauren posing after blowing out her candle.
 Then we went to the gym.  The kids had fun jumping rope, playing basketball, and running around.
 The kids having fun.
 Evan was having fun playing with a little brother of one of the girls at the party.
 Then we went out to the playground.  Here is Evan all the way at the top.
My little baby girl has grown up a lot since she was 1 and continues to grow in to a beautiful girl inside and out.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

4/8/14: Frozen Storybook App and Books

Unless you have been living under a rock you have heard of Academy Award winning film Disney's Frozen.  It is the hottest movie right now and parents and children alike are listening to the Frozen Soundtrack on an infinite loop.  All Frozen products are so hard to find and I daily see pictures of Disney Stores with lines at opening to get Frozen products.  I previously reviewed some Disney Frozen Products, but now I wanted to share some books created by Disney Publishing Worldwide.  These would all be perfect for Easter Baskets. 
My daughter is having a Frozen theme for her birthday party this weekend and was so excited to receive these books.  Here she is reading Frozen: A Sister More Like Me.  It is a beautiful hard cover picture book.  It is an original story about Anna and Elsa.  It is beautifully illustrated and she really enjoyed reading it.
 She was reading it after gong to breakfast with the Easter Bunny and has her face painted like a bunny.  She loved this book and kept it in bed with her to read at night.
 Here it is.
 My personal favorite is the Frozen Read-Along Storybook and CD.  It is a USA TODAY best-selling novel.  It tells the story of Anna when she goes on her journey to find her sister Elsa.  I love the CD, this is so great for kids to hear the book being read and look at the words.  It is a great way to learn to read.  It even has the original voices from the movie.
The next book Frozen: A Tale of Two Sisters we had previously received through Scholastic at school.  Lauren's teacher gave them a book each for Valentine's Day and Lauren went right for this book.  In fact I saw this book flying off the shelf at the School Book Fair.  It is a great level 2 book for young readers ages 4-6.
Last but not least is Frozen: The Junior Novelization which is a New York Times and USA TODAY best-selling novel.  It is a great Chapter book and good for grades 3 on.  It retells the whole exciting story and features eight pages of full-color scenes from the movie!  My daughter really likes looking through this section.  
Plus there is the Frozen: Storybook Deluxe App.  It introduces young readers to Frozen.  Children and families can relive the epic adventure by flipping the device upside-down to hear the story from sisters Anna and Elsa's points of view, using "ice craft" tools that let kids create and build their own frozen scenes and crystal palaces, and watching video clips from the film itself.  It is super cute.
These are such great products for any Frozen enthusiast!
Disclosure:  I received these books and a code for the app in order to review it.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own. 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

4/6/14: Big Apple Circus Luminocity

Today we went to the Big Apple Circus in Boston at City Hall Plaza.  We have been going to see the Big Apple Circus for quite a few years now and have always loved it.  Today was no exception with their new show Luminocity!  It was awesome and each family member had a different favorite act.
It runs until May 11th so you still have time to go.  Go here for tickets.  Plus there is not a bad seat in the house.  No seat is more than 50 feet from the action.  It is such a thrill being able to see everything so close up.
Here is your Ringmaster John Kennedy Kane.  The show centers around New York City and starts with all the hustle and bustle of the city.
 One of my favorite performers is Rob Torres.  He is the clown of the show and is really funny to watch.
 First up was Ty Tojo who is a juggler.  He was amazing and juggled extremely fast.
 Next up was Daniel Cyr performing on the Free Ladder.  It was amazing watching his balance on the ladder.  I am afraid to go up on a ladder when it is leaning up against something.
One of my favorite performances was the Acro-Duo.  It is amazing how strong these guys are and the flexibility they have in their bodies.
 No hands!  Totally amazing!
 Evan's favorites were the dogs.  They were adorable doing their tricks.
 The cutest part was the pony coming out as a Taxi and the little dogs riding around on his back.
 The horses in the show are absolutely beautiful and that was Lauren's favorite act.
 The horses are always a huge highlight of the show.  Here is Jenny Vidbel and the horses.
 Plus they are so close to you.  
 They are so well trained.
 What beautiful animals.
 My husband particularly liked the Duo Guerrero high wire act.  Here the woman has the man on her shoulders walking across the high wire!
 Coming down the wire the man carried the woman.
 The teeterboard Dosov Troupe also did an amazing job.
 I love the action shot.  Here you can see one of the ladies flying through the air.

 What an awesome show.  I highly suggest going to see it!  April school vacation would be a perfect time to take the family.

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Disclosure:  I received a family four pack of tickets to review the show.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.