Friday, April 18, 2014

4/18/14: Baton Twirling Competition for NH, VT, ME State

Last weekend Lauren competed in another baton twirling competition.  This time it was the New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine Twirling Championship.  She did awesome again!  She won Best Appearing making her undefeated, both of her team routines came in 1st, she took 1st runner up in Miss Daffodil Queen, and 4th in Basic March.  What an awesome job!
 We started out the day bright and early with modeling.
She is so poised and smiles beautifully during modeling.
They wrote beautiful hair so I could take credit for that since we got up at 6 am for me to curl it.
Then here she is in best appearing.
She did so great and took first place.  The only difference between Best Appearing and Queen is that Queen has an interview and Best Appearing does not.
Love her final pose before turning and finishing her routine.
 Here is some video of her modeling.
 She was very excited as they made little states for each of the twirlers with their name on it and the color of their team.
Here they all are, I thought this was so cute.
Lauren showing me hers.
Then they competed with Team with their Surf's Up Halftime routine.
They got the crowd clapping and did an awesome job!
They have lots of props in this routine including surf boards, beach balls, hoops, streamer batons and regular batons.
They did so great and took 1st place!
Awesome job ladies!
Here is some video of the Surf's Up Routine:
 Then they did their Disney Parade routine.
So cute!
They also took 1st place with this routine!
They are like pros at competitions now.
I love how excited they all were to do their routine.
Here is some video of the Disney Parade routine:

It was pretty cool, before starting solo routines they had all the twirlers get out on the floor and twirl to the song Happy.
I guess you can send videos in to Good Morning America with this song.  So they were going to be sending in a video of all the girls twirling to it.
Love this!  I will be on the watch to see if they put it on TV.
Here is some video of the girls baton twirling to Happy:
Last but not least was basic march.
Lauren did awesome.
Here she is with her Coach Kristina.
Awesome job to Lauren, her Coach and her team!!!

4/18/14: Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant and Walmart Gift Card Giveaway

I am going to talk about something we always worry about but don't really talk about.  Do you worry sometimes that your deodorant is letting you down?  Especially when I am stressed or running around with the kids I felt like my deodorant was failing me.  Let's face it with kids and being so busy there is no time to reapply deodorant as the day goes on.  I did not trust that my deodorant was doing the job, and many times I knew it wasn't.  Especially when I was stressed!  I was excited when Walmart asked me to try out Secret Clinical Strength Clear Gel.  Read on and you can win a $25 Walmart Gift Card and try it for yourself.
It is awesome!  Since I have started using it no matter how stressed I am there is no odor or wetness.  It is absolutely fabulous.  I don't know how I managed without it.  It is Moisture activated, and formulated with odor neutralizing ingredients that release a fresh scent.  It is proven to give you 4X* the protection against stress sweat.  Secret Clinical helps protect against the three causes of sweat:  Heat, Activity, and Stress Sweat.  The stress sweat was always the one I would notice the odor more with.
I was right to think this, stress sweat is proven to smell worse.  Sweat caused by physical activity and temperature is produced by eccrine sweat glands, and is 99% water and 1% nutrients.  But stress sweat produced from the apocrine gland increases bacterial, and 
Water + Nutrients + Bacteria = Odor.  I had no idea!
Secret Clinical Strength is available in three varieties and four scents: Varieties - New! Clear Gel, No white marks, New! Invisible Solid and Smooth Solid.  Scents include:  Completely Clean, Powder Protection, Ooh-la-la Lavender, Sport Fresh.  I personally use the Completely Clean scent and love it.  It is a fabulous product and you can find it at your area Walmart.
Disclosure:  I received a Walmart gift card to facilitate this review in addition to the Walmart gift card for giveaway from Secret.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own. 

4/15/14: Cirque du Soleil Amaluna Boston Ticket Giveaway

We have seen many Cirque du Soleil shows over the years and loved them all.  In fact my husband and I saw "O" in Las Vegas and were blown away!  I am so happy that Cirque du Soleil is coming back to Boston with their new show Amaluna.  It looks amazing and I am offering you a chance to win 4 tickets to see it on Thursday June 5th at 7:30 with a special Question and Answer Session after the show!  I also have a discount code for $10 off tickets for the show so read on.
Go HERE to save $10 per ticket.

More about the Show:
Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Their queen, Prospera, directs her daughter’s coming-of-age ceremony in a rite that honours femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance which marks the passing of these insights and values from one generation to the next. 

In the wake of a storm caused by Prospera, a group of young men lands on the island, triggering an epic, emotional story of love between Prospera’s daughter and a brave young suitor. But theirs is a love that will be put to the test. The couple must face numerous demanding trials and overcome daunting setbacks before they can achieve mutual trust, faith and harmony.
Here is a preview of the show:

Enter below to win 4 tickets to the show on Thursday, June 5th at 7:30 with Q and A after the show.
Disclosure:  I was provided with 4 tickets for my family to attend the show and 4 tickets to giveaway.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.
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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.