Road Trip Bingo with Chick-fil-A

Well, it’s about that time in the summer where we pack up the kids and go on road trips!  All throughout the month of July we are in and out, with and without kids, beds full of company.  Just like every other family, we love traveling.  And since we started ’em young {they were each about 6 weeks old for their first road trips}, my kids are used to being the car for hours on end.  That being said, it doesn’t mean they don’t get bored.

So when Chick-fil-A came out with a Road Trip Bingo on their blog, I pounced on the opportunity to download the free printable  for our next trip.Free Printable Road Trip Bingo from Chick-fil-A #sponsored #ad #roadtrip #freeprintable #cfamoms #chickfilamoms #cfaone @ChickfilA

With four different versions to print, the whole family will be able to play.  And with my new Chick-fil-A One app, I’ll be able to order lunch ahead of time….and maybe a cookie for the winner!

Happy travels!

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Easter Decor from Goodwill

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Goodwill Stores.  I was compensated for the items in the post.  As always, opinions are my own.*

Easter baskets are tricky these days.  I see these pre-made shrink-wrapped towers in the grocery stores….full of tons of candy and plastic toys that the kids don’t care about {or need}. But in our house, we keep the Easter Bunny hoopla to a minimum.  The Easter Bunny only brings one basket for our family, and it’s typically filled with needed items, or things that get the kids excited for upcoming spring/summer events.  But this year, we decided to be even more thrifty and creative and get our Easter decor from Goodwill.How to shop for Easter Decor from GoodwillWe are fortunate enough to have three Goodwill Stores in our town, but I hadn’t been inside of one in awhile.  But I had an open mind, looking for ideas for a themed Easter basket, or any other decor I could you to spring-ify my house.

First stop, the home decor section….they had shelves and shelves of baskets.  Some pretty, some not so pretty, but at all three stores had a huge selection available.  I was able to find a really big basket with a handle that would be perfect for filling up for my three kids.How to shop for Easter Decor from GoodwillAnd I loved that Goodwill made it really easy to fill the baskets.  At all three stores had complete Easter displays featuring a combination of thrifted decor and brand new Easter grass, eggs, candy, stickers, egg dying kits, etc.How to shop for Easter Decor from GoodwillHow to shop for Easter Decor from GoodwillHow to shop for Easter Decor from GoodwillSo now I just needed to find some themed items to complete my basket.  I loved how Goodwill had a separate rack for children’s Easter outfits.  It was super easy to put together a couple of matching outfits for the kids….looks like teal is in this year!How to shop for Easter Decor from GoodwillWith the girls starting softball and ballet this spring, I also thought about doing a sports themed basket.  The abundance of cleats and helmets was crazy! How to shop for Easter Decor from GoodwillMy other idea was a basket of family games.  The girls are finally old enough to understand and play by the rules, and I actually enjoy the few games we already play at the house.  I was amazed at Goodwill’s selection {and the quality} of games.  And yes, that is a karaoke machine on the bottom shelf!

P.S. See the numbers on the boxes?  Goodwill has sales throughout the week and reduces the prices on certain number by 50% off!  And, you can get double points on your Goodwill card on Wednesdays!How to shop for Easter Decor from Goodwill The other thing I was pleasantly surprised by was the amount of items on the racks that were brand new.  Including bathing suits!  I was able to find appropriate sizes {plus a sun hat for Linc} for the kiddos, and decided to make that my final choice for my themed basket.  So after my purchase…including the basket, grass and Easter eggs, I am pretty much ready for Easter!How to shop for Easter Decor from Goodwill

But, on my way out, a few things in the home decor area caught my eye.  I loaded up on a faux boxwood bush, a LOVE sign, and a cute little praying rabbit to complete my mantle.  I just love the way the whites and creams are accented with my DIY burlap bunting and the simple little cross that Jayna and I made years ago.How to shop for Easter Decor from GoodwillAnd see the cute little nest of eggs?  I used a couple of the Easter eggs that I bought to create that little beauty….come back on Thursday to see the tutorial!  Didn’t my Easter decor from Goodwill turn out wonderfully?  You should go see what treasures you can find at your local Goodwill StoresPalmettos and Pigtails Signature

BeKool Flu Season Giveaway

*I received some of the products mentioned in this blog post for free in exchange for a review on my blog.  As always, all opinions are 100% honest and my own!

I am surrounded.  The neighbor kids are dropping like flies.  My kids’ class sizes are down by half.  My hands are raw from hand sanitizer.  I navigate the health aisles at Target like an obstacle course, ducking and dodging the projectile sneezes of babies, the flicked boogers of toddlers and the sniffling old ladies.  And somehow we have still {knock on wood} avoided  flu season this year.

Actually, aside from the snotty nose of my teething toddler, we are all pretty healthy.  Not that it couldn’t hit at any time, but I still consider myself pretty blessed.  But in the spirit of the {flu} season, I thought I’d do a rocking’ giveaway this week to get the rest of you sickies back to health!

BeKOOOL and Llama Llama Flu Season Giftpack Giveaway

Today’s prize pack is courtesy of BeKOOOL.  They make these awesome little gel strips that stick to your little ones’ forehead when they have a fever to instantly cool them down.  They are non-medicated, so they don’t interfere with any other medicine, and they have Disney characters on them….so KOOOL, right?!

But we all know that when your Little is sick,  you’ll pull out all the stops to make them feel better.  So in addition to the entire line of BeKOOOL products, the giveaway also includes a Kinsa Smart Thermometer, two books from the Llama Llama series, and Dad to Dad, a book by pediatrician Dr. David Hill, all valued at more than $90.

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I made it super easy to enter….tweet about the giveaway, and/or follow BeKOOOL {or me!}.  And, you can tweet about the contest everyday for extra entries.  Good luck, the contest ends on Feb 29th!
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Here’s a little more about the prizes:

BeKOOOL Soft Gel Sheets for Kids: Single-use gel sheets for kids that provide immediate cooling relief from fever for up to eight hours.

BeKOOOL Migraine: Single-use cooling gel sheets that provide immediate soothing relief from migraine headaches.

Kinsa Smart Thermometer: Kinsa builds app-enabled thermometers that offer peace of mind by remembering illness details, and guiding you on next steps if fever and symptoms are cause for concern.

Dad to Dad: Parenting Like a Pro: Expert advice, guidance, and insight from pediatrician-Dad, Dr. David L. Hill.

Llama Llama Holiday Drama & Llama Llama Home With Mama: With short and simple rhyming text, the Llama Llama books are perfect for educating and entertaining kids.

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Aladdin Ballet Giveaway

I spent a wonderful weekend visiting Atlanta with Jayna for her birthday this past weekend….it was so strange to just have one kid to worry about.  Kinda fun doing BIG kid stuff, even though I missed the other Littles too.  And of course, Millie was jealous that Jayna got a whole weekend of Mama to herself.  So I thought I’d surprise her with a little Valentine’s date to the ballet on Saturday.Aladdin Ballet Giveaway

The South Carolina Ballet is once again coming to the North Charleston Performing Arts Center for a one-night-only performance of Aladdin.  Not only is Aladdin one of Millie’s favorite stories, but ever since starting dance at the beginning of the year, she is into anything ballet.

And, because it’s Valentine’s Day weekend, I thought I’d give away a pair of tickets to a lucky reader as well.  Bring your spouse, a friend or one of your kids!  The show is at 5:30 on Saturday February 13th at the PAC.Aladdin Ballet Giveaway

South Carolina Ballet turns the musical score of composer Ludwig Minkus, into a classic fairytale based on Arabian Nights.Aladdin is a huge epic ballet, technically demanding for the dancers, visually thrilling for the audience and perfect for the entire family. It is such fun to see Aladdin and Jasmine flying on their magic carpet as the Genie grants Aladdin’s famous three wishes,” says Artistic and Executive Director William Starrett.

And because this is such a quick contest, I’ve made it super easy to enter.  Just follow me and tweet about it!

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Hope to see you there!  Contest ends at midnight on Thursday night, winner will be announced and emailed on Friday.  Good luck!

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Sunday Scripture: ScriptureDoodle Giveaway!

Happy Sunday!  It’s my favorite day of the week….so I thought I’d do a giveaway!  April from #ScriptureDoodle was kind enough to send over some awesome new products for me to try and give to you.  Jayna was thrilled to have some new supplies and inspiration.  And Millie was jealous that Jayna was getting a bunch of stuff to try out.  So, April sent their brand new ScriptureDoodle Coloring Book over for Millie to try out!#ScriptureDoodle #Giveaway for a coloring book, and #Bible doodling #art supplies!#ScriptureDoodle #Giveaway for a coloring book, and #Bible doodling #art supplies!#ScriptureDoodle #Giveaway for a coloring book, and #Bible doodling #art supplies!They both ended up sharing all the materials, and miraculously took turns with everything without a fight.  And it’s turned into a thing.  Almost every day I catch the girls sitting quietly at the kitchen table, with their ScriptureDoodle supplies spread out, coloring and doodling.  It’s given them some awesome opportunities to reflect on The Word on their own.#ScriptureDoodle #Giveaway for a coloring book, and #Bible doodling #art supplies!So, there are a bunch of #ScriptureDoodle packs to choose from….for ALL ages.  If you go to this link, you can compare all the packs and see what is right for you or your kids.  We have the Littles Pack, which comes with all of this:#ScriptureDoodle #Giveaway for a coloring book, and #Bible doodling #art supplies!I love the pack of Truth Cards that comes in the Littles Pack.  They are nice sturdy cards with a verse on one side, and an inspirational photograph on the other side.  I was able to show Jayna, using the cards, how she could pull an image or idea from any Bible verse to begin to create her doodle.  For example, “I call on the Lord in my distress and he answers me.  -Psalm 120:1”  has a picture of a telephone on the back…but then I had to explain what a “telephone” was….#ScriptureDoodle #Giveaway for a coloring book, and #Bible doodling #art supplies!Once she understood how to pull keywords up, she wanted to try it on her own.  Also included in all of the packs are the How To ScriptureDoodle Study Cards.  A huge list of Bible verses is on the back, and now Jayna uses them to look up verses in her Bible to doodle about.#ScriptureDoodle #Giveaway for a coloring book, and #Bible doodling #art supplies!I just love how the doodling has gotten my kids deeper into the Word, while still expressing themselves creatively.  And since she still gets frustrating writing letters and drawing pictures, the coloring book has been perfect for Millie…she’s so proud of her creations in there!#ScriptureDoodle #Giveaway for a coloring book, and #Bible doodling #art supplies!So, obviously, we are in LOVE with the ScriptureDoodle products…..the pencil pouches are hand painted, and all of the illustrations in the coloring book are hand drawn by April.#ScriptureDoodle #Giveaway for a coloring book, and #Bible doodling #art supplies!So I’m so excited to do not one, but TWO giveaways this week.  You’ll automatically be entered into both drawings…..one winner will receive a #ScriptureDoodle Coloring Book and pack of 12 colored pencils.  The other winner will win a complete Littles Pack {which includes a notebook, pencils, colored pencils, an eraser, a sharpener and Truth Cards…all in an adorable drawstring pouch}!#ScriptureDoodle #Giveaway for a coloring book, and #Bible doodling #art supplies!And I’m making it super simple to enter the giveaway….you’ll want to definitely subscribe to the Instagram feeds {both ScriptureDoodle and April’s}, so you can not only have beautiful Scripture illustrations coming through your feed, but stay up to date on the newest stuff from #ScriptureDoodle.

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If you don’t happen to win this giveaway, don’t worry!  April is offering 15% off for my readers with the code PIGTAILS on the Worship-Artist website, where you can get all of the #ScriptureDoodle stuff.  She also has a FREE coloring printable every week of one of her Scripture illustrations.  Here is the direct link to this week’s printable {see it below!}.#ScriptureDoodle #Giveaway for a coloring book, and #Bible doodling #art supplies!Finally, if you have always wanted to start doodling yourself, but don’t know how to begin, join April for her FREE #scripturedoodle workshop coming up on March 3rd live online.  The best way to stay informed about that is to follow #ScriptureDoodle online {and enter the giveaway!}.

Ok, less talking…more winning!  Contest ends on Friday night…Good luck!

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GIVEAWAY! 4 Pack of Tickets to The Nutcracker Ballet

Quick Giveaway this morning!  I have a family 4 pack of tickets up for grabs to The Nutcracker Ballet at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center {PAC}.  The show is at 1:30 on Saturday, December 5th, 2015.  Because this is such a quick giveaway, your odds of winning are awesome!

GIVEAWAY: The Nutcracker Ballet Family 4 pack of tickets

The South Carolina Ballet presents Charleston’s favorite family tradition, Nutcracker.

Artistic Director William Starrett’s award winning choreography has been combined with a cast of more than 120 dancers, new costumes and enchanted special effects. The company’s 35 professional dancers will dance side by side with over 60 local children, ages 4 to 18.

GIVEAWAY: The Nutcracker Ballet Family 4 pack of tickets

The Nutcracker tells the story of a young girl named Clara who experiences a magical journey as a reward for saving the life of her beloved Nutcracker Prince. Paired with Tchaikovsky’s score, sugar plum fairies, mischievous mice and waltzing flowers will ring in the holiday cheer.

GIVEAWAY: The Nutcracker Ballet Family 4 pack of tickets

Here’s how you can enter!  The Giveaway ends at Midnight tonight!  Good Luck!

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                    The South Carolina Ballet will present Nutcracker at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, December 4th & 5th. Tickets range from $27-57 and can be purchased online at www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com or by calling (843)-529-5000. For more information about the South Carolina Ballet, visit www.southcarolinaballet.com.

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Pamper Holiday Guests with a DIY Welcome Basket

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One of my favorite things about the holidays is a full house.  With both sets of grandparents, a great-grandma, and a couple of aunts and uncles coming into town to join our family circus, a “full house” is an understatement.  But I love every second of the chaos!

Although over the holidays we stash people on any free surface we can find, we do have one “official” guest room.  It’s ideal, really, because it’s in our F.R.O.G. {Finished Room Over Garage}, which means it’s completely separate from the rest of the house, with its own staircase and bathroom.  It’s the perfect amount of privacy for our guests.

But once they arrive in our guest room, I want them to be able to make themselves at home.  There is nothing more awkward than settling into your guest room just to realize that you’ve forgotten some essential packing item….especially when your host family has already retired to their quarters on the other side of the house!  So I like to make sure there are a few essential items in our guest room ready for our VIPs.

Pamper your Guests this Holiday Season with these Secret Tips! #HostingHacks #ad #CollectiveBias #HolidayHosting #ad @CostcoTowels and Pillows.  We have extra towels stocked in the bathroom, and more pillows in a spare drawer in the dresser.  I also make sure there are lots of pillows on the bed, and the pillows are all different types {soft and firm}, to cater to even the most discerning sleeper.  And my secret trick with keeping my towels and linens smelling extra good is washing them with Downy Unstopables.  Pamper your Guests this Holiday Season with these Secret Tips! #HostingHacks #ad #CollectiveBias #HolidayHosting #ad @CostcoI get the best deal by buying it in bulk at Costco, and I use it on all of my linens.  And since the scent lasts for 12 weeks, it’s perfect for a guest room…your sheets and towels will automatically smell fresh for the next visitor who shows up! Pamper your Guests this Holiday Season with these Secret Tips! #HostingHacks #ad #CollectiveBias #HolidayHosting #ad @CostcoToiletries.  Since my guests have decided to take their vacation in my home, I want to pamper them as much as possible.  And, the difference is in the details!  I splurge on the bulk packs of Charmin’ at Costco for extra soft toilet paper.  I love that although they arrive in bulk, I can split up the packs of toilet paper for storage in all of the bathrooms in the house.Pamper your Guests this Holiday Season with these Secret Tips! #HostingHacks #ad #CollectiveBias #HolidayHosting #ad @CostcoI also keep tissues in the bedroom as well as the bathroom.  I make sure there is shampoo, conditioner and soap in the shower.  I stock up for all of my household and guest needs in one complete trip to Costco.  And since I’m buying everything in bulk, it’s cheaper AND I don’t have to worry about running out of anything while I’m entertaining guests!Pamper your Guests this Holiday Season with these Secret Tips! #HostingHacks #ad #CollectiveBias #HolidayHosting #ad @CostcoWater.  Bottles of water, at least 2 per person.  I’ve found that the small 8oz. Kirkland brand bottles from Costco are the perfect size for a guest room stash.

Snacks.  My favorite thing to leave for my guests is a little jarred mix of chocolate, peanuts, raisins, M&M’s, peanut butter chips and Heaven.  And I found that if I used the left over small jelly mason jars from Lincoln’s Cowboy birthday party, it’s just the right amount for a midnight snack!Pamper your Guests this Holiday Season with these Secret Tips! #HostingHacks #ad #CollectiveBias #HolidayHosting #ad @CostcoSpace.  I make sure that our spare dresser has an empty drawer for our guests to use, and there are hangers and space in the closet for any hanging garments.  I also make sure the physical space is comfortable for everyone: by keeping the dog out {in case someone is sensitive to animal hair}, having the temperature set at 72, and having flowers and house plants decorating the room.  I also check that the alarm clock is NOT set {no surprise wake ups!}, but the time IS accurate.Pamper your Guests this Holiday Season with these Secret Tips! #HostingHacks #ad #CollectiveBias #HolidayHosting #ad @CostcoEntertainment.  I stock a variety of magazines and books in our guest room {everything from Southern Living to Parents, to tourist pamphlets}.  It’s also nice to leave a house key, or at least the code for your garage so your guests can come and go as they please.Free printables and tutorials on how to go above and beyond for Holiday Guests #HostingHacks #ad #CollectiveBias #HolidayHosting #ad @CostcoWe have a television for them to use too, but we don’t have traditional cable, so a little cheat sheet on how to work our Netflix and the remote is nice to include, as well.   
I also have our Wi-Fi information framed so our guests can use the internet easily.  If you like this idea, feel free to download a blank copy of it for yourself {save it to your computer and then upload it in PicMonkey to add your own info in a fancy print!}#DIY Welcome Basket with tutorial, free printables and a list of essentials! #HostingHacks #ad #CollectiveBias #HolidayHosting #ad @CostcoDIY Welcome Basket of Personal Items.  These items kind of depend on the guests that are staying with us.  For example, I add diapers, creme, baby shampoo and wipes to the basket when our visitors include little ones.  But some of my staples are: toothbrush, toothpaste, flossing sticks, makeup remover, Q tips, cotton balls, nail file, band-aids, razor, deodorant, feminine products, hairbrush, etc.  I buy all of these one-time use items in travel-size so I can easily replace them, and my guests can feel comfortable about taking {and keeping!} what they need.

And don’t you just love my little basket?  It was the perfect size, but kind of plain, originally.  So I used some scrap fabric and some rope to make a super simple DIY Welcome Basket.

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First, you want to make sure your fabric is big enough to cover the bottom and the sides of your basket all the way around, plus about 2 inches extra on each side {to account for seams and the drawstring}.  Your drawstring can be made out of anything that is long enough to fit snugly around the outside of the basket, with enough left over to tie in a knot.

Then, you want to round your corners for easier sewing.  Fold over your raw edge with wrong sides together and sew about a half-inch seam {or big enough to pull your drawstring through}.  It does not have to be a pretty, straight sewn line, as it will be gathered and on the inside of the basket!  Make sure you leave a small opening to pull your drawstring through.

Pull your drawstring through the seam.  I do this by tying my string to a large closed safety-pin and slowly working it through the “tube” that was created when you sewed the seam.

When you have both ends sticking out of the opening, place the fabric in your basket with the pattern side up, and pull the edges of the fabric over the sides of the basket.  Your drawstring {inside the fabric} should fit snuggly around the outside of the basket.  Pull your drawstring ends tight toward each other and tie together.  Arrange the fabric so that all of the gathers are spread evenly over the basket, and then tuck the drawstring and the knot under the fabric so it’s all hidden.

And stock your basket!
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Your guests should have everything that they need for a relaxing vacation in your home!

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What do you stock up on from Costco to make your guests feel special?

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GIVEAWAY!! Dracula: Ballet with a Bite

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This is my favorite month of the year.  Not only is it my birthday this week, but I also love all things spooky.  So I can’t wait to combine the two with a special date night for Dave and I to celebrate my birthday and the spookiest month of the year!  We are always looking for something new to do together…but I wasn’t sure if he’d be into the ballet.  So when the South Carolina Ballet contacted me about their October production of Dracula: Ballet with a Bite, I thought it would be the perfect show to introduce Dave to ballet!

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I thought maybe a date night is just what you might need too!  So quick!  Enter my giveaway for a couple of tickets to the October 24th production of Dracula: Ballet with a Bite!

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The undead dance into the North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center when Count Dracula and his legions of vampire mistresses take the stage in Dracula: Ballet with a Bite, performed by the South Carolina Ballet October 24, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

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Be transported back to 1897 Transylvania in Bram Stoker’s classic horror novel Dracula. Prepare to be spell bound as the Master of Seduction along with his troupe of vampiresses seduce Lucy into their sensual world of the undead.

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Let Dracula become your favorite Halloween classic with transforming costumes, blood curdling lighting and sound effects. Whether you are a dance fanatic or new to the dance world, Executive and Artistic Director William Starrett has created a work that can be embraced by all audiences. Get ready to meet the Master of Seduction, Count Dracula, and a fresh set of vampire maidens.

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South Carolina Ballet presents Dracula: Ballet with A Bite at the North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center (5001 Coliseum Drive PAC, North Charleston, SC 29418) on October 24, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com or by calling (843)-529-5000. Tickets range from $27-57 with $5 off tickets of $37 and up for senior citizens, military and students with a valid ID.

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South Carolina Ballet, an enterprise of, Columbia City Ballet’s mission is to offer South Carolina and Southeastern audiences the highest quality ballet. We in South Carolina can proudly claim one of the strongest and most versatile ballet companies in the Southeast. Since the Columbia City Ballet’s founding in 1961, it has integrated the world of dance within the community as the largest performing arts organization in the state of South Carolina

The giveaway ends at midnight on Friday night, so enter as many times as you can this week and share with your friends!

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Wiggles and Whimsy Toy Sharing Program Giveaway

We have an excess of toys.  And yet somehow, my children are always “bored.”  Especially this summer.  They had an extremely hard time cleaning up after themselves and taking care of their things.  So I took it ALL.  Luckily, we have a nice closet in our playroom that I was able to lock all of the toys in.  What did I leave out for them to play with?  Books, alphabet blocks, and a couple of matchbox cars.  I expected whining and complaining….but instead, they got creative!

They lined up the blocks on their table, letters facing out to look like a “keyboard.”  They propped up books in front of their keyboards to be “screens” and a matchbox car served as the computer mouse.  And bam…they had a computer station for their Library!  They played for a week, just with those items!  Sometimes less is more.

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 So when I was contacted by Wiggles & Whimsy to try out their toy sharing program for the summer, I thought it would be a perfect time to practice a little minimalism and creativity in our playroom.  And since all of our usual toys were locked up, the girls got very creative with the few toys that arrived with each shipment!

I went online and looked through Wiggles & Whimsy’s selection of toys.  Most of their toys cater to the 5 and under crowd, but even Jayna was super excited about the variety of toys.  And I was tickled to see that everything is made from high quality wood, and non-toxic paints.  The toys are brightly colored, but simple…inspiring creativity!

The way it works is that you pay $49 a month for 3 toys at a time, with unlimited exchanges and free shipping to your doorstep.  So your kids can play for as long as they want with the toys, and exchanges arrive within about 3 days or so of your new order.

Our first order was the croquet set {which all of the neighbor kids enjoyed too!}, a child-sized guitar, and a race car ramp and cars.  Something for everyone!

The girls played with the toys for about a week, and then I chose another 6 toys on the website.  Wiggles and Whimsy chose 3 out of the 6 that I picked out to send us {based on availability}.  The second shipment arrived just in time for our trip to West Jefferson, NC.  Since I was going to have to entertain 6 kids under the age of 7…I chose my toys wisely!

For the little ones, I got a three-layered puzzle.  And for the bigger girls, I got the ice cream playset and the doll house.  Endless hours of pretend play!

With this shipment, I realized what a great deal Wiggles and Whimsy is.  The 3 toys I got in this shipment alone retail for about $130 if I were to buy them {and you can, right on the Wiggles and Whimsy site}.  But knowing that my kiddos would get tired of playing with them, I’d much rather rent them for a week or so, then trade out for another set of toys.  This keeps the toy clutter to a minimum and keeps the girls engaged and interested.  The service would be perfect for families with young children who are keeping the toy situation to a minimum {which is super smart!} or who have limited toy storage.

And they love getting the big Wiggles and Whimsy box on the doorstep.  Filled with fun toys and bright tissue paper, and decorated with pretty tape and ribbon, they feel like they are getting a gift every time a shipment gets delivered!

I was super impressed with Wiggles and Whimsy’s customer service too…they were very helpful and sweet.  So sweet, in fact, that they’ve given me a two-month subscription to give away!!  Normally, that would be unlimited toys with free shipping for two months for $100…but for my winner-FREE!

Easy entries! Remember you can tweet every day for an additional entry.  Tell your friends!

The Giveaway ends on Sunday night!!
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We can’t wait to see who wins!!! Good luck!

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Apple Pie and Family {aka The Perfect Weekend}

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A few weekends ago, we were finally able to get my entire family together for a Father’s Day celebration.  We had four generations in town, including my grandparents from Jacksonville and my aunt from Atlanta.  In the sweltering 100 degree heat, we lined everybody up and managed to still get some amazing pictures, courtesy of Rachel Weber Photography!

Apple Pie and Family

It was amazing to have everyone together again, especially my grandparents…who are the ones who started it all!  My kids just love them, and I love that they are able to have a relationship with their great-grandparents.

Hot Apple Pie from Bi-Lo and a Family Reunion!

It’s so inspiring to see them together…that they are still so in love after all these years.  I can only hope that Dave and I are like that 50 years from now too!

Hot Apple Pie from Bi-Lo and A Family Reunion!

It’s always a welcome challenge to feed a houseful of people.  Since this was a short visit, and oh-so hot…we opted for grilled chicken, watermelon and corn on the cob for dinner.

And for dessert?  Hot apple pie topped with vanilla ice cream!

But there was no way I had time to bake a homemade apple pie…so I had to go for second best.  I picked up an 8” Fresh Baked Apple Pie with Caramel Drizzle from the Bi-Lo down the street.  For $5 {all summer long}, it was a great deal and fed our whole gang!

Bi-Lo’s Apple Pie is made with crisp apples, picked at the peak of ripeness.  Every apple is carefully selected, cut and blended with sugar and warm cinnamon for a real homemade taste.  And my favorite part was the delicious caramel sauce that was drizzled on top of the pie while it was warm that brought out an amazing flavor combination.  It was the perfect sweet ending to our little family reunion!

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* I was compensated and given the products mentioned in this post for free in exchange for a review on my blog.  As always, all opinions are 100% and my own!* 

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