Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Baby Gender REVEAL Made Easy With Duncan Hines - Delicious Sweetness

Baby Gender Reveal parties are HUGE right now!  
Have you had one?  
It's a thing that has become really popular in the past five years and I'll admit I am a little jealous I didn't get the chance to introduce what any of our "baby's gender" was going to be at a party with our friends, family and a cake that has a hidden pink or blue inner...to share the good news with the crowd!  I think it would be so much fun...especially for the anxious parents!  SO FUN!

All products were sent free of charge for this review/feature!  I was not offered any monetary payment to share my honest opinion about these products!
Duncan Hines sent us a few different varieties to try out of their "velvet" cakes, as well as their decadent Salted Caramel Brownie Mix.  YUM! 
Duncan Hines now has cake mixes that make this GENDER reveal super easy and inexpensive too!  AND SO MUCH  FUN!  You can do this, even for your immediate family, even if you aren't having a big shindig!  Their Blue Velvet and Pink Velvet Cake Mixes are easy to bake, super moist and taste wonderful (sometimes better than a cake you buy at a bakery).  Plus...it saves you money, so you can spend it on that new little "BLESSING" that will be arriving soon!  And they have some amazing frostings to top them off too!  YUMMY!
Their Spring Velvet Cake Mix is perfect for a SPRING party!  Double YUM!  Instead of a cake, I made cupcakes (cream cheese frosting on the PINK and chocolate frosting on the YELLOW) out of the box they sent for me to try out...which makes tasty individual snacks for my little "SPRING CHICKS" and all the neighbors too.  Now it's just a fight over which they will eat, the yellow or the pink velvet ones!  Both are simply fantastic!  TRUST ME...they were a HUGE hit with everyone who tried them!
And who doesn't like a brownie?  But especially one that has a "salted caramel" (caramel is my favorite) topping that you can drizzle all over them (if you want to) or not (if you don't).  These Salted Caramel Decadent Brownies are AMAZING!  In our house, some like the caramel and some don't...but I am definitely one who does!  TRIPLE YUM!

HAVE YOU CHECKED the selection of Duncan Hines mixes in your baked goods section of your local grocery store?  Have a look...plan a party and enjoy some VELVET cake (you pick the color or let it be a surprise) or brownies too!  

You & your sweet tooth will be in SEVENTH HEAVEN!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the products sent for this review/feature!

Take A Hike Or Fly A Kite...

The days...spent with these kids...are some of the sweetest and most cherished moments of my life!  
Whether we are ON TOP OF A MOUNTAIN (exploring on a nature hike)...and they literally were!
Or flying a kite on the beach (cheap kite kits at Dollar Tree are perfect for this type of outing)...
These moments can bring the biggest SMILE to my face and fill my heart with happiness too!  
Because HAPPY KIDS = HAPPY MOMMY!
And these types of moments don't have to COST a lot, which is wonderful!  
It's more about the time being spent, the love being shared and the memories being made!
You'll never know the critters we'll come across...she swears it was a shrimp...
or the architecture that will be built in the sand...he loves to build in the sand...
some fresh air, some sand, some salty ocean water and some sunshine.. .can be one of the BEST WAYS to spend a day...and it doesn't cost anything more than a little drive time (at least for us) and some patience!  
Oh yeah, and you might have some sandy feet on the drive home!  
TOTALLY WORTH IT!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Custom Vinyl Shop - Couldn't Have Said It Better Myself AND A #GIVEAWAY To #WIN

As you know...I am a huge fan of "VINYL WALL ART"!  In fact, I'd say it's one of my favorite "touches" in our new place!  
Even the kids enjoy seeing the literal "writing on the walls"!  
I'd say...they're kinda my thing!

This product was sent free of charge for this review/feature!  I was not compensated monetarily by posting about my honest opinion on this company or their product!

Why do I like them so much?  
They easily add a little pizzazz to a bare wall!
They can be something encouraging for us to read everyday that decorate the walls!
They are super easy to apply!
They are easy to take down when it's time to change things or move!
I SIMPLY LOVE THEM!
I was delighted to do a review/feature for a newer store called "The Custom Vinyl Shop"!  I picked a vinyl decal that said exactly how I feel when I head to my "HAPPY SPOT" at night... for a soak and quiet moment in the bath!  
The bathtub is my QUIET PLACE!  
A couple candles, some bubbles, and sleeping kids, are all elements that make my nightly bath delightfully peaceful & happy!
So I'll have to agree... "Happiness is a long hot bubble bath".
So this wall decal was perfect for me and I knew right where I was going to be putting it!  
I had the perfect place in mind!
Applying it was super duper easy and came with a cute stick to help me rub it on the wall!  
It was up on the wall in just a matter of a few short minutes time!

The final result was better than I could have asked for!  I LOVE IT!  It looks great on my once bare wall and it will make me smile every night when I get ready to SOAK and RELAX!  
Honestly too, this store has awesome prices for their vinyl wall art!  
The decal they sent me for this review was only $17.00 and it's big!
AWESOME BARGAIN!

Best of all...they want to offer you, my readers, a chance to try out their store and their product!  They are offering a $30 Gift Certificate Giveaway to (1) Lucky One Bored Mommy Reader!  Guess what...that read could be you!  
SO...START THINKING...what will I buy?

ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY BELOW:

CLICK HERE to check out the entire selection from "The Custom Vinyl Shop" and make sure you enter the giveaway too!  They have more than just "wall art" too!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the products sent for this review/feature!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Boysenberry Pie Eating Contest And More "BERRY BLOSSOM" Fun At @Knotts

What do you do when you've got a FREE Saturday?  
Take the kids back to Knott's Berry Farm for more "BERRY BLOSSOM" fun...of course!
We had a fun filled Saturday, that included watching some "shows" we hadn't seen before, at one of our favorite theme parks in Southern California!  We love the "COWBOY's" and watched their "antics" show on the streets of "Ghost Town"!  Of course, the kids wanted a picture with all the funny guys afterwards!
And of course we had to take a picture with the Easter Beagle!  
We watched a Magic Show (this cowboy did magic and sang funny songs) and we learned about a "Boysenberry PIE EATING" contest that totally got our oldest son super excited!  I guess he's always wanted to do one...and he was certain he was going to get his chance!
We got to the stage early, so he could be in the very front to volunteer to be a part of the fun!  SURE enough...not only him, but his younger sister and younger brother got to be a part of the MESSY, sweet and gooey fun!  HE WANTED TO MAKE SURE I BLOGGED ABOUT THIS EVENT, so everyone could see!  The end result, he took 3rd place, but was so very excited about all the fun...it didn't matter!  They looked like they had been in a bloody fight...with boysenberry pie all over their faces, in their hair, on their shirts, etc.  We had to do some "MAJOR" clean up in  the bathroom afterwards, but it was worth it!  And honestly, it's all we heard about for the remainder of our time at the park!  LOVE IT!  
So glad we got to be a part of the fun!  It made his entire DAY!  He was stoked!

It was another fun filled day full of memories the kids and I will cherish forever!  

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was not compensated in any way by posting about our time at Knott's Berry Farm.  Our season passes were purchased on my own accord for Christmas for the kid`s!

Growing...Growing...Growing...GREEN BEANS, TOMATOES and More...

As you know...the kids and I are enjoying watching our "GARDEN" grow...
Our green bean plant has adorable beans on it!  They are little, but they are so cute!
Our tomato plant keeps getting taller and the tomato that is already on it...keeps getting bigger!  YUM!  I can't wait to cut into this baby when it's red, juicy and ripe!
And our strawberries keep producing sweet, tasty strawberries!  We have had about 10, that we have eaten already!  Yes...we share in the taste testing...so we don't get much, but even the little taste is reward enough...

This garden has been a wonderful experience so far and it's only APRIL.  We can't wait to see how much produce we might receive, from putting some time and love into these growing plants!  

I LOVE THIS EXPERIENCE with the kids!  I think that a SPRING Garden will be a new "FAMILY TRADITION" for me and the kids!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was not compensated in any way by posting about our garden!  This is not a sponsored post and all the plants were purchased on my own accord for the experience for our family to watch our garden grow!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Knott's Berry Bloom - A Berry Sweet Blast! @Knotts

Yesterday after school, I surprised the kids with an impromptu trip to Knott's Berry Farm!  I love that it's close enough by our new house to do this...without spending hours in the car!  By far...the season passes, have been the best CHRISTMAS PRESENT we received this year!  We have spent lots of time at the park already this year and it's only April...and it's a park that our WHOLE family truly, truly enjoys every moment at!  Each trip brings new FUN memories for me and the kids!
Knott's Berry Farm is celebrating "KNOTT'S BERRY BLOOM" right now...with all sorts of fun shows, celebrations, different types of food booths, activities and more!  This makes the park even more of a fun experience, because there is something new for us to enjoy when we go!  
Yesterday, the kids were all given a card when we entered the gate to go on an EASTER EGG hunt of sorts!  There were "booths" set up all over the park that we had to get their card punched at, and each booth had a special treat for the kids (candy, tattoos, stickers, etc.)!  The last stop...they got to pick an EASTER EGG and were super excited to find a "FAST PASS" ticket (you would have thought they got a GOLDEN TICKET)!  We used two of the four passes before our time was up at the park...and of course, the TIMBER MOUNTAIN LOG RIDE was the first on our list!  
It's the favorite ride of our crew...and the Log Ride staff (we love Briana and Raymond) is the BEST!!  
I think our record of riding in one day is 8 times!
We got to participate in a couple of their "LIVE" shows!  Yes...the kids were not shy about getting into the action!  In fact, all four of my kids got to be a fun of the performance, which they always LOVE (not the first time they have been a part of the shows)!  The girls got a ride in the basket, and blew bubbles along the way!  The boys got to walk with Linus!  
They danced, and we all sang (such fun music), and we had so much fun!
And when it got dark...there was a DJ in the park...playing fun dance music (even some old school music), with lights and fog machines and the kids had a blast dancing the night away!  I don't think I've danced that hard in a long, long time!  The smiles on their faces were worth every second of it!  And we got to ride on a few of our favorite rides...in the dark!  IT WAS SO FUN!  Seriously...we loved it!
KNOTT'S BERRY FARM is one of our FAVORITE theme parks in Southern California and if you haven't been before, you should really plan a trip out!  With the age ranges from 12 to 5 in our home...and even me (as an adult), this park has something for everyone to enjoy!  And just a PLUG - if you live in Southern California and will be visiting the park more than once a year, the SEASON passes are worth every cent!  You not only get to go as much as you want, but you get a discount on food/items in the park and the more you go, the more you get to know the staff and feel a part of the Knott's Berry Farm Family!

I was not paid to feature this post!  The season passes were purchased by me, as Christmas presents for the kids & I this year!  This is not a sponsored post at all!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Pay It Forward - What A Sweet Story...

I came across this story and thought it was so sweet and "MOVING", I had to share it with you guys!  
So get a box of Kleenex, be ready to hug someone when it's over and watch the following video:

 It warms my heart when I see and hear of people, even small children, doing things to touch other's lives like this!  Out of adversity...the loss of his father (who was serving our country when he lost his life), he managed to encourage and inspire that SOLDIER that day...and everyday since!  
What a sweet little boy!  What a sweet story! 

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was not compensated in any way by posting about this video!  Just thought it was touching and wanted to share!


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Preschool At Home? @MforMonsters Has A Box Of Monthly Fun For You!

Because we chose for me to stay at home with the kids, when they were little...all four of our kids did their "preschool" schooling at home!  We didn't sent them to a daycare or a preschool facility...so I taught them their ABC's.  I taught them how to count to 20.  I taught them how to spell their names!  I taught them their colors!  Just add preschool teacher to my list of "job experiences" on my resume!  HA!

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But honestly, even a stay at home mommy can run out of ideas for ways to teach the basics...things that will keep both you and your preschooler entertained, excited about learning and motivated to continue the growth at home!
M is for Monster is a company that understands!  Their "MONTHLY" pre-packed boxes are loaded full of activities, crafts, projects and more...that will keep you and your preschooler involved and growing too!
 
We received the APRIL M is for Monster box...which has fun "APRIL" activities included!  I love how they include a guide with them broke into weeks...with ideas of things you can do, along with "continued learning" ideas...like books, songs, etc. to add to this curriculum.  AWESOME!!  
Topics like rainbows, kites, bunnies & carrots and flowers are in this APRIL box!  
Perfect for SPRING TIME learning!
Our youngest, who is in Kindergarten already...was excited to get this box...because these are activities we can do when we are waiting for his sisters and brother to get out of school, to keep him entertained and learning!  This box is portable, so we can take it with us in the car...and even work on some of the fun things while we are waiting in the parking lot for school to get out.  DOUBLE AWESOME!
You can order a "SINGLE BOX" to start...or get a "MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION" (which saves you a few dollars a month)...and for the price, I think it's definitely worth it, because they have supplied everything you need to be successful in this box for the month.  Plus...it's much less expensive than paying to send them off to a pricey "preschool"...and MOM's...you will be encouraged too, because someone has helped take the stress of planning something for you!  TRIPLE AWESOME!

CLICK HERE to learn more about M is For Monster!

Oh yeah, use the CODE "BORED" at checkout to save 20% off too!
I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the products sent for this review/feature!~

Monday, April 21, 2014

Bugs Be Gone - @Mercola "BUG SPRAY" Will Keep Them Away...All Summer Long

Long summer nights (oh how I love them) means lots of playing OUTDOORS...but it also means BUGS!  I dislike, very much, mosquitoes...even though they really, really like me!  They like to snack on me!  It's the worst thing, to have your legs or arms all bit up and itchy...especially if you're a child!  TRUST ME!  I've heard my fair share of whining about bug bites, from my kids, when a hungry little mosquito has attacked us!

All products were sent free of charge for this review/feature!  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my honest opinion about the products being featured!
I was delighted to have the opportunity to try out Dr. Mercola's Bug Spray!  
This is something that we will not only use when we are at home, but we can also take with us on the go, to camp, to play at the beach, etc.  AWESOME!
I do not mind the smell of the spray (though my kids were not super fond of it), because it's made with natural ingredients (that makes it kid and pet safe)...like lemongrass (my kids said that's what it smelled like), peppermint oil and citronella oil...but the bugs HATE IT!  And I love that!  To me, it's worth smelling like lemongrass, in order to not have bug bites all over me and the kids this summer!  

It's DEET FREE!  So because it's safe, and it works...it's truly a WIN-WIN!  And it won't hurt the environment!

It means more time to play outside, without swinging and batting the bugs away.  This means happy kids and a happy mommy too!

CLICK HERE to learn more about Dr. Mercola's Bug Spray and their other products as well!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the products sent for this review/feature!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

He Is RISEN - HE IS RISEN INDEED!

It's Easter Sunday!  
Hey...did you know: 
For our family, EASTER is a celebration of a RISEN KING!  
It's the day we celebrate that JESUS (the SON OF GOD), who endured a horrible (unspeakable) death on the cross, bearing the sins of the world and then dying for them...has risen from the dead...as was PROMISED, and we (those who know HIM as our Lord and Savior) can be assured in secure future with HIM someday...
HE is truly a MAN OF HIS WORD!  What a blessing!
So celebrate with me and the kids...as we PRAISE the LORD together!

HE IS RISEN!  HE IS RISEN INDEED!  
Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

From MOM Planners to Guilt Free Cookbooks - @BonnieMarcus Offers All You Need!

Being a mommy is definitely a TIME MANAGEMENT sort of job!  If you don't plan your time right, organize your schedule right, map out your grocery store time right, organize your phone numbers, your important information, etc...YOU CAN FIND YOURSELF in quite a TIME JAM!  And what about when you're dieting?  

How can we manage to keep track of all the little details that life throws at us?

All products were sent free of charge for this review/feature!  I was not monetarily compensated by giving my honest opinion on these products!
I was just introduced to some amazing products...books that will make MOM's life a little easier and a little bit more organized too!
The Mom’s Everyday Essential Planner...
has everything you NEED to get organized!  This planner is nicely put together with tear out pages for "grocery lists" & "to do lists", a place for telephone numbers to be written down (because you never know when you're cell phone might act up or take a plunge in some water), a place to list birthdays (very important when you're a mom), a place to plan for your vacations, etc.  You can even order this PLANNER personalized, for yourself or to gift to another "MOMMY" friend or family member!
Guilt-Free Girl Desserts Book
Don't you ever want to eat something sweet without feeling "BAD" about how many calories are in it?  This cookbook has over 50 recipes that will help you stick to your healthy eating habits, with low calorie deliciousness that will satisfy your sweet tooth and cravings!  AWESOME!!
This "JOURNAL" is small enough to put in your purse, offers you encouragement, recipes, tricks and tips, and pages for you to keep track of your eating habits...YOU WILL LOVE this well put together guide!  You'll be motivated to stay on track, even when your heels hit the pavement!

Bonnie Marcus has even more than just these few AMAZING things I just shared with you!  Her website is chalked full of things that would make excellent MOTHER'S DAY gifts, birthday presents or even "just because" things for your best GIRLFRIENDS!  CLICK HERE to check it all out!

I was not paid to feature this review!  I was compensated only by the products sent for this review/feature!

Friday, April 18, 2014

GOOD FRIDAY

As much as "the people in charge" try to take religion out of schools (our kids have school today, despite the religious HOLIDAY and celebrated a SPRING Break...several weeks before)...our family will not forget why we CELEBRATE EASTER and what happened on this day, "GOOD FRIDAY" so many, many years ago...
Jesus, who was absolutely sinless, took the CROSS for us all (you and me)!
WHAT AN AMAZING SACRIFICE!

 He was tortured, He was mocked, He was beaten and He died a horrible death (that He did not deserve) on the cross.  The hope in this message, is that this is not the end of the story!  Because our JESUS will come back on EASTER SUNDAY and fulfill the promises of the BIBLE!  
HE is ALIVE today and our HOPE & SALVATION!

My Hair Is VO5tastic & SUMMER READY and Yours Can Be Too - #GIVEAWAY

Winter is said and done and it's almost summer time!  
Can I get a WOOHOO?
 That means that pool time & beach time are right around the corner!
Is your hair ready for the heat, the intensity of the sun and the damage that can be done from the chlorine, salt water and whatever other elements SUMMER is going to throw your way?

VO5 has products that we are huge fans of for lots of reasons!  Their products "WORK" on my girls thick, long, very wavy and very tangled (after washing) hair!  Their products live up to their hype and don't cost a fortune to buy in the store!  I LOVE IT!!
I was sent some of their Salon Series products to try out:
So first...I gave myself an "AT HOME" Salon Series Hot Oil Therapy Treatment (the oil heated in the cup for about a minute, in hot water).  
It was simple and easy and was immediately followed by...
A good shampooing and conditioning with their Salon Series Shampoo and Conditioner and then finally...
I gave my head a little "SPRAY DOWN" with their Salon Series Simply Stunning Leave In Conditioner (little, because this product can cause your hair to be greasy if you use too much), before drying it with my blow dryer & then flat ironing it...
The final result was a head full of soft, manageable, healthy hair!  
My hair is VO5tastic and ready for summer!  
Would you like to get your hair ready for summer too with some VO5 Salon Series products?  
I get to offer (1) Lucky One Bored Mommy Reader their chance to win the same set of products I received for this review/feature!

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY BELOW:


VO5 is our "FAMILY FAVORITE" for the girls and I!  CLICK HERE to learn more about their products, because they have more to offer than the Salon Series products!  

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the products sent for this review/feature!