Nov 27, 2015

The Joy of Family-Fun Music Together + Giveaway #Musictogether #Momsmeet

I received this product for free from the sponsor of  Moms Meet. All opinions are my own.
From babyhood through the early elementary years, Music Together nurtures each child's natural musicality. In family classes, adults learn together with their children an then re-create the fun t home with recording and songbooks. 

Music Together classes are for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and big kids (5-7). Except for the big kids, parents are in the room with their kiddos singing along with them. Each week, communities of families share songs, instrument play, rhythm chants, and movement activities in a playful, non-performance setting. It's 45 minutes of fun!! It's quite clever. We visited the one in Grapevine, TX where Brody got to sing and dance. At first he was very shy, then he warmed up and was fine. There are 2,500 communities all around, so there's probably one near you!!

Families who sign up for classes will receive curriculum materials. Right now they are giving out Fiddle song collection and includes:
  • Fiddle CD
  • Fiddle songbook
  • Music Together at Home booklet
  • Babies in Mixed-age Classes Fami8ly Guide
  • Hello Everybody app flyer 

Grapevine, TX Music Together is held off Park Blvd. Here's the phone number.


Win a Hey, Diddle, Diddle Singalong Storybook Gift Set ($28.00 value)

This adorable gift set includes: Hey, Diddle, Diddle Singalong Storybook in your choice hardcover or board book, an ultra-soft 9” black-and-white Mary Meyer cow named Sweet Constance (age-rating: 0+), two egg shakers, and a digital download of the song “Hey, Diddle, Diddle." TO ENTER GIVEAWAY - LEAVE A COMMENT ON BLOG TELLING ME WHO YOU WOULD GIVE THIS SET TO. US ONLY - ENDS 12/8/15

For a Free Music Together Class please go here to sign up

Here's a Free download - Music Together’s Hello Everybody App for iPhone, iPad, or iPod 
Download the  “Hello Everybody” app (free) to get eight Music Together songs that you can listen and sing along to, whether you’re at home or on the go. Our sing-along feature lets you show or hide on-screen lyrics, plus you can control the volume of the vocals—or turn them off to hear an instrumental-only track and make up your own words. Use your device’s camera to make your own family music videos and share them with your friends. The app also includes a digital version of one of our award-winning Singalong Storybooks, Hello, Everybody, based on the beloved “Hello Song.” Download from the App Store:
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Full Disclosure: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use their product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Goup LLC or the manufacturer of this product.
Nov 25, 2015

Single Cup Club 25% off Membership

I was given product for posting this special. No other compensation was given.

I heart all kinds of coffee and love to try new ones. I thought you might too!! 

Each month, a box of artisan coffees is shipped right to your door for just $19. You'll experience three small batch roasted coffees with each month's box in the convenience of Keurig-compatible single-serve cups. 

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Nov 24, 2015

Our Thanksgiving Memories, Menu & Holiday Recipes

Mezzetta olives on a bed of rosemary with tomatoes and cheese balls makes a holiday wreath

First, I'd like to take this time to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. I do hope you get your bellies full!!!

Reminiscing about Thanksgivings' past is my favorite thing to do as we gathering around the table to eat our meal. We talk about how funny my dad was when he told the kids to "pull his finger" and they would fall for it every time!! And the time when he and my cousin would shake our hands and say, "how you doing" - those were the best of times. This year will be different because we lost my dad just a few shorts months ago. He was the one who always said the blessing. Family is everything to me, and we will certainly miss him...but his memories will last a lifetime and will always be talked about during the holidays. We are so thankful for our whole family!

What's your favorite memory of Thanksgivings' past? What holiday recipes are your favorite?

We always serve a medley of olives, tomatoes, & marinated mozzarella cheese in a bowl drenched in olive oil, but this year I'm making the dish more festive and using Mezzetta Olives so my family can have Mezzetta Memories!!

Our Thanksgiving Menu

Cooking is a family affair in our house!! With help from my husband, mom, and mother-in-law, here's our menu. 
  • Smoke brisket
  • Turkey breast 
  • Cornbread sage dressing
  • Green bean casserole 
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Sweet potato casserole
  • Broccoli
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Mezzetta Memories Rosemary Wreath Appetizer
  • Rolls
  • Homemade cranberry sauce
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Pumpkin chia pudding parfaits
  • Cast Iron skillet apple pie
Holiday Recipes:

 Cast Iron Skillet Apple Pie My husband made this a couple of years ago and it's already on my blog - A must make for the holidays!!

Mezzetta Memories Rosemary Wreath

  • Marinated mozzarella balls - mix basil, thyme, rosemary, oregano, salt and pepper in extra-virgin olive oil then drizzle over mozzarella balls - let set for 20 mins.
  •  Mezzetta Kalamata Olives
  • Cherry tomatoes - save some mixture from above and drizzle over tomatoes
  • Fresh Rosemary - Luckily, we grew a couple of rosemary bushes in our garden this year, so I had plenty to make a wreath. While the mozzarella balls are setting, I cut a few twigs from the plant, washed it, and slightly bended the rosemary into a wreath.
  • Serve with crackers

This wreath was so fun to make. It will definitely be a tradition of mine every year!!

Be sure to enter this great sweeps!!

The Holiday Memories Sweepstakes

  • Grand Prize (1) - Instant Print Digital Camera AND an Ultimate Olive Lover's Gift Basket Gift that includes: Mezzetta Olives, Olive Spoon, Cutting Board, Olive Bowl, Cocktail Napkins & Recipe Card
  • Runner Up Prizes (10) - Ultimate Oliver Lover's Gift Basket that includes: Mezzetta Olives, Olive Spoon, Cutting Board, Olive Bowl, Cocktail Napkins & Recipe Card
Sweeps ends December 31st. Winner will be chosen at random and will be notified and will receive prize within 2 weeks. Enter here Mezzetta Memories


About Mezzetta Olives
Family owned since 1935, the fourth generation is continuing to bring the highest quailty foods available. They use the finest fresh produce from the sun-drenched soils of California, Italy, Spain, France, and Greece. The Mezzetta family prepare their foods according to their Italian family recipes in the state-of-the-art facility in the Napa Valley.

Nov 22, 2015

Gaylord Texan ICE! Presents Christmas Around The World

Going to ICE! at the Gaylord Texan is a family tradition for us. We go every year and usually take the grand kids. This year, I was invited by Gaylord Texan as they hosted a few of DFW's Top Bloggers to come out and enjoy a weekend at ICE and Snow Tubing. I decided to invite one of Brody's best buds at school and his mom. We were given a voucher for dinner and chose to use it at the Texan Sports Bar so the kids could act crazy on the patio if they wanted to...and yep, they wanted to. It was a great memorable weekend for sure!! Thanks Gaylord Texan!!

Although this post is sponsored by Gaylord, I always blog about our family fun at ICE. All opinions here are my own!! AND DON'T FORGET TO USE THE 50% COUPON CODE (BELOW) FOR ICE TICKETS - THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE - VALID ONLY ON NOV. 23, 24, & 25!!

Fair's cold in there!! 9 Degrees ain't no place for shorts! Yes, we saw a guy there wearing shorts. You'll want to dress warm and in layers. Don't miss sliding down this ice slide. Our favorite part. They also take your picture of your entire family, and you can view it later and buy it if you want. This year, the boys had red eyes, and they said they couldn't get the red out, so we pasts on the photo, and were just a little disappointed, as every year I get one.

These two boys had so much fun. I even bought them matching PJ's and I think that was the hit of the whole weekend. Too bad the pictures didn't turn out good enough to put on my blog.

ICE! featuring 
Christmas Around the World
  • 40 remarkable artisans from Harbin, China
  • Two-story ice slide - FUN!!
  • Scenes depicting traditions around the world
  • 9 Degrees; Parka provided for the whole family
  • All kinds of treats and hot chocolate for sale after your ICE tour.
  • Gift shop 
  • Mittens, hats, scarves, etc to buy before you head into ICE!...just in case you forgot yours! All have ICE! at Gaylord Hotels labels on them.
  • Snow tubing at its best
  • and more!

You're never too old to enjoy it all at Gaylord ICE!! We all had our fun riding the tubes...yes, even I did it!!! This is the place to spoil your kids - awe go ahead - just do it.

VALID ONLY ON NOV. 23, 24, & 25

If you ever have the chance to stay at the Gaylord Texan, you'll experience top-notch excitement and adventures!! It's gorgeous and great memories can happen there!! Take the whole family!

For more info visit

Have fun....and have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Sunday Stroll Giveaway Link Up - 11/22/15

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