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Lovebugs and Postcards http://lovebugsandpostcards.com DIY, Crafts, Recipes, Reviews, Giveaways, Movies, Activities, Events and more. Fri, 22 Apr 2016 04:55:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 10 reasons to stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites Springdale/Zion National Park http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/10-reasons-stay-hampton-inn-suites-springdalezion-national-park/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/10-reasons-stay-hampton-inn-suites-springdalezion-national-park/#respond Fri, 22 Apr 2016 04:51:14 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=61362 A few weeks ago I was able to take my family and go to Zion National Park for 5 days. It was amazing! I have lived in Utah all my life, but this was our first real visit there. We have drove though looking from the windows, but not really stopping to do anything. I […]

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A few weeks ago I was able to take my family and go to Zion National Park for 5 days. It was amazing! I have lived in Utah all my life, but this was our first real visit there. We have drove though looking from the windows, but not really stopping to do anything. I wanted to go and immerse my family in Zion Park and enjoy the atmosphere. To do this, I felt like we needed to stay close to the park, so I started looking for the best places to stay and I can say, hands down, that the Hampton Inn & Suites in Springdale is what drew my attention. It is very close to the park entrance, but it is also close to the shuttle pickup, so you can ride the shuttles up to the park instead of drive. It also has several amenities and the rooms are very nice, so I knew my family would love it there.

We received a discounted rate as a media visit. This did not affect our opinions and they are 100% our own.

10 reasons to stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites Springdale/Zion National Park

The Hampton Inn & Suites is well maintained and clean. I love that all of the doors are locked and can only be opened with your key card (except the front door of course). I also loved that there were a lot of places for my family to “hang out”, like the balcony on the second level so we could enjoy the stars on the comfy seats. The fun fireplace by the pool where I was able to relax and get work done while the kids swam and played, and right outside of the hotel is a nice area with tables/chairs, fire pits and porch heaters where we enjoyed hot chocolate after swimming. The staff is very friendly and helpful and always made us feel welcome and helped us with everything we needed.

10 reasons to stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites Springdale/Zion National Park

If you are looking for a place to stay around Zion National Park then I can recommend Hampton Inn & Suites Springdale/Zion National Park. Here are 10 reasons to stay there on your next trip:

  1. Convenient Location to Zion Park and shuttles
  2. Amazing Swimming Pool and Hot Tub outside with spectacular views
  3. Fire Pits / Fireplace to sit around and visit
  4. Complimentary hot chocolate, coffee, tea, water and other snacks in the lobby 24 hours a day
  5. Complimentary hot breakfast every morning
  6. Fridge and Microwave in each room
  7. Flat screen TV with a variety of channels and a nice work space in each room
  8. Comfortable clean rooms with lots of space
  9. Public restrooms by the lobby as well as by the swimming pool area
  10. A lot of parking with locked entrances all around the hotel

Here is a small photo tour of our time there. These don’t even began to cover everything, there is so much to do there, and we really loved our stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites Springdale.

10 reasons to stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites Springdale/Zion National Park

Bathroom in Rooms

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Balcony on Second Floor

10 reasons to stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites Springdale/Zion National Park

Free Hot/Cold breakfast every morning

10 reasons to stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites Springdale/Zion National Park

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10 reasons to stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites Springdale/Zion National Park

10 reasons to stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites Springdale/Zion National Park

10 reasons to stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites Springdale/Zion National Park

10 reasons to stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites Springdale/Zion National Park

The natural wonders that surround the hotel make the perfect backdrop. My kids will always remember swimming in that pool and the beautiful mountains in the background, especially during the sunset.  They ask frequently when we can go back, so we are planning another trip for next year!

Loving our stay at the @HamptonbyHilton in Zion National Park. Great location and lots to do. Going swimming after dinner.

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About the Hotel

Hotel Facts

  • 1 mile from Zion National Park entrance; park tram stop in front of the hotel
  • Quaint shops, cafes, dining and art galleries within walking distance
  • Springdale/Zion National Park hotel near attractions like Bryce Canyon
  • Modern guest rooms and suites with magnificent views of the towering Red Rocks
  • Outdoor heated swimming pool, hot tub and fireplace
  • 1,485 sq. ft. of flexible Zion National Park/Springdale business meeting space

Included in Every Stay

  • Free hot breakfast
  • Clean and fresh Hampton bed®
  • Free high-speed internet access in every room
  • Gym/fitness center use

a Springdale, Utah hotel at the gates of Zion National Park.

Hampton Inn & Suites Springdale/Zion National Park is set amidst the towering red rock cliffs of Zion National Park, adjacent to the Virgin River. Discover the majesty of Zion from our hotel and enjoy easy access to quaint shops, dining and attractions.

See the sights with two free shuttle services. Board the Springdale Shuttle to nearby attractions, including the Zion Visitors Center. The Zion Shuttle takes you from the Visitors Center to many spots within the park. Explore the numerous hiking and biking trails, go camping or simply take your camera for some stunning photography. Bryce Canyon National Park and Grand Canyon National Park are also nearby.

Feel at home in a spacious guest room or suite at this Springdale hotel, featuring modern decor and amenities. Surf the web with free WiFi and watch movies on the 40-inch HDTV. Feel refreshed after a great night’s rest in a clean and fresh Hampton bed® and start the day right with Hampton’s free hot breakfast. If you’re heading out to explore the area, grab a free Hampton On the Run® Breakfast Bag on your way out, available Monday through Friday.

Stay active during your stay in Springdale, UT with our fully equipped fitness center and outdoor pool. Ease tired muscles after a day of hiking in the outdoor hot tub, or simply relax by the outdoor fireplace. Business is easy with our multi-function meeting rooms and 24-hour business center.

Visit the Hampton Inn website for all the details and to reserve your stay now

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5 spring essentials for your purse http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/5-spring-essentials-for-your-purse/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/5-spring-essentials-for-your-purse/#respond Thu, 21 Apr 2016 18:35:06 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=61317 This post is brought to you by 88 Handbags. All opinions are our own. We are sharing 5 Spring Essentials for your purse. Spring is here, and with the warmer weather comes the spring fashions. I always love getting a new handbag and purse to compliment a few spring clothes that I like to buy. […]

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This post is brought to you by 88 Handbags. All opinions are our own. We are sharing 5 Spring Essentials for your purse.

Spring is here, and with the warmer weather comes the spring fashions. I always love getting a new handbag and purse to compliment a few spring clothes that I like to buy. I want to get something nice, but with four kids we don’t have a lot of extra money, so I have found the best of both world with 88 Handbags. I get beautiful products that are made with various vegan leathers. AND 88 also donates a percentage of each sale to a charity that assists in educating women around the world! And now through May 4, 2016 – you can get a FREE Wallet with the Purchase of a Bag $49+. Just use COUPON CODE: LoveBug. So you get an amazing bag (which I love by the way – and they have so many to choose from) and you get a free Wallet. Both the bag and the wallet are great quality, and the zippers are nice.

You can also enter a Free drawing to win a bag. Just go to the 88 Handbags Website and sign up for the 88 newsletter. This way you can stay up to date with the latest deals and promotions as well as their new products.

5 spring essentials for your purse

Now that you have a new purse and wallet on the way ;), you will need to make sure you have all the items for Spring in it. There are so many different things you can put in your purse, but I have five Spring essentials that I want to share:

  1. Portable battery charger
  2. Lip gloss/chapstick
  3. Lotion with sunscreen
  4. Sunglasses
  5. Hair kit (with mirror, brush, hair ties, and pins)

I chose the  CAROL TAUPE COLOR BLOCK SATCHEL and the FLORA BLACK QUILTED ZIP AROUND WALLET. Both of these items I am in love with! The quality is great- I know they will last me a long time. I love how heavy duty the zippers are and all of the pockets. On the purse it has the handles as well as a nice long strap. And the wallet holds all of my cards and has a carry strap which is nice when I don’t want to take my purse with me. 

5 spring essentials for your purse

Be sure to get your FREE Wallet with the Purchase of a Bag $49+ with COUPON CODE: LoveBug now through May 4, 2016. And enter a Free drawing to win a bag. Just go to the 88 Handbags Website and sign up for the 88 newsletter.

What spring Essentials do you keep in your purse?

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Pretty Little Liars: The Complete Sixth Season on DVD http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/pretty-little-liars-the-complete-sixth-season/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/pretty-little-liars-the-complete-sixth-season/#respond Thu, 21 Apr 2016 18:30:18 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=61409 I love a good mystery, and Pretty Little Liars provides them every time! If you haven’t watched the show yet, you need to spend the weekend binge watching the first 5 seasons on Netflix (or pick up the seasons on DVD) and then catch up with the sixth season that just came out on DVD! […]

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I love a good mystery, and Pretty Little Liars provides them every time! If you haven’t watched the show yet, you need to spend the weekend binge watching the first 5 seasons on Netflix (or pick up the seasons on DVD) and then catch up with the sixth season that just came out on DVD! We received a screening copy – all opinions are still our own.

Nominated for Four 2016 People’s Choice Awards, Including Favorite Cable TV Drama
Winner of the 2015 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Cable TV Drama and Six 2015 Teen Choice Awards, Including Choice TV Show: Drama

 PRETTY LITTLE LIARS: THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON

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Pretty Little Liars — the #1 most tweeted TV cable telecast of 2015 to date — continues for another suspenseful season filled with mystery and intrigue. Just in time for the season sixth season finale on ABC Family, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group releases Pretty Little Liars: The Complete Sixth Season on DVD April 19, 2016. Pretty Little Liars stars Troian Bellisario (Lauren, JAG), Ashley Benson (Spring Breakers, Pixels ), Tyler Blackburn (Ravenswood), Lucy Hale (Scream 4, Privileged), Ian Harding (Addiction: A 60’s Love Story), Laura Leighton (Melrose Place), Shay Mitchell (Aaron Stone), Janel Parrish (Celeste and Jesse Forever, Bratz) and Sasha Pieterse (Heroes, X-Men: First Class). The five-disc set contains all 21 episodes from the sixth season, including the special episode “Five Years Forward,” plus four all-new featurettes and never-before-seen deleted scenes.

As the sixth season begins moments after the season five finale, Aria, Emily, Hanna, Spencer and Mona are trapped outside the “dollhouse” where their tormentor, Charles, has been keeping them — with nowhere to run. Angered by their attempted escape, Charles’ games take a more demented and darker turn. As the girls struggle to survive, Ezra, Caleb and Toby (recurring guest star Keegan Allen) continue the fight to find the girls with or without Rosewood Police Department’s help. Charles’ story begins to come together, with the Liars eventually solving the puzzle and unmasking Charles, finally putting an end to the “A” game. The second half of the season jumps five years forward, with new secrets, new lies and a whole new look.

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS - "Last Dance" - It is prom time at Rosewood High, except for Alison, Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer who have been banned due to "security" concerns. As the girls see this as the final humiliating blow to their high school careers the girls' mothers try to make the best of a bad situation by offering a home prom in Spencer's barn. At first reluctant, the PLLs agree and try to make the best out of a bad situation. But one to never miss a formal, Charles has other plans in store to make this a night they will never forget. Meanwhile, Veronica, Pam, Ashley and Ella use prom night to touch base on everything that has happened to their daughters, on an all-new episode of ABC Family's hit original series "Pretty Little Liars," airing Tuesday, August 4th (8:00 - 9:00 PM ET/PT). (ABC Family/Eric McCandless) TROIAN BELLISARIO, SHAY MITCHELL, ASHLEY BENSON, LUCY HALE

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS – “Last Dance” – (ABC Family/Eric McCandless) TROIAN BELLISARIO, SHAY MITCHELL, ASHLEY BENSON, LUCY HALE

Pretty Little Liars is ABC Family’s #1 series in all Households, Total Viewers, Teens & Female Teens, and Adults & Women 12-34, 18-34 and 18-49. Season 6 is averaging 3.2M viewers⃰, and the show has been nominated for the 2016 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Cable TV Drama; it was nominated for the same award in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, winning in 2012 and last year. The series also won six 2015 Teen Choice Awards, including a win for Choice TV Show – Drama for the series.

Based on the series of books by Sara Shepard, Pretty Little Liars is from Alloy Entertainment, Long Lake Media and Russian Hill Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television. The executive producers are I. Marlene King (Just My Luck, If These Walls Could Talk, Now and Then), Oliver Goldstick (Ugly Betty, Lipstick Jungle), Leslie Morgenstein (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Gossip Girl) and Joseph Dougherty (thirtysomething, Saving Grace).

Source: Nielsen National TV Toolbox, 06/01/15 – 10/11/15, Live+7 Days Total US ratings.  Top Series Ranks = 3+ Telecasts. 

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS - "Charlotte's Web" - The Liars start to look at one of their own as questions arise regarding the new mystery in “Charlotte’s Web,” an all-new episode of ABC Family’s hit original series “Pretty Little Liars,” airing Tuesday, January 19th (8:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT). ABC Family is becoming Freeform on January 12, 2016. (ABC Family/Eric McCandless) ASHLEY BENSON

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS – “Charlotte’s Web”  (ABC Family/Eric McCandless) ASHLEY BENSON

DVD BONUS FEATURES

  • We Love the PLL Ships – featurette
  • A PLL PROM – featurette
  • Inside the 5 Years – featurette
  • HOMECOMING: The PLL’s Return – featurette
  • Deleted Scenes

21 ONE-HOUR EPISODES

  1. Game On, Charles
  2. Songs of Innocence
  3. Songs of Experience
  4. Don’t Look Now
  5. She’s No Angel
  6. No Stone Unturned
  7. O Brother, Where Art Thou
  8. FrAmed
  9. Last Dance
  10. Game Over, Charles
  11. Five Years Forward (special)
  12. Of Late I Think of Rosewood
  13. Charlotte’s Web
  14. The Gloves Are On
  15. New Guys, New Lies
  16. Do Not Disturb
  17. Where Somebody Waits for Me
  18. We’ve All Got Baggage
  19. Burn This
  20. Did You Miss Me?
  21. Hush, Hush, Sweet Little Liars

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.

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Disney’s Goldie & Bear: Best Fairytale Friends prize pack giveaway http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/goldie-bear-best-fairytale-friends/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/goldie-bear-best-fairytale-friends/#comments Thu, 21 Apr 2016 17:09:34 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=61401 One of my daughters favorite shows is Disney Junior’s Goldie & Bear. I have spent many mornings snuggled up on the couch with her watching this cute Disney Junior show. I love the lessons that Goldie & Bear learn and how they help others grow as well. All of your favorite storybook favorites like Jack […]

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One of my daughters favorite shows is Disney Junior’s Goldie & Bear. I have spent many mornings snuggled up on the couch with her watching this cute Disney Junior show. I love the lessons that Goldie & Bear learn and how they help others grow as well. All of your favorite storybook favorites like Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Little Pigs (including the big bad wolf), Little Red Riding Hood, and more! We got a pre-release copy (all opinions are our own) and my daughter was “over the moon” so was so excited. Of course she had to open it and watch it right away.

Download Goldie & Bear Activities

To celebrate the DVD release, there are some great Goldie & Bear activity pages and coloring sheets! These go great with the movie, so whenever your kids feel like having some fun! Just click on the image above (or here) to print out the sheets.

GOLDIE & BEAR: BEST FAIRYTALE FRIENDS

Join Best Friends Goldie and Bear on Their Adventures Through Fairy Tale Forest in Disney Junior’s Hit Series “Goldie & Bear!”

 Includes 7 Episodes for Over 2 hours of Classic Fairytales with a Twist! Plus FREE Exclusive Playtime Fun Activity Kit with Re-Usable Stickers, Games and More!

Here is a preview of the show:

 

 ONCE UPON A STORY, IN A FOREST FAR AWAY…

Everyone knows “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” but after that story ended, a remarkable friendship began! Team up with newfound best friends Goldie and Bear on amazing adventures as they laugh, play and learn important life lessons in the wondrous Fairy Tale Forest.

Climb a beanstalk with Jack, try on Little Red’s famous hood, outsmart the tricky Big Bad Wolf, and much more. Join Goldie and Bear – and your favorite fairytale and nursery rhyme characters – for magical, song-filled fun you’ll treasure today and ever after!

Voice Cast:   Natalie Lander (ABC’s “The Middle”) as Goldie; Georgie Kidder (Disney XD’s “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”) as Bear; Jim Cummings (Disney Junior’s “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse”) as Big Bad Wolf; Mitchell Whitfield (“Winx Club: Beyond Believix”) as Humpty Dumpty and Woodsman; David Kaufman (“Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes”) as Jack and Brix; Mary Birdsong (Disney XD’s “Crash & Bernstein”) as Mother Bear, Mother Good and Jack’s Mom; Barry Wiggins (“Dog & Me”) as Father Bear

Episodes:                           

  • The Birthday Chair/ Big Bear
  • Fee Fi Fo Shoe/ Little Gold Riding Hood
  • Bear’s Red Shoes/ Goose Sitters
  • Moon Jump/ Big Good Wolf
  • Pinocchio-itis/ The Clubhouse That Jack Built
  • The Egg/ Golden Kickball
  • Thumbelina’s Wild Ride/ Big Bad Houseguest

 

ABOUT “GOLDIE & BEAR”:

“Goldie & Bear” is a fairytale-inspired Disney Junior animated series that premiered in September 2015. The series follows the adventures of Goldie and her newfound best friend Bear following the renowned porridge incident of “Goldilocks and The Three Bears.” Well-known characters from fairy tales, folk tales and nursery rhymes can be seen in the series, including Humpty Dumpty, Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf, who is often referred to simply as “Big Bad.” Goldie and Bear seek out opportunities for fun with their friends, having adventures that often feature a touch of magic.

I am excited to be able to offer a fun giveaway to celebrate the movie! One lucky reader will win a Disney Goldie & Bear Prize Pack that includes the DVD of Best Fairytale Friends, and a set of storybooks! Your kids will LOVE this! (Enter below)

Goldie & Bear: Best Fairytale Friends prize pack giveaway

Giveaway is open from 4/21/16 – 4/29/16. Must be 18 or older to enter. Open to US only. All entries will be verified. Winner will have 24 hours to respond to winning email or a new winner will be chosen. Good Luck!

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Q&A with #TheRealONeals #ABCTVEvent #CaptainAmericaEvent http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/qa-therealoneals/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/qa-therealoneals/#respond Tue, 19 Apr 2016 17:29:56 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=61369 This trip is sponsored by Marvel, Disney Channel & ABC. This does not affect my opinions and they are 100% my own Part of our Captain America Event was being able to screen two episodes of The Real O’Neals and  then do Q&As with Noah Galvin (“Kenny”) and Jay R. Ferguson(“Pat”), Matt Shively (“Jimmy”) and […]

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This trip is sponsored by Marvel, Disney Channel & ABC. This does not affect my opinions and they are 100% my own

Part of our Captain America Event was being able to screen two episodes of The Real O’Neals and  then do Q&As with Noah Galvin (“Kenny”) and Jay R. Ferguson(“Pat”), Matt Shively (“Jimmy”) and Mary Hollis Inboden (“Jodi”), and Executive Producers Casey Johnson, David Windsor & Stacy Traub. They are all great in real life and on screen. Matt sat with us as we screened the two episodes and it was fun listening to him as well as talking to him about the show afterwards. Today we are sharing a little but about our interview with Noah and Jay and the Executive Producers and in a couple of weeks we will share our interview with Matt and Mary as well as more information on the latest episode that will be playing. Be sure to tune in tonight at 8:30/7:30 C on ABC to see The Real O’Neals!

Q&A with #TheRealONeals #ABCTVEvent #CaptainAmericaEvent

Tonight’s episode 8 “The Real Book Club” is about how:

Eileen faces her book club for the first time after her family’s “outing,” but things take a surprising turn when instead of shunning her the ladies begin opening up – way too much – about their own problems. Kenny’s first trip to the “gayborhood” coffee shop is everything he’d hoped for, until Pat tags along with him to a gay dodge ball match.

It is a funny episode packed with things we can all relate to. As a mom of four kids with a lot of crazy experiences growing up and since I have been married with my own kids, I can tell you there is something everyone can relate to in the show.

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Here is a little background on The Real O’Neals, if you haven’t seen it yet:

ABC‘s new comedy The Real O’Neals is a fresh take on a seemingly perfect family whose lives take an unexpected turn when surprising truths are revealed. Instead of ruining their family, the honesty triggers a new, messier chapter where everyone stops pretending to be perfect and actually starts being real. The Real O’Neals stars Martha Plimpton as Eileen, Jay R. Ferguson as Pat, Noah Galvin as Kenny, Mathew Shively as Jimmy, Bebe Wood as Shannon and Mary Hollis Inboden as Jodi.

The Real O’Neals was written by David Windsor and Casey Johnson. Executive producers are David Windsor, Casey Johnson, Brian Pines, Dan McDermott, Todd Holland, Stacy Traub and Dan Savage. The Real O’Neals is produced by ABC Studios.

“There’s always stuff from our lives that we like {putting in the show} – it just feels more authentic, you know? The stuff feels more real.” David Windsor

Q&A with #TheRealONeals #ABCTVEvent #CaptainAmericaEvent

Executive producers Casey Johnson, David Windsor and Stacy Traub for The Real O’Neals

My group first met with Casey, David and Stacy who are the Executive Producers of The Real O’Neals. They were fun to talk to and get a background on the show. We wanted to know where the idea for the show came from and David told us “Casey and I, were first approached last year from the network and studio who had tried to develop an idea with Dan Savage. So it’s sort of very loosely based on his life being a gay kid growing up in a Catholic family. We liked the idea of a family show for ABC. It’s very specific and then I sort took it and ran after that.” Casey adds “David and I have been writing have been writing together for about fifteen years, and then we wrote the pilot for this, and when we went into production on the pilot, we brought Stacy Traub on board to help us. Once it got to series, the three of us run it together which is great, especially for people with eight children between us.”

David is talking about the cast and tells us “But they’re all so amazing. They instantly bonded; they hang out with each other outside of work. They’re a family and that just makes our job so much easier because you can only write so much of that, and then rest of it has to sort of happen organically and luckily with them, they love each other so much.” You can really see this when you are around them off screen. They have a friendship that is beyond the show.

Stacy adds “From the pilot, they had that chemistry. And Jay was on Mad Men, and he said they used to always play games during the downtime, so during the pilot, he brought Catch Phrase and all these games, and he was the one who kind of was like, we’re doing this, because some actors can just go off to their trailer; they wanna do their own thing, and he really made them this family. And now they hang out- they still hang out. It’s very amazing.”

 

Noah and Jay from The Real O'Neals

Noah Galvin “Kenny” and Jay Ferguson “Pat” from The Real O’Neals

After visiting with Noah and Jay, we quickly discovered that the cast of the show is very close. Noah said “We all really know how to do the work and leave the work at work, and be able to have relationships with each other that don’t bleed into the relationships on the show”. Jay added “If anything, they enrich the relationships on the show. Because of how tight we all are, and the bonds that we form very early on, we stay with each other in between takes. We don’t go back to our rooms, really. We kinda have a common area where we like to hang out and play games and talk”.

Noah from The Real O'Neals

Noah Galvin (“Kenny”) in The Real O’Neals

Since they have finished filming season 1, we wanted to know if they have a favorite scene. Noah tells us about “The cake- I was excited to eat that cake. Like, all week, I was so stoked, and then of course, me and Martha didn’t film the take which was us on the porch eating the cake until, like, 3:00 am on Friday. And it was after three meals, they brought in pizza for the first time ever, and I was like, yes. I went a little too hard on the pizza. Then at 3:00 am, they’re like, now eat three slices of rainbow cake.”

Jay from The Real O'Neals

Jay R. Ferguson (“Pat”) in The Real O’Neals

Jay told us that he probably had a favorite scene if he thought about it, but he definitely has favorite lines. “Mine’s more about the moments that made me laugh while we were working, and those are always the ones that I look back on with the most fondness, and the ones that inevitably crack me up the most once I see it on TV.” He went on to tell us about the camping episode and when he pulls out the Luna Bar. He also tell us about  “But if I look over and any of the other guys- if their lips are quivering at all, it’s just a snowball, and then we both lose it. The end of woods moment Matt and I were basically like who’s gonna be the one? I’m not- it’s not gonna be me. It’s not gonna be me. And then he’d go, and then I’d go, or then, you know, vice versa. So there’s just a lot moments like that are my favorite moments.”

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Be sure to watch The Real O’Neals on ABC tonight at 8:30/7:30 C. We will be on Twitter during the show (@CoralieSeright) so follow #TheRealONeals as well as the cast and producers

@TheRealONeals

Cast:
Noah Galvin
(“Kenny” – @Noahegalvin)
Jay R. Ferguson(“Pat” – @jrfergjr)
Matt Shively (“Jimmy” – @MattShively1)
Mary Hollis Inboden (“Jodi” – @maryhollis)
Martha Plimpton (“Eileen” – @MarthaPlimpton)
Bebe Wood (“Shannon” – @Bebe_Wood)

Executive Producers:
Casey Johnson (@trocaseyjohnson)
David Windsor (@dwindsor789)
Stacy Traub(@stoocytroob)

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Norm of the North on DVD & Blu-Ray today! + Giveaway http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/norm-north-dvd-blu-ray-today/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/norm-north-dvd-blu-ray-today/#comments Tue, 19 Apr 2016 14:45:10 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=61387 We recently got a pre-release copy of Norm of the North (all opinions are my own). We hadn’t seen it yet and my kids couldn’t wait to watch it so we had a fun family movie night and enjoyed the film. It is a cute movie about a polar bear named Norm and his loyal […]

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We recently got a pre-release copy of Norm of the North (all opinions are my own). We hadn’t seen it yet and my kids couldn’t wait to watch it so we had a fun family movie night and enjoyed the film. It is a cute movie about a polar bear named Norm and his loyal lemming friends. He goes to great lengths to protect his home and family and it is a fun message for kids of all ages to stand up for what you believe in and to keep trying no matter what.

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From the Arctic Circle to Times Square, the North Pole Takes on New York City When the Hilarious Animated Family Comedy Arrives on Digital HD March 29 from Lionsgate.

This winter’s coolest family comedy, Norm of the North, slides onto Digital HD March 29 and Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and On Demand April 19 from Lionsgate. Telling the ultimate tale of a loveable underdog who proves anything is possible with determination and a posse of loyal lemmings, Norm of the North features the voices of Rob Schneider (Grown Ups), Heather Graham (The Hangover franchise), Ken Jeong (The Hangover franchise), Colm Meaney (Con Air), Loretta Devine (TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy”), Gabriel Iglesias (Magic Mike), Michael McElhatton (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”) and Bill Nighy (Love Actually).

Life can be a real bear—just ask Norm, a polar bear with unusual talents and a heart as big as the great outdoors. When he hears that human homes are going to be built in his Arctic backyard, Norm comes to the rescue. With a team of ragtag lemmings at his side, Norm heads to the concrete jungle of New York City on a freewheeling, fun-filled mission to stop the madness and save the Arctic.

Experience even more exhilarating adventure with special features including deleted scenes, outtakes, “The Arctic Shake” sing-along and a trivia challenge for the whole family to enjoy!

BLU-RAY COMBO PACK/DVD/DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES*
• Deleted Scenes
• “Do the Arctic Shake!” Sing-Along
• That’s Funny! The Movie’s Best Jokes & One-liners
• Arctic Challenge Trivia Game
*Subject to Change

Website: www.NormoftheNorth.com
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/NormoftheNorthMovie

Norm of the North © 2015 Norm Holdings LLC. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials TM & © 2016 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD April 19

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Interview with cast from ABC’s The Family #TheFamily #ABCTVEvent #CaptainAmericaEvent http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/interview-with-cast-from-the-family/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/interview-with-cast-from-the-family/#respond Sun, 17 Apr 2016 16:26:17 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=61344 When we were in LA for the Captain America Event we were able to meet with Zach Gilford, Alison Pill, Floriana Lima, Executive Producers Jenna Bans and Laurie Zaks and watch The Family episode 107 with them live. We had a great family style dinner, and watched the show and during commercials it was fun to talk with them about […]

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When we were in LA for the Captain America Event we were able to meet with Zach Gilford, Alison Pill, Floriana Lima, Executive Producers Jenna Bans and Laurie Zaks and watch The Family episode 107 with them live. We had a great family style dinner, and watched the show and during commercials it was fun to talk with them about what was going on. After that episode was over, we were able to watch THE FAMILY episode 108 “Sweet Jane” with them as well. This about knocked me out! I can’t believe all of the twists and turns this show is taking. You will be able to watch the episode tonight at 9/8 C, on ABC and you won’t want to miss it! If you haven’t started watching the show yet you can watch it on On Demand with Xfinity, or on the ABC website.

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In S1 E08 Sweet Jane – Claire wrestles with the emotional ramifications of Willa’s scheming. Meanwhile, Nina observes that Adam disappears every night from his home and sets out to track down his mysterious destination, while Clements investigates Jane’s connection to Doug, the pock-marked man. When the Governor’s wife threatens to reveal Claire’s drinking, Willa handles the situation by exposing another Warren family secret, potentially changing the outcome of the election. Finally, Hank makes a shocking discovery that reveals his true involvement in Adam’s kidnapping.

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ABC’s new thriller The Family follows the return of a politician’s young son who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier. As the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his family, suspicions emerge—is he really who he says he is?

The Family stars Joan Allen as Claire, Alison Pill as Willa, Margot Bingham as Sergeant Nina Meyer, Zach Gilford as Danny, Liam James as Adam, Floriana Lima as Bridey, Madeleine Arthur as Young Willa, Rarmian Newton as Young Danny, Rupert Graves as John and Andrew McCarthy as Hank.

New series The Family was written by Jenna Bans. Executive producers are Jenna Bans and Mandeville Television’s Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman and Laurie Zaks. The Family is produced by ABC Studios.

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Laurie Zaks, Zach Gilford (“Danny”), Floriana Lima (“Bridey”), Alison Pill (“Willa”) and Jenna Bans

We sat down for a Q&A with with Zach Gilford (“Danny”), Alison Pill (“Willa”), Floriana Lima (“Bridey”) and Executive Producers Jenna Bans & Laurie Zaks. It was a fun interview filled with laughter, stories and fun. We wanted to know how the idea of the plot and storyline came about and Jenna shared with us that she “lived in a house, and across the street was a sex offender, and I freaked out and got really scared. So part of it sort of came from there. The other part was ABC had been wanting to do this idea and make it into a mystery thriller. So I sort of married the two ideas.”

Because The Family is really emotional and Allison Pill who plays Willa does an amazing job in character, we wanted to know how she gets into character. She told us “First of all, we have really good writers, and it really makes sense to me. And then I think the sort of touchstone for me is the moment when me and Madeline Arthur switch places on the bed in the motel. And she’s fully frozen at thirteen. Like, she is somebody who will do anything to keep her family together. Everything else that is built up- all of this armor is only to get to her ultimate goal, which is having her entire family under one roof again. That’s it. And every- literally, everything else is driven by that, so when anything threatens that, that is like, the worst thing that can happen in the world. So all of the emotion just comes from that thought of being thirteen and trying to keep your family together.  I was a very emotional thirteen year old as most are.” This was met with laughter, because all 25 of us doing the Q&A are women and we all completely understand emotional 13 year old’s. May of us also have teenage or close to teenage daughters.

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Alison Pill who plays “Willa” in ABC’s The Family

Laurie Zaks also added “But Allison also knew from the beginning because we talked about it on the pilot even though we hadn’t figured out exactly what she had done, totally. By the time we filmed the pilot, you knew- she knew that he wasn’t her brother, so all of those cool moments in the pilot where she’s watching him in the hospital room, all of that footage that we used in seven, a lot of it we found in the pilot, and you were just doing that.” Alison does an incredible job playing Willa in the show. There is so much more to her than you see initially, and it takes time to get to know her and understand her on a deeper level. Willa is a crucial part of the show and Alison portrays her character perfectly!

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ABC’s The Family Executive Producer Laurie Zaks

I wanted to know what is it like working with different directors for different episodes. I just recently found out that they have different directors and I could only imagine how hard that would be. I wanted to hear what they thought. Alison said “It’s, it’s weird. It’s super weird” and Floriana added “It’s definitely weird to get used to somebody {different}”. Alison went on to say “It’s the hardest thing about TV. It really is because it’s not the director’s medium. And then suddenly the next day, there’s somebody new who doesn’t know your set, doesn’t know your crew, doesn’t know your camera guy’s name…” She talks about how it is a little easier with a great cast to work with and how they react and work with each other, but that it makes it hard when there are different directors and you are not sure what to expect all the time. Jenna also added that they have found a few that they really like and they have done multiple episodes which makes it easier and they do a better job because they understand the show and the set.

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Alison Pill (“Willa”) and Floriana Lima (“Bridey”) from ABC’s The Family

Alison also added “It’s really weird going back and forth to different people. Andrew- a familiar face, because he came and did three, and then five and six, and having him for all of those ones was so {nice} because you’re just like, oh, at least you’re not a stranger. Because often the sort of annoying part is, by the time you’re done eight days of shooting, you finally know this person and their vibe, and then they’re gone”

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Zach Gilford who plays “Danny” in ABC’s The Family

They started talking about Joan Allen who plays “Claire Warren” on the show and they told us about how great of an actress she is (of course we all agree 100%) and that she loves to bake! Alison said “You guys, Joan Allen is so good at acting” and Floriana added “She is. She’s really nice, too”. Alison told us that Joan made around 150 cookies from her grandmother’s recipe on her day off and took them in before their holiday break for the cast and crew of the show. All of them agreed that they were amazing cookies! They also told us that she did a baked potato bar for everyone.

Floriana added that Joan “shucked them”. Of course she meant peeled and we couldn’t stop laughing. Zach added “She shucked potatoes. Nobody shucks potatoes”. And then Floriana countered ” Nobody shucks potatoes like Joan Allen”. Of course everyone was laughing so hard. Jenna added “She’s very nice is the point” and Alison finished with “She’s great. She’s just nice” referencing Joan and everything she does on and off set.

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Floriana Lima who plays “Bridey” in ABC’s The Family

Because the show is emotional and a little darker, we wanted to know if it is hard to go back to normal after being in such a dark place? Alison told us “Not for this one. It’s funny because I say i’m not affected by it, and most of the time, I’m not. We did have this really good set full of great people. But in the scene that’s just at the end of that episode when she’s like how are you this person (referring to where Joan asked Willa about how she was the person she was), I don’t know, I couldn’t stop crying. I lost my mind on it. It’s partly just the fear of like my mother has never said anything like this to me. But sort of getting into the character and picturing my mom saying that to me, and I was panicking and then needing a really big hug from Joan at the end.”

Getting into character requires that that you pull from personal experiences and that helps you create the emotions you need to display. It can sometimes be hard to let it go in your head. Alison told us that she would take her dog on set and that would help calm her down. And she also enjoyed going home and cooking dinner and watching TV (like Veronica Mars) and relaxing. She would “carve out of time for sanity and sort of coming back to Earth and life”

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Alison Pill (“Willa”), Zach Gilford (“Danny”) and Floriana Lima (“Bridey”)

We wanted to know how many seasons could they see this show running? Jenna answered “Definitely three. I was on Scandal and were like, this can only go one season. What are we gonna do? And then you get to the end of the first season, and you’re like, oh, that’s a second season, and then in second season, you’re like, that’s obviously the third season. So somehow it always works itself out”

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Jenna Bans, Alison Pill (“Willa”), Zach Gilford (“Danny”), Floriana Lima (“Bridey”) and
Laurie Zaks

 

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The interview was a lot of fun and there was so much that was talked about! I can’t wait to see THE FAMILY episode 108 “Sweet Jane” tonight on ABC. Remember it starts at 9/8C. We will be live tweeting during the show so be sure to follow us on Twitter at @CoralieSeright, #TheFamily and #ABCTVEvent. You can also connect with Floriana Lima (“Bridey” – @florianalima) and Executive Producers Jenna Bans (@jennabans) & Laurie Zaks (@lzakshorn) on twitter.

This trip is sponsored by Marvel, Disney Channel & ABC. This does not affect my opinions and they are 100% my own

 

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Disney’s The Jungle Book Review **no spoilers** #JungleBook http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/disneys-the-jungle-book-review/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/disneys-the-jungle-book-review/#comments Fri, 15 Apr 2016 15:05:15 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=61186 While I was on the #CaptainAmericaEvent trip in LA this last weekend I was able to go to a screening of Disney’s The Jungle Book that comes out in theaters TODAY! The movie is so good! I wasn’t sure what to expect going in, and I really love the animated version, but I went in […]

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While I was on the #CaptainAmericaEvent trip in LA this last weekend I was able to go to a screening of Disney’s The Jungle Book that comes out in theaters TODAY! The movie is so good! I wasn’t sure what to expect going in, and I really love the animated version, but I went in with an open mind and was really blown away. I was watching it with an eye to how my youngest kids would possible react to certain scenes. (This is of course different for every parent as all kids are unique) but I can honestly say that I felt that the movie is not dark or scary. There are a few “make you jump” moments, but I have had that in any number of movies. There is a lot of humor as well as there is emotional and happy moments. If you are really worried, go see it first. But I know that my kids will love it, and I think your’s will too. My kids are 4-11 years old, just as a reference.

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There are so many elements of the original cartoon that Disney did that are similar, and new ones that are so perfect. The talent in the movie is eveident on and off screen. The characters Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), Baloo (voice of Bill Murray), Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson) and King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken) all do an amazing job.

As much of the movie was done in CGI, you would expect to be able to “tell”. But I can honestly tell you that it looks so real. I didn’t even question it. “The Jungle Book” seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world. The Jungle Book will immerse you in an amazing world where animals live and a small boy is part of their world. You experience his journey with him as he learns about the Jungle and who lives there.

Idris Elba as the voice of Shere Khan in Disney's The Jungle Book

Idris Elba as the voice of Shere Khan in Disney’s The Jungle Book

 

THE JUNGLE BOOK - Akela is the strong and hardened alpha-male wolf who shoulders the responsibility of his pack. He welcomes Mowgli to the family, but worries he may one day compromise their safety. "Akela is a fierce patriarch of the wolf pack," says Giancarlo Esposito, who voices the character. "He believes the strength of the pack lies in what each and every wolf offers. He's a great leader, a wise teacher." Photo by: Sarah Dunn. ©2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

THE JUNGLE BOOK – Akela is the strong and hardened alpha-male wolf who shoulders the responsibility of his pack. He welcomes Mowgli to the family, but worries he may one day compromise their safety. “Akela is a fierce patriarch of the wolf pack,” says Giancarlo Esposito, who voices the character. “He believes the strength of the pack lies in what each and every wolf offers. He’s a great leader, a wise teacher.”
Photo by: Sarah Dunn. ©2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 

THE JUNGLE BOOK - Bagheera is a sleek panther who feels it's his duty to help the man-cub depart with dignity when it's time for him to leave his jungle home. "Bagheera is Mowgli’s adoptive parent," says Ben Kingsley, who lends his voice to Bagheera. "His role in Mowgli’s life is to educate, to protect and to guide. My Bagheera was military—he’s probably a colonel. He is instantly recognizable by the way he talks, how he acts and what his ethical code is." Photo by: Sarah Dunn. ©2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

THE JUNGLE BOOK – Bagheera is a sleek panther who feels it’s his duty to help the man-cub depart with dignity when it’s time for him to leave his jungle home. “Bagheera is Mowgli’s adoptive parent,” says Ben Kingsley, who lends his voice to Bagheera. “His role in Mowgli’s life is to educate, to protect and to guide. My Bagheera was military—he’s probably a colonel. He is instantly recognizable by the way he talks, how he acts and what his ethical code is.”
Photo by: Sarah Dunn. ©2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 

Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha in Disney's The Jungle Book

Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha in Disney’s The Jungle Book

 

Scarlett Johansson as Kaa in Disney's The Jungle Book

Scarlett Johansson as Kaa in Disney’s The Jungle Book

 

Christopher Walken as King Louie in Disney's The Jungle Book

Christopher Walken as King Louie in Disney’s The Jungle Book

Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire. The all-star cast also includes Lupita Nyong’o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito as the voice of wolf pack’s alpha male Akela. “The Jungle Book” seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world. The wild adventure swings into theaters in 3D on April 15, 2016.

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We saw the screening at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles. It was so fun. We saw it in Real 3D. I truly felt like I saw standing there in the movie the whole time. This was such a fun experience, and the great movie made it that much better!

Disney's The Jungle Book Review

“The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub raised in thejungle by a family of wolves, who embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery when he’s forced to abandon the only home he’s ever known.

Notes:

  • Neel Sethi, now 12, was selected from thousands of candidates following a worldwide search for the perfect man-cub.
  • The all-star voice cast includes Oscar®-winners Ben Kingsley (“Learning to Drive,” “The Walk”), Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) and Christopher Walken (“The Deer Hunter”), as well as Bill Murray (“Lost in Translation”), Idris Elba (“Star Trek Beyond”), Scarlett Johansson (“Avengers: Age of Ultron”) and Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad’).
  • Rudyard Kipling penned the collection of short stories, “The Jungle Book,” in the early 1890s from his home in Vermont.
  • State-of-the-art technology is behind larger-than-life jungle creatures that join Neel Sethi’s Mowgli on screen in an all-new, immersive, jaw-dropping viewing experience. The film will be spectacular in 3D and IMAX 3D.

Here is a Featurette for Disney’s The Jungle Book

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Visit the official THE JUNGLE BOOK website here: http://movies.disney.com/the-jungle-book-2016

 

THE JUNGLE BOOK opens in theatres everywhere
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5 tips for sticking to a routine while traveling http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/5-tips-sticking-routine-traveling/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/5-tips-sticking-routine-traveling/#comments Fri, 15 Apr 2016 03:05:33 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=61303 This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I love traveling. I prefer to travel with my family, but I go on business trips that require I travel alone. I love getting out and seeing the world (or at least parts of the US, lol) but […]

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5 tips for sticking to a routine while traveling

I love traveling. I prefer to travel with my family, but I go on business trips that require I travel alone. I love getting out and seeing the world (or at least parts of the US, lol) but it can be really hard on my schedule and routine. Because of this, I have learned ways to help me in mind and body, cope with the rigors of traveling. Having a routine helps me so much at home, and if you travel a lot, regardless of age, a routine can really help you feel better and get you out doing what you love. Because it can be hard to stick to a routine while traveling, I love using things like a planner to schedule my time, the Nature Made Daily Boost program to help keep me on track and working out to give me more energy.

5 tips for sticking to a routine while traveling

I want to share with you 5 tips for sticking to a routine while traveling:

  1. Exercise or Workout in the mornings (this will give you more energy and wake you up)
  2. Take a vitamin supplement to help you get the nutrients you may miss will eating on the run and eat good meals
  3. Plan out your days so that you know what you will be doing and make the most of your time
  4. Use your spare time to relax and enjoy where you are visiting – business or pleasure – find time to take in the scenery
  5. Take advantage of the Nature Made Daily Boost program to get tips for reaching your health goals

Having a routine will help you feel better about your trip when you get home, knowing you were able to still do the things you are used to while on vacation and also experience new things. In sticking to a routine I feel better about getting back to my normal everyday life when I return because I still stuck to my routine when I was away. Taking a supplement (like a daily vitamin) also helps me stay more focused and I have a better overall feeling of health when I am at home or traveling. Walmart is a great place to get your Nature Made supplements and any of the other things you need for traveling or at home. When you buy Nature Made you know you are getting the nation’s #1 best-selling brand for quality vitamins, minerals and supplements and when you buy them at Walmart you know you are getting them for a great price.

5 tips for sticking to a routine while traveling

5 tips for sticking to a routine while traveling

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Family Game Night – National #Scrabble Day http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/family-game-night-national-scrabble-day/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/family-game-night-national-scrabble-day/#respond Wed, 13 Apr 2016 17:05:42 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=61309 This post is brought to you by Hasbro. All opinions are our own. Today is National #Scrabble Day so I wanted to celebrate by playing a fun game of Scrabble with my girls. We love Scrabble. It is so good for my kids – to help them be creative with words and learn how to […]

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Today is National #Scrabble Day so I wanted to celebrate by playing a fun game of Scrabble with my girls. We love Scrabble. It is so good for my kids – to help them be creative with words and learn how to spell. Scrabble is such a fun game that I grew up playing with my family and friends and so I wanted to make sure my girls (and eventually my other kids) are introduced to it. I no longer have to play it on an app on my phone, I can enjoy the game with my kids and we can laugh and argue and have fun just like I did when I was younger. It is great for teaching them spelling, reasoning, thinking through scenarios, and also some math to keep the scores tallied.

National Scrabble Day

If you haven’t played this game for a while (or ever) then I can’t encourage you enough to get it and have a Family Game Night with your spouse, kids, parents or even grandparents! It is a lot of fun and you will want to play it all the time.

National Scrabble Day

National Scrabble Day

SCRABBLE Game

(HASBRO/Ages 8 years & up/ Players: 2-4/Approx. Retail Price: $14.99/Available: Now)
The world’s favorite crossword game has never been more attractive with its brand new look in 2014.  It’s your word against mine in this the classic game of strategy, fun and creative wordplay. Use the letters in your rack to form words on the board. You don’t need to be a word whiz to enjoy a good game of SCRABBLE.  The right letters on the right squares can turn even the smallest words into big scores – Every Letter Counts! Available at most major toy retailers and HasbroToyShop.com. SCRABBLE is a trademark of Hasbro in the US and Canada only.

National Scrabble Day

What is your favorite game to play with your family?

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Captain America Event Giveaway #CaptainAmericaEvent #TeamCap http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/captain-america-event-giveaway/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/captain-america-event-giveaway/#comments Fri, 08 Apr 2016 17:00:13 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=61204 If there is one thing I love it is Marvel Super Heroes movies! Captain America is one of my favorites, and the new movie Captain America: Civil War looks AWESOME! This weekend (4/9 – 4/12) I will be in Los Angeles for the #CaptainAmericaEvent and having so much fun! READ ABOUT THE TRIP HERE. Twenty-five bloggers, […]

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If there is one thing I love it is Marvel Super Heroes movies! Captain America is one of my favorites, and the new movie Captain America: Civil War looks AWESOME! This weekend (4/9 – 4/12) I will be in Los Angeles for the #CaptainAmericaEvent and having so much fun! READ ABOUT THE TRIP HERE. Twenty-five bloggers, including myself, will be there for the ultimate #CaptainAmericaEvent! This will include exclusive photos and interviews with the cast of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, as well as exclusive from a few hot new ABC TV shows. And, we’ll have more exclusives leading up to, and even after, the release of Captain America: Civil War in theaters May 6!

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You’ll definitely want to follow along using the #CaptainAmericaEvent hashtag as well as the other hashtags below. I am cheering for #TeamCap so watch for me posting on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with the #CaptainAmericaEvent and #TeamCap hashtags and follow along!

So whose side are you on? Are you a #TeamCap supporter, or do you hope to see #TeamIronMan reign? No matter which team you choose, you definitely don’t want to miss this amazing giveaway!

One lucky follower will win a Captain America: Civil Ware Ultimate Fan Prize Pack Giveaway, valued at over $300! The prize pack includes:

(1) Disney Infinity 3.0 Starter Pack (in whichever platform the winner wants)
(1) Marvel Battlegrounds Play Set
(1) Ant-Man Disney Infinity character
(1) Black Panther Disney Infinity character
(1) Vision Disney Infinity character
(1) Black Suit Spider-Man Disney Infinity character
(1) Marvel Battlegrounds Power Disc
(1) #TeamCap American Tourister 20″ Spinner Luggage
(1) Funko Marvel Captain America Figure
(1) Captain America: The First Avenger / Captain America: The Winter Soldier Blu-Ray Double Pack

Entering to win is so easy!

ANSWER THIS QUESTION in the comment section below and you’ll earn an entry just for answering!

What is your favorite scene from the Marvel Super Heroes movies?

 

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I am going to LA for the #CaptainAmericaEvent #TeamCap – Follow along 4/9-4/12 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/i-am-going-to-la-for-the-captainamericaevent-teamcap/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/i-am-going-to-la-for-the-captainamericaevent-teamcap/#respond Thu, 07 Apr 2016 23:40:25 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=61284 I am going to LA this weekend (follow along 4/9-4/12) for the #CaptainAmericaEvent for the new Captain America: Civil War movie coming to theaters May 6! This coming weekend is going to be epic! I mean totally mind-blowing overloads of Marvel, ABC and Disney! I cannot wait. I am cheering for #TeamCap so watch for […]

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I am going to LA this weekend (follow along 4/9-4/12) for the #CaptainAmericaEvent for the new Captain America: Civil War movie coming to theaters May 6! This coming weekend is going to be epic! I mean totally mind-blowing overloads of Marvel, ABC and Disney! I cannot wait. I am cheering for #TeamCap so watch for me posting on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with the #CaptainAmericaEvent and #TeamCap hashtags and follow along!

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This will be an amazing trip packed with a screening of the Captain America: Civil War movie, and TBD talent interviews with talent from the movie. A sneak peek at the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie “Adventures in Babysitting” inspired by the hugely popular 1980s film of the same name and interviews of some of the cast. We will get to meet Jenna Bans, the creator & executive producer of ABC’s new drama, “The Family” (Sundays at 9/8c), as well as some of the cast, for a family-style dinner and interviews. And we will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes of the newest addition to #TGIT on ABC: In “The Catch” (from the producers of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder”).  If all of this isn’t enough we will also get to go toThe El Captitan Theater for a screening for the new Disney’s Jungle Book movie that comes out in theaters this weekend, and screen an episode of The Real ‘O Neals and interview cast from the show. I am honestly so excited for everything!

Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR trailer

Captain America is one of my favorites – next to Iron Man – so this movie really have me torn. It is Captain America vs. Iron Man and I can’t wait to see how the movie plays out! A couple of new characters will be introduced and several of our favorites will star in this heart pounding movie!

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire  for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Frank Grillo and Martin Freeman, with William Hurt and Daniel Brühl.

Anthony & Joe Russo are directing with Kevin Feige producing. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Nate Moore and Stan Lee are the executive producers. The screenplay is by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. Get ready to pick a side and join the nonstop action playing out on two fronts when Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” opens in U.S. theaters on May 6, 2016. Here is the trailer.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (5/6/15) on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CaptainAmerica), Twitter (https://twitter.com/CaptainAmerica), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/marvel) and their website (http://marvel.com/captainamerica).

 

 

Disney's Adventures in Babysitting

We get to screen the Disney Channel Original Movie “Adventures in Babysitting” inspired by the hugely popular 1980s film of the same name. It stars Sabrina Carpenter (of Disney Channel’s hit comedy series “Girl Meets World”) and Sofia Carson (of the hit Disney Channel Original Movie “Descendants”). In “Adventures in Babysitting,” a dull evening for two competing babysitters, Jenny (Sabrina Carpenter) and Lola (Sofia Carson), turns into an adventure in the big city as they hunt for one of the kids who somehow snuck away.  We will also be doing a Q+A and pictures with Sabrina Carpenter (“Jenny” –@SabrinaAnnLynn) & Sofia Carson (“Luci” –@SofiaCarson)!

Learn more about ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/DisneyChannel) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/DisneyChannelPR).

 

 

abc The Family

We will get to have dinner and a Q&A with some of the cast and the executive producer of ABC’s new drama, “The Family” (Sundays at 9/8c), as well as available cast, for a family-style dinner, some live tweeting of episode 7, as well as a special sneak preview of episode 8 along with a Q&A with Zach Gilford (“Danny”), Alison Pill (“Willa”), Floriana Lima (“Bridey” – @florianalima) and Executive Producer Jenna Bans (@jennabans). If you haven’t been watching this movie start at the beginning and get caught up. It will throw you for a loop over and over.

Follow THE FAMILY on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheFamilyABC), Twitter (https://twitter.com/TheFamily), and the website (http://abc.go.com/shows/the-family)

 

 

abc The Catch

We will also go behind the scenes of the newest addition to #TGIT on ABC: In “The Catch” (from the producers of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder”), Alice Vaughan is LA’s top private investigator, but when her fiancé Benjamin Jones cons her out of millions and disappears, she goes on a private mission for payback stopping at nothing to catch her man. “The Catch” is on Thursdays at 10/9c.

THE CATCH on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheCatchABC), Twitter (https://twitter.com/ABC_TheCatch), and the website (http://abc.go.com/shows/the-catch).

 

RealOneals

We will also be able to screen upcoming episodes of THE REAL O’NEALS interview Noah Galvin,(“Kenny” – @Noahegalvin), Jay R. Ferguson (“Pat” – @jrfergjr), Matt Shively (“Jimmy” –@MattShively1), Mary Hollis Inboden (“Jodi” – @maryhollis) and Executive Producers Casey Johnson (@trocaseyjohnson), David Windsor (@dwindsor789) & Stacy Traub (@stoocytroob). The Real O’Neals airs Tuesdays at 8:30/7:30c on ABC.

Follow THE REAL O’NEALS on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheRealONeals), Twitter (https://twitter.com/TheRealONeals), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/TheRealONeals/), and the website (http://abc.go.com/shows/the-real-oneals).

 

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We get to go to the El Capitan Theatre for a special Screening of THE JUNGLE BOOK which comes out 4/15/16.  I love this theater and can’t wait to watch this movie there.

Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire. The all-star cast also includes Lupita Nyong’o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito as the voice of wolf pack’s alpha male Akela. “The Jungle Book” seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world. The wild adventure swings into theaters in 3D on April 15, 2016. For more information, check out Disney.com/thejunglebook, on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyJungleBook, and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thejunglebook and Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/disneythejunglebook/.

 

 

This trip is sponsored by Marvel, Disney Channel & ABC. This does not affect my opinions and they are 100% my own

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Emerald Pool Trails Hike Zion National Park http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/emerald-pool-trails-hike-zion-national-park/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/emerald-pool-trails-hike-zion-national-park/#comments Wed, 06 Apr 2016 16:56:05 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=61210 The Emerald Pool Trail Hike in Zion National Park is fun and easy enough for almost everyone. We took our family (ages 4+) on this hike and they all did fine. You will want to watch your little ones since the trail in a drop off on one side and there is no barrier. The […]

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The Emerald Pool Trail Hike in Zion National Park is fun and easy enough for almost everyone. We took our family (ages 4+) on this hike and they all did fine. You will want to watch your little ones since the trail in a drop off on one side and there is no barrier. The hike starts right across the street from the Zion Lodge. There is a beautiful bridge that you will cross to get to the trailhead.

Emerald Pool Trails Hike Zion National Park

The hike into the Lower Emerald Pool is about 1.2 miles and 1 hour round trip. Since we only came in this way – I would say that it took us about 30 minutes to get to the Lower Emerald Pool, and that was with a short detour to explore a little bit on the way (see the picture of my son sitting in the mountain below). When we reached the Lower Emerald Pool, I was in awe at how beautiful the walkway around the mountain is. There are two different falls that come off right here (at least when we were there) and you can expect to get slightly wet (maybe more depending on amount of runoff) when you pass under them. The first one is the worst, so be sure to protect any electronics. You will also want to be careful since it can be a little slippery. From here we made our way around and up the trail to the Upper Emerald Pool and this is where we discovered the Middle Emerald Pool – which is a fantastic place to take a break and enjoy the beautiful view.

Emerald Pool Trails Hike Zion National Park

Emerald Pool Trails Hike Zion National Park

Emerald Pool Trails Hike Zion National Park

Emerald Pool Trails Hike Zion National Park

Emerald Pool Trails Hike Zion National Park

Emerald Pool Trails Hike Zion National Park

Emerald Pool Trails Hike Zion National Park

Emerald Pool Trails Hike Zion National Park

Emerald Pool Trails Hike Zion National Park

Emerald Pool Trails Hike Zion National Park

The hike up to the Upper Emerald Pool is about 0.5 miles from the Middle Emerald Pool – and the Middle Emerald Pool is about 0.4 miles above the Lower Emerald Pool. If you were to hike straight in to the Upper Emerald Pool from the trailhead it is about 1.5 miles in and would take about about an hour. The hike from the trailhead to the Lower Emerald Pool is easy and not strenuous. The hike up to the Middle Emerald Pool from the Lower Emerald Pool is steep but short and worth the effort to get up there. From the Middle Emerald Pool to the Upper Emerald Pool is steep and sandy and rocky but a beautiful hike with great views. All of them were doable by our kids age 4+.

Emerald Pool Trails Hike Zion National Park

Emerald Pool Trails Hike Zion National Park

Emerald Pool Trails Hike Zion National Park

Emerald Pool Trails Hike Zion National Park

Emerald Pool Trails Hike Zion National Park

Emerald Pool Trails Hike Zion National Park

Emerald Pool Trails Hike Zion National Park

This is a beautiful place to visit and we loved the green Emerald water and the views of Zion Park from up here. We left this area via the Kayenta Trail, and I will be sharing about that soon!

Things to note:

  • Be sure to use the potty before starting up the trail. There are no facilities until you come back down or exit out at The Grotto if you leave via the Kayenta trail.
  • We packed a lunch to eat, and we brought lots of water.
  • I would also recommend sunscreen – even in late March we were getting sunburns.
  • The temperatures in Zion in March can vary – but for us this year they have stayed in the 60-70’s during the day and about 30-40’s at night. Not bad for us since we are used to the colder weather.
  • Take jackets with you because the shady areas get chilly – especially when it is breezy. 
  • Emerald Pool Trail consists of a lower pool trail hike and an upper pool trail hike, but there is also a middle pool right above the lower pool that is amazing and so fun for the kids.
  • The trail is paved the whole way with minimal interference so it is ok for strollers. You will have to come back out this same way since the trail to Upper Emerald Pool is to rocky and steep.

You can learn more about Hiking in Zion National Park here

Have you been on the Emerald Pool Trail in Zion before? What was your experience?

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5 poison prevention tips for your home http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/5-poison-prevention-tips-home/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/5-poison-prevention-tips-home/#respond Tue, 05 Apr 2016 16:52:32 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=61258 This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. All opinions are 100% mine. I am sharing 5 poison prevention tips for your home. Being a parent is hard work. I love being a mom to my four little rascals, but it can be stressful and a lot of time. Keeping […]

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. All opinions are 100% mine. I am sharing 5 poison prevention tips for your home.

Being a parent is hard work. I love being a mom to my four little rascals, but it can be stressful and a lot of time. Keeping kids safe and happy and healthy have always been my top priorities. When they are new babies, all you want is sleep. As toddlers all you want is for then to relax for 2 minutes.  At preschool and school age you lament over how fast they are growing and want to hold on to tem forever. It is fun watching them grow, learn and experience life on their journey, but there are so many road blocks set up that you have to be there to help them through the detours. Mistakes and accidents will happen, but we as parents can do our part to help prevent some of them. Things like online safety, poison prevention, resistance to drugs and alcohol, etc are all important things we need to yeah our children from a young age.

Poison Prevention

Read more about Poison Safety on MakeSafeHappen.com

There is no guide of the dos and don’ts, but can constantly strive to make informed decisions about the well-being of our family. The Make Safe Happen program is dedicated to reducing accidental injury in children. Did you know this is the leading cause of death in children? Nearly nine million children are treated at emergency rooms across the country and more than 9,000 children die each year due to accidental injuries {information according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention}. This number is staggering. I have been in the emergency room with my kids a few times and it is a scary situation. Because I want to make my home safer, I have taken advantage of the tools an resources of the Make Safe Happen website as well as the app (for iOS and android) as well as the local safety events launched by Nationwide in 2015. Nationwide has been a champion for child safety and well-being for more than 60 years.

5 poison prevention tips for your home

March 20-26 was Poison Prevention Week. If you didn’t get a chance to review safety and prevention tips with your family, now is a great time. Children have a way of getting into everything which is why 9 out of 10 poisonings occur in the home. From cleaners to medicines and household items, there is so much around us that could be a risk. Make sure you talk to your kids from a very young age and educate them about what is safe and what is not. Some of the more modern poisoning risks include: hand sanitizers, laundry packets, e-­‐cigarettes and button batteries.  Some of these things I never even thought of.  Here are 5 poison prevention tips for your home:

  1. Keep your cleaners and medicines out of children reach or use cabinet locks to keep kids from getting into them.
  2. Make sure things like batteries, laundry products, even plant food are out of reach of children.
  3. Properly dispose of medicines, cleaners and other items that you no longer need.
  4. Talk to your kids and educate them about what is safe and what is not and why.
  5. Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home

Poisonings can be scary. It is good to be prepared it something happens.  According to the CDC, “Every day, over 300 children in the U.S. ages 0 to 19 are treated in an emergency department, and two children die, as a result of being poisoned”. Here are Five Toxic Products To Put On Your Watch List:

Five Toxic Products To Put On Your Watch List

Things you might not think about, but we need to be careful with. Be safe and take precautions. It is so much easier to prevent poisonings then to try and treat them. Learn more about Poison Prevention on the MakeSafeHappen.com website and here

Nationwide Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/nationwide
Nationwide Twitter page: https://twitter.com/Nationwide

Also be sure to download and use the Make Safe Happen App: http://makesafehappen.com/get-the-app

 

 

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10 ways to help your kids succeed at sports http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/10-ways-help-kids-succeed-sports/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/10-ways-help-kids-succeed-sports/#respond Fri, 01 Apr 2016 16:18:03 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=61257 Having kids in sports is a lot of fun, but it is a lot of work. They spend a lot of time working hard to get better at what they are doing and so as a mom, I want to make sure they are being taken care of. In order for them to be successful, […]

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Having kids in sports is a lot of fun, but it is a lot of work. They spend a lot of time working hard to get better at what they are doing and so as a mom, I want to make sure they are being taken care of. In order for them to be successful, they have to not only work hard and develop the talents they need to play well, but also to be physically and mentally strong. I have three kids in softball/baseball this spring and another one doing dance. They all want to be their best, so I am always looking for ways to help them succeed and do their best. From a good diet and exercise, to making sure they are getting enough sleep and having fun at what they are doing – there are so many different ways parents can help. I played sports growing up – softball, volleyball and a few other things, but basketball was my love. I practiced 3-4 hours a day from when I was about 12 until I graduated high school, and my parents were my rock during these years always standing beside me. I still love basketball to this day and enjoy it whenever I can. My husband played sports as well and so we both know the importance of having good supportive parents.

10 ways to help your kids succeed at sports

I want to share 10 ways to help your kids succeed at sports:

  1. Make sure they get enough sleep regularly, and especially before games
  2. Encourage them to drink lots of water and cut back on sugary drinks and soda
  3. Help them eat a balanced diet
  4. Stock up on fresh fruits and veggies and other nutritious foods for snacks10 ways to help your kids succeed at sports
  5. Make sure they fuel up before a game (my kids love to have a glass of TruMoo Chocolate Milk)
  6. Be encouraging and positive whenever you are helping them
  7. Make sure they have the right equipment for the sport they are playing so they can be confident and play well
  8. Practice with them so they can get better
  9. Let them know that winning isn’t everything, but doing their best and working hard
  10. Encourage them to have good sportsmanship and to smile and have fun

These are just some of the ways you can help your kids succeed in sports. Remember to make it fun and help them do their best. Pre and Post game routine is important. My kids love having TruMoo Chocolate Milk right before a game and afterwards when they are winding down. Because it as NO artificial growth hormones*, NO high fructose corn syrup and a delicious taste kids love. That is another reason that we get DairyPure brand milk. It is the only brand of milk backed by the exclusive 5-Point Purity Promise. My kids love the taste and I know that it is good for them.

*No significant difference has been shown between milk derived from cows treated with the artificial growth hormone rbST and non-rbST-treated cows.

10 ways to help your kids succeed at sports
10 ways to help your kids succeed at sports
10 ways to help your kids succeed at sports

10 ways to help your kids succeed at sports

Learn more about DairyPure brand milk and TruMoo and how they are great for your kids in sports and everyday life.

What do you do to help your kids succeed at sports?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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25 Magic Eraser Cleaning Hacks {that will save your sanity} http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/25-magic-eraser-cleaning-hacks-will-save-sanity/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/25-magic-eraser-cleaning-hacks-will-save-sanity/#comments Thu, 31 Mar 2016 18:36:38 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=61245 This review was made possible by iConnect and Mr. Clean.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are my 100% mine. I am sharing 25 Magic Eraser Cleaning Hacks {that will save your sanity} I don’t mind cleaning. I actually find it enjoyable – but when I am cleaning up 10 times a […]

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This review was made possible by iConnect and Mr. Clean.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are my 100% mine. I am sharing 25 Magic Eraser Cleaning Hacks {that will save your sanity}

25 Magic Eraser Cleaning Hacks {that will save your sanity}

I don’t mind cleaning. I actually find it enjoyable – but when I am cleaning up 10 times a day after four busy kids and two pets, I find that I need a more simple way to do things. I was looking for a way to help me accomplish more in less time, using as little tools as possible – and that is when I discovered how amazingly easy and convenient the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is. I found more than 25 uses for the Magic Eraser in my house, but this list will get you well on your way to a cleaner house (and family) in less time. It brings the muscle so you don’t have to and you will have a sparkling house with less time and effort! Are you ready? Check this out…

25 Magic Eraser Cleaning Hacks {that will save your sanity}

25 Magic Eraser Cleaning Hacks {that will save your sanity}

      1. Clean scuffs and marks from shoes
      2. Clean tarnished silver
      3. Remove marks, dirt and grim from your walls
      4. Clean dolls and toys
      5. Remove grimy grease from oven hood, range and microwave
      6.  Clean banisters and railing
      7. Remove pet “smears” on your windows
      8. Remove grime from your shower/tub
      9. Clean vinyl siding on your house
      10. Remove certain stains from your counters and floors
      11. Remove paint from door hardware
      12. Gets rid of adhesive residue
      13. Clean inside and outside of plastic coolers
      14. Removes grease and grime from most non-porous surfaces.
      15. Removes soot off walls25 Magic Eraser Cleaning Hacks {that will save your sanity}
      16. Removes nail polish stains or spills
      17. Clean your grill grates or oven racks
      18. Clean ceramic and cement flower pots, bird baths and lawn ornaments
      19. Removes brown spots on cookware
      20. Clean your car tires, upholstery, and interior of your car
      21. Clean oven door
      22. Clean tile and grout
      23. Clean and shine faucets and other fixtures
      24. Remove crayon from walls
      25. Remove bugs from your car’s windshield, bumper and grille

25 Magic Eraser Cleaning Hacks {that will save your sanity}

This is a small list to get you going. There is just so much you can do with Mr. Clean Magic Erasers and I know you will wonder – why didn’t I do this before! Jillian Harris also likes to clean smart – not hard and so she shares her dirty little secret when it comes to cleaning – Mr. Clean Magic Eraser…

It doesn’t matter if you are cleaning around your house everyday or if you are spring cleaning, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is tough on dirt, grime and grease all around your house – inside and out. I want you to be able to clean like I have and enjoy the nice spring weather – so I am excited to offer a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Prize Pack giveaway.

Mr Clean Prize Pack Giveaway

The winner will receive a prize pack worth $50 and includes:

  • 2 Boxes of Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Extra Power
  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Tip Sheet
  • Mr. Clean branded umbrella
  • Lemonade pitcher
  • Teavana Strawberry Lemonade Herbal Tea
  • $10 Sephora gift card

Giveaway is open to US only. Must be 18 or older to enter. Giveaway runs from 3/31-4/15. All entries will be verified. Winner will have 24 hours to respond to winning email or another winner will be chosen. Good Luck!

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5 ways to keep your cat healthy and happy http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/5-ways-keep-cat-healthy-happy/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/5-ways-keep-cat-healthy-happy/#comments Wed, 30 Mar 2016 16:04:51 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=61121 We love our sweet cat. He has been in our family for almost 13 years now and he is as much a part of the family as any of us (and he knows it, too!). We want him to be with us as long as possible, so we take care of him the best we can to make […]

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We love our sweet cat. He has been in our family for almost 13 years now and he is as much a part of the family as any of us (and he knows it, too!). We want him to be with us as long as possible, so we take care of him the best we can to make sure he is healthy and happy. He loves play time, snuggle time, and especially meal time. Doing what we can to make him happy is just a small part. He brings so much joy to my kids. They love him — and often fight over him — so I know he needs a good diet and exercise to stay healthy and be with us as long as possible. We found the new Purina Pro Plan Shredded Blend cat food, and since he has started eating it, I can see a difference in him.

5 ways to keep your cat healthy and happy

The food itself has really tender meaty pieces. He LOVES that. I can’t tell you how often he tried to snitch meat from the kids’ plates or from the kitchen when no one was looking. But since we started feeding him the Purina Pro Plan Shredded Blend cat food, he just wants his own tender meaty pieces and crunchy kibble. Not only does it taste good to him, but it is good for him. Real chicken or salmon is the first ingredient. Both varieties have omega fatty acids for a healthy coat and skin, as well as prebiotic fiber to help promote digestive health.

5 ways to keep your cat healthy and happy

5 ways to keep your cat healthy and happy

I honestly can’t remember a time in my life when I haven’t had a cat. Even when I was at college I had one at home that I saw every weekend. Cats are great friends and great for kids. (Of course, we have a dog that we and the kids love very much, too!) I want to share five ways to keep your cat happy and healthy:

  1. Give your cat attention. Play games, snuggle, pet and make time for him/her.
  2. Feed him/her a healthy cat food (like Purina Pro Plan Shredded Blend) that will give him/her nutrition, taste and texture.
  3. Make sure to have perches by the windows or on shelves so they can see outside, as well as a bed/box that he/she can sleep in.
  4. Plant little pots of catnip and cat grass in a sunny window for your cat to enjoy.
  5. Have toys/scratching posts available for him/her to play with when you are not available. Sprinkle a little catnip in the area to make it more exciting.

5 ways to keep your cat healthy and happy

5 ways to keep your cat healthy and happy

Having a cat is so good for my heart. He gives me more than even I realize sometimes. I want to take the best care of him, which is why I love the new Purina Pro Plan Shredded Blend. It combines great ingredients to make an amazing food for him that I can trust. We love our cat and want to give him the best, so we give him the best cat food. Try Purina Pro Plan Shredded Blend
for your cat.

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5 unique travel games for kids http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/5-unique-travel-games-kids/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/5-unique-travel-games-kids/#respond Fri, 25 Mar 2016 16:09:32 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=61064 I’m sharing #MrSketchScentedCrayons in my life as part of an Mr. Sketch sponsored series for Socialstars™. I am sharing 5 unique travel games for kids. We love traveling so we are always going some place new to investigate and explore, but my kids, while the love the destinations, don’t always love the journey. While we […]

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I’m sharing #MrSketchScentedCrayons in my life as part of an Mr. Sketch sponsored series for Socialstars™. I am sharing 5 unique travel games for kids.

We love traveling so we are always going some place new to investigate and explore, but my kids, while the love the destinations, don’t always love the journey. While we are working on getting the to appreciate the journey to where we are going, we have to keep them entertained. They are still young and like to be busy all the time. So I have done a lot of researching and creating and have came up with 5 unique travel games for kids that will keep them interested and entertained on your journey. My kids are ages 4-11 and they all love it. So I am sure that your kids will love these as well 🙂

5 unique travel games for kids

1. Travel Map with scavenger hunt

This is something that you will have to create. Be sure to include landmarks and stops and other things. Have checkpoints where they can get a treat/toy for doing certain things and following along. Have things on the side that they need to find that you know will pass on your trip (signs, animals, landmarks, colors of cars, etc). I got the new Mr. Sketch Scented Twistable Crayons™ for them to draw with and color on their maps, and they fell in love. My daughter told me “my picture even smells good”. It really does. It is so fun for them. Not only do the Mr. Sketch crayons come in a great variety of colors, but the smells are really good and fruity!

5 unique travel games for kids2. Vacation Scrapbook

Have them take pictures with a camera or their phone while you are traveling. You will also print out this fun vacation scrapbook and give one to each kid to write in and/or color in along the way so they can keep the memories of the trip fresh and not forget anything. When you get home, get some of the pictures printed and add them to the book so they have a fun scrapbook of the trip that they made all on their own.

3.  Paper or Magnetic Dolls or Animals

Make or buy paper or magnetic dolls or animals that the kids can play with. You can help them make clothes, accessories, and other fun things.  Color them with your Mr. Sketch crayons then have hours of fun!

4. Sticker books

My kids love stickers and it is so much fun to create a fun book that represents your style and views. I made these fun sticker books (free printable here) that you can print out and put together for each of your kids. You can get a big pack of stickers for them to share. They can draw pictures or stories and add the stickers. It is a lot of fun and takes up a lot of time, not only giving them a creative outlet but also is a great reminder of the trip.

5. Trip bag and cookie sheet

Fill your Trip Bag with crayons, paper, stickers, books, games, magnets and other fun items and a Cookie Sheet (we got ours at the dollar store). It becomes their “work station” for the trip and a fun place to play on. This is another great place to use the Mr. Sketch crayonsThey come in a nice pack (made of plastic) so you don’t have to worry about your kids ripping it, and the crayons smell good and have great colors!

5 unique travel games for kids

5 unique travel games for kids

 

Traveling with kids, especially during Spring break can be trying, but with fun games and activities, you will be sure to have a great time and the kids will be able to learn and enjoy the trip that much more. These travel games for kids are just a few of the ideas you can use. I would love to hear what you do with your kids when you travel to keep them entertained and interested.

Leave a comment below telling me about your travel games for kids.

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5 ways to keep your home smelling fresh {even with pets} http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/5-ways-keep-home-smelling-fresh-even-pets/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/5-ways-keep-home-smelling-fresh-even-pets/#comments Thu, 24 Mar 2016 22:23:49 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=61084 This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fresh Step at Target. All opinions are 100% mine. There is *almost* nothing I hate more than walking into a house (even my own) and getting hit in the face by that “pet smell”. I hate pet smell, and so I am always doing […]

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fresh Step at Target. All opinions are 100% mine.

There is *almost* nothing I hate more than walking into a house (even my own) and getting hit in the face by that “pet smell”. I hate pet smell, and so I am always doing what I can to keep my home smelling fresh. I have a dog and a cat – while the dog is outdoors most of the time, the cat is always indoors. Between the litter box and other house smells like laundry, garbage, dishes, etc. I find that I have to have a system in place to keep up with it all and do what I can to get rid of odors and help keep things clean and smelling good. I want to share 5 ways to keep your home smelling fresh that will keep your home looking and smelling good. 5 ways to keep your home smelling fresh {even with pets} To keep your home fresh and smelling good can be a challenge no matter what. Add in pets, kids and life and it is a constant battle for me. I like to do things that make it easier for me to do what I need to do and have things that save time. I like shopping at Target because I can get great deals on things that I need, like the NEW Fresh Step® with the Power of Febreze™. It eliminates odors and keeps our house smelling fresh which helps me be more productive doing all the other things on my to-do list, so I am not constantly worrying about pet smell in our house. I have been using it for a while now and have noticed a huge difference. The litter even has a fresh smell to it a few weeks after being in the litter box (of course it has been regularly cleaned). I am amazed at how well it really works. Want to try it? From 3/20-3/26, you will receive a $5 Target Gift card if you buy 2 Fresh Step® litter boxes. This is a great deal – so be sure to take advantage of this great offer Available at Target! 5 ways to keep your home smelling fresh {even with pets} 5 ways to keep your home smelling fresh {even with pets} Pets can cause a smell in your home, but they are not the only that cause odors. I want to share 5 ways to keep your home smelling fresh {even with pets} so that you can look for things that may b causing odors and eliminate them with NEW Fresh Step® with the Power of Febreze™ and other Febreze™ products.

  1. Gather and take out all of the garbage’s at least every other day, and spraying the inside of your garbage cans with a disinfectant.
  2. Keeping your sinks and counters free of dishes and making sure the dishwasher runs regularly so dirty dishes don’t sit in the sink or dishwasher
  3. Getting a good quality Odor Control litter for your and cat cleaning the litter box at least once a week (depending on how many cats you have)
  4. Making sure that the laundry is done regularly and immediately washing any wet clothes/towels/bedding.
  5. Keeping  food off of the pantry and kitchen floor and also the counters and make sure you clean out the fridge regularly.

These are just a few ways you can keep your house smelling more fresh and keep it looking nice. I would love to hear your tips and tricks. 5 ways to keep your home smelling fresh {even with pets} Share your own photos of the NEW Fresh Step® with the Power of Febreze™ in store as well as at home and let us know what you think. And don’t forget that from 3/20-3/26 when you Buy 2 Febreze™ you get a $5 Target Giftcard Available at Target .

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10 ways to relax as a busy mom http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/ways-relax-busy-mom/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/ways-relax-busy-mom/#respond Wed, 23 Mar 2016 19:21:56 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=61176 This is post is brought to you by SheSpeaks/MARS. I am sharing 10 ways to relax as a busy mom. Being a mom is a tough job. 24-7-365. I love my babies and so for me it is part of who I am…mom. But I still need to know that I have me time. Everyday […]

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Being a mom is a tough job. 24-7-365. I love my babies and so for me it is part of who I am…mom. But I still need to know that I have me time. Everyday there is cleaning, cooking, working, cleaning, cooking, running to sports and music practices, cleaning and cooking, shopping, working, and did I mention cleaning? I feel like I am being pulled in a million directions all the time and I hardly take time to relax. This can be bad for everyone because then I get grouchy and temperamental, That is never great for anyone – so I have been making goals for myself to make sure that I find ways to relax as a busy mom. This isn’t always easy, but my kids have been great to help more and I have been able to realize I don’t need to feel guilty about taking 30 minutes for myself.

10 ways to relax as a busy mom

There so are many different ways you can find relaxation as a mom, but very often we don’t get the chance or don’t take the chance to relax. This has been my biggest challenge. I want to share some of the things I have learned and what has worked for me and what hasn’t. With four kids, life is crazy. There is just no other way to put it. Keeping things in order takes time and energy, and I gladly do it, over and over and over in hopes that things will someday stay that way. I have a feeling my house will never really be clean again until all my kids have moved out – but I am OK with that. We have fun and play and live.

But I still need to take time to relax – so I want to share 10 ways you can relax as a busy mom…

  1. Put the kids to bed a little earlier and spend time watching a favorite TV show, movie or spending time with your hubby
  2. Take a break during the day (maybe over lunch) and spend time reading
  3. Take a nap (maybe even with your kids)
  4. Get your better half to watch the kids and have a girls night out with some of your friends
  5. Go get a mani/pedi, do some (inexpensive) shopping, or go out to lunch
  6. Find something you love (like cooking, sewing, crafting, etc) and spend time doing it every day
  7. Make a schedule so that you can manage your time better
  8. Have some “special” snacks on hand that you can treat yourself with when you take a break
  9. Make a chore chart for your kids/family so that everyone is helping equally with the household responsibilities
  10. Exercise/go for a walk to clear your mind

10 ways to relax as a busy mom

10 ways to relax as a busy mom

As a mother I want to tell you, take time for yourself. You will be happier and find great joy in everything. Remember that it doesn’t last forever and to enjoy the crazy roller-coaster that you are on. Before you know it, the ride will be over and you will wonder where the time went. I am enjoying every crazy minute, even if it makes me a little crazy in the meantime 😉

10 ways to relax as a busy mom

One of my favorite treats is the new SNICKERS Crisper. It helps me return to some form of normalcy after a crazy stressful day. It gives me a boost and gets me smiling again. I pick these up at Walmart when I am shopping (of course I love to snack on one on the way home). They are only 100 calories and I like getting the fun size bag so that I can share them with my kiddos and hubby. Find something in your life that you love and take the time to enjoy it for you. Time time for yourself, but make sure that you are not sacrificing time with your family and missing important things.

10 ways to relax as a busy mom

What makes you feel like a “person” again when you lose yourself in “angry mom” mode? I would love to hear how you deal with the stresses of being a mom.

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5 ways to help your child feel more confident http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/5-ways-to-help-your-child-feel-more-confident/ Wed, 23 Mar 2016 16:11:28 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=61123 Having kids is such a blessing in my life. I want them to be able to achieve their dreams, and have fun and be happy along the way. I know that it is not always sunshine but as a mom and a parent of four kids I can tell you that I am a huge influence in […]

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Having kids is such a blessing in my life. I want them to be able to achieve their dreams, and have fun and be happy along the way. I know that it is not always sunshine but as a mom and a parent of four kids I can tell you that I am a huge influence in their lives – whether good or bad. I try to be the best I can so that I am a positive influence, but I am only human. I guess it is good that there are bad times so that we can talk about them and be more grateful for all of the good ones. Because I want them to be successful, happy and confident, I have done everything I can to help them with the things they have expressed interest in. From education to music, sports and even domestic things like cooking or learning to sew, I have been there to help them or put in a program that can teach them. When they learn things and become good at them, they develop confidence and I love to see them grow and learn. Even though they are a little different (my second oldest daughter has glasses and has had them since she was 5) they are still so much alike and love the same things.  I am so glad that she didn’t let wearing glasses change her attitude because she has been excited to experience everything her older sister did and have the same opportunists with things like sports. I never really wore glasses but my husband does and so does a lot of my family members so they weren’t something that I saw as an impediment. With encouragement from us and good coaches and friends she has found that she really excels and a lot of things and with a good pair of glasses that help her see good, she can accomplish anything she sets her mind to.

5 ways to help your child feel more confident

Having confidence is so important in kids – it helps them be leaders and make good choices. It allows them a freedom to try new things without worrying about being teased or failing and it also helps them become more responsible. I want them to be confident, kind and happy. I want to share 5 ways to help your child feel more confident:

  1. Always be encouraging, kind and helpful. Teach them through example.
  2. Listen to them and help them through their problems. Sometimes they just need someone to listen to, but you very often will have to be their champion.
  3. Understand that they are still learning and growing and be ready to teach them and talk with them about everything. Don’t make them fell bad about not knowing something.
  4. Put them into sports, dance, music, culinary or other programs that will give them a chance to learn new skills and help them feel a sense of accomplishment.
  5. Make sure they have nice (or nicer) clothes, glasses, and other items so they don’t feel out of place or get teased at school. Second hand stores and thrift stores have great selections of name brand clothes at a fraction of the cost.

5 ways to help your child feel more confident

My daughter is almost 9, and because she is so young and her eyes are changing so much, we have had to get her new glasses about once a year. This can be challenging for a busy mom who doesn’t have a lot of time to shop around for glasses then go back and get them fitted, etc, etc, etc. I needed an easier solution. I was so excited when I heard about Picklez by AC Lens because I knew that they would have what we needed. Since the glasses are geared towards kids ages 6-12,I knew they would be great quality so that I didn’t have to worry about them breaking or being cheaply made. We went on their website and I was really surprised at the selection for kids. The glasses are available in 11 on-trend styles and 36 vibrant colors. She had a lot of fun choosing the style and colors. With her prescription from the doctor we were able to easily order her size and style with the correct RX. It didn’t take long for the glasses to come and she was like a kid on Christmas morning opening the package. Each pair of glasses came in a nice case and they even included cleaner and clothes for the lenses. She has been wearing them for a couple weeks now and loves them all. She got three new pairs and enjoys being able to rotate them and change them based on her mood or what she is wearing. Getting new glasses used to be a pain, but we really love the glasses we got from Picklez by AC Lens. The quality and styles that they have combined with the affordable price point of $49.00 per pair, have made me a customer for life.

5 ways to help your child feel more confident

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Funnel Cake Recipe {made with cereal} http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/funnel-cake-recipe-made-cereal/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/funnel-cake-recipe-made-cereal/#comments Wed, 23 Mar 2016 01:14:01 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=61126 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CerealAnytime #CollectiveBias I am sharing my Funnel Cake Recipe {made with cereal}. My family loves cereal. We often eat it for more than breakfast – making it lunch or even dinner. I have gotten to the point where I like […]

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CerealAnytime #CollectiveBias I am sharing my Funnel Cake Recipe {made with cereal}.

Funnel Cake Recipe {made with cereal}

My family loves cereal. We often eat it for more than breakfast – making it lunch or even dinner. I have gotten to the point where I like to incorporate cereal into our meals and desserts as part of the ingredients. We recently we made a funnel cake recipe made with cereal that was amazing! We used Berry Colossal Crunch for half and the new Kung Fu Panda Po Power Crunch cereal for the other half. I love how they both turned out! One is fruity and the perfect amount of sweet, and the other is chocolaty and perfect with a strawberry sauce. The recipe is very easy and it only takes about 20 minutes to make this delicious dessert.

Funnel Cake Recipe {made with cereal}

To make the recipe you will need eggs, vanilla, milk, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and the cereal of choice blended in crumbs.

Funnel Cake Recipe {made with cereal}

First turn on your deep fat fryer or take a skillet and heat it over med heat with about 1-2 cups of oil or shortening. Have this heating while you are making the batter. To make the batter you will take and beat 2 eggs, and then add 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract, and 2 cups of milk together in a bowl. Blend well. In another bowl you will blend 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 cup of cereal crumbs, 1/4 cup of sugar, 2 tsp. of baking powder, and 1/4 tsp of salt together.

Funnel Cake Recipe {made with cereal}

Pour the flour mixture into the egg mixture and mix until smooth.

Funnel Cake Recipe {made with cereal}

Funnel Cake Recipe {made with cereal}

Funnel Cake Recipe {made with cereal}

Now to make the funnel cake, you will take a funnel and hold your finger over the tip and pour mixture into the funnel on the top (about 1/2 cup full). Bring the funnel over the pan and remove your finger from the funnel spout and slowly move in circular motions overlaying the batter. Cook about 2 minutes on each side, making sure it is golden brown. Use tongs to get the cake out and put it on paper towels to soak up the excess grease. Top with fruit, powdered sugar, caramel, Dulce de leche, chocolate or any number of other delicious toppings.

Funnel Cake Recipe {made with cereal}

Here is your printable Funnel Cake recipe:

Funnel Cake Recipe {made with cereal}

Funnel Cake Recipe {made with cereal}

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup of Berry Colossal Crunch or the new Kung Fu Panda Po Power Crunch cereal blended in crumbs

Instructions

  1. First turn on your deep fat fryer or take a skillet and heat it over med heat with about 1-2 cups of oil or shortening. Have this heating while you are making the batter.
  2. To make the batter you will take and beat 2 eggs, and then add 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract and 2 cups of milk together in a bowl. Blend well.
  3. In another bowl you will blend 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 cup of Berry Colossal Crunch cereal or Kung Fu Panda Po Power Crunch cereal crumbs, 1/4 cup of sugar, 2 tsp. of baking powder, and 1/4 tsp of salt together.
  4. Pour the flour mixture into the egg mixture and mix until smooth.
  5. Now to make the funnel cake, you will take a funnel and hold your finger over the tip and pour mixture into the funnel on the top (about 1/2 cup full). Bring the funnel over the pan and remove your finger from the funnel spout and slowly move in circular motions overlaying the batter.
  6. Cook about 2 minutes on each side, making sure it is golden brown. Use tongs to get the cake out and put it on paper towels to soak up the excess grease.
  7. Top with fruit, powdered sugar, caramel, Dulce de leche, chocolate or any number of other delicious toppings.
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I am amazed at how good these turned out and I know that my kids will be asking for them again and again. The Kung Fu Panda Po Power Crunch is a new product available in Walmart (you can save money using ibotta) and we loved the chocolaty marshmallow taste it added to the Funnel Cake Recipe. The Malt-O-Meal Berry Colossal Crunch cereal adds a good fruity flavor to the Funnel Cakes. I loved how both variations turned out. I would love to know what you think of this fun recipe! What is your favorite thing to make with cereal?

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Family Game Night: Monopoly & Monopoly Empire by Hasbro http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/family-game-night-monopoly/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/family-game-night-monopoly/#comments Sat, 19 Mar 2016 11:59:01 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=61083 We love playing games as a family and now that the kids are getting older, we are able to branch out a little on what we play. We recently got Monopoly and the new Monopoly Empire and had a great time playing both of them. My kids loved Monopoly Empire and how they recognized many […]

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We love playing games as a family and now that the kids are getting older, we are able to branch out a little on what we play. We recently got Monopoly and the new Monopoly Empire and had a great time playing both of them. My kids loved Monopoly Empire and how they recognized many of the brands on the tiles, as well as how cool the game pieces were. It is was intense and heated (as much as it can get with kids) game and I can’t recommend it enough. I love the different kind of play that is still in line with the Monopoly feel and it really lets you feel like a big tycoon. With World Monopoly Day coming up on March 19th, we have decided to make a fun night of it and have a Monopoly Game night! Be sure to break out your Monopoly game (or pick on up) and have one too! It is going to be classic.

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The kids had fun playing with the pieces while we read through the directions and even made up their own version of game play. I love that it helps them be creative and have fun learning and doing new things. We look forward to family game night and how much fun it is to be together.

 

Monopoly

MONOPOLY Game
(HASBRO/Ages 8 years & up/Players: 2-4/Approx. Retail Price: $17.99/Available: Now)
Your favorite MONOPOLY game has a new look with a brand new token as voted on by YOU! Play with the new Cat token and take advantage of game play tips from MR. MONOPOLY now included in this refreshed edition. Available at most major toy retailers and HasbroToyShop.com.

 

 MonopolyEmpire

MONOPOLY EMPIRE Game
(Ages 8 years & up/ Players: 2-6/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2016)
Own the world’s top brands in the 2016 version of the MONOPOLY EMPIRE Game! Choose a  token and move around the board buying and selling the world’s top brands including Nickelodeon, Puma, Ford, Levi’s, and more. Collect rent from rivals and try to earn as many brand billboards as possible to be the first player to fill up a MONOPOLY EMPIRE tower. With two new Super Empire cards, players will need to adjust their billboards based on the “Hands Off!” and “You’re Fired!” rules. Own it all and fill up the MONOPOLY EMPIRE tower first with brand billboards to win the game! The MONOPOLY EMPIRE Game includes one game board, four towers, six brand tokens, 30 billboard tiles, six office tiles, 14 Chance cards, 4 Empire cards (including 2 Super Empire cards), one money pack, and two dice. Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyShop.com.

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TWITTER | https://twitter.com/HasbroNews

 

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Organizing and Cleaning Tips for the Kitchen http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/organizing-and-cleaning-tips-for-the-kitchen/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/organizing-and-cleaning-tips-for-the-kitchen/#comments Fri, 18 Mar 2016 21:59:51 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=60871 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WindexMovieNight #CollectiveBias #PutSomeWindexOnIt I wouldn’t say that I LOVE cleaning, but I do enjoy the results of it, so that is my main motivation for cleaning. With four kids and two pets in the house, you can imagine […]

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I wouldn’t say that I LOVE cleaning, but I do enjoy the results of it, so that is my main motivation for cleaning. With four kids and two pets in the house, you can imagine that it gets dirty quickly and I am fighting an uphill battle to keep it looking clean and organized, but I keep fighting. Since I was the youngest of 5 and several years older than my next closest sibling, I grew up in a house that was generally clean and didn’t really get messed up because it was just me and my parents and we weren’t home a lot. Because of this I like having things clean and picked up, so my kids quickly learned good cleaning habits and can help me clean around the house (their bedrooms are a different story…but that is for another day.)  When I am cleaning I like to get a lot done as quickly as I can because there is just always so much going on everyday. This is just one reason why I love using Windex® brand products to clean our house with, because there are so many uses for it. Not only does it do an amazing job cleaning our windows and mirrors, but it also works great on sealed countertops, stainless steel sinks, outside of stoves, and many other places. We even used it to wipe down all of our light fixtures and ceiling fans.

Organizing and Cleaning Tips for the Kitchen

Another thing I was excited to get done was organizing under our sink. It has been such a mess regardless of how many times I “organize” it, so I decided to do it a different way this time. I found the perfect size totes that fit most of our cleaners, brushes, soaps, etc. and then I got a curtain rod and hung it under the sink to hang the mostly empty bottles on so that my kids know which ones to use first. It works great! I love how it turned out and the totes make a big difference. I also got a stainless steel canister to put the brushes, etc. in. It has holes in the bottom and there is a towel under it to collect any water runoff. You can see the before and after below:

Organizing and Cleaning Tips for the Kitchen

When I am cleaning I want to get things done quickly and easily because I have four kids who need my time and that is why I turn to the tried and true. Windex® is a great addition to my cleaning arsenal because of all of its many uses. If you remember in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, how the dad uses Windex® Original Glass Cleaner for almost everything?  I have found that I love to use it for cleaning many different areas of my house. The kitchen, bathroom, walls, hardware, light fixtures, doors and more. They have the bottles of Windex® Original Glass cleaner as well as Windex® Original Wipes, and also Windex® Electronic Wipes which are great for things like Flat screen tv, gaming systems, , computers screens and more (Before using on an unknown surface, test on an inconspicuous area.). All of these little things allow me to get the cleaning done faster and spend more time with my family.

Organizing and Cleaning Tips for the Kitchen

I am excited about seeing My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.  The first movie is packed with humor the lesson that no matter what your family is like, you love them no matter what. The Windex® brand is partnering with Fandango to get you $3.00 towards your movie ticket to see My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. I know I will be taking advantage of this for me and my hubby to have a fun date night! It comes out March 25 and is Rated PG-13 so be sure to go see it with your family. To get the discount offer, buy any participating Windex® brand products at Kroger. Upload your receipt here. Get offer code on Fandango to redeem $3 toward your movie ticket to see My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. What is your favorite part of My Big Fat Greek Wedding?

Organizing and Cleaning Tips for the Kitchen

You can see the difference here in the window and the door/hardware. I honestly didn’t realize how dirty it had gotten, and I am a little embarrassed to show you, but it is also a great example of how well Windex worked to take all of the dirt and grim off and leave my windows, door and hardware clean and shinning.

Organizing and Cleaning Tips for the Kitchen

Organizing and Cleaning Tips for the Kitchen

The Windex® Original Wipes are new to me, I hadn’t tried them before. The wipes are a good size and one wipe did my whole big mirror and the little one on the side. They were a thicker cloth so I didn’t have to worry about ripping it. The mirror was clean and streak free.  I picked everything I needed up at Smith’s.  They had a great selection and great prices.

Organizing and Cleaning Tips for the Kitchen

What cleaning and organizing tips do you have?

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Be sure to go see My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (Rated PG-13) in theaters March 25, 2016!

 

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10 ways to build healthier habits http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/10-ways-to-build-healthier-habits/ Fri, 18 Mar 2016 20:21:35 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=61071 This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I  am sharing 10 ways to build healthier habits. Being healthy is so important to me. I want to be healthy for myself, but also my husband, my kids, and for the kind of life that I want […]

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Being healthy is so important to me. I want to be healthy for myself, but also my husband, my kids, and for the kind of life that I want to lead. Those are some of the reasons that I am really enjoying the Nature Made Daily Boost program. I get email reminders, tips, access to helpful information and more. When I have motivation and reminders I do so much better at doing the little things that help me accomplish my bigger goals. I have involved my kids, husband, family and friends in this so that I can be accountable for what I am doing and the changes I want to make. If you are looking to change yourself, you have to have accountability. To develop healthier habits and to change what you want to change, you have to know what you want and go for it. Some of the things I use to help me everyday are a planner to write down my goals, menu and notes about the day; vitamins to help me get the nutrients I need; and a water bottle that I refill constantly. I got everything I needed at Walmart – I love their selection of Nature Made vitamins, minerals and supplements (I just got a multi-vitamin and chewable Vitamin C) and I know they are helping me stay healthier so I can do what I need to everyday as a mom, wife and business owner.

10 ways to build healthier habits

I have been working hard over the last few months to change myself to healthier habits. I have stopped snacking as much and turn to healthier foods. I have been trying to drink more water and exercise more. It is a challenge – especially since I have a desk job, but I know that I need to do this for my family and for me. I have a few goals for the next 30-days that I am going to work on and I want you to join me. It isn’t going to be easy – but I am determined to do this! I need more sleep, I need to eat better all the time and I need to exercise more. Those are the three things that I am working on over the next 30 days! What are your goals?

10 ways to build healthier habits

Today I want to share with you 10 ways to build healthier habits:

  1. Be dedicated
  2. Work on getting up earlier and going to be earlier
  3. Spend less time on your electronics and outside playing or working around your house
  4. Make a game plan (write down your goals, be accountable)
  5. Using supplements and vitamins to help you get the nutrients you need
  6. Drink lots of water (cut out soda, sugary drinks, etc)
  7. Plan and make healthier meals
  8. Eat healthy snacks
  9. Start working out (even if it is only 15 minutes a day, then increase it everyday until you are doing at least 1 hour)
  10. Use helpful resources and tools like the Nature Made Daily Boost program and the Nature Made 30 Day Healthy Habit Builder program.

Just taking little steps and having a mindset that you are going to accomplish the things that you want to will make a big difference. Small changes that really add up over time that will help you make a lifestyle change – changes that you are able to handle and deal with a little at a time instead of completely trying to change everything at once will really  help you develop these habits that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

10 ways to build healthier habits

I would love to know how you build healthier habits and what you do to make small changes?

Be sure to visit the Nature Made Daily Boost program and sign up for their daily email to get more inspiration and tips that give you a daily  boost and the Nature Made 30 Day Healthy Habit Builder that will help you build healthier habits over the next 30 days! Not only can you get motivation and tips around your specific health goals but you will automatically be entered to win a grand prize of $5,000. (For full rules and regulations visit NatureMade.com/Challenge)

We are also helping host an awesome giveaway! Enter to win one of 20 $50 Walmart gift cards. The contest opens on February 25 and closes March 19

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Laundry Stain Removal Guide {Free Printable} http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/laundry-stain-removal-guide-free-printable/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/laundry-stain-removal-guide-free-printable/#comments Thu, 17 Mar 2016 00:55:07 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=58173 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TryMembersMark #CollectiveBias I am posting about a Laundry Stain Removal Guide. With four kids I have seen just about every kind of stain you can imagine – and some you don’t want to. My husband also loves to engage […]

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With four kids I have seen just about every kind of stain you can imagine – and some you don’t want to. My husband also loves to engage in a lot of hands on activities like car work, house remodeling, and yard work – none of which I mind – but laundry day can be a little overwhelming with all of the stained clothes that come through. Fortunately almost all stains can be removed when you know how, so I made a handy printable Laundry Stain Removal Guide that you can print out and put in your laundry room to help you remember how to treat and remove all different kinds of stains. I get all of my laundry supplies at Sams Club because I love buying larger quantities. I have a big family and we do a lot of laundry every week. Just one reason why I get Member’s Mark® Ultimate Clean Liquid Laundry Cleaner. Not only does it deliver superior performance but it performs as well or better than the national leading brand at just a fraction of the cost. Here is the printable stain removal guide, click on it to get the PDF version you can print out.

 

Laundry Stain Removal Guide {Free Printable}One of my biggest helpers is the Member’s Mark Ultimate Clean Laundry Detergent. It was developed with a patented Ultimate Clean Technology that locks on tough stains and lifts them out in all temperature settings. It works great on my everyday stains and with the guide above, I haven’t found a stain that wouldn’t come out. Not only does it lifts out tough stains, but it also delivers top cleaning performance that brightens and whitens our laundry. It leaves our clothes, blankets and other items fresh and clean.

Member’s Mark Ultimate Clean Laundry Detergent is so easy to use. It has a no-mess dispenser and dosing cup that makes it easy to add the detergent to my HE washing machine or to pre-treat stains. It is safe for all washing machines and works great to deliver clean and fresh clothes and laundry. Products can only be purchased at Sam’s Club or online at samsclub.com.

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Laundry Stain Removal Guide {Free Printable}

Here is the breakdown on the printable guide:

CHOCOLATE:
Scrub with liquid dish soap and soak in cold water for several minutes. Launder with Member’s Mark Ultimate Clean Laundry Detergent or 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup hydrogen
peroxide. If stain remains – rewash with bleach safe for fabric.

GREASE & OIL:
Immediately scrub with a liquid dish soap that is meant to deal with grease. Rinse with cold water and treat with a stain remover. Launder in hot water adding 1/2 cup of baking soda. Repeat if needed.

INK (PEN):
Pre-treat with hairspray, rubbing it into the stain. You can also use rubbing alcohol. Once it has dried, you will launder in cold water and use 1/2 cup of baking soda in wash. Repeat
treatment if needed.

Laundry Stain Removal Guide {Free Printable}JUICE & WINE:
Blot with a clean dry cloth immediately. Stretch fabric over a bowl and cover stain with salt then pour boiling water carefully onto the stain. Launder using 1/2 cup of baking soda. If stain still remains, use an eye dropper to apply diluted white vinegar. Launder again.

SAUCES:
Immediately Soak in ice-cold and sponge out as much as possible. Use an eye dropper to apply diluted white vinegar to the stain and then rinse with cold water. Launder in cold water with 1/2 cup of baking soda.

BLOOD:
Immediately Soak in ice-cold water for 15 minutes. Launder in cold water with 1/2 cup baking soda and Member’s Mark Ultimate Clean Laundry Detergent. Use can also add 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide. Retreat and rewash before drying if needed.

GRASS:
Scrub stain with dish soap or mix three equal parts Hydrogen Peroxide, Baking Soda and Water and use it as a scrub. Wash in hottest water safe for fabric. Repeat if needed.

MAKE-UP:
Do not use water. Rub mineral oil onto the stain and soak for 15 minutes then rinse with a sponge using 1 part ammonia and 2 parts water. Launder  as normal.
Do not use ammonia on silk or wool. They will need to be dry cleaned.

SWEAT:
If it is a fresh stain, apply ammonia. It is older, apply white vinegar, scrub and rinse. Launder in hottest water safe for fabric and wash with Member’s Mark Ultimate Clean Laundry Detergent. 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide and 1/2 cup of baking soda can also be used.

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I would love to hear about your tips and tricks to get stains out and what your go-to item is! Be sure to print out our free  Laundry Stain Removal Guide to use. Learn more about the Member’s Mark Detergents at Sam’s Club here.

 

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The Peanuts Movie {Family Movie Night Party} #PeanutsMovieNight + Giveaway http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/peanuts-movie-family-movie-night-party/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/peanuts-movie-family-movie-night-party/#comments Wed, 16 Mar 2016 20:58:58 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=61037 I am a Peanuts Ambassador and received product in order to to this posts. This did not affect my opinions. We love The Peanuts Gang! I am so glad that the movie is finally out because my kids asked over and over when they could watch it again. It is so cute and I love […]

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We love The Peanuts Gang! I am so glad that the movie is finally out because my kids asked over and over when they could watch it again. It is so cute and I love the messages that are tied in. Because our family loves movies and spending time together, we always enjoy family movies nights. I loved surprising my kids this last weekend with the best movie night we have had yet! {Just one reason why I love being a Peanuts ambassador!}. I got the coolest box full of Peanuts stuff, and so I got everything ready and loved their reactions. I made Peanuts Popcorn Mix (chocolate covered pretzels and toffee covered peanuts mixed with popcorn and OREO cookies), a “Charlie Brown” drink (just Sunny D in their cups, but it was yellow lol), and I got all of the stuff setup for the perfect time with my family.

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The Peanuts Movie {Family Movie Night Party}

I printed out some amazing Peanuts activities, as well as a fun craft! We love crafting too and I thought it would be a fun way to get them settled down after the movie. We made fun paper airplanes with a Snoopy and Woodstock in each one and raced them. The whole night was so much fun! To enjoy our movie night we got all of these fun PEANUTS toys that my kids haven’t stopped playing with. We also get a PEZ set, Peanuts UNO, baseballs, a kite, Peanuts tumbler cups, the movie/Snoopy set, and more. We had a blast putting the hats and shirts on and taking fun selfies.

The Peanuts Movie {Family Movie Night Party}

The Peanuts Movie {Family Movie Night Party}

The Peanuts Movie {Family Movie Night Party}

The Peanuts Movie {Family Movie Night Party}

To make the Peanuts Popcorn Mix you will need a bag of popped popcorn, mini Oreo cookies, toffee coated peanuts, chocolate covered pretzels and a brick of the chocolate bark. It is really east to put together. Just take a food processor and mix the peanuts, pretzels and cookies together (do not make into a powder – this is just to break them into pieces). Mix this with the popcorn (make sure there are no kernels) in a large bowl. Next put the chocolate bark into a microwave safe container and microwave in increments of 30 sec., stirring until melted. Do not over heat. Pour the chocolate over the popcorn mixture and stir until everything is coated then lay flat in a cookie sheet to cool (takes about 10 minutes).  Serve right away or keep in air-tight container for up to a week.

The Peanuts Movie {Family Movie Night Party}

We had such a great time at our Peanuts movie night. The movie is great and my kids love watching it. All of the fun things we had with the treats made it even better. Pick up the movie at most major retailers or online. We are excited to also offer a giveaway to two readers who will each receive a Free Digital Download of The Peanuts Movie!

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Giveaway will run from 3/16/16-3/25/16. Open to US only. Must be 18 or older to enter. All entries will be verified. Winner will have 24 hours to respond to winning email or another winner will be chosen. Good Luck!

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2016 Hyundai Tucson Sport AWD Review http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/2016-hyundai-tucson-sport-awd-review/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/2016-hyundai-tucson-sport-awd-review/#respond Wed, 16 Mar 2016 18:50:37 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=60931 A couple of weeks ago I was able to test drive the new 2016 Hyundai Tucson Sport AWD. I haven’t driven one of these before and I was really surprised by the car. The AWD makes it nice to go on and off road, for weather and adventuring. It seats 5 comfortably and still has a […]

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A couple of weeks ago I was able to test drive the new 2016 Hyundai Tucson Sport AWD. I haven’t driven one of these before and I was really surprised by the car. The AWD makes it nice to go on and off road, for weather and adventuring. It seats 5 comfortably and still has a decent size trunk space. I love the shape of the car as it optimizes the interior space and looks sleek and modern on the outside. It gets good gas mileage (between 26-33) so it is good for city and highway driving.

2016 Hyundai Tucson Sport AWD Review

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson Sport AWD car that we drove has 175 Horsepower and an Inline 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. It is comes with a 7-speed EcoShift® Dual Clutch Transmission which makes it fun to drive and really can give you the power you want when you want it. I love the 19-inch Sport alloy wheels with 245/45HR19 tires.They really add a lot to the car. When you are driving you will feel safer with the Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Change assist, and a Rearview camera.

Other things to note is the great remote/keyless entry system. Just keep the key in your pocket or bag and you can push the button on the door handle to lock and unlock the car. Same thing with the tailgate – just stand by it for about 5 seconds and it opens automatically. The hands free smart liftgate makes it so much easier to load the car when your hands are full you need into the back of your car. When you lock your car, the mirrors fold in and they are also heated so they are clear when you are driving in inclement weather.

2016 Hyundai Tucson Sport AWD Review

2016 Hyundai Tucson Sport AWD Review

2016 Hyundai Tucson Sport AWD Review

Overall we really love the features and functionality of the car. It has a lot to offer and drives nicely. I loved how comfortable the seats were, and felt like the layout of the interior was comfortable as well. With the heated seats, steering wheel mounted controls and adjustable seat controls I was able to enjoy a nice ride in comfort. The 5″ touchscreen made it easy to navigate the controls of the radio, etc and the aux input and the bluetooth both made it easy to connect my phone any time I wanted to listen to music or other things.

Of course with Hyundai you get an amazing warranty on the vehicle as well. 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty, 5-year/60,000 new vehicle limited warranty, 7-year/unlimited miles anti-perforation warranty and 5 year/unlimited miles 24-hour roadside assistance. The Hyundai Assurance is America’s Best Warranty.

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Learn more about Hyundai here:

WEBSITE | https://www.hyundaiusa.com/tucson

FACEBOOK | https://www.facebook.com/Hyundai

TWITTER | https://twitter.com/HYUNDAI

We were able to test drive this car for a week thanks for DriveShop. All opinions are my own.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Half-Shell Heroes: Blast to the Past {Giveaway} http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-half-shell-heroes-blast-to-the-past/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-half-shell-heroes-blast-to-the-past/#comments Wed, 16 Mar 2016 02:16:40 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=60905 We got the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Half-Shell Heroes: Blast to the Past DVD last week and my kids have loved watching it! It is about the turtles when they were younger and I even love these shows. They are also not quite as intense as the other TMNT shows so my 4 year old […]

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We got the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Half-Shell Heroes: Blast to the Past DVD last week and my kids have loved watching it! It is about the turtles when they were younger and I even love these shows. They are also not quite as intense as the other TMNT shows so my 4 year old doesn’t get scared by these. I know your kids will love this movie so I want to offer a fun giveaway to you for a DVD/toy combo brought to you by Nickelodeon. The winner will get a Road Rescue Donnie action figure and a copy of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Half-Shell Heroes: Blast to the Past DVD! See below how you can enter to win…

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THE TIME TRAVELING TURTLES FACE PREHISTORIC AND FUTURISTIC FOES IN THIS EXCITING SPECIAL
 
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES HALF-SHELL HEROES:  BLAST TO THE PAST
 
Available on DVD March 15, 2016

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles find themselves on the adventure of a lifetime when they accidentally time travel back to the Jurassic Era in Half-Shell Heroes: Blast to the Past. During the 2D-animated special, the Turtles encounter friendly dinosaurs from the past and dangerous aliens from the future who have a nefarious plan of their own. Using their ninja skills and having some fun along the way, the four brothers must find a way to save the day and get back home. This special DVD comes with a fun Nick Bonus Disc (while supplies last) and kicks off the “Year of the Turtle” leading up to the 2016 theatrical release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows! Created by Nickelodeon and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution. Turtle fans can experience even more dinosaurs with Playmates’ popular Half-Shell Heroes toy line.

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Now for the giveaway! One lucky reader will win a  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Half-Shell Heroes: Blast to the Past DVD & Road Rescue Donnie action figure. Giveaway will run from 3/15/16-3/21/16. Open to US. Must be 18 or older to enter. All entries will be verified. The winner will have 24 hours to respond to winning email or another winner will be chosen. Good Luck!

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Celebrate Easter with the Easter Beagle & Peanuts {Giveaway} #EasterBeagle http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/celebrate-easter-with-the-easter-beagle-peanuts/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/celebrate-easter-with-the-easter-beagle-peanuts/#comments Mon, 14 Mar 2016 14:13:31 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=61032 Easter is getting closer and with it, ideas of what to get my kids for their Easter Baskets. I love finding fun and unique things for them, as well as classic and loved items. I recently got the most fun package from my friends at FHE, and my kids basically pushed me out of the […]

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Easter is getting closer and with it, ideas of what to get my kids for their Easter Baskets. I love finding fun and unique things for them, as well as classic and loved items. I recently got the most fun package from my friends at FHE, and my kids basically pushed me out of the way to get everything out. That is how much they loved what came in this box. The giant Easter Beagle was immediately fought over, and the movie and bags of candy were immediately declared perfect for a family movie night. Of course I couldn’t have agreed more and we all loved sitting down together and enjoying “It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown” movie and having the yummy snacks. Snoopy sat on the couch with us happily enjoying it all getting snuggles from my 4 and 6 year old kiddos. I am excited to be offering one of these great prize packs in a giveaway, so keep reading to see how you can win!

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Here are some fun facts about the history of the Easter Beagle*:

A Hopping Debut

  • Snoopy first appeared as “the Easter Bunny” on April 14, 1968, but Charles Schulz did not give the character the name “the Easter Beagle” until three years later.
  • In that first 1968 strip, Linus was the only one to witness “the Easter Bunny” dancing around the front yard and hiding eggs in the bushes—Lucy was too busy watching television to notice.
  • On Sunday, April 11, 1971, the Easter Beagle made his official comic-strip debut. Again, Linus was the first one to interact with him (although it’s Lucy who gets the Beagle kiss!).
  • As with the Great Pumpkin, Linus is often the Easter Beagle’s messenger in the comic strips, alerting the other characters to the upcoming appearance of the Easter Beagle.
  • During his April 2, 1972 appearance, the Easter Beagle delivers eggs to the members of the Peanuts gang…but discovers his basket is empty when he gets to Charlie Brown. This idea was adapted into the animated television special.
  • Fortunately, the following year, on April 22, 1973, Charlie Brown does receive an Easter egg—this time from the Easter Beagle’s assistant: Woodstock!
  • After two more Easter Beagle strips in 1975 and 1976, the character made his last appearance on April 7, 1985—when Sally got the Charlie Brown treatment.
  • Charles Schulz once said in an interview that the Easter Beagle was his favorite of all of Snoopy’s alter egos.

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A TV Star Is Born

  • The Easter Beagle made his television debut on April 9, 1974, when CBS first aired It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown.
  • This was the 12th animated special to be based on the Peanuts comic strip, and the fourth to be associated with a holiday (the others are A Charlie Brown Christmas, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving).
  • Much of the special concerns Peppermint Patty’s disastrous (and hilarious) attempts to make Easter eggs—she tries roasting them, toasting them, and putting them in a waffle maker before trying to boil them (and making egg soup!).
  • Linus sounds the alert, letting everyone know that the Easter Beagle is coming. Sally, however, is a little suspicious, since the last time she believed Linus’s reports on a famous holiday character, she missed all the trick or treating while waiting with Linus in a pumpkin patch for the non-arrival of the Great Pumpkin.
  • This year, It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown will air on ABC. (Date and time to be announced.)
* Courtesy the Peanuts Wiki: peanuts.wikia.com

Celebrate Easter with the Easter Beagle & Peanuts {Giveaway}

Enter to win the Easter Beagle stuffed animal, A DVD of It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown, and Peanuts bone candy and Crunch Eggs peanuts candy! Giveaway will run from 3/14/16 – 3/21/16. Open to US only. Must be 18 or older to enter. All entries will be verified. Winner will have 24 hours to respond to winning email or a new winner will be chosen. Good Luck!

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Here are some more fun PEANUTS items you can add to your kids’ Easter baskets!

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5 ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle when you work a desk job http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/5-ways-maintain-healthy-lifestyle-work-desk-job/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/5-ways-maintain-healthy-lifestyle-work-desk-job/#comments Sat, 12 Mar 2016 16:12:41 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=61015 I love my job. I get to be home with my kids all day, set my own hours, and experience so many amazing things. What I don’t love is that I am not as active as I used to be. I don’t eat as good as I should because it is easier to reach for […]

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I love my job. I get to be home with my kids all day, set my own hours, and experience so many amazing things. What I don’t love is that I am not as active as I used to be. I don’t eat as good as I should because it is easier to reach for a few cookies while I am working then get up and prepare a healthy meal. There are so many excuses that I give myself, and I am realizing that that is all they are…excuses. I need to take better control of my life, my healthy and my habits – and so I did just that. I now have a game plan. I have written a list of things that will help me maintain a healthy lifestyle while I work at my desk. I am exercising more, eating better and not only do I have more energy, I am more focused and happier. Want to know how? (keep reading)

5 ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle when you work a desk job

As I realized what I wanted to change about myself, I started making little adjustments. I stop bringing unhealthy snacks to my work space. I filled my bottle with water instead of juice or soda. I made sure that I had a healthy meal for lunch (my favorites are Healthy Choice Simply Café Steamers). They  have no artificial ingredients and more than 18 grams of 100% natural proteins. I also love that they are all under 310 calories. I can have one for lunch and feel good about my meal choice. A few of my meals this weeks consisted of Meatball Marinara, Chicken Fried Rice, Grilled Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo, Chicken & Vegetable Stir Fry and Grilled Pesto & Vegetables. I cooked them in the microwave, and the exclusive tray-in-tray steam cooking made the vegetables crisp and all of the ingredients were fresh and delicious. A difference you can see and taste!

5 ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle when you work a desk job

I mentioned a few things above, but I wanted to list out 5 ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle when you work a desk job so you can make changes and start living a healthier lifestyle as well.

  1. Exercise 4-5 times a week. No exceptions – no excuses. You can go for a walk, jump on the treadmill, go to a yoga class, etc. There are so many options. Just get out and get active for at least 45 minutes a day.
  2. Drink water. Drink a big glass before each meal. Drink at least 8 glasses throughout the day. Keep a bottle of it with you all the time. Hydration is so essential to having energy and being productive.
  3. Grab a bag and put all of your “snack food” into it and get rid of it. Get it out of your reach, out of the house, office, building 🙂 And replace it with healthy snacks like certain nuts, fruits, veggies, etc. Moderate how much you are eating – but remember things like carrots, cauliflower, etc you can eat as much as you want and they are really good for you!
  4. A good breakfast is essential, but make sure you have a healthy lunch. This will power you through the rest of your workday and give you the energy you need to be productive and feel good and help keep you from snacking. (Keep some of the Healthy Choice Café Steamers on hand – Healthy Choice is the only major brand in the frozen meals section that can call 100% of its products “healthy” as approved by the FDA).
  5. Set goals. Write them down and find someone to hold you accountable. When you know what you are working towards, then you will achieve your goals. Just developing a healthier lifestyle will change so much. You will have more energy, sleep better, be more active and be happier.

5 ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle when you work a desk job

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2016 Kia Optima SX Turbo Review http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/2016-kia-optima-sx-turbo-review/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/2016-kia-optima-sx-turbo-review/#respond Fri, 11 Mar 2016 21:41:59 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=61018 A couple of weeks ago I had the 2016 Kia Optima SX Turbo to drive around for a few days. First off, I have to tell you how much fun this car is to drive. It has good pickup, and it is very comfortable. The sleek design combined with the interior and exterior features combine […]

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A couple of weeks ago I had the 2016 Kia Optima SX Turbo to drive around for a few days. First off, I have to tell you how much fun this car is to drive. It has good pickup, and it is very comfortable. The sleek design combined with the interior and exterior features combine together to being you the best Optima yet. A few of my favorite features are the keyless entry (and the smart entry with the push of a button without having to dig keys out of your purse or pocket), surround/rear camera display and touch screen, smart trunk open (stand by the truck for about 5 seconds with the key in your pocket or purse and it opens on its own – so nice when your hands are full), and the panoramic sunroof. I didn’t realize how much I loved sunroofs until recently, now I want one in my own car!

2016 Kia Optima SX Turbo Review

The 2016 Kia Optima is a Kelley Blue Book Award Winner this year, and it has earned that in every way. The updated style with aerodynamic curves and redesign of the iconic Tiger nose grill will get your attention  As you walk up to the door, open it and sit down in the drivers seat, you will feel like you are home. The steering wheel is designed with comfort in mind.  I love the grip and the setup of the steering wheel controls. The heated steering wheel came in very handy over the time I had it and was used often. I also loved the shifting paddles on the steering wheel. The center console is setup to meet comfort and still provide complete functionality. With USB charging ports, aux port, 12V ports and more! The seats are comfortable with a  12-Way Power-Adjustable Driver’s Seat and 4-way Power Lumbar Support. It is packed with all of the things I never knew I always wanted! lol. You will not be left wanting in this car – it will give you want you want and need.

2016 Kia Optima SX Turbo Review

2016 Kia Optima SX Turbo Review

2016 Kia Optima SX Turbo Review

2016 Kia Optima SX Turbo Review

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The back seats are functional with the 60/40 Split Folding Rear Seat w/Center Armrest & Adjustable Rear Headrests. This is nice if you need to transport larger items or have quick access to the trunk. I love the dual chrome exhaust tips and the alloy wheels and tires. The lighted handles and mirrors as you go near the car with the keys so you can see to get in. Honestly just so many things that it is hard to list them all.

You will love the 2016 Kia Optima SX Turbo! Test drive one today.

2016 Kia Optima

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Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR trailer #CaptainAmericaCivilWar #TeamCap #TeamIronMan http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/marvels-captain-america-civil-war-trailer/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/marvels-captain-america-civil-war-trailer/#respond Fri, 11 Mar 2016 16:43:13 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=61004 This is the movie I have been waiting for a year to see! Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War is going to be the blockbuster of the summer packed with action and adventure from Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow and more of the characters we love so much. The new Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR […]

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This is the movie I have been waiting for a year to see! Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War is going to be the blockbuster of the summer packed with action and adventure from Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow and more of the characters we love so much. The new Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR trailer ROCKS!!! I honestly can’t wait for this movie!

Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR trailer

Here is the new Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR trailer

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in twocamps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire  for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

 

Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR trailer

Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR trailer

Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR trailer

Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR trailer

Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR trailer

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Frank Grillo and Martin Freeman, with William Hurt and Daniel Brühl.

Captain America: Civil War Movie TicketsAnthony & Joe Russo are directing with Kevin Feige producing. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Nate Moore and Stan Lee are the executive producers. The screenplay is by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. Get ready to pick a side and join the nonstop action playing out on two fronts when Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” opens in U.S. theaters on May 6, 2016. Get your tickets now!

 

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Easter Basket Cupcakes http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/easter-basket-cupcakes/ Thu, 10 Mar 2016 18:12:40 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=60719 I recently had a fun day making cupcakes with my kids. They love to be in the kitchen and create new things, and something they can not only make, but decorate and eat is their favorite kind of baking. Since Easter is getting close, we wanted to make Easter Basket Cupcakes. These are very easy […]

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I recently had a fun day making cupcakes with my kids. They love to be in the kitchen and create new things, and something they can not only make, but decorate and eat is their favorite kind of baking. Since Easter is getting close, we wanted to make Easter Basket Cupcakes. These are very easy to make and my kids LOVE them! All you need is a Pillsbury cake mix (we love the Strawberry and Funfetti), Pillsbury frosting (our favorite is Cream Cheese and it is easy to dye green), shredded coconut, green food coloring, and candy eggs to go on top. When we picked all of this up at Walmart, we also got some really cute Easter cupcake liners. (I also love that I was able to save money on what I got with the Ibotta app!) Mix up a batch of cupcakes, bake and cool, then gather everyone around for a fun treat.

Easter Basket Cupcakes

We made the cupcakes according to the package directions and got them baking. While they were in the oven, the kids helped me get everything else ready. We added shredded coconut to a glass bowl and added about 8-10 drops of green food coloring, put the lid on and shook it well until it was all mixed. You can separate the frosting into different bowls and dye it different colors as well. My older kids especially loved this. Once the frosting and the green coconut are ready, the cupcakes should be about done. You will want to let them cool for a little while so the frosting doesn’t melt when you put it on. (I would say at least an hour). This is a great time to play a game or go on a walk with your kids.

Easter Basket Cupcakes

Easter Basket Cupcakes

When the cupcakes are cooled, we got everything out and the kids had so much fun frosting the cupcakes. Then kids took the “grass” and sprinkled it on their cupcakes and then added a few eggs and pushed them down into the center a little bit. It was a great way to spend some time together and the kids had a great treat to enjoy. Their friends also loved doing this and having a yummy snack. Baking and decorating cupcakes is just as much fun for us as decorating Easter eggs (and way less messy), plus my kids love eating cupcakes more than boiled eggs so this is a family tradition that we love. They also make fun gifts for our family and friends. Not only look great – but are delicious as well.

Easter Basket Cupcakes

Easter Basket Cupcakes

Easter Basket Cupcakes

Spending time together with my kids makes my heart happy. It is the memories and the moments that I will remember long after the cupcakes are gone and they are busy doing other things. Gather around the table together and mix up a moment with your family!

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10 ways to keep your kids safe online http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/10-ways-keep-kids-safe-online/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/10-ways-keep-kids-safe-online/#comments Tue, 08 Mar 2016 23:47:24 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=60990 This post was sponsored on behalf of Net Nanny via One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own. I am talking about 10 ways to keep your kids safe online. For many (or all) of you that have kids that are old enough to sit up on their own, then I am sure that they […]

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10 ways to keep your kids safe online

For many (or all) of you that have kids that are old enough to sit up on their own, then I am sure that they have at one point or another played on a tablet, phone, etc. As kids get older they like to have their own stuff – and since pretty much everything has access to the internet now, you start to wonder “are my kids safe online?” I have four kids ages 4-11, and my 11 year old has her own phone because she is active in sports and music and I need to be able to get a hold of her after practices, etc. It also gives me peace of mind when she is with friends, knowing she can contact me when she needs to. I trust my kids, but things happen, and I want to know they are safe online.

10 ways to keep your kids safe online

All of my kids have tablets, and all of my kids know how to get on a computer and play games online (like Disney, Nick Jr, etc). I am not so concerned about them looking for things they shouldn’t be, but I am concerned about things inadvertently popping up. Even I have been exposed to garbage online while looking for something I would have considered harmless, so I realized I needed something that could keep not only my kids safe on the computer, but also their tablets and phones. As I was researching this, I came across a great company called Net Nanny. When you sign up, you are able to block pornography,  mask profanity, set time management, have a filter, setup alerts and more. This is so perfect! They have several plans that are affordable depending on how many devices you want protected. There is even a remote management feature that lets you login to your account from anywhere. But one of my favorite features is the Social Media Monitoring. This helps protects the kids from cyber bullies, predators, privacy concerns, pictures and more. You can learn more about everything Net Nanny and get 30% off when you sign up with promocode LOVEBUGS30 good through March 31, 2016.

10 ways to keep your kids safe online

I want to share with you 10 ways to keep your kids safe online so that you can make sure they are not exposed or susceptible to things you don’t want them to see.

  1. Keep tabs on your kids, check their phones and tablets regularly for anything that is new or unusual.
  2. Talk to them about being safe online and what it means. Set expectations and ground rules.
  3. Limit the amount of time they spend on electronic devices
  4. Setup a program like Net Nanny to help filter and monitor your kids’ activity
  5. Keep your computer(s) in open spaces in family living spaces. Not in a closed bedroom or in a place where it is quiet.
  6. Have a purpose when the kids get online – and don’t let them just have free rule of what they are doing
  7. When using social media – warn your kids about hashtags. A lot of people are hijacking them with pornographic content. So don’t click on hashtags.
  8. Make sure that your kids are looking at age appropriate things. Keep them off of social media until they are at least 12, and try to stay away from image searches without a parent.
  9. Monitor their use of sites like YouTube. While there are a lot of great things to see, there are a lot of bad ones as well.
  10. Be vigilant and dedicated and understanding. Talk to your kids and encourage them to talk to you about questions they have so they don’t go searching for the answers (literally).

These are just some of the things you can do to keep your kids safe online. With so much technology around, it can be tricky, be being dedicated and setting up something like Net Nanny to be there when you can’t, will give you a little peace of mind.

10 ways to keep your kids safe online

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Disney’s ZOOTOPIA Review {Great Family Movie} #Zootopia http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/disneys-zootopia-review-great-family-movie-zootopia/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/disneys-zootopia-review-great-family-movie-zootopia/#comments Tue, 08 Mar 2016 21:29:44 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=60956 Last week I was able to go to a pre-screening of the new Disney Zootopia movie that came out in theaters last Friday (March 4). We have been anticipating this movie for a long time, and my kids were over the moon the night we went to see it. First off, let me mention that […]

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Last week I was able to go to a pre-screening of the new Disney Zootopia movie that came out in theaters last Friday (March 4). We have been anticipating this movie for a long time, and my kids were over the moon the night we went to see it. First off, let me mention that my kids are ages 4, 6, 8 and 11. They don’t watch a lot of scary movies (the scariest they have seen is probably the Harry Potter movies), but they love animals and I have never been let down by a Disney Animated movie as far as keeping it appropriate for younger audiences. We expected great things from this movie – and it delivered 100%!

Disney's ZOOTOPIA Review {Great Family Movie} #Zootopia

I have heard some parents say that their kids were scared, that it was too dark and I want to address those. As far as being too scary – there are a couple of “make you jump” moments – but the overall theme of the movie, nor any continuous part of it let you feeling scared or that it was too intense. As for being dark, there are a couple of scenes with wild animals but in my opinion they are not dark nor graphic. There is a lot of humor – you will be laughing for more than half of the movie. There are a couple of touching scenes (No – no one dies – mom and dad are ok) – and Zootopia has so many great messages built into the movie that you will just sit and think about it all after it is over. (don’t stay for after the credits – there is nothing). A couple of the things my kids took away from the movie was that you can be what you want and achieve great things no matter your size and that you don’t have to conform to others opinions and stereotypes – be yourself. There is so much more to this movie – it has only been a week and my kids have asked over and over when we can see it again. All four of them loved it – and I think that your kids will enjoy it as much as mine. The adults enjoyed it as much as the kids, thus making it the perfect family movie.

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The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when rookie Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” a comedy-adventure directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and co-directed by Jared Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”), opens in theaters on March 4, 2016.

Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin), the very first bunny on Zootopia’s police force, jumps at the opportunity to crack her first case—even if it means partnering with fast-talking, scam-artist fox Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman) to solve the mystery.

Notes:

  • “Zootopia” is Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 55thanimated feature.
  • Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino marks his first-ever feature collaboration with Walt Disney Animation Studios for next spring’s big-screen adventure “Zootopia.” Giacchino’s credits feature some of the most popular and acclaimed film projects in recent history, including Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out,” “The Incredibles” and “Ratatouille,” as well as “Jurassic World,” “MissionImpossible: Ghost Protocol” and “The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” His score for Disney•Pixar’s 2009 feature “Up” earned him an Oscar®, a Golden Globe®, the BAFTA, the Broadcast Film Critics’ Choice Award and two GRAMMY® Awards.
  • International superstar Shakira is lending her Grammy®-winning voice to Gazelle, the biggest pop star inZootopia. Shakira performs the film’s all-new original song, “Try Everything,” written by singer-songwriter Sia and songwriting duo Stargate.
  • Directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore both have Oscar®-nominated films: Howard directed Disney’s 2008 feature “Bolt,” and Moore directed 2012’s arcade-game-hopping adventure “Wreck-It Ralph,” which was produced by “Zootopia” producer Clark Spencer.

Disney's ZOOTOPIA trailer (ft. "Try Everything" song) #Zootopia

Disney's ZOOTOPIA Review {Great Family Movie} #Zootopia

Disney's ZOOTOPIA trailer (ft. "Try Everything" song) #Zootopia

Disney's ZOOTOPIA trailer (ft. "Try Everything" song) #Zootopia

Also be sure to check out these fun Zootopia Coloring Pages and Activity Sheets!
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P!nk To Partner With Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass #DisneyAlice http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/pnk-partner-disneys-alice-looking-glass-disneyalice/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/pnk-partner-disneys-alice-looking-glass-disneyalice/#respond Tue, 08 Mar 2016 14:34:37 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=60960 Walt Disney Studios is partnering with three-time GRAMMY®-winning singer/songwriter P!nk on the studio’s upcoming release “Alice Through the Looking Glass.” P!nk will write and record an original song which will appear in the film and on the motion picture soundtrack from Walt Disney Records featuring four-time Academy Award® nominee Danny Elfman’s score. She has also recorded a cover version […]

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Walt Disney Studios is partnering with three-time GRAMMY®-winning singer/songwriter P!nk on the studio’s upcoming release “Alice Through the Looking Glass.” P!nk will write and record an original song which will appear in the film and on the motion picture soundtrack from Walt Disney Records featuring four-time Academy Award® nominee Danny Elfman’s score. She has also recorded a cover version of the iconic song “White Rabbit” for the film’s marketing campaign. “Alice Through the Looking Glass” is an all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories which stars Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Rhys Ifans, with Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. The film opens in U.S. theaters on May 27, 2016.

Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass #DisneyAlice

In Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” an all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter. Directed by James Bobin, who brings his own unique vision to the spectacular world Tim Burton created on screen in 2010 with “Alice in Wonderland,” the film is written by Linda Woolverton based on characters created by Lewis Carroll and produced by Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd and Jennifer Todd and Tim Burton with John G. Scotti serving as executive producer. “Alice Through the Looking Glass” reunites the all-star cast from the worldwide blockbuster phenomenon, including: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter along with the voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall. We are also introduced to several new characters: Zanik Hightopp (Rhys Ifans), the Mad Hatter’s father and Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen), a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock.

Alice Kingsleigh (Wasikowska) has spent the past few years following in her father’s footsteps and sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland and her friends the White Rabbit (Sheen), Absolem (Rickman), the Cheshire Cat (Fry) and the Mad Hatter (Depp), who is not himself. The Hatter has lost his Muchness, so Mirana (Hathaway) sends Alice on a quest to borrow the Chronosphere, a metallic globe inside the chamber of the Grand Clock which powers all time. Returning to the past, she comes across friends – and enemies – at different points in their lives, and embarks on a perilous race to save the Hatter before time runs out.

Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass #DisneyAlice

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Alice Through the Looking Glass Extended Spot

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ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS opens in theaters everywhere on May 27th!

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Tips to keep your hair looking young and healthy http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/tips-keep-hair-looking-young-healthy/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/tips-keep-hair-looking-young-healthy/#respond Mon, 07 Mar 2016 19:57:34 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=60948 This post was sponsored by Ulta as part of a Blog Blast Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. I am sharing tips to keep your hair looking young and healthy. I am not an old lady yet, but neither am I as young as I once was. I am […]

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This post was sponsored by Ulta as part of a Blog Blast Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. I am sharing tips to keep your hair looking young and healthy.

Tips to keep your hair looking young and healthy

I am not an old lady yet, but neither am I as young as I once was. I am at the point where I want to start taking preventative measures for my skin, hair and body so that as I age, I not only look better but my skin and hair are healthier. I recently discovered the Living Proof Timeless Collection (you can pick it up only at Ulta Beauty) and I am in love! I have been using it for a few weeks now and can see a huge difference in my hair. As most women, I enjoy getting my hair colored regularly. I like using a hot flat iron to straighten it, or a curling iron, a blow dryer, etc. All of these things are so hard on our hair, and as we get older, our hair starts to loose that natural luster. Living Proof has been great to my hair! It no only gives it a beautiful youthful look again, but it cater’s to my hairs current needs and combats the signs of aging.

Tips to keep your hair looking young and healthy

To keep your hair looking young and healthy, you will want to take care of it with the right hair products, using heartless ways to style it more often and eating a healthy diet. All of these things will help your hair look and feel amazing! Taking good care of yourself now will help you not only feel better, but look better as you get older. My hair looks great and I know that it will look young and healthy as I get older because of the Living Proof Timeless Collection.

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5 ways to get your kids interested in reading http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/5-ways-to-get-your-kids-interested-in-reading/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/5-ways-to-get-your-kids-interested-in-reading/#respond Thu, 03 Mar 2016 19:48:58 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=60910 This post is brought to you by Scholastic and the 20 for 20 reading challenge. We are sharing 5 ways to get your kids interested in reading. I love reading. It is my break, what I do to relax, calm down or take a break during a busy day. My mother taught me to read […]

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This post is brought to you by Scholastic and the 20 for 20 reading challenge. We are sharing 5 ways to get your kids interested in reading.

I love reading. It is my break, what I do to relax, calm down or take a break during a busy day. My mother taught me to read at a very young age because she was a first grade teacher, and ever since I can remember, books have been a part of my life. Because I love reading so much, I knew that my kids would love it too. And they do – just not as much I want them too. I have spent a lot of time with them reading and over time they have really come to enjoy books, but it wasn’t always so easy. Getting your kids to read is very important, not because it is a life skill, but because it can help them learn and grow and discover “new places”. There are so many books, for all levels, so reading with your kids for 20 minutes a day will turn into something fun and exciting. I want to issue a 20 for 20 challenge to you. Scholastic is doing a 20 for 20 Family Reading Challenge which encourages you to read for 20 minutes a day for 20 days (or longer). They have a fun printable reading chart as well as other resources on their site here.

5 ways to get your kids interested in reading

For those of you who are having a hard time motivating your kids to read, here are 5 ways to get your kids interested in reading:

  1. Have a good selection of books to choose from (or take a trip to the library and let them pick their own books).
  2. For reading time, have a fun, special treat that you can share
  3. Take turns with your kids reading aloud. My kids love it when I read aloud to them and it is a great bonding experience.
  4. Use the printable chart to track your reading and have a reward at the end like a movie night or picking out a new book at the store
  5. Have a family reading time where everyone sits down together and reads. Be part of the reading group, reading with them and making it fun and enjoyable.

There are many other ways to get your kids interested in reading, but these are ways that have helped my kids.

5 ways to get your kids interested in reading

5 ways to get your kids interested in reading

5 ways to get your kids interested in reading

 

Experience how you can inspire your children, influence their behavior, and strengthen their bond with you.

Reading helps children understand their changing world and strengthens their creative thinking. But with so many distractions, many kids are reading less and reading less well. That’s why it’s imporant to practice reading; like any other skill, the more you read, the better you’ll read!

The 20 for 20 Family Reading Challenge was created for students to complete with either mom or dad or – even better – both! All you have to do is read together for at least 20 minutes a day for 20 days.

Take the pledge today and start reading! 

I would to hear your tips on getting kids interested in reading and what books your kids like. What do you do to get your kids interested in reading?

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DISNEY•PIXAR’s FINDING DORY trailer #FindingDory #HaveYouSeenHer http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/disney-pixars-finding-dory-trailer-2/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/disney-pixars-finding-dory-trailer-2/#respond Thu, 03 Mar 2016 16:08:07 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=60898 DISNEY•PIXAR’s FINDING DORY is finally going to be here soon – only a few more months! It comes out June 17. My kids have been waiting not so patiently for the release. Finding Nemo is one of our favorite movies, and I know that Finding Dory is going to be just as good! Back with […]

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DISNEY•PIXAR’s FINDING DORY is finally going to be here soon – only a few more months! It comes out June 17. My kids have been waiting not so patiently for the release. Finding Nemo is one of our favorite movies, and I know that Finding Dory is going to be just as good! Back with the same great cast, humor and new adventure – it is sure to be the movie of the summer! The new Finding Dory trailer is great and my kids can’t stop watching it! Check it out below.

 DISNEY•PIXAR’s FINDING DORY trailer #FindingDory #HaveYouSeenHer

Here is the new  DISNEY•PIXAR’s FINDING DORY trailer that premiered on Ellen yesterday. The movie looks so good!

Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” reunites everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang, Dory, with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale?

Directed by Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”) and produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”), the film features the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton.  “Finding Dory” swims into theaters June 17, 2016.

Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” reunites everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang, Dory, with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past.

 

Here are some of the new posters for Finding Dory (I love them all! – can you find her?)

 DISNEY•PIXAR’s FINDING DORY trailer #FindingDory #HaveYouSeenHer

 DISNEY•PIXAR’s FINDING DORY trailer #FindingDory #HaveYouSeenHer

 DISNEY•PIXAR’s FINDING DORY trailer #FindingDory #HaveYouSeenHer

 DISNEY•PIXAR’s FINDING DORY trailer #FindingDory #HaveYouSeenHer

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DISNEY•PIXAR’s FINDING DORY trailer is in theaters June 17, 2016

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2016 Kia Sedona SXL Review http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/2016-kia-sedona-sxl-review/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/2016-kia-sedona-sxl-review/#respond Thu, 03 Mar 2016 15:25:46 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=60930 I recently had the fun opportunity to test drive the 2016 Kia Sedona SXL for about a week (all opinions here are my own). This van is really fun and packed with everything you can think of. It has enough room to seat 7 comfortably, and with the reclining seats in the middle, the full […]

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I recently had the fun opportunity to test drive the 2016 Kia Sedona SXL for about a week (all opinions here are my own). This van is really fun and packed with everything you can think of. It has enough room to seat 7 comfortably, and with the reclining seats in the middle, the full dual power sunroofs, 3.3L DOHV CVVT V6 Engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with sportmatic, and the rear entertainment system are just a few of the features that set this van apart from its competition. It is very comfortable to ride in with a lot of room for everyone and everything you may need to take with you,as well as the luxury and comfort to get there in style.

2016 Kia Sedona SXL Review

The inside of the 2016 Kia Sedona is impressive – and I fell in love immediately. Sitting in the drivers seat you are privy to a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated seats, Steering-Wheel-Mounted Audio, Hands-Free Phone and Cruise Control Buttons, a comfortable center console the Voice-Command Navigation with 8″ Touch Screen Display, & SiriusXM® Traffic, 360 degree Surround View Monitor (SVM) camera that shows all the way around the car when you are in reverse (and an option to turn it on in drive), push button start, memory driver’s seat position and more. These are just a handful of the things you will notice when you get in. When you drive the Kia Sedona you will notice great features like the auto-dimming headlights that dim on their own when you are driving, Smart cruise control that stays a specific distance behind the car in front of you, lane departure warning system, forward collision warning system, front/rear parking assist system and more.

2016 Kia Sedona SXL Review

As a passenger in the van you will be able to enjoy the rear entertainment system, (sunroof over the back seats), the second row of seats are recliners, plenty of space and even a 115V power inverter where you can plug things in and charge your devices, etc. My kids loved how much room there was and how comfortable all the seats were. I also liked how big and roomy the trunk was and allowed for all of our luggage, etc when we traveled. It is a deep trunk with a push button open, as well as a Smart “Hands Free” power lift gate.

2016 Kia Sedona SXL Review

2016 Kia Sedona SXL Review

2016 Kia Sedona SXL Review

Go ahead and take a test drive today! You will love it too. It has a smooth ride and is just as fun to drive as it is to ride in. You can learn more about the Kia Sedona on:

WEBSITE | http://www.kia.com/us/en/vehicle/sedona/2016

FACEBOOK | http://facebook.com/kia

TWITTER | http://twitter.com/kia

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Spring Break Checklist http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/spring-break-checklist/ Wed, 02 Mar 2016 18:36:23 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=60818 Spring Break is coming soon and we have big plans this year! We are going down to Zion National Park for hiking, fishing and enjoying all things outdoors. It is going to be an epic trip that we are all looking forward to, and to make sure that we have a great time, we have […]

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Spring Break is coming soon and we have big plans this year! We are going down to Zion National Park for hiking, fishing and enjoying all things outdoors. It is going to be an epic trip that we are all looking forward to, and to make sure that we have a great time, we have made a checklist so that we make sure we don’t forget anything. We headed to Walmart and got pretty much everything on our list, and we have started getting things put together. Among the camping and hiking stuff, we make sure to put snacks and food on the list because with four kids, you know that we will need a near constant supply. On the top of that list was Smucker’s® Uncrustables®. My kids love these and we often get them for hikes and trip because they are so convenient and yummy. Other snacks they love are Jif® To Go™, crackers, trail mix, string cheese, juice boxes and Smucker’s® Squeeze™.

Spring Break Checklist

Spring Break Checklist

Spring Break Checklist

Here is a Spring Break Checklist so you can make sure you get everything you need (and some things you don’t 😉 )

  • Good backpack
  • Water bladder
  • Smucker’s® Uncrustables®
  • Jif® To Go™
  • Crackers
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Carrots
  • Trail Mix
  • String Cheese
  • Cookies
  • Juice Boxes
  • Water Bottles
  • Rolls/Bread
  • Smucker’s® Squeeze™
  • First Aid Kit
  • Emergency Whistle
  • Flashlight
  • Tissues
  • Extra socks for your pack
  • Games for traveling
  • Camera
  • Extra batteries
  • Books
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray

I am sure there are a 100 other things that you will want to take, but this is a good list to get you started.

Spring Break Checklist

Spring Break Checklist

Spring Break is a great time spend time together as a family and get to know each other. We love enjoying the outdoors and we can’t wait to get to Zion Park and explore new territory there. Before we head out we are going to make sure that we have everything we need. Walmart is your place to stock up on all of our Snackation needs and they have everything else that we will need for our trip!

Spring Break Checklist

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With Disney’s THE JUNGLE BOOK Activity Sheets #JungleBook http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/the-jungle-book-activity-sheets/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/the-jungle-book-activity-sheets/#respond Wed, 02 Mar 2016 02:08:04 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=60971 One of my all time favorite animated cartoons is Disney’s The Jungle Book. The music, story and lines are iconic and some we know very well. I was beyond excited when I found out that they were making a live-action adventure about Mowgli, Baloo and all of my other favorites. It is going to be […]

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One of my all time favorite animated cartoons is Disney’s The Jungle Book. The music, story and lines are iconic and some we know very well. I was beyond excited when I found out that they were making a live-action adventure about Mowgli, Baloo and all of my other favorites. It is going to be amazing with the all-star cast and what I have seen of the trailers and images I know that it is going to blow us all away. Here are some fun THE JUNGLE BOOK Activity Sheets for you to print or download and let your kids do.

TheJungleBookHexaflexagon The Jungle Book Jungle Maze The Jungle Book Spot The Difference

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Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire. The all-star cast also includes Lupita Nyong’o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito as the voice of wolf pack’s alpha male Akela. “The Jungle Book” seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world. The wild adventure swings into theaters in 3D on April 15, 2016.

With Disney’s THE JUNGLE BOOK

With Disney’s THE JUNGLE BOOK

With Disney’s THE JUNGLE BOOK

THE JUNGLE BOOK – Trailer

“The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub raised in the jungle by a family of wolves, who embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery when he’s forced to abandon the only home he’s ever known.Notes:

  • Neel Sethi, now 12, was selected from thousands of candidates following a worldwide search for the perfect man-cub.
  • The all-star voice cast includes Oscar®-winners Ben Kingsley (“Learning to Drive,” “The Walk”), Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) and Christopher Walken (“The Deer Hunter”), as well as Bill Murray (“Lost in Translation”), Idris Elba (“Star Trek Beyond”), Scarlett Johansson (“Avengers: Age of Ultron”) and Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad’).
  • Rudyard Kipling penned the collection of short stories, “The Jungle Book,” in the early 1890s from his home in Vermont.
  • State-of-the-art technology is behind larger-than-life jungle creatures that join Neel Sethi’s Mowgli on screen in an all-new, immersive, jaw-dropping viewing experience. The film will be spectacular in 3D and IMAX 3D.

Like THE JUNGLE BOOK on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyJungleBook
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Visit the official THE JUNGLE BOOK website here: http://movies.disney.com/the-jungle-book-2016

THE JUNGLE BOOK opens in theatres everywhere in 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D on April 15th!

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 announced for May 5, 2017 Release #GotGVol2 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/marvels-guardians-galaxy-vol-2-announced-may-5-2017-release/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/marvels-guardians-galaxy-vol-2-announced-may-5-2017-release/#respond Tue, 01 Mar 2016 22:03:09 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=60964 I am so excited that in just over a year we will be able to enjoy the second installment of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The first one is one of my favorite Marvel movies, packed with action and adventure, humor and even some tender emotions. I can’t wait to see Vol. 2 in all […]

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I am so excited that in just over a year we will be able to enjoy the second installment of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The first one is one of my favorite Marvel movies, packed with action and adventure, humor and even some tender emotions. I can’t wait to see Vol. 2 in all of its glory! It will be great 🙂

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MARVEL STUDIOS BEGINS PRODUCTION ON “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2”

Marvel Studios has begun principal photography at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, on Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which is slated to hit U.S. theaters on May 5, 2017. The production will shoot at Atlanta’s Pinewood Studios.

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is written and directed by James Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Slither”). The film marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt (“Jurassic World,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord;  Zoe Saldana (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”) as Gamora; Dave Bautista (“Spectre,”  “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Drax; Vin Diesel (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Furious 7”) as the voice of Groot; Bradley Cooper (“Joy,” “American Sniper”) as the voice of Rocket;  Michael Rooker (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Jumper”) as Yondu; Karen Gillan (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Big Short”) as Nebula; and Sean Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Gilmore Girls”) as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff (“Oldboy”), Elizabeth Debicki (“The Great Gatsby,” “Everest”), Chris Sullivan (“The Knick,” “The Drop”) and Kurt Russell (“The Hateful Eight,” “Furious 7”).

Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is produced by Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

Director James Gunn’s creative team also includes director of photography Henry Braham (“The Legend of Tarzan,” “The Golden Compass”); production designer Scott Chambliss (“Star Trek,” “Tomorrowland”); editors Fred Raskin (“The Hateful Eight,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) and Craig Wood (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”); composer Tyler Bates (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “John Wick”); three time Oscar®-nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”); Oscar®-nominated visual effects supervisor Chris Townsend (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Iron Man 3”); stunt coordinator Tommy Harper (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” ); co-producer / first assistant director Lars Winther (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”); and six-time Oscar® nominee, special effects supervisor Dan Sudick (“Captain America: Civil War,”  “The Avengers”).

The original “Guardians of the Galaxy” was a hit with critics and audiences alike, earning over $770 million at the worldwide box-office, and holds the record as the most successful debut film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In addition, the film’s soundtrack went platinum and was nominated for a Grammy®.

Based on the Marvel comic characters first published in 1969, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ” continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Ant-Man,” and the upcoming release schedule, which includes  “Captain America: Civil War” on May 6, 2016; “Doctor Strange,” November 4, 2016; “Spider-Man,” July 7, 2017; and “Thor: Ragnarok” onNovember 3, 2017.

Marvel Studios continued its unprecedented success in 2015 with the release of “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” At the time of release, the film recorded the second biggest opening weekend of all time with a $191.3 million box office. It has also been the #1 release in every country where it has opened and has grossed over $1.4 billion in global box office. The studio also successfully launched another franchise with “Ant-Man,” starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly. The film opened #1 at the box office on July 17 and went on to gross more than $519 million at the worldwide box office. The film propelled the Marvel brands’ #1 domestic box-office opening streak to a record-breaking 12 consecutive films.

I will share more details as I have them!

 

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Disney’s Pete’s Dragon Trailer #PetesDragon http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/disneys-petes-dragon-trailer-petesdragon/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/disneys-petes-dragon-trailer-petesdragon/#respond Tue, 01 Mar 2016 19:12:07 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=60967 In the new 2016 Disney movie Pete’s Dragon, you are going to love the adventure and excitement. I remember the one from years ago – and I can’t wait to share this new one with my kids. A reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film, “Pete’s Dragon” is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete […]

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In the new 2016 Disney movie Pete’s Dragon, you are going to love the adventure and excitement. I remember the one from years ago – and I can’t wait to share this new one with my kids. A reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film, “Pete’s Dragon” is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who just so happens to be a dragon. Here is the new teaser trailer to get you excited for the release later this year:

Disney's Pete’s Dragon Trailer #PetesDragon

A reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film, “Pete’s Dragon” is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who just so happens to be a dragon. “Pete’s Dragon” stars Bryce Dallas Howard (“Jurassic World”), Oakes Fegley (“This is Where I Leave You”), Wes Bentley (“The Hunger Games”), Karl Urban (“Star Trek”), Oona Laurence (“Southpaw”) and Oscar® winner Robert Redford (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”). The film, which is directed by David Lowery (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”), is written by Lowery & Toby Halbrooks based on a story by Seton I. Miller and S.S. Field and produced by Jim Whitaker, p.g.a. (“The Finest Hours,” “Friday Night Lights”), with Barrie M. Osborne (“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” “The Great Gatsby”) serving as executive producer.

For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliott seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon. Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” opens in U.S. theaters on August 12, 2016.

Disney's Pete’s Dragon Trailer #PetesDragon

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Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” opens theaters on August 12, 2016

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Slow Cooker Black Bean Chili Crostini http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/slow-cooker-blackbean-chili-crostini/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/slow-cooker-blackbean-chili-crostini/#comments Tue, 01 Mar 2016 16:43:23 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=60846 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #YesYouCan #CollectiveBias I love cooking for my family. It is so fun to bring ingredients together to create a delicious and satisfying meal. One of our favorite dishes is Chili, so I decided to make Slow Cooker Black Bean Chili […]

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I love cooking for my family. It is so fun to bring ingredients together to create a delicious and satisfying meal. One of our favorite dishes is Chili, so I decided to make Slow Cooker Black Bean Chili Crostini’s. I also wanted to have Virgin Raspberry Pineapple Mocktail’s with Fruit Juice Ice Cubes (ice cubes made with fruit juice instead of water and real fruit added).  I like to have a meal that comes together quickly, but still tastes like I spent all day in the kitchen. That is one reason that I love my slow cooker. I can put ingredients together in the morning in my slow cooker, and later that day, dinner comes together easy for a stress free meal that saves me time and my family loves.

Slow Cooker Black Bean Chili Crostini and Raspberry Pineapple Mocktail with Fruit Juice Ice Cubes

The black bean chili is very easy to put together in the slow cooker. I used Hunt’s Chili seasoned tomato sauce, RO*TEL diced tomatoes with Chili’s, 1 can of black beans (with liquid), 1 can of corn (drained), and 1 can of chili beans (with liquid). I also browned 1 LB of ground pork and added a packet of chili seasoning. I put everything together in the slow cooker and let it cook together for about 4 hours. The house smelled amazing while it was cooking. My kids (and hubby) kept asking when it would be done. The great thing is, I can keep most the ingredients for the Black Bean chili on hand in my pantry, and make it when we want it.

Slow Cooker Black Bean Chili Crostini and Raspberry Pineapple Mocktail with Fruit Juice Ice Cubes

Once the Black Bean Chili is done, you will put the Crostini’s together. First, turn your oven on to HI broil. While it is heating, take the Everything Italian Bread (we got it from the bakery at Walmart) and slice it and lay them out on a baking sheet. Then you will take spoonfuls of the chili and spread it on the bread. Sprinkle with fresh grated Parmesan cheese to top it off. Put the sheet into the oven and cook for about 3 minutes (this will melt the cheese and crust the bread).

Slow Cooker Black Bean Chili Crostini and Raspberry Pineapple Mocktail with Fruit Juice Ice Cubes

Slow Cooker Black Bean Chili Crostini and Raspberry Pineapple Mocktail with Fruit Juice Ice Cubes

Slow Cooker Black Bean Chili Crostini and Raspberry Pineapple Mocktail with Fruit Juice Ice Cubes

Slow Cooker Black Bean Chili Crostini and Raspberry Pineapple Mocktail with Fruit Juice Ice Cubes

I love how the Black Bean Chili Crostini’s turned out. My family ate them so fast, I only got 1! This is a great combination, and the Everything Italian Bread combined with the Parmesan goes perfect with the Black Bean Chili. While the Chili was cooking in the slow cooker, I put together some delicious fruit juice ice cubes. They are real juice with real fruit that we put into our mocktails, to keep the drink cold and prevent it from getting watered down. This is a fun and easy kitchen hack that everyone will love. As the ice cube melts, you will have real fruit in your drink. My kids love to sneak these because of the real fruit juice and the fresh fruit it is like a popsicle to them.

Slow Cooker Black Bean Chili Crostini and Raspberry Pineapple Mocktail with Fruit Juice Ice Cubes

Slow Cooker Black Bean Chili Crostini and Raspberry Pineapple Mocktail with Fruit Juice Ice Cubes

Overall this meal was fun and easy to put together. The slow cooker Black Bean Chili cooked while I worked and was ready to put together in a quick meal when it was time for dinner. It literally took less than 10 minutes to make the Crostini’s because the chili was heated and cooked. Broiling the bread will make it crispy and melt the cheese for a perfect combination. If  you want to try the delicious Raspberry Pineapple Mocktail with Fruit Juice Ice Cubes, here is the recipe.

For 1 serving mix 2/3 cup of Pineapple juice, 1/2 cup of Cranberry Raspberry Juice and 1/2 cup of lemon-lime soda. Then I added about 1 tsp (give or take) of Grenadine syrup to color the bottom of the drink and add that sweetness. We made the ice cubes with the pineapple juice and diced peaches in one and the Raspberry Cranberry juice with raspberries in the other one. Both turned out amazing! We picked up everything we needed at Walmart. They have a great selection and I love their bakery with the Everything french bread.

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Slow Cooker Black Bean Chili Crostini and Raspberry Pineapple Mocktail with Fruit Juice Ice Cubes

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Slow Cooker Black Bean Chili Crostini and Raspberry Pineapple Mocktail with Fruit Juice Ice Cubes

Slow Cooker Black Bean Chili Crostini and Raspberry Pineapple Mocktail with Fruit Juice Ice Cubes

Ingredients

  • 1 can of Hunt's Chili seasoned tomato sauce
  • 1 lg can of RO*TEL diced tomatoes with Chili's
  • 1 can of black beans (with liquid)
  • 1 can of corn (drained)
  • 1 can of chili beans (with liquid)
  • 1 LB of browned ground pork
  • 1 packet of chili seasoning

Instructions

  1. Turn the slow cooker on hi.
  2. Brown the ground pork in a pan and add to the slow cooker.
  3. Add the corn, black beans and chili beans and mix.
  4. Then add the Hunt's Chili seasoned tomato sauce and RO*TEL diced tomatoes with Chili'sand mix together.
  5. Let it cook for about 4 hours.
  6. Once the Black Bean Chili is done, you will put the Crostini's together.
  7. First, turn your oven on to HI broil.
  8. While it is heating, take slices of the Everything Italian Bread (we got it from the bakery at Walmart) and slice it and lay them out on a baking sheet.
  9. Then you will take spoonfuls of the chili and spread it on the bread.
  10. Sprinkle with fresh grated Parmesan cheese to top it off.
  11. Put the sheet into the oven and cook for about 3 minutes (this will melt the cheese and crust the bread).
  12. Serve immediately.
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Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol: Brave Heroes, Big Rescues on DVD today! http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/paw-patrol-brave-heroes-big-rescues/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/paw-patrol-brave-heroes-big-rescues/#respond Tue, 01 Mar 2016 15:08:32 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=60888 My kids love PAW Patrol and their fun adventures. In their newest movie PAW Patrol: Brave Heroes, Big Rescues showcases all of their fun rescues and adventures and all of the different places they go. It keeps my kids not only entertained, but wanted to act out their own rescue adventures. It is a lot of […]

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My kids love PAW Patrol and their fun adventures. In their newest movie PAW Patrol: Brave Heroes, Big Rescues showcases all of their fun rescues and adventures and all of the different places they go. It keeps my kids not only entertained, but wanted to act out their own rescue adventures. It is a lot of fun and I love that it fuels their imaginations. We received a pre-release copy, and I have to tell you that it is a great movie and I am glad that we have it in our collection. You can pick up a copy at most major retailers as well as online at Amazon.com.

PAW Patrol: Brave Heroes, Big Rescues

The PAW Patrol pups are geared up and ready to tackle some of their biggest challenges yet in the new DVD release PAW Patrol: Brave Heroes, Big Rescues available March 1, 2016. Young adventure seekers won’t want to miss a minute as they join their favorite pups for high-stake rescues through dangerous caves, bunny-filled woods, an icy tundra and more adventures. As the number-one preschool series on TV, this PAW Patrol DVD collection is a must-have for every Nickelodeon collection. Produced by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution.

PAW Patrol: Brave Heroes, Big Rescues includes the following episodes:

  • Pups Save Jake/Pups Save the Parade – Jake and Chase explore a deep cave, but their adventure takes a turn when Jake ends gets his ankle stuck between some fallen rocks. Ryder, Rubble and Marshall need to get to the cave and save him. The Adventure Bay Parade Day goes awry when Alex puts too many balloons on Katie’s bathtub float and Cali and Chickaletta float away.
  • Pups Save A Mer-Pup – At a beachside camping trip, the PAW Patrol spots a Mer-Pup in trouble. The team transforms into Mer-Pups under the magical Mer-Moon to save their new underwater friends.
  • Pups Save a Friend/Pups Save a Stowaway – Feeling like he has four left paws and that his clumsy ways are constantly messing up his friends’ fun, Marshall decides to take a break from the PAW Patrol and goes off to the woods. The pups notice Marshall is gone and jump into action to find him and bring him back to the Lookout. In Pups Save a Stowaway, the PAW Patrol are on a road trip in the Paw Patroller to the Icy Tundra to help Jake count penguins. Little do they realize, Cali has been packed up as an unsuspecting stowaway. In an effort to get home, Cali finds herself on Everest’s plow and the pups have to rescue a kitten.
  • Pups Bark with Dinosaurs – The Paw Patrol is on a big excavation dig in the jungle with Cap’n Turbot looking for dinosaur fossils when they unearth three fossilized eggs. The eggs hatch and the three baby pterodactyls begin running around Adventure Bay.  The PAW Patrol is on the case and soon all the prehistoric creatures are found.

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LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Cosmic Clash on Blu-ray combo pack today! http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/lego-dc-comics-super-heroes-justice-league-cosmic-clash/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/lego-dc-comics-super-heroes-justice-league-cosmic-clash/#respond Tue, 01 Mar 2016 14:50:01 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=60893 We love LEGO movies and so when LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Cosmic Clash came in the mail my son couldn’t wait to get it open and watch it. I have to admit that I love these movies too, so we put it in and sat down together. The movie is great! We […]

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We love LEGO movies and so when LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Cosmic Clash came in the mail my son couldn’t wait to get it open and watch it. I have to admit that I love these movies too, so we put it in and sat down together. The movie is great! We loved watching the Justice League battle their way back against Brainiac and save the world. If your kids are LEGO lovers, and better yet comic lovers – they will be glued to this and watch it over and over.

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LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Cosmic Clash

The brilliant, hyper-obsessive-compulsive, super-computer Brainiac is combing the universe for new additions to his collection of worlds when he stumbles upon a ripe planet for his taking – Earth. But Brainiac quickly discovers Earth has a “firewall” – the Justice League.  When Brainiac cleverly displaces several members of the Justice League to other time periods in Earth’s history, Batman, Flash and Cyborg must build and use the Cosmic Treadmill to race across time to retrieve their comrades – while members of the Legion of Super Heroes attempt to hold off Brainiac’s assault. Only time will tell in this battle for the fate of the Earth and the Justice League!

The cast of LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Cosmic Clash features some of the top voiceover artists in the industry voicing the core Justice League heroes: Troy Baker (Batman), Nolan North (Superman), Grey Griffin (Wonder Woman), Josh Keaton (Green Lantern), Khary Payton (Cyborg) and James Arnold Taylor (The Flash). Phil LaMarr (Futurama, Static Shock, Pulp Fiction) joins the LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes realm as the voice of Brainiac. The Legion of Super-Heroes also assists the Justice League efforts, spotlighting the voices of Jessica DiCicco (Supergirl), Kari Walhgren (Saturn Girl), Yuri Lowenthal (Cosmic Boy) and Andy Milder (Lightning Lad). Also along for the fun is Phil Morris, reprising his Justice League role as Vandal Savage, and Jason Spisak as Captain Fear.

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Cosmic Clash is directed by Rick Morales from a script by Jim Krieg. Sam Register, Jill Wilfert and Jason Cosler are executive producers. Benjamin Melniker & Michael Uslan are co-executive producers, and Brandon Vietti is supervising producer.

“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is excited to release LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Cosmic Clash,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, WBHE Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “Fans of the LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes franchise can expect an action-packed and hilarious film as the Justice League battles to thwart Brainiac’s villainous plans”.

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Cosmic Clash Special Features include:

  • Featurette – “The Justice League: Caught On Camera” – They may be the world’s greatest crime fighters, but Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Cyborg and Supergirl test Batman’s patience by flubbing their lines, missing their cues and basically stinking up the screen literally!

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LEGO® STAR WARS: Droid Tales! on DVD today! http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/lego-star-wars-droid-tales/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/lego-star-wars-droid-tales/#respond Tue, 01 Mar 2016 14:18:13 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=60887 We love watching LEGO STAR WARS shows. They are fun and the kids love them – and the newest addition Droid Tales, is just as good. It goes back through some of the most momentous moments of the 6 Star Wars movies and it is all told from C3PO’s perspective. It is funny and a […]

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We love watching LEGO STAR WARS shows. They are fun and the kids love them – and the newest addition Droid Tales, is just as good. It goes back through some of the most momentous moments of the 6 Star Wars movies and it is all told from C3PO’s perspective. It is funny and a great way to get kids into Star Wars if they are not already. We received a pre-release copy and my kids have watched it several times. It is really good! You can pick the DVD up at most major retailers and online at amazon.com. The movie runs for 115 minutes so it would be great for family night – or you can choose to watch the 30 minute episodes one at a time.

LEGO® STAR WARS: Droid Tales!

Your Favorite Star Wars Heroes are Back with Five Complete Episodes that Unleash the Lighter Side of the Force in LEGO® STAR WARS: Droid Tales!

Exclusive trading card set packed inside each DVD!

The fun begins following the victory celebration in the Ewok village on Endor, at the end of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. R2-D2 and C-3PO have gathered to regale Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca and the other Rebels with the tales of their adventures that led to the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. An accidental kidnapping occurs while the droids are reminiscing, and suddenly you’re taken on a new journey that leads to the retelling of the entire Star Wars saga, as told by R2-D2 and C-3PO! It’s hilarious and playful, packed with all your favorite interlocking characters. LEGO® STAR WARS™: DROID TALES is intergalactic thrills for the whole family!

Here are two trailers for the LEGO® STAR WARS: Droid Tales! episodes DVD:

NON-EXPLODED DROID

NEVER DO THAT AGAIN

Voice Cast:    Eric Bauza (Spongebob Movie, Ben 10: Omniverse, Batman: Assault on Arkham) as Luke Skywalker/Porkins Pilot; Michael Daingerfield (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Catwoman) as Han Solo/Admiral Ozzel/Biggs Pilot; Anthony Daniels (Star Wars Franchise) as C-3PO; Trevor Devall (Kid vs. Kat, Johnny Test) as Emperor Palpatine/Admiral Piett/Admiral Ackbar.

Executive Producers:    Erik Wilstrup, Jill Wilfert, Torsten Jacobsen, Michael Price

Episodes:    

Exit from Endor
Crisis on Coruscant
Mission to Mos Eisley
Flight of the Falcon
Gambit on Geonosis

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Stuffed Avocados with Tuna Recipe http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/stuffed-avocados-with-tuna-recipe/ http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/stuffed-avocados-with-tuna-recipe/#comments Mon, 29 Feb 2016 21:07:17 +0000 http://lovebugsandpostcards.com/?p=60800 One of our favorite meats is tuna. I use it for all different kinds of meal ideas, but the latest recipe we tried was Stuffed Avocados with Tuna and Fresh Veggies, and they turned out amazing. We used the Bumble Bee® Solid White Albacore in Water and it made all the difference. You won’t believe the difference that […]

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One of our favorite meats is tuna. I use it for all different kinds of meal ideas, but the latest recipe we tried was Stuffed Avocados with Tuna and Fresh Veggies, and they turned out amazing. We used the Bumble Bee® Solid White Albacore in Water and it made all the difference. You won’t believe the difference that you will see just opening the can and the taste is that much more amazing as well. With the avocado, fresh mini sweet peppers, lime, pickles, cilantro, and seasoning, you have a delicious meal in just minutes.

Stuffed Avocados with Tuna Recipe

I love having fresh quality ingredients on hand to cook and create with. Because I want to make sure my family has the best, I like to get Bumble Bee® Solid White Albacore with it’s firm texture and fresh taste. Not only does it taste good, but it is also packed with a variety of nutrients including lean protein, healthy fat and important vitamins and minerals. It is a great main ingredient in any meal. We loved using it to make these stuffed avocados. I want to make sure my family is getting food that are good for them and fresh veggies and quality meats are at the top of my list.

Stuffed Avocados with Tuna Recipe

Stuffed Avocados with Tuna Recipe

Stuffed Avocados with Tuna Recipe

Stuffed Avocados with Tuna Recipe

Stuffed Avocados with Tuna Recipe

Stuffed Avocados with Tuna Recipe

Stuffed Avocados with Tuna Recipe

The recipe for the stuffed avocados is very simple and only takes a few minutes to put together. You will need: a 5 oz can of Bumble Bee® Solid White Albacore in Water, two avocados, 3 mini sweet peppers, one lime cut in half, a small pickle-diced, seasoning and some cilantro. To put the recipe together, you will take the avocado and cut them in half length wise. Remove the pit and hollow out about a scoop of the avocado and put it into a bowl (repeat with each half). Next, you will take the Tuna (drained) and add it to the avocado. Mix these together. Now you will remove the seeds of and dice the mini sweet peppers and add them to the mixture. You will add the diced pickle next. Stir this together again then you will squeeze the juice from the line into the mixture you also season to taste. Mix it one last time, and then using a spoon, scoop the mixture into the halves of the avocados. Squeeze a little bit of lime juice on top and then garnish with the cilantro. The stuffed avocados taste great fresh, or kept in a sealed container for about a day.

Stuffed Avocados with Tuna Recipe

Stuffed Avocados with Tuna Recipe

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Stuffed Avocados with Tuna Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4

Serving Size: 1 half

Stuffed Avocados with Tuna Recipe

Ingredients

  • 5 oz. can of Bumble Bee® Solid White Albacore in Water
  • 2 Avocados
  • 3 fresh mini sweet peppers
  • 1 lime
  • 1 pickle
  • Fresh cilantro
  • seasoning to taste (We used garlic and herb, pepper and salt)

Instructions

  1. First take the avocado and cut them in half length wise. Remove the pit and hollow out about a scoop of the avocado and put it into a bowl (repeat with each half).
  2. Next, you will take the Tuna (drained) and add it to the avocado in the bowl. Mix these together.
  3. Now you will remove the seeds of and dice the mini sweet peppers and add them to the mixture.
  4. You will add the diced pickle next.
  5. Stir this together again then you will squeeze the juice from the line into the mixture you also season to taste.
  6. Mix it one last time, and then using a spoon, scoop the mixture into the halves of the avocados. Squeeze a little bit of lime juice on top and then garnish with the cilantro.
  7. They taste great fresh, or kept in a sealed container for about a day.
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