Thursday, July 28, 2016

Back to School Shopping With Groupon Goods

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Back to school shopping can be downright expensive but it doesn't have to be that way thanks to Groupon Goods. You can do all of your back to school shopping right on the computer while getting exceptional deals. No more dragging the kids out in the hot weather and listening to whining and crying because Groupon Goods has got mom and dad covered for back to school shopping.

Here are some back to school deals I found right now at Groupon Goods. I will be picking up a few of these items for my girls before they sell out. Items sell quick, so I can't promise these goodies will be there for long.

Sharpie Fine-Tip Permanent Markers Set (24 Pack) for $12.99. That's 63% off the normal price. My girls LOVE these! I think I will buy a few packs at this price.

Personalized Children's Name Labels (42 pack) for $5. These are a must have, because kids are always losing their school supplies. This way kids know which items they own. Also, these labels are dishwasher safe and would work great on washable, reusable snack bags. 

Canvas Emoji Backpack with School Essentials $39.99. This ultra cool backpack comes with all of your school essentials including scissors, ruler, colored pencils, etc. My daughter is big time into Emoji so she will adore this bag.

3 Pack of Crayola Box of 24 Crayons for $6.90. You can never have too many crayons. What a great deal for three 24 packs of crayons.

Groupon Goods offers so much more than I listed above. You can pick up shoes, clothes, and everything you need for the start of the new school year. Plus, you're saving tons of money with the pleasure of shopping from home. So, go check out Groupon Goods for ALL of your back to school shopping!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Ice Cream With Friends and Family & Enter to Win a $100 Visa Card

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Nothing says summer like enjoying ice cream with friends and family on a particularly hot day. In Michigan, we've been through a hot, dry spell. Yesterday, my car temperature read a whopping 104 degrees. My husband and I decided it would be the perfect day for the kids to have a few friends over, hop in the pool, and do a little ice cream taste testing. July is a perfect time since it is National Ice Cream Month.
"Jack Nicklaus Ice Cream was developed in partnership with legendary pro golfer Jack Nicklaus and The Schwan Food Company in 2015 with the goal of bringing families together with an affordable, delicious dessert. Additionally, a portion of sales of the product goes to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals."
I love that this ice cream supports such a great cause
We decided to try six of the Jack Nicklaus ice cream flavors and see if we could find a winner. Below is the list of flavors we tried:
Black Cherry Ice Cream
Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl
Salted Carmel Toffee Ice Cream
Strawberry Lemonade Ice Cream
Triple Chocolate
Warm Spiced Butter Pecan
We couldn't all agree on one single winner because they all were so good but we agree that we had some favorites. The first ice cream to completely disappear from the container was the Strawberry Lemonade Ice Cream. A close second one emptied was the Triple Chocolate. The third place winner, voted number 1 by all of the males at the party, was the Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl.
As you can see, the kids were all smiles and in ice cream heaven!
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Which Jack Nicklaus ice cream listed above would you like to try?

Friday, July 15, 2016

Good Luck Dinner Party

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of HotRef Party Favors for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
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The elephant is a symbol of good luck in many cultures. Much honor is given to these majestically beautiful animals. I love planning parties. I think an elephant themed would be perfect for a good luck dinner party. In another month a ton of recent graduates will be leaving their families to go away to college. 

I would ask that the women dress in a sari and the men in red and gold's which would make the guests look stunning in vibrant colors. A sari is a drape wrapped around the females waist baring her stomach with the end draped on her shoulder. It looks gorgeous.


I would have tents set up with traditional Indian food. The tents would be draped in red and gold. The picture above shows the "Good Luck" Gold Elephant Ruby Red Votive Candle Holder. They're only $1.03 a piece so I would load up on these and set them on the long family-styled tables to set the mood and for soft lighting.

Lucky Golden Elephant Place Card Holders (Set of 6)
Each dinner setting will have the Lucky Golden Elephant Place Holders. You can purchase them for $12.32 for a set of 6. These little cuties will jazz up the tables and would look fabulous with red table cloths. 
Decorative Mini Gold Elephants
Before each guest leaves, they would each pick a Decorative Mini Gold Elephant. The guest may choose an elephant of prosperity, good luck, happiness or wealth. The guest would then give words of wisdom for whichever elephant he selected. For instance, if I chose the happiness elephant. I would tell the graduate that my advice is always to cancel out negative thoughts with positive ones.

You can find terrific HotRef Party Favors at fabulous prices. HotRef Party Favors has tons of different ideas and themes for your next party. Take a peek and let your imagination run wild.

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Summer Fun with Your Family for Under $20

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Disclosure: This is post is sponsored. All opinions are 100% my own. 
Your family can have lots of summer fun for under $20 when you shop at Meijer. Meijer has everything you need to keep the kids entertained while saving you money. No more listening to your kids whining "I'm so bored" because Meijer has something for even the pickiest child.
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Buncho Balloons are only $9.99 a pack at Meijer
Water Balloon Fun
My youngest daughter had an end of the school year party a few weeks ago. I purchased the Buncho Water Balloons. These were a HUGE hit. My teen daughter filled these up for the younger girls, and it was so simple since there was no tying the balloons closed, which saves a ton of time and aggravation. These also come with colored fillings so when a child is hit with a water balloon it shows on the clothes. I gave each child a white t-shirt to wear for the balloon throwing fun.
Camp Cookers and Marshmallow Forks for $14.99 or less
Who doesn't love S'mores? At Meijer, you can grab Camp Cookers and Marshmallow Forks for $14.99 or less. Every Friday night we have a family night. Some of these nights include making S'mores. This is a favorite activity for both my girls and me.
Camp chairs for $19.99 or less
Camp chairs are essential for when you're visiting friends, heading to the beach, or at a bonfire. It's always a good idea to have a few of these chairs because you never know when you're going to need them. Right now, you can pick one up at Meijer for $19.99 or less. So grab a chair and spend the evening gazing at the stars or watch your children catch fireflies.
Gorilla Size Horseshoe set, only $19.99
Get your kids off the electronics and into the great outdoors with this Huge Horseshoe Set for $19.99. Your family will thank you for the fun times! Great buy, Mom!
Pool Floats for $19.99 or less
Grab a pool float for under $20 from Meijer and you can enjoy floating in your pool all summer long. I love mine. My kids are always stealing it. So, you might want to grab more than of these when they go on sale for Buy One, Get One Free at Meijer. 
Volleyball and Beach Volleyball for $16.99 or less
Soccer balls $20 and under
Get your kids up and moving with a volleyball or soccer ball, both under $20 at your local Meijer store. My teen loves to play volleyball, so she has one in a super cute color. Go get out of the house and get active as a family this summer!
Waterproof Camera only $13.99 or less with mperk coupon.
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Have you joined mperks? If you haven't yet then you are missing out on saving money on each shopping trip. To learn more about joining read our previous blog post here: http://www.momamongchaos.com/2016/06/mperks101-how-to-download-use-and-save.html. Your wallet will thank you!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Famous Hamburger Restaurant Review

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Last week I was invited to a blogger event to review the restaurant Famous Hamburger in Dearborn, MI. Myself and several other bloggers were treated to a free meal in exchange for our honest reviews. All opinions are my own.
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The restaurant has counter seating, which is nice for waiting for carry out orders. The chairs have comfy padded seats. There was plenty of room for all 8 of us bloggers to sit together and enjoy talking to each other. I appreciated when the owner sat with us to tell us more about the company, how it was started, and all the locations over the years. You will see the whole history on the new menus coming soon.
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Ultimate Nachos
We started off by sampling a couple appetizers. We had the mac 'n' chzzz bites at the waitress' recommendation and the ultimate nachos. Both apps were delicious. I could have gotten full on them. 
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I ordered the classic mint chip shake. It was so yummy. Much better than the Mcd's version. 
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The Famous Burger - two 1/3 lb beef patties, served with a fried egg and American cheese 
With over 20 different types of burgers and other sandwiches, it was hard to choose. I think each blogger picked something different. You can also substitute your fries, upgrade your burger, and choose a bun. They even have a gluten-free option.
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From top left: Grilled Chicken Burger with fries, burger with sweet potato waffle fries, and The Juicy Lucy (cheese stuffed burger) 
The menu also includes several salads, entrees, wraps, and even kids menu items. I am looking forward to taking my children, friends, and family back someday soon.
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Check out all of this delicious food!
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For my meal, I choose the 4 mini slider cheeseburger meal with waffle fries and coleslaw. The sliders are the perfect sized burgers for me because I fill up quickly. I brought a couple home and my kids declared them yummy! The waffle fries were good with or without the signature seasoning. My only critique of the whole experience was that the coleslaw was bland tasting.

Have you visited Famous Hamburger? Which item would you most like to try?


Check out one of their 3 locations in West Dearborn, East Dearborn, or Canton, Michigan
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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Disney's The BFG Review + Activities

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Mom Among Chaos reviews Disney's The BFG. 
The talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl, Walt Disney, and Steven Spielberg – finally unite to bring Dahl’s beloved classic “The BFG” to life. Directed by Spielberg, Disney’s “The BFG” tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. The BFG (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the BFG prefers Snozzcumber and Frobscottle. 
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Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London, is initially frightened of the mysterious giant who has brought her to his cave, but soon comes to realize that the BFG is actually quite gentle and charming, and, having never met a giant before, has many questions. The BFG brings Sophie to Dream Country where he collects dreams and sends them to children, teaching her all about the magic and mystery of dreams. 
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Having both been on their own in the world up until now, their affection for one another quickly grows, but Sophie’s presence in Giant Country has attracted the unwanted attention of the other giants, who have become increasingly more bothersome. Sophie and the BFG soon depart for London to see the Queen (Penelope Wilton) and warn her of the precarious giant situation, but they must first convince the Queen and her maid, Mary (Rebecca Hall), that giants do indeed exist. Together, they come up with a plan to get rid of the giants once and for all. 
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Directed by three-time Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, from a screenplay by Melissa Mathison (“E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” & “The Black Stallion”), based on the best-selling novel by Roald Dahl.


My family and I went to see an early screening of Disney's The BFG. We saw it in 3D. My youngest daughter, who is 9, said that she didn't notice many things flying out at her. So it would be just as good at a 2D movie showing. My 9 year old said it was funny and scary. My 13 year old daughter described the movie as original, classic, silly, and colorful. Our favorite part was the dream catching scene. Oover a week later the girls are still talking about the Giant eating breakfast with the Queen of England. My family described it as a mixture of The Iron Giant, James and the Giant Peach, and The Boxtrolls. It is a nice family movie, with anti-bullying and "follow your dreams" themes. The only negative in my opinion was the amount of farting humor. Of course, all the kids in the audience think the farts are hilarious.

Enjoy the following coloring and activity pages with your children before or after you see the movie.
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Thursday, June 30, 2016

mPerks101: How To Download, Use, And Save

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This post is sponsored by our friends at Meijer. All opinions are 100% my own.  
Who doesn't love to save money at the grocery store? I know this girl does! With the money I've saved with Meijer's mPerks program my family has been able to focus on having more fun. I've been with mPerks for many years and let me tell you if you're not a member you will want to be. I think the most money I've received off one bill has been $21.00. How cool is that? Right now, I know from checking out the nifty app on my phone that I have $3.00 off my next purchase. So, how can you sign-up and start saving money? I'm going to tell you.
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How to download, use and save!
Click on mPerks and scroll down to create an account. You can do this on either your mobile or desktop device. Fill out all required spaces in the form and then you're ready to start saving money!

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You will see a Coupons section. Click on it, then scroll through and choose which coupons you would like to add to your mPerks account. Anything that I clip I also add to my grocery list, so I don't forget that I clipped it. I feel it's best to clip anything that you possibly may use. This mama feels like you can't ever have too many coupons.
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My favorite section is the personalized rewards. In this area, you choose what rewards you would like to earn. This is where the big savings come in and where I made $21 off in one visit. I select all the rewards because I never know what I'm going to buy.
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Mom Among Chaos Blogger Stephanie's Total Savings This Year!
Finally, let me tell you about the receipts and savings section. This is where you find out how much you've saved this year. Right now, my 2016 savings total is $342.58. With all of the money that I've saved, I can take my family on a special trip. Woot!

Have you joined mPerks? What are you waiting for? If you're already a member how much have you saved this year?

Friday, June 24, 2016

Noodles & Company Review and Giveaway

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Mom Among Chaos was invited to a special blogger event at the Royal Oak Noodles & Company restaurant. Personally, I'm already a big fan. I love fast casual dining out and avoid "fast food" restaurants. I had tried the Royal Oak location before and this visit was definitely an improvement. I'm looking forward to going there again soon.

Everything I tried was wonderful. The only thing I didn't sample was the Pad Thai because I don't eat eggs. Another great thing about this restaurant is they will customize your food to your requests. Every dish is cooked to order. For example, if you don't like broccoli & want to replace it with carrots, no problem. You are also able to add extra items, for an additional cost. If you want to add broccoli to your mac & cheese it's only about $1.25 extra.
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I really enjoyed trying the new salads they now offer. There is the Chicken Veracruz Salad, which is a little spicy because of the crispy jalapenos and Jalapeno Ranch dressing. 
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My personal favorite is the Napa Market Salad with Chicken. It includes mixed greens, gala apple slices, Roma tomato, red bell pepper, grilled chicken, bleu cheese, bacon, and a pomegranate vinaigrette. I love the delicious apples and yummy, sweet dressing.

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Special buy one, get one free deal! From June 23 through Sunday, June 26 buy any regular entrĂ©e and try one salad free. Valid only at Michigan locations. Click here to print your coupon now: http://www.noodles.com/mibogo

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One winner will receive a certificate for one free bowl a month at Noodles and Company. Valid only at participating locations. Ends 7/10. 
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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Descendants Princess Birthday Party

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of HotRef Party Favors for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
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I LOVE planning birthday parties. When my girls were little, I would be more excited about having a party than they would. I was a professional face painter for over six years, so needless to say, I've been to quite a few parties. Over the years, I've picked up tips to make parties stress free. My daughter's tenth birthday is just a little more than a month away. So, her party would be perfect for a Descendants Princess Party. The Descendants is a Disney musical that is about the daughters and sons of Maleficient, Evil Queen, Jafar, and Cruella Da Vil.  So, technically it makes the girls princesses. 

What I've found out over the years is that decorating and party favors are what makes a party memorable to a child. I recently discovered HotRef Party Favors. HotRef Party Favors are unique and affordable. I love that the party favors and decorations can be personalized for the birthday girl or boy and their guests.

The picture above is hair clips for when each princess arrives. The hair clips retail for $3.50 a piece. Each princess will receive a beautiful hair clip, a magic wand, and of course makeup with lots of (glitter) pixie dust.
Personalized Mini Glass Favor Jars - Little Princess (Set of 12)
What is a party without a craft? I would put my princess' name and special date on these cute mason jars so her friends will always remember the day. These cute jars are $9.64 for a set of 12. We would fill them with sand art. Each princess would make them unique. It also serves as a beautiful sand decoration for each guest to take home.
Princess Party Personalized Milk Bottles
After having a dance party with of course Descendants music, and lots of pizza and cake, it's time to end the party. There is no better way to end than by using the above milk bottles to thank each princess for attending. The milk bottles are personalized and only $1.69 a piece! We will have a candy bar set up so that each darling can fill her milk bottle with her favorite royal candy goodies. 

You can find all of the decorations you will need for any party or event that you're planning at HotRef Party Favors. Check them out!
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