Thursday, April 16, 2015

Easy Family Dinner With Hamburger Helper #Freebeef #Helper

When it comes to dinner time Hamburger Helper makes meal time easy. As a parent, when the kids get out of school, life becomes chaotic. It's a mad rush of homework, dinner, and after school activities. Most weeknights I'm just frazzled. Why not let the Helper help you make a delicious, easy family dinner tonight!

Did you know that Helper has always been a value brand? Hamburger Helper launched in the 1970’s to help consumers, like you, stretch their dollars while also enjoying a delicious and hearty meal. We are demonstrating our value again, in a new way, with free ground beef! So, take advantage of an easy family dinner with the Helper!

Not only does Helper help you stretch your dollar, but all of the hamburger varieties use one pan.  It’s that simple, one pan prep!

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Right now, you can get 1lb of ground beef for free! Yes, I said free! All you have to do is purchase 3 boxes of any Helper product. Click here to print out the rebate! The rebate is for $8.06. If you find ground beef on sale, your family dinner could possibly be free. Once I receive my rebate, I spent a total of $2.00 to feed a family of 4. That is fifty cents a person. What a great value!
I'm a terrible cook, but with Hamburger #Helper it's such an easy family dinner. My family thinks I spent hours slaving away in the kitchen. We will keep that our little secret. It's so easy to make, even your husband or teenager will be able to whip up a satisfying meal.
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I have included my easy family dinner recipe. I hope your family loves it as much as mine does.
Tomato & Beef Stroganoff
Ingredients:
1 pound of ground beef
1 can of tomato soup
1/2 cup of hot water
shredded cheese for garnish

Directions:
1. Brown the beef in a 10-inch skillet; drain.
2. Stir in 1/2 cup of hot water, soup, sauce mix, and pasta. Heat to boiling.
3. Reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender. Remove from heat.
4. Serve with your favorite cheese sprinkled on top.

I hope you enjoy this easy family dinner. Make sure you click here to take advantage of the free beef offer from Helper.

PKB the Portable Kettlebell Review


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I received this item to review for an honest opinion from Tomoson. All opinions are 100% my own. This post contains affiliate links. 
I received the #PKB to review. I'm working on seeing my ab muscles as a gift to myself for my 40th birthday. In order to make my birthday wish come true, it's all about eating healthy and working out. I was a little confused at first on how The Portable Kettlebell worked. I quickly learned there are many different ways to fill the kettlebell, that's what makes it portable. It can be filled with marbles, rocks, sand, or anything else you can dream up to get the perfect weight for your workout.
KETTLEBELL WORKOUT! Great for new users, home training, boot camps, young athletes, and women.

Use at home! It's small and compact, the material is safe for all flooring.

Comfortable Handles! NO ROUGH EDGES to cut up your hands and wide enough for two handed grip

KETTLEBELL ON THE GO! Take the empty kettlebell set on business trips and vacations and fill with anything around!

The Most Versatile Kettlebell Set On The Market!
This Portable Kettlebell from PKB is without a doubt the answer to your kettlebell training questions.

Portable? Take it anywhere! At home or on the road, inside the gym or outdoors. When finished, the PKB empty weighs less than 10 oz. and can be rolled up and packed up for travel on vacation or for work.

Adjustable? Choose your weight! Fill the PKB up with sand, water, dirt or rocks with sizes and weights ranging from 0 - 45lbs. Perfect for the beginner to the seasoned kettlebell enthusiast.

Versatile? More than a kettlebell! The PKB can be used as a dumbbell, weighted ball and more allowing you to create full body workouts with one piece of equipment.

Safe? Designed to protect! The PKB can be dropped and tossed without destroying you or your surroundings, within reason of course!

Key Features• Handmade of Ballistic Nylon: Puncture, tear, abrasion resistant
• Use just about any filler: dry or wet sand, pebbles, gravel, dirt, mud...
• Webbing reinforced: 1,800lb+ tensile strength
• Includes a 4" X 3" swath of loop velcro to personalize with patches
• Made in the U.S.A.
I love that you can take your workout with you. This #PKB means business when it comes to working out. I even stuck a hand-weight in it, because a kettlebell gives your muscles a different workout compared to a free weight. I also like that as you get stronger you can add more weight. Guess who doesn't have to spend more money on different sized weights? It's perfect!

I feel that the #PKB is money well spent. No more buying lots of different weights. You can make it exactly the weight that you want! To purchase a #PKB click on my link: Kettlebell Set - The Best Exercise Equipment For Your Workout - Adjustable Kettlebells - Portable Weights - Soft Kettle Bell - Weight Set For Fitness - SATISFACTION GUARANTEE!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

5 Reason Why Owning a Pool Can Save You Money

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Have you ever considered that owning a pool can actually save you money? We have owned a pool for about 7 years. My family absolutely loves it! As soon as the weather is warm enough to open it we spend the summer making great memories in it. My daughters have become like little fishes in the water. Our summers are spent with joy, smiles, and laughter.
1. When you own a pool you save on gas. You spend less time traveling because you have the ultimate destination in your backyard. Your home becomes the house where people want to spend their time. I love having all of the neighbor kids over. When I'm home on a Saturday, I enjoy sitting on my deck, listening to music, and cooking out. 

2. Your entertainment budget will decrease! You will want to be in your pool instead of going to see the latest movie flick. Plus, you will be getting your children away from the electronics, which is an added bonus. It's great getting your vitamin D from the sun.
3. When you own a pool you don't need to invest in a pricey gym membership. I know a ton of families that pay a small fortune to take advantage of a pool. Some people pay over $100 a month. In the long run, owning a pool is a cost benefit. Your pool, if properly maintained, can last a really long time. Skip the gym, opt for a backyard pool to get your backyard vacation started today!

4. Self-installing your own pool is probably easier than you think! When you install it yourself you save quite a bit versus having it professionally installed. Heck, round up the neighborhood and have a pool install party!

5. Consider becoming Kayak Pools Midwest Demo Homesite! You will save thousands on a pool by becoming a Demo Homesite, along with receiving installation. Go on and signup here!
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Ultimately, the decision of owning a pool is a personal one. I personally think it's one of the best decision that I've ever made for my family. It has created so many beautiful memories for my girls.

There are some wonderful cost benefits to owning a pool, as I listed above. I recommend taking some time to crunch some numbers. Especially with warm weather right around the corner. I know I will have my floating pool cooler and lounge chair out before I know it. You can take advantage of the #PowerofthePool!

Take advantage of the #PowerofthePool and learn more about Kayak Pools Midwest by visiting their website at www.kayakpoolsmidwest.com! Or, you can find them on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Women Are Scary Review

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I received this book in exchange for a honest review from BookLook. All opinions are 100% my own. This blog contains affiliate links.
I didn't know what to expect when I picked up this book. Women Are Scary? That sounds like something my husband would say. Women Are Scary is about the adventure of having mommy friends. The book begins by telling us how to troll for some female friends, or in other words "date" other moms. After you find your mommy friends, it goes through the bases of a friendship. Think, going to first base, second, third, and hitting a home-run. It also goes into when you have to let a long-term friendship go, due to scary mommy!


Book Description
A popular blogger offers solid advice to forming mom relationships, leading readers from acquaintances to lifelong friends.

Too many women are frazzled and lonely, isolated in their minivans while schlepping bags, strollers, and munchkins to and fro across town. It doesn’t have to be this way.
In this hilarious yet thought-provoking guide to “momlationships,” blogger Melanie Dale uses a dating analogy to help women get more intentional about bonding with each other.
“We are better together,” she writes. “We make each other better moms, better humans. We need each other, because mothering is just too darn hard.”
Using humor and stories from the trenches of motherhood, Women are Scary leads readers from acquaintances to lifelong friends.
“This is our journey to each other,” Melanie continues, “to finding our people and being other people’s people, learning how to bless each other and not destroy each other.”

I fell in love with Melanie Dale, yes, like in a full-frontal hug way. You will know what I'm talking about when you read the book. Yes, full-frontal hugs are a real thing. Melanie is hilarious! She is a pure hoot in a hand-basket. This book will totally make you want to be her friend because she is all about keeping mommy-hood "real". Us moms know all about the "real" mommy-hood!

Here are some of my favorite quotes:
"Are you running errands this morning? Me too. Get in my van. I'll brush the crushed cereal off the seat. Your coffee is welcome, and feel free to spill it."

"We need those friends who can see our homes in all their messy glory, who can see us wearing Jammie pants and no makeup."

Melanie Dale will have you snorting and then throw a bible quote in. She is totally not prim and proper which makes this book adorable. 

Would I recommend Women Are Scary? Heck yes! Even if you don't need any new mommy friends, pick up this book. It's great for dealing with your current friendships, and has lots of different ways you can serve others.

Click the link to purchase Women are Scary: The Totally Awkward Adventure of Finding Mom Friends.

To learn more about Melanie Dale visit http://www.unexpected.org/.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Extra Long & Wide Ombre Hair Extension Review


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I was given the hair extension in exchange for an honest review from Tomoson. All opinions are 100% my own. This blog post contains affiliate links.
My oldest daughter is always dying her hair funky colors. I let her have one streak in her hair at a time. I thought it would be fun for her to try these ombre hair #extensions. So, I was excited to get them for her to check out.

Since the extensions have 5 clips, it makes it super easy to put them on, and hold it in place securely. This extension is made by high quality synthetic hair which can be washed and dried. It is 60cm (24 inches) long and (25cm 10 inches) wide, one set will be enough for full head. This is not meant to fit a child's head, since it's wide. Also, you can cut the hair any size that you would like.
I cut my daughters to be a little longer than her natural hair. I didn't do the best job cutting it. The extension we received had very little of an ombre effect.

Would I recommend these #extensions? I would if you needed them for a costume, or a party. They weren't great for the effect that I was looking for on my daughter. They didn't flow nicely with her hair.

You can purchase your very own extra long & wide ombre hair extensions by visiting http://boutiquelovin.com/ombre-hair-extension-turquoise.html.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Granite City Food & Brewery New Northville Location - Review + Giveaway

#GCNorthville Where food & beer is more than a craft. It's an Art. 
Granite City Food & Brewery in Northville will open to the public Wednesday, April 8. 

Granite City Food & Brewery is a casual American restaurant featuring fresh, high-quality menu items prepared from made-from-scratch recipes. Its passion for creating fresh menu items and the best brews has positioned Granite City to receive countless accolades across the country.

Disclosure: I was invited to a special blogger event to try out the new Northville location. All opinions are my own. Full Policy Here.

Granite City Food & Brewery owns and operates 33 restaurants across 13 states, including 2 convenient metro Detroit locations:
                Northville                                           Troy                                                  Detroit (coming soon)
39603 Traditions Dr.                        699 W. Big Beaver Rd.                    100 GM Renaissance Ctr.
248.662.3400                                      248.519.1040                                      TBA       

Each Granite City Food & Brewery location offers a signature menu collection. For more information on a specific menu, visit http://www.gcfb.net/menu.
Granite City Food & Brewery serves a variety of seasonal and signature brews. The signature collection available at the restaurant’s 33 locations includes:
·         Broad Axe Stout – Style: Oatmeal Stout, a thick creamy head sits atop the opaque blackness of this oatmeal stout. Roasted chocolate and coffee notes make this beer a great treat!

·         The Bennie – Style: German Bock, a German style lager, our bock carries a brownish color, a medium body, and a mouthwatering smoothness from the wonderful malt and sweet caramel flavors.

·         The Duke – Style: India Pale Ale, the rich color of this pale ale hints at the bold malt character used to balance the huge hoppy flavors and defining bitterness of this classic English beer.

·         The Northern – Style: American Lager, brewed to the American standard of a classic lager, this light golden beer is our mildest offering with a creamy, smooth taste.

Micro brewing for multiple locations is more efficient with Granite City Food & Brewery’s patented Fermentus Interuptus™ process, which allows a sweet liquid called wort to be shipped from a central brewing facility to individual stores, where fermentation and brewing are completed. This process was developed to ensure consistency in flavor and quality patrons expect. 
My favorite drinks were The Northern, The Duke, & Raspberry Mojito. I also sampled the Broad Axe Stout, The Bennie, and the Skinny Margarita. I recommend getting a beer flight so that you can decide on your favorite brew.
Flatbread pizzas, Spinach Artichoke Dip, Chocolate Cake, & Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie
For appetizers I highly recommend getting the yummy Maple Pepper Bacon & Tomato flatbread pizza or the Spinach Artichoke Dip. I tried the Asian Glazed Shrimp, but it was a little spicy for me.
My favorite dinner courses were the Braised Bison Short Ribs with horseradish mashed potatoes, Ponzu Glazed Salmon with rice & stir-fried vegetables, and the Pulled Pork Waffle Sandwich with sweet potato tots.
Make sure you save room for dessert. If you are like me it's hard to pick just one, so order the Mini Dessert Trio. The moist chocolate cake with whisky butter sauce, cheesecake, & berry sorbet were all delicious.

Patrons who dine at the Northville location on opening day will aid in the local fight against hunger, as the restaurant will donate 10% of each meal purchase to the Northville Civic Concern.

As an added incentive, patrons who visit the Northville location on opening day will receive a complimentary Brew Rewards membership, which allows guests to collect points on all food and tap beer purchases. Brew Rewards points can be redeemed for discounts on future purchases. Find out more here.

Mom Among Chaos is giving away a $25 Granite City Food & Brewery gift card to one of our lucky readers. Enter to win in the form below.
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Go check out more reviews and enter to win a gift card from the following blogs:
Mrs. Weber's Neighborhood
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Rock and Drool
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Raising Dick and Jane
Yes/No Films
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Monday, April 6, 2015

A Girl Like Her Movie Review

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My daughters and I watched the movie A Girl Like Her over the weekend. The movie is filmed like a documentary, portraying typical teenagers. As you watch the story unfold you realize what a serious problem bullying can become. The main characters are Avery, Jessica, and Brian. You get to see the two girls point of view, along with the best friend who wishes he would have done or said something sooner.
Lexi Ainsworth as Sophomore Jessica Burns in "A Girl Like Her".
Flashbacks show Jessica being bullied by Avery. It really made me sad to see the moments when Jessica was happy and then Avery would say something to her or text her and it would completely break her down. You also see what happens to everyone afterward, as they try to cope with Jessica being in a coma at the hospital.
Hunter King is popular student, Avery Keller in "A Girl Like Her".
I could tell that a point was made to show Avery's family life. Avery said several times she didn't have anything against Jessica and that she was just joking around with her. But, as she was watching the hidden camera video footage of herself she started crying. You could tell that she regretted her actions and felt sorry for what she had done to Jessica.

I liked that this movie gave myself and my husband an excellent opportunity to talk to our daughters about suicide and bullying. In my opinion, this movie is for teens and adults because it has some swearing and shows a girl attempting suicide by taking a handful of pills.
Another thing I liked about this movie is that it was filmed in Michigan and written and directed by a Michigan native. One of my daughter's theater friends was actually an extra in it.

You can find the movie showing in the following local theaters this week. See it now because it may not be in theaters much longer.
Southfield 20 Southfield, MI
Forum 30 - Sterling Hts Sterling Heights, MI
Southgate Cinema 20 Southgate, MI
Livonia 20 Livonia, MI
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L to R: Actress Hunter King, Actor Jimmy Bennett, Writer-Director Amy S. Weber, Actress Lexi Ainsworth
Go read my previous blog post, watch the trailer, & get all the social media links here
After you watch the movie at the theater go watch the aftermath videos here: http://agirllikehermovie.com/aftermath
Other resources:
Peacekeeper Kit: http://agirllikehermovie.com/#peacekeeper

Anti-Bullying & Suicide Hotlines: http://agirllikehermovie.com/#hope

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie in Detroit

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FAMILY FAVORITE TALE IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE RETURNS TO THE CITY THEATRE JUNE 6 & 7 

Olympia Entertainment and Etico Productions once again present the children’s favorite, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, a family production that explores the tasty chain reaction set in motion when a little boy offers a cookie to a visiting mouse. This heartwarming stage adaptation, produced by Performance Network Theatre, returns for another delicious run at the City Theatre on Saturday, June 6 & Sunday, June 7.
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Rylie at the City Theatre in 2013
My youngest daughter and I saw this play in 2013 when she was 6. We both thought it was really cute. They passed out cookies at the door for the kids to enjoy while watching the show. We are looking forward to seeing it once again this year. 
~ Stephanie

Disclosure: The tickets for this giveaway were supplied by Olympia Entertainment. No other compensation was given. All opinions are my own. Full Policy Here.

Tickets ($19) are on sale now and can be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, The Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge) at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. Groups of 10+ receive a discount by calling (313) 471-3099 for more information.
 
Created and directed by Etico Productions founder John Manfredi, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie is a madcap messy ride through Laura Joffe Numeroff’s best-selling children’s book. Don’t miss this funny heartwarming story about a boy and his energetic, demanding and inquisitive visitor. Michigan's Etico Productions has been a leader in providing live family entertainment since 2007, including creating the Michigan Premieres of Alexander and the Terrible No Good Very Bad Day and Good Night Moon. Etico has also adapted other If You-stories including; If You Take a Mouse to School and If You Give Pig a Pancake

The production is produced by the Performance Network, Ann Arbor's premier professional theater. The theatre is home to award winning theatre, music and concert events, making it one of Michigan's most renowned cultural destinations.

Performance schedule:
Saturday, June 6        11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Sunday, June 7        11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Enter to win a family 4 pack of tickets to the Saturday, June 6 show at 5pm at the City Theatre in Detroit. Ends May 27.
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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park in Parker, CO

Have you ever been to an Indoor Trampoline Park? I have never taken my kids to one before, but it looks like such a fun time for the whole family. I hope to check out the Parker, CO location while we are on vacation. 
~ Stephanie
Throw your child the best party ever at Sky Zone! Your kids and their friends will experience the WOW of jumping, flying and flipping on our wall-to-wall trampoline courts. Give your child the best gift of all - pure joy! Voted "Best Party Ever," Sky Zone Parker makes birthday parties easy with their custom party packages, private rooms, and fitness-oriented activities that will have them bouncing off the walls! 
Jump on private trampoline courts under supervision, dunk like a pro on the SkySlam hoops, and flip over the Foam Zone! 
Got Smaller Kids? (under 40") Sky Zone has Toddler Time Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10:30 AM to 12 PM.

More info. here: http://www.skyzone.com/parker
FREE Socks at Sky Zone Parker with this coupon: http://www.coloradokids.com/coupon.php?id=23050959

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Disney's Cinderella Movie Review + Activities

#Cinderella  
Have you seen the new live-action Cinderella? My daughters & I went to an early screening. They were especially excited to see the Frozen Fever short animated movie beforehand. It is so cute with all the little snowmen that Elsa creates when she sneezes.
#FrozenFever 
Cinderella is appropriate for all ages but if you remember in the story there are deaths, sadness, and her step-family is mean to her. The movie made my youngest, who is 8, quite sad for Cinderella. I have read a bit of controversy about how she should have stood up to them or why did she need to have a man save her. Don't worry about it, this is a fairy tale, it's not realistic. So of course it does have a happy ending.
My favorite part was the fairy godmother scene. I love the actress Helena Bonham Carter. She acted so silly trying to create things out of a pumpkin, goose, & lizards.
~ Stephanie
I loved that the Prince was from Game of Thrones. He's so handsome! I think my favorite part was the dancing. I loved seeing all of the beautiful ball gowns twirling around. I wish we had dances like that now-a-days. Oh, and I think I could use that dress and slippers to wear to the dance. While I'm at it, I might as well add in a Fairy Godmother! 
My daughter Faith loved when they turned the pumpkin into the carriage. It was quite comical. Crystal~

Check out these Disney's Cinderella video clips:
"The Spell Will Be Broken" clip on YouTube: https://youtu.be/5iHzA-ckcp8
Helena Bonham Carter Featurette on YouTube: https://youtu.be/8JjS-mV3DPg
YouTube The Legacy Featurette: https://youtu.be/-mBZS7jnoL4
You can see my previous blog posts about Cinderella & Frozen Fever here and here.
Visit the official CINDERELLA Website: http://disney.com/Cinderella
Like CINDERELLA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cinderella
Follow CINDERELLA on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/CinderellaMovie
Follow CINDERELLA on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/DisneyCinderella
Follow CINDERELLA on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/disneystudios/cinderella
Follow CINDERELLA on Google +: https://plus.google.com/+disneycinderella
CINDERELLA is now playing in theatres everywhere!

I think these Cinderella activity pages will be fun to do over Spring Break. Enjoy!
Photos of my girls shopping the Cinderella Collection at Kohl's. You can order online here.
You can also order the original animated Disney movie and more Cinderella items on Amazon. 
*Disclosure: Affiliate links. I get a small percentage off any Amazon order you make through my links at no cost to you. I appreciate your help in supporting my blog. ~ Stephanie
Cinderella on DVD
Disney Cinderella Royal Ball Cinderella Doll