Sunday, August 21, 2016

Making Sure All Kids Have School Supplies

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It's a sad fact that some kids start the school year with no school supplies, due to poverty. You may find that people live in poverty in your own neighborhood. Sometimes you never even know that a family is struggling. CLASSROOM direct has a big heart and sent a backpack loaded with back to school supplies for me to donate.
I made the decision to send the back to school supplies to my sponsor child in Guatemala. The little girl I'm sending them to is starting Kindergarten this year and could use all of these fabulous goodies. She will not receive her goodies until Christmas time. I feel the supplies will be a good gift, because little girls love drawing. The town she lives in is destitute. On a happy note, in September her family will be receiving their first home that is not a hut. Yay!

CLASSROOM direct has a rocking deals page where you can find the latest price drops to save you and your family money. I just found the markers my daughter wanted for $5 off the original price! I adore saving money!

If you're a teacher or homeschool your child, you will find a fantastic ideas & resources area on CLASSROOM direct. This section is an excellent way to get inspired with free downloads and lesson plans, a great way to start off the school year.

So head on over to CLASSROOM direct for all of your back to school needs! CLASSROOM direct touched me by doing something kind for so many needy children.

Are you ready for back to school?

Friday, August 19, 2016

Kubo and the Two Strings Movie Review + Ticket Giveaway

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Disclosure: To facilitate this review I saw a free preview. All opinions are 100% my own.

My family and I were invited to an early screening of Kubo and the Two Strings. We saw it in 3D at the AMC Forum 30 in Sterling Heights, MI. My whole family enjoyed this animated movie. My teen son said he liked how magic is casual, or normal, in Kubo's world. I really liked the family theme, artistry, scenery, storytelling, and the adventure. There are a few surprises which reminded me of Anime movies. We had a discussion afterward about what the title is referring to. My youngest is 9, soon to be 10, and she thought that some parts were a bit scary so take that into consideration if you have children younger than 9 or they are sensitive.
Katelyn, my 13.5-year-old daughter
Me wearing the paper Kubo hairdo and 3D glasses
My 18-year-old son and his friend Amber

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From animation studio LAIKA, makers of the Academy Award-nominated “Coraline,” comes an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of “Game of Thrones”) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Akihiro (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen – a magical musical instrument – Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara), to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family, and fulfill his heroic destiny. 
This film is rated PG.
In theaters now!
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These lanterns were one of my favorite scenes.
Mom Among Chaos readers enter to win a family 4 pack of tickets to see Kubo and the Two Strings at any Metro Detroit area AMC theater. Ends 8/25/16.
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What is your favorite movie about a quest?

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Back to School Shopping for Less at Meijer

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When I think about back to school, early mornings and spending money on new school supplies comes to my mind. We all hate dragging our booties out of bed when the alarm goes off way too early. Along with the dreaded, "I don't want to go" from your screaming child. Well, when you buy school supplies that your child loves it makes things a little easier because they can't wait to get to school to use them. Plus, when you shop Meijer for your back to school supplies you not only will be buying the "cool supplies" you will be paying less, as well.
Folder and notebook specials 
I like getting my daughter's school list and starting on it early. I buy a few supplies each week. Last week Meijer had $1 Kleenex, so I stocked up for her class. That's the great thing about Meijer when you see a good deal you can stock up!
Shh, don't tell on me! I added a pair of back to school shoes to the shopping cart for myself!
Giant pencil $5 and Oops! Eraser only $1!
My daughter loves this Rock, paper, scissors supply pack
Unique and funny backpacks
Backpack deals, the starry one even lights up!
Creative art supplies
On top of Meijer's fantastic back to school deals, you can save even more money using mPerks. Read all about how to get started with mPerks. So, for the coolest gear and the best savings download mPerks and head on over to Meijer.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Punch Bowl Social Detroit Review and Giveaway

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Last week I was invited to check out Punch Bowl Social in Detroit, MI. I had walked by several times before but this was my first time going inside. I was very impressed with the space and the variety of activities. The decor is a mix of old-fashioned, rustic, industrial, and modern. I enjoyed the view of the street out the big picture windows. We were given a tour including the upstairs which was reserved that night for a private party.
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Punch, Cheesecake, & Chocolate Cake at Punch Bowl Social
At first, we had the Truffle Kettle chips and dip "bar bites" appetizer. I loved them. I would go back again just for those. Then we tried two of their popular punch bowl drinks. The Bachelor's Bowl included bourbon and the “You must bring us. . .A shrubbery” punch included vodka and red wine. Both punches had unique flavors but I'm not sure about those combos. I definitely plan to choose one of their other drinks next time I visit.

Next, we sampled several appetizers, share plates, and diner menu items. My favorites were the cauliflower nachos and the Chicken and Waffles. The nachos were so tasty and cheesy that you couldn't even tell they had cauliflower. The waffles were sweet with strawberries, maple syrup, and candied walnuts.

Finally, it was time for my favorite course, dessert! We tried the chocolate cake, cheesecake, and carrot cake. I loved the chocolate cake and carrot cake. The cheesecake was a bit salty tasting. I hope they have the key lime cheesecake the next time I visit.
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Arcade, bowling, several bar areas, karaoke, private party rooms, and more at Punch Bowl Social. 
Speaking of the next time I visit, I think it would be so much fun to plan an event at Punch Bowl Social this fall, like a Mom's night out, couples night, or family night. Their current special is kids bowl free on Mondays, Tuesdays, & Wednesdays. Plus they offer birthday parties. My daughter will be 14 in December and I think she would love a fun karaoke and gaming party with her teen friends. They even serve kids punch bowls made with sprite.

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Why would you like to go to Punch Bowl Social?

Monday, August 8, 2016

Stitch Fix #15

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I'm always looking for new pieces to add to and update my wardrobe (yes, it's an obsession). For my 15th Stitch Fix, I was styled by Katelyn. I had asked her for clothing to wear to celebrate my 15th anniversary at a Bed & Breakfast. Wow, 15th anniversary and 15th Stitch Fix. Was this Stitch Fix meant to be?

What is Stitch Fix? Stitch Fix is a styling service. When you request a box, the stylist will look at your Pinterest board, that you will set up, to find out your personal style. The stylist picks out five pieces to send you. The five pieces are to update your wardrobe and get you to step out of your "regular" style box. The cool part is you can try on the clothing in the comfort of your home and keep them for up to three days. If you end up purchasing nothing, you only pay a $20 styling credit. If you buy any of the items, the $20 styling credit is applied to your purchase. If you buy the entire box, you receive a 25% discount. The best deal is when you keep the whole box.

Brixon Ivy Jarred Cap-Sleeve Blouse 
Brixon Ivy Jarred Lace Detail Cap-Sleeve Blouse - I'm pretty sure I've had this shirt on my Pinterest board for awhile. I loved the back of this shirt. I felt the front was a little boring. Also, the top lace was a tad itchy so I sent it back.
Pixley Tarcil Mesh Detail Blouse & Gilli Maira Printed Faux Wrap Maxi Skirt
Pixley Tarcil Mesh Detail Blouse - I loved the back of this tank top, but I hated the fit. It made everything look saggy and droopy. I sent it back.
Gilli Maira Printed Faux Wrap Maxi Skirt - I couldn't wait to try on this skirt. It looked utterly sexy at first, but I hated it. Stitch Fix sent a size small, but it fit like an extra small and my love handles were bulging out of the skirt. This skirt didn't fit like most Gilli clothing. It was also a satin skirt. I sent this one back.
THML Jameson Maxi Dress
THML Jameson Maxi Dress- I fell in love with this dress. The pictures don't do the dress justice. I felt a little bit boho. I had to go shopping for a bra that would work with this dress. Please excuse the bad hair day in the pictures. I LOVE this dress, so I kept it.
Street Level Klaine Roll-Over Clutch
Street Level Klaine Roll-Over Clutch- This little clutch was cute and I liked how it rolled open and included a strap. But I have a hot green one that I bought last year that I hardly ever use. So, this cutie went back.

I now have a facebook group where you can find discounted Stitch Fix brands. Check it out!

Stitch Fix #15 wasn't a complete bust because I did add one piece to my wardrobe. Have you tried Stitch Fix yet? What piece that I received do you like?

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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.

Also, don't forget to check out amazing deals from Groupon Coupon. You can read all about it here!

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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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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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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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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