Valentine’s Day with My Best Friend!

“This day I will marry my best friend, the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love”

That was the quote and theme of my wedding 10 and a half years ago and it still holds true today…I definitely married my best friend!

25578_385973892623_6293752_nIn the past, Valentine’s Day has always been “just another day”.  Sometimes we celebrated it, sometimes we didn’t.  It wasn’t because we fell out of love or anything like that, but it just wasn’t important.  We always said, “why get all crazy to show how much you love someone on one day when you should show it every day”.  However, now that my husband has a job that keeps him in another state every day of the week and I don’t see him as often, I want to go all out on holidays like Valentine’s Day.  We both know how much we love each other every other day, but why not have a special day…just for us?!?

This year we are celebrating Valentine’s Day this upcoming weekend.  Our kids are having a sleepover at my in-laws house (yay!) so I have our entire day planned out!  After we drop the kids off, we are heading to a pottery painting place.  I think it will be fun to paint something together that when I look at, I will think of him (and I am thinking about painting a vase that he can randomly send me flowers to put in…hint, hint Dan!).  After painting pottery, we will have dinner at Red Robin (his favorite place) and finish the night with a movie (what should we see??).

Dan is always asking me what I want for different holidays.  I never know what to tell him.  Until I saw this canvas:


*Picture used with permission

I have a big open wall in my living room that I would love to put a bunch of pictures of the kids, Dan and I.  I think this canvas would be perfect to hang above the display of pictures!  However, knowing my husband, he will want to get me something along these lines:

*image used with permission

*image used with permission

I like that he can personalize this necklace to say whatever he wants it to say and I’ll always be wearing it close to my heart!   Whichever gift option he chose to go with, he needs to make sure he uses a coupon code…it’s nice to save money wherever you can!

What are you doing for Valentine’s Day??





Disney’s Peter Pan Diamond Addition on Blu-ray!

I still remember the very first time I saw Peter Pan.  I wanted to believe that Peter Pan existed…that he would show up in my bedroom with fairy dust and make me fly to a far away place and never grow up.  When I showed my kids Peter Pan, my daughters first reaction:

“Wouldn’t it be so cool to fight pirates?”

Yep.  That’s my daughter for ya!  The average girl would probably wish she were Tinkerbell and a bag of fairy dust.  But not my Bella!  And to tell you how much both of my kids like Peter Pan, my parents will be taking them to see the play.  Apparently their seats are right below the area that Tinkerbell flies over.  They will be beside themselves!


On February 5, 2013, The Walt Disney Studios will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of Peter Pan by releasing it for the first time on Blu-ray and I got my hands on a copy!

The classic tale that taught us all “to believe” and first introduced us to the Darling Children — Wendy, John and Michael — as they flew with Peter Pan and Tinker Bell past the second star to the right and straight on ’till morning to the enchanted world of Never Land.  Rediscover the magical adventure and relive childhood memories of this great bedtime story.

Peter Pan, Diamond Edition 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack will only be available for a limited time for the a suggested retail value of $44.99 (U.S.) and $51.99 (Canada).

The combo pack will contain:

  • Blu-ray disc
  • DVD
  • Digital Copy
  • Storybook App

Bonus Features:

  • Disney Intermission
  • Growing up with Nine Old Men
  • Disney View
  • Introduction by Diane Disney Miller
  • Deleted songs and scenes
  • You Can Fly:  The Making of Peter Pan
  • Tinker Bell:  A Fairy’s Tale
  • Disney Song Selections
  • Audio Commentary Hosted by Roy Disney
  • Music Videos

To learn more and keep informed on the release, “Like” them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and view videos on YouTube!  If you would like to print coloring pages and activities for your kids, click on the image below and enjoy!

Download Peter Pan Never Grow Up Games

DIY Date Night Jar

My husband is one of the hardest people to buy a gift for.  Mainly because he has a lot of things and the things he wants are just not in the budget to buy or I can’t buy it for him (like the custom golf club he wants).  So to say I was stressed out this holiday season trying to figure out what to get for him, was an understatement.  Until I was browsing Pinterest and I found a great DYI gift idea!

date night jarMy husband works in another state during the week, which takes a huge toll on our relationship.  When you only get two days to spend together a week, it really stinks.  And since we have kids, I always feel guilty getting a babysitter so he and I can go out.  I feel like they need to spend just as much time with their dad, as well.  But like I said, it’s taking it’s toll.  So when I saw the idea to make a Date Night Jar, I knew I had to make one of those for him for Christmas.  And boy did I have fun!  I even bought him a puzzle for Christmas to go along with the jar!

So what do you need to make this?

  • Package of wide popsicle sticks 
  • A jar
  • Label for the jar or some way to decorate it
  • Sharpies

The first thing I did, while watching Beverly Hills, 90210 (I just love that show…and I’m hoping Santa brings me the series on DVD!) was take a red sharpie and color the tip of several popsicle sticks.  The red tipped sticks indicate that a little more planning would need to go into that particular date…basically, we would need to get a babysitter.  The plain popsicle sticks are things we can do at home once the kids are in bed.  Here are a few of the  different types of dates I have in the jar:

The Red Tipped Sticks:

  • Dinner at Mongolian BBQ
  • Go for a drive (we used to do this before kids…just drive and drive…but gas was also cheaper then)
  • Dinner at P.F. Changs and a movie
  • Night at a hotel

The Plain Sticks:

  • Pick a t.v. series on Netflix and have a marathon
  • Do a puzzle together
  • Play Trivial Pursuit
  • Plan a family vacation
  • Finish a project in the house

You can put anything you want on these popsicle sticks.  I geared mine towards things my husband and I like to do or places we like to go to.  And yes…I also put some naughty ones on there too!  But my point is, you can make this gift any way you want!  I also thought about making a summer vacation jar for me and the kids.  The possibilities are truly endless!

If you were to make a jar for your spouse, what would you put on your popsicle sticks?


Scooby Mystery Workshop

Are your kids like mine and love Scooby-Doo?  I have to admit, I’m not a huge cartoon person, but one cartoon I love (and love that my kids like) is Scooby-Doo!  If you’re like me and looking for some last minute gift ideas for your kids (or need to tell relatives ideas for the kids), then set your children up on the new Warner Bros. website, Scooby Mystery Workshop and give them the chance to customize their own gift list!

This site offers Scooby costumes, games, puzzles, action figures and other fun things that children can check off to create their own wish list and help mom and dad solve the holiday shopping mystery!  Once completed, children can simply print the list and hand it to their parents or it can be emailed to other relatives looking for gift ideas!

Now that their list is complete, the Scooby Mystery Workshop site offers many other activities like helping the gang pick out gifts for each other through interactive polls, competing to win prizes or playing games with Shaggy or Scooby.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and if you had your kids fill out a wish list on the Scooby Mystery Workshop, which item did they get most excited for?  My son liked the Scooby Doo Wii Game and my daughter liked the Scooby plush.


*I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Scooby-Doo. I received a product sample to thank me for participating

Personalized Shower Wraps

When Zack was born, I did not jump on the “personalize everything” bandwagon.  I became paranoid that someone would steal my kid because they could see his name and trick him into going with them.  However, I absolutely LOVED having things with his initials or just a Z for his first name or K for our last name.  In fact, when he was two, we got him one of his own personalized kids backpacks.  It had a big red K on it.  He loved it and thought he was a superhero!

In fact, when we got married, no one got us monogrammed linens.  I really wanted “his” and “hers” towels.  We’ve been married over 10 years and while I don’t have “his” and “hers” towels, I do have a shower wrap that says “Goddess” on it!  Check it out:

personalized gifts
Doesn’t it look great?  This wonderfully soft, personalized shower wrap comes from Posey Lane where they have a whole slew of personalized gifts for every member of your family.  What I like the most about this shower wrap is the feel of the towel.  It’s extremely soft and washes nicely.  I don’t use dryer sheets or softener with my clothes and this towel still came out of the dryer feeling as soft as the day I received it in the mail!  Other items you can find on the Posey Lane website are:

  • iphone cases
  • Day planners
  • Nap mats
  • Laundry bags
  • Personalized plates

And so much more!!!

 So quick, check out their site and tell me one item you would like to have or give to someone for Christmas!  Any order placed by this Friday WILL ship on next Monday!