Happy weekend everyone! So if you have not seen, we are officially a party of 5! Taylor Ann was born on 7-7 and I just LOVE her! She is a pretty good baby and can’t wait to start seeing all her baby milestones.
As always, come link up any cute or funny post. Definitely check out the other blogs who link up, as they all provide a great laugh. Feel free to share this blog hop on social media, although this is not necessary.
My top five laughs:
5. Hayley/Zane are now fully obsessed with their baby sister. It took awhile (more to come on that) but now, they don’t leave her alone. The problem is I always hear, “Mommy…Taylor’s head is so soft”. I told him over and over to only kiss her feet but he is obsessed with her head, right near her soft spot. I have to have eyes everywhere!
4. Zane said to me the other day, “Mommy..Where is the balloon in your belly?”
3. Zane also said to me, “Mommy…Can we put Taylor back and then I can watch her coming out?”
2. Hayley loves to match her sister. She is obsessed with me buying clothes just like Taylor. I wonder how long this will last!
1. Not a laugh but just look how cute this face is. I know I am biased! I can’t help it!
Now your laughs:
*I work with Build a Bear on promotions. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
One of my kids favorite activities is going to our local mall and visiting Build-A-Bear. Through the years, they have gathered a huge collection of Build-A-Bears that could be found all over their rooms. It is very exciting as a mom to see their enjoyment making their Build-A-Bears. If you have never bought or had your child experience Build-A-Bear, I highly suggest you do!
Now, Build-A-Bear introduced two Princess Palace Pets into their line. With the addition of Berry and Beauty, the make-your-own Disney Princess Palace Pets plush offering is expanded to a collection of four special pets based on the Disney Princess characters. All of the Disney Princess Palace Pets will be available at Build-A-Bear Workshop stores and online at buildabear.com. For added fun, Guests will be able to dress their new pet in a variety of clothing and accessories:
· Berry, Snow White’s bunny, ($25) can be dressed in her Red and Blue Dress ($13.50) and Disney’s Berry Accessory Set ($12.50) with Red Sparkle Bow Flats ($7.50 per pair).
· Beauty, Aurora’s kitten ($25) can be dressed in her Fuchsia and White Dress ($13.50) and Disney’s Beauty Accessory Set ($12.50) with Fuchsia Sparkle Bow Flats ($7.50 per pair)
· Guests can extend their fairytale by making any furry friend a princess with Disney Princess costumes for favorite characters including Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Rapunzel, Snow White and Tiana ($16 each).
Hayley loves her new Princess Pet. I have to admit, it is purely adorable and keeps Hayley using her princess imagination all day long. Her new Princess Pet resides on her bed and she takes special care to make sure nothing ever happens to her! Be sure to check out these Princess Pets, along with the whole collection of Build-A-Bears today!
Win it: One winner will receive a $25 Build-A-Bear gift card. This giveaway is run via rafflecopter, so click read more to see the actual giveaway. The only mandatory entry is to tell me who you want to win this for, in the comment section proceeding the post. While the other entries are optional, I highly suggest filling them out to increase your chances of winning. US only. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
*This is a sponsored post with Mom it Forward Blogging Network and Purell. All opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
9 days ago, we welcomed Baby Taylor into our lives. She is an unbelievable baby and I really adapted well to life with three kids. My only problem is, my kids constantly love to touch and snuggle her, just like mommy does. While this is fine, they are 3 and almost 6, and they tend to have dirty hands all the time. Between eating constantly and playing outside, I fear all the germs on their hands. Then they come into the house and begin touching her. However, I quickly learned my lesson and now store PURELL in just about every facet all over my house. I have been a fanatic of PURELL long before my kids were born, but with newborn babies, I am totally obsessed with PURELL. You should see my house-we probably have around 15 PURELL bottles all over! Yes I am totally PURELL obsessed but with great reason!
While I try to get them to wash their hands every time they come inside, it is just not feasible at times. This is specially true on those days we are out and about, and there is no water washing to be seen. This never is a problem anymore since I keep the PURELL 1 oz. JELLY WRAP carriers always hanging from my diaper bag. Now I don’t even need to fetch in my diaper bag to get the PURELL- it is simply hanging from my diaper bag. Ingenious if you ask me! So, when soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, like PURELL, that contains as least 60% alcohol. If hands are visibly dirty, it’s always best to clean them with soap and water, but the new PURELL Advanced Sanitizing Wipes can now help remove dirt and eliminate germs. I love how they are making PURELL in so many different forms including the awesome 8 fl. oz pump, the 2 fl oz. personal pump, the 1 fl oz. Jelly Wrap Carrier, and the 15- Count Sanitizing Wipes.
Scientific outcome studies provide evidence that hand hygiene, including the use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer like PURELL, reduces our risk of getting sick. I find this very true in that my kids are hardly getting sick as much as they were, prior to using PURELL. I might be PURELL obsessed but it is with good reason. If I can keep them from picking up dirty germs and keep their baby sister healthy, it is a win-win for me! It is also very easy for them to use the PURELL pump themselves and they are in a regular routine of putting on PURELL anytime they eat or go outside. It is also interesting to note the following fact: A recent study conducted by the makers of PURELL demonstrated that the use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer can significantly reduce the transfer of a virus to the hands, and prevent germ transfer via commonly touched surfaces within the household.
Now, I have really exciting news and I am sure you will all be interested in this too. This month, I am taking the PURELL Advanced 30-Day Challenge. The PURELL Advanced 30-Day Challenge is your chance to stay healthy, win prizes and be creative! Every day, there is a new challenge to complete. For every challenge you tackle, you will receive an entry into a promotion where you can win great prizes. The more challenges you complete, the more chances you have to win!
How It Works
- On Monday, July 14, visit www.facebook.com/PURELL or www.purell.com/30daychallenge to register for the promotion
- Download the list of challenges and get the entire family involved
- Check back every day to complete another challenge and view the Gallery
- Share the promotion with friends via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+ for even more chances to win
- You will receive:
- 1 entry when you register for the promotion
- 1 entry for every friend who registers for the promotion (limit 10 entries)
- 1 entry each time you visit the PURELL Advanced 30-Day Challenge page on Facebook or at www.purell.com/30daychallenge (one visit per day)
- 5 entries for videos, 2 entries for photos and 1 entry per story read
30 Days of Challenges
Here are just a few examples of the daily challenges:
- Upload a picture of a PURELL Advanced hand sanitizer bottle you decorated
- Post a video of yourself using PURELL Advanced hand sanitizer at a summer barbeque
- Give us your two SCENTS or more – show us your collection of your favorite PURELL Advanced scented JELLY WRAPTM Carrier products
You Could Win
- 63 Daily winners will receive PURELL Advanced products
- 8 Weekly winners will receive a $100 Visa gift card
- 30 Grand Prize winners will receive a Healthy Family Prize Pack, including a variety of fun, healthy-habit forming gifts
To learn more about PURELL, the 30-Day Challenge, and their amazing products, visit them on their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest Page! Don’t forget that According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other leading health organizations, proper hand hygiene is one of the most important preventative measures you can take to reduce your risk of illness and infection!
So, are we all ready to take the #PURELL30 Challenge?! Let’s rock it!
*Disclosure: The-Mommyhood-Chronicles was not compensated for the following post. Opinions are all our own. The cost of the 2 day trip however was covered by Sony including airfare and hotel expenses.*
I’m Liza from Cira’s Lyrics. While Melissa was welcoming her adorable new baby girl last week, I was covering her press trip to LA for her. Sony invited select bloggers out for a viewing of the Sex Tape movie (with Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal) before it hits theaters on July 18th. We were also able to interview director Jason Kasdan, as well as actors Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel!
Wednesday night we headed out to the screening of Sex Tape at the AMC Century City 15.
Let me preface the rest of this post by saying that while the movie is Rated R, if you are easily offended by language – or sexual situations – this is not the movie for you. The opening of the movie was a little surprising to me, I do have to admit. I did however, find it hilarious as well.
What is Sex Tape about?
When Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) first got together, their romantic connection was intense – and though they’re still very much in love, ten years and two kids have cooled the passion. To kick things up a notch, they decide – why not? – to make a video of themselves trying out every position in THE JOY OF SEX in one marathon three-hour session. It seems like a great idea – until they discover that their most private video is no longer private. With their reputations on the line, they know they’re just one click away from being laid bare to the world… but in their race to reclaim their video, they’ll find that it will expose even more than they bargained for.
Part of what I loved is that Cameron Diaz’s character Annie is a mom blogger. In the beginning she is writing about how in love she still is with her husband, but they don’t have the same kind of time they did before kids. As a blogger and mom of 3 kids, married 10 years myself, that really struck a chord with me.
Annie’s blog is on the verge of being sold for profit to a toy company run by the Piper Brothers and she is warned against posting anything in the future like post about sex. After filming themselves trying out all the positions in The Joy Of Sex, Jay decides to watch it once then erase it … but there is a malfunction with “the cloud” sending the video out to several iPads he has given away to friends and family. They do not realize it until someone sends him an anonymous text – that they know – and tries to blackmail him.
The result is hilarious.
Jay: “It went up, it went up to the cloud!”
Annie: “You can’t get it down from the cloud?!”
Jay: “Nobody understands the cloud! It’s a Mystery!”
Jay and Annie spend a wild night running around, trying to get back each and every copy – as well as to find out who is blackmailing them in the process. Their best friends Robby and Tess are played by Rob Corddry and Ellie Kemper. Rob Lowe plays Hank, CEO of the Piper Brothers and recipient of one of Jay’s many iPads. How Annie and Jay get into his house, and what happens while they are there, had the entire theater laughing. You won’t want to miss the cameo by Jack Black either!
Thursday afternoon we were broken up into small groups at the Four Seasons Hotel and had the opportunity to first interview director Jake Kasdan, then Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel together.
Jake told us that the biggest challenge in filming the movie, was the daily challenge figuring out what you are doing moment to moment. Sometimes a lot of sexualization can overwhelm people’s ability to laugh … it was trying to figure out how that balance would work and taking away the discomfort from the audience. He said that it was important to him that it felt like a couple at home … at it’s core feels like a couple in their house trying to activate their love life.
I have to admit I found it really cool getting to sit and talk with a director about how he chose to film things. I was able to ask him how much was improvised versus what was in the script to begin with. He explained that he likes improve, because you get better acting. While there was a lot of improve in the process, the finished movie is very close to the original script. (The cameo with Jack Black was surprisingly not at all improvised.)
Getting to then sit down with Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal was also pretty awesome. I asked them the first question. I explained that my kids had been in a movie and I found that some of the best parts came from what happened behind the scenes, whether it made it in or not … I asked if they had a favorite memory from filming that might not have made it in. They both laughed and said yes, while they were filming the clip shots for the college sex montage, not everything made it in. They improvised a part with Cameron on Jason wearing a sombrero, whipping Jason while he yells “I’m not your f$%#* burro Annie!” Everyone on the set was hysterical.
When Cameron was asked about the now famous Esquire interview – about not having kids – she told us:
That’s not what I said unfortunately. I never said it.
I said I haven’t had children thus far.
The reason I haven’t had kids so far is because I realize when you have children it takes up a large part of your life and for whatever reason – there’s a lot of reasons why I haven’t had children till now – and I’ve always said if I wanted to have children in my life prior to this I would have had children … but I’m not opposed to children … I am totally open to having children in my life … I believe that children come into your life if they are meant to.
She went on to say that she has 3 nieces, a nephew, and several of her friend’s children she is close to and she is part of the tribe and the village that brings up children and that she is blessed to be a part of these villages.
Getting back to talking about the movie, Cameron explained that their characters Annie and Jay really love each other, know that they married the right people, and are not having a hard time. They are just having a hard time having this part of their relationship.
Jason added that:
For married couples who have been together a long time, from my experience there are couples that are both sitting feeling separately like they both wish they were having more sex – and neither of them are having that discussion.
So I hope that when people see the movie, there is an interesting phenomenon the car ride home where they laugh a little bit about how crazy it was and the adventure of it all … then there is a little bit of silence and then this real discussion begins.
Sex Tape is being released in theaters nationwide on July 18th. Go see it!!
*I am a National Geographic Insider. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
I am a huge TV Junkie- like HUGE! Especially now that I have a newborn and am more confined in my house, I am constantly trying to find something to watch on TV. While I love having cable, it is sometimes really hard to find my favorite shows at the times I want to watch them. That is why I love watching my shows on streaming media such as Netflix and Amazon Prime- Hello, Downton Abbey! For this reason, I was so excited to receive the Roku Streaming Stick from National Geographic which includes great channels such as the two mentioned above and my beloved National Geographic.
The Roku® Streaming Stick™ (HDMI® version) makes it easy to enjoy the best selection of streaming entertainment on TV. Featuring a compact design pioneered by Roku, the Roku Streaming Stick plugs discreetly into the HDMI port for a streamlined look that’s ideal for wall-mounted TVs. It is very easy to plug the stick into your TV and get ready to start streaming anything you want, at any time of the day. All you will need to do is register your password /email using the Roku Stick for your favorite channels such as Netflix and National Geographic. In no time at all, you will be streaming the best of TV without ever touching your cable box.
For the best TV experience, the entire household can use the included remote to access the sleek Roku user interface with shortcuts to movies, TV shows, news, the Roku Channel Store, Roku Search and more. Those who desire a mobile experience can use their smartphone or tablet (along with the free and newly updated Roku apps for Android and iOS devices) to browse and select channels to stream. Users can also cast Netflix, YouTube and personal media from their mobile device to their TV. Over time Roku will add additional mobile features such as the ability to cast content from a computer to the TV.
Once plugged in, the Roku Streaming Stick lets consumers start streaming from more than 1,500 channels of movies, TV episodes, music, news, sports, kids’ shows and free programming – more channels and genres than any other TV streaming device – and all in up to 1080p HD video. We have it set up that we receive our favorite channels including You Tube and National Geographic at the push of a button. The kids can readily operate it so they can watch their favorite shows too! The best part is the stick is so small that your kids will not even know it there, or attempt to pull it out. It is only .5 inches high and 1.1 inches wide.
National Geographic has their own amazing channel on the Roku Streaming Stick that is educational, fun, and interesting. You will need to check that out if you buy the Roku Streaming Stick.
The Roku Streaming Stick is available for $49.99 and is available in retail stores and from Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, Target.com, Walmart.com and Roku.com.
Win it: One winner will receive the Roku Streaming Stick. This giveaway is run via rafflecopter, so please click read more to see the actual giveaway. The only mandatory entry is to tell me why you want to win the stick in the comment section proceeding the post. While the other entries are optional, I highly suggest filling them out to increase your chances of wining. US only. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway