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Sunday, May 21, 2017

[Can’t] Keep Calm, it’s Sodapalooza Season @Racetrac #Sodapalooza

Summer is here now that Sodapalooza has started! We waited 269 days for the trendy Sodapalooza festivities to return.  Free unlimited refills of fountain and NumbSkull frozen drinks are now available all summer long (until July 31st) for just $11.99 when you purchase a limited-time-only cup at RaceTrac.  In today's post, I'll share more details and a tip for how to score a discount on your Sodapalooza cup with the RaceTrac app.

The sign above says it all - The best things in life are free refills.  This year's trendy Sodapalooza cups are available for a limited time only and while supplies last.  They are selling out at many stores, so you will want to purchase one as soon as possible. The free refills start immediately and run through July 31st.  Plus, the cups in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro contain over $60 in coupons! It's an awesome deal for just $11.99+tax.   However, let me share a tip about how to get it for $9.99.   Simply download the free RaceTrac app and log on for a $2 off coupon. Run to RaceTrac quickly because the cups are flying off of the shelves and this is a "while supplies last" deal!
Now let me share my personal experience. We've enjoyed Sodapalooza for several years now.  It's one of our favorite memories of moving to Texas.  When we first moved here, we stopped at a RaceTrac and accidentally became familiar with Sodapalooza.  Tons of people were purchasing sodas.  I commented to someone that it seems like people in Texas love their sodas.  A woman explained to me that I was witnessing Sodapalooza - one of the best events in the south!  She explained that RaceTrac offered inexpensive sodas and frozen drinks to survive the Texas summer heat.  I told my family about Sodapalooza and we all went in and purchased a drink. Since then, we visited numerous times throughout the summer and enjoyed the special deal on drinks.   The following year, Sodapalooza changed to what it is today - you purchase a special promotional cup and receive free refills for the entire summer.  We purchased a cup for each of us and enjoyed stopping for refills while we were out running errands or driving to/from work.  It was very convenient. It's a fun memory because we all loved our Sodapalooza runs.   It was also fun to take our cups on summer road trips because our trendy Sodapalooza cups gave us excuses to stop and fill our cups!

Personally, I'm a Diet Coke or Vitamin Water gal.  Occasionally, I'll switch it up with a shot of Dr. Pepper in my Diet Coke.  (I'm slowly turning into a Texan with the Dr. Pepper shot!)

My son is a frozen drink chef. I don't think that he has ever had the same drink twice.  He mixes different frozen drinks for his own special concoctions. 

My husband loves Coke Zero, but sometimes enjoys a frozen Dr. Pepper or Coca Cola as a special treat.  

The number of Sodapalooza soda refill options are endless!  Whether you have your one true love when it comes to soda or are a mixologist of sodas and frozen drinks, Sodapalooza is worth celebrating!   You can't beat this deal, plus the memories are priceless.   Don't be surprised if your family members ask to join you on errands or other outings. I'm sure that they will also point out the convenient RaceTrac locations along the way!

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As I mentioned earlier,  download the free RaceTrac Rewards app on any iOS or Android phone to receive a coupon for $2 off a Sodapalooza cup purchase. For more information on Sodapalooza and other RaceTrac initiatives, follow RaceTrac on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and visit

Thanks to RaceTrac for sponsoring this post. All opinions are honest and our own.
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

(Win it!) The LEGO® Pirate-Themed Splash Pad Opens For The Season on Saturday!

In today's post, I will tell you about the trendy Pirate Beach at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth and share an opportunity for one lucky winner to win four tickets to visit.  
Let's start with the opening date and important details:

  • What: The seasonal opening of Pirate Beach at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Where: LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth
  •               3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine, Texas 76051
                  Phone: 877-818-1677 
  • When: Opening date is Saturday, May 20th 
    • The hours for the season are: Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. - last admission two hours prior to closing.

The Pirates Beach at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth offers a swashbuckling adventure with more than 30 interactive gadgets pumping and spraying thousands of gallons of water. Climb aboard a LEGO® shipwrecked pirate vessel, while you navigate through water jets, shoot water cannons and splash down slides. But stay alert, looming at the top of the 20-foot-tall mast is a 50-gallon bucket of water that’s ready to come pouring down at any moment. Test your building skills with soft LEGO® bricks while playing amongst LEGO® models of pirates, treasures chests and palm trees. Pirate Beach is included in the price of admission. Bring your buccaneers, bathing suits, towels, change of clothes and prepare for fun…if ye dare! 

A visit to the LEGOLAND® Discovery Center in Grapevine is a summer childhood experience that you will want to share with your children.  It's perfect for our hot Texas summers since the indoor attractions are air conditioned and the Pirates Beach provides another opportunity to cool off.  We always enjoy our visits. One of my happiest memories was watching my boys play in the Pirates Beach last summer while I sat in the shade enjoying a drink and the company of other moms. Children make friends quickly in fun environments like this since they are so happy and have the opportunity to exercise and use their imaginations.

Finally, as a mom to children of different ages, I also want to share that the outdoor play area includes changing rooms and restrooms. Dry clothes are required to re-enter attraction and play indoors.

We hope to see you there!

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Thank you to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth for sponsoring this post and giveaway.
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Paper Pumpkin for May 2017

In today's post, I am going to tell you about the Paper Pumpkin kit for May 2017 - Sprinkled with Love! This whimsical little kit has everything that you need to make trendy little cards for friends, family, teachers, and anyone else that you want to sprinkle with love.  Let me share the contents and then an example.

The May 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit contains:
  • Sprinkled with Love Photopolymer Stamp Set
  • Soft Suede Class Stampin' Spot
  • 6 donut card bases
  • 3 circle card bases
  • 9 printed kraft envelopes
  • 12 printed frosting sheets
  • 6 die-cut frosting stickers
  • 2 sheets heart and circle stickers
  • 2 sheets die-cut banners
  • 1 sheet die-cut flowers
  • 10 adhesive-backed sequins
  • 50 adhesive-backed pearls
  • 11 ddss gold/vanilla twine
  • 25 dimensionals
  • 200 adhesive dots

This kit is a lot of fun for everyone from novice to expert crafters. Personally, I fall into the novice category, but look like a pro because the Paper Pumpkin kits are so easy to use. I always say that the designers pay close attention to detail which I mean in two ways: (1) the kits are easy to use and (2) the designs are super cute.  The sprinkled donut theme this month is very cute. I love them for teachers.  (If you haven't sent an end-of-year gift for your children's teachers yet, the donut card pairs well with a coffee gift card!)  In addition, I owed some "Thank You" notes to friends who sent baby gifts.  The card below shows one of my creations.  I had a little boy, so the light blue and brown colors were perfect. I loved that I could customize the cards with the trendy stamps.

Sometimes it is the little things in life that give you the most joy.  My monthly surprises from Paper Pumpkin fall into that category. I look forward to my special package each month because the designers have fun ideas that never disappoint.  I love the opportunity to escape into my own creative little world with their kits.  Have you tried Paper Pumpkin yet?  Learn more here.  

PS - New subscribers who sign up by June 10 will receive 25% off their first three months.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

My Experience with Martha & Marley Spoon

In today's post, I'll share a Super Mom tip that has helped me to survive this week - Martha & Marley Spoon. I have been stretched thin with work, children, and a terrible cold. However, you wouldn't have known this if you saw the fabulous dinners that I created this week.  I had a little bit of help from Martha & Marley Spoon!  Let me share my experience with their family size meal kits.

I visited Martha & Marley Spoon to browse the upcoming recipes and selected a few recipes that fit the tastes of my family members.  There are a couple of things that stood out to me as a mom who wants all of her family members to happily eat dinner.  First, the recipe selection was very nice because many of the recipes are things that my husband and I wanted to eat and that my children would also happily eat.  Second, I really like that each meal transparently shared the ingredients so that I could quickly browse whether my pickiest family member would be happy.  

Let me give an example.  Our first meal was the Fried Chicken Sandwiches with Root Veggie Fries. Fried chicken sandwiches may generally sound boring to parents, but this meal became special  and parent-friendly with root veggie fries and a dill sauce.  The sandwich was super child-friendly and then the veggie fries and dip were outside of their normal comfort zone, but close enough that they were willing to try them and learn that they like them.  Pretty cool, right?  They created a meal that appealed to both parents and children.

Another example that we tried was the Beef and Ginger Fried Rice with Bok Choy & Pickled Radish Salad.  My husband and I were excited to try this new recipe. As for our children, we knew that they would like the beef and fried rice part of the recipe, but the bok chop and pickled radish would be outside of their comfort zone.  As it turns out, Martha & Marley Spoon rocked it with this recipe!  We all enjoyed it.   I thought that this would be the riskiest recipe in the box and I wasn't sure what my children would think, but it received their seal of approval. 

Our final meal was the Noodle Bowl. Again, the recipe appealed to our entire family. The generously sized noodles and ground beef appealed to all of us. It disappeared quickly.

In summary, Martha & Marley Spoon's family-friendly meals were a hit with our family. I'm convinced that they must have moms on their recipe team because the meals were so perfect for everyone in our family.  In any case, I really appreciate the new recipe ideas and the delicious meals that we enjoyed. Click here to visit Martha & Marley Spoon.

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Join Chuck E. Cheese on Friday to set a Guinness World Record!

We love events where everyone teams up to accomplish something big.  Chuck E. Cheese is turning 40 years old and is thinking BIG by organizing an attempt to set a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the most birthday blowers blown simultaneously. Here are the details:

  • Where: Chuck E. Cheese participating locations
  • When: The stunt will take place on Friday at 7:40 p.m. CST / 8:40 p.m. EST.
  • What: Event to try to break the  GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the most birthday blowers blown simultaneously. 
  • Perks: Of course, the FUN is the top perk, but they will also offer free cake while supplies last, 40 free tickets with a $5 minimum purchase and birthday blowers to get the party started. 
We hope that you are able to join the fun!

While we are sharing this Chuck E. Cheese event, let me tell you a bit more about Chuck E. Cheese. The first Chuck E. Cheese’s store opened in 1977 in San Jose, CA. Since then, the iconic family entertainment brand has made numerous changes including adding new, more adult-friendly menu items but remains America’s number one place for birthdays. Most recently, Chuck E. Cheese’s launched a program for children and families impacted by autism, called Sensory Sensitive Sundays. Throughout 40 years of the brand’s existence, Chuck E’ Cheese’s continues to be Where a Kid Can Be a Kid.
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

(Win it!) Netflix Anne with an E

In today's post, I'll share some bad news and then good news. The bad news is that allergy season is here in Dallas and pollen counts are going to be extremely high until Monday. The good news is that there is something fun to do indoors while you avoid the pollen - enjoy the new Anne with an E release that is now available on Netflix!  Grab a box of tissues and plan to enjoy this trendy series that is based on the book that we all know and love.   (If you are new to Netflix, click here to try a free month.)

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