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The Ultimate Easter Basket + I See Me! Giveaway

Need some ideas for pulling off the ultimate Easter basket? I've got just what you need! Head over to the blog to check out what goes into my ultimate Easter baskets and even enter to win an I See Me! personalized book of your choice! They make great Easter basket features! #Easter #Easterbasket #giveaway #entertowin #personalizedbook #iseemebooks
~Thank you to I See Me! for providing a personalized book for my review. As always, all opinions are still 100% my own. This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive compensation for any purchase made through them.~

Now that we’ve covered Easter outfits, let’s get into Easter baskets! I love putting together collections of fun and learning for my kids, no matter what holiday it is and Easter is no different. It just so happens that I’ve been planning this year’s Easter baskets since last year!

Yeap, you heard me right. After the holiday last year, I purchased plastic eggs, straw filling and even the “baskets” on clearance, and have held on to them even through our move. I’ve also collected swimsuits and summer shoes during various end of season sales. I sized up and now a few of those will fit, so they’re perfect additions to my kids Easter baskets! And with Easter almost here, I’m excited to pull everything together.

Here comes Peter Cottontail.

Hopping down the bunny trail.

Hippity, hoppity, Easter’s on its way!

So what all goes into an ultimate Easter basket? I love to incorporate my kids favorite candy treats, which they only get on special occasions or as rewards, fun toys and activities they can enjoy indoors and outdoors, and even a handful of things that help spark their imagination and learning processes.

Ultimate Easter basket ideas:

Need some ideas for pulling off the ultimate Easter basket? I've got just what you need! Head over to the blog to check out what goes into my ultimate Easter baskets and even enter to win an I See Me! personalized book of your choice! They make great Easter basket features! #Easter #Easterbasket #giveaway #entertowin #personalizedbook #iseemebooks

Like Christmas, I typically do one larger or more pricey gift along with smaller, less expensive ones. The special feature in my son’s Easter basket this year is a personalized book from I See Me! It’s personalized to include a picture of him, a special dedication and the book is ALL about him. The only thing more fun than reading an exciting story, is when that story is all about you!

Need some ideas for pulling off the ultimate Easter basket? I've got just what you need! Head over to the blog to check out what goes into my ultimate Easter baskets and even enter to win an I See Me! personalized book of your choice! They make great Easter basket features! #Easter #Easterbasket #giveaway #entertowin #personalizedbook #iseemebooks

In “Terrell’s Very Own Trucks and Things That Go!,” a variety of transportation vehicles and vessels work together to build “the perfect name,” my son’s name. On each and every page, a “thing that goes” brings in one letter, until they’ve collected every letter needed to compile his first AND last name (and it’s a long one, haha).

It’s such a fun rhyming book and at the end, my son can learn a little bit about all 64 “things that go” – trucks, cars, planes, trains, boats, cranes, diggers, tanks and more. My little car fanatic will be over the moon to see his favorite transportation vehicles working together to build his name.

Not only does I See Me! offer personalized books and stories, but they also have stickers, lunch boxes, puzzles, coloring books, placematsgrowth charts and music, all of which can be personalized for your little one. I mentioned a few of these in my ultimate Easter basket idea list above! How cool would it be to have an Easter basket full of personalized fun?

To get you started on your ultimate Easter basket, I have the chance for you to win an I See Me! personalized book of your choice! There are so many great options to choose from. Simply enter using the giveaway form below.

Need some ideas for pulling off the ultimate Easter basket? I've got just what you need! Head over to the blog to check out what goes into my ultimate Easter baskets and even enter to win an I See Me! personalized book of your choice! They make great Easter basket features! #Easter #Easterbasket #giveaway #entertowin #personalizedbook #iseemebooks

As for the smaller, less expensive items I include in my kids Easter baskets, Target is one of my go-to solutions. Never underestimate “The One Spot” located at the entrance of the store. You can find all kinds of fun things there for $1. Just last week I got bubbles, coloring books, a small pair of Disney socks for my daughter and even some writing tools for my son!

What do you like to put in your kid’s Easter basket?

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Need some ideas for pulling off the ultimate Easter basket? I've got just what you need! Head over to the blog to check out what goes into my ultimate Easter baskets and even enter to win an I See Me! personalized book of your choice! They make great Easter basket features! #Easter #Easterbasket #giveaway #entertowin #personalizedbook #iseemebooks

One lucky Making Time reader will win an I See Me! personalized book of their choice! GOOD LUCK!

This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on April 5, 2017 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

*Thank you to I See Me! for providing a book for my review. As always, all opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. This post contains affiliate links, in which I will receive compensation for your purchase. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Enhance Your Spring Wardrobe with eShakti {$25 off}

Is your wardrobe ready for spring? If you need to make a few (or a lot of) enhancements, eShakti is the place to shop! With the largest selection of styles, colors and pieces for women sizes 0-36, and the ability to customize just about everything, eShakti will have your wardrobe ready for the warmer weather. And don't forget the $25 you get off your first purchase! #eShakti #dresses #springwardrobe
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Last week I shared with you some cute Easter outfit options for kids, but what about the adults in the family? Today, I’ll share one of my favorite sites for women’s dresses (and other clothes) – eShakti.

With endless styles, colors and even the ability to customize, eShakti has it ALL! So how about a little spring wardrobe update or a new Easter dress for mom or your teen? One peek and you’ll want to buy the whole site. I do!

There are so many great benefits to shopping at eShakti. Not only is the selection AH-MAZING, but just about everything is customizable. Sizes range from 0-36 and you can customize the neckline, sleeves and length to your liking. It’s like designing your own wardrobe!

And of course, you know my money saving nature is always shining through, so how about $25 off and free customization on your first purchase?! Simply register as a new customer at eShakti and the savings are all yours!

Here’s a little sneak peek at what you’ll come across while browsing the site. These are just a few of the dresses I’d love to add to my own wardrobe and would all make a perfect Easter dress.


Graphic Print Pleat Empire Georgette Dress – $51.95

Is your wardrobe ready for spring? If you need to make a few (or a lot of) enhancements, eShakti is the place to shop! With the largest selection of styles, colors and pieces for women sizes 0-36, and the ability to customize just about everything, eShakti will have your wardrobe ready for the warmer weather. And don't forget the $25 you get off your first purchase! #eShakti #dresses #springwardrobe


Floral Print Surplice Dupioni Gown – $67.95

Is your wardrobe ready for spring? If you need to make a few (or a lot of) enhancements, eShakti is the place to shop! With the largest selection of styles, colors and pieces for women sizes 0-36, and the ability to customize just about everything, eShakti will have your wardrobe ready for the warmer weather. And don't forget the $25 you get off your first purchase! #eShakti #dresses #springwardrobe


Floral Print Bow-Tie Mixed Media Dress – $51.95

Is your wardrobe ready for spring? If you need to make a few (or a lot of) enhancements, eShakti is the place to shop! With the largest selection of styles, colors and pieces for women sizes 0-36, and the ability to customize just about everything, eShakti will have your wardrobe ready for the warmer weather. And don't forget the $25 you get off your first purchase! #eShakti #dresses #springwardrobe


One-Shoulder Floral Print Georgette Maxi Dress – $53.95

Is your wardrobe ready for spring? If you need to make a few (or a lot of) enhancements, eShakti is the place to shop! With the largest selection of styles, colors and pieces for women sizes 0-36, and the ability to customize just about everything, eShakti will have your wardrobe ready for the warmer weather. And don't forget the $25 you get off your first purchase! #eShakti #dresses #springwardrobe


Rose Print Crepe Banded Empire Dress – $58.95

Is your wardrobe ready for spring? If you need to make a few (or a lot of) enhancements, eShakti is the place to shop! With the largest selection of styles, colors and pieces for women sizes 0-36, and the ability to customize just about everything, eShakti will have your wardrobe ready for the warmer weather. And don't forget the $25 you get off your first purchase! #eShakti #dresses #springwardrobe


Riley Dress – $44.95

Is your wardrobe ready for spring? If you need to make a few (or a lot of) enhancements, eShakti is the place to shop! With the largest selection of styles, colors and pieces for women sizes 0-36, and the ability to customize just about everything, eShakti will have your wardrobe ready for the warmer weather. And don't forget the $25 you get off your first purchase! #eShakti #dresses #springwardrobe

Which dress is your favorite?

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Easter Looks for Less

Easter is about a month away and that means it's time to start planning Easter baskets, activities and outfits! Luckily, Gymboree has you covered when it comes to kids' outfits. March 17-19 Gymboree even has 50% off sitewide, so now is the perfect time to get those Easter looks for less! Head over to the blog to check out the looks I pieced together for my kids and let me know which ones you think I should get! #Gymboree #Easter #EasterOutfit #EasterDress

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Easter is just about a month away, so it’s time to start thinking activities and outfits. When I was a child, my mom made all of my Easter dresses. I’m talking my mom went all out, from tulle underneath the dress, to the apron that was worn over the top of the dress.

I kind of wish I had the time and skill to do the same for my own daughter. Well, in all honesty, I could make the time to do it and while I’m certainly no professional seamstress, I do have a little skill.

But since I’m being honest here, on the other hand, there are so many cute and affordable options in stores these day, too. The time it would take to make one and the cost of the materials just isn’t much worth it.

Stores like Gymboree or Janie and Jack have some of the most adorable clothing options for kids, including Easter outfits. In fact, Gymboree has 50% off sitewide today (3/17) through Sunday (3/19). It’s the perfect time to get my kids their Easter outfits!

I’ve been browsing the website and pieced together two options for both my son and daughter. Take a look and tell me which one’s you think I should get!


Son Option 1

Easter is about a month away and that means it's time to start planning Easter baskets, activities and outfits! Luckily, Gymboree has you covered when it comes to kids' outfits. March 17-19 Gymboree even has 50% off sitewide, so now is the perfect time to get those Easter looks for less! Head over to the blog to check out the looks I pieced together for my kids and let me know which ones you think I should get! #Gymboree #Easter #EasterOutfit #EasterDress

Shop the look: Linen Vest – $18.48 | Plaid Shirt – $14.98 | Linen Pants – $16.48 | Dressy Tie – $6.48 | Wingtip Shoes – $18.48


Son Option 2

Easter is about a month away and that means it's time to start planning Easter baskets, activities and outfits! Luckily, Gymboree has you covered when it comes to kids' outfits. March 17-19 Gymboree even has 50% off sitewide, so now is the perfect time to get those Easter looks for less! Head over to the blog to check out the looks I pieced together for my kids and let me know which ones you think I should get! #Gymboree #Easter #EasterOutfit #EasterDress

Shop the look: Linen Shirt – $14.98 | Belted Twill Shorts – $14.98 | Bow Tie – $6.48 | Chambray Suspenders – $9.98 | Seersucker Cap – $9.98


Daughter Option 1

Easter is about a month away and that means it's time to start planning Easter baskets, activities and outfits! Luckily, Gymboree has you covered when it comes to kids' outfits. March 17-19 Gymboree even has 50% off sitewide, so now is the perfect time to get those Easter looks for less! Head over to the blog to check out the looks I pieced together for my kids and let me know which ones you think I should get! #Gymboree #Easter #EasterOutfit #EasterDress

Shop the look: Floral Eyelet Dress – $27.48 | Cropped Cardigan – $16.48 | Flower Sandals – $16.48 | Floral Eyelet Headband – $6.48


Daughter Option 2

Easter is about a month away and that means it's time to start planning Easter baskets, activities and outfits! Luckily, Gymboree has you covered when it comes to kids' outfits. March 17-19 Gymboree even has 50% off sitewide, so now is the perfect time to get those Easter looks for less! Head over to the blog to check out the looks I pieced together for my kids and let me know which ones you think I should get! #Gymboree #Easter #EasterOutfit #EasterDress

Shop the look: Rosette Headband – $4.48 | 1-Shoulder Floral Dress – $27.48 | Cropped Cardigan – $16.48 | Scalloped Sandals – $18.48 | Eyelet Purse – $12.48


Which outfits do you like the best?

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Ecocentric Mom Mystery Bonus Box

I love monthly subscription boxes and Ecocentric Mom happens to be one of my favs! This time around, though, I'm showing you an extra bonus box, the Mom & Baby Mystery Bonus Box. You won't believe all of the full-size products included! #EcocentricMom #allnatural #parenting #healthybaby #healthyfamily #MysteryBonusBox #subscriptionbox

~Thank you to Ecocentric Mom for providing a Mystery Bonus Box for review. This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase.~

I’m sure you already know how much I love monthly subscription boxes. From storybooks and activities for my kids, to men’s clothing for my boyfriend, to beauty products for myself and even general home products for the whole family, there is no shortage of subscription boxes delivered to our house every month.

One of my favorite subscription boxes is Ecocentric Mom, which offers all-natural products that promote healthy living for mom and baby, and even during pregnancy. I’ve actually shared with you a Mom & Baby Box and a Mom Box from Ecocentric Mom in the past. But today I want to share an extra special box from Ecocentric Mom, the Mystery Bonus Box.

There are two Mystery Bonus Box types available – Mom/Woman or Mom & Baby. In the video below, I’m unboxing one of the Mom & Baby Mystery Bonus Boxes. Take a look!

What’s in my Mom & Baby Mystery Bonus Box?

  • Silimap Folding Silicone Map (for baby)
  • Oilogic Stuffy Nose & Cough Essential Oil Roll-On (for baby)
  • Kala Coconut Oil (for mom & baby)
  • Hevea Natural Rubber Pacifier (for baby)
  • Soft Chick Rattle (for baby)
  • EcoLips PoGo Organic Lip Balm (for mom)
  • Manna Kadar Gloss Stain (for mom)
  • Hyperbiotics Pro-Moms (for mom)
  • Patel’s Milk Water Tea (for mom)
  • Weleda Baby Derma Diaper Rash Cream (for baby)
  • Shea Moisture Lotion and Baby Wash/Shampoo Samples (for baby)
  • Fizz Wizz Cleaning Tablets Sample (for baby)
  • Fizz Wizz Pacifier/Nipple/Bottle Wipes (for baby)
  • Dapple Dish Detergent Sample (for mom)
  • Zabana Essentials Balancing & Calming Face + Body Tonic (for mom)
  • Wrap-N-Mat Snack Pouch (for baby)

I love monthly subscription boxes and Ecocentric Mom happens to be one of my favs! This time around, though, I'm showing you an extra bonus box, the Mom & Baby Mystery Bonus Box. You won't believe all of the full-size products included! #EcocentricMom #allnatural #parenting #healthybaby #healthyfamily #MysteryBonusBox #subscriptionbox

Oh my goodness! Just look at ALL of these amazing products! Again, everything is all-natural, organic and promotes a healthy home and body. Some of these products I’m familiar with because I received them in previous Ecocentric Mom boxes, but the majority of these products and brands are new to me. That’s one of the things I love about boxes like this. I get to try new products and brands that I otherwise probably wouldn’t even know about!

And don’t let me forget to mention that all but three or four products in this box are full-sized! Just so you know, I took the time to research every one of these products just to see what everything would retail for and you’re not going to believe this – $169 (minus the samples)! Holy moly!

Guess how much the Mystery Bonus Box is! Just $44.99! Living an all-natural lifestyle can be expensive. I’m not here to tell you that my family lives a completely all-natural and organic lifestyle because that’s far from the truth, but when I come across good deals like this and know the products are better for me and my family, it would be insane not to take advantage!

Get your Ecocentric Mom Mystery Bonus Box here!

Have you ever tried Ecocentric Mom?

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Purederm 10 Day Foot Mask

Wonder if those foot mask things work? I've got the answer for you and I think you'll be amazed! Join me on my 10 day foot mask journey (with video updates) and see just what type of results I got. #healthyfeet #Purederm #footmask
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After seeing photos and a short video of women using what seems like a miracle foot mask, I knew I just had to try it out. I haven’t had a pedicure in a really long time and with sandal weather on it’s way, my feet were in need of some love.

The photos and video that I saw depicted the layer of dead skin literally peeling off the bottom of the foot in large sheets. I thought to myself there’s no way this could be, so I took thing into my own hands to find out for sure.

After browsing foot masks on Amazon, I decided to get the three pair pack of Purederm Shiny & Soft Foot Peeling Masks. The same day they arrived, was the same day I tried them out. I was so excited and just couldn’t wait to see if they’d really work!

Wonder if those foot mask things work? I've got the answer for you and I think you'll be amazed! Join me on my 10 day foot mask journey (with video updates) and see just what type of results I got. #healthyfeet #Purederm #footmask

Day 1 – Application

Application of the foot masks was really easy. You’ll see everything in the video below, but the masks are just a foot shaped bag that has a liquid-type substance inside. You place your foot in the mask and wear them for 60-90 minutes.

Wonder if those foot mask things work? I've got the answer for you and I think you'll be amazed! Join me on my 10 day foot mask journey (with video updates) and see just what type of results I got. #healthyfeet #Purederm #footmask

I was a little concerned the foot masks would be kind of loose, but they actually fit nice and tight. For the 90 minutes I wore them I was sitting for the most part, but you’re still able to walk around if you need to. The masks aren’t uncomfortable to wear, but just a squishy feeling if you walk around.

Wonder if those foot mask things work? I've got the answer for you and I think you'll be amazed! Join me on my 10 day foot mask journey (with video updates) and see just what type of results I got. #healthyfeet #Purederm #footmask

After about 30 minutes I started to feel a tingly, almost minty-like feeling and when the 90 minutes was over, I took the masks off and rinsed my feet. I noticed that the nail polish on my little toes and big toes had been affected by the foot mask.

Those particular toes were in positions that they directly rubbed against the sides of the foot mask, so I think that’s why they were the only ones affected. The three middle toenails on each foot were perfectly fine.

Also, that minty-like coolness continued probably until I went to bed that night (I first applied the masks at about 8 pm).

Wonder if those foot mask things work? I've got the answer for you and I think you'll be amazed! Join me on my 10 day foot mask journey (with video updates) and see just what type of results I got. #healthyfeet #Purederm #footmask

Day 3

Day 3 rolled around and I was totally surprised. The masks actually work! The night of day 3, I took my socks off and looked at my feet and there were spots of loose skin just waiting to be peeled away. I peeled what I could (watch the video) and waited to see what else would happen over the next few days.

Wonder if those foot mask things work? I've got the answer for you and I think you'll be amazed! Join me on my 10 day foot mask journey (with video updates) and see just what type of results I got. #healthyfeet #Purederm #footmask
This is everything I peeled off on Day 3!

Day 4

Day 4 came and, again, there was some additional peeling. Even the bottoms of my toes started to peel a little bit.

Day 7

In the video you’ll see I did a 7 day update just so you could see the progress that had been made before actually getting to day 10. The majority of the bottom of my feet had peeled and there were visible rigid lines all the way around the sole of my foot, where you could see at what point it peeled up to. The line stopped right at the top of the sole, all the way around. I figured that was as far as the peeling would go and that the top and sides of the foot wouldn’t do anything, but I later found out I was wrong.

At this point I also had peeling on the front and tops of my toes, around my toenail. I mean the peeling literally went all the around my toenails and all the way up to the crease of my toenails. There was even peeling in between my toes.

The only places that had yet to peel on the bottom were parts of the rougher, callused spots and also the inner sole.

Day 8

On day 8, it was warmer out so I decided to pull out my sandals. My feet needed some moisturizing, but I wanted so bad to wear them so I did. They were thong sandals that went between the toes and up across the top of my foot.

When I got home and took my sandals off, I noticed that there was slight peeling across the tops of my feet. It was nothing like the large pieces that came off the bottom of my feet, but was peeling nonetheless.

Day 10

Finally day 10 arrived and I was amazed at how well these foot masks had worked. Those rough spots that hadn’t yet peeled a few days ago, had peeled at this point. My heel looked amazing and wasn’t at all dry and cracked in the creases. The rougher, callused spots still felt a little rough, but they did peel and were visibly better. Just what I need for sandal wearing!

This also means that the foot masks delivered exactly what they said they would. By day 10 the calluses are supposed to be all gone and as of day 10, all of mine had peeled. The tops of my toes had also started peeling down to the base of the toes and the inner sole that hadn’t peeled yet was very dry and peeled off in small strips.

Day 12

As a little added bonus, after taking a shower the night of day 12 I noticed the tops and sides of my feet were peeling. Again, not in large pieces like the bottoms of my feet did, but with some rough rubbing, the skin kind of rolled off.

Wonder if those foot mask things work? I've got the answer for you and I think you'll be amazed! Join me on my 10 day foot mask journey and see just what type of results I got. #healthyfeet #Purederm #footmask
This picture doesn’t even do justice, but you can see that the dry, flaky skin from the “before” picture is now gone. You definitely want to watch the video!

Ready to get your feet sandal ready?

Head over to Amazon and get your order in now! When I ordered, the pack of three was just $10.99 and today the pack appears to be $11.99, so know that prices on Amazon change all the time. There are a few different scents that Purederm offers, too. I assume since they’re the same brand, and have the same purpose, they’ll all work the same.

Order Your Favorite Scent: Lemon Apple | Apricot

Also, order when you seem them! They are currently out of stock and every single time I go back to check, it’s the same thing. It just so happens that when I ordered back in February they were out of stock at that time too, but lucky would be restocked in just a few days. As soon as that date came, I believe it was the next day that my order was shipped.

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Ultimate Beauty and the Beast Giveaway

Are you excited for the new Beauty and the Beast movie release? Well, let's take that excitement up a notch with the Ultimate Beauty and the Beast Giveaway! Enter to win a grand Beauty and the Beast prize pack, worth almost $300! It's definitely a prize pack any true fan would adore! #BeOurGuest #BeautyandtheBeast #TheHoppingBloggers

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The new live action Beauty and the Beast is probably the most highly anticipated film of the year. It finally hits theaters everywhere next week – March 17th, 2017! In order to help celebrate, The Hopping Bloggers have come together and created the ULTIMATE Beauty and the Beast prize pack that any fan will be excited to win! With prizes for adults and kids, alike, this prize pack is worth nearly $300 and includes:

All prizes are not pictured in the photo above and prizes are subject to change based on availability, but will be replaced with a prize of equal or greater value.

About Beauty and the Beast
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic that refashions the characters from the tale. As old as time for a contemporary audience, it stays true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs.

“Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.

The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

Beauty and the Beast hits theaters everywhere March 17!

 

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Tackle Picky Eating with a Mealtime Treasure Hunt #GotrovoFun

Have a picky eater at home? Me too! The Mealtime Treasure Hunt by Gotrovo has been helping my picky eater try new foods and I couldn't be happier! Head over to the blog to check it out! #Gotrovo #MealtimeTreasureHunt #pickyeater #GotrovoFun

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I used to sarcastically brag that my 5 year old son had quite the food palette, with a diet that consisted mostly of chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, and hot dogs. So sophisticated, right? But now I can do some real bragging and I owe all my thanks to Gotrovo.

I’ve tried a few different tactics to get my son eating new and different foods. I’ve tried hidden veggie recipes, letting him help prepare his meals, cute food creations and even the eat it or do without method (most of the time he’d choose to go hungry, which broke my heart). After all of these fails, I knew I needed a different tactic and that’s what Gotrovo’s Mealtime Treasure Hunt offers.

Concept & Setup

The whole concept behind the Mealtime Treasure Hunt is that kids get rewarded in a fun way (getting to the treasure) for trying new foods. The set, which includes a washable double-sided treasure map, a plate, bowl, cup, fork and shovel (spoon), navigation coin and reward cards, all have a treasure theme.

The map features things like treasure chests, pirate ships, castles, fairies, mermaids and waterfalls. My son absolutely loves everything pirates and treasure, so I knew for sure this was exactly what he needed.

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To get started with the Mealtime Treasure Hunt, you simply set up the place setting. Put the map down (either side), choose the treasure and place the appropriate reward card on top of the treasure chest in the middle of the map. Then set the plate of food on top of that and add the fork and shovel, which is just too cute by the way. It’s a spoon, but looks like a shovel for digging up the treasure. And don’t forget the cup or drink to wash the dirt off any treasures found.

Treasure Hunt Rules

One of the things about the Mealtime Treasure Hunt that I really like, is that you’re in control of the foods offered. You get to choose the rules of the hunt, too.

For my son, I decided that each bite he took would get him one step closer to the treasure. So after every bite he moves the coin to the next spot on the map until he gets all the way around and to the treasure. Ten bites of food and he’s treasure bound!

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As a kid who has a limited taste for food, I feel like this is suitable for him, but you can change the rules depending on what you’re trying to get out of your child. I just wanted the boy to take a bite of something he wouldn’t normally eat. Once he starts eating more foods on a regular basis without using the Mealtime Treasure Hunt, I’ll change the rules to continue challenging him.

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You’re also in control of the treasure. Just think of anything you know your child would enjoy and pick one as the treasure for that particular meal. And any meal at that – breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s great for all meals and even dinner’s out. Just take the map and navigation coin along with you.

As for the treasure, there’s even a reward card that lets your child choose his own treasure once he reaches it. But again, it’s all up to you how you set it up and let it play out.

Treasure Ideas:

  • Child’s favorite candy
  • FaceTime with grandparent(s)
  • Hour at the park
  • New toy
  • Money
  • Weekend at grandma’s (this is a win-win for parent and child, haha)
  • Favorite food for lunch tomorrow
  • Stickers
  • New crayons
  • Trip to the library
  • Outing to a matinee movie
  • Skip a chore

In my opinion, the more involved the treasure, the more involved getting to the treasure should be. For example, if the treasure is an outing to a matinee movie, I would make the treasure hunt a little more challenging, meaning the meal is a little more challenging for your child. I might require my son to take more bites of veggies to get to the treasure.

Does it work?

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So how did my son do? Let’s just say he’s a challenge himself. The first night was a complete failure. He didn’t even take one bite! But I think I know why. I was so excited to give the Mealtime Treasure Hunt a go, that I went into it a little too strong. I gave him a plate with all foods that he wouldn’t normally eat and I think that was a mistake on my part.

I offered meatloaf, roasted potatoes and cabbage. I knew for sure he wouldn’t eat the cabbage, but I still wanted it on his plate for exposure. I thought for sure he’d at least take a bite of the potatoes because I even put ketchup on them. He eats ketchup on everything! But no. Not. One. Single. Bite.

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I realized that I needed to ease him into it and couldn’t expect him to dive right in, even though that would have been great. So the next time we tried the Mealtime Treasure Hunt (must have been wild hair day too, haha) I made it a little easier for him. I gave him chicken, which I knew he’d eat, but only gave him enough bites of it to get him eight steps closer to the treasure.

This left him with two more bites to X marks the spot. And to my surprise he took a bite of rice and then ate a piece of carrot. I almost cried! He never eats rice or carrots, and he ate both bites like it was nothing.

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He reached the treasure and claimed his prize of M&M’s (his favorite candy). He was so excited that he got the treasure. I think giving him that initial push of being so close to the treasure helped a lot and knowing it would only take two more bites to reach his destination, it was a breeze for him and a victory for me.

Since then we’ve had some failures, but we’ve also had some victories. In my book, no victory is too small. Just the other day, he took a few bites out of a burrito, which is another food he would have never even looked twice at. I let him help me put it together and it was nothing but a little rice, ground beef and shredded cheese, but this was huge for him!

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That particular night I let him take the shortcut to the treasure, which is another cool feature of the Mealtime Treasure Hunt. If your child is struggling, is eating a smaller meal, or as in this case, eating multiple bites of the same thing, the map offers a shortcut that only takes seven bites to get to the treasure.

Now my son asks about his treasure map when it’s time to eat. He knows all of the great treasures that could be in store for him and it makes mealtime fun. When I tell him that he gets to use his treasure map, he always says “Okay, I’m going to eat chicken and rice and carrots.” As I mentioned above, that was the first meal he ate and successfully found the treasure. I just melt when he says he wants to eat rice and carrots. Hopefully soon he’ll start eating them without needing a reward for doing so.

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Beauty Box 5 is a Makeup Lovers Dream Box

Beauty Box 5 is my newest subscription box addiction. Five beauty must-haves delivered to my door every month, for as low as $9/mth? Sign me up! Head over to the blog to check out February's "The Kiss Kit" and get more info on BB5! #BeautyBox5 #BB5 #beauty #makeup

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Have you always wanted to try the hottest and most glam makeup products and trends, but don’t know where to start? This is exactly how I feel about makeup and beauty in general.

I haven’t looked through the latest fashion magazines, but that doesn’t matter because I’m not a makeup guru and have no idea how to get the glam looks anyways. Besides, I haven’t a clue as to what shades will work for me, but that doesn’t matter either because I have no time to get to the store to even buy any beauty products.

So what is a girl like me to do? Get myself a Beauty Box 5 subscription, that’s what!

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I just got my first box delivered last month and was amazed at everything that was included. February’s theme was “The Kiss Kit” and the box included nothing but lip products. Pucker up baby, my lip game is about to be on point!

  • Jean Pierre Cosmetics Pink Moisturizing Lip Mask
  • Tint Beauty Unicorn Lippie
  • Tint Beauty Unicorn Liner
  • So Susan Colour Hybrid
  • Style Essentials Lip Glow

Every month, with a Beauty Box 5 subscription you’ll receive 5 beauty must-haves delivered to your door. Some products are full-size and others are samples. In “The Kiss Kit,” 4 products were full-size! The only one that was a “sample” was the Pink Moisturizing Lip Mask. It’s sold as a pack of 5 and the box contained just 1.

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If you haven’t had a good laugh today, here it is! This is the Jean Pierre Cosmetics Pink Moisturizing Lip Mask. Looks funny, but is a pretty neat little item.

 

Each month the products you get are worth a combined $35+. The total value of “The Kiss Kit?” – $38.50. How much is the subscription? – As low as $9/mth (depending on which plan you choose)!

  • Pay monthly – $12/mth
  • Pay quarterly (every 3 months) – $10/mth (This is my favorite option!)
  • Pay annually – $9/mth

I’ve already told you I’m no makeup guru and to be honest, I’m pretty much making things up as I go. But that’s okay! When I find something that works, I stick with it until I master something else. And I’ve realized that I don’t have to get all fancied up to wear makeup. Even the simplest of days deserve a little mascara and lip color!


What I like about Beauty Box 5 is that I get new products or shades that I would never pick up in the store (when I do actually get there) and sometimes find that I love them. That’s what happened last month with “The Kiss Kit.”

It came with a Tint Unicorn Liner and Lippie in the Fairytale shade. I pulled them out of their little black boxes and immediately thought there was no way this color would look good on me. It looked Barbie pink at first glance and I tend to wear darker colors. But I tried them anyways. Low and behold, I really like the color! Never in my life would I have chosen this pink shade while shopping myself, but now that I’ve tried it, I find it to be a perfect color for spring and summer, and one that I can pull off.

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Ready to get your own Beauty Box 5? Head over to BB5 and choose which subscription plan works best for you. Then sit back and wait for the mailman. Mail surprises are the best, aren’t they?! By the way, when you subscribe now, you’ll receive a free gift in your first box – an Elizabeth Mott Glitterati Liquid Eyeliner!

OH! And if you want February’s “The Kiss Kit” you can still get it, too, for $15! Get it here. I can’t wait to see what this month’s box holds!

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Exploring Outer Space with The Cat in the Hat {Giveaway}

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As you probably already know, last week was Dr. Seuss week and the Read Across America event took place on March 2nd, in light of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Not only did we have fun with Dr. Seuss activities last week and participate in Read Across America, but we also spent the week exploring outer space.

Each day my son did a different activity, all of which were space related. And everything he did led up to a special Friday movie. It’s just like when I was in school and the big box TV was rolled into the classroom. I knew right then my school day was taking a turn for the better. It was the same thing here. With a little help from NCircle Entertainment, he took an adventure through outer space with The Cat in the Hat! The Cat in the Hat knows a lot about all kinds of things, even outer space.

Monday

You can’t really learn about outer space without visiting, and you can’t really visit without becoming an astronaut, so that’s how my son started the week. On Monday he created his very own astronaut and started learning about the different things he might see way out of this world.

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I found a large array of outer space printables just from searching on Pinterest, so that’s where all of the outer space activities and ideas for the week came from. His astronaut printable was a color by letter activity and the other coloring printable was a color by sight word. Both of these were perfect for his age!

Tuesday

Now that my son was an official astronaut, he had to figure out how to actually get to outer space. His solution was to build his own rocket ship. On Tuesday, we took to his painting easel so he could create one!

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We actually started by painting his foot blue and orange, and then he stepped on his easel paper. The blue part would be the body of his rocket and the orange part, the fire coming out the engines. It was a nice starting point to get his creative juices flowing. After that, I let him do his own thing.

I did tell him his rocket needed some triangular wings (thinking of those at the base of the rocket) and he took it literally, giving his rocket green wings. They look like bird wings to me, but that’s the beauty of a child’s creativity. Besides, it’s his rocket ship and he can do whatever he wants to it.

Wednesday

Wednesday he did a little more research as to what he should expect to see when he gets to outer space. You know, just so he’s prepared once he gets there. With a couple of connect the dots activities, he realized there was a lot to see and explore – stars, planets, passing rocket ships and more!

Thursday

Now we’re getting somewhere. My son is an official astronaut, has is own rocket ship and is ready for exploration. Outer space here he comes! 5-4-3-2-1, BLAST OFF!

Thursday he started with four maze activities – exploring through his rocket ship, the moon, a star and finally, Saturn.

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After he finished those, we participated in the Read Across America event by reading his new Cat in the Hat book, There’s No Place Like Space! It couldn’t be more perfect for celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday and keeping with our outer space theme for the week.

Friday

Friday arrived and it was finally time to debut his new DVD, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Space. Following a robotic dog that came to earth, the Cat in the Hat took him on an out of this world adventure in the Space-ama-racer.

They meet Astronaut Audrey at her space station, at which time she introduces them to Space Rover (the robotic dog) who is helping her explore outer space. Before they know it, Space Rover gets tangled in some space junk while exploring and it’s up to Cat, Nick and Sally to save him. This is just the start of the adventure, as they follow Space Rover from planet to planet, through asteroids and so much more!

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After watching the movie, I helped him cut out all of the activities he’d been working on during the week and using push-pin magnets, we placed them all on our dishwasher.

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This allowed him to move the pieces around how he wanted and maneuver his astronaut through outer space. Along with the movie, it was a simple, but fun way to end his week exploring and learning about outer space. 

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Sweet Potato Curly Fries with the Brieftons Vertico Spiralizer

 

I am loving my new #Brieftons Vertico Spiralizer! It makes spiralizing fruits and veggies so simple and doesn't take much effort at all, unlike my hand-held twist/turn spiralizer. It's such a time saver! Just look at how easy it is to spiralize these sweet potatoes for sweet potato curly fries! #recipe

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I am all about kitchen tools that make prep time quicker and easier, and that’s exactly what the Brieftons Vertico Spiralizer does. I’ve been craving sweet potato curly fries, but haven’t been in the mood to spiralize the sweet potatoes with my hand-held twist/turn spiralizer.

It’s so time consuming and takes too much effort. It’s not that I’m lazy, but simply that I have other things to do than spend all day on food prep. There already aren’t enough hours in the day and I’m making time for things that are more important than spiralizing sweet potatoes.

That’s why I was so excited when my Brieftons Vertico Spiralizer arrived. I knew I was going to satisfy my craving, while cutting the prep time way down! Out of the box, I gave everything a good wash, pieced it together (it was very easy) and got right to spiralizing.

 

As mentioned in the demo video, there are four settings to choose from. Setting one offers larger spirals, while setting four offers the thinnest spirals. For purposes of the sweet potato curly fries, setting three was just what I needed.

I am loving my new #Brieftons Vertico Spiralizer! It makes spiralizing fruits and veggies so simple and doesn't take much effort at all, unlike my hand-held twist/turn spiralizer. It's such a time saver! Just look at how easy it is to spiralize these sweet potatoes for sweet potato curly fries! #recipe

I love how quickly I was able to get all of the sweet potatoes spiralized. It literally took one to two minutes to do four potatoes versus up to 10 minutes with my hand-held twist/turn spiralizing tool.

With the Brieftons Vertico Spiralizer the size of the veggie doesn’t really matter, whereas for my hand-held tool, I would oftentimes have to cut the veggie down for it to fit. And of course that meant more work and a longer prep time. No thanks! I’d rather work smarter, not harder.

And when I’m done, cleanup is super easy too. I just toss it in the dishwasher!

Sooooo, about those curly fries!

I am loving my new #Brieftons Vertico Spiralizer! It makes spiralizing fruits and veggies so simple and doesn't take much effort at all, unlike my hand-held twist/turn spiralizer. It's such a time saver! Just look at how easy it is to spiralize these sweet potatoes for sweet potato curly fries! #recipeI am loving my new #Brieftons Vertico Spiralizer! It makes spiralizing fruits and veggies so simple and doesn't take much effort at all, unlike my hand-held twist/turn spiralizer. It's such a time saver! Just look at how easy it is to spiralize these sweet potatoes for sweet potato curly fries! #recipeI am loving my new #Brieftons Vertico Spiralizer! It makes spiralizing fruits and veggies so simple and doesn't take much effort at all, unlike my hand-held twist/turn spiralizer. It's such a time saver! Just look at how easy it is to spiralize these sweet potatoes for sweet potato curly fries! #recipe

5.0 from 5 reviews
Sweet Potato Curly Fries
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Serves: 4
 
Sweet Potato Curly Fries have never been easier to make! Garnish with green onions, ketchup, sour cream (my fav) or even your own special sauce, and it's a dish the whole family will love!
Ingredients
  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • Olive oil spray
  • 1½ tsp. paprika
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400*.
  2. Spiralize the sweet potatoes and set aside.
  3. In a large Ziploc bag, combine the dry ingredients - paprika, salt, sugar, oregano and garlic powder.
  4. Lightly spray the potatoes with olive oil spray and place in the bag. Shake it up, coating the potatoes with the seasoning.
  5. Coat an oven safe, non-stick pan with a layer of olive oil spray and dump the contents of the bag on the pan. Spread the potatoes for even cooking.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes. Then flip potatoes over and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes.
  7. Garnish and enjoy!

 

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