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Photo a Day: Weeks 44, 45, 46

Photo a Day: Weeks 44, 45, 46 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear

Week 44

Photo a Day: Weeks 44, 45, 46 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
This week had some pretty fun moments. Us girls painted our toe nails, my son took his first subway ride in the city, and the kids played in the water outside, or at least Sadee Cakes got her “feet wet.” She also fell asleep in a pretty awkward position on the chair. She was kind of upside down, but looked comfortable so I just left her. The kids also got new coloring books and I found some fun black/white photos in my phone that the kids must have taken. In one my son is showing off his stick, which now resides in his room. It has become one of his favorite play things.

Week 45

Photo a Day: Weeks 44, 45, 46 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
Sadee Cakes is all over my photo roll this week, well, because we spend a lot of time together since brother is in school. I did sneak him in once with his after school snow balls. When is this snow going to stop? As for the other kiddo, she had a lot of fun this week. We (I) practiced french braiding her hair and I’d say it’s getting better, but I still need some practice. She pulled out the old classic tape recorder toy and hit a few notes, and for whatever reason decided to ride her rocking tiger with her feet in the air. Whatever, she was having fun. She even got all the goodies at the doctor’s office even though I was the sick patient. Kids get it all.

Week 46

Photo a Day: Weeks 44, 45, 46 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
This week was my son’s spring break from school and quite frankly, I never had a spring break that I couldn’t really go outside because of the weather. One day it was nice enough to go to the park, so we jumped at the chance, and another day we just went for a short walk, but aside from that we’ve been stuck inside. Not to mention I’m still sick. So, we’ve been learning to clean. The kids helped mop the floor and my son helped wipe down the inside of the fridge. They also enjoyed some Easter candy and on one of the rainy days, Sadee Cakes brought the rainy fun indoors, using a large umbrella as a sort of tent/shelter to play in. I don’t know what I’d do without these kids.

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Photo a Day: Weeks 41, 42 & 43

Photo a Day: Weeks 41, 42 & 43 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear

Week 41

Photo a Day: Weeks 41, 42 & 43 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
Let’s see…the baby’s movements are out of control (he’s pushing to the left in this photo), my kids always attack daddy when he gets home from work, I started doing some (wishful) spring and summer shopping, apples and peanut butter are my go-to snack lately, and we went to a soccer game and froze our butts off. Oh, and apparently Elmo got hungry because I caught him trying to get into the fridge.

Week 42

Photo a Day: Weeks 41, 42 & 43 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
This week was full of shenanigans, just like any other. It may have been snowing, but I had a doctor’s appointment one morning. Through the snow and all we stopped at McDonald’s for some breakfast afterward. Aside from that, the kids were just being themselves. The little one had a rock session one day, played with the Leap TV while brother was at school, had a late night tortilla (yes, just the tortilla) after bath time, and that’s her under the blanket too. My favorite pic this week is of both kids playing together. They’ve been doing this a lot lately and it makes my heart so warm.

Week 43

Photo a Day: Weeks 41, 42 & 43 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
This week was all about food. It was my birthday so we went to Olive Garden for dinner. Apparently it’s appropriate to eat a bread stick by just jabbing the whole thing with a fork. Maybe we should all try it sometime. Just today, the little one decided to make us lunch. It was plastic, so I don’t recommend actually eating it, but she gets an A for effort and all the hard work she put in in her play kitchen. The other food? That’s what daddy’s been eating at work. I’m the pregnant one, but he’s getting all the good stuff. Aside from all the food, I got a good shot of the kids drawing together. It’s heart melting when they aren’t whining and fighting with the other. I snuck in a city pic and looky, looky, Elmo made it in the mix again too. Looks like this time he got in trouble for something and is being detained, haha.

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Weight Loss Doesn’t Have to Be Trial and Error | HomeDNA Healthy Weight Test

The hardest part of any diet or lifestyle change is the ability to actually stick with the plan. And when you try your hardest and follow it through and through, but nothing changes – no mood change, no more energy than you had before, no weight loss – it is so crushing. All that effort for nothing. The reality is, food and exercise regimes are not one size fits all and our DNA has a lot to do with it. With the HomeDNA Healthy Weight Test, you can learn exactly what will work for you so you can avoid the heartache of unsuccessful nutritional changes.

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~I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

We’ve all been there. We want to lose weight. We choose a new diet and exercise routine. We stick with it, as hard as it may be. And nothing. The results just aren’t there. Whyyyyyy? Why me? Because of our different genetic markers, what works for me, may not work for you. The key to a truly healthier lifestyle is understanding how our genetic markers affect and react to different aspects of food, nutrition, and exercise.

That’s where the HomeDNA Healthy Weight Test comes into the picture. Forget all of the different diet fads and exercise regimes. To be successful, you need to first determine how your body reacts to certain foods and exercise. The HomeDNA Healthy Weight Test is a scientifically-based weight-management test that identifies your genetic makeup and provides diet and exercise strategies uniquely tailored to your specific group. No more trial and error. Get results the first time around.

 

My boyfriend recently got the opportunity to try the HomeDNA Healthy Weight Test and last week got his results. All I can say is WOW! Talk about a lot of info and AHA! realizations. His results were a total of 72 pages, including details on how his body reacts to food, nutrients, exercise, and his overall ability for weight loss.

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Ability for Weight Loss

Weight Loss Doesn't Have to Be Trial and Error | #HomeDNA Healthy Weight Test #weightlossMy boyfriend has tried a few different things to lose weight over the years and like most of us, nothing really worked. The first thing that struck me in his HomeDNA results is that based on his genetic markers, his ability to loss weight with diet and exercise is LOW (the results even list the specific genes used in coming to this conclusion).

Well, no wonder it’s been so hard for him. Even so, this doesn’t mean he can’t lose weight. He just has to work harder than others may have to and will truly have to make a permanent lifestyle change to lose the weight and keep it off.

Food

Weight Loss Doesn't Have to Be Trial and Error | #HomeDNA Healthy Weight Test #weightlossThe food results go into great detail about what types of food should be eaten, how much should be eaten, and if counting calories, the suggested calorie intake per day. You will learn how your body reacts to different food groups, like proteins, fats, and carbs. In my boyfriend’s case, his body utilizes protein and carbs normally, but utilizes fats at a lower rate, meaning a high-fat diet isn’t going to do much for him.

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Nutrients

One of my favorite things about the HomeDNA Healthy Weight Test is that based on your results, you’re given a sample menu and even details about which specific foods would benefit your diet and which won’t. A lot of this has to do with how your body processes different nutrients.

Weight Loss Doesn't Have to Be Trial and Error | #HomeDNA Healthy Weight Test #weightloss

Weight Loss Doesn't Have to Be Trial and Error | #HomeDNA Healthy Weight Test #weightloss

Exercise

Weight Loss Doesn't Have to Be Trial and Error | #HomeDNA Healthy Weight Test #weightlossDid you know there are two components to exercise? Cardio AND resistance training (build that muscle). I’ve seen some people focus solely on one or the other, which may be okay for their specific needs, but that’s not consistent for everyone. In my boyfriend’s HomeDNA results we learned that for him to be successful in losing weight, he needs to hit the weights more. His body has an enhanced response to strength training, which will help reduce his body fat.

It doesn’t mean he can simply forego cardio altogether. Cardio may not help him when it comes to fat loss, but it is still beneficial to his overall fitness. In particular, high intensity cardio is the most beneficial for him. And just like the results lay out a food plan, there’s an exercise plan too.

In the past he has done a combo of both cardio and resistance training, but focused more on the cardio side. Now knowing what he does, he can adjust his exercise routine to be more beneficial and add more strength training so he can burn the fat.

Weight Loss Doesn't Have to Be Trial and Error | #HomeDNA Healthy Weight Test #weightloss

So, the results you get from this genetic testing is a lot to take in and process, and quite frankly can take you a while to fully get a handle on. I do most of the cooking at home and do the grocery shopping, so I’ve been trying to get a handle on the custom meal plan and foods that have been laid out for my boyfriend. I want to be as supportive as I can and I’m still trying to get things all in order.

Reading through and deciphering why your body reacts the way it does can be overwhelming, but in the end you have a better understanding of what works for you when it comes to weight loss. I love the fact that there’s a full 7 day custom menu plan to help give a kick start and an easy to follow custom exercise plan that details what gym machines to use, what gym classes to take, what to do at home, and on what days and for how long. And it’s all tailored to your DNA and genetic makeup.

Weight Loss Doesn't Have to Be Trial and Error | #HomeDNA Healthy Weight Test #weightloss
This is just one page of the custom exercise plan.

 

My boyfriend is just getting started on his new lifestyle change, so he’s still working to see what types of results he gets, but just having the knowledge of what is supposed to work and what isn’t, is a big relief because he knows all of his hard work will pay off this time.

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“Lady and the Tramp” Joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection

One of my favorite things to share with my children, is my love of Disney. As a child I remember my grandma had a collection of original Disney movies on VHS and we loved watching them over and over every time we visited. As time and technology changes, the timelessness of original Disney movies never does, including the story of “Lady and the Tramp.” That’s why it’s the latest addition to my kids’ Disney movie collection.

"Lady and the Tramp" Joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection | #LadyandtheTramp #Disney #DisneyMovie

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Who could ever forget the iconic scene in “Lady and the Tramp,” where Lady and Tramp share a plate of spaghetti and an accidental kiss while slurping the same spaghetti noodle? It could very well be the greatest love story to ever hit the screen, and it’s now available on DVD, Digital, and Blu-ray. That’s quite the step up from my childhood VHS’s.

 

And not only do we get to see the classic movie, but there are tons of extras to enjoy too.

BLU-RAY & DIGITAL (Bonus features may vary by retailer):

Film Versions

  • Original Theatrical Edition – Enjoy this cherished Disney classic that captivates audiences of all ages.
  • Sing-Along Mode – Sing along with all your favorite songs as you watch the movie.
  • Inside Walt’s Story Meetings – As you view the film, hear reenactments of Walt’s story sessions with animators and see how their ideas were realized on-screen.

New Signature Bonus

  • Walt & His Dogs – Through archival recordings and photos, hear the tales of the dogs Walt Disney owned and loved over his lifetime.
  • Stories from Walt’s Office – Take a tour of Walt’s office suite on the Studio lot, carefully re-created to look just as it did when he occupied it.
  • How to Make a Meatball and Other Fun Facts About “Lady and The Tramp” – Watch a delicious lesson on how to make perfect meatballs with teen chef Amber Kelley and Oh My Disney Show Host Alexys Gabrielle.

 

 

Songs

  • “Peace on Earth”
  • “What Is a Baby/La La Lu”
  • “The Siamese Cat Song”
  • “Bella Notte”
  • “He’s a Tramp”

Classic Bonus Features

  • Diane Disney Miller: Remembering Dad – Walt’s daughter shares memories of her father and Disneyland’s early days, as well as a look at his apartment above the firehouse.
  • Never-Recorded Song – “I’m Free as the Breeze” – Take a listen to a song originally meant to be sung by Tramp.

Deleted Scenes

  • Introduction of Boris – Tramp wasn’t always meant to be Lady’s only suitor. Meet Boris the aristocrat and Homer the peasant in this deleted scene.
  • Waiting for Baby – Lady watches as Jim Dear plans out his new son’s future in this early storyboard.
  • Dog Show – See the storyboards for this deleted scene in which Lady and Tramp unexpectedly find themselves in the middle of a dog show.

Classic Bonus Features on Digital Only*

  • Lady’s Pedigree: The Making of “Lady and the Tramp” – A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Walt Disney’s first feature-length animated film based on an original story.
  • Finding Lady: The Art of the Storyboard – Explore the origins of the storyboard and how they’re used by filmmakers today.
  • Original 1943 Storyboard Version of the Film – View a unique presentation of the original 1943 storyboards for “Lady and the Tramp.”
  • PuppyPedia: Going to the Dogs – Wild and wacky comedian Fred Willard takes us on an outing to the dog park to learn all about dogs and their owners.

 

 

Deleted Scenes

  • Turning the Tables – In this story-reel presentation, Tramp dreams of a world where dogs run the show and humans are on the other end of the leash.
  • The Arrival of Baby – In this alternate scene re-created from original storyboards and with original voice talent, Lady makes way for a new arrival.
  • Baby Arrives – Lady is baffled by the strange goings-on in the house—the arrival of a squealing bundle only deepens the mystery.
  • Lady’s Sweater – Lady gets a new sweater for her birthday and must figure out an ingenious way to lose it for good.

Trailers

  • 1955 Original Theatrical Trailer – More than just a trailer, this preview features several minutes of footage from the film and introduces each major character.
  • 1972 Theatrical Re-Issue Trailer – This trailer from the 1972 rerelease heralds Disney’s “happiest motion picture.”
  • 1986 Theatrical Re-Issue Trailer – Released theatrically for the 1986 holiday season, this trailer highlights the love story between Lady and the handsome Tramp.

Who will you enjoy watching this classic tale with?

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Photo a Day: Weeks 39 & 40

Photo a Day: Weeks 37 & 38 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear

Oh yeah! Who’s right on time this week? This girl right here, haha! I’ve been pretty quiet on the blog this week (don’t worry, it’s going to pick up over the next few days) and have just been enjoying family time. You’ll see what we’ve been up to in the pics.

Week 39

Photo a Day: Weeks 37 & 38 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
Let’s see…this week was Valentine’s Day, so we got a few goodies – flowers, a big Minnie Mouse, and a Hello Kitty pin and paper airplane that came in cards from Nana. One day after school the kids got pizza and then another day we went out for dinner, just me and the kids, while daddy was still at work. I also did a couponing trip and spent just under $30 for some things we needed (I love saving money). And the cutest moment of the week was my daughter “listening” to the baby. She’s been to all of my prenatal appointments so she’s seen how the doctor listens to the baby’s heartbeat.

Week 40

Photo a Day: Weeks 37 & 38 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
This week was daddy’s birthday. We went to breakfast and the day before Sadee Cakes painted daddy a birthday picture. I got my son signed up for a new season of soccer. He can’t wait to get started, but that won’t happen until April. Other than that, there was some playing in the covers, car shenanigans, night time tablet games, and oh my, that day it was raining and my hair was out of control. Good thing it WAS raining so I could at least put my hood over it.

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“Follow Your Art” with Gymboree’s Spring Line for Kids #followyourart

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some spring weather. I’ve had enough of the snow and cold, and am ready to rock beautiful, bright spring colors and light jackets. Enough of the heavy winter coats! Just as I’ve started to go stir crazy, Gymboree knows what I want and reminds me that spring will be here soon, with its new “Follow Your Art” spring line for kids.

"Follow Your Art" with Gymboree's Spring Line for Kids | #followyourart #kidsfashion #springfashion

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Not only am I ready to pull out the bright colored skirts and tops, but my kids are too. They’ve done a lot of growing over the fall and winter months, and that means it’s time for new clothes. Last year’s tees, shorts, and skirts just aren’t going to cut it this year. So me and the kids have been browsing Gymboree’s colorful new spring line for kids and are getting creative with their wardrobe.

 

Spring is a great time to “Follow Your Art” and that’s what Gymboree’s new spring line is all about – color, brightness, creativity, fun, surprise, and endless possibility. The line is inspired by all the ways kids get creative, from putting their one-of-a-kind spin on an outfit, to telling a funny story, to painting their own masterpiece.

Here are some of our favorite pieces from Gymboree’s new “Follow Your Art” spring line for kids. And don’t miss out on $14 Dresses, $10 Denim, $6 Tops, Shorts, and Leggings, and 30% off new spring styles!

"Follow Your Art" with Gymboree's Spring Line for Kids | #followyourart #kidsfashion #springfashionShop this toddler girl’s look: Sparkle Stripe Sneakers | Denim Jacket | Butterfly Dress | Bow Sneakers

 "Follow Your Art" with Gymboree's Spring Line for Kids | #followyourart #kidsfashion #springfashion

Shop this boy’s look: Stripe Windbreaker | Snack Skater Tee | Belted Twill Shorts | Colorblock Sneakers

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On the Go with Krankz Audio

Let me set the scene for you. You wake up and are getting ready for your day. It may have been a rough morning getting everyone up and going, or even getting yourself somewhat presentable. You’re about to walk out the door. What are those last minute items you grab as you walk out?

If you’re anything like my boyfriend, headphones are a must-have daily accessory and he’s never on the go without his Krankz Audio Classic Wireless Bluetooth Headphones.

On the Go with Krankz Audio | #KrankzAudio #WirelessHeadphones #BluetoothHeadphones

~I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are 100% my own.~

No matter how rough your morning has been, the right music will always make it better. Music works the same way as coffee, once it hits your soul, you’re a different person. Around here, daddy has it pretty rough in the mornings.

Getting a 5 year old up and ready for school should be easy, but when your kid just wants to sit on his bed and daydream, it’s not as simple a task as it seems. Not to mention the commute into the city every day for work. So when daddy leaves for the day, you better believe he’s got headphones in hand, ready for that music to hit his soul.

On the Go with Krankz Audio | #KrankzAudio #WirelessHeadphones #BluetoothHeadphones

On the Go with Krankz Audio | #KrankzAudio #WirelessHeadphones #BluetoothHeadphones

When he’s on the go, he’s on the go with Krankz Audio. Their Classic Wireless Bluetooth Headphones have been a great addition to my boyfriend’s daily essentials. From how easy they are to connect to the phone, to having no cords attached, and the sound quality is off the charts.

Features:

  • Incredibly clear and powerful sound.
  • Adjustable slider headpiece and conforming earpieces.
  • Collapsible earpieces for more compact travel.
  • Built in microphone.
  • Automatic call notification for easily switching between music audio and phone calls when paired to your smart phone.
  • Easy playback. Instead of digging around for your music player or phone when you want to change a song, or answer a call, use the intuitive headset controls on your ear cup for managing your listening experience.
  • High efficiency rechargeable battery delivers over 45 hours of battery life. Longer battery life means you can listen to your music and talk for hours without interruption. (To recharge your headphones, just plug your Exeo Wireless headphones into any computer or USB port.)
  • Stream audio from your laptop or any other Bluetooth-enabled device, even TV’s, from up to 30 feet away.

Some of the most notable features that can be realized right away is how lightweight and comfortable the headset is. Compared to other headphones he’s tried, my boyfriend really likes that Krankz Audio Wireless Bluetooth Headphones feel lighter. It’s less stress when carrying and even wearing.

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And the earpieces, along with some lining on the inner headpiece, are super soft. Even I’ve had my fair share of headphones that are horribly designed, to the point the earpieces literally hurt my ears. Not these! Krankz can be worn all day without a second thought.

I do want to add, though, that some people may find the earpieces to be a little small. I think it really comes down to personal preference and also the fact that we don’t all have the same size ears. With that being said, the sound quality is still like no other, whether you prefer larger earpieces or not.On the Go with Krankz Audio | #KrankzAudio #WirelessHeadphones #BluetoothHeadphones

The headphones even feature controls on the right earpiece. So when you get to your jam, you know that one song that really gets you going and you could listen to all day, you don’t have to dig around for your phone to listen to it on repeat. Just use the controls on the headphones. There’s nothing like hands-free listening and for my boyfriend, it makes his morning commute on the bus and subway much easier.

On the Go with Krankz Audio | #KrankzAudio #WirelessHeadphones #BluetoothHeadphones

Regularly $129.99, Krankz Audio Classic Wireless Bluetooth Headphones are on sale for $99.99, and worth every penny. These will definitely be ones that last my boyfriend a long while, and they are available in black, red, or white, so you have some variety to choose from. Which color best suites your style?

Are headphones a go-to when you walk out the door?

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Photo a Day: Weeks 37 & 38

Photo a Day: Weeks 37 & 38 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear

Yeap, here I am late again with my Photo a Day update. I have a good excuse this time, though. I had every intention of getting this post up yesterday, but my son was doing some school work on my computer and he hoarded the computer until it died. Like, he had it for hours up until bed time. At least it was being used for good. Be that as it may, here are the photos from the last 2 weeks.

Week 37

Photo a Day: Weeks 37 & 38 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
Let’s see, this week had some toddler antics like eating apples, all except the peel, and using a shirt as a cup holder. She’s goofy, but I love her. My son’s birthday balloon also finally decided to start descending from the ceiling (it’s been up there for about 3 weeks). There was also some spelling test practice, naps in the car while waiting for brother to get out of school, and ear candling (I might do a blog post about this).

Week 38

Photo a Day: Weeks 37 & 38 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
And this week I realized just how big this baby bump is getting. Less than 3 months to go! We had a family movie night, a little bedroom cleaning, and thanks to my personal photographer, I discovered the kids were standing and jumping on our bed when we weren’t looking. I have photographic proof so they can’t even deny it. There was also a cheek “boo-boo,” a school day that started with snow and ended with rain, and it looks like the little one had a rough day at work and fell asleep on the job.

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My Quicker Than Take-Out Dinner Solution + Tai Pei Sweepstakes

Lately, there hasn’t been a week that’s gone by that I didn’t order take-out at least once. And truth be told, I’ve been known on occasion to order take-out two days in a row. Reality is, life gets busy, so it happens. The other reality is that money can get tight, but the one thing that stays constant is my family’s appetites. So when life gets busy, money gets tight, and my family gets hungry, I employ my quicker than take-out dinner solution.

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What’s my solution? Tai Pei single serve entrees. My family loves Asian food, so take-out is always a favorite. But when time and money get really tight, Tai Pei Asian Food is an even quicker alternative. Just throw each one in the microwave for around 5 minutes and dinner is done! I don’t know about you, but I can cook a Tai Pei entree for each family member quicker than my local take-out spot can cook and deliver our order.

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The simple fact that they come in single serve portions is also beneficial for us. Everyone has their own favorite dish, so when we order take-out it can get pretty expensive. One kid wants chicken, another just wants fried rice, mom and dad want something else, and it all adds up. At around $3 per entree, Tai Pei single serve entrees make family meals super affordable. So I’m not only saving time, but I’m saving money on those busy nights, too.

Tai Pei Single Serve Entree Flavors

  • Sweet & Sour Chicken
  • Beef & Broccoli
  • General Tso’s Spicy Chicken
  • Teriyaki Chicken
  • Orange Chicken
  • Pepper Beef
  • Shrimp Fried Rice
  • Chicken Fried Rice
  • Combination Fried Rice
  • Chicken Chow Mein
  • Spicy Korean Style Noodles with Chicken
  • Vegetable Lo Mein
  • String Bean Garlic Chicken
  • Emperor’s Spicy Chicken Meatballs
  • Japanese Style Chicken Meatballs

With this many options to try, dinner will never be boring again!

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And when it comes to flavor, my family never has any complaints. Each Tai Pei entree has it’s own unique and exceptional flavor, made from real, pure ingredients, with no preservatives or artificial ingredients. We’re talking nothing but real food here.

Usually I can predict there will be at least one night of the week where I’m either going to be too busy or too tired to cook dinner, so the ability to pick up Tai Pei single serve entrees from the frozen food section when doing my weekly grocery trip is a big plus. It’s nice to have them ready to go in my freezer at home when that one crazy day (or more) comes each week. Find Tai Pei Asian Food near you.

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Which Tai Pei entree flavor are you excited to try?

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Tai Pei Sweepstakes

Prize Details:

  • 3 grand prize winners will receive $500 in Walmart gift cards.
  • 10 winners will receive $100 in Walmart gift cards.

Entry Dates:

Monday, January 29, 2018 – Monday, March 5, 2018

Tai Pei Sweepstakes (Phase 3)

~I-C will randomly select 13 winners from all program entries and will facilitate fulfillment of the winning prizes.~
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Photo a Day: Weeks 35 & 36

Photo a Day: Weeks 35 & 36 | #photoadayforayear #photoaday

I’ve been sick for the past week and a half (and still am), but I managed to get some shots of what’s been going on around here. Enjoy!

Week 35

Photo a Day: Weeks 35 & 36 | #photoadayforayear #photoaday
To kick off this week, we started with a fun family trip to Medieval Times. There was also a little shoe shopping, new Batman PJ’s, popsicle treats just because, zoodles and squoodles for dinner, and just some good ol’ relaxation. And look how much better this kid’s handwriting is getting! He’s started spelling tests at school so he practices his spelling words every day.

Week 36

Photo a Day: Weeks 35 & 36 | #photoadayforayear #photoaday
This week was pretty easy going. Some casual walks home from school, relaxing and snoozing here and there, and spending 2 HOURS on a new LEGO Batmobile. Hopefully he keeps it together and I don’t have to do it again. He didn’t get very far into construction before asking for help. We also went big girl underwear shopping since the little one is now potty trained (woohoo!), and the big kid is learning to tie his shoes.

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