Friday, November 27, 2015

Peet’s Coffee & Tea: Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Beverage

Peet'sIf you live near a Peet’s Coffee & Tea location, you’ll want to take advantage of this coupon! Valid through November 29th, you can scoreBuy 1 Get 1 FREE Beverages with this coupon! You can print it out or present it on your mobile device to save ink.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Disney Junior Live on Tour!! Three Classic Fairy Tales

Hold onto your hats because I'm about to share some exciting news!

DisneyLive! Is back in the Bay Area and this time the theme is Three Classic Fairy Tales. Who doesn't love a fun and entertaining show about Princesses, Princes and Happily Ever Afters?  If this show is going to be anything like last years (Pirates and Princesses), it is going to be make for an awesome and exciting family friendly show!

Prepare to laugh, sing and dance as you step into a world of wonder where wishing is only the beginning and dreams really do come true in Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt. Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald and Goofy as they bring the timeless fairy tale adventures of Cinderella , Beauty and The Beast , and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to life in a live theatrical experience that is pure magic. With dynamic storytelling, award winning music, stunning costumes, glittering special effects and spectacular sets, you will be captivated by these spellbinding stories when you dream with the princesses and cheer for their heroes as they conquer evil villains. There is a world of enchantment waiting for you right in your hometown!

Disney Junior Live on Tour! Three Classic Fairy Tales is coming to:

City National Civic, San Jose CA
January 1-2, 2016
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Paramount Theatre in Oakland CA
January 3, 2016
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Save $5 to any show with code: LOCAL
Savings not valid on VIP or VIP Gold seats.  No double discounts.  Service charges, handling and facility fees may apply.

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And, just to get you in the Disney mood, here are some fun trivia questions! How many can you get correct?

1) What is Donald Duck's full name? 
Donald Clarence Duck 
Donald Chenille Duck 
Donald Fauntleroy Duck 
Donald Whitlatch Duck

2) What story is Prince Charming in? 
Beauty and the Beast 
The Little Mermaid 
Sleeping Beauty

3) Snow White stays in a cottage with who?
Her mother and twelve siblings
Three giants
Seven Dwarfs

4) Who of the following is NOT one of the Seven Dwarfs?

5) What does Cinderella lose at the ball?
Her glass slipper
Her purse
Her sunglasses

Can't wait! Hope to see you there!

Give the Gift of Reading this Holiday Season {Guest Post}

3 Reasons You Should Give the Gift of Reading this Holiday Season

The holiday season is quickly approaching, with its turkeys and snowmen and sleigh bells and festivities. Family and friends will gather, gratitude will be expressed, cheer will be felt, and most likely gifts will be exchanged. The flurry of holiday shopping can be stressful as you search for the perfect gift that’s both unique, fun, and useful, but it doesn’t have to be. This holiday season, give your children the gift of reading. It’s an investment in their future, a gift you can enjoy with them, and an opportunity to help them be excited about reading and see the value you place on it.
An Investment in Their Future

The statistics surrounding reading are sometimes truly mind-blowing. When children read and are read to, their vocabulary expands, their math aptitude increases, and their likelihood of scoring in the top percentiles on standardized testing skyrockets. Plus, if you start early enough, their expected lifetime earnings increase by $50,000 per year for every year they are read to between infancy and entering preschool. These are some serious benefits. Statistics aside, there is a magic about reading that enhances creativity and opens all of our minds to new ways of viewing the world and interacting with it. In the words of C.S. Lewis: “Since it is so likely that (children) will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage.”

A Gift You Can Enjoy Together

Reading together is a special bonding experience between parents (or grandparents) and the children in their lives. Having new books to read together is an opportunity to sit close together and add something to your shared understanding of the world. You’ll get those precious quiet minutes together, and the added bonus of being able to remind your munchkin how so-and-so in such-and-such book dealt with such-and-such problem. Win-win-win.


An Opportunity to Fall in Love With Reading

Giving your children books for the holidays sends them the signal that books are exciting, and worthy of gifting! The excitement of unwrapping a beautifully wrapped package and finding a book inside helps subconsciously transfer this excitement to reading itself, and is a philosophy that we at Bookroo live by year round, and not just during the holiday season. It’s our mission to help children fall in love with reading, while at the same time making the experience an affordable and convenient one for parents. Packages addressed to the children arrive every month containing 2-3 adorably wrapped books, with a little personal note inside, and it makes a difference--kids are excited about reading!

Give the gift of reading this holiday season. Give the gift of Bookroo!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Buy One, Get One FREE Holiday Beverages at Starbucks!

Woo hoo!!! Listen up Starbucks fans! Starting today, 11/12, score a free holiday beverage from Starbucks with the purchase of one holiday beverage! Enjoy a Peppermint Mocha, Chestnut Praline Latte, Caramel Brûlée Lattee, Gingerbread Latte or Eggnog Latte. This offer is valid from 2 PM till 5 PM through November 15th!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

{REVIEW} Cave Tools Stainless Steel Wire Grill Brush

My family LOVES to BBQ. Rain or shine, we've BBQ'd up to 3-4 times a week. Chicken, steak, fish, you name it and we BBQ it! Just thinking about it, I'm getting hungry!  However, as yummy as bbq'ing is, maintenance is important too. As you cook the food, pieces get stuck and left behind. The tools that you have to help clean up can make all of the difference in the world. We've been through our fair share of BBQ brushes. Some of them, we would scrub and scrub and scrub and it seemed barely anything came off. The ones that did seem to do a good job, the bristles would wear down very quickly. 

We've been using the Grill Brush for over a month now and I am happy to report that it is holding up FANTASTICALLY! I am so excited to have a found a brush that not only does a wonderful job cleaning up the grill, but holds up over time.

If you are in the market for a bbq brush, I highly recommend getting this one. In fact, with the holidays coming up, this could make for a great gift as well!

And it get's even better! Use code: BGZ5XVMF to get 15% off the Grill Brush!!

*I was given the product free of charge to facilitate a review. All opinions are honest and my own.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Bookroo Children's Book Subscription Service

Reading to your kids is so important - even from an early age. Though they don't understand what you are necessarily saying, they love to hear your voice and are like little sponges, always learning.

Among the noteworthy benefits of reading to children are:
Reading to children literally turns on brain cells
Reading to children expands their imaginations and their understanding of the world
Reading to newborns not only increases their vocabulary but also improves their mathematical skills
Reading to children before they begin preschool helps them perform better in all aspects of formal education; and
Reading to children helps them learn to be readers themselves

Bookroo is a book subscription service where they send you books to your home every month. Each box contains either 2 picture books or 3 books board books. 

Their mission:
Our mission is to enable and empower parents to build their children's book collections in an affordable and exciting way through curated monthly book deliveries. We believe in the power and impact of the written word in the life of a child, and believe it’s never too early to start reading to children!

You can sign up for a 1, 3 or 6 month subscription - shipping in the US is always free!

The combined retail value of the books will always be more than your subscription price.

I love that fact the Bookroo is a family business - was created by 3 brothers and their wives - striving to create an awesome subscription service for little ones, helping to provide quality books. If that is not awesome enough, Bookroo gives back by donating books to children in need through Reach Out And Read!

My kids LOVE books. They always get so excited whenever they get a new book!

With the holidays (or birthdays) around the corner, this could make a great gift for kids, grandkids, nephews, nieces, friends and neighbors!

Bookroo was kind enough to give a $4 off coupon to my readers! Using this link, you will get $4 off any of the subscription packages you choose! (The discount will reflect on the check out page).

Thursday, October 22, 2015

{REVIEW} Disney On Ice! Dare to Dream

My family and I were lucky enough to receive tickets to the Disney on Ice Dare to Dream show! It was such a fun and entertaining show, that the time just flew by.  

As usual, our Disney fan favorites, Micky and Minnie Mouse were our hosts for the evening as we dived into an exciting adventure starting with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  The audience watches as the Evil Queen tells the huntsmen to capture Snow White and return with her heart. We watched as he tells her to run and she finds refuge with the wonderful Dwarfs!

Next up was the story of Rapunzel and her quest to see the lights in the sky. She goes on a journey with Flynn and learns of her royal background, all the while falling in love and getting the happy ending that she deserves!

Cinderella's tale tells the story of her Fairy God Mother helping her get to the ball where she meets her Prince Charming. As we know, Cinderella needs to leave before midnight and the only thing the Prince could find was her glass slipper. We see how the Prince looks through the village to find is Princess. Happily ever after, he finds Cinderella and they live happily ever after!

The entire show was captivating from start to end. If you haven't had a chance to check out a Disney On Ice show yet, I definitely recommend checking them out the next time they are in an area near you!

Disclosure: I was provided with tickets to the show for review purposes. I was under no obligation to write a positive review.  All opinions expressed are completely 100% my own based on my experience and are not influenced by any form of compensation.