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Are You Ready for World Cup Mania?!

Virtually every developed country in the world – with the notable exception of the USA – is about to become completely obsessed with what is probably the world’s biggest sporting tournament of all; the FIFA World Cup.

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For most countries outside the U.S., this is a bigger deal than the Olympics. And the 2014 competition will be the most interesting for a long while as it’s being held in the country which has enjoyed more success at international level than any other; Brazil.

This is the first time the five-time winners of the World Cup has hosted the tournament since back in 1950 – when the world of football was very different. Back then, many European nations regarded the competition as a relatively minor distraction to the main events of their own domestic leagues. In other words – this is effectively the first time Brazil has hosted the competition in an era when most of the world is obsessed with it.

So they’re expected to win on home soil and have been installed as 3-1 favourites to do so with the world’s biggest gambling exchange, Betfair.

Betting on the World Cup is a great way of spicing things up a little for those not normally interested in football. Because if you live in pretty much any country outside the USA – you can’t help but get caught up in the whole thing – it is so dominant.

This year’s competition kicks off on June 12th when the hosts play Croatia in Sao Paulo. There are eight groups of four nations each, with the top two from each group going through to the knockout, “sudden death” stages. The final will be played on Sunday July 13th in the famous Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. And if the hosts aren’t one of the competing teams – get ready for pandemonium and protests on the streets of Brazil. And if they are one of the finalists – the same applies.

So you may as well prepare yourself for World Cup mania – or move to the States!

Monster High Giveaway Winners

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I love doing easy giveaways on Facebook, IG and Twitter so make sure you head over and ‘like’/follow there!  Here’s the list of the four winners from the most recent flash giveaway!  Please message me on Facebook with your shipping address within 24 hours!!  If your friend won; please let them know!

1. Elizabeth Parker

2. Kathy Brie Tompkins

3. Margie Cawthron Young

4. Miranda Randle

Thank you to all who entered!!

 

A Disney Party Showing Off Our #DisneySide

Who doesn’t love Mickey Mouse and all his friends?  I know around these parts; Mickey, Minnie and Donald are favorites and often Disney Jr. is the kids’ pick when it’s TV time.  When I found out I’d been selected to host a #DisneySide @ Home Celebration my mind was racing with different themes; there are SO MANY options!  If you follow on Instagram (or Twitter) you may have seen some of the party and planning process; if you don’t follow, you should (I share fun stuff and do giveaways)!

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We received a fabulous host pack with tons of goodies (and a beautiful piece of luggage from American Tourister; a company I am already in love with!  Check out my post on Travel Tips: Packing for Vacation).  After checking out the host pack and realizing my nephew’s birthday was coming up we settled on a general Mickey Mouse themed party.  We knew some of his guest have food allergies so we really wanted to focus on making everyone feel included so we check on the exact allergies and worked hard to make sure the kids could eat all the food available (and help parents relax and not have to worry their kiddo might get a hold of something that could hurt them).

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My nephew’s 5th birthday party was casual and low key; perfect for showing off our #DisneySide and love for all things Disney.  Unfortunately, on the day of the party my oldest son was in the hospital (he is completely fine; we went in for stomach pain/possible appendicitis and they wanted to keep him there so we stayed for two days)!  So we missed the actual party but my handsome dude was showing his #DisneySide in his hospital bed. We were lucky enough to celebrate when we got out with cupcakes, oranges and a little playdate.

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Have you hosted or been a guest at a Disney themed party?  Share your experience with me below!  If you know me, you know I love a theme and my youngest son is turning 3 this summer!

Score Disney’s FROZEN for Free!!!

New Members of Top CashBack can score the DVD (or Blu-Ray) for FREE after cash back.

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1. Join the site

2. Search for Walmart

3. Click ‘Cash Back’ in orange

Make sure you follow the directions and only checkout with the ONE item!  Pick it up locally tomorrow.

Ends tomorrow and the stock is low- so HURRY!

“Come Back to Mimi’s” Promo at Mimi’s Cafe

We are huge fans of Mimi’s Cafe; there is one 5 minutes from our home (and there are lots of options for our nephew with food-allergies).  Mimi’s Cafe is rewarding children right now as a part of their new “Come Back to Mimi’s” promotions.

The next time your child visits Mimi’s Cafe, he or she will get a special invitation back for all the free pancakes they can eat on their next visit (if your kids don’t love pancakes like mine do, no worries!  Mimi’s will treat them to another kid meal).

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As of this week, kids who are dining with their parents (or any other adults) will get a flyer at the end of their meal, inviting them back for an All You Can Eat Free Kids Pancake Dinner, available to children under the age of 12 with an adult purchase of an entrée of $10 or more.

Mimi’s likes adults, too, so they’re being invited back, too — with a special $5 off their next visit, which will be found at the bottom of their guest check.

I am so excited about this promotion because dining out with our growing family can get expensive!

 

Impress With These Easy Cocktail Recipes

***Disclaimer: Epic Vodka sent me the bottles used to create these recipes.  As always, opinions are my own.  No other compensation was provided.  I just really like these! Yum.

Epic Vodka has tons of flavors to choose from and here are some easy cocktail recipes you can use to impress company!

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 Mama Juice

1 oz Epic Vodka Cherry

3 oz Pomegranate Juice

1oz water (flat or sparkling)

Splash of lemon juice

Sugar the rim of you glass and fill with ice.  Shake your ingredients (or stir ‘em) and pour into glass; garnish with lemon slice!

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 Vodka Mojito-ish

Fresh mint (5 sprigs or so)

1 teaspoon sugar

1 lime wedge

1.5oz Epic Vodka

3oz Lemon Lime Soda

Muddle lime wedge and mint in your glass(I used the back of a ice cream scoop- I wish I was cool enough to have an actual bar set with a muddler, but alas, I don’t).  Add sugar to the bit of liquid you created by muddling.  Add ice to glass and with lemon-lime soda and top with vodka.

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Campus Book Rentals Buy Back Program

A new semester means new books to buy.  As a full time student my books usually cost between $400-$600 each semester.  Ugh.  I’m trying to live on less over here.  Which is why Campus Book Rentals is such a relief.  Their prices for books are great and they have a RentBack program that  allows students to rent the textbooks they own – to other students… which is awesome because it makes them 2-4x more money compared to what you might make through buyback options!

The perks of using Campus Book Rental are the best I’ve seen (and I’ve been in school far longer than I’d like to admit)!

-save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
-free shipping both ways
-can highlight in the textbooks
-flexible renting periods
-donatation to Operation Smile with each textbook rental

Check out this video about the RentBack program:

Easy Party Planning with Honeybaked Ham! #HoneyBakedGameDay

*Disclosure: I was provided a gift card to help purchase items featured in this post.  I also spent some of my hard earned cash because this place is just that good!

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I host a lot of parties.  And with Super Bowl right around the corner I am sure many of you are thinking about how you can feed a large group of people with little stress (and leaving you time to actually enjoy the game, too!).

I have a Honeybaked Ham Cafe 10 minutes from my house.  I pass it regularly (at least twice a week) on my way to Jelly Bean’s volleyball practice.  I have never been.  I, like a lot of people, just figured it’d be insanely expensive.  I was wrong!!!  I ordered a TON of food; enough to feed 20 people and only spent $4 per person.  No joke.  I used a coupon that scored me $25 Off my catering order of $100 or more.

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I was really pleased with my experience- I called to order and they were extremely helpful and I could pick up the very next day.  I knew I wanted to try the Ultimate Super Sandwich so that was first on my list; I got a large because I knew I’d have a lot of hungry people on my hands.  Then I ordered the cheesecake sampler; because, well, I wanted it!  Rounding out my order was two pounds of potato salad and a pound of Honeybaked beans!  The beans had big chunks of ham; so delicious.

All the food was a huge hit for my gathering.  I loved the simplisity of it.  I didn’t spend the evening in the kitchen or even the day before worrying about the food.  I ordered; picked a time to swing my the location, and set out the food.  They even gave me tongs, napkins and a bottle of their fabulous mustard (it comes with the sandwich I ordered).  It could not have been easier.

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HoneyBaked Ham provided me with a $25 Gift Card to giveaway to one lucky reader!  Comment with your answer below for your chance to win!

What is your favorite Super Bowl snack? Do you make it or buy it?

(US only, winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to respond.  If winner does not respond a new winner will be chosen).

Fry’s Gift Card Giveaway AND #FrysFanZone WM Phoenix Open Ticket Promo

*Disclaimer: Fry’s selected a group of Bloggers, including me, to create posts about their Waste Management Phoenix Open ticket offer and their presence at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. They provided me with access to the event and a Fry’s $25 gift card to thank me for my participation and post.

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The WM Phoenix Open is a huge, week long event here.  Whether or not you love golf; it’s always a good time!  Fry’s invited a group of wonderful local bloggers to attend the Waste Management Phoenix Open and I was lucky enough to be included.  We had a great time checking out the Fry’s Expo Booth (I putted a hole in one and won a free beverage at the Fry’s Fan Zone!), enjoying the wonderful weather and grabbing lunch at the Fry’s Fan Zone.

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We also got to hear about the awesome promo offered at Fry’s to earn tickets to the WM Phoenix Open!!  When you buy $25 worth of participating products you can bring your receipt and trade it in for a day ticket.  The participating items list is huge and many of the things I would already be buying anyway, so this is an amazing deal.  

While you are at the WM Phoenix Open (hopefully, with your free ticket earned while shopping at Fry’s) check out the delicious food at the Fry’s Fan Zone.  Fry's WM Phoenix Open Info

ENTER TO WIN!

I’m really excited to be able to offer a $25 Gift Certificate to Fry’s Food Stores to one lucky fan!  Thank you Fry’s!

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