The Ultimate Football Feast

As you get ready for Thanksgiving this week, don’t forget the other must have for family fun: football! I have many memories of poking around my grandparents farm, a different game on in every room. My dad and his siblings has every type of football pot possible going on and there were repeated consultations over squares on the betting sheet. It was a thrill to watch the score climb and the time countdown ever close to my winning square.

Living in a college town has allowed me to capture some of the excitement of that post Thanksgiving football frenzy. The only problem is that so much of the fun revolves around tailgating. And while I love tailgating it never seems to work out. Mainly because we don’t get up early enough. Or the kids are in a bad mood. Or the thought of finding a parking space makes me all nervous like.

So when Sonic offered to send me a gift card for tailgating snacks, I brought the tailgate to us. Oh yeah, ALL THE SNACKS and ALL THE GAMES. And while Sonic is awesome for actual tailgating, if you walk through a parking lot with a flat of mini slushes you are so getting invited to hang out, it really makes football watching a home super awesome.

Football Snacks With Sonic
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Life 360 Takes the Mis out of Family Communication

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It’s that time of year again when over the roads and through the woods, to grandmother’s house we go. Sure staying home would be easier but how will memories be made if I am not crammed into a vacation rental with extended family? The worry, the arguments, the guilt… this is what memories are made of amirite?

I kid. But I am questioning what made me think it would be a good idea to meet up with my entire family and their families in a place where none of us live on one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. All of us tend to revert back to the roles of yore which leads to worry, miscommunication, and a general lack of holiday cheer.

This year I am hoping to avoid some of those with the help of this post’s sponsor, Life360. If you don’t already have this awesome family communication tool, now is the time to download it. It’s the zen tool in your phone’s jackknife.
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LeapTV : Get Your Kids Gaming This Winter

We were sent the LeapTV for a review through Mommy Parties. Honestly, I was a teeny bit skeptical since the girls are on the upper range of the suggested ages. But we have tried both a Wii and a Kinect with them but because of their fine motor skill delays, they seemed more trouble than they were worth. And the games really had no value besides the activity.

LeapTV from LeapFrog gets kids into the action too. But it also teaching core skills across a variety of subjects including reading, mathematics, science and problem solving. And since it is designed for kids ages 3-8, the system controller fits small hands and the motion camera . Audio instruction makes it simple for even the youngest kids to play solo or with a friend. We had kids from 2 to 8 playing with it and all of them were able to get into the action fairly easily.
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Eat, Drink, and Be Merry Gifts

When thinking holiday gifts, don’t discount food and drinks! Edible gifts are great because they are meant to be enjoyed immediately, often inexpensive, and take up no room (once consumed.) Plus if the recipient doesn’t love it, these gifts are easy to pass along. Here are ten of my favorites to give and get.

Food Gifts for the Holiday
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It’s Feeling Christmassy Up in Here

So today while I was google hanging with my big time blogger friend Michelle of So Wonderful So Marvelous, I looked out my window and saw SNOW! Normally I would cry big fat tears at snow in early November. But this year it warmed my crusty little heart. 2014 really put us through the wringer. But it’s on an upswing and I think Christmas may cap it off.

Tonight I am furiously typing up my gift guide posts while watching A Belle For Christmas. No need for the Hallmark Channel around these parts. I’ve got Kristy Swanson as an evil girlfriend trying to keep kids from their dog. Who they rescue on Christmas Eve, natch.
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In case you are as not enthusiastic about winter as I am, I have a little giveaway to help you face the winter chill. Eucerin sent me a few of the products to try and I have become devoted to their skin calming dry skin body wash. I can’t give up my hot showers and baths and the omega oils of this wash keep my skin in soft shape.
Skin Calming Wash

I’d love for you to try it! So click through and enter to win some, along with some other great products to keep your skin happy this winter.
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10 Tips For a Sane Holiday

Heads up: I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for The Motherhood on behalf of the makers of Children’s MOTRIN® and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Tips for a Sane and Happy Holiday
This is the moment when I pull out phrases like “Oh lordy” because husband gone on a business trip plus child sick plus other child freaking out plus a random Tuesday off (WTF school district!) plus too much work equals one exhausted me. Then my friend mentioned there are only seven Saturdays until Christmas.

OH LORDY.

But never fear because I have kind of cracked the code for a sane holiday. When I follow these ten tips I get all zen like and feel no need to bring out the lordyness. So read on my friends, read on.
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Watch : McFarland USA

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Crazy week around here… this is the first day both of the girls have been at school. Plus the husband is gone off to Lotus Land. Today is all about catching up and I just came across this trailer for McFarland USA. Can’t help it, I love me some inspirational sports films. MCFARLAND, USA opens in theaters everywhere on February 20, 2015!

For more info, follow MCFARLAND, USA on Facebookand follow Disney Pictures on Twitter.

Planes Fire and Rescue

Today was a perfect day for this sponsored Planes post with Disney and Social Moms because it was one of those random days off of school and since Miss Desmonda was feeling poorly it gave me and Miss Calamity Jane a chance to have some serious talks.

That girl loves her some chats and she is serious as only a seven year old can be. She’s been doing utterly fantastic lately at most things but that’s hard in itself because she is having to let go of some of her support system because she doesn’t need them anymore.

But like the bike rider who doesn’t want to let go of the training wheels, CJ still wants those people around her. She’s been my hero for trying so hard for a long time, now I just need to convince her that she really is a superhero who can do it on her own.

After talks, came relaxing time. We settled in to watch Disney’s Planes Fire & Rescue which just came out today. This is one of those movies that the girls can watch over and over. And the humorous writing makes it entertaining for me as well. It’s a great adventure story for the whole family and my hope is that it reminds my two that they have the capability to be a hero, just like Dusty.
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Hurry Up Holidays

Normally I am a bit of a holiday purist. Thanksgiving gets its due before Christmas but this year we need a little Christmas right this very minute. Last year’s holiday was rather disastrous and it kind of left a black cloud over the year. So out little family is very much looking forward to all the merry making.

But much to the girls’ dismay that did not mean they got to pull out the ornaments when we put up the haunted village. However, we did bring some holiday magic in with the scents Febreze sent for this sponsored post. The new Winter and Holiday collection includes Apple Tart, Sugared Cranberry, Toasted Almond, Vanilla Latte and Frosted Pine. I especially loved the baked scents: the candles and air fresheners keep the air sweet without any baking involved. And I put the car freshener in my car so that I can enjoy the pine smell of winter event though it’s an unusually balmy 70 degrees here today.
Febreze Holiday Collection

Head down to Walmart to buy and try the limited edition Febreze Home for the Holidays Collection. And be sure to connect with Febreze via Facebook and Twitter for the latest product information and great ideas for the season.

Your Classism is Showing

This morning I started my post kids equivalent of the New York Times at the local cafe: the website Cafe and a cup of lukewarm tea at my breakfast table. I was especially excited to read Deb Copaken’s first piece for them. Her books have long been favorites of mine. Especially Hell Is Other Parents which, before I started reading blogs, was the one thing that assured me that I was not alone in thinking parenting was a crazy ass trip.

Then I saw the words that were chosen to be caught in an image for the Cafe piece…
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Really?
May I repeat that again
R_E_A_L_L_Y?
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