October 29, 2014

See's Candies $25 Gift Card Giveaway on Hawaii Mom Blog

Perfect for holiday gift-giving (or your own indulging), See's Candies always pleases.

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Sweet Paul magazine features spectacular food photography, scrumptious recipes, and inspired crafts. In Blurb's interview with Paul, he discusses his childhood in Norway and provides a delicious recipe. You'll love Paul's stories of gnomes, trees (and tree-related disasters), food, family, and memories. At the end of the interview, Blurb features great gift books reminiscent of Sweet Paul. Read the interview here.

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Holiday Events at The Wigwam

This year, locals and visitors can make The Wigwam part of their holiday traditions with a variety of festive activities and packages that are perfect for all ages. The Wigwam offers fantastic, family friendly events every Thursday through Sunday starting with the resort’s 85th anniversary on Friday, Nov. 28 and ending with a New Year’s Eve bash on Wednesday, Dec. 31. The festivities kick off the day after Thanksgiving as the resort celebrates 85 years since The Wigwam opened on Thanksgiving Day in 1929. Ring in the holiday season with the resort’s 10th Annual Tree Lighting, including skating on the West Valley’s only seasonal outdoor synthetic ice skating rink, holiday music and lights, train rides, an appearance by Santa, and much more! A few packages are available to give guests another reason to make The Wigwam their holiday getaway. Make this holiday season one to remember with the following holiday packages and activities, delectable meals and festive events at The Wigwam:
 
·       Packages - Whether you are here visiting family, shopping or taking a trip to simply enjoy the holidays, The Wigwam is offering the perfect package to celebrate this season. The Holiday Lights and Ice Package and Tanger Shopping Package are the best way to experience all that The Wigwam has to offer along with its prime location to the Tanger Outlets. We invite you to explore the holiday packages available at The Wigwam and check out the array of festivities on-property.
§  Holiday Lights and Ice Package – Starting at $159 per night, Nov. 26, 2014 – Jan. 4, 2015, is the best way for the family to enjoy holiday festivities at The Wigwam. The package includes, ice skating for two adults and two kids per night, two s’mores kits per night, a waived resort fee, and children ages 12 and under eat free per adult meal at Red’s Bar and Grill or Wigwam Bar.
§  Tanger Shopping Package – Starting at $139 per night, Nov. 21, 2014 – Jan. 13, 2015, this shopping package is the perfect way to check gifts off your shopping list and enjoy a few perks along the way. The package includes a $25 gift card to Tanger Outlets per night, one coupon book per night, and a $10 voucher to Wigwam Bar per night along with a waived resort fee.

·       Thanksgiving Day Dinner Buffet - Thursday, Nov. 27 from noon – 4 p.m.
This Thanksgiving, guests at The Wigwam can enjoy a holiday buffet dinner of farm fresh salads and roasted pumpkin soup accompanied by a line-up of favorite holiday side dishes. Entrée stations include roasted turkey, pasilla chile rubbed pork loin, and roasted prime rib complete with a Chef’s holiday dessert display. Buffet pricing is $45 per adult, $20 for children ages 4-12, and children under 4 complimentary. Prices are subject to tax & gratuity. In addition, guests can give the gift of Christmas to less fortunate children in the community by making a Toys for Tots donation of a new, unwrapped toy and receive a 10 percent discount on their total food purchase.  Reservations required, please contact 623-935-3811.

·       Litchfield’s Thanksgiving Dinner - Thursday, Nov. 27 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
The Wigwam will offer a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the signature restaurant, Litchfield's, featuring a local menu with Arizona produce and fare, and a plated family style meal. Guests can start with a choice of Pilgrim Salad, Roasted Acorn Squash Soup or Litchfield Garden Salad. Entrée options include Roasted Suckling Pig, Natural Turkey Breast, Pan Roasted Seabass, or Cedar River Prime Rib. For dessert, diners can enjoy a choice of Chef’s delectable creations including Upside Down Pumpkin Pie, Goat Cheesecake, Chestnut Doughnuts and Rhubarb Cranberry Crisp.  The cost is $48 per person, price subject to tax and gratuity.  Reservations required, please contact 623-935-3811.
 
·       10th Annual Tree Lighting - Friday, Nov. 28 from 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The day after Thanksgiving, The Wigwam invites guests to join in a time-honored tradition by ringing in the holiday season at the complimentary 10th Annual Tree Lighting and celebrating the resort’s 85thanniversary. This extraordinary evening of holiday cheer includes caroling, performances from local schools and dance groups along with a special guest from the North Pole delivered by the Goodyear Fire Department. This event also will mark the Grand Opening of Holiday Ice with the Arizona Coyotes’ Howler and Paw Patrol. Plus, guests can see animals of winter from the Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium and Safari Park.

·       Holiday Lights - Nov. 28 - Jan. 3
For many families, going to see local holiday light displays is a favorite yearly tradition. Jump-start the holiday spirit by spending an evening taking in the exceptional holiday light displays at The Wigwam. Expanding upon the holiday light tour from 2013, The Wigwam has added a second walking light tour through the historical grounds. Each night, guests and locals can enjoy the magic of the holidays at The Wigwam. If visitors come on Thursdays or Sundays and enjoy The Wigwam’s holiday train ride, which is a $1 per rider, 100 percent of the proceeds are donated to United Goodyear Firefighter Charities and will go to New Life Center and Homeless Youth Connection to help give the gift of Christmas to those less fortunate in the West Valley.

·       Holiday Ice - Nov. 28 - Jan. 3
Enjoy The Wigwam’s signature holiday experience at the only seasonal outdoor synthetic ice rink in the West Valley and enjoy ice skating in the Arizona desert, in partnership with Hilgers Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry. The cost to participate is $8 per adult and $5 for children under 10; price includes skate rental. The skating rink is open the following days throughout the holiday season:
o   Thursdays & Fridays – 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
o   Saturdays & Sundays – Noon - 10 p.m.
o   Dec. 29-Jan. 1 – Noon – 10 p.m.

·       Breakfast with Santa - Saturday, Nov. 28 and Dec. 6, 13, & 20 from 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Watch the Christmas magic come alive while feasting on a hearty breakfast at Litchfield’s. Children can visit with Santa, share their Christmas wish list, as well as receive a special holiday gift. The breakfast is $20 for adults, $10 for children, kids two and under are complimentary (price subject to tax & gratuity). Reservations are recommended.
 
·       Holiday Nights in Lights - Thursdays & Sundays Dec. 4-21 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Jump aboard the Hilgers Express for a train ride through The Wigwam Holiday Lights. Enjoy hot cocoa, holiday treats, festive music, and a visit with Santa! Train rides are a $1 donation per rider collected by the Goodyear Fire Fighter Charities to benefit New Life Center & Homeless Youth Connection.  Photos with Santa complimentary.  Hot cocoa and holiday treats available on cash concessions.

·       S’more Fun - Offered Friday and Saturday evenings in December
Cozy up at The Wigwam’s fire pit and indulge in complimentary s'mores from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 
 
·       Santa’s Elf Tuck-In - Every Friday & Saturday night Dec. 5-20
Make the holiday season even more magical with Santa’s Elf Tuck-In. One of "Santa's elves" at The Wigwam will make a special visit with cookies, milk, and a holiday stocking. Little ones will be tucked into bed and enjoy a Christmas bedtime story.  Elf Tuck-In Price: $20 per Child.
 
·       First Responders Afternoon Skate - Sunday, Dec. 7 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
The Wigwam invites local first responders to enjoy complimentary ice skating, hot cocoa, s’mores, and a special visit from the North Pole.
 
·       Taste of Litchfield’s Pairing Party in conjunction with the Taste of the NFL’s Kicking Hunger Challenge - Sunday, Dec. 7 from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
The Wigwam will host a special wine pairings party where $30 from each Tasting Menu ordered will be donated to the Arizona Cardinals team page in the Kick Hunger Challenge now through Dec. 30. One hundred percent of donations to the Arizona Cardinals team page will be distributed to St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance. Litchfield’s is proud to participate in the Kick Hunger Challenge in support of Taste of the NFL’s efforts to end hunger in America. Tickets are $50 per person on Groupon or $75 at the door.  

·       Christmas in the Park at Litchfield Park Town Center - Saturday, Dec. 13 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Bring the entire family for this complimentary fun packed day at Litchfield Park Town Center. The craft show begins at 9 a.m. with a parade kicking off at 10 a.m. with marching bands, drill teams and floats. Plus, celebrate with snow, visits with Santa, and great live entertainment throughout the day.
 
·       Holiday Entertaining Cooking Class - Sunday, Dec. 14 at 5 p.m.
Make holiday entertaining easy, elegant, more organized and less stressful with help from The Wigwam Culinary and Event Team. Learn tips and tricks from the experts on how to host the perfect holiday soiree featuring gourmet small plates and holiday inspired cocktails. Cost is $59 per person (price subject to tax & gratuity). Reservations required, please visit WigwamArizona.com.

·       Light Your Ride Holiday Parade: Songs of the Season - Sunday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m.
The Wigwam invites locals to decorate their golf cart or bike and join a new holiday tradition of a parade tour through the city and to The Wigwam. The parade begins at Wigwam Little Links and will continue down Old Litchfield Road and then back to resort. When locals return to The Wigwam, they will enjoy live holiday music, train rides through holiday lights, complimentary photos with Santa and ice skating (normal skating charges will apply). Entry is $10 per ride and benefits the New Life Center & Homeless Youth Connection. In addition, there will be prizes awarded for the winners in three categories: most creative, most holiday spirit, and best presentation of theme. Guests are encouraged to register by Dec. 7.
 
·       Santa’s Holiday Tea - Sunday, Dec. 21 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Children will be enchanted by the opportunity to enjoy tea with Santa. Unlike any other holiday experience, families will relish the moment where Santa and Mrs. Clause leisurely join for a private visit over holiday tea and invite the children to share wishes and dreams in an intimate family setting. Children will enjoy readings of holiday favorites, letter writing and crafts, and music to entertain all. The event is $25 per adult and $12 per child. Prices are subject to tax & gratuity. Reservations required, please call 623-935-3811.
 
·       Christmas Day Dinner Buffet - Thursday, Dec. 25 from noon – 4 p.m.
The Wigwam will feature a holiday buffet dinner of farm fresh salads, roasted corn and shrimp chowder accompanied by a line-up of favorite holiday side dishes. Entrée stations include roasted turkey, agave glazed ham, and roasted prime rib complete with a Chef’s holiday dessert display.  Buffet pricing is $45 per adult, $20 for children ages 4-12, and children under 4 are complimentary.  Prices are subject to tax & gratuity. Reservations required, please call 623-935-3811.

·       Litchfield's Christmas Dinner, Thursday, Dec. 25 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Featuring a local menu with Arizona produce and fare, enjoy a plated family-style meal at Litchfield’s. Start with a choice of Christmas Salad, Butternut Squash Soup, or Litchfield Garden Salad. Entrée options include Roasted Suckling Pig, Broiled Natural Goose Breast, Cast Iron Seabass, or Cedar River Prime Rib. For dessert, enjoy your choice of Chef’s delectable creations like Mulled Winter Fruit, Shortbread Cookie Cake, Monte Blanc, or Christmas Fudge. Cost is $48 per person. Prices are subject to tax & gratuity. Reservations required, please call 623-935-3811.

·       Christmas Break Activities - Dec. 20-31
Resort guests and members can enjoy gingerbread house decorating, kids cookie decorating, stocking and ornament decorating as well as story time with Mrs. Claus. Additional activities include family movies, family bingo, s’mores roasting and more.

·    Countdown to 12: Family NYE Party - Wednesday, Dec. 31 from 11a.m. – 2 p.m.
Families can celebrate New Year’s Eve at noon instead of midnight with balloons, party horns, games and live entertainment. 

·       Dueling Pianos New Year’s Eve Party - Wednesday, Dec. 31
Doors open at 8:30 p.m. with live entertainment from 9p.m.–12:30 a.m.
Toast to an unforgettable New Year’s Eve experience with AZ Dueling Pianos. Taking audience requested songs from rock and roll, "classic rock", Top 40, R&B, country and more they will sing, entertain and humor you all evening. Cost is $40 per person, which includes entry, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight.

·       New Year’s Eve Dinner - Wednesday, Dec. 31 from 5:30 – 10 p.m.
Guests can celebrate New Year’s Eve with The Wigwam by savoring seasonal culinary creations at Litchfield’s. A four-course dinner will be offered for $79 per person (price subject to tax & gratuity). Reservations are required.

October 28, 2014

Mega Bloks First Builders Fast Tracks Raceway Review and Giveaway #FirstBuilders

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Mega Bloks First Builders™ Fast Tracks™ Raceway.
Drivers, start your engines! Gear up and get ready for some high-speed adventures with the Fast Tracks Racing Team by Mega Bloks First Builders. Your little race car driver can build with the tracks and blocks and mix and match the race cars for endless play. Use the colorful stickers to create even more imaginary fun. Watch as they screech and vroom through the raceways, and the fans in the stands cheer them on! Who will be in the lead, as the checkered flag is waved?  Ideal for ages 1 to 5.

My boys couldn't wait to put together the Mega Bloks First Builders™ Fast Tracks™ Raceway!

The set consists of 50 pieces that are very easy to put together, even with the littlest of hands.  My youngest son, who is 3 years old, helped me put together the various configurations, and his favorite thing to do was put on the stickers.


My kids loved racing the mix-and-match cars down the track, and they enjoyed building their own tracks that were super long or super high.  They'd also use Mega Bloks they already owned to create even bigger tracks.

The bright colors are very engaging, and there are endless possibilities in terms of what my kids can build and imagine with the Mega Bloks.

The Mega Bloks First Builders™ Fast Tracks™ Raceway combined my kids' love of race cars and building blocks into one very practical set that inspires their creativity and provides lots of fun entertainment.


Win: One (1) winner receives the Mega Bloks First Builders™ Fast Tracks™ Raceway

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October 24, 2014

Shutterfly Deals

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The holidays are just around the corner!  You can save big on Shutterfly right now!

For new customers:

New Shutterfly customer? If so, you're in luck this week as you'll qualify for a 50% discount on any purchase of $100 or more as a new customer. Enter promo code SPENDSAVE and start saving in time for the holidays!

Terms: SPENDSAVE Offer expires 10/28/2014 (11:59 P.M. PT). Offer is good for 50% off orders of $100 or more (after any other discounts and before taxes, shipping and handling) through shutterfly.com. Valid only for new Shutterfly customers (those who have never purchased from Shutterfly). Offer cannot be redeemed more than once per account and/or billing address. Taxes, shipping and handling will apply. Not valid on prepaid plans, gift certificates, videograms, mailing services, prior purchases, orders placed for in-store pick up, purchases made on the Shutterfly iPhone, iPad and Android apps or Shutterfly Pro Galleries. Cannot be redeemed for cash or combined with other offers or credits. Not valid for resale.

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October 23, 2014

Ramada Maingate at the Park Review

Twice before our family has stayed at the Ramada Maingate at the Park, which is just a short walking distance from Disneyland, and since then the hotel has gone through some big changes, including the construction of a new 4-story building which houses the hotel's superior rooms and suites.

The hotel is still going through some major renovations, with the construction of yet another 4-story building, but there are still many things that haven't changed (thank goodness), such as the free parking, free continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and great service.

Check-in
Due to the renovations, check-in took place in a temporary trailer.

Check-in was very quick, and the employees were very friendly.  After receiving information about the complimentary breakfast, room location, elevators, and parking, I was soon on my way to the room.

Room
Our family stayed in a 2 Queen Beds Superior Room in the new building of the hotel (all photos take from my other blog, Hawaii Mom Blog).

From left, clockwise: Beautiful morning view from the balcony; 2 Queen beds; TV, microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker; great fireworks view; double sinks.

Closet
I did think the closet - which was a wardrobe-type storage closet, was a little too small, and I did miss the cute towel animals from previous visits, but overall I loved the room.  It was spacious, nicely decorated with dark tones for a modern feel, and most importantly - our family was very comfortable in the room.

The air conditioning always cooled down the room quickly, we could barely hear guests in neighboring rooms, and we slept soundly throughout the night.

We could see Disney California Adventure from our room, and at night we had nice view of the Disneyland fireworks from right outside our door.

Because of the construction, parking spaces were sometimes hard to find, but they do offer free valet.

And the construction itself was not bothersome - we didn't encounter any disruptive noises or debris.

Although housekeeping forgot to give us washcloths and some bath amenities twice, a simple phone call eventually resolved the issues, and throughout our stay we had no other issues with our room.

Dining
Ramada Maingate at the Park offers a complimentary Continental breakfast.  Options included donuts, bagels, fruit, hard-boiled eggs, biscuits, gravy, bread, juices, cereals, milk, and coffee.
Complimentary Continental Breakfast offerings
Breakfast is served in the pool house, and although there is some seating in the pool area to eat breakfast, many guests opt to use their in-room tray to transport food back to their rooms.  The great news is that the building that is currently under construction will house a new breakfast room!

There are also numerous other dining options within walking distance from the hotel.

Other Services and Amenities
  • Disneyland ticket sales
  • Gift mart selling souvenirs, toiletries, and more
  • Pool with kids splash zone
  • Hot tub
Click here for a list of more services and amenities.

Once the new building is completed, there will be a fitness center, meeting space, retail outlets, and a roof top sun deck.
Gift Mart
Pool
Final Thoughts
Overall our stay at Ramada Maingate at the Park was once again terrific.

The room was very nice and comfortable, there are numerous complimentary services and amenities, and the hotel is close to Disneyland, making it an ideal hotel for our family.

I can't wait to see what the new building will look like!

Ramada Maingate at the Park
1650 S Harbor Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714)772-0440.




Thank you to the Ramada Maingate at the Park for hosting multiple nights of our stay and providing a media discount for the remaining nights; gratuities were paid on our own.

October 21, 2014

MasterChef Junior New Season to Premiere on November 4 and Popcorn Viewing Kit Giveaway

A new season of MasterChef Junior will premiere on FOX on Tuesday, Nov 4 at 8/7c!

MASTERCHEF JUNIOR goes back for seconds! Hit culinary competition series MASTERCHEF JUNIOR gives talented kids between the ages of eight and 13 the chance to showcase their culinary abilities and passion for food through a series of delicious challenges.

Host and award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay (Gordon Ramsay Steak, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, Gordon Ramsay BurGR) is joined by restaurateur and wine expert Joe Bastianich (Del Posto, Eataly) and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot Bistro) on the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR judging panel. Together, the celebrated food experts will coach and encourage the promising hopefuls to cook like a pro and teach them the tricks of the trade along the way.

After a nationwide search, 16 of the best junior home cooks in the country will compete in the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR kitchen. They will face exciting challenges, including a mystery box, a three-legged race and the fan-favorite restaurant takeover, until one talented kid is named America's newest MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, receiving a $100,000 prize.

MASTERCHEF JUNIOR is produced by Shine America and One Potato Two Potato, and is based on the format created by Franc Roddam and Shine. Shine International handles distribution for the MASTERCHEF format. Elisabeth Murdoch, Eden Gaha, Paul Franklin, Robin Ashbrook, Gordon Ramsay, Adeline Ramage Rooney, Patricia Llewellyn and Ben Adler serve as executive producers.

Win: One lucky winner will receive a MasterChef Popcorn Viewing Kit (ARV $45)which includes:

• (1) Lit Card
• (5) Recipe Cards
• (1) Paper Chef Hat
• (1) Set of Measuring Spoons
• (4) Junior Spices
• (2) DIY Seasoning Jars
• (1) Popcorn Mason Jars
• (6) MCJ Popcorn Boxes

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Escape to Hawaii for the Winter

Whether you're traveling as a couple, with family, or with friends, there are so many hotels to choose from to fit your needs in Hawaii.  Here are some to consider:

Located at the gateway to Waikiki on the island of Oahu, THE MODERN HONOLULU sets a new standard for lifestyle hotels with an innovative urban resort design that reflects sophistication and style. With sweeping vistas of the Pacific Ocean and city skyline surround the hotel's 353 guest rooms and suites, THE MODERN HONOLULU offers the perfect destination for a winter escape. Two stylish pools overlook the Pacific for daytime fun while a vibrant scene at Addiction nightclub and The Study lobby bar offer evening rendezvous. Centrally located, THE MODERN HONOLULU is within walking distance to popular Waikiki beaches, Hawaii’s largest open-air shopping center, Ala Moana, and near a selection of luxury boutiques and retail stores that line Waikiki’s main thoroughfare, Kalakaua Avenue. After a day of adventure, lounging poolside and enjoying luxurious treatments at The Spa at THE MODERN HONOLULU, guests can enjoy sushi at Morimoto Waikiki, located on-property.

While visiting Four Seasons Resorts Lana’i, you'll have the opportunity to experience 'island-hopping' within the secluded island of Lana'i. Set atop Hulopo'e Bay,Four Seasons Resorts Lana’i at Manele Bay has recently completed portions of their multi-phase renovations unveiling new culturally inspired penthouse suites, guestrooms, lobby and NOBU Lana’i. The redesign is led by Todd Avery of TAL Studios who has incorporated the storied past of Lana’i into all elements. The resort also recently welcomed the island’s first ever luxury retail experience with three new boutiques to purchase your perfect keepsake. A quintessential beach resort, dive into the clear waters below with complimentary water sports including snorkeling, stand up paddle boarding and more with a perfect view of the famous Spinner Dolphins. If you’d rather the ocean be your view from up above, the award-winning Manele Golf Course will be your new home.

Make your way up the Koloiki Ridge Ride to the upcountry Lodge at Koele for a more rustic chic experience. Here you can ride the rolling hills with horses from the resorts stables, experience clay shooting and enrich your mind with the Lodge at Koele Elders Program incorporating the island’s history into fun programming for the kids. Explore this activity-filled secluded and historic island of Lana'i with the luxurious touch of Four Seasons.


Snowbirds looking to escape to warmer climates can jet to Aulani, a Disney Resort, where there’s something for the entire ‘ohana (family). While visiting Aulani, guests can surf in crystalline waters, ride horseback through lush valleys or kayak through protected offshore islets. Each excursion is entertaining, educational and fun, so the entire family can take home a greater appreciation and understanding of the Aloha State—along with unforgettable vacation memories. Families make magical memories together—or apart—with experiences designed for every age and interest. Additionally, for guests looking for adding a bit of wellness to their vacation, Laniwai is one of the only true luxury, family wellness retreats that offers spa, relaxation and spectacular Hawaiian experiences for ages newborn and up.

October 19, 2014

Eating Like a Hard Rock Roxtar

Disclosure: The information, gift card, gift pack and giveaway have been provided to me by Hard Rock International. No celebrity or musician has endorsed the “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star” contest.


Hard Rock Internantional recently introduced the Hard Rock Roxtars - five characters representing Hard Rock's programs catered to kids at Hard Rock Cafes®, Hard Rock Hotels, and Rock Shops® worldwide. 

The Hard Rock Roxtars are each unapologetically original and designed to inspire kids of all ages to rock an inimitable brand of cool, allowing their originality to shine.  Band members include:


o Razzi™, “the motherly type” who is famous for squishy hugs and keyboard skills
o Sir Kingston™, a British-invasion inspired rock-and-roller on lead guitar
o Styler™, a free-spirited and accompanying guitar player
o Buddy Jr™, a wild man who loves nothing more than a good drum solo
o Skiddley™, the lead singer and “Mr. Cool” of the group

Our family went to the Honolulu Hard Rock Cafe where my kids ate like Hard Rock Roxtars.

Upon arrival each of my kids were given a Hard Rock Roxtar sticker, and as they were seated, they were given a themed menu, a cool activity book, and even more stickers!


Their meals arrived in fun guitar-shaped plates.

The menu offerings include such popular items as Chicken Tenders, Cheese Pizza, as well as healthier items, such as Salad with Chicken and Cavatappi Pasta with marinara sauce and served with broccoli.

Don't forget to check your local Hard Rock Cafe to find out when they'll be holding the "Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?"


For one night, during the “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?” Contest, kids eat free* at Hard Rock Cafe with a paying adult. Guests can bring their favorite pint-sized rock star dressed in their best costume to the cafe for a chance to win a Hard Rock Cafe gift card or a 2015 birthday party* for eight of the rock star’s closest band members and entourage, For additional information about the Hard Rock Cafe “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?” Contest, contact your local cafe for contest details (in Honolulu the contest takes place on October 25).

I'm sure it won't be long before my kids are eating like Hard Rock Roxtars again!

Don't forget you can enter my giveaway for a Hard Rock Roxtars prize pack, which includes a $50 gift card to Hard Rock Cafe!

*Restrictions apply

October 16, 2014

Hard Rock Roxtars Prize Pack Giveaway #ThisisHardRock #HRRoxtars

Disclosure: The information, gift card, gift pack and giveaway have been provided to me by Hard Rock International. No celebrity or musician has endorsed the “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star” contest.


Hard Rock Internantional recently introduced the Hard Rock Roxtars - five characters representing Hard Rock's programs catered to kids at Hard Rock Cafes®, Hard Rock Hotels, and Rock Shops® worldwide.

The Hard Rock Roxtars are each unapologetically original and designed to inspire kids of all ages to rock an inimitable brand of cool, allowing their originality to shine.  Band members include:

o Razzi™, “the motherly type” who is famous for squishy hugs and keyboard skills
o Sir Kingston™, a British-invasion inspired rock-and-roller on lead guitar
o Styler™, a free-spirited and accompanying guitar player
o Buddy Jr™, a wild man who loves nothing more than a good drum solo
o Skiddley™, the lead singer and “Mr. Cool” of the group

Hard Rock is giving kids their own opportunities to be rock stars.

Dress Like a Hard Rock Rock Star:
Hard Rock Cafe is hosting “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?”  For one night, during the “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?” Contest, kids eat free* at Hard Rock Cafe with a paying adult. Guests can bring their favorite pint-sized rock star dressed in their best costume to the cafe for a chance to win a Hard Rock Cafe gift card or a 2015 birthday party* for eight of the rock star’s closest band members and entourage,  For additional information about the Hard Rock Cafe “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?” Contest, contact your local cafe for contest details (in Honolulu the contest takes place on October 25).



Eat Like a Hard Rock Roxtar:
Children who dine at Hard Rock Cafes worldwide are greeted with their own Hard Rock Roxtars activity book, themed menus, guitar-shaped plates and photo opportunities

As part of The National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell program in collaboration with Healthy Dining, a mission and online resource that helps parents and children alike select healthy menu options when dining out, Hard Rock Cafes worldwide will offer healthier food options, such as Skiddley’s “Not-so-diddley” chicken breast and “Twisted ‘n tasty” cavatappi pasta

Stay Like a Hard Rock Roxtar:
The brand also has plans to globally expand the program to engage families traveling to select Hard Rock Hotels®, with the Roxity Kids Clubs®.  Children who stay at Hard Rock Hotel locations with their families will receive a special Hard Rock Roxtars Activity Book at check-in and unlimited entertainment at Hard Rock Roxity Kids Club, a family-friendly, music-inspired haven, where kids can rock to their own rhythm, catch a live Hard Rock Roxtars performance or take part in experiential, engaging and music-infused learning activities

*Restrictions may apply

Win: One lucky winner will receive a Hard Rock Roxtars prize pack which includes: a themed guitar-shaped plate, a 6” plush Hard Rock Roxtars character, a Hard Rock adult t-shirt, an activity book, and a $50 Hard Rock gift card!
  • To enter, comment on which Roxtars band member you think your child will like the most.
  • You’ll get one extra entry each if you do any of the following (be sure to leave a comment for each “entry”):
  • 1)Follow me on Bloglovin ("new" and "existing" followers eligible)
  • 2)Subscribe to my feed via RSS or email ("new" and "existing" subscribers eligible)
  • 3)Follow me on Instagram ("new" and "existing" followers eligible; leave your user name in your comment)
  • 4)Follow me on Twitter ("new" and "existing" followers eligible; leave your Twitter name in your comment)
  • 5)Tweet this giveaway--you may tweet once per day based on HST (leave the link in your comment) 
  • 6)Follow Hard Rock on Twitter ("new" and "existing" followers eligible; leave your Twitter name in your comment)
  • The deadline for entries is October 30, 2014  11:59pm HST.
  • NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia, eighteen (18) years of age or older. Void where prohibited by law. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.  
  • If you submitted an eligible entry and it is chosen by random.org as the winner, you will be notified via email on or about October 31, 2014 (make sure your email address is in your profile or comment and be sure to check your junk/spam, etc. folders) and will have 3 days to respond.
  • Valid for US addresses only. 
  • By entering in this giveaway, you have read and agreed to Sage and Savvy’s Terms of Use.
    Good luck!


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October 10, 2014

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Review

About the movie (Rated PG):
Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn't had one. “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” directed by Independent Spirit Award-winner Miguel Arteta (“The Good Girl,” “Cedar Rapids,” “Youth in Revolt”) from a screenplay by Rob Lieber, is a 21 Laps Entertainment/Jim Henson Company production.

The film hits theaters nationwide today.


The first live-action film adaptation of the 1972 children’s classic of the same name (written by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Ray Cruz, and inspired by Viorst’s sons Alexander, Anthony and Nicholas), Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day was an entertaining and touching movie that's perfect for families with older kids.

I was fortunate to attend a screening with my family, where we witnessed all the bad (and funny) things that happened to Alexander and his family members.  Although most of the terrible things that happened were far-fetched, many were actually quite relatable, and all resulted in lots of laughter.

Through it all, Alexander and his family eventually realized that although they were having a horrible day, they could still make the day a good one.

I think Oxenbould did a great job as Alexander - someone who often felt overlooked and unappreciated, and although Carell was restrained compared to other movies I've seen him in, he was still quite funny.

My older kids (ages 7 and 5) enjoyed the movie (their favorite part was when baby Trevor ate something he wasn't supposed to), but my 3-year old was a little antsy for the last 30 minutes.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a fun family film (just 80 minutes long) emphasizing a very important lesson - we all have bad days, but even on bad days we can always find some good, especially when we're surrounded by loved ones.

Thank you to the sponsor for providing complimentary screening tickets.

October 8, 2014

T-Rex Trying and Trying Giveaway



Poor T-Rex.  He can’t play basketball because the hoop is too high.  Jumping rope is such a task; the rope won’t go past his tail!  He can’t even get comfortable; he’s unable to reach the lever to recline the La-Z-Boy. With his tiny arms and robust body, a task as simple as changing a light bulb can be too much.  Despite being the most intimidating creature on the planet, T-Rex Trying proved that the intimidating Lizard King can’t quite manage to live a normal life in the modern world.

In the second book, T-REX TRYING AND TRYING (a Plume original, on sale October 7, 2014; $13), we find that the loveably unlucky Tyrannosaurus Rex family – T-Rex, She-Rex and Wee-Rex – are all tackling everyday dilemmas including:

§  T-Rex Trying to Take a Selfie
§  She-Rex Trying to Put on a Bra
§  We-Rex Trying to Crawl
§  T-Rex Trying to Change a Diaper
§  She-Rex Trying to Painter Her Toenails
…And many more amusements of the prehistoric family’s trials and tribulations!

What started out as an inside joke between creator Hugh Murphy and his brothers ballooned into a blog that has received millions of views and generated two books.  T-REX TRYING AND TRYING features over one-hundred quirky illustrations of hilarious activities the family attempts that we humans take for granted. Readers young and old can’t help but laugh and feel sorry for the adorable T-Rex family. 


Win: One lucky winner will receive a copy of T-Rex Trying and Trying

  • To enter, comment on why you'd like to win.
  • You’ll get one extra entry each if you do any of the following (be sure to leave a comment for each “entry”):
  • 1)Follow me on Bloglovin ("new" and "existing" followers eligible)
  • 2)Subscribe to my feed via RSS or email ("new" and "existing" subscribers eligible)
  • 3)Follow me on Instagram ("new" and "existing" followers eligible; leave your user name in your comment)
  • 4)Follow me on Twitter ("new" and "existing" followers eligible; leave your Twitter name in your comment)
  • 5)Tweet this giveaway--you may tweet once per day based on HST (leave the link in your comment) 
  • The deadline for entries is October 22, 2014 11:59pm HST.
  • NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia, eighteen (18) years of age or older. Void where prohibited by law. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.  
  • If you submitted an eligible entry and it is chosen by random.org as the winner, you will be notified via email on or about October 23, 2014  (make sure your email address is in your profile or comment and  be sure to check your junk/spam, etc. folders) and will have 3 days to respond.
  • Valid for US addresses only. 
  • By entering in this giveaway, you have read and agreed to Sage and Savvy’s Terms of Use.
    Good luck!


Thank you to the sponsor for providing the product for giveaway free of charge. Click here for my disclosure policy.

October 6, 2014

Swagbucks Halloween Sale and $50 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

Disclosure: The below is a sponsored post on behalf of Swagbucks.



Swagbucks, the web’s largest rewards site, would like to scare up some savings for your Halloween shopping needs this
month with up to 14% cash back from some of your favorite retailers 
including Groupon, Target, BuyCostumes.com, Costume Supercenter, Living Social and much more.


For all purchases over $75, Swagbucks Halloween shoppers will also receive an additional $5 gift card to the retailer of their choice (or cash!) direct to their Swagbucks account.



Click here for more details.

If you are not yet a Swagbucks member, you can register by clicking here and take advantage of this year's best Halloween cash-back sales (sale ends October 24!).

Win:  One lucky winner will receive a $50 Visa gift card!


***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***
Congratulations to Jessica B.!

  • To enter, comment on what you or your kids will dress up for Halloween this year AND your Swagbucks username (if you have one).
  • You’ll get one extra entry each if you do any of the following (be sure to leave a comment for each “entry”):
  • 1)Follow me on Bloglovin ("new" and "existing" followers eligible)
  • 2)Subscribe to my feed via RSS or email ("new" and "existing" subscribers eligible)
  • 3)Follow me on Instagram ("new" and "existing" followers eligible; leave your user name in your comment)
  • 4)Follow me on Twitter ("new" and "existing" followers eligible; leave your Twitter name in your comment)
  • 5)Tweet this giveaway--you may tweet once per day based on HST (leave the link in your comment) 
  • The deadline for entries is October 23, 2014 11:59pm HST.
  • NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia, eighteen (18) years of age or older. Void where prohibited by law. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.  
  • If you submitted an eligible entry and it is chosen by random.org as the winner, you will be notified via email on or about October 24, 2014 (make sure your email address is in your profile or comment and  be sure to check your junk/spam, etc. folders) and will have 3 days to respond.
  • Valid for US addresses only. 
  • By entering in this giveaway, you have read and agreed to Sage and Savvy’s Terms of Use.
    Good luck!


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HABA Safari Silicone Cupcake Mold Review

Disclosure: Complimentary product was provided for review purposes.

If you follow my Instagram feed, you know how much I love to bake, so I couldn't wait to try out this very cute Safari Silicone Cupcake Mold (SRP $24.99) from HABA.





I made the Vanilla-Muffin recipe which was in the included recipe book. Although the muffin itself turned out dense, and some of the chocolate broke off when I was taking the muffins out of the mold, overall the muffins turned out tasty, and they looked so cute!


The HABA molds make baking fun for the entire family.  The bright colors and cute shapes make baking even more appealing for little ones.

I personally liked how the molds have handles, making it easy to transport from the counter to the oven, and I loved how easy the molds were to clean compared to other silicone molds I have.



I can't wait to try out more recipes in the molds, such as gelatins, pancakes, and cupcakes!

October 4, 2014

Janie and Jack - 25% Off Friends and Family Discount Code

Disclosure: The below links are affiliate.

This weekend only, Janie and Jack is offering 25% off your entire purchase at Janie and Jack with code JJEXCLUSIVE.

It's a great time to stock up on cute clothing for the holiday parties that are just around the corner!

Don't delay - sale ends Sunday, October 5!

 
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