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It’s an EPIC Giveaway!

By on May 30, 2013
I seriously can’t wait to take Ace to his first movie. It was something my sister, Mom and I used to always do together in the summer. As I got older my Dad and I became movie buddies so it has always been something I loved doing. Ace isn’t quite there yet but whenever I see an awesome movie that comes out for kids I want to just see if I can make it through it with him, ha!
Right now Epic is out in theaters (May 24) and now you can get some awesome prizes right here!

Epic and McDonalds have teamed up to offer 6 new Happy Meal toys!
Check out the awesome giveaway below!
Two (2) winners will receive:
      All 6 Epic toys featured in the McDonald’s Happy Meals
      PLUS 3 $5 Arch cards (gift card for Happy Meals)
Get your Happy Meal of Epic proportions from McDonald’s TODAY! 
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Turns out the everyday is not so ordinary, all it takes is a sense of adventure and curiosity for fun. The Leafmen are bringing their fantastic world to life at McDonald’s in a Happy Meal that’s action packed and full of outdoor exploration! It may be a little world, but there’s big adventure in store. So come to McDonald’s to join the Leafmen and explore the everyday! Epic toys are in Happy Meals until June 13.
EPIC is in theaters now! 
EPIC has it all – Samurai-like action and warriors, incredible aerial battles, laugh out loud humor and an adventure that will transport you to a hidden, rich and beautiful world, unlike any you’ve seen before.

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The 3D CG adventure comedy is now in theaters everywhere! From the creators of ICE AGE and RIO, EPIC tells the story of an ongoing battle between the forces of good, who keep the natural world alive, and the forces of evil, who wish to destroy it. When a teenage girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she teams up with an elite band of warriors and a crew of comical, larger-than-life figures, to save their world…and ours.
EPIC features an incredible cast including: BEYONCÉ KNOWLES, COLIN FARRELL AMANDA SEYFRIED, AZIZ ANSARI, PITBULL, STEVEN TYLER, JOSH HUTCHERSON, CHRIS O’DOWD, CHRISTOPH WALTZ and JASON SUDEIKIS.



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 photo 390958_10101834468078111_938072002_n_zps3d2fe56c.jpgIf you follow me on Facebook then you probably know Branden’s step father, Herman passed away. We are so heartbroken to have lost such an incredible man.

Herman was the type of man who loved to tell us stories about when he was younger and traveling. He also loved to work out in their cabin and built my mother-in-law the most beautiful room in it. It has this adorable shabby chic feel and when I saw it I was so amazed at his talent.

We have been so blessed to have been able to spend Ace’s first Thanksgiving with them, last Christmas and countless other times through our family trips. We really cherished our time with them and I especially cherish the last time we saw them in December. It was right after my parents had passed and it just meant so much to me that they had driven down here from TN to be with us during an extremely difficult time. It was also the last time my son would get to see his other grandfather.

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I think that is what makes me the most upset about these losses. The loss is huge for our family but the kids are the ones who truly miss out. Ace being less than 2 has lost 3 grandparents within 6 months. How unfair is that? He lost 3 people that had so much to teach him, share with him and they all had so much love for him.

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One of my most favorite memories of Herman was when we went to TN for Ace’s first Thanksgiving. We went up to a cabin in the mountains and spent the day in Gatlinburg. On our drive back up the mountain I may have been slightly freaked out and Herman and I were in the back with Ace. He always had a smile on his face and he seriously could put anyone at ease with his sweet voice. He had his hand on Ace’s carseat and was playing with his hand and Ace just grabbed his hand and held on tight. I took a picture because it was just one of those moments you have to capture.

Cherish those you love because what we have learned is it changes in an instant and they can be gone like that.

Rest in Peace sweet Herman, we will miss you so much.


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Blogging | Citrus Lane | FREEBIES

4 Tips on How to Get Free Citrus Lane Boxes!

By on May 28, 2013

You asked and here is how you too can get FREE Citrus Lane boxes each month.
I am not getting paid for this story, this has been my experience and it has worked for me. The only way I am “compensated” for this is through a referral link which I talk about below.
Here is my story…
I found out about Citrus Lane on another bloggers page. I thought it was a cute idea but wasn’t sure I wanted to pay $25 a month for a surprise package. What if Ace didn’t like the items?
After a couple of months I found a discount code and decided to try it out. After signing up I saw that you can refer friends and when you do so you get $10 and so do they! Can’t beat that.
I began posting pictures and reviews of my Citrus Lane boxes on my blog. Sometimes I would forget but whenever I did post about it I would always offer my referral link to those who wanted to sign up.
As I continued to do this I noticed a big inflow of referrals. I also announced coupon codes whenever Citrus Lane announced them and again referred people via my referral link to the site.
I have never paid full price for one of my Citrus Lane boxes and have only paid a small portion for 2 boxes. I now have a good amount of credits towards future boxes and I try to be very honest on here or my Facebook page when I review the boxes.
Last month was not my favorite month but this month I love the box. This has happened before, some months aren’t great and other months totally make up for the not so great one. The best part is I don’t have to pay for these boxes so it’s not like I am losing anything.
How can you get free Citrus Lane boxes? Here are my tips!

1. Subscribe! Every month Citrus Lane offers a discount code. The most popular is TAKEHALF. This code lets you get a box for half off and even if the box isn’t that spectacular the price really is worth it and you will probably have a few items you really like, if not you can always give the items to a friend, donate or offer them as a giveaway if you are a blogger.

2. Tell your friends. If you have a Facebook, Twitter or Instagram make sure to take a picture of your box or little one playing with the items from the box and link to the site with your referral link. I have had friends say “I am totally going to order that” and I say awesome please use my link so we can both get a discount. Everyone benefits!

3. Share Savings. Every month Citrus Lane has a coupon code for their boxes and I usually get emails or see these savings on their Facebook page. Every time I see them I try to share these savings codes because I know I wasn’t ready to take such a big leap on something I wasn’t too sure about unless I was getting a discount. This may be the way to get your friends and family members to order their first box!

4. Blog about it! The blogging world has been pretty awesome to me. I have been able to get many items for free just from telling people what I like. Citrus Lane has been one of my most favorite things to talk about when it comes to fun gifts for my son. Each month it is something different and it’s fun to get a “present” in the mail. Even if you don’t like something tell people about it, they may see an item that you don’t like but they may love it or the idea of the monthly surprise box and want to get it. Just make sure to be honest.


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The other night I was online and saw someone asking for help for her friend’s 10 year old daughter who had about two weeks to live. My heart instantly sank and I read that her friend’s daughter was suffering from Cystic Fibrosis and due to a late diagnosis and lack of available lung donations for children under 12 she was in a desperate state. This little girl, Sarah, has been on the transplant list for 18 months and because she is 2 years under the age to receive an older donors lung she has such a small chance at actually receiving the lung she so desperately needs!
SIGN HERE
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I beg of you! This takes 1 minute of your time and could save not only this little girl’s life but the lives of other children who can benefit from this. I keep thinking what if this were my child? I would want the word to be spread and for everyone to help make a difference so my child had a chance at life. This little girl has 3 siblings and two incredible parents, this will not only affect this little girl’s life but the lives of her family and friends.
Please help this innocent child get a lung transplant! Sign now!

For more information visit the petition page or read below.

According to Change.orgBased on a 2000 ruling by the US Department of Health and Human 
Services, which mandated that organ allocation policies must be based on medical necessity rather than waiting time, OPTN implemented a new allocation system based on the severity of a patient’s illness (the Lung Allocation Score, or LAS), rather than the amount of time served on the wait list in 2005. This reduced the number of deaths among patients awaiting lung transplant, ensured lungs were allocated to those with less stable diagnoses, and dramatically reduced the average wait time from over two years, and reduced the wait list by half. This new approach only applied to patients over the age of 12.
This approach was not extended to children. Despite the fact that many pediatric patients can use a partial lobar transplant from an adult donor, these young patients are only offered adult donor lungs after all adult patients, regardless of the severity of the child’s illness. While Sarah has an LAS score over 60, which would normally place her as the highest priority for her blood type in region, all adults in region with her blood type will be offered the lungs first, even those with more stable diagnoses and lower LAS scores. Sarah will only be offered adult lungs if no adult candidates accept the organ.

This little girl does not deserve to die because she is below this age range. Please help her family get the signatures they need to get this little girl a chance at life. 


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Beaching it up + Giveaway time!

By on May 24, 2013
Hat: Target
When people use the term “It’s no day at the beach” they always mean it to say a day at the beach is relaxing and easy. Have a toddler and a day at the beach isn’t quite so easy anymore.
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The hard part comes when you have to pack a beach bag for that little person who needs their own suitcase just to go to the beach. Diapers, bathing suit, change of clothes, snacks, sippies, snacks, toys, towels, lots of sunscreen are just some of the things we have to pack for this guy. Add in our stuff and Mommy needs a big bag and I just got that dream bag!

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There is nothing like having a fun, cute and monogrammed beach tote to carry along to the beach. This Thirty-One bag holds everything and I do mean everything. The Easy Breezy Tote has a zipper pocket inside to hold small items that would otherwise get lost on the bottom like my keys and cash. The wide and long inside makes it easy to pack all your beach must haves and then some. For a Mom this bag is a staple for the summer time.
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I am really loving not only the space and style of this bag but also the monogram that adds that special little something.

Want to win your own Easy Breezy Tote? Well, look no further! Enter below for your chance to win this great summer tote!

**My beach bag is from Thirty-One in Island Damask print. If you don’t already have a Thirty One consultant, Lauren will be happy to get you all ready for summer! Visit her website (here) and click on “Shop Now”.

Perfectly Imperfect Mom SPECIAL
Perfectly Imperfect Mom readers will receive 10% off your order of $50 or more! Please note, Lauren will adjust your totals to show the discount AFTER you place your online order. She will then email you with the correct total reflecting the discount. Your CC will be charged the discounted price.

Here is the link for Perfectly Imperfect Mom’s online party and “10% off $50 or more” discount. The party (and discount) will run from May 21st to May 31st.

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In addition to the 10% off your order of $50 dollars special all your readers, friends, and family can also take advantage of Thirty-One’s monthly customer special. May’s customer special is for every $31 you spend in May, get ANY Thermal for 1/2 off. 


Above is the Cinch-It-Up Thermal Tote (original price $24.00), located in the Monthly Specials Section or Thermal section on the side bar. This one is my favorite thermal. It also comes in the same Island Damask print as my Easy Breezy Tote and is super cute and girly. Best part? It is hands free, just throw this over your shoulder and grab your Easy Breezy Tote and you are set for an awesome beach day! It hot items hot and cool items cold. Better than the ugly coolers my husband tries to bring with us to the beach. 

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Bye Molly girl

By on May 23, 2013
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Tuesday was such a rough day for me. We finally had to make the difficult decision to give Molly away. She bit Ace once before and did it again yesterday. I don’t blame her. She was abused prior to my parents getting her and was the perfect dog for them. When my Mom was dying my Dad told me she made him feel better, she would lay next to him or on his shoulder and keep him company.
When my Dad passed I knew I had to take Molly. I couldn’t abandon her. We had always taken her when my parents went out of town and I was at my parents a lot so I adored her and so did Branden. Ace also loved her.
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Things were fine at the old house, she never really got upset with Ace, would just run away if she had had enough of him. For some reason since we moved she has been acting out, peeing on the couches and in the house and getting more frustrated with Ace. He is not innocent in this, he tried to hit her and she snapped at him but I pulled him away in time for her to miss him.

Later that night he walked up behind her to pet her and she freaked out and bit him. It broke my heart to see him so upset and hurt. He loves this dog, he doesn’t hit the dogs to be mean, he thinks he is “patting” then like we do but of course Molly freaks out thinking she is going to be hurt.

I called my sister crying, I had been so emotional over her lately and knew we just couldn’t keep her. I can not risk my child getting bit again. The first time I wasn’t there but Branden was so I didn’t even know what happened and chalked it up to her just not meaning to or something since she had never tried to bite him before but obviously she is now on guard with him. My sister said she would come get her and take her, we both cried feeling upset at the thought of possibly having to give her away. Ash said she would take her and see how it goes with her dogs (her dog Jasmine is not a fan of Molly). We also had a family friend, who worked for my Dad who offered to take her as well as my sister’s fiance’s Mom.

 photo 396207_10100719949841591_221386353_n_zps6b9c1f7f.jpgI feel so guilty moving her around like this. She has been in a shelter, foster home, my parents home, our old house, our new house, my sister’s house (which is actually my parents house) and if someone else ends up taking her then another house. I seriously break down thinking about it. She is  good dog overall but not meant to be in a home with a toddler.

Since she left it has been easier in the house, I don’t have to worry about our couches or floor getting peed on (she never did this prior to our new house) and I know she is where she is familiar with the home and people. I still feel awful though. This dog was so attached to my Dad and he was so attached to her. She was like the last thing I had of him that was alive if that makes sense. I hope she can be settled and ok with either my sister, our friend or my sister’s mother in law and be ok and happy. I have never given a dog away and never intended to. I have never understood how people could but now when you have a child and they are your main priority it makes sense but it is not any less difficult.

Have you ever had to give away an animal?


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Home Decor

Playroom Update

By on May 22, 2013
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If you follow me on Facebook then you probably already saw this picture. Since moving into our new house we have been trying to decide on paint colors and decor. It’s been tough since we went from a one story house to a two story home with very high ceilings. We love the space and look of our new house but it has been a challenge. The main challenge is our playroom which took the place of a formal living room.

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This room has the highest ceilings and attaches to the dining room. We bought these curtains which gave us a basis for colors. I loved the idea of blue and reds together for the playroom. It is kid and adult friendly.

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I love the playroom above. It is my inspiration for Ace’s playroom. I love, love, love the red frame with the fabric pieces inside it. 


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Football recipes | Party | Recipe | Super Bowl Recipes

Easy Salsa Taco Dip

By on May 17, 2013
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When my sister had her house warming party I offered to make my Mom’s Salsa Taco Dip. It is pretty much the easiest thing you can make ever and it is delicious!

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Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 16 oz jar mild salsa
  • 1/2 packet taco seasoning
  • 2 cups iceberg lettuce, shredded fine
  • 1 large tomatoes, seeds removed and diced
  • 1 cup shredded mexican mix cheese
  •  sliced black olives
Make It
  • Mix together cream cheese, sour cream, salsa and taco seasoning together in a bowl.
  • Next cover bottom of a glass container with the mix
  • Layer lettuce on top of mix 
  • Top lettuce with tomatoes
  • Load up on the shredded cheese
  • Add black olives to top and done! 
What is your go to dish you bring to a party?


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Summer Travel:Visiting Liverpool with Children: Satisfying Little Minds

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It’s not always easy to keep little ones busy and amused; especially when you’re visiting a big city where there’s so much going on that not all of it will be based around them. With the summer holidays just around the corner, trying to keep schedules busy to avoid boredom is inevitable and, with a  trip to Liverpool, you can guarantee plenty of itinerary fillers to ensure inquisitive minds are satisfied. 
As part of your visit to the city, you’ll undoubtedly want to explore its culture rich side and so you should! There’s so much to see that helps to contextualise the city’s importance in various aspects of history. From maritime to sport and music, Liverpool has played a huge part in much of it – it’s no wonder the city was named Capital of Culture in 2008! 
Of course, visiting with children and sightseeing doesn’t always go hand in hand, which is why a good balance is needed to ensure kids are happy too. There’s nothing worse than having squabbling children dragging their feet behind you so making sure you incorporate some child-friendly activities into your visit to Merseyside will help to keep every member of your family happy. 
Yellow Duckmarine 
What better way to explore the city and see the sights than on board the  Yellow Duckmarine? This superb amphibious vehicle helps you to tour the city on land and by water and offers a superb, and unique, way to appreciate the beauty and heritage of the waterfront. 
Adults are priced at £11.95 and children cost £8.95 (off peak), or you could save money by purchasing a family ticket for £36. Babies can ride free of charge, but for safety reasons, only two can travel per boat, so make sure you inform the operators of any babes beforehand. 
Underwater Street 
As part of your visit to Pier Head, spend some quality hours as a family at this funky interactive discovery centre. While the Pier Head may be home to the second site for The Beatles Story, perfect for the grownups, little ones will love a visit to  Underwater Street. 
From crafts and construction areas to sensory and physical zones, the various areas of this attraction will appeal to everyone who fancies a bit of good old fashioned fun, in favour of technical wizardry and technological gadgets. 
Spaceport 
Hop across the river to the Wirral and you will find Spaceport, an attraction that takes you on a journey through space and time with the help of several themed galleries, as well as a planetarium show voiced by none other than Harry Potter legend, Rupert Grint. 
Until the 1st September, you will also find the new Time Travellers Exhibition, which includes realistic replicas of Cybermen, Sontaran and Daleks from the hit TV show, Doctor Who. 
These are just three of the multitude of options available for a trip to Liverpool with kids. Combine any of these with a visit to Knowsley Safari Park, Splashworld and of course, the Tate Liverpool, and you can guarantee a fun-filled, diverse stay in this maritime city. 
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