Sing (and Shop) Your Heart Out with Disney FROZEN and Kohl's! #FrozenFunAtKohls #Sponsored

Shopping for Disney Frozen girls fashions at Kohls #FrozenFunAtKohls
I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Kohl's. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

In past years, I usually start my Holiday shopping by the beginning of summer at the latest.  This year is no different.  Kohl's is your destination for gift shopping for your Disney FROZEN fan!  We stopped into Kohl's because I some some really cute FROZEN graphic tees on the website.  We ended up finding so much more.  In the girl's Disney section alone, there were FROZEN knit tops, skirted leggings, and sleepwear.  We also saw FROZEN headphones, DS games, books, bedding, and tree ornaments.  The gift-giver inside of me nearly exploded.  I got all these ideas about how the tree ornaments would make beautiful gift toppers and how the headphones would be a great item to gift with a CD player and the FROZEN soundtrack for a young music-lover!  Who doesn't love the song 'Let It Go!' after all?  I hear my children singing it while they're busy doing something and can't help but smile.  When I hear them singing 'Let It Go!' (and sometimes 'Do You Wanna Build a Snowman'), I know that they're feeling good, happy, and all is right with the world.


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If you or your child loves to belt out the theme song to Disney FROZEN, here's your chance to be on a national television commercial for Kohl's this Holiday, which will be airing during the 2014 American Music Awards!

What do you have to do to enter?  Submit a video of you and up to 5 other people performing the song 'Let It Go!' to the Frozen Sing Your Heart Out Contest by Monday, September 29th, 2014.  Everyone featured in the top ten videos will win a trip to L.A. for filming and the winning act will appear in the commercial spot during the AMAs!  Don't know all the words?  No worries!  You can find the sing-a-long karaoke video here.  (Remember to read the official contest rules before entering.)


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Kohls Disney Jumping Beans Frozen Elsa Plush Vest and Graphic Tee #FrozenFunAtKohls

Before you film your video, be sure to dress the part!  How cute would all the children look singing in this Disney Jumping Beans FROZEN Elsa Plush Vest layered with an Elsa graphic tee or dressed in FROZEN pjs and night gowns?!  What will your family and friends wear in your video?
Kohls Disney Frozen Girls Pajamas and Activity Book #FrozenFunAtKohls

To see what Kohl's has in store for you in FROZEN fun this fall, visit your local Kohl's department store or shop online at Kohls.com, where you'll find everything FROZEN from bikes to boomboxes!

Life's an Adventure! Share How You #GetGoing for a Chance to Win $1,000! #sponsored #MC

Jif To Go Dippers Photo Competition #GetGoing
I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Jif To Go Dippers. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

For many people, leading an active, super-busy lifestyle is not necessarily a choice.  To me, parenthood offers a new adventure almost daily.  What if you could choose your next adventure?  Where would it take place and would it include your whole family?

If I could choose my next adventure, it would most certainly include my husband and children.  All 3 children have their birthdays in January, so I would surprise them with something fun, like a weekend trip to Hershey Park, the Great Wolf Lodge Waterpark, or another family-friendly destination we've never had the pleasure of visiting.  If I only had an extra $1,000 . . . 

Do you catch yourself thinking that now and then?  I certainly do.  Well, here's your chance to win $1,000 to help fund your next adventure in the Jif To Go Dippers #GetGoing photo competition!  All you need to do is share a photo showing how you #GetGoing by October 1st, 2014 in one of the following places online:  Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or on Jif.com.  You can enter once per week to maximize your chances of winning.  Read the Official Rules for the complete contest details.

Need some photo ideas?  This was my entry into the photo contest!  It seems like I have no choice, but to #GetGoing all day long with our two mischievous rescue puppies around!

How about you?  What things in your life get you going?

Trivia Games for the Whole Family

Trivia games for the whole family
This post was brought to you by KingsIsle Entertainment.

In this day and age of the Internet, it can be difficult to get your kids’ attention when they spend countless hours surfing the net for entertainment. So how do you compete against all the mind-numbing media out there? It may not be as difficult as you think. Children are naturally curious and inquisitive. As a parent, we need to understand that our children need our attention too. When we engage our kids in a family environment, relationships are strengthened as we spend more time with them.

One way we can engage our kids is to participate in playing games with them on a regular basis. Games bring families together as you share friendly disputes and laughter. There are many online games that we can engage our children with, but some of the most entertaining are trivia games that challenge your knowledge. FreeKI Games offers many engaging and entertaining online trivia games that are all family friendly.

Fun Trivia
In this trivia category, you can find over 30 quizzes that range from easy to difficult. The fun trivia category offers games about animals, insects, sports, performing arts and geography.

Fun, fact-based games can have every member of the family competing with one another for knowledge supremacy. For example, identifying the flags of the 50 U.S. states is a colorful challenge.
 
Exploit the generational gap between you and your kids in a pop music trivia game. Decide which artist is the "Prince" of pop or argue when pop music originated. Perhaps a Strange Colors challenge will perplex and entertain the entire family!

Educational Trivia
Get your learn on as your family tackles a wide variety of academic subjects covering science, math, history, and vocabulary. Find out what your children are learning in school and you challenge yourself as well.

Young children have always been fascinated by dinosaurs, and what could be more fun than a round of dinosaur trivia before dinner? Or maybe you'd like to test your middle-schooler's knowledge of American history as they determine the difference between the Stamp Act of 1865 and the Boston Tea Party.

For those of you with older students who may be preparing for the SAT test, taking one of the 9th through 12th grade vocabulary trivia quizzes could be the ticket for consistent practice.

Of course, there are many other types of free games available to play at FreeKI Games and all of them are kid and family friendly. With a few clicks of the mouse, you can spend many fun hours enjoying your child’s company. Who knows, maybe your children will think you are a cool parent because you can play online games too!


Photos from the 2014 King Richard's Faire plus Fun Zazzle #RenFaire T-Shirts! #KRFaire

The Big Cat Show at King Richard's Faire 2014  |  www.3Garnets2Sapphires.com
Thank you to King Richard's Faire for providing Renaissance faire tickets for my family to attend this Massachusetts event and to Zazzle for providing some of the Renaissance faire t-shirts pictured below.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Our 3rd year returning to King Richard's Faire was a memorable one.  There were two things that made it so memorable . . . The first thing was the 90+ degree super-humid weather.  The second was having my sister, brother-in-law, and their 4 year old son with us, who were experiencing the faire for the first time.  We were excited to be able to share some of our favorite performers with them, so that was our focus.  Instead of making it a point to see some new things, we enjoyed our very favorites, some of which were the big cat show and jousting.

Jousting at King Richard's Faire 2014  |  www.3Garnets2Sapphires.com

Of course, no visit to King Richard's Faire would be complete without seeing Jacques Ze Whipper, who has some new whipping songs to share this year!
Jacque ze Whipper at King Richard's Faire 2014  |  www.3Garnets2Sapphires.com

If you've seen photos from our past visits to King Richard's Faire, then you know that our children often dressed in costumes for the occasion.  This year, with some advanced planning in anticipation of the hot weather, we all wore Renaissance faire t-shirts from Zazzle and was that ever the right decision!  We were as comfortable as we possibly could be thanks to wearing t-shirts and I felt so badly for the actors and shopkeepers, many of who were dressed in multiple layers.
Zazzle Renaissance Faire T-Shirts for King Richard's Faire 2014  |  www.3Garnets2Sapphires.com

Even though our children were not dressed in costume, the boys still wanted to bring their swords from the Remembrance Shoppe, so my husband had the idea to add grips to the long swords along with a fresh coat of metallic paint.We also fashioned a holster, one on the back for our younger son and one on the hip for our older son.
Renaissance Faires Rock Zazzle T-Shirt at King Richard's Faire 2014  |  www.3Garnets2Sapphires.com
Renaissance Faires Rock t-shirt from Zazzle
In addition to seeing our favorite shows, our family couldn't wait to revisit some of the games and activities we've enjoyed in the past, such as shooting crossbows.  We also tried some new things, like the Flying Carousel and the Catapult Game.
Shooting Crossbow in Zazzle Knight T-Shirt at King Richard's Faire 2014  |  www.3Garnets2Sapphires.com
Knights of the Realm t-shirt from Zazzle
Another old favorite is the pony rides, or in our daughter's case, unicorn rides.
Unicorn ride in Zazzle Girl Penguin in Renaissance Dress T-Shirt at King Richard's Faire 2014  |  www.3Garnets2Sapphires.com
Girl Penguin in Renaissance Dress t-shirt from Zazzle
As for the famed giant turkey leg, we usually order one for the whole family to share along with chicken fingers, french fries, pizza, and an onion blossom.  By the way, I cannot tell you how many people stopped my husband to compliment him on his t-shirt, even those working at the faire.  And here I was, trying to convince him to choose the Huzzah! t-shirt.
Turkey Legs and Cleavage Zazzle Renaissance Faire T-Shirt at King Richard's Faire 2014  |  www.3Garnets2Sapphires.com
I'm Here for Turkey Legs & Cleavage t-shirt from Zazzle
We always set aside enough time towards the end of the day for souvenir hunting.  We usually tell each child that they can choose one thing (within reason) for their souvenir.  Somehow they always seem to get out of there with more than one thing.  There are just too many cool things in the artisan shops.  One of these years, I'm going to come up with a valid need for a hand carved staff!  Every year, I admire them when I visit the faire . . .
Shopping the Artisan Shops in Medieval Joust Zazzle T-Shirt at King Richard's Faire 2014  |  www.3Garnets2Sapphires.com
Medieval Joust t-shirt from Zazzle
Something else that was memorable about our visit this year was meeting the new Queen.  We will miss the previous queen very much, but were happy to be able to make the acquaintance of the new one.
Meeting the new Queen at King Richard's Faire 2014  |  www.3Garnets2Sapphires.com

A NOTE TO PARENTS:  I want to leave you with one tip for attending the Faire this year . . . if you have younger children, be sure to bring your own drinking straws.  The only beverages that were being served with straws were the slushies.  Imagine our surprise when we asked for a straw to go with our 7 year old son's root beer float and were politely told "no."
Wooden handpainted swords and shields from the Remembrance Shoppe at King Richard's Faire 2014  |  www.3Garnets2Sapphires.com

King Richard's Faire is currently in its 4th weekend of its 8-week season.  Be sure to visit www.KingRichardsFaire.net to see what special events have been planned for the remainder of the 2014 season, which ends on October 19th.



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