It's time for some Valentine's Day sweetness in your kiddos or sweeties lunch. These lunches are so cute that it might even earn you an extra hug or kiss.
I like how this super simple and cute heart sandwich is the fun of a thumbprint cookie in a sandwich. All it takes is a cookie cutter and some fun sprinkles on a standard peanut butter and jelly.
Who doesn't love to receive a love letter? You can make a simple love letter sandwich with only 3 pieces of bread and a rolling pin. For the heart shape "seal" one the letter you can use even a heart sticker if you don't have anything else heart shaped foodwise.
If your Valentine is a little too old for a cutesy heart lunch I really love this monster love themed sandwich. It requires a little more effort but it's SUPER cute
I'm so excited that Blissdom is coming in a few weeks! In case you didn't know I'll be heading to Blissdom at Opryland again this year. Even if you aren't heading to Blissdom you can still give your input on my outfits for this year just skip to the bottom.
Last year I was a Blissdom newbie and had no idea what to bring or wear. WHAT DO I WEAR TO BLISSDOM?! I didn't want to be over-dresssed or under-dressed. Was I was gonna be too hot, or too cold? What should I bring?! So this year I decided to use everyone's favorite new sites Pinterest and Polyvore and come up with some cute outfits out of what clothing that I already own. I realized that this was also a fun way to keep a visual packing list of what I'm bringing and make sure that I don't forget anything. But I could also help out some other Blissdom newbies or anyone else needing some outfit help this year.
So what are some of my tips on what to wear to Blissdom?
Basics- Basics like tee shirts, tanks and long sleeve tops are great especially since most likely you will be layering your outfit.
Layers- Don't you hat how it can seem like it's cold in a room one second then two seconds later the room becomes full of people and you're dying from heat exhaustion. So layers will save the day! Plus cardigan layers make it easy to bring a few basic items and add versatility to any outfit.
Jeans or leggings- Think comfy but they also can be dressed up easily. Almost everyone there wears jeans or leggings. (See Dressy Casual Outfit if you need help deciding what wash of jeans to bring)
Comfy shoes- While I enjoy wearing heels, I'm a bit of a baby and can't stand to wear heels for more than a few hours. But with all the walking that you have to do around Opryland you will quickly realize that heels are better being held in your hands than on your feet (true story). Plus this is not the best time to try new shoes. I made that mistake last year. I bought a new pair of shoes and after about 15 mins my feet we killing me and I realized what a terrible idea brand new shoes at Blissdom can be - terrible!
Accessories- They are the perfect way to dress up any outfit. You can use a scarf to keep warm or add some pop to your outfit. A fun accessory can always add to any outfit and can make classic style clothing look stylish. Think earrings, necklaces, bracelets and other fun accessories! Plus most of us secretly want to be the person that everyone else wants to steal their wardrobe because they look so put together and accessorized.
Dressy Casual Outfit- This is for the Thursday Night Official Kick-Off Reception. Most ladies are wearing dark wash jeans, leggings, sweater dresses, dressy tops. Think of what you might wear for a dressy Girls Night Out back at home. Plus wearing something cute but a little more comfortable will be easier for if you end up going to the Subagatory screening party after so that you don't have to run back to your room to change. (Side note-I really Subagatory and am kinda excited about the screening!!)
That cute dress you never wear- We all have that dress that we wore one time to a wedding or only on date night and wish that we had more chances to wear it. Blissdom's Friday Girls Night Out is the PERFECT chance to wear that dress!
Pajamas- On Saturday Night there is a Girls Night In "Hang" where you can be lazy and just lounge around in your PJs with all the new friends that you've made at Blissdom. So don't bring those pajama pants that you wouldn't be caught dead in.. ok? You can even wear your comfy lounge pants or sweatpants, just remember that there will be hundreds of other people there so just keep that in mind.
You Can Help Me!
Now all that being said. I would love your help picking out my outfits for Blissdom or even getting your opinion on them. Besides helping me out I hope that it gives you a better idea of some possible outfits that you can bring for yourself even. Everyone loves to have visuals to help out, especially when picking out what to wear. I have several Daywear and Evening Outfits on my Blissdom Outfit Pinboard. And it's just a few simple steps to help out:
2. "Like" up to 3 Day wear outfits and 1 Evening outfit that you like. Feel free to leave any comments too.
I'm so excited to get some outside opinions and help packing my bag this year! So go have fun and you might even find an outfit or two that you like for your own closet!
Where did January go? I can't believe how fast it's went and that it's almost Valentines Day already! So I've been thinking about what I could create for my sweeties. Then it hit me- who doesn't love a homemade coupon book?! I bet even my little boys will love to receive one. I remember making one for my hubby Mark when we were dating... I think I still have it somewhere in the basement. But I remember how excited he was to get it and how much fun it was too see him smile as he read each coupon.
So to our faithful friend Pinterest I went and wandered around and found a really cute one on Mommy by day..Crafter by night's blog. She has a SUPER cute printable that you can even customize with your own coupons plus you can make one for every sweetheart in your life whether big or small. PLUS it's so tiny it's only 1x2 inches! How fun would be fun to hide it in a lunchbox, jacket pocket or even car cupholder?!
Be sure to head to Mommy by day.. Crafter by night and get her free printable. Or you can even follow my on Pinterest and see what other fun and crafty things I find. Don't have an invite? Let me know and I'll send you one. Do you have a great inexpensive Valentine's Day gift that you love? Please feel free to share it with us!
From now until February 5 be sure to head to Young's Jersey Dairy for a chance to Moo your way to free food!
Only the best Moos will be rewarded!
At the Golden Jersey Inn: A Moo of excellent nature will get you a free one dip sundae or any Mini Dessert with your meal!
At The Dairy Store: A superb Moo at The Dairy Store will get you an extra dip of any flavor of Young's Homemade Ice Cream on your ice cream treat!
They won’t accept just any MOO. Their staff will be the judge. They’re not looking for loudness, but listening for creativity, tonal ability, and heartfelt MOOs.
Limit one MOO per person per day. Not valid with any other offer.
Here's a question we received from a reader.
I'm looking for free or deeply discounted teacher appreciation ideas. Thoughts??
There seem to be several occasions throughout the year that can call for a teachers gift: first day of school, Christmas, Valentines Day, last day of school. So, here are a few of my favorite ideas..
Water bottle and single serve drink packets (be sure to check out the original post for printables)
Cup and Starbursts (be sure to check out the original post for printables)
Water bottle and single serve drinks (be sure to check out the original post for printables)
Gift Card Ideas
Be sure to check out my board on Pinterest for several more ideas.
ele Cake Co is celebrating 15 years! Today Wednesday, January 25 from 5:30-7:30pm they are having a celebration and all are invited. There will be free birthday cake, tasty treats, face painting, balloons, animals and more! Please note that this is only at their West Carrollton location.
I am bummed because we already have plans tonight.. otherwise I'd be there!
PLUS if you love ele Cake Co too, be sure to sign up for their birthday club- you will get a coupon for a free cupcake on your birthday. Yay!
UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to our winners.
YOU CAN VIEW OUR LIST OF GIVEAWAY WINNERS HERE.
Now you probably don't know this about me but, I'm not the biggest fan of exercise. It isn't that I don't see the value of exercise or that I don't enjoy the results of the work and effort that you put in.. it's just that I am not good at taking the time to do it. But this year things are a little different. See I turned 30 (shhh) last year and it's our 10 year wedding anniversary this September. So between my age catching up with me and the fact that my sweetie is taking me to a tropical beach for our anniversary I've come to grips that I PROBABLY should try and make a little effort this year.
Well, thanks to Purex and Jockey I recently received a bottle of the new Purex Crystals Tropical Splash Fabric Softener and a new Sports Bra from Jockey! I have never tried the Crystals fabric softener before and the thrifty part of me was thrilled to get a new sports bra too. Since I workout so little I had no idea about how to or how not to wash special moisture wicking fabrics correctly. Did you know that liquid fabric softeners contain softing oils, which prevent moisture wicking fabrics from working. Purex Crystals is an innovative freshening product that doesn't use oil for softening.
1- Insert dirty laundry
2- Add detergent to appropriate detergent place
3- Shake capful of Purex Crystals fabric softener on top of laundry
4- Wash and dry clothes
5- Smell awesome with no damage to your moisture wicking fabrics!
And my Jockey sports bra? It was really comfortable to wear and I felt like it provided very good support. I've never owned a sports bra this nice and I really liked it's great features like a Moisture-wicking fabric that helps keep you cool and dry, key pocket, breathable mesh panels and a soft elastic band for support.
So my review? Purex Crystals are a perfect fabric softener option for your workout clothes and especially for your towels (come on.. who doesn't love fresh smelling towels?!). The Jockey Sports Bra is super comfortable and breathable. You can even get one for yourself with this sweet 20% off code!
Now would you like a chance to win this awesome Jockey Sports Bra and a bottle of Purex Crystals? Or maybe you are critical about my review and want to try them for yourself... whatever your reason might be Deals For Dayton is giving away a Purex/Jockey prize pack to one lucky reader! This prize pack includes (1) Jockey Tech Terry Performance Sports Bra in your choice of size and (1) full-sized bottle of Purex Tropical Splash Crystals.
Main entry: What do use to wash your workout clothes? (Be sure to leave your comment on this post so that it gets counted)
This contest ends Monday, January 30, at midnight EST. We will use Random.org to pick our winner.
Disclosure: Jockey and Purex provided free samples of their products so I could review them. But this post and opinions are my own and not paid for or influenced by the item provided.
Kids Eat FREE Every Tuesday Night at Bob Evans with an adult entree purchase. Valid for children 12 and under.
Family Night takes place weekly from 4PM to close. Let them help you bring the whole family together this winter for a good meal and activities! Also be sure to visit them on Facebook to download your Sweet Treat Club Card to earn FREE cookies & an Ice Cream Sundae for your kids!
Want more deals like this? Be sure to check out our great list of KIDS EAT FREE for daily deals.
If the public schools are closed for a snow day bring your kids into O'Charley's for a FREE kids meal with every adult entree purchased. So when there's snow.. don't worry.. because there might be free food in your future!
Here's the fine print: Available in participating restaurants in Ohio. Offer valid in restaurant location of the local school system only. Free kids meal is valid for children ages 10 and under. Available in restaurant only.
On Tuesday December 6, my fabulous co-host Kate and I got to spend a few hours enjoying some holiday party fun with some of the amazing moms! Mom's deserve a night out just having fun and we all enjoyed several hours at Villas at the Pointe Clubhouse doing just that! This event we tried to mix things up a bit and asked all our attendees to look at the world around them and try to find ways to perform Random Acts of Kindness to those around. We wanted everyone to have fun, but also think about how they could share a little bit kindness to others. There was even a giveaway that we had for everyone that posted a RAOK on our Facebook page that they did before the event.
We are so thankful for our great sponsors that helped us pull off our AMAZING night. Life Stages Centers, Pine Brothers and Pedi-Derm were really the real reason that our event was even possible. Life Stages Centers truly cares about helping women in every stage of life. They offer a wide range of services that focus on women and their needs from OB/GYN care to heart health. They desire to focus on a strong person-to-person contact between patient and provider, and we all want to feel comfortable when we visit the doctor no matter the reason. Pine Brothers cares about helping "make people happy" (no..really.. it says that WORD for WORD on their site! So cool!) and no one is very happy with a sore throat. So, Pine Brothers came in with a softish throat drop to help soothe throats with a unique product. Last but not least, Pedi-Derm knows how a diaper rash is NO fun for a parent of the child so they created a product to help heal the broken skin that is a part of diaper rash. Plus everyone knows that when baby isn't happy..no one is, so when they have a diaper rash you want it to heal up as quickly as possible. So thanks to these great sponsors that care about families we were able to enjoy a great night of relaxing.
There were lots of fun things going on including our photo booth with Braun Photography, Shellac manicures, Satin Hands treatments, delicious food, giveaways and more. Last but not least, everyone got to take home a swag bag literally stuffed full of swag!! Thanks to all our great giveaway, food and swag sponsors. We are so thankful to have such generous sponsors at Ultimate Mom's Night Out our evening could not have happened without them.
- Mary Kay by Patti Hollender
- Lia Sophia
- Veggie Tales
- The Organized Parent
- Buttercream Lane
- Biltmore Inspirations
- Smash Burger
- Five Rivers Metro Parks
- Beaute Box
- Jenna Claire
- Keller Bodies
- Braun Photography
- Columbus Science Center -COSI
- Teething Bling
It was so great meeting so many of our readers. We always love to meet you all! Please be sure to follow Ultimate Mom's Night Out on Facebook to be kept up to date on all the fun! Plus you can check out all the photo booth fun and lots of other great pictures from Ultimate Mom's Night Out. And while you are there please be sure to follow Deals For Dayton and my fabulous co-host Savvy Little Women.
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