It seems as though the Fall/Winter weather has finally set in around here with the first snowflakes of the season touching ground this morning. In spite of that, I ‘m going to think warm thoughts and share a pic of an event I attended back in August at Artifact Boutique…
Artifact is a women’s clothing boutique in West Chester, PA which has the latest fashions all for under $60. See that cute chevron dress? Yep, got it there and although it’s a bit too cold to wear now they have plenty of gorgeous items for this season as well. Here’s some of my current favorites from their online store.
And that’s just a glimpse of all the fashionable yet affordable clothing that they have to offer! Not only can you get cute clothes like the dress I’m wearing in the pic but this Wednesday you can also get a tan to go along with it. That’s right, Artifact is partnering with Arabella Sunless, a local sunless tanning company, for a night of discounted shopping and sunless tans.
From 4 – 8 pm at Artifact we’ll be offering 20% off the ENTIRE STORE! After you finish shopping, you can get your glow on in their private tanning office. Tans will be offered at a discounted rate – under $35.
All the details…
Artifact and Arabella Sunless Fall Dazzle Event
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
200 W Gay Street, West Chester, PA
So, can you guess where I’ll be Wednesday night? Hope to see YOU there! You can RSVP to the event HERE.
Take a minute to check out their website and leave me a comment with your favorite product… I’d love to see what you findRead More
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I am being compensated with products from FlossAndBrush.com for my participation in the #FABsmile campaign. However, all views and opinions expressed on this blog are my own.
With summer here and the kids at home pretty much EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. my life has been filled 24/7 with doing things that keep them all busy, happy, and healthy. It’s exhausting, but I’m sure most moms would agree, there’s not much that comes close to the joy and satisfaction of being able to put a smile on your child’s face. It’s what helps keep a smile on my face as well.
Just look at these faces, that’s enough to make you smile, right?
Recently, I was invited by the Mom it Forward network to participate in a campaign to make caring for these beautiful smiles easier with the help of FlossAndBrush.com. Did you know that the American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three months? FlossAndBrush.com makes it easy to always have new toothbrushes every three months by shipping you fresh, quality toothbrushes and floss to your home- one for each family member. How super convenient is that?!? You all know how much I love EASY and it just doesn’t get any easier than this. Best part is, you get this for just $1.00 per month, per person in your family.
FlossAndBrush.com was kind enough to let my family and I try this out for review. The brushes that arrived were brand name and they were a nice soft bristle. There were a variety of sizes to fit every family member. The head on my brush was a little smaller than I’m used to but it ended up doing the job just fine allowing me to fit in those back areas that are usually harder to access. Overall, I think it’s a great concept and I hope it will help keep my family on track for better oral hygiene.
FAB have also generously provided a prize package giveaway for one lucky Any Given Day Inspiration reader as well. The giveaway is valued at $107 and includes the following:
1 Free Annual FAB Membership (every three months, a new toothbrush and 3 month supply of floss will arrive at the winner’s doorstep)
1 Free Annual FAB + White4Life Memberships (this includes not only a toothbrush and floss every three months but each shipment will also include FAB’s professional grade whitening to be used in custom whitening trays** trays NOT included**)
For your chance to win all you have to do is:
~visit FAB’s Pinterest page and repin an image from one of the “Smile Boards” including the hashtag #FABsmile
~Pin your own image to Pinterest of something that makes you smile along with #FABsmile
~Post a photo to Instagram and include the #FABsmile
Then… come back here and share your links in the “comments” section in order for a chance to win.
This Giveaway will run through Monday, August 5th. I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, August 6th. Until then, keep on smiling
Recently, the kids and I were invited to Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ with a group of bloggers for a complimentary early morning visit featuring Mighty Mike. Nope, get your mind out of the gutter, not that Mike… MIGHTY Mike, as in, America’s BIGGEST alligator ambassador. Weighing in at about 800 pounds and measuring almost 14 feet, this guy is a site to behold.
Can you imagine what the person who discovered him thought?!?
The kids had fun “measuring up” to Mighty Mike.
And were treated to a personal photo op with him!
In addition to getting to meet Mike, we were also able to explore the other exhibits offered at the aquarium. There is so much to see at this place and plenty of opportunities for hands-on experiences. We were able to touch sharks, stingrays AND starfish just to name some of the fun.
All this exploring and “doing” leads to my favorite part of the whole place… the spot in front of the giant aquarium where you can just relax and watch the fish swim by.
I could seriously sit here all day…
That reminds me… another nice thing about Adventure Aquarium is the fact that there is plenty of space to spread out and places to sit.
There are also some really nice touches like hand washing stations and even a room for nursing mothers.
To be honest, my family has been to the aquarium in the past but not recently, at least not in the last seven years or so. It’s one of those places I mentally checked off as “done” in my book of things to do. This visit has me convinced that I was so wrong in thinking that way. There is just so much to take in and they seem to be constantly updating and expanding exhibits. It was also really fun to see the kids explore things at a more mature level.
In fact, they were the ones who gave me a mini-lesson on symbiotic relationships when I remarked about this fish we observed swimming right above a stingray. We will definitely not wait seven years to return this time!
If you haven’t been to Adventure Aquarium, I highly recommend you check it out! And even if you have, make sure you don’t wait too long to return. Just to make things a little easier, Adventure Aquarium has a four pack of tickets for one lucky blog reader. Want a chance to win? Here it is…
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Oh and just so Dennis didn’t feel totally left out of the adventure we brought home a Mighty Mike tattoo for him and then proceeded to have some fun with it. Yeah, we’re pretty silly…
Disclosure: I received a complimentary product for the purposes of this giveaway however thoughts and opinions expressed are completely my own. No monetary compensation was provided for this post.
Summer is officially here and with it comes the yearly challenge of making sure the kids have something to do. Although I have my crew signed up for a couple of weeks of camp there’s still the dilemma of what to do with them all the other days that they’ll be home. Ideally, I try to find inexpensive or free activities to entertain them. In the past, we’ve done activities at places such as the library, mall and movie theater. It’s amazing what resources are out there once you start to look.
Imagine how excited I was when I was at A.C. Moore for a Girls Night Out and found out about their Summer Fun Wednesday Make & Takes. Every Wednesday, starting June 26th, you can stop by A.C. Moore from 1-3 for a FREE in-store craft activity-just another excuse for me to spend more time at one of my favorite stores!
A.C. Moore is kicking off their Summer Fun Wednesdays with a focus on an all-time summer favorite- lemonade stands. But not just any lemonade stand, Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Alex’s Lemonade Stand is a foundation whose focus is:
I was even MORE excited when I found out I was going to get a chance to share a preview of the first project with all of you here on my blog. It’s a fun one, let me tell you.
This Wednesday, June 26th, shoppers can purchase a $1 tote bag which kids can then decorate using Simply Spray® to create a special citrus design for free while learning more about holding their own lemonade stands in support of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and pediatric cancer research. All monies raised through the sale directly benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.
Here’s a peak at the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Simply Spray Citrus-Y Tote that will be featured at A.C. Moore this Wedneday…
All three kids LOVED getting to work with the Simply Spray®. It was like handing them a little can of spray paint and seriously, who doesn’t like spray paint?!? Best part is, if you take them to the Make & Take, you don’t have to gather any supplies or clean up afterwards… summer fun doesn’t get much easier than this and all while supporting a wonderful cause, Alex’s Lemonade Stand!
Mark your calendars for these upcoming Summer Fun Wednesdays which run through August 14th:
June 26- Simply Spray® Canvas Bag project
July 3- Orb Factory Sticky Mosaics® Bling Stickers
July 10- Crayola® Model Magic Owls
July 17- Schur-Tech Duck Tape Duckling™ Frames
July 24- Karmin International™ Design a Puzzle
July 31- Melissa & Doug Scratch Art® Tube
August 7- Fashion Angels® Tapeffiti™
August 14- Polyform® Eraser Clay Sweet Treats
You can find more Alex’s Lemonade Stand themed projects over at the A.C. Moore blog by clicking here.
I hope you’ll check out this awesome program A.C. Moore is offering this summer. Make sure you leave a comment and let me know if you plan on going so I can keep an eye out for you when I’m there!
**This is a sponsored post written on behalf of A.C. Moore for which I was sent product and information to share and was compensated for my time to write this post. All opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.
Once upon a time, there was a kind and beautiful princess who lived in a humble castle with four dwarfs and a hard working prince. Her days consisted mostly of cleaning and caring for others while trying to tell her own story to
thousandsmillions on her blog. But what she really dreamed of doing, was to one day join the likes of fellow princess bloggers to learn and be inspired by the people behind the most magical kingdom on earth. The Twitter fairy allowed her to make this one wish by filling out a form to express interest in the event. As luck would have it, her wish was granted and she was invited to the ball. Now this ball was not the Grand Ball at the Magic Kingdom but rather a smaller ball that takes place throughout the land, On The Road. Regardless, it was an event to be cherished and she was grateful for the opportunity.
This may sound like a fairy tale to you but it’s actually my dream come true. Recently, I had the opportunity to experience Disney On the Road, a Disney Social Media Moms event in Washington, D.C. and what an experience it was! If you happen to know me personally or have read any of my Disney posts such as Cabins to Club Level or Tips for Planning Your Disney World Vacation I’m sure you know I’m a Disney fan. In fact, for as long as I can remember I have always admired the Disney brand, especially Disney World. The way they manage to stay classic while continually bringing new and enhanced experiences to their guests is quite impressive. So, any opportunity to absorb some of their “magic” is a welcome one in my book.
It was only just over a month ago when I first heard of this event. As I was
stalking following all the buzz on Twitter for Disney Social Media Moms Conference in Disney World , I came across a link that told about the On The Road event and offered a form to express interest. Not too long after I got the invitation in my email.
What to expect? I had no idea. What I got out of it? Let me tell you about it…
Maria Bailey, host of Mom Talk Radio, set the tone for the day when she stated that “Mom owned businesses are something we need to be focussed on.” This is one woman who clearly understands the power and challenges that go along with being a mother while running a business and I was eager to soak in all the knowledge possible. Overall, I think she shared just as many tips for handling the business side of life as she did for handling the parenting side of life. It was turning out to be a good morning, indeed.
There were several other wonderful speakers at the event as well. Gary Buchanan (@Gary_Jerry), Disney’s Social Media Managing Editor, helped to start things off by giving us a rundown of what’s new and happening in the Disney Parks this summer. Disneyland is celebrating the new Carsland and Disney World is gearing up for a Monstrous Summer which was kicked off with an “All Nighter” where guests could spend the whole day and night celebrating in the Magic Kingdom. If they were selling vacation packages right there I may have just handed over my credit card. Lucky for me (and my husband) they weren’t, since we just visited in January, but it does have me looking forward to our return trip.
The keynote speaker for this event was Jennifer Labit founder of Cotton Babies, a cloth diaper company. She started out by telling us her company’s humble beginnings of basing her business out of her home and eventually moving into a large warehouse space. Also impressive was how she realized the unique needs of different marketing segments and met that need by offering diapering systems for every budget. One of the things I loved most about hearing Jennifer speak was how authentic and down to earth she was, giving solid advice that even if you already knew, it was good to hear again. She spoke about writing down the things that are important to you “in a pretty notebook”(definitely my kind of girl), understanding what it means to get what you want and knowing your exit plan. The most memorable part for me was when she pointed out that you cannot get answers to questions you don’t know to ask and because of this encourages going back to school. Going back to school has always been a little whisper in my ear and I definitely welcomed hearing it spoken out loud.
We also got to hear from Michelle Stephanie, a contributor to Disney Parks blog ,who gave us some great information on interacting with the media as well as a panel of Momtrepreneurs who shared some of their wisdom and best practices with us.
I think that too many times, as mothers, we get caught up in the either / or scenario… either I can be a great mom or a great business person but not both. I know, I for one have been guilty of this for far too long. Putting off having a career until you can give it your everything. Truth is I will probably NEVER want to give my career everything. It’s just not who I am or who I want to be. For now my kids are and will be my number one priority. After that, if I’m lucky I’ll have some awesome grandkids to dote on and love. In between, I’m sure my husband wouldn’t mind a little extra attention. Long story short, I will work to live, not live to work. I loved meeting and hearing from these fellow moms who seemed to have similar attitudes but are making it work in spite of the challenges. This day surely left me feeling refreshed, reinvented and connected to some incredible moms.
As the clock struck twelve, the princess hurried off to begin her long journey home. It was a morning filled with information, inspiration, and of course imagination… dreaming of the one day she will be invited to the Grand Ball. Until then, she will return to her castle where she will live Any Given Day, happily ever after.