Monday, August 17, 2015

And the Winner is....

Samantha!!!

Samantha said...
We love toy story! So definitely seeing woody and buzz!


If you didnt win, tickets are available at www.DisneyOnIce.com or www.ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, by calling 800-745-3000, or at the Amway Center box office (phone for information only: 407-440-7900). For group ticket sales and information, call 866-248-8740. I still have a great offer for you, save $5 off per ticket with code MOM5. Not valid on VIP or Rink Side seating. Hurry for the best available seats! Code expires September 3, 2015



I am a Feld Entertainment Blogger Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and other exclusive opportunities.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Where do I begin?

Well it's been a long time, but the need to write has been creeping back in. My life has changed so much in the last 18 months, I have no idea where to start....
I posted a while ago about losing weight; at that point I had lost 65lbs. It seemed like a huge amount of weight, little did I know I was only just getting started. As of today I have lost 180lbs. I went from a size 26 to a size 6.
Before
Now

It's taken a lot of work to get here. I'll go into to more detail in how I did it in future posts.

Also...I'm getting divorced. It's a long and crappy story and again this post is just an update, that deserves it's own post.

The kids are adjusting okay, but its harder than I anticipated. Life hasn't been easy lately, but I feel like this journey will take us to a better place.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic Giveaway!


The celebration of the century comes alive in Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt. This monumental ice skating spectacular is coming to the Amway Center in Orlando from September 4-6, 2015 for six performances. Tickets are now on sale.
Audiences will be a part of the magic of Disney as Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse leads a parade of more than 50 beloved characters starring Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and featuring an ensemble of Disney Princesses including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Snow White and Tiana. The wintry wonderland of Disney’s Frozen also comes to life with Anna, Elsa, and the hilarious Olaf, as they discover that true love is the greatest magic of all. Exciting moments from Disney•Pixar’s Finding Nemo, Disney’s Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast will leave the whole family with memories to last a lifetime.
The legacy of Disney is displayed through 14 classic and modern stories in this epic production that features an international team of award-winning figure skaters, high-energy choreography and a breathtaking set. With over 30 melodious masterpieces such as “Let It Go!,” “You’ve Got A Friend in Me” and “Hakuna Matata,” Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic is the ultimate Disney fan experience. Visit Disney on Ice for more information.

Here is the good news, thanks to Feld Entertainment I am able to offer one of my readers 4 free tickets to the Friday, Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m. or Saturday, Sept. 5 at 11 a.m show! All you have to do it comment below on which part of the show you are looking forward to most before 8/15 at 11:59.

Tickets are available at www.DisneyOnIce.com or www.ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, by calling 800-745-3000, or at the Amway Center box office (phone for information only: 407-440-7900). For group ticket sales and information, call 866-248-8740. If you don't win, I still have a great offer for you, save $5 off per ticket with code MOM5. Not valid on VIP or Rink Side seating. Hurry for the best available seats! Code expires September 3, 2015.



I am a Feld Entertainment Blogger Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and other exclusive opportunities.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Win a $50 gift certificate to Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores


Spring is officially here! I’m ready to freshen up my wardrobe, and my family’s too, for seasonal holidays, beach outings and other warmer weather activities. And, I’m always looking for great deals to stretch my budget. That’s why I plan to head to Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores, where shopping is hassle-free and you can find factory-direct premium quality merchandise at savings up to 75% off (and sometimes more). Plus, there’s easy store front parking, so getting in and out quickly is a breeze! Join in on the fun at the mall’s upcoming awesome sidewalk sale on April 10th-12th. One of my favorite aspects of these outlets is the store front parking!

Here’s your chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the mall, where you can select merchandise at over 50 spacious outlet shops and get great deals at the area’s only Old Navy outlet store, plus other well-known outlets including U.S. Polo Assn., Lindt Chocolate, Nike, OshKosh B’Gosh, Tommy Hilfiger Stores, G by GUESS, Justice, Carter’s, Crocs, Calvin Klein, Levi’s®, Aeropostale, Converse, Famous Footwear Outlet, Fossil, Gap, Rack Room Shoes, and many more.

Just leave me a comment with your favorite store at the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores! Contest ends 4/1 at 11:59. Winner will be picked at random.

Even if you don’t win, you can get in on the savings by downloading a coupon from the Center’s website, then bringing it to Travelpro at the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores to receive a coupon booklet valued up to $400 in savings. Many stores offer additional savings from 20-40% off to “Friends & Family.” Savvy discount shoppers can learn about these discounts, as well as specific stores and their hours by following the center on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, as well as visiting www.lbvfs.com. Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores is located just one mile from Walt Disney World at
15657 S. Apopka Vineland Road (State Road 535), Orlando, FL 32821-6316, and two miles south of I-4, Exit 68. Stores are open Monday-Saturday, 10am-9pm, and 10am-7pm on Sunday.

Happy shopping!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Enter to Win a $50 Gift Card to the Lake Buena Vista Outlets!

It’s almost August, and you know what that means: school bells will be ringing soon, and so will cash registers during back to school shopping. The Florida Sales Tax Holiday is August 1-3, so plan now to take advantage of that. I’ll be looking for deals throughout the month.

That’s why I plan to head to Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores, where shopping is hassle-free and you can find factory-direct premium quality merchandise at savings up to 75% off (and sometimes more). Plus, there’s easy store front parking.

Here’s your chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the mall, where you can select merchandise at over 50 spacious outlet shops and get great deals at the area’s only Old Navy outlet store, newcomer U.S. Polo Assn., newly renovated Nike, OshKosh B’Gosh and Tommy Hilfiger Stores, plus other well-known outlets including G by GUESS, Justice, Carter’s, Crocs, Calvin Klein, Levi’s®, Aeropostale, Converse, Famous Footwear Outlet, Fossil, Gap, Izod, Rack Room Shoes, and many more. Don’t forget to stop by and treat yourself at Lindt Chocolate, too!


Just comment below with the store you are most likely to shop in to enter to win! Contest ends 7/25 at 10pm. This offer is only valid for one winner, one time, through 2014. No duplicate entries at multiple blogger websites, please.


Even if you don’t win, you can get in on the savings by downloading a coupon from the Center’s website, then bringing it to Travelpro at the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores to receive a coupon booklet valued up to $400 in savings. Many stores offer additional savings from 20-40% off to “Friends & Family.” Savvy discount shoppers can learn about these discounts, as well as specific stores and their hours by following the center on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, as well as visiting www.lbvfs.com. Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores is located just one mile from Walt Disney World at 15657 S. Apopka Vineland Road (State Road 535), Orlando, FL 32821-6316, and two miles south of I-4, Exit 68. Stores are open Monday-Saturday, 10am-9pm, and 10am-7pm on Sunday.

Friday, July 11, 2014

A new me

I haven't blogged much this year because I have been busy recreating myself. I seem to have my anxiety beat back enough that I could finally see myself clearly for the first time in a long time. I realized that a major part of my mental health being so bad, was that my physical health was out of control.
So I decided it was time to make some changes. I started walking in January, but kind of lost steam, like I usually do when it comes to these things. But I had an ah HA! Life changing moment at the end of February, my kids had a fundraising week all related to physical fitness. The staff of their school is very fit and my kids came home raving about how awesome crossfit was and how much they wanted to do it. On the final day they had a fun run, I watched the teacher that did the crossfit class with the kids run lap after lap, laughing and never tiring. I knew this was the last year I was going to stand on the sidelines tired and sore from just watching.
After that day I decided to switch to a paleo diet and start walking in earnest. The weight started coming off and it was a little easier to move. By the beginning of April I was down 25lbs and decided to give a boot camp class a try. I thought I was going to die, but I was hooked!
Flash forward to today. I am down about 65lbs and still eating very clean. I do boot camp 3 days a week and jog at least 2 more. I am going to try my first cross fit class soon!
I still have a ways to go, but I am a lot better off now than I was before.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Sweet Potato Pie! This is the best!!!


I combined about six recipes to get this one, but hot damn is it good!

Sweet Potato Pie.

yield 2 pies

2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust
4 cups ROASTED and mashed sweet potatoes (about 3-4 lbs)
4 tablespoons butter, softened
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Mix together mashed sweet potatoes, butter, and eggs. In a separate bowl, mix together sugar, flour, and salt. Mix in spices. Add to sweet potato mixture and stir well. (I just dumped into my beloved Kitchen Aid Mixer)

3. Mix together buttermilk and baking soda. Add to sweet potato mixture and stir. Mix in vanilla extract. Pour filling into pie shells.

4. Bake in preheated oven for 70 minutes, until set in center.

Tips: I normally cover the edges of my pies with foil to prevent burning, but the pie got stuck to it and didnt look so pretty at the end. If you do that take the foil off before the half way mark.

I have peeled, cubed, and boiled the sweet potatoes, then mashed or baked them til soft. I prefer the roasted version since they have a better flavor.