Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Favorites

Housewife Glamour

This week's favorite....

Organic Pineapple - this is so good. I've had it twice this week. And they are only $2.99 each!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds- These are so addicting. My girls were carving pumpkins so I decided to roast their seeds instead of throwing it away. Check my Recipe.

Ben & Jerry's S'mores!!!

FlipBelt - This thing is amazing! I ran with my iPhone, eyeglasses, and a car key and this stayed put. It did not bounce or sag. It did not feel heavy. I will be posting my review soon. (was given for review purpose)

How to Make Pumpkin Puree #Recipe

Making pumpkin puree is really easy. You don't need anything but a pumpkin. You can make a huge batch and freeze it so you can use it later for muffins, pancakes or pie. You can even add it to your smoothies.

1. Rinse and clean your pumpkin. Cut off the top then cut it in half. Scoop out the inside. But don't throw the seeds away. Here's a recipe for Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

2. Place it upside down on a baking sheet. I added foil for easy cleanup.

3. Place it in a 400 F oven for 35-40 minutes or until the skin is soft.

5. Peel off the skin.

6. You can blend it, put in a food processor or use a  potato masher. It's up to you. I just used a FORK! I placed it in a bowl and mashed it.

You can either freeze it or put in the fridge. It should be good for 5 to 7 days in the fridge.

Thursday, October 23, 2014


Giant Family Expo Kicks Off 7th Year of National Tour
  • Phoenix, AZ: Feb. 27 - March 1 (University of Phoenix Stadium)
  • St. Louis, MO:  March 20-22 (America's Center)  
  • Nashville, TN:  April 17 - 19 (Music City Center)
  • Austin, TX: Sept. 4 - 6 (Austin Convention Center)

The LEGO KidsFest is a traveling LEGOextravaganza featuring millions of LEGO bricks and dozens of hands-on educational and fun building activities for all ages. It features dozens of life-sized LEGO models and displays, LEGO brand building areas, the Big Brick Pile, race ramps and more, all covering three acres of space. 
Five identical sessions are available.  Tickets are $22.50 and $19.50 for children under 12. For more information and to purchase tickets, log on to

The LEGO® KidsFest kicks off its seventh year on the road with new tour stops in St. Louis and Nashville and a return to some popular markets.
The 2015 tour stops include Phoenix, AZ (Feb. 27 – March 1), St. Louis, MO (March 20 – 22), Nashville, TN (April 17 – 19) and Austin, TX (Sept. 4 – 6).
In its seventh year of touring, LEGO KidsFest is visiting a few less markets this year to focus on its new LEGO Creativity Tour.

“With the pilot of the LEGO Creativity Tour in Biloxi, Mississippi in December, we expect to be sharing some news about new tour dates early next year,” said Vince Rubino, Events Manager for LEGO Systems, Inc.
“Right now through year’s end, our focus is on testing new concepts and continuing to deliver an amazing and fun-filled LEGO experience for families around the country.”

Covering more than three acres of space, the LEGO KidsFest extravaganza brings all of the hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experience together in an activity-filled event for all ages and builders of all skills.
Five sessions — all identical and 4½ half hours in length — are held at each tour stop.

LEGO KidsFest tickets can be purchased at
On tour since 2009, previous LEGO KidsFest tour stops have included major cities such as Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Atlanta, San Jose, Cleveland, Richmond, Phoenix, Portland and more.  Tickets generally sell out and attendance averages 27,000-30,000 visitors at each venue. 

Some of the activities at the shows include:
    •          LEGO Model Gallery: dozens of life-sized models made entirely from LEGO bricks
    •          LEGO Master Builders: live demonstrations and activities from the crew who get paid to play
    •          Race Ramps: build a custom car, then race it down the ramp against friends and family 
    •          LEGO Fusion: test out a new, fun and creative way of combining real LEGO brick building with a smartphone or tablet.
    •          LEGO Chima: choose a tribe and test battling skills with the whole family
    •          LEGO Star Wars: build and display a Star Wars model
    •          LEGO Disney™ Princess: create a princess scene to add to a LEGO story book
    •          LEGO Super Heroes: build a badge and pose with a bigger than life Spiderman model
    •          LEGO DUPLO®: younger visitors can explore imagination through building
    •          LEGO Retail:purchase LEGO merchandise and official KidsFest tour goods
    •          LEGO Friends: build for the five empowered friends from Heartlake City
    •          LEGO Ninjago: spin the way to being a Spinjitzu member
    •          LEGO Mindstorms: build and program robots and snakes
    •          LEGO City: using the imagination to create buildings and vehicles to the urban diorama
    •          LEGO Technic: get hands-on with the cool, realistic vehicles at the booth
    •          Creation Nation: build your own creation to add to a custom map of the U.S.
    •          Brick Pile: a gigantic pile full of LEGO bricks for creative play and enjoyment
    •       Monochromatic Builds: bricks of a single color foster group creativity

 Based on sell-out attendance in previous markets, advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged. Tickets for all 2015 tour stops are on sale 

Disclosure: Information was provided to me. I was not compensated to share this information.

Petz Beach Review

Petz Beach is a virtual pet game for the nintendo 3DS. From the digital company Ubisoft, this video game franchise has sold over 23 million units worldwide and is back and more interactive than ever. The game starts the player in a village where you adopt a dog to take care of and teach tricks. Along the way you complete quests which will provide you with credits to purchase more skills for your pet to learn such as finding seashells, sniffing out mushrooms, etc. Or items such as hats and collars to fully customize your pet. 

Speaking of pets, there are other animals aside from canines as there are more than 50 different types of them in the game from cats, to dolphins and whales. The environment in the game changes as the season transitions from one to another, for non stop adventure all year long. Starting out in a small village by the beach, the game expands as players explore the town and meet new neighbors with their pets, helping new friends will expand the village as the game progresses.

Watching my daughter Olivia play the game (as well as trying it out for myself), I love the little snippets of information regarding different animals, insects and plants that pop up while playing. Through its partnership with Encyclopaedia Britannica, Petz Beach incorporates those little pieces of info as kids care for their pets and complete missions.

For those that are not beach types, there is also Petz Countryside (comes out same day as the Petz Beach) that has the same variety of animals and adventures, the game expandability, and the ability to connect with friends, albeit with a more country, barnyard feel. Both games are available online at

Now excuse me while I feed my all black, german shepherd, Wolfie some of that organic puppy chow that he likes so much. 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Chuggington: Snow Rescue on DVD 12/9!

On December 9th Chuggington: Snow Rescue is traveling home to DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment and Ludorum! Just in time for the holidays! This all new winter collection is a must-have for your little conductor this holiday season!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Monsters University Invites You to PARTY CENTRAL

Join a monster of a party with the Disney Movies Anywhere premiere of PARTY CENTRAL.  The Disney•Pixar short is now available to view for free for the first time, and reunites everyone’s favorite monsters, Mike and Sulley, for another hilarious adventure.  Download the Disney Movies Anywhere app for iPhone or iPad to watch Party Central now, for a limited time!

Featuring Billy Crystal as Mike, John Goodman as Sulley and directed by Pixar's Kelsey Mann, Party Central features Mike and Sulley's return to Monsters University for a fun-filled weekend with their Oozma Kappa fraternity brothers. The gang is throwing their first party, but no one’s showing up. Luckily for them, Mike and Sulley have come with a plan to make sure “Party Central” is the most epic party the school has ever seen.

Go to Disney Movies Anywhere to find out more about collecting, watching, and taking your favorite Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies anywhere you go! Visit or download the app at

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: My little dancer