Have Fun Everyone At Type-A Mom Conference

A lot of my bloggy buddies are heading off to a conference in Asheville, NC called Type-A Mom Conference. I write on occasion for Type-A Mom’s website as you can sign up to be a writer and earn some revenue off of ad space. I used to be the editor for Blended Families, however, my information is there still but I am no longer the editor. Blended Families is a hard topic to write consistent articles on.

Type-A Mom is a great place to interact and meet other Mom and Dad bloggers. I heard that last year this was a very fun and supportive conference. I am sad that once again I don’t get to go but I wish all my friends much fun there and I can’t wait to read about all your fun, learning experiences and more!

Have fun, be safe and think of me while you are out there networking with bloggy dudes and chics!

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Smucker’s Uncrustables Brand Deliciousness

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I am not joking when I use the word deliciousness, my children have always loved when I pick up a box of Smucker’s Uncrustables at the local grocery store when we go shopping. My children love the grape and peanut butter Uncrustables the best and I love that they are fast and easy to get the kids to sit down to lunch.

When I found out that Smucker’s now has Snack’n Waffles I was excited to want to test them out. With syrup baked right into the Snack’n Waffles you can’t go wrong. Less messy than traditional waffles and syrup with my children and quick and easy for this Mama who is always running around doing something.

As a long time purchaser of Smucker’s Uncrustables I certainly have to recommend them as a quick and delicious lunch for your munchkins. My children beg me to buy Uncrustables every time we pass them in the freezer aisle at the grocery store.

You can visit the Uncrustables website and enter your after-school organizational tip to get a coupon for a 4 pack of Uncrustables sandwiches.

Are you familiar with the Smucker’s Uncrustables brand? Do your children like them?

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Smucker’s and received products necessary to facilitate my candid review. In addition, I received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

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Disney Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue

Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue is now out on Blu-ray and DVD from Disney.  My family was so excited to receive an advance copy of Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue in the Blu-Ray, DVD combo. I thought the best way to introduce you to this movie would be to first share all of the characters, and for those who didn’t know … Tinker Bell now has her own Star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame yesterday, September 21, 2010. Congrats Tink, with a history going all the way back to the 1950′s you certainly deserve it! Check out the video on DisneyMovies YouTube Channel.

TinkerBellStarWalkoffameLet’s Meet the Characters of Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue

TINKER BELL – A Tinker Fairy: Tink is feisty…yet charming and loveable. Armed with a positive attitude and a talent for tinkering, Tink’s curiosity towards human’s lands her into hot water during a summer trip to the mainland.

VIDIA – A Fast-Flying Fairy: The fastest of the fast-flying fairies, Vidia often clashes with Tink because of Tink’s impetuous , rule-bending exploits. When Vidia’s attempt to teach Tinker Bell a lesson backfires, she rallies her fellow fairies and risks everything to rescue Tink!

TERENCE – A Pixie Dust Fairy: To ensure a successful summer, Tink’s good friend spends the season delivering pixie dust to fairy camps throughout the mainland.

FAWN – An Animal Fairy: Always up for adventure, Fawn is a rough-and-tumble fairy who bravely takes part in Tink’s rescue, teaming up with Rosetta to tame Lizzy’s menacing cat.

CLANK & BOBBLE – Tinker Fairies
: These goofy, gregarious best pals are almost never apart, but are quick to lend a hand when Tinker Bell needs help!

ROSETTA – A Garden Fairy: Brimming with confidence and grace, Ro has a quick wit and a ton of charms. Fiercely loyal to Tink, she is also the first to admit that Tink has a knack for finding trouble.

LIZZY: A spirited nine-year-old, Lizzy loves the countryside, as well as dolls, tea parties, and most importantly fairies. Her greatest wish is to find and befriend a fairy — a wish that could miraculously come true.

SILVERMIST – A Water Fairy: A spirited nine-year-old, Lizzy loves the countryside, as well as dolls, tea parties, and most importantly fairies. Her greatest wish is to find and befriend a fairy — a wish that could miraculously come true.

DR. GRIFFITHS: A dedicated scientist who works a bit too much, Dr. Griffiths learns a valuable lesson from his daughter Lizzy with a little help from her new friends.

IRIDESSA – A Light Fairy
: A detail-oriented perfectionist and chronic worrier, Iridess’a goal in life is to keep things running smoothly and avoid trouble. However, when the fairy rescue team runs into trouble, Iridessa boldly saves the day.

About Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue

What did my family think of Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue?

My daughter about fell over she was so excited to see we had this on DVD/Blu-Ray combo! One day after school we all sat down together and watched Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue. I was able to actually sit through the whole movie because not only was my daughter completely excited but my four year old son was so interested in Tinker Bell and all the fairies that he just stared in awe through the entire movie! Thanks Disney for making a movie all three of my children, two boys and one girl, could enjoy together with me as a family!

We loved it and we recommend you hop on over to purchase this for a holiday gift or family treat soon!

Disclosure: My family received a free copy of the product discussed above from Click Communications. All opinions are based on that of my own.

Meatballs, the new Appetizer?

I was able to recently review a cookbook featuring Casa Di Bertacchi Meatballs, however, these meatballs are only available at Sam’s which is not a place I have ever shopped and the closest one is too far away for me to travel since receiving the cookbook. I have had many car troubles. *sigh*

I wonder if you all have tried Casa Di Bertacchi Meatballs? They sound like they would make a great appetizer and so I would love to feature a recipe that everyone should try to make with our without your children.  As a Mom who is trying out new recipes and cooking with my children more I hope you all enjoy this ….

The recipe book is called 1010 Things to Do With Meatballs and this is my favorite recipe thus far for a meatball appetizer dish.

Meatball Sliders

Ingredients:

1/2 medium onion, finely chopped

2 Tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoons mince garlic

1 can (28 ounces)  crushed tomatoes

1/2 teaspoon sugar

2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

3/4 teaspoon salt

20 frozen, fully cooked Casa Di Bertacchi Meatballs, thawed

20 (2 inch) soft buns or rolls

Time to make the appetizer:

In a 4 quart pan, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic and saute 1 minute more. Stir in tomatoes, sugar and seasoning. Simmer 10-15 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Add meatballs to the sauce. Cover the pan and continue to cook over medium heat 10-15 minutes more, stirring occasionally, until meatballs are heated through. Place a meatball and 1 teaspoon sauce in the middle of each split roll. Secure each meatball to the bun with a toothpick. Serve immediately. Makes 20 appetizers.

Note: any leftover sauce can be used for dipping bread sticks or serving over hot cooked pasta later.

Purchase 101 Things to Do With Meatballs on Kindle

Disclosure: This blog post was sponsored by Csaa Di Bertacchi Meatballs as a new appetizer idea for your family. All opinions are that of my own.

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Let’s See Them Get Out of This

regalo easy step extra tall walk thru gateYes, see that image above? That is what is called an extra tall baby gate that I purchased with my Amazon Gift Codes, it was cheap only about $67 to get it delivered and well with Amazon Gift Codes it was no cost out of my pocket so worth a try. Let’s back this story up a bit, a week or so ago my two year old learned how to get out of his crib, prior to that my four year old was getting out of his bed mid night and climbing in our bed. Mind you the four year old was very quiet about it because I would wake up to him in the bed but not be woken up when he attempted to climb into our bed. Basically the boy is lucky because I would have walked him back to his bed if we woke me up.

The two year old also learned how to shimmy up the current hinged like a door baby gate we have. It’s about 26″ tall and not sure how tall he is but that doesn’t matter, it is the style of baby gate that sucks. The kid is a monkey or something, he can climb anything … he puts his little toddler toes right into that gate and climbs up with all his might, then gracefully plops over the gate onto the floor standing on his two feet. The kids is a genius!

Hubby and I were talking about what we can do to keep the boys in their bedroom because after all it is not safe to have a four and two year old wandering the house by themselves, really! Especially our sons, they are curious little boys! Usually my sons will wake us up but not always and that is dangerous. We have no clue what time they actually wake up from their slumber. I have set my alarm for as early as 5am and had them not be awake, then tried 6 or so and they would be awake. It’s never the same time and since I work nights as well as the hubby we like to sleep until at least 6 or 7am if possible.

So I am going to have this baby gate set up by the hubs and we hope that these boys will not get out of this one! Do you have little climbers in your home? Have you found a baby gate that they can’t climb or get through? I am really hoping this Regalo Easy Step Extra Tall Walk Thru Gate is our answer to the problem at hand!

And if you need an extra tall baby gate, check this out on Amazon:

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