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Special gifts for your favorite Princess fans with Disney Publishing

Our friends, Jason and Luciana have two adorable little girls, Lana (who just turned 4) and Laura (who just turned 1). We attended their amazing joint Frozen-themed birthday party over the weekend and had such a great time! Here are some Instagram shots I took from the party:

#latergram from this weekend of the fun #frozen #disney themed birthday #party we attended for our friends' kids.

#latergram from this weekend of the fun #frozen #disney themed birthday #party we attended for our friends' kids.

Of course I had to select some special gifts that were perfect for these little princesses!

Perfect Disney Princess Birthday Gifts | BrightAutumnSun.com

Thanks to Disney Publishing Worldwide, I received the following books for review:

At my local Target, I purchased each sister a Disney Princess themed outfit. I found a cool Elsa/Anna shirt for Lana, and a Sofia dress and leggings set for Laura. I also bought Ariel toys at the Disney Store at the Mall. This made our gift complete!

I love giving books as a gift because they are a gift that keeps on giving! Children love hearing a favorite story over and over again. When it comes to favorite Disney characters, the stories can be enjoyed for years to come. These books are classic Disney in both quality and content.

The Purse books are sparkly and include two pages of stickers. The Palace Pets books are touch and feel books so that your child can enjoy the experience of traveling around the palace with each pet. All four of these are so cute because they have handles so your child can carry them along where ever they go. The Read and Sing books are full of six wonderful stories about each princess. They also include 3 digital songs with purchase so that you can read the stories and then sing along with Aurora and Rapunzel.

Minnie and Sofia’s Purse books will be released on October 7th. The Palace Pets books come out on October 21st. The Read and Sing books are currently available!

Disclosure: The books were complimentary from Disney Publishing in exchange for a review. Affiliate links are included. The clothing and toys were purchased by me.


Pure and delicious living with Seminole Pride™ Noble® Juice

Note: This is a compensated post written for Seminole Pride™ Noble® juice. #PureFamilyMoment #ad

As a native Floridian, it’s important to me to support local brands. When I learned about Florida-made Seminole Pride™ Noble® Juice, I was excited to try all of their different varieties. Orange juice is such a staple of Florida life that the orange groves are on our car license plates and mentioned in our State Song! All Floridians grow up feeling pride for our state’s most delicious agricultural product!

Seminole Pride™ Noble® Juice sells three of their different flavors at Publix: 100% Florida Tangerine Juice, 100% Tangerine Clementine Juice, and Blood Orange Juice. I easily found all of the juices at my favorite Publix grocery store at Lakeview Center in Coral Springs, FL, in the refrigerated juice section.

Seminole Pride™ Noble® Juice | Bright Autumn Sun
Seminole Pride™ Noble® Juice | Bright Autumn Sun

I sampled all of the juices and found them to be fantastic. The Blood Orange is a bit tarter than regular OJ, as I expected, but I absolutely loved it! I think it might be my favorite of the three. The Tangerine and the Tangerine Clementine juice were both sweet, fresh, and delicious! The quality of the Noble Juices easily trumps that of many of the other organic juice brands that I have tried. With their long history in the produce business, they know a thing or two by now about making the highest quality juices around!

The Noble brand was started by William G. Roe in 1927. After building their business as a fresh fruit packing house, the Roe Family expanded to tangerine groves and discovered the perfect way to hand-pick each tangerine tree to produce the most amazingly sweet juice. This year, the Noble brand joined in a partnership with Florida’s “First Family,” the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The Seminoles also have a long history of high quality fruit, land preservation, and sustainability. They have several citrus groves here in Florida growing tangerines, oranges, lemons, and more, and now the brand offers over 10 Naturally Pure and Purely Organic juices!

If you want to learn more about the Roe Family, the Seminole Tribe, and the Citrus Industry, you should check out this fantastic video, it is very interesting and informative!

Want to see how truly fresh and pure these juices are? Just check out the nutritional information! They are all natural with no additives.

Several recipe ideas are provided on their web site. I decided to make a recipe based off of the Organic Orange Sweet Chili Chicken Bites, but I modified it by turning it into a salad instead of an appetizer! I used the Blood Orange Juice for this recipe since I just love the flavor so much and thought that the tartness would balance out very well with the chili and honey that are used in the sauce. This recipe only took me about 10 minutes to cook and it turned out incredibly amazing! If you are a fan of Asian food, especially if you like Thai dishes like Nam Sod, you will absolutely LOVE this recipe!

Blood Orange Sweet Chili Chicken made with Noble Juice | Bright Autumn Sun

Blood Orange Sweet Chili Chicken Salad


  • 1 cup sweet red chili sauce
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 ½ cups Seminole Pride™ Noble® Blood Orange Juice
  • 1 lb. ground chicken breast, cooked


  • In a medium bowl combine chili sauce, cilantro, soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, and blood orange juice. Whisk until blended.
  • Add the cooked ground chicken breast to the orange sauce and combined until evenly coated.
  • Cover bowl and place entire mixture in the fridge for 20 minutes to allow the flavors to absorb.
  • Scoop chicken on to salad greens or into lettuce leaves for a delicious salad or lettuce wrap meal!

The result… TOTALLY ADDICTIVE! I couldn’t help myself and had a second serving of chicken and salad, but felt good knowing that this recipe is healthy and fresh and good for my body! Here are a few more delicious photos. Couldn’t resist! :)

Blood Orange Sweet Chili Chicken made with Noble Juice | Bright Autumn Sun
Blood Orange Sweet Chili Chicken made with Noble Juice | Bright Autumn Sun

I was also sent this fabulous t-shirt to show off my love for Seminole Pride™ Noble® Juice! I love the shirt and I truly do love this juice! As a small business owner myself, it always feels great to work with a family-owned company.

Seminole Pride™ Noble® Juice T-shirt | Bright Autumn Sun

Seeing the SEMINOLE PRIDE label on Seminole Pride™ Noble® Juice products is important to me & makes me proud to be a Floridian.  I think it is fantastic that the Roe family is working with the Seminole Tribe to keep up the Seminole tradition of quality produce. This joining of worlds helps to provide jobs to native families and stimulate the economy and the agriculture business here in the State of Florida.

Seminole Pride™ Noble® Juice is having an amazing contest right now. Since family has always been at the core of their values, they have come up with the Pure Family Moment Contest where you can share a photo of you and the ones you love for a chance to win a Tervis Tumbler, or the amazing grand prize of juice for a year! Be sure to head over to Publix as soon as possible to grab a bottle of this delicious juice, and be sure to enter the contest for a chance to win!

Don’t forget to keep up with Seminole Pride Noble Juice via one of their social media platforms:


Back to School Recap

The first three weeks of school are almost over, and my kids are having a great time so far! We have finally figured out a method to the madness when it comes to making a new routine for mornings and afternoons, Zachary is adjusting fabulously to kindergarten and making friends, William absolutely loves his class and teachers, and Adrian and I are enjoying seeing our kids learn and grow.

Since William returned to the same preschool, it was a fairly seamless transition for him. He already knows all of the children in his class, aside from some new additions, and most of the teachers are familiar faces. He never cries when I leave in the morning and is always happy to go to school!

Zachary comes home every day and tells me a funny story that his teacher has told the class or something new that he has learned. His teacher shows educational videos in class that he really loves because he comes home and sings the songs to me. It’s so cute! I love that he has fun in his class and likes his teacher. Every week, they have a different special. So far he’s had Media and Music, and this week was PE. Next week is Art. So far, he’s enjoyed PE the most, though I have a feeling he will like Art class, too. He just loves going on the schoolbus every day and talking to all of the children from different grades who ride the bus with him. I was a little apprehensive about him taking the bus, but it ended up being such a great decision!

Here are some photos from the past few weeks:

#pictapgo_app my little reader. #toddler #preschool #preschooler #books #cuteEnjoying Library Center time. William LOVES to read!

Waiting at the bus stop this morning. I'm so glad that Z enjoys going on the bus to school! Can't believe I have such a big kid in #kindergarten!Waiting at the bus stop

Could this little boy be any cuter? OMG. I can't even! He is so #adorable! #pictapgo_app #baby #kids #toddler #toddlerlife #preschool #preschooler #sunglasses #southfloridaToo cool for school!

#latergram Z's first #kindergarten project for Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Forgot to post before, so cute :)Zachary’s first Kindergarten project – after reading the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!

Zachary's morning bus. You can't see, but he's sitting in the first seat and waving to me! :) #kindergarten #kids #school #schoolbusLeaving on the bus! Zachary likes to sit in the very first seat. :)

William gluing at school. He loves preschool!! #kids #preschool #preschooler #baby #toddler #toddlerlifeGluing a project. Will loves arts & crafts!

Playing in the car while waiting for the bus this morning. Love my boys! #brothers #boymom #kids #preschooler #toddler #toddlerlife #playtimeWaiting in the car for Zachary’s bus and playing together. So cute!

 Hope your first few weeks back have been as fun as ours! What do your kids like the most about school this year?