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Ultimate Mom’s Night Out by Mom, Baby & Beyond – Giveaway!

Hey South Florida moms! I have to tell you about this fantastic event from Mom, Baby, and Beyond – the Ultimate Mom’s Night Out, which is happening on Tuesday, September 23 at the Heron Bay Marriott in Coral Springs! This event is chock-full of fantastic vendors, free swag, guest speakers, and LOTS more!

Ultimate Mom

The event partners for this fantastic evening include Belly Love Spa, Whole Foods Coral Springs, and pre/post natal fitness expert Sara Haley who was named one of the 50 hottest trainers of 2014 featured in Shape Magazine! 100% of the proceeds from the raffle and a portion of ticket sales will go to benefit Turtle Power for James Edwards, supporting the recovery of two-year-old baby James from a near-drowning accident in Coral Springs.

Visit the Mom, Baby and Beyond website and “like” their Facebook page for more information. Click here to register for the event and purchase tickets!

You can also enter below to win a pair of general admission tickets to The Ultimate Mom’s Night Out!

  • 1 winner will receive a $25 gift card for Whole Foods Market Coral Springs
  • 1 winner will receive a manicure and pedicure at Belly Love Spa
  • 1 winner will receive a Sweat Unlimited DVD from Sara Haley Fitness

The contest ends 7/31 at midnight.

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10 years!

I probably should have posted this a few days ago, but what can I say, we have been very busy!  Last week, we visited Tennessee (and my mother & father-in-law) with the kids for Independence Day Weekend! We had such a great time there. We saw lots of wildlife, spent some quality time together, and celebrated our 10th anniversary with fireworks on July 4th!

I’ll be putting together a larger post with photos from our travels, but for now I just want to share some pretty pictures from the night of our 10th anniversary. We had a lot of fun!

Happy 10th Anniversary to me & @explorerziem!! #love

Great view from my inlaws house! #july4th #tennesee #kingsporttn #summer #sunset #beautiful

My MIL's #fireworks!! #july4th #summer #fun #tennesee

#fireworks #fun #july4th #summer #tennesee

#fireworks #july4th #tennesee #summer #fun

#fun #fireworks #tennesee #july4th

#fun #summer #july4th #tennesee #fireworks


Showing love & encouragement with special cards for kids

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser.

My son Zachary has had a very busy and accomplished summer so far. Not only did he graduate from Pre-Kindergarten at the beginning of June, he also just started taking Martial Arts (Jeet Kune Do) and earned his white belt in his first group class. We are so proud of him and his successes.  When I leaned about this #CollectiveBias #KidsCards shop to promote Walmart’s selection of Hallmark Kids Poster Cards, a new product, I immediately wanted to take part so that I could promote one of my favorite brands while doing something fun for my son. Buying one of Hallmark’s new kids cards is a great idea to show some extra special love, recognition, & encouragement for all of the awesome things that Zachary has been doing!

Zachary started his first martial arts class today and earned his white belt! We are sooooo proud of him! Photo by Daddy @explorerziem #jeetkunedo #martialarts

Zachary on the day that he received his White Belt in Martial Arts class!

Hallmark Poster Cards are a great new value card product that can be purchased at Walmart. They start off looking like a normal card, but they “pop” open into a poster! This is super convenient for mailing so you can send a card to any fabulous kid in your life. It is a great, fun experience for a child to receive a special card just for them, and kids love the fact that the cards get bigger!

I picked out a card and some goodies for Zachary at my local Coral Springs Walmart. Here’s the Hallmark card aisle. As you can see, it is a bunch of boxes. The Poster Cards are such a new product that they had not yet been shelved! Thank you to the Hallmark Rep, Stella, for digging through several boxes in order to find the *perfect* card for my son!

Hallmark new #KidsCards help you show your love for your children

Here are some of the things that I purchased to make the whole experience special: the card, of course — which is an AWESOME Darth Vader card that I knew Zachary would love, a pair of Angry Birds Star Wars swim trunks (much needed for summer), candy, and a Marvel Heroes sticker book, since he’s loving the whole Super Hero thing right now and thinks stickers are awesome. We love to give our sweet children lots of hugs and kisses and high fives to encourage them, but special gifts are always a great surprise and a lot of fun both for them and for us.

Hallmark new #KidsCards help you show your love for your children

Finally, here’s the final product before I presented it to my little guy! I already had this shiny gold bag and the tissue paper at home, and I was able to fit all of his goodies perfectly inside!

Hallmark new #KidsCards help you show your love for your children

Hallmark new #KidsCards help you show your love for your children

Zachary absolutely loved the card and goodies! Here he is opening it up! Check out his reaction as he realizes that the card opens into a poster. How adorable!

Hallmark new #KidsCards help you show your love for your children

If you buy lots of greeting cards, which I do, you should look into joining the Hallmark Card Rewards Program, which rewards shoppers for purchasing Hallmark cards and can be collected anywhere, but especially at Walmart, where you’ll earn a reward for every 5 cards you buy. Click here to sign up.

This shoppertunity was a fun experience, and I enjoyed being able to combine my love for spoiling my son with working for brands that I enjoy!

Make sure you check out http://www.connectionsfromhallmark.com/?utm_source=cbias&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=kidscards to sign up for Hallmark Rewards, and to see great content from other bloggers. Join in the #KidsCards conversation on Twitter!

Nicole ElliottJuly 1, 2014 - 11:46 am

Awwwww!!! How cute is he?! Absolutely adorable! I so love the little gift you put together for him–sometimes “just because” gifts are the very best! I love how everything in it complimented each other–we are big Star Wars fans too so I’m so loving the Poster Card and the Swim Trunks–too fun!! #client
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Sara Pirate (@CleverPirate)July 9, 2014 - 12:20 am

Awww, the smile on his face opening that gift just melted my heart! Love the gift you put together and I’ll be honest, I want that card for me so I can get that poster for my office ;) Thanks for sharing! #client