Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza! Yum!!




What mom doesn't love serving her family a fresh, hand-made dinner, straight from the oven? It's that desire to feed our families high-quality meals when we're short on time that makes us huge fans of Papa Murphy's! That's why we're so excited to try Papa Murphy's newest menu addition, Fresh Pan Pizza.

Papa Murphy's Fresh Pan Pizza features a thick, buttery crust from scratch-made dough and high quality, freshly-prepared ingredients that Papa Murphy's is famous for. Thanks to the magic combination of this dough and your home oven, the crust crisps perfectly in a take 'n' bake pan, leaving the outside golden brown and the inside light and airy.
Is your mouth watering yet? If so, solve the dinnertime dilemma and make a trip to your local Papa Murphy's to customize your own Fresh Pan Pizza. Just 15 minutes and a 425 degree oven later and dinner is piping hot and ready to serve!


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Jillian Michaels is coming to Omaha and GIVEAWAY!!!!!


GIVEAWAY STARTS FEBRUARY 17TH!!

*PLEASE READ ABOUT THE JILLIAN SHOW NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE ...HOWEVER THE GIVEAWAY IS EXCLUSIVE TO OMAHA, SORRY!*
If you didn't get the chance to read my post in January about Jillian Michaels (@JillianLiveTour) coming to Omaha, you can do so HERE.  This post will be a little repetitive....however, THIS post has the giveaway in it!  WOOT WOOT!!!
First....THE FACTS.....

Jillian Michaels will be at the Holland Performing Arts Center (@OPerformingArts) for her Maximize Your Life Tour (#MaximizeYourLife)!

1200 Douglas St., Omaha, on March 12, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25 and may be purchased online at TicketOmaha.com.  The show is roughly 90 minutes and will include a Q&A with the audience.  The show has some adult language, so it is preferred that the audience remain 18 and older.

The tour is sponsored by Curves!  Have you ever been to a Curves?  I was a member for about a year.  I quit when nothing was happening.  Not for lack of trying and not Curves' fault.  I discovered I had extremely high Cortisol levels, no amount of eating right and exercising would help me until the Cortisol levels dropped even a little bit.  That is the only reason I stopped going.  They are an incredible company though.  Millions of women have benefited from their program!  I am thrilled to see Jillian promoting them!

Jillians (@JillianMichaels) main premise is to live well.  Not just exercise...you have to make healthy choices throughout your life and implement them until they become habits.  You can check her out at www.jillianmichaels.com.  She has kept busy.  Not only is she on the TV Reality Show, "The Biggest Loser", she is also a best selling author, has done scads of DVD's for exercising, has an online podcast, is a wellness coach, the list of her accomplishments and what she does could go on and on.  Check out her website for more info.

This is a show you won't want to miss.  Healthy or not, she is bound to entertain!  Who will I see there?????  You better believe I'll be there!!!   




 The prize is 4 tickets to see 
Jillian Michaels on 
March 12 
and is valued at $276! 




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Disney Side Home Celebration! AND GIVEAWAY!!

Show Your Disney Side!
Recently I had the opportunity to host a Disney Side Home Celebration!  We had so much fun!  Disney really went above and beyond to make this a great party for all who were involved!

Look at all that I received in my Celebration Kit!
American Tourister Luggage
Disney napkins, cups, balloons, plates, tablecloth and banner
Disney tattoos and stickers
Disney bingo, trivia and face painting kits
HP Photo card packs
Disney Vacation planning DVD's
Disney cookie cutters and cupcake wrappers
Craisins Dried Cranberries and coupons
The Chew recipe cards
Hanes t-shirts and decorating kit
and MORE!
These were AWESOME props for my Disney Celebration!  I was also sent great ideas to make the celebration that much more fun!  You can find special ways to make your party fun too by going to www.disneysidecelebrations.com!  You can also follow on twitter @disneyparks!  #disneyside

We started the party with lots of goodies!  What is a good party after all, without lots of goodies!!
The mom's hung out in the living room to watch the Disney Vacation planning DVD, while the kids did their own partying in the kitchen!

Disney was gracious enough to give me multiple packs of the HP Photo Cards (which I have one left for a giveaway) to give as guest gifts....as well as all sorts of coupons and even a Mickey and Minnie Mouse poster!


The poster that was given is shown in the middle of the table.  In fact, I have one left for a giveaway!




The kids had a great time playing bingo, and some of the other games.  This isn't all of the kids that were there....these are just the ones I could wrangle to get a picture of!  They went in shifts!
Here are some of them playing bingo.  It really got them excited about Disney and all of the fun places they can visit and fun things they can do!
Hanes also was part of the Disney Side @Home Celebration!  They sent several Medium and Large kids ComfortSoft t-shirts and fabric markers so that each child could make their own Disney T-Shirt!  In the whole excitement of everything, I failed to get pictures of the kids finished works of art though.  They were each super excited though!
These T-Shirts are very soft.  I really like them!  Hanes also has ComfortSoft in underwear, socks and outerwear too, for the whole family at most of your favorite retail stores.

Since it was almost Valentines Day, I passed around a bunch of paper lips they could color and put on too!  That was a ton of fun also!  Anything to make the party more fun!
Along with the HP Photo Cards, we got a flyer explaining to us what the Story App is.  The Story App gathers the everyday moments captured on your iPhone and helps you transform them into stories that are easy to personalize, save and share.  Go to story.us and check out Disney's personal storytelling platform.
Personalize it....you can embed your story on your blog, tweet your story with #YoursToTell and post a link to your story on their facebook page and tag them @DisneyStory.
For more ideas you can go to spoonful.com/storybox.

The mommys and kiddos had a wonderful time at my Disney Side @Home Celebration!  Disney did NOT disappoint!  It makes me realize why I love Disney so much.  I remember the last time I visited a Disney Park, everyone was SO happy. They either train their staff really well...or pay them REALLY well.  Everyone would go above and beyond for you.  It truly WAS THE happiest place on earth!  If you haven't been before, request the DVD.....I will have a giveaway for one of those as well.  If you HAVE been to Disney before....at least one of their parks, choose another one to go to.  There is so much to do, so much to see for all ages.

Make sure you subscribe to the Disney Parks YouTube channel at youtube.com/DisneyParks!

FIRST GIVEAWAY

SECOND GIVEAWAY

THIRD GIVEAWAY

*I received free products in order to host the Disney Side @Home Celebration.  The opinions expressed here are my own.*


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Jukebox....so cool!

You HAVE to check out this jukebox!  It is SO cool!

http://www.1959bhsmustangs.com/VideoJukebox.htm#

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Its Yours Pottery and Specialty Vendors!

Shop Until You Drop REMINDER 
 Join us for an afternoon, featuring some 
of your local specialty vendors!
We love to paint pottery and be creative at
IT'S YOURS POTTERY...
but for an afternoon...lets do a little something
different!

Join us for a couple of hours of social shopping
and friendship!  Love the products home parties
offer...but just don't have the time to attend?
Well, here's an opportunity to one stop shop! 
DATE:  FEBRUARY 23, 2014
TIME:   3:00 PM - 5:00PM

Yummy comfort snacks and beverages on us!

RSVP's appreciated...but not necessary.  402-330-3470

Spank! Harder the Musical!



SPANK! HARDER THE MUSICAL
ORPHEUM THEATER
JUNE 6 AND 7

Theatrical Satirical Show Is Sequel to SPANK! THE FIFTY SHADES PARODY


Omaha Performing Arts presents SPANK! HARDER THE MUSICAL at the Orpheum Theater on June 6 and 7, 2014. Tickets go on sale Monday, Feb. 17, at 10 a.m. Tickets start at $35 and will be available at TicketOmaha.com, 402.345.0606 or at the Ticket Omaha Office inside the Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St. Ticketholders are advised to arrive early for special show-themed cocktails, and stay afterward for photos with the cast.

SPANK! HARDER is the naughty sequel to the satirical show, SPANK! THE FIFTY SHADES PARODY, which was at the Orpheum Theater in the summer of 2013. SPANK! HARDER picks up where SPANK! THE FIFTY SHADES PARODY left off, with all the hilarious characters from the original returning, including sassy “author,” E.B. Janet, and the handsome man in the gray tie, Hugh Hanson.


Saturday, February 8, 2014

NEW Dial Vitamin Boost Body Wash Review and GIVEAWAY!

 EXPERIENCE A BOOST OF SOFT SKIIN WITH NEW DIAL VITAMIN BOOST BODY WASH!!
 New Dial Vitamin Boost Body Wash gives your skin a daily boost of vitamins   The advanced formula, with a moisturizing Vitamin Complex, helps draw vitamins and moisture directly to your skin.

Vitamin Fact:  Vitamin B is a natural humectant that helps draw in moisture and keep skin hydrated.
MY TAKE:
I found this product to be really nice.  I don't typically use Dial.  I don't know why...no particular reason, it just wasn't my preferred brand.  I was given a bottle of the Amazing B Dial to try and give my honest opinion (I was not compensated).  My honest opinion is...it is FABULOUS!  I really did love it.  It is very smooth as it goes on...it is not sticky and gooey like some I've tried.  It is very fresh smelling and it really makes my skin feel fresh too!  I am excited to try the Super C one!  As I age, I am more and more concerned about the health of my whole body, but especially my skin.  I want to treat it right...and I feel that by using this, I am heading in the right direction.  Give it a try.  You will be happy you did!

How would you like to be one of TWO winners ???  I have a coupon for 1 free Dial Vitamin Boost Body Wash and a coupon for 1 free Dial FOR MEN Power Scrub Body Wash.  The first winner will receive the Vitamin Boost, the second winner will receive the Dial for Men.  GOOD LUCK!!!
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Monster Jam - in Lincoln, NE - April 11-12!


MONSTER JAM
Brought to you by Casey's General Stores
Back to NEBRASKA!
LINCOLN this time!


Date:  April 11-12, 2014
Venue:  Pinnacle Bank Arena
Main Event:  7:30pm Friday, 2 and 7:30pm Saturday
Doors Open:  1pm, 6:30pm
Tickets:  Gold Circle - $30 Advance
              Value Adult Seats - $20 Advance
              Value Kids Seats - $5 Advance
              All Seats are $2 MORE Day of Show!
WELCOME to MONSTER JAM, an incredible family-friendly experience starring the biggest performers on four wheels:  Monster Jam Monster Trucks!  These twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over and smash through.  Monster Jam provides massive entertainment tailored perfectly for your family's budget, and these colorful, larger-than-life beasts are sure to capture the hearts of both young and old.
Tickets are available at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Box Office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.
Would you like to meet the drivers?  The Pit Party is Saturday prior to the show, 11:30-1pm.  Meet the stars of the Monster Jam!  Get autographs from the drivers, check out the trucks and take pictures with the drivers!  Pit passes available at the Pinnacle Bank Arena box Office and www.ticketmaster.com.
Would you like a DISCOUNT?????
Pick up your $5 off super value adult coupons at participating Casey's General Stores locations!  You can ALSO get $4 off because you are a Nebraska Hockey Mom reader!!  

Get $4 off select seats with promo code: UFG4OFF

Check out the trucks at www.monsterjamonline.com  It is a lot of fun to read about the different trucks and their drivers!  We went to the Omaha/Council Bluffs show.  It was a ton of fun!  We got to meet the female driver of the truck right under this typing!  MONSTER MUTT!!  We had a great time!
If you decide to go, I would LOVE to hear about it!  What are you excited about?  Nervous about?
If you DO go....DON'T FORGET THE EAR PLUGS!!!  I am NOT kidding...and I am not a pansy....but it is LOUD!!!!  You WILL want ear plugs!!!  I PROMISE!!!
Maybe dose up on the Ibuprofen prior to going too....
Just sayin'........




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Hidden Falls Review PLUS Free Episode...HURRY!!!


Hidden Falls – An Exciting New 13-Part Serial Novel from Shiloh Run Studios


What Amazon has to say about it:

Thirty years of small-town secrets—now the key to the mystery is gone.  The small town of Hidden Falls is abuzz. Former students, friends, and loved ones are prepping for tonight's big event to honor Ted Quinn's many years of compassionate service.  Quinn is reluctant about a night in the spotlight--but is tenderly prodded by Sylvia, mayor of Hidden Falls and Quinn's dearest friend and confidante.

Ethan and Nicole won't let the shadows of their pasts stop them from returning to Hidden Falls--but only for Quinn--no matter how much it hurts.  Liam, a former student, and Jack, a town newcomer, are both hoping the night works toward their own gain--or, if they'll admit it, their chance for redemption.  Like Quinn, Dani and Lauren are mainstays in Hidden Falls. They keep close to home--and have secrets to keep close, too.

Now it's time. The guests are seated, introductions are made, the spotlight shines on center stage...and the unthinkable leaves the entire town scrambling for the truth.

A new must-read episode releases every week starting January 24! 

Don’t miss a single episode…

Episode 1 – Ordinary Secrets - Now Available
Episode 2 – Losing Quinn - Now Available
Episode 3 – A Town in Trouble releases 1/31/2014
Episode 4 – Unexpected Hero releases 2/7/2104
Episode 5 – The Mayor’s Quandary releases 2/14/2014
Episode 6 – No Time for Answers releases 2/21/2014
Episode 7 – Yesterday’s Promise releases 2/28/2014
Episode 8 – All You Need to Know releases 3/7/2014
Episode 9 – A Fair Refuge releases 3/14/2014
Episode 10 – One Familiar Tune releases 3/21/2014
Episode 11 --  When Memory Came releases 3/28/2014
Episode 12 – The Groundskeeper Remembered releases 4/4/2014
Episode 13 – Distinguishing Marks releases 4/11/2014

Think you know what happens next? Go to Facebook/HiddenFallsSeries to get in on the latest news.

My Take:
I really wasn't sure what to think at first.  It isn't the normal book.  It was laid out much like the TV Series "24" if you remember that.  Each chapter had a time at the top.  It was actually pretty neat to have it go hour by hour...minute by minute.  The first episode was a lot of getting to know the characters...much like an episode of a television show.  It ended much like a television episode does too...with a cliff hanger....making you hunger for more and waiting until the next weeks release.

The nice thing about it is it was shorter...it could be read quickly....and you have to wait until the next release....forcing you to put the book down.  I can't tell you how many times I have been reading a book and then stayed up WAY too late because I couldn't put the book down.  This way, you are forced to put it down until the next episode releases.  For me...this is good.  For others, this may not be good because maybe you don't have patience to wait.  This is definitely a different way to read a book though.  I will have to continue in the series to see how much I end up liking it.  So far...so good though!  I'll always give something new a try!  Can't knock it until you've tried it!

IF YOU HURRY YOU CAN GET THE FIRST EPISODE FOR FREE HERE!!!!

*I was given the first episode of this series to try it out and give my honest opinion.  No money was exchanged.*

Harlem Globetrotters are back!! Save on Tickets!




The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to town and we have $7 Off Tickets for you!  

For dates, times and venues click on the link below. 

 Save $7 per ticket - USE PROMO CODE: USFAMILY

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Soda Stream NEW Flavors Review and Recipe

Soda Stream

Have you tried the Soda Stream yet?  Did you read my last Soda Stream blog post?  If not, you can do that HERE.  You can also see if Soda Stream is healthier for you HERE.

If you've tried Soda Stream....what do you think?  I have to honestly say, I LOVE IT!  First of all....it is cheaper.  Of course your initial cost is more....but in the long run it is cheaper and better for the environment (no cans or bottles to throw out).  In many cases it is healthier for you as well.  And it tastes like the "real deal".  I am very picky about my soda pops....as are my children....but so far, everyone loves their favorite flavors just like the "real deal"!
 So, I was given this 12 pack of samples to try out and to try a new recipe.  This 12 pack sample box had Kool Aid flavors in it, Country Time flavors, and Crystal Light flavors.
 The recipe they sent me was for Sparkling Winter Punch.  VERY GOOD!
You need:
*1 liter SodaStream Kool-Aid Cherry Soda
*1 liter SodaStream Country Time Lemonade
*2 cups of Orange Juice (not included)
*(Optional) Garnish with orange slices and cherries
 First fill your SodaStream bottles with the appropriate amount of water.
 Carbonate it, and fill with the flavor pack.
 Then put them in a larger pitcher.
 ENJOY!

It was really very good.  I REALLY liked it.  It tasted like a normal party punch.....however even with the carbonation, it really wasn't very fizzy.  I think the orange juice must have caused it to lose its fizz.  It was REALLY tasty though!  My kids were all over it too!  They loved it.  

If you own a SodaStream, you should really try this recipe at your next get together.  If you don't own a SodaStream and would like to, make sure you go and pick one up!  I've seen them just about every where.  You could even check Amazon.

Comment below and let me know what you think if you have one!

*I was provided with a sample pack of SodaStream flavors in exchange for my honest opinion.  I was not paid for this post.*

Help Spread the Word about #CalorieCutback

HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT
#CalorieCutback 
Here is some info...along with Facebook
and Twitter posts that you use to help us
spread the word!!  Let's get it out there!!!

Some of the biggest brands in our 
kitchens contributed to cutting 6.4 trillion 
calories per year from the marketplace. 
Now it’s our turn to make the effort for 
ourselves and our families. 
http://bit.ly/1f96zZ5
In the fight against obesity, partners of the 
Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation 
helped reduce individual calorie consumption 
by 78/day. I’m doing my part by encouraging 
my kids to eat the rainbow this week. 
What can you do? http://bit.ly/1l6B72E
Every day we take in an average of 100 
calories more than we need. Let’s trim that 
number and help the next generation halt 
the rise of obesity with Together Counts! 
http://bit.ly/1l6B72E
Here’s some food for thought. Food companies 
recently cut 6.4 trillion calories per year from the 
grocery store, but I think we can do better together 
as families to help stop the rise of obesity. 
Together Counts has tips for reducing calorie 
consumption and more! http://bit.ly/1l6B72E
Some of our fave brands reduced calories by 78/day. 
We can do the same at home! http://bit.ly/1f96zZ5 
#caloriecutback
We can do something about halting the rise of 
obesity. @TogetherCounts shows us how 
http://bit.ly/1l6B72E #caloriecutback
Food companies are doing their part to stop the 
rise of obesity - we can do our part at home too! 
http://bit.ly/1l6B72E #caloriecutback
By 2020, we can halt the rise of obesity. How? 
Just consume 100 fewer calories a day. 
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Reducing our calories by 100 a day can halt the 
rise of obesity by 2020. Learn more 
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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Color Me Rad 5K GIVEAWAY!!!!

Can you STAND IT???  I am doing ANOTHER GIVEAWAY!!!!  Color Me Rad 5K has given me two registrations to giveaway to ONE of my readers!  Why only one??  So my winner can have a friend go with him or her of course!  No one should have to run alone!!!  You will be part of Team Nebraska Hockey Mom though!  We'll have a GREAT time...if you're local anyway!  The run here in Omaha/Council Bluffs is April 26th at 9:15am.



What is Color Me Rad 5K?
Color Me Rad is coming to a town near you with a tsunami of color that'll make colored tears of joy run down your cheeks and will renew your will to live.

Color Me Rad is a 5K that fires off in a blaze of color bombs, color cannons, color mortars, and multi-toned courses that guarantee your outlook will be brighter, your boyfriend will be more affectionate, your boss will finally remember your name, the hair on your head will grow back and the hair on your back will fall out, and your gray outlook will turn green like a spring morning.
Historically, running has only been acceptable when trying to escape the law, personal responsibility, the truth, and grizzly bears.
Instead of running FROM something, get ready to run FOR something at this year's Color Me Rad. Run for the hell of it.       
You'll start off with a shirt as pure and white as your granddaddy's dentures, and throughout the run, we'll coat your chaffing thighs with Color Bombs of blue, green, pink, purple, and yellow until you come out like a tie-dyed hippy on the other side.
Each section of the run adds a new explosion of color to your clean, painter's palate until you cross the finish line into a final blitzkrieg of color.
You're probably asking yourselves, "Is this really color being thrown at us or are the rainbows we're seeing just God's signal that it'll never flood again?"
Glad you aksed. This isn't just smoke and mirrors.  This is non-toxic, non-rash-inducing, Kroger branded, colored cornstarch.* With corn subsidized by the government and processed in the good o'l US of A, these blasts of starch will change your color and your demeanor but never your safety or health.
Ingredients: Corn starch and FD&C and/or D&C colors. Color safety information: Approved for use in foods, cosmetics and/or drugs. These products are not considered hazardous, 29 CFR 1910-1200.



Soooo.....WHO is going to be the lucky person to run along side Nebraska Hockey Mom?  Or run along side Nebraska Hockey Mom in spirit because you're in a different location??  Either way....WHO is going to be my winner?????


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The Extraordinary Art of Couponing Review AND Giveaway!

The Extraordinary Art of Couponing was written by a blogger mommy friend of mine, Nicole McDonald.  You can visit her blog at momsavesmoney.net.  After you've read my review....if you are interested in learning the couponing ropes, you can find her book HERE at Amazon.com.  You will be SO happy you did!  Why?  Well...let me tell you why....


Have you done much couponing?  I have and I enjoy it.  I've saved SO much money it is truly ridiculous.  My kids have even learned that you NEVER pay full price for anything.  I used to find out what I saved on each receipt, and put that money aside.  That is the money we would "play" with....go out on dates, get something special, go on vacation, etc.  Somehow we got away from doing that, but it was fun to see exactly how much money we saved by doing that.  Honestly, it is silly to ever pay for anything full price when there is so much potential out there to save money.  

With that said, I love to coupon and find good deals...BUT....I am disorganized.  I know my system....but even my system can get a bit too chaotic for me!  Reading this book by Nicole McDonald, a Navy Vet MBA holder in Marketing, helped me to really organize and see where I could make changes to make it less chaotic and SO much faster and easier when I go to the store.  There were some instances where I would give up simply because I couldn't find a coupon in my mess of coupons.  Nicoles simple system has made my life so much easier and my shopping trips a little faster and less stressful.

This book is a super simple read too.  Only 70 pages long, but FULL of information!

Nicole gives you secrets of couponing, RESPONSIBLE stockpiling (not hoarding), tips for meal planning and recipes, WHERE to find coupons, how to save time clipping and organizing coupons, and ways to plan your shopping trip using coupons and how to get rock-bottom prices...even here.  I say even here, because you know all those couponing shows?  They are mostly all down south where the stores that let you double and triple your coupons are.  Some people don't even try to coupon here because they watch those shows and don't think it is possible here...but it IS!  And you CAN!

I don't want to give away all of her secrets....but I DO want to give away an autographed copy of her book!!!  But first...if you don't win a copy....here are some easy ways to get her book and information:

*The hard copy is only on Amazon....but you can get the Ebook on Amazon, Nook, iTunes and Smashwords.  They are $3.99 for an ebook on all the sites.  The hard copy is listed at $9.99 on Amazon, but sometimes you can find it cheaper.

*Nicole also teaches coupons, freebies, meal planning, advanced coupons and frugal fun with kids in the Omaha area at MCC, IWCC, home parties, public library, Fremont First State Bank and Trust and MOPS and church groups.