Skip to main content


Showing posts from November, 2012

Sesame Street Live is coming to Detroit!

Mark your calendar for a musical event like no other—monsters making music! Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and all their Sesame Street friends are taking to the Fox Theatre stage to share their love of music in Sesame Street Live "Elmo Makes Music" for 41 performances from Thursday, Jan. 24 through Monday, Feb. 18.

New this year, families can come one hour early to move and groove with some of Sesame Street's favorite fuzzy monsters. Imagine your child popping up in Oscar's trash can or visiting Elmo's World. Don't miss a single picture-perfect moment because you never know who'll make an appearance! The new interactive pre-show activities are FREE with each Sesame Street Live ticket and opens one hour prior to every performance. Register here to win a Family Four Pack of tickets to the opening night!
Save $3 on Sesame Street Live! tickets in Detroit with this Promo Code:…

Talkback Thursday with MamaBreak!

Each week, MamaBreak asks the same questions of a mom-preneuer! This week we are talking to the owner of burlap & grace. We reviewed burlap & grace HERE, and they even sponsored a giveaway! 

burlap & grace makes some amazing headbands, hair clips, and hats . . . and all at prices we can afford!

1. What inspired you to create burlap & grace?
--The desire to have my own small business. The problem is I have so many ideas and passions that it is hard to pin one down but for now, at this point in our life this fell into place nicely. Burlap & grace is actually a event planning business and while waiting to fill my calender with events I started making hair accessories!!

2. How do you balance work and family?
--- I can not lie..its difficult. On my really busy days I really try to take breaks often to sit and read a book or have a mini picnic with my kids. I even let them climb up and help me sometimes....the key is not to lose focus on the reason you started your …

Build-A-Bear Workshop Review and Giveaway!

I am so very excited to share these super adorable stuffed animals from Build-A-Bear with all of you. Build-A-Bear has truly outdone themselves this Holiday season with all the festive new Limited Edition stuffed animals. I am such a big kid and have always loved Build-A-Bear. Before my daughter was born I went out and made 3 different bears for her, unfortunately she hasn't had the opportunity to experience Build-A-Bear for herself yet. I am still extremely excited to share these new editions to the Build-A-Bear family with her and I'm sure she'll adore them as will you! The first one we'll talk about is the limited edition Merry Mint Pup which runs around $20. My favorite thing about the Merry Mint Pup is her ears. The insides of her ears are a soft red fabric with little peppermints and white polka dots. How cute is that?! (See picture below) Merry Mint Pup came dressed in a satin red and white ruffled dress covered in stripes and polka dots with matching red and whi…

Pandora Blogger Opp!!! Starts Dec. 1st!

Blogger Opportunity
12/1  to  12/20
Come and be part of this awesome giveaway!
I have a Pandora Bracelet but it still needs a little love. I'm obsessed with it though; so obsessed that I went out and bought the women in my life bracelets as well. 

On this giveaway I will be giving one Pandora bracelet size 7.5  (which you can always exchange for a different size).

 One Pandora Collectible Cupcake Jewelry Box Ceramic Breast Cancer.  This Collectible Cupcake was giving in 2010 with every purchase of $150 or more it was given free, it's new in original box.
This Giveaway is not sponsored by Pandora or any other company, both prizes are given by me.  (with permission of my husband lol)
If you decide to buy extra links or to be a host, payment will be use for shipping charges and for futures giveaways. 

Requirements to join
* Free Facebook or Twitter with posting announcement Here or pay the $5 fee.

* Agree to post the giveaway html on the date the event begins and promote at least 3x a w…

Thunderstruck Blog App and Giveaway!

Warner Bros. is proud to announce the release of Thunderstruck on DVD and Blu-ray December 4th 2012, along with the Thunderstruck Blog App! Wahoooo!!!!

NBA superstar Kevin Durant plays himself in this action-packed family film about a basketball star who switches talent with a klutzy 16-year-old fan. When Brian (Taylor Gray) magically switches basketball skills with his hero, Kevin Durant, he becomes the star of his high school team... while Kevin Durant suddenly can’t make a shot to save his life! But with the playoffs approaching, Brian learns that being a true winner means working hard at your own game, and he tries to make things right in time to prevent a catastrophic end to his hero’s season. Are you as excited as I am for this movie? Play the Free-Throw Challenge game below for a chance to win!

Enter below for a chance to win Thunderstruck on DVD & Blu Ray! (All entries will be verified!)
By entering this giveaway, you agree to have your name publicized if you are a potential …

Kelly Kits Holiday Flash Sale! Hurry!!!

Kelly Kits encourage art play using a wide variety of creative tools & materials beyond what coloring books can offer and are the perfect holiday gift for your creative kiddo!  For 72 hours only Kelly Kits is having a site wide sale where all products are 10% off!  Get your favorite little artist a years worth of art kits or a special gift pack with 5 activities that explore the five discipline of art:  Drawing, Painting, Print Making, Collage & Sculpting!

Find the Hottest Holiday Deals With RetailMeNot!

Consumers expect to spend an average of $171 per person on gifts this holiday season, with 25% spending $1 to $25 per person, 28% spending $26 to $75, 21% spending $76 to $150 and 25% spending $151 or more. The biggest online coupon site in the United States,, is your #1 resource for online shopping this holiday season; making sure you, the consumer, stay under budget. RetailMeNot teammates will be working non-stop around the clock to bring everyone the best coupons from their database of 500,000+ coupons from tens of thousands of retailers!

Bookmark the RetailMeNot holiday page so you can easily check back regularly for the best holiday steals and door-buster deals for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and all the way through Christmas. Also, make sure you're signed up for the RetailMeNot Newsletter and Deal Alerts for your favorite merchants so you don’t miss out on any awesome coupons or deals.  You won't even have to leave the comfort of your own home or office to s…

The Abbey Road Sessions by Kylie Minogue

The Abbey Road Sessions by Kylie Minogue is a beautiful rendition of some of her most popular songs from her 25 year recording career. The Abbey Road Sessions takes 15 of her most familiar pop songs and remakes them into beautiful love ballads. Kylie's new album was recorded at London's legendary Abbey Road Studios with her own band and backed by a full orchestra. Flower is the only track on this album that is new and has not been redone. I absolutely love the song Flower because of it's heartfelt lyrics. Kylie wrote the song Flower many years ago during her battle with breast cancer and described it as a love song to the child she may or may not ever have. It's a beautiful song and very touching!  I honestly fell in love with The Abbey Road Sessions as soon as it started playing. The Abbey Road Sessions has a mix of different sounds including country, jazz, pop, and even some tracks that remind me of music from the 1950's; Kylie's voice especially. You can tel…

Spread the Holiday Cheer When You Shop Sears!

I couldn't wait to do this blog post for Sears and Smiley360! I am certainly a Christmas decor nut so this opportunity gave me the perfect chance to get out to Sears and shop for more holiday items. I actually found some inspiration for my Sears project on pinterest (of course) so when I went to Sears to shop, I already had an idea in my head of what I was looking for.  I asked my parents to come along because they love shopping as much as I do and they both love Sears. I immediately went to the holiday section with my step-mom to look for bows for my project but we both got sidetracked by this amazing smell! We seriously searched all over the holiday section until we found what the smell was coming from. It from was an end cap with paper bags of the best smelling potpourri I've ever smelled! 
Next we headed on over to the section with the holiday bows and found the perfect bows for my Sears project (seen below). Both the bows are the same red glittery bows but they are splendid…

Melissa & Doug Trunki Giveaway!

Enter to win a Trunki from Melissa & Doug!  Perfect for storage, pretend play, and travel! Kids love to pack away their special toys in the Trunki and roll it around where ever they go! The Trunki is available in many different styles to fit each child's own personality. Purchase the Trunki from Melissa & Doug's Terrific Twenty List for $39.95

Enter to win a Melissa & Doug Trunki below!
By entering this giveaway, you agree to have your name publicized if you are a potential winner. Winner will be contacted via email upon ending of this giveaway within 48 hours and will have 48 hours to respond or prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be chosen. All prizes will be awarded at sponsors discretion. Giveaway will start at 12:01am EST (11/11/2012) and end at 11:59pm EST (11/21/2012). Number of eligible entries received will determine the odds of winning. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY and VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Must be 18 years or older to enter and be a resident of t…

Our Family Christmas Tree

I wanted to take time to show you all our family Christmas tree. We wanted to start a new tradition this year by hanging our Christmas Tree upside down from the ceiling. Everyone has been asking me what the deal is with hanging it upside down. To me, it just seems like something unique to do but in all reality there really is true meaning behind this dating as far back as the 12th century. 
Some historians believed that hanging your Christmas tree upside down was really the more traditional and meaningful way to symbolize Christmas. As legend would have it, the Christmas tree was originally used to symbolize religious devotion by Christian missionaries that used the tree to explain the religious tenet of the Trinity; God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Christmas trees were originally hung upside down to ensure that anyone who saw the tree would know it was not just a floral decoration. Eventually the original meaning was lost and people started turning the trees right side …

Old Soles: Fashion For Little Feet

Old Soles are hand crafted 100% soft leather shoes made just for babies and toddlers. All of Old Sole's shoes are made to allow the natural development of your child's constantly growing feet and the stretchable elastic strap in the back helps with that as well. The stretchable elastic strap also makes it very easy to put the shoes on your child and slip them right off. 
Old soles shoes provide the ultimate protection for your child with the breathable leather lining and the padded leather insole that helps to absorb moisture. Their shoes also have rubber soles and are non slip to help protect your child from slipping and foreign objects piercing through.

I am so smitten by Old Soles shoes. The picture above is the pair of the Old Soles my 21 month old daughter got to try out. When they first arrived I was so excited to see that they matched her Halloween costume; she was a snowflake for Halloween so the sparkly silver was perfect! The only thing I was worried about was the size…

Melissa & Doug Terrific Twenty List and Giveaway

Melissa & Doug Terrific Twenty List and Giveaway!!!

Celebrate the Holidays with Melissa and Doug's “20 Days of Terrific Twenty” Giveaway on Facebook! Every day, from November 6-26, Melissa and Doug will be giving away one item from their Terrific Twenty list to at least one of their fabulous Facebook fans!
Check out the Terrific Twenty Holiday Gift List now and make sure to enter for your chance to win on Facebook! Stay tuned for a chance to win an item from the Terrific Twenty list right here on Squashie-Dipity!

Skylander Giants: an Ultimate Blast!

I usually suck at video games but I think it's mostly because a lot of them can't hold my attention for long; Skylander's Giants was a totally different story. I recently had the opportunity to review Skylander's Giants through Best Buy and I literally had the time of my life. I could have honestly stayed all day at Best Buy playing this game but I had an impatient fiance' and sleeping baby in the car. Bummer!

When I first walked up to the game display, I was greeted by an employee who was just as interested in the game as I was. He told me that he has heard amazing things about Skylander's Giants and has seen tons of people having a blast while playing it. Just while standing there talking to the sales associate I noticed the fantastic graphics but I was also very curious about the little special edition action figures and portal of power that came with the game. At first, I thought the action figures were just little extra toys that came with the purchase (kin…

Get Cook'n With the Cook'n Recipe Organizer!

Cook'n is the #1 best-selling recipe organizer on the market and I am so stoked that I got the chance to review this software. I always have tons of saved recipes on my computer, printed out, or even hand written and it's always such a hassle to find the recipe I'm looking for. From now on, I won't have that problem. With the Cook'n recipe organizer, you can easily enter in your own recipes into the library or upload them straight from a website. I'm still learning about Cook'n because there's so many things this program can do, but I'll give you the basics. 
One thing you can easily do is plan menus. All you have to do is drag and drop the recipes right into the days of the week to create your menu. You can easily plan the right meals for any day, week, month, or year. Cook'n can also help you build your shopping lists by combining the food on your menus and organizing the items by aisles so you aren't running around like a chicken with it&#…

Wholly Guacamole Stocking Stuffers!

Wholly Guacamole® brand tshirts for sale! Great Stocking Stuffers! Buy your Wholly Guacamole® t-shirt today! $10 plus shipping and receive a FREE Wholly Guacamole coupon with each order! - 100% cotton preshrunk white tshirt  - Available in both child and adult sizes - White tshirt (front) Wholly Guacamole Logo (back) Friends Don't Let Friends Double Dip

Friends Prize Pack Giveaway!

Celebrate the release of Friends: The Complete Series Blu-Ray Box Set which will be available on November 13th 2012! Want to win a Friends prize pack? Just play the 30 Days of Friends: Trivia Challenge and the Mashup Clip Countdown! For the Trivia Challenge, come back everyday to earn a different Friends character badge, unlock hidden badges, and earn awesome Friends content along the way. 
With the Mashup Clip Countdown, you'll relive all your favorite Friends moments in these fun clips.  Each week a new clip will be unlocked.

The Friends prize pack includes two oversized cappuccino mugs and a picture frame just like the one on Monica’s door (seen below).

To Play: 
1) Enter each week by posting in the comments section your favorite moments from the Mashup Clip Countdown as the new videos get unlocked!

2) Take the Which Friend Are You Most Like quiz and post your results in the comments section.

3) Tweet with the hashtag #FRIENDS and tell the world how excited you are for the upcoming r…