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Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday Silhouette Portrait and Cameo Deals


Love Black Friday Deals?

I'm excited to have become part of the Silhouette Circle and to share these great deals with you!  For Black Friday, Silhouette is offering great deals on both their Portrait and Cameo machines.  Just head to SilhouetteAmerica.com/blackfriday and check out the following:
  • Portrait Bundle - Portrait machine & 1 free year to Club Silhouette for $179.99
  • CAMEO Bundle #1 - CAMEO machine, Designer Edition software upgrade, Dust Cover, 4 Tools and $25 Download card to the Silhouette Design Store for $269.99
  • CAMEO Bundle #2 - CAMEO machine, Design Edition software upgrade and 1 free year to Club Silhouette for $299.99
  • CAMEO & Portrait Bundle (One for you, one for a friend!) - CAMEO machine, Portrait machine and 2, $25 Download cards to the Silhouette Design Store for $299.99
Are you already a Silhouette user?

Use my code (BENTO) for 40% off at SilhouetteAmerica.com (*excluding machines, design downloads, download cards, subscriptions and gift cards) PLUS Free Shipping on orders over $25 for the lower 48 states!

There is also 50% off all designs at SilhouetteDesignStore.com – no code needed!



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Monday, November 24, 2014

Santa Express Train at the Royal Gorge Railroad {Review}

It's beginning to look, and feel, a lot like Christmas around here!


This past weekend, F&B and I, along with the husband, boarded the Santa Express Train at the Royal Gorge for a ride to the North Pole!  Unlike last year, we had a much milder temperature and no snow, which meant Ben got his wish to check out the open air car.


This was actually our second year to take a trip to the North Pole, but the first time the husband got to join us.  Having him home for Christmas made it that much more fun.

So what happens on the Santa Express?  Lots of fun Christmas magic for the family, including:
  • Hot cocoa and cookies to enjoy along the ride (with optional meals being available for purchase)
  • A chance to write a letter to Santa and give it to him personally!
  • A great staff who spent plenty of time talking to the kids and setting the mood for Christmas cheer
  • A fun train ride, culminating in quick arrival at the North Pole, including the adorable village set up
  • Santa boarding the train so that each child can meet jolly old St. Nick for themselves
  • A special gift from Santa
  • Stories, games, jokes and songs with Santa's elves for the train ride home
  • Opportunities for special photos with Santa once the train arrives back at the station 
Once again, we enjoyed our ride.  I wish we had lived here when the kids were smaller, I think this would have been extra awesome for the preschool and early elementary set!  We've been recommending it to all our friends with littler ones.


Looking for special Christmas memories for your family?  Make your reservation now for the Santa Express Train, as spots fill up quickly.

Visit www.RoyalGorgeRoute.com for a full schedule, or call 1.888.724.5748 to book your trip today for an unforgettable journey on Colorado's top Christmas Train!

Disclosure: We received tickets to check out the Santa Express as part of my affiliation with USFamilyGuide.com. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

How to Train Your Dragon 2 Movie Night #DragonsMovieNight


This week, we had the chance to host a family movie night, thanks to our friends at Fox Home Entertainment Insiders.    The kids have been dying to see How to Train Your Dragon 2, and since we missed it in the regular theater, they were all set for a family movie night, complete with popcorn.

But, since it was slightly cold in Colorado this week, we had to forego movie night in our {not warm enough} basement where the big tv is. We moved family movie night up near the fireplace on the main level.  Thank heavens for portable DVD players!  Sitting by the fire made up for the significantly smaller screen.


What do we need for family movie night?   Our list is simple--a good movie, popcorn, snacks, drinks, dinner (of course), and a few other fun things to do while I'm making the dinner and popcorn.  Check out the sheet below for a cute Hiccup and Toothless coloring page, click for a downloadable/printable size!  The kids also tried out a few other HTTYD2 printables we have, including word searches and mazes.


What's for dinner when you're watching a dragon movie?  It has to be dragon sandwiches!  We put together a tutorial over on the food blog for you to try!  All you need is sandwich fixings and a cute cookie cutter that I picked up over at the dollar store.


After that was all settled, we cuddled up by the fireplace to watch the continuing adventures of Hiccup and Toothless.  Definitely a two thumbs up movie from our family.  We loved the first version, along with the two sets of short episodes we reviewed earlier this year, so we were quite happy to continue along with the dragon adventures!

Don't forget to check out our How to Train Your Dragon 2 giveaway post for a chance to win your own copy, along with more fun printables to go with the movie!

Disclosure: I was given the opportunity to receive an advance copy of How to Train Your Dragon 2 and supplies for our Dragon Movie Night as part of my relationship with Fox Home Entertainment Insiders. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

How to Train Your Dragon 2 {Giveaway}


We are all about dragons right now, and we're so excited for How to Train Your Dragon 2 on DVD.  We actually saw our sneak preview the day it came out on digital and we absolutely loved it!  Tomorrow night, we're planning on a How to Train Your Dragon party, complete with dragon sandwiches (check out my bento blog for details).

The thrilling second chapter of the epic HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless. The inseparable duo must protect the peace and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago!

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, the next chapter to the Academy Award® nominated film released in 2010, is “sensational…an instant animated classic,” proclaims Access Hollywood. A hit with audiences and critics alike, the film received an outstanding audience reaction with a coveted “A” CinemaScore® and certified 92% fresh on RottenTomatoes.com. Variety’s Peter Debruge declares the film is “Braver than ‘Brave,’ more fun than ‘Frozen’…Dragon delivers.” It’s a must-own title for the whole family!

Love dragons too?  We have some great activity sheets for all of you, featuring fun dragon activities.  Just click on any of the sheets below to pop up a larger, printable form.



Want to win a copy of How to Train Your Dragon 2 for your family for the holidays?  Just use the Rafflecopter below to enter by leaving a comment telling me who you'd want to share it with! For extra entries, you can tweet about the giveaway.

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Disclosure: I was given the opportunity to receive an advance copy of How to Train Your Dragon 2 for myself and a copy to giveaway as part of my relationship with Fox Home Entertainment Insiders. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Santa Express Train at the Royal Gorge Railroad

All aboard the Santa Express Train!

The kids and I are so excited to be working with the Santa Express Train and Royal Gorge Railroad again this year.  We had an amazing time last year and this year, Daddy is home from deployment and gets to go along with us!


Join us for a magical journey through the Royal Gorge to the "North Pole" where the train makes a special stop to pick up a very important passenger - Santa! Every family will enjoy classic Christmas carols and hot cocoa while making memories that will last a lifetime aboard the Santa Express Train.

Skip the fast food this year and enjoy our delicious, locally sourced, family friendly menu.


Make your reservation now for the Santa Express Train, as spots fill up quickly. Visit www.RoyalGorgeRoute.com for a full schedule, or call 1.888.724.5748 to book your trip today for an unforgettable journey on Colorado's top Christmas Train!

Disclosure: We received tickets to check out the Santa Express as part of my affiliation with USFamilyGuide.com. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Thursday, November 06, 2014

Rio2 Sing-Along {Giveaway}

The kids and I absolutely loved Rio 2 earlier this year.  Blu is awesome and I love his three little baby birds, not to mention Kristin Chenoweth as Gabi?!?!?  You know the music is going to be good.

Now you can sing-along with your favorite characters to songs What is Love, I Will Survive, Rio Rio & more! Come take a walk on the wild side with Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, George Lopez and an incredible flock of all-star talent in this soaring sequel to the animated hit comedy Rio!

The Rio 2 Sing-Along DVD features:
  • 10 songs including: I Will Survive, What is Love, Rio Rio & More
  • Music from: Billboards Rising Star Award® Winner Janelle Monae, Tony Award® Winner Kristin Chenoweth, Anne Hathaway, Grammy Award® Winners Bruno Mars & Jamie Fox & More! 
We've got some awesome goodies to go with the movie too, including gift tags, recipes, and cute Rio2 ornaments!  If you click on any of the files below, they'll pop up a printable size, downloadable file!



Want to win a copy of Rio2 Sing-Along for your family for the holidays?  Just use the Rafflecopter below to enter by leaving a comment telling me your favorite Christmas song.  I'm in a holiday mood right now and it's a sing-along DVD!  For extra entries, you can tweet about the giveaway.

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Disclosure: I was given the opportunity to receive an advance copy of Rio2 Sing-Along for myself and a copy to giveaway as part of my relationship with Fox Home Entertainment Insiders. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Space Scouts Monthly Subscription Club



I love when things work out!  For the last couple of weeks, I've had the Space Scouts subscription kits bookmarked on my computer for Ben.  It seems right up his alley--astronomy and getting mail once a month.  But with Christmas coming up, I hadn't pressed the trigger yet, thinking maybe it would be a good gift.  So when we got the chance to share a bit about Space Scouts and do a review of their kids?  We had to say yes!

Space Scouts monthly subscription club for kids is a delightful learning adventure aimed at discovering the wonders of the universe!  Each month your child will explore a new place in space -- stepping into the worlds of space exploration, space science, and astronomy.


Join Roxy and Jett as they scout about the galaxy engaging your child in fun learning activities, hands-on discovery, and exciting challenges. Packages arrive each month filled with fun additions to your collection -- magnets, stickers, toys, and more!

Disclosure: This post was written as a part of my ongoing relationship with US Family Guide. Our family received tickets to Wildlife Experience in appreciation for this post, all opinions are my own. Space Scouts is a stellar vehicle for launching your child's interest in science & technology! This is not your typical grab-bag subscription box. Space Scouts is a fun, educational experience where each month builds upon the previous. It's a great way to learn!


Price is affordable at $11.95 per month + $3.00 shipping, with discounts for multi-month purchase. Space Scouts is designed for kids age 6+. Visit our website to learn more!

Want to order Space Scouts for your child?  We have a 20% discount code for our readers!  Just use USFAMILY20 at checkout to receive 20% discount on initial purchase of any Space Scouts subscription plan.

Disclosure: This post was written as a part of my ongoing relationship with US Family Guide. Our family received a two-month subscription to Space Scouts in appreciation for this post, all opinions are my own.
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