The Diary of a Nouveau Soccer Mom

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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Monday, November 03, 2014

Healthy Breakfast Pairings with Daisy Cottage Cheese

It's not always easy to find healthy, protein packed breakfasts when you're in a hurry.  With two kids, a dog, a husband, and teaching morning classes several times a week, it's even harder.  I also love to fit in my 30-min kick-boxing style workout in the mornings, which makes a protein-based breakfast even more important.


This is where Daisy Brand Cottage Cheese comes in. I'm trying out the Daisy difference in the mornings to get my day off to a better start.   Daisy Brand Cottage Cheese features just 3 ingredients--cultured skim milk, cream and salt, along with 13 grams of protein per 1/2 cup serving at only 110 calories!  It’s also an excellent source of protein, a good source of calcium, and gluten free.

What are my favorite cottage cheese pairings?  In the mornings, it's fruit for sure!  This week, I picked up fresh pineapple with is amazing with cottage cheese, but I'm also a fan of strawberries, peaches and pears.  Another top pick is a bit of fresh preserves--I have a blueberry-kiwi one a friend made for me that really hits the spot.  They're perfect for on the go breakfasts, just grab a recyclable container, a spoon, and go!  I sometimes pre-prep the servings so all I have to do is top it with fruit.


I also discovered some of the awesome Daisy Brand Cottage Cheese recipes on their website!  I'm really looking forward to trying the Chicken Alfredo Lasagna and the Cottage Egg Salad.  There are even dessert ideas--dark chocolate mousse????  Yes please!

What are some of your favorite cottage cheese recipes and cottage cheese snacks?

Disclosure: Thank you to Daisy Brand for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try Daisy Cottage Cheese! 

Daisy Brand's 2% cottage cheese also adds vitamin A palmitate and is 90 calories per half cup.)  It's also 100% pure, with no additives, preservatives, or added growth hormones* i

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Wildlife Experience {Review}


This past weekend, the kids, the husband and I headed up to Denver to check out the Wildlife Experience!  Faith and I have camped there before with Girl Scouts, but Ben hasn't seen it yet.  I knew he was going to love it and it didn't disappoint.


Part of the museum offers rotating exhibits.  We went on a day that offered Halloween festivities, including owl flying, but there is an awesome Lego Travel Adventure starting soon.  Faith and I saw a geocaching exhibit a couple of years ago too, so there's always something fun and different.


But our favorite part is definitely the (permanent) Globeology exhibit!  When you enter the museum, you walk to the second floor which takes you to a multi-story walk-through exhibit.  The beginning starts with Science on a Sphere, a large globe showing views from space (including lights at night, heat sources, etc).


After the globe, the entry to the exhibit is straight ahead.  As you meander your way down the ramps through the different climates/biomes, animals and habitats are displayed, along with computer displays with games, facts, and information.  There are animals to find, animatronics to check out, even a reef of real coral fish that have a designated feeding time.


The website includes teacher/leader guides, but the kids loved the scavenger hunt option provided by the museum.  Laminated cards are available at the beginning of the exhibit to use on your walk through the landscapes, but we also did our own version of "Guess what I found?"  The panda hiding in the bamboo is my personal favorite.


A new exciting exhibit opens on November 1, 2014--Lego Travel Adventure! Students will plan a voyage that encourages them to think geographically and apply physical science in building and testing LEGO transportation models. They'll work together to determine how to get over land, over water, and through the air. After designing and building, they'll test, revise, and share results.

Want to check one of these out?  Right now, we have a coupon for our readers for $1 each admission to the museum.  Just click here for the coupon!

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.
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Earth to Echo {Giveaway}


We've been waiting for this movie!  The kids saw the previews awhile ago and we somehow never made it to the theater, so we were very happy it was going to be part of our Fox Home Insiders packages.  We've got some fun Echo stuff coming up too as Faith & Ben have each adopted an Echo of their very own.

Earth to Echo is a tale told through the eyes of Tuck, Munch and Alex, a trio of pals who make an out-of-this-world discovery. The best friends venture out of their neighborhood to find the true meaning of friendship. After receiving signals on their phones, they meet Echo, a small, but amazingly energetic, alien trying to make his way back to his home planet. As they race to help their new friend, the boys will discover that little Echo has touched their hearts in unexpected ways and changed their lives forever.

What are some of your favorite ways to spend time outdoors with your friends?  We've got a list of some of our favorites here, no technology required!

  • Pick Up Games - There is nothing like starting a sports pickup game with all your neighborhood friends. Between sitting in class all day and coming home to do homework, a quick game, whether it is hockey, baseball, basketball or soccer, will let you use up some of that energy you’ve been storing! Not only this, but this is an awesome way to make new friends. 
  • Bike Rides - With your parents permission of course, take a cruise around the neighborhood with your friends! Also, make sure you wear a helmet. You can use your imagination and make fun adventures out of your journey!
  • Hide N’ Seek - A neighborhood game of Hide N’ Seek is the ultimate outside activity. With permission from your parents, and of course, using the buddy system when it comes to hiding, Hide N’ Seek is sure to be an awesome time.
  • Backyard Campout - Ask your mom and dad to set up a backyard camp out for you and your friends! Start by setting up a tent and marking your territory with your sleeping bag! You can spend the night telling scary stories and eating S’mores!
  • Chalk - The most underrated outside activity has to be chalk! It is so much fun to create fun pictures and even games with all your friends. You can play hopscotch or tic-tac-toe or use your imagination to draw wonderful pictures!
Want to win a copy of Earth to Echo for your family?  Use the Rafflecopter below to enter, leaving me a comment about your favorite outdoor activity, past or present.  You can also tweet about the giveaway for a second optional entry.

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Disclosure: I was given the opportunity to receive an advance copy of Earth to Echo 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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