The Diary of a Nouveau Soccer Mom

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Help Dogs in Need with Pedigree Dog Food #PedigreeGives

Did you know October is Pet Adopt Month?  If you've been thinking of a fur baby of your very own, this could be a great time to adopt a dog.  Check out your local shelters and rescues and give a homeless dog or puppy a place to call their own.

But if you aren't in the place to adopt a dog, we've got a grew way you can help! Pedigree has a great new project called #PedigreeGives and with the help of #CollectiveBias and Sam's Club we're spreading the word about how you can help shelter dogs!

It's no secret that I absolutely adore my dog.  Dante is quite possibly the sweetest and smartest dog I have ever met, and that's not even my fur mama bias showing!  He's cuddly, cute, and terribly patient, especially as I'm dressing him up to assist in blog posts.  I only have to bribe him with a few plain dog treats and he is happy to help.

Baby Dante at rescue, from a few days old to several weeks!

He's also a rescue dog.  His entire litter was found abandoned on the side of the road in rural Oklahoma.  They were approximately 2 days old, umbilical cords still attached, and there was no mama dog with them.  Thankfully, the finders took them to Miami Animal Alliance where they were cuddled, loved, and bottle fed until they were old enough to find homes.  M.A.A. brought them to their Denver partner and we saw Dante's picture online his first night in Colorado.  We drove up to Denver and came home with our fur baby.  That was about two and a half years ago and we are so happy to be his family.

What if you have all the fur babies you can handle or you just can't adopt a dog right now?  You can still help!!!

We found all sorts of options from Pedigree at Sam's Club in the Pet Care aisle!

During October, Pedigree is helping to feed shelter dogs by donating one bowl of dog food for every Pedigree dog food product purchased at Sam's Club.  While you're buying food for your own pet, you can still help homeless pets too.  Or, you could buy Pedigree dog food at Sam's Club and donate it to your local shelter or rescue, knowing that Pedigree is donating a bowl too!  Many homeless dogs and puppies will be thanking you.  And Dante says thank you too, since he is very certain how much rescue dogs rock!

Dante helped me load up our trunk with some donations for our local shelter and post for pictures to help spread the word.  His human sister also helps out at our local Humane Society as part of her Girl Scout Troop and, of course, he's our very special rescue baby.  He'll celebrate adopt a shelter dog month with some yummy homemade dehydrated turkey bacon and a few naps on my bed!

How does your family give back?  Do you have a rescue baby of your own?
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mr. Peabody & Sherman Time Period Party #PeabodyFrenchRevolution

Our whole family loved Mr. Peabody & Sherman!  It's one of the few movies we've seen lately that appeals to kids and parents.  It's funny, cute, and has a good message about family.  It also has some really cool history facts embedded in it, which makes the history teacher/homeschool mom in me quite happy!

Thanks to our friends at Fox Home Entertainment Insiders, our sneak preview of Mr. Peabody & Sherman was also time period themed and our time period was the French Revolution!  During the movie, Mr. Peabody & Sherman travel back and meet Marie Antoinette, famous for her penchant for cake.

My own Mr. Peabody & Sherman, doesn't Dante look adorable?

We've covered only a little bit of the French Revolution in our homeschool studies, we'll work towards it sometime this spring.  However, we used this site for a bit of background reading and printed up some other readings.  We also printed some of the fun activity sheets from Fox (see below for printouts).

Our favorite two activities though, besides watching Mr. Peabody & Sherman, were our "Let them eat cake" cupcake decorating and making French Revolution hats.  For the cupcakes, just whip up a batch of your favorite flavor, then provide multiple tubes of icing, sprinkles and other decorative goodies.  I have yet to find a kid who doesn't enjoy decorating their own cupcakes.

The hats were also easy to make!  We used construction paper where we traced a rough three scalloped hat, then cut it twice from the paper.  I stapled the edges carefully, then we punched out circles for buttons and cut a feather from another piece of construction paper.  Faith's is extra fancy where I edged the feather to give it a bit more texture.

We also have plenty of goodies from Fox to help you with a Mr. Peabody & Sherman themed party!  Click on any of the sheets below to enlarge them to printable size.

Don't forget to check out our giveaway for your own copy of Mr. Peabody & Sherman on DVD!

Disclosure: I was given the opportunity to receive an advance copy of Mr. Peabody & Sherman 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, October 15, 2014

Mr. Peabody & Sherman {Giveaway}

It's hard to come up with a movie that everyone in the family likes.  But back in the summer, we decided to take the kids to a little local theater that shows movies that have been out for a little bit.  Mr. Peabody & Sherman was playing and it seemed like one they might like.  Well, they did, but so did the grownups!  Since then, the kids have been stalking my email for our Fox Home Insiders news to see if we would get a copy.

Not only do we get a copy, but check back this weekend for our special Mr. Peabody & Sherman movie and craft day with friends.  We're all set to check out the French Revolution with them.

Click on these for larger files, printable Mr. Peabody & Sherman bookmarks!

Unleash the fun at home with the hilarious comedy-adventure, DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman is based on the characters that first appeared in in the late 1950s and early 1960s animated television series “Rocky and His Friends” and “The Bullwinkle Show,” Mr. Peabody is an inventor, scientist and genius who just happens to be a dog. With his son Sherman, he will embark on the most extraordinary adventure imaginable as they race against time to repair history and save the future.

Click to expand for a Mr. Peabody & Sherman coloring page!

Mr. Peabody & Sherman arrives on Digital HD on September 23 and on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on October 14, but we've got a copy to give away to one of our readers!

Know a little about Mr. Peabody & Sherman and their WABAC?  Using the Rafflecopter below, tell me where you would go in the WABAC!  Tweet about the giveaway for a second entry.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: I was given the opportunity to receive an advance copy of  Mr. Peabody & Sherman 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, October 07, 2014

Wishing Star Farm {Colorado Outings}

Fall means time for fall festivals and pumpkin patches, regardless of the ages in your family!

This weekend, the kids, the husband and I headed out to Calhan, Colorado to Wishing Star Farm Fall Festival to check out the offerings.  This had been one of our favorite fall traditions back in Texas and we were quite excited to resurrect it in Colorado.

What's included?  Spend the afternoon checking out the animals at the petting zoo, play in the corn bins, jump on the inflatable pillow, take a train ride, enjoy a hay ride, try out the water pump duck races, climb the hay bales and enjoy the tire swings.  For an extra fee, there are pony rides for the littles and an awesome store stocked with local goodies.  Concessions are available as well.

Everyone is invited to take some of the fall harvest home with them. Pumpkins are $3 each and can be purchased with admission for the quantity of your choice.

Our favorites?  I'm partial to visiting the animals, especially the donkeys (and I absolutely loved the two farm dogs).  Faith and Ben were enthralled with sitting and playing in the corn bins, even at their ages, along with experimenting with the duck races and racing each other back and forth.  The inflatable pillow was a huge hit as well, I had to finally make them leave!

Thinking about checking out Wishing Star Farm?  Click here for a coupon for $1 off your admission.

Disclosure: This post was written as a part of my ongoing relationship with US Family Guide. Our family received tickets to Wishing Star Farm Fall Festival in appreciation for this post, all opinions are my own.
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

It's a Septem-bear to Remem-bear! Snuggle is 30!

I've always loved the Snuggle commercial and the Snuggle bear.  He is just too cute and the commercials were a big part of my very-80s childhood.  I mean, really, how can you not just love that face.  I still remember the commercials and wanting a bear of my very own.  This was long before cable and DVRs, so you actually had to watch the commercials and the Snuggle bear was always a favorite!

Some fun facts about SnuggleBear:
  • Snuggle Bear was created by the Jim Hensen Company to represent snuggable softness and fabric softener freshness
  • Snuggle Bear became a pop culture icon over the past three decades, appearing in 80's/TV compilations and social media memes
  • Snuggle Bear sits alongside Wonder Woman’s outfit and Jeannie’s bottle in the Museum of TV Memorabilia.
  • Snuggle Bear has a growing social media presence with a remarkably high level of engagement among his fans and followers on his official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels. Visit Snuggle, and like Snuggle on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram for more fun details.
  • In 2014, Snuggle® launched Snuggle Scent Boosters®, which gives laundry a boost of freshness with a convenient single pack.
Check out the Snuggle timeline!
You may want to click on this to enlarge it a bit!

We celebrated our Septem-bear to Remem-bear with a gift package from Snuggles, including laundry softener and dryer sheets, which is making the laundry smell awesome.  We also have a gift package to giveaway to one of our readers too!

Using the Rafflecopter below, share with me one of your favorite 80s childhood pop-culture memories!  If you weren't a child of the 80s, definitely share your 70s or 90s or whichever memory too!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: The information and prize packs were provided to me by Snuggle.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.
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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Cavalia's Odysseo in Denver {Colorado Outings}

Faith and I got the opportunity to check out Cavalia's Odysseo a few nights ago in Denver as part of their social media night.  It made the perfect, early 12th birthday gift for my girl and was an absolutely amazing show.

Not only did we enjoy premier seats to view the beautiful horses and talented performers, we were able to enjoy a delicious VIP meal beforehand and a tour of the stables and stage afterwards.  It's hard to describe the beauty of the show in words, pictures barely do it justice.

Odysseo combines music, dancing, acrobatics, along with horses to give the view a truly multi-dimensional experience.  Faith and I both felt it took the viewer through a year (seasons) with the performers and the horses, depending on the music and scenery in each act.

The effects, including 3 Imax screens in the back of the stage, truly make the show.  The screens accent the hill, so the horses really are coming towards the audience at many points.  The water finale is also incredible with the waterfall imagery and the actual water in the main stage area.

Odysseo is playing in Denver until October 12, 2014.  The social media team from Cavalia has offered us a discount to share with our readers. Use the code SMNDEN and you will receive 10% off your next ticket purchase online, at the box office or over the phone.

Disclosure: As noted, we received our tickets to Cavalia's Odysseo as part of their social media promotion.  No compensation was received for this post, all opinions are my own.
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Ladies' Night Out at iT'Z

We always enjoy a fun family day out at iT'Z.  The kids love the pizza buffet and game room, and the husband and I enjoy sitting back and letting them have a good time.

Right now, iT'Z has a fun new event going on, on October 2, 2014, at the Colorado Springs location!

Please join iT'Z for a special Ladies' Night Out event, where you will enjoy a discounted buffet, arcade games, attractions, and on-site vendors who will be providing coupons, services and more!

Each attendee will receive:
  • $4.99 buffet, which includes drink & a $10 game card 
  • Complimentary gift bag 
  • On-site vendors with coupons, services and more
Space is limited. Reserve your place by registering online here.

Disclosure: This post was written as a part of my ongoing relationship with US Family Guide. Our family received a family pack to iT'Z in appreciation for this post, all opinions are my own.
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