#McCafeTakeover Twitter Party

I've been craving a good cup of coffee! My son has had a tickle in his throat which has been keeping him up at night, and I am in tired. Just one night of good sleep would be so nice, but for now, I'm running on coffee. Are you in need of a cup of coffee too?

To wrap up the final days of McDonald's free coffee event, they'll be hosting a #McCafeTakeover Twitter party today, Friday April 11 at noon. It’s going to be a fun afternoon of conversation, trivia, and giveaways; during the party we will even surprise one winner with free McCafé coffee for a year! Winner must redeem at participating McDonald’s in Southeastern, PA; Southern, NJ; and Kent & New Castle Counties, DE.

I'll be there for the first half hour and I'd love it if you could join me!

When: TODAY! Friday, April 11, 2014 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm EST

Hashtag: #McCafeTakeover / Moderator: @McDPhilly  / About the Party:

With spring in full swing, we find ourselves rushing in the morning to get out the door, running errands after work, and spring cleaning and planting on the weekends. With all of the fun activities, sporting and after school events that the spring season brings, it’s so important to have a pick-me-up to get through the day!

Twitter Party rules:  

  • Follow @McDPhilly
  • Use the hashtag #McCafeTakeover to stay in the conversation
  • Invite friends and followers

See you there!


Disney Planes: Fire and Rescue Movie Trailer

Many of us are still mesmerized by Frozen, but there's a new Disney movie ready to make headlines too! My friends over at Disney just sent me the “Thunder" trailer  for Disney's PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE and I wanted to share it with you.

Here's a little bit about the movie from Walt Disney Motion Picture Studios: 

From the world of “Cars” soars “Planes: Fire & Rescue," a new comedy-adventure featuring a quirky crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of wildfire air attack. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous air attack team, including spirited super scooper Lil' Dipper (Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire, and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. Directed by Bobs Gannaway (“Secret of the Wings”), "Planes: Fire & Rescue" ignites July 18, 2014. 


See more at Website: www.Disney.com/Planes 


Kid's Easter Egg Hunt Tips


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Tips for Easter Egg Hunts With Kids



Walk a Tight Rope at Chick-fil-A in Lima PA

My friends at Chick-fil-A Lima are hosting a Family Night tomorrow from 5:30-7:00 pm. Learn how to walk on a tight rope! Alice will be there to show you how to walk the tight rope, she will teach you the tricks and then even let you try it with her help or on our own. How cool is that? Alice will perform at 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm. Join us for dinner and fun! Bring your camera!


Recycled Egg Carton Caterpillar Butterfly Craft


American Dream Builders $50 Lowe's Gift Card Giveaway


Right now, I'm dreaming of a new kitchen. A kitchen with stylish wooden cabinets, an oven that will bake over 350 degrees, and a space that feels modern. My kitchen is old, on its last legs and in desperate need of a makeover. When it comes to that space in my house, I have a lot of dreaming to do!

What if you could make your home into your Dream Home? 

There's a new t.v. show about to do just that! American Builders is a new show on NBC hosted by famed interior designer and best-selling author, Nate Berkus. On the show, you'll follow the nation’s top designers and home builders as they compete to be crowned the Ultimate Dream Builder and take home a $250,000 cash prize. 

Take a look here:

The show airs Sundays at 8/7c on NBC & you can enter for a chance to win $100,000 in products and services from Lowe’s and a consultation with the winner of American Dream Builders! Wouldn't that be amazing to win?

Enter for a chance to win your dream renovation at www.nbc.com/lowes.


Follow the show on Facebook and Twitter for a chance to win more prizes from American Dream Builders and Lowe’s!

To celebrate the premiere of the show, one of my lucky readers is going to win a $50 Lowe's gift card!

To enter, just sign up for my monthly newsletter. Once you've subscribed, leave a comment below letting me know what room you would makeover if you could re-do any room in your home and why you chose that room. On April 1st at 12 noon, one random subscriber will be chosen to receive the $50 Lowe's Gift Card, thanks to my friends at American Dream Builders! 



Did you watch the premiere of American Dream Builders? If so, what did you think?

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Have a Fun & Happy Spring Break With The Kids

When I first heard about International Happiness Day I thought it was just another one of those made-up holidays, but I was wrong. I was surprised to learn that it was actually created by the United Nations to help show people that happiness is not something that is only for the rich.
Happiness may have different meanings for different people.  But we can all agree that it means working to end conflict, poverty and other unfortunate conditions in which so many of our fellow human beings live.
Happiness is neither a frivolity nor a luxury.  It is a deep-seated yearning shared by all members of the human family.  It should be denied to no-one and available to all.  This aspiration is implicit in the pledge of the United Nations Charter to promote peace, justice, human rights, social progress and improved standards of life.
What does happiness mean to you?  One of the things that really makes me happy is spending time with my kids, and with Spring Break coming up, I wanted to share some tips for having a happy and low-stress break. Here they are:

1) Let the kids burn off some energy outside by heading to a State Park or going to your local arboretum.
2) Avoid the crowds - If you're planning field trips, "plan them for later in the afternoon when attractions are less likely to be crowded" says Jennifer of Jersey Family Fun.

3) Just Relax - Jessica, of DelcopaMoms says "I don't know about everyone else's families but mine runs from soccer to t-ball to gymnastics and back again. If there is one week this spring where the kids don't have activities, we're vegging out! We have one planned activity the entire week. I also plan to hang, watch tv, probably do a TON of coloring but we're relaxing!"

4) Let your child help plan an activity. Allowing my kids to choose one special activity during Spring Break helps to keep them happy. I have scheduled a playdate for each of my sons with one of their closest friends. Doing this ahead of time makes me feel prepared and gives us all something to look forward to.

5) Don't overplan! - Jacquie from KC Edventures says "We don't overplan for spring break because we love not having a schedule. We sleep in on most days, enjoy a movie or two together, head to a nature center etc. Low key days."

6) Expect the Unexpected - "My biggest piece of advice after our break this year is 'have a back-up plan'. We've had temps in the 30s and snow!! I know - crazy -- so have a few things in mind in case you get bad weather. Visit a museum for an afternoon, maybe an indoor pool, etc. Oh yea - Take advantage of library programs during break - they are great too!" says Jacquie. 

7) Keep a good balance - Kristen from Busy Moms Happy Kids says "Make them "work" for their electronics time. Balance it with creating, playing, outside time, reading, chores, and exercise. Every 30 minutes they spend doing the above, earns them 10 minutes of electronics."

8) Trust your instincts - You know your kids best. Some kids like to go with the flow and other kids thrive on a strict routine. Kristen uses a schedule to help her kids know what is what is expected of them.  If you have a child that flourishes with a routine, check out Kristin's post about scheduling your day.

9) Check around for local deals and discounts. Go Roller Skating for FREE or Go Bowling for FREE

10) Do something completely spontaneous! When my son and I took a spur-of-the-moment trolley ride, we had the most amazing a
fternoon.  It wasn't anything extraordinary and it didn't cost very much money, yet it was a day I will never forget.  

Sometimes, I feel like we're over scheduled, and other times, I'm rushing to set up last-minute play dates.  It's not always easy to find a happy medium, but I think that these tips are a great start in the right direction.  Do you have any other tips for a fun & happy spring break?