I love the POPSUGAR Must Have Boxes. Whenever they ask me if I want to review one on here the answer is always a yes. The boxes never cease to delight me or you, the reader. I’m still rocking my Aloha hat from June’s box! The POPSUGAR August 2017 Must Have Box is a birthday celebration!
Not a subscriber? You do not want to miss out! Order yours today! Use code PARTY (expires 8/31) and receive $10 off your FIRST Must Have Box!!
POPSUGAR Must Have turns 5 this month! Woo hoo! Lisa Sugar has been curating her and her team of editors favorite items for us for 5 years. Wow! This month’s box features fun, new products from some of Lisa’s favorite brand obsessions. And I’m loving what was chosen, just look at these goodies!
First Aid Beauty: 5 in 1 Bouncy Mask
10 minutes to better skin! You can pamper yourself before you head out to celebrate. My skin felt softer, smoother, and it had a nice healthy glow.
Fringe Studio: Free Spirit Journal – sponsored by Jeep
I’m a sucker for a new journal and the phrase Free Spirit speaks to me. It;s hard to tell from the picture, gotta love lighting, but it is actually rose gold. One of my favorite colors and it matches my phone, it’s awesome.
Goodie Girl Cookies: Chocolate Chunk
Treat yourself without the guilt. Gluten free, peanut free, and so tasty!
Shoptiques.com: $25 Gift Card
A special surprise was this gift card. With Shoptiques, you can shop boutiques from all across the globe.
Dogeared: Friendship Bracelet
Pastel: Cheers Lacquered Tray
As you know I live for planning parties. My eyes immediately went to the this tray. Colorful confetti, gold outline, the word Cheers, I can’t wait to serve drinks or dessert on this at my next brunch!
Meri Meri: Gold Glitter Candles
Happy Birthday POPSUGAR Must Have! I’m celebrating you with these delicious cookies, and blowing out the Meri Meri candles for you!
A Month of Giveaways!
Any current subscribers and those of you who sign up in August, are eligible for a chance to win in the weekly giveaways!
Week 1: Limited # of lucky subscribers will win something from Pehr Designs
Week 2: Limited # of lucky subscribers will win something from First Aid Beauty
Week 3: Limited # of lucky subscribers will win something from Kendra Scott
Week 4: Limited # of lucky subscribers subscribers will win something from Tarte cosmetics
Week 5 (8/31): 5 Grand Prize! Limited # of subscribers something from Cambridge Satchel Co + 1 year Must
Don’t miss out on the party! Sign up today for the August Must Have Box! Get $10 off your first Must Have Box with code PARTY!! Hurry that deal ends August 31st, 2017!
I received the POPSUGAR Must Have Box in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.
What happens when Disney Learning teams up with Hal Leonard? You get the all new Disney Musical Exploration Books!
Thank you to Disney and Hal Leonard for sending these over!
Each book is based on an early childhood music curriculum commissioned by Disney Learning. Not only do these books include beautiful illustrations of some of our favorite characters, but also a wide variety of musical exploration activities. For more fun, additional online activities, including read-alongs, sing-alongs, and more, are available on the Hal Leonard Explore Music website.
Tangled: It’s Better When You Sing It
Everything is better when you sing it! As a former theater nerd, I can totally agree with this! In Rapnuzel’s story, kids create their own songs, and start to learn concepts like tempo, pitch, proper breathing, and how you can use music to express feelings.
My Princess is expressing her feelings by writing a new song.
Mickey’s Found Sounds
The Main Street Parade has been rained out, but Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, and Daisy aren’t going to let that ruin their fun! They create instruments using items they found around the house. In Mickey’s Found Sounds, kids can create their own musical instruments to play along with Mickey.
Hard at work making his drum!
Moana: The Beat of Your Heart
Moana is sharing her village’s love of music in this activity book. Kids can create their own percussion instruments to play along with the drums of Motonui. And when they are reenacting their favorite moments from the movie, what can I say except you’re welcome!
Look for each Disney musical exploration book at fine music and bookstores everywhere or by visiting Hal Leonard.
We had a blast at the 2017 Kings Dominion BBQ & Brew Fest kick-off! This is the 3rd season of this tasty food festival where Kings Dominion guests can experience delicious BBQ, the best local craft beers, and live entertainment!
Thank you Kings Dominion for inviting us to eat all the things!
The recipes were created by their new executive chef and trust me, when you step into Candy Apple Grove, home of the BBQ & Brew Fest, your mouth will start watering.
Just look at that Memphis-style Mac & Cheese.
Seriously those ribs though!! Find these Dry Rub Ribs at the Memphis stand.
Craft beer lovers you have to get yourself to the BBQ & Brew. Local breweries will be on hand to answer questions while you sample their best pours. Don’t worry wine drinkers, there are wines to try out as well.
Grab a souvenir BBQ & Brew mug to take home!
While you chow down on all the things, enjoy love music and entertainment during each day of the festival. There is a nice big clearing if you want to show off your dance skills.
You can see all the fun we had at the BBQ & Brew Fest on the vlog!
Purchase your Taste Tokens, online or at the park, to enjoy all of what the BBQ & Brew Fest has to offer. Items range from 2 tokens to 4. Each “tasting” is the Kings Dominion equivalent to a sample size.
Chicken Lollipops with tangy mustard BBQ sauce located at the Georgia stand. I highly recommend these. We had to get more because my daughter stole mine!
She doesn’t look like she feels bad at all does she?
It wouldn’t be a day at Kings Dominion without enjoying all the fun they have to offer!
You know it’s going to be a fun day when Snoopy welcomes you to the park with music and a photobomb!
After the kids chowed down on delicious food, we headed over to Soak City! DID YOU KNOW: Soak City is included FREE with your regular admission to Kings Dominion? It’s like two parks in one!
With all the amazing happenings at Kings Dominion coming up in the Fall, you DO NOT want to miss out! Buy your tickets today!
This post is sponsored by Kings Dominion. All opinions are my own.
A new school year means change. Some kids take that head on, others need a little more encouragement. We are facing a BIG change this year. My Princess, my first born, is going to Middle School. *Stops to sob in the corner* She is starting the year off in a new school, with kids she doesn’t know, and the dreaded changing for gym thing is happening. Although my son isn’t changing schools, he is moving on to second grade with a new teacher. He isn’t always the most eager when it comes to change. So what can we do as parents to help them feel comfortable with all changes a new school year can bring?
Thank you to Hanes for sponsoring this post.
Whether they are facing a new school or just a new classroom, these 5 tips will help them keep calm, comfortable, cool, and ready to tackle the new school year.
5 Tips for First Day of School Comfort
1. Visit the School/Open House
If your child is attending a new school, check to see if that school has summer hours. It is a great time to get them in the door and begin acclimating to their new surroundings without a million kids in the way. Also check for an Open House or Meet the Teacher event. My kids love seeing their new classroom, desk, and meeting who is in charge of them during the year.
On the first day of school, they will look like pros who don’t need their mom and just walk away leaving her to trail behind… I mean, look how confident they are!
2. Find Your Path
Car riders, walkers, and bus riders all need to know when they need to get out the door. If your child walks or rides a bike, take them on the path so they are familiar with how to get to school. Bus riders should know where to stand and what time is the latest they can run out the door and still make it on time. I was guilty of pushing that limit a few times!
3. Clothing Essentials
Hanes.com has all the back-to-school basics my kids need and for really great prices. I can also snag essentials for my husband and I, one-stop shop? Yes please. Why are we so #HappyinHanes? Hanes products are comfortable, durable, and made with your needs in mind.
EZ Sort® socks might be her pick because she likes the feel and colors, but I like the not hunting for matches thing. With the perfect for layering, ComfortBlend® Girls’ TAGLESS® Camis, she doesn’t feel weird about having to change in front of the other girls during gym class. The X-Temp™ technology keeps them cool from the classroom to the playground. And FreshIQ™ advanced odor protection technology, saves my nose when my son takes off his shoes!
4. Talk it Out
Before the chaos begins, set aside some time and snuggle up on the couch or grab lunch one-on-one. Talk with your children about how they feel going into the new year. Talking about their concerns and hearing encouragement or even an embarrassing story or two, will help them feel confident walking back into school.
5. Enter this Giveaway
I’m partnering with Hanes to give one lucky reader an mazing Back to School Comfort Kit! The winner will receive:
$50 Hanes Visa Gift Card
3 Back-to-School styles from Hanes (based on age and gender of winner)
Styles will include selections with Hanes X-Temp™ and FreshIQ™ technologies to keep kids cool and fresh all day!
This post is sponsored by Hanes. All opinions about boys’ smelly feet are my own.
Calling all superheroes! The LEGO DC Super Hero Girls Brain Drain is coming to DVD August 8th! You do not want to miss this all-new adventure starring your favorite DC Super Hero Girls!
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this blog post. The opinions I share are my own.