Carlee AKA Frugal and Fun Mom

Jul 292014
 

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Fuel Rewards Network Program. Opinions expressed are that of my own.

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The Fuel Rewards Network loved my 1st post so much, Save Money on Gas and Enter a $25 Shell Gift Card GIVEAWAY, they gave me another Shell Gift Card to giveaway.

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FFM

Jul 282014
 

I was provided a complimentary pass along with accommodations to spread the word about the #WOWSummit.  Opinions expressed are that of my own.

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I’m going to the Moms Meet #WOWSummit November 7-9 2014 in Orlando, FLORIDA! Care to join me?

There is an Early Bird Special if you Register by July 31st by SAVING 50% off of your registration! You can also save an additional 20% using my exclusive blogger code Summit-STW058.

Plus, by signing up early you will be entered in to a drawing for tickets to the Walt Disney World Resort!

WOWSummit Orlando Details

The event includes Great Speakers on Healthy Living along with Parenting Experts. There will be also be featured brands like Zevia Soda, Kids Fresh, and Kiwi Magazine! In addition, you will get to try TONS of products at the exhibit hall!

Interested in attending?  Find more details at bit.ly/WOWsummit.

Hope to see you there!

FFM

Jul 272014
 

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Movie

Being a kid who was raised in the 80′s and 90′s, I know all about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  I used to watch the cartoons after school as a preteen, and I think my little sisters even had a couple of the toys. Actually as I am writing this post, the original theme song is playing inside my head…“Turtle Power!”

Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo are heading to the BIG Screen, and through a sponsored post opportunity, I am helping Paramount Pictures spread the word about TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES.

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In recent years, these Martial Art Turtles have made a come back on Nickelodeon and the show’s popularity has soared.  These teen mutants have gotten an upgrade in look and their theme song now even has a hip hop beat.

I have seen their “Hashtag” floating around on Social Media A LOT, and I think it is due to the parents liking the show just as much as the kids. I mean DUDE, parents like comedy, karate action, and PIZZA!

Teenage Mutant Masks

My son is just getting old enough to watch the new version of the show, and we have had fun checking out the merchandise. We found coloring books and plenty of action figures.

Of course we had to try on the masks, and I managed to get talked into to buying one. Luckily for my son I was feeling sentimental and didn’t need too much convincing.

Want to also become a Turtle?  You can do it virtually at TMNT Yourself.

If you are looking for more grown-up Turtle fun, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES is hitting theaters August 8th!

Based on the original series, the Turtles team up with reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) to fight the evil Shredder and his evil Foot Clan. Through martial arts, skate boarding skills, and pizza fueled WIT, these reptile brothers save the city.

Are you a TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLE fan? Who is your favorite Turtle?

The film is rated PG 13 and directed by Jonathon Liebesman along with being produced by Michael Bay (of course it is action packed). It also includes cast members Will Arnett, William Fichtner, K. Todd Freeman, Danny Woodburn, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, Minae Noji, and I even saw Whoopi Goldberg in the previews. 

Visit teenagemutantninjaturtlesmovie.com for more movie information. You can also check out trailers and updates at facebook.com/TMNT, Twitter at @TMNTMovie, and tmntmovie.tumblr.com.

FFM

“This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Paramount Pictures blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.”

Jul 242014
 

Bacon and Onion Vegetable Dip!  Perfect Party Recipe!

My youngest sister was having a baby shower, and I wanted to put together something simple yet delicious.

I told her I would bring vegetables to the party, so I figured I would also make a dip to go along with it.  In addition, I also brought along a Layered Dessert Trifle.

Bacon and Onion Vegetable Dip!  Perfect Party Recipe!

This would be my first time making a vegetable dip from scratch, but I wanted this recipe to include Bacon so I came up with my own concoction.

After some experimenting, I created a mixture that was SO GOOD! Not to mention, it got great feedback at the shower.

Bacon and Onion Vegetable Dip!  Perfect Party Recipe!

Of course I took photos just in case it turned out to be a keeper, and AWESOME tasting. So, here is how I did it.

Bacon Onion Vegetable Dip - Serves 20 or more depending upon the crowd

What you will need:

5 pieces of cooked crumbled bacon  (You will set aside one of the pieces)

1 tsp of Garlic Powder

1 tsp of Seasoned Salt

1/2 cup of Diced Green Onions (You will set aside 1 tbsp)

3 tbsp of Mayonnaise

2 blocks of 8 oz cream cheese

Cream Cheese for Bacon Onion Vegetable Dip

Directions:

Completely combine the 4 pieces of crumbled bacon, garlic powder, seasoned salt, diced green onions, mayo, and cream cheese with a mixer.

Tip: I first mixed it a little with a spoon to break apart the cream cheese, and then I started the mixer on the medium setting.

Bacon and Onion Vegetable Dip!  Perfect Party Recipe!

Once it is totally combined, place this into a decorative bowl for serving.

Tip: It is a thicker dip so you can always add a little more mayo to make it creamier.

Bacon and Onion Vegetable Dip!  Perfect Party Recipe!

Some of it will stick to the mixer, but it is easily removed with a spoon. Smooth this out in the bowl for a level surface.

Bacon and Onion Vegetable Dip!  Perfect Party Recipe!

Top the mix in the bowl with the left over pieces of crumbled bacon and tbsp of diced onion. Refrigerate.

Serve along side carrots, broccoli, tomatoes, or other chopped veggies.

Bacon and Onion Vegetable Dip!  Perfect Party Recipe!

A little goes a long way, and I served this at a party with over 20 adults.

I did not set up my veggies until I got to the party, so I took a photo of the finished product with my phone.

Bacon and Onion Vegetable Dip!  Perfect Party Recipe!

Do you make a similar Vegetable Dip? What ingredients do you include?

If you try this recipe out, Enjoy!

FFM

Jul 242014
 

The following is a sponsored post on behalf of Champions for Kids #SummerofGiving.

Food Pantry Simple Service Project! #SummerofGiving

In addition to my family recently making a Donation to the Salvation Army via the Champions for Kids Summer of Giving Program, we also got together with my daughter and son’s friends to make a donation to a local Food Pantry.

We were provided with a $35 Gift Card to Walmart to help facilitate our trip, and we also made a family match in dollars.

Food Pantry Simple Service Project! #SummerofGiving

Their mother and I decided to make this day both educational and fun.

We got up early and did our shopping, and later in the day the kids would enjoy some playtime.

Food Pantry Simple Service Project! #SummerofGiving

As we headed over to Walmart, we discussed what we were doing and how families would be benefiting from our donation that may not have enough to eat.

We also explained how blessed we were to not worry about going hungry, and why we should help others in need.

Food Pantry Simple Service Project! #SummerofGiving

As we shopped, we picked up vegetables, canned tomatoes, and pasta.

These items were foods that could easily be turned into a large filling meal.

Food Pantry Simple Service Project! #SummerofGiving

Once we were finished checking out, we drove over to the Food Pantry.

There, the kids hand delivered the food and the volunteers gave them a tour inside.

Food Pantry Simple Service Project! #SummerofGiving

As we left, we asked the kids to tell us the purpose of our trip and who it would be helping. They knew, and told us exactly what it was all about.

Afterward, the kiddos got to play and we moms got in some socialization time.

 

Food Pantry Simple Service Project! #SummerofGiving

 

Just like our first trip, it did not take very much to make a big difference. Again we were helping families in our community, and also teaching our children about the importance of giving.

Have you ever performed a Simple Service Project? What did you do to help those in need?

Food Pantry Simple Service Project! #SummerofGiving

For more details about the Champions for Kids #SummerofGiving and its goal to provide 5 million meals this summer, visit the frozen food aisle at your local Walmart Super Center or visit cfkhelpkidsthrive.org. There you can also find out details on how you could win $25,000 for your favorite school.

You can also follow Champions for Kids on Facebook at facebook.com/ChampionsForKids.

FFM

Jul 202014
 

This post is sponsored by Pop Secret, but my opinions about the Perfect Pop App are all my own.

Pop Secret Popcorn App

A fun Movie Playdate can easily be ruined with Burned Popcorn, but thanks to the FREE Perfect Pop App I got to serve my family great tasting bowls of Pop Secret!

This weekend we had a family get together with all the cousins at my parents home. Before we headed over though, I told my Mom I would pick up a movie for the kids to watch and Pop Secret Popcorn for a snack.

When we got there the kids immediately went to playing, and my Mom downloaded the FREE Perfect Pop App to her iPhone.

Using the Pop Secret App

I put in the popcorn and started up the microwave. My Dad held up my Mom’s phone so the kids could see what was going on inside.

FYI, When using the APP make sure there is not a lot of noise in front of the microwave. The kids were so happy to see each other they were louder than the popping popcorn. We figured this out after a couple tries.

Popsecret Perpect Pop App

When the popcorn started to pop, it appeared on the screen of the phone. The kids thought this was neat. In addition, fun movies facts “popped” up on the screen to keep the Adults entertained.

As the bag filled up we got notification that the treat was almost ready. Once the app indicated to stop the microwave, I pulled out a perfect bag of great tasting popcorn.

Popsecret App

Want to also try the FREE Perfect Pop App?

First, Download Perfect Pop (“Perfect Popcorn”) for free on the App Store to your iPhone 5+ on iOS. 7+.*

Second, put a bag of Pop Secret in the microwave and enter the suggested cooking time from the packaging. Note: Perfect Pop is optimized for the deliciousness of Pop Secret popcorn only.

Third, turn up the volume on your iPhone. Point the phone’s speaker towards the microwave and keep within 3 feet.

How To Use The Popsecret App

Fourth, start the microwave, and then start the app. Perfect Pop listens to the pops, waiting for the precise moment to let you know when your popcorn is perfect.

Finally, when the APP indicates that the popcorn is ready, STOP the microwave. See how the APP works here Perfect Pop Video.

Cousins and movie time

The kids gobbled up this popcorn during their fun playdate, and I ended up popping 3 bags for everyone to share.

Have you tried the FREE Perfect Pop App yet? What is the next movie you plan on watching at home?

Watching a Movie with Pop Secret Popcorn

To learn more about the app visit perfectpopapp.com.

I can’t wait to try this out again, the popcorn tasted great and the movie time was a blast!

FFM

*Apple is not affiliated and does not endorse, sponsor or support this third party app.

Jul 192014
 

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received one 4 oz. spray bottle of Puracyn® OTC Wound & Skin Care and a branded first aid kit. All opinions, text and experiences are my own.

When you live in a house with 3 kids there are bound to be “boo boos”. Most of the time they are minor bumps, cuts, or scraps and do not require a trip to the emergency room. However, they are still a big deal to my kids, and minor issues should still be treated to prevent infection.

Of course using any type of medicine that burns is out of the question for my guys. The first thing my kids will ask me when I am administering First Aid is, “Will it burn?”.

In June my family went on a summer vacation and thanks to Puracyn, I had a preventive First Aid Kit to bring along for any potential boo boos.

Puracyn OTC Wound & Skin Care is a unique, patented solution of electrochemically treated saline for cleaning and healing wounds, including cuts, abrasions, irritations and lacerations. The solution mimics compounds naturally produced by the body, making it an ideal aid in wound cleaning and healing.

The formula is non-irritating, non-toxic and non-sensitizing as well as safe, effective and easy to apply in first aid situations. It does not contain antibiotics, steroids or alcohol and no prescription is required.

Of course, the second night at the hotel, my daughter managed to get a little scrap on the back of her leg. I sprayed it with Puracyn to clean the wound, and then applied a bandage.

There was no need for water to clean it, and there was no screaming. My daughter’s scrap healed fine after few days.

The next day, we would be heading over to the Kennedy Space Center, so I took the kit along the with us just in case. Thankfully there were no other incidents.

This trip would be a filled with “Summer Firsts” for all of us and we even got to touch a Moon Rock during our first trip to the Kennedy Space Center!

Puracyn Favorite Summer Firsts Giveaway!

Want a Chance To Celebrate Your Own Summer Firsts With A $400 Value Prize Pack?

Puracyn is hosting a Favorite Summer Firsts Giveaway and through out the summer they are giving away 4 Fabulous prize Packs each worth $400.

On July 24th they will be choosing their final winner of a Summer Road Trip Prize Pack with a Thule Sport Roof Box (ARV: $300.00), Backseat car organizer (ARV: $50.00), $50.00 Gas Gift Card (ARV: $50.00), and Puracyn® OTC Wound and Skin Care Solution. Visit facebook.com/Puracyn for more details.

Will you be celebrating any Summer Firsts with your family? Where would you take this Summer Road Trip Prize Pack?

Puracyn OTC Wound & Skin Care is available in the first aid aisle at Meijer, Rite Aid, Walgreens and other retailers nationwide in 4 oz. bottles, for a suggested retail price of $14.99.

FFM

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received one 4 oz. spray bottle of Puracyn® OTC Wound & Skin Care and a branded first aid kit. All opinions, text and experiences are my own.

Jul 182014
 

Frugal Summer Activities for kids

I am about halfway through my kid’s summer vacation and there have been a few days where that I have gotten the “Bored Look”. We still have a way to go till school starts, and through personal experience, here are 5 Frugal Summer Activities that will keep the kiddos entertained.

1.  Dress Up - I keep all of the past Halloween Costumes, beads from Parades, old purses, and sunglasses so that my children have items to play dress-up in. I put them in a tote and when the kids get bored, I bring it out and let their creativity soar.

Dress Up Summer Activity

2. Water Colors – I picked up 3 sets of Water Color Paints for $1.99 each at Michaels.  I gave the kids a theme, construction paper, and they tried to create it in art.  Other times, I just tell them to use their imagination, and I end up with plenty of unique pieces to show for it.

One time I asked my son to create a beach scene for his bathroom, check it out here Frame Your Child’s Original Themed Artwork! Frugal and Fun Decorating Idea!

Homemade Artwork by Kids

3. Movie Time – I take advantage of the RedBox for an over night rental and we also subscribe to Netflix. If you are looking for FREE Movies, check out your local Library.

Watching FREE Big G Digital Movie Download and eating Trail MiX

4. Jewelry Making – My kids have loom band kits, and we also have a bead kit that I bought at Michaels on clearance. FYI, I see these on clearance frequently so you can also pick these up cheaper.

Here is an example of a kit we used Making Homemade Beaded Bracelets! A Surprisingly Easy Craft for the Kids!

Making Homemade Beaded Bracelets!  A Surprisingly Easy Craft for the Kids!

5. Cereal Play- You can do a lot with cereal. Whether making edible jewelry, creating artwork, or coming up with games. For ideas, check out my post on 4 Fun Crafts and Activities to Do with Froot Loops! Frugal and Fun Child Activities!

Froot Loop Activities

What are your “Go To” activities to beat summer boredom? I would love hear your ideas!

I hope you can get some fun activity inspiration from this post and enjoy the rest of your summer!

FFM

Jul 182014
 

I received these free products as part of the T.L.C. VoxBox program through Influenster. Opinions expressed in this post are that of my own.

Influenster TLC Vox Box

Thanks to Influenster, I was sent a T.L.C. VoxBox with all sorts of MOM goodies to check out and to also give myself a little pampering.

Ivory Soap

I received Ivory Soap, which I already knew was great for bath time, but I also learned that is has many other uses.

Check out my #Sudlife Pinterest Board for additional ideas.

Puffs Tissue

The timing could not have been more perfect for the Puffs Plus Lotion Tissues.

Allergy season was hitting me hard and these fit perfectly in my purse. Needless to say I went through them rather quickly.

Breyers Gelato

To make myself feel better, I treated myself to Breyers Gelato Indulgences.

The Vanilla Caramel flavor was rich and tasted amazing.  I even managed to share a little with hubby.

Neosporin Collage

I didn’t personally use the “Neo To Go“, but it sure did come in handy for both my older kids.

As you can see by the photo, it didn’t burn by my daughter’s thumbs up!

Fuel Rewards Network

I also received an application to apply for a Fuel Rewards Network card, however I happen to already be a member.  So far my top reward has been saving .25 cents per gallon at Shell!

Visit my post on the ways you can save money on gas through this program, Save Money on Gas and Enter a $25 Shell Gift Card GIVEAWAY! #FuelRewardsNetwork.

ANEW Reversalist Complete Renewal Express Wrinkle Smoother

There was also a package containing ANEW Reversalist Complete Renewal Express Wrinkle Smoother.  It did not do much for my expression lines, but temporarily helped with the lines around my eyes when applied under make up.

I suggest checking out the other reviews at Avon to see what others thought of it.  In addition if you use the code ANEW15 you can save 15% off your $50 ANEW Skincare order.

Have you tried any of these products before? Which is your favorite?

As you can tell this was a really fun box to explore and test out.  I can’t wait to see what is available in the next Influenster VoxBox!

FFM