We had the pleasure and opportunity to check out a new children’s book, because one of my best friends is the author. Lilies for Looper, by Rachel Foster Stuart is a very cute, well-written book for young kids. The illustrations are out of this world! Mary Belcher did an amazing job of illustrating the creative thoughts and beautiful words in this book.
The book has messages for kids on adventure, taking risk, and exploring the world around you. It’s about feeling wonderment. It’s a short read, and perfect for young readers. With pictures that help keep them engaged, it’s a must read for toddlers and kids. My kids are older, and read chapter books, but even they enjoyed reading it, reading the book to others, and it was fun to watch.
You can win your own copy of Lilies for Looper, just enter to win by leaving a comment to this post — answer this: When did you recently feel wonderment – please share your experience with us. Thanks for entering and good luck! I will pick one winner on July 14. Happy reading!
My husband and I tried Dream Dinners, Wheat Ridge, Colorado, this weekend, and what a treat! Their March introductory offer ($74.95 value) let us pick six 3-serving meals from an expansive menu. Then, we made an appointment to go into the kitchen and assemble all six meals. The kitchen is very organized, clean, and all the ingredients are chopped, measured and ready for you to build and take home, freeze or eat right away. You go from station to station to assemble your meals. The proprietary recipe cards at each station guide you through the process and it’s quite simple to assemble.
Travis helped us at the Wheat Ridge location. He is such a delight to work with and learn from. You use bags or containers, and all items come with a step by step recipe card so when you get home and choose a meal, you are ready to go! No chopping, no buying of ingredients, no extensive prep time. You follow very simple directions to heat up/top or cook the food, and you’re serving up dinner in no time! This is perfect for family meals or for just two. The introductory offer is definitely worth a shot, and I encourage you to set up your appointment on line or call them. The staff is super friendly and helpful and on-site with you the entire time. You are offered a drink of coffee, tea, or other beverages, and we got to sample a scone 1030 am on a Saturday – it was delish! My husband was able to sample chicken risotto which is being offered on their April menu and loved it!
The kitchen has clean bowls, measuring bowls, and utencils throughout your preparation journey, and the instructions are so simple to follow, even color-coded. It’s super easy – we were in and out in an hour and that was including someone teaching us, and speaking with us about the offers. I also picked up sides from their sides and dessert freezer case, and we enjoyed potato pancakes and a dip for lunch. Yum! Tonight, my husband and kiddos are having cornflake crusted chicken tenders and a side of mashed potatoes (also from Dream Dinners), while I enjoy Risotto (a side dish). The vegetarian choices are slim to none here, but Travis told us that if you choose to leave out the protein on a 3-serving meal, you save 50% on that dish, which is a great deal.
Then, you can pick the protein of choice at home and assemble the meal at home, and still save time and money. For example, April’s menu includes a Creamy Chicken Risotto, and this item can be assembled without the protein, or the risotto can be made without the chicken or chicken packaged separately from the Risotto. At home, it can be made vegetarian for both a vegetarian and meat-eater to enjoy. My favorite was the side dishes because those for me are things the kids eat like mashed potatoes, potato pancakes, fries and garlic bread sticks. They complement all the meals you prepare at Dream Dinners, or can complement a dish you make at home. My husband prepared the cornflake crusted chicken tenders tonight and the house smells lovely! He loved the meal and said the flavors were perfect.
The only cons for me of this place was menu selection for a vegetarian, but if you eat meat and your family is not picky, this place is for you! Also, even if you are cooking for just two or three, I think the portions are perfect for one night and a left over for lunch the next day. With 3-servings, it goes a long way in our house. The minimum order after the introductory offer(six 3-serving meals) is twelve 3-serving meals, so it may best to split with a good friend if you are interested and cannot possibly maintain 3-4 meals a week on this. Partnering up with friends is a good idea. You can skip a month if you want or are out of town, and there is no contract or obligation. The best thing is about how long they will keep because they are packaged for freezing so you can thaw or take out when you are ready for them. All the instructions are different so follow the cards’ instructions carefully. Also, like Steve points out in the comments, this place is kid-friendly and if kids are into cooking, or mature enough to be involved in the kitchen, this place is perfect to bring him or her along to help you portion out the recipe, assemble the meal and add the ingredients of their choice. Who knows? If they take part in the assembly, they may actually eat it? What a concept!
One of the things I learned about Dream Dinners is that they do school fundraisers and give a size-able donation per family – each attendee pays $34.99 for THREE 3-serving meals of their choice and $10 of this goes to the school – that is 30% back of the school! What a great idea and you get healthy, fresh meals that the family can get 6 meals or more out of – what a deal!
My husband and I enjoyed our dream dinners experience and I would highly recommend you try the introductory offer. After that, you can figure out how to sign up because for us, twelve 3-serving meals is a lot considering how differently we all eat in our family, but if we can split it with a family, or two, I think it could work out. Also, make some room in your freezer because you are gonna need it. Dream Dinners has the four Colorado locations to choose from so you can go an try out their introductory offer. Also, if you are not in Colorado and you’d like to go in and try your Dream Dinners, you can see if there is one near you. Happy cooking and eating!
Giveaway: To enter to win, please comment below with what you’d do with one free 3-serving meal from Dream Dinners? Make sure you include your name and email when you comment- only I see your email. For this event, you can bring up to 9 friends (10 total including you) to build a meal and learn more about Dream Dinners while you enjoy provided appetizers, non-alcoholic drinks, and the opportunity to catch up with friends or colleagues. Also, for an additional $24.95 (normally $50 value), you can take three additional 3-serving meals home with you, ready to thaw and/or cook. The night out is a great deal and worth over $130 (depending on dish) and it’s yours for free. Just sign up and I randomly choose a winner using a plug in on wordpress. Finally, I hope you will invite me along as one of your party of 10. 🙂 You will be notified by3/19/2016 if you win and winner posted here. Comments/entries close at 8pm MDT 3/19/2016. *Note: Contest only applies to Wheat Ridge, Colorado location
NOTE: We have a winner! Congrats, Heather – I will connect you with Dream Dinners & write you separately.
Required Disclosure: I was offered a free introductory offer from Dream Dinners in exchange for a honest review. The giveaway is also part of the compensation for readers who enter to win. The opinion expressed here are my own. This post contains affiliate links.
My earlier post on this amazing course with Rachel Davis was as it was ending and the things I was still learning. So, here I am about 45 days post-course, with time to reflect and take inventory. The key benefits of the course were (1) knowing I was not alone, and meeting so many people who were experiencing overload; (2) learning that it is okay to say NO and set boundaries and limits in my life – I cannot do it all; (3) it is okay to create time for myself and unplug; and (4) to create and have success in all I do, I must focus on one thing at a time. The lessons learned and what I experienced really go to the core of why Rachel created the course: http://www.youatthecenter.com/center-life-created/
What is most important is sustaining what I learned during the course, and I feel I have regressed on some days, but I am able to get on track easier. If I feel overstretched, I am able to identify this immediately, and I can say no. I feel more positive even when things are tough. I am still practicing some of what I learned such as not letting others get to me or make me feel guilty I am able to identify when I feel overstretched or out of control. When I feel this way, I am able to put into practice what I learned and use the skills I learned in this course to get back on track. Ultimately, I am able to put ME at the Center. The techniques have made me more productive at work, and able to balance more with work, life, home, and my second job. And better yet, I am healthier, and able to practice a healthier lifestyle.
We have an exciting opportunity at Get Clued In! for you to take this 100-day life-changing course for free ($495 value). The course starts May 12, and you can win it here for FREE! Rachel created this course with YOU in mind: http://www.youatthecenter.com/center-life-created/
For one entry: To enter to win, please do the following – Leave a comment below answering why this course is right for you. NOTE: I will be able to see you name and email address – you do not need to leave it in the comment for privacy reasons.
For one more entry: Please tweet the following, and leave in the comment the link to your tweet(s). “Life Changing Course, YOU@The Center course, enter to win priceless 100-day course here: http://getcluedincolorado.com/?p=4553 @getcluedin”
Giveaway is open NOW until March 18, 2015 10 p.m. MDT (winner will be announced the next morning).
WINNER IS: Chrissy Morin – CONGRATS! I will Email you with details! Enjoy this life-changing course!
Disclaimer: I was compensated with a free course with Rachel Davis in exchange for four sponsored posts and a giveaway (if I wished). The opinions and life lessons expressed here in are my own.
I had the opportunity* to attend an amazing event sponsored by FAIR LIFE this past weekend. FairLife is a milk product with 50% more protein, 50% less sugar, and more calcium than dairy milk. While introducing this product, we experienced a “different” kind of yoga class at The River Yoga Studio in downtown Denver, and then introduced to a wonderful new, healthier milk product called Fair Life. We received samples of this product, along with other milk protein products, and yes, a Magic Bullet blender so that we could make all the yummy smoothie recipes we tried at this event. I have to say this milk is so yummy, and so healthy, and less sugar than regular chocolate milk. It is lactose free, and has 50% more protein and calcium than real milk. I loved it! And now, you can try out FairLife milk too! They are available at most stores already – Albertson’s, King Sooper’s, and later this week: Super Walmart and Target Stores too! You can try out several recipe options with the Fair Life milk and fruit and vegetables by using your magic bullet to make tasty, healthy smoothies that even the most picky kid will love! Enter to win a magic bullet of your very own right here at Get Clued In (Retails for $70 PLUS at most major retailers). This particular magic bullet in black, has an extra attachment to crush ice, and bonus to go mugs that have lids with straws, so you can take your smoothie or milkshake on the go. You can also check out all our fun partner yoga moves below. Warning: do not try them at home without a good partner who knows what they are doing, a spotter, and some FairLife nearby. 🙂
UPDATE: Contest is over – winner has been chosen and entries have been verified. THANK YOU ALL for entering! Remember to try out #Fairlife. I think I am addicted to chocolate. Drum roll please…. the winner is:
CONGRATULATIONS Eileen W. Please check your E-mail.
*Disclaimer: I received free products (pictured here) for learning about FairLife and sharing my experience. All of the opinions expressed here are my own.
Label me, “Happy Holidays…” ‘Tis the season, and Lovable Labels has a new holiday product line-up you really should check out. I had the opportunity to try out the Holiday Fun Stickies and the Stocking Stuffers. The kids love them! The stocking stuffer packs are very cool and include: 6 Sticker Labels, 8 Press N’ Stick Clothing DOTS, 2 Shoe Labels and 1 Mini Metal Tag. The Holiday Fun Stickies include 16 labels in cute new holiday themed designs. We chose music, since both girls are really into piano lessons. They have received their sets a little early and are quite excited to be using them on our vacation! The Cyber Monday sale at lovable labels is quite extraordinary if you want to order now.
I have posted about the amazing products at Lovable Labels before- their toddler toes, and other products are used in our home, and dishwasher and microwave safe labels are great to use on lunch boxes, and containers. I love Lovable Labels products, and use them daily, otherwise, would not promote them here. Their products are very well made, and endure.
A little history of this company- it was launched in 2003, started by a mom that found herself in a similar situation all us parents find ourselves in. The daycare or school asks us to label our kids’ jackets, their shoes, their clothes and yet, even so, we still end up getting others kids’ clothes and hats and the other parents end up with our child’s stuff. Markers are messy and wash off as I have learned, and regular store-bought labels are not waterproof, nor can you iron them on. I don’t know about you, but I do not have time for embroidery nor am I talented enough to do it. So, along came Lovable Labels providing an easy, simple, and cost efficient solution for parents and kids. More importantly, these labels are very durable and even though they are inside my child’s shoes they stick well, and are not bunching up or tearing. Lovable Labels are durable- waterproof, dishwasher, microwave, washer and dryer safe; and safe to external factors like sunscreen, temperature and sun. Lovable labels solves the problem of misplaced, misidentified clothing, shoes, and belongings including books. They are also a great value for the amount of great quality labels you get. Check out all their great products at: Lovable Labels – “don’t lose it- label it!” And remember to enter the giveaway below, or use the coupon code below to get a special discount.
GIVEAWAY: Lovable Labels has generously supplied Get Clued In with their NEW! Stocking Stuffers and NEW! Holiday Fun Stickies! That’s two products for a combined price point of $25. Both these items are Dishwasher and Microwave Safe, Waterproof, and can withstand the washer and dryer. Their Stocking Stuffers are packaged to impress with 6 Sticker Labels, 8 Press N’ Stick Clothing DOTS, 2 Shoe Labels and 1 Mini Metal Tag. These are the ideal stocking stuffer for your own children, as well as nieces and nephews. Their Holiday Fun Stickies include 16 labels in cute new holiday themed designs.
One lucky winner will be selected before Christmas, so the winner can have them in time for Christmas! Also if you want other products, or wish to purchase products, check out this special discount offer!
DISCOUNTS:And do not fret if you do not win the giveaway, Get Clued In has a special discount code to use on all products at Loveable Labels. At check out, use this special discount code, to get $5 off of $25: DECLOVE1302 – this offer expires December 31, 2013.
To Enter:(mandatory entry) Answer the following in a comment after checking out special holiday products here. Which of the holidayLovable Labels products do you like best and why?
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*** Giveaway ends Thursday, December 12, 2013, 10am MDT. Winner will be chosen by the plug-in application “Pick Giveaway Winner” on my website, and will be notified by email. Winner’s name will also be posted HERE on the morning of Dec 12. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to Lovable Label’s notification email before another winner is selected. (please leave your email when commenting)
**This giveaway is open to Canadian and US residents only**
DRUM ROLL PLEASE…. we have a winner! Plug-in “And the Winner Is” chose randomly and the winner is:
Your Winner – CONGRATS ANGIE!
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Disclaimer:Get Clued In’s standard disclaimer applies to this giveaway. Additionally, the products in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced by the non-monetary compensation. As indicated above, images and links were used with permission from Lovable Labels. Additionally Get Clued In! is not to be held liable for any issues encountered between the customer and Lovable Labels. Get Clued In’s endorsement of this product does not imply sponsorship or affiliation with the company. Get Clued In is not responsible for delivery of the winner’s prize. Any complaints and/or dissatisfaction with the website or products on Lovable Labels should be discussed with them. Giveaway winners are chosen by Plug-In application randomly and by entering this giveaway, you agree that Get Clued In is no way responsible for the production, delivery, or quality of the product received.