Zaycon Foods and Chicken Soup for the Soul’s new relationship gives you delicious, nutritious and economical food.

I had the wonderful opportunity to review Zaycon Foods and their chicken. All I can say is WOW. This chicken is delicious! We have prepared it a number of ways since we received it including grilling, baking and using a slow cooker.

Zaycon Foods and Chicken Soup for the Soul’s new relationship makes it easier for you to get fresh, wholesome food outside of the traditional retail channels.

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It was a very simple process to order from Zaycon. I did it all online HERE. (You will need to register first. Don’t worry, it’s free.)

Pick up was extremely simple. I picked my box up a a local and convenient location on my way home from an event. When I got home, we opened the box and began to sort the chicken into freezer bags. Check out how it came packaged and how much we got. The pieces were huge! Plenty to feed our family for a few months.

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With all this chicken, I needed some fresh ideas for recipes. I was fortunate enough to receive some Chicken Soup for the Soul products.

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I used Chicken Soup for the Soul Buffalo Barbeque Sauce along with my Homemade Season Salt for some tasty grilled chicken.

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If you need some ideas, check out some recipes at Chicken Soup for the Soul here.

When my kids tried the chicken, they actually complimented me. My kids hardly EVER Continue reading

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Slide The City Comes to Pittsburgh – Saturday, June 6, 2015

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Slide The City Comes to Pittsburgh – Saturday, June 6, 2015 11am-7pm

Wow, I can not wait and neither can my kids! This looks like so much fun! That is a mighty long slide! Wooo! I’m at a loss for words about how exciting this is to be able to experience it.

Best Rates – Early Bird Registration begins Wednesday, April 22, 2015!

Summer time is approaching fast and we are bringing 1000 feet of slick vinyl to brighten your city streets. Slide the City is a family friendly slip-and-slide water party event. There will be live music, food, drinks, water, and of course the biggest slip and slide ever to hit Pittsburgh!

Come dressed to impress because it’s not every day you can strut through town with your hot bod, cool dance moves and slick slides. Did we mention 1000 feet? Yeah, that’s over 3 football fields.

Make sure to bring your water buckets, floaties, and water guns (non-realistic of course), to squirt, spray, splash, and get all attending soaked.

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Pittsburgh will get a slippery makeover when the Slide the City Tour brings the 1,000 foot slip and slide to South Park June 6th, 2015. Turning hills into water-sliding thrills is the goal of the event, which was created in an effort to get people outside, having fun, and connecting with their community.

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Slide the City Pittsburgh: Saturday June 6th, 2015
Location: South Park – Allegheny County
Registration Opens: April 22nd, 2015 10am Eastern Time
To Register: Go to http://www.slidethecity.com/events/pittsburgh/

Participants in Slide the City will ride inflatables down a 1,000-ft. slip and slide. This one-of-a-kind experience will help people “slide into summer.” The first event of its kind, Slide the City has seen massive growth since it started in 2014. This original concept went viral when the video was released, and this year promises to be bigger, better, and wetter. “This will be one of the highlights of your year,” said Slide The City Founder, T.R. Gourley “Get ready for the slide of your life!”

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Pittsburgh has shown great enthusiasm for the event with over 17,000 people signing up to be notified once registration was opened and hundreds more joining the waitlist daily.

Each rider can purchase a one ride pass, three ride pass, or all-day pass. With over 150 events in the US and Canada, and more than 20 international locations beginning with Japan and Australia as early as March, water slide enthusiasts are sure to find a Slide the City event nearby.

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All are welcome to slide into fun. Visit www.slidethecity.com for more information about Slide the City dates and locations or checkout what fans have to share on Facebook at www.facebook.com/slidethecity.

Instagram – https://instagram.com/slidethecity/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/slidethecity or http://www.slidethecity.com/events/pittsburgh/

Twitter – @slidethecity

Questions:

Is there an age or height limit?
All who are over 46 inches tall and over 5 years old are invited to slide, but remember if you’re under 18 you’ll need to get a sign off from your legal guardians.

Are there group rates available?
If you have a group with 20 or more participants send us an email.

What do you do to address water conservation?
Water conservation is also a priority at our events. We strive to have zero environmental impact on the community. The Slide was designed to have zero water loss, and it treats and recycles the water safely and efficiently throughout the day. When permitted, we donate the water back to the community. Methods of disposal include local reclamation centers, parks, golf courses and other places dependent upon local regulations.

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Magnetic Watercolor Bookmarks

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The kids were amazed at how watercolors work. This was a wonderfully fun craft to do with them. These bookmarks not only are personalized, but they are very usable. The magnets keep the bookmark in place in your book too.

Read the entire article with step by step pictures here.

Re-pin this on Pinterest here.

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Disney on Ice was Spectacular!

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This is what I said before we saw the show: “Wow! What a great show this will be! I think I’m just as excited as my kids! I love how it is about the Princesses AND Heroes! The magic will be there for both girls AND boys!”

This is what I said after we saw the show: “Wow! That. Was. Amazing! I LOVED it and my kids did too!”

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We saw Ariel as Prince Eric broke Ursula’s slithering spell. I have to say that I was very excited to see Ursula along with Flotsam and Jetsam! Prince Phillip defeated the evil Maleficent as she transformed herself into a fire-breathing dragon! Now that was just cool to see. That was definitely a kid favorite!

My kids were very excited to see the dwarfs!

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Then we saw Olaf!  We all know the storyline and I have to say that the effects were amazing and really brought the movie to life right there on the ice. I was extremely impressed.

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It was a great show and my kids were in awe the entire time. On our way out we heard everyone talking about their favorite part. It was amazing to see how every person we passed was walking out smiling and saying how good the show was.

This is definitely a show to put on the list for next year.

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Pittsburgh, PA: GIVEAWAY 4 Pack of Tickets to Disney on Ice – Princesses and Heroes, featuring Frozen (Plus select tickets only $15)

logo2Enter a world where the power of believing makes dreams come true at Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes Presented by Stonyfield Yokids Organic Yogurt playing CONSOL Energy Center March 4-8, reserve your seats today at Ticketmaster.com.

Wow! What a great show this will be! I think I’m just as excited as my kids! I love how it is about the Princesses AND Heroes! The magic will be there for both girls AND boys!

Disney on Ice – Princesses and Heroes, featuring Frozen
CONSOL Energy Center
March 4-8, 2015

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Enter a world of wonder where heroes and hearts prevail. Join Ariel as she yearns to explore the world above the waves and Prince Eric as he breaks Ursula’s slithering spell to reclaim his one true love. See Prince Phillip, in a race against time to rescue Sleeping Beauty’s Aurora, defeat the evil Maleficent as she transforms herself into a fire-breathing dragon! Be there to discover a whole new world with Jasmine and Aladdin.

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Join Elsa and Anna and the hilarious snowman Olaf, from Disney’s blockbuster hit Frozen, and discover how an act of true love can thaw a frozen heart. And, watch in awe as the dreams of Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Rapunzel and Tiana all come true.

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High-flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends are just a wish away! See Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes, Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt where believing is just the beginning!

Children who have celebrated their 2nd birthday require a ticket to attend this event.

See the ticket information below to order tickets for your family today! Keep reading to see how you can enter to win FREE tickets too!

Select tickets for $15 –

Opening Night Tickets $15!

Kids Ticket $15 for Saturday Night! Click here! @usfg

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Giveaway: Family Four Pack of tickets

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One entry per day allowed, must be 18 to enter, random winner to be selected Friday, Feb 20 4pm.

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Turn boring napkins into a fun sight for your child’s Valentine’s Day party

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I volunteered to send in the napkins for my daughter’s Valentine’s Day party at school. I seem to always volunteer for napkins. Maybe because it’s easy. Maybe because it doesn’t cost much. Maybe because it doesn’t take too much time to make. Mostly, I think, it’s because I want the challenge to see how I can make it more fun than sending in a pack of napkins. This is the 4th time I volunteered for napkins and I was almost at a loss of what to do. Then, just 10 seconds into the dollar store, my eyes focused on the pipe cleaners.

Go to the full article HERE to see the slide show to see what I did and how I did it. You can turn your child’s napkins into a fun sight for their party too!

Re-Pin this on Pinterest HERE.

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Salt dough thumbprint hearts

CaptureYour little sweetheart can design and paint their own thumbprint heart. All you need are some supplies from around your kitchen and house and you are all set. It’s a fun craft that your little one will love because it is all their own design. Go to the full article HERE for pictures and complete ingredients and instructions.

Re-Pin this craft here.

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Encourage your child’s creativity without any preparation

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Sometimes it’s very difficult to plan a craft. It takes time to get an idea, gather the materials, prepare the work area, get the kids together, explain what to do, have them make the craft, allow for drying time and complete any other steps you need to take.

You know you want your child to complete a craft. You want your child to be creative. You want your child to feel accomplished. Maybe you just want your child to do something different compared to their usual daily routine…

Read the entire article HERE.

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Kids will be surprised by a letter from Santa!

leaderboard_SWW728x90v2Start a new Holiday Tradition that will quickly be your child’s favorite! Santa is ready to send a beautiful package fully personalized just for your special loved ones.

Simply select the package you would like and watch your child’s absolute JOY when he or she receives a letter straight from the North Pole that talks all about them personally – what they want for Christmas and what they have done to be good. Watch your child’s eyes light up when they see their names on the Nice List!

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We recently had the opportunity to review this product and the kids loved it! It was very easy to order. I simply went to the website, chose the package I wanted and filled out my kids’ names and interests. In only a few days, we received the package!

Check out the cute labels and packaging!

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When the kids opened it, they were surprised to see a letter to them from Santa AND Rudolph, including an official Nice List certificate with their names on it. They played with the enclosed games, stickers and tattoos and talked about it for hours.

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They took the letters seriously and I heard them talking about it for days afterwards. It was such a fun and magical way to get them even more excited for Christmas.

Bring the magic of Christmas into your child’s life with santawillwrite.com.

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Fun at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

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Looking for a fun day out with the kids? The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is a great place to go for all ages (including adults). We recently had the opportunity to go for the very first time with some friends of ours. We spent hours there and enjoyed every minute of it!

We began in the water room where they played with buckets, rain, painted with water and even played with snow!

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Next,they dried off and changed, yes, we definitely recommend taking bathing suits so that your child’s clothing doesn’t stay wet the rest of the day. Even though they have smocks and dryers, you never know how much water your child will get into while they are having fun.

They headed straight to the ant hill and climbed and climbed and climbed for at least 20 minutes. Up and down, down and up. They loved it!

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Then we visited the tiled room! WOW! That’s all I can say. It was so much fun, even for me. You literally have to tilt yourself 20 degrees in order to walk straight and not fall into the black wall. We kept going back to try out our tilted walking talents.

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In the bounce room they designed their own bouncy balls!

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They even took a break and listened to a story or two.

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This made my day. I found the puppet of urSol the Enchanter from the movie, “The Dark Crystal.” I LOVED that movie as a kid!

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Check out this short 11 second video of the virtual puppets we played with. It sensed our movement and we viewed our movements on the screen through puppets.

Even though we were leaving, the kids still posed for a final picture outside after their wonderful day of fun.

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