Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2011 by  
Filed under Our Life

What a fun night! We went trick or treating from 5:30-8pm and John’s phone says we walked around 2 miles. LOTS of candy and four happy kids are staying up super late watching a Halloween show before bed. Wish we didn’t have to wait an entire year to do this again.

Our birthday month!

October 21, 2011 by  
Filed under Birthday Parties

October is a fun month around here with four of us having birthdays! Ethan was first and he had his second annual Lego party. Then it was me, John and now my BABY Jillian is about to turn three! I am prepping for her party tomorrow and I hope she is happy with it. She has been planning her “princess wand” party since our other birthday month in July! Its hard to wait through your three sibling’s birthdays when you’re so little! Maybe someday I will blog again about the parties I throw my kids because I LOVE party planning and parties. Seems I’m in the minority when it comes to always throwing my kids big friend parties every year and that is currently my biggest pet peeve! AND yes some years I have actually thrown TWO parties for a birthday because they are only young once and you can never have enough fun! Jillian is actually having a second present-free mini party on Monday morning with her old school buddies because that is her real birthday. So here is my birthday girl Jillian:

Win a prize from Box Tops for Education!

October 11, 2011 by  
Filed under Contests

I currently have 2 little baggies on my refrigerator stuffed full of Box Tops that I have been saving up since I last sent them in to school in June! I am so glad that my kids school is collecting them because its such an easy way for families to help out and raise money for things that don’t fit into school’s budgets. While I don’t purposely buy things because they are a brand with Box Tops, I just normally buy a bunch of things that fortunately have them! My mom and my MIL save them for me also and such a simple thing adds up. Here is a little more about the program and if you are baker keep your eyes out for Box Tops in the baking lane too! OH and you better read on for the great giveaway I’m hosting below! 


This school year, giving back to your school can be as easy as looking for the Red Spoon on your favorite Betty Crocker® dessert mixes, the only brand in the baking aisle with Box Tops. Whether you’re collecting for new computers, library books, or a playground, through the Box Tops for Education® program you can help make a difference. Last year, your contributions earned more than $59 million for America’s schools!

  • Now, you can find Box Tops for Education on all Betty Crocker baking mixes*, including new Fun da-middles™, individual cupcakes with a fun, creamy center.
  • This back-to-school season, look for double Box Tops on specially marked packages of Betty Crocker baking mixes.
To learn more about Box Tops for Education and how you can help your local school, check out www.boxtops4education.com | Also on:
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ENTER TO WIN a prize pack that will contain:

  • Cupcake iclips (cute little cupcake clips)
  • Cupcake reusable shopping bag that comes packaged to look like a cute cupcake
  • Cupcake notepads
  • Box Tops for Education pencils
  • Neoprene Lunch Sack
  • Betty Crocker brownie mix
  • Leave me a comment letting me know how often you collect Box Tops
  • Contest open to US mailing addresses only
  • Contest ends Monday October 17, 2011











 *Disclosure: The Betty Crocker products, information, and giveaway have been provided by Betty Crocker through MyBlogSpark.

Halloween Hexbug Nano Party (now they glow in the dark)!

October 11, 2011 by  
Filed under Reviews

We are fortunate enough to get the chance to hold our second Hexbug Nano party! This time its to help introduce the new glow in the dark line of Hexbugs and the special Halloween edition Nanos that come in little coffins! My kids are super excited that we will be having some of their friends over this weekend for some big Hexbug Halloween fun! We will set up our regular Hexbug sets with the new glow in the dark ones and I imagine it will completely take over our family room. My kids are builders so they love when I get out their Hexbug tracks (habitats) and they get to put them together any way they want. The more pieces you have the crazier their set-ups become so I can’t wait to watch them putting all of their various habitat sets together. Of course the Hexbugs themselves are lots of fun even without their habitats but combined they are a hit with all four of our kids. The batteries have lasted us a long time because my kids are good about turning them off when they are done AND since they buzz and move when they are on its pretty easy to make sure they all get turned off after play. We were also sent some spare batteries to share with party-goers to make sure their Hexbug fun lasts a loooong time.

*Thanks to MomSelect and HEXBUG  for sending us a supply of Hexbug Nanos and tracks for our party and to review!


October 9, 2011 by  
Filed under Contests

Breast cancer (and any cancer) is so scary and unless it is personally affecting you its sometimes easy to just avoid thinking about it. That is why its really important that we have National Breast Cancer Awareness Month every October. I was really glad to get the information from General Mills about this post for myself and to share with you. I was especially moved reading through the  Betty Crocker Living with Cancer Cookbook Pink Together Edition. If I had cancer it would be helpful and comforting for me to read. I think it could  be equally or even more important for people who have a friend or family member with breast cancer to read though so that they can get more insight into what their loved one is going through and what type of meals it would be helpful to prepare.
    • Visit PinkTogether.com to share your personal story and messages of hope and read about others’ personal journeys. To encourage personal connections, General Mills will donate $1 to the Komen organization for each Message of Hope that is sent to someone who has shared their story on PinkTogether.com (up to $25,000) during October. This is in addition to a $2 million donation General Mills is making to the Komen organization.


    • This year, for the first time in its five-year history, at PinkTogether.com consumers can Message of Hope that is sent to someone who has shared their story on PinkTogether.comchoose how $1 million of this donation will be shared between two important Komen programs: the Treatment and Assistance Program, which assists women in securing care they otherwise may not be able to afford, and Prevention Research, which helps unlock the keys to preventing breast cancer. Visit PinkTogether.com from September 19, 2011 through April 14, 2012 to make your choice. Results will be announced on Mother’s Day 2012 – Sunday, May 13.



  • General Mills will also be turning the packaging of participating products pink in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October.

The prize pack that I received and the one that I get to giveaway contains:

  • A 16 oz. box of Total cereal
  • VIP coupons valid for one box of Cheerios and Multigrain Cheerios cereal and one cup of Yoplait yogurt
  • Betty Crocker Living with Cancer Cookbook Pink Together Edition, which includes a collection of more than 150 delicious recipes with complete nutrition information and a 32-page Pink Together Survivor Ambassador bonus section that shares inspirational personal stories of survival as well as recipes
  • Water bottle and removable silicone awareness bracelet
  • Drawstring sport backpack
  • Rhinestone ear buds


  • Leave me a comment letting me know what you think about pinktogether.com
  • For a second entry write a Message of Hope  to someone who has shared their story on PinkTogether.com and let me know in a second comment.
  • Contest open to US mailing addresses only
  • Contest ends Friday October 14, 2011

*Disclosure: The Pink Together prize pack, information and coupons have been provided free of charge by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.

Win a prize pack from Betty Crocker’s new Fun da-middles!

October 4, 2011 by  
Filed under Contests, Reviews

Well I am all about the cupcakes when it comes to birthdays (so much easier to pass out cupcakes at parties than the hassle of cutting cake and the wondering if there will be enough for everyone) plus I like to decorate them in fun ways to go with the party theme. BUT because frosting 24 cupcakes can be a pain I never make cupcakes when its not someones birthday (or maybe a  holiday party)…until now! I think Fun da-middles are a FUN way to make a smaller amount of cupcakes (each box makes 12, just the perfect amount for our family of 6!) for any time and I can skip the waiting to cool and frost stage! The filling is in the middle so its a novel concept that will appeal to the kids AND make it easy to throw into a lunch bag without worrying about the frosting getting all over! Well “my family loves it” fits this review and I am sure we’ll be enjoying these from time to time when I feel like baking something easy and extra yummy!

I was sent a prize pack containing the following and I have one to give away to a lucky winner!

  • One sample of new Betty Crocker Fun da-middles cupcake mix
  • One cupcake pan
  • One oven mitt
  • One package of cupcake liners
  • One box of cupcake gift notes


  • Leave me a comment letting me know how often you make cupcakes and who eats them! MY COMMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN WORKING PROPERLY SO IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO LEAVE A COMMENT YOU CAN ENTER BY EMAIL jandh at myfamilylovesit dot com
  • Contest open to US mailing addresses only
  • Contest ends Friday Oct 7, 2011



Disclosure: The Betty Crocker Fun da-middles product, information, and giveaway have been provided by Betty Crocker through MyBlogSpark.