Friday, August 29, 2014

Legoland Review



We love Legos in our house. So when our homeschool group set up a field trip to Legoland we were so excited!  Legos everywhere? Lego Rides? Lego stores? Lego themed show??  Oh yeah! Sounds like fun!



 How cute is this??  I can't believe all of the detail.  I know I expected detail, but they really did put small details into every part of the park.  I think this is so fantastic for the kids imaginations!  You can build pretty much anything with legos!




This is so crazy!! It's the space shuttle built out of legos! Not only fun, but educational too!




I LOVE this pirate ship!!  One of my favorite parts of mini land!


And the shows were totally cool!! We were so entertained! So exciting!




And I can't forget the boys favorite part of going...Star Wars!



It was a fantastically fun day at Legoland Florida.  Entertaining, terrific fun on the rides, and sights to see everywhere you turn.  What a great field trip!




*The review is purely my opinion when my family visited here. (pictures are from our trip). I was not compensated for this post.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday








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Friday, August 22, 2014

Blogger Opp: The Icingwood Chronicles Giveaway Event


Blogger Opp: The Icingwood Chronicles Giveaway Event

The Icingwood Chronicles Book Giveaway Event

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday










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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Quills N Frills Review and Giveaway

Quills N Frills Review and Giveaway


This Etsy shop specializes in adorable hair bows and accessories for your special lil' girl! Adding many different elements to each hand crafted piece, such as rhinestones and feathers, these bows rang from extremely elegant to funky and fun!

I LOVE this pink and white hair bow!!  How spectacular would this be for Valentines Day (and every day in between?!).  Or maybe this twisted trio pinwheel hair bow for an elegant occasion? But since kids are going back to school, would this pink and purple dot hair bow be perfect for school days?!

Let me show you what Quills N Frills sent for me to show you!



Super excited!  Good things come in little packages, right?!

 Look at how lovely this is!! I not only adore the colors, but look at the delicate features!


 The dainty details are just adorable!!  So much thought and time goes into each bow and all the details!


 The back is great!  The clip is perfectly attached, nice and sturdy and the perfect size.

How would you like to win your own hair bow from  Quills N Frills?!  Quills N Frills is generously offering 3 bows----one for each of 3 winners! (these will be chosen by Quills N Frills to ship randomly)

Here they are! 



 Seriously!!  How cute! are these!


Ready to order now?? Quills N Frills is offering FREE SHIPPING using coupon code-- 3bowgiveaway
(it's good through Dec 31st 2014, so get your stocking stuffers ordered!)

Giveaway Closed!  Winners have been emailed!

So, to enter, just follow the instructions below!
1(mandatory entry)Visit Quills N Frills  and let me know what you love! 

2 (mandatory entry) "Heart"Quills N Frills  on Etsy! (all other entries are optional, but give you more chances to win!)
*These two entries are mandatory*


3 Like Quills N Frills on Facebook!

4  Follow Mountain Laurel by GFC

5  Follow me on Twitter (link up above in right hand side of blog)
6  Follow me on Pinterest (link up above in right hand side of blog)

7 "TWEET" about this giveaway (use the button below!)


This giveaway begins August 19th and will end on September 9th (12:00pm EST)! Open to US only. Giveaway prize will be mailed byQuills N Frills  . Mountain Laurel not responsible for prize receipt. Winner will be chosen using a random number generator.Winner must respond within 48 hours of winning email day/time. Please make sure a valid email address is attached to your entries so I know who to message in case you are the winner!
Quills N Frills  generously provided the giveaway prize. Thank you toQuills N Frills  for providing me with product to review; review was my opinion only.

Isadoras Gourmet Goods Review and Giveaway

Isadoras Gourmet Goods Review and Giveaway

Isadora's Gourmet Goods is created from a farm that lies along the Columbia River in Washington. It is a family business, that, from veggie and fruit gardens,  makes wonderful, healthful certified organic products.


This is certainly one of my favorite new shops! I had so much fun reviewing this lovely shop.  The flavors sooth your spirit and make your taste-buds so happy! But not only that, the scents from the lavender infused items invigorated your senses! 

I am so excited when I here about a sustainable shop... I love to garden, but am not able to get much from it.  So when someone dedicates so much to creating their product, it means so much more when you take the time to enjoy it.

First we had a chance to review some jam.


 This is the Organic Lavender Jam

 
 LOVE this!!


  

 It is smooth, fragrant, and yummy.  I cannot believe how good it is.  While you can put this on many things, I learned my favorite thing to put it on is homemade biscuits!!  It has a wonderful fresh flavor. 




No junk!! Only the freshest ingredients. I think it is wonderful that Isadora's grows what they put in their products.  I can just imagine the rows of lavender that are growing to put in this wonderful jam!






 Our beets are ready to be eaten... and eaten they were!  They were better than I remember my great grandmother's pickled beets to be.  I don't know how, but these were pickled to perfection.




 We marinated the chicken...

Ok, so here's where I oops-ed.  The chicken smell and looked SO GOOD...

I forgot to get a picture of the finished product!!! We just wanted to eat it and I forgot!

So, ----insert beautifully cooked chicken that smells delicious and tastes even better here----- (how is that possible??!!  It smells amazing!)

But, the flavor was spot on.  So, so delish!!  The best Sesame Ginger glaze we have had to date!



Isadoras Gourmet Goods has many other different items as well... from Organic Lavender Honey Mustard to Bistro Dressing and Organic Pepper Jelly, you can certainly find something to add to your table!  Be sure to check them out!

Giveaway Closed. Congratulations Becky!

Isadoras Gourmet Goods is generously giving away a package of five sample jars to one lucky reader! 
So, to enter, just follow the instructions below!
1(mandatory entry)Visit Isadoras Gourmet Goods  and let me know what you love! 

2 (mandatory entry) "Heart" Isadoras Gourmet Goods on Etsy! (all other entries are optional, but give you more chances to win!)
*These two entries are mandatory*


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This giveaway begins August 19th and will end on September 9th (12:00pm EST)! Open to US only. Giveaway prize will be mailed by Isadoras Gourmet Goods  . Mountain Laurel not responsible for prize receipt. Winner will be chosen using a random number generator.Winner must respond within 48 hours of winning email day/time. Please make sure a valid email address is attached to your entries so I know who to message in case you are the winner!
Isadoras Gourmet Goods  generously provided the giveaway prize. Thank you to Isadoras Gourmet Goods for providing me with products to review; review was my opinion only.



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday





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Monday, August 11, 2014

Letters to Lori Book Review and Giveaway

Letters to Lori book review and giveaway






I love good books that mean something.  I think it's amazing when they really talk to your heart. 

Letters to Lori is one of those books.  It is the true story of Opal Myers, a strong, loving woman who loved, cared for, and changed the lives of people in Cocke County Tn.

Opal Myers shared these "letters" (words written through cassette recording). Beautiful life lessons, strong faith and family history, this book brings to life what life really was like for those living in the great smoky mountains many years ago.

Barbara League does an amazing job bringing this to paper.  You can feel the emotions, struggles, and love that was felt through the pages of this book.

Reading Letters to Lori really makes you think. It gives you a sense of purpose, love, and hope.  Opal Myers was truly an amazing, loving person and through this book you hear her speak.


You can find Letters to Lori on Amazon
Also check out what Author Barbara League is up to here


Author Barbara League  is generously giving away a soft cover of Letters to Lori to one lucky reader.

Be sure to get your entries in for this wonderful book!





Letters to Lori author Barbara League is giving one lucky reader a paperback copy of this truly amazing book. So get your entries in!

 Leave a comment with any or all entries below!


1 Tell me what your favorite book is!
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6 "TWEET" about this giveaway
(use the button below!)
7 Enter another giveaway (just leave a comment of which one(s)
8 "Like" Author Barbara League on Facebook



This giveaway begins August 11th and will end on September 1st (12:00pm EST)! Open to US only. Giveaway prize will be mailed by Barbara League. Mountain Laurel not responsible for prize receipt. Winner will be chosen using a random number generator.Winner must respond within 48 hours of winning email day/time. Please make sure a valid email address is attached to your entries so I know who to message in case you are the winner!
Barbara League generously provided the giveaway prize. I was not compensated for this review; review was my opinion only.
 

Brazos River Cannery Review and Giveaway

 Brazos River Cannery Review and Giveaway



Ok, so this is one of those "go to" shops... Go to for birthday gifts, go to for Christmas gifts, go to for a thank you...and go to for me!!  I cannot even begin to tell you how DELICIOUS everything was that we tried from  Brazos River Cannery!

They offer so many things... and I seriously can't pick a favorite!  I mean, Dr Pepper Jelly??  Moscato Sangria Jelly?? Then there are the meat rubs.. like Brisket Rub and Brown Sugar Rub. And then the flavored popcorns;  Italian, Cajun, and Ranch!!  My taste buds are doing a happy dance!

First let me tell you about one of the most delicious jellys I have every tasted...




Blackberry Wine Jelly (yes, wine on your toast!)

Homemade bread with Blackberry Wine Jelly...yup, it's what's for breakfast!

This is SO YUMMY.  The flavor is crazy good.  It is a burst of total deliciousness.  I am so putting this on vanilla ice cream too!!  But I adore it on my toast in the morning.


Then we tried the popcorn...
This is the Mild Italian



Popping away! Nothing like FRESH popcorn!



And the finished popcorn. It is light, perfectly flavored, and super yummy!  It makes a huge bowl of popcorn and my whole family said it was super delicious.





 Trying out the Hot Chicken Rub...

 Here is the seasoning, the scent is so yummy!!

 We put the rub on our chicken...



 My hubby put it on the grill...


And is was AMAZING.  Like... award winning flavor in our own backyard...  We are going to be ordering more and it will be a staple for seasoning our bbq.  The kids loved it, my parents loved it, and my hubby and I loved it. So, so delicious.


Brazos River Cannery is generously giving away !  3 will win!  2 runner up will each win a flavored popcorn and one first place winner will receive a jelly!  Enter! (your taste buds will thank you for it!)


So, to enter, just follow the instructions below!
1(mandatory entry)Visit  Brazos River Cannery  and let me know what you love! 

2 (mandatory entry) "Heart" Brazos River Cannery  on Etsy! (all other entries are optional, but give you more chances to win!)
*These two entries are mandatory*


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4  Follow Mountain Laurel by GFC

5  Follow me on Twitter (link up above in right hand side of blog)
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7 "TWEET" about this giveaway (use the button below!)


This giveaway begins August 11th and will end on September 1st (12:00pm EST)! Open to US only. Giveaway prize will be mailed by Brazos River Cannery  . Mountain Laurel not responsible for prize receipt. Winner will be chosen using a random number generator.Winner must respond within 48 hours of winning email day/time. Please make sure a valid email address is attached to your entries so I know who to message in case you are the winner!
Brazos River Cannery  generously provided the giveaway prize. Thank you to Brazos River Cannery  for providing me with products to review; review was my opinion only.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Main Street Electrical Parade

Main Street Electrical Parade


We love hanging out at Disney; from the rides and the food, to the fireworks and parades.




Which means we really love the Main Street Electrical Parade at Disney's Magic Kingdom.

We were able to get amazing seats at this particular parade... and it was well worth the wait for it to begin!


We love the lights, music, and fun!  This is amazing to relax and have some cotton candy from one of the vendors (yummy!) We love hanging out after a long day of rides and shows and watch one of our all time favorite parades.



I mean really?!  This is truly so cool! Love that they brought it back after being gone for so many years.

Yay! For the Main Street Electrical Parade!





*The review is purely my opinion when my family visited here. (pictures are from our trip). I was not financially compensated for this post.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday









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Monday, August 4, 2014

Mother Earth Skincare Shampoo/Bodywash and Body Butter Review and Giveaway

Mother Earth Skincare Shampoo/Bodywash and Body Butter Review and Giveaway


 I was so excited to get the chance to review the shampoo/bodywash and bodybody.   The scent sounded wonderful... Blueberry Honey Love!  When I opened the box I was thrilled to find these beautiful treasures!

Aren't they great?! Super cute!



Here is the Shampoo/ Body Wash. It has an invigorating scent. Like a burst of freshness. Seriously, Blueberry Honey is a wonderful scent!  And I love the lather of this.  Very lovely!


And the Body Butter! Ok, I must say that I have had a ridiculously bad sunburn. I was over the top excited that this body butter not only had a wonderful, light scent but I love the texture. It feels amazing on my sunburn, and smoothed and cooled it off. I can't wait to use this when I don't have a sunburn; but for now, it is certainly helping my burned dry skin.

Mother Earth Skincare has amazing products that are such to make you (and someone special...think perfect birthday gift or stocking stuffer!!) feel super special.

Now for the giveaway that Nature's Wisdom is giving away! Nature's Wisdom  is giving away a  Blueberry Honey Body Butter! to one lucky winner!! So be sure to get your entries in and check them out for a wonderful way to pamper yourself!

So, to enter, just follow the instructions below!
1(mandatory entry)Visit  Mother Earth Skincare  and let me know what you love! 

2 (mandatory entry) "Heart" Mother Earth Skincare on Etsy! (all other entries are optional, but give you more chances to win!)
*These two entries are mandatory*


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4  Follow Mountain Laurel by GFC

5  Follow me on Twitter (link up above in right hand side of blog)
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This giveaway begins August 4th and will end on August 25th (12:00pm EST)! Open to US only. Giveaway prize will be mailed by Mother Earth Skincare . Mountain Laurel not responsible for prize receipt. Winner will be chosen using a random number generator.Winner must respond within 48 hours of winning email day/time. Please make sure a valid email address is attached to your entries so I know who to message in case you are the winner!
Mother Earth Skincare generously provided the giveaway prize. Thank you to Mother Earth Skincare for providing me with products to review; review was my opinion only.

Squeasy Review and Giveaway

Squeasy Review and Giveaway
Squeasy is a new product that is so cool! They are reusable pouches, that are dishwasher safe.
 
 Look at how cute these are! My kids LOVE the colors!


These are great for applesauce, yogurt, and smoothies for sure! Also will be great for water, milk, and juice on the go. But the possibilities are really endless when it comes to what you can put in these. I can totally see my kids coming up with some cool ideas on what to fill them with!


I love the "feeling" of these pouches as well. They are so soft, perfect for little hands. They are
100% food-grade silicon and BPA, PVC, and Phthalate Free!


Plus, you can put them in the freezer! They are so perfect not only for at home use, but they are going to be amazing in the kids lunch packs! 

This is how everything comes apart.


 It not only comes apart easily, but it goes together just as easy! That is fantastic, because I don't want to waste time putting things like this together. This is fast, easy, and super convenient.

Now for the giveaway that Squeasy is giving to one lucky winner! 

Squeasy is generously giving away a set of 3 squeasy snackers to one lucky reader!!

So, to enter, just follow the instructions below!
1(mandatory entry)"Like" Squeasy on Facebook
2 (mandatory entry)Follow me on GFC (all other entries are optional, but give you more chances to win!)
*These two entries are mandatory*


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  5  Follow me on Twitter (link up above in right hand side of blog)
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7 "Like"the Squeasy board on Pinterest


This giveaway begins August 4th and will end on August 25th(12:00pm EST)! Open to US only. Giveaway prize will be mailed by Squeasy . Mountain Laurel not responsible for prize receipt. Winner will be chosen using a random number generator. Winner must respond within 48 hours of winning notification email. Please make sure a valid email address is attached to your entries so I know who to message in case you are the winner!
Squeasy  generously provided the giveaway prize. Thank you to
Squeasy  for providing me with products to review; review was my opinion only.

Win $500 in zulily's Back To School Giveaway!!

Win $500 in zulily's Back To School Giveaway

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.


There is nothing better than getting all of your back-to-school shopping done in one place…unless you can get it done AND paid for! Enter to win the zulily Back To School Giveway where both you and I can each win $500 in zulily credits! 

While you're back-to-school shopping on zulily.com from 8/4 - 8/11, pick out your favorite item (apparel, shoes, accessories, gear and more) and post a link to that item in the comments section below. zulily will announce their winner on 8/12, and if we win, I'll announce who my winner is on 8/13!

 Thanks zulily for making the task of back-to-school shopping fun!