You’re invited to the 7/23 #FreshThymeMI #TwitterParty! #ad

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I am so excited, friends. On July 22, Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets is opening up three new metro Detroit locations this month (Northville, Troy and Rochester Hills). On July 23 from 8:00-9:00 pm EST there will be a Twitter Party to celebrate the grand opening. There will be prizes, good prizes: three (3) $50 gift cards, two (2) $100 gift cards, and one (1) $250 gift cards. 

The Twitter Party will be hosted by Hire Influence; Dad of Divas, Kendall Rayburn and The Hungry Dudes will serve as the panel. Be sure to follow them and ‪#‎FreshThymeMI‬ hashtag!
 

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are my own.

Hey, moms. Feeling overwhelmed?

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Moms… wish you had a place to escape to when life gets too stressful?

Yes? Well, let me introduce you to a concept called She Sheds.

She Sheds are a place, women can escape to in order to recharge and have some time away from everything. If this concept sounds familiar, it’s because for years, men have retreated to their “man caves” to watch sports, play video games or do whatever it is they do – without the “women folk” around to bother them.

According to “The Official Man Cave Site,” the definition of a man cave is as follows: A dedicated area of a house, such as a basement, workshop, or garage, where a man can be alone or socialize with his friends.

If I could have my own She Shed, it would include all the goodies that help me relax and get away from it all. You know what I mean. Stuff like my laptop, wireless internet access, a desk to do my writing,  comfy arm chair & couch, a nice flat screen TV with DVD or Blu-ray player, and a wall of book shelves, filled with awesome books.

If you could have a She Shed, and include anything you want, how would it look? If you’re looking for ideas, I found some great inspiration boards Pinterest.

 

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Creepy Kids Freak Me Out

The Kid SleepingLast night, I was sitting in the kid’s room because he was having a hard time going to sleep. Finally, when he did, I got ready to leave. He pops up and looks at me, turns his head away and gets out of bed. He then proceeds to walk in a circle around his room then out into the hallway – all the while saying, “I’m cold! I’m so cold.” I finally got him back into bed and covered him up – even though it was warm in his room. He went right back to sleep. I wish I would’ve thought to record it, but I was too worried.

When the kid was one year old, I was woken up by what I could’ve sworn was the pitter patter of little feet. This may not sound so bad, except for the fact that the kid baby was in his crib. Did I mention that the hubs was out hanging with his friends? So. Damn. Creepy. I think that was when my quasi fear of creepy kids began.

Last night’s experience got me to thinking about all the creepy kids in horror movies that totally give me the heebie jeebies. As I’ve mentioned, I love scary movies. Love them. However, nothing freaks me out more than creepy-ass kids in horror movies. And, creepy dolls. Those freak me out as well.

Here’s my top-five list of the Creepiest Kids in Movies:

Gage from Pet Cemetery

Rhoda from The Bad Seed

Regan from The Exorcist

Samara from The Ring

Ester from Orphan

Tips to Help you have an Injury-free Fourth of July

With Independence Day, right around the corner, I thought I’d share some tips, to help you use fireworks, safely.

  • Fireworks should only be used, outdoors.
  • Make sure there’s always an adult around.
  • Always have water, either a hose or bucket, handy.  You never know when you may need it.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Spectators should keep a safe distance from the “shooter.”
  • Please don’t mix alcohol and fireworks. It’s best to have a “designated shooter.”
  • Keep kids, 12 and under, away from the sparklers. They may seem “harmless,” but they’re not.
  • Stay away, from the homemade fireworks. They could explode, and cause severe, or even terminal, injuries.

By following these guidelines, and employing some common sense, you should have wonderful;ysafe 4th of July!

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An Instagram Week in Review

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Nothing says, "summer" like FreezePops & high-powered fans. 😀☀️👍🏽

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Happy Father's Day, to this awesome guy.

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Never Been Here Before

Patience The Mom with Moxie

A few months ago, when the hubs and I were having a particularly bad time with the kid‘s behavior, my dad said to me, “Be patient, he’s never been eight before, and you’ve never parented a eight year old before.” Now, while the statement may seem simple, it’s really not. To me, what it means is that it’s all new to all of us. We can’t approach parenting and discipline like the kid already knows what’s going on. We need to address each new challenge with a fresh perspective. Otherwise, we’ll get stressed out and find no resolution.

I’m trying to approach things, from this point of view, but it’s hard. Really hard. It’s easy to say, “You’re seven years old, act like it!” But, really, how would he know how a seven year old is supposed to act? Heck, how do we know how a eight year old I supposed to act? Because really, my eight year old is different than every other seven year old. I just have to learn to approach parenting from this P.O.V.

What about you? How do you approach parenting? What’s your technique?

It’s Grilling Season

Johnsonville BratsSummertime is just around the corner and with summer comes getting together with friends and family, throwing some delicious food on the grill and having a good time.

One of the hubs favorite things to grill is brats and no one does brats better than the folks at Johnsonville. In addition to brats, hey have tons of different meats for you try.

Original Brats – The original “thrill for the grill” that started an American fun food revolution. Perfect for any occasion and a favorite at picnics and barbecues everywhere.  These also come in different flavors, including Irish O’Garlic, Beer ‘n Brats, Cheddar, etc.

Smoked Brats – These are cured, cooked and naturally smoked in our Johnsonville’s smokehouses. They’re super-easy to cook and are oh so tasty.

Grillers – Come in flavors like Cheddar Cheese & Bacon, Swiss Cheese & Mushroom, Cheddar Cheese, Steakhouse Onion and Original Brat. The grillers are made with only premium cuts of pork, combined with a unique blend of herbs and spices. So flavorful!

Johnsonville Celebrates Father’s Day

As you know, Father’s Day is coming up. Johnsonville has come up with a recipe for a “Bratfast in Bed” tray – complete with a “Brat-y Mary.” All you need are two juicy Johnsonville brats drenched in sauerkraut served right off the grill.

The Brat Signal

Johnsonville also has a new app called The Brat Signal that helps you let your friends and family know that a grilling gathering is about to start. The simple web-based app allows users to send out a virtual “smoke signal” with the grilling location and menu to Twitter followers and Facebook friends.

Disclosure: Though this is a sponsored post, all my opinions are my own.

Last-Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is a week away so I wanted to share some last minute gift ideas. All of them are from Amazon, so you still have time to order and get them sent to you.


Electronics


 

GoPro HERO

$129.99

Fire HD 7, 7″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB

$99.00

Pebble Steel Smart Watch for iPhone and Android Devices (Brushed Stainless) 

$149.99

SONOS PLAY:1 Compact Wireless Speaker for Streaming Music (Black)

$199.00


 Clothing


Perry Ellis Men’s Two Button Peak Lapel Suit with Flat Front Pant

$149.99

Kenneth Cole Unlisted Men’s Worth While Oxford

$51.00

Stacy Adams Men’s Atwell Oxford

$43.99 – $100.00


Grilling


 

Cuisinart CGS-5014 14-Piece Deluxe Stainless-Steel Grill Set

$31.87

George Foreman GGR50B Indoor/Outdoor Grill

$69.99


Fitness Tech


 

Fitbit Charge HR Wireless Activity Wristband, Black

$149.95

TomTom Runner GPS Watch (Black)

$94.00


Jewelry


Akribos XXIV Men’s AK736BK Ultimate Swiss Multifunction Black Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch

$62.76

Fossil Men’s JR1354 Nate Stainless Steel Chronograph Watch with Black Leather Band 

$145.00

Konigswerk Mens Black Leather Dress Watch Big Face Rose Gold Tone Case

$45.00

Disclaimer: Affiliate links used. Prices subject to change.

Who wants to win the #Lego #JurassicWorld video game for PS3?

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Hey, friends. Guess what? Jurassic World is in theaters RIGHT NOW! I can’t wait to see it. As you probably already know, Jurassic World occurs 22 years after the original Jurassic Park. The island is now a dinosaur-themed park called “Jurassic World.” Visitor rates falling so the park runners bring in a new attraction, which as you can guess – fails miserably and all hell breaks loose.

As I mentioned, here and here I’m hosting three Jurassic World giveaways here on The Mom with Moxie. It is now time for the final and super-awesome giveaway.

I’m giving away a copy of the LEGO Jurassic World Video Game for PS3! How exciting is that? The kid has been waiting to get the game since he heard about it.

The LEGO Jurassic World video game is available TODAY, June 12, on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, 3DS, PSVita and 3DS.

This game is awesome. You can follow the storylines of Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park III and  Jurassic World, all in one game!

The Giveaway

To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below. A winner will be chosen on June 15.

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Good luck!

Don’t forget to like LEGO Jurassic World Game on Facebook, follow on Twitter and Instagram @LEGOJurassic.

Jurassic World opens TODAY. For more info on the movie, follow it social media: Official Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | #JurassicWorld | #TeamJurassic.

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DISCLAIMER: This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are my own. Also, affiliate links used.

Del Taco’s #EpicAvocado Burrito is #UnFreshingBelievable

For me, few fruits say summer like a fresh avocado. Imagine how excited I was to try out Del Taco’s new Epic Grilled Chicken Avocado Burrito. It’s loaded with six fresh slices of avocado, freshly-grilled chicken, handmade pico de gallo (handmade!), fresca lime rice, seasoned black beans and salsa casera wrapped in a warm flour tortilla.  It was so good and so filling and all for just $5.29.* And, if burritos aren’t hour thing, you can add one or three slices of fresh avocado to any Del Taco item. One slice is 30 cents and three is 90 cents.*

IMG_2011Del Taco is offering a complimentary medium drink with purchase of any Epic Burrito now through June 17 at participating locations. 

About Del Taco’s Avocado Initiative

Del Taco, a leader in the Mexican Quick Service Restaurant category, is thrilled to offer guests yet another fresh ingredient at an UnFreshing Believable® value with the introduction of fresh Hass avocado. The new addition of fresh avocado is one of many exciting menu developments Del Taco has in store for 2015 as part of the company’s continued commitment to deliver fresh, quality and delicious ingredients. Del Taco has aligned with the California Avocado Commission to provide guests the opportunity to enjoy sliced avocado in the new Epic Grilled Chicken Avocado Burrito or add to any existing menu item.

About Del Taco

At Del Taco, all menu items taste better because they are made to order with fresh ingredients including cheddar cheese grated from 40-pound blocks, handmade pico de gallo salsa, lard-free beans slow-cooked from scratch, and marinated chicken grilled in the restaurant. The menu includes classic Mexican dishes such as tacos, burritos, quesadillas and nachos as well as American favorites including hamburgers, crinkle-cut fries and shakes.

In 2013, Del Taco launched the UnFreshing Believable campaign to communicate the lengths the company goes to in order to deliver quality, made-to-order menu items created with freshly-prepared ingredients at unbelievable prices. Del Taco also serves breakfast featuring a full line of breakfast burritos and tacos. Del Taco has close to 550 restaurants in 16 states serving more than three million guests each week.

Del Taco Online

Web | Facebook | Twitter |Instagram |Pinterest | Hashtags: #EpicAvocado, #Epic, and #UnFreshingBelievable

*Prices, product, and participation may vary.

Disclosure: Though this is a sponsored post, all my opinions are my own.