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Spice Things Up in your Love Story

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This year, my husband and I will be celebrating our fifteenth Valentine’s Day together. This heart-shaped love fest day is the perfect time to show your romantic side and perhaps try something new! After 15 years together and two kids,, we still try to make time for date night, but life and a lack of time together always seem to get in the way. While most people consider Valentine’s Day to be a greeting card holiday, my hubby has always made sure to make this a special occasion and a memorable one at that.  #YoursandMine #CollectiveBias

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We celebrated our first Valentine’s Day in the halls of our high school. He left to attend an auto show with one of his classes and I played the typical sad teenage girl at the fact that my first Valentine’s Day with my boyfriend would be spent solo, watching other girls receive flowers. Imagine my surprise when I opened my locker to flowers and a gigantic stuffed teddy bear! He did not disappoint. We attended our Senior prom together later that year.

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He drew this for me our last year of high school. I still have this and all of our other dating memorabilia.

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The next most memorable Valentine’s Day came when I attended college about an hour away. With the most romantic date night of the year falling on a weekday, I opted to work knowing that we would celebrate over the weekend when I headed back to town. After taking the order for a table of twenty, I turned around and was greeted by my handsome man and another giant teddy bear to add to our growing Valentine’s collection.

In the years that followed, we usually celebrated Valentine’s Day by walking around the pier in Chicago and dinner at a local restaurant. My most favorite Valentine’s Day story came in 2003 when our celebration wound up being something much more unexpected. Jim’s beater car took its last breath and he prepared me for Valentine’s Day by letting me know that his gift this year would not be substantial because of the large expense of the car.

We headed to the pier as we usually do and walked around, stopping to grab a bite to eat. Before we had even finished our last bites, he glanced outside, grabbed my hand and dragged me down to the other end of the pier leading me outside. The only thing outside that was of any value to me was the Ferris Wheel, but because of the cold Chicago winters, it’s always closed.

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Our first official “photograph” as an engaged couple

Imagine my surprise when we burst through the doors to the outside to where I see the gigantic spinning Ferris Wheel – lit up and turned ON! With no one around, Jim paid for our trip and we grabbed our seat. He sat across from me which I thought was VERY strange considering we were on a date!  As we moved towards the top, he reminded me about his lack of gifts and reminded me of the question he asked me every Valentine’s Day – “Will you be my Valentine?”

As I looked out at the city, I turned back to find us at the tip top of the Ferris Wheel on our solo ride and my then-boyfriend was on bended knee in the Ferris Wheel and he asked “Will you be my Forever Valentine?” with a beautiful ring. After coming out of my initial shock, I of course said yes and I still find that day to be one of the most romantic in our history.

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Fifteen years in, over ten years of marriage and two kids later, he is still my forever Valentine.

February always gives me warm fuzzy feelings of our love and serves as a reminder that we should always try something new, not just because it’s the most romantic day of the year! An age-old love story doesn’t mean you have to lose intimacy or passion. In fact, it can serve as a way to reconnect as a couple.

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Head to Walmart to spice things up this year and pick up the special K-Y® Date Night package to make your romantic celebration the best one yet. This package includes a free meal for two from PEACHDISH.com delivered to your door for an intimate night of cooking together, a $5 VUDU movie credit for you to stream right at home and the pleasure of K-Y Yours+Mine Lubricants. Perfect for a date night in!

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Check out the Date Night pack at Walmart.com for discreet purchasing. For even more great ways to celebrate romance this Valentine’s Day, visit K-Y.com.

What is your most memorable Valentine’s Day? Share your favorites with us!

Samantha

Family Vacation Preparation with Pennzoil #DropShopandOil

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DropShopAndOil #CollectiveBias

In our family, my husband traditionally takes care of all things car maintenance related. He takes time out of his busy schedule to wash the cars and make sure that we are keeping their monthly maintenance up to date, including oil changes. With two little ones at home, finding time (or energy) to venture into an automotive center lobby just does not seem like a morning of fun to me. When I told my husband that I would take the car to get the oil changed at Walmart in preparation for our upcoming trip to Florida in February, I had to pick his jaw up off the floor!

We then talked a bit about which motor oil would work best in our four-year-old vehicle and decided that Pennzoil’s Conventional Motor Oil would be perfect. A traditional oil base that is fortified with Active Cleaning Agents™, Pennzoil’s Conventional Motor Oil is designed to continuously prevent dirt and contaminants from creating performance-robbing build-up. It’s hard to believe, but I think within the next two or three oil changes we will be moving into the Pennzoil category of High Mileage Vehicle!

Variety of Pennzoil Oil Options #DropShopOil #cbias #ad

Back to my lack of car knowledge. In preparation for our trip out to Walmart, I called ahead to ensure that an appointment was not necessary and discovered that I could simply come in and drop my car off. With the convenience of the Automotive Care Center being connected to the Walmart Supercenter, I knew I could get some much needed shopping done while my car was having the oil changed. Pulling up to my local Supercenter, I found that the Automotive Care Center was located around the side and  was surprised to find that the facility looked just like a traditional automotive shop, complete with garage doors and lobby.

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Don’t mind my car that also desperately needs a carwash in addition to the oil change! Thanks, winter!

Traditional Looking Walmart Automotive Care Centers #DropShopandOil #cbias #ad

Once I headed in, I quickly discovered that I was now inside of the actual Walmart store and loved that it was a seamless transition between the two, making it simple to check on my car’s progress while still shopping for what I needed.

Walmart Automotive Care Centers are convenient! #DropShopandOil #cbias #ad

I was impressed by the fact that you could easily see what products they were using and working with when I found Pennzoil on the shelves. Pennzoil products help clean out sludge lesser oils leave behind and is designed for complete protection, allowing you to drive an extra 550 miles per year! Did you know Pennzoil also offers a free warranty that covers 15 engine parts that may fail due to engine wear?

Once I had perused this section and dropped my car off for its oil change, I headed out to the rest of the store to check the items off my grocery list. Being able to have the flexibility to shop rather than sit around in a lobby was a huge plus for me and one that just might make me more likely to take the car in for regular oil changes myself! It’s also convenient that I’m able to shop for vacation necessities while also making sure that our car is ready for a cross-country trip! Once my shopping was finished, I headed back and picked up my car, pleasantly surprised to find that it was ready and we could be on our way!

In addition to making sure your car maintenance is up-to-date, here are some additional tips and tricks for making sure your family travel runs just as smoothly as your car.

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1. Prepare a fun travel bag for the kids 

Fill with favorite snacks, surprise new little gifts for playing, coloring supplies, favorite books and perhaps a little bag of change for gas station stops. Long-distance driving will not seem quite as long when there are new fun things to try!

2. Plan Travel Games

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Growing up, my mom always put together little travel games for us to participate in. Think Travel BINGO, a States’ Scavenger Hunt or the Great License Plate Search. Not only will you help pass the time, but you’ll get some much needed family bonding (and a little friendly competition in) during the process.

3. Get Ready to Dance!

We used our car’s Bluetooth to play their favorite new songs and prepare to jam! The right music can also help set the mood for nap time or sunshine dozing!

4. Be flexible!

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Being flexible means that while it may take us longer to get somewhere, the kids (and we!) are much happier and content. With kids and travel, be prepared to be flexible! Know that plans may not always go as you wanted, but you can still have a fun time in the process!

What are your favorite tips and tricks for family travel? Do you run regular car maintenance in preparation for long trips?

My husband has recently talked about moving to changing our own oil. If that’s your preference, check out the current promotion front he free mobile savings app, Ibotta, that started on 1/21/15: $5 off one 5-quart bottle of Pennzoil Platinum with PurePlus Technology. Even better, Pennzoil is offering an amazing giveaway! Three lucky winners will each win a trip to one of the Richard Petty  Driving Experiences (each trip valued at $1,100): Pennzoil Richard Petty Driving School “Experience of a Lifetime” Giveaway! Experience climbing into a NASCAR car for an adrenaline-pumpking experience just like real NASCAR driving!

Samantha

Women Driving Excellence 2015 – Chicago Auto Show – February 17th!

You can find a full recap of my experience at Women Driving Excellence last year.

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 How do you inspire those in your life to strive to be the very best they can be? Does someone in your life inspire you to pursue everything you’ve dreamed of in all areas of your life?

Women Driving Excellence celebrates women who start and fuel others to excellence! From CEOs to fitness personalities to well-known media socialites, this day at the Chicago Auto Show is all about celebrating women and the roles we play in each other’s lives. Follow Women Driving Excellence on Facebook and Twitter. Featuring presentations, music, exercise and other ways to stay connected, this event will be one that you don’t want to miss!

For more details and to register, head on over to reserve your spot! #WDE15 starts at 10:00 a.m. Hope to see you there!

Women Driving Excellence 2015 – #WDE14 is sponsored by Nissan. Produced by MJ Tam & Beth Rosen of the #ChicagonistaLIVE  show in coordination with Nissan and the Chicago Tribune to be held at the Chicago Auto Show – Women’s Day on Feb. 17, 2015.

Samantha

RSVP for the #GoldfishMix Twitter Party

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Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know we do and we’re excited to host a party about using Goldfish crackers to make your kids smile with the perfect kid-friendly snacks. On Thursday, January 29 at 1:00 pm ET, please join me for the #GoldfishMix Twitter Party where we’ll have some delicious fun and give you a chance to win prizes!

This Twitter Party will put a smile on your face and dish up lots of new ideas for using Goldfish crackers in snacks and at mealtime. My boys seem to constantly be hungry and ready for snacking! One of their favorites is Goldfish crackers, especially the pretzel and flavor blasted Xtra cheddar variety! For even more great ideas, check out Goldfish snacks on FacebookAt this upcoming Twitter Party,  we’ll announce a special Rollback price on Goldfish crackers at Walmart. Come with a smile on your face to the #GoldfishMix Twitter Party on January 29 because you have a great chance to be one of the six gift card prize winners!

Join me and RSVP for the #GoldfishMix Twitter Party on SoFabChats!

DATE:  Thursday, January 29, 2015

TIME:  1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET

PRIZES:  5 – (1) $100 Walmart gift card

EARLY BIRD PRIZE:  1 – $50 Walmart Gift Card

HOSTS:  @Freebies4Mom, @formulamom, @FrugalFamTree,@peanutsgang2004, @_Karen

BRAND GUEST:  @GoldfishSmiles

RULES:  #GoldfishMix Twitter Party Official Rules

RSVP & PARTY GRID:  #GoldfishMix Twitter Party Page

PLEASE RETWEET:

How To Participate In A Twitter Party on SoFabChats!

TIP:  How to join a Twitter Party – sign in! Before party starts, click on the green “Sign In On Twitter” bar at the top of the page!

TIP: Who to follow at a Twitter Party? Follow the Party Team by clicking on the Twitter handle links on the RSVP page!

TIP: Want to win Twitter Party prizes? RSVP by clicking on RSVP button before you join the party, follow everyone on the Party Team, and tweet with the party hashtag during the party to be eligible!

TIP: How to win the Early Bird prize? Watch for chance to share a tweet when you RSVP for chance to win!

TIP: Special deals and brand coupons? Keep that options checked when you RSVP for the party!

TIP: New to Twitter parties? Watch your column and Party Team tweet columns – they are slower paced and easier to follow!

TIP: Where to find Twitter Parties? Check out the SoFabChats Twitter Party Calendar to find more fun parties to attend!

Find more helpful Twitter Party Tips on SoFabChats!

Samantha

Happy Throwback Thursday! #TBTPeanuts2015

Happy Thursday! Enjoy these throwbacks to put a little smile on your face!

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Samantha

Organizational Tips & Tricks: Fox News Chicago Segment

If you’re here from the Fox News segment, welcome! Hope you the site and feel free to look around! Any suggestions for future posts or series are much appreciated!

1).  Clever Crates Folding Utility Boxes (clevercrates.com)

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Pop’em up, fold’em down, Clever Crates are the smartest, easiest way to organize and transport household items. The secret is the unique lightweight and collapsible lift, pop and pack design that creates a spacious container that can be folded, stacked and stored away almost anywhere.  Pop them up to bring gear, drinks and snacks to family activities.  Great for the garden, garage, camping, parties, travel and so many other uses, as well as space-saving and efficient storage.  Ranging in size from 32 Liter (35 lb capacity) to 62 Liter (132 lb. capacity), coming in both open walled and solid wall versions and with or without handles.   Clever Crates provide great portability for both daily activities and in home storage while being easily collapsible when not in use without cluttering your home or vehicle. Clever Crates are hygienic and easily washed. They are made from durable, reusable, sustainable and recyclable material.  A great alternative to plastic and paper disposable bags and cardboard boxes, Clever Crates have advantages that no other box, crate or basket can match.  Comes in a variety of colors.  $11.99 – $19.99 depending on size,

2). Cordpro (cordpro.com)

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Cordpro is a device that makes electrical cords manageable.  No more struggling with untangling.  Just feed the cord into the Cordpro, insert the plug end of the cord into the wall, place the Cordpro wherever desired, grab the opposite end and unwind as desired. With the Cordpro, you can unwind just the right amount of cord for each task.  The remainder of the cord is neatly contained inside the Cordpro, untangled and ready for immediate use. Cordpro works with any cord or cable, great for countless applications. Cordpro comes in various sizes and retails for $7.50 and up

3).  BraLadder (braladder.com)

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BraLadder is a drying and storage rack for bras that extends the life of bras and other intimates and prevents them from getting smashed in drawers, losing their shape and evenness, or developing mildew.  No more damaged bras from being in the dryer or hanging on doorknobs and shower rods to dry. Also great for saving precious closet and drawer space.  The BraLadder can be used with most plastic hangers or clotheslines to vertically dry and store bras and other intimates, extending the uniformity and life of straps, and preventing lumps and warps due to storing bras in drawers and cramped closets. Made of durable plastic with top and bottom hooks and four rails that hold up to five bras, and can be extended by daisy chaining more rails to create a long “ladder” to dry and store more garments. $14.95

Samantha

Lions, Tigers & Forts, Oh My!

Today’s post is sponsored by Pop Secret, by my love for their popcorn is all my own!

Throughout the day, with two littles, I find myself amidst forts, LEGOS, cars and more. The movie choices are relegated to whatever the latest kid flick on Netflix is and they pretty much rule the roost when it comes to figuring out what we are going to watch during our family movie time! Thankfully, when bedtime rolls around, I’m able to build my own sort of Mom Fort complete with Facebook company, Friends on Netflix and the delicious treat of Pop Secret popcorn (movie theater butter for the win!)

You can submit your own pillow fort pictures to Pop Secret’s Facebook page for a chance to receive a fun prize pack and other surprises! 

Here are some great tips for creating the perfect Mom Fort after a long day playing amongst the little cuties:

1. Keep it Comfy!

Whether you’re slipping into yoga wear or sporting some leggings, keep your attire comfortable. No need to wear the heels and boots, keep the slippers snug and wear the comfiest thing you can find. No shame in the comfort game.

2. Choose your Viewing Selections

Whether you’re watching regular television or streaming from Netflix or Hulu, here are a few of our favorites to help you enjoy much of your downtime: Parenthood, Breaking Bad, Modern Family, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, Grey’s Anatomy or Friends are some of our favorites just to name a few. If you’re feeling particularly feisty and wanting to see a guilty pleasure, my pick is Glee, but don’t tell my husband!

3. Pick snacks wisely!

I love popping a bag of Pop Secret popcorn and pouring myself a snack one bowl at a time. It’s the perfect light and airy variety that won’t break the caloric bank if you shop Light and its great for sharing should you have a surprise guest join you after avoiding bedtime. Paired with a few pieces of chocolate and you’re ready to enjoy your little front room getaway as the kids nod off with Mr. Sandman. You can also find a $1 off coupon available on the Pop Secret Facebook page!

What are your favorite tips for relaxation? What is your favorite popcorn variety to share? What would you put in your mom fort?

Samantha

Score a Touchdown with SNICKERS® Cheesecake!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BigGameTreats #CollectiveBias

Every year, my family enters a fantasy football league – choosing the winners throughout the season and then shifting to the playoff choices in January. At the end of the season, we celebrate with a HUGE party at the Big Game and there’s stiff competition for who brings the best food. Since my win-loss record is usually pretty pathetic, I generally try to show up when it comes to whipping up something spectacular to scarf down during the halftime show. In preparation for the Big Game, I opted to create a delicious Touchdown SNICKERS® Cheesecake that’s sure to win over friends and family alike this sports season. #BigGameTreats #CollectiveBias

Your first stop should be Walmart where you can find all the varieties of treats you’ll need. That’s the one thing I love about SNICKERS is that they offer every size you could possibly imagine when it comes to creating something delectable. My husband even received one of those ginormous SNICKERS bars for Christmas and I was able to steal some away to use during preparation of this recipe to make sure it was extra scrumptious.

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Cheesecake can sometimes be time-consuming, but I promise it is worth the extra effort – you and your guests will not be disappointed.

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The steps leading up to baking are pretty simple and you can find the complete recipe below. I recommend creating this deliciousness on Saturday night, so you can cool in the fridge overnight and fully set before serving on Sunday. In this case, I made this cheesecake for a football party that my friend Natasha was hosting the next day so the timing was perfect.

1. Crust time! Get some helpers to take out some aggression on some chocolate sandwich cookies. Combine the crumbs with butter for a delicious chocolatey crust.

2. Combine the remainder of your ingredients (full instructions below) – using cute kitchen tools is a bonus.

3. Chop up your SNICKERS candy bars for folding into your finished batter. I kept my pieces relatively small so that they would bake up nicely.

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4. Next, pour half the batter in and drizzle with warmed caramel and hot fudge ice cream topping. Swirl to create a marbled effect. Repeat until all batter is poured in.

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Once baked, this effect will look quite nice and you can either serve as is or top the way I do which is with…even more SNICKERS.

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5. Possibly the most important step is to wrap your springform pan in aluminum foil to ensure water does not get inside while baking. Then, submerge the springform pan halfway into water in a larger pan and bake for 1 hour, 40 minutes inside a 300 degree oven. You’ll then turn the oven off, but leave in for 20 minutes. Then crack the turned off oven for another 20 minutes, then remove and put in the refrigerator for cooling. Again, the aluminum foil is key so that water doesn’t seep into your cake!

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Voila! You’re ready to decorate in the morning and serve. I chopped up even more SNICKERS and used the SNICKERS Unwrapped Bites to create a border on the outside of the cake when slicing. The Bites are great because they are mini closed SNICKERS and finish the cheesecake off nicely.  Then I chopped up a small sleeve of fun size SNICKERS to spread over the top. Once finished, I drizzled the caramel and hot fudge over the entire thing to create a look perfect for presentation.

We headed to the football party and added our dessert to the beautiful tablescape that Natasha prepared, including some spicy hot wings and other appetizer goodies. Can you say NACHO BAR and homemade guacamole?!

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We then served up our cake pretty early on because the crowd was hungry and ready for some chocolate!

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Want to wow your Big Game day crowd? Check out the full recipe below and create your very own Touchdown SNICKERS Cheesecake.

Have some in your crew that don’t love chocolate? (You better check to see if they have a pulse first!) Consider making Skittles® Sugar Cookies! I love these because they are incredibly simple to make and keep little hands busy! Even better, this might serve as the perfect Big Game activities to keep little ones occupied while everyone else cheers on their favorite team! We whipped up a quick batch of these using Skittles Wild Berry variety and the boys loved sneaking one here an there. Even better, we used some of the leftover SNICKERS unwrapped bites to jazz up a few of the remaining cookies.

The process is pretty simple. Purchase a quick sugar cookie mix from the baking aisle at Walmart or refrigerated section.

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Mix dough and roll out with some flour so it doesn’t stick. Choose your favorite cookies cutters, slice, decorate and bake! You’ll have Skittles Sugar Cookies in no time! Plus, who doesn’t love when little chefs show up to help?

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Score a Touchdown with SNICKERS® Cheesecake!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Ingredients
  • Crust
  • 24 chocolate sandwich cookies
  • Cheesecake filling
  • 24 ounces packages of cream cheese, room temperature (three 8 ounce packages)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 30-35 mini snickers bars, chopped
  • ¼ cup chocolate sauce
  • ¼ cup caramel sauce
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Combine crust ingredients and mix well.
  3. Press mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan after greasing the bottom of your pan. Bake crust for 10 minutes then remove.
  4. Cover the outsides of the pan with aluminum foil so that water cannot get in from the next stage of baking.
  5. Reduce oven to 300 degrees.
  6. In a large bowl, blend the cream cheese, sugar and flour on low with an electric mixer until combined Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add eggs one at a time beating slowly and making sure to combine thoroughly.
  7. Add the sour cream and vanilla extract. Beat on low speed until combined. Fold in chopped SNICKERS.
  8. Pour cheesecake filling into the pan. Drizzle hot fudge and caramel. Marble using a spoon or scraper.
  9. Place springform pan inside a larger pan. Fill water in larger pan to go up about halfway on the springform pan being careful not to go over the aluminum foil.
  10. Bake for 1 hour and 40 minutes. Then, turn off heat and leave cheesecake in oven with door closed for 20 minutes.
  11. Lastly, crack oven door and let set for another 20 minutes while oven is off. Remove and cool completely, then chill.
  12. Decorate as desired when ready after removing springform pan sides.

What’s your favorite Big Game recipe for that sweet tooth in your family?

Samantha

“Tummen”, Wrestling & Other Dad Tales

I don’t often share much about Daddy over here at The Peanuts Gang, but wanted to take a few moments to share a bit about this hunk since he’s been just so awesome lately. After ten years of marriage, he’s honestly more committed than ever and I can only share just how blessed I am. I could not do half of what I do without him and he pushes me to constantly improve myself and better our family.

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He makes Snowmen with our boys and helps them to remember when they were babies (like when Jack used to call them, “Tummen!” instead of Snowmen).

He wrestles and helps them burn off excess energy.

Sometimes, he’s like having a third son around, but I wouldn’t miss seeing him share that with them.

He snuggles with the best of them and there’s not much that warms my heart than seeing the three of them curled up on the couch together after a long day of playing and housework.

He cleans toilets & mops & sweeps & does laundry. He’s like Mr. Clean only with more hair.

He practices math problems and challenges the boys to increase their wit and knowledge.

He reads bedtime stories to them every night, even when it might be a “smidge too late.”

He carries them always.

He scratches their backs as they nod off to sleep.

He plays Disney Infinity with them.

He shares YouTube with them and videos of Venus Fly Traps eating their prey.

He washes my car by hand.

He wakes early and works hard for his money.

He shops at Ross and loves to buy the boys little surprises like gummy worms and Superhero posters.

He’s the best man I could have ever imagined having kids with.

Plus, he’s pretty hawt. Amiright?

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Samantha

The Adventures of Puss in Boots and other #Netflix #StreamTeam Favorites this Month

I was recently asked to be part of the Netflix #StreamTeam and share posts each month based on my experience. We are longtime Netflix users and cannot wait to share our experiences with you! All opinions are of course are own!

If you follow us along on Instagram or Facebook, then you know we’ve been streaming like crazy over here! My current obsession has been FRIENDS and I’m ashamed to admit that I may or may not be halfway through season 8 (and considering I started right around January 6th…) Don’t do the math, I beg of you.  If you’re looking for a series to start, Friends is definitely a good place to start.

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I’ve been spending lots of time with these friends, but we can’t forget about our favorite furry ones! Here are some great ideas for celebrating the furry friendships in your life (and experience a lot of laughs in the meantime!)

Anchorman 2 - For Mom & Dad

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Ron Burgundy and the whole gang is back in an epic newsroom battle of wits once again. Fancy suits and stellar hair, this flick is perfect for an stay-at-home date night with your significant other.

The Adventures of Puss in Boots

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Debuted on January 16th, catch the latest shenanigans of one of the stars of the Shrek series – Puss in Boots!

Jumanji

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One of the beloved movies from my childhood, this feature film with the late Robin Williams as the star will capture your hearts and your sense of adventure as this board game comes to life!

Snow Buddies

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Check out these furry stars as they embark on a winter adventure. This is the perfect movie if you’re snowed in or looking to build a fort using pillows and blankets!

You have the movie and the fresh popped popcorn, add a little sweet treat to the occasion with this Hot Chocolate and homemade Marsh-Meows! Your kids will love recreating these piping hot cups of cocoa and homemade cat-shaped marshmallows!

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What are your favorite movie time snacks? Do you have a current Netflix binge-watching series that you’re in love with you? Share your favorites as I’m sure we’ll be through Friends soon!

Cherishing Friendships || Hello, #StreamTeam Milestones on Netflix!

Samantha