Precious Moments True Beauty Is Reflected From The Heart #Giveaway

Diane Sullivan is a Precious Moments Ambassador Blogger and provided sample product for the purpose of review. No form of compensation is provided for this blog post. It includes personal opinions that do not reflect or are influenced by Precious Moments.

Precious Moments True Beauty Is Reflected From The Heart -Review and GiveawaypreciousmomentsLife Is Filled With Precious Moments. Each day is a gift in itself. Some days are good some days are not so good and some days are just precious. There are many precious moments in our lives that need to be celebrated. Recently I was invited to be an Ambassador Blogger for Precious Moments. I felt so proud and honored to be included into the fold of Precious Moments. My best friend has a huge collection for Precious Moments that she has collected throughout her life. They are so beautiful and with a glance she can see many of her life’s milestones on display throughout her house. As for me, I do have collected a few Precious Moments including the Bride & Groom, the graduate, First Holy Communion for my sons and more. Each one represents something very special in my life.

When the Precious Moments box arrived the other day I called my daughter immediately. She has never had her own figurine.  We opened the box together and there were many smiles. This figurine, Precious Moments- True Beauty Is Reflected From The Heart was about to be my daughter’s very first Precious Moments. She was beyond thrilled. Honestly, Precious Moments could not have chosen a better one to send me. Emily was born after me being a boymom for sixteen years, I kind of thought by that point there would not be a ballerina in our house. So, ballet is definitely is a Precious Moment in our family. The picture below is what I see when I look at the Precious Moments figurine. When I asked my daughter what it meant to her she told me it think about all of times she has danced and practiced ballet. I hope those memories will stay forever every time she looks at this beautiful figurine. It also brought back my own memories of my childhood and how much I loved ballet.ballerinaemily4

ballerinamommyFor nearly forty years Precious Moments has been creating gifts that celebrate caring, sharing, faith and love. Precious Moments offers an adorable figurine of a ballerina who demonstrates her poise and beauty. Beauty is found in confidence, compassion, determination, and so many other aspects that lie far deeper than the skin. As this diligent dancer practices her ballet positions at her barre, her beauty is not only reflected in the mirror, but from her heart as well. A graceful gift for anyone with an appreciation for ballet. Porcelain/Resin/Glass. 5 ¼” H. SRP: $55.99 http://www.preciousmoments.com/

preciousmoments1GIVEAWAY: We are so excited to partner with Precious Moments for this amazing giveaway. We have a beautiful Precious Moments True Beauty Is Reflected From The Heart that you can have for your very own. Giveaway ends Sunday night August 27th at 11:59pm. Winner will be contacted via email and needs to respond within 24 hours to claim prize.
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Netflix #StreamTeam August: Sing Along With “Beat Bugs”!

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Family movie night. Car-ride duets. Weekend dance fests. The best moments happen when the family comes together — and much of that happens over music and entertainment. It’s why 40% of families say they routinely watch all sorts of shows together. It’s also why you grow nostalgic for the music your parents loved and eventually want to pass it down to your kids as well.

With the new Netflix original series Beat Bugs, inspired by the music of the Beatles, your next family sing-along can be “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” Thanks to five charming and energetic bug-like creatures (Jay, Kumi, Crick, Buzz and Walter), families have the opportunity to come together over kid-friendly storylines and the best damn music ever made — recorded by today’s top artists, including Jennifer Hudson, P!nk, Sia and Eddie Vedder.

We couldn’t get enough of “Beat Bugs” in our house– the fun and imaginative uses of classic songs had the whole family dancing and singing along! And that’s just the beginning of the awesome movies and TV shows premiering on Netflix this month. Read on to see some of our highlights from August’s additions to the Netflix catalog!

The Little Prince & Project Mc2 Spotlight

Stream on. Take a journey with The Little Prince and watch Netflix like a kid – with joy beyond the stars. Once you’re settled back on Earth, jump right back into your childhood with the girls of Project Mc2 and explore what it takes to achieve STEM topics (science, technology, engineering and math) with these fun experiments.

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New on Netflix for Kids, Tweens, Teens and Families

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Dawn of the Croods: Season 2

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Ever After High: Epic Winter

Netflix Celebrates Siblings in April! #StreamTeam

Believe it or not, siblings really can get along. They play together, they cuddle, and they get sad when one of them is gone for too long. But when it comes to agreeing on something to watch, they can go from love to loathe in a matter of minutes. We want siblings everywhere (of all ages) to get along famously, no matter their differences in show tastes. That’s why Netflix has created Netflix Sibling Playlists to honor National Siblings Day (April 10th). During the month of April, kids can choose from playlists such as the “Tale of Two Distant Ages” to “Sugar and Spice” and more, offering something for every sibling squad to watch and enjoy together.

We’re certainly no stranger to the way siblings get along in our house, which is why we’ve picked some of our favorite Netflix shows and playlists t0 share with you. Read on to see some of the great “Sibling Playlists” Netflix has to offer, and a sample of the great shows and movies that are available on the site this month!

A Tale of Two Distant Ages

Fret no longer, this playlist caters to both your 5-year-old AND your 14-year-old. Click here for the full collection.

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Sugar and Spice

One kid’s sassy, the other one’s sweet. Click here for the full collection.

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Meet in the Middle

Deciding on a genre is the hardest when it comes to watching together. From comedy to action, this playlist includes titles that have a little bit of everything for everyone. Click here for the full collection.

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Must-Watch TV

Whether long distance or right next door, these days, adult siblings are also bonding over what they’re watching. Difference is you’re no longer fighting over the remote and are instead championing your favorite Netflix title to get your brother or sister hooked on the same shows. Here are a few that are sure to win you some big-time street cred. Click here for the full collection.

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Still Can’t Decide?

Since we know getting a collective answer can be easier said than done, Netflix has created an iconic fortune teller to help your family decide what to watch next. Even better, create your own.

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1. Pick a color on the top four flaps and spell out the letters (e.g. B-L-U-E) while alternating a pinching and pulling motion with the teller to reveal a set of four numbers.
2. Pick a number and move the fortune teller the corresponding number of times, revealing a second set of four numbers.
3. Choose a genre and open the flap to reveal what’s up next on Netflix.

New on Netflix for Kids, Tweens, Teens and Families:

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Lost & Found Music Studios: Season 1 (4/1)

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Kong: King of the Apes: Season 1 (4/15)

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Girl Meets World: Season 2 (4/10)

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Danger Mouse: Season 1 (4/29)

#DIY Light Up Your Easter Egg Hunt With Positive Messages, Memories and HERSHEY’S Treats #HersheysEaster

Light Up Your Easter Egg Hunt 
With Positive Messages, Memories 
and HERSHEY’S Treats
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Every year when Easter rolls around I cannot help but get a twinge of excitement 
 deep within my soul. Being a mom of three children of all ages, I have been 
snapping on the bunny tail and floppy bunny ears for years and years. I find the 
fascination of a child who believes in the magic of the Easter Bunny to be one
 of the most amazing experiences of my life. Along the path of parenting I have come up
with numerous traditions to create family memories. One of my favorite has to
 be the tradition of our Bunny egg hunt that takes place after dinner on Easter Sunday when
the sun goes down. Our official Easter Bunny(me) came up with this idea a
few years ago and it has been a big hit ever since.
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It’s quite simple and really amazes the kids every time. Who can resist anything that lights up?

We start with a Memory Jar (we always have a memory jar on the counter) which has a
 constant flow of funny memories or something special that a family member did
 during the year. I look through the strips and use them as the bunny’s inspiration to write
Bunny notes to fill the eggs with.
Example: #1
The Easter Bunny loved when you made a card for you friend that was in the hospital.
Example #2
The Easter Bunny always hops higher when you read a book at bedtime!
Example #3
The Easter Bunny chuckled when Adam had on two different sneakers.
Example #4
Remember to eat your carrots and other vegetables just like the Easter Bunny!
Example #5 
The Easter Bunny wants to remind Dad not to leave his coffee on top of the van!
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You can personalize the Bunny Notes to anything you would like. 
My older children love this, too. They are good sports and play along but honestly
I think they do enjoy some of the funny notes the Easter Bunny leaves inside the eggs.
Now, for the light up part of the egg- I get the light-stick bracelets at the dollar store.
They are packed as 18 in a pack so for $2.00 I have enough for 36 eggs!
Makes for an awesome light show. 
Final step is to add a delicious HERSHEY’S treat or two to the light up egg.
In our family by the time Easter dinner is over everyone is just hanging around. As soon as the 
sun goes down hubby or I sneak out to the yard and place the eggs all over.
Then we direct everyone to the yard and fun begins. I will miss the magic when
 I don’t have a bunny believer in the house any more, but I have a feeling this tradition
will carry on for years to come.
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Disclosure: Special thanks to HERSHEY’S. This is a repost from a previous post. I thought it was such a cute idea, I had to share it again. Diane Sullivan/3decades3kids provides honest opinions. No compensation was given for this post. 
Thank you for including us on the HERSHEY’S Bunny Trail.
All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan.
Email me at Diane@3decades3kids.net

#Giveaway Disney’s The Good Dinosaur on Blu-Ray 3D, Blu-Ray, DVD, Digital HD

Giveaway: Disney’s The Good Dinosaur on Blu-Ray 3D, Blu-Ray, DVD, Digital HD Feb 23rd!thegooddinosaurThere is no doubt about it, our family totally loves all things Disney. When a movie comes out we have to know every single detail that has to do with that movie. So before The Good Dinosaur even was complete we had the chance to get a NYC sneak peek and hear all the plans. From that point on I knew I was in love with this movie. I knew to bring a box of tissues along to see the finished product! Check out all things The Good Dinosaur and order your own copy here. Don’t forget to check out the special perks if you buy your copy from the Disney Store, Target or Walmart.thegooddinoOn Feb. 23rd The Good Dinosaur will roll into your life at home and all your tablets/phones. If you have already seen it, you will definitely want to add it to your collection. If you have not seen it, it’s a great show for movie night over and over and over again!

Synopsis: “The Good Dinosaur” asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?  Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo (voice of Raymond Ochoa) makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of. Voice Cast: Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Marcus Scribner, Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright, Steve Zahn, AJ Buckley, Anna Paquin, Sam Elliott -and the Director: Peter Sohn

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Giveaway: We are thrilled to be able to partner with Disney Pixar The Good Dinosaur! They will be giving two lucky readers a deluxe digital code to The Good Dinosaur. Giveaway ends 2/25/2016 at 11:59pm. Winner will be contacted via email on the morning of 2/26. Winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize. Prize will be mailed by Diane Sullivan once prize is claimed. If not claimed another winner will be chosen. 18+/USA only. Please enter on the rafflecopter below.

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A little throwback pic from when my daughter won The Good Dinosaur Prize pack that included screening passes, a movie poster and a themed cap! She was definitely on cloud 9.