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Disney On Ice is coming to the Covelli Center. AND GIVEAWAY!!!

It is always exciting when Disney on Ice comes to the Covelli Center here in Youngstown.  It’s a fun time for the family and always a great show.  The new Dream Big show featuring Moana and the greatest demigod that ever lived, Maui, on an action-packed voyage to restore the stolen heart of Te Fiti.

Disney on Ice Moana

Explore the Land of the Dead as Miguel from Disney•Pixar’s Coco brings the festivities of Dia de los Muertos to the ice. Get tangled up in Rapunzel’s hair-raising quest to see the floating lights. Travel to the kingdom of Arendelle with Anna, Elsa and Olaf in a dramatic retelling of the sisterly love that saved a kingdom. And discover the strength, bravery and kindness that inspired generation after generation with Jasmine, Ariel, Aurora, Belle and Cinderella.

Dream Big captures all the magic and adventure of Disney’s immortal tales through cutting edge figure skating, glamourous costumes and stunning set designs. Through innovative lighting and thrilling special effects, audiences are transported to a world of imagination, where heroes of every kind seek to fulfill their dreams. High-flying jumps, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends make Disney On Ice presents Dream Big an experience families will never forget!

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What a great gift to wrap up for the kiddos!  Instead of more toys, give them the gift of entertainment with tickets to Disney on Ice.

Show times are:  Thursday, Dec. 26 at 7 pm
Friday, Dec. 27 at 7 pm
Saturday, Dec. 28 at 11 am, 3 pm and 7 pm
Sunday, Dec. 29 at 1 pm and 5 pm

And tickets start at just $15 and can be can be ordered online at

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Ovation Brands Thumbs Up Johnnie Family Night Adventures

Family Nights at Hometown Buffet are one of our favorite things.  I love the themes, and the kids love the buffet of food to choose from!  This month’s feature is a book series, “Thumbs Up Johnnie”.

Ovation Brands’ portfolio of restaurants – Old Country Buffet, Ryan’s, Hometown Buffet, Country Buffet – and Furr’s Fresh Buffet are rolling out a new Family Night promotion featuring the popular Thumbs Up Johnnie books! The lovable character and his friends reinforce a positive and healthy lifestyle. EachThursday, from September 14th through October 19th between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., kids may participate in different interactive and educational activities in Ovation Brands’ restaurants and Furr’s Fresh Buffet locations.

The featured activities are as follows:

  • September 14 – Thumbs Up to RED, WHITE & BLUE!
  •  September 21 – Jimmy Jam Germ & The Happy Handshake
  • September 28 – Buckaroonomics
  • October 5 – Adventures Through the Wild West
  • October 12 – Macro-Heroes Save Field Day
  • October 19 – Zipp, Little Digit & The Happy Signs

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And now for a giveaway!!  One winner will win a Thumbs Up Johnny Prize Pack with 4 passes to any Ovation Restaurant.

Entering is easy, just comment on this post with what your favorite food to eat at a buffet is!  

Giveaway ends October 4th, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST.

Holiday Gift Guide 2017 FOR BABIES

The holiday is fast approaching and if you are like me- you are starting your christmas shopping now so you are not swamped trying to shop last minute.  I have two little ones that fall into this category so I am going to be sharing some items that I think would make good gifts for the 3 and under kids.

I am still accepting prospective gifts to be added to this list, so if you are interested, please send an email to:

Go! Go! Smart Wheels® Press & Race Vehicles 

Vtech Go! Go! Racers!

The VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Press & Race cars are a huge hit for both of my boys.  Just like it sounds, you press down on the car and it zooms across the floor!  They also make light up, make sounds and play music, which adds to the excitement for the boys.  The new Press & Race vehicles include a race car, dump truck and fire truck.  The retail price point on these is $8.99 each.  Perfect for a stocking stuffer or a gift for a young child.

Sophie the Giraffe

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Sophie has been a staple in our house for all the babies.  Starting with Colton- who is now 8- had a Sophie.  She is a great toy for teething babies to gnaw on, because she is soft and has lots of places that little hands can grasp.  As a mom, I feel confident letting my little one gnaw on Sophie over other teether because she is made of 100% Natural Rubber (phthalates Free) and food-grade paint. She is also great for toddlers for role playing as my two year old still plays with his Sophie- only now Sophie goes for rides on the bus or train :-) .  You can get Sophie the Giraffe on Amazon  for between $20 and $30 depending on what package you choose- they have several options- Sophie by herself, Sophie with a book, Sophie with a teether, Sophie with a plush Sophie… I think your loved one will be thrilled with any of them so you can pick one that will fit their needs the most!

Boppy Pillow


The Boppy Pillow is a great gift for new babies.  A lot of moms rave about it as a nursing support.  Personally I liked it for two things.  To prop baby up on– either for tummy time or just to sit in so he wasn’t laying flat on the floor.  Once my little ones got a little older, it was great to sit them in to help them sit up in that wobbly stage of he can kind of sit up, but not really and we don’t want him to fall backwards.  If you have a little one on your list- this is a great gift because it isn’t a toy, but more of something that is needed for development.  I have 3 kids and feel like 3 for 3… I needed a boppy.

I also want to add that I HIGHLY recommend the Boppy Water Resistant Cover to go with this.  Babies spit up, toddlers spill drinks… heck- mom spills too!  My oldest has asthma and a dust and mold trigger so these covers on pillows is a must in our house.  Even so- I am sure you don’t want moisture seeping into your pillow that your baby will be sitting on- so get this cover too :-)


Exergen Temporal Artery Scan Thermometer


This is another great gift that is more of a necessity than a toy- but still something parents will thank you for when they have a sick child.  I love it when my kids get toys, but sometimes the amount of toys around the holidays is overwhelming and I am really thankful for the kids to get things they need.  This would be one of those gifts.  We have this thermometer and I feel it is ACCURATE and fast.  It took me a few times of using it to get the hang of how it works, but once I figured it out it is a breeze.

Disney on Ice presents Follow Your Heart coming to Amway Arena

“I am a Feld Entertainment Blogger Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and other exclusive opportunities.”

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It’s that time of year again! Disney On Ice is coming back to Orlando! I have visited Disney On Ice in the past and I am so excited to see the new show.

Disney on Ice - Dory

Just keep swimming with Dory, Nemo, Marlin and new pal Hank from Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory as they embark on a life-changing excursion to find her parents and discover the true meaning of family.

Cheer with the Emotions from Disney Pixar’s Inside Out – Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust – as they help Riley find the confidence to win the hockey championship and experience the emotional rollercoaster of growing up.

Venture to the wintery world of Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen and learn love is the most powerful magic of all.

Rapunzel and Flynn

See Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana and the Disney Princesses make their dreams come true through their virtues of bravery, kindness, and perserverance.

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Celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and The Toy Story gang. Make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie, and all your Disney friends when Disney on Ice presents Follow Your Heart skates into your hometown!

Do you want to go?
Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart is bringing this live production produced by Feld Entertainment. The ice skating extravaganza featuring Disney Pixar’s Inside Out, Disney’s Frozen, and other beloved Disney stories visits Orlando from September 2-4, 2016 for six performances at Amway Center. Show Times:  Friday, September 2, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, September 3, 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, September 4, 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now!
You can Save!
Save 20% off select seats with code SAVE20. Not valid on premium VIP seating. Hurry for the best available seats. Code expires September 1, 2016.

Tickets are available at  or, at any Ticketmaster outlet, by calling 800-745-3000, or at the Amway Center box office (phone for information only: 407-440-7900). For group ticket sales and information, call 866-248-8740.

Do you want to win tickets?
 I am giving away 4 tickets to Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart in Orlando to ONE lucky Mommy Has A Life winner.

Giveaway Ends August 20th, 2016 at 11:59 PM
To Enter (One Comment per Entry):
(One Entry) Tell me why you want to go to the show.
(One Entry) VisitMommy Has A Life on Facebook
(One Entry) Follow Mommy Has A Life on Instagram.
(One Entry) Follow Mommy Has A Life on Twitter

(One Entry) VisitDisney on Ice on Facebook
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Get ready for school at Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores AND $50 GC Giveaway!

If you live in the Orlando Area OR you will be vacationing there soon, you will want to check out the Lake Buena Vista Factory Outlets for some great deals!  School is heading back soon and with that, you will want to get great deals on name brand clothes.  To add to the great deals, the Florida Sales Tax Holiday begins at 12:01am, Friday, August 7 and ends at 11:59pm, Sunday, August 16.

Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores

Shopping is hassle-free at Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores, you can find factory-direct premium quality merchandise at savings up to 75% off (and sometimes more) plus easy store front parking. Savvy discount shoppers can learn about these discounts, as well as specific stores and their hours by following the center on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest, as well as  You can also save even more by downloading a coupon from the Center’s web site, then bringing it to Travelpro to receive a coupon booklet valued up to $400 in savings- PERFECT for back to school savings (or if you need to pick up a little something while you are visiting on your vacation).LBVFS Shoppers


So stop by Lake Buena Vista Factory Outlets, save some money and enjoy a lot of stores, all in one place not too far from Disney World and the other attractions :-)

Enter to WIN a $50 Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores Gft Card!  
Here is how to enter Comment on this post for each entry (one comment=one entry)  Giveaway Ends Aug 3th at 11:59 PM EST.

1 Entry: Tell me WHY you want to win.
1 Entry:  Follow Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores on Facebook
1 Entry:  Follow Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores on Twitter
1 Entry:  Follow Mommy Has A Life on Facebook
1 Entry: Follow Mommy Has a Life on Instagram.  

FTC Disclosure:  I received a Gift Card in exchange for sharing about this post.  All Opinions are my own, honest opinions.

Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery Blu-ray Giveaway

Scooby DooEveryone’s favorite crime fighting kids are back with their biggest mystery ever in Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery! To help them solve the case the Scooby gang teams up with Rock and Roll legends KISS for an all new Mystery Inc. adventure!

To celebrate this I am Giving away ONE Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD with UltraViolet to one lucky Mommy Has A Life reader!

Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Scooby Doo and KISS Rock & Roll Mystery Blu-ray Combo Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

To enter: 
Check out the Scooby Sound Board below and comment with what your favorite Sound is.
One additional entry.  Tweet me @MommyHasALife with what your favorite sound is and use #ScoobyDoo

Contest Ends August 5th at 11:59 PM.  Winner will be notified and have 24 hours to respond.

I am Going to BloggerBash and another BIG Blogging Conference 2015!

Next week Caleb and I will be heading up to New York for TWO of the biggest blogging conferences,  Blogger Bash and the other BIG women’s blogging conference (sorry, can’t mention the name because they trademarked it and prohibit use of it).  I am super excited and really just can’t wait to get up there and check everything out.  This industry is constantly changing and I feel like there is more and more to learn each year so I can stay on top of my game.

I am very thankful for the opportunity to go up to these conferences and I need to give a huge THANK YOU to two really awesome Brands for helping me get there: Mamalicious and Hanchell Babies.






If you see me around at either of these conferences, be sure to stop by and see how cute Caleb is:

Caleb Tie Onsie

I will also have some samples of Wash Cloths and Swaddle Blankets from Hanchell Babies, so if you see me, please stop me to get one and give me your card to pass along to them.  :-)

I will also be hosting THREE giveaways while I am there via Instagram and Twitter so please be sure to check those out as well.

Benefits of Swaddling brought to you by the new SwaddleSure by HALO Adjustable Sleep Pouch + Giveaway

As a new mom, I can tell you those first few weeks with your newborn are nerve racking.  You are constantly wondering if you are doing things right, and hoping you are making your new little one comfortable.

From the moment Caleb was born, he was just the sweetest little thing.  I will not lie when I say we instantly bonded and I am loving every minute of it.

I brought my SwaddleSure by HALO sleep pouch to hospital with me along with my bag of :everything I really want to use from day one: so Caleb was put in the SwaddleSure by HALO Sleep Pouch from day one.  And from day one, he slept SO well and was hardly fussy.  If he was fussy, I would swaddle him and it seemed like he instantly calmed.  Caleb Halo Sleep Sack

The SwaddleSure by HALO Sleep Pouch is my favorite swaddle wrap because it is SO easy.  In 3 quick steps, he is swaddled, comforted, and happy :-)

Swaddle Sure How To

Some benefits to Swaddling are:

  • Swaddling is a great way to soothe and calm a fussy baby by giving him a feeling of security, similar to being in the womb.
  • A newborn cannot regulate his temperature as well as an adult, so swaddling keeps his body warm. (Just make sure that he doesn’t become overheated.)
  • Swaddling often helps a baby sleep longer because it prevents the sudden movements (startle reflex) that can cause him to wake up.
  • Swaddling can help a baby focus on breastfeeding, helping to keep his arms and legs out of the way
  • Swaddling prevents a newborn baby from scratching himself with his nails.
SwaddleSure became available in January 2015, and can be found at and for a suggested retail price of $14.99.
Also- one VERY important thing about the swaddle sure is the Hip Healthy design.  One os the common worries of Swaddling is hip dysplasia from wrapping the legs.  With the design of this sleep  pouch the legs are loose, so Hip Dysplasia is not a concern :-)
I am a huge fan of swaddling and the Halo SwaddleSure is my top pick of all the swaddle wraps I have tried.  If you are expecting… definitely add this one to your registry :-)
And now for the giveaway!  I am giving away ONE SwaddleSure by HALO Adjustable Sleep Pouch to ONE lucky Mommy Has A Life winner.
Giveaway Ends July 19, 2015 at 11:59 PM
To Enter (One Comment per Entry):
(One Entry) Tell me your favorite thing about Swaddling.
(One Entry) Like Mommy Has A Life on Facebook
(One Entry) Follow Mommy Has A Life on Instagram.
(One Entry) Follow Mommy Has A Life on Twitter

(One Entry) Like Halo Sleep Sack on Facebook
(One Entry) Follow @HaloSleepSack on Twitter
(One Entry) Follow Halo Sleep Sack on Pinterest
(One Entry) Follow HaloSleepSack on Instagram
One Entry) Follow Halo Sleep Sack on Google+
(One Entry) Follow the Halo Sleep Sack YouTube Channel
(One Entry) Check out my Essentials for Baby Guide and comment on that post.

Disclosure: I received free product to review for purposes of this post.  

Check out Minions in General Mills Cereal AND GIVEAWAY!

Minions is going to be hitting the theaters July 10th!  I know- you have your calendar marked and your kids are counting down the days!  Well they can get some extra Minion fun inside Genral Mills Cereals.  For a limited time you can find a super cute Minion Buddy inside specially marked General Mills Cereals and Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks.

General Mills Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Minions and cereal fans alike can collect all six Buddies in each participating brand of General Mills cereals, including: Honey Nut Cheerios, Banana Nut Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Reese’s Puffs, Trix and Golden Grahams.  General Mills has additionally released specially marked packing of participating Betty Crocker fruit flavored snacks, including: Fruit Roll-Ups, Fruit by the Foot and Gushers.  The specially marked boxes of Big G cereals hit store shelves this month, for a limited time only.

For a little tease, check out this trailer from the Minions movie

How would you like to win a General Mills Prize Pack, including a $25 Fandango Gift Card so you can take your kiddo to see the Minions movie!
One luck Mommy Has A Life reader will win One Specially Marked Box of General Mills Cereal, One box of specially marked Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks, and a $25 Fandango Gift Card.


Giveaway ends June 30th at 11:59 PM.  Comment below for each entry.

To Enter:
(One Entry) Comment and tell me which General Mills Cereal is your favorite.
(One Entry) Tell me which Minion is your favorite.
(One Entry) Like Mommy Has A Life on Facebook
(One Entry) Follow Mommy Has A Life on Instagram.
(One Entry) Follow Mommy Has A Life on Twitter


Tune into Barkfest on National Geographic PLUS GIVEAWAY

Tune into National Geographic this weekend to check out BARKFEST.  There is a great program line up all about dogs (Including Cesar 911, which is my grandma’s favorite show!)

In celebration of this, I am giving away a BARKFEST Prize pack:
Barkfest GiveawayTo Enter please comment below for each entry:
1. Comment telling me your dog’s name, or the name of the dog you will give the prize pack to.
2. Like Mommy Has a Life on Facebook
3. Like National Geographic on Facebook

Giveaway Ends Friday, May 22, 2015 at 11:59 PM :-)  

The BARKFEST programming line up:


World’s Greatest Dogs – Friday, May 15 at 8 PM ET/PT
These are the stories of extraordinary dogs: a surfing therapy dog, a bionic dog, a dog with the world record in scootering, and many more. We’ll meet these incredible canines and their dedicated owners.
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Cesar 911 Season Finale – Friday, May 15 at 9 PM ET/PT
Cesar rushes to the aid of Joe, a frantic husband and father.
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Is Your Dog A Genius? Doggy See, Doggy Doo – Friday, May 15 at 10 PM ET/PT
Is your dog a born genius? Or can you make him one? Duke University dog scientist Dr. Brian Hare uses his groundbreaking research to help dog owners better understand their canine companions. This interactive series will help dog owners everywhere unlock their canine’s true potential.
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The Incredible Dr. Pol: Dog-A-POL-ooza – Saturday, May 16 at 8 PM ET/PT
In this special episode of The Incredible Dr. Pol, it’s all dogs all day this week at Pol Veterinary Services!
Video/photos: unavailable at this time.

Unlikely Animal Friends: Bark-Tacular- Saturday, May 16 at 9 PM ET/PT
We’ll take a look at some of the most amazing unlikely friendships that prove that dogs are more than just man’s best friend!
Video/photos: unavailable at this time.

Is Your Dog a Genius? Who’s Your Doggy? – Saturday, May 16 at 10 PM ET/PT
Can your dog outsmart you? Does he bend the rules behind your back? Duke University dog scientists Dr. Brian Hare has developed a series of scientific test to reveal your dog’s unique strategies and help you improved your relationship with her.
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Photos: included in episode airing on Friday.


World’s Greatest Dogs– Sunday, May 17 at 8 PM ET/PT (encore airing)

Super Underdogs – Sunday, May 17 at 9 PM ET/PT
From smallest to largest, from longest ears to longest tongue, from unique shapes to most muscles. These are the stories of the worlds’ most extreme looking dogs.
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Is Your Dog A Genius? Talk Doggy To Me – Sunday, May 17 at 10 PM ET/PT
Dogs and humans share a social bond unlike any two species on the planet. But how does your dog really feel about you? Based on his groundbreaking research, Dr. Brian Hare has created a series of games to help you better understand your canine companion.
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