Amazon: Up to 75% Off Jewelry Gifts + Free Shipping!

Valentine’s Day has surely snuck up on my this year!  I don’t get the kids much, but I do like to get them a little something to show them we were thinking of them.  Today Amazon is offering up to 75% off select jewelry gifts and FREE 1-day shipping so they will arrive in time!  There are some very cute selections available in this sale!  Check out these:


Sterling Silver Parents and Children Infinity Pendant Necklace, 18″


Sterling Silver and 14k Yellow Gold Diamond Accent Freshwater Cultured Pearl Pendant Necklace (8mm), 18″

There are a ton more to choose from as well.  Head on over to Amazon to see the entire selection/

Visiting Biltmore Estate with Kids

Visiting Biltmore Estate with Kids

This past year, I couldn’t decide what to get my mom for Christmas.  Then I remember how she has always mentioned wanting to visit the Biltmore Estate at Christmastime.  We have heard that the Biltmore at Christmas is something worth traveling to see.

My brother and I came up with a plan to surprise her and take our entire families (5 adults and NINE children) to fulfill her Christmas wish.  Visiting Biltmore Estate with kids turned out to be much more fun than I expected.

With all of the children with ages from 12 all the way down to 3 months at that time, I was a little worried if it was going to be worth it.  In the end, I’m very glad that we all went.  Here are a few tips to hopefully make your trip to Biltmore Estate fun with children.

Biltmore Estate with Children

Children age 9 and under are FREE!

Yes, FREE!  Children ages 10-16 are discounted.  This ended up being a huge help to us because we only had to pay for one of out the nine kids!

Keep in mind that you do, however, still need to reserve a ticket for your child no matter their age.  Biltmore limits the number of visitors during peak times so the house doesn’t get too crowded.

You can also buy your tickets online so you don’t have to wait at the box office.

Biltmore House with Baby

Bring your stroller, carrier, sling, wrap, etc to hold little ones.

For our crew, all the children were fully able to walk through the house with no problem.  I had the baby in his Ergo and my nephew was in a stroller.  There were some parts of the house with stairs and the stroller had to be folded to continue, but it didn’t cause much of a problem.

Plan for 2 days if possible.

With the Christmas tickets, we were able to visit the Biltmore House on one evening and then spend the next day exploring the grounds.  This worked out great for us!

There was so much more to see than just the house.  Lots of gardens, farm animals, playgrounds, and more.  It’s definitely not just for adults.

Take your kids to the winery.

Before you hesitate to take your kids to the winery, note that they offer grape juice and wafers for the kids while you get to sample all of the wines.

My kids thought that this was great!  You also get to walk down a long hallway with tons of history and information on wine making.

Consider the Children’s Audio Guide.

This fun and entertaining 90-minute tour is narrated by Cedric, the Vanderbilts’ Saint Bernard. Cedric guides young guests through amazing rooms in Biltmore House, sharing stories about the Vanderbilts and living in America’s largest home.

We didn’t personally try this but have heard it’s pretty interesting to hear all the facts from the house.

Read the signage throughout the house.

There were very interesting facts and tidbits that your kids will find fascinating.  My kids loved reading about the various rooms uses, how things were built, who stayed where, and so forth.

Biltmore with Kids 2Bring the camera (but not in the house!)

The house rules do not allow for any photography inside the Biltmore House, however, you can take plenty outside.  The bright blue skies and mountain views made for some gorgeous backdrops and some memorable photos.  The gardens also are perfect for some photos with your family.

Take time to relax and play.

We found some benches near the Biltmore House gardens on the side of the house and just let the kids play for a bit in the fields.  This helped them unwind and gave the adults some time to talk and just soak in the beautiful views.

Christmas Lights are breathtaking!

With all of the decorations and lights at Christmastime, the house was beyond gorgeous!  You can encourage your children to count all the trees and see if they can find all of them!  Great way to make the tour into a game.

We had a great trip and are very glad that we went.

If you are looking for dining nearby, I highly recommend dining at The Moose Cafe.  That was by far some of the best country cooking I’ve ever had!  Almost worth driving from Athens to Ashville again just to eat there!

Disney-Pixar’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR Available February 23rd!

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I have loved watching the previews for THE GOOD DINOSAUR from Disney-Pixar!  I’m so excited to let you all know the details!  My kids have been begging to watch this movie!

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From the innovative minds of Disney•Pixar comes a hilariously heartwarming adventure about the power of confronting and overcoming your fears and discovering who you are meant to be.

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? In this epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, an apatosaurus named Arlo 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.

I’m happy to let all of you know that THE GOOD DINOSAUR will be available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere February 23rd

We also have a great giveaway for one of you to win a Digital HD Download code!  Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win!

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Meal Plan Monday

I think this will be a fairly slow and laid-back week for us.  Very much needed.  I’m hoping to get us caught up on school, hopefully clean and get a few things ready for a garage sale, and maybe do some organizing.  Starting my week off right with the meal plan!  Here’s what I plan to make this week:

Monday: Bean Soup, cornbread

Tuesday: Loaded Nachos

Wednesday: Sloppy Joes

Thursday: Ribs, rice, green beans

Friday: Black bean quesadillas

Saturday: Grilled Chicken and veggies

Sunday: BBQ Sandwiches

Zaycon Foods – $1.69/lb Fresh Boneless Chicken Breasts – Right to your Town!

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I love Zaycon Foods!  They are bringing great deals on boneless chicken breasts to towns all over the United States!  Even better, it’s fresh, not frozen!  They are coming around again with chicken and other meats starting at just $1.69/lb for a box!  I’m snagging the chicken again when it comes to my area!  The chicken is always fantastic and I love being able to stockpile my freezer with fresh meats!  To see when they are in your area, click here to create an account.  

  • 100 % natural chicken with no added hormones, additives or artificial ingredients
  • Comes directly from the farm
  • Sold by the case — 40 lbs in each case

GrubMarket – Review & Giveaway!

GrubMarket recently reached out and offered to send us one of their regular size California Fruit Bounty boxes.  As you know, I have a house full of 5 hungry kids and a hungry husband so this worked out great for us.  Imagine my surprise when a few days later, a mystery box shows up at my doorstep.  The box was filled with little paper scraps. GrubMarket 1

I had to brave sticking my hand in the box to see what I could find!  Up I brought an avocado, oranges, pomelo, apples, and more!  When I finally got to the bottom of the box, something got me!  Something pokey!  It was one of the biggest and juiciest looking pineapples that I have ever seen!

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About GrubMarket:
GrubMarket is all about providing accessibility, by delivering the following key benefits to their stakeholders:
  • Unbeatable prices:  While many food delivery services and premium grocers cater to high-income earners, GrubMarket is committed to making fresh and delicious food accessible to all people by keeping their prices consistently lower than all comparable grocers.
  • Convenience:  Through their reliable operations, GrubMarket is committed to providing people in food deserts (ie. areas without farmers’ markets and fresh grocery stores) with access to high-quality, freshly-harvested items that they would typically find at a farmers’ market or Whole Foods store.  Additionally, they offer free delivery across the U.S. for all orders above $59.
  • Food Discovery:  GrubMarket provides a platform for their partnering small farms and vendors to sell their items directly to customers.  Many of these food producers have challenges getting shelf space at grocery stores, and/or may not want to pay the upfront costs of hosting farmers’ market tables.  GrubMarket gives these food producers access to tens of thousands of customers through a robust online marketplace, regardless of the food producers’ production scale.

My readers can receive 20% off their first order at GrubMarket.com by using code GRUB20 and free shipping on orders over $59!

One lucky reader will win their very own GrubMarket box!  Fill out the rafflecopter below for your chance to win:

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Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Giveaway: Enjoy a Date Night In With a $100 Netflix Giftcard!

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As a mom of 5 children, date nights can be near impossible to accomplish.  Since I’m nursing my youngest, he always comes along as a chaperone so we rarely have time alone.  How nice it is to put the kids to bed early and have some time on the couch with just my husband.  Netflix always has a ton of movies and shows just waiting for us to watch.

This Valentine’s Day, my husband will be working so instead of going out, we will plan on having a “Date Night In”.

For an easy date night in, simply grab some popcorn, order a pizza, and then start up a show!  Several Georgia bloggers and I have teamed up to offer one lucky reader a $100 Netflix gift card so you can plan your ultimate date night in this Valentine’s Day!  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win! Good luck!

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TheBouqs.com: Deals on Flower Delivery

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Valentine’s Day is almost here!  Know someone that could use a little pick-me-up?  TheBouqs.com is offering 20% off select flowers and FREE shipping!  Simply select from included arrangements and then use code DEAL20 at checkout.  You must create and login to an account for the free shipping to apply.

There are also some flowers that count for $10 off and free shipping that you can find here.  Use code VDAY10 to get that deal.

These codes are only good through Valentine’s Day.  I’ve ordered from TheBouqs.com and it was a great experience!

Meal Plan Monday!

It’s Monday again!  This week has just flown by!  This upcoming week we are celebrating my youngest daughter’s 5th birthday!  For those of you that have followed me since the beginning, you may remember her going to the NICU at birth.  She’s now a very happy and healthy crazy girl and is turning FIVE!  Can’t believe it!

With a busy week ahead, I love having my meals all planned out.  Now I can head to the store with a list and get exactly what we need.

Monday: Mrs Criddle’s Chicken Enchiladas, salad

Tuesday: Lazy Lasagna

Wednesday: Cauliflower Chowder

Thursday: Dinner out!

Friday: Poppyseed Chicken

Saturday: Grilled cheese and soup

Sunday: Leftovers!

What are you making this week?