Showing posts with label family fun

 I’ve always been a fan of low –tech, or no-tech activities for myself and my family. Card games, board games and jigsaw puzzles are played with often here over high-tech activities. Don’t get me wrong, we all love our devices and our gaming systems, but we all strike a healthy balance. I started doing jigsaw puzzles again during the pandemic and found it to be such a fun, rewarding, no-tech hobby, I started an Instagram account to share them. If you love jigsaw puzzles too, you are going to love this giveaway an e-gift card to Buffalo Games and Puzzles. 

Buffalo Games & Jigsaw Puzzles are no-tech Fun!

Buffalo Games Jigsaw puzzles are fun

It’s beginning to look a lot like, Memorial Day weekend and the kickoff to summer fun, so why am I posting about Christmas in May? Apparently, this lover of all things Christmas didn’t get the memo that some Americans start putting up their Christmas lights now to help spread cheer throughout the year. Are you among them?  Now that I know this tidbit of information, I’ll be looking for Christmas decorations everywhere. 

Don’t feel like putting up the full display just yet? Well, have no fear, as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is dedicating this week’s Top 10 Binge Watching Guide to the most wonderful time of the year to lift your spirits and make you feel jolly!

Christmas in May: Warner Bros. Top 10 Binge Watching Guide#BingeWatchWednesdays

Recently my family and I enjoyed an evening full of holiday magic at the second annual Franktown Festival of Lights. I love the holidays and supporting local businesses and charities, so when the invitation to attend the media night right here in Franklin, TN., I happily said yes and started moving things around on my planner. I am so glad I did because we all enjoyed the Family Fun at Franktown Festival of Lights! If you are ready to get into the holiday spirit and can make the drive to Franklin, TN. Then read on to learn all about the Franktown Festival of lights.

Peace on Earth light display at Franktown Festival of lights #ad

Summer has finally faded into fall here in middle Tennessee! We are getting much needed rain, and we’ve really settled into our fall school/work/family time schedules. We love cozying up at night with a cup of hot cocoa or tea and a sweet treat to watch one of our favorite Fall shows together. I really enjoy baking for my family, but on those rare occasions I’m caught without a goodie for dessert, I love serving S’mores. You may remember my summer post introducing Stuffed Puffs. Today, I’m excited to share their S’mores Kits, which makes it so easy to enjoy S’mores indoors now and all year round.

S'mores Please! 

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This Friday, the twenty-first is the official start to summer! Yay - (again ) since most of us with kids in school had the unofficial start of summer over Memorial Day weekend. Now that summer is really “officially” here; it’s time for more BBQ’s, pool days, camping, potlucks and bonfires. The one thing all of these fun summer activities have in common is good food and nothing says summer more than happy people with sticky fingers from their Smores.  If you and your family love Smores too, why not kick off summer with Stuffed Puffs? 


Kick off summer with a new take on Smores #ad
Happy Friday and happy September dear readers! It was a glorious 66 degrees outside this morning, so I took full advantage of the coolness by spending time in my neglected flowerbeds. The breeze felt so good and listening to all the birds and squirrels in my yard reminded me Fall is coming! I can't think of a better way to spend a pleasant fall day with my family than at a local farm. If you live in the greater metro Nashville, TN. area, you are going to want to visit Fiddle Dee Farms in Hendersonville!

About Fiddle Dee Farms and Shuckles Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch:

Fiddle Dee Farms in Hendersonville, TN

"Shuckles Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch located at Fiddle Dee Farms has been getting families lost in the corn for over seven years. Come spend the afternoon and have hours of fun. New this year is our large Fiddle Dee Jumping Pillow (see photo below) and Rope Maze. Pet the animals and ride the 40' Super Slide. Come buy a pumpkin, decorate it and race it in The Great Pumpkin Derby -- new this year at Fiddle Dee Farm. Over twenty-five activities included in General Admission."

Check out the new jumping pillow at Fiddle Dee Farms

Mark your calendars now because the Fall fun starts September 24, 2016 and goes through  November 6, 2016!

Pumpkin bowling for the little ones at Fiddle Dee Farms, Hendersonville, TN.

Important Updates and Savings:

Visit Music City Kids to get $2.00 off Shuckles Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch! Shuckles corn maze and pumpkin patch has moved, but not very far! Come see their new pumpkin town, wild Fiddle Dee kingdom and Fiddle Dee sticks hollow! This sounds like lots of Fall fun for the whole family! I'll be sure to share photos when my family and I visit soon. 

Disclosure: My family and I will receive complimentary admission to Fiddle Dee Farms as part of the blogger family at US Family Guide, for sharing this announcenent post and after visiting, sharing our family day! All opinions and love of local fun spots are my own. 

Special thanks to PartnersHub and  Warner Home Video for sponsoring today's giveaway by sending me a free copy of the Flintstones movie to enjoy with my family and host a giveaway here so you can do the same. All opinions are my own.

Calling all Flintstones and WWE fans! Have I got a fun post for you today. I'm sharing all kinds of cool #FlintstonesWWE stuff! There's an app that will help you figure out which Flintstones & WWE Stone Age Smackdown Star you are, some cool printable activity sheets, and of course a chance to win the #FlintstonesWWE Stone Age Smackdown Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack! 

Let's Yabba-Dabba do this!

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About The Flintstones and WWE: Stone Age Smackdown:

"When Fred loses his family's vacation money, he hatches one of his hair brained plans to get it back. It's a sports entertainment spectacle that involves throwing his best bud, Barney into the wrestling ring with the likes of John Cenastone (John Cena), Rey Mysteriopal (Rey Mysterio) and even The Undertaker, with Fred himself as event promoter! The crowds roar, the "clams" are pouring in from ticket sales and even Mr. McMagma (Vince McMahon) is taking notice of all the hoopla. Including all-star appearances from The Boulder Twins (Brie and Nikki Bella) Marble Henry (Mark Henry) and Daniel Bry-Rock (Daniel Bryan), it's time to get the whole family together for hard-hitting, side-splitting laughs from the most epic event in all of prehistory!"

Take the Quiz: 

Which Flintstones & WWE Stone Age Smackdown Star are you?  Be sure to watch the official movie trailer too!

Download some fun activities:

You can and do them together as a family while you watch the film at home. 

Win It! 

One lucky reader will win The #FlintstonesWWE Stone Age Smackdown Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack! Entering is easy using the Rafflecopter form below.

No purchase necessary to win. Open to U.S. residents 18+ years. My WAHM Plan not responsible for prize fulfillment. This contest is not associated with or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or any other social channel. 

 Additional Entry Terms from Partnershub and Warner Home Video: 
Each household is only eligible to win One (1) The Flintstones and WWE: Stoneage Smackdown 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.

Good Luck!

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Many thanks to Pop Secret for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to live in the moment with my princesses!

We fell asleep last night to the gently falling snow and awoke to a bright and snowy scene. There wasn’t enough snow to build a proper snow man, but my girls still had to get out there and play in the rare treat that is snow in middle Tennessee.  Soon enough, the magic wore off and in they came, changed their clothes and then announced they were hungry and bored. 

My #tween is bored. #PopSecretForts to the rescue

What’s a mom to do? I whipped out the box of Pop Secret popcorn and suggested we make a pillow fort like we used too when they were younger. My teen and tween looked at each other and happily agreed. 

Pop Secret regular butter flavored popcorn

First, we decided to make a snack worthy of a princess day, so we invented Chocolate-Caramel Princess crunch! This is super easy to make and you may already have the 3 ingredients on hand. 


  • 1 bag of regular buttered flavor Pop Secret Popcorn
  • 1 squeeze bottle of chocolate syrup
  • 1 squeeze bottle of caramel syrup


Microwave the Pop Secret popcorn according to directions. Place in large bowl and allow to cool until it no longer steams.

Pop Secret Chocolate-Caramel Princess crunch ingredients

Now, let your kids have fun adding as much of the syrups they want to make their own special version of Chocolate-Caramel Princess crunch! Of course, you’ll want to change the name if you have boys. The point is to have fun with this and let the kids sneak bites...

Pop Secret is always a favorite snack

and be as loud and as messy as they want. In other words- let you kids be kids! Thankfully, my girls who are a bit older now, decided not to go too overboard with the syrups.

chocolate drizzle on Pop Secret Popcorn

We all had such a good time making this easy, yet tasty treat. Even this older princess thoroughly enjoyed letting loose and laughing and eating with them. 

Chocolate-Caramel Princess Crunch

This super yummy creation was way to hard to resist. You have to try it if you love sweet and salty treats!

Then it was pillow fort time for the princesses!

Outside our princess pillow fort #PopSecretForts

This sheet has served as our fort door and roof for a lot of years, so it was fun getting it back out of the linen closet and borrowing clamps from their Daddy. The girls and I added lots of soft, comfy blankets and pillows and transformed a corner of our living room into princess headquarters; complete with their Pop Secret Chocolate-Caramel Princess crunch!

My princesses inside their pillow fort #PopSecretForts

The girls had so much fun in their fort, they asked if it could stay up all weekend- just like when they were little and I happily agreed.

Make your own #PopSecretForts and join the fun!

Pop Secret knows that fun, like popcorn, is better when it’s shared. Send Pop Secret your pillow fort stories and pictures on Facebook. You can upload them right to the Pop Secret timeline and tag them #PopSecretForts. They might just share a little something back! And when you visit the Pop Secret Facebook page you can download a coupon for $1 off, along with a customizable flag to name and claim your pillow fort! 

I look over at my not so little princesses and take in their smiling faces, storing this happy moment in my mind for later, when life gets crazy busy again. 

Why not take time out this weekend to get in touch with your inner kid again and build a pillow fort with your kids too? And make it super special by serving up Pop Secret!

Please share in comments: 

What fun, kid activity do you enjoy doing with you kids? Are you a pillow fort builder? A push me higher on the swinger? Share you happy moments!

Patriot Fire Pit Giveaway

in , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Thursday, October 23, 2014

There's just something about a roaring fire on a brisk fall evening.  My family enjoys having bonfires where we circle the fire ring with our chairs, make S'more's and do a whole lot of talking and laughing. 

Being able to have a bonfire is a perk of country living, but never fear city dwellers, you can have the same fun with a Fire Pit. I've teamed up with a bunch of great bloggers to share this giveaway with you today. 

Ohio Flame #FirePit
Patriot Fire Pit Giveaway

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Holiday Contest and Sweeps  along with myself and a group of other awesome bloggers has the pleasure to bring you all a great a great giveaway from Ohio Flame for one if it's Patriot Fire Pits. There is nothing like setting next to a crackling fire in your back yard or camp to relax with family or friends.

"The Patriot” American Fire Pit by Ohio Flame combines sleek and modern styling with tough American quality and durability. With no parts to break or wear out over time, this Fire Pit is built to last a lifetime. 

 “The Patriot” is crafted from thick carbon American steel that is sourced from local steel mills. No maintenance is required for this Fire Pit, as it’s designed to withstand the elements year-round. “The Patriot” features a substantial Rain Drain to allow for water drainage. 

 The “Natural Steel Finish” will develop a natural iron oxide patina and gradually darken over time. This Fire Pit is 100% American Made and is crafted by a local artisan. “The Patriot” is backed by Ohio Flame’s Lifetime Warranty, guaranteeing that the Fire Pit will last a lifetime.

 A Big Thank You To Our The Sponsor

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Entering to win this beautiful, well made Fire Pit is easy using the Rafflecopter form below. Please read terms and conditions below and Good luck!


 This giveaway is in no way endorsed affiliated or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This giveaway is valid in the Continental United States Only. This event will end on 12:00 AM (EST) 11/14. My WAHM Plan is not responsible for prize fulfillment.


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directly to the winner.