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Magic Castle Bounce House Review and #Giveaway (5 winners)

After months of this Polar Vortex nonsense, my kids are bouncing off the walls. Well, we decided to put that energy to better use and let them bounce where they’re supposed to: in a Magic Castle Inflatable Bounce House! We recently got one to review, and while we’ll have to wait until it warms up just a little more to really give it a workout, my son saw the picture on the box so we decided to give it a trial run last weekend.

My husband gave me the huffy face when I asked him to set it up. I guess he thought he was in for a big job, but we were all delighted to see how easy it was. You just plug in the blower and turn it on! It went from flat to UP in no time! Really, it was like 2 minutes. Maybe less.

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Look how proud he is! That is one happy boy, and I’m going to be one happy mama when I have this to keep him busy in the spring. The Magic Castle holds 3 kids at a time, or up to 300 pounds, so it looks like the cousins might be hanging out with us this year!

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I think we might set it up near the garden so I can weed while he bounces. I can’t think of a better afternoon! Our ground is just a tad too frozen right now for the stakes that are recommended to stabilize the whole setup, so for the sake of safety, I just let him have one quick bounce and then we packed it up for a few weeks. I’m so glad we took a trial run, though, because now I know I can set it up by myself with the 2 kids in tow. #WIN

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I think it’s safe to say he likes it, and that I’m the best mom ever. ;) If you think your kids would like one, too, read on! There’s a giveaway, and it’s HUGE!

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Buy it!

The Blast Zone Magic Castle Inflatable Bouncer is available at Amazon.com, and it’s on sale for $229.09 right now! (That’s 35% off!)

Win it!

I’ve teamed up with a group of my best blogger friends (led by Jess at MySillyMonkey.com) to bring you a crazy big giveaway!

FIVE winners will each receive a Magic Castle Bounce House! Enter using the easy Rafflecopter form below. (Stop back each day to increase your odds with daily entries!)

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Happy 45th Anniversary to The Very Hungry Caterpillar! {Giveaway}

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We’re a reading household. As a long-time writer and literature major, most of my life revolves around the written word. My husband burns through library cards like crazy, and we’re happy to report that the kids seem to be picking up our love of books! My son is even starting to read and he’s picking it up quickly. Watching him read some of the classics I read as a child just makes my bookwormy heart flutter, and one of our favorites is The Very Hungry Caterpillar – a book that just happens to be celebrating its 45th anniversary!

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Jerk Chicken Skewers with Tropical Fruit Sauce #JungleFresh

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Cabin fever got you down? Yeah, you are NOT alone. This past week, my kids were practically tearing down the walls. But then a magical feat of perfect timing happened: a Disney new release! The Jungle Book, specifically, which is on my family’s short list of favorites. We knew it was being released on Feb. 11th, and that a special Diamond Edition DVD Combo Pack would be available at Walmart, so we busted out of this joint and went shopping. Continue reading

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The Jungle Book Diamond Edition: Now available! (and Printable Activities)

Cabin fever STILL in effect?

Fear not – Today is the day that THE JUNGLE BOOK DIAMOND EDITION comes out on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital. Once you grab a copy, keep the Disney fun going with printable activities, like a “Bare Necessities” quiz, character fun facts, “spot the difference” and more! Just click the image below to get them all.  Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Olaf Pancakes!

An overabundance of snow days has led to my latest hobby – fancy schmancy pancake art! (Dye-free, as always.)

I decorated cakes for a lot of years, and this is similar, but you’ve gotta be fast! They burn if you don’t move quickly!

What do you think of my first attempt at Olaf from FROZEN? I think he needs a little work, but still fun, right?

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