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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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Meet my new Rooster from 2 Red Hens

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My first diaper bag was covered in blue plaid and cute little elephants. It was OK at the time, but by the time I had baby #2, I realized that I wanted the my bag to reflect my taste and not my current state of parenthood.

I have a new bag now. It’s a Rooster Diaper Bag by 2 Red Hens in the Peacock Mum print, and I love it. In fact, I more than love it. If I could find a way to be this bag, I would do it. As far as function, it’s the best diaper bag I’ve ever had. It’s also a great looking bag that reflects my style instead of just screaming, “Hey! Lady with a baby over here!” Continue reading

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On-the-Go Workout Wear from the New Lands’ End Performance Collection

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I’ve officially joined the gym…and I’m actually going! But lately I’ve really been struggling with what to wear when I work out. Should be simple, right? Well…not exactly. I’ll skip the glittery tank tops and pants with sayings on the butt, and honestly, I get enough of sloppy sweatpants at home. When I find the time to devote to working out, looking pulled together only helps my motivation. That’s why I’m digging the pieces I’m reviewing from the new Lands’ End Performance Collection: a line of comfortable, coordinated activewear for women.

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Snacks You Can Trust from Van’s Natural Foods

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The best tip I know for sticking to a whole foods diet? Shop the perimeter of the grocery store. That’s where the fresh foods live, so don’t go down those aisles! But let’s be honest – as much as we’d like to make every cracker from scratch, every mom needs a few go-to prepackaged foods for those days when homemade just doesn’t happen. For us, one of those options is Van’s Natural Foods.

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We’ve tried lots of Van’s products before, but earlier this year, they launched their first gluten-free snack line with crackers, cereals and snack bars. Like all Van’s choices, these snacks feature high-quality ingredients without artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors or preservatives. They’re perfect for lunchboxes, road trips, or the secret pocket in my purse! Continue reading

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