Reduce Stress in Planning with Savory

THANKS GIANT FOOD STORES AND BYISUMMIT FOR SPONSORING THIS POST & MAKING MY LIFE EASIER.

 

Tis’ The Season for Rushing Around

Overwhelmed with Holiday Planning? Feel like you are constantly on-the-go and no time to prepare for everything? You are not alone. It amazes me that every single year, once fall hits it’s a big blur to me. My typical practice of laying out the week in my planner and writing my list of errands, things to do, shopping list all fall by the wayside.

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The days start to fly by and it feels like my normal tasks like meal planning are the biggest challenge. It’s go, go go, get Abby to school, get to work, pick her up from school, get home… and then “Oh No!” Sometimes I will think about it at like 3pm and then try to pull something together.

Savory Is A Savior

 

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My savior has been Savory! The Savory Magazine from Giant has so many amazing recipes that are seasonal and completely mindful of cost. What’s even better, it now comes in apps for iOS, google, and amazon tablet devices.

Sometimes the hardest part on figuring out recipes for our family is just getting inspired. With Savory at my fingertips on my iPad or even my iPhone it’s easy to find something that’s fun for everyone, the best part is you can download back issues as well. It is the perfect springboard for meal planning.

Home Chefs Rejoice

 

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While thinking about next week’s meal plan, I opened the app on my phone and checked out the latest issue. While I know that Abby most likely will not try it, I was excited to see a recipe for Pumpkin & Sage Ravioli with Apples and Pecans.

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Savory featured the quick directions in 5 simple and easy steps, a beautiful image of the dish, and references to check out the full recipe on the site. Once there I saw that this recipe really is simple, it’s only 15 minutes from start to table, with 10 minutes prep and 5 minutes cook! Which not only gives me confidence that I can tackle this dish and excitement for bringing everyone to the table.

Try it for yourself, this app is a timesaver for busy families looking to get meals on the table and for home cooks who are looking for new and exciting recipes. Knowing that a solution is easily at my fingertips so there is no reason to get overwhelmed is what gets me through!

What is your stress triggers around the holidays? What is your method of coping?

Jenn GaffneyReduce Stress in Planning with Savory
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Kate In Oz Tonight on Disney Junior

I AM HONORED AND EXCITED TO #TWIRLAWAY WITH YOU AS A KATE & MIM-MIM MOM BLOGGER AMBASSADOR & BRING YOU EXCLUSIVE UPDATES.

 

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One of the awesome perks of being a Kate & Mim-Mim Mom Blogger Ambassador is being able to see and experience new adventures in Mimiloo. I’ve been waiting since this past summer to finally see tonight’s episode Kate In Oz!

In “Kate in Oz,” a scary thunderstorm is keeping Kate awake, so she tries to twirl away to Mimiloo. But she and her intrepid stuffed bunny sidekick Mim-Mim unexpectedly end up in Oz instead! The best friends soon learn that their twirl magic was stolen by Violet the Witch, who is determined to keep all the purple in Oz for herself. To get their magic back and return home, Kate and Mim-Mim must find the Wizard of Oz and ask for his help!

Cat Deeley voice over for "Kate In OZ" on August 3, 2016, in Burbank, California.  (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

Cat Deeley voice over for “Kate In OZ” on August 3, 2016, in Burbank, California. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

Kate in Oz,” features actress, model and mom Cat Deeley as wicked witch Violet. Inspired by the classic tale, complete with a fun Mimiloo twist. The music is adorable and the scenes are fantastic. I knew that this special episode was going to be absolutely extraordinary after hearing the creators, Scott and Julie Stewart announced the special during Blogger Bash. Scott said, “We cannot wait for you to see who the wizard is!”

Kate in Oz Episodic Clip

We were able to watch the special last week, and we loved it so very much that we watched it another 3 times!! We know that you will love it, so be sure to set your DVR or watch it live!! After you do, please stop here and tell us your favorite moment!!

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Kate & Mim-Mim Toys & More – Let Your Imagination Soar – GIVEAWAY

I AM HONORED AND EXCITED TO #TWIRLAWAY WITH YOU AS A KATE & MIM-MIM MOM BLOGGER AMBASSADOR & BRING YOU THIS KATE & MIM-MIM GIVEAWAY!

 

Find Kate & Mim-Mim Toys, Books, Movies, & More – In Stores Now

 

We have been so excited about FINALLY seeing Kate & Mim-Mim merchandise in mass retailers for quite some time. In fact we have been inside since we were able to see some early sneak peeks from Just Play Products. Stick with us until the end for a very special Kate & Mim-Mim Giveaway!

Kate & Mim-Mim Toys from Just Play

 

Just Play offers a variety of toys that can help your little one’s imagination soar to Mimiloo. From plush, both big and small, to collectible figures, and blind bags. They have it all. Here are some of our favorites – if you couldn’t tell from our unboxing video above!

 

Kate and Mim-Mim Figures outside of box.

Kate and Mim-Mim Figures

Kate _ Mim Mim Jumbo Plush

Kate and Mim-Mim Jumbo Plush

Magic Twirl Mim-Mim

Magic Twirl Mim-Mim

Adventure with Kate Doll

Adventure with Kate Doll

Kate and Mim-Mim Small Bean Plush

Kate and Mim-Mim Small Bean Plush

And BRAND NEW – Blind Bags!

Kate and Mim-Mim Blind Bags

Kate and Mim-Mim Blind Bags

 

Kate & Mim-Mim DVDs

 

Kate & Mim-Mim DVDs

Kate & Mim-Mim DVDs

Just released from Public Media Distribution! (see our giveaway below) 

The Mimiloo Zoo | Flight of the Flowers | Balloon Buddies

Newly Released Kate & Mim-Mim Books by Penguin Publishing

 

Kate & Mim-Mim Books

Kate & Mim-Mim Books

Kate’s Wish | Dress Up Adventures | Kate and the Mitty Kats

FOLLOW ALONG

Make sure you follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. I know that if you are already following me, you’ve seen our adventures with Kate & Mim-Mim. But just in case you aren’t be sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

 

Time for a Kate & Mim-Mim Giveaway

 

Kate & Mim-Mim Giveaway - The Mimiloo Zoo DVD

Kate & Mim-Mim Giveaway – The Mimiloo Zoo DVD

 

Jenn GaffneyKate & Mim-Mim Toys & More – Let Your Imagination Soar – GIVEAWAY
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Fall Family Festivities at Garden State Discovery Museum

Garden State Discovery Museum is a proud supporter of Friendspired. Friendspired shares all of the family friendly events as a part of that partnership. All opinions expressed are our own.

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Pumpkin Palooza Is This Weekend at Garden State Discovery Museum

This Weekend – Kickoff Fall Fun

We love the fall, and we love the Garden State Discovery Museum! One of the events that we specifically look forward to is Pumpkin Palooza. It’s a great way to support local businesses and get into the fall spirit. We love it because it’s always the “unofficial” launch of our family’s fun fall festivities. We try to meet up with friends and enjoy the day. There are various activities at both Garden State Discovery Museum and Springdale Farms.

Lots Of Activities

There will are fun activities at both locations including: pony rides courtesy of Okey Doke Ranch, a moon bounce provided by My Gym and JDogs, fall crafts, Farmer Tom’s hayride, a corn maze and paint-a-pumpkin.

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The pony rides alone is what Abigail lives for. In fact, the first time that she ever rode a pony was at Pumpkin Palooza in 2014. Can’t wait to see the difference in these photos after this weekend. I know that is the first thing she will want to do.

Join Us This Weekend

We cannot wait to kickoff our fall fun, we hope that you will join us as well! Pre-order your tickets in advance and SAVE!

Pumpkin Palooza 2016
Pre-order your tickets today by clicking below and save THREE dollars per wristband.  All pre-ordered wristbands can be picked up at the Garden State Discovery Museum during Pumpkin Palooza weekend.

 

Member Ticket Sale Price $12 plus tax (Regular Price $15 plus tax)

Non-Member Ticket Sale Price $17 plus tax (Regular Price $20 plus tax)
About the Garden State Discovery Museum
The Discovery Museum located at 2040 Springdale Road in Cherry Hill, N.J., is a hands-on center for infants through 10 year olds. It offers 20 larger than life, kid-powered interactive exhibit areas, and each one is an invitation to touch, explore and create. The Museum is open 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM daily. October through April Saturday hours 9:30AM to 8:30PM . Admission is $13.95 for adults and children; $12.95 for seniors. Children younger than 12 months are admitted free. For more information, call 856-424-1233 or visit www.discoverymuseum.com
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Newest Kate & Mim-Mim Mom Blogger Ambassador

I am honored and excited to #TwirlAway with you as a Kate & Mim-Mim Mom Blogger Ambassador

 

Big News! Guess who is a Kate & Mim-Mim Mom Blogger Ambassador

 

Kate & Mim-Mim Mom Ambassador

 

One thing that anyone knows about me is that our family is huge fans of Kate & Mim-Mim on Disney Junior. That’s actually a complete understatement. If you are friends with me on Facebook, you will know that my profile image has been a photo of Mim-Mim and I since we had a chance to hang out at Blogger Bash this past July!

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Meeting the Creators & Family Behind It all

Those moments featured above were pretty incredible for me, and I will say how very thankful I am to have had the opportunity to meet Scott & Julie Stewart before the Kate & Mim-Mim Breakfast on Day 2 of Blogger Bash. I was the one that was sitting at one of the front tables with tears in my eyes as the theme song came on, trying to contain myself from singing along. Yes, while I may be a “big kid” Kate & Mim-Mim is so much more than that for me. There’s so much more to share about that experience, that it will definitely need a post of it’s own.

Growing Up with Kate

Kate & Mim-Mim has been a part of our lives since Abby was about 1. We were immediately drawn to the series for so many reasons. The fun theme song that opens up into Mimiloo with all of it’s vibrant colors had us at episode 1. Kate is this incredible kiddo that has an even more incredible imagination that helps her to problem solve and thrive in every day life. She’s sassy, spunky, and knows that she can be anything or anyone she wants as long as she tries. When life gets tough to navigate, then she has her good buddy and best friend Mim-Mim to help her through making those scary moments, not so scary.

All of the characteristics and personality traits of Kate are pretty close to identical to our little Abby. Mim-Mim can sometimes remind me of both Billy and I and how we just love to play with her. So when hearing all about how the series came to be and that it’s based on Scott & Julie’s daughter (and their son’s too) and how their entire family contributes to the topics and themes of the show it was clear to me why we loved it so much!

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We have our very own Magic Twirl Mim-Mim (thanks to JustPlay) that we watch the show with often. I can’t tell who loves him more though – Abby or me? We have been waiting 2 years for official Kate & Mim-Mim merchandise. I’m not even kidding. Last year for Christmas we scoured the internet trying to find some presents for Abby because she just loved them so much and wanted her own Mim-Mim. No luck unless someone was making it on Etsy!

 

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Let us know!

Does your family follow along with Kate & Mim-Mim’s adventures? If so, what’s your favorite episode, or challenge that Kate has faced? Who is your favorite character?

Stay Tuned

 

There’s so much that I already would love to share with you about this amazing series, and I cannot wait to add more, especially about some upcoming episodes that I’m excited for. Now that you know we will be sharing more from Kate and Mim-Mim soon, but for now make sure you visit the Kate and Mim-Mim website. While you are there you can see a little bit of what Mimiloo is all about. You can even meet all of her friends. They have a special parents section that shows you what’s coming next and download/print some coloring pages!

Follow Along

Make sure you follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. I know that if you are already following me, you’ve seen our adventures with Kate & Mim-Mim. But just in case you aren’t be sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Mimiloo is where we’ll fly

For now – we leave you with this!

 

Lift me up into the sky
See the world through my eyes
Mimiloo is where we’ll fly
And the chances are
You’re all I’ll ever need
Oh-oh-oh
Funny bunny friend of mine

Twirl me around under the sun
Run as fast as we can run
Through the wonders that surround us
The adventure never ends
With some help from all our friends
Oh, there’s nothing that can stop us

We’ll explore it all together
There is so much we can do
If there’s anything that I can count on
It’s my best friend, we’ll see it through

‘Cause you are all I’ll ever need
Funny bunny friend of mine
We will always be
You and me, Kate & Mim-Mim
You and me, Kate & Mim-Mim
You and me, Kate & Mim-Mim
You and me, Kate & Mim-Mim.

Jenn GaffneyNewest Kate & Mim-Mim Mom Blogger Ambassador
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