Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Unboxing the Toy Swag from Sweet Suite 2015

I such an amazing evening at Sweet Suite. I'm excited to share with you all, all of the great new toys that are coming soon! �� #SweetSuite #insideout #cabbagepatch #girlscoutscookieoven #BBNYC

Since returning from Blogger Bash in New York City last week, I've been stalking the UPS man. We knew before we left New York that the companies represented at the Sweet Suite 2015 event would be sending us a great big box of goodies instead of giving us swag there. I'm so thankful for that...it meant less lugging of bags back to your hotel room and to the airport. Whomever first thought of this idea, I'd like to give you a great big hug! Thank YOU!

Welcome to Sweet Suite 2015! #BBNYC

{As we walked into the building, we were greeted by these gorgeous lollipop ladies.}
Let me tell you a little about Sweet Suite. It's a BIG night of play with more toy brands than you can shake a stick at! I mean, there's Crayola, Cabbage Patch Kids, VTech, Strand Bands, LeapFrog, Fisher Price, Hasbro, Hexbug, and SO many more.

I can't wait to share with you all what I saw at Sweet Suite 2015. But first, @strandbands was one of my Top 5! It was like being in middle school all over again, as I sat there and made a friendship bracelet. So lovely to meet you, Cindy! �� #s

{The idea of Strand Bands is similar to what we all did when we were in middle school 20 years ago, it's a modern twist on friendship bracelet making, and more!}
Watch my unboxing video for a taste of what all we saw at Sweet Suite. And, what's inside the box isn't all of it! There are some bigger items arriving on my doorstep over time. I've got some pretty amazing toys to share with you over the next few months!!! You'll want to stay tuned!


Which was your favorite toy that came out of the Sweet Suite Swag Box?? Are any of these toys on your kids Christmas Wish List? Tell me about them in the comments below!







Saturday, July 25, 2015

Walt Disney & Marvel Present ANT-MAN

Last week I had the privilege of being invited to a pre-screeing of ANT-MAN in New York City. Like, right smack dab in Times Square. It was surreal. {Thank you, Marshall!}

You guys, Paul Rudd, THE ANT-MAN was there! Sadly, my Uber was a few minutes late and NYC traffic was brutal, so I didn't get to see Paul in person, as I had hoped to. That's quite alright, though. I was on cloud nine just being there.

Have you seen the trailer for this new Marvel movie? Take a look.



If you remember, a few months ago, I had the privilege of getting to see Avengers Age of Ultron as a pre-screening. Before that movie I was NOT a super hero fan. Boy, am I now! Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy, and now Ant-Man...I'll watch them on repeat. 

So, tell me, have you seen ANT-MAN? Phenomenal, right?

Pro tip: Did you know to NEVER leave a Marvel movie until AFTER the credits? There's ALWAYS extra fun footage after the credits reel! I won't give any spoilers about this movie...but, did you see?? Will there be an Ant-Man 2?

Friday, July 24, 2015

An Insiders Look at Disney's The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror {video}

This past May my family and I were invited to Disney Social Media Moms Celebration {#DisneySMMC} at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL. While we aren't strangers to the Disney Parks in Orlando, this was our first time at #DisneySSMC on the east coast. {Last year we were invited to the Celebration in Disneyland, CA.}

The amazing team that organized the event this year were able to pull off a pretty incredible experience for a select few of us. We got to choose a ride {Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Rock 'N' Roller Coaster featuring Aerosmith, or The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror} and ride our selection with a GoPro mount capturing every moment. Did I mention we got to do this BEFORE the parks opened to the public. I chose The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. It's my most favorite ride at Walt Disney World, and well I had to choose quickly before the spots filled up. My family had no choice. {buwahaha!} 

Ever wonder what your face looks like when you're terrified? Well, I got to see mine. You never really get to see the looks on your kids faces either, because you're too afraid for yourself. My video shows each and every one of our reactions! 

Take a look!


So much fun, right?? What's your favorite ride at Walt Disney World Resorts?? Are you a thrill seeker or an easy-going rider? Tell me in the comments!

Disclaimer: I was invited to DisneySMMC and was able to take part in some pretty amazing activities and events. This event was NOT free. However, we did receive discounted lodging and park tickets. Disney did NOT as me to write this post. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

On Lake Time {at Flamingo Lake in Jacksonville, FL}

It's becoming an annual tradition to go to the lake at the beginning of each Summer. My mother-in-law rents a yurt at Flamingo Lake in Jacksonville, FL and we all spend a few days hanging out in the water and on the shore. So much fun!

Flamingo Lake is an inexpensive staycation destination in our city, and we love it! Who needs to pack up, load up, and head out of town when you have such a fun spot right in your backyard?

Lake Life, take two. || Are you on Periscope? I shared two videos today about the wonderful location we've been at for two days. Go see the horrible storm we kept dodging to enjoy our time in the water. ��
{seriously, can she get any cuter? too bad that float has a hole in it...someone send a patch kit!}

Lake Life. :frog::green_heart::turtle: #FlamingoLake #ilovejax #igersjax #jonahbonahinjax
{different swimsuit, different day. gotta love hand-me-downs from cousins and momma's Old Navy discount!}

Same lake, different day. :blue_heart: #lakelife #mabrymaeeveryday #mabrymaehutchins #jonahbonahinjax #igersjax #ilovejax #FlamingoLake #frogglezgoggles
{we've discovered Frogglez Goggles. You want to get your kids a pair TODAY. A separate post telling you why, coming soon.}

Good bye, Flamingo Lake! We've all had a super great time!! :blue_heart: #kidsonvacation #lakelife #jonahbonahinjax #igersjax #ilovejax #FlamingoLake #summerfun
{I don't feel like I'm spending enough time with this boy lately. He's the sweetest, most giving boy on the planet. Jonah Bonah, momma loves you!}

Flamingo Lake, Jacksonville, FL 2015

{on the last day, I treated them {haha!} to McDonald's Happy Meals}

Flamingo Lake, Jacksonville, FL 2015

Flamingo Lake, Jacksonville, FL 2015
{Jake brought a friend with him. Teenagers, y'all.}
 
 
See those inflatables behind them? It's an additional $7 per day, per person, but worth every penny. You and your kids can go out there and climb and jump and slide until your hearts content. And then, you all go home, or back to your campsite, and PASS OUT! A quiet night is well worth the $7 per kid in my book!

Flamingo Lake, Jacksonville, FL 2015
{everyone had their share of kisses from the sun...McKinley was no exception. She came home with quite the tan.}

Flamingo Lake, Jacksonville, FL 2015

Flamingo Lake, Jacksonville, FL 2015
{Jett spent most of his time at the lake sitting on the shore, catching minnows and tadpoles, digging them holes and filling them with water. I tell you guys often that he's an animal lover. I mean every word of it!}

Flamingo Lake, Jacksonville, FL 2015

 
Do you have a favorite staycation spot in your hometown?? Ours is, for sure, Flamingo Lake!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Oh How He Loves Us

This morning {if I can get this published before midnight} our worship leader played this short video before we began our Sunday morning worship. This is a song that gets me every.single.time. Now that I have seen the video on how and why the song was written, I know why it gets me. Because it speaks directly to my brokenness. 

I'm a sinner. I'm broken. I daily seek forgiveness. I'm nowhere near perfect. I make many mistakes. I constantly let others down. I don't deserve His grace and mercy. 

Watch this. It's a short 10 minutes out of your day...you'll spend more time aimlessly scrolling through Facebook. Chances are you'll feel blessed at the end of the 10 minutes. Or, you'll be a hot mess from all of the tears. Either way, watch this.


This morning at church, as I song this song, I was overtaken with emotion more than once. I had to take a deep breath before continuing to sing. It's unfathomable, this side of Heaven, just how He can love a sinner like me, a girl so broken. But, when I listen to this song, I'm reminded that Jesus loves me, even when I sin. He loves me in my brokenness. He is an all-forgiving God. Only He is perfect, yet He loves me still. He loves me enough to let me learn from my mistakes. Even though I let Him down, He still loves me. I DON'T, we DON'T, deserve His grace and mercy, let He loves us enough to consistently give it to us. 

Goodness, I haven't spoke out about Jesus on this space in quite some time. Yet, today I was moved to share Him with you. I pray you know Him. I pray, if you don't know Him, that you'll seek Him out. Want to know more, but have no one to ask? Ask me. If I don't know the answer, I'll ask. 

How was your Sunday? I'd love to hear how you spent your day. Tell me in the comments!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Walmart and Pampers Give Back to Children's Miracle Network

A couple of years ago I was absolutely thrilled to not be buying diapers any longer. Now, I'm delighted that I have a baby in diapers, and that I buy my diapers at Walmart. And, I love that I love Pampers diapers. Why? Because, Walmart has teamed up with Pampers and is donating to Children's Miracle Network to help kids. In the month of June alone, Walmart and Pampers donated $200,000 to CMN!!

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  • Your support helps provide 32 million patient visits for 10 million kids every year
  • One in 10 kids in North America is treated by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals each year
  • Every day, member hospitals treat 16,000 children in emergency rooms
  • Every hour, member hospitals provide surgery for 97 children
  • U.S. members hospitals provided $3.4 billion in charity care in 2012

2014 FL Champion-Nathan
Florida — Nathan
UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital
Mitochondrial Disease
Age 6 (as of 11/30/14)

Meet Nathan. “Lively” and “energetic” are common descriptors of any young boy. But Nathan’s spirited demeanor comes from deep within and with help from his hospital, as he was born with a condition that depletes vital energy levels.

Just a few weeks before his first birthday, Nathan was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease, a degenerative disorder that attacks the mitochondria — the source that creates enough energy for the body’s systems to sustain function and support growth. Nathan’s seven specialists ensure he stays on track with oxygen supplementation, daily medication and the placement of a gastric stimulator in his stomach — which he refers to as Ironman’s “arc light.”

While his body may not always have the proper energy, Nate’s fun-loving personality stands in stark contrast to his disease. He has no problem keeping up with his two older sisters, he loves playing on his iPad and he is the biggest Gator fan Florida has to offer.

CMN Hospitals dollars helped open the pediatric emergency department, and fully fund child life services and the Arts in Medicine program — all of which support Nathan’s livelihood.

I just can not imagine one of my children having to endure what little Nathan has had to endure in his short life. But, I'm so very thankful to Children's Miracle Network that Nathan is still there for his mommy and daddy to love on him!

Do you have a story to share about Children's Miracle Network? I would LOVE to hear about how they changed a child's life that you know!

Click here to see how you can donate or to read more about how Walmart and Pampers are helping Children's Miracle Network.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Disney/Pixar's Inside Out {Movie Trailer}

I can't get to the movie theater fast enough to see this film in its entirety! In May, myself, my husband and three of our kids went to Walt Disney World Resort to experience Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. While there, we had the privilege of previewing 2/3 of Disney/Pixar's Inside Out. To say we loved every minute of what were able to see would be more than the truth. Since May, we've looked forward to this movie hitting theaters. And, now it has!!! June 19 was day one, and we've still not been to see it. I've heard NOTHING but AMAZING things about this movie...making it even more hard to not have already seen it. Watch the trailer below.



So fun, right? I just can't wait to go see this super cute movie!

Will this weekend be the weekend we go see Inside Out from start to finish? Have you seen it? Don't tell me the ending. It's wonderful, isn't it? I was in tears for many parts during the first 2/3...I'm sure I'll cry at the end. Did you? Okay, don't tell me anything more! I'm hopefully going SOON!!!