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Top 5 Tween Favorites at World of Coca-Cola

by Paula on August 17, 2016

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Our recent trip

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Top 10 Tips to Experience Georgia Aquarium

by Paula on August 17, 2016

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We recently visited the Georgia Aquarium

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Hurray for a new, faster, more accurate #TBBloodTest!

by Paula on October 4, 2015

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the TB Blood Test. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

 

TB Infographic

 

Many moons ago, when I was about to start kindergarten, my mom dutifully took me to the local health department (there were no pediatricians in rural SC then so that’s where we had routine immunizations and tests performed) to have my necessary boosters and tests.

My little arm was injected with a tiny amount of tuberculin and my mom was told to bring me back within the prescribed 48-72 hours to have the test read.

I’m sure you can guess where this is leading.  Yep, my test was deemed positive.  I then was prescribed a course of medication to eradicate any tuberculosis cooties I might have had.  And now, when I apply for a job within certain fields, I have to present my certified letter and TB card showing that I’ve been successfully treated for TB.  What fun.

All of that to be able to tell you how thrilled and excited I am that there is a new TB test that uses a blood sample.  A definitive test.  A completely objective test.  Not one that relies on someone’s subjective measurement of a whelp/lump.  Because it’s completely possible to have a false positive test result.  To have a lump because the site itches and you had to scratch it!  (and you know a 5 year old is completely able to ignore itches!)

And did I mention that this new blood test is a one-visit deal?  Only one visit to the doctor, not two, and we all know how much time a doctor’s visit can take.  Oh, the hassle and aggravation.  And that’s just you.  What if you’re taking in a child or two? Yep, the blood test sounds like a splendid idea.

TB Blood TestI’m sure my mother would have much preferred the TB blood test when I needed it.  Definitely I know I would have chosen it for Ariel if we had needed it.  Interested in finding out more about the TB Blood Test?  Check out the TB Blood Test website here.

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I’m In Love With A Monster! {actually, more than one!} — Hotel Transylvania 2 review

by Paula on September 25, 2015

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Ariel and I were treated to a a sneak peek preview of Hotel Transylvania 2 recently and we fell in love all over again with Drac and his pack.  We laughed the entire time…. and we weren’t the only ones!!  The entire theater was entranced and entertained.

 

Hotel Transylvania 2movie poster

 

As I mentioned in my Hotel Transylvania 2 giveaway post last week (have you entered yet???  Go here to enter!), we adored the original Hotel Transylvania when it came out a few years ago and fell in love with Drac, Mavis, Johnny, and the rest of the gang.  There was enough slapstick humor to please the kids (and the kids-at-heart) and enough adult/parenting humor that the adults could enjoy too.  Add to all of that, a sweet message of acceptance and love across differences and you have a perfect movie.

Hotel Transylvania 2 builds on all of those strengths.  We get to see Mavis and Johnny as adults/young parents, meet their son Dennis, and fall in love with everyone all over again.

There were many touching scenes where parental love shone through and the struggles we all have (or maybe it’s just me not wanting my baby to grow up?!) watching our children grow and mature and become independent.

 



 

The version of Hotel Transylvania 2 we saw was 3D and I have to admit, I am so incredibly prone to being motion sick that I don’t ever choose a 3D movie when we go to the cinema.  I LOVED it!  Didn’t get sick at all and quite the opposite–thought the 3D added so much to the movie experience that I highly recommend it to everyone I can to see this movie in 3D!

Connect with Hotel Transylvania 2 on Facebook here, Twitter here, and visit the official Hotel Transylvania website here.  ENJOY!!

Blah…. blah, blah!  😉

 

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Hotel Transylvania 2 — Drac’s Pack is Back!!

by Paula on September 19, 2015

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We LOVED Hotel Transylvania so finding out a sequel was coming out soon made us very happy!  And it will be out really soon—September 25!

 

Hotel Transylvania 2 in theaters September 25

 

Here’s a little about the movie:

Drac’s pack is back for an all-new monster comedy adventure in Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 2! Everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania… Dracula’s rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire. So while Mavis is busy visiting her human in-laws with Johnny – and in for a major cultural shock of her own – “Vampa” Drac enlists his friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to put Dennis through a “monster-in-training” boot camp. But little do they know that Drac’s grumpy and very old, old, old school dad Vlad is about to pay a family visit to the hotel. And when Vlad finds out that his great-grandson is not a pure blood – and humans are now welcome at Hotel Transylvania – things are going to get batty!


Vampa Drac and Dennis in Hotel Transylvania 2
Hotel Transylvania 2 has been rated PG by the MPAA for the following reasons:  some scary images, action and rude humor.  Hotel Transylvania 2 stars Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, and David Spade.  It’s directed by Genndy Tartakovsky.

Hotel Transylvania 2 luau pic

Are you excited about Hotel Transylvania 2?  Check out our giveaway:

Hotel Transylvania 2 prize pack
1 Winner will receive:
~~ 1 Cape
~~ 1 Stationary Set
~~ 1 Vampire Fangs
~~ 1 Blobby Putty
~~ 1 Activity Book

Here’s how you can win!

To enter, just leave a comment below telling us your favorite character in Hotel Transylvania or Hotel Transylvania 2!  Is it Mavis?  Or maybe it’s Johnny or Drac?  You tell us!  It’s that easy!

Optional entries (be sure to leave a separate comment for each action so you’ll get counted!!):

  • Blog about the giveaway and link back to us.  Be sure to comment here with the link to your post. (5 entries)
  • Add our button to your blogroll.  Be sure to comment here with a link to your blogroll. (5 entries)
  • Tweet “I want to #win a #HotelTransylvania2 #prize http://ow.ly/Sq6ko from @HotelT & @TheTweenAndMe #giveaway #HotelT2″  May be done once per day.  Leave a comment here with the link. (1 entry)
  • May be done 10 times: leave a relevant comment on a non-giveaway post (be sure to leave a comment below telling which one (s) you did!) (1 entry per comment)

Giveaway is open to US residents 18 and older. ONLY comments left on this post will count as entries. All entries will be verified. Any that are not verifiable will be deleted. Giveaway ends Friday, October 2, 2015, at 11:59 pm EST. Winner will be notified via e-mail and will have 48 hours to reply to our e-mail. Please add thetweenandme (at) gmail (dot) com to your address book so you don’t miss our e-mail!  Each household is only eligible to win one Hotel Transylvania 2 Prize 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.

Disclosure: I was provided with a promotional product as a thank you for posting about this giveaway.

Hotel Transylvania 2 poster

Connect with Hotel Transylvania 2:

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Thoughtful Thursday

by Paula on September 10, 2015

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Oprah Winfrey quote

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Five Fabulous Friday Finds

by Paula on September 4, 2015

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With school just started back, I’m in the mood to get organized and streamlined.  My time is stretched and I need to make sure all of my systems are functioning the best that they can.

 

Organizing Essentials A Guide to Organizing Everything You Own from Sarah Titus

 

So, you know I love this post from Sarah Titus on Organizing Everything You Own!  It’s perfect for me!

 

Crockpot Paleo Minestrone Soup from Confessions of an Over-Worked Mom

 

I love using my slow cooker when time is tight and we need food FAST.  For a variety of reasons, I’m considering a Paleo diet.  I like this Crockpot Paleo Minestrone Soup recipe from Confessions of an Overworked Mom because it starts out Paleo, but you can easily add rice or pasta for family members that aren’t eating that way.  Win-win!

 

Extreme Chocolate Ice Cream - No Churn- from Wonky Wonderful

 

And if I’m going to go Paleo, maybe I need to make this oh-my-goodness-it-looks-amazing Extreme Chocolate Ice Cream from Wonky Wonderful before I start!  WOW!

 

 

Turn An Outdated Picture into Updated Art from Hawthorne & Main

 

With the changing seasons, I’ve been wanting to change things around.  Create some new art, work on a few projects (besides the aforementioned organizing that will take forever and probably never be completely finished), just take advantage of the *new* school year and make some things happen.  So this recycled art project–Turn An Outdated Picture into Updated Art– from Hawthorne & Main looks easy enough to finish quickly and make a big difference in our decor!

 

Astro Turf Coozies from Uncommon Designs

 

And I can’t forget my football peeps!  Check out these adorable Astro Turf Coozies from Uncommon Designs.  (I think I love them just a tad more because they have tiger paws on them!  EEP!  GO TIGERS!!)

 

So that’s what my fall is looking like.  What do you have planned?

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Orkin Back-To-School “Mom on the Go” Giveaway!

by Paula on August 29, 2015

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Are you ready for back-to-school time?  It’s time!  Class is in session!  :)

But Back-To-School doesn’t just mean for the kids.  Orkin knows that moms are on the go more than ever and wants to make sure you’re all set when driving the kids to soccer practice, racing to make it to school on time and just maybe getting a minute for yourself!

Orkin is back with Household Pests 101 – featuring some of Orkin’s scientific knowledge of pests.  The Orkin Man is here to help you #LearnWithOrkin so you don’t get schooled by pest problems in your own home.

Want to test your knowledge of household pests?  Take the Pest Prevention Pop Quiz on Orkin’s Household Pests 101 blog app!

 

 

At Orkin, they use the latest technology and unparalleled training to develop an effective treatment that’s right for your needs. To learn more about their pest control based in science or to schedule an inspection, visit orkin.com or call 1-800-800-ORKIN.

Connect with Orkin on Facebook: facebook.com/OrkinPestControl; Ask The Orkin Man® on Twitter: twitter.com/AskTheOrkinMan; watch the Orkin YouTube channel: youtube.com/user/OrkinVideo

 

Orkin Back-To-School Mom on the go Prize Pack

 

One lucky reader is going to win an Orkin Back-To-School Prize Pack!!

The Orkin Back-To-School Prize Pack includes:

One (1) Silver USB Portable Charger – We know you’re on the go from sun up to sun down and you can’t afford not to be accessible. This emergency charger is small, sleek and can help your phone keep up with your busy lifestyle!

One (1) Double Wall Stainless Steel Travel Mug w/ lid – Your car isn’t the only thing that needs fueling up in the morning … this stainless steel travel mug is a great way to ensure your morning coffee is always within arm’s reach.

One (1) Orkin “Protect Your Home” PDF Checklist – This handy checklist from the experts at Orkin will help you think like a pest in order to help protect your home from pests.

 

Here’s how you can win!

To enter, just leave a comment below telling us your own household pest prevention stories and tips!  It’s that easy!

Optional entries (be sure to leave a separate comment for each action so you’ll get counted!!):

  • Blog about the giveaway and link back to us.  Be sure to comment here with the link to your post. (5 entries)
  • Add our button to your blogroll.  Be sure to comment here with a link to your blogroll. (5 entries)
  • Tweet “I want to #LearnWithOrkin & #win a Back-To-School #prize http://ow.ly/RxJKI from @AskTheOrkinMan & @TheTweenAndMe #giveaway”  May be done once per day.  Leave a comment here with the link. (1 entry)
  • May be done 10 times: leave a relevant comment on a non-giveaway post (be sure to leave a comment below telling which one (s) you did!) (1 entry per comment)

Giveaway is open to US residents 18 and older. ONLY comments left on this post will count as entries. All entries will be verified. Any that are not verifiable will be deleted. Giveaway ends Tuesday, September 15, 2015, at 11:59 pm EST. Winner will be notified via e-mail and will have 48 hours to reply to our e-mail. Please add thetweenandme (at) gmail (dot) com to your address book so you don’t miss our e-mail!

Additional Orkin Giveaway Rules:  Each household is only eligible to win Back to School Prize 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.

Disclosure: I was provided with the Orkin Back-To-School Prize Pack as a thank you for posting about this giveaway.  I received no other compensation.

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Five Fabulous Friday Finds–Back to School Edition!

by Paula on August 21, 2015

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It’s the most… won – der – ful… tiiiiime… of the year….

Can’t you just hear all the parents singing as the children drag their heels through the school supplies aisle?

{for those of you too young to remember the commercial, enjoy!}

 




 

Here are some of our favorite Back to School posts from around the interwebs this year:

 

10 Tips for Amazing Back to School Photos from Glue Sticks and Gumdrops

 

First day of school, you gotta take pics!  Check out these great photo ideas from Glue Sticks and Gumdrops.

 

Tips to Reduce Stress in the Morning from Organized Island

 

Make your mornings as stress-free as possible with these tips from Organized Island.

 

5 Easy Ways to Make Healthy School Lunches from The Jenny Evolution

 

I love these 5 easy healthy lunch ideas from The Jenny Evolution.

 

Homemade Uncrustables from Shortcut Saver

 

And how about these delicious Homemade Uncrustables from Shortcut Saver?!?!

 

Back to School Lunch Box Jokes from Coupons Are Great

 

These printable lunch box jokes from Coupons Are Great! are adorable!!

 

Happy Back to School Time!!  😀

 

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Stylin’ & Profilin’ Saturday–Back to School Edition!

by Paula on August 15, 2015

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#ootd 1st day of school

 

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