September 30, 2014

Early Christmas Gift Guide Item #1: Win a Sol Deck Wireless Speaker

Can you believe it's almost that time? Christmas is coming . . . it will zoom up on us in no time at all. So I've started picking up Christmas presents here and there when I can find a good deal.

One of the items on my list is a high quality wireless speaker. I was given the chance to try out the Sol Deck Wireless Speaker, and it has completely won me over.

When I'm cleaning, I love to turn up the music and jam. We live in a two story house and my boys want to hear the music upstairs just like we do downstairs . . . the Sol Deck has allowed us to do just that.

It's great. You can use your blue tooth to sync your phone or iPod and play music throughout the house. The deck will sync with any device within about 300 feet. In fact, it will sync with multiple devices and you can take turns choosing the music or hijacking the stream from a friend and playing your favorite song instead. I'm serious . . . we LOVE it . . . and it would make an amazing gift for this upcoming Christmas season.

You can buy it at Amazon for around $127.99 with FREE shipping.

Or right now you can win one here on the MelissaStuff blog . . .

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September 23, 2014

Ideas for Healthy Back to School Meals #spon by Green Giant

All of us moms find ourselves needing healthy food ideas, especially when school starts back and we're packing daily lunches and then still trying to come up with easy, nutritious dinners, too.

During this crazy back-to-school time, Green Giant wants to offer you some help. On September 23 at 8 pm, they will be hosting a Google Hangout with celebrity chef Gina Neely. You'll be able to get some new ideas on how to simplify dinner time routines as well as ways to revamp those tried and true meals that we always seem to default to making.

In fact, I'd love for you to join this Pinterest page and share your family's favorite easy meals so we can all try some new things . . .

September 14, 2014

Start Getting Ready for Halloween NOW!

I am totally a procrastinator when it comes to holiday decorating and cooking. I have great ideas and life gets busy and then the holiday is over and I find myself wishing I had done more.

So this year I am starting early . . . for me, at least. I am planning a big Halloween party and pulling together Pinterest boards for Halloween Treats, Halloween DIY Decor, and DIY Halloween Costumes.

Check the boards out and if you have a link you'd like me to consider adding, please leave it in the comments!!

September 9, 2014

HOT: FREE Passes to a Screening of Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Haaa-aaayyy!! My crew is going to be attending the screening of the new movie Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day a week from this Saturday on September 20 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cinemark 17 near 635/Forest.

If you haven't seen the preview, check it out and you're going to want to attend too:

To get your own tickets, go to See It First and enter your information. If it asks for a code, please use 249449. Print the vouchers and you're all set. Bring them with you and come a little early. Generally these are first come, first serve tickets so you don't want to be late.

Alexander and Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
September 20th at 10:30 a.m.
Cinemark 17 in Dallas (635/Forest)
Code: 249449

September 7, 2014

Family Movies at Studio Movie Grill

Now that my boys are a little bit older, one of our favorite things to do all together is to go to the movies. Granted my youngest one enjoys the popcorn as much or more than the movie, but still it's a great family outing.

Recently we've visited the Studio Movie Grill twice - once to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the other time to see Earth to Echo. We even got adventurous and went to two different Studio Movie Grill locations. For TMNT we went to the Spring Valley location in Richardson. That's where I grew up and before it was a Studio Movie Grill that's actually the theater I saw my first movie EVER in! LOL

They've done a good job of converting the theater over and it is equipped with a full bar and restaurant. If you remember the old days of Studio Movie Grill, you'll note that the swiveling office chairs and countertop tables are long gone. Instead, they've been replaced with plush theater seats with small table tray that can be moved out of your way when you're done. On top of that, the Ninja Turtle movie was "Excellent!" It didn't hurt that it was also a huge flashback for us adults. We all grew up on the turtles, and it was fun to share that with our kids.

When we went to see Earth to Echo we happened to be across town so we went to the SMG location in Dallas off of Northwest Highway. We were super excited to see how really nice and plush the theater was here. The seats were extra cushioned and able to lean back. We had a ton more room than what you normally have in a theater, and our particular showing we had our choice of seats. The good news is that no matter what theater you go to or what showing you attend, you get to pick your seats out when you purchase your tickets. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that I don't have to go to the theater super early and sit there with the whole crew just to get good seats.

We will most definitely be returning to the Studio Movie Grill the next time we want to go to the movie as a family  . . . or as a date.

I was provided with tickets for my family in order to facilitate this review.