High Heels and Hot Deals

Monday, October 20, 2014

Party Like the Hard Rock Roxtars + Giveaway #ThisIsHardRock

Disclosure: No celebrity or musician has endorsed the “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star” contest. The information, gift card, gift pack and giveaway have been provided to me by Hard Rock International. 




Cohen loves music.  The kid has always loved to dance and sing the second he hears any kind of tune. I knew when I got this opportunity to dress him up as a rock star he would be up for the challenge.


I told you so.




Recently I received a super fun package from Hard Rock International with fun stuff for everyone in
the family including our very own Hard Rock Roxtars.  These Roxtars were created to inspire kids big and small to rock their cool and let their originality shine.
Band members include:
o   Razzi™, “the motherly type” who is famous for squishy hugs and keyboard skills
o   Sir Kingston™, a British-invasion inspired rock-and-roller on lead guitar
o   Styler™, a free-spirited and accompanying guitar player
o   Buddy Jr™, a wild man who loves nothing more than a good drum solo
             o   Skiddley™, the lead singer and “Mr. Cool” of the group             

So why is Cohen dressed up like a rock star again?


Well, right now local area Hard Rock Cafes are hosting a super fun contest, "Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?" to get people excited about these adorable Hard Rock Roxtars. For one night, your kiddos will dress up like a rock star and you can take the family to your local Hard Rock Cafe.  These rockin' kids will get their very own Hard Rock Roxtars activity book along with a super cool guitar shaped plate to go along with the themed menu.  How does Skiddley's "Not-so-diddley" chicken breast sound?  Super skiddley-licous to me!  Did I mention kids eat free with a paying adult?  Seriously, I'm not playing.  Plus every rock star will have the chance to win some cool prizes including Hard Rock Cafe gift cards or even a 2015 birthday party with up to eight of their friends and family.

Party on friends and contact your local Hard Rock Cafe for more information about this rockin' family event!


A serious action shot my friends.


Planning on taking the family on a trip soon?  Hard Rock hotels now offer the super cool Roxity Kids Club!  Children who stay at Hard Rock Hotel locations with their families will receive a special Hard Rock Roxtars Activity Book at check-in and unlimited entertainment at Hard Rock Roxity Kids Club, a family-friendly, music-inspired haven, where kids can rock to their own rhythm, catch a live Hard Rock Roxtars performance or take part in experiential, engaging and music-infused learning activities.  Now that's some family fun if you ask me!

Check out Hard Rock's website for more information and be sure to follow them on Twitter so you don't miss out on the party!

You didn't think I'd leave you hanging did you?  
How about your chance to win a stellar Hard Rock Roxtars prize package!

The Hard Rock Roxtars Prize Pack includes:
--$50 Hard Rock gift card
--Roxtars plush toy
--Hard Rock adult t-shirt
--Guitar shaped plate
--Roxtars Activity book

Enter the Rafflecopter below and party on friends!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

I Want My Mommy

This was a long week.
Kurtis traveled out of town for a conference and I played "single mom" to my little darlings.  Keep in mind this was after a week of restless nights with a baby who wasn't about sleeping and a four year old who has decided to be Mr. Independent.  
I was beyond scared.  I was terrified.



But have no fear...Mom to the rescue!

No, not me the mom.  My mommy.
Yes. I'm 31 years old and still want my mommy.
My mom came and stayed with me four of the days.  She was nothing short of a miracle.  And it ended up being perfect timing since sweet Lola had decided to spurt an ear infection and sinus infection towards the end of my Fall Break.  It was like having a best friend stay with you only one that wants to cook and clean as well as give your kids baths.  Plus it was nice having someone who wanted to watch the same shows as you and actually understand what drama was going on in the show without trying to switch to baseball when I wasn't looking.  Unfortunately I had to work so I didn't get to spend as much time with my mom as I would've hoped for, but one can only take what one can get.

But this week was another reminder of how lucky I am to have a helpful husband by my side to help me in the household.  Seriously you single moms (and dads) - I applaud you for your hard work!  This motherhood thing is an amazing blessing but I am quite certain it is the hardest job possible.


And a celebratory trip to Target was in store for surviving the week of course.  In the world's biggest cart.


But the one reality that I was reminded of this week is that no matter how old we are, we are never too old for our own mommies.



Thanks Madre for working your magic.  You're the bomb.com.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Ode to Fall Break - Why Did You Go Fast?

I'm pretty sure the last week was the fastest week in history.  Why do breaks fly by yet work weeks drag on to no end?  Oh, because it's work.  That's why.

Here's a little glimpse into my fabulous Fall Break:

We woke up on Sunday as four year old (thank you Jesus).  But not just a regular four year old.  A four year old with fabulous bed head.



 On Monday we started our week off right -- Immunizations and Flu Shots baby!  Just doing my parental duties though.  Cohen decided to take a glorious nap with me while Lola wanted to clean out my cupboards.




By Tuesday it was still raining and cold.  But we managed to bundle up and make it on a walk to the playground until we realized the wind was going at gusts of 20 MPH.  But let's get real -- my girl can rock those Uggs like a BOSS.



I also took Cohen and Lola on their first trip to the Humane Society.  As we left Cohen said to me, "That you Mom for taking me to see the puppies and kitties."
See, he can be sweet.



Wednesday was Mommy Day -- both kids went to school and the sitter and I enjoyed a morning to catch up on stuff for myself.  It was also beautiful outside so I was able to enjoy a run in the gorgeous fall colors.  I made a delicious dinner that Cohen thoroughly enjoyed for once while Lola played puppy with socks (they are clean, I promise).




On Thursday we had scheduled family pictures.  However, the rain had other plans.  So I did a few loads of laundry and took Lola to the doctor since she decided to wake up every night of break from 1-3 A.M.  Turns out she had an ear infection and sinus infection -- she wasn't playing.
#MomoftheYear



The rain decided to still hangout on Friday which meant no family pictures...again.  Apparently this weather is telling me to go to Target until we get our pictures taken to find that perfect outfit.  But the rest of the weekend was devoted to family time and enjoying the last few days of our fabulous time off.

Lola eating and loving it...of course.



And hanging out with Spider-Man.




I love these breaks with my little family.  It made me miss maternity leave x 223487923483.

But now I need to go to bed because my children are no longer my alarms.
5:30 do not come too early please...


Thursday, October 9, 2014

It's the Final Countdown! #RaceAroundAmerica

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own.



Ladies and Gentlemen!  We are entering the final stretch!
Remember that beautiful Roush Stage 3 Mustang introduced you to a bit ago when it stopped in Indianapolis?  Well this beaut is headed to Miami in the final leg of its Race Around America.  This is your last chance to head over to Race Around America's site and enter to win one of four trips to Miami as well as the chance to own this fancy Roush Stage 3 Mustang.  Your vote will determine the finish of the race so hurry and get to it!

While you're at it, be sure to grab your Balance Financial Card at Walgreens.  It's that prepaid card you can use anywhere that accepts Debit Mastercard but comes with great perks and rewards -- like a chance to win the ROUSH Stage 3 Mustang!  Use it to get a head start on your holiday shopping or even to stock up on the Halloween candy because then it will  automatically enter you in the sweepstakes once the card has been registered.  I used mine the other day to stock up on party supplies and goodies for Cohen's birthday.  The Balance Financial Card is easy to use as well as convenient and perfect when you are on the go!



Time is a ticking my friends!  Visit RaceAroundAmerica.com to vote and get your final entries in to win this gorgeous car and a fabulous trip to Miami.  But hurry - the sweepstakes ends next week!

Be sure to check out the latest Race Around America webisode with Trevor Bayne as he visits Tennessee to show those Vols what this Mustang can do!



Where would you drive your Stage 3 Roush Mustang?

#RaceAroundAmerica



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Teach Them Young with Pedigree Dog Food

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #PedigreeGives


Meet Brady, our first baby. I rescued this sweet boy from a no kill shelter eight years ago. I had never owned a dog before and boy, it was a crazy eye opener that's for sure. However I wouldn't trade my rescue pup for anything - even though he is quite stealth at stealing Cohen's pizza off his plate. Animal shelters and rescues are near and dear to me because of my great experience. Now that Cohen is four he has started to show interest in ways he can help other people and things, which is an amazing feeling as a parent. Recently we stepped up his responsibilities and he is now in charge of feeding Brady because he absolutely adores this dog (well, except for the dog breath). Since he has such a strong love for animals, I thought I'd foster this love and his curiosity to help others by letting him visit a local animal shelter to see how he can help these pets. When I told him our plan he sweetly asked me if we could get the doggies some plain dog treats. Seriously, he melts my heart.



All week Cohen had been asking to go see the doggies and kitties. After a good afternoon of naps by all, we headed to the Hamilton County Humane Society to start our experience. Cohen was so excited to see the animals. When you first walk in there were a few cages of animals in the lobby. The kid was mesmerized by these sweet pets. He kept telling me, "Mommy! They are talking to me! Look!"



We spent a good amount of time at the Humane Society.  Cohen got to look in all of the cat rooms and even watched one of the dogs get a bath, which he thought was hilarious.  Together we attempted to go into the the dog room.  I warned him that it was going to be loud but the dogs were just happy to see us.  We lasted all of ten seconds in that room until he informed me, with his ears covered, that it was too loud.  As we left we stopped at the donation bins to see the items that had been donated for the animals at the shelter.  We also grabbed a list of some of the items that were needed so Cohen could choose some things to purchase for a donation.  





Later that day, we headed to Sam's Club to grab some food for Brady. We picked up our usual Pedigree dog food (it's seriously a steal of a price at Sam's Club!) and then browsed the rest of the pet aisle to see if Cohen could find something he'd want to donate to the Hamilton County Humane Society. Apparently since October is Pet Adoption Month, Pedigree will donate one bowl of dog food to a shelter in need for every Pedigree dog product purchased at Sam's Club. I was sure to gear Cohen towards the Pedigree products so we could utilize this amazing promotion. Cohen decided on a large variety of Pedigree Dentastix for the dogs at the Humane Society.




I love this boy's sweet heart and eagerness to help others out. As a parent I think it's important to teach responsibility but it is also just as important to demonstrate and encourage caring behaviors with your children. After our trip to the Hamilton County Humane Society, Cohen said to me, "Thank you mom for taking me to see the puppies and kitties." I honestly think our trip to the animal shelter opened up his little four year old eyes to a world beyond just the cats and dogs. I was able to take something he loves, like animals, and turn it into a teaching moment on how he could help other animals besides his own dog. This kid is a sponge and if I can foster his eagerness and curiosity to help, then I'm doing my job as a parent.

Be sure to check out Pedigree's Pet Adoption Month Promotion through Facebook, Twitter and YouTube!




What lessons have you used to teach your children to be caring?


Monday, October 6, 2014

Good-bye Threenager. Four I Welcome You With Open Arms.

This guy is four.



Seriously, I blinked my eyes and he's now four.

It's crazy to think that I started this journey of motherhood four years ago.  I still remember the day I found out I was pregnant.  Time goes by so quickly!

This year was a huge year for Cohen.  The biggest adjustment was becoming a big brother.  I have to be honest I was really nervous about bringing Lola home and seeing how he'd react.  However one of my favorite memories of this past year was when my parents brought Cohen to meet Lola for the first time at the hospital.  He came running in, stopped and then sat down to take off his socks and shoes in my hospital room.  Apparently he felt at home.  The little nugget climbed into bed with me and wanted to snuggle.  Precious little guy.  But then he wanted apple juice and the excitement was over.  He has adjusted so well and despite the fact that he can be a little turd to her sometimes (I mean he's a big brother, come on now) this whole second sibling gig hasn't phased him at all.



Cohen is in his second year at preschool.  This year he's in the 3-4's room at school which is a lot more structure and academics than what he had last year.  I really love his school and he's learning so much.  My main focus at this age is to teach him social skills and how to be independent.  While I know he's learning beyond that, I'm definitely not that mom video taping my kid reciting his alphabet and colors in three different languages.  He's four.  Let him live a little and grow a love for school.  I've only had two notes home about behavior so no news is good news I'm assuming.  But you know what they say about people who assume.  It makes an ASS out of U and Me.
Let's just hope this isn't the case here.



Right now some of Cohen's favorites include Tom and Jerry, Ninja Turtles and Peppa Pig.  I like to refer to this combo as old, new and super annoying.  Seriously he could watch hours of Peppa and every time we go to the library he knows exactly where to find the Peppa books.  I guess it could be worse, but it still is not nor will it ever be my favorite.  Tom and Jerry has been his most recent kick.  He likes to tell me that his favorite is the mouse on Tom and Jerry.  When we find an unexpected episode on this kid's day is made.  Cohen is also into super heroes and Transformers.  This seriously melts my husband's heart.

The things that come out of this kid's mouth are beyond hysterical.  I have posted several Cohenism posts if you are a familiar follower.  He is also a parrot and has the most amazing sense of hearing.  Also known as mommy and daddy need to watch their mouths when Cohen's around.  For example Cohen informed me today he was taking a big ol' dump when I asked him if he was going potty.  That would be words of his father by the way.

  

This kid has the energy of the Energizer Bunny.  Days with naps are so far and few but we still make him have rest time in his room for at least an hour.  We find that he gets mean when he doesn't get enough sleep which turn into my least favorite times of the day.  The kid loves to be outside so you can find him most nights out riding his bike or playing in the backyard on his swing set.  I have to laugh because the kid doesn't know a stranger.  We will be on walk and he always has to stop and talk to people.  Once at the park he made friends with these kids there of course.  But as they were leaving he says to me, "Mom, I have to go hug my friend bye."  Apparently I need to work harder on teaching him Stranger Danger...

I have to be honest, three was rough around the edges when it came to his behavior.  You always hear things about Terrible Twos but those days mean nothing until you have a Threenager.  I'm not kidding.  I have lost count of the number of times I called Santa or threatened his birthday party.  And the birthday party threat was started in March.  My friends tell me that four is so much better and is seriously their favorite age.  I'm crossing my fingers this is the case because I'm running out of bribes.



Cohen Lee how have you grown up so fast?!  You are no longer our Coco because you are sure to inform us that your name is Cohen.  You are sweet, spunky and full of fun and life.  Every day you learn something new and I'm amazed at that little sponge of a brain that you hold.  You are you and no one will ever compare to my little man.  Happy 4th Birthday my sweet Coco bean!



To a great year and the survival of the Threenager,


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

31.



Today I am 31.
Well actually, tomorrow if you are reading this on Tuesday.
I'll have to admit, 30 was a pretty damn good year.  While I am still in disbelief that I have surpassed the 30 mark, I continue to feel that everyone around me is growing up yet I am still the quirky 18 year old giving my parents gray hairs.
Unfortunately I am growing up and I am not longer giving them gray hairs I am getting them myself.
Wah.
In order to celebrate this birthday occasion, I have decided to share 31 things about myself that you either already know, had no clue about or you did know and totally forgot.

Now let me enlighten you my friends...

1  Cohen's due date was the day after my birthday.  I may have asked him to come early or later so we could have our own special days...

2.  My dad is an identical twin, my mother in law is an identical twin and my cousin has twin girls.  Now I will pray that the twin gene does not attack my ovaries if we decide for a third baby.

3.  I have grown up in the same house since I was 8 months old - and my parents still live there.

4.  My first car was a Geo Prism.  It had fake leather and a sunroof.  Too legit to quit.

5.  I was named Kaitlin Colleen with the intentions of calling me KC.  Obvi that one didn't stick.

6.  I have been to ten Kenny Chesney concerts.  Love me a man in tight jeans and cowboy boots.  Okay just Kenny actually.  

7.  If I could have any job in the world it would be a reporter on ENews.  Giuliana -- call me.

8.  Apparently Lauren Conrad and I are twins switched at birth.  Maybe that's why I have a mild obsession with Laguna Beach.

9.  I wanted to name Lola Britton Kait but Kurtis axed that one real quick.  Something about my obsession with the Royals going a little too far...

10.  I was my class Vice President for four years.  I'm not quite sure what I did in that position other than sell tickets for a prom fundraiser and get to miss first period.  But I am certain it looked great on a college application.  Hollaaaaa!

11.  Carrie Bradshaw is my idol.  I could live, breath and wear Sex and the City every day for eternity.

12.  Growing up we had this horribly mean cat named Bird.  I mean she was so awful that I would cry when I had to go downstairs at nighttime because I knew she was lurking in the shadows...and I was 16 years old.

13.  I won a goldfish in my third grade carnival and named him Sydney.  We went to dinner after the carnival and came back to find that he was gone.  The sucker had jumped out of the cup and fell underneath the seat of the car.  He lived for 21 years in a bowl on the hutch in my parent's dining room.  I can't make this up people.

14.  I lived on a co-ed floor my freshman year at IU.  Seriously it was fun at the McNutt-Bryan Floo  Molly Mesnick also lived on my floor that year.  Only people who watch the Bachelor will know who this C list celebrity is however

15.  You're looking at Goshen's Junior Miss 2002.  Yes I won a pageant.  Hell to the no I am not a pageant girl but I did win a computer.  What what.

16.   I was a day camp counselor for six summers.  The best job I've ever had I am absolutely sure.  DDC forever.

17.  On our honeymoon I had this amazing Sangria.  That night I got this not so amazing food poisoning from eating the fruit.  

18.  One of my all-time favorite shows is the O.C.  Now can you figure out who my favorite character was on the show?

19.  I touched Kenny Chesney's hand at a concert as he drove through the crowd on a golf cart.  I then called my mom crying like a baby to share the news.

20.  My sweet Gram passed away on my birthday seven years ago.  Kurtis and I were married on her birthday six years ago.  It still feels like a special way I connect with her on these memorable days.

21.  When I was six weeks pregnant, a co-worker called me out.  She had lost her father a few years before and he told her in a dream to connect with me.  She was also barely pregnant with her a daughter.  Today she is one of my closest friends and I thank her father's spirit for bringing us together! 

22.  Brady is the first dog I have ever owned.

23.  The doctor told my parents I was a boy.  But I showed him!  Boo yeah grandma.

24.  I attended Catholic school for six years.  Thank God I was allowed to go to public school in sixth grade.

25.  I have known my oldest friend since we were three.  She could balance a beanbag on her leg and I thought she was the bees knees.  Who knew her trick would allow us to be forever friends?

26.  When I was eight I saw a ghost at the top of my parents' stairs.  He was a man standing with his hands on his hips wearing a cowboy hat.  Over the next ten years I encountered several other ghostly experiences in their house.  No I do not like to talk about it.  It totally creeps me out.

27.  I got cut from my senior musical.  It was totally a political thing I am 100% certain.

28.  I can not lie, watching Taylor Swift make an acceptance speech makes me cringe like none other.

29.  After a year in college I almost switched my degree to Political Science so I could become a lawyer.  Good thing I can laugh about that now.

30.  I met my husband at my summer job.  I used to write him love notes and hide them on his car.  I also used to ask me boss if she had anything for me to take to the office just so I could see him and crush a little bit more.  Summer loving, having a blast....

31.  I can't smell skunk.  I'm not lying.  I have some kind of immunity to it.


This year I plan to jump into my new age head first.  I have a lot of new plans, hopes and dreams that I can't wait to test and achieve.  The year 30 was big but I'm pretty sure 31 will be bigger.
Cheers to another year older, wiser and oh so much smarter.
Because let's be honest, I make 31 look good.


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Weekend Shenannies - We're On a Boat...In Our Undies

This weekend we headed up north to spend the weekend making our rounds to visit our families.  We hadn't really been home since May and recently we got news that Kurtis' grandma was sick, so we knew it was time to make plans to go see family.  

We got up there on Friday afternoon and got stuck in a huge traffic jam


Let's just say this was a true reminder of how much of a city girl I really am now.

It was a gorgeous day so we spent a lot of our time outside until we started to get attacked by bees.  And I ain't having none of that one.  We had a really nice time visiting with Kurtis' grandparents, his dad and step-mom and got to take Cohen and Lola on their first boat ride.  Cohen drove us around the lake...in his Superman underwear of course.



On Saturday we got to spend time with Kurtis' mom and step-dad, sister and her husband and their sweet little chunky monkey son Gavin.  Lola and Gavin are about the same size even though he is about four months younger.  Seriously how cute are these bald little bruisers?


On the way home both kids decided to take a nap.  We ended up letting them sleep in the car for awhile.  I was then reminded how it is a horrible idea to wake Cohen up...ever.  So I bribed him with a walk to the gas station to get whatever he wanted.  The kid spent $8.00 on Slurpies, Lunchables and Bugles and then suggested that I buy this hat for him too:


I quickly replied that I would next time.  Let's get real, $7.99 is a steal for a hat like that.

He also decided that he needed a coozie for his cup on the way home like his aunty Rah Rah.  This kid kills me.


The remainder of the weekend was spent with my family.  If I could have done anything else I would have met my two high school bffs for drinks but I was dog tired.  Lola decided to wake up from 3-5 on Saturday morning so I let her play while I caught up on my mom's DVR.  She had the entire new season of the Kardashians recorded.  Duh, we are related.  Plus everyone is sick with this nasty runny nose cold and with the lack of sleep it was wearing on us all.  But I'm glad we made a trip up there while we could.  The weather was absolutely amazing and it was nice to spend some time with the family other than during the holidays.  Lola has also decided to get brave and climb the steps at my parents house and do other big things like standing up on her own.


I did manage to get all of my laundry done today but there are a few other housekeeping items I need to attend to this week.  But I'm in no rush because next week is Fall Break --- hollllaaaaaaa!  Oh, and I turn 31 on Wednesday.  Don't worry, this time around I'm not taking it too hard.  Why? Because let's be real.  I make 30 look good.
Bam.  Boo yeah grandma.


 How was your weekend friends?