Disclosure: I am receiving a complimentary stay in order to share these discounts with you.  All opinions are my own.

We have a family tradition of heading to Frankenmuth, MI at least once a year. One place that has always caught our eye is the Bavarian Inn.  We really want to head there soon and check it out for ourselves!

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About Bavarian Inn Restaurant:
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh
baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. My Readers Receive an Exclusive Coupon for Bavarian Inn Restaurant – HALF Off at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant!

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The Bavarian Inn Lodge, nestled along the Cass River in one of Michigan’s top tourist destinations – Frankenmuth – is one of the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotels. The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, an adult-only pool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The Lodge’s expansive 35,000 square feet Family
Fun Center houses two dramatic water slides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 150 video and redemption games, a two-story children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, year-round, nightly entertainment and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In 30 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an
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Have you ever been here before?  Best tips for making the most of our visit would be appreciated!

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

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As hard as is it to believe, our oldest daughter is soon turning 13 (I quietly sob).  It is really emotional for me to see her growing up into such a beautiful young lady.  She is so smart!  Straight A’s!  She loves reading.  Historical fiction is her favorite.  She is an excellent pianist and she leads her youth group in worship as she plays keyboard.  She loves her siblings and is helpful around the house.  She is a great foster sister to our foster daughter.  She volunteers at our church and so much more.  We really love her!  For her 13th birthday, we really wanted to gift her an item that she could cherish forever.  Something like this cutie from the Precious Moments Birthday Train.

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She loves collecting special items and she will happily display this on her shelf for years to come.  This little guy is just way too cute!  It is the perfect animal to represent that strange time frame of turning 13.  Not quite ready to give up ALL your toys, but not really wanting to play.  Not quite ready to be excited over getting lots of makeup and clothes, but also enjoying fashions and beauty products.  This figurine is called You Mean The Moose to Me and is available at your local Hallmark store or on their website.

I remember collecting Precious Moments figurines as I was growing up and I am excited for Kayla to be getting her first figurine on her 13th birthday.

Are you familiar with the Precious Moments Birthday Train and the Precious Moments Collection?  Do you have a favorite piece?  I would love to hear your story!

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

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Peaches and Petals in a monthly subscription service that delivers beauty/lifestyle boxes each month right to your door.  My May box arrived this week and now I get to share it with you all!  The theme of this month’s box is “Let’s Get Together”.  It contained an assortment of party themed items.

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The chalkboard kits are really neat!  The pennants are reversible so I can display the patterned side or use the chalkboard side to customize them.  It also comes with chalkboard circles that can be applied to the patterned side as well.  Twine is included too for easy hanging.  The arrows can written on or you can use the enclosed pre-designed rub on words.

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These paper medallions require some assembly but it’s pretty easy.  I think my kids would have fun making them and they’s add some fun color to the party scene.  They could also be hung in a child’s room for fun decor!

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The party tasting spoon set comes with a 10″ plate and 5 tasting spoons.  This is a nice quality set that would be good for small get togethers or a date night at home.  The little spoon dishes would also be good for holding different types of sauces.

I was excited to find the melamine cutting board.  I love the pattern on it and we actually need a new one.  It’s the perfect size for cutting up an onion or chopping celery.

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My kids thought these straws were cool.  The designs and sayings on the straws are cute and I can see putting these out at our next summer BBQ.  My kids also thought the napkins were hilarious!

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I think my favorite addition to the May box was the Charades in a Box.  Unfortunately, the 70’s era is a little to old for my kids to participate but my hubby and I think it’s super fun!

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So here’s the value breakdown (all prices come from Amazon unless otherwise noted):

Party Tasting Set- $10.14 (based on similar set from same manufacturer)

Cutting Board-$6.49 for similar one

Cocktail Napkins- $6.99

Paper Medallions- I was unable to find these online but I’d estimate their value at about $7

Chalkboard Pennant Banner- $9.40

Chalkboard Arrows- $8.33

Charades in a Box- $5

Party Straws- $6.99 for similar ones

That’s a total value of $60.34.  That’s much higher than the price of $19.95!  I’m looking forward to hopefully using my items at a fun cookout next month!  And I’m really looking forward to next month’s box which is themed “Under the “Boardwalk”.

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If you’d like to sign up for Peaches and Petals, make sure to try one of the following discount codes:
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Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda

Disclosure: No compensation was received.  Just sharing a fun giveaway! All opinions are my own.

When I was younger and still living with my parents, one of our favorite movies was Kindergarten Cop.  We would watch it over and over and every time would just laugh and laugh! It was a great film with many great quotes and scenes.  I was stoked to see that they were making a SECOND Kindergarten Cop!

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A family favorite gets reimagined in Kindergarten Cop 2, a fish-out-of water comedy available on DVD and Digital HD as well as On Demand on May 17, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Directed by Don Michael Paul (Jarhead 2: Field of Fire, Tremors 5: Bloodlines), Kindergarten Cop 2 stars action superstar Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables 3, Workaholics) and Bill Bellamy (White Collar, Royal Pains) along with an adorable ensemble of young actors and is bursting with laughs for the entire family.

Assigned to recover sensitive stolen data, a gruff FBI agent (Dolph Lundgren) goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher, but the school’s liberal, politically correct environment is more than he bargained for.

The Kindergarten Cop 2 DVD and Digital HD will delight longtime fans and new viewers alike with hilarious bonus features including deleted scenes, a gag reel and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.

DVD & DIGITAL HD BONUS FEATURES 

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel 
  • Kindergarten Cop 2: Undercover 

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CAST AND FILMMAKERS:

Presented By: Universal 1440 Entertainment, Imagine Entertainment

Cast: Dolph Lundgren, Bill Bellamy, Sarah Strange, Aleks Paunovic

Directed By: Don Michael Paul

Screenplay By: David H. Steinberg and Murray Salem and Herschel Weingrod & Timothy Harris

Story By:   Murray Salem

Produced By: Mike Elliott

Executive Producer:  Dolph Lundgren

Edited By: Vanick Moradian

Production Designer:  Tony Devenyi

Director of Photography:  Kamal Derkaoui

Music By: Jake Monaco

Casting By: Jeff Gerrard DiGerolamo, Sean Cossey, CSA, J.J. Ogilvy

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:

Street Date:  May 17, 2016

Copyright: 2016 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Selection Number:  63174718 (US)/ 63174720 (CDN)

Layers: Dual Layer

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78:1

Rating: PG-13 for some violence and suggestive material

Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French, Japanese, Mandarin, Thai (feature only), Korean (feature only), Cantonese (feature only)

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Portuguese

Run Time: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

 If you are also looking forward to seeing this, then please enter below for your chance to win a copy of this DVD!

 

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

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Our daughters are allowed to start wearing makeup when they turn 12.  When they start learning about and wearing makeup, I am very cautious about the kind and the brand.  I certainly don’t want them to have an allergic reaction or anything.  Grace is our newest makeup wearing girl  and she was awfully excited to get these Lily Lolo products (from The Grommet) in the mail.

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She received the following:

Lily Lolo – All-Natural Eye Shadow Palette

This organic mineral makeup is lightweight and won’t clog pores. Smoke & Mirrors has eight different shadows in matte and shimmer for dramatic eyes, while the Laid Bare neutral tones show off your natural beauty for a daytime look.

Lily Lolo – All-Natural BB Cream

Lily Lolo’s creamy Beauty Balm is silicone-free and full of anti-aging ingredients like jojoba, aloe, Argan oil, and pomegranate. This organic mineral makeup contains natural pigments that smooth imperfections for a flawless look. Use the BB cream on its own or as a primer—it’s lightweight and won’t clog pores.  Available in fair, light or medium.

MSRP:  $22

Lily Lolo – All-Natural Mascara

Define and volumize lashes with all-natural, vegan mascara. Free of parabens and synthetic fragrances, this organic mineral makeup is gentle enough for sensitive eyes.

MSRP:  $19.50

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She has worn everything but the BB Cream.  We have been very pleased with the mascara.

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As you know, when girls start wearing makeup, they often can forget they have it on  and accidently rub their eyes.  Despite that, this stays on her really well…even during her TaeKwonDo classes!  Her dad and I like knowing the makeup is safe on her skin.  The price tag is a bit high, but she wears minimal makeup so it will last her quite awhile!

Do you have any makeup tips for tweens?  Please share them in the comments!

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen