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.

I finally had the chance to watch one of the greatest love stories of this decade. As a member of The Fault In Our Stars Ambassador Program, I wanted to share some of the top moments from the film that I would love to relive!

In this powerful film that’s available now on Blu-ray and DVD, Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort give excellent performances that made the movie a favorite of both fans and critics.  This modern day love story will inspire many emotions.  I found myself both laughing and crying!

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There are so many great moments in the film.  I loved when Augustus tells Hazel that “All your attempts to save yourself from me will fail.”  I also really liked when Hazel finally gets texts from Augustus. It made me smile because I’ve been there, hoping and waiting for that special someone to call.  I think that’s part of what makes The Fault in Our Stars so endearing.  Those special moments that we can relate to.

Have you read the book or seen the movie? What are your favorite moments that you would like to relive? Let me know and be entered to win a copy of TFIOS!

 

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

Thank you to LifeLock for Sponsoring this post.  All opinions and thoughts are my own!

 

We are big into DIY at our house.  A few weeks ago, we decided to make a new light fixture for our entry way.  We drew out the plans and headed to Home Depot to get the supplies.  We found everything we needed and that evening, we hung our new creation.

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We were super pleased with it!  However, we weren’t so pleased when a few days later we learned that Home Depot had suffered a security breach when it’s payment data system was hacked.  We have done quite a bit of shopping there since moving into our new him in May and it made me really nervous.  I had a good friend who had their personal information stolen and it was a huge nightmare.  Thankfully, it doesn’t look like we were affected. However, this close call has definitely made us more aware of what could easily happen.

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LifeLock can help.  They offer several programs that can protect your valuable information and give you piece of mind.  Their 3-layered protection monitors and detects threats 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, alerts customers to problems, and helps restore your information and identity.  They even offer a $1 Million Total Service Guarantee.  You can choose your level of coverage.  The new LifeLock Ultimate Plus is the most comprehensive identity theft protection service available and includes offers several new activity alerts.   With their patented LifeLock Identity Alert® system, as soon as a threat to your identity is detected, you’ll be notified by text, phone or email, to help stop thieves before they do damage.  This is essential since criminals tend to move fast and they can rack up charges quickly. If your information is compromised, Lifelock’s skilled, U.S. based member support team will be there to help you every step of the way. In light of the Home Depot breach, LifeLock shared these tips:

1. Monitor your transactions: Keep an eye on the activity on your credit and debit card accounts, looking for any charges that don’t seem to be yours.
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3. Order a new debit card: If you believe your debit card number was compromised, don’t wait for fraudulent charges to start appearing on your statement. Request a new card from your bank. This way, you reduce the chances of a criminal depleting your bank account, and you avoid potential challenges in recovering your funds. Credit cards offer more protection and less risk because funds are not directly withdrawn from your bank account as they are with a debit card.
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Are you worried about identity theft and security breaches?  If so, check out the LifeLock site to get more information or to sign up. It’s scary to see how easy it can be for thieves to get personal information and it’s great to have someone you can trust watching out for you!  In a world where everything is going digital, it pays to be prepared and vigilant.

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Have you ever been the victim of identity theft?  What steps do you take to prevent it?
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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: I was not financially compensated for this post. Experience Grand Rapids provided me with lodging, free passes and a gift card to facilitate this review. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the places/products mentioned.

Grand Rapids is such a fun city to explore!  When we spent the weekend there for our 13th anniversary we had a great time.  I thought I’d walk you through one of our days here.  We started by sleeping in at the Amway Grand Plaza.  You can that recap here.  We left our hotel and walked through the downtown.  Eventually we came to the downtown location of Sundance Grill & Bar.
We chose to dine outside and enjoy the nice weather.  Since it was a Saturday morning, the streets were fairly quiet.  Our breakfasts were wonderful!  I had an omelet and my husband had a breakfast bowl.  Both were great.  After we finished, we took a quick picture together and set off to the next place!
After leaving Sundance, it was a quick walk to visit the GRAM.
Parts of the museum were closed due to renovations and prepping for ArtPrize, but we were still able to see quite a bit.  Here are a few of our favorites.
This was a really nice museum.  Very open and easy to wander around.  After that we went to Celebration North and took in a movie.  Since we had enjoyed a late breakfast and then skipped lunch, we took the advice of my sister-in-law and went to try the milkshakes from the Red Hot Inn.
Looks are deceiving with this joint.  It looks pretty plain and dull.  But our milkshakes were inexpensive and SO good! We have since been back twice with our family for meals.  It is very affordable!  After shakes we headed back to the downtown to walk around some more.  Later that night we headed out to Stella’s .
We were a bit nervous to go in.  It was covered in skulls and just a random door for the entrance.  We braved it though and are glad we did!  My husband got a burger and said it was the best he’s ever had.  I had a delicious chicken wrap!  The music was really loud and there were lots of skulls and stuff so I don’t think we’d bring our kids here.  However, there were a few families with older kids there.  After a filling dinner, we walked around and ended up finishing the night at Mad Cap Coffee!
All of these places were great and definitely worth trying out.  Stay tuned for my next post in this series!
Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. Experience Grand Rapids provided me with lodging, free passes and a gift card to facilitate this review. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the places/products mentioned.
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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This week my husband and I have our 15th anniversary.  To celebrate, we took a trip to Knoxville and rode the Star of Knoxville.  The Tennessee Riverboat Company takes passengers on their authentic paddlewheeler where guests are served a delicious meal and get to enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Tennessee River.  I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate.  We don’t get the chance to get away often so I was super excited.  My oldest snapped this pic right before we left.

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The cruise set sail at 7:00 and we arrived at 6:30.  I definitely recommend arriving early since parking can be a little tricky to find.

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The staff was super friendly and we boarded the boat at about 6:45.  We were shown to our table and our waitress took our drink orders.  The decor was really nice and set the stage for a romantic evening.  The Star of Knoxville is approved for 235 passengers. The main deck seats 144 passengers and is fully enclosed, air conditioned, and heated for year round comfort. There are two bars, a dance floor and band stage.  Right after setting off, our waitress brought us our salads while the buffet was set up.  The food smelled SO good!  It consisted of prime rib, chicken, mixed vegetables, baked potatoes, green beans and rolls.  I was so hungry and couldn’t wait to try it all!

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The food was really good.  I especially loved the chicken and the green beans.  I was surprised at just how much food we got.  For dessert, we had pumpkin roll, one of my hubby’s favorites.  It was delicious!  We enjoyed the view from our window as we ate.

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After we ate, we decided to go out on the top deck to see the view.  We got up there just as the sun was setting.  It was beautiful!

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We walked to the front of the boat and enjoyed the fantastic weather and pretty scenery.

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It was so relaxing!  We sat at one of the tables on the deck and listened to the great music played by the DJ.  It was a good mix of fast and slow with all the well known favorites.  The dance floor was perfect for enjoying some slow dancing.

It was dark as we headed back towards the city.  The lights on the water were beautiful!

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We had a fantastic time!  It was one of the most relaxing and fun nights we’ve had in a long time and we have decided to make it a yearly tradition for our anniversary.

In addition to the prime rib dinner cruise, the Tennessee Riverboat Company also offers Murder Mystery Cruises, Country Cruises, a Gospel Cruise, as well as lunch cruises.  You can celebrate holidays as well with one of their many special cruises.  I know my kids would love the Cruising With Santa trip and I’d like to take my mom on the Mother’s Day cruise.  the Star of Knoxville is available for private charters as well.  It would make the perfect setting for reunions or weddings! Tickets for the dinner cruise are $39.75 (+tax) for adults and $19.90 (+tax) for children.  Group discounts are available for groups of 20 or more. Check out tnriverboat.com for more information or call (800) 509-2628.

Have you ever been on a dinner cruise?  What was your experience?

 

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: 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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Fall is my absolute favorite time of year.  The cooler weather, the beautiful fall leaves, the corn mazes and pumpkin patches, I love it all!  So I thought I’d celebrate the arrival of this great season with some special reviews and giveaways!  Over the summer, I had the pleasure of reviewing a wreath from Jill’s Twig Wreaths.  I loved the wreath I received and was super excited to get the chance to work with Jill again!  This time, I wanted a fall wreath.  There were so many cute ones to choose from.  Nothing says fall better than pumpkins so I decided to go with the Pumpkin Bell Wreath with Stars.

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This 20″ wreath features an orange burlap bow, pumpkin jingle bell, orange berries and painted black stars. It is SO cute and looks fantastic on our front door!  My favorite part is the pumpkin bell.

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The little Jack O Lantern makes the wreath great for Halloween but it’s subtle enough to leave up for the entire fall season.  The black stars add a great rustic feel.

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The wreath would make a great indoor decoration as well.  I could picture it over a fireplace or in an entryway.

Once again, I am thoroughly impressed with the quality of the wreath.  I love the fact that it’s hand made with items harvested off Jill’s farm.  She has a wide variety of wreaths to choose from including everyday wreaths, fresh evergreen and Christmas wreaths.  I love her Tis the Season Wreath! Jill’s creations are unique and very well priced.  The Pumpkin Bell Wreath I reviewed is only $23.99! I’ve seen wreaths like these for twice that in the store.

If you’re looking for a high quality, beautiful wreath to welcome in the fall season, check out Jill’s Twig Wreaths.  You won’t be disappointed!

One lucky reader will win an 18″- 24″ wreath of their choice!

 

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