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Fall Family Selfie

Fall Family Selfie

Fall is here! From here on out, the weather in Iowa will only get colder and I’m sure snow will be on it’s way. We have a beautiful day today in the low 60′s so we are taking advantage of it before the weather gets too cold.

We have our fall decorations out: big, beautiful mums, a fall wreath and pumpkins. We decided to take a fall family selfie on our front porch with the warm sun shining, to show you guys how easy it is to enter a #SuaveFamilySelfie prize pack. Here are the details!

Enter for a chance to win a #SuaveFamilySelfie Prize Pack

Enter for a chance to win a Suave® Fall Family Selfie prize pack by snapping a photo of you and your family living beautifully outdoors and posting it to Instagram.

Step 1: Take a family selfie (or use a recent one!)

Step 2: Post it on Instagram using the 3 hashtags: #suavefamilyselfie #LB2LB #Walmart

Step 3: Fill out this form and submit your Instagram link.

*To get your Instagram link visit instagram.com, log in, and find the link to your photo. It will be in the format of http://instagram.com/p/YOURPHOTOID.

*To retrieve the link from your Instagram mobile app, go to your profile picture on the app, click the “…” in the bottom right hand corner, and then select “Copy Share URL”.

Enter the sweepstakes weekly to increase your chance of winning. Each week 6 new winners will be drawn to receive a $175 Walmart prize pack.

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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Suave and Lunchbox.

Inspire Future Girl Innovators with GoldieBlox

GoldieBlox and the Parade Float

The thing that first caught my when I saw GoldieBlox online was the diversity in characters on the boxes. I am always looking for toys, dolls and books that represent my children, because all children deserve to see reflections of themselves. There is not enough diversity in toys, TV, movies and books and I was excited to find a cool toy with beautiful Black girl on the cover. In a world were only 2% of scientists and engineers are Black women, I am proud to support GoldieBlox who’s goal is to inspire future innovators in a field with gender inequality.

GoldieBlox will inspire a generation of girls who are more confident, courageous, and tech-savvy. Gender equality in engineering and tech will provide the balance and innovation we all need to thrive; the female perspective is not only valuable, but critical.


GoldieBlox is an interactive book series and set of construction toys for girls. Priscilla is the girliest of girls you will ever meet. Don’t let the engineering aspect of these toys fool you into thinking your little girl might not be interested. The characters, the colors and the cute diary in the new GoldieBlox and the Builder’s Survival Kit all immediately drew her in and she was excited to start building.

GoldieBlox Engineering Toy for Girls

She first decided to build the Zephyr Derby Racer and I was surprised at how quick she built it. I just love the diary of Goldie the inventor that doubles as an instruction manual to build all of these amazing toys that actually move and spin.

On to the building of the tea cup ride! Building toys from scratch and seeing the car tires move and the tea cup ride spin will give girls so much confidence that they can do anything.


GoldieBloxs’ new fall products are now available for presale including the GoldieBlox and the Builder’s Survival Kit that Priscilla loved. These would be such great gifts as we start heading into the holiday season. More information about each of these products are below!

GoldieBlox and the Builder’s Survival Kit ($59.99) GoldieBlox and the Builder’s Survival Kit is the ultimate expansion pack for the most adventurous innovator! With more than 190 pieces, GoldieBlox and the Builder’s Survival Kit offers hours of fun and endless possibilities.

GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine ($29.99) GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine teaches kids how to make their own movies. A story + construction kit—in GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine, Goldie and her gang of friends team up to invent a solution and save the Bloxtown Film Festival from being canceled.

GoldieBlox Action Figure ($24.99) For the first time ever, Goldie comes to life as an action figure! More than just a doll, her articulated shoulders, hips, knees and joints along with specially designed hands and feet are designed for action. With the included construction kit, kids learn how to build Goldie a 13’ zipline and send her soaring!

GoldieBlox and the Builder's Survival Kit

I am so excited to be able to offer a giveaway of both the GoldieBlox and The Builder’s Survival Kit and the GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine to inspire one of your future innovators!

GoldieBlox Giveaway

GoldieBlox Prize Pack!

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Hot Caramel Apple Cocktail

Hot Caramel Apple Cocktail. The ultimate fall drink to keep you warm.

I’m always looking for new go-to recipes for entertaining. I don’t want anything with a long list of ingredients or something that takes a long time to make, because that’s impractical for me with three kids. I usually have a few tried-and-true recipes (like this apple dip and this asian salad) to make and bring with me to potlucks and get-togethers, but I wanted an easy drink for entertaining during the cold months.

Ya, it sure gets cold here in Iowa!

Every Thanksgiving, my Grandma always has a little crockpot (the same one she’s had since her early marriage years) full of spiked apple cider. This is the one and only day of the year that she serves alcohol and it’s become a sweet, little tradition.

My sister and I created a different version of this fall drink, but still thrown together and served in the slow cookerHeating the drink on low allows the flavors to come together while keeping it warm for guests.

Don’t forget about the coolest part! Serve the drink with the famous Caramel Apple Pops (I remember loving these as a kid!) Use the suckers to stir, but don’t just let them sit in the piping hot drink for too long or they will come off of the sticks.

Caramel Apple Cocktail in the Slow Cooker

Hot Caramel Apple Cocktail

1 quart + 1 1/2 cups apple cider
1 1/2 cups Apple liqueur
1 cup spiced rum
1/2 cup caramel-flavored syrup
3 apples, chopped
4 cinnamon sticks
Caramel Apple Suckers (optional)

  1. Place everything in the slow cooker (except the suckers). Cook on the low setting for 1-2 hours. Serve warm.

Hot Caramel Apple Cocktail (kept warm in the slow cooker) use a Caramel Apple Pop to stir!
I used affiliate links for some of the ingredients in this recipe.