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AvaStars for Tweens and Teens

As many of you may have read in her AvaStars- Let Your Star Shine post a few weeks ago,  Virginia took her kids and friends to the AvaStars Kiosk at the St. Louis Galleria Mall for an unforgettable experience.  I thought this was a fabulous idea and decided to give this to my kids for Christmas.  My son is 14 and my daughter is 11 so I thought I’d share with you how the experience works for older kids.

AvaStars Logo

When they opened their boxes Christmas morning, and saw the VIP pass, they were puzzled until I explained it to them how this experience works. It was actually quite funny, my son sat on the couch and said,  “Mom now you’re going to make me have to figure out what I want to be in life. ” Ha ha!!  I set up their appointments on the Ava Star website and it sent me a reminder text to let me know that my appointment was the next day, and then another reminder text the day of the appointment, which was a huge help. It also let me know that there was no waiting when I arrive.

When we got to the AvaStarShip at the St. Louis Galleria Mall my son, who is 14, was a little nervous that he would be too old for this experience. When we arrived, though, there were several adults doing the same experience. And he said to me “okay now I don’t feel too old.”

AvaStars for Teens
The experience does not take very long at all. My kids have played their videos for their friends and themselves several times. I have to say that my opinion is that the older the child is, the more their doll/action figure will look like them.  My sons video of himself was really quite a stunning resemblance, and his action figure looks just like him. When he opened his action figure, my husband said, “I want an action figure of myself.” Again I am just cracking up.

AvaStars Cool Rocker Boy

In my daughters video you had to look a little harder to see her, but I was able to find her. My daughters doll made her so happy, because it looked like her more than the video.

AvaStars Fashionista Girl
I would have to say as we get older as adults, it is much harder to find that perfect gift for one another. I think the AvaStars experience would make the perfect gift for any one you are having a hard time figuring out the perfect gift for. This gift is fun and shareable. I was able to send the videos and photos to all my friends and family and they just loved them.

Keep up with all things AvaStars by liking MyAvaStars on Facebook and following MyAvaStars on YouTube.

***Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  I received the aforementioned AvaStars experience to facilitate this review. ***

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The Color Run Shine Tour 2015 #WeShine

What do you get when you combine the happiest 5K on the planet and glitter? The Color Run Shine Tour 2015.  This 5K race is going to be epic!

The Color Run Shine Tour 2015

You might recall that I participated in The Color Run 2014 Kaleidoscope Tour and had a blast.  It was my first 5K of 2014, and I’m so glad it was.  The amount of fun I had on that 5K set the tone for what I would expect from the other races I participated in.

The Color Run 2014 Kaleidoscope Tour

The Color Run is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality.  It is now the single largest event series in the world.  The Color Run has exploded since their debut event, more than tripling in growth, and hosting more than 300 events in 50+ countries in 2014!  And with good reason.  It’s FUN!

Everyone in 2015 will receive a limited edition Shine Tour Participant Kit, including a custom race tee, a gold finisher’s medal, a tricolor headband with silver stitching, brand-new shine packet, and shiny tattoos. Talk about “bling” with benefits!

The Color Run Shine Tour 2015 Participant Kit

Add to that the fact that they are adding a unique Sparkle Zone, awesome on course photo ops, and confetti canons at the finish line?  It will be colorific with shimmering clouds of color!  I can’t wait!

Find out when The Color Run Shine Tour 2015 is coming to a city near you! If you haven’t signed up yet, be sure to register before the next price jump!  If your city is not open for registration yet, sign up for the VIP list so you can get info on discount pricing!  VIP pricing recently opened for St. Louis, with our race being on 4/18/2015, and many of our team members have already registered with the VIP pricing! 

I am super excited to have The Color Run Shine Tour 2015 on my race calendar and can’t wait to bling it on!  Whether you walk or run, this 5K is guaranteed to be fun!

The Color Run Shine Tour 2015 Bling It On

I’m just glad I’m not on the street clean up crew!

I’m tickled pink to be among those chosen as a The Color Run Happy Blogger this year!

The Color Run Happy Blogger

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Tri Me #Zumbawear

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I recently made a decision that if the clothes I put on didn’t fit AND flatter, they were going bye bye.  That decision has led to a bit of a clothing purge.  Some things, like those sweat pants I’ve worn since I was pregnant with Mister, landed in the trash pile and even more landing in the donation box.  The side effect of a clothing purge is that I needed to replace some things.  Like those sweats.  I was recently browsing and came across the Tri Me All Over Racerback, Tri Me Zip Up Hoodie, and Tri Me Crave Capri.   They are super cute and the colors scream super hero to me, and even their name invited, Tri Me.  Yes, I think I will.  And just like that, Boom!  Am I ever glad I got the Tri Me Zumbawear!

Zumba Clothing Tri Me Hoodie Racerback and Capri Pant @thatbaldchick

I took a peek at the sizing charge and ordered all three pieces in a size Large.  The racerback and the zip up hoodie are listed as the So Samba color, and the capri pants are Surfs Up Blue.

So, what do I think? First off, it’s super comfy.  The capri pant is a poly/cotton/spandex blend (62/33/5%).  They have hip pockets, though they lay so flat you’d never know unless you’ve actually got your hands in them.  The racerback tee is a cotton/spandex blend (90/10) and has just enough stretch to flatter and fit.  The zip up hoodie is also a poly/cotton/spandex blend (same as the pant) and is comfy.  The cuffs are long enough that you can fold them over if you like.

Zumbawear Tri Me @thatbaldchick

The pants and racerback wash up well, though I haven’t dried them.  I haven’t washed the jacket.

I’ve worn this outfit several times now and get a ton of compliments each time I do.  I do wish the cuff on the pant were a bit stretchier, since I have big calves (16 inches).  Otherwise, it’s seriously comfy and I wouldn’t change a thing.  In fact, I am thinking about getting this outfit in grey.  Speaking of, I have a growing list of Zumba wear that I want to must add to my closet! If they all fit the way these do, I may have to move down to a medium soon.

Now, if I could just get some rhythm to go along with my Zumba clothing, I wouldn’t look like a dork in a Zumba class.

Learn about more great Zumba products and connect socilally with Zumba on Facebook, @Zumba on Twitter, Zumba on Pinterest, and Zumba on Instagram.

Do you Zumba?

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Ten Non Candy Valentine Gifts for the One You Love

Valentine’s Day catches a lot of flak for being the type of holiday that promotes commercialism, but try not buying anything for your significant other and see how well that goes over. Even though most of us do not like to admit that we fall into the consumerism of this holiday, few of us will turn down a thoughtful sentiment from our loved one. Instead of the predictable, humdrum candy and card, mix it up a bit this year and consider the following ten non candy Valentine gifts for the one you love…

Ten Non Candy Valentine Gifts for the One You Love @thatbaldchick

  1. Schedule a romantic getaway at a local lodge or bed and breakfast.
  2. Take them on a walking tour of a nearby city/town that you haven’t explored together yet.  Scope it out ahead of time, so you know where to stop for a great cup of coffee or to grab a bite.
  3. Give the gift of pampering with a spa gift certificate or voucher for a manicure/pedicure. If you’re shopping for the man in your life, consider a gift card to a traditional barber shop so he can get a classic cut and shave the old fashioned way.  Want the spa treatment to last a little longer?  Make him or her an at home spa basket with their favorite bath and body products.
  4. Get your loved ones’ car washed, waxed, and detailed on the interior. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money, block off an afternoon and do it yourself!
  5. Make your significant other breakfast in bed or a homemade candlelit dinner. If the one you love does have a sweet tooth, consider making your own sweet treats like these White Raspberry and Chocolate Creams for dessert.
  6. Buy their favorite cologne or perfume. If you’re not sure what scent they normally wear, pick out something that matches their personality.
  7. Consider accessories or supplies for their favorite activity or hobby – golf balls, craft supplies, video game, fitness gear etc.
  8. Give them the gift of an unforgettable experience. Check deal sites, like Groupon, for discounts on local activities like rock climbing, horseback riding, race car driving, or even skydiving.
  9. Make a personalized item for your significant other like a coffee mug, picture frame, or necklace.
  10. Most importantly, give them what they want. If your love has mentioned a particular gift or item in the past that they would like, be sure to make a mental note, or keep a secret Pinterest board, so you can keep track of things they want or need – even if it is something as simple and practical as a clean house.

A well thought out, well planned gift will always be more appreciated than a predictable box of candy or vase of flowers.


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Applewood BBQ Chicken with #McCormickSkilletSauce

Special thanks to McCormick for making this post possible.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesdays are our busy day.   We get home from our homeschool co-op around 4:30 p.m., and I typically have about thirty minutes to get dinner on the table before the oldest two start getting ready to go out the door again to AWANA Kids Club.  It’s the one day of the week that I rarely, if ever, try new recipes because dinner needs to be quick, simple, and guaranteed to please.  The last thing I want on a Tuesday is a melt down!  I recently broke my No New Recipes on Tuesday rule and tried McCormick’s Smoky Applewood BBQ Chicken with bacon Skillet Sauce.  It required only four ingredients, and the package said that prep time was 5 minutes and cook time only 15 minutes, so that would leave me with ten minutes to spare.

Ingredients for Applewood BBQ Chicken with #McCormickSkilletSauce @thatbaldchick

Seriously, a package of chicken thighs, a bit of oil, an onion, and a package of McCormick Skillet Sauce…

Smoky Applewood Barbecue with #McCormickSkilletSauce @thatbaldchick

And twenty minutes later, dinner was served…

Smoky Applewood BBQ Chicken with #McCormickSkilletSauce @thatbaldchick

I served the Smoky Applewood BBQ Chicken with steamed broccoli that I shaved some Irish Cheddar Cheese onto, and mixed fruit.  It disappeared quickly, and poor Hubs was stuck with making a sandwich for his lunch for work, because there were no leftovers to be had!  Next time I make it, I’m going to make BBQ Chicken Tacos.  Oh, yeah!

Here’s the recipe, so you can make it, too!

Applewood BBQ Chicken with #McCormickSkilletSauce
Recipe type: Entree
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Serves: 6
Four ingredients and twenty minutes is all you need for this delicious smokey applewood barbecue chicken dinner!
  • 1 pkg. McCormick Applewood BBQ Chicken with Bacon Skillet Sauce
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil (we used canola)
  • 1½ lbs. boneless skinless chicken tenders or thighs (I actually used 2.15 lbs, because that's what was in the package)
  • 1 onion, cut in wedges (I used a red onion)
  1. HEAT oil in skillet on medium-high heat.
  2. Add chicken and onion; cook 10 minutes or until chicken is lightly browned, turning once.
  3. STIR in Sauce.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

The package also gives Alternate Preparation directions for a Slow Cooker!

What do you serve with barbecue chicken?
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of McCormick.

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