New Guardians of the Galaxy Toys Available at Walmart!

Disclosure: Post sponsored by Disney/Walmart but all opinions are my own. See below for more information.

Last week, on a random Thursday afternoon, the stars aligned. We had a two-hour window where our babysitter {aka my mother-in-law} was free, Justin wasn’t working, the baby didn’t need a nap, and Shane was out of school. We took the opportunity to go see Guardians of the Galaxy- finally! I think it might just be Justin’s new favorite movie, and it’s definitely at least one of my favorites as well.

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The movie has a lot of action, but it also has a lot of laughs. Despite having a serious storyline, the whole movie was a lot of fun- just like the line of Guardians of the Galaxy toys at Walmart! There are a whole bunch of great toys available, but some of my favorites are below!Star-lord

Star-Lord is definitely my favorite character. He’s hilarious, he’s skilled, he has a very interesting back story, and of course, he’s played by Chris Pratt. Put that all together and you have the perfect action hero! For fans of Star-Lord, I recommend the Platinum Series Star-Lord Figure 6″ Action Figure, Milano Starship Vehicle, and Star-Lord Battle Mask And Blaster Set.

Rocket Raccoon Toys

A close second favorite is Rocket Raccoon. Brilliant and with a personality bigger than his furry body, Rocket comes to the rescue of the crew and is always {though sometimes reluctantly} there for his new friends. For Rocket fans, I suggest the Rocket Raccoon Action Mask, Big Blastin’ Rocket Raccoon Action Figure, and Rocket Raccoon Warbird Vehicle.

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Now, if you want to have a big adventure, you’re going to need more than one dude & one raccoon! For those who want to expand their play {or who just like characters other than Star-Lord and Rocket the most} there are plenty of other choices, like the Gamora Figure 6″ Action Figure, Drax the Destroyer Starlord Rocket Raccoon and Groot Set, Platinum Series Drax Figure 6″ Action Figure, 2-Pack Star-Lord And Ronan Action Figures, and Nova Corps Starblaster Vehicle.

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If you have a little one at home who would love some of the new Guardians of the Galaxy toys, be sure to head to Walmart.com or your local Walmart to pick up a few goodies! You can also enter to win a gift card to Walmart to help you start off your collection- enter with the widget below!

The Guardians Of The Galaxy At Walmart $25 Gift Card Sweepstakes

Who is your favorite Guardian?


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Keep Calm and Sweat On with Dove Advanced Care Deodorant

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence Central for Dove Advanced Care Deodorant. I received a promotional item to facilitate my review.

A few weeks ago, I shared that I was going to be trying out the new deodorant from Dove- Dove Advanced Care Deodorant with NutriumMoisture. I already use Dove’s body wash with NutriumMoisture and since I started using it, I’ve noticed a huge change in my skin. It’s always moisturized {even in the dry desert summer} and I haven’t had any reactions to it even though I have really sensitive skin. So when I found out that Dove had made a deodorant with the same moisturizing ingredients, I had to try it!

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Dove Advanced Care Deodorant is clinically proven to reduce irritation from shaving- and provides softer, smoother skin in just three days. Since I was pregnant with Zac, my underarm skin has been really bumpy. I’m not sure what caused it, but I have noticed a huge improvement since switching to this deodorant! I also love the way it glides on because it feels really smooth and doesn’t get all over my clothes.

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When Dove sent me some deodorant, they sent me an extra one to share with a friend or family member. I decided to share with my mom because I knew she could use it! She’s a college student as an art major and now that school is back in session, she has to walk around the campus in the 100+ degree heat- while carrying her art supplies. Dove Advanced Care Deodorant with NutriumMoisture not only smells great, but helps to keep you dry and odor-free for up to 48 hours so I knew it would be a back-to-school essential!

Dove recently partnered up with stylist Erin Walsh to share some style tips- I loved this one:

Your clothes will always look better if you feel beautiful and confident in them. As a fashion stylist, I know that sleeveless can often feel scary and make women feel vulnerable or exposed; however the Dove Advanced Care product line provides softer, smoother underarms in just 3 days, so that all women can feel confident going sleeveless.

While the Dove part is true, I really loved her message that it’s important to feel beautiful and confident in order to really look your best! Dove has always been a great company when it comes to encouraging women. They have had several viral marketing campaigns that are designed to make all women feel beautiful- and it’s one of the main reasons that I continue to buy their products! {Well, that, and they work incredibly well.}

Whether you’re walking a college campus, picking your kids up from school, or just running some errands, Dove has you covered. Be sure to check out the new Advanced Care Deodorant, available in stores now!

What gives you confidence?

Dark Hope: Book One of the Archangel Prophecies Review

I have always loved to read. I was sick a lot as a kid and every time that I stayed home sick from school, I would curl up on the couch with a stack of my favorite books and just read one after the other, all day long. I discovered “chick lit” in college and like that genre, but I have always loved YA {Young Adult} novels. I particularly like YA Series, because once I connect with characters I always have a hard time saying goodbye! That’s why I was so excited to have the chance to review the first book in a brand new series- Dark Hope: Book One of the Archangel Prophecies.

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About the book:

For years, Hope Carmichael, survivor of a shocking child abduction, has lived a sheltered existence under the protection of her fanatically religious father. Now, liberated by her mother, Hope prepares to start life over as a normal kid in an Atlanta, Georgia, high school.

Normal, that is, until Hope meets Michael, a gorgeous emancipated teen with a mysterious past and a strong interest in Hope. And soon, Hope’s life is filled with questions. What’s behind the angry looks Hope gets from Lucas, leader of a gang of students? Who’s responsible for sending Hope a strange valentine inscribed with Bible quotations? How does this relate to the sinister business of human trafficking that operates on the periphery of Hope’s suburban world? And is Michael really a protector, or something more sinister—and just why does he seem so familiar?

In an epic narrative that takes readers from the back streets of Atlanta to the height of Vegas penthouses and beyond, Dark Hope introduces readers to The Archangel Prophecies, a new young adult saga that blends the feeling of Twilight with a vast mythological scope and moral urgency, as well as to Hope Carmichael—a young woman instantly memorable for her endurance, heart, and determination—and Michael, Hope’s dangerous companion who’s fated either to save Hope—or to kill her.

So what did I think of the book? I couldn’t put it down! When I am picking up a new series, it typically takes me a few chapters to really get into it. This was not a typical book in that way- I was hooked from the very first page. It starts off with a horrific, gruesome scene that took place in the past, and then skips ahead to the present where Hope, the victim, is about to make a huge change in her life.

While the book is heavy with mythology, the character of Hope seems like your everyday teenager- in a very relatable way. I could see a bit of my teenage self in her- although maybe not quite so sheltered, and without the whole, child abduction thing.

It’s very fitting to me that the book’s summary makes a mention of Twilight, because that’s the best way to describe it. It really is like Twilight but with an Archangel instead of a vampire. That said, it’s not a rip-off, either- it stands on its own! {Fun fact about author Monica McGurk: She received the 2013 Twific Fandom “Undiscovered Gem” award for Morning Star, her alternate ending to the Twilight series, written before the release of Breaking Dawn.}

If you’re looking for a great book, be sure to check out Dark Hope! You can find it at a bookstore near you or on Amazon {it’s also available on Kindle}. The book is the first in a trilogy so keep an eye on the author’s Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest for more info on books 2 & 3!

Do you like YA novels?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Heat Up Dinnertime with Chili’s At Home Frozen Meals

This article is sponsored by Chili’s At Home. All opinions are my own.

I cook dinner for the family at least 5 nights a week, but we do like to go out on the weekend. It gives me a break from the kitchen and it lets us all enjoy our favorite restaurants. One of our go-to places is Chili’s, because they have something for everyone! I love their spicier entrées, and Justin always seems to get something new. We love eating in, but with a young baby that’s not always an option, so sometimes we order curbside and bring it home.

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As convenient as that is, I discovered something even more convenient in the the freezer section at my Walmart a couple of weeks ago- Chili’s At Home meals! Now instead of having to order, drive down, and pick up your meal, you can just grab it while you’re grocery shopping. Even better? The meals are priced for anyone’s budget, and you can buy them ahead to keep them on hand for when you need to prepare something fast!

In addition to picking dinner up around once a week, we have one night each week where we each have separate meals. Sometimes we pick up ingredients to make our own meals, sometimes we buy fresh foods like salads or sandwiches at the grocery store, and sometimes we enjoy our choice of frozen meals. I made one of the Chili’s At Home meals last week and it was delicious!

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The Chicken & Pasta with Green Chiles dinner was just the right amount of spice for me- it had a kick to it, but my mouth wasn’t on fire the whole time. It included grilled white chicken, pasta, and Southwest style vegetables- all in a creamy poblano pepper sauce. It was the perfect amount of food for dinner, too, and was just 350 calories for the whole serving!

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The single serve meals currently come in eight varieties: Bacon Mac ‘N’ Cheese, Cajun-Style Chicken Alfredo, Cheesy Chicken Pasta Florentine, Chicken Bacon Ranch, Chicken Fajita Rice Bowl, Island Chicken & Rice, Mango Chicken with Rice, and Pepper Jack Mac ‘N’ Cheese. My store didn’t have all of the options, but they did have quite a few!

If you’re feeding your whole family instead of having a single meal, they do offer multi-serve meals as well. They come in family favorites like Bacon Mac ‘N’ Cheese, Chicken Bacon Ranch, Chicken Fajita Rice, Nacho Potatoes with Beef & Bacon, and Seasoned Chicken Bites with Honey Chipotle Sauce.

Save big on bold with a coupon for Chili's at Home!

The Chili’s At Home line of frozen meals is currently available at retailers nationwide, including Walmart, Kroger, Safeway, Food Lion, H-E-B, Meijer, Giant Eagle, Schnucks, and many more. Be sure to grab this $1.00 off coupon before you shop!

Which Chili’s At Home meal would you like to have for an easy dinner?

21 Perfect Paleo Recipes

This post is brought to you by Foodie. All opinions are my own.

Check out 21 Perfect Paleo Eats

by Shell Feis at Foodie.com

A couple of weeks after we brought Zac home from the hospital, Justin decided to try the Paleo diet. I was supportive of him wanting to improve his health, but still a bit hesitant. It wasn’t great timing- eating Paleo is more a lifestyle than a “diet”, and it does require some change. I wouldn’t have minded that, but not only had I just had a baby but I was recovering from a C-Section and could barely stand at the stove for 5 minutes, let alone learn a w hole new set of recipes.

It’s been just over six months now, and while we spent a few months making the same five meals every week {life with a newborn} we have finally started making new ones lately. I’m constantly on the search for delicious Paleo eats {breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, and desserts} because even though I am not 100% Paleo, it is so much easier to make one meal than two!

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Foodie has a whole database of delicious recipes to make, and many of them are Paleo. I searched their website {and used the browser bookmarklet to add in some of my favorites} to come up with the collection above, which includes 21 Perfect Paleo Eats!

Which one would you like to try?

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