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Disney on Ice Ticket Giveaway!


Disney on Ice presents Treasure Trove at the Xcel Energy Center NEXT WEEK! December 8-11!

"Discover endless riches when Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove comes to your hometown! Disney On Ice sets the gold standard with its newest skating spectacular. Get tangled up in Disney’s 50th animated feature with Rapunzel and Flynn and enter the worlds of your other favorite Disney princesses –Tiana, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and of course, the one who started it all, Snow White. Ahoy, Mateys! Set sail with Peter Pan, the always sassy Tinker Bell and the cantankerous Captain Hook and his pirate pals on an adventure beyond Never Land! Trek the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon as they discover the true meaning of the ‘Circle of Life.’ Tick-Tock! Tick-Tock! Don’t be late to a very important date with Alice and the Mad Hatter as they march with the Queen of Hearts’ Army Of Cards. Be sure to see this show full of memories guaranteed to last a lifetime."
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I'm thrilled to be giving away a set of FOUR tickets for a family to attend OPENING NIGHT of Disney on Ice. That would be NEXT Thursday December 8 at 7 p.m.

To enter, simply leave a comment sharing your favorite Disney movie or Disney related memory from your childhood.

Winner will be chosen Monday December 5 by Please note, if you can't attend next Thursday evening please do not enter. The giveaway tickets are NOT flexible and can only be used opening night.

If you want to purchase tickets, Disney on Ice has a special discount going on: 4 tickets for $44. Go here and use promo code MOM to purchase.

This is a sponsored giveaway and my family is receiving complimentary tickets.
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Sesame Street Live Ticket Giveaway!!!

Sesame Street is coming to town again!

"Mark your calendar for this once-in-a-lifetime event—monsters becoming musicians! Elmo, The Count, Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Bert & Ernie and all their funny and furry friends are taking to the stage to share the magical world of music with children. When Jenny, the new Sesame Street music teacher, moves into town, her instruments get lost. Jenny’s new Sesame Street friends quickly come to her rescue, and they all discover "instruments" that they never knew existed…rubber duckies, trash can lids and even their own laps! The characters teach children, and themselves, that everyone has the ability to make beautiful music, whether they realize it or not. Don’t miss this opportunity to count along with The Count, visit Elmo’s World and do the Crumb-A-Rumba with Rosita and Cookie Monster at Sesame Street Live "Elmo Makes Music."

Elmo Makes Music will be taking over the Target Center in Minneapolis January 11-15th and I've got a family pack of four tickets to give away!

To enter simply leave a comment sharing who you'd like to take to Sesame Street Live and you're in.

Winner to be chosen by on Wednesday December 7.

*PS If you're local and your kids are Sesame Street crazy, Bert & Ernie are going to be the Grand Marshals in Friday night's Holidazzle parade downtown.

This is a sponsored giveaway and my family has been given complimentary tickets.

My Bonus Mom! Taking the Step Out of Stepmom Book Giveaway!

Stepmoms typically get a bad rap. They are portrayed as ugly, selfish, mean and sometimes even villians in Hollywood and Disney movies alike. Even outside of the shining lights, some still have negative connotations when it comes to stepmoms.

I've always wanted to prove the evil stepmother rumors false, proving that you can be a stepmom and love your stepkids, treating them fairly and kindly.

Awhile back, Five Star Publishing sent me a copy of the book My Bonus Mom! Taking the Step out of Stepmom to read and review and I loved it. Author Tami Butcher shares her personal story of her own parents divorce and gaining what she calls a "bonus" mom.

The book is a children's book and I really loved the way she clarified in the book that her mom is her mom and always will be but that she was open to having her stepmom in her life as well. Many children in divorce or blended family situations have loyalty issues and she clears that up right away. Your mom is your mom, your dad is your dad!

She met her stepmom at age 11, which I have read and heard is a very difficult time for both kids and step-parents, so I give her and her family kudos for the way in which they handled their family situation and can come out on this side, with her now a mother herself who refers to both her mom and her "bonus" mom as grandma.

The current statistics say that 46% of first marriages end in divorce, second marriages are even higher than that. More of us than ever are ending up in these "bonus" roles. I give great thanks and appreciate to authors like Tami who are out there working to change popular misconceptions, focus on the positives and promote healthy families.

If you're interested in her book, Five Star Books is giving one away here. Simply visit Tami's website at and read about the book and Tami, come back here and comment about what you think about her desire to take the step out of step-parent and you're entered.

Winner to be chosen Monday, November 28 at 8 p.m. by

My Bonus Mom’s publisher is Five Star Publications. In addition to My Bonus Mom, many of the books available through Five Star Publications’ online bookstore are international, national and local award-winners. The genres available cover the gamut from cookbooks to children's books, mystery to financial guides, Westerns to science fiction and everything in-between. In time for the holiday season, Five Star has launched a Family Book Club on Facebook called Book Nook offering an exclusive 25% off discount for fans – which is perfect for family book lovers who are buying bundles of books for holidays gifts, or for donations to their local schools or libraries, or for families that want to buy a few books throughout the year. For additional details about Book Nook – please visit:

This is a sponsored post and I received a complimentary copy of Tami Butcher's book. All words and opinions here are mine.

Happy Sandwich Day!

Did you know that today is National Sandwich Day?

Me either until Land O'Frost contacted me and asked to help spread the word.

A recent national survey showed that 51% of us eat sandwiches a majority of the time for lunch. {That's accurate for our bunch, what about you?}

To celebrate National Sandwich Day, Land O'Frost is giving away lunchmeat to all the relatives of the sandwich: Sam, Sammy, Samantha, even Samara. If you have a name with Sam in it, click over here for information and instructions on receiving your free lunchmeat.

Added bonus, if you or someone you know is having a baby today, the first baby named Sam today will receive free lunchmeat for life.

This is a sponsored post. All words and opinions are mine.
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Design With Vinyl Giveaway!

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We've got some new wall decor in our basement. Ever since our basement was finished three years a go I've been thinking and planning and plotting what I wanted to cover the playroom walls. For a long time I was fond of an Einstein quote but this vinyl lettering quote by Emerson about play, couldn't have fit in any better.

Just a few weeks back, the vinyl letters from Design with Vinyl came in a tube in the mail and I got to work fixing them up on the wall.

While usually I like to leave these sorts of projects for J, I was impatient and wanted the words up. Thankfully it was a pretty easy job to get the words on the wall even with my littles running amok.

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The letters come in between two adhesives. I positioned the letters to the wall and then removed the first adhesive from the back.

After applying pressure and rubbing against the words with a wooden popsicle stick, I started peeling the top adhesive.
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Within 15 minutes my playroom wall had a whole new look.

Design with Vinyl is offering one of my readers a $45 shop credit to their online webstore so you too can choose a saying for your playroom {or bedroom or kitchen or wherever really!}

To enter, simply leave a comment here telling me what saying or words you would choose for your walls.

For additional entries:
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Leave a comment for each additional entry. {There are a maximum of four entries per person.}

Winner will be randomly chosen on Monday, October 24 at 8 p.m.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored review and I received my wall saying from Design with Vinyl free of charge. All words and opinions expressed here are mine.

Metropolis Resort Family Getaway Giveaway!

Last March, our family had the opportunity to stay at this resort for a weekend and we loved it. Waterpark, indoor arcade and fun galore, there's not much not to love about it. Just 90 minutes away from the Twin Cities, it's the perfect distance for a little family overnight.

The water park was one of the best we'd been too. With a smaller splash pad area that leads to a larger pool area for water basketball and climbing. The lazy river is always one of my favorites. And of course, what makes a water park a water park? Slides! And lots of them.

Another perk of Metropolis Resort was the arcade. Bumper cars, go-karts, mini-bowling, a rock wall and all the games their little hearts can desire.

Metropolis Resort offers free breakfast every day and they also have several bars and restaurants on site so there really is no reason to have to leave.

We are excited to have the opportunity to go again thanks to Metropolis and I am especially excited to be able to partner with Metropolis Resort as they are offering a one night stay with four water park passes to one lucky reader. The water park passes would be good both on the day of check in and check out. {Value of the one night stay and water park passes is $159}

To enter, leave a comment below telling me why your family needs a little getaway.

For an additional entry, like Simplicity In The Suburbs on Facebook.

For one more entry, either hit the like button below and share the post on Facebook or tweet about the giveaway.

Leave a comment for each entry.

One winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday October 19. Certificate good for the stay and waterpark passes would be good for one year.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored giveaway but all words and opinions expressed are mine.

Barney's Birthday Bash Giveaway!

Barney Live is coming to Minneapolis October 1st!

And I'm giving away a set of four tickets!


Celebrate with Barney on his birthday at this BRAND NEW, interactive, live stage concert, featuring more than 25 fun and upbeat sing-along tunes including your children’s favorites, such as "Mr. Knickerbocker", "Dino Dance", "Baby Bop Hop" and "Rock ‘n Roll Star".  You’ll be singing and dancing in the aisles with your favorite purple dinosaur and his friends Baby Bop, BJ and Riff. It’s a fun-filled show all about sharing, caring and friendship -- brought to you by the power of your imagination!

Simply leave a comment here and you're entered to win.

Winner to choose if they would like to attend at 1:30pm or 4:30pm on October 1. Winner to be chosen by on Friday, September 23.

If you don't win or are interested in purchasing tickets, you can order them here and use the code: Purple to save $3 on each ticket.