Tag - Valentine’s Day

Disney’s Lady and the Tramp DVD Blu-Ray

Lady and the Tramp

Happy Valentine’s Day!! A day for love, romance, and having fun with those closest to you. I tried to think of, “the greatest love story of all” to share with you. I thought of writing about my own love story with DaddyB but figured it may be too epic, then I thought of sharing my love with my children and while I love them immensely it’s not quite the same love I was thinking of writing about. Then, it hit me, why not write about a couple with love that bridged the divide, a classic love; Lady and the Tramp. 

I know that’s probably not what you were thinking, but for me, this Disney movie is timeless. I’ll admit it’s been quite a few years around a decade at least  since I’ve seen the movie. I remembered the general plot, but for some reason couldn’t remember the “villian.” Until I saw the box open up with the Siamese cats and then remembered the red-eyed rat that may scare some children.

Miss A is now almost 5, but she’s always been very sensitive to violence and “scary things” and was a little frightened by the movie, but I can see her enjoying it when she is older. I know many of her friends who are the same age also enjoy this, and other, more intense Disney movies. I think it really just depends on your own child.

Overall, I love this movie because I think it’s a sweet love story that shows it’s good to open up to new experiences and people. And the movie can teach about love, but it’s an innocent love that can translate to friendship as well. It’s the perfect pick for Valentine’s Day and already out on the store shelves. If you’re looking for a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift or just something fun to do with the kids, make a big bowl of pasta for dinner, grab your copy of Lady and the Tramp and enjoy watching with a bowl of popcorn for family movie night. There’s something for everyone. Be sure to visit my post with great printables, recipes, and activities here: http://www.mommybknowsbest.com/friday-fun-with-lady-and-the-tramp/

Also check out one of my favorite movie review sites for ratings and how appropriate it is for your family: Common Sense Media’s Lady and the Tramp Review.

Are you watching any movies with your family for Valentine’s Day? Which one??

I received a review copy of this DVD, and have not been paid for my opinions. The opinions expressed in this post are my own, honest opinions. Yours may vary.

sweetriot for your Sweetie on Valentine’s Day {Giveaway CLOSED}

Sweet Riot Gifts

I have admitted several times in my blog that I am a chocoholic, there is no hiding it, I have no shame. In accordance with my habits, my husband typically gives gifts that include the delicious treat from the cocoa tree, that’s right CHOCOLATE.

Since February has arrived I’m sure you knew a sweet-treat post was coming. Well folks, this is it. {For today at least.} More about V-day and even the history of giving chocolate as a gift.

SweetRiot LogoI was approached by sweetriot, a fun company of x people that really care about chocolate, but more importantly they care about how their chocolate is made, and that’s why they are adamant about their Fair Trade policy.

First of all, we consider what products we are creating. Are they good for the world….are they healthy…are they natural and fairly traded? Is the sourcing ethical? We worked very hard to find a partner in South America with a strong track record of social responsibility and a commitment to fair trade. Plus, we searched for a product – cacao – which comes from the most healthy & magical fruit in the world. It is a slow not fast food and we’re proud of that.

As you have seen from some of my posts like: Reverse Trick-or-Treating and Chocoley Chocolates Fair Trade, I too believe in the cause of Fair Trade. Please don’t get me wrong, we certainly are not purely a “Fair-Trade home”, because we enjoy other brands of chocolate as well including those you can easily pick up at a drug store, or grocery. However, when I have opportunities to and am able to use this platform for great causes and benefits I do.

sweetriot Bars come in three different flavors:

· 60% dark chocolate riotBars with nibs

· 70% dark chocolate riotBars

· 85% dark chocolate riotBars

I was able to try three of sweetriot’s candy bars and while I am a milk chocolate lover, I do still enjoy a good dark chocolate here and there. Personally, since I am not a huge fan of dark chocolate, my favorite was the 60% with cocoa nibs. If you are a dark chocolate fan however, I encourage you to try each flavor out and better yet, buy some for the chocolate lover in your life for a special occasion that’s coming up, {you know it’s almost Valentine’s Day right?}

Sweet Riot Gift

sweetriot is giving one lucky MommyB Knows Best reader a gift set of their very own! 

How to Win

Head over to sweetriot’s website here: http://sweetriot.com/ and tell me which sweet treat you would choose and who it would be for (yes, you can say yourself). If you don’t use the prize pack for yourself consider giving it as a gift.

1. Leave a comment on another post on my website. (1 comment per post, no limit otherwise.)

2. Follow sweetriot on Twitter

2. Follow MommyBKnowsBest on Twitter

3. Tweet– using @mommybknowsbest and @sweetriot linking back to this giveaway. (up to 5 tweets a day)

4. Check out sweetriot’s blog and leave them a comment.

Not an entry because MommyB Knows Best follows Facebook TOS, but we’d love it if you’d go check out sweetriot here: on Facebook and if you want to follow MommyB Knows Best (again not an entry but I’d love you forever if you did) click here: MommyB Knows Best Facebook

RulesGiveaway ends February 10th @12:00 am. The winner will be chosen at random, verified, emailed, and announced in a Winner’s post. The winner has 48 hours to respond to the email from MommyB to claim the prize, if the prize is not claimed within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen at random. You must be a US resident and 18 years or older to enter.

I received chocolate bars from sweetriot in order to give you my honest opinion. All opinions expressed in this post are my own honest opinions, however yours may vary. 

Valentine’s Day in Charlotte – Weekend Away or Date Night?

GPI Valentine's Day

Living in Charlotte, North Carolina has it’s perks. I thoroughly enjoy raising my family here, have met some amazing people, and the city is just the right size, {for me}. Charlotte has so many different areas that appeal to many, and I hope my girls can grow up as Charlotteans.

DaddyB and I have not been on a date, with each other {meaning aside from our night’s out with friends}, in a very, very, very, very long time. And if I told you exactly how many years {yes years} it has been I know some of you would shout at me. So I’m keeping that info to myself. Needless to say, we have not ventured out on the dating scene here in Charlotte, however, my local site, TheCharlotteMoms.com affords me the opportunity to visit all kinds of great places here in Charlotte that I might not have seen otherwise. I’d love to tell you about two amazing places in and around Charlotte that I would highly suggest for a Valentine’s Day treat.

Harvest Moon GrilleIf you’re looking to stay in town, no matter the reason, and want great food I love Harvest Moon Grille. Not only do they tout, “Farm to fork” food, but their Executive Chef and Proprietor, Cassie Parsons puts her whole heart into her food, and you can tell. Named Restaurateur of the Year by Charlotte Magazine, Parsons not only manages the business side of things, but she’s also a local farmer and mom too. I was lucky enough to meet with her and enjoy some delicious dishes. Here’s some of the great food we tasted on our visit:

Harvest Moon Grille Collage

Make your reservations for Valentine’s Weekend or Valentine’s Day at Harvest Moon Grille here: http://opentable.com

GPI Valentine's DayIf you’re looking for something a little more romantic however, consider a weekend getaway without the kiddos. Asheville is close enough to have a great get away, but not too far from home and the kiddos. Asheville has a lot of great places that offer romantic settings, but I recommend Grove Park Inn. Grove Park Inn has a few Valentine’s Day packages that are already set up for you, but make sure you plan in advance, because spots book quickly.

Valentine’s Day Weekend events include their Starlight & Chocolate party, dinner at your choice of one of their fine restaurants, Valentine’s Dance with dance instruction, and “It Takes Two” cooking demonstration and a commemorative portrait to remember the weekend by. Also, add a special couple’s spa appointment to make it even more romantic.

Check out some of their package choices here: http://www.groveparkinn.com/Valentine and tell them you heard about them on MommyB Knows Best it’s definitely going to be a weekend you will remember.

MommyB Knows Best Relaunch

Under ConstructionYou may have seen on my posts, Twitter or Facebook that I’m getting ready for a MommyB Knows Best redesign/relaunch. I’m sure some of you are wondering, “How long does it take for a redesign anyway?” Some days I wonder that myself.

I am very lucky however that I don’t have to pay for my design or even attempt to update my blog on my own, (if that were the case you’d be staring at mauve for at least 10 years) my awesome hubby, while not a “designer” by trade has been great with teaching himself code aka the back end of blogging and so graciously volunteered several hours to work on my blog in conjunction with his own blog redesign and posting on a couple of blogs all after coming home from his full-time job. Read More