Monday, September 30, 2013

Disney On Ice presents 100 Years of Magic! Enter to win 4 Tickets to the Dayton, Ohio performance!!

We are so excited to tell you that Disney On Ice is presenting 100 Years of Magic at Wright State University's Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio on October 23-27, 2013

Show Times:

10/23 @7pm
10/24 @7pm
10/25 @7pm
10/26 @1pm and 5pm
10/27 @1pm and 5pm

CLICK HERE for ticket information!

 Join in on the celebration as more than 60 of Disney's unforgettable characters from 18 beloved stories come to life as Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic! You'll be captivated by the one and only Mickey Mouse, the irresistible Minnie Mouse and some of their favorite Disney friends like Goofy, Donald Duck, Jimmy Cricket, Pinocchio and many of the Disney Princesses.


Be thrilled by exciting moments from The Lion King; Mulan; and Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Toy Story films; in a skating spectacular filled with magical Disney moments you'll remember forever as Disney On Ice Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic!

Weekday tickets are just $12 (No Code Needed)


Get a Family 4-Pack Deal: For just $99 you get 4 Show Tickets, Popcorn, Coloring Books and Lemonades. Use code: FAMPACK 

(Weekday is defined as any show Monday through Thursday or Friday matinee. Discount does not apply to Rinkside, Front Row, or VIP seats. No double discounts. Service charges, handling, and facility fees may apply!)



Here's your chance to attend this once-in-a-lifetime celebration! One lucky reader is going to win a Family 4-Pack of Tickets to attend Disney on Ice 100 Years of Magic performace at the Wright State University Nutter Center in Dayton, OH. (Winner can choose October 23rd at 7:00pm or October 24th at 7:00pm)


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“Clothes That Work” is Hosting a Disney On Ice Magical Dress Drive to benefit Dayton Area Teens -- When you donate a new or gently used formal dress you will receive a FREE ticket voucher to the opening night of Disney On Ice 100 Year's of Magic performace at the Wright State University Nutter Center!  (Limit 2 vouchers per family / 300 tickets limit) To learn more please visit

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Root on your favorite College Team with OCJ Apparel --Take Pride In Your Stride!

(The Jackson Five Family Blog received a complimentary product sample to help facilitate this reader review. However all opinions are honest and our own)

It's that time of year again when the temperatures start dropping, the leaves start changing and it's officially Fall for another season. That can only mean one thing --College Football has arrived!

I sound super excited about it, don't I? Well I'm not really that into it like my husband is per se, but I do LOVE rooting on our favorite team and dressing the part and OCJ Apparel makes that job easy with their huge selection of premium collegiate denim.

Some of you may remember me featuring the University of Michigan jeans that I'm wearing above last year. Well I absolutely love them and get so many comments every time I wear them maybe it's because we are the only Wolverine fans in Buckeye country, but anyways we won't talk about that!

Imagine my excitement when OCJ recently contacted me and told me that they have added colored denim and jean shorts to their already awesome line. 

I'm in love with yet another pair of OCJ Michigan jeans. This time they are a fun colored jean that gives me another option to show some team spirit for my Wolverines!

If you're a college football fan then you MUST own a pair of these! They are too cute and the perfect jean to wear on game day! 

You can check out OCJ Apparel and the teams that they currently have available by visiting:

Friday, September 27, 2013

Enter to win an HP ElitePad from Bepoz!!

Don’t miss your chance to win an HP ElitePad from Bepoz.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Back-to-school with Customized Mousepads and iPad Cases from Shutterfly...

(The Jackson Five Family blog received a complimentary product sample to help facilitate this feature. However all opinions are honest and our own!)

I love Shutterfly. One of my favorite gifts to give is a photo book. For the last several years I've ordered one for my grandma with photos of her grand kids and great grand kids and when I was at her house earlier this week I looked at them all sitting on her coffee table. I think she has about 6 of them and she said that every time someone stops by they pick them up and look at them and it's not only a book full of memories, but it's a wonderful conversation piece and one of her favorite gifts.

I will never own a photo album with loose photos again. The pictures turn out so good being printed in a photo book and you don't have to worry about photo's falling out. My kids love looking through them and I don't have to worry about them trying to take the individual pictures out etc... they are great!
Shutterfly not only has photo books, but they offer many other photo gifts. Today I'm excited to be featuring a few of their new "must have" products for back-t0-school.
The first is their new photo iPad Case. I had the opportunity to customize one and you can see above that it turned out great.

Shutterfly offers more than 10 fun iPad Case designs.
I chose the Chevron Stripes iPad Case and had it customized with a picture of our boys' and added the text "we love you grandma" on it for my mom. She absolutely loved it and was so excited that I made this for her. The quality is wonderful and it's something that I would highly recommend!
Above is another fun new product that Shutterfly offers --it's their new Custom Mouse Pads. There are so many neat designs to choose from and the best part is that they are very inexpensive, retailing just under $10 bucks making them the perfect product to add to the dorm room, home office, or the perfect gift to give.
I chose the Gallery Monogram and it turned out so cute. I also gave this to my mom and she couldn't believe how great the picture quality was.
I love the iPad Case and Mousepad. They were so easy to customize and I would definitely recommend both!
You can find these great photo products and many more by visiting:

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


>>>>> Don't Think a Cruise is Right for You? 5 Reasons Why You're Wrong <<<<<

So you’re worried a cruise holiday just doesn’t sound like your kind of trip. You’ve got a few reservations and that’s okay, there’s a lot of misinformation out there about cruise holidays, but we’re here to set you straight and give you the low-down on why a cruise holiday is the perfect option for an overseas adventure.

You Think Cruise Holidays Are for Another Age Group

It’s common to meet young people under the misconception that cruises are only for the elderly, and just as common to meet older people who think cruising is for late-night party animals. The truth is; there are all sorts of cruise holidays tailored to satisfy all tastes and ages across the board.
Most cruise ships are simply packed with so many different activities and entertainment options that there’s bound to be lots of appealing features for all members of the family. There are also many cruises which are actually tailored toward different demographics.
There are cruises specifically designed for families, cruises aimed at the more mature holidaymakers, romantic cruises for couples, higher-energy cruises for more active travellers, even cruises for singles that encourage socialising and meeting fellow travellers.

You’re Worried You Don’t Get Enough Time at Each Port

Exploring foreign countries by luxury cruise means you’ll get to visit lots of exotic new locations. While it’s true that you don’t get an extended period of time in each port, you do get to visit many more places as a result.
A tour of - let’s say – Europe, for example, would be a huge expense considering flights, ground transport, accommodation, food and drink, and whatever other costs you might encounter. On a cruise holiday your experience is rolled into one ticket price, meaning you get to experience much more of Europe for less.
The shore visits may not be lengthy, but you get lots of new experiences and great distances packed into your cruise.

You’re Worried You’ll Get Bored

If boredom is a concern to you, a chat with anybody who has been on a cruise will quell your concerns quickly. Cruise ships are packed with top-notch entertainment, activities and facilities to meet your every need.
For low energy days you can relax on deck, swim, sweat in a sauna or get pampered in a spa. To burn off your energy there are fitness centres and sporting facilities, to fill your belly there’s a whole array of fine dining, plus bars, lounges and even clubs. There are social events, performances, live music, and that’s all before you even reach the first port.

You Think Cruises are Too Structured

Some folks have this idea that cruise ships are all about dress codes, set meal times and scheduled activities, but modern cruise holidays are all about freedom and tailoring a holiday to suit you and your needs. You can dress how you like, eat what, where and when you like, attend whatever entertainment you’re in the mood for, use the facilities as you need them, and even plan your own shore visits if you want to explore on your own.

You Think Holidays are Stressful

While the idea of dragging the whole family through airports, waiting for late stopovers, crammed into tiny plane seats, losing sleep and being flung into opposite time zones IS a stressful concept, there’s absolutely none of that to worry about on a cruise holiday.
On a cruise you sleep when you want, eat when you want, travel in luxury and simply relax while you’re transported across the globe. You needn’t worry about jet lag, stop overs, taxi rides, booking hotels, packing and unpacking bags, navigating a foreign country; everything is taken care of for you.
So, by now you’re probably thinking that maybe it’s worth another look into a luxury cruise for your next trip. If you think it’s time to take the next step, follow this URL to start planning your dream cruise holiday now!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Hello Fall --Kohl's Style...

>>>>HELLO FALL<<<<
Today I'm wearing some fall looks from one of our faves...
(The Jackson Five Family Blog received a complimentary product sample to help facilitate this reader review. However all opinions are our own!)
As a busy mom I'm all about being comfortable without compromising my style and I am in love with the new embellished and printed sweatshirts and sweaters that are everywhere this season.
Above I am wearing the Jennifer Lopez Embellished Mixed Media Shirt. It features a really cute flowing chiffon back and fun jewels adorn the front. Pair it with leggings and flats or some great jeans and boots and you will be looking cute without the effort!
Above and below I am wearing Mudd Patched Skinny Ankle Jeans and Apt. 9 Cobalt blue Platform Wedges. Two pieces that can be worn with so many things. You can't beat a great pair of jeans and some fun inky colored wedges that will go with everything.
In the top picture I paired the shoes and jeans with a really cute Apt. 9 printed sweatshirt and the bottom picture I am wearing them with the Apt. 9 Animal Sweater.

I seriously love all the fun prints and jewels adorning sweaters and sweatshirts this fall. It makes it so easy to put something cute on without all of the fuss. You can be comfortable and stylish at the same time which I'm all about!
Find these fun pieces and more by visiting:

Sunday, September 22, 2013

SpringHill Suites by Marriott --Pigeon Forge, Tennessee...


While visiting Pigeon Forge, TN a few weeks ago we booked a room at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott. 

When looking for a hotel to stay at there are many things we take into consideration --First we love modern accommodations and the SprillHill Suites met that standard. The hotel is fairly new, modernly decorated and very clean which is a MUST!

 Pigeon Forge Hotel Lobby

Next we look at the convenience of the location and the SpringHill Suites was conveniently located right off the main parkway near some of our favorite things in Pigeon Forge. It's within a very short distance of Starbucks, Gigi's Cupcakes, the Applebarn Restaurant, MagiQuest and the Comedy Barn Theatre just to name a few! It's also a very short drive to Gatlinburg and Sevierville.

 Queen/Queen Suite

Hotel amenities are also very important to us. We loved that our room was very spacious and offered a walk-in closet. The hotel offers a free breakfast buffet that was great and our kids loved the free suckers available at the front counter. We also love staying connected while on vacation or traveling and we enjoyed the hotels complimentary High-Speed Internet Access.

Pigeon Forge Hotel Complimentary Breakfast

Something else that is very important to us is family friendliness. The SpringHill Suites has a nice outdoor pool with a waterslide, an outdoor whirlpool and also offers an indoor pool all with complimentary swim towels. The only thing we were a little disappointed about was that the pools were only open until 10 pm and by the time we took in evening shows the pools were just closing when we returned. The boys' would have loved to swim for a half hour before bedtime and it would have been nice to wind down out by the pool watching them.

Overall our stay was fabulous and we would definitely stay there again. If you're looking for a great place to stay while visiting Pigeon Forge, TN we highly recommend you checking into the SpringHill Suites by Marriot!


Saturday, September 21, 2013

The Comedy Barn Theater --the funniest show in Pigeon Forge, TN!

(The Jackson Five Family received complimentary show tickets to help facilitate this reader feature. However, all opinions are honest and our own!)

If you're looking for the funniest, family friendly show to attend in Pigeon Forge, TN then you MUST visit the Comedy Barn Theater.

On our recent visit to Pigeon Forge we had the opportunity to attend The Comedy Barn Theater and had the best time. After your first visit you will know why year after year it's voted the most award winning family comedy show in the Smoky Mountains.

The show is filled with magicians, fire-eaters,  jugglers, ventriloquists, comedians, live country and gospel music, animals and so much more.

My husband and I took our 5 and 7 year old boys and our 78 year old grandma and every one of us enjoyed it. There is so much talent, entertainment and good, clean fun involved! My favorite part was the crowd involvement. They love including members of the audience into their show and my husband was one of the 'lucky' ones who got picked. Let me just say it was so funny that we couldn't pass up purchasing the taped show when we were done. The boys' love watching it and had it on in the van the whole way home. They sat in the back, laughing and giggling about the entire thing.

If you're looking to be entertained with a night full of fun and laughs make sure you visit the Comedy Barn Theater, I promise you won't be disappointed!

 Show times are 5pm and 8:15 pm nightly.



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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Enter To Win 4 Tickets to DRAGONS presented by Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey at the Nutter Center Dayton, OH! Shows Run Sept. 26-29th!

Who wants to win some tickets to a show?

I'm so excited to tell you that we are giving away a Family 4-Pack of tickets to attend the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey presentation of DRAGONS.

DRAGONS is a once in a millennium event that honors 'The Year of the Dragon'. Circus performers from the farthest reaches of the earth have assembled for Ringling Bros. presentation of  Dragons to showcase their astounding acts of bravery and astonishing athleticism.

Ringling Bros. Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson presides over this fantastical celebratory tournament of circus champions that brings together mystic dragon lore with authentic circus feats.

Dragons is a never-before-seen blend of renowned spiritual and real life legends that can be found only at The Greatest Show On Earth!


What: Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey presents DRAGONS
Where: The Nutter Center, Dayton, Ohio
When: Thursday Sept. 26 @ 7pm
Friday Sept. 27 @ 7pm
Saturday Sept. 28 @ 11am, 3pm and 7pm
Sunday Sept. 29 @ 1pm and 5pm

Opening Night tickets are just $11 --click here to purchase!

(Discount does not apply to Circus Celebrity, Front Row, or VIP seats.  No double discounts.  Service charges, handling, and facility fees may apply.)


We are so excited to see DRAGONS and want one of you to experience it too! One lucky reader will win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to attend either the Thursday Sept. 26th show or Friday Sept. 27th show. Both performances will be at 7pm.
(Winner's tickets will need to be picked up from the Nutter Center Will Call in advance or on the day of the show!)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

You're going to fall in love with Tie T-Shirts from Blume! Enter to win one...

(The Jackson Five Family Blog received a complimentary product sample from Blume to help facilitate this reader review and giveaway. However all opinions are honest and our own!)
I am in LOVE with Blume t-shirts and so are many celebrities! You can find the Beckham boys, Kourtney Kardashians son, Mason and Tori Spellings son, Liam all sporting the Blume brand in magazines such as PEOPLE, US Weekly and OK.
Why is this brand so popular? Because their items are fashionable and so comfy! Blume recently sent our boys tie tee's from their "Little Man" Collection and we are so excited to share them with you!
How cute are they? These tee's feature miniature handmade real ties that are tacked on super soft and cozy shirts for a look that has the "Little Man" feeling just like daddy! We absolutely love these and receive compliments every time they wear them. The boys' love feeling like hot shots in these and loved wearing them on "take your kids to work day" with Craig a few weeks ago!

Blume offers many other items for kids. I love the Kids Baseball Hats and Name Patch tee's that can be personalized. I also think the tie onesies and Dapper Dude tee's that feature a cool tie and vest are so much fun! They have long sleeved shirts, hooded shirts, short sleeved shirts and a variety of other styles available to choose from.

Have a four legged friend? Dress them up in these pooch friendly Personalized Dog Tee's -- LOVE!

Blume also has many item's available for Men and Women --Perfect for Bride's, Groom's, Bridal Party gifts etc...


You can view all available Blume item's by visiting:



One lucky reader will win a Kids Tie Tee from Blume! (Winner can choose between a boys or girls tee)


Monday, September 16, 2013

Fall in love with rubber boots and other fun accessories from STONZ! Enter to win a $20 GC!!

(The Jackson Five Family blog received a complimentary product sample to help facilitate this reader review and giveaway. However all opinions are our own!)
A few days ago it was in the 90's, last night we had rain and this morning it's only in the 50's!  That only means one thing, that Fall is just around the corner and it means gearing up for fall fashion. I love fall. I love when we can start getting the boots and sweaters back out and that's why today I'm excited to show you some great fall boots and cold weather accessories for children from a place called Stonz.

Stonz offers some great products like their Rain Bootz, Winter Bootz, Booties, Mittz, Hatz and more for newborns through teens.

Stonz recently sent us a pair of their 100% Natural Rubber Rain Bootz and Grady loves them. 

Stonz Rain Bootz will keep little feet dry this season and can be layered with Stonz Rain Bootz Linerz to keep little toes extra cozy! These boots are durable and tear resistant, yet flexible and comfortable for your little one to wear. They feature a 100% cotton liner that dries quickly and are PVC-free, Phthalate free, Lead free and Formaldehyde-free.

Check out all of the Stonz products by visiting:



One lucky reader will win a $20 Gift Card to! (taxes and shipping are applicable!)


Saturday, September 7, 2013

It's the 5th annual National Clean Out Your Garage Day! Let's Get Organized and have a fun give-a-way too...

Let's Get Organized --It's National Clean Out Your Garage Day!

(The Jackson Five Family Blog received a complimentary product sample from The Lehigh group to help facilitate this reader review and giveaway. However all opinions are honest and our own!)

Today is the 5th annual 'National Clean Out Your Garage Day'! This is something we struggle with. It seems like we have so many items in our garage. There are toys, bikes, tools, cleaning supplies and so much more. Everything always ends up in the garage it seems, but cleaning out the clutter doesn't have to be an overwhelming or expensive chore. So why not take some time today and start getting that garage organized!

To help make garages safer and more functional this fall, the safety experts at The Lehigh Group are offering these organizational tips to help get your garage clean and organized!

Sort the Mess --Separate your item into categories. Then pitch, donate or sell items you don't use. After deciding what stays, separate the garage into zones for storing each category of items, and then choose the most appropriate storage method for each one.

Go Vertical --Garages provide ample wall and ceiling space to easily convert for storage through use of hanging shelves, pegboards, storing rails and overhead systems. For example, The Lehigh Group makes a variety of Crawford brand flexible mesh storage organizers that hang on the wall and can hold up to 25 lbs. They are particularly suited to accommodate awkward or bulky items, from pet toys to work gloves and camping equipment.


Securely Store Hazardous Items --Place toxic materials such as paint, paint thinner, weed and bug killers, fertilizer and gasoline in high cabinets or lockable tool chests out of children's reach. Use well-supported shelves to store cleaning solutions and vehicle fluids. Tool hangers, like the Crawford brand smart system, work well to store tools and extension cords. The steel rail can be hung on any type of wall. Select models can hold up to 48 tools.

The Crawford brand offers a wide variety of organizational products ranging from basic hook and tool holders to specialty items designed to keep garage and workshop spaces clean, orderly and safe! Most Crawford products are easily found at hardware stores across the country.

For more information about Crawford products, please visit:

One lucky reader is going to win 2 Crawford brand organizational products!