Monday, September 29, 2014

Lillybee University --The cutest game day flats I've ever seen!

(The Jackson Five Family received a complimentary product sample to help facilitate this reader feature. However, all opinions are honest and our own!)
I love college football and rooting for my fave team, but you won't see me wearing a tshirt and tennis shoes to do so. There's no reason you can't look cute on game day.

So today I'm excited to introduce you to, Lillybee University -- the makers of the cutest collegiate flats I've ever seen!

I recently came across Lillybee at a store and texted my sister with a picture saying "we have to have a pair of these" and she quickly replied that she had recently seen them too and agreed that we had to have them. We are shoe lovers and the Lillybee flats and bows are just adorable!

We definitely share the same fashion sense, but when it comes to college football we couldn't be any more different. I'm a huge Michigan Wolverines fan (go blue!) and she loves the Ohio State Buckeyes --huge rivalries. I have to admit though Lillybee makes both teams look good with these statement flats! 

We love them!!

Lillybee flats are available in all of your favorite team colors. You can accessorize them with collegiate team bows, sororty bows or if you simply love the shoes you can order just the shoes as well as solid color bows, perfect to wear any day of the week. Mix and match them however you like!

Check out their fun rain boots too!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Enter our Great Wolf Lodge Howl-O-Ween/PEEPS #Giveaway...

Looking for something fun to do this Halloween? Why not check into a Great Wolf Lodge Indoor Waterpark and Resort during their 'Howl-O-Ween' event which kicks off on October 9th and continues through October 31st.

Great Wolf Lodge will entertain your family with fun events like their nightly trick-or-treat trail, Monster Bash Dance Party on Fridays and Saturdays (sponsored by Just Born, Inc.), nightly costume parades, and Spooktacular Story Times. The resort will also have a Howl-O-Ween scavenger hunt where you can be entered to win a Trick or PEEPS! package by finding hidden PEEPS throughout the resort.

It's a safe, fun place to celebrate Halloween this year --wear your suit or your costume, bring your fam and plan on enjoying lots of fun!



To kick off the Howl-O-Ween celebration we have a fun giveaway for you today!
We are  giving away a One Night Stay at the Great Wolf Lodge of your choice (excluding Niagra Falls, ON) as well as a $50 Great Wolf Lodge gift card, a Trick or PEEPS package, Mike and Ike Mummy Mix and PEEPS Marshmallow Pumpkins and Ghosts!

To learn more about Howl-O-Ween, please visit:


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Produce for Kids and Meijer team up to help families eat healthier and support nutrition education...

(The Jackson Five Family received a comlimentary gift card to help facilitate this feature. However, all opinions are honest and our own!)

 Produce for Kids and Meijer are hosting their third annual Healthy Families, Helping Kids campaign which promotes consumption of fresh produce while supporting nutrition education efforts. The campaign educates families on the benefits of healthy eating and will raise money for nutrition education through Jump with Jill, a music-based health program for kids.
Since 2002, Meijer has raised more than $1 million for local children’s organizations and you can help raise even more by simply visiting your local Meijer store this week in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, or Kentucky to help bring Jump with Jill to schools! Look for the Produce for Kids display in the fresh produce section featuring The Very Hungry Caterpillar. There you will find a shopping list of participating produce companies, along with easy, healthy family friendly recipes. When you purchase fruit and veggie products on the list from those participating they will make a consumption-based donation to Jump with Jill!

To learn more about this campaign and to view 150 RD-approved recipes, meal planning tools, healthy tips and more, please visit:
Here are a few great fall recipes using some of the products on the list just to give you an idea of what you could purchase to help out!
Apple Pear Crumble


6 Stemilt Lil Snappers® Bartlett pears, peeled, sliced
4 Stemilt Lil Snappers® Gala apples, peeled, sliced
1 cup rolled oats
2/3 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon allspice
2 tablespoons orange juice
1/4 cup Marzetti® caramel dip


Preheat oven to 375°F.
Grease 8x8-inch baking pan. Cover bottom with pears and apples. Blend oats, sugar, flour, butter and allspice with electric mixer until it binds and is coarse. Crumble mixture over pear and apple slices. Sprinkle with orange juice.
Bake 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown and fruit is soft. Drizzle with caramel dip.
Fruity Pumpkin Pie Smoothie


1 cup canned pumpkin puree
2 cups lowfat vanilla yogurt
1 cup spinach, loosely packed
1/2 cup POM Wonderful® 100% pomegranate juice
1 banana
1 mango, chopped
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cloves


Place pumpkin, yogurt, spinach, juice, banana, mango, cinnamon and cloves into blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Gorgeous fall jewelry from Baroni! #Giveaway

(The Jackson Five Family blog received a complimentary product sample to help facilitate this product feature. However, all opinions are honest and our own. The Jackson Five Family blog is not responsible for prize fulfillment, the sponsor is fully responsible for shipping prizes.)
It's gorgeous out today. The high is only 64, but the sun is shining and there's nothing better than wearing leggings, sandals, a cute blouse and sipping on my fave caramel apple cider. I love fall, it's such a pretty time of year. I love that you can wear boots or sandals, I love layering clothing and jewelry and love the bright sun and the cool breeze coming through the windows. As long as we don't have to get coats, hats and gloves out I am a happy camper. Of course summer will always have the key to my heart, but fall is second best and number one when it comes to fashion.
So today I am excited to share some of my favorite fall jewelry items from Baroni.  
GREEN -- the color of life, of mystery and renewal, of deep soul nurturing. Rich or earthy, calm or vibrant, green is the color of 2014 and these are a few of my favorite fall pieces from Baroni.
I love rings and the Baroni Frog's Leap Ring and Inlaid Turquoise Five Ring Set have been in my jewelry collection for quite some time and I love them both. My newest Baroni addition is the gorgeous North Bay Necklace. Each piece features a different shade of green paired with gold and will be staples in my wardrobe this season. Baroni has so many new fall arrivals. Make sure you check them out and add them to your gift lists this year!
I love Baroni jewelry and am so excited to be partnering with them today. Enter for your chance to win the North Bay Necklace that I'm wearing above valued at $150.00!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Perfect fall hair begins with Pro Naturals Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Repair Treatment! #Giveaway

(The Jackson Five Family received a complimentary product sample to help facilitate this reader review and giveaway. However, all opinions are honest and our own. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment)

Brrrr it's a chilly 57 degrees here this morning and fall is definitely in the air! Those crazy summer undone hair days are starting to fade away and it's time for a more polished look. So let's talk about one of my favorite products --the Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Repair Treatment from Pro Naturals.
The Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Repair Treatment from Pro Naturals is perfect for those like me who have overworked, dry, brittle, frizzy hair. This treatment helps to repair damaged hair by strengthening it and smoothing the cuticle to prevent further damage. It also works as a heat protectant and will leave hair looking healthier and shinier when used.
I couldn't go a day without using Moroccan Argan Oil on my hair. It has changed my hair so much and is a staple in my beauty routine. I work a small amount through my damp hair and style as usual. I also love rubbing the left over oil from my hands onto my skin too... it's super moisturizing and smells amazing, leaving my skin soft and smooth. If my hair is really crazy throughout the day I will even use a very small amount on my dry hair to smooth away frizzies. 
Today I'm so excited because we are giving YOU the chance to win a bottle of the Pro Naturals Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Repair Treatment valued at $43!
Visit the Pro Naturals website to see this product and more and then make sure you enter our give-a-way below!

Family vacation 2014 --Dollywood Recap...

I've been vacationing to the Pigeon Forge, TN area ever since I was a child and not once did I ever visit Dollywood. So on our recent vacation this summer Craig and I made it a priority to take the boys and my 79 year old grandma who was traveling with us. We had so much fun visiting for a day and wished we could have spent more time there because the park offered so much to do.

Dollywood Theme Park is recognized as one of the world's best theme parks and is the perfect vacation destination for everyone in the family no matter their age. The park offers 150 acres of fun nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Whether you're a thrill seeker ready to tackle a large roller-coaster or simply visiting to enjoy one of the many entertainment shows, I really think you will enjoy all of the attractions just as we did.

We had a blast riding all of the rides. We started off at the Country Fair which offered bumper cars, the scrambler, a Ferris wheel and rides on a much smaller scale. Perfect for those little ones who can't ride bigger roller coasters yet. You could also try your luck at fair style games like winning a stuffed animal or basketball.

We also checked out some of the larger rides. We had so much fun trying out the new FireChaser Express, Grady's first real rollercoaster which he LOVED!  It was also fun watching those brave enough to ride the Wild Eagle which lets you soar through the air and those who didn't mind getting soaked on a hot day riding Daredevil Falls. There is a ride for everyone at Dollywood, you just have to decide how fast or slow you're willing to go! The only disappointment we had was not being able to ride the Dollywood Express steam engine that wasn't open for the day, we still aren't sure why, but were all looking forward to that!

You don't have to be a rollercoaster riding thrill seeker to enjoy Dollywood. My grandma had so much fun watching the boys ride rides. She did ride a few, but she really enjoyed watching the shows, browsing the beautiful shops which offered Dolly Parton themed items and much more. She also loved trying out some of the great food and treats the park had to offer it's guests.

If you're planning a trip to the Great Smoky Mountain area (Gatlinburg / Pigeon Forge / Sevierville) our family highly recommends a trip to Dollywood. We only visited for a day, but would recommend going more so that you can see and do it all. We can not wait until our next visit and will definitely be visiting the theme park again!


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Friday, September 5, 2014

Wilderness at the Smokies --Tennessee's largest waterpark resort and family adventure center!

We recently returned from a family vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. It's where my family vacationed when I was little and Craig and I have loved  vacationing with our kids there over the last few years. Whether you love the outdoors or are a family that needs to keep busy with activity after activity the smoky mountains has it all. 
Today I'm excited to share our recent visit to the Wilderness At The Smokies Hotel and Waterpark Resort located in Sevierville, TN  with Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg nearby.

It's Tennessee's largest waterpark resort and family adventure center and is a must visit for families looking for fun with so much to do. There are 2 outdoor waterparks (seasonal) and 1 indoor waterpark that offers a see-through roof for year round warmth and sunshine no matter what the temperature is outside .

The waterparks feature everything from the Wild Vortex looping waterslide for thrill seekers to the more relaxing Cataloochee Creek lazy river and everything in between. My kids loved the basketball activity pool and trying their luck surfing on the Smokies Surf Rider which provides the sensation of surfing on a five foot ocean wave!

The fun doesn't stop with the waterpark though. We had a blast exploring the Wilderness Adventure Forest Family Adventure Center which offers over 25,000 square feet of indoor, hair-raising, DRY attractions including a 3 story ropes course for those brave enough, a multi-level laster tag arena, black light mini-golf, mini-bowling, a mega arcade and much much more!

The Wilderness is also a great place to stay and dine while in the smoky mountains. The resort features rustic mountain- modern charm and offers accommodations for both small families as well as those with larger groups. The River Lodge can accommodate up to 15 people and some suites are available with full kitchens and living areas. If cooking on vacation isn't your thing then you will love that the Wilderness offers full-service restaurants and buffets, a deli with made-to-order sandwiches, snack bars, a sweets shop and you will love that you don't have to leave for your fave cup of Starbucks Coffee which is available on site. 
We loved visiting the Wilderness at the Smokies and will definitely be returning soon! It's a great place to spend the day or the entire week with so much to do. We would highly recommend this resort and waterpark! 


You can learn more about the Wilderness at the Smokies by visiting: