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Unboxing of Kawaii Monthly Box from Tokyo: YumeTwins

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Hey Yall!  I didn't tell the girls they were receiving this box because I wanted it to be a surprise, plus they would have harassed me every day wondering when this special box is coming.





You see, my girls are very into the Kawaii culture, just like how I was when I was younger.  Lauren, especially, she has me in stores buying Japanese anime toys, books, and candies to add to her collection and show off to her friends.





I knew about this box coming, but didn't want to ruin the surprise, so I played it off and was like, "Don't you got enough stuff in your collection?"  "I'm not buying anything else that you don't need!"


 


You should have seen Lauren's face of disappointment, like if I told her one of her Kawaii toys were damaged or something.  She holds great pride in her Japanese stuff; no one can touch her things without her monitoring you.  Yes, she is that serious!





So, what is this box I speak of that I kept hidden from my daughters?





It's a monthly Kawaii Box from Tokyo called Yumetwins!





It centers around the "yume kawaii" culture which is a new kawaii movement recently emerged in Japan.




Yume kawaii isn't just the old school kawaii - it's a mixture of cuteness, fairytales and, importantly, a touch of darkness (yami)!



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WHAT'S IN THE BOX

 


Each YumeTwins box is a surprise of 8-10 items ranging from adorable plushies and squishies, collectible keychains and figures, stationery and accessories.





All items are fully licensed merchandise from Japanese brands!






A couple of weeks back, the YumeTwins box came while the girls were in school, so I sat the box next to the front door, so when they walk in they would see the purple box that was filled with goodies for them.





When the girls got home, their faces was lit up with so much joy and shock, then they ask me, "Did you know about this mom?"  LOL!  Yep, I did, I been knowing about this box for about a month.  *Evil Laugh*





The Kawaii Box was quickly opened revealing adorable, playful merchandise.  Nothing but cuteness in this box, makes you get the puppy dog eyes and go, "Awww!"





Check out the items that came in the girls' care package:



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Pompompurin Pen
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Airou and Merarou Towel
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Gudetama Limp Mascot
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Shinada Fluffy Animal Plush
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Neko Atsume Memo Pad
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Re-Ment Mare Sweets Mascot
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Amuse Alpacasso Plush
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Pompompurin Letter Set




Super cute, right?







The girls chose who gets what, went to their room to be never seen again for the rest of the night.  LOL!  They were so fascinated by all their Kawaii goods, they couldn't wait to show their friends the next day!





I prefer this Kawaii box than going to stores here in the US buying Kawaii products; you get more for your money.  Plus the items are authentic, coming straight from Japan.  So it's the real deal!





Disclosure: We were provided these products free, as always, I give my honest feedback.

 

 

 Are you a fan of the Kawaii culture?

Wednesday

Children's Museum of Atlanta presents 'Magic Tree House' Exhibit

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Hey Yall!  This past weekend, I made sure to spend special time with the girls since they didn't get to come with Mr. M and I to Puerto Rico.  I dubbed it the extension to my birthday celebration.






The girls and I went to Genghis Grill for my birthday dinner, went to Ulta to pick up my birthday freebie which was golden glittery eyeshadow, then went to Von Maur at Mall of Georgia to look for myself a birthday gift, but instead the girls trick me into buying them shoes.  LOL!



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Sunday, the family and I went to church, then headed to Children's Museum of Atlanta to check out their newest exhibit, Magic Tree House.



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Young explorers branch out through three periods of American history including the first Thanksgiving, the Civil War and life on the prairie circa 1870. Guided by Jack and Annie, two ordinary siblings from Frog Creek, Penn., children of all ages will exercise their imaginations with interactive activities and simulations via a magical, time-traveling tree house!





It has been since 2014 that the girls and I been to Children's Museum of Atlanta, I thought they have now outgrown it that's why we haven't been back.  But I was wrong; the girls had a fabulous time letting their imaginations take flight.


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Also, I noticed that the museum had been remodeled inside with more things to do, see, and learn.  Fun for all ages!  Hands-on learning is the best!


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As for the new exhibit, it was like walking into a storybook that came to life, each section of the exhibit tells a story.  Michelle mentioned that she read the Magic Tree House books at school, so she knew what everything was about.


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Children can dress up like the characters in the stories, make a pretend Thanksgiving meal, attend school during the old days, go to the doctor to fix their make believe wounds, etc.






I'm happy my family and I received this invite because we would've missed out on this great event.  If you're in the Atlanta area, make sure to visit Children's Museum of Atlanta.





Disclosure:  We were provided tickets free to see the new exhibit, as always, all thoughts and opinions are our own. 







 Plan a visit to Children's Museum of Atlanta at www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org.

Tuesday

5 Quick Breakfast Ideas

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Breakfast during the week, especially during the school year is likely to be something like cereal, a breakfast bar, or toaster pastries. It doesn’t take much effort to prep ingredients before bed, or make some things ahead of time, to make a better breakfast in the morning, even with very little time to do it, though.



Today I am sharing with you five quick breakfast ideas that the entire family is sure to love.




English Muffin Breakfast Sandwiches

 

You don’t have to make each item separately and then put it together to give your kids a good breakfast sandwich before heading out the door. The easiest way to make these, especially if you have more than one child, is to use a breakfast sandwich maker. These can be healthy, slip a slice of tomato under the meat, preferably turkey sausage or turkey bacon, for a little extra nutrition.



Tip: If you have leftover pancakes or round frozen waffles, they can be substituted for the English muffin. 








Egg in a Basket Pancakes

 

Pancakes take only a few minutes and the batter can be made the night before. Chop fruit and add it to the pancake but crack your egg, contain it with a biscuit ring or glass, then pour the batter around it. Quickly remove the containment device you chose and the egg and pancake will join. You could use scrambled egg mixture too. 





Yogurt and Fruit Parfaits

 

You can make these the night before so they are ready to go in the morning. Try to include two or three different fresh fruits in the parfait. Use Greek yogurt for your base, but drizzle honey between the yogurt and fruit to help tame the bitterness of the Greek yogurt a bit.



You can serve this with homemade mini muffins, scrambled eggs, or just a glass of milk or juice. If you’re really in a hurry or wake up late, these easily become smoothies if you just add a bit of fruit juice to the mixture. 





Banana Bread French Toast

 

Banana bread may be considered more of an evening food item, but it makes amazing French toast. You can cut one slice into 4 or 5 sticks, which are easier for younger children to eat, before dipping them in the egg batter. It is important to cook these on all 4 sides since banana bread is already rather dense and needs a couple minutes longer to cook. Use sugar free maple syrup or make a fresh fruit reduction to put on top. 





Pick 3 Things Omelets

 

Kids like to make their own food decisions and moms want them to eat healthy. Lay out a few options and tell them they have to pick 3 healthy things for their omelet. You may think you don’t have time to make omelets, but you can get a combination breakfast omelet and sandwich maker, that can also make homemade waffles, and omelets are done in a couple minutes. 





These 5 ideas are great for quick, but healthy breakfast ideas for busy school mornings. Prepare ahead of time whenever possible so that mornings go a little easier.



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What’s your busy morning go-to breakfast?

Monday

Birthday Trip to San Juan Puerto Rico

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Hey Yall!  Again, I want to thank everyone for all the birthday love you've given me.  You all made my day one to remember!  I appreciate each and every one of you!





My birthdays are usually spent with my family around the hibachi grill at Benihanas, but this year I wanted to do something different than my regular birthday routine.  Since I no longer have to request time off to go on vacation (I quit my job last year), I wanted to go back to the Caribbeans. 





I told Mr. M what I wanted to do for my birthday, and he made it happen.  He planned the whole trip!  I didn't have to do a thing. 





Now, will I let him plan a trip again doing it on his own?  HECK NO!!!  I am the master planner at planning trips, and when it comes to him doing it, I'm about ready to choke him out!  LOL!  Just kidding!






Here is how it all went down.



Friday

Product Review Weekend Link Up Party #ProductReviewParty #124

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Thursday

2016 Fall Color Trends – Top 6 Colors

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According to Pantone, the color trend authority, the theme for this fall’s colors is unity of strength, confidence, and complexity. The blue family of colors is highlighted this fall. Also mixed in, for some contrast are earth tones and a couple of brighter options. What’s good about all of this fall’s color trends is that they’re all wearable by either gender. 




Airy Blue

 

Airy blue represents freedom and lightness. You can add this color to your home décor with trendy striped throw pillows that can easily be used year round. This light blue with a touch of gray is complementing of two other trending colors, dusty cedar, and lush meadow. 




Sharkskin

 

Sharkskin is similar to charcoal gray, just a lighter version of it. It is a neutral color that can be used with any of the brighter trending colors like spicy mustard and bodacious. A few sharkskin colored pieces in your wardrobe give you at least a dozen options to create outfits with pops of color through accessories. 




Dusty Cedar

 

Dusty cedar symbolizes warmth, relaxation, and makes your home feel welcoming. Dusty cedar is not just for home décor, you can also find great additions to your wardrobe, makeup collection, and accessories. Around Thanksgiving, you can even paint your nails with dusty cedar glitter nail polish. Dusty cedar is similar to rose quartz but has more depth and complexity. 




Spicy Mustard

 

Is your taste a little exotic? Spicy mustard brings that bright pop of color that your home or wardrobe needs. It is uplifting and helps improve your mood when the fall skies are dingy and gray. You can make a great outfit from a spicy mustard top and sharkskin jacket or pants. 


Dusty cedar accents in home décor along with spicy mustard create intriguing conversation pieces in your living spaces. These colors would be ideal for smaller rooms like the bathroom to help brighten them and make them appear a little larger. 




Lush Meadow

 

When the landscape around you changes to yellows, reds, oranges, and browns, you can keep the spring and summer alive with lush meadow. This vibrant green color is ideal for home décor, such as throw pillows and blankets. It comes across as being somewhere in between hunter green and grass green. It is a rich green hue. 




Bodacious

 

Bodacious is a member of the purple family and is a very unexpected fall color. It is versatile and can be worn by either gender. It is a rich, bright purple color with inclusions of pink. When incorporated into your wardrobe, it can create a real fashion statement.





Have fun mixing and matching these fall trending colors in your wardrobe and home décor. If you’re into changing out your home’s accessories or bedroom linens according to season, these colors have another benefit, they’re all usable at other times of the year. The brighter colors are good for spring and the muted options fit perfectly in the winter months.



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 Which of these trending colors do you want to experiment with this fall?

Wednesday

How to Create a Halloween Themed Sweet Candy Buffet

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Halloween will be here before you know it. It’s that special time of year when the kids get to dress up in spooky costumes and run around their neighborhood pleading for candy! It really is something special to see, and it’s an incredibly fun and exciting time in a young person’s life. 



Halloween parties are also another special event that all young people must attend every year. Otherwise they are missing out on a fun filled time with family members and friends. You don’t want your kids to miss out on fun Halloween parties, do you? We certainly hope not. 



Trends come and go every year at Halloween time. The current Halloween party trend is to create a Halloween themed sweet candy buffet. This may seem difficult to pull off on the surface. But trust us when we tell you that you’ll have no problem pulling it off after reading the information that we are about to share with you today. 



Are you ready to learn how to create a Halloween themed sweet candy buffet? Let’s get down to the specific details right now. 



A Step-By-Step Method to Create a Halloween Themed Candy Buffet

 
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Believe it or not, you can easily create a Halloween candy buffet in five simple steps. Here are the easy-to-follow instructions in step-by-step order: 



  • Choosing the perfect Halloween theme – the first step in the process is to choose the overall theme of the Halloween party. For some kids, or even adults for that matter, they’re going to want to have a spooky party that they enjoy with all of their family and friends. In other situations you may be hosting a party for young children and you might not want to make the theme too scary. Ultimately, you have to think about the people being invited to the party and choose the right theme based on your guest list and what they might expect. 




  • Picking the best table linens for your candy buffet – you’re obviously going to lay out your candy buffet on one or more tables, right? Well, choosing Halloween themed table linens is definitely going to be part of the process. Some options to choose from include table linens in the colors orange, black, or white. And if you can find table linens with Halloween characters already on them, then you can absolutely choose these linens if they fit the theme of the Halloween party. 




  • Discovering the perfect candy dishes/jars – certain candy dishes or jars would be absolutely wonderful for a birthday party or end of summer bash. But they might not necessarily fit the bill for a Halloween themed sweet candy buffet. In this instance, we recommend finding interesting jars that have a Halloween feel to them. Mason jars are an excellent option. Apothecary jars are also a good choice. If it seems like it fits with Halloween, then you should definitely consider it as a viable option. 




  • Decorations – a Halloween sweet candy buffet would not be complete without interesting decorations. A pumpkin centerpiece is one decoration that will absolutely go over well and really fit the theme. Halloween themed candles spread out throughout the table are also a great choice – although you might not want to light them if young children are around. Other decorations to consider include gravestones, spiders, spider webs, cauldrons, and anything else that tickles your ghoulish fancy. 




  • Picking the best sweet candy treats – obviously the candy has to fit the overall theme. Orange candy corns are always a good choice. Candy apples are certainly a fantastic option. Other candies to consider are black and orange jelly beans, Halloween gummy worms, black and white Halloween lollipops, orange and black lollipops, orange black and silver Hershey’s kisses, and much more. 





As you can see, it’s going to be easier to create a Halloween themed sweet candy buffet than you may have originally imagined. Use our suggestions and create the perfect buffet that everyone will love. 




Wendy Dessler
Super-Connector at OutreachMama
Wendy is a super-connector with OutreachMama who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.

Tuesday

Cheap Places to Travel to Off-Season

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The off-season varies depending on what part of the country you want to visit. Traveling to the Northeastern U.S. is ideal in the fall and winter months due to the cold conditions. Traveling to the south and southwest regions in the summer months is cheaper due to the extreme heat. Plan your trips for off-season times for the best savings, as hotel accommodations are typically cheaper to fill the rooms.



Today I am sharing five cheap places to travel to during the off season. 




Richmond, Virginia

 

Visiting Richmond during hurricane season, typically the months of August through October, can help you find great travel deals. It is a good idea to stay inland but within driving distance of amusement parks like Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens where your family can easily spend an entire day. Since hotels are typically cheaper during hurricane season, you may be able to afford an extra day.




Birmingham, Alabama

 

Visit Birmingham during the summer and early fall (hurricane season). It is a little more humid in Birmingham, but it is the home of the third-longest golf course in the world. Hotels cost 9-percent less, on average and dining cost an average of $2 less per meal than the national average. Birmingham has a lively jazz scene and the popular Ross Bridge to visit. 




Cleveland, Ohio

 

Travel to Ohio in the winter, it is off-peak season there. Downtown Cleveland is absolutely beautiful when it is snow covered, especially after the city has Christmas lights up. In Cleveland, you can go to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, go skiing, sledding, and of course, shop at all of the great downtown retailers. Stop by the West Side Market for specialty food items, high-end food items, and the fresh meat. 


Cleveland is known to have great craft shows and flea markets in the fall and winter months. 




Phoenix, Arizona

 

Although you may have no idea how to cope with the heat, traveling to Phoenix between May and October may bring on extra savings, as this is off-peak season. The heat is extreme, but wearing light colored, lightweight, and loose fitting clothes helps you stay comfortable, along with staying properly hydrated. Hotel, flight and dining deals are everywhere in Phoenix, not to mention mountains to see in almost any direction. Phoenix has beautiful golf courses and high-end shopping, along with multiple waterparks to visit. 




Atlanta, Georgia

 

Atlanta is hot and sticky in the summer, so visiting in the fall and winter months is best. Atlanta is a college city, so there are ample options for cheap eats. Flights to Atlanta are below the national average. Hotels charge roughly 17-percent less than other major cities. One of the benefits of Atlanta is that there are an average of 310 sunny days each year. 




Grab Some Extra Discounts

 

Along with promotions and special pricing being available during off-peak travel times, you may be able to pick up a few extra discounts for your trip. Take advantage of Groupon, local amusement park deals, and local visitor deals when possible. Try to book your accommodations as far in advance as possible for the best savings on price for flights, rental cars, and hotels. 




What is your family’s favorite off-peak season travel destination?


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