Living Locurto Retreat Recap (Giveaway)

Enjoy a recap of the Living Locurto Retreat! Get a behind the scenes look at what we do here at Living Locurto. Meet the talented new team who will be helping Amy create amazing recipes, party ideas and crafts for you soon!

A recap of the Living Locurto Retreat in Texas. A behind the scenes look at the DIY Lifestyle, Food and Party blog. Meet the team of creative bloggers. LivingLocurto.com

Living Locurto Retreat Recap

I’m excited to share this recap of the Living Locurto Team Retreat. I hope you will enjoy seeing some behind the scenes of Living Locurto! I’ve also got a fun giveaway for you today. Be sure to scroll down to enter!!

For 10 years, I have done most of the content here at Living Locurto all on my own with some contributors adding content occasionally. I’m happy to make a change and now have a small team of fabulous women. We had a great time away at a lake near Dallas, Texas connecting, learning, fostering our creativity and planning.

Meet Pam, Naomi, Natalie and Annaliese. I’m so thrilled to have them on the Living Locurto team!!! You can learn more about each of them here.  I’ll be sharing a lot of what we created for you over the next few months. You’re going to love it!

A recap of the Living Locurto Retreat in Texas. A behind the scenes look at the DIY Lifestyle, Food and Party blog. Meet the team of creative bloggers with Amy Locurto founder of LivingLocurto.com

It’s been raining so much in Texas, I thought we would get rained out. But we had wonderful weather! I knew it would be fun when we were welcomed by a full rainbow!

A recap of the Living Locurto Retreat in Texas. A behind the scenes look at the DIY Lifestyle, Food and Party blog. Meet the team of creative bloggers. Texas Lake Rainbow

I love planning retreats and the best way to start off a girls’ trip is with gifts!  The first thing that arrived for me to take on our trip was some beautiful flower arrangements from AboutFlowers.com .

A recap of the Living Locurto Retreat in Texas. A behind the scenes look at the DIY Lifestyle, Food and Party blog. Meet the team of creative bloggers. Fresh Flowers Roses

Did you know a new study done by the University of North Florida says that living with flowers significantly reduces daily stress? We filled our vacation retreat home with flowers and definitely let the stress float away!

A recap of the Living Locurto Retreat in Texas. A behind the scenes look at the DIY Lifestyle, Food and Party blog. Meet the team of creative bloggers. Fresh Flowers

Thanks to Gracious Bridal Design House, I had these fabulous personalized tote bags to fill with goodies for the team.

A recap of the Living Locurto Retreat in Texas. A behind the scenes look at the DIY Lifestyle, Food and Party blog. Meet the team of creative bloggers. Personalized Tote Bags

Each team member got a bag filled with goodies from Sur La Table, Red Duck FoodsGoverre and Original Jel Shots. Thanks to these companies for partnering with me.

Read to the end to enter to win some of these fun goodies!!!

A recap of the Living Locurto Retreat in Texas. A behind the scenes look at the DIY Lifestyle, Food and Party blog. Meet the team of creative bloggers. Goodie Bags Sponsors

First, we checked out our lake house. Can you believe this HUGE shower?? HA! We had to get in for a photo.

A recap of the Living Locurto Retreat in Texas. A behind the scenes look at the DIY Lifestyle, Food and Party blog. Meet the team of creative bloggers.

Second, we said cheers to a great weekend with our new Goverre portable wine glasses. These are  unique glasses that have a drink-through lid, be sure to check them out here. I plan to stock up for gifts!

A recap of the Living Locurto Retreat in Texas. A behind the scenes look at the DIY Lifestyle, Food and Party blog. Meet the team of creative bloggers. Wine Glasses

Third, we pulled out goodies from our gift bags and got to tasting these fun adult treats from Original Jel Shots! They come in unique flavors such as banana and cinnamon. You can see all the flavors here. We decided the Blu-Razz (raspberry) was our favorite.

A recap of the Living Locurto Retreat in Texas. A behind the scenes look at the DIY Lifestyle, Food and Party blog. Original Jel Shots

Another fun gift were sauces from Red Duck Foods, a small Portland based women-owned, company committed to making superior organic sauces. They’ve recently launched a new taco sauce with three fun flavors! I love supporting women-owned companies and really love these flavorful sauces. Be sure to look for them in your local market or order online here.

A recap of the Living Locurto Retreat in Texas. A behind the scenes look at the DIY Lifestyle, Food and Party blog. Red Duck Foods

To practice our photography skills, I baked a Better Than Sex Cake with our new bundt pan from Sur La Table. You cake find the recipe here. It’s AMAZING!

A recap of the Living Locurto Retreat in Texas. A behind the scenes look at the DIY Lifestyle, Food and Party blog. Better Than Sex Cake Recipe

We also made this amazing cocktail that I will be sharing soon! It was super fun to photograph and taste test.

A recap of the Living Locurto Retreat in Texas. A behind the scenes look at the DIY Lifestyle, Food and Party blog. Cocktail Recipe

Since a few team members had never been to Dallas before, I made sure we took some time off to enjoy the Texas countryside and a fabulous dinner at a local winery. We also hit up a small town Whataburger, which is a MUST do when in Texas.

A recap of the Living Locurto Retreat in Texas. A behind the scenes look at the DIY Lifestyle, Food and Party blog. Texas Winery

A recap of the Living Locurto Retreat in Texas. A behind the scenes look at the DIY Lifestyle, Food and Party blog. Texas Winery

A recap of the Living Locurto Retreat in Texas. A behind the scenes look at the DIY Lifestyle, Food and Party blog. Pool Lake House

A recap of the Living Locurto Retreat in Texas. A behind the scenes look at the DIY Lifestyle, Food and Party blog. Best Party Bloggers

We had so much fun. I personally feel so energized and can’t wait to share more of the creative ideas we did at the retreat soon. Be on the lookout for a lot of fun content coming soon!!!

 

Enter to Win the Giveaway!

Now enter to win some goodies of your own!

Follow directions below on how to enter to win The Nordicware 1/8 Sheet Pans and 6 Cup Anniversary Bundt pan from Sur La Table. Giveaway value $56

Giveaway and recap of the Living Locurto Retreat in Texas. A behind the scenes look at the DIY Lifestyle, Food and Party blog. Best Party Bloggers

HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

  • Leave a comment below letting me know what you would have loved best if coming to the Living Locurto Retreat.

That’s it! I’ll pick a winner at random and announce on this post by Wednesday October 3rd.

Rules: Must be 18 years old or over and living in the United States.

Get a Second Entry:

For a second entry, go follow me on Instagram here. Let me know you did so in a 2nd comment below.

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Chili Party Ideas and Free Printables

Last updated on September 29th, 2018 at 06:04 pm

These Chili Party Ideas with Free Printables is a simple dinner party you can quickly throw together. There is NO cooking involved, only heating up chili and dicing toppings. So easy!

Chili Party Ideas Free Printables by Living Locurto

Fun Chili Party Ideas and Printables

Host a simple Chili Party with these fun dinner ideas! As much as I love a good homemade meal, sometimes it’s just way easier to buy ready made meals. Earlier this week, I hosted a Wolf Brand Chili dinner party with some friends while LIVE Tweeting about it.

Confused? Believe me, my friends didn’t know what that was either. ha! Basically, I just talked to people on Twitter about what I was doing for the party. It was super fun and I heard our hashtag #1TexasChili was trending for a while. I guess a lot of people like chili, especially during this season of fall weather and football season!

I’m excited to share my party with you today because it’s a very simple idea and something you can quickly throw together. There is NO cooking involved, only heating up chili and dicing toppings. That’s my kind of party!

I think these cute free printables and these chili party ideas would be perfect for a fall party, birthday dinner or football party buffet.

Chili Party Ideas with free printables are simple dinner party ideas you can quickly throw together. Easy birthday, fall party or football party buffet.

We had a Chili Bar full of all kinds of toppings to try on your chili. If you haven’t tried Wolf Brand Chili in a while, now is the time. My friends all agreed that it was great. These are women that love to cook homemade chili and probably haven’t tasted this brand in a while. I love it because it’s not only tasty, but fast and easy! After doing many taste tests, we gave it two thumbs up.

Originally published October 16, 2013

Fun Chili Tasting Dinner Party with Free Printables. LivingLocurto.com

Chili Party Toppings

There are so many great ideas for chili toppings! Along with the usual, cheddar cheese, cornbread, crackers and onions, I had the following toppings. Tortilla chips, Fritos, banana peppers, red peppers, red onions, avocado, chives, tater tots, blue cheese, smoked gouda cheese, hot dogs, sour cream, mustard and ketchup.

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Chili Party Supplies

I had small cups and spoons available for everyone to sample toppings before they decided on what toppings they would choose for their final big bowl. We all ended up just using the small cups and getting full from taste testing. It was really fun!

Fun Chili Tasting Dinner Party with Free Printables. LivingLocurto.com

The top three favorite toppings were smoked gouda cheese, Fritos and avocado!

Coming in a close second was blue cheese. My husband told everyone he thought you only needed a few crumbles, that a little goes a long way. He was right! Just a few sprinkles of blue cheese was heavenly.

The kids loved the tater tots and really, so did I! I actually loved mixing all of the veggies together. I like the red pepper because it gave the chili some crunch. But some didn’t like their chili crunchy.

Fun Chili Tasting Dinner Party with Free Printables. LivingLocurto.com

My son just realized that he likes chili after going to a cub scout camp out and he was all over this taste test. It was fun to create something that both kids and parents enjoyed together!

Chili in a Jar! Chili Party Ideas with free printables are simple dinner party ideas you can quickly throw together. Easy birthday, fall party or football party buffet.

Chili in a Jar

There was so much chili left over that I made up layered Chili in Jar to store in my fridge for later. With good canned chili like Wolf Brand Chili, this is so simple and really cute! My free printable circle tags work perfect on the jars.

Chili in a Jar! Chili Party Ideas with free printables are simple dinner party ideas you can quickly throw together. Easy birthday, fall party or football party buffet.

 

Download Chili Party Free Printables

I designed some cute free party printables so you can host your own chili party!

Fun Chili Tasting Dinner Party with Free Printables. LivingLocurto.com

This Free Printable Chili Party Collection comes with 9 files. Click a link below to download each one. Enjoy!

© 2013-2018 LivingLocurto.com – For Personal Use Only

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Wolf Brand Chili. All opinions about recipes and products are genuine and my own.

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$1,000 For You + $1,000 For Him GIVEAWAY!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Prolaris. All opinions are my own.

1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Chances are you might know and love someone who has had or will get a prostate cancer diagnosis. Prostate cancer is the SECOND leading cause of cancer death among men. I had no idea.

So, why are we talking to you, the “prostateless”, about this cancer?

If you’re anything like me, you’re the one making everyone’s doctors appointments, doing the late night WebMD Google searches, taking care of your kids, your husband and even harassing your parents about their health. True confession? I had to BET my dad $500 that he needed knee replacements. I’m the only one who got him to the doctor. But I lost . . . he actually needed BOTH of his HIPS replaced! But a good daughter puts it all on the line right? (We called the bet a draw btw . . .)

Turns out the “best long-term care insurance in our country is a conscientious daughter” proved by a recent healthcare study by a bunch of Stanford University Fellows (more here). You’re welcome dad!

So What If I Know Someone Who Gets Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer?

Here’s the cool thing. The Prolaris Test is a prostate cancer test that provides a new measure of the aggressiveness of an individual’s prostate cancer. Getting a “Prolaris Score” will give both the patient and the physician additional information about the cancer that no other test can. That impacts the kind of treatment that person you love will get as well as the side effects and outcomes. It’s such valuable information to have.  So if you know someone with a recent diagnosis point them to Prolaris.com. They can ask their doctor about it and odds are their insurance covers it.

$1,000 For You + $1,000 For Him

Mom, you have so many titles, perhaps the most important of which is CMO. Chief Medical Officer of your household. You’re stocking the medicine cabinet, dragging out the humidifier, reminding kids “don’t scratch that”, throwing a quick multivitamin at anyone you can, and harassing your loved ones to get to the doctor. But sometimes it takes a bribe. So we’re bribing BOTH OF YOU. You and the man in your life—we’ve got a $2,000 Grand Prize up for grabs. $1000 for you, and $1000 for that man that you keep having to remind to be mindful of his health.

To enter to win, just submit his email address and yours.

You’ll be entered to win. He’ll receive three short emails. (We promise, only three.) These emails will include information and reminders to help him stay on top of his prostate health.

To sweeten the deal, we have a whole bundle of prizes for runners up including a Traeger Grill (Pro Series 34 Pellet Grill), Yeti Tundra Haul Cooler, and five winners will each get a $100 Amazon.com gift card.

Winners will be selected using Random.org so get going! We’ve even included a few ways for you to get extra entries!

 

HOW TO ENTER:

In the first entry field you’ll leave YOUR e-mail address and in the second entry field you’ll enter HIS (your husband, your dad, your brother, your best friend’s) e-mail address. Once you’ve done that you will unlock bonus entry options to improve your odds!

 

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Good Luck!

P.S. Know someone with a prostate cancer diagnosis? They can request their FREE “Be Ready Pack” HERE!

 

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Here are a few prostate cancer statistics to consider:

1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Find out a simple test to learn more about that diagnosis.

 

More Information:

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How to Best Treat Prostate Cancer With Genetic Testing

Getting Tested for Prostate Cancer

 

 

Disclosure

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Prolaris. All opinions are my own.

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Pepperoni Pizza Rolls + Giveaway

Pepperoni Pizza Rolls are a quick and easy recipe! With only 5 minutes of prep time, these delicious pizza rolls are made with pizza dough and filled with pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, Italian spices and topped with garlic butter. Dip these pizza rolls in marinara sauce for the perfect dinner or serve at your next party!

Pepperoni Pizza Rolls with pizza dough filled with pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, Italian spices! Easy dinner, party food or kids snack!

Easy Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

Pepperoni Pizza Rolls are my go to easy recipe when I need something fast! These pizza rolls made with pizza dough filled with pepperoni and mozzarella cheese are a crowd pleaser and easy to whip up for dinner, game days or for kids to make on their own. Since my daughter doesn’t like tomatoes, we leave out any sauce and use our favorite marinara sauce for dipping. It never fails to be the most asked for recipe in my home!

Pepperoni Pizza Rolls with pizza dough filled with pepperoni, mozzarella cheese. Dip in marinara sauce for an easy dinner, party food or kids snack!

Pizza Rolls + 10 Years of Blogging

This summer was my 10 year blogging anniversary and I can’t believe I haven’t put these yummy Pepperoni Pizza Rolls here until now! I have written lots of articles about pizza, but completely forgot to share our most favorite recipe of them all! We do so much at home and I often forget to share. Ha!

I’m just so happy to have been able to have been creating fun ideas for this website for 10 years now! To celebrate, I’m hosting a fun Amazon gift card giveaway along with sharing our favorite pizza rolls recipe. Thank you for reading and following along!

Pepperoni Pizza Rolls + Giveaway

10 awesome memories to celebrate 10 years!

1) I truly can’t believe it, but nearly a million people have viewed this recipe. Never would have thought that would be possible back in 2008!

2) I remember being SO EMBARRASSED to share this, but turns out it has helped millions of people!

3) After getting a dozen questions a week from my kids about the Elf on the Shelf, I wrote this article for other parents and can’t believe how many times it’s been shared all around the internet! It still makes me laugh. Ha!

4) Did you know this printable started it all? I designed this for my son and shared it on my new blog, then a few days later the idea got shared like crazy. That was when I realized my creative ideas might help others, so I began sharing more eventually turning my blog into a full-time business. So cool!

5) My daughter grew up on my blog and this was the first craft she created and filmed all on her own. It’s gaining on being THE MOST POPULAR creative idea on my website! So proud of her!

6) When I got my Instant Pot, I discovered you could do this. Hundreds of thousands of people have visited this recipe after I shared my tips. WOW!!

7) These cute no-bake cookies have definitely been one of my most popular desserts and my personal favorite. I have loved seeing so many reader’s photos of them!

8) I’m most proud of this adorable recipe creation because it’s popularity encouraged me to do more food ideas on my blog. I have received more photos from readers who made this than any other recipe. So fun!!

9) This was my VERY FIRST video I made for my Youtube channel. It’s still a super popular recipe to this day!

10) As the years went by, my passion for travel grew. I began to write travel tips and this is still my most visited travel article to one of our favorite places ever!

Thank you so much for reading Living Locurto! I hope you enjoy this giveaway and simple Pepperoni Pizza Rolls recipe which is one of my family’s favorite meals. xoxo ~ Amy

Giveaway Time!

To celebrate 10 years of blogging, I’m giving away one of my most favorite printable party collections and a $100 Amazon gift card!!!

Pepperoni Pizza Rolls and Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

 

PLEASE READ –  How to Enter

To enter to win the Amazon Gift card:

Fill out my survey and come back to this post to leave a comment letting me know you did and finish this sentence…

I would put __________ in my pizza rolls.

–> EVERYONE gets my party collection as a FREE gift just for filling out THIS SURVEY. <–

Giveaway ends August 24, 2018 – Must be 18 or over to enter to win.

 

Pepperoni Pizza Rolls Recipe

Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

Pepperoni Pizza Rolls with pizza dough filled with pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, Italian spices! Dip in marinara sauce for an easy dinner, party food or kids snack!

  • 1 pound pizza dough
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 4 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 25 pepperoni slices
  • 1 1/2 cups Mozzarella Cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cups Marinara dipping sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degree
  2. Lightly spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and roll pizza crust into a large rectangle (about 14×9) and bake for 5 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl mix melted butter and garlic.
  4. Remove pizza crust from oven, let cool for a minute. Use a spatula to unstick crust from pan.
  5. Brush garlic butter over the crust. Reserve a small bit for later.
  6. Layer the pepperoni and cheese onto the pizza crust and sprinkle with basil and oregano.
  7. Gently roll the pizza crust and coat the top with reserved garlic butter.
  8. Bake 8-10 minutes more or until golden brown.
  9. Slice and serve with warmed marinara sauce for dipping.

Pepperoni Pizza Rolls with pizza dough filled with pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, Italian spices! Dip in marinara sauce for an easy dinner, party food or kids snack! Kids love this recipe.

 

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Softest Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

A recipe for the BEST and softest chocolate chip cookies! Fluffy cookies that come out perfect every time.

A recipe for the softest chocolate chip cookies! Soft fluffy cookies that come out perfect every time.

The Softest Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

I finally made the perfect chocolate chip cookies! First of all, I have to tell you that I  love anything with chocolate chips. We have a friend who makes the fluffiest, softest chocolate chip cookies that my husband goes nuts over. When I try to make cookies like hers, they come out flat and not soft at all. I’m happy to say I have figured out the perfect cookie recipe now and excited to share it with you!

I thought my flat cookies must have been my oven, the cookie sheet, or the cookie fairy just didn’t like me! I have always been good at making cakes, but cookies not so much. Well, no more!

If you have ever had cookies come out flat, then you must try this recipe for the softest chocolate chip cookies! Believe me, you won’t be disappointed!

Softest Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe originally published on June 4, 2009

How to make the Softest Chocolate Chip Cookies

A recipe for the BEST and softest chocolate chip cookies! LivingLocurto.com

I swear these cookies are fluffy and are so good. You absolutely have to try them! It’s been our go to recipe for years now. Basically , this is a classic chocolate chip recipe with a twist. It’s all about the secret ingredient…by adding pudding mix, the batter is thicker than usual. You can easily roll the batter into balls before baking. These chocolate chip cookies come out soft and fluffy perfect every time! Enjoy!

A recipe for the BEST and softest chocolate chip cookies! Soft fluffy cookies that come out perfect every time. A classic chocolate chip cookie recipe.

 

I love to decorate these cookies for Christmas with Rolo candy and holiday sprinkles. You will find this recipe in many of my party food ideas here on Living Locurto!

Rolo Double Chocolate Chip Christmas Cookies. Recipe at LivingLocurto.com

Recipe for the Softest Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 small pkg. instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 pkg chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup nuts (optional)

Directions:

  1. Stir baking soda, flour and salt; set aside.
  2. Combine butter, sugars and pudding mix, beating until fluffy.
  3. Add vanilla and egg; beat until smooth.
  4. Add dry ingredients; mix well.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
  6. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes.

Don’t these chocolate chip cookies look amazing?

A recipe for the BEST and softest chocolate chip cookies! A classic chocolate chip cookie recipe.

 

Softest Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

A recipe for the BEST and softest chocolate chip cookies! Soft fluffy cookies that come out perfect every time. A classic chocolate chip cookie recipe.

  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 small package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup nuts (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. Mix baking soda, flour and salt in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Combine butter, sugars and pudding mix into a mixing bowl, beating until fluffy.
  4. Add vanilla and egg, then beat until smooth.
  5. Add flour mixture to the cookie batter and mix well.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
  7. Shape into one inch balls and place on a cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Download a printable version of this recipe here

Print this chocolate chip recipe and put into a binder if you like.

A recipe for the BEST and softest chocolate chip cookies! LivingLocurto.com

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Easy Chocolate Braid Recipe

Chocolate Braid Recipe. Easy Puff Pastry Dessert.

Mickey & Minnie Mouse Oreo Cookies

Cute Disney Themed No-Bake Cookies! Mickey & Minnie Mouse Oreo Cookies are perfect for a Disney Birthday Party or Everyday Fun Food Idea for Kids! LivingLocurto.com

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

THE BEST Melt in your mouth Lemon Crinkle Cookies Recipe with Lemon Frosting. Livinglocurto.com

More amazing chocolate recipes to try!

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Girl Power Movie Night Giveaway

This post is in partnership with RLJ Entertainment.

Are you ready for an adventure?! How about an epic movie night with your older kiddos? Stocked with snacks and drinks for a small army and a GREAT movie.

I Kill Giants is a sci-fi adventure that features Barbara Thompson, a teen girl who is the only thing standing between terrible giants and the destruction of her small town.

Based on the wildly popular graphic novel by Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura, the movie was directed by Academy award-winner, Anders Walter and produced by Chris Columbus, the cinematic wizard behind Harry Potter—and it looks every bit as magical and astonishing! 

 

This movie looks like an intense and touching story about bravery, trust, and love…and that seems like just what we could all use right now.

Packed with courageous girls, and our favorite warrior woman Zoe Saldana (you’ll remember her from Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Trek) this movie is sure to be a hit with your own batch of brave kiddos.

I Kill Giants is in select theaters and On Demand, find it on iTunes.

But remember that epic movie night I mentioned? We’re giving you a chance to win a Movie Night Prize Package that includes:

$100 Visa gift card for an I KILL GIANTS Movie Night!
Copy of the book.

We’ll pick one random winner from the comments below, on Monday April 2nd. To enter just leave a comment telling us how you’d spend your $100 Visa gift card—we’re looking for an epic snack spread, people.

Good Luck!

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Magical Disney Giveaway

Spreading joy this Holiday season with a magical Disney giveaway for Free Disney World or Disneyland Park Tickets!

Spreading joy this Holiday season with a magical giveaway for Free Disney World or Disneyland Park Tickets!

What do you do to keep the magic alive? Go to Disney!

You know those days your heart aches as a parent? I had one a few days ago with my 11 year old daughter. She walked into the living room and looked at her Elf on the Shelf back from the North Pole who was holding a cool new Elf Phone powered by candy. Instead of the huge smile that I was expecting, there were big buckets of tears streaming down her face.

Turns out my daughter had seen my elf video online and thought just because I assembled the candy phone in the video that I also moved the elf all of these years. WAIT… HE WASN’T REAL???? As her world came tumbling down. I about lost it too. But, I kept it together and explained that Peter, our elf, has always come much earlier than she thought to bring me these fun elf ideas from the North Pole to share with my readers. I might assemble some of the printables to show everyone, but the rest is magic. Then her eyes got HUGE when she thought of Santa and more tears gushed out. Instead of the happy morning I had planned, it ended up being a very sad morning seeing the magic disappear in my little girl’s eyes. In our family, no matter how old you get, you never stop believing in the magic of Christmas. We celebrate the birth of Jesus, but during this time, there is always wonderful magic in the air! We can’t explain a lot, but have faith. I told my daughter there is magic by giving, by coming together with friends and family and doing good deeds for those in need. You can’t deny this is a magical time of year. I hope she continues to believe, but understand that as you grow up it’s not as strong.

Magical Disney Park Tickets Giveaway

After hugging my girl, the only thing to make me feel better was to spread some good cheer to others. I immediately contacted a few of my blog friends and now we’re pitching in to giveaway a $500 Disney Gift Card good for Free Disney Park Tickets to one lucky person! What better place to believe in magic than at the most magical place on earth?

Spreading joy this Holiday season with a magical giveaway for Free Disney World or Disneyland Park Tickets! $500 Disney Gift Card Giveaway

This $500 Disney gift card is good for TWO Adult 2 day hopper park tickets to Walt Disney World or Disneyland. You can also use it to buy presents at the Disney Store. Use this Disney Gift Card however you choose to spread the magic of the holidays with your family! No matter what you believe, or how you celebrate during the holiday season, Disney is always there to spread some joy and of course… magic.

My daughter and I just got back from Disneyland. It was our third time to experience Christmas at a Disney park and it’s always such a fun time! I hope one of you will get to experience it too. Our favorite is California Adventure! Here are a few photos from our time there. The Christmas desserts are incredible! I ate that entire Minnie Mouse treat in a few bites. It’s a rice krispie treat with ginger infused sugar on top. WOW! Find them at the bakeries around Disneyland and California Adventure.

$500 Disney Gift Card Giveaway - Disneyland Christmas Photos LivingLocurto.com

Enter the Magical Disney Park Tickets Giveaway

Follow the directions below to enter to win the Disney Gift Card. I hope it helps you believe in magic this Holiday season. Good luck!

 

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My Little Pony: The Movie and a Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Lionsgate Premiere.

My Little Pony was all the rage when I was a kid.

 

My grandma gave me my first My Little Pony for my sixth birthday. Its name was Baby Glory, and I was in love.

Retro My Little Pony

 

I was excited to see My Little Pony make a comeback, but I knew Ponies were back for good when I sat down on the NYC subway across from this guy:

My Little Pony Costume

 

I’ll likely see a few more of these characters this weekend as Ponydemonium (I should probably Trademark that phrase) is in full force with the release of My Little Pony: The Movie, in theaters October 6th. Have you seen this trailer yet?

My Little Pony: The Movie – Coming to theaters October 6!

A dark force threatens Ponyville, and the Mane 6 – Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity – embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship to save their home.

I love it when big names get behind the mic for animated features, because it usually makes for a movie kids and adults can enjoy together. The Pony crew is voiced by an all-star cast, including Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Liev Schreiber, Michael Peña, Sia, Taye Diggs, Uzo Aduba and Zoe Saldana. The movie features original music and songs performed by Sia, Diggs, Saldana, Chenoweth and Blunt.

My Little Pony: The Movie Giveaway

We’ve teamed up with Lionsgate Premiere to offer a great prize pack to send you and your family to see My Little Pony: The Movie in theaters. You could win:

  • $100 American Express gift card to see the film in theaters with your family
  • PLUS a My Little Pony: The Movie Shining Friends Figure

To enter, just leave a comment below with your favorite childhood toy. We will pick one prize pack winner at random.

For more Pony fun, check out the Facebook page, and follow them on Twitter and Instagram. And don’t forget to check out My Little Pony: The Movie in theaters everywhere October 6. 

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10 Amazing Ideas to Spoil Your Cat

Fun cat toys, creative kitty litter ideas and other amazing ideas to spoil your cat! Meow is the time to spruce up your home with these easy crafts and pet products.

Fun DIY cat toys, kitty litter ideas and other amazing ideas to spoil your cat!

From cat toys to kitty litter, these ideas are Purr-fect for your feline friend!

Meow is the time to spruce up your home with DIY cat toys, kitty litter ideas and other amazing ways to spoil your cat.

Give your home a purr-fect cat makeover with the help of  Tidy Cats LightWeight with Ammonia Blocker. I’m excited to partner with Tidy Cats today and tell you about their new awesome kitty litter!

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If your cat is like mine, he rules the house! Apollo is certainly in charge around here… or at least he thinks he’s in charge. ha!  If you have a king or queen cat of your own, you’ll enjoy these inspiring ways to spoil your cat even more.

First off, I have to tell you about the new Tidy Cats LightWeight with Ammonia Blocker. There is nothing worse than a stinky litter box and Tidy Cats have come to our rescue!

This lightweight litter delivers heavyweight power when it comes to blocking ammonia, the most intense purveyor of odor from your litter box.  The best part about Tidy Cats LightWeight with Ammonia Blocker is that when used as directed, the Tidy
Lock technology is guaranteed to block that nasty odor for two weeks!

Try it today! Just click the button below for a coupon and click here for more scoop!

 

Now that Tidy Cats has spoiled us, here are 10 great ways you can spoil your cat!

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1. Make your own cat climbing tree.

Cat toys Amazing DIY Cat Home Decor Ideas

This cat climbing tree is one of the most incredible DIY cat toys ever! It would certainly help your cat get out their energy.

 

2. Make your own DIY kitty litter box holder.

Cat home decor Ideas DIY Kitty Litter Box

A DIY Cat Litter Box Holder is a simple homemade idea to hide your kitty litter box and give your cat’s space a fresh makeover! With this box and Tidy Cats LightWeight with Ammonia Blocker, you’ll have a fresh smelling box for weeks!

 

3. Surprise your cat with climbing shelves!

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This cool cat climber attaches to a wall or the back a door. Move it around the house for a kitty cat adventure!

 

4. Make an indoor cat lawn for cat naps.

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How great is this amazing Indoor Cat Lawn idea! Their kitty even looks like my cat. Can’t wait to try this in my own home.

 

5. Give your cat the purr-fect view!

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This fun cat window seat will definitely spoil your furry friends!

 

6. Create a cozy place for your cat to do their business.

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There are many beautiful kitty litter cabinets to hide the litter. Using Tidy Cats LightWeight with Ammonia Blocker and one of these fabulous cabinets, your home will smell and look amazing!

 

7. Make a fun DIY cat scratching post.

Cat toys pet home decor ideas DIY Cactus Cat Scratching Post

I’m loving this super creative homemade Cactus Cat Scratching Post! This fun DIY idea might inspire you to make something special just for your cat.

 

8. Splurge on a flower drinking fountain.

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I’ve seen a lot of fun cat drinking fountains, but this flower fountain has to be my favorite! It’s a must have home idea if you want to spoil your kitty!

 

9. Make an easy cat hammock!

Cat Home Decor Ideas Easy Cat Hammock Craft
This fun idea for a cat hammock is super cute and very simple to make!

 

10. Make homemade catnip yarn balls!

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With Tidy Cats LightWeight with Ammonia Blocker you can forget about the litter and have time to make homemade catnip yarn balls! Such fun and easy cat toys to make with the kids.

 

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10 Amazing Ways to Spoil Your Cat! Fun DIY cat toys, kitty litter ideas and other amazing ideas to spoil your cat! Meow is the time to spruce up your home with cat crafts and pet products.

Spoil Your Pets Giveaway!

How do you spoil your pets? Enter to win a $1,000 gift card to Amazon.com to spoil them like crazy!!!
Let me know how you spoil your pets and if you have a cat, how do think Tidy Cats LightWeight with Ammonia Blocker would be a good fit for your home.
This post and giveaway was sponsored by Tidy Cats. Thanks for supporting brands that make this website possible.

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How to Make an Herb Fairy Garden

An Herb Fairy Garden is a fun container garden for your kitchen! This easy tutorial for how to make a mini fairy garden for your home is such a cute kids craft idea.

An Herb Fairy Garden is a fun container garden for your kitchen! Easy tutorial for how to make a mini fairy garden for your home. Cute kids craft ideas.

An Herb Fairy Garden is a fun edible garden for your kitchen!

Get your kids excited about planting flowers or growing their own fruits and veggies by welcoming the summer fairies with a Kitchen Herb Fairy Garden. We love all things fairy and this simple herb fairy garden was the perfect addition to my new kitchen.

Do you think about the soil you use for your flower pots or garden? Well, you should. I am partnering with Ecoscraps today and love their story!

Ecoscraps was created by people who saw a better way to make soil, better for our gardens and better for our planet. Ecoscraps collects food waste from grocery stores and composts the waste into natural and organic garden soils and plant foods. Since 2011, Ecoscraps has diverted more than 75 million pounds of food waste from the landfill. How cool is that?

Ecoscraps Organic Potting Soil. An Herb Fairy Garden is a fun container garden for your kitchen! Easy tutorial for how to make a mini fairy garden for your home. Cute kids craft ideas.

They believe bad food that is transformed into rich, organic soils and plant foods can do a lot of good for families and our environment.

I love using Ecoscraps and excited to share my Kitchen Herb Fairy Garden tutorial and a Target gift card giveaway today!

Tiny Chicken Coop. An Herb Fairy Garden is a fun container garden for your kitchen! Easy tutorial for how to make a mini fairy garden for your home. Cute kids craft ideas.

Making a Kitchen Herb Fairy Garden is a wonderful activity to do with your kids this summer!

You can make your fairy garden with flowers, but for ours we chose herbs that we can use in recipes. A fairy garden can be for the outdoors or indoors, in a fancy flower pot or a simple box. The ideas are endless!

 

How to Make a Kitchen Herb Fairy Garden

This tutorial for making a fairy garden for your kitchen is super easy and hopefully brings you some magical inspiration for a fun craft to do with your family or friends!

1. Decide on a Fairy Garden Theme

First of all, you want to decide on your fairy garden theme. Be sure to get the kids involved with this process. Shopping for fairy garden accessories is half of the fun!

Will it be a magical garden with a little house and swing set to welcome fairies each night? Or will you decide on a theme based on your favorite hobbies, toys, time period or animals?

I love chickens, so had to add a cute chicken coop to ours!

Tiny Chicken Coop. An Herb Fairy Garden is a fun container garden for your kitchen! Easy tutorial for how to make a mini fairy garden for your home.

Here are some fun fairy garden theme ideas to get you started:

  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Farm
  • Carnival
  • Dinosaurs
  • Trolls
  • Gnomes
  • Horses
  • Camping
  • Playground
  • Log Cabin
  • Medieval Times

 

2. Choose Your Container

Since our herb fairy garden was for our kitchen, I chose a galvanized container that matched my kitchen decor. You can put a fairy garden in just about any kind of container, you don’t need to limit yourself to the usual terracotta flower pot.

 

3. Choose the Herbs

Think about what herbs you would use the most. I love adding fresh mint to my drinks, so mint was definitely on my list of herbs to buy. Because I make a lot of pasta dishes, oregano and basil were on my list as well. If you have a larger container, add some colorful flowering plants as well.

An Herb Fairy Garden is a fun container garden for your kitchen! Easy tutorial for how to make a mini fairy garden for your home.

 

4. Choose the Soil

When growing any kind of food, such as herbs, it’s best to use organic potting soil such as Ecoscraps, which can be found at Target.

Organic Potting Soil - An Herb Fairy Garden is a fun container garden for your kitchen! Easy tutorial for how to make a mini fairy garden for your home.

 

5. Design Your Fairy Garden

Now that you have your accessories, container, herbs and soil, you are ready to start designing your magical fairy garden!

If using a container with no drain like I did, protect it by lining the container with plastic. Then add some rocks to the bottom before adding the soil. This will help the water drain and not drown your plants if you over-water them.

Tips for making an Herb Fairy Garden. Easy container garden for your kitchen! Easy tutorial for how to make a mini fairy garden for your home.

Fill your container with potting soil and add your favorite plants and flowers making sure to think of the scene you want to create as you plant. Add various heights and take note to leave space for plant growth.

Before planting herbs, loosen the soil at the bottom so the roots are exposed to the soil.

Tips for making an Herb Fairy Garden. Easy container garden for your kitchen! Easy tutorial for how to make a mini fairy garden for your home.

Moss, pebbles and twinkling lights are great to have when creating a magical fairy garden.

Tips for making an Herb Fairy Garden. Easy container garden for your kitchen! Easy tutorial for how to make a mini fairy garden for your home.

Place near a window and enjoy!

Didn’t this turn out adorable? It was so easy and fun to make. We are looking forward to fairies coming to visit!

How to make a Herb Fairy Garden. Easy container garden for your kitchen! Easy tutorial for how to make a mini fairy garden for your home.

Giveaway

I hope you got some magical inspiration with this fun Kitchen Herb Fairy Garden. Enter to win a $50 Target Gift card so you can make your own Fairy Garden.

 

 

Be sure to get a few bags of Ecoscraps the next time you shop at Target! Watch this video to learn more about these organic soil.

 

An Herb Fairy Garden is a fun container garden for your kitchen! Easy tutorial for how to make a mini fairy garden for your home. Cute kids craft ideas.

This post was sponsored by Ecoscraps, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this website possible.

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