Monday’s Bento Box Idea

By Summer

Tune in each Monday for a brand new Bento Box Idea.

These bento box ideas submitted by Summer are intended to inspire you to find fun ways to get your kids to eat healthy either as a school lunch or a power snack for a sport.


Top left clockwise to bottom left: clementine, fried rice (base mix of brown and white rice and quinoa made in homemade chicken stock, chicken, scrambled backyard chicken eggs, onion, parsnip, carrots, celery, broccoli, peas), Tillamook Colby Jack cheese slices.

Win Tickets to Central Intelligence

If you love Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart we have a giveaway just for you. We’ve teamed up with On the Scene with Mrs. Kathy King for an awesome giveaway. We would like to give two lucky fans 2 tickets to see Central Intelligence starring Dwayne Johnson & Kevin Hart.

I love both actors, so I can’t wait for this movie to come out!

Movie Synopsis

Bullied as a teen for being overweight, Bob Stone (Dwayne Johnson) shows up to his high school reunion looking fit and muscular. While there, he finds Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart), a fast-talking accountant who misses his glory days as a popular athlete. Stone is now a lethal CIA agent who needs Calvin’s number skills to help him save the compromised U.S. spy satellite system. Together, the former classmates encounter shootouts, espionage and double-crosses while trying to prevent worldwide chaos.

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# of Winners: 2 Lucky Fans!!!! Prize: 1 pair (2 tickets) to see Central Intelligence in theaters June 17 How to Enter: Simply Fill out the form below Giveaway ends on 6/10 at 11:59 pm P.S.T

Plus Join me Facebook Live on 6/7 at 5:30 pm (PST) for an extra chance to win tickets!!!

Disclaimer: tickets are being provided by Warner Bros. Pictures and is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or associated with Facebook. Giveaway will end on 06/10/2016 at 11:59 pm PST. You will have 24 hours to claim by replying to the announcement in our newsletter”the Giveaway Lounge” or replying back to your congratulation letter. A winner will be randomly chosen and will be announced in a blog post and newsletter. This Giveaway is open to USA . Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for prize shipment. click the link to subscribe to the giveaway lounge newsletter

Perfect for Little Hands: Shark Rocket Powerhead Vacuum

This little guy of mine has a huge heart and loves to vacuum but finding a powerful vacuum that is also lightweight is not an easy task. Shark however, does make lightweight vacuums that have powerful suction and amazing cleaning abilities. We received two samples from them.


The newly launched Shark Rocket Powerhead vacuum allows for easy cleaning across the home with seamless transitions between hard floors, carpet and area rugs.  And for your deep cleaning needs, the Shark Blast & Scrub 2-in-1 Steam Pocket Mop has you covered with its increased efficiency, maximum maneuverability and longer run time.


Today, we’re just sharing our thoughts on the Shark Rocket Powerhead Vacuum. Miles vacuumed the entire apartment top to bottom and I love that he was able to do it himself. The Shark Rocket Powerhead Vacuum weights around 9 pounds. The Shark Rocket PowerHead vacuum has all of its best features in the head. The PowerHead is light in your hand and remarkably easy to maneuver.


Its compact design makes it the perfect grab-and-go for day-to-day floor cleaning or any time you want to experience heavy-duty cleaning power without the heavy lifting. The amount this thing pulls out of the rugs on the hard wood floors in this apartment is ridiculous. We have a vacuum that was given to us with the apartment, then I used the Shark Rocket Powerhead and I was in shock. I’m not sure the other vacuum was working at all compared to what this thing sucks. My only complaint would be how often I have to empty the thing, but really who cares because otherwise it would be heavy and Miles wouldn’t be able to carry it like he does. Plus it’s super easy with the Pop-Up dust cup.



The PowerHead has powerful deep carpet cleaning, comparable to some of the biggest upright vacuums, with nearly half the weight. It also features fingertip controls on the handle providing a seamless transition from hard floors to carpet and back.


It took us a few minutes of practice to see which setting was better for each floor type and the layout in this apartment is rug, hardwood, rug hardwood. So we had to change the setting back and fourth but it’s super easy to do so. For the upstairs it’s all carpet except for the bathrooms.


Innovative product features such as a pop-up dust-cup with a quick release foot pedal and easy dust cup emptying with the push of a button. The PowerHead also is the first of its kind “car hood” style brush roll access—with removable and rinsable brush rolls—making vacuum maintenance quick and easy. The adjustable telescoping wand helps to customize the wand to your comfort and allows for easy storage.


This model also comes with an additional Gentle Touch Hard Floor brushroll for enhanced hard floor cleaning and an optional on-board brushroll holster to attach to the wand of the vacuum for easy brushroll exchange.

If you need an easy to use vacuum with high expectations the Shark Rocket Powerhead Vacuum is sure to please!

Getting ME Bikini Ready: mē Smooth or Chic Permanent Hair Removal

Hair down there isn’t exactly something anyone wants to talk about but it’s a problem come swim season. This year I’m getting ready for swimwear season with Chic. The mē Smooth and Chic permanently remove unwanted hair just in time for beach season.

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Designed to bring the power of professional laser hair removal into the comfort and privacy of your own home, mē smooth delivers unparalleled hair removal at a fraction of the cost and time of in-office treatments. The device is the first at-home hair removal device to be approved by the FDA for use on all skin tones and the widest range of hair colors. Clinically proven to remove up to 94% of hair in just 7 weeks and unlike excruciating traditional treatments, the mē smooth is completely pain-free and fast, treating hair in minutes with no need for down time.

Price: $299

About mē chic:


Small and lightweight, the chic is convenient to use both at home and away to treat targeted areas in just minutes. Perfect for smaller, contoured areas like the bikini, underarm and face, yet as effective on larger areas like legs. Powerful but safe, the chic is the only FDA-cleared technology for permanent results on all skin tones and is clinically proven to be effective on the widest range of hair colors, even on blond, dark blond and red hair. Used in the privacy of your own home, unwanted hair becomes nothing but a memory. Price: $199.00

Available:, Costo, Bed Bath & Beyond and Walmart and

So we received the Chic. This product can be used on a variety of skin types, hair colors and for mail or female. Use on sensitive skin areas is not recommended. I can’t use it in the area I want to yet, I need to visit a dermatologist first to have something checked out first. But using it under my arms was easy. I was surprised that it didn’t hurt. There was only a warm sensation on the area I used it. So far I’m happy with the results.

Monday’s Bento Box Idea

By Summer

Tune in each Monday for a brand new Bento Box Idea.

These bento box ideas submitted by Summer are intended to inspire you to find fun ways to get your kids to eat healthy either as a school lunch or a power snack for a sport.


Top left clockwise to bottom left: leftover take-out cheese pizza, rib of celery sliced with peanut butter, fresh mango chunks, leftover pork chop cut into nugget sized pieces

The Quick Six Fix Cook Book

I love cookbooks that make life simpler. A recipe doesn’t have to be complicated to be good and Stuart O’Keeffe does a great job illustrating that in his book The Quick Six Fix.

Stuart O’Keeffe grew up in Ireland cooking alongside his mother and learning how to make fresh home-cooked meals made with more love than labor. By working efficiently, keeping the kitchen space clean and cooking with minimal yet flavorful ingredients, Stuart believes that anyone can make great meals fast—with just six key ingredients. A professional and celebrity chef, Stuart brings his philosophy to everyone’s kitchen in his first cookbook and includes helpful tips and reminders along the way. In THE QUICK SIX FIX, Stuart begins with the pantry essentials and tools readers will need to whip up a range of tasty dishes at a moment’s notice. Teaching readers how to make smart shortcuts, like pairing key store-bought items with homemade ingredients, Stuart demonstrates how to cut kitchen time, save money, and get out of the kitchen in thirty minutes or less.


Stuart believes that fewer ingredients afford higher quality. With an inventive menu and meal-planning sections filled with wholesome shareable dishes—plenty of vegetarian options too—plus more than seventy-five full color photos,  THE QUICK SIX FIX is the must-have tool for creating easy-to-make, great-tasting dishes that are sure to wow the ones we love.

Preparing a meal doesn’t need to be difficult or require a lot of time, celebrity chef Stuart O’Keeffe insists. If you work efficiently while keeping your space clean and cook with minimal yet flavorful ingredients, you can get a great meal from stove to table fast. In The Quick Six Fix, he offers dozens of delicious recipes for breakfast, salads, soups, pasta, fish, chicken, pork, beef, sides, and desserts that will get you in and out of the kitchen in thirty minutes or less. Each requires no more than 6 key ingredients, 6 minutes of prep work, and 6 minutes of clean up.

Chef Stuart begins with the pantry essentials and tools you’ll need to whip up a diverse range of amazing dishes at a moment’s notice, such as his tasty culinary school favorites, Moules Frites and Pistachio Basil Buttered Crispy Salmon. Indulge in delights that pay homage to his native Ireland, including Bangers with a Melted Leek Mash and Cranberry Compote, Sweet Berries “Yorkshire Pudding,” and an Easter dinner favorite, Mustard Crusted Pork with Apple Cabbage Slaw. And savor delights like Mexican Street Corn and the “LA” Cheeseburger influenced by his adopted California home.

Kevin Spacey & Jennifer Garner in Nine Lives Expect Lots of Laughs #NineLives

I honestly can’t wait for this movie. NINE LIVES pounces into theaters everywhere on AUGUST 5 My whole family already has plans to see this in theaters. Watch this new trailer for Nine Lives…..

Nine Lives is starring Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Malina Weissman, Cheryl Hines, Christopher Walken, Mark Consuelos, Robbie Amell a top notch cast.

Tom Brand (Kevin Spacey) is a daredevil billionaire at the top of his game.  His eponymous company FireBrand is nearing completion on its greatest achievement to date – the tallest skyscraper in the northern hemisphere. But Tom’s workaholic lifestyle has disconnected him from his family, particularly his beautiful wife Lara (Jennifer Garner) and his adoring daughter Rebecca (Malina Weissman).NineLives-NewPoster

Rebecca’s 11th birthday is here, and she wants the gift she wants every year, a cat. Tom hates cats, but he is without a gift and time is running out. His GPS directs him to a mystical pet store brimming with odd and exotic cats- where the store’s eccentric owner- Felix Perkins (Christopher Walken), presents him with a majestic tomcat, named Mr. Fuzzypants.

En route to his daughter’s party, Tom has a terrible accident. When he regains consciousness he discovers that somehow, he has become trapped inside the body of the cat. Adopted by his own family, he begins to experience what life is truly like for the family pet, and as a cat, Tom begins to see his family and his life through a new and unexpected perspective. Meanwhile, his family adjusts to life with an odd and stubborn cat, and his son David (Robbie Amell), steps up in ways Tom never expected.

If any hope exists of returning to his family as the husband and father they deserve, Tom will have to learn why he has been placed in this peculiar situation and the great lengths he must go to earn back his human existence. 

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Cook Book: Lose Weight By Eating By Audrey Johns Get Two Thumbs Up


I’ve been working on my eating because I needed to lose weight badly. I still have at least 10 pounds to go and if I’m really good 20 more pounds would put me at my favorite size. I’ve already lose 15 pounds and it wasn’t by exercising and fasting it was by changing the way I eat. That’s it! I’m sure that if I started exercising in addition to eating right I would lose more, but I’m ok taking it off slowly.

Audrey Johns lost 150 pounds in 11 months by changing the way she ate. At 275 pounds, Audrey Johns was unhealthy and unhappy—until the day she vowed to give up the “fake food”—frozen “diet” meals, low-cal sodas, quick-to-make boxed foods—and taught herself to cook her favorites from scratch. In less than a year, Audrey mastered the kitchen and lost more than 150 pounds (more than half her body weight), going from a size 24 to a size 4—all while pinching pennies. Now Audrey shares her story, insights, and clean-eating recipes to help you slim down. Lose Weight by Eating includes more than 130 mouth-watering recipes for family favorites, including pasta, scones, nachos, meat loaf, and cookies—all bursting with flavor but with fewer than 500 calories per meal. Most recipes use simple and inexpensive Smart Swaps and are full of hidden vegetables that keep you feeling fuller longer, and all are picky-kid-friendly and spouse-approved.

Imagine losing 8 to 16 pounds the first week and 15 to 25 pounds a month eating skinny pizzas with only 125 calories per slice or 150-calorie cheesecake! Enjoy these delights and more:

• “Jelly Doughnut” French Toast • California Club Pizza • Veggie-Packed Lasagna

• Cheddar-Stuffed Turkey Burgers • Steak Fajitas • Skinny Watermelon Margaritas

• Chocolate Peanut Butter Dip with Fruit • Skinny Cheesecake with Raspberry Drizzle

Nutritious food doesn’t have to be boring, expensive, and difficult to make. Lose Weight by Eating is easy to follow because there are no rules, only goals you set for yourself. Complete with a handy six-week meal plan to keep you motivated, Lose Weight by Eating gives you the support and kitchen confidence you need to change your life, your body, and your health.

We’ve tried some of the recipes already and they were amazing. I can’t wait to try even more of them.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Crepes Recipe & A Strawberry Shortcake Giveaway #AD

We are so excited to finally be able to announce that we are partners with Strawberry Shortcake. We will be brining you monthly updates on all things Strawberry and this month although almost over is Strawberry month. STRAWBERRIES are in season at the grocery stores and that makes them an amazing price. We’re going to be headed to the market today so we can stock up on more strawberries.SSC_BrandAmbassadorBadge_sm

We’re making Strawberry Layered Angle Cakes and Strawberry cream cheese crepes this afternoon. In this post we’re going to share with you the Strawberry Crepes Recipe. Later we’ll share our other recipe. And we might even make Strawberry donuts which is a recipe card that will be included in the giveaway below!


As a little girl, my room was decorated in Strawberry Shortcake. I loved her so much. I had coloring books and I watched her cartoon. I had a doll and a few different play sets. Now as an adult it’s really fun to pass all that fun along to my daughter.


As you know, Strawberry Shortcake is the little red-haired girl with the big personality. She lives in Berry Bitty City with her dog, Pupcake, her cat, Custard, and her friends, Orange Blossom, Lemon Meringue and Blueberry Muffin, to name a few. Every week they have fun-filled adventures on the Discovery Family Channel where they deliver positive messages of friendship, self-esteem and honesty. With their motto, “Anything is Possible,” they inspire young girls to follow their dreams and pursue their career endeavors. Speaking of careers, Strawberry and her friends are all entrepreneurs: Strawberry, for example, runs a bakery, Orange Blossom owns a grocery store, and Lemon Meringue has a beauty salon. It’s girl power all the way!


We’re giving away:

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· A classic Strawberry Shortcake doll: This is a special-edition reproduction of the original doll from 1980 that includes all the original details from her hat to her shoes – including her berry sweet strawberry scent.

· Strawberry Shortcake cake decorations: the perfect topping for your donut recipe! These decorations include pink edible sprinkles and a pink premium candy color to dye your frosting or whipped cream from Decopac. DecoPac is the world’s largest supplier of cake decorations to professional cake decorators and bakeries in the world.

· Strawberry’s brand-new comic book: Strawberry and her friends celebrate “A Berry Big Anniversary” in this all-new and original comic adventure.

· Strawberry Shortcake movie: Take Strawberry’s adventures to another level of fun with an all-new digital movie.


But first here is our recipe:

Strawberry Cream Cheese Crepes

1 package of pre-made crepes

1 pint of strawberries diced (or as many as you want)

1 Tablespoon cream cheese (per crepe)

1 Tablespoon strawberry jam

additional fruit

Whipped cream to top



Place your crepe flat on a plate


Add the cream cheese


Then spread some jam

Add the strawberries

Add other berries


Fold the crepe

Top with whip cream and more strawberries




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Tell me your favorite strawberry recipe

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Take “A Walk In Their Shoes” #CelebrateGood With @ATT #AD #ATTInfluencer


I’ve always felt that I’m very blessed and that life is really easy. I had to work for a few things in my life as a kid but not really. Most things I needed were always given to me and I never really appreciated my parents until I walked a day in their shoes.
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When I became a parent, I realized it’s not an easy job. By walking daily in their shoes I now know how much they did do for me. That’s just one of the reasons why this video touches me so much……..



We learn more from experience.

I’ve always been a fan of AT&T and TOMS. You guys should know as I’ve written about both brands many times on MomStart.


I’ve always known that TOMS gave a pair of shoes to someone in need with every pair purchased. It’s an amazing business structure. What I didn’t know was that AT&T has been part of that amazing business structure from the beginning.

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This year marks the 10 year anniversary and they are celebrating this milestone with Blake Mycoskie,  TOMS founder and Chief Shoe Giver and AT&T by taking fans through a special VR experience “A Walk In Their Shoes” that will immerse viewers in an actual giving trip. The setting of “A Walk In Their Shoes” takes place in Colombia and you will be able to turn, move and experience the action as if you were there. That sounds really cool to me. I mean I was just impressed with the video I shared with you.

In case you aren’t familiar with VR, it’s an immersive storytelling device that allows AT&T to connect TOMS fans with the amazing work that they are doing around the world with the help of AT&T’s network. AT&T’s fast network makes viewing VR content right from your mobile device super easy.  I know first hand how amazing AT&T’s network is available at everyone’s fingertips. I’ve used so many different phones and devices on AT&T and I’ve been so impressed.

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Because of my kids’ acting careers we have spent a lot of time in the car. We drive up and down the West Coast from Washington to LA and back. Now we travel from Ashland Oregon and back but life can’t stop because we’re in the car. The kids still have to do school and I sometimes have to work. So we have used different WiFi devices that AT&T has for amazing coverage up and down the West Coast. My husband has even used it to play video games while being on the road.

To experience “A Walk in Their Shoes” you can visit various events on AT&T’s YouTube Channel.  If you don’t have a VR viewer, 100k pairs of TOMS shoes sold online will include a cardboard viewer. For more details you can visit

This post is brought to you by AT&T