Wordless Wednesday!

What do you do on a 101 degree day?
You stop for hotdogs and ice cream cones at Stew Leonard’s!

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Monsters University Trailer!

We are HUGE Monsters, Inc. fans in this house and we CAN NOT wait for Monsters University! SO EXCITED!

Opens June 21st! Are you as excited as I am? :)


Grand Opening of Whole Foods Market in Danbury CT!

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Tuesday I had the fun opportunity to check out the new Whole Foods Market that is opening tomorrow in Danbury. As most of you already know, I am a huge Whole Foods fan. So I was thrilled to have the chance to tour the store and get a glimpse of what goes into putting a Whole Foods Market together. The attention to detail is crazy. They really do think of everything. Even the hand drawn art that you see throughout the store is done by a team of artists. Who knew? The Danbury location is full of local history. Marcus Dairy is a big influence in this store and there is even a Burgers & Shakes Bar that was inspired from the history of Marcus Dairy and the famous Dairy Bar Restaurant.

I loved the milk crates used as decoration on the walls.

Whole Foods

I am excited to try the retro-inspired desserts that will be available in the Bakery Department. Think Twinkies people! My kids are going to love the all natural slushies. My family loves the prepared foods section and my husband can not wait to try the stir-fry bar!

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Not only did I get to tour the new store, I was able to meet up with some of my local blogging friends. That is always a huge bonus! Such a great time. The team in Danbury is amazing and they are SO ready for this store to open.

Here is some information from the Whole foods website:

(DANBURY, CT – May 14, 2013) –Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM), the world’s leading natural and organic foods supermarket, is opening its ninth Connecticut location on Friday, May 17th at 9:00AM in Danbury, CT. The new store at 5C Sugar Hollow Road in the Shops at Marcus Dairy is located directly across from the Danbury Fair Mall. The store opening celebrations will kick-off with a traditional bread breaking ceremony at 8:30 a.m. followed by storewide tastings, vendor sampling, special sale items, giveaways and other events for all ages.

With this opening marking the 350th store in the company, Whole Foods Market: Danbury will celebrate by offering the first 350 customers entering on May 17th both a free pound of raw & peeled shrimp and a free pound of fresh boneless, skinless chicken breast. The store’s Whole Body department will be holding an Early Bird Sale from 9:00AM to 1:00PM on body care and supplements.

In connection with Whole Foods Market’s deep commitment to its local communities as well as its interest in honoring the location’s history, 5% of the day’s sales will be donated to the Danbury Museum and Historical Society. In continued support of Danbury and its surrounding communities, Whole Foods Market has also dedicated 5% day grants to four other local organizations through the Summer of 2014, including:

– The Ridgefield Playhouse – Fall 2013

– CityCenter Danbury – Winter 2014

– The Land Trust of Danbury – Spring 2014

– Plow to Plate of New Milford – Summer 2014

Conveniently located along the border of western Connecticut and Westchester County, New York, the new Danbury store will feature more than 35,000-square-feet of retail space and offer the highest quality natural and organic goods, with a heavy emphasis on products catering to the distinct tastes of the area. Customers can expect to see favorites like local and seasonal fresh produce. The new store will also showcase in-store venues and departments for a truly one-stop shopping experience.

In addition to its expansive grocery options, the new store will pay homage to the location’s former resident, Marcus Dairy. The Burgers & Shakes bar draws inspiration from the location’s history and its famed Dairy Bar Restaurant. Topnotch burgers (grass-fed beef, turkey and veggie options available), push-cart style hot dogs and made-to-order milkshakes are all featured on the menu.

“We’re excited to join the Danbury community and fulfill the needs of its shoppers with natural, organic and wholesome products,” said Pat Mulrooney, Whole Foods Market Danbury Store Team Leader. “With its rich agricultural history, Danbury was a natural fit for Whole Foods Market, and we look forward to this fruitful partnership as we aim to provide the town with a unique shopping experience.”

If you are in the area tomorrow morning stop in and check out the store. Get there early for the bread breaking at 8:30 am. And don’t forget, 5% of the day’s sales will be donated to the Danbury Museum and Historical Society.

Whole Foods

I need to try those crisp, cracker looking things made entirely of cheese! If you go to the grand opening tomorrow come back here and leave me a comment and let me know how you liked it and what your thoughts were. Are you as excited about it as I am? Or am I just a complete dork?

Whole Foods Market – Danbury

The Shops at Marcus Dairy

5c Sugar Hollow Road

Danbury, CT 06810

Regular Store Hours: [Mon –Sun] 8 AM – 10 PM

Phone Number: (203) 730-0599

Cheese and Coffee!! My two favorite things!

Whole Foods

Disclosure: I received a gift bag full goodies while at the tour. As always, all opinions are my own.


Girls Night In With Sally Hansen and Walgreens! #IHeartMyNailArt

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I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client.

As you all know, we have been so busy here in the Budge household. But thankfully things are winding down. Chelsea finally picked a college and is heading to New Hampshire in the Fall. Chloe finished her fifth year of dance and we had her recital on Saturday. Chelsea finished up her play at Oddfellows and has went to one of her two proms she is going to this month. Busy busy busy.

I was so excited to have the opportunity to have some time with Chelsea and have a girls night. We have not had much time together because of our schedules. This Mother’s Day was the first time in forever that we were able to just have fun as a family. No schedule!

Sally Hansen

Our girls night started with a quick trip to Walgreens for our Sally Hansen nail supplies. We had a night of nail painting, snacking and chatting ahead of us. The #IHeartMyNailArt display was super cute and we had a hard time picking out what we wanted to buy. There were so many choices and now I think Chloe actually has a new obsession. She would have bought every single nail strip that was there. Chelsea picked the Snake Charmer nail strips. She was looking for a more trendy “Street Style” look. Oh, and if you get to the register and realize you forgot your balance rewards card, don’t panic. All you need to do it type in your phone number and you are all set. Because of course I couldn’t find my card. Ha!

Sally Hansen

Chelsea started with her nail strips. They were really easy. Easier than I thought they would be. I used one on one of my nails to try to have a trendy look without trying to look too young. You may notice that there are not any pictures of us from this night. We really should have planned ahead because we were SO NOT camera ready. Seriously. We had no business taking our pictures that night. So you get to just see our nails, and that is what you really care about right? Here you go!

Sally Hansen

Sally Hansen

We had some fun and kept trying different looks. Chloe had to join in and she loved the magnetic nail polish (which is on sale for 5.99 until 5/25.Yay!) that she picked out. I am so glad we were able to find the time for this over the weekend. We needed it. I was trying to find some nail looks that a forty year old could pull off. We all had some good laughs at the stuff I was coming up with. Really? When did I get so old and uncool? It was fun to see the look on Chloe’s face with some of my ideas. But I actually stayed pretty safe. Chelsea was a bit more creative than I was I would say.

Sally Hansen

Items used:
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri nail color in Grape Race
Sally Hansen nail art pens in Black and Periwinkle

Sally Hansen

Items used:
Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in Snake Charmer
Sally Hansen Gem Crush nail color in Glitz Gal

Sally Hansen

Items used:
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri nail color in Grape Race
Sally Hansen Gem Crush nail color in Showgirl Chic

Chelsea loves fashion and music and a lot of her inspiration comes from the music she loves and Vogue, her favorite magazine. She has a very eclectic style that can change at any moment. Oh to be a teenager. I loved being able to express myself when I was younger and not care what anyone thought. Now I have to hear it from my kids when they don’t like my style choices. They are worse than my parents ever were!

We had a blast just hanging out and doing our nails. Snacks, trashy TV and fun manicures. What more could you ask for? I need to fit in a few more of these nights before Chelsea leaves for college. Time goes by way too fast and I know that it is so important to make the time for these memories. I am totally surprised I did not cry once while we were hanging out. I AM getting better about her leaving!

What are some fun fashion or beauty risks that you make once in a while? Do you ever use a crazy nail polish, bold eye shadow or wear a funky skirt? If you do, let me know in the comments what your tips are for pulling it off in everyday life.

Oh! I almost forgot to tell you! Check out the #IHeartMyNailArt Facebook page for information about how to enter for a chance to win a $500 gift card!

Sally Hansen



First annual National Family Playdate May 11th with Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Active Family Project!

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This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Merck Consumer Care.

Mark your calendars for May 11th! It’s time to get out and play!
Doesn’t that sound fun? When is the last time you made time for play with your family? I know it is something I do not do as often as I would like. Monday I had the chance to attend the Active Family Project kick off event in NYC. I had the opportunity to chat with Play Council members Erin Gifford, Amy McCready and Fred Engh about the importance you getting out there and playing with your kids. Fred doesn’t want you to sit on the sidelines, he wants you to get out there and coach! Amy talked about the different ways to get involved with your kids no matter how old they are.

I found myself nodding along and agreeing with what everyone was saying. It’s something we all know and want to do as parents. We want to have fun with our kids, build strong relationships with them and be positive and healthy role models in their lives. But sometimes it seems impossible to fit it all in with our very busy, overly scheduled lives. The Active Family Project is all about reminding us to make the time. Even if that just means finding it in the everyday things we do.

Here are some key points from The National Institute for Play:

• The early exchange of smiles and coos between
parent and child builds the familial bond and serves
as the child’s beginning connection with the world
outside the womb…and it begins with play!
• Engaging in family playtime prompts us to be
physically active together, enhancing our overall
bodily health and emotional well-being and can help
with every day stress, lighten our mood, and enhance
our personal relationships.
• By providing play opportunities, parents are the
change agents that can make play happen. It brings
families closer together and promotes a sense of
belonging, safety and love.


The second half of the afternoon was a fun question and answer with celebrity Active Family Project spokesperson Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Can I just say I LOVE HER? Seriously. She has such a great outlook when it comes to being an active and involved parent. She just does it. She and her husband spend much of their free time hanging out and playing with their kids in the yard. Shooting hoops or throwing a football. Their daughter even likes to make up her own CrossFit workouts for them to do in their garage. I think it is as simple as just taking some time after dinner to hang out in the yard or take a bike ride around the neighborhood. In our family we have been taking walks after dinner. At first the kids were not that into it, but now it is something we all look forward too. I have had some great conversations with my 12 year old son Jake while on our walks. My husband loves Lacrosse and most free time he has on the weekend is spent in the back yard with Jake and Chloe playing Lacrosse or throwing baseballs. He gets just as much, if not more out of it than the kids most times!

We have been making big changes in our family over the last year. One of those changes has been to find the fun in our everyday lives. It is surprisingly easy. We love to take the kids out to local events and historic locations in our area. This Fall we went on a hike at a Dinosaur Museum. The kids loved it! I find that I really need to make the time. It needs to be a priority. I have to write it on the calendar. In pen!

This is a fabulous campaign and I am thrilled to have been a part of its launch. This is something that makes so much sense and is so easy to do. I mean really, who doesn’t like to have fun? Don’t forget on May 11th to make a date. A Family Playdate!

Want more information about The Active Family Project? Check out their Facebook page and The Active Family Project website for tip and tools including a fun Activity Finder. You can also follow along on Twitter, just follow the #familyplay hashtag!

If you have a Family Playdate on May 11th let me know about it! I want to hear what you are doing to have some fun with your kids!

05/06/2013 Active Family Project

I received product samples and a $100 gift card from Merck Consumer Care,
and any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience.
This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Merck Consumer Care.


Fun Spa Birthday Party! Chloe turns 8!

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This year Chloe wanted a fun birthday party with her friends from school. Usually we just have a family party or we are on vacation and celebrate with a special dinner. While we were at the Big Y Kids Fair this Winter, we met Ann from Celebrations. She was wonderful and the kids loved her booth and the sugar tubes that they made while there. Ann had a contest going on to win a party and I WON. We were SO excited. Chloe could not wait to have all her girlfriends from her class over for a Spa party.

What a blast!

Spa Party

Ann showed up and handled EVERYTHING. She covered my couches and set up my whole living room. I didn’t even have to decorate the party table, she took care of that too. The girls loved the spa robes and felt totally pampered. They got such a kick out of the spa music playing and the fizzy ice cream scented foot bath. The laughing was contagious. The girls were so cute! It was such a great afternoon.

Spa Party 2

The girls loved picking out their nail polish colors!

Spa Party 3

After snacking on fruit and veggies while getting pampered, it was time for cupcakes and silly Happy Birthday singing! So good!

Spa Party 4

Celebrations even supplied the party favors and thank you cards!

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I have to say, this was one of the easiest birthday parties I have had at my house. If you are looking for a fun at home party idea, check out Celebrations. Ann and her team are fabulous!

Charming Teapot

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Disclosure: I won this party from Celebrations. I upgraded to the Spa package and paid the difference. I was not required to write about our party. I wrote this post because I think they rock and it was a great party. All opinions are my own.


Shopping with the girls at Ruum American Kids Wear

During Chloe’s birthday weekend the girls and I hit the mall. I was invited to check out the grand opening of Ruum at the Westfarms Mall. I had heard a lot of buzz about this store opening up and I was more than happy to go check it out.

We were big 77 Kids fans and were bummed when we heard they were closing. Then we found out they were being reopened as RUUM American Kid’s Wear. Yay!

RUUM has a similar vibe to the old 77 Kids and we actually liked that. There were plenty of basics to choose from as well as cute trendy pieces. Chloe could have spent hours in there! She wanted to buy everything.


We did do some damage to my credit card while we were there. Although not too crazy since the price point was not outrageous. Chloe talked me into a bunch of cute clothes and two pairs of shoes and some accessories. I seriously could not resist. Chelsea was wishing they had her size!


We had a great day shopping. After we left RUUM we headed to one of Chelsea’s favorite stores and got a few good deals for her. All in all a successful shopping day!

Check out the RUUM website to enter The Grand RUUM Event.
You can enter to WIN a $2,000 RUUM Shopping Spree! It’s really easy to enter, but hurry!
Ends April 18, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ET
Oh! How fun would that be if one of my readers won? Go enter! :)

Want to check out RUUM for yourself? Well then you have to enter my giveaway for a $25 gift card!

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Good Luck!

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I received a $25 gift card and a cute goodie bag when I went to check out the store.
As always, all opinions are my own.


I’m being attacted by dust bunnies!

Okay, so that sounds kind of dramatic. But I really am up to my ears in cleaning for the next couple of days. We are having a Spa themed birthday party for Chloe on Saturday. Some of her friends from school are coming over for an afternoon of pampering. Luckily Celebrations! Mobile Theme Parties is doing all of the work so all I have to worry about is making my house look presentable. Love that!

Charming Teapot

Check them out if you are planning a party soon! I will be posting about the party next week! Stay tuned!


Graduation party planning made easy with Tiny Prints


Oh my gosh! It is really happening! Chelsea is graduating! I know you are all probably sick of hearing me talk about all this college and graduation stuff. Stick with me people. I have a fun giveaway for you at the end of this post.


When Chelsea first started thinking about college she was on a whole different path. She attends a performing arts high school, her love for acting and the arts is infectious. So when she kept insisting she was going to be a teacher instead of an actor we were a little surprised. She loves kids and would be an amazing teacher, so we went with it. She was trying to practical. We went to our first college visit and sat through the Education session and thought that was the way Chelsea was headed. Until she walked into the Theater Department. That was it. She lit up the room and right then and there we knew this was where she belonged. I was not surprised at all. Yes, Chelsea would be a great teacher. Just not right now.

The last few months getting ready for graduation and preparing for college have been so crazy and stressful. Now I am starting to plan some of the fun stuff including a graduation party. I can’t wait! I love any excuse to plan a party, but this one is going to be a blast! I am going to use Tiny Prints for the invitations. They have a great selection. Picking just one has been the hardest part.

Here are a few we are thinking of:

Tiny Prints

If you are looking for just a graduation announcement, they have some fun ones to choose from too!

Tiny Prints

I had some fun checking out the gifts section also. I think I want to order Chelsea a cute phone case and a personalized planner to take with her to college. I think I am even going to write “call your Mom” in there to have some fun with it.

Tiny Prints

I will be posting more about my graduation party planning in the next month. I’ll show you which design we ended up picking!

I have a giveaway for you!

$50 off your total order at Tiny Prints for one reader

Super easy Mandatory Entry!

Visit the Tiny Prints website and check out their collection of graduation announcements and invitations. Come back here and leave me a comment with the name of your favorite announcement or invitation.

Giveaway ends April 7, 2013 5pm EST

This post is part of a campaign with Global Influence Network in which I have been compensated with product in exchange for posting this information. As always all opinions are my own.


Weekend Wrap-Up Easter Edition!

We had a super low key Easter this year. We colored eggs and had a nice dinner with family. It was so relaxed.

Egg coloring

The kids loved their Easter baskets and we had a cute egg hunt around the house when they woke up. Nice and simple.

Egg hunt

I hope you had a great weekend!

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