VIP Party with Godsmack and Pura Vida Tequila!

Big thank you to Pura Vida Tequila for inviting us to party like a rockstar with Godsmack at the RockstarUPROAR concert last month. We received complimentary concert tickets and a meet and greet with Godsmack. But all opinions are, as always, totally my own…. #815TequilaTime #PuraVidaParty

So… As I’ve mentioned to you guys a few times before – I like to party. Whether it’s throwing an epic birthday party for a 4 year old, awesome holiday events, pool party bashes – or whatever…. I just love to entertain. It could be at our casa, a friend or family member’s house, a local venue – doesn’t matter. So when I heard about an opportunity to head a few hours away to Seattle, to check out the RockstarUPROAR concert at White River Amphitheater, a place I’d never visited before, I thought it sounded awesome. Any reason to party and celebrate life, right? :) Then when I found out we’d get to hangout at the Pura Vida Tequila party bus, have a meet and greet with the guys behind the brand to learn more about their premium tequila – I was more excited. And THEN, I found out we’d also get to have some time to chat with Godsmack, the headlining band…. Well, it was a deal. Even with my busy schedule, I could make this happen….

Meagan Paullin from Sunshine and Sippy Cups interviewing Godsmack, at the RockstarUPROAR concert in Seattle [Read more...]

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Making Kids’ Healthy Lunches Awesome

I’m excited to share the new premium line of lunchmeat from Hillshire Farm with you – I was compensated for sharing this info with you – but it’s all 100% my opinion, as always! #HillshireNaturals

As a mom, there are SO many tasks to juggle every day. And the start of a new school year always brings even more challenges – adjusting to new school schedules, finding time for all of the fall sports and activities, starting to think about the upcoming holiday season, and on and on. I’m sure that by now you’re starting to settle into new routines – but I know one thing I hear a lot from you guys is coming up with ways to pack healthy lunches your kids will really eat, that are affordable too. Well – I’ve got a couple of fun tips today to help you with that!

Fun kids lunch ideas, roll-ups, healthy. [Read more...]

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Vote in the #TastefullyCrafted Contest to Win a Trip to the Great American Beer Festival!

This post brought to you by Green Mountain Gringo all-natural chips and salsa. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Sunshine and Sippy Cups.

What does tastefully crafted mean to you? Is it a delicious family recipe passed down for years? Brewing your own beers or canning your own homegrown produce? Or maybe a favorite store-bought product… something that’s all natural, gluten-free, non-GMO, and fits into a vegetarian diet too? Those all sound #tastefullycrafted to me!

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Right now Green Mountain Gringo, an all-natural craft salsa made right here in the US, in Winston-Salem, NC, is running a contest to celebrate what tastefully crafted means to you – since that’s the perfect description of their own products! By submitting a photo to their Facebook wall or on Instagram, using the #tastefullycrafted hashtag, you’ll get entered to win a trip for two to the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. How cool is that, right?

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How to Make Mornings With Kids Less Stressful

Big thank you to Mom It Forward Blogger Network and IKEA for partnering with me to share solutions for morning madness – #first59

I’m a firm believer that the quality of your day doesn’t depend on outside forces or experiences – it’s all about your attitude and choosing to be happy :) But getting your day off to a good start, during that first hour in the morning, can help make having a good attitude much easier! We’ve all felt the stress that comes with a disorganized morning… Can’t find your keys or the kids’ shoes. Someone reminds you last minute about a game or teacher conference you forgot about. There’s nothing for breakfast, or you forgot to pack lunches. There’s yelling, nagging, grumpiness, and everyone starts their day stressed out. Which is NO good, right?

Beautiful Sunrise - How to make mornings more manageable for busy moms #first59 [Read more...]

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Why I’m Falling in Love with the Philips Airfryer

Big thank you to Best Buy for sending me a complimentary Philips Airfryer to test out and share with you guys. It is AWESOME and I know you’ll love it too!

I am a healthy eater, 90% of the time. You wouldn’t know it by looking at the size of my hips, but it’s true. I eat small portions, whole grains, lots of fruits and veggies. But…. I have been known to say that “deep fried” is one of my favorite flavors :) And this would be an area where I splurge once in a while. We have a deep fryer, and ohmanohman can it make some good stuff. But it’s hot, messy, and FATTENING! So when I learned that there was a new super-cool technology that would give me a healthier alternative to frying… I was totally excited to try it out. Skeptical, I admit. But excited.

Philip's Airfryer - multitasker in the kitchen. Fry, bake, roast, AND grill!

Philips Airfryer is a total multitasker in the kitchen. It can fry, bake, roast, AND grill. Which I appreciate… I’m a kitchen gadget addict. But I only have so much room in the kitchen. So anything that has multiple purposes is a win, and a space saver. So – let’s take this as a dating scenario… He looked good in his online ad. And, upon meeting him – he made a good first impression. [Read more...]

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Love DIY? Join the BEHR Online Home Improvement Network!

This is a sponsored post about a new DIY community from BEHR. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Are you a DIY enthusiast? I know I am. We moved into a new house a couple of years ago – but just finally finalized the sale on it a few months ago. Which means I am SO excited to finally carve out some time to start on major DIY projects through every room in this place. We’ll be doing painting, trim, furniture makeovers, organizing projects, new furniture, fixtures, flooring – the works! Which is why I’m excited about this new online community from BEHR, and thought some of you would like to learn more too. Check it out…

BEHR - new online community for DIY types, share opinions, get rewards!

BEHR wants homeowners like you to help advise their brand!

Yep, BEHR wants to hear from you. Because who’s more important than their own customers, right? So – If you’ve completed a painting, staining or exterior floor coating project in the past year or plan to in the future, apply for BEHR’s new super cool exclusive online community where you can learn from others working on home improvement projects and provide your opinions and feedback directly to BEHR decision-makers.

As a member you’ll be part of an exclusive group that provides BEHR with feedback and perspective on their products and how they impact you in your own personal DIY projects. Personally, I truly enjoy sharing my thoughts with brands who want to hear them {part of why I got into online surveys and blogging and writing in the first place!} But to sweeten the deal a bit and make it worth your time, to thank you for your impact on the brand, you’ll receive a $5 Amazon gift code for joining and an additional $10 Amazon gift code each month just for participating.

Interested in joining? See if you qualify here: http://mayweask.com/behr2

A fun way to interact with an awesome brand we all love, some free Amazon shopping monthly – sounds good, right? :) If you get approved, leave me a comment and let me know! I’d love to hear about your experience. And be sure to share this with any friends you know who might be interested too….

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New Way to Save Big on Groceries – Without Using Coupons!

I shopped savvy using Walmart Saving Catcher, as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #SavingsCatcher. Sharing because I love this, and I know you will too!

I used to be a pretty serious couponer. I wasn’t ever one who could pull off the Extreme Coupon style trips, where you pay less than a buck for a cart of groceries {although I have friends who can do that!} But I regularly saved 40% or more on my shopping trip by matching sales and clipping coupons. But, as life has gotten more hectic {kids, my online business, expanding that business, etc} I have less time to devote to things. I still use coupons EVERY time I shop. I’m a big believer in using every avenue available to earn extra money – survey sites, freelance writing, cash back sites, and more. {See my most popular post of all time – Ways to Earn Money From Home – for more tips.} Which is all leading up to me telling you about THE coolest new idea for saving money/earning free money that I’ve found in a LONG time! Check it out…

How to Save Big On Groceries - without using coupons! Sweet trick.

“The way to wealth depends on just two words, industry and frugality.” – Benjamin Franklin

So, let me tell you about this cool new app and website. It’s from Walmart, and it’s called Savings Catcher. And here’s why it rocks – it guarantees that you get THE best prices on everything you buy, without having to price match the ads, or run to a million different stores. You simply enter the info from your receipt into your app, or log into the Savings Catcher website when you get home. It takes a couple of days to search all of your local stores – then refunds if any of the products you bought were cheaper at any of those stores! Super cool, right? See it in action here: [Read more...]

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