Rockin Mama™ https://rockinmama.net Motherhood, Giveaways and Product Reviews Wed, 22 Sep 2021 13:47:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://i1.wp.com/rockinmama.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/cropped-Rockin-Mama-Logo.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Rockin Mama™ https://rockinmama.net 32 32 111966601 Backyard Blowout + DIY Birdhouse https://rockinmama.net/backyard-blowout-diy-birdhouse/ https://rockinmama.net/backyard-blowout-diy-birdhouse/#respond Tue, 21 Sep 2021 04:40:54 +0000 https://rockinmama.net/?p=85423 Kid-centric reality shows are the hottest trend, where kids call the shots in the kitchen, on the runway, and even for survival. Reality TV is a global phenomenon, and while there is no shortage of shows focused on DIY and home renovation, Backyard Blowout is the first series that empowers kids to take charge of the family backyard. Now streaming on Peacock TV, you’ll see the most impressive backyard makeovers, dreamed up by kids.

Backyard Blowout

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Backyard Blowout

Hosted by Jonathan Kidder and outdoor design expert Sana Garner, Backyard Blowout will feature the most elaborate backyard makeovers, including multi-level treehouses, outdoor kitchens, and a colorful resort for the family chicken.

The premise of the show is inspiring, as kids work to transform their family’s backyard space as a surprise to their parents. Kidder and Garner travel to these homes and help these kids realize the designs they have dreamed up, while their parents are away. The kids are passionate about their projects and I love the incorporation of sustainability through the use of repurposed materials. Balancing their imaginations with the practical reality of what they are capable of doing, the resulting backyard transformation is 100% kid-led. The backyard makeovers are unique and showcase the creativity of these kids and may inspire your next backyard renovation.

Backyard Blowout is Peacock’s first venture into the DIY design space. Best of all, you can stream the first season for free.

DIY Birdhouse

Birdhouse Tutorial

To celebrate the release of the series on Peacock, hosts Jonathan Kidder and Sana Garner walked us through a fun, easy DIY Birdhouse tutorial. We used the Birdhouse Woodworking Kit from SparkJump. You can see the entire video tutorial below.

DIY Birdhouse

Backyard Blowout is now streaming on Peackock.

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Kristen Bell and Kirby Howell-Baptiste Talk Queenpins https://rockinmama.net/kristen-bell-and-kirby-howell-baptiste-talk-queenpins/ https://rockinmama.net/kristen-bell-and-kirby-howell-baptiste-talk-queenpins/#respond Fri, 17 Sep 2021 02:00:00 +0000 https://rockinmama.net/?p=85384 It was one of the most elaborate coupon scams you’ve likely never heard about…and the inspiration for STXfilms’ latest film, Queenpins. The coupon heist stars Kristen Bell, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, and Vince Vaughn and was riveting, hilarious, and at times, poignant. Playing exclusively at Cinemark theaters nationwide, Queenpins is a story about dreams, dissapointments, and the decisions that make us who we are.

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Kristen Bell Queenpins

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Queenpins

Dramatic, action-packed, and outlandishly funny, Queenpins is the story of a bored, frustrated homemaker (Kristen Bell) and her best friend (Kirby Howell-Baptiste), who turn a hobby into a multi-million dollar counterfeit coupon caper. I’m highly drawn to films inspired by true events, and this story about the phenomenon of couponing is particularly compelling.

Former Olympic racewalker Connie (Bell) is grieving her last failed fertility treatment and the dream of having her own child with her husband and IRS auditor Rick (Joel McHale). She turns to extreme couponing as her relationship with Rick becomes increasingly estranged, in part due to his excessive work travel and their inability to move forward after loss. The financial burden they have been left with also weighs heavily on their relationship. Connie justifies her bulk shopping habits with the amount of money she is saving the couple, all of which she stores in the nursery that never was.

Connie’s best friend JoJo (Howell-Baptiste) has her own financial and entrepreneurial challenges as she tries to recover from a stolen identity. When Connie’s complaint regarding the quality of an item she purchased results in the brand gifting her with a coupon for a replacement product, she dreams up an elaborate, albeit illegal, couponing scheme. With the social backing of JoJo’s YouTube channel and some help amassing coupons in bulk, the two are the female embodiment of a modern-day Robin Hood. The result is scamming millions from mega-corporations to deliver deals to fellow couponers.

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Kristen Bell and Kirby Howell-Baptiste Talk Queenpins

I sat down with Kristen Bell and Kirby Howell-Baptiste to discuss their roles in the film and what compelled them to want to be involved with the project.

Watch the pennies, and the dollars will take care of themselves -Queenpins

Coupons are as American as apple pie and Howell-Baptiste and Bell are no strangers to coupons. Bell recalls that her grandmother was “an extreme couponer.” She housed hundreds of UPCs in the basement of her home, and her extended family was responsible for sending the UPCs to her. Bell’s grandmother would gather them from a company and send them in for cashier’s checks which she then used to start college funds for her 5 grandchildren. That coupon high, that feeling that no one else is going to get that deal, is something we can all relate to, which is why Queenpins is so fascinating.

Much like the average American, Bell and Howell-Baptiste were unaware of the story prior to receiving the initial script. But it is too outrageous to be untrue. In 2012, three women in Arizona were arrested for an elaborate counterfeit coupon scheme that cost P&G millions of dollars. “None of us had any idea about the story before the script was presented to us,” said Howell-Baptiste. The actress found it interesting that the story has “almost been deliberately silenced” which was another reason she wanted to be a part of the story and have it heard. What these women did was “pretty remarkable” in that they were “trying to better their own lives and the lives of the people around them without causing any direct hurt or pain to any individual” (Howell-Baptiste). Bell didn’t know anything about the story, but stated that “it is an actor’s dream to receive a script that says on the front page ‘based on true events.'” Bell “loved how the directors added such unbelievable specificity to their storytelling.”

As I watched the film, I found myself invested in these two women…almost cheering for their success, despite the illegality of the situation. According to Bell, the filmmakers asked “how do we get you to root for these women who are about to participate in something illegal?” The answer was in the character’s highly relatable storylines. Connie (Bell) struggles with infertility, and “whether you’ve ever struggled with infertility, you can imagine how hard that can be and you immediately have some empathy there” (Bell). Similarly, Connie is a former Olympic racewalker, and Bell had an interesting perspective that most Americans are unaware of with regards to former Olympians. “We all just watched our Olympic athletes, who we put on a pedestal for a number of years, and then completely ignore the rest of their lives.” These athletes often have a lot of trouble paying their bills after they have worked to represent America on the world’s stage…”we completely disregard them.”

Connie’s troubled marriage is unfortunate but all too relatable. “It is a story of being in a marriage that is not serving you at all, and you know that you want to get out of it, but you have no financial way to do so” (Bell). In the film, Connie finally figures out how to do this, and goes to the person she has chosen as her family, JoJo. Bell identifies with this idea of chosen family and how these women supported each other to accomplish their dreams together, while also weighing how far they are willing to let each other go. “Everything about [the film] was so specific and beautiful, on top of the fact that it was based on true events” (Bell).

Queenpins

Queenpins Giveaway

Queenpins is giving away $500 a day for 21 days starting through September 29th. Visit Queenpins.Movie to enter the Golden Coupon sweepstakes. Enter daily to increase your chances to win.

  • Submit your entry at Queenpins.Movie.
  • Share your Queenpins ticket stub with #QueenpinsSweeps on Instagram or Twitter
  • Post a picture of your girls night out watching Queenpins and use #QueenpinsSweeps on Instagram or Twitter

Queenpins is playing in select Cinemark Theaters nationwide and will be availalbe for streaming on Paramount+ on September 30th. 

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Make It Big Free Virtual Conference https://rockinmama.net/make-it-big-free-virtual-conference/ https://rockinmama.net/make-it-big-free-virtual-conference/#respond Tue, 07 Sep 2021 19:00:00 +0000 https://rockinmama.net/?p=85302 Are you a retailer, entrepreneur, or e-commerce professional? Do you want to make your brand stand out this coming year? BigCommerce will host a free virtual conference to help businesses and business leaders create experiences that will captivate your audience with results. Make It Big launches on September 14th and ends on September 15th and will feature video sessions with experts like Mark Cuban, Neil Patel, and Ann Handley.

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Make It Big Free Virtual Conference

BigCommerce’s Make It Big is a free virtual conference that will provide businesses and business leaders with actionable insights to grow their brands. The conference is sponsored by Google and features sessions from global thought leaders who will help provide information to build cutting-edge businesses ready for the future. Make It Big will cover the latest in business scaling, e-commerce trends, and inspiration for effective personal growth and brand building.

Make It Big Conference

BigCommerce

BigCommerce is one of the world’s leading e-commerce platforms and provides online store creation, search engine optimization, and marketing for small to enterprise-level businesses. Their partners include popular brands such as Ben and Jerry’s, Pepsico Healthy Living, Skullcandy, QVC and Z Gallerie.

Registration for Make It Big is free. Simply visit their website to register, then attend the conference September 14-15, 2021.

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Little Bites Pumpkin Muffins – Giveaway https://rockinmama.net/little-bites-pumpkin-muffins/ https://rockinmama.net/little-bites-pumpkin-muffins/#comments Mon, 06 Sep 2021 15:00:00 +0000 https://rockinmama.net/?p=85337 Sometime between when the kids go back to school in late August and the start of the Fall season, I start counting down the days until I can get all-things pumpkin. Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year, ushering in the change of seasons and readying families for the holidays. Little Bites Pumpkin Muffins are back for a limited time, baked fresh with real pumpkin. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post to enter to win a prize package that includes a Visa Gift Card and Little Bites snacks!

The coupons for product redemption, information, and gift card have been provided by Little Bites® so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Little Bites®. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Little Bites®.

Little Bites Pumpkin Muffins Snack Pouches

Entenmann’s Little Bites® Pumpkin Muffins

I love to bake, particularly during the Fall, but busy school and extracurricular activities make it nearly impossible to be consistent. Entenmann’s Little Bites snacks are perfect for families on-the-go like ours. We pack them for snacks, lunches, and everything in between.

With Halloween just around the corner, we love the idea of offering Little Bites Pumpkin Muffins in place of Halloween Candy. The perfectly portioned pouches conveniently fit into most pumpkins and Halloween treat bags.

Little Bites Pumpkin Muffins

Perfectly timed for the Fall season, you can find Little Bites Pumpkin Muffins at your local store for a limited time. These muffins are made with real pumpkin and baked moist and delicious. Little Bites Snacks are free from trans fats and do not contain high fructose corn syrup or colors. And their pre-portioned pouches (four muffins to a pouch) make it easy for parents to ensure they are packing the appropriate amount for their child. You can learn more about Little Bites by visiting their website.

Little Bites Fall Recipes and DIY Activities

The Little Bites website is a great resource for Fall recipes and activities. Right now you’ll find a tutorial for a DIY Upcycled Halloween Lantern, a recipe for pumpkin cake pops, a scarily delicious Jack O’ Lantern, and Spooktacular Ghosts. You can also check out our previous post with our favorite DIY Halloween Treats.

Be sure to follow Little Bites on Facebook and Instagram for additional inspiration.

Little Bites Giveaway

One of you will win a $25 Visa digital gift card and (3) coupons for up to $5.29 off the purchase of any Little Bites® snacks. To enter, simply complete the Rafflecopter form and leave a comment with your favorite Fall activity. Comments will close on September 21, 2021, and a winner will be announced at that time.

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US Residents only. Duplicates and comments not including the above information will be disqualified. Comments are moderated. If you don’t see your comment in a reasonable amount of time, send me an email. Bloggers and non-bloggers may enter. If you don’t want to leave your email address, please be sure to check back for my announcement on the winner. Please note that winners must respond within 48 hours of being announced/contacted or another winner will be drawn.

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Little Bites Back-to-School Bash – Giveaway https://rockinmama.net/little-bites-back-to-school-bash/ https://rockinmama.net/little-bites-back-to-school-bash/#comments Fri, 27 Aug 2021 19:38:00 +0000 https://rockinmama.net/?p=85266 New schools, new schedules, and new extracurricular activities all in the middle of a pandemic have made the new school year that much more interesting. Fortunately, we have had a wonderful start to the new year and my kids are adjusting in ways I never imagined. Ironically, one of our biggest challenges have been lunches and snacks, thanks to homecooked meals over the past year and a half. Thankfully, Little Bites snacks have been a snack saver for my kids. To celebrate the new school year, Little Bites is hosting a Back to School Bash where families can win everything they need for the new school year including backpacks, school supplies, and more. After you’ve entered their sweepstakes, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post to enter to win a prize package that includes a Visa Gift Card and Little Bites snacks!

The coupons for product redemption, information, and gift card have been provided by Little Bites® so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Little Bites®. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Little Bites®

Back to School Snacks

Little Bites Snacks

My kids have been fans of Little Bites Snacks for as long as I can remember. These snacks are perfect for field trips, road trips, afterschool activities, and more. Additionally, my kids have enjoyed these snacks for breakfast, snack time, and a complement to their lunches.

The brand dates back to 1999 and features a line of mini muffins, fudge brownies, crumb cakes, and soft baked cookies, all baked soft and moist. As a parent, I appreciate that the snack packs are pre-portioned and are made with real ingredients like blueberries, bananas, pumpkin, and chocolate chips. Little Bites do not contain high fructose corn syrup, trans-fats or artificial colors. The snack packs make it easy for kids to enjoy Little Bites on the go, which is exactly what this busy mom needs!

Little Bites Snacks

Little Bites Recipes and DIY Activities

Did you know that Little Bites has an entire section dedicated to recipes and DIY activities inspired by their brand? Right now, you’ll find Back-To-School inspiration for recipes and activities using Little Bites including a Back to School DIY Bookwork Snack, a DIY Organizer, a DIY Book Cover, and a 5-Day School Lunch Menu Plan. We struggle with creative lunch ideas, so I found their School Lunch Menu Plan helpful in crafting new school lunch ideas kids will love.

Little Bites Back-to-School Bash

How do you plan to celebrate the new school year? Share with Little Bites on Facebook and/or Instagram and you’ll be entered to win incredible back-to-school prizes. Twenty winners will receive everything they need to throw the ultimate celeration including school supplies, Little Bites backpacks, and coupons. Be sure to visit Little Bites for their official rules. Here is what you need to do to enter:

  • Log onto Facebook and visit the Little Bites page to comment with a brief description of how you plan to celebrate going back to school to receive one (1) entry.
  • Log onto Instagram and visit the Little Bites page to comment with a brief description of how you plan to celebrate going back to school to receive one (1) entry.
  • Little Bites Back to School Bash

    Little Bites Giveaway

    One of you will win a $25 Visa digital gift card and (3) coupons for up to $5.29 off the purchase of any Little Bites® snacks. To enter, simply complete the Rafflecopter form and leave a comment with how you prepared for the new school year. Comments will close on September 14th, 2021 and a winner will be announced at that time.

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    US Residents only. Duplicates and comments not including the above information will be disqualified. Comments are moderated. If you don’t see your comment in a reasonable amount of time, send me an email. Bloggers and non-bloggers may enter. If you don’t want to leave your email address, please be sure to check back for my announcement on the winner. Please note that winners must respond within 48 hours of being announced/contacted or another winner will be drawn.

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