5 Reasons You Need A Fitbit Flex #VZWMidwest

5 Reasons You Need A Fitbit Flex

I am testing the Fitbit® Flex in partnership with Verizon Wireless Midwest. All opinions expressed are my own.

The time has come…It’s time for me to send back my precious Fitbit I’ve had for the past four months. You guys, I am SO sad. This is definitely a purchase I will be making in the near future. I love love love it!

During my last Fitbit update I told you all how I wanted to hit my goal of 10k steps for 30 days straight. I am sad to report I fell short of my goal. I did awesome for a few weeks, only to be hit with a sinus infection that knocked me on my booty for 3 weeks straight. After that, I was suffering from leg fatigue at the end of the day due to my varicose veins in my legs. I know – excuses, excuses!

Regardless of falling short, I am still obsessed with my Fitbit. A few people have commented they would be afraid it would bother them to wear, but to be honest, I got used to it in no time. Now feels like a part of me — just like a watch.

As a reminder to those who aren’t familiar, The Fitbit Flex electronically tracks how many steps you take, how far you’ve walked {in miles}, your estimated calorie burn based on those stats, and how restful your sleep was if you wear it overnight. It can also track your calorie intake if you are curious about that as well.

Fitbit Flex iPhone App - 5 Reasons You Need A Fitbit Flex

A peek inside the Fitbit Flex iPhone app

With that, here’s an additional 5 Reasons You Need A Fitbit:

1. It’s SO easy to track your activity during the day. Seriously. I love using the free iPhone app to see where my steps are and up my game if need be. Or, if I’m at home, I simply log into my dashboard online.

2. In the four months I’ve had the device, it has only failed me three times. And by fail, I mean it didn’t tell me when my battery was low {it usually sends me an email}, so it didn’t track my steps correctly. It’s insanely accurate, and I wear it in the shower daily and have even worn it in the pool on several occasions. For a tech device, I’d say that’s a pretty good track record!

3. If you’re watching your calorie in-take, it will sync with MyFitnessPal or other apps. Obviously I’m not caring about my calories as much during pregnancy, but I love that feature since I will be watching myself more post-pregnancy to help shed some weight. You can even set a goal weight and it can tell you how many steps you should take daily to help achieve your goal.

4. It gets people talking about health. People are always asking me what the device on my wrist is. I love having the opportunity to talk about it. Any time we can openly talk about our health concerns, I feel it creates an important dialogue I wish we all were discussing more frequently. Also, I feel bonded to others wearing them — it’s like being in the cool kids club.

5. A bit of friendly competition can be motivational. You can add friends in your Fitbit profile for some friendly competition and to motivate each other. This is a great way to help friends and family members get active!

Honestly, the only beef I have with the product is that it doesn’t take into consideration how many of my steps involve carrying 25 pound+ children, but I’m sure that technology will be coming soon enough ;)

The Fitbit Flex retails for $99.99 at VerizonWireless.com

Visit the Verizon Midwest blog to learn about news, updates and about the devices offered.

Do you use a fitness tracker? Which ones do you love?

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Delicious Eats With Blaze Pizza in Royal Oak {+ Giveaway with 5 WINNERS!}

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A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet-up with some fellow fab local bloggers for a great event at Blaze Pizza in Royal Oak, orchestrated by my friend Metro Detroit Mommy.

If there’s anything I can tell you about bloggers in general, it’s that we LOVE to talk and we LOVE to eat — especially pizza!

The event kicked off with us meeting the super awesome local marketing manager for Blaze, Darla, and her telling us all about Blaze and how it got its start.

The pizza chain began in Pasadena, California and has quickly swept across the United States and for good reason! The food is amazing, fresh and best of all — affordable! I loved the environment as well — it was very fresh and clean inside the premises.

Blaze Pizza in Royal Oak, Michigan

Outside the Royal Oak, Michigan location. From BlazePizza.com.

Since I have kids, I am a huge fan of the fast casual concept because let’s face it: Nothing is quite as torturous as dining with a 3.5-year-old and 20-month-old! We need our food FAST and Blaze makes pizza in 180 seconds, which makes it an awesome quick-lunch option or for families.

You can build your own pizza with their variety of awesome toppings {some unique ones include: crumbled meatballs, 5 different cheeses, artichokes, arugula, zucchini and 6 different sauces}. Check out the entire menu here. There are also gluten-free options available!

The part that gets my husband excited? You pay $6.95 for UNLIMITED toppings. There’s nothing more frustrating to him than when he builds his own pizza and it costs us a small fortune due to all the up-charges!

Alternatively, you can choose one of their signature pizzas as well. I tried the Red Vine {Ovalini mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, parmesan, basil, red sauce, olive oil drizzle, plus I added goat cheese and oregano}. Holy lord — it was good! I ate the entire thing without an issue, but most bloggers had some left over. Hey ya’ll — I’m eating for two here ;)

Red Vine Pizza at Blaze Pizza Royal Oak

Blaze also has delicious fresh salads, unique drinks like Blood Orange Lemonade {sooooo good!} and even dessert in the form of S’More Pies, which are just $2.

Overall, I loved how quick you get served, how cool and hip the environment was, and best of all — it was pretty much the same price I would pay eating fast food. I highly recommend giving Blaze a taste!

S'more Pies at Blaze Pizza in Royal Oak

Mmmmm…S’More Pies! From BlazePizza.com.

BLAZE PIZZA | 112 S. Main St. | Royal Oak, Mich. 48067

Another note to my friends who like to go out in Royal Oak: Blaze is open until 3 a.m. Thursday – Saturday! Perfect after-bar snack ;)

Follow Blaze on Facebook | Twitter, and be sure to tweet your pizza photos with the hashtag #HowDoYouBlaze.

GIVEAWAY

I am excited to be able to give away 20 PASSES to Blaze! To make it easiest for families to enter, I’ve split them up into 5 sets of 4 passes each. Treat your family or friends to some awesome pizza, courtesy of Blaze!

Important: These passes are valid at the Royal Oak, Michigan location ONLY. Must be 18 years of age or older and local to Michigan or willing to drive to Royal Oak to win. Giveaway ends on 4/26/14 at midnight.

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Good luck!

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The True Story of the Three Little Pigs At The Wharton + Giveaway!

I’m super excited to be partnering with The Wharton Center for Performing Arts on Michigan State University’s campus in East Lansing for a fun, family-friendly giveaway! If you’ve never been, it’s a GREAT venue for performances and parking is a cinch with an attached parking deck :)

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs - Wharton Center

On Sunday, April 27th at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., the TRUE story of the three little pigs will be told. Featuring Paul Mesner puppets and based on the book by Jon Scieska, here’s the show synopsis:

Think you know the real story behind the huffing and puffing? Think again. There’s only one individual who knows the true story about one wolf, three houses and three little pigs: Alexander T. Wolf. In this revealing, no-squealing adaptation of Jon Scieszka’s popular book, A. Wolf has a chance to tell his side of the story. He only wanted a cup of sugar and he did have a cold. For years we have only known this story from the pigs’ point of view. Mr. A. Wolf tells all about what really happened to those three little houses made of straw, sticks and bricks and the three pigs who lived in them. 

How cute does that sound? Best of all, ticket prices are just $8! The show is recommended for age 4 and up.

The program is part of the Act One Family Series, which provide the perfect opportunity for parents and grandparents to introduce children to the performing arts. Shows are specifically designed to appeal to young audiences by national and international touring youth theatre production companies.

Additionally, one hour prior to performance time, there will be family activities while supplies last.

Learn more here: http://www.whartoncenter.com/events/detail/the-true-story-of-the-three-little-pigs

Or follow The Wharton Center on Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | YouTube.

The Wharton Center - The True Story Of The Three Little Pigs

GIVEAWAY

I am excited to provide TWO tickets to a family for the 4 p.m. show {tickets will be at will call}. Just follow the Rafflecopter prompts below. Must be a Michigan resident age 18+ and willing to drive to East Lansing for the show. Giveaway ends on April 18 at midnight.

Best of luck!

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Think Build-A-Bear Workshop® For Easter Gifts {+ $25 Gift Card Giveaway!} ENDS 4/11

The post below is sponsored by Build-A-Bear Workshop®. All opinions expressed are my own.

I don’t know about you all, but there is nothing my kids love more than all of their “stuffie” animal friends. Kinley can honestly name each and every person and place where she got each one of hers. It’s truly amazing!

That’s why I have plans to take her to our local Build-A-Bear Workshop® for her next birthday. I know she will just love it, and to me, taking her to an experience rather than just getting a gift is so important.

I was beyond thrilled to receive the CUTEST bunny ever to give her from BABW’s Easter collection. She is going to FREAK. Because look at this thing. So adorable, right?!

Build-A-Bear Stripes-A-Lot Bunny

Get a FREE egg decorating kit with a purchase of $25 or more, while supplies last! 

I love everything from the packaging and “birth” certificate to the details on the shoes and skirt. When you receive something from Build-A-Bear Workshop®, expect GREAT quality and a friend that will last!

Build-A-Bear Bunny

I know my girls will love playing with Stripes’ house {box} too!

More about what Build-A-Bear Workshop® is offering this Easter season is below. If you’d rather go into the store to make your own creation, a gift card would be the perfect basket addition. Or, you can always make things easy and shop online!

Pretty Petals Bunny

Pretty Petals Bunny ($20) is perfectly pink and ready to hop into your heart! She is wearing her favorite springtime Fuchsia Tulle Flower Dress ($12.50), Fuchsia Glam Heels ($7.50) and Flower Headband ($3).

Chocolate Bunny

Chocolate Bunny ($18) has soft brown fur, big floppy ears and bright blue eyes. He is dressed casually cool in a Checkered Shirt with Bowtie ($7), Khaki Shorts ($7), Navy & Lime Boat Shoes ($7.50) and Lime Green Sunglasses ($4.50). Plus you can add a mini Bunny Easter basket ($5) or plush Easter egg ($3.50) to any furry friend!

Stripes-A-Lot Bunny

Stripes-A-Lot Bunny ($20) is ready for spring gifting with chevron striped fur and pink ears and paws. She wears a Turquoise Flower Skirt Outfit ($12.50), Rainbow Flats ($7.50), Spring Bouquet ($3.50) and Bear Flair™ Flower Bows ($5, 4 pc.). 

Soft & Sweet Lamb

Soft & Sweet Lamb ($18) has fluffy white fur that’s perfect for cuddling. She is ready for spring in her Fuchsia Flower Dress ($10.50), Fuchsia Glam Heels ($7.50 per pair) and Easter Hat ($6). Add a sweet scent like bubblegum to any furry friend with SCENTiments™ for just $3.50.

Additionally, these Build-A-Bear Buddies™ are super affordable and the perfect size for any Easter basket!

Build-A-Bear Buddies for Easter

Choose from Blue Waddles Duckling, Zigzag Bunny, Snuggly Heart Bear, Purple Fuzzy Duckling and more ($10 each). Dress any Build-A-Bear Buddies friend in the Yellow Egg Costume, Fuchsia Flower Dress, White Bunny Costume or Pink Plaid Dress ($7 each) for a heartfelt gift for someone special. 

Learn more by following Build-A-Bear Workshop® on Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram. Additionally, check out the iPhone app and blog, too.

GIVEAWAY!!!

I am excited to be able to offer the chance for one of you to win a $25 Bear Buck$® gift card to Build-A-Bear Workshop®. Just follow the Rafflecopter prompts below. Must be 18 years or older and a resident of the U.S. Giveaway ends on 4/11/14 at midnight.

Best of luck and “hoppy” Easter ;)

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LEGO KidsFest WINNER Announcement!

Congrats!

Congrats to Andrea Giannini, she is the winner of the LEGO KidsFest tickets for its return to the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, April 25-27. For more information, please see my original post here.

Note: The Saturday Session 2  on April 26 only has limited ticket availability. To ensure the session of your choice, be sure to purchase your tickets online here: http://www.legokidsfest.com/detroit/tickets.html

Congrats again, Andrea, and thanks to U.S. Family Guide for providing her with the tickets. ENJOY!

LIKE and Follow LEGOKidsFest on Facebook, tag #LEGOKidsFest, follow on Twitter, and/or follow on Pinterest for all the latest ticketing updates.

Stay tuned for more great giveaways :D

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Review: Disney On Ice presents “Let’s Celebrate!” At The Palace of Auburn HillsThrough Tomorrow

I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and receive complimentary tickets to Feld shows in exchange for promoting. All opinions expressed  are mine.

We had such a special night out with one of my girlfriends and her two daughters on Thursday night. We had the opportunity to see Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate at The Palace of Auburn Hills!

I love having an excuse to spend one-on-one time with each of my girls, and it was my turn to take Kinley somewhere fun. I made the mistake of telling her we were going to the show a week in advance, so every day leading up to it, she asked when we were going. Turns out preschoolers have no sense of time ;) Thankfully the day arrived and she was SO EXCITED all day long and couldn’t wait to put on her dress.

For me, this was HUGE. Kinley does not like wearing dresses, but when I told her a lot of the little gals would be wearing them, she ran to get her “Cinderella” dress and put it on eagerly. I was just thrilled to see her pick out a costume that isn’t Sulley from Monsters Inc., which she wears EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. {Note to Disney On Ice peeps: Please make a show with Sulley in it, OK and maybe Elsa and Anna from Frozen, too!}

The little cuties we went with had to dress-up, too. And how cute are they?

Just chilling with Merida, Rapunzel and Cinderella!

If you go to the show, it may be a good idea for your little person to get dressed up as their favorite Disney character. So many cute kids wandered around! Another tip: Bring snacks…perhaps special ones. My little gal felt on top of the world getting a little bag of M&M’s all to herself! And it sure beat spending $10+ on some of the treats at the show.

As for the show, it was really neat. During each scene, Mickey, Minnie and their crew celebrated different holidays from around the world. It went from Halloween {kind of a dark scene with villans — the kids didn’t like this one!} to Valentine’s Day {the clear favorite since it had ALL the princesses}, to a Hawaiian luau, the Cherry Blossom Festival in Japan, Chinese New Year to Christmas and more. It was so fun trying to guess which holiday would be up next.

Disney On Ice Princesses

Many of the Disney princesses skating with their respective princes

Kinley says her favorite character was Ariel “She had legs!”, but she also loved one of the final scenes with various Toy Story characters. I have to say, I thought Aladdin and Jasmine stole the show with their ice skating skills, but really, they all were fantastic skaters. I swear — it’s just like watching the Olympics! I have so much respect for these young skaters.

Disney On Ice - Let's Celebrate

A skating kick line of many of the characters in the show

If you’re looking for something fun to do with kiddos this weekend, I highly recommend checking out Disney On Ice. The kids will love it, and I bet you’ll enjoy it as well!

Disney On Ice - Final Scene

One of the final scenes, complete with falling snow and pyrotechnics!

BUY TICKETS TO THE SHOW HERE. Don’t forget to use the promo code 18MOM to receive tickets for just $18! Promo code valid on the $26 and $20 price levels only. Not valid with any other offer or discount. Must purchase via ticketmaster.com.

Who are your favorite Disney characters?

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Run or Dye Coming to Hazel Park May 10, 2014! #RunOrDyeDetroit {+ Giveaway!}

There has been one thing I have missed dearly this pregnancy: Running. While you can run pregnant, I needed a break after a knee injury. Now that I’m healed, I can’t just start up running again, but I have been doing a lot of walking to stay fit.

Lucky for me, there are plenty of local 5ks that don’t discriminate against pregnant walkers. I’m excited to tell you all about a super fun 5K happening on May 10 at the Hazel Park Raceway: Run Or Dye Detroit!

Run or Dye

Run or Dye is the world’s most colorful 5K. Bring all your friends and run a color-blasted 5K, where you get showered in safe, eco-friendly, plant-based cornstarch dye every kilometer.  Then enjoy our world-famous Dye Festival afterward, where you can Tie-Dye the Sky {not to mention all your friends}!

Create a team to save {or join our blogger team called Metro Detroit Mommy}, then use the code: DETROITRUN to save another $10.

As noted above, Run or Dye is for EVERYONE. Whether you’re a recovering couch potato or an avid marathon runner, you’ll love the atmosphere and experience at Run or Dye.  You’re welcome to walk, run, dance, or skip your way to the finish line.  And Run or Dye is family-friendly — kids 6 and under run FREE! {Though strollers are welcome, I would advise at not using a super nice one ;)}

Feel free to join our Facebook Run or Dye event here, too!

NOTE: The registration fee goes up on March 20, so sure to sign-up TODAY for the most savings!

Follow Race or Dye on Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Google+ | YouTube | Instagram | TumblrRun or Dye Detroit

GIVEAWAY

Enter for your chance to WIN two free admissions to the Run Or Dye event, May 10, 2014 at the Hazel Park Harness Raceway. The giveaway ends on April 11, 2014.

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Happy running/walking/getting fit spring!

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LEGO® KidsFest in Michigan April 25-27 {+Giveaway!}

LEGO KidsFest in Michigan

I am a U.S. Family Guide Blogger and will receive tickets in exchange for this post. Opinions are my own.

The LEGO® KidsFest is coming back to Michigan and I am SO excited to share the details and host a giveaway for this super awesome event. {Cue “Everything Is Awesome“}

LEGO KidsFest Pile

One of the many big piles of LEGO fun at the LEGO KidsFest, coming to the Suburban Collection Showplace April 25-27

The fest will be at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi on April 25 – 27. LEGO KidsFest brings all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experiences together in one activity- and entertainment-packed family event for children of all ages and builders of all skills and interests. The event is broken into sessions and will take place on the following dates:

  • Friday, April 25: 4-8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 26: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 26: 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 27: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 27: 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

We took Kinley to the event last spring, and despite her being a little young, she loved it! There literally was something for all ages.

LEGO KidsFest Duplo Area

Kinley hanging out in the DUPLO® area last year
This event sold out last year, so if you want to ensure you don’t miss out on the fun, be sure to buy your tickets in advance here.GIVEAWAY

One of my followers will win TWO tickets to for the opening night session on Friday, April 25, 2014 (4-8:30 p.m.). I encourage you to LIKE and Follow LEGOKidsFest on Facebook, tag #LEGOKidsFest, follow on Twitter, and/or follow on Pinterest for all the latest ticketing updates. You must be 18 to enter, 1 entry per day allowed, random drawing by USFG on Wednesday, March 26!

Please visit this link to register to win {this is a link for ONLY my blog}: http://www.usfamilyguide.com/LEGO_KidsFest/?blogid=2181

Have fun if you attend the event!

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