Friday, April 29, 2011

Pedigree Ambassador/New Food Transition

I've mentioned previously that our family adopted a wonderful Pekingese named Preston from the Pet Pal Animal Rescue in St Pete. He continues to be the light of our life! The entire family shares in the responsibilities and joys of pet ownership and care - which has actually been less burdensome that I had expected! We had actually avoided pet ownership for over 20 years - but we're all so thrilled to have little Pressy Prancy Pants join us in our adventures!

Pedigree and MomCentral Consulting have selected Preston and our family to serve as Pedigree Ambassadors to share some great opportunities and petcare information in the coming weeks. We received a supply of their new Pedigree Dog Food for Small Dogs to help Preston experience this great new and improved formula. They have provided us with some great tips to help our pet in his transition to the new food, which I share here:

When changing pet foods, you will want to slowly transition your dog to the new Pedigree food by inserting increasing amounts of Pedigree into his or her regular food. For days 1+2 insert 25% of the new food into the dog’s current dry dog food. For days 3+4, 50% new food should be in the dish. For days 5+6, 75% of the food will be the new Pedigree, and beyond 7 days the food will be 100% of the new Pedigree.

We've now completed the transition to 100% of the new Pedigree. Preston LOVES it - it's apparently very tastey and easy for his smaller mouth to chew...

Preston and the Fritz Family will be sharing more Pedigree facts and fun with you soon...

Please visit these links to, the @PedigreeUS Twitter handle, and Pedigree Adoption Drive Facebook page

I wrote this review while participating in an Ambassador campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Pedigree and received dog food to facilitate my reviews and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Family Movie Night: TRUTH BE TOLD ON 4/16/11 FOX TV

Our family is thrilled that P&G and Walmart are continuing their partnership to host fun family movie night presentations on FOX TV. We have thoroughly enjoyed these outstanding family-themed films with relevant topics and family-friendly themes. What a breath of fresh air! We're hosting a family viewing party on Saturday night with lots of friends and snacks - no drama, no parking, no gas, no expensive movie tickets, no outrageous soda and snack charges or lines at the theater....

Millions of families are rediscovering their family rooms and actually
watching TV ... together. Thanks to Walmart and P&G, great family
movies are now being broadcast FREE on network TV. Their mission is to offer great quality movies that are good for the entire family.

We serve up lots of snacks and goodies to enjoy throughout the movies - we munch and discuss some important topics while watching and following the movies. These movies have built-in teachable moments (remember those awesome "After School Specials" of the 1970-80's???)- PERFECT family entertainment! Past movies we enjoyed over the past year were the "Jensen Project" and "Change of Plans". My kids and I discussed the topics raised including honest, responsibility, sacrifice, and empathy. All the core values I strive to share with my children in a special package topped with POPCORN!

The premiere of “Truth Be Told” is on Saturday, April 16th on FOX at 8pm/7ct. Please visit the official Family Movie Night “Truth Be Told” website: and Facebook page
Check out the trailer on YouTube:this link to the official “Truth Be Told” movie trailer:
Here's a brief peek into the movie:

When leading marriage counselor Annie Morgan (Candace Cameron Bure) is offered an opportunity to host a relationship talk show, she jumps at the chance. But fearful that being single might ruin her big break, she conspires with an old college friend and recent widower, Mark Crane (David James Elliott), to pose as a married couple with kids. Their story starts to unravel when Annie and Mark join her eccentric soon-to-be boss (Ronny Cox) for a weekend at his ranch in New Mexico. Comical misunderstandings mark the event as Annie struggles to keep up the ruse, finding herself emotionally invested and conflicted by her own conscience. Will she confess the truth about her marital status and her feelings for Mark... and will the truth set them free.

I had an opportunity to view a preview trailer and LOVED Candace Cameron Bure as she wrestles with important themes of honesty in a family-toned manner.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of P&G and received a movie kit to facilitate my review and a gift code to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Pedigree Ambassador!

We just learned that our dog Preston has been selected to be a Pedigree Ambassador! I'll post soon about our wonderful dog's journey to our well as updates on his progress with Pedigree

I will receive a gift card, pet food sample, and pet care journal for participating in this ambassador program from MomCentral and Pedigree.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Paint It Purple With a Welch-arita!

As a busy mom with alot goin' on, I can relate to the challenge many parents face with less-than-ideal diets for routine family snacks and meals....I have embraced a colorful pallete of foods on my family's plates! Banish the blah of starches and over-processed foods and celebrate with a kaleidoscope of foods pleasing to the eye and taste buds...

How about some lucious purple and blues of fruits and veggies such as grapes, blueberries, cabbage and eggplant - so rich in natural antioxidants and flavor! We've been exploring a variety of fun and interactive ways for our family to PAINT IT PURPLE to help the kids become more aware of the benefits of enjoying a colorful diet.

My daughter Krissy and I enjoyed a "PAINT IT PURPLE" mom and daughter afternoon to celebrate with some fun Welch-aritas (non-alcholic) and mani's featuring a deep plum nailpolish to bring out our inner-divas!:

1 ½ tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice,
½ cup Welch’s 100% Grape Juice, ¼ cup water,
1 teaspoon fresh squeezed orange juice

According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, half your plate should be fruits and vegetables. Incorporating immune- and heart-supporting nutrients into our children's diet is not only important, but also could help shift the trend of nearly half of all Americans who still do not consume the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables.

One easy way to get this recommended daily amount, is to drink 4-oz. (or a 1/2 cup) of Welch's 100% Grape Juice made with Concord grapes, which offers a full serving of fruit. Best yet, it is has no added sugar. It's the Concord grape that offers antioxidants along with a mix of plant nutrients called polyphenols, which may benefit heart health!

In honor of March and National Nutrition Month, Welch's is sharing its resources that help steer us to better health or even just start those important conversations among family members:

Welch's Family Vine Tool, allows you to trace your family's heart history is a destination for the science behind the Concord grape's health benefits .Welch's also has the best grape- and grape-juice inspired recipes at the Welch's Recipe Box.

Welch’s National Nutrition Month tools:
Diet and exercise affect your heart but so do your genes. That’s why it’s important to understand your family’s heart health history. Welch’s is helping spreading heart healthy awareness with its Welch’s Family Vine Tool, which enables families to trace their personal health histories and share the results among relatives. For more visit,

The Grape Science Center is a valuable resource to learn about the growing Concord grape research in areas like heart health, cognitive health, immune system health and more. For more information on the science behind the Concord grape’s health benefits, visit the Grape Science Center at

In addition to promoting heart healthfulness, Welch’s has prepared recipes and other tips for creating tasty meals and snacks with vibrantly colored fruit. Find these and more at the Welch’s Recipe Box or via Please also direct readers to the Welch’s Twitter Handle: @Welchs and Facebook Fan page at:
Post your comments about your efforts to put MORE PURPLE INTO YOUR FAMILY'S DIETS...

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Welch’s and received a product sample to facilitate my review and a gift code to thank me for taking the time to participate.