Dial Hand Soap review + giveaway

Dial brand provided me with a sample of their new Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap in exchange for a product review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

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If you’re looking for a gentle hand soap that leaves your hands feeling soft and clean, the new Boutique Collection hand soaps from Dial are just what you’re looking for. 

I was sent a sample of their new Sugar Cane Husk Scrub deep cleansing moisturizing hand soap earlier this month. We have been using it for over a week now and we all agree – it does a fantastic job of both getting your hands clean and keeping them soft and moisturized. 

I have it next to our kitchen sink right now. While I was making grilled ham and cheese sandwiches for dinner tonight, I used it several times. With our other brand of hand soap, my hands feel a little dry after hand washings and I reach for my favorite L’Occitane shea butter hand cream to restore the moisture.

With this new soap from Dial, I don’t have to. My hands felt soft and not dry at all after use, even after multiple hand washings. Its light, exfoliating micro-scrubbers leave hands feeling smooth. Another perk, we all thought it smelled great too!

If you’d like to try a bottle for yourself, the nice people at Dial have provided a coupon for one of you to try out a bottle. They also sent me two additional coupons for other Dial soaps – one Dial Complete Omega Moisture Foaming Hand Wash and Dial Miracle Oil Liquid Hand Soap that I’m happy to share with you. 

Enter on the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win a coupon for a free bottle of Dial Hand Soap. Good luck friends!

– Denise

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Google Mobile Friendly Test link

Bloggers and business owners, is your website mobile ready? On April 21st, 2015 Google may drop your site from search rankings if it’s not. It’s fast and easy to know the answer.

Visit https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/ to find out if your site is optimized for mobile. 

Does your blog or website pass Google's Mobile Ready Test? Find out here - HealthyDisneyFamily.com

I found out that mine was not mobile ready.  I really liked the Adelle WordPress.org theme I was using – it was cute, easy to use, and had great features. However BluChic the designer and creator of the theme is no longer providing updates for it. I have had a few issues and site glitches over the past year and it’s likely related to the WordPress updates and the widgets I use not working well with the theme.

I’ve switched to the free WordPress.org Twenty Fifteen theme. It’s clean, easy to navigate, and looks good on mobile. I will be updating and changing things to personalize it as I go but so far, so good.

If you’re in the same boat as me and need to find a new template or theme, don’t worry there are many excellent ones out there. Just don’t wait and update it as soon as possible.

If you think your website or blog is ready to go and optimized for mobile, that’s awesome. Just be sure to check anyway so you know for sure.

We work very hard to grow our blogs and don’t want to risk losing any of our valuable traffic from Google Searches.

For more information on what you need to know about making your site mobile optimized, visit Google Developers.

Bloggers and website owners: Have you changed your template or theme since starting your blog – and are you optimized for mobile?

– Denise

Disney Social Media Moms OTR

I’m here to share some EXCELLENT news, friends!

Applications are now open for the upcoming Disney Social Media Moms On the Road Celebrations in June 2015! 

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This year’s locations include:

- Portland, OR

- New York, NY

- Austin, TX

*I just applied for Portland – yay, hometown!!!*

If you’re not familiar with the Disney Social Media Moms Celebrations, they are a one day conference where you listen to some of the most amazing speakers and hear the latest Disney news and information from direct from Disney Parks!

Here’s the info direct from Disney Social Media Moms:

The magic of the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration is departing Main Street, U.S.A.® and going “On the Road”! Disney Social Media Moms Celebration “On-the-Road” is going coast to coast in June 2015, spreading tons of pixie dust along the way. We’ll be making our way from Portland, OR to the Big Apple then we’re heading down south to Austin, TX. It’s your chance to experience all of the magic, inspiration and surprises that are sure to unfold, all while showing your #DisneySide!

From dynamic speakers and interactive sessions to behind-the-scenes info straight from Disney Parks, it’s no wonder that previous attendees have come from all over to experience the unique magic of Disney Social Media Moms Celebration “On-the-Road”.

…Let us know you are interested in attending a Disney Social Media Moms Celebration “On-The-Road” event! If you are selected to attend, you will receive an official invitation by email. Once you receive an invitation, you will have to register for the event and will receive an email confirmation of your attendance. Due to limited space, we are unable to accommodate attendees of 2015 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration at these events.

Watch on Twitter – #DisneySMMC, @DisneyMoms for announcement of dates.

Here’s the link to apply for the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration On the Road of your choice: http://www.disneysmmoms.com/disney-smmc-on-the-road/

You can also check out my recap of all the fun I had and knowledge I gained at the #DisneySMMoms On the Road Celebration in Phoenix here.

Best of luck to you friends! :)


GIVEAWAY – MealEnders Lozenges

I was sent a free sampler pack of MealEnders in exchange for an honest review of my product experience and to host a giveaway for you, my fantastic readers :) All opinions are my own. 

Have you heard of MealEnders? They are a small hard candy that helps to signal your brain and body that its time to stop eating, even when you are feeling REALLY tempted to overeat. Best of all, they’re only 15 calories and contain no artificial sweeteners. I saw them on another blog recently and thought they sounded intriguing!

When I’m tempted to eat a second helping when I don’t actually need one, I have a few strategies I like to use. I’ll have a glass of water, a cup of hot tea or brush my teeth when I’m finished eating but still feel like I want to eat more. Sometimes I wished I had something else to try and MealEnders ended up being the perfect thing for me.

How it works: Once you finish your meal, pop one of the MealEnders Lozenges in your mouth. The important part – don’t chew it! The lozenge works in layers – the first layer is a sweet “reward” layer that tastes like dessert. That lasts for about 1-2 minutes. The inner layer gives a tingly and cooling sensation, engaging your trigeminal nerve (the nerve that senses “taste” sensations” to cue the end of eating and clear your palate.

I received a sampler of 4 flavors and my favorite is the Chocolate Mint. I liked the taste of the chocolate and the inner layer really did signal my brain to not eat more.

MealEnders review and Giveaway - Sweat Pink, Fit Approach - HealthyDisneyFamily.com

MealEnders review and Giveaway - Sweat Pink, Fit Approach - HealthyDisneyFamily.com
Only 15 calories! Ingredients list for Chocolate Mint flavor
MealEnders review and Giveaway - Sweat Pink, Fit Approach - HealthyDisneyFamily.com
Individually wrapped with the reminder to “Savor, don’t chew”

Today was one of those days where I had a big lunch with 2 glasses of water and still felt hungry. I knew the hunger I felt was due to emotional eating rather than not eating enough. I’m on a dose of Prednisone for the lung issues I’ve been having (bronchitis and walking pneumonia – still!) and my doctor had warned me I’d feel hungrier while taking it.

So instead of giving into my cravings, I popped a Chocolate Mint MealEnders. It took about 15-20 minutes to fully dissolve and within that time, it really worked! My food cravings went away and  my brain registered that I was full. That’s a success in my book :) 

I had never tried one that early in the day before so just a little hint – the tingly minty feeling can stay on your tongue for hours afterward. I like taking them best after dinner when I truly want to be done eating for the night. They are individually wrapped and perfect for popping into your purse. 

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The nice people at MealEnders want to send one of you a variety pack of all four flavors – Chocolate Mint, Cinnamon, Mocha, and Citrus.

Enter below and good luck!

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Exclusive MealEnders Discount – 30% off coupon 

MealEnders wants to put an end to overeating and believes the more people its 15 calorie signaling lozenges can help, the better! They are offering you a fantastic discount – 30% off your order! Just enter coupon code WINNER-TOO at checkout through 4/2/15.

To place your order and save 30% on your entire purchase, visit www.mealenders.com.

Hosting a Disney Side birthday party

Disclosure: We received free items from our friends at Disney Parks and Mom Select to host a Disney Side @Home Celebration. The nice people at Crunch Pak provided coupons for free product to serve at our #DisneySide party as well. All opinions expressed here are our own. 

When you’re a family who loves Disney and Disney Parks, the perfect way to celebrate a birthday is a Disney Side party! We were gifted party items from Disney Parks and added personal items and touches to make the party special for Chase.

We were initially planning a #DisneySide multigenerational party for 10 at our home but the guest list grew quickly once we added some friends from Chase’s new school. We were happy to have a bigger party – the more the merrier! – and that meant a change of venue. Our house could accommodate the extra people, but not my sanity :)

We chose a local facility called Little Engineers that hosts both birthday parties and LEGO classes and camps. Chase wanted a LEGO Star Wars theme for his party and they had everything imaginable to accommodate it – LEGOs to play with, a computer aided engineering project, and the coolest Star Wars Jedi robes for the kids to wear during the party.

The party started with the boys dueling each other with inflatable light sabers to burn off some energy. It worked, the kids were calmer and more attentive after that. 

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The birthday Jedi turns 8!
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The refreshments table with “Big Mickey”
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Close up view of the party table

 Our friends at Disney Parks and Mom Select sent us the adorable Mickey tablecloth, plates, napkins, additional decorations and goodie bag supplies. You can purchase the Mickey snack supplies at Walmart. They are high quality items at a very reasonable price and can be found  in the party section of your local Walmart and on Walmart.com. The additional party supplies we purchased came from our local Costco, Albertsons, Dollar Store and Walmart.  

We stored the chocolate milk and bottled water in our icy cold “beer fridge” in our garage so it transported nice and chilled. We bought the big boxes of individually packaged chips and cookies at Costco. I went for individually packaged since it was the peak of cold and flu season. The individually bagged Crunch Pak apples came from Walmart and the cupcake trays came from our neighborhood Albertson’s. The large plastic serving bowls, balloons, and assorted Happy Birthday decorations came from the Dollar Store.

To add personal touches, I brought in some family pictures from Disney Parks trips we’ve taken. The two on the table are from our first trip to Disneyland as a family in 2011. The one on the left is 4 year old Chase with a life-size LEGO Darth Vader at the LEGO Store in Downtown Disney. The one on the right is Chase in front of Sleeping Beauty castle with Tinker Bell “floating” in his hand. Love that Disney PhotoPass photographer magic!

The other thing we brought in was Chase’s “Big Mickey”. We bought him on a Costco trip years ago for under $30 and he was bigger than Chase at the time! He was a perfect balloon holder and really added that extra Disney magic to the party :)

The party was fantastic – and I was able to stay within a reasonable budget by shopping for deals and buying in bulk at Costco, Walmart, and the Dollar Store. Albertson’s bakery cupcakes were a great deal too – and birthday themed!

We went out to dinner with Grandma afterward at his favorite local restaurant. The waiters and waitresses sang Happy Birthday to him and he got to wear a sombrero on his head! Chase told us it was his best birthday ever!

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He tried Deep Fried Ice Cream for his free birthday treat at Corona, his local favorite Mexican restaurant
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Presents from his friends. He got A LOT of LEGOS – his favorite :)

It’s so fun to host a Disney Side birthday party! Anyone can do it! You can choose your own special Disney theme that matters most to you and your family :)

Visit this link up for more Disney Side party ideas: http://www.4theloveoffamily.com/disneyside-home-celebrations-2015/

Thank you so much to our friends at Disney Parks, Mom Select, and Crunch Pak for the party items provided! For more information and tips to host your own Disney Side @Home Celebration, please visit the Disney Side Celebrations website at http://www.disneysidecelebrations.com.

– Denise

GIVEAWAY $20 Amazon.com gift card

Spring into Fitness Giveaway Hop on HealthyDisneyFamily.com


I’m happy to partner with Kristy from Runaway Bridal Planner, Amanda from Mom Who Tri’s, and a bunch of amazing bloggers for the Spring Into Fitness Giveaway Hop!

This is my second time participating in Kristy’s Spring into Fitness Giveaway Hop. The first time was last year when Healthy Disney Family was in its infancy. Last month marked my one year blogiversary and wow, what an amazing year it has been!

I’ve been happy to connect with so many of you online and in person at runDisney and other races, the Disney Social Media Moms On the Road Celebration in Phoenix, and other fun events throughout the year :)

Each participating blogger in the Giveaway Hop is giving away a fitness related item or gift card.

I’m giving away a $20 Amazon.com electronic gift card!

There are daily entries available for Tweets and Pinning the giveaway to Pinterest. Enter to win on the Rafflecopter below and good luck!

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This giveaway is sponsored by Healthy Family Media LLC and open to users worldwide. One winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winner will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

GIVEAWAY fans – Here are links to more March giveaways on HealthyDisneyFamily.com. Daily entries are available:

Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash ends 3/31

Drazil Tea and Juice box sampler ends 3/31

Veggie Go’s Fruit and Veggie Snack sampler ends 3/31

Please visit the other giveaways on the blog hop for more chances to win other fun fitness related prizes! – Denise