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Barnes & Noble Discovery Weekend and Tons of Holiday Gift Ideas ( #BNDiscovery )

Wednesday night was so much fun getting out of the house and spend some adult-only time at Barnes & Noble learning about the store, their holiday gift items, and browsing (without a toddler running around like crazy) and truly taking my time to look around and find the perfect book matches for all my holiday gifting.

See look- here we are! (Photo courtesy of Colorado Moms)

But what I took away from the event was far more than I imagined. I learned all about the Barnes & Noble Discovery Weekend.

Discovery Weekend:

Barnes & Noble designed Discovery Weekend to help customers discover the perfect holiday gift for everyone on their list, including an amazing selection of books, NOOK® reading and entertainment devices, toys and games, and inspired gifts for all ages. Throughout the weekend customers will find a variety of promotions, special discounts and NOOK offers to begin their holiday shopping. 

Events and Activities In-Store for All Ages

No matter the customer’s age, Barnes & Noble Discovery Weekend boasts a complete lineup of holiday activities for all. Events taking place at Barnes & Noble’s more than 650 locations across the country include:

  • Friday, November 21:
    • 7 p.m.: Linkee® Trivia Tournament:
      • For those who like their quiz games simple, fast and fun, Linkee is the shout-out game with a twist. Players don’t win by answering the questions, but by guessing the link between the answers. (Recommended for ages 14 and up)
  • Saturday, November 22:
    • 10 a.m.: Create With ArtFolds:
      • Customers are invited to transform a book or card into a piece of art using the ArtFolds technique. Customers are encouraged to arrive early, as space and supplies are limited. (Recommended for ages 13 and up)
    • 11 a.m.: Learn to Draw Like Mo Willems – Storytime & Activity:
      • Children will enjoy a reading of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, then learn how to draw the beloved Pigeon with instructions created by the award-winning author and illustrator. (Recommended for children ages 4 and up)
    • 1 p.m.: Puppet Making & Holiday Sing-Along:
      • Young ones are invited to create a puppet and sing with their newfound puppet friends. Customers are encouraged to arrive early, as space and supplies are limited. (Recommended for children ages 4 and up)
    • 7 p.m.: Holiday Fluxx® Game Night:
      • Customer are invited to get introduced to this unexpected holiday card game with ever-changing rules – even the object of the game changes as often as players draw a card or say “Go”! (Recommended for ages 12 and up)
  • Sunday, November 23:
    • 1 p.m.: Snowmen at Night Storytime, Crafts & Activities:
      • Kids will enjoy a reading of this winter tale that follows the secret life of snowmen at night, then create one to bring home. (Recommended for ages 4 and up)


More than 100 Author Appearances at Local Barnes & Noble Stores

A number of Barnes & Noble stores will host more than 100 bestselling authors for book signings and readings during Discovery Weekend. Local authors will also make in-store appearances at their Barnes & Noble stores. Notable events include:

  • Chanda Bell, who will read and sign her recently released book perfect for the holidays, Elf Pets: A Reindeer Tradition (November 21, Bensalem/Philadelphia, PA)
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers front man and bestselling author Anthony Kiedis, and David Mushegain, who celebrate the band’s fans in Fandemonium (November 21, New York City)
  • Musician Lisa Loeb, performing songs from her new songbook, Lisa Loeb’s Songs for Movin’ and Shakin’: The Air Band Song and Other Toe-Tapping Tunes (November 22, Calabasas, CA)
  • Bill Nye “The Science Guy” and author of Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation (November 22, Paramus, NJ)
  • Actress Evangeline Lilly, who will read and sign her new picture book, The Squickerwonkers, vol. 1. (November 22, Los Angeles, CA)
  • Joel Osteen, author of You Can, You Will: 8 Undeniable Qualities of a Winner and other bestsellers (November 23, Costa Mesa, CA)


More information regarding Discovery Weekend events, activities and a complete listing of author appearances taking place November 21-23 can be found at

Meet, Greet and Shop with Nick Jonas NOOK App Sweepstakes

During Discovery Weekend, customers can visit the NOOK counter and use a Samsung Galaxy Tab® 4 NOOK® demonstration device to enter for a chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime shopping trip.  One lucky winner will receive a trip for two to New York City, with a $1,000 Barnes & Noble Gift Card to meet, greet and shop at Barnes & Noble with “Jealous” singer Nick Jonas in celebration of his new self-titled solo album. For complete details and official rules, learn more at

Holiday Gift Ideas:

We all know that I have a Frozen obsessed child. All her friend’s are also crazy into it. I love that Barnes & Noble seriously has a gift for anyone you could possibly want to shop for- from a baby to a grandparent and tons in between. If you have older kids who love Minecraft, you seriously have to check out their selection- it’s super impressive.

Oh, and Barnes & Noble now carries records. Hipsters beware! Bust out your grannies’ old record player and listen to your fave Pearl Jam record coming from that baby. It’ll flash you back to….well…I’m not sure because I didn’t grow up in the turn table era. But I hear they are swell, and it’s kind of a rad niche they carry.

My Takeaway:

Barnes & Noble is paving the way to becoming truly a one stop shop in holiday gifting. I must also say, normally when I go into a store, I typically don’t ask for assistance. I was super surprised to see how helpful the employees are. They really did help steer me in the direction of the perfect book for my kiddos.

Also, I usually don’t “treat” myself while I’m shopping with/for the kids. I tend to get in and get out. However, the cafe at Barnes & Noble is amaze. Their cookies are delicious and their pumpkin cheesecake is what dreams are made out of. Make sure to swing by the cafe when you’re in there, because there will be lots of specials going on over the weekend, from discounts to speciality tastings. (It’s Cheesecake Factory cheesecake!)


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post courtesy of Barnes & Noble and Resourceful Mommy Media. All opinions are 100% my own.

One day….

One day, when the kids are older and I am wiser and have a dual income again (or some wiggle room in the budget) I will have regular housecleaning services. My visit with Mile High Cleaning Company solidified that, today.

Sidenote: Ooooh I’m busted. My kids totally watched two episodes of Daniel Tiger while they were here so they didn’t run amok and undo all the cleaning that was occuring. 

Now let me tell you- I’ve never had a housecleaner before. My dad swears by his, and my sister has even splurged on one in the past. And for the most part, my house is pretty clean (while the upstairs bathrooms may leave a bit to be desired.)

But before company arrives, I always stress myself out and rush around like a mad woman cleaning the day before. I hate it- Eli really hates it (I get snappy) When Mile High Cleaning Company contacted me for a two hour cleaning in exchange for my review- seriously the timing couldn’t have been better, and I nearly wept with joy.

I cannot believe how thorough of a cleaning it was! From wiping off cupboard doors, to cleaning inside the microwave, they seriously made my house sparkle in a mere two hours. It was magical.

Here’s a bit more about the company:

Mile High Cleaning Company is family owned and operated locally here in Denver. We offer many different cleaning services for both the residential and commercial customer. No job is too big or too small.

Get 2 hours of cleaning for $44.95 or 3 hours of cleaning for $59.95 from Mile High Cleaning Company .

Mile High Cleaning Company is the perfect company to call if you’re in the Denver Metro Area, and you have family coming to town this Thanksgiving. Prepping for dinner is stressful enough- don’t let the mundane housework also pile on top of you and add more stress to the situation. And with the amazing specials they have for new and returning clients, there’s so many reasons to let go and let them do your housework. :-D

So now, I have the time to get some Daily Mom work done, and blog, while smelling my clean and fresh house that’s perfectly waiting for my visitors to arrive.

Happy Tuesday, friends!

Disclaimer: I received 2 hours of cleaning free of cost for my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own and I highly highly recommend them.


Hi friends. I feel like I should start this out with a “long time no blog” disclaimer. However, the holidays are upon us all, and for me and my family, that actually means that the madness starts in October with Vivien’s birthday, rolls into our wedding anniversary/Halloween a week later, into William’s birthday 3 weeks later, Thanksgiving a week after that…oh, and then that pesky holiday called Christmas.

You get the point, fall is a busy time in my household. My Mom is rolling into town tomorrow, and I’m taking a quick hiatus from my “day before visitors arrive cleaning the house dash” to check in, reassure everyone that I still have a pulse, and drop some stupid cute photos from the past couple weeks.

Like everyone else and their brother, my kids dressed up as Elsa and Olaf. Vivien adored trick or treating, and has the whole system down pat. She’s still eating all her treats she scored (that is, after I raided the plastic pumpkin from all the chocolate and left her with 1,000 tootsie rolls.)

Oh look! Here I am, for once!


Anyway, speaking of cleaning my house, if you’re in the Denver Area, like I know many of you are, let me tell you about a rad company I just stumbled upon (review coming soon! So excited!)

Mile High Cleaning Company is family owned and operated locally here in Denver. We offer many different cleaning services for both the residential and commercial customer. No job is too big or too small.

Get 2 hours of cleaning for $44.95 or 3 hours of cleaning for $59.95 from Mile High Cleaning Company .

Healthy Lunch: A Recipe Post with Daisy Cottage Cheese

Anyone that has ever visited Colorado can tell you one thing: it’s a healthy state. My best friend came to visit and muttered something like, “How can you stand to be around so many fit people, all the time?” In reality, I don’t pay much attention to people watching these days, since when I’m out in public I’m simply trying my hardest to wrangle my own kids and keep them from doing dangerous things like running in the street, or teething on street garbage.

I do try to eat healthy though, and I try super hard to feed my kids healthy options. Many times, breakfast and lunch is hurried between various activities, outings, or an impending nap time. I also have a typical picky toddler, who’s favorite phrase of the late is, “VV don’t liiiiiiiike it.”

If she could survive off breakfast foods alone, she would be the happiest kid in the world. Girlfriend loves yogurt, fruit, cereal, oatmeal…but she hates eggs. And she also isn’t fond of breakfast type meats. Which means that her protein in the morning basically consists of anything dairy she eats. That’s why I started feeding her cottage cheese at a young age- and she still loves it.

For breakfast she and her brother both love eating cottage cheese mashed up with banana. I recently added another cottage cheese favorite recipe for them, but it’s a yummy (and healthy!) lunch recipe.

As for cottage cheese, all are not created equal. I prefer to only feed my kiddos the best, and Daisy Cottage Cheese has my vote of confidence. First off, I’m not big on the “low fat” craze and prefer to feed my family full fat options (within moderation) rather than reduced fat products. Daisy Cottage Cheese has no more than 4 ingredients; total. It also has none of the additives or preservatives found in other brands.

Healthy Lunch Cottage Cheese Recipe:

Ingredients Needed:

  • Daisy Cottage Cheese
  • Organic chunk lite tuna stored in water (I typically buy the bag kind, because I’m not a fan of BPA lined cans.)
  • Salt and Ground Peppercorn to taste

How To:

  • Scoop out 1/2 cup serving of cottage cheese with a measuring cup
  • Spoon some tuna on the side
  • Garnish with salt (I’m super into Pink Himalayan Sea Salt lately) and ground fresh peppercorn
  • *Optional* If you’re a fish lover, but trying to limit because of pregnancy, etc, sardines can be substituted.

About Daisy Cottage Cheese:

Because it has just 90 calories and 13 grams of protein (26% of your daily value!) per 1/2-cup serving of 2% cottage cheese, you can enjoy low-fat, 100% natural cottage cheese without giving up the creamy, delicious taste.

Whether you’re enjoying it as a quick snack or making a healthy meal, Daisy Cottage Cheese will help keep you going throughout the day.

100% pure, with no additives, preservatives, or added growth hormones* it’s also an excellent source of protein, a good source of calcium, and gluten free.

Nutritional Info:

Daisy Original Cottage Cheese 4%

- 3 ingredients (Cultured skim milk, cream, salt)
- Nutrition information (per ½ cup serving): 110 calories, 13 g of protein, 4g total carbs [see backup material for full nutrition fact panel]


About Daisy Brand:

Daisy Brand is a 4th generation, family owned dairy business, focused on making high quality, limited ingredient dairy products.

Daisy Cottage Cheese has been a dream of the 4th-generation owner for over 35 years. He was inspired to make a high quality, clean ingredient product in a category with no true quality leader.

His dream came to fruition when the company decided it was time to create – literally from scratch – a new product using innovative, never seen before processing techniques. After a decade of commitment, Daisy Brand launched an all-natural cottage cheese in 2007.

Thanks to Daisy Brand for sponsoring today’s discussion.

Meeting the Roxtars at Hard Rock

There’s just something fun about going to Hard Rock. The atmosphere is super rad, and it recently added in becoming a hip place to take the kiddos as well with their newest line of Roxstars.

Meet the Hard Rock Roxtars:

  • The Hard Rock Roxtars are each unapologetically original and designed to inspire kids of all ages to rock an inimitable brand of cool, allowing their originality to shine
  • Band members include:
    • Razzi™, “the motherly type” who is famous for squishy hugs and keyboard skills
    • Sir Kingston™, a British-invasion inspired rock-and-roller on lead guitar
    • Styler™, a free-spirited and accompanying guitar player
    • Buddy Jr™, a wild man who loves nothing more than a good drum solo
    • Skiddley™, the lead singer and “Mr. Cool” of the group   

Dress Like a Hard Rock Rock Star: 

  • To launch the Hard Rock Roxtars, Hard Rock Cafe is hosting “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?”  Contest to encourage guest interaction with the new Hard Rock Roxtars characters, kids menu, and merchandise
  • For one night, during the “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?” Contest, kids eat free* at Hard Rock Cafe with a paying adult
  • Guests can bring their favorite pint-sized rock star dressed in their best costume to the cafe for a chance to win a Hard Rock Cafe gift card or a 2015 birthday party* for eight of the rock star’s closest band members and entourage
  • For additional information about the Hard Rock Cafe “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?” Contest, contact your local cafe for contest details

Eat Like a Hard Rock Roxtar:

  • Children who dine at Hard Rock Cafes worldwide are greeted with their own Hard Rock Roxtars activity book, themed menus, guitar-shaped plates and photo opportunities
  • As part of The National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell program in collaboration with Healthy Dining, a mission and online resource that helps parents and children alike select healthy menu options when dining out, Hard Rock Cafes worldwide will offer healthier food options, such as Skiddley’s “Not-so-diddley” chicken breast and “Twisted ‘n tasty” cavatappi pasta


Stay Like a Hard Rock Roxtar:

  • The brand also has plans to globally expand the program to engage families traveling to select Hard Rock Hotels®, with the Roxity Kids Clubs®
  • Children who stay at Hard Rock Hotel locations with their families will receive a special Hard Rock Roxtars Activity Book at check-in and unlimited entertainment at Hard Rock Roxity Kids Club, a family-friendly, music-inspired haven, where kids can rock to their own rhythm, catch a live Hard Rock Roxtars performance or take part in experiential, engaging and music-infused learning activities

Win It:

One lucky reader will win a Hard Rock gift pack which includes a themed guitar-shaped plate, a 6” plush Hard Rock Roxtars character, a Hard Rock adult t-shirt, an activity book, and a $50 Hard Rock gift card!
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*Restrictions may apply.
The information, gift card, gift pack and giveaway have been provided to me by Hard Rock International. No celebrity or musician has endorsed the “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star” contest.”