Summer Fun Giveaway Prize Pack

I love when I get to share fun opportunities with you guys! My friend, Vanessa is hosting an amazing giveaway… check out the details below…

Summer Fun Giveaway for Kids

Keep the kids entertained this summer with these fun products! Kid tested and parent approved, these toys and products will help beat the inevitable and dreaded summer boredom in a creative way. Visit See Vanessa Craft’s Summer Gift Guide for Kids for more summertime fun. One lucky reader will have the opportunity to WIN the following:

SafetyTat Quick Stick Write-On! Multi 6-Pack

Lakeshore Mold & Play Sensory Sand Set

Lakeshore Squeeze, Scoop & Count Ice Cream Shop

Lakeshore The Ultimate Fort Builder

Water Wubble


Rainbow Loom

Step2 Dino Dig Sand & Water Table

Sun Tails Shark Fin

Summer Fun Giveaway

One lucky reader will WIN the SUMMER FUN PRIZE PACK, ARV $340! 

Open to the continental US only. Ends 7/10/17 at 11:59 PM MST.

Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!

Disclosure: See Vanessa Craft and the participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. One winner will be randomly selected using the Giveaway Tools random selector and notified via email. Once notified, the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Google. Void where prohibited. 

The hand me down friend

I have a sweet friend in my life who drops beautiful hand me downs off at my gate. They are treasured and special and I love seeing my kids in them.

She is a little further down this motherhood road than I am. Clothes aren’t the only thing she hands out.

When I’m at my wits end and I’m pretty sure I’m the only one who’s ever felt a certain way, I reach out to her and she reassures me that I’m not alone. We laugh about the funny things and the hard things and the in between things. She reminds me that my job as mom is to make sure that my children just know they are loved and safe and are children of God. She reminds me to make sure that I’m not just getting through each day but that I am working hard to make beautiful memories and moments along the way.

This sweet girl reminds me every day to find joy. She can find joy in 2.8 seconds flat. She might see a fire truck or a little beetle or a toy airplane, and she’s all smiles. Her heart bubbles over with giggles. I am so thankful for her. She keeps us on our toes and she loves us all fiercely. One of my friends recently wrote about the sweet feisty second born girls. She reminded me about the Laura Ingalls and the Marianne Dashwoods of this world. It made me smile widely, shaking my head in affirmation that yes, my sweet Mary Alice certainly fits that role. How lucky are we?

Maybe you are the mom who is just a little further down the road than someone. Trust me, they’d love your company and your words of encouragement!

Mary Thompson - Such a precious friend. Thank you.
Mary Alice you are our sunshine and rainbows 🌈. You are loved

Disney•Pixar’s CARS 3 – REVIEW BY MOM and Fan Girl

Disclaimer: I was invited to a complimentary media screening of Disney•Pixar’s CARS 3

REAR VIEW — The legendary #95 may be leading the pack, but the high-tech Next Gen racers are closing in fast. Directed by Brian Fee and produced by Kevin Reher, “Cars 3” cruises into theaters on June 16, 2017. ©2016 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

The first time I saw cars, I was a huge fan. It touched a sentimental and meaningful nerve that ran deep within me. I don’t know if it was the stage of life we were in or if it is just how I am programmed – sentimental and cheesy.

Brian and I were building a life with our two oldest in Denton, Texas. We were saving to buy our first home and working to pay off student loans and medical bills. We had very little, but we were so very happy with our little family of four. Julia and Nate were six and three.  At the time you could get some of the cars in happy meals.  Nate and I would sit in the floor during Julia’s ballet classes and roll them back and forth. I’d glance up and look through the glass door to see her smiling shyly in the back of the class. Whenever we traveled to Tulsa to visit Brian’s grandmother, we borrowed a DVD player that Nate would hold in his lap. He watched Cars over and over. I didn’t mind because I loved the soundtrack.

CARS 3 (Pictured) – Thomasville Track concept art by Artist Garrett Taylor. ©2017 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

At the time, I worked at a company who was beginning to downsize. I was in the accounting department, and I remember sitting around a big table with the accounting team asking for more severance for people. I was asked pointedly why I thought we should do that. It was a time when our competitors were catching up with us and we were losing our lead in the marketplace. Drastic changes had to be made. I clearly remember standing up and giving a speech that was all about the scene in Cars when it showed the new highway being built. I spoke of being fearless about taking the scenic route, treating people right, and valuing the good life. I made the case that as a company we had never rushed to an end. We were always careful to treat our team with respect.  It was definitely a Jerry Maguire moment, but it bound me forever to the movie Cars. I’m not sure if I change any minds that day, but hopefully I planted something in their hearts.

Fast forward a few years, and this amazing blogging adventure with me at Disney Social Media Mom’s Conference. We listened to one of the Pixar creator of Cars tell us how Cars Land in California Adventure was a love letter to the fans. I can clearly remember crying as he told us how much it meant to him that the fans embrace the real message of the movie. I can remember walking out on what actually felt like Radiator Springs and looking up and feeling like I was actually part of something much bigger. Disney has that effect on me.

A few weeks ago, we were invited to visit the Cars3 event.

Riley had an amazing time changing lug nuts and meeting the characters in the new movie.

After seeing his excitement, I decided to take him to take him with me to see the press screening of the movie.

I wasn’t sure if Disney could pull off a sequel with a message as meaningful and powerful as the first one. I have pretty high expectations.

Wow, they did it again. Without ruining anything for you, I can tell you I loved it as much as the first one. What an incredible surprise to see a sequel that was done so incredibly well. I think it only disappointment I had was with the soundtrack. The soundtrack of the first cars movie was hands-down outstanding. I think that was their only miss this time. So be sure and take your family, and enjoy Father’s Day weekend.

I know the other kids will absolutely love it, and I can’t wait to take them to see it!

Mary Thompson - I can’t wait.

My bearded boyfriend…

This conversation is sponsored by WSP. It is my honor to share news with you from a company that I enjoy and support!

Brian has always had great hair, even in high school. It has always been thick and wavy and gorgeous.

Shortly after we were married, he grew a mustache and goatee. Over the years, it has evolved into a gorgeous beard. Now, I don’t think I can remember what he looked like without a beard. I’ve always been a softie for facial hair – probably because of Tom Selleck and Magnum P.I.

I love how the kids snuggle in and rest his head on his shoulder, reaching up to feel his beard.

For Father’s Day, Brian was sent a beautiful kit from WSP. Their products made his beard smell and feel amazing! Every scent he tried was amazing, but my personal favorite was the barbershop scent. There is nothing like leaning up to kiss a soft, amazing smelling beard.

It was beautifully packaged and arrived the next day.

And, they are local! The company is from Chandler. You know how I love supporting local companies!

So, if you are still looking around for the perfect Father’s Day present, this would be perfect! They are having a contest right to win a 100% natural, Made in the USA WSP Gift Boxed Shaving Kit and Bar Soap in our most popular scent, Barbershop! Be sure and go enter soon! Click here.

I also have a coupon code just for you (thank you so much for reading and supporting me!):

Offer is: Buy any Gift Boxed WSP Kit for $50+ and get a FREE Bar Soap in Barbershop and Free Shipping. Not to be combined with other offers.
The offer code is WSPDAD — be sure to put this in your order notes.


Mary Thompson - I love this. But could you send a link? I am
Sorry to be a klutz.

Saving memories this summer

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #SummerIsForSavings #CollectiveBias #WFM1

As a mom of five kids, going in different directions, communication is absolutely key! My son (14) has usually participated in the same activities as his sister (17). Well, she now has a summer job, and he will be helping me watch his siblings. I’ll need him to have a phone in case of emergencies if I am taking any of the other little ones to an activity. (Or just to let him text his friends for the next Circle K run!).

You may remember that Julia received her first phone when she was 13. She had started babysitting, and we learned that a few of the families she babysat for didn’t have land lines. She needed a phone as a safety measure. At that point, we went with the Walmart Family Mobile plan. Four years later, we are still with the Walmart Family Mobile plan. We have had a great experience with the plan and it is the perfect price point for our kids.

I love watching Nate and Julia share pictures of their siblings, funny memes they find on Instagram, and play games together.

This past week, we upgraded to the LG Grace.

Julia is leaving for college next year, and knowing she will have a phone full of memories of our family is very comforting.

Walmart rolled out a brand new plan – the $49.88 PLUS Plan from Walmart Family Mobile, powered by T-Mobile on TMobile’s Nationwide 4G LTE Network. The new plan has *Unlimited Talk, Text, & Data which includes up to *13GB of 4G LTE then 2G plus a free VUDU movie credit every month ($7 value) per line for $49.88. The $49.88 PLUS Plan is perfect for me and my family. With it’s Unlimited* Talk, Text, & Data, it really helps my family stay on budget every month (*Includes up to 13GB of 4G LTE† data then 2G).

The plan is easy to understand and a perfect value for families:

  • Required: No Contract
  • Required: No Activation Fees
  • No Late Fees
  • Easy to start or switch
  • Walmart’s best pricing in no-contract wireless plans

Knowing that the phone has Nationwide coverage on T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network gives me peace of mind. Knowing that they will receive a free VUDU movie rental credit valued at $7.00 each time they renew their service has the kids excited!

We will be traveling to Texas this summer (hopefully!) and I love knowing that they will be able to use their phone to photograph and video their cousins!

Read more about our journey with the phone:

Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to this page or your local Walmart for current pricing.

◊Limited time offer. Available for lines active with the PLUS $49.88 plan only. VUDU enabled device and account required for digital viewing. Customers must be 18 years or older to open a VUDU account. Movie rental only available in the USA. Free movie rental provided in the form of a movie rental code to the value of a $7.00 VUDU credit. Must be used within 30 days of receiving code. Offer is non-transferable. Limit 1 per customer. Additional terms and conditions on VUDU’s website: