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Chevy Shop Social: Portland to Raise Money for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

Chevy Equinox

Guess what I will be doing in the next five days? If you guessed trying out for the Portland Trail Blazers then you would be wrong. I’m too short and not particularly athletic. At least not anymore. But I am taking part in a special fund-raiser event for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation. For five days, I will be driving around in a new Chevy Equinox (this is a fabulous SUV) while shopping around the city for awesome items to be raffled off in the Chevy Shop Social: Portland. The special event will take place in Pioneer Square on May 21st (6pm to 8:30 pm).

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Cinco de Mayo Video, Recipes and Contest – win a $500 gift card

Can you believe today is the first day of May and that Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner? According to, Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. Revelers in the United States mark the occasion with parades, parties, mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing and traditional foods. BTW, check out the video above. Chef Pati Jinich, host of the hit PBS series Pati’s Mexican Table, made it for my dad blog. In the video, she answered some of the questions I had about Avocados from Mexico. Continue reading for some interesting facts about avocados and a fun contest from Avocados from Mexico. The top prize is a $500 cash gift card. I could use that!

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You Have the Power to Donate Life

National Donate Life Month

Did you know there are more than 123,000 patients who are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant? Probably not, right? I know I didn’t. Did you also know this month is National Donate Life Month? I didn’t know that either. It’s a great cause that was developed in partnership with Donate Life America and Genentech. According to the press material, Donate Life has found that 90% of Americans say that they support organ donation. However, only 30% are aware of the correct steps needed to be taken in order to become a donor.

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Get Upside Down with Dairy Queen Blizzards

Dairy Queen Oreo Cookies and Salted Caramel Truffle Blizzards

Have you heard of Dairy Queen’s #GetUpsideDown promotion? During the month of April, as part of their 75th Fanniversary, Dairy Queen is serving their Blizzard treats upside down. And if the Blizzard Treat isn’t served upside down, you get a free Blizzard on your next visit. Cool, right? BTW, I am participating in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dairy Queen. I received a product sample and promotional item to thank me for my participation. As always, the opinions expressed here are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.

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Nutmeg Discretionary Investment Management Company

Nutmeg discretionary investment management company

Have you guys heard of Nutmeg? Until recently, neither have I. According to their website, Nutmeg is an online money management company. Nutmeg was started three years ago as an online discretionary investment management company. In other words, for a fee, they will manage your investments for you. Depending on how much you invest, their annual fee ranges from 0.3% to 1.0%. There is no setup or hidden fees. In addition, you can create a new account in only ten minutes. Continue reading for more info about Nutmeg or click here to go directly to their website.

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Tracking Dexter from Night at the Museum 3

Dexter from Night at the Museum 3 on a bike ride

Spring break is almost over for my kids. Earlier in the week, the kids went up to Seattle to visit their auntie. I didn’t go, but Dexter the monkey from Night at the Museum 3 went with them. We couldn’t fit everyone in the car, so I was voted off the trip. For the trip, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment sent us some goodies (Dexter, passport, travel journal, postcards, crayons and tote bag) to track Dexter’s adventures. BTW, Night at the Museum 3 is available now on DVD, Blu-ray and digital HD. The photo above is a bike ride in Portland. Check out the other photos below.

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Chilling Out on Family Movie Night with Penguins of Madagascar

Penguins Chill Out Family Movie Night

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment recently sent us a bunch of goodies to host a family movie night. We watched Penguins of Madagascar (giveaway | review). This is actually the second time for my youngest son. He really likes the animated film. The main activity while watching the movie was making ice cream. We’ve never made ice cream before. It’s actually fairly easy with the YayLabs Ice Cream Ball — just add rock salt and ingredients. The product included several recipes. We made the mint chocolate chip ice cream. It was yummy!

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Russell Madness Family Movie Night

Russell Madness Family Movie Night

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment recently sent us a kit so we could host a movie night with the kids. One of our children had a school function, so it was just me and my three other kids. We watched Russell Madness Blu-ray and had a fun time. My youngest son and I actually saw Russell Madness a week prior, but we didn’t mind seeing it again. Russell Madness is available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.

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A Little Monster Crashed Our Date Night

Best of Me Date Night

My wife and I had a date night. OK, it wasn’t an official date night because we didn’t have a sitter. But we did make the kids stay in their rooms while we ate dinner and watched The Best of Me. We’ve seen the movie before (review), but we didn’t mind seeing it again. The film is based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. You can’t go wrong with a Nicholas Sparks story on date night, right? BTW, as you can see in the photo above, one of our little monsters crashed our date night.

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