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Sims 4 Launch – Go Build Your New Sim for Free!

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The SIMS™ 4 is ready to pre-order for all of you gaming moms and dads!  The latest PC game in the Sims series will be available at Walmart on September 2, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait to build your new sim.

At left, you can see my new sim that I just built in the Create a Sim free demo on the Sims website.

She looks like me, it’s true, but I don’t name my sims after myself!  This emotionally-aware blonde sim is Alice Ellis.

  Get your free Create a Sim demo now.

How to Preorder The SIMS™ 4

Make sure you get your copy of The SIMS™ 4 right away!  You can pre-order the game online now at

When you pre-order The SIMS™ 4, you’ll get a free pack of the new Sour Patch Kids gum.

1.  Go to The SIMS™ 4 pre-order page.

2.  Scroll down and push the orange “preorder” button.

3.  Complete checkout.

Your preordered copy of The SIMS™ 4 will ship to you on September 2.


What’s New in The SIMS™ 4

The SIMS series has come a long way since its beginning, with sims that were slightly customizable and relationships between characters that were possible but complicated to create.

So much has changed in the evolution of The SIMS™ and you’ll agree after trying your hand at the new create a sim demo that your sim can now be exactly what you want!The Sims 4 Create a Sim #shop #CollectiveBias #TheSims4

Build Mode:  The sim builder interface is still easy to use but more robust than ever.  Pictured above, the point and click build mode allows you to customize every aspect of your sim’s appearance so she is just perfect for you.  You can see Alice on the left, sporting a live preview of any changes I make with the buttons on the right.

For example, you can click one of the pictures for an overall body type, then fine-tune it by using sliders to make your sim fatter or skinnier and more or less muscular.

The face builder is quite detailed as well.  Clicking anywhere on your sim’s face allows you to zoom in and change facial features, bone structure, makeup, etc.

Sims with Big Personality:  Smarter sims in The SIMS™ 4 allow your characters to be more realistic than ever before.  They are life-like with better emoting than previous versions, so you can tell how your sims are feeling at-a-glance.  In the build mode, you can choose your sim’s aspiration to give them direction for their career and life’s endeavor.

Below, you can see the choices for aspirations:

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I made my sim, Alice Ellis, be focused on fortune with a career-oriented simulated life.

You can then customize your new sims with traits (pictured below).  If you’re kind to your sims, you’ll choose traits that support their aspirations.  Alice could have had “ambitious” as a trait to help her be a successful business woman. The Sims 4 Create a Sim #shop #CollectiveBias #TheSims4


If you’re devious and want weirder stories (or just want to be mean to your sims!), you can give them traits that will work against their aspirations to give them a challenge.  For example, I could make my business sim “clumsy”, “lazy”, and “insane”!

How easy would it be for her to achieve a fortune as a career sim with those traits?  Probably not too easy!

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Sharing:  You can save your sims, even entire households of sims, and share them in the gallery for everyone else to see.  Plus you’ll be able to easily download new creations from the gallery for your sims.

Relationships:  When you’re creating your sim households, you can make entire families and set the relationships between different people right up front.  You can also use the genetics tools to manipulate looks.

I had a lot of fun creating my new sim for #TheSims4 game launch.   Of course, I’ll be heading to Walmart on September 2nd for the big in-store launch to pick up my copy of The SIMS™ 4 game and then I’ll be playing non-stop for days!  Go grab your free download of the Create a Sim demo and get all ready for gaming next week with The SIMS™ 4 and your whole family.

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post and Danelle Ice has been compensated by #CollectiveBias #cbias and The SIMS™ 4 to create the content.  Only Danelle’s honest opinions are given.

Annie for Target Girl’s Clothing Line Announced + DIY Fashionista Kit!

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We all grew up watching and loving Annie, and now Sony Pictures is bringing us an updated Annie movie and – wait for it – a whole Annie girl’s clothing line at Target! Annie for Target by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus will be released at Target on November 16. 

This is super exciting because it’s the first time Target is teaming up with a movie for a clothing line.  Is this setting a precedent for a new entertainment / apparel trend?  Let’s hope so!

Just in time for the Christmas season this year, your daughter can be completely decked out in Annie clothes and accessories.  I know you’re asking if the red “Annie dress” will be available and the answer is: absolutely!  Renee Ehrlich Kalfus is the costume designer for the Annie movie and she also designed the 25 piece Target collection.  You’ve seen her designs in the Cider House Rules and Baby Mama, so you know her elegant and fun style will carry over into this wardrobe.

Although I don’t have the official pictures of the clothing line to show you yet, Kalfus says that the red dress at Target is “nearly-identical” to the one Annie wears in the movie!  I caught a tiny sneak peek of the top of the dress in the Annie movie trailer:

Annie Red Dress for Target

Don’t buy your girls’ holiday dresses this year until the Annie clothing line is released at Target.  Your daughter may even want to wear one of the Annie outfits when you go see the movie (out in theaters December 19). 

The Annie line not only has clothing and accessories, but also has a DIY kit (which us DIY moms are loving just at the mention) so your daughters can personalize their Annie pieces or their other closet fare (think buttons, patches, and tulle).

Plus, the whole Annie for Target clothing line is designed to be mix and match so that girls can personalize their outfit of the day and keep it fresh.  Each item is under $30 and yes, there is even Annie’s heart-shaped locket.

I’ll show you the picture previews as soon as I get them for the Annie clothes, so just be patient.  November will be here before you know it, you can bet your bottom dollar!

Annie logo and images provided by Sony Pictures Digital Inc. and used with permission.  This is not a sponsored post.

Last Chance Printable Grocery Coupons Before End of the Month

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Last chance!  Here is the list of 62 printable grocery coupons which are only available to print until the end of the month.  They don’t expire at the end of the month, though, so you’ll have plenty of time to use them.  Go print your coupons before time runs out!

Click on the coupons below to print them.  This post contains affiliate links.

$0.50 off ONE Metamucil Fiber Wafers $0.40 off (2) Pillsbury Sweet Rolls 

$0.50 off ONE Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste$0.30 off ONE Dawn Product
$1.00 off any one Beneful Brand Dog Snack $0.75 off THREE Betty Crocker™ Suddenly Salad™ Mix
$5.00 off one Non-Drowsy Claritin 45ct or larger $1.00 off ONE (1) Honeysuckle White turkey product
$1.00 off 1 lb. of Sara Lee Premium Meat $0.75 off 1 Immaculate Baking Co.™ Dry Baking item
$1.00 off one Brawny 8 Giant Roll or Larger $1.00 off any ONE Delimex Taquitos Frozen Snack
$1.50 off ONE Pampers UnderJams $0.50 off ONE Original Bisquick Baking Mix
$0.50 off Betty Crocker Create 'n' Bake Cookie Mix $0.50 off any Nature Valley Breakfast Biscuits
$0.50 off any 2 Pillsbury Toaster Strudel Pastries $0.75 off ONE BOX Trix cereal
$1.00 off 2 BOXES any flavor Cheerios™ cereals $0.50 off ONE BOX Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal
$0.75 off one box Multi Grain Cheerios cereal $0.50 off (1) any flavor Yoplait products
$0.20 off 1 CUP any flavor Yoplait Greek 2% yogurt $1.00 off 2 Pillsbury Refrigerated Cookie Dough
$0.50 off TWO Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Snacks $0.20 off one HERSHEY'S Mix-Ins with Yoplait
$0.75 off 2 select kid Yoplait yogurts, any flavor $0.50 off TWO Pouch Betty Crocker™ Potatoes
$1.00 off THREE Old El Paso™ products $1.00 off GE energy-efficient soft white bulbs
$0.50 off (1) any flavor Fiber One™ Meal Bar $1.00 off four Totino's Crisp Crust Party Pizza
$1.00 off one Old El Paso™ Frozen Entrees $0.75 off THREE PACKAGES Totino's™ Rolls Snacks
$0.50 off ONE BOX any Nature Valley Granola Bars $0.75 off flavor/variety Cascadian Farm product
$0.75 off TWO LARABAR™ RENOLA™ pouches $0.50 off any Fiber One™ Soft-Baked Cookies
$0.50 off one box Fiber One Chewy bars product $0.50 off any one Fiber One™ Streusel Bars
$0.50 off TWO Chex Mix™ or Bugles™ Corn Snacks Buy Benefiber, get Nestle Pure Life Purified Water
$2.00 off any Yes To item $5 or over $6.00 off two jugs of any Valvoline Motor Oil
$0.50 off any Formula 409 product $1.00 off Irish Spring GEAR Body Wash or Bar Soap
$1.00 off Quilted Northern Bath Tissue Giant Roll $0.50 off ONE Crest Kids Toothpaste
$1.50 off TWO Oral-B Toothbrushes $0.50 off Crest Kids Oral-B Manual Toothbrush
$0.50 off ONE Oral-B Glide Floss or Floss Picks $1.00 off ONE Crest BE Toothpaste 4.5 oz
$0.50 off ONE Crest Complete Paste 4 oz or larger $1.00 off ONE Crest Sensi-Relief 4.1 oz or larger
$1.00 off Herbal Essences Shampoo or Conditioner $1.00 off ONE Herbal Essences Styling Aid
Buy Macaroni & Cheese 5pk, get Shells & Cheese Cup $1.00 off ONE 12-pack cans 7UP TEN & TEN Flavors
$2.00 off two Right Guard Xtreme Deodorant $1.00 off JET-PUFFED, HONEY MAID, and HERSHEY's
$0.50 off any pepper sauce flavor TABASCO brand $0.50 off (1) Betty Crocker­™ Hershey's™ Bar Mix

Love free stuff?  ~  All free samples & coupons  ~

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Gluten Free Cheese Bread My 4 Year Old Can Make – Brazi Bites

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I love my job for many reasons, but trying out new food is one of the best!  Fresh baked bread is delicious, but I don’t have time to make it.  That’s why I’m all about these yummy gluten free Brazil cheese bread free samples I just got in the mail.

Brazi Bites sent me their 3 new flavors of little bread dough balls to bake and try out and of course, I let my kids make them.

The delivery man showed up at my door with this cooler box:


The cooler had these 3 tasty cheese bread flavors frozen in the cooler:  original, bacon, and fire-roasted jalapeno.  Brazi Bites even wrote me a cute note, which was stuck to the cooler lid:


“Dear Danelle, we’re really excited to share Brazi Bites with you and hope you enjoy them as much as we do.  Thank you for the opportunity.  Happy blogging!” 

These little frozen dough balls come in a resealable pouch, so you can put as many in the oven as you want.  It’s a great convenient grain for people working around a gluten free diet. 

Plus, Brazi Bites are so easy to make that I let my 3 year old and 4 year old daughters make them.  I supervised and handled the oven part, of course.  Here are Seven and Prynne putting them on a cookie sheet.  Seven made the jalapeno and Prynne made the bacon.


My only problem was that Prynne wanted to smell every bread bite before she put it on the pan, so I kept pulling them off of her nose.  Thankfully, she doesn’t work in a restaurant!  That’s what you get when you’re cooking with kids.  The girls had a great time making the cheesy bread balls and they were so tasty. 

I prefer the original plain flavor over the bacon and jalapeno varieties.  The jalapeno Brazi Bites were definitely too spicy for me.  They burned my gums!  But my husband thought jalapeno was the best flavor, so it just depends on your preference.

My only complaint is that the Brazi Bites use soybean oil as an ingredient.  Prynne is allergic to soy, so she can’t eat them.  I try not to buy foods with soy in the ingredients, even for the rest of my family.  I wish they were made with olive oil instead, but that is my only caveat. 


I like to have quick convenience foods (made of real food ingredients) in the freezer for quick snacks and when I have to get sides on the dinner quickly for dinner, and these are perfect for that.  Brazi Bites bake up so fluffy that any guest would think you just baked them homemade cheese bread from scratch.

Thanks to Brazi Bites for the samples!  If you want to try them out for yourself, you can find Brazi Bites in the freezer section at Whole Foods, Lassens, Safeway, and other grocery stores.

Disclaimer:  This is NOT a sponsored post.  Brazi Bites provided me with free samples of their product to facilitate the review process.  All my opinions are honest!

Afternoon Fuel for the (Busy) Mom Moments

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At 5:30am, the alarm signals the start of a long day for me.  It’s a good life as much as it is a busy one. 

From the opening bell all the way to dinner, I wanted to capture a typical day in the life of a busy mom with kids.  I volunteered to have the cameras follow me around for an entire day, capturing the essence of moms everywhere who want to take good care of themselves but not sacrifice family time.

There are lots of smart food and drink choices that work into your on-the-go schedule to help you keep up with your kids’ never-ending energy.  The people at Nestle #MyGoodLife hooked me up with plenty of afternoon fuel (STOUFFER’S® Mac Cups and Nestle® Pure Life® purified water) to get me through my day for this #DayInTheLife.

Stock Up on the Afternoon Fuel

This is the first week of school and so much preparation goes into getting kids ready for the new school year.  It can be easy to forget about mom’s needs too!  I’ve already done the clothes and school supplies shopping, so now all that’s left is getting me geared up for the busy week ahead with convenient lunches and drinks. 

With my kids in tow, I headed to Walmart to get my supplies.  My first stop was the water aisle to grab a 12 pack of Nestle® Pure Life® purified water bottles.  The girls love shopping with me, as evidenced by Seven dancing like a ballerina while I reached for the water!

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Next stop, the frozen aisle to pick up some STOUFFER’S® Mac Cups for lunch.  They were in the freezer case marked “entrees”.

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Living the 5am to ? Life

Like other moms, I start early and finish late, filling my day with pick ups, drop offs, craft projects, playgrounds, cooking, errands and so much more.  But with all the running around, it’s easy to get caught up in the rush and miss out on enjoying the mom moments with our families. 

No matter what is on the schedule, my kids are almost always with me for everything I do.  We get to experience the same things, which I love.   After a long day,  the kids are finally in bed and I have time to finish work projects, catch up with my husband about his day, and watch TV together (our night time date!). 

It goes without saying that I’m tired by the time I get them into bed, but it’s as if my own day is just starting. It’s important to have good nourishing food and hydration throughout the day so that I have enough fuel to keep me going strong for my evening activities.

Day in the Life – Back to School Week

5:30 am -  Wake up.  Get up 3 sleepy kids and 1 sleepy husband.

6:00 am – Feed the troops.  Here I am delivering 3 sippee cups to thirsty sleepyheads.

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6:45 am – Carpool and school drop off.  I’m not dressed for the day yet, and at this point I’m fueled only by coffee and the beautiful Southern California morning!

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8:00 am – Go home, get the girls ready for the day.  I finally have a chance to get dressed and put on my makeup!  Check in with work, do homeschool activities with Seven and Prynne.

11:00 am – Time for grocery shopping!  I stay hydrated on my shopping trips by toting along my Nestle® Pure Life® water bottle.  Grocery shopping is a fun time for us to spend together.  I let the girls clip mylar balloons onto the cart and fly them around the store like kites!

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12:00 pm – Feed the girls lunch and get them down for a quick nap.  I’m starting to run out of steam.

2:30 pm – Time to head back to school to pick up Truett.  I’m hitting the afternoon slump big time. 

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3:00 pm – We’re back home and it’s time for me to get some lunch.  STOUFFER’S® Mac Cups will keep me going!  3 minutes from freezer to table.

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3:05 pm – I get to eat my wholesome Mac Cup while I watch the kids do coloring and crossword puzzles at the table.  If I had to spend a long time in the kitchen cooking a wholesome meal from scratch, I’d miss these fun moments together. 

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3:45 pm – At the post office to mail a package with my whole entourage!  They love the post office.

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4:15 pm – The kids have been great through all the errands, so we make a pit stop at the playground.  I get to read a magazine and stay hydrated with my Nestle® water while I watch them play “lady and the tramp” on the slide. 

It’s a good thing I had a nourishing meal before this round of outings or else I wouldn’t be able to keep up with these little whirlwinds!

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5:30 pm – Dinner with daddy.  It’s good to be home, even though we’re going into the get-ready-for-bed round.

7:00 pm – Lights out for the kids and the day begins for mom and dad! 

8:00 pm – Check in with work, watch TV and cuddle on the couch. 

11:00 pm – Time for bed.  We got a lot accomplished today and made great memories at the same time.  Ready to do it all again tomorrow!

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I had a great time capturing a day in the life of a busy mom!  Thanks to #CollectiveBias and the Nestle #MyGoodLife #cbias initiative helping moms everywhere stay hydrated and well-fed throughout our hectic on-the-go days.  How do you eat great on the go?  Let us know in the comments below.

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post and Danelle Ice has been compensated by Collective Bias and Nestle to create the content.  Only Danelle’s honest opinions are given.