Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Wordful Wednesday - Bowling Fundraiser

I played on DRDC (Dark River Derby Coalition) for a little over a year.  Although I'm no longer a part of the roller derby team, I still like to support their causes.  The team is not-for-profit and donates several of its monies to local charities.  The most recent fundraiser involved bowling. 

Now, I'll be one to tell you that no one in their right mind would want me on a professional league.  But if it involves donating money to play a few games, I'm in!

Me and Shelby  (Yep, wearing the hat again!)

Our team - Me, Shelby, Whitney, Logan, Jacob, Jason

Our team name was "I Can't Believe It's Not Gutter".  We didn't win squat but had a fun time bowling, eating cheesy fries, and being cheesy ourselves.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Random Tuesday Thoughts - Vehicle Damage and Christmas Hats

I've been doing it for years, so I'd say Random Tuesday Thoughts is my favorite linkup.  If you'd like to participate, blog your randomness and submit your link at Stacy Uncorked.  While you're there, wish her a happy belated birthday.

Speaking of birthdays, mine is tomorrow.  Going to be 41 years old.  Ya know, I look back and wonder how that age crept up on me so fast.  Jason and I are going to celebrate with family in St. Louis over the weekend.

Last Thursday I stopped into a gas station before my way to work.  A guy was backing out of the lot and didn't see me there.  Our vehicles had a little get-together and my front bumper took a beating.  He was super cool and super sorry about it.  His insurance company was Quick Draw McGraw and hasn't hesitated to get my vehicle fixed or offer a rental car.  I'm not mad; It's just a minor inconvenience, that's all.
I had my first ever mammogram the other day.  The stories I've heard didn't live up to the hype.  I didn't like my tatas getting pounded and smashed any more than the next gal does, but I've had much worse procedures done on my bag o' bones.  I got the good news yesterday that my boobies are A-OK.  At least part of my body is in good working condition.

I got together with some gals from my Small Group last week to purchase gifts for senior citizens.  We drew four names from the Senior Citizen Giving Tree and went on a spree to make their Christmas merry and bright.

I've never been much of a hat person, especially beanies.  But ever since purchasing this Deck the Halls hat on Black Friday, I've barely taken it off.  It's nice to just throw it on and not have to do my hair.  Now I need to get one for the rest of the holidays. (or maybe I'll wear this Christmas one all year - #NoShame)
I went with my daughter and her husband to watch The Star in theater last week.  It's cutesy and I like how it leads to the birth of Jesus but that's about all I have to say for it.  Probably wouldn't watch it again.
What's your randomness for the week?
Done with Christmas shopping yet?

Chuckit! Locator Sound Ball - Dog Toy Review and Giveaway

I received product for review from Petmate.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
Keep your furry family members calm and entertained this holiday with a variety of solo and interactive toys, including the Chuckit! Locator Sound Ball.  This ball emits an audible pulse sound every few seconds to help both pet parents and dogs locate the ball in any terrain after launch. Batteries are included.

The Chuckit! Locator Sound ball comes in blue/orange color and is available in two sizes - medium and large.  Although it is compatible with medium Chuckie! Launchers, a launcher is not necessary to play fetch with this ball.
My dog, Helen, loves to play fetch and we have a large back yard for her to do that.  Most of the time, she is able to locate the ball she's playing with.  Sometimes, though, she's not quite sure where it's at.  That happens mostly during dusk and dark hours.  The Chuckit! Locator Sound Ball is mainly bright orange, so that's a helpful way to locate it.  When the ball is powered on, the ball emits an audible sound so both Helen and I can find it quicker.  If you choose not to have a sound emitted, you don't have to turn the power on.

The blue part of the ball is where the batteries are located for the ball.  Before initial use, you will have to follow the instructions to make it work and turn it on.  The instructions were first hard to find within the packaging.  I found them in the bottom of the cardboard, tucked inside a tab.

Helen loves biting on the hard, chewy material that the orange part of the ball is made up of.  So far, it's taken a beating to her chompy jaws.  The Chuckit! Locator Sound Ball is a high-quality ball that's given me and Helen lots of play time together.
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Stress-free Turkey with JENNIE-O® - #JennieO #SwitchCircle Review

I received products for review from JENNIE-O Turkey.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
I enjoy eating turkey, especially around the holidays.  My husband is great at cooking one but it can take hours, including prep time.  

It is possible to have a delicious turkey that turns out great every time for a simple, rewarding, and stress-free cooking experience with an OVEN READY™ Boneless Turkey Breast from JENNIE-O.  With no bones to carve around and a short prep time, the holidays don't get much easier! 

Straight from the freezer and into the oven with no thawing required - That's where OVEN READY™ turkey gets its name, and that's why people are gravitating to this method of cooking turkey.

There are two ways to cook this particular turkey.  It can be done in the oven or the slow cooker.  I chose the latter.  If you choose to cook the turkey in the oven, you can place it with the bag directly in the appliance.  I took the crockpot route and placed the turkey directly in the slow cooker.  I added a small can of Cream of Mushroom soup, a jar of turkey gravy, and the included gravy packet that comes with the turkey.  I let it cook on low for a few hours.  Once finished, I cut up the turkey into slices and served it with vegetables.  The turkey was very moist and tender, and the flavors complemented the other food.  Just because you don't spend a lot of labor in the kitchen doesn't mean you can't cook up a delicious turkey!  Try one today.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

ThriftStyle: The Ultimate Bargain Shopper's Guide to Smart Fashion - Book Review and Giveaway

I received book for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

Book Overview:

With this easy-to-use resource, savvy shoppers can cultivate upscale, upcycled wardrobes at thrift and consignment store prices.

Shoppers will learn to navigate the racks of their local consignment shop, spot name brands like Versace, Dior, and Burberry, select the best quality items, and repair secondhand clothes that need some love. Photo-filled chapters on thrifted handbags, jewelry, scarves, and other accessories show what's available and give tips for distinguishing quality items from fakes. Interviews with expert tailors, dry cleaners, shoe repair wizards, and fabric-dyeing professionals explain what makes a damaged piece of clothing worth renovating. Before-and-after photos show what can be done to refashion less-than-perfect finds.

My Review:

Ladies and gents, I've found a resource book you need to keep nearby at all times - ThriftStyle: The Ultimate Bargain Shopper's Guide to Smart Fashion.  Whether you consider yourself a fashionista or just someone who wants to purchase quality products at a decent price, this guide has it all covered. 

This book speaks to me on so many levels.  For one, all the fashion pieces pictured and talked about were found in thrift stores.  The majority of my clothing comes from thrift stores or at yard sales.  And I rarely pay full-price for anything.  

This shopper's guide is divided up into different sections, making it easy to reference what you are looking for.  It talks about the benefits of thrift shopping, navigating a store, finding your style, clues to quality, and much more.  If you ever want to know an extensive list of thrift stores to shop, this book has that as well.  I loved thrift shopping before reading this guide, but I'm ready to take it to a whole new level now that I'm armed with so much more information and tips. 

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EZ-On BaBeez - Bodysuit for Babies Review

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Who hasn’t experienced the frustration and hassle of getting a “onesie” onto a squirmy infant?  I think onesies are a fantastic stable to a baby's wardrobe but have found it hard to try to snap the buttons back in place, all while keeping baby still.  EZ-On BaBeez is an innovative, redesigned bodysuit for babies that provides fast and easy access during diaper changes. The soft, scratch-free Velcro closures at the front waist opening replace traditional snaps.  In other words, there's no more snaps to mess with.

The EZ-On BaBeez “onesie” also provides a comfort liner in the diaper area. Wet-resistant, the soft and stretchy fabric lining is easily wiped clean.  The velcro enclosures make it much easier to remove the onesie from baby than the bodysuits with traditional snaps.  Plus, you don't have to worry about irritation or snagging.  Available five sizes, these onesies are made of soft cotton and cotton/spandex blends for comfort.  You can purchase the onesies in solid colors or print designs.  The blue bee pattern I received is super adorable and, after checking their website, I've seen several other prints that are so darn cute.

Stuff the Stockings with Go Organically Fruit Snacks - Review

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Go Organically Fruit Snacks are a great stocking stuffer and I've already purchased a couple boxes to put in my kids' stockings.  After all, I already know how well they like the treats. 

Go Organically Fruit Snacks are a brand of GMO-free fruit snacks available in three varieties, all of which are USDA-certified organic, made with real fruit purées and real fruit juices. These treats include 100% of the daily recommended value of Vitamin C and are a good source of Vitamins A and E. Go Organically® Fruit Snacks are also gluten-free, preservative-free and made with natural flavors and colors from natural sources.  The three varieties available are Tropical, Mixed Berry, and Fruit Medley.

Fruit snacks are a favorite among my teens, and the Go Organically Fruit Snacks I received for review didn't last long at all.  There are eight individually wrapped snack pouches to a box.  Go Organically Fruit Snacks have a soft texture and don't contain a weird aftertaste.  I appreciate that they are comparable in taste to other brand name fruit snacks, yet are somewhat superior because they are certified organic and made with real juices and purees. 

Be sure to consider Go Organically Fruit Snacks when purchasing stocking stuffers this holiday season!

Which flavor of Go Organically Fruit Snacks would your child like best?