Thursday, October 27, 2016

It's National American Beer Day

I must start off by saying I don't particularly like beer. It's a mighty rare occasion that I'll drink it. I'm more of a Jagermeister gal. If I'm in the mood to open a can, it's usually a Bud Light.  Jason is a Keystone Light kind of guy.

If you're ever in the St. Louis area, you should check out the Anheuser-Bush Brewery Tour.  I went a couple years ago and found it to be pretty interesting.  Admission is free and you'll get access to the actual brewery and even see the famous Clydesdale horses.

Pop a top and down a refreshing cold beer today!

Do you drink beer?  What's your favorite kind?  Imported or domestic?

Jergens Oil-Infused Moisturizers - Review

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When I think of high-quality skincare products, Jergens is a brand that comes to mind.  A brand that's been around for many years, Jergens offers some of the most loved skin care products.  I'd be hard-pressed to find a product I didn't like from Jergens.  I recently tested a couple of their new products that I had not tried before - the Jergens Oil-Infused Moisturizers.

Me and my skin don't get along very well. It wants to stay dry and get old while I want it to look youthful and feel moisturized. I've been doing everything I can to give my skin a renewed look. Some products have worked for me, while others haven't given me the desired results. I can say that the Jergens Oil-Infused Moisturizers have given my skin a more refreshed feel.  

The new Jergens Oil-Infused Moisturizers are infused with skin-softening oils.  They provide long-lasting hydration, visibly luminous skin, and relaxing aromas.  There are two variations available - Monoi Oil and Coconut Oil.  The Monoi Oil moisturizer has a floral scent, while the Coconut Oil one smells just like coconut.
The moisturizers are lightweight and feel like silk when applied.  They're non-greasy and I'm able to immediately feel the difference in how my skin feels.  I usually apply the moisturizer to my body three times throughout the day.  The price for each is affordable, at $4.99 each.  A downside to me is that they are exclusively at Target stores, which are not located in my area.  But, they can also be ordered online through the Target website.

Have you tried the new Jergens Oil-Infused Moisturizers?
Which scent do you think you'd like best - Monoi or Coconut?

Bad Moms - Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Giveaway

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Bad Moms, the year’s biggest R-rated comedy – a runaway hit with audiences and critics alike – has arrived to Digital HD on October 18, 2016 and will be available on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on November 1, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.  The raunchy film described as “incredibly funny!” by Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly, is the first R-rated comedy since The Hangover to earn an “A” grade from audiences nationwide.  Hailed by critics from The New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times and Washington Post, Bad Moms is one comedy not to be missed.  The Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD come with nearly an hour of exclusive bonus content including hilarious deleted scenes, gag reels and exclusive interviews with the cast and their moms that will have everyone laughing again and again!

Written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (The Hangover, Four Christmases) and produced by Suzanne Todd, (Alice Through The Looking Glass) and Bill Block (Dirty Grandpa), the comedy also features Jada Pinkett Smith (The Women), Christina Applegate (Anchorman 1 &2), Annie Mumolo (The Boss) and Jay Hernandez (Suicide Squad).  It’s time to party like a mother with this hysterical and relatable film.

In this hilarious and heartfelt comedy from the writing duo behind The Hangover, Amy (Mila Kunis) has a seemingly perfect life – a great marriage, over-achieving kids, beautiful home and a career. However, she's over-worked, over-committed and exhausted to the point that she's about to snap.  Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms (Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn) on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities – going on a wild, un-mom-like binge of long overdue freedom, fun and self-indulgence – putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate) and her clique of devoted perfect moms (Jada Pinkett Smith and Annie Mumolo).  See the movie that critics are cheering as “…a funny, giddy, sentimental laugh-in…” - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times.

Deleted Scenes
Gag Reel
Cast & Moms Interviews:  A collection of intimate moments between the leading cast including Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett Smith and Annie Mumolo and their moms.

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Four More October Winners

A few of my giveaways have ended and the winners have been randomly drawn.

The winner of the Softsoap Body Washes giveaway is #38, Austin Baroudi.

The winner of the HALO SleepSack Swaddle giveaway is #8, craftsonthego.

The winner of the Peppa Pig DVD giveaway is #34, Rebecca Orr.

The winner of the Fireside Grown-Up Guides giveaway is #19, JJAY100.

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who entered.  Be sure to check out and enter my currently active giveaways, all listed at the top left hand side of my blog.  There's no limit to how many you can enter or how many you can win.

Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 47

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I believe in a God that hears my prayers and answers them. I've witnessed the miraculous gift of answered prayer. And, I want to pray for you. I've started weekly Power of Prayer post every Thursday. We are now on week 47. If you are needing prayer in an area of your life, please leave a comment and I'll commit to pray for your need or request. You can be as general or as specific as you like. Whether it be for healing, salvation, finances, emotions, or another area of life, I'd like to lift it up in prayer.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

It's National Pumpkin Day

pumpkin carving in 2012

It's that time of year for pumpkins!  And today's the day to celebrate it.

I'd like to say that we are master pumpkin carvers but it could be further from the truth.  It's been a few years since we've even tried.  Mouths end up cockeyed and eyes end up crooked.

Interesting fact:  I learned that the United States produces 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins, with Illinois producing more than any other state.  Illinois doesn't get much recognition for the good things, so the pumpkin fact is one I'm proud of.

I posted this recipe last year but thought I'd show it to you again, in case you missed it the first time around. :

Pumpkin Marshmallow Pillows


 Crescent Rolls
Large Marshmallows
Melted Butter
Cinnamon & Sugar
Pumpkin Spice
Pumpkin Puree


 Unroll the crescent rolls and lay each individual one flat. Add a tablespoon of pumpkin puree to each crescent by spreading it on with a knife. Take a large marshmallow and coat it in the melted butter, then roll it in cinnamon  & sugar. Place the marshmallow on crescent roll. Wrap up the crescent roll around the marshmallow, securing all openings. Dip the whole "pillow" into the melted butter. Add a pinch of pumpkin spice on top of each pillow. Place into the oven and follow instructions of the crescent rolls for bake time.

What foods to you like that include pumpkin?
Do you carve pumpkins for Autumn/ Halloween?

Bookaboo "Takes to the Stage” on Prime Video this Friday - Children's Show Review

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Amazon is launching an original kid series, Bookaboo, on October 28th on Prime Video in the US and UK.  This new preschool show, featuring special guests, combines puppetry, live action and CGI animation to help families find their reading rhythm. 

Bookaboo will debut on October 28 exclusively for Prime members.  Prime members can download the series to mobile devices for offline viewing. The entire first season of Bookaboo will be available for Prime members to stream and enjoy using the Amazon Video app for TVs; connected devices, including Amazon Fire TV and mobile devices, or online at, at no additional cost to their membership. Customers who are not already a Prime member can sign up for a free trial at

The rocking series follows Bookaboo as he tours the globe with his bandmates Paws and Growler, playing drums to packed stadiums of adoring fans. There’s only one hitch – Bookaboo just can't play without a story a day! The precocious pup finds creative ways to avoid performing, leading to laugh-out-loud comedy sketches and silly songs. To empower Bookaboo to return to the stage, a famous face appears in each episode to share a favorite story. The picture book that the celebrity guest brings in the special “bookabag” is brought to vibrant life through animation and an interactive, energetic reading that restores Bookaboo’s “bojo.”

I had the chance to preview an episode of Bookaboo, and watched it with a couple of my younger nieces.  Bookaboo and his friends are puppets in a band and Bookaboo, the main character, is a rock 'n roll kinda dog.  He can't play until a book is read to him.  Celebrities that most of us are familiar with show up to read a story to Bookaboo.  While the story is being read, Bookaboo and that celebrity interject with their reactions.  The illustrations from the stories come to life so kids viewing can get a feel for the story that's being read.  It's then that Bookaboo can take the stage and rock out.

Bookaboo is a fine show for youngsters.  Kids will get a kick out of the characters, and will enjoy going along with the story.  It's not an overly annoying or campy show, and I think most adults will agree that it's educational and delightful.

Will your child be watching Bookaboo on Amazon Prime Video?