Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Eddie the Eagle - #EddieInsiders Giveaway

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Inspired by true events, this high-flying, feel-good story is sure to warm your heart and cool down your summer! Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards - an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper, enlists the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming an Olympian. This heart-warming tale starring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman is available on Digital HD, and will be available on Blu-ray™ and DVD June 14th.

Special Features

Let The Games Begin: Soaring with Eddie the Eagle Documentary
All or Nothing: The Hero’s Heart
An Unlikely Friendship: Eddie & Peary
Attitude is Altitude: Filming the Ski Jumps
Still Gallery
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One person will win Eddie the Eagle on Blu-ray.
 
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Random Tuesday Thoughts - Golfing, Guns, and Bingo

It's Tuesday, and that means it's time for the fantastic fun of Random Tuesday Thoughts.  Link up your randomness at Stacy Uncorked.
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It's been a month and a half since my mother passed.  It's still not totally real to me.  Although I'm better these last couple of weeks than I had been, the grief is still so raw and so hard.  People have moved on with their lives.  I have too, but it's different.  It's overwhelming sometimes, and there's a hole in my heart. 
 
I'm not asking for a pity party by any means, but I absolutely know how someone feels when they say they think of someone every day. 
 
Maybe it's more in my head than anything, but I hate how people expect that I should be the same.  I should be back to normal.  I'm not.  And I can't say when I will be.
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Jason was kind enough to purchase me a set of used golf clubs the other day.  One time on the golf course and we're hooked!  We had the opportunity to go again Saturday morning with another couple.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd take golf up as a hobby.
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Jason cooking chicken legs and potatoes on the grill
 
Saturday evening we went to Whispering Oaks (a local campground) and spent the night with another couple in their camper. 
 
We were very sketchy at first about going up there.  Whispering Oaks was our second home for five years, and I've seen stuff happen up there that would put most reality shows to shame.  Days of Our Lives ain't got nothing on them!
 
We gave it up a couple years ago when we realized it was becoming Peyton's Place.  But, after some coaxing from our friends, we decided to check it out again.

Didn't win a darn thing at Bingo
 
I actually had a good time at the campground.  We ate a ton of food, played Bingo, and danced to a live band.  What made it different this time is that we chose not to be a part of anybody's problems.  A lot of the same people are still up there and so is a lot of the drama but I think us being outsiders this time around made it much easier. 
 
I have NO plans on hanging out there every weekend like we used to, but I'm okay with going up once in a while.
 
I can't dance to save my soul, but I like to pretend I got some moves.  The band videoed a couple of their songs and put 'em on Facebook.  With me being front and center, my bad moves are now on social media for the whole world to see.  (Don't ask, I'm not giving up the link or the band name.  I have my integrity to protect!)
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Memorial Day food
 
Memorial Day we hung out with some friends for a low-key supper.  I ate my fair share of food.  Then we went to the field and did some target shooting with our guns. 
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How did I live without Hulu before now? 
 
We have country cable because I'm too tight to pay high prices to watch TV.  I signed up for a free week of Hulu and now I'm hooked.  I can watch all the latest episodes of shows, and it's way cheaper than what the cable company charges.  Not that I have anything against Netflix, but I like Hulu in that I can stream a ton of TV shows the day after they've aired on television. 
 
My current binge watch is Real Housewives of New York City.  Goes to show that even rich, semi-famous, middle-aged gals got a whole slew of problems all their own.
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What did you do Memorial Day weekend?  Do you have Hulu?  What's your randomness for the week?

Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day Tribute to my Father


Today is Memorial Day and I'd like to thank all the service men and women, past and present, for protecting this great country and defending our freedom.  During this day, please take the time to remember our fallen heroes.  One of those great people was my father, Harley Leon Forrester. He served in the U.S. Air Force in Korea during the Korean conflict. He then joined the Air National Guard, retiring in 1992 as a master segeant. My father passed away in 2005, but he'll always be a hero to me.

Have a fun and safe Memorial Day!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Carry Sac with Two Hemp Straps - Urbana Sacs Review

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I have quite the collection of totes.  I use them for several reasons and occasions, from carrying papers at work to storing books I'm going to read in the future. 
 
A company I learned of recently is Urbana Sacs, which uses a different fabric on their totes than I've ever come across.  Individually designed and hand made in Los Angeles, Urbana Sacs are  lightweight, durable bags made from virgin pulp fiber and recycled polyester felts that is manufactured through cultivation, not deforestation. Like traditional fabric, they can be washed and used over and over again, or dipped in water and shaped for whatever you have in mind.
 
 
The X-Large Carry Sac with Two Hemp Straps from Urbana Sacs has both the room you need and a chic design for a day at the beach.   The inside of the tote is very roomy and holds a lot of belongings. The material is stiff, so I had to use my hands to smooth it out and displace the wrinkles the first time I used it. The shoulder straps are securely sewn on. I've recently been using it to carry my work papers and agenda calendars. I like this tote as a fashion accessory and find that it suits me well for the items I want to carry around.

Much Ado For These May Winners

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

The winner of the Mother's Day in Hollywood giveaway is #15, Sandy Cain.

The winner of the Surf Sweets Organic Candy giveaway is #13, Debijot.

The winner of the Shrek Blu-ray giveaway is #20, Shelly Leatham.

The winner of the Against the Wild II DVD giveaway is #18, bnchile.

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who entered.  Be sure to check out the current active giveaways going on.  They're 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 26


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 26. 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.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Celebrate National Donut Day with Entenmann's - #EntenmannsDonuts Giveaway

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If there's one thing all my kids can agree on, it's their love for donuts.  Entenmann's is regularly purchased and consumed in my household.  The kids get up in the mornings and grab a few Entenmann's donuts to eat before heading out for work or school.  Personally, I like to have a donut once in a while in the middle of the night as a snack while I'm at work.  Satisfies the sweet tooth.
 
Although I don't need a special reason to have a donut, I'm all for celebrating National Donut Day on June 3rd!


In 1938,The Salvation Army founded National Donut Day to pay tribute to our vets and these delicious sweet treats that everyone loves! “Donut Lassies” originally made donuts in soldiers’ helmets and served them to the soldiers while providing medical and spiritual support during World War I.

The Salvation Army is located in more than 120 countries worldwide. In 2015, nearly 30 million Americans received assistance from The Salvation Army's 3,500 officers, 60,700 employees and 3.5 million volunteers.

In celebration of this sweet day, Entenmann’s® is rolling out the NEW Entenmann’s® Rich Frosted Party Sprinkled Donut, an iconic treat made just for National Donut Day 2016. These sweet and festive treats combine a classic favorite, the Rich Frosted Donut, with just the right amount of colorful party sprinkles. I've been keeping an eye out for this variety of donuts and will be getting some when I spot 'em.

In partnership with The Salvation Army, Entenmann’s will be donating $1 up to $35,000 to the Salvation Army for every fan (or not) that enters their National Donut Day sweepstakes on Facebook.

As a part of the National Donut Day celebration, Entenmann’s® is hosting a “Win Free Donuts for a Year” Facebook sweepstakes. From now until the sweepstakes end on July 2nd, 2016 Entenmann’s will be awarding ten (10) Grand Prizes winners one year of free Entenmann’s donuts! In addition, 100 of those who enter will be selected to win National Donut Day Party Pack Prizes, which include everything they need to throw their own National Donut Day party at home! The 100 Party Pack Prizes will be awarded in advance of National Donut Day and include (4) $7 Entenmann’s Coupons, one $25 AMEX gift card, Entenmann’s® Party Napkins and Plates, an Entenmann’s® National Donut Day T-Shirt and a Rich Frosted Donut Plush Toy with a party hat.

Fun Facts:

Entenmann’s® Bakery produces more than 780 million donuts a year to keep up with the demands of Entenmann’s donut lovers nationwide.

The Rich Frosted Donut has been Entenmann’s® #1 seller since its introduction in 1973.
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One person will win an Entenmann's Donut Day Prize Pack that includes:
 
$25 AMEX gift card
(4) $7 Entenmann’s Coupons
Entenmann’s® Party Napkins and Plates
Entenmann’s® National Donut Day T-Shirt
Rich Frosted Donut Plush Toy with a party hat
 
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