Friday, April 28, 2017

My First Pedicure (But Not My Last!)



Many moons ago, when I was younger and had a credit card, I would get artificial nails with fancy designs at the salon.  Since then, I've not had a mani done and probably won't.  I don't like how my real nails get tore up in the process, and I have no doubt nail files were torture devices invented by the devil.
me with Felicia

Because I have the best Small Group gals ever, we got together last week for a mani/pedi session.  I only went for the pedicure.  Again, manicures aren't my thing.  

But now that I've had my first pedicure ever (at the age of 40 no less!) I have no doubt those will become a regular thing.  How did I not know about how glorious pedicures are before now?!
For one thing, it's like getting a massage and pedi all in one.  With the touch of a few buttons, the chair massaged my entire back.  If I hadn't of been with friends, I would've fell asleep in a New York minute.

I've got some fugly feet but wasn't afraid to show them.  The heavens parted when the pedicurist massaged, trimmed, and exfoliated.  I chose a dark green shimmery nail polish for color.

When it came to filing, I had a bit of a problem.  I had a hold of Felicia's arm till it almost went numb.  After the first foot, he had to give up on the second.  I swear, nail files will make me want to crawl a wall in no time flat.  They're pure evil, I tell ya.

I left that place feeling like I'd done been spoiled.  And I made the girls pinky swear me we'd do it again in three weeks.

This place even had the cutest little puppy.  Alaina, lover of all things animal, smothered it with love.

Have you ever had a pedicure?  If no, go get one NOW!  You'll thank me.

Blast Box - #BlastBoxChallenge Game Review and Giveaway

I received product 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.

 The creators of Wet Head have added to their collection of suspenseful fun with the introduction of Blast Box, a new exciting game with a Big Bang!

Blast Box is a fun family game, keeping kids and adults at the edge of their seat. Fill the box with balloons and use the spinner to determine how many pins to hammer into the box. If your pin pops a balloon, you are blasted out of the game.

I received the Blast Box game for review and knew it'd be right up our alley.  It's very simple and very suspenseful.  

Most of us cringe at the sound or thought of a balloon popping.  That's where the suspense comes in.  That, and not wanting to lose.

The Blast Box game includes a balloon inflator, 100 balloons, tie clips, plastic hammer, plastic pins, a spinner, and a plastic black box.


The game can be played with 2 to 4 players.  The first thing you need to do is inflate one balloon per player with the inflator.  The balloons are small, and the branded tie clips keep them from deflating.  Once you've done that, you place all the balloons under the black plastic Blast Box.  You then start the game.  Players take turns spinning the spinner to see what the indicated action will be.  For instance, if you land on a 2X spot, you will have to hammer in two plastic nails.  The spinner also includes a reverse and a skip space.

Each player will keep taking turns until there's only one balloon remaining.  The person with that last balloon is the winner.  Easy enough!  

The hammer and nails are made of plastic, and the nails do not have spiky ends.  So, there's no concern for spiking yourself or smashing a finger.  

Although I have not done so, you can download the free Blast Box app to record and share your game on social media.  The app also includes trivia questions and alternative game play.



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It's National Superhero Day


When you think of superheros, who comes to mind?  The Marvel or X-Men characters - Batman, Superman, Iron Man, Thor?  Or, do you consider a superhero to be someone who is ordinary but puts their life on the line?  I could use a superhero, to  save me from....a burning building, a one-eyed, one-horned monster, insanity, having to do dishes, or even piled up laundry.  My 23 yoa daughter is a big fan of Batman and her apartment looks like a teenage boy's dorm room with all the superhero collectibles and knicknacks.

To help young fans everywhere enjoy the SUPER day, check out the special PJ Masks Official Hero Celebration Kit, featuring downloadable PJ Masks party invites, decorations, character masks, activity sheets, and more.  Get in on all of the heroic fun with Catboy, Gekko and Owlette.
Who is your favorite superhero?
If  you could have a special superhero power, what would it be?

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 71

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I believe in a God that hears 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 71. 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, April 26, 2017

Wordful Wednesday - Logan's Prom

Logan's last prom for his school years was Saturday.  I took a million and one pictures but will only overload you with a few:




Logan's date for the evening was Whitney, his girlfriend.  They make such an amazing couple.  
#ThisMomApproves




with good friend, De'Angelo

A Dog's Purpose - #ADogsPurpose Blu-ray Giveaway

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An uplifting and inspirational look at life through the eyes of man’s best friend warms hearts this Spring when A Dog’s Purpose arrived on Digital HD on April 18, 2017 and arrives on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on May 2, 2017,

An empathetic and relatable drama, this sentimental film takes viewers on a powerful journey to experience the relationship between dogs and their owner – to love, protect, comfort and always find a way back home.

 A Dog’s Purpose on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD includes deleted scenes, outtakes, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, and more.

Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad – Frozen, Angry Birds) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. A narrative with “genuine heart, humor and a real message of love” (Michael Heaton, The Plain Dealer), the family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland, The Longest Ride), KJ Apa (“Riverdale”), John Ortiz (Silver Linings Playbook, American Gangster), Juliet Rylance (Sinister, “The Knick”), Luke Kirby (“The Astronaut Wives Club”), Peggy Lipton (When in Rome, Twin Peaks), Pooch Hall (“The Game,” “Ray Donovan”) and Dennis Quaid (Far From Heaven, The Rookie).

BONUS FEATURES ON BLU-RAY AND DVD

 Deleted Scenes  Outtakes  Lights, Camera, Woof! - A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.  A Writer’s Purpose - Learn the story behind W. Bruce Cameron’s beloved best-selling novel.

The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack includes a Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet™.
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It's National Pretzel Day


Here's a fun fact:

In Germany, 17th-century children wore pretzel necklaces to symbolize good luck and prosperity for the coming year.

I won't be going that far, but I will be heading to Auntie Anne's today to indulge in a delicious Garlic & Parmesan soft pretzel.  Admittedly, I could eat there every day.


In celebration of today, here are some establishments offering freebies:

Auntie Anne's - Download the My Pretzel Perks app before the end of the day.  You'll then be able to choose an Original or Cinnamon Sugar pretzel to redeem at stores through April 30th.

Ben’s Soft Pretzels - From 1 to 7 pm, today Ben's will give away one soft pretzel in exchange for $1 donation to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

Philly Pretzel Factory - Receive a free pretzel anytime today.

Pretzelmaker - Soft pretzels are 26 cents today.

Wetzel’s Pretzels -  Visit today to receive a free pretzel.