Saturday, August 27, 2016

Entenmann's & The Great American Milk Drive Partner For Back To School - Review and Giveaway

I received products for review from BBUSA brand.  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.
Entenmann's is regularly purchased and consumed in my household. I know what it's like when a teen is "hangry". To avoid those situations, I keep my pantry stocked with snacks the kids can munch on throughout the day and, a lot of times, that includes Entenmann's.  Most recently I picked up a few boxes of Entenmanns' Little Bites Muffins.  There are five pouches per box, with each one having four muffins in them. Perfectly portioned, they are quite delicious and taste fresh. Although we enjoyed them straight out of the package, the muffins can be heated in the microwave for seven short seconds.  
Back-to-school season is here and Entenmann’s® is partnering with The Great American Milk Drive, hoping to deliver 100,000 servings of milk to children and families in need across the country. After all, donuts and milk are perfect together! Milk can be a delicious and nutritious part of your family’s day, but for some food-insecure families, drinking milk can be a rare indulgence. Entenmann’s® is proud to join The Great American Milk Drive in the “Entenmann’s® Donuts & Milk: Perfect Together Sweepstakes” helping deliver milk to those who need it the most. For every entry received during the “Entenmann’s® Donuts & Milk: Perfect Together Sweepstakes”, one 8 oz. glass of nutrient-rich milk will be donated to The Great American Milk Drive, up to 100,000 servings.

Consumers can enter to win a variety of prizes during the Facebook sweepstakes, which is going on now and continues through October 31st. As part of the Facebook sweepstakes, 25 first prize winners will win a one year’s supply of milk and Entenmann’s® donuts and 100 second prize winners will win four boxes of Entenmann’s® donuts. No purchase is required. For official rules and donation program terms you can go to the Entenmann’s Facebook Page.

Win It!

One person will win an Entenmann’s® Milk Bottle Tumbler,
5 (five) Entenmann’s® Coupons valued at $7 each,
a $25 AMEX Gift Card

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Philips Sonicare for Kids Ice Age Electric Toothbrush - Review

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.

Anything that will give kids incentive and encouragement to brush their teeth correctly is definitely worth a try. Philips Sonicare has partnered with Ice Age: Collision Course to make tooth brushing fun for little ones.

Ice Age: Collision Course was recently in theaters and most children are familiar with the film and characters.  The Phillips Sonicare for Kids Ice Age Electric Toothbrush has Bluetooth® technology that connects the toothbrush directly to its free interactive Ice Age coaching app. With the help of their fun personal brushing coach, “Sparkly”, kids develop a lifetime of healthy oral care habits and get rewards for doing a thorough job each time they brush. Parents can even monitor their child’s routine by reviewing their brushing habits on the separate, parent dashboard and set up milestones and rewards to motivate their child to brush their teeth twice a day.

Included with the toothbrush are several interchangeable stickers.  Kids can decorate the toothbrush with stickers that have Ice Age characters, Sparkly characters, or both.  Also included is a charger.
interchangeable stickers that are included

The toothbrush is fun in and of itself.  It is not required to use the brushing app if your child is not interested or you don't have the proper equipment.  In order to use the app, you will need to download the Sonicare Kids app from the store, then enable Bluetooth on your smart phone or tablet and connect your toothbrush to the app.  The app is free to download.

There is an on/off power button on the toothbrush, and a battery charge indicator that shows when battery needs recharged.  One brush head is included, and replacements can be purchased separately.  There are two modes of brushing - Gentle and Extra Gentle.  Another neat feature is the KidPacer, which uses a series of tunes to alert kids when it's time to move to the next section of the mouth and brush.  The toothbrush moves at up to 31,000 brush strokes per minute, getting teeth good and clean.

If this toothbrush doesn't get kids excited about brushing their teeth, I'm not sure what will.

It's National Just Because Day

Today celebrates doing what you want (within legal reason) just because.  There doesn't have to be a rhyme, reason, or agenda.

So, go ahead and:

Eat several slices of cake......just because

Buy the shoes you've been eyeing.....just because

Stay in bed and watch TV all day.....just because

Buy flowers for your spouse......just because

Pay for someone's lunch.........just because

Sing to your hairbrush.....just because

Dance around the house like a wild woman.......just because

Be you.......just because

Friday, August 26, 2016

It's National Dog Day

I'm going to be honest and put this out there, I'm not much of a dog person.  They're not bad animals; I just prefer cats over dogs.

With that said, I actually do own one dog.  Helen is a Labrabull (Lab/Pit mix).  We've had her for almost three years now, so I'd say she's a part of the family.  Her and the cat go at it like, well, cats and dogs.  Helen looooves people and gets overly anxious whenever someone walks in the door.  All in all, though, she's a good canine and I kinda, sorta like her.

Give your dog a special treat today in celebration of National Dog Day!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Chore Charts for Children - Giveaway

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Children, for the most part, thrive on structure and visual cues.  Asking kids to do chores can be a daunting task and sometimes it seems we have to fight tooth and nail for them to get anything done.  Chore charts are a productive way to help show children what is expected of them and give them a feeling of accomplishment.

Kristin Norton, owner of, sells chore charts, among other things. She has sampled every product she sells to ensure that it does the job.  She believes that the folders, journals, notepads and more are products that will help you streamline and simplify your daily tasks.

The chore charts that Kristin sells were created by her, and they are available in nine different designs.  They sell for $12 and are available on her site, as well as on Amazon. Each pack has 50 individual, tear-off pages, and each sheet is good for one week.

Win It!

Three people will each win a Chore Chart.

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‘TIL THE END - Book Review

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 Synopsis:

Ryan, Tyler, Avery and Jacob are high school football stars. Everyone looks up to them. They're living the life that young boys and men dream of and are right at the point of having it all: a state championship, college paid for, a chance for big money and even more glory in the NFL. It's all there in front of them; the future they and everyone expects. Then something happens that could bring it all crashing down. And they can't tell the truth because it's even worse than having to keep the secret for the rest of their lives. They make a pact to cover it up and never tell. Hiding the truth fuels their escalating addictions and pushes them in different directions as they try to erase the past, deal with the present and hope for the future. But at some point, in some way, there's always a price paid for lies told.

About the Author:

Joseph Patrick33 is a Michigan author who grew up in Shelby Township, a suburb of Detroit. He earned his bachelor degree and master’s degree from Wayne State University, and his advanced degree from the University of Detroit. He is concerned about the futures of young people in today’s challenging society of addiction and consequences of actions that lead away from a happy successful and rewarding life.

My Review:

With scenes set in Detroit, between 1988 and 1993, 'TIL THE END tells of four high school football stars who have their whole lives ahead of them.  They want for nothing, and their partying ways are glanced over.  The teens believe they are going to win a championship game but it all falls apart with a fumble.

To drown their sorrows, the boys meet up at a father's cabin.  A fight ensues with an outsider of the group and it ends in disaster.  The football stars agree to make a pact to never tell of the murder that happened.

The boys - Ryan, Tyler, Jacob, and Avery - each handle what happened differently.  They go about their lives, but are always haunted with what happened.  Some get tangled in webs of gambling, drug dealing, and alcoholism.

The story doesn't necessarily revolve around the teens and the murderous act.  It goes more into how the act itself haunts them regularly, and how the demons in their head cause them to make poor choices.

Although I would have liked more plot development, this is a good book that delves into how a decision of the past can affect a person's life in the future.

Wordful Wednesday - World Fuel Altered Nationals

Jason's Pontiac Firebird at the crosswalk

If something involves cars, my husband's into it. All things cars, all the time.  As a tradition that's been going on for a few years strong, Jason and I attended World Fuel Altered Nationals at Eddyville Raceway in Iowa.  It was an entire weekend of cars, and lots of 'em. All makes and models were on scene. Of course, the biggest and best were there to compete in the World Fuel Altered Nationals.

Eddie Munster's car

 Jason raced his car in Street ET class and placed fifth out of thirty.  He was beat by 300th of a second.  Crazy!

Believe it or not, there's a lot of science that goes into drag racing. It's not head-on racing like some people perceive. If a car goes too fast or dials in a time on their car that isn't close to how fast they say it will go, that car loses. A car is also automatically disqualified from the get-go if they "red light", meaning they cannot go at any time before the green light. Even if it's thousands of a second.  There's a whole lot of math, mentality, and control that goes into it.
Brenda in the thick of the fumes

We took a couple with us, and it was their first time attending.  I thought Brenda was going to need an intervention from inhaling all the fuel and fumes.  She loved the smells of it all more than anything.
Eddie Munster - Not quite as I remember him

Although I did not personally do a meet and greet, Butch Patrick was there to meet with spectators.  He's known as the original Eddie Munster from the classic TV show, The Munsters.
me standing next to a car I'll never be able to afford

There were cars of all speeds, makes and models at the raceway. 

The weather was perfect, the cars were awesome to watch, and the company was good. Couldn't have asked for a better weekend.
Brenda and I hanging out in the pit area

Have you ever attended a drag race? Does the sound of loud and the sight of fast cars excite you?