Monday, October 14, 2019

Welch’s® Mixed Fruit Halloween Fruit Snacks - Review

My nieces and nephews know that aunt Terra's house is a place for delicious treats.  I keep a variety on hand.  From time to time I purchase Welch's Fruit Snacks.  They're convenient pre-packaged snacks that can be taken right out of the box and eaten immediately.   They are fat-free, gluten-free, and preservative free.

With Halloween being one of my favorite times of the year, I'm excited about Welch’s® Mixed Fruit Halloween Fruit Snacks.  Made specifically for Halloween, Welch’s offers fruit snacks in fun and festive shapes like bats, witches, ghosts, haunted castles, and pumpkins.



Welch’s Fruit Snacks Halloween-themed box and pouch have custom graphics with fun shapes– perfect for trick or treating, lunchbox treats or parties.  Not only can I be the "cool aunt" when I hand these festive snacks out to the little ones in my family as a snack, I will also be the "cool lady on the block" when I hand them out to trick-or-treaters.

Available at Walmart, Target, Dollar General, Walgreens, CVS, Kroger and other local retailers. (MSRP: $4.49 28ct box; $7.99-$9.99 85ct box)


I received products 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.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Check It Out: Dylan's Candy Bar Gingerbread House Decorating Contest

Dylan's Candy Bar Gingerbread House Contest
Dylan's Candy Bar is hosting a Gingerbread House Decorating Contest.  Their preassembled Gingerbread House Kit means all you have to do is decorate to WIN! Here's how it works:

* Purchase thier preassembled Gingerbread House Kit at www.DylansCandyBar.com
* Decorate your dream house with the whole family, friends, or on your own
* Snap a pic and tag them on social media @dylanscandybar and #HouseofSweets
* On December 16th, they'll announce the winner in Instagram stories
* The winner claims a ginormous 7-stack tower of holiday candy from Dylan's Candy Bar!

You can see the full contest details and purchase your kit right here.

*This post contains affiliate links.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

Animal Skins - Children's Book Review and Giveaway


Book Overview:

Fur, feathers and scales are all animal coverings or skins. Animals use their skin to stay warm and dry, protect themselves or hide or even to warn other animals to stay away. Following Animal Noses, Animal Tails, Animal Eyes, Animal Mouths (NSTA/CBC Outstanding Trade Science Award), and Animal Legs, Mary Holland continues her photographic Animal Anatomy and Adaptations series by the many different ways that animals use and rely on their skin covering adaptations to survive in their habitats.

Written by Mary Holland
32 pg, 8.5 x 10, Ages 5-9, Grades 1-4




My Review:

With realistic photos of what skin look like from a variance of animals, Animal Skins educates young readers on the function of skin and how they benefit different animals.  For instance, readers learn that a young deer (or fawn) have no scent for the first few days after they are born.  Their white spots also help them blend in to the woods and fields so they won't be noticed..  Other animals and critters featured include skunks, birds, porcupines, and more.

The 'For Creative Minds' section in the back of the book further educates and gets children excited to know more about animal skin.  There's a matching game, how animals use their skins, info on special skins, and how animals are classified by their skin covering.

Animal Skins is a Fall 2019 release by Arbordale Publishing.



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I received book for review from Arbordale Publishing.  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.

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Peanut Butter Pine Cone Bird Feeder - Craft

Side story:  This is my niece who I haven't seen in almost four years.  She happened to be at the Special Needs Open House with her group home.  Made my day!

Back in August, I volunteered at a Special Needs Open House at our church's camp.  Me and a couple other gals were in charge of the craft.  We went with a peanut butter pine cone bird feeder.  They're so easy to make, and make your feathered friends happy.


All you need are pine cones with twine super glued on as hangers.  If you're doing just a few at a time, you can heat the peanut butter up in a microwave.  If you're making quite a few, heat the peanut butter up in crock pots.  


Take a pine cone and roll it around until it's entirely coated in peanut butter.  Then do the same with wild bird seed.  Let dry, then hang on a tree.



Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Annual Howl-O-Ween Blog Hop - McDonald's Gift Card Giveaway


Welcome to the annual Howl-o-Ween Hop, hosted by The Mommy Island and The Kids Did It.  Several blogs are hosting their own giveaways.  After entering mine, check out the others.

I am giving away a $10 McDonald's Gift Card to one lucky winner.


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One person will win a $10 McDonald's gift card.
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Monday, October 7, 2019

Meet Our New Fur Baby...Green Bean


I have two cats that I love dearly and a dog that I like sometimes.  I had been asking Jason for another cat and he kept denying me.  He rarely says no, so I gave up on the idea.

Whatever stick he had up his butt came out the other day.  Jason made arrangements with a friend to get one of her kitties as an anniversary gift to me.


Y'all, I'm smitten by this kitten!  He's so full of spunk and I could watch him play all day.  
Green Bean is the name and cuteness is his game.

Why the name?  Well, why not!
It popped in my head and stuck.

First Winners for October



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

The winner of the Everyone In LA Is An Asshole paperback book giveaway is #3, Nancy Payette.

The winner of the NFL Grilling Apron giveaway is #20, iggysaysno.

The winner of the Traffic Cop children's game giveaway is #32, LeAnn Harbert.

The winner of the Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home book giveaway is #21, Natalie.

The winner of the AKA (Also Known As) game giveaway is #20, Sharon Schoepe.

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who entered.  Be sure to keep an eye out for active giveaways I've got going on.  There's no limit to how many you can enter or how many you can win.



Tuesday, October 1, 2019

TVStoreOnline.com Is Your Resource For Halloween - Review and Giveaway



 With Halloween right around the corner, you're more than likely looking for a costume to suit you or someone in your family.  TVStoreOnline.com has a huge selection of Halloween costumes available in sizes for kids and adults. 

TV Store Online feeds your TV and movie obsession with its classic TV and movie shirts and memorabilia. You'd be hard pressed not to find a shirt or memorabilia featuring one of your favorite shows or movies.  I've received pajamas and sweaters from the company and have been nothing but impressed.  The Detroit-based movie, television, and comic book apparel and costume company has been seen on Good Morning America, Live with Kelly and Ryan, The Today Show, and The Ellen Show.


I usually dress up during Halloween.  It's one of my favorite times of the year.  I received the Women's Cozy Lady Bat Costume from TVStoreOnline.com because I was attracted to the detailed hood and bat wings.   I ordered the hoodie in size XXL, thinking it would provide plenty of room.  This one in particular was a little snug and fit more like a large.  Other than that, it's a high-quality hoodie-type costume.



Made of 100% polyester, this costume has a full zipper front and is made to be worn like a short dress or a hoodie.  You can slip it over your head or put it on like a jacket.  The hoodie is lined with bat ears and fake fur.  When you spread your hands out, it looks like your a bat with a large wing span.  The costume is very comfy and cozy, and can be worn with our without pants (depending on your desired look).

Go batty this Halloween and get your costumes and accessories from TV Store Online!



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One person will win a Halloween costume or accessory of choice from TVStoreOnline.com.

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The Budding Artist Paint Party



As part of fundraising for my upcoming Cambodia mission trip, I helped others in my group organize a wood board paint party at The Budding Artist.  Along with the painting portion of the night, we also had a bake sale and silent auction.  My daughter and bestie came down to be a part of the party.



I personally didn't create a sunflower on a wooden board but put my two cents in :)
Afterwards, I spent the night at Alaina's house for a girl's night.  Good times!

me and Shelby

Have you ever attended a paint party?
Do you consider yourself to be artistic?