Friday, August 30, 2019

Final Winners for August

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

The winner of the Where's Waldo?: Exciting Expeditions giveaway is #7, Autumn.

The winner of the Pop Culture Themed Hoodie giveaway is #51, Sandra Preti.

The winner of the Lunch Pets giveaway is #7, Steph.

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who entered.  I know giveaways have been slow lately but I have several coming up soon.  Keep your eyes peeled!

GourmetGiftBaskets.com Jubilee Gift Tower - Review


As we're in the middle of a very interesting summer, GourmetGiftBaskets.com has several great items for gift givers now, while they're gearing up for holidays.  One such holiday is Grandparent's Day, coming up September 8th.  (Be sure to buy them something; They deserve it!)

GourmetGiftBaskets.com, one of the top, online, family-owned gifting companies, has rolled out some new items.  Celebrate the grandparents, and other people in your life, with a gift basket from Gourmet Gift Baskets.They have a fine selection of value-priced gift baskets and gift towers for holidays, events and celebrations.


I received the Jubilee Gift Tower for review.  Four bright and beautiful boxes are filled to the brim with gourmet treats guaranteed to bring a smile to anyone's face.  Each box bigger than the next, they are stacked on top of each other and kept together with a large pink ribbon.  Treats and confections included in this gift tower are:

Chocolate Wafer Petites by Dolcetto - .7 oz. - Pillow-shaped wafer cookies that are filled with exquisitely smooth chocolate centers.

Cherry Buds by Butterfields Candies - 1.75 oz. - Premium cherry hard candies bursting with the flavor of homemade cherry pie.

Cinnamon Sugar Cookies by Byrd's Famous Cookies - 2.25 oz. - The perfect combination of cinnamon and sugar and one crispy and crunchy cookie!

Three Cheese Cheese Straws by Mississippi Cheese Straw Factory - 1 oz. - A delicious indulgent combination of  white cheddar, parmesan and bleu cheeses with fresh basil and garlic.

Almond Cashew Clusters with Pumpkin Seeds by 180 Snacks - 1 oz. - These clusters are packed with dry roasted nuts and healthy seeds - a healthy snack that's tasty, too!

Cranberry Pomegranate Clusters by 180 Snacks - 1 oz. - A healthy blend of trail mix with dried cranberries and the taste of sweet pomegranates.

Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper Kettlecorn by GourmetGiftBaskets.com - 1.3 oz. - Golden popcorn with a delicious combo of sea salt and cracked pepper flavors.

Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Kettlecorn by GourmetGiftBaskets.com - 1.4 oz. - Handcrafted gourmet popcorn that's dusted with freshly ground cinnamon and sweet brown sugar.

Assorted Citrus Slices by Primrose Candy - 15qty. - Tangy hard candies that are made using the finest flavorful ingredients.


There's a lot of tasty treats placed inside this gift tower.  Each snack is individually packaged.  For the amount of items included, the price is affordable. I've been indulging in the snacks, with the Chocolate Wafer Petites being my favorite.  The gift boxes with lids are sturdy enough to use again for something such as storing trinkets.



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.

Labor Day Event: Up to 25% Off at Minted



Bring your space to life with fresh, curated art from independent artists.  Minted's Labor Day Event features 15% off wedding, 15% off baby and kids, and 25% off save the dates with code LABORDAY19. Plus, Minted is also offering 20% off frames on all framed art prints with promo code FRAMES19.

These offers are only available through Tuesday, September 3rd, so head over to Minted.com today.

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Check It Out: Dollar Tree Hallmark Sweepstakes

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Dollar Tree is celebrating their 's one-year anniversary of Hallmark greeting cards by hosting a sweepstakes! Anyone can enter now through 9/7/19 for your chance to win one of 20 prizes. The prize includes a gift box containing seventy (70) Heartline a Hallmark Company, Expressions from Hallmark, and Joyfully Yours a Dayspring Company greeting cards, thirty (30) note cards, and one (1) $100 Dollar Tree gift card.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 184

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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 184. 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.

So don't make judgments about anyone ahead of time - before the Lord returns. For he will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due.
–1 Corinthians 4:5

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Calico Critters Debuts Village Furniture and Accessories

The globally popular series, first introduced in 1985, features beautiful, richly detailed animal figures that live like humans with a focus on “Nature, Family and Love.”

CALICO CRITTERS VILLAGE FURNITURE & ACCESSORIES
The new Village furniture and accessories sets include special “working” pieces that bring a little magic to play.

Kitchen Island Ages 3+/ $12.95

Kids can help their critters make delicious homemade food with the addition of the Kitchen Island. The Kitchen Island includes kitchen furniture and real-working appliances: a spinning mixer, changeable donut and waffle maker and a scale that moves up and down to weigh special ingredients.

Microwave Cabinet Ages 3+/ $11.95

Baking just got a lot easier with the Microwave Cabinet. Now, kids can use it to bake delicious pastries with their critters. The Microwave Cabinet includes a “working” microwave that turns red when hot, a kitchen cabinet, baking pan and pie.
Breakfast Playset Ages 3+/ $12.95

Using the Breakfast Playset, kids can enjoy a yummy meal with their critters while learning the importance of breakfast. Critters can get their morning meals ready with real-working appliances including the toaster and rabbit-shaped pancake maker. A blender, basket, fruit, eggs, plates and utensils are also included to complete the Breakfast Playset.


Laundry & Vacuum Cleaner Ages 3+/ $11.95

With the help of the Laundry & Vacuum Cleaner, children can keep their critters’ homes nice & tidy. The 2-in-1 convertible vacuum and “working” washing machine will clean wooden floors and clothes with a turn of a dial.


Wall Lamps & Curtain Set Ages 3+/ $12.95

Children can now add pops of color to the Red Roof Country Home with new specifically-designed decorative accessories. The Wall Lamps & Curtain set includes four gold-detailed lamps, three small floral curtains, a large floral curtain, five rods and eight pink tiebacks.


Bed & Comforter Set Ages 3+/ $11.95

After a fun-filled day in the Village, children can give their critters a little break with the Bed & Comforter set. Critters can lay on the form-fitting mattress and pillow for a nap in the middle of the day. Children can also help them get ready for bedtime by tucking them in their beds with the matching comforter. The set includes a bed, mattress and matching comforter & pillow.


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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Belly-Rub Pups - Plush Toys Review


Anybody that knows me is well aware that I'm still a kid at heart.  My body might be aging but I refuse to let life slow me down.  For several years now, I've been collecting cute, odd, and kitschy merchandise.  I now have a Belly-Rub Pup added to my collection, hanging out in my office.

Belly-Rub Pups are adorable, quirky plush toys that provide a fun and unique method of stress-relief for users of all ages.  Designed to playfully introduce proven stress management techniques through a unique three-step stress-relief approach of rub belly-breathe-laugh, Belly-Rub Pups are available in four unique characters.

FRANKIE (mindfulness) - the centered soul-man who is calm in the storm, knows that in order to be stress-free, you have to look after your inner-self.

CHICA LOCA (exercise & fitness) - the exercise freak who is insanely passionate about what she loves, gets easily hyped and is always ready for action.

NORMAN (mental health) - the brain who is not only the cutest, but also the smartest friend, is not averse to snuggling while attempting to solve for X, Y, or stress.

ROMEO (pure love) - the charmer and a sensitive dreamer, he knows that nothing makes you happier and more relaxed than feeling loved.

The Indiegogo Campaign features limited Early Bird specials of $25 USD, as well as several other perks for backers.


Whether you stress out a lot or are generally calm, you can't go wrong owning one of the Belly-Rub Pups.  They're just too cute not to make you smile.  These tongue-in-cheek plush toys will turn stressful moments and personal fails into "belly-rub" moments, allowing users to relax, have a good laugh, and remember to keep a playful outlook on life.

Belly-Rub Pups are intuitive and do not require any lengthy training before positive effects can be felt.  Adorable and irresistible with their witty and friendly expression, Belly-Rub Pups add a little lightness to users’ lives and help make them laugh more often.  As an added bonus, each one comes with its own carry-along drawstring pouch.


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.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Check It Out: Sun Basket's Treat Your Teacher Giveaway


In the midst of all the back to school noise, we don’t want to leave out the teachers! Sun Basket knows that our teachers need all the support they can during the start of the school year so they offering 10 lucky teachers the chance to try Sun basket free of trial for the whole school year starting 08/15/19 to 9/5/2019.  All you need do is submit your favorite or child’s favorite teacher (Name, School Name, Subject and Grade, email, lastly Address) and send an e-mail with 250 words or fewer on why your teacher is exceptional to treatyourteacher@sunbasket.com and share your nominee on Instagram or Facebook using #treatyourteacher and @sunbasket.  Click here for more info.

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Everyone In LA Is An Asshole - Book Review and Giveaway



Book Overview:

LA is a beast. A city that swallows most with its glamour and glitz.

Not Sarah Fuller though.

Stubborn and relentless, Sarah refuses to be changed by her surroundings. Often, she takes a cynical approach, judging the world around her, though never taking anything too seriously.

Thrown back into the dating arena in her late thirties, Sarah encounters brand new challenges.

Readers will laugh out loud at the adventures and mishaps this sassy protagonist gets herself into. She explores LA life, seeing it through her unique lens.

Hair extensions, goat yoga, socialites and all the strangeness that comes out of LA weave together in this crazy, episodic adventure.

Can you handle the absurdities? 


My Review:

Written by author Sarah Fuller, Everyone In LA Is An Asshole takes a satirical look at how the general population of LA behaves and the stereotypes the city beholds.  Sarah writes about trends and fads she's been roped into, what to do and what not to do when setting up a profile for a date, and co-parenting with an ex.  Sarah makes as much fun of herself as she does everyone else.  She doesn't cross the line with offensiveness, but sometimes teeter-totters on the edge of said line.  I imagine that if I were to meet the author in person, she and I would become fast friends.  She redeems her sarcasm and taunting tone in the end when she describes what makes LA so great.  


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A Water Fight Always Goes Good With A Cookout

Erica and Ryli

I swear, I've had more people over to my house in the last three months than I ever have.  I'm totally not complaining; Just have to be on point with keeping the place clean.  Jason and I moved into our first home.  Well, not technically our first.  But the first one that we've purchased together.

Jason's not so sure when he's gonna be hit next!

On one of those occasions, we had a good friend over with her three kids.  The water guns and water hose came out, and it was game on!  

Better watch out for these two!



Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 183

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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 183. 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.

You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil, the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God.
–Ephesians 2:2

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Good Idea Drinks - Flavored Sparkling Water Review


I'll admit that soda is one of my vices.  I generally drink 32 oz .of it a day.  Although I'm not sure that I'll completely give it up, I have been trying to cut down on the sugary drink.  My husband has given it up all together and has been taking to other beverages to sustain him throughout the day.

I was recently introduced to Good Idea, a beverage company that makes flavored sparkling water.  Good Idea is an alternative to sugary sodas and energy drinks.

back of can

The Swedish Sugar Buster contains sparkling water and is the only mealtime beverage on the US market that contains a significant amount of the essential mineral chromium, proven to make weight loss both healthier and more sustainable and balancing blood sugar levels.

This naturally flavored sparkling water contains a blend of five amino acids and chromium. All natural, completely un-sweetened with zero sugars, zero sweeteners, zero calories. The direct benefits of drinking Good Idea with a meal include avoiding the slump (getting less tired after a meal), avoiding sugar cravings that often appear after eating carb-heavy food.  It actively helps the body handle the sugar spikes following ordinary meals.



Good Idea drinks are available in three flavors:  Lemon Lime, Orange Mango and Dragon Fruit.  I actually like all three flavors, with Orange Mango being my favorite.  I do wish the flavors were a little stronger and more noticeable on my taste buds but, other than that, I've found Good Idea drinks to be a, well, good idea for a refreshing beverage that doesn't cause sugar overload.  Each can is 12 oz. and the bold colors of the packaging are eye-popping.


Which flavor of Good Idea would you like to try?


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.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 182

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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 182. 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.

For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts.
–1 Thessalonians 2:4

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

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Sleepover with the Kiddos

Zoe drawing pictures inside the camper


For almost a year now my great-nieces and granddaughter have nagged asked about staying the night at my house.  It's not that I didn't want them to; It's just that I never got around to planning the actual date.  They had what we'd do all planned out, from watching The Croods movie to them sleeping in my mother's old daybed.

Gia made sure Trader Jimmy got his fair share of attention.

I finally bit the bullet and quit putting them off.  So, one evening after church, I brought Gia, Zoe, and Rahjae home with me to spend the night.  Not one of the original plans they came up with came into fruition, but we had a blast regardless.

can't go wrong with a game of UNO

Of course, I stacked up on snacks high in sugar.  We ate cupcakes, marshmallows, Fruit Roll-Ups and potato chips.  Jason grilled some meat to balance it out.  UNO, Candyland, and Hank's Twisted Challenge were games we played several times.  For the most part, the girls entertained themselves with ghost stories, Monster High dolls, and sketching pictures.

Three rambunctious girls inside this camper....Help me now!

The coolest part of the sleepover (or at least what the girls thought) was that Jason set our pop-up camper up in the yard.  It was their own little getaway house.  I ended up sleeping there with them and I'd like to say it went well but I'd be semi-sorta lying.  My mid-40s body hated me when I woke up with aches and pains from sleeping all cockeyed.  Rahjae and Zoe crammed their little bodies in the bed with me so I didn't have a lot of leg room (or head room, or elbow room). 

The girls finally got their request and it was actually quite a good time.  Next time I won't wait a year to set another sleepover date.


TVStoreOnline.com Pop Culture Themed Hoodies - Review and Giveaway


School season is in full swing and parents are in the process of purchasing new apparel for kids.  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.  Whether you're shopping for back-to-school or want a new cool piece added to your wardrobe, I highly suggest TVStoreOnline.com.  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 grew up watching Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as a tween and thought the live-action movie was pretty phenomenal.  So, I was stoked when I received a Power Rangers Costume Hoodie Sweatshirt from TVStoreOnline.com.  There's the option to choose from six colors, and I went with pink.  Officially licensed, this hoodie will have you looking like your favorite Power Ranger!  

Made of high-quality material, this hoodie will keep you warm whether you want to wear it as a hoodie or zip it all the way up to morph into your own version of a Power Ranger.  The hood resembles the mask of the official characters.  There are mesh openings at the eyes so you can still see even when your face is covered.  I ordered the hoodie in size XL which is the size I normally wear.  This one in particular was a little snug and fit more like a large.  Other than that, it's a high-quality hoodie.


TV Store Online Social Media accounts:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TvStoreOnline/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TVStoreOnline
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/TVStoreOnline/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tvstoreonline/


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One person will win a Pop Culture Themed Hoodie of choice from TVStoreOnline.com.

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First Winners For August


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

The winner of the I Don't Like To Eat Ants children's book giveaway is #36, dlhaley.

The winner of the Sea Glass Summer children's book giveaway is #22, Shirley.

The winner of the Slammers Snacks giveaway is #1, aperry.

The winner of the Starworld book giveaway is #1, tdk.

The winner of The Root Beer Float Challenge game giveaway is #14, Leela.

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who entered.  Keep entering to win!

Monday, August 12, 2019

The Musical Adventures of Grace: Winter - Book Review


Series Overview:

The Musical Adventures of Grace book series was developed by a former Physician Assistant ,Ken Korber, who made a dramatic career change to storybook author after 30 years in the healthcare industry. Today, Ken's published writings have led to the formation of The Healthy Music Project. This program uses books and characters as educational tools for building reading skills, appreciating elements of music, and advocating wellness for the general public, and with in at-risk vulnerable communities of children and adults.

Grace is the main character from the four part series "The Musical Adventures of Grace," and was inspired by his son, a cellist, about grace notes – “minor notes that are sometimes used by the orchestrato give the music more ‘color." The story follows a grace note that is transformed into a little girl who, then, goes on to make new musical friends. Throughout Grace's adventures, she, and her crew, learn about the magical things that happen when you create, play instruments, sing, and listen to all kinds of music.

another book in the series

Book Overview:

Age Range: 5 - 6 years
Paperback: 28 pages
Publisher: Tate Publishing (September 15, 2015)

This Winter story represents the first of four seasonal adventures where a grace note is transformed into a little girl through the magic of a holiday concert, because she wants to know where the music goes after the notes are played. In the three stories that follow, Grace meets new friends and learns more about the magical things that can be accomplished through creating, playing, and listening to all kinds of music.



My Review:

If you have a young child interested in music, The Musical Adventures of Grace book series may capture their attention.  There are four books, one for each season.  I received the Winter book.  It tells of a place called Piperstown whose people are excited to be a part of a music concert.  The orchestra was especially happy this year because a famous conductor was going to lead the concert.  Within all the joy was a sad musical note who wanted to stand out just like all the larger, more important notes.  With luck, the grace note was allowed to be played several times during the concert.  When the event was over, all the grace notes turned into a girl named Grace who happily figured out the answer to where notes go after they are played.

This is a short story with a lot of whimsy.  I wasn't sure what exactly a grace note was when reading this book so I looked up the definition.  It is an extra note added as an embellishment and not essential to the harmony or melody.  In this story, the grace notes are given as big of a role as all the other notes.  In the end, the notes magically form into a little girl.  This is the first book in the 4-part series and the girl who was formed from the music notes goes on to create more adventures in the other three books.

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.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Lunch Pets - Review and Giveaway


It's time to start shopping for back-to-school supplies!  My kids are older and most are graduated but that doesn't stop me from getting excited about seeing the school supplies.  I like to see the designs and new ideas.  If your child is going to be taking lunch to school, or an extracurricular activity, you'll want to check out Lunch Pets.  These huggable, plush pals are the perfect snacking companions for a child on-the-go. From school to dance practice and everything in between, Lunch Pets are sure to keep your child smiling and their lunch tasty.


Lunch Pets are furry, machine-washable lunch bags that feature an easy open flap to securely hold food, and insulated storage to keep lunch fresh.  The Pets paws even snap together to make a handle or attach to your child's bike.  

There are four Lunch Pets styles available: 
SnackyCat (purple cat)
 Yumicorn (pink unicorn)
 HungryPup (blue puppy)
Munchosaur (green dinosaur)

(backside of Yumicorn Lunch Pet with opening showing insulated pouch)

You almost can't tell that these are lunch bags.  The cute characters look like stuffed animals, until you lift the flap and open it to see the insulated storage section to store food and drink.  Although it isn't big enough to store a large lunch, the size is appropriate for a child's snacks or small meal.  You can take the paws of the pet and clip them closed for an easy way to carry the Lunch Pets or to attach it to a bag, chair, or bike handle.  Lunch Pets are super cute and quite functional.


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One person will win a Lunch Pets of choice.

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