Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Rally for Real Pizza with Freschetta!!

Frozen pizza shouldn't simply taste better. It should be better. Freschetta®frozen pizzas are made with top-quality ingredients and taste-tested recipes, just to make sure your pizza will always deliver Fresch® flavor.
We love Pizza at our house~on Fridays ever since my kids were little they knew that it was Pizza night. And Freschetta has made it so we don't have to leave the house. As with the great taste and so many flavors we can get one to please everyone!
Right now the makers of Freschetta products are asking fans to take a stand for Freschetta pizza! Fans are able to submit a photo to a Rally Mosaic to the Freschetta Facebook Fan Page for a chance to win Freschetta  pizza.

Starts~February 27, 2012 Ends~March 30, 2012
Details to enter~

Each week, Freschetta will select 100 winners to receive 5 Freschetta pizzas.
On March 30, they will select 10 winners who will receive a year supply Freschetta of  pizza.

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Go! Go! Sports Girl Winner!

We Have The Winner For The Go! Go! Sports Girl!!

Congrats to~

#302~Gladys P

I have sent a email and you have 48 hours to respond.

Not you that won this time?!? No worries~Please stop back as I am posting new things all the time!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Old Orchard Cranberry Naturals Giveaway Winners!

We Have The Winners for the Old Orchard Cranberry Naturals Juice Coupons!

Congrats to~

#223~Judy G
#431~Wendy W

I have sent a email and you have 48 hours to respond.

Not the winner this time?!? No worries~I have many more new things in store so please stop back!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

I'll Be Home Soon!

Got my ticket earlier tonite~I will be home next Tuesday.So things will be back to normal starting next week. I want to thank you all that have stood by me in this diffucult time.It really means the world to me. It will be tough being without my big sister but I know that blogging will help~as it helped when my Mom passed too.

So~please stop back as I have many more new things to come!

Thanks so Much!

Smart Bones Winners!

We have the winner's for the Smart Bones!!

Congrats to~

#96~Kaycee M

I have sent a email and you have 48 hours to respond.

Not the winner?!? Stop by again as I will be having many more new things!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My Blog..

Hi All~Just wanted to let you know that I will be home next week as I have been staying here with family..I will get the winners posted and I also have new giveaways planned. I hope that you will come back~as this has been a rough few weeks and I know that getting back into blogging will help. Thanks again for all the kind words for my sister passing..I feel so lost without her..

Saturday, February 11, 2012

My Sister

I am so sorry that I have not been here to update~as my sister took a turn for the worse yesterday and left us to be a angel..She was more then a big sister she was also my best friend.She touched the lives of many and will be missed more then words can say..I am going to stay here to help the family as we are just kinda numb now..I will try to get caught up next week with my Blog but wanted to stop and let you all know what is going on with my world.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

My Sister Is Very Sick..

My sister that lives in Las Vegas has taken very ill. I don't have all the details yet but I do know that I need to get there as soon as I can. As I just talked to my brother in law and he said that he thinks that I should be there too. So~I looking for flights now to leave either tonight or tomorrow.

I wanted to let you all know as I may not be in here much.I will try to update as I can and know more. Please send payers if you have a minute as our family sure could use them.
Thanks so much!

This is a poem I found online and just made me think of her..

~A Sister’s Love~

A sister’s love is special
in oh so many ways
Now miles stretch between us
and minutes turn to days.
We’ve shared so much as children
the tears, the joys, the pain
A lifetime spent together
those memories remain.
In times gone by we’ve pondered
the paths our lives have taken
Knowing that in spite of this
our sister love unshaken.
A sister’s love is special
in ways that are unspoken
Still that binding force exists
our sister love unbroken.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

You Don't need the Summer Sun to Have Summer Fun!

You Don't need the Summer Sun to Have Summer Fun!

(guest post by Trudy Abood)

Is your family missing those hot summer days already? Are the cold wintery blues getting you down?

Well guess what? Summer's back! In fact, it never left. It's just been hiding away in our closets and cupboards, and especially in our minds! With a little effort and creativity, you can enjoy summertime fun all year round with an Indoor Beach Party!

For starters, lets get in the mood with a little atmosphere.
Setting the scene

Setting the scene is the most important part of you indoor beach party. There are lots of ways to create the illusion of summer inside. The best place to start is your back drop. An easy favourite is a beach theme. While you can choose to do other themes like pool parties, tiki bars or even calypso, many elements of these can be incorporated with the beach anyway. There are kits you can buy from places like or party stores, but making your own can be fun, and the kids will love to help.

Simple things like hanging blue sheets for ocean and sky in the background with some simple cut out shapes for clouds, birds and sail boats go far once you get some more tactile decor in the foreground. Be sure to check for their weekly deals on craft supplies and coupons. This is where it gets really fun.

Indoor beach party

There are literally hundreds of do-it-yourself beach decorations that are cheap and easy to make, and you can find them all over the web. I'll go over some easy essentials, but don't be afraid to be creative. For starters, you can make a fun beach banner by grabbing some old, thick rope, (like the kind you see on old boats and rope fences) and stringing it across the room. Next, pull out your summer clothes and pin some up. Try to pick bright colors, bathing suits, tropical prints, etc. Add a few beach towels, too. You can even hot glue some seashells to the rope to give it the ocean-worn look! You can make a few of these if you'd like, and hang them anywhere you can. For more details and other ideas check out this page on

Another must is of course beach umbrellas. If you don't have any, check around online classified sites or even local super stores for good deals as sometimes people are clearing out off-season gear to make room. A big beach pail full of sand should hold them up fine. Place the umbrellas over chairs or around the room as you see fit.
Take it to the extreme

If you can, one of the best things for the kids i an indoor beach. Grab a kiddie pool and fill it with beach sand (you can buy it in bags at most big box home improvement stores). You only need about six inches or so, just enough to build some sand castles. You can even warm it up ahead of time with a heat lamp for true authenticity, just remember to turn it off before the kids start playing. Throw in some pails, shovels, and any other beach toys you may have on hand. Grab a few spray bottles of water for making the sand sticky without turning it to mud. Also, you will want to set up a clean off station to keep the sand out of the rest of the house. Check out for play sand.

Some smaller yet key elements also help set the mood. Grass skirts are a cheap and easy table dressing. Just tape them around the edge of tables and counter tops. Most craft stores sell seashells in bulk, and little glass bowls full or even small piles next to snacks on tables add an extra touch of the tropics. Grab whatever you can think of. Beach balls, inflatable beach toys, patio lanterns, tiki torches (the indoor kind) and patio furniture all add extra atmosphere. And don't forget some beach music. Calypso and reggae really set the tone, but be sure to add some rock n roll and country. Whatever you associate with summer (Beach Boys anyone?). I'm sure you'll find everything you need on Itunes!
Food and Drink Essentials

Now that the mood is set, time for some refreshments. Traditional frozen cocktails like margaritas, pina coladas and daquaris are the best, and can be made alcohol free if preferred. Also have on hand some exotic fruit juices that you can mix up for the kids. Garnished with oranges and cherries and those little umbrellas, these are always a hit. You can even use tropical kool-aid for some funky colored drinks. has over 22,000 recipes to choose from, so you should find something for everyone. Now, just serve them up in some fun glasses and enjoy!

Setting the table

Last but not least, some good old beach eats. I've found the best way to go is Surf n Turf. Just telling your family and guests that alone draws images of warm summer days. If you are planning to have a main course, there are lots of options. If you have access to a grill, use it for sure. If not, broilers can simulate grills pretty well. Grill up some beef and shrimp kabobs, mini slider-style burgers, and some shellfish like mussels and scallops.

Keep things bite sized for ease of mobility and serving, unless you plan on a sit down dinner. There are tons of tropical inspired recipes to be found on the web. Be creative. Go through some with the kids and see what they think would be fun. Be sure to check your local stores for deals, but you can also hit to see where to head from week to week.

The other big food element is snacks. Skip the traditional chips or veggies and opt for some things like grilled shrimp, nachos and salsa, mini burgers, and tropical fruit platters. Most super markets carry pre-made or precooked varieties, but have some fun and try making your own. Remember, the web is a vast resource, and it is accessible from home, which makes it fun and easy to find recipes with the kids. Also, with making your own food, you have control over the ingredients. That means you control salt, sugar and fat content, as well as portion size. More often than not, it's a lot cheaper and can also be a fun learning experience for the kids and even yourself. I use for ideas, but remember to check those flyers for deals!

Be sure to crank up the heat and encourage your family and guests to wear some of their wildest beach attire. Hand out leas (those colorful flower necklaces) for some added incentive. Get them to sport flip-flops, sunglasses and a beach towel to complete the look.

So there you have it. With a little time and effort, you can transform your home into a fun-in-the-sun indoor beach party. Hope it's a blast!

About the author; Trudy is the VP of, one of the top suppliers of quality gift baskets. She is a mom of 2 boys, one of which founded GGB and the other is also VP at the company. She formally owned Chalifour's Flowers in Manchester, NH; the largest flower shop in the state.

Mr. Chewy Review

Pet Treats~Toys and Treats Oh My! Mr Chewy has over 70+ brands and so many products to choose from.As they have everything that your pets could need ! Having 2 dogs and a cat it seems that we are always running to the store to get them something. But now that I found Mr. Chewy that problem has been solved.As when you place your order~you can set it up a delivery schedule.There is no charge~and no membership fees!

Let me tell you that you get lighting fast shipping! It seems that as soon as I hit send on my order it was here. They have free shipping if your order is over $49.00 too.

 We had the chance to try some stuff from Mr. Chewy and this is all we received for under $50.00! We got treats~snacks~can foods and even bags of food for all of them. Now that is a deal if I have ever seen one.

I put the bags of treats and the bones for the little ones to check out~and I would say that they were very interested. As they both kept walking around them trying to get the bones open.
As you can see Sonnie decided that he was going to take the bone with the wrapper and Buster was just watching..
So I thought that I better give them their bones~and I think that they like them wouldn't you agree?!?
You can see all this and more at Mr.Chewy as you will not be disappointed at all. I am now a customer~and I am sure that you will agree that this site is a win~win situation.

You can connect with them on Facebook and Twitter  so you can keep up with all the latest!

{I was sent the products to review from Mr.Chewy. No monies were offered or accepted. All above opinions are my own.}

Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Keeper By Suzanne Woods Winner!

We Have The Winner of The Keeper Book By Suzanne Woods!

Congrats~To Gina

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Not the winner this time?!? No worries~I have many more new things in store so please stop by again.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Fat Boy Chronicles Review

~The Fat Boy Chronicles~

Inspired by a true story, overweight outsider Jimmy Winterpock is subjected to cruel bullying from his high school classmates. Outside the comfort of his family, going to school or playing sports proves to be a humiliating experience. Despite the teasing and torment, Jimmy manages to focus on his goals in life: to lose weight and win over the girl of his dreams. 

This is a great movie for the whole family to watch.As it shows all about bullying in the schools.Yeah,it is harsh in some parts but it is the truth what is going on today.As kids are cruel~if you are different they are going to bully you. I was so happy to see that Jimmy took the right way and stopped the bullying. But it is not that easy for all kids. I would recommend this movie to everyone~as we loved it!

The newly released DVD is filled with special features including audio commentary with the director and authors of the novels, cast interviews and bullying prevention information from the International Bullying Prevention Association.

For more information on this film and DVD purchases, go to

{I was sent The Fat Boy Chronicles DVD to review.No monies were offered or exchanged.All  above opinions are my own.}

Discover Your Winter Cocktail-Win a $20.00 Crate & Barrel Giveaway 2/20

In celebration of the winter season, Robb Report presents the Discover Your Winter Cocktail Blog App. 
Everyone has their favorite cocktail, but have you wondered what winter cocktail fits you best?  Take the Discover Your Winter Cocktail quiz and you can find out by answering a few simple questions!

  • Discover Your Winter Cocktail. Answer a few questions to see what winter cocktail suits you best!
  • Little Known Liquor Facts! This fun guide will give you little known facts about liquor you may not have known!
  • Give a Winter Twist to Four Classic Cocktails!  Everyone has their favorite drink and most of the time they are the tried and true classics. Now you can spice up your classic cocktail with a fun holiday twist!  Great to share with friends or become the hit of your holiday party!
 Here are some recipes to get you started~

Winter Breeze
  • 1 oz creme de cacao
  • 1 oz vanilla schnapps
  • 1 oz Irish cream
  • Milk
Preparation~ Pour liquors into a beer mug, and fill with milk. Stir, and serve.

Chocolate Snowball
  • 2 oz coconut rum
  • 2 oz  Irish cream
  • 1 oz hazelnut liqueur
  • 3 1/2 oz melted chocolate
  • 3 1/2 oz cream
  • 1 dash chocolate syrup
Preparation~ Place the chocolate syrup around the glass then place the other ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Strain into glass.
Chocolate Raspberry Truffle

  • 1 ounce Godiva Liqueur
  • 1 ounce Culinary Traditions Raspberry
  • ½ ounce vodka
  • ½ ounce simple syurp 

Preparation~Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and then strain into a Martini glass and serve.

~My Giveaway!~

***Win A Hendrick’s Gin Golf Umbrella and $20.00 Crate & Barrel Gift Card***

Please Enter Below~


Friday, February 3, 2012

Purex and Jockey Winner!

We Have the Winner For the Jockey and Purex!!

Congrats to Kristen Morris
I have sent a email~as always please respond within 48 hours.

Not your name this time?!? Stop by again as I have many more new things to come!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Ben's Beginners Contest and My Healthy Tips!

I love to cook and most times you will find me in the kitchen whipping up one dish or another. I taught my kids when they were young and now I am able to share the experience with the grandchildren.I think that it is important that they learn their way around the kitchen.And teaching them at a young age~really makes a difference. . There are so many ways that they kids can help and it seems that when they help they are more likely to eat it!

My Healthy Tips~

Keep the kids busy,let them help no matter how little the chore is to you.As just getting that spoon or dish that you need makes them feel that they helped in such a big way!

Add foods that they like when you are cooking. Such as I have one granddaughter that does not like mushrooms~so we substitute that for onions as she loves them.

I like to have them try new foods all the time,they don't have to like everything that they try. But I want them to give it a chance.As I like beets~and I know that they are many that that don't so if they like them fine~if not we will try a new food the next time.

I like to take them shopping with me.In the summer we took a trip to the Farmer's Market and they got to see all the fruits and veggies that we could choose from. We also had a garden so when they picked the veggies they were more excited to eat them.

I like to also that they now have all the cooking things that kids need in their own size.As those little hands can't seem to hold the big tools we use properly. I love the all the little sets that you can get now and guaranteed that they love them more.

Making different shapes with foods is fun too! I like to cut sandwiches with cookie cutters to make them different shapes.Also you can make ants on a log{peanut butter on a celery stick with raisins}~they is always a favorite here!

Let them help~I know that they might make a mess or spill that milk over.But you know what? That can be wiped up~but the memories that you make will last a lifetime... 

Now that I have shared my Tips~I would love to tell you about a contest that Uncle Ben's is having~

Uncle Ben’s has launched an exciting national contest called Ben’s Beginners! By entering the contest, you could win $20,000, along with a $50,000 grant towards a cafeteria makeover for your child’s school. In addition, you will have a chance to appear on The Rachael Ray show! Uncle Ben’s is calling for parents with children ages 5-12 to submit a 2-3 minute video of you cooking a rice-based dish with your children. For more info on the contest, please check out Ben’s Beginners on Facebook!

About Uncle Ben’s
Uncle Ben’s~the number one rice brand in America, is proud to offer a wide range of rice dishes with flavors and textures that will help bring more to your meals, both for convenient side dishes and savory main courses. Uncle Ben’s® offers a wide variety of white, whole grain brown, and flavored rices in cook times ranging from 30 minutes to 90 seconds, as well as rice for food service operations such as restaurants, schools and hospitals. The first mass-produced parboiled rice, Uncle Ben’s® is the top-selling branded rice in the United States and products can be found in more than 100 countries worldwide. Uncle Ben’s® Brand products are manufactured by Mars Food NA, part of Mars, Incorporated. For more information, visit

What are you waiting for? Go enter now!

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From Our Hearts To Yours Giveaway Hop 2/14

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Welcome to From Our Hearts To Yours hosted by by Life With Two Boys, With Our Best, and Mama-Nibbles.

There are over 100 bloggers participating in this hop, and each blogger has their own prize package of at least $25 worth of Valentine-related items! So after you have entered my giveaway, I encourage you to hop along and see what the other bloggers are giving away~I am sure that you will find some great goodies along the way.

~My Giveaway!~

I love coffee~I could not start my day without it. I have been been enjoying Godiva Chocolate for quite some time but just recently found out that they also make coffee! It's True~Godiva Coffee is here. And~this is no ordinary coffee I am talking about,I am talking about some Awesome coffee! This stuff is great,I have been enjoying so many flavors that it is hard to pick a favorite.But I am going to have to say that the Chocolate Truffle is my favorite,as it tastes just like my favorite candy from Godiva! Godiva Coffee contains 100% Arabica coffee and the  flavorings also do not contain sugar. So~you can enjoy 2 of your favorites without all the calories!

***Win a Godiva Special Valentine'sGift Pack!***
  {Included will be Dark Chocolate Raspberry Coffee gift pack, Roasted Almond Coffee Gift Pack, Godiva Chocolatier Tumbler and a Godiva Chocolatier apron.}

Please Enter Below~

Paddington 2 is Coming Out on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital!