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16.12.10

Aloha Friday - #65

Welcome to this week’s edition of Aloha Friday. In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too.

My question this week:
What is the weather like where you are?

My answer:
It was cold as anything the other night...
Record low of 14 degrees.
The news said there were over 1,000 wrecks!
To the point where they told people if the car was not in the way, leave it and call the tow company the next day!
What?!
Well, now the roads have thawed and it is in the high 40's.

Have a great weekend!

WWE Tribute to the Troops

Just got this in an email....
Wanted to share.
Please watch...

15.12.10

Samantha : An American Girl Holiday DVD


Yes, this is a house full of boys...
But I have heard of the American Girl Dolls.
What I did not know was a few other things...

One, these are not just dolls...
They all have a story.
Which leads to part two...
There are also books!

The best part?
I was able to learn about Samantha.
No, I did not read a book or get a doll...
They just released a DVD on her.

I have to tell you...
It was really good!
Shhhhhhh...
I even got a bit teary eyed!
Yes, I sure did!!!!

Samantha : An American Girl Holiday is the story about Samantha.
A sweet young girl that lives with her grandmother, Grandmary.
Both of Samantha's parents have passed and although she loves her Grandmary, all she really wants is a friend her own age. Imagine, it would get a bit lonely...
A man and his three daughters move in next door as the new servants and although there is a difference in the "class levels," it does not bother Samantha.

I really loved how this movie shows what is important to children.
Samantha quickly becomes friends with Nellie, the young girl that works next door.
Although society would say that due to the economical difference between the two they should not be friends...
That does not stop the two of them!

This movie shows the struggles of families during that time period...
(It takes place in 1904)
But it also shows that love really knows no boundaries!

Special Features on the DVD include:

Ø An all-new special feature: Votes For Women: An American Girl:Samantha.

Samantha: An American Girl Holiday joins descendants of the real American Suffragists in a discussion about getting votes for women and the journey for equal rights.

Ø Mount Bedford News: A Victorian Wedding. A featurette including footage from the wedding scene in the movie.


I think that this is a great movie to watch with your family...
(If you can get boys to watch an "American Girl" movie!)

This would be great for all the American Girl fans you know!!!!

About American Girl

American Girl Brands, LLC, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT, www.mattel.com), the world’s leading toy company. Since American Girl’s inception in 1986, the company has devoted its entire business to celebrating the potential of girls ages 3 to 12. American Girl encourages girls to dream, to grow, to aspire, to create, and to imagine through a wide range of engaging and insightful books, age-appropriate and educational products, and unforgettable experiences. In meeting its mission with a vigilant eye toward quality and service, American Girl has earned the loyal following of millions of girls and the praise and trust of parents and educators. To learn more about American Girl or to request a free catalogue, call 1-800-845-0005 or visit www.americangirl.com.

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation


14.12.10

W-W - Baby It's Cold Outside...

We were riding around the other day...
When we noticed this:





Still sick, so please keep thinking of me...
LoL, if I am in this much pain with a stomach virus, I can not imagine morning sickness...
(I had NONE with Broxton, so I know whenever we get pregnant again, I am in TROUBLE!)

Winners!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Lots of winners to announce!!!!
Remember, you have a set time to respond or a new winner will be selected!!!
Thanks to everyone who entered the contests!
There are plenty more to enter!


Blog Hop Giveaway -
Amanda

Snapware -
Noreen

Hasbro -
Amber

13.12.10

I AM SICK

Oh my goodness!
Broxton woke me up at 5 this morning...
SICK.
Got him cleaned up...
Sick.
Cleaned him up again...
FINALLY got him back to sleep.
( A little after 7)
THEN- I-GOT-SICK.
About every 30 or 45 minutes.
I called my cousin and she says it sounds like we have a stomach virus.

Please, keep me in your thoughts today...
This is miserable.
Also, lets hope Marc doesn't catch it...

Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Be back to posting soon.
Hope your week is starting better than mine.

Happy note, we got a few snow flurries this weekend, I will be posting them soon! :)

Life Lists for Teens - Book Review


I sure wish something like this would have been around when I was growing up!
Too bad I did not know about Free Spirit Publishing back in my days!

I was able to review Life Lists for Teens and I really think that this is great for ALL teens.
So many pieces of advice!

This book has 244 pages full of all types of information.

If you open to look at the Table of Contents, you can see a break down of the different topics.
Health and Wellness
Getting Along
Staying Safe
School and Learning
Going Online
Planning Ahead
Saving the World
Focus on You
Just for Fun


The title for the book is perfect, as it even LISTS ways that lists can help you.
Besides that, it LISTS ways that you can use this book.
Finally, it LISTS things to keep in mind when reading this book!

I absolutely LOVE how the book starts off by listing the 12 serious reasons to laugh!
I mean, laughter is wonderful and this book helps explain it!
the 12th reason...
LAUGHTER IS FREE!

Another section I like?
Maria Rodale's 5 things that really matter:
Love
Family
Faith
Integrity
Moments

It even helps deal with a wide range if issues.
Stress?
Smoking?
Diet?
Acne?

This book deals with family, friends and relationships.

I really like that is lists what other teens want you to know about teen pregnancy.
As well as, things to ask yourself before you run away.

Instead of "its this way" because I said so...
It is more of "here are a few options to consider.

Although this book says it is for Teens.
I am keeping it at the house.
That way, the boys can read it...
But, I can also have it handy for any situations that may come my way...
You know, advice to give one of my friends that has teens...
Or for us.

Thanks Free Spirit Publishing for yet ANOTHER great book!
Order one for your house...
Or to donate to a library...
Or even to give to a teenager you know!!!!

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation





12.12.10

100 Things Guys Need to Know - Book Review

If you have a house full of boys like I do, this is a great book to have.
It seems as though books of the "self help" kind are always for or about girls...
I guess people think that guys don't need advice?
Not really sure about that...

But, Free Spirit Publishing has you covered.
I reviewed 100 Things Guys Need To Know and I think it is a great book.
Guys need to know that there are resources available...
and that there are people there to help them.
Even if it is just someone to listen.

I like this book for several reasons.
First of all, the size of it.
It is taller than most books, it is more like a notebook size.
Actually, they could stack it with their notebooks and it would fit perfect!

Another thing I like is that it has different blocks of information.
Kind of breaks it down more for easier reading.
Also, there are illustrations throughout the entire book.
Besides the random illustrations, they also have 2 page spreads of GUY COMIX every so often.

Yes, there are 100 things guys need to know in here...
But it is also broken down into sections.

You have :
You
Body & Mind
Family
School
Relationships
Future

It says that this book is for
Reading Level - Grade 6 and up
Interest Level - Ages 9 - 13

I think that this would be perfect to have for guys groups and for any boys in your life!
They do not have to read it all at once, but it will always be easily accessible!

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation

Reach / Rembrandt - Makes your Holidays Bright - Giveaway


Living in Georgia, we do not see much snow...
But, I will tell you that I received the NEATEST thing in the mail!

Remember when I hosted the Reach/Rembrandt Review and Giveaway?
Well, they are graciously hosting another giveaway for one of you to win an exciting gift!!!!

Not only will you receive the wide variety of Reach and Rembrandt Products to keep your mouth clean and fresh... (You can read all about it on my previous post)
You will also receive a snowman mailer kit!!!

First of all, let me tell you..
I am still loving the Reach Intense Stain!
I seriously think that I have officially switched to this.
It might cost more money, but I love the way my teeth feel and look!

This time, we also received their dental floss and a bottle of Listerine.
Now, I am a Listerine lover...
For as long as I can remember, that has been my mouthwash of choice!

But, let me tell you about this cute snowman kit.
As I mentioned, we don't really see snow here...
But I can guarantee you this...
If there is a decent amount of snow near us...
WE WILL be going!
Taking our snowman kit too!
I think the boys will love it!
I am excited to try it out myself!
This would be so fun for all of us!!!

Have you ever heard of a snowman kit?
It is a cute wooden box that is filled with:
hat, mitten, scarf (for Mr. Snowman!)
and of course you need to give him a cute face...
nose, eyes and his mouth!!!

Now, you KNOW you want to win this...
For YOU :)
(Or maybe a gift... but I like it for me!)

Want to win?
One winner will win:
Snowman Kit
REMBRANDT® 2 Hour Whitening Kit,
INTENSE STAIN™ toothpaste,
Plus Peroxide Wintergreen toothpaste,
2 REACH® by Design™ toothbrushes,
1 Total Care + Whitening toothbrush
1 Total Care + Whitening Floss.

Mandatory Entry -
(Please leave email if not visible in your profile)
Tell me, have you ever built a snowman?

Extra Entries -
Follow my blog, must be a public follower - 2 entries
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You can tweet daily, linking back to this post - 1 entry per day
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Comment on any REVIEW (non-giveaway) - 2 per review, limit 3
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(If you have a picture of a snowman, add an EXTRA entry!)


Contest will end December 24 at midnight.
Contest for US residents, 18 and older.
Random.org will select the winner.
Winner will have 72 hours to respond to winning email or a new winner will be selected.

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation

Happy Feet Reminder


I know many of you are finishing up your Christmas Shopping...
I just wanted to take a second to remind you about Happy Feet.

I know that there are a few that are just now starting to shop...
Look no further!
Happy Feet has something for everyone on your list!

For those that are in love with Snooki from Jersey Shore..
Surprise them with one of Snooki's slipper designs!

Or, for your sports lover, there are many different designs (AND TEAMS) to choose from.
You can even pick from College Teams or NFL Teams!

They even have slippers that look like animals!
Buy a hardworker a pair of the adorable grey puppy slippers and they can seriously say that they have some tired puppies! LoL
(I just could not resist that one!)The all around scuff slippers are some that I just might have to get Marc at some point!
For now, he is happy wearing my slippers though!
(Even if they are UGA ones!)

Remember, if you are having a hard time deciding on the perfect gift...
You can ALWAYS get them a Happy Feet Gift Certificate and let them have the hard time of choosing which one they want the most!!!

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation

 
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