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14.5.11

Taking a Time Out

If you are on blogger, you might have also been having issues with your blog the past couple days.
They say everything is back to normal, but not on my end...
I had several posts that I had written up, ready to go...
I think I had 8 or 9, anyways, they have disappeared!
Nope, I can not find them anywhere, but I tell you what...
I learned my lesson.

From here on, I will be saving a copy somewhere else...
Lesson learned.

With that in mind, I am a bit frustrated...
I will be playing catch up the next several days...
They were all reviews and giveaways...
Yeah, it took time...
Lots of time...

So, please excuse me for a few days...
I am not "gone", just trying to get them all rewritten!

Thanks and hope you have a great weekend!!!!

12.5.11

Aloha Friday - Singing Shows?


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.

Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response


My question:
Are you watching any of the singing shows?

My answer:
We have been watching American Idol off and on...
BUT- the big one for us is the new show, The Voice!
Love that show!!!!

CamelBak - BPA Free Water Bottle - Review

With Marc being in the military, we are very familiar with the Camelbak brand...
He has the Camelbak pack, the book bag...

and now, I have the Camelbak BPA Free Water Bottle!



I was really excited to try it out, as we have been very impressed with the brand so far...

I wanted to see if the water bottle would hold up to the test.

Luckily for me, Heart Rate Monitors USA sent me one for review!

It says it is spill proof, so you know we had to find out...

So far - so good!


I love this bottle, as you bite down to get the water.
That helps to make it spill proof!!!

The thing I don't like about it...

The fact that I put too much ice in it and then have a hard time getting the lid on (since it has a straw)

Is that their fault?
Nope, it is mine...

and yes, I have learned now!


We have it to drink water throughout the day...
We take it when we go on the porch.

We most certainly take it when we go to the park!


The thing that I absolutely LOVE about it?

The spout that you drink out of, fold down...

SO.................

If you sit it on the ground and then a little 2 year old knocks it over...

You do not have to worry about the spout being dirty!

SCORE one for the home team!



I was a bit worried if I used it too much, what would I do when the bite valve wore out...

Would I have to buy a whole new bottle?!
Nope!!!
Just head on over and buy the replacement...

(That is if it wears out, mine is still new, so it is in great shape!)
OR - You can just buy them to have a different colored one!
Talk about making it your own!!!

We have had several different water bottles, but I am telling you...

I am being greedy!
I am not sharing this one!!!!!



If you want to check it out, head on over to Heart Rate Monitors USA and see all the variety of camelbak bottles they offer!

Right now, they even have a code to get you 5% off your Camelbak products!

Just use the code:

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11.5.11

Bindi Irwin releases chapter book series

I was excited to know that Bindi Irwin has ventured out, once again, to make chapter books!
The first two were released in April, with more to follow.

I know that Broxton is not into chapter books yet, but he will be one day...
(and I am sure that some of you have children that are reading them now!)
I loved seeing Bindi with her dad, so I wanted to read what she was starting now.
(Remember, she is the daughter of Steve Irwin, of Crocodile Hunter fame)

With Bindi, her mom Terri and her little brother Robert living at the Australia Zoo, all of her days are sure to be fun.
But how to decide what to write about?!

I love how the book starts with a Dear Diary page...
That is just a sneak peak of what lies in the pages ahead!
The first book in the series is:
Trouble at the Zoo.
This book tells of Bindi and the day she celebrated her birthday.
(Let me tell you, this little girl. I know she makes her daddy proud! She chooses to host her birthday at the Zoo and the proceeds to go a different event that cares for the animals! In this particular book, she chose to have an Underwater Themed Party. The money would go towards preventing whaling in Antarctica.)
The party was great, but you have to read the book to know "The Trouble At The Zoo."
At the end of the book, there is even a little "notes section.
It shows pictures of the animals discussed in the book as well as educational information about them.
I liked this feature!
As I was reading the book, I was wishing that there were pictures in it (so as to know what was being discussed.)
This was exactly what I was looking for!!!!

The second book is titled "Rescue."
But, I have also seen it with the title GAME OVER.
This tells the story of Bindi when she was visiting South Africa!
They went out on a 3 day horseback riding African Wildlife adventure with a friend of hers...
They ended up getting sidetracked, which ended up being a good thing...
They learned about the endangered sable antelope..
and about game hunting.
Want to learn what she did?
Get the book!!!!
As with book number one, it also has the Dear Diary section...
and the educational information and pictures at the back of the book!

They are short and simple enough to be read at a young age.
I think that Bindi has started a great series here and can not wait to read more!!!!

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Are you a brand buyer? Tetley Tea - Review


When you go to the grocery store...
How do you shop?
Do you buy based on price? Brand?
Whatever you see first?

I have to say, there are some things that I buy based on price...
but, there are some things that I just can not stray from.

As long as I can remember, I have been a Tetley Tea drinker.
I can tell you why, too!

My Nana was a Tetley Fan.
That means... we ONLY drank Tetley!
Once I was out on my own, I automatically bought Tetley as well.
I mean, if it was good enough for my Nana, it was certainly good enough for me!
I even went so far as to buy Caffeine Free Tetley Tea when I was pregnant!
Nothing was going to stop me!

I will say though, when they changed their packaging...
WHOA!
Stop the presses, it took me a minute to figure it out!!!
I was so used to just seeing the box and grabbing it...
I had to stop and think for a minute what I was getting.

Although the packaging has changed, the great tasting flavor is still there!
I did have to go to their website to see when they first introduced the world to their wonderful tea...
Did you know that they have been around since 1837!!!!!!!!!!!
Click on over here to read all about their history!

Come on over and let me pour you a nice cold glass of Sweet Tea!
Stay up to date with Tetley on Facebook and Twitter!!!

So, tell me...
Are you like me?
Do you heart Tetley as much as I do?!

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10.5.11

W/W - Loving the weather

We have been spending quite a bit of time outside lately...
The weather is just to perfect to stay indoors.
Not to hot, but not cold either...
Just right...
I am not really sure what is going on in this picture, but it looks like an entertaining conversation of some sorts!!!
Broxton loves learning and helping daddy and his bike!
Finally, Broxton LOVES his shoes from Kidorable.
He plays in them all the time!
I should actually do a post of all the times he has worn them!
You would be surprised!
When he outgrows them, we will have to buy more!
They are his shoes for all occasions!
Hope y'all had an amazing Mothers Day!!!!
Here is to a great week!!!!

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UGLee Pen - Review and Giveaway

I have discussed several times about how I hate that the art of letter writing is a dying thing...
I hate it...
(Don't get me wrong, I LOVE email, but the thing is... I love getting snail mail too!)

Remember my earlier post about the Hallmark Prepaid Cards?
(Click on over and enter the giveaway)
Well, did you notice my picture?
I have been using my UGLee Pen for more than just jotting down notes!
I love it, the feel...
The way it writes...
and yes, I admit...
I am a pen junkie!
I love them!

When I worked in the restaurant business, I would always have tons of different pens...
(Let me tell you, some of the best ones I THOUGHT were from pharmaceutical reps...
Hey, it was cool having friends that worked for doctors offices!)
I know if I had the UGLee Pen back then, it would have been one that I did not leave on the table...
You know what I am am talking about, you would be surprised how many pens vanished during a shift...
I told you, I had the good ones!

Now, I have an all time new best!
The UGLee Pen!
I see now why it is the best too!
It was made to be an ergonomically correct pen.
The UGLEE Pen is sold with black ink, but you can purchase ink refills in black, red or blue!
I had my mom try it out...
She has carpel tunnel, so I was trying to explain it to her...
She wasn't able to really FEEL the way it grips to your hand, but I did leave one with her to try out when she is better...
I also had Marc try one out as well.
I know I love it, but I wanted to see how others liked it to!
You know how you put lotion on and then sometimes have a hard time writing with your pen slipping around?
Not with this!
We tried using hand sanitizer and lotion...
Both times, the grip worked perfectly!

I have not let Broxton try it out yet...
(I want to, believe me... BUT, for some reason, he thinks that he enjoys drawing ON HIM versus PAPER right now, so we are back to just crayons for the time being... )
I originally wanted to check the pen out for Broxton...
As I mentioned in this post about my concerns for technology! :)

I know once Broxton gives up the idea on being a tattoo artist, he is going to love the way it works for him!
I hope you check out the videos up top.
They are actually informative and helpful!
(Why else would I put them on here?)

Now guess what? One lucky reader is going to enjoy the art of writing again!!!!
Dr. Lee is graciously allowing a winner to win an UGLee Pen for themselves!!!!

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Rocket Town - Kid Book Review


Quick!!!
Grab a kid and grab a seat!!!
You are in for the ride of your life!

We were sent a review copy of Rocket Town by Bob Logan and let me just tell you...
BROXTON LOVES IT!!!!!
(Okay, I admit... I love it to!)

Rocket Town is the story of an astronaut and his dog, who head over to Rocket Town.
Rocket Town is full of, you guess it! ROCKETS!!!!
Even the signs are in the shapes of Rockets!!!
Broxton's favorite part is when they leave Rocket Town and head back to his favorite rocket...
You want to know why?
BECAUSE there is a countdown and then a BLAST OFF!!!!!!
I would say that this is a great book for houses with boys..
but, quite honestly...
This is a great book!
Boys and Girls!
and Rocket Lovers of all ages!!!
The illustration is amazing!
The colors!
The rockets make me secretly wish we had one to at least play in! :)

I can not wait to get more of his books, this is only the second book by Bob Logan...
So, I can only imagine what he will bring us next!!!!

Ha! Ha!
I can not wait to hear what you have to say about his outfit of choice that day!!!!

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9.5.11

Cars2 - Agents On a Mission Tour- Headed to Atlanta

We love Cars, as you can tell by the family photo at Disney last year...

I just wanted to share with my readers near or in Atlanta...
The cars are coming!
The cars are coming!!
The cars are coming!!!

With the release of Cars 2 right around the corner (June 24th)
Disney and State Farm have teamed up to bring us the Agents on a Mission Tour!!!
Lightning McQueen!
Mater!
and introducing:
British Spy Finn McMissile

They will be in Atlanta May 22 and 23rd!!!

When/Where:
Sunday May 22 at Perimeter Mall from 12-6
Monday May 23 at Studio Movie Grill from 1-7

It's FREE!
It's Open to the Public!

Hope to see you there!!!!!
There will be giveaways, games, e-photo opportunities and much more!!!
Come see what all they have to offer for a day of family fun!

***** Just wanted to share with you a fun event to take the kids!*****

Shake Hands With a Hero


I just saw this on a blog I follow and I immediately had to share with you all...
Kroger has over 300 employees that are actively serving.
They have teamed up with Procter & Gamble, as well as the USO in the Shake Hands With A Hero Program.
It is super easy and I hope you do it!!!!
Just head over to Shake Hands With a Hero.
Then, Enter your Name, City and State.
After that, choose the branch you would like to honor.
(I of course chose the Army National Guard for Marc.)
Then, you send a virtual handshake to them.
I had to tweet it and share on facebook...
Well, I did not HAVE to, I wanted to! :)
They give you that option at the end!

You can even post a message on their wall...
I would love it if you did it...
Let me know if you do!!!

I am so glad I found out about this and am able to share with you!!!
Thanks,
from a VERY PROUD ARMY WIFE!!!!!

Lil' Teammates - Review and Giveaway


Broxton has a couple new toys that he loves these days...
Have you heard of the Lil' Teammates that are slowly entering the homes of sports lovers everywhere?

Straight from the source:
LIL' TEAMMATES:

· 3" tall collectible action figures for little sports fans, ages 4 and up.
. Officially licensed for NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, and over 50 colleges.
· Series 1 includes:
· QUARTERBACKS
· RUNNING BACKS
· PITCHERS
· BATTERS
· Basketball PLAYMAKERS
· Hockey SLAPPERS and GOALIES

· Over 120 figures altogether for SERIES 1 alone.
· Durable. MADE FOR PLAY!
· “Big kids” love ‘em too! Great collectibles.
· SERIES 2 coming this summer. More positions. More articulation.
Also in Throwback uniforms.

· Corresponding interactive website allows kids to register their figures, play games, learn about their favorite teams and win free stuff!
· MSRP: $7.99


But enough of that ..
Let me tell you how it worked in our house...

We got them in and I was dying to check them out...
Well, we gave Broxton one of them and that was all he was going to get ... In the beginning.
Yeah, that did not last...
They were just so cute that we had to get them all out to play!
I wanted to keep them and put them on a shelf in his room for decoration, but daddy quickly vetoed that... and after seeing Broxton having so much fun...
We got the rest of them out and let him have at it.
(Shhh, I still have 2 put up for keepsakes and yes, I know we will have to order more!)

He calls them "the men."
If he can not find them, he asks me where the men are and then we go looking.
We had to take "the men" to my parents house to show them off...

He played and played... and then had to hide them!
Luckily, I knew where they were, because when we were leaving, I had to go and get them..
Talk about a big upset if we would have left them!!!

He plays with them together and individually and so far, it has stood up to the test of all he has put them through!

I love how they have such a wide variety of teams and sports!!!
They are also adding more!

I told Marc that this is a great thing that we will have to get for Christmas this year!!!
Talk about a great gift!!!

Oh... Fathers Day isn't to far off!!!
Why not go ahead and start planning now?!
You know it really is never to early to start!

Lil' Teammates is giving 3 lucky winners a chance to win!!!!
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2 Figures of your choice.

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The Transformation of Joan Faith - Book Review

Taken from Joan Faith Website:

It would take a pretty amazing imagination to make up a story more amazing than this one

On occasion one of the unorthodox religious cults makes the news and we get a brief glimpse into what goes on in their world. We rarely get the real inside story beyond the journalistic sensationalism. Joan Miller finally takes us deep into the life of just such an organization and shows just what can take place when a charismatic leader manipulates scripture to satisfy his own ends. But it doesn’t end there.

The first part of The Transformation of Joan Faith is about Joan’s upbringing and her struggles with the abuses visited upon women and young girls. It is a fascinating and compelling story written with an even hand and lack of rancor. It is, in part, an expose of one such misguided religious organization.

It is the second part of the book, however, that shows how Joan’s faith was re-channeled, though the sheer power of vision, determination, and dependence on God into a positive endeavor for good. One that appears destined to help countless children survive and prosper. It addresses in detail the five basic needs of children: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and financial health, and shows how she is proceeding to provide them.

Joan’s life work, Faith Works, is a labor of love and grace. The Health Project is clearly described and beckons the support of all who catch its vision of healthy, happy people contributing positively to our society. It is detailed from inspiration to practice, with a healthy serving of the uplifting belief that has transformed Joan into who she is today.

In its totality, The Transformation of Joan Faith is an illustrated guide map for taking charge of life and overcoming the past to create a better future for self and others.

*****
Now, I have tried to read this numerous times.
I still have not yet finished it, as I am really having a hard time reading it.
But, I did want to share this with you, in case you or a loved one might need/want to read this.


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8.5.11

Complete Idiots Guide to The Best Family Destinations - Book Review


I do not know how it is in your house, but trying to figure out a great vacation is not the easiest of things to do.
Especially when you have kids of all different ages.

Take our house, we have to consider fun and entertainment for ages 2-15.
Talk about a wide age gap!

I was lucky enough to have the chance to review " The Complete Idiot's Guide to : The Best Family Destinations."

I love the books from the Complete Idiot's Guide...
It makes me happy to know I am not alone on some things!
You know what I am talking about!! :)
I really liked this book, for several different reasons.

First of all, the breakdown.
The book is first divided by PARTS.

You have:
Part 1- The Northeast
Part 2- The South
Part 3- The Midwest
Part 4- The Southwest
Part 5- Mountain States
Part 6- The West
Part 7- The Northwest
Part 8- Mexico
Part 9- Canada

Now, after you pick the PART you want to travel to...
This book helps you out yet again.
You can then narrow down your trip based upon the adventure you are looking for.
Each PART is then divided by:
City Style, Cultural Appeal, At the Beach, Amusement Parks, Outdoor Adventures.
Obviously, the Midwest does not have an "At the Beach" section, but they have a "Living History" section that other parts do not! :)

The one thing that I wished this book had was a map of the United States.
Yes, I know that is why we have an Atlas, but I really think it would have been more helpful.
They have map outlines for the part you are reading...
but that is not what I am talking about.

Say I wanted to plan a road trip to California.
(NO, I am not that crazy to plan a trip to Cali with 4 boys... I am just saying.)
I would like to have a map to see somewhat of an area of where I would be headed to know what parts to look into.
I know that I would need a more detailed map or the Internet for the actual trip, but for those like me that have no sense of direction, I would like to have been able to sort of see where I would head.
No, don't worry... I wasn't planning on going to Maine on the way to California, I am just saying...

Moving along to the book, we all know I can get a bit off topic...
I do like the graphics along the sections...

If you see a light bulb, you can read a travel tip!
It is like a light going off, a little "food for thought" if you will...

A hand with a finger pointing lets you know a "fun fact."
Just a little extra information to help you enjoy your trip.

The bubble box tells you bits of advice from other travelers.

The construction sign thingy (you know you LOVE my names) tells you of any "traveler beware" information you might need to know.
(Example, it reminds you to be aware of pickpockets in the French Quarter of New Orleans.)

How cool is this?
I also LEARNED about our area!!!
Yes, we have been to Stone Mountain several times...
but, until I read this book, I did not know that you could meet characters like SpongeBob and Dora the Explorer at Stone Mountain!
(Marc did not know that either, so I think we might be going to Stone Mountain this summer!

The final icing on the cake for the book?
After each section has ended, they give you the contact information as well as the websites for the city they just covered!

I have read a few other books from the Complete Idiots Guide selections before, I am glad that I was able to read and review this one to share with you!

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