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29.10.11

I loved the Garlic Almonds best! Thanks Sante Nuts!

We received a nice package in the mail a bit ago.
I opened it and was surprised that it was a beautifully packaged Blogger Kit of Gourmet Nuts from Sante Nuts!
I thought to myself, if these nuts taste half as great as the packaging, we are in for a treat!
Then, Broxton had to come over and see...
It was wonderful!
We had several flavors to try : Garlic Almond, Candied Pecans, Roasted Salted Pecans and Candied Walnuts.

Being from South Georgia, I thought for sure my favorite was going to be the Pecans...
I jumped in to try out the Candied Pecans (which Broxton really loved) but I enjoyed the Roasted Salted Pecans the best out of the pecans!
(Hey, we love Peanuts and I can remember picking pecans up and eating them at my great grandmothers house, she had a pecan tree right in her front yard!)
Well, I was wrong!
I fell in love with the Garlic Almonds! It was weird, they had a bit of a kick to them, to add a nice hint of spice, but the garlic was not to overwhelming! I thought I would devour the whole bag, but with the spicy flavor, I actually had control over how much I ate! LOVE THAT!
I have determined that I am just not a fan of Walnuts, unless it is in Banana Bread. Tell you what, these Candied Walnuts would be delicious in a Banana Nut Muffin! Anyone want to make me some?!
I love that you can visit their website for great sounding recipes...
Not to mention beer and wine pairings!!!
So, if you are a fan of great tasting snacks..
Or want something to offer your guests this holiday season..
Check them out!
YUMMY!

Sante Nuts is offering you a 25% discount!!!!
From now until December 16th, 2011:
Use Coupon Code: 2011-Blog-140

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#HolidayGiftGuide - Olly Oogleberry




When you get an email that starts with "Greetings Earthling" you tend to take note...
Just WHO is emailing me?!

It was an email letting me know that Olly Oogleberry and his alien buddies have landed on Earth! What?!
As I continued to read, I learned that Olly is actually a pretty smart guy...
Straight from the email:

On Olly's website, www.OllyOogleberry.Com, explorers of all ages can learn about our galaxy through stories, videos, games, and more. Olly and his friends use their knowledge of the universe to share their adventures in hopes of captivating our minds and fueling our desire to learn.

"The Olly Oogleberry brand combines iconic design with a powerful underlying message that inspires all of us to learn more about the world we live in and appreciate the wonders of the universe we share," says creator Lou Hughes. In a time where space travel has been overlooked and taken for granted, Olly's only hope is that we never stop believing in the unknown.



Knowing that Olly was such a cool guy... (and looking at the adorable shirts) I emailed to see if I might be able to review one for Broxton.

When it came, I was quite surprised with how cute it is!
Not to mention, it is on an "American Apparel" brand shirt.

It was quite soft and the colors are so bright and vivid, I am wondering if Olly himself printed them that way to let his family know where he was!

The shirt says HELLO in different languages.
It also comes with a tag that can also be used as a trading card!
I think it looks quite cute on him!
I love how it has the Olly Logo on the back as well!
If you want to join in with Olly...
You can purchase t-shirts, iPod covers and more...
Just visit their shop!
Then, on December 7th...
You can purchase the brand new book!
If the shirts are this cute, I can only imagine the book!
Next, they need to make an Olly stuffed buddy!

Stay up to date with Olly on Facebook and Twitter!

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#HolidayGiftGuide - Water for Elephants


Wow.
So, I just finished watching Water For Elephants with Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon.
I will tell you now, I love Reese and I have grown to like Robert too!

I really do think that I read this book before, although the friend that I though I borrowed it from says I am wrong...
Well, I will go on thinking I read it, although I am 99% sure she is right...
But that is neither here nor there.

So, I was all excited to get to watch this movie, because of the cast...
And yes, I knew it was a love story.
Broxton was playing and decided that he wanted to watch with me.
Now, he obviously did not follow the story line, but he loved seeing the animals so much that he wanted it on in the background as he played!

Long story short:
Jacob (Robert) is a student at Cornell University during the Depression. His parents are killed in a car crash and it is found out that they took a loan out to pay for his college... basically, now that they are gone, he is homeless.
He ends up jumping on a train to take him anywhere but where he no longer has a life...
That leads him to the train that he then learns is a circus train!
He gets a job working for the circus as the veterinarian.
Through his time working, he falls in love with the circus owners wife... Marlena (Reese.)
Come to find out, the circus owner is an abusive man and that continues the story.
You really need to watch and see what happens...
Did you really think I would give it all away?!

I loved how the story was told...
I love the love stories in the movie.
Now, I just need to read that book, just so I can say I did read it and know I did!

If you have any Robert Pattinson fans, you know they will love this!!!!
What a great gift to go under the tree!
But, I do recommend giving them both the book and movie!
Need to keep the love of reading and the art of entertainment alive!

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28.10.11

#HolidayGiftGuide - Perfect Meatloaf Pan #Giveaway


Every time I see infomercials, I think I need them.
I have been impressed by some and totally angered by others...

That being said, I wondered if the Perfect Meatloaf was going to help or not...
There are some days that my meatloaf will just not stay together, basically falling into pieces as it cooks... Other days, it is decent.
(Remember, I am not the best of cooks, but I do try!)

The Perfect Meatloaf Pan arrived and I was ready to try it out!
I followed the directions as it says to use...
Then, cooked it...
When it came out, I was so impressed with how you just lift it up and all the grease is left behind in the pan.
I was going to take a picture, but my camera has been having issues...

I will be honest...
I was more excited about the knife that they included... It was so cool. It was a knife with a little measure thing on it for perfect slices. I was ready. Then, fail.
I was not impressed with the knife at all. It just did not work for me. I would rather use my big old plain knife. BUT - that meatloaf pan was rockin!

I was so happy with that, I know that people have used them before, but I never had...
It was just ... perfect!
We had meatloaf (that stayed together) and then the next day, meatloaf sandwiches!

So, I would say, if you are looking to make a great looking meatloaf, I would recommend it...
Oh, not to be outdone...
They also include a cookbook in there! Okay, so not really a "cookbook" but more like a mini book with several different meatloaf recipes!
I am totally ready to try the Shepherds Pie recipe!
Get this... If you like stuffed peppers: you can make them in there!!!!

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#HolidayGiftGuide - Angelina Ballerina Holiday Gift Set

Having a boy, you would think that we never watched Angelina Ballerina in this house...
If I said that was true, I would be lying.
Granted, we never watched it until we received a DVD for review, but I tell you...
It is cute and there is a boy on there that dances too!
Broxton enjoyed watching Angelina because of the music and dancing.

I know if you have a little ballerina in your life, she would love the 3-DVD Angelina Ballerina Gift Set that was just released on October 18th.
Not only will you get 3 DVDs full of fun episodes, you also get the bonus features!!!
Check it out and add it to your gift list this season!


Synopsis:
ANGELINA BALLERINA™: HOLIDAY FAVORITES 3-DVD GIFT SET DESCRIPTION:

Give the gift of dance and good cheer this holiday season with Angelina Ballerina™: Holiday 3-DVD Gift Set, a collection of delightful DVDs waltzing into stores October 18, 2011 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment. Celebrate the season with Angelina and all her friends as they prepare for the holiday showcase and learn all forms of dance at Camembert Academy. With games and karaoke, it’s the perfect present for little ballerinas everywhere!

DVDs Include:

Angelina Ballerina: Nutcracker Sweet

Waltz into the land of sugar and spice with Angelina as she excitedly prepares to perform the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the holiday showcase. But when too many candy canes and fruitcakes give her a tummy ache, she learns that sharing with friends is a lot more rewarding.

Bonus Features:

· Prima Ballerina” Puzzle Game

· ”Front Row Seats” Karaoke Song

Angelina Ballerina: Love to Dance

Take center stage with Angelina Ballerina on her first day at Camembert Academy as she learns about new forms of music and dance like jazz, tap and hip-hop. Angelina also discovers that becoming a prima ballerina requires collaboration, compromise and commitment.

Bonus Features:

· “Angelina Says” Game

· “Get Up and Dance” Karaoke Video

Angelina Ballerina: Ballet Dreams

Join Camembert Academy’s shining star, Angelina Ballerina, as she finds her way in a new school, puts together her own show and tries to land a leading role in the Mouskinov Ballet. Angelina blossoms as she adjusts to her new teacher’s style and learns the importance of being a patient big sister.

Bonus Features:

· “Create Your Own Dream Routine” Game

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#HolidayGiftGuide - Thomas and Friends Holiday Favorites

If you guessed that Broxton was going to be unwrapping the just released (on October 18th)
3-DVD gift set of Thomas and Friends, you did a great job!!!!
I know he loves Thomas and he could watch him all the time...
Hey, we just went to see Thomas last weekend!!!
I was excited to see that they had a new DVD set out, as he loves to watch them on car trips!

Synopsis:

THOMAS & FRIENDS™: HOLIDAY FAVORITES 3-DVD GIFT SET DESCRIPTION

A very, merry holiday is right on track when you present your little engineer with the Thomas & Friends™: Holiday Favorites 3-DVD Gift Set, a new collection of adventurous, holiday-themed DVDs featuring Thomas and his engine friends, chugging into stores on DVD October 18, 2011 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment. Whether reveling at the Misty Island Christmas Party, sharing holiday cheer with the Sodor townsfolk or ringing in the holidays with smiles, laughter and song, Thomas & Friends continues to teach timeless life lessons such as discovery, friendship and cooperation, inviting children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story.

DVDs Include:

Thomas & Friends: Merry Winter Wish

Thomas has a special delivery for the holidays - the festive and magical Star of Knapford! From building snowmen and preparing holiday surprises to attending the Misty Island Christmas party join the fun and celebrate the season when wishes really do come true!

Bonus Features:

· Sir Topham Hatt’s Frosty Friend Game

Thomas & Friends: Ultimate Christmas

This wonder-filled collection of seasonal favorites is a chance to experience the joy and magic that the holiday season brings to Sodor. Whether it’s the engines thinking they’ve seen Jack Frost or Thomas and the gang extending Christmas kindness to stranded villagers, all the fun arrives just in time.

Bonus Features:

· 2 Sing-Along Songs

· 4 DVD Games

· Read-Along Story

Thomas & Friends: Holiday Express

All aboard for an unforgettable holiday! When you ride the rails with your jolliest friends, you can expect exciting adventures filled with lucky trucks, surprise parties, adorable snowmen and much, much more. Join Thomas, Henry, Emily and Percy for trainloads of fun and festivities!

Bonus Features:

· Sodor Sounds Game

· Cargo Challenge Game


Don't forget to like Thomas and Friends on Facebook!

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27.10.11

#HolidayGiftGuide - Barney Holiday Favorites

Christmas is getting closer and closer...
Meaning, have you started your shopping yet?!

Lionsgate and Hit Entertainment just released a 3 DVD Box Set of Barney Holiday Favorites on October 18th!

If you have a younger child, you should really look into getting this...
Remember, Barney is more than just a big purple dinosaur...
He is their friend.. and he teaches kids so much!!!!
(I am ready to see the Hit Favorites: Frosty Favorites, as it has Bob, Barney, Thomas and more of the characters we love!)

Synopsis:
BARNEY™: HOLIDAY FAVORITES 3-DVD GIFT SET DESCRIPTION:

Have a holly jolly holiday this year with everyone’s favorite purple T-rex as he and his friends ring in the joy of the season in Barney™: Holiday Favorites 3-DVD Gift Set, unwrapping in stores October 18, 2011 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment. Spend the night before Christmas at Santa’s Workshop, search for the perfect gold star to top the Christmas tree and welcome fellow preschool favorites Bob the Builder™, Kipper™, Thomas & Friends™ and Pingufor additional frosty, festive fun.
Trusted by moms and adored by children, Barney displays sharing, caring, imagining, dancing and learning on television and through digital media, live events, home entertainment, toys, and publishing. The Emmy® award-winning series, Barney & Friends is one of the top-rated preschool shows today, airing on PBS KIDS® and Sprout®.

DVDs Include:

Barney’s Night Before Christmas Movie

Barney and his friends spend the most wonderful time of the year on a magical journey to the North Pole as very special guests of Santa’s workshop. With music in the air, and laughter everywhere, it’s a dream come true as Santa unveils a holiday treat – his secret toys for Christmas!

Bonus Features:

· 2 Holiday Read-Alongs - “Barney’s Christmas Surprise” & “Barney’s Wonderful Winter Day”

· 10 Sing-Alongs Songs

· 5 Christmas Songs

· 8 Interactive Games

· “Behind the Scenes” - kids in the cast, the dinosaurs, producers and educational guide


Barney: Christmas Star

'Tis the season to be jolly with Barney and his friends! The festive fun begins with a joyful journey to find a shiny gold star for the Christmas tree and includes loads of magical, musical merriment along the way. From little drummer boys to “The Night Before Christmas,” it is a holiday adventure that features ten festive songs that the whole family will enjoy!

HIT Favorites: Frosty Friends

Bundle up with your favorite preschool pals in these playful, wintertime tales. Learn the true meaning of Christmas with Barney, build a snowman with Bob, go sledding with Kipper, whistle down the snowy tracks with Thomas and laugh along as Pingu plays hilarious tricks on his winter wonderland friends.

Pick it up now, so you can add it to the gift list of the one you love!
Remember, follow Barney on Facebook and Twitter!

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#HolidayGiftGuide - Drain Claw Review



This might be a bit of a nasty post...
But it is something most people deal with!

Have you ever had a clogged drain?
You know, you are standing there getting a shower and all of the water is taking a bit longer than normal to drain, so you are standing in water?
When we first moved into our apartment, we quickly realized that the person that lived here before us must have done something with hair... Either did hair from the apartment, had lots of wigs, had long hair that shed oh to fast... SOMETHING.
Why? There was hair everywhere.

Not that the apartment didn't clean it first, but we noticed hair in places that we had already cleaned before ourselves... Mainly, the drain. Finally, I called and told them they needed to send a plumber, as it just was not working for us... They sent maintenance and he worked and cleaned it out. It was nasty. That is all I am going to say, as I want you to keep reading.

My parents have a problem with their drain, so when I was given a chance to review the Drain Claw, I jumped on it! It arrived and I wanted to try it out. Our drain hasn't been that bad lately, but I still wanted to see...
Now, get ready for my technical description:
The Drain Claw is basically a long wire type thing. At the end is a small "bristle brush" looking contraption. You just put it in the drain and twist. The "brush" catches the hair and removes it when you pull it out.
Then, I did it and I wish I hadn't seen it. It was GROSS! Of course, the first little bit was all of my hair. Hey, I used to have long hair and yep, I lost plenty of it each day. I cleaned it off and went back. At this point, I was pulling out hair that was not ours! It has to have been the people here before us... As soon as I finished and cleaned up, I called a friend to tell her about it. I made the comment that our apartment needs to own one of these and they should use it to clean the drains of each apartment before new tenants move in! I was really impressed.

Thankfully, I did NOT take any pictures of the result...
It was not pretty... and there is no way that I could have posted them, just telling you the results was gross enough!

I think that every house needs one of these, as it really surprised me with the result!!!
I also think that every apartment complex needs one...
To help when a clogged drain occurs... and to use during new tenant preparations to prevent such accidents from occurring.

I am adding this to my Holiday Gift Guide.
Why?
Well, if you have guests coming to spend time with you over the holidays...
Wouldn't you like to use this to prevent any clogged drains with company there?!

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26.10.11

Day Out With Thomas - 2011

We spent the Day Out With Thomas again this year!
We actually went this past weekend and had so much fun!

Have you ever been to a Day Out With Thomas?
You can read about our Day Out With Thomas 2010 to see even more pictures.

After going last year with my parents, we thought it would be a fun "tradition" to start while Broxton is at the age that he loves Thomas.
We had a 1:30 ticket time to ride Thomas, so we planned to meet them there at 11:30.
There are several activity area's and we thought it would be great to get there early...
Not to mention my dad was talking about the tomato salad that they had last year.
(We hoped that they had it again, as he was looking forward to that, while we were looking forward to Thomas!)

We got there and while I went to get our tickets, my dad got in line for food and my mom went to grab us a spot at the picnic table area.
Thankfully, they had the tomato salad! After a quick lunch, we headed on over for Broxton to get his face painted. He had in his mind that he wanted the pumpkin and we were so lucky to get a sweet girl that would paint it for him. After that, my mom joined in and got hers painted too!
She realized that was the first time she had ever had her face painted and I pointed out it was probably because she could not be quiet long enough to let them do it! :)
After that, we made our way on down to stand in line to board the train.
ALL ABOARD!
Last year, we had the chance to sit in the dining car...
This year, we just had the basic train car with the seats.
There were some of the younger kids that were not really sure about the train ride, so there was a bit of crying and temper tantrums...
But, the volunteers know how to handle it! They announced that Thomas was tired and would need help waking up... One, Two, Three... "Wake Up Thomas!" All the kids yelled and that started the excitement!!! Then, the kids had to yell "Push Thomas, Push!" to get him going...
It seemed as though they all loved getting to yell and help Thomas, so that really set the mood...
After that, they had music playing and some of the volunteers were really getting into the whole dancing and entertaining the kiddos!
After our ride on Thomas, we came back to "Sodor Island" to play with all the activity area's.
They had a few "photo opporunity" areas to go to ...
They also had an area for Bubble Making... A bounce House (two, one for small kids and one for bigger kids.) They had lemonade and funnel cakes for sale.
We saw that we were right in time to meet Sir Topham Hat, so we quickly jumped in that line!
After a few minutes, we met him!
Broxton waved hey to him... and shook his hand, but by the time I got to get a picture, he was just standing beside him... Either way, he finally got to meet him! (He didn't get to last year.)
We then headed back up the hill...
They had sand tables set up for kids to play in sand... Coloring Stations to color a picture of Thomas.
They also had train tables with all of the trains! One table had all the wooden rail cars with the magnets on it... While the other had the trains that ran on batteries.

We stayed for just a little bit and decided to head home...

If you know of someone that LOVES Thomas, I think that this is a great thing to do!
If you live near Cordele, Georgia...
Thomas will be there again the weekend of October 29 and 30.
Click HERE to see a schedule of when the Day Out With Thomas will be near you!!!!

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#HolidayGiftGuide - @DisplayIt3D Frame Giveaway


Do you have a collector in your family?
Do you like to display things in your home?

If you answered "YES" to either of those questions...or if you want to start collecting/displaying things... I have a product to tell you about!!!!

Z-Access 3D Frame is the item for you!!!
I was thinking this would be awesome if you collect sports memorabilia.
Like an autographed baseball or a game ball you caught.
Or, if your child received a game ball in little league...
There really are many uses for this.

I thought about possibly displaying an autographed golf ball I have from Trace Adkins...
( I will need to explain that to you another day.)
Then, I saw that they had a baby rattle displayed. My mom gave Broxton a silver rattle, so maybe I should do that?
There are so many things that I want to showcase!

Also, Broxton is at the age where he brings me gifts... A leaf, rocks... acorns, a flower....
Maybe I could make a rotating "gift" display?
If your little one is in school and they are bringing home arts and crafts projects that are cute, but are not refrigerator mountable or easily put into a picture frame...
This would be a great alternative!!!!
You can click HERE to watch a video demonstration on how to load your display object.

One lucky reader will win a 3D frame!!!!

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