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12.11.11

RADIO DISNEY ENCOURAGES KIDS AND FAMILIES TO GIVE BACK

RADIO DISNEY ENCOURAGES KIDS AND FAMILIES TO GIVE BACK

THIS HOLIDAY SEASON WITH THE LAUNCH OF ITS FIRST ANNUAL "FESTIVAL OF GIVING," DECEMBER 3 AND 4

--Local Radio Disney Stations in Over 30 Markets

Bring Multiple Charities Together for a Convenient Way to Give Back--

Radio Disney, the #1 radio network for kids, tweens and families, is making it easy for kids and families to give back this holiday season with the launch of its first annual "FESTIVAL OF GIVING." On DECEMBER 3 AND 4, Radio Disney stations in over 30 markets are bringing multiple charities together in their local communities to create a convenient way for kids and families to help others this holiday season. "Festival of Giving" kicks off Radio Disney’s Project Family initiative, inspiring families to spend time together in an effort to make a lasting, positive change at home, in their community and the world at large.

"We know our audience of kids and families is passionate about giving back," said Sean Cocchia, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Radio Disney. He added, "With the busy holiday season upon us, 'Festival of Giving' will make it easy and fun for families to donate to local philanthropic organizations in their communities."

All 31 "Festival of Giving" events will have a variety of organizations on-site to take donations including Toys for Tots, Salvation Army, The Humane Society, local food banks and animal shelters among others. Each event will be hosted by Radio Disney’s local stations and will feature music, interactive entertainment and prizes.

The "Festival of Giving" events taking place on December 3 will be hosted at the following locations:

Dallas, Texas 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

City of Frisco’s Simpson Plaza in Frisco Square with AM 620

Charities: CASA of Collin County, Miracle League of Frisco and Frisco Family Services

Boston, Massachusetts 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Marblehead Christmas Walk with AM 1260

Charities: Marblehead Food Pantry and Making Ends Meet

Atlanta, Georgia 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Atlantic Station with AM 590

Charities: Humane Society of Atlanta, Toys for Tots, Children’s Healthcare Network of Atlanta and Atlanta Community Food Bank

Houston, Texas 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

CityCentre with AM 1590

Charities: TBD

Detroit, Michigan 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Westland Shopping Center with AM 910

Charities: Westland Veteran’s Association, Michigan Humane Society, Toys for Tots and Forgotten Harvest

Phoenix, Arizona 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Outlets at Anthem with AM 1580

Charities: AZ Heroes to Hometowns, Salvation Army and The Al Maag Toy Foundation

Tampa, Florida 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tampa’s Curtis Hixson Park with AM 1380

Charities: Toys for Tots and Metropolitan Ministries

Minneapolis, Minnesota 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Rosedale Center in Roseville with AM 1440

Charities: Salvation Army, Read to Feed the Mind and Pillsbury United Communities

Miami, Florida 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Miami Children’s Hospital Palmetto Bay Outpatient Center with AM 990

Charities: Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation

Denver, Colorado 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Streets of SouthGlenn with AM 1690

Charities: Salvation Army, Toys for Tots and Boys & Girls Club of Denver, Mi Casa and Ronald McDonald House Denver

Cleveland, Ohio 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Crocker Park with AM 1260

Charities: Salvation Army, The Up Side of Downs of Greater Cleveland, Achievement Centers for Children, Purrfect Companions Cat Sanctuary, Berea Children’s Home and Family Services, Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland and Family Promise of Greater Cleveland

Orlando, Florida 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Oviedo Mall with AM 990

Charities: A Gift for Teaching, Christian Help and Oviedo Rotary

Orlando, Florida 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Winter Garden Village with AM 990

Charities: A Gift for Teaching, SPCA of Central Florida, Matthew’s Hope, Christian Help and Toys for Tots

St. Louis, Missouri 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Chesterfield Valley with AM 1260

Charities: St. Louis Area Food Bank, Toys for Tots, Salvation Army and Five Acres Animal Shelter

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Century III Mall with AM 1250

Charities: Arthritis Foundation, Salvation Army and Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Charlotte, North Carolina 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Carolina Place Mall with AM 1480

Charities: Humane Society, Salvation Army and Second Harvest Food Bank

Kansas City, Missouri 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Legends Outlets Kansas City in Kansas City, Kansas with AM 1190

Charities: Hillcrest Transitional Housing, Toys for Tots and Heartland SPCA

Salt Lake City, Utah 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Shops at Riverwoods with AM 910

Charities: Kids On The Move, No More Homeless Pets in Utah, Utah County Food Bank, Salvation Army, The Christmas Box House, Head Start and The Adoption Exchange

Milwaukee, Wisconsin 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The Shops of Grand Avenue with AM 1640

Charities: Hunger Task Force

San Antonio, Texas 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Huebner Oaks with AM 1160

Charities: San Antonio Food Bank, Toys for Tots, Animal Defense League and SAMM Ministries

Little Rock, Arkansas 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Promenade at Chenal with 99.5 FM

Charities: Reach Out & Read Arkansas, The Miracle League of Arkansas, Arkansas Food Bank, The Salvation Army and Pulaski County Humane Society

Richmond, Virginia 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

West Broad Village with AM 1290

Charities: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Richmond and Central Virginia Food Bank

The "Festival of Giving" events taking place on December 4 will be hosted at the following locations:

New York, New York 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Queens Center in Elmhurst with AM 1560

Charities: TBD

Los Angeles, California 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Beeman Park in Studio City with AM 1110

Charities: Pet Orphans, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Bookends, LAPD North Hollywood Division, North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry, St. Charles Borromeo Church Food Pantry and Operation Uplift

Chicago, Illinois 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Gurnee Mills Mall with AM 1300

Charities: PAWS Chicago with additional charities TBD

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Shops at Liberty Place in The Rotunda with AM 640

Charities: Salvation Army, Operation Homefront, Operation Warm, Police Athletic League and Cradles to Crayons.

San Francisco, California 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Shops at Tanforan in San Bruno with AM 1310

Charities: Parca and The Second Harvest Food Bank

Seattle, Washington 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Marketplace at Factoria with AM 1250

Charities: Food Lifeline, Seattle Humane Society, Treehouse for Kids and Salvation Army

Miami, Florida 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

West Kendall Toyota with AM 990

Charities: Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation

Sacramento, California 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Fountains at Roseville with AM 1470

Charities: Placer SPCA, News10 Coats for Kids, Placer Food Bank, Peace for Families and Toys for the Troops Kids

Portland, Oregon 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cedar Hills Crossing Mall with AM 1640

Charities: Goodwill, Oregon Food Bank, Washington County Animal Shelter and KGW Great Toy Drive

Indianapolis, Indiana 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Feld Entertainment’s Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus at Conseco Fieldhouse with 98.3 FM

Charities: Toys for Tots and Shepherd Community Center

Milwaukee, Wisconsin 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Shops at East Towne Square in Mequon with AM 1640

Charities: Toms and Toys for Tots

Albany, New York 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Clifton Park Center with AM 1460

Charities: Toys for Tots, Saratoga County Animal Shelter Annex, Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York

Radio Disney is the #1, 24-hour radio network devoted to kids, tweens and families. Kids help pick the music that is played and are encouraged to interact via a toll-free phone line to the Radio Disney studio. The network's current playlist, driven by listener requests and representing major record labels, includes recording artists Selena Gomez & The Scene, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Willow Smith, Cody Simpson, Katy Perry, Taio Cruz and Allstar Weekend. The network is available on 34 terrestrial radio stations and is also available via RadioDisney.com, Sirius and XM satellite radio on channel 79, iTunes Radio Tuner, mobile phones and on the Radio Disney iPhone and Android Apps.

***** Just wanted to share this with you... It was an email I received. This is not a sponsored post. *****


#HolidayGiftGuide - Lolita Glasses

Have you ever heard of Lolita Glasses?
We had never heard of them before, but if you are one to shop at boutiques and look for unique and one of a kind gifts, then I would bet you have heard of them.
Lolita Glasses are just wonderful!

If you have someone on your list that is a fan of wine...
You should totally head on over and look.
They have it all!!!!
From cute wine bottle wraps:

I am not even a big wine drinker (you can read my earlier post about today about that) but this is just too cute, I will for sure be using it during the holidays!
One side says "Naughty" and the other says "Nice"
The finishing touch? The bottom!
It looks like a peppermint on top, but flip the glass over and there is a drink recipe painted on the bottom! How cute!!!!

This is a beautiful ornament with an electric "candle" in it! I think it is adorable and can not wait to see it on our tree!
I HEART THIS! It is a BFF mini wine glass... ORNAMENT!
I know exactly who I am giving this too!
It made me smile when I opened it!!!!

I love how they package everything.
Each of the glasses comes in their own individual packaging.
No need to try and figure out how to wrap, just give it like it is!
Great presentation!!!!

Obviously, I highlighted their Holiday Line, as it is with my Holiday Gift Guide, but they have every occasion covered.
Also, no worries...
If you are more of a fan of martinis or shots...
They have those too!
I think that this would be a great gift for a bachelorette party...
A cute gift for bridesmaids...
Even for the birthday girl!!!!
( I am thinking one of their cute shot glasses to celebrate a special 21st birthday!)
As I said, they cover it all!
No matter your drink glass of choice or occasion!

Oh, hope you aren't too worried...
If you are not a drinker...
They have purse hangers, coasters, serving trays and awesome looking ice cream sundae bowls!

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.

#HolidayGiftGuide - Sophia Rose Wine


Let me start this post by saying...
I am not a wine connoisseur. Bottom line.
|Yes, I worked in a bar for 10 years, but I just really could not get into the wine drinking.
You see, my friends would have a nice glass of wine after work, or with dinner...
I did find that a couple of the wines I did like, I just honestly could not afford.
So, that being said... I keep on looking.
I actually went on a wine tasting once...
It was fun, but I could not verbally explain it like the others.
You know what I mean, the sipping, sniffing, swishing and spitting.
Then, discussing the aroma and flavors...
I would answer briefly.
I liked it or I didn't.

The reason I am telling you this?
Because I just reviewed a bottle of Sofia Rose.
It is from the Francis Ford Coppola Winery.
I was very impressed with the bottle and the color.
With Marc's work schedule, he can't drink ... and I knew I wasn't downing a bottle by myself...
So, we waited and took it to my parents house.
Let me state this: They are not wine drinkers at all...
We were hanging out at the house and I decided to open it up...
I thought the smell was a bit sweet, not sweet fruity, but not the strong scent that I normally smell with wine.
I gave a glass to my mom, she immediately did not like it.
To the point that she would not drink past the first taste.
(She doesn't drink that often, so I was surprised she even tried it.)
My dad was surprised and kept saying "It isn't bitter!"
I guess other wine's he has tried has been bitter, but he was surprised with this one!
Marc on the other hand... Well, he finished it for her!
Marc and I liked it. Marc, more than me...
I thought that it was better than most other wines that I have tried.
It was a bit light and refreshing.
I am not one to know pairings or anything, but to me, this seems like a wine that would work nice to enjoy on the weekend.
As in, fix a glass and just relax in the yard...
Maybe curl up in a swing with a good book and enjoy a glass of wine with the fresh air.

I was actually talking to a friend about this and she made me laugh.
She said that the description sounded more like a great juice than a wine and she might have to try it out!!!!

I will say that I have heard of the Francis Ford Coppola Winery, but not this particular wine.
Come to find out, it is named after his daughter, Sophia!
As you prepare for the holidays, keep this in mind.
It would make a great addition to any get together that you might have...
Not to mention a great gift for the hard to buy for on your list!
I feel that this would also make a lovely hostess gift and it is very affordable!

From their site:

Feminine and stylish, with a fragrant perfume of fresh strawberries and lavendar, this rosé explodes with ripe, juicy flavors of cherry, raspberry and citrus zest. This refreshing wine is reminiscent of the popular dry rosés served in seaside café along the French Riviera. It’s crisp, delicate, and elegantly fruity with just a kiss of spice on the finish.

We typically harvest the grapes for our Sofia Rosé at a lower brix to ensure we get a light wine that pairs elegantly with food. For color extractions, the grapes are cold-soaked for 48 hours before the juice is separated from the skins.

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.


11.11.11

Gourmet Gift Baskets Supports Our MIlitary

Gourmet Gift Baskets Gives Back...
I have reviewed Gourmet Gift Baskets before...
I am so excited to share this with you!!!

Here is an email I received:

In honor of Veterans Day, GourmetGiftBaskets.com would like to offer our valued customers a chance to give something special back to our troops. For every purchase made on 11/11/11 of $100 or more, GourmetGiftBaskets.com is going to donate one of our very special care packages to an injured soldier at Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, in time for the holiday season!

We are also offering as a special gift to all of our customers, a coupon code, VET11, that is good for an 11% discount on any and all purchases made on November 11th!

In the spirit of giving this Holiday season, GourmetGiftBaskets.com would also like to offer all bloggers out there the chance to have two of our wonderful care packages delivered on your blog's behalf to injured soldiers who will spending this Christmas at Walter Reed Hospital. You can even include a custom greeting to the soldiers on the card, if that's something you feel you'd like to do, or have us personalize it with the name of your blog for you.

All we ask of you in return is a simple review of our lovely Christmas gift baskets. We ask that you write a short post about the value and variety of our products, and how they could make a great gift. There really is something for everyone! We know you'll have no trouble discussing our wide selection of gifts for everyone on your readers lists.

We also encourage you to invite your readers to review the site on their own blogs, and for every single review, an additional two care packages will be donated on their blog's behalf!

We would like these reviews to be posted any time between November 21st and December 9th in hopes that your readers have the chance to make the most of them while purchasing gifts this holiday season. Once any reviews have been posted, simply send us a list of all the blog post URL's, as well as the name of the Blogs. Be sure to do this before December 14thto ensure the care packages will reach the hospitalized vets in time for Christmas.

So please, help us here at GourmetGiftBaskets.com give something back this holiday season to the the brave men and women who have given so much already, and who won't be able to spend their Christmas at home. Support our Vets!

* Please send the Blog Posts to brian@gourmetgiftbaskets.com by December 14th

#HolidayGiftGuide - Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

I have to tell you, I had never heard of "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" until just recently.
Then, I learned that it was not only a new movie being released, it was also a book!
(Thanks for that insight, Liz!)

I was excited to know that I would have the chance to have a Laotong Night with my friends!
Laotong or “old sames” is a special type of relationship in the Chinese Hunan culture that bonded girls together for eternity as kindred sisters. This bond is one of most precious friendship and women even shared their own secret writing they used to communicate called Nüshu.

I received the movie (and the books) and I was ready...
Only problem, my closest girlfriends don't live here close these days...
So, I watched the movie alone.
I will be mailing the book copies to a couple close girlfriends as a "thinking of you" gift...

I actually took it when I went to visit my mom to see if she wanted to watch it, she was quick to say No.
She had no interest...
Well, I am glad she didn't say yes, as there was subtitles and she would have turned it off at that point.
I will say, it was a bit slow... but, I think that in this case, it was for the benefit of the movie.
If it moved fast, you would have been rushed and not have felt the love in the movie...

With Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, there is actually two stories going on:
The sisterhood of Lily and Snow Flower... and Nina and Sophia.
Nina and Sophia are actually decedents of the long ago laotong relationship of Lily and Snow Flower.
Lily and Snow Flower's story takes place in the 1800's ... while the current story of Nina and Sophia takes place in today's time.

I loved the story of true friendship and love....
The true bond that no matter what struggles, will really never truly be broken.

If you have a best friend that is more like a sister than anything, this would be great.
You could either have a girls night and watch it together...
or, if they are far away...
Send a copy of the book and the movie as a thinking of you gift....

SYNOPSIS:

Critically-acclaimed director Wayne Wang (The Joy Luck Club) weaves a contemporary tale with an old-world fable in SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN, coming to Blu-ray and DVD November 1st from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Inspired by author Lisa See’s bestselling novel of the same name, SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN tells a poignant tale of eternal friendship.

Growing up in 19th century China, Lily (Bingbing Li, The Forbidden Kingdom) and Snow Flower (Gianna Jun, My Sassy Girl) are brought together in a Laotong friendship—a lifelong bond between two women who rely on each other for companionship and comfort. Amid the civil unrest and gender discrimination of the era, the pair deals with life’s hardships together until they are separated by marriage and childbirth. As sworn sisters, however, the women continue to communicate through the secret Chinese language of nushu, hiding their stories and messages within the folds of delicate silk fans.

In present day Shanghai, the Laotong’s descendants Nina (also played by Li) and Sophia (also played by Jun) struggle to maintain the intimacy of their own childhood friendship in the face of demanding careers and complicated love lives. Drawing on lessons of the past, the two modern women must understand the story of their ancestral connection or risk losing one another forever. What unfolds are two stories, generations apart, but everlasting in the notion of love, hope and friendship.

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10.11.11

#HolidayGiftGuide - Brush Buddies - Perfect Stocking Stuffer


If you are looking for a couple of cute stocking stuffers...
Why not consider Brush Buddies?
Oral hygiene is something that we all need to teach our younger ones...
Why not make it fun while beneficial?

Broxton LOVES to brush his teeth!
Most times, I catch him in the bathroom pretending to brush his teeth with his fun toothbrush!
(No toothpaste, so don't worry... that is only in the morning and at night...)

He was so excited when he received his latest toothbrush.
It is a Brush Buddy and it is adorable!
I love it because it is great for travel.
The brush buddy is a toothbrush, but it is so much more!
The toothbrush handle is an animal... then, you press the button to have the toothbrush head extend up for brushing teeth.
There is a cap (head of the animal) that covers the toothbrush when not in use.
Broxton plays with it and then uses it to brush his teeth.

I think it is cute, although he has a hard time getting it to close right.
I have learned that it is easiest to push it back into the body...
THEN put the head on.
See what I mean?


This would be great for a stocking stuffer, a gift under the tree and it would be fun to hide it IN the tree and have them look and find it!
FYI - they also have Justin Bieber singing ones for all those with Bieber Fever!

From their site:

“The Poppin’ collection is really fun for kids, while being economical for parents,” says Anish Patel, CEO of Brush Buddies. “Each brush is designed as a fun animal character that a child can relate to.”Brush Buddies Poppin’ is a collection of five fun animal characters named Toothy Toby (the tiger), Haily (the elephant), Leapin’ Louie (the frog), Milky Wayne (the cow) and Rickie (the The Poppin’ line is designed with safety features in mind for children ages 2 to 11 years old. The products are BPA free, made with soft DuPont™ Tynex Bristles and an ergonomic handle that fits a child’s hand.

Poppin’s are the newest addition to the Brush Buddies oral care line of products which are designed to educate and encourage healthy brushing habits. The brand also includes Brush Buddies Singing Toothbrushes featuring Justin Bieber, Brush Buddies Standard toothbrushes designed as three animal characters, and Brush Buddies Talking toothbrushes designed as five characters that help teach proper brushing technique.

Brush Buddies can also be found in these and other fine retail stores nationwide; CVS Pharmacy, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Nash Finch, Giant Eagle, Save Mart Supermarkets, Toy Factory, Office Depot.

Follow Brush Buddies on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

9.11.11

Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test

Just received this in an email and wanted to share:


Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test

For The First Time Ever!

On Wednesday, November 9, 2011, FEMA, DHS and FCC will conduct the first
national test of the Nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) test. This
nationwide test will kick off at 2:00 p.m. (EST) and run concurrently across
all time zones.

This system test is the first of its kind designed to broadcast a nationwide
message to the American public. In the history of the country, nothing like
it has been conducted on such a level.

As you may be aware, there have been tests in the past, but not of this
magnitude encompassing all regions of the Nation simultaneously. The three
(3) minute test will run concurrently on all radio and TV band stations
exceeding the previous messages broadcast which were anywhere from a 30
second to 1 minute message.

There is great concern in local police and emergency management circles about
undue public anxiety over this test. The test message on TV might not
indicate that it is just a test. Fear is that the lack of an explanation
regarding the message might create panic.

Please share this information with your family and friends so they are aware
of the test.

Here is the FEMA website that will provide more information regarding this

#HolidayGIftGuide - Huggable Teddy Bears



As long as I can remember, I have loved stuffed animals.
I think they are so cute and most have a sweet sentimental meaning behind them.
Some are just because and others are for special occasions.

Broxton actually has several bears that we have on a bookshelf in his room.
One is from before daddy deployed, one from when he returned...
A couple from friends and now he will get a new one at Christmas, unless I end up keeping it for me!
I was able to work with huggableteddybears.com in a review and I am in love with the sweet bear we were sent!

First, let me tell you...
This isn't just any site...
You have several options as to what sort of teddy bear you want to get/give.
I, of course, had to look at pretty much every option available!

You can start by looking at what brand bear you want.
(This is an Aurora Brand)
I had no clue, so I looked at all of them!
Each brand has adorable ones that make you want to snuggle up with them right then and there!
You can also look at the bear by occasion.
Is it a birthday? Wedding? Christmas? (They even have St. Patrick's Day covered!)
(This is for St. Patrick's Day... You can even personalize the t-shirt.)

So, now that you have the bear picked out...
You can go a step further and pick out the outfit you want for it...
You can pick based on a "costume" :
Clown, Pirate and many more...
Or a sport:
Golfer, Swimmer, T-Ball player and more...
They even have "occupations":
Astronaut, Military, Race Car Driver and more...

Want to see what we went with?
The United We Stand Gund Bear.

It is so soft and makes me smile every time I see it!
The only problem I see?
Trying to decide if it will be for Broxton, or if mommy gets to keep this!

Now, wouldn't this look so sweet sitting under the tree for a loved one this year?!

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.

#HolidayGiftGuide - Cowboy Food #Giveaway






Cold weather means : CHILI weather for my mom.
She loves it and although I am not a huge fan, I do get where I really want a bowl or two from time to time.

I was just given the chance to review a cookbook that has every way you can ever imagine to make chili!
Cowboy Food by DD Little.
The author even tried to make it with Peanut Butter once!
(Not a recommendation, I just have to add!)

This book is a cookbook full of chili recipes...
As well as side dishes and salsa's...
But, not just any old chili...
Chili from the "chuck wagon" days!
They even tried to make it a bit healthier for today's generation!
Oh... and talk about a variety of chili!!!
They include:
Red Meat Chili, Fish Recipes, Turkey Recipes, Chicken Recipes and Vegetarian Recipes!

I for one want to try the "Cable Car Chili."
If you are a fan of Salsa, you will like this too!
I am torn, what to try first?!
California Pineapple, Mango Salsa or Pineapple and Corn Salsa?
You tell me!!!!

If you aren't a cook, no worries...
They even include a couple cooking techniques to help you out!!!
( I love the stories of Pappy Jack they have added throughout the book!!!!)
As I said, great book!
Perfect gift for that hard to buy for man in your life!!!!

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8.11.11

W/W - After the dirt

If you stopped by last week, you read about Broxton playing in the dirt...
Head over here for a couple cute pictures, if you missed it...

Well, after seeing how excited he was playing in the dirt...
I had to take an idea from a friend of mine and expand a bit...
We made Broxton a mini sandbox!!!!
Apartment living at its best!

So far, it has been wonderful!
He plays, we get fresh air and all is wonderful!!!!




Have a Happy Wednesday!


#HolidayGiftGuide - Photo Frame Table #GIVEAWAY!

Do I have a great gift idea for you?!
YES!!!!
I was looking around online and I saw the neatest thing:
A Photo Frame Table.
I was actually visiting Plow & Hearth when I somehow or another came to that product.
It was love at first site!
What exactly is it?
Let me tell you:
It is a photo frame. It holds 9 different pictures. I love that each individual picture has a backing for easy changing out of photos. You know how some collage frames just have the one back? Not here... You have 9, so you don't have to worry about messing up the others!
It is also a table.
Say you want to sit and write something or eat a snack or whatever you might need a small table for... You just open it up like you would a TV tray.
(Please tell me you know what that is, as it is a staple at my parents house.)
Then, when you are finished with it, you just fold it up and put it back up, once again, like a TV tray. But, it is so much nicer looking. The photo on their site has it sitting up like it is on display. I would love to be able to do that, but with our carpet being all wonky, I am nervous to leave it out in our living room. Not to mention, it is like a circus in here most days, so I would be scared it would be in the "line of fire."
I know that this would look great in a room with hard floors...
Be it hardwood floors in a living room or tile floors in the kitchen, just a bit more stable and it would be the talk of the day!!!!

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Spread #Cheer this Season! The USO and Cheerios are Teaming Up!

I am not sure exactly how many of you personally know someone that has deployed or is being deployed, but let me tell you, the USO is a great organization that is there to help.
The USO has been around for what seems like a million years.
It not only provides support for those serving, but also for the loved ones left behind.
I will never forget being in the Atlanta airport and seeing the USO stand waiting there to greet the service members. It was a feeling that makes me so very proud to be an American.
Once I became an "Army Wife" I got to see first hand how supportive the USO is.

Marc has a toiletry bag that the USO gave all of them.
It wasn't just the bag, it had the necessities in it:
Soap, razor, shampoo, deodorant, lotion, chap-stick and more!
He even said that before they deployed, the USO had an area set up to allow them to grab things they needed before they left the states.
If the soldier has a layover when coming for R & R, they can take advantage of the USO waiting area: offering food and a clean area to rest.

People donate to the USO that allows them to continue to give to so many who give for us.
This November, Cheerios has teamed up to spread Cheer with the USO as well!
On specially marked boxes of Cheerios, you can cut out the CHEER postcard (it is self addressed) write a note and add a stamp.
It is then sent to the USO who is sending them to family members that are left to hold things down while their loved ones are deployed. I tell you, I had plenty of support from my family and friends while Marc was gone, I know not everyone does, so a note like this from a stranger would mean the world to them.
Not only is the USO and Cheerios sending these to the ones at home, Cheerios is also donating $1 per postcard sent to the USO. (Up to $250,000)

The specially marked boxes are only available for purchase until the end of November 2011, but you have until November 30, 2012 to send them in to count for the donation.

HOW TO CONTRIBUTE:

How to Send Cheer

Specially marked boxes of Cheerios cereal will be available at grocery stores across the country during the months of October and November, 2011. Sending a Cheer postcard is easy:

  1. Cut out the postcard found on the front of the box. The card has dotted cut-out lines around the “Cheer” in the Cheerios logo.

  2. Write a personal greeting on the backside of the postcard – a note of thanks, personal words of good cheer, a message of support.

  3. Add postage and drop the card in the mail. Postcards are pre-addressed to the USO, and the USO will distribute the Cheer postcards to military families.


WHY:

There are more than 1.4 million active duty members in the U.S. military, and they are supported by more than 3.6 million family members. More than 70 percent of married active duty service members have children. When troops are called on for active duty and when they are deployed, their family members called on to serve as well. Family members typically work double duty on the home front while supporting their loved ones who are away.

Cheerios created Cheer as a way for consumers to offer a personal show of support and encouragement to family members who work so hard while their family members serve our country. The program also raises funds to help the USO provide programs that entertain and boost the morale of our troops and their families.


(This is Marc and his Company: A Co 2-121)

I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Cheerios and received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to post.
 
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