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15.12.11

Southern Fried Women - A Book Review

When I saw the title, Southern Fried Women, I knew being a girl raised in the South, I would be interested in reading this...
Now, I haven't finished the book, but I am enjoying it so far.
It is 253 pages, but you don't have to sit and read it all at once.
It is a mixture of different "short stories" that tell the story of good old southern gals!
I will be honest.  There are times when I am not just feeling it.  I am not sure if it is this particular book, or just reading in general...  I can not figure it out.
Once I am finished with this, I know that my mom is going to enjoy reading it, so I am trying to get it finished soon.... 


Summary of what is inside Southern Fried Women, from their site:


SOUTHERN FRIED WOMEN
A history of bigotry in a local diner is uncovered in Pigment of my Imagination, as the owner defends two young women and their right to be served.

Vernell Paskins, Mobile Home Queen is a woman who lives in the land of the doublewides and works at the interstate flea market.

Cry finds a pregnant woman lost, alone, broken down on a deserted road, and in labor.

A stranger arrives in town after a women’s prayer group hears angels sing during a violent coal mine strike in Coal Dust On My Feet.

In Punkin Head, one woman struggles with the decision to keep her unborn baby, as her husband’s employer—a popular televangelist—is opposed to having children.

In The Homestead, a deceased woman reveals that death is not the end of existence.

A single mother discovers why her young son despises their pastor during his 
once-a-month Sunday dinner inviation in Old Time Religion.

Two Pentecostal young ladies become Beach Babies, shedding their cotton dusters for bathing suits, makeup, and getting their fortunes told at Carolina Beach.

And grief shows up 30 years after a woman forgets her best friend in No Time For Laura.


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Kidlandia Kreechurs at FAO this season

I have reviewed for Kidlandia before and I was impressed with their products.
I was excited for the chance to tell you about the newest Kreechurs that are available!

They are adorable and are available ONLY at the FAO Schwartz NYC store... or through the FAO Schwartz site.
Just click here to see the Kidlandia Kreechurs available.

I will be getting one for review soon, but I didn't know if you were doing any last minute shopping (or planning a trip to NYC) and might need/want a suggestion.


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14.12.11

Pert Plus for Time Management - Review

With a house full of boys, you can imagine the phrase "LESS IS BEST" works here...  I always make sure they have the basics in their bathroom, but I hate to say it... It is normally whatever I have... I never thought much about Pert Plus.  But now, I will!

Hello!
Talk about a time saver!  I used to use it when I was younger...  This would be great for the boys!!!
Shampoo PLUS conditioner..  IN ONE BOTTLE!!!  For less than $6 you can have them using both shampoo and conditioner... One step... Equals... Less time... Equals Happy Boys!!!! (Happy boys also lead to happy daddy... and of course all that happiness heads my way too!)

I will tell you this, when we received the Pert Plus, I was taken back by the new design of their bottle!(Not sure how long they have had this shape, but it was new to me!)  They still use the green bottle, I do believe that has always been their color...We were sent the Pert Plus Classic Clean.

Of course, with the new design, I had to go visit the Pert Plus Website to see what else was new...
Did you know that they have more than one formula?  I know when we go on trips, I have to lug all sorts of shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and what not...
Well, if you are one that hates all those different bottles, you could always just grab a bottle of their 3 in 1.
It is not only the shampoo plus conditioner, they have also thrown in a body wash!!!!

Head on over to their site to see all they carry.
*  If you or a loved one suffer from dandruff, they have an anti-dandruff formula as well!

If you worry about not having enough conditioner, there is no need... They have a perfectly balanced ratio of  shampoo and conditioner to leave your hair clean and care free... With NO buildup!!!!

So, whether you are preparing for a trip, looking for a few stocking stuffers, or just needing to add more shampoo/conditioner to your bathroom... Keep Pert Plus in mind when heading to the store!!!!
Less is Best!!! That is my quote and I am sticking to it... Less time in the shower... Less Waste in the Landfill!!!!   Ha ha ha...
Don't forget to follow Pert Plus on Facebook!


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Eat Healthier with Help from @EatSmartScale #giveaway



When it comes to healthy eating, I know I can use help.
I was so excited to have the chance to review the Eat Smart Precision Pro Kitchen Scale.
To be honest with you, I wanted this to help with my meals.
We tend to buy in bulk... It is cheaper this way!
So, I get home and start dividing everything by eye...
I guesstimate everything and I thought this would help.
You know, make it a bit more on track.
Like I really know what 1 pound of meat feels like?  Right..
Well, I planned on using this to help with that...

But now, well...
This bad boy is going to do so much more than that!

This scale is great for those that are watching what they eat...
Or for those that NEED to watch what they eat...
Long story short, you put your food on there, weigh it..
Then, look it up in the book that comes with it...
Do a bit of simple math... (Don't forget you can use your calculator if need be) and then you determine how many calories is in that serving!
No worries about it just being for meats or just for veggies..
They cover all the different food groups!

Not only is it great for helping with food control...
It also looks pretty sleek!
It is nice and small, so when it is not in use, it is easy to just place in a drawer or a cabinet!

Now, one lucky reader is going to have the chance to win a scale of their own.

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Contest for US - residents 18 and older.
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13.12.11

Opinions Wanted, Please

OH MY GOODNESS.
Marc just showed me something he read online and I immediately had to come to you guys about it. I would really love your opinion on it.

Just what am I talking about?

Photo Taken from gawker.com

What do you think?
I think it is just wrong...
I mean, as soon as I saw it, I immediately had flash backs to 9/11. I couldn't help it, that was what I saw with the first picture.

Now, I will throw the double edged sword here...
If you look at it like this:
It does look pretty neat.
But... Marc and I agreed, when you look at the whole picture...
Not at all.

Photo also taken from gawker.com

I would love your opinions on this.
Hope you have a great day!
Let us all NEVER FORGET.

Great Idea for a Stocking: @zombieinsurance


With all the different television shows and movies going on these days, I was actually not surprised when I saw information on "My Zombie Insurance."

What exactly is My Zombie Insurance?
Well, it is a great gift idea for the Zombie fan in your life...

For less than $10 you can get a great gift...
Be an entertaining gift or even a cute stocking stuffer...
You get an "insurance card", proof on insurance certificate and even a window decal to warn any possible zombie invaders that they picked the wrong house to mess with!
Ha ha ha!!!

This really is a cute idea!
A friend of mine dressed up as the cop from that Walking Dead show...
I might need to let him know that he can make sure he is protected now!!!!

(They have great pictures up!)

You can follow them on Twitter.

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12.12.11

Totally Smitten - @SmittensMittens Review


Have you heard of Smittens?
Okay, this might be just the cutest thing I have seen.

They are mittens...
For the one you are Smitten with! Lol. No, really... it is a set of mittens... but, one of the mittens is for two hands.

No matter young or old, it works for you!
Let me explain.
Say, you and your loved one are out for a stroll and it is a bit chilly. Put your smittens on and you can have warm hands, while HOLDING HANDS! You are going for a walk with your child.
Put your mittens on, once again... you can hold hands!

This is great! You order small/medium or large.
Then you order small/medium or large for the other hand.

They have 4 styles... and also offer some in red/blue or black.
I think it depends on what they have in stock at the moment.
Head on over and take a look!

Say you want it for you and your spouse.
You can order two large or mediums..
We ordered for Broxton and I.
So, I ordered a small and a large.
That way, he has his glove and then either Marc or I can wear the other.

I think that Santa needs to leave every couple a pair of Smittens under the tree!
This would make a great gift, not only for Christmas, but also for Anniversaries and Valentines!


Follow Smittens on Twitter and Facebook.

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Disney Universe on Wii


Wow.
It feels so great to be a child again!

We received the new game, Disney Universe for our Wii.
First, Marc played it for a few minutes.
I am not sure if it is our controller or what, but it was hard to get it moving right.
So, he played and then said he was done.

He went to the other room and I figured I would give it a go!
I loved how you could select your player, based on the different Disney Movies.
You could be a character from Pirates of the Caribbean, you could be one of the monsters from Monsters Inc, there were several to choose from.
Then, you get to pick what world you want to be in.
We were in the Pirates of the Caribbean world.
I think it might be the basic one you start on..
Either way, I know you have to unlock levels to move to other worlds and characters.

I too was having a hard time with the controllers.
I thought it was weird that the Wii game didn't have to have you moving to make it work, but just using the buttons...
Then, I realized if I turned my controller horizontal (instead of vertical) it worked right on the movements... I guess when the boys get here, I will have them fix it all back to normal. I don't know what I am doing with all that stuff!!!!

Well, I played and played and played.
I was laughing, I was getting competitive (I wanted to beat where Marc had made it to!)

I literally felt like I was a kid again.
I can not wait until the boys get here, it says you can have more than one player playing at a time... You can either work together to advance, or work against each other... I want to try it both ways to see how fun it is!

Obviously, it is too old for Broxton, but he was loving watching me play... and I know if I can get the character unlocked to be NEMO, he is going to be a happy boy!!!!
(It says there is over 40 characters to choose from! As well as, 6 different worlds to play in!)

Bottom line.
Love Disney?
Love the Wii game?
Love FUN?
Then, head on out and get Disney Universe, NOW!
I promise not to tell if you buy it and you don't even have kids...
It is that great, you will not be disappointed!

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One Great Gift Idea: @OneBathandBody Review

Have you heard of ONE bath and body?
I was intrigued by their philosophy.
They are a green company.
Meaning, they are trying to help out our Earth!
Their packaging is remarkable.
They don't use plastic... just cardboard, or metal tins!
Now, I am sure you are wondering how they do that and offer shampoo and conditioners... not to mention soap..
Well, that is because most are in solid form! Yes, SOLID form!!!!
We reviewed a few items that I will share with you today.
Up first:
I was able to soak and enjoy their Bath Fizzer.
I will admit, I was bit curious as to how to use it.
I knew to put it in the water, but it said for a long relaxing bath, use whole fizzer... Use half for a short relaxation. I was wondering if I was going to have to chop it or if I was supposed to just take it out after it shrunk some... I know, I know... Don't even go there!
Well, lucky for me, when I opened the package, I saw that they had it simplified for people like me! They had it cut in half and you decided how much to put in! Whew, avoided that!
I went with half and it melted away, leaving the bath water with a hint of a scent and a feel of satin! I soaked for a bit, enjoying a bit of me time.
Next up:
I was sent one of their bath bars.
I have not used it yet, but I tell you this..
The smell is to die for!
I will be using it soon, don't you worry...
Just finishing up the soap I have now.

If you are thinking of a great gift idea... I love the packaging of it all. They use recyclable cardboard. You could make a gift basket. Or just pick one or two for little stocking stuffers!

Keep ONE Bath and Body in mind for great gift giving ideas...
Also remember to pamper yourself!!!!

Follow ONE Bath and Body on Facebook and Twitter.

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11.12.11

Giving Others Christmas with JDaniel4's Mom


The other day, we were grabbing a quick bite to eat at a local fast food place.
I told Marc I would be back, as I was heading to the counter to grab a bag for Broxton's food.

Marc told me to hold on and wait a minute.
So, I waited and waited...
I have to tell you, I got a bit nervous, did I have something all over me and he was trying not to let me embarrass myself? I could not figure out what it was... and I knew he had sent me a text (that I had yet to receive, so I asked him to let me look at his phone.)

The message: "The lady behind us looks homeless and hungry."

I knew exactly who he was referring to, as I had noticed her as well.
But what do you do in a situation like that?
You know good and well you can not approach them and question them.
Would you make them uncomfortable? What if they aren't? The questions are endless.
Also, it is a bit rude to look at someone and presume such a thing... but, we did.

Now, let me try and explain...
She did not look like a crack head or anything.
She just looked like a lady that was down on her luck and could use a helping hand.
But, what were we to do?

I told Marc I would be back.
I went to get a bag for Broxton's food and I quietly asked the manager if she was familiar with the lady in the corner. She whispered that yes, she was homeless and harmless. She just came in to warm up. I then proceeded to order a meal and drink for her. I asked the manager if she would deliver it to her... Letting her know it was a gift from "Santa." The manager smiled and said she surely would and "God Bless You."

I refilled my drink and we headed to the car. We waited to see that she got it (looking in the window from outside.) We then noticed the manager carry her a tray with food. They spoke for a minute and the manager walked off... The lady then just sort of sat there, like in a daze. I then noticed she wiped her eyes and then laid her face in her hands...

I will never know her situation.
All I know is that although we don't have tons of money, we had enough to give her a hot meal and a cold drink that day. Who knows when she had it last?
Maybe that was a bit of hope she needed to get through the coming days...

I was thinking that I wished everyone would pay forward a bit of kindness...
Be it a hot meal for someone.... Toys for Tots... Or even volunteering.

I wasn't going to blog about this, but then I remembered the "Giving Others Christmas" linkup at JDaniel4's Mom.
This seemed appropriate, so I wanted to share...
Have you done anything to make a difference in the lives of someone else this year?

Capital Hill Cooks



With love of great cuisine and the bounty of our nation evident throughout this book, CAPITOL HILL COOKS contains recipes from members of Congress, as well as every president from George Washington (Cranberry Pudding) to Abraham Lincoln (Mary Todd Lincoln’s Vanilla Almond Cake) to Barack Obama (The Obama Family’s Linguini). Taste Vice President Biden's Kahlua Chocolate Fudge Cake, Senator Charles Grassley’s Bacon and Bean Chowder, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's Minnesota Rhubarb Dessert, Congressman Ron Paul's Texas Sweeties, or Senator Scott Brown's Italian Soup…and hundreds more. Many contributors to this book even include notes about their ethnic backgrounds, favorite indigenous foods, and fond memories of meals shared with others. (“Barack really likes this,” the first lady says of her own apple crisp.)

CAPITOL HILL COOKS will raise funds to be contributed to Homes for Our Troops (www.homesforourtroops.org), an organization dedicated to assisting severely injured servicemen and women build or adapt their homes for handicapped accessibility. The finished home is then given to the veteran.

Linda Bauer is the author of numerous books including the series Recipes from Historic Texas, America, Louisiana, California, Colorado, and New England, and The Great American Sampler Cookbook series. She has appeared on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Fox News and CNN, and is a member of the International Association of Cooking Professionals and the National Press Club.


***** This is just a copy/paste of a press release. I have not reviewed this, nor received compensation. Honestly, I saw the part about funds towards Homes For Our Troops and I just really wanted to share. *****

All NEW Power Rangers Samurai

Okay, I guess I have been under a rock or something...
I can remember my brother being TOTALLY OBSESSED with the Power Rangers when he was younger...
I just had NO CLUE that they were still around these days!
I know that they were named based on their colors, like it was the "Blue Power Ranger" and the "Black Power Ranger" and what not... Well, that was what I called them!
The other day, we received an AWESOME box in the mail!
A power rangers goodie box!

Needless to say, we dug right in!
I was all excited to see how the Wii game worked.
Since, I KNOW good and well it has advanced so much from the show my brother watched (he is 22 years old, so I know it's been some time!)
I was ready and I actually had Marc talked into trying it with me.
Then, we realized that the nun-chucks (needed for the game) are missing. We don't know if Broxton has hid them somewhere or if they accidentally were packed up when the boys were here last. Screen Shot of the Wii game:
Either way, my goal of kicking Marc's butt as one of the Power Rangers has to wait a bit now.
We are giving it to the boys as a Christmas gift (and when they come, they bring their Wii as well and all the accessories, so I know I will have a chance to show my talent against Marc once the game is opened! (Really? who am I kidding? I can talk a big game, but truth be told, I will be trying to learn from them!)
We received the Power Rangers Wii game.
As well as the Power Rangers on DS.
The final item we were sent?
A really cool Power Rangers Figure.

Now let me tell you about this figure...
It is more than just the figure that my brother got when he was a kid!
First of all, it is the Green Ranger (lucky for me, I think this was my "favorite" when watching with Ashton!) It also comes with a "Beetlezord" Zord Action Figure! This is new to me, but it is like a weird looking thing that according to the back, you can add with other "zord figures" to make a massive Samurai Battle Cannon!
Talk about getting fancy!
We will be giving this to one of the boys... and now that Broxton has seen it, he thinks it is his... So, looks like the Power Ranger action figure has been added to his list as well!

FROM THEIR PRESS RELEASE:

Power Rangers Samurai follows a new generation of five Rangers who must master the ancient Samurai Symbols of Power, which give them control over the elements of Fire, Water, Sky, Forest and Earth. Under the guidance of their all-knowing Samurai mentor, Ji, and with the aid of their devoted animal Zords (Lion, Dragon, Ape, Turtle and Bear), they battle to save Earth from the dark forces of the Netherworld led by the evil Master Xandred.

Now tell me that this doesn't sound just too cool?!
According to the Power Ranger website, you can buy Power Ranger items at Toys R Us and on Amazon.

For the record, my cousin gave her son a couple of the action figures the other night at a Christmas party... He was freaking out about how cool they were!
Just imagine a kid about 4 or 5 repeatedly saying "Dude! Look what I got!"
Yes, that was him and the excitement he had was priceless, so if you have a little one on your gift list this year... Keep the Power Rangers in mind!!!!!
(This Samurai game is for ages 10 and older, so they really cover a wide age group!)

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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