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A Serving of Chicken Soup #Giveaway

For me, I love reading.
Everything from books to magazine articles.  Short stories to one liners...

Chicken Soup has always been there and through the years they have evolved so much from their original books.  From animal lovers to getting in shape, the Chicken Soup series is bound to have several books just for you!

The latest in their ever growing series:

I think we can all use a "helping hand" when times get a bit tough... 
I love that Chicken Soup has come out with a devotional series.

This book is broken down into 10 Chapters:
1- Lean on Me
2- Be Strong and Courageous
3- Surrender to God
4- Power of Prayer
5- Divine Signs
6- His Healing Grace
7- Renewed Faith
8- Answered Prayers
9- Truth in the World
10- Count Your Blessings

With this book, you have the short stories from everyday people that we have all come to love and expect from the CSS series... but then you get a prayer.  Just simple. Short. To the point, but oh so powerful!

This book is broken down into 10 Chapters:
1- Counting My Blessings
2- Back to Basics
3- Finding My Passion
4- Attitude Adjustment
5- Overcoming Adversity
6- The Joy of Giving
7- Finding My Purpose
8- Simple Pleasures
9- Making the Best of It
10- Jumping Off the Hamster Wheel

I really enjoyed that with this book, you learn of sometimes finding your true happiness when you least expect to find it!  This was a great read and I think everyone that flips through it will find a bit of happiness they never really thought of. 

Who would like to win a copy of each book?

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Travelling Abroad?

I never had the chance to study abroad or anything like that when I was in school..
I did have the opportunity to travel to NYC (it was actually my first time on a plane) once, but that was about it.  I would have LOVED the chance to do something like that... You know, study abroad, do a "semester at sea" or anything like that... It would have been awesome... and you can not ignore the memories to be made.

I received an email that I just thought would be nice to share with you...
I don't really know much about the whole study abroad  (also, I see lots of mission trips going on right now with kids going to places around the world...)

Hope this might help you out:
I literally just copied and pasted this for you:

Most Moms and Dads want to give their kids every opportunity, like youth travel or study abroad experiences with a program that can widen horizons. But are they aware that no federal or state laws protect their kids when they go overseas? 

The scary truth is there is no federal oversight, qualifications, minimum standards or public reporting in the $17 billion+ industry that takes our children abroad. Tragically kids are abused, abandoned and even killed on these trips, yet programs are not accountable for the bad things that happen. 

The good news is there are steps your readers can take to help keep American children safe on foreign soil. Sheryl Hill, founder of ClearCause™ Foundationa non-profit organization with a mission to keep America’s students safe overseas, can offer helpful tips for evaluating travel abroad programs such as:

1.    Research the program in your state and the state the program operates out of before you sign up. Ask your state’s attorney general for complaints against the program; check the BBB rating for the program and the parent company operating the program; if it's with a University, ask for the Clery Act, Student Right to Know Security Policy and Crime Statistics on Campus; and perform an Internet search for the name of the program. If it won’t report the number of accidents, deaths, rapes, illnesses they’ve experienced – in entirety – don’t let them go.
2.   Purchase international healthcare, medical assistance, security and repatriation services from a reputable provider. It’s a relatively low cost investment to safeguard your loved one’s health and minimize security risks abroad.
3.   Be prepared for an emergency before you go. Check with the US Department of State for the US Embassy nearest where they’ll be staying. Have then keep their US Embassy consular’s name, address and phone number with them at all times. Also make sure they know how to dial emergency services abroad – it’s only 911 in the US.

***** This is not a paid/sponsored post, I just wanted to share with you. *****

Timmy Time: Timmy Needs a Bath

I have discussed my love/hate relationship with that crazy show called Timmy Time.
You know, I have never heard one single word on that show... Just the noises from those silly kids!

We received Timmy Time: Timmy Needs A Bath for review and Broxton has been cracking up watching! 
We took it to a friends house, when Broxton went to play with her little boy. My friend was like, "Oh we love that show! It is so funny!"  
Needless to say, the boys were playing, so no DVD was watched.  But, we had it just in case! 

The latest has Timmy and his friends getting pretty messy!  From making a mess at art time to cleaning up the school yard.  While watching this, I have been talking to Broxton about how he REALLY NEEDS to be cleaning as he goes playing with his toys... so that he does not have a big mess like that at the end of the day. We are really having a hard time with that, as he feels he needs to have several activities going on at once!
Enjoy some good clean fun with Timmy and his friends!  Adventures with mud, glue and paint leave Timmy in some sticky situations.  This clever little lamb uses his creativity to make tub time fun and turn a pain fight into a masterfleece!  Timmy cleans up and discovers the most fun of all is being with friends!  Soak up the good times with Timmy... just don't forget to wash behind your ears!  

Once again, I am not sure why it is just so funny, but the creators have found something that works...and it is sure to get a giggle out of kids of all ages!   You can click on the Timmy Time Website to paint and play around... Just don't get as messy as Timmy!  

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This weekend, in the Southeast...

Just got this email... 
So, if you live in the Southeast... 
Go ahead and click to see if one is near you... 
Then, head out to check and see for yourself just how much your little ones will love it!
(Broxton's favorite is the Wagon Wheels... )

Kidfresh will have 50 FREE Sampling events for parents and children happening throughout Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama!

People will have a chance to try our Wagon Wheels Mac & Cheese and our Spaghetti Loops Bolognese.

***** I was not required to post this, just wanted to share with you, so that you too could enjoy a favorite of Broxtons! ***

And I thought I had ... Curious Cargo

I always say that I travel with Precious Cargo... 
As Broxton and Marc both fit into that category... 
But, it isn't always just us....
Broxton has to bring different friends on all the adventures we go on.
We have had all sorts of different characters ride along and now Broxton can compare it to his buddy, Thomas!  I know he is going to love figuring out what Thomas does when it comes time to transport the giraffe! 

The latest DVD from Thomas and Friends: Curious Cargo.
Broxton has not watched this yet... 
We have been working on our story time right now... 
Well, that and a few other DVD's.
(He cracks me up how he wants to watch the same one several times first!)
He will be getting this for his Valentines Day treat!!!!
What better than Thomas and animals?
That is love, right? :)

All aboard for a wild ride on the Island of Sodor as Thomas and his engine friends deliver some Curious Cargo - from giraffes and cows to birds and bunnies and more!  Thomas meets a tall challenge while taking a giraffe to the Sodor Wildlife Center, Percy learns to be gentle with the animals of Sodor and Belle and Toby discover the importance of listening to others.  Join Thomas on his wildest adventures yet!  

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Angelina Ballerina : For Your Little Valentine

Do you give your children a Valentines Day gift?
I know my mom used to always give us a sweet Valentines Day Card... and a heart of chocolate...
We would wake up in the morning and it would be on our nightstand.

One year, my brother sent me a Valentines gift to school.

It was a balloon with a teddy bear in it!
See, I do remember these things!!!!

Well, if you have a Little Ballerina of your own, why not treat them to a surprise of Angelina Ballerina: Sweet Valentine.
I have not decided about this yet... Broxton enjoys watching Angelina and I really do not mind it.
Yes, it it for girls... but hey... boys dance too!
He laughs and dances with them, but I think we might be surprising the little girl across from us.
You see, Madison loves Angelina Ballerina, so we might have this DVD with a Valentine card waiting on her when she wakes one morning... or maybe as a surprise when she gets home from school...

Love and friendship take center stage in these sweet stories! Angelina uncovers the mystery of her secret admirer with some help from her friends. Angelina and Alice help Marco realize the true importance of helping his friends. The students celebrate Ms. Mimi and although it may have been for the wrong reason, they do it with a lot of heart! And when Angelina and her girlfriends try to make a girls’ club, they realize a friendship club is much sweeter. Spread the love with dancing, skating, singing and best friends forever!

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Barney: I Love My Friends

For some reason, the past month or so, Broxton has really been into Barney.  I am not sure why, but he is always wanting to watch him and it is absolutely ADORABLE when he starts singing with them!
The other night, he was telling me all about his friends, Riff and BJ.  I admit, it took me a minute, then I figured it out!
I was happy to see that he was enjoying the latest DVD from the Big Purple Dinosaur!

The latest that we have is, Barney: I Love My Friends.
This was good for us, since it shows how your actions can affect those around you.
In one scene... the children are showing a drawing they did to Barney of all their friends.
Well, BJ comes and has his feelings hurt when he notices he isn't on the drawing.
The children said it was of all their friends, so he must not be a friend of theirs?  He leaves, instead of telling them about how he was feeling.  Barney and the children eventually talk to him, as they find him outside upset.  I thought it was good to show children that it IS good to share their feelings instead of keeping them all inside!
Another scene has Baby Bop making promises, then not following through with them...
That really isn't what you want in a friend, is it?
This DVD shows what being a friend really is all about!

Side note... for those with older kids...
I kept noticing this cute little girl on there... Then it hit me... SELENA GOMEZ!
Ha ha!  Loved it, so if you have a tween, they might watch with their younger sibling just to see Selena when she was younger!

Loved this and I know you will too!

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Homeless Pets

A friend of mine is trying to spread the word....
If you live in/near Atlanta... 
Or know anyone that does...

(If you can, please share this post: Tweet, Facebook, Email, whatever... 
would love to help tell more people about it)

On March 3rd, Georgia Homeless Pets is holding a charity event and raffles at Meehan's in Vinings. Online to be drawn at the event will be a Les Paul JR Guitar! Go to to buy raffle tickets for that.
Other AMAZING raffles to be held at the event-$50 punchline gift certificate, Mary Kay Microderm Abrasion Kit, $100 Six Feet Under certificate, $50 Meehans Certificate, Jazz concert plus wine basket, Hawks VS Clippers tickets and more!!!! 

Please come out and have a great day to support a great cause!  Patio is dog friendly.

This is not a paid/sponsored post... Just sharing this to help a friend out.  

Nutritional Tips for Healing

You can read my Topricin Review here... 
But, I wanted to share an email I received from them the other day:


In the Northern hemisphere, it’s now peak time for the flu and colds, which grip millions of Americans each year. And contrary to common belief, the best way to combat viruses and bacteria is not in your medicine cabinet – it’s in your kitchen.

Topical BioMedics, makers of Topricin Pain Relief and Healing Cream, has partnered with Roufia Payman, the director of outpatient nutritional services at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, NY, to provide a list of nutritional tips for top immunity-boosting foods that can help you achieve optimum healing and wellness.

We’ve all heard the saying “Starve a fever and feed a cold”…Or is it, “Feed a fever and starve a cold?” The actual phrase, which dates back to the middle 1500s, claims we should starve a fever and feed a cold. But there’s no reason to be confused because the good news is that starving is never the correct answer, making it easy to remember you should feed both.

Foods that are rich in nutrients may help keep you well, or if you do succumb to illness, will help your body fight off the infection.

For starters, it’s always a good idea to include more raw fruits and vegetables in your diet as they provide an abundance of all important antioxidants and phytochemicals.

Zinc is an important mineral, as well, as it has antioxidant effects plus is vital to the body’s resistance to infection and to stimulate the immune system.  Foods rich in zinc include eggs, meats, nuts, seafood, seeds, wheat germ and whole grains.

The mineral selenium helps to boost immunity and increase your body’s production of cytokines, which help remove the flu virus.  Selenium-rich foods include Brazil nuts and seafood, particularly lobster, oysters, crab, clams, tuna and cod.

It’s important to think protein, too.  It’s vital to help build and repair tissue and fight viral and bacterial infections.  Choose lean sources like skinless chicken, turkey, sardines, and beans, as well as a good-quality whey protein powder.

Here’s a list of top immunity-boosting foods for optimum healing and wellness.

Grandma was right – nothing beats chicken soup for fending off sniffles.  Not only does it provide the fluids needed to help fight off viruses, it’s a powerful mucus stimulant so it helps clear nasal congestion as well as thin mucus.  It’s also thought to have a mild anti-inflammatory effect than can help ease cold symptoms. Keep some organic chicken stock on hand, because studies have found that even commercial soup is as effective as homemade.

If you want to punch up the healing power of your chicken soup – or any other dish – add plenty of garlic and onions.  When combined, these flavorful healers contain numerous antiseptic and immunity boosting compounds.  As an added plus, garlic helps to open clogged sinuses.

No herbal medicine cabinet should be without mushrooms.  They increase the production of cytokines, which are cells that help fight off infection.  They also contain polysaccharides, which are compounds that support the immune system.  The most potent cold- and flu-fighting ‘shrooms are shitake, maitake and reishi.

Citrus fruits contain hefty doses of powerhouse vitamin C.  Studies have found that this antioxidant can reduce cold symptoms by 23 percent, and all that’s needed is just one to eight grams (1,000 to 8,000 milligrams) to do the trick.  Besides citrus fruits, other foods that have high amounts of vitamin C include papaya, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, tomatoes, broccoli, brussel sprouts and red bell peppers.

Studies have shown that eating a cup of low-fat yogurt each day can reduce your susceptibility to colds by 25 percent.  The beneficial bacteria is Lactobacillus reuteri which has been found to block the replication of viruses that invade the body when we get sick. Not all brands have that particular bacteria, so check labels and be sure to go organic.

While yogurt is a great source of probiotics, some have more than others and we can really benefit by taking an additional supplement.  Other immune-booster “musts” are vitamin D and Omega 3 fatty acid.

Hot tea is soothing and a great home remedy, helping to thin mucus and ensure proper hydration. For added health benefit, sip green or black tea – both are filled with flavonoids, which are potent antioxidants.

Ginger comes to the aid when we’re sick in some powerful ways. Besides soothing a scratchy throat, it has chemicals called sesquiterpenes that target rhinoviruses – which are the most common family of cold viruses – as well as substances that help suppress coughing. Ginger is also a natural pain and fever reducer and a mild sedative so you’ll feel more comfortable and be able to rest easier.  Add a couple of tablespoons of shredded gingerroot to your tea, or make ginger tea (it comes in tea bags, but you can also simmer fresh sliced ginger to make a potent brew).

Honey has numerous medicinal properties and because it coats your throat it is a natural way to soothe sore throats. It also has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties to help fight infections from viruses, bacteria, and fungi.  Skip the common clover honey that you’ll find in the supermarket as it has the lowest antioxidant level.  Look for buckwheat honey, which has the highest. (A note of caution:  never give honey to children under one years of age because their immune systems are not developed enough to ward off infantile botulism, which is carried in honey spores.)

It’s ironic that black pepper – the spice best known for making you sneeze – can ward off the sniffles.  Black peppercorns are high in piperine, a compound known for its anti-fever and pain-relieving qualities.

Make recipes more flavorful with garlic, thyme, rosemary, sage and oregano – while spicing things up, you’ll also get an added kick of immune-busters, too.

Follow these tips, nourish yourself with these immunity-boosting foods and have a happy and healthy season.

Roufia Payman is a contributing columnist to Natural Healing, Natural Wellness, a newsletter published by Topical BioMedics featuring insight from experts in various health fields.  The newsletter is available free at Sign up to receive updates when a new issue of the newsletter is published as well as other news and information.

Topricin is available in pharmacies, natural food stores and other fine retailers nationwide, including Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe, Vitamin World, Fred Meyer, Wegmans, and other retail stores throughout the U.S., as well as direct from the Topical BioMedics’ online store.

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Phantom Of the Opera #Giveaway


An Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience Available on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand from
Universal Studios Home Entertainment on February 7, 2012

Broadway’s longest-running production of all time celebrates a triumphant quarter century on stage with THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL, coming to Blu-ray – with perfect hi-def picture and perfect hi-def sound – DVD, On Demand and Digital Download on February 7, 2012 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. On October 2, 2011, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and producer Cameron Mackintosh marked the 25th anniversary of their beloved musical extravaganza, “The Phantom of the Opera,” with a lavishly staged production at London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall that was beamed live via satellite to cinemas across the globe. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL, marks the first time a live performance of the blockbuster musical has been made available for home viewing, making it a must-have anniversary release for fans everywhere.

The Phantom of the Opera is undoubtedly a classic musical that many people would insist is a must‐see. To celebrate the release of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on February 7, we will highlight ten other musicals that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime, including Fiddler on the Roof, Les Misérables, and Wicked.


Fiddler on the Roof is a Tony Award® winning musical which originally appeared on Broadway in 1964. Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, Fiddler on the Roof is set in pre-revolutionary Russia, and tells the story of a poor Jewish peasant who must contend with marrying off his three daughters while anti-Semitic sentiment threatens his home. This classic musical has been a critical darling for nearly 50 years, and includes popular songs like "Tradition," "Matchmaker, Matchmaker," "If I Were A Rich Man" and "Sunrise, Sunset." Fiddler on the Roof is currently touring nationally, but if you miss a show in your city, you can always rent the fantastic 1971 film version staring Topol as Tevye.


Les Misérables made its debut London’s West End over 25 years ago, and has had an incredibly successful run throughout the world since then. Les Mis, as it is affectionately known among fans, is the tale of Jean Valjean, a Frenchman imprisoned for stealing bread, who must flee a police officer named Javert. The pursuit consumes both men's lives, and soon Valjean finds himself in the midst of the student revolutions in France. Les Mis has been translated into 21 languages, has played in 41 countries, and been seen by more than 55 million people! Les Mis is currently touring the US, and a big screen adaptation of the musical is set to hit theaters this year.


After a successful trial run in San Francisco, Wicked opened on Broadway in 2003. Since then, this adaptation of Gregory Maguire’s novel has won 35 major awards, become a favorite of fans and critics, and received widespread attention from the use of its songs and sets on the hit TV show “Glee.” Wicked is the story of the witches of Oz, told long before Dorothy and Toto came along. Wicked tells the story of how the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good came to be, and includes some breathtaking songs, including “Defying Gravity.” You can currently see Wicked on Broadway, or on its national tour.


West Side Story debuted in 1957, and is a musical adaptation of Romeo and Juliet set in New York City. In it, rival street gangs (the Jets and the Sharks) battle for territory and respect. But when the Jets’ former leader, Tony, falls in love with Maria, the sister of the Sharks’ leader, the unlikely couple is forced to choose between love and their obligations. Aside from being adapted into a fantastic musical film in 1961, West Side Story has won countless theater awards, been adapted to be performed as a ballet, and boasts some of the most memorable dances and songs in the history of Broadway, including “America,” “I Feel Pretty,” “Maria” and “Something’s Coming.” The production is currently touring nationally.


Simply put, A Chorus Line is a 1975 musical about Broadway dancers auditioning for spots on a chorus line in a large-scale production. This is the story of young, hopefully dancers looking for their big break. Since it’s debut in 1975, A Chorus Line has toured the world and become a widely recognized and revered musical theater institution. A Chorus Line has won a myriad of awards, including nine Tony’s, and is the longest running American Broadway Musical of all time. The production completed a national tour in 2011, so you may want to check out the 1985 film adaptation.


1982’s Little Shop of Horrors was actually an off-Broadway musical based on the 1960 film of the same name. The musical, which tells the story of a meek flower shop assistant who happens upon a man-eating plant (which he names “Audrey II” after his co-worker and crush, Audrey), was turned into a hilarious movie musical Starring Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene and Steve Martin in 1986. Little Shop is one of the longest running off-Broadway musicals, and finally saw a Broadway debut in 2003. This quirky musical uses a series of puppets to show Audrey II’s growth and features many different styles of music, a Greek chorus, and a demented dentist.


HAIR, the first great rock musical, opened on Broadway in 1968 and tells the story of a group of friends choosing to sing out in celebration of love, life and freedom. HAIR features some of Broadway’s most infectious songs, including "Let the Sun Shine In," “Good Morning Starshine," "Aquarius" and "Hair." This musical is notable for many reasons, among them the controversy that has surrounded the production, mainly due to its inclusion of a nude scene. HAIR is currently touring the US, but if you can’t make it out to a show, the 1979 film adaptation is a suitable substitution for the live show.


The hilarious musical Avenue Q opened on Broadway in 2003 following a successful off-Broadway stint. This Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of a recent college grad who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. There, he meets many colorful characters that help him discover the meaning in his life. Avenue Q is known for being “part flesh, part felt” and for its outrageous content, including songs like “The Internet Is For Porn” and “Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist.” Avenue Q has successfully toured the US and is currently playing off-Broadway in New York.


Hairspray is based on the 1988 film of the same name, and it debuted on Broadway in 2002. Hairspray tells the story of an overweight teenager living in Baltimore in the ‘60s whose dream is to be a dancer on a local “American Bandstand”-type show. Hairspray has successfully toured the United States, won eight Tony Awards, and inspired the 2007 movie musical of the same name. Hairspray’s live shows often feature famous faces in the cast, Matthew Morrison, Nick Jonas, and Ashley Angel Parker.


Another of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical theater gems, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat opened on Broadway in 1982 after a successful start in the UK. Joseph is often produced by schools and colleges, and is (in most productions) completely devoid of dialogue, technically making it an opera. The show’s story is taken from the Bible, and follows Joseph, the favorite son of Jacob, through his incredible life including time as a slave in Egypt and working as the Pharaoh’s right hand man. Some notable pop stars including Donny Osmond, Jason Donovan and Lee Mead have played the title character. The 1999 film version staring Donny Osmond as Joseph is a fairly accurate representation of the stage show if you are unable to find a production in your area. 

On to the Giveaway:

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