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5.7.12

What Do You Collect? Aloha Friday


Do you collect anything?

When I was younger, my Nana collected shot glasses... 
My parents collect (although I think they have since slowed down once they actually LOOKED at their collection) coffee mugs...

Me... 
I collect shot glasses... Yes, I still need like 5 to have all 50 states, although I said my original goal was to have that marked off before I turned 30... I have moved it to 35, so I still have a bit of time left!
I now have a new collection... although truth be told, my "collection" isn't off to a great start!!!!
My latest "collection" is Harley Davidson POKER CHIPS.


You can buy them at any Harley Davidson location and so far, I only have 2.

Ha ha ha... Hope to get to add more at some point, so I have asked friends to send them to me as well... Nope, the mailbox hasn't seen one yet... but soon... I hope! 

My Aloha Friday Question is:

DO YOU COLLECT  ANYTHING?



4.7.12

French's Mustard and Hot Dogs - It Just IS

French's is the Mustard of Choice in our family... 
I just had no idea that they were more than just the classic yellow mustard.. Until now...
I received an email with a few cool facts that I thought would be nice to share with you..
Hope you enjoy...

Chester, NJ (June 2012) Did you know that hot dogs and mustard were both introduced in 1904 at the St. Louis Worlds Fair? Ever since that time, hot dogs along with Mustard have been an integral part of America’s family summer celebrations – from ballgames and backyard barbeques to picnics and state fairs. In 1915, French’s® Mustard made baseball a permanent part of its heritage by incorporating its name into the iconic red pennant we know today. (Source: IRI share data).

On July 4th, why not revisit French’s® storied history as hot dog’s favorite topping and join in celebrating the people we love, the moments we treasure and the food we savor. In honor of America’s birthday and National Hot Dog Month, you can also try these recipes below that offer a twist on the traditional hot dog or visit www.frenchs.com for additional recipes. In the meantime, see how much you and your friends really know about the classic summer refreshment and check out these facts & figures:

Fun Facts about Hot Dogs and Mustard*:

·       2.3 billion hot dogs are consumed during National Hot Dog Month which occurs in July
·       During hot dog season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, 7 billion hot dogs are consumed which translates to 818 hot dogs every second during that time period
·       Mustard is the number one hot-dog topping in America
·       On July 4th, Americans will enjoy 155 million hot dogs—enough to stretch from D.C. to L.A. over five times
·       Every year, Americans eat an average of 60 hot dogs each
·       Classic Yellow mustard is 100% natural with zero calories, making it one of the healthiest condiment

Important Dates:
            1839- Baseball invented by Abner Doubleday
1903 – The inaugural World Series between the National League (formed in 1876) and American League (formed in 1900) champs.
1904- French’s® Cream Salad (yellow) Mustard introduced at the St. Louis World’s Fair.
1915- French’s® Pennant became the brand’s official logo.
1926- Reckitt and Coleman purchased RT French Company.
2000- Reckitt and Coleman changed its name to Reckitt Benckiser, the current parent company of French’s® Mustard.
2004- French’s® Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Classic Yellow Mustard
2010- Today French’s® Mustard offers Spicy Brown, Honey, Honey Dijon, and Horseradish flavors in addition to its Classic Yellow Mustard and new Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce.


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Show Your Creativity : @blankztoys #giveaway


When you start with a blank canvas, you can really let your creativity go crazy!
Broxton loves arts and crafts and we have a great time playing and creating things...
I saw a super cool toy online... It was called BLANKZ and it is basically a white stuffed animal... with washable markers... You get to draw/color/create the perfect creation for YOU ... and then you can wash it and start all over again!!!!
Imagine the excitement when I gave him a blankz and told him that he could actually color on his stuffed animal!   We had a blast!  
BLANKZ - 2012 CREATIVE PLAY OF THE YEAR AWARD - Child's Play Magazine
Getting ready to create a masterpiece!
At first, he wasn't too sure about coloring on the toy (that is usually not allowed, so I had to explain that it was a special toy with special markers... and not to color on anything else and not to use anything to color on it besides the markers I gave him.)
At that point, I drew a heart on his bear and then told him he could draw whatever he wanted...
Adding more decorative marks!  
Oh, I might need to mention that his big brothers were in town..
So, they of course had to add to the art work!
Yes, although this is a toy... there really is no age limit!
I had Broxton and the boys all coloring and drawing... So, ages 3-16...
Yes, I joined in as well, but come on.. How could I not?!
Even the 16 year old got in on the action! 
Once we were done creating, we had to let it dry... 
Well, that was what I said, I wasn't sure and I sure enough wasn't about to take any chances!
A bit later, they were all ready to wash it and start over again.. 
I had already finished laundry, so I wasn't about to just throw it in the wash alone...
So, I just ran it under the faucet for a bit... and then he sat out to dry...
Worked just fine for us, and allowed for faster turn around time!  

We had a blast creating different looks... and I know you will too! 

The best part is that one of you will have the chance to experience the fun that we did!!!!
Blankz is giving one animal to a lucky winner!!!!

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3.7.12

Make Your House Smell Great @candlewarmeretc #giveaway

Who feels like a giveaway today?!  I do! I do!
I have a bit of great news for you today!!!!!!!!


Remember a bit ago when I hosted a review on Candle Warmers?
I really think that they are great!
Perfect to give as a gift, as well as to have throughout your house!

This past weekend, we had Marc's family in town...
Now, with 11 people hanging out, I for sure did not want candles burning, but it was easy to have the warmer dish in the bathroom.  It made me happy to walk in the bathroom and have a nice fragrance in there, with so many people using the restroom!!!!
I have enjoyed our candle warmers and now a lucky reader will enjoy one of their own!!!

One lucky reader is going to win a warmer dish with a wax of their choice!!!! 

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2.7.12

Teaching Opposites With HIPPOPPOSITES

As soon as I saw the book, Hippopposites,  I was ready to check it out.


I sort of figured it was a book about opposites, but I was unsure of the whole "hippo" take on it..


Well, it seems as though Mr. Red Hippo is the star of the play here!
I really enjoyed flipping the pages and seeing how they were going to incorporate him into each "lesson." 
First up, Large and Small.
That is basic opposites and they had a large, all in your face red hippo on one page and a teeny tiny little red hippo on the opposite page.  (Not to mention you could also go with tall versus short on that same page.)  


It was pretty neat how they not only went words that we already know, light / dark, square / round.. 
But they went way outside the line and added others that you don't think about that often:  positive / negative,  visible / invisible.   


I like that it is simple enough that little ones will love flipping the pages of the board book, but it is advanced enough that preschool kids and older will love learning about opposites as they read the book as well!  

Great job on this one!!!!!!!


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1.7.12

Get Dressed!!!!!!!!!



Get Dressed by Seymour Chwast is a great book for little ones!  
I thought it was adorable, before I even opened the book!

At first glance you see a nice jacket that you have to open to see inside the book.. 


It doesn't just turn like a page, opening the creativity to start from the very beginning!  
Then, this book strays away from what you expect right off the bat!

Instead of telling you to put your pants on and then your shoes, it lets the little ones be that... little and full of imagination! 
The very first scenario:
A belt, shirt, feather, pot, lid, funnel and more...

What in the world? 

You then turn the page and it has a kid dressed all in character (with the items listed on the previous page.)
It simply says, Get dressed to read about dragons.


So simple, but that is what kids need to get their juices flowing..
You do not have to buy a fancy costume or even go to all these expensive places.. 
You can enjoy the world through creative thinking...


Throughout this book, you have pictures of a "wardrobe."
You then turn the page to see what adventure you will be heading on...



I love this and although it is totally different from what I thought it was going to be, it was just what the doctor ordered:  FUN, CREATIVE, IMAGINATIVE, PLAY!!!!!!!!!!!



I think all of us might need a reminder from time to time on things like this!!!!


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