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11.8.12

Weekly #Giveaway RoudUP


Here is just a little roundup on giveaways currently going on at Jumpin Beans... 
Would love to have you enter... 













More Giveaways Coming SOON!!!!!!!!!!!

Who Knew Lines and Dots Were THIS FUN?! #giveaway

If you are looking for a fun and funky CD to enjoy on a road trip with the kids... I will tell you one with a techno feel to it... (Well, at least I felt that way)
When my days consist of theme songs to PBS, SPROUT and DISNEY JUNIOR, it was nice to get a change of pace for musical tastes in the car... 

I loved listening to the upbeat music... It was also a treat to look in the rear-view mirror to see Broxton playing a mean air guitar and he was also killing it on drums!  Like a one man band!  
I really enjoyed it and I have to say my favorite song is either Squirrely the Squirrel or Lines and Dots... 

This would be a fun CD to have at a kids party... Or just on Saturday afternoons!!!
It really is hard to sit still while this is playing!!!!!!!!! 
(For parents and kids!)




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Sugar Free Allstars Make Car Trips FUN #giveaway

Broxton has a  love of music and that makes me so excited ! We listen to a little of this and a little of that... The only problem I have is that he is just a little like me TOO much...  If I hear a CD I like, it gets played over and over again when it is so new...
Yep, Broxton is the same way.. 
We have been listening to one of our newest CD's... Sugar Free Allstars.
I have to tell you, the lyrics are silly.. but the beat is awesome and of course, it is very catchy!
Normally if it is "Broxton music" Marc is not interested in it at all.. 
Well, as soon as I put this in to get his opinion, I noticed his foot was tapping to the beat!

The first song is GOTTA GET UP.  It is awesome, it is talking about having to get out of bed, you sleepy head!  Broxton has been singing it around the house and the sound of music coming from him puts a huge smile on my face!  I asked Marc to help me try and describe this music...
We agree it is rather catchy...
With hints of a "New Orleans" vibe on a song, to making you feel like the SPIRIT is in you while in church in another... Marc felt some gave a hint of a few artists from his musical tastes (Classic Rock)

If you do grab a copy of this, you are in for a treat... Cute music!
Make sure you listen to 99 Questions too!
Also, if you want to know what Broxton can't stop singing... Just listen to "hiccup!"

From their site, I learned that this is their THIRD CD...
AND 
These 10 new kid-friendly rhythm-and-blues songs will carry the whole family through a fun-filled weekend day, with the help of guest artists Marty Beller, Keller Williams, Trout Fishing in America and other luminaries. As a bonus, the music package includes a CD and full-length Sugar Free Allstars concert DVD, providing the next best thing to being at a live show.

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10.8.12

Babar The Complete Classics Series Season One DVD


I was never one to watch Babar with my brother when he was younger... actually, I can not even remember if he ever watched it...but I have noticed that Broxton and I watch it from time to time...
I was always a bit curious as to how the lady that was human lived with Babar and the other Elephants...
Since Broxton received the Complete First Season Of The Classic Series Babar, I now know!

We received The First Season, so I was able to see how it came to be.
I will tell you this, the first episode deals with the hunter and his mom is killed...
Talk about a bit scary for the kids... Broxton was a bit spooked by it, but I was able to try and talk to him about it... He just kept saying she was hurt, it was like death did not make sense to him...

The episodes include:
DISC ONE: Babar's First Steps
City Ways
Babar Returns
The City of Elephants
Babar's Triumphs
Babar's Choice
Race to the Moon

DISC TWO:No Place Like Home
An Elephants Best Friend
The Show Must Go On
To Duet or Not to Duet
The Missing Crown Affair
The Phantom


I love how you get life lessons with each episode and I of course love how Babar's kids come in to hear a story at bedtime and we get to hear more about Babar's past!
Honestly, minus that first episode with that hunter... I loved them all!  I am really excited that we were able to watch these, as Broxton has enjoyed snuggling up with me and cuddling while we watch... Soon enough those days will be memories, so I will enjoy them now !

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My New Best Friend, His Name Is Hoover



I have determined that I must actually be an adult now! 
Want to know why?

Well, I was recently chosen to be one of the lucky ones to have the chance to review the new Hoover Max Extract 60 Pressure Pro Carpet Cleaner.  I was SO EXCITED when I got the news... To the point that I started somewhat stalking the delivery guy... I did not know who was going to be bringing it, but it was like a kid looking for Santa at Christmas... If I saw a delivery truck, I was peeking out the window to see if he was stopping here... The day it came, I was so stoked!  Like, Marc heard my excitement while he was asleep... so when I ran in there to tell him "IT CAME!" he already knew... 


So, on to my prize... 


We opened the box and took out the pieces.. 
There were really not that many and in just a couple minutes, it was ready to go... 
Those couple minutes also had me turning the water on hot to get it ready to go into the water holding area, adding the cleaning solution and everything. 

We live in an apartment, who really knows when it was last cleaned...  So, I was a bit nervous as to if it was going to work and show results... Well, let me just tell you... I will NOT be posting the dirty water pictures for you to see.. It was bad.  I will say it *has* to be from previous tenants... as I would hate to think that was from us...  Seeing all the dirt and grime in there made me wonder what else was buried in our carpet... 
We moved the area rug and what not and I had a blast cleaning the floors.. Seriously!  
It was easy to do the push, pull, push, pull.. Wet/wet, dry/dry...  I loved the instant result, not only in the carpet, but also seeing the dirty water as it was being pulled FROM the carpet and into the dirty water tank.  

I even cleaned the hall one night when Marc was at work and did not tell him... He noticed when he got home and said it looked as thought we laid new carpet down.  I was surprised at how much better it actually did look....  The carpet was lighter and brighter, thanks to all the crud being removed... but it also was fluffy and full of life again!!!

Having never owned a carpet cleaner before (just having the professionals come clean when we renewed our lease) this was a nice way to clean and make the room just look so much better! 


Oh, there is even an attachment tool for us to be able to use this to clean our couch... When Broxton naps, he sometimes drools.. so we have little wet spots on there... this will get them all out (I used it on the arms to see how it worked, just have not done the seats yet!)
Dirty Above... Clean Below :)



So, let me try and summarize this for you:
We opened the box, put it together super fast...  
I started cleaning the floor... IMMEDIATE results...(clean carpet and dirty water IN the tank... NO, I will not embarrass myself and post those pictures.)


Fast drying time had Broxton able to play on the floor in record time.  
Easy to dump the dirty water and go back to more cleaning... 
Then, once it is time to put it up, it is so easy... 

You just take a couple pieces off... rinse them out... let them dry... and then put back together... 

I will tell you that I am an idiot though... I was getting so mad and frustrated when it came time to put it together... I could not figure it out for the life of me... I could not do it... I was irked like you do not know... 
Then, I looked at the book and realized, yep.. I'm a dummy... it was so simple, I was just doing it all backwards!  ha ha ha... 
So, snap, snap... All done and ready for the next time I need it! 



Now that I have this and can not stop singing it's praises.. 
I have my mom needing me to come clean her carpet and a friend already wanting to borrow it! 

I received a sample of this product to facilitate my review, but my opinions are entirely my own

Need A Drink and A Laugh? Mommy Mixology Is the Cure

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Ever read a book and just crack up laughing?  
I just did as I read through the Mommy Mixology book.



If you are throwing a baby shower (or know someone who is) this is a great gift for them.  
Not only will they be able to rock the mommy cocktails for the shower (great sounding non-alcoholic drinks)  but they can then turn around and pass it along to the mommy to be, as she really will enjoy it.

I think it would also be funny for the guests to flip through, find a great drink and if they are moms themselves have them share a story to relate to it as well.


I was cracking up from the first page all the way until the end.  
This book is more than just a mixology book, it also contains short stories that will have you reliving your days of mommyhood as well!
Mommy Mixology starts when she finds out she is pregnant... 
Remember those days when all your friends were celebrating throwing back cocktails of your great news? (Well, they did when I shared our news, but remember I worked in a sports bar at the time...)
While others are enjoying alcohol, take care in knowing you can enjoy a drink as well... 
How about the Paddy O'Preggo?  Ha ha ha... The names alone have you laughing, but the stories that accompany them will have you rolling!

Chapter Two has you heading into babyhood and you are sure to have flashbacks...

Colicky Cider or Spit 'Em Up Sour are sure to bring back "those" memories!
As the times change, Chapter Three brings you into the toddler years and wow... 
The Princey Plumber had me remembering Broxton trying to flush the remote down the toilet... Or maybe the Markerita when he decided that he wanted to be a tattoo artist... 
Yes, this book is full of them!  


We are currently entering Chapter Four at our house, the preschool years...
Oh, how I am so excited and dreading this all at the same time!
The Big Sloppowski has me realizing I have been away from the scene too long, as I had no clue that there was as Fluffed Marshmallow Vodka... WHAT?!
Finally, the book ends with Chapter Five, Kindergarten.  
Yes, the Kindergarten Kooler sounds refreshing and isn't that far into the future!


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The Artisan Soda Workshop

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If you are a fan of flavored drinks, you will want to look into The Artisan Soda Workshop.  
There is no secret that we are big fans of soft drinks here... 
We have a Soda Stream and I love it.. 
(Not to worry, these recipes sound like you could just buy a bottle of seltzer water and mix all sorts of tasty drinks at home!)

This book is pretty neat in that you can make these syrups and use them to make delicious tasting drinks.. You can also use it to create other flavorful dishes.
As I was reading some of these, I was thinking back to the days when I worked in the bar and how I bet that they would have been popular alcoholic beverages as well!
I love how they are SIMPLE recipes (you know I am not one for cooking, mixing or anything like that)
I also love they call for FRUIT.  FRESH FRUIT!
(Example, strawberry, lemon juice, water, raw cane sugar and seltzer... Yes, that is the ingredients for one of the recipes! Easy things that are easy to get, not that you will have to go searching all over the country to find  and make for your pleasure!)

Let me give you a small look into what all is actually inside this book.  
Homemade Soda Copycats:
From Cherry Cola to Orange-Cream Syrup, I am pretty eager to taste several of these out!  
Soda Adventures with Herbs and Spices: 
From Mint Syrup to Plum-Vanilla Syrup, sounds like a couple of these would be great ice cream toppings!  
Cherries and Berries: 
Blackberry-Lavender Syrup and Kiwi-Strawberry?  You have my attention!
Seasonal Suds: 
Banana-Brown Sugar Syrup?  This sounds toasty and yummy!
Aqua Frescas and Shrubs: 
Fizzy Cucumber- Mint Aqua Fresca sounds rather tasty to me, doubt Marc would like it.  
Fizzy Teas, Floats, and Alcohol-Enhanced Dazzlers:
Pina Colada's to Margarita's...  No lie, the Fizzy Bloody Mary sounds pretty exciting! 
Oh, did I mention they give you a recipe for a PB&J shake?
YUM!

This would be a great addition to your kitchen, not to mention it is small in size (but not information) so you do not have to worry about it taking up much space!

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9.8.12

Calling All GLEEKS - Season 3 Out SOON

Talk about a great birthday gift... 
Season THREE of GLEE is available for purchase on August 14th!  
If you are a fan of Glee, these recipes will make you smile.... 
and then head to the kitchen!


Finn’s Grilled Cheesus
   


·      8 slices white bread
·      4 slices cheddar cheese
·      3 tablespoons butter

1.     Preheat a skillet or grill pan over medium heat
2.     Butter one side of a slice of bread and place facing down onto skillet.
3.     Add 1 slice of cheese.
4.     Butter a second slice of bread on one side and place butter side facing up on top of sandwich
5.     Grill until lightly browned and flip over; continue grilling until cheese is melted.

Mercedes’ Tots

  

·      8 medium potatoes, peeled
·      4 tablespoons flour
·      ½ tsp. pepper
·      1 tsp. salt
·      Canola Oil

1.     Using a grater, finely shred the potatoes.
2.     Stir in flour, salt and pepper.
3.     Heat enough oil to come up the sides the bottom of a deep fryer or pot.
4.     Form the potato mix into small balls and drop into oil.
5.     Fry till slightly golden.
6.     Drain tots onto paper towels.
7.     Season with salt and pepper. Ready to serve.




This would be awesome to prepare for a night of GLEE TV :)
Are you as ready for the Fourth Season as I am?


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Broxton Has a Big Boy Bed With @BeyondBedding


Marc and I have been trying to figure out the right time to put Broxton into a "big boy bed" and with him getting ready to start preschool, we thought it was a perfect time to do so! 
He had been in a toddler bed for a bit, but we wanted to make a big deal out of this, as he is growing up!  
My parents gave him a twin bed with the drawers underneath it and I was able to look to pick out an awesome bedding set for him!  



At first, I was looking online for something for the boys room.  I have a couple idea's in mind (that are some-what in the works...but I still wanted to look at other looks)  I went over to check out the teen bedding sets that Beyond Bedding had and although I loved them...  I did not think it was something that the boys would like... They were super cute sets, just only a couple were what I would think the boys would like, the others seemed to be geared more for girls.

That worked out perfect for Broxton, since I was on this really affordable site, I headed over to look at toddler bedding sets.  

Beyond Bedding had so many cute sets!  I started looking at the firetrucks, as he LOVES them... but then he also loves Pirates, Tractors and pretty much every thing else they had in there... After looking and looking, I finally decided that I was most in love with the All Star bedding, by JoJo Designs. That way, if his love for the others faded, we would not be stuck with this set and him not happy, or having to buy another one.. 
I was eager to see the quality of the product, as I have been irked by some of my decisions in my past.. 


(Case:  Once, I found this AWESOME bedding set for my self.. waited till it was on sale.. bought it..... *they had a no return policy, since it was sale... and got it home... it was the cheapest, poorest quality... I think that was why they had no returns.. as I am sure I was not the only one that was angered by it!  lol)
I was SO HAPPY with our pick for Broxton!
Our package arrived and I was quick to open the box... 


The bed was made and ready to go, just needing the comforter and final touches... 
This comforter is so soft... and I personally think it is so pretty.

I know, pretty might not be the right wording for a boys room, but I love it...


Besides loving the actual product, I love the packaging.  I have had those big bulky bags in the past and really, where do you store them?  I normally just threw them out... Well, with this... I took the items out and was able to fold this storage bag for later use...  We can either use it to store this set when we are finished, or we can use it to pack it up and give it to someone else when Broxton is no longer using it...



The bedding set looks so nice to me.  I love the dark brown.. and the red.  It isn't a bright red, but more of a deep red.  The designs are not to "mature" nor are they "childish"  I think they would fit the sports theme for kids of all ages!
Broxton was so excited to get to try out the "Big boy bed'  He had to lay there and talk about it being nice.. 
Then, daddy wanted to check it out...
I told Broxton that this bed was for HIM ... No one else was to lay in it, so to make sure he did not let anyone else in there... (I was trying to make it special for him.. and also to help set a "rule" so that he would not start asking us to sleep in there with him...)
Since Ashton and Marc were the ones that put the actual BED together, Broxton was eager to show Ashton how it looked all put together... and yes, I walked in to find Ashton laying on the bed... (that rule seemed to have flown out the window for Uncle Ashton!)
We all agree that this is super comfortable and it is so soft ! 
(It is so comfortable that Broxton has tried to carry his comforter to snuggle in other rooms of the house!!!  One morning, we woke up to him dragging his comforter and his stuffed dog out of his room!)
The bedding set came with a comforter, a sham, a window valance and a dust ruffle.  Due to the design on Broxton's bed, the dust ruffle is not being used, so it is in the nice and easy to store storage bag!
Bottom line... Getting ready for the school year or need a great excuse to celebrate the big kid bed move?
Head over to Beyond Bedding for all of y'all to pick out a great bed set!
The prices are great and shipping is only $7.95...
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Angelina Ballerina: Dreams Do Come True #giveaway

A friend and I were talking about stereotypes the other day...
With Angelina Ballerina being a little girl mouse that dances, you would think this would be for little girls, but both Broxton (and her sons) love the show.. Maybe it is the dancing, the moving, the music...but it captures there attention.. They even have a boy dancer, so not to worry!
So, if you have a little one, check it out!
Please enter to win a copy on the Rafflecopter form below.  

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Life is but a dream and Angelina is determined to make hers come true!  Come along for the fun in the all-new feature length movie Angelina Ballerina®: Dreams Do Come True on DVD, Digital Download and On Demand August 21, 2012 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment.   Angelina, Alice, Viki, Gracie, A.Z., Marco and their teacher Ms. Mimi continue to make the best of every situation, reveling in dance, music and friendship while inspiring little ones to pursue dreams of their own.

SYNOPSIS
It’s a dream come true! When Angelina Ballerina wins the Mouseland Herald’s ‘Big Dreams Do Come True’ competition and a place in the Metroquefort Ballet Junior Dance Company, she must make a big decision: Will she leap at the opportunity to become a prima ballerina or shine on at Camembert Academy with the support of her friends and family. Join Angelina as she discovers what matters most to any young mouseling in this heartwarming dancing and singing, must-see musical movie spectacular!

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8.8.12

Memories For A Lifetime : Field Day and A Coke

Are you on of the millions of people that just so happens to be watching the Olympics?
We are really getting into them!
Actually, Broxton has been excited to see the "Pa-Infents" every time they come on!
From the opening ceremony, until now, we have watched at some point each day!
I learned more about my husband too, I had no clue that he would genuinely take an interest in each sport... from Boxing (that was a given) to the trampoline (okay, let me be honest, I had no clue they even HAD trampoline as a sport)  we are loving it...
Side note, (totally time for me to toot my own horn here)  I met an Olympian once...
Yes, true story!    A friend and I went to Seattle on vacation one year and we went over to her aunt and uncles house for dinner... Her younger cousin came in (for just a bit and then was out the door to go practice) and we had a brief meeting... Well, how about that little cousin that I met those years ago...
Just happens to be COURTNEY THOMPSON...   Number 17 on the Womens Volleyball Team!  

In keeping with the Olympic Spirit... Coca Cola is giving you a chance to do something pretty awesome !
Currently, you can enter on the My Coke Rewards site to try and win a day to remember for your child's school.  Not only would they have an opportunity to meet an Olympic Athlete, they would also have one of the most memorable Field Days they could imagine!  

Coca-Cola is providing a chance to win a Field Day at your child’s school with Olympian David Oliver. For rules go to mycokerewards.com/fieldday .

Think about it, how awesome would it be to not only have a great field day... but to also have a great field day and have an honest to goodness Olympic Athlete there to help you have fun?! That, my friend, is what memories are totally made of! 

Looking to find our more about this?
Just head over to the My Coke Rewards page for information and rules... 

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Fireman Sam: Heroic Rescue Adventures #giveaway


If your kids love Fireman Sam, then read on... 
A great new DVD with Fireman Sam is Available August 7th!  
(Broxton has decided that he is "warming" up to him!)
Enter to win a copy on the Rafflecopter Form Below!



PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Have no fear, Fireman Sam® is here!  Ready to save the day with six exciting, courage-filled episodes is Fireman Sam: Heroic Rescue Adventures, coming to DVD, Digital Download and On Demand August 7, 2012 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment.  It’s ready-set-rescue with Fireman Sam, Station Officer Steele and his team of junior firefighters Elvis, Penny and Trevor as they teach the residents of Pontypandy and young viewers all about safety, responsibility and good citizenship.

DVD SYNOPSIS
Fireman Sam and his fearless crew are reporting for duty! The courageous team of heroes next door shows off their cool demeanor in a variety of hot situations! Whether it’s Norman stuck in a fiery tower or deep in a wishing well, Mike or Penny dangling in a perilous situation or Sarah stranded on the cliffs, Fireman Sam is ready to rescue! Join the squad and get ready to race, run, jump, climb and rappel to save the day!

Episodes include:

“Towering Inferno"
“Seeing Red”
“Pontypandy Extreme”
“Elvis Sings the Blues”
“Fireworks for Mandy”
“Double Trouble”
 Bonus episode: “Alarm on the Beach”

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Does Your Little One Listen? We Are Teaching With @hbwigglebottom

I am so excited for Broxton to start school soon.  I know I will miss him and it will be harder on me sending my baby off to school than him going to meet new people and learn new things...
One of my main concerns right now is that Broxton has a problem listening.  Now, he can hear just fine (hearing test for school showed that was true) He has what my mom likes to call selective hearing.  It must be inherited, as I have it, my brother has it, my parents have it, Marc has it and the other boys do too!

When I heard of the Howard B. Wigglebottom books, I was excited to show Broxton that other kids also do no listen, but that they do LEARN to listen.  I want him to know how to listen for several reasons.
One, it will make it easier at home for all of us. 
Two, it will be easier when we go out in public.
Three, he will get more opportunities, if he can show that he can listen!
Four, listening will allow him to learn more.
Five, by listening, he will allow those around him to learn too!
The list can go on and on, but you get what I am saying.


Let me tell you this, I am so loving these Howard B. Wigglebottom books!
When I learned that we would have the chance to review one, I had Broxton come sit in my lap and we looked/listened to each book.  (You can visit the wedolisten site to see all of the books.)
There are currently 10 Howard B. Wigglebottom books available with a new book coming soon!
Also, right now,they have books on sale for only $6 each. 
Yes, you read that right... $6 per HARDBACK book!
I am not sure how long this is going to last, so head on over and grab them while you can!

On to the book... 
In Howard B. Wigglebottom, Howard has a small problem..
He does NOT listen.
He is always getting in trouble at school for this...
No matter what is going on, from his teachers to his friends, Howard just will not listen!
It got to the point that he ended up having to go to Time Out.
(Yep, Broxton has been there before.)
It was during time out that he finally learned to listen.
He then began to listen and you know what?
He was rewarded for listening... By listening to his mom, he had extra time, so he was allowed a bit longer to play!  Little things make a big difference, so that was great!
Besides enjoying this book, I really loved how it is geared for younger kids and they even had questions in the back to help you discuss the story.
One thing was asking how the other kids must feel in class when Howard was being a distraction by not listening. It was good to ask this and then to talk to Broxton about how they might be upset since they were missing story time since the teacher was having to get Howard to settle down.
Broxton just kept telling me that Howard needed to listen, but when I tried to point out how BROXTON needed to listen, he tried to say he did!  (I can see that we will need to work on this book a bit more!)

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7.8.12

What DID Happen To Oz? After The Wizard


I know pretty much everyone has watched The Wizard of Oz at some point or another in their life, right?
Even now, at over 40 years old.. whenever it comes on, Marc will normally stop and watch part of it, if not all of it.  It is just a timeless classic that is sure to be around for FOREVER.
With that in mind, I was eager to see the movie, After the Wizard.  With a tag line of "Where One Story Ends, Another Begins." you are curious as to what will happen.  
In this movie, we meet a little girl that is living in an orphanage.  The lady that runs the orphanage calls her "Elizabeth" but she is constantly correcting her, claiming that her name is "Dorothy."  

I can not honestly say if I recommend the story or not... 
It has pro's and yes, it has con's.... 

I was not a huge fan of the acting.  You can tell that this was not a multi million dollar budget film, but they try with all their heart and soul to make it seem that way.  That is very much evident.  
If you can get past the acting and the fact that it is a lower budget film, you will love the story.  
I think that this is one story that more need to hear, so that alone will probably be one that makes it more apt for me to possibly recommend.  
The movie lets you get a glimpse of the Lion.. who still has his courage and it is nice to see...
What you do get is the chance to follow The Tin Man and The Scarecrow throughout the movie.  
They take a hot air balloon, leaving Oz on a mission to find Dorothy. (Remember, that is how she left Oz at the end of the story.)  Their hot air balloon ends up NO WHERE NEAR Kansas... but it was SO CUTE!  
They come upon a school yard and seeing kids in the play-area, they are curious as to what the "munchkins" did to end up in jail!  I was laughing at that one.. 
Come to find out, they are in New Jersey... At this point they meet the school teacher, get to sit in on a class, learn from the kids and teacher and also get to teach them as well!  (This was especially enjoyable to me... to show kids how although everyone is different and from some place else, we can all learn from one another.) 
They then take a train and a bus on their search for Dorothy.  While on the train, they meet a wise old man.... from Georgia! (Gotta love us Southerners!)  He is blind, but that is nothing to worry about, as they quickly discuss how everyone is different... What was awesome was what he said... He was talking about how he was glad he loved books.  The Tin Man and The Scarecrow asked how he could read if he could not see... He then proceeded to tell them about Braille and how through reading SO MANY THINGS WERE POSSIBLE.  He said that through reading, he was able to see things he would have never seen, visit places he would never go and meet people he would never meet other wise.  
I loved this and perhaps moments like this through the movie are why I continued to watch it.  

I am not going to give the story away, so I will end with that... 
As I said, if you can get past some things, the story line is so worth watching....


What do YOU think happened to Oz? 


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Keep That Laptop Locked! #giveaway

When thinking of back to school supplies, you need to also remember security.
When my brother started college, he had to stay in the dorms his first year.  He did not know his roommate (That would be an issue with me, as I have a HARD time trusting people.)
He knew his name and what not, as it was on the paper he got in the mail, but he was not rooming with a friend or anything.  He bought a laptop lock, but I am not sure why...
(I liked the idea, but he seems to be the kind of guy that is like "whatever" about EVERYTHING.)
I do not know if it was on the suggested "bring to college" list, if my parents told him to, or if he was just being cautious... but I thought it was an awesome idea.
I like the ease of it all... 
It is a thick metal cable that you place around a stationary object.  You then hook it into your computer.  It is simple to use, but can save you tons of money!  (Think of a bike lock, for your laptop!)
The lock has the trusted MASTER LOCK name, so you know you are in good hands.
It has a 4 digit combination, that you set, so you have no excuse to not get one!
Master Lock also has a great facebook contest currently going on... 
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Through September 28, consumers can visitwww.mastercombochallenge.com to participate in the “Master Combo Challenge” game for a chance to win gift cards, Master Lock products and more.  The game asks participants to answer a variety of Master Lock and campus security trivia questions to earn sweepstakes entry points. All participants can then advance to the bonus level to play a timed lockanimation game to earn additional points that garner sweepstakes entries.

 Consumers can also enter the promotion through the “# Lock in a Laptop” contest, for a chance to win a package that includes a laptop, printer, gift card and Master Lock products.The photo contest, #lockinalaptop, invites visitors to snap a creative shot of their MasterLock product, digitally edit it if desired and upload it to the website where others can vote for it, elevating its rank in the gallery. Sweepstakes winners are drawn at random and the contest winner is determined through a review by a panel of judges.
The “Master Combo Challenge” game features a variety of new as well as tried-and-true MasterLock products to help keep everything from students’ electronic devices to personal information safe and secure while on campus.   


For more information about the sweepstakes and contest, additional safety tips, and more product recommendations, visit the Master Lock website at www.masterlock.com or visit www.mastercombochallenge.com.


Hope you are excited about the Laptop Lock, as I now have the chance to hold a giveaway for a lucky reader to win one!! 

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Get Your Daily Dose of Vitamins with SkinnyGirl Daily


I always have a hard time remembering to take pills...
Be it prescription medicine, or vitamins, they just do not get taken on a daily basis.. 
When I saw that  Bethenny Frankel  had created Skinny Girl Daily ... I was eager to try it out.. 
I mean, just mix a packet in your water and you are good to go?!
Sounds easy enough...
I will admit, I am not a fan of the flavors too much... But I have noticed that lately with several different drinks... The berry used to be ones I enjoyed, but lately, they have all had a weird after taste to them.  It is still easy to chug a water to get the vitamins (and daily water amount) in me...
I did like that it was easy to just dump the packet, shake and go...
They come in several flavors, all with a different result in mind.
The different packets include: 

+Energy & Alertness
For days when extra energy feels unattainable, reach for +Energy & Alertness to give you a boost of power. With Green Tea Extract and extra Vitamin B12 in a delicious Strawberry Lemonade flavor, Skinnygirls will be able to tackle the day while receiving their daily dose of vitamins and electrolytes.

+Immunity
+Immunity’s 1,000mg of Vitamin C and Elderberry fruit extract will strengthen a Skinnygirl’s immune system when she can’t slow down, despite being under the weather. In a tangy Tangerine flavor, obtain a boost of health and be on the road to improved well-being.

+Stress Relief & Calm
To relax during a stressful day, add a packet of +Stress Relief & Calm to water for a soothing effect. Perfect for at night or during a mid-day break, Chamomile and Rhodiola, in a delightful Blueberry Lemonade flavor, will calm your mind when you need it.

+Hair Skin Nails
For the Skinnygirl who wants to achieve maximum health both inside and out,+Hair Skin Nails will contribute to stronger hair and nails and will brighten your complexion with Biotin. The sweet Wild Berry flavor will enrich your insides while benefiting your appearance.

+Variety Pack
Reach for a variety pack when you never know what the day may hold. Whether you may need additional energy, a boost to your immune system, or a calming aid, the variety pack will benefit every Skinnygirl, no matter what.

A box of Skinnygirl™ Daily Vitamin Power Packets contains 30 on-the-go packets, each with 3g of vitamin powder. For more information and to purchase, visit skinnygirldaily.com

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Bormioli Rocco Italian Glassware Allows You to Bring Italy Home

When decorating... 
Are you one for fun and funky colors?  Or are you more of whites and neutral?
Personally, I think fun and funky are just that... FUN and FUNKY.
My mom is more of whites...  Browns...

I was so excited to have the chance to review the Bormioli Rocco Italian Glassware... 
I mean, Italy?  LOVE LOVE LOVE... 
(Dad's family is Italian.. My grandaddy was FROM Italy!)

First up, we had the chance to check out the  Sorgente Colored Cooler Glasses.
You can purchase from Bed, Bath and Beyond, but you can also purchase from Amazon.  
They offer fun colors such as Red, Orange and Blue in BB&B... but also have Fuschia, Purple and Green from Amazon.  
These are great functional glasses... 

I mean, think about it... 
Sending your child off to college?  They need glasses to drink out of ... Make a statement with RED glasses for those going to UGA (or other schools with red as a school color.) LSU is the school of choice?  The PURPLE would be awesome for them!  
We were sent the blue and I am loving it... 
The way it is designed, it isn't a straight glass, but more of an art piece as well and the way it fits in your hand... 
I also like the weight of the glass.  It is heavy enough to make you confident in it being long lasting.  Luckily we have yet to drop it, so I can not tell you JUST HOW strong it is.. 
But I like how the glass is heavily weighted at the bottom.  The sides of the glass have a thickness that will allow you to enjoy the glass, without worrying that the slightest clink will cause it to shatter into a million pieces.  
I think that this is a great gift idea.  
Know someone getting married?  Add a bit of color to their kitchen!  This would be great for lemonade on the porch, sweet tea or coke... As well as making a cocktail to watch during the games... I love the size... the shape... the design...


 

We also had a chance to check out the Bormioli Rocco Ypsilon 13-Ounce Dessert Bowl.
Once again, you can match up the colors of Red, Blue and Orange at Bed, Bath and Beyond... or look for a few other colors at Amazon.  (They also offer CLEAR ones at Amazon)
Broxton has enjoyed this.  I like that it is all festive looking at it really makes a simple bowl of ice cream more of a treat!  


With these bowls, I am not concerned about my toddler eating out of a glass bowl.  As it is so much more than that... I also love how the bottom base has a nice heavy feel to it, making it easier to carry and offering more of a steady support.  As with the glasses, they are strong and sturdy so that there is no concern about chipping, cracking or totally ruining them!  
I think that these would be great for an ice cream social... Not only would their treat be tasty, they would look awesome!
If you are already thinking of Christmas idea's...
Looking to spruce up your kitchen.  Love buying gifts just because...
ANYTHING... I highly recommend you look into purchasing some of these...
(Side note, you can buy them in a set(s), or individually...If you want 1 or 17, you can do that... the options are endless!)
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