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28.9.13

Hey Girl, What Ya Doing? #NewGirl

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Marc and I love a good television show as much as the next person... We started watching New Girl when it first came out... and even set our DVR to record in case we missed an episode...  Talk about laughing!!! Love this... and love that we can both enjoy it...   I am so excited that Season Two is almost available,as that means that Season Three is about to start!!!!
If you want to give a bunch of laughs to someone (or to keep for yourself)  check out Season Two of New Girl!!!  Gotta love Nick and Jess!!!


“New Girl” Season Two
The romantic tension between Jess (Emmy® Nominee Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (JakeJohnson) escalates in the hilarious, quirky second season of “New Girl” — but will they ever hook up? Meanwhile, Schmidt fails to be hip, Winston isn’t “prepared” for a hot date, and Nick faces a death in his dysfunctional family. While Jess does her best to replace Cece on a modeling job and a drunk Elvis impersonator at a funeral, Schmidt and Winston hope to rearrange Cece’s arranged marriage. Relive all 25 outrageous episodes featuring guest stars like Jamie Lee Curtis, Rob Reiner and Dennis Farina, and enjoy fun bonus material — including the extended version of the hugely popular “Virgins” episode — only available on the DVD.

Special Features
 Deleted Scenes
 Commentary on “Cooler”
 Full of Schmidt
 Gag Reel
 Extended Version of “Virgins” episode

Naturally Fresh with @mygeodeo

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I was sent a couple new deodorants to try out and I love the way that it feels when I put it on...  GeoDeo is so "cool".  No, really... it is cool...   It is not a gel, but it is not one of the white solids like I am used to using...It is one of those invisible solids...  It is like a smooth "ice" that goes on.  It is cool and refreshing and I have enjoyed using it!
I do think that the "Island" scent is my favorite though!
Some features are:
·         Volcanic minerals & icelandic algae to fight impurities
·         Bamboo & aloe to nourish skin
·         Breakthrough eco-technology to help cleanse pores
·         24- hour odor protection
·         Vitamin E to fight free radicals
·         Invisible solid
·         Allergen-free
·         Recyclable, travel-friendly 2.3 oz container 

GEODEO also has a patented Detox Complex to help remove impurities and toxins from the underarm area.GEODEO has certified natural ingredients and does not contain aluminum chlorohydrate, sulfates, parabens, dyes, phthalates or propylene glycol.
GEODEO uses eco-technology to reduce greenhouse emissions and reduce energy consumed up to 50% compared to other deodorant sticks. Your underarms will celebrate all year long with the scents of the tropics in its summer travel- friendly size of 2.3 oz.
Taste for Life editors reviewed dozens of natural products in search for the perfect winners for the season. The products selected helped them cool down, freshen up and look and feel their best. They chose items which featured ingredients that are good for the body, kind to the planet and are meant to be used year round.  

27.9.13

Little Mermaid, How I Love You!!!!

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Just had a few clips sent to me of The Little Mermaid...




And now... a song to have stuck in your head ALL DAY:




Don't forget to enter my Little Mermaid Giveaway!
ENDS SOON!!!!

Learn Spanish - Colores Book

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Broxton mentions wanting to learn Spanish from time to time... I hate to admit it, but I am not that great... Yes, I took two years of classes, but I just do not remember the words.
( I do know some, so it's not that bad!)
When I had the chance to review a book that would help him learn Spanish, I was very excited!
Colores by Alejandra Poj is a great book for little hands.  
It is a small paperback book.
(Perfect to throw in your purse to pull out while dining out!)
Colores is illustrated in simple pictures, so that the reader can focus more on reading the words versus getting involved in the illustrations!   Each page, has a couple lines of text... then a photo to go along with the words...  The words are in English, but then it gives a descriptive word and repeats the color word in Spanish.

Here is an example:

"Look at the ball.  It is orange.  It is round and naranja."  

I liked how the book was put together as far as how it incorporated a new color on each page, but then ended with a color wheel reviewing the colors again.
If you are looking for a book to work on introducing Spanish... check it out!  
You can purchase Colores on Amazon.  

It's About that Time

Well, it was time to cut my hair...
So- here you go:


Before:

After: 


Now, the hair that was cut is being donated to Wigs for Kids!!!!
Do you ever donate your hair?

26.9.13

Hope For Steve

Time to get personal here and ask you a favor...
Remember how I said that I used to work in a sports bar?
Well, being a manager there (and working there for almost 10 years) I have met tons of people....
Some were customers and others were my co-workers...

The one I want to tell you about today was a co-worker of mine.
Hope.  This girl... I tell ya...  Lover of life and just a great person...
Well, years have passed (we are facebook friends, no worry)  and I want to tell you about her and her husband, Steve ...  I am going to really condense it down for you...  Not to be rude, but because I want you to watch the video and keep them in your prayers...
IMAGE FROM HOPES FACEBOOK PAGE

Long story short:
Hope and Steve met... Started dating...  He was diagnosed with ALS (AKA Lou Gehrig's disease)  I don't think he was even 30 years old yet...  He was in love with Hope and proposed...  They got married (like within 2 months of the proposal)  Hope was even on Say Yes to the Dress....    But anyways...

ALS is kicking his butt right now.... But Steve... man, this guy is a fighter!
I have yet to meet him... although I want to ...  He seems awesome and makes Hope so very happy...  The photos that she posts, talk about love!!!!  Add to it, he is a UGA fan, so come on, an even greater guy now!

Anyways.. they are working to spread awareness of ALS and I wanted to share their story...  Please, take a minute to say a prayer for them...  As of September 26th, he has been admitted (yet again) into the hospital.

They have a website:  HopeforSteve

The Croods #Giveaway !!!! #TheCroodsDVD

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Croodaceous Creatures

Available on Digital HD September 15 and Blu-ray & DVD October 1

Throughout their adventure, the Croods encounter tons of unique croodaceous creatures. The beauty of these peculiar animals that they had never seen before amazed audiences across the world. Continue reading below to learn all of the background information on these wild animals, and get to know the Croods’ co-stars on a deeper level.

Join the Croods on the journey of a lifetime in the epic comedy-adventure that "has the magical wonder of How To Train Your Dragon" - Jake Hamilton (Fox-TV). When their cave is destroyed, the Croods set out to explore a spectacular landscape filled with fantastic creatures, strange surprises…and a whole new world of adventure!

Mousephant
The tiny blue mousephant is only 4 to 5 inches in length and is often preyed upon by other larger croodaceous creatures. For this reason, the mousephant uses it’s large ears to hear long distances and tiny trunk to make loud, intimidating trumpet noises.  This furry blue animal snacks on a wide array of plants and, as seen in the film, often travels in packs.

Crocopup
Thunk’s favorite animal pal, the crocopup, is a playful reptomammal. Crocopups use their large eyes, sharp teeth, and strong jaws to hunt for food. Although the crocopup is about 200 to 300 pounds with short powerful legs and a strong bite, they still have to be careful of their main predator, the bear owl.

Macawnivore
If you’re a cat person like Grug, the macawnivore would be the perfect pet for you! This 15-foot creature is a speedy hunter that has no known predators from the whole croodaceous era. The macawnivore’s colorful feather body and large saber teeth make it a beautiful sight to see in nature.

Punch Monkey
The punch monkey’s large fists are used for their favorite activity: fighting! Punch Monkeys use their tails as a third hand, and are willing to fight anyone who intrudes on their territory. But, if you offer them any sweet fruit such as a banana, you will be safe from their powerful punch.

Piranhakeet
The piranhakeet is the most frightening creature in the croodaceous environment. Each night, the piranhakeets fly from their underground hiding place in a giant red swarm to find their next source of food. These vicious birds leave nothing behind but the skeleton. However, their fear of light makes them easy to defeat.

Now, go ahead and enter to win!!! One winner will receive the Blu-ray and the plush*

25.9.13

The Buccaneering Book of Pirates #DigIntoReading

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Broxton normally cracks up at Pirate things... He got where he wanted Pirate books and he loves reading them with his daddy...  We were sent the book, The Buccaneering Book of Pirates and I tell ya... Its a neat book!  

Synopsis:
Ahoy, matey! Meet a larger-than-life buccaneer ready for adventure. This picture book follow-up to The Giant Book of Giants features a removable, pop-up pirate poster that's over four feet tall, with lift-the-flaps and pockets containing treasures tucked inside. Six vibrantly illustrated and action-packed tall tales complete the high-seas fun. 


This book is actually a book with six short stories in it.
The stories include: 
Treasure Island
The Corsair Captain
The Captain's Secret
Davy Jones' Locker
The Pirate Queen
A Royal Pardon


Although the stories are cute...
I say that my favorite part is the pull out pirate poster!  
Oh, don't think... "Just a poster" ... it is an actual POP OUT Poster!  It is so neat.  Not only is it a poster that has pop out area's.. it is so full of information.
Each of the stories are just a couple pages long, so it is great for the age it is geared to:  6-9 year olds!  

This would make a great gift under the tree this year... Or just for a great gift to enjoy reading together a new story each night!  

Love This Face


I Love This Face... 




Just wanted to make sure you knew! ! 

The Croods Video for You

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24.9.13

Little Miss Layla W/W

I know it has been a bit, but I still wanted to introduce Little Miss Layla to you all... 
My brother and his wife had a baby...  I was so excited that I got to go down and see them.
I did not get many decent pictures, as Layla was NOT into being photographed that day...
But, I did want to share...
LOVE HER!!!



Interactive Book - Arlo's ARTrageous Adventure #DigIntoReading

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We love reading books and it is fun to read the ones that have a bit of interaction with the book and the reader...  We were sent the book, Arlo's ARTrageous Adventure by David LaRochelle. 


First of all, let me start with saying that I love going to Museums.  Guess that was an added bonus for me going to art school.  Anyways... I love going and hope that Broxton shares my love of art... We have never been to an art museum together.. I honestly just do not think he is ready to go at this time... 
But, we did have the chance to go to museums through the internet and books!  

In Arlo's ARTrageous Adventure, we get to enjoy the arts with a lift the flap theme.
In the opening page, we meet Arlo and see that he loves baseball.
The adult in the book doesn't really give Arlo a reason to want to go... as she simply says "We're going to the art museum whether you like it or NOT!"  ( I wouldn't be thrilled either if this was how it was presented to me!)  As we turn each page, the adult is giving Arlo the "rules" of visiting the museum.
~  Be on Best Behavior
~ Speak Softly
~ Don't Touch Anything

We see all sorts of art on each of the pages... From pottery to paintings, sculptures to artifacts...
But what the adult doesn't see???
The lift the flaps on each of the art work transforms the art from all the seriousness into the fun that allows children to enjoy!  
I personally thought that the page of "inspiration" was quite cute... but the best for me? 
The page on looking at ourselves!
I thought the book was put together perfectly and I know that this is going to be a favorite for Broxton!

Zing Up That Water @ZingAnything

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Have I got a product to tell you about...  If you know us, or have been around Jumpin Beans, You will know that Marc is pretty much against water...   I don't know why, but he just does not like it...  Well, Broxton is like most kids... and he follows our lead... So, he isn't one to ask for it..  but he will drink it if that is the only option.  
I was recently given the chance to review the Citrus Zinger from Zing Anything... and I will say it LOUD.... IT IS A LIFE SAVER!!!   Water is an enjoyed beverage here now!!!!
Have you heard of Zing Anything?  
It is a company that lets your creative juices flow... literally!!!

With the Citrus Zinger, it is divided into a couple different parts...
You have the lid - that screws onto - the main part (that holds the water)- that has a "juicer" that screws into it- that has the base bottom that screws into it.
If you look in the picture, the GREEN parts are what screws on and off.  

The first time I used it, I added a lemon for me to try out...
I was in heaven (I can drink some lemon water like it's no ones business!)
Then, I figured Broxton was starting soccer, so I wanted to see how he would do with it...
I made it with an orange and he LOVED it!

Want to hear something pretty cool?  It was hot as anything and Marc wanted some of the water...  (He had NO OTHER option!)  He drank it and was immediately surprised at how good it was!  He was all "wow... I LOVE the orange flavor added to it...  It was a nice surprise!"  
Yeah!!!
So, we have now taken this bottle to some of the karate practices (I normally just grab a plain water bottle and Broxton drinks very little.  As I write this out, I notice this is calling me out to start carrying the ZING bottle! )
We take it to ALL the soccer practices / games...
I was SO HAPPY to see that Broxton drank the ENTIRE bottle of water... and wanted more...
So, now... I carry the Zing Bottle and then a back up water bottle to add to it...
I love it too, so this way I don't feel bad if I have a sip or two, these games get hot!!!
The awesome thing about the Zing Anything is that it is SO easy to take apart... and clean... not to mention you can add whatever you want to it to make the drink of your choice.  The mouth is wide enough to fit ice cubes in there, but also small enough that you can enjoy your drink without worrying about spilling it all over you!  (or you can do it like their pictures and use the really wide opening to add the ice... totally up to you!)
If you are one that needs to drink more water (don't we all!)  Or if you want to add a bit of Zing to your day...   I say head on over and order you a Citrus Zinger today!! They also have other products, so check out what it best for you!  Don't forget, Christmas isn't too far away... This would make a great Secret Santa gift... Or stocking stuffer... or just a great gift idea in general!  
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Excitement with The Croods

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Broxton has been asking me to see the movie, The Croods...
Is that a popular movie at your house?
We try to do movie nights at least once a week... I love the cuddles with him... and he loves the movie and popcorn!  What is best is that it is at home, so we save money versus going out!
To get excited for the release of The Croods, here are two photos from a recent event....
And keep on reading to grab a couple crafts/activities to get ready for the movie!!!!



Celebrating the upcoming release of the family-friendly adventure The Croods, coming to Blu-ray and DVD October 1st , at DreamWorks with directors Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders.

Journalists were taken behind-the-scenes of the blockbuster film by its creators and shown how they brought the world’s first family to life through a series of Croodaceous workshops, including an illustration master class, a shoe design clinic with UGG Australia, and a tour of the DreamWorks campus

Come back tomorrow to enter to win The Croods Giveaway!!!



23.9.13

Are You Excited About The Croods?

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If you have a younger one in your house, you might have heard about the movie, The Croods.
As soon as Broxton sees a movie that looks interesting to him, he is always asking about it... and we have heard plenty of "dun dun dahhh!"  lately...  All with him and the excitement of the movie... 
You can purchase it as just the movie, or you can look and grab a specially marked package that also includes a toy!  



Join the Croods on the journey of a lifetime in the epic comedy-adventure that "has the magical wonder of How To Train Your Dragon" - Jake Hamilton (Fox-TV). When their cave is destroyed, the Croods set out to explore a spectacular landscape filled with fantastic creatures, strange surprises…and a whole new world of adventure!

Written and directed by Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch) and Kirk DeMicco (Space Chimps),THE CROODS is “an Animated Avatar,” hails Bill Bregoli of CBS News and is the must-see animated film of the year! Fans of all ages will be cracking up for the adventure everyone loves. Led by an outstanding voice cast featuring Oscar®-winner* Nicholas Cage, Golden Globe®-nominee** Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Oscar®-nominee*** Catherine Keener, the Croods invite your whole family to travel back in time and discover their world.

The purchase of the Blu-ray™ or DVD unlocks additional content on THE CROODSColoring App, which allows children to color their favorite characters and scenes from the film, add text and voice to the story, and then share their storybook on their TVs at home. Also on the Blu-ray™, families can join Guy, Eep and Belt as they introduce the crazy “Croodaceous Creatures” – the striking and unique animals from the film – and much more. And for a limited time only, any purchase of the Blu-ray™ or DVD comes with a lovable Belt toy! Dun Dun Dahhh! Pre-order today!

DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods Blu-ray™ Deluxe Edition
The Croods Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Deluxe Edition include a Belt plush toy for a limited time and more than an hour of bonus features:

     Feature film in high definition

     Blu-ray Exclusive Bonus Features:
The Croodaceous Creatures of Croods! – Find out more about your favorite Croods creatures!
Be An Artist! – Now you can draw Belt, Macawnivore and Mousephant
The Croods Coloring & Storybook Builder App

     Additional Bonus Features:
Belt’s Cave Journal – Take a journey with Belt and Guy as they rescue a Jackrobat
Belt’s Cave Journal – Take a journey with Belt and Guy as they rescue a Jackrobat
World of DreamWorks Animation – Music videos from your favorite DreamWorks Animation feature films

DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods Blu-ray™ 3D Deluxe Edition
The Croods Blu-ray™ 3D + Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital Copy Deluxe Edition includes the following:

     Feature film in high definition and 3D

     All the Blu-ray™ and DVD content listed above

DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods DVD
The single disc DVD includes a Belt plush toy for a limited time plus the following:

     Feature film in standard definition

     Bonus Features:
Belt’s Cave Journal
Croods Cuts (Lost Scenes)
World of DreamWorks Animation
Previews


Tea of a Kind

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Being that I am a Southern Girl, born and raised, you know that means I love my Sweet Tea! The only problem is that have you ever had old tea?  Not.  That.  Great.
So, when we are getting ready to go out of town or something, we don't make tea... as we don't want to waste it.  Oh.. and remember Marc not being a fan of water?  and trying to cut back on sodas?  Yeah... tea is like air around here... But it isn't the best at travelling places..
Well, I recently had the chance to try out a new (to me) tea.
Tea of a Kind ... 

I was sent the three different flavors:
Peach Ginger - Black Tea
Pomegranate Acai - White Tea
Citrus Mint - Green Tea

So, let me tell you about the Tea.
It is in a bottle...   
Tea of a Kind shows up as a plain bottle of water.  But... it's so much more than a bottle of water..  If you notice the top, there is a small capsule looking thing up there!  You twist the cap, the capsule opens up...  bursting with flavor!  

Tea of a Kind is water... but the Tea is in the cap.
As you twist the cap, the tea that was in the capsule, bursts through with the flavor.  
Leaving you with a great tasting tea!
I have to admit, I was not really a fan of the White or Green Tea, but it could be because I do not think I am a fan of any white or green tea...   Now the Black Tea?  Wow... I was in love!! It tastes great!   Not to mention it was Peach Ginger flavored!  Oh My Goodness!!!
Tea of a Kind is not available near us right now, but I can order it online.
I will tell you this, if you enjoy tea... I would bet you will enjoy one of these flavors!

Little Mermaid Diamond Edition Super Fast #Giveaway!!!

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As a redhead, I always had  a special love for Ariel in The Little Mermaid.  I remember my mom even giving me a little Ariel figurine (In my teens) because of us both being redheads!  There is something special about us, I tell you what! 
Oh, did I mention that I used to own the Soundtrack?  Yep!  I don't care how old you get...  Nothing better than singing "Kiss the Girl"  or "Part of your World"  Well, having a little boy, I never really thought much about introducing him to this great classic ...  
Until the previews have been on television and he stops what he is doing to watch it... 
That was when it hit me... He needs... no, he  NEEDS to see this!
He might not care less about Ariel... (since girls are just "girls" right now) but the story?  The whole underwater world?  Yep... I think he is going to LOVE watching this... That is, if he can get over the fact that his mama will be singing right along throughout the whole movie. I know, I should try and contain myself, but I just can not do it!!!!  
Get ready... One lucky reader is going to win a copy!  The contest will end on October 1st... The day it is released for purchase...   Go ahead and enter to win!!!  Talk about an AWESOME Christmas gift...  Although we will not be waiting that long here... I will be opening it up the day mine arrives in the mail!  

Synopsis:

With unforgettable characters, thrilling adventures, soaring Academy Award®-winning music (1989: Best Music, Original Score, and Best Music, Original Song, “Under The Sea”), The Little Mermaid is one of the most celebrated animated films of all time. Now spectacularly transformed for the first time on Blu-ray with digitally restored picture and brilliant high-definition sound! Venture under the sea where Ariel, a free-spirited mermaid princess, longs to be part of the human world. After bravely striking a bargain with Ursula, a sneaky sea witch, Ariel embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. With Flounder and Sebastian at her side, Ariel will need all of her courage and determination to make things right in both her worlds.

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