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Warm Up with @CoffeeDirect - Your Guest's Will Love You

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I will be the first to admit that I am not a HUGE coffee drinker... I do enjoy it, but then I realize I enjoy it just a bit too much and so I stop drinking it again...

Not too long ago, I was given the chance to review coffee from Coffee Bean Direct.
"Coffee Bean Direct is smaller coffee roaster based out of New Jersey, and their coffee is roasted fresh.They differentiate themselves from their competitors with their unique company culture and a strong commitment to customer service. "   With an introduction like that, who could say no?!

Well, it arrived and I really enjoyed it... but let me tell you the truth...
I liked it, but I also add sugar and cream to my coffee, so I could not tell you 100% if the coffee was fa…

Wild Kratts - 5 Disc Set #HolidayGiftGuide

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If you are looking for a great gift to give kids of all ages, PBS Kids has just the thing for you...  Wild Kratts: Wildest Animal Adventures was released in September and I am thinking it is going to be under many trees this holiday season!  

DVD:  What better way to learn about cool creatures and science than to  go on an around the world adventure with Martin and Chris Kratt!  In this new set, featuring 20 episodes full of adventure, mystery  and laugh-out-loud-comedy, kids will learn about natural history  and witness many never-before seen wildlife moments. From  discovering the secret of the Draco lizard’s gliding abilities in  “Flight of the Draco,” to digging up the answer to the mystery of  why worms come above ground…

Girls of Grace Conference in Atlanta Nov. 16th

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** This is not a sponsored post, I just wanted to share with you:

I am not sure if you are familiar with Girls of Grace.  ( I wasn't, but that doesn't really mean anything!) Well, the Girls of Grace Conference is tomorrow, November 16th in Atlanta..
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A little about Girls of Grace:
It was founded in 2002 by trio Point of Grace and grew out of their desire to bring teen girls together to talk about issues that affect them, and share that a relationship with Christ is the true source for peace and assurance in their lives. It is a full-day event for teen girls featuring music by top Christian artists and guest speakers that discuss issues relevant to the girls. This is the perfect experience for teens and their leaders to build lasting memories and learn how to live life as EXTRAORDINARY individuals! The conference covers timely topics for teenage girls such as body image, good health, being content with oneself, relationships, good choices, social media, fashion and other teen-r…

One of a Kind Ornaments from @MyOrnamentShop

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Most people know that I try and buy an ornament each year for the boys... In the past, we have done football teams (UGA and LSU) but then I decided that I wanted to try and capture something a bit more personal for them.  Something to define that year for them...  The plan is to give them these ornaments when they get married... You know, a way to start their family tree without it being naked!
Until then, it gives us something to look back on and reminisce.

This year, it was a bit hard to decide what I wanted to do...
(and let me be honest, I am not going to tell you what I decided on, since I don't want them to see before they unwrap it!)
I was torn... With so many options, what was I supposed to choose from?!
I though…

Open Letter to Tom Cruise

If you choose to not get political, feel free to skip over this post...  But, it has been weighing heavily on my heart and I felt the need to do so. I wanted to post this on Veterans Day, but chose not to ...
I can not hold back any longer, I need to say it now:

An open letter to Tom Cruise in regards to statements made relating him to military:

(Taken from TMZ)
First, the Middle East -- Tom says his location shoots are just like serving a tour in Afghanistan, "That's what it feels like. And certainly on this last movie, it was brutal. It was brutal."

As for his physical training, Tom said, "There is difficult physical stamina and preparation. Sometimes I've spent months, a year, and sometimes two years preparing for a single film." But the kicker, he adds, "A sprinter for the Olympics, they only have to run two races a day. When I'm shooting, I could potentially have to run 30, 40 races a day, day after day."

Cruise's lawyer, Bert Fields, say…

Ready for A #TurboFastFun #Giveaway? @FHEInsiders

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I told you I would be back for a giveaway!!! Now, who is ready to enter?
One of the cutest movies of the year is here...  Available now to purchase, or you can try and win a copy here first!  (Also, FYI - we were at the store the other day... LOTS of great Turbo toys are out there to buy for the holidays this year!)
Anyways... Let's get this ball rolling...
Enter the Rafflecopter Form Below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

TURBO is available to purchase now!!! #TurboFastFun

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Come back tomorrow to enter to win a great movie for this year:
TURBO!!!
I just wanted to post this video for you, since one of Broxton's favorite parts is when they say "Slow Motion, Baby,"  Although my favorite might be "White Shadow"  both of which are on here...
Check it out... 

DreamWorks Animation’sTurbo Blu-ray™ Deluxe Edition The TURBOBlu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Deluxe Edition includes an extra holiday gift, the TURBO pullback racer toy for a limited time while supplies last.


Feature film in high definition
Blu-ray Exclusive Special Features: ·Smoove Move’s Music Maker – Watch action-packed music videos featuring songs from the film  ·Meet Tito – Director David Soren provides an introduction for a sc…

Crafting Memories with @myvortexx

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A few weeks ago I received a pretty interesting email... It was in regards to the great superhero themed shows that come on The CW Saturday mornings.... I know I am not the most creative mom out there, but it hit me when I got this email...
I had never thought about making things for Broxton to enjoy ...   while watching his favorite shows!!! (Yes, we do crafts, but not super hero stuff.. until now!)
Of course, that meant YES... I wanted to see what was in this box and get some ideas flowing... 

So anyways...
We got to work on making a Super Hero Mask first.  We will be doing more, but this was first on our list...
The next up will probably be using the mason jar and Popsicle sticks!   I bet you want to know what that is about, do…

Another Year, Another Photo

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We have this place near my parents home town...
Kids go there on school trips, we stop there for delicious boiled peanuts...   and also photo opportunities!
I do believe that Broxton has gone each year... This year, we sort of dropped the ball..
We planned on going, but never made it, well, I mean we did not make it for the photo's.   We did stop once, but it was just for a minute and Broxton was not dressed the way I would have liked for photos... but he had fun and the memories continue!!!
Had I not had the other issues going on, we would have been able to go for the photos I wanted!!! Either way, I still got pictures, so the tradition continues!!!



Power of Pistachios - Pistachio Bites

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Oh My Goodness!!! You have no idea the wonderful goodness that I have been enjoying lately. I love sweet foods, I love salty foods, I love all foods!  You have no idea what happened when I opened up the Pistachio Chews!!!  I honestly was not sure what I was thinking I was going to be trying out, but wow.   Just Wow!!!



These things are so great!
We got this bag of goodies....   It was full of these wonderful Pistachio Bites...
They were so great!  The pistachio bites had just enough of the pistachio... just enough cranberry...
( I am not really a huge cranberry fan, so I was worried that was going to be a no-go for me.)
Actually, I started grabbing for these when I had a sweet tooth craving...
So much better than grabbing a candy…

Tips for Bullying

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The OfficeDepot Foundation – the independent, nonprofit philanthropic arm of OfficeDepot- in partnership with Brooks Gibbs, one of the nation’s leading youth crisis counselors and bullying experts - is rolling out its “Be The Difference. Speak Up Against Bullying!” program in middle schools across the U.S. during the upcoming school year, with support from the global pop sensation band One Direction and OfficeDepot.
Gibbs, author of the book Love is Greater Than Hate, is conducting school assemblies for students as well as anti-bullying education sessions for parents, teachers and administrators around the nation throughout the school year. The campaign aims to give students the confidence and courage to use the Golden Rule a…

Playing Catch Up!

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I know I have been MIA a bit lately...
It has been a bit hectic here these days and it is time for catch up now.

First of all, I was in the process of blogging future posts when the computer shut off...
I tried to bring it back to life, with NO RESULT...
DEAD - DEAD- DEAD.
I had to take it in to be looked at (since I know NOTHING about computers) and they had to mail it out...
So, my planned posts ran out ... and I had nothing...
Talk about being stuck in a hard place... I did not realize how much I depend on my computer...

While I was having computer withdrawals, I had ear surgery....  Fun times there!
My mom and dad came up to help out with Broxton (and to help look after me!)
Long story short, I had a cyst type thing on the back of my eardrum... It had eaten away at my ear bones...
The surgery was supposed to be around 3-4 hours... Yeah, it was worse than they thought and it took over 5 hours!

Luckily for me, my MOPS MOMS have been taking great care of me...
They brought meals for the f…