Reviews, giveaways and memes - Jumpin Beans

28.11.14

Who Loves College Football? #Giveaway #MakingMyList

The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  ** All images credit to College Football Hall of Fame.
If you are looking for a few "outside the box" gift ideas... I have a great one for you!   If you have been through downtown Atlanta or even watch the news, you know that we have the College Football Hall of Fame here.  It looks really neat from the outside and honestly, the coolness factor of the looks grabbed my attention from the start! 
Tell me this doesn't just yell for you to come in and check it out...
AWESOME!   
The journey begins with a one-of-a-kind experience through the Entry Tunnel, boasting larger-than-life images from 11 conference champions that are updated each season. It winds its way to The Quad, which is anchored by the Helmet Wall Presented by Southwest Airlines, featuring helmets from all 768 college football teams. Guests check in at the registration desks in The Quad to personalize their All-Access Pass credential with their favorite college football team.
Interactive Kiosk in the College Football Hall of Fame.
What better than learning about all the different school traditions? 
Guests of all ages can test out their football skills at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Skill Zone. A host of challenges await guests, starting with a shot at kicking a field goal. From there, they move on to a quarterback challenge to showcase their throwing accuracy before wrapping it up with an obstacle course that tests agility and flexibility. Once finished, visitors can take a photo with the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl trophy to celebrate their accomplishments.
A little more about the College Football Hall of Fame, as far as gift giving goes: 

This year’s holiday packages include a variety of deals for individuals, families and fans of all ages and school colors. And all of them pay for themselves in less than two visits.

  • Kid’s Club: for only $25, kids 12 and under can be a part of the action all year long. This package includes:
    • Free admission to the Hall of Fame for one full year
    • VIP All-Access Pass
    • Kid’s club T-shirt
    • Invitation to Kid’s club events at the Hall
  • Player Level: looking to give a special gift to the fan who bleeds college football colors 365 days a year? For only $50, we’ve got you covered. This package includes:
    • Free admission to Hall of Fame for one adult for one full year
    • VIP All-Access Pass
    • 10 percent discount on all retail purchases
    • Member’s only quarterly Insider e-newsletter
    • Invitation to special season ticket holder events
    • Special Hall of Fame partner promotions
  • Team Level: So maybe you know a whole family of raving football fans... No sweat! For $150, you can complete your family’s holiday wish list. This package includes:
    • Free admission for two adults and three kids (under 18) to the Hall of Fame for one full year
    • Two VIP All-Access Passes
    • One family gift
    • 15 percent discount on all retail purchases
    • Member’s only quarterly Insider e-newsletter
    • Invite to special season ticket holder events
    • Special hall of Fame partner promotions

With unique personalized visits and ever-changing engaging exhibits and interactive galleries, the College Football Hall of Fame gives fans plenty of reasons to enjoy the passion and excitement of college football all year long.

I have not been to the College Football Hall of Fame.  I would love to go and check it out soon. Especially since all the men in my life basically eat/sleep/breathe college football!   In my giving a gift that results in fun memories, I thought this would be awesome!  Since it seems like a great event to experience, I get to give 2 tickets for a lucky reader to win!  How cool is that?  If you win, I would love for you to tell me about your experience.  
Just enter on the rafflecopter form below:
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Escape for a bite to eat @TSmoothieCafe

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As you are out working on your Christmas list, I wanted to share a new to us restaurant we just visited.  We were given the chance to go and check out Tropical Smoothie and we made a day of it.  Tropical Smoothie is located right near a movie theater, so we went for dinner (and smoothies) and then headed over to enjoy a movie night...  But more about the dinner!
Tropical Smoothie has so many choices and they each sound so delicious.
I ended up getting Broxton the Baja Chicken.  He normally loves stuff like this, but he was too worked up about the movie, so he only had a few bites.  I tried it and it was so tasty!  I went with the Ultimate Club and Oh-My-Goodness!  It was awesome and will for sure be what I order again (after I try a few other things out.) 

Baja Chicken:
Chicken, Low-Fat Mozzarella, Green 
& Red Peppers, Onions, Romaine & Light Southwest Ranch on a Toasted Flatbread

Ultimate Club:
Ham, Turkey, Bacon, Swiss, Parmesan, Tomatoes, Field Greens & Chipotle Mayo on a Toasted Ciabatta

Bahama Mama:
Strawberries, Pineapple, White Chocolate & Coconut

While the food and drinks were amazing, I do have to tell you about the decor.  Of course with the name Tropical Smoothie, you expect it to have a "tropical" feel to it... and you are correct.  Once you walk in, you feel like you have headed to the Islands for a bit,  I will admit I expected to hear loud reggae music or something, but there wasn't.  They had a nice feel to the place, but it was peaceful. My mom is not a fan of places with music that is "loud" at all, so I know she would love it here!
If you are looking for somewhere to escape for a moment during these winter months, you need to check out Tropical Smoothie!   
If you are looking for a bite to eat... or a great gift... Look into Tropical Smoothie...
A gift card to there would be a great gift to open this holiday season! 

27.11.14

What is your #BookMagic?

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If you have been to my blog at all, you know how much of a fan of books I am. I love to read and I love that Broxton loves books too! Each trip to the library we leave with no less than 20 books!  I think it is awesome and we read them all, with him ready to go back to get more as soon as possible!
The thing is, with his name being so different, there has never been a time when we read a book with his name in there as a character... When I heard of "put me in the story" I though that this would be great for him!
At first, I thought I was going to go in a totally different direction, but then when I saw this book... I knew that this book was the one I wanted to get... What book is it?  It is "I love you so"  You might wonder why this book was the one I would go with... Only because it is the one that I used to read to Broxton while Marc was deployed... every single night... I would read that book... and of course, I learned all the words... and of course I added his name into it... so now, this is one I want to give him, so that he can keep it forever and always!   
As you can see by the story above, Broxton and I have always had a bond over books... from when he was a newborn until today, that was our time to snuggle and read and travel to other places!  This is out magical journey!   For me, that is my #bookmagic - the love of reading.  The love of learning and exploring... the love of it all... and of course, the I Love You So book just further goes along with the love!  Since he is learning to read now, this will be even more special when I read it to him and he sees his name in there!   

Now, to keep the love of books alive, Put Me In the Story is hosting a contest for a lucky few!   
Prizes (Drawn December 6th):
·         Grand prize: $500 shopping spree on Put Me In The Story
·         50 winners will receive a free personalized book of their choice

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Want to see a Superhero???? @MarvelOnTour headed to #atlanta

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When we went to Philips Arena for a different show, we noticed the signage for Marvel Universe Live... I knew that this was something I would want to take Broxton to, so I planned on having this as a surprise for him...  Then, I got an invite to go and check it out for the blog so I knew then it was going to happen!   He has seen the commercial a few times and each time he begs for me to take him... Each time, I tell him that we will try...
Little does he know!   



This looks like an action packed show!  I know that we will be on the edge of our seats the whole time!  Good thing it is coming while he is on school break, since I know that adrenaline will be pumping when we leave!    I can't wait to tell you all about it after we go!  

26.11.14

Help give a gift that keeps giving - @WorldVisionUSA #Giveaway

As we all know, the holidays are not about giving gifts, that is an added bonus... But for me, it is more about family. Making Memories.  Seeing the good in people and all things positive.  A couple years ago, we tried doing a few random acts of kindness, it was great to show Broxton how good it feels to make a positive interaction with others.  No, it isn't needed just during the holidays, but for me, some people don't have family to celebrate the holidays, so maybe this is why I enjoy doing it.  

The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

One thing that is great this time of year?  Working with World Vision.  They are really a great company and there are many ways that you can choose to work to make a difference.  
Want to sponsor a child?  You can totally do that!  Want to get your church involved?  Do you work for a corporation that is looking for a great cause?  There really are several ways to get involved.
If you are thinking "what about me? A single person?"  

You can purchase a physical gift.. and with that, it includes a donation to help where it is needed!   Not sure you understand?
Take this cuff.  You purchase the cuff for $85.  They send you the cuff and then the money that is extra is sent to where help is most needed.  It is even tax deductible!   Yes!   That way, when you give the gift to someone, you can let them know that not only are they getting this beautiful bracelet, money was also donated to help as well.  Then, whenever they wear that bracelet, they can know they are making a difference!   


Now, one lucky reader gets to win this beautiful cuff!   Just enter the rafflecopter form below! 

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A Great Gift for any woman on your list! @GlowologySkin

How often do you wash your hands each day?  Too many times to count, I would bet... I know I wash mine several times throughout the day and when it is cold out, it seems they get dried out more often than other times...   I love finding new scents that I enjoy and I actually have different smelling hand soaps throughout the house.  

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I was sent a really nice soap / hand balm set from Glow-ology.  Now most people might not think that hand soap would make a great gift idea... Well, in this case, it is perfect!   I was sent product from the LOVE collection and I tell you - the smell was amazing... ( Sweet cherry blossom fragrance opens with sparkling top notes of pineapple and leafy greens. The middle emerges with a floral cherry blossom, mimosa and rose fusion. It dries down with a blend of woods softened with vanilla, amber and musk.) Not to mention just how soft my hands felt after using it.  No dry skin here!    I thought about purchasing some for my mom, but she is so weird about lotions, that I did not know if she would use it... But, you can believe I will have her trying it out when she comes up to visit!  

I put this in our main bathroom, but I knew that the boys would waste it and not really appreciate it... so, I quickly had to move it!  I want this to be my secret treasure and I knew if I left it out, it would be gone fast!  I love the packaging...  I love the scent... I love the feel! Glow-ology is a win this year!  
Do you go to parties during the holidays?  If so, this would make a great hostess gift... 
Actually,  this would be awesome for any lady on your list.  (This would totally be great for dorm rooms.)
The mild formula cleans hands leaving them oh-so-soft and smooth. Perfect for frequent use environments. Especially formulated for sensitive skin. Dermatologist-tested.
Love Hand Balm - Simply addictive, pure shea butter balm with natural alpha-hydroxy acids. Provides long-lasting moisture while softening and exfoliating dry rough skin. Dermatologist-tested for sensitive skin.
Glow-ology was imagined to inspire women to feel Positively Beautiful. Our luxurious body lotions, refreshing body washes, and gentle hand creams feature skin-nurturing formulas with uplifting scents. Our commitment is to provide women with a complete line of wholesome and natural bath and body products that pamper and improve the appearance of their skin, while indulging the spirit through relaxation and restoration. Made in the USA from wholesome ingredients and with environmentally safe processes.
The Glow-ology brand was designed to appeal to gift givers and individuals with a beautiful and sophisticated product presented in graceful packaging to entice gift-giving and enrich personal use.

25.11.14

What's on MY List? One is @diamondcandles #MakingMyList

I will admit that I am pretty hard to shop for.  First of all, I do not want anyone buying me any clothes...  Shoes?  I am picky about that as well.  Last year, my wish list was a juicer... (I got it by the way, but not into juicing. just seems like a waste of the rest of the fruit/ veggies.)  I love lotions and potions and things of that nature, but then my family isn't one that is going to go to the mall and shop. It needs to be a small in and out store... or better yet, a link to a website.  
The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

Since I follow many blogs, I have noticed that people kept talking about this candle ( I LOVE candles) that comes with a ring in it.  I thought that would be a great gift... and of course, I wanted to see for myself.  I was lucky enough to get to review a Diamond Candle and yep...   It is pretty neat! Hard to believe this hasn't been popular way before now!  

What makes Diamond Candles so special?
Diamond Candles is on a mission to make home fragrance fun. We combine the scents of premium 100% soy candles with an exciting and fun RINGREVEAL™ experience. Our candles are handmade in Durham, NC and we release fresh, fruity, floral and exotic scents all year long.
Inside every deliciously fragrant Ring Candle, you’ll discover a surprise $10 ring packaged with a special code. Enter your code on our RINGREVEAL™ website to reveal if you’ve discovered a ring worth $100, $1000, or $5000. Lucky winners will choose their ring’s style and size from our exclusive ring collection.
Want to see for yourself? Watch our RINGREVEAL™ videos or go ahead and take the plunge and get your first Ring Candle today. Don't forget to share a picture of your ring on Facebook and Instagram with #DiamondCandles and #RingReveal to be a part of the Diamond Candles story.
I was sent an amazing smelling candle for review.  It was a beautiful shade of blue and the smell was to die for.  I immediately lit it ...  The candle I reviewed?  

 Tropical Retreat -  With a hint of the Caribbean, a blend of green bananas, coconuts, oranges & grapefruits takes your nose on a vacation of a life time - right from inside your home! On this journey to paradise, Tropical Retreat is sure to relax you.

This candle was amazing!  It smelled great and had the whole room taking me on a tropical journey... Although it was cold outside, my mind had me headed to the beach.  You know how a scent just takes you there?  That was what was happening here!   I think I will be giving a few of these out this holiday season.  Think about it, they get a beautiful looking and smelling candle as a gift... with a ring inside... then, they can head to the Ring Reveal Website to see if they have won a special ring!   Kinda cool!  Make sure you head on over to see what all other scents they have available!   They have a way for you to choose your ring based upon the color or scent.  They even have special candles such as Happy Anniversary, Its a Boy/Girl and many more!  

Just How Much Heat is IN that kitchen?

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I have never said that I was a chef.  Far from it, if you want to know the truth. That being said, living in Atlanta and having my own family, we normally host Christmas at our house.  It just makes it easier (we did try rotating each year, but that wasn't working out) and in doing so, I am the one that cooks all the food.   Well, I cook the side dishes, the desserts are normally store bought... but Marc is always in charge of the meat.  That became his thing a couple years ago and he has enjoyed doing it... until it is time to check the meat.  The first time, we could not find our meat thermometer, so my brother brought his... but it did not work.  We made do, but then last year rolled around and we had the same issue...  I think we had one, but it didn't work and we could not find the other (something like that.)  So, when I was given the opportunity to review a Taylor Instant Read Thermometer, you know I was going to say yes!  

We received the green one for review and I have already used it half a dozen times.
I have used it to check my chicken, my porkchops and so much more.  The fact that it comes with a protective sleeve to put the metal part in just makes it better.  I love that there is a clip,if you want to store it that way.  

Taylor also offers a Candy / Deep Fryer Thermometer.  I didn't think we would need it, but now Marc want's to deep fry a turkey this year, so we might need it.  I knew I wasn't going to need it for the candy part.  HA ha ha!!!!  

If you have someone on your list who enjoys cooking, this would make a great gift idea.  Maybe you could gift one to the person that hosts Thanksgiving or Christmas as a host gift?  Either way, they are very affordable and would be a great addition to any kitchen!  

It's Freaky! #TeenyFreaks from @LilTeammates

I don't know when or how it happened.. but my little baby boy turned into a "Big Kid" and he seems to think he is grown most days.  I know he is still my sweet baby, but now he is into scary things (he wanted to be a scary thing for Halloween, but I would not let that happen. He couldn't wear it to Trunk or Treat at Church, so he was too young to be it any other way! That was my reasoning and it worked for me!)  The thing is, I know he is growing up and as much as I want to keep my sweet baby young and innocent, I do realize he is growing up!  
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If you were here the other day, you saw the awesome giveaway I have going for NFL TeenyMates in a collectors tin. We have loved their products and Broxton has several of their toys around the house... The email I got introducing me to their newest line, Teeny Freaks, had me knowing that Broxton was going to want them as soon as he saw them!
The great thing about it, is they are "freaky" but they are not freaky/scary.  So, that passed mama's approval!   I will admit I think I was just as excited as he was... and I was quick to give them to him, just so I could check them out!  
The Teeny Freaks are 2 sided little characters.. One side is the "normal" side with the other side being the "freaky" one.  I thought they were great and the above photo shows just what I am talking about.  

As with all the "Teeny" toys, they come in a foil pack ,letting you have the excitement of seeing what you get when you open your bag.  They also include puzzle pieces, so you can work towards completing the whole puzzle. Broxton thought they were the coolest things and he has already asked when we can go for him to buy more!  I really wanted to get the Ghoul Scout and Heavy Metal!  I am crossing my fingers they are in our next packs!  
If you have a "freaky" kid, this would be an awesome stocking stuffer, gift bag item or even a gift topper if you want it to stand out!  
Remember: 
-TeenyFreaks are available in the impulse section at Target stores nationwide
-They can be purchased online at www.lilteammatesshop.com

24.11.14

This is the Greatest Place!

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I shared with you the book, In the Forbidden City for ages 9 and older, but I also wanted to share with you a book that was geared for those ages 5-9.  This is an illustrated book that lets us go into The Forbidden City and see how nature inspired it.  The fact that nature is so beautiful and peaceful... It really makes you stop and think about your surroundings, the influences that go on and just how everything can work together.   (Including the animals!)

This is the Greatest Place is for kids ages 5-9.
Created by internationally renowned children’s book artists, this book teaches uses one of the world's most fascinating landmarks, Beijing’s Forbidden City, to show young readers how nature’s influence can be seen around us, and how people and animals can live together in harmony. Features a gatefold spread and lift-flaps.

I really enjoyed This is the Greatest Place.  I guess the older I get, I see all the negativity around us and to see this book and the beauty of it all, it really just put a smile on my face... Did it make me want to head on over to Beijing right now?  Of course it did!  Knowing that I can't anytime soon, at least I can experience the beauty this way!   I think that this is a wonderful book to introduce kids to all sorts of culture around them.

In the Forbidden City

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Can you believe it is almost December?  I know that the months are always the same, but good grief, it is like time is flying by!  I can not believe it was just a few months ago when we were doing a countdown to when my little one was going to be starting Kindergarten... and here we are, planning the book countdown to Christmas!  I almost have all the ones wrapped that I am going to use, but I have a few more to share with you.  
Remember, books make great gifts all the time, not just for a countdown, but they would be great under the tree from a loved one or even from Santa.
Today, I want to share a book with you that is perfect for the older kids in your life..

In The Forbidden City is for kids ages 9+.


 Similar to David Macaulay’s Castle, highly detailed line drawings convey the grandeur of Beijing’s Forbidden City buildings, gardens, and courtyards. This large format impressive book is part of We All Live in the Forbidden City, a dynamic educational program by China Institute about the history, culture, architecture, and life of imperial China as seen through the lens of the Forbidden City. 


To be honest, when I first saw the book, I thought it was a beautiful book to have as a coffee table book.  Then, I saw that it was for ages 9+.  I still think it would be a great book to have laying around.  I love it.  The drawings are beautiful (just look at the cover!)   I went to flip through it the other day, but there is so much information that I decided to put it up for now.  I will read it though, as Marc already checked it out and thought it was a great read.  Filled with plenty of information to introduce kids to a beautiful place!!! I know for sure we will be looking through this so much more when Broxton is a bit older and can appreciate it!

Have you ever been to The Forbidden City? 

100 Years Young! @Tinkertoy #giveaway

You know we love toys here... We love creativity... We love longevity and we for sure love Made in the USA.  

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Time to let you in on a secret.  I have never played with Tinker Toys before!  I have seen them talked about for as long as I can remember, but physically playing with them has never happened in this house.  I knew it was a house hold name (just not our house) and then I almost fell out of my chair when I learned that Tinker Toys were founded in 1913. What?!  They already celebrated their 100 year birthday?  I didn't have a clue... But come December 25th, I will be immersed into the word of Tinker Toys!!!!  Yep!  Broxton is getting this set for Christmas!  I love when he gets toys like this, because the big brothers play with him and it is neat watching the different creative things they all come up with!  It makes me proud and happy watching them!   

 Tinkertoy 30 Model Super Building Set Item #56578
Build a whole bunch with your favorite TINKERTOY parts! The TINKERTOY 30 Model Super Building Set includes spools, rods, flags, washers, end caps, and more!  Includes building ideas for 30 models.  Your child can add these parts to another TINKERTOY building set (sold separately) or build anything they imagine!  For ages 3+.  Suggested Retail Price is $49.99
Did you see what it said on the box?  200 Pieces!  30 different models you can build ! Do you know how much time that you have to play with????  I have talked about how much fun Broxton has building and playing and this will be something that he and I will have a great time doing!  I am just as excited as I can be... and I am looking forward to posting some of our creations on Instagram!   Have you ever played with them before?
Hope you are ready to win a Tinker Toy of your own!   One lucky winner will win one!  Just enter on the rafflecopter form!  


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Chocolate Fan? Check out Chocolate Games from GamesForMotion #MakingMyList

What do you buy the person who has everything they really need or want?  I feel like Christmas shopping is so much easier with kids, since they can just tell you what all they want, but once you get older, the gifts are at times harder to buy for.. Sure, I know lots of things I would love to purchase, but then financially I know I can't do it, so that is where things get difficult!  
I love finding one of a kind gifts and seeing the expression on the faces of the recipient!  

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 I was recently introduced to a new product...   board games out of chocolate!  Yes!!!   They are called GamesforMotion and I really feel like they have all the different games covered!  Looking for scrabble? Check!  Twister?  Check!  Monopoly?  Check!  Candyland? OF COURSE!   (They even have Poker!)   So, you might be a bit curious as to what exactly a chocolate game is...  Let me explain, with our experience playing Candy Land!
Please note, I have never actually played the board game Candy Land before, so I can not compare it to that... but I will say that after playing GamesForMotion Candy Land version, Broxton wants the real one for Christmas!  
With Candy Land, we set up the "board", it was a poster (that he now wants to hang in his room because he thinks it is so cool!)  Then we got our game pieces ready - they were cardboard cut outs.
Finally, we started playing the game, with each person taking a piece of chocolate when it was their turn and moving to where the wrapper told them to move.  Once the game was over, the winner got a big gold chocolate coin and you were free to eat all of the chocolate pieces you had collected during the game.  We ended up putting all the chocolate back in the box and just enjoyed a couple pieces of it from time to time.
We had a great time playing the game... Even got the big brother to play!  Who can turn down chocolate???   This was a great time for us, not only did we have a great game to play, we had fun making memories and then we even got to eat CHOCOLATE when it was over!  Win-Win! 
If you are looking for a great, one of a kind gift this year, why not check out the chocolate games at GamesForMotion?  Any chocolate fan will Love It!  Talk about a winner when you pull this out for family game night!!!  

23.11.14

Christmas At The Ranch - @RockRanch

Christmas at The Rock Ranch 

We have many exciting events planned for Christmas on the farm this year including our annual drive-thru Christmas lights display (Thanksgiving night thru New Year's Eve/Optional Donation).

Breakfast with Santa & Lunch with Santa 
Limited Seating. Reservations Required.

Country Christmas in Lights 5K and One-Mile Fun Run
Pre-registered 5k participants get a t-shirt.

Dinner & Shopping in Truett's Barn
December 12, 13, 19, 20, 22 & 23 (NOT Open on Sunday)
Open Times: 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Join us for a hot meal, fresh-baked goodies and Christmas shopping in Truett's Barn. There is no charge to enter, but guests can purchase a holiday dinner and enjoy shopping jams and jellies from our farm market and other gift items. We'll also have the fire going and Christmas music playing for all to enjoy.

Santa's Workshop in Truett's Barn
December 12, 13, 19, 20, 22 & 23 (NOT Open on Sunday)
Open Times: 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Cost: $10.00 (charge for kids only, adults tag along at no charge)

Also in Truett's Barn, kids can visit Santa and his elves and decorate cookies, make ornaments, watch Christmas movies and more for $10. Each child will have a chance to sit in Santa's lap at a professional quality photo set while moms and dads snap pictures.  There is no extra charge for taking photos.

Tickets for The Rock Ranch Polar Express are SOLD OUT. We have been shocked and pleased at the rapid ticket sales for this experience and will likely have more nights for this event next year. Your family can still enjoy more than a mile of drive-thru Christmas lights, Santa's Workshop, a visit with Santa and dinner in Truett's barn (all in the same night).  

*** This is not a paid or sponsored post.  After we visited The Rock Ranch for media day, I fell in love with this place and really think you will too!  Head on over to see what all they have available to enjoy and make wonderful memories!  

Amazingly Beautiful ME!

The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.


I will be the first to admit that I need a skin care plan. I try to do things, but then I just forget about them.  I have drawers of products that I have bought, or have been given to me, but then over time, I forget to use them and they just eventually go in the drawer.  The thing is, they are products that I am not really familiar with... or they make my face get really hot / sweaty from where they feel like they are clogging my pores!  I was sent a new product to try out and I really felt like I was going to do good with it.  I was using it in the morning and at night, just like it said.  The fact that it had my name on it made me feel like it really was "JUST FOR ME" and it would be wrong not to use it!  While I was using it, I did like the way it made my skin feel.  It felt fresh.  Energized.  I really liked it and the fact that I was applying an oil to my skin, but it was not an oily feel once it was absorbed?  It was great!
I will admit, I haven't used it like I was supposed to... I use it from time to time, but not like it is supposed to be used.  Therefore I can not tell you what the end result is...
But, I can tell you it was a great change and since my face was refreshed and not oily (or clogged) I was a happy person!  
If you are looking for a great stocking stuffer for someone that cares what their skin looks like, you will want to check this out!

Want to learn more about this great product?   (You know you do!)  
Amazingly Beautiful” uses a rare combination of live fruit, nut and plant extracts to feed your skin cells and promote youthful, moist, beautiful glowing skin.





Benefits of Using Amazingly Beautiful A. M. Moisturizer and P. M. Revitalizer:
100% Pure “All-in-One” Skincare
Great for all skin types – oily or dry
Feeds your skin cells the nutrients they crave
Cleanses pores of dirt and bacteria naturally
Skin looks and feels younger, softer and smooth like silk
Decreases the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and crow’s feet
Reduces the appearance of aging
Replaces dirty, excess oil with healthy botanical oils
Firms and tones skin’s appearance
Pores appear to shrink, giving a smoother look to skin’s complexion
Blemishes appear to just fade away
Intensely moisturizes your skin more naturally than any cream or lotion
Boosts your skin’s natural, youthful glow and tone
Helps skin look alive and healthy
Skin feels clean and conditioned
100% pure live cold-pressed ingredients: oils of almond, orange, lemon, avocado, olive, evening primrose and apricot
Contains NO preservatives, parabens, petrochemicals, GMOs, synthetic ingredients, fragrances, dyes or additives of any kind
Order today, and we’ll ship within 2 business days from our facility in Lexington, KY

Step 1 - Apply
  • Your skin recognizes Beautiful as food and therefore will be hungry for it and may require more drops initially.
  • Place 2 to 3 drops on each cheek - A. M. in the morning and P. M. in the evening - and gently spread over the entire face with your middle finger in a circular motion. Do not rub in.
  • If there is any excess after 3 minutes, blot your face with a tissue or damp cloth. There shouldn’t be any excess, so if this happens you may be using too much product.
  • When used as a make-up remover, place 1-2 drops on a Q-tip or cloth and wipe away make up.
           
Step 2 - Detox
Your skin is probably used to name-brand products made from creams, chemicals, and other toxic ingredients that can give your skin results, but by shocking your skin into submission.

If you’ve used makeup or commercial skin care products for any length of time, your skin is probably clogged and burdened with the build-up of excess oils and environmental junk that comes from the ingredients in these products. Beautiful takes up to 30 days to help detoxify your skin from these chemicals and ingredients so that your skin can thrive naturally. Results vary for each person.

What to expect during detoxification…

Within the first 30 days of using Beautiful, you may experience a brief blemish breakout. This typically lasts from 1-2 days, possibly up to a week. The botanical oils in Beautiful gently and naturally help remove toxins and build up that have accumulated over time from the use of chemical-laden skincare products and cosmetics. 

If a breakout does occur, this is actually a really good sign, as your skin will be ridding itself of toxins that have built up over time. It’s important not to get discouraged during this brief detoxifying period, because once it ends, your skin will emerge with a more beautiful, young looking, radiant appearance. Results vary for each person.

Step 3- Thrive
While most people experience noticeable changes within a few days, even greater benefits are achieved in the first 3 months, and then with continued use thereafter. Beautiful will take the place of anti-aging creams, cleansers firming creams, exfoliaters, moisturizers, day/night creams, make-up removers, lotions, nutrient packs and more.
  

When you follow this system, here are the benefits you will receive:


  • Skin looks and feels younger, softer and smooth like silk
  • Decreases the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and crow’s feet
  • Reduces the appearance of aging
  • Replaces dirty, excess oil with healthy botanical oils
  • Firms and tones skin’s appearance
  • Feeds your skin cells the nutrients they crave
  • ...and much more.

Have you used a skin care product like this before?  

Great shirts for holiday gift ideas! #TAKU #MakingMyList

You know how you see something and you immediately think of someone?  It happens with me- A LOT ---  Especially even more so near the holidays!  Like if I see a slot machine, I think of my mom. If I see UGA, I think of my dad.  With the trends constantly changing, I look to see what is popular now and I tell you, all of the phrases and what not have me completely lost most times.. but some things stick out and hit me, even if I might not know exactly what it is supposed to mean!
The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

Made in the USA, 3rd Culture Style is the brainchild of one of the world’s top percussionists on today’s top touring and recording circuit TAKU Hirano, referred by rock legend Mick Fleetwood as “the secret weapon” behind today’s top names in music.
TAKU’s musical career, the inspiration behind 3rd Culture Style, has taken TAKU around the world on tours with the likes of rock legends Fleetwood Macand the late R&B legend Whitney Houston, and onstage and in-studio with everyone from Stevie Wonder and Stevie Nicks, to Ziggy Marley and Iggy Azalea. Plus, Jay-ZJohn Mayer, Shakira, Kanye West, Usher, Nine Inch Nails, Sean 'Puff Daddy' Combs, Josh Groban, Jennifer Hudson, LeAnne Rimes, Mary J. Blige, and Ariana Grande, to name a few.

Image Credit- 3rd Culture 
Are you familiar with 3rd Culture Style?  I saw them and as soon as I saw the shirt, TRY AND KEEP UP, I knew there were a couple different people that this would be perfect for!   I love that it is a simple design, but it packs such a big punch!  With the hustle and bustle of life, this is fitting for several family members!
Image Credit - 3rd Culture 
Tell me you don't know someone that this would be awesome for?  This was a tough one for me!  I know quite a few that this would be a great gift for.
I mean, think about it... instead of a basic t-shirt, why not give them one that would be stating facts?  Making a statement?
I think that these would make great stocking stuffers!   Do you know anyone that this would be perfect for?  

Proud to be an American....

I have seen this video I do not know how many times now.. and each time, I get a little choked up, as if it was the first time watching it.
I am so thankful that the YouTube person posted this....   Tell me this doesn't make you smile?  A HUGE thank you to those fans in the stands that night....





Have you ever witnessed something like this??
 
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