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6.2.15

Give a #Sockscription @joeblacksocks

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With Valentines Day right around the corner, change things up instead of just the usual box of chocolates for your sweetie!   Why not give them a sockscription?   Instead of the basic black socks for work, give them some funky socks to have a bit of fun at the workplace!  
We were sent a pair of their socks, the ones we were sent were the style called "Eleven" 
I got them for Marc to wear for church, but I wanted to try them out first!  They were so comfortable.  They fit, without being tight.  They were thick enough to not be cold (like pantyhose or something) but they were not thick like regular socks.  The easiest way to describe them would say they were like "trouser socks" if that makes sense. 
I personally LOVE the design and style on each one and I think they would totally be a conversation starter around the office!  Think outside the box and look at a sockscription this Valentines!
 

Launched in partnership with famous Swiss blues musician Philipp Fankhauser, BLACKSOCKS’ Funky Socks collection offers a dozen different styles, each with a unique, colorful pattern.
From stylish stripes, to delightful dots, to tailored triangles—and with color patterns that include orange checks on black and thin stripes on fresh icy blue—all variations of BLACKSOCKS’ Funky Socks are certain to add spark and sexiness to your swagger.
“These funky-yet-elegant socks offer a fun product for people to show off and enjoy, while staying true to the class and style that our brand is known for. Based on the success of our funky line’s spring launch, we can confidently say: funky socks are here to stay,” said BLACKSOCKS president and founder Samy Liechti.
Top-quality materials and meticulous workmanship are the hallmarks of BLACKSOCKS. Made primarily of mercerized cotton—a processed fiber renowned for its luscious sheen and incredible strength—the sock is silky and highly durable with a wash-resistant sheen. The heels and toes are reinforced with extra strong polyamide fibers, and a touch of LYCRA® is used to provide some stretch. The final product is a smooth, silky and strong sock that lasts for years.
The sockscription make lives easier with the convenience of socks coming to you in regular intervals. You select the style, quantity and frequency, and these fine Italian-made socks will be delivered to your doorstep. The innovative service also can be used to order undershirts, boxer shorts and briefs.  BLACKSOCKS offers free shipping for all products.
“Socks should always be darker than your shoes, so you can never go wrong with black,” said BLACKSOCKS founder and managing director Samy Liechti, explaining why the company’s socks, in the past, had been restricted to black. “However, relaxing dress codes worldwide call for a line of socks that men can have fun with and pair with more informal footwear.”


Funky ELEVEN - splash of colour on sky blue

Step to the beat

The new Funky ELEVEN brings music to your wardrobe. They inject some rhythm and set the pace of your outfit. Funky ELEVEN is smooth (not ribbed), but definitely not boring, and was developed in conjunction with Philipp Fankhauser. Funky Socks won’t make you more desirable, but they will make you more funky!
  • Modern, funky design
  • Only genuine with guitar on heel
  • Limited edition
  • A fashionable stylistic touch
  • Meticulous workmanship
  • Generous feel
  • High-quality mercerised cotton

Finest materials for funky socks

Top-quality materials and meticulous workmanship are the hallmarks of Funky ELEVEN. The socks are delicate, but also durable and opaque thanks to reinforcement in the heel and toe areas. The high proportion of mercerised cotton ensures a silky, wash-resistant lustre and socks which are wonderfully comfortable to wear. Funky ELEVEN is made from 50% mercerised cotton, 47% polyamide and 3% LYCRA® and has been manufactured to Oeko-Tex Standard 100

Oeko-Tex® Standard 100

The Oeko-Tex® label therefore guarantees to customers that the clothing or other textiles they are about to buy are non-hazardous to their health, which can be an important factor in the decision-making process.
The socks are therefore 100% non-irritating to the skin and allergy-tested.

Italian Chicken and Rice Casserole - Friday Feast #3 ( #linky)

Yep, we made it to FRIDAY!!! 
That means to day is Friday Feast!  
If you are new, I am trying to link up a few recipes, some I have tried, others have not been tried yet, but I am eager to check them out.  Instead of posting them on my facebook and getting lost, I figured I would just share them with you all.  Maybe you have tried them and can say YAY or NAY... I would love to have you link up with me.  Feel free to post a new (or old) recipe, just something for others to try!  
Have a great weekend!!!

This week, I am sharing Italian Chicken and Rice Casserole. 
(I don't know about where you live, but in the south, casseroles are big deals!  Ha Ha Ha!) 
I have not tried this yet, but it is for sure on the menu this month, sounds pretty easy too and easy is great for me! 

ITALIAN CHICKEN AND RICE CASSEROLE
Ingredients
  • 2-3 cups cooked, chopped chicken
  • 1 cup rice, uncooked
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • handful of chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 cup Italian blend shredded cheese
  • 2 cans (15 oz) chicken broth
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • ½-1 tsp. oregano
  • ½-1 tsp. basil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced or crushed
  • black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Put the chicken in the bottom of a 9×13 casserole dish.
  2. Sprinkle the rice, red pepper and parsley over the top.
  3. Spread the cheese evenly over the top.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the broth, chicken soup,, oregano, basil, garlic and pepper.
  5. Pour evenly over the top of the other ingredients.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour – 1 hour and 15 minutes. Let it stand for a few minutes before serving.
This recipe was also shared on Facebook, but credit was given to Eat At Home.
Check it out!  

Since I have not tried this, I don't have a photo for you...
So, I figured I would share one I took of Broxton the other day - He wanted to have a picnic (inside)
Of course that means we did!!!!  Have a great weekend! 
Just  a little turkey, lettuce and bread & butter pickle sandwich! 

5.2.15

Scooby Doo Moon Monster Madness - Feb 17th

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My brother grew up loving Scooby Doo.  When Broxton was around 3, he became Scooby Doo obsessed and had to have Scooby underwear, coloring books, stickers, you name it... he LOVED Scooby.  Out of nowhere, the love for Scooby faded away and "Sccoby Dooby Doo, Where are you?  We got some work to do now! " was no longer a song being sung in the house.  I don't know where or how or why it happened... but then, just as suddenly as it disappeared, the love for Scooby has just recently returned!
He wears his Scooby Doo shirt at night now, You know... since kids (in Kindergarten) are not to wear cartoon shirts, according to a classmate!     He watches Scooby whenever I allow it to be on and we have even started a tradition, just like my brother had when he was a kid...   If he gets up and gets ready, we watch an episode of Scooby Doo in the morning before school!   
Image Credit - Amazon
Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness: 
It’s one giant step for dog-kind as Scooby-Doo and the gang blast off for an epic journey into outer space in this must-own, original, new film! After winning the last five seats in a lottery, Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma are off to space in billionaire Sly Barron’s brand new ship, the Sly Star One, a space tourism vessel setting off on its inaugural voyage. It’s all gravity-free fun until a mysterious alien begins to destroy the ship! As the vessel breaks down, the crew is forced to land on Sly Baron’s base – located on the dark side of the moon! Will the gang unravel this alien mystery? Will Scooby and Shaggy find snacks on the moon? Fans will want to hop on board, fasten their seat belts and journey to the outer limits with Scooby-Doo to find out!
Scooby-Doo is one of our leading brands. The popularity of the characters remains solid decade after decade as new generations embrace the Mystery Inc. gang,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family & Animation Marketing. She added, “We think fans of all ages will enjoy seeing Scooby-Doo and his pals in this exciting, new adventure.”
Bonus Features:
 
  • Space Travel is Groovy! -- Join Mindy Cohn, the voice of “Velma,” as she introduces viewers to some of the real world technology and training that is part of modern space flight.
 
 
 
 

4.2.15

Well, what would you call it?


Broxton cracks me up. 
He gets pretty literal when he calls things names. 
We passed by a Loves gas station and he told me we needed to stop so he could go into "Hearts" to see what all they had for sale. 

What are some funny names your kid(s) have called things?

Dora and Friends - On DVD February 10, 2015

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In case you missed it, Dora grew up!  
Yes, that loveable little girl that has been teaching kids life lessons (and sneaking in a bit of Spanish as well) has grown up and we get to see it!  Check this out :  "Dora and Friends features the iconic character Dora living in a city, attending school and at the center of a peer group that works together to give back to the community--having both real-life and magical adventures along the way."
We have not watched this yet, but I will be surprising Broxton with it soon!  He has already asked me when he will start taking Spanish at school and finds it so fascinating to hear people speaking Spanish around him whenever we are out in public!  
About Dora and Friends: Into the City!:Set in the fictional city of Playa Verde, Dora and her friends go on adventures, whether it’s rescuing a lost stuffed monkey for a little boy in the hospital or returning a ring to an ancient Mayan Princess.  Throughout her journeys, Dora uses Map App on her smartphone and a magical charm bracelet to navigate the city and overcome any obstacle.

Dora and Friends DVD includes the following episodes:
·           We Save a Pirate Ship! - Dora and her friends are at a Pirate Festival to benefit the restoration of the city’s ancient seaside fort, and Dora promised a little boy named Jorge that he could steer the festival’s pirate ship ride.  But when the pirate ship ride doesn’t show up, Dora, Kate and Pablo must build their own. They find an enchanted ship’s wheel that takes them to a talking pirate ship with secret treasures.
·           The Magic Ring - Dora and Naiya are helping out at story time with the younger kids at school when Pablo discovers a mysterious ring that shrinks him.  Dora and Naiya search through the library and find the secret of the ring, discovering that it's been stolen and lost by an evil wizard from long ago. The only way the spell can be broken is by putting the ring back on the owner's finger, an ancient princess.
·           The Royal Ball - Dora and her friends are having a Royal Ball in honor of all the kids who helped clean up the city park.  Dora and Alana head to the costume shop to get dresses, and find a golden gift box with a beautiful dress that’s perfect for Alana.  The golden box comes to life and tells them that the dress is for the princess – it's his job to get it to her!  The box magically transports them to the royal grounds where they must escape a dragon and rescue the box from crocodiles.
·           Dance Party - Dora and her friends are putting on a dance party to raise money for the town’s new dance school. Alana convinces Pablo to teach her a simple step as a mirror ball magically transports them and Dora to the land of Baila, where they meet Celia.  She explains to them that her overprotective father, the mayor, has outlawed dancing after she stubbed her toe at her first dance.  Celia needs Dora and her friends’ help to convince the mayor that dancing is safe and fun. 
 
Don't forget, Dora and Friends will be available for purchase on February 10th.  Just in time for a great valentines gift! 

3.2.15

Frozen Fever

*** This is not a sponsored post, I just LOVE the movie, Frozen and really wanted to share this with you all!  

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ all-new short FROZEN FEVER, which welcomes Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf back to the big screen, will open in theaters on March 13th, in front of Disney’s CINDERELLA, a live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale

Are you familiar with Oil Pulling?

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I am not sure about you, but I have seen "oil pulling" all over the internet lately.  At first, I wasn't so sure about it, but when I was contacted about working in a review for Pulling Oil from Gurunanda, I thought I would give it a try. 
To be honest, I thought it was going to be pretty easy. Just put a bit in my mouth, swish for a bit, spit, brush my teeth and be done with it.  Well, it isn't that easy!  Yes, that is what you do, but it is hard to swish all that oil around in your mouth.  The directions say to start with just swishing the oil for two to three minutes, working your way up to 15 minutes.  I thought the 15 minutes would be so easy, but when it was time to try it out, it was actually quite a task!  I haven't done it every day, as I should... but I have used it several times now.  I do hope to continue adding on my time, but I just have not been able to do so yet.  Wish me luck!!!
 
More about Pulling Oil, from their site:

How Oil Pulling Works

When Dosha balanced pure oil is swished in the mouth, oil soluble toxins dumped in saliva adhere to the oil. According to  Kulreet Chaudhary, MD a prominent neurologist and  Ayurveda expert “the body has several mechanisms that allow it to ‘dump’ toxic particles into the salivary glands. Following  Ayurvedic tradition, oil pulling helps to increase the secretion of saliva and trap the toxins within the oil particles. With oil pulling,  the salivary glands of the mouth function as a detoxifying organ”.
The act of swishing the oil pulls the oil soluble toxins and harmful microbes residing in the mouth from the fat cells. When practiced regularly, oil pulling can reduce inflammation. That is because as the level of toxins in the toxic fat decreases, the body withdraws water around them and reduce inflammation. Consequently, the PURE system that has become ineffective can finally function effectively again . The acts of exercising, eating right, drinking water and breathing facilitate weight loss and promote better health. As per customer reviews on www.earthclinic.com, oil pulling can help improve oral and systemic health, which can help alleviate tooth decay, bad breath, headaches, migraines, diabetes, asthma and acne, as well as whiten teeth. Its been established that healthy teeth lead to a healthy heart and overall good health.

GuruNanda Pulling Oil

GuruNanda Pulling Oil is the first commercialized pulling oil that incorporates oils with healing properties related to Ayurveda’s five major elements. GuruNanda Pulling Oil contains a proprietary ratio of 100% organic sunflower, coconut, peppermint and sunflower oils. When combined, these oils pull toxins and harmful bacteria from the body’s salivary glands. Although all oils will work to some degree, GuruNanda thoroughly researched all the Vedic knowledge available to create a perfect product that works more effectively than other stand-alone oils used for pulling, such as coconut or sesame oil. GuruNanda Pulling Oil possesses a correctly balanced viscous body that produces mild yet effective results when combined with a gentle swishing force. The 3 oils (sesame, sunflower and coconut) balance the 3 doshas (humors) and the peppermint oil acts as a catalyst (agni).

Are you familiar with Oil Pulling? 

1.2.15

@VaselineBrand for all your dry skin (winter weather) needs!

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Winter months means we need to take care of our skin.  If you remember, Broxton has eczema that likes to flare up when the weather changes.  I don't go slathering Vaseline on him before school, but there are times when I do put it on him before bed.  I know that the Vaseline locks in moisture and Vaseline has been a name we have trusted for all of my life.  We are lucky enough that his school actually has a "school nurse" (I actually thought ALL schools had them, but Marc heard on the news the other day that not all schools require them)  and not too long ago, we had a note sent home with a list of items they were in need of.  One item on the list? Vaseline. I had to go in and ask why they would need Vaseline and get this...   So many kids come in with chapped lips and are sent to the office with cracking lips.  She gets little containers and places Vaseline in it, sends them back to class with their own little "lip therapy!"  I think this is an awesome idea and I was lucky enough that Vaseline sent along several tubs of Vaseline for his school and some for us to keep at home! 
If you are dealing with dry skin, why not grab a tub of Vaseline to keep on hand, or grab a few tubs of Vaseline to donate to your local school to help the kids in your area! 
Protects and locks in moisture to help dry skin heal.
  • 100% pure petroleum jelly. Triple-purified. Purity guaranteed
  • Gentle on your skin, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores)
  • Reduces the appearance of fine, dry lines
  • Helps protect minor cuts, scrapes and burns
  • Protects your skin from windburn and chapping
  • Recognized by the National Eczema Association
BEST FOR: DRY SKIN, DRY ITCHY SKIN, DRYNESS ASSOCIATED WITH ECZEMA
 
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