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17.10.15

Home Alone gift set #Giveaway

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Yesterday, I told you that I had a pretty awesome giveaway for you.  Well, here it is!   

Are you a fan of Home Alone? Get ready for the ULTIMATE gift!   This is perfect for a Christmas gift to give, or to keep to add to your collection!  What better way to kick of the Christmas holidays than to open this up???  


One lucky winner will win: 
 All five films packed together in a collectible paint can full of limited edition movie memorabilia that will keep the whole family excited including a McCallister Christmas ornament, Kevin’s battle plan for the Wet Bandits, his tarantula and a wanted poster of the thieves – Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern) – and more!



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How clean is your laundry? Try #Persil Today! #ad

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When you have a little boy, a husband that works outside and a new baby, you say "YES" when given the chance to review a new laundry detergent, at least that is what happens in our house!  The first sentence of the email said "Europe’s #1 Style Secret is finally in the US!"  Yes.... I want to see what the secret it!   

We were sent two of the Persil line detergents:   



Power-Liquid with the signature Persil Original Scent is packed with Pro-Power Technology to help remove tough stains for an exceptional clean.  Experience premium clean with the stain-fighting power of Persil Power-Liquid detergent

Powerful stain-fighting combination for a premium clean
Great for everday laundry and to help fight tough stains
Also available in Power-Pearls™ and Power-Caps™

Power-Pearls are a new type of detergent formulated with Pro-White Technology for dazzling whites, also for colors. New Power-Pearls are great for everyday laundry and help to fight tough stains.  Don't settle for anything less than radiant whites and a premium clean with Persil Power-Pearls laundry detergent.

Pro-White Technology™ for dazzling whites and a premium clean (also for colors)
Great for everyday laundry and to help fight tough stains
Dust-free and dissolves quickly, even in cold water

First up?  Our laundry, as in the adults...  I loved the way the clothes smelled when they came out of the dryer, but so often with our laundry products, the scent quickly fades, so I wanted to see how it would work this time around.  Several days later, the smell was just as great on the clothes as the day they came out of the dryer!   I washed Broxton's clothes in the same detergent and had the same results.  It amazes me how smelly little boys can get from running around and playing all day!   The final attempt was to use the detergent on Savannah's clothes.  With her still being a baby, I was curious how her skin would react, but so far so good, we have not noticed any form of change in her skin since we have started using it.  (They do carry a Sensitive Skin version, but I do not think we will need it.)  
Not only do the clothes smell great, they look great as well.  I will be the first to admit that I am not one to pretreat stains and what not, so they basically just get thrown in and hope for the best.  (I do plan to get better at it, especially since more stains and dirt are coming home!)   I have been very impressed with the job that Persil does, so I am really excited to try the Intense Fresh version.  I can only imagine how great it well smell if I am loving the Original scent!  
If you are interested in trying out Persil, make sure you look at the Store Locator on their site to see where you can purchase it near you!  

16.10.15

Gift Giving and Military Match, @CommunityCoffee has it all!

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It's fall, y'all!  The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are changing colors and football season is in full swing!  Yes, its a wonderful time of the year!   I have never been an avid coffee drinker, I leave that to my mom and dad that both can not seem to function without at least one cup to start their day. That doesn't mean that I don't enjoy a nice cup from time to time, but I will be honest with you... I just can not get into the whole drinking HOT coffee when it is HOT outside.  Cooler weather, yes please!  
I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with Community Coffee in reviewing some of their K-Cups in the past and today I get to tell you about a few more (among other things!)
Marc is loving this review, since it is a taste of "home" for him!   In the past, I was able to try a few of their flavored coffee, Pecan Praline is my go to right now, although I have loved all that I tried. This time around, I wanted to really get Marc a taste of home, so I asked to try a couple more reminiscent of Louisiana.  

Up first : Coffee and Chicory  - Our version of this Southern favorite strikes the perfect balance between 100% Arabica coffee beans and high-quality chicory for a more intense body and flavor than coffee alone. Try it black or cafĂ© au lait style with steamed milk for a true taste of New Orleans. 
The other flavor: Cafe Special  - Created for the finest restaurants, this welcoming, medium-dark roasted coffee has full-bodied flavor with a smooth and balanced finish. Made from only the top 10% of the world's coffee beans.

Okay, let me just tell you.. Wow.  That Chicory one was super strong to me.  For real,  Marc laughed and said he warned me, but I didn't expect it to be that strong. For a coffee lover, I see this as a dream come true.  For someone like me that likes sweet coffee occasionally, this was one I will keep for when I need a burst of energy.  Don't get me wrong, it will be enjoyed, but not as a daily beverage!  The Cafe Special was one that I have enjoyed and I see this being one that my dad would like.  Good thing that I try to keep coffee on hand for when he visits!  
Recently, I attended our local MOPS group and decided what better group to get opinions of coffee from than a group of moms?   (Side note, if you are a mom, I strongly recommend you look into seeing if you have a local MOPS group near you, I love my MOPS family!)  I loaded up the Keurig and a a mix of all my Community Coffee K Cups.  The Pecan Praline were the first to go!  I did not hear one person say anything negative about the coffee, in fact a few commented that it was a nice treat to bring in the assortment!  A dear friend of mine that loves coffee ( I really think she has it running through her veins!)  Actually tried all of them and of course she said she loved the Chicory the most!   
With the holidays coming quickly, I thought it would be nice to go ahead and start my Christmas list.  I wanted to get Marc the Tiger Bean Tumbler, remember he LOVES LSU...   Yeah, that thought quickly flew out the window once it arrived.  This tumbler isn't one of those cheap jokers you see, it is nice and heavy duty.  The artwork of the Tiger made out of coffee beans is so cool to me and although my heart bleeds Red and Black - GO DAWGS! - I decided that Mama needed this more than daddy.  So it is mine!  I can cheer for the Tigers too!  

If you are already planning your Christmas list like I am, go over and take a look at Community Coffee.  Most teachers I know LOVE coffee, so you could make a cute gift basket of coffee with a tumbler or coffee mug! No matter the recipient, I am pretty confident in saying that they will love the thought behind a gift of Community Coffee if they enjoy coffee!  (I guess I might try to see about getting Marc a t-shirt, since I know he will wear it and I won't try and pilfer that from him!) If you want to give even more, make sure you check out their MILITARY MATCH PROGRAM.  Being in a military family, it gives me great pride in knowing that Community Coffee honors our military!  Head on over to check out how to take part in this!   
Are you a fan of coffee?  

15.10.15

Home Alone Activities for a fun movie night

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Can you believe it is almost time for the 25th Anniversary of when we first met Kevin McCallister?  Yes, 25 years since the first Home Alone.  Wow, talk about making me feel old!   I have a great giveaway headed your way, ABSOLUTELY PERFECT for a Christmas gift this year...   Come back tomorrow for it!  (It is a great one!)  Until then, I leave you with a few Home Alone Activities.  Print them out and get the family excited for a Home Alone family movie night!   

  



14.10.15

Reading can be fun and educational.

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Some time ago, I learned that not every child owns a book.  It breaks my heart to hear this, as I love to read and love sharing my love of books to Broxton.  We have a great collection of books and it is fun to add more to our ever growing library.  We were recently sent a few new ones for us to review and now I get to share them with you.  

In one book, Sewing Stories, we get to learn of an artist named Harriet Powers.  This book tells us of her birth and her years from a slave to an artist through quilting.  Slaves were not taught to read nor write, so they told their stories by sewing. (I did not know that.)  This was a very educational story for me to read and I know that many others will enjoy the story and illustrations in this book.
The other book was Space Dog.  Broxton read this book for his nightly homework where he had to tell the setting and characters of the book.  Reading of Space Dog, Astrocat and Moustronaut made for a great read and it was a cute and funny book of friendship!  
Read below to learn more! 

SEWING STORIES: Harriet Powers; Journey from Slave to Artist by Barbara Herkert, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
The heartwarming picture book biography SEWING STORIES follows the tale of artist and quiltmaker Harriet Powers who was born into slavery and whose pictorial quilts now hang in museums such as the Smithsonian and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. SEWING STORIES includes factual sidebars throughout and extensive back-matter on this particular case-study of African-American Folk Art.

SPACE DOG by New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year winner Mini Grey
SPACE DOG is a wacky adventure about teamwork and unexpected friendship; with vibrant art packed full of fun and funny details.
A triumphant story, this picture book is sure to enliven storytime.

13.10.15

I Want to Eat Your Books - Kindness and Reading With a Zombie!!!!

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If your house is anything like ours, "zombie" is as common a word as "the" these days. Not just because of Halloween coming up, although that adds to it.  It is because every where you turn is zombie this and zombie that.  They even play zombie at school at recess some days!   At least around here they do.  When we were sent the book, I want to eat your books by Karin Lefranc and Tyler Parker, I knew it was going to be a hit with Broxton!   (He has not received it yet.  We will be reading this as one of his reading books this week.) 
In this book, we meet a Zombie on the very first page.  The thing is, it looks like a zombie, but it isn't a scary looking one, meaning it is great for the younger audience!!  The Zombie is limping down the hall... In search of books to eat!   Each page you turn, you see the students in the school trying to keep him away from the books!   You must read it to see what ends up happening and to see what other character you meet!   I think this is a great way to show children that reading is fun, even ZOMBIES like to do it!  

I want to eat your books : 
I Want to Eat Your Books is a delicious introduction to the value of books. When a hungry zombie stumbles into a school looking for books to consume, it’s up to the kids to teach him how books are for reading, not eating! This monster book is silly and fun with a strong message about kindness and friendship. The little zombie teaches kids not to jump to conclusions and to give everyone a chance. This is the perfect monster book for little ones who want a thrill but aren’t looking for anything too scary.


 
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