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16.12.16

WestPoint Home - Grand Opening - North Georgia Premium Outlets 12/17/16

I love giving gifts that show I put thought into it.  I am not sure about your region, but around here in the south, people LOVE monograms. Monograms on your hat, your towel, your clothes, even your vehicles.  I am not like some people, but I do love a nice monogram from time to time.  I was excited to learn that I get to share with you that Westpoint Home is having a grand opening.  They have beautiful items for the home and so many can be monogrammed!!!   Just in time for the holidays!  
We were sent a beautiful Southern Tide Sherpa Throw that I quickly got monogrammed just for me!  (I tell you, so many times I get things for the children, I was excited to get something JUST FOR ME!)  That throw is so super soft and as much as I want to share, it will be for me... unless they want to cuddle up with me. Once they feel how soft it is, I am sure the problem will be getting them away from me!
The throw would be a great gift idea for anyone left on your list!


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Read this to learn more about WestPoint Home:
WestPoint Home is celebrating the Grand Opening of their newest store in the North Georgia Premium Outlets on Saturday, December 17th from 9am - 9pm. At WestPoint Home you will always find designer brands up to 70% off on sheets, towels, quilts, blankets, comforters, decorative pillows, and more!
During the Grand Opening, receive a free monogram (one per customer) with the purchase of any personalizable item. The first 50 will be ready on the same day and will be created by the on site WestPoint Home Monogramming Expert. It’s the perfect time to stock up on hand towels for the holiday season or make your gifts extra special. Additional discounts will be offered throughout the store on everyday staples and stylish pieces from 9am to 9pm, along with complimentary refreshments.
“We are excited to unveil our new concept store that showcases a fresh, forward-looking impression of the WestPoint Home brand,” said WestPoint Home VP of Retail Outlet Stores Lynn Kisser. “Our goal is to welcome back our loyal customers from the past and meet new ones every day.”
The 6,000 sq. ft. space is filled with high-quality products for your favorite parts of the home, all at a tremendous value from designer brands such as Izod, Southern Tide, Under The Canopy, Portico, Martex, Vellux, and many others. The selection is constantly changing and customers will always find great deals without sacrificing style or quality.
With a legacy dating back to 1813, WestPoint Home continues to innovate. They have developed proprietary technology for their textiles such as:  Eco Pure, a hypo-allergenic fiber that starts with recycled plastic bottles; DryFast that permanently infuses fast drying properties into the fabrics; Softa for superior softness; and Staybright that maintains brilliant colors.

The company has long been committed to protecting the environment, giving back, and recycling waste before it was fashionable. The WestPoint Home legacy is simple: quality, affordable, and stylish products for their customers.

The WestPoint Home Factory Outlet is located:
North Georgia Premium Outlets
800 Highway 400 S, Suite 635
Dawsonville, GA 30534. 
The store is located on Magnolia Street near the Clock Court. 
This open-air lifestyle destination is open:
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 9pm and Sunday: 11am - 7pm, with extended holiday hours. 
For more information call (762)-499-5466 or visit www.westpointhomeoutlet.com.

Hard Candy releases Trolls Line #JBGiftGuide16

Have a diva in your life that you need to get a few stocking stuffer ideas for?  Have you thought about the Hard Candy line of Trolls inspired goodies?  Yes!  Inspired by the new Trolls movie (that I need to go see)  they have a line of makeup that is perfect for stockings, or even to make a gift bag full of items!
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These fun, easy to use Hard Candy hair chalk sticks allow you to change up your look for just one day or night, and easily wash out in the shower.
Use one color all over, make streaks, or use more than one color for a beautiful rainbow effect. 


In just one sweep, Metallic Mousse wrap lips in a divine velvety texture with a metallic finish.  This full coverage metallic matte liquid lip color hydrates lips, offers comfortable wear and delivers bold long-lasting wear. ​Includes a collectible tin.
Shades (L to R): 
Satin & Chenille, Shine Like Guy Diamond, Poppy's Celebration, Just Branch Out 

Hard Candy has many other products, I just wanted to highlight a few for you to check out. This is available ONLY AT WALMART.

15.12.16

Your turn to bring snacks? @slammerssnacks

Are you running around like crazy yet?  We are here.  Between getting ready for the holidays, being a wife and mom, trying to do fun stuff with my moms group, being a room mom, basketball, a sick baby, the list goes on and on... When things get hectic, I grab a Slammers Snack pouch (or pack them) and all is good to go!  
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You did notice I said "basketball" right?  That's right!  Broxton is playing again this year.  Know what that means?  Have to bring snacks to at least one of the games.  Talk about feeling the pressure from the kids and other parents.  I noticed with baseball we were more of a family and all, but with basketball, not much outside communication. You never know if they are thinking "what did they just bring my kid for a snack?!"  When I bring Slammers Snacks I don't have to worry, they are good and good for you. Full of protein! With names like EPIC and PUMPED, they are not only fun to talk about, they are great and easy to eat!

Epic - MANGOES, BANANAS, CARROTS, ORANGE, GREEK YOGURT & REAL VANILLA


Pumped - BANANA, MANGO, BUTTERNUT SQUASH, ANCIENT GRAINS, CINNAMON

Oh, did I tell you they even have CREAMY CHOCOLATE BANANA??? 
(BANANA, COCONUT CREAM, GRAPE, SWEET POTATO AND COCOA POWDER) 

We love them all and I have even been known to pack them in the lunches I make for Marc, as well as Broxton's.   The good thing is that they have a decent shelf life, so when you stock up on them and then learn that you were supposed to bring snack that day, you can just grab them and go without having to stop at the store!  

* No artificial colors or flavors
* High in Antioxidant Vitamin C
* No Nuts No Gluten
* Super Food Super Fun 

Out of the flavors they have, which would you be most likely to purchase for your family?

Stocking Stuffer Ideas from @trudeaukitchen

With my name being Noelle, you know people comment about this being my time of year.  Actually, we were recently talking about making cookies and what not and I admitted that I was not a baker. They then threw out "with a festive name like Noelle, you need to bake, especially during the holidays!"  Thanks to Trudeau, I will be baking with the kids this season! Have you seen all the goodies they have?  Perfect for many people on your list!   

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Trudeau really has everyone covered!!!
For those that love to bake, or at least want to start to attempt to do so:
Bakeware

Set of 3 Round Chocolate Molds
Trudeau’s silicone chocolate molds have round ridged polished cavities for making professional looking mini desserts and candies easy and effortlessly.  The perfect gift for the chocolate lover, this Set of 3 Round Chocolate Molds, includes a mint, coral and fuchsia colored mold to easily identify baked goods.  These molds are perfect for chocolates, jellies, cream cheese, sugar, fondant, ice cream and more.  The flexible material allows for easy unmolding with crisp shapes and high detail. These silicone molds can be used in a microwave, oven and freezer and are dishwasher safe.  $11.99


Decorating Pen
Unleash their inner artist with this handy tool that makes customizing favorite homemade treats as easy as writing and drawing with a regular pen. Personalizing baked goods with names and messages or embellishing them with creative designs is a snap with this easy-to-use gadget that customizes cookies, cakes and other home-baked treats. A great gift for holiday bakers –this nifty tool provides decorating and dessert specialization with an ergonomic one-handed design. Includes two interchangeable tips— the smaller one is ideal for coulis and sauces, while the larger tip is perfect for icing. The Decorating Pen stands on its own to keep counters and work surfaces clean and comes apart for easy clean up. Dishwasher safe. $6.99

12 inch Baking Spatula 
Considered by professional bakers as the “workhorse” of the kitchen, the spatula's two most important qualities are durability and performance. With a shaped beech wood handle to encourage the ideal angle and grip for the task at hand and a head made of hygienic, heat resistant silicone (up to 428°F/220°C) in a fresh seasonal color.  This 12 inch Baking Spatula is perfect for holiday baking with a non-stick, easy to clean surface that is both stain and odor resistant and won’t scratch cookware.  $7.99

Set of 5 Measuring Cups 
This cute and colorful set of measuring cups features 5 different sizes with measurements from 1/8 cup up to 1 whole cup for the most essential measuring needs and suitable for both wet and dry ingredients. Innovative stacked design allows the cups to be nested neatly together, while occupying the minimum amount of space. Each cup is constructed of durable, lightweight BPA free plastic. Dishwasher safe for easy cleaning at the end of a fun baking party.  $6.99


For those that entertain at home, they have cute products for them as well.  
Barware


9 Piece Glass Tag & Market Set
 Perfect for the holiday season (think festive holly and Santa inspired sayings and designs) when having friends and family over to ring in Holiday cheer.  Trudeau’s Glass Tag & Market Set will keepeveryone’s drinks easily identifiable with personal style and class. Tags adhere to any style of glass (Hi Ball, DOF, Stemware). Set includes 8 colored tags with an easy toclean writing area and a marker for personalizing names and designs.  $9.99  

TurboTM Double Lever Corkscrew
The perfect item to tuck into his or her stocking, the TurboTM Double Lever Corkscrew is rated the fastest bottle opener on the market!
Specially conceived to enhance the wine tasting experience, this reliable waiter’s corkscrew reduces corkage effort by 50%, pulling the cork out twice as fast thanks to the innovated turbo spiral design. Adding durability to smart design, the corkscrew is made from zinc and stainless steel, and also includes a knife to remove the foil without tearing it. 
For the beer and capped beverage lover this corkscrew also features a built-in bottle opener on the handle for added convenience.  $14.99





Wine Preserving Pump w/ 2 Stoppers
The guests have all gone home but there still is a bit of  wine left in the bottle? That’s when Trudeau’s Wine Preserving Pump comes in handy! This pump preserves wine like no other, preventing oxidation and high-pressure changes within the bottle for up to one week. Get pumped: a wine lovers’ accessory is in town!  $12.99


Looking for extra one of a kind stocking stuffer ideas that are cute and unusual??  Look at these ideas:

Tea Infuser with Lid
 The perfect gift for the tea-totaler on the list Trudeau’s Tea Infuser just couldn’t be any cuter.  The Silicone Tea Infuser with Lid brightens the day delivering an individual freshly brewed cup of tea. Each silicone tea infuser with lid is heat resistant up to 428°F, and both microwave and dishwasher safe. The handle is made of flexible silicone string. Available in vibrant red, yellow, or orange. $6.99

Pop Salt & Pepper Shakers
 Introducing some fun and functional seasoning shakers stocking stuffers recipients will flip their lid over. These nifty little spice shakers feature a quality clear glass body and a silicone lid that pops open with a simple press of the finger, for easy one-handed operation.  Keeps salt, pepper (and even other spices and seasonings) fresh and dry and a cinch to apply! Available in 3 colors: red, green, or black.  $4.99


Don't forget that Trudeau has a little of this and a little of that perfect gifts for everyone on your list!  

Cousins make great friends #CareBearandCousins

In some instances, cousins are your best friends growing up.  I know that was the case for my childhood.  That is actually one of the things I dislike about where we are now. We have none of the younger cousins around for Broxton to form that bond with.  I can go on and on about that for ages, but I wanted to share another blast from the past with my childhood.  CARE BEARS!  I guess they are still out and popular, as they just released the Care Bear and Cousins DVD!!! Perfect to go under the tree!!!!



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OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
There’s exciting news in the land of Care-a-Lot! The Care Bear Cousins – Brave Heart Lion, Bright Heart Raccoon, Lotsa Heart Elephant, and Cozy Heart Penguin – have returned home. The Cousins make sure that the Share Cloud is always full of the Care Hearts that Care-a-Lot needs. When the Cousins’ ship is stolen, the Care Bears and the Cousins use their caring skills to retrieve the ship, save the Share Cloud, collect the lost Care Hearts, and much more in these heartwarming adventures!


My favorite was always FUNSHINE Bear... the yellow one with a sun on its Tummy. Did you have a care bear as as child? If so, who was your favorite?

Give the gift of reading

Do you give books for Christmas?  We love to around here.  They are great, as they are a gift that keeps on giving.  The more you read, the more you know... Right?  We were sent a couple cute and unusual books to add to our library and we love them.  Actually, Broxton keeps going back to Goodnight Football over and over again. Talk about making a mama happy! Thanks Capstone Publishing for the chance to review new titles!


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Bedtime for Batman by Michael Dahl
When a dark night comes to the big city, one little super hero prepares for a great adventure . . . bedtime! He dons his pajama uniform, speeds upstairs, cleans up the nightly grime, and keeps watch from his towering bunk bed. Written by award-winning author Michael Dahl (Goodnight Baseball, Goodnight Football, and Goodnight Hockey) and illustrated by Ethen Beavers (DC Super Friends), this bedtime tale will have Batman fans, young and old, delighting in their nightly routines. Bedtime for Batman is the perfect way to say goodnight to your little Dark Knight.

Goodnight Football by Michael Dahl

From the opening kickoff to the final whistle, Goodnight Football will bring the excitement of a football game to the youngest fan. The rhyming text and vibrant illustrations will capture the love of the game through a child's eyes and celebrate the combination of football, friendship, and family.
Do you give books as gifts?  

Bob Hope - Hope for the Holidays!

It has been YEARS since I saw Bob Hope.  I remember watching him with my Nana as a child and the Bob Hope specials were great memories for us!  Now, Time Life has released a DVD perfect as a gift for the older generation, or for somewhat younger ones like myself to enjoy a bit of nostalgia!  I don't have this yet, so if you are looking for a surprise to send my way, know I would love it!


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Jack Benny, Redd Fox, Red Skelton, Bing Crosby, Naomi and Wynonna Judd, and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt Spread Hilarity and Holiday Cheer in This Single DVD Certain to Become a Treasured Family Chestnut!

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

There's no place like home for the holidays.  And there really was no place like Bob Hope's home for the holidays with Bob, Dolores and the Hope family.  Bob Hope's TV Christmas connection began on December 24, 1950 with The Comedy Hour and from then on, each and every holiday season, Bob invited friends from the world of entertainment and sports to celebrate the season in hilarious and heartwarming fashion.   America's greatest entertainer hands out laughs galore in BOB HOPE: HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

Highlights include: 
A compilation of Bob's monologues from his many holiday tours for the USO
Bob and Red Skelton (Freddie the Freeloader) experience a small Christmas miracle
Jack Benny visits Santa at the North Pole for a holiday stickup
Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt delivers a Christmas message of historical note
Naomi and Wynonna Judd sing Beautiful Star of Bethlehem
Lily Pons, Robert Cummings and Bob examine a large, mysterious package under the tree
Bob and Dolores Hope sing Silver Bells over a montage of him performing the song with an array of female costars from 17 holiday specials
Clips of the most hilarious Christmas sketches throughout the years 
PROGRAM INFORMATION

14.12.16

November titles from @SkyPonyPress

As much as I love reading... I wanted to share a few titles with you from Sky Pony Press.   We love the books from Sky Pony Press and I am sure you will as well!  Here are a few for kids age 8-12.

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SPIES IN DISGUISE: BOY IN A TUTU by Kate Scott (ages 7–10, adventure and espionage): Joe thought he had the hang of this undercover thing. Sure, he has to dress up as a girl and change his name to “Josie” to keep his family safe, his new friend Sam knows his secret so he at least has someone to talk to… And it’s finally time for Joe and Sam to learn how to be proper spies—gadgets and all! But their first mission isn’t exactly what either of them had in mind. They have to go undercover . . . as ballerinas! This is a great and fun series for kids who enjoy The Avengers and other spy-centric movies and TV shows.

Two other titles:


SNAKES AND STONES by Lisa Fowler (ages 8–12, historical fiction): Twelve-year-old Chestnut Hill’s daddy stole her and the triplets away from their mama. At least, that’s how Chestnut remembers it. But now it’s 1921, and after nearly two years on the road with his traveling elixir show, Daddy’s still making no move to go back to Kentucky and Mama. Eventually, Chestnut is forced to come up with her own plan, and she discovers that things are not always as they seem. Written with a wonderful mountain hillbilly voice, Snakes and Stones has a mystery at its heart and lovable, strong, and complicated characters.

EARNING MY SPOTS by Mark Eastburn (ages 8–12, supernatural): Sam and his family are the only werehyenas in their town, and they do their best to keep up their cover in front of the humans while the other more aggressive shifters mock the werehyena family for being weak and passive. But after Sam is separated from his family, he begins to understand how different the world of shifters is that exists outside of his small hometown and realizes that he’s the only one who can stop a war that’s on the brink of erupting. Fans of the Spirit Animals and Warriors series will enjoy accompanying Sam on his quest as he discovers that his destiny and inner strength are greater than he thought.

Crispy Fruit makes a great stocking stuffer

I believe everyone in our family likes to snack from time to time.  I remember when the boys were younger and we would go pick them up to come to visit.  It was like they were loaded with snacks, or needed to stop and buy snacks for the road. After they left, I would find more snack wrappers in their room... so it is real.  Some like chocolate, some don't. Some like hard candy, some don't.  ALL love fruit. I think I have a perfect stocking stuffer for them this year! Crispy Fruit 100% freeze dried fruit snacks!!!!

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Crispy Fruit  has been thrown in my purse for me to snack on.  It has gone to school with Broxton for lunch and it has even made a couple appearances as part of Marc's lunch too!
Oh, did I mention that I have used it in my cereal as a treat as well?  SO GOOD!!!

The flavors they offer are as follows:
Apple, Asian Pear, Banana, Cantaloupe, Mango, Pineapple and Tangerine. You can purchase Crispy Green in individual bags, or as a variety sampler too!  
Again, I really enjoyed them, but tangerine was not what I was expecting.  I thought it would be my favorite, but it ended up being the one I liked the least!  I am so glad I was able to try them all, as I was surprised in the ones I liked the most!   

Why Crispy Fruit?
  • Light and flavorful
  • Retain nearly all the nutrients of fresh fruit
  • Long shelf-life
  • Convenient – having natural fruit at your finger tips all the time!
  • No additives or preservatives
  • No fat, no cholesterol
  • Low in calories
If you are like me and try to think outside the box for Christmas gifts...
Give them a gift they can snack on when they leave your house, or even pack some in a care package to send to loved ones that can't make it home for the holidays!
Which fruit would be the first you would want to try?

Holiday Cards from Shutterfly has EVERYONE taken care of!

If you are anything like me, you love receiving Christmas cards in the mail.  I know many people now just send a text or a general facebook message, but the cards mean the most to me.  I have always been that way, as a kid, I loved looking at all the cards we got and my mom would hang them up around the house. When I moved out on my own, I did the same.  It seems like technology is taking that away from us now too... But not at my house!  Now that I have a family, I absolutely LOVE sending cards with our photos on it to loved ones near and far.  Thanks to Shutterfly, I get a great selection to choose from to make it just perfect for us!  


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If you remember, Marc has older boys from before our marriage.  It is hard enough getting a good photo with our two children, but to get one of everyone is impossible.  Luckily for everyone, Shutterfly has you covered with a great selection of holiday cards!!!!  If you don't want pictures on your card, they offer that.  If you want one with a group shot, they can handle that and if you want one with LOTS and LOTS of pictures, they can most certainly handle that too!  We normally do the one with multiple images, since that is the easiest way to get everyone on it! ***They offer a "use my photo" button where you can see your photos in there to make sure it is the card that is perfect for you before you go making it personalized!  Now, I am not going to post our card on here yet... They have not been mailed out!  I will share on Instagram closer to Christmas though!  

One of the many options that Shutterfly has.  This one has 6 spots for photos, your message and even the initial of your last name.  Talk about making it unique just for your family! 
This is one of the card that has a single image on it.  The kicker on these???  They are foil stamped!!! Yes,gorgeous!  Certain cards have certain colors available.  You can pick between red, gold, silver and now they are offering ROSE GOLD.  (They also offer glitter holiday cards too!  Look, I am telling you, they have a LOT to offer!)  
Did you know that Shutterfly even offers cards that are ornaments.  I think this is such a cute idea. You can add photos if you like. There is space on the back for a custom message.  I love the fact that it comes with the ribbon ready to hang it on the tree!  (We might be looking at these for next year!) 

All in all, I love Shutterfly.  I think the quality is amazing.  Knock on wood, but I have never had any issues in anything I have ever ordered.  I feel that these cards are made of high quality paper so that they will last for years and years to come.  I love going back and looking at the picture cards we have received over the years!  

Have you ordered cards yet?  Do you do photo cards?  


No worries, Just pass on the kindness! #CarasKindness by @kristiyamaguchi

Being kind really isn't that hard, but it seems that in the world today, it is harder and harder to find people that are actually being kind. We were sent a great book by Kristi Yamaguchi that shows how a little bit of kindness can spread and even come back to you when you least expect it ! 
What happened to everyone being kind in the world? I know we should do it more often, but during November and December, we try and do random acts of kindness when we can.  It can be something like letting someone go in front of you in line, or buying someones meal. It can be spreading cheer when you can.  If you follow me on Instagram, you see that recently my mom heard of the needs our homeless shelter was dealing with.  Without being asked, she went to the store and bought blankets, pillows and more for them,  Just because she could.  That is the example I want to be able to show my kids.


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The book, Cara's Kindness is a great one for both boys and girls.  It follows a cat named Cara as she tries to find the perfect song.  She spreads kindness to a friend and the message is clear: " No worries, just pass on the kindness!"  Another thing I noticed?  The friends care about each other... and especially Cara.  As each friend sees her, they ask if she has found the right song.  See... they care about more things than themselves!   


When you pass on some kindness, it might make its way back to you...
Cara the Cat is struggling with picking the perfect song for her new ice-skating routine. But when a friend in need turns up at the rink, Cara drops everything to lend a helping hand. All she asks is that he pay it forward! Before long, Cara’s kindness is passed all around…and might even make its way back home.
Kristi Yamaguchi is an ice-skating Olympic gold medalist and world champion who knows how to lend a helping hand! As founder of the Always Dream Foundation, Kristi helps promote early childhood literacy. Through her newest picture book, Kristi inspires children of all ages to pay it forward!

Do you try and do acts of kindness?

13.12.16

Start a new tradition with @angelssingmovie #JBGiftGuide16

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here.  This past weekend, we had the opportunity to have a movie night thanks to the movie, Angels sing to kick off the festivities. We made sugar cookies (and decorated them) Yeah, I need LOTS of help in the baking department, but we had fun and that is all that matters.  We decorated the tree.  The tree has been redecorated thanks to having a 1 year old that wants to help too.  We even got a couple penguin decorations to remember the fun of this weekend as part of getting ready for the holidays.  



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Think about it, are the holidays really about the gifts under the tree?  No.  It is about making memories.  Spending time with family and friends.  Reminiscing about the past and making traditions for the future.  The movie is a good one and it will pull at your heart strings.  (Great gift idea if you are looking for one!)
We have several "traditions" around here.
Christmas Eve PJ's.  Low Country Boil on Christmas Eve.  Family for Christmas Day.

Growing up, I can tell you our traditions like it was yesterday.
We would travel to my grandparents house on Christmas Eve.  We would eat dinner and open gifts with them.  Then, we would load up to go home (it was an hour drive each way.)  As we went to leave, my grandaddy would always say "watch for deer" and we would be on our way.  We would listen to Christmas music on the way home.  Once home, we would open gifts from the family and then go to sleep.  Christmas morning, we would see what Santa brought and then go to my other grandparents house for Christmas lunch.
Every - single- year.
Times have changed, loved ones have passed, but I have the memories.  

I hope to make memories with Broxton and Savannah like my parents did with me.  Thanks to the Angels Sing movie, I was reminded just how important making those memories really are.  

What are traditions that you have as a family?  

Grab Crunchies to keep you full on the go!

The holidays have you rushing around like crazy yet??   Maybe you are working on last minute shopping, getting ready to have people at your house or even getting ready for holiday parties and what not at school for the kids.  You might not think you have time to stop and eat, but you can grab a healthy snack to munch on.  We have been enjoying crunchies freeze dried fruits around here.  As you know, Marc takes his lunch to work most days, so this is a nice addition for him as well.  

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We actually packed a couple packs of Crunchies when we went "camping" one night.  Savannah was quickly claiming the banana and strawberries as her favorite.  The pineapple is AMAZING and I will totally tell you that I hid the bag so that I did not have to share the rest with anyone.  Marc loves all the rest of them and I do too.  One of Broxton's buddies older brother saw a post of mine on instagram and wanted to know if they were really that good.  I sent him a bag and he loved them too... To say it is a better option than other snacks I would normally grab makes me not mind having them to snack on during the day!   

The flavors they offer range from beets (not for me, Marc likes them) to grapes (must try) to pineapple (if a box showed up on my door, I would be thrilled) and several more.  These are not like other dried fruits that you might have tried in the past, these are loaded with flavor!   

A little about Crunchies (from their site:)

Traceability
We are the only freeze-dried fruit company who owns their supply chain from field to fork. We source fruit directly from farmers who grow it.

Quality
Our food is pure – nothing but fruit from farmers who we know and trust.

Taste
We know many healthy snacks don’t taste that great, so we place an extra focus on the taste of our food. We ensure a crunchy, fruity flavor burst in every bite.

Simplicity

We like to keep things simple, from our food to our packaging. By giving you a convenient “no hassle, no mess – perfect on-the-go snack,” we hope to inspire you to rethink the way that you snack.



Head on over to the Crunchies site and let me know which fruit you would most like to try that they offer.  Also let me know if there is a fruit you would like to try that you did not see.  

The Legend of Korra - Complete Series

I will start by saying I am not familiar with the show The Legend of Korra at all.  I have no clue anything about it, but that doesn't say much. Broxton is always coming home asking to watch a new show that he has heard classmates talk about. I know that this shows has been out for a bit, but we are lucky that we now have the COMPLETE SERIES on DVD to watch from the start.  Nothing like getting into a show and missing some of the episodes!!! This DVD collection comes with all 52 episodes!  Great for a huge fan!


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For the first time in one collection, fans can relive every exciting element-bending moment from the worldwide phenomenon with The Legend of Korra: The Complete Series, available on DVD and Limited Edition Blu-ray December 13, 2016, just in time for the holidays! With all four books of the fan-favorite series, this 8-disc collection contains every pivotal Korra moment. From meeting Avatar Korra-a teenage girl from the Southern Water Tribe-in Book One, to Korra embarking on a groundbreaking journey of self-discovery and restoring balance to the Earth Kingdom in Book Four, every Korra battle and adventure is now available in one place! 

The Legend of Korra: The Complete Series contains all 52 episodes from this one-of-a-kind television series. That's over 20 hours of air, earth, water and firebending fun! Produced by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, The Legend of Korra: The Complete Series will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99 (DVD) and $47.99 (Blu-ray). In addition, The Limited Edition Blu-ray includes selections from The Legend of Korra: The Art of the Animated Series as a special gift with purchase! 

*while supplies last

The Legend of Korra: The Complete Series DVD special features:
  • Book 1: Air
    • The Legend of Puppetbender Presents "The Making of a Legend: The Untold Story - Part I"
  • Book 2: Spirits
    • Audio Commentary (episodes 113,114, 125 & 126)
    • Scene Bending: Rebel Spirit Scene 1 
    • Scene Bending: Rebel Spirit Scene 2 
    • Feuding Spirits: Korra's Family 
  • Book 3: Change
    • Audio Commentary (episodes 201, 202, 212 & 213)
    • The Spirit of an Episode: A Breath of Fresh Air
    • The Spirit of an Episode: Rebirth
    • The Spirit of an Episode: The Terror Within
    • The Spirit of an Episode: The Stakeout
  • Book 4: Balance
    • Audio Commentary (episodes 214, 215, 225 & 226)
    • Kuvira vs. Prince Wu
    • Republic City Hustle: Part 1

The Legend of Korra: The Complete Series Limited Edition Blu-ray special features:
  • Book 1: Air
    • Audio Commentary (audio track option on all episodes)
    • The Legend of Puppetbender Presents "The Making of a Legend: The Untold Story - Part I
    • Creators' Favorite Scenes: Animatics
      • Welcome to Republic City
      • The Revelation 
      • The Voice in the Night
      • The Spirit of Competition
      • And the Winner Is...
      • When Extremes Meet
      • Turning the Tides
      • Endgame
  • Book 2: Spirits
    • Audio Commentary (all episodes)
    • Scene Bending: Rebel Spirit Scene 1
    • Scene Bending: Rebel Spirit Scene 2
    • Scene Bending: The Southern Lights Scene 1
    • Scene Bending: The Southern Lights Scene 2
    • Scene Bending: Civil Wars, Pt. 1
    • Scene Bending: Civil Wars, Pt. 2
    • Scene Bending: Peacekeepers
    • Scene Bending: Beginnings: Part 1
    • Scene Bending: Beginnings: Part 2
    • Scene Bending: The Guide
    • Scene Bending: A New Spiritual Age
    • Scene Bending: Night of a Thousand Stars
    • Scene Bending: Harmonic Convergence
    • Scene Bending: Darkness Falls
    • Scene Bending: Light in the Dark
    • Kindred Spirits: Tenzin's Family
    • Inside the Book of Spirits
    • The Re-telling of Korra's Journey
    • Feuding Spirits: Korra's Family
  • Book 3: Change
    • Audio Commentary (all episodes)
    • The Spirit of an Episode: A Breath of Fresh Air
    • The Spirit of an Episode: Rebirth
    • The Spirit of an Episode: The Earth Queen
    • The Spirit of an Episode: In Harm's Way
    • The Spirit of an Episode: The Metal Clan
    • The Spirit of an Episode: Old Wounds
    • The Spirit of an Episode: Original Airbenders
    • The Spirit of an Episode: The Terror Within
    • The Spirit of an Episode: The Stakeout
    • The Spirit of an Episode: Long Live the Queen
    • The Spirit of an Episode: The Ultimatum
    • The Spirit of an Episode: Enter the Void
    • The Spirit of an Episode: Venom of the Red Lotus
  • Book 4: Balance
    • Audio Commentary (all episodes)
    • Kuvira vs. Prince Wu
    • Republic City Hustle: Part 1
    • Republic City Hustle: Part 2
    • Republic City Hustle: Part 3
    • The Legend of Puppetbender Presents "The Making of a Legend: The Untold Story - Part II"
    • Legend of Korra: New York Comic-Con Panel Featurette

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Earth's Last Stand #JBGiftGuide16

This boy keeps me on my toes, that is for sure. He was really into Ninja Turtles (you know, because his super cool uncle was as a kid...)  and then BOOM- he was not into them at all.  As in we got rid of all TMNT items because he was totally over it.  Now, I guess they are cool again, because he can not seem to get enough of them. He has a TV in his room, but no cable. (He doesn't watch much in there, so don't go freaking out on me!)  He has a DVD player, but only allowed certain shows. Know what that means?  He gets SO EXCITED when TMNT has a new DVD come out.  Looks like this mama is scoring cool points this holiday season as he gets a new one to unwrap!  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Earth's Last Stand is out today and it sounds pretty cool to this household!  


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The crime-fighting Turtles are back and ready to fight for their city in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Earth's Last Stand, available on DVD December 13, 2016. In this collection of seven season four episodes, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles find themselves gathering the last bits of the Black Hole Generator to return to NYC and save the planet from the Triceratons. Along with old friends and new foes, the Turtles go on a wild ride to protect the city they know and love before it's changed forever! Created by Nickelodeon and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Earth's Last Stand will be available on DVD, along with a Raphael zipper pull as a gift with purchase while supplies last, on December 13, 2016, for the suggested retail price of $14.99

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Earth's Last Standcontains the following episodes:
  • The Ever-Burning Fire - The team must overcome impossible odds to acquire the final Black Hole Generator piece.
  • Earth's Last Stand - As the team finally reaches Earth, Fugitoid reveals a horrible secret about his past.
  • City at War - When April graduates to full Kunoichi, she faces a deadly new enemy while the Turtles face the return of some old, dangerous foes.
  • Broken Foot - When Leo secretly allies himself with Karai, he gets himself into deeper danger than he could have realized.
  • The Insecta Trifecta - The team faces Stockman-Fly's new insect minions and Raph has to man up to overcome his fear of insects and lead the team.
  • Mutant Gangland - Don Vizioso's gang tracks the Turtles with a slew of Anti-Mutant weapons!
  • Bat in the Belfry - Mikey befriends two odd new superheroes, Wingnut and Screwloose!
 

 
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