Thursday, May 31, 2012
While I don't have as much time to play online games as I used to, I still like to take that down time to play. I think it is important to take time to sit back, relax and do something that is fun for you. I also love to do something that might just earn me a prize (guess I still remember that rush from winning all those years ago!!). There is a site out now BingoPalace.com that has lots of great Bingo games that offer the chance to win some fantastic cash prizes. I know Bingo is a super popular game to play in person but I also know there are not as many halls around as there used to be. And, let's face it, we are busier than we used to be so getting out to play can often be a challenge. BingoPalace offers an online site that mimics all the fun of a bingo hall and even has chat rooms so you can meet other players if you wish. At the end of the day, you can kick back, play some bingo and hope to win the big cash prize. Sounds like a fun evening to me! Pin It
What you ask, is the EKLIPSE? Well, it is a clothespin, only better! Check it out...
Doesn't the design just make sense?? It is 3 inches in diameter and only opens as much as you need it to, without any pinching. Plus, doesn't it just look better?? These are just plain fun and functional. Here are the details from the EKLIPSE website....
- One piece
- UV-Resistant, Non-Toxic, Durable, Recyclable
- Cannot be swallowed
- Always in compression
- Never has to be squeezed
- Opens only as much as it has to User friendly and socially sustainable
- Simply hook & tug to apply or remove
- Fingers and thumbs stay free
- Will not mar clothing
- Simple, Smart and Clean!
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
As you all know, I am a gal who loves to save a buck! I just had to share this one with you because I am off to sign up myself. Coupons.com (who I love!) has a Savings Club which offers high value coupons above and beyond what their regular site offers. For anyone who uses coupons or wants to this is a must and a steal at just $3 per month. You can easily save 10 times that in one trip to the grocery store wielding your coupons! What is even better is right now you can get a 30 day FREE Trial. Yes, please! Click the link above to take advantage of this deal before it is gone. Happy Saving!
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island - Own it on Blu-ray Combo Pack or Digital Download 6/5!
If I were headed to a mysterious island I would arm myself with these items (listed in no particular order of importance!)....
1. Lipstick (obviously)
2. Bottled Water
3. A Compass
6. My Kindle (that would work there, right??)
7. Gummy Bears
7. Granola Bars
8. Hair Elastics
10. A Book (not sure which one!)
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It's Hazel's thirtieth birthday and she has everything she's ever wanted: a kickass job, a dream apartment in New York City, and the perfect boyfriend—who's just days away from proposing. Hazel thinks she's happy but isn't quite ready to settle down. So when her most far-fetched fantasy enters the realm of the possible, shouldn't she drop everything to see it through?
The morning after her birthday, Hazel boards a flight to L.A. only to get the surprise of her life. When she's bumped up to first class, extra legroom and free drinks are absolutely the last things on her mind when she catches sight of her seatmate: her all-time biggest celebrity crush, rock star Finn Schiller! Only the night before she'd confessed her infatuation with the gorgeous musician, and her boyfriend joked that she had a free pass if she ever met him. Hazel can't believe fate has actually thrown them together.
Even more unbelievable is that during the flight they genuinely connect. Finn likes her uncensored cursing and wicked sense of humor, and that she's unlike all of his groupies; Hazel likes his killer looks, ripped physique, and soulful music. But what started as a fantasy quickly becomes a real attraction, and after a dream date and taste of the rock-star life with Finn in L.A., Hazel is forced to examine the track her life is on. Indulging in a passionate affair with a rock star seems crazy—but could she ever forgive herself if she walked away from her wildest dream coming true? And is her wildest dream the stuff that happiness is made of?
A lively novel about a down-to-earth New York City girl who suddenly finds herself in a rock 'n' roll Cinderella fantasy, The Rock Star in Seat 3A is seasoned with Jill Kargman's signature wit and hilarious dialogue. This is a fairy-tale romance with a twist.
This book was the ultimate "what if" book. Can you even imagine if you were at least "almost" single and seated next to the rock god of your dreams?? I had a sort of love/hate relationship with Hazel. I was rooting for her/annoyed with her and desperate to see what she would do (or not do!) next). This is what kept me riveted until the very last page. This book was crass in some parts but it completely fit with the rock and roll vibe of the book so the language was actually fitting. I surprised myself when, in certain parts, I get tearful. I expected this to be a fun read (it WAS) but it was also a testament to relationships, letting go and moving on. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and highly recommend it for your summer reading list. Pick up your copy today on Amazon.....
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Happy Wednesday! I hope you are all having a great week. Yesterday we closed on a house (yikes but exciting!) and I can't wait to share our big renovations with you all. I plan on sharing some pictures soon so stay tuned. This is quite a project!
Meanwhile, be sure to check out all my current giveaways some of which are ending very soon. Be sure to get your entries in....
- Pear Tree Greetings $20 Gift Certificate Ends 5/31
- The Complete Idiot's Guide To Couponing Ends 6/5
- Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregivers (3 winners) Ends 6/1
- Chicken Soup for the Soul: Magic of Mothers and Daughters (3 winners) Ends 6/5
- Honey Bunches of Oats (free product coupon) 5 Winners! Ends 6/7
- Picasso, That's Who (And So Can You!) Ends 6/7
- Keranique Shampoo & Conditioner Ends 6/1
- Burn Notice Season 5 & White Collar Season 3 Ends 6/4
- Siblings Without Rivalry Ends 6/2
- eShakti Custom Item of Choice Ends 5/31
- Jackie After O by Tina Cassidy Ends 6/3
- Aaahh! Real Monsters Season 2 DVD (3 winners) Ends 5/30
- Shabby Apple Dress
Here is the scoop...
Kylie shows the reader how she manages her food allergies with poise and confidence, follows her dreams and goes on to live happily ever after.
Whimsical and colorful illustrations make this supportive story a fun read for all, especially food-allergic children.
Book includes a simple baking recipe, food allergy tips and resources for adults.
A portion of the proceeds from each book sold will be donated to FAAN for food allergy research.
*Disclosure: I was provided with the above mentioned product for review. All opinions are 100% my own.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Hot on the heels of her 2011 Parents’ Choice® Silver Honor Award winning CD, Cousins Jamboree, independent children’s musician Hope Harris is excited to embark on a lively new adventure into the world of art with the May 22 release of Picasso, That’s Who! (And So Can You!). The album takes kids and families through a tuneful celebration of 19th and 20th century visual artists, offering musical mini-lessons in art appreciation and encouraging listeners to pick up a brush or a crayon and try creating art!
1 A-C-T-I-O-N (Jackson Pollack)
2 Picasso, That's Who! (Pablo Picasso)
3 Who Made the Splash? (David Hockney)
4 Grandma Moses (Grandma Moses)
5 Swingin' Little Duck (Alexander Calder)
6 See A Painting by Georgia O'Keefe (Georgia O'Keefe)
7 Dot In Motion (Paul Klee)
8 Telling Stories (Romare Bearden)
9 M-A-T-I-S-S-E, Matisse (Henri Matisse)
10 Impression. Monet (Claude Monet)
11 Paint A Picture, Too
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Monday, May 28, 2012
One of my very favorite types of cereal has made some recent improvements! Honey Bunches of Oats is an absolute staple around here and, to be honest, I wasn't even sure what they could be improving on. When I tasted it I knew....each box is filled with even more granola bunches. My verdict?? Even more delicious than before. Honey Bunches of Oats is made from Whole Grains and has no fat making it a healthy breakfast (or anytime) choice! You can find the full nutritional information as well as a listing of all their yummy flavors on their Facebook page and website.
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Friday, May 25, 2012
- A free ticket voucher (valued up to $40) to see the Globetrotters during their 2013 World Tour
- Autographs and photos with the stars!
- 3-day trial pass to 24 Hour Fitness
Clinic Locations:(These are just the clinics - the games for your tickets are in 200 cities)
Phoenix Houston San Francisco New Jersey
Denver Dallas Los Angeles Seattle
St Louis Miami Las Vegas
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If you have never seen the Globetrotters they are amazing! I can only imagine how much fun these clinics will be! Be sure to register now!
*Disclosure: I will be receiving Harlem Globetrotters tickets in exchange for posting this information. All opinions, as always, are my own.
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Couponing has evolved from Sunday morning newspaper clippings into an online world of websites, blogs, and daily specials. Today, becoming a couponing pro is more than clipping coupons; it is about juggling more savings opportunities than ever before. The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Couponing teaches readers how to maximize savings by couponing more strategically with information on how, where, and when to find the biggest couponing deals.
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I love planning my children's birthday parties. I sometimes feel like I get a little too much into the "theme" of it all but I just can't help myself! It is all just so much fun and seeing the kids get so excited over the whole shabang makes all the work and planning so worth it. Before the guests even arrive at the party the first clue to the big bash is, of course, the invitations. One of my favorite companies, Pear Tree Greetings has an amazing of selection of Kids Birthday Invitations. Check out some of these fun designs...
Thursday, May 24, 2012
The first time I saw Marian Ballantine she looked like a burst of bittersweet among the winter branches . . ."
And so begins a tale of love lost and found, the rekindling of a passion for life that two people discover with each other, and the complex dynamics of family and friendship.
Geoffrey Tremont is untroubled by his neat, contented bachelor life in bustling New York City, filled with sophisticated friends, an undemanding lover devoted to her own career, and his wise brother, a psychiatrist who is the only one who sees and understands him completely—just the way Geoffrey wants it. On an ordinary day, Geoffrey arrives home to find a letter awaiting him with a postmark from an unfamiliar town: Shady Grove, New York. An old friend has named him the executor of her estate. Twenty years ago, in college, Geoffrey and Laura Welles had been each other's confidant; as their lives diverged, they went their separate ways. Now, she's reached out of the past to ask him a final favor. Laura's death has also brought her brother, Simon, to Geoffrey's doorstep. With his sister gone, Simon has no one but her old friend Geoffrey with whom to settle past grievances.
With Simon in tow, Geoffrey travels up to Laura's hometown—the place she chose to live her final years—where he meets Marian Ballantine. A widow living in the shadow of an idyllic marriage, and now grieving the loss of her best friend, Marian knows a lot about Geoffrey. Laura often spoke of him, she tells him, and though he's flattered, he's also thrown off balance. From the moment he first sees her, Geoffrey instinctively knows this attractive, plainspoken woman has the power to upend his cool, compartmentalized life. What Marian knows is that life comes with no guarantees, no promises of lasting happiness, and although she finds herself unsettled by this persistent, compelling man, she's unwilling to trade her hard-won, quotidian existence for an indefinite future. Faced with the decision to embrace the unknown or retreat to the safety of the familiar, they will both have to discover the courage it takes to tumble into the abyss of love.
The Queen Bee got first dibs on this book and had this to say about it....
I hadn't read Saul's first book, Light of Day, but it did get good reviews. In this novel, there is a main character, Geoffrey Tremont, who was a child actor and now did voice overs. Lives in NYC, runs with a sophisticated crowd, has a girlfriend who he sees when he wants, comes and goes as he pleases. He receives a letter from a lawyer, who tells him of the death of a childhood friend,Laura, who has asked that he be executor of her estate.
This one is definitely going into my summer read pile! Add it to yours too and pick up your copy today on Amazon....
Thanks to Harper Collins, one lucky RBM reader will win a copy of The First Warm Evening of the Year! Thanks so much to the sponsor and here is how to enter...
I have been a fan of Farm Rich for quite some time. I particularly like their meatballs which I can toss into a sauce for a quick, nourishing meal the whole family loves. We really love the Italian Style Meatballs from Farm Rich. I heat them right on the stove top in the sauce and them put them on pasta or in a sub roll. Yummy! There are also turkey meatballs and regular meatball options which give a big range of recipe ideas.
We recently tried the Farm Rich Cheese Sticks as part of an appetizer dinner in our home and they were a big hit. Check out the facts...
- Made with 100% real mozzarella cheese
- Breaded and seasoned to perfection
- Good source of calcium and protein
- 0g trans fat per serving
- Comes in 10 oz snack pack & 52 oz value pack
These were great AND not greasy or heavy feeling like so many of these type of food typically are.
There are lots of handy choices from Farm Rich....Mini Pizza Slices, Pretzel Bites, French Toast Sticks and more! If you are looking to save time in the kitchen without forgoing taste and nutrition, be sure to pick up Farm Rich products at the grocery. To find a retailer near you click HERE.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I have been a fan of eShakti since I was introduced to them last year. I have two shirts I love from them as well as my "go to" winter coat. They offer custom sizing and styling so you get exactly the look and fit that you want. eShakti is a real treasure! Right now they have some fabulous spring and summer offerings so if you are looking to spruce up your wardrobe (who isn't??), now is a super time to shop eShakti. Here are a couple of my favorites....
Defined in the public eye by her two high-profile marriages, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis faced a personal crossroads on the eve of 1975. Her relationship with Aristotle Onassis was crumbling while his health was rapidly declining. Her children were nearing adulthood, soon to leave her with an empty nest. Both death and scandal were about to strike yet again. But 1975 would also be a time of incredible growth and personal renaissance for Jackie, the year in which she reinvented herself and rediscovered talents and passions she had set aside for her roles as wife and mother.
In Jackie After O, acclaimed author and journalist Tina Cassidy explores this prolific yet incredibly daunting year in the life of Jacqueline Onassis, including her part in the campaign to preserve Grand Central Terminal in New York City; her pursuit of a real career, in the editorial department of Viking Press; the death of her second husband and her fraught relationship with his surviving daughter; and the London bombing that almost took her own daughter's life. Cassidy has unearthed new information from archives and original interviews, and reveals intimate stories about the projects and interests of Jackie's earlier years that would lay the foundation for her life beginning in 1975, from an internship at Vogue to her meticulous restoration of the White House when she was First Lady.
The Queen Bee got first dibs on this book and this is what she had to say...
I, like everyone else on that fateful day, remember where I was when President Kennedy got shot. I was home sick from school, my mom had gone to tea next door with our neighbor Arlene. I was sitting there watching TV, when the news bulletin came on. I went running next door to tell my mom. Camelot was no more.
I was very interested to see if this author could add anything new to what we already knew about Jackie O. As I understood the book to be about one year in the life, I was pretty confused when the first half of the book was jumping back and forth. I could not figure out what year the author, Cassidy, was writing about. When she finally started telling us about Ari Onassis, I figured it out, 1975. The year Jackie took on the City of NY over the proposed demolition of Grand Central Station. The year Jackie became a book editor for Viking. The year Aristotle Onassis died, and left her a widow once again.
I am not sure that this book gave me awhile lot more insight then I already had by reading newspaper & magazine articles. There were plenty of news stories on TV, telling us all about the fight over Onassis' millions.
Unfortunately for Cassidy, Jackie O's life played out in the press. I kept reading, wanting to read something that was new and unpublished. I didn't get what I wanted. What I did get was a reminder of how Jackie could twist people around her finger, and got what she wanted. How powerful she was in that regard ! She did have some fine victories in the fight to save historical buildings. She had great success at Viking and then again at Double Day. She did finally come into her own. But I am sad to say, that the mystery that was Jackie Kennedy Onassis, went to the grave with her.
I recommend this book if you would like to refresh your memory about the sometimes glamorous, but mostly tragic life of Jackie O.
You can pick up a copy of this book today on Amazon at 35% off!! Grab one for some summer reading...
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Already best-selling authors with How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish turned their minds to the battle of the siblings. Parents themselves, they were determined to figure out how to help their children get along. The result was Siblings Without Rivalry. This wise, groundbreaking book gives parents the practical tools they need to cope with conflict, encourage cooperation, reduce competition, and make it possible for children to experience the joys of their special relationship. With humor and understanding much gained from raising their own children Faber and Mazlish explain how and when to intervene in fights, provide suggestions on how to help children channel their hostility into creative outlets, and demonstrate how to treat children unequally and still be fair. Updated to incorporate fresh thoughts after years of conducting workshops for parents and professionals, this edition also includes a new afterword.
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"Oh, she's fine here," Erin said. "Just set the water on the table."
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For those of you who are unfamiliar with this read here is the scoop...
But when Travis loses his construction job and his home, the security he's worked so hard to create for Bella begins to crumble….
Then a miracle. A job in Raleigh has the power to turn their fortunes around. It has to. But when Travis arrives in Raleigh, there is no job, only an offer to participate in a onetime criminal act that promises quick money and no repercussions.
With nowhere else to turn, Travis must make another choice for his daughter's sake.
Even if it means he might lose her.
I loved this book. It was suspenseful, touching and, at times heart wrenching (tissues should be on hand!). Chamberlain created some very endearing characters in this book and their stories come together seamlessly. This is a can't put down read about love and the lengths a father will go to to protect his child. Pick up a copy today on Amazon....
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Have you all had the chance to check out my TagAlong Teddy review and giveaway? If not be sure you do because it is ending soon. I am also excited to share an exclusive TagAlong Teddy discount just for Reviewed by Mom readers!!! When you visit TagAlong Teddy you will receive 30% off your order by entering 051912 at checkout! This is a super deal but hurry...this offer ends May 27th at midnight. Happy Shopping! Pin It
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To celebrate the upcoming releason of Burn Notice Season 5 and White Collar Season 3, one Reviewed by Mom reader will win a copy of each of these DVD's! Thanks so much to the sponsor! Please use the Rafflecopter form below to enter.
Monday, May 21, 2012
The Power of Peppermint
Keranique has incorporated peppermint oil into its new volumizing shampoo and conditioner. The ingredient works to gently moisturize the hair shaft while stimulating micro-circulation and new hair growth. A tingling, cooling effect occurs when peppermint oil is massaged into the scalp, helping to balance the PH levels and banish oily hair – and the fresh, invigorating scent of peppermint will last all day!
The Keranique Volumizing Shampoo gently deep cleans, stimulates/nourishes the scalp and follicles, and removes oil/build up that drags hair down. The shampoo is free of sulfates, parabens and synthetic fragrances. $35
The Keranique Volumizing Conditioner coats the hair to make each strand thicker and protects fine hair with a unique cream-gel formula that doesn’t weigh it down. It is also formulated to help hydrate and stimulate micro-circulation around the hair follicle to help nourish the hair. The conditioner’s blend of technologies penetrates each hair shaft to help smooth cuticles, mend split ends and decrease hair breakage. $35
When I first tried this set I was at first taken with the scent. It is lovely and invigorating and that alone made me feel pampered. After using this product for the past few weeks, I can really say I have noticed a difference in the shine and boucne of my hair. Keranique has really worked its' magic on my poor lifeless hair! I would highly recommend the Keranique brand to anyone who needs a life boost for their hair. Keranique can help bring back the bounce, shine and overall health to your hair. Hooray for that! You can purchase Keranique products now through www.hsn.com and www.keranique.com.
I am so pleased to tell you that one lucky Reviewed by Mom reader will win a full sized set of the Keranique Volumizing Conditioner and Shampoo which I told you about above (a $70 value). Thanks so much to the sponsor and here is how to enter.... a Rafflecopter giveaway Pin It