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Thursday, December 22, 2011


My Favorite New Coffee

Godiva's Seasonal Peppermint Mocha, YUM!
Inspired by our Candy Cane Bark with its irresistible combination of Godiva Chocolate and pieces of peppermint candy cane.

Chocolate Truffle came in second in our house.
Made in the spirit of our rich Milk Chocolate truffle, this medium roast coffee has an irresistibly creamy flavor.

You don’t have to spend a fortune to give a great gift this holiday season. Lists are longer and budgets are tighter so finding the right gift, at the right price, can be difficult. Priced just under $10, GODIVACoffee invites you to treat everyone on your gift list or around your table with the perfect holiday indulgence.

Crafted from medium-roasted, 100% Arabica beans with seasonal flavors inspired by the famed Chocolatier’s most popular truffles, Godiva Coffee can be enjoyed by all. Whether you give the Godiva Coffee and Milk Chocolate Gems collection as a gift or create your own, pairing seasonal favorite Pumpkin Spice Coffee with a special mug or coffee maker, Godiva Coffee lets you give a luxurious gift at an affordable price.

Entertaining has never been easier with delicious holiday flavors like Peppermint Mocha and Cinnamon Gingerbread Truffle. Pair with your favorite dessert, chocolates or holiday cookies to get in to the spirit of the season.

To learn more about Godiva Coffee, please visit

I can't wait until they come out with K-cups for these and wish they carried the seasonal blends all year!
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Thursday, December 15, 2011


Simple inexpensive photo coaster gifts

Supplies Needed:
Craft Glue that dries CLEAR
Paint brush or sponge brush
16"x16" sheet of cork (found at craft store, comes in rolls and flat sheets)
4 - 4"x4" white tiles from Home Depot
4 - 4"x4" pictures or photos printed on paper
Clear spray paint/sealer
A little patience!

First you cut you photos or pictures printed on regular paper into 4"x4" squares. Photo paper and regular paper work.

Mix your white glue with a little water just to make it spreadable with a paint brush.

Paint a thin coat of the glue mixture on the tile then apply your photo on top of it.

Paint two additional coats of the glue mixture on TOP of the picture.

Let dry overnight.

SOMETIMES you will get bubbles. The only way I have found to deal with these is to apply more glue and apply pressure. It will make a little crease in the paper or photo and is usually undetectable.

Cut your cork into 4"x4" pieces. Apply craft glue to the wrong side of the tile and press your cork down. Let dry overnight.

Next in a well ventilated area, spray you tiles with the clear spray paint/sealer. I let this dry over night and applied another coat for protection.

You are done!

This craft easily costs under $10 for 4 coasters. Have fun!

You can also use pretty napkins instead of photos or print nice photos you find online as well.
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Friday, November 11, 2011


Tummy Ticklers and Belly Washers

Don't the names just SOUND fun?Both of my kids really enjoy these 100% juice treats! I REALLY like that the Tummy Tickler TOTS are 40% reduced sugar juice pre-diluted with purified water!
BellyWashers! TummyTickler! TummyTicklerTots!
100% All-Natural juice. No added sugar. Kids’ favorite 3-D character act as SPILL-PROOF spouts. BPA-Free. Age-appropriate serving sizes. Reusable, dishwasher safe.

Perfect for:

  • families on-the-go
  • packed lunches
  • car rides
  • party favors
  • healthy Halloween treats
  • stocking stuffers and more! Age: 5-10, 100% Juice, Fruit Punch Age: 3-5, 100% Juice, Apple Juice Age: 1-3, 40% reduced sugar juice pre-diluted with purified water, Apple Juice

Locate where to purchase these YUMMY Ticklers and Washers HERE
I received a free sample of this product to write this review.
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Thursday, November 10, 2011



Betty has your back as you prepare for Thanksgiving. Have a burning question about an undercooked turkey, or anything else going haywire in your kitchen? Betty is your holiday hero!
From November 15th through 24th, just post your question and our team of kitchen experts will respond within 1 hour.
Ask a question or follow along at or on Twitter using #Betty911.
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011



IMAGINATION IS KING™ at BURGER KING®, so participating restaurants have transformed mealtime into a family-friendly experience for kids and parents alike! The new BK CROWNTM/MC Program experience includes a newly designed crown with every Kids Meal and a fully interactive box to engage the whole family. The fun lives on at for more games and interactive play.
But this Kids Meal isn't just about the cool toy inside. With the BK CROWN Program, Burger King Corporation invites kids to tell BURGER KING what matters to them most. BKC has established a fund to help support:
  • Wildlife Conservation Society
  • National Parks Conservation Association
  • Have It Your Way™ Foundation
By visiting, kids learn how BKC's charitable partners make a difference. Upon entering BK CROWN Codes and clicking on their favorite cause, each kid's vote helps decide how BK® will give back to each charity.
For a limited time, BURGER KING is also offering their first ever BK™ Family Bundle through the end of the month which includes the following for $9.99:
  • one WHOPPER® sandwich
  • one WHOPPER JR.® sandwich
  • two small fries
  • two small soft drinks
  • Kids Meal
Now that's a deal worth getting together for! (Price and participation vary. Prices higher in HI.)

Information provided by Pssst from General Mills
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Monday, November 7, 2011


NEW Transformers Games - Great hoilday idea!

Activision has come out recently with two great new Transformer games just in time for the holidays.

Transformers - Autobots 

  • Play through 20 unique missions, plus daily challenge missions and global player stats comparisons 

  • Scan over 30 unique vehicles and customize their paint schemes -- morph from a larger-than-life robot to a high-powered vehicle 

  • Build up your custom Transformers' stats and abilities as you explore the world 

  • Exclusive Antarctic levels, available only in Transformers - Autobots 

  • Local wireless multiplayer modes (up to four players) such as Team Death Match and AllSpark Sports

  • Transformers - Decepticons  

  • Play through 20 unique missions, plus daily challenge missions and global player stats comparisons 

  • Scan over 30 unique vehicles and customize their paint schemes -- morph from a larger-than-life robot to a high-powered vehicle 

  • Build up your custom Transformers' stats and abilities as you explore the world 

  • Exclusive desert levels, available only in Transformers - Decepticons 

  • Local wireless multiplayer modes (up to four players) such as Team Death Match and AllSpark Sports

  • Both are rated E for Everyone ages 10 and up. My seven year old thinks these games are great!
    Both are avaiable from several reatailers including, Transformers: Autobots and Transformers: Decepticons. Happy Gaming!
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    Tuesday, November 1, 2011


    Skylander's Spyro Adventure

    I have to say I am always so impressed by how far technology has grown. The new Skylander's Spyro for Wii and DS3 is by FAR the most amazing game I have seen in the XBox Kinect.

    I have to say I secretly want to wait until the kids go to bed and play this one for myself! I really like the action figures that come to life and they have brains!

    For generations, the Skylanders have used their magical powers and weapons to protect Skylands. But now, an evil tyrant has frozen and banished them to Earth. Only you can put them on the Portal of Power™ and bring them back to life in their world to save Skylands forever.

    Skylanders are special action figures that come to life! Just take a Skylander, place it on the Portal of Power and BOOM! the Skylander will come to life in the video game. There are over 30 Skylanders - each with unique abilities and powers.

    The Skylanders are so powerful that they remember their in-game experiences and upgrades as they explore the mysterious world of Skylands, battle menacing creatures and collect treasures.

    One of the great features of Skylander's is:

    Play with the Skylanders at your friend's house

    It doesn't matter what gaming system your friends have at their house, the Skylanders work on and across all major video game systems. You can take your Skylanders over to your friend's house, drop them on their Portal of Power and your Skylanders will come to life in the game!

    We have found this an expensive challenge with the DSi you both have to have the exact same game to lay together? That sounds like a waste of money buying the same game right?

    So in my best "Superman" voice is say, "Skylander's Spyro Adventure will be the best gift ever and be safe in the PORTAL OF POWER, whaa haa haa haa"

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    Wednesday, September 28, 2011


    FRESH Chicken breasts just $1.49 a pound! Hurry and order before they sell out!

    THE SALE IS LIVE! Head over and get your chicken before it sells out. The site is running a little slow, just be patient.

    Zaycon Foods is scheduled to offer chicken again this fall at only $1.49 a pound (available in 40 pound boxes for $59.60)!

    Last October I told you about Zaycon Foods, an awesome NW company that offers premium chicken boneless, skinless chicken breasts at an incredible price. I did a review and I LOVED it and so did my readers who also tried it. Zaycon Foods, an Eastern Washington business, doesn’t source it’s products to any stores, but rather they sell directly to consumers like you and me, which means they can charge less.
    I’m personally going to buy another case – at $1.49/lb, a 40 lb case is only $59.60. The first case we got lasted us about four months. The chicken is never frozen, it comes straight from the farm. It was clean, not a lot of fat to trim off and the meat was great (read my review here). It’s 100% natural chicken with no added hormones, additives or artificial ingredients. Within a couple days of getting our case of chicken I packaged it into 1-2 pound packages using our FoodSaver (which I seriously love), some even with marinades for easy meals later. I recommend the book, Fix, Freeze, Feast for some great freezer meal recipes. If $59.20 is a too much to fork over at one time, consider sharing a case with friends/family.

    To order the chicken
    1. Register over at Zaycon Food Web site.
    2. One you fill out the short registration form, select your location (it will show you date/time for pick-up – make sure those dates work for you)
    3. As soon as the sale opens, you’ll receive an email and you can order your chicken. (But it’s supposed to open Tuesday at 5 p.m., so be ready!)
    I admit – it seems strange to buy meat off a truck. :) But by selling directly to consumers they are able to keep the prices low. I’m able to recommend it based on our personal experience – we liked it and so did my readers.
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    Friday, September 23, 2011


    Soul Bigger - Video for Jewish New Year

    Did you know the Jewish New Year is around the corner? It begins on the evening of September 28th!

    Rosh Hashanah, (literally "head of the year"), is the Jewish New Year. It is the first of the High Holidays or Yamim Noraim ("Days of Awe"), celebrated ten days before Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah is observed on the first two days of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar.[1] It is described in the Torah as יום תרועה (Yom Teru'ah, a day of sounding [the Shofar]).

    The National Jewish Outreach Program was established by Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald in 1987, to stem the losses of Jews from Jewish life due to assimilation and lack of Jewish knowledge. Since its founding, NJOP has become one of the largest and most successful Jewish outreach organizations in the world.

    NJOP has created thi great video for Rosh Hashanah this year. This is a great message and such a fun way to share it!

     The creators of “Soul Bigger” also offer Beginners Services for the Jewish New Year – visit their website for locations and more information:
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    Friday, September 9, 2011



    We just got back from an exciting trip to Disneyland and D-Signed just came out with some AWESOME new products and contests!

    Just in time for back to school, CeCe and Rocky, the female duo from the Disney Channel’s hit show Shake It Up, are the latest character muses for the popular tween fashion line of apparel and accessories called “D-Signed” available at Target and nationwide on August 1, 2011.

    Since January 2011 to date, Shake It Up is TV's #1 series with kids ages 6-11 and tweens ages 9-14.* The hit show centers on CeCe and Rocky, played by Bella Thorne and Zendaya, whose dreams of becoming professional dancers are realized when they land roles on a popular teen dance show. The new merchandise program for tweens plays up the characters' dancing lifestyle and energy of the show.

    The collection mixes stylish patterns and fabrics to create a fun and fearless look. Ultra-cool, rebel blacks are punched up with electric green, fuchsia and deep purple. Sequins, grommets and studs accent animal prints and dark mottled tie-dye to bring together a perfect, dance-ready look!

    The mix and match pieces also allow young girls to also express their fashion sense with quality, mom-approved clothing at budget friendly prices.


    Fans Can Participate Through the “My Princess Moment – The Story Begins With You” Video Contest on

    Glendale, Calif. – August 25, 2011 – As Rapunzel is welcomed into the Disney Princess royal court on Oct. 2 at Kensington Palace in London, England, Disney Princess fans can feel a part of the special occasion by participating in an online video contest on Whether it’s the kindness shown by Cinderella, determination of Tiana, or adventurous nature of Rapunzel, girls connect with Disney Princess characters in different ways to bring their own stories to life. With the “Your Princess Moment – The Story Begins With You” video upload contest, fans age 12 and under can submit a 45-second video singing part of one of four songs from the upcoming Disney Princess Fairy Tale Songs compilation album – available Sept. 20 from Walt Disney Records. Alternatively, fans can submit a video recreating a favorite Disney Princess scene, dressing up or performing a dance.

    Videos entered between now and Sept. 12, 2011 at are eligible for the ultimate Grand Prize – a trip for four to London for Rapunzel’s royal celebration. From videos entered by Oct. 4, 2011, one First Prize winner will be selected to receive a 3D TV and DVD assortment from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, and ten Second Prize winners will receive the Disney Princess Ultimate Dream Castle from Mattel. Parental consent is required to enter the contest.

    Disney will officially welcome Rapunzel as the 10th Disney Princess character at a high profile, star-studded celebration, to take place in front of a global audience on Oct. 2, 2011. Little princesses from across the globe will watch Rapunzel be welcomed into the Disney Princess royal court by Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Mulan, Pocahontas, Snow White and Tiana. In a world first, Kensington Palace, London, UK, was chosen by Disney as the perfect location for this magical welcoming ceremony of a Disney Princess, as it has been the home of many real life princesses over the centuries.

    For full contest rules, prize information and details for how to enter, please visit
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    Thursday, September 8, 2011


    Betty Crocker Fan Fare

    Fall TV show buzz is in the air! It means the return of our favorite vampires, housewives and talent show judges that leave us hungry for more - until next week, that is.

    Speaking of hungry, Betty Crocker´s food experts have created fun and delicious food ideas that bring your favorite TV genres to life! And now they´re teaming up with reality TV star and "bachelorette" Trista Sutter to share more great ideas that are perfect for TV viewing parties with friends and family!

    Bloody Good Shows
    We love sinking our teeth into a good vampire show. Love and horror go hand-in-hand in the mysterious world of the undead as fiery passions and supernatural secrets heat up the night. The battle between good and evil is fun, sexy, and always leaves us thirsty for more.
    Blood Red Sangria Cocktail Blood Red Sangria Cocktail
    This citrusy martini gets its striking layered appearance from drops of sangria-inspired simple syrup made from red wine and dark sweet cherries (after all, "sangria" means "bleeding" in Spanish!). An "impaled" cherry adds the finishing touch. Get the recipe at
    School Days
    Put down your pencils and check out the shows that are sure to be on your honor roll this fall. We love sharing in the triumphs and heartbreaks our favorite students encounter on campus each week - whether they are belting out tunes in show choir, competing on the football gridiron, or just goofing off in study group.
    Blood Red Sangria Cocktail Slushee Cup Cakes
    Go to the head of the class with this new twist on the traditional poke cake. Two cupcakes are "poked" and splashed with fruity slushee syrup, then topped with colorful cherry or blue raspberry frosting and glittery sugar. You´ll give them an A! Get the recipe at
    Center Stage Shows
    Talent competitions are in the spotlight, as rising stars sing and dance their way to fame and fortune. But while contestants may come and go, it´s the judges - both spicy and sweet - whose personalities really keep us tuning in each week.
    Blood Red Sangria Cocktail You Be the Judge Popcorn MixThese pop corn mixes are customizable with a variety of flavors that bring personality to the table. Which one is your favorite - Sugary Sweet, Angry Jerk, Worldly Spice or Flaky Nut? You Be The Judge! Get the recipe at
    It's All Relative
    While the modern American family is being reinvented every day, we still relate to the all-too-familiar characters on our favorite family shows. Whether it´s the overachiever mom, the dad who´s trying to be cool, or the precocious but loveable kid, these characters are both smart and funny, especially when they come together over what really matters most.
    Blood Red Sangria Cocktail Cheesy Po-Tot-Chos
    You won´t have to ask twice to get everyone in front of this pile of potatoey tots, topped with cheese, salsa and fresh veggies like tomatoes and avocado. This twist on classic nachos is so good - it may be a fight to snatch the last tot! Get the recipe at
    Geek Chic
    The geeks are suddenly chic! The socially awkward, but super-smart set is all over the small screen this fall, speaking a language all their own. What they lack in social skills, they make up for in humor. We wouldn´t hold it against you if calculate a countdown until next week´s episode.
    Blood Red Sangria Cocktail Solving for Pi Cheesecake
    It´s a simple equation: mango + raspberry + cheesecake + pie = delicious! Take a cue from the molecular gastronomy trend and scoop up this deconstructed dessert that literally "pops" with flavor! Get the recipe at
    Gilt-y Pleasures Shows
    The drama - and wine - flows freely on these shows, offering an indulgent escape from the reality of everyday life. Whether focusing on the lives of celebrities, housewives or bachelorettes, these shows offer an intriguing glimpse into the lives and loves of the stiletto-clad crowd.
    Blood Red Sangria Cocktail Boxed Wine Cupcakes
    Here´s a better way to serve boxed wine - in cupcake form! These fashion-forward cupcakes are infused with popular wines like sauvignon blanc, zinfandel, rosé and champagne, and perfect for get-togethers with girlfriends. Get the recipe at
    On The Job
    If it´s not at home, the workplace is a favorite setting for some of this fall´s most anticipated shows. Coworkers who bicker like siblings ultimately connect over the communal coffee pot, finding ways to make the 9 to 5 grind not only bearable, but fun.
    Blood Red Sangria Cocktail Cocoa Crunch Donut
    Who doesn´t love a donut at the office - or at home? These homemade donuts start with refrigerated biscuits, then add a sweet glaze and crunchy Cocoa Puffs cereal for a fun and chocolatey punch. Get the recipe at
    It's a Guy Thing
    It´s raining men on the fall TV schedule. These men are guys´ guys who tend to hang out in their "man caves," at the game or at a bar. However frustrating they may be to the women in their lives, it´s their funny antics that keep us tuning in each week.
    Blood Red Sangria Cocktail Double Meat Dudewich
    This manly sandwich is all about extremes. Tow meats - beer-soaked BBQ pork and savory smoked sausage - are piled high on an onion bun with coleslaw and pickles to top it off. It might take two (or more!) men to polish off this messy but awesome creation. Get the recipe at
    Cartoons Grow Up
    Saturday morning cartoons and a bowl of cereal - it was so fun to be young. Thankfully, new primetime cartoons provide a colorful break from the hectic, all-too-grown-up world around us.
    Blood Red Sangria Cocktail Silly Pink Rabbit Adult Malt
    This colorful adult malt is inspired from the classic Pink Squirrel cocktail - but adds childhood favorites like ice cream and Trix cereal to evoke the flavors of childhood in a completely grown-up way. Get the recipe at
    Late Night Laughs
    The headline for these late night talk shows is - hilarious! Comedy abounds after dark as clever hosts share their points of view on the news of the day - even sparring each other on topics including politics, pop culture and even ice cream.
    Blood Red Sangria Cocktail Late Night Snack Cookies
    These yummy chocolate cookies are crammed with all your late night hosts´ favorite snack foods - chewy, chocolatey caramels, salty potato chips, and cruncy waffle cones. With these cookies on hand, we don´t blame you if you raid the pantry late at night. Get the recipe at
    Food Fight
    Food reality shows fire up the competitive spirit with innovative challenges that push cuisines - and tempers - to the breaking point. Mix in some spicy personalities, along with "a secret ingredient," for an experience that will leave you hungry for more!
    Blood Red Sangria Cocktail Korean BBQ Kimchi Quesadillas
    This winning food truck-inspired dish loads up a Mexican quesadilla with the flavor of Korean BBQ. And what´s the secret ingredient? Kimchi! Get the recipe at
    Back to the Sixties
    Jump back to the `60´s where glamorous dramas bring mod men and women to life, capturing the cocktails, fashions and flirtations of the "jet age."
    Blood Red Sangria Cocktail Modern Old-Fashioned Cocktail
    This modern take on an old-fashioned cocktail infuses the flavors of peach, citrus and maple syrup into the classic bourbon drink. Finish it off with a single, large ice cube to give it a modern twist that´s perfect for a dimly-lit bar or kicking back on your own sofa. Get the recipe at
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