Thursday, December 29, 2011

Today's Me & My Hubby's Anniversary! :December 29th!

I Love my hubby. So much. :)

Today is our 3rd anniversary of being married.
3 years ago, I married the most amazing man in the world.
I am a lucky woman to have found him :)

I look forward to each day with him and some day, we will be celebrating out 30th Anniversary! That's amazing.
Life with this man is so much brighter. So much happier. And so much more fun.
I thank God, He sent me my true love :)




Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Easy Earnings! I just Earned 3 Magazine Subscriptions, free!

Do you use Recyclebank?? I have always heard great things about it and finally got around to checking it out. It's a site that teaches you some great things about making this world a better place, but it also allows you to earn points that you can trade in for products n such! I have only been using the site for 2 weeks and I earned enough points to purchase for free= THREE different, one-year magazine subscriptions!

I love it!

I like to look at magazines but never want to pay the subscription fees for it, so this worked out so well for me. I traded in my points for:

Martha Stewart Living
Everyday Food
and
Whole Living

Magazines.


If you haven't joined this site yet, you should!! It's easy to earn points and they have some great discounts, coupons, magazines, gift cards and more that you can exchange your points for!

You can join by clicking this link HERE


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

We're All Moved In!

As you know by my previous post, we were moving three days before Christmas! December 22nd, was are move in date. We started at 12pm and ended everything completely at 12am!! A 12 hour process! We put everything in a uhaul and my hot hubby drove it to our new place, as well as my mom drove her packed SUV. Once we got everything moved into the apartment, me and my hubby unpacked EVERYTHING! lol which is why it took a full 12 hours to get everything done. It was exhausting but felt good to have everything unpacked all in one day and didn't have to wake up the next day to unpacking. We were able to enjoy a relaxing Christmas time and I even like our new place. I was worried about moving to an upstairs apartment, (Moving things UP the STAIRS was incredibly exhausting!) But its got some beauty up here. I like the scenery of our living room window. A nice tree that squirrels chase each other on, as well as some more greenery. I will have to post a photo! It stays warm up here, which is nice for Winter :) Not sure how Summer will be...But for now I'm liking this place pretty good. It's got some great stores all in walking distance. There's some kids around my sons age.

It feels like home for now :)

Tyler's Coffee-Good for Sensitive Stomachs

Tyler's Coffee roasts their coffee beans in a way that makes high levels of caffeine but completely free of acid. Which in turn, give you a lot of great benefits. Your teeth benefit from it by the coffee not affecting your tooth enamel, equaling less cavities and stronger teeth! And if your stomach is sensitive to regular coffee, Tyler's Coffee should help with that, because it has no acid and should digest easier.

I was happy to try this product out and share it with my family-my mom in particular because she has been a coffee-aholic since I can remember! lol. But she also gets heart burn a lot, which we think is linked to the coffee-which more then likely, contains acids. So I was very appreciative to try out Tyler's Coffee and share it. I took the pack with me (one pack makes a whole pot of coffee)to my mom's on Christmas and was able to share it with everyone else as well.

When I first opened the package, it's smell was odd...it wasn't a very good coffee smell but I just figured that was because it was made differently then the usual kind. I made a full pot of coffee with the bag and we each had a cup. My mom, My Step-Dad, Me, My Brother and My Husband. We all tried it. We didn't like it. We all agreed that it had a very strong chemically taste to it. In my cup, I added a lot of creamer to it, because that's how I like my coffee, and it was ok first sip...but the sip after...and the sip after that...it was nothing too pleasing to my taste buds :(

I was really looking forward to this coffee being good, so it could hopefully help my mom's digestive problem with coffee, but we just didn't care for it. Everyone's taste buds are different though...
some may like it some may not. It is a nice idea though.


If you would like to try your own Tyler's Coffee, let me know by leaving a comment with your email 
and I'll pick one person to send it to! :)



I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Star Wars Snowflakes

So I'm not really any kind of a Star wars fan at all, but both my brothers and my son adore it so I wanted to give these Star wars Snowflakes a shot!

I found them over at Anthony Herrera Designs.












They're adorable! Especially Yoda! Which is the one I tried. I printed out the free download and went to cutting. I didn't realize how difficult it would be! I needed an x-acto knife to cut the facial parts out...but since I don't have a tool for that, I just drew my own silly faces on :)

Looks like Yoda..right?? Hehe...maybe only a tiny bit but it's still cute :)

















Thank you Anthony Herrera for sharing these!

Tomorrow We Move!

My goodness, how fast time has been flying.
Christmas is almost here! Are you ready?

We aren't!

Not quite yet anyway...

We're moving tomorrow!! 3 days before Christmas!! The day before Christmas at my moms!!

It's a hectic time to move...but we've waited since September to move to our new location! The original place we were moving to ended up having too many problems, which is too bad because that place was a 3 bedroom townhouse. So now we're just moving to a different 2 bedroom apartment...and this time...it's upstairs :( Not ooberly happy about that! But at least the downstairs neighbors will help heat our upstairs place :) And we wont have to deal with loud upstairs neighbors...but moving things up the stairs is going to be a pain!!

I just want to get moved in and settle so I can fully enjoy Christmas.

So if I am MIA more so then usual...it's because I'm packing crazy and in the mode of moving!


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Winter Weight Gain

Winter is here...the weather is cold...and the scale numbers are increasing.

I think the majority of people put on a little extra weight, in the cold seasons, as a way for their body to keep themselves warm....I for one, get cold REALLY easy, which in exchange, means the pounds are packing!




That and all the delicious sweets and goodies which begin in October with Halloween (Candy! Candy! Candy!)-I'm a sucker for chocolate!! ...Then there's Thanksgiving where we tend to engorge ourselves in buttery mash potatoes, stuffing, rolls, and several fat filling pies! Then there's dear ol' December..so many many sweets. Heart warming foods. Really just anything comforting we can get our hands on...And lastly, New Year's where we drink too much and try to last through the next few chilling months until Spring comes.

Comfort foods are a weakness.
Cold weather makes me bundle up causing pure laziness.
And warm cookies are all too inviting.

Surviving winter is a challenge. But it doesn't have to be this way...I can change it...

If I can find the motivation to :)

But first...I will enjoy the Christmas goodies.

Because I'm making cookies...and can't forget my mom's bon bons...and brothers brownies
...{mouth drooling}...

Then maybe...just maybe...

I can stop feeling like a bear in hibernation.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Have Santa Call You!!!

This is so cool!!

We have been having so much fun playing around with this site, having Santa call people. My 4 year old son is especially having fun with it, Receiving his own phone call from Santa!!

Go to http://www.sendacallfromsanta.com/ and have Santa call people you want too!!

It's GREAT!! So fun! :)

You can also call Santa and leave him a message at: 855-347-2682



Redbox from Smiley360-Video Game Review

I signed up with Smiley360's Redbox mission and got a code for a free rental.



What was suppose to be free...cost us 80cents...Which is still good for a one night rental but was a little sad it wasn't free as said. I emailed Smiley360 and let them know... hope no one else had this problem!

Using Redbox is easy to rent movies or games for 24hrs. All you do is use your credit card and type your email in at the end. Redbox has locations all throughout, making it convenient to return at any location.
For our Redbox rental, we rented Sonic Generations on Xbox360.

Playing this...It took me back to my childhood! My brother owned a Sega Genesis and we would take turns playing Sonic-back in the day :) So it was exciting getting to play the new, modern day Sonic. But we found that it runs sooo much faster then the one in the 90's! It was almost too fast. Sonic would run and sometimes not stop fast enough, he would fly off the balcony or run into a bad guy. So that's a bit to get use to. My husband liked the fact that you could change the language so he could have them speaking Japanese-which is the language he is learning. He says the stages are beautiful and the music is awesome-wishes there were more stages from the classic games. 
This game made a nice family night-our little man (age4) really enjoyed watching it as well. 
An over all good game, one we will be buying :) 


ALSO, Redbox is hosting 12 Days of Deals and Prizes and offering daily prizes from December 13 thru December 24. Text FUN to 727272 for instant savings of 25 cents - $1 off of your movie and game rentals, as well as a chance to be entered to win a daily prize from Redbox.



You too can get free products to review, by signing up, free, with Smiley360

Friday, December 16, 2011

Win Calliou Toy Package At Sunshine And SippyCups Blog!

Enter Sunshine And Sippy Cups Giveaway on her Blog!!!
To win an adorable Calliou toy pack!!!

Check it out at:
http://sunshineandsippycups.com/2011/12/win-a-caillou-toys-prize-package-90-value/


Backstage Betty Crocker

Have you ever wondered how Betty Crocker food's are tested out?

You can have a sneak peak at the Betty Crocker Kitchens and see how its done.

Just Click the link below to watch this short film:

http://influencers.3uu.us/gto.php3?syid=2992&code=725be5468e70f9a2


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

TV For Prefense














Prefense is on TV!

National Airing on We TV on the television show Living in Style with a segment on living healthy:
December 16th at 8:30am (EST), 7:30am (CST), 6:30am (MST) and 8:30am (PST)

Local Airing:
If you live in these areas check out Prefense on the television show Living in Style with a segment on living healthy, and be sure and tell your readers about it as well!

Kansas City on KPXE 12/16 at 10:30 am
San Antonio on KPXL 12/17 at 7:30 am
Pittsburgh on WINP 12/18 at 9:30 am
Hartford on WHPX 12/19 at 10:30 am
Spokane on KGPX 12/20 at 10:00 am
Denver on KPXC 12/21 at 9:00 am
Minneapolis on KPXM 12/22 at 10:30 am
Raleigh on KRPX 12/22 at 11:30 am
Norfolk on WPXV 12/23 at 7:30 am.

*The airings listed are are on the ION network and are local cities at local times.





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Monday, December 12, 2011

iCaught Santa!! Giveaway!!!

iCaught Santa on my couch!!! :) :) :)
He's in our living room! :)

iCaughtSanta is a great site that allows you to post Santa into your photo to enhance your child's imagination and happiness!! Can you imagine how happy a child who believes in Santa, to see a photo of him in his/her very own home??? iCaughtSanta will do just that. You can purchase photo's and even videos on icaughtsanta.com with 3 easy steps, CAPTURE the photo you would like Santa to appear in, CREATE your Santa in the photo, and SHARE that photo with your loved ones! Easy as that.

I get to pick 5 Winner's who will get to make their own photo for FREE!!
All you have to do to enter is
"like" iCaught Santa on Facebook!
Make sure you leave me a comment letting me know you "liked" them on facebook and leave your email address so I can email you if you won!
2nd Entry: Leave a comment telling me who you want to catch Santa for.

I will pick a winner before December 20th!

Good Luck! :)













I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

"Stuck"-DVD Based Study - Book Review


The book "Stuck" is written by Jennie Allen 
and is a DVD Based Study which includes:

--8 sessions on DVD

--Study Guide with story-driven teaching, Scripture study, and short five-day-per-week lessons

--Leader’s Guide for facilitating group study

--Conversation cards help to facilitate more spontaneous and authentic conversation

--Promotional resources for churchwide campaign

One kit is recommended for each group of 8-12 women.

The description I read for the book, talks about how we get stuck in times in our lives and lose our focus on God. Being stuck in places of being broken, angry, scared, sad, ect. Struggling to get out of that "Stuck" place, we might lose out in what God has planned for us. The book is designed to bring women closer together to help one another out, while growing closer to God as well. I didn't have a group of women to share this book with but I do have a few here and there who can benefit from it. I like the note cards, being able to focus on one main thing you may be dealing with... weather it's feeling overwhelmed, or sad...you can just pull out a card and read the question on it, which will help you reevaluate your problem, or read a bible verse that may be on it, which will help you regain focus.

This is a great Bible Study for a women's group. I think it will help a lot of others who feel stuck in a harboring situation and need God's help to get out. It will also bring one another closer together, and maybe find a new friend or two to be a shoulder when they need one.


I received this book from booksneeze.com in exchange for my review.

Private Selection Food Review

I had the chance to try out Private Selection Frozen Foods, and was sent three free coupons. One for a pizza, one for an appetizer and one for a dessert (which excluded ice cream-sad). The package also included a booklet, a great Private Selection pot holder and five $2 off coupons.


As Private Selection is only found in certain stores,
we went to Fred Meyer to purchase the food. 
Their selections were limited but we contemplated each one...
We decided on:
The Private Selection Barbeque Chicken Pizza, Southwestern Style Chicken Trumpets Appetizer and the Mini Eclairs Dessert.

So sad to say, we were not pleased with any of them :(

The Barbeque Chicken pizza is made on a thin and flaky crust, topped with BBQ Sauce, seasoned white chicken, smoked bacon, roasted red onion and mozzarella and white cheddar cheese, with parsley throughout. Sounds good right? Once cooked, the crust came out too hard..now I will give the pizza the benefit of the doubt and say it could have been our oven....but the overall flavor of the Pizza was not very good. The chicken had an odd flavor of seasonings, the BBQ sauce was caked on a bit too much and the pizza tasted dry. The best part of it all would have probably been the cheese. 
Sadly this pizza did not pass our liking...

The Southwestern Style Chicken Trumpets are tortilla's filled with sauteed chicken, crisp peppers, onions, cheddar cheese and chili pepper. These were probably the worst part of the whole meal. These Trumpets had a very papery flavor to them, making them really hard to enjoy. The chicken inside them tasted old and freezer burnt. They sound a lot and I mean A LOT better then they tasted.
And last on the list...The Mini Eclairs. These are tiny bite size Eclairs which come in a box of 20, and makes them fun and great for parties. They come frozen, topped with chocolate and contain a custard filling. When you are ready to eat them, you either put them in your fridge for 2hours or on the counter for 30minutes. Once de-thawed, you enjoy! Well, these didn't have as much flavor as an eclair should have..and they also had a freezer burnt taste. I know Eclairs are meant to be eaten cold, but since eating them cold wasn't working out, I decided to microwave a few to try them warm. 
I liked them a lot better warm!

Private Selection, so far, has not been a brand we enjoy. And even though the coupons didn't allow purchasing ice cream with them, we decided to try out the ice cream separately. 
We purchased Amaretto Cherry Cordial and German Chocolate Cake.

Both of these ice creams were great! VERY rich in flavor so only a small amount is needed. The Amaretto Cherry Cordial contains northern cherries and dark chocolate bits folded into amaretto ice cream swirled with cordial cream. It makes for a delicious Milkshake, especially if you add in Torani's Peppermint Syrup!
The German Chocolate Cake contains rich chocolate cake pieces folded into chocolate ice cream swirled with caramel pecan sauce. I never tasted the sauce but the cake pieces sure our delicious.


That's the wrap on Private Selection foods. Since everything (but the ice cream) seemed to taste freezer burnt, I'd like to think it was the stores issue and not the company. 
Have you ever had Private Selections Foods? What's your take on them?


Thanks to Bzzagent for allowing me to review Private Selections products in exchange for my own opinionated review. 


Bacon Jam Review

I felt ecstatically lucky to try out Bacon Jam, as we are a family that love bacon. It all began when I was pregnant back in 2007, I craved bacon so much! Thankfully where I worked, they had bacon for breakfast daily and I got my good intake on it ;) Because of that, my son, who I was pregnant with at the time, he now loves bacon as well! And my husband...well he just loves ANY meat lol.
Skillet Street Food describes bacon jam to be made with "niman ranch bacon and render it down along with onions, balsamic and other spices . It cooks for several hours until it is a perfect blend of smoky, tangy, savory and slightly sweet….basically spreadable bacony goodness!" They describe it perfectly. You can taste the smokiness of the bacon, along with a sweet and spicy touch to it. I first tried the Bacon Jam warmed up on a plain bagel. I didn't care for this taste, but I'm thinking it could be because I didn't even toast my bagel!


Not sure what I was thinking there lol, but my husband had the great idea to use Bacon Jam with burgers. Last night he made delicious hamburgers for dinner and he spread the Bacon Jam on the bread of our burgers and it came out great! Mixing with the taste of cheese, it was a fulfilling meal.


Skillet also has a list of Recipes I will be checking out! I think it all depends on what you eat the Bacon Jam with, for how well the taste will come out, but it is a great product, especially for people who love meat! With Christmas coming around, it would make a GREAT stocking Stuffer!



Skillet Street Food also has Pumpkin Sauce I think would be fun to try out. 
As well as this awesome Shirt and Giftbasket!







I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Decorative Ceiling Tile Review


Decorative Ceiling Tiles can be a great piece to add pizazz to a special room, maybe making it a conversation piece; even using the ceiling tiles as a backdrop for a photography room or wall decor...

These simple tin, faux tin and Styrofoam ceiling tiles are lightweight and easily put up with adhesives. Making it easy to put up and take down as needed.

When I received my Ceiling tile, I was surprised of the size because it is just is so much bigger in person. The PVC material it is made with is indeed lightweight, so it assured me it won't fall from the walls.

The Packaging of the tile...Tin Ceiling Tile with Styrofoam Tile Atop...


I'm not fond of the color copper, so it's nice that you can paint over these tiles. The ceiling tile I received has a Medieval look to it and when I put it up on our ceiling to check it out, my husband said it made him feel like he should have a thrown in the room lol.

Though the design of our ceiling tile isn't quite our taste in art, there are several Decorative Ceiling tile designs to choose from. I'm really liking the Classic White Flower Power and the Arctic Frost tile:


You can check out the Decorative Ceiling Tiles website and maybe use them in your next remodeling project :)
You can also find them on FACEBOOK.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, 
I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Preparing For Christmas+Ornament Craft

Got our Christmas Tree set up. And a few other lil decorations..



















Me and my little boy made some Gingerbread tree ornaments using this awesome smelling recipe from cooks.com
***

1 c. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 c. applesauce



And the squirrel is happy eating my peanut butter cookies :)


Though we may be moving soon...
I couldn't let that get in the way of my Christmas spirit. 
I just had to decorate :)


Monday, December 5, 2011

Pretzel Maker From Nostalgia Electrics Giveaway by FRUGALITY IS FREE

Frugality Is Free is doing a giveaway for a Nostalgia Electrics Pretzel Maker!!



I have never heard of Nostalgia Electrics until now, and I found, they have some REALLY cute stuff!! You must check them out! You can visit their site at http://www.nostalgiaelectrics.com/



So go on over to Frugality Is Free and enter in at her Giveaway.
You could win that amazing pretzel maker :)