Spring Caramel Corn

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Spring Caramel Corn

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Welcome back to the 12 Days of Easter Recipes and Crafts! I’m excited to share this delicious and fun Spring Caramel Corn recipe from This N That with Olivia. Head on over HERE for the full recipe and check out the other great recipes/crafts featured in the linky below!



Win a Snoopy and The Peanuts Gang Spring Prize Pack

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Snoopy and The Peanuts Gang Spring Prize Pack Giveaway

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Spring is finally arrived and with that comes fun times like Spring Break, Easter, fresh flowers and outdoor fun. One crew that really knows how to ring in Spring is Snoopy and The Peanuts Gang.

To ring in Spring with extra special fun, Snoopy and his pals are giving away a really exciting Springtime Basket filled with delicious goodies, fun games and more. Be sure to head over to Kristin’s page and also get some free Peanut’s Spring time Printable activity sheets.

1 winner will receive a Snoopy and The Peanuts Gang Spring Prize Pack!

Giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ years of age (limited to one entrant per household).

The giveaway ends on 03/31/14.

Simply follow the Rafflecopter entry form below for your chance to win. Be sure to return tomorrow to complete the daily entries

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The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. We are not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to US Residents, 18+ only. Limit one entrant per household. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest, Instagram or Klout.

This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not.

Win a Kore Men’s Trakline Belt

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Kore Men’s Trakline Belt Giveaway

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Sponsored by KORE Essentials and hosted by Powered by Mom Blog & Friends

Check out Powered by Mom’s Review HERE

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About Kore Essentials:
8X’s more adjustable than a regular belt. Our hidden, smart track gives you 40+ size positions in 1/4” increments. That’s a lot, because it’s all about you. #1 rated on Amazon! No holes, full-grain leather belts (best cut), and solid stainless steel or high-grade alloy buckles.
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Readers Get 15% OFF our entire selection by entering the promo code ‘Kore15′ at checkout.
One lucky winner will receive a men’s belt of their choice (based on availability)

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Be sure to come back daily for more chances to win.

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Win a $100 Salonpas Prize Pack

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Salonpas Giveaway

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We all get aches and pains now and again, and it’s good to have great products on hand for when that happens. Salonpas is giving one lucky winner a
basket full of their products valued at $100!

The basket may include some of the following:

  • Pain Relief Patch

  • Arthritis Pain Patch

  • Deep relieving gel

  • Jet Spray

  • and more…

Check out the full review from HERE from Katrina at Top Notch Material and what she thought of the product line. For your chance at winning the prize pack, please use the Giveaway Tools below.

*Giveaway runs from 3/23 to 4/7 at 11:59 pm EST. Chances of winning depend on entries received. Open to US residents 18 years and older. No PO BOX. Winner entry will be verified. Winner has 48 hours to reply to this notification email or another winner will be selected.

Strange Magic on DVD and Digital HD 5/19

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Strange Magic on DVD and Digital HD 5/19

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George Lucas brings you the story of a music-filled fairy tale about finding love in the unlikeliest of places in Strange Magic on DVD, Digital HD/SD and On-Demand May 19th! This magical adventure features a host of colorful characters including a princess (voiced by Evan Rachel Wood) who has sworn off love, a dubious villain (voiced by Alan Cumming), a slightly nutty Sugar Plum Fairy (voiced by Kristin Chenoweth) and a knight who is no Prince Charming (voiced by Sam Palladio). Bonus features include a Musical Mash Up: Outtakes and more! 
 

A Music-filled Fairy Tale About Finding Love in the Unlikeliest of Places

 

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On DVD and Digital May 19th.

 

 

SYNOPSIS:                      “Strange Magic” is a music-filled fairy tale about finding true love in the unlikeliest of places. This magical adventure features a host of colorful characters including a princess who has sworn off love, a dubious villain, a slightly nutty Sugar Plum Fairy, a tenacious elf, a mischievous imp, and a knight who is no Prince Charming. Bring home the enchanting tale the whole family can enjoy today!

VOICE TALENT:            Evan Rachel Wood (“The Wrestler,” “Across The Universe”) as Marianne, Kristin Chenoweth (“Rio 2,” “Bewitched”) as Sugar Plum Fairy, Alan Cumming (TV’s “The Good Wife,” “X-Men 2”) as Bog King, Maya Rudolf (“Bridesmaids,” “Grown Ups 2”) as Griselda.

DIRECTOR:                        Gary Rydstrom (Pixar’s Lifted and Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation)

 

STORY BY:                          George Lucas (“Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens”)

 

RELEASE DATE:                 May 19, 2015

 

BONUS FEATURES:           Magical Mash Up: Outtakes, Test and Melodies

                                             Creating the Magic

 

PRODUCT INFO:               DVD, Digital HD/SD and On-Demand

 

GENRE:                                Animation

RATINGS:                             PG

FEATURE RUN TIME:         100 minutes

ASPECT RATIO:                   2.35:1

AUDIO:                                5.1 Dolby

LANGUAGES:                      English

SUBTITLES:                          English, Spanish, French

SOCIAL MEDIA:                  Website: http://strangemagicmovie.com/ – home

                                                      Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/StrangeMagicMovie

                                                      Twitter: twitter.com/strangemagic @strangemagic

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MONKEY KINGDOM – Family Activity Packet & Educators Guide Now Available

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MONKEY KINGDOM – Family Activity Packet & Educators Guide Now Available

In one week I’ll be learning more about this movie and I can’t wait to share it with you!! With Disneynature’s MONKEY KINGDOM opening in theatres next month (April 17th), I wanted to share this Family Activity Packet and Educators Guide! I’ve also included a featurette on the Disneynature brand that highlights all the amazing results that have come from these films:

The Family Activity Packet and Educators Guild can both be easily downloaded from the official MONKEY KINGDOM website here!

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Follow Disneynature on Twitter: Twitter.com/Disneynature

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Follow Disneynature on Instagram: http://instagram.com/disneynature

Visit the official MONKEY KINGDOM website: http://nature.disney.com/monkey-kingdom

MONKEY KINGDOM opens in theatres everywhere on April 17th!

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Website and Mobile Site: www.disney.com/monkeykingdom

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Genre:                                                  True Life Adventure

Rating:                                                  G

U.S. Release Date:                                April 17, 2015

Narrator:                                               Tina Fey

Director:                                               Mark Linfield

Co-Director:                                          Alastair Fothergill

Producers:                                            Mark Linfield, Alastair Fothergill

Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in “Monkey Kingdom,” Disneynature’s new feature film set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya’s world is forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, into her complicated extended family. Like all families, Maya’s has more than its share of colorful personalities—and she’s determined to give her son a leg up in the world. When their longtime home at Castle Rock is taken over by powerful neighboring monkeys, Maya’s whole family retreats, and she uses her street smarts and ingenuity to uncover untapped resources amidst strange new creatures and unsettling surroundings. Ultimately, they will all have to work together to reclaim Castle Rock, where Maya can hopefully realize her dreams for her son’s future.

Featuring a rich variety of characters, including a mischievous mongoose, simple-minded langur monkeys, predatory leopards and monitor lizards, “Monkey Kingdom” is narrated by Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), directed by Mark Linfield (“Chimpanzee,” “Earth”) and co-directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Chimpanzee,” “Bears”). With music from award-winning composer Harry Gregson-Williams (“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Shrek” movies), Disneynature’s eighth True Life Adventure—the follow-up to 2014’s “Bears”—swings into theaters April 17, 2015.

Set in the storied jungles of South Asia, “Monkey Kingdom” showcases the adventures of new mom Maya, a clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey who’s determined to give her son a leg up in the world. 

Notes:

·       For every ticket sold opening week (April 17-23, 2015), Disneynature will make a donation to Conservation International to help protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats. 

·       “Monkey Kingdom” is the sixth theatrical release for Disneynature, the first new Disney-branded film label from The Walt Disney Studios in more than 60 years.  The label was launched in April 2008 to bring the world’s top nature filmmakers together to capture a variety of wildlife subjects and stories.

·       The first five big-screen releases under the Disneynature label—“Earth,” “Oceans,” “African Cats,” “Bears” and “Chimpanzee”—are among the top six highest grossing feature-length nature films of all time.

·       Walt Disney was a pioneer in wildlife documentary filmmaking, producing 13 True Life Adventure motion pictures between 1948 and 1960, including “Seal Island” (1948), “Beaver Valley” (1950), “The Living Desert” (1953) and “Jungle Cat” (1958). The films earned eight Academy Awards®.

 

OFFICIAL BOILERPLATE:

Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in “Monkey Kingdom,” Disneynature’s new feature film set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya’s world is forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, into her complicated extended family. Like all families, Maya’s has more than its share of colorful personalities—and she’s determined to give her son a leg up in the world. When their longtime home at Castle Rock is taken over by powerful neighboring monkeys, Maya’s whole family retreats, and she uses her street smarts and ingenuity to uncover untapped resources amidst strange new creatures and unsettling surroundings. Ultimately, they will all have to work together to reclaim Castle Rock, where Maya can hopefully realize her dreams for her son’s future. Featuring a rich variety of characters, including a mischievous mongoose, simple-minded langur monkeys, predatory leopards and monitor lizards, “Monkey Kingdom” is narrated by Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), directed by Mark Linfield (“Chimpanzee,” “Earth”) and co-directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Chimpanzee,” “Bears”). With music from award-winning composer Harry Gregson-Williams (“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Shrek” movies), Disneynature’s eighth True Life Adventure—the follow-up to 2014’s “Bears”—swings into theaters April 17, 2015. For more information about the film and the conservation program, go to www.disney.com/monkeykingdom.

ABOUT DISNEYNATURE:

Disneynature was launched in April 2008. Its mission is to bring the world’s top nature filmmakers together to share a wide variety of wildlife stories on the big screen in order to engage, inspire and educate theatrical audiences everywhere. Walt Disney was a pioneer in wildlife filmmaking, producing 13 True-Life Adventure motion pictures between 1948 and 1960, which earned eight Academy Awards®. The first five Disneynature films, “Earth,” “Oceans,” “African Cats,” “Chimpanzee,” and “Bears” are five of the top six highest overall grossing feature-length nature films to date, with “Chimpanzee” garnering a record-breaking opening weekend for the genre. Disneynatures’s commitment to conservation is a key pillar of the label and the films empower the audience to help make a difference. Through donations tied to opening-week attendance for all five films, Disneynature, through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, has planted three million trees in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, established 40,000 acres of marine protected area in The Bahamas, protected 65,000 acres of savanna in Kenya, protected nearly 130,000 acres of wild chimpanzee habitat, cared for chimpanzees, educated 60,000 school children about chimpanzee conservation and funded research and restoration grants in U.S. National Parks, supporting conservation projects across U.S. National Parks and protecting endangered species. For more information about Disneynature, like us on Facebook: facebook.com/Disneynature and follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/Disneynature.

Frosted Rice Krispy Treats

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Frosted Rice Krispy Treats

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Do you need an easy and impressive treat to bring to Easter dinner? Janell at SavingYouDinero.com has a yummy recipe for Frosted Rice Krispy Treats. They are sure to be a hit at your Easter celebration!

Visit SavingYouDinero.com to get the complete recipe.

Plus make sure you check out some of our other delicious Easter recipes and crafts from our favorite bloggers around the web!



Win a Selfie Stick

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Selfie Stick Giveaway

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Selfie sticks may look kind of goofy at first, but once you use them, you realize just how cool they really are. Top Notch Material is giving away 2 SelfiePods! Don’t miss out, and if you want to see the full review click HERE.

*Giveaway runs from 3/22 to 4/6 at 11:59 pm EST. Chances of winning depend on entries received. Open to US residents 18 years and older. No PO BOX. Winner entry will be verified. Winner has 48 hours to reply to this notification email or another winner will be selected.

Win RAW Fit® – High Protein

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RAW Fit® – High Protein Giveaway

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Sponsored by: Garden of Life Hosted by: Powered by Mom

RAW Fit® – High Protein for Weight Loss!

RAW Fit is a USDA Certified Organic, RAW, plant-based vegan high-protein powder that is an easy way to increase your protein intake. It has a mild, slightly sweet flavor that mixes great with your favorite food or beverage and contains RAW, organic and clinically studied ingredients to help you burn fat, maintain healthy blood sugar, boost your energy, lose weight and look great!†

  • Support healthy blood sugar levels and burn fat naturally with the power of Svetol® Green Coffee Bean Extract, RAW Food Created Chromium, Organic Cinnamon, and Organic Sprouted Grains†
  • Help regulate your cortisol levels and manage stress related cravings with RAW Organic Ashwagandha†
  • Build lean muscle mass, help repair it after work-outs and sustain it on a sensible meal plan with 28g of RAW certified organic plant protein—a complete protein with 13 organic sprouts and a biological value of 98.2%!
  • Naturally filling and satisfies hunger with RAW Organic Soluble and Insoluble Fiber from certified organic grains, seeds, legumes and fruits
  • Promotes healthy and comfortable digestion and elimination with live probiotics and enzymes†

Comes in original and new Marley Coffee. Winner will receive two containers of their choice (based on availability)

Check out some Raw Fit recipes HERE

Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON – New spot now available

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A brand new Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON TV spot debuted during March Madness and an extended version is now available!  I am so incredibly excited to see this movie!!

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Like THE AVENGERS on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/avengers

 

Follow THE AVENGERS on Twitter: https://twitter.com/avengers 

Visit the official website: http://marvel.com/avengers

Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON will hit theaters everywhere on May 1st!

Genre: Action-Adventure

Rating: TBD

U.S. Release date: May 1, 2015

Running Time: TBD

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård with James Spader and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury

Writer/Director: Joss Whedon

Producer: Kevin Feige, p.g.a.

Executive Producers: Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Patricia Whitcher, Stan Lee, Jon Favreau

                                                

STORY SYNOPSIS:

 

Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk and Chris Evans as Captain America. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.

 

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When Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as they battle to save the planet from destruction at the hands of the villainous Ultron.

 

OFFICIAL BOILERPLATE:

 

Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk and Chris Evans as Captain America. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Patricia Whitcher, Stan Lee and Jon Favreau serve as executive producers. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.

Score a #MomWin with El Monterey Breakfast Burritos

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Score a #MomWin with El Monterey Breakfast Burritos

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“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”  I’m not sure what that is based on, but you hear it all the time and I know that from personal experience I always do better when I eat breakfast. I seem to have more energy and make better choices when it comes to lunch and snacks.

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Sometimes it’s really hard to find time and something everyone likes for breakfast which is why I’m excited to share El Monterey breakfast burritos with you!

 

Moms know children perform better in school when they eat breakfast, and El Monterey breakfast burritos are packed with protein, filling kids’ bellies all morning long. And, they’re ready in under five minutes, making them the perfect breakfast for busy mornings.

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Breakfast is a great way for moms to celebrate everyday victories. El Monterey breakfast burritos are kid-pleasing and kid-filling, which means moms always win with El Monterey (#momwins).

El Monterey uses Ruiz family recipes and real ingredients like scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese and sausage in fresh-baked flour tortillas. The result is high-quality breakfast burritos bursting with bold flavor and rich Mexican heritage.

I don’t know about you, but a breakfast your kids love that help them do better through the day is a total #MomWin in my book.

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Want to try them out? Here’s a coupon for $1 off El Monterey Breakfast or Signature Multi-Pack Burrto/Chimichangas.

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A Pinterest Party and DIY Marbleized Mugs

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A Pinterest Party and DIY Marbleized Mugs

A Pinterest Party and DIY Marbleized Mugs

I love spending time with my sisters and I also love crafting. So, when my sister in law let me know she was having a Pinterest party I was more than excited.  My sister in law lives a few hours away so I decided to make a mini trip out of it.

We all found some different pins that we liked and decided to go with DIY Watercolor Mugs from Poppytalk.

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Between Breanne and her friends we had a great selection of food and wine.

A Pinterest Party and DIY Marbleized Mugs

The craft was simple and a lot of fun. It also didn’t cost much as far as materials. We started with a variety of white cups, mugs, and plates. Some were found pretty inexpensive at Walmart while the rest were picked up at thrift stores.

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Breanne and I gathered together all of our nail polish. Yes, this collection belongs to only two of us :)

A Pinterest Party and DIY Marbleized Mugs

You’ll want to fill a shallow container with warm water. I would recommend using disposable containers or ones that you aren’t concerned about ruining.  Once the containers are filled with warm water just drop in the nail polish colors you’d like.

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Next you dip your mug (or plate, etc) into the water and the mug will pick up the nail polish. I did notice that one dunk as opposed to rolling worked better.

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The possibilities are endless!

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Jessica probably had the most colorful mug

And if you are the type to really get into your work you don’t have to worry because it’s just nail polish and can be removed with nail polish remover. This works on the mug too if you’re not happy with your design.  Once you are happy with your design you should let it dry for at least 2 hours.

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This is how my cups and plates turned out and I’m thrilled with the results!

A Pinterest Party and DIY Marbleized Mugs

I did try to use a wooden stick to stir the nail polish, but it did not work real well and ended up lifting the nail polish film out of the water. I decided to just go with however the color landed.

A Pinterest Party and DIY Marbleized Mugs

I love how unique and different all of our designs turned out and we all used the same technique.

A Pinterest Party and DIY Marbleized Mugs

They all came out so cool!

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L to R front row to back: Breanne, Jessica, Emily, Tania, Me, Heidi, Mary, Kristin, and Kayla

We had a great time designing our cups.  I did end up applying an Acrylic Clear Coat to my mugs when I got home so the nail polish did not peel.

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Heidi, Breanne, and Tania

Since we had nail polish we ended up doing our nails too.

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My nephew and me

It was a night of crafting, food, and fantastic company. I can’t wait for the next one!  Another bonus to my mini trip was snuggles with my adorable nephew! Isn’t he the cutest?!

What do you and your friends do for fun?

Signature Donna A Pinterest Party and DIY Marbleized Mugs

 

Win a Lugalake Bluetooth Portable Speaker {$90 RV}

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Lugalake Bluetooth Portable Speaker Giveaway

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Available for purchase on Amazon, the Lugulake is the perfect portable speaker. Take it to the beach, in your car, at the office…wherever you want a nice portable sound for your music and movies, Lugulake is the answer. Be sure to read Kristin’s Full Review.

1 winner will receive a Lugulake Portable Bluetooth Speaker of their own ($40 Value)!

Giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ years of age (limited to one entrant per household).

The giveaway ends on 03/27/15.

Simply follow the Rafflecopter entry form below for your chance to win. Be sure to return tomorrow to complete the daily entries

Good Luck.

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The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. We are not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to US Residents, 18+ only. Limit one entrant per household. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest, Instagram or Klout.

This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not.

Ice Road Trucker

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Ice Road Trucker

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Have you seen the show Ice Road Truckers on the History channel?  I thought it was a great show until I started driving a truck and realized that a lot of it was exaggerated and over the top. Now, I never drove a semi truck through Alaska or even over a frozen lake.

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On Albert Lea Lake in Minnesota

I did drive on a lake in a car, but that’s another story.

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Truck Stop in TN

OTR (over the road) truck drivers drive through all sorts of weather.  We drive on beautiful sunny days, through wind and rain, and also through ice and snow.  Growing up in FL I never learned how to drive on ice or through snow and was actually pretty nervous about it. I heard stories about cars sliding off the road on the infamous black ice and I had seen pictures of trucks that had jack knifed due to icy road conditions.

Driving on ice was something I was very nervous about doing. My instructors and mentor taught me how to pull out of a slide if I was to feel my trailer sliding, but I had no clue how I’d know. In fact I asked multiple times “How will I know my trailer is slipping” and I got the same reply every time “You just will.”

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Driving down I80 in Nebraska

One of my very first winter driving experiences was in Nebraska.  I was driving west on I80 with a load. My husband was in the sleeper berth (back of the truck) and I was driving.  As I drove further west into Nebraska the snow came down harder and driving conditions became less favorable. Traffic started slowing.

As I was traveling along I80 I felt my trailer start to slide (yes, you really do “just know”).  I was able to pull out of the slide with out an issue. Probably because I asked so many times I’d never forget how to. Over the CB I heard other drivers congratulating and complimenting me on pulling out of my slide. Not long after another trucker drove by, saw me driving, and announced on the CB “It’s a little girl driving the truck!”

My husband and I still laugh about it.  I’m now much better at driving on icy roads, although I prefer for them not to be icy.  Do you have any stories about driving on icy roads?

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The Great #PizzaTasteOff2015

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The Great #PizzaTasteOff2015

The Great #PizzaTasteOff2015

Good friends and good food always make for a great night! I love hanging out with my fellow #NorthIowaBloggers and we seem to have a thing for “taste offs”.  We took the Lays Do Us a Flavor Challenge and there’s even been an Oreo Tasting Party.  This time we decided to take on pizzas.

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We had a few different types of pizzas from Kum & Go, Godfather’s, Casey’s, Pasta Bella, and Udi’s.  I brought the Udi’s and it’s the only one I tried since I am gluten free, but I had fun hanging out with everyone.

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Udi’s is my #1 choice because it’s gluten free. The other’s were impressed that it was GF.

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We had other goodies besides the pizza. Beth Ann made this delicious tomato salad and fruit salad.

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My favorite dish of the whole night was Val’s Overnight Salad.  It had the most amazing bacon (she raises her own pigs).  Make sure to check out the recipe. It’s easy and delicious!

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Going clockwise from the bottom left: Me, Katy from Learning as I Go, Beth Ann from It’s just Life, Loni from Lifestyles of the Pantless, Alicia from Fit & Farm, Jeni from Jeni Eats, Author Micki Fredricks, Sara from All in an Iowa Mom’s Day, Jenny from Loot by Louise, and Val from Corn, Beans, Pigs, and Kids

We enjoyed good food and conversation while tasting our pizzas.  We took notes and voted. Then we came up with a winner.

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The winner of the taste off came from Pasta Bella our local Italian Restaurant in Mason City.  One of the girls said it reminded them of the pizza they tasted when they were in Italy.

We also learned that we left tons of brands out which means we need a #PizzaTasteOff2015 part 2! Who makes your favorite pizza?

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