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Sponsored by : Plasmart

Hosted by: Adventures of a Nurse and many great bloggers

This PlasmaBike is so cool and would make a great Christmas gift! We’re giving one to one lucky winner. Read the full review here and enter to win on the rafflecopter below. Good luck!

*The giveaway is open to US only. Ends 11/5/14 at 11:59pm ET.

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September 11, 2014


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Recording Complements New Book From Bestselling Author & Pastor Max Lucado, Exploring The “Power Of A Simple Prayer”


Features All Sons & Daughters, Paul and Rita Baloche, Planetshakers, Soul Survivor, Darlene Zschech, Kari Jobe, Michael W. Smith, Kathryn Scott, John Mark McMillan, Brian Doerksen


Releasing internationally Oct. 6 through Integrity Music is Before Amen: A Worship Collection, the musical companion to the book from New York Times bestselling author and pastor Max Lucado, Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer (Thomas Nelson, October 2014). Written for everyone who wants to pray more, better and stronger, with more fire, faith and fervency, the album offers songs that that were chosen to complement the book, providing a musical backdrop for prayer and personal devotion.

The 13-track recording features inspirational, spoken word messages from Max Lucado and songs recorded by All Sons & DaughtersMichael W. Smith, Kari Jobe, John Mark McMillan, Brian Doerksen, Kathryn Scott and Soul Survivor, as well as brand new songs from worship leaders Paul and Rita Baloche, Planetshakers and Darlene Zschech.

Zschech’s song for the project, “My Highest Hope,” is a powerful declaration and reminder of the hope everyone has in Jesus.  Written by Zschech as she recovers from cancer, the chorus rings out:

Pray to the Risen One

My highest Hope

I trust You with my life

Lord over every fear

Your love is holding me

“Prayer is essential to every Christian’s walk with God,” says Zschech.  “You simply cannot have a relationship without communication and, as Max explains in Before Amen, that’s what prayer is… our simple, honest conversation with our Heavenly Father. I’m excited for the message behind the book Before Amen and honored to share a song for the Before Amen album.”

Paul and Rita Baloche’s new song, “Father You Are Good,” sung by Rita, features lyrics from Jesus’ most famous prayer that resonates on the lips of worshippers around the world:

Our Father in Heaven hallowed be Thy name

Thy kingdom come Thy will be done

In Heaven and Earth the same

Hallowed be Thy name Hallowed be Thy name

Before Amen: A Worship Collection also features Michael W. Smith’s “Lord Have Mercy,” McMillan’s “How He Loves,” All Sons & Daughters’ “All The Poor And Powerless” and Kari Jobe’s “Healer,” as well as the new song “Abba Father” from Planetshakers.

The complete track listing for Before Amen: A Worship Collectionfollows:


Spoken Word Prelude:



2. WHAT A FRIEND (Kathryn Scott)

Father Daddy:

3. ABBA FATHER (Planetshakers)

4. HOW HE LOVES (John Mark McMillan)

You Are Good:

5. YOUR FAITHFULNESS (Brian Doerksen)

I Need Help:

6. MY HOPE (Paul Baloche and Kathryn Scott)

Heal Me:

7. HEALER (Kari Jobe)

Forgive Me:

8. LORD HAVE MERCY (Michael W. Smith)

They Need Help:

9. ALL THE POOR AND POWERLESS (All Sons & Daughters)

Thank You:

10. 10,000 REASONS (Soul Survivor)

In Jesus Name:

11. MY HIGHEST HOPE (Darlene Zschech)

The Prayer:

12. FATHER YOU ARE GOOD (Rita Baloche)

Spoken Word Postlude:



About Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer:

Lucado cites in his new book that every week, more people will pray than will exercise, go to work, or have sex. But when it comes to praying, many don’t know where to begin.

Lucado believes that a vibrant prayer life does not mean your prayers are better or more eloquent than others. Quite the opposite. Lucado says humility combined with confidence provides a God-given prayer strength. Writes Lucado: “Since you matter to God, your prayers matter in heaven. You’re never without hope because you are never without prayer.”

Lucado sprinkles Before Amen with powerful stories of powerful prayers. He also writes about some of his own doubts about prayer, sharing how to overcome disappointment from unanswered prayers and be confident that God hears. Before Amen will allow readers to calm the chaos of life by embracing a prayer life that brings peace and rest.

About Max Lucado:

Max Lucado is the leading inspirational author in United States. His writings have been shaped into bestselling books, videos, devotionals, songs, greeting cards, booklets, Bible studies, commentaries, and theatrically released movies. More than 120 million Lucado products have been printed in 54 languages, including 92 million books to date. Lucado’s books have appeared on national bestseller lists such as The New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly and ECPA. Lucado has been featured on countless national media outlets including The TODAY Show, Good Morning America, Huckabee, and Fox & Friends. Max and his wife of more than 30 years, Denalyn, call San Antonio, Texas, home. Max has served the people of Oak Hills Church for 25 years. (

About Thomas Nelson:

Thomas Nelson publishers is a world leading provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. As part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing Inc., the publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, cookbooks, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson, is headquartered in Nashville, TN.  For additional information visit

About Integrity Music:

Integrity Music is part of the David C Cook family, a nonprofit global resource provider serving the Church with life-transforming materials. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Integrity is committed to taking songs of substance to the local church and its leaders around the world. Additional information can be found at

BIG HERO 6 – New Trailer Now Available



BIG HERO 6 – New Trailer Now Available

You all know how much I love Super Heroes!  Here is a movie coming out next month that looks adorable. I’m so excited for this one.

The exciting new trailer for Disney’s BIG HERO 6 and 3 new images are now available!

BIG HERO 6 opens in theatres everyone on November 7th!



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Genre:                                      Animated Action/Comedy/Adventure

Rating:                                      TBA

U.S. Release Date:                    November 7, 2014


Voice Cast:                               Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, Maya Rudolph.

Directors:                                  Don Hall & Chris Williams

Producer:                                  Roy Conli

From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.”

Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring breathtaking action with all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). The film hits theaters in 3D on Nov. 7, 2014.


From Walt Disney Animation Studios (“Frozen,” “Wreck-It Ralph”) comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter), who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.



·       “Big Hero 6” is the 54th feature film from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

·       Disney veteran Don Hall helmed 2011’s “Winnie the Pooh” and has earned screenplay and/or story credits on Disney features, including “Meet the Robinsons,” “Tarzan” and “The Princess and the Frog.” Chris Williams directed the 2008 feature “Bolt,” as well as the short “Glago’s Guest.” Williams was a key member of the “Mulan” story team, and was nominated for an Annie Award for outstanding individual achievement for writing in an animated feature presentation for his work on “The Emperor’s New Groove.”

·       Producer Roy Conli counts among his credits Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 2010 hit “Tangled,” as well as “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Hercules,” “Tarzan” and “Treasure Planet.”


From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.” Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring breathtaking action with all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). The film hits theaters in 3D on Nov. 7, 2014. For more information, check out, like us on, and follow us on Twitter:

Could it be time to cut your Cable Cord?


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Could it be time to cut your Cable Cord?

Could it be time to cut your cable cord

Fall TV is back, but it may be time to cut the cable cord.

Do what?! Don’t worry, I didn’t say get rid of the TV, just the cable. Stick with me for a few.  I remember a time, not that long ago when we had a house phone. I was in Jr High and caller ID was the next big thing. If my parents wanted to get a hold of me, I had a beeper. I didn’t have a cell phone until my senior year of high school and it was one of those old boxy ones with the earpiece that slid up.  My dad still has a land line but I have not had once since college.

Many Americans have decided to cut their landlines and instead use mobile devices at home. In addition to cutting phone landlines, many Americans have also decided to cut their subscriptions to cable or satellite TV, as they have found alternate ways to stream movies and TV at home via smartphones and tablets.

How much do you spend on Cable each month? I know we have spent anywhere from $80 to $150 a month over the last few years. That’s a nice chunk of change that I could use for other things.

I’m not saying get rid of your TV. While I do understand that there are those who have done that, I know my family and I enjoy watching movies together. There are also quite a few TV shows that I really enjoy.  Did you know that you can also rely on your mobile devices for entertainment purposes within your homes?


One of my favorite things to do on my iPad is stream movies.  There are so many apps like NetflixHulu Plus, and of course iTunes.  Thanks to the reliability of U.S. Cellular’s 4G LTE network I’m able to watch my movies with no issue.  iPads are not the only device you can stream movies on. There are other cutting-edge devices like the Apple iPhone5S or Samsung Galaxy S5.

You can even use your mobile technology to stream entertainment, even if you still use cable and / or satellite TV.  Starz, HBO, and Encore all have their own apps.  These features are really nice when we can’t agree what to watch.  It’s amazing how technology can enable better moments through simplifying and enhancing your life.

Did you know that Americans who no longer subscribe to cable or satellite TV have increased 44 percent in the past four years to 7.6 million households, according to an Experian Marketing Services report?  A recent U.S. Cellular survey revealed that 79 percent of respondents use a smartphone daily. Of those, 84 percent have cable or satellite TV, but 34 percent have considered dropping it for alternate services. Furthermore, 15 percent are likely to discontinue cable or satellite TV in the next year. Smartphones and tablets, such as the 4G LTE Samsung Galaxy S5 and Apple iPad Air, are popular devices to watch downloaded or streaming video.

By using a mobile device with 4G LTE speeds you can keep up with your favorite shows wherever you are.

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If you still like watching movies on the big screen you can reduce your monthly bill by turning to cable alternatives such as Roku. We have one and we’re able to pull up our Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, and more up on it.

Smartphones and tablets have reduced the need to fully depend on a remote control to find your favorite TV show, sporting event or a movie.  You can actually use your phone or tablet as a remote!

With the fall TV season set to debut soon, here are tips and questions to help you decide if it’s time to tune out cable or satellite TV:

  • Determine what TV shows you watch. If your list is small, Google Play and iTunes sell individual TV episodes for $1.99 to $2.99. Season passes are available at a discount rate.
  • Hulu Plus and Netflix offer monthly subscriptions that begin at $7.99, and you can watch HD shows on all of your devices including your computer, tablet or smartphone.
  • Are you already a subscriber to at least one of the above mentioned monthly subscription sites? Then you may be interested in purchasing a streaming media player such as a Roku, Apple TV, orAmazon Fire, which allows you access to thousands of channels, subscriptions services, convenient ways to rent or buy movies, watch on demand shows and play games.
  • Are you always on-the-go and can’t watch your shows when they initially air? Being able to stream them wherever you are from a tablet or smartphone with an inexpensive subscription may be a more efficient way to see your favorite storylines.
  • Do you watch a variety of comedies, dramas and sporting events on a wide range of channels? While alternatives are available, it may be better to keep your cable or satellite service to ensure you can continue to watch everything you want.

 If you have children that have access to devices they can stream TV and Video from I would highly recommend downloading the free Parent Child Agreement to help start a conversation on online safety and usage.

I’m curious, have you cut the cord already? Have you thought about it?

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Win a Global Girl Prize Pack – 2 Winners



Global Girl Giveaway

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Sponsored by: Global Girl

Hosted by: Mom Blog Society and Bella Savvy

Here’s a fun giveaway for you. We have two different Global Girl prize packs that we’re giving away. Read on to find out more about the Global Girls, the prize packs, and how you can win! Good luck!

Each Global Girl doll visually tells a story that’s captured through her clothing, and carried on when your child reads her companion book. It’s like taking a look into a window of modern day cultures from around the world, opening each girls mind to the diverse world in which we all live.

This collection consists of 6 ethnically diverse dolls;

  • Vivienne from France
  • Amahle from South Africa
  • Tiffany from the United States
  • Marcela from Argentina
  • Tatiana from Russia
  • Mei Ling from China

Read the full review of a Global Girl doll & companion book here.

One winner will receive the doll of their choice along with an autographed companion book. A second winner will receive the whole collection of autographed companion books (6 total).

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Win a Flask system + $15 cash via Paypal



Flask system + $15 cash via Paypal Giveaway

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Sponsored by Multi Flask
Organized by Budget Earth

Do you love the idea having only one bottle for safely taking a variety of different drinks on the go? If so, we think you will love the Multi Flask! This innovative drink system is a set of bottles that is actually eight different bottles in one! You can drink a variety of different hot and cold beverages, and have them exactly to your liking. You can infuse your favorite water with natural fruit juices, juice fruit for flavored water, or even steep tea using the top-sealing tea basket. With this bottle, you will not only save space, but have amazing drinks that you can bring with you anywhere. To learn more, make sure to read Budget Earth’s Multi Flask review!

Would you love to try this bottle out for yourself? We are excited to be working with Multi Flask on this awesome giveaway! One lucky reader will win their very own Multi Flask system + $15 cash via Paypal (cash paid by Budget Earth). To learn more, make sure to read the rules below and then enter through the Rafflecopter.

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  • One lucky reader will win a Flask system + $15 cash via Paypal (cash paid by Budget Earth)
  • Open to US ONLY.
  • Winners will be chosen at random
  • Sweepstakes ends September 27th at 11:59pm ET.
  • Winner will be notified via email.
  • Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.
  • Budget Earth is not responsible for non-cash portion of prize fulfillment, and is responsible for the cash portion.
  • Must be 18 years or older to enter.
  • Only one entrant per household.
  • Void where prohibited.
  • Entering the giveaway form means you agree to terms above.
  • Good Luck!

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Make Yourself At Home: Cosmetics vs Homemade Night Creams



Make Yourself At Home: Cosmetics vs Homemade Night Creams         
When you’re busy all day with barely a moment to sit down, it’s hard to remember to look after your skin. Night time is the best opportunity to remedy this: cover your skin in a rich moisturizing night cream like Olay Regenerist night cream or something homemade, and go to sleep. While you sleep, your skin will be regenerating and the cream will sink in deep and go to work.
But what type of night creams are the best? And are there any home remedies which will do the trick?
Choose for your skin type
You’re looking to moisturize your skin while you sleep, but if you have oily or combination skin then you need to choose carefully so your skin doesn’t get overloaded. Night creams are ideal if your skin is dry, as your skin will have more time to absorb the moisture.
Be patient
It’s not going to have an overnight effect; you need to wait a few days or weeks of using it every day before you see results.  And the result you will see is smoother, healthier looking skin.
If you’d like to avoid chemicals and save a little money, DIY face creams are an interesting for very little expenditure. It’s natural and there are no hidden ingredients. There are many recipes online for various ‘make it yourself’ night creams, so you won’t find yourself short of options or suggestions.
Make your own: olive oil night cream
Olive oil locks in moisture while you sleep, so your skin gets as much hydration as possible. It’s full of antioxidants which will improve your skin’s health. This recipe also contains coconut oil, which is hydrating and full of vitamins. Top all of that off with added Vitamin E, and you’ve got a recipe for healthy skin overnight!
Make your own: ‘miracle’ night cream
Mix coconut oil, beeswax, almond oil, shea butter, aloe vera gel and a bunch of other healthy ingredients together and you’ll wake up looking refreshed and bright, with detoxified and hydrated skin.
With a little time and pampering, you’ll find that your new before bed night cream routine will leave your skin feeling refreshed and looking younger. Give it a little time to work, and there are options for everyone, no matter what your skin type or even if you’d like to avoid shop bought products.

BACK TO SCHOOL 101: Stay in the Know, on the Go



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BACK TO SCHOOL 101: Stay in the Know, on the Go

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It’s that time again! Can you believe it?! School starts September 2nd for us here in North Iowa. I can see in my Facebook feed though that lots of students have already started back.  This can be an excited time yet overwhelming for not only the students, but their family members and teachers as well.  Even those who don’t have kids in school have some adjusting to do (commutes to work, etc).  Technology is awesome and can totally help you get back into the groove of your fall and winter routines.

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I know one question I hear being discussed is at what age should you send a child off with a cellphone? I really think the best answer is “it depends”   A phone is a HUGE responsibility and some children are able to handle that responsibility at a younger age than others.  There needs to be open communication on what expectations there are from both sides.  Here is a free Parent Child Agreement that really helps start that conversation.

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I think having a cell phone is especially important if you have kids involved in extra curricular activities.  What if their practice gets cancelled or gets out 30 minutes early? Obviously they will have to abide by the school’s rules on phones and tablets, but it is really nice that they can get a hold of you.  I love that we are with U.S. Cellular’s 4G LTE network because if they need to get a hold of me even if I’m on a dirt road in the middle of nowhere they can!

Did you know that the Samsung Galaxy S5 even has a kid mode? It’s a very easy set up.  Also, if you download the Free Parent/Child Agreement they will know what you expect of them.

hether students forget to check for homework assignments or miss class due to illness, students don’t want to fall behind.  Access to information and connecting with teachers and other students is just a click away with the help of smartphones and tablets.  Did you know that according to a recent survey by U.S. Cellular, 74 percent of households with children under the age of 18 have at least one tablet. Tablets and smartphones are becoming a simple tool to ensure students keep making the grade.

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Also, according to a recent Student Mobile Device Survey conducted by Harris Interactive, 87 percent of students would like to use digital textbooks so they don’t have to carry so much in their backpacks.  And half of those students surveyed use their pocket-friendly smartphones instead of tablets.

Tablets are also being used in the classroom; learning apps, eBooks, online educational videos and internet access can all enhance the learning experience.  Here in Northwood, our students are sent home with a computer to help complete assignments.  They are really encouraging using technology.

With reliable mobile access to the internet on a robust network such as a 4G LTE network/high-speed network through U.S. Cellular, teachers and students can effectively harness the full capability of this technology even in a super tiny town like Northwood.

Students, teachers and parents can optimize their connected learning experience with the help of the following apps recommended by U.S. Cellular:

  • Skype (Android) / Facetime (iOS): These free Internet video calling services allow teachers and students to collaborate wherever they are.  Teachers can bring guest speakers into class to discuss their expertise, thereby demonstrating how school subjects are relevant to real life.  Students can take virtual field trips anywhere in the world.  No permission slip required.
  • Teacher’s Assistant Pro: Featured in USA Today as one of the best teacher apps, Teacher’s Assistant Pro ($3.99 download) allows teachers to keep track of student actions, behaviors and achievements in the classroom. Using an iPhone or iPad, teachers can record student infractions and accolades, create a detailed written description of the event, and communicate with parents, reducing time consuming paperwork.
  • Notability: This powerful note-taker app is free and allows iOS and Android users to complete worksheets, sketch ideas, keep a journal, integrate photos and record a lecture, and keep it all in one place.  Use the search feature to quickly locate notes by title or content.  Share with others using iCloud or Google Drive.
  • DropBox: This cloud-based file sharing and storage free app lets users circulate files from different locations over different networks.  Turn in and return assignments, provide up-to-date syllabi from different locations quickly, and post grades securely and easily.


I’m also excited to share that U.S. Cellular is donating $1 million to fund teacher classroom projects through its Calling All Teachers program! How cool is that?! Last year, the company contributed $500,000 towards educational materials for improved classroom experiences. U.S. Cellular is working with for a fourth time and encourages teachers to post their projects on the site for potential funding. is a charity website that helps teachers identify funds from corporate and individual donations for classroom projects.

Through U.S. Cellular’s ongoing commitment to the community and education, the company has contributed more than $7 million through this and other philanthropic programming. Starting today K-12 public school teachers can register online at and affiliate as a U.S. Cellular teacher. Then beginning August 11, they can post their classroom projects for funding consideration. Through U.S. Cellular has funded more than 4,500 classroom projects to date, which included technology tools, art equipment and science experiments. All projects must be submitted by September 21 to be eligible for this year’s funding.  Selected projects will be in announced in October. receives free products for review purposes, and may sometimes be compensated for posts. All opinions expressed are solely from See’s Disclosure Policy for complete details. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Win a Peeps Minis Prize Pack



Peeps Minis Giveaway

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I have another sweet giveaway for you! Have you tried the Peeps Minis? I had the watermelon ones last week and they’re pretty good.  I’d love to try the others.  We’re giving one lucky reader a Peeps Minis prize pack! Read on to find out how you can win! Good luck!

When you think of PEEPS, what do you think of? Easter? Well, I am here to tell you that you can enjoy PEEPS all here long…guilt free even! I had no idea that the calorie count was so low on these! YUM! Keep a look out for PEEPS minis at your favorite stores.

3 new flavors: Sour Watermelon, Strawberry Creme, Chocolate Creme
24 count per resealable stand-up bag
40% smaller than the original Peeps
14 calories per Peep
MSRP of $3.99 per bag

Ready for some giveaway? 1 lucky reader will win a Peeps Minis Prize Pack containing all 3 of the new flavors!
Here’s how to enter:

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Win a Cariloha Mystery Box


Cariloha Mystery Box Giveaway
July 22-27, 2014
Open to US/CAN

I have another amazing giveaway for you! We’re giving away a Cariloha Mystery Box to one lucky fan! Read on to find out more. Good luck!

Bringing You Moments To Celebrate

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Sponsored by Cariloha
Organized by Celebrate Woman Today

Back-To-School Cariloha Mystery Box is here to help you out, even for a little bit, to get your child or yourself back to college and work. All Cariloha products are made with high quality workmanship and use bamboo, one of the most sustainable resources we’ve got to appreciate in the past few years.

This mystery box of prizes would include everything you see plus some. Shirts, socks, hats, scarves for both men and women. In addition, Cariloha Team would add more surprise items when it’s going to be prepped up for the winner of this giveaway.
What would be your most desirable item in this surprise box?

Prize – Mystery Box with Cariloha Bamboo Items

Complete the tasks below to earn entries into this giveaway.

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Ends at 11:59pm EDT on July 27, 2014

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Toys for Summer Giveaway


Welcome to the Toys for Summer Giveaway

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Sponsored by: American Plastic Toys Hosted by Powered by Mom Blog

Make sure to read the review on these fun toys & instructions on how to make play sand on Powered by Mom HERE

Don’t these Toys for Summer look fun?  I know a few munchkins that would thoroughly enjoy them. Read on to find out how you can win them for yourself. Good luck!

American Plastic Toys has been around since 1962 and they make quality toys that are safety test to all ASTM requirements as well as most export standards. The toys are all made in the U.S.A by US workers!

They have so many fun toys for kids and what could be more fun than some sand and beach toys?!

One lucky winner will receive the following toys:

  • Sand Table
  • Colossal Pail Set
  • Beachcomber Wagon Set

Now enter on the rafflecopter below and GOOD LUCK!

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Gardening Giveaway



Gardening Giveaway

Disclaimer: This post was written by Shannon Fenix, a contributor on the site Mama Luvs Books. And the giveaway prizes will be awarded from Mama Luvs Books.

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I am loving living in the midwest and learning how to garden.  It’s so rewarding picking my own veggies. I’m really excited to be part of this giveaway.  Read on to find out more!

I am fortunate to enjoy a career as an occupational therapist for a large school district in Virginia. Not only do I love my job, but I also love the balance it affords me in my home life. Right now, I am enjoying spending quality time with my two kids (ages 5 and 2) over summer break. Now that the whirlwind of end of the year tasks and long awaited get-aways have come to an end, I’m faced with finding activities to fill these long summer days.
Over the school year, I was involved in planning and implementing outdoor learning activities for students with special needs. While cleaning out my office in late June, I came across my stackable garden pots. We had used these pots in the fall to plant an herb garden in the classroom. I immediately packed them up and brought them home with my own children in mind.
On one particularly hot and humid afternoon, my son and I set out to create our own herb garden for our home. I always find myself buying fresh cilantro and basil at the grocery store, so I decided this is what we would plant for our home garden. We went to our local home and garden store to select some herbs that were already growing and ready for transplanting. I also picked up some potting soil. At home I had all the other tools that were needed, which really was not much, just some scoops for the dirt and a garden hose.

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Once we got home my son went to work. He cleaned out the pots using a hose. He used a trowel to scoop soil from the bag and into the pots. And then he dug small holes in the soil in preparation for the plants. His absolute favorite part was removing the plants from their package and placing them into the soil. He also loved the responsibility of handling the plants with care and putting them into a container that was all his own.

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He also got to use scissors, which is awesome for most 5 year olds. My inner OT loves it whenever I can work school-related fine motor skill tasks into everyday activities.

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Once finished we gave our plants a good drink, and brought our containers onto the front deck where we stacked them and admired our hard work.

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So where to from here? I’m thinking watering the garden can become part of my son’s daily responsibilities. And, I’ve already got meals and snacks in mind that would be easy and engaging for my little ones to prepare.
I’m looking forward to the opportunity to share these simple garden activities with my kids this summer. Gardening is a great way to engage children in hands on experiences while learning about the world around them. Managing gardens teaches children about caring and responsibility. Harvesting and eating or using the foods we grow, helps children develop an awareness of healthy eating and appreciation for their hard work.
If you are interested in garden tasks with your little ones, or learning how to use gardens therapeutically with children with special needs; my colleagues and I collaborated to create a book entitled “Growing Plants, Functional Skills, and Communication Skills in School Gardens.” For more information about the book follow the link: This book can also be purchased on Amazon.
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Have you ever thought about Copenhagen as a travel destination?  The picture above is enough to have me interested. I love the bright colors. Read on to find out more.  Have you been to Copenhagen already? Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!

A Stroll Round Copenhagen
If you want a short but interesting voyage out into Europe, a weekend in Copenhagen might just do the trick. This busy city is the largest in Denmark and is frequently recommended in travel magazines. Whether you pursue an organic lifestyle, enjoy boutique shopping or appreciate high design, you’ll find a lot to do in the Danish capital.

Traveling around Copenhagen is easy and you can save money by using bicycles which are provided free in each city center. You may also want to consider getting a CPH Card which allows you to travel on the metro, bus, and train for 72 hours. What could be better for getting around? 

For a dose of history 
Copenhagen is home to several historic castles and places which will interest adults and children alike. Guided tours are available for most of these but you can also explore many of them on your own. Some of the best to visit 
are Rosenborg Castle, Frederiksberg Palace, and Amalienborg.

Many visitors enjoy touring these historic buildings. Several of the structures seem to have come straight out of one of the fairy tales that Denmark is famous for. Other forms of literature such as plays were inspired by Danish castles and palaces, which served as the background for well-known characters like Hamlet. If you only have a weekend to spend in the city, a complete day tour may not be ideal since that will take up a significant portion of your time. However, you should consider spending time visiting at least one famous castle.

A Walk Through Copenhagen… and the Architecture 
Historic walking areas in Copenhagen provide you with the opportunity to enjoy many of the city’s fabulous architectural spots. You may explore a number of different styles, including:





Neighborhoods like Frederiksstaden are a must for people who enjoy any of these architectural styles. Most walking tours take between one and two hours and allow you to take a closer look at historic towns.

See the Little Mermaid
The famous statue of the Little Mermaid is over a hundred years old. It is made from bronze and provides a great photo opportunity.

Go Shopping in Strøget
Strøget is a long pedestrian street that has a variety of shops where you can buy both expensive and affordable items (make the most of the money you save with the travel card!). Large international chains are also found in the area, closer to the square. You can check out some of the street entertainers that frequent Copenhagen while you’re there, they make a great photo opportunity. 
Copenhagen, it’s scenic and civilized and makes for a great weekend.




Garlic Roasted Eggplant Dip



Garlic Roasted Eggplant Dip Recipe

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Garlic Roasted Eggplant Dip

I’ve been craving a really good dip but so many were full of dairy or had glutens.  I spent several hours some time Pinterest and took bits and pieces of recipes and came up with this!  It is a keeper for sure!

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What you’ll need:

  • half an eggplant
  • olive oil
  • sea salt
  • 1.5 cups almond milk
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder

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1. Slice eggplant into rounds approximately 1/4 to 1/2 inch slice. Sprinkle salt on both sides and arrange in a colander for about 10 to 15 minutes .

2. Rinse with cool water then pat dry.

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3. Turn on the broiler.  Arrange the eggplant on a cookie sheet with tin foil.  Spray with oil and lightly salt.

4. Broil 5 minutes on each side until they are golden brown.

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5. Cover with tin foil and let the eggplant steam for about 5 more minutes.  Peel the skin off the rounds.

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6. Mix eggplant, almond milk, nutritional yeast, garlic, cumin, and chili powder in food processor or blender.

7. Season with salt and pepper.

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8. Pour into bowl.

9. Enjoy!

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It was a little chunkier than I would have liked, but tasted amazing! My kitchen smelled delicious too! I combined it with salsa on Nut Thins and it was so good!  I’ve put it on just about everything. It is good hot or cold but I prefer it warmed up.

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I think I’ll also double the recipe next time because it only lasted me a few days :)

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Win a Diono Rainier Covertible + Booster Car Seat in your choice of color {$359 RV}

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Diono Rainier Giveaway

Welcome to the Diono Rainier giveaway, sponsored by Diono
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How awesome is this? It’s a convertible carseat and booster seat in one!  We’re giving one lucky reader their very own Diono Rainier. Read on to find out more about it and how you can win.  Good luck!

The Rainier Convertible Plus Booster is 1 of 3 brand new car seats from the company that brought you the first ever steel reinforced folding car seat, Diono. The New Diono Rainier is the ultimate in car seat safety with new extra deep side walls providing enhanced side impact protection taking Diono car seats to a whole new level. With its extended rear-facing capabilities, it can comfortably seat rear-facing children from 5 to 50 lbs. and forward-facing children from 20 to 90 lbs. in 5-point harness mode (up to 57″ in height). Additionally it converts to a booster for children between 50 and 120 lbs. or up to 57″ in height. The aluminum reinforce headrest has 12 height positions for adjustable head support and additional EPS foam surrounds the child’s head and body for complete side impact protection. Its unique SuperLATCH™ system makes installation easy and the Rainier is NCAP crash tested, the industry benchmark for verifying child seat performance in severe accident conditions.

Janessa at Thrifty Nifty Mommy recently had the opportunity to review the Diono Rainier, and is absolutely thrilled with this new convertible car seat. Make sure you read her review to find out full details of this seat and find out how it differs from their popular Radian RXT seat.

One lucky person is going to win a Diono Rainier in his/her choice of color!

This giveaway is open to residents of the US only who are 18 years of age or older, unless prohibited by law. The giveaway will end at 11:59pm EDT on July 9th, 2014 and a winner will be drawn randomly from all eligible entries received. Enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below. Good luck!

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