Wonderforge Games Holiday Gift Guide – Perfect for all the Munchkins in your life!

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Wonderforge Games Holiday Gift Guide

Perfect for all the Munchkins in your life!

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To say that my niece and nephews are huge Star Wars fans would be an understatement.  There was a brief point in time where Logan would introduce himself as “Luke Skywalker”.  He doesn’t do that anymore  but he is still a huge fan.  He’s going to flip when he finds this Star Wars Force Grab Game under the tree.

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Force Grab is edge-of-your-seat fun!  You race to spot when objects match the pictures and then you react fast! Grab the correct Lightsabers before the other players! Look out for decoys, bonus scoring twists, and other disturbances in the Force!

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This game helps children with physical dexterity, memory, and quick reflexes.  It is also a lot of fun to play!

You can purchase Star Wars Force Grab here.

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Bradley is really into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  He loves to practice his sweet ninja moves despite his sister’s disapproval.  I can’t wait for him to open the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtes Foot Clan Street Fight Game.  He is going to love it!

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ weapons have gone missing and it’s up to you to help find them. Roll the die, travel through the path of manhole covers and reveal what’s underneath them. Will it be a delicious pizza, a weapon, or the dreaded Foot Clan? Be the first to get two slices of pizza and find your weapon to win!

You can purchase Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtes Foot Clan Street Fight Game here.

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Jayden is a super hero. He’s a great kid that plays sports and loves to volunteer.  He also loves his super heroes so I went with the Marvel Avengers Assemble Slide Strike Game for him.  I think he’s really going to like it.

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Go head-to-head in an exciting game of concealed identities and cunning strategy! Slide your team across the battlefield for a surprise attack! Reveal which hero or villain you’re attacking with.then find out who they’re up against! Every character combo yields a different outcome. Out-last your opponent to win!

You can purchase Marvel Avengers Assemble Slide Strike Game here.

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Lily is a princess through and through, but with two older brothers she is also a tough chick ;)  She loves animals and will be delighted when she opens up her Disney PrincessPalace Pets Royal Pet Salon Game.  She has some of the plush royal pets that she enjoys playing with.

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Get regally pampered in the dreamy, 3D Royal Pet Salon. Move your adorable pet from room to room through doorways sized just for castle cuties. Look for posh pet products, from fancy soaps and shampoos to tiaras, collars, and sweet treats-all hidden throughout the salon! If you find something pictured on a face-up card, it’s yours to keep! When the time is up, all of the Palace Pets leave the salon with the grooming goodies. The player with the most wins!

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You can purchase Disney PrincessPalace Pets Royal Pet Salon Game here.

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Kelsey loves all thing Disney and she’s super smart. She absolutely loves to learn which is why I went with the Pictopia-Family Trivia Game: Disney Edition for her.

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Discover playful trivia spanning decades of Disney magic, from animated classics and blockbuster movies, to television hits and dazzling theme park destinations. It’s a game of teamwork–with a competitive twist! Along the way, are guess-my-answer questions that reveal how much you know about the other players!

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You can buy Pictopia-Family Trivia Game: Disney Edition here.

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I Sparkled at #DWTS thanks to Cate & Chloe

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Have you been watching Dancing with the Stars this season? I have and it’s been a really close competition to win the mirrorball and the three left are my favorites.  I was able to attend a live show a few weeks ago. It was such an amazing experience; one I won’t ever forget.

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When I found out about the trip knew that I needed a fabulous outfit to wear. I knew there was even the possibility of being seen on TV! (I was seen on TV and it was pretty cool).  I knew that I also needed the perfect jewelry to complete my look.

I knew that I would find the perfect jewelry over at Cate & Chloe. They are one of my favorite places to buy my jewelry and they were right choice once again.

The visionaries of Cate & Chloe began the company with one simple clear concept in mind: to create stylish yet affordable jewelry women could wear every day. In the fast paced world we all live in it is often times hard to find time or money to have that perfect jewelry piece or accessory for that special occasion or just simply to wear confidently around town. Most importantly the visionaries wanted to ensure that every piece is hand selected to ensure it meets the standards of the C&C vision for stylish design.

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I went with the Mary “Motherly” Earrings. I love the classic and simple look of elegance and I really love the way they pick up the light and sparkle.

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I had to go with the matching necklace as well.

I received so many compliments when I wore the set and I am always finding a reason to wear them even now.  They have so many choices you can find something for everyone!

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All Dressed Up with AbbeyPost

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A few weeks ago I had the amazing chance to walk the red carpet in Los Angeles for the premier of Big Hero 6. I was beyond excited and I knew the perfect outfit. I may not have been a celebrity but there was tons of paparazzi so my picture could be anywhere. It was really exciting to think about.  I found my perfect dress at AbbeyPost or rather I should say they made me my perfect dress.

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We believe the most important factor in looking great is to have great-fitting clothes.

You probably already know that most manufacturers simply “grade” a pattern up from a model’s sample size. But that does not take into account the fact that human bodies come in all shapes and sizes. And we think that’s wrong.

Our team comes from a diverse background which includes apparel design, manufacturing, and software. We look at fashion in a whole new way.

So we developed software that helps create Made to Measure apparel that you can customize with your choice of sleeve lengths, necklines, and even hem lengths. We use nifty advanced technologies like CAD/CAM, algorithmic patterning, and a bunch of other nerdy-sounding things, combined with some super-cool manufacturing innovations. That means we can produce high quality, American-made custom clothing quickly (less than 2 weeks!), scalably, and affordably. You get Made to Measure clothing for the price of off-the-rack.

Which means it fits great, and you look great.

All you need to do is take 10 minutes to supply us with a few measurements. We do the rest.  And the next time you visit AbbeyPost, you simply click and check out; no need to measure again!

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I love the whole concept of Abbey Post. I have a true “hour glass figure” and I’ve always had a hard time finding dresses that fit.  It can be very frustrating.  I was able to enter all of my measurements and even pick the neckline, sleeve length, and more. I truly had a custom made dress.

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I received so many compliments on my dress. I was so comfortable and I just love the way that the dress fits.  I’ve heard people talk about how amazing custom fit clothes are and it’s true. I want my whole wardrobe custom fit!  You definitely need to check them out!

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A Fun and Educational Party with #LeapTV #MommyParties

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My kids and I were super excited to not only try out the new Leap TV, but to share it and try it with our friends too! We had a Leap TV party and it was a blast!!!
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With the Leap TV, there are 2 ways to play, with the controller and without the controller. We had 3 great friends to come over and join in on the fun–we swam, danced, skateboarded, snow boarded, played soccer and karate.

The munchkins are having so much fun with the LeapFrog TV! #LeapTV #MommyParties @LeapFrogOfficial @LeapFrog

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Games like snow boarding and skate boarding use the controller. Swimming, dancing, soccer and karate we use our bodies to move! There was so much movement (aka exercising with out them knowing it!) and laughter– the kids didn’t want to stop.
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As a mom, I LOVE that my kids are getting a work out while playing video games, but that’s not all…they also learn without realizing they are learning–THANK YOU Leap TV!!!!
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In every game, there is some type of learning that goes along with it, like its part of the game and they don’t even realize they are learning math facts, color and shape recognition, reading, counting, and the list goes on and on.
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Typically in our home, video games are limited to a weekend occurrence, because during the week we focus on school, however I am rethinking that policy for the Leap TV because of all the learning and exercising!!!
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Parents, Grandparents, aunts, and uncles, with the holiday season right around the corner I highly recommend you looking into the Leap TV for them–you and your kiddos will not be disappointed! Hooray for learning that really is FUN!
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LeapTV from LeapFrog gets kids into the action while teaching core skills across a variety of subjects including: reading, mathematics, science and problem solving. Designed for kids ages 3-8, the system uses a motion-sensing camera and controller that fits small hands. Audio instruction makes it simple for even the youngest kids to play solo or with a friend!

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With a library of 9 cartridge games at launch and 100+ LeapFrog educator-approved games and videos available by year-end, kids never run out of fun! Games adapt to each child’s level-starting with the most basic skills and then automatically adjusting the learning for the perfect challenge. Titles included in the Party Kit include:

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Be Inspired by McFarland USA

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I had the opportunity to screen this movie this past week when I was in Los Angeles. I hadn’t even heard of it until a few days before.  I like watching football but I’m not really into sports films – this is NOT a sports film. Okay, it’s about a track team but the story goes much deeper. It’s based on a true story and it is incredible! There were tears and cheers through out the movie. I walked away feeling completely inspired. This is a movie for any age and it’s perfect for the whole family.  It’s definitely a must see!

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MCFARLAND, USA opens in theaters everywhere on February 20, 2015!

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Genre:                                      Drama

Rating:                                      PG

Release Date:                           February 20, 2015

Running Time:                           128.5 min.

Cast:                                        Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor, Martha Higareda, Michael Aguero, Sergio Avelar, Hector Duran, Rafael Martinez, Johnny Ortiz, Carlos Pratts, Ramiro Rodriguez, Danny Mora, Valente Rodriguez, Vanessa Martinez, Chris Ellis

Director:                                   Niki Caro

Producers:                                Gordon Gray, Mark Ciardi

Executive Producers:                Mario Iscovich, Mary Martin

Story by:                                  Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois

Screenplay by:                          Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois and Grant Thompson

 
 
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Inspired by the 1987 true story, “McFarland, USA” follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot to learn about each other but when White starts to realize the boys’ exceptional running ability, things begin to change. Soon something beyond their physical gifts becomes apparent—the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another and their incredible work ethic. With grit and determination, the unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well. Along the way, Coach White realizes that his family finally found a place to call home and both he and his team achieve their own kind of American dream.

 
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Inspired by the 1987 true story, “McFarland, USA” follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school, with whom they ultimately bond to build not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well.

 

 

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Inspired by the 1987 true story, “McFarland, USA” follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot to learn about each other but when White starts to realize the boys’ exceptional running ability, things begin to change. Soon something beyond their physical gifts becomes apparent—the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another and their incredible work ethic. With grit and determination, the unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well. Along the way, Coach White realizes that his family finally found a place to call home and both he and his team achieve their own kind of American dream.

Disney’s “McFarland, USA” stars Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor, Martha Higareda, Michael Aguero, Sergio Avelar, Hector Duran, Rafael Martinez, Johnny Ortiz, Carlos Pratts, Ramiro Rodriguez, Danny Mora, Valente Rodriguez, Vanessa Martinez and Chris Ellis and is directed by Niki Caro with screenplay by Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois and Grant Thompson, and story by Cleveland & Gilois. Gordon Gray and Mark Ciardi are producing, with Mario Iscovich and Mary Martin serving as executive producers. “McFarland, USA” releases February 20, 2015.

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Maleficent comes to Blu-Ray

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Maleficent comes to Blu-Ray

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This is one of my favorite movies I saw this year and it was a pleasant surprise. I know a lot of my friends could hardly wait to see it when it was in the theater. This was one I was not sure of. I don’t handle scary or suspense very well. I read the book first which I’m glad I did. This was not a “scary story” that I had assumed. I ended up loving it! I’m so glad I have the Blu Ray now because it’s one that I enjoy watching over and over. Some of my friends had asked if it was too scary for their kids. My answer is it depends.  Helpful, right?  Seriously though, it really depends on the child. The movie itself is not scary. There are characters in the enchanted forest that could be “scary” – trees that help to fight off the attackers, etc.  I love how this movie teaches that if you let hurt, hate, and anger overtake you it can destroy you. I think it’s a great message. I totally recommend grabbing this movie for your home entertainment library!

Princess Aurora: Don’t be afraid!

Maleficent: I am not afraid.

Princess Aurora: Then come out.

Maleficent: Then you’ll be afraid.

Maleficent will be coming out of hiding soon when she’s released on Blu-ray and Digital HD Nov. 4th. To celebrate, here is a bonus clip titled, “Aurora: Becoming a Beauty.” In this clip, Elle Fanning talks about playing the beautiful Princess Aurora and what the character means to her. We also wanted to share with you a fantastic Halloween costume blogger button, with details on making your very own Princess Aurora costume as well as a Maleficent scepter, wings and horn!


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Taming the Frizz with Biotera

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My hair has a mind of it’s own.  I have learned or the years to accept that and embrace it. I have really curly hair that does what it wants.  The only thing that tends to bother me is the frizziness.  I’m okay with the curls, in fact I’ve grown to love them but frizziness just looks messy.  I knew I had to find something to help that. That’s why I tried Biotera.

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Biotera Anti-Frizz Intense Smoothing Shampoo cleanses and silkens frizzy, unruly, medium to coarse hair with defrizzing Camellia flower oil.

I use this shampoo daily.  It does a great job of cleaning the styling junk out of my hair. In fact since I’ve started using Biotera I haven’t had to use as much product.

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Biotera Anti-Frizz Intense Smoothing Conditioner is infused with powerfully defrizzing Camellia flower oil to lock out frizz for 3 days, even in high humidity,* for hair that stays smooth and sleek.

I leave it in my hair for a few minutes and it leaves my hair so soft.

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This picture is my hair after using the product for a few weeks. My frizz is much more contained. I am thrilled with the results.  If you have dry, frizzy, curly hair I suggest trying this line too!

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Activz – Revolutionize the Way You Eat

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Activz’s new, preservative-free whole-food powder line retains all the nutrition of fresh fruits and vegetables thanks to its patented dehydration process – a method which evaporates only the water molecules while leaving vital nutrients intact. This convenient powder, available in a variety of fruit, vegetable and grass powders, enables you to improve your diet by quickly increasing the nutritional value of any meal.

See the entire Activz line of powders and supplements here.

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I tried the Whole-food multivitamin shake complete. I was excited to try the line because I really liked the list of products they have. I chose this shake because I thought my husband and oldest son would enjoy it too. As a mom I want to give my family good healthy stuff!

I have tried it in a few different flavor smoothies, mixing it with water and with almond milk as well as putting it in my yogurt. I am sorry, I really, really wanted to like this product/flavor but did not. I think its because the taste was too strong? It was very overpowering–too much and not to my liking. My husband agreed but my son loved it all the ways that we have mixed it up.

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Learning about the Early Days at the REA Plant

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A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to hang out with some amazing bloggers for the #FranklinCoHarvest One of our stops over the weekend was to the REA Plant in Hampton.  The REA Plant is a building full of history literally.  I got to learn about how Franklin County first had electricity and the farmers would call up to tell them what time they were going to milk the cows or need electricity for other chores.

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They have a museum of all the old machinery they used. They also had rooms with tools and machines from the past.   It was so interesting to see everything.

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A History of the R.E.A. Museum

In the early 1930’s only 10% of the farms in the United States used electricity for home and farm purposes. 90% labored the hard way.

  • May 1935 – President Franklin Roosevelt created and signed the Rural Electrification Act. This money provided money to help farmers build distribution lines only.
  • March 1936 – First publicity in Hampton Chronicle: “Are you interested in Rural Electrification?”
  • February 10, 1937 – Federated REA (six counties: Franklin, Hardin, Wright, Butler, Grundy and Hancock) and Central REA (Pocahontas) were each incorporated at Ft. Dodge.
  • February 15, 1937 – Due to prohibitive power charges by electrical plants, Federated asked for a loan of $222,000 from the REA fund. This was a new approach for farmers to build their own generating plant. This loan was granted.
  • March 1938 – Federated (Reeve) lines were generated. “First Coop in the nation to put farmer-owned generated electricity out on farmer-owned lines.” The first diesel engine is still in the plant. There were a total of four engines when the plant was in full operation (the last engine foundation being poured the day of the infamous November 11, 1941 blizzard). The other three engines were removed before the plant was given to the Historical Society.
  • May 1938 – Central (Pocahontas) lines were energized. They had borrowed power from the Reeve plant from March to May.
  • 1948-1950 – Peak period of operation and Reeve Federated then became one of 14 Coops to create Corn Belt Power at Humboldt. Reeve was used as a sub-station for several years.
  • 1988 – Don Yadon of Hampton donated the plant to the Franklin County Historical Society.
  • 1989 – The REA Power Plant Committee under the auspices of the Franklin County Historical Society was formed to renovate the Power Plant. They worked to get it on the National Register of Historic Places, extensively cleaned the structure, and installed new windows, a new roof, painted the interior and opened with an “Open House” in the fall of 1990. Funds for the restoration were from a REAP Grant, donations from the six counties in the original Federated group, Corn Belt Power, and other interested groups and individuals. Over 1800 hours of work was donated by individuals from the community. Since that time the committee has done much work to display what life was like before and after the advent of electricity to rural areas.
  • 2002 – The REA Power Plant Museum was selected as a Point of Interest in the Silos and Smoke Stacks National Heritage Area

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The Museum is open from January 15 through November 15: Monday – Friday, 1 to 4.

From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the museum is also open Sunday 1 to 4.

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Cooking Poached Eggs with National Geographic’s Kids Cookbook

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Jayden loves learning new things. He is always helping out and he really enjoys cooking. He was excited when we got the National Geographic Kids Cookbook.  He found several recipes he wanted to make. We started with the Poached Eggs.

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Jayden is 11 and was able to cook this completely on his own.  We did supervise but only to see if he needed help and of course to take pics of his creation.

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He probably wished he could do all the cooking without pausing for pictures, but he was a good sport.  He had no problem following the directions and making everything.

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I’m pretty sure his favorite part was eating what he made.  Hear what Jayden thought of the cookbook.

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I really liked the cook book. It was easy to follow the directions and I really liked the poached eggs. They were fun to make and I will make them again.  I am going to try the other recipes. I think parents should buy this cook book for their kids because they will have a lot of fun cooking.

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A Sweet Fall Treat at Baskin Robbins

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The weather might be cooling off but no matter what the temperature is outside it’s never too cold for ice cream!  In fact, our family is always up for a sweet treat.  In fact just the other day we enjoyed a family outing to Baskin Robbins to enjoy some ice cream together.

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Their Flavor of the Month, Pumpkin Cheesecake, offers a twist on two classic fall flavors and features pumpkin and cheesecake-flavored ice cream, ginger snap cookie pieces and a cinnamon cream cheese ribbon.

Other new flavors they had include:

  • German Chocolate Cake: Swiss chocolate ice cream with coconut, walnut pieces, fudge brownie pieces and caramel ribbon.
  • Peanut Butter ‘N Jelly – Peanut-butter-flavored ice cream with grape jelly and peanut butter ribbons.
  • Quarterback Crunch: Vanilla-flavored ice cream with rice crunchies in a chocolate-flavored coating, and a caramel ribbon.
  • S’More the Merrier – Marshmallow and graham cracker flavored ice cream that features milk chocolate chips and a crunchy graham cracker ribbon.

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I thought the Pumpkin Cheesecake was okay because it tasted more like cheesecake. It was hard for me to taste the pumpkin. I always like ice cream though and there are lots of flavors to choose from.  We like going to Baskin Robbins. You should bring your kids there because you can spend time with them and eat good ice cream.

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Relax on the CA Beach at SeaCrest Hotel in Pismo Beach

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It’s October and I’m not sure what the temperatures are like where you are but here in North Iowa we hit the 30’s.  It was 31 when I woke up this morning. It’s not cold enough for heavy winter jackets but it’s definitely not shorts weather. While I love the cold weather and where I live I would head back to California in a heart beat.  I had the opportunity to visit the central coast of Cali for the Sunset SAVOR the food and wine festival last month.

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While I was in California I stayed at the SeaCrest Hotel in Pismo Beach.  It was beautiful!  My room was bright yet peaceful complete with a standard amenities, a fridge, a microwave, and my favorite – a balcony.

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Yes, this was my view.  I could walk right out and see the beach.  In fact, at night with the breeze coming off the ocean I was able to keep my sliding glass door open.  There was something so peaceful about falling asleep listening to the waves crashing against the shore.

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The SeaCrest is not just a hotel, but an experience.  It’s everything you think of when you think of California.  They had breakfast every morning for us and you could eat outside.  There was something very refreshing about starting the day with breakfast on the beach in the sea breeze.

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We were just down the beach from the Pismo Beach Pier and within a few miles of multiple restaurants and shops. We were also very close to the highway making it easy to visit up and down the coast.

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If you’re thinking of a trip to CA you simply must go! I also highly suggest staying at the SeaCrest while you’re there. Where do you like to travel?

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Wishing Will – Another Fantastic Read by Daniel Harvell

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Wishing Will – Another Fantastic Read by Daniel Harvell

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About a year ago I shared with you how much I enjoyed The Survivors by Daniel Harvell.  I was so excited to get the opportunity to read his newest book, Wishing Will. It was a great read. It may be about a middle schooler, but as an adult I really enjoyed reading it. I love the way that Harvell develops his characters.  There were some surprises and twists in the story line that I never saw coming. I really enjoy reading a book where I can’t figure out everything.

Outcast middle schooler Will Cricket wants a new look, popular friends, cool parents and enough coordination to dribble a basketball – but he never actively pursues any of it. Instead, Will makes wishes. When the magical wishing corporation known as the Sky Castle Network and Enterprises (a.k.a. the SCENE) agrees to grant him his ultimate wish to be someone different, he must work for his reward. Becoming a super-powered agent for the organization, Will teams up with a celestial wish agent with delusions of Hollywood stardom, a shape-changing half-Genie, a narcoleptic Dreamweaver and a stick-in-the-mud wish lawyer. Together, they grant the wishes of Will’s classmates and family members, helping the same people who pick on Will every day. As if these challenges weren’t enough, there’s a mystery surrounding his peculiar grandmother and a malevolent force bent on enslaving humanity. Will might have to fight not only for his wish but also for the entire world!

I found that it held my interest and was a great read.  I recommend it for both adults and young adults.

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The Pure Pantry Chocolate Cake Review

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*I received a Pure Pantry Chocolate Cake Mix to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.  

The Pure Pantry Chocolate Cake Review

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Fall is here and that means the holidays will be rolling in one after the other.  Holidays are great for bringing together people and food. Lots and lots of food.  I’m always thankful that it’s cold and we can bundle up because the winter is when I usually pack on a few pounds.

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I’ve mentioned before that I’m gluten free and that usually means eating before I go to functions or bringing my own dishes.  I had the chance to try a chocolate cake mix from The Pure Pantry.

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It was so easy to make. Just add a few ingredients and bake.  The cake mix itself is gluten free, dairy free, casein free, soy free and nut free.  I did use eggs in the mix but they give you options to keep it gluten free, dairy free, casein free, soy free and nut free.

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I put chocolate chocolate chip frosting on the cake and it was amazing.  The cake is very moist.

The most deliciously moist gluten free chocolate cake you have ever tasted is now available from The Pure Pantry.  Made with sucanat and maple sugar, both natural unrefined sweeteners, and quinoa, sorghum, and brown rice – who would ever guess that a cake that tastes this good would also provide fiber, protein, and anti-oxidants!

  • Unbelievably delicious!
  • Gluten free, dairy free, casein free, soy free and nut free
  • Made with a unique blend of wholegrain flours
  • Free of refined sugars

Start your day with NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto®

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Fall is here and the temperatures are dropping. I love this time of year. I prefer to have the heater on and stay warm rather than the air to stay cool.  I start drinking a lot more tea this time of year too. It is so good. My hubby is a huge coffee fan.  We especially like the specialty drinks like lattes and expressos.  That is why I was so excited to get our NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto®!

The NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® is an award winning single-cup coffee machine delivering up to 15 bar pressure to make the perfect cup of coffee and milk froth every time. It prepares each drink in less than a minute. Our machine combines the expertise and history of NESCAFÉ® coffee making with De’Longhi superior engineering and technical know-how. It’s a match made in coffee-heaven!

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I love their chai tea.  It’s a perfect cup of tea including steamed milk! It’s so incredibly easy to use too.  My husband is a fan of both the cappuccino and the espresso.  I love that you can make one cup at a time and it’s so fast.  We love it!

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