The Paisley Hanger – My Favorite Online Boutique

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The Paisley Hanger

My Favorite Online Boutique

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In college I had my favorite mall stores I used to love to shop in with my friends.  We always wanted to look cute and stay in style.  Now that I’m in my mid 30’s I still want to be in style, but my tastes have changed.  I can’t wear the same “cute clothes” that I used to and I’m not really ready to wear some of the older styles. I want clothes that are age appropriate but I still feel good and look good when I’m wearing them.

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I was so excited to find the Paisley Hanger online!  It is an online boutique that has tops, dresses, skirts, accessories, and more!  I love that the clothes are cute (cute for a woman in her 30’s) and modest.  I also love the selection. They’re all very hip and in style.

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I was visiting my family in Florida from Iowa this past Christmas and my sister was a little chilly. It was in the 70’s and she was cold, but I digress. Since I was in short sleeves and rather warm I offered her one of my jackets I brought down with me.

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She immediately chose my Jade Accent Cardigan.  I had to ask for it back before I left too. It’s super comfy and has a great slimming effect.

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I think the reason this boutique has such a great selection is the woman behind the boutique – Mandee.

I have always had a passion for fun, fashionable, trendy and affordable quality women’s clothing. As a mother, I think it goes without saying that we put our children first and ourselves last. Buying the “essentials” such as ball gloves, soccer cleats, LEGO’s, and everything else needed to raise 5 growing boys, I sometimes feel guilty when I look to purchase for myself (I am sure you mom’s can relate). And when I do take some mom time to go on a shopping adventure, I feel even more guilty when I look at the price tags on cute clothing.

So, to make a long story short, I came home one day and told my husband that I wanted to start an online store offering stylish women’s clothing without the price tags often found in box stores.

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I love the selection and I love the prices even more. It’s one of my favorite places to shop. Check it out, you will not be disappointed!

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Paddington Comes to the Big Screen – Movie Review

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Paddington Comes to the Big Screen

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Paddington, the beloved children’s tale of a bear who finds a home with the Brown family, has received quite the update. The film which was adapted from the original books first published in 1958, hits screen today in true Paddington style. This adaptation brings all the same mischief that you remember to today’s children in a beautiful and entertaining story. 

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Now I have loved Paddington since I was a little kid. It’s one of the first books I remember my mom reading to me. So you can imagine that I had pretty high standards to compete with going in. The mere thought of the movie not giving homage to my favorite bear was terrifying. Parents need not fear though, this movie not only does a fantastic job of portraying Paddington, but also adds humor for all ages. 

I can’t speak for children, as I am 17 years old…but I really think that kids will like this movie. The excitement in the theater was tangible as the kids in the seats next to me clutched their plush Paddington’s for dear life. The parents (and my mom who I took with me to the showing) seemed to enjoy it just as much as their children! I love when a children’s movie, like this one, speaks to all ages. 

The characters are what really flesh this movie out. Younger children will be watching for Paddington. Older kids and pre-teens will relate to Judy Brown, who as described by Paddington, suffers from a severe case of embarrassment. And parents will be able to have a laugh as they watch Mr. & Mrs. Brown scramble to figure out what to do with the mischievous house guest.  

All in all this movie is a faithful adaption of the books that everyone loved so much as kids. Heart warming and entertaining, Paddington is a film for the whole family. 

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Synopsis: From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (HARRY POTTER), PADDINGTON tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you.” and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.

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I remember being in Kindergarten and performing in musical programs where we would invite our parents and grandparents to watch.  Back in the day if they wanted a “forever memory” they would record our performance to VHS and that meant lugging one back with the recorder and also hauling the video camera. It was huge and very heavy.  Thankfully those days are long behind us.

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Now, I can use my smart phone or tablet to record the munchkins and other memorable moments. I’m able to post them to my social media accounts and play them on my computer. Sometimes though it’s nice to be able to pop in a DVD and watch it on your TV.

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I just love this! You can take your videos from your phone or tablet and have them converted to a DVD.  You can watch them together and send the movies off to family and friends.  The process is so easy as well and you can do it all from your device.

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Visiting Paso Robles, CA

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How is the weather where you are?  Even though the calendar says it’s still fall it looks more like winter outside my window.  The temperatures feel more like winter too.  That’s why I was happy to get a way to Paso Robles, CA.

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Paso Robles is on the central coast of California and it’s beautiful!  The temperatures were in the 6o’s and 70’s during the day and dropped to about the 50’s at night. The landscape was breathtaking.  You can drive up and down Highway 101 through the mountains overlooking the coast.

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There are also wineries as far as the eye can see.  Most all of them have tasting rooms where you can sample their multiple varieties.

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One of the wineries that I spent a bit of time at was Wild Horse Winery.  They have a vast variety of wine.  Two of my favorites were the Verdelho and the Malbec.

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2012 Wild Horse Verdelho Paso Robles

This is an extremely tasty wine with aromas of lemon, melon, peach, and apricot. Slightly off dry, the mouthfeel is full and intense but also light at the same time. Hard to explain so you’ll have to partake. With a lot to gain from tasting this wine, enjoy as an aperitif or with a light meal such as Caesar salad or a rustic cheese plate.

2011 Wild Horse Unbridled Malbec Pine Creek Vineyard Monterey County

Bright and boasting with aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, and clove followed by a medium bodied, well-balanced, and extremely tasty mouth feel. This wine will pair well with sticky barbecued beef ribs, carne asada tacos, and pasta with spicy marinara. Drink now until 2018.
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The property is beautiful and the wine maker, Chrissy Wittmann, is extremely knowledgeable.  I had the opportunity to talk with and listen to her about the whole wine making process.  She also paired some excellent choices with some of the meals I ate.  I hear wine suggestions all the time but when you combine a knowledgeable chef with a knowledgable wine maker it makes a huge difference.
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A perfect example of pairings was found at Thomas Hill Organics.  This beautiful salad was my favorite (all the courses were excellent).  Pairing the salad with the Pinot Grigio really enhanced the medley of flavors.
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The dessert was so decadent and beautiful. At first I didn’t want to eat because of how beautifully displayed it was.  That thought was only temporary – I totally ate it and it was delicious!
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Not only was I able to experience great food and wine, but I had some other fun activities. I was able to feed llamas at the Wild Horse Winery.  They love apples and they’re full of personality.
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I also went horseback riding with the Madonna Inn.  I took the 1 hour trail ride that overlooked the city of San Luis Obispo.  It was so beautiful and relaxing.

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Enjoy the Ride with the Mitsubishi Outlander

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For me, the holidays are all about family.  We skipped the white Christmas this year and headed to South FL to spend the time with my family.

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We had an amazing trip and made lots of wonderful memories. One of our favorite memories was driving around in the Mitsubishi Outlander.

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For starters, it’s a great looking vehicle. I love the style and the inside was also very comfortable.

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I loved the push button start and the way the car handled. The back up camera was very useful as well.

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The trunk space was amazing! It was one of my many favorite features. All the back seats fold down for maximum space.

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I love all the seating! There is the standard back seat that can hold 3 and there are two additional seats that fold up in the back area. Kelsey and Lily actually preferred to ride in the back.  It has child safety locks and windows that we used.

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The automatic tailgate made it very easy to load.

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I love the you can connect your phone. The car also has voice command which was very cool.

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We loved the car and the memories we were able to create in it!

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Combining great looks, remarkable fuel efficiency and lots of standard features, calling this crossover SUV a “base” model is a bit misleading.

  • 166-hp, 2.4-liter MIVEC 4-cylinder engine

  • Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

  • Front-wheel Drive

  • FUSE handsfree Link System w/USB Port

  • Leather Wrapped steering wheel and shift knob

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Baked Salmon with Vegetable Curry Recipe #RealisticResolution

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Can you believe that it’s already 2015? Every year as January rolls around I tend to think about resolutions. I don’t always make them because I usually don’t stick to them but I tend to try to get in shape, eat better, become more organized – you know, the usual.  The eating better actually started about 3 or 4 months ago and I’ve been rather successful. It’s always nice to find new healthy recipes that taste good.

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With lean protein and natural omega-3, experts recommend eating seafood at least twice a week! Eating seafood at least twice a week can aid brain development, promote heart health, help fight obesity and improve your overall health.

My husband loves salmon so I was looking for a great and healthy recipe. I purchased Gorton’s Classic Grilled Salmon.  I also found a great recipe in the SparkPeople Cookbook.  I worked in a pharmacy all through college and one of the pharmacist’s wife would bring in the best Indian Curry. I loved working his shifts because I knew I’d be fed well.  When I saw the recipe for Vegetable Curry I knew I had to try it.

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You start by sautéing carrots and onions.  Then you add garlic, curry powder, cayenne, and turmeric until it smells fragrant.  It smells so good. Then you transfer it to a crockpot.

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You add potatoes, green beans, tomatoes, chickpeas, and vegetable stock. Let it cook in the slow cooker for 6 hours on low.

During the last 15 minutes, add the peas and coconut milk.

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That is when I cooked the salmon and brown rice. I love Gorton’s fresh packs.  You can bake the fish right in the pack.

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When it’s done baking, you cut the pack and serve! It’s that easy.

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The results were delicious! The cookbook had a lot of delicious recipes.

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Slow Cooker Vegetable Curry
 
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp canola
  • 4 medium carrots (about 2 cups), sliced ¼ in thick
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp cayeen
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 4 to 5 Yukon Gold or red potatoes, quartered
  • 8 oz fresh or frozen green beans
  • 3 cups canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced (1 cup)
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • ½ cup light coconut milk
Instructions
  1. In a saute pan, heat the oil until moderately hot. Add the carrots and onion and saute for 2 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic, curry powder, cayenne, and turmeric to the pan. Continue to cook for 2 minutes more or until the spices become fragrant.
  2. Remove the vegetables from the pan and transwer to a slow cooker. Add the potatoes, green beans, chickpeas, tomatoes, and vegetable stock to the slow cooker.
  3. Set the slow cooker on low and cook for 5 and a ½ hours. Add the peas and coconut milk and cook for 15 minutes more.

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Smooth Skin with Anavita

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You can have more beautiful, smoother skin in just 2 to 4 weeks and see continuing improvement for 12 weeks (sometimes even sooner).  You will quickly reduce fine lines and deep wrinkles, firming and replenishing your skin to look noticeably younger, without needing expensive procedures like Botox or dermal fillers.

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I thought who best to try this product on but my own mother. Even in her silver years she has beautiful skin, but we all know a girl could never never turn down a chance for potential improvement! As the instructions indicated, I asked her to use this skin cream day and night to her face and neck for about four weeks, before we determined its effectiveness. Two weeks into the trial, I checked in for her feedback. She noted that she did not see any noticeable differences. Before shots are above and after shots are shown below. That being said, she did indicate the cream was light and moisturizing and had a nice, light scent.

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After the conclusion of the four weeks, although she did not report feeling a noticeable difference, I did notice a firmer appearance. In addition, the cream did serve well as a daily moisturizer and there were no negative side effects as a result of using the cream. I would recommend Anavita as an everyday, higher-end moisturizer and with time, the user may indeed reap the anti-wrinkle benefit offered by this cream.

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Simply massage on Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream after washing your skin in the morning and again at night.

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Your skin will benefit and look years younger from our high quality ingredients that are paraben free and not tested on animals. You will have smooth, toned, attractive skin again.

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Azazie – For all Your Dress Needs

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Every girl needs a really good dress. I have found, especially as I get a little bit older, that having a good dress is a necessity for me. I never know when there will be a semi formal or formal event or wedding that I’ll need to attend and I love having a go to dress. By good dress I mean one that fits and compliments my figure.  I just love the selection over at Azazie.

Azazie is on a mission reinvent the way you shop for special occasion dresses. We believe that everyone should own custom-made pieces that are of the highest quality and tailored for a perfect fit – all the while being affordable. Our unique platform matches your needs to the skilled craftsmanship of a small group of artisan tailors and ships that one-of-a-kind dress right to your door.

I chose the Azazie Rylee Bridesmaid Dress in the color “pool”.  It’s a beautiful dress and very flattering.

Style Rylee by Azazie is a knee-length A-line/princess bridesmaid dress in a gorgeous chiffon. The attractive dress features a halter neckline and zipper up back style. A playful bow detail on the dress makes it feminine, flirty and sweet. Azazie’s Rylee style comes in sizes 2-26W.

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One of my favorite features of shopping on their site is the fact that I can choose the color and actually see the dress in that color before making my decision.

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The dresses do not run true to US sizes. I would highly recommend following their size chart no matter how much different their size is to what you normally wear.

I am thrilled with the quality of the dress. This site is perfect for bridesmaids dresses, prom dresses, and a fantastic place to find your “go to” dress. You can also find bridal gowns and accessories on the site.

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Into the Woods Movie Review

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I had the chance to see Into The Woods at an advanced screening last week, and let me tell you, it blew me away. I’ve never seen the stage production, so I was going in as a blank slate.
The film opens up with a introductory song that turned out to be one of my favorites. It really allows the viewers to see each of the characters that the film follows and understand what each secretly wishes for.
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From the moment this movie began I was hooked on the visuals. Every little detail is taken care of, the costumes are spectacular, the sets are spot on, and in its entirety the film creates a very enchanted, whimsical, and slightly haunting sight to behold.
Besides being beautiful to look at, the movie is comprised of a great cast. Who doesn’t love Meryl Streep? The answer is no one, because she is the be all, end all, of this film. Her portrayal of the witch ties everything together so well. The entire cast really give Into The Woods a lot of livelihood and color.
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They deliver killer vocals through out, some of my favorites include On The Steps of The Place (Anna Kendrick’s belt at the end gave me chills), Agony (These princes will kill you with humor), and of course No One is Alone. Seriously, if you weren’t into musicals before, after this movie you will be.
The pacing of the film is really good, and it never leaves you checking your watch to see how long must be left. Without giving away too much I will say that there is one point where I definitely thought the movie was over…until suddenly it wasn’t. There was entirely new plot to be figured out, which is a bit disorienting at first but not unpleasant.
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Overall this film is fantastic, I went into it with pretty high hopes that were endlessly met. While this film is rated PG I do believe it is probably geared towards an older audience, which is refreshing coming from Disney. Beautiful, haunting, and humorous; Into the Woods is a clever reimagining of the fairytales you thought you knew.
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Genre:                                      Musical drama

U.S. Release Date:                    December 25, 2014

Rating:                                      PG

Running time:                            125 minutes

Cast:                                        Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine,

                                                Daniel Huttlestone, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, Lilla Crawford

                                                and Johnny Depp.

      Billy Magnussen, MacKenzie Mauzy,Tammy Blanchard, Lucy Punch

Director:                                   Rob Marshall

Producers:                                John DeLuca, Rob Marshall, Marc Platt, Callum McDougall

Screenplay by:                          James Lapine

Based on the Musical by:                  Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine

Music and Lyrics by:                  Stephen Sondheim

“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on several beloved fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy), all tied together by an original story involving a Baker and his Wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the Witch (Meryl Streep), who has put a curse on them.

Rob Marshall, the acclaimed filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical “Chicago” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” directs the film, which is based on the musical stage production by legendary eight-time Tony, Grammy® and Oscar-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim and Tony® winner James Lapine, who also wrote the screenplay. “Into the Woods” is produced by John DeLuca, Marshall, “Wicked” producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall, and will be released in theaters December 25, 2014.

Starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine and Johnny Depp, “Into the Woods” is a humorous and heartfelt musical that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a Baker and his Wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the Witch who has put a curse on them.

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Eat, Drink, and Be Merry with the help of Udi’s Gluten Free #EatDrinkBeMerry

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Sometimes holidays and group gatherings are difficult for me because I have to eat gluten free. I have learned to eat before and keep snacks in my purse.  Most people don’t realize how many things have glutens in they don’t have to worry about glutens themselves. I do have friends that go out of their way to make sure I’m able to eat, but that’s not always the case.  One of my favorite gluten free brands is Udi’s.

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry with the help of Udi's Gluten Free  #EatDrinkBeMerry #GlutenFree #reviewI’m not sure if you’ve been on their website lately or if your local grocery store carries their stuff, but the new burrito’s are so good! I didn’t realize how much I missed eating burritos until I had one.  They have breakfast versions and others that are for lunch or dinner.  They even sell just the plain tortilla shells so you can make your own homemade burritos, soft shell tacos, quesadillas and more.

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Their Classic French Dinner Rolls will be perfect for Christmas Dinner.  I will be able to eat bread rolls with everyone else! They have a full selection of Breads, Rolls, and Buns here.

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Then there are always the classics like my favorite breakfast, Cinnamon Raisin Bagels.  There are so many great options and they’re all gluten free!

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Jackson Galaxy Cat Toys Keep my Cat Entertained

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My cat, Tiger, is part of the family.  He is protective, loving, and very entertaining.  I always want the best for him from his veterinary care to his food and even including what he plays with.  We recently got a few Jackson Galaxy Cat Toys and he loves them!

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The Jackson Galaxy Collection fuses product insights from Jackson’s 20+ years of experience as a trusted cat behaviorist with Petmate’s 50+ years of leadership in the pet industry. The line focuses on cats as the heroes in Cat Play with a wide variety of products offering fun and interaction to cats and their families.

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Tiger is a Maine Coon and turned a year old back in May.  He’s a big boy (his breed is the largest domestic cat breed) yet has the energy of a kitten and loves to play.   His favorite toy we received is the Cocoon.

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He does like to hide inside and even catch a nap, but his favorite thing to do is …

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… sit on top of it.  He’s so silly.  He’ll sit on top of it and play with all of his toys.

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One of those toys he really enjoys playing with are these soft shapes in bright colors.  He loves playing “fetch” with them and rolling around while batting at them.

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The Galaxy Wand is another toy that he enjoys.  The pole extends so that you can wave the feathers around. He enjoys trying to catch them.

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We also got him a mouse that vibrates when you pull the tail.  It scared him at first and he was hesitant to approach for the first day. Once I let him play with it by himself while it was not vibrating he was okay with it. Now he attacks whether it’s still or buzzing.

They have even more toys for your feline to enjoy no matter what their personality is.

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Keep Toasty Warm this Winter with Heat Holders®

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When I first moved to the midwest from South FL I really had no clue how to dress. In FL if it drops below 70 degrees we just threw on a jacket and gloves.  Temperatures actually hit 70 below zero with wind chill during winter last year!  That’s a HUGE difference and it meant learning to layer and how important it was to have a really good winter coat.  I feel much more prepared this winter.  I’m also really excited about my new hat and socks from Heat Holders®!

Heat Holders® are the warmest socks ever! They are over 7x warmer than regular cotton socks and 3x warmer than ordinary thermal socks. They are better than heated, electric or battery operated socks because you can just put them on without fussing with batteries, wires etc. Heat Holders® means No more cold feet! They are made using a unique 3 step process which makes them the Warmest Thermal Socks!

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I got chose a really pretty purple winter hat. I love the color and I really love how warm and comfortable it is.  I also really like the longer length of the hat because I am able to pull it down over my ears keeping them warm as well.
Heat Holders’ warmest-ever hat is here! The new, Chunky rib Heat Holders 3.4 Tog Hat is exceptionally thermally effective, with a new Heatweaver plush insulating liner that has been developed to hold even more heat in.  The soft fur-like lining feels great against the skin and it’s also very efficient at using the heat that naturally rises from your head to keep you warmer for longer.
  • Outer: 53% Polyester 47% Acrylic, Lining: 100% Polyester
  • New ‘Heatweaver’ plush lining
  • Stretchable rib construction
  • Advanced insulating yarn
  • Machine washable at 40°

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I think my favorite product is their Twisted Yarn Thermal Sock!  It keeps my feet nice and warm no matter what type of show I am wearing. They are amazingly soft too! I’d love to get a pair in all the different colors.

When temperatures fall, pull on this pair of Heat Holders thermal socks and enjoy the extreme warmth that these seriously chunky socks will provide.

The warmest in thermal socks, these Heat Holders have a massive tog rating of 2.34 keeping your feet fully insulated with the specially developed extra heavy bulk yarn.

The inside of each sock has been intensively brushed, giving them a sensationally soft feel, while holding more warm air close to the skin therefore keeping feet warmer for longer. The long pile cushioning, means these socks will not only help keep feet cosy but protected and supported too. 

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Heat Holders® also carry neck warmers, joint warmers, gloves, tights, leggings, thermal underwear, snugover fleece, and blankets!
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Give the gift of Hasbro this year!

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Your children will jump for joy when they see these Hasbro toys under the tree on Christmas morning! I just wanted to share two of the many choices they have for you.

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If you have followed me for any time at all you know we are HUGE Star Wars fans.  Logan is going to flip out when he opens up this Star Wars Command Star Destroyer Set.

The galaxy is in turmoil. Rebel spaceships are striking out against the evil Galactic Empire and the forces of the dark side. The Empire’s sinister agents are intent on flushing out Rebel spies and crushing the Rebellion forever! Will you lead the Rebellion and take on the powerful Imperial armies? Or will you give in to the power of the dark side and impose order on the galaxy by tyranny and force?

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Logan will be all to re-create epic battles and even create new ones! The Star Destroyer includes 9 figures as well!  He is going to have so much fun! Plus additional figures and vehicles can be purchased separately so he can expand his collections.

  • 9 figures and vehicles from Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  • Remote controlled Star Destroyer that fires Energy Blast balls
  • Command Controller launches Star Destroyer forward and back
  • Exclusive Luke Skywalker figure available only in this set
  • Includes Darth Vader, 3 Rebel soldiers, and 3 Stormtroopers
    Ages 5 and up
  • Vehicle requires (4) 1.5V AA alkaline batteries, not included.
  • Controller requires (2) 1.5V AAA alkaline batteries, not included.

You can purchase the Star Wars Command Star Destroyer Set here.

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The Nerf N-Strike Elite Precision Target Set is going to be another hot gift on Christmas morning.  All the kids love to play battle and they’re going to have so much fun playing outside with this. I love that it comes with a target as well for single player occasions.

Test your accuracy with the Precision Target Set! The set includes everything you need for target practice: a Firestrike blaster, a target, and 10 Suction Darts in 2 different colors. Just stand up the target or hang it from a door, and take aim with the light beam when it’s your turn. Your Suction Darts stick to the target, so you can see your accuracy improve with each shot! Sharpen your dart-blasting skills alone or take on a friend in a suction-dart showdown. Either way, you’ll become a sharpshooter with the Precision Target Set!

FEATURES:

• The Precision Target Set has everything you need for target practice or a competition.
• Target can stand up or be hung on a door.
• Blaster’s Light Beam Trigger activates the precision Light Beam, which works on targets up to 15 feet away.
• 10 Suction Darts work with most front-loading N-Strike blasters (sold separately).
• Darts come in 2 colors so you can tell whose shot is whose.
• Ages 8 and up
• CAUTION: Do not aim at eyes or face.
• TO AVOID INJURY: Use only darts designed for this product. Do not modify darts or dart blaster.
• Requires 2 “AAA” batteries (not included).
• Suction Darts only work with front-loading blasters.

Give the gift of Hasbro this year!

Hasbro has everything you need to make it a magical Christmas for your munchkins!

 

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Having your Party at SkyZone is a Slam Dunk

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Whether you are looking for a great way to burn off a ton of energy for your younger jumpers or daring teen stunters – SkyZone provides a variety of activities to keep your kids moving.

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Our crew had a great time visiting the Fort Lauderdale facility to celebrate a birthday and the start of our Thanksgiving break. Scheduling for this party of ten was quite simple. Guests are asked to arrive thirty minutes before their scheduled jump time. Upon arrival each guest is checked in by a designated hostess, a waiver is signed and all are given a pair of SkyZone socks required for purchase at a nominal cost.

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There were four well staffed zones for the kids to rotate around while parents relaxed in the cafe or joined to watch from the sidelines. Safety was key for all of our jumpers, I found the staff was on top of making sure the kids had a fun experience while keeping them safe.

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Whether they were perfecting their jump shot, zipping around in a fast paced game of dodge ball, diving into the foam pit or simply bouncing around, our crew was kept moving during their entire stay.

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Once our hour concluded, we were greeted by our hostess who took us to a party room for pizza and drinks that came with our package. The kids were able to relax and refuel before we headed out for the evening.

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SkyZone is a great attraction for kids of all ages. They are reasonably priced and the energy that your kids will expend will be well worth your visit!

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Canon is a great family gift from Best Buy

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My sister loves to take pictures and she has some adorable kids she takes pictures of but it’s frustrating because her camera stinks.  It was a no brainer when I was thinking about what to get her for Christmas. She definitely needs a new camera.  I want to get her something she’ll love to use and something that can capture those sweet kids of hers.

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Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras to capture your holiday memories. The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of the best-selling DSLRs. This camera makes advanced photography easy and fun, and gives you exceptional image quality, along with a host of features to enhance your creative expression.  Simple translation is that it takes amazing pictures.  My sister is not a professional photographer but this camera may make others think that she is.

  • Capture Hollywood caliber full HD video
  • Continuous autofocus while taking HD video
  • Features an 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 image processor to ensure vivid, crystal-clear images.
  • The 3″ vari-angle touch screen simplifies navigation.

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She is going to be so excited when she unwraps this camera! I can’t wait to see her face.  Best Buy truly is a destination for everyone on your list. They have so many gift ideas and items that are sure to please. As a consumer their prices and service make me a happy shopper.

Right now you can save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy!  Visit Best Buy to learn more. *offer valid 12/7-12/20

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Do you have all of your Christmas shopping done? If not I suggest heading over to Best Buy where you’ll be able to cross off all the names on your list. You could probably even find something for yourself.  After all that shopping you totally deserve it!

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