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List & Promote Your Giveaways - 4/11

List & Promote Your Giveaways - 4/11



Are you hosting a giveaway or looking for some to enter? You've come to the right place! Feel free to list your giveaway below, or find a few to giveaways to enter. You can also link your giveaways with my friend Dina at Just Another New Blog and Kristi at Moms Own Words. If you end up winning, please let me know! Since I love to enter giveaways in my free time, I will try to visit a lot of these!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Friday, April 11, 2014 | 0 comments | Read more...
Find Convenience at Your Local Target Pharmacy Giveaway

Find Convenience at Your Local Target Pharmacy Giveaway



I have to admit, I am a bit partial to using the Target pharmacy because both my sister and brother in law are pharmacists at Target. Did you know that J.D. Power ranked Target Pharmacy, “Highest in customer satisfaction among mass merchandiser pharmacies?” Target Pharmacy makes feeling better, better.

You too can experience a better pharmacy visit at your local Target! There are many features of the Target pharmacy that can make your life easier!

Cheaper Prescriptions
If you’re watching your budget, Target offers $4 Generics for brand-name equivalent prescriptions to save you money. Despite being a dual-income family, we have always concentrated on saving for the future and getting a great deal. $4 for a prescription is a huge savings over other branded products.



Vaccinations at Target Pharmacy
Did you know Prevention/Vaccines were available at your local Target? You don’t need an appointment to get your flu vaccine of other preventative vaccine this year. Target pharmacists can make your life easier and check this important to do off your list for you.

Pharmacy Rewards
Target offers so many great ways to save money! Target offers you a variety of other ways to save money, but did you know you can also save using their Pharmacy Rewards which is different from other pharmacy programs. You don’t track points – simply fill 5 prescriptions (vaccinations count too!) and receive 5% off a WHOLE day of shopping (in-store and online). That is a reward I can definitely appreciate!

You can also get text alerts to get notified when your prescription is ready so that you are not waiting around wondering about the status.

WIN IT
One of my US readers will win a $50 gift code. Lucky you! To enter, simply fill out the form below.

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Disclosure: Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target.
Friday, April 11, 2014 | 68 comments | Read more...
Fisher Nut Exactly Now at Costco Giveaway

Fisher Nut Exactly Now at Costco Giveaway


Did you know that Fisher Nuts is launching a first-of-its-kind snack product – Fisher Nut Exactly – exclusively at Costco stores in the Southeast?  This snack contains no artificial ingredients and is created with the perfect combination of crunchy roasted almonds and whole grain popcorn, rolled into a snack-sized bite that’s dipped in rich 66% cacao real dark chocolate.

Fisher Nut Exactly will be available at select Costco locations for a limited time beginning April 6, 2014, for
$6.99 (15 ounce package).

Costco stores throughout the Southeast will also have sampling of Fisher Nut Exactly on:
· Sunday, April 6th
· Saturday, April 12th
· Wednesday, April 16th
· Saturday, April 26th

WIN IT
One of my US readers will with a Fisher Nut Exactly Prize Pack consisting of a package of Fisher Nut Exactly and a $50 Costco Gift Card. To enter, simply fill out the form below.

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Disclosure: Thanks to the sponsor for providing the product for review and giveaway. All opinions are my own and this was not a compensated post.
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 | 1 comments | Read more...
List & Promote Your Giveaways - 4/5

List & Promote Your Giveaways - 4/5



Are you hosting a giveaway or looking for some to enter? You've come to the right place! Feel free to list your giveaway below, or find a few to giveaways to enter. You can also link your giveaways with my friend Dina at Just Another New Blog and Kristi at Moms Own Words. If you end up winning, please let me know! Since I love to enter giveaways in my free time, I will try to visit a lot of these!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, April 04, 2014 | 0 comments | Read more...
#RaceAroundAmerica with Walgreens Giveaway

#RaceAroundAmerica with Walgreens Giveaway

These days, your typical drugstore offers you a whole lot more convenience for your visit!  Did you know that Walgreens offers the Balance™ Financial Prepaid MasterCard as a safe alternative to cash?  With tax day around the corner, you can even take advantage of the opportunity to direct deposit your refund onto the Walgreens Balance Financial PrePaid MascerCard!  The card is not only big on convenience, but also small on fees.

This summer, Walgreens has teamed up with Roush Fenway Racing have launched a partnership to stage “The Race Around America” Interactive Promotion Presented by Balance™ Financial Prepaid MasterCard from Walgreens!

Users of the Walgreens Balance Financial PrePaid MascerCard can register their cards tobe entered in the sweepstakes portion of the promotion*. Cardholders can earn additional automatic entries –- up to five times per day — by making a purchase or reloading their Balance™ Financial Cards. Consumers can enter between Feb. 23 and Oct. 15, 2014. Legal residents of the 50 United States (D.C.), 18 years of age and older are eligible to enter. For complete rules and regulations, visit www.RaceAroundAmerica.com



Fans have already dictated the Mustang’s design to be used during the promotion through online voting, selecting a patriotic design scheme as the fan favorite. The design represents an American iconic symbol – the American flag – in a nontraditional depiction. Smooth gradients starting at the sharp tip of the hood line of this great American muscle car gives a look of momentum and speed. When the promotion is over, the design will be removed and the winner will receive what’s underneath…a beautiful, bright red ROUSH Stage 3 Mustang.

*NO PURCHASE OR RELOAD NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES (D.C) 18 YEARS AND OLDER. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Sweepstakes ends 10/15/14.

WIN IT
One of my US readers will win a $25 Walgreens gift card and Autographed NASCAR Merchandise.  Lucky you!  To enter, simply fill out the form below.

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Disclosure: Thanks to Walgreens for providing the giveaway prize and images.  This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.


Friday, April 04, 2014 | 0 comments | Read more...
Spot Shot & Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Giveaway

Spot Shot & Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Giveaway


Did you know Sony Pictures Animation’s “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” is now available on BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK and DVD at authorized retailers including Walmart, Target and Kroeger?  What a fun family movie to add to your collection!

If you’re familiar with “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” movie, you know Flint Lockwood’s invention – a machine that turns water into food – now creates food animals called foodimals. These tacodiles, shrimpanzees, hippotatomuses, cheespiders and other foodimals make quite a mess – and Spot Shot Instant Carpet Stain Remover is the only product to clean it up!

About the partnership: When fans purchase Sony Pictures Animation's "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK or DVD at authorized retailers, they can get a free can of specially-marked Spot Shot® Instant Carpet Stain Remover – the only product that can clean up a pesky "foodimal" mess.

With two indoor long and medium-haired cats, we sure know about carpet stains!  Let me tell you, I am so grateful my awesome husband handles any hairball cleanup, because that often involves some carpet scrubbing.  Needless to say, the Spot Shot will come in handy, but I will spare you the photo of any icky stains!


WIN IT
One of my US readers will win a copy of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and a coupon for a free container of Spot Shot!  Lucky you!  To enter, simply fill out the form below.

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Disclosure: Thanks to the sponsor for providing the giveaway prize and a product for review.  All opinions are my own and this is not a compensated post.
Wednesday, April 02, 2014 | 0 comments | Read more...
Betting the Rainbow Novel by Jodi Thomas Giveaway

Betting the Rainbow Novel by Jodi Thomas Giveaway

This is a guest post by Jodi Thomas, author of Betting the Rainbow. I quite enjoyed reading the latest addition to her Harmony series, and hope you will, too!

One of my favorite things to do in the world is sit down with a character who walks into my office (figuratively speaking), sits down and tells me her story. That’s how the book BETTING THE RAINBOW began.

I knew I wanted to write about Ronny Logan since she’d been with me in Harmony for several books. I felt like I’d grown up with her from the shy postal worker who wouldn’t talk to anyone in town to a world traveler trying to run away from her grief.

Only I didn’t know Dusti Delaney when I started. She and her sister had put their lives on hold to come home and take care of a dying mother. By the time she finally passed they’d lost everything except the small farm on Rainbow Lane. They were barely holding on with no hope of reclaiming their former lives. Then, Dusti heard about a charity poker game. If she won she might be able to afford to make their dreams come true. Only problem was, the one man who could teach her to play had flown in to win the game.

Reagan Truman runs the huge event while in the middle of her own crisis. The one man she’s ever loved has come home, but she’s not sure she can accept him and all the baggage he brings. Noah has to do something far braver than riding bulls if he wants to win her back.

I’ll bet this touching story of deep love between family, friends and lovers will leave you feeling good all over.

Jodi Thomas
www.jodithomas.com
Twitter.com/jodithomas
www.facebook.com/JodiThomasAuthor

WIN IT
One of my US or Canadian readers will win a copy of Betting the Rainbow by Jodi Thomas. Lucky you!  To enter, simply fill out the form below!

Disclosure: Thanks to Jodi Thomas for guest posting and sharing her books with us!  This is not a compensated post.
Saturday, March 29, 2014 | 5 comments | Read more...
List & Promote Your Giveaway - 3/29

List & Promote Your Giveaway - 3/29



Are you hosting a giveaway or looking for some to enter? You've come to the right place! Feel free to list your giveaway below, or find a few to giveaways to enter. You can also link your giveaways with my friend Dina at Just Another New Blog and Kristi at Moms Own Words. If you end up winning, please let me know! Since I love to enter giveaways in my free time, I will try to visit a lot of these!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, March 29, 2014 | 0 comments | Read more...
NBC American Dream Builders & $50 Lowes Giveaway

NBC American Dream Builders & $50 Lowes Giveaway

Have you found your dream home?  We moved into our home over a decade ago and have been making improvements and changes to make it just our own.



What if you could make your home into your Dream Home?

AMERICAN DREAM BUILDERS – a new show premiering on NBC March 23 at 8/7c – and Lowe’s want to make your dream a reality.

Hosted by famed interior designer and best-selling author, Nate Berkus, AMERICAN DREAM BUILDERS follows the nation’s top 12 designers and home builders as they compete to be crowned the Ultimate Dream Builder and take home a $250,000 cash prize. It’s the home competition that will change everything!

From the producers of Survivor and The Bachelor, don’t miss AMERICAN DREAM BUILDERS, Sundays at 8/7c, only on NBC.

You can enter for a chance to win $100,000 in products and services from Lowe’s and a consultation with the winner of American Dream Builders!

Enter for a chance to win your dream renovation at www.nbc.com/lowes.

And starting March 23rd you will have the opportunity to earn 5 bonus entries when you “Dream It Yourself”! Upload a photo and description of a home project you are working on and EARN 5 BONUS SWEEPSTAKES ENTRIES.

Finally, follow the show on Facebook and Twitter for a chance to win more prizes from American Dream Builders and Lowe’s!


WIN IT
One of my US readers will win a $50 Lowe's gift card.  Lucky you!  To enter, simply fill out the form below.

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Disclosure: Thank you to the sponsor for providing the images and information for the sweepstakes, as well as the giveaway prize.  All opinions are my own and this is not a sponsored post. Each household is only eligible to win One (1) $50 Lowe's Gift Card via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.
Friday, March 21, 2014 | 90 comments | Read more...
Procter & Gamble and Family Dollar Laundry Tips

Procter & Gamble and Family Dollar Laundry Tips

How's your laundry routine?  Procter & Gamble and Family Dollar want to share ideas on how to make your family’s clothes last longer.

Family Dollar shoppers take pride in making their families’ look and feel their best, and clothes are an important part of that equation. Family Dollar offers the latest innovations in fabric care to assure your family has an affordable clean – a better clean for every dollar. The new P&G products will help keep your family’s clothes cleaner and are part of a regimen to keep them looking newer and lasting longer.

With an active 6 year old, we constantly have laundry piling up.  We use quality laundry products to keep our clothes fresh and clean.  I often pre-treat clothes with a stain remover spray, too, to ensure any grass or food stains come out nicely in the wash.  We also have constant holes in the knees!  I've been known to whip out the needle and thread and patch up the knees on leggings and pants.  In general, I find it also helps to purchase higher quality clothes

Family Dollar stocks the best new laundry products from trusted brands, including new and convenient fabric care options from Gain and Tide that offer extra benefits – like the best stain removal and great, new scents – and at great value pricing.

Gain Flings - an easier way to use Gain. These three-in-one single-use flings include 50% more scent, an oxi boost and the freshness of Febreze, for long-lasting freshness and cleaning power.

Tide Simply Clean & Fresh - offers a dependable clean and superior mal-odor removal

The Tide Plus Collection consists of Tide + Coldwater Clean which can be used in cold water and allows for cleaning with whitening ingredients!  The collection includes Tide + Febreze Freshness which provides long lasting freshness with an upgraded scent and Tide + A Touch of Downy which makes clothes feel soft & fresh with an upgraded scent.  Tide + Bleach Alternative removes dinginess and gets whites whiter.  Tide + Febreze Sport removes body soils, odor and sweat stains and Tide + Ultra Stain Release will help remove 99% of everyday stains!  Ultra Stain Release is specially formulated with stain removal ingredients that work at the fiber level and has a new pre-treat stain Zap! Cap that lets you use Tide as both a detergent and a pre-treater on tough stains.

WIN IT
One of my US readers will with a Family Dollar Prize Pack! This consists of $25 Family Dollar Gift Card, Downy Unstoppables, Gain Flings and samples from the Tide Plus Collection!

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Disclosure: Thanks to the sponsor for providing the prize for review and giveaway.  All opinions are my own and this is not a sponsored post.
Thursday, March 13, 2014 | 2 comments | Read more...
Sandwich Thins®, Pocket Thins® and Bagel Thins® Giveaway

Sandwich Thins®, Pocket Thins® and Bagel Thins® Giveaway

Are you watching your carbs? If you want to have your bread and eat it, too, try out Sandwich Thins®, Pocket Thins® and Bagel Thins ®! Available at grocery stores near you, all of the products below allow for those of us who are watching our waistlines to have a product we can use to limit the carbs!

Arnold®, Brownberry® and Oroweat® ProductsAll Arnold®, Brownberry® and Oroweat® Sandwich Thins® Rolls are cholesterol-free foods, containing zero grams of Trans Fat and no high fructose corn syrup.

Arnold®, Brownberry® and Oroweat® Sandwich Thins® RollsWeight Watchers®: 3 PointsPlus Value®
Flavors: 100% Whole Wheat, Healthy Multi-grain, Honey Wheat, Flax & Fiber

Arnold®, Brownberry® and Oroweat® Pocket Thins® FlatbreadWeight Watchers : 3 PointsPlus Value®
Flavors: 100% Whole Wheat, Healthy Multi-grain

Thomas'® Bagel Thins® BagelsAll Bagel Thins® are 110 calories, cholesterol-free, low in fat and contain zero grams of Trans Fat
Weight Watchers®: 3 PointsPlus Value®
Flavors: Plain, 100% Whole Wheat, Cinnamon Raisin and Everything

You can check out some wonderful recipe ideas for Sandwich Thins® Recipes from Weight Watchers®
Bagel Thins® Recipes

This weekend we used some of the delicious Pocket Thins to make delicious BLT sandwiches.  We used spinach in place of the lettuce,  then added bacon, mayo and tomato, and added avocado on top of the sandwich.


It was delicious, and light, thanks to the thin bread!

Connect through social media with the sponsor:

The Official Sandwich Thins® page
The Official Pocket Thins® page
The Official Thomas'® page
Sandwich Thins® on Facebook
Bagel Thins ® on Facebook

WIN IT
One of my US readers will win coupons for free products and a $25 Visa gift card. Lucky you!  To enter, please fill out the form below.

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Disclosure: Sandwich Thins®, Pocket Thins® and Bagel Thins ® provided me with coupons for free product and a gift card for your recipe ingredients.  All opinions are my own and this is not a compensated post!
Monday, March 10, 2014 | 2 comments | Read more...
Kidfresh Meals + Disney Frozen Rebate Offer #FrozenKidfresh

Kidfresh Meals + Disney Frozen Rebate Offer #FrozenKidfresh


Did you know that March was frozen food month?  If there's one frozen meal I like to have on hand for Lily, it is Kidfresh!  Just in time for Frozen Food Month, Kidfresh, the healthy frozen kid’s meal brand has collaborated with Disney to promote the release of the Frozen Blu-Ray Combo Pack in leading retailers nationwide beginning March 18.

Families will be able to save up to $6.00 during this exclusive promotion. Through the purchase of any two Kidfresh meals and the Frozen Blu-ray Combo Pack, parents can save $5.00 by mail-in rebate. In addition, an extra $1.00 off coupon for any two Kidfresh meals will be available at point of purchase in over 2,200 participating retailers, including Stop & Shop, Giant, Kroger, HEB, Shoprite, A&P, Pathmark, Harris Teeter and Roche Brothers.

The Frozen Blu-ray Combo Pack will be available for purchase in all major retailers nationwide including Best Buy, Walmart, Target and Kmart. 

Limit one rebate per household. The Frozen Blu-ray Combo Pack will be available for purchase on March 18, 2014. Offer expires May 15, 2014. Void where prohibited. Only valid in the U.S.A. For complete promotion details including the rebate form, visit http://www.kidfresh.com/rebate/
Lily and I snuggled up on the couch together and watched Frozen the other weekend.  She had seen it in theaters with has father one Saturday while I was stuck at the office, so I was excited to have a mommy and me time together.  What a wonderful movie!

For more information visit the Kidfresh website and follow @KidfreshFoods on Facebook (and get a $1 off coupon!), TwitterPinterest and Instagram.

Join the Kidfresh Twitter Party to celebrate this collaboration on Wednesday March 19th at 8:30pm (hashtag: #FrozenKidfresh) to chat about Frozen Food Month, our collaboration with Disney and our healthy Kidfresh meals and we’d ask you to attend the party. It is completely optional, but we’d love for you to join and encourage your readers to join as well!

You can also win with the Instagram Contest: Just follow Kidfresh on Instagram (@KidfreshFoods), and upload a picture of your Kidfresh Dinner + Disney Frozen Movie night, and tag @KidfreshFoods and include the hashtag #FrozenKidfresh and you’ll be entered to win a Kidfresh + Disney Frozen Prize pack.

WIN IT
One of my US readers will win 5 coupons for FREE Kidfresh meals and 5 $1.00 OFF coupons (Worth $20). Lucky you! To enter, please fill out the form below.

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Disclosure: Thank you to Kidfresh for providing the items for review and giveaway. All opinions are my own and this is not a compensated post.
Saturday, March 08, 2014 | 0 comments | Read more...
List & Promote Your Giveaways - 3/8

List & Promote Your Giveaways - 3/8




Are you hosting a giveaway or looking for some to enter? You've come to the right place! Feel free to list your giveaway below, or find a few to giveaways to enter. You can also link your giveaways with my friend Dina at Just Another New Blog and Kristi at Moms Own Words. If you end up winning, please let me know! Since I love to enter giveaways in my free time, I will try to visit a lot of these!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, March 08, 2014 | 1 comments | Read more...
Snowy, Icy Days in Atlanta #WW

Snowy, Icy Days in Atlanta #WW

(Note to people who live in colder areas - this is NOT normal for Atlanta!  The first Snowmagedon left the area conducting a huge car reclamation project for thousands of cars that had been abandoned while people spend 12+ hours trying to make it home a few miles!)

Many areas have been hit hard with some crazy weather this winter.  Atlanta experiences two snowy, icy incidents just a week or so apart.  The first, back in late January, left cars stranded on the roads and caused some 10+ hour commutes home.  Adam left his truck about 5 miles from the house and hiked home in his dress shoes.

At work, I released my team at just after noon, and it took me over an hour to drive 6 miles to Lily’s school.  I picked her up, tried to make it down our steep road, and slid the car into the ditch rather than risk sliding too far and off the cliff at the bottom.  I'm so glad I left when I did!  Some kids spent the nights at schools that evening!  Lily's unphased below, trying to catch snowflakes on her tongue!




We did have some fun!  It has been a few years since snow hit the Atlanta area!  My snow angel is hard at work making a snow angel in the photo below!


We had a family snowball fight and I think the girls won!  


We also got out some cardboard and duct take to make the perfect redneck sled - I can say that as an official Southerner (10+ years and an easy y'all rolling off the tongue sure makes me a southern gal!).  That's me in the photo below, ready to risk life and limb despite the aforementioned cliff at the end of our street.  SO fun!



As we live in an incredibly hilly, wooded area, the snow and ice didn't disappear when the sun returned.  The neighbors and us typically dig out our garden shovels and get to work on clearing a path for the car tires to make it up the street.  Let me tell you, it is a great workout! 


We had some crazy weather but a whole lot of fun!  Do you have a WW post?  Please link below so that I can visit!



Tuesday, March 04, 2014 | 15 comments | Read more...
Bellapulse Advanced Pulsar Cleaning Giveaway

Bellapulse Advanced Pulsar Cleaning Giveaway

Recently I had the opportunity to try a new way of cleaning my face.  The Bellapulse Advanced PulsarTechnology cleansing brush and cleansers arrived the other week, and I couldn't wait to try it out.  I used the Bellapulse system in the shower, and loved the way my face felt afterwards!  My skin was soft and smooth, without any irritation what so ever.

Bellapulse Advanced Pulsar Technology promotes healthier, more blemish free skin.  Your skin feels cleaner and smoother after each use, and it is much more effective than cleaning with a washcloth or your fingertips.  It removes deep down dirt and grime so that lotions and moisturizers are better able to soak in and work effectively, and it helps keep pores from becoming enlarged.

In addition, Bellapulse is waterproof so it can be used in the shower or bathtub for added convenience.
Two more things – Bellapulse is effective for any skin type and it can be used on other areas beside the face, such as the neck, elbows, hands, knees and more!  Bellapulse comes from SkinPro, which is a company with which I have been most pleased.



WIN IT
One of my US or Canadian readers will win their own Bellapulse system!  Lucky you!  To enter, simply fill out the form below.
Disclosure: Thanks to the sponsor for providing the product for review and giveaway.  All opinions are my own and this is not a compensated post.
Saturday, March 01, 2014 | 1 comments | Read more...
List & Promote Your Giveaways - 3/1

List & Promote Your Giveaways - 3/1



Are you hosting a giveaway or looking for some to enter? You've come to the right place! Feel free to list your giveaway below, or find a few to giveaways to enter. You can also link your giveaways with my friend Dina at Just Another New Blog and Kristi at Moms Own Words. If you end up winning, please let me know! Since I love to enter giveaways in my free time, I will try to visit a lot of these!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, March 01, 2014 | 2 comments | Read more...
French Onion Soup Recipe With Guryere Cheese

French Onion Soup Recipe With Guryere Cheese

Atlanta experienced some snow and ice the other week, and the cold weather left me with a craving for some French onion soup.  When we were finally able to shovel our way up the driveway and up the street, we headed out to dinner.  Much to my disappointment, the soup I ordered was overly salty, lacking in onions, and overly cheesy.

As a result of my disappointing restaurant experience, I was determined to make my own French onion soup.  I researched recipes on the internet to see what sounded best and was surprised by the variety of techniques in French onion soup.  Some called for butter, some for olive oil, some required white wine, others red.  I mix and matched to suit what I thought were our family's tastes, and boy, did the soup hit the spot!

I definitely cut out a lot of the butter I saw in most recipes, added fresh herbs instead of dried, and skipped the wine.  I also used grated cheese for just a touch of it, not an overwhelming glob that generally reminds me of a giant lugie!





2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 medium or 4 large onions, sliced
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 bay leaves
6 fresh thyme sprigs, peeled
fresh ground pepper and salt to taste
1 quart beef broth
1 quart chicken broth
crusty or slightly dried bread
grated Gruyere

Melt the butter and a splash of olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.  Add the onions, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, and salt and pepper.  I added the thyme sprigs in to cook for flavor, to be removed later.  Cook until the onions are very soft and caramelized, about 20 to 25 minutes. Add the broth, bring the soup back to a simmer, and cook for 10 minutes.  Remove bay leaves and the thyme sticks.

Serve topped with bread and sprinkled with grated Gruyere cheese.  Enjoy!  What are your favorite soup recipes for a cold day?
Thursday, February 27, 2014 | 4 comments | Read more...
DNA Serum Eye Serum Giveaway

DNA Serum Eye Serum Giveaway

As my profile professes, I am a "lotion and potion" junkie.  There is no better way to end my day than to treat myself to some time exampning my arsenal of products and determining what to use before bed.  I love to try new things, and lately I've been using the DNA Serum around my eyes in the evenings and mornings.  It has left my skin soft, smooth and visibly younger.  Not that at the ripe age of 30-something I consider myself old!

DNA Serum product photo



There are some great benefits of the DNA Serum.  First and foremost, this serum is intended to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines around your eyes.  Also, it contains Dr. Oz recommended Eyeseryl, which is clinically proven to reduce dark circles.  It intensely nourishes the skin around your eyes with age-defying peptides. And promotes a younger looking and more vivacious appearance!  With advanced skin tightening agents, you may feel the difference almost immediately.

This laboratory formulated serum contains only the highest quality ingredients in the purest concentrations.  It is infused with potent patented peptides that have been scientifically proven to work...fast.  DNA Serum is quick and easy to apply and utilizes a unique airless syringe technology made perfect by SkinPro product engineers.  This works on areas that a cosmetic injection can’t reach.  It is a hypoallergenic solution that is safe for all skin types.  Use safely and securely in conjunction with other skin care products and under any type of makeup.  Finally, DNA Serum is manufactured and formulated in the USA by in an FDA registered cosmeceutical laboratory.

WIN IT
One of my US readers will win their own DNA Serum (ARV $89.95(!  Lucky you!  To enter, simply fill out the form below.

Disclosure: Thanks to the sponsor for providing the product for review and giveaway.  All opinions are my own and this is not a compensated post.
Saturday, February 22, 2014 | 1 comments | Read more...
List & Promote Your Giveaways - 2/22

List & Promote Your Giveaways - 2/22



Are you hosting a giveaway or looking for some to enter? You've come to the right place! Feel free to list your giveaway below, or find a few to giveaways to enter. You can also link your giveaways with my friend Dina at Just Another New Blog and Kristi at Moms Own Words. If you end up winning, please let me know! Since I love to enter giveaways in my free time, I will try to visit a lot of these!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, February 22, 2014 | 1 comments | Read more...
@FellowesInc Shredder Review #IDSafetySeason

@FellowesInc Shredder Review #IDSafetySeason

With tax season in full swing, sensitive information is arriving in many mailboxes across the country. During this time of year, my concerns about identity theft are even more heightened. With W-2’s, 1099s and other important tax forms coming in the mail, it is important to keep a close watch on additional mail that is
filling your mailbox this season.  

Many of us are thinking carefully about protecting out identities this season. It is important to find an easy way to do so.  We've loved being able to quickly shred our important documents.  When a credit card expires, the Fellowes shredder quickly makes thin, secure strips of the card.  I have to say, I find myself looking forward to a card expiring!

We had the opportunity to review the Fellowes state-of-the-art Fellowes Powershred P-12Cs Shredder (ARV $99).

P-12C Facts:
Fellowes, the leader in shredders, offers an extensive range of products, ensuring an ideal fit no matter who is on your list.

⁃ Perfect for finance-savvy moms and paper-ridden college students, the P-12C’s slim profile design and innovative technologies make it a great choice for at-home and dorm room use. Features include:

⁃ Cross-Cut blades that destroy 12 sheets of paper into approximately 309 particles per sheet, making it extremely difficult to reassemble

⁃ SafeSense® technology which automatically disables the shredder when hands touch the paper opening

⁃ The ability to shred credit cards, paper clips, staples and junk mail for added convenience

⁃ The P-12C can be purchased at Walmart Stores nationwide and at www.Walmart.com for a suggested retail price of $99.97.

Disclosure: Thank you to Fellowes for providing the product for review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for a favorable opinion. #spon: I'm required to disclose a relationship between our site and Fellowes. This could include the Fellowes providing us w/content, product, access or other forms of payment.
Thursday, February 20, 2014 | 1 comments | Read more...
Jord Natural Wood Watch Giveaway

Jord Natural Wood Watch Giveaway

Are you in the market for a unique gift idea for someone else or for yourself?  Recently I had the opportunity to experience a wonderful 100% natural wood watch from Jord.  I was intrigued to see a wood watch for myself, and honestly hadn't heard of the brand before.  We enjoy natural products and were curious to see what the Jord Fieldcrest watch was like.  I picked one that is suitable for men and women, but let's face it...I'll be keeping this one for myself!

About the Company
It's about time someone delivered an unconventional answer to age-old wrist candy. JORD watches are designed to take people back to nature and away from today's metal & rubber. We want to challenge the norm by making unique time pieces as a focal point for everyday fashion.

A wood watch by JORD is a truly unique time piece hand-crafted from natural wood. The bands and movement housings can be made from one or more types of wood. The internal movements are sourced from the finest international watch manufacturers and the glass is a scratchproof "blue film" glass. If you are seeking a beautiful and unique time piece for your collection or simply need an expressive fashion accessory, a wood watch is your next talk piece.


I received the Jord Fieldcrest series watch with a black face.  The Fieldcrest series wood watch is designed for both men and women seeking simple elegance.  The face is a great size for both men and women.  You can select two different wood options.  The Fieldcrest offers Citizen Miyota movements and the stainless steel hands and hour ticks are complimented by vivid wood grain face.

Hardened, Scratch-proof glass face: 30mm diameter
Frame / bezel: 39mm diameter
Band width: 20mm
Lug ends: 45mm
Single action locking clasp (stainless steel)
Citizen Miyota movement

The Fieldcrest Jord watch is incredibly light to wear.  I love the look of the natural wood grain on the watch.  It is definitely a conversation piece!  I also like the nice packaging and presentation of the watch.  The website has a wonderful frequently asked questions area where it describes in detail how to maintain and care for your wood watch.

Connect with Jord
Keep up with Jord watches on their social media channels:
https://www.facebook.com/JordWoodWatches
https://twitter.com/woodwatches_com
http://instagram.com/woodwatches_com




WIN IT
One of my US readers will with the same gorgeous Jord Fieldcrest watch that I had the opportunity to review.  Lucky you!  To enter, simply fill out the form below.

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Disclosure: Thanks to Jord for providing the product for review and giveaway.  All opinions are my own and this was not a compensated post.
Thursday, February 13, 2014 | 3 comments | Read more...
Stocking Island Exuma, Bahamas Beach Vacation

Stocking Island Exuma, Bahamas Beach Vacation


We spent a week this past December in Exuma, Bahamas. Last year we discovered that there was a direct Delta flight straight out of Atlanta to Exuma on Sundays, and we quickly booked our tickets.  We had such a wonderful time that we are already planning another week in Exuma this year.  From the first glimpse of the islands from the airplane, we knew we were arriving in paradise!  The first few photographs below are from the rental house we stayed at on Stocking Island.  You can read more about it below.

 
About Exuma, Bahamas
The Exumas consists of over 360 islands.  The largest of the cays is Great Exuma, which is about 37 miles in length and connected to another island, Little Exuma by a small bridge.  We stayed on Stocking Island, a short water taxi ride off the coast of Great Exuma.  You can also read more about the islands from the Bahamas website.

What To Do
This was truly an adventure vacation for us. Stocking Island is sparsely populated and has no motorized vehicles. We hiked about 3-5 miles a day and explored nearly empty, pristine beaches. We snorkeled, swam and enjoyed hunting for sea shells. We woke early to watch the sunrise, and relaxed in the evenings while watching the sunset. Lily found a live conch while snorkeling and Adam and I came face to face with a barracuda. We also found many live sea cucumbers.  I was constantly surprised how secluded and empty the beaches were.  There were days where we only saw 2-3 people the entire day on the Atlantic side.  Pictured below is the Atlantic side where we enjoyed exploring the rocky shores.


There are two dining options on Stocking Island. St. Francis is a “hotel” of about 8-10 rooms and a half mile walk down the beach from where we were staying. Lily loved the grouper fingers at their restaurant. Chat N Chill was a 10 minute kayak ride away and a place where many boats drop anchor to chill for the day.  It is the place to visit even if you are staying on the main island of Exuma.  They made fresh conch salad and had sting rays near the beach that we got to feed.  Tourists and locals are laid back and no one looks at you funny for entering a dining establishment barefoot and in your bathing suit.  Except for our more tropical jungle/forest hikes, we were barefoot the whole week!

Where To Stay
We have had success renting condos or houses through vrbo.com and used the site for finding a beautiful house on Stocking Island.  We stayed at Kevalli House, and would very much recommend it to all.  There are two rental homes on the property, and the owner, Bob, was very helpful in making plans for our stay.   

We loved the map Bob had of all of the different hiking trails on Stocking Island and made it a point to explore every single path. Lily really was a trooper on some of the longer walks!  Our rental house was situated perfectly with access to a dock on the calm natural harbor, and private beach access to the more turbulent ocean side with crashing waves and beautiful views.  The property has two pavilions where we enjoyed watching the sun rise and set.

What travel destinations are in your plans for 2014?
Tuesday, February 04, 2014 | 5 comments | Read more...