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Monday, September 15, 2014

Good Witch's Family

Good Witch's Family premiered on October 29th, 2011 and is the fourth film in The Good Witch film series, Hallmark’s top franchise performer! The film was nominated for several awards including the Canadian Cinema Editors Award, DGC Craft Award and the Young Artist Award. The movie stars Catherine Bell, Chris Potter, Catherine Disher, Matthew Knight and Paul Miller.

Life is going well for Cassie as she settles into marriage with Middleton Police Chief Jake Russell and as stepmom to Brandon and Lori. But evil soon blows into town in the form of Cassie's long-lost cousin Abigail, who whips up wickedness like a tornado. The once peaceful Russell family bickers night and day; Jake is fired after an argument with the Mayor over a bridge expansion; and Martha, the Mayor's wife and town busy body, walks out on her long marriage. As the town divides further over neighborhood expansion, Cassie is drafted to run for Mayor. Within her once-happy marriage, her family is unraveling, and Abigail's diabolical "double, double, toil and trouble" is the apex of Cassie's misery. What's a good witch to do? 

I love this series, and am glad to have the next installment to watch! This is a good one too! I hope there is more to the Good Witch story!

 

VOGA Italia Wine

Whether you are looking to spend quality time with friends or your significant other, a picnic is the perfect way to enjoy a sunny Fall afternoon, while the weather is still warm enough to do so. VOGA Italia's Baby Sparkling Wine is the ideal single serve wine solution at 155 calories and packaged as a half-sized bottle of wine. Great for picnics, it also features a screw on top to keep the wine gently sparkling. For extra enjoyment, pop in a straw and enjoy...no glass needed!
Great for events, individual consumption, and taste sampling, Baby Sparkling's golden color and fine effervescence give way to aromas of white blossoms and ripe fruit. Baby VOGA Sparkling hails from the Trentino region of Italy offering a smooth and balanced taste with a citrus finish. This 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Grigio blend is produced via a prolonged Charmat method to refine the perlage and fullness of the wine's fruit flavorings. Baby VOGA Sparkling wine is packaged in a mini-version of VOGA's sexy, unique and award-winning bell-shaped bottle, with a screw on top to keep the wine gently sparkling.

I love the smaller bottle, perfect for on the go! So cute and convenient, and delicious!

Check it all out at VOGA Italia Wines on Facebook.
 
 

Love's Fortune Blog Tour

Love's Fortune by Laura Frantz

About The Book:
Sheltered since birth at her Kentucky home, Rowena Ballantyne has heard only whispered rumors of her grandfather Silas's vast fortune and grand manor in Pennsylvania. When her father receives a rare letter summoning him to New Hope, Rowena makes the journey with him and quickly finds herself in a whole new world - filled with family members she's never met, dances she's never learned, and a new side to the father she thought she knew. As she struggles to fit in during their extended stay, she finds a friend in James Sackett, the most valued steamship pilot of the Ballantynes' shipping line. Even with his help, Rowena feels she may never be comfortable in high society. Will she go her own way....to her peril? With her signature attention to historical detail, Laura Frantz brings 1850s Pennsylvania alive with a tender story of loss, love, and loyalty. Fans will cheer for this final installment of the Ballatyne saga.

My Thoughts:
I have not read this series, but I enjoyed this story. I am generally not one for historical books, fiction or otherwise, but I really liked this story. I think the struggle Rowena has is timeless, and can be related to in this day and age.

About The Author:
Award-winning author Laura Frantz is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. Her family resides in Kentucky and Virginia. According to Publishers Weekly, "Frantz has done her historical homework." With her signature attention to historical detail and emotional depth, she is represented by Janet Kobobel Grant, Literary Agent & Founder, Books & Such Literary Agency of Santa Rosa, California.

Buy this book at Love's Fortune on Amazon.
 
 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ritz New Fresh Stacks

For parents, back-to-school season means the dreaded return of packing school lunches each morning. And don’t even get us started on finding a good after-schools snack! Well, Ritz Crackers is here to help with new Ritz Fresh Stacks – a more convenient size of America’s favorite flaky, buttery cracker.
A little more than two servings (each Ritz Fresh Stacks package contains 13 crackers), Ritz Fresh Stacks is a versatile addition to any school lunch and makes snacking quick and easy. Try the Original, Whole Wheat and Everything flavors for a great taste that both kids and adults will like.

We've always been fans of Ritz Crackers in this house, and I love the new Fresh Stacks, because it is the perfect snacking size! Just enough! Perfect!

Check it all out at Ritz Crackers on Facebook.
 
 

The Magic School Bus: Human Body

Wahoo! Welcome aboard The Magic School Bus! Are you ready for a wild ride? Grab a seat and hang on for three episodes of the Emmy Award-winning animated science-adventure series based on the best-selling books. Watch as Ms. Frizzle transforms her magic bus and encourages exploration and discovery from the smallest cell to the largest galaxy. There's action, adventure and excitement all inside the human body!
Get ready for a rip-roaring field trip with three Friz-tastic episodes:

For Lunch: Arnold is so excited he doesn't have to go on a field trip! But when he accidentally swallows his miniaturized class, he becomes the field trip! Topic: Digestion.
Inside Ralphie: Ralphie is crushed when a fever keeps him home from school the day he's scheduled to host a FNN (Frizzle News Network) television broadcast on health. With Tyne Daly as Ralphie's mom. Topic: Germs.
Flexes Its Muscles: Ms. Frizzle takes the class on a field trip to R.U. Humerus's (Tony Randall) Body Shop where they use bones, joints and muscles to repair the Ralphiebot robot. Topic: Body Mechanics. 

This is Callan's favorite Magic School Bus DVD, because he is really interested in the inner workings of the body! Very cool!

 

Relief OTC

Did you know that 40% of the population of the U.S. suffers from heartburn at least once a month? Heartburn is an equal opportunity issue, affecting men and women at the same rate. Women, however, tend to seek professional treatment earlier than men when they experience heartburn.
New Relief OTC is a convenient liquid antacid that provides fast heartburn relief. The great tasting orange creme flavor and choice of a portable 4 oz. or larger 12 oz. size make it the perfect solution for soothing acid reflux on the go or right at home.

This is a great product! It really does work rather fast! And the taste is not bad, though I would recommend putting it in the fridge and using it cold.

Check it all out at Relief OTC on Facebook.
  
 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Magic School Bus Space Adventures

Explore with Miss Frizzle everything from the smallest cell to the largest galaxy in episodes of the Emmy Award-winning television series The Magic School Bus! This all new DVD contains four episodes including:

Gets Lost in Space - Topic: The Solar System
Out of This World - Topic: Space Rocks
Gains Weight - Topic: Gravity
Plays Ball - Topic: Forces

For 25 years and counting, generations of kids have enjoyed the magical ride. Where will the Magic Bus take you?

Callan loves The Magic School Bus. It is fun and funny and entertaining while educational!
  
 

Walk To Remember #MasonsMission

Today is the first year that Jason and I are able to participate in the walk to support organ donation and remember Mason. We are so excited to be able to do this with family and friends. The Sharing Life Foundation has raised more than $260,000 over the past 15 years. They help families meet some of their most basic needs: buy groceries, pay medical co-pays, pay for life-sustaining medications, pay electrical bills, rent, mortgage, transportation to the hospital and much more! In addition, they have supported programs in high school health classes and initiatives at the Department of Public Safety educating the public about organ donation and transplantation. All proceeds support their mission: Providing financial grants to families going through the organ transplant and donation process. Contributing to programs at LifeSource that educate the public about the need for donation. Supporting Dr. Lake's research at the University of Minnesota to find a cure for Hepatitis C.
 

Hello Kitty Oral Care With @Fireflytb

We've gotten a lot of fun boy products from Firefly for Callan and he loves each and every one of them. We use Firefly products religiously. But now it is time for the girls!
Hello Kitty Firefly Sculpted Light Up Timer Toothbrush - The Hello Kitty character lights up at end of the handled flashing toothbrush. Light up toothbrush comes with soft bristles. Toothbrush timer lights up for one minute teaching kids to brush for that amount of time.
Meet the latest addition to our Mouth Rinse family: Hello Kitty! Count on her to help strengthen teeth and prevent cavities for your little ones while her no-mess cup and Melon Kiss flavor. My neighbor girls were so delighted in these products! And their mama was thankful too!

Check it all out at Firefly on Facebook, as well as Firefly on Twitter.



 

Top 5 Tips For A More Nutritious School Year With Way Better Snacks

It’s that time of year again for fresh notebooks, sharpened pencils, and new lunchboxes, too. This fall, why not make back-to-school eating a way better nutritional experience for kids of all ages with healthier lunches and snacks? New York-based nutrition expert, Karen Ansel, MS, RD, CDN, shares her Top 5 Tips for a More Nutritious School Year. According to a recent study by Tufts School of Medicine, the average American kid takes in about a third of his/her daily calorie count from snacks. Younger children consumed healthier snacks while adolescents, the 12 to 15 year olds were less inclined to reach for the healthier option. Bottom line: secure nutritious snack habits while kids are young.
Top 5 Tips For A More Nutritious School Year
·Get your kids involved in planning and packing lunches and snacks alongside you. This will show them being nutritious can be fun! And who knows, maybe their lunchbox creativity will shine through.
·Kids love chips, right? Why not offer them better for you corn tortilla chips that make everyone happy. Try chips made with sea salt and sprouted grains, beans and seeds, which offer enhanced nutritional benefits and are easier to digest. And believe it or not, they taste great, too! Enjoy sprouted grain chips with a favorite tomato salsa, guacamole or red pepper hummus.
·Choose reusable containers or lunchboxes, which have compartments for high protein dips such as hummus for veggies or Greek yogurt for fruit. More produce will be consumed if there is a “fun” dip to use.
·Get creative and build your own sandwich kabobs. This allows you to use different types of veggies (like zucchini, jicama) and leftover roast chicken from the night before.
·Keep a bag of grapes in the freezer. Use in school lunches or after-school snacks. Frozen grapes are a tasty, fun and healthful treat.

 
 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Garcinia Cambogia Supreme 80% HCA


This formula uses only premium quality extracts containing hydroxycitric acid (HCA) produced from choice Indian and Asian Garcinia Cambogia fruit rind of the highest quality possible. Studies show HCA in Garcinia can help inhibit glucose absorption as well as promote a balanced, lighter mood by boosting Serotonin levels without the jitters.

The products are sourced and tested to make sure they are of the highest quality and bio-availability in the market. Absolutely no fillers, no soy, wheat, eggs, fish, stimulants, or any additives. This product is stimulant free and also promote a balanced, lighter mood by boosting Serotonin levels without giving you the jitters as some weight loss supplements do. Allergen-free, this product uses a vegetable capsule with no fillers or binders, mixing Garcinia Cambogia fruit rind with calcium and potassium for added absorption your body needs. Made and manufactured in world class GMP certified facilities in the USA. This product is free of contaminants, fillers, binders, or toxins. Quality and safety are a primary focus for all Life & Food branded products.

How does it burn fat? HCA is the key component reduces glucose absorption there by leading to fat reduction for those with high glucose levels. They've formulated to optimal dosage that helps suppress the appetite while burning fat. It has also shown to improve blood lipid levels, help reduce fate production, curb emotional eating, and help improve mood by raising the "feel good" hormone serotonin. It is clinically proven to block the stress hormone cortisol, too. 

I really enjoy this formula of Garcinia Cambogia. It helps me have the energy and motivation I need to get through my busy days!
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 I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Derma Roller by Petunia Skincare


Tired of wrinkles and those unsightly acne scars and stretch marks? How about attaining a tighter skin? Do you suffer from the following problems:

Superficial acne scarring 
Deep scars and stretch marks 
Sagging skin
Wrinkles and fine lines
Cellulite 
Large pores 
Hyperpigmentation 
Lax Skin & Elasticity

The Derma Micro Needle Roller is your best alternative to expensive surgeries and lasers. What you will get out of the Roller:

Firmer and thicker skin 
Help smooth facial scars 
Stimulate collagen and elastin production 
Help with scar removal and stretch marks
 Stimulate hair growth 
Diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines 
Save money from surgical and laser treatments 
Can be used on any part of the skin 
Creates multi micro-channels in the skin, allowing products more able to penetrate the skin at a deeper level than just surface application
 Contains 540 very fine medical grade stainless steel tiny needles

So, I was too chicken to try this, with the tiny needles and all. So I pawned it off on to my friend, and she totally loves it!
  
 
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Grace Box - August 2014

Grace Box is a monthly subscription box that delivers quality baby, infant, and child size headbands and bows at a price much lower than the boutiques.
These are soooo pretty and cute! My niece loved them! They are good quality and will last a long time! So many different styles, you can find one for every outfit!

Check it all out at Grace Box on Facebook!
 
 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Pure Raspberry Ketones


Pure Natural Raspberry Ketones - No Additives, No Fillers or Artificial Ingredients.

How it Works:
Proven fat burner and appetite controller. In Vivo and In Vitro studies, it shows that it increases the Fatty Acid Oxidation; stimulate Adiponectin, which is a protein involved in regulating Glucose Level and Fatty Acid Oxidation. It burns the Body Fat and Converts it into energy when the body needs it and that is how it helps the body to control appetite; as a result it is an Appetite Suppressant.
Raspberry Ketones Works as an efficient weight loss supplement when it combined with balanced diet and regular exercise. When one does exercise, it requires the body to burn extra energy and also burn extra calories, and if you are taking Raspberry Ketones, it burns the existing body fat to convert it into energy which is required for exercise. As a result one doesn't need extra nutrition to get energy for exercise. 

Jason takes these all the time and he really likes the results he gets.


 
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.