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Monday, January 22, 2018

I Heart Grunt Style #GruntStyle

 
Grunt Style is a highly motivated group of veterans and patriots who love three things, PT, Freedom, and Bacon. Not in that order. They design and make their own gear in house during the week, drink whiskey and go to the range on the weekends. 

That's my kind of people. My kind of style. Grunt Style. And hubby digs it as well. He just ordered two shirts and is very excited for them to arrive! This is what he scored:
I'm pretty jealous right now. But I got my wish list going! Here are my Top 5 faves right now:
You want to go shopping now don't ya? Well, then GO! And get 10% off anytime with this code: GSAMBASSADOR

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

Airfree Iris 3000

Airfree is the natural solution to asthma, respiratory allergies, and mold. Eliminates dust mites, bacteria, fungi, virus, pollen, allergens of domestic animals, and other microorganisms from the air. This patented Thermodynamic TSS Technology destroys mold, dust mites, bacteria, viruses, pollens, pet dander, tobacco, and other organic allergens. Airfree also reduces indoor harmful ozone levels. It is perfect for mold contaminated areas as well as asthma and allergy sufferers. Airfree’s exclusive technology is completely silent and does not require any filters or maintenance.
We use this in Callan's bedroom, and he has not been sick all winter.
 

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Superbowl TV Deals #SuperBowl

GettysGear #Valentines2018

At GettysGear you can view a wide array of apparel, accessories, and home decor relating to the great little town of Gettysburg! Homegrown in Gettysburg, PA, GettysGear is a proud supporter of all the local businesses under the Great Gettysburg Addresses banner!
Surprise your guy with something unique this Valentine's Day! Cigar 4 Pack - The Quartermaster
If you want the real deal, then these are the cigars for you! These fine cigars are hand crafted on the outskirts of Gettysburg in the oldest operating cigar factory in America. It was founded in 1863 and it is well documented that a Union General purchased cigars for his command on the way to the Gettysburg battlefield. This four pack of cigars features The Quartermaster which is a maduro Pennsylvania wrapper that offers a slightly stronger flavor. All cigars are approximately 6" in length and a panatela style (aka, think old western movie). They are protected in hand-dipped wax sealed glass tubes and presented in a hand packed box. These cigars are sure to please and make a wonderful gift for you or a friend! Made in Gettysburg.
If you are a connoisseur of gourmet coffee, then here is a treat for you. Great Gettysburg Coffee Company procures the finest high mountain, shade-grown beans possible. The beans for this blend originate from Indonesia and Central America. They are locally hand roasted in small batches and then packaged to ensure the freshest and most aromatic cup of coffee you can imagine. The Guardian blend is a dark roast which produces a wonderful aroma with a bittersweet and full bodied taste. For reference, this would be akin to a "Seattle" blend coffee. All of the coffees are packed in high quality, foil lined bags that are heat sealed with a one-way valve to ensure freshness. Each bag also has a resealable tape to help maintain freshness while you are enjoying your coffee. These bags are a full 16 ounces (1 lb.) of coffee rather than the more common 12 ounce bags that you might find elsewhere. Premium Beans. Perfect Roasting. Great Coffee. 

Check it all out at GettysGear on Facebook.
 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Eternity Rose #Valentines2018

Valentine's Day is right around the corner! And I feel like the men get left out a bit on a holiday like this. The Eternity Rose has absolutely amazing gifts for her, but here is a super cool one for the fellas:

This is a playable deck of poker cards dipped in 24 karat gold. The deck is produced to tournament grade standards. These cards are used frequently throughout the world in casino high-roller rooms. Presented in an elegant high quality case made from cherrywood, the entire package measures 6.3" long x 4.7" wide x 1.8" high and contains an authentication certificate. 

Check it all out at The Eternity Rose on Facebook.
 

Friday, January 19, 2018

Moonlight In Vermont #Hallmark

Moonlight In Vermont by Kacy Cross

About The Book:
Fiona Rangely loves her fast-paced life as a high-end real estate broker in New York City. Or at least, she does until her boyfriend dumps her, claiming that he doesn’t get enough of her time. She retreats to her family’s quaint Vermont Inn to evaluate her life...but her ex-boyfriend soon shows up with a brand new girlfriend. Fiona quickly devises a plan to win him back: pretend the handsome and laid-back head chef, Derek, is her new boyfriend! Will her ex realize what he’s missing? And will Fiona herself start seeing life - and love - in a new light? This fun, feel-good romance includes a free exclusive recipe for Maple Glazed Sea Scallops.
 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Lugz Tambora Boots

It is subzero winter here in Minnesota. And every part of your body needs protection when going out to brave the cold. I was lucky enough to get some awesome new boots from Lugz!
The Tambora combines comfort, functionality, and fashion to assure that you will love your boots for years to come. Providing tremendous warmth, the Tambora is the perfect cold weather boot. This cozy and comfortable boot features a plush faux fur lining, a luxuriously cushioned footbed, and a reinforced rubber heel and toe for traction and durability. Suede shaft. Soft acrylic fur lining. Cushioned insole. Padded tongue. Rubber toe cap and heel. Adjustable fold-down collar. I love my new boots.

Check it all out at Lugz on Facebook!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Selina Naturally

Since the company’s founding in 1976, Celtic Sea Salt has grown into a national and worldwide brand that has been recommended for its unique health benefits by hundreds of physicians and nutritionists and for its unique taste by a great many leading chefs. Today, Selina Delangre, other members of the Delangre family, and their dedicated employees support several salt-harvesting communities around the world.
At each carefully chosen location, Selina Naturally has developed the best practices to obtain the highest quality natural sea salts the planet can offer. Sensitive to the uniqueness of each location, the company supports sustainable salt-farming methods.

National Today - Celebrate Everyday!

It’s finally 2018, and I’ve resolved to have more little moments of celebration in the New Year. We all look forward to the big celebrations, like Christmas, New Year’s and July 4th. But did you know there are so many other quirky holidays on the calendar just begging to be commemorated? What about a slice of garlic bread for National Garlic Day? Some pet cuddles for National Cat Day? I’m excited to share that I’ve partnered with viral holiday website National Today to share the ultimate 2018 holiday celebration calendar. Below, you’ll find the most exciting holidays in each month throughout the year - so you can party all year round with me! I love celebrating at National Today because, not only do they clue me into each month’s holiday - they also give some fun holiday history, facts that will blow my mind, and helpful deals that help me celebrate in style. Remember to mark these holidays on your calendar, and cheers to a 2018 full of celebration!

JANUARY HOLIDAYS
Here are my favorite January holidays. The careful observer might notice they’re all about food!
National Popcorn Day (Jan. 19) Raise your hand if you’ve eaten an entire bag of popcorn in one sitting (we have).
National Pie Day (Jan. 23) Did you know pecan is America’s favorite flavor of pie?
National Chocolate Cake Day (Jan. 27) Devil’s (food) advocates of the world, rejoice!
Chinese New Year (Jan. 28) Enjoy double the New Year’s celebrations.

FEBRUARY HOLIDAYS 
Here are a couple classic February holidays. Galentine’s Day, anyone?
National Pizza Day (Feb. 9) Pineapples on pizza, yes or no? The debate rages on.
Galentine’s Day (Feb. 13) This classic holiday was made famous by Parks and Recreation. National Margarita Day (Feb. 22) More like marga-need-a.

MARCH HOLIDAYS
Get ready to celebrate these holidays...but remember to beware the Ides of March!
International Women’s Day (Mar. 8) In my book, every day should be Women’s Day.
Ides of March (Mar. 15) Did you know “ides” actually means “15”?
Red Nose Day (Mar. 24) This holiday is huge in the U.K. - it’s comedy relief for charity!

APRIL HOLIDAYS
These are the worst days in April (April Fool’s, they’re the best).
National Beer Day (Apr. 7) I’m so hoppy we get to celebrate this day.
National Sibling Day (Apr. 10) Love or hate them, you’re stuck with them!
Arbor Day (Apr. 28) If you missed Earth Day, here’s another opportunity to connect with Mother Nature!

MAY HOLIDAYS
This month is all about the classic occasions, with the exception of Star Wars Day (but who could leave that one out?!)
Star Wars Day (May 4) May the 4th be with you.
Cinco de Mayo (May 5) Celebrate, but don’t appropriate.
Mother’s Day (May 14) Consider this your official reminder to call your mother.

JUNE HOLIDAYS
This month, we celebrate some of the most important relationships in our lives - fathers, best friends, and donuts. 
National Donut Day (Jun. 2) Do-nut mess with me before I get my donuts today.
National Best Friends Day (Jun. 8) Now that “bestie-moons” are a thing, I know exactly what I’m doing to celebrate.
Father’s Day (Jun. 18) I’m looking forward to all the dad jokes today.
National Kissing Day (Jun. 24) Who will you be kissing today?

JULY HOLIDAYS
Two of my favorite foods are celebrated in this month - ice cream and cheesecake.
National Ice Cream Day (Jul. 16) We all scream for ice cream!
National Cousin’s Day (Jul. 24) They’re just like siblings....except we love them more (shh).
National Cheesecake Day (Jul. 30) Do it for the grahm. 

AUGUST HOLIDAYS
This month is the season of celebrating summer drinks - have a beer or lemonade on me!
International Beer Day (Aug. 4) Do you like dark or light beers?
National Lemonade Day (Aug. 20) Not just a classic Beyonce album. 

SEPTEMBER HOLIDAYS
This month truly contains the most important day of the year: National Coffee Day. Bless the three cups a day that keep me running!
Constitution Day (Sept. 17) This document truly defines America - we think that deserves a celebration.
National Pancake Day (Sept. 26) Do you like your pancakes with butter or syrup best?
National Coffee Day (Sept. 29) Ah, the nectar of life - the wonderful liquid that keeps America sane.

OCTOBER HOLIDAYS
Trick or treat! These are some of my favorite holidays in the lead-up to Halloween.
My Birthday (Oct. 1) Ok, I had to sneak that one in there! Hee hee.
Boss’s Day (Oct. 16) We spend every day with them, but have you stopped to think about what makes them so special?
Sweetest Day (Oct. 21) Learn about this little known candy holiday, and spread the celebration beyond the Midwest.

NOVEMBER HOLIDAYS
I enjoy all the shopping holidays November brings...so I included all of them below!
Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11) On Veteran’s Day, we commemorate those brave soldiers who fought for our freedom.
Black Friday (Nov. 24) Everyone knows about it, but do you know the best deals? National Today does.
Cyber Monday (Nov. 27) If shopping in stores stresses you out, shop without pants on with some of National Today’s featured promotions.
Giving Tuesday (Nov. 28) This little known holiday encourages people to give to their favorite charities.

DECEMBER HOLIDAYS
It might be the end of the year, but you can still fit in lots more holiday celebration before the New Year!
Festivus (Dec. 23) It all started with a Seinfeld quote “A Festivus for the rest of us!”
New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31) Which sparkly outfit will you wear to celebrate?


What are some of your favorite holidays?
 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk

The original Sweetened Condensed Milk was introduced in 1856 and has been #1 in the Sweetened Condensed Milk category for over 147 years. Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk continued to grow in popularity, gaining promotional assistance from Elsie, the Borden Cow. Elsie made her debut in national consumer magazines in 1938 and starred in Borden's exhibit at the New York World's Fair in 1939. By the 1960s, Elsie had become America's best-known spokes-cow - a recognized symbol of wholesomeness and quality. Good cooks throughout the country continue to create desserts with Sweetened Condensed Milk from the can bearing the Elsie image.
My favorite easy recipe is of course for fudge. Foolproof Fudge.

Check it all out at Eagle Brand on Facebook.
 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Paw Pods

How Paw Pods Started:
"On the day I made the difficult decision to euthanize my beloved dog, my wishes were to bury my pet at home. In my state of mind during that stress, I incorrectly made assumptions about “how” my dog would be returned for burial. I was wrong. I was anything but “prepared”. My little companion was returned in a glorified plastic bag. It bothered me and I couldn’t let go of this horrible experience. I decided to create a company to provide a better way for pets to come home, whether they will be buried or cremated. After several years of research and development, Paw Pods was created. Since I’m a “green” kind of guy, I didn’t want to make a product that added to the environmental problems. It would have to be 100% green, sustainable, and biodegradable. But unlike like so many “pet caskets” I wanted sturdy, strong construction - not flimsy paper. Paw Pods was created with these goals in mind and our pet urns and pet pods or burial caskets are created out of sustainable bamboo and rice husk. There are no artificial colors added, and that is why they resonate a natural golden color. The nature of the materials allow paints and markers to adhere nicely so they can be decorated. Children paint them and receive therapeutic benefit from doing so. We know that you may not need us right now; but we want to be there when you do. We hope you will consider getting a Paw Pod when the time comes and it’s your pet’s time - or even plan in advance so certain decisions are not made on one of the worst days of your life. We never want any family to experience what ours did. Sincerely, Ben Riggan President / CEO"
Check it all out at Paw Pods on Facebook, as well as Paw Pods on Twitter.
  

Friday, January 12, 2018

Woody Woodpecker DVD #Giveaway

Chaos ensues in the all-new family comedy, Woody Woodpecker, coming to DVD, Digital and On Demand on February 6th, 2018, from Universal 1440 Entertainment, a production entity of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The film blends live action and CGI animation to tell the crazy and humorous story of an all-out turf war between the mischievous prankster and a big city lawyer who wants to build his dream home in Woody’s backyard.

Directed by Alex Zamm, Woody Woodpecker stars Timothy Omundson, Thaila Ayala, Graham Verchere, Jordana Largy, and Eric Bauza, as the voice of Woody. The Woody Woodpecker DVD and digital features deleted scenes and an exclusive inside look at the making of the film as well as the evolution of Woody’s iconic cartoon character.

Woody Woodpecker is back with his signature laugh, wacky antics, and wisecracks in his first ever live-action/animated film. Woody must protect his forest home from Lance Walters (Omundson), who starts building his dream mansion in the forest with his son, Tommy (Verchere), and fiancĂ©e, Vanessa (Ayala). To make matters worse, Woody must avoid the clutches of two grizzly poachers. With a series of crazy hijinks to sabotage their plans, Woody proves he’ll stop at nothing to defend his turf. Get ready for laughs in this hilarious comedy about everyone’s favorite woodpecker!

Woody Woodpecker is a legendary icon created by Walter Lantz in 1940. Woody Woodpecker & Friends have entertained kids for more than 75 years! Woody Woodpecker cartoons appeared in theaters until they debuted on television in 1957. Woody’s popularity resulted in new shows airing across several decades. “The Woody Woodpecker Show” has been broadcast in over 155 territories and 105 languages worldwide. He is one of the most memorable cartoon characters in animation history, featuring the little redheaded bird with the unforgettable laugh, who’s forever pecking his way out of trouble. Woody has evolved from a cartoon TV character to a Pop Culture Icon with his fearlessness, crazy antics, and smarts.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

3 Ways to Promote Financial Harmony in Your Marriage

Are you and your spouse arguing lately? Chances are that money may have something to do with it. Thirty-five percent of all couples experiencing relationship stress say that money is the primary factor. Adding fuel to the fire, one in five Americans say they have even spent $500 or more and not told their spouse. It’s not surprising, then, that arguments about money early in marriage are the top sign that a couple is heading for divorce, a Kansas State University study found.

Fortunately, there are often steps you can take to reverse this trend before it’s too late. Here are three ways you can cultivate more financial harmony in your marriage and improve your overall relationship in the process.

Talk to a Financial Coach

Financial arguments often stem from differing beliefs about money. In some cases, talking to a financial coach can help you work through these issues, while in other cases, a marriage counselor would be more helpful.

A financial coach can help you if you and your spouse aren’t on the same budgeting page, if you’re struggling with debt or if you one of you is hiding money from the other. But if one of you is being financially unfaithful by spending money behind the other’s back, or if there’s a problem such as a gambling addiction, you need a marriage counselor. And if you’re getting married, you should talk to both a marriage counselor and a financial coach.

Create a Budget Together

Creating a budget is the first step toward effective financial coaching for couples, says Engaged Marriage author Dustin Reichmann. Get started by simply writing down your monthly income and expenses. To manage your data more easily, consider using a spreadsheet or a financial app such as Mint.
Planning how you’re going to use your income and budget your expenses is the next step. This involves prioritizing your spending and deciding how much you’re going to save after you cover necessities. A good rule of thumb known as the 50/20/30 rule is to allocate 50 percent of your monthly income to paying for necessities, using 20 percent to pay off debt and save, and allowing the remaining 30 percent for variable expenses, including items such as gas and groceries that can vary monthly as well as entertainment items such as eating out or going to movies.
After getting a handle on your short-term budget and figuring out what you have available to save, it’s time to start thinking about long-term financial goals and what you’re going to save toward. Dave Ramsey recommends saving up a $1,000 emergency fund before pursuing other financial goals such as paying down debt or saving for retirement.

Segregate Joint and Separate Accounts

When it comes to where to put the money you’ve budgeted, one issue that can come up is who controls your money. To address this, many financial coaches recommend having both joint and separate bank accounts. For example, if you earn different incomes, you might divide up how much each of you deposits into one or more joint accounts to cover necessities and savings, while maintaining separate checking accounts for discretionary spending.

Having joint finances means that if one of you gets your identity stolen, the other is at risk, too, jeopardizing your entire household finances. Consider signing up for an identity protection service that can alert you to when your identity has been compromised and take automatic action to protect your and your spouse’s finances.
Talking to a financial coach, creating a budget together and setting up joint and separate accounts are three steps you can take to get your financial relationship on track. Putting these strategies into practice can help you get your finances in order, reduce financial arguments and improve your overall relationship.

Hedgehogs DVD #Giveaway *2 Winners*

The animated family adventure Hedgehogs arrives on DVD and Digital February 27th from Lionsgate. Awarded the Dove Seal of Approval, Hedgehogs follows a mischievous hedgehog named Bobby (voiced by Anthony Padilla of Smosh) and a pigeon named Hubert on a wild journey.

In this outrageous family adventure, Web superstars @jennxpenn (Jen McAllister) and the Smosh duo (Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox) join forces with comedy legends Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) and Chevy Chase (Caddyshack). The laughter begins as a mischievous hedgehog named Bobby leaves his wilderness home and joins Hubert, a featherbrained pigeon, on a wild, unpredictable journey. They make their way to the big city, where stressed-out humans are losing their minds. Bobby and Hubert must calm the nervous citizens by being their cute, cuddly selves. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Sleep Zzz Kids Pillow

The Sleep Zzz Pillow for kids ages 3 and up. Help your child fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer! The Sleep Zzz cuddles your child. It is like being held by a parent to fall asleep. The perfect shape for your little one! It is also great for kids with sensory issues.
Children love the 3mm pile cuddle fabric. It is super fuzzy! It was invented for one of the inventors children that have sensory issues. They needed something to help her fall asleep and stay asleep. They originally thought it was only for kids with sensory issues but now they realize that tons of kids love this pillow. It has now helped hundreds of parents get their kids to bed faster and stay asleep longer.
Check it all out at Sleep Zzz Pillow on Facebook.