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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Home To Chicory Lane B&B Getaway GIVEAWAY


Home to Chicory Lane, book one of the Chicory Inn Novels by Deborah Raney is an entertaining read.  Mom and Dad are empty nesters now, and they've converted their home to a bed & breakfast.  Their children, including spouses and grandchildren come for the opening weekend.  Only one of them is not eager to leave.  Daughter Landyn has left her husband after he makes a large decision without consulting her.  Landyn and Chase need to learn to communicate better if they're going to work things out.  And there's someone else to consider now--their coming baby.

One of the bits of wisdom I appreciated from the story was on page 62 when Landyn's sister, Corinne says, "Being married is the best thing that ever happened to me, Landyn.  But that doesn't mean it's easy.  You're going to make selfish choices and self-centered mistakes, and you're going to hurt each other sometimes."  True words, and a good reminder for us all.

Brianna also read this book, and even at 14, caught on that Landyn was pregnant before it was admitted in the book.  But there are some plot twists and surprises, which I appreciate.


The first book in Deborah Raney's new Chicory Inn series, Home to Chicory Lane, introduces us to Audrey Whitman, a mother who has launched all her children into life and now looks forward to fulfilling some of her own dreams during her empty-nest years. However, not all of her children are ready to stay out of the nest quite yet.

Deborah is celebrating the release of her new series with a $200 B&B Weekend Getaway and a Facebook author chat party.

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  One winner will receive:
  • A B&B Weekend Getaway (via a $200 Visa cash card)
  • Home to Chicory Lane by Deborah Raney
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 9th. Winner will be announced at the Home to Chicory Lane Author Chat Party on 9/9. Deborah will be hosting a heartfelt book chat, giving away prizes, and answering questions from readers. She will also share an exclusive sneak peek at the next book in the Chicory Inn series!

So grab your copy of Home to Chicory Lane and join Deborah on the evening of September 9th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 9th!



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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

School Lunches


I saw these cute lunch boxes really cheap on Pick Your Plum a while back and tucked them away for this school year.  The one on the left is Luke's, the one on the right is Hannah's.

I tend to pack boring lunches.  I lamented on Facebook recently that the trend of lunchbox art makes me feel inadequate as a parent, and slightly annoyed all at the same time.


My kids tease me about labeling everything, but the way they scatter everything about like pixie dust, I'd never see it again if it didn't have name stickers on it.



Here's Lukey's lunch.  He takes a boxed toddler meal or a leftover, depending on what's available.  The princess bag (I know, I know, I ordered him some boy bags) has crackers in it.  The school likes us to send something he can pick up as part of his meal so they can help him practice.  His drink is a generic similar to Pediasure.  And his cute turtle bib by Bumkins, I got at zulily.com (affiliate link).


Hannah's Tupperware sandwich keeper came from an adoption fundraiser.  I love these, because the lid is attached, so the kids can't lose it.  She usually takes either a sandwich, a bagel, or noodles in her sandwich keeper.  I'm liking the reusable snack bags.  We use them for crackers or pretzels.

I could use some suggestions on variety in the lunch box.  I'd love to hear what you pack for your kids.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

UA ArmourShield Flavor Blast Mouthguard GIVEAWAY



Football season is upon us!  Sam and his team have been practicing hard all summer, and had scrimmages over the weekend.  Now that they're playing in helmet and pads, that means mouthguards!  


And not just any mouthguards.  Under Armour makes flavored mouth guards!  There are flavor beads embedded within these mouthguards that deliver long lasting flavor.  "Way better than the taste of plastic!" according to Sam.


The mouthguard is actually 3 separate pieces; the green base, the clear inset, and the removable strap.  I like that you can wear this with or without the strap.  The base and inset are prepped (in hot water) separately for the best possible fit.


The Flavor Blast mouthguards are available in 5 flavors and 2 sizes.  Are you ready to win one??  Enter below!

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Got Kids? Like Freebies?


As promised, here's a video of Hannah bowling with our Fruit Shoot bottles.  (We had 6 of them, but one disappeared before she came home from school.)  I tried to get Katie to do it, but that didn't work out.


Click here to find out how you can participate in the Fruit Shoot Have a Ball Stunt Hunt and get a coupon for a FREE BOTTLE of Fruit Shoot!  Are your kids always hamming it up?  Take a video of them and submit it for a chance to have it glammed up with Hollywood special effects.  See the winner's circle for examples.

Fruit Shoot is the perfect size to tuck in a lunch box, and as I mentioned before, it contains no high fructose corn syrup and no artificial dyes.

If you purchase a 6 pack of Fruit Shoot, or 6 individual bottles, you can get a free Waboba Surf Ball!  And when I say free, I actually mean free.  No shipping and handling charge.  This is a $9 value ball that bounces on water.

Thank you to Fruit Shoot for sponsoring today's post and this fun campaign!  Opinions on this blog are all my own.  

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

End of Summer Fun with Fruit Shoot


When I was a little girl, there was this off brand soda called Tahitian Treat.  I don't even think they make it any more.  It was red and syrupy, and it was a huge treat when my dad would let me get one--usually for a special picnic lunch or something along those lines.  I loved it.  It was probably full of high fructose corn syrup and Red 40, but you know how it is with treats.  They make you feel good.  


Fortunately, today, we have better options.  Fruit Shoot is one of those.  You can find it in mini marts and gas stations and grocery stores.  But it has NO HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, and NO ARTIFICIAL COLORS.  In fact, the bottles are red (green, purple, orange) but the drink is not colored.  The red drink contains:  water, sugar, apple, strawberry, and raspberry juices from concentrate, malic acid, black carrot juice extract, potassium sorbate, natural flavor, and sodium citrate.


The brand is currently running a fun promotion, the Have A Ball Stunt Hunt.  Make a video and submit to their website featuring Fruit Shoot and any ball of your choice.

My kids haven't finished drinking all 6 bottles we picked up yet, but once they do, we'll get a video of Katie bowling with the bottles.  In the meantime, here's my boys enjoying their Fruit Shoot drinks on the trampoline:


Thanks to Fruit Shoot for sponsoring today's post!  I'm happy to be introduced to a new product and share our impressions with you.  

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A Grand Design book review and Kindle Fire GIVEAWAY


Quilts of Love is a really neat series of books.  Each book has a different author, and each story is wildly different, but they each feature a quilt.  So far, I've read A Stitch and a Prayer, Maybelle in StitchesA Sky Without Stars, and my personal favorite, Rival Hearts.  Today's book is A Grand Design.

Alyssa, who is not engaged or even dating, for that matter, enters a bridal contest on a dare, and wins a romantic 2 week getaway for two to the island where her grandmother lives.  She spent many summers there as a child, but hasn't been back in more than a decade.  She takes her best friend, Libby, with her on the vacation trip.

When Grandma hears that Alyssa is coming back, she decides it's time to tackle a project she's long dreamed of:  a special quilt from members of her former island quilting guild that fizzled out long ago, when her husband was dying of cancer.

Alyssa and Libby are chauffeured around the no-vehicles island in horse-drawn carriage by the handsome Scott, who takes an interest in Alyssa.  At each stop, they collect another quilt square, and a few more stories, giving Alyssa a greater understanding of her grandmother.

Don’t miss this month’s Quilts of Love book, A Grand Design by Amber Stockton. Who hasn't struggled to let painful memories go and move into God's healing? You’ll be sure to love this heartfelt and encouraging tale set on historic Mackinac Island.

Celebrate August’s release by entering to win a Kindle from Quilts of Love and RSVPing for the "Fall into Fall" Facebook author chat party.


Quilts of Love Kindle HDX Giveaway, Amber Stockton, A Grand Design

  One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle HDX
  • A Grand Design by Amber Stockton
  • Hidden in the Stars by Robin Caroll
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 16th. Winner will be announced at the "Fall into Fall" Facebook party with Amber Stockton and Robin Caroll. RSVP for an evening of book chat, quilting tips and tricks, prizes, and more!

RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 16th!


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Square By Square game from ThinkFun



Serious fun happening at our house!  Remember when we reviewed Rush Hour?  Jack still play that game at least once a week.  Well, the good folks at ThinkFun have asked us to play Square By Square and see what we think of it.  


It's harder than you might think!  It takes spacial awareness and foresight.  The nice thing is, it's self correcting.  The pieces all have to fit in the frame.


Square By Square is a single player game.  It comes with 14 pieces and 60 challenge cards, which store in the handy pull out tray.  The whole game fits into a blue mesh bag for storage.


Eli's favorite was the BAT card (one of his favorite shirts right now has a bat on it).


Then Jack got a hold of the game, and he really enjoyed it!


Designed for kids ages 5 and up, it still managed to hold the attention of all the older kids who tried it.


I like that the kids are working on thinking and reasoning skills... and they don't even realize it!  This would be a great puzzle to take along on your next road trip, or tuck away for a sick day.  (My grandmother had a special shoebox of "sick toys" her kids only got to play with when they were in bed for the day with a cold.)


Square By Square, as well as many other great ThinkFun games is available for sale on the ThinkFun website, and on Amazon.  And right now, zulily.com has several ThinkFun games on their site, too!  You can connect with ThinkFun games on Twitter or Facebook.


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