Giveaway: The Notebook (US, Ends 10/10) Books to Movies Giveaway Hop


Welcome to the Books to Movies Giveaway Hop hosted by Mary from Bookhounds and I Am A Reader, Not A Writer! Check out all the bloggers and their giveaways in the linky at the bottom of the post.  Hop around or enter them all!  They are all giving away a book that has been made into a movie or TV show, or a copy of the movie/show or something that ties into books that have been made into movie/TV shows. Kelly’s Lucky You! If you are one … [Read more...]

Brrrrrr! It’s Time For Chili And Family Movie Night! #StreamTeam

Childhood memories often made by the repetition of simple things.  By having a family movie night, you are creating a tradition that your children will remember and talk about for years to come.  Laughing together, cheering when the good guy wins?  Priceless memories.  I still remember being fairly young and curling up next to my brother on the couch watching a scary movie!  Sports movies are one of our favorite choices for Family Movie Night. … [Read more...]

Jif To Go Celebrates Life On-The-Go With the #GetGoing Photo Contest! Win $1,000 For Your Next Adventure! #Sponsored #MC

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Life is an adventure!  Whether you are heading off to kayak in the open seas or you are hunting fireflies in the backyard, life is full of new challenges and fun experiences to share with family and friends.  Now through October 1, 2014, Jif To Go is celebrating life on-the-go by asking fans to share a picture of how they get going in the #GetGoing photo promotion.  You can win $1,000 to use for your next adventure! There are five places/ways … [Read more...]

Scallop Sandwich Recipe With Roman Meal Bread #RomanMeal #BakedFresh #MC #Sponsored

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  My favorite place for lunch is a restaurant in Michigan City, Indiana, called "Panini, Panini".  Michigan City is a beach town and if you are ever there, make sure to look for this small, eclectic restaurant on the city's main street, Franklin Street.  The varied menu is listed on multiple chalkboards on the walls.  First listed is the seafood, Scallop Sandwich..  I have started at the first item and can't get beyond it, because it is … [Read more...]

Group Giveaway: $500 Disney Gift Card (US and Canada, Ends 10/14)

$500 Disney Gift Card

A group of bloggers has gotten together to offer our followers one of the most magical giveaways ever!  How would you spend $500 on Disney merchandise or vacations?  Now that is a dream come true for any child (or adult!). I always loved Disney movies, theme parks, books, and well, all things Disney!  But when I became a mom, everything I loved about Disney became even more magical because I could see it all through my daughter's eyes.  My … [Read more...]

Strategic Back-to-School Shopping with Free Shipping and Free Returns! #ZapposStyle #MC #Sponsored

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I was just reading an article in USA Today about back-to-school shopping.  Author Kaitlyn Krasselt said, "Back-to-school shopping is no longer a frenzied one-day spending spree. Families are spending more, but they are doing so over a longer period of time."  That's very true for our family.  I've changed from a blitz to more of a slow process, because I found that when I bought everything at once, I would end up with styles and outfits for my … [Read more...]

Perfect for Fall – Healthy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Recipe! #MonkFruitInTheRaw #MC #Sponsored


The weather is changing here in Chicago.  Even if it's warm in the afternoon, the mornings and evenings have a distinct chill in the air.  I start seeking comfort foods like soup, hot cocoa, and warm bread.  But, I don't want to sacrifice healthy ingredients to achieve a fall, comfort food treat.  This recipe is one of my favorites to combine seasonal autumn flavors with healthy ingredients.   September is National Childhood Obesity Month. … [Read more...]

Earn $$ And Help Impact BEHR’s Products!

Love home improvement projects? Earn $$ and help impact BEHR’s products in this private online community.  Are you a homeowner and have recently renovated or plan to? BEHR wants to hear from people who have completed painting, staining or exterior floor coating projects in the past or plan to in the future. BEHR wants to hear from you and other home improvement and DIY enthusiasts as it seeks participants for an exclusive, secure, moderated … [Read more...]

New Way To Call A Cab – “Curb” Makes It Easy! $15 Off Your First Ride #Sponsored #MC

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I've never felt comfortable hailing a cab.  First, I can't ever remember if the light on means they are available, or not available.  It seems awkward to wave my arm in the air.  I can't whistle.  Middle of the block?  Corner?  I never know where to stand.  And the worst? Yes, people have walked right smack in front of me and stolen, yes, stolen, grrrrrr, my cab.  In the rain.  What's a girl to do? Well the days of awkward arm waving, … [Read more...]

Fun After-School Snack! Fruit and Cheese Kabobs with Arla Dofino Cheese! #HavartiParty #Sponsored #MC

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"Mom, I'm HUNGRY!" It's the first thing I hear when I pick up my daughter from school.  I'm always looking for afternoon snack ideas and one of the best we've found is Arla Dofino Cheese and Fruit Kabobs.  They are equally fun-to-make as they are delicious-to-eat.  And, moms like me can feel good about having our kids eat Arla Dofino cheeses.  Arla Dofino cheeses are naturally good, free of added hormones and crafted with quality, natural … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Let’s Imagine Elmo! (US, Ends 10/8) New Toys for Under the Tree (If You Can Wait That Long)! #HasbroChicago

DOHVINCI Memory Masterpiece Ribbon Board Kit

Hasbro included me in a fun event in Chicago recently to play, er, I mean try some of their newest toys.  How fun is that?  F-U-N, FUN!  My favorite was a new line from Playdoh called, DohVinci.  Cartridges of an all new compound similar to, but not quite exactly Playdoh, fit into a Styler that reminded me of a cake decorating frosting gun.  It came with tips, that let you make stars, hearts, flowers, or even butterflies.  Shhhh, don't tell … [Read more...]

Calling Homeowners for a BEHR Opportunity to Earn Amazon GCs!

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 Are you a homeowner and have recently renovated or plan to? BEHR wants to hear from people who have completed painting, staining or exterior floor coating projects in the past or plan to in the future. BEHR wants to hear from you and other home improvement and DIY enthusiasts as it seeks participants for an exclusive, secure, moderated online community. Those who participate will get the chance to learn from others working on home … [Read more...]

Celebrate, Have Fun, And Use Social Media For Positive Messages #ShareAwesome National PTA and LifeLock #CleverGirls

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Yesterday, my 8 year old daughter, Rosie was telling me about something that happened in the group of girls that hang around together during school recess.  Two of her friends had gotten into an argument and it wasn't clear to her which side of the fight she should take and if she should get involved at all.  You've experienced that too, haven't you?  It's not always easy to tell what's right and what's wrong.  Unfortunately, everything isn't as … [Read more...]

2014 Top Three Must-Haves For Back to School Fashion #ZapposStyle #MC #Sponsored

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Are you settling into a school routine?  We're not 100% there yet, but getting close.  I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  A bit ago I wrote a post about back-to-school clothes shopping at  I am happy to report that the clothes we bought are new favorites!  Not only is it convenient to shop online for kids' back-to-school, but you can find great fashion without wearing out your own shoes.  Top Three 2014 Back-to-School … [Read more...]

Tailgate Football Party with Florida Orange Juice! #OJSelfie #OJTailgate #MC #Sponsored

#OJSelfie #OJTailgate #MC #Sponsored Florida Orange Juice Marinade Chicken Kebobs on Fork Framed

Fall means football! We watch football games starting on Friday night high school games to Sunday afternoon with the NFL.  Usually family or friends join us, and that means a party!  Grilled meats are the favorites for our tailgate football party recipes and this past Sunday, we got in the "Orange and Blue" mood with the Chicago Bears.  I'm partnering with Florida Orange Juice and they sent me a recipe for a delicious marinade to use when … [Read more...]

Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport Phone – All Your Fitness Tracking In One Place #SprintMom #MC #Sponsored

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I'd heard so many positive things about the Samsung Galaxy.  You, too?  It is one of the most innovative and exciting phones available.  The newest version is perfect for me, it's the Samsung Galaxy S 5 Sport Smart Phone.  Sprint partnered with Samsung, Under Armour and MapMyFitness to provide health and fitness monitoring capabilities in a smart phone.  Not only to track and motivate, but also to analyze and provide instant feedback.  All your … [Read more...]