Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Dear Parents, No More Burnt Tongues Or Blowing On Hot Food! + A GIVEAWAY





BRAND NEW COOLIT BOWL TAKES FOODS FROM HOT 
TO JUST RIGHT IN LESS THAN A MINUTE
The answer to eliminating mealtime stress! 

What is it?
The COOLIT is a special cooling dish invented by the parents of two little impatient eaters who wreaked havoc on mealtime while waiting for their hot food to cool down. The COOLIT is designed with special non-toxic gel inside, kept in the freezer and then taken out at mealtime to properly cool a child’s hot food in less than a minute! 

How does it work?
The COOLIT is kept in the freezer and once you’ve prepared your child’s hot meal, you remove the COOLIT, place the hot food in the bowl and stir for less than one minute. Almost instantly the food will be at perfect temperature for your little one. Transfer the cooled food to your child’s plate and start enjoying mealtime!

Tell me more!
  • BPA and PHTHALATE FREE
  • Infused with non-toxic gel for rapid cooling 
  • Top rack dishwasher safe
  • 2in x 8in – fits perfectly in a bag to bring along to restaurants too!
  • Currently available at www.thecoolit.com and Amazon.com for $9.99
The 411 by Maria:

I had the perfect opportunity last week to try out this amazing invention that I have been bragging about to all my mommy friends since the first moment I used it.

Coolit takes hot food and makes it the perfect temperature for your kids to be able to eat it. No more "it's hot, be careful" or ice cubes added to soup which I do so often I have to keep a bag of ice for this very purpose.

You simply put the Coolit bowl in to the freezer and when you need it take it out, put the hot food in it and in less than 60 seconds the too hot food is perfect!

It is 2 x 8 and made of BPA free material. There is a non-toxic gel like most of our cooling cups that already take up my freezer which means it is completely safe to use with your kids food.

We only had it in the freezer for about 10 minutes, the amount of time it took me to make the soup my Goddess requested.



We love the little cloud blowing the cool air at the bottom.



The hot soup sat in there for 60 seconds before we moved it to another bowl.



She thought it was perfect and we didn't even need to add an ice cube.



We love this product and think parents will love it too!


Disclaimer: We received a complimentary product for our honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered or received

Back to School Shopping the Smart Way



 Ways to keep the Kids and Your Wallet Happy

As summer winds down, preparing children to go back to school becomes priority. From the essential classroom supplies to new wardrobes, back to school shopping can come with a hefty price tag. “Families with more than one child, can undoubtedly understand the small fortune it costs to prepare for the school year,” said Michelle of Swap.com.  “When hand-me-downs are not an option, and wallets have run thin, there is another way to get this years must haves while making a profit on last years items.”

Swap.com is the largest online consignment store for kids’ and children, and has a variety of back to school essentials. Users have the ability to easily sell, buy or swap their children's outgrown or unused items from previous school years.

Michelle shares Swap.com’s back to school essentials to prepare your youngsters for a great year. 

In with the New, Out with the Old.
Children tend to grow a size every season. That means four seasons = four completely new wardrobes for all of your kids.  Instead of storing away last seasons attire in hopes that one day it will come into use, why not sell the items? Chances are, if your child needed the items, many other families will too, even in cases of school uniforms. Many of the “required” school garments are available for resale, and can be found for a portion of the price.

Click these links to browse the many Shoes and Uniforms perfect for getting into school shape!

Essential Gear
Back to school shopping is a nationwide phenomenon. Because of this, many stores sell out of the essentials quickly, leaving a small variety of unwanted items behind. Last year’s backpack and lunchbox just won’t do, an upgrade in inevitable due to the tatter its experienced from a year of use. Many would prefer to hand these items down to the younger child, yet, if one gets a new backpack that usually means new backpacks for everyone. Chances are, not all your toddlers will appreciate big sister’s old Barbie backpack.

Instead of going from store to store to find the “right” backpack for your selective youngster, why not use a consignment shop? Resale shopping offers a variety of options of gently used items. Spending time and money on these products can be much easier and less expensive. 

Click these links to view the variety of Lunchboxes and Backpacks at Swap.com.

Jump Start Their Education
Get your kiddies ready for school with an early start on their education. Swap.com offers a range of products; from flashcards to booksets for early readers, beginning readers, interactive books, learning workbooks to junior novels and more.  Preparing your children ahead of time will make for an easy transition into the next school year. Learning doesn’t have to be a drudge.

Check out Swap.com’s wide variety of EducationalProducts to make back-to-school time a fun time.

Make Money from the Last School Year
While you are preparing for the new school year, don’t forget that last year’s goods can turn into money in your pocket. The gym shoes that your daughter grew out of or the uniforms from your son’s previous school year don’t have to be forever imprisoned in the attic.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Untold Story Of Millions Of Women In India #VeilofTearsMovie @veiltears



Narrated by Natalie Grant and tells the untold story of millions of women in India who are culturally oppressed for no other reason than the fact that they are women.  This film was shot on-location across the stunning nation of India in some of the most remote tribal villages in the world today.  You can see the trailer, you can go to www.VeilOfTearsMovie.com

Have you ever watched a documentary and wanted to help the people the movie was about? That is how I was after watching Veil of Tears. After watching the movie I had an hour long conversation with my girlfriend about it on the phone. 

As mothers of daughters any country that doesn't treat their girl right is a personal attack on our hearts and we want to do something about it.

Veil of Tears is about an award winning documentary that tells the story of millions of nameless women and children in South Asia who are abused for being born female and the horrific, deplorable way they must live out their days. However, there is a ray of hope in the organization founded by K.P. Yohannan. Sisters of Compassion is a group thousands of female missionaries who go out and help the woman of India by showing Christ’s love and  physically serving the needy, underprivileged and poor. They take Bible college—and often several years of ministry—they go through an advanced six-month course of study, learning about leprosy care, family counseling, hygiene education and other practical ministries.
If you are interested in helping this group serve the woman and young girls of India. 100% of what you give goes into the field. I love writing that!

Whether you want to sponsor a missionary or provide for the woman the missionaries are helping you can find out how on their website.

Ways to Help

I love the idea of sponsoring a missionary. You will  get a packet including your missionary's photo and testimony, along with exclusive updates from the mission field that let you see how your sponsorship makes a difference.

Make a donation today
OR
Order from the store where the proceeds will go toward the Hope for Suffering Women fund

Ordered your free church movie kit. Learn how you can get your church or small group involved in rescuing the women of South Asia. http://gfa.name/1i1Igho

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary movie no monetary compensation was offered or received.


Cast Smash, Surgery Smergery, This Girl Still Rocks!

Goddess had surgery and she is still dancing, acting, singing, and spinning! Kids are amazing. I would be in pain I am sure but this kid just keeps going. No pain killers ever!

FYI this photo is completely acted out. She wanted big sad, watery eyes.
Flowers courtesy of Clary who stopped by to give them to her along with a fruit platter, and snacks for the house. This is the way to this little girls heart.

FYI 2, these flowers still look amazing.


I love her mouth in this photo! She looks like a Kewpie doll


Action shot with my iPhone 4. It is time for a new phone.








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Monday, July 28, 2014

Planes Fire and Rescue Giveaway #giveaway + Chance For A Grand Prize




WALT DISNEY RECORDS SET TO RELEASE PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE
ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK ON JULY 15

THREE-TIME GRAMMY®-WINNING COMPOSER MARK MANCINA
MAKES SCORE SOAR

BRAD PAISLEY PERFORMS TWO ORIGINAL SONGS


BURBANK, CA – June 30, 2014 – Award-winning composer Mark Mancina, who won a Grammy® for Best Soundtrack Album (with Phil Collins) for his work on Disney’s 1999 feature “Tarzan,” produced and composed the score for “Planes: Fire & Rescue.”  The Planes: Fire & Rescue original motion picture soundtrack takes off July 15.

Composer Mark Mancina returned to the runway to create the score for “Planes: Fire & Rescue.” As composer for “Disney’s Planes,” Mancina was able to take themes established in the first film and update them to reflect the unique and heroic nature of “Planes: Fire & Rescue.” “Dusty’s more grown-up so the music wanted to be a little more grown-up—a little bit richer. There’s an arc to his life and the music needed to follow that arc.”

Mancina opted for a more orchestral sound in the new score. “It comes from an earthy direction, so there’s a lot of orchestral percussion, French horn, strings and woodwinds,” he says. “There is added texture from other types of instruments, but the heart of the score is an orchestra.”

The melodic score was recorded with a 90-piece orchestra. For Dusty’s training montage, filmmakers agreed it called for a bold acoustic piano that would stand out from the orchestra. Says Mancina, “We were lucky enough to have Bruce Hornsby play piano on the score, which brought a completely different color and a much more mature feel to the score.”

Hornsby, a multiple Grammy®-winning artist, also played a special cue that can be heard near the end of the film, supporting the serious and emotional tone filmmakers sought.
  
Brad Paisley performs two new songs for the film, including “Runway Romance,” which was written by director Bobs Gannaway and Danny Jacob, and “All In,” a song Paisley signed on to write and perform after hearing of the film’s firefighting themes. “My father’s a firefighter,” says Paisley. “He was my whole life. And my brother-in-law and several family members are firefighters. I was really honored to pay tribute to them. I sat down after seeing a rough cut of the movie and it came to me very quickly.

“My dad was president of the volunteer fire department, which was walking distance from our house,” continues Paisley. “I spent several days of each week there with him—any time the whistle blew, he went. It was truly inspiring to watch him lead that way. It’s a strange and wonderful mentality that these people have. They get so excited about that opportunity to help. My favorite line in the song is, ‘Where there’s smoke and flames, and everybody needs out, I’m all in.’”

Paisley also lends his voice in a cameo appearance as a pickup truck in Honkers Sports Bar.

Newcomer/singer/songwriter Spencer Lee performs “Still I Fly,” a song he co-composed with his writing partners Windy Wagner and Michael “Smidi” Smith. “Still I Fly” can be heard when Dusty, after discovering that he may never race again, leaves Propwash Junction en route to Piston Peak to train as an aerial firefighter.

Planes: Fire & Rescue track list follows:

1.  Still I Fly* Performed by Spencer Lee
2.  Runway Romance** Performed by Brad Paisley
3.  All In** Performed by Brad Paisley
4.  Planes: Fire & Rescue - Main Title Score                                  
5.  Propwash Score                                                                           
6.  Out of Production Score                                            
7.  Dusty Crash Lands Score                                            
8.  Fire! Score                                                                                     
9.  An All New Mayday Score                                           
10. Sad Mayday Score                                                        
11. Pontoons Score                                                                            
12. A Special Kind of Plane Score                                  
13. Training Dusty Score                                                    
14. We Got the Gear Box Score                                      
15. Cad Score                                                                                      
16. Blazin’ Blade Mystery Score                                       
17. Mystery of Blaze-Lightning Score                                            
18. Lightning Storm Fire Score                                          
19. (It's) Hip to Be Cad Score                                           
20.  Harvey & Winnie Score                                                             
21.  Cheers Score                                                                 
22.  Nobody Has Your Gear Box Score                                            
23.  Fire by the Lodge Score                                                            
24.  Behind Enemy Lines Score                                          
25.  Evacuation Score                                                                         
26.  Blade Is Down Score                                                    
27.  Loopin’ Lopez Score                                                     
28.  Tourist Trapped Score                                                 
29.  Fire Heroes Score                                                         
30.  Rescue Harvey & Winnie Score                                  
31. Dusty Saves the Day Score        
32. Saving Dusty Score
33. You Had Us Worried Score                    
           
The Planes: Fire & Rescue soundtrack is available for pre-order at both iTunes and Amazon.com and will be available nationwide July 15. For more information on Walt Disney Records’ releases, please visit Disney.com/music, become a fan at Facebook.com/disneymusic or follow us at Twitter.com/disneymusic.  

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ABOUT THE MOVIE:
“Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a new adventure-comedy about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire-and-rescue helicopter Blade Ranger (voice of Ed Harris) and his courageous team, including spirited air tanker Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter (voice of Wes Studi), ex-military transport Cabbie (voice of Captain Dale Dye) and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. Directed by Bobs Gannaway (“Secret of the Wings”) and produced by Ferrell Barron (“The Fox and the Hound 2”), “Planes: Fire & Rescue” hits theaters in 3D on July 18, 2014. For more information, visit www.Disney.com/Planes, like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/DisneyPlanes, and follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/DisneyPictures.

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If your little one is s fan of Dusty and the gang they will love this giveaway especially with school coming soon.


Walt Disney Records is offering a prize packages for my readers.


One grand prize package will include:

1) The Planes Fire and Rescue soundtrack


2) A Planes backpack

3) Dusty's Big Job book


4) Turbo Dusty toy plane


Second prize will include:

1) Planes Fire and Rescue CD
 



We are so excited for our readers and wish we had one of these grand prizes for everyone who loves Disney's Planes. 

Please use the Giveaway Tool below for your chance to win.


Disclaimer: We received a complimentary product and gift card to host. No monetary compensation was offered or received.

We wish everyone luck.
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