Thursday, September 26, 2019

Carpool Karaoke Game - The Board Game Inspired by The Late Late Show with James Corden’s - Video Review

Nashville, July 30, 2019 -- The first Carpool Karaoke Game, inspired by The Late Late Show with James Corden’s hilarious car ride sing-alongs with famous celebrities, arrives this week exclusively at Target stores nationwide. Big G Creative, known for their best-selling games based on pop culture icons like Bob Ross and Home Alone, is excited to announce their latest collaboration with The Late Late Show with James Corden’s popular Carpool Karaoke theme. Turn up the volume and get ready to laugh out loud, as players try to out-sing teammates and reenact the fun of the much-loved Carpool Karaoke episodes.  

In the Carpool Karaoke Game, under license from CBS Consumer Products, players compete as teams to sing their hearts out and flaunt their best celebrity impressions, dance moves, and Carpool Karaoke trivia knowledge to charm the judges. For three or more players ages 12+, the game challenges players to go head-to-head to sing and dance their way to the finish line.  

“We are so proud to work with CBS Consumer Products to bring the first Carpool Karaoke board game to market for families to enjoy,” said Shannon Swindle, Product and Communications Manager, Big G Creative. “This game delivers on our mission to bring people together for face-to-face fun and is guaranteed to make players laugh out loud.”

The Carpool Karaoke Game includes one Dashboard, 200 Challenge Cards, four Share It Tokens, Instructions and a List of Top 50 most popular karaoke songs. Easy to play, the game takes an average of thirty minutes to complete. Available exclusively at Target stores nationwide and SRP $19.99.
The 411:
As a huge fan of James and Carpool Karaoke I couldn't wait to see how they put together a game based off the musical segment of The Late Late Show with James Corden. The game comes with a "dashboard" for spinning and keeping score for the teams playing the game. You compete as a team separated by a city New York, Los Angeles, Sydney and London. . The first team to reach 20 points first is the winner. You receive points based on the sections of the challenge cards. 
Upon spinning players go head to head with the other team based on what category they get on their spin. Sing it, Work It, Guess It and Rock It. Get Sing It and you perform a song in a style listed on the card. Work It you will incorporate the dance listed on the card. Rock it, everyone sings and Guess It is a multiple choice trivia question with the least amount of points. After your performance you are voted on by the judges (the other teams). There are also tokens that if used ask players to share their performances on social media with the hashtag #carpoolkaraokegame. 
Fun for a group of friends or family.
My video review:

About Big G Creative:
Big G Creative is a board game publisher where big ideas, big laughs and big games are a big deal. Big G Creative believes in the power of bringing people together to play, connect and create memories. Based in Nashville, Big G Creative has games for everyone including some of the best-loved properties in entertainment and pop culture. The award-winning games are available at mass market retailers nationwide and online. Come play with us! For more information, visit
About CBS Consumer Products:
CBS Consumer Products manages worldwide licensing and merchandising for a diverse slate of television brands and series from CBS, CBS Television Studios and CBS Television Distribution, as well as from the company's extensive library of titles, Showtime and CBS Films. Additionally, the group oversees online sales of programming merchandise. For more information, visit

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Redbox Survey: Is Your Favorite Halloween Movie or Candy On The List? Mine IS!!!!

Redbox asked...                                                                                                                          

What is your favorite scary movie? 

1.       The Shining
2.       A Quiet Place
3.       Halloween
4.       The Exorcist
5.       Nightmare on Elm Street

Source: A survey of 748 highly engaged Redbox Customers, 8/27 – 9/8.

What is your favorite family Halloween movie? 

1.       Hocus Pocus
2.       Beetlejuice
3.       It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
4.       The Nightmare Before Christmas
5.       Ghostbusters

Source: A survey of 936 highly engaged Redbox Customers, 8/27 – 9/8.

What is your favorite Halloween candy? (Halloween)

One-quarter responded that Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were their favorite Halloween Candy, followed distantly by:  

1.       Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
2.       Snickers
3.       Candy Corn
4.       Peanut M&M’s
5.       Almond Joy

Source: A survey of 1095 highly engaged Redbox Customers, 9/3 – 9/15

What is your favorite Halloween tradition? 

Not surprisingly, going trick or treating and handing out candy are the favorite Halloween traditions, followed by:

1.       Going trick or treating
2.       Handing out candy
3.       Watching a scary movie
4.       Carving pumpkins
5.       Putting up Halloween decorations

Source: A survey of 1095 highly engaged Redbox Customers, 9/3 – 9/15

The Baby Product That Gives Parents A Helping Hand During Feeding Time

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Monday, September 23, 2019

National Coffee Day Is Every Day In My House #STEEPED


The Award-Winning Steeped Coffee full immersion brew method means no machines, no waste, guilt-free packaging, and amazing taste; Compostable Bags Deliver Gourmet Taste That's Good To Environment

The 411:
Hey if you are like me every day is National Coffee Day which is officially September 29th. I was so happy to try Steeped a single serve freshly ground specialty coffee that can be made anywhere you can get hold of hot water.  This is perfect for anytime and hikers and campers will love the ability to toss a "tea bag" size good cup of coffee in their backpack.  My husband and I are huge coffee drinkers and loved trying Steeped. 

Here is the press release: 
Step aside, coffee pods. Take a rest, instant coffee. There’s finally a single-serve option available in the world of high-end coffee, and it’s quickly becoming a game changer.
Santa Cruz-based startup Steeped, Inc., one of the most promising and innovative companies in the industry, has launched its revolutionary Steeped Coffee brewing method to serious coffee drinkers across the nation. Brewed similar to tea, Steeped Coffee’s nitro sealed Steeped Bags, along with their guilt-free packaging made using renewable and compostable materials, achieve the unthinkable: freshly ground specialty coffee in a single-serving. That’s why it earned the “Best New Product” award for their innovative packaging at the recent Specialty Coffee Expo. And, it’s barista-approved!

Steeped Coffee launched when serial entrepreneur and coffee lover Josh Wilbur decided to combine the convenience of a single-serving brew method with the premium quality of ethically sourced coffee. Wilbur wanted to redeem the environmental dilemma created by wasteful coffee pods. Happy to do the math, Wilbur points out over 10 billion unrecyclable pods accumulate in landfills each year – enough to wrap around the earth more than 110 times if placed side-by-side. Moreover, each type of pod depends on expensive and often moldy brewing machines, which are also unrecyclable.
It took Wilbur seven years to innovate the proprietary Steeped Coffee system that delivers fresh roasted, pre-portioned, precision ground, micro batched coffee in customized Full Immersion Filters. “Premium coffee roasters have shied away from offering their specialty beans in single-serve packaging because it’s been nearly impossible to keep ground coffee fresh, which quickly ruins the taste,” said Wilbur. “With our Nitro Sealed bags, oxygen is replaced with nitrogen, so the coffee stays fresh as if it was ground moments ago.”
“Steeped Packs are the easiest way to make a delicious cup of coffee,” Wilbur Says. “You shouldn't need to perform chemistry before you’ve made your coffee.” Simply steep each Steeped Bag in hot water for about five minutes to allow the coffee to develop its distinctive body and flavor. There is no machine, no noise, no cleanup, no destructive waste.

As for flavor? Even the most discerning coffee connoisseurs in the industry are singing the praises of Steeped Coffee. Barista Magazine is a believer: “Like a tea bag—but for coffee? This new product from Steeped Coffee might just be one of our fave new ways to brew coffee on the road.”

“Finding Steeped has changed my coffee drinking life,” raved one reviewer on “It's my favorite new brewing method and I can't believe more people haven't heard of this yet. It is going to be huge.”

Entrepreneur’s Handbook concurs: “You’re likely going to see the Steeped Coffee methodology in hospitals, offices, hotels — places where single-serve coffee reigns — and perhaps on your next flight.

Features of Steeped Coffee include:
  • 100% Specialty Coffee: quality coffee ethically sourced directly from farmers
  • Nitro Sealed: removes oxygen, stopping the clock on freshly ground beans
  • Ultrasonic Edges: no glue, staples, or wasted materials for max steeping
  • Full Immersion Filter: non-GMO filters that regulate ideal water-in and maximum flavor-out
  • Guilt-Free Packaging: made using plant-based renewable and compostable materials
  • Micro Batching: roasted locally in small batches
  • Precision Ground: consistent water-cooled grinding to the micron
  • Pre-Portioned: consistent SCA recommended water-to-coffee ratios
  • Just Add Water: single-serve convenience with no machines required
  • Barista Approved: tested by multiple independent specialty coffee Q-graders for freshness, quality, and taste

With so many coffee gadgets, machines, and accessories flooding the market these days, this simple unplugged Steeped Coffee brewing method might be just what you're looking for to take your moment, while at home, at work, or on-the-go.

My review:

I am not a fan of instant coffee. I always find it too weak and honestly a total let down. It is often bitter and as my Grandma who was the original coffee lover of the family would say, "taste like dish water." 

I am a little more open to trying things than my husband but he loves coffee even more than me and he was on board to try though his expectations were low. Shockingly enough he felt it was hotter than when we make a 12 cup pot of coffee in the morning and he took the rest of the box to work. So I guess that says something but now I need to order myself a box for work. I was hoping to take it with me. We have a Keurig at work that makes a cup at a time and honestly I don't have time to leave the classroom and wait for the opportunity to use the machine so I will be boiling some water in the morning and at lunch so I can have fresh coffee with me every day. 

What I think I like most is that I can toss a bag into hot water anytime I want. Wish I had it with me today because you know that feeling when you smell coffee you want it. Well I had this situation today. I walked through the conference room and someone was making some but I was running through. Ugh...I remember thinking "If only I had my Steeped!"

Another reason for loving Steeped is that I don't have to come up with another craft using K-Cups. I hate that I throw out about 40 K-Cups a month that is not good! This is all compostable material. We just add it to our compost. My garbage man is going to feel the difference I am sure. 

Think of the possibilities! 

Hotels (have you ever made coffee in one of those coffee machines in your hotel room? This is so much better!)

To Purchase or to find out more visit

Steeped, Inc., based in Santa Cruz, California, is a B-Corp (Benefit Corporation) focused on every detail from farm-to-cup and beyond, to bring people the most convenient, quality, ethically sourced, and sustainably packaged products available. Steeped Coffee provides a single-serve method that combines convenience and quality all within Guilt-Free Packaging. The proprietary Steeped Brewing Method delivers 100% freshly roasted, precision ground, and nitro sealed specialty coffee pre-portioned within Steeped Full Immersion Filters. Steeped Coffee is the simplest way to make a perfect cup of coffee, with no machine needed, just add water. Steeped, Inc. offers its brewing method to Licensed Partners around the globe.  For business inquiries, contact

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Get Ready For Sweater Weather With A Hot Cocoa #Giveaway - Ends 10/20

Are you guys ready? This is the last weekend of summer and my daughter has already started pulling our sweaters out of storage bins. We love sweater weather and everything that comes with the chiller temps like hay rides, pumpkin patches, bonfires, S'mores, Halloween, the changing leaves and hot cocoa.  We have been drinking our Charleston Chew Vanilla Hot Cocoa which is still in giveaway mode here but this morning with temps being in the 40s when we woke we cracked open the Charleston Chew Chocolate K-Cups. We were very pleased with the chocolatey goodness and cannot wait to share this with friends. We are even thinking about doing an Adult Trick or Treat bin next to the kids candy bowl with Charleston Chew Vanilla and Chocolate K-Cups for the parents who come up to our door.

If you don't know what Charleston Chews are I can fill you in. Back in the day these were larger than most candy bars that were a type of marshmallow nougat inside with a chocolate coating outside. I never had a chocolate marshmallow inside but I would have definitely chose those as a child over vanilla. I can't go wrong with more chocolate am I right?! In the summer my family would put our Charleston Chews in the freezer. I think we had seen it in a commercial or something. I remember it wasn't easy to bite through and I always thought I was going to chip a tooth.
Coulnd't find a commmercial about freezing our Charleston's but I found this one that I remember.

If you like hot cocoa and the sweet taste of added marshmallow this is for you. Enter for a box of your very own.

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

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Lost Never Fails To Leave Me Wanting More

Lost Never Fails To Leave Me Wanting More

I am still reeling from last night’s 2 hour season finale.
So many twists, storyline reveals, and more mystery.
My dad and I called each other during commercials to dish and my sister and I spent an hour summarizing what we got from the finale and what we think will happen next season.
This season, flash backs have shown us that Jack, Kate, baby Aaron, Syid, Sun and Hurley all escape the island but now we know that more escaped and 1 in particular sacrificed his ride to freedom to save Kate, Jack and Hurley.
If you TIVO’d and haven’t watched it yet, I suggest you watch and then re-watch. There was so much going on.
Sawyer’s leap before whispering to Kate (btw..I had just told my dad that Sawyer was on the helicopter but I wasn’t sure why he got off “maybe to let Sun on.”) still makes me weep. Whhhhhhyyyyyy Sawyer. Whhhhhyyyyy.
I would love to know what he whispered to her. If we are following along we know that she had to do something for him when she got back but what?

When she asked “why are you telling me this?” I knew he was jumping. Grrrr…and on another note what happened to his shirt? Not that I oppose a wet, shirtless Josh Holloway but did it get eaten by a shark? He didn’t lose it while jumping in because he had it on when he came up. Anyway no biggie, wet, topless Sawyer will do any day…I digress.

Here are my questions:
So why did Jin not dive into the water when he knew the boat was about to explode?
Why did we not see a helicopter or a boat on the water when Juliet and Sawyer looked over to the now smoking freighter?
How did Locke become to be the dead guy? What made him come back if he was the “guy” in charge. Is it even Locke??????
Other than Kate being a “piece of ass” what is her role on the island and why is she so damn important?
Why is Syid working for Ben?
Why did Desmond, red haired girl, and paranormal guy chose not to go back?
Why are they lying? I still don’t get it. John asked Jack to lie but Jack never listened to him before so why now? Why trust him and Ben now, after everything else? Why trust them with the lives of people who WERE trying to get to that freighter? Who made them God?
Why were there so many shots of Penny holding baby Aaron?

Why did Syid take Hurley to someplace “safe”?
Why does Jack and Claire’s father always seem to be around? I understand him showing himself to Jack and Claire but why was he there before the bomb went off? Why did he tell Michael, “you can go now!” Kabloom!!

My OMG moments:
Sawyer jumping out of the helicopter into the ocean to save his buds.

Claire’s haunting visit in Kate’s dream “Don’t you dare bring him back!”

The phone call Kate receives during her dream sequence where the garbled message if listened to backwards says, “the island needs you. Go back before it is too late.” Too late for what??????
Locke being in the casket. How and why did he come back?

Sun screaming in the helicopter after watching the freighter blow up with Jin on it.

Sun (all decked out like a secret agent) growing a huge set of balls while on the island and sticking it to her father and then her meeting to set up a meeting with Whidmore.
Syid working for Ben (just killing a la vigilante style).
God damn Walt got big.

The Octagon Global Recruitment commercial that aired during the finale. WTF?Ben making the island disappear (or travel 10 months into the future which is the time travel Ben does during his Casimir Effect that brings him to the Sahara Desert)after walking through some blown out hole and entering a frozen, snow covered, what the hell was it, room. What the hell did he steer? Was that the wheel of a ship? When he walked through that rabbit hole and entered the frozen area, I felt like I was watching Logan’s Run. (anyone ever see that movie?)
So, what we know for next season:
Sawyer, Juliet, and a bunch of others are on the island.
Jack has to get the rest of them to go back to the island.
Ok, now I am off to watch the alternate endings. Ta
Oh as for the kiss….whatever. It was semi hot. Where was the tongue damn it?

Sex, Teens, & Everything in Between Is A Book Every Parent Needs To Read

Shafia Zaloom, a veteran health educator, complies her decades of experience in her new book, Sex, Teens, & Everything in Between, the first complete sexual consent guide for parents and teens.

Sex, Teens, & Everything in Between is filled with practical tips and important information teens and parents need to know when it comes to giving and asking for consent. Parents want to know how to keep their kids safe and Zaloom provides a step-by-step guide, conversation starters, examples, and straightforward answers to the questions teens ask about sex.

  • Yes Means Yes: What We Mean When We Talk About Consent
  • Sexual Harassment and Assault: Your and Your Child’s Rights
  • How to Teach Consent—and Keep it Sexy
  • Love, Pleasure, and Good Sex​​​​​​​
  • Bystander Invention: Sexual Harassment and Assault

Shafia Zaloom is a health educator and consultant whose work centers on human development, community building, ethics, and social justice. Her approach involves creating opportunities for students and teachers to discuss the complexities of teen culture and decision-making with straightforward, open, and honest dialogue. In her twenty-five-year career, Zaloom has worked with thousands of children and their families in her role as teacher, coach, administrator, board member, and certified outdoor educator. Zaloom is currently the health teacher at the Urban School in San Francisco, and she develops curricula and trainings for schools across the country. Her work has been featured in the New York TimesUSA Today, NPR, and PBS. She lives in California with her husband and three children.


Sex, Teens, & Everything in Between is a must read for the parent, caregiver, and educator who would like to understand the teen universe of all things sex, and pro-actively and thoughtfully engage with their teens around these challenging topics.” —Debra Wilson, President of the Southern Association of Independent Schools, former General Counsel of the National Association of Independent Schools

"Sex, Teens, & Everything in Between is the ultimate relationship. Shafia provides readers the fuel to make the consent conversation clear, relevant and applicable for everyone, acknowledging the interconnected factors of social media, normalized hookup culture, Internet porn and gender norms." —Cindy Pierce, author of Sexploitation: Helping Kids Develop Healthy Sexuality in a Porn-Driven World

"Sex Educator Shafia Zaloom has written an utterly remarkable book.” —Deborah M. Roffman, author of Talk to Me First: Everything You Need to Know to Become Your Kids' Go-To Person about Sex 

"Sex, Teens, & Everything in Between gives you the information you need and really must have to navigate this tricky terrain--for you and your child." —Rosalind Wiseman, New York Times best-selling author, Queen Bees and WannabeesMasterminds and Wingmen; and Owning Up

“Zaloom has a fine moral compass, a capacity to listen deeply and the wisdom that only comes from many years of experience working with teens. Every teen and every parent and educator—and every other adult who interacts with teens—should read this book.” —Richard Weissbourd, Senior Lecturer on Education, Faculty Director Human Development and Psychology, Co-Director Making Caring Common Project, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Author of The Parents We Mean to Be

The 411:
This is one of those books I will be recommending for a very long time. It is "real talk" about the things your teens will need to navigate as they get older. 
As the mother of a daughter I want to make sure she has the tools she needs to say no when she means no, know her rights as a woman and a human being, never be coerced into doing something she isn't comfortable doing, know  how to be safe and take care of herself. As the mother of a son I want the same but I also want him to know there are rules, he can get in trouble if someone says he was forceful or doesn't stop when he is told to stop. I want him to know that there are boundaries and he needs to follow them as well as be respectful and honest with others and himself. 
What I love about the book is that the "real talk" forces you to see that your child is growing up and while we may not think they are thinking these thoughts, they probably are. I appreciate the sample situations, the questions and answers and how current it is with terminology and technology. Sending nudes, smartphone recordings, "hooking up" and more. 
Opening up the dialogue with my kids for our morning drive to school is just a little easier. The conversation isn't easier but I definitely feel more in control and empowered to answer their questions and bring up uncomfortable situations. Talking to your children about sex is so important.
This should be read by every parent. Underline, highlight and re-read it when you need to. There is a ton of information and you don't want to forget any of it.
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered or received.