Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Carrington Farms Adds Some Health Into My Life @CarringtonFarms

I was fortunate enough to receive a package from Carrington Farms a company I have never heard of before but man I know who they are now.

Coconut oil is something I have been meaning to try. It is everywhere these days.  They sent us the pure, cold pressed coconut oil which smells divine. I have used it for many things so far but the best part has been for the lipsticks my daughter has become obsessed about making.

It is pretty cool! You basically boil some water. In a little glass or in our case plastic bowl you melt the crayon with the coconut oil and wa-lah! Instant lipstick my daughter is allowed to wear.

We mixed, mixed and mixed some more until it was smooth.

Next we poured it into a bead container I never got around to using and let it set. I swear it is purple although it looks blue in this photo. She just uses the tip of her finger or a lip brush to apply. We need more crayons.

Our absolute favorite Carrington Farm product is Milled Flax Seeds. Goddess and I are addicted to Flax seeds and eat them as is. We usually have them in seed form. These milled seeds were opened right after the box with all three products was opened. We put them on everything from yogurt, to oatmeal, salad, and even my gym breakfast an English muffin with peanut butter and half a banana. Goddess just sticks a spoon in the bag.

We also found out that Flax is rich in vitamin and minerals. Also that it is a great low carb, gluten-free seed and is helpful for digestion. We just knew it taste good. 

While I don't have a photo of it, I have used the Coconut Cooking Oil on everything from french fries, meatballs, eggs, pork cutlets and more. There is no coconut flavor to it so it doesn't change the taste of the food but what I did notice is that it doesn't burn out the way other oils do. It doesn't smoke either. All great things.

I recently read on the Carrington Farms website that coconut oil is great for hair too. I have dry hair and hope to use it this weekend.

Head over to the Carrington Farms site and see what other products they have and why they are so good for you.

We will certainly be buying them in the future.

Disclaimer: We received a box of samples for our honest opinions. No monetary compensation was received.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Thanks Nanoblock #nanoblock

Just a few quick photos for prosperity. Goddess received these really awesome items from some great folks at Nanoblock. Although she will only use the Lady Gaga toothbrush the Justin Bieber toothbrush will be going to her God sister. Goddess refuses to use it, she is adamant in her dislike for him.

Fun Easter Basket Idea for the future. Love this. I never know what to put in there now that the kids are getting older.

The Lady Gaga Toothbrush is so pretty and plays Gaga Songs for the recommended 2 minutes.

I can tell you she was very impressed with the Nanoblocks. They are so small! She loves the alligator which comes with a moving mouth which literally opens and closes. These miniature blocks are so cool!

If your kids love building with blocks they will love these challenging building kits

Check out this 570 piece British Tower and bridge at Amazon for under $29.00

And this 1540 piece Buckingham Palace for under $37.00. Head over to Amazon for more ideas

We are loving Nanoblocks and have two birthdays to shop for. We are totally getting a kit for each.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Why Sort When You Can Purex GIVEAWAY? #purex

NEW Purex® No Sort® for Colors detergent is the latest laundry innovation from the Purex® brand designed to simplify your laundry routine. Purex® No Sort® for Colors detergent features a breakthrough Anti-Color-Transfer Technology™ which traps loose dyes in the wash and reduces color bleeding accidents in your mixed color loads leaving your clothes bright and clean.

We are huge fans of Purex. I love the different types and I love the price. By far my go to brand for my families laundry.

The Purex No Sort for Colors makes it so much easier for my kids on laundry day. I taught them how to do laundry when they turned 5 and they are so good at sorting but this is perfect. I also love that I can wash in cold water.

We are Purex fans for life

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

Spring Break Day Trip At The Liberty Science Center

Over Spring break my husband and I took the kids to Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ. I wish it wasn't so crowded. It was almost an hour wait on line to get in and then we never really got near a display or a table for the kids to be very hands on.

I loved this window with all it's cheery colors. Even though it was a cloudy day, this window made everything better.

How cool is this little race car? I love that bright yellow!

This massive Rubik's cube hangs in the center of the building. My kids had no idea what a Rubik's Cube was. Guess we haven't been doing our parental duty.

This room was my husband's favorite.

The kids got to actually get their hands on some of these demos.

The kids got to move this star by riding a bike. Pretty cool.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

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Hewlett-Packard Laptop Computer Giveaway

If only! I could so use a new laptop. There is nothing like starting out with a brand new fresh computer. My computer is in good condition and I am sure my kids would love me handing it down to them. Enter and good luck! I hope one of us wins.

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HP 2000-2d62NR 15.6" Laptop Computer - Black Licorice $529 + 1 year insurance (total prize value $588)

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Carvel is 80 Years Old! Get Free Ice Cream May 1st @CarvelIceCream

I know where I will be on May 1st!


Carvel Kicks Off 80th Anniversary Celebrations with May 1 Free Cone Day
Guests Can Enjoy Free Soft Serve at Carvel Ice Cream Shoppes, Help Raise Money for American Red Cross

ATLANTA – May 1, 2014 – Carvel … America’s Freshest Ice Cream®, is launching its summer-long 80th anniversary celebration with Free Cone Day Thursday, May 1 from 3-8 p.m. Participating Carvel® shoppes will treat guests to a free junior cone filled with their choice of freshly made vanilla, chocolate or their all-new salted caramel soft-serve ice cream.

In addition to enjoying free ice cream, guests can support a good cause on Free Cone Day. Throughout the day, Carvel will offer a $2 coupon book worth more than $20 in savings. 100% of all proceeds from sales of the coupon books will go towards a $30,000 donation to the American Red Cross® to support Disaster Relief.  This effort will raise the company’s total contributions to the American Red Cross to $80,000 over the last three years.

“We hope everyone will come out on Free Cone Day and try one on us,” said Carvel President Scott Colwell. “I can’t think of a more appropriate way to kick-off our 80th anniversary celebration than giving our guests free, fresh ice cream and raising money for the American Red Cross®.”

Carvel serves only 100 percent delicious soft- serve and scooped ice cream treats and cakes that are hand-crafted daily at local Carvel shoppes. Guests this year can try the new salted caramel soft serve ice cream on Free Cone Day and for a limited time throughout summer, which features deliciously creamy caramel ice cream and a hint of salt.

Since its inception in 1934 as the first retail ice cream franchise in the country, Carvel has expanded its menu to include an extensive line of fresh soft - serve and scooped ice cream, take-home novelty treats and premium ice cream cakes.

For more information or to find the nearest Carvel shoppe, visit          

About Carvel Ice Cream
The United States’ first retail ice cream franchise, Carvel® Ice Cream has become one of the best-loved and most recognized names in its industry. The company is a leading provider of premium soft serve and hand dipped ice cream products, as well as uniquely shaped ice cream cakes, including its signature Fudgie the Whale® and Cookie Puss® cakes.  Atlanta-based Carvel currently operates over 400 franchised and food service locations, and is a part of FOCUS Brands Inc., the franchisor of Carvel® Ice Cream, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne’s®, McAlister’s Deli®, and Seattle’s Best Coffee® on military bases and in certain international markets. Visit for more information, follow us on Twitter @CarvelIceCream of become a fan at

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


Some W's For A Thursday

We saw this beautiful lady at the Liberty Science Center last week. This Black Widow Spider is only beautiful because she is behind glass. Not a great photo as she was behind glass and since it was Spring Break and I had lost my family way too many times to ignore where they were walking to, I zoomed in quickly on a stroll by over a bunch of heads and snapped this blurry photo.

Yes it is only a cellphone photo but my daughter was working it as winter ended. It took forever for the snow to go away this year. This was taken in this month.

The letter is W this week at Alphabe-Thursday

11 TV Shows That Are Safe and Smart for Your Kids

Television has always been a favorite with kids. And there is still something special about cuddling together after dinner in the living room or snuggling early Saturday morning to watch favorite family shows.

But sometimes as a parent it is tricky to keep up with the hit new shows for kids and what is actually safe and good for your little ones to be watching. Especially, and children reach the preteen age, it becomes important to monitor what comes on TV.

To help with the TV challenge, here is a great list of family shows for big kids and preteens. From animal shows to classic comedies, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Disney Fun for All
Dog with a Blog
Stan the talking canine helps unite step-siblings Avery, Tyler and Chloe in Dog with a Blog. A family centered comedy, this show ranked in the top five series for children between 6-11 years old. Sitcom hilarity from the family pet’s point of view has both kids and parents excited for season three which, according to the Hollywood Reporter, is a go for production.

Girl Meets World
The highly anticipated spin off of the classic Disney sitcom Boy Meets World, Girl Meets World picks up years later and tells the story of the next generation. Cory and Topanga are now married with two children. Their daughter Riley will be the protagonist of this new series which carries over the original actors.

Super Hero Cartoons Are Still Cool
Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.
Perfect for little one’s who are enthusiastic about adult super hero movies but not quite old enough to handle the intense real life action, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. is an animated TV series based on the Marvel Comic characters. This comic action series tells the story of Hulk, She-Hulk, Red Hulk, A-Bomb, Skaar and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. (also known as the Supreme Military Agency of Super Humans).

Avatar: The Legend of Korra
Another action animated series, The Legend of Korra is set in the popular Avatar universe and is a sequel to The Last Airbender. The protagonist Korra is a feisty young lady who comes from the Southern Water Tribe and faces the adventure and challenges of being an Avatar.

Crazy about the Classics
The Andy Griffith Show
Starring classy guys Don Knotts, Andy Griffith and a young Ron Howard, The Andy Griffith Show teaches beautiful life lessons in the small town of Mayberry where Sherriff Andy Taylor keeps the peace. Whether you find it on Netflix or TV Land, this black and white classic is a must see for the whole family.

Gilligan’s Island
Another oldie but goodie, Gilligan’s Island tells the story of a group of unlikely castaways on their own private desert isle. Gilligan is the outrageous first mate along with the skipper, Maryann, the Professor, Ginger and Mr. and Mrs. Thurston Howell III, the millionaire couple.

The Dick Van Dyke Show
A brilliant family classic starring Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke, this inventive comedy will have modern kids and parents in stitches at the sweet but funny moments between the Petrie clan, their goofy neighbors and co-workers.

For the Young Chef
Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives
 Lots of kids love cooking shows, and Guy Fieri’s fun cross country trips are a blast to follow. Watch as this professional chef travels around trying some of the best diner food in America.

Master Chef Junior
To inspire your own kids to jump into the kitchen, watch a season of Master Chef Junior. The kid version of the popular cooking competition, this fun show crowns a winning kid cook.

Wild Life Adventurers
A new show starring the famous dog trainer Caesar Millan, Caesar911 takes the dog whisperer into real life situations with problem pooches to help train both wayward dogs and their owners.

Wild Kratts
A fun addition to the PBS Kids line up, Wild Kratts is an animated adventure with the voices of real life wilderness experts the Kratts brothers. Education and entertaining, Wild Kratts teaches about exotic animals all over the world.

With all these fantastic options, you can find family friendly programming to enjoy with your kids. And if these networks don’t already come to your home, check out this link for expanded TV packages.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Ferguson Celebrates Mother’s Day with Mother of All Kitchens Pinterest contest #MotherOfAllKitchens

WOW! I am totally entering this!

WHO:              Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, the largest wholesale distributor of 
plumbing supplies in the U.S. with more than 270 showrooms nationwide

WHAT:            Mother of All Kitchens “Pin it to Win it” Giveaway, open to all on Pinterest

For Mother’s Day, we are honoring the women who so brazenly let us lick raw cake batter off the beaters and inviting you to participate in our “Mother of All Kitchens” Mother’s Day Giveaway. Pin your ideal kitchen for a chance to win a Kitchen Aid Artisan® Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer in Pistachio and a $150 Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery gift certificate.  

WHERE: #MotherOfAllKitchens


1. Pick your pin: Choose from one of our favorites or your own inspiration.
2. Enter your information: Fill in your information in the spaces provided.
3. Get pinning: Click the “Submit & Pin” button to pin your selected item to any of your boards and you’ll be entered automatically.

WHEN:            The contest runs Monday, April 21 through Friday, May 9

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