Saturday, December 31, 2011

It's the last day of 2011!

Wishing you a wonderful day today and a very Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Have you seen Scuba Santa at Adventure Aquarium?

It's a windy day here in New Jersey. A good day to visit Adventure Aquarium! We arrived at the aquarium around 10:00 AM. The line to get into the aquarium moved fast, and the wind was moving faster! The Aquarium is decorated for Christmas and it's so festive inside.

Once inside the aquarium this is what we saw:

Scuba Santa

shark petting tank

Christmas trees

snow fell from the sky in this area! so cool!

penguin feeding time

even starfish need decorations

walk through shark tunnel-very neat

Philadelphia sky line


Load up the car and head to Adventure Aquarium in New Jersey before Santa heads back to the North Pole. If you can't make it this week, plan a visit soon. There is fun to be had. Kids and adults will surly enjoy the sea life and the exhibits in Adventure Aquarium.

Get your tickets now for  New Year's Eve at Adventure Aquarium

to see more of the fun day we had go to

Be sure to visit the gift shop. I bought a scuba Santa ornament for 20% off. I hung it on the tree as soon as we got home. It's always fun to get an ornament from a special place we visit.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The tree is sagging!

Soon Santa will be packed away until next year. This year I hope to organize our ornaments. Each kid gets their own box for their own ornaments. Next year I plan to decorate the tree more glitzy. Tonight I bought some bright and shiny ornaments half off from Home Depot. Green, gold, red, and glitter balls.

The playful cat we have is climbing up the center of the tree. The bottom branches are sagging and the lights are falling off the tree.

I like Douglas fur trees, but think I will try Fraser fur next year for the stronger branches to hang ornaments and perhaps keep the tree from sagging.
Do you have a good remedy for the cat and the tree? and yes, the cat has to stay.


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

What are you doing for New Year's Eve dinner? How about spending it with Dave & Buster's!

Build-A-Bear-Workshop has a special promoiton to strech your Bear Bucks or People Bucks.

When Build-A-Bear Workshop arrived on the scene at our local mall many moons ago, we were there .There to see how, why, and when someone would want to make their own bear. We were there to make bears, often. Often to shop for accessories, clothing, shoes, and more bears.

My children had bears for every special occasion, holiday, or just because. Then there were the outfits and hours of play and imagination. The kids took their bears to the workshop for checkups and grooming. They came home with cute little ribbons in the bears fur, and a fluffy friend.

As the children grew, so did the experience at Build- A- Bear.They made gifts for friends and even received bears as  gifts. Holidays, birthdays, milestones, graduations, get well, or thinking of you are all days for Build-A-Bear.  A bear or animal for any age, event, occasion, or loving thought can be found and made at Build-A-Bear Workshop.

Build-A-Bear offers something for everyone. You can customize your bear, your way. Add a signature sound, embroidered message, or whatever looks good to you.

When you visit Build-A-Bear-Workshop's site your children can create a wish list with the help of Santa's elves. Moms and Dads need to give their parental agreement for children under 13.

Bear Bucks were a way we could add to our collection. and we did. Right now you can stretch your Bear Bucks with a  promotion that you can purchase any animal PLUS any outfit for just $24.99 (USD). To me that is an awesome price. Really. I started buying Build-A-Bear Workshop Bears for my children years ago, and that price is good.

You can see the selection, find a location and find some personal, unique one of a kind, made by you gifts from Build-A-Bear. There is still time to pick out a bear or other animal and make it just perfect for that someone on your list!

Disclosure: No monetary exchange took place for writing this post, I was entered for a chance to win a Build-A-Bear Workshop gift card. The opinions and views are all my own.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol is ready for you to view in IMAX theaters.

Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol will be in IMAX Theaters December 16! Are you excited.It's there now!

Tom Cruise returns as IMF operative Ethan Hunt. Along with other agents, this action-packed adventure is about clearing his agency's name after a terrorist attack. Watch this spy adventure from the edge of your seat from start to finish. See scenes shot with IMAX cameras with certain sequences of the movie are scene in larger than life proportions

Watch Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) scale the world's tallest building, the Burk Khalifa Tower located in Dubai. Thrills and Chills throughout the movie.

Viewers of the IMAX showing will be the first to preview the upcoming Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises.

 Click here to--watch the movie trailer on IMAX web site

Head over to Facebook and "like" them to stay up to date ,            

and visit their web site to find a IMAX theater near you

Take a break from Holiday shopping, baking, wrapping and running around, and see the film.

Disclosure: this information was provided by IMAX through my blogspark. please visit IMAX for specific information.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Swagbucks is having a snowball fight!

Swagbucks has some programs going on now if you are a Swagbuck user:

Swagbucks is having a good ol' fashioned Snowball Fight, and you can participate for a chance to win more reward points for free stuff! Go to the Snowball Fight homepage, click the button to join, and start earning points for your team just by earning Swag Bucks! Every participating member of the winning team will get 25 a Swag Buck bonus after it ends on the 21st, and participating members of the runners up get 10 Swag Bucks each. Which team are YOU on?

Swagbucks is going crazy on Monday, with more ways for you to earn reward points towards free stuff. First, they're having a Swag Code Extravaganza, which means a fun day where you can earn up to 70 Swag Bucks from 8 different codes throughout the day!

Second, there's a new set of Holiday Collector's Bills which you can only earn through search - get all five and you'll receive an instant 12 Swag Bucks bonus! The set starts at noon on Monday

Finally, for any referral you bring in today through the 19th, you'll not only get up to 1000 matching Swag Bucks from Search, but 1000 Matching Swag Bucks from everything they earn (not including codes) all day Monday - they're calling it Mega Match Monday!

Three big reasons to visit Swagbucks this Monday!

code to use: HOLIDAYSWAG if you are a New  registration account and get 100 swagbucks!

What is Swagbucks? Want to join? It's free and you earn points to redeem for gifts and gift cards.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Purex Triple Action Laundry Detergent for loads of clean and giveaway of three free bottles

My first attempt at doing my own laundry was freshman year at college. My Mother gave me specific instructions and sent me off with her favorite brand of laundry soap.  On my breaks from college I did not go near the washing machine. I did  however hang the laundry up outside on the clothes line and hang up my Dad's dress shirts fresh from the dryer.

In my house I always did the laundry, not my kids or husband.  You know it's the mom's job and so on.  There was a time I was unable to do the laundry do to surgery and my youngest took it upon herself to wash her own clothing. How nice was that. She still does her own laundry.

When my oldest is home from college she arrives with a pile of dirty duds and bedding to wash.
The rest of the house laundry is on hold for days and days. Those machines are running all day.
One daughter asked if she could have her own washer and dryer in her room. Sure I say!!!
Or better yet, we could install commercial machines. right.

As far as what detergent to use in these machines I've tried several major brands. Some I like, some I don't buy again.  I like Purex brand detergents. Reasonable priced, available at major department stores  and drug stores.
Nice fragrance, works well, coupons available.

Purex® has a new laundry detergent out called Triple Action Purex. I tried the Mountain Breeze fragrance. Smells nice, works well. It is safe for all machines. I have seen some detergent brands have a higher price for HE formulas and less load washes per bottle than regular formulas. This is both, same price, same wash loads, same for regular machines same for HE machines. Works for me.

Look for  Purex® Triple Action laundry detergent where you buy you washing machine suds.

giveaway: Leave a comment on this post for your chance to win one of three coupons from Purex to get your own Purex Triple Action. closes on December 31, 2011 at midnight. Hey you might even be awake then!

Disclosure: I was given a bottle of Purex® Triple Action to try, the views,comments and clean clothes are my own.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Winter Wordless Wednesday

Tree with handmade ornaments by my Mom.
              And Photographs of pictures in our house.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Stocking Stuffers from Mabel's Labels for only $5

Mabel's Labels is offering a new stocking stuffer Combo (TM) for this holiday season.  Each combo includes 5 sticky labels and 1 Bag tag along with the metal chain to hook the label onto a gift bag or travel bag.

$5 per set. I like the holiday designs on the sticky labels and bag tag. So Fun!

If you have children, cousins, nieces, relatives, daycare, playgroups, neighbors, or what have you-these are great $5 gifts to hand out.

Order at Mabel's There are over 30 designs to chose from, mix and match. Go the holiday design or everyday design.
There are 4 limited edition Holiday motifs available. That is what I chose!

Disclosure: this is not a compensated post! Sharing only!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Philips Wake-Up Light in the morning and night

The buzzing and beeping of alarm clocks in the morning are not my cup of tea. My kids have their phones set to play some loud crazy music to wake them up in the morning. I don't even bother setting an alarm, I hear theirs, not by choice. 
How nice would it be to be woken up without alarms? 
Without the noise? Naturally? Yes, please.

You can choose from 20 different brightness settings with Philips® Wake-Up Light.  Set the Wake-Up light for the time you need to be awake. The light increases gradually over 30 minutes before  the alarm time.  As the light increases you body is gently getting ready to wake up. So much nicer than beep beep beep or crazy loud music.

The Wake -Up light does have a radio or nature sounds if you like to wake to soothing sounds. These cold nights and cozy blankets make it hard to get out of bed in the morning.

 It is still dark when I am getting out of bed in the AM  and the last thing I want is a harsh bright light shining in my eyes. I have been using the Wake-Up light as my alarm and it is much nicer to wake up this way. 
The Wake-Up Light has a display window where you can see the menu:  on/off, FM on/off, Snooze, Clock Time, Alarm Time, Alarm Sounds, Display Brightness.

 Set the light on your bedside table to use as a lamp and Wake-Up Light. A plus for me. At night time I try to keep the bright lights off at bedtime.  The Philips Wake-Up Light works perfect for bedtime as a night light and for gradually waking up in the morning.

The National Sleep Foundation and Philips are working together to help you sleep healthier through the use of light therapy and sleep education.  Developing good sleep habits and finding out how much sleep you need and other good thoughts are found on the  National Sleep Foundation web site.

This is a nice gift for someone or even yourself.  To order and get a Discount on a Philips® Wake-Up light click Here for  Use this code: C9H9NPER for a $10 discount.


Sleep better, wake up naturally and feel better. Are my kids reading this? Maybe Santa will put one in their rooms!

 Since I've tried the Wake-Up light with just the light gradually increasing I am going to add a nature sound.
I might feel like I am on a vacation!

Disclosure: I received a Philips Wake-Up light to review from SheSpeaks® and Philips®. The comments and views are my own.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Turkeys and Trees on Wordless Wednesday

The Turkeys still need to be put away, but I am working on Christmas!

stay tuned for more photos.

ARM&HAMMER™ has a new Foot Care collection. It's cool mist of relief.

It's the season of hot and humid weather. Hot weather and I are just not friends. Arm and Hammer has two new invisible sprays, one for...