Saturday, December 29, 2012

Tote your New Year to being organized

Happy New Year to you!

Perhaps January should be name organizational month, maybe it already is, I don't know, sounds like a google moment.  Storage totes are stacked high in my basement, full of holiday decorations, old photographs, the kids artwork, keepsakes, and mementos.

My husband says the same thing every time we happen to be in the basement at the same time. "I don't care how much stuff you have just get it in a tote. Totes, bins, or containers do lend a hand in neatness.

Last year after Christmas I sorted, clean out, and label in detail my Christmas totes. I guess not good enough because I never  unpacked my snow flake decorations I put on the dining room chandelier or the kids stockings. I had a a few stockings I used for decoration so I used those for the kids this year.

I'd rather not buy any more totes, because that means I bought more stuff. Or maybe it means I am more organized, yeah, it's that one, more organized.

Here is a view from my shopping cart the day after Christmas:

Yes, my cart is filling up and I am eyeing up these cool green totes. hmm. So far this year I have bought a few rolls of wrapping paper, I use a Rubbermaid tall clear wrapping paper bins for those. I bought a handful of gift bags and not much else.Maybe I don't need any bins this year. Wait, how about those clear ones, I could use those for something!
How's your after Christmas shopping going? any good bargains out there? I found Method hand wash at Wegmans last night on sale for $1.99.
How cute are these, gift tag included. I bought two.I really wanted to buy a shopping cart full but what would I do with all those? Store them in a tote!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Disney's Sofia will be in Christmas Day Parade

The parades on Thanksgiving and Christmas are so fun!  We are usually traveling during those times to relatives, but I tune in until we have to load up the car. The Christmas Day parade is the best! It's so much fun to have the parade on the television, the kitchen full of people cooking and the kids opening their gifts.

The Sofia The First character will make her Disney Parks debut in the 29th Annual "Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade" airing nationwide on Christmas Day, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25 (10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., ET; check local listings) on the ABC Television Network. It was also recently announced that Sofia will be joining the Disney Junior – Live on Stage! show at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney California Adventure in early 2013!

Disney's first little girl princess, Sofia was introduced in the music-filled animated television movie "Sofia the First: Once Upon A Princess" which debuted on November 18, 2012 and became the #1 cable telecast of all time in Kids 2-5 and Girls 2-5, and the #1 preschool cable TV telecast ever in Total Viewers and Women 18-49. A "Sofia the First" television series which continues Sofia's journey as she learns how to adjust to royal life, premieres FRIDAY, JANUARY 11 on Disney Channel (9:30-10:00 a.m., ET/PT) and Disney Junior (5:30-6:00 p.m., ET/PT).

Cirque Eloize ID comes to the Kimmel Center

Les Miserables Movie Review

A few days ago I was at the screening for this film. It is so good. Excellent I might add. It's a full of emotion, pain, suffering, love, death, and romance and humbling. The audience cheered and cried during the showing. I don't think anyone moved from their seat the entire time. No popcorn or bathroom runs. It was captivating beyond words.

It opens Christmas Day in theaters.  Make a date this week to see it!  Honestly, I was invited to see this movie for the review and I'd pay to see it again. It's that incredibly awesome.

The cast is so talented, the singing is wonderful, and the settings are so real like. It's truly an experience as stated in the synopsis below. 

Les Misérables is the motion-picture adaptation of the beloved global stage sensation seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages around the globe and still breaking box-office records everywhere in its 27th year. Helmed by The King’s Speech’s Academy Award®-winning director, Tom Hooper, the Working Title/Cameron Mackintosh production stars Hugh Jackman, Oscar® winner Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit and Samantha Barks. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever. In December 2012, the world’s longest-running musical brings its power to the big screen in Tom Hooper’s sweeping and spectacular interpretation of Victor Hugo’s epic tale. With international superstars and beloved songs—including “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More” and “On My Own”—Les Misérables, the show of shows, is now reborn as the cinematic musical experience of a lifetime


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Why I am number 2 on the Christmas Tree

In the house I grew up in, decorating the tree was done as close to Christmas Day as possible. We did not decorate the tree until then because that is closest to Jesus's birthday. The celebration is Christmas Day and the days after that-like in the song the Twelve Days of Christmas.

My brother, sister and I have our own box of ornaments. Each ornament is marked with a square of masking tape on the back with a number on it. I was number 2 since I was the second born. We were responsible for putting our ornaments on the tree the day before Christmas. Then we would go to the late service at church. When we came home from church it was past midnight and we were tired, but the tree looked so lovely now decorated and lights twinkling. Off to bed we would go dreaming of presents, and the wonderful smells of Christmas dinner filling the house early in the morning.

When each of us got married, we were given our box or ornaments to take to our new home. I've started the same thing with my two girls. Since they were born I've kept their ornaments they received as gifts, and those that I purchased. They are marked with the first letter of their name.

Last year I sorted their ornaments and put the E's and H's in their own separate boxes so they'll be able to take them when they eventually start their own families.

Here are a few of my favorite childhood ornaments. I really don't know the story behind them, I just remember putting them on the tree. I'll have to remember to ask my mom the story for these:


                                                    made by one of my dorm mates in college
My Grandmother gave us Cracker Jack for a special snack. I loved the prizes back then. We actually got a small toy in the box. There are a few small toys dangling from the box on this one.
                              Scuba Santa from our trip to Adventure Aquarium 2011
                                                    wishing you peace everywhere
These are ornaments my husband brought home from his travels around the world:


Our girls will have a nice collection of ornaments from around the world thanks to their dad from traveling. I've kept the tags on the ornaments so they will know which country they are from.

You are invited to join the Christmas Ornament Show and Tell!
Want to see more lovely Christmas ornanments? Sure you do! Head on over to Jo-Lynne Shane's blog: Musings of a Housewife.
Christmas Ornament Show & Tell with Musings of a Housewife



Monday, December 17, 2012

Monster, Inc 3D opens this Wednesday in theaters!

Monsters, Inc.,” one of Disney•Pixar’s most beloved and visually imaginative feature films ever, returns to the big screen to delight a whole new generation of audiences and fans alike, this time in stunning 3D. The now-classic Academy Award®-winning animated comedy adventure “Monsters, Inc.” is set in Monstropolis, a thriving company town where monsters of all shapes and sizes reside. Lovable Sulley (voiced by John Goodman) and his wisecracking best friend Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) are the top scare team at Monsters, Inc., the largest scream-processing factory. The main power source in the monster world is the collected screams of human children—and at Monsters, Inc., an elite team of scarers is responsible for gathering those precious natural resources. Believed by monsters to be toxic, children are strictly forbidden from entering Monstropolis. But when a little girl named Boo (voiced by Mary Gibbs) accidentally follows Sulley back into his world, he finds his career in jeopardy and his life in utter chaos. So pals Mike and Sulley plot to rectify the mistake and return Boo to her home. But when the trio encounters an unexpected series of complications, they become embroiled in a cover-up catapulting them into a mystery beyond their wildest dreams.

Monster Scaring Tips on Disney Video

Directed by Oscar®-winner Pete Docter (“Up”) and produced by Oscar nominee Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”), “Monsters, Inc.” is in theaters—again—December 19, 2013, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.
The Academy Award®-winning animated comedy adventure “Monsters, Inc.” returns to the big screen—now in 3D—with lovable Sulley (voiced by John Goodman) and his wisecracking best friend Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) as they struggle to help a little girl named Boo (voiced by Mary Gibbs) find her way home from Monstropolis in the midst of a wild and mysterious cover-up.

Share your Sticky Situations Stories and enter them in WET ONES Contest

My kids can spend hours playing with Playdoh, I admit I like to make shapes and join in on the fun with them.  We have had one to many clumps of Playdoh end up mashed into the carpet. I came up with the idea of using a "splat mat" (that was really for use under a high chair) and spreading that out on the kitchen floor for them to keep the playdoh off the carpet.  Perhaps a heavy duty shower curtain might work well also, we even used an old Twister Mat for more play space.

When it comes to markers, go with the washable ones. We had a section of the wall in our living room my kids thought would be a perfect "canvas" for their art work. It was colorful, but did not look to attractive to guest I'm sure!  I was able to wipe it off now and then, but eventually had to repaint the wall. I did explain to them not to write on the wall, but you know when you aren't looking, they're going to do it. It's OK to let them be creative, but on paper would be better, right!

How about your kiddos, what kinds of sticky situations do you find yourself in at home or even visiting friends? Now you can share those funny sticky situations with Wet Ones brand wipes.

Wet Ones has launched a Sticky Situations Facebook

Wet Ones is giving you the opportunity to share all of the Sticky Situations we have found ourselves in and tips on how to deal with them through their Facebook Contest!

Simply log on and share your story and tips, and you can be entered to win an iPad Mini or Six Flags Tickets! Here is the link to enter. contest ends December 28, 2012 9:59 pm EST


Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Wet Ones. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Radio Disney is celebrating Noon Year's Eve! Come Join the FUN!

Events in Philadelphia, Boston, Phoenix and Miami Offer Chance to Enter
"The Chevrolet presents: Family Ride of a Lifetime Sweepstakes"
Giving One Family a 2013 Chevrolet Traverse, Trip for Six to Walt Disney World Resort, and Signed Justin Bieber Guitar and Concert Tickets
Radio Disney, the #1 radio network for kids, tweens, and families, rings in the New Year with its annual "Noon Year's Eve" events for kids and families on December 31. The popular events, taking place in over 20 markets, will welcome kids and families to their favorite locations including local zoos, museums and shopping centers for family-friendly celebrations that give kids the opportunity to have all the fun of New Year's Eve before their bedtime. 
Hosted by Radio Disney's local stations, the "Noon Year's Eve" events will feature the best songs of the year from Radio Disney's "Top 50 of 2012," interactive entertainment and prizes. Many of the events will also feature resolution writing, balloon drops, juice toasts and a special countdown.
Events in Philadelphia, Boston, Phoenix and Miami offer parents the chance to enter "The Chevrolet Traverse presents: The Family Ride of a Lifetime Sweepstakes" where one lucky winner will receive a new 2013 Chevrolet Traverse and a trip for six to Orlando to visit Walt Disney World Resort and attend the sold-out Justin Bieber Believe Tour concert with special guest Carly Rae Jepsen, plus a guitar autographed by Bieber. While enjoying interactive entertainment hosted by the Radio Disney Road Crews, guests can tour the re-imagined 2013 Chevrolet Traverse on display.
The "Noon Year's Eve" events take place on December 31 at the following locations:
Chicago, Illinois – 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
MB Financial Park with AM 1300
MB Financial Park at Rosemont - 5501 Park Place, Rosemont, IL 60018
*Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Noon Year's Eve Party at Blue Cross RiverRink with AM 640
Penn's Landing - 101 South Columbus Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19106
San Francisco, California – 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose with AM 1310
180 Woz Way, San Jose, CA 95110
Kids and families are invited to make free New Year's phone calls to friends and relatives, courtesy of Metro PCS.
*Boston, Massachusetts - 1:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Boston Family Fireworks Celebration with AM 1260
Boston Common - Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02108
Atlanta, Georgia – 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The City of Smyrna Community Center with AM 590
200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna, GA 30080
Houston, Texas – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Mall of the Mainland with AM 1590
10000 Emmett L Lowry Expressway, Texas City, TX 77591
Detroit, Michigan – 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Toledo Zoo with AM 910
2 Hippo Way, Toledo, OH 43609
Seattle, Washington - 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Zoo Year’s Eve at Woodland Park Zoo with AM 1250
601 North 59th Street, Seattle, WA 98103
*Phoenix, Arizona - 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tempe New Year's Eve Block Party with AM 1580
Downtown Tempe (700 South Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281)
Family Fireworks Show starting at 9:00 p.m.
Phoenix, Arizona - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Phoenix Zoo with AM 1580
455 Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008
Event includes over 20 tons of snow.
Tampa, Florida – 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo with AM 1380
1101 West Sligh Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
Minneapolis, Minnesota - 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory with AM 1440
1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul, MN 55103
*Miami, Florida 6:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
New Year's Eve at Bayfront Park with AM 990
Bayfront Park 301 N Biscayne Boulevard Miami, FL 33132
Cleveland, Ohio – 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo with AM 1260
3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, OH 44109
St. Louis, Missouri – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Saint Louis Science Center with AM 1260
5050 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110
Event includes "Science Goes Splat" ball drop and chance to enter "Radio Disney Golden Ticket" prize - four VIP tickets to "Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever!," "Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Magic," and Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium with AM 1250
One Wild Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Salt Lake City, Utah 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Manor at Shops at Riverwoods with AM 910
4801 North University Avenue, Provo, UT 84604
Salt Lake City, Utah 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Eve at The Gateway – Family Festival area with AM 910
18 North Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Mayfair - Center Court with AM 1640
2500 North Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa, WI 53226
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Family Friendly New Year's Eve at Winterfest with AM 1640
Delta Center, 400 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53203
Albany, New York – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Colonie Center with AM 1460
131 Colonie Center, Albany, NY 12205
Balloon drop and juice toast sponsored by Fidelis Care. Fans will get the chance to win an ultimate VIP Fan Experience to "First Night Saratoga."
* Denotes events that feature chance to enter "The Chevrolet Traverse presents: The Family Ride of a Lifetime Sweepstakes."
Radio Disney is the #1, 24-hour radio network devoted to kids, tweens and families. Kids help pick the music that is played and are encouraged to interact via a toll-free phone line to the Radio Disney studio. The network's current playlist, driven by listener requests and representing major record labels, includes recording artists Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, One Direction, Katy Perry, Cody Simpson, Carly Rae Jepsen and Cher Lloyd. The network is available on 31 owned terrestrial radio stations and is also available via, Sirius XM satellite radio on channel 79, iTunes Radio Tuner, mobile phones, the Radio Disney iPhone and Android Apps, and the Radio Disney Facebook page.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Cobie Caillat "We Both Know" featuring Gavin DeGraw

Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw team up for the film "Safe Haven"

“We Both Know” available now on iTunes®

Click here to view the lyric video for “We Both Know”

Relativity Music Group and Republic Records’ original track “We Both Know,” performed by two-time Grammy® Award-winner Colbie Caillat and multi-platinum recording artist Gavin DeGraw for Relativity’s upcoming Safe Haven, is now available on iTunes®

 Written for the film by DeGraw & Caillat, ”We Both Know” was produced by Dan Wilson--the Grammy®-winning songwriter from the band Semisonic--and will also appear on the soundtrack, to be released by Relativity Music Group and Republic Records in February 2013.

In theatres Valentine’s Day 2013, Safe Haven is directed by Oscar®-nominee Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules) and based on the best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks from a screenplay by Dana Stevens and Gage Lansky. The film stars Josh Duhamel (Transformers, Life As We Know It), Julianne Hough (Rock of Ages, Footloose), Cobie Smulders (The Avengers, How I Met Your Mother) and David Lyons (Eat Pray Love, J.J. Abrams’ Revolution) and is an affirming and suspenseful story about a young woman who struggles to find love again after she arrives in a small North Carolina town. Safe Haven was produced by Marty Bowen (The Twilight Saga) and Wyck Godfrey (The Twilight Saga), Sparks and Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh (The Fighter).

Caillat said, “My friend Gavin and I were on tour together this summer when I was approached to write a song for Safe Haven. I had never written a song for a soundtrack so was thrilled to be asked.”

DeGraw added, “Colbie came to me and we co-wrote the song together. We had so much fun collaborating and hope the fans like it.”

Caillat and DeGraw will debut “We Both Know” in their first network television performance of the song on the Today Show this New Year’s Day, January 1, 2013.

vist Colbie Caillat web site 

Friday, December 14, 2012

Review of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" Opens in theaters today!

Tuesday night I went to the  screening of: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Whoo Hoo! The boook-Hobbit was written in 1937 by J.R.R.Tolkien, and now you can watch it in theaters starting today.

My oldest daughter came along with me to the movie. We watched the film in IMAX 3D with these cool glasses, and it was spectacular!!!    

The beginning of the film is very fast paced with battles and such. I was glad to get to the scene of  hobbit's house where Baggins lives in comfort and plenty.  The whole time I was watching the film I kept watching for good to triumph over bad. I think that is why we watch movies-to see the good win in the end.

I was amazed at the costumes, characters, scenes, and animals. It's incredible. I have no doubt this film will be packed this weekend. It opens today in theaters!

The film shows Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as an older man, then he begins to tell his story to Frodo (Elijah wood). It's a flashback to when wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) pays Bilbo a visit at his home in his younger days. After a brief visit the wizard leaves, and Baggins seems relieved he has left.

Just as he is about to start eating his dinner, there is a knock at the door and  the dwarves come to visit him and totally disrupt his dinner time and home.  They ask them to join them on taking back Lonely Mountain. At this point Gandalf gives Thorin the key to the door of Lonely Mountain-no one knew he had the key until now.

Bilbo states he does not wish to embark on the journey with the dwarves, and goes to bed. When he awakes in the morning he is delighted to find the dwarves have left his home and left as clean as when they got there. 

Bilbo realizes he does want to go on the journey at this point.  He is running to catch the group, as he is leaving the village he yells out to his neighbors, I am going on an adventure!  That's one of those lines that make the movie. so powerful.

The wizard tells Bilbo: Home is behind you, the world is in front of you. That's another perfect line.

There are characters that are gigantic and a bit gross, and some that are very small. It is an amazing film with scenery lush and lovely and other scenes you might want to take a priest with you. Watching it in IMAX 3D is like you are there with the cast, I was hoping not to become part of the movie!

My vote is two thumbs up film. It's not for kids in my opinion. It's rated PG-13. It is a bit long, running time is 169 minutes, almost three hours. Sit down, relax and as they say, enjoy the show. Don't forget to pick up your 3D glasses on the way to your seat.

As for the adventure Bilbo is going on, is with the dwarves-led by Thorin Oakenshield where they go through Middle earth and encounter  Goblins, Orcs,Wargs, and Sorcerers on their way to Lonely Mountain.

Want to see more: go to the web site: and visit them on Facebook for tons more photos, info, and cast. Check out this video:



Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Giveaway of NetZero 4G HotSpot is the Coolest Spot and you could win one!!!

NetZero Mobile Broadband is a great device for Internet on the go. This little black cube uses the latest 4G cellular networks to provide Internet access in major cities across the country. The Philadelphia metro are has rock solid signal strength and I’m enjoying this from the day I opened the box. My husband took NetZero all the way across the country on his last business trip and had great success using the device

The Netzero device comes charged and ready to go. It's like having your own private Internet access point, just turn it on, and connect your wireless device to start surfing or downloading. Various data plans are available and you can take advantage of reliable and instant access to Internet at the fastest speed available.

There are  two plans available: Light speed or Warpspeed ( either are way faster than my home network with the kids on it ). At Lightspeed the device is plenty fast enough for email and most video websites, if you want to stream movies or enjoy the maximum in performance, log on to the Netzero website and switch the account to Warpspeed. Within minutes the performance increases and the movies load without having to wait for the file to catch up to the scene.


Easy to use, Turn it on, it connects and displays access code

Small size , light weight easy to slip into bag to use any where

Share access with friends – just point turn it on and give them the access info

Long life battery, charge while using or use USB cable from pc to charge while in use

Secure, Super-Fast, Mobile, flexible, Ultra-Affordable

No contracts, commitments, or overage charges. Picky your data plan that meets your needs and off you go! Plans start at just $9.95 a month and no activation fees!

If you are on the go or looking for an alternative to cable modem, take a look into NetZero wireless hotspot service. The plans are competitive and given the bonus of being portable it's hard to beat!

ended: Giveaway: One lucky winner will receive $300 in NetZero products and services! 
Easy to enter:
Visit NetZero Wireless and share in your comment what you learned from their web site.
Follow them on Twitter and Like them on Facebook
Leave a separate comment for each item you completed to increase your chances of winning.Giveaway closes on Monday December 17, 2012 at 12 mid night EST.
Please be sure your email is in your comment or in your google profile so I can find you if you win. Open to residents of USA.

Disclosure: I was sent a NetZero 4G HotSpot for this review from NetZero. The comments and views are my own.




Monday, December 10, 2012

Help Booskerdoo Coffee Company help out their local Fire Company

How's that cup of coffee tasting these days? Ready to try out a coffee company that uses the earth's finest beans, roasts them, packages them and ships them out within 24 hours. That's fresh. The aroma is unbelievably awesome. Fresher than Fresh I'd say.

The coffee company I am writing about is called Booskerdoo Fresh Roasted Coffee Company. It's located in New Jersey, which is also the same state I reside in. Along with quality and freshness in their coffee, Booskerdoo is committed to their community and customers.

Booskerdoo Flagship store in located in Monmouth Beach, New Jersey. Monmouth Beach was impacted by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Homes and business were devastated and the clean up is ongoing. Booskerdoo Coffee was able to reopen it's doors soon after the storm because of the dedication of their local first responders. 

The area is still in need or rebuilding and shop owners are working hard to let customers shop again.  My daughter goes to college in this area and we know that there were days and weeks of people needing urgent  helps and it continues.

To Show their appreciation, Booskerdoo has committed to a donation 10% of online sales of their Jersey Diner-Style Blend to the Monmouth Beach Volunteer Fire Department. It is their hope that these funds will help the fire department be able to  rebuild damaged facilities due to Hurricane Sandy.

Whether you live in New Jersey, or not, most everybody knows New Jersey is famous for it's diners, you can share the goodness of a diner with this coffee! Order a few bags and help out Monmouth Beach recover from Hurricane Sandy.
  Coffee makes a perfect holiday gift and also to serve to your guests at Christmas and New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, so stock up now. Pair a bag or two with a set of new mugs and some homemade cookies for a nice gift.  Thank your kids teachers, the mailman, your hairdresser or co-worker with Jersey Diner Style Blend.
To order Jersey Diner Style Blend go to , you'll get fresh roasted coffee, and will be helping out  Monmouth Beach Volunteer Fire Department to rebuild their facilities so they can continue to help the residents.
 Disclosure: I was sent Booskerdoo coffee in order to share this post. The comments and views are my own. 

Giveaway of Treat Christmas Greeting Cards, make it personal.

Today I've been watching a few cooking shows, something I like to do at holiday time. It's fun to watch what the celebrity chefs and cooks are making for holiday feasts. My favorite episodes are the ones where they make cookies and wrap them up so perfect, then deliver to their best friends. It's so special and very thoughtful.

You can make a special, thoughtful, personalized card for a loved one from this year. Head over to browse their Christmas Greeting Cards and order soon!  Order before December 18 in order to assure holiday arrival.

This is a cute one to give to your hubby:

Treat has cards for Grandma,Grandpa, Moms, Dads, and other loved ones:

You can even make cards for the kids!

Treat has New Year Cards if you are too busy to get your Christmas Cards out or for what ever reason you can send a happy new year wish to those you love.


closed: Giveaway:  Leave a comment on this post telling me which is your favorite design One winner will receive 10 FREE Treat cards. Giveaway closes December 14, 2012 at 12 midnight EST

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Disclosure: I received Treat cards in order to write this review. The comments and views are my own.

What did I make with Torani Gingerbread and Hazelnut Syrups?

Have you seen these bottles in your favorite coffee shop or restaurant? These familiar looking bottles are Torani Syrups and they can make your beverage or recipe taste so much better. It's the holiday season and I tried Torani Syrups in Gingerbread and Hazelnut.

Torani  is the #1 brand of flavored syrups in America. There are over 100 yummy flavors available.  The syrups are made with the highest quality ingredients.  You can make your own incredibly delicious foods and beverages with Torani recipes for the holidays or anytime of the year. From flavors such as Lemon, Lime, Pineapple, Coconut,French Vanilla, Carmel, Almond, Butter Rum and way more flavors, you are sure to find your favorite. Check out the list at

This time of year with old man winter blowing cold wind down our coats, hot beverages are in the hands of many people at home, work or running errands out and about. I can't think of a better way to make a hot cup of coffee, tea or even hot chocolate better- other than adding Torani Flavored syrup.

I did some baking with the gingerbread and hazelnut syrup. I used a French Vanilla cake mix and added each flavor to half the batter, making half gingerbread, and half hazelnut. What a difference! A nice deep rich flavor with the French Vanilla. I found some fun snowflake icing for the tops of the cupcakes.

Next I made pumpkin bread with the gingerbread Syrup. I love anything made with pumpkin and ginger,so I thought I'd put the two flavors together. I could hardly wait until the bread came out of the oven. It smelled so good baking. I had a nice warm piece of the bread, and it was delicious. So much better with the gingerbread syrup added.

Looks good, right! Ready to try Torani out for yourself?  Get a coupon to save $1 off a bottle. Stock up on Torani for holilday get togethers, you can also add a few bottles to a gift basket of cooking goodies or a gift basket for the coffee or beverage lover on your list.

Giveway: I have four $1.00 coupons to give away to two winners.  (and of course you can print your own from the coupon link above). Leave a comment on this post for your chance to win a set of two coupons. closes December 12, 2012

About Torani:
Since 1925, 3rd generation family-owned Torani has been crafting great tasting flavored syrups that coffeehouses use to make their flavored drinks taste so delicious. With over 120 flavors in Regular and Sugar Free varieties, Torani flavored syrups are perfect for flavored lattes, mochas, coffees, cocoas, Italian sodas, teas, lemonades, cocktails and smoothies. Coffeehouse professionals choose Torani flavors because they are expertly crafted and made with the highest quality ingredients, like natural flavors and pure cane sugar. The Sugar Free flavors have no calories and are sweetened with Splenda. Now, Torani flavored syrups are widely available at retail so you can easily create authentic coffeehouse quality drinks at home.

Disclosure: I was given Tornai Syrup from Torani and SheSpeaks in order to write this post. The comments and views are my own.

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...