Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The colors of Summer

My daughter and I cut a few handfuls of these beautiful fresh flowers. My favorite types: zinnias, globe amaranth, cox comb, sunflower, and status.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Court Yard Hounds "Amelita" for the hope in all of us, take a listen:

Court Yard Hounds is a fresh, light, perfect Summer time, backyard music choice. Their second album is called Amelita.  Eleven songs to take you to a cool mountain breeze, a place of thought and a place to feed your soul. My favorite track is #3 "The World Smiles". Take a listen on Amazon.


After a few years away from the limelight and the Dixie Chicks, the two sisters were ready to get back into the studio with the creation of Court Yard Hounds. Amelita, out now, marks the Court Yard Hounds' second album

“We’re a band, not a side project. We like our sound, and we’re going to continue to do this, and share something new this time around.” Emily Robison couldn't be more clear about the game plan for the Court Yard Hounds, the group she and sister Martie Maguire head up, as they get ready to release their second album, Amelita.

take a listen to them perfom Phoebe

Containing 11 new tracks, Robison and Maguire took a different approach with Amelita than their debut album in 2010. This album contains a new perspective, which is due in part to time passed since Robison’s divorce. “I’ve been freed of all of those time-heals-everything kind of things,” says Robison. “Now, I’ve opened up to other ideas and ways of looking at life and the world. I think it’s not only a more hopeful album, but it’s more… well fun."

song list on the album, Amelita
  1. Sunshine
  2. Amelita
  3. The World Smiles
  4. Aimless Upward
  5. Guy Like You
  6. Rock All Night
  7. Phoebe
  8. Divided
  9. Gets You Down
  10. Watch Your Step
  11. The Road You Take

where to buy the album:

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Disclosure: I participated in this campaign for One2One Network. I received a free copy of the CD to facilitate my review. By posting, I am eligible for incentives. All opinions stated are my own.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Win $100 to shop KOKOON clothing sale. Shop items made in USA .

Would you like $100 to spend at KOKOON’s Twice Yearly Online Sale and Clearance sale?

Enter to win and shop hundreds of limited edition and one-of-a-kind women’s items that are proudly designed and manufactured in the U.S.A. Prices will range from 30% to 90% off retail prices and be available exclusively through www.KOKOON.net

about KoKoon:
KOKOON is a modern, private pop-up boutique, bringing their contemporary clothing line to women via private appointments and in-home trunk shows.
Owner and Designer Laine Sou Weinberg says, “I thought a traveling, private boutique could be an amazing shopping experience if it was done properly. I know what makes me uncomfortable with home trunk shows and I assumed other women felt the same. So, we took the cringe factor out of ‘home parties’ and developed a concept that we and everyone associated with us could be proud of.”
KOKOON is a fashionable lifestyle clothing line known for their feminine, contemporary designs aimed towards busy, modern women. KOKOON offers mostly ‘Limited Edition’ designs, so items are constantly selling out and new styles are being added throughout the season. KOKOON also offers a Core Collection of signature pieces like their very popular Ultra Camis and slips, along with classic dresses like the Farrah Wrap Dress.
To read more about KOKOON visit kokoon.net and   USAlovelist.com.
Join KOKOON in their social circles:

Enter to win $100 credit towards KOKOON . Giveaway ends on August 1 2013.
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

See THE FIFTH ESTATE new trailer, mark you calendar for October 18, 2013 for it's release date



Triggering our age of high-stakes secrecy, explosive news leaks and the trafficking of classified information, WikiLeaks forever changed the game. Now, in a dramatic thriller based on real events, THE FIFTH ESTATE reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization. The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistleblowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world’s most legendary media organizations combined. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society—and what are the costs of exposing them?"

“The Fifth Estate” is presented by DreamWorks Pictures and Reliance Entertainment in association with Participant Media and is produced by Steve Golin and Michael Sugar, with Bill Condon directing. The screenplay is by Josh Singer, based on the book “Inside WikiLeaks” by Daniel Domscheit-Berg and the Guardian book “WikiLeaks” by David Leigh and Luke Harding. The film will be released in U.S. theaters on October 18, 2013.

 Twitter: @5thestatemovie



Cool off with a Cool game from Rita's Italian Ice and Candy Land

The Summer heat is here. Cool off with cool prizes from Rita's Italian Ice Company and Candy Land.
Now through August 18, 2013 when you visit Rita's you can collect your favorite Candy Land and Rita's characters for a chance to win over $400,000 in cool prizes.

Game pieces are on regular an large Rita's treats, including Sundaes, Frozen Custard, Gelati, Misto,®  Blendini, Milkshakes and Frozen Lemonades.

Now through July 26, 2013  share your photo of your Rita's treats on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #RitasCANDYLANDcreation for a chance to have your treat featured in all Rita's locations on August 16, 2013. That's over 600 locations to be famous in.

want to know more:

pick up a CandyLand game board at Rita's and start collecting game pieces for your chance to win.
There are ten grand prize vacations for four to St. Pete Beach.
There are 12 first place prizes of tablet computers
instant win prizes of gift cards, treats, and CandyLand games

closed:Flash giveaway: leave a comment on this post for your chance to win a four pack of coupons, each one good for a free regular size from Rita's Italian Ice. giveaway ends 7/23/13

Disclousre: I received gift cards for this post. The comments and views are my own.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Win a case of Bare Fruit 100 % Organic snacks, 100% really, really good!

The past two days I have been busy running errands, shopping, and to a few doctor's appointments. Summer time is busy!  Yesterday afternoon when I pulled into the driveway my youngest announced there was a package on the porch. We tried to guess who's it was for before we got out of the car.  I was the lucky winner. Wahoo.

We had bags to bring in from the garage, but that waited. I opened the box to see what was inside first!

So what was in the box? The most perfect, crunchy, sweet snack ever:

Well, um we ate most of the bag in no time flat. Bare Fruit Cinnamon Apple Chips are mighty tasty!!! They are crunchy, sweet, and taste like apples, because they are apples.

what I like about Bare Fruit Cinnamon Apple Chips:
100 % organic
Baked, dried apples
a healthy snack
4 apples in every bag
Washington State apples
ingredients: organic apples, organic cinnamon. that's all
90 calories a serving
you can eat them while you type just like I am
gluten free
manufactured in a nut free facility
easy to pack, easy to store, easy to eat, easy to enjoy
no crumbs, not sticky

Great News!!! You can enter to win a case of your very own.  Head on over to Bare Snacks on Facebook and enter to win, but wait, you'll need this link to go right to the giveaway on Bare Fruits facebook page: http://KitchenTable.pgtb.me/XlvndX . Hurry on over now to enter. The contest begins Tuesday, July 16 and ends Tuesday, July 23 at 11:59pm.
(be sure you go to Bare Fruit Snacks facebook page to enter with the link above)

you can also scan this QR code to go right to the app for the giveaway

Want to order Bare Fruit Snacks? Want to know where to buy them in your area?
jump over to http://www.barefruitsnacks.com/find.php to locate a store in your area or for ordering information.

 here are their social circles:

Disclosure: I received samples of Bare Fruit Snacks for this giveaway. The comments and views are my own.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Who wants to see "The Conjuring"? Enter to win 2 FREE Tickets now-giveaway ends 7/16/13


Synopsis:Does evil exist? What is strong enough to defeat it? These are the questions raised by this thriller directed by James Wan (SAW, INSIDIOUS). A family moves into a farmhouse in Rhode Island and finds themselves terrorized by an angry spirit. With the help of Ed and Lorraine Warren, they discover that the strength and power of a mother’s love can overcome any obstacle.

About the Movie:"And whenever the impure spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, "You are the Son of God." - Mark 3:11 It's not every day a truly scary movie comes along with strong theme about the power of God - but THE CONJURING is exactly that kind of film. Does evil exist? Are demons real? Can they possess people? Who is strong enough to defeat them? These are the questions raised by this thriller directed by James Wan (SAW, INSIDIOUS). A family moves into a farmhouse in Rhode Island and finds themselves terrorized by the supernatural. With the help of Ed and Lorraine Warren, they must rely on God to help them fight and exorcise the evil that has entered their lives. THE CONJURING was intended by screenwriters Chad and Carey Hayes as a movie where "God wins." "That was a non-negotiable for us," Carey said. "We're never going to glorify evil." Added Chad: "We want people to feel great after seeing it. To be scared and entertained, of course, but to walk out of the theater with a good feeling because good, God, is victorious."

Cast:Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor

Release Date:7/19/2013

closed/Giveaway: Enter to win Two Free tickets to see THE CONJURING at any participating theater July 19, 2013 thorough August 15, 2013. Leave a comment on this post telling me why you want to see this film. Giveaway ends 7/16/13 at 5 PM EST. Open to residents of the contiguous USA. One winner will be sent Two tickets to see THE CONJURING during it's run dates. You may leave extra comments for sharing this post. winner will be chosen by random.org on 7/16.
congratulations to HilLesha, her comment was the random.org chosen number.
Disclosure: I was given admission to this film for this post/giveaway.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Botanicals for Hope giveaway, made the USA way. Enter today!

Ready for something natural to put on your skin?
Even better, something made in the USA?

Botanicals for Hope gives 10% of your purchase price back to help cancer groups that helps survivors, give support, and have resources for families.

Botanicals for Hope are all natural skin care with pure ingredients to let your skin be as it should be, natural and healthy.

their products are:
  • Aloe Vera Based
  • No Soy
  • No Dyes
  • No Fragrance
  • No Petrochemical Ingredients
  • No Animal Testing

  • You can enter to win a $50 credit toward Botanicals for Hope products. Giveway runs through midnight Thursday July 25, 2013. 

    To learn more about Botanicals of Hope, visit them here: http://BotanicalsforHope.com
    and to find more terrific products made in the USA go to my favorite blog for all things USA made:  USAlovelist.com

    Here is how to enter for a chance to win $50 to spend at Botanicals for Hope

    giveaway closed

    Friday, July 12, 2013

    How am I keeping my cool this Summer. With a sip, a mist, and a wipe.

    You know it's Summer time when first thing in the morning the temperature is at 86 degrees and by lunch time it's 97 heading to 100 degrees- add humidity into the mix and it feels like 100 outside.

    Keep your cool in hot weather! Drink plenty of cold water and take it easy. When I see workers outside doing construction on the road or buildings I wonder how they can stand to work in the heat and humidity.

    Waiting on a breeze or a Summer rain shower often brings even more humidity, and then the temperature goes right back up. Not much help in keeping your cool.  Whether you are working outside or working out keep cool with useful and cooling products from the folks at O2COOL.

    One of the products I tried from O2OCOOL is their Mist 'N Sip Drinking Bottle and Misting Bottle.
    I filled it with ice and cold water. The water stays cold in the insulated bottle and is ready when you are!

                                                        drinking spout and mister all in one

                                                          easy to take apart to clean

    What I like about Mist 'N Sip Drinking Bottle and Misting Bottle:
    Two spout on the cap, one for drinking, one for misting
    Insulated bottle to keep your beverage icy cold.
    BPA free
    Easy to clean
    Easy to use
    Refreshing mist keeps you cool or cools you off
    Great for outdoor sports and activities
    Easy to transport with you
    Can be used inside or outside any time of the year
    Great to keep yourself hydrated
    you can see more about it at O2-cool.com

    Here's another great product from O2Cool, ARTICLOTH COOLING TOWEL, I gotta say this is pretty neat. When I opened the package, the towel felt cold.

    large sized towel to wrap around your shoulders, head or wherever! 33"x13"

    fits perfect back in the storage container

    What I like about ARTICLOTH COOLING TOWEL:
    Icy cold without ice or freezing the towel
    Keeps cool for hours
    Reusable year after year
    One side absorbs sweat and the other side cools you off
    Easy to use the towel for cooling-just wet the towel with water and ring out the excess
    Machine washable
    Comes in it's own storage container
    Easy to transport
    Use indoors and outdoors
    Great for sports and outdoor activities
    Great for keeping you cool
    Great for year round use
    Nice generous size 33"x13" big enough to drape over you shoulder, neck
    O2Cool products can be found at O2-cool.com

    Disclosure: I received ARTICLOTH cooling towel, and SIP 'N MIST bottle for this review. The comments and views are my own.

    Chick-fil-A in Exton PA is having Hometown Hero Night Thursday July 18. Help them honor our Military members

    Chick-fil-A logo

    211 Eagleview Blvd
    Exton, PA 19341

    this is the Lionville location

    Come Out And Help Us Honor Our Local Hero's Tonight!
    5:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

    There Will Be Tons Of Fun For All!

    Including: A Bounce Tent, Face Painter, Police Car, Fire Truck, Ambulance, Arts & Crafts, A Station For Kids To Write Letters To The Military & Make Paper Airplanes & MORE!
    Don't Miss All The Fun!  See You There!

    Who's cooking up Summer time Recipes? That would be Monsters University students of course.

    Which house is having a BBQ?
    feel free to visit Monsters University on their web site for more fun things to do and play: http://www.Disney.com/MonstersU
    check out Mike and Scare's recipes:

    MONSTERS UNIVERSITY is now playing in theatres everywhere.

    Have you ever cooked 50 packs of hot dogs for one family? DELIVERY MAN has got it covered!

    How to Barbecue for 533 kids. He will need more than one cart for this shopping trip!!!

    the dad speaking to his 533 kids:


    DELIVERY MAN on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DeliveryManMovie

    DELIVERY MAN on Twitter: @DeliveryManFilm

    DELIVERY MAN on Pinterest: Pinterest.com/DeliveryManFilm

    DELIVERY MAN on Instagram: DeliveryManMovie

    DELIVERY MAN releases in theaters on November 22nd

    Wednesday, July 10, 2013

    Happy 76th Birthday Krispy Kreme. Join the fun and the savings on July 13, 2013

    Philadelphia area Krispy Kreme locations are celebrating Krispy Kreme's 76th birthday!

    Get a dozen for 76 cents when you purchase a dozen at regular price on July 13, 2013

    Philadelphia, PA—Krispy Kreme® is having a birthday isn't it great! We're planning a party, we just can't wait.  All of our friends will be there, and plenty of doughnuts too. Don’t miss the celebration. We're saving a spot just for you.  

    In celebration of 76 years of delicious melt-in-your mouth treats, on Saturday, July 13, Krispy Kreme Philly is offering a dozen of its signature Original Glazed® doughnuts for 76 cents with the purchase of an Original Glazed dozen at regular price at its Bensalem, Collingswood, Havertown, and Northeast Philadelphia locations.  No coupon required. 

     Make and share your own Far Out Photo at KrispyKreme.com/76th.

    You know you want some of their warm fresh doughnuts now, don't miss the special price on your second dozen doughnuts this Saturday only.


    Cool off with Disney's "Frozen" while you watch this new trailer

    about "Frozen"

    Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” presents “Frozen,” a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. 


    check out these images from the film:

    stay cool with Frozen
    FROZEN on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyFrozen
    FROZEN on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DisneyAnimation
    official website: http://www.disney.com/frozen  
    FROZEN opens in theatres everywhere on November 27th!


    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

    The Lone Ranger is in theaters now! Get a sneak peek with these two ACTION PACKED behind-the-scenes featurettes

    The Lone Ranger - Featurette "The Craft"

    The Lone Ranger - Featurette "Hi Yo SIlver"

    Ride along with The Lone Ranger:

    THE LONE RANGER on Facebook: www.facebook.com/theloneranger

    THE LONE RANGER on Twitter: https://twitter.com/disneypictures  

    THE LONE RANGER website: www.disney.com/theloneranger 

    THE LONE RANGER opens July 3, 2013 in theaters

    Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Poster is here. Want to see it?

    Are your ready? Because here it is:
    stay in touch:
     CAPTAIN AMERICA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CaptainAmericaMovie
     CAPTAIN AMERICA on Twitter:  @CaptainAmerica | https://twitter.com/CaptainAmerica
    CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER releases in theaters on April 4, 2014. best to mark your calendar now.

    Monday, July 8, 2013

    High flying fun at the Atlantic City Air Show

    One hot Summer day - June 26, I headed to Atlantic City, New Jersey, to see the famous Air Show.  I was able to park right next to the boardwalk in a garage since I had a media pass. (Blogging has great perks)  The city gets full of people and cars and parking is at a premium.

    It was a  hot day, but their was excitement in the air-and in the sky.  We made our way down to the beach where Chalets were set up for ticket holders and media pass holders.

    I've been going to Atlantic City since I was in elementary school and I love to go back and visit. It has changed a lot, but it's also kept some of the old charm I remember-like convention center.

    At the air show you will be wowed and thrilled with the planes flying above your head. It is pretty awesome. This year's show had a little less military planes, but the show was just as good.

    What a beautiful blue sky day for the Atlantic City Air Show 2013!

    Along with the air show comes a boardwalk full of vendors, giveaways, music, games and food. I picked up a few goodies on a quick pass through I did on the boardwalk.

    If you plan to go to the Atlantic City Air show next year or in the future here are a few tips I learned along the way:

    wear sunscreen
    wear a hat
    bring plenty of H20 and drink it
    bring cash to buy food or souvenirs if you want
    bring a tote bag if you want to visit the vendors and pick up freebies
    wear light colored clothing or your bathing suit
    Both times I went to the air show the Sun was high in the sky, and it was HOT. Sunny, but very hot.
    The sand is very hot.
    Relax, take your time and get there early, especially if you want to set up a spot on the beach.
    Parts of the beach are closed and you need a ticket or media pass to get on the beach. No exceptions to this.
    Consider spending the night in town before the show and after the show.
    The outlets are in walking distance to the show, we visited them to cool off a bit after the show.

    The dates are not set yet, but you can visit the web site  to see the schedule and line up of performers from this year:  http://www.atlanticcitynj.com/acairshow.aspx  You'll also find the date for next Summer's air show as soon as it is available.  Happy flying!
    Disclosure: I was given a media pass and parking to attend this event. 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...