Friday, August 30, 2013

BJ's Wholesale Club is having a Shopper Appreciation Event with a FREE 60 day membership and a chance to win a $200 gift card

It's National Coupon Month, and  BJ’s Wholesale Club’s is holding a Shopper Appreciation Event Labor Day weekend this Friday, August 30 - Monday, September 2

BJ's welcomes you to their Shopper Appreciation Event. You can sign up for a FREE 60 Day trial membership that begins on August 30, and can be activated until December 31, 1013. You will get risk free, trial membership with full member benefits, and no surcharge on your purchases. Start your holiday shopping!

Head on into B'J's for a chance to win a $200 BJ’s gift card and $200 donation to a charity of your choice in honor of its 200th club which opened this summer.

You can also receive high-value BJ’s Labor Day Coupons at this event.
BJ’s is the only wholesale club to accept manufacturer’s coupons in addition to their own coupons.
So that means you can use a manufacture coupon and a BJ's coupon together for savings to the max!
more on the coupon savings from BJ's:

"When purchasing a multi-pack of items at BJ’s, which is a set of items that could be sold individually (each item has a barcode) shrink-wrapped and sold together, shoppers can combine one BJ’s-issued coupon with manufacturers’ coupons. However, you cannot exceed the actual retail price in the total value of coupons. Examples of a multipack include a three-pack of toothpaste, two-pack of salad dressing or a three-pack of taco kits.

·       Members may also use one BJ’s coupon and one manufacturer’s coupon on a single item.

·       In terms of manufacturer’s coupons that are ‘buy one, get one free’ BJ’s will honor the coupon for items in stock as long as BJ’s price does not exceed the maximum value stated on the coupon.  If the manufacturer’s coupon does not state the maximum value then BJ’s cannot honor the coupon."

The event will be taking place at the following BJ’s locations in New Jersey:

·         Deptford

·         East Rutherford

·         Edison

·         Flemington

·         Hamilton Township

·         Jersey City

·         Linden

·         Manahawkin

·         Maple Shade

·         Mays Landing

·         North Bergen

·         North Brunswick

·         Ocean Township

·         Old Bridge

·         Paramus

·         Riverdale

·         Roxbury

·         Toms River

·         Vineland

·         Voorhees

·         Watchung


Thursday, August 29, 2013

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY is in theatres this Labor Day Weekend just in time for a break from back to school already!

need to know more about Monsters University? go here to get extra credit:



What are your "Back to Cool" top Picks? Bundle them for a chance to win a $250 gift card from BJ's wholesale club

If you or your kids are back in school, or getting ready to head back to school, BJ’s wants to see your “Back to Cool” top picks – for a chance to win a $250 gift card. Teachers can also enter their top picks.

How to Get Bundling:

Go to BJ’s Facebook page
Choose what you’re preparing for: K—12, college or teaching
Next click and drag six items that you want most in your bundle
Click submit
You can enter BJ's wholesale club contest for a chance to win a $250 gift card. They are giving one out each week for 5 weeks.


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Building sand castles by the sea on Coney Island on a Summer's day.

A few Saturdays ago we went to Coney Island for the New York Aquarium 23rd annual  Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest.  Hosted by Astella Development Corp. and the Alliance for Coney Island. It was the prefect Summer Day and we had fun cruising the boardwalk and looking at the sand sculpting contest.

Alliance for Coney Island is a nonprofit organization that is working to make Coney Island a year-round recreational oceanfront destination. Businesses, community organizations and residents are working together to make a better neighborhood for it's 50,000 residents and visitors. Coney Island attracts millions of visitors each year.

After Hurricane Sandy, the alliance worked to bring relief to the residents and help Coney Island recover. Through a campaign to help local residents, businesses, and community raising money and the funds supported relief and recovery.

read more about Alliance for Coney Island at

The sand sculpting contest took place on the beach and boardwalk from West 10th to West 12th Streets.

there were vendors on the boardwalk handing out freebies and information

Lunch time at the famous Nathan's hot dogs.

and the famous Wonder Wheel:

Have you been to Coney Island? If not, go have a fun day! visit their web site at for a schedule of fun times and events.

Visit the New York Aquarium, the boardwalk, the beach, the shops, the rides, the food, and the fun!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Win an Ultimate prize pack from Betty Crocker Ultimate Meals and Mixes

So, how's the dinner time prep going? The kids are back in school, and  then after school is sports, band practice. Do you have the taxi light on top your car on? Sound familiar? I can relate. Those nights of soccer practice and games kept us moving. I am the late afternoon here on the East Coast, and glad to have my dinner thoughts together.

How did I do it? The ultimate way, with new Ultimate Hamburger Helper from Betty Crocker ®, that's how. I whipped up, I'm calling it that, because it was easy to prepare and cook.

I made Ultimate Hamburger Helper Three Cheese Marinara. Easy to understand directions are on the back of the box, and don't forget to cut out the Box Tops For Education Label before you toss the cardboard into your recycling bin.


How to make this warm hearty meal for your family:
open a box of Ultimate Hamburger Helper Three Cheese Marinara
Brown 1 pound ground beef in a skillet. I used organic ground beef.
In that same skillet, add and stir in:
1 cup of hot H2O
2 and 1/4 cups milk, any % you have in the fridge will work,
the seasoning mix from the box
and the pasta from the box
bring it back to a boil
then simmer for 18 mins or so, when the pasta is cooked the way you like it
next stir in the Tomato Herb Sauce from the box.
next sit down to dinner!

A steaming hot Ultimate Hamburger Helper Three Cheese Marinara is on the table. Now if I can get everyone to the table at once we will be in good shape.
Dinner is served, the family gave the meal a high five to:


Check out more varieties of Ultimate Meals and Mixes like Ultimate Chicken Helper ,Cheddar Broccoli and Betty Crocker Ultimate Au Gratin Potatoes over at Betty's web site,

Oh, yeah, you can enter to win a few boxes and a really nice prize pack from Betty Crocker® Ultimate Mixes and Meals. (details below)

congratulations to Tamara B. she is the winner! Closed/Giveaway Details:
Leave a comment on this post telling me what Betty Crocker® Ultimate mix and/or Ultimate Potatoes are your favorite for your chance to win this prize pack from Betty Crocker®. It's an awesome prize pack. The bowls are the perfect Fall color. You can leave a separate comment for each share or visit you do by being social with Betty Crocker. Use the share buttons at the bottom of the post too.  Giveaway closes on September 12, 2013 at 12 midnight. Be sure to leave your email address in your comment so I can contact if you win. One winner will be chosen by

Betty is waiting to meet you:
The prize pack:

  • 1 box of Ultimate Helper mix
  • 1 box of Betty Crocker Ultimate Potatoes
  • 3-piece bamboo serving bowls
  • Serving spoon
  • 4 plates

    Betty Crocker® Ultimate Cheddar mashed potatoes, made with real cheddar cheese. mmmmm.

    Disclosure: I received Betty Crocker® Ultimate Mixes to try and a prize pack for this review from General Mills. The comments and views are my own.

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

    Donkey Kong Country DVD is available now! Plan your family movie night with the ape from the 80's.

    Disclosure: I received a Donkey Kong Country DVD gift pack from Phase 4 Films for this review. The comments and views are my own.
    Labor Day is a few days away, but you still have some time to enjoy a Summer night movie with the family. Gather the family for a night or rainy day with the peace loving Donkey Kong. Yep, the 80's hit Donkey Kong video game is now available on DVD in major retailers. The DVD is only $9.99 which might just leave wallet room to buy snacks.

    Did you play the video game in the 80's? What fun would it be to share your childhood game with your own kids with Donkey Kong Country DVD!It is the perfect set up for a 80's party night with family and friends. It brought back memories for me.
    Here is a great pile of suggestions for your movie night:

    This is a fun box of swag I received for our ape DVD fun night. You can purchase similar fun items for your family movie night at any dollar type store or mass merchandise outlet.

    For the first time, the hit cartoon series, based on the popular video game, is now on DVD in CGI animation. Featuring four classic episodes and a run time of 90 minutes, the DVD is available in major retail stores for $9.99.

    About the movie:

    "When King K. Rools' last attack fails, he comes up with a new strategy to steal the Crystal Coconut by cloning Candy Kong with an evil robot. While trimming Donkey Kong's hair, Candy Clone puts a hex on him that removes all of his strength, which now leaves the Crystal Coconut without a protector. With Time running out, Cranky must come up with an antidote and git it to Donkey Kong before King K. Rool and his army succeeds in their next attack.

    It's 90 minutes of family, animated fun and adventure.
    To learn more about the DVD, Donkey Kong Country, swing on over to Kaboom
    To purchase Donkey Kong Country, swing on into your local Wal Mart or Target and grab one for only $9.99.

    Saturday, August 24, 2013

    New Poster form THE FIFTH ESTATE film. It opens in theaters this October.

    shh, wait, this isn't a secret!
    Here is the new poster for The Fifth Estate and read on for more about the film coming out in this October. A perfect month for movie watching and popcorn eating! Maybe even pumpkin coffee.
    Based on the books:     “Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website” by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, and the Guardian book “WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy” by David Leigh and Luke Harding

     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.

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    Enter to win a $50 sock shopping spree from Zkano Socks, made in USA.

    Don't these toes look comfy? Well, they are! How do I know? I've been wearing a pair of Zkano socks and they are mighty cushioney. (yeah, I know that's not really a word)

    The comfort is a plus, but also, the socks didn't slide down into my sneaker throughout my walk, and that's a good thing!!!

    Zkano socks are made in the United States of America, in Fort Payne Alabama. This area was once called "The sock capital of the world". The Emi-G knitting family business produces zkano organic cotton socks in Fort Payne At their family mill. It's a family owned and operated business since 1991. They produce in small batches to ensure the highest quality. The socks conform to your feet, maintain elasticity, and softness. I know this to be true since I put them to the test on my walks.

    What I like about Zkano socks:
    Made with certified organic cotton
    produces according to NOP standerds at a GOTS certified facility
    Maintain industry lows for waste, 2 % waste and that is recycled.
    Socks are dyed with custom low impact dyes
    packaged minimally with material generated and printed locally.
    Made in USA
    Second generation sock makers
    Family owned business in the Appalachia foothills of Alabama
    Sustainably produced

    Looking for more products made in the USA? Head on over to my friends at USA Love List for more terrific products and gift ideas made in USA.

    Find Zkano socks at sleect Whole Foods Markets,
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    Enter win a $50 sock shopping spree from Zkano
    giveaway will end at midnight Eastern on 9/5

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    Disclosure: I received a sample pair of Zkano socks for this review. The comments and views are my own.

    Have a listen to Rabbit Rabbit Radio Volume 1 here, and enter to win the CD here.

    Rabbit Rabbit's long awaited debut Rabbit Rabbit Radio Volume I is out now. The band is made up of critically acclaimed artist Carla Kihlstedt (Tin Hat Trio, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, 2 Foot Yard, The Book of Knots) and husband Matthias Bossi (Skeleton Key, The Book of Knots, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
    More on Rabbit Rabbit

    “Writing songs is the art of putting a frame around a story.” Kihlstedt notes. “We try to be faithful to what each story needs rather than being faithful to a particular style or genre.” Bossi adds that “we draw on our love of classical music and all of its intricacy and detail. We revel in the simplicity of a backbeat with blocky chords. We nerd out to prog-rock. We swoon over melody-masters Bacharach and Bowie. And we execute it all on a carefully selected acoustic sound palate.”
    Volume 1 is the product of a year’s writing. The songs were recorded at Kihlstedt and Bossi’s home studio in Cape Cod, Evans’ Brick Hill Studio and Hamilton’s Studio G in Brooklyn. In early 2012, Kihlstedt and Bossi launched their audio/video subscription service, Rabbit Rabbit Radio. With these songs now available to the general public for the first time, Kihlstedt and Bossi plan to take Rabbit Rabbit on the road this summer; tour dates will be announced shortly.

    ready to hear more? just click on the orange arrow and sit back and listen:

    join Rabbit Rabbit in their social circles:

    to purchase the album go to

    (for your chance to win this CD, enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post)

    watch this video and learn a bit more about Rabbit Rabbit Radio.
    It's pretty interesting and a cool concept in listening to music!

    closed       Giveaway:  Did you listen to the soundcloud? What did you think? For me it is a different sound, mellow, and soothing, yet upbeat and lively.  The music is crisp, fresh, light and easy to feel the grove. Carla and Matthias have beautiful voices and sound lovely together. Listen for yourself and feel inspired.

    How to Enter the Giveaway:

    For your chance to win a promo copy of Rabbit Rabbit Radio Volume 1 CD with a title list of:
    The Curios One
    After The Storm
    Hero And a Saint
    In The Dead of The Night
    Ballard For No One
    Hush, Hush
    Me Gusta El Calor
    Home Again
    Paper Prison
    Merci Vielmal

    Leave a comment on this post telling me what you like about Rabbit Rabbit Radio. If you visit them on Facebook or Twitter, you can leave a separate comment for that too. Be sure your email is in your comment so I can contact you if you win! Comments close September 5, 2013 at 12 midnight. Open to residents of the contiguous USA. winner chosen will by

    Disclosure: I received a copy of Rabbit Rabbit  Radio Volumen for this review. The comments and views are my own.

    Wednesday, August 21, 2013

    Purex Back 2 School $1,000 Sweepstakes is on now!

    Start Back to School with a happy note! Enter to win $1000 in Purex Back 2 School Sweepstakes.

    Head on over to and fill out the simple form with your name, address, email, phone number and hit enter. It's that easy to enter.

    From August 2 - August 30, Purex will be providing one lucky winner with a $1,000 in their Back to School Sweepstakes.

    Disclosure: The comments and views are my own. By sharing this information about the sweepstakes, I am entered into a prize drawing.


    Enter to win in the 122 Years of Borax Sweepstakes

    Pacific Coast Borax Company in 1891,and 122 years later, Twenty Mule Team is still keeping laundry clean and fresh.

    From August 13 - September 17 Borax will be giving one lucky winner  $1,981 in the 122 Years of Borax Sweepstakes over at It is easy to enter, go to, fill out the form, hit enter, and good luck!!!

    Disclosure: The comments and views are my own. By sharing information about the sweepstakes I am entered into a drawing.

    There is an alligator in my closet.

    Wordless Wednesday:

    My alligator (as we called them in the 70's) shirts, passing them onto my daughter.
    Made in USA.

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

    Go back to school with GoPicnic and don't go hungry at school or play any day. Enter to win meals.

    What's in your lunch box?
    Send the kids back to school this year with tasty meals from GoPicnic.
    GoPicnic offers individually wrapped foods in a handy cardboard box that peels back and can be opened and closed with a handy tuck in tab. Eat it as a meal or throughout the day as desired. Each box is fully loaded with wholesome food.

    What I like about GoPicnic ready to eat meals:
    no refrigeration required
    ready to eat meal in a handy picnic box
    easy to tote in lunch box, back pack, or sports bag
    delicious tasting foods
    no trans fats
    no HFCS
    no added MSG
    great for school, office, travel, home or away
    perfect for college kids and care packages from home
    great to send to members of the military , and ship for free to all APO, FPO & DPO
    add a beverage and you have a meal with GoPicnic

    GoPicnic is labeled and easy to read. Not all of their meals are gluten free as shown above so be sure to read the label on each GoPicnic.


    Want to try GoPicnic for yourself? You can order from and use PR10 for a 10% off discount. They offer Gluten free, vegan, Kosher, all natural, and more choices in ready to eat meals. See the list on the web site.
    And, you can enter to win  GoPicnic with this giveaway:

    Here is what you gotta do:
    sign up for their letter, click the envelope at the top of the page on
    visit them on Facebook and tell them what your favorite GoPicnic product is or one you want to try
    visit them on Twitter
    leave a comment on this post telling me you are social with GoPicnic and what you like about GoPicnic ready to eat meals.

    Giveaway closes August 26, 2013 at 12 midnight EST. Please leave your email in your comment so I can contact you if you win. Open to residents of USA. One winner will be sent two GoPicnic ready to eat meals from the company.

    Disclosure: I received GoPicnic ready to eat meals for this post. The comments and views are my own.


    Monday, August 19, 2013

    Summer grilling with Bertolli Olive Oil and creations form Chef Fabio Viviani

    At the end of the afternoon when dinner time rolls around I'm thinking grill and patio. This time of year is enjoyable outside for dinner on the patio, and then stay outside to enjoy the last of the Summer nights until bedtime or the mosquitoes come out.

    On Sunday night we made Kabobs on the grill. The chicken was marinated in a chipotle style dressing and the vegetables got a marinade of Bertolli® Olive Oil and a handful of spices. The vegetables on the Kabobs were fresh out of the garden tomatoes, onions, and organic mushrooms and pineapple from the grocery store.


    Bertolli® Classico Olive Oil has a mild flavor, and is perfect for grilling. You can also use Bertolli® Classcio Olive oil for roasting, and sauces. As the weather turns a bit cooler I'll be turning the oven on more and cooking  roasts for chilly nights.

    Bertolli® Olive Oil is improted from Italy and contains select high quality olives oils.
    To find out more about Berotlli® visit them at

    and if you'd like to try out a few famous recipes from Celebrity Chef Fabio Viviani , a Top Chef All Star and Fan Favorite take a look at these creations: 

    Gorgonzola Radicchio Penne

    Watch Chef Fabio prepare this recipe, he has some good tips on cooking your pasta!
    smells good right? Looks pretty yummy and easy to make. I'm thinking this is a good one to keep handy for a weeknight dinner.

    Serves: 8
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 8 minutes

    1 Tbsp. Bertolli® Classico™ Olive Oil

    3 cups chopped radicchio

    4 cloves garlic, chopped

    1 lb. penne, cooked and drained (reserve ½ cup pasta water)

    2 Tbsp. Bertolli® Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    2 tsp. Bertolli® Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

    1/3 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese

    Heat Bertolli Classico Olive Oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat and cook garlic 1 minute. Add radicchio and cook 2 minutes. Stir in cooked penne, reserved pasta water, Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and Bertolli Balsamic Vinegar and cook until pasta is heated through. Stir in Gorgonzola cheese and cook until melted.  Season with salt and ground black pepper.  Serve, if desired, with crusty Italian bread.

    Flank Steak With Chickpea Arugula Salad
    find the recipe here:

    Spicy Mediterranean Linguine With Tun

    find the recipe here:

    Watch Chef Fabio prepare this recipe:

    Disclosure: I received a sample of Berotlli Olive Oil for this post. The comments and views are my own.


    Friday, August 16, 2013

    Disney Planes new Print and Play fun is here!

    Disney Planes is now in theaters. Bring the fun home with these FREE printables  from Disney!
    Be sure to visit their web site for more Planes fun!
    Download Soar Into Theatres! Activities

    Disney’s PLANES on Facebook:

    Disney’s PLANES on Twitter:

    Disney’s PLANES in theaters now!


    Children's Claritin could use your vote in helping schools in need for playspaces

    Children's Claritin, the #1 pediatrician recommended non-drowsy allergy brand, is teaming up with the national nonprofit KaBOOM! to help bring innovative playspaces to schools in need.

    Together Children's Claritin and KaBOOM! are helping bring play to kids in need by offering 12 national schools the chance to win Imagination Playground™ equipment.

    visit between 8/1 - 10/31 to cast your vote for one of
    twelve finalist schools.

    Imagination Playground™ is a collection of specially-designed oversized foam blocks that promote creativity, communication and collaboration in play. By interconnecting the components, children are able to build and rebuild their play spaces with each visit fostering creativity and critical-thinking skills.

    visit to learn
    more about how the makers of Children’s Claritin are teaming up with the national
    nonprot KaBOOM! to help bring innovative playspaces to schools in need.


    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...