Friday, September 27, 2013

Stuff falling out of your closets? Donate it to Goodwill to provide jobs, training, and community programs.

Is your closet overflowing? Is your garage packed to the ceiling? Does your basement look like a storage warehouse? Um, mine does. I'm taking advantage of the cooler weather and cleaning out extra stuff in my garage and donating it to my local Goodwill Store. I've found three locations of Goodwill Stores that I can donate stuff too. I ask for a tax receipt too. It takes just seconds to get a tax receipt once you have put in your name and address on your first visit.

I also love to look around the store after I've donated my goods. The first place I shop is the housewares. Those old dishes and cookware are my favs, then I'm off to look at old Christmas decorations.  What's your favorite thing to look at in GoodWill?

Do you donate to Goodwill? Our town even has a bin for recycling plastic bags that has the Goodwill logo on. How easy is that, get rid of your plastic bags to recycling, and help Goodwill too.

Did you know that donating one bag of clothing and one bag of books can equal up to 2.3 hours of on-the-job training for someone in your community? Add to that a used lamp, a dusty computer and perhaps a box of DVDs and CDs, and that number nearly doubles to 5.2 hours.
A simple item donated to Goodwill® can help provide job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs for people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience, or face other challenges to finding employment. In fact, Goodwill is the leading nonprofit provider of job training programs and career services in the United States and Canada.

Need to find your nearest Goodwill location? Visit to find stores, headquarters, job training centers and donation sites near you.

About Goodwill Industries International Goodwill Industries International is a network of 165 community-based agencies in the United States and Canada with affiliates in 13 other countries.Goodwill is one of America’s top 25 most inspiring companies (Forbes).

Goodwill agencies are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that fund job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 2,700 stores and online at®.

Local Goodwill agencies also build revenue and create jobs by contracting with businesses and government to provide a wide range of commercial services, including packaging and assembly, food service preparation, and document imaging and shredding. In 2012, more than 6.7 million people in the United States and Canada benefited from Goodwill’s career services.Goodwill channels 82 percent of its revenues directly into its programs and services.

To find a Goodwill Store near you, use the online locater at   or call 1-800-Goodwill

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Freebies for Friday

free sample of Gevalia with foam coffee

free coffee at Krispy Kreme on National Coffee Day

free Roadside in bloom calendar

free Eucerin Cream/lotion samples

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Free Samples for Thursday

Hi loyal readers, I am moving the facebook freebies over here to list them all in one place. hope you've been getting your mailbox freebies.

today's free samples:

get a free sample of Emergen C Vitamin Drink Mix

get a free sample of Centrum Flavor Bursts 

take a look at some of my recent mailbox freebies:

check back for more free samples tomorrow

The Snugg has made itself right at home in our house.

When the first iPhone was released years ago, my daughter at her young age wanted to stand on line to be the first to get one. She is her father's daughter in that respect for keeping up with technology. So, we stood on line, and she bought the phone, then I worried. She did fine with taking care of the phone, I was another story. Within the first week of owning an iPhone, and this was years after my daughter bought hers, I dropped mine in the drive away. The entire screen cracked. so much for that phone.

My mom and personal advice it to put a cover on your mobile devices.

This week in our house we  put The SNUGG on the ipad. It's a very nice leather cover, fits perfectly, has a  flip stand, and a hand strap. The Snugg makes it so much easier to hold the ipad and be able to use it at the same time. The style and quality are way more than I expected. I am really impressed with the case and the company. I love the look of the case and the ease of use.

The Snugg is available in tons of colors, and styles to fit your mobile devices, see for yourself at It's simple to order or return if you need to, and the case comes with a lifetime guarantee.

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Disclosure: I received The Snugg case for this review. The comments and views are my own.

Enter to win tickets to see SURGE in a two night only event in theaters this October.

A special two night event is coming to a theater near you. Find Power, Glory, and Music in SURGE. Coming to theaters for two nights only, October 9 and 16, 2013. To find a theater, and for tickets go to

See and hear the Christian Message in this powerful night at SURGE's interactive show reaching a generation of teens and young adults.
SURGE Offers musical performances by: Casting Crowns, Newsboys, Lecrae and worship artists Acquire the Fire LIVE.




Acquire The Fire & Teen Mania present an exciting and limited theatrical engagement debut of SURGE, a high-energy interactive movie theater event that fuses music, comedy, and inspirational messages creating a moment where young people and those who believe in them fill theaters across North America.  SURGE features empowering and inspirational messages by Ron Luce interwoven between the hilarious comedy of John Gray and musical performances by award-winning Christian artists Casting Crowns, Newsboys, Lecrae and worship artists Acquire the Fire LIVE. 
SURGE offers an evening that will inspire, entertain and empower generations looking to make a difference.  Screenvision, a national leader in cinema advertising sales, services and content distribution, is partnering with Acquire The Fire and Teen Mania as the U.S. distributor of SURGE, which will premiere on over 400 screens on October 9, 2013.  An encore showing is scheduled for October 16, 2013.

running time is 90 minutes

closed Giveaway: For your chance to win one of 5 pairs of tickets to SURGE at POTTSGROVE 12, 110 UPLAND SQUARE DRIVE, POTTSGROVE, Pennsylvania, 19464 on October 16, 2013, ,enter the raffelcopter widget. Winners will be mailed the tickets.

NEW GIVEAWAY: NEW Smart Ones® Oatmeal made with real ingredients to get your real morning warmed up

What did you have for breakfast today? It's time to start warming up the mornings with oatmeal. Smart Ones® Oatmeal is made with real ingredients to get you up and moving for your real day ahead. Smart Ones® Oatmeal is made with steel-cut oatmeal, rolled oats, fruit, and granola. Find Apple & Cinnamon, my favorite, Peaches & Cream, and Maple & Brown Sugar flavors in your grocers freezer section. The oatmeal is in a heat and eat cup to keep you and the kids getting ready for school and work and out the door.  

Mornings are a rush for parents and kids to get to school and work on time. Smart Ones Oatmeal makes it easy to heat and eat your breakfast. Try a warm, hearty, fulfilling, crunchy, sweet, and feels like Fall breakfast with Smart Ones® Oatmeal.
Here's another way to help your morning and the morning's of others, share your smart beginnings with others for a chance to win $5000 and help donate to "Dress for Success" Enter the Smart Beginning Sweepstakes here:

As of November 17, 2013:

NEW GIVEAWAY: Smart Ones®. is offering 5 coupons to one lucky winner! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me why you would like to win these 5 coupons! One winner will be sent 5 coupons from the company. Open to residents of USA. Winner will be chosen by on November 25, 2013 and notified by email.  Please leave your email address in your comment so I can contact you if you win.

Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with Smart Ones®. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Disney's Frozen poster now available. See it now, and see the film November 27, 2013


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 (voice of Josh Gad), Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. The film is directed by Chris Buck (“Tarzan,” “Surf’s Up”) and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter, “Wreck-It Ralph”), and produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Winnie the Pooh,” “The Princess and the Frog”). Featuring music from Tony® winner Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“In Transit”), “Frozen” is in theaters in 3D on November 27, 2013. For more information, check out, like us on Facebook: and follow us on Twitter:

Cinderella comes to theaters March of 2015

Cinderella will be Disney's first live action film inspired by the fairy tale.

starring Lily James, Richard Madden, Academy Award®-winner Cate Blanchett and Oscar®-nominee Helena Bonham Carter and Directed by Academy Award®-nominee Kenneth Branagh

Here is the first image from the film:

Did you know Cinderella dates back to 1697, and then in 1950 Walt Disney brought it to life in an animated film.

"The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella whose merchant father remarries following the tragic death of her mother. Keen to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother Lady Tremaine and her daughters Anastasia and Drisella into the family home. But, when Ella’s father suddenly and unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who abuse her.

And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an employee at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears as if her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming “Kit.” Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand as a kindly beggar woman steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, changes Cinderella’s life forever."
Production on “Cinderella” will take place at Pinewood Studios and locations throughout England.
“Cinderella” will be released through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on March 13, 2015.


Win a towel set made by 1888 Mills in Georgia, USA

So, where are your towels made? I was fond of a major brand I used to buy at a major department store, and then... they stopped selling the style of towel I liked. That is so disappointing. The sales clerk new nothing about the towels I was talking about. The reason I liked them so much is the brand, and the fact they were made in USA.

Did you know you can buy American made towels from 1888 Mills at Costco, and WalMart. Oh, yes you can, and I am glad to learn that, really!!!

Get ready for Fall with a fresh new look in your bathroom. I love the green color. Which is your favorite color? Stock your home with towels from 1888 Mills, and know they are made in USA since 1888.

Enter to win a 6 piece towel set from 1888 Mills in USA Love List giveaway. Outfit your bathroom with towels made in USA from 1888 Mills in Griffin Georgia.

giveaway ends at midnight Eastern on 10/3. The prize is a 6-piece set of American-made towels from 1888 Mills. The winner gets to pick the color.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Are you a saver, spender or an investor? A day of Family and Finance at Vanguard to Connect the Dots

I'd like to think I am all three, but in reality I am a spender, the grocery shopper, the gift shopper, the clothing shopper, the errand runner, and the appointment maker.  Have you ever tried to go a day or two without spending any money at all? Even if we don't leave home, we are spending money for our house, utilities, insurance, meals, pretty much everything we need.

Could I be a saver or an investor? To find the answer I went to a conference called Family and Finance, Connecting the Dots. It was held at Vanguard's Headquarters one beautiful late Summer day recently. They had me at Family and Finance. I'd love to learn more about that, and so I did. It was a power packed conference and Vanguard was most hospitable and friendly.

So, what did we learn? Start young. This is a terrific project to do with your kids: find four cylindrical containers with lids. Cut a slit in the top of each lid. Decorate the containers. Label each container with these four labels: Spend, Save, Share, Invest. Talk with your children about these three categories and how they will manage their money. Make a motivation board with photos of things to save for and goals you are working toward. Get the whole family involved with a motivation board and their own set of containers.
We were given these stickers and paper to decorate our containers:

If you are a teacher, know a teacher, or would like your child's classroom to take part in a learning program called My Classroom Economy then set sail for You can visit this site or inform your child's school about this site. This is a free financial literacy program for kindergarten through 12th grade.

The program simulates real life saving, budgeting, delayed gratification-not to  buy that something then and there. It helps students learn to save and invest. Students can earn a "paycheck" by doing classroom jobs, for rent and other expenses and savings.

My Classroom Economy integrates into any class or curriculum, and lets students learn financial concepts.

To get a free program guide and free supporting materials go to

The conference also covered areas of Principles For Investing, Juggling Multiple Financial Goals, College Saving Choices,  and Reaching Your Retirement Goals. Each topic was very interesting and the speakers made it easy to understand each topic. I hear the word investing and look at my husband to take over that area. Now that I have attended the conference it's opened a whole new thought process!

Here is another awesome idea from the conference:
Do you have a financial inventory? A place for documenting your family's important financial information? You can grab any binder and put all your account information from banks, properties, and investments, assets, liabilities,and as well as where the original documents are kept, your attorney and financial planners name and number, and funeral plans. I keep a copy of each statement in here so that the contact and account information is easy to find.

Did you know Vanguard has a blog? You can read it anytime, no log in or account needed. Find their blog here:

Did you know Vanguard has a facebook page and they often give away all kinds of free Vanguard swag? So, go visit them!
Disclosure: I was given a gift card for my travel and Vanguard materials. The comments and views are my own.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Have you tried QuestBar protein bars yet? Enter for your chance to win one of three sampler packs and more!

Before school started I got a text message from our local mall stating that I could get a free QuestBar when I visited the mall. I did not give it much thought at the time, you know just another energy bar I thought.  Then a few days later the girls said they wanted to buy QuestBars and I said oh, you can get a free one from the mall. Yeah, they already knew that, but they wanted more than one bar. Teenagers always know more than Mom.

What's with these QuestBars? I never heard of them before that week, now my kids won't stop talking about them.

On a trip to our favorite frozen yogurt shop we also visited the nutrition store right next door and bought a handful of QuestBar protein bars. All I could think was wow, what is this QuestBar and why do my kids want these so bad?! What am I missing?

So, you know what a mom blogger does best-ask for QuestBar protein bars. You would have thought it was Christmas when the box arrived. My oldest was home when the box arrived so I let her open it and she arraigned them on the counter like it was gold. I almost had to hire an armoured guard to stand in front of the pantry door.

QuestBar protein bars have won my kids over. They love the taste and the high protein. The high fiber keeps them feeling full longer and away from sugary snacks. The bars are good tasting, and good for them. As their Mom I like that ingredient list is short, easy to understand, and all natural.

QuestBar Vanilla Almond Crunch:

Taste Test: "Mom you gotta try this one, it's really good."

Why do my teens like QuestBar:
no sugar or sugar alcohol used
high fiber
high in protein
gluten free
low carb
low calorie
no glycerin,
simple carbs
junk free
easy to read ingredient list
taste good, taste great
fits their active lifestyle

some of the QuestBar sampling:
Peanut Butter Supreme
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Chocolate Peanut Butter
Coconut Cashew
Mixed Berry Bliss
Banana Nut Muffin

And what we did not know about Quest:
They make Quest Cravings, Protein Peanut Butter Cups, 1 gram of sugar, 4 grams active carbs, and 20 grams protein, 100% tasty.

And did you know Quest makes Pasta? Gluten free pasta, low carb, low calorie, zero fat pasta. I am sending these off to the college girl to share with her roommates.

Quest Spinach Fettuccine has only 20 calories a serving.
Quest Spaghetti has only 10 calories a serving
It's made from  water, glucomannan-soluble fiber, and calcium hydroxide. The spinach Pasta also contains spinach powder.

Now that you know my kids like QuestBars head on over to to find out more about Quest products. There is a store locator or buy now tab, and scroll down the home page for nutritional information too.

Three winners!
Before you run over to check out QuestBars, enter for your chance to win a12 Flavor Sampler Pack and two bars of White Chocolate Raspberry and two packs of Peanut Butter Cups. Isn't that awesome, but wait it gets better!!! Three winners will be chosen and sent their prize from Quest Nutrition.

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Disclosure: I received Quest Nutrition Products samples.
The comments and views are my own.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Would you throw balls into your dryer? I do! Enter to win your own set of Woolzies Dryer Balls and throw your own.

What's in your dryer right now? Is it empty or do you need to unload it and fold the clothing? It's a never ending chore.  My dryer has a fresh load of warm towels and jammies to fold and put away. When I empty the dryer it won't be complete empty because I leave balls in there. No, not the kids toys, but dryer balls to naturally soften our clothes without added chemicals.

Woolzies®  Dryer Balls are guaranteed to last for 1,000 loads. I wonder how long that takes to do 1000 loads, or have I already? 

Why I like Woolzies ® Dryer Balls:

softens naturally
reduced drying time by 25%
reduces static-like this time of year when static gets worse
helps eliminate wrinkles-less ironing time
chemical free-no sheets, or bottles to buy over and over again
safe for people with wool sensitivities
hypo allergenic
handmade from fine New Zealand Wool
use for 1000 loads
100% eco friendly
they are packaged in a cardboard box

So how do they work? Load your dryer with your clothes from the washer, toss in  6 or more balls into the dryer and start the machine.

You might hear a few tumbles of the balls tossing around in there, but that noise seems to go away quick. When the cycle is finished, take out your dry clothes and towels out and leave the dryer balls in there for the next load. You can also store the dyer balls in the cardboard box when not in use. I have had to chase a few across the kitchen floor once or twice.

roll on over to to see more about these cool dryer balls

Giveaway: For your chance to win Woolzies®  Dryer Balls for yourself, enter below. One winner will be chosen and sent Woolzies® Dryer Balls from the company.
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Disclosure: I was sent Woolzies®  Dryer Balls for this review. The comments and views are my own.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

See the new Featurette from "The Fifth Estate"

Dipping good with HeluvaGood Greek Style Yogurt Dips this Fall season

What is your favorite party food? Every Fall we attended a harvest festival starting with an open house at a releative that lived in the town of the festival.  There were homemade desserts of gingerbread, pies, and cookies. There was all kinds of foods to dip into French Onion Dip. I think this was my first encounter with this French Onion dip. It's a favorite in my husband's family. They buy one brand only, HeluvaGood Dip.

It's a staple in our fridge now. We like this dip for vegetable trays, chips, even pretzels. What would you pair with HeluvaGood Dips?

The company has made French Onion Dip even better by making it with Greek Style Yogurt. Same great taste and flavor.

Look for this and other flavors of  HeluvaGood dips in your grocery store. It's Fall Football season and time for snacks and games!  Punt on over to their web site for more info,

Disclosure: I received HeluvaGood Dips for this post. The comments and views are my own.

Add 39 spices and herbs to your cooking in one shake with Spike Gourmet Natural Seasonings

Pasta dishes are not a hit at my family dinner table. I tend to cook a meal of spaghetti now and then, but I think only the Mr. and I are sitting at the dinner table that night. I made rigatoni a few nights ago, browned some organic ground beef and topped it with organic sauce. It still seemed a bit flat to me, the meal was a tad on the blah side. There was no zing to the meal.

Then I remembered I just got a few bottles of Spike Seasonings to try,  so I did just that.

A few shakes of the spice blend was all I did-no cutting a pile of herbs or digging through the spice cupboard to find that right blend.

I topped the Rigatoni with Spike Original Gourmet Natural Seasoning and it was much better. Saved the dinner!

There are 39 flavorful herbs and spices in the jar. Just open and shake away. Use it on fish, poultry, beef, eggs, pizza, pasta, even popcorn. Whatever meal you are cooking or eating shake All Purpose Spike Gourmet Natural Season on and see taste how much better your food tastes. Oh yeah-it's gluten free.
There are other blends of Spike Gourmet Natural Seasoning some are salt free, and they are  There is a Hot N' Spicy blend of hot peppers and spices that I think the Mr. would use on all his food. It a bit too hot for me! Head on over to to see all the seasoning blends you can spice up your meals. Add flavor not calories.

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Giveaway: Fairy Tales Hair Care Rosemary Repel® Conditioning Spray for prevention of head lice

How many students are in your child's class? There are all types of hair in a classroom. As parents we all hope for a healthy happy classroom. One way to keep your child's hair healthy is Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel conditioning Spray. Pure organic rosemary, citronella and tea tree oils care for your child's hair naturally. Spray on hair daily for softening, de-tangling, eliminate frizzes, and to help prevent head lice. Yes, prevent! That is a sigh of relief. Spray on damp hair. Spray behind the ears, back of the neck, and top of shoulders for extra protection.

When that note comes home from school that alerts you to a case of head lice in the classroom you might just feel a little bit more comfort knowing your child uses Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel® Conditioning Spray. They have  been preventing and treating head lice issues since 1999. offers detailed information on removal and prevention of head lice.
There are step by step video guides for removal made easy.
While your are there check out their other natural hair care products.

Fairy Tales Hair Care does not contain:
harmful chemicals

Look for the products in stores in the Professional Hair Care aisle.

For Prevention:
Rosemary Repel® Shampoo
Rosemary Repel® Creme Conditioner
Rosemary Repel® Conditioning Spray
Rosemary Repel® Hair Spray
Rosemary Repel® Styling Gel

Lice Good-Bye natural lice treatment
Terminator-nit=free comb

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Rosemary Repel COMBO PACKS
NEW  lice prevention tips
NEW Lice 911 - easy to follow lice removal instructions
NEW Fairy Tales In The News

stay up to date on Lice alerts by zip code and more helpful information:

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One winner will be chosen and sent 1 bottle of Fairy Tales Hair Care Rosemary Repel Conditioning Spray and "The Facts of Lice" booklet.

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Disclosure: I was sent a sample of Fairy Tales Hair Care Rosemary Repel® Conditioning Spray. The comments and views are my own.

Philadelphia band Dr. Dog has a new album called "B-Room". See "Broken Heart" here and get the tour dates too

Watch the video from the new Dr. Dog Song, "Broken Heart" below. Their new album "B-Room will be out on October 1, 2013. Just in time for all your Fall parties!
"B-Room is the culmination of a complete overhaul of the band’s writing and recording process, which finds them in a new self-built studio, writing songs live in rehearsal, and using the rock solid groove of the band, honed through workmanlike touring, as a powerful compositional tool. In its purest form, B-Room is a soul album. In an early review of a new song "The Truth" CMJ said this reconfigured sound, “Breezily pays homage to the kings and queens of Philly soul while allowing the boys to keep carving out a path of their own.”

 pre-order B-Room via

B-Room Track Listing:

  1. The Truth
  2. Broken Heart
  3. Minding the Usher
  4. Distant Light
  5. Phenomenon
  6. Too Weak to Ramble
  7. Long Way Down
  8. Cuckoo
  9. Twilight
  10. Rock & Roll
  11. Love
  12. Nellie

"Dr. Dog, renowned for their raucous and transcendent live shows, will be touring North American in support of the new album. The itinerary includes an anticipated sold out September 15th performance at the Red Rocks Amphitheater with The Lumineers."


8/31/13 - Audiotree Music Festival - Kalamazoo, MI
9/15/13 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO **
9/17/13 - The Great Salt Amphitheatre - Magna, UT **
9/19/13 - Deer Lake Park - Burnaby, CA **
9/20/13 - Marymoor Amphitheater - Redmond, WA **
9/21/13 - Marymoor Amphitheater - Redmond, WA **
9/22/13 - Veterans Memorial Coliseum - Portland, OR **
9/25/13 - America's Pavilion - San Francisco, CA **
9/26/13 - Santa Barbara Bowl - Santa Barbara, CA **
9/27/13 - The Greek Theatre - Los Angeles, CA **
9/28/13 - The Greek Theatre - Los Angeles, CA **
10/01/13 - Comerica Theatre - Phoenix, AZ **
10/03/13 - Downtown Airpark - Oklahoma City, OK **
10/04/13 - Chaifetz Arena - St. Louis, MO **
10/08/13 - Mud Island Amphitheater - Memphis, TN **
10/09/13 - Tuscaloosa Amphitheater - Tuscaloosa **
10/11/13 - Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
10/12/13 - The Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN **
10/13/13 - The Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN **
10/14/13 - The Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN **
10/16/13 - UNO Lakefront Amphitheatre - New Orleans, LA **
10/18/13 - St. Augustine Amphitheatre - St. Augustine, FL **
10/19/13 - Sun Dome - Tampa, FL **
10/20/13 - Sunset Cove Amphitheatre - Boca Raton, FL **
11/01/13 - Stage AE - Pittsburgh, PA
11/02/13 - Headliners Music Hall - Louisville, KY
11/03/13 - Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
11/04/13 - The National - Richmond, VA
11/06/13 - Jefferson Theater - Charlottesville, VA
11/07/13 - Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH
11/08/13 - The Opera House - Toronto, Canada
11/09/13 - Majestic Theatre - Detroit, MI
11/11/13 - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
11/14/13 - House of Blues - Boston, MA
11/16/13 - Ram's Head Live - Baltimore, MD

** = Supporting Lumineers
11/1 - 11/6 with Benny Yurco and The Revealers, and Floating Action
11/7 - 11/16 with Fly Golden Eagle


ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY is coming to a theater near you and me next October

"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" begins production for an October 10, 2014 release date in a theater near you and me!

The film plans to shoot entirely in the Los Angles Area.

who's going to be in the film?

Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner star as Alexander’s parents. 16-year-old Dylan Minnette is Alexander’s older brother, Anthony; 15-year-old Kerris Dorseyas sister Emily; and 12-year-old Australian native Ed Oxenbould  will make his big-screen feature debut as the film’s title character, Alexander.

What is the movie about? You can read the book now or let your kids read it to you!

"Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day  of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his brother, sister, mom and dad all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn't had one."

If your mail is like mine, I have received a few freebie calendars in the mail so I can start marking down important dates for next year. Go ahead and pen the movie in now for it's release date on October 10, 2014.


Are you a Whole Shopper? Shop at Whole Foods Market e-shopping site and skip going inside the store.

Cupboards bare?
Time to go grocery shopping?
Busy day ahead?

How's this sound?
  • turn on your computer
  • go to the web site WHOLE-SHOPPER.COM this is Whole Foods Market's web site
  • place your order from home, office, where ever you are
  • pick the time you want to pick up your groceries at Whole Foods (during store hours)
  • drive to Whole Foods Market and park in the special parking spots near the entrance
  • push the button on the call box in your parking spot to call associate
  • Your groceries will be brought to your car, your groceries are loaded into your car, and  off you go.
How do I get started?
    Once you set up your account with your email and a password you can start ordering. You will pay at the time of pick up so you don't need to enter any account information.
(Note: On September 16 Whole Foods Market in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania will be the first location to offer this service, with other stores to follow.)

You can order 24/7 at their e-shopping site
You pay when you pickup your order in the parking lot. The sales associate will process your payment right there in the parking lot.

There is a $4.95 service fee for orders under $100.00

Need more information? head on over to WHOLE-SHOPPER.COM 

Whole Foods Market in Plymouth Meeting Pennsylvania will be the first store to start e-shopping!
Check with your local Whole Foods Market to see when they will offer e-shopping.

Disclosure: I attended an information session at Whole Foods Market in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. I was given a reusable thermal bag and Whole Foods Market brand groceries in exchange for sharing this post. The comments and views are my own.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

I joined the revolution today at Whole Foods Market. What did you do today?

This afternoon I joined a revolution.
The Lunch Line Revolution at Whole Foods Market in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania.

Whole Foods Market invited bloggers to stand on line and get packing a health school lunch. Kids with help from their parent could grab a cardboard lunch box and fill it with healthy food options, then pack it in a brown paper bag and seal it with a sticker or two and take it home. School lunch is ready for tomorrow!

From 4-6 PM Tuesday September 3,  kids could fill up their Whole Foods Market lunch box with their favorite foods from the famous pack-your-lunch line for FREE. (note this event was free for this day only)

Whole Foods and PBS Kids have joined together!
To get your free printables for meal time planning and more go to:

this is the beginning of the famous Pack-Your-Lunch Line.

The first food item was an organic mix of greens:

a choice of dressings packed and ready to go

we picked up a cup of fruit, juice or bottled H2O

Our packed lunch for school tomorrow.

The salad bar at Whole Foods Market is the perfect place to pack your child's lunch. Let them choose their favorite fruits and vegetables and pack it up for lunch the next day.

 For more fun activities at Whole Foods Market Jenkintown visit the store for a calendar and pick up "The Whole Deal" coupon, recipe, family meals, and savings book in store. (look for it and other healthy tips brochures  when you enter the store or ask a customer service)

Disclosure: Bloggers were given a nice reusable shopping bag, samples of Whole Foods Market foods, and a gift card to Whole Foods Market for attending the event and sharing this information. The comments and views are my own.


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