Monday, June 22, 2015

INSIDE OUT freebies: Door hangers, Board Game, Coloring Sheets, and Maze!!!

Get ready for some fun from INSIDE OUT!
If you took the family to see the film, then these fun pages will be perfect.
If you haven't seen the movie, well what are you waiting for? 
Get printing and coloring!
Make extra copies for the neighbor kids, your nieces and nephews!

I printed these on heavy stock paper so the kids can cut them out and use over and over again on their door, depending on their feelings of course!

I used heavy stock paper to print these out also:

INSIDE OUT official trailer and images

INSIDE OUT is in theaters now! Have you seen it? I think a zillion people saw this film over the weekend since so many people are taliking-sharing about it on social media. For FREE printable from the film go to this post.

Have a fun Summer! Go see INSIDE OUT

"Do you ever look at someone and wonder what is going on inside their head?"

"Disney•Pixar’s original new film “Inside Out” ventures inside the mind to find out.

Based in Headquarters, the control center inside 11-year-old Riley’s mind, five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy.

Fear (voice of Bill Hader) heads up safety, Anger (voice of Lewis Black) ensures all is fair and Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) prevents Riley from getting poisoned—both physically and socially. Sadness (voice of Phyllis Smith) isn’t exactly sure what her role is, and frankly, neither is anyone else.

 When Riley's family relocates to a scary new city, the Emotions are on the job, eager to help guide her through the difficult transition. But when Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind—taking some of her core memories with them—Fear, Anger and Disgust are left reluctantly in charge.

Joy and Sadness must venture through unfamiliar places—Long Term Memory, Imagination Land, Abstract Thought and Dream Productions—in a desperate effort to get back to Headquarters, and Riley.

 Directed by Academy Award® winner Pete Docter ("Monsters, Inc.", "Up"), produced by Jonas Rivera, p.g.a. ("Up") and featuring an original score by Michael Giacchino ("The Incredibles," "Ratatouille," "Up"), Disney•Pixar's "Inside Out" opens in theaters on June 19, 2015."


Friday, June 5, 2015

BAKE HAPPY, a new cookbook from Judith Fertig

BAKE HAPPY, 100 Playful Deserts with Rainbow Layers, Hidden Fillings, Billowy Frosting's, and more, that's the title of a brand new cookbook from Judith Fertig.

Read that again, bake happy. Baking should be a happy time, I'm not sure about the clean up part, glad I have a dish washing machine.

Baking is like a meal, it brings the family together, friends for coffee, parties, and special occasions. It's the highlight of holiday time and can bring comfort to souls that are weary. Last time we checked into a hotel there was a basket of chocolate chip cookies on the counter. Yum and Thanks.

My mother was a Home Economics teacher and she cooked and baked all the time. She made chocolate chip cookies on occasion. Not for a special occasion, maybe just to warm up the house with that amazing cookie aroma. There's nothing like coming home from school to that happiness.  She would fill up the apple shaped cookie jar on the counter so full that the lid barely fit on snug. My sister, brother and I wasted no time "stealing cookies from the cookie jar".

On page 102 of BAKE HAPPY, there is a recipe for Chocolate Chunk Cookies I plan on making this weekend. The recipe seems familiar to me as the one my Mother taught me to make, but this one calls for finely chopped walnuts and a mix of semi and bitter sweet chocolate chips. Sounds perfectly yummy.

Tip from the book: make the dough ahead of time, place cookie dough on baking sheet as you would for the oven, but freeze the uncooked dough right on the baking sheet. Take it out of the freezer when needed. Cooking time is a bit longer.

BAKE HAPPY is a happy book, what I mean is it's pages are colored at the top so when you look at the side of the book it reminds me of something from my childhood like those rainbow candy sticks found at rest stops or general stores.

The book reads like a comforting cookbook, imagining the delightful aroma of baking treats, the warmth of the oven, and the anticipation of taking the baked good out of the oven.  I fancy the aroma of cinnamon, or blueberry muffins baking. Well, wait, maybe something chocolate or a fruit tart.  Who can decide?

BAKE HAPPY offers 100 recipes to find your happy:
fruit toppings
and even how to make your own sprinkles for ice cream, cupcakes and more.

There are over 30 pages of happy and cheerful photos along with inspiration to bake happy. Recipes with reflection, stories, and whimsy.

Judith Fertig is a prolific cookbook author who has studies at the Cordon Bleu in London and La Varenne Ecole De Cuisine in Paris. Visit her at for many other cookbooks she has written.

BAKE HAPPY, 100 Playful Deserts with Rainbow Layers, Hidden Fillings, Billowy Frosting's, and more is available June 2015 from Running Press. It's a hardcover  book and is  $27.50 US. Visit too!

Disclosure: I received a copy of Bake Happy for this post. The comment, views, and taste buds are my own.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Signed Sealed Delivered sneak peak, plus giveaway of limited edition CD greeting card

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending a press conference with Martha Williamson via telephone with fellow bloggers. I can tell you she is charming, graceful, and very pleasant. I could have listened to her for hours as she answered questions about the show and her faith. 

How cool is it that her shows have regular people of faith, living regular lives that we can relate too. Plus, the shows are family oriented and you can watch without the "oh no" mute it quick reaction or "quick change the channel".

My question to Martha was: Do any of the characters in Signed Sealed Delivered reflect persons in your life. Her answer was yes, each one reflects her or persons she knows. The stand out for me was: Oliver, he is like her Father who is deeply faithful, a gentleman, and prayed every morning looking out the window. 

That reminded me of my Grandmother. Whenever I visited my Grandparents and it started to rain, she would look out her kitchen window and say "thank you Jesus, thank you". That rain made their garden grow. That was food she canned and froze for sharing and her family. 

This Saturday, June 6, 2015 on The Hallmark Movie Channel  Signed Sealed Delivered will have it's season premier. I think it's great when a show I like has more than a half hour episode, and a movie is a total treat!

Sneak peak at the season premier:

The Cast:

The POstables at work:

over: Giveaway: From the show Touched By an Angel which was one of the early faith based television shows on network TV, one random winner will be sent a greeting card with CD. Open to residents of USA 18 and older. 

 official description of the card:

“The beautiful CD greeting cards are part of a limited edition greeting with rare images of the Touched By An Angel cast that each contain a CD single of a song that was featured in an episode of the beloved series. They were originally sold for $5.99 each and can no longer be purchased anywhere."

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

SONGS OF ALOHA original motion picture Soundtrack Giveaway

The film, Aloha is in theaters now!
The soundtrack from the film, Songs of Aloha is in stores now!
The chance to win a copy of the Soundtrack is here!

Start your Summer off with the 19 track collection Songs of Aloha. Take yourself on a "vacation"! Feel the warm breeze of the ocean, the mist of the forest, the sunshine, sip refreshing beverages, and hang out at the beach night life parties that are so inviting.

An introduction to the idea of the film and the selection to the soundtrack is included in the CD booklet. It's written by Academy Award winner and executive producer of the film Cameron Crowe.
It's a very interesting read on how and why this story is told, the people and land of Hawaii and the importance of it being one of our 50 states.

The film stars: Bradly Cooper, Rachel McAdams, and Emma Stone, some of my all time favorite actors. Also in the film are: Bill Murray, John Drasinski, Danny McBride and Alec Baldwin.

Bradley Cooper plays the role of a military contractor, Brian Gilcrest, that returns to the US Space program in Honolulu, Hawaii for a second chance. A second chance at his career, and possibly love.

His sweetheart from long ago at the base, Tracey (Rachel McAdams) and he reconnect when he returns to the base.
After time working with a young Air Force Captain, Allison (Emma Stone) he finds himself feeling attracted to her.

Watch a special 8 minutes of the film on facebook to get a sneak peak, and hear some of the traditional Hawaiian music.

I am looking forward to seeing this film, the sights and sounds of Hawaii, and of course the story. The music in a film gives us memories of a time and place, maybe a reminder of going to the movie and just taking a break from daily chores.

You can enjoy the soundtrack if you see the movie or not-but it makes it so much better if you see the movie, don't you think?

Songs of Aloha Artists:
Fleetwood Mac
David Crosby
The Tallest Man on Earth
Radical Face
Evening Hymns
Vancouver Sleep Clinic
The Royal Hawaiian Serenaders
Cyril Pahinui
Bobby Ingano
Ledward Kaapana
Jonsi & Alex

Giveaway: For you chance to win a copy of SONGS OF ALOHA original motion picture soundtrack, enter the rafflecopter widget. Open to residents of USA 18 and older. One random winner will be chosen and sent the CD from Sony.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of Songs of Aloha from Sony. The comments and views are my own.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Book Giveaway: "family begins with a WISH" by Matthew Cordell

You and I have parents somewhere in this world or perhaps they have passed on, we might be parents ourselves, but what made us want to be parents? 
Did you just decide one day, hey I'd like to be a parent? 
Once you know you are going to be a parent, there is planning, and hoping, and wishing. Those of us that desire children, but our bodies have other plans experience an emotional up and down. 
The wish remains. The Wish for a child. 

WISH by Matthew Cordell

This is a sweet, colorful, book about two elephants that plan for their child. They learn, prepare, and wish for the baby to be with them. The wishing stops when they learn the baby was not meant to be with them.  After the loss, they don't plan, They don't wish, they just go on about their two lives together.

They try again for beginning their family. This time there is movement, there is hope, there is the wish, the wish a baby was there with them. The couple readies for the baby, and this time the wish is here. 

Matthew Cordell's story is one of his own, Waiting for a wish the first time, but that was not to be. The second time for the wish to come true happens, and the family is so happy. Cherish your children.

This Father's day share this book with a parent or parent to be. Remind yourself to remember your wish for children and love them to pieces, as the saying goes.

WISH makes a special baby shower, new baby, new parent, parent to be, and Father's Day/Mother's Day gift. 

As an elephant couple embarks on a life together, thoughts of children are far away—at first. But as the desire for a child grows, so do unexpected challenges. And it's only after thwarted plans and bitter disappointment that their deepest wish miraculously comes true.

Matt Cordell personally knows what it’s like to wish. In fact, this book is the heartfelt windfall of him waiting for his wish come true a second time.  Other books Matt has written and illustrated include hello! hello!, Another Brother, and Trouble Gum. He lives in Chicago with his wife, a young daughter, and an even younger son. Visit to learn more.

Ages 3-5
Parents of any age
$16.99 US

For your chance to win a copy of WISH, enter the rafflecopter widget! Open to residents of USA 18 and older. One random winner will be sent WISH from the publisher.

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Disclosure: I was sent a copy of WISH for this review. The comments and views are my own.

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  4. Fruit Punch
  5. Orange Mango
  6. Lemon Lime (my fav)
  7. Grape

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  • Certified Kosher
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Disclosure: I received a sample pack of  BODYARMOR® SuperDrink™and compensation for 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...