Saturday, January 23, 2016

There is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.


A tad bit of blog history: 
I wrote the first post in 2010.
I have written 1000 plus posts since then. 

My children were in high school and college at the time, so I was looking for a change up from; home room mom, errand runner, treat bag assembler, and brownie maker. 

My thought was to write about all the odds and ends that landed on our kitchen table - besides meals. Stuff like new finds, coupon deals, reviews, giveaways, local events, and such. I like to find new products in stores and share the fun. 

This blog's focus has come to the end of it's rainbow. I'll be looking in that pot of gold for a new focus here.


My blog is still here, and I'd like to focus on other topics now. What topics those are is somewhere over the rainbow.

I'll be seeing you on social media and reading your great blogs. I'm still on all my social media accounts, so I not going anywhere! 

I've learned so much about blogging, myself, my friends, my family, and of course social media.

  • I've made wonderful friends off line and on line from blogging. Truth be told-there are unfriendly bloggers in the blogosphere, just be you and move on.
  • Social media has had an epic evolution since my first post in 2010. More and more outlets give us the ability to share, review, laugh and cry at life.
  • Philly Social Media has been my go to for questions, support, sharing posts, and networking. New Jersey Network group is growing and a pretty awesome to work with. 
  • There are oodles more affiliates and network groups I belong to that are a positive influence on and for bloggers. 
  • I've attended movie screenings where once in a while the real actors were there.
  • I've attended plays, grand openings, conferences, parties, dinners, and networking events in the Philadelphia and New York City areas.
  • We have played with the newest toys on the market before they were on store shelves. 
  • We have tried products before they were for sale in stores.
  • My favorite topic is writing about a charitable cause, Alex's lemonade stand, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and others. 
  • I've written post on DIY Frugal (which is my friend Sarah's blog she's moved over to another blog of hers) for almost the same amount of time as this blog has been published.
  • I've written for The Phoenix-The Phoenxville newspaper.
  • I learned that social media should be used for good. For awareness, donations, help, charities, to help your neighbor, to be peaceful. 

Thanks for being a loyal reader, commenting, entering giveaways and sharing posts. 


It's truly been a pleasure working with you-the blogger, affiliates, marketing, publishers, manufacturers and representatives of brands.


I've found some of my favorite products, books, and places to visit through blog research and posts.


And as for that gold-there is gold in blogging, yes, like money, but the friendship is the gold I value.


Be well my blogging buddies.

Alison 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Are you ready to make a game change? Enter the gift card giveaway from Save A Lot Food Stores.

Super Bowl Sunday is February 7, 2016 and that usually means a trip to the grocery store before hand to stock up on party foods. But, that doesn't mean you have to deflate your wallet-Save A Lot Foods Stores offers store and name brands for you to stay with the plan-the budget plan that is!

I shopped at Save A Lot Food Stores in Burlington, New Jersey.
Prices and selection may vary by location.
Upon entering the store-I grabbed a circular, and some cart wipes-off I go...


Now on to the play-shopping. Wide aisles, bright lights, big selection, and quick check out. (bring your own bags, or purchase plastic or reusable bags at the store)

The Game Plan:
Snacks
J. Higgs crackers, nuts, cheese balls.
Peanuts,
Carrots with Portmann's Ranch dressing


I  found these tins for serving and easy clean up:



One stop shop-I found everything I need for a party!


Table Setting:



Tacos:
Tortilla Chips
Senora Verde Diced Tomatoes with Chilies, Salsa. Taco Sauce, Taco Shells
Black Olives
Coburn Farms Shredded Cheese, Sour Cream
Cumin
Ground Beef
Taco Seasoning
Chicken
Ranch Seasoning
lettuce, tomatoes, onions


Make your own Pizza:
Manita's Pizza Sauce for make your own pizza. Italian Seasoning, garlic and grated cheese and pizza shells.

another easy recipe is put Manita's Pizza Sauce in a crock pot with frozen meatballs and heat through. Guest can serve themselves a meatball sandwich.


Dessert:
Have your guest bring a dessert, you can supply the hot chocolate:


Ready to make The Game Changing Switch?
Enter for your chance to win one of two $25 Save A Lot Gift Cards. Two winners will be randomly chosen, and each sent one $25 gift card. Open to residents 18 and older of USA.
Enter the rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of Two gift cards from Save a Lot Food Stores. Click the link if the widget is hiding today.

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

Monday, January 18, 2016

Num Noms™ play food of scented cupcakes and ice cream are spoonfuls ofhappiness.

Num Noms™ are the cutest little spoonful of fun for kids ages 3 and up. These little gems are adorable. So much fun, so much to create, and so many scents of play food to create.


What to do? Collect them all!
Available at Toys" R" Us and stores nationwide.
Pick a num-that's the one that's soft and squishy from your set, add a noms,that's the one that's not squishy and is motorized.  The bottom two in this set are the noms




Recipe sheet and instructions included
Then put them in a cup or cone. Kids can make their own creations. There are recipes included as well as directions on how kids can create their combos. Stack them, put ice cream and cup cakes together! 





Num Noms are awesome for Valentine's Day and Easter gift giving. Totally great Birthday gift! Sweet little Num Noms are just too cute. I might just keep some on my kitchen counter they are such happy little Num and Noms. (these are toys-they smell good enough to indulge-but they are toys)





Num Noms  are scented and are available in Cupcake Num and Ice Cream Num as well as Motorized Noms. Scents are plentiful in choices like Sherry Berry, Choco Go-Go, Mary Mulberry, Minty Chip, Candle Puffs, Nilla Swirl, and over 1000 mix and match combinations. That's a lot of play time.





Children can have alone play or together play time. Num Noms are a huge gift pick on my list. Our family of relatives is growing with lots of nieces-I think I'll keep a few packs on hand.

Get your free coloring sheets for more Num Noms for rainy days or travel. There is a menu to download to keep track of their collection too.
Visit them on Facebook to keep up to date with new products. See creations on Instagram  and visit them on the web and You Tube.

Also available are:

Num Noms lip gloss in little white tubs that contain a mystery scent.The Noms/lip gloss in underneath the Num so kids can use the lip gloss and have a new Num Noms to create their cupcake or Ice cream creations.





See more Num Noms sets in this video:
This Go-Go Cafe is really sweet. I just love how fun it is. 




Disclosure: I received samples of Num Noms for this post. The comments and views are my own. 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

13 Hours, The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi - the ones that fought back.

On Tuesday, night as old man winter settled in for the night, I was snuggled comfy in a packed theater for the film screening of:

13 Hours, The secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Rated R
2 Hours 24 Minutes run time

Cast: Playing the role of the real life military: John Krasinski, Max Martini, James Badge Dale, Pablo Schreiber, Toby Stephens

So, how was it? 

The film is intense, realistic, emotional, historical, factual, courageous, faithful, and heart pounding.


This film is a true story. The beginning of the film tells you that as well as introduces the actual elite soldiers on security detail in Benghazi. During their stay they encountered a rebel invasion.
13 Hours of intense fighting. Six men, 13 hours, without American Military Support. (Stand down orders were given)

Six men fought back. 
For you, for me, because that's who they are and what they do. 

In a theater with every seat filled, we did not laugh or say wow's out loud, perhaps there were more tears than each of us knew.  

I don't normally feel like I am in the film's setting, but this time I did-in a sense. I didn't suffer any wounds, except my pounding heart, but wow-you know when things are going bad in a film - you keep waiting for the good guys to show up. I waited.

I found it hard to walk out of the theater, like I should do more, we should do more, how can we help those that defend our lives? 

  • Although actors are playing the roles of the real life soldiers, I could not tell a difference, the film is very life like, realistic, and I prayed a lot, especially when I had to close my eyes.
  • The audience clapped when the film was over. I was in disbelief that a fly by, air support, or ground support was not sent.
  • Six men, highly skilled, highly trained, fought back.
  • They prayed to God. 
  • Thumbs way up for going to see it again.
  • Do not bring children. It's rated R. Do not bring Children. It is loud, violent, gruesome at times, and a true story. Do not bring Children. Yes, I did repeat that because there were children at the screening which totally was wrong, really wrong. 


This action packed movie is based on the events of September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya, when ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and Foreign Service Information officer Sean Smith were killed during a coordinated attack by Islamic militants on the American embassy. Six security officers battle through the night to save lives and repel the siege. 

Social Circles for the film:
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Twitter
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YouTube
Web Site

Disclosure: I was invited to the screening of this film by Grace Hill Media. The comments and views are my own.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Shutterfly sale!!! 20% off regular priced merchandise

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