Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Beauty And The Beast Coloring Sheets

Less than a month before the much anticipated Beauty And The Beast is in theaters!! I'm so excited I can hardly stand it! While you wait, be sure to download the coloring sheets so that the kids can join in the excitement!


Here are just a few examples! Click here: Beauty And The Beast coloring sheets to download them all.










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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST opens in theatres everywhere on March 17th!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Visiting The Eastern Shore of Maryland

A couple weekends ago, Fred wanted to take me to a little crepe cafe because he knows how much I love crepes! He heard about it from one of our friends after he shared that he was traveling over there for work. And by "there" I mean the Eastern Shore.

We typically only cross the Bay Bridge if we're going to Ocean City or going to one of Fred's favorite places, Harris Crab House. While he was over there with work a couple weeks ago, he said I'd love to take pictures there! Close my eyes and over the bridge we go!

He was right. I didn't get nearly as many photos as I wanted, but if you're looking for a day trip, head over to the St. Michaels area! That's where we planned to eat. As you come into town, as they lead up to Valentine's Day, it looks like people have purchased hearts to be hung along the road. It's super cute, and something I could totally see Annandale doing!


We went to the crepe cafe that our friends told us about and we weren't disappointed. The savory crepes were really good, and neither of us finished our own. The sweet crepe was the hardest to pick. I'm not a Nutella fan, and I think half of their sweet ones had that ingredient. I really love them with apples. Fred is pretty open to lots of the sweet ones. We ended up having a banana caramel one. Oh my word! It was fabulous!


Where we parked to eat our crepes, we saw a beautiful church we both wanted to get photos of. We walked over there afterwards, and weren't disappointed. We figured the church to have been around since the 1800s according to the grave markers. It was amazing to walk around! St. Michaels was the "town that fooled the British." Not exactly sure of the meaning, but I'm planning to find out!



From there we headed down the road a bit more to Tilghman Island. That was like going back in time! The gas station was one where you had to go inside to to pay. The drive was great! It reminded me of driving up North in Minnesota.

The homes were so interesting to me! I just adore old homes! Let me explain something about the door and what's inside the windows on the left of this house. First, I wish I would've gotten out of the car instead of having the goofy fence in the photo. The outside is beautiful. The door and storm door are all wood I didn't get a straight on shot of the door. It was amazing. The windows on the right have plain old blinds.

The windows on the left have like wood folding screens in them. They were amazing and looked so perfect in the windows. The right side definitely needed them!



When I shared the one above on Facebook, my bestie researched it and found out there are only 5 houses like it left! Here's what she said about it, "It is the Lee House, built in the 1890s vernacular architecture"
It's now the Tishman Watermen's Museum. I think as we drove we saw 2 more houses on the same road.

Fred literally drove us to the very end of the peninsula where a bed and breakfast is! Can't imagine what that must be like during hurricane season. We turned around and went back the way we came, and this time stopping at a variety of houses along the way to take pictures. This house on the water made me think of an old fisherman's home. It's just so odd and different!


For some reason, I couldn't take any good pictures of this adorable little church, Thank goodness for Fred's iPad. We got some cute pictures with it! He was loving the bell. How can you resist and old bell? Isn't it quaint?


I can't remember if we stopped at this post office as we left Tilghman Island or St. Michaels, but it was right next some water. Sadly it's for sale, so I'm guessing it won't be a post office for long if it even is one still.


Needless to say, it was a wonderful day out! I'm really enjoying our exploring. I wish one of our boys didn't work every Saturday so we could take both boys on our "adventures," but I guess that's what happens when they grow up!

Where do you like to visit locally?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Getting My Zumba On

My first attempt to go to the gym was a bust. I was going to meet with the trainer, but she cancelled. I know, I mentioned that in my previous gym post. I decided I'd go to the gym and workout anyhow. I got there and didn't go in. I won't tell you why, but it had nothing to do with my anxiety for walking into the gym for the first time.


I left there and headed to Kohl's. Shopping therapy! I needed clothing for the gym and it's just across the street. Bonus! Headed to the clearance rack and loaded up. Turns out I should've worked out before I made my purchases! HA!


My second attempt started with me pretty much dry shaving my legs and walking away with a razor burn I'm still suffering from several days later! Shaving isn't a "thing" I do often. It's just not on my radar until I'm walking out of the house with shorts on. GAH!

This week, on Monday, I dropped my oldest son off at his college class, and then headed to back down to the gym for my first class. Turns out, I wasn't ready to wear any of my new stuff. I felt like most of it was too tight. Go figure. So, I just put on a pair of shorts and grabbed an old t-shirt.

As soon as we got into the car to head to the college, I started to have anxiety. Tons of thoughts went through my head, "Will I look ridiculous?" "Will I get lost trying to figure out the moves?" "Will I be bright enough to figure out the lockers or where the towels are?" "Will I die of fatigue in the middle of the workout?"

Driving down to the gym I was thinking I should've taken a small dose of my anxiety medication that I use when I fly. I sure felt like I could've used it. I almost didn't want to get out of my car.

I got out of my car.

When I walked in, I actually couldn't even remember where the class was. Good news though, there was a stack of towels right where you check in. The guy who checked me in showed me easily where the classroom was, and I headed over.

There was a young girl sitting outside the room along with a group of a few ladies by the door. I sat down by the gal and started chatting with her. She'd only been going for a few weeks. She was very sweet. I watched the end of the Body Combat class, and it looked like one I'd be interested in. The only issue is that it's just before the Zumba class.


We walked in to class and I stood in the back. Only problem there? The back of the room is where the glass doors are that people walk by. Oh joy! I tried to scoot up a little bit. lol

The instructor got started with some really fun music, and it wasn't bad at all! In fact, my youngest and I have been doing Just Dance 3 so that I felt like I could actually move for an extended period of time. Guess what? So many moves from that "game" is what the instructor used. I probably only got lost 10% of the time. Sometimes I can only do one thing at a time. I'm either watching the instructor's hands or her feet. Unless I know the move, I can't do both. hahahahaha

I stopped for water every chance I got. Oh, and guess what? The clothing I bought at Kohl's wasn't what everyone else was wearing. I was the ONLY pasty white girl in shorts. Everyone else was in some sort of leggings. Guess who won't be wearing shorts any time soon. I really stood out, which is NOT what I wanted! Looks like I need some more retail therapy! It's for a good cause, right?

I actually really enjoyed the class. It was challenging, but it's exactly what I enjoy. I like fun music, I like to be around others, and I like to have fun while exercising! I'm looking forward to next week, believe it or not!

What do you wear when you workout?

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries: 34 New Original Movies For 2017

Weekends are for watching Hallmark for me! Well, I watch during the week, but I'm always looking forward to new movies on the weekend! I love tweeting during the shows as well! THAT can be fun, especially if the actors are tweeting during them, too. Check out this quote from LinkedIn:

New installments from “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” “Gourmet Detective,” “Aurora Teagarden,” “Murder She Baked” and “Hailey Dean Mysteries” will also premiere in 2017. “Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ original content continues to drive the tremendous growth of the network,” said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming and Publicity. “We are excited about expanding our library of mysteries and partnering with high caliber talent such as Al Roker, Holly Robinson Peete and Kathie Lee Gifford.”

Here's a look at the movies slated for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries this year. Some have already aired since we're into February already. Be sure not to miss out on the rest!

January:

Framed For Murder: A Fixer Upper Mystery - Premiered 1/19/17

Stars: Jewel (“Ride with the Devil,” “Ring of Fire”) and Colin Ferguson (“Eureka”).

In the small resort town of Lighthouse Cove, everyone knows that the best man for the job is a woman. And that woman is Shannon Hughes (Jewel), owner of Hughes Restoration and an expert in Victorian home restoration. Through her work, she stumbles across clues hidden in the old homes, uncovering past secrets and becoming an unlikely sleuth to crack unsolved mysteries. In the premiere movie of the franchise, Shannon Hughes gets a partner in crime-solving when her new client offers to help hammer out the details of her friend and neighbor’s untimely death. The “Fixer Upper Mysteries” movies are based upon New York Times bestselling author Kate Carlisle’s novels. **”Fixer Upper: Crown and Moldering” will premiere in April 2017.

February:

An Uncommon Grace - 2/12/17

Stars: Jes Macallan (“Mistresses”), Sean Faris (“Pretty Little Liars,” Never Back Down), Kelly McGillis (Witness, Top Gun)

Grace Conner, a military nurse formerly stationed in Afghanistan, hopes that moving to a farm in rural Ohio will help her recover from the ravages of war. Levi Troyer finds his pacifist beliefs challenged when he discovers his stepfather has been killed and his mother wounded by an unknown intruder. Levi and Grace are thrown together when she comes to his family's rescue and saves his mother's life. A deep attraction develops - even though a relationship between them is strictly forbidden. Levi belongs to the most conservative and isolated of all Amish sects - the Swartzentruber Amish. Even before meeting Grace, Levi had begun to question some of their teachings. He has considered leaving, but knows he will be banned forever from contact with his younger siblings and widowed mother - who need him to survive. He is torn between his love for Grace and his responsibility to his family. Grace considers leaving her beloved farm and reenlisting rather than continuing to live near the man she loves but cannot have. And a murderer must be caught. When lifelong allegiances are tested, can love and justice prevail?

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Higher Ground - 2/19/17

Stars: Eric Mabius (“Ugly Betty”), Kristin Booth (“Orphan Black”), Crystal Lowe (“Smallville”), Geoff Gustafson (“Primeval: New World”) **Special guest stars: Gregory Harrison (“Trapper John, M.D.,” “Rizzoli & Isles”), Mark Valley (“Boston Legal”), Keb’ Mo’ (Grammy award winning singer/songwriter – “Hot Pink”) and Karen Holness (Chicago). Featuring inspirational music by Grammy Winner Keb’ Mo’

March:

Aurora Teagarden: Dead Over Heels - 3/19/17

Stars: Candace Cameron Bure (pictured here) (“Christmas Under Wraps,” “Fuller House”), Marilu Henner (“Taxi,” “Brooklyn 99”)

Murder She Baked 5 - 3/26/17

Stars: Alison Sweeney (“Days of Our Lives”), Cameron Mathison (pictured below) (“All My Children”), Barbara Niven (“Chesapeake Shores”)

Hannah Swensen’s winter heats up when her pet project leads to murder. The televised Hartland Flour Bake-Off that Hannah organized is a fun diversion for Eden Lake and a great opportunity for a new baker to become a star... until one judge, high school coach Len Bishop, is killed in a bizarre hit and run with a twist. As Hannah and Detective Mike Kingston uncover suspects and unravel the mystery of Bishop's life and murder, a close call for Hannah ups the ante in their romance.

“Stay at Home Dead” (wt) Stars: Brennan Elliott (“UnREAL,” “Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove”) **Based on the book series by Jeffrey Allen.

Hailey Dean Mystery 3” (wt) - April 2017

Stars: Kellie Martin (pictured) (“Mystery Woman,” “Hello It’s Me”) **Based on the book series by Nancy Grace.

Here's what in development as we speak:

“The Midnight Show Murders” Al Roker Mystery Franchise


“Darrow and Darrow” Kimberly Williams-Paisley (“According to Jim,” Father of the Bride)

Three generations of women aspire to share a house, a law practice and their feelings. Claire Darrow, an idealistic lawyer, fights for what’s right, regardless of whether it makes her a dime. Naomi is her estranged mother, whose view of the law is more elastic and profitable. They clash on nearly everything, but especially on the best way to raise Claire’s daughter, Louise, a bright 12-year-old with an older soul. Louise takes after her mother in brilliance but takes after her grandmother in knowing what makes people tick. The three of them make an unbeatable team.

“Emma Fielding Mysteries” Courtney Thorne-Smith (“Two and a Half Men,” “Melrose Place”)

“The Beach House” Andie MacDowell (“Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove”)

J.L. Family Ranch 2” Jon Voight (“Ray Donovan”), James Caan (The Godfather), Teri Polo (Meet the Parents) Trevor Donovan (“90210”)

Gourmet Detective 4” Stars: Dylan Neal (“Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove”), Brooke Burns (“The Chase”)

Is there one specific movie you're looking forward to so far?

Monday, February 13, 2017

Play The Triangle; Don't Dance

Last week, my company headed from all over the place to meet up in North Carolina to meet the people at Inmar, Inc., who bought Collective Bias at the end of 2016.

One of the things Inmar, Inc does to help integrate the companies it acquires is to have the new people do a skit, a song...something! They're a very personal company, and they want the company they bring into the family fits with them.

So, Holly Pavlika came up with a great idea to have us be the "Largest ensemble of people playing the triangle"! Isn't that the craziest thing ever? lol I mean never in my life did I ever think I'd be involved in something that had to do with breaking a record.

We learned that there were 7 pages of rules Holly had to look over, and I'm pretty sure she didn't sleep at all. Before she headed to North Carolina, she purchased a conductor baton at Juilliard because we had to have a conductor. The song she chose was "Heard it Through the Grapevine" and we had to play it for 5 minutes!

The previous record had been nearly 600 triangle players. Not too bad. We could do it with the combined people of Collective Bias and Inmar, Inc, right? It was time to get this show started!


Photo Courtesy of Holly Pavlika

Everyone from CB walked up to the front of the stage. We were supposed to lead everyone from Inmar, Inc. in the playing of the triangles. Off we went! Ting, ting, ting, ting to Marvin Gaye!

I started grooving in my spot. Totally getting into the song. How do you not? I mean, it's a fun song! I'm tinging my triangle, swaying to the music. Things were going great! THEN I see movement out of the corner of my eye. To my left, I see someone else having fun, and then they start to move out of the group!

YES! Someone who dances when they feel like they've just gotta move! Not only was she grooving, she started to go around the room. I knew I was going to follow her! Off I went, cutting through the group. Woo Hoo!! Totally in my element. Let's dance people!

I see one of my other friends in the group, and I wave at her to follow me. I'm thinking, "conga line!" I noticed someone else moved from the group, too. This was SO great.

Dancing and playing the triangle. All around the room. Ting, ting, ting.

Made it to the front and the song ended. Whew...hopefully everyone played their triangles. They all knew we were, the 3 of us that danced around the room. I tell ya, 5 minutes goes fast when you're dancing and playing the triangle.


As soon as I sat down, my boss, who was sitting next to me said something to the effect of, "Wouldn't that stink if we were disqualified because you guys danced?" Oh. My. Gosh! WHAT?! That question threw me off for the next couple of hours as we waited to find out the fate of our attempt.

What if the 3 of us ruined it for the entire company! One minute I've never given Guinness World Records® a thought, then next I'm absolutely petrified that I've ruined it for everyone! I was really upset. I mean, if it had just been me, who cares, but to ruin it for an entire company? UGH!

See I just danced. Nothing malicious. No bad intent. I truly didn't even think about how it could be against the rules do move. Heaven's to Betsy, the stress was terrible!

Photo Courtesy of Holly Pavlika

When they came back to announce if we had done what we set out to do, I was on pins and needles. The guy who was deciding if we made it, was up there cutting it up, making jokes. Apparently there were 11 people who were doing something other than just playing the triangle. I remember seeing 3-4 people standing in the Inmar, Inc. doing some dancing in their spots. Nothing big, just some swaying. I have no idea who the rest were. From what they were saying, the 11 of us weren't included in the count. So sad, but we made it! Whew! I didn't ruin it for everyone! 876 people counted towards the Guinness World Records®!

Then I was really bummed that moving around made it so I wouldn't be counted. And I was also feeling terrible that I did break the ranks. I decided to apologize to Holly because of all the work she did, even though what I did wasn't intended to ruin anything or cause an issue. Think before you act kids, even if it's dancing.

I found her the next morning, and I told her I was sorry for the dancing, and she was like, "What are you talking about? We were just kidding! We had that planned. hahahaha" She thought our dancing was fun. My response after spending the day before and a restless night with guilt was, "I officially hate you right now!" HA!

Photo Courtesy of Holly Pavlika

Later that night, I was sitting with the CEO from Collective Bias, and started talking to him about it, and he was saying how fun it was, and there was nothing wrong with it. I guess that was all good simply for the fact that we weren't disqualified. I have a feeling it would've been a very different scenario if we hadn't gotten it. lol

Well, he was saying that the 11 of us weren't in the count, but I told him Holly had said we were. hahahahaha I was so confused. One minute I don't think I should keep my triangle, and the next minute I'm totally keeping it and putting it in a shadow box.

We got an email from Holly this past week saying the 11 of us were in the clear, and that she and the guy, Phillip from Guinness World Records® had planned to mess with us, the rule breakers.

I've decided I'm keeping my triangle, and I'm going to be proud of the part I played in it. I guess I'll have to buy the book for 2017 once it comes out to see if our group is part of the collection of broken records.

If you could break a record, what would it be for?

© 2017 Guinness World Records Limited

Sunday, February 12, 2017

March Blogging Event: Lucky Clover

Yo, bloggers! Whatcha doing next month? Be sure to sign up for the Lucky Clover Giveaway Event! This will be brought to you by Andersons AngelsThis Mamas LifeThe More The Merrier & Woven by Words! We are excited to bring you a Fun March Event called Lucky Clover Giveaway Hop. It will run from Monday March 6, 2017 at 12:00pm EST through Monday March 20, 2017 at 11:59pm EST. It's super easy to join in on the fun of getting ready for St Patty's Day!



Check out the guidelines:

Dates: March 6-20,2017

You must have at least a $25 prize/package to be given away during the event. It can be anything! You may have more then 1 prize to give away but each giveaway has to be at least $25.

Participation to be in the event is FREE!
Anyone Worldwide is able to Participate in this Hop!!

We prefer you to share the sign up post for this event, as well as put the button on your sidebar! The more bloggers we get to sign up, the more traffic there will be during the event! 

You must add the linky for the hop to your giveaway. We'll contact you to make sure you remember to get your post up by sending out a reminder email, or if something isn't right with your post once it is live. We want everyone's giveaways to do well! 

DEADLINE: Sign-ups close on March 1, 2017. Details will be emailed by March 3rd. If you have any questions about the event, we're available to help!

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Friday, February 10, 2017

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2

There are a lot of movies my family is looking forward to this year, but at this point I think the one we're most excited for is GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2!

Check out these fun posters and video! May will be here before we know it!




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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 is in theaters May 5th!



Who is your favorite character?

Thursday, February 9, 2017

myCharge For Valentine's Day Review & Giveaway

I don't know about you, but I'm a gal who loves gadgets! I love gadgets that make my life easier & are helpful. I love them even more when they're a gift for Valentine's Day. A few weeks ago, I got an email telling me about a charger that I'd never heard of before, myCharge! I have a back up charger that's super tiny and bought almost 5 yrs ago. It was time for an upgrade! I asked them if I could review it and give one away. When they agreed, I was ecstatic!


Here's what I find amusing. Less than a week later I had to go on a business trip and was so bummed I hadn't gotten the email about the HubPlus Portable Charger a week earlier. Anyhow, I'm sitting in the airport waiting for my flight when I sit next to a gal who's charging her phone. I glance at her charger...it's a myCharge! Since I hadn't seen one in person yet, I asked her if she liked it, and if I could take a look at it. She liked it a lot, and started fiddling around with it. That little techy gadget was a great size!


When mine finally arrived, I was ready for it. See, my phone is over 2 yrs old. The battery now leaves a lot to be desired. Unfortunately, I work in social media, I'm a blogger, and well, my phone is never too far from me. When I go out, I need a back up charger. When Fred and I go on day trips, they can turn into being gone into the evening. My phone's battery won't make it that long without a recharge any more.

I've had it for a week and a half and it's come in handy numerous times already. The first time was on Monday when I took my son to school. I had to drop him off and go sit at a restaurant for nearly an hour. I hadn't had a chance to charge my phone, and I needed it to have some life to it while I was at the gym. So...I actually killed two birds with one stone.


I plugged the charger in because I hadn't had a chance to charge it all the way because I'd used it here and there over the first week. While it was charging, I had the HubPlus plugged into my phone so it could charge. Two birds with one stone!

And as you can see, it can do three items at once if needed. Go to a conference, it could definitely be needed!

Now, the only two things that I could suggest for this is to make the cables longer. I tend to move around with my phone, so if the charger is attached to it, I like it to easily bend it around to the back and hold them together. I can do that if I'm just holding it in my hand, but if I'm holding the phone on my shoulder (I like to multitask) the charger tends to slip out.


The other piece that I would change is making the battery lights stay on while I'm charging a device. I like being able to glance at it and know how much juice I have left. That being said, it's a personal preference. Others probably like the fact that you can just push a button to see how much charge is left instead of having the lights on constantly. Not a biggie, just something I like.

What I do know about my new myCharge is that it's going to get a lot of use with me around, and if you ever see me out an about, ask me if I have it with me. I can guarantee you I will. I'll even let you borrow it!

Now you have the opportunity to win one of your own! I've already found one I'm going to be giving my daughter for her birthday since she backpacks all over the world...the All Terrain+! She'll love it's durability. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Time To Workout: I Joined A Gym!

About a week and a half ago I joined a gym. Went in on a Saturday morning, dropped down my money and walked away...pondering my next move. I was so busy over the next few days, I didn't even consider going in to workout.

I had an appointment set up to see a trainer on Tuesday, and I think it was the day before she called me to see how I was doing and to confirm our appointment. I had no idea what to expect with her. It's just a courtesy meeting the gym sets up. The day we were supposed to get together, she had to cancel because something came up. No sweat, literally, we just moved it to Friday. Problem was, I didn't have any time to get into the gym until our next appointment.


Let me back up about a month...maybe more. When I first met with the gym manager, it was as a blogger, hoping to work with them and blog for them. Unfortunately, they don't do those kinds of partnerships. Bummer, but ok. He seemed very personable, and happy to show me all around the gym. They've got a lot, I have to say that for them. Sadly, staying in touch with him after that wasn't very easy. In fact after 3 follow up emails, I only heard from him once. I wasn't going to base the gym on one person, even if it was the manager.

I went in to meet with the trainer, and it wasn't exactly what I was expecting. Well, I didn't know what I was expecting, but I think I had something else in mind. She asked me what my goals were. Basically I want to fit into my clothing again. I don't have a number in mind that I want to weigh. Fitting in my clothing will be a good plumb for me. I just want to feel healthy.

Then she started talking to me about my diet; what's good for me, what's bad for me. Don't eat lots of greasy food, eat lots of vegetables. Yep, I think most of us really know this, right? Again, still trying to figure out what we were doing. She was super nice, adorable.


Knowing that I'm not confident on using the cardio machines, I asked her if she could show me how to use them. She said she would, but seemed somewhat hesitant about it. Turned out she wasn't exactly sure how some of the machines worked. Bummer! Anyhow, the meeting was over in less than 30 minutes.

One other tidbit she showed me was the cost of hiring a trainer. It ain't cheap folks! The smallest option is 5 - 50 minute sessions for $425.00! That's $85/session. I mean, It's not "bad" if you have that kind of money sitting around. The cheapest option is at $68/session, but you either have to sign up for 3x/week for 2 months or 24 customized 50 minute sessions. Needless to say, I'll be sticking with the classes for now.

My plan was to get into a class the next week no matter what. I had to start somewhere and it had to be soon! Oh, and I had to get something to work out in because my pajamas just weren't going to cut it.

Have you ever joined a gym? How did it go?

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Revell Rebel U-Wing Fighter


You know it's just around the corner, right? Exactly a week from today? Valentine's Day. Yep, I said it. It's already that far into the year!  You know how many gifts I've gotten for my guys? Nada. I keep forgetting that February 14th is almost here!



Well, with that being said, I at least have an idea for you that you kids will love! First, do they love all things Star Wars? Second, have they or you considered models before? If not, now's the perfect time! I was reached out to about doing a review of the SnapTite® brand's line of Build and Play™ for kids 8+. Hello! How could I say, "No," knowing how much my kids love that movie. Both of my boys have done models with their dad before, so it wasn't a hard sell.


We got the Revel Star Wars SnapTite Build & Play Rebel U-wing Fighter™. There were three models released this past fall, which you can find at Target, Hobby Lobby, and Toys R' Us, as well as online at Amazon.


Having had no experience with this brand, I wasn't sure how easy or hard it will be, even with it recommended for young kids. My son is 13 so I figured it wouldn't be too bad, and it really wasn't. I would guess he was done within 10 minutes? Yes, it was that fast.


There were a couple of times we had to un-snap it because he was going too quickly. Thankfully, they make them easy enough to take apart that you're not breaking anything. Whew, that was good because we had to take almost half of it off for the 2nd mistake. lol


With how easy this was for him to put together: no gluing, no attaching stickers, I think I'd go to the really big one for his next model. What's really cool about these, is the sound effects & light! In the picture below you can see on the left the green light inside the cockpit. The younger kids will love playing with it along with displaying it like my son will be doing with it.


What are your plans for Valentine's Day?

Monday, February 6, 2017

Homesick Candle - Minnesota - It's Your Love Giveaway Hop

Now, if you know anything about me, you know how much I love Minnesota. Yes it snows a lot. Yes they/we have a lot of mosquitos. Yes there's something called hot dish, not casserole. There's just a lot more I love about it than I don't which is why I'm always homesick.


When I came across Homesick Candles, my heart skipped a beat. I wasted no time reaching out asking if we could work together to do a review! The idea of this is so fabulous on so many levels! When you move out of state, aren't you homesick for a while, or forever? You miss it, the people in it who made your life better, richer, full of joy! Homesick Candles are a sentimental way to remember how much you love where you've been!



I'm sure each of us, who have moved away from the place we love, has a memory such as a scent, a food, or an area that comes to mind at random times. Yesterday we were driving over on the Eastern Shore, and it just reminded me of being up North in Minnesota. The Homesick Candles give us a scent that's supposed to remind us of home. Minnesota's scent "Takes you back to The North Star State, with scents reminiscent of winter air and Minnesota apple strudel."



Now, you see the picture above? It was very fortuitous that my candle showed up on the ONE day it snowed in Maryland! It's so weird not to see snow until mid January, and then for it to be gone by the end of the day. Definitely NOT a Minnesota winter!

Something else that reminds me of home is a hotdish. Before I moved to Minnesota, I had no idea what a hotdish was. When I found out, I was like, "You mean a 'casserole'?" Hotdish sounded so stupid. I'd traveled a LOT of places, and never heard of such a thing. Well, Minnesotans say a lot of things differently. After a while you somewhat get used to it.



I decided that I'd share one of the hotdishes I like to make, it's a Tater Tot Hotdish. Somehow, and this was long before my time of moving to MN, people associated the state with hotdish and jello with fruit in it. Just cracks me up. While I did see hotdish at potlucks, I rarely saw jello.

I change mine up a little bit, and I'd say there isn't one specific way that a hotdish has to be made. I mean, it's just a casserole. I like having sautéed mushrooms in mine, and I like the garlic condensed mushroom soup!



Your family is going to love this recipe. It's perfect for the winter!



This is a super easy dish to make, and you will have a happy belly when you're finished!



Now you have the chance to win a candle from the state of your choice. Which state are you homesick for?

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