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Friday, July 26, 2013

A Culinary Journey with Lean Cuisine #HonestlyGood



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{Friday Sneak Peek} Saving Mr. Banks - New Poster #SavingMrBanks


Two-time Academy Award®–winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen.

When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise—one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation.

For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp.

It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.

Inspired by true events, “Saving Mr. Banks” is the extraordinary, untold story of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen—and the testy relationship that the legendary Walt Disney had with author P.L. Travers that almost derailed it.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Boys of Summer



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{Book Review} Gooseberry Patch Stitching For The Kitchen #StitchingfortheKitchen

Gooseberry Patch Stitching For The Kitchen offers 30 super-easy ideas for creating beautiful accessories, home decorating items, gifts, and keepsakes with sewing, patchwork, appliqué, crochet, and embroidery. Make charming napkins, tablecloths, and runners; adorable; potholders, trivets, and warmers; stylish totes and organizers; and sweet aprons for cooks of all ages. Stitchers at all skill levels will appreciate the tutorials and other information at the back of the book, and the full-size patterns make creating the projects even easier. An no Gooseberry Patch collection would be complete without some tasty treats - readers will find more than a dozen sprinkled throughout!

When i was a newlywed, I received doilies from my mother in law. I knew I was waiting for a place of honor, or a very special project to inspire me to use them in a way that would be fitting of all of her hard work and fine crochet skills. She personally crocheted them with love and time in the hope to someday pass them on to her daughter and future daughter-in-law. I remember thinking, what am I ever going to do with these doilies, as there are so many?

I was very excited to see the Vintage Doily Runner project in the Stitching For The Kitchen! My table lacks any charm or pizzazz  so I fell in love with this project, as soon as I saw it! I then sat down with my mother-in-law, and asked how we might work together to complete this project as a team! (As, I am all thumbs, when it comes to fine crochet work.) The two of us are working to complete this project before the holidays, and I cannot wait to display in proudly at Thanksgiving! Crossing my fingers her health allows us, this time together, as it has been so fun laying out each of the pieces, and crocheting side by side! Stay tuned for the completed project photos!

Seeking inspiration? Looking to start making gifts for the holidays? Then you will love Gooseberry Patch Stitching For The Kitchen! Check out these great projects and blogs, from the Gooseberry Patch Stitching For The Kitchen Book Tour:

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Delightful Country Cookin

You will find more details about the book on the Gooseberry Patch website, Facebook, and Twitter

*I was not compensated or asked to speak about the company. I was sent a copy of the book for my personal review, all thoughts and opinions of the book are 100% my own!
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Monday, July 22, 2013

{Review} 5 Reasons to Love the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 from Verizon #Samsung #Verizon

My family and I reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, on behalf of Verizon. I was not compensated for my opinions or asked to speak about the company. I was given the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, for two weeks to try in my home with my family.

I am thrilled to shared with you 5 Reasons to Love the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 from Verizon! With the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 from Verizon, you'll get a powerful device that enhances your life style at work, at home or on the go! 


  1. Fast Verizon 4G LTE - Verizon 4G LTE provides significantly increased speeds–up to 10x faster than 3G–so you’re more productive and responsive. Download movies in minutes, photos in seconds, plus games, news and email attachments. Speed is the key when you are seeking something quickly, and need answers now! What mom has the time to wait for a page to load?
  2. S Pen™ - With the enhanced S Pen™, you’ll find that you can finally use handwriting effectively on screen. Its .5 mm accuracy provides control, and it also features palm rejection to stop an unintended touch from becoming unintentional input. Do you find yourself thinking of things as you are out and about or watching little league? I loved that the S Pen™ was fluid like, and could "read," my hand writing! (That says a lot!) The ability to write, as I was thinking, and take notes through out the day, was a huge help! I loved that I was able to write an email, as if I was writing a letter! Seriously, this was my favorite feature of the Samsung Note 10.1!
  3. Multi Window Viewing - Use Cascade View to look at multiple apps at once, in an easily scalable format. Or utilize Dual View to open two apps at once and view them in two panes arranged left–to–right or top–to–bottom. It’s Multi Window operation for your productive life. How many times, have you had to minimize, and try to open the numerous apps that you are trying to keep up to date with? I find myself missing tweets, emails, or status updates while I am editing photos! Not, any more! The multi window viewing was a dream, and made everything that I wanted to see, all in one screen! Lets see your tablet do that?! 
  4. Photo taking - As an aspiring photographer and blogger, who never wants to miss a single memory or life's little moments, I love the Samsung Galaxy Note's ability to take great photos. It features a 5.0MP Auto Focus Rear Facing camera w/ Flash, 1.9MP HD Front Facing camera, and can be saved in BMP, GIF, JPEG, or PNG! The square in the center of the screen turns green, when you are focused and ready for the best photo possible!Share instantly with all of you social media channels or email contacts, in this all in one device! You wont miss a moment, as this tablet is beyond portable and light! Who needs to lug a huge camera around? Not this mom on the go! 
  5. Perfect for Kids - Even little ones can use the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1! - My two boys love the Note 10.1, as the S Pen™ gave them the ability to learn letters, practice handwriting, draw, play games, and explore numerous learning apps. I loved that the S Pen™ fit their little hands, but gave them the movement of using a real pencil! My soon to be first grader thought it was amazing that it moved with him, was light to carry, and was a great option for use during car trips! The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, was a great resource during a bad weather situation where we had to take cover in the basement! The kids were distracted, the Note 10.1 still carried full service with the fast Verizon 4G LTE even during the storm! My boys gave it two thumbs up, and this mom approves!
I was very happy that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 from Verizon, was everything I had hoped that a tablet would be! It blew other tablets away, as it is light, fast, and great for the whole family!

Want more great information about Verizon? Check out:

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*I was not compensated or asked to speak about Verizon. I was loaned a product for my personal review, and tried it with my family in our home. All thoughts and opinions of the product are my own.
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Friday, July 19, 2013

{Friday Sneak Peek} The Fifth Estate #DreamWorks #FifthEstate


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 whistle blowers 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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THE FIFTH ESTATE opens wide in theaters on October 18th


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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Last Vegas - Stars Four Legends - Douglas, De Niro, Freeman & Kline

Take a trip to Sin City with Academy-Award winners Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman & Kevin Kline in a new trailer from CBS Films' LAST VEGAS -- opening in theaters on Friday, November 1, 2013.


Starring four legends like you've never seen them before, LAST VEGAS tells the story of Billy, Paddy, Archie and Sam (played by Academy-Award winners Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline), best friends since childhood. When Billy, the group's sworn bachelor, finally proposes to his thirty-something (of course) girlfriend, the four head to Las Vegas with a plan to stop acting their age and relive their glory days. However, upon arriving, the four quickly realize that the decades have transformed Sin City and tested their friendship in ways they never imagined.  The Rat Pack may have once played the Sands and Cirque du Soleil may now rule the Strip, but it's these four who are taking over Vegas.  

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What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas! 
Last Vegas opens Friday, November 1, 2013!
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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Race To The Finish with Disney PLANES

Download Race to the Finish! Activities

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Disney’s PLANES flies into theaters everywhere on August 9th!

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Monday, July 15, 2013

The Color Run™ - Be a Color Runner™ in St. Louis!

The The Color Run™ is coming to St. Louis, on September 15, 2013. I am very excited to share a discount to my readers, thanks to my partnership with The Color Run™.  I watched as friends and family shared photos from The Color Run™ last year. Each of my loved ones shared their amazing experience, each encouraging me to take part in the next race! So, the time has come, and I will take part this Fall! Join the adventure, as The Color Run™, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet will forever change the way you think of a race! Are you up for the challenge?


The Color Run™ 5k is on its way to St. Louis, Missouri! The event will take place on September 15th, 2013 in Downtown Poelker/Kaufmann Park!
The Color Run™, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, individuality, and giving back to the community.
  • Find out more about The Color Run™ 5k event by clicking here, or check out our FAQ page for answers to commonly asked questions.
  • Join our VIP List to receive updates and notifications about The Color Run™ 5k event in your area. Click here to sign up now!
Be Healthy. Be Happy. Be You.

Start Window

The start window will open at 9:00 am with waves going approximately every few minutes. Start planning out your day! Come early and do some team stretching before the run during our pre-race party!

Packet Pick-Up

As race day approaches, stay tuned to this page for important information and updates including important pre-race information.

Charity Highlight

Food Outreach is a volunteer-based organization in the metro St. Louis region focused on providing nutritious meals and nutrition counseling to men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS or cancer. Our 1,900+ clients live in 174 Missouri and Illinois zip codes.

Volunteer

Do you want to be part of the event but aren’t able to run in it? Consider volunteering! We always appreciate those who are willing and able to come and help us bring the Happiest 5k on the Planet to your city. Click here to learn more.

The Color Run™ 5k – St. Louis Fall Registration

*Solo Runner/Walker
40.00 Early Registration
45.00 starting April 15th, 2013
50.00 starting Aug. 15th, 2013
*4+ Person Color Team Runners & Walkers
35.00 per person Early Registration
40.00 per person starting April 15th, 2013
45.00 per person starting Aug. 15th, 2013
**Creating a team does not secure spots for all 4 members; each team member needs to register BEFORE registration fills up!
For tips on the best way to create a team… click here!!

I am so excited to offer my readers a discount at registration  Enter COLOR5OFF and you will save $5 off any city that has not all ready sold out! Sign up today, as each city sells out as the day gets closer! See if your city is still open, and register today!

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Check out the website for lots of information about a city near you.


*I was not compensated for this post, but offered registration for The Color Run within my local city. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
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Friday, July 12, 2013

{Friday Sneak Peek} Saving Mr. Banks


Two-time Academy Award®–winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen.

When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise—one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation.

For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge.  He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp.

It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.

Disney presents “Saving Mr. Banks,” directed by John Lee Hancock, produced by Alison Owen, Ian Collie and Philip Steuer, and written by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith. Executive producers are Paul Trijbits, Andrew Mason, Troy Lum and Christine Langan. The film will release in U.S. theaters on December 13, 2013, limited, and open wide on December 20, 2013.


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SAVING MR. BANKS opens in theaters limited on December 13, 2013 and opens wide on December 20, 2013!

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

{St. Louis} Go Retro Tonight with JAWS on the Big Screen!

Check out JAWS on the Grand Screen at the B&B Wildwood 10 TONIGHT at 7pm…tickets are only $5!  
One night only, to see this Summer Movie Classic on the Grand Screen!



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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Captain America - 4.4.14


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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER releases in theaters on April, 4, 2014!


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Monday, July 8, 2013

{Giveaway Closed} Barely There® Bandini™ Is Great For Summer!

Congratulations to our 5 winners: 
Melanie M, Cindy B, Michelle B, Angela S, and Diane R.
I am so excited to announce that I am hosting a giveaway, on behalf of Barely There. Summer is in full swing, and that means great summer looks! How are you wearing your favorite tops and dresses? Need a strapless or single strap bra, for your Summer look? Barely There® Bandini™ is the solution! I recently had the fun opportunity to take part in the Barely There Blog Squad Challenge "Color Your World," and rock a Barely There® Bandini™.   I have tried other strapless or single strap bras, and they just are not comfortable! The Bandini™ with Foam, is tagless, seamless, and doesn't have that horrible strip of latex to prevent sliding!  The Bandini™ is perfect for summer, as it breathes and moves with you, even on the hottest days! 

Want to see what all the excitement is about? Enter to win a Barely There® Bandini™ with Foam 2 pack! I will be selecting 5 winners, so you have a great chance of winning! Enter below!
Ways to Wear:
One strap, two straps, or no straps. The Bandini is your must have wardrobe accessory for this season's tops & dresses! 




CustomFlex Fit®

Foam Bandini

  • Smart Sizes XS – XL
  • Flexible foam cups
  • Convertible straps (so many ways to wear!)
  • Pair with original Bandini™ bra for looks galore
  • No tags
  • No seams







USA addresses only (No P.O. Box) Winner will be contacted by email, and product sent directly from Barely There®  once home address and phone number has been provided. Winner has 48 hours to respond, before another winner is selected.

Check out the Barely There website
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*This giveaway is sponsored by Barely There. As a Barely There Blog Squad Member, I was not compensated in any way, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 
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