Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Freschetta Rally for Real Pizza

I am a pizza fanatic.I could probably eat good pizza every day,but the rest of my family might not like it so much.I love to try new varieties and add my own touches at times,but other days,I just want to heat and eat.There are tons of choices available for frozen pizza,but not all of them are the same.

Freschetta is working to provide great pizza awareness with the Rally for Real Pizza campaign.Freschetta believes frozen pizza shouldn't simply taste better,it should be better."Freschetta frozen pizzas are made with top-quality ingredients and taste tested recipes,just to make sure your pizza will always deliver Fresch flavor."

I love Freschetta pizza and feel confident feeding it to my family.Available in a huge variety of flavors and crust options,there is something for everyone.I am thrilled to be able to see the toppings on my pizza ans know they are something I want my family to eat.I can ease my pizza craving,find something we all can enjoy and relax knowing my family is eating something real and not chock full of man made,over processed ingredients.

I joined the Rally for Real Pizza by adding my photo on the  Rally Mosaic on Facebook  and you can too.Simply upload your favorite Fresch pizza photo and be a part of the Rally for Real Pizza too! Each week 100 winners will win 5 Freschetta pizzas and on March 30th,10 winners will be selected to win free Freschetta pizza for a year! Hurry over and join to win!

***I was provided the information as a member of Mom Select..All opinions on my blog are my own and may not be the same as anyone else..that's why they are mine! I am eligible to win a prize for sharing this post,but no other compensation was received.***

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Valentines Dinner at Red Robin

My husband and I try to go to different places to eat when we get the chance.I am so picky it is hard for me to find anything at some places.We usually end up taking turns selecting where to go,or going somewhere neither of us has ever been.

A few days before Valentines Day,we saw a commercial for Red Robin.I know it probably sounds strange,but we had never been there before.I had heard great things,but we just never ended up there.When he saw the commercial,the husband suggested going there for Valentines Day and we agreed to do just that.

We started with the cheeseburger queso dip.This is served hot with colored tortillas and hand fried ones as well.I am not sure what I expected,but I was amazed by how good this was.The flavor was rich and the mix of ingredients was perfect.It might be a little heavy on the seasoning,but that is what makes it so good.We didn't finish it all and ended up bringing the rest home with us.It lasted until the next day when the husband finished it off.

 Brad chose to go with the prime rib sandwich with Au Jus,fries and coleslaw.I always steal a bite of his since my meals choices never seem to come with it, and I always forget to order some, until I see his.

I went with the Patty Melt.The bread was toasted perfectly with just enough butter,I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this twisted versions of a Reuben.The caramelized onion in place of the sauerkraut was delicious over the beef patty and swiss cheese.They served it with a side of thousand island dressing for the fries..yum!

One thing I did find funny.While we were eating I was taking these photos for the blog.The next thing I know,the manager comes over and tells us that because we had to wait so long (about an hour) on our meal,he had taken care of the whole bill.We didn't even notice we had been there that long and tried to tell him it was fine,but he insisted.I don't know if it had anything to do with taking photos or not,but just in case,I will take pics every time we go out from now on!

Loving My New Shirts

I hate buying clothes.Well I don't really hate buying them,but I hate shopping for them.I am a bargain shopper and always try to find the best deals on everything I can.This helps me save money,but it takes way more time than just doing the grab and go method.UGH!

I did find some new shirts for me this week.I am a relaxing kind of girl,so most days it is slacks,lounge wear or some type of slip-on pants and a tee.I bought these three from a seller on eBay.All were new and with shipping and everything they cost me $48 total for the three.This is a little more than I like to pay for something to lounge around in,but I loved them so much,I just couldn't pass it up.

Pinhead is my man..

                                                 and who doesn't love Hannibal right?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Find it With Become

With summer approaching fast,there are so many things on my to do list.It seems like there is never enough time to get it all done.One of my biggest time consumers is shopping.With the warm weather comes the need for many new items and the time to replace some others.I can spend hours searching for the "perfect something" and half the time,I never find it.

Have you ever typed in something like "when will tiffany type lamps be for sale? " or dragonfly stained glass lamp and gotten results for everything else? I always seems to get everything but what I wanted,or a ton of results I have to filter through.Using a site like,you can get the results you intended with comparison shopping too and not have to filter through all the nonsense.

With Become,simply type in what you are looking for and you will get quality results from a variety of retailers and with photos.This allows you to skip over the ones that don't fit without having to click on each page or link.If you are looking for a great way to cook fast and with little cleanup,a simple search for refurbished electric countertop griddle will get you instant results and let you compare prices between stores.

Using can save you both time and money while shopping for discounts and low prices.Eliminate wasted time,unwanted sites and useless information,and still find what you are looking for.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Breakfast with Star Wars and Big G Cereals plus Giveaway

We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day.Mornings can be hectic with work,school and everything else in life,so getting a healthy meal needs to be simple.One of our go to items for a simple and quick breakfast is Cinnamon Toast Crunch.This is the cereal of choice for all 3 of my kids,so we try and keep it,and other Big G cereals on hand at all times.

In celebration of The Pantom Menace in 3D,Big G cereals are now offering Star Wars pens inside specially marked boxes.There are 8 pens in total with characters like Anakin,Yoda,R2D2 and more.You can find one hidden inside boxes of participating cereals including Lucky Charms,Cookie Crisp and our favorite,Cinnamon Toast Crunch!

My boys are the biggest Star Wars fans.Any time they see something even relating to SW they think they just have to have it.Keeping that in mind,you can imagine how they reacted when I was offered the chance to receive the Star Wars Big G prize pack thanks to My Blog Spark.We received 4 different pens,plus 2 boxes of cereal with pens inside,2 magnets and a sticker sheet.We did get a repeat pen in one of the boxes,but with 2 boys,that worked out fine.We now have 5 of the 8 pens so we have to grab some more cereal to try for the other 3.

 Thanks to Big G and My Blog Spark,one of you can win the same prize pack I received.

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***All opinions on my blog are my own and may not be the same as anyone else..that's why they are mine.I receive sample items in order to write a fair and honest review.Giveaway items are provided by the sponsor and they are responsible for shipping all prizes.***

The Mombo Pillow Lends A Hand

As you know my sister had my nephew a few weeks ago.He is getting so big and I love him so very much.I love having my nieces and nephews over for visits,so when I was given the chance to review the mombo,I was excited.I knew I would be having the little man here to as soon as his momma got over the initial "first days".

When I showed her the pillow she was thrilled.This was something she had been wanting anyway,so the timing was perfect.She liked that it vibrated quietly and was soft and comfortable feeling for little Robbie.The first time he used it,he promptly fell asleep.

This must be super comfortable for him,he is sleeping away without a care in the world.She has also used the pillow to feed him and to hold him so she can have a free hand for answering the phone,grabbing a bite or managing my niece.

                         The mombo is perfect for helping siblings participate in feeding or holding baby too.
My favorite way of using it is to just let him hang out.He gets a new view of the world,a soft,comfy place to lay and I get to see his handsome face.This has turned into a favorite baby item and is used daily for one reason or another.

The mombo is available at Babies R Us for and is available in a variety of pillow and slipcover combinations.This would make a great baby shower gift too,and it is something every new parent can use.

***All opinions on my blog are my own and may not be the same as anyone else..that's why they are mine.I received a sample item  in order to write a fair and honest review.No other forms of compensation were received.***

Friday, February 17, 2012

Extreme Cash Giveaway

The time is finally here for the February Extreme Cash Giveaway.Now through March 15th,you can enter to win tons of cash or a Kodak Easy Share Sport Camera!

Our last giveaway was a huge success with over 600,000 entries. This time we’re bringing you MORE PRIZES which means MORE CHANCES for YOU to win!  

What we are giving away:
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I know that makes you super excited.It makes me excited and I can't even enter! Make sure to get all the entries you can..more entries equals more chances to win!! Take your time,hop around,enter to win and find some great new blogs to follow too.

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This giveaway ends 3/15 at 11:59 pm EST and is open worldwide. There are over 100 participating blogs, but you only need to enter the giveaway on one of our blogs. Good luck!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Camel Back Displays for Trade Shows and More

Spring is coming,and with it will be many more things to do.I am not a cold weather person at all.I enjoy going to things like flea markets,craft fairs and yard sales.You don't find many of those things during the cold weather months here in Ohio unless they are indoors.

I have always wondered where the display booths came from.If you have been to a job fair or convention,I am sure you have noticed some of the backdrops and stands being used.The last time I went to one,I remember thinking how annoying it must be to have to lug all that around with you and set it up each time.I had no idea you could get pop up displays that assemble in minutes.

Using a trade show pop up allows you to transport your booth or display with ease.The pieces for the backdrop are stored inside the case.Simply open the lid,remove the parts,close the lid and add a plastic or wood top for a ready to go podium or checkout stand.The pop up frame piece opens like an accordion in seconds and allows you to hang the fabric or graphic panels on the frame.When you finish,just break down the parts,slip them back into the case and you are ready to go.The case can even be customized with fabric or graphics to match.Use graphic ready options and attach items with Velcro,or take advantage of the shelving or monitor options.

There are a large selection of options and styles of pop up booths available.You can select a custom designed booth with your name or logo on the backdrop and case if you choose.This is a nice way to promote your brand and grab attention. If you are really looking to impress,you could go with the 3D,which are the easiest to set up,or back lit options for maximum effect.Using special lights,panels and a transparency screen gives you a world of options Adding a bubble kit which allows back lit graphics to extend outward gives a whole different effect.

. The possibilities are endless.Depending on your time,space and requirements,there is an option to fit.The next time you have a need for pop up trade show displays,I would consider all the options available.Selecting the right display for your product is essential in grabbing the attention and projecting the image you desire.

***I am writing this sponsored post as a member of Blogsvertise.***

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Valentines with Pillsbury Giveaway

Valentines Day is almost here.If you are like me,you still don't know what you are getting,or giving for that matter.I know I will make my husband a special treat of some sort,just to say I love you.I usually try to find something new and different to make for the kids and then something special for him too.

This year I was able to try the Pillsbury Valentine Holiday Shaped Cookies.I was sent a coupon for a free package of cookies along with the rest of my Pillsbury prize pack from My Blog Spark.The cookies come in a variety of designs including Disney Princess,Mickey Mouse and other assorted Valentines styles,but we chose the Princess ones for my daughter.

These cookies are ready to bake,which is great for a quick dessert or snack.I set the oven to heat while my daughter transferred the cookies from the package to the trays.By the time the oven was ready,she was finished and I put them in to bake.I watch my cookies,because they always seem to finish early and this time was no different,Within minutes we had a batch of fresh baked cookies to try.I was able to use my new oven mitt,cookie spatula and cookie jar too.I like the seal on the jar.It keep the cookies fresh without making it difficult to open.The spatula is very nice for removing cookies from the baking sheet and didn't scratch my pans either.I was highly pleased with these,as I usually am with all Pillsbury products I have tried.

Thanks to Pillsbury and My Blog Spark,one of you will get the same prize package I received.

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Leave a new comment for each entry.Please leave email so I can contact you if you win.Giveaway open to US,age 18 and older and ends Feb 17th at 11:59 pm.Good luck!

***All opinions on my blog are my own and may not be the same as anyone else..that's why they are mine.I received sample items as a member of My Blog Spark in order to write a fair and honest review.Giveaway items are provided by the sponsor and they are responsible for shipping all prizes.***

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Black Shard Book Review

Not too long ago,I wrote a review of  The Magic Warble . If you missed it,the Magic Warble is about a girl named Kristina and her journey to another land called Bernovem.While there,she meets dwarfs and fairies,talking creatures and a prince named Werrian.Kristina must help save the land from the evil queen while dealing with traitors,traps and problems along the way.I loved the book and am pleased to be able to tell you about the sequel.

The Black Shard begins with our favorite heroin Kristina spending her summer at  horse camp.If that's not bad enough,she has to spend it with Hester and Davina,the girls she was trapped in Bernovem with before and goes to school with in her normal life.When one of the girls pulls a prank gone wrong,the girls end up back in the magical land once again.Soon after arriving,Kristina is reunited with Werrian who asks her to travel with him on his ship to Tezerel,the land where he is from.

Being so excited to see Werrian again,and happy to be in the enchanted land ,Kristina agrees to go.Little does she know she is going on a trip that will take everything she has to survive with her sanity and her life.Along the way,she will meet new characters,and encounter some old friends too.Will Kristina discover the secrets that surround her? Will the evil that lurks be victorious?

I don't want to spoil the story for you,so I won't tell you the rest.I will say, this was another great story from Victoria Simcox. One thing I really like about these books is the language.There is nothing inappropriate or questionable in the books,which makes them great for kids.The story lines are interesting and keep the reader involved.My boys are 8 and 10 and they both read and loved this book.They are already asking if another one is coming out soon. I think it took them about 3 days to finish this by reading after school each day.

***All opinions on my blog are my own and may not be the same as anyone else..that's why they are mine.I receive sample items in order to write a fair and honest review.No other form of compensation was received.***

Saturday, February 4, 2012

School Fundraising PIsses Me Off

I swear,it never ends.The crazy ways companies come up with to market themselves to you.My kids came home from school the other day,each with a fundraising "kit".I say kit very loosely because basically they sent home a booklet of cards and a letter.They were asking us to fill out one of these address cards for at least 7 friends and family members.The cards would then be mailed to the people on them,asking them to buy magazines to support the school.You couldn't mail more than one card to any address,no matter who lived there.The cards had to be returned the next day.You have to fill in name,address,to,from and what you are doing on each card, and if you have two children in the same school,like I do,you get to fill out two of these lovely booklets.All so the kids can earn a Webkinz

Here I am knowing I don't want to fill out these things.I don't know a single person who needs more magazines.My boys have been the top fundraising sellers of their school the past 2 years,since they entered public school.This is the second fundraiser so far this school year and...I don't even like Webkinz.

So today,my hand hurts from filling out 14 damn cards,the boys misbehaved after school.Nobody asked mom if she wanted magazines and here I am..with nothing,while the boys each "earned" a Webkinz.How the hell does that work?

Friday, February 3, 2012

Agoo Going Out of Business Sale!!

I am sad to say that Agoo is going out of business.According to an email I received from them,they are closing the doors after 5 years of great service.

If you have never been fortunate enough to try their products,now is a great time to snag some before they are gone.With 80% off minimum orders of $100 or more,this is a super great deal! There are only 3 days left,so visit now!

***I was not compensated for this post.I am simply sharing a great deal!


Guest written by our friend Sergio Chaney..

I just saw caught the end of a commercial for direct tv ipad! I don’t know much about it what they were saying, but I’ve got to check in to that. My wife and I were just talking about ways to cut corners on the budget, and if I could watch my football games on my ipad, then we could completely do away with our TV! We have a huge, expensive television, that I only even use during football season to watch the games. The rest of the year, it literally sits there collecting dust. We could sell that bad boy, and use that money to pay off some of our debt. I’m not going to mention all this to my wife, yet, though. I gotta make sure my ipad is compatible with that first, but man! That would be great. I tell you what, technology is just insane. The idea that I could watch my games, check my email, pay my bills, and store my pictures all on one tiny little pad is just unbelievable!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Looking Good with Tanda

As we get older,we all have issues with our skin.Maybe your skin is too dry in certain areas or oily in others.Maybe you have fine hairs where they shouldn't be,or wrinkles and other signs of aging skin.Everyone faces their own issues when it comes to the health of their skin,and has to make their own choices about the best ways to treat them.

Many people have problems with acne removal,either all the time, or especially during menstruation.Using the special Clear Acne Light Therapy,you can reduce the number of acne causing bacteria by 86% in just 6 minutes! This is a drastic reduction in the nasty little germs that cause those outbreaks we all hate.

Another big problem as we age is unwanted hair removal.It seems like the older you get,the more hair grows on your body.Sometimes this bothersome hair can be seen in places we don't want it to.Using their professional hair removal system makes getting rid of that embarrassing hair a snap.

For redness,fine lines and wrinkles,Tanda offers the Regenerate.Using the red light therapy has shown a decrease in these signs of aging,with 75% of users showing an immediate improvement in skin hydration.
There are many reasons why the products from Tanda can help you age gracefully.

***I am writing this sponsored post as a member of Blogsvertise.No other form of compensation was received.The information was provided and all opinions are my own.***

Home Loans for Military Personnel

With the economy the way it is,many people are seizing the opportunity to invest in a new home for themselves.Potential first time homeowners,who are eligible for a VA home loan,can use this to buy a new place for up to $719,000 with nothing down and a low VA interest rate.Even if you don't have the perfect credit,a VA home loan can help you fix your rating and get into a home now.They even offer the option to have the seller pay all closing costs,to save you even more.

If you are already a homeowner,but need a little breathing room or a lower payment,you can take advantage of the VA home loan refinance rates to help you get back on track.The government backed mortgage loans available for active duty personnel and prior service veterans who already have an existing VA loan.

For those that have an adjustable rate mortgage,this is a great way to refinance at a low fixed rate, and for those with a fixed rate plan,refinancing can help save you hundreds on your mortgage payments.You can even avoid any out of pocket costs by rolling them into your loan amount,so no stressing about having the cash up front.You can get the existing escrow account refunded to you and they even offer convenient in-home closings to fit in your busy schedule!

Click here to find out more and to see the loan requirements. Simply complete the easy,one-minute no obligation form to see how much you can save with your VA Streamline Refinance Quote and the Housing Predictor.

***The information was provided for me to share and all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Valentines Adult Gift Guide-Strawberry Kiss

Valentines Day is approaching fast.Have you decided what gift you want this year? I never really know what I want for holidays.I have things I like or want to try,but when someone asks me what I want,I never know which to choose.I usually end up just saying whatever they want to get is fine.This year,I decided to be different and make a list of my top 10.This way,when someone asks,I can go down the list and pick one that is suitable.

If you don't have a list,need something to add to yours,or are looking for that perfect Valentines gift,I have a few adult ideas for you from  Good Vibes. Valentines Day is all about love,and they have some great ways to spread it.Like these..

The Strawberry Kiss is perfect for clitoral stimulation.The flexible,curved tip makes this amazing for hitting that perfect spot.I was impressed with how soft it is and how nice it feels.The tip flexes to achieve the perfect angle and can bu turned for a whole different feel.The one-push vibration makes it easy to stop and start,and no messing with knobs or settings.

This comes in a cute clear box and includes replaceable batteries good for 80 hours.The pretty pink color makes it perfect for a Valentines Gift for that special someone in your life.Ladies,drop a hint that this wouldn't be a bad gift..and it can be used together for maximum fun.I have been known to tape a picture to the mirror or text my husband a link or photo to something I want.If I leave it up to him I will probably want to return it...and I will..and he will get upset.So I avoid the drama and just tell him what I like.

A perfect idea for a sexy Valentines Day Gifts is the Key to my Heart Case.This pink heart shaped case is lined in faux-fur and studded with rhinestones and is perfect for keeping your treasures secure.Toss in a favorite toy and accessories for easy travel and style too.It's a heart,it's pink,it holds my toys..perfect! This is next on my list.

***I receive sample items as a Good Vibes affiliate in  order to write a fair and honest review.All opinions are my own and may not be the same as yours***