Friday, December 30, 2011

Its Almost Here.. 2012

Can you believe that in two more days the year 2012 will be here? Where on earth has this year gone  ask myself? The year 2011 has been a year full of ups an downs for me with the highlight watching my son graduate from high school. Good gosh, I remember taking him for walks in the park, bringing him to see Santa, and his very first day of kindergarten when I cried for hours when he stepped on that very big yellow bus for the first time ever. I haven't a clue where on earth this year has gone?

Having back surgery and all the grueling therapy and recovery took a good part of my year from me. I had heard from many that it would be a bitch of a recovery, and that it was! I also spent this pass year watching my mom deteriorate from Alzheimer's Disease. What a terrible disease it is. All she wants to do is come to my house an listen to Kenny Rogers music, and that she does. I just took her to see him a few weeks ago. What a wonderful Christmas show he  put on.I think this was like my 20th or more times seeing him. I have enjoyed each and every time.

I have also had bit of  tough time watching my son grow,and it seems like he never wants to be around me anymore. All my friends tell me this is what happens when they get in the teen years. We have always been close, so this is  bit new for me, I'm trying to go back when I was a teen and think of what it was like for me?? All I know is that things were much different back then !! I hear that when they turn 20 or so, that hey start to appreciate you a bit more. I guess will wait and see..

What has 2011 been like for you? I hope it has been a good year for you all. With all of the tragedies in the pass year, with some just recently like the lady from Stamford CT, losing her whole family in a fire, just how could she go on? She lost her whole darn family, including 3 kids and her parents on Christmas Day. When I hear of this stuff,  just thank the good lord for letting me wake up each day, and for giving me another chance to be a mother to my son,, and a daughter to my mom, and a great friend to many..I pray for everyone going through a difficult time in their life, and I wish for a very happy, healthy and wealthy New Year!

I'm going in to 2012 with a whole different attitude! I will lose this weight that I have put on over the past few years while recovering from my surgeries! I will keep the attitude that things happen in life for a reason. I will be a good friend to all of my friends, and be there for them when needed! I will be a good mother to my son,and watch him grow into the fine young man that he is. I will cherish each and very day that god gives me with my mom & dad, and I will take care of my mom like she did for me when I was young, most of all , I will take care of myself, and treat myself like I should be, and that means not eating each time I get down in the dumps. It is very clear that is not the answer to my problems. I will try and get exercise in each day as long as my back lets me, but most of all I will continue to be the kind person that I am!! I hope you all have a great and exciting, most of all safe New Year!!


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas To You!!!

Hi Y'all!! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas this year! I hope Santa was good to you and your family! Enjoy the day with your family. Think about the ones serving in the military, and  those who have lost their life serving. Thanks to all of you for what you do for us each and every day to protect our country! I'm glad that Christmas has finally come, and before we know it , it will be gone, so enjoy each moment with your family!! Wishing you all the best from my family to yours on this wonderful day!! God Bless you all, and be safe on this day!! I hope all my blogger friends have a wonderful Christmas !! Thanks for stopping by!!

Much Love,

Friday, December 23, 2011

Are You Ready For The Big Fat Guy To Come??

Are you all ready for the big fat guy to come? It's 1 a.m. in the morning and I'm sitting here thinking where has this year gone, and am I ready for yet another Christmas? The answer is yes! My presents are pretty much wrapped, minus one or two, but the baking needs to get done when I wake up later on today.What are your plans for Christmas Eve? Do you have family that you spend it with, do you do Christmas on the eve instead of Christmas Day?? I know some people that do it that way because of schedules.Whatever works for you is good! I hope all my followers have a blessed Christmas Day this year, and I hope you get what you wan from Santa!! I'm just asking for happiness and good health.. That's not alot to ask for right?? Enjoy your Christmas Eve & your Christmas with the family. Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to say hello! What ever you do be safe.. Do  NOT drink and drive!!Drunk Driving causes accidents, takes life's, and can be very expensive should you get caught, so do the right thing and call a cab, or just walk if your close enough. I can't wait to hear from everyone and how their Christmas was!

God Bless You All & Merry Christmas,

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Track Your Progress With The Zero Scale

Dieting is tough as we all know and sometimes things just don't go as well as we plan, and after a few days or a week or so your ready to throw in the towel. I have the answer to your prayers , and it's the Zero Scale. The Zero Scale from Great Valley Innovations is the newest break through that millions of Americans need. How often do you step on the scale, and not see any change in your weight This happens quite often for me, and can be very frustrating when you are working hard towards your goal of weight loss. Heck, I'd be happy losing a pound or two here and there. I don't need to see big numbers all at once. With the Zero Scale I have found the answer to my prayers.

The Zero Scale can be set to kilograms or pounds and doesn't show you your actual weight, instead it focuses on your weight loss or gain. Once the batteries are installed, you step on the scale and tap the button on the right side at the bottom of the scale to select the user. The Zero Scale can be used by four different individuals in the house, and also has a guest mode. Just tap the button until you reach your number, then it will start to calibrate, and you will see 888, then you will see a sequence of dashes - -- ---, as it finishes calibration. Once it has finished calibrating and displays 0.0,the Zero Scale is ready to calculate your weight.

  The Zero Scale will show your days, and keep track of your weight loss or gain for you. There is a reset button you will need to reset should your batteries need changing, as you will lose your stored information. Each and every time you step on this scale you will get two measurements, one being the most recent and the other from the first measurement.
After the holidays are over, I am seriously going to put the Zero Scale to test, and really try to stick to a diet, including getting exercise each day. The Zero Scale is the perfect tool for someone like myself who could use a bit of motivation losing weight, and I wouldn't be staring at the same old number waiting for it to go down. With the Zero Scale I could focus on my achievements, rather than my current weight. I have always had issues with my weight, and have never come across a scale like this until now, and I couldn't be any happier. The Zero Scale has a nice sleek design, glass top, with rubber toes underneath the scale, and has a large LCD screen . It's actually a very sharp looking scale, and would be perfect for any room in the house.
The Zero Scale can be purchased by clicking here, and is $59.99 plus shipping and handling . You can score a free pedometer and calorie counter if you purchase one now while supplies last. The calorie counter is cool to wear and keeps track of your daily steps and calories walked off. It easily clips on onto your clothing. If your looking for the perfect gift for your loved one this season, the Zero Scale would be the perfect gift. I know that I would be thrilled to receive this beauty as a gift.

I was overall very impressed with the Zero Scale. I love the idea of focusing on your weight loss,or gain, and not your actual weight, and that it stores info for up to 4 people, plus a guest. What a great tool to help with weight loss! Thanks to Zero Scale for providing me with this scale for review. I participated in this review on behalf of Family Review Network . I was not compensated monetarily for my review. I was provided the product pictured above for my honest opinion of this product.Your opinions might vary from mine. Please refer to my Disclosure Policy on the bottom right hand side of my blog. Thanks for stopping by! I will post again on my results in the upcoming New Year from my Zero Scale.

Happy Holidays,

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Conair Extreme Instant Heat Multisized Rollers Giveaway

I have been a fan of Conair Products all of my life, and recently I was given the chance to review Conair Extreme Heat Multisized Hot Rollers. I had never in my life used hot rollers and was thrilled when they arrived in my mail. All I needed to do is plug them in, let them warm up a bit, and they were good to go. They didn't take much time at all to warm up either. Below is a picture of what I received from Conair.
Conair Extreme Instant Heat Multisized Rollers worked like dynamite for me. I plugged them in, waited a bit, then was ready to roll. The clips that came with them made them all stay in place comfortably. I was in heaven with these awesome Conair Extreme Instant Heat Multisized Rollers. Here are some of the great features of Conair Extreme Instant Heat Multisized Rollers listed below.
Girls who love curls can get them in an instant with these hot rollers. The clips and rollers are both heated for extra hold, and infused with ceramic technology for better heat transfer. New Xtreme provides the fastest heat-up – 75 seconds!


■ 75 seconds – fastest heat-up for the perfect style

■ Dual heat comes from both the clip and the roller for extra hold

■ Ceramic technology – for better heat transfer and longer-lasting curls

■ 20 ceramic multi-sized rollers – for beautiful curls and volume

■ 8 jumbo rollers (1.25")

■ 6 large rollers (1")

■ 6 medium rollers (.75")

■ 20 heated clips

■ Stay-cool end rings

■ Ready dot

■ On/Off switch

■ Power indicator light

■ 5-foot line cord

■ UL listed

■ Limited one-year warranty

Here I am with my Conair Extreme Instant Heat Multisized Rollers in. I have tons of thick hair on my head, so I figured it would take alot of time, but I was wrong. It took me less than 15 minutes to roll them up. I left them on for some time, as I wanted to make sure that I would have a nice curl come out, and that I did.When I handle hot items, I'm always afraid to get burned, but with the rollers I didn't have to worry about it.

The ends of the rollers were not scorching , and that was just fine for me. I haven't done the curler thing in decades, since I was a kid, and that was back when rollers were made of foam, and they were so small, and it took forever to roll a head of hair.They were not fun to sleep in either. Those days are long gone for me now, thanks to Conair and their wonderful products.

With my hair being so long the curls normally don't stay in too long, but after using the Conair Extreme Instant Heat Multisized Rollers my curls stayed in until the next day. When I woke up in the morning I till had wavy, curly hair. With the great results that I had, I knew that I would be using these as often as I could. They can be purchased at most of your local stores such as Walmart, Bed, Bath & Beyond, CVS, Kohl's  and Amazon. They retail for $41.99. The curlers were so easy to remove, as you just take off the clip, unroll and voila !! I wish I had known about these sooner. During the holiday season, they will be used often thanks to Conair !!

Thanks to Conair for generously providing me with these awesome rollers for review. Not only was I given a set, one of my followers will have the chance to win also. All you need to do is take a look at , and tell me another product you would like to have. You must follow me on GFC too.This is MANDATORY and must be done in order for other entries to count. I do check so make sure you are following the rules!! Please leave an email with your entries, so I may contact you should you win. This contest is open to U.S. and you must be 18 to enter.

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Thanks to Conair for providing me with the opportunity to review such a fine product. I love my rollers and will pass the word on to everyone, and then some. I was not compensated monetarily for my review. I was given the product in return for my honest opinion. Our opinions may vary. Please refer to my Disclosure policy at the bottom right hand side of my blog. Winner will be chosen by Winner will have 48 hours to confirm their win before another winner is chosen. Good Luck to all who enter!! This is one giveaway that you don't want to miss!! Thanks for stopping by!!


I Have Some Winners To Announce

I have some winners to announce for my latest giveaways that ended. Congratulations to my winners, and Thanks to all who entered!

Drano Snake Plus Kit -  Amanda

Starbucks $10 Gift Card -  Danielle K.

Topsy's Popcorn -  Danielle S.

Feel free to check out my latest giveaways while your here. I'm always posting something interesting to enter. Who wouldn't mind winning a gift or two  with Christmas right around the corner! Please include your email with your entries, so I can contact you should you win. I hope your ready for Christmas, as we are only 1 week away.. Can you believe it that Christmas is almost here?? Where on earth did this year go? I hope you all have some exciting stuff planned for the upcoming new year. My goal will be to lose weight some how. I would love to hear any tips that you have that might help me achieve my goal. I hope you and your family have a great Christmas!! God Bless!!

Ho Ho Ho !!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Asher's Chocolates Review & Giveaway

Have you ever had the chance to try  Asher's Chocolates? I haven't until recently, and let me tell you how awesome these chocolates were. I received the Pecan Caramel Patties picture below.These babies came packages so nicely, and the taste was out of this world. You could not only eat one. They consist of milk chocolate, pecans & gooey caramel. If your not sure what to give your loved one or Christmas, these are just the perfect gift. I know I would love being the recipient of them!

Asher's began in 1892, when Chester A. Asher opened a small candy shop in the heart of Philadelphia. In addition to candies, Chester and his staff of six also made jams, jellies, maple syrup, freshly baked cakes and ice creams.
Beautiful European-style bonbons and rare candies were displayed
in the window to tempt people who were passing by.

The Asher name quickly became associated with superb quality, and the store acquired larger space in the Philadelphia’s historic German town neighborhood. When Chester’s son John died in 1966, the third generation of Asher's took the company’s helm. With the increased use of air-conditioning in stores, homes and automobiles, chocolates were becoming more popular as a year-round candy. Jack and Bob decided to expand their selection of chocolates and began produce sugar-free (what was then called “dietetic”) chocolates.

Asher's quickly grew, and  by the 1980s, Jack's and Bob’s sons, David and Jeff, continued the business into the fourth generation. They soon moved the company to Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania. When that space became too small, The Asher Familiy purchased 31 acres of farmland in Souderton, Pennsylvania. This is where Asher’s Chocolates are made today.

Some of my favorite Asher's products are the Milk Chocolate Dipped Oreos, Mint Patties, and Assorted Cherry Cordials. I could sit and snack on any of these chocolates any time of the day. They are so delicious , and the chocolate melts in your mouth! Asher's also carries an assortment of Gift Boxes and Towers and Gift Baskets  that come right to your door perfectly packaged. These come in handy for someone who don't have the time to go out and shop. Asher's can be purchased on line by clicking here.You order will arrive at your door in no time. If your trying to send a Christmas gift to someone, just contact the company to see if it will arrive in time for Christmas.

Asher's is graciously giving one of my followers a chance to win these awesome chocolates too. All you have to do is check out their site and tell me what you would love to try ? This is MANDATORY and must be done first for other entries to count. I do check too. You must also follow me on GFC! Please include your email with each entry so I can contact you should you win. This contest is open to U.S. only, and you must be 18 to enter! Winner will be chosen Winner must confirm within 48 hours, or will do a re-draw.

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Thanks to Asher's for giving me providing me with their product to review. I was not compensated monetarily for this review. I received a box of chocolates in return for my honest opinion. Your opinions might vary from mine. Please refer to my Disclosure policy on the bottom right hand side of my blog. Open to U.S. only!! Good Luck to all who enter!! Thanks for stopping by!!

Happy Holidays,

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Are You Ready For Christmas???

With less than two weeks away until Christmas, I'm just curious as to how everyone is dealing with it? I know it's all about the kids, but let me tell you how stressful Christmas can be. I know everyone handles it different, but we need to stop and remember what Christmas is all about. It's about family and good times being spent together, and good health also. I have a friend who just went through chemotherapy and radiation for breast cancer, and glad to say that she is doing much better now that the tough part is over. She knows when to laugh and when to cry, and when to just sit back and take life as it is dealt to you.

So how are you dealing with this busy time of year?? Do you feel the need to buy every one you know a gift? I have learned in life through responsibilities that Christmas is not about receiving. With the economy being in a whole, the price of gas almost $4.00 a gal, and fuel oil sky high in price, it's very difficult for me and many others to go out and shop when you have crazy bills to pay just to keep a roof over your head. I have always liked baking cookies, fudge and every making gifts if your crafty enough. One year I made wreaths for family and friends out of plastic bags and a hanger. They turned out so cool and every one loved them.

Are you ready for the big day? Are you done shopping and are your gifts wrapped ? I wait until the very last minute to finish wrapping my gifts, and I feel the stress right up until the last minute. I try to do a few each night, but usually am tired after a long day. Gift cards really sounding good to me this year. How can you go wrong right especially for a teen? Do you have any tips that you would like to share with me on how you keep your stress level low around this time of year?? Is it a glass of wine at night while your wrapping your gifts? Whatever it is I hope you enjoy yourself and don't get too stressed this holiday season. It's one day and it will pass by very fast, so enjoy yourself, have fun with your family and be safe. It will all be over before we know it. Happy Holidays from my family to yours!!

Much Love,

Friday, December 9, 2011

Topsy's Popcorn Review & Giveaway

Each and every Christmas season I always have a huge tin of popcorn hanging around the house for my hungry guests to nibble on, so when I recieved this huge, gorgeous container of popcorn from Topsy's I couldn't have been any happier. I didn't waste anytime on breaking into it either. It arrived to my house in perfect condition and sealed perfectly.

I recieved the 6.5 gallon  snowflake container filled with cheese/caramel/cinnamon popcorn. This popcorn is heavenly delicious!! Once you take a bite, you can't stop. I have never had cinnamon popcorn before, and I was surprised at how awesome it tasted. The caramel melted in my mouth, and overall the cheese was by far my favorite popcorn!! I shared my scrumptious Topsy's Popcorn with whoever came to visit and they loved it too!!
This holiday season, Topsy’s Popcorn is giving a new meaning to “holiday crunch time.” Topsy’s wants to help you and your readers replace the stress of the season with crunchy and savory gourmet popcorn — a convenient and affordable gift for the variety of people on your ever-growing gift list.

Since 1929, Topsy’s has used an original recipe that gives its popcorn an old-fashioned great taste. In fact, Topsy’s was the first company to sell its popcorn in the circular tins that we’re used to seeing popcorn in today. Back in the day, the oil used to pop the popcorn came in the tins, and Topsy’s decided to recycle the oil tins to package up and deliver popcorn. Who knew?

Today, more than 75 years after that first kernel was popped, Topsy’s provides the same quality taste online. With four flavors to choose from — butter, cheddar cheese, caramel, and cinnamon — there’s bound to be a flavor that will delight everyone’s taste buds. On, you can choose from a variety of popcorn tins as well as flavors to quickly and easily find the perfect gift for a variety of people your gift list, from family members to co-workers, a child’s teacher, neighbor, friend, or all of the above!

Topsy's is giving one of my readers a chance to win a holiday container full or popcorn. All you have to do is tell me what kind of popcorn you would like to try, and when would you eat it? This is MANDATORY and must be done first in order for other entries to count. And of course we want you to be able to spread the holiday cheer to your readers. From Nov. 22 – Dec. 12, Topsy’s is offering a $3-off coupon (per popcorn canister) for your readers, Twitter followers and Facebook friends. You must follow me on GFC too! I do check!!
Please incude your email with each entry so I may contact you should you win. Open to U.S. only and you must be 18 to enter!

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  Thanks to Topsy's Popcorn & Family Review Network for giving me this fantasic opportunity to try this awesome popcorn. I was not compensated monetarily for my review. I was given popcorn in return for my honest review. Your opinions might differ from mine. Please refer to my Disclosure Policy located at the bottom right hand side of my blog. Winner will be drawn by, and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. If prize isn't claimed I will have to redraw another winner, and I don't like to do that! Thanks to everyone for stopping by!! You all mean so much to me!!!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Drano Snake Plus Review & Giveaway

I recently had the chance to review this awesome product called Drano Snake Plus and let me tell you how easy and effective it was. Drano Snake Plus is a new drain cleaning kit from the trusted drain experts that’s guaranteed to clear clogs the first time or it’s free*. It's a two step kit that comes with an 18" flexible  plastic red snake and a bottle of  powerful gel from Drano which clings to the whatever is clogging and dissolves the junk away.

Having long hair becomes a problem in my household. I'm constantly clogging up the sink and shower with my hair, and the shower fills up wit water, and won't go down. I found a solution for that and it is  Drano Snake Plus. It is designed for use on the shower or sink and NOT the toilet. Drano Snake Plus is very easy to use and comes in three simple steps. All you need to do is insert the 18" flexible plastic snake and move it up and down to release the clog, then carefully remove it, and discard it. Slowly pour Drano® Pro Concentrate Gel down the drain and let the powerful formula help dissolve the solution for 30 minutes.Flush the drain with hot water to free the drain of any remaining clogged materials.

I was surprised at how easy it was to use this and how effective it was.I pulled out a bunch of my hair with the snake, and my shower was cleaned in no time. I'm definately going to purchase another Drano Snake Plus kit to keep on hand should anymore clogs happen. I'm constantly cleaning the shower, but sometimes I just can't get the clog out. With Drano Snake Plus I don't have to worry about clogged drains anymore.

Drano® Snake Plus is available for purchase in the home cleaning sections of food, drug, do-it-yourself and mass-merchandise stores such as Target, Walmart and CVS. The manufacturer's suggested retail price is: $6.99.

Thanks to Family Review Network & Drano for giving my readers a chance to win Drano Snake Plus . All you have to do is tell me where you will use your kit? Ths entry is MANDATORY and must be done first in order for other entries to count. You must follow me on GFC too. Please include your email with each entry so I can contact you should you win. This giveaway is open to U.S. only, and you must be 18 to enter.

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I was not compensted monetarily for this review. I was given products in return for my honest opinion. My opinions might vary from yours. Thanks so much to my sponsors Family Review Network and Drano for giving me this opportunity to review such a fine product. Please refer to my Disclosure Policy on the bottom right hand side of my blog. Thanks for stopping by!!

Until next time,

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Hellmann's Turkey Challenge

Just in time for the hectic holiday season Hellmann's comes to the rescue once again. Head over to Hellmann' and check out their scrumptious recipes, and cast your vote and enter to win one of four $250 grocery gift cards .

There is nothing better than having left over turkey in the house after a holiday. It tastes scrumptious, and there are plenty of great recipes to cook with your left overs such as Pot Pie,Turkey Casserole or just a plan old Turkey Sandwich with Hellmann's Mayonnaise.

Hellmann’s® Real Mayonnaise transforms your turkey into a juicy, crispy, delicious meal.

• The makers of Hellmann’s® and Bobby Flay are on a mission to help moms re-think main dish meals and leftovers by offering easy, delicious recipes that are great for the busy holiday season, such as Turkey Casserole.

• Take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle to join in the Hellmann’s® Turkey Challenge each week at Hellmann' as Turkey Casserole goes head-to-head with other tasty, juicy turkey recipes.

• Cast your vote for your favorite and enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win one of four $250 grocery gift cards each week.** If there are more than 10,000 entries, the prize value doubles to a $500 grocery gift card! **

• For more information on the Turkey Challenge or Hellmann’s® products and recipes, visit Hellmann'

 I was not paid to do this post. As a One2OneNetwork member I'm sharing this info with you. I was entered to win a Hellman's prize pack for my review. Please refer to my Disclosure policy on the bottom right hand side of my blog.Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Gourmet Holiday Gift Basket Review

When I was contacted awhile back by  Gourmet Gift Baskets  about reviewing one of their Christmas Gift Baskets  I could not resist! I have worked with the fine folks at Gourmet Gift Baskets and they are wonderful people and stand behind their products! They have baskets for every occasion on the calendar. One of my favorites is the Jingle All The Way Holiday Gift Basket pictured in the photo above. If you have a sweet tooth like myself, then this basket is for you. It comes with candy, cookies, peppermint bark, toffee and much more. This basket is not only gorgeous looking, it's filled with awesome products, and this will make a nice little decoration on your table!
Gourmet Gift Baskets has something for everyone. Whether your a chocolate lover, peanut lover, cookie lover , candy lover or just a plain old fruit lover. There is something for everyone. Trust me on this!! If your going to a party or thinking of the perfect gift for your colleague, I always recommend a good old fruit basket. It's much healthier for you than candy. One of my favorite picks with Gourmet Gift Basket is the Orchard's Abundance Fruit Gift Basket. I remember working in the medical field for many years, and we always received gift baskets around the holidays, and we were thrilled with them. Inside this awesome basket is a jar of caramel sauce so you can dip the fruit in it. If you haven't ever tried dipping your fruit in caramel, you don't know what your missing.
The Holiday Sweets & Treats Snowflake Tin Christmas Basket is an eye catcher for sure and would look good sitting on any ones table. This one has mints, cookies, peanuts, honey mustard dip for dipping, and some dark chocolate too. The beautiful baskets by Gourmet Gift Baskets. If you have that someone in your family that your not to sure about buying for, then stop by and check the line of baskets they carry. They carry hundreds of baskets for every occasion, and they come delivered to the door perfectly wrapped in a basket!! Th people at Gourmet Gift Baskets are so easy to work with too!! They are awesome to me!!
This is another favorite of mine for sure, since I'm a huge Red Sox fan!! The "Boston Red Sox Gift Basket Classic"  , and on my Christmas list for sure. I have many sports fans in my family and they all like it when they get anything related to their favorite sports team. I love the Lanyard and the Sports Tumbler. If you happen to not be a Red Sox Fan, and are a Yankee fan, Gourmet Gift Baskets has a New York Yankee Gift Basket Classic. Once you have decided which Basket you would like, you just select your zip code & where you want it delivered, and n the next page you will be able to choose how fast you want it there, and how much shipping will cost. Gourmet Gift Baskets start at $29.99 and go up to $250.00+ for the much larger ones. The baskets are priced perfectly for what you are getting.
The Corporate Show Stopper Christmas Basket would be a huge hit for sure!! Imagine being at your desk and having this gorgeous basket delivered to you. I think I would be in heaven, and of course I would share with all of my co workers. Everything is stacked perfectly in the basket. I'm not sure how they do it, but the items do not fall out of place at all. Would you like to have one of these baskets delivered to you? I know that I would, but this year instead of me reviewing a basket, and offering my readers a chance to win, Gourmet Gift Basket is sending baskets over seas to the troops. I can't be any prouder of them for doing so. I could have reviewed one for myself, and sent the other one to the troops, but I decided that I a bit more fortunate right now, and since Christmas is creeping up on us, I decided to send both of my baskets to the troops. Atleast it's a little something to give them a smile on their face Christmas morning. I know other companies that do the same, so kudos to all of you that give to others especially around the holidays! I hope you understand why I chose to do this, and don't worry as I'm sure I will be contacted again from Gourmet Gift Baskets.

I can't express enough thanks to the wonderful folks at Gourmet Gift Baskets for being so kind, and giving us blogger a chance to pay it forward to others who can't be home at the time. I watch on TV each year when the troops open their care packages tat were sent to them, and the smile on their face is priceless! They do know that we are supporting them and all they do, and thanks to the great people at Gourmet Gift Baskets, for giving us blogger's a chance to participate!! I hope I made someone smile with this act of kindness!!
If anyone is looking for the perfect gift for me , the Gourmet Cheesecake Sampler is a must have in my house.Imagine this just sitting on the table with some cherries to throw on top? It looks like it is flavored already, but what the heck, a few cherries & a touch of whip cream, would spice it right up. I'm dying to try this cheesecake, so if anyone knows me, just remember Christmas is coming up! Thanks again to Gourmet Gift Baskets for participating in this wonderful program helping the troops out! I know I had a smile on my face when I heard that you would be donating to the troops. Kudos to you folks for being so thoughtful!! If any blogger would like to write to Gourmet Gift Baskets inquiring about reviewing, and or donating them as I did , feel free to contact them, and they will get back to you. I'm not sure how many have been reviewed so far, so be patient, and they will return your message.

I was not compensated for this review, nor was I given  product to review.I donated my Gourmet Gift Basket to the troops who are currently serving in IRAQ, Afghanistan. and other places.These are my opinions above, and yours and mine might vary!! Please refer to my disclosure policy on the bottom right hand side of my blog. Thanks to everyone who stops by and checks out my review. You should check out the  Christmas Baskets that Gourmet Gift Baskets carries. I'm sure you will be loving every I wish you all a very blessed, full of love, and a safe season!! Happy Holidays!!!


Monday, November 28, 2011

The Winner Of DWTS Season 13

Finally after countless weeks of training some 8+ hours a day, and plenty of heated moments, and some sad ones too, we finally have a new champ of Dancing With The Stars Season 13. For those of you who have been following along, or those of you who haven't, the new winner is J.R. Martinez & Karina Schmirnoff, and this couple couldn't be any more deserving to win. The final three couples were all great, but in the end there could only be 1 winner.
This was a very exciting moment for me on the show. To see J.R & Karina all jacked up in the air with their Mirror Ball trophies, and confetti falling all around them was just priceless! There were tears flowing everywhere when Tom Bergeron announced their name. They both had tears that they were fighting back to talk with Tom. This was a moment that Karina who had been so close several times had been waiting to happen for many years, and finally she got her win with one amazing, outstanding, stellar man! Any mother would be proud to call J.R.their son!! He was kick but fabulous right from he get go.
This is the dance right here that put them over the top with a perfect score of 30, making it their fourth one of the season. This freestyle choreographed by Karina was A+++ phenomenal. The lifts and jumps that were in this routine were fabulous. AT first I asked if all this would be safe considering that Karina had her neck fused last year after an injury, and with J.R.'s ankle, I wondered if everything would turn out right from them, and with 10-10-10 from the judges paddles, they was perfect!!

This flip was crazy dangerous, but went off perfectly. I couldn't believe what I was seeing, and it happened so fast. All I know is there was jumps, flips, more flips, and a little booty shaking. Did you see where they went out into the middle of the dance floor and danced perfectly on beat, same moves, it was simply amazing. I know Karina was the pro here, but I have to give mad props to J.R. for keeping right up with Karina. Believe me when I say it was hard to tell between the pro and the celebrity. This is how J.R. danced the whole season. His first dance of the night was not his best as he missed a few steps,but he redeemed himself.

As I said before all of the couples danced great, with Rob Kardashian being the most improved dancer. He started as a young man and developed into a perfect gentleman. I hope he continues on with his dancing. Derek & Ricky came out and did a great Freestyle also, but she lost a few steps at the , and this cost them.Ricky Lake knew she was a winner either way. What she accomplished this season was enough , with her boyfriend sitting their each week to cheer her on, I just was so thrilled for her. When Rob & Cheryl made it to the final two in the competition, which I knew would happen, I was like no way, if that Kardashian wins I will flip. I'm just so damn sick of all the whole family. I had to sit here week after week and see the whole darn crew, and enough is enough. I will say that it was any ones game. Rob & Cheryl did their best, and Rob brought his game when needed,but in the end it was J.R. & Karina that would be the winners,and I can't tell you how happy I am for them both. They are both thrilled to have won. Karina put a picture of her and her Mirror Ball Trophy in bed on the computer for all t see. I just laughed. After all that hard work, I would sleep with it too. I can only imagine what J.R. has done with his Mirror Ball?

Now I'm slipping into my blues stage as there is no more DWTS until mid March. What on earth will I watch from now until then? I have an idea , why don't they take all the runners up and put them in a competition until the new series  premieres, or does that sound weird??? I also think they should take the judges next season and pair them up with some celebrities. Carrie Ann would be great with Max, Bruno would be great with Kate Gosselin, and good old Len would be perfect with Cloris Leachman!! These are just my opinions though. Let me know how you will be enjoying your time until the new season starts? Maybe I'll put my extra time into blogging and have some fabulous giveaways for my readers!! Congratulations again to the winners on DWTS Season 13 Karina Schmirnoff & J.R. Martinez. Thanks for stopping by each week to read my update on DWTS. I'll be back to doing it when the new season starts up. Who would you like to see on DWTS Season 14? I would love to see Sheri Shepard of The View, and Les Gold, of his hit show "Hardcore Pawn". I think ABC should recruit Jimmy Kimmel also, after all he does interview each dancer and their partner each week. Let me know who you would like to see on the next show? Thanks for stopping by!!

Until next time,

Win A Starbucks Gift Card !!

Now that Thanksgiving has passed there is no time at all to relax. From here now until Christmas it's usually crazy for everyone with getting your house decorated, getting all your shopping done, and let's not forget those last minute parties and Christmas gifts. I have always liked getting together with family, friends and colleagues for the holidays. It helps me get in the spirit of it all. Are you looking forward to another Christmas, and are you ready for it? I know my answer and it's HECK NO!! I know some people go out and shop right after the holiday, and look for bargains for the next year. I have been know to do this a time or two before. I also know people that have every single gift wrapped up like two months before Christmas. These people drive me batty. I can't even get my gifts wrapped two weeks before forget two months

So what do you like to do for the holidays, or what do you normally do with your family?  I usually just celebrate with the family on the big day, and I try to go to church on Christmas Eve. This has been a family tradition for many many years in our household, and I always look forward to seeing other people out, and the best part I love is when the whole church sings Christmas songs. Now that really gets me in the Christmas spirit. By the time you get home from church if you go to midnight mass, your Christmas is just about here in hours. I'm always doing the last minute thinking like what if  forgot something for someone?If I did, I sure hope he or she likes candles because that is what they are getting!! By this time, I'm all shopped out and ready to just hang it all up. Sorry to sound like a scrooge, but Christmas can be very trying on your nerves. So can dealing with the bank, cable and phone people right, and let us not forget the lovely credit cards??

So since it's stressful during this year, I decided to give you the chance to win a $10 Starbucks Gift Card. I don't know about you, but when I'm stressed a bit, there is nothing more than a good old cup of Joe to help out. Actually, a nice old Frappuccino does wonders for me. Have you ever had them from Starbucks? They are to die for. I like the Caramel Frappuccino the most, with the drizzled caramel sprinkled all over the top of this wonderful frozen cup of pure bliss!! I thought I would offer a gift card to my followers, to help de stress just a tiny bit. Take a break out of your busy day and or week, an go treat yourself with cup of Coffee from your local Starbucks!

Here is what you need to do to be eligible to win this gift card .You must follow my blog via GFC, and leave me a comment telling me what is your favorite drink at Starbucks, and/or if you have ever been  there before? These requirements are MANDATORY and must be done first in order for other entries to count. Open to U.S. residents only and you must be 18 to enter.

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Thanks to all of you for stopping by and entering my giveaway. I was not compensated at all for this review. I purchased the card referred to above myself. These are my opinions stated and yours might vary from mine. Please refer to my Disclosure Policy at the bottom right hand side of my blog. Feel free to check back often as I have some fabulous giveaways coming soon, and I mean fabulous!! Nothing like a win right before the big holiday!! Good Luck to all of you who enter! If you haven't won yet keep trying  you day will come soon.


Love U Blog Hop!! Week 7

~Blog hop starts anew every Monday at 00:00 (Canada/Pacific time). The spotlight blog is chosen from the blog hop of the previous week, so if you'd like to be featured, plug your blog into the link provided below (and post our button)!

                       Hosts: LunarAle & Mary's Cup of Tea
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Thanks to both of the lovely hosts above for hosting this fabulous Blog Hop! Feel free to check out their giveaways while your visiting!! Have fun and Happy Hopping!!


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving To You!!

Just wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!! Sorry I'm a bit late getting on, but it;s been a very busy day for me. I lost power last night due to an accident, so I was in the dark all night, and that meant I couldn't  finish baking my pies. Oh yeah, it was  very cold night too. Not having any heat when it's in the teens is tough, and to top it off I was in the hospital yesterday too, so it was a crazy day for me, but I was able to finish everything I needed to today and catch glimpses of the parade.

I hope you all enjoyed your holiday with your loved ones. I'm very thankful for my family, friends and health, and I'm also thankful to the men and women who fight for our country, the ones who weren't able to be home with their families today. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Return home safe and sound for your family. You are all appreciated more than you know. I'm also thankful to the guys who spent the night out in the frigid temps trying to restore power so everyone could enjoy their day. I was a bit hesitant, but they came through with flying colors, so god bless them all!!  I think it's time for a piece of apple or pumpkin pie, so on that note I will get off. For those going out Black Friday shopping have a great time, and be safe. Watch your purse, as there are crazy people out during this season  who will do anything for money. Goodnight !!

Happy Thanksgiving,

Sunday, November 20, 2011

DWTS Week 9 Semi Finals

Here we are already at week 9 and in the semi finals of DWTS, and the four couples that made it this far are Rob & Cheryl, J.R. & Karina, Derek & Ricky and Hope and Max. I was pretty much thinking this would be the way things ended with the elimination of Hope & Max. AFter making it this far , and dealing with all the pretty nasty comments all season directed at them from the judges, I knew and I'm sure they knew their time was up. It was pretty evident for sure!
Hope and Max had a pretty rough start right from the get go with the judges. They knit picked every damn thing about them, while they praised others dancing like Nancy & Tristan and Carson & Anna. You could tell that there was discontent in the air. After Max brought Hope to his home to meet his parents and gave dinner, they kind of had a fresh start and seemed to be taking a different approach with things.Whatever it was, it was working. They danced their best of the season and they knew so by the look on their faces, only to go to the judges to get knocked down like always. They received three 7's, which I thought was somewhat low for their performance, and Max spoke up about it. He knew this was wrong and he needed to stand his ground for Hope and himself!
I'm not sure what the deal is between Carrie Ann & Max, but they have had issues for quite a few years now and it shows. She definitely has it out for him, and favors others like Rob Kardashian with her "Bootilicious" comments! How appropriate Carrie Ann to say on national television. Did you forget that this was a family show and kids watch this? It's so funny that you bark at Max for being rude to Len, well practice what you preach my dear!! On yeah, what on earth is wrong with smiling? Max didn't have no snarky look on his face, he was just staying cool and letting the judges bash Hope and him! I agree with alot of viewers that I think it is time for the show to clean house with the judges! Another thing that pissed me , was after the elimination every night the person that gets sent home goes on Jimmy Kimmel Live ,and does GMA in the morning. This did not happen this year, and I'm not happy about it one bit! I heard that ABC chose to have the finalists on instead of Max & Hope. This is not right at all! How dare you do that to them? I want an answer as to why this happened from ABC! I have dedicated many of years to this show, and now I'm let down like many others.
After an up and down season with some of the contestants, J.R. Martinez and Karina have been pretty consistent every week. This guy strives for perfection, and he has become a great dancer. After scoring two perfect 30's the week before, to hurting his ankle and getting 7's and 8's, it was a bit upsetting for J.R., and it was written all over his face. To go from being on top of the leader board for 4 weeks straight, this was not what J.R. & Karina had planned, but accidents happen. I just pray that he is better and brings his game tomorrow night. I expect and hope to see nothing but 10's for him on each dance.

We know that the judges show favoritism to Derek & Ricky and Rob & Cheryl, so I hope J.R. brings his best. I know that Derek &  Ricky did not have a perfect Samba, and they scored 3 ten's on that dance. Derek has always been a favorite to the judges! The partners he gets each year are amazing, some  who have had dance experience. Derek has won 3 times already . I want to see Karina win her first mirror ball trophy. She has come so close before, and this time it is hers!! I will keep my fingers crossed for sure!!

Congratulations to all of the couples who have made it this far. You have danced great and all deserve to be in the finals. Watch out for Rob K. He was on fire last week dancing. Cheryl has turned him into an awesome dancer. I hope he knows how good he is. The heck with the rest of the Kardashians!!
I'm hoping for some awesome free style dances with jumps, twists, you name it, I want to see it! Who ever does the best on free style usually ends up winning the competition, so I can't wait to see. Thanks for stopping by! Let me know who you want to win, and who you think will win the competition?

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