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Friday, January 30, 2015

Orkin Bed Bug Feud Game & CleanRest Pillow Encasement #Giveaway

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We have heard a lot on the news over the past year about bed bugs.  One of my friends encountered bed bugs when she took her family on vacation.  She sent her husband down to the pool with the kids when she had a migraine.  When her hubby returned, my friend had lots of bites.  They checked out of that hotel room and were moved to a suite.  She was so paranoid that she had the manager and housekeeping take off all the sheets and make sure there were no bed bugs!  Thankfully, this has never happened to us.  I cannot stand any creepy crawlies so I would have freaked!

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Russell Madness coming to DVD March 10, 2015

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The Talking Dog-Loving Team that has Dressed-Up Pets for Generations
Including Air Bud and Air Buddies … Debuts an Exciting All-New Family Film!

Coming Home on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD -- MARCH 10

LOS ANGELES, Calif., January 14, 2015 <– In celebration of today’s world-renowned pet holiday ‘Dress-Up Your Pet Day,’ Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Air Bud Entertainment, announced that the hilarious and heartwarming pet-filled, family adventure RUSSELL MADNESS, will make its Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD debut, on March 10, 2015 ( The action-packed family feature’s home entertainment release follows a February debut in theatres as part of the Fandango Family Screening Series (

RUSSELL MADNESS is produced by Air Bud Entertainment, the creative force behind the #1 live-action, direct-to-video movies in the family category. The exciting, action-packed adventure introduces ‘Russell,’ a talking (and costume-wearing) Jack Russell Terrier who accidentally becomes a professional wrestling superstar, on the way to discovering the true power…of family.

The film stars John Ratzenberger (‘Toy Story,’ ‘Cars,’ TV’s Cheers), Fred Willard (TV’s Modern Family) David Milchard (TV’s Convos with my 2-Year Old), Mason Vale Cotton (TV’s Mad Men), McKenna Grace (TV’s Crash and Burn) and John Hennigan (former WWE star) along with the voices of talking animal stars including Will Sasso (TV’s ‘MadTV’ and ‘The Three Stooges’) and Sean Giambrone (TV’s The Goldbergs). RUSSELL MADNESS is directed by ‘Air Bud’ and ‘Buddies’ veterans Robert Vince, written and produced by Robert Vince and Anna McRoberts.

RUSSELL MADNESS tells the story of Russell, an undersized but big-hearted terrier who dreams of having a family of his own. After running away from his current pet store residence, Russell gets taken in by The Ferraros, a family desperate to revive their grandfather’s pro wrestling arena. That’s when they discover their new pet pooch has incredible wrestling skills. With help from his coach, Hunk, a savvy and hilarious monkey, Russell rockets to the top of the pro wrestling world and becomes a famous sports superstar. But when a dishonest promoter double-crosses the Ferraros, Russell will face his biggest challenge and discover that the strongest tag team is family. RUSSELL MADNESS is rated ‘PG’ by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).


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If your family loves Mike and Ike like mine does, you'll be happy to see this!

Bethlehem, PA (January, 2014) –The makers of MIKE AND IKE®  announce the return of MIKE AND IKE® ROOT BEER FLOAT and MIKE AND IKE® COTTON CANDY, available now for a limited time only.  Long-awaited COTTON CANDY tastes just like the sweet goodness right off the stick, minus the sticky fingers, and has been sought out by candy lovers for some time. ROOT BEER FLOAT is the perfect fat free candy packed with real flavor and cooler than ever in its retro style pack.

Both retro mixes combine great tasting flavors for a sweet and unique twist that everyone will love.  With only 140 calories per serving and 0g saturated fat, MIKE AND IKE® ROOT BEER FLOAT and MIKE AND IKE® COTTON CANDY are the perfect snack when on the go or relaxing at home.

“We are very excited to bring back COTTON CANDY and ROOT BEER FLOAT,” says Koren Ivie, Brand Manager for MIKE AND IKE®.  “We hope this will inspire wonderful memories from our loyal fans and introduce a new group of MIKE AND IKE® lovers to these favorites from the past.”

MIKE AND IKE® COTTON CANDY and MIKE AND IKE® ROOT BEER FLOAT will be available for a limited time only starting January 2015.  Both flavors come in a 5-oz. box with a SRP ranging from $1.00-$1.39.

Do you like Mike and Ike candy?  What is your favorite flavor?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Torticollis. Have you heard of it?

You know what is said about best plans...I had planned to be so good about updating the blog daily,   Then, life got in the way.  Over a week ago, Chefy came home and told me that he was not feeling well.  His neck was hurting and he felt horrible.  I gave him 2 ibuprofen and he dosed off for a little while.  When he woke up, he was feeling even worse.  He could barely move his neck at all.  Turning to the right or left, up or down was very painful.  We called our family nurse, aka my mom.  She said to get him a heating pad to use and to give him 400 mg more of ibuprofen.  The pain eased enough for him to sleep part of the night.

Chefy woke me up early the next morning asking me to take him to the ER.  That NEVER happens!  My hubby hates to go to any doctor, much less the emergency room, so I knew he was in pain.  Luckily the ER was slow when we arrived so he was taken back quickly.  They came in and checked him out and diagnosed him with Torticollis.  Never heard of it?  Neither had we!  Here is what it is:
Torticollis, also known as wry neck or loxia, is a dystonic condition defined by an abnormal, asymmetrical head or neck position, which may be due to a variety of causes.(thanks Wikipedia)

The doctor gave Chefy a shot of prednisone, a prescription for pain killers and a prescription for muscle relaxers and sent him home.  Here we are, more than a week later, and Chefy is still in pain. Some of the stiffness has gone away, but not all of it.  Chefy is relying on muscle relaxers to ease up the pain enough to be able to sleep at night, and his ibuprofen is helping him be able to work.  It's crazy.  This appeared out of the clear blue, and it just wants to hang around.  After calling the doctor, we found out that this stiffness could go on for a while, and once it does go away, it can come back.  UGH!

My last week has been spent taking care of Chefy.  Praying that all my readers are healthy and are enjoying a wonderful 2015.  God Bless You All!  


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Identical DVD - Review and Giveaway #theidentical

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Being released on DVD today, January 13th, THE IDENTICAL tells the story of twin brothers unknowingly separated at birth during the Great Depression.  One twin, DREXEL HEMSLEY becomes an iconic 50’s rock ‘n’ roll star, while the other, RYAN WADE (Blake Rayne) struggles to balance his love for music and pleasing his father. The Reverend Wade (Ray Liotta) and his wife (Ashley Judd) are sure their adopted son has been gifted and called by God to be a preacher. But Ryan challenges his parent’s vision for his life, and unflinchingly chooses to launch his own music career with his best friend (Seth Green). Encouraged by his wife (Erin Cottrell) and employer (Joe Pantoliano), Ryan embarks on an unpredictable, provocative path – performing the legendary music of Drexel Hemsley in sold out venues all across the country.

As the brothers destinies tragically collide, Ryan discovers that Drexel is his identical twin which leads him to question everything he’s ever believed about God, family and his own identity.  The Identical is a captivating story about a family restored and a life discovered that lifts your soul and warms your heart.

The DVD contains over 85 minutes of bonus content including “Making The Identical,” Behind the Scenes, and Deleted Scenes!

Click here for the official website!

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Purchasing the DVD from this link comes with The Identity Series DVD (more info on THE IDENTICAL website)

Chefy and I both really enjoyed the movie.  The story drew us in and the music kept us there.  I never like to tell too much about a movie because I do not want to give away the plot.  What I will tell you is that I was in tears when I put myself in the birth mother's shoes when she had to make the decision to separate her twins.  I felt for Ryan when he was being pushed by his father to go in to the ministry.  Following his dreams set in motion life changing moments that we all can identify with ourselves.   Chefy and I were pleased that this movie was one we felt could be enjoyed by the whole family.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Blog Dare Day 8: It's the year of...

I am participating in the Bloggy Moms Network Blog Dare and doing my best to post every single day of 2015.  Playing catch up right now!

When every new year begins and I start with a clean slate, I am filled with hope.  I am hoping for a good year, one that only has changes for the better.  2014 was not that kind of year.  It was full of changes, but most were for the worse.  Chefy and I sat down and discussed our wishes for this year and this is what we came up with.

This is the year of getting things done.  We plan to declutter and get organized.  We want to put our shop back together and have our attic organized so we can grab what we need without having to search for hours.  We have a craft room that we want to use more.  We started organizing it before Christmas, and are just starting to get back to it.  I want to better organize my blog posts and review schedule.

I'm playing catch up right now because I managed to get behind.  Time management is the key for me right now.  I declare 2015 the year of getting things done!   What types of things are you planning to get done this year?  Do you have any suggestions that could help me?

Blog Dare Day 7: As far as I'm concerned...

I am participating in the Bloggy Moms Network Blog Dare and doing my best to post every single day of 2015.  Playing catch up right now!

I'm not sure about everyone else, but sometimes I realize I am changing myself because of the perception of other people.  It is sad to say, because I know exactly who I am and what I believe.  Most of the time I have no problem expressing myself, but there are some times when I just go with the flow.

When I was growing up, I learned from my mom that people are all the same.  Race, religious preference, sex and sexual orientation were only a small part of who everyone is.  My friends were all different.  They were different races, male and female, gay and straight, Christian and non-Christian.  None of that mattered to me.  I was taught to look inside each person and get to know them from the inside out.

I am a Christian and I believe that God made all of us.  We are all different and we are precious to him.  If He loves each of us, for who we are individually, why shouldn't we love each other the same way?  No longer will I listen to or blindly follow narrow minded people.

Jesus told us to love each other as He loved us.  As far as I'm concerned, I am going with my gut feelings and I will be deciding for myself.  My Bible says "Judge Not, Lest Thee Be Judged."  It is about time we all start following that!

Blog Dare Day 6: I'm hearing

I am participating in the Bloggy Moms Network Blog Dare and will be doing my best to post every single day of 2015.  Playing catch up right now!

Recently, I have been hearing more and more about going to blogger conferences.  I had thought about trying to go to one, but I am honestly unsure about the value of it.  I would like to personally get to know some of my fellow bloggers, and to have a chance to learn from them.  I'm just not sure where to start.

Do small regional blogger conferences exist? Are they worth attending?  Is there such a thing as a blogging mentor?  I would love to find out more from my fellow bloggers.  I'm hearing a lot about Blogher, Type A Parent, and lots of others.  Now I want to hear from some people who have attended!

Can any of you answer my questions?  The more I hear, the more questions I have!