Monday, September 18, 2017

Share Your #Fail Photo and Win BIG with MAM ~ Plus a Giveaway for a $30 MAM Prize Pack!

Have you ever tried to capture a cute keepsake photo of your kiddo(s) and had it go horribly wrong? Of course you have ... we all have! Below is a picture of my twin boys when I was trying to get the perfect picture for their birth announcement cards. Can you tell they weren't happy about it?! (They're 13 now, and they still hate having their picture taken!)

Multiple little fingers crammed into the nose. Spontaneous, hysterical crying. Projectile spit-up all over the cute new outfit. What does your funniest #fail photo of your child(ren) look like?

Share with MAM, and they'll select three winners to win a $100 prepaid card and a $100 pack of MAM goodies! Enter here:

Hurry, because this sweepstakes ends at 11:59 p.m. EDT on 9/29/17.

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One lucky winner will receive a $30 giveaway package of assorted MAM items! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM ET on September 29, 2017.

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Disclosure: I received no compensation or product samples for this post. MAM is generously donating the products for this giveaway.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

A Mother-Daughter Beauty Giveaway from The JAM Group!

When I was a little girl, my sister and I loved to play dress-up with our mom's discarded clothing and makeup. We had a whole bin full of pretty dresses and nightgowns, as well as a case of makeup. We'd pretend we were going to the theater or hitting the stage as famous singers with fabulous wardrobes and plenty of eye shadow! From talking with my friends who have daughters, I've learned that most little girls still love to pretend. While today's princesses no longer wait around for a knight in shining armor to rescue them, they still love being tough and looking good at the same time! If you have a daughter, granddaughter or niece who falls into this category, you'll definitely want to check out this Totally Friends Beauty Makeup Palette sold by The JAM Group! Isn't it adorable?

I love how the three different trays slide out from the adorable monkey-shaped case to offer various colors of blush, eye shadow, lip gloss and glitter powder! Each tray has a two-ended applicator. After the makeup is applied, just slide the trays back in, and your little one has a cute little monkey case to carry with her and keep her makeup safe from harm. And the cute packaging makes this the perfect gift for a birthday party, holiday or other occasion. And, moms, you'll be happy to know that this makeup is washable and non-toxic.

The JAM Group has great products for kids, but they haven't forgotten that Mom and Grandma could use some pampering, too! One of the products I LOVE is their Fresh Sweet Hand Cream Collection. Their purse-sized hand creams come in six scrumptious scents: Rich Pomegranate, Lemon Verbena, Pink Grapefruit, Sugar Berries, Coconut Lime, and Juicy Peach! With six tubes, it's easy to keep one in your purse, your desk drawer, by your bedside, in the bathroom ... you get the picture! The cute checkered packaging makes these hand creams ideal for gift giving. Or divide them up and drop them into your loved ones' stockings during the holiday season.

The JAM Group's products are sold on Amazon and are extremely affordable. Pamper yourself or pick them up for your next gift-giving occasion! Visit The JAM Group on social media at:


One lucky winner will receive BOTH the Totally Friends Beauty Makeup Palette and the Fresh Sweet Hand Cream Collection courtesy of The JAM Group! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Sunday, October 15, 2017.

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Disclosure: I received complimentary product samples to facilitate my honest review.

Beat the Heat with Community Cold Brew Coffee You Can Make at Home!

Here in Florida, it has been HOT, HOT, HOT. So far, there have been no signs of summer releasing its grip on our weather. So, a nice cold drink is definitely what we're craving! One glorious option I recently found is Community Coffee Company's Cold Brew Coffee! No longer do I have to pay premium prices at my local coffee shop for a delicious cold coffee that's easy to make at home! Community Cold Brew is made with 100% select Arabica beans, and they've specially formulated this coffee for the cold brew process. It's so easy ... just drop their special cold brew filter bags into water, and before you know it you've got a refreshing pitcher of cold brew coffee!

My husband has been drinking Community Cold Brew in the morning instead of hot coffee. It's a refreshing start to the day! And I enjoy it in the afternoon when I'm arriving home after a long, tiring day at work. My husband drinks it black, but I prefer to add a little flavored creamer to it. (And I'm thrilled that my favorite seasonal pumpkin creamers are arriving at stores. Scrumptious!)

This is all you need: Community Cold Brew, a pitcher and water!
Drop two filter bags into the water.
Let it steep for 24 hours.
Add ice and cream if desired and enjoy a delicious glass of cold brew coffee!
As you can see in the photos above, it's easy to make a pitcher of Community Cold Brew: Open the Cold Brew Pouch and drop both filter bags into a 2-quart or larger pitcher. Add four cups of cold, filtered water and steep in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Then remove the filter bags and add three more cups of cold water to the pitcher. (You can always divide it into two pitchers if you don't have a big one.) Then serve over ice or sweet with cream or sugar if you wish. That's all there is to it! You've got a supply of cold coffee for up to 7-10 days. And the high quality of Community Coffee's beans means you get a smooth, never bitter flavor.

I hope you'll visit to learn more about their Cold Brew coffee, as well as all of the other wonderful coffee and tea products they have available. You can also visit Community Coffee on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclosure: I received complimentary product samples to facilitate my honest review.

Snapshots from Hurricane Irma in Southeast Florida

Here in the Southeast region of Florida, in Palm Beach County, it wasn't the rain that was a problem with Hurricane Irma; it was the wind. As you can see from the pictures below, a lot of trees, signs and fences came down. And a lot of power lines, too. Following are a few pictures I took while driving around the day after the storm (very carefully, as many traffic signals were also out).

This big, beautiful tree was uprooted

Cinemark lost its sign

A fence blew down

A sign on I-95

Power lines came down

A large convoy of trucks in the shopping center ready to restore power

Friday, September 15, 2017

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (September 16-22, 2017)

Thanks to everyone for your prayers and well wishes as Hurricane Irma battled Florida. Our neighborhood was fortunate to get through with the worst being plenty of downed trees and fences. I know many people who are still without power, and it has been HOT, but we still count our blessings as we know that those in other parts of the state (especially the Keys and Southwest Florida) really experienced the worst of Irma's wrath. Please continue your prayers for their recovery as they seek to rebuild their homes and their lives. It's going to be a long time before many people get back on their feet.

If you're here to find some great giveaways, you're in luck! Come back daily to see what's been added in the linky below and on my right sidebar. If you're hosting a giveaway (or more) on your blog, please share them in the linky and promote this page on your social media sites.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Cover Reveal: "Poppy Mayberry: Return to Power Academy" (Nova Kids #2) by Jennie K. Brown

Welcome to the Cover Reveal for
Poppy Mayberry: Return to Power Academy
(Nova Kids #2) by Jennie K. Brown
Be on the lookout for this upcoming title from Tantrum Books!


Finding out you were wrong about something important can be a letdown. But Poppy is pleased to learn she's not just a Monday. She's a Cusper, a weekday lucky enough to have TWO powers. Poppy's elation is short-lived when she, Ellie, Logan, and Sam return to Power Academy as camp counselors, only to find themselves out of their element and struggling with the new drama teacher and his disaster of a school musical. When some campers go missing, Poppy and her team of weekdays are on the case. Soon, Poppy begins to realize that much like her powers, the seemingly perfect town of Nova has some flaws, and the origin of her powers is as questionable as Headmistress Clothes-too-tight Larriby's choice in outfits. If only there were more days in the week!
Poppy Mayberry: Return to Power Academy
(Nova Kids #2) by Jennie K. Brown
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
Publisher: Tantrum Books
Available for Pre-order

Jennie K. Brown is a high-school English teacher by day, freelance magazine writer by night, and middle-grade/young-adult author by late night and weekend. When she isn’t teaching or writing, Jennie can be found reading a good book, traveling, or spending time with her awesome husband, amazing son and super-spoiled Yorkie. In 2010, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) named Jennie the Pennsylvania English teacher of excellence, and she currently serves as President of the Pennsylvania Council for Teachers of English and Language Arts (PCTELA). She is also an active member of SCBWI, NCTE and ALAN.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (September 9-15, 2017)

As I write this, Hurricane Irma is headed to Florida, where I live. By the time this linky closes down, we'll know for certain how our beautiful state was affected by this very dangerous storm. Many of us will be without power and will have other things on our mind besides entering giveaways. For those of you fortunate to be out of harm's way, I hope you'll keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we begin the process of rebuilding, and continue your efforts to also help those in Houston. We appreciate you! (P.S. Good luck with these giveaways!)

RM Palmer Introduces New Candy Treats for the Holidays!

Fall is almost here, and when it arrives, we all start thinking about the holidays. Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, as well as many other holidays, all occupy our minds and hearts during the fall and into the winter. For some delicious reason, candy is always a big part of the holidays, and I’m the first to admit that I love the abundance of wonderful chocolate during the holiday season. I recently had the opportunity to sample chocolates from RM Palmer, and they have become my new favorite candy maker! Here are just a few highlights from their collection:

SUPER SPORTS BALLS ~ These miniature chocolate-flavored footballs, baseballs, basketballs and soccer balls are absolutely scrumptious! Get an assortment to satisfy all the sports fans and chocolate lovers in your life.

PEANUT BUTTER CUPS ~ Who can resist smooth, creamy peanut butter in a rich chocolaty shell? Not me! I love these things!

PEPPERMINT PATTIES ~ These are my personal favorites. I cannot eat just one! And with their refreshing taste, they add colorful fun to any holiday party or celebration.

CARAMEL-FILLED CHOCOLATE BALLS ~ These caramel-filled, chocolate flavored balls come in a wonderful variety of colors that add a delicious and fun touch to any party or special occasion.
You’ll also love all the goodies that RM Palmer has planned for Halloween! These confections offer great taste, vibrant packaging, and frighteningly excellent value. Included in this year’s Halloween line are these spooktacular products:

Trick or Treat Mix: A NEW stand-up bag that includes a mix of decorated Cookies & Crème Zombies joining Fudge Skulls, Decorated Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cups and Double Crisp® Witches. Individually pouched, this mix is perfect for handing out to trick-or-treaters. 44 oz. bag – SRP: $10.00.

Twisted Pumpkins: Available in a NEW stand-up bag that offers a fresh flavor mix of Caramel Apple and Pumpkin Spice. Available in two sizes: 12 oz. bag - SRP $3.00; 20 oz. bag – SRP: $5.00.

Decorated Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cups: These decorated pumpkins are made with delicious creamy peanut butter in a rich chocolaty shell. Individually pouched and ideal for trick-or-treating. 15 oz. bag containing 20 cups – SRP: $3.00.

And check out what RM Palmer has planned for Christmas!

New holiday products include:

Stocking Puppies: Foiled in life-like Golden Retriever and Dalmatian graphics, the adorable puppies are the perfect stocking stuffer. 3.5 oz. Hollow milk chocolate - SRP: $3.00.

Caramel Jingle Bear: This loveable decorated bear sports a festive red tie and offers a creamy caramel center in a rich chocolaty shell. 2.5 oz. bear - SRP: $1.00.

Christmas Bars: Smooth and crispy Double Crisp® Bars are wrapped in fun and festive Santa and Snowman graphics. The bars are great to use as party favors, stocking stuffers or hostess gifts at special celebrations. 4.25 oz. - SRP: $1.00.

Santa’s Holiday Mix: The new stand-up bag of Palmer holiday favorites includes: Double Crisp® Mini Crisp Kringles®, Fudge Bells, Peanut Butter Cups, Milk Chocolate Flavored Balls and Cookies & Crème Patties. This new bag shape has a window that features the delectable candy inside. Fans will enjoy eating straight from the bag or filling their favorite candy dishes throughout the holiday season. 3-1/2 lbs. (56 oz.) bag – SRP: $10.00.

Let's face it, all chocolate is NOT alike. If you want some really high-quality, amazing chocolate, you've got to pick up some of these products at Your family and your taste buds will be delighted!

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Disclosure: I received complimentary product samples to facilitate my honest review.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

We Need Your Prayers in Florida

I live in Southeast Florida, and as you can probably guess, I'm a nervous wreck right now. An extremely powerful hurricane is headed toward my home and family. Would you please pray for us? This monster hurricane has got to be tired of being so strong, so let's pray it loses its strength and just gives us the degree of stormy weather that we can all handle. Thank you so much for your prayers.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Daddy’s Home 2 Is in Theaters November 10 ~ See the New Trailer!

Daddy’s Home 2 is in theaters November 10

Daddy's Home, released in 2015, was one of the funniest movies of the year, so I am so excited to see that a sequel is coming out just in time for the holiday season! This time, father and stepfather, Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) and Brad (Will Ferrell), have joined forces to provide their kids with the perfect Christmas. Their newfound partnership is put to the test when Dusty’s old-school, macho dad (Mel Gibson) and Brad’s ultra-affectionate and emotional dad (John Lithgow) arrive just in time to throw the holiday into complete chaos.

Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, John Cena, John Lithgow & Mel Gibson

Watch the newest trailer!

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Facebook | Twitter | Instagram #DaddysHome2

Daddy's Home 2 is definitely on my must-see list for the holiday season!