September 28, 2015

87 Days 'til Christmas and I JUST Bought My 1st Gift

As of this post, there are only 87 days left until Christmas.  Who's started their Christmas shopping?  This chick right here *points to self*

I JUST purchased my first Christmas gift... a set of labels from Label Daddy.  I will use the labels for my homemade bean soup and Christmas cookie jar gifts.  In the past I've used the label kits and wasted a sheet or two trying to get my labels aligned perfectly and then coated with clear nail polish or Mod Podge to keep the labels from smearing but Label Daddy makes designer labels so easy!  Plus the cost is just about the same as one of those label kits.
Label Daddy offers several different types of labels and luggage tags featuring your favorite MLB, NBA, Disney and Marvel characters including Frozen, Jake and the Neverland Pirates and Spider-Man.  

Check out these fab creations I designed.

Use code USFamily20 and save 20% on your next purchase at Label Daddy!  Hurry, these labels make great gifts and Christmas will be here in no time...

Disclosure:  Many thanks to U S Family Guide and Label Daddy for providing these labels for review.  Opinions are my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. The opinions expressed above are mine. Click here for the Disclosure Policy of Three Boys and an Old Lady blog. The opinions expressed above are 100% my own. I received a product in exchange for this review and post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

September 25, 2015

PAW Patrol: Meet Everest! Now on DVD

The PAW Patrol pups are back with daring new rescues and a new puppy crew member in PAW Patrol: Meet Everest! Fan-favorite Everest and high-flying rescue pup Skye embark on daring missions through the snow and ice to rescue their friends, protect stranded animals and guard their community!As the number-one preschool show on TV and featuring French and Spanish audio, PAW Patrol: Meet Everest! is sure to be a hit with all of its good-hearted, adventure-seeking fans. Produced by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, PAW Patrol: Meet Everest! will be available on DVD September 1, 2015 for the suggested retail price of $14.99.

PAW Patrol: Meet Everest! includes the following episodes:

The New Pup- The PAW Patrol rolls out in their new PAW Patroller to save Jake when he gets stranded in the ice fields, but a new pup also pops up to lend a paw--the brave ranger, Everest!

Pups and the Big Freeze- When a winter ice storm causes trouble all over Adventure Bay, Mayor Goodway's car hits an icy patch and gets stuck in the snow. Then, a train engineer can't break on the icy tracks as it heads for a huge snow drift on the crossing. It's up to Ryder, Rubble, and Everest to clear out all the snow and ice!

Pups Save the Deer- When a family of deer gets separated on slippery ice and a snowy hill, it's up to Zuma and Everest to lead an icy rescue to reunite them!

Pups Make A Splash- When Cap'n Turbot's boat runs aground, Ryder, Zuma, Skye, and Rocky must team up to save it before it sinks!

Pups Save A School Day- Alex loses his back pack on the first day of school! Ryder and the Paw Patrol need to help him find it before the school bus comes.

Pups and the Trouble with Turtles- Tons of Baby Turtles start to pop up all over town and it's up to Ryder and the Pups to corral them all and get them back to their pond.

Pups Save A Flying Frog- Marshall's new pet frog, Smiley, is going to be in a jumping contest! The only problem is that during a practice run Smiley jumps right into Skye's helicopter and it takes off! Now Skye and the Pups have to save Smiley, and get him to the competition in time!

PAW Patrol: Meet Everest! Fast Facts:

  • Street Date: September 1, 2015
  • Catalogue: 59171674000 (US)
  • S.R.P.: $14.99
  • DVD Running Time: 96 minutes
  • Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French and Spanish Dolby Stereo
Buy It:  PAW Patrol:  Meet Everest! DVD is on sale at and other retailers nationwide.

Disclosure: Many thanks to the sponsor for providing this DVD for review. Opinions are my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. The opinions expressed above are mine. Click here for the Disclosure Policy of Three Boys and an Old Lady blog. The opinions expressed above are 100% my own. I received a product in exchange for this review and post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

September 24, 2015

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Adventures of SpongeBob SquarePants Now on DVD

Even Bikini Bottom needs protection from Evildoers and in SpongeBob SquarePants: The Adventures of SpongeBob SquarePants the ocean's greatest heroes are here to save the day. Whether it is Patrick-Man working hard to clean up Bikini Bottom or the legendary Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy being dragged back into the crime-fighting business, there is no stopping these deep-sea heroic adventures. Super-fans will not want to miss the complete collection of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy episodes, available together for the first time at a great bargain price of $14.99. Created by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Adventures of SpongeBob SquarePants, which features both Spanish and French audio tracks,arrives on DVD on September 22, 2015.

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Adventures of SpongeBob SquarePants includes the following episodes:

Patrick-Man!- Patrick becomes the superhero Patrick-Man, who intends to clean up Bikini Bottom-whether it wants it or not!
Mermaid Man Begins- Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy let SpongeBob and Patrick in on their secret, heroic origins!

Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy- When SpongeBob and Patrick hear that their beloved heroes are living in a nearby retirement home and they decide that the duo must come out of retirement, the aging superheroes discover their toughest challenge yet will be SpongeBob and Patrick.

Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II- SpongeBob wins The Conch Signal from "The Adventures of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy" and now he can summon the semi-retired superheroes whenever there's an emergency. Rather than keep getting signals for "emergencies" like opening jars, the duo take SpongeBob along for their patrol to see what real crime fighting is all about.

Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III- SpongeBob and Patrick are house sitting for Mermaid Man and Barnacle boy when they discover the evil super villain, Man Ray frozen in a tank. After setting him free, they are forced to take on the roles of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy in order to re-capture the villain and save Bikini Bottom!

Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV- When SpongeBob finds Mermaid Man's utility belt in The Krusty Krab, he can't help but take it and play with the buttons. But when he accidentally shrinks all of his friends and all of Bikini Bottom, he has to go to Mermaid Man and confess that he played with the belt so that they can try to return everyone to normal!

Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V- Barnacle Boy, sick of being the sidekick, teams up with arch villains Man Ray and Dirty Bubble to cause havoc all over Bikini Bottom. Without his sidekick, Mermaid man is unable to stop them-until Patrick, Sandy, Squidward and SpongeBob team up with him to be his SuperFriends!

Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy VI: The Motion Picture-SpongeBob and Patrick are not happy with the new movie about Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy which uses young, new actors to play their heroes, so they set out to make their own version of the movie using the real guys fresh from their retirement home.

Mermaid Man vs. SpongeBob- Plankton has brainwashed Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy and orders them to wreak havoc on the Krusty Krab. It's up to SpongeBob SquarePants and his trusty spatula to save the day!

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Adventures of SpongeBob SquarePants Fast Facts:

  • Street Date: September 22, 2015
  • Catalog: 59171538000 (US); 59171539000 (CAN)
  • S.R.P.: $14.99
  • Running Time: 113 Minutes
  • Audio: English, French and Spanish tracks

Disclosure: Many thanks to the sponsor for providing this DVD for review. Opinions are my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. The opinions expressed above are mine. Click here for the Disclosure Policy of Three Boys and an Old Lady blog. The opinions expressed above are 100% my own. I received a product in exchange for this review and post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Destiny by T.D. Jakes Book Review

Remember feeling a pull, sensing a divine guide that was leading you to the right place or person? DESTINY, that inner compass, directs you to fulfillment of your highest purpose. When you reflect on your life, you may be amazed that your greatest moments resulted from circumstances that you did not control or initiate. You were destined!

Stepping into your destiny means fulfilling the role you were created to play in life. You thrive and find the great elixir of contentment when you have the courage to pursue your true purpose.

Life offers more when destiny is our focus! Our divine purpose maneuvers us past challenges, pains, and shortcuts and even what appears on the surface to be failure. On deeper reflection, we understand them as catalysts that shift us toward authentic self-identity, greater exposure, and bold life adventures.

Whether you are just starting out, starting over, or wondering if there is greater success than what you've already accomplished, now is the time to reset your inner compass. Clear your path of distractions and disruptions. Correct places where you have veered off course. Get unstuck. Embrace your God-given purpose and, with this revelatory guide from T.D. Jakes, dare to pursue the unseen order in your life circumstances that is your DESTINY.

My Thoughts:
  Bishop T.D. Jakes offers a very inspirational message throughout Destiny and invites the reader to embrace that force that seems to drive them a certain direction.  When rhyme nor reason can explain why you chose a certain path, it's just a feeling, a certain inward force compelling you to move, you can't help but question it at times.  Destiny reminds us to welcome that force.  We are predestined to do certain things without explanation.  

The reader is able to connect with Jakes' personal writing style.  He writes as if he is speaking directly to the reader and challenges the reader as he has in previous books to step out of your comfort zone.  This is a great read and I was glad to gift it to Bishop Mildred B. Hines of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.  Bishop Hines is the first female elected bishop of the A.M.E. Zion Church.  She introduced several of us to Bishop Jakes' previous book, Instinct, about a year ago and I was interested in her take on Bishop Jakes' latest. I'm confident she will enjoy this book as well.

Overall, a great read and perfect for gifting to spiritual leaders in your congregation and sharing during biblical studies and spiritual counseling sessions.

Click here to read an excerpt.

Buy It:  Destiny "Step Into Your Purpose" is available at bookstores nationwide including Walmart, Target and Amazon.  To locate a bookstore or online reseller near you, visit

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August 16, 2015

There's Something Special About Eureka Springs

When it comes to road trips I am the master.  I am always on the lookout for an out of the norm getaway.  Eureka Springs, Arkansas fits the bill.  An eclectic, fun little town in the Ozarks of Northern Arkansas.  

I'd been to Eureka Springs a couple of times for business and each time I told myself I would bring my family.  Well, we FINALLY did it.  Hubby and I loaded up the kids in the Kia and off we went to scope out one of my fave cities.

Eureka Springs is known for the mysterious Crescent Hotel and the historic Basin Park Hotel.  Both have been featured on various syndicated cable shows, particularly during Halloween as both are reportedly haunted.  Now although I cannot attest to their validity of these claims, I can definitely say they are quite spooky. 

The Crescent Hotel has longed been deemed "America's most haunted hotel" and it lives up to the name.  With the resident black house cat and the countless stories of ghostly events, a stay there is truly an adventure.  I once had a friend who stayed there, unbeknownst to the ghoulish tales.  Unlike some others, she opted to forego a roommate. 

When she arrived she was enamored by the splendor of the majestic hotel with it's spacious rooms and well manicured lawns.

The first night she couldn't sleep.  "There's just something about this huge room", she said.       

The second night she couldn't sleep and the elevator just happened to be out of order one late night.

The third morning she was sharing how she couldn't sleep and how she felt the presence of someone or some thing and then we had to tell her the history of the Crescent.  That night, she slept quite well as she invited everyone over for a slumber party!  

Crescent Hotel

One of my fave places to stay in Eureka Springs is the Basin Park Hotel.  First time I stayed there I was naive to the tales of this historically haunted hotel.  Upon entering the room I was taken back to days of old.  The claw foot tub and the beautifully spacious suite welcomed me.  I was exhausted when I checked into my room and had to tinkle.  I sat on the commode giggling like a child as my feet dangled nearly 2 inches off the ground.  I'm not a short person but the commode was unusually tall.  

Basin Park Hotel

The accommodations were absolutely beautiful but it wasn't long before little things began to happen. 

Like the constant sounds of people giggling in the room beside me.  I chalked it up to thin walls.  However, the following day, my friend and I met for breakfast and she shared how she heard people dancing all night long.  "That must've been one heckuva party", she remarked.  The waitress overhearing us, told us there wasn't a party... of the living.  She shared the history of the Basin Park Ballroom with us and we were in awe.  Now granted we saw the Ghost Tour brochures when we checked in but we thought they were for the Crescent Hotel up the hill.

Eureka Springs is more than haunted hotels.  It's home to some of the most spiritual views in the world including the Christ of the Ozarks statue, the Great Passion Play and Thorncrown Chapel.

Hubby and the kids weren't as thrilled as I was about going to see a huge statue of Christ but as we neared the property and they caught a glimpse of the towering statue they were in awe.   The statue is the 3rd tallest statue of Christ Jesus in the world and is truly a beautiful sight to behold.  

Be sure to stop and read the placards about the history of the building of the statue and look for the gravesites of the man who envisioned the work and his wife.  

Another beautiful stop is Thorncrown Chapel is truly a work of art.  It's an amazingly beautiful structure of glass and steel with a full frontal view of nature like none other. The story of a faithful man, Jim Reed and his mission if you will, to build the structure despite a lack of funding and the challenges of nature.  Reed, along with famed architect E. Faye Jones built a structure that has won countless awards and serves as one of the finest examples of spiritual architecture in the world.  

During our visit to Thorncrown, Hubby sat down as deer nibbled on grass within an arm's reach as familiar hymns piped throughout the structure.  "This is absolutely amazing" he remarked and I couldn't agree more.

I didn't get a chance to take the family to one of Myrtie Mae's, one of my fave Eureka Springs eats.  I hate to admit but I have a weakness for fried chicken.  I don't fry foods so when I find a restaurant that claims to have the best fried chicken, I surrender.  Myrtie Mae's NEVER disappoints.  Their fried chicken is crispy, juicy and it's nestled in a local hotel so if you're too full, you can just get a room.  Seriously, this is some good fried chicken.

If you are ever traveling on I-40 and you see an exit to U.S. 49, just outside of Alma, Arkansas, head on up to Eureka Springs for a unique peek at something special.

For more info about some of the places to visit in this post, check out the links below:

This is NOT a sponsored post.  These are just my views of some fab places my family and I have visited that I'd love to share with you and your family.  As always, if you visit, be sure to tell them Three Boys and an Old Lady blog sent.

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