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Share Your Fave Family Fitness Tip in the My Gym Fit and Healthy Family Contest *spons*

Throughout 2013, My Gym locations across North America will celebrate thirty years of providing fitness and fun to families by offering money saving membership and class discounts, conducting a search tocrown My Gym’s Fit & Healthy Family and hosting fun and fitness-filled My Gym 30 th Birthday party/ Open Houses. Offered April 1 through June 30, the My Gym discounts include free membership to families signing on for the first time and 30% off for four weeks of classes at participating locations. Also taking place April 1 through June 30, My Gym’s 30 th anniversary Fit & Healthy Family Contest is a initiative designed to encourage families to demonstrate how they have made fitness a key part of their family’s lifestyle and share their own family fitness tips with families everywhere through the My Gym contest’s social media. In August, participating My Gym locations throughout the North America will

Gearing Up for The Blog Workshop #TBW

Whether you're new to the Blog-o-Sphere or have been blogging for a few years, like moi, be sure to seize every opportunity to learn more about our craft.  There are some fab conferences scheduled for this year and as much as I love to travel, with three boys and a little old lady, this mommy has to schedule around work and school.  So, online conferences are one of my fave ways to better my craft.  I've learned a lot from some of the online conferences I've attended and made some wonderful contacts.   This year, I'm attending  The Blog Workshop  from the comfort of my living room in my most comfortable yoga pants and a tee.  I may put on a little lip balm for the event. ☺   The  Blog Workshop features some great topics including Blogging: Back to Basics and Build Relationships with Media.   Check out the complete agenda below.   The Blog Workshop appears to be among the creme de la creme of online blogger workshops.   I'm excited to have the opportunity t

Snackin' on @JJSnackFoods SuperPretzel PretzelDogs

The weather is heating up and the kids' appetites are cuh-razy!  They're in and out of the house, riding bikes, skateboarding, playing soccer, going to the park, they are working up an appetite.  Our friends who have children who have gone through the tween / teen growth spurt warned us that there'd soon come a day when they'd eat us out of house and home and I for one think this must be it.   We received some SuperPretzel PretzelDogs for review.  We've tried SuperPretzels before but I'd never seen the SuperPretzel PretzelDogs on our local store shelf so I was excited to see if it'd conquer the Afterschool Snack Monster.   Comes in a pack of 12, and SuperPretzel PretzelDogs are fully cooked, easy to heat, microwaveable, and fun to eat.  The soft pretzel comes out moist when cooked and the beef hot dogs were juicy and the bread wasn't soggy or hard and crusty after being microwaved.   The twins loved the PretzelDogs but my youngest ones notsomuch.

Firmoo, Where Your First Pair is Always Free Review

Seems like there's no shortage of folks who come to me asking advice on eyeglasses .  I don't wear glasses.  Okay, wayment, there's the pair of readers that I keep on my desk because I'm staring at a brightly lit computer screen for at least 8-10 hours a day.  Count as the lament of a blogger.  Nonetheless, I am grateful for my healthy eyes and try to do what I can to keep them healthy but those who know and love me know I can always find a deal...even on eyewear. When I first heard that Firmoo offers the first pair free *sans $6.95 shipping* your first thought may be that their eyewear selection is limited but Firmoo has hundreds of styles to choose from in every color under the sun.  Then you might think I have a difficult prescription, surely they don't have my prescription.  If you've got a prescription, Firmoo has got you covered and they even have prescription sunglasses.   A couple of months ago, a friend and I were talking and she told me her husb

The Big Wedding In Theatres Today

SYNOPSIS: With an all-star cast led by Robert DeNiro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, with Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams, THE BIG WEDDING is an uproarious romantic comedy about a charmingly modern family trying to survive a weekend wedding celebration that has the potential to become a full blown family fiasco.  To the amusement of their adult children and friends, long divorced couple Don and Ellie Griffin (De Niro and Keaton) are once again forced to play the happy couple for the sake of their adopted son's wedding after his ultra conservative biological mother unexpectedly decides to fly halfway across the world to attend. With all of the wedding guests looking on, the Griffins are hilariously forced to confront their past, present and future - and hopefully avoid killing each other in the process. Screenplay by Justin Zackham. Directed by Justin Zackham. Be sure to snag your BoGo ticket by clicking on the link below. Disclosure: Man

Dressing Up and Having Fun with

One of the things I miss about living in the San Francisco Bay Area is being able to find that perfect outfit for any cultural event.  Nothing like shopping in Berkeley for agbadas, Hayward for kaftans, and San Francisco or Oakland's Chinatown districts for kimonos. Now that hubby and I are living closer to the Midwest, shopping has it's challenges.   Several years ago, a friend turned me on to costume shops to find those one of a kind outfits at a reasonable price.   Costumes ? Yes, costumes. One of my new fave online costume stores is has costumes for the entire family and feature some rather exquisite, yet affordable, wares.  Take this Adult Geisha costume I ordered. Priced at only $26.99 what a great way to make an entrance at last month's Lantern Festival Fundraiser.  The costume came complete with obi belt, chopsticks and a fan.  All eyes were on me and I felt absolutely beautiful.  My girls and I danced the night away

Disney's Shake It Up CD

Check out the 3rd release from Disney's Hit show, Shake It Up featuring Bella Thorne and Zendaya! Our Thoughts:   J, the middle of Los Tres Amigos, watches Shake It Up every week so I was aware of the show plus the featured artists frequent Radio Disney on our radio dial. I  love the Coco Jones' "Holla at the DJ" track.  However, "Contagious Love" and "Beat of My Drum" seem to be favorites among the kids.   I ">"Heart 3 Dance is an "enhanced CD" which means if you insert the CD into your computer you can access some really cool extras.     Although the CD is for tweens and teens, it's one of those CDs the entire family can listen to.  There's a great mix of pop, hip hop, and dance tracks to get the family moving and grooving.  Track Listing: 1. Contagious Love (Zendaya and Bella Thorne) 2. This Is My Dance Floor (Bella Thorne and Zendaya) 3. Beat of My Drum (Zendaya) 4. Blow the System (Bella Thor

Shari's Berries Makes Every Occasion Special #Spons Review

Chocolate.  Strawberries.  Two words that just whet my appetite.  Okay, flashback, circa 1990s.  Hubby and I were dating and I planned a romantic Valentine's Day dinner complete with chocolate dipped strawberries.  It was awesome until...I tasted Shari's Berries. Shari's Berries has chocolate dipped strawberries down to an art.  Plump, juicy, gourmet  strawberries surrounded by sweet, savory, deep chocolate.  YUMMY! I ordered the full dozen Pink Ribbon Strawberries.  First of all, charity.  10% of every purchase is donated to Komen for the Cure.  Secondly, OMG delicious.   Each Pink Ribbon Strawberries Gift Includes : 2 Strawberries Dipped in Milk with Pink and White Swizzles 2 Strawberries Dipped in Dark with a Pink Ribbon 2 Strawberries Dipped in Dark with Pink Swizzles 2 Strawberries Dipped in Pink with Pink and White Swizzles 2 Strawberries Dipped in White with a Pink Ribbon 2 Strawberries Dipped in White with Pink Ribbon Sprinkles I will definitely

Lose 12 Inches with Cowboy Fit Zone Training - As Seen on ABC Shark Tank

I'm Cowboy Ryan Ehmann  "AS SEEN ON ABC SHARK TANK" and I can't wait to share this program with you.  Are you "TIRED OF WORKING OUT WITH MINIMUM RESULTS? CAN'T GET RID OF BELLY FAT? For only $9.95 LEARN THE Cowboy Fit Zone SECRET at .   IT'S SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN AND SWEEPING THE NATION BECAUSE IT WORKS.  YOU WILL DISCOVER that YOU'VE BEEN WORKING OUT WRONG YOUR ENTIRE LIFE.  My client "Daymond John, Founder of FUBU and Reality TV Star of ABC Shark Tank is doing the Cowboy Fit Zone training so why not join him.  You will learn the scientific reason why you are not losing fat with any other workout. Come on, let's get started today.  Wooo Hoooo ... That's What I'm Talking About!  VISIT : Disclosure: Many thanks to USFG for the opportunity to review this product.  I will receive the  LOSE 12 inches  ($59.99 value) 28 day at home program in exchange for writing a review of your experie

SheSpeaks: Wisdom From the Women of the Bible @Booksneeze Book Review

Book Description It is sometimes difficult for today’s African-American women to remember how important they are to God. The noise of day-to-day tasks and to-dos combined the with the undeniable struggles that face African-American women each day can make it easy to forget that Jesus treated the women of the New Testament with respect and spiritual equality, and how frequently God used women to carry out His purpose. Through the examples of powerful women in the Bible She Speaks helps African-American women find relevance, purpose, and identity in the Word of God. Each chapter offers a complete list of references to help the reader locate the stories of these inspirational women in the Bible with ease. For anyone looking for a deeper study of women of the Bible and for the African-American woman who sometimes needs reminding how real and relevant her struggles are, She Speaks is the perfect choice. Features include: Complete list of biblical references Clear exp

Central Arkansas: Win a Pair of Tickets to Disney on Ice Dare to Dream *2 Winners*

Get tangled up in Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream! Experience Disney’s hilarious hair-raising escapade, Tangled; as Rapunzel, her unlikely companion, Flynn, and Maximus, embark on an uproarious journey that takes adventure to new lengths! Boogie to the beat of the bayou with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen in a magical, musical journey that all begins with a fateful kiss. And fanciful dreams become reality as Cinderella meets her Prince Charming, with a glass slipper fit for an unforgettable fantasy come true. All your favorite princesses take to the ice in a spectacular finale at the ultimate Disney Princess event of a lifetime! Experience the beauty, sparkle, and spirit when Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream comes to your hometown! Where:   VERIZON ARENA PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES Wednesday, April 24 @ 7pm Thursday, April 25 @ 7pm Friday, April 26 @ 10:30am and 7pm Saturday, April 27 @ 11am, 3pm, and 7pm Sunday, April 28 @ 2pm TICKET INFORMATION:     Rinksi

Inspiration for National Poetry Month Courtesy of the #DeliciousPairings of Starbucks and Walmart

English was my favorite subject in high school and Creative Writing was one of my faves during college and truth be told I consider myself somewhat of a wordsmith.  I love wo rds...and I love coffee...and I love dessert so when offered the opportunity to express my love of all three to help celebrate the Delicious Pairings l aunch of Star bucks French Roast and Walmart Turtle Iced Brownies during National Poetry Month this diva was all over it. My neighborhood has a ton of Walmart s tores nearby.  There are a couple of Walmart Neighborhood Markets and lots of Walmart Supercenters and I was all psyched to venture out and be among the first to see the Delicious Pairings display in the bakery section but *sigh* I couldn't find it.  Seriously, I went to 3 Walmart sto res and not a single D elicio us Pairings displ ay to be found.  Fortunately the staff is always available to help and the bakery manager directed me to the Walmart Brand Turtle Brownies .   4-perfe ctly -size