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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 30th 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 30th 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. www.facebook.com/mygymfun In August, participating My Gym locations throughout the North America will open their doors for fr…

Team Umizoomi Animal Heroes DVD Review and Giveaway

TEAM UMIZOOMI: ANIMAL HEROES  Release Date: May 14, 2013  Catalogue: 144024 DVD  SRP: $14.99  DVD Running Time: 91 Minutes
Join Milli, Geo and Bot on four fantastic animal missions in Team Umizoomi: Animal Heroes. Help Team Umizoomi get Purple Monkey to his new Monkey Jungle home at the zoo, rescue Buster the dog at a construction site, fix the Cuckoo Bears’ clock, and find all of Farmer Dan’s missing animals! Preschoolers will learn many math skills, including counting, patterns, measurement, and more! For a limited time only, find free Team Umizoomi Activities inside the DVD for on-the-go math problem solving! 

Team Umizoomi features a tiny team of superheroes, Milli, Geo and Bot, who use their mighty math powers to help little kids solve big problems. The series combines action-adventure missions with an interactive math curriculum designed to help kids develop self-confidence in their math abilities and appreciate the many ways in which math shapes their world. The Umi Team is not c…

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 to network with R…

Something Special for Mom from @Novica Giveaway

Looking for something unique for the special mom in your life?  You may wanna check out Novica.  Novica offers handmade Mother's Day gifts and because they're handmade, each item is truly one of a kind.  A gift from Novica is the perfect gift for the person who has everything because every item is uniquely handcrafted. 

Whether it's a pair of earrings like this pair of sterling silver Mexican Azalea earrings handcrafted by artisan Annabel Humber of Mexico.  Humber's jewelry showcases her love of the 











Or this stunning sterling silver floral necklace.  What's even more unique about Novica and their wonderful items is the story of the artisans behind the work.  Each item includes an artisan story card.

I love reading the background of the person who crafted my Novica gifts.  Their story only adds to the uniqueness of the gift making it more...well MINE.

Novica offers more than jewelry.  Visit the website and check out decor for your home, clothing, purses and artwork from…

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.  Then ag…

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 husband nee…

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.



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Dressing Up and Having Fun with BuyCostumes.com

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 buycostumes.com.  Buycostumes.com 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 and the costume is…

Divine Tempest Blog Tour Book Excerpt and Giveaway

A Scholar's Journey: The Divine Tempest A Scholar’s Journey: The Divine Tempest is a no-holds-barred fantasy brawl. It begins when the God of Justice and Retribution opens The Abyss and unleashes a vengeful demon upon the mortal realm of Therra. Now it is up to scholar Penndarius Greyson and his tormented protector, martial artist Soren Luna Mortalitas, to stop a crisis that would send shockwaves through the very fabric of creation. In addition, Penndarius is waging an internal battle with a disembodied presence attempting to possess his mind. The two heroes must avoid death or capture, but there is a catch: They have only one day to solve a riddle older than history before a dark host of unstoppable demons is released into the world. The Divine Tempest includes warring factions, betrayal and redemption, and of course, Herrick Erickson-Brigl's trademark: epic fight scenes. This is the lean, hard-hitting first installment in a series that follows Penndarius’s growth as the a…

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 Thorne)5. Afterparty (Roshon Fega…

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 Swizzles2 Strawberries Dipped in Dark with a Pink Ribbon2 Strawberries Dipped in Dark with Pink Swizzles2 Strawberries Dipped in Pink with Pink and White Swizzles2 Strawberries Dipped in White with a Pink Ribbon2 Strawberries Dipped in White with Pink Ribbon SprinklesI will definitely order from Shari's Berr…

Nickelodeon Favorites: Once Upon A Rhyme DVD Giveaway

Preschoolers’ favorite characters from Bubble Guppies, Team Umizoomi, Dora the Explorer, The Fresh Beat Band, The Wonder Pets! and Blue’s Clues star in the all-new DVD, Nickelodeon Favorites: Once Upon A Rhyme. Enjoy over two hours of some of the most popular and beloved nursery rhymes on this latest DVD from the Nickelodeon Favorites collection. Created by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Nickelodeon Favorites: Once Upon A Rhyme arrives on DVD on April 30, 2013 for the suggested retail price of $14.99. 

Nickelodeon Favorites: Once Upon A Rhyme Synopses: 

Bubble Guppies – Who’s Gonna Play the Big Bad Wolf The play’s the thing when the Bubble Guppies go to see a production of “The Three Little Pigs.” But when one of the actors can’t perform, it’s up to Deema to put on the costume and take the stage. 

Team Umizoomi – Umi City Treasure Hunt Milli, Geo and Bot are going on a pirate’s treasure hunt! The Team takes Umi Pirate Ship and follows…

Chick-Fil-A Leadercast 2013 Giveaway #CFALeadercast #Spons

Chick-fil-A Leadercast is a one-day leadership event broadcast LIVE from Atlanta, GA to hundreds of locations around the world on May 10, 2013. Strengthen your leadership by simplifying your life. SIMPLY LEAD.

Our lives are full of things that we think will grow our businesses and increase our influence. We are busy - and that may, unknowingly, be holding us back.  What if there was potential impact in simplifying our lives so our leadership could thrive? Leading in a complex world requires simplicity to cut through the clutter. Saying NO to what may seem good could help increase your capacity to live your life to the fullest. Join us at  as we learn to Simply Lead.

There are always some dynamic speakers on hand and the speakers for 2013 have been announced!

Speakers for this year's event include: 

Jack Welch, Former Chairman and CEO of General ElectricAndy Stanley, Best-selling leadership author and communicatorMike Krzyzewski, Head men's basketball coach, Duke University and Te…

Moms, Dads, and Grads and a Tiny Prints Giveaway and an Awesome Kid I Know #SPONSORED

About five years ago, a family moved in next door.  There was a mom, dad and two boys.  My sons were so excited to finally have someone to play with in the neighborhood.  In fact, Los Tres Amigos were the only boys on our street for the first 2-3 years we lived there.  Now granted the boys next door were a few years older than mine, it was nice to have someone to ride bikes and skateboard with.  Although it doesn't seem like that long ago, it's hard to believe that "D" is graduating high school this year.  

Keep reading to check out my review and find giveaway details!

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

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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 experience.  

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

Book DescriptionIt 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 referencesClear explanation of paral…