Monday, December 31, 2012

Disney's New Year #Giveaway!

Leave it to the folks at Disney to ring in the New Year by giving away a vacation every day during the month of January!

There are 5 vacation packages to choose pick wisely.

Enter DAILY Here for your chance to win a Disney Parks vacation, now through January 31st!

Nick's Kids' Choice Awards #Giveaway ~ Ends 12/31

Look what I found!  And TODAY is the last day to enter!

Have you ever wanted to take your kiddle to the Nickalodeon Kids Choice Awards?

I have.

Here's your chance to enter for the grand prize!
  • Round trip airfare for four to L.A.
  • Hotel accomodations 2 nights/3 days
  • Four tickets to the 2013 Kids Choice Awards plus transportation
  • $1,000 in spending money!
There are also 10 First Prizes!
  • $250 Target Gift Card 
Entries must be received by 12/31/12...ENTER NOW!

Money Saving Gorgeous Shoes! dbShoes!

I love shoes...and am waiting for my finances to catch up with my desire for more.  Last night I finally gave in to a store that has been calling me for the past 3 years.

It's located right next to ROSS clothing store, which I usually love to visit. 

Every time I've gone to browse through the aisles at ROSS I see this store and it beckons to me. 

I resist.

Not because I don't want to see what goodies are within...but because I might find something that it would kill me to leave behind.

Tonight, I gave in.

I was in search of a new pair of boots...and I had been let down at 4 previous stores.

Let's just say that I found what I was looking for...and more!

For instance, these weren't my size, but LOOK!  Aren't they gorgeous?!  I call them Chandelier Heals. Only $22.50! Can you believe it?! 

They look like something straight out of Old Hollywood. (I love Old Hollywood)

So, if you have a db shoes near you and you haven't ventured in...VENTURE!

Or you could do your browsing in their online store.

The shoes are gorgeous designer shoes and the prices are amazing!

Back to what came in for.  They are having a HUGE Boot Sale!!

I wanted these so badly.

The problem is that I suffer from large calves...even at my thinnest in college.

Ah well...I spotted "Italy" and got over it. (sort of)
My boots were $79.99...on clearance for $19.99!

I can't wait to wear them tomorrow!

And look...wool lined!  How happy will my feet be?  Very happy indeed.

And I also got a pair of boots for each of my girls...$39.99 reg.,  $20.00 Sale Price!

From Lucky Top.  Aren't they adorable?!

So, my damage for all three?  $59.99 + $4.63 tax = $64.62

Not bad, right?  Less than full price for my boots. 

I'm a happy shopper.  How about you?

Sunday, December 30, 2012

#Gymboree Year End Sale

I ventured out to the mall today (yes, I am brave) strictly to get out of the house...

I was going stir crazy.

There were plenty of sales but this one at Gymboree truly caught my attention.

Everything that had been previously reduced was now...

$12.99 OR LESS!

Happy shopping y'all!

#Giveaways Ending This Week ~ 12/30 - 1/05

Here's the listing of giveaways ending this week!
Don't miss out!!  Enter NOW! 

Happy New Year!  Good Luck!

December's Giveaways Links
2.  DAILY Sweepstakes from Better! ~ ENTER EVERYDAY
4.  NEW PRIZES DAILY - Fashion swag galore! ~ Divine Caroline (new each day!)
$10,500 Dream Room Makeover ~ Traditional Home (Ends 12/31)
Wish List Sweepstakes ~ Better Homes & Gardens (Ends 12/31)
22. Text To Win Sweepstakes ~ Subway (Ends 12/31)
71. $500 CASH! ~ The Consumer Adviser (Ends 12/30)
77. Isaac Mizrahi’s Malibu Style Fashion Collection or $500 Gift Card ~ Mom To Bed By 8 (Ends 12/30)
122. $300 Mia Mariu Shopping Spree & iPad Mini ~ Everything By Chelsea (Ends 12/30)
123. Wii U Console with Wii U GamePad Controller ~ Everything By Chelsea (Ends 12/30)
154. Wii U Console with Wii U GamePad Controller ~ What's Up? (Ends 12/30)
179. SONY Love Instagram Contest: 1 Daily Winner - $50 Sony Store gift card, just for entering; PLUS one grand prize winner and five runner ups!  ~ SONY (Ends 12/31)
245. Weekly Shoe Giveaway ~
280. $2,500 Stock Your Pantry Sweepstakes - DAILY ENTRY ~ (12/31/12)
293. $250 Lowe's gift card ~ Woman Freebies (Ends 12/30)
295. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 review & giveaway (US only) ~ Mommy And Me (Ends 12/30)
298. $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway (3 Winners) ~ Oh My Gosh Beck (Ends 12/31)
305. iPad Mini w/16GB ~ Oh My Gosh Beck (Ends 12/31)
313. Fashion Bracelet with Black Faceted Beads from Adriana Laura Mendez ~ Simply Stacie (Ends 12/30)
329. Gift Card Giveaway! 51 WINNERS! ~ Punchbowl (Ends 12/31)
336. Scraprack Queen Crapalot Package ~ Madame Deals (Ends 12/31)
345. Kidorable Umbrella ~ Home Ec@Home  (Ends 12/ 31)
359. $25 Macy's Gift Card ~ Miki's Hope (Ends 12/31)
361. A Home Makeover & Jeans! ~ Lee Jeans (Ends 12/31)
364. Kindle Fire HD!! ~ Donna's Deals & More! (Ends 12/31)
370. LA Colors Nail Polish Gift Set ~ Savvy Saving Couple (Ends 12/30)
372. LOWE'S $250 gift card ~ Woman Freebies (Ends 12/30)
373. Diono Radian RXT Car Seat {ARV $339} ~ Savvy Saving Couple (Ends 12/30)
375. iPad Mini 16 GB ~ Makobi Scribe (Ends 12/30)
379. Movies On Demand ~ Makobi Scribe (Ends 12/29)
383. Cotton Candy Furby Giveaway! ~ Coupon Queen of Texas (Ends 12/31)
384. Wii U Giveaway Event! ~ Coupon Queen of Texas (Ends 12/30)
385. LeLe Pets Holiday Giveaway! ~ Coupon Queen of Texas (Ends 12/30)
386. 4 Winners ~ 1 will win $100 PayPal CASH! ~ Coupon Queen of Texas (Ends 12/30)

390. $50 Amazon Gift Card ~ Oh My Gosh Beck! (Ends 12/31)
391. Go2KCA's Sweepstakes: Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles ~ Disney Contests & Sweepstakes (Ends 12/31)
394. iPhone5 ~ HURRY! ~ Reward It (Ends 12/31)

January's Giveaway Links
2.  DAILY Sweepstakes from Better! ~ ENTER EVERYDAY
4.  NEW PRIZES DAILY - Fashion swag galore! ~ Divine Caroline (new each day!)
8.  Wyndham Orlando Resort Hotel Getaway Giveaway ~ Woman's Day (Ends 1/02)
14. KitchenAid 7 Qt. Standing Mixer ~ Leite's Culinaria (Ends 1/3)

16. Paperless Kitchen Starter Kit ~ Steamy Kitchen (Ends 1/03)
23. Massive Maybeline Giveaway (nail polish!) ~ Woman Freebies
30. Vtech SpongeBob Laptop ~ Kate And Kaboodle (Ends 01/03)
31. Fisher-Price Team Umizoomi Umi Shape Adventures Board ~ Mom And More (Ends 1/02)
32. Chevy Malibu or Traverse, a trip to New York City & $1,000 Macy's GC ~ Ends 01/04
34. Holiday Basket from IOGEAR ~ Simply Stacie (Ends 1/02)
35. Coachlicious Prize Package including Legacy Signature Duffle and Zippy Wallet ~ Mom To Bed By 8 (Ends 1/03)
37. Fresh Mexico: 100 Simple Recipes for True Mexican Flavor ~ Leite's Culinaria (Ends 1/02)
40. Autographed Copy of "The Sound of Music" book + DVD ~ Savings & Stewardship (Ends 1/04)
44. $100 Walmart Gift Card ~ Living, Learning, Eating. (Ends 1/02)
46. K’nex Tinkertoy Transit Building Set ~ Kate And Kaboodle (Ends 1/04)
50. Box of Merci Chocolate ~ 3 Princes and 2 Princesses (Ends 1/03)
51. $100 GC to Shop ~ 3 Princes and 2 Princesses (Ends 1/03)
55. $100 Novica Gift Card ~ The Night Owl Mama (Ends 1/05)
61. De'Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker ~ The Adventures of J-Man and Miller Bug (Ends 1/04)
78. Sylvania Portable DVD Player in Pink or Blue {Winner's Choice} ~  Donna's Deals and More (Ends 1/3)
82. Hidden Treasure Candle of choice (except layered) ~ Donna's Deals and More (Ends 1/03)

88. Michael Kors Signature Patent East West Tote ~ Divine Caroline (Ends 1/04)
97. Flash Giveaway: $50.00 The Limited Gift Card ~ The Consumer Adviser (Ends 1/04)

CLICK HERE to see (or enter, or join) all of the great giveaways listed in this month's Giveaway Link-Up!

Nose Bleeds 101 ~ Mommy, Remember To Stay Calm

Since Christmas Eve my little kiddles have been plagued with nose bleeds at least once every day. It comes hand in hand with living in the High Sierras and cold weather, but come on!  I need a break from the frantic screams and panic that come with each bleed!

My little Rose gave me a bit of a scare yesterday.  Okay, in all honesty I was ready to race her through the doors of our Urgent Care demanding immediate attention.  NEVER had I seen so much blood come pouring out of my child!  I honestly didn't think that it was possible for a nose to bleed so much...and for so long!  Turns out once I calmed down and remembered that I could Google for my answer everything came back into normalcy...with the help of Charming.

I was in the bathroom with Rose, who was panic stricken, and yelling orders for him to do searches for answers before packing her up to head to the Urgent Care.  One of the most touching things though was the fact that my Grace went into her room and returned with a book to read to her little sister while I followed my hubby's directions.  She even made facial expressions for the different characters to make her little sister laugh.  Then 30 minutes after our ordeal began, it was over.

One of the key things I learned was that the first thing my mother used to have me do is exactly what Dr. Oz instructs not to do. See #4 for this one.  My mom always meant well, and for me it was never a real problem other than having to make several trips to the sink to get the blood out of my mouth.

So, in an effort to help other mommies out there in the case of such an "emergency", I am passing along the information that I have now committed to memory. It really wasn't very hard.

In The Case Of A Nose Bleed

1.) Mommy, STAY CALM!  No matter how much blood you see draining out of your child's nose (and/or mouth), do not panic.  When they see their super heroine mommy going into a panic it triggers mass hysteria in the patient.

2.) Talk calmly and reassure the little bleeder that they are not going to die.  There is more than enough blood in their body.

3.) Grab a tissue and pinch their little nostrils together, firmly.

4.) DO NOT tilt their head back or have them lay down!  This could cause them to choke on or inhale their blood...not the solution to the problem.  In fact, this could cause a whole other scenario making it necessary to visit the nearest urgent care/ER.

5.) Apply pressure just under their nose and above their upper lip. If they will allow it, even better to apply pressure underneath the upper lip, right in the center, against the gum line.  There is a main vein that runs there and in doing this you can cut off its flow, allowing time for the bleed to stop.

6.) Wrap an ice cube in a paper towel and use it to apply pressure as described in step 5.  This will also help to slow the blood flow.

#4, 5 & 6 should be done for 5-15 minutes.  If the bleeding persists, repeat for an additional 5-10 minutes. If it still persists then you should contact a 24 hr. nurse line or make your way to the nearest urgent care/ER.

7.) Wrap an ice cube in a paper towel and apply just above the bridge of their nose, between the eyes.(A tip that my Auntie gave me. She suffered from bleeds throughout her adolescence.)

8.) Remove the blood clot from their nostril(s). Reapply pressure for 5 minutes to insure that the bleeding stops completely. The clot needs to be removed gently so that the source of the bleed can fully heal.  If not removed, it can all begin again.This is the part I have trouble with.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Great (Healthier) Appetizers (Dips Too!) To Ring In The New Year!

Let's face it, every little temptation out there thrives for the holidays. It's the time of year that is guaranteed for mass consumption of everything naughty. Cookies, cakes, candies, chocolates (my weakness), pies, nuts and flat out over indulgence of our favorite family recipes all add up to bloating, the scale climbing, jeans not zipping (or worse, not buttoning), guilt, tummy name it.

Well, I've decided that I'm going to start the New Year off with a much healthier mindset and game plan.  For starters, this year I am not going to be making high fat or high sugar appetizers for our nosh-fest while waiting to ring in the New Year.  I've scoured the internet and have come up with some amazing recipes links for my family (and all of you) to enjoy!

Happy New Year! 
Here's to a healthy and adventure filled 2013!

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Bruschetta ~ The Pioneer Woman
I'm a sucker for bruschetta 

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Orange Chipotle-Spiced Pecan Mix ~ Cooking Light
I love pecans!!! And you can't go wrong with sweet/salty combos!

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Crispy Baked Onion Rings ~ Simply Scratch
Skip the frying! (and the unnecessary calories)

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 BLT Wonton Crunchies ~ Hungry Girl
Only 93 calories for two filled wontons!

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Sweet & Sour Meatballs ~ The Deen Bros.
A lightened option...(3 meatballs with 1/2 cup sauce) = 151 Calories!

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Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps ~ Picky Palate

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  Creamy Salsa and Black Bean Nachos ~ Picky Palate

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Baked Thai Chicken Wontons ~ Fit Sugar
3 wontons = only 48 calories!

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Cheese Straws ~ Taste Of Home
Oh my kiddles are going to LOVE these!

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Beef Skewers with Cherry Tomatoes and Parsley Sauce ~ Giada de Laurentiis
This is one that my Charming will love!

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Hazelnut and Turkey Stuffed Mushrooms ~ Martha Stewart
Stuffed mushrooms are always a party-pleaser..


Photo Source: - Becky Luigart-Stayner

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Slim 6-Layer Dip ~ Food Network Magazine

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Lima Bean Dip ~ Food Network
A great alternative to avocados...and a garlic kick!

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Spicy Chipotle Hummus ~ Fit Sugar
This hummus will awaken your senses.

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 Warm Broccoli Spread ~ Taste Of Home
I love warm dips, but don't typically find healthier options that taste so good. This one wins!

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Backfield BLT Dip ~ The Deen Bros.
 Okay, it's not really a healthy option...I had to slip one naughty choice into the mix.

Virtual Pre-Order Launch Party, Review & Giveaway ~ Real Moms Love to Eat

I love discovering new books by other mom bloggers and of course, free prizes!  Please help to celebrate the launch of  “Real Moms Love to Eat: How to Conduct a Love Affair with Food, Lose Weight and Feel Fabulous” (New American Library, a Penguin Books Imprint, January, 2012) by author, Beth Aldrich, Certified Health Counselor.
"The blueprint for eating pleasurably, healthfully, and practically—while also feeding your family every day. What’s not to love?"
 ~ Christine Northrup, M.D.
"Aldrich has talent, she possesses pure genius in her no-nonsense attitude towards food. Why should a busy working mother or woman have to give up her favorite foods to gain a healthy lifestyle? She shouldn’t, and Aldrich makes that quite clear in her book."
The book is broken down in three sections, which include a fun and easy-to-follow 10-part plan for moms to implement to make gradual, life-long changes in their approach to food and 21 days of meal suggestions, tips, recipes and lifestyle changes—all to help you continue your love affair with food to look fabulous. Beth’s approach to healthy eating is simple and realistic for busy moms. You’ll learn a lot about the food you eat and how it impacts your body and still have loads of fun experiencing new foods and enjoying your life.
Author Beth Aldrich & her son Logan
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This book is exactly the tool that I was looking for...a way to make some simple alterations to my life (and my family's) to get back on track to a healthy lifestyle.  My daughters are extremely picky (as a lot of youngsters are) and are in need of more veggies and less processed foods in their diets.  And let's face it, when it comes to kids and eating healthy we all need an army of tricks and knowledge to battle those processed food cravings.  She has a ridiculously good "No-Bake Brownies" recipe! (healthy & sweeeeet)
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About Author Beth Aldrich:
Beth Aldrich is a Certified Health Counselor, Healthy Lifestyle and Nutrition Expert, engaging speaker, media personality and author of the book, Real Moms Love to Eat: How to Conduct a Love Affair with Food and Still Look Fabulous (New American Library, a member of the Penguin Group (USA), January 3, 2012); she delivers health, nutrition and balanced living fundamentals through keynote addresses, presentations, lectures and as a media spokesperson. As a health and nutrition columnist for,, and, Beth shares her wisdom, experience and knowledge about health and nutrition topics. From food coaching, and living a balanced life to, the energetics of food and finding your passion, Beth delivers her message in a charismatic and inspiring way.
"Beth Aldrich has written a very good primer to help you begin to make your diet an ally, not an enemy in today’s time-compressed world. " ~ Dr. Barry Sears, author of the Zone Diet books

"Hot moms everywhere will love this book. It's easy to follow, has great recipes and will make you laugh--out loud!" ~ Jessica Denay, Founder of Hot Moms Club, author of the Hot Moms Handbook series
On to the Giveaway!

Everyone that participates in this “virtual pre-order launch party” is eligible for randomly drawn prizes. Simply enter the twice-a-month pre-order book giveaway, hosted by the site here:

 You can pre-order the book for one entry AND sign up for Beth’s FREE newsletter for a second entry!

Winners from this virtual book pre-order party will be chosen on January 3, 2012 through and contacted via email. 

Disclosure: I was gifted from Restoring Essence Nutrition, LLC-owner of Real Moms Love to Eat, a free digital copy of the book, “Real Moms Love to Eat” and an entry into the prize drawing on January 3,2012,  for participating in this virtual tour and writing about this book pre-order contest.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Weight Watchers® Smart Ones® Spa Getaway Sweepstakes

After the Christmas and New Year celebrations, who couldn't use a little trip to The Big Apple for a little pampering & spa treatment?!


Weight Watchers® Smart Ones® is giving away a trip for TWO to New York City to enjoy some much needed pampering.  Total ARV: $4,000

Entries must be received by 1/31/13.

#Giveaways Ending This Week ~ 12/23 - 12/29

There have been so many giveaways this month and I would hate to have you miss any of them, therefore I have come to the conclusion that a weekly listing of giveaways ending within the week would be helpful. 


103. 25 Days Of Giveaways! ~ Living, Learning, Eating (Ends 12/25)
108. COACH PENELOPE LEATHER Handbag (ARV $358) ~ Posh On A Budget (Ends 12/23)
181. DAILY Dream Big, Win Bigger! ~ Target (Ends 12/24)
206. Set of HairyKids products ($50 value) ~ One Smiley Monkey (Ends 12/29)
207. ToiletTree Fogless Mirror ($50 value) ~ One Smiley Monkey (Ends 12/29)
219. Bath & Body Works Special Holiday Giveaway ~ Woman Freebies (Ends 12/29)
231. Master Lock 5900D SafeSpace {$27.59 Value} ~ Leslie Loves Veggies (Ends 12/27)
235. LifeVerse Jewelry Birthstone Message Bracelet with AB Crystals {$69 Value} ~ Leslie Loves Veggies (Ends 12/23)
236. Boncora Almond Biscotti and a Tube of Chocolate-Dipped Biscotti {$28 Value} ~ Leslie Loves Veggies (Ends 12/26)
237. Book: "Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Gift of Christmas" ~ Mom And More (Ends 12/24)
255. Brainy Baby Shapes & Colors and Art Learning bundles ~ Kate and Kaboodle (Ends 12/28)
258. Pantina Earrings from Say Hello Diamonds. $195 value! ~ Kate and Kaboodle (Ends 12/25)
260. Paula Deen Cookware set ~ Makobi Scribe (Ends 12/27)
263. PDF copy of Mocktails & More ~ Simply Stacie (Ends 12/25)
264. Canon EOS Rebel T3i DSLR Camera ~ Simply Stacie (Ends 12/27)
282. $599 Canon Rebel T3i! ~ Dear Crissy (Ends 12/27)
283. Nivea Prize Pack (including Swarovski Crystal “Spicy Pierced Earrings” (Snowflakes) $70 Value, $50 Visa Gift Card and more!!) ~ Dear Crissy (Ends 12/27)
285. Hot Chocolate Maker ~ Simply Stacie (Ends 12/29)
289. Pantene Prize Package ~ Shop With Me Mama (Ends 12/27)
290. 4 .5 QT KitchenAid Mixer ~ Dear Crissy (Ends 12/27)
291. 12 Days Of Christmas - Hit Movies - DAILY ENTRY/DAILY WINNER!~ Woman Freebies
292. Blu-Ray Player - DAILY ENTRY~ Woman Freebies (Ends 12/27)
303. Nespresso Essenza C91 Manual Espresso Maker in Black ~ Simply Stacie (Ends 12/26)
308. Cheeky Umbrella (Winner's Choice) ~ Kate And Kaboodle (Ends 12/26)
310. K'NEX Mario and Bowser Ice Race Building set ~ Mom And More (Ends 12/26)
314. Cooking With Fisher Nuts Prize Pack (around $70 value) ~ Mom And More (Ends 12/28)
316. Parental Guidance Movie gift pack ~ 5 Minutes For Mom (Ends 12/27)
325. Canon EOS Rebel T4i with EF-S 18-135 IS STM Kit Lens ~ Tidy Mom (Ends 12/24)
327. La DeeDa City Girl Dee ~ Mom To Bed By 8 (Ends 12/24)
335. Colortime Crafts ~  There's Magic Out There (Ends 12/28)
338. Win One of THREE Love & Bow Bracelet Bundles ~ Tatertots & Jello (Ends 12/26)
339. Crayola Digital Light Designer and Marker Airbrush (ARV $75) ~ Thanks Mail Carrier (Ends 12/26)
Good to Know Baking Set from Unilever & $10 GC to Target or Walmart! ~ Thanks Mail Carrier (Ends 12/28)
344. $455 Blendtec Blender Giveaway! ~ Embracing Beauty (Ends 12/26)

346. Woolino Baby Sleep Sack (2 Winners) ~ The Consumer Advisor (Ends 12/26)
355. Calphalon® Contemporary Nonstick Bronze 12" Frypan Package ~ 3 Princes and 2 Princesses (Ends 12/27)
363. $5 Starbucks Gift Card ~ Chic N Savvy Reviews (Ends 12/26)
369. Goodnyou? Spa Bundle ~ Goodnyou? (Ends 12/27)
371. Marquee Jewelry Candle, $55 Value ~ Savvy Saving Couple (Ends 12/28)
374. Win one (1) iPhone 4/4s LEAF Case AND one (1) iPad Mini Acrobat Case (Total ARV $45) to 3 Winners! ~ Chicgalleria (Ends 12/28)
382. $100 Gift Card for Amazon ~ Coupon Queen of Texas (Ends 12/29)

CLICK HERE to see (or join) all of the great giveaways listed in this month's Giveaway Link-Up!