Saturday, May 26, 2012

Dream Nursery Sweepstakes

For those of you who have Baby Fever, there is a dreamy giveaway waiting for you!

PARENTS Magazine, American Baby and Posh Tots have a fabulous $10,000 Dream Nursery Sweepstakes!


Imagine having $10,000 at your disposal to create the nursery of your dreams for your precious little one.  Let your imagination soar!

Don't delay...this sweepstakes end 6/22/12.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Solar Eclipse May 2012


#1 - Solar Elcipse at the start of our outing.
For the first time ever I was able to see a solar eclipse...and I was just as excited as my girls. (perhaps even more so)
Solar Eclipse glasses on hand even on the slide!
The fact that today was the day, the time that I happened to be at the park was the right time and some very generous strangers happened to have two extra viewing glasses were a series of coincidences falling together just to ironically brighten my day.
#2 - Solar Eclipse starting...see the little mirrored image in that light reflection?

#3 - The attempt of taking a shot of the eclipse through a pair of
the special glasses...not so great.
Since I was not expecting to take part in this event, my camera was sitting very comfortably nestled back at our home instead of in my hands.  The pictures I captured with my DROID RAZR surprised me.
#4 - Solarized feature of my RAZR.
#5 - Same shot without solarize filter.
As we waited the kiddles played, I kept checking on the status of the sun and hoping that I wouldn't miss the "ring of fire" that was suppsed to occur.
Can you tell I'm a little tired?  Hahaha
#6 - Almost there!
Get your glasses on!!!
The only downfall, the clouds moved in right over the sun JUST AS the complete eclipse was happening. What were the odds of that? And then to rub it in, they moved beyond the sun to show us all that the moon was on it's was across the other half. Not going to lie, I was MAD.
#7 - Just before the full eclipse...
the darned clouds moved in!
Did you get to see it? This really was one of the most amazing things I've experienced...so strange having it get darker little by little without the clouds being the cause. Almost like a smokey haze over the whole valley floor.

Ah well, I guess I'll just have to try again next solar eclipse...
According to Wikipedia that will be in 2014: A partial solar eclipse is in store for the western United States on Oct. 23, 2014. Western Canada, Alaska and the northern edge of the U.S. border between Washington state to Wisconsin should have the best view, with more than 60% of the sun's diameter (its center line) blocked by the moon's shadow. California and the U.S. Southwest should see more than 40% of the sun's diameter covered.

According to NASA in 2017: A "total" solar eclipse will completely cover the sun's light, blotting out even the sun's outer fringes. Total eclipses are far more exciting because they will shroud the land in an eerie midday twilight. The Aug. 21, 2017, total eclipse will be trailing through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, northeastern Kansas, Missouri, southern Illinois, western Kentucky, Tennessee, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and South Carolina. 

See you all then!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

A day filled with love...

A day filled to the brim...that's what we've had.

Love #1 - First I spent my morning hanging out with my girls and watching their new Bratz Kids FairyTale movie...which I have to say was pretty cute.  Even found myself bopping along with the music while Grace & Rose performed for me.

Love #2 - The afternoon was was pretty full with a trip on over to our church, Victory City Church, to help make lunches to help feed 1,200 people!  (actually our final lunch number was 1,242)  I love being involved with a church that has such a heart for serving others and reaching out to make a difference.

Love #3 - Shared a little love with our buddy Max and a slew of 1st graders at EZ Air (Indoor Trampoline Park).  Kids have the best birthday parties these days...we never had anything like this place when I was little. We watched all of the kiddles bounce, flip, bump, plunge to their hearts' content.  And I am pleased to announce that all of the bouncing took it's toll on my kiddles and mellowed them out for the rest of the night. (in fact Rose fell asleep before Captain America even transformed)



Love #4 - Got to spend a little Mom, Dad & Grace time watching Captain America & Cars 2.  It's not often that we get to sit down with her alone and have a movie night.  She even was incharge of making the popcorn...her choice: White Cheddar. (that's my cheesy little girl)

Love #5 - Getting to bed before midnight!!!  That almost never happens.




Friday, May 18, 2012

Ghirardelli Sweepstakes


Click the image above to enter the GHIRARDELLI Chocolate San Francisco Getaway! Only one entry per person. Ends July 31st.

One Grand Prize winner and a guest will be whisked away to San Francisco for a weekend of pure chocolate decadence.
Prizes include one (1) Grand Prize:
  • Two tasting tickets to the 17th Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival
  • Roundtrip airfare to San Francisco (restrictions apply)
  • Hotel accommodations
  • San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise
  • Basket full of Ghirardelli Chocolate
Estimated Retail Value: over $3,000


Second Place Prizes:
Two (2) Second Place winners will receive a Ghirardelli's All Things Chocolate Gift Basket
Estimated Retail Value: $180

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Dark Chocolate Kahlua Mocha Cake (a.k.a Blackout Cake)


Oh this cake definitely takes the cake!  And it's a bit of a cheat along the way. ;)  Which makes it a perfect cake for all sorts of gatherings.


I needed to start things off right...so of course I have my mocha & the "cheat" in the forefront.


And then the other additives/supporting cast.  They make all the difference in the world. (the only components not included in this photo shoot...eggs, water & vegetable oil)


Follow the instructions on the cake mix box...with a little tweak to the water measurement. I substitute half of the water for Kahlua liqueur. (if you don't like Kahlua, use 1 Tbsp. of instant coffee mixed with the called for water measurement)


Always make sure to scrape down the sides to get everything incorporated.


Chop and drop in the chocolate chips and the coffee granules! (I tend to go with decaf granules since there is so much chocolate already)


Batter goes into an oil sprayed and lightly floured Bundt pan, into the oven and comes out looking like this!

Hold back and allow it to fully cool before adding...


the Chocolate Mocha Ganache.



Dark Chocolate Kahlua Mocha Cake (Blackout Cake)

Prep: 15-20 minutes
Baking Time:
  Bundt®: 33-36 minutes
  Two 8": 26-31 minutes
  Two 9": 24-29 minutes
  13" x 9": 26-31 minutes
Level: Easy

Ingredients:
1 box Duncan Hines Classic Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake mix
3 Eggs
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
1/2 cup Water
1/2 cup Kahlua liqueur (or disolve 1 additional Instant Coffee granules to water)
2 Tbsp. Instant Coffee Granules
1/2 cup Girardelli 60% Cocoa Chocolate Chips

Directions:
PREHEAT oven to 350°F for metal pan, 325°F for dark or coated pans. Grease the sides and bottom of the pan(s) with shortening or oil spray. Flour pan(s) lightly.

Chop chocolate chips and set aside.

In a large bowl blend cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil, water and Kahlua liqueur at low speed. 
Scrape down sides of bowl and blend at speed 2 for 15 seconds.  Add chocolate chips and coffee granules to batter. Blend at low speed for an additional 15 seconds.

Immediately pour batter into prepared pan and place in preheated oven.
Bake according to the time chart above. Add 3-5 minutes to bake time for dark or coated pans. The cake is done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Cool in pan on wire rack for 15 minutes. Invert and allow cake to cool completely before frosting with Chocolate Mocha Ganache.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A Moment To Just Reflect

This morning I decided that I needed a moment for just me...out of the confines of my home. (It's my daily office after all, not an escape) Usually a morning escape includes some dear friends, "The Momma Crew" as I like to refer to us, but this morning it needed to just be a solo venture.

There has been so much going on in the lives of those that touch my life...I just needed time to sit, reflect and sift through it all. There have been several cancer diagnoses, deaths, job changes bringing the move of a very dear friend from The Momma Crew, the verge of kindergarten & 1st grade completions...just so much that takes an emotional toll.

It's been so long since I could just get a moment alone without family duties and work knocking on the door.  Before the past several months I would have thought that I could take it all on without a problem...instead I have found myself randomly in tears as thoughts pop up.

My body has been trying to process and I have been ignoring it...and in the process I have been concerning my darling kiddles.  How does one explain that Momma us just an emotional mess to a 5 & 7 year old? 

The silver lining in all of my emotional turmoil is that it has caused me to spend so much more quality time with God. Crying, talking, singing and reflecting on Scripture have become tender moments that I have spent with my God & Savior.

Do I have all the answers? No.

BUT I do have an assurance that it was all foreseen and that God has a way of turning things into amazing testimonies of His grace and love.  When I look back on moments in my life and people who have touched it, there has always been a larger purpose to every twist and turn.  And it has always been far different than what I first perceived it to be.

When it boils down to it, even in my "ME" moments, God/Jesus/The Holy Spirit is at the center of it all. HE is my core and walks every step of the way with me...I can't imagine the void my life would have if I had to walk it without Him.

I feel better now...perhaps I'll go bake something.  :)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

10 Days Of REDBOX Deals!

I LOVE REDBOX!!  Really, I do.  And I'm thrilled to pass along a little savings from one of my favorite treats...cheap family movie nights!


Discount code expires 5/22/12 at 11:59:59pm CT and is subject to terms at the end of this  post.

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Charges will be on your wireless bill or deducted from pre-paid amounts. Participating carriers only & depends on device compatibility.

Additional Terms: Code expires 5/22/12 at 11:59:59pm CT. Valid for either a 25¢, 50¢, or $1 discount off the standard daily rental fee for the item rented at a kiosk for the first night of rental. Limit: 1 code per transaction, regardless of # of rentals. 1 time use of code only. Not valid online, via app, or for prior rentals. Your payment card (necessary for any rental) will be charged the excess daily rental fee for the item and the full daily rental rate for any additional items, plus applicable tax (except for MD rental transactions for which additional tax is not charged) for the first night of rental, if applicable, and will be charged the full daily rental fee for all items plus applicable tax (except for MD rental transactions) for each day you do not return your rental by 9:00 pm local time (at the kiosk) after first rental night. Void where prohibited by law. Code must not be copied, sold, or otherwise offered. Any other use constitutes fraud. Cannot be combined with other offers. Not redeemable for cash. Offer subject to cancellation or change at any time. cancellation or change at any time.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

First 1st Grade Spring Music Performance


My darling little Grace had her first school performance tonight.  There she is in her pretty blue dress wearing her "I can't wait, I'm so excited" smirk...and Momma (Daddy too) was SO very proud of her...so proud that I have to share. :)


All of the kiddles were so good...and entertaining.  I keep watching the videos and cracking up at how cute they are.  Couple the end of the school year right around the corner with a program geared for Mother's Day & Father's Day and you get a room full of very happy/proud/emotional parents. 




We also learned that the backdrop to the performance was created by each of the classes for the moms & dads.  And, of course, they all had to show off what part they did to bring it all together.



Grace was so excited and thrilled that everything went so well, "I almost cried Mommy...because I was so happy!"  Confession: That statement made me tear up.

"She needs to be on stage. Did you see how animated she was?"  Thank you Mrs. Peak...I can't wait to see her blossom since she loves performing so much.

Friday, May 4, 2012

FREE Shipping From Autism Awareness! FINAL DAY!!

I just came across this great deal...
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Puppet Show

I am taking a moment to give myself a little pat on the back...I don't think that we moms do that enough.  Most of the time we are just running, juggling and stressing about getting through our daily checklists.


Today I somehow managed to get my morning under control enough to get a Mommy Coffee meet-up with a few of the best moms in Reno...and it gave my little Grace a morning to enjoy some fruit and a hot chocolate before getting to school.  (she was late, but everyone needs a little reward sometimes for getting through a rough, tearful morning)

Then it was off to my little Rose's kindergarten puppet show, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  They were all so cute. And it celebrated their achievements this year...plus it was an easy way to get out of class early today!





My only failure, I forgot to get lunch to Charming.  *Eeek!*  I may have managed my Momma Duties, but I stumbled when it came to being the wife on top of lunch duty.
Charming's Mom & Dad bringing in the Grandparent Praise
Afterwards it's back to working, cleaning and remembering to pick-up my kiddle from school early.  The rest of the day...well, we'll just have to see how it goes. (although I do see Frappuccino Happy Hour in it)

Giveaway Link-Up ~ Beginning OR Ending in May

I am busy searching for great giveaways & sweepstakes that I find every month...
There's not time like the present to enter.  Here We GO!
Copyright (c) 123RF Stock Photos

Do you LOVE entering giveaways?  We have a nice little assortment for you to enjoy below! AND there is no limit to the number of giveaways you can access & enter!

OR

Do  you have a giveaway beginning or ending in the month of May? 
Leave a comment with a link to your giveaway and I will add it to our ever growing list! 
SO, why not link-up and share information for readers to find your great giveaways?
1.  $100 GC Amazon.com ~ SimplyStacie.net (thru Facebook)
2.  Revision Skincare - Multiple Items (Enter Daily) ~ Woman's Day
3.  $100,000 CASH -  Pay My Bills Sweepstakes ~ Woman's Day (Ends 1/31/14)
4.  Coastal.com’s Derek Cardigan Sunglass Giveaway (ARV $129.00 )~ Woman's Day (Ends 1/31/14)
5.  Garnier's BB Ready Sweepstakes! (enter daily) 50 Prize Packs will be awarded. ARV: $77.94/prize pack ~ (Ends May 7th)
6.  HERSHEY’S Save the Day Instant-Win Game - win 1 of over 4 MILLION Prizes!!! (Ends 9/30)

7.  Revlon Purse-SUIT Of Power (Facebook) Giveaway ~ Enter Daily! (Ends 10/13/12) 
8.  Kellogg's 2012 Earth Day Sweepstakes - 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Eco ~ (Ends 6/30)
9.  All You Live Your Dream Giveaway  - Chance to win $25,000 or other prizes! ~ Enter by 6/01 for early bird prize entry!(Ends 1/31/13)
10.  iPad3 Giveaway ~ MakobiScribe.com (Ends 5/14)
11.  16GB White iPad 3, rafflecopter, 5/ 32 ~ Family Savings Center (Ends 5/31)
12.  ULTIMATE BIRTHDAY PARTY - $500 in Toys and Party Supplies ~ Melissa & Doug and Party City (Ends 5/15)
13.  Recipe.com $5,000 Kitchen Essentials Giveaway (enter daily!) ~ Recipe.com Facebook Page (Ends 6/30)
14.  Better Homes & Gardens Fan Appreciation Giveaway ~ BH&G Facebook Page (Ends 6/30)
15.  Better Homes & Gardens Pin & Win Contest ~ BH&G Facebook Page (Ends 5/4)
16.  KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer ~ MyCouponSwappers (Ends 5/12)
17.  Rolling Luggage for Kids from D&N Kids  ~ MakobiScribe.com (Ends 5/10) 
18.  MARVEL Avengers Themed Giveaway ~ MyCouponLady.com (Ends 5/5)
19.  Kate n’ Kaboodle’s Blog Birthday Giveaway with prizes totaling over $1000 (Ends 5/11)
20.  $75 SwimSpot Giveaway ~ LessThanPerfectParents.com (Ends 5/5)
21. Frosted Pearl KitchenAid Mixer, One-of-a-kind apron from The Hip Hostess & Signed Copy of The Reluctant Entertainer! ~ ReluctantEntertainer.com (Ends 5/2)
22.  $30 Gift Certificate Expressiva Nursingwear ~ LittleYayas.com (Ends 5/12)
23.  Get Moo-ving Pack w/Cuisinart Hand Blender! ~ Tiaras&Tantrums (Ends 5/18)
24.  $100 Stanley Steemer Gift Certificate {Giveaway} ~ Tiaras&Tantrums (Ends 5/18)
25.  Just for Mom Giveaway: KitchenAid, Cricut, Coupon Clutch, $100 cash! ~ MelissasBargains.com (Ends 5/)
26.  $25 Cool Cuts 4 Kids GC - 2 Winners! ~ KiddiesCornerDeals.com (Ends 5/4)
27.  Beautiful Silver Jewelry Review & Giveaway (US) ~ SimplyStacie.net (Ends 5/8)
28.  Canon Powershot A2400 Digital Camera ~ Kate n’ Kaboodle (Ends 5/17)
29.  iPad3, Kid-proof Case & $100 iTunes GC ~ EBONY Parent Magazine
30.  Chicken Soup for the Soul The Magic of Mothers & Daughters (US & Can) ~ SimplyStacie.net (Ends 5/16)
31.  250 Business Cards from Uprinting.com ~ TheGuiltyParent.com (Ends 5/11)
32.  Mission Save Money Giveaway ~ MomsSavingMoney (Ends 5/11)
33.  Book: Momumental by Jennifer Grant ~ MomsSavingMoney (Ends 5/10)
34.  Win a Dr. Oz Gift Bag! - 10 Winners! ~ The Dr. Oz Show (Ends 5/13) 
35.  Man Crate Giveaway! ~ SimplyStacie.net (Ends 5/12) 
36.  $350 GIFT CARD from Cloud 9 Living ~ Mom365.com
37.  $50 GC on Fragrancenet.com ~ Mom365.com (Ends 5/14)
38.  FLA-VOR-ICE Giveaway (Facebook Page) ~ (Ends 5/16)
39.  (3) $200 Amazon Gift Cards ~ MyCouportiera.com (Ends 5/21)
40.  KitchenAid Mixer ~ CouponSpice.com (Ends 5/27)
41.  Artspace.com $5,000 of Seriously Great Art - Your choice! ~ (Ends 7/15/12)
42.  Summer Splash Giveaway $25 PAC SUN GC + a chance to win a Two Ring Adventure Playset valued at $3,598 ~ SimplyStacie, Shopaholic Mommy (Ends 5/27)
43.  Mama Mia Gift Set from Nudo! ~ SimplyStacie (Ends 5/27)
44.  Win an Incredibed! (your choice) ~ SimplyStacie (Ends 5/28)
45.  Rabbit Air MinusA2 Air Purifier (a $569.95 value!!) ~ 5MinutesFor Mom ~ (Ends 5/22)
46.  Year’s Supply of Method Detergent ~ Method's FB Page (Ends 5/15)
47.  Win 1 of 30 bottles of Method Detergent Laundry Starter Kits ~ 5MinutesFor mom (Ends )
48.  $100 PayPal ~ FreebiesGaloreAndGiveawaysToo (Ends 5/15)  
49.  ShinDigz Party Supplies - Review & $50 Gift Card Giveaway ~ BeingFrugalAndMakingItWork (Ends 5/21)
50.  One of TWO $25.00 gift cards from ShopRite From Home ~ InspiringSavings (Ends 5/14)
51.  The Knot Genie (detangling brush) ~ SaraLee's Deals, Steals & Giveaways (Ends 5/23)
52.  Win $500 Cash with ContestChest.com ~ SaraLee's Deals, Steals & Giveaways (Ends 6/29)
53.  Louis Vuitton Giveaway May 12 - June 12 ~ Madame Deals (Ends 6/12)
54.  HAAN Complete MS30 Multi Purpose Steam Cleaner ~ Madame Deals (Ends 5/31)
55.  Kindle Fire and $30 GC ~ Madame Deals (Ends 5/18)
56.  $1,500 Cash to Spend on Pampered Chef  ~ Consumer Expressions (Ends 6/30)
57.  5 Lucky Winners to Win a Onesie & Matching Beanie from Kids Blanks by Zoey ~ SaraLee's Deals, Steals & Giveaways (Ends 5/31)
58.  Clipa Handbag Hanger Giveaway ~ SaraLee's Deals, Steals & Giveaways (Ends 5/31)
59.  Soft Vintage Homemade Bunny Toy ~ SaraLee's Deals, Steals & Giveaways (Ends 5/29)
60.  $50 Old Navy Gift Card ~  Parga's Junkyard (Ends 5/24)
61.  SUPER 1 Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway! ~ Parga's Junkyard (Ends 5/20)
62.  AB Flex Belt ~ SaraLee's Deals, Steals & Giveaways (Ends 5/25)
63.  Beyond Bedding For Toddlers and Teens ~ Makobi Scribe (Ends 5/22)
64.  Hit The Sauce Gourmet Barbecue Gift Basket ~ TheStilettoFiles (Ends 5/31)
65.  Pampered Chef Grill Basket ~ TheFiestyMonkey (Ends 5/31)
66.  Fitness Pack from Midwest Dairy – Cuisinart Stick Blender, iTunes Gift Card and More! Valued at $100! ~ Kelly'sLuckyYou (Ends 5/30)
67.  Margaritaville DM2000 Premium Frozen Concoction Maker (ARV $399.99) ~ GiveawayBandit (Ends 5/30)
68.  Emile Henry PRIZE PACK ~ Mauviel MStone Fry pan, Pizza Stone, Lekue Whoopie Pie & Macaroon Kits, Steam Case, Decomax, Sandwich Buddy ($340 value) ~ BellaSavvy (Ends 5/30)
69.  Cosco APT 40RF Convertible Car Seat ($55.00 value) ~ BellaSavvy (Ends 5/31) 
70.  2-piece Terry Hooded Bath Towel Set from Gerber Childrenswear ~ BellaSavvy (Ends 6/03)
71.  Leading Lady Zig Zag Weave Front Closure Nursing Bra OR Cami (beautiful!) ~ BellaSavvy (Ends 5/30)
72.  Protein Bakery Gift Pack ~ BellaSavvy (Ends 5/24) 
73.  Large Astor Bowl and a set of Contemporary Salad Servers (ARV $90) ~ HowWasYourDay (Ends 5/30)
74.  The Complete Idiot’s Guide® Cookbooks (8) (ARV $150)  ~ StillBlondeAfterAllTheseYears (Ends 5/30)
75.  $100 Amazon Gift Card Code ~ StillBlondeAfterAllTheseYears (Ends 5/31)
76.  Ninja Master Prep (ARV $60) ~  AshaButterflys (Ends 5/30)
77.  Crazy for Cake Pops Cookbook ~ JustAnotherNewBlog (Ends 5/18)
78.  Mariah Carey Prize Pack ~ JustAnotherNewBlog (Ends 5/23)
79.  $100 Pottery Barn Gift Card ~ GiveawayBandid (Ends 5/18)
80.  Toshiba’s SLV411U LED DVD Combo HDTV ~ Sason & Pobi (Ends 5/18/2012 9:59 PM PST)
81.  Win a trip for TWO to cheer on Team USA at the London 2012 Olympic Games ~ CentsLessDeals (Ends 5/30)
82.  Sibu Beauty (ARV $80+) ~ JuliesFreebies (Ends 5/22)
83.  Miracle Gro Kids Gardening Sets ~ ChrstianClippers (Ends 5/30)
84.  Coach Star Handbag (ARV $298) ~ ChrstianClippers (Ends 5/29)
85.  $25 Gift Certificate to Cool Cuts 4 Kids ~ ChristianClippers (Ends 5/28)
86.  Ghirardelli Chocolate San Francisco Sweepstakes ~ (Ends 7/31)
87.  Home Theater Package by Panasonic® ~ P&G Everday (Ends 5/28)
88.  Set of Char Crust Seasonings ~ IEMommy (Ends 5/28)
89.  BedLounge (your choice) ~ SimplyStacie (Ends 5/30)
90.  Step2 Kiddie Pool ~ LullabyLane (Ends 5/29)
91.  Children's Book: What Would The Founding Fathers Think? ~ SimplyStacie (Ends 6/02)
92.  Transformers Dark of The Moon Blu-Ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy ~ DustinNikkiMommyOfThree (Ends 5/26)
93.  $75 Amazon Gift Card  ~  BentoSchoolLunches (Ends 6/03)
94.  Madison at Main has a line of rugs called Jellybean Rugs ~ WeeShare (Ends 5/28) 
95.  Technogel Pillows ~ RoyalLegacy (Ends 6/03) 
96.  BH Cosmetics 120 Color Eye Shadow Palette ~ TheLadiesLounge (Ends 5/31)
97.  Yu-Be, Mineral Mate and more!~ PrettyChinaDoll
98.  Lalaloopsy Sew Magical Mermaid Doll ~ TheMamaReport (Ends 5/23)
99.  KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment & Cookbook ~ Bell'Alimento (Ends 5/23)
100.  Safe Play Package GIVEAWAY (for 3 winners) ~ LifeWithLisa (Ends 6/01)
101.  iPad May-Nia! ~ MommysMemorandum (Ends 6/14)
102.  Pillsbury Disney Prize Pack ~ Christine IEMommy (Ends 5/20)
103.  Timeless Family Classics DVD Pack ~ Tiaras&Tantrums (Ends 6/02)
104.  Neato Robotics Vacuum ($350 value) ~  5MinutesForMom (Ends 5/28)
105.  Rabbit Air MinusA2 Air Purifier ($569.95 value) ~ (Ends 5/23)
106.  Graphic Fitness Tank from ForTwoFitness (maternity fitness) ~ Being MVP (Ends 5/30)
107.  New Life Hiking Spa, Killington, VT, Getaway Giveaway ~ Woman's Day (Ends 7/18)
108.  Lysol® No-Touch™ Kitchen System Giveaway ~ Woman's Day (Ends 7/12) 
109.  HP Omni 120 Personal Computer Giveaway ~ Woman's Day (Ends 7/21)
110.  Dansko Pippa Clogs Giveaway ~ Woman's Day (Ends 7/14)
111.  BJ’s Wholesale Club 18-Piece Melamine Dinnerware Set Giveaway ~ Woman's Day (Ends 7/16)
112.  One for the Money DVD Giveaway ~ Woman's Day (Ends 7/15)
113.  Waterpik® EcoFlow® Rain Shower Head Giveaway ~ Woman's Day (Ends 6/10)
114.  VMV Hypoallergenics Ooh-La-Lash! Volumizing Mascara Giveaway ~ Woman's Day (Ends 6/11)
115.  TOTSY.com Beauty Basket Giveaway ~ Woman's Day (Ends 6/02)
116.  Todd English GreenPan Cook Set Giveaway ~ Woman's Day (Ends 7/10)
117.  Thompson’s® WaterSeal® Prize Package AND $500 certificate to Plow & Hearth ~ Woman's Day (Ends 7/04)
118.  The Oaks at Ojai, Ojai, CA, Getaway Giveaway (ARV $1,390) ~ Woman's Day (Ends 7/11)
119.  Tempur-Pedic® TEMPUR-Simplicity™ Mattress (winner's choice) ~ Woman's Day (Ends 6/25)
120.  Teleflora® ‘Deal of the Day’ $50 Gift Card Giveaway ~ Woman's Day (Ends 6/12)
121.  Soap & Glory Bath and Body Products Giveaway ~ Woman's Day (Ends 6/09)
122.  New York Yankees™ For Him and For Her Fragrances Giveaway ~ Woman's Day (Ends 7/09)
123.  NetGear® NeoTV™ Digital Streaming Player Giveaway ~ Woman's Day (Ends 6/27)
124.  Murad Skincare Prize Package Giveaway ~ Woman's Day (Ends 6/16)
125.  Mastrad Sink Mat Giveaway ~ Woman's Day (Ends 6/24)
126.  Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa Giveaway (ARV $1,150) ~ Woman's Day (Ends 7/06)
127.  Joyful Noise Blu-ray™ Combo Pack Giveaway ~ Woman's Day (Ends 6/17)
128.  Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Jekyll Island, GA, Getaway Giveaway (ARV $1,390) ~ Woman's Day (Ends 6/06)
129.  iRobot Scooba 390 Giveaway ~ Woman's Day (Ends 6/26)
130.  Disney Store Tinker Bell Prize Pack Giveaway (ARV $240) ~ Woman's Day (Ends 6/26)
131.  Dawgs Bendable Flip Flops Giveaway ~ Woman's Day (Ends 6/13)
132.  DailyBurn.com One-Year Membership Giveaway ~ Woman's Day (Ends 6/03)
133.  Connecticut Getaway Giveaway (ARV $1,753) ~ Woman's Day (Ends 6/19)
134.  Coby® Attitudz Earphones Giveaway  ~ Woman's Day (Ends 7/09)
135.  Carved Creations $200 Gift Certificate Giveaway  ~ Woman's Day (Ends 6/04)
136.  Coastal.com Derek Cardigan Sunglasses Giveaway ~ Woman's Day (Ends 7/03)
137.  Braun Cruzer Men’s Electric Razor Giveaway ~ Woman's Day (Ends 7/05)
138.  Zeroll Ussentials Five-Piece Utensil Set Giveaway ~ Woman's Day (Ends 5/28)
139.  Father's Day Gas Grill Giveaway ~ Grandma Bonnie's Closet (Ends 5/31)
140.  Krups Cup-on-Request Coffee Brewer Giveaway  ~ Woman's Day (Ends 5/26)
141.  Guria Beachwear Swimsuit Giveaway ~ Woman's Day (Ends 5/29)
142.  SneakPeek Giveaways from Woman's Day ~ New item every day! ~ Ends 5/31
143.  Dad’s Backyard Oasis Father’s Day Giveaway including a $500 Black & Decker Tool Package ~ Mom To Bed By 8 (Ends 6/03)
144.  Britax B-Agile Stroller ~ Mom to Bed by 8 (Ends 6/05)
145.  Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (1st FIVE books) ~ Mom to Bed by 8 (Ends 6/25)
146.  Better Homes & Gardens' $1,000 Renew Your Backyard Sweepstakes ~ BH&G FB Page (Ends 6/05)
147.  BH&G DAILY Summer Days Sweepstakes! 
148.  $10,000 Nursery Sweepstakes ~ PARENTS Magazing & American Baby (Ends 6/22)
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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Happy Hour Is Back!

Did you hear the news?  Starbucks's Happy Hour is BACK!


In case you missed it above... May 4-13, 3pm - 5pm is the magical time that we're all shooting for.

Enjoy a FRAPPUCCINO for HALF PRICE!

And they have a new flavor added to the classic mix... Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino!

You can even have a daily reminder text sent by simply texting "HAPPY" to 697289.

Birthday Eatery Discoveries

Today is my birthday and in the search for some place to sit & dine with my family I discovered that there are quite a few eateries in my area that I have not visited...and really want to.  Living in South Reno tends to keep me out of downtown and apparently out of the consideration of all that there is to offer when it comes to a night out.

Here's a little list of my soon to enjoy discoveries:

Beaujolais Bistro

Daughters Cafe

A & M Rosami Bar & Ristorante

Cafe Musee ~ Cafe located at the Nevada Museum of Art...which I will be visiting this weekend.  It's completely up my alley...art & a cafe!  I'm gonna be one happy woman.

Bistro 7

The Cheese Board ~ Don't know how I've missed out on this gem.

Blue Moon Gourmet Pizza

Silver Peak Restaurant & Brewery

Josef's Vienna Bakery Cafe and Restaurant

Pnuematic Diner ~ The names on their menu alone are pulling me in.

Green Papaya (Thai cuisine)

Rapscallion Seafood House & Bar

And simply because I've heard good reviews (and Guy Fierri popped in to do Diners, drive-Ins & Dives) Gold 'N Silver Inn