Friday, December 23, 2011

Cepia LLC Family of Toys!!

Experience the Cepia LLC Family of
Toys This Holiday!

Unpredictable, imaginative, but above all FUN! This holiday season surprise your child with a gift that combines all of these features; a gift from the toymakers at Cepia LLC. Whether your child wants to experience the thrill of DaGeDar™ racing, the playful, colorful world of Xia-Xia™, or the loveable wackiness of ZhuZhu Pets®, Cepia LLC wants to give your child the toy that is going to make them smile.

• ZhuZhu Pets: Loveable characters with unpredictable movement and wacky personalities, ZhuZhu Pets have become a toy classic! This holiday season, the Zhu-niverse™ continues to expand with new additions to ZhuZhu Puppies™, ZhuZhu Babies™, ZhuZhu Princess™, and with the latest introduction of Zhu-Fari™, jungle-themed ZhuZhu™'s. There is a special ZhuZhu for every Zhu-natic in your family!

• Quest for Zhu™ Movie and Soundtrack: For another great gift idea, don't forget to check out ZhuZhu Pets first-ever movie, the Quest for Zhu now available on DVD! Enjoy songs from the movie performed by your favorite stars with the Quest for Zhu soundtrack.

• DaGeDar: Nominated for "Boys Toy of the Year" for the annual TOTY (Toy of the Year) Awards, DaGeDar has raced its way to the top of wish lists everywhere! An action-packed game of racing, DaGeDar is unlike any other toy, encouraging kids to decide how they want to play. With over 100 collectible DaGeDar balls, awesome track sets, and cool accessories, DaGeDar is the gift that keeps on RACING!

• Xia-Xia: Placed on the Toys R' Us "2011 Holiday Hot Toy" List, Xia-Xia, robotic, collectible hermit crabs, are winning the hearts of children everywhere with their skitter scattering fun. Crazy, colorful crustaceans, Xia-Xia give children the hermit crab pet they've always wanted. They have collectible, interchangeable shells with kooky little friends hidden inside and move in a wacky shuffle that will entertain kids for hours!

My personal favorite? I LOVE Zhu Zhu kids on the other hand lean towards the DaGeDars!!! Have a VERY Merry Christmas!!!!

*As always, I received no monetary compensation for this post, Mom Select Media sponsored it.*

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Daredar, 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways

DAGEDAR™ Accessories:
All Your Dag Needs to Speed!

Dag Nation is spreading! This year's hottest toy, DaGeDar™ has already made its way on kids' wish lists nationwide. Give your Dag Master the ultimate racing experience with the DaGeDar accessories. Kids can take their Dags on the go with the awesome Flip Action Carrying Case or knock away approaching competition with the Vortex Spinner. Both items come with the added bonus of a special, collectible DaGeDar ball. Conveniently priced, the Carrying Case is $5.99 and the Vortex Spinner is $4.99, the DaGeDar accessories are the perfect stocking stuffer.
Check out some of DaGeDar's coolest accessories:
• Vortex Spinner & Collectible Ball: Kids can take their game to the next level with the Vortex Spinner! Launch balls into action, and kids can make up their own rules for play

• Flip Action Carrying Case: Take Dags on the go! Sore up to 3 balls securely in the case, and be ready to race in a flash with the flip-top dispenser

*Disclosure:  I was given no monetary compensation for this post*

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Zhu Zhu Babies! 12 Day sof Giveaways....

A Perfect Pint-Size Present

The perfect pint-sized present for your little Zhu-natics, ZhuZhu Babies™ are adorable miniature ZhuZhu™s that come in a variety of collectible characters. From penguins to ponies, ZhuZhu Babies add a touch of sweetness to the Zhu-niverse™. Each character has its own name, symbol, biography, and birthday. Kids can enjoy dressing their ZhuZhu Babies™ in charming outfits, tucking them into bed with the FunTime Sleepover Playset, or watching them twirl and spin with the Dance Recital Playset. Perfectly pocket-sized, ZhuZhu Babies are a great gift for your child!

Meet A Few Of The ZhuZhu Babies That Are New To Zhu!

The stork has landed: New ZhuZhu Babies™ are just hitting shelves, and these adorable characters come in a variety of animals. Kids can collect them all!

• Savvy the pony: with her bright pink coat and polished mane, Savvy is as known for her beauty as she is for her clever brains. Quick-witted and cunning, Savvy helps her pony pals get out of the stickiest of situations

• Scout the mouse: quite the adventurer, Scout loves to pretend she is a pilot, swinging as high as she can on the playground. Like a true mouse, she loves cheese, which is why cheese is her symbol!

• Joey the seahorse: giddy and hyper, Joey is known for never being able to "swim still." He constantly darts across the ocean, challenging his friends to races. Moving so quickly often gives this seahorse bubble hiccups, which is why bubbles are his symbol!

*Disclosure- I was given no monetary compensation for my honest post.*

Monday, December 19, 2011

Xia Xia Shells and Kooky Friends, 12 Days of Giveaways!!

XIA-XIA™ Shells and Kooky Friends:
Fashion XIA-XIA for the Holidays!
Toys R' Us "Holiday Hot Toy" 2011!
"Xia-Xia™'s here. Let's go play! It's like a party everyday!" Xia-Xia, robotic hermit crabs, live in a crazy world where every day is Carnivale. Kids can dress their Xia-Xia for the festivities in a variety of candy-colored shells with different shapes, sizes, patterns, and colors: Just like a real hermit crab, Xia-Xia switch and swap their shells!

For an added surprise, kooky little friends are hidden inside. Each Xia-Xia shell comes with one kooky friend and additional Xia-Xia shells come with the bonus of two friends. Kids can place their kooky friends on their Xia-Xia's shell while they skitter scatter to the "Xia-Xia Shuffle." At the low price of $5.99, Xia-Xia shells make a great stocking stuffer this holiday season!

*I was given no compensation from this post, simply an entry into a drawing*

Friday, December 16, 2011

DaGeDar! Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway!

DaGeDar™ - Experience The Invasion this Holiday Season!

Speed. Action. Racing: DaGeDar™ is the toy kids want this holiday season! Nominated for "Boys Toy of the Year" for the annual TOTY (Toy of the Year) Awards, DaGeDar is an action-packed game of racing unlike any other: Players are challenged to create their own "House Rules" to play. Players can collect over 100 DaGeDar balls, which are referred to as Dags; Each of which displays a cool graphic. This is the Dag's inner racing avatar. Players can log-on to, enter the code located on the back of their ball, and learn more about their Dags' "spirit within." A great stocking stuffer, Dags are the gift that keeps on RACING!
New Dags Have Just Been Unleashed With Set 2:

• U.F. Oshi02021: An extraterrestrial bio-technician, U.F. Oshi has mind control tactics, which he uses to overtake his opponents on the racetracks

• Grok02030:  A multi-armed master of martial arts, Grok 02030 is a wizard of ancient weapons. Speed, agility, and unmatched skill with a blade, make him a dangerous racer

• Ballistix02031: an expert explosives diffuser, he has a titanium alloy grip and reinforced hardwired nervous system that prepare him to tackle the most explosive of situations

*Disclosure:  I was given no compensation for this post*

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Quest for Zhu™ DVD and Soundtrack:
A Zhu-tastic Family Gift

The quest has begun! ZhuZhu Pets® first-ever movie, the Quest for Zhu™, is now available and is the perfect gift for your child! A heartwarming tale of love, friendship, and adventure, the Quest for Zhu follows the "Fab Four" ZhuZhu Pets, Pipsqueak, Mr. Squiggles, Chunk, and Num Nums, as they battle an ancient evil. It's a wholesome movie the whole family can enjoy! Available now at your local major retailers.
And the excitement does not have to end when the movie is over; Your kids can enjoy all of their favorite Quest for Zhu songs with the new soundtrack! This incredible soundtrack includes original numbers by hit performers: Radio Disney sensation, Savannah Outen, sings "No Place Like Here™" and American Idol finalist, Thia Megia, sings "One Day™." With catchy favorites like "ABC," "Celebration," and "What I Like About You," this soundtrack is sure to keep your kids dancing. This zhu-tastic soundtrack is available on and iTunes.

*As always I received no compensation for this post,  I was given only entry into a drawing.*

Son Fish Gear

Once again, the holidays are in full swing! Last minute shopping, out-of-town visitors, holiday parties and church functions are just a few of the things that keep us busy during this time of year. On top of that, there is that 2012 church or group fundraiser you have to plan! And for that reason, we are happy to announce the launch of, an online Christian apparel and accessory store.

As a mom, church member or community organizer, we know that you may be looking for fundraising opportunities. Sonfish Gear is proud to offer a unique fundraising program which allows groups to purchase products at wholesale prices and resell for fundraising. This is an exciting way to switch it up from the usual church car wash and bake sale, to offering a variety of quality Christian apparel and accessory products. To find out more about Sonfish Gear's fundraising opportunities, click HERE!

In early 2012, Sonfish Gear products will also be available for individual purchase! From hats and sunglasses, to iPhone cases and baby clothes, Sonfish gear has something for everyone on your 2012 gift giving list. If you need a last minute holidays gift idea, the classic Sonfish Car emblem is immediately available for purchase and would make a great stocking stuffer this year! The Sonfish emblem reminds Christians that Jesus, the Son of God, is always shining his love upon us. To check out Sonfish Gear click HERE!

* I was given no monetary exchange for this post, I was entered into a drawing with MomSelect*
Happy Holidays!

120 Day Get Fit Giveaway with Extra!

With all the opportunity for indulgence during the holiday season, it can be hard to stay in a healthy mindset. Although we shouldn't resist treating ourselves to some of our favorite seasonal confections, it's important to indulge wisely so we don't find ourselves in damage-control mode on January 1st! Extra® Gum knows that maintaining a fit lifestyle takes a little more willpower during this sugar-laden season, which is why they've launched their 120-Day Get Fit Giveaway!

Throughout the holiday season and as New Years' resolutions approach, Extra Dessert Delights® gum is the perfect ammo to have on hand as an easy alternative to high calorie snacks, and now they're offering even more ways to bring everyone a little more support during these crucial times. With the 120-Day Get Fit Giveaway, fitness buffs and gum chewers alike can enter once a day to win unique fitness-focused prizes that will help keep your New Years' resolutions on track. From now until March 29th, 2012, you can visit for daily prize giveaways and the chance to win the Grand Prize- a fitness adventure trip to Red Mountain Resort in Utah. Prizes change daily, so entrants should be sure to check back each day to see what the fun new prize will be.

"Disclosure: I was entered for a chance to win a gift card in exchange for this post. No monetary exchange took place."

Zhu Zhu Princess....for your little Princess...or prince. 12 Days of Giveaways

ZHUZHU PRINCESS™: A Magical Gift For Your Little Zhu!

Give the gift of enchantment this holiday season with the new ZhuZhu Princess™ characters! Your little ones can enjoy creating their own ZhuZhu™-themed fairytales with this whimsical line of toys. Kids can dress their ZhuZhu Princess character in their finest for the castle court, take them for a regal carriage ride, or enjoy a dance at the royal ball. The adventures are endless, making this a perfect holiday gift for your little Zhu!

Meet the New ZhuZhu Princess™ Characters:

ZhuZhu Pets would like to cordially invite you to the Zhu-niverse™ court, where new ZhuZhu Princess characters are making their grand introduction.
• Sebille the fairy godmother: Princess Snowcup's fairy godmother, Sebille is loyal to her princess. White with pink accent, she's a pretty companion with a castle symbol

• Serenity the unicorn: Prince Dashington saved this purple unicorn. Now eternally grateful, Serenity is Prince Dashington's most trustworthy companion on all his quests!

• Aloysius the wizard: over three thousand years old, Aloysius the wizard sometimes makes mistakes when casting spells: He frequently boils his shoes instead of ingredients! However, when the prince and princess are in dire need, Aloysius always saves the day!

• Lyric the butterfly fairy: a witch tried to turn Lyric into a snail, but her beauty, grace, and kindness made the witch's plan backfire and turned her into a magnificent butterfly fairy: Her symbol is a butterfly too!

*No compensation was given for this post.  As part of MomSelect, I was entered into a drawing.*

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

ZHU ZHU Pets....12 days of giveaways!!

ZHUZHU PETS®: The Gift Kids Want!
"I know what I love: I love the Zhu-niverse™!" ZhuZhu Pets® have become a kid favorite, winning the hearts of children around the world with their wacky, loveable, and above all unpredictable personalities. A classic gift that is sure to make your child smile, ZhuZhu Pets are conveniently priced at $9.99, making them a great stocking stuffer!
Meet the Newest ZhuZhu Pets:

Kids can enjoy hours of imaginative play with ZhuZhu Pets. Press their back and watch them go: ZhuZhu Pets scoot and scurry around. Each ZhuZhu™ has its own name, birthday, biography, and special collector's code so kids can collect them all. Plus just in time for the holidays, the Zhu-niverse is getting bigger with new characters that come in even more fun COLORS!

• Greenbean: a green cutie with a love for veggies, a turnip is his symbol; it's no surprise that Greenbean is a farmer. His most famous crop: green beans, of course!

• Friday: a sister to Wednesday and Thursday, Friday is a pretty pink triplet, who loves chocolate chip cookies

• Toodles: A fan of playing "make-believe," Toodles owns her very own theater, in which she is the main star! There are no limits to this ZhuZhu's imagination

• Hervey: A fan of the finer things in life, Hervey owns his own culinary school, where he can educate ZhuZhu's on the teachings of fine cuisine

To learn more about ZhuZhu Pets, click HERE!

Advil Congestion Relief Project

Recognizing that congestion comes in many forms, from a stuffy nose to a crowded street, the makers of Advil® Congestion Relief are helping consumers breathe easier by alleviating congestion in two ways this cold and flu season - by providing the right relief for sinus congestion and relief to congestion problems facing communities around the country through the Advil® Congestion Relief Project.

Advil® Congestion Relief Project

The cold and flu brand is putting a twist on its tagline – “The Right Relief for the Real Problem,” and providing literal relief in congested places across the U.S. from undersupplied schools, congested traffic lanes and more. In its first relief stop, the Advil® Congestion Relief Project unveiled a new library at P.S. 130 in the Bronx on Tuesday, November 15.

The Advil® Congestion Relief Project is looking for additional communities in need of relief. You can even enter your own community story by answering the questions:
1. What's congested in your community?
2. How does that affect your community?
3. How could Advil® Congestion Relief relieve your community's congestion?

I challenge you all to Visit and share the congestion relief your community needs for your chance to win a prize worth up to $30,000 for your local community.

*Disclosure: I am a member of One2One Network and I am eligble to receive product and prizing for my time. I make no claims about Advil Congestion Relief as a product or it's effectiveness.*

Monday, December 12, 2011

Xia Xia, 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways!!

XIA-XIA™'S HERE: A Perfect Gift for Holiday CHEER!

Toys R' Us "Holiday Hot Toy" 2011!

Santa Claws is coming to town with Xia-Xia™, robotic, collectible hermit crabs! Kids love hermit crabs, but moms don't like the hassle. Well now you can stuff their stocking with the gift they've always wanted with Xia-Xia! Fun, crazy, colorful crustaceans, Xia-Xia have collectible, interchangeable shells with kooky little friends hidden inside. Kids can dress Xia-Xia in a variety of shells that come in different shapes, sizes, styles, and colors. Press Xia-Xia's claw and watch it go: Xia-Xia skitter scatter like a real hermit crab!
Meet the Xia-Xia Crew: Four crazy characters compose the Xia-Xia crew.

Bimini: with her pink polka-dot and stripped shell, Bimini loves to strut her stuff in different shell fashions

Trinidad: with his dazzling bright orange and yellow swirled shell, Trinidad loves to dance. Press his claw and watch him skitter scatter in a fun parade

Turks: bubbly and silly, Turks has a red shell and girly pink bows. Her ballet slippers add a touch that is just a sweet as she is

Tobago: the brave adventure-seeking crab of the Xia-Xia crew, Tobago is always on the move: He has to see his missions through!

*I was given no compensation for this post, only entry into a drawing for free products*

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Zhu Zhu Puppies....12 days of giveaways!!!!

Give your child the puppy they've always wanted this holiday but without the mess! ZhuZhu Puppies™ make silly puppy sounds, move unpredictably around, and come in a variety of breeds like a Husky, Shih Tzu, Yorkie, Dalmatian, Maltese and more!
ZhuZhu Puppies are a part of the ZhuZhu Pets® family, and each has their own name, symbol, birthmark, and special collector's code. Plus they have the same affordable price as ZhuZhu Pets: ZhuZhu Puppies are just $9.99!
Meet the Newest Additions to the ZhuZhu Puppies Pack:

Three new ZhuZhu Puppies characters have joined the Zhu-niverse™. These new puppy pals come in adorable new breeds and fun COLORS!

• Star: Star is quite the show dog. Always maintaining her pink appearance, she hopes of one day winning the Zhu-niverse™ Kennel Club, but for now sticks to dominating local dog shows

• Lilac: A purple cutie, Lilac enjoys making other pup's dreams come true, which is why her symbol is a wishing well

• Legend: The puppy pack's leader, Legend is determined to help other pups be the best they can be. True to his name, Legend is known throughout the Zhu-niverse for having a big heart, which is why a heart-shaped paw print is his symbol!

To learn more about ZhuZhu Puppies, click HERE!

*Opinions are all my own, I was given no compensation for this post.*

Who doesn't love Build A Bear Workshop???

Get Your Wish On With

Build-A-Bear Workshop®

I am so excited to give you a sneak peek at all the creative ways our furry friends can help make our holidays beary special!

This holiday season, Build-A-Bear Workshop® is inviting you and your family to get your wish on. With brand-new furry friends from the latest holiday movies, classic and celebrity characters, hi-tech Kinect enabled bears, gifts that give back, holiday traditions, customized presents and fun stocking stuffers, Build-A-Bear Workshop will be on everyone's wish list this year. From those searching for the perfect stuffed animal for that special someone to a child discovering the joy of creating a personalized furry friend, Build-A-Bear Workshop invites you to check out the array of gift options that are sure to bring smiles long after the season is over.

Here are some of our favorite things about Build-a-Bear Workshop this season:

• One of the best things about Build-A-Bear Workshop is the opportunity to make or buy a unique gift, add a customized, signature sound or embroidered message and give it to someone special. From newlyweds to new parents, sports fans to foodies, tweens to tough guys, Build-A-Bear Workshop has something for everyone and every budget.

• What could be more personal than LIVE elves, ready to talk to your child about his/her wishlist? Thanks to our friends at Build-A-Bear Workshop, your family has a direct line to Santa and his little helpers! By visiting, your child can create their own wish list with one of Santa's elves and tell them what they want for Christmas! Parental agreement is needed for all children under 13.

• Who doesn't love a great deal, especially during the holidays? Build-A-Bear Workshop knows Moms want to stretch our "bear bucks" as much as possible, which is why they're introducing a great promotion this season. Starting today through 12/18/11, you can purchase any animal PLUS any outfit for just $24.99 (USD). That's a great price for a friend that will last a lifetime!

"Disclosure: I was entered for a chance to win a Build-A-Bear Workshop gift card in exchange for this post. No monetary exchange took place. All opinions are my own."

Please send a link to your completed post to If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you, and thank you for your participation.

Happy Holidays!

Warm Regards,

Your Friends at Build-A-Bear Workshop and MomSelect

If you are interested in participating in future MomSelect sponsored events and programs, register at!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

12 Days of Holiday Giveaways!!!!

Cepia LLC invites you to celebrate the holiday spirit with the "12 Days of Holiday Giveaways!" Beginning December 8th, I will be posting giveaways, featuring great stocking stuffer ideas from hit brands, ZhuZhu Pets®, Xia-Xia™, and DaGeDar™.

Here is how it works:

1. RECEIVE: Each weekday from December 8th-23rd, you will receive a post, featuring one of the "hottest" holiday toys from Cepia LLC

2.  WIN!!!!!
Check Out Today's Featured Toy

New Jungle-Themed ZhuZhu Pets®: ZHU-FARI™!
Go to the website to enter the drawing!!!  Click on the link above!!
New to Zhu: Zhu-Fari™ jungle-themed ZhuZhu Pets® are a gift that both boys and girls will love! Adorable characters that range from zebras to elephants, Zhu-Fari characters have their own names, birthmarks, birthdays, and special collector's codes. Zhu-Fari animals scurry unpredictably around while making jungle-themed noises. Zhu-Fari's the perfect holiday gift that will keep the little ones entertained for hours!
Meet The Zhu-Fari Crew:

• Baako: The brash and daring zebra with a thundercloud symbol.

• Zuri: The pretty pink leopard with a knack for tracking. She knows the ways of Zhu-Fari like the back of her paw, which is why paw prints are her symbol

• Wharton: The adorable elephant, whose clumsy behavior makes him all the more loveable

Check your "12 Days of Holiday Giveaways" e-mail TOMORROW to see if you WON!

Happy Holidays,

Tonya and your friends at Cepia LLC and MomSelect™

*I was given no compensation for this...just an entry into the drawing...just like you!*

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Master Lock Sweepstakes

• Master Lock wants to help you avoid any pitfalls that come with the eventful season by taking proper precautions to ensure safety and security remain top-of-mind.

• I encourage you all to share holiday safety and security tips and insights on the Master Lock Facebook wall to enter the Holiday Safety Sweepstakes.

• By sharing, you will be entered to win one of four $50 VISA gift cards, one of two $100 VISA gift cards to help with holiday shopping or a Master Lock Holiday Safety Gift Pack.

• For more information on and to enter the Master Lock Holiday Safety Sweepstakes, visit:

• For more information on Master Lock and their products, visit

Safety tips from Master Lock:

• Travel Safely. Whether you’re planning a road trip or flight, be sure to take all the proper safety precautions. If driving to your destination, check tire pressure beforehand for optimal handling and traction and consider having your car winterized by your mechanic for added safety.

• Secure Your Home. During the holiday season, you’re likely to have guests coming and going from your home for a number of get-togethers. Be sure all entry points, including doors, windows and sliding glass doors, are locked before and after guests depart to help keep your family, home and valuables safe.

• Shop Smart. To stay safe while enjoying a fun holiday shopping trip to the local mall or shopping center, be aware of your surroundings. Park in well-lit areas.

*There was no compensation for this post.  I was entered into a drawing among bloggers for spreading the word for MasterLock and One to One Network.*

Friday, December 2, 2011

Karo Syrup Sweepstakes

Holiday presents don't need to be store bought or expensive to be meaningful. Homemade gifts are perfect for gift-giving and spreading holiday cheer. This year, Karo has partnered with Chicago pastry chef and cookbook author Sarah Levy to create delicious treats that are the perfect gift to give this holiday season.
Karo Syrup wants to celebrate all holiday baking recipes! Consumers who share their favorite recipe to bake in Karo's Recipe Sweepstakes are entered to win a special New Year's Eve package in Chicago, including a two-night stay at the Wit Hotel, dinner at Mastro's Steakhouse and a chocolate tour. Visit the "Tis the Season" tab at to share your recipe, enter to win this fabulous trip and see some of Sarah Levy's favorite holiday recipes.

"Disclosure: I was entered for a chance to win a Karo Syrup prize package in exchange for this post. No monetary exchange took place. All opinions are my own."

Thursday, November 17, 2011


Ready or not...the holidays are here! During this special time of year, there are so many occasions where the perfect outfit for your child is needed. Whether it's for family photos, holiday gatherings, school functions, or special family moments, you want to find the right ensemble that will hold meaning and create memories that will last for years to come. All of these reasons are why we're so happy to tell you about the trusted Hartstrings brand and their upcoming sale!
If you're keeping track of the hot Black Friday sales to hit up, you will definitely want to add Hartstrings to your list! For over 30 years, Hartstrings has been providing children with classic, American styles with a modern flare. From dresses to cardigans, from rain boots to pajamas, offers it all - and this Black Friday it's all 20% off - even sale items!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Veterans Day!

On June 2, 1995, U.S. Air Force Captain Scott O'Grady was patrolling the United Nations designated no-fly zone over war torn Bosnia when his F-16 fighter was struck by a surface-to-air missile at 27,000 feet above the Earth. He desperately pulled his ejection lever and was catapulted into the sky at 350 miles an hour. Remarkably, he managed to land unscathed in enemy territory.

For six incredible days and nights, O'Grady eluded capture by the Bosnian Serbs who relentlessly hunted him. Utilizing his survival training to the maximum, O'Grady said it was also his faith in God that sustained him. On his third day on the ground, he experienced the love of God to such a level that it took away his fear of death. On the sixth day in a daring daylight rescue, an elite team of marines moved in with a chopper, dodged enemy fire, and pulled the young American hero to safety.

At a national press conference following his triumphant return, O'Grady said, "If it wasn't for my love for God and God's love for me, I wouldn't be here right now." His inspirational and patriotic story is a brilliant testimony to Article Six of the United States Military Code of Conduct: "I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America."

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Hellmann's TURKEY Challenge!

Thanks to our friends Hellmann's®* and Best Foods®, chicken recently got a makeover. Hellmann's® transforms chicken into a juicy, crispy, delicious meal. The reigning recipe champion, Parmesan Crusted Chicken, has been making an appearance on dinner tables across the country.

Now it's turkey's turn.

With the holidays right around the corner, Hellmann's® is continuing their mission against mealtime monotony by encouraging moms to re-think their main dish meals and leftovers. And this time, they've enlisted the help of an expert on all things food, Chef Bobby Flay! Together, they are offering easy, delicious recipes, such as Turkey Casserole, that are great for the busy holiday season.
Take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle to join the Hellmann's® Turkey Challenge each week at* as Turkey Casserole goes head-to-head with other tasty, juicy turkey recipes, like Bobby Flay's "Stuffing" Crusted Turkey Cutlet. All you have to do is cast your vote for your favorite to be entered into the sweepstakes for a chance to win one of four $250 grocery gift cards each week.** If there are more than 10,000 entries, the prize value doubles to a $500 grocery gift card! **

"Disclosure: I was entered for a chance to win a Hellmann's® prize package in exchange for this post. No monetary exchange took place."

Monday, October 31, 2011

Miguel and Kristen Shaul need our support!

Miguel and Kristen Shaul...along with their beautiful daughters Nicole and Samantha, are missionaries to the Dominican Republic. They are incredible people with incredible hearts for God and His people...especially the Dominican people. Miguel grew up in my church and he is one of the reasons that our church took their first ever parent/child trip. I don't think we would have gone if he hadn't been there for us to connect with. He and his wife are both free spirited and fun people. I have learned a lot from them in the short time that I was with them. Currently on their blog they outline their current status.  If you are at all interested, please check out their blog. They work with Adventures in Missions (AIM) and love every minute of what they do. Thanks in advance for any support you can give them whether it be monetary, spreading the word, or prayer. Anything is helpful!



Extra DESSERT Delights!

If you're a gum chewer or have a sweet tooth, you're probably already familiar with Extra Dessert Delights. Inspired by real desserts, the indulgent flavors offer an irresistible treat for only 5 calories. The mouth-watering Dessert Delights lineup includes Orange Crème Pop, Apple Pie, Mint Chocolate Chip, Strawberry Shortcake and Key Lime Pie. There's a new sweet flavor on the way and that's where you come in! Let's meet the candidates.
Gum chewers everywhere will be able to choose among Bananas Foster, Root Beer Float and Lemon Square flavors. The Lemon Square flavor was inspired by the winning dessert of last night's Quickfire Challenge in the Bravo series "Top Chef Just Desserts." Until November 12, 2011, fans can vote for their favorite Extra Dessert Delights flavor as often as inspired on and on their mobile phones via The winner of the Fan Flavorite Vote will be announced on November 16, 2011.

"Disclosure: I was entered for a chance to win an Extra® Dessert Delights® gum prize package in exchange for this post. No monetary exchange took place."

Friday, October 21, 2011

DISNEY LIVE!!! Three Classic Fairy Tales, WOW!!!!

We had QUITE the fun weekend!!  We started the weekend on Thursday, the kids were out of school for conferences.  We headed to Kansas City for two days of Great Wolf Lodge!  What fun...but this isn't a review about Great Wolf that is where I stop talking about it.  I only bring it up because we left Kansas City at 8am in order to get to Omaha to see Disney Live in time.  When I woke up groggy and moody, I starting I REALLY want to go???  Other than having the obligation to write a review, I was just BEAT and REALLY didn't want to roll out of my warm bed.  But...I did...and let me tell was WELL WORTH IT!
We made it into Omaha around 12.  We scarfed some food down quickly and my friend Malissa and her two girls were here to meet me around 12:30.  Jeff and the boys are out of town hunting, so I chose the next best thing to go with us!

Disney Live started with the usual crew....Mickey...Donald...Goofy and Minnie!  The best of the best!

 THEN...we started into the fairy tales!  The first one was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs!  Always one of my favorites!!  She looked SO pretty...and her voice was so spot on to what a little girl would think Snow White would sound like!  The Dwarfs were absolutely AWESOME too!!!  They were perfectly put together!
 The mean Queen was awfully scary though.  I wish they would have done Snow White last because my 3 year old was so scared by the Queen that the rest of the show he was terrified that she would come back.  She was pretty scary!
 As always the fairy tale ended with Snow White riding off into the sunset with her prince charming!

The next Fairy Tale was Cinderella...another Classic and favorite!  What little girl NEVER though she was Cinderella!!??
 Her dress was by far the MOST stunning when she turned into the Beautiful "Princess" for the ball! usual...the fairy tale ended like a fairy tale should....the girl got the guy and they lived Happily Ever After!  :-)

Finally was The Beauty and the Beast.  This wasn't an ALL time favorite of mine...but when I first saw it in high school, it quickly became a favorite!  It was VERY creative.  The Beast costume was beautifully made.  I was truly impressed with the props and the abilities of the actors in this one.  The costumes were STUNNING!

 As is the case Belle and the Beast became Prince and Princess...and lived Happily Ever After!

This truly was a MAGNIFICENT show!  My daughter LOVED it...because of the princesses no doubt...but my 3 year old son also thought it was fabulous....except for the Queen....he isn't a fan of hers!  :-) 

I would recommend Disney Live, 3 Classic Fairy Tales to ANYONE of ANY age.  I think it would be a hit among girls AND boys.  This would make a fabulous family event.  Even my 12 year old son was saddened that he was unable to go!  He loves things like that...and I have no doubt that he would also love this.  If any boy says he doesn't love is only his "machoism" that is trying to take hold...deep inside, he loves it too!!

GO TO IT!  You won't be sorry!!!!

*I received tickets to the show to give my honest feedback on the performance, no compensation was given*

Thursday, October 20, 2011


Hellmann's is on a mission to help moms break out of their dinner menu monotony by offering such easy, delicious and family-friendly recipes as Parmesan Crusted Chicken. With only four ingredients and four simple steps, it's on of most popular recipe.

Join in the Hellmann’s Chicken Challenge each week at as Parmesan Crusted Chicken goes head-to-head with other tasty, juicy chicken recipes.

Cast your vote for your favorite and enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win one of four $250 grocery gift cards each week.

For more information on the Chicken Challenge or Hellmann’s products and recipes, visit
*I was in no way compenated for this post.  I was however, entered into a drawing.

Hanes and Breast Cancer Awareness!

Hanes® launches comfort-sharing Facebook App for Breast Cancer Awareness

Hanes new Virtual Comfort application allows users to share comfort with those who need it most. Fans of Hanes on Facebook can personalize and send free virtual Comfort Packages to friends and family via a digital tool on the Hanes Facebook page. For each package sent, Hanes will donate $1 (up to $25,000) to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. to promote early cancer detection and provide mammograms for those in need!

Hanes created the Comfort Packages to bring a smile and help spread comfort to fans’ social networks in a small, but impactful, way. The free virtual Comfort Package can be sent from the Pink tab on the Hanes page. The Comfort Package is fully customizable with photos, videos, recipes, T-shirt designs, music and messages. Sending a Comfort Package is one of many gestures that can brighten someone’s day and help provide support and comfort to a loved one.

Along with the Comfort Package, the Pink tab on the Hanes Facebook page includes a video of interviews featuring Hanes employees who have been affected by breast cancer and the Words of Comfort Wall where fans can leave thoughts of hope and encouragement to those touched by this terrible disease.

The Comfort Package is an extension of the many ways Hanes contributes to breast cancer awareness. As a longtime supporter of breast cancer awareness, Hanes has made cash and in-kind donations totaling $1 million since 2009 and is donating up to $125,000 to NBCF this year.

I participated in this campaign as a member of One2One Network and am eligible for a prize drawing. All opinions stated in the post are my own.


If you have kids who like to play with trucks (or have friends who do!), then THESE are for you!

Defiants 4x4s are mighty, mini, motorized 4x4s that can take on any challenge! Pocket-sized Defiants 4x4s have real gears, for Power, Speed and Freewheeling Action.
Defiants 4x4s automatically shift into freewheeling mode for insane stunt jumps or reckless downhill runs! And blazing headlights light the way!
The Defiants FlexTerrain system is fully modular, with playsets and accessories that can be customized into endless configurations. Each playset connects with every other set for rich, off-road action and expanding play value.
Defiants BlitzForce military-themed vehicles and playsets honor the spirit of freedom and power that kids love!
The first wave of over 50 collectible styles for 2011 began to arrive in stores over the summer. Vehicles are powered by two AAA batteries.


I have not had the opportunity to play with these personally...but WOW!!!  I CAN'T WAIT!

*I was given no compensation for this post, I was only entered into a drawing for letting the word out*

Friday, October 7, 2011

DISNEY LIVE!!! Three Classic Fairy Tales, coming to your town! PLUS COUPON!

Disney Live!

Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy as they take audiences on a captivating journey and magically bring to life three timeless fairy tale adventures. Discover Snow White as she searches for her one true love; Cinderella getting ready for her magical night at the ball; and Belle, from Beauty and the Beast, as she finds happiness in the most unusual place. Anchored amidst a transforming set, captivating choreography, innovative lighting and breathtaking costumes, this authentically-woven tale of “happily-ever-after” is a heart-warming Disney experience for the entire family.   Be sure to check Ticket Master for the showing date and time in YOUR town! 

Would you like a GREAT coupon??
I have a $4 off coupon for EACH ticket that I can give to you!  If you are interested, please let me know in a comment and I will e-mail it to you ASAP!!!!

October 15, 2011
Omaha Civic Auditorium
Tickets are onsale now!

*I was given no compensation for this post.  I was given tickets to attend the show to blog about it and give my honest review*