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. http://theshauls.myadventures.org/  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!




LOVE AND HUGS!

T

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 www.facebook.com/extragum and on their mobile phones via m.extragumvote.com. 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 Lodge...so 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 thinking....do 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 you....it 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!
 Again...as 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 this...it 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

Hellmanns!!!!!!!!

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 Hellmanns.com most popular recipe.

Join in the Hellmann’s Chicken Challenge each week at Hellmanns.com 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 Hellmanns.com
*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.

Defiants!!!


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.


MY TAKE:

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!!!!

http://www.ticketmaster.com/Omaha-Civic-Auditorium-Arena-tickets-Omaha/venue/49235

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*

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Mat Kearney Concert!

I got the INCREDIBLE pleasure of reviewing Mat Kearney's album Young Love...then I was INCREDIBLY blessed when I was asked to review his concert here in Omaha as well!  Wow.  I can't say ENOUGH about Mat Kearney.  I loved him before...but now I REALLY love him...and I managed to hook my husband too by taking him to the show with me!  Here are some facts:

Mat Kearney's third album, Young Love, hit stores debuting on the #1 spot on iTunes Album and Rock charts and is currently sitting at #5!


Propelled by the sunny handclap and catchy hook of hit single "Hey Mama", Young Love is quickly making listeners fall for Mat all over again. Check out the video for "Hey Mama" here.
If you aren't familiar with Mat's music you've probably heard some of his previous hits on your favorite TV shows. Past songs have appeared on 30 Rock, Grey's Anatomy, The Hills, Friday Night Lights, Scrubs, NCIS, and numerous other television shows. Mat's been winning over crowds on tours with everyone from John Mayer and Sheryl Crow to Keane and The Fray.
Young Love Tracklisting
1 Hey Mama
2 Ships In The Night
3 Count On Me
4 Sooner Or Later
5 Chasing The Light
6 Learning To Love Again
7 Down
8 She Got The Honey
9 Young Dumb And In Love
10 Rochester
11 Seventeen

Mat on Tour This Fall

Mat is hitting the road in September playing nearly 40 shows in US & Canada. Tickets on sale now.
9/14 Jacksonville, FL Murray Hill
9/16 Charleston, SC Music Farm
9/17 Athens, GA GA Theater
9/18 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle
9/20 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theater
9/23 Louisville, KY Headliners
9/24 Cincinnati, OH Bogart's
9/25 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
9/27 Interlochen, MI Corson Aud
9/29 Urbana, IL Canopy Club
9/30 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall
10/1 Des Moines, IA People's Court
10/2 Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium
10/4 Bloomington, IN Bluebird
10/5 St Louis, MO The Pageant
10/7 Oxford, MS The Lyric
10/8 Pine Mountain, GA Callaway Gardens
10/9 Birmingham, AL Workplay Theatre
10/20 Nashville, TN Cannery
10/23 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
10/24 Baltimore, MD Ram's Head
10/25 Lancaster, PA Chameleon
10/27 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock 10/28 New York, NY Webster Hall
10/29 Philadelphia, PA Theater of LIving Arts
10/30 Albany, NY Northern Lights 11/1 Northampton, MA Pearl Street
11/2 New Haven, CT Toad's Place 11/4 Boston, MA House of Blues
11/5 Portland, ME State Theatre
11/6 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
11/8 Montreal, QC Petite Campus
11/9 Toronto, ON Opera House
11/11 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom
11/12 Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theater
11/13 Detroit, MI St. Andrews
11/15 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
11/17 Chicago, IL House of Blues
11/19 Madison, WI The Majestic
11/20 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue

Here are some links that you might be interested in!  I just LOVE reading his stories and watching his videos on his site.  He is fantastic!
Mat's facebook page
Hey Mama's Video
Mat Kearney and Leagues
Mat's website

So let me start with the night.  The concert started at 8 pm.....but I forgot that there are always openers.  Thet opener for Mat is Leagues.  Two of the guys from Mat's band is also helping out this band....so they are working double duty.  What great guys!!  Leagues was...different.  I wasn't sure I was totally thrilled with them.  I was standing back by one of the bars and they had the Jets/Ravens game on.  I am a HUGE football fan...so after awhile of listening to Leagues...I have to admit to glancing over to watch the game.  I think they could have a future....but I am just not so sure how GOOD of a recording future they may have.  They weren't BAD...just not...well...they need work let's put it that way.


Forgive me for the pictures....my camera did NOT cooperate....it was foggy in there, so I don't know if it didn't understand how to focus with all that "fog" or what...but I wasn't happy with my results.  The pictures I am posting are actually the best of the bunch.

We stood back by the light and sound booth.  It was standing room only...literall...no chairs.  I wish I had known, I would have wore different shoes.  It was at Sokol Auditorium, which is a great historical building....I just didn't know I wouldn't be sitting...or have the option to sit....but once Mat Kearney took the stage, I didn't much care!  Being by the sound/lighting booth was really cool too.  I have never seen what those hard workers do "behind the scenes"....it was very impressive to say the least!
Here is Jeff and I waiting for Mat to take the stage.  At about 9:30....it happened!!  What we had been waiting for!  He was PHENOMENAL!!!  He sounds JUST like his CD's...so many artists don't sound like their CD's...but not Mat Kearney....it sounded like I was jammin' out in the car.  He is a cross between Dave Matthews and Matthew West as far as his sound goes.  He is an AWESOME performer....he is very personable to the audience...and there was not ONE person there watching that game...not even me!!!  :-)

He definitely had EVERYONE'S undivided attention!!  INCREDIBLE!  He played for over an hour...waiting OF COURSE until the encore to play "Like Ships in the Night" and "Hey Mama"...the one that everyone was waiting for!
All in all it was one of the best...if not THE best concert I have been to...and I have been to a lot of big name concerts....he has something very special though!

Be sure to check him out!

*I was given free tickets to the concert in exchange for my honest opinion, no compensation was given to me*

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fyrflyz!!! WAY COOL!!!

FyrFlyz was created by i-Star Entertainment President Joel Rosenzweig and CEO Marty Abrams, who have been the driving force behind a number of successful product launches over the past 35 years including Magna Doodle, Micronauts (the precursor to Transformers), and Sky Dancers. The company has earned a reputation for identifying, creating and bringing to market some of the hottest and most innovative products for kids, tweens and teens.
The introduction of FyrFlyz delivers a one-of–a-kind entertainment experience for fans of all ages.
FyrFlyz™ is trademarked and patent pending. Used under license from Joel Rosenzweig and Marty Abrams.

The founders and the product have been nominated for numerous awards...and I can honestly say I see why.

What ARE FyrFlyz??

FyrFlyz are an easy-to-use precision balance lighted toys. By simply swinging the two strings and applying tension or allowing slack, you can create a continuous movement of multi-color light shapes from rings, to figure eights and more!

Each FyrFlyz has its own unique color combination to create color coordinated craziness. Check out each one as they fly through the air leaving amazing trails of light in their path.
FyrFlyz, retailing for under $10 each, will be available this summer in a variety of light colors making them a collectible for ages 8 and up.

My Take:

WOW!  That is all I have to say!  WOW!!  Our family has had several nights of playing with these.  IN THE DARK TOO!  I say that in bold because ALL of my four children are terrified of the dark!!  But they loved to sit there and watch eachother try different tricks and synchronize it to different songs!  We videotaped Cam and Jake using them.  I posted them on youtube and I put the link on this post as well.  Be sure to check it out!  Remember...Cam and Jake are only 12 and 10...they are amateurs...and they have only had them a few days...I imagine that with practice they will really be able to do incredible things with them!  They already do a GREAT job!  Cam was given Nytfyr...it has red and white lights.  Jake got Cyclone with the white and green lights. 


The boys are going on a hunting/camping trip this next week with their cousin and a couple friends...and dads.  The boys are really excited about bring the Fyrflyz for campsite entertainment!  Funny how something so little can bring so much enjoyment!

Jake Fyrflyz

Cam Fyrflyz

*The opinions in this post are mine and my families.  I was given these FyrFlyz by BSM Media in exchange for my honest opinion.  The boys will recieve gift cards for trying them out*

Monday, October 3, 2011

Couples Who Pray Book Review

I got the awesome opportunity to review a book through BookSneeze called Couples Who Pray, The Most Intimate Act Between a Man and a Woman, by Squire Rushnell, Louise DuArt and published by Thomas Nelson.

Book Description

In this entertaining, highly readable book, couples learn that a fabulous marriage can be the outcome of learning to pray together, causing a 20 to 30% increase in romance, conversation and happiness.
Best-selling author Squire Rushnell and his wife, entertainer and talk show host, Louise DuArt take readers step by step through The 40 Day Prayer Challenge™ in which couples commit to praying together five minutes a day for forty days. Backed by compelling research from Baylor University and Gallup Poll, the true-life experiences of 24 test couples, including Denzel and Pauletta Washington, Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford, Donna Summer and Bruce Sudano, Scott and Tracie Hamilton, reveal that daily prayer is a "life changing experience" in which most couples report positive outcomes in less than two weeks.
Couples Who Pray includes an easy questionnaire prepared by Baylor University to help couples to chart their own progress during The 40 Day Prayer Challenge™.

MY TAKE:

(I want to say first...I started this book a really long time ago...maybe 9 months ago...but as you will read, life took some turns I wasn't prepared for.  It took me a long time to get the book done because of these turns, and then longer for me to understand what was happening and to be able to post this....but I get it now!)

I dove into this book, ready to go with whatever they suggested.  I was TOTALLY excited!  I started talking to my husband about it right away.  We had prayed off and on as a couple before, but never on a continuing basis.  We had been having trouble.  He has had a drinking problem for several years, but had trouble admitting it or getting help.  I was REALLY ready to start our adventure praying together.  So we did...just what the book told us to do.  The first few times it was awkward, but it got easier.  Then...Satan attacked us.  He didn't like what was happening apparently and had to put a stop to it.  My husbands drinking got worse and he finally admitted he had a problem and went away to rehab for 30 days.  I couldn't understand why this was happening...here I was praying with my husband nightly and then this happens.  At the time, I got really angry at God.  But, now...looking back, I realize that praying together may have actually been what saved our marriage.  If he hadn't gotten worse...if he hadn't gone away to rehab...I can't say that we will still be living under the same roof.  I have a nursing background.  I try to look at it like this....you have a virus (troubled marriage)....you treat it with everything you can to feel better (prayer)....but it still has to run its course, it is going to get worse before it gets better (worse drinking...then rehab).  Does that make sense?  Prayer was what was needed though to help the virus NOT become an infection.  If you don't rest when you have a virus...like a cold...it can turn into worse things, like a sinus infection, ear infection, etc.  The prayer was the rest we needed to get to the point we needed to be at...to get him help.  In order for him to get help, he needed that prayer that we did together. 

Since he went to rehab, we got out of the habit of praying together.  Once he got home, things got dicey again...he actually went BACK to rehab.  We hadn't prayed together all summer....now we are again, and things are going MUCH better.  I honestly have seen that praying together makes a difference...in many ways.  We also seem to be closer...seem to communicate better....seem to understand eachother better.  It is something that I would suggest to anyone.  It is such an easy concept...and it even says to do it in the bible...why does it take so long for us to figure it out?  I suppose we ask ourselves that question of our kids all the time, "Why can't they figure it out?"  I guess God is asking that of us!

This is a MUST read to get yourselves into the habit!

Enjoy!

*I was given no compensation for this review.  What you read are strictly my opinions.  I was offered a book from BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review.*