Friday, December 31, 2010

Aloha Friday - The New Year


Welcome to this week’s edition of Aloha Friday, hosted by Kailani over at An Island Life. In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day to take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So, on Fridays we can take it easy on blog posting, too.

I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer - nothing that requires a lengthy response. If you’d like to participate, visit An Island Life where you can link up with your own question and also visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

What's one thing you hope to accomplish in 2011?

I want to get things around the house a little more organized and decluttered.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Eyes Have It!

I've been a big fan of Bare Escentuals makeup for quite awhile. I love that their products are natural and actually good for your skin. I always get compliments on my complexion when I'm wearing Bare Escentuals foundation. It gives such smooth, natural coverage.

One of the latest products I've been using from the Bare Escentuals line is the Big & Bright Eyeliner. I picked up this cute little trio pack of mini Big & Bright Eyeliners from QVC a couple months ago.


It was my first time using this particular eyeliner and I have to say I have fallen in love with it! I have sensitive eyes and have a hard time finding eyeliners that do not cause redness and irritation. This formula feels great and doesn't irritate my eyes at all. I love how easily it glides on and that it's long lasting. The Bare Escentuals packaging for this product states that this eyeliner "visually enhances the whites of your eyes, so eyes look whiter, brighter and more brilliant instantly." I'm not sure how or why it works, but it sure does! I instantly noticed that my eyes seemed whiter. The eyeliners are self-sharpening, preservative free, and infused with a blend of 100% pure bareMinerals, conditioning botanical extracts and antioxidants.

You can pick up the fun little trio pack online at Bare Escentuals. Right now it's on sale for only $14.00. Or, if you want to purchase single, full-size versions, go here to check out available colors.


Disclaimer:
This is not a sponsored post - just me chatting about a favorite product that I purchased for my own personal use.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Movie Trailer Tuesday - Somewhere



Oh, this movie is so calling out to me! I'm dying to see it, but, alas, it's not yet playing in my area. Stephen Dorff stars as actor Johnny Marco whose decadent Hollywood lifestyle is interrupted by the arrival of his 11 year old daughter (played by Elle Fanning - doesn't she look like a sweetheart?). Looks like it's going to be a really great film. I can't wait to check it out.


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas



Merry Christmas!
Wishing you and your loved ones a safe, happy, and peaceful holiday



Image courtesy of The Graphics Fairy

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Things You Should Know If We're Gonna Be BFF - Little Miss Momma Link-Up



I've been finding it difficult to blog lately, I guess because it's so hectic and crazy as we try to get ready for Christmas. But, I saw this fun link-up going on over at Little Miss Momma's blog and thought I would join in. If you would like to participate in the party, visit Little Miss Momma.

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Things You Should Know If We're Gonna Be BFF

1.   I can't stand clutter and have OCD tendencies about organization. Everything I carry in my purse has it's own spot and you will rarely ever find anything strewn about my car floors or seats. If you are a clutter-bug, I won't judge. I'll just be stressed out for you.

2.   I'm one of those people who actually likes to watch the opening and closing credits at the movie theater. And, I really can't stand it when people talk during movies or get up to go to the bathroom. Oh, and I don't like popcorn.

3.   Although I try to hide it, I'm a VERY impatient person.

4.   I can't read a map to save my life, but I'm usually pretty good with directions by using landmarks.

5.   I watch way too much tv.

6.   I love old people! Even the cranky, cantankerous ones. My kids make fun of me because I'm always pointing out cute little old couples and "awwwing" over them.

7.   Feet disgust me so if you have long, dirty, or ugly toenails please keep your shoes on at all times.

8.   I sorta have a crush on Russell Crowe. So, if we ever meet him and the opportunity arises, I have first dibs!

9.   I detest card games so don't ever invite me over for poker or Texas Hold-em.

10. Honesty and niceness are two of my favorite qualities in a friend.

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Don't forget to visit Little Miss Momma and play along.

Friday, December 17, 2010

My Bah-Humbug For The Day

I love Christmas! I love the decorations, the yummy treats, the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, the Christmas music, etc. But, there is one thing that gets under my skin...the cheesy jewelry store commercials on tv. I don't know why but it just bugs me that they portray these doe-eyed women who practically burst into tears because their guy has given them a gift of jewelry. It's like these women's lives are now complete because they've been handed a pretty sparkly necklace. Or earrings. The big strong man has saved the day and now the lady must be eternally grateful, staring at him with her big, teary eyes and practically foaming at the mouth.

Ok, I know that sounds really lame but that's how I feel. Maybe I'm just bitter because I've never been lavished with gifts of gold, diamonds, or other precious stones. I just wish for once, they would use a different formula for their commercial - something other than "guy surprises woman with jewelry gift and woman fawns all over him for it."

And, that is my Bah-Humbug for the day!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Movie Trailer Tuesday - Joyeux Noel



I have probably mentioned this movie before, but as it's Christmas-time, I had to mention it again. Joyeux Noel is based on a true story about WWI soldiers from opposing trenches who decide on their own to hold a temporary cease-fire for Christmas Eve. The soldiers meet and interact with one another but know that after Christmas Eve, the battle must resume. It's such a moving story; one of my very favorite films of all times.

Rated PG-13 for some war violence and a brief scene of sexuality/nudity

Available on Netflix and Amazon

Saturday, December 11, 2010

2010ChristmasCard

Glitter Glamour Joy Christmas Card
View the entire collection of cards.

So, we (meaning "me") seriously procrastinated with our Christmas cards this year. I just couldn't seem to get it together. Usually, I try to somewhat coordinate and/or plan the outfits, background, etc. But, because it's getting down to the wire, I just grabbed the kiddos (and the dog) this afternoon and plopped them down on the piano bench and snapped a few pictures. This is the photo card I ended up choosing from Shutterfly. It's a simple design that puts all the focus on the photo. I really love it!

You don't even want to know how hard it is to get our dog to sit still and look at the camera. I'm actually shocked that the kids are all smiling and the dog is cooperating. Anyway, my order is placed and I can't wait to receive our cards. Shutterfly is my new favorite place - they have so, so many card designs and lots of other neat items as well. I also put together a cute photo book for my daughter (Sssshhhh - it's a Christmas present). I know she's going to love it.

Disclaimer:
In exchange for blogging about Shutterfly's holiday cards in a previous post, I received a promo code which I used to order my own Christmas photo cards. All opinions are my own.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Aloha Friday - Luxury Gift Wish-List


Welcome to this week’s edition of Aloha Friday, hosted by Kailani over at An Island Life. In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day to take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So, on Fridays we can take it easy on blog posting, too.

I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer - nothing that requires a lengthy response. If you’d like to participate, visit An Island Life where you can link up with your own question and also visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

Fill in the blank: 

If money were no object, the one luxury gift on my wish-list would be _________________________

I would wish for a brand new 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe. I currently drive an '04 Tahoe and love it, but, a nice new updated one would be wonderful.



Thursday, December 9, 2010

CSN Stores Product Review - Replogle Atlantis Educational Globe


I know many of you are familiar with CSNStores.com. It's the online shopping site that gives you access to 200+ stores all in one place. Their prices, selection, and service can't be beat.

Recently, CSNStores.com once again gave me an opportunity to shop their site and review one of their products. With Christmas-time near, I was delighted to be able to find just the perfect gift for my husband. He is very hard to buy for and never really asks for anything. But, not that long ago, he mentioned he would like to have a world globe. He thought it would be nice to display in our home as well as serving an educational purpose for our entire family. I browsed the huge selection of globes available on CSNStores.com and picked out several that I liked. Reading the online customer reviews helped me to settle on this particular globe, the Replogle Atlantis Educational Globe.


After reading so many reviews, it seemed to me that Replogle was a highly respected name brand as far as globes are concerned. This model boasts many fine features, including:

•Desk or tabletop globe
•Gyro-matic mounting allows easy viewing of any location
•Numbered full-meridian
•True to life color to depict mountains, deserts, forests and grasslands
•Displays political boundaries
•Oceans show undersea physical features
•Raised-relief detailing
•Gyro-matic mounting enables the globe to rotate in any direction
•Globe diameter: 12"
•Dimensions: 17'' H x 15'' W x 12'' D


And, at $66.99 plus free shipping, it's a great value. So, the globe arrived and is now wrapped up in paper and a bow under the Christmas tree. I know my husband will be thrilled when he opens it and I'm sure we will all find many occasions to refer to the globe.

I've always been pleased with my purchases and service from CSNStores.com. If you have never checked out their site, I encourage you to take a look.

Disclaimer:
CSNStores.com provided me with a gift code which I used toward the purchase of the Replogle Atlantis Educational Globe. All opinions expressed are my own.

Our Night Out

Yesterday, pretty much at the last minute, we decided to take the kids and go to the UK basketball game. We are huge UK fans, but rarely have the opportunity to go see a live game. So, we piled in the car, went out for dinner, and then went to the game. Actually, we rarely do anything like this. Time and money always seem to get in the way. When you are a family of six, it's so expensive to go to any kind of sporting or entertainment event. Dinner alone for the six of us is usually at least $80, so it's just not something we do very often.

We had a fun evening and all enjoyed the basketball game. However, by the time the night was over, there were a few things I realized about myself...

1. I must be getting old - Although I'm often awake at home past midnight, being out and about on the town after midnight is a different story. I was so tired and couldn't wait to get home into my warm bed. This morning, I felt terrible. I accidentally turned the alarm off and went back to sleep and was about 20 minutes late waking up my husband and daughter.

2. I'm harshly judgemental - The group of young guys behind us were dropping F-bombs left and right while discussing such things as trying to find some girls to take home to "get some a$$" and  who was going to pay for the next round of beers. One of the fellows just "got out of the pen" and another had a court date the next day. The young guys in front of us almost got into a fight with someone wearing an opposing team's shirt. I have no tolerance for ignorant people who act like fools in public. I also have no tolerance for heavy drinking.

3. I loathe the smell of popcorn!

4. I am a people watcher. Seriously. Watching all the people at the game was almost as entertaining as the game itself.

5. I'm a homebody. Yes, it's fun to go out and do something that you don't normally do. But, when it comes down to it, I just love being tucked away safe and sound with my family at home every night. Put me in front of the fireplace watching Jeopardy with my family and I'm a happy-camper!

So, even though we were exposed to some colorful conversations and stayed up way past our bedtimes, we did have a great night out. And, UK beat Notre Dame!

Sweet Face


Is this a sweet face or what? It's our dog, Emma. She is big, lazy, and sometimes clumsy. She spends 90% of her time sprawled out on the floor sleeping. If my husband and the kids are wrestling and horse-playing, she has to be right in the middle of things. She doesn't like the heat or to get her feet wet. When she needs to go outside, she rings a bell that we have hanging on our back door (if it's raining, she will not leave the porch but turn around to come right back in). She thinks we exist just to pet her and scratch her head. She has a ferocious bark but she's not ferocious at all. Just about the only thing she does to misbehave is to sneak a nap on my bed when we are not at home (she knows she's not allowed on our beds or furniture). She is one spoiled rotten dog!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Random Report

Today's post is going to be totally random. Don't say I didn't warn you...

  • The only spot in my house that I can (somewhat) secretly stow-away Christmas presents is in my walk-in master closet. As I've been shopping these last few weeks, I've haphazardly tucked things away here and there (all within my closet though). Today, I decided I better get everything out while the kids are at school and take stock of what I have bought. Everything is in fairly good order except for one gift that I CANNOT find anywhere! It's a toy for my youngest son (worth about $20). I have turned the closet inside out and it is not there. I've hidden it so well, I don't even remember where it is. Then I started thinking..."did I really even buy that or was I thinking about buying it?" So, I got out my handy-dandy envelope where I keep all my Christmas receipts. I CANNOT find a receipt for this present either. I would've bet money that I bought it. I wrote it on my list (and it does NOT get written on my list unless I have it in my possession). Am I going crazy? Will I find it in time for Christmas? It was a really cool toy that I was looking forward to giving. What a bummer!
  • I'm having potato soup for dinner. I think I could eat potato soup every day.
  • I should be ashamed to admit this, but, I cannot remember how to make those paper cut-out snowflakes like we used to make as kids. I have tried and tried and they just turn out looking like weird cut-up pieces of paper, LOL!
  • I'm feeling lots of anxiety and nervousness lately and I don't really know why.
  • I swore I would never become one of those e-reading folks who read books via Kindle or some other similar device. But, I have to now eat my words and say that I'm becoming quite fond of the iBooks app on my iPad. Very cool! I love that I can read in bed without having to turn on the light and disturb my husband.
  • It was 16 degrees when I got up this morning (wind chill made it feel like 9 degrees). And, we have a light dusting of snow on the grassy areas - perfect Christmas season weather to me!
  • My dog rings a small bell on our back door when she needs to go outside. When she "takes care of #2 business", she gets a treat. We (and I really mean ME) have gotten in a bad habit of giving her a treat just about every time she comes in, whether she goes to the bathroom or not. She is smart. She now rings the bell ALL THE TIME so she can run outside for 15 seconds and then come back in to get a treat.
  • We bought a very nice artificial pre-lit tree about four years ago. The saleslady assured us that the "pre-lit" lights would last 5 years or more. Well, this is year four, and there's a whoppin' bunch of lights that do not work! And, we cannot figure out how to get them working. We've tried replacing the bulbs and fuses with no luck.  I finally just bought some new strings of light to fill in our tree where all the dark spots are. What a pain!
  • Speaking of lights, I'm just not a fan of the LED lights. The white ones look cold and artificial and blue to me. And, this is probably weird, but they kinda hurt my eyes to look at them. Is it just me?
Until next time, cheers!

Movie Trailer Tuesday - City Island



Meet the Rizzos - a crazy, loud, dysfunctional family living on City Island in the Bronx. They all have secrets and they are all trying really hard to keep these secrets from one another. I loved everything about this movie! It made me laugh (so so many laugh-out-loud moments) and it made me cry, too. The entire cast was terrific. The teenage son, played by Ezra Miller, was hilarious. I always love Andy Garcia and Julianna Margulies nailed it as the tough-talking, angry wife. Really, I can't say enough good things about this movie; one of the best films I've seen in a long time. Check it out and let me know what you think...

Rated PG-13 for Sexual content, smoking and language

Monday, December 6, 2010

Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop WINNER

Thanks to everyone who hopped over and entered my giveaway. Also, I want to give a big thank you to the wonderful ladies that hosted the Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop (Simply Stacie, My Wee View, Little Yayas, Stockpiling Moms) - I appreciate the time and work that you put into the hop. What a great turnout!

And, now to announce the random winner of the $15 iTunes Gift Card....

Megan said...
Twitter follower
mekyser
December 1, 2010 8:45 AM

I will contact the winner shortly. If winning commenter does not reply within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen. Thanks again to everyone that entered!

Zappos Shares What To Give and What NOT To Give For Christmas With Their Top 5 Worst Holiday Gifts


Zappos.com reveals top five gifts to steer clear of when gift giving this holiday season, and also provides some helpful suggestions on what makes a fabulous gift!

# 5:
Beef & Cheese Basket – Let’s face it, any sodium-infused sausage or cheese product that is shipped across the country without being refrigerated can’t be healthy! If you still have a hankering for a roast beef sandwich, Zappos.com suggests the Chef’s Choice Premium Food Slicer, or to satisfy your desire for gourmet cheese, you can serve it up on a Swissmar Acacia Board & Cheese Knife Set.


# 4:
Nose Hair Clippers – Under the mistletoe is not the time or place to discuss hair removal! If you want your guy to look fresh-faced, a nice gift idea would be the Anthony for Men Logistics Gift Grooming Set.


#3:
Shovel – Yes, in many parts of our great country, it snows during the holiday season. But after a night of eggnog & endless eating, no one wants to be reminded to get off the couch and shovel the driveway! Still, we say, let it snow by bundling up in a warm coat, or thrashing down a mountain on a snowboard.


#2:
Self-Help Book – The holiday season can be very stressful. At Zappos, we don’t believe now would be the perfect time to let someone you love know that “they need some fixing!” Even if you feel this person does need some help, wait until the New Year, when everyone tries to make a fresh-start! Still, if you are concerned about someone’s health & well-being, it’s great to get them motivated and moving! Might we suggest a yoga pant and yoga mat for her, and an Iron Man Lap Counter or Running Shoes for him?


#1:
Fruit Cake – Enough said. No one eats it, no one likes it, and even if they do, they don’t want it as a gift! If your gift recipient does love baked goods of the homemade kind, Zappos housewares offers great novelty-themed baking pans and vibrant and colorful baking dishes!


Disclaimer:Information used in this post was provided by Zappos.com and Kel & Partners. No compensation of any kind was received for this post.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop - December 1st - 5th (iTunes Gift Card Giveaway)




Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop


I'm so excited to be participating in the Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop. It's being hosted by Simply Stacie, My Wee View, Little Yayas, and Stockpiling Moms. In case you aren't familiar with this, it's basically a huge giveaway carnival where participating bloggers are hosting gift card giveaways on their blogs. All the giveaways are then linked up on the handy-dandy linky, making it easy for you to "hop" from giveaway to giveaway. There are 300+ blogs participating (many with multiple giveaways), so there are lots of opportunities to win. Sounds fun, right? And, with the holidays right around the corner, who couldn't use a gift card!

After you check out the details and enter my gift card giveaway, be sure and scroll down to the linky. There, you can "hop" on over to any other giveaways that you like. You can find the giveaway linky at all participating blogs as well as at the blogs of each Hop hostess. Happy Holidays and good luck!

My Giveaway

One lucky reader will win a $15 iTunes Gift Card. Please carefully read and follow all instructions. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Giveaway runs from 12:01 am EST December 1 through 11:59 pm EST December 5. One random winner will be chosen from all eligible comments. Here's how to enter:

Mandatory Entry:  Follow my blog via GFC and leave a comment letting me know you do


Extra Entries: (leave a separate comment for each thing you do)

1. Subscribe to my blog via email (see sidebar)

2. Follow @alas3lads on twitter

3. Tweet about this giveaway 1x daily (must leave link to your tweet)


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Mama's Holiday Wish List Meme and Gamestop GIVEAWAY Entry


TodaysMama and Gamestop are having a ginormous giveaway! The prizes include an XBOX 360 250 GB with Kinect, a Nintendo Red Wii Bundle, Nintendo Red DSi XL Bundles, plus a ONE THOUSAND DOLLAR Gamestop gift card. Awesome, right? To enter the contest you simply just answer and post Mama's Holiday Wish List Meme on your blog or Facebook and then add your link to the contest linky. Visit Today's Mama to join in.

Here's my Holiday Wish List Meme entry:


Mama's Holiday Wish List Meme


TodaysMama and GameStop are giving away a sleighful of gifts this holiday season and to enter I’m sharing this meme with you.


1. What is your holiday wish for your family?To have less stress and more happiness in the new year.

2. What is your Christmas morning / Hanukkah Nightly tradition?Our kids usually wake us up around 5 or 6 a.m. and we all gather around the tree to see what Santa left for us. Then we usually have a quick and easy breakfast of muffins or cinnamon rolls. In the afternoon, we head over to have a big Christmas dinner and present-opening at my husband's family's house.

3. If you could ask Santa for one, completely decadent wish for yourself, what would it be?
A brand new dark gray Chevy Tahoe

4. How do you make the holidays special without spending any money?We have Christmas music playing all the time and let the kids help decorate our home.

5. What games did you play with your family growing up?Scrabble and Yahtzee

6. What holiday tradition have you carried on from your own childhood?Not wrapping presents that are from Santa - he simply takes them out of his bag and places them under the tree;o)

7. Where would you go for a Christmas/Hanukkah-away-from-home trip?New York City

8. Check out GameStop and tell us, what are the three top items on your GameStop Wish List this year?
1. XBOX 360 Wireless Controller
2. XBOX 360 Your Shape Fitness Evolved
3. XBOX 360 Kinectimals

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Chicken Soup for the Soul - Think Positive


 
I'm a big fan of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. They are always full of uplifting stories. I especially like that these collections of short stories are something that I can pick up and read anytime I have a few extra minutes. The Chicken Soup books never fail to entertain - they make me laugh and cry and fill me with inspiration.

 
One of the latest in the series is called Think Positive - 101 Inspirational Stories about Counting Your Blessings and Having a Positive Attitude. 

With a foreword from Deborah Norville, you will be introduced to real-life stories by people just like me and you. These stories will help remind you to:
  • make every day a special day
  • incorporate gratitude and joy into your daily life
  • count your blessings and change your outlook
  • simplify and have a more meaningful life
  • learn to find the silver lining in every situation
  • turn adversity into opportunity
  • ...and much more
Pick up a copy for yourself or someone special. The Chicken Soup for the Soul books always make a thoughtful gift and this edition, in particular, would be a great way to kick off the New Year.


Disclaimer:
Chicken Soup for the Soul provided me with a free copy of this book for review. No other compensation was received besides the free book. All opinions expressed are my own.

World's Best Origami Book Giveaway - WINNER

The randomly selected winner of the World's Best Origami book giveaway is:

JeniLee

I will contact you shortly via email to get your mailing information.

Thanks!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

I Am Thankful


For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Christmas Shopping Frenzy


I cannot believe how quickly Christmas-time is approaching. I have spent the last week or so trying to get a bunch of Christmas shopping done, but feel like I still have so much to do. Last night, I had a dream that it was Christmas Eve and we were hosting my family's get-together and right when everyone was about to sit down to open gifts, I suddenly realized I had forgotten to buy presents for anyone. I panicked and told my 17 yr. old son to go to Walgreens and buy gift cards for everyone. He returned with gift cards that were not even activated. Yikes, What a nightmare! I think I need to get down to some serious shopping so that I can mark everyone off my list and take off some of the stress I'm feeling.

Of course, I know the season is not all about the presents. But, I get a lot of joy out of giving to others and it's fun to choose gifts that you think your loved ones will enjoy. This will be our first Christmas without my Dad (he passed away in May) so it's going to be especially difficult. My mom is already having a hard time anticipating Christmas without him. I think she has turned to Christmas shopping as a way to take her mind off her grief. Not only has she finished all her Christmas shopping, but, she's bought some very nice, almost over-the-top gifts. Needless to say, my kids are going to be very surprised at what they unwrap from Grandma this year. On the flip side, I feel like it's going to hit my Mom really hard as soon as the holidays are over and she's probably going to find herself in a very blue mood. Hopefully we can all be there for her and help her through.

What about you? Have you started shopping yet? Do you feel alot of stress about getting your holiday shopping done?  Will you be going out on Black Friday?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Book Review and GIVEAWAY - World's Best Origami by Nick Robinson


Remember folding paper into a hand-held fortune teller, paper airplane or secret note square? Whether a fortune teller novice or a seasoned paper-folding expert, the new book World's Best Origami (Alpha Books, November 2010, $19.95) challenges readers with more than 100 of the most unique and best-loved origami patterns ever created.

Professional origami artist, Nick Robinson, guides readers through the process of folding paper. Projects are rated from beginner to advanced and include everything from the traditional swan and poppy box to truly amazing pieces such as a geodetic tower and a jet plane! Each diagram is clearly displayed with easy-to-understand folding instructions for a perfect outcome every time.

About the Author: Nick Robinson (London, England, UK) is a professional origami artist and author who has been folding paper for 30 years. A member of the British Origami Society who edits its magazine and maintains its website, Nick has written over 30 books on origami, as well as numerous articles, and done several commercial and charitable origami commissions involving origami and paper art over the last 20 years. Nick has created several hundred original designs and teaches origami in schools, arts centers, and many other venues.


We recently had the opportunity to review this book. I knew that it would be a big hit with my 12 yr. old son, who is constantly making paper airplanes. The book is set up in chapters based on such themes as Birds, Animals, Flowers, Containers, People, etc. The beginning section of the book covers Origami Basics. Each project has a difficulty level which ranges from 1-5. The instructions show and tell you step by step how to create each piece. While I found the process to be a little intimidating and difficult, my husband and son were able to follow the directions and make several of the projects. They had fun working on them together and it was nice to see them spending time on such a creative activity.

My favorite project is the Angel (which is a difficulty level 5); it's quite stunning and that's the next project my husband and son are going to tackle. Other projects include an elephant, fancy swan, whales tale, French Fries Bag, 3D Heart, Freising Plane, Star Box, and many, many more cool and fun shapes. I was amazed at how many things could be created by folding paper, from basic shapes to intricate designs. This is such a neat book and I especially think it would make an excellent Christmas gift. It would be appropriate for many people on your list - from your husband to older kids and teens to anyone who enjoys creative arts & crafts.



Giveaway
One lucky reader will win a copy of this book, World's Best Origami by Nick Robinson. Giveaway is open only to U.S. residents. You may enter until 10:00 pm EST November 26, 2010. At that time, one random winner will be chosen from all eligible comments.

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Disclaimer:
Wilks Communications provided me with a free copy of this book as well as information used in this post. They are also providing a copy of this book for giveaway to one of my blog readers. No other compensation was received besides the free book. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Product Review - Qwik Shower Gym Class Wipes


Let's face it, kids (especially boys) can often get pretty stinky. As a mom to three boys and one girl, I know this first hand. Maybe it's after they've come in from a game of basketball or kickball. Or, maybe it's after they've been rolling around on the floor wrestling with each other. You can often hear me telling my boys, "You need a shower, you have stinky-boy-smell!"  But, often a shower just isn't feasible. So, I was happy to hear about a product called Qwik Shower Gym Class Wipes.

Qwik Shower Gym Class Wipes are individually wrapped body wipes which can be used to clean and refresh the entire body. They are a large 10" x 12" size and made of a resilient cloth-like material. They leave a slight fresh scent and are a quick and easy way to help eliminate embarrassing body odor and grime. Aloe Vera extract protects and revitalizes the skin. The wipes are economical, starting at just 49 cents each.

We were able to try out the Qwik Shower Gym Class Wipes. I like them because they are convenient and portable. Since they are small, individually wrapped packages, we can tuck them in a purse or backpack and take them with us; great for my kids to take to school and use after gym class. The scent was nice, not strong or overpowering at all and the wipes did leave our skin feeling fresh. The wipes are not just for kids. Adults can use them as well. Take them along on a hiking or fishing outing, sports activity, or any outdoor activity where you might not immediately be able to get a shower.

For more information, please visit http://www.qwikshower.com/


About My Kids Stink, LLC

Based in Olney, MD, My Kids Stink, LLC was founded by Harvey Metro, a father of three active boys who loathed smelling the half-dozen stinky and sweaty teens who crammed in his car after school, practices and games. This ongoing problem prompted Harvey to create QwikShower Wipes - an affordable, environmentally friendly portable shower alternative suitable for kids and adults, alike. For more information about QwikShower Wipes visit http://www.qwikshower.com/.



Disclaimer:I received free samples of Qwik Shower Gym Class Wipes to try out with my family. No compensation was received other than the free product. All opinions are my own.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Opposite Day - Family Friendly DVD WINNER

Thanks to all that stopped by to enter the Opposite Day DVD giveaway. The randomly selected winning commenter is...

Marianna said...
I follow you on twitter @mannabsn
November 13, 2010 9:48 PM


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Thursday, November 11, 2010

CSN Stores - Product Review Coming Soon


CSN Stores has over 200 online stores where you can find anything you need whether it be cookware, children's luggage or even cute shoes! I have shopped with CSN Stores several times in the past and have always been very happy with my experience. From their vast selection of name-brand products to the free shipping that they offer on most items, CSN Stores is truly a great place to shop.

Once again, CSN Stores has generously invited me to work with them on a blogging promotion. Stay tuned and watch for my upcoming CSN Stores product review. And, if you haven't shopped with CSN Stores before, I encourage you to head over there now and check it out! You're sure to find something that's on your holiday shopping list.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Opposite Day - Family Friendly DVD GIVEAWAY


If you thought Friday was freaky, get ready for…Opposite Day! When a child’s wish collides with a strange science experiment, adults and kids unwittingly swap places, resulting in a chaotic and comical world with no bedtimes, bullies or rules! The hysterical hi-jinks come to life in Opposite Day, a brand-new feature-length film directed by R. Michael Givens and produced by Steven Paul’s Crystal Sky Pictures, starring funnyman Pauly Shore and a top team of talent.

In the side-splitting new comedy, 9-year-old Sammy (Billy Unger) and his 8-year-old sister Carla (Ariel Winter) go on vacation with their grandparents when their overworked parents are unable to take them. Feeling bitter about his mom and dad (Colleen Crabtree and Pauly Shore) not being around, Sammy wishes kids ruled the world – but he soon learns to be careful what you wish for…! When a kooky experiment goes wildly wrong, making Sammy's dream a reality, the kids quickly learn that being in charge is not all child’s play!

Featuring a standout cast, including Dick Van Patten (“Eight Is Enough,” The Santa Trap), Dylan Cash (“General Hospital”), Rico Rodriguez (“Modern Family”), Emily Everhard (Jack and the Beanstalk), with Renee Taylor (“The Nanny”), and French Stewart (“3rd Rock From the Sun”), Opposite Day is a feel-good film that will have kids and parents alike appreciating their respective roles – and each other!

Review
My kids and I had the opportunity to review this DVD. It's a cute story that made us laugh. We all cracked up watching the zany antics of kids parading around as adults and vice versa. I really appreciate that it's a totally family-friendly movie that we were able to enjoy together.

Giveaway
One lucky Alas 3 Lads reader will win a free Opposite Day DVD. Entries accepted until 10:00 pm EST on 11-14-10. One random winner will be chosen from all eligible comments. Giveaway only open to U.S. residents.

To enter, do any or each of the following:
1. Follow my blog via GFC (see sidebar)
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DVD #giveaway - enter to #win the kid & family friendly movie Opposite Day; visit @alas3lads http://tinyurl.com/2euvqwe 11/14




Disclaimer:
This post was written in conjunction with Grand Communications. They provided me with a free DVD for review as well as information used in this post. No compensation was received other than the free DVD. They are also providing a DVD for giveaway to one of my blog readers. Opinions expressed are my own.

Movie Trailer Tuesday - The Pacific (HBO)



Some of you may have caught this miniseries when it aired on HBO earlier this year. If not, you can now check it out on DVD. It's an epic drama that follows three World War II marines through battles in Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. This miniseries is based on the memoirs of two of these marines - Eugene Sledge and Robert Leckie. I love period pieces that focus on American history. This particular era in time is one that I don't know a lot about, so, I really learned a lot from watching. It truly makes you appreciate the sacrifices that were made during this time. It's a moving and heart-wrenching series that I highly recommend. And, while the main focus is on the war, that's not all there is. You get a lot of in-depth insight into the personal lives of these young men - their families, their loves, their bond with each other, etc. A must-see for sure!

This movie is NR. There is language, sexual content, and war violence.









Friday, November 5, 2010

I Love SwagBucks

Search & Win


Are you earning Swagbucks? If not, you should be. It's a no-brainer easy way to earn free prizes.

I have talked about Swagbucks before, but, just wanted to take another opportunity to do so again. Swagbucks.com is an online portal dedicated to helping you earn digital dollars called "Swag Bucks", which can be redeemed for exclusive Swagbucks.com merchandise and/or gift cards. Earn Swag Bucks periodically by taking part in easy activities, some of which you already do everyday (such as searching the web, finding Swag codes, shopping online, and more). Earn at your own pace and then redeem your Swag Bucks for free reward items in the Swag Store. Best of all, it's free to join.

I joined Swagbucks earlier this year and have already cashed in swagbucks several times for paypal cash. Some of the popular prizes are Amazon gift cards (it only takes 450 Swagbucks to get a $5 Amazon card - easy!), Starbucks gift cards, iTunes gift cards, and my favorite, Paypal cash (700 Swagbucks = $5 paypal cash).

I only earn swagbucks using the free ways to earn, but, there are special offers that you can sign up for and participate in if you wish. It's all very easy and fun. If you want to learn more, check out my referral link at Swagbucks.com for the details.

*This post contains my Swagbucks referral link

Aloha Friday - I Wouldn't Want To Live Without...


Welcome to this week’s edition of Aloha Friday, hosted by Kailani over at An Island Life. In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day to take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So, on Fridays we can take it easy on blog posting, too.

I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer - nothing that requires a lengthy response. If you’d like to participate, visit An Island Life where you can link up with your own question and also visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

Name one food that you love and would never want to live without?

I would have to say cheeseburgers! I know, not the healthiest of choices, but I love 'em. With lots of mustard and pickles.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

10 Random Links That I Have Bookmarked

Sometimes I get bookmarking crazy. What I mean by this is I'll come across a site or article that interests me, but I don't have time to thoroughly check it out right then, so I bookmark it into my Favorites list. Before I know it, my Favorites list is out of control and I never end up going back to actually view those sites that interested me in the first place. Tonight, I decided to delve into my never-ending list of Favorites and see what's there and share some of them with you. Maybe there will be something that peaks your interest, too. Here are 10 of my totally random bookmarked links:

1.   Ever Considered a Roving Dinner Party?  - I always thought this sounded like such a fun idea. I think I was researching it and considering doing this with some neighbors.

2.   List of Great Book Recommendations from Flashlight Worthy - such a vast list!

3.   Adorable, free holiday labels from orange you lucky!

4.   10 Healing Herbs Used In Teas

5.   Free Menu Planning Forms from the project girl

6.   10 Google Video Documentaries You Have To Watch - this is something I REALLY wanted to check out and I forgot all about it because it was buried so deep in my Favorites list

7.   15 Unusual and Creative Bus Stops - I love quirky stuff like this!

8.   Crock Pot Chicken Recipes - I really need to use my crock pot more often

9.   Some Interesting Facts About Iceland

10. Winter Weather Safety

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Election Day


Today, I exercised my right and my privilege to vote! Did you?

Movie Trailer Tuesday - Mercy



From Netflix:
A pessimistic writer who's never known true love struggles to pen a novel that captures that puzzling emotion's all-consuming nature. While hunting for inspiration, the author falls for Mercy (Wendy Glenn), a woman who drastically alters his outlook on life. Scott Caan writes and stars in this enthralling romance that co-stars his father, James Caan, as well as Erika Christensen, Dylan McDermott and Troy Garity.

I'm a big fan of both James Caan and his son, Scott Caan. Despite some of the negative reviews I read on Netflix, I was eager to watch this movie. I thought it was a beautiful, but sad, love story. I liked the way the scenes went back and forth between the past and present, letting you piece things together for yourself. I loved the interactions between the guys; their friendships seemed real and believable. It was a tender story and I loved Scott Caan's performance.

The film is NR. There is language, nudity, and sexual content.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween


Wishing you a frightful and delightful Halloween!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Aloha Friday - Scary


Welcome to this week’s edition of Aloha Friday, hosted by Kailani over at An Island Life. In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day to take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So, on Fridays we can take it easy on blog posting, too.

I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer - nothing that requires a lengthy response. If you’d like to participate, visit An Island Life where you can link up with your own question and also visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

Fill in the blank...

I'm really scared of _________________________!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Christmas Cards Made Easy With Shutterfly.com

Every year around this time I start thinking about getting my family together and taking some photos to use on our Christmas cards for the upcoming season. Now, I cannot even begin to tell you how much my kids detest having their pictures made. It's always a major ordeal and they fuss and complain the entire time. I usually dread it so much and end up procrastinating. Then, I'm left scrambling around at the last minute trying to come up with some cards to send out.

But, this year, I'm determined to be on top of things and take care of this early. One thing that will make this task a whole lot easier and more enjoyable, is by ordering my holiday cards from Shutterfly.com. I've heard so many good things about their products and services. I've already started browsing around at their Christmas photo cards and I'm really impressed with their design selection. Here are a few of my favorite holiday card designs:


Sweet Scalloped Frame - I love, love, love this one! It reminds me of a big ol' postage stamp. The design is simple and fun and really puts the focus on the photo.





Merry Merry Greetings - another fun design; I adore the little collection of Christmas phrases and sayings.





Color Me Merry Christmas - If I choose this design, I will go with a black and white photo as seen in the sample. I like the contrast of the colorful block text and the black and white picture. Cute!



So, what do you think? Which of these designs do you like? Have you started thinking about a theme or photo idea to put on your own Christmas card this year?  If you need some inspiration, check out Shutterfly.com. They not only offer a huge selection of holiday cards, but also calendars, invitations, photo books, and more.


Disclaimer:
This post was written to help spread the word about Shutterfly.com and their holiday cards. In exchange for writing this post, I will receive 50 free cards. All opinions are 100% my own.

Random Stuff

Recently, I was the featured blogger over at Simply Stacie. I wanted to say thanks and give her a big shout out for all she does. Check out her blog for tons of great book reviews, giveaways, PR information and more. 


I have officially started my Christmas shopping. YAY!


Let's talk tv...do you watch the HBO series Bored To Death? I have to say this is one of my very favorite shows on tv. It's totally laugh-out-loud funny. If you are easily offended by language, sexual content, and drug references, then this is not the show for you. But, if you're okay with that kind of stuff you should really check it out. Jason Schwartzman stars as struggling Brooklyn writer, Jonathan. With his writing career not going so well, Jonathan decides to moonlight as a private investigator and advertises his services on Craigslist (even though he has no training or qualifications to be a private investigator). The show follows the antics of Jonathan, his magazine editor (Ted Danson), and comic-book writer-best friend (Zach Galifianakis). Schwartzman, Danson, and Galifianakis seem like an oddball cast of characters but their dynamics really work and they are quite hilarious. The trio often end up working on Jonathan's cases together and almost always botch something up or find themselves in some precarious situation. The show is on HBO on Sunday nights (with several replays throughout the week as well). Watch it and let me know what you think...


It's very irksome when I'm commenting on a blog and I get that little message that says..."You are posting comments too quickly. Please slow down".  I don't know why it bothers me so much but it just does.


I'm going to be participating in a Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop in December and I'm trying to decide about my giveaway prize. What store would you most like to win a gift card from?


Is it sad that I'm really excited about buying a new ironing board today? Seriously, for the last several years, I've only had one of the small table-top ironing boards (because honestly I rarely iron). But, for some reason I have decided that I need to be more June-Cleaver-like and do it more. So, I bought a full-size, cute blue-polka-dot-covered ironing board at Target today.


Is it bad that I have repeatedly told the kids to stay out of the Halloween candy, yet I have been sneaking Reese's cups like crazy?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My Favorite TV Commercials

You know I'm a self-proclaimed tv junkie. Normally, I flip through most commericals when I'm watching. But, there are a few that I really love. Check them out...

This one from Traveler's Insurance is cute; a fun and feel-good commercial



This one from Subaru really gets me. I love it! As a mom of a teenage driver, I can so relate



This one from HP always makes me smile. That cute baby's expression is hilarious!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

True Colors Swap Package

I recently participated in the True Colors swap, hosted by Jessica over at Duck Duck Cow. The theme was to put together a package for your swap partner consisting of goodies in their favorite color. My awesome swap partner was Brooke and she sent me a wonderful box of "gray" items since that is my favorite color. Here's a peek at what I received:


Check out these warm argyle socks - I love them! And, I also can't wait to wear the smoky gray eyeshadows and nail polish - perfect! She even thought of my dog and included a cute gray mummy toy for her - how fun is that! I loved everything and enjoyed getting to meet Brooke. Thanks Brooke, for sending me such a fun swap package! And, thanks also to Jessica for hosting the swap.

Movie Trailer Tuesday - Whip It



A really cute and fun film. I especially loved Jimmy Fallon as the grease-ball roller-derby announcer, he was great!

Rated PG-13 for sexual content including crude dialogue, language and drug material


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Zappos.com Launches Zappos App for iPad


Zappos.com , a leading destination in online apparel and footwear sales, has announced the launch of Zappos’ first Mobile shopping application for the iPad. Within the first week of the launch, the Zappos Mobile app garnered nearly 10,000 downloads, putting the app in the Top Ten iPad apps at the Apple iTunes Store. The FREE Zappos Mobile app allows users to quickly search, shop, read reviews and make purchases on Zappos.com. Zappos shoppers can now get the famous Zappos service they have come to expect—24/7—while on the go.

The Zappos Mobile app was designed specifically as a simple shopping experience making use of the iPad’s unique functions (gestures, rotational screens, pinch zoom, etc.) and works in both portrait and landscape layouts, without dropping any functionality or features. All purchases are routed through Zappos.com’s secure servers just as they are on the web.

“The goal of the Zappos Mobile App was to deliver a simple shopping experience on the coolest device on the street in eons,” said Ian Klassen, Zappos Mobile Program Manager. “The Zappos Mobile App does its darndest to deliver the same WOW service that Zappos.com is known for, in a fun, convenient and innovative way.” Adds Zappos.com CEO, Tony Hsieh, “There is a secret, fun surprise for people that shake their iPads in just the right way after launching the app that we think Zappos customers are going to love.”

With the Zappos app for iPad, customers can shop by categories including: Shoes, Clothing, Beauty, Bags and Handbags,  Accessories, Housewares, New Products and Gift Cards. Zappos.com customers also have full access to their existing account information including stored payment types, shipping addresses, favorites and order history.

The new Zappos app for iPad is great for:
· Buying new items while waiting for an appointment, instead of reading magazines from 1998.

· Shopping for the huge selection of products available from Zappos.com.

· Purchasing gifts you forgot to buy on time and know they’ll get there in a time window that makes you think we’re super-human.

· Browsing product images and reading customer reviews while on the bus or train, or in any situation you don’t want to be talked to by strangers.

· People that like cats

· People that like people that like cats


To download the Zappos app for iPad, visit the Apple iTunes store.



Disclaimer:
This post was written in conjunction with Zappos.com and Kel & Partners. No compensation of any type was received.

TenMarks Online Math Program For Kids - Review


TenMarks is an online math program for grades 3-10 that helps kids learn and practice math concepts at their own pace. Each child receives a personalized curriculum that covers the core math skills that are pertinent to your child's age/grade. The lessons are presented as online worksheets that are assigned weekly (or more often if you wish). Each worksheet contains a small group of multiple choice questions. If the child needs help with a particular concept, they can click on the hint option or watch a quick video lesson. There are practice and test options and as kids work through the program, they are rewarded by gaining access to games. Parents can use the report card section to track their child's progress. There are also certificates of mastery that you can print out when a child successfully completes various concepts. You can join TenMarks for only $10 per month and you have the option to try it out for free first.

We were given the opportunity to try out TenMarks and have been using the program with our 4th grade son. Math is not his strongest subject so I was anxious to see if TenMarks would be helpful for him. First of all, I love that the lessons are fairly short and to the point. His worksheets contain only 10 questions each, which is great because he is able to stay focused and not lose interest. He can work through each concept pretty quickly and then move one. This is a nice motivator for him and helps him to not become overwhelmed or feel like it's "too much work". He also likes that he is working toward something because at certain points along the way, he gets to unlock new games to play. I appreciate the report card section. It lets me see details about his progress - the dates he completed each worksheet, his scores, how many hints were used for each lesson, etc. This is helpful because it gives a clear picture of where his strengths are and where he might need some extra practice. I have been very happy with the TenMarks program and feel like it's a quick and easy way for my son to practice and brush up on his math skills.

Here is some more information about the program from the TenMarks website:

TenMarks Education was founded by entrepreneurial parents searching for a better way to help students achieve their potential in math, and supplement and enrich their classroom learning. Founders, Andrew Joseph and Rohit Agarwal saw an opportunity to leverage the internet to help meet the challenges parents and teachers face when trying to advance math achievement, given the unique learning needs of every child, and their resistance to practice or learn new concepts. Students, parents and teachers often struggle to find a way to supplement classroom math instruction that is effective, convenient and affordable, and will actually be used by students.


Andrew and Rohit knew that in order to reach and engage students, they would need to leverage technology and media in a way that is consistent with how they interact with information everyday. The TenMarks team worked closely with experienced educators and technologists to develop a method that allows students to practice and learn math in an intuitive way, receive hints and video instructions exactly when they need it, and provide results that are personalized andrelevant. The result is an approach that motivates the students, builds confidence, and advances achievement.

For more information and/or to sign up for the program, visit TenMarks

Disclaimer:
TenMarks provided free program access for us to try out with our son. No other compensation was received besides the free program access. All opinions are my own.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Sears $75 Gift Card Giveaway - WINNER

Thanks to everyone that entered the Sears $75 Gift Card Giveaway. A random winner was selected from all eligible entries and has been notified via email. The lucky commenter is:

meeyeehere

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Aloha Friday - What Did You Want To Be?


Welcome to this week’s edition of Aloha Friday, hosted by Kailani over at An Island Life. In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day to take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So, on Fridays we can take it easy on blog posting, too.

I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer - nothing that requires a lengthy response. If you’d like to participate, visit An Island Life where you can link up with your own question and also visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!


When you were a kid, what did you want you want to be when you grew up? Did you become that or did you choose another option?


When I was little, I wanted to be either an archeologist or a flight attendant. I did not become either one, instead I chose to go to nursing school and become a registered nurse. And, after having my own children, I chose to quit working altogether so that I could be a stay-at-home mom. I love being a stay-at-home mom and it has been the best choice for me.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Sears $75 Gift Card Giveaway

~This Giveaway Is Now Closed~


Earlier this month, Sears posed the question "What's your favorite appliance in your home?" and I wrote about my washing machine. My post was featured over at the MySears Blog. Not only is Sears a great source for home appliances, but, it's also the place to find a huge selection of tools, housewares, clothing, shoes, gifts, and much more.

To thank me for participating in their blogger program, Sears has very generously offered to give one of my readers a $75 Sears Gift Certificate. What a great way to kick off some early Christmas shopping!

Mandatory Entry:
1) Become a Fan of the Sears Facebook Page
       OR
2) Follow Sears on Twitter (tell me your twitter name so I can verify)


Extra Entries:
3) Subscribe to my blog via email (see my sidebar)
4) Follow my blog via GFC (see my sidebar)
5) Follow me on Twitter AND tweet the following message - (you may tweet 1x daily)

Visit @alas3lads for chance to win $75 Sears Gift Card from @SearsHTS http://tinyurl.com/2d8ma8a - ends 10/21 RT


You must do mandatory entry first to be eligible for giveaway. Please leave a separate comment for each thing you do. Giveaway is only open to U.S. residents. Entries will be accepted until 10:00 pm EST Oct. 21, 2010. A random winner will be selected from all qualifying entries. Please make sure I have valid contact information for you in case you are the winner. Good luck!

Disclaimer:
To thank me for participating in their blogger program, Sears is providing a $75 gift certificate to one of my blog readers. I received no compensation.

Aloha Friday


Welcome to this week’s edition of Aloha Friday, hosted by Kailani over at An Island Life. In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day to take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So, on Fridays we can take it easy on blog posting, too.

I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer - nothing that requires a lengthy response. If you’d like to participate, visit An Island Life where you can link up with your own question and also visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!


List two things that you hope to accomplish today....

I need to 1) go pay my car taxes/registration and 2) go to the grocery. Exciting, right?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Fresh Fruit Pie - Family Friendly DVD Series


Fresh Fruit Pie is a new DVD series that aims to raise the bar on the quality of family entertainment. These videos are sort of like a family-friendly "Saturday Night Live" and can be enjoyed by both parents and kids of today's generation. Here's some information from the Fresh Fruit Pie website:

The culture of today’s kids is very different than it was when we were kids. Kids have access to cell phones, texting, youtube, social media sites like Facebook, and countless other technologies that completely change the way they communicate ideas and relate with each other. Mr. Rogers and Sesame Street are fantastic shows, but they don’t hold the attention of today’s kids.

As parents, teachers, pastors, and moral leaders, we compete with an enticing but immoral culture to keep kids’ hearts and minds on the right track. Fresh Fruit Pie is our response to that culture. We’ve spent years observing kids’ media consumption habits and have crafted a show that is specifically designed to entertain them in a wholesome and encouraging way. It is also a starting point to discuss positive moral values. Our vision is to make awesome family entertainment, to expose kids to the morals they need to be successful in life, and to be relevant to the fast-paced world of today’s youth. Fresh Fruit Pie is intense, really intense – enough to capture the attention of today’s media-saturated kids. It best reaches (and has been designed for) one of the toughest age ranges: 6-12, although kids of all ages have found the show amazingly fun.

Fresh Fruit Pie is inspired by the “Fruit of the Spirit” found in the Bible -

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23)

Nine episodes of Fresh Fruit Pie are currently in production, each episode focusing on one of the nine Fruit of the Spirit. The first episode, entitled Party!, centers on “Joy.”

Check out this sneak peek:




Fresh Fruit Pie will be holding an online premier Oct. 19-21. During this time, an entire episode will be available for free live streaming for 48 hours. Visit the Fresh Fruit Pie website for all the details.

Disclaimer:
This post was written in conjunction with Fresh Fruit Pie. No compensation of any type was received.