Monday, April 29, 2013

A New Clip from Marvel's Iron Man 3

I'm sure you've been seeing all the buzz around the web about the upcoming new movie, Iron Man 3. It hits theaters May 3 and is being released in Digital 3D and RealD. I don't know about you, but I am a big fan of the Marvel series and I can't wait to see this one.

Here's a new clip from the movie for your viewing pleasure. It's very intense and funny, too. Wouldn't you just love being rescued by Tony Stark?


 For more information, visit the Iron Man 3 website, or follow along on Twitter and/or Facebook.


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Mother's Day Gift Basket Giveaway

Mother's Day is right around the corner - May 12th to be exact. This is the time when we can honor and celebrate the special women in our lives, whether it's moms, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, or others.

It is sometimes difficult to decide on just the right gift. So, this year why not surprise that someone special (or even treat yourself) to a wonderful gift basket.

Holiday Gifts & Baskets offers a large assortment of Mother's Day gift basket ideas. From spa baskets full of pampering lotions and bath products to luscious treat baskets filled with goodies such as truffles, caramels, and chocolates from Godiva and're sure to find just the perfect gift. Other gift basket options include fresh fruits, nuts, and gourmet snacks as well as fresh baked goods.

Mother's Day Gift Basket Giveaway

TWO lucky winners will get to choose their favorite gift (valued at up to $80) from over 100 lovely designs shown here.

To enter, you must be 18+ years old and a resident of the continental U.S.
Contest ends at midnight EST on May 5th, 2013.

Winners will be chosen randomly. If you are chosen, you will be notified via e-mail and must respond within three days of being contacted. If you do not respond within that period, another winner will be chosen.

Good Luck and Happy Mother's Day!

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Watch U.S. Olympian Gabby Douglas Flip Over McDonald's New Egg White Delight McMuffin

I'm receiving free McDonald's coupons in exchange for helping to spread the word about McDonald's new Egg White Delight McMuffin. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

McDonald's has a new item on the menu - the Egg White Delight McMuffin.

This wholesome breakfast sandwich is prepared fresh on the grill and is made with 100% egg whites, extra lean Canadian bacon and white cheddar* (*process pasteurized), and is served on a new muffin made with 8 grams of whole grain. At 250 calories, this sounds like a yummy breakfast option.

And, now you can also customize any of McDonald's other egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches by asking for 100% egg whites and white cheddar.

To help celebrate the release of the Egg White Delight McMuffin, McDonald's has partnered with U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist, Gabby Douglas. Check out this fun video, where Gabby literally "flips out" after tasting this new menu item.

How Cancer Has Affected My Life - with Sponsored Video from The American Cancer Society

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the American Cancer Society. I am happy to share my story as part of the American Cancer Society’s 100th Birthday Celebration. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Next month will mark three years since my father passed away from cancer. While it’s true that things do get easier with the passage of time, losing my dad is just something that I don’t think I’ll ever really get over. Even writing this post, I find myself coming to tears. I miss him all the time and sometimes the smallest things will make me suddenly think of him. It is those small things - those things that bring up happy memories of my dad – that help keep his spirit alive in my heart.

Let me tell you about my dad. He was raised on a farm and had to work very hard from an early age. He was so friendly and outgoing – we always joked that he never met a stranger, and if he did, just give him 15 minutes and he would know their life story. He loved to garden and if you stopped by his house during growing season, you would surely leave with a big ol’ sack of fresh vegetables.

My dad was a talented fiddle player and had a passion for bluegrass music. His other passion? His grand kids. My four children meant the world to him and he loved spending time with them. When they were younger, he was always present at their sporting or school events. I can’t tell you how many baseballs he patiently pitched to them in his backyard or how many rides on the lawn mower he gave over the years. He would help them gather nuts off a tree in his yard and then let them smash them with a hammer - they thought it was a blast! If I needed help with carpooling or extracurricular activities, he was always there. When my kids did something especially good - or even something bad or mischievous - he was the first person I wanted to tell. He always got a kick out of their shenanigans and I can still see the twinkle in his eye as he would have a good laugh over something one of the kids did or said. And, another special memory...he always had some butterscotch candy in his pocket for the grand kids.

Now, my children are teenagers. I am thankful that they were able to know their grandpa and spend their younger years with him. But, it saddens me so much that he is not here to see the people they are growing up to be. I know that he would marvel over how tall my boys have become and how my daughter has excelled in school. It would thrill him to see my youngest playing the drums. He would surely be a part of teaching my daughter to drive and helping my oldest son as he tries to figure out his future.

Cancer is such a cruel disease. It can strike anyone, anytime; it can hit suddenly or slowly. In my dad’s case, it was only eight short months from the time he was diagnosed until the time he passed away. I helped take care of him during his illness, from taking him to radiation and chemotherapy appointments, to actually turning him and administering his medication once he became bed-ridden. Seeing how fast he deteriorated was scary. It feels as if he was stolen from us and, honestly, it feels awful!

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based organization that is dedicated to helping those affected by cancer. Whether it’s through early detection or prevention, they are working to eliminate cancer as a major health problem.

Check out this American Cancer Society video:
Silence Won't Finish the Fight Against Cancer

On May 22, 2013, the American Cancer Society will turn 100 years old. In the past century, they have led the way in the fight to save lives and create more birthdays. Since the early 1990’s, the American Cancer Society has contributed to a decline in cancer death rates in the United States. They have played a major role in nearly every cancer research breakthrough in recent history. Their work has also helped bring about a 50 percent drop in smoking rates since the 1960's, which has aided in a drop in overall lung cancer death rates.

The American Cancer Society will be promoting this milestone birthday while working to “Finish the Fight” against cancer. Some of the ways they will accomplish this is by making sure that lifesaving cancer research continues to get funded. They will also fight to make sure everyone has access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, and clean air.  I'm glad we have an organization like the American Cancer Society working so hard for all of us. They are truly making a difference!

Check out this sponsored video where singer Josh Groban encourages a crowd to make some noise for cancer and “Finish the Fight”…

This post is sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Happy Birthday, Piper!

Our puppy, Piper, has reached the milestone of her first birthday (at least we think she has...she was adopted from our local shelter so we are not 100% sure of her actual birth date). Anyway, it was a rough start as she didn't fit right into our family. But, I'm happy to report that she has finally settled down and most of her bad puppy behaviors are past us now. Her worst habit, which we are still working on, is that she gets super-excited and jumpy whenever a guest or someone new arrives at our house.

While she can be very sweet, she is still sometimes a little stand-offish and often looks at us like we are complete strangers. She has the quirkiest habits. One being that she acts like a cat. She stealthily sneaks up on you and brushes up against your legs - like a cat. She will suddenly and randomly pounce on you - like a cat. She will stare at you but as soon as you speak to her or pay attention to her, she immediately dismisses you, as if you are a complete bother. She LOVES to sleep and lounge on the tops of our couches/chairs. Piper is just a unique character.

Happy Birthday, Piper!


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Kentucky Derby T-Shirt Giveaway

It's officially Kentucky Derby time again! At this time of year, I have a tradition on my blog of giving away a Kentucky Derby T-Shirt. It's just a fun way for me to share a little hometown pride with my readers.

The Derby Festival events kick off this weekend with our big "Thunder Over Louisville" fireworks and air show. Then, over the next weeks leading up to the actual Kentucky Derby, there are lots and lots of other fun events that will take place. We have The Great Balloon Race, a million-dollar hole-in-one golf contest, sporting events, the Chow Wagon (food and music on the riverfront), luncheons, a fashion show, a spelling bee, a marathon and mini-marathon, concerts, a parade, parties, and really, so much more. It's such a great time to be in Louisville! If you would like to read more, check out the Kentucky Derby Festival website.

Kentucky Derby T-Shirt Giveaway
*Entry Instructions* If you would like to enter to win, please leave a comment on this post. Tell me if you will be watching or celebrating the Kentucky Derby in any way. Also, tell me your shirt size (Adult S, M, L, or XL) in your comment. I'll pick a random winner and then choose a cool Kentucky Derby T-Shirt just for you.

After commenting on the above, you may earn an extra entry by tweeting about the giveaway 1x daily (leave a comment with your tweet link):

I entered to win a Kentucky Derby T-Shirt from @ and you should too!  - # details found at

Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Entries accepted until 10:00 pm EST on 4-23-13. At that time, one random winner will be selected from all eligible entries.  Please make sure I have a valid way to contact you in case you are the winner.

This is not a sponsored post/giveaway. I am providing the T-Shirt for giveaway as a way of sharing some hometown pride with my readers.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Character Posters from The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger, coming to theaters July 3, 2013 from Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films.

"From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption."

I'm super excited about seeing this movie! I can remember watching the old Lone Ranger episodes on television when I was little. This version is sure to be entertaining - Johnny Depp is always a lot of fun.

 Here's a look at some of the recently released character posters from the film...


For more information, visit The Lone Ranger website or connect via Facebook and/or Twitter.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Movie Trailer Tuesday - The Five-Year Engagement

This movie is funny, funny, funny, and oh so cute! I'm in love with Jason Segel and Emily Blunt - like, I think they should be a couple in real life. They star as a young couple, very much in love, but who seem to keep finding reasons to prolong their engagement. A really fun, romantic comedy.

Rated R for much sexual content and language.