Sunday, November 30, 2014

Five Verizon Gadgets For Everyone On Your Shopping List

 Verizon Wireless
 I am writing this post as part of the Verizon Wireless Lifestyle Bloggers program. Being part of the program does not in anyway influence this post in anyway. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Can you believe Christmas is right around the corner? Where did the time go? Now it is time to get some serious shopping done. Verizon Wireless can make one stop shopping a breeze. Did you know they have added several new products, just in time for the Holiday Season?


Imagine losing your youngster in  a crowed place. This is a huge fear with parents but the GizmoPal can put one's mind at ease. This was just recently introduced to the Verizon Wireless website and seems like the perfect present for both child and parent. 
"The GizmoPal is designed for the children anywhere from pre- to middle- school, to easily make and receive phone calls using its single button calling and Auto-answer features. Both parents and their child will have the option of Blue or Pink, and is designed for kids 4 and older. And for additional fun, the GizmoPal can play fun sound clips for kids and also read out the current time.
The GizmoPal by LG will be available starting Nov. 26 online at for $79.99. The wearable will also be available in select stores in the Midwest on Nov. 26 and in all stores nationwide starting Dec. 11. Users will be able to add the GizmoPal to their existing MORE Everything accounts for an additional $5 monthly access fee. And for a limited time, customers purchasing the GizmoPal will have the activation fee waived."

SONY X3 Bluetooth Speaker

Recently Receive this on an exciting trip to NYC with fellow Verizon Lifestyle Bloggers (More about this soon). It didn't take long for my daughter to claim it. This is perfect for the music lovers on your list. I found the Sony X3 Bluetooth Speaker to be compatable with the Bose Mini Speaker, but at a lower price range.
"Pack a punch everywhere you go with this portable Bluetooth speaker from Sony. It delivers amazing audio with dual radiators for enhanced bass, one-touch listening convenience, hands-free calling, and up to seven hours battery life.

With the Sony X3 you can connect to compatible Bluetooth devices using NFC technology and wirelessly stream rich sound or handsfree calls thanks to ClearAudio+. And with up to seven hours of battery life, it will play for the whole party and then some."

Parrot Jumping Sumo

This was one of the most fun items we checked while in NYC , as far as I am concerned.  To say it had the crowd hoping would be an understatement.  Imagine capturing the look on the face of those you startle with it. 

"Want to jump, roll and spin like an acrobat? Live vicariously through the Parrot Jumping Sumo. Control the charismatic robot from your compatible smartphone or tablet to perform tricks or navigate a homemade obstacle course. Roll it up to 4.5 mph, spin 360 degrees and jump up to 31 inches high. Jumping Sumo can even turn 180 degrees in the blink of an eye. All you have to do is swipe your finger on your mobile device touchscreen. With its wide-angle camera, you can see what Jumping Sumo sees. Stream photos and video to your mobile device, then save them to show off later.

adidas miCoach Smart Ball

This ball will take your soccer enthusiast's skills to a whole new level. We should have known it was just a matter of time for something as simple as a ball to become smart. Adidas has come up with this ball, that when combined with an app, will help improve your game.
"A training tool for place kicks, the miCoach Smart Ball is a size 5, 32-panel soccer ball. An integrated sensor package records strike point, speed, spin and trajectory when you kick the ball. Kick data is sent instantly back to a companion iOS app over Bluetooth® Smart, enabling users to perfect their technique for power, bend and knuckle balls.

Challenge your friends or teammates, then share your results online. Have fun and take your ball skills to winning levels."

Moto 360 - Metal Band

Lastly I would like to show you the stylish smart watch. Made by Motorola, the Moto 360 as stylish as it is smart. 
Equipped with Bluetooth® 4.0, Moto 360 wirelessly syncs with your compatible smartphone. It delivers helpful information at just the right time via Google Now™ and even answers your questions. "From your wrist, you can: 

- Read texts, emails, Google Hangouts™ messages and more
- Check your flight time or get traffic updates for your commute
- View appointments in your calendar

With its Android Wear operating system, Moto 360 is compatible with smartphones using Android 4.3 and later. "

This is just a few of the great gadgets for those on your wishlist. Don't even get me started on the great phones they have. Check out the site yourself and you may even be able to skip the mall this year. 
Happy Holidays!!!! 
All info  marked with Quotations was taken from the Verizon Wireless Website

Monday, November 10, 2014

Nov. Udderly Smooth Twitter Chat

This Post is written as part of a continuing relationship I have with Udderly Smooth, though I might receive compensation in the form or product or sponsorship all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

We may have missed out on our Oct. Twitter chat, but, we're back at it again. The great people at @UdderlySmooth and myself hope you can join us for a Twitter chat. This is not a formal Twitter Party, but a get together of fun people who like relax, chat and maybe even win a prize. What great prizes the folks at UdderlySmooth have provided. Hope you can join us. Here are the details:

Nov. 16th, 9 PM EST
Hashtag:  #UdderlySmooth

9 winners will receive an Udderly Smooth gift basket: 

Grand Prize:
One lucky winner will receive a Pandora Bracelet with this cute little cow bead.

Early Bird Prize Just for RTing the following:

"Join @UdderlySmooth and @mmc67 for a Twitter Party Nov. 16th. 9PM EST. Great fun & prizes. 
RSVP : #UdderlySmooth "


Step2 Twitter Party Nov. 23rd

Though all opinions of products are my own I was compensated with products for the following post.
The people at Step2 are busy gearing up for the Holiday Season. They have asked me to help share some of their exciting products with you via Twitter. Come Join us for the fun and perhaps even win a prize to give out to one of the children on your Holiday List. Here is the info you will need to Join in: 

Who: Step2

What: Step2 Twitter Party

When: Nov. 23rd 9:00 PM EST
Where: Twitter Hashtag #Step2
Please Tweet the following:
Join & To see some of the exciting toys available for the Holiday Season. RSVP:
and RSVP below to be eligible to win a prize.
Sorry only those in the US are eligible for prizes
Did I mention Prizes? Five lucky people will each win one of the following prizes:

Ice Cream Parlor™ - 2 Pack

Cozy Kitchen™

Handy Helper's Workbench™

                      Duck Pond Water Table™

       2-in-1 Toy Box & Art Lid


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Show Off Your Curves With Curvalicious Clothes

This post is done as part of the 2014 Fall Fashionista. 
I was in no way compensated for my participation in the event. 

You don't have to be a size five to feel good in your own skin. Curvalicious Clothes wants to help you feel beautiful in your plus size body.

"Curvalicious Clothes specializes in trendy women's plus size clothing and junior plus size clothing sizes 12-32. Shop with us for sexy plus size clothes, including plus size tops, plus size jeans and plus size dresses. We also carry a large selection of plus size lingerie and plus size intimates. Check out our brands names such as Rocawear, Baby Phat, and Apple Bottoms. We believe full figure clothing should be figure flattering. That’s why we offer only high quality sexy plus size clothing. We offer affordable and sexy plus size clothing for fashion forward teens and women. We ship to Canada and USA."

Curvalicious Clothes Have been providing customers with fashionable plus size clothes via their online store since 2009. The store was started by two plus sized women who knew the frustration of going to the mall and only finding a couple stores that carried clothes that fit them. They started the store because of their strong belief that high quality, fashionable clothing should be available to larger sized ladies.  

Curvalicious Clothes have offered to sponsor me in the Fall Fashionista event so one of my lucky readers can enjoy a $250 shopping spree from their web front store. 

Click above picture to enter to win grand prizes
  • The  FALL Fashionista Events Grand Prize is $500 PayPal (worldwide where allowed by law).  For every giveaway in the Fall Fashionista Event that you enter, you gain one entry toward the Fall Fashionista Grand Prize. 1 Grand Prize winner will receive $500 PayPal cash. 1 first prize winner will receive $300 gift certificate to Midnight Velvet Clothing. Isn’t that stunning?

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Open to US residents aged 18 or older. 
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Prize delivery is the responsibility of the the sponsors.
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies with Sweetworks Candy

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies with Sweetworks Candy
Halloween is the favorite Holiday of this house. We are planning a big Halloween party with over forty friends, relatives and neighbors. We can't wait to rent out an old meeting house down the road and turn it into a haunted house. Over the years we have gathered fun items to make it just perfect.
 When a huge box of Sweetworks Candy arrived at the door we couldn't wait to "practice" making some of our treats. The Pumpkin Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese frosting looked perfect after the little guys added some Sixlet faces to them, as you can see above. 
These cookies are the perfect fall treat. Below is the recipe so you can try your own. 

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies:
2 cups  flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
2 sticks unsalted butter slightly softened
1 cp. white sugar
1 tbl. brown sugar
1 egg
1½ tsp pure vanilla extract

Wisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.

In large bowl cream butter and both sugars until light and fluffy with mixer. Add egg and vanilla beat Just until combined. Add dry ingredients and beat on low about 30 seconds. Make a ball and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
Place refrigeratored dough on a lightly floured surface, let sit for 10 minutes.
Using a rolling pin spread dough to about 1/4-inch thickness. Use your favorite cookie cutters and cut the dough.

Place on baking sheet and return to refrigerator for at least 15 minutes. 
Heat oven to 375 Degrees. Bake cookies for 8-9 minutes until edges turn the slightly light brown. Cool on a wire rack.

We love this Cream Cheese frosting recipe that we found on All Recipes .Com. 

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in the vanilla, then gradually stir in the confectioners' sugar. Store in the refrigerator after use.
( For above cookies we used a couple drops of Orange food coloring)

Now to hide the rest of the candy from the family, and myself until Halloween.
SweetWorks has a huge variety of high quality treats so it may not be easy.
 They have been in business for 5 decades. They carry 44 Halloween candies are perfect for your festivities. I love that you can shop by color. This is an easy way to find the perfect candies to match your themed parties and color scheme.
Please check them out on their various Social Media accounts:

Sweetworks Facebook

Sweetworks Twitter


Myself and some fellow bloggers are excited to be a part of a giveaway for over $500 Sweetworks Candy. This giveaway will run on all of our blogs and will have a total of 10 winners. Each winner will receive $50 worth of Fall/Halloween Candy. You can enter through the rafflecopter below.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Focus On Fall: HTC One M8 Style

 I am writing this post as part of the Verizon Wireless Lifestyle Bloggers program. Being part of the program does not in anyway influence this post in anyway. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Verizon Wireless recently sent the HTC One M8 to check out. Since my daughter was looking for a phone we set it up for her on a prepaid plan. Here is just one of the ways it is being used. 
Fall is in the air. Since it is her favorite time of the year that means Capturing a lot of pictures. 
This weekend the family visited Treworgy Family Orchards in Levant, Maine. What a perfect place to put the phone to the test. 
A bit about the camera: 
"The Duo Camera with UltraPixel captures more light and depth. Quickly launch the camera by holding the smartphone horizontally and pressing the volume button. With a redesigned interface, one button does it all when shooting photos. Use UFocus™ to change the focus on objects in your photos after you take them. With Dimension Plus™, add 3D style to your images by tilting The all new HTC One (M8) to see different angles. Add background effects with Foregrounder."
Translation: This camera takes some pretty great Pictures. 
As they say, A picture is worth a thousand words. 
Treworgy Orchards Levant Maine

Treworgy Orchards Levant Maine

Treworgy Orchards Levant Maine
Treworgy Orchards Levant Maine
Here is what Adrienne had to say about the phone: 
"This phone fits comfortable in your hand. It is the perfect size for reaching from one side to the other with your phone." 

Here is what Verizon says about the style" 
"The all new HTC One (M8) offers an inspired design that perfectly blends form and function. With a full-metal body, tapered edges, soft curves and a 5-inch Full HD display, this smartphone adds style and ease to your mobile life."

Adrienne says:
"The sound on this phone is very clear, I love that it has more the one speaker."

Verizon tells us" 
"Music, videos and games sound powerful with dual front-facing speakers and HTC BoomSound™. An enhanced amplifier offers balance to boost bass and deliver clear vocals. New speakers make The all new HTC One (M8) 25 percent louder than its predecessor."

The best feature for Adrienne: 

The HTC Advantage

  • Cracked screen? Free one time screen replacement within first 6 months.
  • Stay up to date. Automatic Software Updates.
  • Protect your data. 25-100 GB of additional cloud storage and backup.
  • Help when you need it. The way you want it
* Model plans vary by region. See your local carrier for complete details.
The price of this phone is just $149.99 with a new 2 year contract. Or you can get it for just $29.99 when you get it through Verizon's edge program

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Recovering From Traumatic Brain Injuries

As part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Bloggers Program I am often sent copies of books to review. All opinions about the below book are my own and was in no way influenced by free product. 

Do you, or someone you know, suffer from Traumatic Brain Injury? Through loved ones I have seen first hand how this can effect the lives of the victim and their loved ones.

"Whether you are recovering from a traumatic brain injury or supporting someone with a TBI, this collection of 101 inspiring and encouraging stories by others like you will uplift and encourage you on your healing journey.

With a traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurring every 18.5 seconds in this country - concussions the most common - chances are you have been touched in some way by this experience. TBIs occur due to accidents and sports, and are also common in returning soldiers. The personal stories in this book, by TBI survivors and those who love and support them, will help and encourage you and your family on your road to recovery."

This book, as with all Chicken Soup books, will fill you with inspiration. If you want to let a little brightness in you day you need to pick up a few of their many titles. 

I would love to help inspire you right now by offering you a chance to win one of three copies of this title I have to giveaway. All you have to do is comment below to win. If you haven't already done so check out my other Chicken Soup book giveaways Here and Here
Winners picked Sept. 25th

Chicken Soup For The Soul: Miracles Happen Giveaway

As part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Bloggers Program I am often sent copies of books to review. All opinions about the below book are my own and was in no way influenced by free product. 

Do you believe in Miracles? If not, this book in the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series may  make a believer out of you. I think these books are perfect to read right before you turn out the lights at night. These stories are sure you get you thinking.
Can a connection between a two people be so strong that it sends one traveling 250 miles only to find out the other lays dying, or is there a higher power guiding the way?
 The stories in this book bring you hope, even when you may feel there is none. The everyday miracles will touch your heart and put a smile on your face. Such an important thing with all the negatives going on in the world today. 

"Miracles happen every day! And these 101 true stories of divine intervention, answered prayers, and extraordinary connections prove that miracles can happen to anyone at any time. You will be awed and uplifted by these personal stories of faith, prayer, and healing that show a higher power at work in our lives." 

Do you need to brighten your day? 
I am giving away 3 copies of this book. Entering to win is easy. Just leave a comment below telling me you want to win. If you have had a miracle in your life I would love for you to share. Good Luck everyone and happy reading.
Giveaway ends Sept. 25th