Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Go Ski PA a great outing for the whole family!

Ever since I was a little girl we've always visited the Pocono Mountains. That's where I learned to “ski”, I used the quotes because I'm not very good and I mostly just try to not fall down. After all these years you'd think I'd have figured it out by now! I'm just happy to live in close proximity to the Pocono's and all the wonderful resorts they have. If you head over to Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association's site you'll be able to find out all kinds of information about all 21 member resorts our state has to offer. And you'll also be able to find all the information you'll need to plan whatever kind of trip you're looking to book from family to groups and they even have trips for those of you who like a little adventure.

Some of my most fondest childhood memories were taking the two hour drive up to the Pocono's with my family and just having so much fun skiing and sledding and just enjoying each other. It's something I want to introduce to my daughter and my husband. One of the long standing traditions of playing in the snow my husband has never done....he's never been sledding! Granted where we live and grew up in South Philly there aren't very many hills and the hills we do have if you choose to sled down them will lead you right into the middle of Broad St. and well that will put an end to your sledding real quick! I feel bad that he's never had the chance to zoom down a hill on a sled and with the Pocono's being so close and we like to find different things to do with our weekends I know we will be making the short drive up to the Pocono's and I'm going to make sure I get my husband on a sled.

Growing up it wasn't as easy as it is now to get lessons on skiing, and when you visit any of the 21 resorts associated with the PSAA you'll be open to a whole host of things to help you or someone in your family or group to get better acclimated with skiing. If you're child is in the 4th or 5th grade they'll ski free with their parents at any of the member resorts. 

Yes you read that right 4th and 5th graders ski free... If you're new to the world of skiing for $39.00 you'll get a beginner ticket, lessons and rentals! You can also receive lessons on how to snowboard as well. If you're wanting and willing to learn any of the 21 member resorts will be there to help you learn. If you're looking for something to break up the monotony of the winter get away from the gloom and go skiing! My husband keeps asking if they offer a hang back at the lodge sipping hot chocolate package....not right now but who knows?



Did you know January is Ski and Snowboard month? Well it is! And that is a great time to check out all of the wonderful skiing options that are available in PA.

For more information make sure to check out Ski PA on Facebook

Have you ever been skiing at any of these great resorts?

 


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Monday, December 30, 2013

Shark PRO Steam & Spray™ Mop a great steamer you will love!



  Are you looking for a new way to clean, with a steamer that was made to get that ground in dirt from your floor, your kitchen your bathroom and much more? Well you are going to love the Shark Steam & Spray™ Mop! Here is a little more information about Shark from the website:

 Shark is a one-stop shop for a consumer's cleaning needs, providing products that make tidying the house fast, and easy.  Shark aims to bring convenience to consumers looking for simple, effective cleaning products. Shark is one of several houseware brands from the Euro-Pro Corporation. Euro-Pro is a pioneer in engineering innovative cleaning solutions and small household appliances with the goal of giving today's busy consumer better and more efficient products to fit their lifestyle. By creating products that are not only highly functional but also innovative, Euro-Pro has rapidly carved out a significant market share in the house.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Balance Bar, great tips and #NewYearBalance Giveaway


 Is your new year’s resolution, to eat healthier and live a better lifestyle for 2014? Well I have a great suggestion for you all, Balance Bars, great low calorie bars that you will love. Here is a little more information about Balance bars from the website: 

Founded in 1992, Balance Bar, one of America’s original nutrition/energy bars, inspires consumers to lead active, well-rounded and balanced lives by providing great-tasting, healthy and convenient nutrition for lasting energy. Balance Bars are available in eight unique product lines (Original, Gold, Dark, Bare, Café, CarbWell, nimble and mini) and all 28 flavors are based on the 40/30/30 nutrition model – a proven formula developed by scientists to help stabilize blood sugar levels that represents the caloric ratio the body needs to enjoy lasting balanced energy and satisfy hunger for longer; 40% of total calories from carbs, 30% from quality protein and 30% from dietary fat.

Enjoy the Deliciousness! New Cheesecake Doughnuts at Krispy Kreme



Are you a Krispy Kreme fan well you are going to love these new Krispy Kreme donuts!

Enjoy the Deliciousness! New Cheesecake Doughnuts at Krispy Kreme Cheesecake Doughnuts available at participating Krispy Kreme US and Canada locations
Winston-Salem, NC (December 31, 2013) Ah, cheesecake and doughnuts! Nothing goes better together. Cheesecake lovers will find it hard to resist the inviting flavors of rich and creamy cheesecake filling and tasty toppings in Krispy Kreme’s two distinctively delicious new treats. New Caramel Cheesecake Doughnuts and Chocolate Cheesecake Doughnuts are available December 30, 2014 through January 26, 2014 at participating Krispy Kreme US and Canadian locations. While supplies last.
 

Check out the great Disney's MILLION DOLLAR ARM - Trailer and Poster! #MillionDollarArm


 Yesterday I went to see the newest Disney movie, Saving Mr. Banks (a movie that was wonderful and I highly recommend checking this great movie out) and one of the previews before the movie was, the Disney's Million Dollar Arm trailer. This looked like such a heartwarming, feel good movie, that would be great for the whole family.

Disney on Ice presents Let's Celebrate! Philadelphia Show discount code and a review of a great family show!


 This past Thursday was a miserable day here weather wise, it was gray and cold and it was just not nice. We thankfully had a great way to beat a miserable weather day and that was getting to see Disney on Ice presents Let's Celebrate!, the opening night!  What a great show and a cool thing to do as a family, it’s something the whole family can enjoy and there were plenty of families at the show! 

    Disney on Ice presents Let's Celebrate!features Mickey & Minnie celebrate a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains, a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; Mardi Gras with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen; a Royal Valentine’s Day Ball with the Disney Princesses; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; and more in a magical medley of holidays, celebrations and festivals from around the globe.Wonderful costumes, amazing skaters (not one single unintentional fall), great Disney music and some very funny moments take place in the roughly two hour show.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Hugrz Boot Wraps, a great new stylish accessory for your favorite boots #Giveaway



Are you a fan of boots? Well with the winter almost here I seem to be wearing my boots every day. Sure I love them, but I don’t want to seem like I wear the same boots all the time? Do you know what I mean? But what can I do, just buy more boots? That is not a great options since those boots can cost so much money. Recently I was introduced to a great boot wrap, that can transform your favorite boots into a great looking new pair of boots, for a fraction of the cost. A great new look for your boots fast, you all are going to love Hugrz boot wraps.  Here is some more information about Hugrz from the website:


Monday, December 23, 2013

Holiday greetings from Saving Mr. Banks, playing in theaters now!


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Two-time Academy Award®–winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen.

When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise—one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation.

Pattern LA a brand new line of chic and colorful totes and cosmetic bags #Giveaway



 Are you looking for a gift that mom will just love? Well how about a nice bag, well not just any bag, but a handy great looking bag from Pattern LA. They have a wonderful selection of chic and useful bags that you will love!  Do you love to travel? Are you looking for a stylish travel bag that will be stylish and functional?  Well I have a great company I would like to introduce you all to Pattern LA. Here is a little more information about Pattern LA from the website:

  Tiffany is the daughter of renowned author Jackie Collins and wife of Gary Sacks, the GM of the Los Angeles Clippers. She designed Pattern LA by incorporating neutral tones and vibrant pops of color in a variety of fashion-forward patterns. Quality fabric, durable hardware and stitch detailing ensure that every piece will stand the test of time as a versatile wardrobe staple. And, Indy and Elsa bags are being made right here in LA.

Pointing Fingers a fun game where you can learn more about your friends and family #Giveaway



Are you looking for a fun family game? A new and unique game, unlike any you have ever played before? Would you like to learn some fun facts and cool information about your friends and family, perhaps something you never even knew about all while having a fun time together?  Well you are all going to love this new Hasbro game, Pointing Fingers! Here is a little more information about Pointing Fingers from the website:

Who's done what? You'll find out in the hilarious game of Pointing Fingers! You'll also find out how well you know your family and friends in this fast-paced question-and-answer game. Each person reads a question from one of the cards, then everyone else writes down how often they've done it on their Truth Meters. Then you point out who you think has done it the most with your funny Foam Finger! 
If you're right, you score. Don't miss out on the big laughs and hilarious discoveries of the Pointing Fingers game! Hilarious Pointing Fingers game lets you learn more about your friends and family Ask questions like "Have you ever talked your way out of trouble?" Guess who's done it the most for the score Point at your choice with your Foam Finger. Ages 12 and up.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Check out the new poster for Dreamworks release “Need for Speed” in theaters everywhere on March 14th, 2014!



 Are you a fan of the classic video game Need for Speed? Are you like me and cannot wait for the newest Dreamworks release “Need for Speed”. This action packed movie stars Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul and looks like it is going to be full of edge of your seat action and great effects.


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Junior Monet, Art Keepsakes created by kids #Giveaway


  Are you looking for a unique way to share your child’s masterpiece? Did you know you can take your child’s art and make it a card, plates, key chains and more? Are you looking for a great personalized gift for yourself or someone special? Well I would like to introduce you all to Junior Monet, here is a little more information about the company from the website:
   
Junior Monet was created to celebrate your child's artwork. We transform your child's art from Instagram pics into beautiful keepsakes that can be permanently displayed on personalized and customized products. Junior Monet's useful, high-quality, custom keepsake products include tshirts, cards and postage, ornaments, posters and canvas, journals, iphone cases, totes and bags, jewelry, gifts, and more.

Duff’s Premium Cake Mixes and frosting designed to let everyday bakers easily create masterpiece cakes of their own at home! #Giveaway



Do you like to bake? Well I sure love to bake and try new things in the kitchen. I love watching baking shows on TV, and trying to make some of those great looking creations at home. I have not been that lucky in making my cake look like those on TV. I must not have the knack for designing cakes, but I sure try.

When I heard that one of my favorite TV bakers Duff Goldman came out with easy to make cake mixes that can make anyone a cake designer (even me?) at home. Well if you are like me and would like to make cooler cakes at home, you are going to love Duff’s Premium Cake Mixes and frosting designed to let everyday bakers easily create masterpiece cakes of their own at home! Here is a little more information about Duff’s Baking items from the website:

Unleash your inner artist with cake decorating products that break all the rules from Duff Goldman by Gartner Studios. Finally, awesome cake products that are less about coloring inside the lines and more about getting inspired. Dream up your own uncommon cake creation and bake it into reality with professional grade cake mixes, baking pans and tools, plus the best-tasting fondant, colorful icings and wildly creative decorating tools from Duff Goldman, star of Food Network shows “Ace of Cakes” and “Sugar High” and owner of the famed Charm City Cakes. Easy enough for beginners, with the premium quality expected by the pros, this extensive line of baking products is a whole lot of fun for everyone.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Making cookies at the Ronald McDonald House, family fun and delicious treats with McCafé White Chocolate Mocha #Giveaway


  This past Sunday my family and I were invited to a nice event held at  the Ronald McDonald House in Delaware. We were treated with some McDonald's food, and a tour of the facility. Most important we were there to have a fun family time and decorate cookies for the kids who have to spend their holidays at the Ronald McDonald House.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Valley Forge PA a great place for the family to stay! #Giveaway #Travel




 I recently let you all know about a great site called Hoodditt. This is a deal site offering $0.99 deals from your favorite local and small businesses. A local business that works with Hoodditt is  the  Valley Forge Casino Resort they have some great deals on food and more available on Hoodditt from time to time.  I was recently given the chance to check out all this great place has to offer including the hotel, and the great eats.


This past weekend my family and I had a chance to “get away”, I use the quotes because our getaway was only 25 minutes away but still it's nice to get away and feel like you're a million miles from home. We stayed at the Radisson in the Valley Forge Casino Resort  and had a wonderful time despite the weather.

Dizzy Shoes affordable and chic shoes #Giveaway

 Are you looking for a place that sells great shoes? Shoes that are cute, and affordable? Yes I said affordable! I have a great place to introduce you all to, Dizzy Shoes, here is a little more information about Dizzy Shoes from the website:

Looking at the world of fashion with a FUN and PLAYFUL perspective is what we're all about. Dizzy has become a brand that is known for its unique and imaginative high-fashion footwear.    

Established in 1999 and located in the center of South Beach, Dizzy shoes are designed with a flair for fun, a focus on comfort, and a passion for chic fashion. Dizzy will always bring you the hottest trends at the most affordable prices because we believe that every woman has a right to shop without worry. 

Disney’s The Lone Ranger, is out on DVD today! Check out the great clips inside.

The Lone Ranger, is out on DVD today, make sure to check out the behind the scenes of the film with set images and interviews with Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer! Find out what skills Armie picked up at 'cowboy boot camp,' what it was like putting on the mask for the first time and what it was like working alongside Johnny Depp! Where did the inspiration for Tonto's makeup and headpiece come from? What kinds of masks and disguises does Johnny Depp wear to go out in public? Find out the answers to these questions and more! The Lone Ranger releases on Blu-ray Combo Pack on December 17th! 

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Tetra Pak carton packages, designed for maximum efficiency and environmental friendliness, are one small way to live smarter! #cartonsmart #Recipe

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carton Smart for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
I am always looking for a way to be better to mother earth, we recycle reuse and try to do as much as we can. I want to set a good example for my daughter, we only have one earth and we have to take care of it. I was very fortunate to be able to check out a few Tetra Pak carton packages, designed for maximum efficiency and environmental friendliness, are one small way to live smarter Become Carton Smart
 I was sent Pacific Foods Organic Pumpkin Pure, Pacific Foods Organic Jellied Cranberry Sauce,  Pacific Foods Organic Chicken Simply Stock.
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I have to admit, I would usually get all three of these in cans, it is just something I was accustomed to doing. I never knew these pantry staples came in cartons as well. Well I am sure you are asking is the food from the cartons as good as the food from the cans? Well I am happy to say they are! Some are even better, wouldn’t it be great to have cranberry sauce on the table without the can lines? Something a little fancier, and less can like? With the cartons you have a cute little cranberry rectangle, that looks great on the table and is easy to serve.
Changing the type of package you buy you food from is a small change, but it can make a major difference. Carton packages preserve the flavor and nutrients of foods without the use of preservatives. There is no tinny taste in your food like there is when you buy food from cans. Who likes that yucky tinny taste from cans? No one that is for sure. With cartons there is less waste, cartons create 60% less landfill waste than cans, and are made of 70% paper from selectively harvested, re-grown trees. Cartons use 1/3 of the packaging compared to cans!
I went through some of my favorite family recipes and I wanted to substitute one of the ingredients with a Tetra Pak carton package ingredient.
Moist Pumpkin Bread
Ingredients:  3 cups Sugar , 3 cups Flour, 2 teaspoons Baking Soda, ½ Tablespoons Baking Powder, 1-½ teaspoon Salt, 1 teaspoon Nutmeg, 1 teaspoon Ground Cloves, 1 teaspoon Cinnamon, 3 whole Eggs, 1 carton of pumpkin, 1 cup Water, 1 cup Oil,
Preparation: Add wet ingredients eggs, pumpkin, oil, water mix well, then add the dry Ingredients. Mix together well with a until this is  smooth.  Grease loaf pan (you may need more than one) and pour equal amounts of the yummy batter into each pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour. Test with a toothpick, and if it comes out clean it is finished.  Set out to cool for 5-10 minutes.
This bread is amazing! So moist and delicious, a real pleaser. My family and co-workers just devowored this pumpkin bread.  Using the carton of pureed pumpkin was easy, and it tasted fresh and delicious a great addition to this family favorite treat.
Overall we were very happy with the carton products and we will be purchasing from cartons again for the taste and to take that little step and get something that is better for the earth. Cartons produce great tasting food with little waste! There are so many of your favorite holiday classics that come in cartons, from pumpkin to green beans make sure to check them out.  For us ingredients matter, and having food that is not packed full of preservatives is a great thing.  Why not pick up some carton foods this holiday season and make a difference?

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 Have you ever tried your favorite food from Tetra Pak carton packages? How can you be your readers can be #CartonSmart this holiday season?
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Hasbro’s brand-new game ANGRY BIRDS™ GO! JENGA® PIRATE PIG ATTACK™ GAME #Giveaway


 We are huge Angry Birds fans! So when we were looking for a fun new game for family game night, Hasbro’s brand-new game ANGRY BIRDS™ GO! JENGA® PIRATE PIG ATTACK™ GAME was a game that was right up our alley. The game is a mix of virtual fun and physical board game fun. Here is a little more information about Hasbro’s ANGRY BIRDS™ GO! JENGA® PIRATE PIG ATTACK™ GAME, from the website:
(Age: 8+; Players: 1-2; Approximate Retail Price: $29.99, Available: Now)Set sail as you battle pirate pigs in the new ANGRY BIRDSGO! JENGA PIRATE PIG ATTACK GAME. Race head to head against your rival to destroy the pirate ship! Slingshot your kart down the slope to capture the victory flag and take down the pirate pigs. Players can also unlock ANGRY BIRDS GO! in-app content with a special code in each pack. The Angry Birds Star Wars app comes to life!  Hasbro’s ANGRY BIRDS GO! JENGA line features head-to-head game play, as players race to send their karts flying and knock down the blocks.

Check out these great Disney’s FROZEN movie Hidden Gem Images!



 Have you seen the newest Disney hit Frozen? This was a wonderful family movie that we all loved. This is a must see! I loved Olaf, he needs his own movie! In true Disney style there were some great hidden characters in the film… Did you catch them the first time? I have to say I did not notice them, but I will be sure to keep a closer look the next time I see this movie again. Here are some of the great hidden gems:


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Matilda Jane Clothing great clothing that are sophisticated, colorful and stylish #Giveaway



Are you looking for some great clothing for your little girl? Well how about a unique outfit made with care? I would like to introduce you all to Matilda Jane Clothing, here is a little more information about the owner and the company from the website:

Matilda Jane Clothing's designer and founder, Denise DeMarchis, started the girls' clothing company in 2005. A mother of two boys (good ones, if ever there were) and a successful decorative artist, Denise brought her unique, soulful approach to creativity and relationships to her new venture—an "unpredictable clothing company."

Shabby Apple great dresses you will love!


Are you looking for a great fall/winter dress, the cold weather is coming and why not take the time now to add a great new outfit to your wardrobe, I have a wonderful place to suggest to you, Shabby Apple! They have great vintage clothing you will love.  Here is a little more information about shabby apple from the website:

Shabby Apple welcomes you to great dresses that make dressing simple. We started Shabby Apple because we saw a need in women’s fashion that was not being met. A need to make women feel feminine and beautiful for what they wear, not what they bare. We offer flirty, stylish dresses a woman can wear just as comfortably in the office, at a family dinner, or on a date. Shabby Apple is a fashion company for women, by women, and of women.

Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions, . No compensation was received. All opinions are my own. This is a unofficial fan site that is not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company or Disney theme parks.

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