Tuesday, June 29, 2010

~Thomas Jefferson Tuesday~ The Words of Our Founding Fathers

"It would be a dangerous delusion were a confidence in the men of our choice to silence our fears for the safety of our rights; that confidence is everywhere the parent of despotism; free government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence; it is jealousy and not confidence, which prescribes limited constitutions to bind down those whom we are obliged to trust with power; that our Constitution has accordingly fixed the limits to which, and no farther, our confidence may go....
In question of power, then, let no more be said of confidence in man, BUT BIND HIM DOWN WITH THE CHAINS OF THE CONSTITUTION."
(emphasis added)
~Thomas Jefferson

Friday, June 25, 2010

$40 CSN Stores Giveaway At "Gustosa Giveaways"!!

Hey! I found another giveaway blog and another CSN Stores Giveaway! Yippee! Just visit "Gustosa Giveaways" and Enter to win $40 to CSN Stores!

I love solar stuff! =) And found these pretty outdoor solar lamps at one of the 200+ CSN Stores!

$60 CSN Stores giveaway At "SAHM Looking For A Deal"

"A SAHM Looking For A Deal" is having a great giveaway right now (ends July 7th)!!! Enter to win $60 to CSN Stores! They have so many items to choose from at their 200+ stores!

Today I found this cutlery set! It is a Top chef set! And I could really use some new knifes and a knife sharpener!!!

"A SAHM Looking For a Deal" bought her son a bed from CSN Stores and it looks really good! I hope I can get some new beds and furniture one of these years! CSN Stores has everything you are looking for, for your home and great place to shop for all those outdoor needs/wants for the summer! =)

Monday, June 21, 2010

~Menu Plan Monday~ Welcome Summer Time!!!

Summer is here! Yippee! Time to work, sweat, play in the water, take more baths and showers, weed and water the garden, and look forward to all those fresh summer recipes! YUM! I am sure you can find tons of great summer recipes, plus hundreds of blogs to surf and great menu plans at Organize Junkie!!
Don't forget to enter my giveaways while you are here (find the links on links on the sidebar!)!

Here is what I hope to cook this week!

Breakfasts :
will be egg burritos, pancakes & cold cereal!

will be sandwiches (tuna and peanut butter & jelly) and leftover buffets!

Mon.=catfish & mussels w/white beans and hushpuppies.
Tues.= BBQ Ribs, crock-pot backed beans
Wed.= hamburgers
Thurs.=chicken (not sure yet whether it will be fried, grilled or slow cooked!)
Fri.=zucchini crust pizza
Sat.= chunky taco soup or enchiladas (if I have the ingredients!)
Sun.= shepherds pie

Happy Menu Planning and God bless your summer!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Win $50 to CSN Stores At "Confessions"

"Confessions Of An Untenured Teacher" is having a $50 Giveaway to CSN Stores! With $50 you could get one of these great children's gifts pictured in this post!!

My children would love both of these toy sets! And they would be great for daughter's up-coming birthday! Oh and great gifts for my nephews too! You can find tons of other toys and fun outdoor items at CSN Stores!
Also while you are looking over the CSN Stores, check out their Just Vanities store! I love the old look of the "Ronbow Vintage Bordeaux 48" Bathroom Vanity"! Check it out Here!

$40 CSN Stores Giveaway At "Extreme personal Measures"!

Extreme Personal Measures
Yippee! A $40 gift code to CSN Stores! Enter the giveaway at "Extreme Personal Measures"!
You can choose from a huge selection of products for $40 at CSN Stores! I hope to do some birthday shopping at CSN Stores!

PlayDoh Giveaway At "A Mom's Balancing Act"!!

Have you been over to "A Mom's Balancing Act"? She is having a great "Gearing up for Summer" event with tons of great reviews and giveaways!

Today I entered her Playdoh giveaway! Yippee! What child does not love play doh?! One of my girls has a birthday coming up and I think she would love the "Play-Doh Poppin' Movie Snacks" set from Hasbro! Enter for your chance to win HERE! And check out her other, "Gearing Up for summer" giveaways while you are there!

Friday, June 18, 2010

CSN Stores Giveaway At "The Style MD"!!

Hey! I found another CSN Stores giveaway! Yippee! I love CSN Stores! =)
There are so many great products to choose from!

The new blog I found is, "The Style MD"! She is having a giveaway for a $40 gift certificate to CSN Stores! There is so much you can choose from for $40!!!! Hope I can get something for daughter's birthday! =)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

"Find It Games" Discount Code For My Blog Followers!

The other day, I posted my review and giveaway for "Find It Games", if you have not read the review or entered the giveaway yet, I hope you will! Here is the link!

Today "Find It Games" sent me a discount code for my blog readers/followers! YIPPEE! If you order from Find It Games,
between now until July 31, 2010, use the discount code FIGBLOG to get $5 off your order!

I would love to hear which Find It Game you buy!
Enjoy and God bless!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

"Mangia with Quattro" cookbook giveaway At "Can I get The Recipe?"


Hey! I do not think I have told you yet about, "Can I Get The Recipe?"! Well it is about time that I do! This is a great blog! And every Wednesday, if you are a subscriber, you can enter to win some really good cookbooks, etc!

This Week's Review and Giveaway is......

"Mangia with Quattro: Family Style Italian From the Heart"!

This looks like an amazing book and I would love to try the recipes in it!


Monday, June 14, 2010

~Music Monday~ Tribute to Our Troops

For more great music to start your week on the right note, visit Shawntele's blog, "Saved By Grace"!

Good, Monday morning to my dear blog friends!

I hope you all had a blessed weekend! Our weekend was busy, but good!I have been out working in the garden, trying to get the weeds under control! =) They were starting to get carried away out there! I am almost done weeding now and it has been a lot of fun (even though it has been hot), spending time in the garden.

I have been busy with other things when I am on the computer, so I have missed Music Monday lately. =( But today I have a very special song and that I really wanted to share with everyone!

I got the idea, over Memorial weekend, that Ginny Owen's song, "If You Want Me To" would be perfect with pictures of our troops. I thought it would go well and be a good tribute to our troops. I really think our troops do not get enough support, and word from Americans, that they are appreciated, loved and supported. The troops should not feel alone. Our troops should know that God loves them and is always with them and that Americans have their back and pray for them and are here for them!

I just happened to ask a lady on youtube (Carleen at Just4MeVideo) if she could put it together. She said she would give it a try, and the video below, (from youtube) is what she made!

This video is for our troops and I hope you will help get it out so that they can see it. Please watch, and pass it on to everyone you know! Share it on your blog,email the link, etc! Hope you can take the time to rate the video and leave a comment the videos youtube page also!

God bless our troops! God bless your Monday and week ahead!


Saturday, June 12, 2010

~The Words Of Our Founding Father's~ James Madison

I get so sick of hearing people say that America is a Democracy.
Maybe it is now, but that is not how the founding father's had planned it or set it up. It was a Republic!! And I pray to God that it will soon return back to it's founding documents, morals and principles, and be a Republic once again!
We do not need to transform this country, we need to restore this country!

Here is something Madison wrote about the contrast between a democracy and a republic.......

"Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.....

A republic, by which I mean a government in which the scheme of representation takes place, opens a different prospect and promises the cure for which we are seeking." ~James Madison (Federalist Papers, No.10, pg.81)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Find It Games Review and Giveaway!!!!

When I first saw the "Find It games" my first thought was, "I wonder if my children would like to play with this?" And "I wonder if they are a little young to play with this?" When I received our Find It game, I let my 1st grader (who is going on 5 yrs. old) open the package. She was immediately delighted! She held it close and has been carrying it around ever since!
Indoors or outdoors, wherever they are playing, the Find It Game is nearby! And whenever someone comes over, she shows it to them! =)

I picked the "Zoo Find It Game" for us, since the children Love animals!
They would have also liked the "Bird Find It Game" too though!

The Find It Games are great for young and older children and even adults! =) The children love shaking it and seeing what all they can find! It is a lot of Fun! I am still looking for the penny! =)
This is a great game if you are planning any trips this summer! I highly recommend you getting one to take along for the trip! The Find It Games come with a notepad, and each page tells the list of what to find and you can check off the objects on the list as you find them! There are enough pages on the check off notepad for everyone to have several turns, or for many travel trips!

If you are looking for a family night/pizza night game, there is a Find It Deluxe Edition! It comes with a card deck of cards, spinner, a timer, check off pad, and instructions for 6 ways to play and variations to adapt for younger players!

You can find all the versions of Find It Games by visiting this link!

The great folks at Find it Games are giving away one Find It Game to one of my blog readers! A big thank you to Find It Games for this opportunity!

Find It Games is offering a discount to my blog readers! Wow! Thank you Find It Games! Until July 31, 2010, my blog readers/followers can use the code FIGBLOG to get $5 off of their order at Find It Games!

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That gives you 15+ chances to win! Have fun!
Please leave a comment per entry that you qualify for, for each entry to count!

This giveaway is open to US and Canada and Ends on July 12th at 12 am central. The winner will be chosen at random using random.org. The prize will be sent directly from Idiots Guides.com to the winner.

For purposes of this review, I received a Find It Game.
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Coming Soon! CSN Stores Review!!!

Hey friends! Are you looking to buy new furniture this year? CSN Stores has a huge, and amazing selection of sofas! I like the sleeper sofas and hope we can get one, one of these days! My husband could really use a recliner too! ;)

CSN Stores have just about everything you need for your home, and around your home. If you are doing any remodeling or shopping, you really have to check them out!

I am very excited that I will be doing a review for CSN Stores! Yippee!
I think most of my blog readers and friends would love the product I have picked for the review! =) And with summer almost here and so much to be done, I am looking forward to my new product as it should help me with several projects!!
You will just have to keep an eye out to find out what I am reviewing though! ;)

God bless your summer!

Sarah McLachlan New Album "Laws Of Illusion" (Product Review)

I am very excited to have the opportunity to review Sarah McLachlan's new album!
I first heard Sarah McLachlan when I was a teenager, and I just love her amazing voice and her musical talent!
I am sure most of you have heard of the Grammy® award winning, multi-platinum singer/songwriter! She is set to release her long awaited new album, LAWS OF ILLUSION on June 15th! This is her
first studio album of brand new material in 7 years.
And guess what, Sarah will be hosting a listening party on her Facebook page starting June 7th at 10am, so become a fan on Facebook and be one of first to hear her awesome new album!!!

The album’s first single is “Loving You Is Easy”!

This is my favorite song on the album, so far! You really have to hear it! It is a great love song!

Follow Sarah Mclaclan on Facebook!
Follow Sarah on Twitter!

You can visit Sarah’s website at: http://bit.ly/SarahStore

Sarah will be Performing on Jay Leno!
And she will be Performing on Dancing With The Stars!
You can buy album at Amazon,
Barnes & Noble,
and you can buy the single “Loving You is Easy” on Amazon,
or iTunes!

Also this summer, is the return of the historic all-female Lilith Fair festival! Where you can hear Sarah McLachlan and many other women preformers! The tour dates are below and you can go Here to learn more about that!


Jun 27 Calgary, AB McMahon Stadium
Jun 28 Edmonton, AB Northlands Spectrum
Jul 1 Vancouver, BC, Canada Pitt Meadows Airport
Jul 2 Portland, OR Sleep Country Amphitheatre
Jul 3 Seattle/George, WA The Gorge Amphitheatre
Jul 5 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View
Jul 7 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
Jul 8 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
Jul 9 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Events Center
Jul 10 Los Angeles, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Jul 12 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Jul 13 Denver, CO Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
Jul 15 Kansas City, MO Capitol Federal Park @ Sandstone
Jul 16 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Jul 17 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Jul 18 Minneapolis, MN Canterbury Park
Jul 20 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center Indianapolis
Jul 21 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Jul 23 Montreal, QC Parc Jean Drapaeu
Jul 24 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Jul 27 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
Jul 28 Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Bank Center
Jul 30 Boston, MA Comcast Center
Jul 31 New York, NY PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug 1 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre
Aug 3 Washington, DC TBA
Aug 4 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
Aug 6 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte
Aug 7 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Aug 8 Atlanta, GA Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Aug 10 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
Aug 11 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre
Aug 12 Birmingham, AL Verizon Wireless Music Center
Aug 14 Austin, TX TBA
Aug 15 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Aug 16 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center

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O2O network sent me sample products for this review.

The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the bloggers' own.

Monday, June 7, 2010

CSN Stores $35 Gift Card Giveaway!

*Giveaway Closed*
I am so excited to be hosting a giveaway for CSN Stores! I just love the huge line of products they have in their 200+ stores! WOW! I was just looking at their amazing sofas and came across this beauty!

Wouldn't you just love to have this in your den or livingroom! =)

It is the "Wildon Home Agoura Queen Sleeper Sofa in Two-tone"! I love queen size sleeper sofas! They make me think of Thanksgiving and family get together! Spending the night at grandparents, when we were growing up! =) Fun times!

I have also been shopping around, pricing recliners, since I think it is about time my husband had one! CSN Stores has some great recliners and all the sofas and recliners seem to have great prices!
CSN Stores is giveaway one of my blog readers a $35 gift certificate to one of their 200+ stores! Now that should be fun! There are Tons of great items for under $35!

Furniture, home decor, housewares, home improvement, office supplies, babies and kids, outdoor living, shoes, bags, luggage, health and fitness, the shopping is amazing and so much fun!
Here are just 5 of the items under $35 that I think would be Great to have! Universal Housewares Grain Corn Nut Mill
Rachael Ray “Bubble & Brown” 2-Piece Stoneware Baker Set

Learning Resources Camp Set
Nordicware Platinum Elegant Heart Bundt Pan

Patch Products Alphabet Phonics Center Kit

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That gives you 17+ chances to win! Have fun!
Please leave a comment per entry that you qualify for, for each entry to count!

This giveaway is open to US and Canada and Ends on July 10th at 12 am central. The winner will be chosen at random using random.org. The prize will be sent from CSN Stores.com to the winner.


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I was not sent any product to review or compensation for this post.
The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the bloggers' own.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Make a Big Splash This Summer With V8 Splash!!!!!!! (Product Review)

Not long ago on one of my quick trips through the local grocery store, I ran down the juice isle looking for something that would be a good treat. It did not take me long to find the V8 drinks and the V8 splash looked really good! So I grabbed one bottle of the V8 Splash in Berry Blend! OH MY! It was the best tasting juice I have had in a long time!
I am Very excited to get a chance to do a review of V8 Splash here on my blog! The great folks at V8 Splash sent me two new flavors that I had not tried yet: Tropical Blend and Mango Peach!!!!!!
I think it is safe to say that I am hooked on V8 Splash now! These are just great tasting drinks and filled with "a powerful combination of vitamins A, C and E"!!!
Other flavors they have are:
Fruit Melody,
Strawberry Kiwi,
and two V8 Splash Smoothies:
Strawberry banana
Tropical Colada!

They also have V8 Splash in diet.

I can hardly wait to try them all! =)
I have to admit that I have some trouble sharing them! But I thought of a great way that my children would enjoy them!!! I poured some of the V8 Splash into my homemade Popsicle forms and made Popsicles out of the V8 Splash! How cool is that? Yummy, unique and full of vitamins! Just don't tell your kids that they have carrot juice in them! Lol! =)
My children loved them and it makes a great afternoon cooler for them!
The Tropical Blend has a luscious flavor of fruits with a hint of carrot, I think! But maybe that was just me wanting to taste some veggies in my juice! =) The Mango Peach...well if you love peach drinks, V8 Splash Mango Peach will blow you away! So heavenly!
You really should try some V8 Splash this summer! Serve it at parties, for the cookouts and oh, don't forget the 4th of July is coming up! So you better stock up! =)
I hope to serve this at our daughter's birthday party, instead of soda pops!
Oh, and another thing, V8 Splash was cheaper then a lot of the other juices that were in our grocery store! So that was another bug plus!!
I highly recommend you try some V8 Splash today! I give it 5 stars!

God bless your summer!

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Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Review!!!!!

When I first found Tropical Traditions, I knew it was a company that I would love!
The Coconut oil was the first thing I feel in love with, since I have heard and read so much about how good coconut oil is for you!
I guess when you learn how good coconut oil is, you also learn how refined, vegetable oils are Not good for you! Just the fact that they have so much done to them before they are put on the shelves to sell should be enough to turn you around from buying them again! But if that don't, what they are made from should!
Thankfully there is an alternative and yes, it is coconut oil!
Don't let the price of coconut oil frighten you! We are talking about cooking oil, something everyone uses and some people use on a daily basis. So why not use something that you know is good for you and your family?
Tropical Traditions has specials all the time for their products, so sign up for their newsletter so you can keep up with all of them! They often have sells and deals on the coconut oil! =)
I was able to try the Coconut oil, thanks to the great folks at Tropical Traditions! I was completely delighted when it finally arrived! I love using it in my homemade granola! It is also fantastic for healthy cookies! Yum! I used it to make my dandelion cookies back in the early springtime!
Do you have a picky eater who does not like the coconut flakes, but you still want some coconut flavor in your cooking? Coconut oil is the answer!
There are TONS of Recipes to try out and add to your favorites over at Tropical Traditions! Be sure to check them out after you order some things from Tropical Traditions, so you can come up with some neat menus to surprise your family!
I want to try some for making shrimp and other fish dishes this summer! With my coconut oil, of course!
You really should try Tropical traditions Coconut Oil! I think you will love it too!

Below is a great video about Tropical Traditions Coconut oil and below that I have posted about the Tropical Traditions referral plan! I hope you will use it to help me out some too, when you make your orders from Tropical Traditions!
And don't forget to facebook fan Tropical Traditions!
And Follow them on twitter!
Thanks so much!

“How We Discovered Virgin Coconut Oil - An Interview with Brian Shilhavy, CEO Tropical Traditions”

Tropical Traditions also has a Referral Program, so if you place an order with them as a first-time customer, please select “Referred by a friend” and in the box that says “How did you hear of us?” enter my sponsor ID number… 5502585. By telling Tropical Traditions that I referred you, you will receive a complimentary copy of the book Virgin Coconut Oil: How it has changed people’s lives and how it can change yours! by Brian and Marianita Shilhavy with your first order! This book is filled with testimonies and research showing how healthy coconut oil is, and it also includes over 85 recipes showing how one can incorporate coconut into their diet.

Here are some easy to use directions for your referrals:

1. Add the items you would like to purchase from the order form linked to Tropical Traditions. Visit www.healthybuyersclub.com/orderform.cfm

2. You'll be directed to the Order Form at the Tropical Traditions/Healthy Buyers Club website. You do not have to be a member or purchase a membership to buy from Tropical Traditions. Membership in the Healthy Buyers Club allows you to purchase in bulk amount at club member discounts if you choose to join. If you choose not to purchase a membership to the Healthy Buyers Club please order under the heading “Retail Sale Items”. This will enable you to purchase less than case amounts of any of the individual items without a membership.

3. Select the items you would like to purchase.

4. When you are ready to check out please click on the "Continue'' link which will take you to your shopping cart.

5. Review your order and then click on the "Check Out" button from your shopping cart.

6. Fill in your account information as directed. In the box: "How did you hear of us?'' you must select: "Referred by a friend'' on the drop down arrow. When you make this selection, a box for your sponsor's User ID number should appear if you are a first time customer.

7. Enter your sponsor's User ID number 5502585.

8. To complete your order click on "Save and Proceed to Checkout" at the bottom of this page and follow the instructions through the checkout process. You will receive an order number when you have successfully placed your order.

By following these steps, you will receive a complimentary copy of the book Virgin Coconut Oil: How it has changed people’s lives and how it can change yours! by Brian and Marianita Shilhavy. Your sponsor will receive a coupon for a complimentary gift to redeem on their next order. You may view the current complimentary gift being offered here: http://www.tropicaltraditions.com//referral_program.htm

Those with additional questions about taking advantage of the referral program when creating their new account may email us using this link: http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/customerservice.cfm

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Capricorn Soap Company Winner!

And the winner of the Capricorn Soap Company giveaway is:

According to True Random Number Generator

Result: 16

MelissaStuff said...
"Follow Capricorn Soaps on Twitter "

Congratulations MelissaStuff!
Winner has confirmed.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

~What's Cooking Wednesdays?~ Shrimp Jambalaya!

Since I have started cooking in my crockpot, it has been exciting to try some new recipes that I have been wanting to cook! One that my husband was really wanting was shrimp jambalaya!
When it comes to cooking for my husband, I love to cook for him, but if he has had something in the past, made by someone else, I get very cautious about cooking it, for fear it will not be the same or better! =) So I was not sure how the shrimp jambalaya would work! Lol! As usual, I found me a recipe online and just jumped into it though and PTL! the results were fantastic!! And husband loved it! Yippee!
Besides the shrimp, it was not very expensive to make, and the recipe I used can be made very fast, or you can do it like I did and let it all (except the shrimp and rice) simmer on low in a slow cooker for a couple of hours!
Here is the recipe I used:

Shrimp Jambalaya
From Taste Of Home
"This delightfully different jambalaya is lighter than many of the traditional sausage varieties. Plus, it's a great way to use up leftover ham. I appreciate how easy it is to prepare, and I love the aroma while it's cooking."

4 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.

1 cup cubed fully cooked ham
3/4 cup chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups chicken broth
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon each cayenne pepper, chili powder and pepper
1 bay leaf
1 cup uncooked long grain rice
1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
•In a large skillet, cook the ham, onion and garlic in oil until onion
is tender. Stir in the broth, tomatoes, parsley and seasonings.
Bring to a boil. Stir in rice. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for
15-20 minutes or until rice is tender. Add shrimp; cook 5 minutes
longer or until shrimp turn pink. Discard bay leaf. Yield: 4

Happy cooking and God bless!