Friday, January 30, 2015

Bahlsen Cookies Is Giving Away A Sweet Tiffany Necklace for Valentine's Day

What woman does not love sweets and jewelry?  Well, I have heard about a sweepstakes I think you will love, just in time for Valentine's Day.

Bahlsen cookies is asking its Facebook fans to pick their favorite pick-up lines for a chance to win some sweet cookies – or a stunning Tiffany necklace worth $3,700! Here are the details of the Bahlsen "Pick the Pick-Up Line" Valentine's Day Sweepstakes.  Click here to enter.

Vote once / day February 1-14 on a new match up of sweet vs. sassy sentiments on Bahlsen's Facebook Page. Fourteen fans will win a box of Bahlsen's Choco Leibniz cookies featuring two sides of sweetness: rich butter biscuit on one side, decadent European chocolate on the other. And one lucky fan will win the grand prize: a Bahlsen-blue sapphire necklace from Tiffany!
As the largest family-owned cookie producer in the world, Bahlsen knows a thing or two about being sweet. Made from the best ingredients and 125 years of cookie craftsmanship (and NO preservatives, NO artificial colors, and NON-GMO ingredients), Bahlsen cookies have the delectable tastes and fine textures that are worth eating.
For the most chances to win the Bahlsen "Pick the Pick-Up Line" Valentine's Day Sweepstakes, be sure to enter daily.
Good luck, and Happy Valentine's Day from Bahlsen North America!

Disclosure: Product/compensation was received in exchange for post.
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Freedom Friday - A Wardrobe Makeover

Yesterday my daughter sent me a text of an old picture of herself.  She has been doing that a lot lately.  She is completely mortified every time she finds old pictures that are not very flattering.   She cannot believe the styles she was wearing.  I jokingly responded, "Yikes"   For years I have been telling her less is more and now she learning the hard way.

She does have an eye for fashion and has many good days as opposed to bad days but, sometimes she will get hear of a style and does not understand it is not a fit for her.  She has put on lots of colors and designs and gaudy jewelry and hats that are not becoming.  I always tell her all new styles are not for everyone.

I do not know how many times she will ask me,  "How does I look?"  God forbid I say anything against her appearance, she ignores me or she says, "I like it!"  All the while I am wondering, "Why did she ask my opinion."  She then walks around with such confidence looking a HOT MESS and I am just looking at her laughing inside.  I do not know if her appearance is what made me laugh or the confidence she has wearing that crazy outfit or hairstyle.  

Now that she is understanding that less is more, she is has a crisp clean look.  She is now focused on classic looks that give her a polished appearance.

After yesterday's picture I explained to her that many of us have gone through those periods in our lives.  Well maybe not to the extent that she has.  I say this because she would not listen to me.  She is now beginning to realize I have some sense of style.

I would post before and after pictures, but I cannot do that to her.  I am so happy she realizes she needed to make some fashion changes.

Happy Friday!
Don't be afraid to be free!!!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The LA Boat Show Returns February 19- 22 - LA Boat Show Giveaway

Living in Southern California, it’s always boating season, and the 2015Progressive Insurance Los Angeles Boat Show  will showcase hundreds of vessels from entry-level family cruisers to luxurious yachts, plus the latest in boating accessories and gear to make your day at sea the best it can be!
Even if you aren’t a boater, there’s nautical fun for everyone throughout the weekend:

The 2015Progressive Insurance Los Angeles Boat Show is full of interactive events for the whole family, including:

  • Climb aboard cruisers, wakeboard boats, pontoons, jet skis, and more!
  • Indoor fishing at the Fishing Friendzy “catch and release” trout pond.
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP), kayaking on an indoor pool!
  • Sail away with remote control sailboats.
  • Personalize & build a wooden toyboat.
  • SailFest at Marina del Rey – It’s a sailor’s delight with dozens of sailboats, gear and accessories to shop, plus sailing seminars, on-water lessons from top instructors, and a sailing simulator to get those feet wet before hitting the water & a great way to introduce kids to sailing.

  • Take a boating lesson along the bay, sharpen DIY skills, new Boating 101 – From Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training where attendees get on the water to learn the ropes from USCG-certified captains, to Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center for the DIY boater and dozens of other seminars for all ages and levels of experience – everyone can expand their nautical know-how and prepare for fun and safety on the water.

*** Enter to win a family four-pack of tickets! One lucky winner will receive 4 tickets good for any day of the show, February 19-22. Tickets are good for both show locations. 
Let’s go!
* Complimentary round trip shuttle transportation will be available between locations

                February 19-22, 2015

Where:               Los Angeles Convention Center
                            1201 S. Figueroa Street, Downtown LA

                            In Water Location:

                             Burton W. Chace Park
     13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey

Admission:      $12 for adults; youth 15 and younger accompanied by an adult are free
              Tickets can be purchased online at or at the LA Convention Center box office

Show Hours:      LA Convention Center
                             Thursday, February 19- Friday, February 20, 12:00pm-9:00pm
                             Saturday, February 21, 10:00am-9:00pm
                             Sunday, February 22, 10:00am-6:00pm

                                Burton W. Chace Park, Marina del Rey
                                Thursday, February 19- Friday, February 20, 12:00pm-5:00pm
                                Saturday, February 21- Sunday, February 22, 10:00am-5:00pm

Information:      Call (714) 633-7581 or visit

Disclosure:Product/compensation was received in exchange for post.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Zazzle 30 Days of Giveaways and Zazzle Review

I recently order some awesome things for my son and daughter's birthday from Zazzle.  Zazzle is a marketplace where you can custom design nearly anything-from phone cases to watches.

Zazzle is doing 30 days of giveaways happening on site. It’s starting on 1/23 and each day will be a fun event in which the winner can win a new item from one of our special Makers!

I did not win any of these items but, here are some things I have ordered from Zazzle.  My son is having a big 10th Michael Jackson themed birthday party and my daughter will be turning 21.  With two big birthday parties I am trying to order things now, so I will not forget anything when the time gets closer.

Here are the things I ordered:

Custom Cake Toppers ( Seen above)- they are plastic and very durable.  The picture quality is very nice.  They will ad a touch of class and elegance to both cakes. My son's cake topper I used the custom blank topper and uploaded a photo.  The template I used for my daughter's topper only required me to put in her name.

Custom Stickers-  I will be placing these on the party favor bags.  My picture does do them justice.  They come in a sheet of 20.  I used a template on the site and customized to fit my son's birthday. I was able to add his name and age.

Custom Button- After going through a large selection of 21st birthday themed buttons I found the perfect one.  All I had to do was add my daughter's name.  I was able to change the color also.

Custom Banner-  I found the perfect template for this as well.  I only had to change the name and the age.  It arrived nicely rolled.  It will be easy to tape or pin to a wall.  The paper is durable as also.

Here is more info about the 30 Days of Giveaways promotion happening on site starting 1/23. These are the details involved for the Giveaway, which will be hosted  here :

With each daily entry, you’ll receive:

  • ·       A chance to win the daily Sweepstakes prize

  • ·       Each day you enter, you'll receive an email the following day for 30% off the previous day's product. That's just in case you don't win that days prize and because we think you'll like it so much.

  • ·       Exclusive discounts via email

  • ·       Each day you enter, you'll get an additional chance to win the Sweepstakes Grand Prize $1,000 Zazzle shopping spree

I like the products I have gotten from Zazzle and I am sure everything they are giving away is nice also.  

Good luck!!!
Disclosure: Product/compensation was received in exchange for review.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Strange Magic Review - In Theaters Everywhere!!!

As we made our exit after the Strange Magic Screening at Disney Studios, my son kept saying "You cannot judge a book, by it's cover."  That is the message Strange Magic delivered to him and I maybe other movie goers.

Strange Magic is the first animated fairy tale from Disney and George Lucas. It is filled with lots of familiar songs, but the lyrics have been change to fit the story.   The film begins with it's version of Beyonce's  Crazy In Love.

As the movie began, my daughter instantly said, "Something is not right with Roland, Marianne's fiance"  Well, she was right.  He was two timing Marianne.  As soon as Marianne discovers his cheating ways  she transforms from soft to edgy; both inside and out.  I wish she had some strong qualities before she realized her fiance was cheating on her.

Marianne's edge and strength come into play after she vows to protect her boy crazy younger sister, Dawn.  Dawn is all over the place and does not recognize that her elf friend, Sunny likes her.   Sunny knows that Dawn does not have the same feelings, so he sets out to the Dark Forest to have the Sugar Plum Fairy create a love potion.  The ruler of the Dark Forest, the Bog King forbids her to make the potion and holds her captive, because the potion caused something terrible in the past.  This is when the adventure begins. This happens, more so during the second half of the film.

As Marianne tries to protect her sister, Elf tries to use the love potion, Marriane's dad tries to make choices for her and Dawn, and the Bog King tries to keep control of the love potion; all of the characters in this film discover that it does not pay to judge a book by it's cover.

Overall, the movie seemed a bit long, but for children I think the singing allows the time to pass.  This film is more like a musical.  My daughter thought there was too much singing and did not want to hear remakes of other songs.

The animation was good, but some of the characters looked more realistic than others.  The character, Elf was the best. Aside from the characters the forest was beautiful with so many colors and when it darkened the beauty remained.

This film is more like a musical.  There may be some popularity with the soundtrack.  Kids love listening to kid versions of popular songs.

Strange Magic was a good movie.

Disclosure: Product/compensation was received in exchange for review.
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