Thursday, December 18, 2014

Harlem Globetrotters Promo Code

After going to last years Harlem Globetrotters game last year, my son is convinced he wants to be  a Globetrotter.  I do not have to ask if he wants to attend this year's game.  I know the answer.   He would be disappointed if he knew they were in town and we did not go to the game.

Don't Miss The Harlem Globetrotters Coming to the Staples Center on Feb. 15. Save $7 Off Select Tickets to any Harlem Globetrotter Game with promo code FAMGUIDE The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to an arena near you with their unrivaled family show, featuring some of the greatest athletes on the planet. With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family creating memories that will last a lifetime. The Globetrotters will face a great challenge this year against the Washington Generals who were the last team to beat the Globetrotters in 1971, and are now coached by a former member of that team. They are on a mission and will do whatever it takes to win, with a new strategy that is sure to give the Globetrotters a run for their money. Use promo code FAMGUIDE to get $7 off select tickets.
Save $7 Off Harlem Globetrotters 2015 Tour - Save $7 Off Tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters 2015 Tour. The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to an arena near you with their unrivaled family show, featuring some of the greatest athletes on the planet. Use promo code FAMGUIDE to get $7 off select tickets.   Here is the coupon.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas Review

Have you ever been disturbed by something and try not to look at it, but you find yourself going back to it to take a peek?  Well Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas, did that to me.

 What seems like a normal family turns out to be a family being torn apart.  Josephine is a stay at home mom, that has two daughters ( Rose & Violet), a son (Will) and a husband (Douglas) that seems to be a descent provider.  Josephine has to control every aspect of their lives.  She believes this is the definition of perfection.  Her misperception of love and family is destroying her family mentally, emotionally and physically.

Her daughter Rose runs off with a mysterious boyfriend.  Her daughter Violet, becomes resentful and jealous of her sister for leaving her in their hell hole, turns to Eastern philosophy, hallucinogenic drugs and fasting, that land her in a psych ward.  Her son Will is diagnosed with Asperger's and is being home schooled by this lunatic.  While all of this was going on her husband is not a strong enough man to stand up to her, so he turns to drinking and work with hopes of escaping her.

All the while I was hoping for someone to save these people.  When an incident occurs and Child Protective Services steps in I began to think there was hope.

There were a few predictable moments, but I was able to get passed them.  I did want to keep reading more.

Mother, Mother is well written and insightful.  This unsettling thriller reveals a side of relationships with a mother and her children that is not often written.  Be prepared to be disturbed.

Disclosure:  Product/Compensation was received in exchange for review.
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Friday, December 12, 2014

PowerSkin 48 Hour Sale: Phone & Tablet Portable Charger for $20! - Deals For You

I have become a fan of PowerSkin.  PowerSkin just announced this great Buy One Get One Free 48 hour sale on their popular phone & tablet portable charger, the PowerSkin PowerStand. Next week on Tuesday, December 16th & Wednesday December 17th, you can get 2 PowerStands for the price of one ($39.99, plus free shipping) - keep one for yourself  and give one as a gift. The PowerStand is able to charge all tablets and mobile phones, including the iPhone 6/6Plus (that's $20 for an iPhone portable charger!)

The PowerStand's unique design allows you to prop up your phone and tablet to easily view photos and videos hands free (ideal for holiday travel) without draining power. It comes in titanium and ice silver and is very compact & lightweight with a 2800mAh battery. 

This is a perfect stocking stuffer for everyone on your list.   I know both my son and daughter will love this!  

And as a reminder PowerSkin also has a great Travel Bundle promo  - Buy the multi-device charger, PowerSkin Recharge and get a FREE Tablet Spin-Pad Grip, a $109.98 value for only $59.99, a savings of $49.99.  - Recharge’s powerful battery easily charges cellphones and tablets, and is remarkably lightweight and portable, perfect for road trips, holiday travel & keeping the family's devices charged & the kids occupied. 

My daughter is currently using the PowerSkin Pop n' 2 and absolutely loves it.  PowerSkin products are becoming are #1 choice for charging our phones.  I am sure we will love the PowerStand.

Disclosure: Product/compensation was received in exchange for post.
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Freedom Friday - The Day My Daughter Got Into The Wrong Car

Every time I visit Target in Simi Valley, I think of my daughter.  Sometime ago, she asked me to stop by Target while we were out.  She was only going to run in and out.  I decided to wait for her in the car.  She went into Target and made her purchase.   As I sat waiting for her,  I could hear nervous, laughter. All of a sudden, I could see her rushing to the passenger side of the car.  I looked over and noticed there was an identical car parked next to us.

When she walked out of Target, she was not paying attention and got into the car parked next to us and sat in the passenger side.  There was a gentleman sitting in the car. He sat looking at her.  As she sat in the car, she looked over and noticed I was not in the drivers seat.  She immediately jumped out of the car and ran over to the correct car.  We could not stop laughing and laugh about it.

I am always telling her to pay attention.  She knows that was not safe, but it was funny.

Happy Friday!
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Bringing Haiti Home For The Holidays @HeartofHaiti @Macys #HeartofHaiti #BringHaitiHome

I thought our tree was completely decorated until I heard these words. "Mom you forgot to put our new ornament on our tree."  How did I forget?  We had been looking forward to adding our new Heart of Haiti Ornament on our tree.   We absolutely love ornaments that add meaning, to our tree.

This ornament was made exclusively for the holidays, by artisans in Haiti, courtesy of Macy's Heart of Haiti.

I am proud to say that I have participated in a few of the Macy's Heart of Haiti campaigns.  Every piece I have received, I love and cherish.  Every piece is made with great detail and quality. But, I love the history of the pieces. These are gifts that give hope.
  • Shortly after the January 12, 2010 earthquake, Macy's went to Haiti and realized that despite the devastation, there was an artist community that existed and they were eager to bring their product to the market.  
  • They launched a product line for sale at and in stores which to date has employed 500 artists,
  • When you employ one artist in Haiti, the entire community benefits. Over 500 artists employed benefiting over 3,000 members of their extended family.
  • To put this into perspective, the average Haitian's annual income is only $400 - for a year!  Add to that, Haiti has an estimated 400,000 artisans (out of a 10M population) who rely soley on their handcrafted goods a source of income.  No other sector of employment even approaches such numbers.
  • Macy's paved the way in helping to rebuild this important sector of fragile economy. 
  • Heart of Haiti can be found and followed on social media at @HeartofHaiti on Twitter
Heart of Haiti has a wide selection of high quality products that are great holiday gifts that are allowing you to give back, while giving a gift during the holidays.  Purchases can be made at Macy's Gifts That Give Hope.

As Heart of Haiti collection grows, I can honestly say that I receive many compliments from house guests and it feels good telling them where I got them from.  

I am glad my family is bringing Haiti home for the holidays.

Happy Holidays!!!

Disclosure: I am a member of the Everywhere Society and they provided me with this product for review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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