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Upcoming Movie - The Lincoln Lawyer

Here's a new movie to watch out for : The Lincoln Lawyer. Based on the best-selling novel by Michael Connelly, the starcast includes Matthew McConaughey, Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, Academy Award nominee William H. Macy, John Leguizamo, Josh Lucas, Michael Peña, and Emmy winner Bryan Cranston and others.


Plot Outline (from Facebook):
Mickey Haller (Matthew McConaughey) is a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back of his Lincoln sedan. Haller has spent most of his career defending garden-variety criminals, until he lands the case of his career: defending Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe), a Beverly Hills playboy accused of rape and attempted murder. But the seemingly straightforward case suddenly develops into a deadly game of survival for Haller.
Looks like a good one to me, although I have to wonder if Matt will do justice to the role? His track record doesn't leave me very convinced. I'll waiting for the March 18, 2011 release date to see what the crictics make of it. How about you?
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Healthy Women

Caring for someone (or more than one someone) is the most rewarding and at the same time, one of the most challenging jobs around. For it not only involves love, but also patience, forgiveness, and so much more. In most families, Moms are the primary caregivers. From making lunches to paying the household bills, it's constantly one thing after another. Believe me, it's a tough job. Which is made even tougher if a woman has a disability or cares for someone with a disability like Epilepsy. Ordinary chores can become hurdles as they deal with diagnoses, treatments, and other issues alongside their daily lives.

On the heels of National Epilepsy Awareness month in November, HealthyWomen.org created the "Women Succeeding with Epilepsy" video series, sponsored by UCB, Inc., to educate and inspire women dealing with the challenges of living or caring for someone with epilepsy. In the series, one woman tells the story of caring for her son with epilepsy while another woman shares her experience of living with epilepsy since she was a teenager.

I watched a couple of these videos myself and I was so moved. These are real videos about real people facing life with a smile despite their disability and they so do with style and compassion. It's truly inspiring to hear their real life experiences from the actual persons themselves. I encourage you to visit the website and watch these videos. There are resources available to educate yourself and those around you about the symptoms, causes, prevention and treatment of epilepsy. The site also has information about a variety of other health topics and a nice selection of Healthy tips including those for Supporting Someone Living With Epilepsy which I've posted below. Here's the link.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of HealthyWomen’s “Women Succeeding with Epilepsy” sponsored by UCB, Inc. and received a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.
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10 Tips for Supporting Someone Living With Epilepsy

Supporting a child …

Mom often takes on many roles in the family—caretaker, health care decision maker and cheerleader. If you have a son or daughter living with epilepsy, you’ll often take on all three. Laying a strong foundation for your child, while still taking care of oneself, can be challenging. These tips can help:

1. Communication is key. Nurture an environment of openness. It’s important to have a candid dialogue about your child’s condition, so they feel comfortable coming to you with any feelings or concerns. Talking about what it means for them is important, as is talking to others about what it means for you. Also, letting neighbors, coaches, teachers, school officials and other important people know is key to fostering a team approach.

2. Make informed decisions. Start by choosing the right health care professional. Give your child the best possible chance for success by seeking care from a specialist who is familiar with epilepsy, such as a neurologist or epileptologist. Do your research and ask lots of questions. If you don’t feel comfortable from the beginning, keep looking.

3. Guide your child toward activities where success is most likely. It’s easy to see your child’s strengths. Encourage them to participate in activities where their skills will be best utilized. For example, partaking in an individual sport rather than a team one may offer significant benefits. Also, by giving your child responsibilities and allowing him or her to make or contribute to important decisions, you’ll be empowering your youngster to be his or her own advocate one day.

4. Remember: To care for someone else, you need to take care of yourself first. You know when you’re on an airplane and they say to secure your oxygen mask first? Same idea here—you can’t help your family if you aren’t taking care of yourself. Make sure to schedule some time for self‐care, relaxation and nurturing other important relationships in your life. Also, it helps to have a support network of other parents caring for children with epilepsy. You can find resources for this at www.EpilepsyAdvocate.com.

5. Always be prepared. Create an action plan so that you’re ready if a seizure occurs. That includes always carrying important phone numbers and any necessary medications.
Supporting another adult …

Do you have a friend, coworker, spouse, parent or sibling living with epilepsy?
Maybe you want to be supportive but aren’t sure how. These tips can help:

6. Talk openly. By normalizing conversation about epilepsy and seizures, your friend or loved one will feel more comfortable talking about their concerns and fears. Also, don’t be afraid to express your own feelings as well. Witnessing a seizure can be scary—if it happens to you, talk about it.

7. Do your homework. Learn what you can do in the event of a seizure by asking a medical professional, doing research and talking to the person who has epilepsy. Visit www.epilepsyfoundation.org/about/firstaid to read their tips on first aid for seizures. Also, it helps to understand terminology and to know what resources and support options are available.

8. Be a cheerleader and advocate. Stay optimistic and celebrate seizure control and important milestones. Educate those around you and encourage them to get involved with epilepsy awareness.

9. Offer to go to important medical appointments. Your friend or loved one may want some extra support or someone to take notes about medical procedures or other important topics. This will also allow you to be a solid sounding board for confusing medical decisions. In addition, people with
epilepsy may not recall what happens during a seizure, so caregivers should try to communicate that information to the physician.

10. Carry important phone numbers with you. Whether it’s for specific doctors, local hospitals or other loved ones, always be able to contact the people who you may need or want informed of any given situation.
Women Succeeding with Epilepsy is sponsored by UCB, Inc. For more information on living with epilepsy and video accounts of real women’s stories, visit www.HealthyWomen.org/epilepsy and www.EpilepsyAdvocate.com.

This post is part of the Healthy Women blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of HealthyWomen’s “Women Succeeding with Epilepsy” sponsored by UCB, Inc.
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FREE Slurpee to help celebrate Thanksgiving!

It's time to give thanks and celebrate -- and what better way than with a FREE Slurpee!!!

It is the perfect break from shopping, addition to (or breather from) holiday family fun -- 7-Eleven has dubbed this year's Friday after Thanksgiving, "Purple Friday" to celebrate the unity of people across the U.S. (Red + Blue = Purple!)

In honor of "Purple Friday", 7-Eleven is offering all fans a free, small Slurpee drink.  Just download the free online coupon at www.facebook.com/Slurpee  and present it at any participating 7-Eleven any time on 11/26/10 between 12:01am and 11:59pm (local time).

Now is the time to celebrate everyone across our great country - and enjoy a classic treat!!

Happy Thanksgiving!
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Adorable Clothes from mini mioche

Notice the new bright green button on my left sidebar? That's right - it's official! I'm one of the mini mioche Moms, selected to review and promote clothes for their Infantino campaign. But I'm jumping ahead. Let me tell you what mini mioche's all about... {btw, mioche (pronounced “Mee-osh”) means “little one” in French}

Brainchild of Alyssa Kerbel, a mom looking for stylish yet environmentally friendly clothes for her own little one, mini mioche is a high end organic children’s clothing line based in Canada which features clothes for little ones with basics and layering pieces made of the softest organic cotton.

DVD Review - $5 a Day

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$5 a Day is one of those little gems of film that is easy to pass over, but my recommendation would be to watch it.

I went into it without high expectations and came away pleasantly surprised. Basically its a two-man movie - the aging thespian Christopher Walken, who plays a veteran con artist, and young and talented Alessandro Nivola, who plays his beleaguered son. Together they form an unlikely duo on screen, but somehow the chemistry and the timing and the overall story works out.

Learn & Re-Learn Math concepts with TenMarks

Since I cover various parenting topics, I was recently contacted about "TenMarks", a new online service for kids to practice and master math concepts online. It sounds like a great site, helping both kids to learn and their parents to re-learn Math concepts. I haven't had a chance to this out personally, but here's the info in case you want to :

Music - Rock Symphonies

Rock SymphoniesA child prodigy born in Germany, David Garrett has been amazing fans around the world since he was a young boy. By age 12, Garrett was playing on stage with the London Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Russian National Orchestra.

Rock Symphonies, the latest release from this best-selling classical artist, breathes new life into the classic music genre. A unique blend of classic violin music and contemporary rock songs, Rock Symphonies is a moving celebration of Garrett’s two loves: classical music and the rock-and-roll songs of his generation. This month, PBS will air Garrett's sold-out concert performance in Berlin.

Education for everyone at American Public University

As my older kid enters pre-school, I feel like joining him - getting back in the game, so to speak. But I can't. I have a baby who needs me at all times. Plus the courses I have to take to get my Masters degree will eat into both my time and budget. Or so I felt everytime I explored this option of returning back to school. Thanks to American Public University (APU), Moms like me now have a great choice!

Music - Lang Lang Live in Vienna

Lang Lang Live in Vienna (2 CD) Heralded as the “hottest artist on the classical music planet” by the New York Times, 27- year-old Lang Lang has played sold out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world and is the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic and all the top American orchestras.

His latest album, Lang Lang Live in Vienna (2 CD), is being released August 23, 2010 and represents Lang Lang’s second live recorded recital to date after the best-selling “Live at Carnegie Hall” in 2004, which marked his international breakthrough as a recording artist. He has performed the new album’s program at the world’s major concert venues and will continue to tour with it throughout 2011.

Paper Mate's Plant-A-Pen Challenge

Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosBack to school season is almost upon us and its time to stock up on those school supplies. And there's now a simpler and *greener* way to do this just by choosing from Paper Mate's new line of eco-friendly writing utensils, which include biodegradable pens and mechanical pencils.

Summer Learning with Verizon Thinkfinity

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Verizon Foundation has partnered with nationally recognized leaders in educational disciplines including literacy, math, humanities and science to create Verizon Thinkfinity (http://thinkfinity.org). The award-winning free digital experience brings to life educational resources, interactive games, lesson plans, news, and webinars to foster excellence in students, parents and teachers alike and was recently named a “Best In Tech” website by Scholastic Administrator - http://www.thinkfinity.org/best-in-tech-award.

Help prevent Cervical Cancer


I remember the first time I heard about the HPV vaccine was also the first time I ever heard about cervical cancer. That a cancer can be prevented from a vaccine still seems miraculous to me. Especially since Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer affecting women worldwide.

But I always thought HPV vaccines are for girls and young women ages 9–26 to help protect against the two types of HPV that are most commonly associated with cervical cancer. As it turns out, that's not all!

Dvd - JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

James and the Giant Peach (Two-Disc Special Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo) [Blu-ray]

Inspired by Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book, this is the story of a young boy named James who gains possession of some magic crocodile tongues after the daring rescue of a spider. When James spills them in the garden, out sprouts an enormous peach!  Climbing inside, he meets an astonishing cast of characters and embarks on a magical odyssey full of thrills and adventure.

The mix of fantasy and adventure proved to be an irresistible lure to my kid and even I had fun watching it. Having not read the orginal story, I can't confirm how much of it was true to the book. But there's no denying the charm or the wonderful way this movie captures and captivates its audience.

Dvd Review - The Last Song

The Last SongAt its heart, The Last Song is a poignant journey for a father (Greg Kinnear) and daughter (Miley Cyrus) who have lost touch with each other and are struggling to find a way back. At the same time, it explores the uncharted territory of young love, as the emotionally closed off Ronnie begins to let down her guard with a boy (Liam Hemsworth) she meets during summer vacation.

This Nicholas Sparks novel-converted-to-film is another tear-jerker, but simply not of the same caliber as the movie version of The Notebook.

Let Loose Creativity with Disney's CREATE!

Disney is always fun for the kids. I like how they're always trying to come up with something new and exciting for them. Such as "Create", an entertainment portal that offers a brand new way to interact with Disney character art and graphics.


The Create portal launched on Disney.com in August 2009, and

Hot in Cleaveland

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It's being continually proclaimed as the best new series this season and I guess, you could call it that - that is if you find something mildly entertaining to be "spectacular".

Hot in Cleaveland is TVLand's debut effort into the world of original comedy and I have to wonder, has all the talent in Hollywood gone to greener pastures or gotten laid off? I remember I sat down to watch the first episode with high expectations and came with "that's supposed to be funny?".

AIR BUD: WORLD PUP

Air Bud: World Pup Special Edition DVDAir Bud: World Pup Special Edition DVD is one movie the whole family can sit together and enjoy this summer!

The world's most talented pooch is back in a heartwarming and hilarious sports adventure. When Buddy meets Molly and they have puppies, the hotshot hound is in for an all-new challenge, but the fun is just beginning. This exciting family favorite features Buddy joining his teenage owner Josh on the field in pursuit of the state soccer championship. From the creators of Santa Buddies and Space Buddies, the new AIR BUD: WORLD PUP SPECIAL EDITION will give audiences of all ages something to cheer about!

When in Rome on Dvd

When In RomeAn unlucky-in-love workaholic who takes a whirlwind trip to Italy for her sister’s wedding, unexpectedly finds herself pursued by one too many goofy suitors in the hilarious romantic comedy, When In Rome.

Set in the beautiful Italian city of Rome, WHEN IN ROME, features comedic performances by an all-star cast including Kristen Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Couples Retreat), Josh Duhamel (Transformers franchise), Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite, Blades of Glory), Danny De Vito (Erin Brockovich, Batman Returns), Anjelica Huston (The Life Aquatic), Dax Shepard (Baby Mama) and Will Arnett (TV’s “30 Rock,” “Parks and Recreation”).

Tips to Bust Summertime Boredom

School is out and children are so excited that summer is here, but it won't be long until you hear the infamous, "I'm bored" from your little ones.

Primrose Schools, the leader in educational child care, recommends encouraging imaginative play and having a plan in place to keep children's minds engaged during the summer months. Studies show that without stimulation, children can lose up to 60 percent of what they learned during the school year. That's why Dr. Mary Zurn, Vice President of Education for Primrose, has come up with the list of ideas below as a starting point for summer activities that offer a balance between the freedom of child-initiated play time and more structured activities.

Here are 11 ideas parents can use to keep young minds active during the summer months:

1. Boredom Buster Jar: At the beginning of the summer, sit down with your family and brainstorm a list of activities that can be done alone or that you can enjoy doing together. Encourage your children to share their own ideas and help you decorate and label a simple jar as the family "Boredom Buster Jar." They'll feel more involved in the project and more likely to think this is a "neat" idea, if they participate in the creation and idea generation. Next, write everyone's ideas down on slips of paper and as a group decide which ones should go in the jar. Anyone in the family can pull any idea out of the jar to fight the summertime boredom blues.

2. Stories Alive: It sounds too simple, but reading is one of the most important waysto keep young minds engaged during the summer.Make reading even more fun by finding ways to bring the stories to life. For example, in the book Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran, children create a make-believe town in the desert out of rocks, boxes, and their imaginations. Read the book with your children and then challenge them to create their own town with materials they find in the backyard.

3. Art Start Box: You'll need to gather basic art supplies-child safe scissors, glue, markers, tape and construction paper. Put them in a special box along with empty oatmeal boxes and paper towel rolls, colorful magazines and bits of aluminum foil. Occasionally add a special surprise like chalk, stickers, or stamp pads so there's always something new for the children to find. Even if you normally have these supplies around the house, it's fun for children to know that the Art Start Box is just for them. They'll probably have some good ideas of other household items that can be recycled to fuel their creative energies.

4. Family Performances:
Break out old clothes or costumes and encourage children to make up characters and create a play to act out. They are the directors, actors, and producers. They can also make musical instruments out of pots/pans, wooden spoons, empty canisters and have a parade; or everyone can play along to your family's favorite songs. Record or video the performances, and enjoy the replay. You'll also be capturing a bit of family history everyone will enjoy for years to come.

5. Family Dance Party:
Crank up the music and encourage your entire family to boogie down. Dancing gives children a great outlet for self-expression through their own motion and helps build self-esteem. It also enhances motor and coordination development by incorporating skills like jumping, landing and leaping. Dancing is a great activity that can involve the whole family and doesn't take very much preparation.

6. Fort Building: Children love to build all kinds of structures--from small towns to large towers. Constructing forts or tents is an activity that can keep children focused and problem solving for hours. All the items you need can be found around the house- some chairs, cushions, blankets, and of course adult supervision.

7. Cookbook Fun: Have you ever shared your favorite cookbook with your children? Take it out and ask your children to choose a recipe to try. Measuring can be a fun and easy way to keep math skills fresh.

8. Summer Scrapbook: All you need for this project is a spiral notebook. Encourage everyone in the family to draw pictures of favorite activities and collect mementos from special events throughout the summer. Children love to go back through scrapbooks and albums and tell about what happened at each occasion. They will also be building their storytelling skills at the same time.

9. Listening Game:
Lie down in the backyard, in the den or at the park and listen. What do you hear? Do you hear what I hear? Can you imitate the sound? This is similar to watching the clouds and naming the shapes, and it encourages everyone to slow down and focus on listening.

10. Camping Out: Pretend to campout in the backyard. Plan a meal, pack a backpack and set up a campsite. You might even decide to spend the night!

11. Scavenger Hunt:
Make a list or picture cards of common household items and have your children find the items on the list. Invite friends or neighbors to join in the fun to make it a competition.

To find these and other great tips for parents, check out Dr. Zurn's blog at DrZandme.com. And don't forget to grab Dr. Z's Widget while you're there!

Disclosure - I was entered for a chance to win a gift card in exchange for this post. No monetary exchange took place.

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Heart and Soul from Kenny G!

Ever since I first heard Kenny G's soulful notes on a saxophone, I've been an ardent fan. Although running around 2 young kids leaves me with very little to sit down, relax and lose myself in his music, I was still excited to learn this Multi-platinum selling, Grammy-winning recording artist is releasing his 13th studio album entitled Heart and Soul on this June 29 on Concord Records! 

Heart and SoulKenny and renowned studio master Walter Afanasieff have produced and arranged the album, the follow-up to 2008’s Latin jazz collection Rhythm and Romance. Heart and Soul returns Kenny to his R&B roots including tracks with guest artists Robin Thicke and Babyface.

Fans will recognize Kenny signature style on the sensual "Fall Again," featuring R&B crooner Robin Thicke, the album's first single. Commenting on the collaboration with Thicke whom he’s known since Robin was a teenager, Kenny said, “His voice is so emotional and soulful, the combination of his voice and my saxophone really hits the perfect tones for my new album.”

Track listing is as follows:
  1. Heart And Soul
  2. Déjà Vu
  3. Fall Again – featuring Robin Thicke
  4. Letters From Home
  5. The Promise
  6. No Place Like Home – featuring Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds
  7. My Devotion
  8. G-Walkin’
  9. Sunrise
  10. One Breath
  11. Encore
  12. After Hours
Bonus Tracks
  1. Slow Motion
  2. Renaissance
A little different from the romantic kind of music I've come to expect from this genius artist, the music is still alluring and well worth listening to. The slow beats, the crooning voice, the whole musical dreamboat is a joy to hear. I just hope one day when the kids take a long nap, I'll get to hear it all in one go and get the full experience.

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Sneak Peek - TINKER BELL and the GREAT FAIRY RESCUE

Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (Two-Disc Blu-ray/ DVD Combo)In  celebration of the Summer Solstice, the  Fairies of Pixie Hollow are sharing a special fly-by ‘sneak peek’ of  their latest adventure, TINKER BELL and the GREAT FAIRY RESCUE.

Here's a full 8-minutes of the film for your enjoyment  :



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DVD - Starstruck (Extended Edition)

Starstruck: Got to Believe Extended Edition DVDStarstruck: Got to Believe, a music and adventure-filled romp that hits all the right notes for kids and tweens, tells the story of Jessica Olson (Danielle Campbell, Prison Break) and her older sister Sara (Maggie Castle, Time Traveler’s Wife), who are heading to Hollywood from Kalamazoo, Michigan, on a family trip to visit their grandmother.

Sara is obsessed with pop star Christopher Wilde (Sterling Knight, Sonny with a Chance) and hopes to track him down while in California, but Jessica could care less about the stuck-up star and would rather go sightseeing. When the sisters arrive in L.A. Sara takes Jessica on a hunt to find Christopher and a chance meeting with the star sets off a series of comic adventures that feature many of L.A.’s landmark locations.

As the sisters sightsee and spend time together, Jessica gets to know the real Christopher and soon their friendship grows. Ultimately Christopher must decide what is more important -- being himself or becoming a movie star. Disney Channel stars Brandon Mychal Smith (Sonny With a Chance) and Chelsea Staub (JONAS) also star as Christopher’s loyal best friend and fame- hungry girlfriend, respectively.

The ‘out of this world’ bonuses featured on the Starstruck: Extended Edition DVD include:
    •    Extended version of the movie - only available on DVD
    •    More Music with eight Rock-Along tracks to sing-along with!
    •    Three Hot Music Videos


StarStruck was #1 in its time slot among kids ages 6-11 and tweens ages 9-14, and was the most watched February original movie premiere in total viewers. StarStruck: The Extended Edition DVD is the only way to get the exclusive content not aired on TV.

What I liked is that although a modern day Cinderella story, StarStruck promotes strong messages about honesty, humility, self-acceptance, and strength of character. A nice, fun, summer dvd to watch for the whole family.

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Calorie Count

Losing weight has never been in vogue more than now. I recently read somewhere that of all the fads to take society by storm, slimming down has lasted the longest and continues to dominate.

Here's some interesting info about an interesting website that helps you do just that - Count Calories.
Note - the information below has been taken verbatim from the press release
With such busy schedules, getting in shape or losing weight can seem like a daunting task. But all you need is the right tool to get you started and keep you motivated – and that is CalorieCount.com!

Calorie Count offers free, weight management tools, social support and nutritional information to help users achieve their personal diet goals. Also, they just introduced a Calorie Count App for iPhones to help users stay on track wherever they are!

These healthy tools can help you feel beautiful and confident throughout the year!

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Check out - $5 A DAY

$5 a DayNat (Christopher Walken, Oscar® winner, The Deer Hunter) is an eccentric conman – a hustler content with a life of schemes and underhanded deals. He lacks one thing: a reconciliation with his son, Flynn (Alessandro Nivola, Jurassic Park III), who has ceased trusting his father long ago. But Nat’s time is growing short: he has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. True to form, Nat cons Flynn into joining him in a cross country journey to an experimental medical facility. Short on money, but not on imagination, the two realize that to reach their destination they can spend no more than $5 A Day. They come up with increasingly ridiculous schemes to keep within their budget - but there is a distance of emotion as well as miles to cover. Are they on the path towards a father-son reunion?

With a sparkling cast that includes Sharon Stone (Emmy® award winner, “The Practice”, Casino), Amanda Peet (Syriana, 2012), Peter Coyote (Erin Brokovich, “Deadwood”) and Dean Cain (Out of Time, Rat Race), $5 A Day is a comedy rich in character and charm. It is a happy reminder that relationships may take their toll, but what we get in return is priceless.

This movie will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 24th. And here's the trailer premiere for $5 A DAY :



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Great tasting Yoplait Greek Yogurt


I love creamy yogurt and have since I was a kid. Unfortunately, being no longer a kid, I can't quite justify eating FAT-loaded, rich creamy... delicious... yummy... yogurt (I'm drooling here, as if you didn't know!) anymore. Or so I thought until I tasted the new Yoplait Greek yogurt! Creamy without being fattening, this is one of the best way to indulge my passion for yogurt without gaining the unwanted pounds.

With 12 grams of protein -- twice that found in leading yogurts-- new Yoplait Greek nourishes from the inside out. Available in four delicious flavors, Strawberry, Blueberry, Honey Vanilla and Plain, the brand's newest offering has a unique thick and creamy texture with the unmatched taste expected of Yoplait.

Go ahead, give the new Yoplait Greek Yogurt a try this summer - it's personally made this the best summer ever for me! You can also visit
http://bricks.coupons.com/bstart.asp?o=62092&ci=1&c=GM&p=aI8UZzdb to download a coupon* and save $0.30 on one cup of new Yoplait Greek today! {*This coupon offer for a free cup of Yoplait Greek yogurt is not valid in some states, including California, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, and Tennessee}

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Avatar on Dvd


If you've not heard of AVATAR by now, then... it's about time you did!

An action-adventure journey of self-discovery that dramatically demonstrates how human invasion almost destroys the balance of life on the planet Pandora, the Oscar® and Golden Globe®-winning AVATAR is the highest grossing film of all time, taking in over $2.7 billion in worldwide box office. Director James Cameron takes audiences to a spectacular world beyond imagination, where a reluctant hero embarks on a journey of redemption and discovery as he leads a heroic battle to save a civilization. AVATAR delivers a fully immersive cinematic experience of a new kind, where the revolutionary technology invented to make the film disappears into the emotion of the characters and the epic nature of the story.

The ultimate high definition experience for home viewing audiences, the AVATAR Blu-ray and DVD release features the film and corresponding menu, utilizing the disc’s entire storage space in order to provide the highest quality picture and sound. AVATAR on Blu-ray presents the ultimate high definition experience for home viewing audiences as fans around the world will soon be able to discover every detail and relive every moment of James Cameron’s AVATAR in the comfort of their own home. Now available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD.

Personally speaking, my family and I kept cool and had an awesome visual experience indoors as the hot sun beat down mercilessly outside. It's already become a repeat request from my son even though he's too young to understand what it's all about. In his own words, he just can't enough of "the blue people" and the action sequences continue to hold him (and indeed all of us!) spellbound. A great buy, without question!
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Motor Oil Matters!

Did you know that in the United States the average age of cars and light trucks on the roads today has reached a record high of 9.4 years? That means it´s more important than ever to take proper care of your vehicle.

Being a busy Mom, I use the car almost constantly, yet I don't know much about the working of a car. As long as it works, I'm content. And to learn the steps to keep my car in tip top shape, I visit the informative website www.MotorOilMatters.org (created by the maker of industry-leading brands Pennzoil and Quaker State).

It's where you and I can easily locate key information about how quality motor oils can help prolong the engine's life and improve overall efficiency, as well as help answer other questions you may have about motor oil. In addition, the site offers a fun, educational game to play called "M.O.M. Knows Best" where you can put your motor mind to the test with an interactive quiz.

Frankly I was amazed at some of the things I learnt. Like :
  • According to a recent survey from the Automotive Service Association, more than 54 percent of customers who take their vehicles for service and repair are women
  • Using a high-quality motor oil in the right grade can help maximize fuel economy
  • Low-quality oils that do not meet industry standards or the vehicle manufacturer´s requirements could cost consumers in the long run by potentially damaging the vehicle´s engine or possibly voiding the manufacturer´s warranty
  • Another reason to look to a high-quality motor oil - like Pennzoil and Quaker State - is that it is designed to meet the demands of today´s engines

Don't wait until that dreaded red light comes on. Visit www.MotorOilMatters.org  today to learn more about motor oil and how it is vital to keep your vehicle running.

Disclosure - This information and product (gift card) was received from Shell Lubricants through MyBlogSpark.

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Fantastic Mr. Fox

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In there-imagined classic family tale, Mr. and Mrs. Fox (Clooney and Streep) live a happy home life with their eccentric son Ash (Jason Schwartzman: The Darjeeling Limited) and visiting nephew Kristopherson. That is until Mr. Fox slips into his sneaky, old ways and plots the greatest heist the animal world has ever seen. When mean old farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean join forces to surround Mr. Fox and his family, they don’t realize they are not dealing with any old fox – it’s Fantastic Mr. Fox and he has a fantastic master plan to save the day!

Based on the beloved best-selling book by Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Fantastic Mr. Fox is family fun at its finest. Anderson employs a colorful supporting cast to bring his eccentric characters to life including Bill Murray (Lost In Translation), Owen Wilson (Marley & Me) and Willem Dafoe (Spiderman triology). Packed with behind-the-scenes bonus features, including a special inside look at how stop-motion animation really works and much more, Fantastic Mr. Fox is FUN for the whole family. A must-watch dvd this spring!

Disclosure - This product was received for review/feature consideration.
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Kroger Cart Buster Savings Event!! Hurry Ends Soon

Saving money on groceries is top of the minds of most people these days, and with the Cart Buster Savings Event EXCLUSIVELY at Kroger and the Kroger Family of Stores, the prices are so low you can stock up on all your favorite brands without breaking the bank (though you might bust your cart!). Details below!

Kroger Cart Buster Savings Event!From now through March 14th (that's this Sunday, so hurry up and take advantage!), shop the Cart Buster Savings Event and find the hottest prices around on your favorite name-brand products in over 60 categories at the Kroger Family of Stores, which includes Kroger, Ralph´s, King Soopers, City Market, Dillons, Smith´s, Fry´s, QFC, Baker´s, Owen´s, Jay C Food Stores, Hilander, Gerbes, Food4Less, Pay Less Super Markets and Scott´s Food & Pharmacy.

Here are just a few of the great brands participating in the event: Honey Nut Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Hamburger Helper, Yoplait, Progresso, Totino´s, Green Giant, Cascadian Farm, Tide, Charmin, Bounty, Pampers, Pantene, Crest, Iams, Febreze, Old Spice and many more!

What a Great savings event - love it!!! And I shop at Kroger all the time, so I'm off today to shop and save :)

Disclosure - I was provided with the information, and a gift card by the Kroger Family of Stores and General Mills through MyBlogSpark.
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The View This week!

As an Official The View Brand Ambassador, it's my pleasure to present you with some choice tidbits of thsi fantastic show! Below is a lineup for this week’s guest and segments. The biggest buzz is Monday’s show about The Oscars. Tune in to hear the women’s take on Sunday night’s ceremony and Sherri’s experience at the Oscars!

MONDAY, MARCH 8 – The day after the Oscars!! It Isn’t over till the co-hosts have spoken! Guest co-host Vanessa Williams (“ABC’s Ugly Betty”); Day of “Hot Topics”; co-host Sherri Shepherd will Skype live from Hollywood post-Academy Awards and share her Oscar experience; Chris Cuomo breaks down crimes in the headlines. First time musical guests – Lady Antebellum perform

TUESDAY, MARCH 9 – Guests -Andy Garcia and his daughter Dominik Garcia-Lorido (“City Island”); Elissa Stein and Susan Kim (author, Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation).

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10 – Guests: Forest Whitaker (“Our Family Wedding”); Jesse Ventura (author, American Conspiracies).

THURSDAY, MARCH 11 – Sir Elton John will be sitting with the women at the table and partaking in “Hot Topics”; Guest - Eric McCormack (“Who Is Clark Rockefeller?”).

FRIDAY, MARCH 12 – Co- Host Kate Gosselin is back and will join the women and the return of “The View: Fashion Friday” with designer Carolina Herrera.

Disclosure - I am a participant in a Mom Central campaign for ABC Daytime and will receive a tote bag or other The View branded items to facilitate my review

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Juicy Insider Mom Ambassador

As a Mom, I'm always trying to juggle many things at once - work and home, personal and community life etc. Keeping these various activities in check while considering my family, time, and budgets, poses a challenge. Like most savvy shoppers, I already coupon clip and shop the sales. But here comes a program that actually rewards us for keeping a nutritious lifestyle at the forefront.... and I was lucky enough to be chosen as an Ambassador for this program! Keep reading for some exciting new ways to save and get free stuff in the bargain.

Tropicana Juicy RewardsTropicana recently launched its JUICY REWARDS program to thank their customers for choosing great taste and value. Specially marked packages of Tropicana Orange Juice contain a code for points that you can enter when you log onto Tropicana.com to redeem for discounts. You can also register for the chance to win the national sweepstakes for a Yosemite Adventure. (Keep reading, as there's a FREE code below, just for you!)

You can use your points for discounts on purchases with Tropicana's national partners such as Adidas, Coleman, and EA Sports, or for cool local activities such as a visit to the zoo or a trip to the spa. Each carton of Tropicana Orange Juice is worth up to $15 in savings. In addition to providing great tasting and nutritional juice for our families, Juicy Rewards gives Moms a chance to save in all areas of purchasing.

Join up today! Remember to use the following code immediately after registering to receive 1 free point right from the start :  MOMCE-NTRAL. This one-time use code is valid for new accounts ONLY. Must be entered within 6 hours of creating your account.

Disclosure - I wrote this review while participating in the Tropicana Juicy Insiders Ambassador program by Mom Central on behalf of Tropicana. I received 12 free Juicy Rewards points and a $50 Visa gift card to use in redemption of the points and to facilitate my review.
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