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31.7.14

Thinking Thursdays


Okay, so I used to do "Aloha Friday" but it seems that it has died down...
I have random questions of things that run through my head and I am going to start asking a question each week...  Would love to hear your answers!!!!!  
I would also love for you to join in with me... Ask a Question of your own - either here in the comments or on your blog (leave me a link so I can visit and answer)  If it seems that a couple of you start doing this with me, I will totally put up a linky, but for now, I just want to know your thoughts...

Today's Question-
Do you acknowledge the RSVP on invitations?

My answer-
I ALWAYS acknowledge them... From weddings to birthdays and anything else... I find it rude not to do so.  Especially when they made the point to include it.  Some say" regrets only" but if they are asking for an RSVP, why not take the time to say yes or no...   I know that I put it on Broxton's invitations... since I needed to know how many kids to pay for at the party... and to know how many goody bags to make... I included email or phone number... to not respond just always irks me...

30.7.14

Poetry for Young People

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If you remember, I mentioned before that I am not really into poetry... I used to love it and I would really enjoy reading it.  I remember in school we had to recite poems from time to time... and one that always stuck out to me??
Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe.  That was the poem I chose to recite - in front of the student body ... and I still remember parts of it.
Well, Sterling Publishing has done it again...
They have released a series of Poetry for Young People... and are actually reissuing three of the books the first Tuesday in August... That means I get to share with you these books.. and you can plan on ordering them to add to your library... or better yet, you can donate them to a library near you!   


Well-known for his spine-tingling, spooky stories, Edgar Allan Poe was also a master at writing haunting, deliciously macabre poems. Children will enjoy 13 of his verses—including two of Poe's most famous, "The Raven" and "Annabel Lee"—along with excerpts from eight of his most popular tales, such as “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” and “The Cask of Amontillado.” 



Now beautifully redesigned, this Poetry for Young People collection brings us into the world of Emily Dickinson, where even the most ordinary things can turn magical. In addition to a brief biography of Dickinson, more than 35 much-loved poems include “I'm nobody, who are you?” and “I started early, took my dog." Superb, yet always child-friendly, images make this a volume not to be missed.


This anthology—now with a new cover and a fresh redesign—makes an especially gorgeous addition to the bestselling, critically acclaimed series. Two "Poetry for Young People" veterans have combined talents to create an absolutely charming collection, perfect for the classroom or to read aloud at home. With works by such poets as Shakespeare, Langston Hughes, e.e. cummings, and Nikki Giovanni, plus haikus for every season, it spans the year exquisitely. 

Each of these books are hard cover books -- filled with great poetry for people of all ages.  I really love that each of the books start off with an introduction of the poet.  In The Seasons the introduction tells us of the types of poetry included in the book.
I am actually very excited to have these, as reading them has started to ignite that fire that I once had for poetry!

29.7.14

Start them Stylish at a Young Age with Robeez

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When Broxton was born, we had a time keeping shoes on his feet... He wanted to be barefoot and we normally just let him...  As he started trying to walk, we would put shoes on him, but again, they find a way to come off (thanks to a very persistent little boy!)  As he got older ... and I got a bit "wiser" in parenting, I learned of a great product.  Robeez Shoes!!  I heard that letting him go barefoot would be best, but lets get real... I did not want my baby crawling around / trying to walk outside without shoes on...  Especially since once he found his feet, he loved to have them in his mouth!!!!  

Robeez is the best way to let the feet move and grow -- feeling like they are barefoot, while actually covering and protecting them from the things outside... Not to mention the elastic bands help to keep them on and that makes for a happy mama!!!
Since it is still summer, I wanted to show you a cute pair of the Robeez sandals!  
If you are like us, you are ready for football... So I also wanted to show off the sports shoes!  
Wouldn't these shoes be a "hoot" for a cute little girl you know?
In keeping with summer, aren't these just too cute???


As you can see, Robeez has cute and stylish shoes for both boys and girls!   They have really cute boots for the winter season, so make sure you head on over and check them out now!   Are you familiar with Robeez?

Be Stylish with @LibertyBottles and be #Back2School ready #madeinusa

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If your school schedule is anything like ours, you are hurrying to finish with back to school shopping.  Make sure you don't forget to buy a great water bottle that will hold up to the rough and tough of childhood...  Or maybe you want to keep yourself hydrated as well and need / want a cute bottle to hold your drink while transporting kids here, there and everywhere!! 
If you are looking for a great water bottle, make sure you look at Liberty Bottleworks!  

We were lucky enough to get to review their kids waterbottle in the past and now I can proudly say that I have my own now as well!  I was so excited to get a Rosie the Riveter bottle of my own... I love how bright yellow the bottle is and the image just POPS- talk about eye catching and letting everyone know it is MINE!!!!

My very own Rosie the Riveter Liberty Bottleworks bottle!  


When I do drink water, I have noticed that I am not one to "Sip" it... I like my water ICE cold and I actually GULP it down.. I am not so sure if it is best to drink it this way, but lets be honest, it is getting water in my system, so that has to count for something.  The thing I love about the Liberty Bottles?  The wide mouth... perfect for adding ice to the bottle... and then they offer a standard cap (what you see pictured above) or you can choose the sports cap.  


We have been very happy with our Liberty Bottles and they seem to really stand up to the days and whatever life throws at them... We have taken them to baseball, soccer, karate, in lunch bags and even travelling and have had no problems!  
If you are looking for a great water bottle for the new year, head over and see all of the designs they have to offer!!!

28.7.14

Summertime Tomatoes All Year Long... @RedGoldTomatoes

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Just because school may be starting, that doesn't mean that grilling season has to end... 
HELLO---  FOOTBALL season is ALMOST HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(Can you tell we are a bit excited about that?)  If you are looking for a great (and easy) way to kick a basic grilling night up a bit... Look at what all Red Gold has to offer... I will be honest, I have totally used this as a salsa before and I love it... cooked in with food or just plain!  


So - go ahead and enjoy the week.. and plan for a grillin' good time this weekend!   
Head to the store and stock up on Red Gold tomato products... 


Here are a couple recipes I took from their site...
Click on over to see what other recipes grab your attention!


Recipe Overview
Servings: 4
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients
1 (15 ounce) can (15 slices) mangos, drained and diced
1 (14.5 ounce) can Red Gold® Diced Tomatoes, drained or 1 (14.5 ounce) can Red Gold® Petite Diced Tomatoes, drained
1 serrano chili, minced
1 tablespoon minced red onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 lemon, juice only
pinch red pepper flakes
1 green onion, chopped
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Salt and black pepper to taste
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

Directions
In a medium bowl combine all the ingredients, except chicken. Mix well and let stand for 30 minutes to blend flavors.  Place the chicken breasts between two sheets of plastic wrap and flatten with a rolling pin to a uniform thickness. Broil or grill chicken 4 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Top the chicken with the salsa.
  

Recipe Overview
Servings: 4
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients
1 pound ground turkey
1 (14.5 ounce) can Red Gold® Diced Tomatoes With Basil, Garlic & Oregano, drained very well or 1 (14.5 ounce) can Red Gold® Petite Diced Tomatoes With Garlic & Olive Oil, drained very well
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup bread crumbs
Salt and black pepper to taste

Directions
Combine ground turkey, RED GOLD® DICED TOMATOES with BASIL, GARLIC & OREGANO, egg and bread crumbs in a bowl.  Form into patties and season with salt and black pepper.
Place on grill and cook to desired temperature, 160ยบ for completely cooked burgers.
Option: For added flavor put ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese into the center of each patty.
 Suggested Accompaniments:

Serve on toasted Italian bread
Top with a thick pasta sauce (heated).  Sprinkle with shredded Italian blend cheese




Libby's Is Here to Help with #Back2School Lunch Ideas!

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School is about to start here and that means I am already trying to figure out lunch ideas... and after-school snacks for us.  It was hard last year, as he gets in his mind he will only eat certain things at home (one was sandwiches) and it makes sending lunch a challenge...  
I will say that I am lucky that he loves his fruits and veggies, so when I heard that Libby had small containers of fruits and vegetables, I was excited to check it out...
He is a fan of peas and corn, so I do see them being in the lunch bag off and on throughout the year!!!  


We were sent a couple different products from Libby to try and I was just as excited to try them out as he was!  There are times when I really want a vegetable and no one else thinks a certain one will go with our meal, now I can just grab a cup and be happy with my own food plate!


I loved the portions of each of these.. and that they are in toss away containers makes it great for us to pack as lunches.. No need to worry about making sure he doesn't lose any dishes while at school.
If you are concerned about the waste of the containers - check out their website for how they share with you how to make "Sweet corn frozen pops."

Another thing I liked when seeing their recipe box on the site?
Fruit Dip with Cinnamon Sugar Scoops!

27.7.14

Need #antioxidents? (Don't we all?) Try @drinkbai and enjoy!!!!

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Being outside in the heat can take its toll on you... Most people reach for any beverage to try and quench their thirst... I know in our house, water is normally a last option and that it shameful to say...  I know we all want to drink something that tastes great... but how about making it great for us too???  Well, we were recently sent a few drinks to try out and I was impressed at how great they taste!  

Are you familiar with bai5?
If you are like me, you aren't... but I know something you probably ARE familiar with ...
The coffee bean!  (Do I have your attention now?!) 
Okay... so the coffee BEAN is inside a "juicy red protector" that is known as the coffeefruit -or in the case of bai5- the superfruit!!
They take the superfruit and then infuse it with other flavors to give us these great tasting drinks...
Even better?  They use natural sweeteners ... and each drink is only 5 calories and only 1 gram of sugar per serving!   It’s also gluten-free, low-glycemic, Kosher, vegan, GMO- and soy-free.


I will admit that I was very surprised with how great they were.  Normally I can tolerate these drinks, going down.. but the aftertaste kills me... Not in this case.  I did notice that I drank some, then put it up for later... going back a few times to try and save it as much as I could to enjoy throughout the day.  I did PLAN on trying to freeze some to make homemade popsicles, but yeah.. that just wasn't meant to be, as I could not leave it long enough!   I thought that the Tanzania Lemonade Tea was going to be weird.. Hey, I am a Southern Girl - born and raised...  Sweet tea or nothing... but this was actually really good!  I do think I enjoyed it more than the others and that was a shock!  (At least to me!)  

If you have any last minute road trips planned, why not stock up on some of these for the trip to change it up from soda or water?  Also --  I know for me I will be grabbing some to have on hand to have throughout the school year, I think these would be great for part of an afterschool snack!  

bai5 comes in several different flavors... Let me know which one grabs you the most:   Brasilia Blueberry, Malawi Mango, Ipanema Pomegranate, Moloki Coconut, Costa Rica Clementine, Tanzania Lemonade Tea, Sumatra Dragonfruit, Congo Pear, Panama Peach or Limu Lemon.  
 
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