Monday, March 2, 2015

Come Party With Us: Dr. Suess Party Ideas to Celebrate Read Across America Day!


We love any excuse, or in this case exSEUSS to party at our house, and when the event includes an educational aspect this former teacher turned full-time mom is immediately on board!  I have been watching the Dr. Seuss parties the last few years, but we lived far out in the country with no young children for neighbors.  It was hard to get people to travel that far from town to come to a party at our house, so we were never able to have one.  When when I became a Suburban Housewife last year, I immediately started hosting things for the neighborhood kids!

Dr.  Seuss made such a mark in life, his works reaching both adults and  children alike, and I knew he was going to be a daily part of our lives when my now 12 year old memorized verbatim Red Fish Blue Fish at the age of 4. I want to quickly share two of his writings that I quote to my children on a frequent basis:


and 


Because the children are headed back to school today after 2 weeks out for the weather, and I am sure they will be getting lots of makeup homework for a while, we hosted our party yesterday.   To get our party started, I went to my go to online place to get my Deluxe Party in a Box.  Hey, I'm not copping to an online shopping addiction, but I WILL say that my recliner would miss me if I left to go to a party supply store.  Besides, I don't have to change from my momiform (mom uniform) of yoga pants and a hoodie if I shop online!  

For a mere $7.99, I got enough plates, cups, utensils, napkins, tablecloth and streamers for 8 people. I can't beat that if I am shopping at a dollar store whose utensils break and plates leak!  Honestly, for that little price, I expected thin paper plates, utensils that would easily break, and a thin plastic cloth that would rip easily.  You guys know what I am talking about;  every one of you has purchased a plastic cloth before that ripped while you were opening, plates that food leaked through, and utensils you threw out and used fingers instead.   The you get what you pay for doesn't apply here.  You get WAY better than you pay for applied here.  These plates and cups survived Demolition Mika, and nothing survives him.  For a calm child who likes to sit and read, play his tablet or play calmly with Lego's, that child can break something the minute he touches it-thus the moniker Demolition!  

This left plenty of money to prepare all the yummy Dr. Seuss inspired food, and add two new books to our already extensive Dr. Seuss book collection.  Anytime Costumes and Wholesale Costume Club offer a great selection of all costumes such as This Buzz Lightyear Costume as well as Cat in the Hat and Thing 1 and Thing 2.  

Games such as Hop on Hopscotch, Pin the Hat on the Cat, and Guess How many Red Fish Blue Fish in the jar are easy fun Seuss inspired games.  We have had ice for 2 weeks straight, and yesterday was no different with freezing rain.  Therefore, we went with quieter indoor activities such as letting the kids take turn reading portions of the books, and playing our Dr. Seuss Memory Game.  The main event of the party was definitely the food!


We partied like it's 1999-Prince would be proud!!


Cat in the Hat skewers made for a great centerpiece AND they were delicious!  Win win!


Poodles on Noodles add a burst of color and something to hold down all the sugar we were indulging in!


No Dr.  Seuss Party is complete with out Green Eggs and Ham! 


How about some Hop on Pop-corn?  My 5 year old was so proud to be able to read this whole book by himself, no help, before Holiday Break in November! 


One Fish, Two Fish-Goldfish surrounded by Truffula Trees!


Red Fish Blue Fish!  Wiggly, Jiggly Fun!



They were so high on sugar, my normally sedate 5 year old boy (yes, he is calm compared to most boys including my oldest was at this age) was bouncing on my new couch, sigh.


Did someone say Thing 1 or Thing 2?  We have you covered!  Just an FYI if you are planning a party, add the cotton candy RIGHT before serving because it will melt into a hard blob within a half hour.  Let's just say that someone was scraping off hard cotton candy, re-icing, and re applying hair to Thing 1 and Thing 2 right before the party!!  Oh the Lessons we will Learn!



Mr. Moo's YooHoo is the perfect drink to wash down all that sugary goodness!


Not in the mood for chocolate?  How about drinking Pink Yink Ink Drink instead?


Thing 1 and Thing 2 up close and personal!

Dr. Seuss has changed our lives in so many ways, for the good starting by writing books so interesting they appeal to all four of my children-two of which have to be forced encouraged to read.  Watching my last baby reading Dr. Seuss out loud to me makes me sad that we won't be able to enjoy these Seuss moments much longer.  Then I remember:  there will be Grandchildren.  I am SO saving these books to enjoy with them!


Friday, February 20, 2015

LEGO Justice League Vs Bizarro League Blu-ray Giveaway



 About LEGO Justice League vs. Bizarro League

Batman has joined the newly formed Justice League in order to keep tabs on Superman, a mistrust that is complicated by Superman’s clumsy – but well-meaning – clone, Bizarro. Bizarro’s creation of the Bizarro League has caused confusion amongst the world’s greatest Super Heroes, but an even greater and mysterious threat may force the Justice League and Bizarro League to band together to defeat evil.





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Thursday, January 29, 2015

CleanRest Pillow Encasement Giveaway and Orkin Bed Bug Feud Game Ends 2/12

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Vincent Van Gogh Starry Night over the Rhone, c.1888 Reproduction Giveaway 8/3


Fulcrum Galleries offers art prints, framed prints, canvasses and much more at affordable prices.   Recently I was blessed to review a copy of Vincent Van Gogh Starry Night over the Rhone, c. 1888 Reproduction.


I am super excited to tell you that Fulcrum Galleries is offering one of my readers the same artwork in a giveaway!  All you have to do is complete the mandatory entry to enter.  Additional entries are optional, but the more entries, the greater chances of winning!  Happy entering!


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Quality Artwork No Longer Just a Dream: Fulcrum Gallery Providing Quality Artwork at Affordable Prices



Everyone who knows me knows that I love art.  I can get lost in the galleries at the Smithsonian for hours and even forget that I am thirsty which rarely ever happens!  I love everything from cute sayings about family, to beautiful floral pictures.  My favorites, though, are reproductions from the greats like Henry Whistler, Monet, Van Gogh; pretty much anything that portrays people and scenes from days gone by.



The thing about reproductions are that they can be quite pricey.  Either you pay $300+ for an already framed/mounted picture, or you buy it as a print and pay out of pocket to have it framed.  Unless your Mama knows how to do the framing for you, it is going to cost A LOT for a nice frame.  A few years back I lucked upon a HIGH quality reproduction of Henry Whistler's Symphony in White, No. 1:  The White Girl already framed at a local clothing consignment store owned by a local church for  a song.  However, that will probably only happen one time in my life.  I mean, how often do you just stumble upon a great picture in a consignment shop?



The Fulcrum Gallery offers art of many genres and eras at what I consider affordable prices, yet I wasn't sure what to expect when I agreed to do a review with them!  I mean there is "framed" art, and then there is beautifully framed art, right? I can't tell you how many times something looks fabulous in a picture online, but I get it home to find out it is poorly or cheaply made.  I feel cheated and like I wasted my hard-earned money.



I spent quite a while on their website just browsing, because it was honestly hard to select just one piece! This isn't because I was greedy, just because they have such a great selection!  I mean artwork is like a tattoo:  you can never get just one! I finally settled on Vincent Van Gogh Starry Night Over the Rhone, c.1888 with a black frame to match all my other art frames, and I waited rather impatiently for it to come in the mail.



It actually arrived in just a couple of days, so I wasn't long biting my nails waiting.  This picture is very well made, and just gorgeous.  The back was the typical brown "wrap" with a sticker signed by two people!  I mean, not just one person checked this art and game it a bit thumbs up, two did, and these were real signatures, not just stamps of someone's name! Of course, I did my own amateur appraisal, and I can't find a scratch, ding, not a single flaw.



Now, in my rainbows and unicorns world I wish my very large framed print were less than right under $100 brand new, but I know that that is actually a very fair price.  The same size Whistler that I nabbed for $15 about 7 years ago at that clothing Consignment store sells for $350 at a different online retailer, unframed.  Therefore, I deem under $100 for this gorgeous print beyond fair.

I have to tell you that one of the requests of the Company was that my review contain both things that I loved and things I wish I could change.  I can for the first time in a long time say I can't find one negative thing to say at all about the artwork I received.  I would recommend this company to anyone, and have already shared the website with quite a few close family and friends.

You can access them via the links below, and I bet you will love them like I do!
http://www.fulcrumgallery.com/
https://www.facebook.com/fulcrumgallery
http://www.pinterest.com/fulcrumgallery/
https://twitter.com/FulcrumGallery

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Taking a Stroll Down Memory Lane with Adovia Dead Sea Salt Soap



When I was a teenager, I used to travel every Summer to spend a week at my Maw Maw's house (my Mama's Mama).  At the time, I really only went because my Mama encouraged me too, but I did always enjoy  my time with her.

She was what I considered an "odd bird" when it came to food, drinks, cleaning supplies and personal products.  She only ate fruits and vegetables with meat thrown in on very rare occasions, she didn't eat salt at all that I recall, rarely ate butter, didn't believe in eating sugar/candy/baked goods on a daily basis, and she used natural cleansers and body products.  I just realized my Maw Maw wasn't an odd bird after all.  She was me.  Actually, my Auntie Joyce complemented me with this observation months back, but I wasn't quite sure at the time that I lived up to that honor.

The thing I remember the most about my Maw Maw was how great she smelled.  I can't describe her scent, but it was from the natural soap that she used.  I absolutely LOVED taking a bath every night because I smelled so great.  She became my Angel Maw Maw years back, and I was unable to learn the name of her soap.  Quite honestly, all of this had slipped my mind until about a month ago.



I received a luxurious bar of Dead Sea Soap from Adovia, and the minute I opened the package I was flooded with memories of Maw Maw because this soap smells just like her.  I am convinced my Maw Maw was using Dead Sea Salt Soap since I know she used a special soap from the Health Food Store.



The kids and I have been bathing with this soap since, and I am in deep love with this soap for reasons beyond I now smell like my then 80+ year old grandmother.  The benefits of Dead Sea Salt have been known and utilized for centuries, and even Queen Cleopatra herself knew indulged in these benefits.

You see, the mineral content of the Dead Sea salt is about 10 times higher than any other sea, and is the true secret of Adovia Dead Sea Salt Soap!



Benefits of Adovia Dead Sea Salt Soap
  • Infused with 100% Pure Dead Sea Salts from the Dead Sea
  • Dead Sea Salt contains over 21 Minerals Key to Skin Health and Beauty
  • Deeply Moisturizing and Hydrating Soap great for Dry and Normal to Dry Skin
  • Dead Sea Minerals Essential to Skin Function Contained in the Soap Include Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, and More.
This soap is beneficial in regulating our skin's natural moisture balance, and can help reduce the aging process and relieve fluids that contribute to puffiness.



While you are probably thinking this soap smells like a little old lady, it really doesn't.  It smells just amazing and soothing.  Additionally, my skin is super smooth and soft after bathing with it.  Despite using natural bug repellents my kids have been eaten alive by mosquitoes this Summer, and my daughter has been rubbing the soap on her legs.  She claims she gets immediate relief from the itching by using this soap!  I have no scientific proof, but I am hoping since salt alone (not Dead Sea Salt) can be drying, that this soap will help these bites dry up sooner.  



Honestly, I think this soap is a bit pricey at $18 a bar of soap, but considering that I don't need a separate face soap when using this bar, I think it is a bargain.  I typically use 5 face products daily which are worth well over $100 total, so $18 is definitely worth the switch!

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Orkin's Backyard Explorer's Kit Giveaway!

Summer is here and Orkin some amazing “Bug Wisdom” to soak in and a “Backyard Explorers Kit” to keep the kids busy at home!


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At Orkin, we never stop learning. Our new “Bug Wisdom” video series is a reminder that some of life’s biggest lessons come from small places. Bugs are smart, curious creatures – we humans can learn a lot from their ways.

Take the quiz to discover your “Spirit Bug,” and check out all the GIFs to soak in every nugget of wisdom that these bugs have to offer!
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Why you will LOVE The Orkin Bug Wisdom App:
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Allyson's Backyard Burger with Jiva Organics' Garam Masala Inspired Yogurt Sauce Recipe and Review



My sister makes some of the best Pakistani food I have ever eaten. And for those of you who just said, "Yeah, but it's the only Pakistani food you ever eat" you are wrong.  I have eaten at some very delicious Pakistani restaurants, but none of them make food like Auntie (what my children call her and every other Aunt they have).  

So when I received the opportunity to review Jiva Organics' Garam Masala I jumped at the chance.  Why?  You ask.  Well, for several reasons.  First of all it is USDA Certified Organic which means it doesn't contain GMO's and meets a very important criterion.  Secondly, Garam Masala is actually a spice blend of multiple spices so it can be expensive to make when you are using only organic spices.  It is just easier to find a reputable source like Jiva Organics and just purchase it already blended from them.  Lastly, I had this grandiose idea in my unrealistic head that I, the one who burns the bottom out of a pot trying to boil water but can bake any pastry you like, was going to cook.  No, not bake, cook.




Well, you can imagine how that went.  I studied multiple recipes created by others of course for yummy food such as Garam Masala Chicken, Beef, etc, etc, but I admit when I am in over my head.  And I am telling you, I am in over my head.  This girl cannot create those lovely dishes.  




I am taking my bag of spice over to my sister's house, and I am going to gift this spice to her along with the ingredients for the dish she will make me.   Don't worry about telling her, because it's a surprise!

In the mean time to try this spice out for you guys, I created what I am calling the "Allyson's Backyard Burger with Garam Masala Yogurt Sauce."  Yogurt is after all the universal condiment with most Pakistani foods, so I was positive I couldn't fail. 





Allyson's Backyard Burger with Garam Masala Yogurt Sauce

1/4 pound grass fed ground beef
1/4 cup homemade yogurt (see my recipe here that is so simple you will never buy yogurt again)
1/2 tsp Jiva Organics' Garam Masala


1.  Preheat oven to 425 or preheat grill

2.  Shape meat into a patty and press a quarter size indentation in the middle of the patty on both sides so that the meat keeps it's form as it shrinks

3.  Bake 30 minutes (or less if you like your meat rarer)

4.  While meat is baking, stir the yogurt and spice together

5.  Place burger on bread of choice and top with as much of the yogurt mixture as you like-I used it as a dip as well.


I have had dishes before with garam masala so I have a good idea what it is supposed to taste like, and this stuff is really, good.  It is so tasty that I can't wait for the next trip to Auntie's house for Pakistani night!

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Premium Natural Turmeric Supplement, Curcumin C3 Complex® - 2000% More Bioavailable Convinced Me to Kick My NSAIDS To The Curb!

For over 12 years now I have taken 800 mg of ibuprofen 3 times a day under a doctor's care.  I know that sounds like a LOT, and it is.   However, my DDD (degenerative disc disorder) is so painful that I am literally bed bound on prescription pain pills and muscle relaxers if I don't keep the inflammation down.

I have made great efforts to try natural ways to heal and cure things over the past few years, and I have found that herbs and minerals are often all one needs to heal things including infections.  I had read that both Ginger and Turmeric are great anti-inflammatory herbs (or are they spices?) that also make food taste yummy so I have been trying to add them to recipes often.  That's super easy for ginger since I just flavor my daily Kombucha with ginger, but I honestly have no idea how to cook with Turmeric. 




I received an opportunity to try out  Premium Natural Turmeric Supplement, Curcumin C3 Complex® - 2000% More Bioavailable supplements, so I decided to take them daily for a month and tell my closest friends what I think after giving it a try.

First of all, let me say that using Turmeric for it's antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits has been in Vogue for centuries.  It is particularly known for it's bio-active elements:  curcumin, bisdemethoxyl-curcumin and demethoxyl-curcumin.  I dare you to say that 3 times fast!!  It can even be used as a liver detox supplement and used in cardiovascular/cholesterol treatment.  Bottom line is turmeric has been useful for so much, but all I knew was that it was an odd color orange spice that was never in any recipe I cook!




I have been taking it as the bottle recommended for a month, and I am impressed.  The first few days I still took my daily doses of NSAIDS because not only am a I skeptic, but I need to stay active.  Seriously, the world as my children expect it does fall apart when I am not at the helm.  I honestly forgot to take my blue NSAID one day, and decided not to take it when I remembered.  




If I have a bad flair up like I do every few months, I have to take something with the Turmeric, but overall it is keeping me just as active as when I had to take medicine 3 times a day.  I definitely like taking something that has positive side effects instead of medicines that are known for upsetting my healthy gut, so I not only will continue to take this, I would recommend it to anyone who needs inflammation medicine.  
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

What I'm Drinking for Thirsty Thursday: Certified Organic Tyler's Coffee is Acid Free!

When I was growing up, my dad always drank his coffee, and even took a thermos to work with him.  My Mama on the other hand never did drink coffee, but has taken up the habit in the last few years.  She has consistently mentioned that she has to be very careful about her coffee intake because it causes major stomach upset if she drinks more than a glass every day.



As a pot of coffee a day drinker, I thought it was odd that Mama can't drink more coffee.  However, stomach issues seem to be a common occurrence with more than a few coffee drinkers- 50,000,000 Americans to be exact.  One of the reasons is that coffee is often not organic and contains acid which can easily cause stomach troubles.



Tyler's Coffee is Certified USDA Organic, and it's acid free which helps those millions of people with coffee-related stomach issues be able to enjoy coffee on a regular basis.  Tyler's Coffee is even the coffee that Courtney Sixx, Motley Crew's wife turned to when she turned to a more healthy lifestyle and was alkalizing her body.



I received my sample package right after I completed moving our family  hours away.  I have always bought our organic, fairly sourced coffee from our local food co-op.  However, I was so busy moving us that I ran out of the good coffee, and couldn't find a local place to purchase from. 


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Long story shortened is that I was drinking a National brand while I waited for Organic coffee to arrive, and Tyler's Coffee showed up in my mail box on day two of the coffee in the blue plastic can.  I was so excited that I immediately grabbed my french press and brewed a pot.  Tyler's Coffee was literally night and day compared to how the grocery store coffee tasted.  

Taste alone it is so good that I can't imagine drinking coffee from a blue can ever again!  I love that it isn't bitter at all, and we all know that eating and drinking organic is more important than it has ever been!

It's no secret that the American diet has been taken over by a Monsanto monopoly food industry, and it is taking more research to find truly organic food, and more time/effort to prepare it.  Thankfully, the purest cup of coffee that money can buy is as easy as ordering online

I even have a special code so you can get $10 off your first order from Tyler's Coffee!

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