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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Giveaway: I'm Going to Give You a Bear Hug #BearHugs #FlyBy



I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug!, written by bestselling author Caroline B. Cooney, is a playful and comforting bedtime book that imagines all the wonderful ways a child might give and receive a hug.

Whether it’s a big bear, gasp for air, knock over a chair hug or a wet and drippy, slimy, slippy fish hug, children will giggle their way through all the imaginative examples. Cooney’s sweet and simple rhymes encourage playful interaction between parent and child and ultimately help them wind down before they snuggle into bed and drift off to sleep.

I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug is a sweet, loving bedtime story book that is also sure to become a Valentine’s Day favorite for little ones who enjoy celebrating a day full of hugs and kisses from loved ones. I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug will be available in hardcover for $16.99 in retail stores nationwide.

This book is adorable.  I loved the illustratons showing all different types of hugs!  It's fun, silly, and sweet.  The pictures are precious and complement the silly rhymes and will prepare your kiddos for bedtime and sweet dreams.

About the Author: Caroline B. Cooney was born in New York, grew up in Connecticut, and now lives in South Carolina. Caroline is the author of 90 Young Adult novels in many genres, and her books have sold over fifteen million copies. I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug is her first picture book. It’s based on a verse she wrote for her own children, Louisa, Sayre and Harold, who are grown now.

About the Illustrator: Tim Warnes has been illustrating children's books for twenty years. He lives in Dorset, England, with his wife, children's illustrator Jane Chapman, and their two sons. When he's not drawing little critters, Tim loves to write, watch birds and play his banjo.  Visit Tim at www.ChapmanandWarnes.com

Zonderkidz™, the children’s division of Zondervan, inspires young lives through imagination and innovation. As the leader in Christian children's communications, it creates products that awaken the hearts and touch the souls of kids under 14. Zonderkidz is also publisher of the NIrV (New International Reader’s Version) Bible translation, the third grade reading level edition of the NIV. For additional information, please visit www.zondervan.com.

Zondervan is a world-leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications. Zondervan, as part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., delivers transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The Company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, MI. For additional information, please visit www.zondervan.com.

Want to win a copy of this for your family?  Enter through my rafflecopter widget below!


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Chef Mickey's Buffet - Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World

On our recent trip to Walt Disney World, one of the places we wanted to try was Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary.  So many times on the monorail, we've zipped through this beautiful hotel and glimpsed Chef Mickey's down below.  So we wanted to experience it for ourselves!  Back in June I was able to get a 9:15 pm reservation for our first night at Disney.

We spent our first afternoon at the Magic Kingdom, then went back to the hotel to shower and change for dinner.  We decided to drive to the hotel and parked there before taking the elevator up to the restaurant.   We got to the hostess stand right at 9:15.

They gave us a pager, and we waited in the lobby for about 10 minutes to be seated - they had a photographer available for pictures, too.




We had a wonderful waiter named Glen who told us about the buffet and took our drink orders.
The main buffet had salads, breads, and lots of entrees and sides.  My choices were sloppy joes without the bun, polenta, green beans with a dab of butter, short ribs, grilled chicken with a little honey mustard, and some carved turkey breast.  There was also some salad under the ribs, ha!

My son chose chicken, chicken nuggets, bread, and macaroni and cheese.  We thought everything was really good.  Our waiter was great about removing empty plates and refilling our drinks before we had to ask.



He noticed we had our birthday buttons on (I got them at the check-in desk at Pop Century), and surprised us with a birthday card signed by all of the characters, plus a cupcake to share!



And speaking of characters:





Dessert was awesome - they had so many things to choose from!  I didn't take pictures of all the options.  David had ice cream with candy on top.  I chose these three mini desserts!  The key lime tart was my favorite!


The restaurant has plenty of room, and the decor is bright and fun.  After dinner we walked around the hotel a bit and looked at this huge Frozen gingerbread castle!  The Christmas decorations were beautiful.  



As I mentioned in my previous post, we had the free dining plan, so we had a free table service meal for each day of our stay. So this meal only cost us the 20% tip we left!  Without the dining plan, our dinner would have cost $106.50!  I highly recommend the dining plan if you want to have lots of character meals!



We truly enjoyed this restaurant and the character interactions.  It was a lot of fun and we'll definitely be back next time we visit The Magic Kingdom!  Here is a link to the menu if you want to see more of what they offer!

Stay tuned for more Disney posts coming soon!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Perfectly Posh giveaway!!

Have you heard of Perfectly Posh pampering products? I'd not heard of the company until earlier this year, when my friend Natasha started selling them.  She sent me several packages with samples of their soap Chunks, hand creme, face masks, etc.  Well...needless to say, I was hooked.  In late November, I found out it was only $99 to sign up, so now here I am, a Perfectly Posh Independent Consultant!




Here are some of my favorite things about this company:

Products are made in the USA!

We Simply Pamper:  the ingredients used are the most natural and the very best!

We offer Perks rewards - sign up and get 10% of your purchase back in Perks to use on future purchases! You get $2.50 in Perks just for signing up.  You also get Perks for ordering for 3 consecutive months, for your birthday, and more!

Nothing is over $25! (with the exception of special bundles offered during the holidays, etc)

Most items are Buy 5, Get 1 Free!

$5.99 shipping.  Any size order!

No animal testing.

You deserve it!! We all need a little pampering in our lives.


I love being a consultant because:

I earn at least 20% back on my purchases and my customers' orders!  I also earn Perks! ***Update - on 12/31/16 I promoted to Pink and now I make 25% commission - that was fast and easy!! ***

I get paid every week - I love my Wednesday paydays!

This company wants us to succeed.  One example: they offer free online training and I earn Perks for completing training. In my first 5 weeks, I've earned $60 in Perks just for watching easy, fun videos!

Free website as long as I'm active.  (Active means I sell (or buy) $300 in 6 months)

No autoships or monthly purchases required! You don't have to keep anything in stock if you don't want to.  They are so laid back - LOVE it!

Awesome incentives - 40 top consultants are going to GREECE in 2017!!  I don't think I'll make it for this trip, but 2018 here I come! :)

The support and sisterhood among our team is fantastic. I've never been this supported & encouraged with any other company or job.  I love my Posh sisters! And there is so much support on Facebook from our uplines.

I'm taking care of myself so much more - more pampering, weekly facials, pedicures, etc - amazing Posh products on hand means more "me" time and more "pampering" time.  I deserve it! And so do you!



Some of my favorite Posh Products:  

                                             Click on any of these pics for a larger version!


Dtox Dust, Mermaid Mix and Cold on Hold are awesome!






I really like Cackle Spackle and As Good As Gold face masks.



We have products the men in your life will love! 



I ALWAYS have at least 3 skin sticks in my purse. They are amazing, and made with high quality essential oils.  I use the Immunator, As Good As Gold, and Perk right now!  The Healer and The Purifier are on my next-to-try list. 


My favorites -- Hoku Kukui,  Vanity Pear, and  
I Love You a Whole Brunch.   Dive In and Gender Bender are my son's favorites!  Our Chunks are HUGE and last a long time! 

 I like to cut them in thirds, then I can change soaps often.  I store the extra pieces in ziplocs so they stay dry until I use them.   Join my FB VIP group to see a video I made on Dec. 4 about this! 


Here is a comparison of our Chunks versus popluar brands of soaps...





Join Posh!



Looking to make a little extra money in 2017?  Why not join me and Perfectly Posh?  It's $99 plus shipping and tax and you get a huge assortment of full size products, plus a tote bag, samples, sample containers, stickers, catalogs and everything else you need to start 2017 off right!  Our kit contents change every month - but here is what you get in December's kit!  This month's kit is focused on glycerin and moisturizing.   Sign up by visiting my site and click Join to get started.




If you like what you see, try Posh out!  I'm offering a free shipping special right now for orders over $50 (before shipping).  I will refund your shipping cost back to you when you order from my link! Simply message me through my FB group and give me your name and when you ordered (make sure I am the consultant shown when you order!) and I'll paypal $5.99 back to you!  Once you try Posh, you'll LOVE our products!

Ok - now that you know a little about Posh, lets get on to the giveaway!

I want to share my love of Posh, so I'm giving away an assortment of our samples PLUS a FULL SIZED Product from my inventory.   (Product of my choice, but it will be a good one, with a retail value of at least $15) The picture below shows a few of the samples I have in stock right now.  I'm constantly adding to my sample drawer and giving samples away, so the prize may not include every single one of the packets shown, but it will include at least 10 samples, but probably a few more than that! You'll get samples of Posh soaps, body butter, body scrub, facial mask, facial lotion or oil, and more.

Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below, and good luck!!





Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Garden Grill Restaurant at Walt Disney World Epcot

My son and I just returned from a wonderful eight day vacation in Florida.  The majority of our time was spent at Walt Disney World, and I'll be sharing some of our favorites from our trip over the next few weeks!

First up is our lunch at Garden Grill Restaurant.  It's located in The Land building towards the front of the park.   This is what the lobby of the building looks like, when you first enter.   (Click on any pic for a larger view)  Garden Grill is on the main level (2nd floor) straight ahead.



Here's a closer view of the front of the restaurant:



You really need a reservation for any of the table service or character meals at Walt Disney World.  I made our reservations back in June for this trip!  We saw many disappointed people during our trip who tried to walk up and get in at restaurants.  So make sure to plan your trip well in advance, then you can start making dining reservations 180 days from your trip date.

We checked in a few minutes early, and were given a pager.  This lovely Christmas tree was in the waiting area and was so pretty to look at!




Once the pager lit up, we were quickly taken to our table.  The restaurant rotates very slowly, and you get to see portions of the interior of Living With the Land ride as it moves.   Our waitress was named Jenna and she was AMAZING.  Everyone there was friendly and helpful, and you can tell they love their job! 

She took our drink orders, then brought them plus fresh rolls with clover honey butter, and a gorgeous salad that contained fresh veggies grown in the greenhouses at Epcot! It was tossed in a ranch dressing and was delicious.  The rolls were fluffy and the honey butter was out-of-this-world fantastic! (I haven't eaten rolls or bread in 3 months, so that might be part of the reason they tasted so good, ha!) 

Next up was the entree.  She brought David a serving of mac-n-cheese (topped with goldfish crackers) and sweet potato fries, in addition to our main entree skillet.  It contained turkey with a delicious bacon and leek dressing, cranberry sauce, tender pot roast with buttermilk  mashed potatoes, sweet Italian sausage with peppers and onions, and green beans.  Everything was perfect!  I tried a little of each and my favorites were the pot roast and the turkey.  Both were really tasty.  Dessert was a blueberry and strawberry shortcake, with vanilla bean whipped cream. YUM! 




While we ate, we were visited by some adorable characters!  The coolest part?  They came by several times during our meal! That never happens at other character meals we've had!




We were on the free dining plan, so we paid nothing for lunch, except for our tip.  But this is what it would have cost if we'd had to pay out of pocket.




If you can book a trip and get the free dining plan- DO it!! We had 6 table service meals, 6 quick service meals, and 6 snacks each - for free.  Totally worth it!! All you will pay is your tips!   Actually, now that I think about it, we did pay a little for our plan, because we switched from the Coronado resort to Pop Century, and just upgraded the dining plan.  It was a very nominal fee, though.

My travel agent was Jo Vagos with The Magic For Less.  We paid a $200 deposit back in April, and paid a little on our trip each month.  The balance for our trip was due one month before travel.  I really suggest going this route and being able to save for your vacation throughout the year.  Please be sure to tell Jo that Aimee Ransom referred you if you use her!

Jo Vagos ~ Travel Specialist
Affiliated with The Magic For Less Travel
Phone: 407-568-2789


More Disney information to come - we had a magical vacation with lots to share!  Tusker House, Chef Mickey's, Ohana, Be our Guest, and more! 


Sunday, December 4, 2016

Giveaway ~ The Canvas Factory

I was offered an opportunity to receive a printed 16 x 20 canvas from The Canvas Factory recently, and I was happy to try them out.

I had a hard time choosing the perfect picture to use! After going through many of mine,  I also looked through the stock pictures that The Canvas Factory had available - there are cityscapes, landscapes, all sorts of beautiful images you can choose!  In the end, I settled on one with both of my kids at my daughter's graduation.

It's hanging in my hallway, so it's hard to get a good picture of it.  But the quality is fantastic and I really love my canvas!

Wrapping inside the box - it was well protected!

Once I ordered, it took about a month to receive my canvas.  It was packaged very well, and looks fantastic!  I will definitely order from them again!

I've got a canvas from The Canvas Factory to give away to one of you, too!  All you need to do is enter through my Rafflecopter widget giveaway below....


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Giveaway - Where Jesus Slept #WhereJesusSlept #FlyBy

Can y'all believe Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK!? Then the Christmas hustle and bustle begins. Even though my kids are older, I still keep a shelf of Christmas books out for the months of November and December.  Sometimes when things get crazy, I'll sit on the couch and read one or two of them by the glow of the Christmas tree lights, just enjoying the peace and quiet for a bit. Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year and I enjoy finding new Christmas books to add to our holiday bookshelf.



I was able to review a new hardcover children's book that is for sure going to be on my holiday shelf from now on!  It's called Where Jesus Slept, and it has the most darling illustrations (look at that precious Baby Jesus on the cover!) and the sweetest rhymes that tell the story of the first Christmas.  I absolutely love it.   I think y'all will enjoy it too!

Here's a little more about the book:

"This is the bed where Jesus slept. This is the straw that lined the bed where Jesus slept.” From here, the story builds with each spread, adding a new element and explaining the relationships among the participants and witnesses to the first Christmas. From Jesus sleeping sweetly to the wise men bringing gifts, this charming book reminds readers young and not-so-young of the joyous event we celebrate at Christmastime. Children will love the delightful illustrations and the engaging repetition in this cumulative tale.

About the author:
Norma Lewis is the author of ten books. She lives in Grand Haven, MI, with a marmalade cat named Scalawag. They both love spending time with her six grandchildren, ranging in age from three to twenty.    Illustrated by Katy Hudson.


It's perfect for ages 4-7 and retails for $16.99.  It will surely become a Christmas must-read for your family too!



I have a copy of Where Jesus Slept to give away to one of my readers!  Just enter via my rafflecopter widget below.

Don't forget - you have to leave a comment below this post as your mandatory entry. Without that, no other entries will count, so you won't be eligible to win if you don't complete that mandatory entry.

Remember to share this post with your family and friends using the share buttons at the bottom of this post under my signature!  Good luck!



Thursday, November 10, 2016

List of Veteran's Day Offers for tomorrow!



I've been keeping an eye out this week for the specials that are available to our Veterans this year for Veteran's Day, and compiled this list of some of my favorites.

Check out all these wonderful freebies and deals for our Vets, share with your friends, and thank a Vet for their service!  Also, feel free to add any other Veteran's Day freebies in the comments below!

Bob Evans - FREE meal on 11/11 (dine in only) for all Veterans and active duty military.  Proof of service required. 

Cracker Barrel - Veterans dining in our restaurant Friday, 11/11, will receive a FREE slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca Cola cake! 

Fatz - 11/11 from 11 am - 11 pm, Vets and active duty personnel will receive a FREE Calabash Chicken Entree. 

IHOP - FREE short stack of Red, White and Blue pancakes.  Proof of military service required.

Krispy Kreme - FREE donut and small coffee on 11/11.

Logan's Steakhouse  -  Show your military ID and choose a FREE entree from our special menu all day on Friday, 11/11. 

O'Charley's - All Vets and active duty personnel will receive a FREE $9.99er entree.

On the Border -  FREE Create Your Own Combo meal. Dine in only on 11/11, proof of military service required.

Perkins - FREE Magnificent Seven meal with proof of military service.  Dine in only, 11/11.

Publix - Show your military ID on 11/11 and save 10% on groceries.

Red Lobster - On 11/11 Active Duty, Reserves and Veterans, choose a FREE appetizer or dessert from a select list.  Must show military ID.  

Red Robin - 11/11 Active Duty and Veterans receive a FREE Red's Tavern Double Burger.  Proof of Service Required. 

Steak N Shake -  Request the Veteran's Day Special and receive a FREE homestyle breakfast! 6 am - 11 am on Friday, 11/11.  Proof of Military Service requested.

Tijuana Flats - FREE Entree for Active Military and Vets, with valid ID on  11/11.

Uncle Maddio's - FREE 9" 3-topping, pizza for all Vets and active duty military in uniform or with ID, 11/11.




Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Giveaway ~ PARENTING: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family #GospelParenting #FlyBy

I've got another book to share with y'all and a giveaway, as well.  This book is excellent, and I can't wait to tell you about it!




Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family is a wonderful resource for Christian parents.

In the midst of folding laundry, coordinating carpool schedules, and breaking up fights, many parents get lost. Feeling pressure to do everything “right” and raise up “good” children, it’s easy to lose sight of our ultimate purpose as parents in the quest for practical tips and guaranteed formulas.

In this life-giving book, Paul Tripp offers parents much more than a to-do list. Instead, he presents us with a big-picture view of God’s plan for us as parents. Outlining fourteen foundational principles centered on the gospel, he shows that we need more than the latest parenting strategy or list of techniques. Rather, we need the rescuing grace of God—grace that has the power to shape how we view everything we do as parents.  Freed from the burden of trying to manufacture life-change in our children’s hearts, we can embrace a grand perspective of parenting overflowing with vision, purpose, and joy.




I'm only a few chapters in so far, but this book is just what I needed to read right now.  We all have days where we feel like we're not doing a great job as a parent.

This one passage made such an impact on me: "I am more like my children than unlike them - and so are you.  The reality is that there are few struggles in the lives of my children that aren't in my life as well....This admission transformed my parenting.  Instead of approaching them with self-righteous outrage,  I moved toward them as a sinner in need of grace, needing to confront a sinner in need of grace."  WOW, right?!

Oh, this book is making me examine how I parent, and how I want/need to change things.  It came at a great time and I'm so thankful for it!



I really recommend this for all parents who are doing their best, yet wondering if that is enough.  The author has some great words of wisdom, and they can transform how we all do this job of parenting. It's a tough job, but remember, God wants to help you every step of the way!

As I mentioned above, I have a copy to give away to one reader.

Simply complete the mandatory entry in my Rafflecopter widget, and then any additional entries you'd like.  Easy peasy!  Good luck!


Saturday, October 8, 2016

GIVEAWAY ~ VeggieTales Every Day with God devotional #EveryDaywithGod #FlyBy



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Every Day with God is the latest 365-day devotional (one for boys and another for girls) from VeggieTales. The updated content and art offer the perfect opportunity for parent and child to share time together each day. Each entry includes a Bible verse, short devotion, Thought of the Day, and prayer. The content will help children learn more about God and develop a daily practice to keep Him close in their lives. The book is perfect for bedtime reading, family devotion time, or as a fresh way to start each day!


Format: Trade paperback
Page Count: 384
Trim Size: 5 X 7.25
Retail Price: $9.99

Reading Age: 4-7

This little book is absolutely perfect for bedtime! The color illustrations are adorable. I love that they have one for boys and one for girls.  So sweet! Wouldn't this make a great Christmas gift for the sweet littles in your life? 

You can find both books on Amazon:



One lucky reader will win their choice of either the Boy or Girl devotional book, thanks to my sponsor.  You can enter via the rafflecopter giveaway below.  This giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents.  Good luck! 


Friday, October 7, 2016

Save $100 on family-friendly Hawaii vacations with Pleasant Holidays - USFG's new travel partner!




I am so excited! I just learned that US Family Guide has partnered with Pleasant Holidays, a leading provider of package vacations. They're based in the U.S. and have great deals on family vacations worldwide - Hawaii, contiguous United States, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Costa Rica, Europe, Tahiti, Fiji and more. They can also book complete cruise vacations with airfare, onboard accommodations, and pre- and post-cruise hotel stays for vacations where everyone can relax and enjoy.

Pleasant Holidays is new to US Family Guide, but has been partnering with hotels and resorts for more than 55 years to get great offers you cannot book anywhere else. When you're planning to explore close to home or farther afield, make them your one-stop-shop for everything you need: flights, accommodations, car rentals, ground transfers, exciting activities and tours, and travel protection coverage to protect your travel investment (because if parenthood has taught us one thing, it's to expect the unexpected). And unlike some other online travel providers, they have in-destination customer assistance should you need it.

They've currently got a great deal on Hawaii vacations that saves you $100 per booking. Select from 26 hotels and resorts on the four most popular islands: Oahu, Maui, Kauai and island of Hawaii. Explore the exciting sights of Oahu, including world-famous Waikiki Beach and historic Pearl Harbor. Watch the sun rise from the slopes of a dormant volcano on Maui. Snorkel, hike, kayak, surf, experience Polynesian culture and more. This deal is valid on new vacations booked by 10/30/16 for select travel through 6/30/17 that include roundtrip airfare from the continental United States and a stay of five nights or longer at a participating hotel or resort. The $100 savings is per booking and taken at time of booking - no waiting! For more information or reservations visit www.PleasantHolidays.com, call 1-800-837-5154 or contact your travel agent.

Be sure to keep an eye on my blog! I'll be sharing more great deals for memorable family vacations from Pleasant Holidays soon!