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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mandisa #OutOfTheDark CD Giveaway #FlyBy

Hey guys!  I had to take some time off from blogging - it's been a very busy few months here. But I am back with a fantastic giveaway for you.



Have you heard the new song from Mandisa called "Unfinished"?  It's getting lots of airplay here in Atlanta. Super catchy, but also very inspiring.  My son and I saw her on tour with Toby Mac and others back in March, and she talked a little about how this album came to be,  and then sang this new song.



Mandisa wrote her song “Overcomer” in 2013 to encourage her close friend Kisha, who was battling breast cancer. Mandisa really believed and prayed that God was going to heal her, but when Kisha went to be with Jesus in 2014, Mandisa’s foundation was shaken in a way she never expected. She fell into a deep pit of depression for close to 3 years, shutting out her friends, family and the rest of the world.

Mandisa believes if she had kept going down that road she was on, she would not be here today… but God stepped in and lifted her out of that pit by using her close friends to communicate their love for her and God’s love for her. This album is Mandisa’s way of letting her fans into her story – it’s called 'Out Of The Dark' because that is exactly where God lifted her out of!

You can watch her talk openly about this on Good Morning America by clicking here.

Mandisa shares the story behind the album:



I've been such a fan of Mandisa ever since I watched her on American Idol. She is a beautiful, confident woman - and what a voice!  "Overcomer" is one of my favorite songs ever, and "Good Morning" is my ringtone!   Both are such encouraging, happy songs. I believe you'll agree that this CD is full of awesome encouragement, too - It's what Mandisa does best! These are honest, touching songs and they will inspire and revitalize you.  I was able to listen to this on a recent road trip and before I knew it, I was singing along!  It's a great album!

You can buy "Out of the Dark' by clicking here .  It's also available on Amazon.

I'm thrilled that I get to give away a copy of this CD to one of you! Just enter through my Rafflecopter widget below.  Good luck and thanks for entering!


Monday, March 13, 2017

Check out Medieval Times ATL for Spring Break! #MTFan #MedievalTimesAtlanta

We were able to visit Medieval Times Atlanta on Sunday night for a wonderful show and delicious dinner!  We're so lucky to have Medieval Times here in metro Atlanta - it's a great place for a fun family night out, or to celebrate events or groups!




Haven't been to Medieval Times yet? Oh my goodness!! You need to go!! We like to arrive about 30 minutes before the show starts. When you arrive you'll get cards showing your color for the evening, and crowns for everyone to wear.  You can get your picture taken with the King and Princess, and enjoy drinks for the whole family at the bar.  Then they begin seating guests.  VIP's get first seats - you can upgrade your dinner ticket to several package options.   We were seated after the VIPs, and found we were in the center, red and gold section.  We enjoyed cheering for our knight! It was a great night - ours won the tournament, too!





Our server was so much fun.  Her name was Chelsea and she was a hoot! She started out by filling our drinks.  You choose from Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Sweet Tea, Unsweet Tea or Water.  (Or you can order a drink from the bar!)  Then she served us soup, followed by garlic bread, roasted chicken, potatoes and corn on the cob.  Dessert was a lemon poundcake, served with coffee.   If your family doesn't like eating with their hands, be sure to pack some plastic cutlery!! And don't forget to tip your server appropriately- they work hard taking care of guests during the show!  You'll have the chance to purchase your photo with the King, plus banners, light up swords and such, and banners while you eat dinner.





A toast from the King!

The show was spectacular, as always! The knights put on quite a show.  The horses are beautiful and magnificent to watch.  The Falcon was awesome too.  My 13 year old always loves visiting Medieval Times because of the adventurous, action-packed show the knights provide!  Despite the fact that he's been several times before, he's always amazed by the skill shown by the knights as they joust and sword fight.   It's fun for kids of all ages, and parents will be entertained, as well.






We had several younger kids seated around on this visit, and it was so much fun to watch them enjoying the show for the first time - the wonder and joy in their eyes is wonderful to behold!  Hang out after the show and you can meet the knights, get photos with them, and they'll even sign your crown or banner!

There's a great gift shop you can check out before or after the show, too.  Lots of fun souveniers to choose from.

Are you planning to stay in town for Spring Break?  Medieval Times would love to have you and your family join them for dinner and a show in the Castle!  They are offering discounted tickets to my readers - You can get Adult tickets for $37.95, and Kids & Students get in for $29.95 with code SB17BLOG.

Visit their site  to get your tickets now, and enjoy Spring Break at Medieval Times Atlanta!

Have you been to Medieval Times before?  What did you think? Leave a comment below this post and let us know your thoughts!




We were hosted by Medieval Times for dinner - no other compensation was received.  All opinions in this review are my own! 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Cool new products for Expectant Moms from #MotherNurture



Are you pregnant, or know someone who is?  If so, you'll definitely want to check out these products! 

When you are pregnant, it is so important to stay hydrated, and it's hard to find tasty treats that are also good for you! So let me tell you a little about Mother Nurture's line of Enhanced Waters and Enhanced Chocolate Truffles!! The enhanced water provides a way to stay hydrated with a little flavor and extra nutrients for baby too. When you want a treat, you don’t have to feel guilty with these chocolate truffles that are only 70 calories each and contain DHA and Folic Acid for her baby. Moms who taste Mother Nurture love it!! 

Mother Nurture is offering you a discount code and an Amazon promotion, as listed below!! 

Here's the link to the Enhanced Truffles  and the link to the Enhanced Waters on Amazon. (Aff links)

Find out more about Mother Nurture at www.MadeByMotherNurture.com, and connect with Mother Nurture on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.  I'd love to hear what you think about these products! 



AMAZON DISCOUNT CODE:
$1 OFF
Enhanced Chocolate Truffles
$2 OFF
Enhanced Waters
Use code "nurtureu"
at checkout.
Offer valid through 5/1/17.
Good for a single purchase.
Offers cannot be combined.
 AMAZON PROMOTION:
Purchase
Enhanced Chocolate Truffles at regular price ($8.49)
and receive
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Enhanced Waters

No discount code required.
Just add both products to
your cart and discount will
be applied at checkout.
Offer valid through 5/1/17.
Offers cannot be combined.





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.

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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.