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Sunday, May 28, 2017

THE SHACK Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Giveaway

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for Lionsgate. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
Based on The New York Times Best-Selling Novel,
An All-Star Cast Delivers an Uplifting Spiritual Message 
on Digital HD May 16 and Blu-ray™ and DVD on May 30
from Lionsgate

I am excited to see this movie and I can't wait until it comes out on DVD. A friend from church saw this movie and gave me a summary of the movie. He said, "A father loses his faith through a tragedy and through three strangers, he discovers God again."  He also loved that the movie was scripture based. Having suffered through the loss of a brother when I was younger, I knew that this was a movie that I need to see.

For anyone who has ever experienced loss, this is a must see movie!


 The Shack takes us through a father’s experience learning the ultimate truth about love, loss, and forgiveness. The Christian movie event of the year, this “powerful and gripping” (The Dove Foundation) film has been awarded the Dove Faith Friendly Seal of Approval. The Shack takes us on a father’s transformative spiritual journey. After a family tragedy, Mack (Worthington) spirals into a crisis of faith and questions God’s existence and life’s purpose. Mack is unable to move on until he gets a mysterious invitation to an abandoned shack. There, God reveals Himself in the form of three strangers led by Papa (Spencer). Mack’s journey will transform audiences of all ages, in this movie that you will want to watch over and over.

Starring Sam Worthington (Avatar, Hacksaw Ridge), Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer (Best Supporting Actress, The Help, 2011) and country music superstar Tim McGraw (The Blind Side).

                                The Shack arrives on DVD May 30th

Check out the Trailer of The Shack

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I have a copy of the movie The Shack to giveaway to one lucky reader! Just enter on the form below and good luck.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Refreshing Healthy Summer Cocktail Recipes

 Looking for some healthy cocktails for summer?

These refreshing cocktail recipes perfect for those looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle while still indulging in a delicious cocktail at your summer soirees! These low-calorie cocktails are brought to you by Sparkling Ice- a lightly carbonated, zero-calorie beverage that combines sparkling water, fruit juice, vitamins, and antioxidants!

                                  Sparkling Watermelon Vodka Lemonade 


3 cups seedless watermelon pieces

3 lemons, juiced

½ cup vodka

¼ cup fresh mint


In a blender, puree the watermelon and lemon juice, strain through a sieve into a drink pitcher. Add mint, vodka, and Sparkling Ice Classic Lemonade - then stir. Serve over ice and garnish with fresh.

 Pining For Pineapple


1.5 oz white rum

3 oz of pineapple juice

Sparkling Ice Coconut Pineapple

Nutmeg (garnish)


Add white rum and pineapple juice to the shaker. Add ice. Stir and strain into chilled Old Fashioned glass. Top with Sparkling Ice Coconut Pineapple. Garnish with a pinch of nutmeg.

Strawberry Watermelon Refresher


3 oz.  Sparkling Ice Strawberry Watermelon

1.5 oz. Vodka

½ oz. Peach Schnapps

Watermelon slices and strawberries for garnish


Pour vodka and peach schnapps, then Sparkling Ice Strawberry Watermelon over ice.  Stir gently to mix. Garnish with watermelon slices and strawberries.

Wine Supercooler


1 Part Reisling

1 Part Sparkling Ice Pomegranate Blueberry

Pomegranate Seeds


Teaspoon Agave



Mix all in a pitcher, pour into wine glasses and add a mint leaf garnish.

Strawberry Lemonade Spritzer


3 oz.  Sparkling Ice Strawberry Lemonade

1 oz. vodka

Fresh raspberries and lemon slices for garnish


Pour vodka into a chilled glass with ice. Top with Sparkling Ice Strawberry Lemonade. Garnish with fresh raspberries and lemon slices.

Sparkling Sangria


1 peach, sliced

½ orange, sliced

¾ cup peach brandy

1 bottle white wine, chilled

4 cups Sparkling Ice Classic Lemonade


Place peaches, oranges, and brandy in a pitcher then lightly muddle. Add wine and Sparkling Ice Classic Lemonade and stir. Serve over ice and garnish with a peach slice.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Healthy Snacks For Active Kids

My boys never slow down!

  My boys are out of school and home all day with me. My boys are bundles of energy and keep me going all day. My days are now spent playing at the park, going for bike rides, and swimming at the pool. My boys are also eating machines and seem to be hungry all the time. So I like to keep my kitchen stocked with healthy snacks that my boys can grab and go. Having grab and go snacks allow my boys to grab something to eat and my kitchen stays clean between meals. I am spoiled during the school year as they boys get free breakfast and lunch at school so my kitchen stays clean during the day.

    So take a look at some of my boy's favorite healthy snacks.

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After a long bike ride, my boys are hot and sweaty. So I like to have to stock my freezer with Hydrating Freezies that my boys can grab to cool down with. Since my boys did plenty of sweating, these frozen snacks help replenish their electrolytes with a delicious taste. Last year my boys had headaches when they did not consume enough water and I want to make sure that does not happen this year. I love that these Freezies contain real fruit juice and whole food electrolytes from coconut water and sea salt. They also have no added sugar, artificial colors or preservatives, or GMO’s. You can also rejoice that they are vegan and gluten free! My boys love the watermelon ice pops the best. My favorite flavor is the strawberry lemonade and the pineapple flavor is awesome too. 

  When we are not at the park or a bike ride, my boys are usually out front goofing around. Which is great for me so I can get some work done. That usually is short lived as one of them will say "I am hungry!" So I open the door and toss them a bag of Coconut Granola! This grain-free snack is addicting! I make sure to have several bags in the pantry as I love it more than the boys do. I love that this healthy snack is made without oil! It is simply a bag of delicious seeds, nuts, and coconut flakes that taste sweet but has very little sugar grams. Since the yummy snack is grain free, those who can't have gluten can enjoy it too. While my boys don't need the energy that this snack has, it sure does help me to keep up with them.

  Just look at those chunks of superfoods!  My favorite flavor is the Chocolate Coconola! I just love that that Grandy Oats uses Solar Panels to produce this awesome snack.

  Summer time means our bodies need more water. While my boys will drink water, it tends to get boring after a while so I like to treat my boys to flavored water. Their favorite flavored water for hot summer days is Aqua Ball. These cool shaped bottles make drinking water so fun and I don't have to worry about my boys becoming dehydrated. I love that the water is naturally flavored and my boys love all the delicious flavors like grapefruit punch, and strawberry lemonade. My boys also get some healthy vitamins from these preservative free waters. My boys love drinking the Aqua Balls after a hot day in the sun.

            Flavored water tastes so good after a water gun fight.

          My boys just love the cool characters on the bottles! 

 Other snacks that I like to keep in the house are fresh fruit like grapes and strawberries. My boys love freezing the grapes for a refreshing snack. Some other snacks that you can always find in my fridge are yogurt, cheese sticks, and peanut butter sandwiches. I find that having plenty of healthy snacks that are easy for my boys to grab keeps my kitchen clean and my boys filled with energy so they can run around and enjoy their summer.

What healthy snacks do your active kids enjoy?

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Nuzest May Giveaway

Check out this awesome Giveaway to win some awesome Nuzest products!

Go here to enter this awesome giveaway. There are five prize packs! I love Nuzest products! 

Enter the Giveaway HERE

Thirst-Quenching Beverages for Memorial Day BBQs

Add some excitement to your barbecue with these three delicious drinks!

  It’s time to start planning delicious drink ideas for all your upcoming barbecues and Memorial Day festivities. Skip the calories and keep the flavor with refreshing drink recipes which can be whipped up in a minute’s notice – how convenient! I love how all these drinks use my favorite low calorie drink Cascade Ice!

Melon Mixer
Time to buy that delicious watermelon you’ve been dreaming about all winter! Start with 3oz of Cascade Ice Blueberry Watermelon. Then pour 1oz of club soda. Add several slices of watermelon and blueberries and stir to release the fresh flavor. Voila!

Pomegranate Icer
Pomegranates pack a punch of vitamins and anti-oxidants and now that they are in season, it’s a great time for this refreshing drink. First pour 4oz of Cascade Ice Pomegranate Berry and 1oz of Cascade Ice Strawberry Lemonade into a glass with crushed ice. Top if off with fresh pomegranate seeds for the perfect touch and serve!

Grapefruit-Lemonade Refresher
A BBQ isn’t complete without some ice-cold lemonade! Try the Grapefruit-Lemonade Refresher for a new twist. Start with a chilled glass full of ice and add 3oz of Cascade Ice Grapefruit and 4oz of Cascade Ice Lemonade. Garnish with sliced lemons and a sugar rim.

Check out all the wonderful flavors of Cascade Ice Water and try these delicious low-calorie drinks at your barbecue!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Make Any Occasion Special With Customized Picture Oreo Cookies

 The next couple months are filled with special occasions like graduations, father's day, weddings, birthdays, and many others. Many people are looking for unique party favors, gifts, and desserts for these special occasions. Veronica's Treats has just the treat that will wow your guests. They make this delicious chocolate covered Oreo cookies that you can customize for any gift or occasion. Most everyone likes Oreos and they will love them, even more, when they are dipped in milk or white chocolate.

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 I was sent several cookies from Veronica's Treats so I could see how tasty and beautiful they are.  Let me tell you these cookies were delicious and they also looked so cool. I just love that you can send the company a photo and then they will place the image on an Oreo cookie! You can then serve these cookies to your guests or wrap them up for a cute party favor. I know my husband would love these cookies for a father's day gift. How cute would these cookies be for a birth announcement or for baby's first birthday! Each cookie is individually wrapped! You can even add a colored ribbon of your choice to the package.

  When my son graduates from high school next year, these cookies would be a perfect way to congratulate him on that special day. These Customized Picture Oreo Cookies would be great for so many celebrations, parties, and gifts. A business could put their company logo on the cookies for a great way to advertise or put the Photo Cookies in a favor box for thank you gifts to their employees.

    Customized Picture Oreo Cookies are just one of the many unique treats that Veronica's Treats sell. This company had me drooling as I was looking at their website. Veronica's Treats sells lots of customized and decorative treats for occasions like graduation, birthday, Christmas, weddings, and more. They have treats like cookies, brownies, cake pops, pretzels, and even mini cakes. I just love their personalized graham crackers for making smores! You need to check out the smores making kits that allow your guests to color the marshmallows. Now back to those awesome delicious Customized Picture Oreo Cookies~~~~ you need to check them out for your next occasion. 

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