Monday, January 22, 2018

P. King Duckling: Discovery Duck...Review & Giveaway!

If you have a pre-schooler in your house you must know all about the adorable show, P. King Duckling!  There is a brand new DVD featuring P. King Duck called Discovery Duck and it is sure to be a hit with little ones.  Here is the scoop...

Leap into the awesome adventures of P. King Duckling! P. King Duckling: Discovery Duck contains 6 episodes from Season One, along with four fun music videos, and is available now on Amazon.com and ShoutFactory.com.

Brought to you by the award winning Josh Selig (Sesame Street, Wonder Pets!) in collaboration with James Chen Gu, General Manager of UYoung Animation,P. King Duckling encourages creative thinking and problem-solving skills in children with his funny, family-friendly adventures. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get quacking- hop in the Hilly-copter and join the fun!
Broadcast in the U.S. on Disney Junior, where the series enjoyed high ratings, the preschool comedy series has a learning-focused curriculum created by media specialist, Dr. Christine Ricci (Dora the Explorer), that centers on overcoming challenges and inspiring creative thinking.


Spend some time in Hilly Hole with your favorite day-seizing duck…P. King Duckling! Along with his two best friends- Chumpkins, the tech-savvy pig, and smart, sensible Wombat- P. King travels the globe in search of excitement and fun…even if they do ruffle a few feathers along the way!

Our Thoughts: This DVD is so much fun for little ones.  It is full of silliness and fun adventures all centered around problem solving and friendship.  This show is a win for parents and kids!  Pick up your copy today on Amazon....



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Friday, January 19, 2018

365 Days of Pinterest: Day 9.... Chicken Pot Pie!



Since I started my Pinterest challenge I have discovered a couple of really great recipes. This one, though, is my favorite yet! The McCormick Chicken Pot Pie went FAST in our house and everyone was disappointed when it was gone. I followed the recipe on the McCormick website (HERE) with some adjustments based on what I had on hand.  Check it out....


Ingredients



  • 1 package (14.1 ounces) refrigerated pie crusts, (2 crusts)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups chicken (the site calls for cubed but I used leftover rotisserie)
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables (I used green beans and corn)
  • 1/2 teaspoon  poultry seasoning (the site called for rosemary but I was out)
  • 1 container (12 ounces) McCormick® Simply Better Chicken Gravy (find this in the gravy/sauce aisle in your grocery story.  It comes in a carton)
1/4 cup chopped carrot (I added this because I had no frozen carrots and I though I needed some more color!).

Directions


1.  Preheat oven to 425ºF. Prepare pie crusts as directed on package for two-crust pie using 9-inch pie plate.

2. Melt butter in large skillet on medium heat. Add onion and carrots and cook and stir 10 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook until heated through. Spoon filling into pastry-lined pie plate. Top with second crust. Seal edges and cut several slits on top for steam to escape.

3. Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

The results....





The Verdict:  This recipe was quick, easy and a real crowd pleaser. You could easily prep this earlier in the day and pop in the oven later on.  I liked that it is comprised of ingredients that I usually have on hand and that is was budget friendly.  I will definitely making this one again....probably in the next few days!  Let me know if you make it and please remember to Pin It to try later.  You can find in on my Pinterest on my "2018" Challenge Board.  Enjoy!

Pinkalicious & Peterffic Coming to PBS Kids!!

I have such fun news today, guys!  PBS Kids just announced a brand new series that is starting next month and it is featuring a character we already love at our house....Pinkalicious!  Here is the scoop on Pinkalicious & Peterrific .......



PBS KIDS announced a first look at its newest animated series, PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC, based on the best-selling Pinkalicious book series by author Victoria Kann. In the lead-up to its February 19 broadcast premiere, PBS KIDS is giving fans a special sneak peek on pbskids.org and the PBS KIDS Video App. Three full-length 11-minute stories are now available; additional stories will roll out on digital platforms every Friday until February 9, when PBS stations will broadcast a special, one-hour series premiere event. The series’ on-air premiere will feature five 11-minute stories, one of which guest stars Marlo Thomas, who voices a dragon named Gertie.

PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC follows the adventures of Pinkalicious and her brother, Peter, as they explore the town of Pinkville with their neighborhood friends. The imaginative Pinkalicious finds creative opportunities everywhere she looks, with Peter and her friends Jasmine, Rafael and Kendra in tow. She inspires everyone around her to be creative and find imaginative solutions to problems, and expresses herself in ways that encourage children to do the same.

“At PBS KIDS, we seek to inspire kids through storytelling,” said Linda Simensky, Vice President, Children’s Programming, PBS. “PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC offers us the opportunity to put the spotlight on arts and creativity in a way we’ve never done before, to highlight the importance of the arts as part of a whole-child learning approach and encourage kids to express that creativity in their daily lives.”

Produced by WGBH Boston, PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC encourages kids to engage in self-expression and the creative arts, covering areas such as music, dance, theater and visual arts. Each episode includes two 11-minute stories featuring Pinkalicious, Peter and their friends, and one live-action interstitial. The interstitials will feature real-life kids creating art, as well as profiles of professional artists. Renowned musicians such as blues recording artist Vaneese Thomas, dancers such as New York City Ballet principal Ramar Amasar, and author-illustrator Victoria Kann are among the artists featured.

“With this new PBS KIDS series, kids can explore their own creativity and connect with the wonderful world of Pinkalicious, Peter and their friends,” said Dorothea Gillim, Executive Producer, PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC, WGBH Boston.

PBS KIDS and local stations across the country support the entire ecosystem in which children learn, including their teachers, parents and community. PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC is part of a multiplatform media experience that will include digital content for kids, parents and teachers, beginning in February. PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC will offer a variety of games at pbskids.org and on the PBS KIDS Games App, as well as clips and full episodes on pbskids.org and the PBS KIDS Video App, which is accessible on a variety of mobile devices and platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Chromecast. PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC app, Party with Pinkalicious!, a creative app experience that will support the series, will also launch in February. Parent resources will be available on the PBS KIDS for Parents website, and PBS LearningMedia will offer classroom-ready materials for teachers, including video excerpts, games, tips and printable activities.

I can't wait to watch this one with my daughter!  Visit pbskids.org for more programming information.

The Little Book of Big Weight Loss by Bernadette Fisers....Review & Giveaway!

It is the New Year and I, like many, am in a bit of a panic mode because I ate and ate and ate over the holidays.  And let's just say I wasn't eating celery!  I am working on getting back on track and I have a great little book to help me along the way.  Bernadette Fiser's book, The Little Book of BIG Weight Loss is a available now and the timing is perfect for helping you stick to those New Year's Resolutions.  Here is the scoop...

Bernadette (“Bern”) Fisers is an engaging, illustrated guide to radical and sustainable weight loss based on a set of 31 easily followed food and lifestyle rules. What started as a self-published passion project has exploded into an international sensation now published in more than twenty countries, including the United States just in time for the New Year and new beginnings. 

Bern Fisers, a devoted mother and successful makeup artist for celebrities such as Cindi Lauper, Ruby Rose, Richard Branson for more than two decades, struggled with her weight for most of her life and came close to 300 pounds at her heaviest. When faced with some serious health problems, she knew she had to make some dramatic life changes, and she turned to her famous clients for their advice. Bern lost 66 pounds in 30 weeks by following a custom diet she created using her clients’ tips in combination with her doctor’s guidance, information from medical journals, and her own strategies that she tested and found doable for herself in the long run. She’s successfully kept the excess weight off for a year, and her eye-popping “before and after” pictures and interviews about her journey can be found at www.thelittlebookofbigweightloss.com.

Nearly 40 percent of American adults carry enough extra weight to warrant a diagnosis of obesity. That’s the highest obesity rate among the world’s affluent nations, and it’s already shortening Americans’ lifespans by driving up rates of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancers, arthritis and dementia. THE LITTLE BOOK OF BIG WEIGHT LOSS presents an opportunity for American readers to take hold of Bern’s advice and make the same dramatic changes that improved her life and countless others’ lives around the world. 

Skipping the long and involved explanations and directions of the typical 300+ page weight loss manual, Bern Fisers presents listicle-like advice that she followed to develop better eating habits. Individually, the techniques in her book are not new, but it’s the winning combination of these 31 tips that creates superfast weight loss, and as a by-product, vastly improved health. Providing sections covering both the physical and mental aspects of losing weight, plus recommendations of food and ingredients to have on hand and suggested meal plans, Bern explains what to do, why each tip is important and—with absolute candor— how she made each tip work for her.  Her rules range from removing refined sugar from one’s diet and fasting from 7 PM to 10 AM, to drinking coffee first thing in the morning and eating leafy greens with good fats.  Most importantly, she says: “remember, if you slip up: tomorrow is another day and another chance to be healthy. in other words, be kind to yourself and make yourself a priority.” 

With its whimsical and appealing design combined with the author’s no-nonsense attitude, THE LITTLE BOOK OF BIG WEIGHT LOSS reads like written encouragement from your very best friend. For anyone who has tried and failed to lose weight and keep it off, this book, with its fresh, “can do” approach to dieting and sustainable health benefits, is a valuable resource for fulfilling one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. Bern’s rules are easy, they’re helpful, and they work. Just look at her then, and now!

My Thoughts:  First off, I want to share a picture of the author so you can get some perspective......


She is holding her old pants.  This woman has obviously figured it out!  Now I consider myself pretty "up and up" on staying fit and healthy (except for during the holiday season when all bets were off!) but I found lots of tips in this book that I wasn't regularly incorporating into my life that I easily could.  I also found lots to tried and true tips with the "why's" of how it works and real life ways to make it happen.  In addition to the 31 tips are some recipes, snack ideas, a look into the author's pantry and other helpful tidbits to keep you on the right track.  This book is a real gem and brimming with practical tips that are easily applied to real life.  I would definitely pick this one up!

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Happiness: A Memoir: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After....Review & Giveaway!

I have been a total bookworm so far in 2018. I always consider myself a bookworm but I have been completely losing myself in some really great books and it makes me so happy. I have been giving into the relaxation that a good book and some couch time can bring. I forget sometimes how very therapeutic that can be! One book that I "lost" myself in recently is Happiness: A Memoir: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After by Heather Harpham. This book had hooked from the first page and I spent happy hours enjoying this book snuggled up on the couch with a cup of cocoa...I would highly recommend doing the same. It was lovely! Here is the scoop...
Happiness begins with a charming courtship between hopelessly attracted opposites: Heather, a world-roaming California girl, and Brian, an intellectual, homebody writer, kind and slyly funny, but loath to leave his Upper West Side studio. Their magical interlude ends, full stop, when Heather becomes pregnant―Brian is sure he loves her, only he doesn't want kids. Heather returns to California to deliver their daughter alone, buoyed by family and friends. Mere hours after Gracie's arrival, Heather's bliss is interrupted when a nurse wakes her, "Get dressed, your baby is in trouble."

This is not how Heather had imagined new motherhood – alone, heartsick, an unexpectedly solo caretaker of a baby who smelled "like sliced apples and salted pretzels" but might be perilously ill. Brian reappears as Gracie's condition grows dire; together Heather and Brian have to decide what they are willing to risk to ensure their girl sees adulthood.

The grace and humor that ripple through Harpham's writing transform the dross of heartbreak and parental fears into a clear-eyed, warm-hearted view of the world. Profoundly moving and subtly written, Happiness radiates in many directions--new, romantic love; gratitude for a beautiful, inscrutable world; deep, abiding friendship; the passion a parent has for a child; and the many unlikely ways to build a family. Ultimately it's a story about love and happiness, in their many crooked configurations.

My Thoughts:  As I said, this book was a great read that got my attention right from the get go.  I love the authors honesty and wit about her life. Her life certainly doesn't have the makings of a fairy tale but her ability to power on through tough times will make your heart swell.  It was hard,  often, to read about what she went through with her daughter.  I simply can't imagine what that would be like and my heart ached for her.  How she managed to keep going is a testament to her true grit and the power of love.  I couldn't get enough of Heather Harpham's life and I would highly recommend this powerful and heartwarming read.  You can pick your copy today on Amazon....



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Friday, January 12, 2018

Shaw's Deals 1/12-1/18 #Shaws

Hi All!  I have scoped out the Shaw's Ad and have found my favorite deals of the week.  If there is a printable coupon I have provided the link  so you can print before you go.  Also, I am using common coupon "lingo" but here is a breakdown if you are still learning....
RP-Red Plum.  This means the coupon will be from the Red Plum circulars that come from the Sunday paper.  You will also see a date proceeding this so you will know which one to dig through. 
SS-Saving Source.  Coupon can be found in the Saving Star insert from Sunday paper.
B1G1-Buy one get one free
I will do a more in-depth coupon post soon but I first I want to get you this list before you hit the stores.  Happy shopping!

Nabisco Chips Ahoy Cookies $1.88
This part of the Buy 6 Save $6 Mix and Match Promotion (you do not need to buy in multiples of 6 – as long as you buy at least 6 you will receive $1 off each item)
$1.50/2 Chips Ahoy Cookies Manufacturers Coupons (01/07 SS) Buy 2 use 1 coupon = $1.38 each
Dannon Greek Yogurt $1.00
.50/1 Dannon Light & Fit Zero Greek Yogurt PRINTABLE Manufacturers Coupon – up to 4 will double
= FREE!
Shaws Offer – Buy 10 Dannon Greek Yogurt and Get FREE Silk Dairy FREE Milk!
Del Monte Fruit Refreshers $2.50
.075/1 Del Monte Fruit & Chia or Fruit Refreshers Manufacturers Coupon (01/07 SS) – up to 4 will double
= $1.00
Thomas English Muffins $2.50 B1G1
.55/1 Thomas English Muffins (01/07 SS) -use 2 coupons= $1.40 per pack
This part of the Buy 6 Save $6 Mix and Match Promotion (you do not need to buy in multiples of 6 – as long as you buy at least 6 you will receive $1 off each item)
Price listed is AFTER savings
Dixie Plates $1.99
.75/1 Dixie Plate PRINTABLE Manufacturers Coupon – up to 4 will double
= 49¢
Kellogg’s Special K Bars $1.99
$1.00/2 Special K Bars Manufacturers Coupon (01/07 RP)
= $1.49
Kellogg’s Special K Cereal $1.99
.OR $1.00/2 Special K Cereal Manufacturers Coupon (01/07 RP)
= $1.49
Knorr Rice Sides $1.00
.50/2 Knorr Pasta or Rice Sides Manufactures Coupon (01/07 RP) – up to 4 will double
OR $1.00/2 Knorr Pasta or Rice Sides Manufactures Coupon (01/07 RP)
= 50¢ each
Progresso Soup B1G1 FREE (reg $2.50)
.50/2 Progresso Product Manufacturers Coupon (01/07 SS) – up to 4 will double
= 75¢ each when you buy 2
Propel (24oz) $1.00
Save $2.00 Instantly when you buy 5
= As Low As 60¢ each when you buy 5
NO Coupon Required!
Refresher Sparking Water (1 liter) 60¢
No Coup
on Required!
Purina Baneful Dog Food $1.67 
B1G1 10 oz tub or 3 ct/3 oz sleeve of Purina Beneful Wet Dog Food Printable Coupon HERE = $1.67 for two!
Signature Kitchens Pasta 69¢
No Coupon Needed

Tropicana Lemonade $1.49
$1.00/1 Tropicana Lemonade or Watermelon Beverages Manufacturers Coupon (12/03 SS)
= 49¢


365 Days of Pinterest Day 7...Black and White Checked Shirt & Sweater!

Today's installment of my 365 Days of Pinterest Challenge is this outfit with the statement necklace which I pinned quite awhile back from this source....


I really love the classic look of the black sweater paired with black and white plaid coupled with a bit of flash.  So cute!  I actually had all three pieces in my closet already which was a bonus.  


Before I share the pictures...full disclosure!  I bought a full length mirror which solved my "weird angles on the outfit selfie" problem. NOW my issue is that my phone takes horrid pictures. Ugh. One thing at a time. It might be a little dark but you can still get the idea. Or at least I hope you can!

My necklaces isn't quite as "blingy" but it is definitely more jazzy than I normally would have chosen for this outfit which made it fun.  My pin didn't have the bottom half of the outfit so I chose jeans (pretty much my uniform!) and red flats.  I was happy with the outfit and thought was definitely more pulled together than I would normally be on a random weekday which I call a win :).

Most of the pieces of my outfit were found at Target and right now their clearance section is overflowing with winter clothing AND if you decide to shop online any purchase over $35 is free.  You can click HERE to browse.

I am calling this a Pinterest win but....I am not sure about the shoes!  I am thinking they aren't quite right.  What do you think?  Should I swap them out?

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

365 Days of Pinterest Challenge: Day 6....Striped Turtleneck Outfit!

First of all....Let me tell you that I am cracking up right now. Alone. I was just trying to take pictures of myself in an outfit that was inspired by a pin and I had the hardest time. It was pretty ridiculous and then it occurred to me that it is actually pretty strange that I don't have a full length mirror! I will be picking one of those up soon to save myself the craziness of trying to get my whole outfit in a selfie. I feel like I just left an advanced yoga class!

Anyway....a while back I pinned this super cute outfit from Pinterest





I think the black leggings, striped turtleneck and jean jacket is so flattering and hip.  I was not sold on the shoes and I am not much of a hat girl (though I should be judging from the state of my roots but that's a topic for another day!) but I just loved the concept.

I already had the pants that I bought for a steal at Marshalls but they are just pull on black leggings with back pockets.  I also have had my jean jacket which I refer to as my "JBJ" (John Bon Jovi!) since the 90's.  I got it at the Gap and I love it!  The only thing missing was the striped turtleneck which I picked up last month at Lands End.

I just love the outfit because it is comfy, casual and still looks polished.   It was an easy outfit to throw together.  I have worn it with low black boots (it is January in Maine after all!) but I also love it with my little leopard flats that I got at Target.

Now for some laughs!  Here I am trying my very hardest to show my copycat outfit while I twist my arms behind my head haha!



Save on General Mills at Shaws....Through Today Only!!!

I am late to the party on the Shaws deals this week because I am still playing catchup from our blizzard last week.  However....I am finally running in today to grab a few things from their sale that ends today.  If you are going in as well you should definitely arm yourselves with a  few printable coupons to score some really big savings.  Here are a few "musts"....

General Mills Cereal is on sale for $1.88 when you buy 4 or more participating products.  Print this coupon for $1 off 2 and score each box for $1.38!
Save $1.00 when you buy TWO BOXES any flavor General Mills cereal listed: Cheerios™ • Cinnamon Toast Crunch™ • Lucky Charms™ •  Reese’s...

Chex Mix is on sale for just $1 each and when you print this coupon for .50 off 2 it will double making each bag only .50!  
Save $0.50 when you buy TWO BAGS any 3.7 OZ. OR LARGER Chex Mix™, Chex Mix™ Muddy Buddies™, Chex Mix™ Popped™...

Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks are on sale for $2 per box but print this coupon which will double at Shaws and pay only $1 per box.


Save $0.50 when you buy ONE BOX any flavor/variety Betty Crocker™ Fruit Shapes, Fruit by the Foot™, Fruit Gushers™ or Fruit Roll-Ups™...

Nature Valley Bars are part of the $1.88 sale as well.  Print this coupon and pay just $1.38 per box.
Save $0.50 when you buy TWO BOXES any flavor/variety 5 COUNT OR LARGER Nature Valley™ Granola Bars, Nature Valley™ Biscuits, Nature...

365 Days of Pinterest: Day 5.... Easy Beef & Brocolli!

I may be a few days behind in posting but I am still plugging away at my 365 Days of Pinterest Challenge and I am super excited to tell you about my latest dinner success with the recipe I pinned, "20 Minute Beef and Broccoli Lo Mein"  Find it HERE.


This recipe was everything I need it to be...quick, easy and delicious!  Here is the recipe with a few of my own tweaks....


Ingredients
  • I box of spaghetti
  • 3 cups frozen broccoli florets
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounce flank steak, sliced thin
  • 2 tbs minced garlic
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons hoisen sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Directions
  1. Cook spaghetti as instructed on package. Add the broccoli the last 5 minutes of cooking and let them cook until tender. Drain the noodles and broccoli.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, add olive oil to a medium sized skillet. Cook the steak until no longer pink. Add the garlic, and carrots and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together the brown sugar soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, ginger, red pepper and pepper.
  4. Add the spaghetti to the skillet and pour the sauce on top and toss until well mixed.



The Result:  Oh boy!  This meal had my pickiest eater asking for THIRDS!  I loved this recipe and it really did take less than a half hour making it perfect for nights when we have practices to run off to.  I will say this was a tad spicy so if you don't like a little kick I would omit or reduce the red pepper flakes.  Next time I will also add a few more carrots to the recipe as well.  This is a recipe I will add to my regular rotation for sure!