Friday, October 24, 2014

Personalized Books Make a Top Gift During Back-to-School Season


Finding the right gift for a child is often a challenge, even when you know the child fairly well. One gift that has a unique and guaranteed appeal is a personalized book. When you order one of these personalized books from Chronicle Books, you never have to worry about the gift’s relevance or the possibility of the child already owning the same item. During the start of the new school year, when parents are focused on education and children simply want a break from schoolwork, these books can make especially timely gifts.

A Unique, Unforgettable Book

Like many people, you may think of books that only mention the child’s name once or twice in passing when you think of personalized books. Fortunately, it’s easy to find books that are much more tailored through Chronicle Books. Some books begin with a special photograph or a personalized dedication message from you to the child. Other books, such as Speedster, leave space for photos of the child to be added into the illustrations.

If you really know the child well and want to give him or her an especially memorable gift, fully customizable books, such as Princess, are the perfect option. These books work specific details, such as the child’s birthday, hometown, and physical appearance, into the storyline and drawings. You can even incorporate the child’s favorite color. This personalization makes for an unforgettable gift that any child will love reading.

The Right Topic for Any Child

Personalization can make any book more enjoyable, but if you choose a topic that truly appeals to the child, you’ll be giving a gift that is appreciated for years. Fortunately, it should be easy to find a great book for any child, regardless of any age and personal taste, given the wide range of choices available.

Adventurous children will love books such as Speedster and Pirate Adventure, which feature exciting events and stimulating backdrops. Books such as Princess and Sweet Dreams, Fairy will draw children in with their beautiful illustrations and sweet storylines. Children who have younger siblings or a new sibling on the way will enjoy books such as What Big Brother Does Best and What Big Sister Does Best, which help children understand the important roles they play as older brothers and sisters. All of these books can help get children back in the habit of reading and excited to start off a new year of school.

Potential Complimentary Gifts

Back-to-school season opens the door to a wide range of gift possibilities. Throwing in a few gifts that are designed to match the personalized kid’s book you have chosen can make your present even more useful and fun. Some items you could choose from include:

·   Lunch boxes
·   Coloring books
·   Growth charts


 Personalized Books Make a Top Gift During Back-to-School Season

Finding the right gift for a child is often a challenge, even when you know the child fairly well. One gift that has a unique and guaranteed appeal is a personalized book. When you order one of these personalized books from Chronicle Books, you never have to worry about the gift’s relevance or the possibility of the child already owning the same item. During the start of the new school year, when parents are focused on education and children simply want a break from schoolwork, these books can make especially timely gifts.

A Unique, Unforgettable Book

Like many people, you may think of books that only mention the child’s name once or twice in passing when you think of personalized books. Fortunately, it’s easy to find books that are much more tailored through Chronicle Books. Some books begin with a special photograph or a personalized dedication message from you to the child. Other books, such as Speedster, leave space for photos of the child to be added into the illustrations.

If you really know the child well and want to give him or her an especially memorable gift, fully customizable books, such as Princess, are the perfect option. These books work specific details, such as the child’s birthday, hometown, and physical appearance, into the storyline and drawings. You can even incorporate the child’s favorite color. This personalization makes for an unforgettable gift that any child will love reading.

The Right Topic for Any Child

Personalization can make any book more enjoyable, but if you choose a topic that truly appeals to the child, you’ll be giving a gift that is appreciated for years. Fortunately, it should be easy to find a great book for any child, regardless of any age and personal taste, given the wide range of choices available.

Adventurous children will love books such as Speedster and Pirate Adventure, which feature exciting events and stimulating backdrops. Books such as Princess and Sweet Dreams, Fairy will draw children in with their beautiful illustrations and sweet storylines. Children who have younger siblings or a new sibling on the way will enjoy books such as What Big Brother Does Best and What Big Sister Does Best, which help children understand the important roles they play as older brothers and sisters. All of these books can help get children back in the habit of reading and excited to start off a new year of school.

Potential Complimentary Gifts

Back-to-school season opens the door to a wide range of gift possibilities. Throwing in a few gifts that are designed to match the personalized kid’s book you have chosen can make your present even more useful and fun. Some items you could choose from include:

·   Lunch boxes
·   Coloring books
·   Growth charts

These personalized items can help make children more excited to kick off their next year of learning.



Gifts With Staying Power

Personalized children’s books items are great gifts to give during any season, and there’s no doubt that children will love reading and using these items throughout the year. Still, back-to-school season is an especially fitting time to give children the gift of education by teaching them to enjoy books. A special personalized storybook can be the best way to help children develop a lasting love of reading

23 BLAST gets two thumbs way up, five stars fully filled in, and aWahoo go see it this weekend!

My husband I attended the screening for 23 Blast in the Philadelphia area a few weeks ago. I would have sat through round two of the showing if the theater said roll 'em again! 

All thumbs up, All stars fully filled in, go see it this weekend!

Producer, Gary Donatelli, was there at the private screening and we had a nice conversation with him about the film. He also spoke to the audience after the film. See the clip here. The media team was also at the screening and we had a nice talk with them as well. You never know who you'll meet at movie screenings, so this was a nice surprise! 




23 Blast is one of those movies you take to bed with you, it's in your thoughts for days and days.

A great cast of actors, a school setting, family and friends.

Well,  one of the football players,Travis Freeman develops an eye infection which leads to his sight being gone. Just about overnight his sight is lost. Blind.

Shut your eyes for a few minutes. Think what it would be like to never ever open them again. How does that feel. I know, you know. but what would you do now?

Vision isn't in your eyes. It's in your soul.




Starring: Starring: Stephen Lang, Alexa Vega, Mark Hapka, Max Adler, Bram Hoover, Kim Zimmer, Becky Ann Baker, Timothy Busfield, Fred D. Thompson, and Crystal Hunt. 

I remember Timothy Busfield from Thirty Something, and Travis's mom was on a soap opera I seem to remember. The cast is so good, and yeah the football players are too.

As far as taking the family, great for teens and older. It's rated PG 13, but I'd feel comfortable taking children around ten years and older. There is nothing scary to make it PG 13 maybe just some adult situations-nothing to be embarrassed about. 

see what fans are saying about 23 Blast on facebook    #23Blast

 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

RedPack 2-a-day Crock Pot Giveaway Promotion opens 10/22/14, Enter for your chance to win one!

It's slow cooker season! Have a warm and delicious meal waiting for your family when it's the end of the day when everyone is home school and the work. 

Giveaway:
RedPack 2-a-day Crock Pot Giveaway Promotion opens 10/22/14 and they are giving away 2 crock pots a day! 
Enter over at REDPACK's Facebook  page daily. 


Head on over to Redpack's facebook page because October 22 to November 12, 2014 they will be giving away two slow cookers a day for three weeks. So go now and enter for your chance to win one of 44 slow cookers. 

One lucky winner will also receive a grand prize that includes a state-of-the-art slow cooker with serving and braising tongs (total prize value estimated at $330).

The REDPACK brand is in the family of RED GOLD premium quality products since 1942. 




What I like about REDPACK PREMIUM TOMATOES:
  • 100% Natural
  • Contain Lycopene-antioxidant
  • No artificial colors flavors or preservatives. 
  • A fat free food.
  • Good source of Vitamin C
  • Gluten Free

"Using tomatoes in soups, stews and casseroles may also offer more nutrition than fresh. When tomatoes are heated, the antioxidant lycopene (linked to several health benefits) is released."

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork is high on m list to try this weekend. It's made with REDPACK CRUSHED TOMATOES IN THICK PUREE AND REDPACK DICED TOMATOES IN JUICE, brown sugar, spices, and pork tenderloin. I love pulled pork but I make it with way too much BBQ sauce and no one in my family likes it cooked that way so this new REDPACK recipe will be my new pulled pork go to recipe.

Look for meal time recipes like Beef & Barely Stew, Sausage & Sweet Potato Chili, Slow Cooker Sauce With meatballs and more recipes on RedPack's web site. Meals that are easy to prepare and let your slow cooker do the cooking! 

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Here is a tasty one for any night meal:

Rustic Italian Chicken
Servings: 6    |    Preparation Time: 20 minutes    |    Cook Time: 360 minutes

12boneless skinless chicken thighs, about 2 pounds
2large carrots, cut into 1/2 inch slices
1medium red bell pepper, chopped
1cup sliced fresh mushrooms
4garlic cloves, minced
2tablespoons Italian seasoning
Salt and black pepper to taste
1(14.5 ounce) can Redpack® Diced Tomatoes In Juice
1(28 ounce) can Redpack® Crushed Tomatoes In Thick Puree
3cups pasta of choice, cooked and drained
  • Spray slow cooker with cooking spray.  Place chicken in slow cooker and top with remaining ingredients, except pasta.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours.  Serve chicken over pasta and garnish.
  • Garnish Options:  Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh basil



Disclosure: I was sent a gift pack from REDPACK. The comments and opinions are my own. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

a little shell fish fun





Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It's sweet, it's salty, it's popped and it's NEW CHEX MIX POPPED.

Chex Mix has gone Sweet, Salty, and Popped and what a tasty combo!
Taste the sweetness and buttery popcorn,
Taste the saltiness of pretzels,
Taste the crunchy goodness of Chex Mix Pieces,
I'm heading for the sweet, salty popcorn in this bowl:



Chex cereal is a big favorite at our house.
Every Christmas season my husband makes batches of Chex Mix original, but wow the new Chex Mix Popped is so much easier to give as a gift! I know he will make the original mix still, but I think I'll add a bag of this new flavor to the hostess gift.



Stock up on new Check Mix Popped for watching football games, serve to holiday guests, TV specials for the holidays, and of course while your are wrapping gifts. Look for all the new flavors of Chex Mix in stores now. 

Disclosure:The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.