Shelly's Bits and Pieces: September 2013

Monday, September 30, 2013

We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook - Review & Giveaway

Disclosure:  I participated in this event on behalf of Wendy’s Bloggers for Zondervan.  I received a copy of We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook to facilitate my review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.  No monetary compensation was received.

Being married to a chef means he has a library full of HIS cookbooks.  I rarely venture into his realm and look for recipes to feed my family.  I enjoy recipes that have some story behind them which is why I really enjoyed reading We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook by Becky Johnson and Rachel Randolph.

I found myself laughing out loud at some of the stories!!  I love how both ladies give their own thoughts to different situations.  It is so funny to see how differently people view things.  I honestly have to admit that there were times I found myself tearing up when I read parts of the book as well.  My mom always told me that if a book can make you laugh and make you cry, it's a keeper.  This book is just that.  We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook is not your typical cookbook!  It is so much more than that.  This book is about life, love, and all the little moments that make our lives worth living.

My hubby and daughter have been making recipes from the book and they actually cooked them for me during my illness.  Chefy's favorite is the Bourbon Brown Sugar Pork Loin.  He has cooked it twice since we received the book!  Neither time did he take photos. LOL!  Eating it took priority!

My daughter loves the Oven-Blistered Potatoes.  They are quite yummy and are a nice alternative to the old boring side dishes we generally make.  Believe it or not, we actually remembered to take pictures before all the potatoes were eaten.  Kat did a great job slicing the potatoes!!

 She layered them nicely before placing them under the broiler!
I love her finished product!  Most of the potatoes were crispy and had an awesome flavor.  Kat preferred the potatoes that were not crispy.  Chefy loved all of them!

Another thing we love about this book is that the recipes are varied in their cooking level too!  This one is easy to put together and it cooks up quickly too!

We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook is published by Zondervan and you can follow them on twitter and like them on facebook.  You can also connect with We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook on the author blog or on Twitter, Rachel Randolph on Twitter and Becky Johnson on Twitter.

Want to win a copy We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook?  Simply enter on the Rafflecopter form below!  Please note: One winner per household, email address or home address. If you have won this prize on another blog you are ineligible to win again.

Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers Review & Giveaway

Disclosure:  The Del Monte products, information and two gift packs have been provided by Del Monte.  All opinions are honest and my own.  No monetary compensation was received.


We are always trying to find delicious and healthy snacks for our family to enjoy.  One thing the family usually agrees upon is fruit.  Recently, we were offered the opportunity to try Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers and we were thrilled to give them a try.  We received a gift pack from Del Monte which included:
  • -          Two boxes of Fruit Burst Squeezers™ (one Fruit + Veggies 4-pack and one Simply Fruit 4-pack)
  • ·         One Del Monte lunchbox
  • ·         One orange-shaped eco-friendly shopping tote
  • ·         One strawberry-shaped eco-friendly shopping tote
  • ·         One Del Monte magnetic frame

I knew the family would enjoy the Simply fruit, but I was a little worried about the Fruit + Veggies pack.  We received the Mixed Berry Simply Fruit and the Blueberry Fruit + Veggies, and believe it or not, the Blueberry Fruit + Veggies was the first to go!  My family loves blueberries and they really enjoyed that flavor.  They didn't even realize that they had eaten veggies.  

About Fruit Burst Squeezers
Made in the U.S.A., Del Monte Fruit Burst™ Squeezers contain 1 ½ servings of fruit or fruit and veggies and are an excellent source of vitamins A and C. In addition, Del Monte Fruit Burst™ Squeezers contain no artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup.
                Fruit + Veggie Varieties:
-          Peach-Mango: Pear puree concentrate, water, pumpkin juice concentrate, peach puree concentrate, pear juice concentrate, carrot juice concentrate, carrot puree, mango puree concentrate, natural flavors, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), citric acid.
-          Blueberry: Pear puree concentrate, water, pumpkin juice concentrate, pear juice concentrate, natural flavors, carrot puree, blueberry puree concentrate, fruit and vegetable extracts for color, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), citric acid.
Simply Fruit Varieties:
-          Apple Cinnamon: Pear puree concentrate, water, apple puree concentrate, pear juice concentrate, natural flavors, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), cinnamon, malic acid.
-          Mixed Berry: Pear puree concentrate, water, pear juice concentrate, natural flavors, strawberry puree, red raspberry puree concentrate, blueberry puree concentrate, fruit and vegetable extracts for color, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), malic acid.
-          Strawberry: Pear puree concentrate, water, pear juice concentrate, strawberry puree concentrate, natural flavors, carmine, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), malic acid.


Want to try them for yourself?  One lucky Shelly's Bits and Pieces reader will win their very own prize pack, just like the one I received!  Simply enter on the rafflecopter form below and that winner could be you!

Florentine Lasagna Rolls Recipe from emeals.com

Disclosure:  I received a free subscription to emeals.com to facilitate my posts. NO compensation was received!  I only post recipes and products I believe in.  If I post it, we have tried and enjoyed it!


 Florentine Lasagna Rolls(Clean Eating)

12 uncooked whole wheat lasagna noodles
3/4 lb ground round
2 cloves garlic, minced
28 oz can no-salt-added San Marzano tomatoes
1 tablespoon tomato paste
10 oz package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
3 (4 oz) containers 2% low-fat cottage cheese
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Cook noodles according to package directions.
Meanwhile, brown ground round and garlic in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring to crumble.
Add tomatoes and tomato paste; use a wooden spoon to break tomatoes into small pieces.
Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until thickened.
Meanwhile, squeeze spinach between paper towels to drain.
Combine cottage cheese, egg, spinach, salt and pepper in a food processor; cover and process until blended.
Line a 13x9-inch baking dish with heavy-duty nonstick aluminum foil, allowing several inches of foil to extend over sides.
Spread cottage cheese mixture evenly on one side of each noodle.
Roll up noodles, jelly-roll style, and place, seam sides down, in prepared dish.
Pour ground beef mixture over rolls; top with mozzarella cheese.
Cover and freeze 2 to 3 hours or until firm.
Remove from baking dish by holding edges of foil; fold foil over lasagna.
Wrap in additional foil, making sure it is tightly sealed.
Freeze up to 1 month.
To serve, thaw in refrigerator overnight.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Place foil-wrapped lasagna in a lightly greased 13x9-inch baking dish.
Uncover top, and bake 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated and lightly browned.

Slow Cooker Pork Sliders Recipe from emeals.com

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  Pulled-Pork-Sliders-from-eMeals
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders
Ingredients:
6 lb bone-in pork should roast, trimmed
2 teaspoons salt, 2 teaspoons pepper
18 oz bottle barbecue sauce
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 (12-count) packages slider buns
16 oz jar bread and butter pickles
Directions:
Sprinkle roast with salt and pepper.
Combine roast, barbecue sauce, broth and vinegar in a 5- to 7-quart slow cooker.
Cover and cook on Low 8 hours or until roast is very tender.
Remove pork to a cutting board; shred with 2 forks.
Return pork to slow cooker, and discard bones.
Toss pork to coat with sauce; serve on slider buns with pickles.

Little Mermaid Film Clips to Share!

 Disclosure:  No compensation of any kind was received!  I love the Little Mermaid and wanted to share!

I am so excited for the October 1st release of the Diamond Edition of the Little Mermaid on Blu-Ray! My daughter and I have been Little Mermaid fans from the beginning, and this is exciting! Chefy even likes the movie too! His favorite scene is the Kiss the Girl scene, so I thought I'd share that clip first! Enjoy!

   

Disney's FROZEN - Check out the New Trailer!

Disclosure: No compensation of any kind was received! Just wanted to share with my readers!


Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” presents “Frozen,” a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (voice of Josh Gad), Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.

The film is directed by Chris Buck (“Tarzan,” “Surf’s Up”) and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter, “Wreck-It Ralph”), who also wrote the screenplay. It is produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Winnie the Pooh,” “The Princess and the Frog”). Featuring original songs from Tony® winner Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“In Transit,” “Winnie the Pooh”), and an original score by Christophe Beck (“The Muppets,” Oscar®-winning short “Paperman”), “Frozen” hits theaters in 3D on Nov. 27, 2013.

Check out the first look at Meryl Streep as the Witch in Disney’s INTO THE WOODS!

Disclosure: No compensation of any kind was received! Just wanted to share!






Meryl Streep ventures “Into the Woods” as the Witch who wishes to reverse a curse so that her beauty may be restored. The humorous and heartfelt musical, a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, explores the consequences of the quests of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, and the witch who cast a spell on them. In theaters Dec. 25, 2014

All press materials (including this image) can be downloaded here: http://www.wdsmediafile.com/walt-disney-studios/IntoTheWoods/photos/

Like INTO THE WOODS on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyIntoTheWoods

INTO THE WOODS opens in theaters December 25th 2014!

Checking out the Car Deals with Sport Durst Hyundai

Disclosure: I will receive compensation for writing this post, however all opinions stated are honest and my own. I do not post a positive review about things I do not believe in!

We have been researching different cars on the internet for months now. Chefy and I are not sure whether we want a new car or if we want to go with a pre-owned vehicle. There are so many different choices out there, and we want to make sure we make an informed decicion. Recently, I came across a deal at Raleigh Hyundai dealer Sport Durst and it has me intrigued. They have a lease deal on their website for a 2013 Hyundai Sonata GLS for $199/month! The lease is for 36 months and the deal requires $2,199 down at lease signing. This gives us something to consider.

While I was on the website, I came across deals on tires! They sell tires that start at only $29.99! I know that is a good price. Surfing the Sport Durst Hyundai made me aware of the services that they offer, and they even have a 30 second credit application! It is a lot of fun browsing through the new and used cars that they offer. I really enjoyed spending time checking out the car deals with on Sport Durst Hyundai website!

Are you looking for a new or used car? Have you ever thought of checking out the dealer selection on line? Give it a chance. You might be pleasantly surprised!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Purex Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar & Stain Remover Review & Giveaway

Disclosure:  Purex provided me with a bar as a sample as well as coupons to giveaway.  All opinions are honest and my own!  No monetary compensation was received!

Doing the laundry around here is a chore that generally falls completely on my shoulders.  Laundry is not my least favorite chore, but it is not my favorite either.  We go through a lot of laundry for a family of three, and that means there are a lot of stains to take care of too!

When I first heard about Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar & Stain Remover, I was curious.  At first glance, it reminded me of something my great grandma used when I was little.  The bar itself is 5.5 ounces and it has a pleasant scent.  The main thing that was on my mind was...will it work?

So I grabbed some of Chefy's work shirts and decided to try it out as a stain remover first.  I simply wet the stain and rub with the bar.  You then wait for 1 minute and wash as usual.  I was very pleasantly surprised to find out that it took care of the stains on those chef coats!  WOOHOO!  Once my stain removing test was a success, I decided to try it as a laundry booster.  The directions say to grate 1/16 of the bar into the wash with the detergent and wash as normal, so I did just that!  I threw my dirty towels into the washer and followed those directions.  After washing, I noticed the towels had a clean scent, and the scent remained when they were removed from the dryer!

The wonderful people with Purex have given me 3 FREE coupons to giveaway to giveaway on my blog!
The coupon is good for one free Purex Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar & Stain Remover (max value $1.75), and expires 12/31/2014.  There will be 3 separate winners of this giveaway!  Entering is easy, simply fill out the rafflecopter form below!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

I love my Garfield Card - Card.com Review

Disclosure: I received a $25 prepaid Visa card from Card.com for review purposes.  All opinions stated are honest and my own!


I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to review Card.com.  It is a company that offers pre-paid debit cards that can customized just for you!  They offer so many designs, I literally spent an hour trying to decide which image I wanted to use on my customized card.  You can choose from these awesome categories such as: Animals, Art & Culture, Causes, Cityscape's, Comics, Fashion, Flags, Flowers, Food & Drink, Gothic, Hipster, Nature, School, Seasonal, Sports, Symbols, Tattoos & TV.

What I love about CARD.com is that all loaded funds are 100% FDIC insured!   Loading money to the card  is easy and convenient too.  You can load it with cash at Western Union and also through direct deposit from your employer or federal benefits!  You can also transfer funds from card to card. It may be used at ATMs and shops near home and around the world.  It is safer than cash!

It's free for 30 days. After 30 days, it's only $5.95 a month which will be waived if you direct deposit over $800 in the previous 30 days.  Bank fees seem to be increasing everywhere so the fee is reasonable.


Since it is a debit card, there are no credit checks, and you get instant approval. There are No overdraft fees and card to card transfers are free.  There is a free app so you can check deposits from your smartphone. 

It was very easy to sign up and it took only a minute or two.  Choosing the card was a lot of fun, because there are so many wonderful images.  Don't say I didn't warn you if you find yourself browsing for a while!

All things considered, I love my new Garfield card and will continue to use it.  The fee is affordable and with the holiday season rapidly approaching, it is safer to carry than CA$H!  What do you think?  Check it out for yourself at Card.com.  Or you can follow them through these social networks:
FACEBOOK
TWITTER
PINTEREST


A Little Angel "Amanda" Dress ~Review~

Disclosure:  We received product at no charge to facilitate our review.  No monetary compensation was received and our opinion was not influenced at all by the free product.  All opinions are honest and are those of the Shelly's Bits & Pieces family!

Every now and then I am offered a review item for our smallest reviewer.  This time we were sent a beautiful purple dress for Pickle to review.  We received this dress and Pickle was so happy.  She loved the color, and it was sleeveless which is perfect for hot NC summers!  This dress has a lining so it feels silky next to the child's body.  Pickle loved that silky feeling!

The dress was worn to a late August outdoor wedding and it was ideal!  No worrying about her getting her sleeves dirty, or being too hot!  The dress was not the least cumbersome, and that made everybody happy.  Pickle loves to wear the dress to church too and it has become one of her favorite dresses! She told us that her belt had big diamonds on it!  (Gotta love a girl with imagination!) 

The brand of the dress is A Little Angel and the style is listed as Amanda.  Currently it is available in sizes 7-16 girls at Amazon.com.  We would recommend the dress for anyone who is looking for a cool, comfy and dressy dress for a lucky little girl!  What do you think?  Would your little miss like it?

Thanks again to the sponsor for this awesome dress.  Since all people are different, your opinion and experience may differ from ours. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

THE LITTLE MERMAID Diamond Edition Giveaway!

Disclosure:  I received a copy of the movie in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.  



My daughter and I share a love of Walt Disney's The Little Mermaid.  It has been my favorite since it was first released to theaters in 1989 and I was thrilled to be able to share it via VHS tape with my daughter when she was very small.  I love the soundtrack and my husband laughs at me when I start quoting the movie.  When I was offered the opportunity to receive the Diamond Edition Blu-Ray/DVD combo in exchange for a post, I jumped at the chance!


Finally releasing from the Disney vault, “The Little Mermaid” makes it eagerly awaited debut on Diamond Edition Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray, Digital Copy and HD and SD Digital formats October 1, 2013. Creating the ultimate at-home viewing experience, Disney’s Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD+ Digital Copy) contains digitally restored picture and sound, a digital copy of the film, and a variety of never-before-seen bonus features, including the music video for Grammy®-nominated superstar Carly Rae Jepsen’s recording of the film’s beloved song,“Part of Your World.”  

“The Little Mermaid” becomes a part of your world like never before with never-before-seen bonusfeatures guaranteed to entertain families on land…or under the sea! 

Bonus Features Include: 

“Part of Your World”Music Video” Performed by Carly Rae Jepsen– Join Grammy-nominated recording artist Carly Rae Jepsen as she celebrates the return of “The Little Mermaid” with her recording of the beloved theme song,“Part of Your World.” 

@DISNEYANIMATION – This new series takes viewers under the hat at Walt Disney Animation Studios and introduces them to the new generation of talent making animated magic by using the influence of the past to steer the future in exciting new ways.

Disney Intermission (Crab-E-OKE Sing-Along) – Join Sebastian the Crab for Crab-E-oke Sing-Along featuring Part Of Your World, Under The Sea, Poor Unfortunate Souls, Les Poisson and Kiss The Girl.

Deleted Character – Harold The Merman -Learn about Harold, a “Poor Unfortunate Soul” who didn’t make it into the final cut of the film.

Under the Scene- The Art of Live-Action Reference-Directors Ron Clements and John Musker reminisce about how they revived the art of live-action reference for animation with “The Little Mermaid.” You will view uncanny footage of these sessions that match directly to some of the most iconic scenes in the movie.

Part of Her World: Jodi Benson’s Voyage to New Fantasyland – “The Little Mermaid”has been an important part of Jodi Benson’s world for the past 25 years. Bringing Ariel to life has brought her closer to experiencing an enchanted life. Now, as a mother, she wants to bring this magic to her children and make it part of their world and there is no better place to do so than at New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World.

Howard’s Lecture – Howard Ashman was not only the lyricist and Executive Producer of movies like “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and The Beast.” He also influenced the whole renaissance of Disney Animation. Join him as he gives a lunch-time lecture around the time he was new to the studio where he walks the animators through the songs of the film and his take on music and songs for the stage and screen. Much of this archival video has never been seen before…until now.

Classic DVD Bonus Features Include: Treasure’s Untold: The Making of the Little Mermaid, Storm Warning: The Little Mermaid Special Effects Unit, The Little Mermaid: The Story Behind The Story, Under The Sea Early Presentation Reel, Original Theatrical Trailer, Deleted Scenes with Introductions, Disney Song Selection, Audio Commentary with Ron Clements, John Musker and Alan Menken, “Kiss The Girl” Music Video Performed By Ashley Tisdale, The Little Match Girl With Intro, DisneyPedia: Life Under the Sea, Under The Sea Adventure: A Virtual Ride Inspired By Disney Imagineers 
You can buy ‘The Little Mermaid’ Diamond Edition Blu-Ray starting on October 1st where ever DVDs are sold!


The Giveaway:  Want to win a copy of your own?  One lucky Shelly's Bits & Pieces reader will win their very own copy of  THE LITTLE MERMAID Diamond Edition 2-Disc Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack with Digital Copy.  Simply enter on the rafflecopter form below.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Finding the best iPhone insurance

Disclosure:  This is a guest post.  I received no compensation for this post and have no experience with the company.  Just wanted to share! 

Today everyone depends on their tech toys. We start to twitch if we go just 10 minutes without checking our phones. And if something goes wrong, you shudder to think what you would do without your phone if it needed to (gasp) go in for repair! And just short of using rubber bands and glue, we will all do just about anything to keep our phones in working order.

Ultimately, this means most people will at least consider getting some kind of extended warranty to keep their phone in working order. While many consumers consider extended warranties a waste of money, this is a warranty option recommended by industry experts everywhere. There are a lot of options available, but if you want more than standard iPhone insurance coverage, you should consider ProtectCELL.

Just like you expect more from your phone today, ProtectCELL goes beyond just protecting your phone’s hardware. ProtectCELL offers plans that can help to locate and lock your phone as well as back up your data so you won’t lose anything if you drop your phone in a puddle. They can even protect the data saved in your cell phone from identity theft in case your phone is ever lost or stolen by locking your phone and wiping it clean, making it about as useful as a paperweight to a thief. ProtectCELL even offers “buy back” options so you can upgrade to the latest piece of tech without a problem. Even in-the-know tech site Mashable recommended the smartphone coverage options from ProtectCELL.

So make sure you really consider how much you rely on your phone before you select your iPhone coverage. Make sure your iPhone coverage plan will make sure you are completely protected against everything you dish out to your phone on a daily basis.

INTO THE WOODS is becoming a Disney Movie!

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DISNEY’S “INTO THE WOODS” VENTURES INTO PRODUCTION
FEATURING AWARD-WINNING CAST & PRODUCTION TEAM

Film to Feature Songs from the Award-Winning Stage Show,
Plus Brand-New Song by Stephen Sondheim
                                                                                       

BURBANK, Calif. (Sept. 16, 2013) – Disney’s “Into the Woods” kicked off production last week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast. Rob Marshall, the talented filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical “Chicago” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” helms the film, which is based on the Tony®-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics—including an all-new song for the big-screen adaptation. “Into the Woods” is produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, “Wicked” producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall. Shooting in studio and on location throughout England, the film is slated for a December 25, 2014, holiday release. 

“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.

The all-star ensemble cast includes:
·       Meryl Streep (“The Iron Lady,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “August: Osage County”) portrays the Witch who wishes to reverse a curse so that her beauty may be restored.
·       Emily Blunt (“Looper,” “The Young Victoria,” “The Devil Wears Prada”) is the Baker’s Wife, a childless woman who longs to be a mother.
·       James Corden (Broadway’s “One Man, Two Guvnors,” “The Three Musketeers,” “Gavin & Stacey”) plays the role of the Baker, a hard-working man who desperately wants to start a family.
·       Anna Kendrick (“Pitch Perfect,” “Up in the Air”) fills the shoes of Cinderella, who finds herself on a journey of self-discovery.
·       Chris Pine (“Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Jack Ryan”) portrays Cinderella’s Prince, charming and impossibly handsome, who is on an endless quest to find his bride.
·       Johnny Depp (“Pirates of the Caribbean” films, “The Lone Ranger,” “Sweeney Todd”) steps in as the Wolf, who sets his sights on Little Red Riding Hood.
·       Lilla Crawford (Broadway’s “Annie”) makes her feature-film debut as Little Red Riding Hood, a smart and spunky girl who journeys into the woods, finding unexpected adventures along the way.
·       Daniel Huttlestone (“Les Misérables”) lands the role of Jack, an absentminded and adventurous boy who trades his treasured cow for five magic beans. 
·       Tracey Ullman joins the cast as Jack’s Mother, a poor and exasperated mom who is overwhelmed, yet fiercely protective of her son.
·       Christine Baranski (“Mamma Mia!,” “Chicago” “The Good Wife”) takes on the infamous Stepmother who wishes for riches and grandeur; she'll do anything to marry off one of her daughters to a prince. 
·       MacKenzie Mauzy (“Brother’s Keeper,” Broadway’s “Next to Normal”) plays Rapunzel, a sheltered young woman who experiences the world beyond her tower for the first time.
·       Billy Magnussen (Broadway’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “The East”) is the dashing and eager Prince who courts Rapunzel.

Celebrated actors from the stage and screen fill the supporting roles, including Tammy Blanchard (“Blue Jasmine,” “The Good Shepherd”) and Lucy Punch (“Bad Teacher,” “Dinner for Schmucks”) as Cinderella’s spoiled stepsisters, Florinda and Lucinda. Richard Glover (“Sightseers,” “St. Trinian’s”) is the Princes’ royal steward, Frances de la Tour (“Hugo,” “Alice In Wonderland”) portrays the giant, and Simon Russell Beale (“The Deep Blue Sea”) is the Baker’s father. Actress Joanna Riding (“My Fair Lady,” “Carousel”) portrays Cinderella’s late mother, and Little Red Riding Hood’s beloved granny is played by Annette Crosbie (“Calendar Girls,” “The Slipper and the Rose”).

The big-screen adaptation welcomes songs from the stage musical, including “Children Will Listen,” “Giants in the Sky,” “On the Steps of the Palace,” “No One Is Alone” and “Agony,” among others. Additionally, Sondheim has penned an all-new song for the story’s theatrical debut.

The award-winning production team includes Dion Beebe (“Collateral,” “Chicago,” “Nine”), Oscar® winner for the Marshall-helmed “Memoirs of a Geisha,” as director of photography. Dennis Gassner (“Skyfall,” “Quantum of Solace”), who won his own Oscar for “Bugsy,” serves as production designer, and three-time Oscar winner Colleen Atwood (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Chicago,” “Alice In Wonderland”) is costume designer.

“Into the Woods” premiered on Broadway on Nov. 5, 1987, at the Martin Beck Theatre. The production, which ran for 764 performances, won Tony® Awards for best score, best book and best actress in a musical. Among other awards, the musical received five Drama Desk awards, including best musical. “Into the Woods” has been produced around the world, including a 1988 U.S. tour, a 1990 West End production, Broadway and London revivals, in addition to a television production, DVD recording and a 10-year-anniversary concert.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Orkin Blog App and Family Pest Education Kit Giveaway

Disclosure: No compensation of any type was received for this post! The sponsor sent me the information and they will be responsible for fulfillment of the prize! All opinions posted are my own!

Anyone who knows me knows I HATE bugs! I do not care what kind they are! I do not like them! This being said, I never took the time to learn about those pests! Now, Orkin has a blog App that gives me information I never knew! Do you like bugs? Do you protect your home?
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Growing Up Online App and LORAX DVD giveaway

Disclosure: No compensation of any type was received for this post! The sponsor sent me the information and they will be responsible for fulfillment of the prize! All opinions posted are my own!
My daughter has never known a world without internet. She has grown up surrounded by computers, cell phones and social media. Because I am a blogger, she has been taught about internet safety from the moment she got online. I have seen her friends post their addresses and phone numbers online, and I have seen them surf internet sites that they shouldn't. Some parents are unsure how to discuss web safety, and some don't even realize they should. What do you think?
How did YOU teach your children to surf the web safely? The More You Know Learning Series, in collaboration with NBC News, has launched Growing Up Online, the FREE eBook for parents to keep their kids safe on the Internet!
 
Our kids have never known a world without the Internet. They’re spending more and more time on the web, so teaching them about using technology responsibly and safely is critical. Use the #GrowingUpOnline Blog App and take the quiz to see if your child is ready to safely surf the web! Download the FREE Growing Up Online eBook and be sure to watch all four entertaining comic book stories as a family, which show real situations that may occur when your kids go online. This free eBook provides easy-to-use information that addresses the growing concern about kids’ online privacy and cyberbullying in a unique and engaging way. Growing Up Online is packed with important tips that every parent should know!

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Monday, September 2, 2013

The Ultimate Life App and Giveaway

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Are you living THE ULTIMATE LIFE?
Between the pressure of running a foundation started by his late grandfather, being sued by his greedy extended family, and seeing his beloved Alexia leave on an extended mission trip to Haiti, Jason Stevens' world is unraveling. But when Jason discovers a journal that his grandfather began as a Depression-era lad, his writings transport Jason on an incredible rags-to-riches ride. With everything he loves hanging in the balance, Jason hopes he can discover THE ULTIMATE LIFE.
Opening in theaters September 6th, THE ULTIMATE LIFE (the sequel to The Ultimate Gift) reminds us some things are worth more than money!
With The Ultimate Life Blog App, take the quiz to find out if YOU are Living Life to the Fullest! Read six great ways to start living the ultimate life NOW, as written by Jim Stovall, author of The Ultimate Life book. And watch the official trailer for this inspiring movie!


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New Manischewitz® Products for the New Year!

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New Manischewitz® Products for the New Year!
Delicious Products To Enjoy Now and Year-Round
                              
NEWARK, NJ (August, 2013) -- Make space in your pantry because Manischewitz® is ready to fill your shelves with exciting, new products! These new introductions are great staples that every kitchen should have for everyday cooking, or for creating a special Shabbat or holiday meal to share with family and friends.  Some of these products are also featured in great recipes found in the newManischewitz Recipe & Holiday Guide, a free app available for download on all Apple® and Android™ devices.  Some of the newest products include:

Manischewitz® new Rye Tam Tams joins the extensive line of Tam Tam Crackers which include Original, Unsalted, Garlic, Everything, and Onion.  These crackers make a great anytime snack and are also great for serving to guests!  The new Rye Tam Tam Crackers are available in a 9.6 ounce package. Suggested retail price for the Tam Tams is $3.69.

Manischewitz® new Couscous Mixes are a great side dish for any holiday or everyday meal.  The mixes come in four great varieties; Mushroom and Olive Oil, Tomato and Spinach, Roasted Garlic and Olive Oil, and Herb and Vegetable.  Not only are the couscous mixes all natural and Pareve, they are a good source of protein, and except for Herb and Vegetable, are sugar free.  Suggested retail price is $2.49 for a 5.7 ounce box.

Manischewitz® Couscous Sauces are a delicious new meal idea that can be served over couscous, pasta, or rice.  The sauces are delicately seasoned in authentic Moroccan tradition, and are available in two flavors; Chunky Vegetable, and Chunky Vegetable and Chicken.  Suggested retail price is $3.99-$4.99 for the 16 ounce jar. 

Manischewitz® Honey Apple Macaroons* are a first for this time of year!  Usually enjoyed during Passover, these macaroons are a new sweet treat to enjoy during the Rosh Hashanah; enjoying apples and honey together during Rosh Hashanah symbolizes a “Sweet New Year.” The suggested retail price for the 22 ounce container of macaroons is $6.49.

Manischewitz® Wide Egg Noodles have always been a staple item at holiday meals!  Egg noodles are used in a variety of recipes including soups and sweet noodle casserole for Rosh Hashanah. Suggested retail price is $2.49 for the 12 ounce bag. 



When it comes time to observe and celebrate the upcoming holidays, plus any other occasion, try these delicious recipes below and also visit our website www.manischewitz.com for additional recipes including entrees, appetizers, sides and more.  Manischewitz has also just released the beta version of The Manischewitz Recipe & Holiday Guide**.  This free app contains hundreds of delicious, kosher recipes from past Cook-Off winners, kosher chefs, and home chefs.   Best of all, all the recipes, from either their website or app, are so simple to make that they will allow you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your guests.

*Available only at Costco.  All other products are available at your local retailer.  Products can also be purchased online http://manischewitz.elsstore.com/.

**Download links for the new Manischewitz Recipe & Holiday Guide: