Bloggers Wanted - Mother's Day Giveaway Hop

Join us for the
Mother's Day Giveaway Hop
hosted by Planet Weidknecht
from May 1-11, 2014

By adding your blog link below, you agree to:
Post your own dedicated giveaway for this event, from May 1, 2014 at 12:01a.m. until May 11, 2014 at 11:59p.m. Giveaway may be company-sponsored or self-sponsored. Giveaway prize must be worth at least $25.00. Blogs without giveaways posted by 10:00a.m. on May 1 will be removed from the linky list. Signups close on April 29.

You aren't required to post in advance of the giveaway hop, but if you'd like to add the button to your sidebar, please link it to this post so that others may join in too.

Please also join the Weidknecht Events Facebook Group at:
Your giveaway post (on May 1) must include:
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Link to the hosts Planet Weidknecht (http://www.weidknecht.com) and LeahSay's Views (http://leahsaysviews.com/)
Provided linky list of all participating bloggers
Your giveaway and contest form

HTML will be provided a few days before the hop begins, both by email and post in the Weidknecht Events Facebook Group. Questions can be directed to LisaWeidknecht@hotmail.com.

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Use ScoreBig for Ticket Savings

Disclosure: I received compensation in exchange for my honest review.
I am so excited about ScoreBig.com! Their website offers discounted tickets to sporting events, Broadway shows, music concerts, live theater, and local attractions. It's so easy to use and you get to bid on your tickets! All you have to do is search for the event you want to attend, in the city where you want to attend, then bid on your tickets. You find out immediately if your bid is accepted and if it's a tad too low, they will offer you the tickets anyway at a super discounted price. You save money on every ticket, guaranteed, with ScoreBig.com.
If you're a sports fanatic, you can find great ticket prices on NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB events. You can save up to 60% when you buy tickets through their site. Once your tickets are secured, the tickets will either arrive in your mailbox, wait for you at "will call" or be emailed so you can print them out and go. The website is very user-friendly and it's a great way to get advance tickets for events especially if you're going to be traveling to another city and want to plan your activities in advance.
It's also a wonderful way to see what music concerts and family shows are coming to your local area. I love to road trip around Texas and I scored big with two tickets to visit Sea World San Antonio at a super discount! I can hardly wait to see the beautiful ocean animals, watch the shows and ride the rides. I wonder if they will let me kiss a whale!
Don't break the bank getting tickets to your next event or attraction. Visit ScoreBig.com today and get your discounted tickets the quick, easy way! Be sure to check out their Last Minute Savings and sign up for emails about upcoming events in your area. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter for even more up-to-date information!

Hapari Swimwear - Review

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Most women don't enjoy shopping for swimwear and that includes me. It's often difficult for me to feel comfortable wearing a swimsuit because I'm a bit intimidated by the many slim, young ladies out there. My confidence level tends to drop a bit whenever I'm faced with shopping for something revealing. I'm so glad I found Hapari.com for swimwear because they have a huge selection for all sizes and shapes!
While browsing the Hapari Swimwear website, I found this beautiful swimwear set that matches my personality and my modesty. Since they offer so many individual pieces, it's easy to find pieces to mix and match. The Kona Sarong Skirt with Swim Bottoms was the first piece that I fell in love with because of the beautiful combination of a warm brown background punctuated with bright turquoise, green and yellow flowers.
The White Eyelet Halter Tankini Top is the perfect complement for the swimskirt and the silky, semi-transparent Turquoise Sarong Wrap gives me an extra pop of color either at my waistline or on my shoulders. The top and bottoms are both made from 80% nylon and 20% spandex, plus the material is UPF 50+ to protect my skin from the sun.
My new swimwear from Hapari is great quality, keeps me well covered, and is extremely comfortable. It gives me great confidence to show myself in public, even in a swimsuit! Plus, Hapari offers fabulous prices and right now, they are even offering free shipping for orders over $25. Their customer service is fantastic and my order arrived just 3 days after I ordered. Hapari.com gets my seal of approval!
Visit www.hapari.com to find the swimwear that is perfect for your body! They offer swimwear fashions for everyone in the family, including men, women and children. Be sure to connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest so you can be first to hear about special promotions and new products. Isn't it about time you bought yourself something you really love to wear to the pool and beach?


Free #Disney Coloring Pages - Planes: Fire and Rescue

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PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE opens in theaters on July 18, 2014!
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Uncorked Ventures Wine Gifts, Baskets, & Clubs - Review

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Uncorked Ventures searches throughout California, Oregon, and Washington to find exceptional wines to share with you. Mark Aselstine and Matt Krause are brothers-in-law and together they tour the wine country's finest proprietors and winemakers, many of whom don't advertise outside of their own region. Their discerning tastes and special connections give them unprecedented access so that they can bring these unforgettable wines to light.
I recently received two bottles of wine through Uncorked Ventures - one white wine and one red wine. The White Wedding wine was fresh and fragrant, with a whole-bodied taste unlike any other I've tasted. The red Dacalier was a rich, bold taste that warmed me to my toes. These are truly extraordinary wines that definitely get my stamp of approval. Uncorked Ventures features an online shop where you can select from their wine gifts, wine baskets, and even join one of three wine clubs that will introduce you to a wide variety of rare tastes.
Visit www.uncorkedventures.com today to place your order for yourself or someone special. Mother's Day is coming up soon and your Mom certainly deserves a delicious bottle of wine. Father's Day isn't far behind and spring weddings are the perfect time to spoil the newlyweds with something they will truly appreciate. Be sure to connect with Uncorked Ventures on Facebook and Twitter too!

Black Bean Potato Skins #Recipe

Black Bean Potato Skins

2 dozen small brown potatoes
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup shredded cheese
6 jalepenos, sliced
Sea salt
Sour cream for topping

First prepare the potatoes by baking them at 350 degrees F for about 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Then slice potatoes in half, scooping out most of the potato from the skin, leaving about 1/4 inch thickness of potato next to the skin. Reserve scooped potatoes for mashed potatoes with chives (see below). Place the sliced potato skins on a cookie sheet, scoop-side down. Brush potato skins with a touch of melted butter and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for 15 minutes, remove from oven and flip potato skins over so scoop-side is up. Brush the inside of the potato skins with a touch of melted butter. Fill the potato skins with drained and rinsed black beans, top with some shredded cheese, and place a jalapeno on top of each one. Bake for another 15 minutes and top with sour cream. Makes 24 potato skins. Delicious!

Delicious appetizer or even a meal.
I froze about half the potato skins in a container with wax paper separating the layers, so we could have homemade freezer snacks whenever the desire hits.
Make mashed potatoes with chives from the scooped-out potatoes by adding 1/2 cup milk, 1 tablespoon sour cream, 1 tablespoon butter, and 1 tablespoon fresh chives. Save for another meal.

Print this recipe HERE.
See my other recipes HERE.

Benefits of Third Party Shipping Insurance


When you are shipping certain types of items, you might want to consider getting parcel and package insurance that will cover the costs of those items if they get lost or stolen during their transit to their destinations. This is especially important if the items that you’re shipping through the mail are of a high value and would pose a significant monetary loss if they didn’t reach their destination. Although most shipping carriers offer insurance with their services, their insurance might not always be the most cost effective insurance routes to take.

Sometimes a third party insurer might offer the best rates for insuring the packages that you want to ship through the mail. There is no rule that requires that you get your packages insured through the shipping carrier that you choose to ship them. Oftentimes, you can ship with a major carrier and get your parcel insured by a third party parcel insurance company at a fraction of the cost that it would cost you to get your parcel insured by the major carrier.

Moreover, just like major shipping carriers have different types of insurance plans to suit different customers’ needs, so do third party insurance companies. If you ship thousands of packages per year, there are plans to accommodate such high volumes of shipments with insurance. However, if you only need insurance for one package, then there are one-time insurance rates to accommodate just the one package. No matter what your shipping insurance needs, you should be able to find an insurance plan that meets your needs through a third party source.

Finding insurance for your packages from a third party source is easier than every nowadays thanks to modern technology and the innovativeness of the Internet. Now, you can find numerous companies online that allow you to purchase the third party insurance that you need for your packages online. Additionally, those companies that allow you to purchase their insurance online will usually allow you file any claims that you need to file online as well. Being able to conduct business online in such a manner oftentimes expedites the process and makes it easier and more convenient for you to take care of your shipping and insurance needs.

Regardless of what you’re shipping, if it’s of any value, it’s a good idea to get it insured. However, if you don’t want to pay the high rates that the major carriers set forth, you can opt to get shipping insurance from a third party company.


JoeShade Sunshade Umbrella - Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Down here in Texas, spring is in full bloom and the heat of summer is on its way. It often reaches 100 degrees during the hottest months and sometimes even higher. Last summer, across the country there were heat alerts everywhere, including the upper northeast. I remember sweating in the hot sun for air shows and sporting events, and then dealing with the painful sunburn afterwards. This year, I'm ready for it all with my new JoeShade, a personal shade umbrella!
When my kids played soccer and baseball, I remember parents lugging along giant pop up shade tents that took several people to assemble, and by the time it was all set up practice was nearly over. JoeShade comes in a matching handy shoulder strap bag, plus I can set it up in less than 2 minutes all by myself. This ingenious shade umbrella is made with special fabric that also blocks harmful UV A and B rays.
There are two main pieces to the JoeShade - the bottom stand and the umbrella post, plus there are three ground stakes included in case its a windy day. I certainly don't want this fabulous sunshade umbrella blowing away! Think of all the wonderful places a JoeShade would come in handy - sporting events, camping trips, local parks, dirt races, beaches, swimming pools, and even your own yard (my backyard has no trees at all)!
The JoeShade is freestanding on its broad-base tripod legs, providing excellent stability. I love the 60" wide umbrella reach because it offers plenty of room for both my husband and me. If you have small children or a baby, it is really important to keep them shaded and cool. JoeShade comes in blue, red, or green so you can even choose a color that complements your favorite team or your beloved lawn chair.
This portable UV sun shade umbrella adjusts from 3 ft. low to 8 ft. high for maximum shade, plus it has a tilt function that allows for protection from multiple angles. JoeShade is also a proud sponsor of the Melanoma Research Foundation! I love when a company supports charity.
The JoeShade also features wind vents to help keep your umbrella right where you want it. I'm amazed at all the attention to detail and I'm even more happy with the ease of use. I'll probably be using mine every single day in my backyard, but I'll also be taking it with me to every outdoor event that I attend. I may end up getting a second JoeShade so I can keep one in the trunk of my car all the time.
You and your family will certainly find plenty of uses for a sunshade umbrella. Even my dog loves the instant shade that JoeShade provides! I highly recommend this product and the company. I love my JoeShade and I know you will too.
Visit www.joeshade.com to order yours for JUST $33.95! Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter, and watch this quick video to see more about how JoeShade works. Then enter below to win a free JoeShade!
Enter my other giveaways HERE!

Giveaway Link Up - Wednesday Wealth (April 16-22)

Guess what day it is???
Yep, it's Wednesday Wealth Day!
Link up your giveaways so I can share them with all my readers.
Be sure to enter to win something wonderful while you're here!

5 Easy DIY Earth Day Projects from Carter Oosterhouse

Don’t let another Earth Day pass you by! This April 22nd, make sure you are doing your part by considering a greener lifestyle. Don’t know how? Eco-friendly celeb, Carter Oosterhouse offers his top 5 easily mastered DIY projects you can implement around the home to ensure you are eco-covered:
  • Repair leaky faucets around the house. By doing so, you not only help the environment by not being wasteful, but you will also save upwards of 10 percent on the next water bill!
  • Repurposing is a hot trend – instead of throwing away an old door, turn it into a stylish coffee table or headboard. Also, try giving old furniture a fresh coat of paint – the difference will amaze you!
  • Being green is as easy as changing a light bulb. By upgrading 15 inefficient incandescent bulbs in your home to energy efficient you can save upwards of $50 on your utility bill. There are three main types of energy-efficient bulbs carried at your local hardware store: CFLs, LEDs and energy-saving incandescents.
  • Learn to compost at home. Instead of filling our landfills with scraps of food, use them to nourish the soil in your backyard. For easy-indoor composting, I recommend purchasing an indoor composting bin from your local hardware store that sits on top of your counter – not to worry, a properly managed compost bin will not attract pests or rodents and will not smell bad. Composting requires three basic ingredients: Brown – dead leaves, branches and twigs; Greens – grass clippings, vegetable waste, fruit scraps and coffee grounds; as well as Water – essential for compost development. NOTE: Animal byproducts should not be used as part of compost.
  • Always remember to RECYCLE and have fun!
For more ways on how you can live a greener lifestyle, please visit Carter Oosterhouse’s website: www.CarterOosterhouse.com


Easter Cakes from Gourmet Gift Baskets - Review

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Now that all my kids are grown and off to college, I no longer have the joy of raiding their Easter baskets after they go to bed. Instead I'm indulging in sweets of another kind - Easter cakes! These darling specialty cakes from GourmetGiftBaskets.com are the perfect treat to follow our traditional Easter dinner. They are moist and incredibly delicious!
Measuring six inches across, the Easter Egg Cake and Easter Chick Cake are created with rich vanilla cake, topped with sweet yellow frosting, then hand decorated on top, and embellished with confetti sprinkles. These cakes would be a wonderful Easter gift to send to family that cannot be home for the holiday. Both of the cakes would also be a wonderful addition to an Easter party. Best of all, no baking required!
Gourmet Gift Baskets also features a large selection of Easter baskets, gift baskets, gift towers, fruits, chocolates, wine and much more. They also do corporate gifts, same day gifts, and care packages! They'll do all the baking, the packaging, and the shipping, while you sit back and enjoy (or collect sincere gratitude from your gift recipients).
Visit www.gourmetgiftbaskets.com today to order for Easter, Mother's Day, birthdays, graduation, or any occasion! Be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest too. You'll be first to hear about new products and special promotions! Which cake would YOU eat first?