The kids are grown, now what?: October 2012

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Happy Halloween from Disney's Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-It Ralph

Happy Halloween from Disney's Wreck-It Ralph opening in theaters THIS Friday!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Halloween Fun with Disney's Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-It Ralph hits theaters this Friday! I have some Halloween fun to get you prepared! Check out these fun masks!

Election Day Food Ideas

Election Day Food Ideas

Election day is a big day at my house. I went to vote with both of my children during the last Presidential election. That was a very proud day for me and I even started crying. I plan on voting with them this Tuesday as well. Whatever your political beliefs are, please go out and vote!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Soups, Stews & Chilis Recipe Linky

Soups Stews & Chilis Recipe Linky
It's gotten pretty chilly in South Dakota. We actually had some snow the other day! I am ready for some winter comfort food; soups, stews and chili. How about you?

Vegetable Rice Pilaf

Vegetable Rice Pilaf

We eat a LOT of rice. I love rice. Rice is one of the most versatile grains. I really enjoy experimenting and coming up with new rice dishes. This delicious vegetable pilaf goes with almost any dish.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Wacky Weekend Giveaway Linky 10/26/12

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Happy Howl-Oween!

Happy Howl-Oween from Frankenweenie

Happy Howl-Oween from Disney Studios and Frankenweenie! Frankenweenie is playing at a theater near you!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Coupons Ending Soon!

Coupons Ending This Month

Can you believe that October is almost over? This month has FLOWN by! I have a list of great coupons that end in the next week. Make sure you print them now!

Review: The Everyday Wok Cookbook, Simple and Satisfying Recipes for the Most Versatile Pan in Your Kitchen

The Everyday Wok Cookbook by Lorna Yee

I have a wonderful wok that I use ALL the time! I have used it for everything from Fried Rice to Deep Fried Corn Fritters and even chili. I LOVE my wok! When I was offered the chance to review The Everyday Wok Cookbook by Lorna Yee,  I knew it was for me!

The Creamiest Mac 'N Cheese

The Creamiest Mac N Cheese

My daughter has been in love with Mac 'N Cheese since she first started on solid food. This is her comfort food and was one of the first things we went looking for a recipe for when we first went gluten free. There are a few gluten free boxed products but none compare to homemade. Nothing boxed ever compares to homemade! This recipe was adapted from The Everyday Wok Cookbook: Simple and Satisfying Recipes for the Most Versatile Pan in Your Kitchen.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Indie Film's Top Pin-up Girls

Ruby Sparks

Debuting on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 30

Writer/actress Zoe Kazan stars in Ruby Sparks -- her first feature film as a screenwriter as well -- as the title character that is created out of Calvin’s (Paul Dano) mind as he is writing his latest novel. Here, we’ll outline our other favorite “Indie Film Ladies” including Brit Marling, Zooey Deschanel, Elizabeth Olsen and Jessica Chastain.

Review: Blood Sugar by Michael Moore

Blood Sugar by Michael Moore

My grandmother was a diabetic. My mother-in-law was a diabetic. She went blind from diabetes because she ignored all of the warning signs and once it was diagnosed it was too late to save her vision. My blood sugar has been running higher than normal and my doctor is concerned so I have been trying to eat healthy. I was excited to receive Blood Sugar: Inspiring Recipes For Anyone Facing The Challenge Of Diabetes and Maintaining Good Health by Michael Moore. When I heard the title I thought, "This book is for me!".

Green Roast Herb & Lemon Chicken

Green Roast Herb & Lemon Chicken

There is something about a roast chicken that makes my day. It's comfort food at its best. Once you have roasted a chicken there are so many things you can do with it. I can get 3 to 5 meals out of one roasted chicken. This chicken came out SO juicy and delicious that I will probably make one a week!

Disney's Secret of the Wings Toys Review

Tink & Periwinkle

Disney's Secret of the Wings is out on DVD today! There is also a line of toys to go with the movie. I was thrilled when I was offered the chance to review a few of these toys because I know one special little girl that I was pretty sure would go nuts over them. I was right! She LOVED them!

Disney's Wreck-It Ralph Coloring Pages

Wreck-It Ralph opens next week! Are you ready? Are your kids ready? How about some awesome coloring pages to get you ready?

Iron Man 3 Trailer

I have a confession to make. I am in love with Robert Downey Jr. I am jumping up and down in anticipation of Iron Man 3 coming to theaters May 3, 2013. What an awesome Mother's Day I am going to have! If you are as addicted to Iron Man as I am you are going to love this little sneak peek that I have for you!

Monday, October 22, 2012


Today is the last day to register to vote in time for the upcoming Presidential election. I am not going to tell you who to vote for. I am going to tell you that it's important. Please vote. Please make sure you are educated on these issues. Don't listen to the propaganda that is being spouted by both parties. Find unbiased information and find the truth. We have voices. Let's make sure they are heard. If you haven't registered yet, get out there and pick up your voter registration card today!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Review: NatureBox


Subscription boxes are so much fun to receive. You get to try new products usually for a fraction of the purchase price. I recently had the opportunity to try out a new subscription box program called NatureBox. for $19.95 per month NatureBox sends you a box containing 4 to 6 bags (large bags) of healthy and delicious snacks. They do not currently offer gluten free snacks but a little birdy told me they are working on it! Shipping is included in the monthly price and you can cancel at any time.

Pumpkin Recipe Linky

Fall means pumpkins and I have a freezer full of pumpkin puree. I love pumpkin and I am always looking for new pumpkin recipes. 

Wacky Weekend-Giveaway Linky 10/20/12

Link up your giveaways. Please have them in the following format:
Great Prize US 4/2 Leave me a comment after you link up!

Enter some giveaways!

Have fun!

Review: Goodbye Gluten

You know how I am always trying out new gluten free breads? How I am always in search of something that tastes like the gluten filled breads that we are used to? Well, I FINALLY found one. Here is the sad part, it's not available near me. :( I hope it's available near you!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Art of Aromatherapy Review

I have been using essential oils for years. I love the way they smell. Sometimes I use them in place of perfume. I have also used them as alternative therapies. If you have been reading my blog for a while then you know I have chronic pain issues. I also get migraines in addition to all the other fun stuff that I experience!

Upgrade Your Drawers #MaLoUnderwear

This is a picture of my son Eli with me during a Christmas celebration at a friend's house. This was taken several years ago. I don't have many pictures of Eli because he hates having his picture taken. See the baseball cap and hoodie that he is wearing? That's his uniform! He wears that almost every day of the year along with some ratty jeans and even more horrific shoes and underwear!

How the Internet Actually Works

With millions of internet users, all of which surf the internet, it is good to understand at a basic level how a WAN (area network) works as it relates to an internet user. The following illustration reflects how computers are networked together to provide the user with the web page requested:

Radio Ranger RC Fishing Boat-Giveaway

Radio Ranger RC Fishing Boat Giveaway is offering an awesome remote control boat worth $79.95 to one lucky reader and it could be you. Do not pass up on the chance to win this RadioRanger Remote Control Boat Giveaway. Bobbie Anne from owns one of these fast remote control boats, listen to what she has to say about it.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Disney's Wreck-It Ralph Play & Win Sweepstakes

Wreck-It Ralph Play and Win

Enter the world of Wreck-It Ralph and go on a hero's journey for the chance to win a trip for 4 provided by Adventure's by Disney. I know I will be playing. How about you? Entering is easy! First you need to like Wreck-It Ralph on Facebook then click here to play the game. To get you in the mood I have a new trailer for you!

Does Think Pink Cure Cancer?

Breast Cancer Pink Ribbon

It's October. That means we are in the middle of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is the time of year that sends the breast cancer community reeling. These incredible women (and men) are fighting for their lives.  I think every one of you knows what you need to to do protect yourself. Squeeze your boobies once a month. Get to know your body so you know when there is a change. Talk to your doctor about setting up a baseline mammogram and find out when (if) you will need to start yearly follow-ups. This is common sense people. We all know the drill. Every October it is on every channel, every magazine, and many internet ads.

Guest Post: Are eReaders Better Than Traditional Books?

3 Reasons Why eReaders are Better than Traditional Books

Sony, Kindle, Pandigital

The world is quickly experiencing a shift in the way that they consume the written word. For hundreds of years society has read books by holding them in their hands and turning pages, but the last few years has shifted a significant portion of the population to reading books on tablets, eReaders, and even the computer. Not everyone is excited about this transition. Many purists insist that there is nothing better than holding a book in your hands, covering up with a blanket near a fire, and reading threw the evening. But even these conservative book readers will have to admit that there are at least 3 ways that eBooks are better than a traditional book.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Free-Holiday Labels From Vistaprint

Vistaprint is offering free holiday labels. All you have to pay for is shipping! These are great for sending your holiday cards or putting on baked goods. The only limit is your imagination! All you pay for is shipping. This deal is only available until 10/17 so act quick!

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Get Paid to Eat Out!

Have you heard about this? Plink allows you to earn cash & rewards for doing the things you already do! Shop at your favorite stores, eat at your favorite restaurants. There are more than 35,000 participating locations and it's free to join!

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Garlic Bread Meatball Sandwiches {Gluten Free}

Garlic Bread Meatball Sandwiches

There is something about meatballs. I don't know what it is but I have been craving them lately. I could eat them every day of the week! Growing up in Philadelphia we had the ubiquitous Philly Cheese Steak but I always loved ordering a Meatball sandwich. There are a couple of places in Rapid City that make excellent meatball sandwiches but we are unable to order them anymore because they are not gluten free. This one is!

Celebrating Halloween with Hershey's

Halloween is coming fast! I swear it was just midsummer. There are pumpkins and Halloween costumes and tons of candy in all of the stores. Hershey's sent me a 120 piece assortment of Twizzlers so that I could come up with some awesome Halloween ideas. Guess who doesn't have a crafty bone in their body! Thankfully there is Pinterest! I have found some awesome ideas for your Halloween party! Note: Twizzlers are NOT gluten free so Ryan was unable to have any. :(

Friday, October 12, 2012

Better Than Saturday Morning Cartoon Cake #CoolWhipFrosting

Better Than Saturday Morning Cartoon Cake

Ryan's days off are always busy with errands. But we also like to take some time out to spend some time together doing a little baking and sharing it with friends. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Disney's Wreck-It Ralph Trailer

Wreck-It Ralph

Have you seen any of the ads for Disney's Wreck-It Ralph? This movie looks like so much fun and it has one of my favorite actors, John C Reilly. I am really looking forward to November 2nd when it opens in theaters. I have a little sneak peak for you!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Happy Blogaversary to Me!

One year ago today I wrote my first post on this blog. A LOT has happened in that year and much of it is due to those of you who regularly read my blog. Thank you for hanging in there with me! I appreciate you more than you will ever know.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Wines by Wives-Giveaway

A couple of days ago I told you about Mob Wives' Carla Facciolo joining Wines by Wives. Carla will be donating a percentage of her sales to Autism. I also promised you a giveaway! Well here it is! See this gorgeous blinged out Autism Awareness Wineglass? Grandma Juice and I are giving it away to one of our very lucky readers! Must be a resident of the US and 21 years of age or over to enter. 

If you are interested in joining Carla's wine club you can do that here.  Good Luck!

Disney's Frankenweenie Pumpkin Templates

Have you picked up your Halloween pumpkin yet? Have you decided on a design? If not, Disney's Frankenweenie has a little help for you. Check out these fun pumpkin templates with instructions! I would love to see your pumpkins. Let me know if you use them.

Wanna Be Well?

Or should I ask, who doesn't wanna be well? Have you ever wanted your own wellness coach? I'm thinking that could get kind of spendy. But wait! There is a new APP called WannaBeWell that acts as your personal wellness coach and it's free!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Savor the Flavor of Summer-Giveaway

Daily's Cocktails

Have you tried Daily's Cocktails yet? They are pouches that you throw in your freezer for a taste of summer all winter long! All you need to do is freeze, squeeze and enjoy! There are currently 7 flavors available. I found them in the liquor section at Walmart. They are very inexpensive. I paid only $1.99 for each 10 ounce pouch. That's a bargain!

Review: Dadgum, That's Good Too!

Dadgum That's Good Too!

I received a copy of John McLemore's Dadgum That's Good, Too!  It's a follow up to his book,John McLemore's "Dadgum That's Good!"  

“John’s first cookbook, “DADGUM That’s Good!”™ was a huge success and I’m so excited about this sequel. He’s showing you how to smoke, grill and fry with your family and friends. Once you get to know John and eat his dadgum good food, I’m sure you’ll love it as much as we do!” -From the foreword, written by Paula Deen – American cook, cooking show host, restaurateur, author, actress, and Emmy Award-winning television personality
John McLemore is the co-owner and President/CEO of Masterbuilt Manufacturing Inc. Masterbuilt manufactures indoor and outdoor consumer cooking products and automotive aftermarket accessories. John has traveled all over the world and learned lessons about life and food along the way.

Corn Fritters {Gluten Free}

Who doesn't love Corn Fritters? I have been a huge Fritter fan since childhood. Corn, Apple or anything... Give me a Fritter and I am in heaven! I found this recipe for Corn Fritters in a new cookbook called Dadgum That's Good, Too!  I know you will want to check this one out! I have my gluten free conversions in parenthesis and I will add more info in a note at the end.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Disney's Frankenweenie, Ask Mr. Whiskers

Disney's Frankenweenie Ask Mr. Whiskers

Disney's Frankenweenie opened in theaters yesterday! Have you gone to see it yet? I plan on going soon! I have more Frankenweenie fun for you! Ask Mr. Whiskers, the psycic kitty who gives you the scoop on your future! Make sure you like Frankenweenie on Facebook and then ask Mr. Whiskers about your future!


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