The kids are grown, now what?: July 2012

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

10K Celebration-Giveaway


Thank you! Thank you for being wonderful readers! Thank you for helping me get to 10,000 Facebook Fans. You guys ROCK! 

Not Going to BlogHer '12? Neither am I!


BlogHer is the ULTIMATE blogging conference. I am unable to attend but my goal is to go to next year's conference. Sponsors take note! I want to go to BlogHer '13 and I would LOVE to represent your brand! But I digress (sorry about that).

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Garden Guys-Giveaway


Book Excerpt: Fragile by Shiloh Walker


Fragile by Shiloh Walker releasing in mass market paperback summer 2012.

Gluten Free at the Sturgis Rally

Mail St. Sturgis Pictures, Images and Photos

Are you visiting Sturgis but need to eat gluten free? Food vendors change from year to year and I cannot vouch for any of them, BUT there are many businesses in the Black Hills that offer gluten free foods and gluten free menu options.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Hammock Pack Review


Hammock Pack is a subscription box program. For $25.00 you will receive a package each month that contains items from 5-6 different artisans. I was so excited to receive mine.

Welcome to the Sturgis Rally Part 2

camping Pictures, Images and Photos

If this is your first time coming to the rally then you are probably wondering about places to stay. Let me tell you that the majority of affordable accommodations are booked a year in advance. If you are willing to spend $200+ a night you can still get a room in a pricier hotel. Your best bet is find a campground. There are so many campgrounds that we even have a website devoted to Black Hills Campgrounds!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Wacky Weekend Giveaway Linky 7/27/12

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Welcome to the Sturgis Rally Part 1


Welcome to the Sturgis Rally. The photo you see here was taken at the 1996 Rally. Those were some of my best friends. My friend Russ (far left) is no longer enjoying the Sturgis Rally and he is missed. 

Win a Fridgidaire Affinity Washer & Dryer from The Odd Life of Timothy Green


The Odd Life of Timothy Green (in theaters August 15) and Fridgidaire have teamed up to bring you a very cool Facebook App called The Magical Moments Photo Collage. Make a collage of your family's magical moments and while you are there enter to win a Fridgidaire Affinity Washer and Dryer! 

What do you have to do to win? Like The Odd Life of Timothy Green on Facebook and then enter to win!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock


I think everyone has played Rock, Paper, Scissors. Sheldon and the rest of the guys from The Big Bang Theory play it a little differently. They like to play Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock. Here are the rules if you are not familiar with them:

Vote for the Winner of Tamra's Diamond #RHOC


It's time! Tamra has picked her 5 favorite love stories and now it is up to you. Click here to vote for your favorite!  But that's not all! If you live in one of the following states: AZ, CA, CO, DC, FL, ID, IL, LA, MA, MN, MO, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OR, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV, WI, WY 

You can enter to win a one month subscription to the Celebrity Wine Club! Enter here.

Around the Blogosphere 7/25/12


Welcome to another week of Around the Blogosphere! I hope you like the posts that I have found.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Wordless Wednesday 7/25/12

Twitter Follow Page 1 Housewarming Celebration-Give-Away




Saved by Grace Housewarming Celebration-Give-Away

Welcome to the House Warming Celebration Giveaway!
This Giveaway is to celebrate Saved By Grace's Move to the new domain and for reaching the 2,000 mark of fans & followers on Facebook and Twitter! There will only be ONE winner for this awesome prize pack worth over $700! This event is Hosted by Saved By Grace and co-hosted by The Kids are Grown, Now what?, Parsimonious Pash and Deanna's Bargains and also brought to you by over 20 participating Blogs! The HUGE prize package includes stuff for around the home, for all the members of it ;)

Sweet Italian Sausage Burgers


I love Sweet Italian Sausage and I also love Burgers so I thought, why not combine them? So I did! And I have to say it was juicy and delicious and has definitely become something that I will make again and again. I hope your family loves it as much as my family does. This recipes makes 8 1/4 LB burgers. These would also be great as sliders!

1 LB Sweet Italian Sausage
1 LB 80/20 Ground Beef
1/4 C Grated Parmesan 
1/4 C Shredded Mozzarella
8 Slices of Provolone
1/2 Green Pepper
1/2 Red Onion
Olive Oil

Mix together sausage, ground beef, Parmesan and Mozzarella. Form into 1/4 LB patties. Heat up frying pan with about a TBSP of olive oil. Place patties into frying pan (I did 4 at a time). While patties are cooking slice onions and peppers. Cook patties approximately 8 minutes per side. Flip patties and add onions & peppers. Once burgers are done add provolone to tops of burgers. Remove pan from heat and cover while cheese melts. I served these on toasted gluten free English Muffins.







Amazon Facebook Blast


I have teamed up with Makobi Scribe and other great blogs to bring you another $100 Amazon Gift Card!
Good Luck!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Snyder of Berlin Review-&-Give-Away


The Snyder family began cooking kettle chips in their kitchen during the 1920's. They have been growing ever since!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

2nd Chance to Win Wholly Guacamole

Help us celebrate our first Giveaway Event at Linkies Contest Linkies with Wholly Guacamole 
& $50 Paypal Cash.  
Giveaway open to USA & CANADIAN residents.  Ends Aug 14th 2012
There will be 3 Winners each receiving $15 worth of Wholly Guacamole coupons and 1 of these 3 Winners will also win $50 Paypal Cash to help ramp up their next party. Let Wholly be the life of your next party. Entering is simple.  By telling us what your next big party event will be whether its a birthday, Halloween, Christmas, backyard summer party etc. You could be 1 of our 3 lucky winners. Enter using Rafflecopter below.  Must be 18+ You can also take a moment to thank your sponsors for participating in this event. Sponsors taking place in this event include :

An Open Letter to Arlene Holmes


Dear Arlene;

You lost a child today too. I am so sorry for your loss. I know that you must be shocked , bewildered and horrified by your son's actions. I know that I would be.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Hunger Games Giveaway Event Signups are Open

The Hunger Games Books & DVD Release Event

 
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Grandma Juice and The Kids Are Grown, Now What Are At It Again!
We've put together the hottest books out along with the not yet released movie in one fantastic giveaway!

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Big Bang Theory Seasons 1 & 2 on Blu-Ray Combo Pack


The Big Bang Theory is one of our FAVORITE TV Shows! Ryan and I sit and laugh so hard that we can't breathe. These nerds are so sweet, funny and true to life that we feel like we fit in with them!

If you're a fan of the show then you know we hear Howard's mother a LOT. You would have to be deaf NOT to hear her! She is so LOUD! What do you think she looks like? My vision is of a woman in her late 40's early 50's, heavy set, with BIG hair that has been colored. I think she wears bright colors to go with her big personality and I hope that one day we will finally get to see what she really looks like.

If you have never watched the show then what are you waiting for? You are truly missing out on one of the funniest shows to ever be shown on TV. Go online and order your Blu-Ray DVD Combo Pack today!


"HOWARD..."

Disclosure: I have been hired by Warner Brothers WB Word Division to raise awareness of  The Big Bang Theory. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Wacky Weekend Give-Away Linky 7/20/12

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Win-It $55 Cash


I have another cash giveaway for you from Contest Chest! Open Worldwide!


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Sidekix Back to School Event & Give-Away


What are Sidekix is something that I am sure you are asking yourself. I will let the creator of Sidekix tell you about them:
Children love to discover--it is an essential trait they have for exploring our world. This trait led me to create Sidekix Toys, a toy that leads to the discovery of a new friend or sidekick. On the surface of these playful balls lay the clues for the sidekicks waiting to be discovered within. For instance, a cracked egg poses the question...is it a dinosaur, turtle, or perhaps a chick? The answer lies within the toy ball. Once they have discovered their Sidekix, they can take it with them wherever they go. The unique clip allows it to be attached to bags, belts, and keychains. In addition, magnets placed inside the Sidekix Toys allow them to cling to bikes, lockers and so much more. However, if you're looking for a fun toy, simply tuck and zip your Sidekix back into its ball form to play catch or clip it on your bag as a fun accessory to fit your personality. Here at sidekix we like to say kick'em, zip'em, flip'em, clip'em, and stick'em.

12 Days of Christmas in July- CattleBoyZ BBQ Package Give-Away

12 Days of Christmas in July hosted by Weidknecht Events Going Crazy {July 20-31}

12 Days of Christmas in July Giveaway Hop hosted by GoingCrazy!! WannaGo??!! and Planet Weidknecht!! This giveaway hop is open from July 20th to 31st.


Blue Oyster Cultivation


Mushrooms have got to be one of my most favorite foods (after popcorn of course!). My friend Wendy and her husband Joe live on a farm in upstate New York and one of the things they do is cultivate mushrooms. Their business is called Blue Oyster Cultivation ( I LOVE the name!). They sell a kit that allows you to cultivate your own oyster mushrooms at home.

Garden Guys Facebook Follow Page

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The Kids Are Grown, Now What?

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Giveaway Overload

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Sponsor Spotlight: CattleBoyZ


CattleBoyZ Gourmet BBQ Sauce was developed by a cattle rancher in Alberta, Canada who did not want to mask the taste of his beef with an overpowering sauce but enhance it. CattleBoyZ is now sold throughout North America. The product lines includes sauces, seasonings, condiments, pulled pork and ribs. 

Sir Kensington Give-Away


A couple of months ago I did a review of Sir Kensington's Gourmet Scooping Ketchup. Not being a ketchup fan Sir Kensington's really surprised me. I am now a HUGE fan of Sir Kensington's! They have graciously offered to do a giveaway. One winner will receive an 11 oz jar of the Classic Ketchup, an 11 oz jar of the Spiced Ketchup, 2 mini jars (one in each flavor) and this fun top hat ramekin! Before you enter check out this delicious meatloaf recipe and facts about Sir Kensington's.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Quitting Smoking

Image courtesy of Cigarette Zoom


I am sitting here with a cigarette in my mouth as I write this. I started smoking when I was 9 years old. Yes, you read that correctly. I was 9. I started by snitching cigarettes from my parents when they weren't looking. Then I started buying them. I went to the store where my parents bought their cigarettes and as long as I bought the brands that they smoked they would sell them to me. Cigarettes were $.35 a pack when I started.  I said I would quit smoking when the price of cigarettes hit $2.00 a pack but now they are $6.57 a pack and I am STILL smoking!

Around the Blogosphere 7/18/12


It's time for another week of Around the Blogosphere and I have some great posts for you!


If you have a new baby on the way Bump to Baby Gear has some great nursery ideas.

Heavenly Savings has a delicious and easy Homemade Tomato Soup Recipe.

Planet Weidknecht is giving away a cute handbag AND a cookbook!

Mama to 3 Blessings has a linky full of great kid's craft ideas.

If you are looking for a laugh then check out Crunchy Frugalista's Hump Day Jokes.

Are you a pizza lover? Don't miss out on Musings From A Stay At Home Mom's Savory Summer Pizza.

She Said What? If you are a Real Housewives of OC fan then don't miss Grandma Juice's Reunion Recap!

Speaking of the Real Housewives of OC, don't miss out on my Wines by Wives Giveaway!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Wordless Wednesday 7/18/12

Summer Fun from the Odd Life of Timothy Green


The Odd Life of Timothy Green hits theaters on August 15th. I have another film clip AND some summer fun for you and your kids!

Wines by Wives Give-Away


Are you a Real Housewives of Orange County Fan? Did you watch part 2 of the reunion last night? That was pretty INTENSE! Grandma Juice and I were watching. Don't forget to check out our recap.

She Said, What? RHOC Reunion Part 2 Recap


Wow! That was a JUICY Reunion!

Can you believe Alexis? What was with her whining? Neither her nor Gretchen are even working at Fox 5 anymore but they were both pulling emails out to prove that each of them is right! I can guarantee you that Fox 5 will NEVER work with one of the wives again after last night!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Review: Haan Total HD60 Sweeper


I cannot tell you how excited I was to receive the Haan Total HD60 to review. Since we live in such a small trailer there really isn't room for us to have a large vacuum cleaner AND a upright steamer. I fell in love with it the minute I took it out of the box! Check out this video:

Walgreens #rxsavingsclub


Since I am uninsured I have my prescriptions at 3 different pharmacies so that I can get the best price. I really have to search for the best deals since I am not employed and my daughter Ryan is supporting me. 

Real Housewives of OC Reunion Part 2


Are you ready for part 2 of the RHOC Reunion tonight? It should be pretty juicy! It looks like Brooks will be on tonight too! When will Vicki realize that he is a loser?

Anyway, Grandma Juice and I will be drinking our Wines by Wives and tweeting during the reunion. I hope you will join us! I have set up a Tweet Grid and we will be using hashtags #RHOC and #SSWbW. See you tonight!


My Dream Backyard Oasis #SummerWithSears



Ryan (my youngest daughter) and I are planning on moving soon. We are currently living in a teeny tiny little trailer with an ugly little side yard. I have been dreaming of moving into a bigger place with a nice patio or balcony. We can't wait to move!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sizziling Summer Kitchen Giveaway

It sure is hot this summer! BabyCostcutters and Donna's Deals and More have teamed up to bring you a hot giveaway! This giveaway is so hot, it's sizzling! So what exactly are we giving away? I'm so glad you asked!

Amazon Twitter Blast


I have teamed up with Makobi Scribe and a group of great bloggers to bring you this awesome Amazon Gift Card Giveaway. Enter to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card. Open Worldwide! Good Luck!

Guest Post by Sonja Herbert Author of Carnival Girl


When I was a little girl, traveling in our small carnival caravan, I often listened to my mother talking
about how she used to be a model in Berlin, the greatest city of Europe, and how she had to leave and
hire on with the circus in order to stay ahead of the Nazis.

Book Excerpt: Carnival Girl By Sonja Herbert



I’m waiting at the airport with my husband, Ken, and our
two youngest daughters. My mother, whom I haven’t seen for fifteen
years, is arriving from Germany. In my mind, she is still the young
woman who was so important to me during my childhood. I am a little
girl again, excited and worried at the same time. Ignoring my teenage
girls’ giggles, I crane my neck to search the crowd for Mutti, as I still
call her. My heart is pounding, and I’m wondering whether she made it
safely. A young woman rushes through the gate, pulling her little boy,
and a gaggle of teenagers greet an older couple. The overhead loudspeaker
announces something unintelligible. I scan the crowds. Where is she?
Finally I see her. Her dark-blue travel suit looks freshly ironed. She
marches through the gate, wheeling a large bag, as if she knows exactly
where she is going. My heart swells with pride. She’s smaller than I
remember, but she doesn’t look her eighty-four years. Her once-black hair
is now an artificial auburn. The gray comes through at the roots, but her
eyes are still as dark and as brilliant as ever. Mutti spies me and waves, a
big smile on her face. We embrace. She doesn’t speak English, so as she
greets me and my husband, I translate for the grandchildren she has only
seen once, when they were small.

Bacon Garlic Parmesan Popcorn


If you have been reading my blog for a while then you know that I LOVE POPCORN! It's one of my favorite foods. I love it in all flavors. Gourmet popcorn shops are popping (pun intended!) up all over the place and they are expensive! I thought, why not try making some at home!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Carter's Watch the Wear Giveaway


Welcome to the Carter's Watch the Wear giveaway brought to you by Blog it Forward Media.

Corset Chick Giveaway

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Do you love wearing corsets as much as I do? Have you read my Corset Chick review? Well the Corset Chick is giving my readers the chance to win their choice of corset up to $30! Good Luck!

Excerpt: Immortal Voyage bu C.G. Powell



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