Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Venice, Italy a Amazing Place to Honeymoon

My husband and I have known each other since grade school. We started dating in high school and got married at 20. We never did have a honeymoon, as we just got married and moved into our new home. I have always wanted to travel and make up for my missed honeymoon. 

Why Venice?

When I think of a honeymoon, I think of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This guide to Venice immediately made me think this city would be a great idea for a honeymoon. After all, Venice is known for its lovers, artists, and poets. It is a magical city that is often referred to as the Queen of the Adriatic, the City of Masks, the City of Bridges, and the Floating City.

The History

Venice is built on more than 100 small islands, allowing for cozy boat rides throughout the city. There are canals throughout Venice, including the Grand Canal thoroughfare, which is lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. Venice is made up of some amazing architecture and is filled with so much history that you cannot help but be impressed. 

Piazza San Marco

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Piazza San Marco, also known as St. Mark's Square, is home to St. Mark's Basilica, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics, and the Campanile, which offers views of the city's red roofs. Piazza San Marco is basically like New York's Times Square, meaning it is at the center of everything. It's also the only square that carries the title "piazza," as the rest are called "campo." The best way to enjoy St. Mark's Square in all its glory is by joining in a tour group. Otherwise, you could find yourself spending some time waiting in lines.

Doge's Palace

The Doge's Palace is built in Venetian Gothic style, and it's one of the city's main landmarks. The Doge's Palace was once the residence of the Doge, or the ruler of Venice, and also housed the political bodies of the state, including the Great Council and the Council of Ten. The artwork on the ceiling is sure to amaze you. 

The Grand Canal

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When you visit Venice, you can't miss your chance to spend time on The Grand Canal. You can take water buses, taxis, and gondolas here, and you'll really get an idea of the beauty that is Venice.

Gelato

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When visiting Venice, you have to enjoy the gelato. Gelato has a base of milk, cream, and sugar, and it's flavored with fruit and nut purees and other flavorings. It is generally lower in fat, which is wonderful because everyone gains a little weight while on vacation. I intend to try this challenge of trying gelato in 15 places while in Venice.
GoDoTrip is a great place to start planning your trip to Venice, as this site can recommend the best places to see and stay. You can plan every detail of your trip all in one place. I have used GoDoTrip in the past for my family vacations.
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Monday, November 27, 2017

Sipp a drink which can help celebrate any occasion

Handcrafted in the kitchen for the perfect fusion of clean, simple flavor Searching for something special at that soirĂ©e? Break out the best bubbly with Sipp! Sipp mixes ingredients to create unique layers of blended fruits and herbs into a refreshing sparkling beverage. Whether it’s mixed in a drink recipe to craft a natural, fresh cocktail or chilled to enjoy with a meal, these fun flavors are the perfect fusion of clean, simple culinary extracts!


From her kitchen to store shelves, Sipp started with founder Beth Wilson-Parentice’s passion for superior taste. With a love for creating, entertaining and wanting to find her own path, it was being laid off from her corporate job that pushed her to go back to the beginning. What was her purpose? Through the years, she had forgotten, or maybe never knew. Knowing she had a talent for creating an entrepreneurial spirit, Sipp was born!


Whether you need some sweet mixers for your libations, or something without the booze for the kiddos, Sipp has you covered. Taste the different flavors: 

Lemon Flavor: A perfectly lovely layering of zesty lemon, gentle elderflower & slightly aromatic tarragon. Lightly sweetened with agave.

Ruby Rose: A perfectly lovely layering of ruby red grapefruit, honey & a kiss of rosemary. Lightly sweetened with agave.

Mojo Berry: Make your holiday shindig even more flavorful with this perfectly lovely layering of tangy blackberry, mint, and lime! Lightly sweetened with agave, everyone will be asking for a second glass. 

Ginger Blossom: Get ready for a party with the spicy taste of ginger, smooth vanilla, and lime! Easy on the stomach, with notes of sweet agave, it will be a hit for any cocktail. 


Zesty Orange: Boost your bar game with this zesty combination of blood orange, lime, and jalapeno!

Summer Pear: A perfectly lovely layering of delicate pear, honey & green tea. Lightly sweetened with agave.

The perfect bubbly to transform any drink, you’ll be the main mixologist everyone wants at their next holiday party. Tis the season for a festive treasure trove of winter beverages. Make your drinks even more delicious with Sipp! All Sipp Sparkling Organics come in 12oz bottles and 10.5oz cans and are sold in Target and select retailers nationwide, as well as on Amazon.

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Tis the Season for Nerium Gift Sets! Hurry while supplies last!

Give the gift of beauty and youth this holiday season with these amazing gift sets from Nerium!

Revive Your Eyes Holiday Bundle: Featuring both Age-Defying Eye Serum and Eye-V Patches, our Revive Your Eyes Holiday Bundle is the brightest gift EYE-deal of the season.

Wash & Glow Holiday Bundle: Wash and Glow Holiday bundle feature two of our newest skincare stars, IllumaBoost™ Brightening & Shield and Double-Cleansing Face Wash. Perfect for giving, or treating yourself.  Learn more about this product in my previous post here.

Daily Vitality Holiday Bundle: With our Daily Vitality Holiday Bundle, featuring both Youth Factor™ Complete Vitality Complex and Superfood & Antioxidant Boost Powder, giving the gift of wellness has never been easier.**  Learn more about this product by visiting my previous post here.

FREE GIFT WITH PURCHASE – a $40 retail value.* Includes limited-edition travel bag and three Eye-V™ Moisture Boost Hydrogel Patches. Take the hassle out of holiday shopping – they can even send bundles directly to the recipient. Hurry! Quantities are limited.

*For a limited time, purchase this bundle and get the travel bag and Eye-V Patches gift at no additional charge. Receive a gift for each bundle purchased, while supplies last. To receive the gift, you must purchase the holiday bundle. The gift will not be automatically applied to purchases of products, even if you purchase both items individually in the same order. If you choose Auto-Delivery Order, the free gift applies only to the first order. The following month the two products in the bundle will remain on your Auto-Delivery Order but will not include the free gift.

Learn more about the Eye-V Moisture Boost Hydrogel Patches from a previous post here. Check out more amazing products from Nerium by visiting their website http://www.nerium.com/us/en/



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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Temp and Time on a Turkey

I am always calling up the family on this one because of having a huge family we get a huge turkey so I googled it and came up with this answer.




This table from the USDA is based on a 325°F oven, and a fully defrosted or fresh bird. (For an unstuffed bird, we're talking roughly 15 minutes per pound.) If you want to cook a frozen turkey, it will take at least 50 percent longer than the recommended times.Nov 25, 2015

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Monday, November 20, 2017

National Cake Day

With Thanksgiving coming up on the 23rd and following Black Friday which is now an all-day event on Thanksgiving did you know after all the crazy that there is a National Cake Day! Yes, National Cake Day is November 26th!

So what should you pick up while out trying to catch some good deals? Well, one of the most amazing cakes I have tried to date is the Cafe Valley Dr. Pepper Cake yes Dr. Pepper!! I must say when I first heard of it I thought okay well it might have a hint of taste to it but wow it is like drinking it from the can! The Cafe Valley has made a perfect ring cake with vanilla at the bottom and a whole lot of Dr. Pepper flavor to the top finished with a sugar glaze. Your taste buds will not know what hit them, your head will be confused as your thinking to yourself wait I am eating not drinking.

My kids inhaled the cake, I was lucky enough to sneak in and get a piece before they finished it, now I want more! Dr. Pepper not your thing? No worries Cafe Valley has an amazing selection of yummy cakes, as well as croissants, muffins, and turnovers that will be sure to include even the pickiest of eaters. Check out Cafe Valley by visiting http://www.cafevalley.com/




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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Saving Christmas, available on DVD and Digital HD November 21 from Lionsgate.

This holiday season, unwrap the gift of heartwarming family fun and adventure with Saving Christmas, available on DVD and Digital HD November 21 from Lionsgate.


Emmy Award® winner Ed Asner, star of TV’s “Mary Tyler Moore” and the family movie classics Up and Elf, headlines this Christmas-themed movie about a young boy (newcomer Jack Brunault) determined to prove the existence of Santa Claus (Asner). Adding to the cheer is a very merry supporting cast that includes Patrick Muldoon (Starship Troopers, TV’s “Days of Our Lives”) and Brooke Langton (The Replacements, TV’s “Melrose Place"), along with pro wrestlers Tommy Dreamer, Mike Bennett, and Maria Kanellis. Written by Tom DeNucci and Kevin DeCristofano, and directed by Tom DeNucci (Arlo: The Burping Pig), this family-friendly feature was awarded the DOVE Family Seal of Approval.

The Saving Christmas DVD is the perfect stocking-stuffer for movie fans of all ages and will be available at the suggested retail price of $19.98.

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Hard Candy Sheer Envy Mattifying Pore Primer Stick

It’s prime time to streamline your beauty routine with the Hard Candy Sheer Envy Mattifying Pore Primer Stick! This lightweight primer stick helps reduce the appearance of pores and absorbs excess oil to offer a matte finish. Formulated with oil-absorbing powders and sebum fighting ingredients, this stick provides for a flawless make application without clogging pores.


Hard Candy Sheer Envy Mattifying Pore Primer Stick, $8 A lightweight primer sticks to reduces the appearance of pores Formulated with oil-absorbing powders and sebum fighting ingredients

The Hard Candy Sheer Envy Mattiying Pore Primer Stick is available at Walmart and Walmart.com.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Give a gift that gives all year long.

Here are some great ideas for kids this holiday season. What makes all these so great is that you're giving them a little something each month. They will become excited to watch the mail looking for the newest edition. They are being educated without even knowing it. The best gifts in life are the ones in which make an impact like the following.


Disney Animal World – FREE Book & Disney Characters! Every book is packed with stories, facts, games and pictures Collect Disney characters and adorable safari animals Just pay $4.95 shipping & handling

I Can Read - Get 2 FREE books – just for trying the I Can Read!™ Book Club • Pay only $1 shipping and handling! • Excite your children with our lovable characters: Biscuit, Pete the Cat, and Digger the Dinosaur • Give your child the gift of reading • Try it today – risk free!


Highlights Puzzle Books-2 FREE Puzzle Books from Highlights! Perfect for children ages 4 to 7 Puzzle fun with mazes, word games and more! Pay only $2.98 shipping


Disney Books-Get 4 Disney books for $.99 each + FREE Shipping. Choose from 24 titles, including Inside Out and Frozen! Plus, while supplies last, get the exclusive 12”x12”, 2016 Disney calendar at 50% off! This calendar is not sold in stores and will only be available for a limited time. Combined, this make a perfect holiday gift set! Give the gift of reading this holiday season!

Highlights-Description Highlights® award-winning magazines for kids! Three terrific magazines to choose from for your child Plus get a FREE Gift Free Shipping and Handling


Hooked on Phonics • Over 5 million children have learned to read using Hooked on Phonics. • The award-winning Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read program o The program follows the Learn, Practice, Read approach: a proven, simple, and fun method to give your child a strong foundation in phonics and reading skills. o The program is based on research, approved by the Children’s Reading Foundation, and designed in conjunction with leading educators, renowned authors, and most importantly, parents. o Each lesson takes about 20 minutes. • Our taglines (feel free to incorporate these throughout the post/in the title/anywhere you think they might fit): o “Learn to Read, GUARANTEED!” o “Highly effective, incredibly fun.” Hooked on Phonics Digital Edition • For Kindergartners and 1st Graders (Pre-K and 2nd Grade lessons are coming soon!) • Available on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Kindle • Syncs across all your devices so you can pick up where you left off, no matter where you are • The app has over 200 songs, games, lessons, and eBooks. • Your child will earn trophies and awards for completing lessons, and each lesson is capped off with an eBook specially designed for your child to read to you on their own. • Register up to 3 readers per account, and track progress of each individually. • Offer: 10-day trial of the app for just $1

Canada Only Dr. Seuss- $5.95 + FREE Shipping. Plus, while supplies last, get TWO bonus books for $4.99, thats 50% off! *while supplies last Join Dr. Seuss & His Friends today! - Receive 3 new books each month - Create lasting memories with the same classic stories you loved as a child -Wacky and wonderful characters will engage & entertain your child and you -Control your membership online -Risk free. Cancel anytime... -No Purchase commitment! -High-Quality, hard cover editions -Convenience of home delivery for less than $6 per book!


Here are some other fun gifts that give all year long as well.


Disney Movie Club-Disney Movie Club! Get 4 Disney Movies for $1.99 each Plus FREE shipping on initial orders


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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Mariah Carey's All I for Christmas Is You. Animated DVD November 14, 2017

Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You, debuting on Blu-rayTM, DVD, Digital and On Demand on November 14, 2017 from Universal 1440 Entertainment, a production entity of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.


Narrated and executive produced by Mariah Carey, the animated family film follows little Mariah as she chases her dream of having a puppy of her very own, making her ultimate wish for Christmas come true. Joining Mariah Carey is an extraordinarily talented, dynamic and lovable voice cast including Breanna Yde (“School of Rock,” “The Haunted Hathaways”) as little Mariah; Henry Winkler (“Happy Days,” “Royal Pains”) as Grandpa Bill; Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls, “Party of Five”) as Mariah’s mother Penelope; and Phil Morris (“Smallville,” “Seinfeld”) as Mariah’s father Bud; along with Laya Hayes (“Doc McStuffins,” Sister Code) as Mariah’s friend Vicky and Keiko Agena (“Gilmore Girls,” Transformers: Dark of the Moon) as the pet adoption facilitator Emiko.

When Little Mariah (Yde) sees a darling little puppy named “Princess” at the pet store, she suddenly knows exactly what she wants for Christmas. Before her Christmas wish can come true, she must prove that she can dog-sit her uncle’s dog, Jack, a scraggly rascal; in fact, the worst dog in the county! Jack turns Mariah and her family’s perfect holiday preparations upside down in hilarious ways. It wasn’t exactly the Christmas she wished for…it was more than she ever wanted.

Based on the iconic Christmas song and a popular illustrated book of the same name, Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You featuring Mariah’s music and narration will be a family favorite for years to come. Showcasing stunning visuals in beautifully realized CGI animation, the film showcases the all-new original song Lil Snowman performed by Mariah Carey along with songs from Mariah Carey’s immense discography and features the iconic song All I Want for Christmas is You, along with two more of the pop queen’s holiday classics Miss You Most (At Christmas Time) and Christmas Time Is In The Air. Originally released in 1994, the single “All I Want for Christmas is You” has sold more than 14 million copies. In 2016, more than two decades later, it was the year’s most streamed holiday single and dominated at #1 on Billboard’s Holiday 100 for four consecutive weeks.

Carey’s critically acclaimed picture book of the same name was published in 2015. Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You is executive produced by Mariah Carey and Stella Bulochnikov for Magic Carpet Productions (A Christmas Melody, “Mariah’s World”) in partnership with producer Mike Young and Splash Entertainment (“Kulipari,” “Norm of the North”). It is directed by Guy Vasilovich (Lego Star Wars) from a script by Temple Mathews (Return To Neverland, The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea). BLU-RAYTM, DVD AND DIGITAL BONUS FEATURES: A Wish Come True: Making Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You – Stars, Mariah Carey and Breanna Yde discuss their roles in the film, their love for dogs, and their favorite things about Christmastime

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