Thursday, June 30, 2016

Red Cocktails to Celebrate 4th of July

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The Fourth of July is so close, we can practically taste it! Speaking of taste ~ celebrate Independence Day the right way this year and mix up Hornitos Tequila's Strawberry Muddler and Hornitos Firecracker cocktails. There's no better way to quench your 4th of July thirst than with these refreshing, invigorating and spirited cocktails during the holiday weekend.

While relaxation and fun is definitely in order this coming holiday weekend and few things can compare to the fireworks that light up the sky, safety is important as well. Keep your family and friends safe with a few 4th of July safety tips to ensure that everyone has a BLAST!

Supervision ~ Although fireworks are so much fun and the kids really enjoy them, keep in mind that they can be dangerous and should only be handled by an adult. Even sparklers should be supervised.

Good Aim ~ Pointing fireworks in the wrong direction or simply not paying attention can only result in a lame and unfortunate celebration. Aim for the sky and let the show begin!

Animal Safety ~ Most pets aren't big fans of fireworks or anything loud and noisy for that matter. They will bark, hide or even worse have a long night filled with anxiety, so it's probably best to keep the pets indoors or at least safe and away from the fireworks.

One at a Time ~ It may be fun to think of the display you could create by using multiple fireworks at once but ultimately, only one is necessary. Keeping the fun managed and controlled ensures for a successful night.

Got a DUD? Duds happen and if so, don't try to relight it. Soak the duds in water and dispose of them in a safe place. Overall, enjoy the long and festive weekend with friends and family...Happy 4th of July!

Smirnoff Red, White & Blue FUN to beat the heat this 4th of July!

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Baby, it's HOT outside!


The summer weather has certainly arrived for most of us and if you live in any area that is sweltering and humid, you definitely need a break and could use something to help beat the summer heat. Not only is the hot weather hard on our bodies, our electric bills and our pets, but it also affects our mood to a certain extent. Instead of letting it get you down, follow a few of these tips to help keep cool, refreshed and HAPPY!


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Love Laundry Day with Samsung ActiveWash Washer & Dryer!

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Laundry has never been my favorite household chore and was actually one that I would dread in the past, but since being fortunate enough to experience laundry with Samsung ActiveWash appliances, my tune has changed drastically!


With very active kids in my home, it seems like the laundry is never really done...I would finish a couple of loads, think I'm done for a few days, and out of nowhere, there's more in the hamper waiting for me. It was never ending! Now with the Samsung Active Wash laundry pair, I have cut my laundry time in half! The washer is HUGE and holds over 3 average baskets of laundry, which means less time washing for me...LOVE it! Thanks to Samsung's Super Speed Technology, they have also shortened the wash cycle to as little as 30 minutes per load, which is around 40% faster than other washing machines. Awesome! Wondering if this machine still performs adequately? Of course! Nothing is sacrificed and this machine is just as powerful and innovative as I would expect from Samsung. 

Have a Finding Dory Party ~ Recipes & Party Kit! #FindingDory #HaveYouSeenHer

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Dory is finally in theatres everywhere and to celebrate we have some yummy recipes and a fun pool party kit to share! Enjoy!



Friday, June 24, 2016

Comicpalooza 2016 ~ Houston's BEST Convention! #CPHOU #sp

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If you've never attended Comicpalooza in Houston, then you are definitely missing out on something really interesting and fun! This once a year convention is all about comics, games, cosplay, movies, celebrities and so much more...a three-day extravaganza of cool stuff to see and do! 



I have to say the highlight for me this year was the fact that Norman Reedus was there and although I didn't get to take a picture with him, my daughter had her chance for a photo opp. Awesome! We are HUGE Walking Dead fans and "Darryl Dixon" is the absolute BEST! Not to mention that he was also a part of the fantastic group from Boondock Saints. Great movie! My daughter and her boyfriend had their picture taken with David Della Rocco too! 



Fourth of July ~ Tanqueray Style!

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It seems as if there is always a reason to celebrate and with the Fourth of July right around the corner, it's time to begin making plans for your next gathering! Since 1941, when the 4th of July was declared a federal holiday, this special occasion has been one of fun, fireworks, food and tasty beverages. Celebrating our American independence not only means having some patriotic fun with friends and family but also spending the day in leisure, hopefully basking in the sunshine during the day then watching an amazing fireworks display to wrap up the festivities.


As you prepare for this fun-filled day, take a moment to check out some of the fun facts that go along with the Fourth of July and gain a bit of insight about Uncle Sam's birthday! Afterwards, make plans to mix up a tasty cocktail from Tanqueray Gin to get the party started properly!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

SHARK WEEK: JAWSOME ENCOUNTERS On #DVD #SharkWeek

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Join America's favorite summertime tradition with Shark Week: Jawsome Encounters on DVD (and Digital) from Lionsgate. For the past 28 years, Discovery Channel has captured the world's attention with Shark Week, an annual televised event that explores the ocean's most magnificent and terrifying creatures. Featuring 13 fintastic episodes from the 2014 season (never before released on DVD) just in time for the new season of Shark Week!

I remember watching JAWS for the first time, as a child, at the drive-in theater with my parents. I was terrified, yet so intrigued and still am to this day as an adult. The shark still holds the mystery, fear, and respect that I felt towards it as a young child, but still I watch the JAWS movies and Shark Week over and over again. This new DVD is just as intriguing and captivating for me and I've watched it with my 11-year-old son, who loves the magnificent shark just as much as I do. 

Get this new DVD at retailers everywhere and watch Shark Week on the Discovery Channel!

It’s almost time for Big City Adventures to begin! #AdventuresInBabysitting

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Join stars Sabrina Carpenter and Sofia Carson as two competing babysitters that turn an ordinary night into a night NO ONE will every forget in Disney Channel's Original Movie Adventures in Babysitting

This movie arrives on DVD on June 28th and is sure to be a hit with parents and kids alike!

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New Coloring Sheets & Sweepstakes ~ #TheBFG #Disney

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Disney's THE BFG will open in theatres everywhere on Friday, July 1st and in anticipation we want to share some really fun color pages and activity sheets to help get you and your kiddos excited to see the movie!

As an added bonus, you can enter THE BFG Dream Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for four to England and France from Adventures by Disney! Awesome!

Cocktails to Keep You Cool All Summer Long #BeachTips

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Now that the "unofficial" start to summer has kicked off, we want to share a few summertime cocktail recipes to help you enjoy spending more time soaking in the sunshine and less time thinking about what drinks to mix up. If you're looking for a thirst-quenching beverage that cools you down, then try Hornitos Tequila's Nothing But Sunshine, High Tide or The Red Head. Each one is perfect for any backyard BBQ, pool party or even a trip to the beach. 

For those taking a trip to the beach we've also rounded up a few tips to ensure that your trip is a breeze, stress free and nothing but fun! 
  1. Sunscreen: Everyone these days is most likely aware that sunscreen is one of those must-have items for any outdoor activity or trip. Even if you aren't a fair-skinned person, loading up on the SPF is always recommended. Spray it on...rub it on...as long as it's on!
  2. Hydrate: Be sure to bring lots of water so that no one gets dehydrated. Pack a bunch of bottles in an ice chest so that they are easily accessible and to make sure the stay colder longer, simply freeze them the night before. They will stay nice and cold throughout most of the day!
  3. Protect your electronics: Devices are expensive so don't risk getting yours wet or filled with sand. Instead store them in plastic ziplock bags or a bag especially made for your device. Some of these bags are even waterproof!
  4. Hide your valuables: Of course, you don't want to bring lots of valuable items to the beach, but necessary items such as keys or money should be hidden well. Get creative and think beyond hiding them in your shoes...how about an empty food container or sunscreen bottle ~ or maybe a disposable diaper? (clean, of course!)
  5. Be comfortable: Bring your beach chairs, beach blanket, canopy or whatever else you need to sit comfortably on the beach throughout the day. Think ahead!
  6. Change of clothing: Bring a clean change of clothing for everyone. There's nothing worse than going home in wet, sandy clothes and after a long day in the sun and water, fresh clothes will feel awesome! Remember to bring plastic bags for the wet clothes and towels too!

Quick Bath Dog Shampoo & Wipes for a Super Clean Dog!

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A stinky dog is sort of like having a stinky kid...not cool! I'm a mom of four children and also the owner of two dogs and believe me when I say, both need to be clean and fresh smelling if at all possible. Of course, my dogs do go outside every day and are not always clean but when it's time for a bath, I've discovered an awesome line of shampoos and pet products to take care of the job ~ QuickBath from International Veterinary Sciences. 

WHIMZEES Natural Dog Treats ~ My dogs can't get enough!

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Since becoming a dog owner, I've realized that not all dog food and dog treats are alike. As much as my dogs love to eat and chew on things, not every treat that I've given them has been well received and some have actually been rejected and never touched again. That is definitely not the case with Whimzees Natural Dog Treats


I received a couple of bags of treats from Whimzees and my first thought was that the design and shapes of the treats are super cool ~ alligators and little toothbrushes! I immediately handed out a few to my furbabies and they loved them...they couldn't get enough! Needless to say, the treats didn't last long in my house! The treats have these small nubs on them make cleaning my dog's teeth easy and more effective and the all natural ingredients are 100% vegetarian but are still appealing to my dogs.

Welcome to the $250 Winners Pick It Gift Card #Giveaway!

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One super lucky winner will win a $250 gift card to Walmart, Target, Albertsons, Amazon, Sams Club, and more.

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If you win you get to pick where you want your card. I have to say ever since I have been doing this 90% of people choose Amazon, which I don't think I would do differently. You can get everything and then some from Amazon but if you'd rather have Visa we will do that. This is our way of saying thank you for everything you do for us, because without you this blog isn't here.

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Welcome to the $250 Winners Pick It Gift Card Giveaway

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2017 @Hyundai Elantra Limited Test Drive & Review #DriveHyundai

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It's not every day that I have the privilege of driving an awesome, brand new vehicle, but when I do...I LOVE it! I recently had the  for a week long test drive and just as I anticipated, it was an amazing experience and one that I didn't want to end.


American Mule Cocktail for the Fourth of July

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Summer is finally here and in full swing and that an only mean one thing ~ cocktails done right! The American Mule is the ultimate beverage to help all red, white and BLUE Ice Vodka fanatics complete their best and beyond hot 4th of July yet!


Whether beach bumming with friends or at a traditional patriotically themed backyard barbeque with the family, the American Mule is the most refreshing way to quench the relentless summer thirst. So go ahead...indulge yourself in this easy to make copper-tin cocktail and feel the summer humidity literally disappear. The American Mule helps beat the heat, embrace the breeze and experience the happiness in red, white and BLUE Ice Vodka!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Everyone NEEDS a Monkey Mat! #MonkeyMatLifestyle @USFG

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Monkey Mat, AS SEEN on SHARK TANK, allows you to make your own space ~ where ever you are! This cool and innovative idea was originally inspired by an unexpected six-hour layover at an airport, with constant cringing while two precious babies crawled all over dirty floors! 


Anyone with kids, an overall active lifestyle will appreciate this on-the-go, go-anywhere mat in an attached ultra-compact pouch which gives you a clean floor whether you are at the airport, a hotel, camping, hiking, sporting event, concerts and basically anywhere! Awesome!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Baby Dory is HERE! #FindingDory #Disney

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Hey Dory fans! Let's go back in time to meet the a-Dory-ble Baby Dory! Check out this new Baby Dory clip and photos and then head to the theater to watch Finding Dory!



Follow Dory's journey on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Hiccup and Toothless are back ~ DreamWorks Animation’s Dragons: Race to the Edge @Netflix

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Season 3 of DreamWorks Animation's Dragons: Race to the Edge premieres exclusively on 
Netflix this Friday, June 24th! 




To celebrate, we have a few awesome clips to share to get everyone in the mood. Join in as Hiccup and Toothless are back along with your favorite Dragon Riders in an all-new action-packed Season 3 of DREAMWORKS Dragons: Race to the Edge. The high-stakes continue as the Riders advance in their hunt for Viggo, Ryker, and their expanded Dragon Hunter army. Tune in as the Riders encounter new dragons, a seemingly reformed Dagur, an underground Dragon Fighting arena, and learn along the way that Viggo has a Dragon Eye and dragon fortress!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Check out these unique and natural ~ Himalayan Salt Lamps #himalayansalt @usfg

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If you've never owned a Himalayan Salt Lamp, you definitely need to try one out! I've had one in my home for a few years and love not only the way that it looks but also the positive benefits and effects that it provides for my family and I.


The Himalayan Salt Shop proudly offers a truly unique health and wellness product. Himalayan Salt Lamps have been super popular in Europe for decades, but have only recently become known in the United States, but they are catching on rather quickly! These all-natural air purifiers, made of pristine pink Himalayan salt crystal, help clean the air in your home while also serving as a stunning, glowing home decor piece that is sure to strike up an interesting conversation with guests. 


Visit www.HimalayanSaltShop.com to learn more about these awesome lamps! Use this unique Promo Code to save 20% on your next purchase: USFAMILY

Disclosure: I will receive a complimentary Himalayan Salt Lamp for review. All opinions are my own.

Activision brings #Skylanders Academy to @Netflix in Fall 2016

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Portal Masters rejoice! 


You favorite Skylanders are heading to the television screen in "Skylanders Academy," the highly anticipated, animated action-adventure series based on the wildly popular Skylanders franchise. The first production from Activision Blizzard Studios' announced it received a two-season order from Netflix with an anticipated Fall 2016 premiere date. The show has something for everyone...existing fans, new audiences, children, young adults, and even parents...along with a slew of talented voices including that of Ashley Tisdale, Justin Long, Parker Posey, Susan Sarandon, and of course Richard Horvitz as the evil Kaos.

The award-winning Skylanders franchise, created by Toys for Bob, has become the 11th best-selling console video game of all time, generating more than 3 billion dollars in retail sales worldwide with more than 250 million toys sold all over the globe. Earlier this month, Activision revealed the newest game ~ Skylanders Imaginators, which allows portal masters to dig deep into their imagination and create their very own Skylanders from head to toe. Launching October 16, 2016, the new game will also feature special guest star Crash Bandicoot, who joins the Skylanders Imaginators in a battle to defeat Kaos doomlanders! Awesome!

FINDING DORY - Now Playing in Theatres Everywhere! #FindingDory

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She's finally HERE!


Finding Dory is now playing in theatres everywhere and in celebration we are sharing some really fun and cool activity sheets for your enjoyment!


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Crown your Dad a KING for Father's Day! @Netflix

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What Dad doesn't want to be crowned a King? 


Father's Day is coming up this weekend and DreamWorks would like to share this super fun activity with you and your kiddos! Now you can make your own crown from ALL HAIL KING JULIEN


Remember, the new and exciting 3rd season starts June 17th exclusively on NETFLIX!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Summertime fruit and smoothie recipe! #HotelTacoma

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With a successful Memorial Day weekend behind us, the unofficial kick-off to summer has definitely arrived, which means it's the perfect time of the year to eat lots of fruit and sip on lots of yummy smoothies!

Elena Hight, Team Toyota Athletic, and an American Olympic snowboarder who recently spent the weekend at #HotelTacoma, would like to share her favorite smoothie recipe with all of our readers to enjoy whether you are busy soaking up the sun at the beach or participating in an active hiking outdoor adventure. No matter which type of activity you choose to do this summer, make sure you have fun and stay healthy with some fresh fruit and a refreshing smoothie like the one we have below.

Fun-filled animated feature QUACKERZ arrives tomorrow! #quackerzthemovie

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There's nothing quite like a fun family movie to brighten up the summer months and tomorrow QUACKERZ will be available on several platforms including Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Redbox, and iTunes!


My kids and I had the privilege of viewing this new movie on DVD recently and it's one that is a welcome addition to our growing movie collection. The kids loved it and have watched it numerous times over the past few weeks ~ A family favorite!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

New Clip featuring Merida from BRAVE for Sofia The First #DVD

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Sophia the First ~ The Secret Library is now available on DVD!

And...for even more Sophia fun, here are some super fun activity sheets!

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Summer FUNcamps at Main Event Entertainment #summercamp @usfg

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Main Event Summer FUNcamps are the perfect way to beat the summer doldrums and 
keep the kids occupied!

Under the guidance of the amazing camp counselors, FUNcampers will experience activities full of learning, FUN, and collaboration with new friends. No sunburns, long lines or sitting in front of the TV or their favorite device ~ just super FUN times and new memories!

FUNcamps are only $29.95 per child, per day BUT pay only $124.95 for the full 5-day session and SAVE! FUNcamps are booking and filling up fast so check out http://www.mainevent.com for details and special discounts!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Enter to Win The @Eureka AirSpeed All Floors® Vacuum #Giveaway!

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Welcome to the Eureka AirSpeed All Floors Vacuum Giveaway! Sponsored by our friends at Eureka and hosted by Jenns Blah Blah Blog.

Eureka AirSpeed All Floors® vacuum Giveaway

About The Eureka AirSpeed, All Floors® vacuum The Eureka Airspeed ALL FLOORS provides maximum suction power includes a multicyclonic dust cup system, so it never loses suction and maintains power while you vacuum. The Airspeed vacuum is engineered with an efficient air past with limited turns and bends so more air can pass through the vacuum. The air path from the floor to the cup decreases the distance for dirt to travel, which means more powerful suction. It includes soft rubber wheels, so you don’t have to worry about it hurting your hardwood floors, it’s patented with Smooth-Glide® Pivoting Base so it’s easier to push on all floor types, deep cleans stairs, furniture, and upholstered furniture thanks to the 12 foot stretch hose and the awesome extension want. 

June Coach Handbag Fan Appreciation #Giveaway! #DesignerHandbags

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Welcome to the Monthly Coach Handbag Fan Appreciation Giveaway!

Jenns Blah Blah Blog and all her amazing blogging buddies have come together to give you a chance to win a Coach Handbag! Before we get started I wanted to be sure and say thank you to the following bloggers, they are amazing and we love each and every one of them! This giveaway is hosted and sponsored by us (Jenns Blah Blah Blog), and co­hosted by Just Free Stuff, Adventures of country divas, Pink Ninja Media, Pink Ninja Blogger, Everything Mommyhood, Barefoot in Bluejeans, Mama’s Mission, Thrifty 4NSIC Gal, Bay Area Mommy, Budget Earth, Powered By Mom and all the other amazing bloggers who are helping promote this giveaway! 

Every single month we team up for this awesome giveaway for our readers! We want to say thank you for everything you do for us, every single day! We wouldn't be able to have these great blogs if we didn't have our amazing readership, the heart of it all. NOW, WHO'S READY FOR THE GIVEAWAY! Since Jenns Blah Blah Blog started doing her monthly handbag giveaway she has started a nice collection of handbags. Rather than choosing the bag for you, we want you to choose the one that fits you and your style! WINNER PICKS from Jenns Blah Blah Blogs collection of Coach handbags. Once the winner has been confirmed Jenn will email them images of all the handbag she has on hand. All Coach handbags are brand new still in packaging some are in the included images, but there are also several others to choose from! YEPIE... 

Monday, June 6, 2016

Seize the Daytime (and Summer) with These Cocktails! #SeizeTheDaytime

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Ready or not, summer is here! How do you plan to spend your much anticipated, warm weather summer? No matter what you have planned during this fun season, SMIRNOFF has you covered with a new product line ~ SMIRNOFF SOURCED!

SMIRNOFF is here for Thursday Happy Hours, Sunday Fundays and any other night of the week that calls for a delicious cocktail or beverage and the new product line from Smirnoff is gluten-free, made with real fruit juice and tastes awesome! These new beverages are available in three authentic flavors (Red Ruby Grapefruit, Pineapple, and Cranberry Apple), and each one is easily enjoyed with just a splash of club soda. For those craving the popular and tasty Moscow Mule, simply switch out the base with a SMIRNOFF SOURCED variant. Easy Peasy!


Friday, June 3, 2016

National Cognac Day ~ June 4th!

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It's time to celebrate! Saturday, June 4th is National Cognac Day, so, this weekend, gather your friends and celebrate National Cognac Day with Hennessy with original cocktail recipes from the #1 Cognac in the world! Hennessy established the now booming V.S.O.P. category in 1817 when the future King George IV of England asked the House of Hennessy to supply him with a special Cognac, a blend then described as a "Very Superior Old Pale." This particular Cognac has now built its reputation across nearly two centuries. Wow! 

This V.S.O.P. Cognac celebrates character and smoothness and is a great expression of mastery. It is recognized for its harmonious and well-structured blend, the perfect base for a classic cocktail and easily matches every occasion and style ~ on the rocks or accompanied with your own special mix.

A Great Family Vacation Spot

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Summer is coming, and it's getting to be camping time. Beavers Bend Log Cabins has just announced a new deal on Broken Bow Cabins that is sure to catch the interest of vacation goers and their families. The cabins are conveniently located a short distance (perhaps 10 minutes of driving time) between Broken Bow Lake and Beavers Bend State Park in the great state of Oklahoma. If you've been searching for a tranquil location to bring your family for an exciting commune with nature, this just might be the place for you.

The Cabins Are Set Out In A Natural Wonderland Of Wilderness
If you have been looking for a true wonderland of wilderness to take your family to this summer, then this just might be the location that answers to your every demand. These cabins are equipped with all of the latest modern safety features and conveniences but are set far enough back in the woods to eliminate any irritating trace of the modern world. If you're tired of camping grounds where you mostly hear cars and planes passing by, this is one place you should bookmark for further information right away.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Don't miss @Comicpalooza 2016 ~ a Fun, Family-Friendly Event! #Houston #sp

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Do you consider yourself a nerd, geek, comic book enthusiasts or just love movies and superheroes? If you fall into any of those categories then you definitely don't want to miss Comicpalooza 2016!

Ted DiBiase let me try the belt out! 
Laurie Holden wanted to adopt my daughter!

BRAUN Kitchen Collection USA - #ConquerTheExpected #FathersDayIdea

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Braun is back! That's right, the iconic brand known for its intuitive design in durable appliances is back as strong as ever with a three awesome new products ~ an immersion hand blender, counter-top blender and a coffee maker!

De'Longhi Group purchased Braun in 2012, and has spent the last few years doing extensive consumer research to both understand the marketplace and offer the North American consumer a series of reliable products that provide the power and durability that Braun is synonymous with, while featuring a completely new design from when Braun was last seen on the market. Braun's innovative and highly regarded design heritage dates back 95 years and makes Braun appliances desirable to cooking enthusiasts everywhere and these three new products are truly amazing in the kitchen! 

NEW #Skylanders #Imaginators coming October 2016! #SkylandersArtContest

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If you thought that Skylanders couldn't possibly get any better...couldn't possibly add any more fun to the video game experience or couldn't possibly come up with something ultra cool once again, then think again!


In October 2016, Portal Masters will be able to unleash their imaginations like never before when Skylanders Imaginators launches in North American! Skylanders Imaginators gives kids (and adults) the power to create their own Skylanders and bring them to life for the first time in an all-new adventure with a compelling storyline, puzzles, battles and a brand new lineup of heroes and villains. Skylanders Imaginators will offer fans so many more choices than ever before with infinite possibilities to create. Fans will be able to create their own Skylanders with endless combinations of powers, abilities, catch-phrases and much, much more and will in turn, have hours of replayable fun!