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Happy Thanksgiving

Just a few funnies to brighten your Thanksgiving Day. 

 

 Thanksgiving this year will be all about that very special feeling of gratitude that we can now  finally sit and smirk

 

please do not touch the thanksgiving turkey inappropriately this year

 

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Is that your pop-up timer or are you just glad to see me?

 

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Happy turkey day

 

 

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Thanksgiving Pictures

 

Happy Thanksgiving from my house to yours. Hope you have a wonderful day with your families. We have a house full of people and are anticipating a lot of half drunk overnight guests crashing at our house so I’ll be back this weekend to share pictures….some of which will quite probably involve inappropriate touching of the turkey. We are a fun bunch. Ha!

 

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Save 30% Off At Blurb + One Of A Kind Gifts


 

 

Have I mentioned how much I love Blurb? Haha! I know, I know. You’re probably tired of hearing me spout off about how fantastic blurb is but they just keep sending me great coupon codes and fabulous gift ideas to share with you! Today I have another coupon code to share and some information about creating a one of a kind gift with Blurb. The links in this post are affiliate links which means if you click and purchase something I make a few pennies to help pay for Christmas. 

 

COUPON CODE: Save 30% on Blurb’s Print Books with code: SAVE30

 

Create Something One Of A Kind with Blurb

 

People love getting really creative, one-of-a-kind books for Christmas. Books that elicit a “where did you find this?” response. As the leading indie- and self-publishing platform, Blurb has an entire online bookstore full of unique books by an incredible array of undiscovered, self-published authors, artists, and photographers. And while these books probably aren’t in your recipient’s bookshelf, many of them should be. So, if you’re thinking of giving unique gifts this year, consider these titles. Each costs around $40 USD or less:

 

 Cookie Cravings by Maria Lichty and Heidi Larsen
We all have cookie cravings. Popular food blogger Maria Lichter decided to put them into something deliciously original: A baking book featuring 30 recipes you won’t find anywhere else.

 

Dog by My Side by Adam Schnitzer
This charming collection of original, vintage photos shows us that as long as there have been cameras, we’ve wanted to photograph our canine best friends. As a special bonus, there’s a glossary of the early photographic methods used in the original images. 

 

Around the World with a Toy Camera by Giorgio Giussani
Perfect for the photography or graffiti-art fan on your list. This book is an explosion of gritty color that explores the wonders of street art and analog photography. 

 

Food Stories by Elena Scott
A short, wonderfully illustrated collection of recipes (and food stories) that will inspire you to pick up the knife and spatula—or just pen and paper. 

 

Things I Love by Carol Nehls and Jessica Rose
Illustrated and written many years apart by a mother and daughter, this sweet rhyming story told by a fox is pure joy for all ages.

 

Patent Pending by Jordan Natyshen
Chicken goggles, air-conditioned rocking chairs, monkey jockeys for greyhounds… humankind has invented and sought to patent some amazing and crazy things. Illustrator Jordan Natyshen illustrates some of the strangest in this history of odd inventions. 

 

Tiny Horses are Everywhere by Thea Lux
The perfect stocking-stuffer for fans of off-beat humor, this undeniably nutty book is based on a Tumblr blog and combines simple photo collages of small horses in human environments with incredibly funny captions.

 

Rouleaux by Anastassia Elias
What can you do with an empty roll of toilet paper? If you’re French artist Anastassia Elias, you create tiny dioramas inside of the discarded tubes. Inspired by art and movies, these pieces are beautifully crafted, fun, and unbelievably detailed. 

 

Low Fidelity by Bobby Grossman
If you, or someone you love, listened to New York punk and new wave in the 70s, chances are your favorite artist can be found in this book. Bobby Grossman photographed Iggy Pop, David Byrne, The Ramones, Debbie Harry, Andy Warhol and many more. This book is a time capsule of—and a love letter to—a legendary time, place, and sound.

 

Take a second and head over to Blurb to see if you can end your search for that perfect gift this season! 

 

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Family Fun With Just Dance Kids 2014


 
 

One thing we cherish around here is family time and doing fun activities with our kids. As our kids get older it gets harder to find things they actually want to do with us. Apparently the older the kids get, the less cool the parents become. I’ll have you know, I’m still super cool. It’s not like I’m wearing knee socks with my bermuda shorts and sandals. I mean, there was that one time but I was only running to the grocery store for milk so who was going to see me anyway? Moving on.

 

We try to take advantage of any opportunity to spend time with our kids having fun as a family. So when I was offered the opportunity to try out the new Just Dance Kids 2014 game for the XBox Kinect I was really excited. I mean, it’s well established that I like to dance and I can do the sprinkler like nobody’s business. Matt has some equally fun dance moves that alternately make our kids burst into laughter and double check to make sure the window blinds are closed. Technically this game is for the kids but when have we ever let a small detail like that stop us? We’re kids at heart, that’s what counts. 

 

 

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Mase is my biggest dance fan. He’s been break dancing since he was 3 and he never needs much encouragement to shake his booty. The kids were really excited to give this game a try and it was a much needed break from some of the other games they’ve been playing lately that mom just can’t seem to get the hang of yet. Zoey loves to dance but I wasn’t sure she would be able to really enjoy this game. I was so wrong. The game includes plenty songs for the younger crowd including Yo Gabba Gabba and The Wiggles- both favorites in this house. Mase and Maia were over the moon to see songs for them from One Direction, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez and the Victorious Cast. There are over 30 fun songs and it really does have something for everyone. Matt and I danced along to Shout and Footloose to warm up and then we really busted a move to Hit Me With Your Best Shot, I Like To Move It, The Hustle, and Walking On Sunshine. The kids were properly embarrassed and torn between laughter and horror. Just wait until their friends come over, then the horror will really begin as mom begins cutting a rug to Magic Carpet Ride. You’re picturing that right now, aren’t you?

 

 

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I really loved how the game, while being geared towards kids, was fun for the whole family. It supports 1-4 players and kids can even make their own playlists with up to 10 of their favorite dance songs. Not to mention, using the non-stop party shuffle mode provides a real work out for the parents. I was huffing and puffing and feeling the burn but it was so much fun that it didn’t even feel like exercise! I’m replacing a few of my morning elliptical work-outs with some Just Dance Kids 2014 dancing fun! I mean really, why wouldn’t you? Dance along to fun songs while having the opportunity to potentially embarrass your children in front of others? That’s perfection, my friends. Perfection indeed. 

 

This game would be a great addition to your holiday shopping list! I’m going to grab one for my sister and her family. I know they will love to have their own dance parties with my little nephew, who happens to be a huge Yo Gabba Gabba fan! You can grab your own copy or one to give as a gift from Amazon or GameStop. And be sure to check out the Ubisoft blog for more information!

 

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

 
 

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Crockpot Loaded Baked Potato Soup

I love loaded baked potatoes. I think they should be their own food group. I also love soup. And my crockpot. A recipe that can combine all three? Pretty much the best thing ever!  I’ve tried a bunch of different recipes for Loaded Baked Potato Soup and this one is my favorite. The whole point of using my crockpot is to make dinner easy and have minimal prep work. I am not a fan of the recipes that want me to cook the meal before putting it in the crockpot…what’s the point? This recipe uses frozen hashbrowns instead of having you cook the baked potatoes and then mash them. 

 

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Crockpot Loaded Baked Potato Soup

 

Ingredients:

 

1 bag frozen shredded hashbrows, thawed

3 cans chicken broth

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 pkg cream cheese, full fat version

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1 container sour cream

1 pkg real bacon pieces

 

 

Directions:

 

1. Combine thawed hashbrowns, chicken broth, and cream of chicken soup in crockpot.

2. Cook on low for 5 hours.

3. Stir in softened cream cheese and cook on low for additional hour.

4. Serve topped with shredded cheese, sour cream, and bacon pieces.

 

This is so delicious. My whole family gobbled this down! I thought I was going to have some leftovers for lunch the next day but nope! It was gone. I love to serve this during the fall and winter on Football Sunday. The house smells divine all day long and this serves as excellent comfort food for Matt when his football team loses. Word. The best part- you can top this with anything you want! Green onions, tomatoes, different cheeses….anything you like! I served this soup at a family gathering and set up a toppings bar for everyone to load their soup with their preferred toppings. Talk about a huge hit!

 

 

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Crockpot Loaded Baked Potato Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 1 bag frozen shredded hashbrows, thawed
  2. 3 cans chicken broth
  3. 1 can cream of chicken soup
  4. 1 pkg cream cheese, full fat version
  5. 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  6. 1 container sour cream
  7. 1 pkg real bacon pieces
Instructions
  1. Combine thawed hashbrowns, chicken broth, and cream of chicken soup in crockpot.
  2. Cook on low for 5 hours.
  3. Stir in softened cream cheese and cook on low for additional hour.
  4. Serve topped with shredded cheese, sour cream, and bacon pieces.
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2013 Holiday Gift Guide For Adults & Kids

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I don’t know about y’all but I get tired of giving the same old gifts every single year. Wine, gloves, a scarf, a box of chocolates….it’s all so boring. It’s even worse with the kids in the family- searching for a toy they will love but won’t annoy their parents into giving your own kids a 1,000 piece lego set in retaliation. It’s a dilemma. So today I’m going to share some ideas with you for some unique ideas for holiday gifts. Links in this post may be affiliate links which means if you click and purchase something I make a few pennies to help pay for Christmas.  

 

For The Adults:

 

1. Tasting Room by Lot18. Do you have a wine lover on your gift list? I saw Tasting Room featured on the gift guide on Good Morning America last year and I purchased a sampler set for my sister. She loved it and it really was the perfect gift! This year I’m getting a wine sampler set for several people. Right now you can get a Wine Sampler Set for $9.95 (regularly $39.95) plus free shipping plus a free personalized wine profile! That’s 70% off! I highly recommend this company. The shipping was super fast and the product was fantastic!

 

2. Magazine-Agent. There are several people on my list who are hard to shop for and I never seem to find that perfect gift for them. *cough* my dad, my husband, my brother in law *cough* I’ve found you can never go wrong with a magazine subscription! My mom loves certain magazines but she will never spend the money on a subscription for herself. She’s a huge Southern Living fan but she considers it a luxury item. This year I’m buying magazine subscriptions for several people, especially since Magazine-Agent is having a huge $5 Magazine Subscription Black Friday Deal! Do you have a kid who loves sports? 12 issues (1 year) of Sports Illustrated Kids is only $5 for a limited time! Have a health nut in the family? 10 issues (1 year) of Health Magazine– only $5 for a limited time. Know someone who loves to travel? 12 issues (1 year) of Travel + Leisure is only $5 for a limited time! Be sure to check out the rest of their Black Friday $5 Deals for the hard to shop for people on your list! 

 

3. Mixbook. I love to buy personalized products for the holiday’s. This year I am giving both my mama and my mother-in-law photo wall calendars filled with pictures of the kids throughout the year. The grandparents love to display these wall calendars all year long and show off their grandbabies to everyone who comes to their house! You can also get your holiday photo cards from Mixbook. They offer almost 800 different styles in 5 different sizes for as low as $0.89 per card! 

 

4. Blurb. Y’all know I love to make Blurb books- especially around the holidays. I love to make them for the grandparents and I also make one for myself every year to save the best of our yearly memories in one photo book. The kids love to look back at them and remember all the fun things we did during the year. You can even make a book using your Instagram photos! But that’s not all you can make at Blurb. You can make a personalized cookbook– which I think would be the perfect gift for maybe a newly married woman, or a young adult moving into their first apartment after college. Check out the Blurb Gift Center for some great Holiday Gift ideas this year!

 

COUPON CODE: And TODAY THRU NOV 30- Save 30% on Blurb’s Print Books with code: SAVE30**

 

For the Kids:

 

1. Kiwi Crate– I get so tired of buying toys for the kids on my holiday list when I’m not sure what they like or what they already have. This year I am giving gift subscriptions to Kiwi Crate instead. Have you seen Kiwi Crate? It’s a subscription service that sends a monthly box of kids activities. Every month has a different theme- such as dinosaur, space, or gardening. The box contains all the materials and inspiration for 2-3 fun activities – art, science, games, imaginative play, and more. Take a peek at a sample crate and see for yourself how amazing and fun it is for kids! Recommended by Parents Magazine, Parenting Magazine, MarthaStewart.com, Redbook Magazine, The Today Show and so many more- you know it’s a great product! You can even add materials for a sibling to the crate so there’s no fighting! They offer a variety of different subscription options: 3, 6, or 12 months subscriptions or a one time monthly box if you’d just like to try it out. They have holiday crates available for Christmas theme crafts and they also have some amazing stocking stuffers!

 

2. Little Passports– This is another great option for kids ages 5-12. Little Passports offers monthly subscriptions for either a world edition or a US edition. The World Edition follows characters Sam and Sofia as they embark on a new country expedition each month. The first month’s Explorer Kit arrives in a suitcase and contains everything your child needs to get started: a letter from Sam and Sofia, a map, a passport, stickers, access to online games and more. Country specific packages filled with fun souvenirs, letters, stickers, photos, activity sheets and more arrive every month thereafter. With the US Based Edition, Sam and Sofia travel to and experience the wonders of all 50 states. Kick-off the USA adventure with the first month’s Discovery Kit which includes a letter from Sam and Sofia, a USA Field Guide, a USA scratch book, a map, and a camera. Sam and Sofia then travel to two new states every month and send an activity-packed travel journal with stickers, postcards, pop-out models and access to online activities. They offer a variety of different subscription options for both the US Based Edition and the World Edition

 

For Adults & Kids:

 

Zulily– I check this site every single day for great deals. I’ve found super cheap deals on boots, holiday pajamas, Doc McStuffins toys, Barbie, home decor, jewelry….some of this brand name stuff is dirt cheap! I recently got both my sisters-in-law chunky knit infinity scarves for Christmas for $8 each! You can’t beat some of these deals!

 

I hope I’ve given you a couple of new ideas for holiday gifts this year. I love to give gifts and I love give gifts that are unique and personal. I think it shows you value the person when you put thought into the gift you buy for them. That’s important to me!

 

**Offer valid until November 30, 2013 (11:59 p.m. local time). Valid for print books only. A 30% discount is applied toward your product total with a minimum order of USD $60, CAD $60, GBP £60, EUR €60, or AUD $60. Maximum discount is USD $100, CAD $100, GBP £65, EUR €75, or AUD $100 off product total. This offer is good for one-time use, and cannot be combined with volume discounts, other promotional codes, gift cards, or used for adjustments on previous orders. 

 
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