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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Giveaway! The Three Dogateers DVD






Hey y'all!  Have you heard about The Three Dogateers? This sounds like a Christmas family movie you'll want to watch with your kids every year!   It's about three pampered pooches left to guard the house on Christmas Eve.  They become fearless DOGATEERS when thieves break in and steal every present, every ornament—even the yuletide tree! Vowing to save Christmas, the three canines set out in search of Santa, the only one who can help them on their quest.

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The Three Dogateers is Dove “Family-Approved”!



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I'm excited to have another giveaway to share ~ one of y'all will win a copy of The Three Dogateers on DVD! All you have to do is enter through the Rafflecopter widget below....



Thursday, November 13, 2014

Stone Mountain Christmas 2014


Last week we attended Stone Mountain Christmas  with my sister and niece.  We spent a wonderful evening getting our Christmas spirit on.  Unless you are the Grinch, there is no way you can visit and not leave feeling Christmas Joy in your heart!  Now through January 4 (on select dates) you can enjoy the Christmas glow of over two million lights, plus a hilarious 4-D movie,  live shows, a parade, the Singalong Christmas train, and so much more!

Some of our favorite things to do at Stone Mountain Christmas:

The Nightly Christmas Parade: Catch a glimpse of all of the characters and actors as they arrive in Crossroads each evening. Music, dancing and lots of fun await!  We found a place near the 4-D theater to watch and it was perfect!


Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 4-D movie    it may be short in length, but it is jam-packed with fun. There are lots of 4-D effects to thrill the kids, so be prepared and put your phones and cameras safely away so they don't get wet!  My son and niece are 10 and they both thought the movie experience was terrific.  

The Singalong Christmas Train:  It's not Christmas if we didn't get to take a ride on the Christmas train! Sing carols, look at Christmas lights,  watch the antics of two silly elves on the monitors throughout the train cars, and watch "The Gift", a touching live presentation about the real reason for CHRISTmas.  The ride lasts about 40 minutes, and it can get chilly on the open-air cars.  Make sure you've got mittens and hats! It's one of our favorite parts of Stone Mountain Christmas.


Character meet and greets: your kids can meet Bumble, Rudolph, the Snow Angel and more characters while checking out all the great fun at Stone Mountain Christmas.  You can even visit with Santa!





We love to eat at The Campfire Grill.  The Campfire Skewers are delicious and the S'mores Skillet is amazing. They have lots of fun camping and forest-themed effects throughout the restaurant to keep the kiddos happy too.  Always good food, good service, and a good time at The Campfire Grill.

Make sure you try the  Funnel cakes and Snowflakes (basically a deep fried belgian waffle) for dessert.  Order them plain or add sauces, fruits and toppings.  The perfectly sweet ending for an evening at Stone Mountain Christmas.



Stone Mountain puts on fabulous Christmas shows ~ there is something for everyone.  From Toyrific to Forever Christmas, you will enjoy great music and entertainment for the whole family. Click here for a list of all of the shows you can see this year.

Need a shopping break? There are lots of places to shop at Stone Mountain Park.  This year we came home with a beautiful, hand-blown glass Christmas ornament from The Stone Mountain Glass Shop, made right there!  They also have a toy store, candy store, a gift shop in the train depot and other spots throughout the park.  You can find some great Christmas gifts there!

Until this year, we've never been able to stay long enough for the Finale with the Snow Angel, Fireworks and Snowfall.  We live about an hour away, so we usually ended up taking the kids home for bed before the 9:45 finale.  This year, however, we were determined to stay til the very end and it was SO worth it! The Snow Angel flies in and floats above you, then she starts a glorious fireworks show complete with snow!  To see the wonder in the eyes of all the kids there was magical! I highly recommend that you stay and experience the Finale when you visit Stone Mountain Christmas.





We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at the Park, and I hope you and your family can attend too! It's a nice way to reconnect with your family, and enjoy lots of holiday entertainment. 

Have you ever visited Stone Mountain Christmas? If not, what is your favorite Christmas event to attend?  Leave me a comment below!


Disclosure: Stone Mountain Park invited us out for an evening at the Park to preview Stone Mountain Christmas in order to review it.  No other compensation was received, and all opionions given here are my own.  

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Lunch with Paula Deen & Springer Mountain Farms Chicken

Yesterday, I got to mark off a bucket list item - I met Paula Deen! She is one of my favorite celebrities.  We've eaten at her restaurant, Lady & Sons, in Savannah each time we've visited - it is so good!  I have several of her cookbooks, and I regularly make her recipes here at home. (Her sweet potato biscuits are one of our favorites around here!)

I was invited to attend a luncheon with Paula Deen and her husband Michael Groover in Atlanta, sponsored by Springer Mountain Farms Chicken.  I will tell you right from the start - that is the ONLY chicken I buy! I tried it last year and we were hooked.  DELISH.  So I was very excited to attend! When we (rode down with another local blogging friend) arrived at Guy Gunter Home Showroom in Atlanta,  they had a gorgeous luncheon set up for us.





Guy Gunter Home is a kitchen, bath and outdoor living consultancy in Atlanta.  What a perfect place for our luncheon! It's a wonderful showroom to visit if you are going to do a renovation or update in your home. They have some really cool appliances and fixtures.  I had a great time exploring the showroom while we waited for the guest of honor to arrive!

Then Paula Deen walked in the front door.  Michael was with her and he is just as kind and down to earth as she is. Paula is teeny-tiny and she is stunning in person.  She has the most beautiful blue eyes!  First she talked with us (a group of local bloggers) about her brand new network - www.Pauladeen.com, and shared a very funny video clip with us.  As a member, you can watch shows, search for recipes, utilize the meal planner and much more!  You can get a free trial to check it all out, too.






Next she made a delicious Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya for us, using fresh Springer Mountain Farms chicken.  It was spicy, warm and delicious.  This was my first time trying jambalaya, but trust me - it won't be the last! I plan to make this often!



Here's the recipe!

Skillet Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya from Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible 

2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 Tbsp butter
3/4 lb andouille sausage, cut into 1/4" slices
1 lrg yellow onion, chopped
1 lrg green bell pepper, chopped
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs, chopped  (She uses Springer Mtn Farms Chicken - yum!)
Salt, white or black pepper

1 clove garlic, chopped
1 tspn dried thyme
1 tspn paprika
1/2 tspn cayenne pepper
1/2 tspn celery seeds
2 bay leaves
3 c chicken broth
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
1 1/2 c long-grain white rice
In a large skillet with lid, heat the oil and butter over medium-high heat. Add the sausage, cook until browned on both sides. Set aside in a bowl. Add onion and pepper to skillet, cook until softens a bit.
Lightly sprinkle the chicken all over with salt and pepper. Add the chicken and garlic to the skillet. Cook until it loses raw color. Add the thyme, paprika, cayenne pepper, celery seeds, and bay leaves. Cook for a minute, then add the broth and tomatoes. Bring to a boil and taste for seasoning. Return the sausage to the pan with any accumulated juices and sprinkle in the rice, evenly.

Cover the pan, reduce heat to low, and cook until all the liquid has been absorbed and rice is tender, at least 15 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaves. Serve from skillet - delicious!

You have to try Springer Mountain Farms Chicken, if it is available in your area!  Once you do, I bet you will be like me, and become a loyal customer of theirs!

After she cooked for us, Paula fixed herself a plate and sat down with us to eat.  We really enjoyed getting to talk with her about blogging, social media, her family, and even her pets. She was as genuine and energetic as she seems on TV! She also shared a bit about how she's gotten healthier since her diabetes diagnosis.  (First she got rid of everything white in her kitchen: sugar, flour, etc. - then she re-introduced them in moderation after losing weight.  Now it is all about portion control!)



Then she took lots of pics with all of us and we got to chat with both her and Michael for a bit - it was great fun!  But, that is when I started having problems...
                                                                                                                                                              The camera on my phone is usually awesome for taking picures for JKAA.  I have gotten some great pics using it! Because of that, I don't even bring my digital camera anymore.  But for some reason yesterday, as the event went on, my camera went on the fritz.  I didn't notice until I was in the car afterwards, how blurry my Paula & Michael pic was. Another blogger snapped it as well as 3 more, but they all are the same. (I did get a good one with Michael at least!) So please forgive the awful quality of some of these pics, they are all I have. Well, except for priceless memories of a wonderful afternoon spent with Paula, Michael, and some really awesome Atlanta bloggers! So honored to have been included in this event. What a fabulous Monday!




Oh, and check out my amazing "swag bag" from Springer Mountain Farms! It was a super-nice freezer bag filled with their yummy chicken! Happy girl here! 



If you are local, don't forget Paula's Live! Holiday Show this Sunday is at the Woodruff Arts Center. Please visit www.pauladeen.com to explore her new network.  Finally, check out Springer Mountain Farms Chicken and on FB (link above) to learn why they have such delicious chicken!

Thanks for letting me share this special afternoon with y'all, and check back soon for more giveaways!


I was invited to this event so I could share Paula's Holiday show and network info with y'all.  I attended the luncheon with Paula, plus received tickets to her upcoming Atlanta show (some for me, some to give away) as well as the chicken products from Springer Mountain Farms in exchange for writing this post and hosting the ticket giveaway.  All opinions are honest, and my own! 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Giveaway: Orkin Mouse in a House Fleece Blanket!


Fall has arrived, and cooler weather has come with it.  Whether you know it or not, your warm house is an open invitation to unwanted guests looking for a cozy winter vacation: rodents.  Each fall, rodents migrate from their outdoor "summer home" to the warmth, food and shelter of their "winter timeshare" - your house!  
   Being human has its perks, like having a cozy house to enjoy during the winter, but imagine having to survive as a mouse? Try your luck by playing "Mouse in a House" - a choose-your-own-adventure game that puts you in the shoes of a rodent looking to survive the upcoming harsh winter season - try your best to stay a live and see how long you last!   
Orkin uses the latest technology and unparellelled training to develop an effective treatment that's right for your home.  To learn more about pest control grounded in science, or to schedule an inspection, visit orkin.com or call 1-800-ORKIN






I'm happy to share this giveaway with you - one winner will receive this cozy Fleece #MouseInAHouse Winter Blanket from Orkin! Enter via the rafflecopter widget below!


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Review: Hyaluronic Dew Serum, Pro-A Serum & Aging Defense Eye Cream





I recently reviewed some wonderful anti-aging Serums that are helping my skin look fabulous! I am seriously low-maintenance, so it's only been in the last year that I've consistently started using anti-aging products.  Even though I am over 40, I just never really worried about my skincare regimen until recently.  As a blogger/reviewer, I've been lucky enough to try some amazing products.  These three products from Body Merry fit that bill! Let me tell you about them!

I was a little nervous to try them at first, since my skin can be sensitive.  But there were no problems at all using the two serums. I applied the Hyaluronic Dew Serum in the mornings, and the Pro-A Serum before bedtime.  Both go on lightly and absorb quickly.  They are packaged in beautiful glass bottles and they have lasted over 30 days for me! My skin certainly looks brighter & smoother.

The company also sent me a bottle of their Body Merry Age Defense Eye Cream to try.  Wow - it works very well! I've noticed a big difference in the little crow's feet by my eyes - love it!  I did notice that the pump bottle gives me more product than I need for my eyes, so I've been rubbing it on the backs of my hands so I don't have to waste it. Good stuff.

I especially like that these products are made in the USA and they are not tested on animals.   They also offer a 90 Day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.  Love a company that stands behind their products!

Here is some more info on each of the products:

Body Merry’s power packed duo of Hyaluronic Dew Serum and Pro-A Serum is perfect for those looking for an effective natural and organic formula to fight the signs of aging.

Hyaluronic Dew Serum:

Morning dew is nature’s reminder that we all need moisture to kick start our day. This premium hydrating serum contains plant derived Hyaluronic Acid that provides the perfect amount of ‘dew’ to last throughout the day. Antioxidants such as Vitamin C and Green Tea add that extra punch, leaving your skin smooth and nourished.

Pro-A Serum:

Much has been said about the power of Retinol in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and its not without reason. This professional grade 2.5% retinol serum lets you truly sink in all the goodness of Vitamin A. Plant derived Hyaluronic Acid adds the much needed hydration and Green Tea works its charm as a powerful antioxidant.

Age Defense Eye Cream 

EASY ON YOUR EYES: This lightweight formula is a gentle and effective solution for all your eye woes including Dark Circles, Wrinkles and Puffiness. You can now let your eyes express everything but your age!
70+ POWER PACKED INGREDIENTS: The only eye cream on the market that has over 70 power packed ingredients including: Vitamins C + E + B5, Peptide Complex, Amino Acid Emulsification, Hyaluronic Acid, Retinol, Antioxidants, MSM and many many more!
NATURAL & ORGANIC COMPONENTS: It has potent natural and organic ingredients such as Aloe, Rose Hip Oil, Jojoba Oil, Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Cranberry, Licorice, Sunflower Oil, Borage Oil, Flaxseed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Lavender, Calendula, Chamomile, Witch Hazel, Cocoa Butter, Cucumber, Green Tea - to name just a few! No harsh chemicals such as Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates.
MADE IN USA + CRUELTY FREE: The cream is made in the USA in an FDA registered and GMP compliant facility. It is not tested on animals.
MANUFACTURER GUARANTEE: Body Merry's products are backed with a 90 Day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you don't like this cream, just contact us and get a full refund. Best of all, you don't even need to return the bottle

If you currently use these products, or decide to try them, please leave a comment below and let me know what you think of them!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.