Nov 172013

I received Michael Angelo’s products in order to facilitate my review. All words and opinions are my own.

Italian food has always been one of my favorite cuisines.  Growing up, my Mom would frequently make spaghetti and meatballs for dinner, complete with her own homemade pasta sauce.  The sauce is so good that my brother and his now-wife actually requested it as their rehearsal dinner meal.

My Gram also made Italian meals special, as she often made her own fresh pasta.  I remember seeing those little strips of goodness hanging on the machine, ready to be tossed into the boiling water.  You’d think my family is Italian, but we’re not; we just enjoy good food.

I often make Italian meals for my own family.  Lasagna and spaghetti with my own homemade spaghetti sauce recipe are two of the most frequent, but I’m made Chicken Piccata, antipasto salad, Chicken Parmesan, and other dishes, too.

Michael Angelo's Chicken Piccata at Sam's Club

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Oct 192013

This post on getting ready for tailgating is sponsored by Global Influence.  All words and thoughts are my own.

I have mentioned a time or twelve that we are pretty serious NCAA® sports fans around here.  We love sports in general, really, but I’ve always felt there’s something special about collegiate sports.  We try not to miss any opportunity to get together for some tailgating.  Family, food, and friendly rivalries – we usually have it all.

If you’re a fan, also, then you’re probably also a fan of getting together with friends and family to support your favorite teams.  Even those that aren’t necessarily “into” collegiate sports probably find themselves enjoying the atmosphere at the games or when tailgating at home or a friend’s house.

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Perfect Gear for Tailgating: Win the Ultimate in Entertainment from Rite Aid & Unilever
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Oct 102013

I shared last week that I’m getting the trip of a lifetime, being Disney’s guest at the Thor: The Dark World red carpet premiere, followed by a chance to view the new Thor: Treasures of Asgard experience at Disneyland.  And today I want to bring you the opportunity to win your own trip of a lifetime!

For 24 hours, starting today at 12 noon EST, residents of the US and Canada can enter to win one of two family vacations for 4 to the Disneyland Resort for the October 26th opening of Thor: Treasures of Asgard.  Yep, if you win, you’ll see it even before me!  You’ll also receive 4-Day Park Tickets so you can experience all Disneyland has to offer.

Win a Trip to Disneyland in the Thor Facebook Disneyland Sweepstakes #Loki #Thor #ThorDarkWorldWin a Trip to Disneyland in the Thor Facebook Disneyland Sweepstakes #Loki #Thor #ThorDarkWorld

To enter you’ll just need to head over to the Thor Facebook page and declare your allegiance.  Who would you travel with if you had the chance to go to Asgard: #Thor or #Loki?  Pretty easy entry, right?

Now, statistics weren’t exactly my favorite part of math in high school, but I feel like the odds for a sweepstakes that’s only open for 24 hours must be pretty good.  So hurry over after noon today and get your entry in.  I would LOVE it if one of you all won!

Will #Thor or #Loki be your entry in the Disneyland sweepstakes?

May 302013

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Havertys.  The opinions and text are all mine.

I love to browse furniture stores and daydream about what new looks I could create in each room of our house.  Lately, though, I’ve been browsing with a purpose.  Bubbles needs a dresser and we’re looking for some new living room furniture.  We haven’t decided exactly what we want yet, but I feel like it’s one of those things that when you see it, you’ll just know.

One place I’ve wandered lately is our local Havertys store.  They have such pretty pieces that it’s very easy to find more than a few things to love.  And I love that they have something for pretty much every room – it’s not just couches and chairs.

Living Room Sectional from Havertys #PicturePerfect

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Mar 252013

Iron Man 3 Opens May 3, 2013

Iron Man 3 Opens May 3rd

I can’t believe that Iron Man 3 opens in just over a month!  It’s one of the movies I’ve most been looking forward to all year (since it was announced last year, actually).  Actually, the whole family is pretty anxious to see it.  Bubbles will definitely be spending a couple of hours with Papaw and Grammy that night so everyone else can go.

If you can’t wait until the May 3rd opening you might be in luck.  If you head over to the Iron Man 3 Facebook page right now you’ll have the chance to win a trip to Los Angeles for the April 24th world premiere!  That would be one exciting trip.  But do hurry – the sweepstakes ends at midnight EST on Wednesday, March 27th.  There will be one winner per day.

Will you be seeing Iron Man 3 opening weekend?