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What Would You Like To Receive on Valentine’s Day?

I was thinking today, sometimes a scary thought, and wondered what it was I would really like to receive on Valentine’s Day… Just having MH tell me he loves me is more than enough. I don’t remember getting much for Valentine’s Day at any time. I’m sure over my lifetime I have gotten something, but for the life of me, I don’t recall what it would be. Of course there are the parties you have in school and gifts from parents, but I won’t count those.

What would you like and from whom?  What is your most memorable gift? How many of you HATE Valentine’s Day?

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February 13, 2010 Posted by | Rambling, Valentine's Day | Leave a comment

Hershey’s For Your Valentine

It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without chocolate! One of my favorites, Hershey’s, has some great tasting items for giving (and eating).  We tried out four of them….  Reese’s Peanut Butter Hearts Valentine Exchange come in the perfect snack size for children/adults to give to one another and each heart has  To: and From: on it, with 30 pieces per bag.  You can also choose from heart shaped Jolly Rancher Lollipops (20 pieces), Kit Kat (30 pieces), and Assortment Pack (30 pieces).

Hershey’s Bliss Milk Chocolate with a Raspberry Meltaway Center is also heart shaped in colored foil and swirls.  I love fruit flavors and this wasn’t disappointing.  You may remember the review and giveaway I did last year for Hershey’s Bliss, well, this is a perfect fit with the other Bliss flavors.  You can’t eat just one!

Pot Of Gold Premium Collection Pecan Caramel Clusters in a red heart shaped box and a gold bow.  There are several different varieties of candy and boxes to choose from, so you can get their favorite.  It is so nice to look at you really don’t want to open it, but how else are you going to get to the goodies inside?

And lastly, everyone’s favorite, Milk Chocolate Kisses, wrapped in red, pink and silver foil and hearts.  Fill up a candy dish, use in recipes, give in a gift bag, wrap in tulle tied with a ribbon… the ideas are endless.

Visit the Hershey’s website to find gift ideas, recipes, crafts, and even make Valentine’s cards to print yourself or send by e-mail.

‘I received samples and information from Hershey’s to facilitate my review and I was not compensated in any other way.  This is my honest opinion only.’

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February 13, 2010 Posted by | Food, Hersheys, review, Valentine's Day | Leave a comment

Cupidity Book & Quiz

50 Stupid Things People Do For Love And How To Avoid Them

by Hayley & Michael DiMarco

  • Paperback
  • Christian Life/Love & Romance
  • 246 Pages
  • Price: $14.99
  • January 2010
  • Tyndale House Publishers
  • ISBN: 978-1-4143-2467-8
  • Purchase a Copy!

Single? Married? Stupid?  You’re a smart person.  You really are.  Most of the time.  So why are you having such trouble making sense of your love life?  Whether you’re single and wondering where the one is hiding, head over heels in a new dating relationship and vowing that this time it’ll work, or finding that married life isn’t the thrilling adventure you’d once anticipated… you might be surprised to discover that the answer may lie in your own Cupidity.

Cupidity:  stupid love.  Hayley and Michael DiMarco have been there- and survived.  In this book, they identify 50 of the most common acts of Cupidity, ways to avoid them and learn from them, and some surprising things God has to say about relationships.  If you think you may have been struck by a few of stupid Cupid’s arrows, there’s good news:  stupid love doesn’t have to be terminal.  With the help of a little inside information, smart, successful love can be just around the corner.

Hayley and Michael DiMarco are the visionaries behind Hungry Planet, a company intensely focused on feeding the world’s appetite for truth by producing books and new media, taking on issues of faith and life with a distinctly modern voice.  They are the proud parents of dozens of Hungry Planet books (including Dateable, Marriable, Mean Girls, and The Woman of Mystery); The Hungry Planet Bible Project, a 10,000- mile road trip designed to give a voice to the hungry and homeless; and one amazing human, their daughter, Addison.  Visit Hungry Planet at

My Opinion:
I found this book to be interesting, informative and at times, funny.  It’s true that people do plenty of stupid things in relationships, and this book points some of those out and what you can do to avoid it.  With Scripture references, it shows how people should think, act and treat one another in an easy to read way.  You don’t have to be in a relationship to benefit from this book, because you can use the advice in any kind of day to day interactions.  With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, this would make a good gift- especially if it’s read together.  The Cupidity Quiz at the beginning of the book was fun too.

I Rated This Book:
3.5/5  Stars

How Well Do You Score on the
(Quiz found on pg. xiii of Cupidity)

True or False?
T F   1. In every (or almost every) relationship you’ve had, you’ve heard or had the same complaint.
T F   2. You think and act with your heart instead of your head.
T F   3. You feel like you’ve “settled” in a relationship.
T F   4. You wish you could change your significant other and make them better suited for you.
T F   5. You’ve been burned in love.
T F   6. You just can’t seem to get over something a significant other did to you in the past.
T F   7. You feel controlled or heavily impacted by your partner’s emotions.
T F   8. You don’t love yourself enough to love another.
T F   9. You think love is a feeling.

For every true you circled, give yourself 2 points: ______
For every false you circled, give yourself 1 point: ______

18-13: Hello, Cupid; meet Stupid.
Well, it looks like you’ve come to the right place. Your love life could use a little vitamin C. And Cupidity is here to help. Don’t worry—we’ve all done stupid things in the name of love, but what’s really stupid is to keep doing them once you’ve seen the error of your ways. It’s time to take an honest look at how you think and feel about love and make some serious changes to get the stupidity out of your love life.

12-9: Cue the harp music.
You’re definitely on the right track when it comes to this love thing. But don’t put the book down, because even if you’re a good student of love, we’ve got some new stuff for you to consider. Love is always looking for ways to improve itself, and in these pages that’s just what you will find. So let’s keep going and discover the subtle nuances of avoiding Cupidity.

‘I received a copy from Tyndale to facilitate my review and I was not compensated in any other way.  This is my honest opinion only.’

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February 12, 2010 Posted by | Book Reviews, Tyndale, Valentine's Day | Leave a comment

Dating Etiquette

Last year I did a review for Peter Pauper Press and I thought I would share a little from one of the items I reviewed since it’s the month of LOVE, a page from….. 

‘The Little Pink Book of Etiquette, by Ruth Cullen’…..

Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage. -Theodore Roosevelt

Uh, yeah. I’ll call you.
Dating is much like interviewing for a job.  You clean yourself up, put your charming, witty self on display, and then wait for something to happen.  And your good manners can make all the difference when it comes to scoring the job or second date.

The foremost rule of dating concerns cold, hard cash.  As a general rule, the person who asks for the date pays for the date.  Although you may wish to split the bill by choice, as someone else’s date you are not required to do so.

When the date is underway, do not ask for doggie bags, talk about exes, or receive cell phone calls- especially on first dates.  You’ll have plenty of opportunities later in the relationship to ignore your companion and make a pig of yourself. 

Now here’s the tricky part.  Though convenient and tempting, it’s never a good idea to say you’ll call or e-mail when you know you won’t.  When possible, be direct so that you avoid setting false expectations for someone else.  Mature or direct types may have no trouble calling it like they see it:  ‘Though I don’t think we’re a match, Tito, I enjoyed meeting you and wish you all the best.  Buh bye.’  More times than not, however, our actions speak louder than our words.  It may seem rude or cowardly, but when you don’t have the heart to tell someone how you really feel (‘I can’t get past your mullet.’), and you try to spare their feelings by hoping they get the message some other way (you move to Toledo), you’re actually showing them courtesy and respect.

If they don’t read your signals (you’re never home, or you’re very busy, or you have malaria, or the like) then give them time.  If they’re still calling two years later and lurking outside your workplace, then call the police.

I thought this was insightful and funny.  What are your thoughts?  Have you done any of these things before?

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February 11, 2010 Posted by | Peter Pauper Press, Rambling, Valentine's Day | Leave a comment

Skin MD Natural Lotion & Giveaway

Last year I did a review for Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion and loved it! I was recently asked to do another review for their other lotion, Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion + Sunscreen SPF 15. It comes in a 4 oz. bottle and contains many ingredients that are good for your skin, such as aloe and vitamin E, with the added benefit of SPF 15. It does not feel greasy or irritate your skin like a lot of sunscreen can.  Even during the winter you should be using sunscreen, especially on your face since every other part of your body is probably covered with warm clothes.

Skin MD lotion enhances your skin’s hydrating and protective abilities, is naturally antimicrobial, and is made with natural ingredients.  Some people have found it to help sensitivities to latex (for those who work in healthcare and have to use gloves continually), Eczema, chlorine, and helps their skin look younger.

Everyone I know of gets dry skin in the winter and believe me, this lotion helps a lot.  After applying your skin feels soft and smooth, almost like a matte finish.  If using on your face, it won’t make your skin oily either, for all those out there with oily or combination skin.  It’s truly a lotion that can be used by everyone!

Dermatology tested
No animal products or testing
Hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic
Fragrance and colorant free
Paraben free
You get FREE shipping on orders over $50 and don’t forget to get your sample while visiting.

Now through February 7th, Skin MD is having a Valentine’s Giveaway, valued at $100, which includes:

  1. A Bottle Skin MD Natural shielding lotion
  2. A Bottle Skin MD Natural + SPF 15 shielding lotion
  3. One pound of See’s dark assorted chocolates
  4. 12 Starbucks VIA Ready brew coffee pouches
  5. A “Kiss Me” mug
  6. A Cuddly teddy bear
  7. Lollipop Bouquet
  8. All in a lined wicker basket

All you need to do is enter your name and e-mail address.  The Winner will be chosen on February 8th and will be shipped promptly to arrive for Valentine’s Day!  Good Luck.

Also, one person will WIN a bottle of Skin MD Natural Lotion w/SPF, thanks to Skin MD!

How to Enter:
Visit Skin MD and leave a comment telling me what other product you would like to try.

Open to U.S.
One entry per person, e-mail, household
Giveaway ends on February 20, 2010 at 9:00 PM, ET.

Extra Entries:
All extra entries apply.
See RULES for all eligible entries

‘I received a sample from Skin MD to facilitate my review and I was not compensated in any other way.  This is my honest opinion only.’

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February 1, 2010 Posted by | giveaways, Personal Care, review, Valentine's Day | Leave a comment

My Fuzzy Valentine

Word World:  My Fuzzy Valentine was released on DVD on December 29, 2009.  It is 60 minutes long, with two episodes and sells for $6.99 at Toys R Us, Amazon or NCircle Entertainment.  Word World can be seen daily on PBS Kids. The DVD also includes a Bonus ‘It’s Time to Rhyme’ Music Video.

In ‘My Fuzzy Valentine’, when Sheep decides she wants to make a special Valentine song for her pal, Bear, she runs into trouble finding just the right rhyme to finish her song.  With the help of Fly, she discovers the perfect rhyme and makes Bear a Valentine song with real heart.  In ‘The Love Bug’, Bug wants to sign a Valentine for his favorite Word Friend, but he doesn’t know how to write his name.  With lots of encouragement from Frog he learns that with a little practice he can write his name.

This is another fun Word World video that I’m sure you will watch over and over again.  Not only is it entertaining but it helps improve children’s literacy skills too.  It’s also a perfect Valentine’s Day treat that isn’t bad for the teeth!

‘I received a sample from NCircle Entertainment to facilitate my review and I was not compensated in any other way.  This is my honest opinion only.’

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January 27, 2010 Posted by | Kids, movies, review, Valentine's Day | Leave a comment

Metal Heart Keychain Review & Giveaway-CLOSED

Perfect for Valentine’s Day, the Metal Heart Keychain, from Wholesale Keychains, is a thoughtful and inexpensive gift.  It has a silver heart, which can be engraved with whatever you want, up to three lines, attached with a red leather band.  It is heavy and well made.  I was pleasantly surprised when I received it because keychains always seem to be so cheap looking.  I wouldn’t hesitate to give this to someone as a gift.

You can purchase one for yourself for $6.99 and get 10% off your purchase when you use the coupon code:  vday2010.  Please note the discount expires on February 16th. There are several other keychains to choose from, such as NASCAR, Disney, NFL, Anniversary, Wedding and many more.  Something for everyone!  You can also enter to win one of three Metal Heart Keychains, with up to 3 lines of engraving if desired, thanks to Wholesale Keychains! 

How to Enter:
Go to Wholesale Keychains then come back and let me know what other keychains you are interested in.

Open to U.S. residents only
One entry per person, e-mail, household
Giveaway ends on February 13, 2010 at 9:00 pm, est.

Extra Entries:
All extra entries apply
See RULES for a complete set of extra entries

‘I received a keychain from Wholesale Keychains to facilitate my review and I was not compensated in any other way.  This is my honest opinion only.’

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January 26, 2010 Posted by | giveaways, Jewelry, review, Valentine's Day, Wholesale Keychains | Leave a comment

New Look For Valentine’s Day

I wanted to change the look of my blog, once again, for Valentine’s Day. I don’t know what it is about it but I’ve always loved the heart images, flowers, and cute stuff that you see everywhere at this time of the year.  It’s only weeks away…  I haven’t celebrated Valentine’s Day in years but I wouldn’t hate it if I was treated special on that day, hint, hint MH.

Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day?  Give gifts, cards or candy?  Tell me what you do for the big day!

Oh yeah, my cute siggie was made by Shannon of Simply Shantastic, thanks again

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January 21, 2010 Posted by | Rambling, Valentine's Day | Leave a comment

Winnie The Pooh A Valentine For You

Disney’s Winnie the Pooh A Valentine For You Special Edition released on DVD January 5th.  It is a re-release of the 1999 Un-Valentines Day and also includes the My Hero episode from the New Adventures of Winnie The Pooh, Catch the Love Bug Game and 6 Valentine cards.  It is 50 minutes long and retails for $29.99.

Get ready to fall in love with this timeless Special Edition of Winnie the Pooh’s beloved Valentine’s Day classic.  Join Pooh and his pals as they set off on an exciting adventure to find the Smitten (love bug) they think has bitten Christopher Robin.  Brimming with magic and delightful songs, A Valentine For You reminds us that there’s room in our hearts for both old and new friends

Once again Pooh and his friends misunderstand and end up making us laugh in the process.  They think Christopher Robin has gotten sick from the love bug, and try to help him feel better.  The second episode, all the gang decide to not celebrate Valentine’s Day but after Pooh receives some honey, that decision is forgotten.  In the Three Little Piglets episode, Pooh tells the story of the three little pigs (piglets).  The game Catch the Love Bug is fun.  You have to try to catch as many love bugs as you can, which are flying around.

Story Selection:

  • A Valentine For You
  • Un-Valentine’s Day & Three Little Piglets
  • My Hero

This was another fun Pooh video and a great addition for Valentine’s Day fun!

‘I received a sample from Disney to facilitate my review and I was not compensated in any other way.  This is my honest opinion only.’

January 11, 2010 Posted by | Kids, movies, review, Valentine's Day | Leave a comment

Our Valentine’s Day Dinner

So today was Valentine’s Day. We haven’t gotten each other anything for a while now, so no exchanging gifts here. Then tonight he says he wants pizza. Well, that’s nice! I don’t have to cook!

So we tried the new Tuscani Lasagna from Pizza Hut and a pepperoni pizza. Everyone was saying how good the pasta was at Pizza Hut, so I thought we were in for a treat. I have to say, it tastes better the next day! Here is what it looks like on their website and the description:

With layers of lasagna noodles (where did all our layers go???) and real ricotta, Parmesan and Romano cheeses (didn’t see any of this either) smothered in Italian-seasoned meat sauce and freshly oven-baked with a layer of melted cheese, you’ll get the taste of Italy, delivered right to your door. Get over 3 lbs. of pasta plus 5 breadsticks for $14.99!

There was a lot of people there, so it must be the hot spot for romantic dinners…
I hope everyone had a nice Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2009 Posted by | Food, Rambling, review, Valentine's Day | 1 Comment