The Art of Random Willy-Nillyness: May 2015

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Tomorrowland Activity Sheets!

When I went to Charlotte, we caught a showing of Tomorrowland!  I really liked it. George Clooney was great as usual but the real stars are the kids in the movie. They were fantastic. I can only hope that this movie foreshadows changes at the Tomorrowland in the Disney Parks! If you have kids, take them to this movie, they will really enjoy it!

Here are some activity sheets that you all can print out and give them to your kids to use! These are fun!!!






Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Sorry I have been MIA

I have still been a little MIA lately. I have been really busy at work and I have one last event to conquer before I get a little break. After this event, my next major event is in September!

We went to Charlotte this Memorial Day weekend. We had a fabulous time. So when I should have been blogging, I was on a mini vacay! The first since hubby had his surgery. So it was nice to get away.

I have a few giveaways coming up but I probably won't get to them until next week. But stay tuned because if I get a chance I will be posting!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NEW! Whole Grain Honey Bunches of Oats Review!


This year has been of changes. Our main change is our eating habits. After Tom's heart bypass, we have had to cut down on salt, fats and sugars. We have had to start eating better and healthier. We are eating more fruit, vegetables and whole grains. We have also had to start eating 3 meals a day. It has been hard because we didn't always eat breakfast and that's the toughest meal for us.

Luckily, I was asked to review the new whole grain Honey Bunches of Oats. Since I am now looking for new products to incorporate into our lifestyle, I said yes. I know it has sugars and fat but before we give up everything, we have to start somewhere. With Tom, I have to slowly wean him off the bad foods and get him used to eating healthier.



The new whole grain Honey Bunches of Oats were the place to start. With no trans fat, it is already better for him than eggs or other breakfast foods. I also know he is getting his fiber which he needs to keep his digestive health up and also a diet high in fiber helps reduce heart disease and lowers cholesterol.

For us, it is a great alternative to more sugary cereals and fatty foods. Plus, it tastes good. It tastes really really good. The grains stay crunchy in milk and with the little bunches of vanilla and honey, it makes for a great pick me up in the morning. It is also a good treat for us since we have started to eat less flavorful food!



We alternate Honey Bunches of Oats with oatmeal and egg white omelettes but it is an always welcome treat in the morning. If Tom likes it, then we will keep it in our breakfast rotation.

You can find New Whole Grain Honey Bunches of Oats at your local grocery store! It comes in 2 flavors: Honey Bunches of Oats Whole Grain with Vanilla Bunches and Honey Bunches of Oats Whole Grain Honey Crunch. Both are delicious! Try it if you need to have more fiber in your diet yet want a tasty meal in the morning. Don't say anything but I also eat it as a treat at night!

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Osteo Bi-Flex® Review and Giveaway!


Getting old is no fun. I have noticed that more and more, my old joints are getting more sore. I was volunteering at the Greek Festival in town this week. I had to stand for a couple of hours and when I got home, my knees were aching my back was sore and I had to rest. I also have to ice my knee every time I exercise. As I have gotten older, my joints are starting to betray me. It's just something that happens. It is not only my knees but also my back, my arms and my ankles. I don;t like it. So I started doing something about.



I am currently taking Osteo Bi-Flex® supplements to combat joint pain. I take Osteo Bi-Flex® One Per Day daily and when I know I am going to be on my feet or I am going to do a strenuous exercise routine, I take Osteo Bi-Flex® Triple Strength. I figured I better start doing something to help my joints last a few more years especially since I have been trying to get healthier and exercise more.


Osteo Bi-Flex® provides nourishing ingredients like glucosamine, we are helping to strengthen our joints as they gradually deteriorate with age. Glucosamine helps keep the cartilage in joints healthy. As we age, natural glucosamine levels drop which can lead to gradual deterioration of the joint. While there are some “joint friendly” foods, it’s difficult to get glucosamine from your everyday diet. Osteo Bi-Flex® combines glucosamine with other ingredients such as chondriotin and MSM which can help with joint comfort, joint flexibility, and joint mobility.

It never hurts to try supplements that can help you. I know that I needed to find something. As I age, things are breaking down and I want to ensure I slow that down. I know I cannot avoid getting old but I can try and build up my joints so I can continue being active! And these products are not for people like me who have gotten older. These products can help people younger than me because it will slow down the deterioration of their joints!


It's never too early or too late to ensure that your joints are healthy. If you want to try Osteo Bi-Flex® One Per Day or Osteo Bi-Flex® Triple Strength you can find them at online retailers and your local grocery and drug stores. If you want to win an Osteo Bi-Flex® prize pack that includes the One Per Day and Triple Strength supplements along with a tote bag and water bottle, then enter below on the Rafflecopter widget.


a Rafflecopter giveaway



Rules: One entry per person per day. Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older.

Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. I am not responsible if sponsors do not fulfill prize. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

TOMORROWLAND!! Opens May 22nd!


I am beyond excited for this movie! Here is a featurette for you. It looks so good! And, hello, George Clooney!!





Like TOMORROWLAND on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyTomorrowland

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Visit the official TOMORROWLAND website: www.Disney.com/Tomorrowland

TOMORROWLAND opens in theaters everywhere on May 22nd!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Celebrate National Moving Month with Master Lock + GIVEAWAY!



In honor of National Moving Month, and as a part of Master Lock’s ongoing commitment to keep consumers safe through all life stage, Master Lock is sharing sharing safety precautions and useful products for moving and settling into a new residence during May.

More than 35 million people move each year* and look forward to turning their new house into a home. But before your new residence becomes home sweet home, ensuring your move is safe and your new house is prepped with basic safety measures is of the utmost importance. We bought a house last year so I know about moving. It is important when moving to know your neighborhood and take precautions.

Here are some great tips from Master Lock when moving and adjusting to your new residence:

* Secure All Valuables: Whether you’re moving your own belongings or have hired movers, it is important to pack all valuables in enclosed, secured containers. For fragile or breakable items, use an added layer of protection, such as bubble wrap or shredded newspaper. In the midst of moving mayhem, remember to lock your trailer with a Master Lock 379DAT Universal Trailer Coupler Lock that resists picking and prying when not in use or in between trips to avoid possible theft. 
* Inventory Personal Belongings: Label your boxes by room, number or color-code, and create a list of the items in each box. This will keep your personal possessions organized for when you begin the unpacking process. When you arrive at your new home, make sure to check each list to ensure all your belongings made it safely and securely. Investing in a Sentry Safe SFW123TTC Extra Large Digital Alarm Fire Safe will assure your most important valuables remain safeguarded and protected as you settle into your home. While you may have heavy foot traffic between movers, cable providers and other vendors setting up your new space, this Sentry Safe Extra Large Digital Alarm Fire Safe’s loud alarm will quickly alert you if there is suspected tampering.

* Install New Exterior Locks: Less than half (47 percent) of U.S. and Canadian residents changed or rekeyed the locks on their new home.** As a major safety precaution, you should change all the exterior locks on your new home either before or when you move in. Previous tenants, realtors and other unsuspected people may have keys to the current locks. Replacing these old locks with new ones, such as the Master Lock BCCO0615 Entry Door Lock with Single Cylinder Deadbolt, will provide additional security with peace of mind, and ensure you are the only person who has access to your home. 
* Change of Address: Before officially moving into your new home, make sure to visit your local post office or visit usps.com to fill out a change-of-address form. To avoid unintentionally giving strangers access to personal information, such as billing statements, credit card offers and insurance information, change your address before your move. 
* Explore Your Neighborhood: Once you've settled in, make sure to familiarize yourself with your new neighborhood. Take a bike ride to meet your neighbors, locate the police and fire stations and find your local park district. Don’t forget to lock up with the Master Lock 8127TRI Keyed Cable Lock while exploring your new surroundings.

I know when we moved, we had to evaluate out security. Our parking is in the back off the alley and we have a detached garage as well. We had to make sure that it was secure and we use Master Lock products. Master Lock products are always a great buy because they are quality products that will keep your belongings secure. If you read my blog, you know I am a fan.



Thanks to Master Lock, I have a of Master Lock 8127TRI Keyed Cable Lock to giveaway to one reader. The keyed cable lock designed with braided steel to provide maximum strength and flexibility and protective vinyl coating to protect against scratches – best used for locking up bicycles. We use them to secure our patio furniture and grill. I love out cable lock.

If you want to win, enter below on the Rafflecopter widget below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Rules: One entry per person per day. Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older.

Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. I am not responsible if sponsors do not fulfill prize. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Workoutbands.com GIVEAWAY!!!


It has been months since I exercised. With the new job, Tom's health issues and just life I have been totally lax. But this past weekend, I jumped on the treadmill and finally started up again. It felt good.



The problem though is that I can get on the treadmill and gt a cardio workout. My legs get really toned and strong my my arms do not. I have tried everything to get them stronger to no avail. But I received a set of workout bands from Workoutbands.com and I have been trying to use those.



They are great. I loved that my set of workout bands came with different types. It came with heavy resistance bands as well as the light resistance bands. Of course, I started with the light resistance and let me tell you that even the lightest resistance was difficult. But as I use them more and more, I will be able to move up to the heavier resistance bands.



The bands came with ankle straps and a door anchor. They also have hand holds that are cushioned and easy to grip. I love them. Because I have no upper body strength, the ability to start slow and work my way up to heavier bands is something I like.

I also have a set of workout bands for one lucky person! These are great and great if you are getting in shape. If you want to won, enter below on the Rafflecopter widget.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Rules: One entry per person per day. Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older.

Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. I am not responsible if sponsors do not fulfill prize. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Brighten Someone's Day with Teleflora + GIVEAWAY!


A few weeks ago when things were crazy insane in my life, I was feeling a little overwhelmed. I was also feeling a little down. There were days where I just wanted to hide under the covers and sleep all day. That was impossible though.

I had to stay strong, go to work, go to the hospital, deal with my mom and sister and deal with everything else in life. Sometimes, you have to suck it up and get through the rough times. Luckily, I had support to help me through.

But one day, I came home from the work and hospital and found a bouquet of flowers that a friend sent me. I remember seeing those flowers on my dining room table and I almost lost it. It was such a beautiful gesture that meant so much to me.


That little bouquet of flowers made me smile and forget my problems for a moment. And every day I saw them in my house gave me a little hope and made me realize that things were going to be fine. I know that it was just flowers but the thought behind them mad me feel great. Plus, there is nothing better than fresh flowers in your house.

I love fresh flowers in the house. They brighten up the space. They make everything fresh and lovely. If I had the money, I would have fresh flowers in my house every day. And now I will send flowers to my friends when they are down or going through a tough time because I know how flowers made me feel when I was down.

Flowers are great for special occasions especially occasions like Mothers Day (right around the corner) or birthdays. But they are also great just to say I am thinking of you or feel better. Teleflora.com is the perfect place to start when you want to send someone a special something.




Check out these beautiful arrangements that would be perfect for Mother's Day or any day. I received the Teleflora’s Garden Rhapsody Bouquet and it was beautiful. It would make a perfect gift for anyone as would these other bouquets.

Teleflora’s Fashionista Blooms



Teleflora’s Garden Romance



These bouquets are affordable and delivery is quick. If you need a last minute Mother's Day gift, these would be perfect choice. Remember, any day is a good day for flowers. You don't have to wait for a special occasion.

If you want to win a Garden Rhapsody bouquet for yourself or someone special, then you can enter on the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!!


a Rafflecopter giveaway



Rules: One entry per person per day. Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older.

Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. I am not responsible if sponsors do not fulfill prize. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Small Gardening with CedarCraft!


My life has been crazy lately. Between the new job and Tom's bypass, I have been so busy to do anything. Luckily, my mom came to help me through this tough time. While she was here, she took it upon herself to plant some vegetables and herbs in my garden. I am so glad she did because there was no way that either Tom or I would have had the time to do so.

One thing that made it easy for my mom was our new Urban Garden Planter by CedarCraft. Because our new house does not have the huge yard we had in the mountains, we needed to find a new and more compact way to plant fresh herbs and veggies. We have two small plots in the back yard and that is it.



We also have some containers near the kitchen door but the new Urban Garden Planter is exactly what we needed. The planter is made with untreated 100% sustainably grown durable Western Red Cedar. Best of all, no trees are specifically harvested to make CedarCraft planters. They are all made from leftover material. The planter was easy to assemble and came with its own tools. It took us minutes to assemble. If I can do it, anyone can.



It is also elevated and has a lot of space. The planter also includes a liner. It is sturdy and holds up to all kinds of weather. The elevated planter really helped my mom be able to plant herbs without having to get on her hands and knees to plant. It also has a handy shelf to hold tools. Because it is portable, it is easy to move around if we want to place it elsewhere. We have three herb plants planted but there but can easily fit there more.

The elevation also keeps our plants safe from the rabbit that lives in our yard. It also keeps the squirrels away. Our plants are safe. What I love is that we have it outside of the kitchen door and when I need some herbs, I can walk out and snip some easily. I also love that it looks pretty. The planter is very attractive and I have gotten some compliments from our neighbor who wants to buy one as well!



CedarCraft has other great planters as well. I am in love with the cascading garden planter. This is something I want for our front porch. The other elevated planters are great as well. The ability to be able to garden in a small amount of space is great for us.


If you love to garden but do not have the space, CedarCraft products are perfect. these are great for patios, balconies or small yards. It has been ideal for us. I was so glad it was easy for my mother to do a little gardening while we were dealing with other issues. Now we are guaranteed fresh herbs this summer. And when it starts getting colder, I can use the Urban Garden Planter for heartier plants for winter.

You can purchase CedarCraft website. You can like CedarCraft on Facebook or follow on Twitter.