Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Saturday Business

Even though yesterday was a day of leisure, I had a lot to do. It is time for the church's annual pie social. I made pistachio cheesecake, chocolate cheesecake and a banana cream cheesecake.

Fool proof Cheesecake(If I can do it,you can!)
1 graham pie crust
1 cool whip
8oz cream cheese(softened)
1 small box jello
1 splash of cold milk

In mixing bowl mix everything but pie crust, mix until it looks pretty smooth. Dump into pie crust. Chill until firm. Enjoy!

After making 3 pies, we headed to a nearby bigger city to enjoy water, warm water.

While the boys enjoyed the pool, I enjoyed the hot tub and sauna.

Then we headed to Perkins for dinner. Kids eat free on Saturday nights. After a nice dinner we went to MooseWood for a walk through the haunted bog.

It was very fun, the boys did jump out of their skins once or twice. What a nice day.

EdenFantasys-Aromatherapy Candle

Eden Cafe

I know as soon as most people read EdenFanatasys - The Adult Toy Store their minds go right into the gutter. Yes, they do sell adult toys, but they also do sell things that are not that noddy, per say! EdenFanatasys carries a wide variety of candles and massage oils.

I was sent a Aromatherapy Candle - in "geranium" scent. The candle comes in a very pretty tin, that is just the right size for gift giving or traveling tucked away in a suit case. The candle burns evenly and steady with out flickering. I did not really care for the geranium scent too much. My husband also did not care for the scent.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

New Coupons for the Weekend.


And the winner is:
Francesca DeCaire said...

What a great cause to support. I have followed your lovely blog. I love pizza.
October 21, 2011 10:41 AM
Congratulations, Francesca!!!
Francesca I will email you to get your address information.

Thank you to everyone who entered.
I have one other contest that is about to end Orbeez Toy Giveaway Contest will end on October 31 at 11:59pm EST.
Good Luck everyone!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Whats Cooking Thursday!

I am so excited to post a cake photo, as it has been far too long. This is something I made at work over the past two days.

I am so happy the way this turned out. I cannot wait until tommorrow morning to hear all the comments.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Product Review - Cystex

Cystex Liquid Cranberry Complex with Proantinox

About the product:

New, Clinically-Proven Cystex® Liquid Cranberry Complex with Proantinox® Can Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Can you cure a UTI with cranberry juice? The short answer is no. Cranberries have long played a role in helping many women, particularly those with recurring urinary tract infections (UTIs), to promote better bladder health. In fact, some 50 percent of women report drinking a lot of cranberry juice when they suspect they have a UTI, according to a survey conducted for Cystex®. Unfortunately, while studies indicate that cranberry may help prevent recurring UTIs, studies do not indicate that cranberries help treat a UTI once you already have one. Morever, the bitterness of pure cranberry juice can make it intolerable for most to drink on a daily basis, and cranberry juice cocktail, which has less health impact than pure cranberry juice, can be loaded with sugar and calories, offsetting any potential bladder health benefits.

New, clinically-proven Cystex® Liquid Cranberry Complex combines the health benefit of eight glasses of cranberry juice in its unique, convenient, pleasant-tasting Proantinox® cranberry formula. More than just cranberry concentrate, its proprietary blend also contains D-Mannose, inulin, bromelain, and vitamin C, a combination designed to boost bladder health. One tablespoon, taken daily to promote urinary tract health, can benefit millions of women most susceptible to recurring, painful urinary tract infections.

Cystex Liquid Cranberry Complex uses the proprietary, clinically-proven Proantinox formula, which contains:

Natural cranberry concentrate: disables the cell structure of E. coli by inhibiting their ability to adhere to the wall of the urinary tract

D-Mannose (active ingredient from cranberries): to increase bacterial anti-adherence effect. E. coli bacteria adhere to the D-Mannose forming a compound that is expelled with urine

Bromelain (from pineapple): a natural anti-inflammatory that may increase antibiotic effectiveness plus digests protein

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid): to help maintain adequate urine acidity, which helps create a less tolerable environment for E. coli bacteria

FOS (inulin): a prebiotic that stimulates the growth of bifidobacteria in the colon and reduces the number of E. coli – feeds healthy bacteria

The gluten-, lactose- and sugar-free formula of fast-acting Cystex Liquid Cranberry Complex with Proantinox provides powerful urinary tract protection in one convenient tablespoon (compare this to cranberry juice cocktail, which is only 27% cranberry juice and mostly sugar, where you’d have to drink eight glasses for similar cranberry benefit). This liquid cranberry complex also has a higher absorption rate and 17 times the PACs of cranberry tablets!

This type of safe, effective and drug-free UTI prevention product is also beneficial since there is growing concern about antibiotic resistance within the medical community, so any effort to prevent infections in the first place and lessen the need to use antibiotics (to treat a UTI), the better. And let’s face it, we all want to avoid UTIs. After all, they cause pain and discomfort, burning when urinating, and doctor visits are inconvenient and expensive, along with the cost of antibiotics. Taking antibiotics can also be problematic. Other problems with taking antibiotics include: allergic reactions, the depletion of beneficial bacteria, interactions with food or drugs, side effects, yeast infections, as well as antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic resistance occurs when disease-causing organisms change over time and adapt in ways that allow them to survive exposure to a medication that once killed or controlled them. Frequent and/or inappropriate use of antibiotics can lead to the development of drug-resistant bacteria. For example, taking antibiotics when they may not be needed, using them for a nonbacterial infection, or not taking all of an antibiotic as directed may promote the development of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.

My review: I am a person that gets UTIs very often. Just last week I had that feeling, like I was going to get a UTI. I started taking Cystex as directed on the bottle. I took it for about three days and "that feeling" was gone. I was so happy to have caught it early on and avoid a trip to the doctor's office.

I would happily recommend Cystex to a friend if she had the need for such a product.

Disclaimer: I received a free product in return for my fair honest opinion. All opinions are 100% mine.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Giveaways ending soon

Don't forget to enter my two giveaways that are ending soon.

Orbeez Toy Review and Giveaway

Contest will end on October 31 at 11:59pm EST.


The contest will end on October 28, 2011 at 11:59pm EST.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Zantac Free Sample


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A Year with Jesus - Book Review

Product Description

A 365-day devotional featuring the actual spoken words of Jesus as presented in the Bible.

Too many times the impact and grandness of the actual words Jesus spoke, as recorded in the Bible, are lost in the telling of the story. In A Year with Jesus, the primary focus is to allow the scriptures that contain Jesus' dialogue to uniquely speak to the reader. The author follows each reading with insights and applications to help explain the context and nuances of the text. The unique titling of each meditation and the nontraditional themes and organization help bring Jesus to our daily lives. Topics include:

Love and Hate
Truths and Lies
Arrogance and Humility
Friends and Enemies
Belief and Disbelief
Patience and Impatience
Deserved and Undeserved
Good and Evil
Fidelity and Treachery
Life and Death

My thoughts:
In today's society, there is so much war, famine and just plain hatred. I like to find books that are good for the soul, lets me know that there is a plan and reason for all things. There are things to look forward to, there is reason to believe in good and things to come.

I have read "A Year with Jesus" through in it's entirety. It is a good read, but more then that, my soul feels fulfilled after putting it down. I will reread this book on a daily basis, one page - one at a time just before I turn off the light at night. It has a way of making me feel peaceful.

I would recommend this book to a friend.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Life Insurance

Life insurance is such an important topic, but often not discussed in many families. Mine is no different. I have two parents that are starting to have health issues and a Grama that is 80 years old. I had to find a way to start the conversation with each of them.

While doing research on the internet, I found it is a super easy site that lets you compare prices of life insurance in your area. With this information printed out on paper, I was able to approach my parents and Grandmother with hard facts. It was a conversation that I am glad we had. I feel much better knowing what is going to be there when they are not.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.

Friday, October 21, 2011

I found a cute site for Makeup and Beauty supplies and needs.

I live in the tip top of Michigan, so it is natural for me to think of Canada being a close neighbor. I was looking on line for some makeup and beauty supplies and of course a good deal, since that is what I am all about it. This site will help you find the best deal on a particular item and I was looking for makeup.

In my house with 4 people living here and only one bathroom. I often have to go put my makeup on in the bathroom while my husband is showering. I found a Panasonic Z300 Wall Mountable Fog Free Mirror for $14.99C along with free shipping. This mirror would so help when we are rushed getting ready for church.

I hope you find deals that help your family's needs and pocket book.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

What is cooking Thursday

The weather here in the UP of MI sure has taken a drastic change. It went from being in the high 70s last week to being just over freezing. So with the change of weather is a change in cooking. Lets start with baking, I made this and a few more just like it at work today.

I was pretty disappointed when I cut it opened to find such huge air pockets.

The other day I pulled a huge package of chicken wings from the freezer that I bought on a HUGE sale. I am a very squeamish person when it comes to cooking chicken on the bone. For the record, DH thought I would just see the chicken juice and pitch it all in the trash, but NO, I am on a BIGGGG frugal mission lately. Throwing the chicken in the trash pail would be like throwing money down the drain. I turned the crock pot on high, sprayed it with cooking spray and dumped the entire package in and let it be for about 4 hours. The children kept asking what the yummy smell was. They each ate three entire wings; and that was after dinner and they were full.

This is a picture of what chicken wings I have left. We will have them over the weekend with BBQ sauce.


Guest post written by my buddy Keith Kramer

After I spent a week last summer at my grandmothers house, I encouraged her to look into direct tv deals. I love my grandmother and always have a great time with her, but because of medical problems she can’t walk around for long periods of time. We used to love to go shopping, but now she gets tired easily. We ended up staying at home and working around the house most of the time. In the evenings, after dinner, we watched some television. Grandma has basic cable. I really just don’t think that she knows what she is missing. With as much time as she spends at home at night, I think that she would really enjoy watching some of the specialty networks. I also think that she would really like to watch some movies. I would definitely like to stay at her house in the evenings more. Watching the news all night was getting a little boring! I even had to miss the Kate and PIppa biography on E! that I was really looking forward to seeing

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Orbeez Toy Review and Giveaway

Orbeez Color Pack Refill Kit - Assorted Colors Feature

1,000 Orbeez in 3 assorted colors
16-page full-color Activity Booklet
Play 'n Display Tray

Orbeez Color Pack Refill Kit - Assorted Colors Overview

Orbeez are wet and wacky, soft and squishy, fun and funky, bouncy and beautiful. They start off hard and tiny. Add water and watch them grow to more than 100 times their volume. Each color pack contains 1,000 Orbeez in 3 colors that's three and half cups of grown Orbeez. You'll find tons of games and display ideas in the enclosed Activity Booklet. And you can use the Play 'n Display Tray to play games like Four in a Row and make designs.

Our experience with this product: My boys loved playing with the Orbeez, they enjoyed playing with them as they were in the water to grow.

And loved playing with the Play and Display tray.

I even enjoyed playing with the Orbeez when fully grown, they have a soothing, smooth, yet gushy feel to them.

I would recommend to watch small children with Orbeez, they are small enough to be a choking hazard.

Disclaimer: I was given one package of Orbeez for the purpose of this review. All opinions and statements are my own.

Buy it: $12.99


TWO (2) of my lucky readers is going to win a 1000 count pack of Orbeez.
1. To enter be a Picking up the Pennies follower and leave a comment stating so.
2. Like Orbeez on facebook then leave a comment stating you did.

Contest will end on October 31 at 11:59pm EST.
Good Luck everyone!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and FRESCHETTA is celebrating and supporting research through the PROUD TO SUPPORT PINK Program! Breast cancer is a disease that has impacted just about everyone in this country and we all should do our part to help fund research to find a cure for this horrible disease. From September 25th - October 31st, you can purchase specially marked packages of FRESCHETTA pizzas and Artisan Pizza crusts with codes that can be entered at For every code that is entered, the makers of FRESCHETTA products will donate $1 to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center towards their goal of reaching a $50,000 donation. Not only will $1 be donated but you will also have a chance to win one of 50 pink iPod Shuffle players each week!

As part of the Freschetta Fresh Connection Team I was given the opportunity to review a Freschetta pizza! I also received 2 pairs of Freschetta Proud to Support Pink earphones which my sister and I now enjoy everytime we listen to music, and it's a great reminder of the Breast Cancer Awareness Cause!

We tried the Classic Supreme it promises "Brace yourself for a medley of flavors. Sausage, green and red peppers, pepperoni and onion top this tasty crowd pleaser." We all think that it did. Joel is my fellow cheese lover. We both enjoyed all the cheese on it, just the perfect amount. David is the meat lover and he LOVED this pizza. Noah just loved it, he could not decide if he liked the cheese or meat the most. We were all pleased with the fresh taste of all the ingredients on the pizza.
Frozen pizza is so convenient for most families on those busy nights when you get home late from work or school activities and need something quick. So if your looking for a YUMMY, quick and easy meal, Freschetta frozen pizzas are great! They come in so many flavors and varieties also!

Disclosure: The makers of Freschetta Pizza contacted me and provided these products for me to review free of charge. The opinions and thoughts in this blog post are my own.

One lucky reader will win a kit identical to the one I received! This includes (1) coupon for a FREE Freschetta frozen pizza (12oz or larger) and (2) pairs of Freschetta Proud to Support Pink earphones! The contest will end on October 28, 2011 at 11:59pm EST.

To enter: be a follower of Picking up the Pennies and comment below, stating you are. US residents only. (Sorry G!)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

A General Update

We are doing really well, busy but OMG busy! I am working in the kitchen, I still love my job, and wish it was more then just the 14 week semester. I love that gals that I work with, BUT there is a new girl this year and she is causing a LOT of turmoil. I think she will not be around for long. I have gotten over time for the past couple of weeks emoticon

David's job is still ok, loads and loads of over time. We just ordered 5 cord of wood and propane and have the $$ to pay for it, which you know is a plus. All we need now is new tires for the truck and we will be set for the winter.

Joel is active in band this year and loving it. He even had fun at the mandatory fundraiser last weekend. They are selling fruit now. He seems to be enjoying 6th grade. He has learned to stand up to his best friend that is a PITA. Also starting to hang out with other boys, which I am very thankful for.

Noah is still a struggling reader, but enjoying the extra help Ms. P gives him everyday. She is a super sweet person, and they really click together. He does not play with many children on the playground which is typical for a kid on the spectrum. But he includes ALL of his class mates as friends so there is a special connection there.

I think that is an update on everyone but me. I am enjoying work, and prepping for a long winter's sleep. I am determined to finally finish that stinking course I signed up for almost 3 years ago, and will be paid in full. I will get laid off just after Christmas and will have 5 months until the boys get out of school, which should be enough time.

I have also decided to take loosing weight a bit more seriously. I am so sick of not liking who I am or what I look like. I spoke with my doctor and decided on a program that we think will help me. I will post about that as I progress in the program.

So all in all a good update from here emoticon

Friday, October 7, 2011

thredUP_kids clothing swap_free membership

thredUP is where families swap kids clothing (and toys!) online. Join thredUP's FREE online community to exchange stuff your kids no longer use, for clothing that fits & toys they'll love!

I have ordered from thredUP 4 different times and I have loved every item we have received. Children grow to quickly to spend money on new expensive clothing. Buy gently used clothing and save a TON of money.

Disclaimer: this is a referral link.

OCEAN nasal care products giveaway winner announcement

I totally forgot about announcing this giveaways winner! Please forgive me. Thank you to everyone that entered.

The winner is COURtENEY.bRiANNE said...

I Like Ocean Nasal Care on FB.
Courteney Lacey

alittleofeverythingblog (at)
COURtENEY, you should have received an email from me, you have 48 hours to reply.

I will be announcing another giveaway, real soon.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Book Review - The Hour That Matters Most: The Surprising Power of the Family Meal

The Hour That Matters Most: The Surprising Power of the Family Meal

From the Back Cover
Dinnertime—It’s More Than Just a Meal
Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott have discovered the surprising impact that something as simple as sharing a meal together can have on a family. And they aren’t alone. Researchers across the board are finding that an hour around the dinner table can really tether a family together and help you raise up healthier, happier kids.

Featuring the inspiring story of Stephanie Allen and Tina Kuna, the founders of Dream Dinners, The Hour That Matters Most shows you how to nourish and nurture your family through regular meal times.

An inspiring, practical book packed with everything you need to help you make the most of the dinnertime hour, The Hour That Matters Most includes

never-before-published recipes
expert cooking tips and ideas
color photos of family-favorite meals
dozens of conversation starters to get your kids talking around the table

If you’re looking for ways to bring love and laughter to your home, rediscover the remarkable power of the family meal in The Hour That Matters Most.

I really enjoyed this book and got a lot more out of it than I'd originally thought I would. My family is starting to struggle with eating a family dinner together, with both parents working outside the home, and two growing boys that are getting more involved with social activities. There is lots of food for thought in this book and you will enjoy all the discussion questions and ideas to implement with your own family! I know I have.

My family enjoyed this recipe very much.

Mama's Macaroni and Cheese (serves 6)
5 cups cooked elbow macaroni (about 1 pound dry)
3 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons flour
1 Teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups 2% milk
2 cup cubed America cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray 9 x 13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Boil pasta as directed on package. Drain. Melt butter in heavy saute pan, and whisk in flour and salt, just until golden brown. Add pepper to taste. Add cubed American cheese, blending until melted. Add shredded cheddar and blend until melted. Add cooked macaroni and toss to coat. Spread mixture into prepared baking dish and sprinkle top with bread crumbs. Freeze if desired. Before baking, thaw completely. Bake uncovered for 1 hour or until knife comes out clean when inserted.

Taken from Hour that Matters Most by Les and Leslie Parrott with Stephanie Allen and Tina Kuna. Copyright © 2011 by Les and Leslie Parrott and Dream Dinners. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.

· The Hour That Matters Most launched September 6, 2011

· For more information visit,

Vistaprint - $2 Halloween Tote Bag


Look at this! What child would not love a personalized trick or treat bag!! I am ordering one of these for me :) I love bags.

Shipping: Starts at $4.41 for one tote— Want to get them early? Enjoy Free Shipping on order over $20, or choose discounted shipping on faster speeds.

One free wall calender-pay shipping only.


I love this because you can be creative and make it your own! You can personalize special days, add different photos, and add captions to pages. You can also start the calendar in whichever month you choose, which makes this a great birthday or Christmas gift!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Science experiment

Over the weekend the boys and I did a science experiment.

If you have never done this, do it. My boys and I were amazed and completely thrilled.

Our before photo:

I tried to take a photo of the actual eruption, but it happened so quickly I was unable to.

I am trying really hard to get my boys interested in science a bit more then they are in school. This experiment really helped.

For the month of October we are going to work on growing our own crystals. We are all excited about it.