Friday, December 30, 2011

Costume Super Center - Costume Review

Everyone knows how little boys love to dress up! My two boys are no different. When we were given a chance to do a review of a costume we jumped with excitement! has a wonderful selection of boys cartoon costumes in stock. They offer free shipping both ways on all size and costume exchanges. 

I let my youngest son pick the costume, he chose Spongebob. What 8 year old boy does not love Spongebob, right!? When the costume arrived I was so said that I had to wait for the bus to come for Noah to try it on. It is a two hour wait from mail time to bus time I was like a child on Christmas morning!! Noah was so excited when he got home and I told him he could try it on right away. He did a happy dance for me and the camera!! He knew that mama was ready for photos for the blog. :) I am very impressed with the quality of this costume, the details are life like.  Noah has slept in this costume a number of times and to my complete amazement the costume still looks great. The shoulders are still standing up like in this photo. We are having a costume ball for New Years Eve. Noah is ready and going as SpongeBob. 

For a limited time is offering a discount of 20% with the coupon code NY20.

*This is not a compensated post. We did receive a complimentary costume for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own. I, personally would recommend to a friend with costume needs. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Posted by Virgil Burks
We looked into clear 4g reviews and ended up upgrading our service. I have learned about this great new website that has really sparked my interest. It is called Miller’s Antiques. I love antiques and often buy, sell, and trade. When people ask me what I collect , I tell them anything and everything old. Of course, I have some of my favorite things like estate jewelry, china, and vintage linens, but I also like a lot of other things. The cool thing about this website is that it has a free huge glossary with thousands of entries. Anything that you want to know about antiques you can find on the sites. Over the last couple of days, I have been making an effort to start reading through it. I haven’t even made it through the “A’s” yet, but I have learned a lot already. I told my parents about the site. The have started using it and like it to. It is really broadening my knowledge base about antiques. I feel like a much more confident collector now!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

December in review

It has been a fun filled crazy busy month. But now all of our holiday obligations are over, now it is time to sit at home enjoying the beauty of the season. The boys and I will do a bunch of baking, our gingerbread houses and puzzles.
But this is suppose to be about what we  have already done. Our 4H group sold candy bars at the craft  bazaar.
We had our Sunday school program

We went to Joel's first band concert.

We put up our tree-our family's first real Christmas tree. It is a new tradition that we plan to keep. The smell is just amazing.  They really are having fun. We were 'trying' to encourage a natural look instead of the forced smiles that appear very often in our photos.

We also had a bit of mischievousness

that is what is happening here in a nut shell.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Book Blog Tour: Silver Smoke Written by Author Monica Leonelle

To celebrate the release of a new novel to the Seven Halos series, author Monica Leonelle is doing a Kindle Fire giveaway for Silver Smoke, the first novel in the series! Silver Smoke is the highly-rated (4.8 stars on Amazon) debut novel about the Hallows and the Nephilim, the descendants of archangels and humans. Here's a description of the book:

Brie van Rossum has fame, fortune, and beauty, but there’s one thing she doesn’t have–the name of her mother’s supernatural killer.
The Hallows, descendants of the archangels, don’t think Milena was murdered.. but can Brie trust them when their government, the New Order, wants her dead?
She’d better figure it all out soon…
… because when Brie finds out who she really is, the hunt will begin.
And Milena might not be the only casualty.
Like mother, like daughter…

We'll get to the contest details in a minute, but first, Monica gave us an exclusive excerpt of the book for the blog tour:
Brie ran down the stairs to the lower deck and sat at the edge, holding onto the railing. Pilot wasn’t around, so she had the deck to herself. She was desperate to feel something, anything. She hurdled over the flimsy railing and sat at the edge of the boat, facing the water.

A slight panic built in her chest. She knew she could fall at any minute, but it wasn’t enough. Brie kicked off her Dolce Vita thong sandals into the ocean, watching them drift away. She wanted to disappear with them.

She focused on the single square foot beneath her feet, reliving everything James’ had said to her. The whole story was the opposite of what she had seen of James her entire life. A James that was open and honest? It was unbelievable.

Brie let go of the railing slowly, balancing delicately on her toes. Her body ached, but Brie couldn’t tell if it was because she was scared or because she was just now learning about all the things Milena had taken from her. She could have had a father growing up. She could have a father somewhere out there that she’d never met. Either way, it was another loss, like losing a parent all over again.

Brie stared at the sky dotted with stars, pretending she was floating above water. The boat churned underneath her, and then it hit her—wooziness.

She felt her toes slipping and reached for the railing, but she was already falling. She screamed, but no one came to her rescue; her hollow voice was swallowed by the waves rushing underneath her. The jarring impact with the ocean knocked the wind out of her, and the sky, water, and boat faded as she submerged into blackness.

December 20th thru December 31st (12 days long)



  • Grand Prize Winner: Kindle Fire (or cash-equivalent Amazon gift card)
  • 2nd Place (two winners): Kindle Touch (or cash-equivalent Amazon gift card)
  • 3rd Place (three winners): Kindle (or cash-equivalent Amazon gift card)
  • Special Bloggers-Only Winner* (for blogger entrants – must enter via the web form): Kindle Fire (or cash-equivalent Amazon gift card)

Winners will be selected using on January 1, 2012 and announced on How To Be An Author by January 2, 2012.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Simply Potatoes Review

Southwest Style Hash Browns

Simply Potatoes Southwest Style Hash Browns

Wake up your taste buds with the bold, robust flavor of Southwestern Style. Like our Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns, our Simply Potatoes Southwest Style Hash Browns start with fresh, never frozen potatoes. The bold southwest flavors of onion, green and red peppers, jalapeƱos, and spices deliver just the right amount of heat to wake up your taste buds. 
Product review: OMG! They were so good! I live in the semi tundra section of the USA and we enjoy our comfort foods and potatos are nearly the top of my favorite comfort food list! The Simply Potatoes are fresh and not frozen, and so simple to cook. I sprayed a frying pan to heat it up and then just dumped the Simply Potatoes in the pan and fried until golden brown. Paired up with an egg and slice of toast it was a great breakfast after Sunday worship. The bag of Simply Potatoes was just the prefect size for our family. No left overs or wasted food.

Disclaimer:  I received a free product to complete the review. All opinions are 100% my own!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

iRenew Wellness Bracelet Review

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I was generously sent two iRenew bracelets, in two different styles. One is the orange  iRenew Sport Bracelet. The other is the black with silver clasp and logo on it.

iRenew bracelets are infused with Selective Frequency Resonance technology which makes them different from every other wristband on the market. The bracelets are made using Selective Frequency Resonance ™ technology. IRenew products may promote balance, endurance and strength when worn. Unlike other companies out there, iRenew doesn’t use magnets and extra metal that is uncomfortable while working out and playing sports.
iRenew Bracelets Are Waterproof And Comfortable Unlike Other Wristbands
iRenew bracelets are made with a 100% silicone band and durable stainless steel clasp. iRenew bracelets can get wet and be worn anywhere. iRenew bracelets are available with a black or white iRenew band and the stainless steel clasp makes the bracelet elegant enough for any attire or event. iRenew bracelets are comfortable, not heavy like other wristbands either, so iRenew bracelets won't slow you down.

My review: I hate to say that I was very skeptical about this product, so I was very interested in putting it to the test. I have to admit I do like the bracelets!! I did not even share the two I recieved with my darling husband. I am keeping them BOTH for me. The black bracelet is sleek and fashionable. It matches every out fit I have, from simple jeans with boots or the little black dress worn to all the holiday parties. The orange Sports Bracelet is just sassy and funky enough to be cute and inspiring when I am sweating like a pig during my workouts to keep me going.

I have noticed that my mental checklists are easier to remember while wearing this product. I also have not taken one slip and fall on the ice yet this winter. I usually have fallen and bruised my large .........ego by this  time of year. I am not sure that that is due to this bracelet or not but I am going to keep wearing mine.

Disclaimer: I was sent two iRenew bracelets to do this review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Travel Alaska

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I plan to supplement the boys education a little during the holiday break by studying weather. Since the UP of Michigan's and Alaska weather a bit similar I am going to order a free Alaska State Planner. We will use it to explore likenesses and difference in our weather and climates.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Getting my Act Together

I am a person that can get distracted and side tracked very easily. I can also be lured by being lazy or sneaking in more sleep then I really need. So, this post is about getting my act together-my house, my life, my family and mostly me back on track to accomplish the most out of every single day. I have been thinking about a few small daily goals, and if I accomplish them on all or most days what great progress would be made at the end of each week.

So here is my list of daily goals, with a bit of explaination with some of them.

1. walk/exercise at least 20 minutes.
2. clean/work on my part time job.
3. cook something-whether it is our big meal of the day, remaking leftovers, batch cooking or working on         goodies for gift baskets for the holidays or birthdays.
4. clean/organize at home for at least 20 minutes.
5. work on basement a little bit.
6. plan for 20 minutes-if it is budgeting, or meal planning, trip planning, you get the idea.
7. read God's word for at least 20 minutes.
8. blog or work on blog materials.
9. laundry.
10. Study. I am taking courses to become a medical transcriptionist. 

there is my list, so far today I am doing pretty well.
How do you keep yourself on track? Do you have a goal list? 

Monday, December 12, 2011

Menu Monday December 12, 2011

Monday - CORD night.
Tuesday - Hot Dogs, Christmas program at school.
Wednesday - Chicken Corden Bleu served with a green salad
Thursday - Ham steak, baked potato, candied carrots.
Friday - Homemade pizza.
Saturday - Out, I am thinking at Applebees.
Sunday - At DMIL's house.

that is it for us. For more yummy menus hop over to

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Tanner's Tasty Paste Giveaway -Winner Announcement!!!

Thank you to everyone that entered my giveaway for the Tanner's Tastey Paste. The winner is #4 Lisa. Congratulations. I hope your child enjoys it.

Remember to enter my 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway -  Eden Fantasys gift certificate valued at $25.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Burt's Bees Contest Winner

The contest ended on my darling husband's birthday, I let him pick the winner. He picked number three and that is Michelle. Congratulations Michelle. Email me your address and I will forward the info to my point of contact at Burt's Bees.  Thank you for entering everyone!

Don't forget to enter my other to contests that are still going.

Tanner's Tasty Paste Review and Giveaway


12 Days of Christmas Giveaway -  Eden Fantasys gift certificate valued at $25.

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

If you did not realize it is the first of December, it is officially the holiday season. With everything that has to be done before the big Christmas day celebration, the cooking, cleaning, shopping, wrapping, band concerts, plays and recitals of every different sort. We need to remember to take a little time out ourselves to be pampered. 

Floating heartscandle

I can imagine a great way to relax is to put on some soft music light these elegant floating candles, shut off the lights and sink in to a tub filled with hot water.  While you are soaking in the tub let go of all the hustle and bustle of the mad shopping season.


Good clean love gift setoil

After your relaxed enough to face the real world of holiday madness you can face your guests for that big dinner party your hosting tonight. While your getting dressed don't forget to put on a little dab of scent to secretly be attracting your mate, in front of everyone. I want to try the Indian Spice Love Oil.

Eden Fantastys is an online store that sells Sex Toys but the do sell a lot of other type of products also. They have candles, lingerie, massage oil, etc. One of my favorite ways to relax is to get and give a good massage. They sell massage oils in every scent a person/couple could ever dream of.

Thanks to Eden Fantasys one lucky reader has a change to win a gift certificate valued up to $25. So you can choose what ever product from Eden Fantasys will help pamper yourself this holiday season. Or will you use it to purchase a gift for a loved one. The choice is yours and they will ship internationally.

To enter the giveaway, you must be at least 18 years of age. The first entry is to be a public follow of Picking Up the Pennies and leave comment stating so.

Second entry go to and pick out a product you'd like to order and put your choice in the comment section here.

This contest will end on December 16, 2011 at 11:59pm EST.

Thank you for entering and good luck. Make sure you leave your email in the comment section so I can reach you, if you are the luck winner.