Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Food for the Soul - Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food and Love Book Review & Giveaway!


Food is much more than something we use to fill our bellies.  Besides being something we need to survive, food also triggers many emotions including comfort and excitement.  It can also help trigger fond memories of past experiences or help to make new ones.   The latest book in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Food and Love, celebrates the special times we spend with friends and family and even contains a few delicious recipes! 


More information on Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food and Love
According to their website, "Food is an expression of love - both the romantic kind and the comforting kind between family and friends.  With it's savory, sweet, and sometimes spicy stories, this delightful collection will sprinkle in laughs, warm hearts of readers, and stir up memories that certain aromas and tastes always bring.  Readers will relish the stories on how love and food together played a flavorful part in life.  Some recipes included too!"
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food and Love is a wonderful compilation of stories of friendship, love and food as well as some of the most delicious family recipes readers have shared with the Chicken Soup team.  Whether you're a full fledged foodie or someone that enjoys a great meal, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food and Love is a great read!
My Review
Up until recently, I haven't really been one to try new foods or recipes.  In fact, you might go as far as to say I was a pretty picky eater.  But for the past year or so I've been trying to eat a little healthier so I've been trying out some new recipes and ingredients and discovered foods I absolutely love that I had never tried before.  The past couple weeks or so I've had a hankering to treat my family to something new and right on time, this month's Chicken Soup for the Soul came in the mail and I was pleasantly surprised to see all of the scrumptious recipes inside.  One of our favorites was an amazing "Apple Walnut Coffee Cake" recipe. "Mary's Oven Stew" was also a family favorite especially because it was so easy to make and it ended up being the very first time I have made edible oven stew! (I'm not a very good cook)  After trying out some of the great recipes I sat down after dinner and started reading through some of the stories.  The great thing about this book is everyone can enjoy it.  Everyone has fond memories related to food, whether that be Thanksgiving dinner growing up or a special recipe that's been handed down for generations.  You don't have to be a foodie to enjoy this book!  I highly recommend this and all of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books to anyone looking for a great read!
Shopaholic Rating: 5 out of 5 Shopping Bags - Always love the stories but the recipes were a delightful addition!


Where can you purchase a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food and Love?
If you're interested in picking up a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food and Love simply visit their website or pick one up at your local book retailer.  It retails for only $10.98 on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble's online store.  For more up to date information on new products and promotions be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter.  


Giveaway Time!
Three lucky winners will receive a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food and Love!  Here's how:


Mandatory Entry:  What is your favorite recipe?  Comment below!


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Enter to win 1 of 3 copies of @Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food and Love with @Shopaholic Mommy!  It's food for the soul! Giveaway ends 3/15!
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Enter to #win 1 of 3 copies of @ChickenSoup for the Soul: Food and Love with @ashtonzmommi!  It's food for the soul!  #Giveaway ends 3/15!
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Bonus Entries 

(10 entries) Invite a blogger to participate in Shopaholic Mommy's Spring Fling Giveaway Hop!  If they sign up you will receive 10 extra entries into any one giveaway you choose.

(5 entries) Blog about this giveaway and provide link - leave link
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(3 entries) Place Shopaholic Mommy on your blog roll - leave link


I will choose three lucky winners on March 15th at 8pm EST using random.org.  I will announce and contact the winners soon after that.  Those people will have 48 hours to respond via email to claim their prize.  If I do not hear back within 48 hours I will hold a redraw and choose a new winner(s).  This giveaway is open to US residents 18+.  Good Luck!


I received a free product to help facilitate this review.  The opinions stated in this post are mine and unbiased.  For more information please see my disclosure policy located in the PR section of this site.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Fears Melt Away when You Snuggle with a Friend - Coppin's Halmark/Happy Napper Review & Giveaway!



If you have children than you know how hard it is to get them to go to bed.  My 6 year old is afraid of the dark and seems to have a lot of nightmares.  We've tried everything to help him!  For years and up until recently he would come to us and tell us that a black bird would come out of the TV in his room and peck him on the head, in the middle of the night.  He would have us take the television out of his room each night and somehow this "black bird" would figure out a way to scare him.  So after seeing the stress this was causing Ashton we knew we had to figure out a way to squash his fears.
Since he complained of a black bird bothering him at night we picked up a scarecrow that sat in his room for a few months.  Unfortunately, the scarecrow didn't seem to phase the bird so we picked up a dream catcher.  That seemed to work on and off for a while but he was still struggling with this fear of his.  After years of nightmares and fear of the dark I was contacted by Coppin's Hallmark and asked to review an adorable Happy Napper!  Ashton had been asking for one for weeks but little did I realize that this cute stuffed toy would solve all of the nighttime problems we've been struggling with for years!
More information on Coppin's Hallmark
According to their website, "Coppin's Hallmark began in 1993 with one store in Logan, Utah.  An online pioneer, Coppin's established it's first online website in 1996.  Coppin's Hallmark has become one of the largest volume independent gift retailers in Utah and across the west (and online across the entire continental U.S.)  Coppin's has won awards, and top dealership status with many top gift brands including Precious Moments, Boyd's Bears, Willow Tree, Ty, Webkinz and more."
"Coppin's Halmark strives for 100% satisfaction and offers service guarantees on shipping, quality, and satisfaction on all of your purchases, so you can be assured that you will be happy and that your order will be fulfilled quickly and accurately, and if there is a rare mistake, we will make it right, quickly and fairly.  Our goal is simple - To bring you the top gift ideas at industry leading low prices while providing fast and accurate delivery, every order."
More information on Happy Nappers
According to the Coppin's Hallmark website, "Happy Nappers are adorable, soft and cuddly stuffed animals that are reversible and change into pillows in the shape of their own unique Home Sweet Home.  Unzip the back of the fun Happy Nappers Dragon, pull out the castle and stuff the dragon into the castle and zip up the door.  Now the dragon is inside his castle and your loved one is ready to sleep with this fun Happy Nappers friend."
"There are many styles of Happy Nappers to choose from, from mystical animals like the dragon and the Happy Nappers Unicorn, to favorites like the Happy Nappers Dog and Happy Nappers Cow.  These fun pillow friends, when in the shape of their homes, each features a doorbell on the side of the zipper doors and when pushed will feature fun sounds of the doorbell and your animal snoring and waking up.  Happy Nappers make the perfect companions at all hours of the day and night!  Get your loved one a Happy Nappers friend and pillow today!"


My Review
As I mentioned earlier, Ashton has been begging us to get him a Happy Napper for weeks now, so when he came home and saw he had gotten the Dog/Doghouse Happy Napper (SRP: $24.95) he'd been asking for he squealed!  That night and for the past few nights, since he received his new friend in the mail, he hasn't complained about nightmares, trouble sleeping or being afraid of the dark!  He even told us that his new buddy keeps the bad dreams away.
Ashton really loves his new Happy Napper and I can't get over how adorable and soft it is!  While he was at school yesterday I just had to try it out and see how comfortable, as a pillow, this little guy really is.  I was very surprised at how comfortable this little guy was!  I've seen Ashton using it as a pillow each night but never imagined how comfortable it really was.
Ashton and I are very impressed with our new Happy Napper and I just love the Coppin's Hallmark website!  They offer so many great products that would make wonderful gifts for those you love.
Shopaholic Rating: 5 out of 5 Shopping Bags - Adorable, Comfortable and Affordable, our new Happy Napper is Ashton's new favorite friend!  I am so grateful that Ashton now feels safe enough to sleep and stay in his own room, all thanks to his new Happy Napper!
Ashton fell asleep while cuddling with his new friend 
Where can you find your own Happy Napper?
If you're interested in picking up your own adorable Happy Napper or if you're trying to find a great gift for a friend or loved one, simply visit the Coppin's Hallmark website.  There you'll find a great selection of products including popular brand names such as My Pillow Pets, Webkinz, Precious Moments and many others.  For more up to date information on new products and promotions be sure to add them on Facebook and Twitter!


Giveaway Time!
One lucky Shopaholic is going to win their very own Dog/Doghouse Happy Napper!  Here's how:


Mandatory Entry: Visit the Coppin's Hallmark website and find one other product you think would make a great gift for someone you know.


Extra Entries - worth 1 entry each - comment once per entry
Follow Coppin's Hallmark on Facebook & Twitter (2 separate entries)
Follow Shopaholic Mommy on Facebook, Twitter, Google Friend Connect & Networked Blogs (4 separate entries)
Share this giveaway on Facebook - up to twice per day - 60 minutes apart (please try to tag sponsor and host)
Enter to win an adorable Happy Napper Dog from @Coppins Halmark and @Shopaholic Mommy!  Hurry! Giveaway ends 3/10!
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Enter to #win an adorable Happy Napper Dog from @CoppinsHalmark and @ashtonzmommi!  Hurry! #Giveaway ends 3/10!
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I will choose one lucky winner on March 10th at 8pm EST and announce and email the winner soon after.  That person will have 48 hours to respond via email to claim their prize.  If I do not hear back within 48 hours I will have to hold a redraw and choose a new winner.  This giveaway is open to US residents 18+.  Good Luck!


I received a free product to help facilitate this review.  The opinions stated in this post are mine and unbiased.  For more information please see my disclosure policy located in the PR section of this site.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Giveaway Winners!

Here is the latest batch of giveaway winners!  


The lucky winner of a gorgeous, handcrafted zen garden from Now and Zen4u is...Gabriella Couture!


The winner of the Bee Savy Kindle Fire giveaway will be announced by the sponsor and once I hear that information I will let you know!  
As of right now those are the only two giveaways that have ended but we have a couple ending really soon so make sure you enter!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I'm Back!

After some unforseen circumstances, I was away from the site for almost a week.  During that time I was only able to publish two posts and wasn't able to email anyone or really respond to too many either.  The internet connection I did have, at times, was shotty at best.  So, I have some catching up to do!  Please be patient and I will try to get everything done as soon as possible.  If you recently won a giveaway and have not heard from me by this evening please email me at shopaholicmommyblogFL@gmail.com.  I will also be announcing a few winners today as well.  Thank you for your patience! 

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Look of Real. The Price of Faux - Say Hello Diamonds Review


Just about every woman I know was hoping for a nice piece of jewelry for Valentine's Day.  But not all of us can afford a beautiful diamond tennis bracelet or earrings.  A few weeks before Valentine's Day I was contacted by a company called Say Hello Diamonds.  They specialize in replica diamonds that look so stunningly real that they've fooled several of my friends and relatives.  


More information on Say Hello Diamonds
According to their website, "Each replica diamond goes through a rigid selection process by our Say Hello Diamond experts.  These specialists analyze the weight, cut, and shine of each stone before it can be called a Say Hello Diamond.  Each replica diamond is polished, packaged, and presented to our Say Hello Inspection Team.  From there, our inspection team begins a 3-step review process; Look, Shake, Ensure. During this process, we analyze the physical properties and test the durability of each diamond replica.  Replica diamonds that meet rigid criteria set forth are lucky enough to be called, Say Hello Diamonds."
"You'll love Say Hello Diamond products but if you're not completely satisfied, feel free to take advantage of our 100% refund or exchange program.  We handle each customer like we do our Say Hello Diamonds; with attention to detail and a passion to please.  Customer care and product quality is the foundation of Say Hello Diamonds."
My Review
Say Hello Diamonds sent us a gorgeous pair of Pantina earrings for review.  These earrings are easily one of the best selling Say Hello Diamond products because they allow women all over the country to shine like a star without sacrificing their savings.  The 2 ct. Say Hello Diamond  with Sterling Silver back speaks and shines for itself.  
Since Valentine's Day was only a few days away when we received these in the mail and since I hadn't mentioned anything to Josh about them before they came, I figured these would make a great gift for him.  They came in a lovely red jewelry box, perfect for Valentine's Day.  We were both very pleasantly surprised at how beautiful these earrings are.  They really look like real diamonds and he's been complimented on them several times.  The Pantina earrings retail for $195.00, much cheaper than a pair of 2 ct. diamond earrings!
Because real diamonds are so expensive a lot of us aren't able to have the glamorous diamond jewelry we're pining after.  But with Say Hello Diamonds, you can get a much more affordable bracelet, necklace, ring or pair of earrings that will stun your friends.  
I highly recommend Say Hello Diamonds for anyone looking for beautiful replica diamond jewelry at a fraction of the cost of real diamonds.  
Shopaholic Rating: 5 out of 5 Shopping Bags - Say Hello Diamonds are some of the most beautiful, high quality jewelry we've ever owned!
Where can you find Say Hello Diamonds jewelry?
If you'd like to purchase a pair of the Pantina earrings featured in this review simply visit the Say Hello Diamonds website!  There you'll also find their great selection of other stunning jewelry at affordable prices as well as customer reviews on the products you're interested in buying.  And thanks to the very generous people at Say Hello Diamonds, my loyal readers will receive 70% off anything in the store with the coupon code: Shopaholic!  How exciting is that?!  So head over to their webstore and pick up some gorgeous jewelry at an incredible price!


I received a pair of earrings for free for the purpose of this review.  The opinions stated in this review are mine and unbiased.  For more information on my disclosure policy please visit the PR section of my site.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Style and Sophistication without Breaking the Bank with Monroe and Main - Review & Giveaway

Fashion is about looking beautiful, sophisticated and accentuating your best attributes.  There is so much more to being fashionable than buying expensive clothing.  Color, fit, and style are just a few of the things you should look for when purchasing your next outfit.  
I'm always on the lookout for trendy, affordable, quality clothing but most of the time it's hard to find.  Recently, I stumbled upon Monroe and Main and absolutely fell in love with their fashionable selection. Needless to say, I was very anxious to start this review!  


More information on Monroe and Main
According to their website, "We're dedicated to bringing you flattering fashions, fabulous footwear, and the latest accessories.  Whether you're heading to the office, out of town, or off on a fun-filled get-away, we can help you put your look together with mix and match staples."
"From casual to career wear, we offer attainable styles that are on trend but never trendy, with distinctively feminine details.  Best of all, you don't have to sacrifice comfort for style.  We choose apparel that features ultra-feminine styling with a relaxed fit."
Monroe and Main carry some of the most beautiful and sophisticated fashions.  Their products are not only high quality but they also won't break the bank.  If you're looking for something beautiful and classy to wear to work or play, check out Monroe and Main's incredible selection.


My Review
Fashion excites me, it gives me a calming, warm and tingly feeling.  I can spend hours inside stores looking through the same pieces over and over again to try and make my own unique look.  When I discovered Monroe and Main I was blown away by their very classy, stylish selection.  I chose a gorgeous, floral 3/4 length sweater and a chic pair of denim, ankle strap wedges.  My items came within just a few days and they were even more beautiful than I imagined!  I am very impressed with the quality of these products!  You can tell by looking at them that they were made very well.  The sweater is soft and very comfortable and the wedges are trendy and look great with jeans or a cute skirt.
The Classique, Ankle Strap Espadrille wedges offer an easy pull-on style with adjustable ankle straps.  When I first tried them on I thought I had gotten a size too big because my toes were hanging off the front of the shoes whenever I would try to walk.  It wasn't until the next time I put them on that I realized I hadn't tightened them enough on the ankle strap and when I did they fit perfectly.  They're comfortable, easy to walk in and have a padded foot bed and grooved out sole.
The Coral Print 3/4 length sleeve cardigan sweater is figure slimming and has all the right details, from the sparkling rhinestone buttons to the unique swirl and script print.  It's lightweight enough to wear all year long and something you can wear to the office or out with your friends.  
One thing I really love about Monroe and Main is they make it possible for a woman to look classy and sexy without showing skin.  Their products accentuate your best features and they are practical enough to wear to work and stylish enough to wear out with friends.  I also absolutely love their selections and how easy it is to find exactly what you're looking for on their website.  Monroe and Main really make it easy to purchase exactly what you need, quickly and easily.  Not to mention that I can get my entire outfit including shoes and accessories, all in one place!  Talk about convenience!  Here are just a few examples of the beautiful clothing and accessories they have to offer:
Jacinda Beaded Off-Shoulder Sweater - $59.95 - $69.95
Painted Flower Pump - $49.99
Skirt, Pencil, Perfect - $39.95 - $44.95
Ring Clasp Sweater - $49.95 - $54.95
In love yet?  I don't blame you if you are!  Monroe and Main also has the perfect Valentine's Day gifts for honey.  Be sure to check out their gorgeous jewelry, beauty products and men's products for a high quality gift that won't break the bank. 
I highly recommend Monroe and Main products to everyone looking for affordable, style and class.  I am very very impressed with their company and products.
Shopaholic Rating: 5 out of 5 Shopping Bags - Everyone looks for quality and fashion but it's so hard to find - That's where Monroe and Main comes in to save the day!


Where can you find more from Monroe and Main?
If you're interested in purchasing any of the items featured in this review or if you'd like to see what else Monroe and Main has to offer, be sure to visit their website.   There you will also find customer reviews, sizing charts and much more to help you make the right decision.  For more up to date information be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter!


Giveaway Time!
One lucky Shopaholic is going to win the gorgeous Coral Print 3/4 length sleeve cardigan sweater I reviewed!  Here's how:


Mandatory Entry: Visit the Monroe and Main website and find something you think would make a great Valentine's Day gift!  Leave link


Extra Entries - worth 1 entry each -leave one comment per entry
Follow Monroe and Main on Facebook and Twitter
Follow Shopaholic Mommy on Facebook, Twitter, Google Friend Connect and Networked Blogs
Share this giveaway on Facebook - up to twice per day - 60 minutes apart
Look fashionable and classy with a gorgeous new sweater cardigan from @Monroe and Main with @Shopaholic Mommy! Giveaway ends 3/2!
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Look fashionable and classy with a gorgeous new sweater cardigan from @MonroeandMain with @ashtonzmommi! #Giveaway ends 3/2!
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Bonus Entries - comment once per entry
(5 entries) Blog about this giveaway & include link - leave link
(3 entries) Grab my button and place it on your site - leave link
(3 entries) Place Shopaholic Mommy on your blog roll - leave link


One lucky winner will be chosen on March 2nd at 8pm EST using random.org.  I will contact and announce the winner soon after.  That person will have 48 hours from the time I contact them to respond to claim their prize.  If I don't hear back within 48 hours I will have to choose another winner. This giveaway is open worldwide residents 18+ but shipping for the prizes is only free to US residents. Sponsors reserves the right to substitute the giveaway product for an item of equal or greater value depending on sizing and inventory.  Good Luck!


I received this item free of charge from Monroe andMain, Inc. No monetary compensation was received or offered, nor was I under any obligation to write about this product. All opinions expressed are my honest thoughts on this product. I am not offering any sales or taking any orders for this item. I will not receive any compensation in connection with any sales of this item.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

#Bloggers - #SpringFling #Giveaway Update!

For those of you interested, I am hosting a Spring Fling Giveaway promotion with sign ups ending in about 3 weeks.  I have posted a sign up sheet HERE and we will be using the money collected from the event to purchase a prize (the prize will depend on the number of bloggers participating).  Originally, my plan was to have one larger prize that everyone would giveaway.  But I have decided if 5 or more bloggers sign up I will also put together a prize pack for us to giveaway as well.  We will have two winners for this event.  The first will receive the purchased prize and the other the prize pack.  I will give more details on what this prize pack will include in a few weeks but the more bloggers that sign up to participate, the better the prize pack will be.  So be sure to sign up now and invite your friends as well!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

Wondering if you won one of the fabulous prizes up for grabs?  Read below and find out!


The winner of a 1 year subscription to Kisseo eCards is...comment number 5 - Kapumaka!  Congrats!
The first winner of the Bresh disposable toothbrushes is...Jonnie (JB)!  I will choose the other winner through a Flash Giveaway sometime tonight!  Congrats!


And the winner of a beautiful sheet of Jamberry Nail Shields (from Kori's selection) is..comment number 36 - Addison K.A.T.!  Congrats!
I am emailing each winner now and each of you will have 48 hours to respond via email to claim your prize.  If you do not get back to me in time I will have to choose a new winner.  I will have more giveaway winners to announce within the next couple days so be sure to enter those giveaways before they end!  Don't forget to check the Shopaholic Mommy Facebook page for more info on how to enter the Flash Giveaway starting tonight!



Easy, Adorable, #Handmade Valentines - #Tutorial #Copycat

When I was younger, my mom would take me each year to pick out which Valentines I wanted to hand out to my friends and classmates.  I always tried to find something unique because I always loved being just a little different from everyone else.  Every year, though, one or two of my classmates would end up passing out the same Valentines as I did.  After I got a little older I started making my own.  I took a lot of time and effort but it really paid off because every year my friends and teachers would love my creations.  
If you're looking for an alternative to the same boring, not to mention expensive, store bought Valentines this year, check out some of the adorable, handmade alternatives I found on Pinterest.  


Bear Your Heart (http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/bear-your-heart-675032/)
Materials:

  • Small Plastic Baggies
  • Teddy Grahams
  • Gummi Bears
  • Card Stock
  • Hole Punch
  • Ribbon
  • Gel Pens

Directions:

  1. Fill the small plastic baggies (you can find small bags like this in the candy isle of your local craft store) with a mix of Teddy Grahams and Gummy Bears.
  2. Write your special message on the card stock (I recommend using gel pens because they are easy to read on pretty much any color card stock), then use a hole punch and punch a hole in the corner.  Tie the tag on with ribbon.
I love this next idea but I'm not sure if this would be a great valentine to pass out at school as some children are allergic to latex or are sensitive to loud noises.  It's best to give these creative valentines to a friend you know is not allergic or sensitive.

Materials:
  • Balloons
  • Ribbon
  • Toothpicks
  • Skinny Candy (Tootsie Rolls, Smarties, etc)
  • Cut off top of a soda bottle (to use as a wide funnel)
  • Print outs (located HERE)
Directions:
  1. Place the uninflated balloon over the mouth of the soda bottle funnel.  Insert a Valentines Day message and candy.  Fill the balloon with air and tie it shut.  Make sure you blow the balloon up enough or it won't pop properly and the treats will have to be cut out of the balloon.
  2. Print out a message to attach to the outside of the balloon.  Using an X-ACTO knife (or any sharp knife) cut two small slits in the top corners.  Place the toothpick through one slit and tie the ribbon to the other slit and then to the end of the balloon
Materials:
  • Small plastic shovels (you can find lots of them on ebay or you can find them HERE for $0.40/piece)
  • Decorative baggies
  • Ribbon
  • "I Dig You" tags (found HERE)
  • Small Red, White and Pink Candies (Like Valentines Day M&Ms)
Directions:
  1. Take a decorative baggy and place a small plastic shovel and candy inside the bag.  Then simply attach the tag to the bag with ribbon.
Materials:
  • Cardboard
  • Pencil (to use)
  • Colored Card Stock
  • Scissors
  • Markers or Metallic/Gel Pens
  • Stickers
  • Hole Punch
  • Cool Pencils (to put through the heart)
Directions:
  1. Make a template for your kids to trace around: Cut out a cardboard heart.
  2. Have your child trace the heart onto card stock and cut it out.
  3. Decorate the heart with pens, markers and stickers.
  4. Use the hole punch to make holes on each side of the heart and slip the cool pencil in.
Materials:
  • Card stock
  • Con-Tact paper
  • Silver Metallic Acrylic Paint
  • Dish washing Liquid
  • 4 different kinds of candy
  • Pennies
Directions:
  1. Print the card out on card stock (Template HERE) and if you're giving these to kids, type in 1 candy choice per heart and cut out.  Then cut out a strip of clear con-tact paper, long enough to make four hearts.  Trace around the heart template on the paper side of the con-tact paper.
  2. To make the scratch-off solution, mix 2 parts metallic acrylic paint with 1 part dish washing liquid.  Using a small, flat paintbrush, apply a thin coat of the scratch off solution onto the front side of the Con-Tact paper and let it dry for one hour.  Repeat with a second coat and add a third coat if your paint looks streaky.
  3. Cut out the hearts (following the traced outline), peel off the backing, (you'll essentially have a sticker at this point) and place over the heart spaces on the card.  
*None of these tutorials are mine and I have included a link to each source.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Super What?! A Guide to the Superbowl for Non-Football Fans!

As most of you know the Super Bowl is in just a few days!  But not everyone watches football all season long and by the time the Super Bowl comes around they're clueless as to what's going on.  So if you're invited to a Super Bowl party or if you're hosting one of your own it's always a good idea to brush up on some football terminology before the big game on Sunday!


Super Bowl Facts
  • Super Bowl XLVI (46) will held on Sunday, February 5th, 2012.
  • Kickoff will be at approximately 6:30pm EST
  • New England Patriots (NFC champions) vs. New York Giants (AFC champions)
  • The game will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • The Patriots, as the AFC representatives, will have the home team advantage
Football Terms You Should Probably Know


Pigskin - That would be the football.
The Gridiron - The football field
Yard Equivalent to 3 feet or 36 inches.  This is a unit of measurement of the field.  The field itself is 100 yards. 
End Zone - This is the area that the teams are trying to get the ball to.  There is one on each end of the field and you will find the goal post on each side.  Whenever the team gets the ball into the end zone they score a touchdown (worth 6 points).
Line of Scrimmage - In football there are two lines - offensive and defensive.  This is the spot on the field where the offense and defence line up with the ball in the middle to get ready to start the next sequence.
Touchdown: When a team scores by touching down the ball in the end zone by either carrying it in or catching it.  A touchdown is worth 6 points and after the scoring team makes a touchdown they have the opportunity to add an extra point by kicking a field goal or two extra points by going for a 2 point conversion. (A 2 point conversion is run just like a regular play.  The scoring team will either pass or run the football into the end zone again and if they succeed they are awarded two points.)
Field Goal - When a team kicks the football through a goal post.  If the team successfully completes the field goal attempt after scoring a touchdown they are awarded one extra point.  If the team completes the field goal attempt without scoring a touchdown they are awarded three points.
Field Kick - The kick that awards them the three points as described above.
Quarterback - This player is generally the teams star player.  He is in charge of throwing or passing the ball.
Down - The offensive team has 4 chances or downs to get the football 10 yards down the field.  Each time they pass the 10 yard mark they are awarded a 1st down.  If the offensive team does not succeed in gaining 10 yards in 4 downs the ball goes back to the other team.  This is called a Turnover on Downs.  So for example, if the offensive team gets a 1st and 10 this means this is the first down and they have 10 yards to go to gain another first down.  If the offensive team is 2nd and inches it is a second down and they have just inches to the first down.  And if the team is 3rd and goal that means this is their 3rd down and they are within 10 yards of the end zone.
Passing Play -  This is a play where the Quarterback either runs the ball himself or pitches it to the Running Back (the player that runs the ball).
Receiver - The person that catches or receives the pass.
Incomplete Pass - When the Quarterback throws the football and it is not caught.
Interception - A pass that is successfully caught or intercepted by the other team.
Fumble - When the player has possession of the ball and drops it before scoring or being tackled.
Play Action Pass - This is just a fancy way of saying fake out.  The Quarterback will pretend to hand off the ball so the defense will follow the guy with the pretend ball and give him a little extra time to either throw it down field or find a gap to run the ball.  
Snap - The players bend over at the line of scrimmage and when the ball is snapped they jump up and head chest first into the player in front of them.  The Center (the player in the middle of the bending lineup) passes the ball between his legs to the Quarterback or player standing behind to start the play.
Play - The sequence that starts after the snap and ends when the ball is either scored, fumbled, intercepted, or if the player is tackled.  Then the next sequence or play starts.
False Start - The movement of a player before (or sometimes after) being signaled or otherwise permitted.  So in other words, when a player moves past the line of scrimmage, into the other teams line up, before the play starts and the ball is snapped.
Kick Off - At the start of the game, at half time or after a score, one team kicks the ball off of a tee at their own 30 yard line.  The other team catches it and tries to run it back to the end zone. 
Onside Kick - A kickoff in which the ball is is carried just far enough, at least ten yards, to be recovered legally by the kicking team.
Punt - This kick is not kicked off of a tee like the kick off.  The player drops the ball and kicks it as hard as he can down the field to make the other team chase after it.  Once it's caught by the other team it is their job to run it as far down the field as they can, trying to get to the end zone.  
Touchback - When the punter kicks the ball far enough down field the receiver on the other team can catch it in the end zone and kneel down or if the ball is not caught but ends up being kicked into the end zone, the receiving team is allowed to start at the 30 yard line.  
Blitz - A defensive play where the players attack the offense by rushing one or more players who are not defensive linemen.  This play is used to put pressure on the quarter back to force him to either throw the football abruptly or throw it away.
Sack - When the quarter back is tackled before he is able to pass or throw the football, behind the line of scrimmage.  This results in a loss of yardage, so wherever he is tackled is where they will have to start the next play.  The offensive team will also have travel more yards to gain a first down. ( Ex. If it's 1st and 10 and the QB is sacked and loses three yards the next play will be 2nd and 13)
Tackle - When a defensive player hurls his body into the body of the offensive player carrying the ball to try to knock him down to end the play.  If offensive players are not careful a fumble can occur!
Blocking- Unlike tackling this is used by defensive players to prevent offensive players from tackling the player carrying the ball.
Holding- Illegally restraining another player who is not in possession of the ball.  Holding is banned in most football leagues because it doesn't allow fair play and increases the risk of injury.  Holding by the offensive team results in a more severe penalty than holding by the defense.  While in the field of play it results in a 10 yard penalty or half the distance to the goal line when the offense is less than 20 yards between the line of scrimmage and the end zone.  If holding is committed within the offense's own end zone, the result is a safety.  If holding is committed by the defense the penalty is 5 yards and an automatic first down.
Red or Yellow Flag - If a yellow or red flag is thrown during the game that simply means the officials have called a foul and will usually explain what's going on right afterwards.
Do's & Don'ts for the big game


DO provide a lot of great food and drinks!  Tailgating food is always popular for sporting events so make sure there is plenty of beer, brats, burgers, chips and other goodies for your guests to choose from!  If you'd rather serve something a little healthier or something a little different there are tons of delicious recipes available online to get ideas from!  I posted a few scrumptious recipes for the big game just a few days ago!  You can find them HERE.

DO pick a team to cheer for before the big game and stick with them!  Do a little research on your new favorite team a day or two before hand and remember a couple key players and key facts about the team so you won't feel left out when everyone starts talking about their favorite teams!


DO get excited and cheer on your team but don't go overboard.  If your team is losing don't flip out or go nuts.  And if they're winning don't act pompous and arrogant, offer words of encouragement and stay positive!  The game's not over til it's over!


DON'T ask all kinds of questions in the middle of the game.  Again, do a little research so you're not completely clueless as to what's going on.  If you do have some questions wait until a commercial or until half time.


DON'T comment the whole time about how hot some of the players are.  Most likely you'll have a lot of guys at your super bowl party and they don't want to hear how hot Tom Brady is or how cute his butt looks in those tight uniform pants! ;)


DON'T talk about how excited you are for the halftime show or talk about how much you liked certain commercials, during the game.  Every party has that one person that talks way too much, try not to be that person!


Most of all have fun!  The Super Bowl is a very exciting experience and now that you know a little bit more about football, hopefully this Super Bowl will be the most enjoyable yet!  If anyone reads through and sees any mistakes (I'm no football expert) than please let me know! :)  Have a fantastic Super Bowl Sunday!!  Who are you rooting for?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

#Bloggers - Host an Exciting #Giveaway with Shopaholic Mommy!

If you're a blogger I'm sure you've seen several giveaways for things like Kindle Fires, Cash, iPads and other exciting prizes given away by groups of bloggers.  If you love hosting fabulous giveaways or if you're in need of a boost to your social media following then I have the perfect opportunity for you!


The prize will be determined by how many bloggers sign up to participate.  Here's the low down on how to sign up:

  • 1 Social Media Link - $5
  • 2 Social Media Links - $10
  • 3 Social Media Links - $15
  • 4 Social Media Links - $20
  • If you have more than 5  or more social media links please email me for price
I will include all of these links onto a Rafflecopter Form and once I know how many people are participating I will post a poll to decide on what we will giveaway.   Sign up for this event will end in one month on March 2nd at 8pm EST.  So in the mean time please share with all of your blogger friends!  New bloggers are welcome!  Please send all participating fees via PayPal to ashtonzmommi@yahoo.com.  These fees are going to the prize and ensure participation.  If you need any other information please email me at shopaholicmommyblogFL@gmail.com.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Discover Delicious Treats with Love with Food - Review & Giveaway!

If you're a full fledged foodie or if you just like trying out a few scrumptious treats now and again, Love with Food is a wonderful way to try new things and also provide food to those in need.  Simply buy a box and donate a meal!
More information about Love with Food
According to their website, "Love with Food is the easiest way to discover what's tasty, delivered to your door!  Every month, Love with Food members will receive a curated box of unique, hard-to-find tasty bites which varies based on seasonal themes.  Say goodbye to boring grocery selections and HELLO to a monthly, tasty surprise!  Join us on this tasty journey."
With a $14 monthly membership to Love with Food you will receive 5+ curated gourmet bites per month, the ability to earn points for free products, access to member only discounts and every purchase benefits No Kid Hungry.  You can cancel anytime.  
You can also give a membership to Love with Food as a gift for the same $14 monthly fee.  This is perfect for the adventurous foodie in your life!  They will also receive 5+ curated gourmet bites per month.  Surprise your loved ones with a 3 or 6 month membership!
My Review
I received one box of Love with Food gourmet samples for review.  In my box I received some Plain Jane Peanut Butter Granola, 5 Original Ginger Chews by the Ginger People in Original and Spicy Apple flavors, a packet of Glazed Almonds with Cranberries by Sahale Snacks, Somersault Snacks Pacific Sea Salt flavor, a pouch of Chocolate Mint Truffle Tea by Mighty Leaf and a Mango Sunrise Fruit Leather by Stretch Island Fruit Co.  I love trying new things and Josh loves all natural foods so this was perfect for us!  I really loved the Peanut Butter Granola and Glazed Almonds with Cranberries.  They were not too sweet but just sweet enough to taste absolutely delicious.  Josh really liked the Mango Fruit Leather and the Somersault Snacks.  The fruit leather is a tasty strip of dried fruit you can enjoy anywhere and the Somersault Snacks had the perfect amount of sea salt.  We didn't really enjoy the ginger chews or tea since I've never been a big ginger fan and while Josh loves tea, he prefers green or fruit flavored teas.  
I think the $14 membership fee is a little steep however you don't just receive some gourmet food samples with the membership, you also receive delicious recipes and with their rewards program it's easy to earn points and get free products.  Most importantly, with every purchase they donate a meal to those in desperate need.  I recommend this membership program to anyone that loves to discover new things or anyone that just loves food!
Shopaholic Rating: 4 out of 5 Shopping Bags - The ability to try gourmet foods every month while also helping those in need is priceless.


How can you purchase a membership to Love with Food?
If you're interested in becoming a member of Love with Food or if you'd like to give one as a gift simply visit their website!  There you'll also find more information about the gourmet bites you might see in your box and much more!  For more up to date information be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter!


Giveaway Time!
Five (5) lucky Shopaholics are going to win a box with yummy gourmet bites from Love with Food!  Here's how:


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I will choose five lucky winners on February 25th at 8pm EST using random.org.  I will contact and announce the winners soon after.  Those people will have 48 hours to respond via email to claim their prize.  If I do not hear back within 48 hours I will have to hold a redraw and choose a new winner(s).  This giveaway is open to US residents 18+.  Good Luck!


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