Monday, May 25, 2015

"Home Challenge" with Renuzit Pearl Scents #DesignYourAir + Giveaway

"The Renuzit brand provided me with a sample of Renuzit Pearl Scents in exchange for a product review. However all opinions expressed below are my own." 

Renuzit challenged myself and other bloggers to add some depth and decor to our homes using Renuzit Pearl Scents.  Renuzit Pearl Scents were designed to accept and highlight your home decor as well as provide lasting freshness.

RenuzitPearlsScents photo photo 2 3.jpg Renuzit Pearl Scents come in five pleasing aromas:  Blue Sky Breeze, Sparkling Rain, Serenity, Tranquil and Seductive Pineapple.  We received the Blue Sky Breeze which is the light blue color and the sparkling rain which is a lime apple green color.

Armed with a gift card provided for the challenge I began my shopping spree at TJ Max. I was pleasantly surprised by the huge selection and great prices. The store in Gainesville, Florida had tons of throw pillows, wall art and lots of items with that beachy and lake side style I was hoping for.   I picked up some pillows that matched the new green Sparkling Rain Renuzit Pearls perfectly and definitely added some color for my living room. I've been wanting to give my decorating a style a more coastal Florida flare.  This store gave me tons of new decorating ideas.

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I ended up choosing a cute picture and wall hooks to add to the room for some style. These will definitley bring some color and style to the room.  Before I had no pillows and I'd say they make a huge difference.  The room is so much more cheery and smells great too thanks to the long lasting sparkling rain Renuzit Pear air freshener .

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I love walking into my house and having it smell nice.  It definitely makes a difference when you come home to a nice clean fresh smelling home after a long day at work.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Once Upon a Sign - The Magic Mirror A Children's DVD Review

Living at the Whitehead's Zoo received complimentary DVD'S from the New Once Upon a Sign Series a children's DVD series that shares classic stories in American Sign Language. All opinions shared here about this collection of videos are our own.  Thanks

“Sign” on for a Modern Twist on Classic Stories

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New Once Upon a Sign Award-Winning
Children’s DVD Series Retells Favorite Children’s Tales in
American Sign Language (ASL)

Coming to DVD May 26, 2015

From DawnSignPress-The Nation's Leader in ASL

San Diego, CA (April 29, 2015) – You know the stories well.  You had them read to you dozens of times as a child, your parent’s voice bringing the characters to life.  But what are those timeless tales like when performed by a Deaf cast signing ASL? Amazing, fun and totally engaging for everyone, thanks to DawnSignPress, a company well-known forquality children's ASL products, and the launch of their new award-winning Once Upon a Sign DVDs available May 26, 2015

Initial three titles in launch are "The Magic Mirror in American Sign Language" - Winner of Parents' Choice Approval,"The New Goldilocks and the Three Bears in American Sign Language" and "The New Little Red Riding Hood in American Sign Language." All are endorsed by KIDS FIRST! and have received the Dove Family Foundation Seal of Approval. Suggested retail price is $15.95 for each of the 25-minute DVDs. Once Upon a Sign re-creates classic children’s stories with clever modern themes performed by an all-deaf cast entirely in ASL with voice-over and English subtitles.  Each DVD also features “Fun Signs,” a recap of key signs from the story.

"With the popularity of teaching babies sign language parents may be looking for that next step for their children to learn more signs as they grow older," says Joe Danis president of DawnSignPress. "Well, look no more! Children, deaf or hearing, will love watching these stories being brought to life in beautiful American Sign Language. and it's a great way to bring together the deaf and hearing community."

Once Upon a Sign Launch DVD Titles:

In "Once Upon a Sign: The Magic Mirror" young Alice Cogswell wants to enter the talent show but she's unsure of herself. After an audition that doesn't go her way, she gets some magic help. But will this magic help get her to the talent show and help her ASL poetry sparkle? 
"Once Upon a Sign: The New Little Red Riding Hood" is set in New York City and takes you on an exciting trip through Central Park. Little Wolf will be up to his old tricks, but will Little Red fall for it, or will the Park Ranger save the day? And how will Grandma react to all the excitement going on?

In "Once Upon a Sign: The New Goldilocks and the Three Bears," overlooking the scenic California coast a quaint home sits alone. This is the home of the Three Bears, but today, something will change. An unexpected golden-haired visitor awaits them when they return home after a nice, long walk on the beach.

Future Titles in the Once Upon a Sign DVD series include Jack and the BeanstalkThe Stone Soup and Three Little Pigs.  For more information on these and all titles in the series, visit

About DawnSignPress
DawnSignPress creates, develops, and publishes quality children's American Sign Language (ASL) videos and books. After 35 years of pioneering ASL products, DawnSignPress is still on the cutting edge of the educational and social media trends relating to ASL Now, with ASL's popularity n the mainstream on a steady rise DawnSignPress looks to offer quality ASL to a wider audience. For more information

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My Thoughts:

We've been teaching signs to our class all school year long.  The Magic Mirror is recommended for ages 3 to 6 years old as a part of the Once Upon a Sign series.   I think that the story line was a little bit old for my three year old class but they really enjoyed learning new signs. Sparkle a magical character who enters the room through a "magic mirror" was a hit.   I'm happy to have this new addition to our classroom movie library. I look forward to trying some of the other titles in the Once Upon a Time series next school year.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Summer Family Fun in St.Augustine - FREE Movies by the Bay

I'm always looking for FREE family fun during the summer.  If you are visiting St.Augustine this summer or live in the area Ripley's has teamed up with St.Augustine Municipal Marina to bring you free family movies all summer long.  My kids love to grab a blanket and catch a movie and ice cream by the bay.  Below you will find the 2015 Movies by the Bay schedule.

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All movies are FREE to the general public.  Bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy the show on the beautiful Bayfront, located just behind Bayfront Mini Golf at the City Marina.  All movies begin at8:30 pm.  Complimentary shuttles will be offered by the Red Trains nightly beginning at 7:30 pmfrom the Red Train stop at the VIC (In front of the parking garage).  They will pick up approximately every 20 minutes and return after the film.   

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The movie schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, June 10   "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible No Good Very Bad Day"PG
Wednesday, June 17 "Shark Tale"     PG
Wednesday, June 24   "Big Hero 6" PG
Wednesday, July 1 "Guardians of the Galaxy"PG 13
WednesdayJuly 8"Maleficent" (Maleficent will be making an appearance)PG
Wednesday, July 15"The Lego Movie"PG
Wednesday, July 22"Annie"PG
Wednesday, July 29"Karate Kid"PG
*Wednesday, August 5"Marvel's Avengers"PG 13

 photo st.augustinemarina.jpg*August 5th will be our Superhero Back to School party with free mini golf, appearances by Captain American and Iron Man, games, prizes and activities. Participants are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite superhero! Activities begin at 7:00 pm and run through the start of the movie at 8:30 pm.
About Ripley Entertainment                                                                                                                            
Ripley's Believe It or Not! St. Augustine is part of the Ripley Entertainment Inc. ( family of worldwide attractions, the global leader in location-based entertainment.  More than 13 million people visit its 95-plus attractions in 10 countries each year.  In addition to its 32 Believe It or Not!Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions that oversee projects including the syndicated Believe It or Not! television show, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley's Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.

"Living at the Whiteheads Zoo works with Ripley's and other area attractions to bring you local events , festivals, family fun and travel info." 
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Monday, May 18, 2015

Indie Bookfest In Orlando Florida

Would you love to meet some of your favorite authors?  This summer we're so excited to hear that INDIE BOOKFEST will be in Orlando Florida!  I'd love an Orlando Florida summer trip. Meet some authors, spend a day at the pool, and check out Disney. Sounds like a win win to me.  Find out more about this fun book event below.

Indie BookFest 2015 is a three-day event celebrating indie/hybrid/traditional authors and artists and their freedom of expression. Join some of your favorite authors for three days filled with a book signing, sessions, lunch, author meet and greets, an after party, and great fun!
You won’t want to miss the sessions throughout the day, where panelists will be speaking on a variety of topics relevant to readers, book lovers, and writers. Indie BookFest 2015 will be held at Caribe Royale in Orlando, Fl., on July 31, August 1, & 2, 2015
The Caribe Royale is located just 1.5 miles from the Walt Disney World® area!
Over 60 authors representing indie, hybrid and traditional publishing will be featured at this premier author and reader event.
Keynote speaker is multi-award winning author Jana Oliver.
This weekend is all about readers connecting and finding new authors to love. There are reader panels, a Fan Fare where readers can hang out with the authors, a Gothic Romance party, a gourmet luncheon, Author sponsored parties, and a book signing.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

New Series by Bonnie R. Paulson and Giveaway

Looking for a new set of books for the reading list? Creating your summer list yst?  I can't believe here we are at 23 days until summer. I love spending time soaking up sunshine and immersing my brain iton a good book .  Bonnie R. Paulson has a new trilogy out Worth of Souls. WORTHOFSOULSbanner

We are so excited to share the covers for this amazing series - Worth of Souls. The first book will be released July 6, book 2 July 8, and book 3 July 10 but you can pre-order NOW so they come to your eReader the day of release!

Cost of Survival, Book #1

COSfrontAnger isn’t an emotion anymore, it’s more of a survival mode I can’t afford to let go.
My dad predicted World War III would happen in his life, but he died two years before… with my brother…
…before Mom and I walked in search of refuge from the bombing.
Strengthened by her faith, Mom never feels alone. But me? I don’t know what to believe or where to turn. Someone once said keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but I disagree. Friends scare me the most. They know me and my mom. Nothing about them is safe.
The ones in charge… Control everything…
Crud, I’ve started crying because I’m scared I won’t survive World War III. But a bigger part of me is scared I will.
My mom is bleeding in my arms and she’s making me promise to follow her three rules.
Pray. Don’t trust anyone. Stay alive.
How long do I need to break all three?

Exchange Rate, Book #2

exchangerateI’m pregnant and I couldn’t be more excited. But the community Bodey, his dad, and I live in has rules. Rules that make Mom’s rules seem like safety nets.
Only 200 people are allowed at a time. My baby will make it 201.
The leader is making me choose someone from our house to die so there will be room for my child. Either I make the decision or they take… my…
Even in the craziness that the world has become, I refuse to believe only 200 can live in it at once.
The “community” is safe-ish, comfortable. We have food, warmth, and there isn’t immediate danger of being robbed while we sleep.
Doesn’t it make sense we’d have to exchange something for all that?
I’ve survived this long. Maybe that’s enough. Maybe I should die so my family can live. Or maybe I can get through the lines and find a people worth sacrificing for.

Worth of Souls, Book #3

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WOSfront Running for my life and six months pregnant, I’m terrified but confident in my decisions.With my love and family behind me, captured by the same man who chases me, I have only a small window to find help. The baby needs to come out eventually.Nobody said the end of the world would define people so much. Everywhere I turn I have to prove my worth.Mom was gone before I learned my value lay in my eyes. Not others. But how would that save Bodey? How could my worth change how the world me spins? If I can’t figure it out, everyone I love will die, trapped in a place where even following the rules won’t protect us. Amazon iBooks Nook Kobo   Bonnie R. Paulson mixes her science and medical background with reality and possibilities to make even myths seem likely and give every Bonnieromance the genetic strength to survive. Bonnie has discovered a dark and twisty turn in her writing that she hopes you enjoy as much as she has enjoyed uncovering it. Dirt biking with her family in the Northwest keeps her sane. Follow on: Facebook / Blog / Twitter / Goodreads / Newsletter / Literary Addicts / Amazon

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Experience Real Florida at Faver-Dykes State Park Campground

If you are looking for a peaceful getaway in a natural Old Florida atmosphere then you might want to check out Faver-Dykes State Park.  This peaceful Florida Park borders the Pellicer River as it winds around East Florida. As we traveled down the LONG LONG dirt road to Faver-Dykes I questioned would we ever reach the campground. Surrounded by woods, and swampy areas I felt like I had stepped back into Real Florida wilderness.

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What Is There to Do: 

  • Fishing
  • Nature Trail
  • Take a walk along Pellicer River
  • Kayaking
  • Bird Watching
Faver- Dykes State Park is a stop on the Great Florida Birding Trail and also a state designated canoe trail. 

The Campground: 

The campground itself has just 30 sites that form a loop. The sites are fairly large and located under the beautiful Florida hammock. Each site has water, a picnic table , grill, electric and a fire ring and is semi private.  Each site can hold a 25' to 35' RV. Don't expect to have great internet or cell service. You are really in the wilderness here.  This is truly a get away from the hustle and bustle of ever day life.  You are hiking around the woods in Florida, so yes ticks are present.

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The boat ramp is small but good. The fishing on Pellicer Creek is great with trout, flounder and red drums. There are several very nice picnicking areas through out the park.  There is a nice playground area for the kids to play on. The Park Rangers were very friendly and helpful. Ice and Wood can be purchased at the ranger station.   The bathroom facilities were nice and clean. 

For more information about the campground :
1000 Faver-Dykes Road
St.Augustine, FL 32086

You might also like this post 5 Florida campgrounds to enjoy this summer. 
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Friday, May 8, 2015

Detached the newest by Jill Cooper "Cover Reveal "

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Here's a new one from Jill Cooper.  Detached is now available for Pre-Order.  I don't know about you but when one of my favorites has something new I love the availability pre-ordering gives me.  Add to this awesome news that it is Friday and I say it is going to be an amazing day.  Have a great weekend friends.  I know this girl is ready for it .  What a long week it has been.

Detached by Jill Cooper Pre-Order on Amazon

DetachedWhat you do tomorrow, you'll pay for today. Life was easier in the cage, now Lara Crane’s life is under a microscope. She thought she was out, ready for a normal life, but with the Feds endless questions and tests, Lara realizes she might never be free. Things would be worse if not for Donovan. They promise to ride it out together as Lara is fitted with a time travel restraint, designed to not only stop her, but to save her life as her mind spirals out of control. No more second chances. No more time travel to revert everything back the way it was once before. As the danger increases, so does Lara’s headaches and nightmares. Her brain is desperate to be free, loose, and as the future begins to flash all around her, Lara is terrified the end might be near. And maybe she doesn’t have a future at all.

Pre-order on Amazon

About the Author:

jillcooperI could write this in the third person. I could tell you what I like, where I was born, and what my favorite things are.

But instead, I'll say I don't want to write like everyone else. I don't want to craft stories you've read a thousand times before. I want my novels to be a cinematic experience, blending themes, genres, and situations unlike any you've ever read.

I want to break the rules. I want you to break out in a cold sweat as you read my books out of fear, love, and excitement. I want my books to be an experience. When you finish, I want you to feel something. Good or bad.

If you do, then I'll have succeeded. If not, I'll keep trying. Website | Twitter | Facebook | Newsletter | Literary Addicts | Goodreads | Tsu

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