Tuesday, January 27, 2015

5 Romantic Dates in America's Oldest City

5 Romantic Dates in America's Oldest City

Valentine's Day is coming up February is less than a month away. We've been talking about great places to dine and enjoy it with someone special, a date , a friend, a lover whatever you have.  Just because you are single does not mean that you can't celebrate Valentine's Day.  Today we're talking about romantic date spots in the Oldest City (St.Augustine Florida). These spots are also perfect for some non Valentine's Day romance. In my mind a just because date is even more special than one on a holiday. So why not plan 5 surprise dates!  You may have picked up on the fact that St.Augustine is one of my favorite places to hang out.  I head that way as often as possible.  Today I'm happy to share 5 of my favorite romantic spots in the Oldest City !

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2.  An Evening on the Beach - It doesn't get much more romantic than the sounds of the waves and a beach  blanket on the beach. Add the sunset , a bottle of wine and picnic and you have an inexpensive and memorable night ahead.  You might check out Anastasia State Park one of our favorites or Vilano Beach another of my personal favorites .

3.  Picnic on the grass of the Fort - Everyone should do this just once.  We've always done it on field trips . But let me tell you there is something quite special about a picnic with the one you love watching the boats go by, breathing in the old city air , rolling down the grassy hill. St.Augustine is a magical place and if you let yourself you can totally be swept away.  Grab a bottle of your favorite wine to stow away in your basket from San Sebastian Winery.

4.  Smooch at the top of the Lighthouse-  Taking a trip to the top of the lighthouse for a sweet kiss is pretty special. The view is breath taking in itself.  But a kiss at the top of the world can make it that much sweeter. If you plan ahead you can do the sunset/moonrise tour. This tour is once a month and can be booked online (February is already booked up friend but if you want you can call and be added to the wait list. ) This tour comes with a champagne toast provided by San Sebastian Winery and light hours d'oeuvres provided by the REEF.   You could also do a ghost tour.

5.  Take a Stroll and Explore the Arts of the City-  Hand in hand exploring this city is  definitely special!  One of my favorite stops is the cafe, and shops at the once swimming pool of Henry Flagler's Cafe Alcazar (now the Lightener Museum).  You can grab a bite of lunch at the Cafe Alcatraz. I love the piano music and atmosphere.  Continue your stroll and visit the Butterfield Garage Art Gallery on King Street . This Art Gallery is open 11-5 and a has a great display of contemporary arts.  Drop in the Starving Artist a consignment shop for local artist. End your evening with a romantic dinner at one of the fabulous restaurants in the city.

You might also enjoy our post 10 Valentine Picks to dine near Jacksonville.
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Monday, January 26, 2015

Slow Cooker Freezer Friendly Spanish Rice

Slow cooker recipes are my favorite because you can throw everything in at once and pretty much forget about it.  When you are busy that equals fabulous!   I love foods with a little bit of spice  to them.  A family favorite is sausage and tomatoes. Yum!   I love trying new foods with sausage like this crowd pleasing sausage stew or this delicious slow cooker stuffed pepper soup.   These will both make your house smell so tasty and they do taste great too.  Today I'm going to share with you how to make a Spanish rice in your slow cooker and guess what it has sausage as the main ingredient. It is super easy to throw together but you do use more than your slow cooker.

We've been really sick and things are totally off of schedule.  I hate it when things get topsy turvy upside down . The great thing about this meal is it can totally be a freezer crock pot meal that you just  pull out and toss in when your in a rush. You can cook it and freeze it or you can just throw the ingredients in a zip lock bag and freeze them then toss them in your crock pot on a busy morning. We love freezer friendly meals around here.

Slow Cooker Spanish Rice

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What You Need:

  • Nettles Sausage 3-4 links
  • canned Stewed tomatoes (28 ounce)
  • 1/2 can of water
  • 1 sliced bell pepper
  • 1 sliced onion
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder 
  • 2 cups cooked white rice 
  • salt and pepper

What do you do? 

In your slow cooker add your sausage cut into chunks, tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, chili powder , water and let it cook on low for 4 hours.  Add your un -cooked rice to a pot of salted water and cook on stove. Drain when it is done.  Add to your slow cooker about 30 minutes before you are ready to eat.  This will keep your rice from getting mushy. 

Tips:  You can use frozen rice.  You can use leftover rice.  Use gallon size freezer bags to freeze.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Get the @Reebok ZQuick Geo for $28 Today !

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This girl loves to get new shoes.  LOVES!  Even more so she loves to get a deal on really cute shoes.  I'm a t-shirt and jeans kind of girl most days so cute running shoes go with my wardrobe pretty well. Unless of course I'm sporting the flip flops. It's a toss up most of the time what you'll find on my feet. I mean I am in Florida after all.    Today Only the Reebok ZQuick are on sale.  I  think both of the designs below are just CUTE!!!  And for that price I might need or okay want both of them.  Cute shoes add so much to an outfit you know. 

For 1 day only, the Reebok ZQuick Geo is just $28 when you use code GEO28 at checkout! This light and speedy running shoe is a must-have for avid runners. The Geo is designed for a smooth, natural ride with an updated graphic to kick up your running style. Get on over to Reebok.com and take advantage of this amazing deal today!  

Friday, January 23, 2015

My thoughts on these beauty products from #Rimmel

"I received the following products complimentary courtesy of Influenster for testing purposes."  New Years motivated me to try new things. My word for 2015 Discover. One of the things I've been trying out is new beauty products. Trying to find that new look that fits the new me and really works.  When Rimmel provided me with eye liner and make up remover I really had my doubts. Why on Earth would I want a bottle of eye make up remover.  Well my friends here is why.

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Rimmel Eye Make Up remover
Have you ever applied eye liner and mascara only to look like a raccoon the next morning. Even if you washed your face your eye make up lingered. I know your answer was yes.  I also have done this many times.  Make up has never been something I applied regularly until recently.  The Rimmel Eye Make Up Remover fixes that problem.  Apply it to a cotton ball and gently wipe your eye make area with it and Voila you are done. No more raccon eyes! It really really works.  It also works to take sharpie marker off of little artist. No scrubbing thank you Rimmel. 

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Rimmel London’s Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal Eyeliner really surprised me when I applied it. It pops! The color really stands out.  It is bold and vibrant.  I have gotten so many compliments and remarks after doing my eyes up with this.  

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Celebrating National Reading Day with Family Stories #BookOfLifeReading

"As a Fox Home Entertainment Insider we were provided with a National Reading day kit for review. All opinions are our own. No other compensation was received." 

It's National Reading Day today (January 23). Did you know?  I love to read and I hope to share that same love with my children.  I try to share with them how fun it really is.   National Reading Day is an annual event which celebrates and encourages reading by younger children and is celebrated in thousands of schools all around the United States.

We were sent a story book kit to help us capture our own family stories.  (FUN) Much like the one presented in the movie The Book of Life.  Speaking of did you know The Book of Life will be available on DVD/BluRay January 27th?  It will so mark your calendars !

The Book of Life tells the story of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart , as he embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears and realize what is most important.  (Family and Loved Ones)

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We're excited to be partnered with Pinhole Press.  When we finish our book of Family Traditions Pinhole Express will professionally print us a book to share our story.  I am sure this will be a family favorite.  Stay tuned it may take us a while but I can't wait to share that review.

Don't forget to enter our  Book of Life Bluray Giveaway!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Strawberry Shortcake Snowberry Days Giveaway + Coloring Sheet #SnowberryDays

" As a Fox Home Entertainment Insider I received a complimentary copy of Strawberry Shortcake Snowberry Days for review. All opinions shared here are my own." 

Strawberry Shortcake celebrates her 35th Birthday this year. What?  Well I can believe this because I watched Strawberry Shortcake when I was a little girl and I'm older than 35. Agh!  Isn't it funny how the favorites of our generation have come back around for this one.  I think it is neat oh. . We're excited to share Strawberry Shortcakes newest movie with you guys Strawberry Shortcake Snowberry Days.   We're getting ready to celebrate the release with a Blu-ray DVD Giveaway and printable coloring sheet!  Lets Go! 
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Strawberry Shortcake Snowberry Days

Strawberry Shortcake 35th Birthday Celebration Coming in 2015!
Strawberry Shortcake: Snowberry Days
‘Tis the season for winter fun in these berry cool Strawberry Shortcake episodes. A fun-filled playtime is interrupted when someone notices that the squirrels are low on supplies in “The Berry Long Winter.” Blueberry’s success with her own specially designed ice skates have the other girls feeling left out in “The Big Freeze.” And Raspberry’s spring fashion show plans are put “On Ice” when cold weather and an out-of-control fountain covers the catwalk fruit-colored ice. Join Strawberry and her berry best friends as they discover working with others ensures a Snowberry good time for everyone.
Timed to the release of Snowberry Days, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release 9 one-of-a-kind, limited edition puzzle faceplates in celebration of the 35th Anniversary.  Capitalizing on this iconic Franchise, these faceplates will be available for the first time ever to consumers to purchase and share.   Titles include: Berry Bitty Mysteries; Berry Friends Forever; Jammin with Cherry Jam; Bloomin Berry Garden; Bright Light, Big Dreams; Puttin on the Glitz; Glimmerberry Ball; Berryfest Princess Movie & Sky’s the Limit Movie - - Collect them all!

Ready to have some fun . We have a cute printable coloring sheet for you and the kiddos. Need some ideas to make coloring more fun or motivate your kids to do their best.  

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  1. Make it a contest 
  2. Color Beside Them Mom
  3. Award stickers for a Job Well Done!  

Now for some grown up fun! Win: 1 reader will win a copy of Strawberry Shortcake Snowberry Days on Bluray DVD! (USA only) Just fill out the entry form below for your chance. Good Luck! 
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Best of Me BluRay DVD + Giveaway #BestOfMeInsiders

The Best of Me is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on February 3rd!! Just in time for Valentine's Day friends.  Nicholas Sparks books always tug at my hear strings and leave me in tears.  I always read the books and watch the movies and usually my best girlfriends are right there with me.  I was super excited when I found out I would receive a copy of The Best of Me from Fox Home Entertainment for review.  Movie Night with the girls I love being a Fox Insider! 

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The Best Of Me on Blu-ray DVD February 3rd! 

Based on the #1 New York Times Best Seller from celebrated author Nicholas Sparks comes this tender, romantic drama about the timeless power of love. When former high school sweethearts Dawson and Amanda (James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan) meet at a loved one's funeral 20 years after tragedy separated them, their love is reignited. As they recall and relive the past, they come to a deeper understanding about the choices they've made. Also starring Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato, and featuring beautiful scenery along with music by Lady Antebellum, The Best of Me is a powerfully romantic story of love, hope and second chances.

 For the Home Entertainment release, the “Tears of Joy” Edition Blu-ray and DVD will include an all-new storyline and “Storybook” Alternate Ending so Amanda and Dawson finally get that second chance at love. 

WIN: The Best of Me on Bluray DVD fill out the entry form below for your chance. (USA only)  
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"As a Fox Home Entertainment Insider we received a copy of the Best of Me for review.  All opinions shared are our own.  No other compensation was received for posting . " Thank you! 
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