The Dial brand provided me with a sample of Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub in exchange for a product review and giveaway. However, all opinions expressed here are my own. 

My family and I believe in the importance of washing our hands as often as needed, but sometimes our hands become dry and chapped from all that washing.  Applying lotion can help, but if you want your hands to be really soft and smooth again, you have to exfoliate the dead skin off. 

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Dial must have had this in mind when they made their newest member of their Boutique collection of hand soaps; Sugar Cane Husk Scrub.

Made with gentle micro-scrubbers, Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub takes care of dry skin and leaves you with soft and lightly sweet scented hands. You’ll find yourself marveling at just how soft and smooth your hands feel after using this soap just once. Because it has moisturizers and skin conditioners, you can skip applying lotion after every hand wash too!

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My daughter loves using this soap!

If you’ve got kids at home that may not wash their hands as long- or as often as you’d like; try switching your regular soap with Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub hand soap! They will like how easy it is to get their hands clean with Dials conditioning soap. 

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Add a personal touch of style to your home by trying one of Dial’s new Boutique Collection hand soaps. You can learn more about this collection and other Dial products by visiting their website here.

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I am really happy to work with our sponsor, Role Mommy Writers Network, today to share this information with you! I was sent an advanced copy of The Dovekeepers DVD and book and will receive compensation for my time. All opinions are my own. 

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As a busy wife and Mom, happily living with every convenience I need in the 21st century; it was a challenge to think in terms of being a Jewish woman in ancient Israel.  Harder still, to think about being forced out of your homes and banished

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I started reading Alice Hoffman’s book, The Dovekeepers first; and within minutes I was drawn into the story-line! I could feel the heat of the summer sun beating down in the arid desert in 70 A.D.  I could feel the Assassin’s Daughter’s dry, sunburned skin, I could almost feel her thirst and hunger for a real home as she and her now nomadic family walked on. 

Once I started watching The Dovekeepers advanced DVD copy I was sent, I was equally drawn into the story and the characters came to life in rich detail.  There’s love and betrayal, hope and war and perseverance all intermixed in an exciting and moving story. You’ll not want to miss this must watch TV event

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About The Dovekeepers – Limited event series:

Based on Alice Hoffman’s Bestselling Historical Novel about a Group of Extraordinary Women Whose Lives Intersect in a Fight for Survival at the Siege of Masada in 70 C.E.

"Set in ancient Israel, The Dovekeepers is based on the true events at Masada in 70 C.E. After being forced out of their home in Jerusalem by the Romans, 900 Jews were ensconced in a fortress at Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. Besieged at Masada, the Jews held out for months against the vast Roman armies. The project will recount the events from the perspective of a few extraordinary women who arrive at Masada with unique back-stories, but a common bond for survival. Additionally, these women, who work together daily as Dovekeepers, are all concealing substantial secrets."

When to watch:
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CBS presents:  The Dovekeepers, a four-hour limited event series from executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, will be broadcast Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1, 2015 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). 

The Dovekeepers back story:

The Dovekeepers will be brought to television from executive producers Roma Downey and multiple Emmy Award winner Mark Burnett (SURVIVOR, “The Voice”), the production team behind the Emmy-nominated 10-hour miniseries “The Bible,” which scored big ratings for the History Channel in March 2013, and the feature “Son of God.”

Frank Siracusa, John Weber and Yves Simoneau also serve as executive producers, with Simoneau directing. Ann Peacock adapted the novel for the screen.

The Dovekeepers is the first project from CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Studios’ Limited Series and Event Programming unit. It is a co-production between CBS Television Studios and LightWorkers Media, a division of United Artists Media Group.


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The Dovekeepers stars Cote de Pablo, Rachel Brosnahan and Kathryn Prescott in the title Dovekeepers roles, Sam Neill as first-century Jewish scholar and historian Josephus, and Diego Boneta as a star warrior of the Jewish army at Masada. 

Sneak Peak! 

Check out this video to see the cast in action. 

About The Dovekeepers Book by Alice Hoffman:

Hoffman’s novel was published in 2011 by Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, earning the New York Times’ bestseller status and widespread critical acclaim, including being hailed by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison as “a major contribution to 21st century literature.”

My Thoughts:

I thoroughly enjoyed not only reading Alice Hoffman’s beautifully written story, The Dovekeepers; I equally enjoyed watching her story be brought to life in the two night DVD series!


I invite you to learn more about the writer, the story, the set and the cast of this amazing event by following along on social media.  FacebookTwitterPinterest, Instagram

Please share in comments: Do you enjoy made for TV series? Do you watch them live or DVR for later viewing?

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I can’t fight this feeling --  I’m so happy spring is here! We did a lot of fun, spring activities this past week because my girls were out of school for spring break. We took a couple of day trips and our road trip music of choice was The Awesome Mix Tape Vol. 1 from Guardians of the Galaxy! 

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Have you seen the movie yet? My family and I loved watching it and all our favorite scenes were brought back to life just listening to the CD. We tried to envision where each song was in the movie, with pretty good results.  Whether you have seen the movie or not, if you love throwback 70s style music, you are going to love this 12-track CD! Some of the tracks you’ll enjoy are:

  • “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede
  • “Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum (note-this song wasn’t in the movie, but fits perfectly on this mix)
  • “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” by Elvin Bishop

On one of our lounge days, the girls and I popped in the Into the Woods CD. This 2-disc collection is simply enchanting! There are 34 tracks on CD 1 and 16 tracks on CD 2. Lots of great #Disneymusic to enjoy!

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It drew us into the story with its beautiful, sweeping melodies and the storyline was being expertly sung.  Almost too expertly, if you can imagine, because we haven’t seen the movie yet! Even though it was hard to do, we skipped around tracks to break up the story until we can see the movie.

Some of the songs you’ll enjoy on these CDs are:

  • “Prologue: Into the Woods” (Yes, Meryl Streep can sing, too!)
  • “Hello Little Girl”
  • “The Slipper Fits”

During an afternoon tea, we relived all the love and magic we felt when watching Frozen by popping in Frozen The Songs CD

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All our favorite songs are on this 10-song CD and it had us dancing around our kitchen while we baked spring cookies. There’s…

  • “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”
  • “Love Is an Open Door”
  • And one of my personal favorites: “Fixer Upper”

This CD comes with a poster on the back of the words too. Sure to delight any true Frozen fan!

Last, but not least we got in touch with our inner preschooler/kindergartener and listened to Disney Junior DJ Shuffle 2.  

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Even though this 30-track CD isn’t for my girls’ ages anymore, we had fun with it! We danced along to:

  • “Rockin’ the Right Note” from Doc McStuffins
  • “Play With Us” from Sofia the First
  • “Wendy’s Song” from  Jake and the Never Land Pirates

This CD boasts 4 instrumental karaoke songs too, sure to please anyone in the Disney Jr. crowd! You can learn more about the CDs I’ve shared with you today and many more Disney tunes, by visiting the new Disney Music Emporium

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Thanks to the generosity of #DisneyMusic and #Enmnetwork, one lucky reader will win this fabulous 4 CD Disney music collection. CDs make perfect birthday gifts, or tuck one or two into an Easter basket for a special, non-candy treat! Entering is easy using the Rafflecopter form below.

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Spring  has finally arrived and warmer days are on the way! Warm weather here means spending more time outside and a switch to lighter, healthier eating, including desserts. I recently tried Yoplait Greek100 Whips! yogurt in strawberry and I loved it! 

I knew immediately what warm weather dessert I was going to make over; my Strawberry Trifle. My old recipe called for lots of sugar on the strawberries and lots of whipped cream too, but I’m lightening up for my health and my families and I’d love to share my easy recipe with you.

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Makes 4 6 oz. Trifles
  • 2 Strawberry Yoplait Greek 100 Whips
  • 2 Vanilla Cupcake Yoplait Greek 100 Whips
  • 1 quart fresh strawberries
  • 1 Fat-Free Angel Food Cake


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  • Wash strawberries in a colander allowing them to air dry if possible.
  • Dry strawberries if needed and slice, set aside.
  • Chop up Angel Food cake into bite size pieces, place in bowl, set aside.
  • Open Strawberry Yoplait Greek 100 Whips!, stir to whip.

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Assembling Trifles:

  • Add a hand full of Angel Food cake to the bottom of each serving cup/bowl.
  • Add a hefty teaspoon of Strawberry Yoplait Greek 100 Whips.
  • Add a hefty tablespoon of sliced strawberries.
  • Add another handful of Angel Food cake.
  • Top with a hefty teaspoon of Vanilla Cupcake Yoplait Greek 100 Whips.
  • Garnish top with sliced strawberries.

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Serve immediately, or cover with cling wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.


Because of the sweet goodness of the Yoplait Greek 100 Whips, we didn’t miss the sugar at all! The no whips are sweet, but not too sweet. They have 9 grams of sugar and protein, 100 calories, 15 carbs, and no fat! Not only did they lighten up one of our favorites desserts, the kids raved about them and asked for me to please keep the Whips on hand for snack time.

I happily said yes, knowing that I can save a bunch by shopping Publix’s sale going on right now. For a limited time, you can save $1 off the purchase of 5 Yoplait Greek 100 Whips! Just download their coupons here. I hope you’ll take advantage of these savings and #whipitup! 

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One lucky reader will receive a $15.00 PayPal transfer from me on behalf of Yoplait Greek 100 Whips! and Publix! Entering is easy using the Rafflecopter form below.


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Special thanks to PartnersHub and  Warner Home Video for sponsoring today's giveaway by sending me a free copy of the Flintstones movie to enjoy with my family and host a giveaway here so you can do the same. All opinions are my own.

Calling all Flintstones and WWE fans! Have I got a fun post for you today. I'm sharing all kinds of cool #FlintstonesWWE stuff! There's an app that will help you figure out which Flintstones & WWE Stone Age Smackdown Star you are, some cool printable activity sheets, and of course a chance to win the #FlintstonesWWE Stone Age Smackdown Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack! 

Let's Yabba-Dabba do this!

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About The Flintstones and WWE: Stone Age Smackdown:

"When Fred loses his family's vacation money, he hatches one of his hair brained plans to get it back. It's a sports entertainment spectacle that involves throwing his best bud, Barney into the wrestling ring with the likes of John Cenastone (John Cena), Rey Mysteriopal (Rey Mysterio) and even The Undertaker, with Fred himself as event promoter! The crowds roar, the "clams" are pouring in from ticket sales and even Mr. McMagma (Vince McMahon) is taking notice of all the hoopla. Including all-star appearances from The Boulder Twins (Brie and Nikki Bella) Marble Henry (Mark Henry) and Daniel Bry-Rock (Daniel Bryan), it's time to get the whole family together for hard-hitting, side-splitting laughs from the most epic event in all of prehistory!"

Take the Quiz: 

Which Flintstones & WWE Stone Age Smackdown Star are you?  Be sure to watch the official movie trailer too!

Download some fun activities:

You can and do them together as a family while you watch the film at home. 

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One lucky reader will win The #FlintstonesWWE Stone Age Smackdown Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack! Entering is easy using the Rafflecopter form below.

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Each household is only eligible to win One (1) The Flintstones and WWE: Stoneage Smackdown Blu-Ray Combo Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the temperatures are rising in my area. I actually have windows open right now. The fresh air smells and feels heavenly!  I’m ready to get started on my spring cleaning to-do lists, which includes de-gunking my phone, laptop, desktop, anything with a screen basically. Thanks to the nice folks at Dust Off who sent me a few of their screen cleaning products free of charge to try and share my opinions with you, I’ll have this chore done quickly and safely in no time. All opinions and love of cleaning are my own.

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Everything I need to keep my screens and media clean! 

See those cute printed mobile screen clothes? My girls jumped on these pronto when I opened up my Dust Off package.  I can’t say I blame them, there phone screens are usually gross. 

Yes, my cell phone gets a little messy, especially on days I’ve got my full face- I’m ‘ready-to-take-on-the-world makeup going on, but their phones? There are so many sticky finger prints on them; I wonder how they see anything!  Everybody got their own cute doubles sided microfiber cloth and we set to work cleaning our mobile phones. 

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My mobile phone cleaned up easily with just the cloth I’m happy to say.  The girls’ phones however, required a squirt from the cleaning spray pen tucked in with our goodies. I’ll be keeping the cleaning pen and my cute Zebra print cloth in my purse from now on!

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Next up, it was time for me to clean my laptop and desktop screens. I opened up the  Dust Off Ultimate Screen Care Kit.  It comes with everything you need to clean all your screens and your CD and DVDS too and has a handy carrying case!

Kit includes:

  • Screen Shammy
  • Plasma Screen cloth
  • CD/DVD cloth
  • Sweep key fob
  • Dust-Off advanced LCD/Plasma Screen Spray
  • EVA Storage case

The shammy and cleaning spray worked well together.  My screens were streak free and the cleaning spray is practically odorless, making it perfect to take on road trips too. I really like all the products I received from Dust-Off and invite you to visit their website to see all the great screen cleaning products they offer. 

I bet you've looked at your screens a couple of times while reading this and decided you needed to clean your screens too. Before you do, here are some helpful screen and media cleaning tips from Dust-Off. 

Screen Cleaning Tips:

  1. For safety, always turn off your screen before using any spray cleaner.
  2. Allow screen to cool before spraying cleaner on surface.
  3. Always check your microfiber clothes before use making sure they are free of debris that could scratch screens.
  4. Don’t apply excessive pressure when using microfiber clothes.
  5. And here’s an important bonus cleaning tip that I was not aware of:
  6. Do not use wood-based products such as tissue paper, paper towels on your screens and media. They may scratch screens.

I'm really looking forward to my annual spring cleaning this year because it has been a long, harsh winter. I hope you are looking forward to spring too!

Please share in comments: How often do you clean your mobile phones screen and with what?

I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour on behalf of the makers of SUDAFED® Brand and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

There’s a new hashtag in town and I’d like to introduce you to it: #FOMO, also known as Fear Of Missing Out. I have met #FOMO on a couple of occasions recently, due in large part to terrible sinus pressure and pain. The hashtag may be new, but the need for sinus pressure relief is not!  Since moving to middle Tennessee years ago, I’ve had to deal with sinus woes often and I would be lost and sidelined regularly if I didn’t use SUDAFED®!

One of my most recent run-ins with #FOMO was right before my youngest daughter’s big choir concert.  I felt the pressure and pain coming on that afternoon, and knew if I wanted to show my sweet songbird daughter support by attending this major event, I’d have to take a SUDAFED® and nip that pain in the bud!

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Not only was I able to attend the concert, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I wasn’t squinting to see the stage because of the terrible sinus pressure, nor was my head pounding along to the beat of the music.

Lots of people may assume sinus trouble is a spring-and-summer problem, but it can actually sideline you in any season.  I’ve lived through sinus pressure and pain in the cold months as well. 

Just a few weeks ago, Nashville got a rare and beautiful snow day! My kids were thrilled that the ice had stopped and they were finally seeing, big, fluffy, beautiful snowflakes! They ran outside to play, and in the case of my oldest daughter- capture the moment with her camera. 

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I would have missed capturing this moment of my daughter capturing the moment if I hadn’t taken a SUDAFED® earlier that day at the first sign of sinus pain.  I'm thankful I had a great product on hand during these special life moments. Even getting to write this post today singing the praises of a brand I trust and use often, is a special life moment made better because I have  SUDAFED® in my medicine cabinet.

Do you or somebody you know suffer with sinus pain and pressure? Why not bring a smile to their face by sending them a Someecards meant just for us fighters of the #FOMO!

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SUDAFED® Brand has partnered with Someecards to produce e-cards, listicles and quizzes with the serious sinus sufferer in mind.  Understanding that #FOMO (fear of missing out) is a reality for those with sinus trouble, this content serves as a reminder that sufferers no longer have to miss out on important moments - SUDAFED® products provide much needed relief from sinus pain, pressure and congestion. 

Don't fear #FOMO!

To learn more about SUDAFED® products, check out their free sinus rescue plan, find savings coupons and more start by visiting their website here, then visit their Facebook page to see what their community of liberated sinus suffers (like me!) are up to. 

Please share in comments: 

Have you had a recent experience with #FOMO due to sinus pain and pressure? 

When a representative for NAKANO Natural Rice Vinegar emailed me to see if I would like to receive a complimentary set of rice vinegar’s to review and host a giveaway, I immediately thought of my Grandmother in-law. This lovely woman utilized the healthy, healing powers of natural vinegar her whole life and passed her knowledge on to me when I married her grandson. With fond memories of her, I happily agreed to give NAKANO’s rice vinegar's a try. All opinions are my own. 

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NAKANO Natural Rice Vinegar invites us to Splash On! And be Daring, Bold and Delicious with their six varieties of all natural, no fat, low calorie, splash on rice vinegar's.

  • Original
  • Seasoned Original
  • Citrus
  • Roasted Garlic
  • Basil & Oregano
  • Mango

My husband and I were excited to see if these rice vinegar's tasted as good as they looked, so we held an informal taste test in our kitchen. With spoons in hand we sampled them right from the bottle. 

Our Thoughts:

All six flavors are pleasant tasting, not harsh or acid. As you can probably tell by their color, they are very light in flavor. Yes, they are still vinegar's, so you have to be a fan of that flavor profile; but these seasoned rice vinegar's were quite tasty straight from the bottle. Our favorites were the Citrus, Mango and Basil and Oregano.

I especially enjoyed the Basil and Oregano.  It has just the right amount of herb flavors, with a hint of brown sugar sweetness that I found to be a perfect replacement of my regular low-calorie salad dressing.

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I whipped up this quick spinach, olive and Parmesan cheese salad for lunch and it was delicious when paired with the Basil & Oregano rice vinegar and just a splash of olive oil!

Some other tasty ways to use these rice vinegar's are:

  • Splashing on grilled chicken
  • Replacing Mayo in potato salad
  • Dip for Onion rings
  • Adding a splash to snacks like trail mix

Yes, trail mix!

NAKANO has partnered with registered dietitian  Dawn Jackson Blatner, author of “The Flexitarian Diet”, to help us maintain our healthy lifestyle goals with simple swaps, like replacing unhealthy afternoon snacks with healthier alternatives. This is her Super food trail mix recipe.

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Superfood Trail Mix:
Source:  Recipe created exclusively for Mizkan by: Dawn Jackson Blatner at

Makes 2 cups

1 tablespoon NAKANO Natural Rice Vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
Dash cayenne pepper (optional)
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1/2 cup raw almonds, chopped
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 cup puffed brown rice cereal
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup raisins


In a small bowl, mix NAKANO Natural Rice Vinegar, honey, salt and cayenne. In a 10-inch skillet over medium-low heat, warm oil and add the vinegar mix, almonds and chia seeds. 

Cook for 6 minutes, stirring constantly, until all excess liquid is gone. Pour onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and let cool in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to set. Toss almonds with brown rice cereal, pumpkin seeds, and raisins.

Nutrition:  (1/4 cup): 110 calories, 6g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 0g cholesterol, 60mg sodium, 12g carbs, 2g fiber, 6g sugar, 3g protein

I invite you to learn more about NAKANO by visiting their website, where you’ll find coupons, cooking videos, recipes and a store locator.  

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One lucky reader will win this set of  six NAKANO Natural Rice Vinegar's!

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