Holidays- Winter Break Boredom Buster

in , , , , , , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Friday, November 30, 2012

The countdowns have begun; we are decorating, baking and making things merry and bright.

This truly is The Most Wonderful Time of the year, full of hope and peace and goodwill toward men and boredom. Wait, boredom shouldn’t be in my happy moment, but we Moms know once the novelty of new gizmos wears off we had better have some boredom busters up our sleeves to get us through school break and bad weather days.

Here is a product sure to please your elves and you’ll have some fun too! Check out Colortime Crafts and Markers.

Here is more about Colortime:
Since 1990, over 5 million children and adults have loved creating t-shirts, pillowcases, backpacks, tote bags, bandanas, and more for parties, slumber parties, and scout meetings with our permanent fabric markers. We have provided our customers the opportunity to entertain their guests with a creative activity that becomes a permanent keepsake. Also, we are a licensed vendor of the Girl Scouts of America. Check out our wholesale program, great for your organizations.

We also offer free downloadable coloring pages ( and a "Birthday Club" ( with special incentives. 
 Want to save? Sure you do!
Get 15% off all orders Promo Code: 15USFG when you check out at
I think we will do some tote bags. If you take advantage of this offer, please stop back by and tell me what you picked.
Happy, Merry Holidays to you and yours!


Thunderstruck Blu-Ray Combo Pack (Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital Download) Giveaway

by Linda A Kinsman, Wednesday, November 28, 2012

This giveaway is sure to please the boys and sports fans in your life!

Warner Bros. is proud to announce the release of Thunderstruck on DVD and Blu-ray December 4th 2012, along with the Thunderstruck Blog App!

NBA superstar Kevin Durant plays himself in this action-packed family film about a basketball star who switches talent with a klutzy 16-year-old fan. When Brian (Taylor Gray) magically switches basketball skills with his hero, Kevin Durant, he becomes the star of his high school team... while Kevin Durant suddenly can’t make a shot to save his life! But with the playoffs approaching, Brian learns that being a true winner means working hard at your own game, and he tries to make things right in time to prevent a catastrophic end to his hero’s season.


Are you up for a Free-Throw Challenge? Show us your skills! Make as many baskets as you can and unlock special clips along the way! Just click on the Free -throw Challenge Game above and then come back and tell me how you did! Be sure to let your kids play, watch the trailer and read the Thunder IFIC tips. 

Ready? Go play! Then come back and enter by using the Rafflecopter form below! 

This giveaway is brought to you by Warner Bros. who are suppling the prizes. I received no compensation or products to host this giveaway.

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Halo Oral Antiseptic Review

by Linda A Kinsman, Monday, November 26, 2012

Have you heard of Halo yet? It is a first ever oral antiseptic spray that is clinically proven to kill airborne germs you breathe in.

I love their tag line- ” Halo- All you need to protect you and your family from the air you share this cold and flu season. “

 I was very intrigued and offered my review services to Halo. They sent me 2 bottles, one for children and one for adults.

Product DescriptionThe Science behind Halo

Up to six hours of protection with only three quick sprays. Whether you’re in a minivan full of knee-high sneezers, or boarding a flight aboard Secondhand Air, you can rest assured that three quick sprays of Halo will keep you protected from airborne germs for up to six hours.

In a clinical trial conducted at Case Western Medical Center, ranked one of the 2012 Top 25 Medical Research Centers by U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, Halo was tested to see how long three sprays would continue to kill breathed in airborne germs. 
The results showed that when a person used three sprays of Halo, Halo continued to kill airborne germs that were breathed in for up to six hours, even when people were eating and drinking.

My Review:

At first I have no idea if Halo was working or not. It is a preventative spray, so unless you purposefully expose yourself to a cold bug, you won’t really know. So I sprayed my family and waited.

First reactions to Halo. 

My nine year old didn’t like the taste of the childrens' spray one little bit, mainly because it is grape. She is not a fan of “grape” flavored anything. She said it stung her throat a bit. I told her to take a drink of water to wash it down. She did. Then she gave me double gross face and said that made it worse. As I continued my review testing, she would allow me to spray her throat randomly.  

The next morning I asked my 13 yr. old to give it a try. She had already been informed of the “dreaded spray” by her little sister, so I figured I’d get a same song second verse reaction.  But I am happy to report she didn’t find it that unpleasant tasting at all. She did say she felt a tingle in her throat at first too. She refused to take a drink of water after the first time, because she said it made it linger. She did allow me to use the spray again, but we didn’t spray every morning.

My reaction to the adult citrus flavor was favorable. The spray has an oily quality to it. I didn’t feel my throat tingle until I tried a drink of water. Yep, it does make your throat tingle and makes the taste worse.

Hubby’s reaction to the adult citrus flavor spray was so-so. At first he wouldn’t let me near him having heard all about it from the girls.  I finally got him to open his mouth and he said it tasted gross after he took a drink of water and his throat tingled.

At this point I am the only one taking Halo regularly. I am not getting sick. Hubby wonders if it is placebo effect.

And then… my 13 yr. old caught a cold! Whether it was from us not spraying every morning, or the fact that Halo only lasts 6 hours and she is at school at least 8, we aren’t sure. What we do know is she caught a cold and was home sick for 2 days. I had been using Halo spray once daily and upped my dose to every six hours.

I didn’t get sick.

But, my nine year old did! I got one daughter back at school just in time to help another feel better. Through it all, I kept spraying Halo. I am so happy to report I did not get sick! My hubby asked me to spray him too once our second daughter caught a cold.

I do highly recommend this product! Just remember to make quick sprays and not drink water right away and you and your family should be fine.

I hope you find this review helpful. You can learn more about Halo at their website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclosure: I was sent an adult Halo spray and a Children’s Halo spray to review. I received no compensation and all opinions are my own.

From Our Home to Yours – Happy Thanksgiving

by Linda A Kinsman, Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Holidays are upon us once again and while I enter this season happy as I most usually do.   I feel a little nostalgic as well.  

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Our daughters have grown so much this year! Not only in height (I cannot keep them in long enough pants it seems), but also maturity. 

My oldest is 13 and full of opinions, ideas and boundless energy. She wants to help more, do more, discover more. And I am all for helping her become her. 

Some days I look at her and I swear I can see her at 3… and then other days I look at her beautifully open face and I see the lady she will be. It is bittersweet. But I tell myself to turn the page and start another chapter.  

As for my 9 year old, well, she is happy with a whole lot of sassy thrown in to keep us on our toes. She still believes and hears the bells of Christmas and as I look at her sweet face I can’t help but pray for just one more magical Holiday season. I have turned several pages with her this year as well. 
In the immortal words of Baby Blues - “The days are long, but the years are short”. That is so, so true!

Yep, this Mom is feeling a bit nostalgic. But, I wouldn’t trade my today's with them and my dear husband for all the riches of the world.  

This Thanksgiving will find us at home, just us 4. Happily cooking and eating and watching a Christmas movie or two. Continuing traditions we started as a young family that we hope will be forever cemented in the hearts and minds of our children and one day theirs.  

We are blessed to be together, safe, happy, warm and full. We are Thankful.

It is my sincerest wish that you my dear readers are the same. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and may I be one of the first to wish you a Merry Christmas as well!

Chris Mann # Roads Review

by Linda A Kinsman, Tuesday, November 13, 2012

When One2One Network let me know that I'd been selected to preview Chris Mann’s CD, I was very excited. In fact my whole family couldn’t wait for the arrival of Roads, his debut album. We loved his beautiful singing style on The Voice last year. 

Roads did not disappoint us and it won't disappoint you!  We all loved it,  giving Roads a solid 8.5 out of ten. This is an outstanding collection of songs that show Chris Mann's range and vocal ability.

At first we couldn't decide which song or songs were our favorite, but after several plays we these tracks were our favorites:

Roads, Cuore, My Way (the last note is AMAZING) and of course, Chris’ enchanting version of Ave Maria! I would have bought this CD just for that song! All the rest of the songs, including his cool duo with Christina Aguilera, was just icing on the cake. 

I highly recommend Roads as a gift for a loved one or yourself.  You can purchase Roads on Itunes or on Amazon.  You can also learn more about # Chris Mann at

I hope you find this review helpful. Please let me know if you are a Chris Mann fan!

This is a review post from One2One Network. I was provided with a copy of the album and I am eligible for a prize drawing. All opinions stated are my own.”

Titanic-Pigeon Forge Thanksgiving Giveaway

in , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Pigeon Forge Tennessee is a fun travel destination any time of year, but when it is all lit up and decorated for Christmas it becomes a festive wonder-land. Add the Titanic Fireworks Display on Thanksgiving and your holiday just became magical!
Enter for your chance to see our Titanic Fireworks Display on Thanksgiving evening!  Hurry!This contest ends on November 11th.
Winners will be announced on November 12th, 2012 on Titanic Attraction web and social media channels (@TitanicMuseumAttraction).
Enter HERE for your chance to win!
Top Winner: a family pass to the Titanic Museum Attraction for Thanksgiving Night, a photo of your family, and a $100 gift card to our Titanic Museum Attraction gift shop in Pigeon Forge, TN..

Runner Up: a family pass to the Titanic Museum Attraction for Thanksgiving Night, a photo of your family, and a $50 gift card to our Titanic Museum Attraction gift shop in Pigeon Forge, TN.
Now doesn't this sound like alot of fun?
Enter today HERE
Good luck and please share this with your friends and family!

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I hope you enjoy this offer and will share it with your friends so they can join in this magical Eggs-ploration into the wonderful world of reading!

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