Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Don't forget to upload an #ultrahug with Huggies Snug & Dry + Walmart! For a Chance to Win $2k!


I recently told you about how you can spread the love, with Walmart and Huggies #UltraHug campaign, which was launched to coincide with their new Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra Diapers that are available at Walmart. I wanted, also, to tell you a little more and to further encourage you to head on over HERE and to submit an #ultrahug of your very own, in the hopes of supporting a great cause in your local community!

By submitting a photo of you and your little one/s hugging, and tagging it with the hashtag #ultrahug, you will enter for the change to win a $2,000 grant for a local community venture of your choosing. 

I have nominated Red Creek Wildlife Center in PA, as they do a lot of work for reptiles as well as other animals in the area, and has been a place that has helped nurse many animals back to health and freedom for many a number of years. They deserve a grant, in my opinion, for all of the work they do on not-so-fluffy critters and I feel that they really do deserve it for all the work and effort they put into what they do!

You can nominate any community venture, mention them with your #ultrahug, and that's it! You're entered.

I love the wildlife that PA has to offer and I would love to see it around for generations to come and I would love to have some way contributed to it! There are so many people doing so much good in the world but this one, for me personally, was not a hard decision to make at all! 

So, who do you have in mind that could really benefit from an #ultrahug"? Head on over here, now, and let the world know! Shout it from the rooftops! We are waiting to hear!

Why not also try out Huggies new Snug and Dry diapers, only available at walmart! Ready to go when you are and keeps your little one drier than ever before!! 

What are you waiting for! Let us see some of those squishy, #ultrahug and lovey-dovey moments, and jump in for a chance to win your community $2,000!! 

Here is ours, while out to lunch!

Me and my 2 youngest "babies" - awe!



GOOD LUCK!

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Heat Up Your Memorial Party with Cool Treats from Unilever Brands!

Disclaimer: I was provided with coupons for a selection of ice cream products in order to test them out and write this review. All opinions are my own. Thank you!

ICE CREAM, COVERED! WITH UNILEVER AT YOUR SIDE!


I'm having a cook-out on Monday, for Memorial Day and we will be having the usual burgers and hot dogs as well as corn and sides and other goodies and meat-free options for those who'd prefer them and everyone will eat and be merry!


Of course, no good cook-out is going to be complete without dessert and our guests can look forward to a plethora of ice cream from Good Humor, Klondike, Breyers, Popsicle, Fruttare and Magnum!


There are so many yummy new flavors out there to try right now and so I picked up a few and smiles will be brought to the faces of all with delicious cold treats!

Why not have some fun making Memorial day red, white and blue, too, with RED Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake, WHITE Coconut and Milk Fruttare, and BLUE popsicles! 



You can also pick up Popsicle's Fire Crackers, which are read, white AND blue, all on one stick!!

For Memorial Day we're having:
  • Good Humor - Birthday Cake 
  • Klondike - Cookie Swirl 
  • Breyers - Girl Scout Cookies/Thin Mint
  • Popsicle - Fire Crackers
  • Fruttare - Mango 
  • Magnum Minis - selection of flavors!
I love Magnum bars and these mini versions are a sweet treat that everyone can enjoy and come in boxes of 6! I always want to eat them all, but I will happily share for a party! 


My daughter's favorite is the Birthday Cake bars and, any celebration is a good reason for cake and so these will be on hand for memorial day, too! 


The Fire Crackers are our red, white and blue stand-out popsicles and EVERYBODY loves those - especially when the temperatures are set to be up in the high 80s! 

Don't forget the classic Klondike bars and other timeless goodies from the many brands Unilever wants you to enjoy, and tell me what you think!! 

There is always time to stock up before the party, and every day is perfect for a little sweet treat!

So, what are you waiting for!?

Have a great holiday weekend!! 

Let's all go to Shady Maple!

SHADY MAPLE!


This week a friend and I went out to a place called Shady Maple, which is a very popular farmers' market and smorgasbord, with an all-you-can-eat buffet and grill service to suit all tastes and enthusiastic palates!

Not just ANY smorgasbord, but Lancaster County's largest one, which boasts over 200 feet of authentic Pennsylvania Dutch cooking - and believe me, it is HUGE!

We loaded my two youngest children into the car and set off to be there in time for lunch, paid for our tickets at the door and waited to be seated - the price is around $13.95 per adult, $6.95 per child over 4, with a younger kids eat free deal, senior citizen prices and a FREE meal on your birthday (with an accompanying adult meal purchase). 

We were seated extremely quickly, right on a corner table, close to the food and with a high-chair that was just right for the youngest of our bunch, Bronson. The table was laden with all the cutlery and condiments needed for all and there was nothing to do but to grab ourselves a plate and start selecting from the food. 

And boy, was there ever some food on offer! There were crab cakes, cod, tempura shrimp, beef, pork, seafood croquettes, hot dogs, roasts, many different cheeses, eggs made to order in whichever way you'd like - omelet, benedict, plain, on English muffins, without muffins at all, with soups, salads, rolls, side vegetables, curried vegetables, yams, hams, mashed potatoes, beans, mac and cheese, every kind of vegetable, you name it, the list goes on! 

And then there are desserts! Oh my! The desserts are everyone's favourite part of the meal and they had canoli, lemon meringue, raspberry pie, ice cream cake, cookies, coconut cream pie, chocolate cream pie, several kinds of ice cream, tons of ice cream toppings - desserts for days, for sure and enough choice to make your head spin - my favourite was the creamy pina colada! 

If you wanted bread, they had you covered there, too - not just a plain old roll, either, no! They had raspberry, peach, jalapeno, cheese and cinnamon breads, with several others I can't even remember - but they were all so delicious looking and it was hard to choose which ones to try this time around! 

Shady Maple doesn't let you down on the drinks front, either! They have everything from coffee to tea, water and juices, slushies in several flavors and sodas and chocolate milk, regular milk, other milks and beverages to warm you up or cool you down and everything you need for a sweet treat! 


Now, the rules for eating here are very simple - you can eat whatever you like and however much you like but once you are done with a plate you leave it to the side to be cleared and then you go up and get another. You can revisit the food as many times as you like for the time period for which you are eating (lunch is 11am until 3pm) and you must not take any food with you when you leave. When you are done eating, you just turn your receipt over on the table at which you are/were seated and leave! You're all set to go!

We must have sat at lunch for a good 2 hours, with everyone trying a little of whatever they fancied. I had eggs benedict, which was made in front of my eyes and, which tasted delicious. I am a huge fan of eggs and this was by far the best they've ever come to my table! 

As well as the eggs, I tried a little of the shrimp, the beef, pork and vegetables, snuck in a few fries and beans and mac and cheese and the usual, but the great thing about taking along the children is that they usually want whatever is on my plate and so whatever I pick up, I rarely would eat it all, and thus it felt like I was eating more than I was and that works great for me and my insides, while the kids eat more than they realise and do themselves a favour eating a good fill for the day! 

My children actually are so well behaved when we go to eat out, and we do it not-so-often because I prefer to cook at home, and so this is always a real treat for them, wherever we end up, but an extra special lunch when they can pick and choose whatever they desire! 

My daughter, Autumn, had some mac and cheese, chicken, broccoli and fries, chocolate milk and then a slushy. She tried some pizza and some cheeses and breads and was quite impressed that you could fill a bowl with fresh cream with the touch of a button and eat that right up with a spoon on its own if you wished! She tried some raspberry ice cream for dessert and sprinkled it with several different toppings and her face was a picture, I think she tried a fresh apple doughnut as well, and maybe a touch of ice cream cake, but didn't eat through all of what she had in total, but rather took bites of everything and didn't go too crazy, which is fine by me and just her style! As long as she's eating, I'm a happy bunny! 

My youngest, Bronson, is the one no one expects will eat much, but my sweet boy will eat just about anything you put in front of him - he just LOVES food. If you give him a steak I am sure it would be devoured in seconds, but alas, we loaded him up with foods that he could eat with his hands and that weren't too messy and let him have-at-it with anything he wanted to try (on my plate, or his). 


Bronson seemed to love my mac and cheese, and ate through most of what was on his plate, plus some cheeses and bread - the boy loves his cheese, just like his dad and he would probably jut have sat and ate broccoli and cheese all day if I'd have let him! I filled up his cup with juice and he was happy just joining in the fun and even tried a canoli for the first time, which he seemed to have the most fun time with! 

My friend recommends trying the beef if you are ever at Shady Maple - and I agree, it really is some GREAT shredded beef to get into and it tastes succulent and juicy and even better with a splash of gravy! 

I just don't have the words to tell you just how wonderful this place is, but when they are seating hundreds of guests per day, and it takes 5 minutes to walk from one end of the buffet to the other and you're surrounded by 5 or 6 grill/cooking stations to make things for you as you'd like, tens of drink stations and hundreds of desserts, then you know you're in the right place and are certainly getting a LOT for your money!  

I absolutely recommend taking a trip out to Shady Maple if you are ever in Pennsylvania - you are going to love it there, and you can walk off all the food downstairs, after, in this gigantic gift shop! The farmers market is a stones-throw away, too and you can take a whole day out down there and really have a fabulous time. 

It also helps that Shady Maple is just 20 minutes, if that, from BB's Grocery Outlet, which is one of my favourite places to shop, but that is a story for another time!

7 Tips for eating at Shady Maple: 

  • Go on an empty stomach, you're going to need a lot of room in there if you want to get the most bang for your buck!
  • Go on your birthday, or a friends birthday and split the check! Birthday guests get a free meal with a paying adult and [instead of you not paying] just split the check for the equivalent of 2 half price meals and you both win!
  • Make sure you walk to both sides of the buffet! They have 2 sections but they are not exactly the same and so one end might have something a little different to the other and it is worth a look! 
  • Remember to check out the grilling/cooking stations for food cooked to your taste and fresh in front of your eyes and they'll make the food however you like (within reason, and with what is available!). 
  • Drink water or juice instead of soda or fizzy water - fizzy anything will fill you up and you will feel fuller and more uncomfortable quicker. Stick to water or juice, or throw in a cup of coffee - maybe save anything fizzy for last! 
  • Why not pick up several different desserts and share around the table? This way you get to try a selection of everything with little going to waste! 
  • Take your time, enjoy the food and the company and take a walk around the gift shop downstairs after your meal to walk off some of said meal, and to pick up a few souvenirs! 

Go hungry, leave stuffed, and smile! Take a trip down to Shady Maple, in East Earl, P.A., today! 

Disclaimer: I am in no way associated with Shady Maple, I just really love their food and all opinions are my own :)




Friday, 22 May 2015

Win a Magic Castle Bouncer from Blast Zone!

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Rockin' My Life and Blast Zone have teamed up to bring you a giveaway for one Magic Castle Inflatable Bouncer so you can have Fun this summer at home with Blast Zone!

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This giveaway is valid in the Continental
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The bloggers promoting and hosting this giveaway is not responsible for prize fulfillment. 

Blast Zone will be in charge of that and no participating bloggers are liable for prizes.

Good luck! 



Thursday, 21 May 2015

The Following is Over.

I am really disappointed with the amount of good shows that have been cancelled this past month or so, but the one that shocked me the most was probably The Following. 

I have watched this show since the beginning and I've loved every minute of it - James Purefoy is an absolute delight to see on-screen and a perfect match to Kevin Bacon's deeply disturbed Ryan Hardy and when they let his character, Joe, go, the show took a twisted turn and actually looked like it was about to get deeper and darker than ever before!

Denied of the 4th season, we'll never quite know where Ryan Hardy was off to and we'll never really see that dark side of him in the way we all hoverd about for in season 3, but the show touched on it enough to really give us, the viewer, the insight into what might have been - and that kills us all a little on the inside!

I am certainly sad to see this show go, though it went out with a little bit of a bang, we'd all have liked some more - I wish that it would be picked up by Hulu or Netflix or something in the future, but nothing is ever set in stone and I have little hope since The Bridge was cancelled last year or when Carnivale was cancelled back in the day - apparently there is just no accounting for taste and/or good T.V.

On a side note, Battle Creek was cancelled, too - another show that had such great potential!

Come on, guys in the big seats, give us something to cling to, here! We're tired of reality T.V!

Friday, 8 May 2015

Recycle Your Period Pad, with Poise! #RecycleYourPeriodPad



Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, from Poise, but all opinions are my own, thank you! 

Ladies! ONE in THREE women experience LBL (Light Bladder Leakage) and so if you are one of those lucky ladies - maybe since having children or in general, then it is time to come out of the shadows and own that sucker for what it is and start using the right protection!


Many women think that using a period pad is the way to go, but folks, you're doing it wrong - your period pad is for your period and you can switch it up and out for better protection with NEW Poise because using a period pad means you're doing it wrong!

Imagine all the other things you can do with those period pads now that you'll have poise in your life!


You can stick them to windows to keep out the bright light! Build giant period-pad towers and fortresses or use them as tiny little cushions for teddy-bears or turn them into works of art! Sounds ridiculous, doesn't it!? Well, so is using them for bladder leakage, and now you understand!

Don't be scared to pick up Poise! No one is going to judge you - these products are there to help, and they are used by so many across the globe that you are certainly not alone!


Why not CLICK HERE for a FREE SAMPLE and more info on the NEW Poise Thin-Shape pads and products hitting shelves just for your comfort and freshness all around!

Follow the hashtag #RecycleYourPeriodPad with other ways to use your period pad, which doesn't include LBL (light bladder leakage) and for ways to enjoy life's little comforts!!

Own everything you do, with confidence, and Poise!

Friday, 24 April 2015

Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra, #Ultrahug Event: I'd Like to Nominate: Red Creek Wildlife Center!



Huggies has a new Snug & Dry Ultra diaper (only available at Walmart) and to celebrate these new cozy diapers, Huggies is hosting an event, which allows you to nominate a community venture for a chance to win a $2k grant all in the name of an #Ultrahug!

All you have to do, to nominate the venture of your choice, is to upload a photo of you and your little one in an #ultrahug and share it to Twitter and Instagram, with the nomination of your choice! 

As such, I wanted to share with you a little about the organisation that I would love to see a grant go towards, because it would mean a lot to our family to be able to give something back to a place that has been there for us, and the community for as long as I can remember. 

My husband and I love animals and have had an especially large number of reptiles in particular come through our hands over the years. Our family has bonded over, and shared great moments with the wildlife that we've seen, cared for and admired from a distance and we've taught our children how to appreciate each and every one of them.

Every time someone moved and left behind a turtle or when we rescued an iguana from a yard sale and the snapping turtle that someone had sitting in their car without water or food for an entire week, we took them all in and found them homes or let them go somewhere safe! 

There are not so many organisations out there that take in reptiles, but when we came by one turtle that got very sick, we found a rehabilitation center in PA called Red Creek Wildlife Center, who put themselves to the task of making the little guy better and nursed him back to health! 

Red Creek Wildlife Center has a great way of rescuing, caring for and taking in wild animals and has been doing so since 1991! I am therefore nominating them for Huggies #Ultrahug campaign, to possibly win a grant for $2k, which I believe would help the organisation continue to care for Pennsylvania wildlife just as they always have done for us and their community!  


If you have an organisation you would like to nominate for a change to receive a grant from Huggies, then head on over HERE to upload a photo of you hugging your little one, and with the name of the organisation you would like to nominate in this #Ultrahug event!

Also, check out the new Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra Diapers, which support long-lasting leakage protection that won't let you down! From newborn to 35 lbs, Huggies has you covered and Only Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra Diapers have a new, unique quilted liner to lock away wetness better than the rest!

With a conforming, gap-free fit to keep your active baby dry through the day, the Leak Lock® System has quick-absorbing layers for up to 12 hours of protection and confidence for you and your baby! 

 It is that simple!

What are you waiting for!? I can't wait to see all those deserving nominations and those happy faces!

-MGB