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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The 5 hour ENERGY Yummification Contest Results Are In #sponsored

I had a great time coming up with a delicious blend of flavors to create my entry for the 5-hour ENERGY® Yummification contest. There were so many fantastic and creative entries submitted. I spent a lot of time watching other videos. Where do people get some of these ideas? I mean, they are brilliant. Unfortunately, I was not one of the lucky winners. Maybe I'll come back next year with a winning entry.

Here are the results from the 5-hour ENERGY® “Yummification” video contest. The winning videos and recipes are posted at

· First Place ($50,000 prize): “Pomelimelade” by Tim Merlau, Los Angeles, CA

o This winning submission mixes a Pomegranate 5-hour ENERGY® shot with limeade, and then takes us on a musical journey through all that can be accomplished over several hours (spoiler alert: it’s a lot).

o “Pomelimelade”
  • 1 glass Limeade
  • 1 shot of Pomegranate 5-hour ENERGY®
· Second Place ($30,000 prize): “Ramalamadingdong” by Mark Golembeski, Los Angeles, CA

o The second place video helps us turn that 2:30 feeling frown upside down by mixing a 5-hour ENERGY® shot with lemonade. This video has it all: a clown, a puppy, a guy in a tutu, and much more.

o “Ramalamadingdong”
  • 1 glass Lemonade
  • 1 shot of Berry 5-hour ENERGY®
· Third Place ($10,000 prize): “Arnold Power” by Zac Sheorn, Lugoff, SC

o The third place winner reminds us that you don’t have to be good at sports, but mixing a Pink Lemonade 5-hour ENERGY® shot with decaffeinated iced tea helps keep you refreshed while practicing. And practicing.

o “Arnold Power”
  • 1 glass Decaf Iced Tea
  • 1 shot of Pink Lemonade 5-hour ENERGY®
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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Disney on Ice Presents Frozen at the Baltimore Arena from Oct. 29 - Nov. 2 + Ticket Giveaway #sponsored #FFA

Disney On Ice presents Frozen visits Baltimore from October 29th to November 2nd for 9 performances at the Baltimore Arena.

The Academy Award® winning tale will be told live for the first time in this production, capturing the dynamic between two royal sisters, Anna and Elsa. Anna, a girl with an extraordinary heart, embarks on an epic journey to find her sister, the magical Elsa, who is determined to remain secluded as she finally feels free to test the limits of her powers. Rugged mountain man Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven, the lovable and hilarious snowman Olaf and the mystical trolls help Anna along the way in this story about love conquering fear. Audiences will get to sing along with such musical masterpieces as “Let it Go,” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” and “Fixer Upper.”

In Disney On Ice presents Frozen, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse take the audience through the magical story based in Arendelle, with special appearances by beloved Disney princesses and favorite characters from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story and Finding Nemo and Disney’s The Lion King, who come together to prove that true love is the greatest power of all.  Director Patty Vincent says, “Our goal is to showcase these heartwarming characters in a way that allows the audience to cheer and sing along throughout this emotional journey.”

Baltimore, Md
Baltimore Arena, 201 W Baltimore St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Date and Time of Performance:
· Wednesday, October 29th @ 7:30 p.m.
· Thursday, October 30th @ 7:30 p.m.
· Friday, October 31st @ 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
· Saturday, November 1st @ 11:00 a.m. 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
· Sunday, November 2nd @ 11:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Tickets start at: $20
To order tickets by phone: (410) 347-2020
To order tickets online:

For a complete list of tour dates, visit the Disney On Ice website ( ) and stay current on the latest developments through social media, including instructions on how to access presale codes for tickets as early as May 20th:

· Facebook (
· Twitter (@DisneyOnIce/@NicoleFeld (show’s producer twitter feed))
· YouTube ( )

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**Feld Entertainment is neither a sponsor nor endorser of this promotion.

About Feld Entertainment
Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in more than 75 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, Nuclear Cowboyz®, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! More information on Feld Entertainment is available online at .
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Dairy Queen Blizzard Battle: Pumpkin Pie or Apple Pie. Which One?! {sponsored}

#VotePumpkin or #VoteApple? Dairy Queen needs your help deciding which flavor (and town) should take home the win. Watch the mayors’ wager and town residents cheering for their side here:

In true fan-loving form, DQ is asking fans across America to decide which flavor reins supreme. And we’re making it personal. We’ve teamed up with the mayors of two towns known for their apples and pumpkins, Wenatchee, Wash., known for apples and Caro, Mich., known for pumpkins, for this Blizzard Battle.

The mayors are placing a friendly wager on which flavor will come out on top. The town with the most votes will become the Official Pumpkin Pie Blizzard Treat or Apple Pie Blizzard Treat Capital of the World. The losing mayor buys the winning Blizzard treat for both communities.
My boys and I headed to Dairy Queen at the Bowie Town Center in Bowie, MD. It was located inside of the shopping center's food court.

On the menu, there was signage for the Blizzard Battle. It caught my eye immediately.

We decided to go with an apple and a pumpkin blizzard. We ordered a smaller size just to test them out. It was a good amount and topped with whipped cream. There were bite size pie pieces in the blizzard that I loved. I could not help digging through the blizzard to find them.

My boys are awesome taste testers. Well, my oldest is at least. The youngest one will eat anything, so he is really not that great of a help. If I see him make a face, though, I know that he's not too sold on the taste. This happened when he tasted the pumpkin blizzard. He wasn't too sure about it.

That wasn't the case when it came to the apple blizzard. He devoured it!

I was all for the pumpkin blizzard before visiting Dairy Queen. I was getting all ready for the Fall season and thought this flavor who help give me a headstart on doing so. I gave it a shot, but I did not like the taste. It wasn't awful, just not as pleasing and delicious as the apple blizzard. My taste buds responded more positively to the apple.

My son was team apple as well. He tried them both and said the pumpkin was a little weird to him. He is a very picky eater, so who knows what his reasons were behind choosing apple. I appreciate his honesty though.

After all was tasted and done, my family unanimously decided on the APPLE BLIZZARD (Wenatchee, Wash.). I voted on the website for it. Apple is currently behind in votes. I am guessing that the weather change people longing for anything that screams Fall. Pumpkin has a bit of an edge in this case since it was available before. Apple is new. Let's see if the fans can vote it up.

Now, it's your turn. Visit your local Dairy Queen to try the pumpkin pie blizzard and the all-new apple pie blizzard. Then, vote on your favorite. 

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Trash to Treasure: Step2 Company Adjustable Sand & Water Table #thriftstorefind

I cannot stress the importance of outdoor play. With Fall just around the corner, I am trying to capitalize on these remaining beautiful, Summer days by taking Liam outside for added fun and exploration time. He enjoys the simple freedom of being able to walk and run around the yard, discovering the hidden treasures of nature and getting into just about anything.

Liam  is obsessed with blowing the seeds from a dandelion, playing in dirt and often drenches his outfit with water from a bucket. He doesn't need any toys to hold his attention. However, I cannot pass up on the great finds that I come across at the local thrift stores. Not only are these toys classics; they are also affordable.

Just this week, I found a Step2 Company Adjustable Sand & Water Table outside at the thrift store. I raced to get Liam out of the car and into his stroller before anyone else got their hands on it. As I got closer to the table, I noticed it was a bit faded and extremely dirty. To most people, this would be an absolute deal-breaker. But, I'm not most people. In fact, I love it when I see an item at the thrift store that needs a little bit of tender loving care. It becomes an instant project to me.

There was already a price tag on it. It read, "HAI $8". The "HAI" stands for Help Association, Inc. It is a local thrift shop in a city a few minutes from where I live. I frequent this spot and love the quaintness of the tiny, white building. I have found a lot of treasures here and I have also donated several items as well. Perhaps this cycle of give-and-take is creating some positive karma, allowing me to stumble on these great deals and finds.

I hesitated to purchase this sand & water table at first. Surely Liam did not need another thing to play with. He already has enough stuff. Then, I thought about how this particular piece would add excitement to our days of being outside, combined with his love of playing in the dirt and water. It was a no-brainer – this was coming home with us.

I handed over the money to the sales associate. As I was doing so, another customer walked by and smiled. She stopped and told me how great of an item the table is and gave me kudos for such a great score. I am pretty frugal, but even I thought $8 was reasonable. The Step2 website is asking $74.99 for a brand new one. That's almost a savings of 90%.

We made it a family event (well, Daddy did most of the work) and cleaned of the table yesterday.

After getting a bath, the Step2 Adjustable Sand & Water Table looked brand new. It was missing a sticker, a few of the toys for the inside and a few minor tears in the umbrella. Other than that, it was good to go.

We filled the table up with water on both sides. Liam already has a Little Tikes Turtle sandbox (that I also purchased from the thrift store, for $5), so I was in no rush to add sand to the table.

He was splishing and splashing in no time. Water was everywhere...including on his face.

Want to know the funny thing about children and their toys? They usually could care less about them. They go for everyday items, like water buckets. Ha!

I would tell you to stop spending ridiculous amounts of money on "stuff" for these busy bodies. However, it's YOUR money. And if you can find great deals like this one, I say go for it. Even if you cannot use it, consider making a donation to a local church or organization for young children. I am sure they will appreciate it.

Tell me, what great find or deal/bargain have you found recently? It can be anything. Leave a comment below.
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