If the holiday spirit hasn’t hit you yet, then you’re sure to get there while watching these Rankin and Bass classics! These programs are required viewing in The Harrison household (so says mom! ;-> ) but I don’t always catch them when they show on television. I saw that Rudolph was on in November this year? Huh?? Well, now that these classics are compiled in one dvd collection I don’t need to worry about missing them. And… I’m very happy to share a holiday collection giveaway with one of my lucky readers!
The collection includes:
Frosty the Snowman
The world’s most famous snowman and ambassador of winter fun! When a special silk hat is placed upon his head, Frosty magically comes to life — transforming into a singing, dancing, good-natured pal who spreads happiness wherever he goes.
Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer
The most famous reindeer of all, Rudolph is born with something very unique — a bright red nose that glows! But then, one cloudy Christmas Eve, Rudolph uses his nose to guide Santa’s sleigh through the fog, saving the day and proving that our differences are what make us special.
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town follows the adventures of toymaker Kris Kringle as he sets outs on a journey to bring toys to the children of Sombertown, and in time, becomes Santa Claus — explaining how many favorite Christmas traditions came to be and demonstrating the importance of sharing joy with others.
Not only do I have the classic Rankin and Bass to share, I also have a collection of new holiday cartoons for giveaway that are on their way to achieve classic status:
Shrek The Halls
The Christmas tree isn’t the only thing green in this holiday classic. Just when Shrek thinks he has everything set for a quiet ogre family Christmas, Donkey, Puss in Boots, Gingy and the rest of the gang decide to crash the party. Shrek the Halls is the greatest holiday tale that’s never been told… until now.
When Santa and his reindeer crash onto the island of Madagascar, it’s up to Alex, Marty, Gloria, Melman and those wacky penguins to save Christmas. Get ready for a sleigh full of laughs in this hilarious holiday classic.
Kung Fu Panda Holiday
In this hilarious action-packed Holiday Special, Master Shifu calls on Po to host the year’s biggest event. The Winter Feast is a special time of the year where the Kung Fu Masters celebrate family, tradition and the awesomeness of Kung Fu! Po and the Furious Five must team up to throw the best celebration the Valley Peace has ever seen. Can Po pull off the perfect party, impress his heroes, and discover the true meaning of the Winter Feast?
Dragons Holiday: Gift of the Night Fury
The dragons are back in an exciting holiday adventure! As the villagers of Berk prepare the annual Viking celebration of Snoggletog, the dragons mysteriously take flight from the island. Hiccup and Toothless set out on a journey to find the missing dragons and along the way they discover a magical holiday surprise.
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It’s that time of year when people all over the world send Christmas and New Year cards, celebrate the holidays with family, and stuff themselves silly with yummy foods and desserts. But it’s also a time to reflect back on the past 12 months and all that’s happened. Some of these people will decide it’s time for a change, and use the New Year as motivation for creating new habits – in other words, they make New Year’s resolutions. But we all know that the success rate of change can be low. Maybe you’ve tried in the past to keep a resolution and it just never stuck, but you weren’t sure why. Try following these five steps for achieving your New Year’s resolution or any goal.
When you remember and put into practice these five steps, it’s much easier to achieve your New Year’s resolution and stick with it for longer than a few months. So get ready, get set, and go onward toward your goal! You can do it!
Author Bio: Heather Hewitt is a seasoned writer and guest author who enjoys connecting people with thoughtful products, services and ideas as they relate to crafting, photography, gift giving and personal expression.
Exercise is important, and everyone is encouraged to engage in it on a regular basis. Unfortunately, not many people are impressed upon with some of the things that can make exercise safer and more effective. Most people are simply cut loose on the idea without doing the full research. This isn’t likely to cause harm without a pre-existing condition, but it’s still better to be appraised of the potential benefits before you invest a lot of effort.
The first reason you should monitor your heartrate is because exercise becomes more efficient at certain heart rate levels. If you can keep your effort within a certain parameter, it becomes possible to get more out of your exercise regimen without greatly expanding how long you spend at it or how hard you work. Efficiency matters more than the raw numbers. This is difficult for some people to accept, as they confuse faster speeds and longer times with progress. This isn’t the case. These are only progress if held in moderation relative to one’s body, and heartrate monitors are a good way to gauge that.
There are health considerations as well, however, even for healthy people. Even if you are capable of putting yourself under massive strain, that doesn’t actually make it better exercise. If you push yourself too hard, it can actually trick the body into thinking you’ve been afflicted with some famine or other catastrophe. This can actually induce the body to hold onto its calories as a source of fuel, making it harder to lose weight in the near future. Again, efficiency is more important than raw values, so using a heartrate monitor to make sure you’re staying within sane, non-excessive parameters is the best idea.
You can easily find heartrate monitors for different purposes online. HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com offers monitors specialized for a variety of purposes. Individuals simply looking to get the most out of their workout can find workout monitors that assist with time and other factors. Individuals that are using monitors for their health can easily find units that inform them if a threshold is crossed. There are a variety of monitors on the market with different technical emphases.
Heartrate monitoring has become very possible for individuals working out at home or in the gym. They were once the purview of doctors performing stress tests, but now anyone can take advantage of them. There are many compelling reasons to do so, so do your research!
Yes, I know I’m getting older. I see it on my face and I notice by not understanding what those crazy kids are saying with their loud rock-n-roll ;-> Where I don’t need to be reminded of it is with my body. Oh my aching back! I can’t believe how my body is treating me some days. I do my best to stay fit but after years of lunges, squats and yoga bridges parts of my body are letting me know that they’re getting a little tired and yes, I am getting older. I honestly didn’t think I would have issues with the functionality of the hip but hey, it happens. I’ve been researching and planning ahead, shall we say. If you’re body is at the stage where it needs serious maintenance I hope this information is helpful.
Benefits of Using a Metal on Metal Hip
When patients must undergo a hip replacement, there are a number of considerations they must take into account, and a number of options available to them. One of the options that patients must consider is the type of components that will used in their hip replacement surgery, and how those components will impact them after the completion of the surgery. In some cases, the selection of a metal on metal hip may help patients reduce the incidence of hip joint pain. The components used during the surgery should be thoroughly researched by the patient well in advance of the surgery, and should also be discussed with a physician. A patient’s awareness of how the components will impact their postoperative capabilities will help ensure that the surgery is successful in the patient’s eyes.
Metal Components Are More Durable
The main reason for the development of the metal hip is the belief that metal components will last longer. The metal itself is significantly more durable, which decreases the likelihood that a patient would have to undergo additional surgery to replace components that have become worn out. Doctors and patients try to avoid the necessity for additional surgeries, and will sometimes delay the procedure as long as the patient can endure to help avoid needing a second surgery. The use of metal hip components has helped doctors and patients avoid this, instead placing trust in the durability of the metal.
Metal Increases Stability of the Hip
The ball used in the metal components is significantly larger than other components, which increases the stability of the hip and greatly reduces the incidence of hip dislocations. The hip is an important joint when it comes to daily, routine activities, so it is incredibly important that it is stable enough to function properly at all times. A metal hip helps to ensure that this is the case.
Metal Hip Replacement Options
The best option for hip replacement surgery may lie in the use of a combination of components. The use of a high density plastic cup to replace the hip socket, along with a metal ball replacing the femoral head connected to the bone shaft by a metal stem may be ideal for many patients. These artificial surfaces seem to work well together, and feature extreme durability and stability. Additionally, these components may increase the functionality of the hip, and allow patients to enjoy a range of motion similar to their preoperative abilities.
Since hip replacement surgery is a major procedure, all aspects of the surgery should be carefully considered before arriving at a decision. Patients should discuss their options with their doctor, while making sure to let their doctor know their expectations stemming from the surgery. The types of procedures available should be discussed, and also the types of components that will be used. Having a frank discussion between patient and doctor will help to ensure that the patient has a successful operation and is satisfied with their postoperative capabilities. If a patient is unsure of the procedure or components, then research should be conducted, or another doctor should be consulted for a second opinion.
Source: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org, “Questions and Answer About Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants,” 2013; www.medicinenet.com, “Total Hip Replacement,” W.C. Shiel, 2013
I love when a good beauty product also smells terrific. Scent is a big deal to me with all things. (And I find delicious fragrance also gets my kids into washing their hair more often ;-> ) Herbal Essence hair products smell terrific and I love how they make hair look and feel fabulous. Herbal Essence latest line – Naked Volume – is available online only at Walmart.com. Then available in Walmart stores the week of January 6th. Herbal Essence Naked Collection Volume Kit includes Naked Volume shampoo and conditioner with 0% heavy residues, dyes and parabens.
So there. Me on video. (Stand-in please???)
I’m so happy to share with you the opportunity to win a $50 Walmart gift card so that you can purchase, and experience, Herbal Essence Naked Volume for yourself! Woo woo ;->
The Naked Collection Volume Kit includes Naked Volume Shampoo, Conditioner, Volumizing Soufflé Styler, and Dry Shampoo.
Naked Collection Volume Kit
– Kit includes Naked Volume Shampoo, Conditioner, Volumizing Soufflé, Flexible Hold Spritzer and Dry Shampoo.
– Everything you need for irresistible volume!
– Online-only offer.
– Limited-edition kit, available while supplies last.
– Get it first at http://www.walmart.com/ip/33006917 .
– Your chance to be the first to try Herbal Essences Naked!
Naked Volume Shampoo & Conditioner
– Restores hair’s natural body.
– Made with zero heavy residues, dyes, and parabens.
– Light weight shampoo provides a clean luscious bounce.
– Conditioner keeps hair detangled, nourished, and maintains full volume.
Naked Volume Dry Shampoo
– Great for days when you don’t have time to wash your hair.
– Refreshes your look for lightweight, clean hair — even on days when you don’t wash.
– The natural tapioca formula absorbs excess oil and transforms lifeless, oily hair into fresh hair.
– Delights senses with the crisp essence of citrus and mint.
– How to use: Gently spray on and work into roots, brush out as desired.
Naked Volumizing Souffle
– Weightless, volumizing styler gives you a lift for fullness that lasts.
– Delights the senses with a boost of grapefruit and mint.
– How to use: Gently work mousse through wet hair for volume.
The Volume collection lets you bare your softest hair! It has an invigorating blend of white grapefruit and mint extracts. It contains zero dyes to leaves your hair naturally clean and full of irresistible volume.
Enter to giveaway today. Good luck! (U.S. residents only.)
*Disclosure: The Walmart gift card and information have been provided by Herbal Essences. All opinions are truthfully my own. As is my screen time. (Where was my stand-in?!?)
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IfOnly – a marketplace for extraordinary experiences with the world’s top talents. IfOnly.com has curated gifts that are not only jaw-dropping, they are gifts of the heart and surely touch on the spirit of the season – * Joy * Sharing * Caring *. IfOnly provides selections of gifts that range from Recipes of the Month from Michelin-starred chefs, meet-and-greet with bands like Imagine Dragons and Train, staying at the private lodge of golf legend Greg Norman while enjoying outdoor activities with him as well, to having a custom-made recreation of your home – made of gingerbread! – by IfOnly’s master baker. With all of these gifts the celebrity host shares a portion of the proceeds to a non-profit of their choice. An amazing experience and giving all in one!
IfOnly.com members can learn how to make an incredible dish from a Michelin-starred chef, walk the red carpet with the stars of The Dallas Buyers Club at the Rome premier, or have their tennis swing analyzed by the same coach that took Andre Agassi to greatness, it’s all possible via IfOnly. This holiday they are featuring a Michelin–starred box of caramels for $100 – it’s a fantastic gift that can’t be found anywhere else!
A portion of the proceeds from every sale on IfOnly is directed to a non-profit of the celebrity host’s choosing. IfOnly.com creates the opportunity for connection at every level, prices on IfOnly.com range from a digital badge for $1 that you share on your social media pages to show your support for a cause, to a golf getaway with a master of the game for $200,000 and everything in between. Perusing the site is so much fun and makes for quite a holiday wish list! Please visit IfOnly.com and see what’s in store.
Do you know what you’re looking at? Well, it isn’t just a Christmas tree that isn’t completely decorated. Oh no. You are looking at feet that are so incredibly comfortable and oh-so-cozy-warm that they bring a smile to my face. I am so happy to have been given the opportunity to try Heat Holder socks and if you give them a try you’ll be smiling too.
When my husband and I lived in Connecticut, oh about 18 years ago, I learned what cold really was. I’m from Portland, OR and yes, we do get some cold weather however it isn’t the same as the East Coast. My first winter in Connecticut taught my hands and feet a lesson and I haven’t been able to tolerate the cold since. Big, fluffy socks are the norm for me but I haven’t found a pair that beats the chill quite like Heat Holders. First thing I notice is how soft the inside of the sock is, like cloud soft. Love it! And they keep my feet warm. Yes, socks should protect and keep your tootsies warm, and with Heat Holders it’s working! When it’s particularly chilly I like to throw them in the dryer for a bit then slip them on. Yay baby! No we’re talkin’!
The packaging shows Heat Holders has a TOG rating of 2.3, that means Thermal Overall Grade, a scientific test that measures the thermal (heat retaining) capacity of fabric. Heat Holders is 7x warmer than cotton socks and almost 3x warmer than an ordinary thermal socks.
If you want to keep your feet cozy and warm and oh-so-toasty visit their website www.heatholders.com to order your pair today. They offer sizes for women, men and children. One pair of Heat Holders is $15.99. And now, if you order 2 pair you can save 10% when you use coupon code: BINGO .
While perusing their site you’ll see that they also offer slippers, leggings, tights and Wellington boot socks. This sounds like heaven for my feet! And yours too :-> If you want to keep your feet warm on these chilly, Winter months try a pair of Heat Holders. When you do come back and let me know what you think!
Are you familiar with eMeals? The leader in online meal planning? Well, eMeals is launching their new dessert plan! Get inspired each week to make incredible desserts. My youngest just discovered her fondness for creating in the kitchen so this is a perfect pairing. What about your child? Do they like to cook and/or bake? If so, eMeals is a wonderful resource for the whole family. And I have a code for you to get 15% off! What a deal.
With mouth-watering recipes like Chocolate Pretzel Slab Pie, Buttery Toasted Vanilla Clusters or Crunchy Streusel Pumpkin Loaf, eMeals dessert plan is perfect for the dessert lover in all of us. Receive 3 indulgent dessert ideas every week including a mix of Crowd Pleasers, Quick & Easy options, and Skinny Sweets. This variety of sweet endings will fit the bill for weeknight desserts, casual entertaining and even healthy treats, which is exactly what I’m looking for with my sweet-tooth focused family.
To celebrate their dessert launch, eMeals is also offering a Target gift card giveaway and more via a Pinterest contest! Go here (http://blog.emeals.com/emeals-pinterest-contest/) to enter to win!
eMeals, the leader in online meal planning, is a comprehensive meal planning resource that helps provide healthy and delicious dinners for busy families and individuals. Endorsed by financial guru Dave Ramsey and highlighted in the Oprah Winfrey blog, the eMeals weekly dinner plans include grocery shopping lists and recipe instructions that are simple and easy to follow.
What does this mean for you, you might be asking? In my house, it means that I won’t be spending time perusing sites, magazines, or apps looking for dinner inspiration. On more nights than I care to recall I have been stumped by what to cook and my husband, who works outside the home and truly enjoys cooking, is just so exhausted when he gets through all the traffic, he can’t think of what to make either. With eMeals there’s no more stress with the meal planning! We choose our meal plan, print the shopping list and taa-daa! Cook a healthy meal for our family. Perfect!
Also… To celebrate their dessert launch, eMeals is also offering a Target gift card giveaway and more via a Pinterest contest! Go here eMeals Pinterest Contest to enter to win!
I’m looking for more family activities in and around my lovely city of Portland, OR and I think I’ve found something that will help create great family memories – a scavenger hunt with Urban Adventure Quest.
Turn downtown Portland into a giant game board with this fun Scavenger Hunt Adventure. This Smart Phone guided adventure lets you and your family experience the fun of the Amazing Race in 2-3 hours. Your team solves clues and completes challenges while learning about the city in a fun new way. This family friendly adventure is appropriate for ages 7-70 and is the perfect activity to get the family out and doing something together. Start on your schedule and play at your own pace. These scavenger hunts happen all across the US. Check their website to see if a gathering is happening near you! Register on-line at www.UrbanAdventureQuest.com Save $10 With Promo Code: USFAMILYBLOG
Cost: $39.20 for a team of 2-5 people after Promo Code: USFAMILYBLOG
When: Play anytime during daylight hours, you decide when to begin.
Save $10 with Promo Code: USFAMILYBLOG: http://www.UrbanAdventureQuest.com
Have you shared this experience with your family already? Your friends? If so, tell me how it was. And if not, check it out and create some memories!
Let’s continue with our 10 Days of Christmas Giveaways!
Now, let’s see, who would like to win a $50 Visa Gift Card? You would! I wouldn’t mind finding this in my wallet either. Both of our daughter’s birthdays are in December so you can imagine the budgeting that goes on to get ready for this season. Enter below for your chance at winning a $50 Visa Gift Card. Good luck!
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‘Tis the season! Let’s begin the 10 Days of Christmas Giveaways!
Here’s a great gift for the woman in your life that always slo-o-ws down when she walks past the handbag department and says “I’m just looking” – The Butterfly bag from Maggie’s Bags. These Butterfly bags retail for over $100 on Amazon and now YOU have the chance to win one! This is a great gift or… keep it for yourself! :-> Enter today!
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I’m very happy to share with you what I think is a perfect host gift for this holiday season – Cakes Under The Influence.
With four kits to choose from you are sure to find a selection that will fit the party mood. Each baking kit comes with different sets of cocktail cake molds and you can also add different molds to customize your kit along with cake mix specifically created to be mixed with alcohol to give your goodies a little kick ;-> Kits to choose from: Two Under The Influence (2-Pack), Friends and Family (6-Pack), Entertainer (12-Pack), Premium Baking and Serving (Baking Impresario).
I baked with Cakes Under the Influence Friends and Family kit. Here’s a slide show of my experience – my creation “White Russian Cakes”:
A sweet touch to any celebration Cakes Under the Influence kits are a perfect match for; a 21st birthday, a wedding shower/anniversary, New Years Eve parties, any occasion to enjoy a cocktail with a twist. It was so much fun to bake with this kit and I’m looking forward to the next celebration. (How does ‘Hey, it’s the weekend!’ sound? ;-> )
Visit their website for step-by-step video instructions on how to bake with their kits and for recipe inspiration with Cakes Under the Influence. Once you get that baking *spark* the creation ideas can be endless!
(*Disclosure: I was provided the Friends and Family kit to facilitate my review. My opinions are my own.)
I love when the holidays roll around. Yes, there’s a lot to do (both of our daughter’s birthdays are in December!) but birthday festivities add joy in our lives although they do add to the financial pressures of the season. If there was a gift of $175 dropped in my hands that would be lovely. Hey! How would YOU like the chance to win $175 for yourself?! Enter to win $175 cash with the #vBHolidayCash2013 Extravaganza!
Enter by clicking: The Holiday Cash Extravaganza . It will take you about 5 minutes and you will have made all the points possible to win this giveaway that this list of bloggers so kindly contributed to. (Yep, I’m in on it!)
Good luck to you!
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