GREAT Deal on Hero Arts Fancy Christmas Arts & Stamp Kit!

*****OFFER EXPIRED******


What better way to spend a chilly day then getting cozy with a beverage by your side while you create Christmas themed cards, gift tags and paper ornaments.  (Can you tell I’m a Scrapbooker/Card maker?)  Check out the GREAT deal on Hero Arts Fancy Christmas Arts & Stamp kit!  It’s 70% off!  Use this kit for yourself or… what a great gift for the paper crafter in your life!

You’re welcome 😉


Craftsy Christmas paper deal

Christmas Stamp & Paper Kit

Create memorable, meaningful cards this year! This kit includes a collection pack featuring nine 12″ x 12″ double-sided sheets of paper with 18 designs, a vintage-style sticker sheet, festive gems – all from the My Mind’s Eye Joyous collection – and even Hero Arts Fancy Christmas wood stamps. Get the materials you need to make jolly-good cards for everyone on your nice list!

Hero Arts Fancy Christmas Stamp and Paper Kit:

  • Hero Arts Wood Stamp Set (8 Fancy Christmas Stamps)
  • My Mind’s Eye Collection Pack (Joyous)
  • 9 double-sided papers
  • My Mind’s Eye Sticker Sheet (Joyous)
  • My Mind’s Eye Gems (Joyous)

What will you create with this beautiful kit?  Items made by hand are always better to receive – you feel the thought, love and attention put into every detail.  Also, you can’t beat this incredible deal!  These are stamps you can use year after year.  It’s also a great gift idea!

You can also re-purpose some stamps by covering part of the image you don’t want to ink with a piece of paper taped to the stamp.  For example, with the “Holiday Cheer” stamp you could block the word “Holiday” and focus on the word “Cheer” to go on a gift tag for a bottle of wine, or other beverage of choice.  On the stamp “Merry Christmas” you can block the word “Christmas” and make an image repeating the impression of “Merry – Merry – Merry”.   So many combinations with this Hero Arts Fancy Christmas Arts & Stamps kit.

Take advantage of this great offer!  Share your creations in the comments 🙂

*****OFFER EXPIRED*****  11/27/2015



Time To Check Out Concannon Vineyard Conservancy Wines!

Concannon barrel-room

Concannon Vineyards in Livermore, CA  has created a line of wines sourced from protected vineyards in the Livermore Valley that are extremely pleasing and worth your consideration.  I’ve been able to try a few out recently and really enjoyed what they’ve created.  Let’s take a look!

Concannon gate


While searching for a Chardonnay that wasn’t overly oakey or buttery, yet wasn’t heavy on the tart side, I was becoming very discouraged.  I can’t believe how difficult it is to generate a completely pleasant Chardonnay.  Then I sipped Concannon Conservancy Chardonnay and smiled.

I had it a bit too cold so I warmed the glass with my hands for a few minutes then enjoyed every sip.  THIS is the Chardonnay I’ve been looking for.  Slight pear and apple at the top with a hint of butter, along with a creamy sweetness, at the finish. Delicious. Priced at $18.00 this is a treat for those that are looking for a blend of taste and creamy texture (like me!).  This would pair nicely with a chicken dish or pork.


Next to try was  Conservancy Crimson & Clover red.  This selection was a tad on the sweet side, with my husband detecting hints of vanilla and nutmeg. However I found it delightful and fruit forward, very rich and perfect for a cold winter’s evening.  My husband had made fresh pizza and Crimson & Clover went perfectly with the rich tomato sauce and creamy mozzarella.  I was such a good friend ( ;-> ) and shared sips with guests the other night.  It was a crowd pleaser! Priced at $18.00 this would be a lovely red to bring out to dinner or share as a hostess gift.

Not only are the bottles a gorgeous design, you will be proud to serve Concannon Conservancy wines at your next gathering because of their quality and taste.  Learn more about the Concannon Vineyard by perusing their website: . Or, do one of our favorite things… go visit the winery!  Located in Livermore, CA their Tasting Room is open daily from 11:00am – 4:30pm.  Phone (800) 258-9866.  Give them a try and let me know what you think!


(*I was the proud recipient of Concannon Conservancy wines to taste for review. My opinions are truthfully my own*)

Protecting Your Home from a Flood

Even a little bit of water can cause extensive damage to your home and your possessions. If you live in an area prone to flooding, you know all too well how devastating a flood can be. There are ways that you can protect your home and your belongings and make it less likely that you will suffer from the effects of a flood.

Elevate Your Home

Many homeowners protect their home by elevating their homes about flood level. National rescue agencies offer base flood elevation maps that will show you at which level your home is likely to flood. Relocate your belongings to a higher floor in your home and level the ground level vacant. This will ensure that even if your home does flood, you will not lose valuable possessions.

Protect Your Utilities from Flood Damage

Most people have their hot water heater, furnace and cooling system on the lowest level of their home. This means that in a flood, these utilities will be rendered useless and can even pose a danger to your family. If you know a flood is imminent, shut off the electricity in your home. If your appliances become submerged, consult an electrician before attempting to restart them.

Invest in Flood-Proof Storage

If you live in a flood plain, store your belongings in waterproof containers. Tools and other implements can easily be destroyed in a garage in a flood. Invest in metal side boxes and toolboxes that will protect your equipment. Rubber totes will keep your clothing and other textiles from being damaged. Reinforce walls to keep them from sustaining water damage.

Purchase Flood Insurance

The time to find out if you have flood insurance is before, not after a flood. Many people think that their homeowner’s insurance policy covers flooding. Unless your policy specifically says that it covers floods, assume that it doesn’t. In some cases, you may be required to carry flood insurance if you live in certain areas. Flood insurance is not limited to traditional floods. It may also cover you in the case of a burst pipe or water main break that causes water damage to your home.

When it comes to protecting your home in the event of a flood, it helps to prepare in advance and be ready for whatever may come your way. From buying waterproof toolboxes for your garage to purchasing flood insurance, you can never be too prepared.

Homewares for Your Home That you Can't Afford to Miss

When you’re decorating your home and trying to pull the final look together, you discover that homewares are just the finishing touches that you need. Small nick-knacks and accessories are every bit as important as large decor details like appliances and paint choices. Of course the question is, how do you make sure you select the right ones? The available selection of homewares can become so extensive that you feel overwhelmed. But with patience, you’ll soon find the perfect homewares for your Sydney homes make themselves apparent to you. Check out the following list of homewares that can add the comfort and cosiness that you seek for your home.

1. Pretty lighting. To begin your homewares search, start by checking out some great lights. The benefits of great home lighting are many. To get the best ones, you first need to ensure that the aesthetic and design of the lights will suit your home and decor scheme. As an example, determine whether you want something upscale and modern or more natural and laid back. There are lots of options from tripod floor lamps to chandeliers, to everything in between.

The second part is to consider the light themselves. The right light can make magic, as any photographer or filmmaker will gladly tell you. Getting the right lamp or chandelier can not only provide the needed lighting to your home, but can also add atmosphere and sparkle that transform it into an artistic masterpiece.

2. Candles. Candles serve your home in multiple ways. They provide a pleasant smell that is homey, inviting and unique – a must for creating a great overall atmosphere. Also, the right candle can do double duty as decor. In Australia, there’s a company called Palm Beach Candles Australia knows for being one of the best candle makers in the area. Coconut and lime, lemongrass and daisy are just a few of their tantalizing scents. Each one of their candle creations comes wrapped and in an attractive jar that will look great in any room in your home.

3. Rugs. Not only do rugs keep your feet warm in cold weather, but they also add visual interest to your home by breaking up floor space. They are a great alternative to carpets because they are much easier to care for and will not hide the beauty of your flooring. Rugs are a quick and simple way to add comfort, cosiness, warmth and colour to your Sydney house.

Although you might feel slightly overwhelmed by the wealth of housewares to choose from in Sydney, fear not. Elisium’s online store can provide the help you’ve been looking for. It’s got outstanding housewares and a user-friendly website. Visit it now at

$500 Cash Giveaway! Luck of the Irish Giveaway

Let’s see… what would I do if I won $500? I’m daydreaming here, not being sensible like “pay some bills”. First I would pick up a lovely tan leather Michael Kors purse I’ve had my eye on for some time. Maybe get a pair of those jeans that suck in your stomach. That would be great! What would you do if you were one of the 3 lucky winners in the Luck Of The Irish $500 Cash Giveaway?

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May your pockets be heavy | #StPatricks #giveaway

“May your pockets be heavy….”

with MONEY

*CASH PRIZE of $1,500!


*Three winners of $500 each

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Bringing Our World Closer Through Language

Our girls love of the art forms Anime and Manga has sparked an interest in learning to speak Japanese.  Since I have no knowledge of this language, and neither does my husband, we want to do what we can to provide the best educational tools for our girls so we started looking into Rosetta Stone.  Now that our girls are becoming familiar with the language they are making life plans to move to Japan for college.  Wow!  That’s a bit of a drive from Oregon!

While one of our girls has aspirations of being a Manga artist herself our other daughter is looking at what she can offer in terms of “What will I be when I grow up?”.  With her growing knowledge of Japanese she’s thinking about being a translator for those that would like to learn Japanese as well.  That sounds like a great plan to me.

In her online research for this career she found Rosetta Translation Agencies that provide information on how to become a translator,  intern programs offered and various career options in this field.  It’s sparked an excitement in her that I haven’t seen.  *sniff* Our girls are growing up.  We are so proud of them and we feel that this career goal is full of open doors.   Perhaps she will be teaching us Japanese one of these days :->


Does Your House Suffer From Gadget Obesity?

According to the Gadget Mass Index, 42% of Americans suffer from “Extreme Gadget Obesity” (a measure of a person’s propensity to store unused gadgets).  Oh boy!  Can I relate to this!  The new year inspired my husband and I to seriously look in the “I’ll figure out what to do with this later” drawers and clean them out.  So many gadgets and electronics!


To calculate the country’s gadget obesity rates for the new year, used electronics marketplace asked 1,000 Americans how long they keep devices they no longer use (instead of selling them or otherwise disposing of them).  This is a fun infographic.  Where do you fit in this rates?

Gadget infographic

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Early Signs Of Pregnancy

You know.  You just know that something is happening.  You can sense something’s… different.  When my husband and I were ready to start a family it was an incredible realization when that “little voice”, my intuition was right.  I was pregnant.  Did you experience this as well?

When you and your partner are trying to conceive for the longest time, what joy it is when you confirm you’re already pregnant. There are several signs that you can check when you think you’re pregnant, according to

1. Missed Period – This is given, most women who missed their period, especially when they have a regular cycle are most probably pregnant.

2. Morning Sickness – Dizziness and nausea are always associated with early pregnancy morning sickness. This is one of the most common signs that a woman is pregnant.

3. Breast Tenderness – Some women can feel their breasts get tender and some women may notice that their areola or the small circular around their nipple is getting darker and darker each day.

4. Implantation Bleeding – Around the time your period should start, you may experience some light spotting. If not accompanied by a heavy, lasting flow, and with the other signs up above, it could be implantation bleeding which is when the fertilized egg implants itself into your womb and could mean successful conception.
There are more ways to check for early signs of pregnancy, as these are just the most common. Be sure to check out Pregnancy Tips for more of the top early pregnancy signs.

4 Surprising Ways Retailers Manipulate Your Shopping Senses

I’m sure you know the style of music playing in a store isn’t a mistake.  Classical makes you move slower, browse longer.  When it comes to colors chosen for a restaurant studies show that red makes you hungry, therefore you possibly order more.  Read on to find other ways retailers do their best to manipulate our shopping senses.  (The Ebay one was a surprise to me.  And have you noticed the fragrance of certain departments in stores? And Apple?! Curious.  Read on!)

4 Ways Retailers Manipulate your Senses_infographic

(*Disclosure:  This information was shared with permission by  Aren’t these findings something?!)

Napa Valley Wine Train – Year Round Fun!

Napa Valley Wine Train - Year Round Fun! Ann Again and again Reviews
Photo courtesy of Napa Valley Wine Train

Recently Rob and I were able to visit one of our most favorite places in America, the Napa Valley in California.  10 years ago we discovered the glory of the Napa Valley and almost get giddy with each return trip.  It’s just so-o-o beautiful and... it’s such fun tasting delicious, well-crafted wines.  With this trip we were treated to a lovely 3-course dinner on the Napa Valley Wine Train, a staple of Napa Valley history and one of the Nation’s only active historical passenger railroads.

Napa Valley Wine Train pt 1




We began our 3 hour trip enjoying a glass of Grgigh Hills Chardonnay.  While waiting for our appetizers of bread and cheese, fruit and compote, our waiter gave us the OK to head to the tasting car.  This turned out to be a good arrangement due to the fact that we had the Wine Educator all to ourselves!  The very accommodating staff brought our appetizers to us and we nibbled, listened and learned more about wine.  (What I was describing as “sweet” is actually “fruit forward”.  Good to know ;-> )

Napa Valley Wine Train pt 2


Since this was November the sunset happened before we boarded the train however, it was a clear evening with an almost full moon.  So beautiful.  And though this time of year doesn’t lend itself to sunset dining on the Napa Valley Wine Train they do have special themed lunch and dinner rides year-round that should make every trip delightful.  Some packages include a winery tour along with your meal.  That’s a great package!  The Month of December hosts the Santa Train, a nice hour and a half ride with Santa and some of his friends, a perfect family friendly way to experience this beautiful train and Valley. Click here for full information.

Napa Valley Wine Train Santa
Photo courtesy of Napa Valley Wine Train

This is such an elegant way to experience the Napa Valley and I encourage you to include it in your itinerary to complete a lovely wine tasting visit.  To learn all about the Napa Valley Wine Train please visit:


(*Disclosure:  Our evening was provided by the Napa Valley Wine Train.  My words, opinions and smiles are completely my own.

Hunter Douglas and DecorView Offer Great Deals For The Holidays


hunter douglas header

Ready to spruce up your home for the holidays?  Hunter Douglas now has their best deals of the year for custom window treatments. Wouldn’t new, lush curtains be nice?  Right now, customers can combine discounts on custom made Hunter Douglas products.   At 20% off MSRP on selected products, plus rebates of $100 – or more – from Hunter Douglas. When you combine their discount along with the Hunter Douglas rebate, you can have big savings to decorate your home for the coming entertaining season.

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Why Women Are The Real Power Behind Social Media

Studies show that women are taking over social media. Women share information more than men, connect with brands more online and gather their news from social media.  What do you think of these findings?

Again and again (*ahem* slight blog name drop ;-> ) studies prove that women encourage more communication than men. So is it really that surprising that women are leading in the area of social media? Check the chart below for all the fun percentages and graphs:

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Made In The USA Giveaway Hop! Over 30 Participants!

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Made in the USA Giveaway

Welcome to the Made in the USA Giveaway Hop, hosted byHappy Mothering,Easy Green Mom and Brittleby’s Corner through the Green Moms Network!

I’ve teamed up with a group of Bloggers to bring you the chance to win prizes that are Made in the USA. After entering my giveaway, be sure to hop around and enter all of the other #USAMade giveaways listed on the linky at the bottom of this post! Have fun and good luck!

My offering is for One(1) Scentsy Plug-In Warmer of your choice PLUS a Scentsy Bar of your choice.

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Daisy Plug-In. One of the styles to choose from

a Rafflecopter giveaway

There are many styles to choose from, check them out here


Good luck!  And have fun entering all the giveaways at the Made In The USA Hop!


(*Disclosure: This contest will run through July 15, 2014 at 8:59 pm PST (11:59 pm EST). The winner will be chosen the following day and announced on Ann Again and again Reviews. No purchase necessary. US entries only. Must be 18 years or older to win. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to this blog and not to Facebook. Please note that Happy Mothering, Easy Green Mom, Brittleby’s Corner, the Green Moms Network and the Green Your Mom event bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. We have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. We will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. I will make every effort to assist you obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 4-6 weeks for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you.

The Art of Deception In Advertising

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In this infographic we talk about The Art of Deception in Advertising, specifically do misleading ads influence your buying decisions?  


Here are some products that look amazingly good in ads but not in real life.  Some of the tricks they use make me shudder.

fake advertisements

Designed by — Author: Martin Glover — Our Youtube

Giveaway – Milk Bone® Brushing Chews & $25 Visa Gift Card

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Your dog won't know his treat is also cleaning his teeth! Milk Bone Brushing Chews - Ann Again and again Reviews

With regard to dog ownership a consideration is the preventative care you can offer your dog so there are no health problems down the road, and dental health is very important.  We’re helping our dear Benny boy keep his teeth and gums healthy with Milk-Bone® Brushing ChewsTM.  And I have some to share with one Ann Again and again Reviews reader. I’m very happy to share a lovely gift pack of Milk-Bone® Brushing ChewsTM plus a $25 Visa Gift Card to giveaway to one lucky winner.  Enter below! 

Giveaway Milk Bone® Brushing Chews & $25 Visa Gift Card. Your dog won't know his treat is also cleaning his teeth! Milk Bone Brushing Chews - Ann Again and again Reviews Giveaway Milk Bone® Brushing Chews & $25 Visa Gift Card.  Your dog won't know his treat is also cleaning his teeth! Milk Bone Brushing Chews - Ann Again and again Reviews











About Milk-Bone® Brushing ChewsTM:

  • Milk-Bone® Brushing ChewsTM were developed to transform at-home dental care for dogs, so that now your dog to brush his own teeth every day – just like you!
  • *When fed daily, Milk-Bone® Brushing ChewsTM are clinically proven to be as effective as brushing your dog’s teeth twice per week based on the reduction of tartar build-up and bad breath
  • Milk-Bone® Brushing ChewsTM feature a specially designed 75 degree twist that helps the brushing nubs reach down to the gum line, even cleaning hard-to-reach back teeth
  • Milk-Bone® Brushing ChewsTM are clinically proven to reduce tartar build-up, as well as freshen your dog’s breath, bringing you and your dog closer together
  • Milk-Bone® Brushing ChewsTM are so effective that they have earned the trusted Veterinary Oral Health Council’s (VOHC) Seal of Acceptance, similar to the American Dental Association (ADA) seal seen on human dental products

Bringing a dog into your life is more than appreciating how cuddly they can be,  or feeling the love when you walk in the door -even if you’ve only been gone 5 minutes.  It’s a commitment to caring for their over-all health like anyone else in your life.  (I’m trying to get my daughter’s to understand this when they keep asking for more pets.  Our little house, and budget, is full – for now.)  When you give your dog   Milk-Bone® Brushing ChewsTM  you are providing them with an oral care product so effective it earned the VOHC (Veterinary Oral Health Council) seal of approval.  It’s the equivalent to the American Dental Association for dogs chompers.


Giveaway Milk Bone® Brushing Chews & $25 Visa Gift Card.  Your dog won't know his treat is also cleaning his teeth! Milk Bone Brushing Chews - Ann Again and again Reviews


Giveaway Milk Bone® Brushing Chews & $25 Visa Gift Card.  Your dog won't know his treat is also cleaning his teeth! Milk Bone Brushing Chews - Ann Again and again Reviews Giveaway Milk Bone® Brushing Chews & $25 Visa Gift Card.  Your dog won't know his treat is also cleaning his teeth! Milk Bone Brushing Chews - Ann Again and again Reviews





Enter below for your chance to win 2 boxes of  Milk-Bone® Brushing ChewsTM  and a $25 Visa Gift Card!  Good luck!

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(*Disclosure:  Milk-Bone® dog products, information and VISA gift cards have been provided by the Milk-Bone® brand.  My opinions are truthfully my own.)

Shop When You Like And Find What You Love At

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Shop From Home and Find Something You Love at

Although my daughter’s enjoy getting something new to wear they aren’t the easiest to physically get to a store or Mall.  Kind of different, I know.  But, I’m sure my girls aren’t the only ones that don’t enjoy strolling through racks of clothing and find it much more appealing to look for clothes online.  With fancy events upon us my girls have found dresses they really like at  The online shopping is done at their pace, in the comfort of our home (or new neighborhood coffee shop ;-> ) and with the online chat option, all our questions are answered quickly.  Love the convenience!

The selections would fit any special occasion – Prom, Home Coming and Sweet Sixteen.  How about something special to wear for your Anniversary?  You deserve it!  Do you have a classic LBD? (Little Black Dress).  Check out the offerings and see if something catches your eye.  There are also gorgeous Brides Maid dresses and Wedding gowns to peruse.  It’s so fun to look!  Here are some of our favorites:

Shop From Home and Find Something You Love at

Shop From Home and Find Something You Love at

Shop From Home and Find Something You Love at

Shop From Home and Find Something You Love at


I was doing some of my own “wishful shopping” and found strapless chiffon wedding dresses that remind me of the glamorous gowns I adore from my favorite classic movie channel.  Timeless, elegant and wonderfully priced. provides gowns that are 100% handcrafted featuring top-quality fabrics some including fabulous beading work and elegant embroidery.

What I appreciate are the photo testimonials of customers showing themselves in their beautiful gowns.  It’s very refreshing to see these gowns on lovely real people, not just models – we’re all models! :->  Once you receive your gown take a picture and submit your review.  I’d love to see how you look in your gown from  Tell them Ann sent you!


(*Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored post for  The thoughts are all mine – the photos courtesy of

How Men & Women Use Social Media Differently

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Men Look For Business & Love While Women Seek Games & Knowledge - Interesting Social Media Uses Study at Ann Again and again Reviews

The wonderful thing about social media is the ability to access what pleases you.   Looking for a laugh?  You’ll find it when you connect with social media.  Looking for information?  *boom*  You can acquire your answer in an instant.   The following infograph shows some surprising statistics in social media use between men and women.  To be honest, I thought women would be more active with online dating but these studies show it’s men that lead in this category.  And online games?  Women choose to spend more time challenging their skills over men by 10%.  Check out these studies and see what you think:

Men Look For Business & Love While Women Seek Games & Knowledge - Interesting Social Media Uses Study at Ann Again and again Reviews

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Beautiful Prom Dress Selections At

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Find beautiful Prom dresses at - Ann Again and again Reviews

Not only is Spring anticipated for it’s warmer weather and glorious blossoms it’s also a time where young girls dream of the perfect dress they are going to wear to Prom. When I was in high school I had friends who picked out their dress before they even had a date! That’s how excited they were. (And who needs a formal date anyway? Going with a group of friends is always full of more fun!) Perusing the designs at JJsHouse my daughter and I found just about every Prom dress design you could hope for.

While some prom dresses feature a more dramatic look, some of the loveliest styles are soft and elegantly designed. My daughter stays far, far away from drama when it comes to her clothing, so her picks were on the sweet side (my favorite!). Do you remember your Prom dress? Mine was knee-length, off white with lots of lace. And I was rockin’ my ’80’s girl mullet! Ah… memories ;->

If I were to choose a dress now, it would match my daughters choices, such as:

Find beautiful Prom dresses at - Ann Again and again Reviews

Find beautiful Prom dresses at - Ann Again and again Reviews


These gowns are so pretty!

Prom dress prices range from $95 – $299. There are many styles and colors to choose from along with special daily deals and shipping discounts. Their website also offers Live Chat so all of your gown questions can be answered right away. Visit the website – – to find a Prom dress that will be just perfect for you on your special night.


(*Disclosure: I was compensated to share information about My opinions are the lovely dresses are my own – and my daughter’s as well ;-> )

Fromm Four-Star Nutritionals Dog Treats – Interpreted Review From Our Dog

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Getting the most nutrition from the foods we offer our dear Chocolate Lab Benny is a priority.  He would eat all day if he could but that’s not a healthy option now is it?  (Benny will never understand.)  It could seem that he would eat just about anything but that’s not actually true.  There are some foods that he takes a strong dislike to and will back away as fast as his sore hips will carry him!    From the pet lovers at I can always find healthy, beneficial foods and treats for Benny that he’s eager to try and happy to eat.  This month Benny tried  Four-Star All of our ingredients are sourced in the USA and all of our products are made in the USA. Grain-Free Chicken with Carrots & Peas Recipe Dog Treats by Fromm.

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Are these for me?

Fromm is family owned and has been operating since 1904.   All of their ingredients are sourced in the USA and all of their products are made in the USA.

Key Benefits of Fromm Four-Star Nutritionals

  • Contains free-range chicken
  • Made without grains, a common allergy trigger for dogs
  • Made with USDA-inspected ingredients delivered fresh daily
  • Perfect size for training


Fresh Chicken, Pea Flour, Potato Flour, Tapioca, Whole Peas, Chicken Fat, Tomato Pomace, Fresh Cranberries, Fresh Sweet Potatoes, Fresh Carrots, Fresh Apples, Fresh Split Peas, Fresh Green Beans, Fresh Green Bell Peppers, Fresh Celery, Fresh Beets, Fresh Parsley, Fresh Lettuce, Fresh Watercress, Fresh Spinach.  Did you notice that you can pronounce all of the ingredients?

Fromm Four-Star Natural Dog Treats - Ann Again and again Reviews  (well Benny does actually)
Is there any more?

Benny looked forward to his Fromm treats and they settled well with his system.  There are times when different treats will leave a lingering… um… scent from Benny, but the treats by Fromm gave no discomfort to anyone in our household.  Benny’s happy, we’re happy.  Fromm dog treats are a winner!

You can find Fromm products, along with other healthy, beneficial pet foods, at


(*Product was provided for review.  Benny’s tastebud and intestinal reactions are completely his own.)

Enter to win $50 Amazon Gift Card – California Pizza Kitchen Pin It To Win It Contest

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Enter To Win a $50 Amazon GC - California Pizza Kitchen Pinterest Contest

Enter To Win a $50 Amazon GC - California Pizza Kitchen Pinterest Contest


Have a favorite California Pizza Kitchen flavor? Enjoy sharing things on Pinterest? Then this contest is for you!

Pin It To Win It!

California Pizza Kitchen is giving away 6 – $50.00 Amazon Gift Cards to lucky winners of their Pin It to Win It contest.

To Enter:

  • Follow California Pizza Kitchen’s Pinterest Board and RePin the images you like OR pin your own inspiration with the hashtag #findyourflavor.
  • When you click the widget above you will be taken to the entry form where you will submit your e-mail, your Pin URL and then enter for your chance to win a $50.00 Amazon Gift Card.

I’m a Veggie Pizza girl most often however, a really good sausage has been known to lure me. What about you? Do you have a favorite CPK topping?

Let’s see… if I won $50 from Amazon what would I spend it on? We treated ourselves to a Keurig for Christmas so I’d probably load up on K-cups. What will you buy with your winnings?

Good luck!

SMIRNOFF Launches the Guiltless Pleasures Pinterest Contest – Enter Today!

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SMIRNOFF Guiltless Pleasures Pinterest Contest - Ann Again and again Reviews

I do enjoy a delightful cocktail.  What I don’t enjoy are the calories in my cocktail.  My taste doesn’t usually go toward the sweet, fruity drinks so it was with trepidation that I tried the latest in the line from SMIRNOFF – Sorbet Light Pineapple Coconut.  I will say that this was indeed a light taste, not syrupy at all, and tasted refreshing blended with seltzer and a splash of orange juice.  Straight to the point, it’s good!  I like it!  :->  And their current contest could not be better timed with a post I just wrote on my blog Ann Again and again:  4 Positive Places To Visit Online.  SMIRNOFF is hosting a contest and Pinterest plays a big part.  So let’s get pinning and winning!

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Women everywhere – rejoice! SMIRNOFF® Vodka, the leader in innovation and creator of SMIRNOFF Sorbet Light, a line of delicious, reduced-calorie vodka specialties, is here to help women of legal drinking age remove compromise from their cocktails and celebrate their guiltless pleasures, responsibly, with a unique Pinterest contest. From now until March 26th, 2014, through the Guiltless Pleasures Pinterest Contest and in conjunction with the launch of SMIRNOFF Sorbet Light Pineapple Coconut, the ultimate guilt-free treat that creates delicious light cocktails, three lucky females will have the opportunity to make their Pinterest aspirations a reality simply by pinning the things they love, and earning $5,000!

Beginning today, SMIRNOFF encourages female consumers of legal drinking age to visit, fill out a brief entry form and submit a pin that confesses their guiltless pleasures for the entire world to see. After all, there is no shame in doing the things you love. Whether it’s hosting a ladies night to watch the hottest reality television show complete with tasty light cocktails, exercising your right to shop with a girls-day-out or rewarding yourself with a spa day with the ladies to celebrate an accomplishment, SMIRNOFF is searching for the best pins inspired by life’s guiltless pleasures and will bring dreams off the computer screen to make them a reality. Each pin should be accompanied by brief description of 140 characters or less and include #smirnoffsorbet. Following the conclusion of the seven-week contest on March 26, 2014  SMIRNOFF will select three lucky winners and reward them with $5,000 each to help bring their pin to life.

Visit for contest rules and Terms and Conditions.

Also, check out  for pin-spiration throughout the contests.

SMIRNOFF Sorbet Light Pineapple Coconut is infused with the all-natural flavorings of fresh, juicy pineapple combined with the luscious, sweet taste of coconut and is now available for consumers of legal drinking age at liquor and grocery stores nationwide for a suggested retail price of $15.99 for a 750mL bottle.

The SMIRNOFF Sorbet Light line includes four varietals – Raspberry Pomegranate, Lemon, Mango Passion Fruit and now, Pineapple Coconut. Breaking the mold of traditional flavored vodkas, SMIRNOFF Sorbet Light offers an incredibly tasty reduced-calorie spirit, 78 calories per 1.5 fl. oz., which is 25% fewer calories than the leading dessert-inspired flavored vodkas. SMIRNOFF Sorbet Light also contains 1.3 grams of carbohydrates and 0 grams of fat or protein per 1.5 fl. oz.  delivering refreshing flavors and lighter tasting cocktails that don’t taste like they are a sacrifice. When mixing up cocktails and all things social with SMIRNOFF Sorbet Light, always remember to do so responsibly.

For more information on SMIRNOFF Sorbet Light Pineapple Coconut visit, and become a fan of the “Most Liked” vodka brand at


(*Disclosure:  This information is shared by permission.  I received product to facilitate my tasty review.  My opinions about Smirnoff Sorbet Light Pineapple Coconut are truthfully my own.  Cheers!)

Secret Millionaire's Club – "Grow Your Own Business Challenge" Contest

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Do you have a child that is sparking with new ideas?  Are you hearing “Hey, you know what we should do?”  If so, get your child involved in the national online competition, the Warren Buffett Secret Millionaires Club  – “Grow Your Own Business Challenge”!

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The third year of competition is underway for the Warren Buffett Secret Millionaires Club “Grow Your Own Business Challenge.”  This national online competition, open to kids 7-14, invites our future leaders to create a new business idea.  The competition, sponsored by the Fairholme Foundation to further its mission of improving financial education, launched October 22, 2013 and ends soon on January 31, 2014.

The Secret Millionaires Club is an animated TV series created by A2 Entertainment and airs on the Hub Network, a destination for kids and their families, featuring the voice of Warren Buffett as a mentor to a group of kids as they learn important financial and entrepreneurial lessons.

In May 2014, five individuals and three team finalists in the competition will be flown to Omaha, NE to present their winning ideas to Mr. Buffett and a panel of VIP judges. One Grand Prize individual and members of one Grand Prize team will each be awarded $5,000. The finalists will be invited to nominate a teacher who was most inspirational in the process to join them in Omaha and win up to $1,000. For full rules and to enter please visit A new addition to the final event this year is the University of Miami’s Launch Pad Entrepreneur Team. The team will host a workshop at the event to offer advice and guidance to the finalists.

Last year, almost 4,000 kids from across the country entered the “Grow Your Own Business Challenge.”   Last year’s winners were Matthew Myer from Cincinnati, OH and Team Kidtrepreneur (Kennedy Sabharwal, Sawyer Beeler and Spencer Sabharwal) from Lexington, KY. Their ideas stood out because of their creativity, entrepreneurship and inventiveness.

“I am proud of the difference that Secret Millionaires Club is making in the lives of today’s youth,” says Warren Buffett, CEO Berkshire Hathaway. “The skill set that all of the children who enter the competition are learning is something that they will have and build on for the rest of their lives.”

“The Fairholme Foundation is passionate about helping young adults succeed,” says Bruce Berkowitz, trustee of the Fairholme Foundation. “This program is a great way for us to provide guidance and information to bright and ambitious students to help them on the path to success.”

The Secret Millionaires Club Learn & Earn promotion offers an educational website and on-line materials for educators, parents and volunteers to extend the valuable lessons from Mr. Buffett into the classroom, home and afterschool programs. Girls, Inc., Junior Achievement and 4H are all participating in the program this year.

The “Grow Your Own Business Challenge” is a part of the Secret Millionaires Club Learn and Earn financial literacy promotion, which is sponsored exclusively by the Fairholme Foundation and reaches over 100,000 classrooms and youth organizations with free tools and lessons for teaching good financial habits to youth.

In October, the Secret Millionaires Club is also launching the SMC Business in a Box, Secret Millionaires Club DVD Volume 2 and a new book, Secret Millionaires Club: Warren Buffett’s 26 Secrets to Success in the Business of Life, written by Andy and Amy Heyward.

About Fairholme Foundation
The Fairholme Foundation invests in under-valued paths to improving education. Our key: Ignore the crowd by circumventing long-standing roadblocks to progress. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization solely funded by Fairholme Capital Management and its affiliates.

About By Kids For Kids

By Kids for Kids® (BKFK®) is a platform that empowers youth invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. BKFK promotes youth social innovation and partners with leading corporations to inspire product development, crucial technology skills, invention, and innovation in young people from 8 to 22. BKFK provides a unique platform for young people to develop, showcase, and commercialize their products, inventions and entrepreneurship. BKFK’s “cycle of innovation” develops critical 21st Century skills in our nation’s youth. The company provides educational resources — curriculum and challenges that promote social change, product development and entrepreneurial endeavors. Learn more:
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Be Healthy, Be Heart Safe

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. 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!

Oh, How We Age

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:, “Questions and Answer About Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants,” 2013;, “Total Hip Replacement,” W.C. Shiel, 2013