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Friday, January 10, 2020

“FROZEN 2” Sing-Along Engagement Heading to Theatres Starting Jan. 17


Fans are invited to venture “Into the Unknown” alongside Anna and Elsa when Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2” Special Sing-Along Engagement kicks off in select theatres nationwide on Jan. 17 for a limited time.

To get in the spirit of the special engagement, check out the sing-along version of the full “Some Things Never Change” sequence from Disney’s “Frozen 2” featuring the original song performed by Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff, written by Academy Award® winners Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez.

 


Why was Elsa born with magical powers? What truths about the past await Elsa as she ventures into the unknown to the enchanted forests and dark seas beyond Arendelle? The answers are calling her but also threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she'll face a dangerous but remarkable journey. In “Frozen,” Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. In “Frozen 2,” she must hope they are enough. From the Academy Award®-winning team—directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, producer Peter Del Vecho and songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez—and featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2” opened in theatres on Nov. 21, 2019, becoming the highest grossing animated movie of all time in early January.


“Frozen” won an Academy Award® for best animated feature film of the year. The film’s iconic song, “Let It Go,” with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, also won an Oscar® for best achievement in music written for motion picture, original song.
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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Recipe Book Review: The Instant Pot of Diabetes Cookbook

The Instant Pot Diabetes CookbookSimple recipes for healthy home cooking.

It was a pleasure to have to opportunity to share my review on this amazing cookbook. I'm glad I was able to try out some of these healthy recipes put together by Nancy Hughes.


This Instant Pot–authorized cookbook from the experts at the American Diabetes Association contains 90 easy and healthy recipes made with simple ingredients. Inside, you’ll find nutritious, flavorful Instant Pot recipes that will easily transform into mouth-watering meals. Each recipe includes detailed instructions to walk you through every step of cooking with your Instant Pot. Recipes include family favorites as well as a wide range of options inspired by Mexican, Italian, Thai, Indian, and Cajun cuisines. Whatever you have a taste for, you’ll find it in this book! Additionally, each recipe meets the nutrition guidelines set by the American Diabetes Association.


 Other features of the Instant Pot Diabetes Cookbook include:
  • * Pressure Pointers to help you understand how your Instant Pot works and what it can do
  • * A table of cooking times for a variety of ingredients from grains to veggies to meats
  • * Essential kitchen equipment and ingredients to have on hand to make diabetes-friendly cooking with your Instant Pot a breeze
  • * Complete nutrition information with each recipe to make diabetes meal planning easy

MY THOUGHTS:

I really enjoyed this book and my family loved the dishes I made that was used from this recipe book.  The images makes my mouth water. Although not too many photos, the layout of the recipes on each page are well put together and easy to follow.  Since our family don't eat a lot of meat at home, the vegetable dishes are great! Sometimes I just need some inspiration and creative ideas on how to make a simple dish. Most of the ingredients listed are easy to find and it's what I use almost every day or every week.

The pasta dishes and rice dishes are what I make most of the time. I like how Nancy put together a variety type of dishes; dishes from breakfast, entrees with meat, vegetables, pasta, appetizers, salads, sweets and desserts, as well as soup.

Here was one of the recipe I prepared: the "Freezer-Fix Chili" (from page 74 of the cookbook).



About the Author:

Nancy S. Hughes is a bestselling author and leading food consultant. She has written more than 20 nationally published cookbooks and developed recipes for 60 additional cookbooks with over 7,500 published recipes to her credit. Nancy has been honored to work with clients across the U.S. and Canada. She works with major corporations, health-focused organizations, magazines, and web-based clients including: the American Heart Association, Cooking Light, Better Homes and Gardens, Betty Crocker, Del Monte Foods, the Canola Council, National Processed Raspberry Council, Rice Federation, eMeals, and Nestlé. Visit her website at www.nancyshughes.com.




Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the above book for my review in this post. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers. No other compensation was given.

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Holiday Gift Guide: Shinesty Holiday Apparel {Review}

The Christmas holiday is fast approaching. And if you are still looking for last minute holiday gifts or some fun holiday apparel for yourself or for a special someone, check out Shinesty. Perhaps you want matching family Christmas Pajamas.




I was recently introduced to Shinesty. I ordered my holiday snowflake dress from them and I was excited to try it. I love it and was impressed with the quality of the material! There's so many ways to describe these designs: it's fun, it's festive, it's weird, it's hilarious, colorful and cozy all at the same time.  Also, it's the perfect to wear for a Christmas dinner or Christmas party. I think unique is a the word I'm looking for.




Shinesty offers a variety of outfits for both adults and kids ranging from outerwear, boxers, pajamas, suits, and even Ugly Christmas Sweaters. Yes, that's right! The famous Ugly Christmas Sweaters seen in the collection below. Whatever you're looking for, there's something for everyone.


 Have a very Shinesty Holiday Season!



Disclosure: I received samples of the above product(s) from the PR Firm/Company for my review in this post. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers. No other compensation was given.

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Pho Hoa Noodle Soup Expands to Southern Surrey


SURREY, British Columbia, Dec. 13, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pho Hoa Noodle Soup, the leading North American based Vietnamese food franchise, announced the grand opening of a new location in Surrey, British Columbia. This new location will be located at 1724 152 St. Surrey, Canada V4A4N4. The Southern Surrey Pho Hoa will hold its Grand Opening Event on December 14 - 15, 2019.


The Grand Opening Event will feature a Buy One Get One Free promotion on all regular size pho. “We are very excited about opening this location because it gives us the opportunity to serve the same delicious Vietnamese food that our customers know and love to the communities in Southern Surrey,” says Hai Nguyen, Director of Operations for Pho Hoa and Jazen Tea in Canada. “We have been working hard to open this new location and we hope that everyone in the Southern Surrey area will be able to stop by for BOGO pho this weekend!” 

Pho Hoa Noodle Soup was recently recognized on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 and ranked #2 in the Asian food category on Entrepreneur’s Top Food Franchises List. With low franchising costs, simple operations and healthy and affordable prices, the concept is the right opportunity for anybody looking to become a business owner. Additionally, the company has recently announced and enticing opportunity for those looking to franchise: Pho Hoa will waive the Jazen Tea franchising fee of $15,000 CAD for franchisees who open a co-branded Pho Hoa and Jazen Tea location. To find out more, visit phohoa.com/franchising.

In the next 6 months, Pho Hoa is slated to open 9 new locations. To find out more about franchising opportunities, please visit: www.phohoa.com

About Pho Hoa and Jazen Tea

Founded in 1983, Pho Hoa Noodle Soup now operates in 6 countries internationally, and offers delicious and healthy pho noodle soup at an affordable price. As one of the largest Vietnamese Fast-Casual dining chains in the world, quality and consistency remain the company’s top priorities and the driving force behind their success as a franchise.

Jazen Tea was founded in San Jose, California in 2012 and has since expanded to 19 locations in the U.S. and Canada. The company specializes in creating fresh fruit teas, made with real fruit and high quality tea leaves. Jazen Tea was recently featured by Franchise Gator as one of the industry’s Top Emerging Franchises.
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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Waxing Kara "I'll Bee Home" Gift Set Giveaway



Welcome to the 
Waxing Kara "I'll Bee Home" Gift Set Giveaway

This giveaway is part of our Holiday Gift Guide
Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.

Sponsored By: Waxing Kara
Hosted By: Deliciously Savvy

Co-hosted by:

 Below is a list of all the bloggers involved in the gift guide giveaways.

Kara Brook is the founder of Waxing Kara. She’s an artist with a fascination for beeswax. Kara paints and sculpts with encaustic. Encaustic is paint made with beeswax, tree resin and pigment. Though you may not have heard of it, it’s actually been around a really long time.

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ONE (1) lucky winner will receive: I'll Bee Home Gift Set (RV $50)

  
(See the review HERE)

Giveaway open to US Residents only and must be 18+ to enter. Giveaway ends December 25th, 2019 at 11:59pm EST. Be sure to come back daily for more chances to win.

Also we all “love it if you like us” on Facebook! If you like our blogs on social media it helps us bring you only the best giveaways and more of them! If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.


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Disclosure: Bloggers in this giveaway were not compensated and are not responsible for prize fulfillment.  This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. You are not eligible if you have won a prize from any of the sponsors in the last 12 months. Winner has 48 hours to reply before a replacement winner will be drawn.
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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

UglyChristmasSweater.com $60 Gift Card Giveaway

Welcome to the Ugly Christmas Sweater Giveaway!



Hosted by: Love, Mrs. Mommy
and
Sponsored by: UglyChristmasSweater.com





Review from Love, Mrs. Mommy

UglyChristmasSweater.com has all your fun holiday needs covered! This is a one-stop shop that has everything from the popular ugly Christmas sweater, to fun sleeping pj’s and even blow-up decorations for your front yard! But, this site doesn’t stop there. They even have custom sweaters that you can make and officially licensed products from all our favorite holiday movies, too! Read more...


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ONE (1) lucky winner will each receive any item of their choosing up to a $60 RV at UglyChristmasSweater.com!

Giveaway open Worldwide and must be 18+ to enter. Giveaway ends December 19th, 2019 at 11:59pm EST. Be sure to come back daily for more chances to win.

Previous UglyChristmasSweater.com winners are excluded from winning another giveaway. 
Please do not enter if you have already won.

Also we all “love it if you like us” on Facebook! If you like our blogs on social media it helps us bring you only the best giveaways and more of them! If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.


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Disclosure: Bloggers in this giveaway were not compensated and are not responsible for prize fulfillment.  This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. You are not eligible if you have won a prize from any of the sponsors in the last 12 months. Winner has 48 hours to reply before a replacement winner will be drawn.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Disney+ App Now Available Across Mobile and Connected TV Devices



Disney+ Lifts Off, Ushering in a New Era of Entertainment from The Walt Disney Company

First Slate of Disney+ Originals Premiere Alongside Extensive Collection of Library Titles From Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and More, Including “Avengers: Endgame,” “Avatar,” and 30 seasons of “The Simpsons”


Disney+, the highly anticipated streaming service from The Walt Disney Company, launched today in the U.S., Canada, and The Netherlands. With nearly 500 films and 7,500 episodes of television from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more, Disney+ is the exclusive home for some of the world’s most beloved stories as well as a robust slate of original content ready to be discovered.

“The launch of Disney+ is a historic moment for our company that marks a new era of innovation and creativity,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “Disney+ provides an exceptional entertainment experience, showcasing our library of beloved movies, TV series and exclusive original content from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic.”

As part of the launch, the service premiered its first original series and films including “The Mandalorian,” the epic first-ever live-action Star Wars series; “Lady and the Tramp,” a live-action re-telling of the 1955 animated classic; “Noelle,” an original holiday comedy film starring Anna Kendrick, “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” the all-new scripted series set at the real-life East High featured in the blockbuster film franchise; “The World According to Jeff Goldblum” docu-series from National Geographic; “Marvel’s Hero Project,” which celebrates extraordinary kids making a difference in their communities; “Encore!,” executive produced by the multi-talented Kristen Bell; “The Imagineering Story” 6-part documentary from Emmy and Academy Award-nominated director Leslie Iwerks; short-form series “Pixar IRL” and “Disney Family Sundays;” and animated short film collections “SparkShorts” and “Forky Asks A Question” from Pixar Animation Studios.

Beginning November 15, most new episodes of each series will premiere on Fridays at 12:01 AM PST/3:01 AM EST.

The Past, Present, and Future of Storytelling

The service provides viewers of all ages an unrivaled collection of new and library content from the world-class creators of The Walt Disney Company – the visionaries representing nearly a century of creativity from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more.

Beginning today, subscribers can enjoy:

• Timeless animated films from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Walt Disney Signature Collection, created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney – including “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pinocchio,” “Bambi,” “The Lion King,” “Lady and The Tramp,” “Peter Pan,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Cinderella” and more.
• Three of the four highest-grossing films of all time: “Avengers: Endgame,” Avatar,” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
• Thirty seasons of the 11-time Emmy Award-winning series “The Simpsons.”
• Hit films from Marvel Studios, including “Avengers: Endgame,” as well as “Captain America: Civil War,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Doctor Strange,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Captain Marvel,” “Iron Man,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The 

• Winter Soldier,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” and “Ant-Man.”
• Thousands of episodes from hit Disney Channel and Disney Junior series such as “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody,” “Kim Possible,” “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” “PJ Masks,” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” along with more than 100 Disney Channel Original Movies including “Descendants,” “High School Musical,” and “Camp Rock.”
• 18 of Pixar Animation Studios’ groundbreaking fan favorite movies including “Wall-E,” “Up,” “Monsters Inc.,” “Finding Nemo,” “The Incredibles,” “Toy Story,” “Inside Out” and “Brave,” as well as all of Pixar’s beloved theatrical shorts such as the Academy Award-winning “Bao” and “Sanjay’s Super Team.”
• Over 400 hours of content from National Geographic, including the critically-acclaimed and award-winning documentary “Free Solo” and the streaming debut of “Science Fair.”
• All six of the original classic Star Wars films released between 1977-1999, in addition to recent blockbusters “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” By the end of 2020, the entire Skywalker saga will be available on the service.
• Marvel television series from the 1970s to present day including “X-Men” and “Spider-Man.”

Subscribers will also have access to a burgeoning collection of 4K Ultra HD films including the first seven Star Wars movies available for the first time in this format, along with “Hocus Pocus,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “Toy Story” 1-3, and more.

Best-in-Class Experience, Available Anywhere, Anytime

Disney+ offers subscribers high-quality and commercial-free viewing, up to four concurrent streams, unlimited downloads on up to ten devices, personalized recommendations, and the ability to set up to seven different profiles. Additionally, parents have the ability to set Kids Profiles that create an easy -to-navigate interface to access age-appropriate content.

Consumers can subscribe to Disney+ directly at DisneyPlus.com or via in-app purchase from the following partner platforms and devices (dependent on country):

Amazon (Fire TV Devices, Fire TV Edition Smart TVs, and Fire Tablets)
Apple (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV, and fully integrated with the Apple TV app; customers can subscribe to Disney+ via in-app purchase)
Google (Android phones, Android TV devices, Google Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices)
LG Smart TVs with webOS
Microsoft (Xbox One)
Samsung Smart TVs
Sony / Sony Interactive Entertainment (all Android based Sony TVs and PlayStation®4)
Roku (Roku® streaming players and Roku TV™ models)

For a full list of supported devices visit here.

Amazing Entertainment, Amazing Value

For one low monthly (or annual) fee, Disney+ offers consumers of all ages a compelling entertainment offering and an amazing price-to-value proposition.

Starting today, consumers in Canada have the opportunity to purchase Disney+ for $8.99 CAD per month or $89.99 CAD per year, providing access to all of the Disney+ programming.

Global Rollout

Today marks the beginning of the global rollout of Disney+, with expectations to launch in most major global markets within its first two years. Available now in the U.S., Canada, and the Netherlands, Disney+ will launch next week in Australia, New Zealand, and Puerto Rico on November 19.

Announced earlier this month, on March 31, 2020, Disney+ will launch in markets across Western Europe – including the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and a number of other countries in the region.

About Disney+

Disney+ is the dedicated streaming home for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more, together, for the first time. From The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International segment, Disney+ is available on any internet-connected screen and offers commercial-free programming with a variety of original feature-length films, documentaries, live-action and animated series and short-form content including series “The Mandalorian,” “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” “The World According to Jeff Goldblum,” and “Encore!” and films “Lady and the Tramp” and “Noelle.” Alongside unprecedented access to Disney’s incredible library of film and television entertainment and 30 seasons of “The Simpsons,” the service is the exclusive streaming home for films released by The Walt Disney Studios in 2019 and beyond, including “Captain Marvel,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “Aladdin,” “Toy Story 4,” “The Lion King,” “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” “Frozen 2,”and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” Visit DisneyPlus.com to subscribe and/or learn more about the service.
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