Saturday, October 18, 2014

@ChickenSoupSoul Reboot Your Life (And One to Give Away!)

Reboot Your Life
Chicken Soup for the Soul:  Reboot Your Life!  
101 Stories About Finding a New Path to Happiness
  • A book of Reader Submitted Stories
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing 
  • Released September 16th, 2014
  • Amy Newmark and Claire Cook
  • Paperback Edition - 400 pages - English Language
  • Also Available as an eBook 
  • Purchase From,  Barnes and Noble, or your Favorite CSFTS Retailer
  • Publisher's Suggested Price - $14.95 (Will Vary by Retailer)
  • Chicken Soup For the Soul is on the web at 
  • Find Them on Facebook, and on Twitter (@ChickenSoupSoul)
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Everyone has had at least one time in their life when our plans change.  Sometimes it is by choice, other times it is due to other people's decisions, but we all have to do a "reboot" at some point.  I have made huge moves, several times - usually leaving most of my "stuff" behind and starting fresh.  I have left jobs that I loved, recieved a diagnoses of a chronic illness, become a mother of twins, and made the decision to become a stay at home mother.  We have also learned that our children have Asperger Syndrome, which eventually led to the choice to homeschool.  The detours on the path of life keep coming, so how do we learn to see them as opportunities and relieve ourselves of some of the stress?

This book reminds us that there are so many things that we do not have control over.  Thankfully, we can control our responses and our emotions.  There are 101 reader submitted stories that prove we can not only survive, but thrive when we are in a reboot situation.  After a brief introduction by Claire Cook (who also shares her story!) there are ten chapters.
  1. Do it Now
  2. Follow Your Heart
  3. Take a Chance
  4. Find Your Purpose
  5. Start Over
  6. Mind Your Health
  7. Overcome Adversity
  8. Listen to Your Friends
  9. Take Time for You
  10. Adjust Your Attitude
I know that many of you would enjoy this volume of inspiration, so I am very happy to have the opportunity to give one copy away.  If you would like to take a chance, use the form below.
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Good Luck!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

@VeggieTales Beauty and the Beet – In Stores Now! (With a #Giveaway!)

Beauty and the Beet
Beauty and the Beet - A Lesson in  Unconditional Love
  • Featuring All Our Favorite Veggies and a Special Guest Star Voiced by  Kellie Pickler
  • Single Region One DVD in English with English and Spanish Subtitles
  • Not Rated - Family Friendly Animation with a Christian Message
  • Released on October 14, 2014 by Big Idea Studios
  • The Main Feature is 45 Minutes
  • DVD Includes Special Features, Including a "Silly Song" 
  • VeggieTales can be Found on Facebook, on Twitter and Pinterest
The newest VeggieTales DVD hit stores this week.  It sweet, and loosely based on a favorite fairy tale.
Mirabelle (Kellie Pickler) is an up and comeing young singer.  She and her family band, "The Veggie Tones", finally get their big break when they are invited to a gig at Vegetable Square Garden.  Unfotunately. they get trapped in the mountains during a terrible blizzard. Luckily, they find a resort that is open.  The manager Mr. Beet, is a little bit gruff, but he allows them to stay on if they will sing and do some of the work around the resort.
When they discover they can snowshoe their way out on some old tennis rackets they set out on their way - but they could all be killed in an avalanche!  They are saved by a surprise rescue - and they also learn more about their host.

The story is all Veggie Tales.  It has a Christian message and a happy ending.  There are a lot of songs and there is a Christmas theme, too. 
The Special Features include the Silly Song with Larry (Mac and Cheese) as well as a Behind the Scenes with Kellie Pickler, and a Sing-Along for the tune "Show You Love” and a segment of
In the Kitchen With Bob.

If you can't get enough VeggieTales, here is some exciting news!  Starting this Thanksgiving weekend, the Veggies will also star in a brand-new Netflix original series, VeggieTales In the House. Dreamworks and Big Idea teamed up for this series, so the characters have a slightly different look about them, but the show promises to live up to our great Vegpectations.

veggietales in the house
I have the opportunity to offer one copy of a Beauty and the Beet DVD as a giveaway prize.  If you would love to win this for your little Veggie fan, please follow the directions on the form below.
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Good Luck!
"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

#Uncorked Ventures Offers Great Wine Gifts and Subscription Club Options @WineClubGuy

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Uncorked Ventures Wine Subscription Clubs
  • A Family Owned and Operated Business Located Just Outside of San Francisco
  • Wines are Sourced from California, Oregon, and Washington State
  • Visit the Wine Club Web Page and See the Different Clubs Available
  • No Middle Men or Distributors - This Family Has a Relationship With the Vineyards
  • Featured Wines are Rated at 90 Points or Above by Serious Wine Critics
  • Different Price Ranges and Selection Choices Available
  • Ships Directly to Your Door (Where Allowed by Law) 
  • Members Receive a 15% Discount on Club Reorders
  • Insiders Also Have First Access to Special Selections and Last Call Wines
  • Visit the Website at
  • Connect Socially on Facebook and on Twitter   (@WineClubGuy)
There are several reasons that I love wine clubs.  Most of all I enjoy the opportunity to try new selections that I may never find on my own.  It is also very convenient to have FedEx come to the door with a carefully packaged box that only requires my signature.  Another benefit is that each bottle comes with a full description so that I know what to expect and how it will best be served.

Uncorked Ventures includes all of these great features and heaps on some extra goodness.  This family makes each selection personal.  After going out and getting to know the wine makers, vineyard owners and grape farmers, they share information about the origins of the wines in each shipment as well as a detailed description of the wine. 

When I made my choice to try The Explorations Wine Club, I learned that this $40 subscription would include two bottles of wine - one red and one white.  An order would also earn me access to discounts on re-orders , a monthly newsletter to help me become more wine savvy, 10% off future purchases from the Uncorked Ventures online store, and the ability to purchase their last call wines before non-subscribers.

There is also an option to choose the interval of deliveries.  A one time purchase is an option, but so are quarterly, every six month, every month, every three months, etc.  it is really up to the buyer, and there are many choices.

My delivery included these two bottles: 

The white is a 2013 Sola Chardonnay and the red is a 2010 Mercy Pinot Noir.  Both were very good, and thanks to the full page descriptions, it was easy to use them for just the right occasion.

The Chardonnay was described as rich with an initial impression of floral and apple that finished with a lightly toasted almond and slightly creamy citrus finish.  My palette is not quite as refined - but it was a perfect pairing with salad and wraps on a warm afternoon.  The average retail value for this bottle is about $20.

The red came with a lot of information about the Mercy vineyards which I found very interesting.  This is a higher value bottle which has an average retail price of $35-$45.  It is moderately bodied wine, which gives a first impression of dark, sweet fruit but ends slightly tart.

The combination of these two selections was a pleasure tastefully speaking, and the removal of the middle men allows Uncorked Ventures to pass on some savings, too.

For the more serious wine aficionado there is the Special Selections Club or the Reserve Collections Club.  These clubs offer more expensive wines and come with a higher price tag.You can see the details for each of these by visiting the website which I have linked to in the bullet points above.

Uncorked Ventures subscriptions make a wonderful gift or a fantastic way to treat yourself to something special.  I was quite pleased with the choices that the company made as well as the quick and careful shipping.  There is also a safeguard in place.  An adult must be at home to sign for the delivery when it arrives.

I already know who will be getting a package from Uncorked Ventures from me this Christmas.  Do keep them in mind when you are making your lists and checking them twice!


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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