Friday, November 28, 2014

Scrooged - A Dark Musicals Holiday Novella - Only $.99!

Lots of people have emailed me to ask what happens to Justyn and Becca in the future. Would they make it to Broadway? Would they live happily ever after? In Scrooged, you will get a glimpse into their future, and see some old friends--and villains--you thought were gone for good.

Stan Hope never cared much for his son-in-law—Justin Patko. 

His black clothes and body piercings were bad enough, but the ridiculous notion of dragging Rebecca off to Broadway with a new baby on the way pushes Stan over the edge. How much can a father take?

After losing his cool at a holiday party, Stan gets a visit from three unexpected spirits. Can they help to change his close-minded ways? Or will he lose his only child forever?

 Available on Amazon for only $.99.

Spoiler Alert - Don't read this unless you finished the first three books in the series! If you missed them, now is a great time to catch up! All three books are on sale for the holidays!

Phantom: $.99           Demon: $2.99         Hyde : $2.99

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide - Trendy Workout Clothes from Onzie

I try to exercise all year long, but there's something about the arrival of the holidays that really gets me in the mood for physical fitness. I guess it's because I need to work off all those extra calories! This year, my teen daughter has decided to take part in my yoga routines. I love spending this time with her, but she didn't have anything to wear. This meant it was time to shop for some stylish workout clothes that not only look great but move with her body. Onzie was the perfect choice for a head to toe look that she's proud to flaunt.

Since we  had plenty of tops, we picked out a few awesome leggings from Onzie. The first pair are the capri pants. These three-quarter leggings come in a variety of colorful designs. My daughter choose the skull pattern. Skulls are a big trend in the teen world right now so these awesome pants are perfect for yoga or gym class.

 The Palazzo Pants are another great choice. The native print really bring out her inner hippie. They have a bell-bottom leg and elastic waist that are fun to wear at any time, not just during a workout.

 Both of these pants are made using spandex and conform perfectly with your body, allowing you to bend and twist into even the most advanced yoga poses with ease. My daughter thinks they're so comfortable, she even sleeps in them sometimes. They are very well-made with tight stitching. I have some older leggings from Onzie that I've had for almost a year, and they still look brand new. They can be machine washed in cold water without any fading and hold their form without shrinking when line-dried. They are the perfect combination of elegance and functionality.

The pieces we chose are only a few examples of the beautiful exercise apparel you can find at Onzie. They have a wide range of pieces to choose from including tops, bottoms, one-pieces, and even a few styles for men. They are the perfect choice for a holiday gift for anyone who loves to exercise and look their best while they're doing it. To view their full collection, be sure to visit their website. To keep up with future products and promotions, follow them on face book or pinterest.

Holiday Gift Guide - Marlo's Bake Shop Original Soft Baked Biscotti

Marlo’s Bakeshop is a family-owned San Francisco company specializing in unique and addictive soft baked biscotti. They have three flavors  (one of which is gluten and dairy free) available in two distinctive packaging formats. Their handcrafted cookies are made from premium quality, locally-sourced ingredients and the product line is currently going through the non-GMO verification process.

These soft baked biscottis are the perfect host/hostess present, addition to a gift basket, or treat for the coffee & tea lover.  The individually wrapped cookies are the perfect grab-n-go option when you want breakfast, lunch or your afternoon cuppa’ to be a bit more elegant and delicious. 

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My Thoughts

I definitely have a new addiction. I've always loved biscottis. They've been a tradition in my Italian family for generations. I've tried dozens of varieties from store bought to home baked, but I don't think I've never had a biscotti as good as the varieties I tried from Marlo's Bake Shop. These artisan cookies are an indulgence worth giving into. I tried all three flavors of the soft-baked biscottis and they were all amazing.

 The originals are loaded with dark chocolate chips, chocolate covered raisins, and toasted walnuts. They are delicious on their own or dipped in coffee. 

The Midnight soft-basked biscotti were my favorite. If a regular biscotti and a dark chocolate brownie had a baby, this would be it. It's the perfect merger, not too sweet and just a little crunchy. I'm totally in love.

The Banana Bread biscotti are so delicious, you'll have a hard time believing they're gluten free. They have all the flavor of a loaf of banana bread in a unique single serve portion.

Of course, what makes Marlo's biscotti unique is the fact they they are soft-baked. So they taste like a biscotti, but you won't break a tooth trying to bite into one.  My great-aunt is 93, and biscottis are her favorite cookies, but she hasn't been able to eat them for years because they were too hard for her. Thanks to Marlo's Bake Shop, she was able to enjoy a biscotti again, and she agreed that these were one of the best she ever tried. They are also made from all -natural ingredients, so they are a treat you can feel good about enjoying! To learn more about these delicious concoctions or to grab a few boxes to stuff your family's stockings, visit the Marlo's Bake Shop website.

Holiday Gift Guide - Colgate Optic White

We all want a whiter smile this holiday season. I know for me, years of coffee and tea have stained my teeth. I have tried some of the advanced whitening kits, but they made my teeth feel sensitive to hot and cold, and many of them just take too much time. When you have four kids, you're lucky to find time to brush at all, let a lone sit around with gel on your teeth for hours. The new Colgate Optic White system is the perfect way to get a whiter smile without any aggravation or discomfort. It works great and doesn't take any longer than your normal dental routine.

There are three products and three easy steps to your whiter smile. First, there is the Colgate  Optic White Toothbrush & Whitening Pen. Just use the pen to apply a layer of gel that adheres to your teeth. You don't have to rinse or wait. Just apply to your teeth and move on with your day. The toothbrush has special bristles that polish your teeth and remove stains for a deep-down shine

Next there is the Colgate Optic White Platinum, Whiten, and Protect Toothpaste. Just brush as normal and your teeth will be three shades whiter in only a few weeks. As an added benefit, it also seals out new stains before they start. It comes in two varieties including Cool Mint & Crystal  mint that leaves your breath fresh minty fresh and your teeth sparkling white.

Last, but certainly not least, there is the Colgate Optic White Whiteseal Mouthwash. The Icy Fresh Mint flavor freshens your breath and the advanced stain prevention technology prevents new stains from forming.

When used together, these three products are a force to be reckoned with. My teeth are looking whiter than they have since my teen years and I am thrilled with the results. If you want to give the new Optic White line a try, you can find it now in retailers nationwide. To learn more, be sure to visit the Colgate Optic White website. Give yourself the gift of confidence this holiday season, and help keep your teeth as white as the snow with Colgate Optic White!

Holiday Gift Guide - Hubsan X4 H107C RC Quadcopter

• For thrills, skills, and power, there is nothing quite like the new Hubsan X4 H107C in an exquisite Lime Green and Black finish, with matching color propeller guard included for extra protection during flight.
• The H107C's micro size makes it pocket-portable for indoor flight virtually anywhere, yet its formidable 4 coreless motors makes it powerful enough to fly outside and perform expert takeoffs and vertical climbs. 4 Blue/Red LED lights allow for night flying. The 2 included LiPo batteries deliver plenty of power (10-12 mins flight time) and recharges quickly (20 mins).

• The H107C comes ready to fly with a 2.4GHz Transmitter that automatically binds and includes a full complement of tuning features and 2 flight modes: Normal and Expert. In Expert mode, the H107C can execute aggressive forward and backward flips and barrel rolls with lightning speed. Activate anti-flip mode by pressing down on left stick. The H107C has the power and responsiveness to match your skills as you become an expert pilot!
• Trim adjustments allow you to keep the quadcopter on course and are quick and easy thanks to the LCD screen and digital trim adjustment buttons. Range: approx. 100 meters

My Thoughts

We've flown lots of  RC helicopters over the years, but this was our first experience with a Quadcopter. The main difference seems to be that there are four propellers.  The controller requires a few AAA batteries, but the quadcopter can be charged by connecting the battery to your computer using a USB. Once charged, we've gotten an average of  ten to fifteen minutes flying time. As far as maneuvering, I found this device to be way easier to control than any of the other flying toys we've tried. It's light weight, so it lifts up off the ground with no trouble, but it's also sturdy, so if it does crash down, it doesn't get damaged. The four propellers also seem to give it a more even flight. It's just way easier to control.The design is really awesome too. I love the sleek green color. 

My son has a lot of experience with flying toys. He's been flying toy helicopters for several years. The remote on this is very similar to a standard remote control helicopter, so he had no trouble maneuvering and controlling his Quadcopter. For new flyers, it may take a little more practice, but don't be discouraged. Once you get the hang of it, it's simple and fun. It even comes with a few extra rotors in case it breaks as well as an additional battery. We've been flying for about a week with no issues.  
In addition to fun flying, this particular Quadcopter also has a built in video camera. My son was really excited about this feature, and being able to get a bird's eye view. Unfortunately, we weren't really able to use the camera. The video camera requires a tiny memory card in order to transfer the videos to a computer to watch. I didn't have one of these so I can't tell if the video camera worked or not.  If we are able to test this feature in the future, I will update my review. For now I basing my 5 star review on our flying experience only.  Overall, my son was really happy with it and we're thinking about getting a few for his cousins for Christmas.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Prepare for Black Friday with Flipp - #Giveaway

Black Friday is only a few days away. We all want to grab those holiday sales, but make sure you don't go in unprepared. Flipp is the easiest way to browse flyers and save money.  You can save up to 40% each week using flyers. With all your favorite stores at your fingertips, you can quickly search for the items you need, highlight the best deals and clip items straight to your shopping list.

The Flipp app is the perfect way to make sure you're organized before you begin your shopping spree. Simply download the free app, and check out all the circulars in advance, compare prices, and make sure you're getting all the best prices on the things you want the most. Using the Flipp app, I've mapped out five stops for five of the top gifts on my shopping list this Black Friday.


Whether you have a teen searching for the latest trends or a friend with a baby on the way, you can find the best prices on clothing  using the Flipp app.  Check out these great deals I found at JC Penny.


My son needs a new pair of headphones, and Radio Shack had exactly what we were looking for.  Flipp ensured that I got the best price on these quality headsets.

Gift Baskets

If you're not sure what to get someone, you can't go wrong with a gift basket. Target has some fun baskets going for as low as $10!


Looking to upgrade your holiday decor this year? I did a search for Christmas decorations on Flipp and found some great Black Friday bargains at Rite Aid.


Last but not least, the holidays wouldn't be complete without toys! Whether your kids love Frozen or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Flipp can help you get the best deals. Search by store or brand. I found most of my top picks in the Walmart circular.

I couldn't believe the deals I  scored thanks to Flipp. Some of these stores only few blocks from my house, but I rarely visit them  because I don't get their circulars in the mail. If it weren't for Flipp, I would never have known about all these fantastic deals. Now my holiday shopping is pretty much wrapped up!  Want to start saving money when you're on the go?  Download Flipp for FREE on iTunes and Google Play. Also be sure to connect with Flipp on their social networks.

The Giveaway

One lucky winner is going to receive a $50 Visa Gift Card to help with your back to school essentials and a Flipp branded portable charger. To enter, just fill out the Giveaway Tools form below. This giveaway will end 12/17/14 and is open to the US only.  The winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to reply before their prize is forfeited.

Holiday Gift Guide - Novosbed Contour Memory Foam Pillow - #Giveaway

 Black Friday is approaching and many of us will be waking up at the break of dawn to get a head start on our holiday shopping. Before you head out, make sure you get a good night's sleep with the Novosbed Countour Memory Foam Pillow. These pillows will guarantee you're wide awake and ready to go the moment those doors open. The Novosbed pillow is different in that it’s memory foam, and it comfortably adheres to the contours of  your neck while also supporting your head.  You can tuck it against your shoulders for even more support, resulting in an utterly restful night

Novosbed’s Contour Memory Foam Pillow was engineered to provide superior comfort. As you sleep, your neck and head are completely supported. It almost feels like the pillow is molding to your body,  allowing your muscles to fully relax. Novosbed pillows are never too firm or too soft, and they keep their shape no matter how much you toss and turn. The pillow is also encased in a soft fabric, which is removable. The pillow case is micro-fiber, and allergen resistant, which I love. They are the highest quality, most luxurious memory foam pillows in their class, and they are available for an affordable price! 

Of course, after your shopping spree has ended, you will appreciate your Contour pillow even more. When it's time to lay down your head after a long day of walking around the mall, this ultra soft memory foam pillow will feel like you're resting on a cloud lulling you to sleep. Check out the Novosbed website now to see which pillow is just right for you, and spread the joy by grabbing one for a friend who needs a good night's sleep.

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The Giveaway
One lucky winner is going to receive a Novosbed Contour Memory Foam Pillow. To enter, just fill in the Giveaway Tools form below. This giveaway will end on  12/17/14. Open to the US only. The winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to reply. Thanks again to Novosbed for offering this fantastic prize.