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MasterChef Junior Season 3 #MasterChefJr Giveaway – closed

January 11, 2015

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Did you catch the Premier of MasterChef Junior Season 3 this past week? We recently shared the excitement with Logan won Season 2, I was routing for him all the way! Season 3 has begun with a new group of incredible and ultra talented budding chefs.

MCJR3_301-MBox_0157“MasterChef Junior” Season 3 premiered Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX. Catch all the tasty episodes on Tuesdays. The first mystery box brought out the creative talent of the kids and the ultimate admiration of the judges. There were many dishes I wish I could have tasted and I hope they share the recipes. I really want to make the Coconut Rice pudding with the Mango Compote.

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MasterChef Junior shared with me a Warm Winter kit. My kit included 2 MasterChef Junior branded mugs, recipe cards, and hot cocoa fixings. I was sipping from my mug while watching the premier.

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If this season is anything like the last, it will be an on the edge of your seat competition. I still want to be a behind the scenes tasting judge. Get ready for mystery boxes. I hope the group challenges are easier after all they are just kids.

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Catch all the action with MasterChef Junior on Tuesdays, at 8PM ET/PT on FOX.

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Here is your chance to win!

ONE lucky reader will win a MasterChef Junior Warm Winter Kit.

Thank you very much FOX and MasterChef Junior!

 

Giveaway ends on 01/15/2015 at 11:59 PM EST. ONE PERSON PER HOUSEHOLD and IP address. Open to Continental US addresses only. No PO Boxes. Must be 18 years of age and over. Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

Many thanks to MasterChef Junior and FOX for providing the review and giveaway product.

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. Gratis product was received in order to write my honest review. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. Others experience may vary. Terms of Use. Not affiliated with Facebook.

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MasterChef Junior New Season-ing Giveaway – closed

November 2, 2014

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One of my all time favorite cooking shows is returning with the Premier of Season 2 on November 4th. MasterChef Junior is back on! I remember watching the young budding Chefs with astonishment as they can make things I would never even attempt. How do they have the skills to create such restaurant quality foods? Even my favorite Chef judges loosen up around the edges when guiding the young foodies. “MasterChef Junior” Season 2 premieres Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.

Last season was such a delight. Alexander was chosen as the MasterChef Junior Champion and I can say his creations had me drooling during every episode! Watching Joe smile and really take an interest in the Junior contestants makes the show endearing. Grant reaches out when the kids need an emotional boost. Gordon brings the support and technical guidance, plus a hug or two. I love watching the Chef Judges interact with the kids in fun ways.

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MasterChef Junior wanted me to get in the spirit of creating with a tasty popcorn seasoning kit. My kit included 4 spices, recipe cards, popcorn and popcorn boxes, a chef hat, measuring cups and a couple empty spice containers for making my own popcorn seasoning blend. I made the Zesty Garlic Popcorn recipe and it was so good, my hubby asked for another batch! I will have to experiment with making my own seasoning as I enjoy sweet and salty popcorn flavors. I am thinking of a maple bacon seasoning of some kind.

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It will be a blast to see what happens this season. The mystery boxes will be back. The group challenges will return ( I think the group challenges are way to tough). The tears and the smiles will be on the faces of the contestants. The food will shine and the charm will fill our hearts. Now if we could only fill our bellies with the incredible delicious creations! Can I volunteer for tasting? 

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Catch all the action with MasterChef Junior returns this coming Tuesday, November 4th at 8PM ET/PT on FOX.

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Here is your chance to win!

ONE lucky reader will win a MasterChef Junior Popcorn Seasoning Kit.

Thank you very much FOX and MasterChef Junior!

Giveaway ends on 11/14/2014 at 11:59 PM EST. ONE PERSON PER HOUSEHOLD and IP address. Open to Continental US addresses only. No PO Boxes. Must be 18 years of age and over. Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

Many thanks to MasterChef Junior and FOX for providing the review and giveaway product.

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. Gratis product was received in order to write my honest review. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. Others experience may vary. Terms of Use. Not affiliated with Facebook.

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Knott’s Merry Farm – Southern California Holiday Tradition #MerryFarm

October 24, 2014

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My family has tradition every Christmas here in Southern California. We visit Knott’s Merry Farm! It is a jolly time walking through the shops of Ghost Town which have been transformed into an old time Christmas Village. There are tasty holiday treats including hot chocolate and a super decadent treat of made to order Maple Lollipops. It is a taste tempting variety of cookies and more!

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Right now is a perfect time to purchase the Knott’s 2015 Season Pass. They make great holiday gifts too! New Passholders bonus – Purchase a 2015 Season Pass today and use it for one 2014 visit!  Hurry the special bonus promotion ends on November 3rd. The 2015 Regular Season Pass offers unlimited 2015 visits to Knott’s for 9 easy payments of $8.50 with other passes at varying prices .

I am looking forward to attending the opening day of Knott’s Merry Farm. There are seasonal delights everywhere you look. Santa’s Christmas Cabin will be the home of the Jolly old guy himself, Santa! There will be cookies and more plus the opportunity to take a photo with Santa!

Christmas Craft Village is filled with shops from local artisan and is free to the public Monday Through Thursday. I usually visit the shops at least 3 times during the holidays looking for the perfect gifts.

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Live Entertainment will be all around Knott’s Merry Farm. Merry Christmas Snoopy, a new on ice spectacular, will be inside the Charles M. Schulz Theatre. A live performance of Christmas Carol will be playing in the Birdcage Theatre. Camp Snoopy will have your favorite characters dancing and singing holiday fun songs! The holiday spirit is thriving at Knott’s Merry Farm.

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Don’t forget about the famous rides at Knott’s Berry Farm. The wildest rollercoasters will bring out the screams in everyone. I prefer the famous Timber Mountain Log Ride. The last time I rode it, I got quite wet! I love visiting during the holidays. There is always something special to find in the Christmas Village in Ghost Town.

Give Knott’s Season Passes this Christmas. They fit in stockings very nicely and will give your loved ones a 2015 year of fun!

Many thanks to Knott’s Berry Farm for providing the admission tickets. Thanks to GigaSavvy for providing information for this post. Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. Gratis product was received in order to write my honest review. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. Others experience may vary. Terms of Use. Not affiliated with Facebook.

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A Boy Named Charlie Brown turns 50

June 12, 2014

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Can you believe the music of the beloved Charlie Brown Christmas is celebrating its 50th Anniversary? The music we sing in our heads is the unmistakable tune known as Linus and Lucy.

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Fantasy Records has just re-issued the CD – A Boy Named Charlie Brown. This classic Original Sound Track Recording by the Vince Guraldi Trio will have you doing the Christmas scene dance! The CD has been remastered and includes two bonus tracks!

Take a trip down memory lane with the sounds of Vince Guaraldi Trio. The jazzy upbeat tunes keep me hopping through my day. I can’t help but smile with each track. I find myself actually picturing the classic Peanut show!

Check out the Tracks:

1. Oh, Good Grief 2:22

2. Pebble Beach 2:49

3. Happiness Is 3:40

4. Schroeder 1:52

5. Charlie Brown Theme 4:21

6. Linus And Lucy 3:04

7. Blue Charlie Brown 7:27

8. Baseball Theme 3:13

9. Freda (With The Naturally Curly Hair) 4:34

10. Fly Me To The Moon 8:58

11. Baseball Theme (Alternate Take) 1:58

Linus and Lucy is the theme you will remember the most! All the tunes are a joy to listen to.

You can order A Boy Named Charlie Brown from Amazon or download on iTunes. For more information, visit Concord Music Group.

Many thanks to Conqueuroo for providing the review product.

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. Gratis product was received in order to write my honest review. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. Others experience may vary. Terms of Use. Sweepstakes not affiliated with Facebook.

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Celebrity Chef Aaron Sanchez New Menu at House of Blues – Giveaway (closed) #CrossroadsHOB

March 3, 2014

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Any viewer of the Food Network is familiar with Chef Aaron Sanchez. If there is one Chef I would want to have cook a meal for me it is him. He is always making me hungry with his description and flavor profiles.
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I had the chance to experience the new menu recently rolled out at the House of Blues in Anaheim. Chef Aaron Sanchez partnered with House of Blues to create new, exciting twists on American Classics. The selections are sure to make your mouth water.

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My lunch, courtesy of House of Blues, was filled with flavor from beginning to end. We started with 2 appetizers – our choices were the Spinach and Artichoke Dip and the Crossroads Chicken Quesadilla. My husband dove right in to the Spinach and Artichoke dip. The creaminess was amazing. One great feature was the way it was served – in a small hot skillet. That made the dip stay hot while it was being devoured! It comes with a side of pita chips. Delicious! The Chicken Quesadilla with its scrumptious tomatillo dipping sauce had so much punch in every bite. Cheese, poblano chilies, red peppers and onions combined for the perfect mouth satisfaction. I could have made a meal just from the appetizers!

Our entrée choices were:

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St. Louis Ribs – rack of ribs rubbed with Adobo spice and smoked tomato BBQ sauce. They were so tender, the meat fell right off the bone.

Juicy Lucy – Angus beef and applewood bacon patty stuffed with cheese. Wow this burger was tops. My hubby loved the juiciness of the patty. He was impressed with the cucumber salad also on the plate.

During our meal – we had the best service! Our server Phillipe was so well informed about each menu item. He made quite a few recommendations. He also gave us a peek at the in house concert stage. After all – House of Blues is huge for music! Denise, the manager was very attentive too. She made us feel so welcome. We also chatted with the in house Chef. He stopped by to make a table visit to see how everything was going. We noticed he made the rounds to many of the tables. I really enjoyed talking with him about the different menu items.

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We could not leave without a decadent dessert. The Triple Chocolate Cheesecake, OMG it was Heaven on a plate. My hubby is not a big sweet eater but he does love cheesecake. He thought this was the best ever! He has already made plans to come back just for dessert. It was a hard decision for me between the Key Lime Pie, the Bourbon Bread Pudding or the Chocolate Mousse. I chose the Chocolate Mousse. I thought it was really good but it could not beat the Triple Chocolate Cheesecake.

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The new menu created by Chef Aaron Sanchez is now serving at House of Blues dining locations. There are several locations nationwide. Find a location near you. The menu has so much variety, you will find a taste for everyone.

Are you hungry yet?

Here is your chance to win!

ONE lucky reader will win a $100 ” Karma Cash” Restaurant Voucher for a Crossroad’s (HOB) restaurant of your choosing. Excludes Boston location.

U.S. winners only. Be sure to see if you have a House of Blues location nearby.

Giveaway ends on 3/17/2014 at 11:59 PM EST. ONE PERSON PER HOUSEHOLD and IP address. Open to Continental US addresses only. No PO Boxes. Must be 18 years of age and over. Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

Many thanks to House of Blues for providing the meal for review and giveaway voucher.

Disclosure: Gratis product was received in order to write my honest review. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. Others experience may vary. Terms of Use. Sweepstakes not affiliated with Facebook.

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Holiday Party Embarrassment? BackPeddle

December 16, 2013

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Tis the season for too much happiness at office holiday parties. You know the one guy or gal that “celebrates” just a little too much and the photos are plastered all over. Don’t be that person! Take control of your photo sharing with BackPeddle.

BackPeddle is a social media app with lots of control over your posts. I had the chance to play with BackPeddle with photos. The best feature is you can set the amount of time your content can be viewed. by setting an expiration date to your content, it gives you the control over its existence.  I played with a bunch of vacation photos. Setting the time for expiration is very simple.

Send a photo, a message, video and audios all from BackPeddle. I found it very easy to share! You can share your BackPeddle pics with other media outlets – Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Simply set up your BackPeddle profile to connect to your accounts.

Take Control! Delete your photos and posts. Want something removed? Even if you did not set an expiration date at your initial posting, BackPeddle lets you delete your stuff in the app!

BackPeddle app is available for iPhone and Android.

Connect with BackPeddle

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Have fun with media – play safe and keep control! BackPeddle gives you a second chance!

Many thanks to BackPeddle for providing the review app and information.

Disclosure: Sponsored post. Gratis product was received in order to write my honest review. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. Others experience may vary. Terms of Use. Sweepstakes not affiliated with Facebook.

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D23 Expo App now available! #D23Expo

July 24, 2013

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In just a few weeks I will be in the middle of all things Disney. I am attending the D23 Expo – The Ultimate Disney Fan Event! I have been a Disney fan since my childhood – honestly I think I am still in my childhood. I can’t wait to see all the excitement and events of D23.d23 med

To make it even easier to keep up with the events of D23 – they have released the official D23 Expo App! This useful tool will allow attendees to stay up to date on all the happenings.

The D23 App provides:

· The most up-to-date schedules for all Expo presentations

· Sneak peeks at merchandise and collectibles that will be available for purchase exclusively at the event

· The ability to push alerts of the latest Expo news including announcements and notifications when panels, presentations, and events are booked up

· Map of the show floor

· Answers to frequently asked questions

· Loads of Disney trivia

· Bios of all talent who will be attending the Expo

· Additional fun features such as a D23 Photo Booth, a scavenger hunt, and more!

There is still time to get your tickets for D23 but hurry – the event has sold out in the past. For more information and to get tickets or a D23 membership, visit D23Expo.com

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Josh Groban: In the Round 2013 Tour–Ticket Giveaway (closed)

May 10, 2013

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I am so excited! I adore Josh Groban! I have been following his musical talents since I first heard his song and watched him on the TV show Ally McBeal. Anyone remember that show? Josh performed on the 2001 season finale singing “You’re Still You”. There are not many singers that take my breath away plus give me the chills, Josh Groban does that to me with each musical masterpiece.

My favorite of his albums is actually the Christmas album – Noel. I play it all the time during the holidays. A knockout performance is the duet with Celine Dion The Prayer. OMG chills! Josh’s newest album is All That Echoes.

I have always wanted to see Josh in a live performance. I now have the chance. The wonderful people at Live Nation have provided me with 2 tickets to see his In The Round Tour. I will be making a special trip to Las Vegas to see him at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in October. I can’t wait! Thank you very much Live Nation!

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The In the Round tour starts this fall in early October, visiting many cities nationwide plus two stops in Canada. The In the Round Tour will give fans a one-of-a-kind concert experience. Placed in the middle of the venue floor, a 360-degree stage will allow Josh to interact with fans from all sides of the venue and hear Groban sing classic songs that span his illustrious 12 year career.

Wed Oct 02     Taco Bell Arena Boise, ID
Fri Oct 04     KeyArena Seattle, WA
Sun Oct 06     Sleep Train Arena Sacramento, CA
Mon Oct 07     HP Pavilion at San Jose San Jose, CA
Wed Oct 09     US Airways Center Phoenix, AZ
Fri Oct 11     EnergySolutions Arena Salt Lake City, UT
Sun Oct 13     MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas, NV
Wed Oct 16     Sprint Center Kansas City, MO
Sat Oct 19     Target Center Minneapolis, MN
Sun Oct 20     United Center Chicago, IL
Tue Oct 22     Van Andel Arena Grand Rapids, MI
Wed Oct 23     The Palace of Auburn Hills Detroit, MI
Fri Oct 25     Air Canada Centre Toronto, ON
Sun Oct 27     Bell Centre Montreal, QC
Mon Oct 28     TD Garden Boston, MA
Wed Oct 30     Prudential Center Newark, NJ
Sat Nov 02     CONSOL Energy Center Pittsburgh, PA
Sun Nov 03     Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia, PA
Wed Nov 06     BB&T Center Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Fri Nov 08     Tampa Bay Times Forum Tampa, FL
Sat Nov 09     Amway Center Orlando, FL
Tue Nov 12     Toyota Center Houston, TX
Wed Nov 13     American Airlines Center Dallas, TX

You can buy tickets now!

Sweepstakes: Enter the Special Mother’s Day Sweepstakes at Live Nation. You could win 2 tickets plus a meet & greet with Josh! Oh my, I would just swoon. Hurry and enter as the sweepstakes ends May 12th!

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ONE very lucky reader will win Two Tickets to see Josh Groban at the venue of your choice!

Thank you very much Live Nation!

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Giveaway ends on 5/20/2013 at 11:59 PM EST. ONE PERSON PER HOUSEHOLD and IP address. Open to US and Canada addresses only. No PO Boxes. Must be 18 years of age and over. Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

Many thanks to Live Nation for providing the review and giveaway product.

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. Gratis product was received in order to write my honest review. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. Others experience may vary. Terms of Use. Sweepstakes not affiliated with Facebook.

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Legacy Recordings: Paul Anka Duets CD–Giveaway (closed)

April 2, 2013

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Walking into my dad’s home office is like walking into a time warp of music. He loves listening to all types of music all day long. One of his favorites, and mine, is Paul Anka.Legacy Logo

The music, and influence on music, of Paul Anka has been with us for decades. He has been named the 21st most successful artist!

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Releasing this April 9th is his newest CD – Duets. Sharing his vocal talents with many of the finest entertainers on this incredible musical journey, is a real treat for the ears.

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Check out the song list:

1. Walk A Fine Line – with George Benson and Michael McDonald

2. Find My Way Back To Your Heart – sung by Paul Anka, background vocal by Tita Hutchison

3. Do I Love You (Yes, In Every Way) – with Dolly Parton

4. This Is It – with Michael Jackson

5. I Really Miss You – with Leon Russell

6. Think I’m In Love Again – with Gloria Estefan

7. Pennies From Heaven – with Michael Bublé

8. Crazy – with Willie Nelson

9. You Are My Destiny – with Patti LaBelle

10. Les Filles de Paris – with Chris Botti

11. It’s Hard To Say Goodbye – with Celine Dion

12. She’s A Lady – with Tom Jones

13.  Hold Me ‘Til the Morning Comes – with Peter Cetera

14.  My Way – with Frank Sinatra

 

Did you see any of your favorite singers? A few of mine are there, Michael Buble, Gloria Estefan, Frank Sinatra and more.

Look for Paul Anka: Duets at your favorite music seller coming April 9th. For true fans, watch for Spring Tour Dates!

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One lucky reader will win a CD of Paul Anka: Duets

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Many thanks to Sony Music, Legacy Recordings for providing the review and giveaway product.

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. Gratis product was received in order to write my honest review. The opinions above are my own and were not influenced in any way. Others experience may vary. Terms of Use. Sweepstakes not affiliated with Facebook.

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