I don’t now about you but I am one of those hopeless romantics which means it is probably super easy to get me anything for Valentine’s Day because to me it means you thought about me. I know some don’t like the day but what isn’t to like. It’s a day that means you show the one person you love or care about how much you care about them. I have always LOVED Hallmark, besides the fact all their movies have just the right touches that leave me wanting more their cards are just the same. They have this way of putting words to paper that make you feel like it was written by you or for you or for your special circumstance. Am I right?
Disclosure: This post and the recipes included are sponsored in behalf of foodie.com, however I thought these were great recipes that should be shared.
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and whether your are married, single or in a relationship chances are you already have this day on your mind. If you are in a relationship and/or married maybe you can make your other half a romantic meal for two at home instead of going out to the fancy restaurant of your (or his/her) dreams and costing a fortune. First you will need to know if they are allergic to anything and if they are to stay away from whatever it is. No one wants to end up in ER on Valentine’s Day, it just isn’t romantic. Decide how much you want to spend on the dish and then make it. There is nothing more romantic than someone making a meal designed just for your, it shows they not only thought of you but spent time to make sure you enjoyed it. Word of advice: Do not make him/her meat if they are vegetarian, it shows you don’t know much about them.
Check out 10 Romantic Meals for Two
Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
How many of you have teenagers? Isn’t it hard to find things they really, really like that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg? Thankfully this year was a bit easy for me because I decided to go a gamer route and bought him themed gifts, he got everything Pokemon. (I can write that because I know he doesn’t read my blog, hehe) But I know many things on his real wish list are at Best Buy. How do I know? Simple, he told me this.
The X-Box One is on the top of his list. Now of course it is the new machine that every child or gamer wants in their household. I won’t lie I don’t get any of these machines but being a blogger I know all about wanting new technology/laptops, etc so I get that he wants the newest system. When it first came out I told him, nope, no way, not happening but of course that was after everyone said the government would be monitoring everything we did through the eyeball in the machine. I hear it has since been fixed, that or he is telling me tales so he can have one. Either way I’ll list a few he wants here and some I would like to get him because next year he goes off to college.
Xbox One is the top of his list. Xbox One was built by gamers, for gamers. With the best exclusive titles (Halo which my son loves, Sunset Overdrive), the biggest blockbusters (Assassin’s Creed, which is another favorite of his and Call of Duty) the hottest sports franchises (Madden 15, FIFA 15, NBA 2K15) and top family titles (Fantasia: Music Evolved, Just Dance 15, Skylanders, which of course would make my daughters and 7 yr old very happy) Xbox One takes gaming to a whole new level. For us it is a system they can all play.
-Xbox one connects consumers unlike any other device.
-Xbox One enables access to the latest TV shows and movies through your favorite apps.
-Xbox One all of your media is at your fingertips when you want it.
In the past few months there have been so many awful stories hitting the news, which is one reason I love posting about all the pay-it-forward and secret santa stories I hear about in December. Before you ask a Pay-it-Forward type of story is one in which a good deed is done and the person says instead of paying them back just pay it forward. I’m sure you’ve heard by now of a time or two when a customer pays for someone behind them in line and then a whole movement is made. Secret Santas, especially in the KC/MO area is all about a man named Larry that hired the next Santa and he gives $100 bills to random strangers that he believes needs it. So without further ado here we go: First up this started in KC when Secret Santa decided to make an entire police force volunteer Elves and they got to go around pulling people over and giving them $100 bills instead of a ticket. You know that made some people’s day but the best part is knowing they (the police) weren’t hating by everyone in the public eye. Tip: If you are wondering if the true Secret Santa has reached you it will be stamped on your $100 bill with SECRET SANTA.
A police force in Michigan was pulling over people but instead of giving tickets they asked about presents and if they had kids and what was on their wishlists. Without knowing it the people were actually getting their wishes fulfilled within moments. [Read more…]
Disclosure: I was sent a few movies to review, all opinions are my own. There may also be some affiliate links in this post. Happy Holidays!!
Trying to find the perfect Christmas gift or Stocking stuffer idea for your lady friend, wife, aunt, grandmother? Not to worry if she is the type that loves Christmas movies or romantic movies I’ve got quite a list for you and they are all from Hallmark so it’ll be really easy to find. Plus you can snuggle up with her and sip hot chocolate as the two of you watch them together. Don’t forget each one of these movies are also children friendly which means the entire family can enjoy them which is perfect for Christmas.
I was lucky enough to review each one of these wonderful movies and truth be told (if you’ve ever followed me on Facebook, Twitter or even the blog you know I LOVE to begin watching holiday movies as early as Halloween) I loved each one. I’ve watched them all so many times, I’m even including a few I watched in the past because I loved them so much.
Hallmark A Cookie Cutter Christmas DVD, starring Erin Krakow (“Army Wives”), David Haydn-Jones (The Last Kiss) and Alan Thicke (“Growing Pains”), follows a journalist sent to cover Christmas Town’s annual cookie bake-off who finds herself competing for the affection of a new love interest. The entertaining and uplifting story about doing whatever it takes for love premieres on Hallmark Channel November 9 and be available on DVD and Digital HD November 11.
As for me I couldn’t help but laugh most of the way through this movie. I mean there was total jealousy and betrayal, sneakiness and you just wanted to bake. Yes, this movie made me want to make my own peppermint cookie drops and see what type of creations I could come up with. In fact I did but with hot chocolate, I do plan on experimenting with cookies this upcoming week to see what the kids and I can create. Oh boy! I guess I liked it so much more because Christie (a school teacher) wants to not only impress a guy but also beat another teacher and jumps at the chance to upstage another teacher in a cookie bake off, only she doesn’t know how to bake. As many of you know, I am learning to cook/bake/etc so I totally saw myself there.