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This Week’s Giveaway – “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee” Brownie Mix and Hot Pad Set

Congrats to last week’s winner of the Maison Mutt Fleece Scarf, Ashley Elaine. We will be sending you an email from lizandkate@live.com to get your mailing address so we can get that out to you. This week’s giveaway… “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee” Brownie Mix, Hot Pad and Mixing spoon Great for whipping up some treats for last minute guests. Also great to give as a gift to a favorite neighbor, friend or co-worker. Here’s how to enter: There are several ways to enter.  You may choose to enter one way, or you may choose to do them all.  It’s up to you.  The more times you enter, the more you increase your chances  to win. Leave a comment on this post between now and Sun. Dec. 6th 9:00pm MST. and you’ll automatically be entered. … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: The snow is snowing

Ever notice how the silliest things have the capacity to turn into discussions that just make your head spin? Case in point would be my little argument with Hannah over a Billie Holiday Christmas song, where the late great singer bellows out lines like, “The snow is snowing, the wind is blowing.” “Why is the snow snowing?” I asked. “That’s what snow does, Mom – it snows.” “No the snow does not snow – it falls.” “Mom, you are so misguided. When it snows, we don’t say ‘it’s falling’. We say it’s snowing.” “Then why isn’t the wind winding,” I asked. “Note that even Billie admits the wind is blowing. Snow can do that, too. But I still maintain the snow doesn’t snow. Nor does rain rain.” “Then what does rain do, Mom?” “It falls, too. Sometimes … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – this fun way to relieve Holiday stress with Bubble Wrap!

Betcha didn’t know… this fun way to relieve holiday stress.   Received any packages full of fragile items?  Don’t throw the protective bubble wrap away.  Squeezing the bubbles and hearing that “pop” lowers stress hormones by giving you something to focus on other than your to-do list.  No wonder it’s proven to make people feel calmer and more alert. No bubble wrap around? Get the same satisfaction online at Virtual-BubbleWrap.com. Add a comment to this, or any post, and be automatically entered in this week’s giveaway. Enjoy your Coffee Break! … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – how to get on a reality TV show

Betcha didn’t know… how to get on a reality TV show.  Dreaming of a head to toe make-over? Eager to compete on a cooking show? Looking for love?  Reality TV shows are looking for you. Scroll through the hundreds of Casting calls at RealityTVCastingCall.com to find the show that could change your life. Add a comment to this, or any post, and be automatically entered in this week’s giveaway. Enjoy your Coffee Break! … Read entire article »

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Craftdown to Christmas (with an update)

Well, here we are – the day after Thanksgiving – and the clock is ticking, people.  Gifts to make, food to eat, homes to decorate, yet I have nothing to offer you from your peers this week. Thank God I’m creative (insert peels of laughter). Which brings us to this week’s craft. Note that “craft” is singular because for reasons that I’m sure can only be attributed to the internet not delivering, I’ve yet to receive your emails and comments for this week’s craft, festive food or to-die-for decoration. I am sure it’s just the internet, though. Have no fear. So, without further ado, I found this on Kaboose.com’s website and we are giving it a whirl in the a.m., so photos will have to follow. Please overcome. Here are the recommendations for creation: An … Read entire article »

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Old Dogs Movie Review by Kate

Old Dogs Movie Review by Kate “REEL reviews for REAL people” Rating: PG for some mild rude humor Genre: Comedy Starring: John Travolta, Robin Williams, Kelly Preston, Seth Green Plot: Two best friends — one unlucky-in-love divorcee (ROBIN WILLIAMS) and the other a fun-loving bachelor (JOHN TRAVOLTA) — have their lives turned upside down when they’re unexpectedly charged with… Two best friends — one unlucky-in-love divorcee (ROBIN WILLIAMS) and the other a fun-loving bachelor (JOHN TRAVOLTA) — have their lives turned upside down when they’re unexpectedly charged with the care of six-year-old twins while on the verge of the biggest business deal of their lives. The not-so-kid-savvy bachelors stumble in their efforts to take care of the twins (newcomers ELLA BLEU TRAVOLTA and CONNER RAYBURN), leading to one debacle after another, and … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Amazing Grace

As any of you with a pulse know, tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Bring on the turkey! I think Kate would agree that we have plenty to be thankful for – and that list of blessings most certainly extends to you, our readers. We’ve watched the site grow from a handful of visitors to more than 30,000 and should mark  our millionth hit by next week sometime.  Needless to say, we’ve welcomed a few new friends into our hearts. Of course, none of this would be possible without Kate and her husband, who’ve done a fantastic job in getting this website up and running, tweaking it, attracting visitors, etc, etc. For this and a plethora of other reasons, I’m very thankful for Kate. There are so many things to be thankful for,  it’s difficult to … Read entire article »

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Planet 51 Movie Review by Kate

Planet 51 Movie Review by Kate Reel reviews for real people Rating: PG for mild sci-fi action and some suggestive humor Genre: Children Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Justin Long, Seann William Scott Plot: Lem is just an average teenager working on getting the girl and furthering his career at the local planetarium – except that he’s an alien. At least to U.S. astronaut Captain Charles T. Baker who lands on Lem’s planet hoping for a quick flag plant and a hasty return to earth and his millions of screaming fans. But on this alien planet the media has tagged spacemen as brain-eating, zombie-creating monsters, causing Baker to run for his life and into Lem’s house. Now it’s up to the green native to get the clumsy astronaut back to his … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – how the Thanksgiving wishbone tradition began

Apparently the origins of the Thanksgiving tradition of breaking the wishbone date back to 2,400 years ago with the Etruscans who lived on the Italian peninsula. The Etruscans believed fowl were fortune tellers because the hen announced she would be laying an egg with a squawk and the rooster told of the coming of a new day with his early morning crowing. A circle was drawn in the dirt and divided into twenty wedges that represented the twenty letters in the Etruscan alphabet. A piece of grain would be placed in each wedge. A hen would then be allowed to peck at the grain. As she ate, a scribe would list the letters in order and those letters would be interpreted by the high priests to answer questions. When one of these … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Leggo my Eggo

First it was pig flu, the national emergency that’s gripped the nation in fear. Well, hold on to your toaster, folks – there’s a new national emergency, more sinister than the stupid pig flu ever thought about being. What is this new emergency, you ask? An Eggo shortage. That’s right. An Eggo shortage. (Is nothing sacred?) To give you an idea of what a big deal this is, even the Twilight folks are in a panic, according to CNNmoney.com: There was even an exchange between lovers of the Twilight vampire movie series. Thinking about another kind of bite, Twitter fanpage editors comforted each other via the social media site. User @cullenluv sent a message of support: “We’re outta Eggos here, too!! It’s a national tragedy!!” User @KStew411, a page devoted to Twilight star Kristen Stewart, tweeted … Read entire article »

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This Week’s Giveaway – Festive Fleece Scarf from Maison Mutt

Congrats to the winner of last week’s cozy slipper and socks giveaway – Happy Haylee.  I’ll be sending you an email from lizandkate@live.com to get your mailing address. This week’s giveaway - Festive Fleece Scarf from Maison Mutt Your favorite canine will be braving the cold weather in style with this festive fleece scarf from Maison Mutt.  Handmade using soft and comfy fleece for warming the neck of your favorite fur baby.  This cute little plaid number is perfect for a stroll to the park or to the pub ~ Woof! Here’s how to enter: There are several ways to enter.  You may choose to enter one way, or you may choose to do them all.  It’s up to you.  The more times you enter, the more you increase your chances  to win. Leave a … Read entire article »

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The Twilight Saga: New Moon – Movie Review by Kate

Twilight Saga: New Moon – Movie Review by Kate Reel reviews for real people Rating: PG 13 for some violence and action Genre: Drama Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Dakota Fanning, Ashley Greene, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Edi Gathegi, Rachelle Lefevre, Billy Burke, Jamie Campbell Bowers, Michael Sheen, Cameron Bright, Graham Greene Plot: The supernatural tale of starcrossed lovers continues as the Cullen family flees Forks in order to protect Bella (Kristen Stewart), and the heartbroken high-school senior discovers that vampires… The supernatural tale of starcrossed lovers continues as the Cullen family flees Forks in order to protect Bella (Kristen Stewart), and the heartbroken high-school senior discovers that vampires aren’t the only creatures in town. Realizing that Bella will never be safe as long as he’s … Read entire article »

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The Blind Side – Movie Review by Kate

The Blind Side – Movie Review by Kate Reel reviews for real people Release Date: Nov. 20, 2009 Rating: PG-13 for one scene involving brief violence, drug and sexual references. Genre: Drama Staring: Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Kathy Bates, Quinton Aaron Plot: Drama. “The Blind Side” depicts the remarkable true story of Michael Oher, a homeless African-American youngster from a broken home, taken in by the Touhys, a well-to-do white family who help him… “The Blind Side” depicts the remarkable true story of Michael Oher, a homeless African-American youngster from a broken home, taken in by the Touhys, a well-to-do white family who help him fulfill his potential. At the same time, Oher’s presence in the Touhys’ lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own. Living in his new environment, the … Read entire article »

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Craftmas count down continues!

I know I’ve got a tough act to follow with peanut butter and honey from Louis and a 12- pack from Grant (Hey! Maybe that’s what we’ll leave out for Santa!) Nevertheless I’m gonna give it my best and see if we can’t get those guys in a competitive spirit, urging them to come up with some more ideas in these final weeks leading to Christmas. Let’s start with something the kids and I made this week – chocolate-covered pretzels and marshmallows. I suspect it’ll be the first of many batches. Here are the ground rules: Chocolate-coated Treats 1 package pretzel rods 1 package large marshmallows Sprinkles of choice 2-12 oz. bags of chocolate chips or other melting chocolate (white, dark, semi-sweet, or milk chocolate – your pick. For those who want to use more than one type … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – It’s Finally Here…New Moon Madness

The big day is finally here!  New Moon comes out tonight at midnight! Psst! I have a secret for you, and I’ll tell you what it is if you promise not to hate me for it.  I’ve just come home from seeing New Moon.  It’s a perk of being a movie reviewer.  Let me tell you, if you’re a Twilight fan, I think you’ll be pleased with Twilight Saga: New Moon. (read Kate’s review of Twilight Saga: New Moon) But to help you while away the time until then, I’ve put together a New Moon post for you to keep you entertained.  We’ve got the video of the Oprah interview, the answer to the Oprah teaser about a fifth Twilight book which was never answered on the show and  Stephenie Meyer answering … Read entire article »

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