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This week’s giveaway: Peel & Stick Chalkboard Panels

Congrats to the winner of last weeks Lacing Card Giveaway – Reyna We’ll be sending you an email from lizandkate@live.com to get your name and mailing address so we can get that right out out you. This week’s giveaway… Wallies® Chalkboard Sheets No more excuses – it’s time to get organized – and Liz and Kate think you should have fun doing it! With Wallies® Chalkboard sheets, you can create a custom memo board, make labels for the kids toy drawers, plan the family’s weekly schedule or play a few games of Tic-Tac-Toe. The possibilities are endless with Wallies®Chalkboard! If you change your mind about the chalkboard’s location, no sweat. Just peel it off the surface and move it. It wipes clean with a soft cloth, works on walls, wood, glass, paper and other clean, dry … more

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So I’m minding my business the other day and notice that a bunch of twigs and straw had found their way into my mailbox. We’d had quite a bit of wind in the days prior, so I wasn’t completely surprised. In fact, I didn’t think twice about it – just opened the mailbox and plucked it all out. Flash forward a few days later, when I stepped out the door to get the mail and found that the twigs were not only back, they’d multiplied. In fact, they’d taken form. That’s right. There sat a large birds nest, tucked into the corner of my mailbox. And when I say corner, I mean it was tucked into the corner. Not that it just took up the corner. Oh, no. This bird’s nest takes … Read entire article »

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Get your party on: 5/16-5/22

Well, here we are with another week of party central in front of us! Let’s begin with May 16th, which is National Sea Monkey Day. I’ve owned a lot of pets in my day – turtles, frogs, hermit crabs, dogs, cats, horses. But I never had sea monkeys. They’ve been around for more years than I have, though, hitting store shelves and TV commercials since 1960. I remember them looking like part monkey/part human/part sea horse. Apparently, these “instant pets” are some breed of brine shrimp, which really bursts my bubble. What’s worse, from what I’ve been able to find out about sea monkeys, most owners are unable to get them to hatch in the first place. Boring. But because I never owned sea monkeys, my opinion is merely … Read entire article »

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Letters to Juliet – movie review by Kate

Letters to Juliet – movie reviews by Kate Reel reviews for real people Rating: PG for brief rude behavior, some language and incidental smoking. Genre: Romantic Comedy Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Egan, Gael Garcia Bernal Plot: When a young American (Amanda Seyfried) travels to the city of Verona, home of the star-crossed lover Juliet Capulet of Romeo and Juliet fame, she joins a group of volunteers who respond to letters to Juliet seeking advice about love. After answering one letter dated 1957, she inspires its author (Vanessa Redgrave) to travel to Italy in search of her long-lost love, and sets off a chain of events that will bring a love into both their lives unlike anything they ever imagined. –© Summit Director: Gary Winick Running Time: 1:40 Ebert says – 3 stars “I know “Letters … Read entire article »

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Robin Hood (2010) – movie review by Kate

Robin Hood (2010) movie reviews by Kate Reel reviews for real people Rating: PG-13 for violence including intense sequences of warfare, and some sexual content. Genre: Action/Adventure Starring: Russell Crowe, Mark Strong, Max Von Sydow, Cate Blanchett Plot: Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe and acclaimed director Ridley Scott mark their fifth collaboration with this retelling of the classic Robin Hood legend. Crowe stars as the bow-wielding hero, while fellow Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett plays Maid Marian. This historical action film also stars William Hurt, Matthew Macfadyen, and Mark Strong Director: Ridley Scott Running time: 2:20 Kate says -2 1/2 stars “Robin Hood isn’t a terrible movie, it just isn’t a very good one. It’s nearly 2 1/2 hours of mind numbing, monotonous battle scenes full of dirty, bearded men that we end up realizing we don’t care a thing about. … Read entire article »

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Recipe of the week –
Peanut Butter Cookie Cups

It’s Thursday, so that means it’s once again cheater recipe time. So what’s a “Cheater” recipe? It’s a way to end up with a delicious home cooked meal, side dish or dessert without spending lots of time to get there. This week’s cheater recipe… Peanut Butter Cookie Cups m Peanut Butter Cookie Cups P mIngredients: 1 Devil’s Food Cake Mix 1 1/2 sticks butter, melted 1 egg Miniature Peanut Butter Cups Directions: 1. Heat oven to 350. In medium bowl combine cake mix, melted butter, and egg and mix on low speed for 2 minutes. Refrigerate mixture for 30 minutes. 2. Roll cookie dough into  1 inch balls. Place each ball in a small paper baking cup. Press a peanut butter cup halfway into each dough ball. m m m m m m m m m 3. Place cups 1 inch apart on baking sheet. Bake until the cookies are puffed and set, 8 … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Roughing it in a rotel

By now, I’m sure most of you know that I start my day with Gordon Deal and The Wall Street Journal This Morning every weekday, and I’m not above admitting it. I’m sure you’ve also figured out I learned another little tidbit on today’s broadcast. Seems like there’s a German entrepreneur who, years ago, came up with this grand idea for a rotel – a rolling hotel (true story). The idea came about as a way for those vacationers who aren’t fond of roughing it in the great outdoors to get back to nature without really having to, um,  get back to nature. Here’s how it works. Choose a destination, which could include Africa, Asia, Europe – even the good ol’ U.S. of A. – and get ready for fun – assuming … Read entire article »

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Kate goes on an Adventure to the Circus

Last week my daughter came home from work with some circus coupons which basically said, and I paraphrase, “If you pay a small fortune for an adult ticket and promise us your next born child, we’ll let your kid in for free”. Always a sucker for a “good deal”  like that,  I rounded up the troops and headed out for an evening of good, old fashioned, controversial family entertainment. Here is where I should tell you I have very mixed feelings about the whole circus thing (very similar to my mixed feelings about the whole zoo thing). At that moment, part of my brain was racing trying to remember reports I’d watched, and stories I’d read, about circus animal cruelty and how miserable the animals might possibly be. Another part of … Read entire article »

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This week’s giveaway – Lacing Card Kit

Congrats to last week’s winner of the Mini Album Mania giveaway Dramaqueensmum We’ll be sending you an email from lizandkate@live.com to get your name and mailing address. Thanks for entering our giveaway and for visiting Coffee Break with Liz and Kate. This week;s giveaway – Lacing Card Kit from Cosmo Cricket m Kit includes: 6 printed chipboard lacing cards 6 printed chipboard alpha-buttons 7 printed chipboard embellishments over 6 yards of ribbon. All color coordinated. Size of cards: 5 by 7-inches. Ribbon is satin. Here’s how to enter… Just add a comment below, and you’ll be entered to win! Want to enter again? Go to the home page, take a look around and comment on another story! It’s as simple as that! Enter as many times as you’d like. More entry details… There are several ways to enter.  You may choose to enter one way, … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: May the force be with you

My son has begged me to get a GPS for as long as he’s known what they are. But because of my ultra-keen sense of direction (or perhaps because I’m a cheapskate) I’ve done without. Oh sure, it’s been tempting to get one – especially after borrowing my dad’s for long trips. But it seems like a GPS is pretty far down on my list of priorities. At least it was pretty far down on the list, until I heard about a new product by TomTom. I’m sure we’ve all heard that lady who offers directions to the point that I’ve found myself screaming, “Don’t tell me what to do.” (which is usually followed by her squeaky little voice saying, “recalculating, now.” Maybe I’m the last to know about these things, but did … Read entire article »

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Get your party on: 5/9-5/15

There are more than a few worthy holidays coming up in the next few days – Mother’s Day, Victory over Europe Day, Clean Up Your Room Day, Eat What You Want Day, and Frog Jumping Day to name but a few. I figure most are holidays that we are either a. well aware of, or b. capable of finding appropriate ways to celebrate. While I feel compelled to remind you not to forget Mom today, I feel equally drawn to call your attention to  Lost Sock Memorial Day. Are there any among us who can say they’ve never lost a sock? There can be but one explanation (albeit illogical) for this quandary: sock gremlins. Sock gremlins work on several levels. Some lurk in the washing machine. Most tend to be fond of dryers … Read entire article »

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Iron Man 2 (2010) – movie review by Kate

Iron Man 2 (2010) movie review by Kate Reel reviews for real people Rating: PG-13  for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some language. Genre: Action/Adventure Plot: Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the highly anticipated sequel to the blockbuster film based on the legendary Marvel Super Hero “Iron Man,” reuniting director Jon Favreau and… Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the highly anticipated sequel to the blockbuster film based on the legendary Marvel Super Hero “Iron Man,” reuniting director Jon Favreau and Oscar® nominee Robert Downey Jr. In “Iron Man 2,” the world is aware that billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is the armored Super Hero Iron Man. Under pressure … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: The graduate

With T-minus 24 days until Hannah graduates from high school, I find myself in a bit of a panic. You see, two months after I originally told her to pick out (and order) her graduation announcements, they remain un-ordered – and un-picked out. And apparently, it’s up to me to un-do certain calamity. (Don’t I have enough to do as it is??) So being the perfect mother I am (quit laughing), I spent a good deal of time surfing the internet and looking at print shops for graduation announcements. The first thing that caught my attention was how far we’ve come from my days as a high school and college student. Although the classic announcements are still available, they’re overshadowed by new, hip announcements, featuring photos of the graduate, the family … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Welcome to Dullsville, USA

It’s official. I live right smack-dab in the middle of the dullest place in America. Well, that’s what the fine folks at Portfolio.com have decided anyway. It seems that they gathered up some federal statistics from 14 types of businesses, plugged them all into a formula (probably involving x’s, y’s and a few random square roots and pi’s) and have come up with the result of Provo, Utah, being dead last on the list of “fun” places to live in the good old U.S. of A. (New York came in at #1.) Even Stockton, CA. ranked above Provo. I have been to Stockton many times, and am sure that it’s probably due to some magical alignment of stars that I’m still alive to talk about it. You think I’m kidding. I’m not. … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: The Nanny Meal

Sometimes I feel sorry for ol’ Ronald McDonald. In the past year, PETA has screamed mc-cruelty to chickens, making their own version of Happy Meal boxes, featuring Ronald wielding a large and bloody knife. Then came the calls for the clown to retire, with some labeling him the modern-day Joe Camel. “This clown is no friend to our children or their health,” said Deborah Lapidus of Corporate Accountability International, a group that sponsored nationwide protests outside McDonald’s. And now this, from Santa Clara County in California, where an ordinance has passed banning toys in Happy Meals. That’s right, no toys in the kids’ meals – at McDonald’s or any other fast food restaurant in the county. Those in non-compliance face a $1,000 fine. While the people at PETA have a slightly differing … Read entire article »

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