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Tuesday Giveaway Link Up 1/27

1/27/14
Tots and Me
Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me and Emily @ Emily Reviews

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways. 

Our co-hosts this week are Sue from My Photopage and Shelly from The Attic Girl.

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so. 


Featured Giveaways
Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me & Emily @ Emily Reviews along with Sue from My Photopage and Shelly from The Attic Girl.

Tuesday Giveaway Link Up 1/14

1/14/14
Tots and Me
Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me and Emily @ Emily Reviews

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways!

Our co-hosts this week are Sue from My Photopage and Shelly from The Attic Girl.

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so. 


Featured Giveaways
2 Storage Baskets or Drawers Ends 1/25

Bambooki Shirt- Long Sleeve Bamboo Women's Top Ends 1/22


Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me & Emily @ Emily Reviews along with Sue from My Photopage and Shelly from The Attic Girl.

Restaurant.com Hot Food Trends for The New Year #sponsored #usfamilyguide

1/13/14
As a US Family Guide Blogger, Restaurant.com & US Family Guide provided information and a gift card for my family in exchange for sharing with my readers.  All opinions are my own.


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Become a Dining Daredevil in 2014!
Restaurant.com releases their Hot Food Trends for the New Year


Are you tired of the same-old same-old dishes?  Is your family bored with your dining out food choices?    You can break free from the same old dining routine in 2014 and try something new with the help of Restaurant.com.
To help you start your own dining adventures, Restaurant.com has compiled the 3 hottest trends to conquer at local restaurants near you. 

Resident trend guru, Restaurant.com President and Chief Marketing Officer Christopher Krohn provided his predictions that will grace our plate in 2014.

With these yummy trends, you’re sure to have a spicy year, but only if you dare!

1. Eggcellent Adventures
While it’s hard to determine when this trend ignited, it’s definitely picked up pace and could reach its peak of popularity in 2014. The “breakfast for dinner” craze and increasing popularity of regional specialties, like Korean Bibimbap and Mexican Huevos Rancheros, will only growthe trend of eggy fusions. Plus, there’s an emerging sense from the scientific crowd that eggs are healthier than perhaps you previously thought, which will feed consumer interest in this farm-fresh favorite.
All in all, 2014 will be the year of the egg, so you might as well get cracking! 

We dare you: Next time you order a burger or stir fry, ask them to top it off with a fried egg or two.
The added protein will help boost your metabolism and satisfy your hunger! 

2.  Farm to Fork 
Diners’ growing eco-awareness and their desire for the wholesome simplicity of home-style cooking and minimally-processed foods is on the rise. Riding this wave, restaurants are returning to their predecessors’ roots, sourcing fresh produce and natural ingredients and cooking them up in a style that more closely resembles the authentic recipes that graced Grandma’s kitchen table rather
than modern, industrial food products.

We dare you: When people hear “farm to fork,”they immediately think of steamed vegetables,
but this trend encompasses more than just radishes and such. Tender meat alternatives and locally produced cheeses are two items to look for on the menu. Don’t be afraid to order something with a beet or two for an added super food bonus!

3. Tea Time, All the Time
Once confined primarily to Asian restaurants, tea is an increasingly popular beverage. In 2014, you’ll find tea used for novel and surprising purposes. For example, ground teas like matcha and chai can be used as dry rubs and marinades for beef, chicken or veggies. Tea-smoked salmon and pork will both make headway in the new year, and English-style tea-time gatherings at local cafes will also be big.

We dare you: To find these tea-fusion meals, take a trip to an Asian fusion restaurant near you and keep an eye out for tea-smoked pork, ribs, or stir fry. For an added bonus, try one of our other favorite food trends of 2014,a hot sauce like sriracha.


Feeling brave? Why not tackle the rest of the top food trend list on the Restaurant.com blog: 

Your tummy will thank you!  


Connect with Restaurant.com:


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What food trend do you think you'll be trying in 2014?

Disney's Frozen Coming to Blu-ray March 18th #disneyfrozen

No compensation was received for this post; all info. provided by Click Communications.

My family is incredibly excited that Disney's Frozen is coming to Digital HD Feb. 25th and Blu-ray Combo Pack March 18th!  

We saw this in the theater and The Attic Baby was just mesmerized by the beautiful scenery and music.  It is now her favorite movie!  I'll be glad to own this one so that we can watch it over and over again.


Disney Frozen
Walt Disney Animation Studios presents a chilly twist on one of the most humorous and heartwarming stories ever told. “Disney Animation’s best since The Lion King” (William Bibbiani, CraveOnline) will melt your heart.

Fearless optimist Anna sets off on an epic journey — teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven — to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.

Bring home Frozen on Blu-ray High Definition — featuring a blizzard of never-before-seen bonus extras with gorgeous animation, memorable characters and unforgettable music. It’s dazzling fun for the whole family!



Bonus Features include original theatrical short "Get a Horse", "Let it Go" Music Videos by Demi 
Lovato, Martina Stoessel & Marsha Milan Londoh, D'frosted: Disney's Journey from Hans 
Christian Anderson to Frozen...and more!



If you haven't yet seen it in theaters, check out my movie review of Frozen and print out some fun activity sheets for your kiddos.

The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen & All Things Jane Webcast #sponsored

1/10/14
Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for providing a review copy of The Dancing Master.  All opinions are my own.


About the book: 

The Dancing MasterFinding himself the man of the family, London dancing master Alec Valcourt moves his mother and sister to remote Devonshire, hoping to start over. But he is stunned to learn the village matriarch has prohibited all dancing, for reasons buried deep in her past. Alec finds an unlikely ally in the matriarch's daughter. Though he's initially wary of Julia Midwinter's reckless flirtation, he comes to realize her bold exterior disguises a vulnerable soul---and hidden sorrows of her own.

Julia is quickly attracted to the handsome dancing master---a man her mother would never approve of---but she cannot imagine why Mr. Valcourt would leave London, or why he evades questions about his past. With Alec's help, can Julia uncover old secrets and restore life to her somber village . . . and to her mother's tattered heart?

Filled with mystery and romance, The Dancing Master brings to life the intriguing profession of those who taught essential social graces for ladies and gentlemen hoping to make a "good match" in Regency England.

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/s7Yl1 

About the author: 

JKlassenJulie Klassen loves all things Jane---Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. She is a three-time Christy Award winner and a 2010 Midwest Book Award winner for Genre Fiction. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Learn more about Julie at: http://julieklassen.com







My Thoughts:

My first introduction to Julie Klassen's novels was The Maid of Fairbourne Hall which I absolutely loved.   I expected The Dancing Master to be as exciting as the previous novel, but I was a bit surprised with how slowly the plot developed.   A lot of the perspective was from the primary male character Alec.  I would have liked to have the novel just from Julia's perspective; I found her to be much more interesting of a character.  That being said, the pace of the story is a bit slow and it took a while for me to get interested in the mysteries behind why the town doesn't "allow dancing" (remind you a bit of Footloose?), Julia's strict mother, and Alec's past.

I loved the details that the author researched about dancing in this time period.  Especially since I know nothing about that and have always wondered how ladies and gentlemen learned all the social graces of dancing.  

If you are looking for a fast paced "easy" read, this book may not be your first choice.  But if you love Jane Austen or period novels, you'll learn a lot about the Regency period.


Best-selling author Julie Klassen will be hosting a Kindle Fire HDX giveaway and a live webcast event (1/23) to celebrate the release of her latest novel, The Dancing Master. Enter and RSVP today!

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  One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on January 23rd. Winner will be announced at the "All Things Jane (from Austen to Eyre)" Live Webcast Event on January 23rd. Connect with Julie for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Julie will also be taking questions from the audience and giving away books, Jane Austen DVDs, fun "Jane" merchandise, and gift certificates throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of The Dancing Master and join Julie and friends on the evening of January 23rd for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by signing up for a reminder. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 23rd!

After New Year Snow {Wordless Wednesday}

1/8/14
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