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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Save a life: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving!




In 2008, nearly 12,000 people in the U.S. were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes - and during the periods around Christmas and New Year's, this number was particularly high, with 316 people killed in alchol-impaired driving crashes.  In 2007, 162,493 women were arrested for a DUI, an increase of almost 29% since 1998.  You can't help but wonder if lives could have been saved if people thought twice before getting behind the wheel.  With the holidays approaching, it's important that drivers be reminded about the dangers of buzzed driving.  Who knows...it could save a life.

Please listen to Emily's story about how Buzzed Driving changed her life.  Feel free to share this video and the following information with your readers.



The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) and the Ad Council are asking everyone to drive smart this holiday season and to pledge not to drive buzzed.  Help spread this message during the holiday season by posting about the dangers of buzzed driving, sharing a story or experience you might have had with buzzed driving and encouraging readers to follow Buzzed Driving on Twitter (@buzzeddriving) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/buzzeddrivingisdrunkdriving) to get the latest updates and news.  You can also visit the Buzzed Driving website (http://buzzeddriving.adcouncil.org/) where readers can sign a pledge to not drive buzzed, play an interactive game which demonstrates the difference between buzzed and drunk, and hear personal stories from people who have driven buzzed.
  

 While at holiday events, it's easy to lose track of a drink here or there - but this can be fatal.  This holiday season, keep you and your family safe by spreading this message.


Have a safe and happy New Year, and remember that buzzed driving IS drunk driving.





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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

WW: My son is learning to read!

"Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him."
Maya Angelou


He is four years old






For more Wordless Wednesdays check out 5 minutes for moms , Wordless Wednesday and 7 Clown Circus and Go Graham Go! 






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Monday, December 28, 2009

The Princess and the Frog: I want to watch this movie!



The first time I saw the advertisement for The Princess and The Frog, I didn't really pay any mind to it. But then I kept seeing it and realize that it wasn't just another rinky dinky play. So now I really want to go watch it. I might just have to go on my own since the hubs don't really have time or show much interests in theatres. We are more netflix people or library movies.

I will have to take my two children with me. I hope it's kids friendly or I wont be able to go. Any tips would be great from others who have seen it already.

I mean, how many times do you get to see a movie like this?!  (Yes I have read the book and all from years ago, but this movie...)

Some information about the movie:

Walt Disney Animation Studios presents the musical THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, an animated comedy set in the great city of New Orleans. From the creators of "The Little Mermaid" and "Aladdin" comes a modern twist on a classic tale, featuring a beautiful girl named Tiana (ANIKA NONI ROSE), a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana.









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Sunday, December 27, 2009

GlassesUSA ( One pair of Prescription Glasses) Giveaway - CLOSED - Winner - Supabisha

Thank you all for entering this giveaway. I do appreciate your time and dedication.

The winner for the GlassesUSA (One pair of Prescription Glasses) giveaway is Supabisha.

Congratulations! I've sent you an email.




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GlassesUSA is sponsoring this giveaway for a fashionable, high quality prescription single vision (distance or reading) eyeglasses!

Here is some information about the company from their website:

GlassesUSA.com is the premier online retailer of prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses.
Our mission is to guarantee the highest quality optical products at the most affordable prices in the fastest time span possible – all across the world.
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Thank you to GlassesUSA for this giveaway opportunity. I did not receive any form of compensation for this blog post. For more information on this blog and my posting practices, please refer to the disclosure policy below at the bottom of this page. 


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Pillsbury Honey Butter Biscuits Prize Pack Review and Giveaway! - CLOSED - Winner - Cheryl F

Thank you all for entering this giveaway. I do appreciate your time and dedication. The winner for the Pillsbury Prize pack is:

Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug},



Congratulations Cheryl! I've sent you an email. 


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Over the Christmas holidays I got to sample some Pillsbury honey butter biscuits! I don't always do biscuits with all my meals, but I knew that they would be apart of the menu over the holidays. It was just nice to get mine for free and one less item to worry about making to accompany the big meal!

You don't need butter or honey or jam, these biscuits are just good. At my house it was a turkey gravy dipper! hm hm hm.

You can have these with breakfast or dinner or just a midday snack. Eat them with whatever you desire. They are super easy to make and just delicious! Just pop them in the oven for a few minutes and out comes the yum!



How many times have you seen a Pillsbury advertisement and just want to pull it through the tv? Well resist that urge because Pillsbury through MyBlogSparktm is giving one of you a Pillsbury Honey butter biscuits Prize pack!

Giveaway:
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How to enter:

Main Entry:
1. What is one essential ingredient you use for family breakfasts?

Extra entries:

2. Blog about this giveaway (5 entries)

3. Follow my blog (2 entries)

4. Subscribe by email (2 entries)

5. Subscribe by reader (2 entries) 

6. Follow me on Twitter (2  entries)

7. Tweet this giveaway - (You can tweet once a day for an extra entry) you can copy and paste:
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8. Grab my button (2 entries)

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Giveaway ends Jan 27th 2010, 11pm Cst





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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Hydrating my skin



I have very dry, ashy skin and it's hard for me to find a lotion that really work at keeping my skin moisturized and soft.

I've found Aveeno for a little while now and I love them! I'd like a little more scent, but quality is better than scent to me and I can always mix in a little scent from a body works lotion too :)

Aveeno moisturizing lotion does keep me soft and I also use it on the kids. Especially now in the winter months when we get dried out even more! This is the one I use.


AVEENO® DAILY MOISTURIZING LOTION
  • Best Drugstore Body Product, Glamour Beauty Awards, September 2009
  • Best Body Lotion, Women’s Health 2009 Beauty Awards, July/August 2009
  • 50 Best Products, Siempre Mujer Excellence in Beauty Awards, February/March 2008
This naturally nourishing, non-greasy lotion with natural colloidal oatmeal and rich emollients, helps heal and protect dry skin and is clinically proven to moisturize for a full 24 hours.

I just read that Aveeno won a few awards this year! I'm glad for them. They are really working on making great products. I like that.
Check out the rest of their awards.

About Aveeno
AVEENO®, the leader in ACTIVE NATURALS®, continues to develop breakthrough product formulations with new and existing natural ingredients that are clinically proven to deliver real skin care benefits leaving you with healthier-looking, beautiful skin. No wonder AVEENO® has been endorsed and recommended by dermatologists and pediatricians for over 60 years.
Continue.....


This is not a review. I'm just talking about a product that I like.





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Friday, December 25, 2009

Aloha Friday: Christmas and Merry Christmas!





My Question:

Do you send Christmas cards?
 
Do you send paper cards or e-cards? 

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I send out paper cards with photo of either the kids or all of us together and an update letter (because we have a huge family and everyone lives 2 days driving away or hours on an airplane!)


Merry Christmas my dear ones! Aloha!





Kailani says "In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response."

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link on Kailani's blog. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!




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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

WW: Party Popping! - We love it when we get it!

The kids love it!

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For more Wordless Wednesdays check out 5 minutes for moms , Wordless Wednesday and 7 Clown Circus and Go Graham Go! 






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Monday, December 21, 2009

Longer - How I need to feel

 

I read this most funny joke on this blog! I had a healthy laugh. You know the kind that makes your soul puff out like a flower:)  Yes that. I needed that today.

I'm reading a book and it speaks of this song. It is how I want to feel like I feel to someone.

"Longer than there've been fishes in the ocean
Highter than any bird ever flew
Longer than there've been stars up in the heavens
I've been in love with you

Stronger than any mountain cathedral
Truer than any tree ever grew
Deeper than any forest primeval
I am in love with you.
--Dan Fogelberg, "Longer"

"God has given this Beauty to Eve, to every woman. Beauty is core to a woman -- who she is and what she longs to be--and one of the most glorious ways we bear the image of God in a broken and often ugly world. It's messy to talk about. It's mysterious. And that should not surprise us. Women are creatures of great mystery; not problems to be solved but mysteries to be enjoyed. And that, too, is part of her glory"










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Friday, December 18, 2009

Aloha Friday: Bookmark or crease?





My Question:

Do you use a bookmark when reading or do you just crease the page to mark your spot?

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I will hurt you if you hurt the book. That is all. 


Ok. Seriously I rather use anything as a bookmark than crease a page.


Have a wonderful weekend! Aloha!





Kailani says "In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response."

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link on Kailani's blog. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!






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Mead Johnson, Maker of Enfamil, Loses Multi-Million Dollar False Advertising Case Against Store-Bran

This is a sponsored guest post written by a Press Release on behalf of PBM Products. Post powered by Sponzai.


GORDONSVILLE, VA., December  2 , 2009—PBM Products, LLC,, a leading infant formula company that supplies store-brand infant formulas to Walmart, Sam's Club, Target, Kroger, Walgreens, and other retailers, has received a favorable jury verdict and a $13.5 million damages award in its false advertising lawsuit against Mead Johnson & Co., the operating subsidiary of   Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (NYSE: MJN) (“Mead Johnson”), the makers of the national-brand Enfamil® LIPIL® Infant Formula.  Mead Johnson is 83 percent-owned by Bristol-Myers Squibb.

PBM’s lawsuit claimed that Mead Johnson engaged in false and misleading campaigns against PBM’s competing store-brand of infant formulas, suggesting they do not provide the same nutrition as Mead Johnson’s brands.  PBM’s store-brand infant formulas cost up to 50 percent less than Enfamil® LIPIL®.  The $13.5 million in damages awarded by the jury in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia is one of the largest damages awards ever for a false advertising case.


“This decision by a jury of the people confirms that Mead Johnson’s ads have been false in suggesting that there is a nutritional difference between our store-brand formula products and their products, when in fact the only major difference is price,” said PBM CEO Paul B. Manning   “Despite Mead Johnson’s scare tactics, parents are assured that PBM’s formula products are as high quality and nutritious as Mead Johnson’s.”


U.S. District Court Judge James R. Spencer issued his written rulings yesterday following the November 10th jury verdict. Judge Spencer’s written rulings permanently enjoined Mead Johnson from making any false statements concerning PBM's infant formula, including the claims Mead Johnson previously made in Enfamil advertising that "It may be tempting to try a less expensive store brand, but only Enfamil LIPIL is clinically proven to improve brain and eye development," and "there are plenty of other ways to save on baby expenses without cutting back on nutrition."  The Court also ordered Mead Johnson to retrieve from the public domain all advertising or promotional materials containing these or any other false claims about PBM's store brand infant formula.

The details of the decision and the complaint are posted online in full at:
http://www.pbmproducts.com/docs/Order_Laches.pdf
http://www.pbmproducts.com/docs/PBM_Complaint_MJ_III_LIPIL.pdf




The nutritional supplements under examination in the case are two fats, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and ARA (arachidonic acid), which Mead Johnson calls “LIPIL®” solely for marketing purposes and touts as promoting infant brain and eye development. PBM’s claim focused on Mead Johnson’s direct mailing to more than 1.6 million parents of an alarming blurry picture of a child’s cartoon duck next to a clear picture of the same image which suggested that anything other than the Enfamil LIPIL® blend of ingredients is inferior and will result in poor eye and brain development.  Other parts of the false advertising campaign consist of statements that only Enfamil LIPIL has been proven to confer visual and mental benefits on infants, and store-brand formulas are a “cut-back in nutrition” compared to Enfamil.

PBM successfully argued that these advertisements were false and misleading especially since PBM store- brand infant formulas have the same nutrients at the same levels as Enfamil.  PBM infant formulas are formulated to contain DHA and ARA, and are sourced from the same supplier in amounts which equal or exceed the DHA and ARA in Mead Johnson’s Enfamil LIPIL®.

This decision marks the third time PBM Products has sued Mead Johnson for false advertising claims. On the prior occasions Mead Johnson admitted that it made false claims about PBM’s products.  It is also the first false advertising case to focus on the issue of DHA and ARA nutritional ingredients in formula, which were introduced into the market in 2003 and have become a staple in recent years by many brands as key components for infant development.

“This jury verdict should send a significant and clear message to Mead Johnson about the way it conducts marketing and advertising for its brands,” said Manning.  “This lawsuit also demonstrates our complete commitment to defending our products and the valuable brands of our retail partners.”

“As a parent and supporter of children’s medical research, I take a personal responsibility in assuring our customers that the products we produce are healthy and nutritionally equivalent to brand names like Enfamil® LIPIL®.  It is important, especially now, for parents to know that there are lower priced yet highly nutritious store-brand formulas that will provide the same benefit to their children as any national brand name formula product,” Manning added.  

The U.S. infant formula market is estimated at $3.4 billion and the global market is estimated at $7.9 billion.

All of PBM’s formulas, and for that matter all of U.S. infant formulas, are subject to the exacting standards of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), pursuant to the Infant Formula Act of 1980.  This legislation vested FDA with the authority to ensure that all infant formula products sold in the United States provide the necessary levels of identified nutrients required for the growth of healthy babies. For more information, visit this FDA link.

All of PBM’s formulas, and for that matter all of U.S. infant formulas, are subject to the exacting standards of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), pursuant to the Infant Formula Act of 1980.  This legislation vested FDA with the authority to ensure that all infant formula products sold in the United States provide the necessary levels of identified nutrients required for the growth of healthy babies. For more information, visit this FDA .

PBM Products was represented by the law firm Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP   Partners from the firm’s advertising practice, Harold P. Weinberger and Jonathan M. Wagner in New York, led the team.


About PBM

PBM is privately owned and based in Gordonsville, VA.  PBM companies specialize in manufacturing, distributing, and marketing consumer food, nutritional, and pharmaceutical products. For more information, visit www.pbmproducts.com.

Enfamil® LIPIL® are registered trademarks of Mead Johnson & Co.


  
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

WW: I want to blow my own bubbles!

I eventually had to get V , her own bottle :)
She is spicy that lil' one.
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I guess I'll catch the bubbles

I'd rather be blowing them though...

I weally weally want my own bottle!

I just don't understand how he doesn't get lightheaded! I must be getting old.

Sharing is nice...for now

Yea! I like bwowing and bwowing!

You better be letting me bwow again ok!!


For more Wordless Wednesdays check out 5 minutes for moms , Wordless Wednesday and 7 Clown Circus and Go Graham Go! 


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