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6/29/12

Honor Before Death

It must do their heart something to finally feel, see that they are being recognized. Thank God it's done before they died.

On a swampy North Carolina peninsula in 1942, the first black U.S. Marines lived in huts, segregated from white troops.
They endured freezing conditions, poisonous snakes and the derision of their white drill instructors. But they were Marines. They served their nation during World War II, doing work such as transporting ammunition to combat troops and ferrying the dead away from the fight.
Surviving members of the Montford Point Marines attend a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday. Almost 400 of the first African Americans to serve in the Marines attended the ceremony.
For their patriotism and service amid indignity, the men known as the Montford Point Marines on Wednesday were awarded the nation’s highest honor for civilians, the Congressional Gold Medal. “The Montford Point Marines rode in the back of troop trains, ate at separate lunch counters, and used different bathrooms. They were trained to fight injustice overseas, meanwhile they suffered discrimination every day,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, during the ceremony at the U.S. Capitol visitor center’s Emancipation Hall. “They didn’t plan on being heroes, but they have been.” Carrel Reavis of San Diego was one of those Marines.

Drafted in 1943, the now-89-year-old was sent for training to Montford Point — located on a rugged corner of Camp Lejeune, one of the Marine Corps’ major infantry bases. “It was bad. All I can say is it was bad, and we went through it,” Reavis said in an interview this week. “If you tell it now, a lot of people don’t even believe it. … People don’t want to hear it, but it was bad.” He is one of several Montford Pointers from San Diego who attended Wednesday’s ceremony in Washington, D.C.

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Pledge Multi-Surface II Antibacterial Cleaner Review

It's amazing how quickly the dust bunnies can form in my home. If I follow all the bunnies, I'd just keep dusting all day.

With my handy microfiber cloth and the NEW Pledge Multi-Surface II Antibacterial Cleaner dusting and cleaning went easily enough that I could do even more cleaning than I had planned.

However, cleaning never stops. Especially in the kitchen and other rooms of the house that gets used regularly! My kitchen, the bathroom and the kids play area are the hot spots in our home and need to be kept clean constantly.  
Multi Surface Antibacterial Everyday Cleaner*
This product is now in arms reach on my kitchen counter for easy usage, especially for easy clean ups while cooking and after.

I love that I can have one product that can do all these things for me. Cut down on clutter and save money!

Learn more:
With cold and flu season at it's peak, moms across America are more conscious than ever about keeping germs at bay and take germ-fighting seriously. Thanks to the new Pledge Multi-Surface II Antibacterial Cleaner, moms fight against germs just a bit easier. With a fresh citrus scent,  Pledge Multi-Surface II Antibacterial Cleaner kills 99.9 percent of germs including bacteria like staph, E.-coli and salmonella and viruses like influenza (the flu) when used according to directions.

We can disinfect almost any hard surface in our home while getting the clean we've grown to trust and expect from Pledge products.

Uses: 
Pledge Multi-Surface II Antibacterial Cleaner can be used to disinfect, dust and clean a variety of household hard surfaces, including:
  • Finished Wood
  • Glass
  • Electronics
  • Stainless Steel
  • Sealed Granite
  • Metal
Pledge Multi-Surface II Antibacterial Cleaner kills 9.9 percent of germs including bacteria like staph, E.-coli and salmonella and viruses like influenza (the flu) when used according to directions and leaves a citrus scent. 


Instructions: 
  • Shake well before using  Pledge Multi-Surface II Antibacterial Cleaner, hold upright and spray about eight inches from surface. 
  • Wipe with soft clean clothe for best results
  • If using on electric equipment, spray product directly onto cloth then dust as usual. 
  • To sanitize hard, non-porous surfaces, spray until thoroughly wet, let stand 30 seconds then wipe clean. For heavily soiled areas or surfaces, a precleaning is required. 
  • To disinfect hard, non-porous surfaces, spray until thoroughly wet, allow surface to remaind wet for seven minutes then wipe clean. For heavily soiled areas or surfaces, a precleaning is required. 
  • Please refer to the product label for the full set of use instruction including precautionary statements and first aid. 
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This product is perfect for me as a mom and I'm glad I found it, especially for the sanitizing and disinfecting qualities.

What is your go to product for cleaning?

Learn more at Pledge and Facebook.

This review was made possible because of Family Review Network 

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Sweetpea Maternity Review & $25 GC #Giveaway

I'm not pregnant as yet, but I hope when it happens again, I can be chic like my fellow mommies. My first pregnancy, I was hiding and dowdy.

Next  time I will have to be stylishly comfortable. It is harder to shop for a pregnant belly, unless you have tons of money to splurge. Moms like me want the style and within our budget. Sweatpea Maternity provides maternity clothes shopping that you can fit into the budget.

Sweetpea Maternity has some of the cutest trendy maternity clothes, great deals and a flat rate shipping of $5!
Since I am not pregnant I opted for the Navy Blue Maternity Cardigan which is perfect for me since I am usually chilly wherever I go. And I like my cute tops but not all of them have long sleeves.
If they had a red cardigan, I'd have been all over it! But the blue works just fine for my use and it light enough so I'm not sweating if I happen to throw it on while inside and then step outside in the heat.

I wore it with my new summer dress for this photo, but I think it goes better with my jeans and white top.

I notice their clothing has a light airy feel and if you live in Louisiana, this is the type of clothing you want to wear in the constant heat that surrounds you all day!
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The store's cheap maternity clothes are fashionable and versatile for any occasion.

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Here is your chance to win $25 GC to spend on anything you want at Sweetpea Maternity. As you can see above, you don't have to be pregnant to shop at their store.

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About the author: Owner of JamericanSpice. Sharing my journey in the present, from the past or thoughts for my future. Mom of two who loves to travel and read and decipher people. Please read my disclosure 
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6/28/12

Securely Trusting - AF

We need a password for everything these days. Which leads me to the question/s:

1. Does your spouse/SO share their passwords with you and do you share with them?
2. Do you have a universal password or do you have unique ones for everything? If so, how do you remember them all?



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Nintendo DS XL + 3 Games #Giveaway

I know my son will love if he get to have the Nintendo DS. He talking about it nonstop before his birthday. I just thought he was too young and I'd need a good gift when he was a bit older.

You can come enter to win too.

Prize: Nintendo DSi XL and 3 Games
Open to: US only
The event dates: June 28 at 12:01 am to July 20 11:59pm

Recently the Iowa Mom family went on a little vacation with our year older, yet still young children. Lengthy car rides up until this point were chaos and I was lucky to arrive with my hair still intact. This we wizened up and packed each of our children their own DSi and DSi XL to help make the ride a little smoother. While I typically do not promote game play for more than an hour a day, the continued play with numerous fun and educational games to choice from allowed my husband and I the need 3.5 hours of uninterrupted quiet time we need to get from point A to point B. Word to the wise from mom to another, never travel empty handed again!
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The Nintendo DSi XL is a high-powered handheld video-game system with an extra large, wide viewing angle screen, and a full size, easy to hold stylus. It comes with features like touch-screen control for a unique gaming experience. Snap photos with the built-in camera, edit and send them to friends, play back your music with Nintendo DSi Sound, or browse the Internet with the Nintendo DSi Browser. From playing games to just playing around, the Nintendo DSi XL does it all.

Includes: Nintendo DSi XL System, 3 Pre-Installed Titles - Brain Age™ Express: Math, Brain Age™ Express: Arts & Letters and Photo Clock, two free applications: the Nintendo DSi Browser and Flipnote Studio™, Nintendo DSi AC Adapter, Rechargeable Battery, Nintendo DSi XL Stylus (2), Easy Start Guide, Manuals (Basic & Controls) and Support Booklet.

Nintendo DSi XL Features:
  • 93% larger screens
  • Built in Internet browser.
  • Full size, easy-to-hold stylus
  • 3 pre-installed titles: Brain Age™ Express: Math, Brain Age™ Express: Arts & Letters and Photo Clock
  • Plus, all the functions of the original Nintendo DSi system
BUY IT: Purchase the Nintendo DS XL from a variety of retailers online and in stores including Amazon.com for $129.99.
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One lucky winner will receive a Nintendo DSi XL + 3 Games!

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6/26/12

You - Up Close and Personal

I think you can tell when you are fully yourself, and it is probably at that point you are completely contented, or completely devastated at what you see within.

I am traveling.

I have not yet shed the ropes that others have tied me up with, or will tie me up with as I'm traveling. I'm too young to free myself fully, but I'm getting there and when I get there I know I'll be beautiful in my glorious element of the person God made.

I'll be Colette.



Who are you?
Are you there yet?


About the author: Owner of JamericanSpice. Sharing my journey in the present, from the past or thoughts for my future. Mom of two who loves to travel and read and decipher people.
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Fendi Spy Bag from Karina Smirnoff's Closet #Giveaway - #winthisbag

I have two bags. TWO. So sometimes I swap them out depending on how I'm feeling. One is a hobo :) It carries EVERYTHING!!

Do you want to win a stylish bag from a celeb's closet?  How about one from Karina Smirnoff's from Dancing with the Stars?

We'll be doing this for a couple weeks. So come back to enter for next week's prize!

Week 1 Giveaway information: The Prize: Karina Smirnoff’s (of Dancing With The Stars) own Fendi Spy Bag
 
The Giveaway: 6/26/12 12:01a EST - 7/1/12 11:59p EST
Open Worldwide

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Welcome to Week #1 of Win This Bag sponsored by HipSwap hosted by Sidetracked Mom’s Blog

“Win This Bag” is a 6-week event that will feature 6 weekly giveaways. There will be one designer handbag given away every week! Each bag will be an authentic, recognizable designer brand such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Coach, or Fendi. 

Our 6th week will feature a highly coveted designer handbag and you will have the option to claim bonus entries for each of the 5 weekly "Win This Bag" giveaways you entered leading up to this grand finale! 

So, enter each weekly giveaway to increase your odds of winning!
Here’s what really separates this event from any other handbag giveaway you may have seen before… some of these handbags will come to you directly from a celebrity’s closet! That’s right –
Thanks to HipSwap, you have the opportunity to win the exact bag that may have been on the arm of a famous celebrity! Photobucket

About our Sponsor:
HipSwap is a mobile and web marketplace that connects buyers and sellers locally and nationally. It enables people to discover what's inside the most fabulous closets, homes, and shops in neighborhoods and cities across America. HipSwap currently offers delivery service in Los Angeles and New York with its iconic pink delivery van.

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1. Create a HipSwap account. You will be asked to enter your name, email and zip code. If you do not live in the United States, please enter your City and Country in the Zip Code field.
2. Once registered, you can earn additional entries by:
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d. Tweet with the hashtag #winthisbag for daily bonus entries
e. Following the blogs who are bringing you this awesome giveaway

To be credited, all entries must be completed using the Rafflecopter form below. You can complete as many or as few entries as you’d like but remember, the more you do, the better your odds of winning! Plus, once you are following all of your hosts, entering each subsequent weekly Win This Bag Giveaway will be even faster & easier!

Good luck!

This giveaway is open to entrants worldwide 18 years of age or older, except where prohibited by law. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received. This promotion is no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook and is Facebook-compliant. To qualify to win, you must complete, at minimum, the mandatory entry on the Rafflecopter form. All entries will be forwarded to our sponsor for the purpose of randomly selecting a winner. Winners will be notified by email from a HipSwap representative. Winners will have 72 hours to respond or risk forfeiting their prize. Prize may re-awarded solely by the Sponsor's discretion. Prize fulfillment is the sole responsibliity of the sponsor. This blog may not be held liable for Sponsors who do not fulfill prize shipments. The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. We reserve the right to publicly publish winners' names and/or likeness. By entering this giveaway, you are agreeing to these terms and conditions.

6/25/12

Music Sweetens The $25 GC #Giveaway! - 4Ms

It is celebration week here for Monday's Music Moves Me - 4Ms! Party along with us and enjoy entering for a chance to win in the giveaways! So because it's a party....:) Let's dance!

Welcome again to Monday's Music Moves Me. Let's start our Monday's off dancing and and a light mood. 

Theme for this week: FREEBIE

Don't forget to visit the spotlight dancers in #1 and 2 spots. Soon it will be your turn!

Thank you all for visiting. I'll drop by soon! 
We are having  100th week celebration.  In honor of that, we will be holding a giveaway starting on the 95th week, with the drawing taking place on the 100th week.  Come celebrate with us.
Don't forget to enter these other giveaways: 
The Shewbridges of Celebration, Florida - Lori
Stacy Uncorked - Stacy

Cathy Kennedy
Naila Moon honorary conductor
So, here's the steps to this party.
First step:  Run over to You Tube, (or wherever), and lock and load!  Get your pick for the theme of the week. 

Second Step:  Grab our "Monday's Music Moves Me" button (over to our right, right under mine)

Third step:  SIGN THE LINKY - Dance (follow) your host/hostesses, and grab their buttons.

Final step:  Start looking for a partner and boogie on down to her/his blog, and say hello, and tag (follow) her/him, and leave a nice comment.  If you've been tagged (followed) be hip, and get on over there, and tag (follow) her/him back and  leave a comment.

Spotlight Dancers
Congrats to our  "SPOTLIGHT DANCE" COUPLE FOR THIS WEEK are in the #1 and #2 spots!

Monday Music Moves Me LINK UP Below: 



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Booty Firm Dance Equipment & DVDs #Giveaway

This is a very interesting machine. Whatever happens, I like the idea of dancing. Sponsored by Mom Blog Society and ProForm

This giveaway will be open to the US
Giveaway will run from 6/25 12:01 est - 7/11 12:01 est
Details: One winner will receive a Booty Firm machine with 3 dance DVD's and the blog

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6/24/12

Five Weeks Of Music And #Giveaways - Come Play With Us!

Our Monday's Music Moves Me Celebration Giveaways - 4Ms is open to everyone! Come share your kind of music for five weeks with us and enter for a chance to win!

We share our music every Monday and party hop to each others blog. All hosts will visit your blog no matter how late!

Come see if you like the music party. It sure makes Mondays better! And also enter for your chance to win some great prizes!

You don't have to be a regular participant to enter. Just play along with us for the next five weeks to be eligible to win! If you love the music and blog hopping, then stay with us awhile.
ONLY FIVE MONDAYS of Music! I know you love music. You know you want us to visit your blog, so come on and share and LINK up with us!

1. Grab the button so you can remember to come participate each Monday
2. Post a video/music from you or from youtube of your favorite music.
3. Link up your blog post with us so we can visit and leave comments. (Just schedule your posts and add the linky later)
4. Visit others and comment, or share, or follow, just enjoy the wide variety of musical tastes.

Now have fun with it!

OH and share with your blog friends too! The more the merrier!

Have a blast jiggling in your seat, or standing and moving to the beat!
Ignore the last line and just party with us!


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Not Easily Broken

This movie awoke too many memories.
Marriage is tough and you really have to put the work in it if you want to be able to live with the person you married or you'll end up split or trapped.


After years of disagreeing on what true happiness, success, and love really are, Dave and Clarice Johnson have finally reached a breaking point in their marriage. When Clarice is hurt in a car accident, the obvious truth that more than just her injuries need immediate attention is exposed.

Their odds of making it worsen as Clarice begins to see a physical therapist, and Dave develops a friendship with Julie and her teenage son Bryson. The acceptance and comfort he finds in them stirs his longing for a family and a passionate partner. As temptation tugs at Dave and Clarice pulls farther away, they must confront whether their vows are or are NOT EASILY BROKEN



About the author: Owner of JamericanSpice. Sharing my journey in the present, from the past or thoughts for my future. Mom of two who loves to travel and read and decipher people.
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Keep It Clear And Live Free

Christ gives us freedom but for us to control ourselves in all things which is the true discipline. Not for us to make more rules for people and to chafe them and ourselves.


Romans 14:22-23
So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

In other words, if you can’t do something with a clear conscience before God, don’t do it. We are prone to create rules and regulations that keep others to what we feel are godly standards, but those restrictions ultimately suffocate our souls. Our goal should not be how well we are able to conform to external standards, but the awareness of our faith toward God. The Holy Spirit is more than able to convict us of sin when our hearts are filled with faith toward Him.



About the author: Owner of JamericanSpice. Sharing my journey in the present, from the past or thoughts for my future. Mom of two who loves to travel and read and decipher people.
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