Thursday, July 2, 2015


Get Chuckles this Summer—Both Laughs and the Classic Jelly Candy—during America’s #1 Comedy Competition and Take Advantage of a Limited-Time 2-for-1 Ticket Offer

QUAD CITIES (ROCK ISLAND, IL)   What do you get when you combine America’s #1 Comedy Competition with classic, crave-able jelly candy?  Lots of Chuckles® at The Establishment (220 19th Street, Rock Island, IL)! This summer, Chuckles is partnering with CSz Quad Cities for a special 2-for-1, limited-time ticket offer to ComedySportz® matches. Use code CHUCKLES to redeem the ComedySportz buy-one-get-one free ticket offer through Oct. 25, 2015.†† For tickets, call the The Establishment box office at (309) 789-1111.

“Chuckles is thrilled to offer this sweet discount so families can enjoy ComedySportz’ unique brand of Comedy For Everyone,” said Dawn Sykora, Director of Marketing, Iconic Brands, for Ferrara Candy Company. “We know families attending ComedySportz matches will have some ‘chuckles’ together with our classic candy, that will bring back nostalgic memories for parents while putting smiles on their kids’ faces.”

The smiles will extend beyond this great discount ticket offer and hilarious improv comedy, because ComedySportz referees will also provide FREE bars of Chuckles’ irresistible coated jelly candy as a special prize for the fan who provides the improv suggestion that results in the most “chuckles” for that night’s show.

“We bring the funny so that families from all over the Quad Cities can enjoy ComedySportz, America’s #1 Comedy Competition for over 30 years,” said Patrick Adamson, spokesperson for CSz Quad Cities. “The joy and laughter that Chuckles brings to families across the Quad Cities is a perfect fit for this special partnership.”

†† Offer is valid 6/1/2015 to 10/25/2015. Redeemable with advance reservations only at participating clubs. Find your nearest location to see ComedySportz at Must call ahead for tickets, and must mention CHUCKLES special offer code when ordering. Redemption is subject to availability of tickets. Good for public performances only. Not redeemable for cash. Not valid with any other offer.

About ComedySportz and CSz Worldwide
Since 1984, ComedySportz has been America’s Favorite Comedy Competition, providing all-ages friendly “Comedy For Everyone”. Every ComedySportz match played in 25 cities across the United States and Europe features the fast-paced improv comedy stylings of two teams of professional players, competing for their fans’ love, laughter, and cheers.  CSz Worldwide is the international licensor of ComedySportz and a global provider of improv-based solutions for business-appropriate entertainment, engaging learning & development, and unexpected events marketing.  For more information visit

About Ferrara Candy Company
Ferrara Candy Company is the leading non-chocolate confectionary company in the U.S., with a portfolio of strong brands and retail partnerships. With a candy for every craving, Ferrara Candy Company brands make consumers happy every day and include: TROLLI®, BLACK FOREST®, BRACH’S®, LEMONHEAD®, NOW AND LATER®, SATHERS®, BOBS®, RED HOTS®, ATOMIC FIREBALL®, CHUCKLES®, BOSTON BAKED BEANS, SWEET STRIPES®, SUPER BUBBLE®, FRUIT STRIPE®, RAIN-BLO®, JUJYFRUITS® and JAWBUSTERS®. For more information

Thank you Chuckles for sending me 5 pounds of candy to review.   I had fun spreading the candy out at church and with friends.  I love the red ones but should have read the flavors before throwing a purple in my mouth because purple is NOT grape but rather black licorice.   It left me running for water.  Thankfully I have a friend who loves it so I shared all the black licorice ones with her...she had a happy day!  My kids also were not fans for the black licorice but did enjoy the other flavors.  

I hope you all take advantage for the Comedy Sports buy one get one tickets.   I have been there a couple times and have enjoyed it both times.   I believe their family friendly show is on Friday night.  

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

3 New Canyon Bakehouse Products Review and Giveaway

Canyon Bakehouse has released three new products!!  I was very excited to have all three products sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review and the same three products to giveaway to one lucky reader!   (Find the giveaway at the bottom of this post.)  I was not paid for this review and all opinions are 100% mine.  

The three new products include:
 Everything Bagels, Plain Bagels and Brownies. 

Similar to their existing gluten-free breads, the new brownies and bagels are made with 100% whole grains and have a taste and texture just like “real” bagels and brownies. 
·         Made with 100% whole grains and real food ingredients such as extra virgin olive oil, organic agave and eggs.
·         No artificial additives and fillers.
·         Certified Gluten-Free and do not contain dairy, soy or nuts.
·         No GMOs. 

"Toasted or straight from the bag. Smothered in cream cheese or topped with an egg. Now, the only hard thing about a gluten-free bagel is choosing how to top it! Made with 100% whole grains and no GMOs, you can enjoy the goodness of gluten-free without compromise!" 

"Our new gluten-free Brownie Bites are the perfect size for satisfying sweet cravings without the guilt. Made with 100% whole grains and no GMOs, the decadent Brownie Bites make a great after-dinner dessert, grab-n-go snack, or can be enjoyed a la mode!"

"We're proud to introduce our new Everything Bagels – a unique combination of soft, chewy texture with undeniably delicious flavor, any way you slice it. Enjoy the savory blend of garlic, onion, poppy and sunflower seeds - a gluten-free twist on a New York classic."

My Review:

This is not my first review of Canyon Bakehouse products.  Please check out my raving reviews of their bread and muffins.   

I am a big breakfast person so getting bagels made me super stoked!  I enjoyed the plain bagels with peanut butter and strawberry jam.   I honestly can say that the flavor of the bagel is amazing... I really can't tell they are gluten free!  Other ideas to add to the plain bagels include, other jams or eggs!   

As you can see in the picture above the everything bagel had a mouth watering makeover thanks to my husband!   He created a savory cream cheese and ham Everything Bagel sandwich.   It was delicious and again it is not noticeable that the bagel is gluten free! 

The brownie bites are very rich and moist so they did not last very long in my house.   

Canyon Bakehouse products can be purchased at Target's and online.   They also sent me a personal letter to fill in and hand to other stores requesting more Canyon Bakehouse products to be in stock.   

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Titus and T-Ball

Titus just started playing tball this summer.   It is always funny to watch all the kids chase the ball and kinda fight to get it because they don't know the teamwork behind the game and just the game in general.  

My son and another little boy sent us parents a reminder during their first game.   Titus and one of his teammates truly showed teamwork and sportsmanship in a way that melted my heart.   After my son had stopped a grounder and threw it his new friend stopped and gave him a high five and a pound and then after they exchanged a few words you could see them exchange a "Big Hero 6" handshake!   It was the best part of the night!   Seeing my little boy and the other boy display such love was an important reminder that it's not about winning or losing but having fun and cheering each other and celebrating with each other! 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Learning Resources Review and GIVEAWAY!

Thank-you Learning Resources for sending me the "All Ready for Kindergarten" readiness kit and the "Picnic Party" early math game to review.   All opinions expressed are 100% mine and I was not paid for this review.   Learning Resources will also allow one lucky reader to win one of their new kits choosing from the preschool, kindergarten, or first grade levels.  

My son will be starting preschool in the fall but I also wanted to really work on the kindergarten skills all year so I asked to review the Kindergarten level.       Right away we opened the package and he started working on his alphabet letters and the string to lace them.   Sadly we were bummed because our package did not have the letter "v" but had two "t's."  I will be letting them know and I am sure they will make it right!  They do have a 365 day guarantee.   We also did not get the die/number cube in the kit but I will also let them know.  After doing the letter lacing we used the shapes and made the fun pictures.  My four year old loved creating the pictures but his little hands pushed the pieces a few times and he
became frustrated when the picture was not aligned perfectly.  (Again he is 4 not 5 so I expected that) Overall the kit had many great ideas to enhance the skills to make sure your child is ready for Kindergarten.  The kit is going to keep us busy all summer and into the next year.   I like the huge guide for parents to help walk them through but as a teacher I have already come up with several other ideas to use the items to help him get ready for Kindergarten.

Product Description
Prepare children for kindergarten with this specially designed kit! Make learning fun while targeting essential kindergarten skills including addition, word families, handwriting, color identification, and shape recognition. Featuring the popular “In the Garden” classroom theme, this comprehensive kit includes an assortment of colorful manipulatives and other hands-on tools (the same ones used by teachers), a write-and-wipe Activity Book for children, and a 32-page Guide created just for parents. Perfect for the summer or an at-home connection. All components conveniently store in a sturdy storage box measuring 10”L x 3”W x 12”H.

The next item that came was the "Picnic Party" a math game that was very simple to play. 

Product Description
Start marching! Beat your fellow ants to the picnic basket while comparing and counting up numbers in two delicious levels of play. Scrumptious shortcuts, including a banana peel, watermelon wedge, and corn cob, make your journey through the garden faster and more satisfying. The first player to reach the picnic basket wins! A super-fun way for kids to build key skills targeted in our All Ready for Kindergarten Readiness Kit. Includes 4 ant game markers and 48 cards. Game board measures 16” x 16”.

My son with two of his friends had fun learning this game.   The game is very simple as the kids each flip over a card and they have to determine who has the greatest number.   I also enjoyed working on number identification with them.   I could see the game being adapted as it got easier such as making them add two numbers together or finding the least number.   
My son won this game so he is eager to play it again!

I have enjoyed both the kit and game so much that I just might need to buy another one to bring to school!  :) (Remember I am a special education teacher)    

If you have a little one going to preschool, kindergarten, or first grade then enter this giveaway to win!   Winners will be able to chose between the three options.  Please use the easy rafflecopter form below to enter! 

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Friday, June 26, 2015

To The Sea Book Review and Giveaway


As children imagine the sights, sounds, feelings, and tastes evoked in To The Sea, they can take part in one boy’s adventurous day there, with its surprises and rewards. In Graham Blanchard’s Learn, Absorb & Praise™ Collection, To The Sea is a Praise book, which wonders at the amazing miracles found in everyday life and praises the God who made them.

Meet the Author

Callie Grant founded Graham Blanchard Inc. to create children’s books for growing up in God by working with an extensive network of artists, parents, pastors, teachers, and children. The company, which release its first titles in 2013, is the culmination of her experience in the publishing industry paired with a strong calling to help families know God’s love and nurture their faith through reading together.
A life-long lover of the sea, Jeremy Tugeau decided to become an artist
while playing on the beach as a child. Tugeau also illustrated Graham Blanchard’s All of Me That You Can’t See released in 2013. His faithful accomplices and primary inspirations are his wife Nicole and their three young children.

My Review:
This book took me back to my own memories on the beach.  It is a toddler board book that is very fun to read and use motions for the actions it describes in the text.   
I could easily relate to the book with my memories from the beach especially the line, "A salty spray surprises my mouth."   I remember the first time at the beach how over powering the salt water truly was.  Each page takes you to a different sensory or memory from the beach from birds, to waves, to building sand castles.   This book is great to discuss all there is to do at a beach before going to one or discussing all the fun that was had at the beach.   

The illustrations were created with water colors and it created a warm feeling just like the beach.  The ending of the story reflects at being thankful for God creating beautiful fun beaches and there is scripture on the last page, Genesis 1:31 "And God saw everything that he had made, and behold it was very good."  
The age recommendation is 0-5 and my 4 year old seemed to enjoy it but my 7 year old really enjoyed talking about what she likes about the beach and comparing and contrasting her likes to some of the highlights of the book.  
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  I was not paid for this review and all opinions are 100% my own. 

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