***Disclosure: I received a free app and a bottle of wine in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
Now I don't know about you, but I love relaxing out on the deck with my husband after a long, stressful day with some music and a nice glass of wine. (Or three. Don't judge!)
My favorite wines are sweeter, fruity ones, like the gorgeous bottle of Italian Moscato you see to the left. I also love some of the sweeter red wines, and of course, there is champagne. Oooh. Moscato Spumante. I'd better put that on my shopping list! Anyway...Sorry about that. I got distracted thinking about some nice bubbly! I'm sure some of you can relate. While I like a sweeter wine, my husband prefers drier whites, like Pinot Grigio. I think they're okay, but a bit bitter for my tastes. What can I say...I am a typical girl, and I like fruity, girly drinks.
I also use wine for cooking a lot. Now I don't insult my food by using "cooking wines" that are high in sodium and seriously lacking in flavor. I use the good stuff. Trust me, it really does make a big difference. My Burgundy Beef Tips are amazing, and I get tons of compliments on that dish. My secret? Well, other than the fact that I add some fresh organic butter to it, the real key is the wine. Chicken Marsala? That's SO much better with a higher quality wine as well. But how do you choose the best wines? Whether it's for drinking or cooking or both, this can be an incredibly daunting task. With over 150,000 new wine labels approved in the country in 2011 alone, it can be really hard choosing the best wine for your buck.
I used to assume that the higher the price tag, the better the wine. Until I bought a $50 bottle of wine that smelled like dirt and tasted like sweaty socks. Lesson learned. Actually, some of the best wines I have ever tried cost less than $10 a bottle. Who knew?! Recently, my favorite wine guy shared a brand new app with me that takes the pain out of finding that perfect bottle of wine. The Thumbs Up WineFinder App takes all of the guesswork out of shopping for the best wines, no matter what your budget is or what stores you shop at.
***Disclosure: ABC supplied all info and giveaway prizes. All opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
We’re proud to announce the arrival of Bet on Your Baby, Saturdays 8/7c on ABC, in partnership with Luvs!
Every parent thinks they know their baby well, but are they willing to bet on it?
Bet on Your Baby is a new show where parents play fun games with their toddlers, and try to “bet” on what baby will do next! If they guess correctly, the family wins $5,000 in college tuition money, and the chance to play for $50,000!
All of these heartwarming and hilarious games are played in a toy-filled room called the Baby Dome. Do you think that you could predict what baby will do next?
***Disclosure: All information and prizes are provided by Terminix. No compensation was provided for this post, and all opinions have not been influenced in any way.***
Now that summer is finally making an appearance, we're spending a LOT of time outdoors. We bought brand new patio furniture, a 3-person swing, a new grill, and even a huge wooden playground. Add to that our hammock and fire pit, and we've got tons of ways to enjoy the warmer weather. One thing we have been noticing, especially in the evenings while we're cooking out, are mosquitoes. I don't know about you, but I hate these little buggers! Not only are they a nuisance, they carry scary diseases like West Nile. My Great-Aunt was infected with this a few years back, and it made her very, very ill. So we've been looking for visually appealing solutions that can combat our mosquito problem while remaining safe for our kids and pets.
Television personality John Gidding recently partnered with Terminix to provide a variety of easy, low-cost design tips that will add simple, elegant touches to any outdoor space and allow families to enjoy a virtually mosquito-free environment. “Simple, low-cost touches can really transform an outdoor space,” said Gidding. “And once you design your perfect space, make sure you’re able to enjoy it by avoiding pesky mosquitoes with the Terminix ALLCLEAR line of misters and repellers. These all-natural products not only protect your family from up to 95% of mosquitoes, but are also attractive and adapt to any design.”
Below are some of Gidding’s outdoor design tips. A full assortment of how-to tips can be found at the Terminix website
- Fire and Water – Bringing fire into backyard design is increasingly popular. Build your own pit or purchase one for as low as $100 at a home improvement store. On the flipside, fountains are a great way to add a water element and sound effects to an outdoor entertaining space.
- If It’s Shiny, It’s In…But So Is Rustic – Reflective surface objects are hot this summer, so look for mirrored surface bowls and vessels, glass vases or lanterns. Galvanized materials like watering cans or planters are also really popular now. Mixing non-traditional textures like this will really stand out.
- Think Beyond Terra Cotta – Mix and match a variety of pots with different textures and colors. Summer is all about color, so don’t shy away from mixing bolder hues in with your patio palate.
- Grow Your Dinner – Consider a “pizza garden” with tomatoes, basil, bell peppers, oregano, onion and rosemary all growing in the same planter. It will offer a great meal and a seasonal conversation piece.
- Mix and Match Plants – No matter what your climate, you’ll have choices of different types of plant sizes and textures. Consider mixing annual, colorful favorites like Impatiens with a taller grass. Or if you’re looking for late-summer color, plant some daisies, which will bloom long after the other plants have wilted.
- Stain Your Floors – Add a little spice to your patio by staining a boring concrete floor. Acid staining can give a concrete patio a new lease on life. Add an outdoor rug, and you have a quick, easy and inexpensive project that will transform your space.
Okay, so whenever I am on Facebook, (which is probably around 3,249,204 times per day) I see ladies absolutely gushing over Johnny Depp. I mean going completely gaga over the man! If this is you, I have got some eye-candy for you. Yep! There is a brand new trailer for The Lone Ranger, which rides onto the big screen on July 3, 2013.
Haven't heard of this movie yet? Here is the low-down for you:
From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.
“The Lone Ranger” also stars Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson and Helena Bonham Carter.
A Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films presentation, “The Lone Ranger” is directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski, with screen story by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio and Justin Haythe and screenplay by Justin Haythe and Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio. “The Lone Ranger” releases in U.S. theaters on July 3, 2013.
Doesn't that sound awesome?! I know my husband is really looking forward to seeing this film.
***Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Parent's Choice Overnight Diapers. All opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
As the proud mama of 2 toddlers, it's always fun to see what celeb moms choose for their babies. Some of the products look amazing, but let's be real here...Who can really afford to deck their tot out in Prada, Chanel, and Gucci? I know I sure can't. (Guess I should have bought that PowerBall ticket, after all!) So when I heard that Alyssa Milano
trusts the AVEENO® Baby Wash & Shampoo
for her son, Milo, I was definitely curious, as well as surprised. To see an A-list celebrity gush over products the average parent can actually afford is definitely refreshing.
But I did a little research, and this product sounded wonderful. This tear-free, soap-free, paraban-free formula cleanses, nourishes and soothes baby’s sensitive skin and hair without drying. So when I got the opportunity to try Aveeno Baby products for myself, I couldn't wait to see what all the fuss was about. I mean, it's got to be good if celebs who can afford high-end, spa-like baby products choose Aveeno, right?