Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Verizon has gifts for everyone this Thanksgiving! #vzwbuzz #ad

Thanksgiving is a day away and today is the highest volume travel day of the year. It can be filled with frustration, long lines, and traffic, lots of traffic! Wouldn't having entertainment at your fingertips make this much easier? Well, guess what? Verizon has decided this is the season for giving and Thanksgetting is well underway! What is it? Well, it is an opportunity for you - if you are a Verizon customer you get 1GB of extra data and other perks! Not a Verizon customer? That is okay, because the other gifts are for you too! 

Visit to sign up for 1 month free of Pandora Premium, free music, tv shows, movies and apps from Amazon, A $5 gift card from iTunes while supplies last, free airport wifi from Boingo, a 30 minute in flight wifi session and a $20 lyft ride! 

Guess what? I'm not traveling but I am still taking advantage of these offers. Jump on these deals and your Thanksgiving travel or preparation for the big day will be a little easier with free entertainment courtesy of Verizon! 

Disclosure: I am a Verizon lifestyle blogger and occasionally recieve Verizon products for use in my every day life. All opinions, as usual, are my own. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Easy Thanksgiving Cake recipe

I LOVE to bake! Let me clarify, I love making pies, cakes and other confections. Although I can make cookies and cupcakes, decorating is not my forté so I keep things pretty basic when it comes to those things. But cake? And pie? Yes, yes, yes. My kitchen is open, the stove is fired up and my mixing bowls are ready! I can bake just about anything and although I have classics (I am known for my sweet potato pie) I am far from shy when it comes to trying new things. I was browsing Pinterest for recipes to try and found the “Do Nothing Cake” when I read it, I realized it was reminiscent of a pineapple upside down cake but with a few twists. If you are not a baker at all, this recipe is one that you will want to note because it truly is an EASY just about fool proof recipe.

Seriously, before making a box cake, try this one. I am betting with the exception of the pineapple and coconut, you probably have all of the ingredients already in your cupboard. I will forewarn you, this cake is sweet, moist and succulent. You must exercise some willpower to only eat one slice! As you know, I am all about healthy living and I believe in eating everything in moderation. This cake? Be easy. Serve it on Thanksgiving so that you can share with others. Sharing is caring! Seriously, this is a great cake and very easy to indulge in, so proceed with caution!

The moisture of the cake is a result of placing small holes in the cake and pouring the butter pecan/walnut coconut frosting on top. This cake is melt in your mouth good! Try it this Thanksgiving and I bet folks will be asking for more!

Do Nothing Cake
(reprinted from Cakes Cottage)

2 cups flour
2 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs slightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1 20 oz can of pineapples with juice

1 stick butter
1 cup sugar
1 5 1/2 ounce can evaporated milk
1 cup chopped walnuts/pecans
1 cup shredded coconut

  1. Preheat oven to 240.
  2. In large bowl whisk together cake ingredients until combined.
  3. Pour into greased 13x9 baking dish and bake for 30-40 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean
  4. While cake is baking prepare frosting.
  5. Heat the butter, sugar and evaporated milk in small saucepan until boiling.
  6. Cook and stir for about 5 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  7. Remove from heat and add coconut and pecans.
  8. Remove the cake from oven and using a kebab skewer or similarly shaped object to make hole in cake
  9. Pour frosting over cake, spreading it to make sure it is evenly dispersed
  10. All cake to cool before cutting


Friday, November 20, 2015

Tis The Season for Giving!

Ever since I was a small child I had the desire to do for others. Of course, when the holidays came around I looked forward to opening gifts on Christmas, however, I’ve always had a giving spirit and wanted to do for others. I am telling my age, but years ago you were able to open a “Christmas Club” account at the bank to specifically to save money for the holidays. As a child I’d take allowance money and deposit it on a weekly basis, by the time Christmas rolled around, I had my spending money to purchase gifts for my family. As an adult the spirit of giving is still alive and well. It is also something I want to instil in my family.

Every year around the holidays, my son and participate in Operation Shoe Box - where we put together a box full of toys, educational material and candy for a child in need in a developing country. I let my son choose gifts for a boy and we send it by dropping it at our church or another collection center. Although it is slightly challenging to give away toys he’d love to keep, my son knows that there are individuals who have greater needs than he does and he wants to help.

When we go to our local Walmart, there are also opportunities to give. For the holidays we can always find a Salvation Army ringer collecting money. My son will always ask me for some money so that he can donate to the less fortunate. It is funny because I didn’t encourage this behavior, one day we were entering Walmart and he just asked! I love knowing that my son is adopting the same giving spirit that I have.

Inside our Walmart we can also find the Salvation Army Fill The Truck collection box. Here you can drop off clothes and toys for children. As a blogger, I often receive toys for review and quite frankly, some of them just aren’t a fit for my blog so they are never used. These gifts are perfect for donation because they are brand new and I know a child(ren) will be so happy to receive these gifts. My son and I will be taking a trip to Walmart to give our annual donation.

This is the season for giving, I am so glad that my son and I are able to share this tradition on an annual basis.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Star Wars Battlefront #ShowUsYourForce #ad

My son and I had the wonderful opportunity to try out the new Star Wars Battlefront game ($59.88) for Playstation and the Xbox One before it was released today! My son had a wonderful time playing the game at the in-store event which was held at 3000 Walmart locations across the country. We spoke to one of the Walmart associates and he was a true gamer. He played the game and thought that the graphcis were the best he has ever seen. He predicted that this will be the game of the year and after watching my son play - I am no gamer, I tried to play for about two minutes and gave up - I too was impressed by the graphics and the game. 

My son played as Darth Vader and used his light saber to defeat enemies. He enjoyed exploring the area that he had access to - in the pre-release version we only had access to 16% of the game, which makes sense because now we have a lot of unknowns to look forward to! 

When you purchase Star Wars Battlefront for the Playstation 4, your game comes with an exclusive Galactic Connexions trading disc - the Storm Trooper, which is only available with the purchase of the game. The other collectable Galactic Connecxions trading discs are only available for purchase at Walmart.

Check out my video below to see the graphics of the Star Wars Battlefront in action! 

I am quite sure that this game is going to be a hit for gamers. The timing of the release is impeccable! It can be purchased now before the Thanksgiving holiday for hours of fun over vacation or it can be a gift for the upcoming holiday. The latest Star Wars film is coming next month and I am quite sure it will help Battlefront become one of the top games for this year. 

My son had fun playing the game but unfortunately, we do not own a Playstation 4 in our household. However, I am eyeing the limited edition PS4 Console with the Disney Infinity 3.0 Stars Wars Playstation bundle ($439). Perhaps he might find that under the Christmas tree this year! 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Date Night Idea!

What comes to mind when you think of date night? Dinner? The movies? How about adding a little spark and lots of fun to your next date night. I have the perfect place for you and that special someone to go - Dave & Busters! Dave & Busters has so much to do that you won’t want the night to end. You can start off with dinner and drinks. The options are nearly endless for both.

When I recently visited I tried out some of the most popular appetizers - buffalo shrimp, quesadillas, and the spinach dip (to die for)! If you are thinking about those calories, there are also a number of salad options to choose from.

Snow Cone - the adult kind! 
And the drinks...THE DRINKS! If you like libations, you can stick with your old faithful or branch out and try some of the speciality drinks. I have a few favorites -  the Million Dollar Margarita and the Coronita - a 7 oz bottle of Corona in a margarita! However, on my recent trip to Dave & Busters Marietta, I tried a few new drinks. First up - the Strawberry Watermelon margarita (served over strawberry flavored ice cubes) I loved it. 

It was a little on the sweet side which is something to keep in mind if you are used to drinking regular margaritas but it was still delicious! I also tried a Sno-Cone, the adult version. There are several different types and I had the original. It was a novelty drink for me but again, if you like sweet drinks this mix of watermelon Pucker, Malibu coconut rum, Pinnacle cherry vodka, blue curacao, sprite and pomegranate juice is for you!

Food and drinks make a great date, right? But it ain’t over. Dave & Busters has numerous flat screen tvs if you want to make a date to watch your favorite sports teams play! There are also daily themes with food and drink specials. On Sunday and Monday there are game day specials, Taco and Games on Tuesdasy, 1/2 price Wednesday, Thirsty Thursday and Fight Nights too!

And if you want to take a break from watching the big screens, of course you can indulge in all of the fabulous games that Dave & Busters is known for. I am partial to games that make you move your body, so I played a football game which I loved and a dance game too. You will find many of the latest arcade games and as a bonus, you can bring your drinks and appetizers on the floor if you’d like to enjoy them while you play!

I truly can’t think of a better date night and I’ve gone on more than one date at Dave & Busters! Dave & Busters Marietta is located  2215 D&B Drive. Go on, get out there for date night and have fun!

Disclosure: I attended a VIP event hosted by Dave & Busters and received food, drink and game play. As usual, all opinions are my own.

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