Saturday, December 23, 2017

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

First and foremost, I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!! Please enjoy this time with your families.

This has been a tough holiday season for me so far.  I spent Thanksgiving week in the hospital.  I was diagnosed with Pseudo Tumor Cerebri and Intracranial Hypertension.  I had to have a lot of excess spinal fluid removed through a lumbar puncture in my spine.  Due to the conditions, I have lost a lot of vision in my left eye, and all though the doctors are not sure of the exact cause, I have also lost complete hearing in my left ear.  

For the last couple of weeks, I have been going to multiple doctors appointments, and having quite painful shots directly into my ear to try and give me back some of the hearing.  So far there has not been much improvement, but I am still hopeful.

I am going to enjoy spending Christmas Eve with my Husband, kids and Kevin, and Christmas Day with my whole family.  This Holiday means even more to me now then usual.

May you all have a safe, happy and most importantly a healthy Christmas, and bless you all.

This post is written by Sarah Coulsey . She is a Wife, and Mother of two boys living in New England. This post may contain affiliate links.

Homemade Fudge Made With Eagle Brand Condensed Milk

Gail Borden introduced Eagle Brand in 1856 to fight food poisoning and other illnesses related to lack of refrigeration and preservation techniques. The Civil War helped Eagle Brand become a household name. The military needed milk that would keep well, and Borden’s products filled that need. Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk was credited with significantly lowering the infant mortality rate in North America. Gail Borden’s discovery provided milk that would remain safe and wholesome, at the time an important contribution to the nourishment of infants and children.

Anyone who does a lot of baking knows and uses Eagle Brand.  Their sweetened condensed milk is a steeple in this house.  Elsie the cow is one of my all time favorite characters, and she hasn't aged a bit in her 78 years!!

Eagle Brand sent me some condensed milk, and other products to make a fun recipe, and I just had to make my Moms fudge!!

My Mom makes this every year as a Christmas treat for us.  For years and years, she would not share her recipe.  Finally she let it slip!!

To make her peanut butter and chocolate fudge you need-

1- 12 oz bag of peanut butter chips
1/4 cup margarine or butter
1- 14 oz can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/2 cup chopped peanuts
1- 6 oz bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips

In a heavy saucepan, melt peanut butter chips, 2 tablespoons butter, and 1 cup of sweetened condensed milk.  

Remove from heat; stir in peanuts.  Spread onto a wax paper lined 8" pan.  In a small saucepan, melt chocolate chips, 2 tablespoons butter, and remaining milk.  

Spread chocolate mixture on top of peanut butter mixture and chill for 2 hours.

This fudge is creamy and delicious.  If you love peanut butter, then you will love this!!  

Thank you Eagle Brand for helping us make this yummy treat!!  Make sure you follow them on Facebook and Instagram to learn more about new promotions and recipes.

This post is written by Sarah Coulsey . She is a Wife, and Mother of two boys living in New England. This post may contain affiliate links.

Christmas Dinner Wouldn't Be Complete With Out Cranberries!!

Cape Cod Select and Edgewood Bogs (the sole supplier for Cape Cod Select) are owned & operated by the Rhodes Family.  Edgewood Bogs LLC is a 4th generation independent cranberry grower with over 800 acres of producing bog and associated support land in Southeastern Massachusetts, the heart of "Cranberry Country", and the same place cranberry farming began in the early 1800’s.

In case you didn't know, I am from Massachusetts.  We are known for a couple of things; Boston, fish, maple products, tea and of course cranberries!!  

Some of Ben's family lives near Carver, and when ever we go out to visit them, we are always amazed at all of the cranberry bogs.  

With Christmas literally days away, we have already started to prepare for our dinner.  This is my favorite time of year because I get to eat, eat and eat!!  We are having braised beef, turnips, green bean casserole, new potatoes, and of course Cranberry Sauce!!!  Last year, Ben and I made our first ever homemade cranberry sauce, and it was delicious!!  We did it again this year.

I used a very simple recipe.  It called for cranberries, orange juice and sugar.

12 ounces cranberries 
1 cup white sugar 
1 cup orange juice 

In a medium sized saucepan over medium heat, dissolve the sugar in the orange juice. Stir in the cranberries and cook until the cranberries start to pop (about 10 minutes). Remove from heat and place sauce in a bowl. Cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools.

I found that I had to cook it about 30 minutes to get it to be less chunky.  My Husband prefers smooth.  I also blended the mix in our Vitamix to remove the last remaining lumps.  

Besides Cranberry Sauce, The Cranberry Marketing Committee’s Guide to Entertaining with Fresh Cranberries provides hosts and party-goers with innovative recipes and ideas for decorating with fresh cranberries. With so many forms of cranberries – fresh, frozen, dried, juice or sauce – the options are endless!

Take a look at the guide and see for yourself all the terrific recipes you can make for your Christmas and New Year's dinners!!

This post is written by Sarah Coulsey . She is a Wife, and Mother of two boys living in New England. This post may contain affiliate links.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Friday Giveaway Link Up 11/10/17

Have a great weekend everyone, and thank you to all of the Veterans.

This post is written by Sarah Coulsey . She is a Wife, and Mother of two boys living in New England. This post may contain affiliate links.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

2017 Holiday Gift Guide Starts Today!! #HolidayGiftGuide

Stay tuned for terrific products for everyone on your shopping list, and for some terrific giveaways!!!

This post is written by Sarah Coulsey . She is a Wife, and Mother of two boys living in New England. This post may contain affiliate links.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Friday Giveaway Link Up 10/27/17

Have a great weekend everyone!!

This post is written by Sarah Coulsey . She is a Wife, and Mother of two boys living in New England. This post may contain affiliate links.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl #willywonkabowl

Sing along with an all star cast November 4th at the Hollywood Bowl's Willy Wonka Bowl!!

This extraordinary event will feature John Stamos, Elle King, Finn Wolfhard, and “Weird Al” Yankovic alongside an all-star cast singing iconic songs throughout a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience. Accompanied by multi-instrumental band DeVotchKa, and featuring spectacular animation created by acclaimed painter and illustrator SHAG, this magical show will leave an everlasting impression! AND fans can enter a contest to win tickets and meet the cast:

This post is written by Sarah Coulsey . She is a Wife, and Mother of two boys living in New England. This post may contain affiliate links.

The Emoji Movie On DVD Now And A ~~#Giveaway~~ #FamilyFun


Bring on the Popcorn, and Make It A LOL Kids Movie Night!


Includes the original HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA short “Puppy!”

Available on Digital October 10 and
On 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray + Digital, & DVD on October 24

CULVER CITY, Calif. (September 12, 2017) – Be the movie night hero and bring home the film that kids give two thumbs up to for the ultimate kid’s movie night! It’s time to express yourself when Sony Pictures Animation’s THE EMOJI MOVIE arrives for the first time on Digital on October 10 and on 4K Ultra HD+ Blu-ray + Digital, Blu-ray + Digital and DVD October 24 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.  The animated comedy unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone.  Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone’s user. In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression – except for Gene (T.J. Miller), an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his handy best friend Hi-5 (James Corden) and the notorious code breaker emoji Jailbreak (Anna Faris). Together, they embark on an epic “app-venture” through the apps on the phone, each its own wild and fun world, to find the code that will fix Gene. But when a greater danger threatens the phone, the fate of all emojis depends on these three unlikely friends who must save their world before it’s deleted forever.

THE EMOJI MOVIE features an all-star voice cast including T.J. Miller (How To Train Your Dragon) as Gene Meh, James Corden (“Late Late Show with James Corden”) as Hi-5, Anna Faris (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) as Jailbreak, Maya Rudolph (Big Hero 6) as Smiler, Steven Wright (Louie) as Mel Meh, Jennifer Coolidge (American Pie, Legally Blonde) as Mary Meh, Jake T. Austin (“Wizards of Waverly Place”) as phone owner Alex, Grammy® Award Winner Christina Aguilera as Akiko Glitter, Emmy® Award Nominee Sofia Vergara (The Smurfs) as Flamenca, Rachael Ray (“Rachael Ray”) as Spam, Emmy® Award Winner Sean Hayes (“Will & Grace”) as “Devil” Steven, and Emmy® Award Nominee Sir Patrick Stewart (X-Men, Star Trek: The Next Generation) as Poop.

THE EMOJI MOVIE is filled with interactive bonus materials on the Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, DVD and digital releases that are fun for the entire family to enjoy including the “Good Vibrations” Dance Along and Lyric Video, where you can join along in the dance party. Learn about the amazing dance moves from the film’s celebrity choreographer in “Choreographing Emoji with Matt Steffanina.” Get creative with step-by-step tutorials on how to draw your favorite Emoji’s with two “how to” videos. Go behind-the-scenes of a real-life coding school with the “Girls Who Code” featurette, and get to know everything about the all-star cast in “Express Yourself: Meet the Cast.” Fans will also get to unveil more of the story behind their beloved character in “Jailbreak Decoded: The Untold Story.” Additional featurettes include “Creating the World Inside Your Phone,” “Bringing Emoji’s to Life,” and the very exciting “Puppy! An Original Hotel Transylvania Short.”

In addition to extra content above, exclusive to Blu-ray, fans of all ages will be able to give it their best shot at the “Gimme a Hand! Guess the Emoji Game,” where Hi-5 and Smiler give you clues to help you guess the mystery Emojis. You will also have the chance to get creative with your Halloween Trick-Or-Treat candy with “Sweet App-etite: Make Your Own Candy Crush Inspired Saga Cake.”

THE EMOJI MOVIE is directed by Tony Leondis, with screenplay by Tony Leondis & Eric Siegel and Mike White and story by Tony Leondis & Eric Siegel.  The film is produced by Sony Pictures Animation, with Michelle Raimo Kouyate serving as the producer.

DVD and Digital Bonus Materials Include:
·         Director & Animators Commentary
·         Puppy! An Original Hotel Transylvania Short
·         Jailbreak Decoded: The Untold Story
·         "Good Vibrations" Dance Along
·         "Good Vibrations" Lyric Video
·         Express Yourself: Meet The Cast
·         Girls Can Code!
·         Choreographing Emoji With Matt Steffanina
·         Creating the World Inside Your Phone
·         Bringing Emojis to Life
·         How To Draw Poop
·         How To Draw Gene

Blu-ray Exclusive Bonus Materials Include:
Everything listed above, plus:
·         Gimme a Hand!  Guess the Emoji Game
·         Sweet App-etite: Make Your Own Candy Crush Inspired Saga Cake

4K Ultra HD Includes:
·         Feature film in 4K resolution with HDR & Dolby Atmos audio
·         Blu-ray with above bonus materials

THE EMOJI MOVIE has a run time of approximately 91 minutes and is rated PG: for Rude Humor.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company. Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to

Sony Pictures Animation produces a variety of animated and family entertainment for audiences around the world.  The studio is following its worldwide comedy hitsthe record-breaking monster comedies Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2, the hybrid live action/animated blockbusters The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2, and the mouth-watering Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs movieswith the fully animated reboot Smurfs: The Lost Village available on digital and Blu-ray now; a surprising and comic take at the secret world inside our phones with The Emoji Movie in July 2017; the inspirational The Star in November 2017; Hotel Transylvania 3 in July 2018; and an animated Spider-Man feature from the minds of directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord in December 2018The studio, in conjunction with Aardman Animations, has produced two critically acclaimed feature filmsthe CG-animated family comedy Arthur Christmas; and the Academy Award® nominated stop-frame animated high-seas adventureThe Pirates! Band of MisfitsIn 2007, Surf's Up also received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Animated Feature Film; a sequel entitled Surfs Up 2: WaveMania is now available on digital and DVD.  The division, whose first feature film Open Season led to a very successful movie franchise including the brand new Open Season: Scared Silly now available on digital, DVD and Blu-ray, was founded in 2002.  Sony Pictures Animation is a division of the Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group.

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In honor of the release of the Emoji Movie on DVD, I have a fun prize pack to give away to one lucky winner!!

You will receive-
1 Blu-ray copy of The Emoji Movie
1 Poop Pillow
6 Emoji Beanie Babies
1 Fidget Spinner
1 Emoji Encyclopedia Book

Enter using the rafflecopter form below, and good luck!!

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This post is written by Sarah Coulsey . She is a Wife, and Mother of two boys living in New England. This post may contain affiliate links.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Friday Giveaway Link Up 10/20/17

Have a great weekend everyone!!

This post is written by Sarah Coulsey . She is a Wife, and Mother of two boys living in New England. This post may contain affiliate links.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday The 13th?? How About 13 Prizes In A ~~Giveaway~~

It's Friday the 13th.  That day will always have a special meaning to me.  My youngest son was born on a Friday the 13th.  I also love Halloween, and considering this is October, Friday the 13th is pretty cool!!

Now because I have not had as many giveaways lately as I would like (sorry, I promise more are coming!!)  I figured today would be a good day to give away 13 prizes!!  

The picture below is all of the prizes-

Prize 1--3 Ft Blow Up Skeleton
Prize 2--Spooky Hand Soap
Prize 3--3 Children's DVD's (My Little Pony, Littlest Pet Shop, Transformers)
Prize 4--Mystery Gift Bag #1
Prize 5--Mystery Gift Bag #2
Prize 6--Skin So Soft Hand Lotion
Prize 7--Cranberry & Cinnamon Shower Gel #1
Prize 8--Cranberry & Cinnamon Shower Gel #2
Prize 9--Neutrogena Package #1 (Eye Shadow, Lip Balm, Bronser, Cover Up Stick)
Prize 10--Neutrogena Package #2 (Primer, Lip Stick, Mascara, Brightener)
Prize 11--Luck Perfume
Prize 12--ANew Deep Recovery Cream
Prize 13--$25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card

Pretty cool huh!!  We will have 13 winners!!  Enter using the rafflecopter form below, and make sure you comment with the five prizes you would like the most.  If you win, I will try to make sure you get at least one of those choices!!

Good Luck and Happy Friday the 13th!!

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This post is written by Sarah Coulsey . She is a Wife, and Mother of two boys living in New England. This post may contain affiliate links.
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