Thursday, October 1, 2015

Thirsty Thursday: Fireball Apple Cider

Fall is finally here. This has got to be my favorite season of them all. Leaves changing, nice cozy sweater weather, bon fires and pumpkin spice everything, lol.

I haven't shared a Thirsty Thursday drink in a while and I thought what better way to start up again, especially since it's the first day of October. This is the month that my house smells like pumpkin or apple, the month where my family and I watch our favorite classic family Halloween movies and make our Monster Munch and Monster Cookies.

Today I'm going to be sharing a spiked apple cider drink using Fireball. Have you guys ever had Fireball before? It reminds me of the Hot Tamales candy I use to eat growing up or the Aftershock alcohol that was from the 90's. Fireball is a hot and cool cinnamon liqueur that taste so good. It's perfect to have around this time of year. Mixing it with apple cider is my favorite way to drink it. It's easy to make and is a perfect adult drink to kick start Fall. This would be great to drink at a bon fire or by the fireplace. You can drink it over ice or warm. I prefer it warm, it keeps me nice and toasty.

What's your favorite Fall drink?  

Serves: 1

2 ounces Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey
3 ounces apple cider

Directions: Pour in the Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey and top with warm apple cider. Stir until mixed well. Drink and enjoy.

To serve cold, add ice in cup before liquids and don't heat up your cider. Stir, drink and enjoy.

Book Review: @OnceUponAZombie Book One: The Color Of Fear

Title: Once Upon A Zombie
By: Billy Phillips & Jenny Nissenson
Publisher: The Toon Studio Press
Publication Date: October 1, 2015
ISBN: 9781935668343

Pages: 368 is reporting strange phenomena in cemeteries in Scotland, Germany, Italy, and America. Only one individual knows what's happening - and why! This person also knows the one girl who can prevent an unspeakable and imminent catastrophe from taking place. But will she? When Caitlin Fletcher's mom disappeared (or left?) four years ago, Caitlin began suffering from breathless bouts of anxiety. Her new move to London, with her Dad and her brainiac sister, threatens to lead to more situations that will trigger panic. Now, she's having anxiety over the possibility of having anxiety! Caitlin's life takes a turn for the bizarre when she's tricked into climbing down a "rabbit hole", landing in a wondrous fairy tale universe - except it's crawling with savage, starving blood-eyed zombies. But what's scarier - a blood thirsty zombie, a panic attack....or the painful truth?!

First off I want to say thanks to both Netgalley for sending me the e-book and to Smith Publicity for sending me the actual hard copy of this book, which is gorgeous! 

This book was great. I absolutely loved this unique story-line of mixing zombies with our favorite princess characters we love so much. It's definitely not like any other zombie story, which is a relief.

We are first introduced to Caitlyn, the main character in this story. The story starts off with Caitlyn in her room thinking of an excuse to not go to the dance at school. Now a few things to know about our main character, she has major anxiety issues. This has been happening to her ever since the disappearance of her mother. We are next introduced to Natalie, Caitlyn's younger, fierce and sarcastic sister who tells Caitlyn she thinks someone is watching them. 

At her new school, Caitlyn is picked on by the mean girls at school and ends up becoming friends with a nice boy named Jack. Jack tells Caitlyn that there has been rumors going on around the city that there are ghosts coming out of, deceased authors of fairy tale stories, grave. They make a plan to go to the cemetery the night of their school's Halloween dance to check things out.

Some things happens due to the mean girls, where Jack and Caitlyn end up missing one another and Natalie ends up following her sister to the cemetery where they witness a ghost coming out of a grave. The ghost is looking for Caitlyn and ask for her help. Terrified of the fact that there is a ghost in front of her, Caitlyn doesn't know what to do, but Natalie jumps right in and following her younger sister, the girls end up in a fairy-tale world where all of the princesses are zombies! 

Traveling to a weird world, meeting other zombie princesses, the girls go through lots of crazy twist and turns that to me, brings them closer together as sisters. I won't share everything that happened, you'll have to find out yourself, but I will say that this was definitely a page turner. Although the beginning was a bit slow, I loved that this was a story that both myself and my ten year old could both read and both love. We've been talking about it for days and we are definitely looking forward to seeing what happens in the next installment. If you're a tween, teen, or a teen at heart, a zombie or princess lover, this is definitely a book you should be reading. 
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Once Upon A Zombie at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Dinning In Style at The Spotted Horse Tavern and Dining Parlor

There's nothing like staying at a beautiful hotel and having an even more beautiful restaurant to eat in while you're enjoying your stay. That's exactly what you get when you visit Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel, located in the heart of Louisiana's Cajun Country. Not only does this amazing hotel offers rooms to stay in, but you can also play, be entertained and dine while you enjoy your stay. When it comes to southern fine food, Evangeline offers nothing but the best on classic Louisiana style meals.

Most recently, the hotel debuted The Spotted Horse Tavern and Dining Parlor. The Spotted Horse is, "a dinning experience like no other," according to Ted Bogich, Senior Vice President of Operations for Boyd Gaming, owner and operator of Evangeline Downs. The restaurant gives modern takes on traditional Louisiana flavors, offered in a beautifully designed and whimsical setting.

The restaurant was inspired by an urban legend of a “long-necked spotted horse” ( aka: giraffe) winning the race by a neck. The restaurant's taste for the fantastic is reflected and shown throughout the new space. Offering a tavern on one side, great for sipping a local brew and enjoying down-home cuisine; and a full-service restaurant on the other side, you'll leave the restaurant feeling 100% satisfied with your meal.

The dining selection varies from Southern staples to unique and creative new dishes. Small plate starters include chicken and sausage gumbo, citrus-glazed pork belly and prawns, and crawfish and corn bisque. The remarkable entrée selection includes favorites like fresh Louisiana catfish and country-braised short ribs, as well as dinner-for-two selections like beer can chicken for two and a certified Angus Beef tenderloin for two. Guests can finish their meal with a diverse dessert menu that offers something for every sweet tooth, from the light and cool berries and cream to the rich and decadent warm bread pudding. The tavern menu includes burgers, soups, sandwiches, and classics such as Bay Shrimp Cocktail, Crab Cake, Lobster Mac and Cheese and more.

I definitely wish this would have been added when I went to Louisiana earlier this year, this place sounds and looks amazing. So many things to do in one place. I can't wait until I head back to Louisiana with the hubby, this is definitely a place I'd love to stay at. The food sounds amazing and if they're anything like the food I had while visiting New Orleans, I know I'm going to be one happy girl. 

Disclosure: This has been a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. Compensation was received.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Keep Those Hands Clean with #KandooKids

School has been back in session for almost a month now. It's great to have our normal schedule back with a daily routine. My kids have been super excited to be back in school. They not only get to be in a new grade, they both were super excited to find out who their teacher was going to be this year and to find out what friends would be in their class.

Although I am glad to have our daily routine back with the older two in school, now that summer is over and fall is here, that means the flu and cold season is just around the corner. My kids are pretty good with washing their hands before dinner and after using the restroom, but I had to remind them just in case because this is the time of year when kids get sick.

We've been using Kandoo Hand-soap with our kids for years now and I wouldn't change it one bit. Not only does their hand-soap contain natural moisturizers like, vitamin E to help moisturize our little ones hands while cleaning, it's also hypoallergenic so all kids can use it. I love that the soap comes in bright colored foam to make it easier for our little ones to know that they're hands are completely covered for a better clean.
It's easy to use with a large pump and wide base bottle to help kids use the soap all on their own. I remember when my son was younger, he absolutely loved that he got to wash his hands all by himself without the help of mommy. Standing on his step stool after using the potty and cleaning his hands made him feel like a big boy.

Kandoo Hand-soap can be found all across retailers in both Canada and the US. For more information about their hand-soap and other products, as well as tips on keeping you hands clean, be sure to head over to
Disclosure: I receive special perks as a part of my affiliation with the Kandoo Ambassadorship. The opinions on this blog are 100% my own.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Happily Ever After... After Divorce

It often happens that even a strong relationship can’t stand the problems that may come up in a marriage. How to live after the divorce? Divorce is a common phenomenon in today's society. Statistics show that among the best dating sites about half the participants are people who have experienced at least one divorce.

Many people are overwhelmed with fear of facing an unknown future after a divorce. How am I going to live? It is so difficult to think of a new way of life, new experience and bitterness of possible disappointment. Nevertheless, we should strive to be in a state of love and happiness, regardless of anyone or anything. Here are some recommendations on how to live happily after divorce, return to the routine rhythm of life, or even change everything for the better.

1. Say goodbye to the past. To do this, you need to break the link with your husband and forget about how you lived together. Try to hide photo albums, his gifts, and just forget that it was your husband. Now you should start your own life. Over time you may even become friends, but now try to forget the past as painlessly as possible.

2. Take care of yourself. Schedule an appointment with a professional massage therapist, choose a new hairstyle or go shopping. You should understand that it is time to change, so start with your appearance. Feel free to join a gym, or start jogging in the morning. You will definitely meet another man in your life, so be prepared for anything.

3. Keep a diary after divorce. If you do not have a real friend you can trust, turn your secrets into text. Recent BBC surveys have proved that keeping a diary perfectly helps to get rid of emotional stress. Every time you feel very bad, fill the pages of your diary. If you love to paint, do not hesitate to illustrate your thoughts to get rid of painful feelings.

4. Get away from it all. If you have the opportunity, go on a journey. At the moment, you need to leave your house for a short time in order to get rid of different memories. You can even try online chat rooms and have a little talk with some strangers. If you have relatives in another city, visit them to let go of the past. Time will pass, and you'll be experiencing your break less painful, but first you need to get used to this idea.

5. There’s no reason to think that loneliness is now your destiny. Previous experience will warn you from many mistakes. Don't miss the chance to build a new relationship! Just soberly weigh all the pros and cons and try to find only positive moments.
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