A resolution to start a movement to do 100 good deeds! #DeedADay

What if, instead of making many resolutions, we make just one? That one resolution? To do a good deed every day. Just a conscious choice to look for simple acts of kindness and do at least one daily. It’s a movement that is being spread across the internet, and I am happy to be a part of. Will you join the fun?

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I’m excited to share this mission, and the lovely bracelet that goes with it, with you dear readers. The 100 Good Deeds Bracelet was created by Mary Fisher – artist, author, advocate – who spent a decade partnering with at-risk women in Africa and around the world, designing jewelry made by the women to earn a dignified livelihood. The 100 Good Deeds Bracelet symbolizes a commitment to perform good deeds and bring about positive change in the world.

“The motivation behind The 100 Good Deeds Bracelet collection is to inspire simple acts of kindness around the world,” said Mary Fisher. “Each bracelet is a reminder to spread positive change through action and fulfill our mission to Do Good, One Deed, One Bead, One Act of Kindness at a Time.”

The bracelet, which is stylish and well made, is meant to remind you to do something kind each day. There is a small ring that you can move along the bracelet for each good deed done.

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Interested in joining the movement? The #DeedADay movement is being shared across all kinds of social networks like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. You can use these fun pre-made graphics to help spread the word about doing good deeds!

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Be sure to use the #DeedADay tag if you share. And don’t forget to have a look at all the lovely bracelets too! 100% of proceeds from sales are reinvested in the 100 Good Deeds Program.

Disclosure: I was gifted a bracelet in return for sharing this information with you. All opinions are my own.

Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Night Gift Idea

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #OwnTheGalaxy #CollectiveBias

We are really excited that Guardians of the Galaxy is releasing on DVD on December 9! We can’t wait to #OwnTheGalaxy and were really excited when #CollectiveBias gave us the chance to come up with a fun way to celebrate.

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My husband and I love to have movie nights at home so much that we rarely go to the theater. In fact, we haven’t even seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet, so we are REALLY looking forward to the release. To prepare for the night, I wanted to put together a special basket full of our favorite treats, and a few fun Guardians of the Galaxy toys.

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Treats for both of us were a must, including popcorn to share. As soon as I found this adorable ceramic popcorn bowl, I knew it would be the “basket” to hold everything. I really wanted to find candy that we not only loved, but that kind of went with the theme of Guardians of the Galaxy. Starburst was obvious, the Red Vines made me think of tree limbs (Groot reference). I’m sure there are more out there too, I’ll have to update the list once we see the movie!

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I included popcorn, M&Ms, Good and Plenty, Starburst, and some black licorice Red Vines (those are just for my husband). Tailor the treats to your family favorites. I suggest getting the little size of candy so each person can have their own, instead of the larger bags that you have to share. It makes it easier when everything is on your lap!

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As for toys, you don’t spend much time online (or at Salt Lake Comic Con) without getting a feeling for who the popular characters from the movie are! Hello Rocket Raccoon and Groot! Since I love Funko Pop I was thrilled to see this four pack! I only used Rocket Raccoon and Groot in my movie basket, but you could use all four.

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I also included a Rocket Raccoon Disney Infinity character. Have you seen these? So much fun! There’s a special $5 Walmart gift card offer when you purchase a Groot, Drax or Rocket Raccoon figure for Disney Infinity 2.0. From 12/7 – 12/13, when you buy one of these Disney Infinity 2.0 figures!  The cashier, at Walmart, will give a $5 Walmart gift card instantly. Perfect for buying some candy or popcorn for your movie night!

The DVD has a lot of special features: Exclusive Character O-sleeve and exclusive music zinepack and a 64-page magazine with cast and crew interviews, exclusive behind-the-scenes photos and trivia, PLUS a custom “cassette” laptop decal.

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We are ready for movie night tomorrow! What about you? Are you excited to see it again, or like us, for the first time?

Meet the TV lift cabinet, your new favorite piece of furniture!

One thing that I have always wanted in our living room was a fireplace, not just because I love the way they look, but I wanted to easily add warmth to the room. I also wanted a spot to hang our Christmas stockings! So imagine my delight when TVLiftCabinet.com reached out and wanted us to feature their amazing fireplace/TV cabinet combo!

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Where is the TV? It is in the cabinet waiting to lift out! Amazing, right? And it gets better. Not only can you lift and lower the TV, you can do it with a remote. You can also use a setting that will lower the television again when it has been turned off. It feels a bit like we are The Jetsons!

Sorry for the lack of artwork above the fireplace, but we are still looking for the perfect picture to compliment our cabinet! Now for the cabinet with the TV lifted up. The cabinet holds a wide range of sizes, this television is 48″.

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I was also surprised to find two storage areas on the sides of the cabinet that are perfect for holding Blu-rays and games. There are hidden places for cable boxes and other electronics as well. Everything about the TV lift cabinet has been very well thought out.

And yes, that is an electric fireplace that you see in the front! And not only does it give the look and feeling of a fireplace, it is also a heater. I can’t wait to put it to use this winter!

Disclosure: TVLiftCabinet.com provided us with the cabinet in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

A Tale of Light and Shadow

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I recently read A Tale of Light and Shadow, which is the first book in a series, which means I am now waiting impatiently for the second book to come out!

Story description: Enter Atolas, a world where swords and daggers both extend life and end it; where magic is feared by all but a few; where feuds and friendships influence kingdoms and courtships. Henry and Isabelle have secretly sworn to marry despite his lowly station. Though Henry is but a carpenter, his devotion drives him to commit an unthinkable act that may cost both of them their lives. Unknown to either, a dark prophecy has set in motion events which will affect not only them, but the thrones of rulers throughout all of Atolas by eclipsing the world in shadow. But all is not lost while hope remains in the guise of an unlikely hero and the strength of friendship.

Sounds pretty interesting, right? It was! I really enjoyed the book. It’s a fun read, with humor in it as well as adventure and a bit of romance. In fact, I read it all over the course of a weekend, I just wanted to find out where the story was heading! The characters are easy to relate to, each of them has something about their personalities that make you either like or hate them.

There is also a bit of mystery around one particular character. Could she be more than she seems? I guess I have to wait until the next book to find out! That’s my only complaint about this book, that I read it before the rest of the series was out! Waiting to find out more is going to be hard!

About the Author:
Jacob Gowans was raised in Papillion, Nebraska, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in theater studies, and then moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he graduated from dental school at Case Western Reserve University. Jacob and his wife and three children live in Arizona where he works as a dentist for the Indian Health Services. A Tale of Light and Shadow is his first published book.

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book for my review.

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