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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Get Your Chex Party Mix On for the Holidays!

The first time I remember having Chex Party Mix was when I was a little girl - way back when.  It had been a while since I had some and wondered what took me so long to enjoy it again!

I recently attended a fun Chex Party at the Brit & Co MAKESHOP on 550 Sutter Street in San Francisco.  A group of bloggers and foodies had the chance to try our hand at making crafts and mixing with Chex Party Mix.  It was fun and a reminder to me to get my party-on - my Chex Party Mix that is.

Below is the front entrance of the Brit & Co Makeshop.  This is a great place where you can get your creative hat on and make some cool things with the tools they have including 3D printers, graphic designs, glitter, tins, paint and so much more.  Check out the list of classes here.  This is where we got to explore and get our Chex Aprons on!

And now for the tasty stuff.  There were about a dozen of us bloggers who got to check out CHEX and create some VERY tasty recipes including Muddy Buddy, (both sweet and spicy!), and savory mixes.  With just a few boxes of Chex cereal and a few simple ingredients, you can make some very crunchy snacks for after school, for parties - or for sharing at things like camping or picnics.

For wonderful array of Chex Recipes, check out the link here.  There's a recipe for any occasion. There are gluten free, sweet, savory or a combination of those.  And best of all these are healthy recipes that you feel good about serving your family.

For more on how to use Chex cereal, check out this link for great ideas.  Have fun with the whole family as you make your own creations for healthy, tasty snacks.  Get your Party On - With Chex Party Mix.

And for family fun give a creative gift with a class at MAKESHOP.  It's a gift that results in a creation all your own and fun memories with your family.  And check out the cool AWESOMIZED photo from my Google Plus album - it created this with several photos I had and made an animated, awesomized GIF of Brit herself explaining how to create some cool stuff for the holidays!

Happy Holidays Everyone!  And Party-On!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Video Entertainment Guide - Setting up Parental Controls

The holidays are quickly approaching and with that, millions of kids and adults are sure to get new video games.  But do you know the rating for each of their games, - are they age appropriate?

I remember giving my 3 daughters an array of video games through the years.  I remember the glee they had when they unwrapped their first video game, the Nintendo Game Boy Classic.  Now they mostly play video games with their Smartphones.   With ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) I can easily see the level of games they purchase and play.  Now that they are older they know how to select an appropriate rated game on their own.  They know the house rules.

Are video games 'bad' for you?  Check out this enlightening TedTalk by Jane McGonigal, a game maker.  She brings insight into the way games can help us as a society.

So over the holidays, take the time to get to know the games you selected for your children - or that others selected for them. If you have questions check out these wonderful parent guides over at the ESRB site.

As an example, Monica Vila, owner of TheOnlineMom explains how to set up Parental Controls on the Wii as well as a variety of other popular video game boxes.  Watch the ones that pertain to your household and be rest-assured that your kids are being monitored even when you're not in the vicinity!

Happy Holidays - and make sure your video gamers are safe and sound.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Tinyprints 30% Off before the Holidays!

Did you run out of time before using our exclusive 40% off Tinyprints coupon?  If so I have good news.  I have a new 30% off coupon code to use before December 17, 2014.  To get your coupon please contact me at tinacasephotography@yahoo.com.  It's good for a ONE TIME use - enjoy 30% off your order. Excludes calendars, photo books, gift certificates, personalized postage stamps and Erin Condren weekly planners.

Exp: 12/17/2014

Reg promo, one time use.

Full disclosure I am a Tinyprints Affiliate.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Cyber Deal from Tinyprints! 3 Codes for 50% off Holiday Cards!

Hey early birds...you're about to get a great deal on holiday cards.

December 4th, 7:00am to 11:00am ET, (4:00 am to 8:00am PT), Tiny Prints is making their already awesome Cyber Week deal even more awesomer.

Through the end of today, you can get 40% off all holiday cards using the code CYBER40. If your order is more than $49, use that and stack the code FREESHIP49 for free shipping if your order is more than $49.

But, if you are up early enough, add the code FLASH1204 and you'll save an extra 10% on your order. That's a total of almost 50% off holiday cards.

So check it out and remember to use all 3 codes to save nearly 50%!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Totspot Let's You Buy and Sell Kid's Clothes from your Phone

As the mother of three daughters I remember having to purchase outfits that my girls wore one time - for a wedding, for a recital or some other special occasion.  After the event that outfit sat in their closet.  Sometimes it would sit in their closet for a LONG time until it was needed and maybe fit one of the girls depending on the event and timing.

The goal for these pricey outfits was that they would become hand-me-downs. But that worked only if we had a similar occasion and the dress fit.  If only I had Totspot back then.

What is Totspot?
Totspot is an app for your iPhone or Google Play compatible smartphone.  It allows parents to post photos of their children's gently used, high-end outfits, enter a description (label, size, color) and within minutes they are ready for sale.  Totspot does the rest.  You earn cash that you can use to make purchases - on Totspot or wherever you shop.

Basically Totspot gives you a consignment store at your fingertips.  Now you can afford that Kate Spade outfit for the holidays.  Or that designer suit for a special family reunion.  Prices are up to 70% off retail.  What could be better?

Ready to try it?  
Get 20% off your first purchase when you use the code FIRSTBUY at checkout.

Check it out
Find Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mytotspot
Download the iOS App
Download the Google Play App

Now that my girls are grown I had a friend try it out. It was super easy, delivery was fast and efficient.  You can sell what your children outgrow and use the proceeds to make purchases for next season.  That's just plain smart.  So check it out.  You may become addicted!

Now.. if only they would come up with Momspot next!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Movie: "The Theory of Everything" Opens November 21 - Attend a Prescreening!


However bad life may seem, where there is life there is hope.        – Stephen Hawking

The Theory of Everything with Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones
EdThe Theory of Everything is the extraordinary and uplifting story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, and of two people defying the steepest of odds through love. The film, based on the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, by Jane Hawking, is directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh (Man on Wire).

In 1963, as a cosmology student at the storied U.K. university Cambridge, Stephen (portrayed by Eddie Redmayne of Les Misérables) is making great strides and is determined to find a “simple, eloquent explanation” for the universe. His own world opens up when he falls deeply in love with an arts major, fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones of The Invisible Woman). But, at 21 years of age, this healthy, active young man receives an earth-shattering diagnosis: motor neuron disease will attack his limbs and his abilities, leaving him with limited speech and movement, and will take his life within two years.

Jane’s love, fierce support, and determination are unwavering – and the duo weds. With his new wife fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen refuses to accept his diagnosis. Jane encourages Stephen to finish his doctorate, which includes his initial theory of the creation of the universe. They start a family, and with his newly earned and widely hailed doctorate Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of – time. As his body faces more limits, his mind continues to explore the outer limits of theoretical physics.

Together, he and Jane defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed – well into the 21st century.

If you would like to attend an advance screening please check out these locations and dates and RSVP 24 hours before the date and time listed to the following email:

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
CineArts Santana Row

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Landmark Embarcadero Cinemas

Thursday, November 13, 2014
AMC Bay Street

Thursday, November 13, 2014
Del Mar Theater

Thursday, November 13, 2014
Century Roseville

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Tower Theater

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Century Cannery Row

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WE LOVE BOOKS - What's New for Fall?

Some of these books are not available yet, but be on the lookout and put them on your list!

We’ve made our list and checked it twice…

Be on the lookout for some of the best books for the holidays.

The Giving Tree (50th Anniversary Edition) written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein
9780060256654 – $16.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 2/18/2014
Shel Silverstein’s bestselling and beloved classic THE GIVING TREE celebrates its 50th anniversary with a gorgeous green foil jacket and gold sticker!

Pete the Cat: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star written and illustrated by James Dean
9780062304162 – $9.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 5/27/2014
Pete the Cat takes on the classic favorite children’s song Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star in a paper over board picture book format. The perfect bedtime book for young readers!

Paddington written by Michael Bond, illustrated by R.W. Alley
9780062317193 – $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 7/22/2014
A newly repackaged edition of the classic story of Paddington Bear, this picture book will charm readers old and new! With charming illustrations, it’s the perfect introduction to Paddington for young readers!

13 Words written by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Maira Kalman9780061664670 – $6.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 9/9/2014
Here is a word book like no other! Only Lemony Snicket could so adeptly weave such a startlingly beautiful adventure out of a collection of the most essential words of all time.

A Very Marley Christmas written by John Grogan, illustrated by Richard Cowdrey9780062113672 – $9.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 9/23/2014
Presenting the paper over board edition of the hit holiday picture book, A VERY MARLEY CHRISTMAS.

Mary Engelbreit's Nutcracker written and illustrated by Mary Engelbreit9780062224170 – $9.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 9/23/2014
Marie, the Nutcracker Prince, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and many other beloved characters are all freshly imagined by the inimitable Mary Engelbreit in a charming paper over board version of the 2011 hardcover.

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas written by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean
9780062110626 – $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 9/23/2014
In this repackaged, rockin’ new spin on the traditional fable The Night Before Christmas, Pete the Cat proves that giving your all in the spirit of Christmas is the totally groovy thing to do.

Mia: The Snow Day Ballet written by Robin Farley, illustrated by Olga Ivanov
9780062100153 – $4.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 9/30/2014
Mia can’t wait to see the ballet performance, but when heavy snowfall keeps Mia from the show, she and her friends plan their own spectacular performance in the snow. A 8x8 storybook with fun sticker sheet!

Splat the Cat and the Snowy Day Surprise written and illustrated by Rob Scotton
9780061978647 – $16.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 10/7/2014
Dixie’s eighth I Can Read is perfect for reading on a snowy day—or any day! With fun, exciting illustrations, any day can become your best day ever!

Dixie and the Best Day Ever written by Grace Gilman, illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers– $6.99 – 9780062086617 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 10/7/2014
When Splat wakes up to learn that today is a snow day, he’s super-excited about all the fun things he and Seymour can do in this fun lift-the-flap book!


Nuts to You written and illustrated by Lynne Rae Perkins
9780060092757 – $16.99 – Ages 8 to 12 – On Sale 8/26/2014
A funny and moving young tween novel about nuts, squirrels, friendship, and the power of stories to save the world. A great read-aloud featuring black-and-white art by the author on every page.

The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye
9780062019721 – $16.99 – Ages 8 to 12 – On Sale 8/26/2014
In this young tween novel, a third-grade boy named Aref says good-bye to everything and everyone he loves, including his wonderful Siddi, and prepares to move from Muscat, Oman, to Detroit, Michigan.

The Fairy Bell Sisters #6: Christmas Fairy Magic
written by Margaret McNamara, illustrated by Catharine Collingridge
9780062267245 – $15.99 – Ages 6 to 10 – On Sale 9/23/2014
Clara, Rosy, Golden, Sylva, and Squeak celebrate Christmas—and their sister Tinker Bell’s return to Sheepskerry Island—in this sixth book in the FAIRY BELL SISTERS series.

The Graveyard Book Commemorative Edition written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave McKean
9780062349187 – $9.99 – Ages 10 and Up – On Sale 9/30/2014
A special paperback edition of the award winning novel THE GRAVEYARD BOOK to commemorate more than 1 million copies sold, featuring a stunning metallic gold cover and a special piece of extra content.

Hey, Let’s Make a Band! by 5 Seconds of Summer
9780062366443 – $21.99 – Ages 8 to 12 – On Sale 10/14/2014
Calling all 5Seconds of Summer fans! Find out what it would be like to meet the boys in their first official memoir. Find out the full story of how four western Sydney teenagers picked up their instruments and dreamed of being one of the biggest bands in the world—complete with embarrassing photos and fun facts about the band!


Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
9780062271105 – $17.99 – Ages 14 and Up – On Sale 6/3/2014
John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars meets Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park in this beautifully written, clever, and emotionally poignant novel that tackles serious issues amidst the story of a star-crossed love.

The Selection 4-Book Box Set by Kiera Cass
9780062361790 – $39.99 – Ages 13 and Up – On Sale 7/29/2014
America Singer. a spirited seventeen-year-old girl living in a highly stratified society, must choose between a chance at royalty and a life of poverty with her true love. But as the competition continues and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

Positive by Paige Rawl
9780062342515 – $18.99 – Ages 13 and Up – On Sale 8/26/2014
In this compelling and compulsively readable memoir, 19-year-old Paige Rawl, who has been HIV+ since birth, delves into the events in middle school that would change her life forever.

The Jewel by Amy Ewing
9780062235794 – $17.99 – Ages 14 and Up – On Sale 9/2/2014
Violet is at the heart of the most opulent city, but has been trapped there in the most dire circumstances. The first in Amy Ewing’s debut YA trilogy, THE JEWEL introduces a world where class rules and the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Falling into Place by Amy Zhang
9780062295040 – $17.99 – Ages 14 and Up – On Sale 9/9/2014
One cold fall day, high school junior Liz Emerson steers her car into a tree. This haunting and heartbreaking story is told by a surprising and unexpected narrator and unfolds in non-linear flashbacks even as Liz’s friends, foes, and family gather at the hospital and Liz clings to life.

Endgame: The Calling by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton
9780062332585 – $19.99 – Ages 14 and Up – On Sale 10/7/2014
A revolutionary, fully integrated, multimedia book and gaming experience that invites its audience to join twelve Players in a worldwide, puzzle-based hunt for three hidden keys and the ultimate prize.

Clariel by Garth Nix
9780061561559 – $18.99 – Ages 13 and Up – On Sale 10/14/2014
Garth Nix’s long-awaited prequel to the New York Times bestselling OLD KINGDOM trilogy: SabrielLireal, and Abhorsen. The master of teen fantasy tells Clariel’s story and reveals how a girl gifted with the power of Free Magic becomes a dark sorcerer.

Divergent Collector’s Edition by Veronica Roth
9780062352170 – $19.99 – Ages 14 and Up – On Sale 10/21/2014
The #1 New York Times bestseller is now available in a beautifully designed collector’s edition with 48 pages of curated extra content, brilliant metallic book jacket, satin ribbon placeholder, and fold-out four-color locker poster. A great gift for fans who want to expand their Divergent library as well as new readers!