Disney’s The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition #giveaway

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On October 1, 2013, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released The Little Mermaid (Two-Disc Diamond Edition: Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy)!  My daughter has been waiting for this to come out.  She absolutely LOVES The Little Mermaid.  Bella is not really into the Disney Princesses, but there is something about Ariel and the rest of the gang in The Little Mermaid that she loves!

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About the Film

Ariel (voiced by Jodi Benson), is a free-spirited mermaid, who is off on the adventure of a lifetime with her best friend, the adorable Flounder (voiced by Jason Marin), and the reggae-singing Caribbean crab Sebastian (voiced by Samuel E. Wright) at her side. But it will take all of her courage and determination to make her dreams come true—and save her father’s beloved kingdom from the sneaky sea witch Ursula (voiced by Pat Carroll).

Voice Talent

  • Jodi Benson (Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3) as Ariel
  • Samuel E. Wright (The Lion King Broadway Show) as Sebastian
  • Jason Marin (Back to the Future) as Flounder
  • Pat Carroll (Laverne and Shirley) as Ursula
  • Buddy Hackett (The Music Man) as Scuttle
  • Christopher Daniel Barnes (The Brady Bunch Movie) as Eric
  • Kenneth Mars (Young Frankenstein) as Triton
  • Ben Wright (The Jungle Book, 101 Dalmatians) as Grimsby
  • Paddi Edwards (Hercules) as Flotsam and Jetsam
  • Edie McClurg (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) as Carlotta the maid
  • Will Ryan (The Land Before Time) as Harold the Seahorse
  • Rene Auberjonois (The Patriot) as Chef Louis

Bonus Features

  • All New Music Video
  • @Disney Animation
  • Disney Intermission
  • Deleted Character
  • The Real Little Mermaid:  Live Action Reference Model
  • Part of her World:  Jodi Benson’s Voyage to New Fantasyland
  • Howard’s Lecture
  • Classic DVD Bonus Features

The Little Mermaid:  Diamond Edition has a feature run time of around 83 minutes.  It is rated G and the suggested retail value is between $39.99 (for the 2 disc combo) to $49.99 (Blu-ray 3D 3 disc combo).

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One Bowl Baking: Simple, from Scratch Recipes for Delicious Desserts

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I like to cook.  Haven’t always liked to.  I think I’ve told you about my incident where I burned the outside of a chicken breast, but the inside was raw.  Yes…that happened!

One thing I’m not really good at, is baking.  Mainly because I don’t like all the steps, the mess, and all the different bowls, mixers, etc that you need to do to bake a muffin or a cake.

*This post may contain affiliate links that I do get paid pennies if you were to purchase anything from that site.  I use those pennies to buy random things, like this Cleocatra Cat Costume that I want for my kitten.

Yvonne Ruperti, recipe developer extraordinaire, has solved that with her new book, One Bowl Baking: Simple, From Scratch Recipes for Delicious Desserts.  That’s right…say goodbye to separate bowls for wet and dry ingredients, mixers…the mess, well that’s depends on how well you whisk and stir!

Yvonne Ruperti has been baking and cooking for over 15 years, in professional kitchens, test kitchens, and her own bakery.  You may recognize her from her three seasons on the Emmy-nominated hit PBS cooking show, America’s Test Kitchen.  She is also a writer and currently pens the weekly Chocoholic column for the James Beard award winning food site, Serious Eats.

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I’ll let you in on a little secret.  When a recipe says to “sift the dry ingredients”…I don’t do it.  I hate the sifter.  It makes a huge mess.  So I put everything in a bowl and make sure I mix it really well.  However, I am really liking the idea of not pulling out the mixer (it’s stuck in this corner cabinet that sounded like a good idea when we were redoing our kitchen, but in fact…it was the worst thing we could have done.  I curse that cabinet every time I open it). And don’t even get me started on the multiple bowls you are told to use.  So obviously, I liked this cookbook, not just for the amazing recipes inside, but because a lot of the times, you can get a recipe mixed up and in the oven within 15 minutes!!

Below is a recipe from the book…enjoy!

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Red Velvet Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Simply stated, red velvet cupcakes delight everyone.  They never failed to fly off the shelves at my store.  These cupcakes are moist from buttermilk and have a subtle chocolate flavor.  Add just enough coloring to tint the batter.  Too much red food coloring may impart an off flavor.

Makes 12

Cupcake Batter

  • 6 tablespoons (3 ounces or 85 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (7 ounces or 200 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2/3 cup (160 mL) buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring
  • 1 1/3 cups (6 2/3 ounces or 190 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Frosting

  • 10 ounces (285 grams) cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons (2 ounces or 55 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces or 55 grams) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

To Make the Cupcakes

Place an oven rack in the middle position.  Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C).  Line a 12-cup muffn pan with cupcake liners.  In a large bowl, sir the butter, sugar, and salt until combined.  Whisk in the oil, then the egg, egg yolk, buttermilk, vanilla, and food coloring until completely combined.  Add the flour, cocoa, and baking soda to the bowl, then whisk gently until combined.  Scoop the batter into the cupcake cups and bake until just firm, about 18-20 minutes.  Let the cupcakes cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

To Make the Frosting

In a large bowl, whisk the cream cheese, butter, and confectioners’ sugar until combined and creamy.  Add the vanilla and continue to whisk until the frosting is slightly lightened, about 30 seconds.  Spoon about 2 tablespoons of frosting on each cupcake to frost.

*recipe posted with permission

Wholesale Keychains Review

Do you have people on your holiday list that just seem impossible to buy for?Are you looking for a unique gift or stocking stuffer?

Well guess what! I have that unique gift situation solved! Not too long ago, I was approached by Wholesalekeychain.com to do a review for them. They had me choose three keychains from a whole slew of keychains that they offer. Now I love keychains, the more unique, the better!

The keychains that I chose are:

After receiving the keychains, I tried each one out to make sure they did what they were supposed to do. The digital frame works great. I love that I can show people the latest pictures of my kids without having to add another thing to my purse. I just attached it to my keys and I always have pictures of my kids with me. I like this keychain so much, that I will be ordering them for a few birthday gifts coming up in 2010!

I personally think the USB flash drive keychain is great! I am forever losing those little flash drives. With it attached to my keys, I always know where it is and it makes printing pictures at CVS much easier. Plus my husband doesn’t get irritated with me when I tell him I’ve lost another one of those flash drives!!

And finally, the yo-yo keychain is a huge hit with my husband and son. It’s small so it makes it much easier for my 5 year old to get the hang of playing with a yo-yo, yet my husband is able to play with it as well. And trust me, it has come in handy while my husband sits outside dressing room doors waiting for me to try something on. He is kept occupied which means less complaining to me about leaving the store!!! Always a huge plus!

If you would like to purchase one of these keychains for yourself or someone you know, I have a 10% off coupon code that you can use at the check-out time to receive 10% off your purchase!!! Just enter the code GODDESS1.

Definitely check out the site. Another favorite keychain they offer is the super soaker keychain!! I could have a TON of fun with that one!

Please note that this review is solely the opinion of the blog owner. I am in no way responsible if you do not hold the same opinion of these products.

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I am the PROUD owner of…

Just about the coolest boots in the world! Well to me anyway. Yesterday we spent a LOOOOOOONG family day at the mall. I got my haircut while Dan and the kids walked around waiting for me, anxiously awaiting a trip to see Santa.

After my haircut, we decided to get lunch at Max & Erma’s. We sit down and Dan pulls out…my very own pair of Croc boots!!!! I was so surprised! He bought me a GPS thing for my car and that was my Christmas present. But he knew how much I liked the Croc boots and decided to get me a pair. My toes love him! I’m not quite sure if I am supposed to wear socks with them or not. I did yesterday, but would love to be barefoot in them…though they have that liner in it and I don’t want stinky boots…oh well it doesn’t matter! Socks, no socks…I’m just so happy to be able to wear Crocs 365 days a year now!!!

Aren’t they cute??? They are oh so comfortable and come in a lot of great colors (though I don’t care for the black so much…which is the color I originally wanted). It just looks weird to me (no offense to anyone who bought black). Here is the best part…Dan got me a little camel thing to put on each boot up at the top! I collect camels. I can probably guarantee that NO ONE has boots like mine with the camel! (most people that bought these boots, bought this pretty flower to put on it).

Product Review…Bella Sara Cards and Site

I just spent, thanks to Team Mom, the past hour playing around on the Bella Sara website (you can go to the site here). I’ve never heard of Bella Sara, but then again my kids are only 2 and 4, but boy did I have fun on the site!

Bella Sara is a trading card game that has a very nice online world to go along with the cards. Basically, you purchase a pack of cards and on the bottom of each card is a code. You head to the Bella Sara website and enter the code and you unlock the horse that is on each card. As you unlock your horses, you also are given horseshoes (money) that you are able to buy new items.

You are responsible for taking care of each of your horses. That means, feeding them, cleaning out their stalls, brushing them, and making them happy. After doing all that, you can head on over to the arena and play some games. That is where I spent most of my time. I really liked the cloud jumping game!!

Here is the really cool part. On November 6th, Bella Sara will be unveiling Baby Bella cards! In the Baby Bella card packs you could find, parent cards, foal cards, teacher cards, shiny horse cards, and/or regular toy cards. If you are able to collect all the members of a horse family, you are able to earn special rewards online.

So be sure to head over to BellaSara.com on November 6th. They will be unveiling Bella’s new baby and there will be a 10 day party with daily gifts for members of the site. The Baby Bella cards will retail for $2.99 each (stocking stuffer alert!!!) and can be purchased at Target, Kmart, Borders, Blockbuster, Barnes & Noble, Justice for Girls, Toys “R” Us, and Wal-Mart.

It’s nice to see a toy out there that has such a positive message for young girls. That was one of my favorite things about these cards (besides having the horse I always wanted and not having to smell poo!)…each card had a nice positive message.

Alrighty, now I am going to go play with my horses some more!