Monday, July 29, 2013

Court Yard Hounds has a new CD out entitled "Amelita".  

Amelita Track Listing:
  1. Sunshine
  2. Amelita
  3. The World Smiles
  4. Aimless Upward
  5. Guy Like You
  6. Rock All Night
  7. Phoebe
  8. Divided
  9. Gets You Down
  10. Watch Your Step
  11. The Road You Take

My favorite track is "Gets You Down".  I also enjoyed listening to "Sunshine".  They certainly have evolved in their musical career and it's fun to listen to their new sound.  Lyrics that are meaningful and tell a story through beautiful voices can be found by the Court Yard Hounds.

  • “We’re a band, not a side project. We like our sound, and we’re going to continue to do this, and share something new this time around.” Emily Robison couldn't be more clear about the game plan for the Court Yard Hounds, the group she and sister Martie Maguire head up, as they get ready to release their second album, Amelita.
  • After a few years away from the limelight and the Dixie Chicks, the two sisters were ready to get back into the studio with the creation of Court Yard Hounds. Amelita, out now, marks the Court Yard Hounds' second album.
Amelita can be purchased on iTunes as well as Amazon
  • Disclosure:  I participated in this campaign for One2One Network. I received a free copy of the CD to facilitate my review. By posting, I am eligible for incentives. All opinions stated are my own.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

AMF Bowling Summer Unplugged

AMF Kids Bowl Free All Summer Long & Summer Pass

AMF has a summer long program to get your kids off the couch.  AMF Summer Unplugged provides your child, age 15 and under, after registering in the program (shoe rental not included), 2 free games of bowling a day, all summer long!!  You can register up to 6 kids in the program.

Summer Pass allows adults to buy an AMF Summer Pass for just $34.95 and includes 2 games of bowling per day for purchaser and up to 3 guests, age 16 and up. 

These programs run through September 2, 2013. 

All you need to do is show your membership pass provided during your first visit.  No coupons needed.

Click here to find your local AMF bowling center from over 250 locations.

What are some of your favorite family activities?  Do you have any funny bowling stories to share?  Please let me know if the comment section below.

Disclosure:  All opinions expressed are my own.  I participated in this campaign as a member of One2OneNetwork and am eligible for a prize drawing.

U.S. Cellular Better Moments

As a U.S. Cellular Blogger Brigade member, I have some exciting things to share with you from U.S. Cellular this month.

U.S. Cellular is holding Device Workshops at stores nationwide.  The link will lead you to local workshops focusing on helping families with decisions to be made when their children are ready to get their first cellphone.  U.S. Cellular can also make suggestions on how mobile phones can help you stay connected and strengthen the family relationship. 

Here is Southeastern Wisconsin, my local store event is scheduled for Saturday, August 3rd at 8am cst.  Check out or call your local store for details.

Where to find help deciding when a child should get their first cellphone and how to ensure the kids will use it responsibly, safely and courteously?  U.S. Cellular held a Better Moments online survey which showed 50% of U.S. Cellular customers' children have mobile phones. 91% of the parents polled set guidelines on phone usage for their child, while 63% indicated it would be helpful to have an agreement in place to manage the children's mobile device usage.

U.S. Cellular has developed a Parent/Child Agreement that can provide such a guideline for parents, and it is truly customizable for your specific needs.  The agreement contains suggestions on safety and phone etiquette, so the agreement can work for each individual family.  Some examples are watching videos together on YouTube or sending a message to each other if one is away from home.  This agreement can guide conversations you need to have with your child when they receive their first cellphone.  When my son received his first cellphone, we had a conversation on usage, stressing safety and responsibility.  Visit to download a copy of your customizable Parent/Child Agreement.

In the comments section below, please let me know if you have or would ever use this tool for your children.  I will pass your comments on to U.S. Cellular.

Disclosure:  I was provided this information from U.S. Cellular.  All opinions expressed are my own.  I receive compensation from U.S. Cellular for my post.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Suddenly Salad

I want to share what a quick and delicious summer salad I hope you enjoy this summer as much as I did. Have you ever tried Betty Crocker's Suddenly Salad? It's been awhile since I had, and with great deals at our local grocery store, I picked up 2 boxes. I made Red, White and Blueberry Pasta salad with my own tweak on the recipe.  Classic pasta mix and instead of feta cheese, I used onions.  mmmmm good.  It was so easy and fast, I had to stop myself my eating it right away (ok, a couple spoonfuls) so I could chill it in the refrigerator for later.

Suddenly salad comes in 7 delicious flavors.  Visit Suddenly salad and see what is awaiting you for your next pasta salad dish. 

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