Monday, September 24, 2012

Arbor Mist Frozen Wine Cocktail Pouches

Recently I've had the opportunity through SheSpeaks to try some new frozen Wine Cocktail drinks by Arbor Mist.  I was very interested in trying these because last summer I tried some other frozen pouch drinks by a few other brands. 

These Arbor Mist frozen Wine Cocktail pouches are unique because they are wine cocktails.  All the other frozen pouch drinks I've tried have been margarita or pina colada flavored.  The Arbor Mist pouches come in Blackberry Merlot, Strawberry White Zinfandel, White Pear Pinot Grigio. 

The first pouch I tried was the White Pear Pinot Grigio. I have to admit I'm not a fan of pears, so I wasn't sure I would like this one. But I was pleasantly surprised that I really liked it. I found it to be a light, refreshing taste.  I would definitely try this one again.

The other flavor I tried was the Blackberry Merlot.  When I do have a glass of wine, if given a choice I usually go for red wines.  So I was interested to see how this would taste.  Red wine can have a full bodied taste and that definitely came through.  I found the taste of this one to be a bit heavier than the White Pear Pinot Grigio.  I think this flavor might be better with fall coming up and the cooler temperatures.

I'm such a strawberry fan, I can't wait to try the Strawberry White Zinfandel next.

Be sure to check out these pouches the next time you are in the store.

Hope you are having a great day in your neck of the woods.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Pirate Party

Arrg. Today is Talk like a Pirate day.  So what could be better than sharing ideas on how to throw a cool pirate party? 

Over the summer I decided I wanted to throw a pirate play date, so we picked a day after my son's birthday and invited our friends to come over.  We let the kids play in the back yard in the swimming pools and we had bubbles and our play set.  We were lucky that the weather cooperated and it was perfect weather to be outside.

Many of my pirate supplies came from Wal Mart, Target, and Oriental Trading Company, Dollar Tree, Party City, and Michaels. 

Here is a close up of the front door of the wreath I made.  I wish this picture showed up better, but I bought little pirate finger puppets from Oriental Trading and I wired them on to my wreath.  I got the fishing net from Dollar Tree and the ribbon for the bow is from Michaels.  They should still have the ribbon because I purchased it from the Halloween section.  I like that I can also use this wreath again with Halloween coming up.

Here is a treasure chest I got for the goody bags I we made up for our friends.  I had little bags with spy glasses, treasure maps, and other goodies.  I also got some bags of Pirate's Booty snack to give each of our little pirates.  I will say that I didn't have a very good experience with this inflatable treasure chest from Oriental Trading.  The top came with a small hole in it, so it didn't inflate well.  It did make a cute prop.

This pirate flag I got on vacation in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  We needed a way for our pirate crew to find the house, right? LOL  My boys loved this flag and I have to admit it stayed up on the front of my house well into August.  They were disappointed to see me take it down.

Here is the table with some of the things set up.  I got my table cloth and plates from Wal Mart.

This pirate ship and the figures I purchased at Old Navy near their registers. It was a little kit that was $5.00.  I purchased the gold coins from Party City.
These are some pirate rubber duckies that Oriental Trading sells that I got to put in the kiddie pools.  They were so cute, but they didn't float correctly. It looked like these pirate ducks walked the plank.
One thing I didn't get to take a picture of was the fruit and veggie tray I made.  I got small swords for guests to use.  Mainly the adults used those since we didn't want the little ones playing with them.
I hope this gives you some ideas if you decide to do a pirate party one day.  I think I would like to do this theme again when my kids are already and we can do treasure maps with a scavenger hut. 
Hope you are having a great day in your neck of the ocean, matey! Arrrgggghhhh!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Girl Scout Samoa Substitute

I thought once my kids went back to school it was going to slow down a bit for me, but that doesn't seem to be the case.  So I am tickled pink to get a blog post in today.

Today I wanted to share about some cookies that I've recently discovered.  In the past I've blogged about the Girl Scout Samoa cookies.  I know they have different names of their cookies depending on which part of the country you live, so the Samoa ones are the cookies that have the coconut, caramel, and chocolate. I love that combination. 

I was in Wal Mart about two weeks ago and discovered Keebler sells a cookie just like these. I got a pack and I'm in love.  They taste a lot like the Girl Scout cookies.  So if you like this flavor, you might want to check them out. 

Hope you are having a great day in you neck of the woods!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Back to School

Oh summer and the month of August, where did you go?  The last few months have been very busy at my house. This week was an especially big week since my oldest went off to kindergarten.  My youngest started preschool and for the first time since I had my children, I have time without kids. I am excited that the new found time is going to allow me to get more blogging time on a regular basis.  And to also get my house cleaned. LOL

I have so many wonderful things I've wanted to blog about, but blogging has had to go on the back burner for me to take care of my family.  I hope to get some regular posting going starting next week. 

Here are my kids on their first day of school. 

He did such a great job of trying to hold still and say cheese.  LOL

Hope you are having a great September in your neck of the woods!