Snow, Snow, Snow – Colorado White Christmas, if it sticks around.

 

I want to know, do I live in Texas or what? lol Nope, as my husband who lived in Texas would say “we live in a suburb of Texas,” I live in Colorado. I believe we must be trying to be like Texas or perhaps the Weather man is from Texas, but he’s without the accent. Our snow forecast said 7 inches of snow and we did the snow here big time, just like Texas where they do everything big, and we managed to get 18 inches here at my house!

measuring the snow on top of a table outside = 18 inches
2 foot ruler in lowest part of the snow, equals 18 inches

The good news is, it looks like we will have a white Christmas here and the scenery is so very beautiful with the appearance of sugared trees & snow coated houses etc. It’s too bad you cannot see the sparkling on the snow that we see when the clouds clear, it’s so lovely.

Beautiful snow scenery behind Mariah's Colorado home.
Beautiful Snowy Scenery Behind Mariah's house in Colorado. Looks like a Christmas Card.

For those that are, as the song says, “Dreaming of a White Christmas”, I have put a few seconds of snow up on our blog for you. In case you didn’t notice it, reload the page. ๐Ÿ™‚

While I am on to topic of snow, I found some wonderful information & close up pictures of snow online. The flakes are simply amazing to behold in close up.

here are a few examples of the beautiful pictures of snowflake close ups:

close up of snowflake

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closeup of snowflake

For more on the snowflakes, more pictures and info on them, either do a search on snowflakes info, snowflakes pictures or see the site where I found these pictures from Snow Crystals.com

I wish you all Happy Holidays and I hope this finds you all in good health! The next few days I will be doing a lot of baking and hemming a beautiful Christmas Dress (an early gift from Joan, as she knew with all the cancer & other medical bills, I couldn’t get a new dress or have any that fit me… isn’t she sweet?) for the celebrations this holiday season… anyhow you may not see much of me for a bit here… so have fun everyone and please be safe this holiday season!

Love and big hugs,

Mariah

PS:

Dont eat yellow snow! My puppy eats snow close to yellow snow. lol
Dont eat yellow snow! My puppy eating snow close to yellow snow. lol

A word of caution folks, if you eat snow, avoid the yellow stuff! And if your already cold (like my freeze baby puppy is) don’t even eat the snow as it will make you even colder! Right after I laughed and took this shot I brought my poor little puppy in right away to warm him up, poor silly little guy. ๐Ÿ™‚

New Winners! Congratulations to you all!

 

Congratulations to all our winners, Emails have gone out and they will have 48 hours to respond.

Please be careful and read the instructions on your entries folks, we don’t like disqualifying entries for not following the rules or instructions or following us etc.

now onto the winners:

Winner for the Men’s Windbreaker:

Winner for the Men's Windbreaker

Winners of Dale and Thomas:

winner #1 Dale & Thomaswinner #2 Dale & Thomaswinner #3 Dale & Thomas

Toffee Winner:

almond toffee winner

Glass of Many Colors Winner:

Glass of Many Colors winner

Yoga for Kids Winner:

yoga for kids winner

Qwik Shower Big Wet Wipes Winner:

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Soda with Stevia The Delicious Zevia Brand Soda – Review and Giveaway

Logo for Zevia, the soda pop made with Stevia

Hi there everyone, just in time for those New Years Resolutions, I want to introduce you all to Zevia, the Natural Diet Soda Sweetened with Stevia! I was lucky enough to be invited to try out some Zevia for a review and giveaway! Yay!

I have to honestly say, I was very curious about this soda when I had seen it advertised this past Summer and I was interested in trying this soda to see if it lived up to the great things I had heard some people say about it online. So I was very happy when I was invited Zevia's Stevia Frog with words Sweetened with Steviarecently to try out the soda.

Let me give you some background information on Stevia. Below is quoted from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevia)

“The species Stevia rebaudiana, commonly known as sweetleaf, sweet leaf, sugarleaf, or simply stevia, is widely grown for its sweet leaves. As a sweetener and sugar substitute, stevia’s taste has a slower onset and longer duration than that of sugar, although some of its extracts may have a bitter or licorice-like aftertasteat high concentrations.

With its steviol glycoside extracts having up to 300 times the sweetness of sugar, stevia has garnered attention with the rise in demand for low-carbohydrate, low-sugar food alternatives. Because stevia has a negligible effect on blood glucose, it is attractive as a natural sweetener to people on carbohydrate-controlled diets.”

For more information on Stevia, please check out the wiki link above and the Stevia Info on Zevia.com.

Being the kind of person that has been on diets almost all of my life, with years on steroids for Lupus SLE, which can (and to me it did) cause you to gain a great deal of weight. I’ve read everything I can get my hands on about the natural ways to keep weight off, to diet, and of course it didn’t hurt to hear that Stevia was 300 times sweeter than Sugar. Well my at home experience with Stevia, 10 years ago, was not that good… however I still had high hopes for Stevia.Zevia's Mountain Dew called Zevia MountainI received a 6 pack of the Mountain Zevia, I admit I made a face when I saw what flavor I received as I would have picked any other flavor but this one to sample. With the thoughts of my ex, and his Mountain “D” Sodas that he craved, dancing in my head, I placed a few cans in my refrigerator. I must admit that it took about a week or more before I tried one of the sodas and I was pleasantly surprised with the taste, it pretty good… although I don’t care for anything even close to that Mountain “D” product.

I have to admit that I still have 2 cans of this 6 pack left, but it’s not Zevia’s fault, it’s the memories attached to the Mountain flavor sodas. What can I say? The sweetness is good and it tastes refreshing with that sweetener in it, so I approve of Zevia and will gladly pick up some other flavor for myself when I can get to the natural food stores. I really hope that my local grocery store too will pick up on the Zevia as a great alternative to the artificial sweeteners they sell for diet soda.

Now folks we can do better than that for you, how about a winner receives a coupon for a free 6 pack of Zevia, this way you can choose your flavor? Ok, ok, it’s not my idea, it’s from the wonderful folks at Zevia… Yay! ๐Ÿ™‚

Zevia Ginger Root Beer Soda with SteviaI wish to thank Zevia for their kindness in sending my a 6 pack of their soda’s to try out, I know it’s not cheap to send something so heavy through the mail. Besides I didn’t think of requesting on flavor or another, and that is my fault, not yours Zevia… and low and behold you still managed to sell me on your soda sweetened with Stevia… I will be buying some at my local health food store soon! The sweetness wasn’t bitter like it was when I tried stevia sweetener packets a long time ago, I may try stevia again sometime soon!

OH And Folks, 2 more things before you go, drink you Zevia nice and cold in the can, it’s best very cold and drank right up! And Secondly… this Giveaway is US ONLY please… Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

(((hugs))) and Happy Holidays,

Mariah “Riah”

now click on the “more” to get to the page to enter the giveaway…

Disclaimer:

Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, Zevia provided me with a free sample of this product to test. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. . All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by Zevia.

Dearfoams Warm Comfortable Slippers – Review and Giveaway

Hi there everyone, today I would like to introduce you all to Dearfoams, the slipper company that has been in business for over 60 years. And as they put it they “pioneered foam-cushioned slippers” since 1947! With that much practice a nearly a billion pairs of slippers since, how could they go wrong?

Dearfoams EST 1947

 

 

 

And here I am going to age myself to all you readers… I remember how much I loved this following commercial, I even received a nice pair of those slippers a while after this aired. I located this on the Dearfoams YouTube Page… ah brought back memories!

When I was invited to pick a pair of slippers from Dearfoams new fall line I was so happy and I jumped at the chance. And as I’ve discovered with my beautiful new pair of slippers, they have continued to make the most comfortable pair of slippers that I’ve ever owned. The Quality, comfort and beauty of these slippers I haven’t seen anywhere else either. The Dearfoams line has some of the most fun and sassy slippers, as well as the more traditional styles… basically they have slippers to meet all tastes.Slipper Boot Black furOut of the Fall line,ย  I chose the black fur boot slippers (pictured above) that can be worn as either a tall, knee high boot, cuffed or worn as slouch boots. I chose those knowing that my calves are larger than average… after all Madame Seda, my NY Ballet instructor had warned me that dancing on my toes would make my calves thick… and sure enough she was right on. So I figured I best be cautious with what pair of boot like slippers I chose for my review and giveaway, surprise surprise, I can wear those slippers up over my calves although snug, they are not uncomfortable at all, I really love the versatility of this boot slipper.

I love these washable comfortable boots, they are a big help with my Raynaud’s (a circulatory problem with cold feet and hands that can cause your to lose fingers and toes if your not careful enough with cold, such as weather, the refrigerator and freezer… and in my case the house we just bought has a crawl space without any insulation under our floors) and helps to keep my tootsies good an comfortable, relaxed and warm.

As for the soles of my feet, I feel like I am walking on a cloud with these slippers on my feet. Looking at the difference seems to be the Dearfoams Multi-density cushioned comfort system… I cannot think of much else to say to you all about these lovely slippers, but that you should enter to win yourself a pair!

Dearfoams, thank you so much for my pair of slippers and thank you for offering 3 readers a chance to win their own pair. and you can choose from the 2 styles featured in this post, and there are 2 patterns/colors to choose from in each of the styles… the same slippers that I got to choose from. ๐Ÿ™‚

Dearfoams would love it if you all would โ€œlikeโ€ them on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/Dearfoams) and follow Dearfoams on Twitter.. while your at it the facebook and twitter can be entries into the giveaway, So click on “More” (below) to follow and like them and use that as part ofย  your entries into our giveaway!ย (http://twitter.com/Dearfoams)

Also go on and check Dearfoams out on YouTube (http://www.YouTube.com/Dearfoams) “for the latest news in the world of Dearfoams comfort and of course more chances to win great prizes.”

Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, Dearfoams provided me with a free sample of this product to test. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. . All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s & video used in this review were provided by Dearfoams.

 

Mohegan Sun Events December 14th to 31st & Giveaway

Holiday Marvels at Mohegan Sun

Hi All, we are posting once again to tell you about the events going on at Mohegan Sun. The December Events are Great sounding as, I’ve seen on their sight! From the real life size Gingerbread house to the New Years Countdowns! If your in the area or will be traveling there through the rest of December, you really must check them out, I know I would, if I had the chance. Here is their website: http://www.mohegansun.com/gateway/index.html

Wednesday, December 14th – 8:00pm

UNWRAPPED & UNPLUGGED FEATURING MONTGOMERY GENTRY AND TRENT TOMLINSON

Counrty 92.5 and The Reach Foundation present Unwrapped & Unplugged featuring Montgomery Gentry and Trent Tomlinson. Montgomery Gentry has captured a large following with their “what you see is what you get” mentality. Their accolades include gold and platinum albums, CMA and ACM awards, a Grammy nomination and sold-out tours. Trent Tomlinson’s debut album Country is My Rock produced three Top 40 singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. He just released a new single under Skyville Records, “A Man Without A Woman.” The REACH Foundation was founded by Mark and Wendy Wilson in 2000 to help children in need – physically, socially,and financially. Today, the primary mission of The REACH Foundation is to reach out to young people in need and to provide programs to improve their environment. The Foundation’s mission is simple, If in only one life, make a difference… for more info please visit thereachfoundation.org
*Must be 21 or older unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

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Friday, December 16th – 8:00pm

CHUBBY CHECKER

Chubby Checker is the legendary voice behind “The Twist.” Not only was the recording a #1 hit, but it also introduced the concept of “dancing apart to the beat.” In September 2008, “The Twist” topped Billboard’s list of the most popular singles to have appeared in the Hot 100 since its debut in 1958.

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Saturday, December 17th – 8:00pm

THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND

From their first LP in 1973, to their powerful stage presence today, the Marshall Tucker Band has played countless concert venues around the world. The good ol’ boys from Spartanburg, South Carolina remain a powerful force in the world of music.

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Saturday, December 17th – 8:00pm

MS. LAURYN HILL

Ms. Lauryn Hill is a multi-talented recording artist and she is set to bring her infectious R&B rhythms to Mohegan Sun Arena. Ms. Hill launched her solo career with the release of the commercially successful and critically acclaimed album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The recording earned a record breaking five Grammy Awards.

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Friday, December 23rd – 8:00pm

RONNIE SPECTOR’S BEST CHRISTMAS EVER

Ronnie Spector has been an enduring Pop legend since the early 60s when she toured with both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, and was the lead singer of quintessential girl-group The Ronettes. The group recorded hits such as “Be My Baby” and the Grammy-winning “Walking In The Rain” which have become Pop classics. Ronnie Spector and The Ronettes were also featured on the legendary 1963 album A Christmas Gift For You, and their versions of “Frosty The Snowman,” “Sleigh Ride” and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” are staples of the holiday season.

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Friday, December 30th – 7:00pm

ROB THOMAS – A SPECIAL INTIMATE PERFORMANCE BENEFITING THE SIDEWALK ANGELS FOUNDATION

Rob Thomas is one of the most distinctive vocalists and accomplished ongwriters in contemporary music, garnering a string of accolades, both for his work as lead singer and primary composer with Matchbox Twenty as well as for his solo work and collaborations with other artists. In 2004, the Songwriters Hall of Fame presented Thomas with its first ever “Starlight Award,” created to recognize a songwriter in the early years of his or her career that has already made a lasting impact. He has won numerous BMI and ASCAP Awards, and has earned the “Songwriter of the Year” crown from both Billboard and BMI, two years in a row. Video

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Saturday, December 31st – 8:00pm

KEVIN HART- NEW YEAR’S EVE SHOW -LET ME EXPLAIN TOUR

Kevin Hart burst onto the scene and has become one of the most versatile comedy actors in film and television. He can be seen in movies such as Death at a Funeral, Meet Dave, Superhero Movie, Foolยนs Gold, Soul Plane, The Last Stand, Scary Movie 4, In the Mix, The 40 Year Old Virgin, and Meet the Fockers. In 2009, Hart premiered his new one-hour comedy special I’m a Grown Little Man on Comedy Central. The special debuted as one of the highest rated specials for the network. With his passion for stand-up intact, Hart continues to tour the country to sold-out audiences. Video

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Now for a Giveaway, Mohegan Sun has two items for this giveaway a nice Travel Mug (you don’t want to spill your Hot Cocoa on yourself do you?) and a sweet sweet Blanket, to help keep you warm! You guys are really the lucky ones I tell you!

Mohegan Sun Metal Travel Mug

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer:

I, Mariah Lockwood personally posted this. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, and Mohegan Sun has not provided me with compensation for my posting. I was under no obligation to post these events or Giveaway on my blog it if I so chose. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s and Events used in this post were provided by Mohegan Sun.