Friday, September 9, 2011

New Fall Shows I Can't Wait For

It's the beginning of the school year, which means fall is on it's way which means football season, an upcoming basketball season, baseball playoffs and of course a new fall television season.  Every year many shows premiere and only a handful make the cut.  It seems every year a show that I fall in love with is always cut so I look forward to the fall season with a lot of trepidation.  This upcoming fall tv season has an eclectic mix at best.  There are shows premiering that are remakes, shows dated in the 1960s, and of course there are always new cop shows that seem to premiere, but one unusually thing I noted has been the onslaught of scifi type of shows.  I love scifi shows and am a big fan of SciFi network (which is now SyFy).  Here are some of the shows that I am anticipating the premiere of in no particular order.

1.  The River (ABC)



2.  Terra Nova (FOX)



3. Alcatraz (FOX)



4. American Horror Story (FX)



5. Grimm (NBC)



6. Awake (NBC)



7. Suburgatory (ABC)



8. Prime Suspect (NBC)



9. Hell on Wheels (AMC)



10.Persons of Interest (CBS)



Honorable Mention (Shows I have interest in also)
1. Homeland (Showtime)
2. Secret Circle (CW)
3. Revenge (ABC)
4.The Finder (FOX)
5. Hart of Dixie (CW)

Shows I will peek at (but probably have no hope of being picked up)
1. A Gifted Man (CBS)
2. Touch (FOX)
3. Unforgettable (CBS)
4. Scandal (ABC)
5. Once Upon a Time (ABC)

I don't have any comedies listed, because many of the ones that have previewed don't really stand out or look interesting.  I hate to say it but I don't any of the new comedies will be a knock out hit like Modern Family and Cougar Town were when they premiered over two years ago.  I guess we will see which of the shows out of my top ten and honorable mention will make it, but if they look as good as they previewed then they will be probably get cut and they will get replaced with less interesting (boring) shows.  Isn't this what always happens when a brilliant and well written show premieres without 10 million viewers?

Friday, April 15, 2011

Bzz Agent Review-SCJ Products

I recently received a few SCJ Products in the mail a few weeks.  These product consisted of a full size Pledge, Scrubbing Bubbles Mega Shower Foamer, Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Cleaning Gel, Glade Sparkle of Spring candle, Glade Scented Oil refill and a coupon booklet.  Now that I have a scented oil refill, I can't locate my Glade scented oil plugins so this means a trip to the store when there is a sale and coupons.  I haven't posted pictures of the products received because as soon as the box was open I put the items to work.  I love SC Johnson products and have used them for years.


I love the scented candle, if I hadn't received this in the mail the likelihood that I would have tried this scent is low.  I usually stick to scents that are easily recognizable like rain or clean linen, but I loved this scent.  I think I will branch out and try other scents that have a spring smell.  


I also have used the Scrubbing Bubbles Mega Shower Foamer, because with six people taking baths twice a daily we needed something that worked without strong odors on a daily basis that was quick.  I have had bad experienced with foamer bath cleaners before, but with this product I was surprised that it started working as soon as I sprayed it and it started foaming.  All I needed was a scrubbing pad to clean the foam off and I was presented with a clean tub.  I really liked how easy it was to use and that it left no residue or unpleasant odor. 


I tried the Pledge on my coffee table and loved the shiny look that it left and the lemon scent was great.  I didn't have an opportunity to clean my bookcase beside dusting or the television carts beside  dusting the wood with a 1 yo trying to constantly "help" mommy, but was pleased with the results.


The remaining two products the Scrubbing Bubbles toilet gels and the Glade Scented oil refill haven't been used yet, but they will be soon.  But I have tired the Scrubbing bubbles toilet gels before and really liked the results from before and unless SC Johnson have changed anything, I am pretty sure that I will still be pleased with the results.




Disclosure:  I received no financial compensation for this review and all views expressed are my honest opinions.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Bzz Agent Review-Factor Tree

I have been a bzz agent since 2006 and in the past five years.  I recently signed up for the chance to try out Factor Tree for a 30 day trial period.  The purpose was to see if this would help my 10 year old daughter prepare for upcoming E. O. G.'s (end of grade) testing for her 4th grade year.  She is an excellent student but has been having minor problems in math.

It was easy to get started and sign up for the free trial (even though I received an email from Factor Tree stating that my trial had expired at least 5 days early). Once registered, the site was easy for my daughter to navigate and it offered her a student tour and for parents who are unsure about if their interested they offer a parent tour.  It was easy to keep track of her progess with the parent dashboard which provided me with a detailed progress of what she completed and her score.

She enjoyed factor tree and was able to take an average of two test within thirty minutes and if she missed any problems I would review with her to make sure she understood what she did wrong and helped her work the problem until it was correct.


Disclosure:  I received no financial compensation for this post, I signed up for a 30 day free trial and the opinions offered are my own honest opinions.

Monday, March 28, 2011

CSN Stores Giveaway Winner

The winner chosen via Random.org was comment #80 who was  Henria O. 80 said...
I'd get some Robeez shoes for my daughter!

I will email Henria tonight with her $40 CSN GC.

Thanks to everyone for making my first giveaway such a huge success and I ended up using random.org to chose the winner and I chose the winner from 140 comments disallowing two deleted comments and two repeated comments which reduced the number of entries from 144 to 140.


Sunday, March 13, 2011

CSN Stores Giveaway

Spring is in the air and summer is fast approaching and I know most parents are ready for the kids to go outside and play.  Today was a beautiful day and we took the kids to the park and my daughter loved it.  Her favorite part of the playground is the swing sets.

Even though we live in a town home we started looking for wood swing sets for her to have when she visits my parents who have a huge backyard.  One of my favorite places to begin my search for outside toys is CSN Stores.  CSN Stores offers over 200 stores that range from cooking utensils to home furnishings.

Today, I have been given the opportunity to host a giveaway from CSN for a $40 Gift Code.

To enter:

Mandatory entry:

Check out CSN and let me know what you might get with your $40 GC. (1 entry)

Additional entries (One entry only, unless otherwise specified):

1.  Follow me using GFC (Google Friend Connect), please leave me the name you follow me with.
2. Tweet :  (Copy and Paste) CSN $40 Giveaway http://bit.ly/gbpqcS @chelleb36 ends 3/27. (daily entry)

Open to USA/Canada only!  Giveaway ends March 27, 2011 @ 11:59 PM.

FTC Disclosure:  I received nothing for this post.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Harry Potter, you will be missed

As summer approaches, so does the date when the final installment of Harry Potter will be released in theaters.  I will miss this mega-blockbuster.

I remember when I first saw Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stones, it was for rent (think on VHS) at Blockbuster (during the first week of release) and I wondered why are there so many copies of this movie.  I decided to rent this movie for my girls to watch, with no idea of just how big this movie was or how big the franchise would grow.  After watching the first movie and having never read any of the books, I fell in love.  I decided to investigate this Harry Potter more and found to my utter delight that it was based on a book (series of books) by author J.K. Rowling.  I proceeded to check this book out from my local library and at this time their were other books that were available in this series which I checked out and proceeded to read the books within a day or two and knew that I was in love.

I may choose over the next few months to go into detail about what and why I loved each book, but for right now I am looking ahead to the final installment of the Harry Potter movie being released in theaters and wonder what's next for Harry Potter fans.  Without any more books being written for this series and this being the final movie, I am at a lost as to what can we look forward to as Harry Potter fans.  I have started reading other books that are similar to Harry Potter, but for the life of me I can't help but compare these books and find them sorely lacking.  J.K. Rowling was able to  bring these characters to life and give them meaning to (we the faithful Harry Potter fans) and have us crying when each character that meant alot to Harry's character was killed.

I am looking forward to seeing how the director will end the movie and how close he will mimic the book.

Goodbye Harry Potter and all of your wizarding friends and maybe J.K. Rowling will take pity on us (faithful fans) and actually go back and add more detail to the end of Deathly Hallows and give a little more closure besides ending it with the end of the battle and then showing them as adults.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Abyss

There are many times when I reflect on my life and the path that led me here and wonder exactly where am I going.  I feel as though I am in a bottomless abyss with no end in sight.  I am not sure exactly what I want to do with my life.  I remember when I first graduated high school and I had these dreams of maybe working in a library or a bookstore because of my love of books.  I attended the local community college here and took a few courses and found my love of insurance (that is medical insurance).  When I started working as an insurance agent years (yes, I said it) ago, I liked some aspects of it, but didn't like dealing with homeowners insurance.  But as far as the medical part of dealing with insurance I liked it.  The medical terminology, all of it.  I found what I wanted to do.  

I have been deciding on returning to the workforce, but I have no idea what I want to do.  I still enjoy medical insurance, but I don't really think that's what I want to do.  But the money in that field is so great, but the hours are basically the 7-3 or 9-5 and I am thinking of a third shift position so that I won't have to plan on daycare for the little one.

When I think of the dilemma I am in, sometimes I wonder if I made the right decision to stay home with my kids for the last few years instead of staying in the work force.  The thought of returning to work is daunting and a bit intimidating.  But I have never been one to back down from a challenge.  So my goal is to see if I can find a job at least part time by the summer or some free lance work that I can do from home for extra income.

Here I come world. . .  . . .