CSN helps with bedroom makeover

A few months back I posted tips on doing a bedroom makeover!  Over the past few weeks we've been using our tips to give my 11 year old a fun new room makeover.  She will be going from plain white to razzle dazzle me purple!  Each summer I pick a room to redecorate.  This is our 4th Summer living here and so it is her turn to get a room makeover.  We live in a small town and most supplies that we need are 30-45 minutes away.  Sometimes even further!  I order a lot of things online to save time and gas money.  One of my favorite online stops includes over 200 online stores.  CSN stores carry everything needed for a room makeover including curtains, rugs, and a new bed.
Emily has a loft bed right now so we decided that she isn't getting a new bed right now.  If I do get her one in the future I'm getting this one:
 This is almost identical to the one she use to have.  It matches her other furniture in her room as you can see below.  She has a huge dresser with a mirror, small book shelf and a rectangle "toy box" that matches this collection!  

Are you shopping for a new bed? If so go check out CSN stores and see if they have something to match your style and budget.  I'll be posting photos and tips as we redo her room.  Today we are starting to rip off the wallpaper!  ~~FUN~~

Check back here in a few days because I'm going to be doing a product review from CSN stores. 


3 Giveaways ending soon! More coming this week

Ok I know that you want to win!!! Here are my 3 current giveaways and reviews. I have a lot more to put  up later today and this week so check back!  IF you enter one of these three giveaways Sunday-Tuesday you can claim your "I"m in to WIN" 10 bonus points!!!

The Knight Life Chivalry aint Dead Giveaway 3 copies (6/30)

Family DVD Giveaway Secrets of the Mountain (7/1)

 Compost Stew Eco-Friendly (7/3)


Gooseberry Patch serves up a Mexican Fiesta!

Do you need an appetizer that everyone will love? Try this crunchy, cheesy corn-dip-with-a-kick from Gooseberry Patch. This dip is perfect for potlucks, picnics, birthday celebration, office parties or a holiday party!
This recipe was shared with permission from Gooseberry Patch. Robert's Corn Dip, From 101 Homestyle Favorites cookbook, is shared by Carole Snodgrass of Rolla, MO

Robert's Corn Dip 
3 11-oz. cans sweet corn & diced peppers, drained
7-oz. can chopped green chiles
6-oz. can chopped jalapenos, drained and liquid added to taste
1/2 c. green onion, chopped
1 c. mayonnaise
1 c. sour cream
1 t. pepper
1/2 t. garlic powder
16-oz. pkg. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
corn chips 

Mix all ingredients except corn chips together and refrigerate. Serve with corn chips for scooping. Makes about 6 cups. 

 101 Homestyle Favorites (Gooseberry Patch)
Welcome to 101 Homestyle Favorites, the first cookbook in our 101 series. Mouthwatering photos and easy directions for every tried & true recipe make this a cookbook you'll turn to again & again. There are easy weeknight meals like bbq chicken pizza and crunchy apple-pear salad, Sunday dinner favorites like oven beef & noodles and wait 'til you've tried our maple chicken wings...delicious! Desserts, appetizers, mains and'll find 'em all inside.

This recipe was shared from Gooseberry Patch's Facebook Page!  Please go visit them for MORE recipes! I can't WAIT to make this dip! I might just have to plan a get together just so that I can try this one!


Fix-it and Forget-it Steak Stroganoff

Fix it and Forget It Cookbook for the Crockpot is a wonderful cookbook full of 700 recipes. We have some family favorite recipes in here including the steak stroganoff. These dinner time recipes make dinner prep and meal time easy!!! Love this cookbook. 

Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook: Feasting with Your Slow Cooker
This 262 page book is jammed packed with 700 tasty recipes!  Here is another recipe we tried!  My kids L-O-V-E their Nana's Beef Stroganoff.  I decided to try out one of the recipe in this book for stroganoff because it was for the slow cooker.  I needed one of those yummy, family-comfort-food-meals that could cook all day and provide a day of leftovers!This one is a winner!
 For some reason I don't have a final photo! Not sure what happened!! Now I know that I'll have to make it again to take a picture! Here are the mushroom that I used in the recipe!!!
Steak Stroganoff

2 T Flour
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp paprika
1 3/4 lb. boneless beef round steak
10 oz can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 c. water
1 envelope dried onion soup mix
9 oz jar sliced mushrooms, drained
1/2 c. sour cream
1 T minced fresh parsley

1. Combine flour, garlic powder, pepper and paprika in slow cooker.
2. Cut mean into 1 1/2 by 1/2 inch strips.  Place in flour mixture and toss until meat is well coated. 
3. Add soup, water and soup mix.  Stir until well blended.
4. Cover. Cook on high 3-3 1/2 hrs or low 6-7 hrs. 
5. Stir in mushrooms, sour cream, and parsley.  Cover and cook on high 10-15 minutes, or until heated through.
Serve with rice. Makes 6 servings.
Kitchen Notes:
My changes-
*I doubled the recipe and for the double I added chicken.  So the recipe had both chicken and steak.  You couldn't tell the difference from the steak or chicken.
*I didn't use paprika 
*Instead of the water I used wine.  
*Instead of jar mushrooms I used fresh. I added them at the beginning.
*This turned out very salty. I normally cook low sodium but the dried onion soup mix kicked it up into a high sodium meal.  (NOTE if you do not cook LOW SODIUM you won't think that this is a high sodium meal and you won't know the difference) Next time I make this I'm going to add in dry onions and low sodium beef cubes.  
*To cut the salty taste I just added in more sour cream.
*We ate it with noodles.
*This meal is delish! Everyone ate it and wanted to keep it in our food rotation!


Wednesday Homeschool and Educational Link up


Today is the first day of the weekly Homeschool and Educational Link up! This is a place to link up your blog if you have a dedicated blog for homeschooling or post occasionally about your homeschool experience, curriculum, etc. You don't homeschool but you post reviews or giveaways on educational products? Are you a business that carries educational products? If this is you then link up, too!

How to play along???
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4) Visit the link right before yours and follow them.
5) Hop around and visit the others listed.
6) Once this gets started I'm going to feature a blog each week.
7) Blog and Tweet our Link up so we can find and learn about what homeschoolers are doing and share our ideas.
8) Take the button (right side bar)and post on your blog!

Wednesday Friends Day and Facebook Like you Back

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The Mama Zone is hosting her "Wednesday Friends Day" today! It is my first time to join in the F-U-N! Thanks for hosting!  HI if you are stopping in! Leave a message on all the ways you are following me (Right sidebar) and I will follow back! Click below to go to the Wednesday Friends Day Follow!
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 Check out Sarah's link up, too! She is wanting to come check out your blog and looking for inspiration!!

Are you on Facebook? Do you have a fan page? Stacie host a weekly Facebook Like You back!  I love finding new Facebook Friends!  Click the button to go to her link up! HERE I AM ON FACEBOOK- click to fan "like" me and I will fan you back.  In my group go to the DISCUSSION tab and leave your links for Linky Love Share!!!


Follow Me Back Tuesday Blog Hop

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Review Retreat


Mangia with Quattro Italian Family Style book giveaway

Now this IS a mouth-watering Tasty Giveaway!  Go check out this awesome cookbook giveaway, Mangia with Quattro, on the blog Can I get the Recipe? 

Innocent by Scott Turow Audio book Giveaway

Go check out Knitting and sundries blog! She is giving away up to 3 copies of Innocent by Scott Turow in audiobook form!  I love listening to audiobooks when I'm in the car, ALONE!  I just recently got an iPod and  I'm going to load it up with audiobooks!


The Knight Life-Chivalry ain't Dead Giveaway and Review

The Knight Life: "Chivalry Ain't Dead"From the publisher, Hachette's website:

The Knight Life is a hilariously twisted view of life through the eyes and pen of its creator, community-oriented urban hipster and award-winning cartoonist Keith Knight. The Knight Life deftly blends political insight and neurotic humor in a uniquely fluid and dynamic style, offering a comic strip that's fresh, sharp, topical and funny. Designed for daily newspapers, The Knight Life follows Knight's long-running, 2007 Harvey Award-winning weekly comic strip "The K Chronicles," which appears on

An unabashedly provocative political and social satire, The Knight Life tackles contemporary issues like consumer culture, bacon, the media, race, family and everything else, gently mocking the minutiae of daily life with self-deprecating humor, honesty and goofiness-a combination that's perfect for the comics. And The Knight Life's energetic style reminds readers that comics can look funny as well as read funny. The result is accessible yet edgy, compassionate and political-and never preachy. Cartoonist and comic historian R.C. Harvey said, "The Knight Life is undeniably the best new laugh- and thought-provoker on the comics page. Not since Calvin and Hobbes has there been so novel an entertainment in the funnies. 

MY TAKE ON THE BOOK:  I'm an old school comic reader of  The Peanuts, Far Side and Calvin and Hobbs. I wasn't familiar with this strip until I was given the book to review. This book is a collection of strips from the past two year.  It is a Nationally syndicated strip. I found it very witty! I loved the strip on warning kids to not forget to floss their teeth! It listed a bunch of treasure you might find like "webster" or scrabble tiles! I also cracked up at the strip on The Bacon of the Month Club! A few of my friends (Cwirla you are one of them) are obsessed with bacon so it brought this strip right home for me!

This is just the type of funny book to have in the car to read while you are waiting for your kids to get out of play or swim practice!

Check out the OPENBOOK and read a few pages for yourself!

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National Eat your Veggies Day!

I'm slow at posting today! I JUST found out that today is National Eat your Veggies Day! Yippiee! I love veggies, especially this time of the year when fresh tomatoes are turning pretty colors on the vines!

Here are some of my veggie recipes!  If you have some please leave your links here..... RECIPES.  People will visit your links (bring traffic to your blog) so list some recipes!

While you are here stop in and visit my giveaways on my right side bar! If you enter the COMPOST STEW A-Z Recipes for the Earth (How to make a compost pile)  6/17 thru 6/20 from reading this post give your self the "Veggie Day 5 bonus entries"


FREE Dance Mat Typing by BBC- Get your kid's typing this summer!

A few years back I found an online typing program for my daughters.  They loved the quirky program and it was silly enough to keep their attention and learn to type.  We lost touch with the program until just today!  I went searching for it and was so excited to find it online!  This is a fun program to get your kids typing this summer!

This program is geared toward 7-11 year olds.  As you go through each stage, it recaps the previous lesson, introduces new letters typed with left and right hands, practice of previous letters and the quirky part is that the typist is rewarded with  a mini song and dance!

It is so important to learn touch typing.  Computers are a part of our every day life.  The program gives tips on using the correct fingers, rest wrist on desk and take a rest to let your hands and arms relax. Encourage your kids to NOT look at their hands when they are typing.  If they follow this program they will be typing faster than then write in no time!

The program also includes printable worksheets to practice when offline!

Now go check it out!  Dance Mat Typing

HOT Redbox Rentals for Kids and Family

 Summer is officially here. Why not cool off and spend a summer night with the newest family and kid rentals from redbox! New this week is WorldWord: Pirate Sheep, a fun, PBS show, for only $1 per night. Other popular kid and family titles available, include “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Spy Next Door,” and “Tooth Fairy,” among others. Don’t forget that our kiosks are available at more than 20,000 convenient locations nationwide and your readers can reserve a DVD online at or via the iPhone app from redbox.
Kids and Family
6/7 to 6/13
1 Alice in Wonderland
Inviting and magical, Alice in Wonderland is an imaginative new twist on one of the most beloved stories of all time. Alice, now 19 years old, returns to the whimsical world she first entered as a child and embarks on a journey to discover her true destiny. This Wonderland is a world beyond your imagination and unlike anything you've seen before. The extraordinary characters you've loved come to life richer and more colorful than ever
2 Tooth Fairy
Dwayne Johnson stars as Derek Thompson, one of the toughest hockey players around -- until he's sentenced to one week's hard labor as the world's most unlikely tooth fairy! Even though he must sport frilly wings and learn the magical tricks of the trade from his silver-winged superiors, Derek's determined to do the job HIS way and prove he's got what it takes!
3 The Spy Next Door
THE SPY NEXT DOOR stars Jackie Chan as Bob Ho, an undercover CIA superspy who decides to give up his career in espionage to settle down with his next-door neighbor and girlfriend, Gillian. But Bob has one more mission to complete before Gillian agrees to marry him: winning over her three opinionated kids. Rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America for sequences of action violence and some mild rude humor. Widescreen. Closed captioned. Spanish subtitles available.
4 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
Chipmunk singing sensations Alvin, Simon and Theodore are back for an encore in this hilarious “squeakquel” packed with more action and more nutty fun for the whole family! When a concert mishap lands Dave in the hospital, the Chipmunks take a break from superstardom and enroll in school to fit in with kids their age. But they soon face some stiff competition when they meet the Chipettes — a beautiful, talented trio of chipmunks discovered by Ian, the boys’ evil ex-manager!
5 Old Dogs
John Travolta and Robin Williams star in OLD DOGS, the hilarious family comedy that will have you howling. Two best friends have their lives turned upside down when they're unexpectedly charged with the care of seven-year-old twins while on the verge of the biggest business deal of their lives.
6 Flicka 2
Carrie is a big-city teenager whose life is turned upside down when she moves to a horse ranch in Wyoming to live with her father. But everything changes when Carrie meets Flicka, a wild, jet-black mustang who's just as free-spirited and strong-willed as Carrie. The two form a special bond and Carrie opens her heart to her father and a handsome, local boy, but when a jealous rival puts Flicka's life in jeopardy, Carrie must do whatever it takes to save her best friend.
7 Cop Dog
Don’t mess with man’s best friend! Ever since Robby’s father was killed while on police duty, Robby has been angry and alone. His father’s old partner, a police dog named Marlowe, suffers the same fate. So when Robby sees Marlowe alone and locked up in a cage he begs his mom to keep him. Instantly, the two are best friends! The cop dog has unfinished business to take care of. His new mission is to help Robby find the two crooks and solve the mystery behind the death of Robby’s father.
8 Princess & The Frog
Disney celebrates a modern-day classic from the directors of THE LITTLE MERMAID and ALADDIN. Discover what really happened after the princess kissed the frog in an inspired twist on the world's most famous kiss. Enter Princess Tiana's world of talking frogs, singing alligators and lovesick fireflies as she embarks on an incredible journey through the mystical bayous of Louisiana.
9 Planet 51
When Chuck the astronaut lands on a distant planet filled with little green people, he is surprised to discover that we are not alone in the galaxy. But he gets the shock of his life when the residents of Planet 51 mistakenly believe that his presence is the start of an alien invasion of the human kind! Luckily, Lem quickly realizes that Chuck is friendly and makes it his personal mission to help him return safely to his ship.
10 Where the Wild Things Are
“Let the wild rumpus start!” Nine-year-old Max runs away from home and sails across the sea to become king of the land Where the Wild Things Are. King Max rules a wondrous realm of gigantic fuzzy monsters – but being king may not be as carefree as it looks!

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Nescafe Dolce Gusto Coffee Machine GIVEAWAY

Some of you know that I own one of these Nescafe Dolce Gusto Coffee Machines. I love my machine! It serves me a tasty single-serve hot cup of coffee whenever I'm ready for a cup!  

The prices have dropped since I received my machine a year ago.  They also have 11 different capsules of coffee and/or tea.  I'm a huge fan of the espresso capsules and that is what I purchase the most.  I love having that afternoon shot of espresso, when needed!

So do you want to win a machine???  DolceGustUS on Twitter is hosting a giveaway RIGHT NOW on twitter.   They are calling it their "Father's Day #giveaway".  I'm not entering to WIN because I already own a machine.   You need to go enter right now as the giveaway ends June 18th at noon EST.  

How to enter??  (ended 6/18/2010)
1) You must be on Twitter.  What is Twitter?  Click TWITTER and go find out! It is as simple as registering for a twitter name, then click and search for susieqtpies (that is ME) and add me as your friend and I can answer any questions that you might have.

2) Once you have registered with twitter click here, DolceGustoUS or search their name to go to their twitter page.  That is where you enter!

3) TO ENTER all you have to do is tell  @DolceGustoUS "what is the best thing your Dad taught you how to do" in a reply on twitter. 

The contest is open to US only and winner will be chosen at random on 6/18/2010 at noon EST.


Compost Stew- A to Z Recipe for the Earth

Compost Stew

From the back cover "Compost Stew is beautiful, poetic, evocative-and educational.  It provides such vital, important information for children (and adults) to understand and embrace, and to put into practice..."

This is a very cute and clever book that creates an A-Z recipe guide to teach children how to begin a home compost pile and why it is so important.  The reading age is Kindergarten-4th grade.  As an adult, I found the book very informative and helpful.  We have a container garden and rose bushes that could really use some compost.  I've always wanted to start a small compost pile but only knew about egg shells, coffee grounds and lawn clippings.  Thanks to this book, I'm on my way in starting my very own "compost stew."   We will be taking pictures of our "stew" for you to view!  My 11 year old enjoyed learning how to make a compost pile and what things not to put in the "stew".  She was most curious about this and will be my project helper.

The quirky writing prose and recyclable graphic illustrations form their own "stew" into an excellent teaching book! Click below on the Amazon ad to read pages of this book.  As much as we enjoyed learning about how to start our own compost stew we also loved the illustrations.  Compost Stew would also make an excellent book and resource for any classroom or library!

About the Author (from dust jacket)
Mary McKenna Siddals is the author of several picture books for the very young, including Millions of Snowflakes.  In addition, she has written dozens of children's stories, articles, poems, and activities appearing in a variety of magazines.  A former teacher, she lives in British Columbia, Canada, where she enjoys tending to her own batch of Compost Stew.

About the Illustrator (from dust jacket)
Ashley Wolfe is the author and/or illustrator of more than sixty children's books, including Baby Beluga; I Love My Mommy Because; I Love My Daddy Because; Mama's Milk; Stella and Roy Go Camping; I Call My Grandma Nana; I Call My Grandpa Papa; When Lucy Goes Out Walking; and the beloved Miss Bindergarten series.  Ashley wrangles thousands of red wriggler compost worms in her San Francisco backyard garden.  She grows flowers, vegetables, and an amazingly prolific persimmon tree.  Visit her website at

To enter Giveaway:  Tell me  if you already have a compost pile or if it is something you ever wanted to start. If not for either one then tell me something that you do that is Eco-friendly or something that you want to start doing.  Leave your email address to be entered.

1) Right side bar- Follow my blog on Google Friend Connect, Twitter for 3 entries each follow. Leave separate comments.

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ENDS JULY 3rd, 2011
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Thanks to Tricycle Press, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, for providing the review copy and a giveaway copy.  I found out about this review offer on The Product Review Place, where I am a Blogger Select Member. 

Hot Summer Salad Recipes

Here are a few of my hot summer salads!  Do you have some to share? Feel free to leave your salad recipe below so that I can check it out. I love new recipes how about you?


Stacy's- The Art of Summer Sweepstakes

 Are you ready for a Summer Sweepstakes???  Stacy’s® wants you to share your favorite healthy summer snack in their Summer Sweepstakes!  Submissions will be accepted as a photo of the snack, a photo of you and/or friends enjoying your snack, a written description, or a written recipe. 

How easy is that?  You can enter one time a day per person and/or email address per day.

I can't wait to submit a few recipes for this summer sweepstakes!  My kids and I love these chips!

 How to enter
·      All entries need to be submitted on

·      Stacy’s® The Art of Summer Sweepstakes runs from 12:00:00 p.m. Central Time on June 14 to 11:59:59 p.m. CT on June 23

·      One winner will receive a one-year supply of Stacy’s® coupons (52 coupons total) each good for one (1) 8-ounce bag of Stacy's snacks up to $3.99 each; and a prize basket.

·      Grand Prize Basket may include items such as, but not limited to: Candles, serving ware, plates, glasses, kabob set, picnic basket and/or a camcorder. Approximate Retail Value: $769.48.

Stacy’s® Fun Facts:
·      Stacy’s® Pita and Bagel Chips are twice baked, all natural, have no trans fats per serving and are incredibly versatile.

·      By pairing Stacy’s® Pita and Bagel Chips with a healthier dip option like hummus it allows you to get a little extra nutrition into your snacking.

·      Stacy’s® Pita and Bagel Chips are the perfect snack when entertaining this summer – whether it’s before dinner, girlfriends’ night-in or your family’s next big occasion.

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Disclosure: Thanks to One2One Network, who is a member of the Word of Mouth Marketing Association and fully supports FTC guideline,   I was given free product samples and my post is eligible for a gift card via a random drawing by One2One Network.  The post and opinions stated here are of my own tasty opinions.


Fix It and Forget It Cookbook & Recipes

Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook: 700 Great Slow Cooker Recipes (Fix-It and Forget-It Series)This is my 2nd post on this cookbook. I'm running a series of post on this cookbook and this post will include a giveaway! CLICK HERE TO READ THE BEEF STROGANOFF recipe.

I love cookbooks! They are so much fun to pick up and read. I love reading them from cover to cover.  My newest cookbook review is the Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook.  This is the revised & updated version that includes 700 "Great Slow Cooker Recipes".

This is already a very successful cookbook. The original cookbook has already sold over 5 million copies!  So you ask, what is up with the revised and updated book?? It has been enhanced, "flavor injected" so to speak with 100 new recipes.  Each recipe now includes "Prep Time," "Cooking Time," and "Ideal Slow-Cooker Size." 

Cookbooks are fun to review because you get to actually eat the words on the pages! I love trying out new recipes on my family! This cookbook is all about using your slow cooker! Read my post, "Use your Slow Cooker year round" and read some great tips on using your crockpot/slow cooker that is also included in this new book.

Stay tuned for more information on this book!  I'm also going to share some of the recipes that I've made so far.  The first recipe that I made was Texas Queso Dip, pg. 12.  It was a perfect addition to my Quick and Easy Fajitas.  

Texas Queso Dip

1 lb spicy ground pork sausage, loose (I used chorizo)
2 lb block Mexican-style Velveeta cheese, cubed (I used regular Velveeta)
10-oz can diced tomatoes with chilies
1/2 c. milk

1. Brown sausage in skillet, breaking it into small chunks.
2. Drain off drippings.
3. Combine cheese, tomatoes, and milk in slow cooker.
4. Stir in sausage.
5. Cover and cook 2 hours on Low.

*Steak Stroganoff Recipe, pg. 95

GIVEAWAY 1 copy (ended)
To enter Giveaway:  Tell me about a something you like to cook that is quick.  Leave your email address to be entered.

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Thanks to  FSBAssociates for sending me the review cookbook and a giveaway for my readers.  The opinions expressed here are of my own tasty words and opinions.


Secrets of the Mountain Family Adventure DVD Giveaway

Secrets of the Mountain (Walmart 2-Disc Bonus Pack)Are you looking for a family fun movie adventure? We found one called, Secrets of the Mountain.  I was so pleased to sit down and watch a movie with my tween and teens and not have to pause the movie and have discussion time on what is being said and done.  The movie is about an every day family who have had some ups and downs. Typical movie where teens and parents get involved in their own coming and goings and loose site of the family unit.  The movie pulls them together as a family.  Great movie to watch with kids all they way up to their Great-Grandparents!  Enter below to win a copy!

From back cover: 
Somewhere between the demands of her career, her ex's wedding and her kids' busy schedules, Dana James (Paige Turco, The Agency) is noticing her tight-knit family starting to unravel. An unexpected offer to purchase her family's mountain property sets up a weekend road trip, which she hopes will bring her family back together. But when they arrive, they quickly learn that the mountain is much more than it seems. An ancient secret and a treacherous quest will test the family like never before. It's an edge-of-the seat thriller that reminds us that when times are tough, families don't run away from problems — they run back to each other.

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Thanks to The AdamsPR Group for sending me the DVD to review and offer giveaway for my readers.  The opinions expressed here are of my own tasty words and opinions.
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