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Arctic Coke make icy magic happen and enjoy! The Arctic Coke Icy Beverage Machine is easy and fun to use – watch the video!
Arctic Coke Make Icy Magic Happen
Enjoy a frosty and refreshing beverage
This past weekend as we were running about doing errands, we stopped in at our local Chevron station and hit the ExtraMile convenience store there. What a treat to find the Arctic Coke Icy Beverage Machine! The machine is super easy to use and pretty fun too. But, best of all, it makes the Coca-Cola beverages slushy and icy cold. You can find a variety of Coca-Cola, Diet Coke®, Sprite®, and POWERADE®. Watch how simple the Arctic Coke is to use.
You can find more Arctic Coke inspiration here as well. So whether you are running errands, on a road trip, or just on your way home from work, stop in for a super cold and frosty refreshment from the Arctic Coke Icy Beverage Machine. Enjoy!
Want some tasty and delicious ideas that pair well with Coca-Cola beverages? Try these:
You are going to love this candy recipe inspired by The Princess Bride – Spiced Rum Truffles Miracle Pill. See the how-to video tutorial. #MovieMonday #PrincessBrideRecipes
Spiced Rum Truffles Miracle Pill
A Recipe Inspired by The Princess Bride Movie
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so that means it is time for a swashbuckling good romantic comedy — The Princess Bride. I’ve joined together with some wonderful bloggers to bring you recipes, DIY projects, crafts, and more all inspired by this hilarious feel good movie. You will find things that are great for kids and adults, whether it is a special date night for two or a full blown party. Enjoy!
When Inigo Montoya and Fezzik find Westley dead in the Pit of Dispair, they take him to see Miracle Max (played by Billy Crystal) looking for nothing other than, well, a miracle. Miracle Max tells them that he needs to know what Westley has to live for.
Inigo Montoya: He’s dead. He can’t talk.
Miracle Max: Whoo-hoo-hoo, look who knows so much. It just so happens that your friend here is only MOSTLY dead. There’s a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive.
So, Miracle Max uses a fireplace bellow to push air into Westely to find out his reason for living — true love.
Miracle Max: Sonny, true love is the greatest thing in the world – except for a nice MLT – mutton, lettuce, and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomatoes are ripe. [smacks his lips]
Miracle Max: They’re so perky, I love that.
Miracle Max and his wife, Valerie, proceed in making a Miracle Pill that will restore Westley’s life. And that is the inspiration for this yummy recipe!
Valerie: The chocolate coating makes it go down easier, but you have to wait fifteen minutes for full potency, and he shouldn’t go in swimming after for at least–
It’s time for a new year, and that means it is time to reminisce and look back over 2016. Today, we want to revisit the top 16 DIY projects of the year and bring you an inspirational DIY roundup in the process. Rev your imagination and let your creativity flow!
Top 16 DIY Projects of 2016
A DIY Roundup from Life With Lorelai
We’ll start with number 16 and work our way to the number one DIY project on the blog this past year.
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How To Loom Knit A Scarf
Layer On Love with Coca-Cola
Are you feeling the season? I love how fall brings the gorgeous colors of autumn leaves floating from the trees, the cold nights and brisk mornings that heighten your senses and put you in a holiday mood. But most of all, I love sharing the generosity, thankfulness, and blessings that abound with family and friends.
From Thanksgiving gatherings to Christmas, Chanukah, and New Year’s Eve, there is a lot of celebrating to be done. It is always nice to count your blessings and share some too.
One of the best ways to share the love is by getting together and doing something for someone else. Today, I hope to inspire you to give back by joining Coca-Cola and working with One Warm Coat® to provide a layer of love for half a million people.
Coca-Cola challenges you to be a part of giving back this holiday season. Get together with friends, family, and co-workers to pay it forward. Hold your own coat drive. Are you looking for a great accessory for a coat? How about a scarf, hat, or gloves? have your friends over for a knit-a-thon. Celebrate the event by purchasing Coca-Cola at Walmart and serving it at a party or get-together. See, even the festive Santa Claus on the Coca-Cola bottle is wearing a coat!
So, that knit-a-thon sounds like a pretty fun idea, right? Just think of the laughter and fun you can have by getting the girls together for a random act of kindness party. What, you don’t knit? Neither did I. But Rory taught me how to loom knit — NO KNITTING NEEDLES REQUIRED! It is fun and super easy, and if I can do it, you certainly can.
We had a great time making a lovely scarf together. In fact, we have even put made a tutorial video for you, so you can make your own loom knit scarf. These scarfs would make great gifts, and what a warm idea to go along with a donated coat.
Here is what you need:
1 – Skein of Yarn (our skein was 185 yards)
Loom Knitting Board
Watch the video for directions:
Coca-Cola Supports the Non-Profit Organization
One Warm Coat is a non-profit organization that has been providing coats to children, women, and men since 1992. They have taken their mission to give anyone in need a coat free of charge, from their first Thanksgiving weekend coat drive at one location in San Fransico, to a national organization supporting over 3,000 coat drives each year.
Make a donation, and don’t forget to shop Walmart for Coca-Cola, where you can find a wide variety of Coca-Cola products on the soda aisle.
Over the years, Rory and I have been greatly blessed by kind and generous people. Rory has a Mitochondrial Disorder, an energy metabolism disorder. She has been hospitalized over 100 times in her life. She was gifted knit hats and blankets, pillow cases, and more that made her stays more comfortable and cozy. We’ve had church members and friends that brought meals for our family to help ease the struggles of her illness. Experiencing these loving gestures warms your heart and means more than you could possibly express. They are moments and memories that last a lifetime.
I wrote about one such Random Act of Kindness that still brings tears to my eyes when I think about it – a true fairytale come true granted by a total stranger. The only way to say thank you is to pay it forward… and so we do. I hope you will help us give back this holiday season.
Hey, everyone! It’s us, Jinx and Josie, we had a fun day at Kriser’s Natural Pet, and want to share how you can have happy healthy pets too.
Happy Healthy Pets
Jinx and Josie take their new harness leashes for a first run at
Kriser’s Natural Pet Store
We got new harness leashes! Is that a good thing? Jinx and I wondered. After all, we are just starting to have a little outside time in the gazebo. We like the fresh air, laying in the sunlight, smelling flowers from the potted plants, and chasing whatever bug crawls or flies by. But, if we are out too long, we start to get a little nervous.
Now, with these new harnesses, will mom, dad, and Rory want to take us out more often? Exercise is one thing, trash truck monsters are another! We hate Thursdays (that is when the big blue monsters roar loudly through the neighborhood, and give the trash cans a Disney ride with their massive claws). It’s scary!
An Adventure with Jinx & Josie:
We tried our harnesses on, and mom let us walk on the grass–that’s a weird feeling. LOL Next thing we knew, we were being placed in our kennel in the car. Yep, even pets need “car seats” for safe travel. We took our 20% OFF Coupon and headed to our local Kriser’s Natural Pet Store for a shopping spree! YIPPEE!!! What girl doesn’t love to go shopping.
Kriser’s is a really cool store that specializes in healthy, natural, and holistic items for your pet. Pets, like me and Jinx, are important members of any family, and Kriser’s wants to be sure they provide families with all they need to keep happy healthy pets.
The Kriser’s Pack (the people working in the store) were super friendly and oohed and awed over us. We both ate it up, especially Jinx…you know how he is. MEOW. But more importantly, the Pack was knowledgeable and willing to work with you to help you find the right products for your pet.
Quality and Safety are a priority in every product or service offered at Kriser’s with an emphasis on natural, holistic, nutritious, and healthy. Every product is hand-picked and approved by the founder and owner of Kriser’s Natural Pet.
Inside the Store:
Mom was impressed with how clean and well-organized the store was, and felt comfortable letting us explore the store on our harnesses, smelling and testing out everything we wanted. Let me tell you, there were some strange looking cats roaming around that store. Mom and Rory tried to explain that they were dogs, but we still thought they were strange looking cats.
During our adventure, we found a bed that is perfect for the two of us to cuddle in together, and some really cool toys too. Jinx’s favorite part was the loads of different types of food and treats, and the Pack was very willing to share the differences and benefits of each. You can definitely find one that will be perfect for you pet. And best of all, they are healthy and natural, a truly holistic way of caring for your pet. Your pets deserve the best, right? They even have a bakery section, COOKIES!
Kriser’s has supplements, chew toys (I think those strange cats mom keeps telling us are dogs like those a lot), and all sorts of pet supplies and accessories. They even have a beauty parlor! They call it grooming, but we all know that just means SPA DAY!
We couldn’t buy everything in one shopping trip, so we started our Christmas Wish List–one can never plan too early.
Well, mom did not disappoint us. We got that wonderful bed that’s going to keep us cozy all winter long, and a few other things — a coon skin cap, a peacock feather butterfly, and a couple of Boinks (you can see Jinx’s blue one in the photo, I have a lavender one that I have stashed away for my own personal use), Open Farm grain-free cat food, and even some Primal Freeze-Dried Formula treats for those scary Thursdays, when the big blue monsters have gone.
You can GET A 20 % OFF COUPON. PLUS, you will be placed automatically into a Sweepstakes for a chance to win a $200 gift card!
Take your pet to Kriser’s for a day of holistic health, pampering and fun. Check out their website for special events. Having happy healthy pets is easy with Kriser’s Natural Pet! #KrisersHolisticHealth #HappyHealthyPets
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Our friend, Peter Minkoff, is back to share some great Christmas Gifts ideas for the kids on your shopping list.
Christmas Gifts Your Tech-savvy Kids Will Adore
In the era of technological developments and expansion of the Internet, kids have slightly different wishes and expectations than we had had when we were young, when it comes to Christmas gifts. It is sometimes difficult to live up to those expectations, simply because we as parents are not familiar with the newest gadgets and devices. If you are one of us – don’t worry! Here is a list of Christmas gifts your tech-savvy kids will adore.
Today’s kids love listening to music wherever they go, and they will all agree that sometimes a smartphone’s speakers are not enough. This is exactly why portable speakers should jump in. They can ensure your kids terrific sounds that will last for up to 100 hours without recharging. You can even buy those for all of your kids – stacking them together will increase the volume to the max. These usually come with a travel pouch and USB charger, and there is often a light underneath them, which turns on when speakers are working.
Smart Watch for Kids
Wearable technology is definitely becoming a part of the mainstream, and that is true for kids as well. Smart watches that are aimed at 5-12 year-olds include a camera, a voice recorder with funny voice effects for playback, and video recording with the possibility of editing, as well as educational games. What is great is that a USB port enables downloading all the photos and videos to a computer. These also feature small colour touch screens with different watch faces that your kids can choose from. Besides that, there are some traditional features, such as stopwatch and countdown timer.
Barbie’s Colour Changing Handbag
Even though Barbie doll is famous for the iconic pink colour, this latest toy proves that not everything related to her has to be pink. This clever handbag changes its colour by using sensors on the rear and numerous LED lights. Your daughter just needs to press her new handbag against a piece of clothing she wants to match it up with, and press the button on the handbag. A few seconds later, the primarily white bag lights up and changes colour into the one that it was pressed against. This intriguing item is particularly appropriate for younger girls, simply because they will be thrilled to see how the colours change in just several seconds.
An interactive smart doll is a perfect choice for your tech-savvy daughter. Even though she looks like a typical doll, she can actually talk and respond to voices. She is capable of answering some general knowledge questions and communicating with your daughter, however, in a slightly robotic manner. This doll can even connect to the Internet via smartphone or Android app, and find correct answers online. Besides that, you should know that she does not allow swear words, which is very important – she responds with “That is not appropriate!”
Both teenagers and younger children love playing video games. Having that in mind, it is always a good idea to make your kids happy by purchasing the one that is age-appropriate, fun and educational at the same time. There are many great games that can be played online for free, such as Poptropica Mythology Island, but you can consider purchasing your kids an exclusive membership as a Christmas present. This will allow them to play some islands that are member-exclusive, as well as to have unlimited costumes and special powers in the game. You can be sure that they will be thrilled to get such a gift!
As you can see, picking a gift for your tech-savvy children can be quite a tricky task, especially if you are not familiar with gadgets and the latest technological improvements. However, that does not mean that you will be unable to choose something appropriate – just listen to your kids’ wishes and pay attention to their personal interests. Of course, these gifts require slightly greater amounts of money, but that’s fine. Your youngest ones will be ecstatic, and that’s what counts.
Christmas Music is a tradition that I cherish! Whether it is a traditional carol, a crooners sentimental or jaunty tune, or something fresh and new, they had me at Christmas. I’ll admit it, I’m hooked.
Playlist & Karaoke
I absolutely LOVE Christmas Music! It plays throughout the holiday season in my house and car starting the day after Thanksgiving (sometimes even Thanksgiving night), and runs through New Year’s Eve.
Christmastime just wouldn’t be the same without the varying artists from past to present crooning through my decked halls. And of course, Rory and I singing along.
The music fo Christmas brings joy and happiness, but it also brings wonderful memories of Christmases past. Memories of my mother’s favorite Christmas Carol, “Bring A Torch Jeanette Isabella,” to mine and Luke’s special song, “Santa Baby,” to, “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas.” I love every moment.
I have a Christmas Playlist that provides us hours of Christmasy entertainment. You will find songs from Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Andy Williams, Dean Martin, Doris Day, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Sinatra, Burl Ives, Eartha Kitt, Brenda Lee, The Ronettes, Harry Belafonte, Kings College Choir, Wham, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, The Irish Rovers, and so, so many more… Luke and I have been together for three years today, so give a listen to Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt in the playlist for us. Happy Anniversary, honey!
Background Photo: Production Cel of Jiminy Cricket from The Mickey Mouse Club’s “I’m No Fool” Segment – 1950’s
Fun with Jiminy Cricket
If you are looking for some family night entertainment, watch Jiminy Cricket.
The other night, Luke and I were sitting around talking with Rory, and somehow, we got on the subject of Jiminy Cricket’s “I’m No Fool.” Luke and I were singing the old familiar song from our early childhood. Rory thought we were crazy. We were all laughing so hard.
Since I had the computer very close at hand, I decided to search up the beloved memories of the past. (Luke and I both remember having to watch these films every year in school from Kindergarten through 3rd grade–late 60’s, early 70’s). Guess what I found on YouTube!
Rory and Luke piled in next to me on the couch, and we watch all the “I’m No Fool” episodes we could find. Your teenager will have a blast laughing over these adorable, yet educational, videos. This was really quite a generation connector–linking our past with the technology of the present.
The short, 8 to 10 minute, films were made back in the 1950’s by Disney, and shown on the original Mickey Mouse Club television program. I’ve put the films together in a playlist for your viewing enjoyment…
Jiminy Cricket in I’m No Fool … Playlist
If you are looking for a fun, laughter-filled family night with your teenager, I would highly recommend Jiminy Cricket’s, “I’m No Fool” series. And, for those of you with little ones, these are super cute and teach great lessons. There is even another Jiminy Cricket series that teaches about the human body. Homeschooler’s resource?
Watch for more family night ideas coming to Life With Lorelai.
One morning last week Rory bopped into my room all excited about the cool new lacing she’d done on her shoes. I had to admit it was pretty darned cute. So we decided to share with you tutorials on how to do a couple of shoelace designs.
So, without further ado, we present:
Here are still pictures of the competed lacings.
Wouldn’t these be fun for back-to-school?
I know Rory has been enjoying trying different designs.
Be cool at school or just have a little fun, and check-out other awesome lacing styles at Ian’s Shoelace Site, where he explores 42 different shoelacing methods!
Are you a shoelace traditionalist, or would you give one of these designs a try?
Do you have any shoelace tips or tricks?
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What a fitting farewell for Jay Leno. It was wonderful to watch the two old friends reminisce the years. Billy Crystal is not only a great entertainer, but a great friend. His musical surprise tribute to Jay was the best! Check it out…
Jay made me cry with his heartfelt goodbye. It was truly like saying goodbye to a dear friend.
So long, Jay ~ You’ll be missed!
Do you have any favorite Jay Leno moments?
How do you think Jimmy Fallon will be as the next host?