Archives for May 22, 2014

W.O.W. Women of Empowerment Cruise October 12-19, 2014

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Stephanie Arnold – Medical Miracle Mom Medical miracle mom, survivor & patient advocate; Stephanie Arnold.


With the growing popularity of ABC’s Resurrection, there is an obvious desire for hope that there is something else out there after we die. That production is scripted, but what happens when the script becomes real life?

Video: Stephanie Arnold Dies Delivering Baby and Returns to Life 37 Seconds Later

Stephanie clinically died for 37 seconds after giving birth to her son Jacob. She suffered an amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) in May 2013.  Something so rare, most doctors have only read about it in their textbooks. In Stephanie’s case, not only is surviving a rare occurrence, but surviving as well as she did only months after this event, has led doctors to call her a true medical miracle.

Months before giving birth to her second child, Stephanie had overwhelming premonitions of doom.  This sense of foreboding led her to speak with specialists and seek out anyone who would listen to her “knowing” she would die. It was her sensing something was wrong that prepared the entire medical team for what was about to happen.

In her “second life,” Stephanie has created her own website devoted to helping others – While in her “previous life,” she spent 27 years in the television industry, working in reality TV, local news, directing and producing music videos, infomercials, educational documentaries, syndicated and network shows (both in English & in Spanish). She is also an Emmy nominated Telly award winner and Premio lo Nuestro nominated producer.

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The Perfect Memorial Day BBQ Holiday recipes!

There are several key ingredients to the perfect Memorial Day BBQ – mouth watering food, warm sunny weather, good company, and delicious cocktails! 

Below, I’ve provided recipes for a succulent, homemade BBQ sauce recipe from Sparkling ICE, as well as festive cocktail and dessert recipes from or friends at  VOGA Italia Wines and RealBeanz Iced Coffee.

Fire up the Grill

Succulent BBQ Sauce

Yield – 2 cups

Prep Time – 10 minutes

Cook Time – 30 minutes

BBQ Sauce


  • 1 bottle Raspberry Lemonade Sparkling ICE
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 fresh jalapeños, minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 4 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • One 6 oz. can of tomato paste
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Liquid Smoke
  • 3 tablespoons scotch, whiskey, or bourbon (optional)


  1. Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan and add the onion, garlic, and jalapeño.  Lightly sauté on a low flame for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the tomato paste, ketchup, and mustard to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes stirring continuously.
  3. Pour 1 bottle Raspberry Lemonade Sparkling ICE to the saucepan and stir until all ingredients are combined.
  4. Add balsamic vinegar and liquid smoke.  Simmer for 25 minutes.
  5. Before you strain the sauce, mix in 3 tablespoons of your favorite scotch, whiskey, or bourbon (optional).
  6. Push sauce through a fine mesh strainer.

Get the party started

American the Blue-tiful

sparkling ice america the bluetiful


  • 1.5 oz White rum
  • 1 oz Blue curacao
  • 3 oz Lemonade Sparkling ICE
  • Fresh berries (for garnish)
  • Ice


  1. Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend on high until it becomes slushy.
  2. Pour into a chilled glass and garnish with a fresh berries.

Star Spangled Spritzer 

voga star spangled spritzer


  • 1.5 oz Peach Schnapps
  • 1 oz. Agave nectar
  • 3 oz VOGA Sparkling
  • Fresh berries and Peach Slices (for garnish)
  • Ice


  1. Combine Peach Schnapps and Agave Nectar in a shake and shake vigorously
  2. Pour into a chilled glass and top with VOGA Sparkling
  3. Garnish with fresh peaches and raspberries

American Dream

realbeanz american dream


  • 3 oz. RealBeanz Mocha
  • 2 oz. raspberry liqueur
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • Frozen Raspberries


  1. Add RealBeanz Mocha, Raspberry liqueur, vodka, and crushed iced to a shaker and shake vigorously
  2. Pour into martini glass and garnish with frozen raspberries

End with Something Sweet

ICE Pop Sparklers for the Whole Family!

Memorial Day Sparkling ICE Pops    Wight_120829_0808


  • Ice Cube Tray (or your favorite ice pop making molds)
  • Toothpicks or popsicle sticks
  • 1 bottle Black Raspberry Sparkling ICE
  • 1 container of fresh raspberries, chopped


  1. Fill you trays or molds with Sparkling ICE, topping each with a scoop of chopped raspberries.
  2. If using ice cube trays cover tray tightly with tin foil.
  3. Poke a popsicle stick through the foil into each cube.
  4. If using an ice pop maker place the handle sticks into the molds.
  5. Place in the freezer for about 2 hours or until frozen.
  6. This recipe works with any of your favorite Sparkling ICE flavors and fresh fruit. Enjoy!

Thank you Sparkling ICE VOGA Italia Wines and  RealBeanz Iced Coffee for sharing these recipes with us!

Happy Memorial Day!

Self Disclosure: No compensation received. I will be receiving samples to try out these recipes but wanted to post them in time for the holiday! Photo Credit: Sparkling Ice, VOGA Italia Wines and RealBeanz Iced Coffee.

Disney Junior’s First Original Movie “Lucky Duck”


“Lucky Duck” premieres Friday, June 20 on Disney Junior (7:00 p.m., ET/PT) and Saturday, June 21 on Disney Channel (9:00 a.m., ET/PT).  It will be available for verified users on the WATCH Disney Junior app for smartphones and tablets and on beginning Friday, June 6.  On Monday, June 16, will launch with the online puzzle game “Tub Toy Tumble.”


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Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble

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About the Book

Noah Zarc Mammoth Trouble by D. Robert PeaseTitle: Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble (Book #1) Author: D. Robert Pease Publication Date: July 22, 2013 Publisher: Evolved Publishing (2nd Edition) Number of pages: 214 Recommended age: 9+

Summary: Noah lives for piloting spaceships through time, dodging killer robots and saving Earth’s animals from extinction. Life couldn’t be better. But the twelve-year-old time traveler learns it could be a whole lot worse. His mom is kidnapped and taken to Mars; his dad is stranded in the Ice Age; and Noah is attacked at every turn by a foe bent on destroying Earth… for the second time.

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This is such a fun read for 9+. My 10-year-old son really enjoyed the time travel aspect of the book and kids will enjoy the adventures of Noah Zarc. This would make a great summer time reading book for kids! “It’s so cool that there is a twelve-year-old time traveler in the story!” says my 10-year-old son. You don’t want to miss reading this book and find out how it ends.The characters and the fantasy are just amazing!


The Buzz About the Noah Zarc Books

Book 1: “Pease’s strength as a storyteller lies in his ability to connect multiple time periods imaginatively, as well as Noah’s excited, fast-paced narration.” ~ Publishers Weekly

Book 1: “If I had read this book at age 10, I think it would have made me love SF just as much as reading Asimov did. If you like the non-stop action and humor of Rick Riordan’s Olympians books, I think you’ll also like Noah Zarc.” ~ Sher A. Hart, book blogger and author

Book 2: “This is another great mind-bender. The wild time jump details are fabulously thought out and cause some unexpected results.” ~ Michelle Isenhoff, Children’s Author

Book 2: “A well-written, adventurous read for young readers and even adults, Noah Zarc blasts through space and into your imagination.” ~ TKristufek, Amazon Reviewer

Book 3: “I was completely captured by the characters, the action and the issues and questions: set in fantasy but integrating concepts and engaging readers with a fun tale that teaches as it entertains.” ~ Gaele, Amazon Reviewer


About the Author: D. Robert Pease

D. Robert PeaseD. Robert Pease has been interested in creating worlds since childhood. From building in the sandbox behind his house, to drawing fantastical worlds with paper and pencil, there has hardly been a time he hasn’t been off on some adventure in his mind, to the dismay of parents and teachers alike. Also, since the moment he could read, books have consumed vast swaths of his life. From The Mouse and the Motorcycle, to The Lord of the Rings, worlds just beyond reality have called to him like Homer’s Sirens. It’s not surprising then he chose to write stories of his own. Each filled with worlds just beyond reach, but close enough we can all catch a glimpse of ourselves in the characters he brings to life.

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Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble Blog Tour Schedule (2014)

May 13

Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Launch & Review)

Desperate Homeschoolers (Review)

May 14

Cherry Mischievous (Review)

Sunshine, Bubbles & Books (Review)

May 15

My Devotional Thoughts (Review)

Mel’s Shelves (Review)

Palace of Twelve Pillars (Review)

May 16

The Reading Room (Review)

Kay LaLone, I Love Books (Review)

May 17

Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock (Review)

Book Reviews & Giveaways (Review)

May 18

Stitch Says (Review)

Lakshmi Gosyne (Review)

May 19

Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys (Review)

Pragmatic Mom (Review)

May 20

The World of ContestPatti (Review)

Alwaysjoart (Review)

May 21

A Leisure Moment (Review)

Not Your Ordinary Psychic Mom (Review)

May 22

S. W. Lothian | Author (Review)

Purple Monster Coupons (Review)

SoCal City Kids (Review)

May 23

BeachBoundBooks (Review)

Unschooling Momma (Review)

May 24

Jemima Pett, Author (Review)

We Are The DinoFamily (Review)

May 25

Bookworm for Kids (Review)

Musing With Crayolakim (Review)

May 26

Heart of a Philanthropist (Review)

Nanna Three and Counting (Review)

Oh My Bookness (Review)


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