Friday, October 26, 2012

Midnight Margarita Recipe for Halloween featuring CASCAL

If you don't have kids Halloween can be kind of boring, but have no fear - enjoy a Midnight Margarita and have a party!

Midnight Margarita Recipe


1 1/4 oz Tequila
1/4 oz Cointreau
1/4 oz Grand Marnier
Juice of half a small lime
2 oz Cascal Fresh Tropical


Add all ingredients in mixing glass, over ice, except Cascal Fresh Tropical. Shake hard, strain out well into cocktail glass filled with ice.  Top off with Cascal Fresh Tropical. Stir Gently.  Garnish with lime wedge.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

My Me Time: Online Bingo

I spend most of my time looking after my kids, and, although it keeps me occupied, there were often times when I’ve put them to bed and found that I have nothing to do. I’ve done all the chores, read the newspaper and checked my e-mails, and feel the need to do something fun. I spoke to a friend of mine about how bored I got, and like me, she’s a stay-at-home mom. She had the same problem as I did, but she told me about bingo at Ladbrokes and how it kept her entertained.

A while ago, I used to play bingo all the time at the nearest social club with my friends before I first became a mom, but as I became busy with motherhood, I found that I didn’t have enough time to play. Fortunately, my friend told me that I could play bingo online at any time of the day from the comfort of my own home, so that’s what I decided to try and see if it was all she said it would be.

She was right – playing online bingo was a lot of fun. I could play themed games, 60-ball, 90-ball and 75-ball, and could even play for big prize jackpots. Also, I could talk to other players in between games if I had a spare hour or two to myself, and have made a couple of new friends from it. In many ways, playing bingo online is far more exciting than doing so at the social club, and every time I log on, I get the buzz I used to get when I played it all those years ago.

This is a featured post for Ladbrokes.

Halloween Math Tips by Bedtime Math

Halloween is just days away, and kids everywhere are putting the finishing touches on their costumes and getting ready to trick-or-treat.  As the spooky holiday approaches, there are plenty of opportunities for parents to engage their little monsters in math in fun and tasty ways, says Laura Overdeck, mother of three and founder of the popular Bedtime Math national online community.

Several of Laura’s best Halloween math tips, which you can feel free to share with your readers, are below.

1.      Make counting fun with candy: Halloween candy is perfect for practicing counting. When you get home from trick-or-treating, your kids will love to count all their candy to see how many treats they picked up. You can also count by specific candy type (Candy Corn, Gummy Worms, etc.) or by general category (chocolate candies, gummy candies, etc.). If you want to get fancy, older kids can count the number of little candies in a packet, then multiply out over several packets to guess the total number of candies they scored.

2.      Learn about geometric shapes with a jack-o-lantern: Everyone likes to carve pumpkins for Halloween. As you and your little ones work on your jack-o-lanterns, introduce them to different geometric shapes. A pumpkin is round, of course, and you can carve triangles as eyes, squares as teeth, and countless other shapes to make your pumpkin unique.

3.      Trick-or-treat distances: While walking from house to house to trick-or-treat, have your kids count how many steps it takes to get from one house to the next. Compare these numbers to introduce them to the concept of ‘distance’ – if it takes twenty steps to get to one house and forty steps to get to the next, which one is further away?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Bingo Stimulates Your Mind - A Healthy Past Time

Wink Bingo is hands down the most fun you can have online. Believe it or not the game is becoming ever more popular with people of all ages. Bingo halls across the globe are being forced to market to a widening demographic and the same goes with online bingo sites.

Older people everywhere are freaking out and wondering how the secret got out. However, I’ve known for quite some time about the thrill of bingo. I remember prior to the internet walking the looks I would get when I walked into a bingo hall.  It's no wonder older people have kept this game to themselves all this time. There really isn't anything that could compare to the rush you get when you hit your numbers and fill up your card. The excitement is so great all you can do is scream Bingo. It's hard to explain if you haven't experienced it. It's more thrilling than riding a roller coaster or base jumping. When you hit Bingo the adrenalin flows through your body like you are being chanced by some prehistoric creature. 

According to recent studies the euphoria and exhilaration from Bingo can actually cure alcoholism and drug addiction – bingostimulates your mind. If you don't believe me just get online, find a Bingo site, and when you are down cased (meaning needing just one number for bingo) come back here and tell me it didn’t get your juices flowing.

This feature post is compliments of Wink Bingo.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Poker Strategies 101

My husband is an online poker fan.  He loves playing at sites like iGame Fast Poker and he often wins quite a bit.  I asked him to share his strategies with my readers.  Here is what he had to say:

What I like the most about playing online poker is bluffing. I put a lot of thought into how to trick people out of their stack (money). When I sit down at a table I like to set people up by continuously getting caught bluffing and calling with marginal hands. The more I do this, the more I get people involved and willing to play pots with me. As my table image becomes increasingly loose people are much more willing to call my bets and forget that eventually I will have a better hand and get back everything I lost.

I also put a lot of thought into my betting patterns. I want to confuse my opponents as much as possible. Sometimes I will make over-sized bets when I have "the nuts" (best hand) and sometimes I may only bet a portion of the pot. As my stack grows I will tighten up a bit and only raise pre-flop with premium hands. After people start thinking they have me figured out I will start raising with pocket pairs and connectors. When they hit I usually win big because everyone is convinced they know what hands I raise with. I may min bet the flop, river, and turn when I don't have it just to be called later when I do.  I don't like to just call when I'm on the draw either. I seem to win bigger when I re-raise indicating I have the best hand right then and want to get them out of the pot when all I want to do is make them feel more invested in the pot, confident in their hand, and overlook the flush or straight.
Now that he shared his secrets on his poker strategy, go give them a try and let me know how it works for you.

This featured post is compliments of iGame.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

2012 Mazda3 Review

Have you seen the 2012 Mazda3? It's one of the cars we are seriously thinking about purchasing later this year because my husband's vehicle is old as dirt and not very safe to be driving.  The safety features of the Mazda3 sold us.  Well, that and the incredible fuel economy.  We were spot on too because I found out later that the 2012 Mazda3 was named a 2012 top safety pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the vehicle gets up to 40mpg highway.  Impressed?  You should be!

Favorite Features

  • Steering wheel controls ease of use
  • Large trunk capacity
  • Bose stereo system
  • Bluetooth phone clarity
  • Blind spot monitoring

The 2012 Mazda3 starts at $15,200 for the four door or the sportier looking model, 5-door for $19,300.

- 148-hp, 2.0L 4-cylinder engine with a choice of 5-speed manual or 5-speed Sport
automatic transmission (i SV and i Sport models)
- 155-hp (154 hp for PZEV)† SKYACTIV-G 2.0L 4-cylinder engine with a choice of
SKYACTIV-MT 6-speed manual or SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed Sport automatic
transmission (i Touring and i Grand Touring models)
- 167-hp (165 hp for PZEV)†, 2.5L 4-cylinder engine with a choice of 6-speed manual or
5-speed Sport automatic transmission (s models)
- 25/33 mpg (2.0L MT)‡
- 24/33 mpg (2.0L AT)‡
- 27/39 mpg (SKYACTIV-G 2.0L MT)‡
- 28/40 mpg (SKYACTIV-G 2.0L AT)‡
- 20/28 mpg (2.5L MT)‡
- 22/29 mpg (2.5L AT)‡
Available dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, 265-watt Bose
audio, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio capability**, Mazda Advanced Keyless
Entry & Start System and compact navigation system
Standard safety features include advanced front air bags, front side-impact air bags,
side-impact air curtains††, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)‡‡ with Traction Control
System (TCS). A new Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) System, is now available in the
optional Grand Touring Technology Package
This compact car rates pretty high in it's class and is definitely a strong competitor against any of the other leading brands on the market today.  Don't be fooled, this one still has it's sleek, Zoom, Zoom, body let's you know it's a Mazda!

Disclosure: Mazda provided me with the use of the Mazda3 free of charge in exchange for an honest review and feedback.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Family Cars- Choosing the Right One

Buying a car is one of the most important purchases you’ll make in your life. You’ll need it to get around, whether it’s to work, university, for the weekly shop or to go and visit a friend or relative. To make sure you buy the right car, it’s worth looking out for a number of things before you make your decision. By reading car reviews, buyers will get an idea of price, features and longevity of vehicles.

The first thing to look out for is price. You need to have a clear idea of what you can afford, and by looking for new car deals from Auto Trader wherever possible, it’s possible to get a discount which will get you more for your money.
The car’s efficiency is also a big factor. Fuel is very expensive these days, and you want a car with good fuel economy. Anything that has fuel economy of over 40mpg is something you should go for, while city cars like the Fiat Panda and Volkswagen Polo can do much more than that.

You’ll want your new car to have plenty of space. A good family car should have five seats, which is handy for a long trip to the seaside or to the shops. A spacious car should have enough room in the boot to store several bags of shopping or at least a couple of sets of golf clubs.

A new car should also be safe. It’s worth looking at the car’s safety rating, as that will indicate how it performed in NCAP safety tests. Anything with five stars means that it’s extremely safe. Make sure that the car you’re looking at is equipped with airbags for the driver and passengers, as well as seat belts.

This guest post is from Auto Trader.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Have You Ever Sold A Car Online?

Selling a Car Online can be difficult.  I sold a couple of them that way and there are so many scammers out there that it just wasn't worth it to me to do it again without doing my research.  Beware of the money orders and certified checks people want to mail you or the direct deposit they want to make into your account.  When dealing with an individual there is nothing like CASH and a good Bill of Sale.

One problem I ran across was "no shows" that monopolized my time.  People would call me about the car, make an appointment to come see it, and then never show up.  It happens 9 times out of 10 and it is annoying.  I learned that if I am showing the car it will be at a time convenient to me - when I planned to be there anyway.

Another thing people tend to do is try to barter. Don't fall for it.  I had a people offer me things from computers to boats in exchange for my car.  Chances are whatever they are offering is more than likely crap.  If you want a boat or computer get the CASH and buy it yourself.  You'll get a much better deal.

Finally, don't fall for the payments scam.  I understand times are tough, but don't be a strangers bank because chances are you wont get your money in the long run.  My father in law recently ran into this problem when he sold a Nissan Pathfinder to a single mother who wanted to make payments.  Needless to say not only did she not pay after a couple months, but by the time he got the vehicle back from her it was relatively worthless.

When you decide to sell a car use a trusted source or if you do it directly, be honest.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

We Have Mega Millions, They Have Bingo

There are sites online like Mecca Bingo and Diva Bingo that offer Bingo from the comfort of your home.  In the UK online gambling doesn't seem to be a problem, but here in the US it is totally not legal.  I hate that.  Why?  Because I would LOVE to be able to play bingo online for money.  When I used to live in NY I would go to the casino every couple months to their big bingo game at the Indian reservation.  It was a blast.  I guess our legislature figures we have Lotto and Mega Millions, but really it isn't the same.

Why is bingo different?  It sure lasts longer than playing the lottery.  When you play the lottery you simply pick out numbers and then watch to see if your numbers win.  With bingo it is more interactive because you often have to make certain shapes and letters on your card and numbers are called more slowly.  I would say bingo offers more anticipation than the lottery.  I used to love the feel of the endorphins when I would be cased (bingo lingo for needing one number to win).

So, if anyone is listening, can you bring online bingo to the US?  We could use a little fun, thanks.

This is a featured post by Bingo Port.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Purchasing the Right Gift for Her

Gift giving can always be difficult when you are a new couple. Finding the right gifts for her can be especially hard when the relationship is relatively new.  One thing is for sure, there is a big difference between purchasing a birthday gift for someone you just met or buying anniversary gifts for a long term relationship. 

Here are a couple factors to consider:

Cost. If you are in a relatively new relationship be mindful of how much money you spend on a gift.  Spending too much on a gift in the early part of a relationship may be a costly mistake; however, spending too little may look as if you are cheap.  Put thought into the gift and be sensible.

Personalize it.  If you have been paying attention chances are you have gotten a bunch of recommendations already. Is she an avid reader?  Don't just buy her that book she keeps talking about - personalize it with a note tucked inside.  Go out of the way and try to get a signed copy.  When you aren't around that book should remind her just how special  you are.

Single Parent Dating Tips & Tricks Getting to Know Each Other

Whether you met via an online dating service or a speed dating event you and your new companion have decided to get to know each other better and perhaps take it to the next level.  This isn't always easy for dating parents because children are involved.  It is important to find out just how they feel.

Once you get to know someone and decide to take it to the next step it can sometimes be difficult bringing up certain subjects. Think about the times you have seen your kids laugh and giggle with joy. Those times are most likely when they are watching the antics of animals. Adults can also share in the fun. Here are some ideas of things to do that take a little pressure off getting to know each other:

Visit the Zoo

Take time to talk about the animals you see. You can even play a little game. Which animal would you be if you could? Choose one of the animals that you see and tell your new boyfriend/girlfriend why you chose that particular animal. You might just learn something new about how your boyfriend/girlfriend feels about life and love.  This is a great way to determine if he/she is worth investing in.

Visit the Aquarium

You won't want to miss the penguins, whales, dolphins, and even sharks. Read the information to learn more about the different creatures, because simple facts about the creatures we share the earth with can open up great discussions. Consider the fact that male penguins watch over the unborn eggs. This can certainly give you an idea about what he/she thinks of children and gender roles!

Go to the Circus

Your trip to the circus is just for the two of you to relax and communicate on an entirely new level. Enjoy each other without worrying about how the kids are enjoying the show. Get to the circus a bit early and walk around. This is a great way to monitor how he/she gets along with your children.

Spend time in the animal kingdom with your new romantic interest. It's amazing how much you will learn about each other.

This is a featured post for Dating Agency and Just Singles Parents.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The KIA Optima SX Turbo Review

I just recently got to test drive the 2011 KIA Optima SX Turbo and I have to tell you - this car is simply amazing and FUN!

For right around $30K loaded, this was an amazing vehicle to drive.  Most people wouldn't think to associate KIA with the words amazing, fun, fast, sexy, sleek, or stylish, but there is no other words to describe what they have done with the Optima Turbo. Read More...