Monday, January 31, 2011

Follow Me Back Tuesday!

Follow Me Back Tuesday is hosted by:  Survey Junkie, Little Yaya's, Review Retreat and my buddy  Boobies, Babies & A Blog!

 How it Works
  • Follow the 4 Hostesses, grab their button & link up~
  • That's all there is to it .
Thanks to all who played our meme yesterday, "Monday's Music Moves Me"     Next week is February and the them is Amor my friends!  Yes, we're having the entire month with nothing, but Love Songs!  So choose wise, and choose well so we can all get our men where we want them.  ~hehe~  Yes, every week will be love songs of the  heart!  Thanks to all who took the time to  play along with us.  Next time bring a friend!  Oh hell, bring lotsa friends!  Until then be safe, be healthy, but most of all just BE!  LONG LIVE ROCK & ROLL!
  From my home to yours Peace, Love, & Happiness!  From Lori, Larry, Callie and myself the HAPPY M4\

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Monday's Music Moves Me

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HI EVERYBODY AND WELCOME TO  OUR 23nd WEEK OF    
"MONDAY'S MUSIC MOVES ME!"  

Hope you had a great weekend !  So, let's get right down to it, and hear some ROCK & ROLL!  As Conductor of this SOUND TRAIN let me introduce who's who!  I'm XmasDolly Head Conductor.  (YAY - HERE THE ROAR OF THE CROWD?)  My Co-Conductors:: Lorie from The Shewbridges of Celebration, Florida,(LOUD WHISTLING),  Larry from Cakeblast ,  (APPLAUSE - APPLAUSE)  & last, but not least Callie from JAmericanSpice  (APPLAUSE, ROAR OF THE CROWD, WHISTLES - YAYYYYYYYYYYYY)

ALL ABOARD!  We're all eager to greet you at the station here and so y'all ready? We'd all like to F-O-L-L-O-W U, as soon as you can get here, and leave us your link! So, don't forget  sign our linky;  leave us a comment, and get take the train to the next stop!  Oh, and listen to our tunes of course!  ~hehe~ Now, if for any reason you cannot do a video on your blog or don't want to you can still dance along with us and listen to everyone's choices. Only thing we ask is grab our button, follow us, and leave us a luvin' comment.

I'm very sorry to say there's bloggers that are just signing our linky, and not playing along.  Not acceptable!   If you're not playing you WILL be deleted. There's many ways you can play.  If you don't want to post a video, post a link to one.  Also, last week we had two blogs that were deleted from our linky due to EXTREME profanity in the songs they chose.  Sorry there's a time & place for everything.  This isn't the time nor the place.  I run a family blog, so I will NOT have someone bloghopping from my blog, and putting on a tune to rock too while their children are in the same room playing, and hearing a variety of four letter words!  Once I find out - I'm sorry you will be deleted immediately, BUT I do have a solution for you.  You want to post one of those songs that's fine, but only the link to it will be acceptable & please state it is XXX Rated, and let the blogger make their own choice whether to listen or not.  There is such things as earphones, and it'll be shut out to little ears.  Thank you for your cooperation.  This paragraph will only be posted this week only.  Following weeks you will only see:  Reasons for the Boot:  1.  XXX-Rated videos Prohibited only link allowed, and if you do not want to play along don't sign our linky.  Thank you for your time.  .

So, are ya ready to rock & roll?  I SAID ARE YOU READY TO ROCK & ROLL?  Well, all right then!  This week's theme is songs of your favorite group, and who they are.   LET'S GET OUR FUNKY SPUNKY, AND LUBE YOUR GROOVE CUZ IT'S TIME TO ROCK & ROLL!  FIND THOSE ROCKIN' BLOGGERS AND TELL THEM DOLLY SENT YOU!  FOLLOW THEM AND THEN LEAD THEM BACK HERE!

So, here's the RULES:

First:  You Tube, and lock & load!   Upcoming themes are to your RIGHT.
Secondly:  Grab our "Monday's Music Moves Me" Button (on your right, under mine)
Third:  SIGN THE LINKY - Follow your conductors, grab their buttons & leave them a nice comment from your sweet selves!
Finally, Boogie on down to one of these Fellow Rockin' Bloggers on our Linky or bring some back with you to join us! Drag them back a kickin' and a hollarin' who cares, just bring them back!!! 
THAT'S IT! 
PICK A TUNE, GRAB OUR  BUTTON, FOLLOW US, SIGN OUR LINKY, AND FIND FELLOW ROCKERS AND BRING THEM BACK!   Random.org picks two people to showcase in our 4M SPOTLIGHT DANCEWOO HOO!  I will e-mail you, and let you know, so please leave your e-mail address if it's not available at your blog.

RaveRave Girl
AND OUR  "SPOTLIGHT DANCE" COUPLE IS:  (DRUM ROLL PLEASE) 
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INTRODUCING "OUR SPOTLIGHT COUPLE"
1.  #14 Self Sagacity  and  2.  #17  If I Could Escape
CONGRATS!  APPLAUSE - APPLAUSE
This week's theme is my favorite group!  Come on, you haven't guessed by now?  May I introduce "DESIGNATED RIDERS' (who are practicing down stairs by the way), so here's one from their repitoire you may recognize.  They're playing in St. Charles, IL at a place called, "Chord on Blues".  Hubby is on the right - singing playing lead guitar.
Now, the next one I go gaga over is.. come on now, you know... INTRODUCING THE INFAMOUS "BON JOVI" doing "It's my Life".
And look how young he is here!  Is he H-O-T or what!!
THANKS FOR SHOWIN' ME SOME LOVE!
I leave you now with another favorite of mine - JOURNEY!  "Open Arms" is what I have for all of you!  God bless, and may you be in heaven and hour before the devil knows your gone!
HUGS TO ALL AND THANKS FOR PLAYIN TODAY!

MONDAY'S MUSIC MOVES ME!
4M'S Double Kiss
For more music fun visit our friends at  Amanda, Run DMT and Hairbows & Guitar Picks


Friday, January 28, 2011

Slide into Super Bowl Sunday with a Slider Bar & WIN a “101 Things To Do With Meatballs” cookbook, written by NYT best-selling author Stephanie Ashcraft REVIEW & GIVE-AWAY!

Super Bowl Sunday will be here before you know it, and footballs fans everywhere will be gathering around their TV's at friend's house or maybe you're the one throwing the Super Bowl Party for everyone to kick back and enjoy the game.  Let me help.  I just wanted to share some really good recipes with you to show off with and please your hungry fellas with some delicious ideas that will keep the football fans under control.  Well, at least their appetites.    

Build Your Own Slider Bar
When it comes game-day there’s no better way to feed the frenzy than by using traditional favorite foods, like Popcorn Fish, BBQ and meatballs in an all-new way.  These recipes are simple to prepare,  so no one misses a second of the game. What brings these three favorites together you say? A build-your-own-slider bar!

To create a game-winning slider bar, place dishes of warm Popcorn Fish, BBQ and meatballs dishes on a table. Warm buns in the oven and place in basket alongside the all-star dishes. Then, offer guests a variety of favorite toppings (slaw, tomato slices, lettuce, tartar sauce, marinara sauce and cheese, just to name a few) and place on table. Fans can assemble their snacks as they please and no one goes home hungry!
Game Winning Playbook
The fastest way to get everything ready before kickoff is to utilize local Club Stores, like Sam’s, to stock up on the essentials without sacrificing time, taste, or money. With Byron’s Bar-B-Q, SeaPak and Casa Di Bertacchi Meatballs on hand, guests of every age will be excited to dig into dinner.

Here's the recipes!  NUMMMMERS!!!!!

BBQ Slider
1-2 oz Byron’s BBQ
1 slider burger roll
Cabbage slaw:
    Bagged cabbage mix
   ½ cup light mayonnaise
   1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
   ¼ tsp celery seed
   Dash of salt and pepper
 

Popcorn Slider
1-2 oz SeaPak Popcorn Fish or Shrimp
1 slider burger roll
Lettuce and Tomato
Tartar sauce:
   1 cup mayonnaise
   2 tsp. lemon juice
   1 Tbsp. pickle relish
   Sprinkle of salt and pepper
 

Meatball Slider
2 Casa Di Bertacchi Meatballs
1 slider burger roll
1 Tbsp. marinara sauce
1 slice mozzarella cheese

Did you like the recipes?  How would you like to win a “101 Things To Do With Meatballs” cookbook, written by NYT best-selling author Stephanie Ashcraft", One Winner!

TO ENTER:

Mandatory Entry:  Go to SeaPak.com, and tell me which frozen fish do you buy, and like the best.

For extra entries, you may do one or all of the following.  You must leave a separate comment for each entry.

- Follow my blog publicly (gfc) (+1)
- Subscribe by e-mail.  I will be checking (+3)
  Be sure to leave a valid email address otherwise I won't be able to contact you if you win.
- Like XmasDolly on Facebook (+1) -Befriend Xmasdolly on FB (+3)
-Like SeaPak  Facebook (+3)
-Leave a message on their FB regarding this give-away (+5) i.e. XmasDolly sent me to browse your FB & I entered the Give-Away for the cookbook.
-Leave a message on my fb re: this give-away (+5) I entered the Sea Pak Cookbook    Give-away (+3)
- Share this give-away on your FB 3x daily (+3 ea. time)
- Go to Sea Pak's blog and sign up for their e-mail (+5)
- Add my button to your site (+3)
- Blog about this giveaway (+10)
- Enter any other current giveaways (+5 ea.)
- Comment on a non-giveaway post (+3 ea. limit 5)
- Play "Monday's Music Moves Me" by signing linky, leave comment of date and video you posted.  (+5 ea.   every Monday you play
- Grab the Monday's Music Moves Me (4M) button (+5)
- Follow @Xmasdolly on Twitter  (+2 ea.)
- Tweet: RT #Win Slide into Super Bowl Sunday with a Slider Bar Co... Win a 101 Ways to cook meatballs Cookbook http://t.co/58T6et5 Ends 2.16  (3X Daily 1 hr. apart)
- Follow me on Networked Blog (+1)

Give-away will end on 2/16/11 at 11:59 PM CST
Winner will be chosen by random.org and will be e-mailed. The winner has 48 hrs. to respond to my e-mail or another winner will be chosen. 

*Disclaimer:  I received these recipes only, no product in order to write a honest review, and honest opinions were used.  Opinion is 100% my own and may vary from others, and no monetary compensation was given.

Skin MD Natural Review and Give-Away

Shielding Lotion Scientifically Developed for Face, Body & Hands!  Now, there's a big reason why I wanted to take this review.  I have venous insufficiency. Venous insufficiency is a condition in which the flow of blood through the veins is impaired.  My legs and feet start to swell during the day, and the next morning down again!  This stretches my skin, and it becomes very, very dry and itchy.  Of course winter-time is hard on our skin, as is the sun in the summer.  What I really liked about this lotion is no, there is no greasy residue or fragrance.  It also has no Parabens, petrochemicals or dyes.  A few of my grandchildren were born with eczema, and Skin MD is what my daughter uses to keep their skin problems under control.  You see:  "Skin MD Natural works in conjunction with the normal process, and normal mechanism that we have in our bodies to protect ourselves".  - Dr. Wayne Weber

Skin MD Natural helps skin retain its natural moisture and oils in the face of all those irritating soaps and chemicals.  The manufacturer's website www.skinmdnatural.com has hundreds of dermatologist and user reviews including many addressing severe dry skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis. People with sensitive skin -- and those of us who like to live as naturally as possible -- will appreciate that Skin MD Natural is hypoallergenic, free of fragrances, parabens and colorants. It is made with more than 90% natural ingredients and 100% food-grade ingredients that are on the FDA's "most safe" list.

A shielding lotion does the real work to prevent dry skin in two ways.
  • First, it assists the inner layers of skin to absorb moisture. The humectant (an ingredient that attracts moisture) used in Skin MD Natural is unique to it and has been laboratory tested to be 6 times more effective than any other you will find in common creams.
  • Secondly, a shielding lotion enhances the power of the top layer of the skin to resist environmental irritants while protecting the inner natural moisture.
So, which lotion do you want to use?
TO ENTER:

Mandatory Entry: Vote for me at INFUSION DESIGN PRESENTS! for a blogmakeover. (+5  it's only once a day & ends today)! Mandatory for today 2.28 only
For extra entries, you may do one or all of the following.  You must leave a separate comment for each entry.

- Follow my blog publicly (gfc) (+1)
- Subscribe by e-mail.  I will be checking (+3)
  Be sure to leave a valid email address otherwise I won't be able to contact you if you win.
- Like XmasDolly on Facebook (+1) -Befriend Xmasdolly on FB (+3)
-Like SkinMD Natural  Facebook (+3)
-Leave a message on their FB regarding this give-away (+5) i.e. XmasDolly sent me to browse your FB & I entered the Give-Away.
-Leave a message on my fb re: this give-away (+5) I entered the SkinMD give-away with link here. (+3)
- Share on your FB 3x daily (+3 ea. time)
- Add my button to your site (+3)
- Blog about this giveaway (+10)
- Enter any other current giveaways (+5 ea.)
- Comment on a non-giveaway post (+3 ea. limit 5)
- Play "Monday's Music Moves Me" by signing linky, leave comment of date and video you posted.  (+5 ea.   every Monday you play
- Grab the Monday's Music Moves Me (4M) button (+5)
- Follow @Xmasdolly on Twitter and SkinMD (+2 ea.)
- Tweet this giveaway (3x/daily-1hr. a part) You may copy this one or use your own: #Win SkinMD NaturalLotion @skinmdnatural @xmasdolly http://thenewxmasdolly.blogspot.com/2011/01/skin-md-review-and-give-away.html  Ends 2.16 (+1)

-Follow me on Networked Blog (+1)

Give-away will end on 2/16/11 at 11:59 PM CST
Winners will be chosen by random.org and will be e-mailed. The winner has 48 hrs. to respond to my e-mail or another winner will be chosen. 

*Disclaimer:  I received a product in order to write a honest review, and honest opinions were used.  Opinion is 100% my own and may vary from others, and no monetary compensation was given.

Giveaway open to the US and Canada

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Aloha Follow Friday the Over 40 Set is here Flashing back!

Melissa at one week old June of 1980
Big Sis & Little Sis - 1998 Little Sis is the Preemie
 Alicia at More than Words started "Friday Photo Flashback". I'm having a blast & you can too! Dig out your photo album! Don't forget to sign up so we can all visit and comment on each others pics/blogs! IT'S GREAT FUN! You'll love walking down memory lane - just as I do! This pic was taken in 1980.   It's my youngest who was a preemie 3.lbs 2 oz at birth, and I didn't get to take her home until she was 4lbs. 8oz.  She wore doll clothes up until she was a year old. 

 
Are you a blogger over 40? Yeah, welcome to the club!
Please join in the fun over at Java's place, and get to know your fellow bloggers at Never Growing Old!!
GRAB JAVA'S BUTTON!  She's such a sweetie!  Thanks Java for hosting a fun meme!
 

"In Hawaii, Aloha Friday a day of rest. So we're doin' the same. On Fridays we're taking it easy on posting. Therefore, our hostess is asking a simple question for you to answer; nothing that requires a lengthy response.If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link at the very friendly place of Islandlife808.com. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends and find new followers!

My question is:  So what are your plans for Valentines Day?

Probably a nice dinner at home by candlelight and some soft music & a bottle of wine, and my hubby!  What more can a girl ask for?!!!  Have a great weekend everyone, and tomorrow is the last day for voting.  Please vote for me if you have time.  I soooooooooooooo want to win the blog makeover.  Thanks!!!

  Wasn't that fun?  ~hehe~  Have a Great Weekend Everyone, and THANKS for stopping by, and following me.   Oh!  Don't forget about this Monday - "MONDAY'S MUSIC MOVES ME".  This week's theme is:  "Who is your favorite group (present or past)?  You know boy/girl bands etc. !  So, drum up something to ROCK to for me.  I've been doing my morning chores while I listen to all this cool ROCK & ROLL you people have been picking out, and it's making my chores much more enjoyable.  THANKS!   I truly hope you ALL can make it. It's tons of fun!  Bring a friend!  Hell, bring lots of friends.  Have a great weekend! 

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT


And the winner is:

True Random Number Generator  34

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...
I voted for you today as always xD Thank you for this great giveaway Dolly-Both Charlie and Bea need a good cleaning badly! Lol TheEclecticElement AT yahoo DOT com #5

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

RECIPES ON WEDNESDAY/WORDFUL WEDNESDAY

This week I'm going to give you a recipe I got from a good friend of mine.  She brings it every year for Thanksmas at my husband's family's house.  It's to die for if you like cranberries!
Haven't decided if I want to open another meme or not.  I may call this my Recipe Wednesday, and we can trade secret family recipe.  Leave me a comment, and let me know if you like the idea.   Sorry I don't have a picture of this, but here's one just for ha ha's!  Have a great day! Don't forget to vote for me on my side bar to win a Blog Make-Over!  Woo Hoo!  THANKS!
This the band we went to see last week.  They're awesome.  They're called Hi-Infeldelity.  The bald-headed guy sounds exactly like Steve Perry of Journey!  WOO HOO!  We had a blast.  More stuff to come, but that'll be in tomorrow's post.

Cranberries & Stuff!
Needed:
1 bag cranberries
1 cup sugar
2 boxes of apricot jello
2 boxes of raspberry jello
2 bags frozen raspberries
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup chopped up dried apricots


Boil cranberries according to directions on the bag
Add an extra cup of water
When the cranberries are close to being done add the 4 boxes of jello and stir
Add frozen raspberries and stir
Remove from heat

Once that cools a bit add walnuts and apricots

Note: I have found that it is better to let the mix get close to room temp before you
add the dried apricots and walnuts otherwise they absorb all the liquid.






Sunday, January 23, 2011

Monday's Music Moves Me!

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HI EVERYBODY AND WELCOME TO  OUR 22nd WEEK OF    
"MONDAY'S MUSIC MOVES ME!"  

Hope you had a great weekend !  So, let's get right down to it, and hear some ROCK & ROLL!  As Conductor of this SOUND TRAIN let me introduce who's who!  I'm XmasDolly Head Conductor.  (YAY - HERE THE ROAR OF THE CROWD?)  My Co-Conductors:: Lorie from The Shewbridges of Celebration, Florida,(LOUD WHISTLING),  Larry from Cakeblast ,  (APPLAUSE - APPLAUSE)  & last, but not least Callie from JAmericanSpice  (APPLAUSE, ROAR OF THE CROWD, WHISTLES - YAYYYYYYYYYYYY)

ALL ABOARD!  We're all eager to greet you at the station here and so y'all ready? We'd all like to F-O-L-L-O-W U, as soon as you can get here, and leave us your link! So, don't forget  sign our linky;  leave us a comment, and get take the train to the next stop!  Oh, and listen to our tunes of course!  ~hehe~ Now, if for any reason you cannot do a video on your blog or don't want to you can still dance along with us and listen to everyone's choices. Only thing we ask is grab our button, follow us, and leave us a luvin' comment.

I'm very sorry to say there's been some people just signing our linky, and not playing along.  Not acceptable!   If you're not playing along you will be deleted. There's many ways you can play.  If you don't want to post a video, post a link to a video.  Thank you for your cooperation.
So, are ya ready to rock & roll?  I SAID ARE YOU READY TO ROCK & ROLL?  Well, all right then!  This week's theme is a freebie!  Play what moves you, and gets your MOJO a  workin'!  woo hoo!   LET'S GET OUR FUNKY SPUNKY, AND LUBE YOUR GROOVE CUZ IT'S TIME TO SHAKE YOUR BOOTY!  FIND THOSE ROCKIN' BLOGGERS AND TELL THEM DOLLY SENT YOU!  FOLLOW THEM AND THEN LEAD THEM BACK HERE!

So, here's the RULES:

First:  You Tube, and lock & load!   Upcoming themes are to your RIGHT.
Secondly:  Grab our "Monday's Music Moves Me" Button (on your right, under mine)
Third:  SIGN THE LINKY - Follow your conductors, grab their buttons & leave them a nice comment from your sweet selves!
Finally, Boogie on down to one of these Fellow Rockin' Bloggers on our Linky or bring some back with you to join us! Drag them back a kickin' and a hollarin' who cares, just bring them back!!! 
THAT'S IT! 
PICK A TUNE, GRAB OUR  BUTTON, FOLLOW US, SIGN OUR LINKY, AND FIND FELLOW ROCKERS AND BRING THEM BACK!   Random.org picks two people to showcase in our 4M SPOTLIGHT DANCEWOO HOO!  I will e-mail you, and let you know, so please leave your e-mail address if it's not available at your blog.

RaveRave Girl
AND OUR  "SPOTLIGHT DANCE" COUPLE IS:  (DRUM ROLL PLEASE) 
Drum Roll

INTRODUCING "OUR SPOTLIGHT COUPLE"
1.  #36 Gone Bananas and  2.  #19 Stacy Uncorked (Stacy)
CONGRATS!  APPLAUSE - APPLAUSE


Freebie week is here, and today is also band practice, and the guys downstairs are trying to put together this song:
Yes, that was Bo Bice from American Idol singing, "Vehicle".  Being as American Idol just started I just thought I'd put up a couple of my favorites being as I am a American Idol fan.  The next one is Kelly Clarkson in the very first season.
And who can forget Katharine McPhee doing, "Over the Rainbow".
Last but not least, my favorite Carrie Underwood.  It was so hard for me to pick, but this one kind of stuck out in my mind.
THANKS FOR SHOWIN' ME SOME LOVE!

As long as y'all are here would you please vote for me on the right here to win a free make-over.  There's only a few days left, and I'd really like to win that blog make over.  Just click on the button on the right that says Win a Free Make-Over!  Thanks so much.  Some of you asked vote for what?  Sorry can't get much plainer than our button here.  HUGS TO ALL AND THANKS!
Also, the winner of a coupon for free instant coffee and free Bob Evans is #44 Susan Smith, which was held for the 4M's players only thanks to one of our conductors.  Thanks Larry at Cakeblast, your definitely a peach!  WOO HOO! Congratulations Susan!
MONDAY'S MUSIC MOVES ME!
4M'S Double Kiss
For more music fun visit our friends at  Amanda, Run DMT and Hairbows & Guitar Picks

HUGS & LOVE TO ALL!
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