Monday, January 31, 2011

Books, books, Books.

I’m a member of The Literary Guild and as a member I not only get new and current released books at a discount price I get a catalog in the mail every 3 months or so. I love it I tear it open like a kid a Christmas and start picking out all the books I want to read. My husband on the other hand wishes he had never showed me them. LOL!

Here is my current want list of books! 83483448

    1. Every Last One - Anna Quindlen
    2. Rescue - Anita Shreve
    3. 1022 Evergreen Place - Debbie Macomber
    4. Winter Bloom - Tara Heavey
    5. The Lake of Dreams - Kim Edwards
    6. Secrets to the Grave - Tami Hoag
    7. Chasing the Sun - Kaki Warner
    8. Clara and Mr. Tiffany - Susan Vreeland
    9. Precious and Fragile Things - Megan Hart
    10. Family Affair - Debbie Macomber
    11. Awakened - P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (I actually want the full series)
    12. Call Me Irresistible - Susan Elizabeth Phillipssing-you-home-157
    13. How to Bake a Perfect Life - Barbara O'Neal
    14. Keys to the Castle - Donna Ball
    15. Salting Roses - Lorelle Marinello
    16. Falling Home - Karen White
    17. The Witch's Daughter - Paula Brackston
    18. The Red Queen - Philippa Gregory
    19. Murder Most Amish - P.L. Gaus
    20. Nowhere to Hide - Carlene Thompson
    21. Last Sacrifice - Richelle Mead (I actually want the full series)
    22. These Things Hidden - Heather Gudenkauf
    23. Saving Max - Antoinette van Heugten
    24. Fragile - Lisa Unger
    25. What My Best Friend Did - Lucy Dawson
    26. Lost and Found - John GlattLast-Sacrifice
    27. Little Princes - Conor Grennan
    28. Three Cups of Tea
    29. Fair Game - Valerie Plame Wilson
    30. Sing You Home - Jodi Picoult
    31. William and Kate - Christopher Andersen
    32. The Red Thread - Ann Hood
    33. In a Heartbeat - Rosalind Noonan
    34. A Vintage Affair - Isabel Wolff
    35. A Thread So Thin - Marie Bostwick
    36. Miss You Most of All - Elizabeth Bass
    37. Backseat Saints - Joshilyn Jackson
    38. Hidden Wives - Claire Avery


What books are on your want list?

Rockin’ Green Winner

Wow! Over 110 entries. You cloth diapering mommas sure are great. I don’t think I’ve had that many entries in a long time. I didn’t even know Rockin’ green existed before my sister (a fellow CD momma) reviewed it, and wow it must be popular!

Welcome to all my new followers! If you ever have a product you think is neat and want to see it as a giveaway here at FAMILY TREASURES please leave a comment and I will try and do my best. (By The Way – Please follow the rules, 1 comment =1 entry. This will be the last time I count multiple entries in the same comment. Thank you!)

Now on to announcing the winner. Drawn by the winning number is……….

113 out of 118!


♥Mama of the Littles♥ said...

I like rockin green on fb and thanked them!

Congrats Angela you have 24 hours to claim your prize before a new winner is chosen.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Goals revisited

Ok so for 2010 I had a list of goals remember them? LOL I didn’t. But here it goes. My goals and if I achieved them or not.
    • 1. Make 2 photo books (2/2) (completed 5/10/2010: Lorelai's, Peyton's)
    • 2. Finish Peyton’s First Birthday slide show (completed 2/21/2010)
    • 3. Host 4 giveaways on my blog (Blew this one out of the water!)
    • 4. frame and hang family pictures (completed 2/10/2010
    • 5. Eye spy bags for the kids (0/2) (FAILED)
    • 6. Fill out the baby books (0/2) (FAILED)
    • 7. Host a naughty party (completed 2/28/2010)
    • 8. Develop old film (0/4) (FAILED)
    • 9. Clean and organize the Kitchen (completed 2/12/2010)
    • 10. Clean and organize the Dining Room/Laundry (completed 1/29/2010)
    • 11. Clean and organize the Living Room (completed 2/11/2010)
    • 12. learn to knit (FAILED)
    • 13. Clean and organize the kids rooms (0/2) Done, moved
    • 14. Potty Train Lorelai!! (FAILED) She is not ready
    • 15. make a family recipe book(s) (completed 2/2/2010)
    • 16. Hang a print over the couch completed Done, but moved, not done in new home
    • 17. make a clock (FAILED)
    • 18. make a doll clothes for Lorelai (completed 3/28/2010)
    • 19. drink at least 3 bottles of water each day (FAILED)
    • 20. lose 50lbs (15/50) (FAILED)
    • 21. go back to college (FAILED)
    • 22. Clean out the garage DONE we moved
    • 23. Teach Lorelai colors Somewhat done
    • 24. Teach Lorelai ABC’s (FAILED)
    • 25. Teach Lorelai to count to 20 (10/20) (completed)
    • 26. Wean Peyton from the bottle (Completed!)
    • 27. Visit the children’s museum at least 4 times (0/4) (FAILED)
    • 28. Make mail box, mail bags and letters for the kids (FAILED)
    • 29. Visit the library at least 5 times (0/5) (FAILED)
    • 30. Make a shirt or pants for Peyton (FAILED)
    • 31. Make shirt or dress for Lila (FAILED)
    • 32. Visit the zoo at least 5 times (2/5) (FAILED)
    • 33. Read at least 12 books and post a review of each(2/12) (FAILED)
    • 34. Update photo site monthly (5/12) (FAILED)
    • 35. Take more pictures (FAILED)
    • 36. Call in-laws at least once a week (we now live near them and talk to them daily, Now I have to change this to My parents)
    • 37. make a pillow (FAILED)
    • 38. make a no-sew fleece blankets for each person (1/4) (FAILED) only Peyton got one but I do have fabric for Lila’s maybe this year
    • 39. make yoga pants from an old t-shirt (FAILED)
    • 40. Make a bag for Lorelai’s Pony's (completed - i bought one instead)
    • 41. Save $200 by using coupons ($65.00/$200) Too hard, (FAILED)
    • 42. Sell at least 5 items from Longaberger. (6/5) (completed 2/14/2010)
    • 44. buy Lorelai a tutu (completed 2/12/2010)
    • 45. make a fun toy for Peyton, any ideas???? Completed
    • 46. learn to sew by hand and machine. Completed!!
    • 47. buy a sewing machine Completed 2/08/2010
    • 48. lean to decorate my blog (completed)
    • 49. Learn to drive (FAILED)
    • 50. make matching outfits for the kids (0/2) (FAILED)
    • 51. Write a least 15 toy reviews (I think I made this one)
Not many failed ones but a few will be on the next list.

Gourmet Gift Baskets Review and Giveaway!

Gourmet Gift Baskets is a site that offers gift baskets for every occasion. From affordable to extravagant gift baskets, you are sure to find the perfect gift basket here for every holiday, birthday, anniversary, or just because.
I was sent the Be My Valentine™ - Valentine's Day Gift Basket (Pictured above)
The basket arrived in a box, I opened it and the basket looked perfect. All the snacks were arranged beautifully. This basket is perfect for that special someone in your life.
We’ve made it easier than ever say those two little words… “Be Mine.” By sending our “Be My Valentine” Gift Basket you are making an impression that will be remembered amongst the myriad of Valentines Day Gifts given over the years. Cupid has completely filled this Valentines Day gift basket to the brim with a dark chocolate bar, chocolate wafers, chocolate covered cherries, English toffee, Cherry Vanilla Va-Voom crunch, a peanut roll, dark chocolate raspberry sticks and almond roca buttercrunch! Our Valentine's Gift Baskets will have them longing to “be yours” for many Valentines Days to come.

  • · Signature Dark Chocolate Bar by Lake Champlain - 3 oz. - You have never tasted a chocolate bar as good as this so we just had to include it in our Valentines Day gift baskets.
    · Chocolate Wafer Petites by Dolcetto - 5 oz. - A light, delicate chocolate treat that we all rave about and are one of our best Valentines Day Gift Ideas!
    · English Toffee Singles by Nikki's Cookies - 1.41 oz. - Dipped in thick, rich chocolate, these chunks of crumbled toffee are baked to create a unique and distinctive almond praline flavor.
    · Chocolate Cherries by Marich - 2.3 oz. - Covered in chocolate, these cherries are always the first to go. Get your hands on one of these fast, or before you know it you will be saying, “Where’s mine?”
    · Cherry Vanilla Va-Voom Nut Confection by Nutorious - 2 oz. - Put a little Va-Voom in their Valentine’s Day, this irresistible snack is sure to satisfy!
    · Peanut Roll by Dillons - 3 oz. - Chewy nougat perfectly blended with crunchy, salty peanuts – need we say more?!
    · Dark Chocolate Raspberry Sticks by Sweet Co. - 4.1 oz. - This amazing combination of sweet fruit covered in delectable dark chocolate will make a lasting impression on all those lucky enough to taste this incredible treat.
    · Almond Roca Buttercrunch Toffee Box by Brown & Haley - 4.2 oz. - Roca their world this Valentine’s Day with this  ideal butter crunch toffee indulgence.

Thanks to Gourmet Gift Baskets 1 lucky Family Treasures Reader will win the same basket I received above.
To Enter
All you have to do is Become a fan of Gourmet Gift Baskets on Facebook and leave me a comment telling me you did (Mandatory Entry).
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Please leave a comment for each entry. Winner will be chosen by The contest will end February 9th, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Open to 18+ US and Canada Only.
Disclosure: I received a Gift Basket  from for the purpose of this review. No other monetary compensation was received.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

EReaders: Here to Stay or Fading Fad?

Happy New Year to all, and welcome to Techie Tuesday. As I said last month, this month, we’ll be talking all about eReaders. I’ll be giving you details, pros and cons, my pick for best eReader, and attempt to answer if getting an eReader is the best thing to do or not.
First of all, what is an eReader? An eReader is, basically, an electronic device that allows you to read books. This is the primary purpose of an eReader: to read. As a result, don’t expect to find large screens or beautiful colors. Most eReaders have a screen size of about a paperback novel and are black and white. But one thing to note is that the black and white is not like it is on an LCD screen. EReaders use a special type of print called eInk.

EInk works like this. The principal components of electronic ink are millions of tiny microcapsules, about the diameter of a human hair. In one incarnation, each microcapsule contains positively charged white particles and negatively charged black particles suspended in a clear fluid. When a positive electric field is applied, the white particles move to the top of the microcapsule to become visible to the reader. This makes the surface appear white at that location. At the same time, an opposite electric field pulls the black particles to the bottom of the microcapsules where they are hidden. By reversing this process, the black particles appear at the top of the capsule, which now makes the surface appear dark at that location. (

This is how words are formed on the screen. As a result of it not being and LCD, eReaders can be read in direct light with no distortion or blocking of the text.
Now, many people say that the Apple iPad is a very good eReader. Let me clarify something now. The iPad is, first and foremost, a tablet PC. True, it has more space than your standard eReader, and true, it does colors, and yes, the screen is larger, but it contains your standard LCD screen covered by glass. So, it’s like trying to read on your laptop when you’re outside on a sunny day. Not easy at all. Also, due to the fact that eReaders use eInk, they don’t drain batteries as fast as an iPad. In conclusion to this part, if you want a straight eReader, look for one. If you want a computer that does eBooks, go get yourself an iPad.
Next, let’s look at the different kinds of eReaders out there. I could write multiple pages on this, but I won’t. Suffice it to say, you have a ton of choices. But, keep in mind, an eReader is like a television. You want to buy from a company who specializes in that product. You wouldn’t buy a television made by Maytag or Whirlpool, would you? I didn’t think so. EReaders are the same way. They all work basically the same, but you’re better off looking at, what I call, the big three: the Sony Reader, the Barnes and Noble Nook (and Nook Color), and the Amazon Kindle. So, these are the three I will be comparing.
First off, commonalities. They all utilize the eInk technology. They all can be read in direct sunlight. They all use WiFi. And they all have 16 shades of gray, which leads to better pictures. Now, the differences. First, the Sony Reader. The top pick in that group is the Sony Reader Daily. It boasts a 7” screen, making it 1” larger than the Nook or Kindle. You get 2GB internal memory, which can hold up to 1,200 books, and that’s expandable by the Dual Memory Card Expansion Slots, which can take both SD and Memory Stick Duo cards up to 32GB, which gives you up to 50,000 books. It also includes touch screen navigation, weighs in an 9.6 ounces, and will last between 10 and 22 days, depending on whether or not you have your wireless on. The cost of this unit is $299.99.
Next, we’re going to look at 2. The Barnes and Noble Nook and Nook Color. Both are similar, with the exception of one being a regular eReader and one being in color. Both have a 6” display and free 3G, which basically means you can download your books anywhere. It has 2GB internal memory, good for up to 1,500 eBooks, which is expandable via micro SD card for up to 16GB, or 17,500 eBooks. A unique feature of the Nook is that it has a full color touch screen below the book screen for navigation, and it allows you the opportunity to lend others your books. It also gives you a basic Web browser, good for text-heavy pages like Wikipedia. It weighs in at 11.2 ounces, and lasts between 2 and 10 days, again depending on wireless on or off. It costs $149 for WiFi only, $199 for WiFi+3G, and $249 for the Nook Color, which does WiFi only. And, since the Nook Color is a color screen, expect battery life to be less.
Lastly, the Amazon Kindle. This is arguably the eReader that began a revolution. The latest incarnation of it is the Kindle 3. Like the Nook, it boasts a 6” screen, built in WiFi, and a basic Web browser. But it boasts a 4GB internal storage, or up to 3,500 books. Unfortunately, it does not include any expansion slots, but this shouldn’t be a huge factor, considering who is going to really have 3,500 books to read? It does not have a touch screen, but some books give you a Text-to-Speech feature, which allows the Kindle read to you, so, while you’re driving, you can basically have an audiobook going if you want. Right now, not all books are available to lend, but Amazon is working diligently on making that happen. It’s also the lightest of the bunch, at 8.7 ounces, and lasts between 10 days and 1 month on a single charge, depending on wireless. The WiFi only model is $139 and the WiFi+3G model is $189.
So, of these three eReaders, I choose (and have) the Amazon Kindle 3, and I even included the lighted cover (available for around $60). It just feels right, it’s quick, and it holds so many books. Plus, as the WiFi only Kindle is less expensive than others and is about all you’ll ever need, unless you do a lot of travelling, the Kindle makes perfect sense. Plus it’s backed by Amazon’s top-notch customer service. If anything happens to your Kindle within a year, EVEN IF IT’S YOUR FAULT, Amazon will replace it for free with a full new 1 year warranty.
Now, my last word on eReaders has to be are they here to stay or just a fad? Well, based on what I have seen, I think there is a lot of potential when it comes to eReaders. They don’t deteriorate like regular books, and they are convenient for keeping your whole library in one place. Personally, I think that eReaders are here to stay and are worth getting for anybody who likes to read.
Next time, we’ll be talking about fitness video games, and, hopefully, the month after that, we will be reviewing the new Nintendo 3DS system. Until then, keep techin’ folks!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Big G - Whole Grain Cereal Giveaway


According to the 2010 Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, only five percent of Americans get the three full recommended daily servings – a shocking statistic.
With many Americans making New Year’s Resolutions to live healthier, it’s never been easier to get the whole grain you want without sacrificing taste. Every Big G cereal contains at least 8 grams of whole grain per serving, with more than 20 General Mills cereals delivering 16 grams or more. (At least 48 grams of whole grain are recommended daily.) Big G cereals are America’s number one source of whole grain at breakfast, providing America with more whole grain at breakfast than any other breakfast food from any other manufacturer.
Only whole grain gives you the vital nutrients from the complete grain. The health benefits of whole grains can’t be pinpointed to one particular component of the grain. It’s the “whole grain package” that makes the difference. In addition to fiber, whole grain contains antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and other vital nutrients that help ensure a healthy diet. A diet high in whole grain has been found to help with diabetes and weight management, and it may help reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers.
Get into the whole grain habit by just looking for the big white check on Big G cereals! Cereal is already one of the healthiest breakfast choices you can make, and the entire Big G cereal line is made with whole grain, making it a great choice. Big G cereals have the brands and flavor your family will love, including Cheerios®, Lucky Charms®, Cinnamon Toast Crunch®, Honey Nut Cheerios®, Fiber One® and Total®.
To be sure the other foods you are choosing have the healthy whole grain you need, just follow these two easy rules:

  1. Look for a whole grain symbol like the big white check on Big G cereals or the Whole Grain Stamp developed by the Whole Grains Council
  2. Scan the ingredient list and choose foods that list a whole grain near the top of the list

Visit for more tips, additional information about the benefits of Whole Grain and how Big G cereals can be a convenient and tasty way to incorporate more whole grain into your day.

I had the opportunity to receive a prize pack to help fulfill my healthy living goals, including a VIP coupon for one Big G cereal, a cereal on-the-go bowl, lunch bag, walking enthusiast kit and a digital jump rope. 
We decided to try the new cinnamon burst cheerios, and let me just say - YUMMM!!

Would you like to win this great prize pack?  My BlogSpark and Big G Cereals are giving one away to a Family Treasures follower!

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Disclosure: I received the product mentioned above in exchange for this review by MyBlogSpark and Big G Cereals. No monetary compensation was received by me. This is my completely honest opinion above and may differ from yours. I cannot and will not be held liable for lost or products not received.

CSN Stores, something for everyone

I’ve been offered the opportunity to bring you another review of a product from CSN Stores, and am thrilled to share my opinions on this fabulous retail site with everyone.  ‘CSN Stores has over 200 online stores where you can find anything you need whether it be wall art and decor, fitness equipment, or even cute cookware!’ CSN Stores appears to be budget-friendly, offering some of the most enticing discounts I’ve seen in comparison to similar sites.

wallartLook at this cute print from Olli & Lime. Wouldn’t it look darling in a nursery or children's room? I think it would look perfect in my little guys room or even the toy room.

I have had my eye on one thing in particular offered by CSN stores. The Rachael Ray cookware. My husband and I love her design and hope to eventually own her whole line. With CSN Stores, that has become a more reachable goal.

I love that free shipping is available for nearly every product on the site, leaving you with more room on your debit or credit card to get the home products you need. With a new home to fill I'm loving that I have more money to spend on the things I need. Check back with Family Treasures soon to see what product I’ll be recommending to you! In the meantime head over to CSN Stores and check them out for yourself.


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Rockin’ Green Review and Giveaway!!

    174640_125572211410_7223041_nFor all you Cloth diapering mommas out there I have found the Perfect Detergent for you!!! Rockin' Green Laundry Detergent!!!!

    Rockin' Green was Designed by a mom for other "Rockin" mom's! Packaged in a Retro Rockin' bag Rockin' Green Detergent Is Really great It comes in 3 different formulas to fit your water type *Hard Rock *Soft Rock *Classic Rock. The site Does provide inexpensive samples so you can find what works best for you. :) As you know if you are a Cloth diaper Momma that Cloth diapers yet environmentally friendly can become Stinky business if not laundered right. Well Rockin' Green Detergent is here to help.

    Rockin' Green comes in a Variety of Different Scents I have tried the " Smashing Watermelons" and love it. Some of there other Yummy Scents are

    *Rage against Raspberries

    *Moltey Clean

    *The plain Green Tea's

    *Lavender mint Revival


    *Bare naked Babies "unscented"

    My Personal Experience and when I fell in love with Rockin' Green was when I Recently purchased used cloth diapers and the person I had bought them from Used to much Detergent on the cloths witch if you cloth diaper know leads to bad absorbency and a funky smell. Well all I did was Soak my cloths in a little Rockin' Green, Rinsed then washed and Voila!!! Cloths Clean, Diapers smelt good and No rash on baby's bottom!

    I am Absolutely Sold on Rockin' Green Detergent along with hundreds of others who Want a Great Mild Detergent that smells good and Does the Job!!!

    WIN IT!:

    Rockin’ Green has offered up a 45/90 load bag of detergent in the winner's choice of scent/formula!!

    How to Win:

    Its easy for your first (and Mandatory!) entry, all you have to do is go to Rockin’ Green, then come back here and tell me what formula you would need - hard,soft, or classic. Hint: there is a map on the site.

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    Wednesday, January 5, 2011

    Book Review: A Summer Secret

    A Summer Secret by Kathleen Fuller

    _200_360_Book_199_cover     This is another great story by Kathleen Fuller. If you have yet to read anything written by her trust me, you should!
    A Summer Secret is about an Amish girl, Mary Beth,  who finds a Yankee boy, Sawyer,  in an abandoned barn—which is where she escapes to when she needs time alone. Mary Beth, and her brother Johnny, discover Sawyer hiding out in the barn. They decide to keep him a secret from their parents. This is the story of how faith and trust come into play in ordinary lives. Read about Mary Beth’s journey from a young girl—wanting  to slip away for some alone time, to a young adult—realizing what family, love, and trust is all about.
         I really liked this book; like most of Fullers books once I started it reading it, I couldn’t put it down. Finding out what caused Sawyer to be in the barn to begin with—and what happens to him in the end—keeps you intrigued throughout the book. If your looking for a nice wholesome, feel good romance this is the book for you. Not only is there romance you will also find intruge, suspence, and more! It’s a very well rounded book that leave you wanting to know more about the characters! Good thing Kathleen Fuller has more of their stories for you to discover in her other books!