ANNIE Movie Tickets Giveaway

We have tickets to give away to an ANNIE screening on December 13that AMC Pacific Place Theater at 10:30 am. Do you want to go?


A Broadway classic that has delighted audiences for generations comes to the big screen with a new, contemporary vision in Columbia Pictures’ comedy, Annie.  Director/Producer/Screenwriter Will Gluck teams with producers James Lassiter, Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith, and Shawn “JAY Z” Carter, Laurence “Jay” Brown, and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith with a modern telling that captures the magic of the classic characters and original show that won seven Tony Awards. Celia Costas serves as Executive Producer.  The screenplay is by Will Gluck and Aline Brosh McKenna, based on the musical stage play “Annie,” book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and on “Little Orphan Annie,” © and ® Tribune Media Services, Inc.


Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who’s also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014.  Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they’d be back for her someday, it’s been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz).  But everything’s about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) – advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) – makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in.  Stacks believes he’s her guardian angel, but Annie’s self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it’s the other way around.

Social Sites for Annie

Official Site:
: @AnnieMovie
Instagram: @AnnieMovie
Official Hashtag: #AnnieMovie



Enter to Win:

2 tickets to see Annie and one ticket is good for two people

ANNIE t-shirt, fuzzy socks, posters, sticker sheet and Sandy Plush Dog.

(2 winners)

To Enter:

Tell mw who you would take with you.

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Get Your Tech On: Microsoft Black Friday Deals

With the holidays right around the corner, Microsoft and its partner retailers are excited to announce great Black Friday offers. From Surface Pro 3, to Xbox One, Lumia 830 and the hottest Windows laptops, you’re bound to find something for everyone on your list!



· $100 off Surface Pro 3 i5: Available through Microsoft retail stores,, Best Buy and other select retailers. 

· $150 off Surface Pro 3 i7 or Surface 2: Available through Microsoft retail stores,, Best Buy and other select retailers. 

· $99 Lumia 830 Fitbit bundle: The new Nokia Lumia 830 is available in the U.S. at and in AT&T retail stores, and at and Microsoft Store retail locations. For a limited time, while supplies last, customers who purchase a Lumia 830 also receive a free Fitbit Flex ($99.99 value).

· Xbox One available starting at $349: This offer is available nationwide at participating retailers. For more details on this promotion, visit Xbox Wire or contact your local retailer.

· $99 ASUS EeeBook X205TA: Available at Staples. 

Visit for a first look at this holiday season’s deals and remember to check back for more details on Cyber Monday offerings.  

Landscape Photography Tips from Verizon Wireless #VZWBuzz #MoreSeattle #morningcoffee

I love taking photos of landscape and we live in a beautiful country. In the east the leaves are falling, in the Pacific Northwest the green is evergreen and in the midwest there are all kinds of scapes to capture. There are a ton of apps to help you become a great phone photographer no matter which operating system you are on. I’m currently on Windows phone and I love the versatility in the apps. I really love using the Nokia Phone app and changing the phone to macro mode. It’s my favorite and great for landscapes. Verizon has teamed up with Nick LaVecchia and shared some of this tips.


Nick LaVecchia is a professional photographer in York, Maine, and creator of the Instagram photo series #morningcoffee. LaVecchia takes a DSLR approach to smartphone photography. He adjusts the Samsung Galaxy S® 5 camera and VSCO Cam app settings and keeps filters and post-processing tricks to a minimum. For this tutorial, LaVecchia shares his tips for shooting amazing landscape photography.

Photo Tips: Landscape photography

Shot with the Samsung Galaxy S 5

  • Turn off Image Stabilization to customize camera settings.
  • Underexpose by half a stop or so to boost sky hues and landscape colors.
  • Change ISO to the lowest setting (i.e., 100).
  • In VSCO Cam, tweak exposure, contrast and saturation settings before resorting to presets/filters.
  • When adjusting these elements, compare the treated image to the original and see which one you like best.

Learn more about Nick LaVecchia’s #morningcoffee Instagram series, then check out the tips, gear and apps you need to start your own mobile photography series.

Microsoft’s HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet Holiday Deals

Tracking Pixel This is a partnered post with Microsoft all opinions are my own.

What’s on your Christmas wish list this year? For most people at the top of their list is technology. Even my son when recently asked what he wants for Christmas, he said a tablet and a phone. I was a little shocked because he’s six, what does a six year old need his one computer for? To play games of course!!!


Microsoft has so many options and one of the best options right now is the HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet. It is the perfect price point for anyone on your list at only $99. The Microsoft Store is offering the HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet before Black Friday. The HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet is available NOW at and in the Microsoft Store to help shoppers save money and get a jump on upcoming holiday sales. I’m all for that because there is nothing that gets me out of the house on Black Friday, these are available on-line or in the store and they are available while supplies last. 


What can the HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet do?

Well, still thinking about my son, it is great for entertainment and games. You can stream your favorite shows or launch some really fun apps. The HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet comes with Office 365 Personal (with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and 1TB of OneDrive online storage, which is a $69.99 value, all for FREE. The free inclusion of Office will only be available throughout the holiday season as long as supplies last and it’s a great value! I use all those products all the time. OneDrive is my main photo storage while Outlook is my lifeline. Skype is another app that we can’t live without.


Exclusive to Microsoft Store, the Stream 7 Signature Edition tablet is fine-tuned for fast performance from the second you turn it on. It comes protected with premium, free anti-virus software that never expires. And it comes without any annoying junkware or trialware, giving you peace of mind that your tablet will always be clean, fast, and protected.

The HP Stream 7 tablet from Microsoft Store is available NOW, both online and in stores!



This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Microsoft.

Karisma Hotels and Resorts Debut Exclusive Nickelodeon Vacation Experience

Karisma Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce a landmark partnership with Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAB and VIA) to bring Nickelodeon brand experiences to Azul Hotels by Karisma.  This collaboration marks the first time Nickelodeon, one of the most globally recognized and widely distributed multimedia brands for kids has partnered with an international resort collection.


The Nickelodeon vacation experience at Azul Hotels by Karisma, a premier collection of family-focused, Gourmet Inclusive® properties in the Riviera Maya, Mexico and Negril, Jamaica, are set to debut in summer 2015.  Karisma Hotels & Resorts is an award-winning luxury hotel collection, which owns and manages properties in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe.

“We are thrilled to team up with Viacom International Media Networks to introduce Nickelodeon to our visitors – as Nickelodeon shares our dedication to offering the highest-quality entertainment,” said Mandy Chomat, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Karisma Hotels & Resorts.  “We are confident that the exciting and interactive touch points created for Nickelodeon for Azul Hotels by Karisma will make for tons of fun and very special memories among our guests of all ages.”image

“We’re very pleased to work with Azul Hotels by Karisma to bring our fans closer to the Nickelodeon  characters they know and love,” said Gerald Raines, Senior Vice President, Global Nickelodeon Recreation Partnerships.  “These vacation experiences create yet another touch point for Nickelodeon ensuring that we are bringing the joy and fun of our brand to our fans everywhere they are.”

Exclusive to Azul Hotels by Karisma, the Nickelodeon vacation experience will include character dining’s and interactions with some of Nickelodeon’s favorite characters such as Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.   

Azul Hotels by Karisma, comprised of Azul Beach Hotel, Azul Sensatori Mexico, and Azul Fives Hotel by Karisma in the Riviera Maya, as well as Azul Sensatori Jamaica in Negril, are designed to keep all members of the family happy and engaged.  Providing something for everyone, Azul Hotels by Karisma boast kids and teen clubs, splash parks, movie nights with popcorn, suites for two adults and three young children, guaranteed connecting suites for older kids, adults-only swimming and lounging areas, and nightly entertainment. 

The Gourmet Inclusive® Experience at Azul Hotels by Karisma is carefully catered to guests that prefer quality over quantity.  From world-renowned partners catering to guests of all ages and the freshest and finest ingredients for an unrivaled culinary journey to ultimate relaxation with 24-hour room service and beach beds, Azul Hotels continuously raises the bar and sets the standard for the world’s finest family travel.

Standard rates at Azul Hotels by Karisma begin at $217 per person, per night including the Gourmet Inclusive® Experience with complete a la carte dining, premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, full-service concierge, and 24-hour room service.  Kids ages 12 and under are 50 percent off; kids under two years old are free.  Reservations can be booked through a GI Vacation Consultant, or by calling Azul Hotels at 1-866-527-4762, or by visiting

To stay updated and learn more about the Nickelodeon Vacation Experiences at Azul Hotels by Karisma, debuting in summer 2015, please visit:

The Best 20 Pumpkin Dessert Recipes

And today we have 20 different recipes for dessert that all include pumpkin. Here are our 20 Pumpkin Dessert recipes.

20 pumpkin dessert recipes Pumpkin dessert recipes

    1. Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins with White Chocolate Chunks
    2. Gluten Free Paleo Pumpkin Bars
    3. My first Libby’s Pumpkin Roll
    4. Amanda’s 4 Layer Chocolate Dappled Pumpkin Cake
    5. Fall Harvest Cake li>Pumpkin Pie in a Jar
    6. Yummy Pumpkin Bars
    7. Pumpkin Pie Spice Thumbprint Sugar Cookies
    8. Pumpkin Martini Cookies
    9. 3 ingredient Pumpkin Donuts
    10. Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
    11. Easy Halloween Pumpkin Cupcakes
    12. Softest Pumpkin Cookies Recipe
    13. Pumpkin Spice Bread with Maple Cheesecake Layer
    14. Pumpkin Crisp
    15. Perfect Pumpkin Pie Recipe
    16. Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
    17. Pumpkin Tiramisu
    18. Four Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Dip
    19. Pumpkin Mini Cakes with Cinnamon Streusel Topping

    The Best Ways to Prepare Potatoes: 35 Potato Recipes

    To me potatoes are a part of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Actually they are a staple for quite a few meals and they can be made so many ways for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Here are 35 different potato recipes.

    Potato Recipes

    1. Roasted Balsamic Rosemary Potato Salad
    2. Hearty Cheeseburger Potato Soup
    3. Cheesy Potato Pizzas
    4. Horseradish Crusted Tilapia & Garlic Roasted Red Potatoes
    5. Potato Salad Puerto Rican Style
    6. Cheater Breakfast Potatoes
    7. Mash Up Potato Skins
    8. Roasted Red Potatoes With Panko Bread Crumbs
    9. Loaded Mashed Potato Bacon Cups Recipe!
    10. Roasted Garlic Mashed Potato Recipe
    11. Tangy Fried Potatoes Recipe
    12. Twice Baked Potatoes
    13. Healthier Loaded Mashed Potatoes Recipe
    14. Rosemary Roasted Potatoes
    15. Rosemary Garlic Potato Wedges
    16. Buttery Diced Potatoes Side Dish!
    17. loaded scalloped potatoes
    18. Mashed Potato Cupcakes
    19. Homemade Baked French Fries
    20. Autumn Roasted Veggies
    21. Muffin Tin Mashed Potatoes
    22. Parsley Potatoes
    23. Breakfast Salad
    24. Classic Potato Latkes
    25. Hasselback Potatoes
    26. Twice Baked Potatoes
    27. Garlic & Herb Oven-Roasted Potatoes
    28. How To Bake Potatoes in the Crockpot
    29. Rosemary Roasted Red Potatoes
    30. Warm Green Bean and Red Potato Salad Recipe
    31. Campfire Potatoes
    32. Scalloped Potatoes and Ham Casserole
    33. Bacon Hash Browns
    34. Cheesy Potato Soup Recipe
    35. Ranch Potato Burritos

    How to Be Safe Using Social Media Over The Holidays #MasteringAuto #AD

    This is a partnered post and all opinions are our own.

    We live in a society that loves to share up to date information 24/7 but is that the right thing to do? It’s fun to check in here and take a selfie there and I’m not saying that I don’t do it, I do it all the time, but I’m also safe about it and I want to help you be safe as well. That’s why I’ve teamed up with MetLife Auto & Home® this holiday season because they have some amazing tips to keep you and I safe while we travel and be merry with family. To a burglar this is what your status update says:

    On Vacation, no one is home!


    MetLife Auto & Home® says that recently, police have made breakthroughs in a string of burglaries and found that several were tied to information obtained from Facebook status updates.   Social media is a great way to make new contacts and share information with family and friends, but it only takes one unwanted “friend” with too much information to put your home in danger. Below, MetLife Auto & Home® promotes these best practices to stay smart on social media. If you have to check in, do it on your way out, but remember you are still announcing to the world that you are NOT home.

    Think about this….

    If you have any geo tagging on your social media and you share at home people can easily determine where you live. Then if you leave the house, even if you suddenly turn off your geo tagging, people know you are not home and they saw earlier where you lived then you are an easy target.

    Consider asking your readers to share social media tips about how they protect their accounts by using the #MasteringAuto


    Is your phone number shared on any of your social media sites? If so, then people have your phone number. Do you accept everyone as a friend even if they are in another country and do not speak English? I’m still cleaning up my accounts from the days when I just thought the more friends the better. I’ve been a member of Facebook since its beginning and well, some people, I just don’t know.

    Here are some Site-Specific tips:

    Facebook. The most important thing you can do to protect yourself is to be aware of who can see your status updates and profile information. Did you know that Facebook allows you to create groups of people and then determine what groups can see which posts? Be sure to check your privacy settings and adjust accordingly. 

    Twitter. Twitter has a geographical feature that allows followers to see where you were when you posted a tweet. If you post from home, think about disabling this feature. Even if you’re not on a device with GPS, Twitter can still determine your location via your Internet connection from a home computer.  I do not share my location.

    Photo-sharing sites
    . Popular photo sharing sites, like Flickr, Instagram, and Google’s Picasa, allow you to post “geo- tagged” photos; they include information that can easily be shown on a map. If you take a lot of photos in your house or yard, it’s like handing a street guide to potential thieves. Disable geo-tagging for any photos you take at home. It is also worth checking your privacy settings on these platforms to make sure your posts are not public for everyone to see, but limited to those who you’ve accepted to view your posts.  

    Location services
    . On location-based social networks, such as Foursquare and Facebook’s Places, you should be even more careful about adding friends. Change settings to limit what’s posted publicly and never create a check-in spot out of your home or anyone else’s home. 


    FOR MORE INFORMATION from MetLife Auto & Home
    How to Stay Safe on Social Media  Interacting with others on social media can be a lot of fun and a way to connect with friends and family. But there are risks. Find out who’s watching you, what information you should never post, and five things you can do today to protect yourself and your family. 

    Did you know? By purchasing home or auto insurance through your employer, you could save money by taking advantage of group discounts. If your or your spouse’s employer offer access to MetLife Auto & Home’s group insurance program, you could receive special savings – others who switched saved an average of $466/year!* 


    How do you protect your Social Media status updates?

    Follow MetLife Socially:

    *Savings based on MetLife Auto & Home’s 2014 countrywide research of its new call center customers’ annual average savings in 2013.  MetLife Auto & Home is a brand of Metropolitan Property and Casualty Insurance Company and its affiliates: Economy Preferred Insurance Company, Metropolitan Casualty Insurance Company, Metropolitan Direct Property and Casualty Insurance Company, Metropolitan General Insurance Company, Metropolitan Group Property and Casualty Insurance Company, and Metropolitan Lloyds Insurance Company of Texas, all with administrative home offices in Warwick, RI. Coverage, rates, and discounts are available in most states to those who qualify

    The Best Way To Make Leaves: 13 Leaf Crafts


    Leaf crafts leaf crafts

    1. Mason Jar Luminary Leaf Centerpieces For Under $5
    2. Ghostly Leaves {Kid Craft}
    3. DIY Autumn Leaf Banner
    4. Fast and Frugal Fall Decor
    5. Dipped Outdoor Hanging Ivy Sukkah Decorations
    6. Teaching Toddlers Thankfulness with a DIY Gratitude Tree
    7. Fall Tablescape & Falling Leaves Table Runner
    8. DIY Handprint Leaf Napkins {Craft}
    9. DIY Fall Leaves Wall Art
    10. How to Paint with Leaves – A Memory Box
    11. DIY Craft Ideas for Kids {Fall Leaf Monogram}
    12. Leaf Owl {Kid Craft}
    13. DIY Leaf Pennant from Coffee Filters

    Celebrate Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions

    We received samples.

    My husband says we are not allowed to watch The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions until we watch all of The Clone Wars we are now watching The Clone Wars on Netflix. The kids I think watched about five episodes in a row on Saturday morning before I even got out of bed. All because we have to watch Star Wars The Clone Wars the Lost Missions as soon as possible. We have to get our celebration on.

    About Wars The Clone Wars the Lost Missions

    Against a backdrop of ever-shifting loyalties, uneasy alliances and ancient hostilities, the conflict between the Republic and the Separatists ramps up, setting the stage for Darth Sidious’ ultimate act of treachery against the Jedi. In these uncertain times, some of the deepest mysteries of the light and dark sides of the Force are revealed as an intrepid clone trooper uncovers a shocking conspiracy, Anakin Skywalker’s closest relationship is tested to its limits, and Master Yoda makes a discovery that could forever change the balance of power in the galaxy.

    Bonus Features: Never Before Seen 16-Minute Documentary Covering All Six Seasons

    Four additional story reels from “The Lost Missions” Season (Blu-ray only)

    Things you need to get your Wars The Clone Wars the Lost Missions celebration on:

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    • Star Wars Stormtrooper Bop Game clip_image003
    • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions Blu-ray clip_image004

    About Star Wars The Clone Wars Series:

    Set between Episodes II and III of the iconic “Star Wars” saga, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” explores the untold stories that helped shape the galaxy far, far away. The series chronicles the adventures of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Ahsoka Tano and other “Star Wars” heroes as they struggle to maintain freedom and restore peace against the dark side of the Force. Joined by an army of clone troopers, the noble Jedi fight to protect the Republic against the Separatists and their droid army led by Count Dooku, hias assassin Asajj Ventress and the evil General Grievous. Each week, a new thrilling story is revealed, brought to the screen by supervising director Dave Filoni and executive producer George Lucas.