About Shanda

Shanda Bauman is a former model, make-up artist and sales rep. She has more than a decade of marketing, sales and social media networking under her belt.
A graduate of the Indiana State University Shanda started her career at Ryerson.
Shanda resides in the Grand Rapids, Michigan with her three Children.

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I LOVE IPSY!!!!

 

Join me on ipsy and subscribe to the Glam Bag! You get 4-5 beauty products every month delivered to your door, for just $10. Michelle Phan curates the bags! Check it out here: http://www.ipsy.com/r/8mmq

HoneyBaked for our Easter Brunch! #HoneyBakedEaster

HoneyBaked Ham - Quality Guaranteed

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and all of the opinions are my own! My family was compensated for my time and effort with a gift certificate. #HoneyBakedEaster #ad #sponsored

I am so excited! I just finished ordering our Easter dinner from HoneyBaked!  I have been wanting to order from the Grand Rapids store located at 3756 – 28th St. SE! What a fabulous location with a helpful staff! I can’t believe I  never took for the first step to place an order! Well, now because of their very simple order process my family will be all set with a YUMMY HEALTHY MEAL!   It was easy peasy!!!   This will be my first hassle free Easter and I am beyond excited! LifeStyleSpecials   images (14)   Here is what we will be having on our very special Easter this year! I want to do a brunch and I am beyond excited! I spent over an hour trying to decide on what I wanted to order because everything looks wonderful! I finally decided on this winner.  It will be so nice to sit down with my family and have a nice meal together! CHECK OUT THEIR SITE HERE! EASTER MEALS HERE!

  • In-Store Specials

    • $54.99 Easter Ham & Turkey Combo – Pair a Turkey Breast (approx. 3 lbs.) with your choice of a Boneless Ham (approx. 3.5 lbs.) or Quarter Ham (approx. 4.5 lbs.)

    • $22.99 Turkey Breast (with any Half or Whole Ham purchase)

    • $24.99 Easter Brunch Bundle – Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Cake and Honey-Spice Bacon

    • Heat & Share Sides: Two for $13.99, three for $19.99

  • With Coupon: GET COUPON HERE!

    • $5 OFF Half Ham (Bone-in) or Become a HoneyBaked VIP at honeybakedfoods.com (Save an extra $1 when you sign up to become a HoneyBaked VIP at honeybakedfoods.com: $6 OFF )

    • $3 OFF Boneless Ham or Quarter Ham (Save an extra $1 when you sign up to become a HoneyBaked VIP at
        • honeybakedfoods.com: $4 OFF )

      • Become a VIP at HoneyBakedFoods.com for exclusive savings all year long.

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      Participating Retail Locations: Rolling Meadows, Orland Park, Villa Park, Morton Grove, Naperville, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, Mesquite, Hurst, Lewisville, Houston, Austin, Spring, Clear Lake, Sugar Land, Indianapolis, Ferndale, Grand Rapids, Roseville, Birmingham, Troy, West Bloomfield, Livonia, Flint, Dearborn Heights, Sterling Heights, Taylor, Ann Arbor, Canton Township, Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh, Mechanicsburg, Monroeville, San Antonio, Bellevue, and Lynnwood.

 CHECK OUT THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY!! Contest starts April 1st and ends on 4/13/14.   a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 About HoneyBaked! (from their site)

The HoneyBaked Ham® Story

One Ham at a Time

It was 1957 when Harry J. Hoenselaar opened the first HoneyBaked Ham Company® store in Detroit, Michigan. He knew he had something special. An idea for developing a unique curing and cooking procedure for the preparation of a one-of-a-kind, high-quality bone-in smoked ham. In addition, Harry had invented the final touch to his unique gourmet ham… the spiral-slicing process. Thus the advent of The Authentic HoneyBaked Ham® . For over 50 years we have maintained our family’s commitment to provide your family with one-of-a-kind special occasion dining experiences. Today, still family-owned and operated, our family experts still make every ham the same way Harry did – one at a time. Harry would be proud to know his family still takes pride in maintaining the same high-quality standards in every product offered by The HoneyBaked Ham Company® . From the HoneyBaked® family guarantee of satisfaction, to the growing line of products that meet our strict quality standards, we remain committed to making your occasion truly special!   We proudly stand behind the consistent quality and wholesomeness of all our products. 100% satisfaction and unprecedented service is our goal and our promise to you.

Unique Baby Announcements! Get Minted!

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LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! The beautiful BABY ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM MINTED! I cannot believe how many people I have heard lately talking about a NEW BABY coming soon! How exciting! So that prompted me to tell all of my wonderful readers about a company I love to tell my friends about! MINTED.COM has the most adorable options for to announce your precious baby’s arrival!  Choosing the right birth announcement is a very special memory that will forever be saved in your child’s baby book. So make sure you choose one that you love! Celebrate your bundle of JOY!

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How adorable are these?  I love the almost nostalgic look of them! Classy and gorgeous!

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Not only does MINTED carry baby announcements but they carry a wide variety of cards that will help you celebrate your baby with your shower announcements also!

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Shower invitations are adorable and the selection they offer is fantastic. You will have a hard time choosing!

Once baby is here you can design ones that show the babies weight, length and time they were born. Smart!

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This makes me want to have another precious gift from GOD!!! :) I love these two announcements! I can’t say enough about them! Minted offers high quality service, speedy delivery and gorgeous printed cars! Parents with Style highly recommend MINTED.com.

 

 

Disclosure: All of the opinions in this post are my own. I was compensated in product to complete my review by Minted.com.

Disney’s Frozen – “Let It Go” Sing-Along Version

 

By far our favorite movie this year! The music is excellent!!! LOVE IT!

 

 

YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HtACLaRDk0&list=UU_976xMxPgzIa290Hqtk-9g&feature=share

 

 

“Like” FROZEN on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyFrozen

 

Follow FROZEN on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DisneyAnimation

 

Visit the official website: http://www.disney.com/frozen

 

FROZEN is now playing in theatres everywhere!

 

 

Buy Tickets Here:

http://www.fandango.com/frozensingalong_170590/movieoverview/

http://www.movietickets.com/movie/mid/179887

Snow Day Ice Cream Recipe!

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This is a quick and short post!

We were stuck in the house for several days due to the terrible winter storms here in Michigan.  Polar Vortex….it is sooo fricken cold here! WOW!

Of course despite the cold my kiddos wanted a bowl of ice cream after lunch!

I had one container that was beyond freezer burnt. So we pitched it and decided to make some snow ice cream!

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Searching on Pinterest I wanted to use the recipe with the sweetened condensed milk but of course…none in the cupboard.

So we first made the milk, vanilla and sugar recipe. I think I dumped a little too much vanilla. (kinda tasted like Kahlua) Lol

With the second batch all I took was my coffee creamer and the the kids loved it!!!

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We used the ITALIAN SWEET CREAM and the SNOW….stirred and stirred. It was YUMMY!

 

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HAPPY KIDS!!! WARNING!!! DO NOT USE YELLOW SNOW!! FRESH CLEAN SNOW ONLY!!! LOL :))

Wii Fit U FREE TRIAL ENDS SOON!

Time is running out for free fitness. Jan. 31 is the last day for Wii U owners who also have a Wii Balance Board to take advantage of Nintendo’s free trial offer of Wii Fit U. Anyone who downloads the trial of the game from the Nintendo eShop on or before Jan. 31 will get a full month to try out the game from the date that it’s first played.

In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, celebrity trainer and fitness expert Kathy Kaehler pl ... In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, celebrity trainer and fitness expert Kathy Kaehler plays Core Luge, one of 19 new activities and exercises in Wii Fit U that allow users to discover fun new ways to get up and get moving. Nintendo is partnering with Kaehler for the “Wii Fit U Challenge,” which encourages Wii U owners and families to incorporate the game into their busy schedules as a fun and convenient way to stay active throughout the year. (Photo: Business Wire)

Those who download the trial and want to keep using the software indefinitely can purchase a Fit Meter and sync it to the game. Fit Meter accessories are available at a suggested retail price of $19.99 each.

Other ways to purchase and play the game are as follows:

  • The Wii Fit U bundle, which includes the game, the Wii Balance Board accessory and Fit Meter accessory, is now available in stores at a suggested retail price of $89.99.
  • People who already own a Wii Balance Board can purchase Wii Fit U with a Fit Meter in stores at a suggested retail price of $49.99. Or (after Jan. 31) they can download the game, without the Fit Meter, from the Nintendo eShop for $29.99.

For more information about Wii Fit U, visithttp://wiifitu.nintendo.com.

Skinnygirl Cocktail Oscar Party! #drinktothat

skinny We love watching the awards shows here at the house! It is so fun to see all the big celebrities dressed up and see who takes home the awards. I love inviting the girls over each year for some cocktails and a night of relaxation!
As the Ocars aired on Sunday night, February 24th, it was a great time to invite the girls over and make it a special night. We have a ton of snow here and no one wants to venture out in it. But, my troopers came since they wanted to sample the Skinnygirl Cocktails!

Cocktail Recipes:

Outer Space Spritzer

2 parts of Skinnygirl™ Prosecco

2 parts limeade

Lime wheels for garnish (optional)

Sweetener (optional)

 

Preparation

Add all ingredients into a stemless wine glass. Enjoy!

 

The Prosperous Predator

1 ½ parts Skinnygirl™ Cucumber Vodka

3 parts soda water

Cucumber wheel for garnish

 

Preparation

Combine ingredients over ice and garnish with a cucumber wheel.

 

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I whipped up some awesome food and great snacks for the fun night!  Skinnygirl Cocktails!
The hosts this year were fricken phenominal!!!
All of us girls sat around talking about all of the beautiful gowns and gossiping about our lives! We had such a great night! All of the flavors were a hit! YUM!!
Check out these great links!
FOR A LIST OF RECIPES CLICK HERE!
DRINK LIKE A LADY! CLICK HERE!
CHECK OUT THEIR GUIDE HERE!
HERE IS THE FULL LIST OF ALL THE GIRLS!!!
FOLLOW THEM ON TWITTER!
Disclosure: Party favors and Cocktails were supplied by Skinnygirl Cocktails! All of the opinions above are my own opinion.

Surprise! Your Sweetie Pie This Valentine’s Day with Crafts from Country Woman


·         Cute as a Button Valentine’s Cards: Use up some buttons from your stash in this adorable paper craft. It’s a charming way to let a crafty friend or family member know how much you care. Simply print and cut out a design of your choice and glue it to a larger square cut from colored card stock. Using a needle and thread stitch a few pretty buttons to impress your Valentine’s Day sweetie.

For a full list of instructions and materials, please visit: http://www.countrywomanmagazine.com/project/cute-as-a-button-valentines-card/

 

 

·         Yarn Hearts: Simple yarn hearts look absolutely lovely decorating your window, wreath or Valentine’s Day gift. These crafts are so fast and easy to make you can craft them by the adorable dozens! First, cut the wire and bend it into a heart shape. Start wrapping the yarn around the wire, pulling it across the sides. Make sure when trimming the yarn you leave enough so this adorable craft is able to hang. For a list of materials, visit: http://www.countrywomanmagazine.com/project/yarn-hearts-craft/

 

  • ·         Edible Arrangements: Who doesn’t love a gift that is edible? Using a pineapple and kiwi, you can give your valentine a delicious and creative gift this holiday. Cut both fruits into a heart shape using a cookie cutter. Place the kiwi in the middle of the pineapple and use a food skewer to run through the middle, holding it in place. Tie the fruit in a plastic bag, and add a personalized note for your special person. For step-by-step instructions, see: http://www.countrywomanmagazine.com/project/valentines-day-edible-arrangements-craft/

  • ·         Banana Candy Bag Label: This fun paper craft makes a great gift for any family member or friend. Print out a downloadable label that you can find on Country Woman’s website. Fold a piece of decorative card stock horizontally and glue on the label. For a cute effect, ad a monkey sticker on the label. Lastly, fill the bag with banana candy to complete your “I’m bananas for you” gift. For a full how-to, check out: http://www.countrywomanmagazine.com/project/bananas-candy-bag-label/

Credits:  Country Woman(www.countrywomanmagazine.com)

WORLD VISION GIFT GUIDE

seven-one-necklace-0911-lg It is not too late to consider a charitable donation this holiday season. Between now and December 31st, there are many worthy causes to give to, spreading joy to others and adding to your own year-end tax deductions. But with so many worthy causes to choose from, how can you know where to give? World Vision offers five tips to help with choosing a charity:

1. Find a charity with a track record; review the organization’s IRS tax status, check how it spends money and makes important decisions. Good places to find this information are Charity Navigator and GuideStart.
2. Be thoughtful about an organization’s overhead and administrative costs; cost efficiency is an important factor when choosing a charity, but effectiveness is the key.
3. Ask questions before you give – visit a charity’s website, send an email, or call if you have concerns.
4. See what others are saying about the charity of your choice via social media and trusted online forums.
5. Watch for scams; be on your guard for emails that ask for credit card or other personal information. Check the Better Business Bureau Charity Reviews website ( www.bbb.org/charity-reviews) before giving.

World Vision, a humanitarian non-profit organization with an impressive track record in the fight against poverty, has been helping struggling children and families in the U.S. and around the world for decades. With a financial contribution of as little as $25 to the World Vision Gift Catalog, the gift giver can select one of 36 handcrafted items (a few are listed below) that can be given to a loved one and at the same time help a person in need.

CHECK OUT SOME GREAT FINDS!

Silver Vines Cuff: This gorgeous adjustable silver cuff bracelet features an intricately laced vine pattern designed by artisans in Old Delhi, India. This stunning piece is the result of once mistreated jewelry makers banding together to support their families through fair trade practices.
Chiang Mai Leather Bands: Loved by both men and women, these expandable wristbands are made to support children of Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Hand-Woven Headband: This beautiful 100% cotton headband woven by skilled workers in Lake Atitlan in Guatemala helps address urgent needs of children, families, or communities that might otherwise go unmet.
Colors of Africa Bracelet and Earring Set: This gorgeous Zakale jewelry set is handmade from recycled materials by Kenyan artisans reclaiming their own lives from poverty.
“Prosperity” Cinnamon Box: Vietnam’s renowned sweet cinnamon is a renewable resource collected from the Cassia tree by skilled artisans. It is presented in a beautifully carved cinnamon bark box that bears a common Asian character for prosperity.
Hand-Carved Serving Spoons: This beautiful set of two hand-carved olivewood serving spoons is delivered in a hand-sewn gift bag of African fabric and can be used as a decoration or for serving.
Fair-Trade Coffee Set: This set includes coffee from Ethiopia, Sumatra, and Costa Rica blended by OneCup.org and is delivered in a bag of African fabric hand-sewn by local women with a hand-carved olivewood scoop.

 

Awesome ideas that are off the beaten path!

 

Disclosure:  I received a gift in exchange for posting the gift catalog for World Vision. We need to help spread the word about great places to be Charitable!

TOP HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR BOYS!

 

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Last year Mattel introduced WWE® Brawlin’ Buddies™, 16-inch plush figures that are soft enough to squeeze but bold enough to throw down. This year kids can compete with their favorite WWE® Champion Superstars — safely recreating some of the action-packed storylines they see on RAW® and SmackDown®.  The WWE® Championship Brawlin’ Buddies™ come posed with arms raised in victory and proudly displaying their WWE® championship belt around their waist.  Each figure features signature Superstar phrases recorded by the WWE® Superstars themselves and play a clip of that Superstars signature entrance music.  Four popular Superstars including John Cena® and The Rock® will be introduced.

ARP: $29.99                 Ages: 3+                      Available: Now

 

 

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WWE® Rumblers Rampage™ Transforming Tour Bus

Take the WWE® action on the road! Go on a WWE tour with the WWE® Rumblers Rampage™ Transforming Tour Bus, setting up matches and mayhem for these mighty Superstars. The truck transforms into a ring with ladders and break-away walls! Launch your Rumblers® and Rumblers Rampage figures into the super bouncy ring and watch them go for the championship. Bounce, launch, and smash to see who comes out on top!

 

 

OK! Let me tell you…if you are in the Midwest and get tons of snow like us you will want to purchase these two products for your son. The Brawling Buddies are perfect for your son to get out extra energy when they are trapped in the house all the time. The kids in the neighborhood love pretending they are one of the buddies and pounce around like crazy. FUN and ENTERTAINING!

Then once they calm down and need to relax especially before bed time..the WWE Rumblers Rampage-Transofrming Tour Bus is perfect. Korbyn will play with this for hours. If you have any last minute shopping pick up this gem! Your son will love it!!

ARP: $35.99                 Ages: 3+                      Available: Now

 

 

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